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GM gets fuel cell work ready for takeoff

GM has entered an exclusive deal with Liebherr-Aerospace to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-powered auxiliary power unit for aircraft applications.

Cadillac's CT5 takes cues from Escala

It may resemble a Dodge Charger or Dart but look closely and you'll see styling cues from the Escala concept in what is expected to be the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, a replacement for the ATS and CTS sedans.

UAW delegates elect new leaders amid widening federal probe

UPDATED: 6/14/18 7:29 am ET - adds photo

Opposition to the leadership-selected slate gained little traction at the union's 37th Constitutional Convention, despite a widening federal probe.

GM names Dhivya Suryadevara CFO to replace retiring Chuck Stevens

UPDATED: 6/13/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

GM CFO Chuck Stevens is retiring and will be succeeded by Dhivya Suryadevara, a 39-year-old Harvard Business School graduate who has been a fast-rising star in the company's financial operations.

UAW delegates approve 31% pay raise for union leaders, add flexible dues structure

UPDATED: 6/12/18 3:11 pm ET - adds details

UAW delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved 31 percent salary increases for the union's international leaders and also approved a plan to add flexibility to the union's dues structure.

GM 'will eventually' feel impact of trade uncertainty, Barra says

UPDATED: 6/12/18 4:16 pm ET - adds stock close

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said if trade uncertainty continues, it "will eventually" have an impact on the company's operations. The automaker has already seen higher steel and aluminum prices.

UAW will present outgoing Williams with retirement perks

UPDATED: 6/12/18 10:34 am ET - adds links

UAW delegates are expected to present outgoing UAW President Dennis Williams with the use of a cabin at the union's Black Lake retreat and conference center when he retires this week.

UAW's Williams leaves with a clouded legacy

Dennis Williams' legacy likely will not be what many expected it to be when he was elected to lead the union in June 2014.

GM finally finds friends on Wall Street

A series of major tech deals covering electrified and autonomous vehicles in the last year have GM finally gaining traction on Wall Street, in terms of price and perception.

GM and Tesla diverge on autonomous paths

Autopilot and Super Cruise: The two brand names reflect the diverging visions of autonomy that Tesla and General Motors are offering today's consumers.

UAW-Chrysler training center sues to recover $4.4 million in embezzled funds

The UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, embroiled in a multimillion-dollar federal corruption scandal, sued two former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles officials and a union leader's widow Friday to recover more than $4.

GM, Honda team up on next-gen EV batteries

UPDATED: 6/7/18 12:16 pm ET - adds details

General Motors and Honda are partnering again -- this time on the development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Under the deal, Honda will buy battery modules based on the next generation of GM's battery system.

GM, Honda team up on next-gen EV batteries

UPDATED: 6/7/18 12:16 pm ET - adds details

General Motors and Honda are partnering again -- this time on the development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Under the deal, Honda will buy battery modules based on the next generation of GM's battery system.

GM plans to expand Super Cruise beyond Cadillac to entire U.S. lineup

UPDATED: 6/6/18 9:25 am ET -- adds details

General Motors will eventually expand its Super Cruise semiautonomous highway driving system found in Cadillac models to all of GM's vehicles in the U.S., product chief Mark Reuss said.

GM plans to expand Super Cruise beyond Cadillac

UPDATED: 06/06/18 11 am ET -- Adds details

GM will expand its Super Cruise semiautonomous highway driving system to brands other than Cadillac after 2020. It's the first major announcement for Cadillac since GM made Steve Carlisle head of the brand.

SoftBank deal could open more doors for GM

GM President Dan Amman said the deal with Softbank opens GM to a "unique set of relations" and enhances the company's opportunity to commercialize self-driving vehicles.

GM's autonomous vehicle unit receives $2.25B boost from investment firm

UPDATED: 5/31/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

SoftBank Vision Fund, a prominent technology investment firm, will invest $2.25 billion in Cruise Automation, GM's autonomous vehicle operation.

Can GM redefine 4-banger -- in a truck?

GM surprised most, if not all, journalists this month by allowing us to drive the next-generation Silverado without knowing what was under the hood.

GM battles Waymo for supremacy

General Motors and Google have emerged as the leaders in developing and deploying self-driving vehicles. They represent a battle between traditional “dinosaur” automakers and technology “disrupters.”

GM's mapping team blazes new trails for factories

The Reality Capture team's work could play a key role as GM retools and plans for its next-generation trucks and complex changeovers for electric vehicles.

UAW president shows support for U.S. plan to explore import duties

UAW President Dennis Williams is supportive of the Trump administration's efforts to launch a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs.

GM's Barra on China's tariffs: Level playing fields or 'open up the markets'

General Motors CEO Mary Barra wants China to further reduce its protective tariffs. "I'd like to see it be level," she told Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein during an event in New York.

Downsized engines a test for GM pickups

Ford's success with its V-6 EcoBoost engines has proved that V-8 engines aren't necessarily the default choice for pickup buyers. The question now is: How low can you go?

GM's motorsports czar at speedways: Flat-out fun

On race days, Jim Campbell is an ambassador for GM to its teams, drivers, sponsors and racing league officials. He's there to make sure things are operating as smoothly as possible and if there is a problem, how to fix it.

Downsized engines a test for GM pickups

Ford's success with its V-6 EcoBoost engines has proved that V-8 engines aren't necessarily the default choice for pickup buyers. The question now is: How low can you go?


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