Mike Colias

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
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 internal codename, LTS. But when the wraps come off the car sometime in the first half of next year, I bet it won't sport an LTS badge.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European.... Read More »

 

Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming.... Read More »

 

Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors.... Read More »

 

Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave.... Read More »

 

Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why Cadillac's marketing boss has mixed feelings about 'Poolside' ad

10:22 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
Cadillac's “Poolside” commercial, featuring a middle-aged rich guy bragging about America's work-hard ethos, has generated mixed sentiments -- for Cadillac's own marketing chief.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper

9:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Digital marketing tools, slick service apps and fresh F&I strategies were on the radar of many dealers who attended the NADA convention here this weekend. But for Chevrolet dealer Heinke Trapp, it was a date with The Reaper.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Barra's chance to tell GM's story to the world

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Dan Akerson thinks the installation of Mary Barra as General Motors' top executive will do wonders for GM's image. I tend to agree.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

GM's ending of the sales spin-and-grin is a puzzling decision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2014
General Motors is selling its spinmeister skills woefully short. GM said Friday that it no longer will host a regular conference call to discuss U.S. sales results from the previous month.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to revive the Rampage?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
I believe GM's new pickups will be well received in the marketplace. However, I also believe that a market exists for a variation of those vehicles.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

3 reasons Chevy expects a revival in small pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Chevrolet's redesigned Colorado debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week amid plenty of anticipation -- and no small amount of skepticism.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

The Chevy Colorado's checklist

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Chevrolet's redesigned Colorado makes its debut at the auto show here this week amid plenty of anticipation -- and no small amount of skepticism.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

GM expects market share to grow steadily

4:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2013
GM CEO Dan Akerson predicts that GM will gain U.S. market share in 2014 as a slew of new and redesigned vehicles hit the market.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Buick's new game plan for reviving Regal sales

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
What's wrong with Buick Regal sales? That's the question asked often of Buick executives over the past 18 months. Why 18 months? Because that's around the time the smaller, less expensive Verano compact sedan entered Buick's lineup.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

A look inside the Cadillac CTS' big price increase

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2013
The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan that rolls out next month will be priced from $6,000 to a whopping $16,000 above comparable 2013 models. It's steep, no doubt. But after driving the next-gen CTS during a media launch here, here's my take on why it's not as outlandish as you might think.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why it pays to be the resident Corvette specialist

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2013
Stick this one in the tough-day-at-the-office file. Steve Moore Jr., operations director at Steve Moore Chevrolet in Charlotte, N.C., spent two days at a track outside Las Vegas last month flogging the new 2014 Corvette Stingray.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why Opel and Buick are looking more familiar

9:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
A memo from overseas to Buick watchers in the United States: Pay attention to what GM's Opel brand is doing on the other side of the pond, including the lithe Monza concept it unwrapped at the auto show here today. Because, more than ever, what's Opel is Buick, and vice versa.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Tough questions for Chevy Europe's new chief

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
How can Chevy and Opel, two mainstream brands, co-exist and grow together in Europe?... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Tough questions for Chevy Europe's new chief

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
How can Chevy and Opel, two mainstream brands, co-exist and grow together in Europe?... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

How white-haired 'Vette owners helped shape Stingray's design

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2013
About four years ago, when GM designers were just starting on the seventh-generation Corvette, Ed Welburn had something of an epiphany while watching his local news.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Chevy adds some electricity to EV pitch

11:50 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2013
Few people think of electric vehicles as fun to drive. That's partly because automakers have never pitched them as such.... Read More »

 

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