Afternoon Coffee: Groups Urge GM to Add Airbags to Cars in Mexico, Report Shows Holiday Spending Grew 7.9% Kaitlyn McAvoy - December 28, 2015 12:13 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee | Tags: General News Consumer advocacy groups are calling on General Motors to make airbags a standard feature in its compact cars in Mexico. In a letter to GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, the groups said GM's move to put airbags only in cars for “wealthy countries” is a “a morally indefensible decision.” Holiday spending was up 7.9% this year compared to the 2014 season, according to the MasterCard SpendingPulse report. The report also showed online shopping was up 20% this season. U.S. retail sales were up 3.3% overall in 2015, reaching $5.254 trillion, another report showed. The report by eMarketer also stated retail sales are expected to grow 3.5% in 2016. Volkswagen’s Audi division has cut 2016 spending plans to 3.3 billion euros. Audi’s previous forecast was 3.4 billion euros. SIGN UP for the Spend Matters newsletter Dirty Rotten Spendrels Discuss this: Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.