Mike Colias

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Can Cadillac make it in New York?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News last week that Cadillac is considering relocating some functions to New York. ...


New Cadillac boss dusts off Audi playbook, pushes autonomy
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Johan de Nysschen believes the people who work at Cadillac can't just make cars to rival BMW and Mercedes -- they need to think like those juggernaut brands, too. ...


Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015
6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 | UPDATED: 9/19/14 9:06 am ET - adds link
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year ...


Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name
2:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19
We've known about Cadillac's plans for a big, rear-wheel drive, range-topping sedan for more than two years now. For most of that time, we've been referring to it by its ...


GM adding 3rd shift to Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon plant in Missouri
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 3:09 pm ET - adds details
GM will add a third production shift at a Missouri assembly plant where its new midsize pickups and commercial vans are made. ...


Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy
4:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 5:49 pm ET - adds details
Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said. ...


GM gunning for more pickup wins
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 11:16 am ET - correction
GM's September promotion and dealer incentives are early salvos in what's likely to be a sustained offensive to capitalize on Ford's vulnerability as it negotiates the co ...


Dealerships' tech team offers training for all
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly. ...


Buick-badged droptop looks just like sporty Opel Cascada, sources say
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Buick dealers recently were given a sneak peek of a Buick-badged Opel Cascada convertible, which is slated for a U.S. launch in late 2015 as a '16 model. ...


Big-bucks trucks buoy GM in August
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
U.S. sales of General Motors' high-profit redesigned pickups and SUVs climbed 18 percent in August but were offset by weaker crossover volume and another rough month for ...


GM gets dealer buy-in on new midsize pickup
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
GM says dealers ordered 28,000 Colorados and another 14,000 Canyons during the first 30 days after it began taking orders, more than five times its forecast. ...


GM plans to launch Cadillac CTS with vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2 years
5:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7 | UPDATED: 9/7/14 5:47 pm ET - adds link
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Sunday that Cadillac will launch a CTS sedan with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in about two years, as GM looks to establ ...


GM's aging Equinox and Terrain show staying power
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6
The current-generation Chevrolet Equinox and sibling GMC Terrain, now entering their sixth year, would normally be prepped for reconstructive surgery by now under a typic ...


Higher truck deliveries offset GM's weak car volume
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
GM's August sales were bad for market share but good for the bottom line. ...


2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says
2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging som ...


GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup
6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2 | UPDATED: 9/3/14 10:33 am ET - adds details
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since General Motors began taking orders for the mid-sized truck -- about five times more than the ...


The marketing move behind Buick's big year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the ad campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal c ...


GM eases rules on techs' work reports
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
General Motors has retreated from a controversial policy that required dealership service technicians to essentially punch a time clock for every repair order. ...


GM 8-speed likely to get wide use
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30
The eight-speed automatic transmission that will soon debut in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to get broad use in General Motors trucks and luxury cars in coming ...


Buick lifts cover on Envision crossover in China
3:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29
General Motors has taken the wraps off a new midsize Buick crossover in China amid growing evidence that the vehicle is destined for showrooms in the United States. ...


GM details plans for SRX, engine production in Tenn.
11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27 | UPDATED: 8/27/14 11:59 am ET - adds link, photo
General Motors said today it will invest $185 million to make small engines at its Tennessee assembly plant, while relocating production of the next-generation Cadillac S ...


Cadillac's big sedan plan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global produ ...


GM dealers win reprieve on audits to focus on recalls
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
GM told dealers in an Aug. 8 memo that, in recognition of the "unprecedented times" that dealerships are experiencing with the recall onslaught, the company has suspended ...


GM, with ignition parts shipped, must now find recalled cars' owners
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23
GM has passed a significant milestone in its campaign to replace potentially defective ignition switches in millions of cars recalled worldwide: It cleared its backlog of ...


2015 Chevy Silverado to offer more pizzazz on high-volume models
9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21 | UPDATED: 8/21/14 12:07 pm ET - adds details
Chevrolet will offer a bold new trim package on light-duty Silverado pickups for the 2015 model year, adding some pizzazz to its highest-volume models. ...


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