Mike Colias

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GM's quarterly profit plunges on recall costs
7:36 am U.S. ET | July 24 | UPDATED: 7/24/14 5:23 pm ET
The heavy cost of General Motors' unprecedented slew of safety recalls during the second quarter wiped out most of its profits, erasing the fruits of strong truck pricing ...


GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60
2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 23
General Motors is recalling another 717,950 vehicles in the United States, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 sa ...


Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming. ...


Opel will discontinue weak-selling Ampera, sources say
July 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel will discontinue the weak-selling Ampera plug-in hybrid, according to people familiar with the company's plans. ...


GM won't offer version of next Volt in Europe
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
GM's Opel division will discontinue the Ampera, a rebadged Volt, after the redesign of the 2016 Volt, according to two people familiar with the company's plans. ...


Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors. ...


Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tin ...


Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars. ...


Cue from airlines helps dealership cut no-shows
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Robert Karbaum came up with is an "appointment boarding pass" to send to customers' smartphones via text or e-mail minutes after they schedule a test drive. ...


Top lawyer keeps pall over GM
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19 | UPDATED: 7/19/14 9:35 am ET
The changing perception among some of GM CEO Mary Barra's toughest critics suggests that she is maneuvering GM out of the worst of the recall crisis. ...


GM hires de Nysschen to replace Ferguson as Cadillac chief
8:16 am U.S. ET | July 11 | UPDATED: 7/11/14 12:27 pm ET - updates start date
General Motors is hiring Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive who is leaving Nissan's Infiniti, to lead global Cadillac sales, GM said today. ...


Infiniti boss de Nysschen leaving Nissan's luxury brand
9:30 pm U.S. ET | July 10 | UPDATED: 7/10/14 11:26 pm ET
Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive lured away in 2012 by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to jumpstart the Infiniti luxury brand, is leaving the Japanese carmaker. ...


GM dealers learn how to pitch 4G technology
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
GM is embarking on the industry's broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE technology, which will be delivered through OnStar. ...


Just how much will recall storm cost GM?
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5
For all of the screaming headlines about record recalls, safety lapses and victim compensation, General Motors' two most important constituencies -- customers and investo ...


GM sales solid despite recalls, but Chevy falls
12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 1 | UPDATED: 7/1/14 2:33 pm ET - adds detail
GM remains relatively unscathed in the showroom from its unprecedented recall crisis, as sales rose 1 percent last month to the company's strongest June in seven years. ...


Feinberg details eligibility for GM ignition-switch compensation
10:00 am U.S. ET | June 30 | UPDATED: 6/30/14 5:09 pm ET - adds details, photo, links
Attorney Ken Feinberg's plan for compensating victims of GM's ignition-switch defect will include a broader set of criteria than GM has used to determine which crashes ar ...


GM ignition issues trigger another massive recall
2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 30 | UPDATED: 6/30/14 5:28 pm ET
GM is recalling another 8.4 million cars globally from the 1997 to 2014 model years, including some that are linked to seven crashes, eight injuries and three deaths. Mos ...


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 recalls 392,459 big pickups, SUVs to update transfer case software
5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 27
GM is calling back 392,459 of its newest pickups and SUVs in the United States for a problem that could allow the trucks to slip into neutral unexpectedly, as the automak ...


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 ...


GM victim-compensation plan to be released Monday
1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 26
Ken Feinberg will disclose details of his plan to compensate victims of General Motors' defective ignition switch during a press conference on Monday, the attorney said t ...


GM halts sale of some 2013-14 Chevy Cruze models for airbag glitch
4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 25 | UPDATED: 6/26/14 11:54 am ET - adds order lifted
GM told dealers in the United States and Canada to temporarily halt delivery of some 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans on Wednesday because of a potential problem with an ai ...


GM creates 'excellence' post, names new N.A. manufacturing head
3:23 pm U.S. ET | June 23
GM is moving North American manufacturing chief Gerald Johnson to a newly created "operational excellence" post reporting directly to CEO Mary Barra. He will be replaced ...


GM's effort to fix relationships with suppliers hits a rough patch
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Grace Lieblein has been doing a lot to repair General Motors' strained relationship with its suppliers during her 18 months as global purchasing chief. ...


Who's in charge at Cadillac?
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Last week, Cadillac's U.S. sales chief, Bill Peffer, left abruptly after less than 10 months in the job, the third head of sales to leave in two years. Dealers desperate ...


Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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