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Chevrolet forges sleeker, aerodynamic styling on 2019 Silverado

UPDATED: 12/17/17 6:04 am ET - adds details

The Chevrolet Silverado will be sleeker, more aerodynamic and available in more trim lines, with expanded powertrain options and functionality, for 2019. GM introduced the 2019 Silverado LT Trailboss on Saturday in Texas.

Buick tries to make Regal stand out

The Regal marks a unique strategy of moving an existing vehicle into alternative segments.

Chevrolet forges sleeker, aerodynamic styling on 2019 Silverado

UPDATED: 12/17/17 10:34 pm ET - adds details

The Chevy Silverado, GM's top-selling and most profitable nameplate, will be available in more trim lines, with expanded powertrain options and functionality, for 2019.

GM parts with former labor exec charged in training fund probe

Alphons Iacobelli, a former labor relations executive facing several criminal charges for the alleged misuse of funds to retrain workers, is no longer employed by General Motors.

Former UAW official resigns from GM board

Joe Ashton, a former UAW vice president, has resigned from GM's board of directors amid a widening federal probe into joint training centers overseen by representatives of the union and Detroit automakers.

GM making big changes to lighten pickups

It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fibre, whose long, labour-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports...

GM-Lyft relationship? It's complicated

General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain.

GM making big changes to lighten pickups

It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fiber, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.

Marketplace showcases GM's remote update capability

Over-the-air updates are seen as a key part of connected and autonomous vehicles, as they allow companies to refine their systems over time and provide real-time updates when needed.

GM to use carbon fibre in redesigned pickup beds

GM plans to use carbon fibre for the beds of its redesigned full-size pickups to improve performance and reduce weight. Carbon fibre is considerably stronger and lighter than steel and aluminum, but it's more expensive.

GM to use carbon fiber in redesigned pickup beds

GM plans to use carbon fiber for the beds of its redesigned full-size pickups to improve performance and reduce weight. Carbon fiber is considerably stronger and lighter than steel and aluminum, but it's more expensive.

GM offers U.S. in-car purchases via Marketplace app while Canada waits

GM Canada doesn’t have immediate plans to offer the Marketplace app, which allows in-car purchases such as food through the car's infotainment system. GM will use a U.S. launch to evaluate expansion.

GM first to offer in-car purchases via Marketplace app

General Motors is launching a new in-vehicle app named Marketplace that will allow drivers to pay for goods such as gasoline or coffee and schedule service through their infotainment systems.

GM: We'll make money on autonomous — and win

GM said its business operations are slated to fundamentally change within two years with the launch of commercial, all-electric, autonomous vehicles at scale in 2019.

Cadillac marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus resigns

UPDATED: 12/4/17 9:20 am ET - corrected

Uwe Ellinghaus is leaving Cadillac after four years as the brand's global chief marketing officer, effective Dec. 31. Cadillac spokesman Andrew Lipman said Ellinghaus is departing for "personal reasons."

GM: November sales decline 2.9% on cars

UPDATED: 12/4/17 12:08 pm ET

The automaker, behind weaker car demand and lower fleet shipments, reported sales last month declined 2.9 percent compared with November 2016.

GM expects to launch autonomous ride-sharing within 2 years

UPDATED: 11/30/17 4:30 pm ET - adds stock close

GM plans to launch commercial autonomous vehicles at scale within two years as it reduces the costs of self-driving technologies and moves into service-based operations such as ride sharing.

Regional director, accountant Gary Jones slated to become next UAW president

UPDATED: 11/30/17 5:42 pm ET - adds details, links

Gary Jones, a UAW regional director and certified public accountant, is slated to become the union's next president.

UAW caucus to nominate new leadership slate for 2018 election

Following failed organizing drives and an ongoing federal corruption probe, hundreds of UAW officials are expected to meet in Detroit this week to select a slate of candidates for the union's 2018 elections.

Chevy's new speed champ, the ZR1, goes topless

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible is expected to go on sale in the spring, alongside the coupe, starting at $123,995. The coupe will start at $119,995.

U.S. auto sales pace expected to remain strong in November

UPDATED: 11/27/17 1:28 pm ET - adds details

Automakers are projected to report strong U.S. sales for November as aggressive incentive spending continues to sustain a robust autumn. The projections for the month range from a 1 percent decrease to a 3.5 percent increase.

GM offering 'flex cash' incentives

GM is offering a new incentive program for its Chevrolet dealers that some argue resembles controversial stair-step incentive plans and gives unfair advantages to larger retailers.

Vehicle subscription services expand

Do you plan to buy, lease or subscribe? That could be a common question from lenders and dealerships as vehicle subscription services grow as an alternative to car ownership in coming years.

GM to lay out vision for autonomous vehicles

Thursday's event with Wall Street investors is expected to focus on GM's mobility and self-driving vehicle business, which some analysts have valued as high as $30 billion.

GM maps route to profitable EVs

The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer.

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