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2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive Review: Is This the Camaro of Compacts?

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Last year Chevy cut 200 pounds out of the Camaro, made it 28 percent stiffer, gave it a new lightweight turbo four-cylinder base engine, improved the handling a bunch, gave it a more menacing face, and voilà: Car of the Year! The script read at our first-drive event to recap the intro of the new 2016 Cruze included a whole bunch of these same plot elements: Weight is down by as much as 250 pounds.

First drive of 2nd-generation Chevy Cruze

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - With sculpted lines and wrap-around eyewear handed down from its cool red-carpet siblings, the all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is no longer the vanilla cone of the compact segment. That means more buyers will actually get inside the Cruze — and that’s where the second-generation sedan really excels. With class-leading connectivity, cabin quiet and improved rear legroom, Cruze lays claim to the best interior in its class.

A year after 'Confessions,' FCA bosses revive merger talk

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Despite being rebuffed by General Motors last year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles top management remains convinced that a merger between two big players of the global auto industry could save billions in capital.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Test: First Impressions of Chevy’s Newest Compact Sedan

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - A middle-school wood shop teacher once told this author to hand-sand a wood DVD rack project until its surface was “smoother than a baby’s bottom.” The teacher’s name is long forgotten, but that quote stuck—the image of the business end of an infant ensured as much—and it applies as aptly the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze as sandpaper to does to wood.

The Cadillac CTS-V puts the 'V' in 'Vroom!'

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Cadillac is General Motors' luxury brand and has been for over 100 years — and it's undergoing a major reinvention.  Sales and marketing operations were moved to New York City in 2014 in order to make Caddy seem hip and fresh and of the global-luxury conversation.

Smarter Suspensions Are on the Way for Pickups

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - or decades pickup truck suspensions were as basic as could be, beginning with solid axles at both ends, each suspended with heavy and stiff leaf springs. More accommodating independent front suspensions did not appear on two-wheel-drive pickups until the 1960 Chevrolets and 1965 Fords. Eventually IFS made it onto four-wheel-drive applications on the half-ton 1980 Ford, 1988 Chevy and GMC, and 2002 Dodge pickups.

New GM design chief's portfolio filled with global flair, familiar looks

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Australian Mike Simcoe, 58, begins taking over for Ed Welburn on May 1 as vice president of design for General Motors, a job with global responsibility.

Seat Leon, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra versus Mazda 3 - warm hatch group test

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Welcome to the domain of the accidental hot hatchback, the somewhat limelight-shy, affordable driver’s car. It may not be a place you’ve been seeking out, but it could become so once you’ve read this group test.