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GM Boosts Production as Sales Surge for Midsize Colorado, Canyon Pickups

Maker will add 3rd shift, 750 jobs at Missouri plant.

by on Sep.16, 2014

Chevrolet will offer both a fuel-efficient I-4 engine and a more powerful V-6, with a diesel coming a year later.

With sales exceeding initially cautious expectations, General Motors plans to sharply boost production of its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups.

GM will add a third shift at the plant in Wentzville, Missouri that produces the two midsize trucks. That move will create another 750 jobs at the factory, which also produces the Chevy Express and GMC Savanna full-size vans. GM had previously invested $513 million at the Wentzville plant to handle the addition of the new pickups, creating 1,315 jobs in the process.

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The maker has taken an unusually large number of early orders for the Colorado and Canyon models, it says, about 30,000 so far. There had been plenty of concern that GM might miss the mark with the two trucks considering the decline in the midsize segment over the last two decades.

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New Corvette Z06 Gets 4% Price Hike to $78,995

Price is higher, but so is mileage rating, performance.

by on Aug.22, 2014

The new Z06 features significant aero improvements, a stiffer chassis and the new supercharged engine: all for a price starting at $78,995.

If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 be prepared to write a big check. In fact, it’ll cost you a $2k more than it did last year to buy the 2015 Z06, which starts at $78,995. The convertible comes in at $83,995.

For that, you get a beast featuring a 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 650 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque: the most powerful car General Motors has ever produced. Not only do buyers get plenty of power, the automaker has also improved the ride and handling through the use of aerodynamic design, improved ride control functions and a stiffer frame.

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“The 2015 Corvette Z06’s performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. (more…)

Porsche, GMC – and the Chevrolet Corvette – Top 2014 Ideal Vehicle List

GM and Ford score most segment wins.

by on Aug.21, 2014

The new Chevrolet Corvette was the single most "Ideal Vehicle" according to owners.

For the second consecutive year, Porsche has been named the “Ideal Vehicle” brand by American consumers, though the individual vehicle that tops the list is the all-new Chevrolet Corvette.

General Motors, in fact, had more top-ranked models in the 2014 Ideal Vehicle Awards, or IVA, than any other manufacturer but Ford Motor Co. this year. And despite the Detroit maker’s ongoing recall issues, its GMC truck marque was named the “Most Ideal Popular Brand” in a survey conducted by California consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc.

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Significantly, a quarter of the top-ranked models in the 2014 IVA are all-new or, like the ‘Vette, have been completely redesigned for 2014.

“Winning an IVA in their first year of release shows that these newly redesigned vehicles have hit the mark with their owners, but it also shows that the designers did their research to know how to best meet the needs and expectations of their core group of buyers,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

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GM Recalling SUVs for 3rd Time to Fix Fire Risk

Problem switches have created problems for numerous makers.

by on Aug.08, 2014

GM is re-recalling a number of 2006 - 2007 midsize SUVs, such as this Chevrolet TrailBlazer, due to a potential fire hazard.

General Motors is recalling almost 190,000 older SUVs for the third time to try to fix problem switches that could cause a vehicle fire.

The problem is so severe that the maker is warning owners to park the vehicles outside until repairs can be made – but it doesn’t expect to have the necessary parts until at least October.

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The problem centers around switch window switch modules in the driver’s door that may short out if exposed to rain or other liquids. It’s a problem a number of other manufacturers have experienced over the last several years, and has proven particularly difficult to resolve, Honda also having to re-recall some models after an initial fix proved ineffective.

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GM to Reveal “All-New” Chevrolet Volt at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

New look, better tech, possibly lower price tag, among likely changes.

by on Aug.07, 2014

Chevrolet offers a tease of the 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid it will unveil at the next Detroit Auto Show.

General Motors will reveal an “all-new” version of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show next January, a senior Chevy official confirmed during a speech at an industry confab.

The new model is expected to remain true to its original mission, which is to provide a way for motorists to not only improve their fuel  economy but operate entirely on battery power for much of their day-to-day driving.

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But there are likely to be significant changes to the next-generation Chevy Volt, nonetheless, and various sources tell TheDetroitBureau.com that the new version will not only get a redesign inside and out, but longer battery range and improvements in performance. Perhaps most importantly, GM will aim to reduce the price of the plug-in hybrid to improve its competitors and reverse weakening demand.

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All But One of a Dozen Small Cars Fall Short in Crash Test

Mini Countryman nabs a “good” rating from IIHS.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2014 Mini Countryman was the only vehicle to earn a "good" rating in the latest IIHS small car crash tests.

For those worried about the safety of today’s small cars, the latest round of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety didn’t provide much good news.

Out of an even dozen vehicles included in the test, only the Mini Countryman earned a “good” rating. And among the plug-based vehicles included in the tests for the first time, only the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid managed to eke out an “acceptable” rating – while also earning a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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“The Mini Cooper Countryman gave a solid performance,” says Joe Nolan, the Institute’s senior vice president for vehicle research. “The Countryman’s safety cage held up reasonably well. The safety belts and airbags worked together to control the test dummy’s movement, and injury measures indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash this severe.”

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GM Remains in Tight Race for Global Sales Leadership

VW holds tiny lead, but Toyota has yet to weigh in.

by on Jul.17, 2014

GM is hoping new product - such as the Chevy Colorado, shown here with product chief Mark Reuss - will help it regain global sales leadership.

Despite recalling millions of vehicles and watching billions of dollars in new legal claims pile up during the first half of the year, General Motors is still in a relatively close race for global sales leadership with rivals Volkswagen and Toyota.

GM has reported selling 2.5 million vehicles around the world during the second quarter of 2014, with year-over-year sales in the United States and China, the company’s two largest markets, growing by  7% and 8%, respectively. Globally, GM’s total sales were up 0.5% for the second quarter. In the first half, GM sold 4,921,928 vehicles, up 1.4%.

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Volkswagen AG, thanks to strong sales in China and a solid performance in Europe as well as gains by Audi and Porsche, held a whisker-thin lead with sales of 4.97 million vehicles worldwide during the first half of the year. VW is actively targeting global sales leadership – but the race likely won’t be determined until later this month when Toyota Motor Co. weighs in with its own figures.

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Defective Takata Airbags Force “Stop Sale” on 2013-1014 Chevy Cruze Models

Recall likely to follow in short order.

by on Jun.25, 2014

The Chevrolet Cruze is the latest products to have problems with faulty Takata airbags.

This story has been updated with additional information on the number of vehicles covered by the stop-sale.

General Motors has issued a “stop sale” to its dealers advising them to stop selling any 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans on their lots due to a potential airbag defect, with a recall likely to follow, according to several company sources.

That announcement comes just days after Nissan, Honda and Mazda were forced to recall 3 million vehicles worldwide due to airbag problems – a continuation of a recall that has, over the last year, impacted about 10 million vehicles, making it one of the largest ongoing safety issues in automotive history. Toyota had to expand an airbag recall of its own earlier this month.

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GM spokesman Jim Cain confirmed the stop sale and noted that the maker estimates about 33,000 vehicles are involved, some, but not all, Cruze sedans produced during the 2013 and 2014 model-years.

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Six More GM Recalls Include New One for Ignition Switch Problems

Over 3 million vehicles impacted by latest action.

by on Jun.16, 2014

Though given plenty of kudos in recent months, the 2014 Chevy Impala is covered by the latest recall due to an ignition switch issue.

General Motors has announced six more recalls – including a new one covering nearly 3.2 million vehicles that could shut off inadvertently if their keys carry extra weight and experience “some jarring event.”

That comes nearly four months after GM announced it would have to replace faulty ignition switches in 2.6 million vehicles – and only days after the maker recalled every Chevrolet Camaro it has built since 2010 because the design of the key could cause the car to shut off if bumped by a driver’s knee.

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As with the Camaro recall, the latest problem is the result of a faulty key design, rather than a defective ignition switch, however. But the results could be the same: a vehicle suddenly losing power, making it difficult to steer or brake. And the airbag system “may” not deploy, GM cautioned.

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Four New GM Recalls Include One for 500,000 Camaros

Muscle car’s key fob problem can cause loss of power.

by on Jun.13, 2014

The latest version of the Chevy Camaro is part of the big new GM recall.

General Motors is ending the week with yet another four recalls, including one with echoes of the defective engine switch problem that has already resulted in the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles and which has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

By far, the largest of the four new recalls involves the Chevrolet Camaro, 511,528 of which have been sold in North America since the start of the 2010 model-year. According to GM, a driver sitting close to the steering wheel can inadvertently bump the key fob and knock the ignition switch out of the “On” position, resulting in a loss of vehicle power.

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GM has separately announced three recalls covering 69,839 vehicles sold in North America as far back as 2004.

“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” Jeff Boyer, the new vice president of GM Global Safety, said in reference to the Camaro problem.

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