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Consumer Reports confirms 2016 Toyota Prius 52-mpg rating

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Consumer Reports has confirmed the 52-mpg combined EPA fuel-economy rating of the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, although its ratings in city and highway testing differed. Nonetheless, the magazine says the 2016 Prius is the most fuel-efficient car it's ever tested.

General Motors Embraces Supply Chain Resiliency

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The tsunami of 2011, which triggered the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, was a wakeup call for General Motors. GM learned that their business continuity plans at the plants were too "tactical."

Volkswagen Mulls Modular EV Platform

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - In a bid to make more relevant electric cars, Volkswagen is contemplating a new modular chassis architecture that could save cost and time in developing purpose-built EVs. Called “MEB,” the battery in-flat-floor architecture could serve as the underpinnings of a new all-electric Phaeton by 2020, but VW engineers say more is possible.

Self-driving Chevy Bolt arrives in San Francisco

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - General Motors has arrived in San Francisco to test its own self-driving system, using a modified 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It comes just weeks after GM’s $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automation, a self-driving startup based in the testing city.

Acura sleeks up it next-gen autonomous RLX

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The future of autonomous car design might feature beauties like the Mercedes F 015 Luxury in Motion and BMW iNext, but the current test cars on the road look like hideous mutations of future cars. Acura wants to change that, with its new Automated Acura RLX Development Vehicle, successor to the first generation modified RLX.

GM to Move More Half-Ton Production from Mexico to Michigan

Posted By GMbeat on Articles -  In the heated atmosphere of the upcoming presidential election there have been passionate discussions about the economy and automotive jobs leaving the US Moving jobs in the opposite direction, it looks like GM will bring much of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 production from Silao, Mexico, to Flint, Mich.According to The Detroit News, a memo from United Auto Workers Local 598 to its members announced that GM will be moving extra production of these two popular models from Mexico to the Flint Assembly Plant, which currently produces heavy- and light-duty pickups.

2017 Cadillac XT5: Lofty Ambitions

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The new 2017 XT5 is arriving at Cadillac dealerships to replace the SRX, at a time when the commercial success of General Motors’ luxury brand is, to a large extent, due to its SUVs, with the Escalade leading the way. The XT5 has the dual mission of retaining the brand’s traditional buyers, who were already won over by the SRX, and to help Cadillac attract new clients by competing directly with European and Japanese vehicles in the very competitive luxury SUV segment. The XT5 is built on a new platform, shared with the 2017 GMC Acadia, and its lineup is made up of Fwd and AWD versions.