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What the big fuss over small crossovers is all about

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Dec. 9
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Buyers can add all wheel drive on the Trax for $1,500, even on the base model.
SAN DIEGO -- It looks like the over-under bet on U.S. sales of Chevrolet’s new Trax small crossover next year is about 50,000. I’m taking the over. That’s not so much a wager on the Trax itself, though I found it a nimble, comfortable little ride during a media test drive here. It’s more that I’m buying into the buzz about small crossovers b ...
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What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

Posted 1:33 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 1
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the two Corsa models unveiled Wednesday. PARIS -- 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 U.S. showrooms. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards. Op ...
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Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

Posted 2:46 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 19
DETROIT -- 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 here's a bet: When the wraps come off the car sometime in the first half of next year, it won't sport an LTS badge. Here's my thinking. First, the basics. The firs ...
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Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

Posted 1:51 pm U.S. ET, July 31
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European. All signs point to General Motors importing the Regal from Germany beginning in 2017, when the sporty sedan is due for its first redesign since the nameplate returned to the Buick lineup in early 2010, after a six-year hiatus. Let me explain. The ...
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Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

Posted 10:17 pm U.S. ET, April 17
NEW YORK -- 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. Because it’s in those trucks that the technology could very well give GM the biggest advantage over the com ...
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Why Cadillac's marketing boss has mixed feelings about 'Poolside' ad

Posted 10:22 am U.S. ET, March 6
GENEVA -- 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. Uwe Ellinghaus says he’s not surprised by the strong response to the spot, which first aired during last month’s Winter Olympics and again duri ...
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Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper

Posted 9:33 am U.S. ET, Jan. 28
NEW ORLEANS -- 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.The Reaper is what you get when you take a stock 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and upfit it with beefy fender flares, an audacious domed ...
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Barra's chance to tell GM's story to the world

Posted 2:33 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
DETROIT -- Dan Akerson thinks the installation of Mary Barra as General Motors' top executive will do wonders for GM's image. I tend to agree.But it'll take some effort.Her appointment last month drew global buzz. Now GM has the chance to put that excitement and goodwill to work on GM's image by letting the world get to know Barra as the new, warm, refreshing face of a com ...
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GM's ending of the sales spin-and-grin is a puzzling decision

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 4
DETROIT -- 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.That's the monthly ritual during which we reporters, along with Wall Street analysts, dutifully dial in to hear why the good numbers from GM's sales report were indeed really go ...
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