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Midengine Vette aims to halt skidding sales

After decades of playing with the idea of a midengine supercar, the automaker is expected to introduce the eighth-generation Corvette within the next year.

Buick asks buyers to pay more, and they do

One of every four Enclaves sold is an Avenir, and after a March investment that boosted Avenir production, GM is studying additional ways to get even more inventory to help meet demand for the $54,495-and-up crossover.

Future Product: Chevy, GMC to keep profit machines humming

Beginning with the launches of the next-generation full-size pickups in the fall, the two brands are about to feed General Motors' principal profit centers, trucks and SUVs.

Future Product:Cadillac's product parade set to begin

Expect Johan de Nysschen's plans for a new or redesigned vehicle coming every six months on average through 2021 to remain in place, if not be accelerated, under new boss Steve Carlisle.

Future Product: Buick's EV plans on ice

GM's impending loss of federal tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and a lack of customer demand could push Buick's EV plans into the next decade.

GM plans focus on high-margin, high-tech products

Launches of lucrative vehicles such as full-size and heavy-duty pickups and full-size SUVs over the next two years will be followed by a pivot to electrification.

Five top priorities for new Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley

New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley inherits a much cleaner company than did his predecessor, Sergio Marchionne, but it's far from spotless.

GM discontinues Chevrolet City Express small van

General Motors has dropped the Chevrolet City Express, a small work van which the automaker has marketed under a partnership with Nissan since 2014.

GM discontinues Chevrolet City Express small van

UPDATED: 7/19/18 8:42 am ET

General Motors has dropped the Chevrolet City Express, a small work van, which the automaker has marketed under a partnership with Nissan since 2014.

Chris Boone

More than doubled net profits at Hendrick Chevrolet-Cadillac Monroe to about $1.6 million in his first two years managing the dealership

GM's commitment to cars faces test as sales plummet

GM's first-half results provide the clearest sign yet of how badly GM is faring in the car market this year, and how much heavy lifting is being done by its trucks.

U.S. sales outlook: What goes up...

Rising interest rates, higher gasoline prices and the threat of a tariff-fueled trade war haven't slowed auto sales in 2018. But headwinds are increasing. Some industry experts see a saturated market pumped up by incentives.

GM: GMC leads robust month

UPDATED: 7/5/18 11:36 am ET - adds details

GMC, up 17 percent, was the sales workhorse for General Motors in June; Chevrolet and Cadillac were also up while Buick tumbled.

GM sees opportunity in surrendered territory

General Motors' car sales are falling faster than those of its domestic rivals, but the company insists it won't join Ford Motor Co. and FCA US in abandoning most sedans.

GM walks fine line on Silverado pricing

In lowering the starting price of some entry-level 2019 Silverado pickups and increasing the price some for some higher-level trims, Chevy is trying to satisfy its core work truck customers while reaching higher into the...

Chevy lowers price on some '19 Silverado models, raises others

UPDATED: 6/29/18 1:01 pm ET - adds detail

General Motors is expanding the price range of the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado by lowering the starting price of several entry-level models and increasing pricing on some high-end trims.

Chevy reduces charging time on 2019 Volt

A new 7.2 kilowatt charging system cuts the time needed to recharge the plug-in hybrid from roughly 4.5 hours to 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet.

Chevy reduces charging time on 2019 Volt

UPDATED: 6/29/18 11:03 pm ET - adds details

A new 7.2 kilowatt charging system cuts the time needed to recharge the plug-in hybrid from roughly 4.5 hours to 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet.

GM steps up 3D printing efforts at North American plants

General Motors is increasing the use of 3D printing at its plants, including those in Canada, to streamline operations and potentially save millions of dollars in annual production costs.

Fourth Chevy crossover leverages old name in Blazer

General Motors is readying the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer as a midsize crossover for a new generation of buyers seeking a sportier, tech-savvy utility vehicle over its boxier, rugged predecessors.

GM'S ALAN BATEY: We're helping our dealers transform

General Motors is transforming its operations through new technology that promises rapid change for dealers.

GM realigns execs in autonomous push

General Motors has realigned the responsibilities of two top executives in a move that underscores the importance and immediacy of its work on autonomous vehicles.

Incentives end looms for top-selling EVs

By selling more plug-ins than their competitors, Tesla and GM are on the verge of crossing a threshold that will mean the end of $7,500 tax credits many of their customers have counted on, creating a considerable price...

Chevy resurrects Blazer as tech-savvy, sporty crossover

UPDATED: 6/21/18 8:14 pm ET

General Motors, aiming for more gains in the booming American market for utility vehicles, is resurrecting the venerable Chevrolet Blazer nameplate as a tech-savvy, yet sporty, crossover.

GM adjusts executive roles for Ammann, Reuss

General Motors is realigning responsibilities of two of its top executives, allowing GM President Dan Ammann to better concentrate on the automaker's development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.

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