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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud.... Read More »

Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender.... Read More »

Chevy preps 2016 Camaro convertible with fully automatic top

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph. GM bills the Camaro's drop top as "the most sophisticated top in the segment," with latches that automatically release and secure the top.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: 'Multiphysics': Engineering's new frontier

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The creation process that was once fairly simple -- design blueprints to prototypes to testing to validation to production -- now is often extremely complex, involving engineers from several disciplines who must think in areas outside of their training.... Read More »

Buick, GMC start adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

11:07 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

General Motors is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Buick and GMC models, another step in the rollout of the smartphone-like interfaces across GM's portfolio.... Read More »

GM gambles on quick car redesigns in shifting market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors wants to raise its game in the car space so badly that it's speeding up redesigns and loading future models with head-turning features. But the push is coming amid a deteriorating outlook for car sales as the market shifts to crossovers.... Read More »

NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to make following a blistering audit by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General.... Read More »

Hyundai close to replacing GM as NFL sponsor, report says

12:36 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Hyundai is close to an agreement on a sponsorship contract with the National Football League, two people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

GM slates 'all-new vehicle program' for Orion

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors said it is investing $245 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant and adding 300 jobs for an "all-new vehicle program."... Read More »

Kerkorian kept the pressure on Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Kirk Kerkorian, who died last week, never quite managed to close the blockbuster deals he chased in Detroit. But his deep pockets repeatedly prodded auto executives into action, and his warnings of looming trouble for the Detroit 3 proved uncannily accurate.... Read More »

Do copyrights for books, music also apply to cars?

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The U.S. Copyright Office will likely decide within months whether a law written partly to protect literature and music copyrights in the digital age also prevents car owners and mechanics from making vehicle repairs or diagnoses.... Read More »

FCA hikes Ram diesel torque rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram division is firing the opening salvo in the 2016 model pickup wars by boosting the torque rating of its high-output, 6.7-liter diesel engine to 900 pounds-feet -- highest in the industry.... Read More »

Chevy preps a Cruze hatchback for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Chevrolet plans a hatchback version of the next-generation Cruze compact sedan for the U.S., targeting a niche segment that could be ripe for growth.... Read More »

Chevrolet Silverado design to get more zing for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Chevrolet plans to freshen its light-duty Silverado pickup for the 2016 model year, an effort to spice up a design that some have criticized as dull since the truck came out two years ago.... Read More »

GM to re-enter medium-duty commercial truck market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales of pickups, vans and other trucks to fleet buyers.... Read More »

Chevrolet's thrill ride in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Nearly 3,000 Chevrolet dealers and dealership employees spent two days in the desert for the annual business meeting. But, for a change, they didn't stay holed up for hours in a windowless ballroom. Instead, they got to tear around a racetrack at nearby Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, flogging pre-production 2016 Camaro coupes and Malibu sedans.... Read More »

U.S. audit finds NHTSA hobbled by systemic, staff shortcomings

7:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

NHTSA is beset with longstanding, systemic operating problems that have undermined the agency's ability to adequately police auto safety for years, an audit of the agency shows. The report, by the Department of Transportation's inspector general, also found the agency failed for more than a decade to uncover the GM ignition switch defect, which is now linked to more than 100 deaths.... Read More »

UAW leaders intent on bridging the gap in auto workers' pay, Williams vows

12:50 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams, using his final press conference before the start of contract negotiations with the Detroit 3, today vowed to address the pay disparity between entry-level workers and longtime auto workers meaningfully in this year's round of bargaining.... Read More »

GM asking advisors for help rekindles FCA merger talk

2:12 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

General Motors seeking advice from investment banks shows it is taking an attempt by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to force a merger with its larger U.S. rival seriously, analysts and traders said.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

FCA's long-odds GM pursuit hangs on Marchionne's deal record

2:20 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Moves by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to force General Motors into a merger might have been laughed out of court by now, had its CEO been anyone other than Sergio Marchionne.... Read More »

Toyota 'confident' arrested exec Hamp didn't intend to break Japan drug laws

6:52 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Toyota expressed confidence in communications chief Julie Hamp, its first female senior executive, after she was arrested Thursday on suspicion of a Japanese drug offense involving a prescribed medication, saying she did not intend to break any laws.... Read More »

GM and FCA line up financial advisers in merger standoff, report says

6:30 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have turned to investment banks for help to deal with a stand-off as FCA seeks to force a merger with its Detroit rival, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

GM credit raised to investment grade by Fitch

2:59 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

General Motors said today that Fitch Ratings had raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade.... Read More »

Kirk Kerkorian -- investor who changed Chrysler, prodded GM -- dies at 98

10:59 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Kirk Kerkorian, the billionaire casino mogul who twice attempted takeovers of Chrysler and in 2006 tried to fashion a global alliance between GM and Nissan-Renault, died Monday in Los Angeles.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: A fantastic and revealing story of Kirk Kerkorian

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

I never met Kirk Kerkorian, but I feel as if I knew him through my lunches with Jerry York, Kerkorian's longtime lieutenant who once served on GM's board.... Read More »

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