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BLOG: The Chevy Colorado's checklist

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013

Chevrolet's redesigned Colorado makes its debut at the auto show here this week amid plenty of anticipation -- and no small amount of skepticism.... Read More »

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BLOG: GM expects market share to grow steadily

4:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson predicts that GM will gain U.S. market share in 2014 as a slew of new and redesigned vehicles hit the market.... Read More »

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BLOG: Buick's new game plan for reviving Regal sales

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013

What's wrong with Buick Regal sales? That's the question asked often of Buick executives over the past 18 months. Why 18 months? Because that's around the time the smaller, less expensive Verano compact sedan entered Buick's lineup.... Read More »

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BLOG: A look inside the Cadillac CTS' big price increase

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2013

The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan that rolls out next month will be priced from $6,000 to a whopping $16,000 above comparable 2013 models. It's steep, no doubt. But after driving the next-gen CTS during a media launch here, here's my take on why it's not as outlandish as you might think.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why it pays to be the resident Corvette specialist

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2013

Stick this one in the tough-day-at-the-office file. Steve Moore Jr., operations director at Steve Moore Chevrolet in Charlotte, N.C., spent two days at a track outside Las Vegas last month flogging the new 2014 Corvette Stingray.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Opel and Buick are looking more familiar

9:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

A memo from overseas to Buick watchers in the United States: Pay attention to what GM's Opel brand is doing on the other side of the pond, including the lithe Monza concept it unwrapped at the auto show here today. Because, more than ever, what's Opel is Buick, and vice versa.... Read More »

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BLOG: Tough questions for Chevy Europe's new chief

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013

How can Chevy and Opel, two mainstream brands, co-exist and grow together in Europe?... Read More »

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BLOG: Tough questions for Chevy Europe's new chief

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013

How can Chevy and Opel, two mainstream brands, co-exist and grow together in Europe?... Read More »

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BLOG: How white-haired 'Vette owners helped shape Stingray's design

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2013

About four years ago, when GM designers were just starting on the seventh-generation Corvette, Ed Welburn had something of an epiphany while watching his local news.... Read More »

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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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