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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 ...

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, ...

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 a ...

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 p ...

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. ...

GMC's old and new Acadias to coexist

GMC will continue to sell its legacy Acadia for several months even after the arrival later this spring of a smaller, redesigned 2017 version. ...

Flexible platform to speed Caddy crossover launches

Cadillac will use a long-wheelbase version of the platform that underpins the XT5 midsize crossover to create a three-row crossover. ...

GM pleads its case to Wall Street

GM executives are pleading their case to Wall Street that U.S. sales still have room to run -- and that GM will be ready whenever they do go in reverse. ...

GM lifts sales to business buyers

A revitalized pickup portfolio and a concierge approach to selling has helped GM make big inroads on Ford's commercial-sales lead in recent years. ...

New XT5 crossover: Cadillac's meal ticket

With Cadillac's sales lagging luxury rivals and no other big launches on the horizon for two years, a lot is riding on the rollout of the XT5, the first redesign for the ...

Chevy adds a dash of niche spice to its truck lineup

As the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado approaches middle age, Chevy's marketers are borrowing a page from the performance division to sustain buzz: special-edition ...

Why would Cadillac dealers go virtual?

Why would low-volume Cadillac stores agree to adopt the virtual showroom model being floated by brand chief Johan de Nysschen? The answer lies in the new payment system t ...

Cadillac pledges makeover money, ends holdback

Cadillac is rolling out a new image program for its dealerships, just as some of its stores are putting the finishing touches on the last remodel. ...

Chevy weighs Tahoe special editions

The special-edition packages that Chevrolet has rolled out across its pickup portfolio -- think blacked-out wheels and slick graphics -- have been so well-received that C ...

The subcompact crossover finds its sweet spot

The spruced-up 2017 Chevy Trax is a statement about the importance automakers are placing on subcompact crossovers, a segment that didn't exist three years ago but in 201 ...

A bumpy start for GM used sales site

General Motors' new portal to sell used vehicles directly to consumers is off to a rocky start, with a tepid response from GM dealers and a letter from the California dea ...

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-sh ...
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