Mike Colias

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Is the hatch back?

The U.S. market for hatchbacks is expected to grow faster than any of the other nine vehicle body styles tracked by research firm IHS Automotive.

Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleets

General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets.

Buyers wanted smaller Acadia

GMC took cues from its customers by downsizing the redesigned Acadia for easier parking and better fuel efficiency.

GM's Batey puts faith in numbers

Chat with General Motors' Alan Batey, and you'd hardly suspect that GM has given up more market share this year than any major automaker. That's because the North America chief sees plenty of other numbers he likes.

GM can't expect benefit of the doubt

GM said it made a simple mistake.

Check for recalls? There’s a GM app for that

GM is launching a smartphone app that will allow vehicle owners to check for open recalls, the latest move by automakers to redouble efforts to get owners to comply with vehicle callbacks.

Are we approaching 'peak pickup'?

Straining to keep their biggest profit engine humming, FCA, Ford and GM are mobilizing to make more pickups. But some industry pundits worry they'll be ramping up production just as the market is peaking.

Sun sets on Buick's Verano

Buick plans to phase out its Verano small sedan in the U.S., a sign that the market shift toward crossovers has automakers rethinking the makeup of their vehicle portfolios.

GM learns to exploit its scale

There is mounting evidence that GM, ever the stumbling giant, finally is getting out of its own way, leveraging its size and scale in ways that its competitors probably hoped it never would.

Dealer wins court battle against GM

New York's top court ruled that GM held a Chevrolet dealer to an unfair sales-performance standard, a decision that could have implications nationally for how automakers measure dealer performance.

Getting drivers hooked on connectivity

In an unusually rich promotion for the everyman compact market, Chevy is offering two years of free OnStar and Sirius XM satellite radio and a slug of monthly data use on the Cruze's 4G LTE Wi-Fi service.

GM backs up its talk with strong profit report

GM's first-quarter profits soared despite slower sales, as it sold more pricey models and cut costs in troubled regions such as South America.

Cadillac dealer-pay details due this summer

Cadillac dealers will learn more about the brand's new Project Pinnacle dealer-payment program when executives hit the road this summer for a nationwide "town hall" tour, dealers were told at their make meeting at the NADA...

GM's volume brands aim for retail share growth in '16

General Motors is gunning for increased retail market share across its three mass-market brands -- Chevrolet, Buick and GMC -- dealers were told at a joint make meeting at the NADA convention.

Why Buick balked at 4-door Avista

Buick has studied a four-door version of the Avista coupe that wowed crowds at the Detroit auto show in January.

Making house calls with iPads?

Cadillac dealers large and small will descend on the Cadillac make meeting in Las Vegas to hear more details about Project Pinnacle, the brand's new dealer-compensation program.

Inventory discipline is pinching Chevrolet dealers

Chevy dealers are adapting to thinned-out vehicle lots as GM tightens its inventory levels, dealer council chairman Brad Sowers says.

Cadillac works to tighten control over lease returns

Cadillac is offering dealers bonus money to sell more certified pre-owned vehicles, part of a broader strategy to lift resale values.

Bonus changes 'move the needle' for Buick-GMC dealers

Buick-GMC dealers are happy about changes to a key General Motors incentive program that gives them a shot at earning more bonus money.