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GM to Shutter Holden in Australia, Further Withdraws from Right-Hand Drive Markets

GM to Shutter Holden in Australia, Further Withdraws from Right-Hand Drive Markets

General Motors said it will discontinue its iconic Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand and pull out of those markets.
“At the highest levels of our company we have the deepest respect for Holden’s heritage and contribution to our company and to the countries of Australia and New Zealand,” said …

GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

GM to Idle 5 Plants in the U.S. and Canada

General Motors, the largest American automobile manufacturer, said Monday it plans to stop production at three car plants and two transmission facilities next year.
The list of factories includes the Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio; the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in southeast Michigan; the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada; the Baltimore …

GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

GM and Ford Announce Plans to Expand Lineup of Electric Models

General Motors announced plans on Monday for 20 all-new all-electric vehicles. The automaker said it would introduce all 20 by 2023, including two within the next 18 months.
The General’s move was followed by an announcement by Ford, which said it would add 13 electrified models by the end of the …

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

MUNICH—General Motors is expected to announce on Monday that it is selling its Adam Opel unit to French automaker PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars.
The two companies said Saturday they would hold a joint press conference Monday morning in Paris. Last month the two acknowledged they were in …

GM to Enlist IBM’s Watson for OnStar Go

GM to Enlist IBM’s Watson for OnStar Go

General Motors and IBM announced plans on Tuesday to integrate IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology in its OnStar telematics system starting in early 2017.
The new platform, dubbed OnStar Go, will be available in over two million GM vehicles including Buicks, Cadillacs, and Chevrolets in the first year.
The system will use …

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers representing almost the entirety of the U.S. market joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in announcing plans to install automatic emergency braking on almost all new cars sold in the United States by 2022.
The list of automakers, which is a who’s who …

New York Auto Show Roundup: Small, Efficient German Cars

New York Auto Show Roundup: Small, Efficient German Cars

NEW YORK—German automakers debuted several small, efficient cars on the first day of the New York International Auto Show, while General Motor’s Cadillac division showed an updated CTS that it hopes will recapture buyers of imported luxury cars.
BMW introduced the 328d, its highly anticipated diesel sedan. This is BMW’s first …

Report from Geneva: The 83rd Geneva International Motor Show 2013

Report from Geneva: The 83rd Geneva International Motor Show 2013

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2013 in Europe as the first important international auto show for car manufacturers. This year, the show is once again facing the challenge of a balancing act between presenting powerful sports cars and environmentally friendly hybrid, …

GM Officially Joins Diesel Party, Launches 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 TD

GM Officially Joins Diesel Party, Launches 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 TD

CHICAGO — General Motors officially announced it would once again offer a diesel-powered automobile.  The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 TD will debut in select markets this summer with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline four that develops 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  If that’s not enough, an overboost function allows …

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

DETROIT—General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla all introduced new electric vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
On Tuesday, GM, the nation’s largest automaker, unveiled the Cadillac ELR, a luxury version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and said it would be offered for sale later this year.
Nissan, in turn, …

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

Since its initial introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned twice, and each time it has separated itself more from its less costly cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Now in its third generation, the Escalade is available in two wheelbases, two- and four-wheel drive, and with …

Biodiesel Report: What B20 Means to You and Your Warranty

Biodiesel Report: What B20 Means to You and Your Warranty

Five years ago, biodiesel was a form of fuel that the diesel enthusiast would convert his or her vehicle to use.  Since then, it has been forced into the mainstream through various government mandates and subsidies, in the form of blended fuels that are often the only option for drivers …