Mike Colias

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Chevy Colorado, in ZR2 gear, is ready to hit the rocky trails
7:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Chevrolet's off-road Colorado concept is its boldest effort yet to position the midsize pickup as a versatile truck for active, outdoorsy types. ...


GM pickup production forecast bumped up by 6% for 2015
3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18 | UPDATED: 11/18/14 4:03 pm ET - adds details
IHS Automotive raised its 2015 production forecast for General Motors' full-sized pickups by 6 percent over previous estimates -- betting that tamer gasoline prices will ...


Cadillac rolls out V series versions of ATS sedan, coupe
10:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 9:37 am ET
Cadillac is seeking some much-needed momentum for its entry-level ATS nameplate with the launch next spring of V series track-ready versions of the sedan and coupe. ...


Chevy eyes Buick's regional ad style
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15
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. ...


Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the best I could" in his fir ...


Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests
10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 1:42 pm ET - adds details
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and friends of people ki ...


GM drops shift at Michigan Cadillac plant to match car supply, demand
6:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11
GM is eliminating one production shift at the Michigan plant where the Cadillac ATS and CTS are made, a reflection of new brand chief Johan de Nysschen's vow to fix exces ...


GM to cut 160 jobs at small-car plant near Detroit
11:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11
General Motors is laying off 160 workers and trimming production at the assembly plant where it makes the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano amid weaker-than-expected deman ...


Barra pinning GM's transformation on small changes that add up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Instead of a broad culture shift, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is pressing employees for small changes — singular moments of candor and more-decisive action — ...


After 'stuff' happens, Chevy team scrambles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8
Chevy's swift response in converting an awkward World Series award presentation from a punch line to a marketing coup became a case study on the real-time power of social ...


Chevy retires 'technology and stuff' after reaping publicity windfall
3:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7 | UPDATED: 11/7/14 4:44 pm ET - corrected
Chevrolet is sending #ChevyGuy and his #TechnologyAndStuff pitch to the showers -- but not before recording about $5 million in free media exposure. ...


GM axes U.S. version of Chevy Captiva Sport -- a fleet staple
11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4
GM has discontinued the U.S. version of the Chevrolet Captiva Sport, ending a three-year run for the fleet-only small crossover. ...


GM offers gift cards as bait for owners to get recalled cars fixed
12:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4
General Motors is dangling $25 gift cards to Starbucks, Bass Pro Shops and other retailers to persuade nearly 1 million owners of recalled cars with faulty ignition switc ...


GM gets 2nd chance with Volt
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker, lighter and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. And it will probably carry less baggage. ...


GM volume edges up on strong trucks, weak crossovers
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
GM's pickups and SUVs stayed hot in October, but weaker demand for crossovers and cars resulted in flat overall sales for the month. GM's retail sales fell 2 percent, whi ...


Getting suppliers 'to believe in GM'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
General Motors CEO Mary Barra has made “building relationships” a key focus of her first nine months, from dealers to politicians to the media. But repairing ...


GM tries to overcome 'recall fatigue'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1
GM launched a cutting-edge digital marketing tool using Facebook and other popular websites to get owners of decade-old cars to have their defective ignition switches rep ...


GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28 | UPDATED: 10/28/14 1:29 pm ET - adds Nitz, Barra remarks
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers sai ...


Cadillac convertible is back on the table, execs tell dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Cadillac is considering a convertible that would be built on the platform that underpins the CTS and ATS sedans, General Motors executives recently told dealers. ...


GM operating profits fall 14% in Q3 on flat revenue
7:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23 | UPDATED: 10/23/14 4:20 pm ET - adds closing share price
GM's record transaction prices in North America and booming sales in China weren't enough to offset weakness in just about every other region, as the company's third-quar ...


Cadillac dealers feel the heat
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Many Cadillac retailers say they've bought into the vision of Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen, who along with other top General Motors executives sold that vision du ...


GM used flawed system to yank N.Y. franchise, judge rules
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
The owners of a small dealership near New York City have won a legal challenge stymieing General Motors' bid to terminate his franchise, a ruling that could help other de ...


Top GM lawyer Michael Millikin, blasted during Congress' recall hearings, to retire
12:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17 | UPDATED: 10/17/14 3:49 pm ET - adds background, video
GM's top lawyer, Michael Millikin, 66, is retiring three months after he withstood withering criticism by lawmakers for his department's handling of GM's deadly ignition ...


A shared mission, a shared reward
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Staff meetings can be a drag -- unless you get paid for attending. At George Matick Chevrolet in Redford Township, Mich. ...


Chevy to get another EV
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Chevrolet will broaden its green-vehicle offerings by adding an electric model to a lineup that includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar. ...


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