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First Drive: 2017 GMC Acadia

New, smaller model gets more refined look.

by on May.27, 2016

GMC is taking things a step farther with its new Acadia: the new version has a model that can go off-road.

In good times and bad, General Motors sport-utility vehicles have carried the company and satisfied a legion of loyal customers.

But GM has tinkered with the some of its cherished formulas as it rolls out the new 2017 GMC Acadia, which has lost 700 pounds become smaller all the way around so it compete head-to-head with vehicles such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer and even the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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In recent years, the older version of the Acadia has served as the cornerstone for the GMC product line, meaning GM is gambling the smaller, lighter version with its fresh styling, luxury appointment and latest technology can make a space for itself in a crowed but popular corners of the market. (more…)

GM Bringing Truck Production Back from Mexico

Flint union workers getting overtime.

by on May.26, 2016

GM's recent $877 million investment in its facilities in Flint, Michigan, are paying off as the company expands truck production there.

There’s been plenty of coverage, during this highly politicized presidential election year, of automotive production moving down to Mexico. But General Motors is bringing at least some production back to the U.S.

Sources at GM and the United Auto Workers Union have confirmed that a newly enlarged assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, will start producing some of the full-size Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups currently rolling off a GM line in Silao, Mexico.

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The union sent a letter to members at the Flint plant advising them that there will likely be additional hiring of both full-time and temporary line workers, explaining, “The increase in light-duty pickup volume for Flint Assembly is (for vehicles) currently being built in Silao.” (more…)

GM Offering Payouts to 2016 Crossover Owners

Amounts depend upon type of vehicle whether leased or owned.

by on May.20, 2016

Owners of the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse are getting debit cards as compensation because the company incorrectly stated the vehicle's fuel economy rating.

After a short round of speculation, General Motors confirmed it is compensating owners of its 2016 family of large crossover models for the difference between misstated fuel economy numbers and the actual figures.

The company overstated the fuel economy rating on 1 to 2 mpg depending upon how the vehicle is configured. How much is being paid out is dependent upon a few variables, primarily if the vehicle leased or purchased.

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Leasing customers will be offered the debit cards. The cards will carry a value of between $450 and $900, depending on whether the vehicle is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and the terms of a lease. The reimbursement also factors in the EPA formula that assumes a fuel price of $3 per gallon and 15,000 miles of annual driving for five years. (more…)

GM Car-Sharing Service Expanding Operations

Maven adds locations in Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C.

by on May.20, 2016

GM's new car-sharing service, Maven, is expanding its operations to three new locations: Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C.

Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, is expanding, adding Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C. to the original operations in New York City and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Overall, members of the fledgling service have already driven more than 1 million miles.

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“Whether it’s driving to land the perfect job, meeting friends for a fun weekend or exploring the city, Maven enables our members to access transportation how they want it, when they want it,” said Julia Steyn, GM vice president of urban mobility and Maven. (more…)

GM Plans to Compensate Crossover Owners for Mileage Discrepancy

Company expected to pay 130,000 vehicle owners.

by on May.19, 2016

The mileage for the Buick Enclave may have been listed inaccurately by GM for years, according to Consumer Reports.

General Motors plans to compensate the owners of 130,000 of its large crossover vehicles that had fuel economy window stickers with ratings that were too high, according to media reports.

The automaker is expected to announce the move in the wake of the discovery that 60,000 of its 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models featured labels stating the vehicles had fuel economy ratings that were 1 to 2 miles per gallon better than the actual number.

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GM ordered a stop-sale on the new models until corrected labels could be sent to dealers, which happened during the weekend, and they could replace the stickers. The automaker has sold about 170,000 units of the affected vehicles already. (more…)

Mitsubishi President Resigns in Wake of Fuel Economy Scandal

Nissan expected to play central role in reshaping senior leadership.

by on May.18, 2016

Mitsubishi President Tetsuo Aikawa tendered his resignation effective June 24, as the automaker struggles in the wake of its fuel economy reporting.

The fallout from the Mitsubishi fuel economy scandal spread to the Japanese automaker’s president, Tetsuo Aikawa, who is resigning from his job effective June 24. Executive Vice President Ryugo Nakao also resigned.

No successors have been named. Chairman Osamu Masuko survives, but is surrendering any compensation he earns until the company forms a new management team.

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Aikawa offered up his job at a press conference today, but did not admit to any wrongdoing related to the issue. Earlier this month, officials confirmed that the fuel economy data for its vehicles in Japan were falsified. (more…)

GM Slapped with Class Action Suit Over Misstated Mileage

Consumer Reports suggests company’s been overstating for years.

by on May.18, 2016

GM's put a stop-sale order on its 2016 large crossovers due to incorrect mileage figures on the window sticker.

General Motors has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit over changes to its fuel economy calculations for three different vehicles as questions about its mileage claims continue to grow to nearly 2 million vehicles.

The expansion comes, in part, as Consumer Reports magazine suggests that the automaker has been incorrectly stating the mileage in these vehicles for several years. GM’s problems come on the heels of recent admissions by Suzuki, a former manufacturing partner of GM, and Mitsubishi that they had been skirting the system as well.

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The plaintiffs in the suit against GM, which was filed in Southern California, claim the apparently “fudged” numbers ding their wallets not only at the gas pump, but also in the value the vehicles. (more…)

GM Halts Sales of Three Large SUVs to Correct Mileage Numbers

Nissan accused of manipulating mileage.

by on May.16, 2016

GM's put a stop-sale order on its 2016 large crossovers due to incorrect mileage figures on the window sticker.

Mitsubishi isn’t the only automaker facing trouble for misstating its fuel economy numbers. General Motors is facing its own mpg problems, while Nissan is being accused of manipulating emissions tests.

GM has told dealers across the U.S. to halt sales of some of its most popular models, in fact, after discovering it had overstated fuel economy numbers on those vehicles’ windows stickers by as much as two miles per gallon. It will need to replace the stickers before they can go back on sale.

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“GM discovered an inadvertent error which affected the fuel economy information on the fuel economy labels on the 2016 model-year Acadia, Enclave and Traverse,” the maker said in a statement. “GM is stopping sale of the affected models until a corrected label is printed and affixed.” (more…)

Buick Reportedly Planning to Kill Off Verano

Move would mark another shift from cars to SUVs.

by on May.10, 2016

Buick will be dropping the Verano as it shifts from passenger cars to light trucks.

Just days after Fiat Chrysler outlined plans to phase out several of its passenger car models and shift production to its SUVs and pickups, reports have surfaced indicating General Motors’ Buick will drop the small Verano sedan model as the brand shifts its own focus to a growing line-up of sport-utility vehicles.

The move would not surprise industry observers who have been observing more and more American motorists walk away from traditional passenger cars in favor of utility vehicles, pickups and other light truck models that, in recent months, have accounted for as much as 60% of new vehicle sales in the U.S.

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The shift has forced manufacturers to rethink both manufacturing and product development strategies. And, in some cases, it has led them to cut back or even idle production at some of the plants producing slow-selling sedan and coupe models, such as Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and the Orion Assembly Plant that produces the Verano.

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GM Sales in China Jump in April as Ford Falls

SUVs, MPVs, luxury vehicles still drawing buyers.

by on May.06, 2016

GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien said GM was selling SUVs and MPVs in big numbers in China in April.

General Motors and its Chinese partners said its sales increased 7.5% during April from the same month last year, while Ford Motor Co. reported an 11% decline for the same period.

GM said the company’s sales increase was focused on new segments and sport utility vehicles, which were up 107% from the same period a year earlier, while Cadillac luxury vehicle sales increased 13% in April from the previous year.

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So far, in the first four months of 2016, GM and its joint ventures’ deliveries increased 1.7% year over year to a record 1,241,631 units. (more…)