June 17, 2013
- General Motors Co. today named Gerald Johnson as North America manufacturing vice president effective July 1. Johnson, a 33-year GM veteran, will lead a team of more than 74,000 employees who work in 56 facilities including assembly, stamping, powertrain and component operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
- Buick currently sells three vehicles that were originally conceived as Opels, and by the looks of things it's set to have more. Buick’s latest Encore, Regal and Verano models all share their underpinnings and most of their bodywork with models sold overseas as Opels (Vauxhalls if you’re in the U.K.), and so far this strategy of...
- General Motors is recalling another 230,000 midsize SUVs due to a potential fire risk serious enough that the maker also is advising owners to park outside until repairs can be made. The maker recalled another 250,000 SUVs for the problem last August, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.
- The 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car doesn’t go on sale until early 2014, but one of the cars, one of the first examples to roll off the production line in fact, recently showed up at Jay Leno’s Garage, where the comedian and avid car collector got a chance to take it for a spin. Members of the car’s development...
- Not a week goes by without news emerging of yet another car destined to appear in the upcoming Transformers 4 movie. The latest is a Chevrolet Sonic RS rally car, a photo of which was posted online by the movie’s director Michael Bay and described as the “ultimate Sonic RS" and “just pure fun.” It’s not clear which...
June 14, 2013
- Five of the top 10 brands in the 2013 Best Global Green Brands report were automotive, including the top three. Toyota, Ford, and Honda took the top three, respectively; followed by Nissan at fifth and Volkswagen at seventh. Ford’s crosstown rivals, General Motors and Chrysler, did not make the list, which includes the top 50 brands.
- The next generation Cadillac Escalade, which is due out next spring, will be the "most sophisticated" sport utility vehicle every built by General Motors, GM executives claim. TheDetroitBureau.com has the story.
- The starting price, which includes a $925 destination fee, is about $6,000 higher than the current model. But the new model is about 250 pounds lighter with more power, space and more than 20 new standard features compared with the current model, according to the Detroit-based automaker.
- In its first two incarnations, the Cadillac CTS was a so-called “tweener car." Not anymore. When the 2014 Cadillac CTS rolls into showrooms later this year it will be more directly targeted against its bigger German rival – and it will carry a larger MSRP, as well, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.
June 13, 2013
- Despite being five inches longer, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is also 244 pounds lighter than the model it replaces, and it's packed with 20 new standard features--and the new CTS will start from $46,025 including the $925 destination fee. The 420-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport will start from $59,995. Entering its third generation...
June 12, 2013
- Cadillac is going Rogue – the Detroit-based luxury maker lining up a new agency by that name to handle nearly $250 million in annual spending as it struggles to regain its former grandeur in a luxury market today largely dominated by German competitors. This from TheDetroitBureau.com.
- A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit seeking $3 billion in damages from General Motors, accusing the U.S. giant of taking illegal steps that ultimately led to the failure of Swedish automaker Saab. While an appeal could follow, it appears to be the end of the line, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.
- Opel’s flagship Insignia sedan, hatch and Sports Tourer wagon have received a slew of updates as part of their respective mid-cycle refreshes. The updated cars won't make their debut until the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in September but have been revealed today in full. The changes follow those introduced on the latest version of the...
June 11, 2013
- The 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is just over a week away, and the testing has begun. Here, we get to see Oliver Gavin wheeling the #74 Corvette C6R around the famed street circuit during this week's damp test day. Apart from rather miserable visibility at points, there's also the issue of going flat-tout through changing surface...
- It’s a connected world and for those who can’t stomach the idea of being out of touch even behind the wheel, General Motors has laid out an ambitious plan to integrate 4G WiFi service into every vehicle it builds by 2015. It's also brought in a exec to manage that and other connected car programs, including OnStar, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.