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  • GM to patent shape-shifting car designs

    In director Michael Bay's version of the "Transformers" franchise, the world of Decepticons and Autobots is heavily populated by General Motors products. Bumblebee used to be an old Volkswagen Beetle, but now it's a late-model Camaro. As reported by GM Inside News, GM has filed for patent applications that indicate the company is trying to develop real-life Transformers of its own. These cars won't change into robots, though. The shape-shifting designs will most likely be used for autonomous cars. Per the report, GM has filed a patent for a “Method and Systems for Reconfiguring a...

  • Robert E Ferguson, Cadillac's new global vice president
    Cadillac Hires Lobbyist As New Global Boss, Ponders New Models

    Robert E. Ferguson, GM’s vice president for global public policy and a former AT&T executive, has been appointed to the newly-created position of vice president, Cadillac global. Ferguson will report directly to GM’s chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson. As he transitions into the role...

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    GM Builds Its 100-Millionth Small-Block V8 Engine

    General Motors crossed a milestone yesterday. Somewhere on a little counter in GM's Performance Build Center at Wixom near Detroit, a number ticked over from 99,999,999 to 100,000,000, marking the hundred-millionth small-block V8 GM has produced. That milestone engine is a 638-horsepower...

  • GM's 100-millionth small block being built
    GM's 100-Millionth Small Block Engine Is A 638-HP LS9

    It powers the ZR1, and it has powered about 99,999,999 other cars, too: it's GM's small block engine family, including V-8s and V-6s, and it's been in action since 1955. Yes, GM has built its 100-millionth small-block engine, and it's an LS9 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 good for 638 horsepower--443...

  • GM's smartphone-based vehicle communication app
    Smartphone Communication Could Make Roads Safer, Says GM

    Your car might already have an option to synchronize with your smartphone, but General Motors reckons the technology could offer so much more. Apps like Waze and Bump can be handy for avoiding traffic (or chatting if you're already stuck) but vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems...

  • BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
    GM And BMW To Partner On Green Tech?

    With auto giants Ford and Toyota recently announcing a partnership for the development of a new rear-wheel drive hybrid module that will ensure their respective SUV and pickup models have a bright spot in a world of rising oil prices, it was only a matter of time until some of their major rivals...

  • GM’s front center airbag in action

    GM has announced plans to launch the industry’s first front center airbag, designed to help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. The tubular airbag is also designed to provide restraint when the driver is the only front occupant, and also acts as an energy absorbing cushion between driver and front passenger in both driver- and passenger-side crashes. The first vehicles equipped with the new safety feature will be the 2013 model year GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick...

  • OnStar
    OnStar's Reassurance: We Respect Your Privacy. Really, We Do

    It's often the way with the modern world: The products and services we use aren't just products and services any more - they're experiences. Where once you used to use a car to get from A to B with the occasional trip via C, now you can be as connected to your life on the internet as you are with...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
    Shhhh! New Tech Lets 2011 Chevrolet Equinox Get Better MPG

    Improving fuel economy and reducing noise can occasionally be mutually compatible - the smooth aerodynamics of a 2011 Toyota Prius making it a refined highway cruiser, for example. However, GM is trialling a technology in the Chevrolet Equinox that makes quietness an outright necessity for...

  • SiriusXM 'Bring Your Radio Back to Life' campaign
    SiriusXM Offers 2 Free Weeks To Lapsed Subscribers

    The Great Recession forced many people to rein in household spending. Among the easiest cutbacks to make? Subscriptions to cable channels, magazines, and other infotainment services. Now that the economy is on the mend (this week, anyway), many of those services are working overtime to woo former...

  • OnStar Family Link
    Don't Trust Your Teen? Track Them With GM OnStar Family Link

    If you're trusting your teenage son or daughter with the car for the night it's nice to know that their journey has gone safely - or that they're actually going where they said they would. For that extra piece of mind GM is testing a new OnStar service called 'Family Link' that allows subscribers...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    2012 Chevrolet Cruze: High Tech Electrics Deliver Fuel Gains

    GM has recently confirmed that from 2013 the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan will be sold with a turbodiesel engine option, allowing an auto-equipped diesel Cruze to hit low to mid 40s miles per gallon on average. Even the regular gasoline version is fairly efficient by the standards of many cars...

  • GM OnStar FMV

    The OnStar vehicle infotainment, navigation and security system will be familar to owners of newer GM products, but soon you won't even need a GM vehicle to benefit from the technology. Revealed at CES back in March, OnStar FMV, "For My Vehicle", is an aftermarket mirror that features several of the features you'd expect from OnStar, such as turn-by-turn navigation, hands-free calling, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, automatic crash response and more. From July 24th you'll be able to buy the unit from Best Buy for £299.99. Installation is another $75 and you'll have to pay another...

  • 2010 GM EN-V Concept
    General Motors Picks U.K. For EN-V City Car Euro Manufacture

    Small cars are becoming big business. The smart fortwo, Scion iQ, Gordon Murray's upcoming T.25, the Renault Twizy... more and more carmakers are developing tiny vehicles to provide our city transportation of the future. General Motors has jumped on the bandwagon too. GM showed the cleverly named...

  • GMC Showroom Mobile App for iPhone
    GMC Brings Its Showroom To The Smartphone

    According to Nielsen, Americans are finally shifting to smartphones: 38% of mobile users already have one, and the majority of those shopping for new handsets are planning to purchase one in the near future. General Motors is hoping to cash in on that development with its new GMC Showroom App. Like...

  • Chevrolet Volt battery cover planter
    Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Chevy Volt's Power Pack Planter

    Reducing fuel consumption and emissions is only one aspect of automotive sustainability - at the end of a car's life comes the time for its components to be re-used and recycled. We'd hope for Chevrolet's sake that its 2011 Volt models aren't already reaching the end of their life-cycles but it's...

  • 2011 Buick Regal CXL in New York City's Soho district
    GM Changing Name And Features Of Certified Pre-Owned Program

    Certified pre-owned programs often provide shoppers with a higher-value alternative to new cars, with a warranty that's nearly as good. Now GM is making some changes to its program in order to make it even more attractive. The program once known as the GM Certified Used Vehicles Program will be...

  • Opel Astra Cabrio teaser
    Opel Astra Cabrio Teased, U.S. Launch Rumored

    We’ve been reporting about a convertible version of the latest-generation Opel Astra sold in Europe since 2009 but news concerning the car never really heated up until last month when reports emerged suggesting that the car, along with the recently revealed Opel Astra GTC sports hatch, could...

  • 2009 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition

    With GM’s announcement that it will be investing more than $331 million in its Arlington assembly plant in Texas, home of its ‘GMT900’ full-size SUVS such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade, the General has essentially secured the future of the road giants. A few years back there were rumblings that GM was looking to axe its Cadillac Escalade SUV and replace it with a crossover model based on the Lambda platform, a plan devised in response to the financial crisis at the time and a spike in world oil prices. However, it now looks as...

  • 2011 Saab 9-4X Aero
    2011 Saab 9-4X Aero: First Drive

    While we have truly unique vehicles like the next-generation 2013 Saab 9-3 to look forward to—or at least hope for, given the current uncertain state of Saab's future—in the meantime the Swedish automaker is subsisting on designs directly shared with its former owner, General Motors...

  • Astronaut Alan Shepard (center) with GM reps and his 1962 Corvette
    This Saturday, Chevrolet Celebrates Corvettes & Astronauts

    Most of the past week's headlines have been dominated by news about disastrous storms in the Deep South, flooding in the Midwest, and of course, the death of Osama bin Laden. But in the middle of all that, there's another important story that's been overlooked by many media outlets: yesterday...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
    2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ: 2011 New York Auto Show Live Photos

    The all-new, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu that GM [NYSE: GM] just revealed at the New York auto show—and at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show yesterday—will be a truly global model. With a wider stance, HID headlamps, and LED taillamps, and showy wheels, plus all-new trims and interior materials...

  • Li Chao, Executive Deputy General Manager of Shanghai OnStar Telematics
    OnStar Is China's First Automotive App

    General Motors has made huge inroads in China, and now, those inroads have grown a bit wider: yesterday at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, GM launched its smartphone app for China's OnStar subscribers. The OnStar app for Chinese drivers is nearly identical to the one that subscribers in North America...

  • 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Black Diamond Edition
    GM: Buick To Compete With Asian Luxury Autos, Cadillac To Rival The Germans

    General Motors is being clear about positioning of its upmarket Buick and Cadillac brands, explaining that Buick is designed more for drivers who want understated luxury whereas Cadillac is more about dynamic performance and style. Speaking with Automotive News, GM marketing chief Chris Perry...

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