Mike Colias

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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A good GM diesel car ... has hell frozen over?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2013
General Motors' passenger-car diesel program has, quite literally, been to Hell and back.... Read More »

 

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Silverado hand-wringers should relax -- for now

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2013
There was hand-wringing, even some flat out panic, when General Motors unwrapped its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado in December. Many dealers, enthusiasts and writers questioned whether the pickup's design went far enough. Did GM whiff on its most critical vehicle launch since its 2009 bankruptcy? No.... Read More »

 

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Why the Stingray's $52K sticker should come with an asterisk

1:55 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2013
GM resisted the urge to jack up the price on the 2014 Corvette Stingray, despite major enhancements on the seventh-generation sports car. The $51,995* sticker for the coupe is just 1,400 bucks more than the current model, even with its more powerful engine, better fuel economy and vastly improved interior. So why the asterisk?... Read More »

 

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Why GM might rename its new mid-sized pickups

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2013
Mark Reuss says the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups will be so much better than the bland outgoing models, General Motors might come up with new names. "We're targeting a new generation of buyer with a new truck," the GM North America president told reporters this week.... Read More »

 

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Cadillac tries to overcome walk-on status

10:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2013
When I was in college, I walked onto the football team. It didn't take long for me to grasp a cold reality: To get the coaches' attention, I had to be better than the scholarship players. That's where Cadillac is today in its quest to play on the same field with the German luxury brands.... Read More »

 

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GM's Alpha plan to beat the alpha dogs of luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2013
The accolades heaped on Cadillac's ATS compact sedan owe much to the built-from-scratch rear-wheel-drive architecture on which it rides. It's code-named Alpha, and it's the same platform that underpins the next-generation 2014 Cadillac CTS. But Alpha almost never came to be Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Why the LaCrosse facelift is sorely needed

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2013
Buick is showing a refreshed LaCrosse sedan this week at the New York auto show. And it's not a moment too soon. The LaCrosse has been the workhorse of Buick's recovery.... Read More »

 

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Why sales of the new Impala must come the hard way

10:59 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2013
Here's a prediction for a headline you're likely to see this fall: "Impala sales slide." Not because the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, redesigned for the first time in eight years, is a bad car. It's a leap over its predecessor and should be plenty competitive with the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus and other big sedan rivals, based on my driving impressions from a media event here.... Read More »

 

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Why Corvette in Europe faces a tough road

2:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2013
By unveiling the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible in Europe, GM is signaling that it believes this generation of the Vette can stretch its halo beyond American shores.... Read More »

 

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Is Buick next in line for Opel's new convertible?

7:22 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2013
Could the Opel Cascada convertible unveiled at the show here today be headed to Buick showrooms in North America? GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky wouldn't say for sure, but offered some grist for the rumor mill.... Read More »

 

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Why Corvette in Europe faces a tough road

2:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2013
By unveiling the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible in Europe, GM is signaling that it believes this generation of the 'Vette can stretch its halo beyond American shores.... Read More »

 

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Here's the deal behind Shaq's Buick commercials

10:54 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2013
You might have seen the new commercial over the weekend that has Shaquille O'Neal's 7-foot-frame folded into a Buick LaCrosse. The 15-time NBA All Star appeared last year in another LaCrosse spot. But no, he's not Buick's first official celebrity endorser since parting ways with Tiger Woods in 2010.... Read More »

 

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Why Chevy's new advertising road looks promising

11:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2013
Opinions on what flavors and themes should infuse Chevy's brand messaging are as diverse as its sprawling vehicle lineup.... Read More »

 

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Why millennials are a double-edged sword for dealers

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2013
There's been a lot of ink spilled about why car dealers must go out of their way to court young people. Here's one more reason: They're more likely to help -- or harm -- a dealership's reputation.... Read More »

 

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Why one Chevy dealer REALLY loves the new Corvette Stingray

1:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2013
Many people liked Chevrolet's decision to badge its next-generation Corvette with the throwback Stingray name. Steve Hurley really liked it. He's dealer principal at Stingray Chevrolet in Plant City, Fla.... Read More »

 

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Why Caddy has 2 ways to play the ELR pricing game

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
The most common question on the lips of onlookers who saw Cadillac unveil its flashy and fuel-sipping ELR plug-in hybrid at the auto show was: "How much?" It's too early for General Motors execs to discuss price. The coupe won't hit showrooms for about a year. But the guessing has begun.... Read More »

 

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Mark Reuss' good day at the office

8:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
When you're the highest profile car guy at General Motors, there aren't many days at the office better than a Corvette reveal. Sunday was a good day for Mark Reuss.... Read More »

 

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Next-gen Impala's sticker shows GM means business

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2012
It's hard to think of a recent vehicle that took a bigger leap to the next generation than the upcoming Chevrolet Impala. The 2014 Impala is sleek and sculpted, its plush interior loaded with technology. The lone redeeming quality of the outgoing '13 Impala, built on a platform that dates back to the '90s, is its cavernous trunk, Consumer Reports says.... Read More »

 

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Cadillac to give ATS breathing room by trimming CTS output

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2012
We've heard a lot about how Cadillac's new ATS compact sedan was built to lure buyers away from the BMW 3 series and other German luxury juggernauts. That might yet happen. But, at least early on, the ATS is poaching buyers from its older and larger sibling in the Cadillac lineup: the CTS.... Read More »

 

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Why is GM far less profitable than Ford?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2012
It has been more than three years since General Motors emerged from bankruptcy. So why is GM still far less profitable than archrival Ford Motor Co.? We recently got a refreshingly candid answer Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Why Ford is more profitable than GM

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2012
It has been more than three years since GM emerged from bankruptcy liberated from much of its bloated cost structure. So why is GM still far less profitable than archrival Ford Motor Co. in the bread-and-butter North American market?... Read More »

 

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Dealer cash juices Volt sales boom

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2012
The record month for Chevrolet Volt sales in August surely pleased GM brass, green-car believers and perhaps even the Obama administration. But the folks at Ourisman Rockmont Chevrolet in Rockville, Md., likely are even happier.... Read More »

 

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Escalade keeps bling, brawn in Caddy lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2012
Cadillac is rolling out its lightest car ever, the ATS compact. Next year it will launch a plug-in hybrid coupe, the ELR. But before you begin thinking that the brand has lost its go-big roots, there's this: We'll soon see the next-generation Escalade Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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Next-gen Escalade to keep the bling, brawn in Caddy lineup

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2012
Cadillac is rolling out its lightest car ever, the ATS compact. Next year it will launch a sporty plug-in hybrid coupe, the ELR. But before you begin thinking that the brand historically known for floaty boats and tailfins had lost its go-big roots, there’s this: We’ll see the next-generation Escalade within the next 12 months.... Read More »

 

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