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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

UPDATED: 7/6/15 10:41 am ET - adds videos, Ford response
Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. ...

XT5 flaunts side crease, wider grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Cadillac's new XT5, the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover, keeps the SRX shape but features a pronounced side crease that cuts above the door handles for a sligh ...

GM tally dented by pullback in fleet business

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 1
A steep drop in sales to rental companies in June magnified General Motors' weak car sales, which sank 15 percent through the first half of the year. ...

Camo-free Cadillac XT5 crossover spied in Manhattan

12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 29
Cadillac's new XT5 -- the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover -- will get a bolder front end but keep many of the same proportions of its predecessor, based on rece ...

Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reaso ...

Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in ...

Chevy pulls ahead timetable for Bolt EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
General Motors has accelerated development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle as the automaker tries to have the first mainstream brand with a long-range EV on the ma ...

Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 26
Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup. ...

Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24
The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top s ...

Chevy preps 2016 Camaro convertible with fully automatic top

UPDATED: 6/24/15 9:16 am ET - adds photo gallery
Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph. ...

Buick, GMC start adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

11:07 am U.S. ET | June 23
General Motors is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Buick and GMC models, another step in the rollout of the smartphone-like interfaces across GM's portfolio. ...

GM gambles on quick car redesigns in shifting market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
General Motors wants to raise its game in the car space so badly that it's speeding up redesigns and loading future models with head-turning features. ...

GM slates 'all-new vehicle program' for Orion

UPDATED: 6/22/15 11:12 am ET - adds link
General Motors said it is investing $245 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant and adding 300 jobs for an "all-new vehicle program." ...

Chevy preps a Cruze hatchback for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Chevrolet plans a hatchback version of the next-generation Cruze compact sedan for the U.S., targeting a niche segment that could be ripe for growth. ...

Chevrolet Silverado design to get more zing for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Chevrolet plans to freshen its light-duty Silverado pickup for the 2016 model year, an effort to spice up a design that some have criticized as dull since the truck came ...

GM to re-enter medium-duty commercial truck market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales ...

Chevrolet's thrill ride in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20
Nearly 3,000 Chevrolet dealers and dealership employees spent two days in the desert for the annual business meeting. But, for a change, they didn't stay holed up for hou ...

GM returns to medium-duty truck market, partners with Isuzu

UPDATED: 6/15/15 11:00 am - new story
General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales ...

GM will slash output at small-car plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Sluggish demand for the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano has led General Motors to cut their production by more than 20 percent, a symptom of a broader industry shift awa ...

Quality snag stalls bi-fuel Impala delivery

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Dealers and customers who ordered the natural gas Chevrolet Impala have been waiting as long as a year as General Motors works to solve a quality problem. ...

GM labor veteran Clegg to head talks with UAW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
When UAW bargainers sit down this summer to hammer out a new labor agreement with General Motors, they'll be looking across the table at a familiar chief negotiator for t ...

GM to cut Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano production amid weak sales

11:12 am U.S. ET | June 12
General Motors plans to cut Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano production by more than 20 percent and lay off about 100 workers -- the latest result of slowing U.S. demand ...

GM labor negotiator retires; Barra signals more involvement in UAW talks

UPDATED: 6/10/15 12:36 pm ET - adds Ford negotiator
General Motors' lead labor negotiator has retired, marking the departure of two of the Detroit 3's top labor officials just weeks ahead of contract negotiations with the ...

U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

UPDATED: 6/9/15 9:53 am ET - adds Barra comments
Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linke ...

Chevy's CNG Impala rollout delayed nearly a year to fix quality bug

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9
The rollout of Chevrolet's 2015 Impala that runs on natural gas has been delayed by nearly a year as GM works to fix a quality problem. ...
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