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GM safety practices no longer under NHTSA oversight; meetings will continue

GM's safety practices are no longer under the oversight of federal regulators, but the automaker said it plans to keep meeting with them at least monthly about potential defects.

GM cuts shift at Kansas car plant

GM, for the fifth time this year, is cutting a production shift at one of its U.S. assembly plants in response to slowing industry sales.

Ontario-built Cadillac XTS sedan will get 'major refresh' for 2018

Cadillac is updating the chassis, infotainment system and styling of its XTS sedan for the 2018 model year to help it continue to co-exist with the larger and newer CT6.

Cadillac plans 'major refresh' for 2018 XTS sedan

Cadillac is updating the chassis, infotainment system and styling of its XTS sedan for the 2018 model year to help it continue to co-exist with the larger and newer CT6.

Chevy's Trax stomps on the Sonic

Chevrolet's Sonic and Trax embody the speed at which consumer tastes have shifted from cars to crossovers.

GM sees more room to cut rental sales

By selling still-fewer vehicles to Enterprise and Hertz, GM hopes to boost residual values and improve the economics of its leasing business.

Big groups' F&I sales top vehicle volume in '16

F&I revenue at the nation's 150 largest dealership groups rose more than sales volume did in 2016, but the pace of growth for F&I slowed from prior years.

ALAN BATEY: GM reaps rewards of North America strategy

North America, Alan Batey's domain at General Motors, is responsible for 99.4 percent of GM's total adjusted earnings since January 2014. And it's becoming even more critical to the automaker's future.

GMC launches ad campaign with 'Like a Pro' tag line

GMC is trying to make more of an emotional appeal to consumers by launching an ad campaign that focuses on its buyers' lives with their vehicles, using the tag line "Like a Pro."

Ram shakes up the pickup wars

A year ago, Chevy launched a marketing assault on the Ford F series, asserting that its new aluminum body was too fragile. Now Chevy looks to be the vulnerable one.

GM quits, but India remains a battleground

GM's pessimism about India reflects its own missteps there rather than the market's prospects. Competitors are racing in.

GM: Sales fall; Chevy to end 'bonus tag' promotion

UPDATED: 6/1/17 5:01 pm ET - adds detail

Chevrolet is ending its long-running "bonus tag" promotion that was unpopular with many dealers and confusing to some customers.

GM plans to cut shift at Mich. transmission plant

UPDATED: 6/1/17 4:35 pm ET - adds May sales figure

GM said it will end one of two production shifts at a Michigan transmission plant next month, following cutbacks at several vehicle assembly vehicle plants.

New gearbox, grille for Yukon Denali

The GMC Yukon Denali is getting a 10-speed Hydra-Matic transmission developed in conjunction with Ford and a new, multidimensional grille for the 2018 model year.

Ford gets a ‘proven transformational leader’

Bill Ford has frequently spoken of a desire to spark a cultural revolution within Ford, and now he has a CEO with a record of doing just that.

May U.S. auto sales projected to rise -- slightly

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines.

GMC Yukon Denali adds 10-speed transmission, new grille for 2018

The GMC Yukon Denali is getting a 10-speed transmission and a new, multidimensional grille for the 2018 model year, says General Motors Canada.

GMC Yukon Denali adds 10-speed transmission, new grille for 2018

The GMC Yukon Denali is getting a 10-speed transmission and a new, multidimensional grille for the 2018 model year.

Is Hackett an outsider or an insider?

While Jim Hackett is certainly no grizzled auto veteran, it's an oversimplification to label him an outsider just like Alan Mulally.

Before Ford, Hackett built reputation on transforming Mich. office furniture company

UPDATED: 5/22/17 2:54 pm ET - adds details

Jim Hackett, the man named to replace Mark Fields as CEO of Ford, is a former board member at the automaker who spent most of his career running a Michigan furniture maker before Fields tapped him to steer Ford's investments...

Making fast cars look timeless

As exterior design manager for the Corvette Stingray and the sixth-generation Camaro, Kirk Bennion has styled some of General Motors' most iconic cars.

From Milford to Nurburgring, Ken Morris pushes cars to their limits

Since 1998, Ken Morris has circled the famed Nordschleife course more than 1,800 times.

Mark Reuss, in the 'knothole'

As much as Mark Reuss, a licensed road racer who created General Motors' Performance Division, relishes the fast lane, his appreciation for the carpool lane also runs deep.

India exit puts GM in 'right markets'

GM CEO Mary Barra signaled that GM isn't planning any more major reductions to its geographic profile. Still, she said the company would aggressively pare costs everywhere it can.

Mueller, overseer of Takata fund, gets new assignment

A federal judge in Detroit may need to find someone else to oversee a compensation fund for victims of defective Takata airbags.

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