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Refreshed Chevy Volt sings a new tune to warn pedestrians

The 2019 Chevy Volt includes a new version of an external sound feature designed to meet coming federal regulations for EVs and hybird vehicles that run quietly at low speeds.

Caddy dealers cheered by product preview

Dealers gathered in Las Vegas last week for a conference that included looks at the new XT6 three-row crossover, CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the next-generation Escalade.

Caddy dealers cheered by product preview

Dealers gathered in Las Vegas last week for a conference that included looks at the new XT6 three-row crossover, CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the next-generation Escalade.

GM restructures global strategy, EV executives

UPDATED: 9/21/18 3:53 pm ET

General Motors is restructuring the leadership of its global strategy and EV units as it begins to deploy at least 20 battery-electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles globally by 2023.

Cadillac to expand V-series performance subbrand

UPDATED: 9/20/18 8:27 am ET - corrected

Cadillac is expanding its V-series performance subbrand starting with the arrival of the CT6-V in the spring. The V-series expansion comes as Cadillac prepares to introduce a new or redesigned vehicle every six months through 2021

What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle

UPDATED: 9/18/18 6:45 pm ET

Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. The former head of GM Canada doesn't want or command attention, but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac.

What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle

UPDATED: 9/18/18 6:45 pm ET

Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. He doesn't want or command attention but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac.

Carlisle taking Cadillac 'on the offensive'

This week's dealer meeting in the United States will be a coming-out party for former GM Canada boss Steve Carlisle, who replaced the outspoken Johan de Nysschen as head of Cadillac in April.

Cadillac sees XT4 as the start of renaissance

The Cadillac XT4 is more than just a compact crossover for the American luxury brand. It's the beginning of a long-promised brand renaissance that executives say will ripple through Cadillac's lineup in the coming years.

Carlisle taking Cadillac 'on the offensive'

This week's dealer meeting will be a coming-out party for Steve Carlisle, who replaced the outspoken Johan de Nysschen in April.

How a letter-writing campaign saved Garber Buick

When General Motors threatened to shutter Garber Buick, the local community began a letter-writing campaign that helped to prompt GM to reverse its decision.

GM to recall 1.2M pickups, SUVs for steering problem

UPDATED: 9/13/18 2:42 pm ET

General Motors is recalling more than 1.2 million full-size pickups and SUVs globally because of a potential steering problem that could increase the risk of a crash. GM, according to a spokesman, is aware of 30 accidents resulting in two injuries because of the defect. No deaths have been reported.

GM to recall 96,000 pickups, SUVs in Canada for steering problem

General Motors is recalling more than 1.2 million full-size pickups and SUVs globally because of a potential steering problem that could increase the risk of a crash. About 96,000 potentially defective vehicles were sold in Canada.

Función sin tanto estilo

El 2019 Chevrolet Silverado puede establecer un nuevo estándar industrial para ingeniería y conducción. Es un V-8 suave y ágil que es un placer conducir. Sin embargo, el nuevo camión carece de características y comodidades, particularmente en el interior, que son clave para atraer compradores más jóvenes y de lujo.

Waze optimiza estrategia de marketing a la tienda Kia

La tienda de los suburbios de Cleveland ha utilizado a Waze para ayudar a aumentar el servicio y las reparaciones en un 57 por ciento en el último año a través de marketing y publicidad específicos con la aplicación de GPS.

Automakers face heavy burden on sales metrics

The Folsom Chevrolet case yielded an in-depth look into General Motors' thinking on what conditions warrant termination and new insights into how regulators view the industry's use of sales metrics, as well as a road map for other dealers to navigate conflicts with the factory.

GM partners with aftermarket firm on Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison

UPDATED: 9/7/18 12:29 pm ET -- adds Canadian details

General Motors has partnered with off-road aftermarket manufacturer American Expedition Vehicles to create a new variant of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

GM partners with aftermarket firm on Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison

UPDATED: 9/6/18 1:00 pm ET -- adds details

General Motors has partnered with off-road aftermarket manufacturer American Expedition Vehicles to create a new variant of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

GM to expand Chevy Bolt EV availability to new markets

The market expansion follows GM's decision to increase Bolt EV output by 20 percent this year at a Michigan plant, even as U.S. sales slip.

GM plans to beef up battery r&d operations

UPDATED: 9/5/18 9:33 am ET -- adds details

General Motors is investing $28 million to make "additional major enhancements" beginning this fall to a battery development and testing lab in suburban Detroit.

Chevy turns 'Truck Legends' into brand ambassadors

Through experiential marketing and the launch of the 2019 Silverado, Chevy expects to expand its roughly 60,000 Truck Legends member rolls to 100,000 by year's end.

Chevy dealers report for medium-duty

Hundreds of Chevrolet dealers are preparing their stores for what could be one of the most significant boosts for their fixed-operations business in a decade.

GM, Cadillac pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

General Motors and its Cadillac luxury brand are paying tribute to legendary singer Aretha Franklin on the day of her funeral service in Detroit.

Dealer franchise bill passes another hurdle in California

A wide-ranging California bill that would change the state's dealer franchise law is one step closer to passage after approval by the state Senate Wednesday night.

GM loses another legal battle over dealer scoring

General Motors may have to reconsider the way it measures dealer sales effectiveness in America's largest car market after a recent ruling that the company's system violates California law.


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