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GMC Yukon Denali adds 10-speed transmission, new grille for 2018

The GMC Yukon Denali is getting a 10-speed transmission and a new, multidimensional grille for the 2018 model year, General Motors Canada said on Wednesday.

GMC Yukon Denali adds 10-speed transmission, new grille for 2018

The GMC Yukon Denali is getting a 10-speed transmission and a new, multidimensional grille for the 2018 model year.

Is Hackett an outsider or an insider?

While Jim Hackett is certainly no grizzled auto veteran, it's an oversimplification to label him an outsider just like Alan Mulally.

Before Ford, Hackett built reputation on transforming Mich. office furniture company

UPDATED: 5/22/17 2:54 pm ET - adds details

Jim Hackett, the man named to replace Mark Fields as CEO of Ford, is a former board member at the automaker who spent most of his career running a Michigan furniture maker before Fields tapped him to steer Ford's investments...

Making fast cars look timeless

As exterior design manager for the Corvette Stingray and the sixth-generation Camaro, Kirk Bennion has styled some of General Motors' most iconic cars.

From Milford to Nurburgring, Ken Morris pushes cars to their limits

Since 1998, Ken Morris has circled the famed Nordschleife course more than 1,800 times.

Mark Reuss, in the 'knothole'

As much as Mark Reuss, a licensed road racer who created General Motors' Performance Division, relishes the fast lane, his appreciation for the carpool lane also runs deep.

India exit puts GM in 'right markets'

GM CEO Mary Barra signaled that GM isn't planning any more major reductions to its geographic profile. Still, she said the company would aggressively pare costs everywhere it can.

Mueller, overseer of Takata fund, gets new assignment

A federal judge in Detroit may need to find someone else to oversee a compensation fund for victims of defective Takata airbags.

GM commits to 'green' natural rubber for millions of tires

GM is pledging to buy sustainable natural rubber for the 49 million tires it buys a year under a plan aimed at helping small farmers while protecting company profits by ensuring the material’s long-term availability.

A hint of what's happening with Silverado

One of Canada's best-selling pickups is getting redesigned for 2018. The front end of Chevrolet's Silverado, coming next year, looks to have a less rectangular shape than the current generation.

Rising inventories due mostly to GM

With one exception, inventories of unsold vehicles have been essentially flat across the U.S. auto industry in the past year. That exception: General Motors.

A hint of what's happening with Silverado

The front end of Chevrolet's redesigned Silverado coming next year looks to have a less rectangular shape than the current generation.

Chevy tweaks Silverado interior for 2019

General Motors plans only minor changes to the interior of the Chevrolet Silverado as part of the redesign coming next year, according to pictures of a test vehicle being driven on Detroit-area roads recently.

Discounting is up, but so are average transaction prices

The U.S. auto industry's longest growth streak in a century looks to be finished, seven years after it started. But automakers aren't panicked.

Potential, good ideas can't pay the bills forever

For every car Tesla sold, it lost more than a year's pay at a minimum-wage job. That's eye-popping, but it's not a fair assessment of Tesla.

Tesla's good ideas can't pay the bills forever

Elon Musk's vision and determination has carried Tesla farther than most thought it could go. But good ideas can't pay the bills forever.

GM's Maven launches service aimed at freelancers

Maven, the car-sharing operation run by General Motors, is launching a service aimed at entrepreneurs who need a vehicle to make deliveries or drive for a ride-hailing service.

GM: Stockpiles grow as sales slump 5.8%

GM's US sales slumped 5.8 percent in April, and its dealerships now have more inventory waiting to find buyers than at any month since before the recession started almost a decade ago.

GM expects $100 million hit to profits from Venezuela action

GM said it would deconsolidate its operations in Venezuela, reducing global profits by up to $100 million after the government seized GM’s plant there last month.

Plaintiffs suing GM still face high bar

A high court decision against GM allows hundreds of pending ignition-switch cases to go forward, but it might not significantly increase the automaker's financial hit.

Ford-GM gap isn't as wide as it looks

Ford and General Motors' first-quarter results aren't necessarily emblematic of how each company will look later in the year.

GM's Q1 profit surges 34% on North America strength

UPDATED: 4/28/17 4:22 pm ET - adds stock close

GM defied a slowdown in the U.S. market in posting its highest first-quarter profit since emerging from bankruptcy.

GM's Q1 profit surges 34% on North America strength

GM posted its highest first-quarter profit since emerging from bankruptcy. The results were aided by a buildup in inventory, which portends a rougher financial performance later this year.

GM wouldn't benefit from Trump tax plan for years, but supports reform

GM broadly supports President Trump's effort to cut corporate taxes but wouldn't benefit for about five years because of the huge losses it incurred leading up to its 2009 bankruptcy.

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