General Motors

  • GM CEO Dan Akerson (left) and PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Philippe Varin

    In March of this year General Motors made the surprise move of forming an alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroen by purchasing seven percent of the French automaker’s stock. The original deal was structured around two main pillars: the sharing of vehicle platforms, components and modules; and joint purchasing of commodities, components and other goods required to build cars. Unfortunately, Europe’s worsening financial crisis has seen PSA’s outlook--and its stock price--drop since then, but despite this GM remains committed to its original deal and may see its alliance deepen...

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    Spyker To Oppose GM’s Motion To Dismiss $3 Billion Lawsuit

    In August of this year Dutch firm Spyker filed a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors in a U.S. District Court in Michigan, alleging the American auto giant had deliberately forced Spyker-owned Saab into bankruptcy by blocking a planned stake purchase by Chinese investor Youngman. GM was given...

  • GM develops new resistance spot welding process for aluminum
    New Welding Technique Should Lead To More Aluminum In GM Cars

    General Motors has developed what it says is an industry-first aluminum welding technology, which allows it to use more aluminum in the construction of its cars rather than heavier conventional materials. This will lead to lighter and more fuel efficient cars from the automaker going into the...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Camaro's frameless rear-view mirror with electrochromic OnStar buttons
    2013 Chevy Camaro Gets Frameless Rear-View Mirror In OnStar Revamp

    General Motors is updating the look of its OnStar buttons as it rolls out the connectivity and telematics feature in more and more markets across the globe. The new designs are said to be more easily recognizable, however, they also better reflect new software updates that have also been added...

  • GM working on car-to-car and car-to-object communications technology
    GM Participating In U.S. Car-To-Car Communications Trial

    Coinciding with a similar program being run in Germany, the U.S. Department of Transportation is about to start a trial of technology relying on car-to-car and car-to-object communications. The hope is that cars, either through warnings made to their driver or through autonomous systems will be...

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    Buick Rainier And Saab 9-7X Recalled

    General Motors has announced a wide-ranging recall on certain SUV models from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The vehicles affected by the recall include the Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL from the 2006 model year, and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender...

  • GM CEO Dan Akerson and his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette that will be sold for charity

    A 1958 Chevrolet Corvette finished in Regal Turquoise will be auctioned off for charity, with all proceeds going to aid Habitat for Humanity Detroit, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing housing for low-income families in the Detroit area. The car is owned by none other than GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, who is selling it to help fund Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s revitalization project of the Morningside Commons neighborhood on Detroit’s lower east side. Note, this is on top of a previous $1 million donation made to the cause by Akerson and his wife, Karin, back in...

  • Spyker's propeller logo.
    Spyker Suing General Motors For $3 Billion Over Saab Bankruptcy

    Spyker N.V has announced the filing of a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors, alleging that it deliberately forced Spyker-owned Saab into bankruptcy by blocking a planned purchase from Chinese investor Youngman Lotus. GM, which owned preferred stock in Saab, objected to the deal between...

  • 2013 Opel Adam
    Opel Loses New Design Boss

    Just two weeks after Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke announced his resignation from the top job, David Lyon, Opel’s recently appointed head designer has reportedly stepped down just a week before he was scheduled to start work at Opel’s headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany. Lyon’s...

  • GM working on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-X communications systems
    GM Working On Cars That Use Smartphone Signals To Detect Pedestrians

    Several automakers have introduced advanced technology in their cars that can read the road ahead and anticipate whether a vehicle in front is slowing down or a pedestrian or cyclist is nearby. Most of these systems rely on cameras or radar systems monitoring the road ahead, though these can be...

  • 2013 Opel Adam
    Opel Appoints New Interim Chief

    Opel has announced that Thomas Sedran, one of the struggling automaker’s strategy heads and chief of operations, will serve as interim chairman until a permanent replacement can be found. Sedran’s temporary appointment comes less than a week after former Opel boss Karl-Friedrich Stracke...

  • OnStar partners with RelayRides on peer-to-peer car rentals
    OnStar Partners With RelayRides On Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing: Video

    It’s no secret that, aside from high-dollar collector models, cars are a depreciating asset. Worse, you’re paying for your car even when you’re not using it, which is why peer-to-peer car sharing services like RelayRides are growing in popularity. The concept behind RelayRides is...

  • 2013 Opel Adam

    This year Opel turns 150, but the company has very little to celebrate, with news emerging overnight that Karl-Friedrich Stracke, president of General Motors Europe and the current CEO of Opel, is stepping down from the top role to focus on special assignments reporting to GM head honcho Dan Akerson. In the meantime Steve Girsky, the man charged with turning things around at Opel, will serve as the acting head of the company until a suitable replacement for Stracke can be found. The announcement comes just two weeks after Opel presented a turnaround plan that would see the company abandon a...

  • BMW headquarters
    BMW, GM End Cooperative Talks On Fuel Cell Development

    Earlier this week we brought you a report that BMW and Toyota were entering into a cooperative agreement on hybrid system and fuel cell technology. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Bavarian automaker has ended talks with General Motors centered around fuel-cell technology. Automotive News...

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    BMW Committed To Hybrid Deal Despite PSA And GM Alliance

    In 2010 BMW and France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen signed a deal to expand their already successful powertrain cooperation to include hybrid component development for front-wheel drive cars. The deal included the joint development and purchasing of hybrid components to help reduce costs for all...

  • GM design chief Ed Welburn presents the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept
    Opel Designer Appointed Design Chief Of Buick And Cadillac

    As General Motors celebrates the 85th anniversary of its GM Design organization, which today employs more than 1,900 talented designers in 10 advanced studios located around the globe, the automaker has announced a series of changes at the highest levels of its design operations. Still in charge of...

  • Darren McKeage's Tosa Street Car supercar design
    GM-Engined GrabCAD Supercar Set For Production In 2013

    Very few people get to design cars for a living, and even fewer of those will pen the next supercar. However, one lucky and particularly talented individual that we know of will get to see their dream come true. GrabCAD, a company specializing in the development of computer-aided design (CAD)...

  • Design team at Holden
    Inside Look At Holden’s Design Center: Video

    We recently ran a post detailing some design processes utilized by the Buick team when penning new models. Today, another General Motors subsidiary, Holden, is in the spotlight. On the world stage Holden is usually recognized for just one vehicle, the Commodore, but the Australian arm of the GM...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    CUE, short for Cadillac User Experience, is GM’s high end infotainment system, scheduled to debut in the upcoming Cadillac XTS sedan. After learning from mistakes made by Ford and Lincoln, Cadillac designed the CUE to be more intuitive and user friendly. CUE will also be the first automotive infotainment system with a fully-capacitive screen, like that found on an iPad tablet. The screen will sense proximity of a user’s hand, too, illuminating before it’s actually touched. It will provide users with haptic feedback as well, signaling menu changes and confirming button...

  • GM CEO Dan Akerson (left) and PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Philippe Varin
    GM And PSA Peugeot Citroen Form Alliance, Plan Joint Models

    General Motors and France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen announced this week the creation of a long-term and broad-scale global strategic alliance, which they hope will leverage the strengths and capabilities of the two automakers and contribute to the profitability of both. Importantly, the two auto...

  • LFX V-6 engine for 2012 Buick LaCrosse
    GM Developing Pair Of Twin-Turbo V-6 Engines: Report

    About two years ago we first brought you news that General Motors was developing a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that, coupled with direct-injection technology, would serve as the General’s rival to Ford’s popular V-6 EcoBoost engine. Code-named LF3, performance of the new...

  • GM's Windows of Opportunity project.
    Are Interactive Windows For Rear Seat Passengers In Your Future?

    General Motors Research and Development challenged students and researchers at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design to create new ways to enhance the driving experience for rear seat passengers, particularly children. The result was the “Windows of Opportunity” (WOO)...

  • 2013 Cadillac ATS
    2013 Cadillac ATS: Why It's Lighter Than The BMW 3-Series

    Cadillac's all-new compact sport sedan, the 2013 ATS, is already shaping up to be exactly the BMW 3-Series fighter for which we were hoping. That's if you consider its thoughtful, attractive design and layout; its performance claims; and its lean, built-from-scratch ethos—although of course...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
    GM Updating Its 2.4-Liter Four Cylinder Engines

    Here’s some good news if you’ll be shopping for a Chevy Malibu, Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, Buick Verano or Buick Regal next year: GM is pulling the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine used in these products, and replacing it with an updated 2.5 liter version. As you’d expect, the new...

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