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GM executives lately have been telling anyone who’ll listen that they’re ready to lead in a world of autonomous driving, ride sharing and other personal-mobility innovations that threaten to upend the industry’s status quo.
They backed that talk on Monday with a $500 million investment in ride-hailing service Lyft -- the No. 2 rival to Uber -- to develop ... Continue reading "5 factors behind GM's Lyft deal" » Jan 4, 2016 7:00 pm U.S. ET Permalink
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- As the guy in charge of marketing Chevrolet cars, Steve Majoros knows well how tough it’s gotten to offer something new enough and different enough to get buyers’ attention.
Especially in the cutthroat midsize car segment.
Especially when the car you’re peddling, the Malibu, is a distant also-ran in the category, one that’s be ... Continue reading "Chevrolet aims for tech 'punch' with redesigned Malibu" » Dec 1, 2015 11:45 am U.S. ET Permalink
LOS ANGELES -- To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It’s about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in all of luxury.
OK, technically they’re not all in the same segment -- the CT6 that goes on sale early next year and the three-year- ... Continue reading "Pressure on XT5 to deliver amid Caddy's lineup quagmire" » Nov 20, 2015 11:07 am U.S. ET Permalink
Product commitments are valuable bargaining chips in UAW contract talks. And General Motors has a lot of them -- most imprinted with a Cadillac badge.
Cadillac has promised a product onslaught of eight new models by 2020. As GM and the UAW push toward an agreement that could come as early as this coming week, it’s a good bet that negotiators are discussing which of ... Continue reading "GM's product plans create bargaining chips for UAW talks" » Oct 24, 2015 8:52 am U.S. ET Permalink
DETROIT -- Volkswagen AG has made a liar out of me.
For months, I’ve been telling people about how much I like the 2015 Golf SportWagen TDI that I bought in May. I held out for a year for the arrival of this redesign, which has a sleeker silhouette, more interior space and a new, 2.0-liter, turbocharged “Clean Diesel” engine.
I’ve boasted about ho ... Continue reading "How VW's 'clean diesel' made a liar out of me" » Sep 21, 2015 2:14 pm U.S. ET Permalink
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Mainstream brands have been nuzzling closer to their luxury counterparts in recent years, adding everything from heated steering wheels to high-end sound systems and high-tech safety packages.
But General Motors' Opel brand has reached a new level of luxury incursion with its redesigned Astra, a cousin of the Chevy Cruze.
Available features on the ... Continue reading "Opel pins compact car comeback on Astra's posh comforts" » Sep 18, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
One of the most distinctive design elements of the redesigned Opel Astra unveiled at this year's Frankfurt auto show is its “floating” roofline, an element likely to appear on future Opels -- and by extension, future Buicks.
Opel made the new Astra compact a bit smaller than its predecessor, but managed to increase interior space. That’s good for weight ... Continue reading "Opel Astra's 'floating' roofline likely to appear on future Buicks " » Sep 17, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
FRANKFURT -- One of the most distinctive design elements of the redesigned Opel Astra unveiled at the motor show here is its “floating” roofline, an element likely to appear on future Opels -- and by extension, future Buicks.
Opel made the 2016 Astra compact a bit smaller than its predecessor, but managed to increase interior space. That’s good for weigh ... Continue reading "Future Buicks could get Opel's 'floating' roofline" » Sep 16, 2015 6:14 am U.S. ET Permalink
Mary Barra will make her first public appearance at a European auto show as GM’s CEO next week in Frankfurt.
Her timing is pretty good.
GM’s Opel division had little to feel good about the last time the automotive world descended on its home country for the sprawling Frankfurt motor show, in September 2013. Opel had lost market share for 14 straight years. GM ... Continue reading "Why Barra's timing is good for Frankfurt appearance" » Sep 11, 2015 2:34 pm U.S. ET Permalink
If you squint hard at the label on the Cadillac CTS-V high-performance sedan that hits showrooms soon, you will see a subtle but telling shift in Cadillac’s pricing strategy.
The sticker starts at $83,995, including shipping. That’s about $11,000 below BMW’s M5 and about $9,500 less than the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
In recent years, Cadillac has tried to ... Continue reading "CTS-V sticker reflects shift in Cadillac pricing" » Aug 11, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET Permalink
We have been told to expect big things for Cadillac’s vehicle portfolio -- eight all-new models by 2020.
But a glance at its product-planning timeline shows that dealers and consumers will be waiting quite a while for much of that fresh sheet metal.
This year is a fun one productwise for Cadillac, with the arrival of three new, screamin’-fast V-series cars, a ... Continue reading "Cadillac's product onslaught: Hurry up and wait" » Jul 21, 2015 12:15 pm U.S. ET Permalink
DETROIT -- Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup.
General Motors invited reporters this week to drive a Chevy Colorado and a GMC Canyon equipped with 2.8-liter, four-cylinder Duramax diesel engines. The trucks go on sale this fall.
The GM engineers on hand were confident that the trucks' highway fuel-economy rating w ...