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GM moved faster to fix larger cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints abo ...


June, July 2009 timeline: Beginning of recovery
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
A look back at the events of June and July, 2009. ...


Strong retail demand to push U.S. sales higher in July, forecasts show
2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The pace of auto sales has slowed slightly after hitting an eight-year high in June, but July's results are still shaping up to be at least 9 percent better than a year a ...


GM lists more Cobalt, Ion fatalities in quarterly crash data
3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23 | UPDATED: 7/24/14 3:03 pm ET - adds correction
In the first quarter, General Motors received claims that defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion caused 17 deaths and 167 injuries, according to data it submitted ...


Selling vehicles for export angers automakers, but is it illegal?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Authorities working to stop the flowof high-end cars overseas have run into a significant obstacle: Exporters arranging the shipments may not be breaking any laws, even ...


Barra defends GM's top lawyer as senators press for more legal staff changes
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17 | UPDATED: 7/17/14 4:17 pm ET
GM has not done enough to overhaul its legal department in the wake of its recall crisis, several U.S. senators said today as they pressed GM CEO Mary Barra to fire the a ...


New Caddy boss knows luxury
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Having spent nearly two decades in various roles at Audi and the past two years as global president of Infiniti, Johan de Nysschen, 54, comes to Cadillac as it's new boss ...


GM moves Cadillac chief Ferguson back to chief lobbying role
3:23 pm U.S. ET | July 10
Bob Ferguson, the head of Cadillac since October 2012, is returning to his previous position as GM's top government lobbyist, effective immediately. ...


A super SAAR and signs of a stellar second half
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Halfway through 2014, automakers are on pace to post full-year sales totaling 16.22 million vehicles, the most since 2006. ...


Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families
3:07 pm U.S. ET | July 3
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week. ...


GM digs deep to fix safety problems
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
If recalls are a kind of a manufacturer do-over, this month's recall of some Chevrolet Cobalts and HHRs for a power-steering defect was a do-over of a do-over. ...


GM was urged in 2004 report to study Cobalt's ignition-airbag link
12:20 pm U.S. ET | June 27 | UPDATED: 6/27/14 2:37 pm ET - adds links
A General Motors supplier studying an "anomaly" in a crash test on a preproduction Chevrolet Cobalt urged the company in 2004 to take a closer look at the connection betw ...


'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall
2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25 | UPDATED: 6/25/14 4:51 pm ET
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, b ...


Reversal on stalling risk forces new look at ignition issues
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Ten years ago, General Motors insisted that engine stall is not a safety defect. Now, in the face of evidence that faulty ignition switches contributed to at least 13 dea ...


Mass. store becomes a one-stop shop for fleets
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Imperial Municipal Partners caters to an important segment that many traditional dealerships aren't well equipped to handle -- commercial and government fleet buyers, inc ...


GM, in shift, deems stalling a safety issue
1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 18
GM CEO Mary Barra told members of Congress on Wednesday that the automaker now considers unexpected vehicle shutoffs to be a safety concern, reversing a policy that had t ...


GM's Barra to tell U.S. Congress she 'will not rest' until automaker fixes problems
June 18, 2014 06:01 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra will tell the U.S. Congress today that she “will not rest” until the automaker has fixed problems that allowed a deadly flaw in the Chevrole ...


House panel blasts GM's 'culture of secrecy'
11:57 am U.S. ET | June 17 | UPDATED: 6/18/14 12:55 pm ET
GM CEO Mary Barra faced intensive questioning from a House subcommittee for nearly three hours today over the slow recall of defective ignition switches, with lawmakers q ...


GM says it will 'rework or replace' ignition keys on 3.4 million cars
4:01 pm U.S. ET | June 16 | UPDATED: 6/16/14 5:56 pm ET
GM is recalling 3. ...


How Ray DeGiorgio threw GM investigators off track for years
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 | UPDATED: 6/11/14 6:02 pm ET
General Motors' investigation into its mishandling of a fatal defect spreads blame among dozens of employees at various levels, but it bluntly says the problem began -- a ...


GM's first missed sign of fatal flaw came in late 2003
2:02 pm U.S. ET | June 6
The first death linked to faulty ignition switches in millions of General Motors cars happened more than a decade before the automaker recalled them, according to the rep ...


GM dismisses 15 employees as 'deeply troubling' recall probe is released
6:45 am U.S. ET | June 5 | UPDATED: 6/5/14 7:19 pm ET -- adds more exec departures
General Motors has dismissed 15 employees, including at least eight executives, after an internal investigation found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” ...


Blame for ‘switch from hell’ falls heavily on one GM engineer
5:08 pm U.S. ET | June 5
GM's investigation into the mishandling of faulty ignition switches spreads blame among dozens of employees at various levels of the automaker, but it says the problem be ...


GM to release results of internal probe on Thursday
12:32 pm U.S. ET | June 4 | UPDATED: 6/4/14 3:44 pm ET - adds details, background
General Motors plans to release on Thursday morning results from its internal investigation into why it did not recall 2.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches ...


Dealership group invests for 'nice, exciting, fun' stores
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2
Merit Earl Fields was sales manager at Cadillac before becoming a Cadillac dealer on Chicago's North Shore in 1971. ...


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