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5 questions for retiring GM design chief Ed Welburn

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - During a visit to the Philadelphia Auto Show, 9-year-old Ed Welburn was spellbound by the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone, with its big fins and rocket-like front cones. Then and there, he vowed to become a designer for General Motors. On June 30, he'll retire as GM's head of global design, a role that makes him one of the auto industry's most influential designers. He is also one of the industry's highest ranking African-American executives.

After a decade, Holden Captiva still has a big audience

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - We should be getting a replacement for Captiva, but instead it's a minor facelift. It doesn't stop Holden's SUV from clocking up sales, though. The biggest news for the facelift is the way the car interacts with your mobile device. Captiva still has the excellent MyLink operating system behind its touch-screen, but it also now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection.

How the 2017 Cadillac XT5's rear camera mirror works

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A spacious interior and amenable handling are two impressive attributes of the 2017 Cadillac XT5, but my favorite thing about this new luxury crossover SUV is its rear camera mirror. There was a time when a car's rearview mirror served merely to offer a reflection of what was behind you. That era is as bygone as love beads and air fresheners. These days, the rearview mirror is a serious multi-tasker.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze to launch in India by early 2018

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Next generation 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, the D-segment sedan, is expected to launch in India by early 2018 and will rival the Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia, upcoming 2016 Hyundai Elantra and the Volkswagen Jetta. Chevrolet India recently launched the mild facelift version of the Chevrolet Cruze with updated features and slightly redesigned exteriors.

GM Canada adds 1,000 high tech jobs

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - General Motors was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne on June 10 is Oshawa to announce a major expansion of its engineering and software work in Canada with focus on supporting the development of innovative new automotive systems and technologies for the future.

Luxury car names are a numbers game

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Cadillac to Mercedes realigns model designations to establish common language in linguistically complex global market. Cadillac phased out the XTS full-size sedan for the CT6. CT models stand for Cadillac Touring, followed by a digit that indicates the model’s position in the range. Like many luxury automakers, Cadillac is applying the “X” designation to a new breed of crossovers.

Usage of Uber and Lyft remains low

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Over the past few months, automakers have been pouring investments into ride-hailing services. GM invested $500 million in Lyft, Volkswagen invested $300 million in Gett, Toyota invested an undisclosed amount in Uber, Fiat is rumored to be in talks with Uber, and Apple, which is rumored to be making a car, invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing.

New Chevy Cruze Is Best Small Car GM Has Built in a Long Time

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - If you're looking for signs of continuous improvement at General Motors, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze would be an excellent start. GM's new compact is arguably the first impressive mass-market small car the No. 1 U.S. automaker has built since the Corvair (apologies to Ralph Nader, who documented flaws in the Corvair in the 1960s). That's quite a statement coming from me after driving dozens of GM small cars over the years from the Chevrolet Cavalier to the Geo Metro to the previous Cruze.