Mike Colias

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Barra's management style signaled in Wilson negotiations

4:03 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

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.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: How much damage can GM's financial 'fortress' sustain?

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Marauders are storming GM's “fortress balance sheet.” Or at least, they're knocking loudly on the door.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: The magic number for Colorado and Canyon sales

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

General Motors sold 8,147 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups last month. Is that good or bad? It depends whom you ask.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Buick stand goes from crickets to glitz under Aldred's direction

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015

Buick is breaking away from Chevrolet and showroom sibling GMC to stake out separate ground on the 2015 Detroit auto show floor.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: What the big fuss over small crossovers is all about

10:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

The Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade and other small crossovers aim to unlock the practicality and cachet of “SUV” driving for a group of buyers who until now have been relegated to inexpensive small cars.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Not long ago, 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. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

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 the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014

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 when the wraps come off the car sometime in the first half of next year, I bet it won't sport an LTS badge.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014

The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European.... Read More »

Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming.... Read More »

Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors.... Read More »

Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave.... Read More »

Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014

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.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why Cadillac's marketing boss has mixed feelings about 'Poolside' ad

10:22 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014

Cadillac's “Poolside” commercial, featuring a middle-aged rich guy bragging about America's work-hard ethos, has generated mixed sentiments -- for Cadillac's own marketing chief.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper

9:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014

Digital marketing tools, slick service apps and fresh F&I strategies were on the radar of many dealers who attended the NADA convention here this weekend. But for Chevrolet dealer Heinke Trapp, it was a date with The Reaper.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Barra's chance to tell GM's story to the world

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014

Dan Akerson thinks the installation of Mary Barra as General Motors' top executive will do wonders for GM's image. I tend to agree.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: GM's ending of the sales spin-and-grin is a puzzling decision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2014

General Motors is selling its spinmeister skills woefully short. GM said Friday that it no longer will host a regular conference call to discuss U.S. sales results from the previous month.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to revive the Rampage?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013

I believe GM's new pickups will be well received in the marketplace. However, I also believe that a market exists for a variation of those vehicles.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

3 reasons Chevy expects a revival in small pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013

Chevrolet's redesigned Colorado debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week amid plenty of anticipation -- and no small amount of skepticism.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

MIKE COLIAS

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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