Alan Batey

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Chevy looks to expand focus-group spots

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

It's some of the edgiest advertising that Chevrolet has shown in a long time: a commercial featuring various focus groups — little kids, seniors, bearded men, “rich housewives” — who are asked to compare a picture of a guy and his Colorado pickup and the same guy shown with a sedan....
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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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Buick-GMC boss dives into the nitty-gritty

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014

As Vauxhall managing director from 2010 to 2013, new Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred helped to reverse years of sliding retail market share. Now he has been given the chance to think big....
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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chevy expects big things from tiny crossovers

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

Chevrolet's decision to add the Trax to its U.S. lineup marks the latest effort by automakers to wring more sales growth and fuel economy gains from the small end of the crossover segment....
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