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Why it could be the Volt's time to shine in China

Posted 7:17 am U.S. ET, April 20
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SHANGHAI -- Since the Chevrolet Volt hit U.S. showrooms in late 2010, it's been dogged by a central question: How can General Motors drive down the plug-in hybrid's cost enough to make it affordable to more people, and eventually turn a profit? I think I know at least part of the answer: Sell a boatload of them in a Chinese market that's fast warming to EVs. GM has sold ...
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Barra's management style signaled in Wilson negotiations

Posted 4:03 pm U.S. ET, March 9
General Motors' swift, tidy resolution of Harry Wilson's advance on its board and balance sheet has GM CEO Mary Barra's fingerprints all over it. By that, I mean it was handled efficiently and inclusively, without raising the temperature or decibel level in the room, by all accounts. And it left the opposing side with nothing but nice things to say. "She ran an effective ...
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How much damage can GM's financial 'fortress' sustain?

Posted 1:54 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 10
Editor's note: This blog was updated to clarify details on GM Financial and on Cadillac spending. DETROIT -- Marauders are storming General Motors’ “fortress balance sheet.” Or at least, they’re knocking loudly on the door. Since GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, executives have used that fortress analogy to describe a fiscal philosophy marked by a comf ...
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The magic number for Colorado and Canyon sales

Posted 4:14 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 5
General Motors sold 8,147 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups last month. Is that good or bad? It depends whom you ask. Jalopnik leans toward bad, I guess, with this headline from Tuesday: "Is The 2015 Chevy Colorado In Danger Of Becoming A Failed Experiment?" The writer, who counts himself a Colorado fan, laments that in January, just its fifth month on the ma ...
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Buick stand goes from crickets to glitz under Aldred's direction

Posted 6:30 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
DETROIT -- A year ago, just before Duncan Aldred took over as the head of Buick-GMC from his previous post at GM's Vauxhall brand, he visited the auto show here. He didn't like what he saw. The Buick stand, as Aldred remembers it, was like a sleepy backwater. Tucked in a corner between a line of supplier displays and Chevrolet's glitzy exhibit, there might as well have b ...
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What the big fuss over small crossovers is all about

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Dec. 9
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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