Nick Bunkley

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Early veto reshaped Chevy's new Equinox

Stung by critical feedback in focus groups three years ago, GM decided to go in a different direction with the Chevy Equinox.

Early veto reshaped Chevy's new Equinox

Stung by critical feedback in focus groups three years ago, GM decided to go in a different direction with the Chevy Equinox.

How one man triggered a GM recall

Saturn Sky owner Troy Lyman's 67-page report on airbag sensor failures caused a recall of two General Motors cars. Before Lyman, the automaker and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had not acted.

For Chevy Bolt, discounts here, markups there

Just seven states into Chevrolet's gradual rollout of the Bolt EV, some dealerships already are discounting the car by several thousand dollars, even as others demand a markup above sticker price to take advantage of early...

GM isn't done pruning

After pulling the trigger on a sale of its European operations, General Motors signaled that it's willing to cut off more vestigial corners of its business in a drive to improve its profit margins and stock price.

Opel deal caps Ammann's 'ruthless' drive

Raised on a New Zealand dairy farm, Dan Ammann is now trading away General Motors' once-sacred cows.

Why GM is selling Opel to PSA

UPDATED: 3/6/17 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

After years of losses that totaled nearly $20 billion, GM will unload Opel and Vauxhall because Europe's geo-political and regulatory climate demands more investment when GM executives see a bigger need to focus on North...

Industry’s record run still has legs

Big discounts and high inventories, a toxic combination for the auto industry in the past, pose less danger today because a healthy economy is keeping U.S. sales at a near-record pace, analysts say.

GM: GMC, Chevy help propel 4.2% gain

Record February results for three Chevrolet crossovers and gains for every GMC nameplate helped propel General Motors to a 4.2 percent sales increase last month.

Cadillac revamps CUE infotainment in response to customer complaints

Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys.

Wanted man: Jobs he might have had

The partnership that Carlos Ghosn orchestrated turned him into a superstar who nearly became General Motors' savior a decade ago and who was courted twice by Ford Motor Co.

February forecasts see flat U.S. sales despite heavy discounts

UPDATED: 2/24/17 12:35 pm ET - adds details

U.S. new-vehicle sales this month, driven by higher incentive spending, are expected to be about the same as a year ago or down slightly.

Cadillac expects revamped CUE infotainment system to boost customer satisfaction

Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys.

The really new GM: Ready to quit Europe

GM's proposed departure from Europe would be a radical pivot for a company that historically tried to dominate every global market it could, as well as a sign of how dramatically the industry is being upended by shifting...

Tax threat heightens concern about affordability

Prices for new cars and trucks, being pushed ever-higher by fuel-economy improvements, safety equipment and advanced technology, could soar out of range for many U.S. buyers with the addition of an import tax to the equation.

GM predicts earnings encore

General Motors projects “another strong year” ahead for itself, despite challenges posed by growing inventories and flattening U.S. sales.

GM tries marketing through mobility

GM and other automakers are branching out into so-called mobility services primarily to protect themselves from projected declines in vehicle ownership.

Why selling more cars is bad news for GM

General Motors redesigned several of its top-selling cars in 2016, including the Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze. And unfortunately for GM, some people actually bought them.

GM predicts 'strong year' in 2017 after earnings, margins fall in Q4

UPDATED: 2/7/17 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

General Motors' earnings and profit margins declined in the fourth quarter, but its CFO said the automaker would have “another strong year” in 2017 even as the U.S. market gets tougher.

As truck sales keep rolling, small cars hang on

The clamor for more crossovers and SUVs shows no signs of fading anytime soon. And it could mean the end of the Toyota Camry's 15-year reign as the nation's top-selling car.

Cadillac retailers in wait-and-see over Pinnacle changes

Cadillac's dealer council hasn't decided yet whether to endorse Project Pinnacle, brand chief Johan de Nysschen's overhaul of the standards retailers must meet and the way they are paid.

Mitsubishi expects to hit the 100,000 mark

Add Mitsubishi to the long list of automakers projecting higher U.S. sales in 2017, even as executives acknowledge the overall market likely will be flat at best.

GM: Volume falls below 200,000 for first time since Jan. 2014

Big declines for the Buick brand and the Chevrolet Malibu pushed General Motors' U.S. sales down 3.8 percent in January. It marked the first time that GM sold fewer than 200,000 vehicles in a month since January 2014.

Detroit goes to Washington

President Donald Trump's meeting with the Detroit 3 CEOs was a historic bit of political theater -- but it was no dramatic turning point. A cooling U.S.

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