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GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline
4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28 | UPDATED: 1/28/15 4:49 pm ET - adds GM statement
General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensatio ...

Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini ...

GM seeks speedy customer feedback
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
General Motors has launched a customer-satisfaction survey that combines a short-form questionnaire with a space for shopper comments. ...

Chevy store redo goes above and beyond
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Keith McCluskey put on steroids the Apple Inc.-like approach that many dealers are using to modernize their customers' experience. ...

GM eager to squeeze more out of BDCs
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25
GM is using the Year of the Recall to reinforce the importance of operating a business development center, on both the sales and service sides of the dealership. ...

Buick, GMC, riding truck wave, aim for more share gain
8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Buick and GMC are out to gain U.S. market share again this year by riding momentum in truck and crossover sales. ...

GM and Ally compete to grow F&I
12:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
GM is on a hiring binge to build a direct sales force for its branded F&I products as the company seeks a foothold in the competitive space. ...

Cadillac chief strives to reassure anxious dealers
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24 | UPDATED: 1/24/15 5:50 pm ET -- updated
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen sought to reassure dealers at the brand's make meeting that he isn't out to eliminate stores, though he offered few details about the ...

Chevy banks on new models to end stretch of U.S. share loss
2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Chevrolet this year expects to snap its string of three straight years of US market share declines by capitalizing on its revitalized truck lineup, as the brand moves to ...

GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
About 1,200 General Motors dealerships have begun using a tablet tool, part of a software program called Service Workbench, that lets service advisers quickly pull up a v ...

High confidence in product after the Year of the Recall
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Chevrolet dealers were put to the test in 2014, with about 70 recall campaigns that sent millions of vehicles through their service lanes. On the one hand, it was a time- ...

GM Financial is up to the full-service task
6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
GM Financial will become the exclusive provider of subsidized leases for Buick-GMC dealerships on Feb. 3. Cadillac and Chevrolet will follow. ...

GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano
11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 | UPDATED: 1/23/15 4:11 pm ET - adds reaction
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weak ...

Strategic tweaks pay off in increased volume, profitability
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Buick-GMC dealers have been enjoying the best of both worlds: Higher volume and improved profitability. ...

GM seeks fast customer feedback
9:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
General Motors has launched a customer-satisfaction survey that combines a short-form questionnaire with a space for shopper comments. ...

Cadillac boss to introduce 'boutique' store concept to 700 dealers
9:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22 | UPDATED: 1/22/15 10:42 am ET - adds DC photos
Cadillac plans to ask about 700 of its dealerships to invest in small "boutique" stores that would offer "high technology showrooms" and a higher level of service than th ...

At a challenging time, 'dealers want to believe in Johan'
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
The last two years have been a roller coaster ride for Cadillac dealers. Sales fell back to earth last year, declining 7 percent, after Cadillac emerged as the fastest-gr ...

GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires
10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace ti ...

Chevy to expand Spark EV sales to Maryland
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Chevrolet will begin selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, its first East Coast entry and third state overall since the electric minicar was launched in Californi ...

'White space' is Buick's playground
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Buick's US lineup -- threadbare five years ago -- has emerged as a place where General Motors can gamble on different body styles and explore market niches that its rival ...

Caddy's focus: Plug lineup holes
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has had about five months since taking over the brand to assess the gaps in his vehicle lineup. He has found a lot of them. ...

Barra: A female CEO shouldn't be a shocker
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Mary Barra's first year as General Motors CEO was full of surprises. ...

Buick-GMC dangles dealer incentives
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
General Motors is dangling incentives this year to entice Buick-GMC dealers to operate loaner fleets for service customers and to run business development centers as a wa ...

Chevy likely to renew bonus pool for dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Chevrolet is likely to renew a version of its Essential Brand Elements incentive program after the current program expires in 2016, said Brad Sowers, a St. ...

Hug fest? Not at Cadillac
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18
With industry light-vehicle sales soaring toward 17 million and transaction prices at record highs, the dealer-factory meetings set for this week in San Francisco threate ...

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