Mike Colias

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Recent articles

Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleets

General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets. ...

Buyers wanted smaller Acadia

GMC took cues from its customers by downsizing the redesigned Acadia for easier parking and better fuel efficiency. ...

GM's Batey puts faith in numbers

Chat with General Motors' Alan Batey, and you'd hardly suspect that GM has given up more market share this year than any major automaker. That's because the North America ...

GM can't expect benefit of the doubt

GM said it made a simple mistake. ...

Check for recalls? There’s a GM app for that

GM is launching a smartphone app that will allow vehicle owners to check for open recalls, the latest move by automakers to redouble efforts to get owners to comply with ...

Are we approaching 'peak pickup'?

Straining to keep their biggest profit engine humming, FCA, Ford and GM are mobilizing to make more pickups. But some industry pundits worry they'll be ramping up product ...

Sun sets on Buick's Verano

Buick plans to phase out its Verano small sedan in the U.S., a sign that the market shift toward crossovers has automakers rethinking the makeup of their vehicle portfoli ...

GM learns to exploit its scale

There is mounting evidence that GM, ever the stumbling giant, finally is getting out of its own way, leveraging its size and scale in ways that its competitors probably h ...

Dealer wins court battle against GM

New York's top court ruled that GM held a Chevrolet dealer to an unfair sales-performance standard, a decision that could have implications nationally for how automakers ...

Getting drivers hooked on connectivity

In an unusually rich promotion for the everyman compact market, Chevy is offering two years of free OnStar and Sirius XM satellite radio and a slug of monthly data use on ...

GM backs up its talk with strong profit report

GM's first-quarter profits soared despite slower sales, as it sold more pricey models and cut costs in troubled regions such as South America. ...

Cadillac dealer-pay details due this summer

Cadillac dealers will learn more about the brand's new Project Pinnacle dealer-payment program when executives hit the road this summer for a nationwide "town hall" tour, ...

GM's volume brands aim for retail share growth in '16

General Motors is gunning for increased retail market share across its three mass-market brands -- Chevrolet, Buick and GMC -- dealers were told at a joint make meeting a ...

Why Buick balked at 4-door Avista

Buick has studied a four-door version of the Avista coupe that wowed crowds at the Detroit auto show in January. ...

Making house calls with iPads?

Cadillac dealers large and small will descend on the Cadillac make meeting in Las Vegas to hear more details about Project Pinnacle, the brand's new dealer-compensation p ...

Inventory discipline is pinching Chevrolet dealers

Chevy dealers are adapting to thinned-out vehicle lots as GM tightens its inventory levels, dealer council chairman Brad Sowers says. ...

Cadillac works to tighten control over lease returns

Cadillac is offering dealers bonus money to sell more certified pre-owned vehicles, part of a broader strategy to lift resale values. ...

Bonus changes 'move the needle' for Buick-GMC dealers

Buick-GMC dealers are happy about changes to a key General Motors incentive program that gives them a shot at earning more bonus money. ...

GMC's old and new Acadias to coexist

GMC will continue to sell its legacy Acadia for several months even after the arrival later this spring of a smaller, redesigned 2017 version. ...

Flexible platform to speed Caddy crossover launches

Cadillac will use a long-wheelbase version of the platform that underpins the XT5 midsize crossover to create a three-row crossover. ...

GM pleads its case to Wall Street

GM executives are pleading their case to Wall Street that U.S. sales still have room to run -- and that GM will be ready whenever they do go in reverse. ...

GM lifts sales to business buyers

A revitalized pickup portfolio and a concierge approach to selling has helped GM make big inroads on Ford's commercial-sales lead in recent years. ...

New XT5 crossover: Cadillac's meal ticket

With Cadillac's sales lagging luxury rivals and no other big launches on the horizon for two years, a lot is riding on the rollout of the XT5, the first redesign for the ...

Chevy adds a dash of niche spice to its truck lineup

As the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado approaches middle age, Chevy's marketers are borrowing a page from the performance division to sustain buzz: special-edition ...

Why would Cadillac dealers go virtual?

Why would low-volume Cadillac stores agree to adopt the virtual showroom model being floated by brand chief Johan de Nysschen? The answer lies in the new payment system t ...
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