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GM and Disney Take a Trip to Tomorrowland

Film showcases five classic concept vehicles – and a few modern ones.

by on May.22, 2015

The winged Firebird III concept car was one of several GM developed to showcase turbine power.

Is it back to the future…or forward into the past?

The new Disney movie, Tomorrowland, sets actor George Clooney out on a search for a secret location caught between time and space. And among the discoveries they make when they get there are a collection of classic General Motors concept vehicles, including the jet-powered Firebird III and the Space Age Astro II.

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“Tomorrowland is a place where nothing is impossible, which is something that Chevrolet believes can exist in the here and now,” Tim Mahoney, vice president, Global Chevrolet, said when announcing GM’s participation in the Disney flick – which also showcases several modern vehicles including the next-generation Chevy Volt.

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GM Plows $439 Million into Corvette Paint Shop

List of plants in $5.4 billion investment plan continues to grow.

by on May.21, 2015

General Motors is investing $439 million for a new paint shop at the maker's Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant that produces the Corvette.

Being a plant manager at a General Motors facility these days must be like being part of Oprah’s studio audience: you’re just waiting to see what surprise gift you’ll be getting.

The latest “winner” is the automaker’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant that will get a new $439 million paint shop. The project is part of a $5.4 billion plan to upgrade many the company’s plants across the country.

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The plant is the automaker’s sole manufacturing point for its halo sports car, which has received $135 million in improvements during the last four years to produce the new Stingray and to create the Performance Build Center. (more…)

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Grows by Four

A total of 104 now declared eligible for death benefits.

by on May.19, 2015

Four more families were declared eligible for death benefits from GM's victims benefits fund.

Four more people were added this week to the list of those killed as while driving in General Motors vehicles that crashed as a result of faulty ignition switches that necessitated the recall of nearly 2.6 million cars last year.

That brings the total number to 104, according to the latest update from Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator the $550 million victims fund established by the automaker.

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Feinberg and his team still have to process another 26 applications for death benefits, the report notes. Additionally, there are 469 applications for injury benefits, including 52 applications for Category One benefits, which cover people who suffered lost limbs, brain damage or pervasive burns in crashes. (more…)

GM Puts Its Products on a Diet

Efficiency is part of performance, says product czar Reuss.

by on May.19, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro lost 200 pounds.

Pressure to improve fuel economy in the face of tough new federal rules is forcing General Motors to put its future products on a diet – something that will also require a major change in its internal culture, said the maker’s global product development chief.

The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is an example of this shift in direction, said Executive Vice President Mark Reuss. In years past, each new product was heavier than the model it replaced. But the sixth-generation muscle car is 200 pounds lighter. Cutting mass, Reuss said, not only translates into a more fuel-efficient vehicle but one that is quicker and more nimble.

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“It still needs to be a wicked fast track car,” he said. But Reuss added that, “I include efficiency in performance.”

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First Official Look: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

New pony car aims to remain king-of-the-hill.

by on May.16, 2015

Smaller yet roomier, lighter and more fuel-efficient but also more powerful, the 2016 Camaro.

After a steady build-up of leaks and teases, Chevrolet has finally pulled the wraps off the sixth-generation Camaro, a model that it claims is lighter, faster, more nimble and more fuel-efficient than the “pony car” it replaces.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is also more technologically sophisticated, introducing a number of new features – such as a first-ever turbocharged engine — and expanding the availability of others, including a magnetic ride control suspension. And even more high-tech features and variants are set to follow, senior General Motors officials confided.

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The short-term goal is to keep the Camaro at the top of the muscle car heap. Despite the launch of an all-new version of the Ford Mustang last year, the Chevy coupe has been the segment’s number one seller for five consecutive years, though it has lost its lead during the first four months of 2015.

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Over 1,000 Fans Expected for New Camaro Debut

Maker creates website for those who can’t attend in person.

by on May.15, 2015

The sixth generation Camaro got an early debut today courtesy of CNBC. Chevy had planned to debut the new model in Detroit.

This story has been edited to include newly released information, including pictures, related to the story.

The winding lanes on Belle Isle, the sprawling park in the Detroit River, will be crowded with muscle cars and performance fans tomorrow, Chevrolet expecting at least 1,000 people to turn out for the official debut of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

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However, CNBC viewers got an early look at the Camaro this morning as the news outlet showed several pictures of the next-gen model while discussing its debut this weekend. (more…)

GM Invests $1 Bil to Speed Product Development

Sixty-year-old tech center getting first-ever overhaul.

by on May.14, 2015

Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for global product development, discusses the changes coming to the automaker's tech center.

The need to speed up the product development cycles helped expedite the big automaker’s decision to spend $1 billion dollars to rebuild and refurbish the company’s aging technical center in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.

Mark Reuss, GM vice president for product development, noted the Technical Center was 60 years old and had never undergone a complete renovation. However, GM now has the resources to plan for the future, he said. The last major addition to the Technical Center, the Vehicle Engineering Center of VEC, was completed more than 10 years ago.

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“For awhile, we were just putting out fires,” said Reuss in an oblique reference to the company’s financial crisis and bankruptcy during the previous decade. (more…)

General Motors Investing $1 Bil at Tech Center

Automaker to drop $5.4 billion in site upgrades over three years.

by on May.14, 2015

GM plans to spend as much as $1 billion on upgrades and improvements to its technical center near Detroit.

General Motors continues to plow cash into its facilities as part of a $5.4 billion investment plan announced last month, the maker unveiled plans to spend as much as $1 billion to upgrade and expand its Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

Construction on the 326-acre campus will begin next month and is expected to be complete in 2018.

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“This is an investment in our people who work at the Tech Center because it is positioning the company for long-term growth by enabling new levels of innovation and collaboration into our workplace,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain. (more…)

GM Recalls More than 520,000 Malibus, Trucks

Seat belt and seat frame issues mandate maker’s action.

by on May.13, 2015

GM is recalling nearly 470,000 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Malibus for a seat belt problem.

General Motors is recalling more than 520,000 Malibus, Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks for seat belt and seat frame problems. The two problems have resulted in one injury.

The automaker is recalling 468,887 Malibu sedans from 2011 and 2012 because the steel cables linked to the front seat belts can weaken due to the movement of passengers in those seats. Ultimately, the problem can cause the belts to fail, which resulted in one injury and 36 warranty claims.

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Dealers will replace a mounting bracket and inspect the cable and replace it if needed. All repairs will be done free of charge. (more…)

Deaths Due to GM’s Faulty Ignitions Hits 100

Still 37 more death benefit claims to review.

by on May.11, 2015

GM said it has repaired more than 70% of the vehicles with its faulty ignition switch.

The number of deaths attributable to the faulty ignition switches in the 2.6 million vehicles recalled by General Motors has hit 100.

According to the latest update from Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator the $550 million victims fund established by the automaker, the number of death claims rose this week by three. There are 37 applications still to be considered after 227 have been denied. The automaker said it has repaired between 70 and 75% of the vehicles.

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In addition to the claims for death benefits, Feinberg’s staff approved 12 claims for people who suffered lost limbs, brain damage or pervasive burns in crashes, which are described as Category One. The claims for another 172 people who suffered less severe injuries that required hospitalization or outpatient treatment have also been approved, also known as Category Two injuries. (more…)