Alan Batey

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....
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GM hints at dealer bonus redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

North America chief Alan Batey hints at a successor to General Motors' Essential Brand Elements program, which has funneled billions of dollars to dealers since 2010 to update their stores and raise the level of customer service. The program's scheduled expiration next year raises financial uncertainty for most of GM's dealers, who have come to depend on quarterly bonuses that are tied partly to making store improvements....
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ALAN BATEY, GM NORTH AMERICA PRESIDENT

GM remains bullish but choosing a long-term view

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Alan Batey says he wants growth but insists that General Motors won't chase market share or get into incentive wars, as it did in the past. He's taking a long-term view as the automaker works to revitalize Chevrolet and Buick while accelerating the momentum of its upscale truck marque, GMC....
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Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

8:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers. The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand's “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle....
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CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Chevy looks to expand focus-group spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

Chevrolet ran some of the focus group content in online videos and a few commercials last fall and recently began another round of spots. The reception has been so good that Chevy executives are considering expanding the concept to advertise for other vehicles....
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GM confirms plans for Chevy Bolt production in Michigan

9:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

General Motors confirmed today that it will make a production version of the Chevrolet Bolt concept that it unveiled last month, with plans to build the electric vehicle in Michigan....
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GM eager to squeeze more out of BDCs

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015

GM is using the Year of the Recall to reinforce the importance of operating a business development center, on both the sales and service sides of the dealership....
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Chevy eyes Buick's regional ad style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014

Chevy's approach to its so-called Tier 2 advertising, under which regional dealer groups pool money to buy ads, is in something of a transition....
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GM touts 13,000 vehicles sold under Shop-Click-Drive

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

General Motors has sold more than 13,000 new vehicles via its online shopping tool Shop-Click-Drive since it debuted for use on dealership websites a year ago, the automaker said today....
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GM extends 'speak up' safety message to dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

General Motors' heightened focus on safety in the wake of its recall crisis is spilling over to its 4,300 dealerships. In a Sept. 30 memo, GM North America President Alan Batey asked dealers to reinforce to their staffs "a sense of safety ownership and responsibility," and told dealers to encourage staffers to "speak up" if they spot a potential problem....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why Detroit is a small town, big city for auto dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014

Detroit's a big city. But if you're in the car biz, the Motor City is a small town, too. Karl Zimmermann's party at George Matick Chevrolet was both big city and small town....
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