Edmunds and General Motors Pay Tribute to Mother's Day | Edmunds

Edmunds and General Motors Pay Tribute to Mother's Day


Just the Facts:
  • A recent Edmunds poll of 1,000 mothers reveals some interesting information about them and their cars.
  • Among other details, the poll showed that 70 percent refuse to drive a "mom-mobile," so Edmunds has suggestions for some hip alternatives.
  • A Mother's Day tribute from General Motors spotlights a mother-daughter team who work together installing battery packs in GM electric vehicles.

SANTA MONICA, California — Just in time for Mother's Day, an Edmunds poll reveals some interesting information about moms, while General Motors salutes a hard-working mother-daughter duo.

Edmunds recently conducted a poll of 1,000 mothers to learn how they feel about their cars and get their thoughts on a variety of automotive issues.

It will probably come as no shock that most of them said they spend more time chauffeuring their children around than they do helping with homework, or that more than 66 percent of those surveyed consider themselves to be better drivers than their spouses, or that 37 percent say they would opt for pampering their car before splurging on themselves.

Perhaps more surprising is that 70 percent of survey respondents said they refuse to drive a "mom-mobile," like the stereotypical minivan.

Luckily, Edmunds has some suggestions for hip alternatives in its Top 10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads) for 2014. These include a variety of SUVs, sedans, coupes and wagons that amp up the style factor and, in some cases, add considerable oomph to those daily chores.

The list consists of the BMW X3, Ford Flex, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Kia Soul, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon, Porsche Cayenne, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Diesel and the Volvo XC60.

Meanwhile, a Mother's Day tribute from General Motors spotlights a mother-daughter team who work together installing battery packs in practically every electric vehicle GM builds.

Since 2009, Evetta Osborne and her daughter, Monique Watson, have been working side-by-side at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant fastening 400-pound lithium-ion batteries into models like the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, Holden Volt and Cadillac ELR.

 "We're a good team, and our relationship is secondary when it comes to performing our jobs — but it's great to work alongside my daughter," said Osborne, a mother of five.

Robotic carts use sensors to navigate through the plant and deliver the battery packs just as the vehicles' bodies move into position overhead. The carts then automatically lift the T-shaped packs as Osborne and Watson guide them into the chassis and secure them with 24 fasteners. 

"We've been doing it long enough together that we anticipate each other's moves," said Watson, who is also a mom. "There's a lot of non-verbal communication that we share when we're working, but it's also great to know my mother is there to talk with and share things with every day. The arrangement has absolutely improved our relationship."

As GM said: "It's always Mother's Day" at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

Edmunds says: Happy Mother's Day!

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