Mike Colias

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GM splits engineering into 2 divisions with new leaders; Calabrese to retire
10:26 am U.S. ET | April 22 | UPDATED: 4/22/14 1:36 pm ET -- adds Reuss comments, details
General Motors is replacing its head of engineering and will divide its vehicle engineering organization into two divisions in a shakeup that the company says will improv ...


Chevy expects big things from tiny crossovers
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Chevrolet's decision to add the Trax to its U.S. lineup marks the latest effort by automakers to wring more sales growth and fuel economy gains from the small end of the ...


Limited-run CTS-V coupe on the way
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Cadillac plans to make a limited-edition CTS-V coupe for an abbreviated 2015 model year, closing out a five-year run that helped the brand earn back credibility among lux ...


After strong surge in 2013, Cadillac stumbles in Q1
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Cadillac last year began billing itself as the industry's "fastest-growing full-line luxury brand." It was a short-lived distinction. ...


Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks
10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. ...


Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax
7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 15 | UPDATED: 4/16/14 3:07 pm ET - adds new timeline
Chevrolet is adding the Trax to its lineup in the United States, making it the latest brand to enter the budding market for petite crossovers. The 2015 Trax was unveiled ...


Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety
5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15 | UPDATED: 4/15/14 6:15 pm ET - new story
General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in ...


The mystery of the switch signoff
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
The one-page form that Senator Claire McCaskill held up in last week's Congressional hearings raises more questions about how GM's ignition switch design was executed and ...


GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
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 ...


Melody Lee
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 33

Title: Director of brand and reputation strategy, Cadillac

Big break: Advising the International Olympic Committee before the 2008 ...



Year of hope, promise veers badly off course for GM
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 | UPDATED: 4/6/14 11:45 am ET
Days after taking the top job at General Motors in mid-January, Mary Barra insisted there would be "no right or left turns" in the resurgent automaker's path. Instead, it ...


U.S. Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing
April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
A U.S. Senate panel raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch. ...


Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing
11:27 am U.S. ET | April 2 | UPDATED: 4/2/14 4:52 pm ET
A Senate panel today raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch, as GM CEO Mar ...


GM hires 9/11 victims' attorney Feinberg to aid recall response
12:40 pm U.S. ET | April 1 | UPDATED: 4/1/14 6:16 pm ET - adds details, background
General Motors has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to help the company evaluate how to handle its liability to families of victims of accidents involving cars that have b ...


GM recalls 1.3 million 2004-10 Chevy, Saturn and Pontiac cars for power steering glitch
4:18 pm U.S. ET | March 31 | UPDATED: 3/31/14 4:57 pm ET
GM is recalling more than 1. ...


4 big questions for GM, NHTSA
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
Some of the vexing questions looming over General Motors' decadelong failure to recall cars with a deadly ignition-switch defect could get answers this week -- or at leas ...


GM issues 2 more recalls, covering 662,000 new trucks, Cruzes
12:08 am U.S. ET | March 29
General Motors issued two more safety recalls late Friday, covering 490,000 new full-sized pickups and SUVs as well as 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze models, bringing the total ...


GM expands ignition switch recall in U.S. by 824,000 vehicles
5:16 pm U.S. ET | March 28 | UPDATED: 3/28/14 9:17 pm ET -- new fatality, crash numbers
GM is expanding its ignition switch recall to include another 824,000 U.S. models to ensure that owners of cars that may have been repaired over the years using faulty sw ...


GM issues stop-delivery order on some 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze compacts
8:17 am U.S. ET | March 28 | UPDATED: 3/28/14 1:07 pm ET -- adds details
General Motors is requiring Chevrolet dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Cruze compact cars for an undisclosed issue, marking another setback as GM grapples with ...


Cadillac's Ferguson sent to D.C. to steer GM recall crisis
3:27 pm U.S. ET | March 28
GM has dispatched Cadillac chief and former head lobbyist Bob Ferguson to Washington, D.C., to help steer the company through the crisis surrounding its handling of the i ...


Cadillac's European retail schemes could be adapted for U.S.
March 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Cadillac plans to open several test-drive centers, stand-alone service facilities and pop-up storefronts across western Europe. ...


Barra vows 'world class process' for GM vehicle safety
11:40 am U.S. ET | March 26
General Motors CEO Mary Barra vowed in videos posted on YouTube today to implement "a world class process" for vehicle safety -- her first direct message to consumers aff ...


New twist: Using old folks to help Buick's image
3:21 pm U.S. ET | March 25
Buick will introduce a commercial this week that will try to convince consumers once again that its vehicles aren't made for the blue-haired set. But this time it will en ...


Barra, NHTSA chief to appear before Senate panel day after House testimony
7:50 am U.S. ET | March 25 | UPDATED: 3/25/14 10:17 am ET - new story
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will testify before a Senate panel on April 2 about GM's handling of the automaker's recall crisis, one day after appearing before a U.S. Ho ...


'Cardinal sin': Former GM engineers say quiet '06 redesign of faulty ignition switch was a major violation of protocol
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Stung by rising warranty costs, General Motors decided in the mid-1990s to pull design work for ignition and turn-signal switches from suppliers. ...


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