Mike Colias

MIKE COLIAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

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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