Tag: General Motors

Electric Vehicles Are in the Spotlight at Detroit’s 2019 Auto Show

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Just before Thanksgiving, Ken Westerman came close to buying his first fully electric car, a Tesla Model 3. A retired music teacher with an interest in protecting the environment, Mr. Westerman was looking to replace the hybrid car he had been driving for years, a red […]

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UAW Sues General Motors Over Temporary Workforce

Last week a lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court in Youngstown claiming that General Motors is in violation of a “memorandum of understanding” with the United Automobile Workers by allowing temporary employees to support the launch of some new product from Fort Wayne Assembly Plant. The facility, which […]

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U.S. Auto Sales Put Up a Big Number, but Show Signs of Strain

As they recorded another year of strong United States sales, automakers said Thursday that they saw little cause for concern in the months ahead. But a closer look shows signs of strain emerging on several fronts. Annual sales reached 17.3 million new cars and light trucks last year, a rise […]

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DoorDash and GM’s Cruise team up to pilot food delivery via self-driving cars

General Motors (GM) is partnering with DoorDash to enable on-demand food deliveries via driverless cars. The duo announced that a pilot delivery program will kick off in San Francisco in “early 2019,” and will involve both meals from restaurants and groceries. As a century-old automotive giant, GM has been investing […]

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Jim Perkins, Who Saved the Corvette From a Moribund GM, Dies

Much has been written about Jim Perkins, the Texas boy with a keen love of Chevrolet whose relentless ambition finally placed him in GM’s sphere of influence. It’s thanks to Perkins that Chevrolet’s Corvette is still General Motors’ halo car, and not some long-departed nameplate culled during the height of […]

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Analyst: Outsourcing American Jobs Responsible for GM Layoffs, Not Tariffs

The multinational corporate business model of outsourcing and offshoring Americans’ jobs overseas to cheap labor foreign countries is responsible for General Motors’ (GM) recently announced mass layoffs of American workers, a trade analyst says. Coalition for a Prosperous America Research Director Jeff Ferry details in new analysis that the recent announcement by GM to lay off […]

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Thaddeus McCotter: China Is ‘Building Communism’ in America with Technology, Finance

Former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) told Breitbart News that China uses technology and finance as tools to globally project is communist ideology. McCotter described China’s geopolitical ambition as an existential threat to America and the broader West, offering his remarks on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight. Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour asked […]

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Taxpayers Always Lose Industry’s Shell Game With Jobs

When General Motors announced that it was idling five plants in the United States and Canada last week, there was shock in two American cities. One was Warren, Ohio, where G.M. builds the Chevrolet Cruze at its Lordstown assembly plant. Folks in the industrial heartland are no strangers to this […]

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QOTD: Change Is a Bad Thing?

On the Junkyard Find post at the start of this week, conversation turned to vehicle models which resisted change from the designer’s pen (or ruler) and the engineer’s… tools. Today we talk about the good old days, and how sometimes things stay the same. The very subject of the Junkyard […]

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White House Wants to End EV Subsidies ASAP

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow announced Monday that the Trump administration is seeking an end to federal subsidies on electric cars. Interestingly, the move appears to be related to General Motors’ plant closings and layoffs. The company’s restructuring plan hasn’t gone over well with policy makers or the American public, […]

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You Don’t Understand Tariffs, Man

Not long after claiming victory in the midterm elections in which his party lost at least 39 House seats, President Trump kept up his winning streak this past weekend, this time on the world stage. At the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, he called a temporary truce with […]

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Trade Truce by China and U.S. Gives Both Sides Political Breathing Room

The agreement reached by President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China to effectively pause their trade war and work toward a pact appears to be aimed at giving the two leaders some political breathing room after an escalating fight has begun inflicting economic damage on both sides of the […]

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G.M.’s President Will Take Over Its Self-Driving Effort

A top General Motors official is taking on a new role that underlines the auto industry’s intense push to develop and commercialize self-driving cars. The official, Dan Ammann, will give up the job of G.M. president and become chief executive of Cruise, the division working on autonomous vehicles, the company […]

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G.M., Not Trump, Is the Real Villain to Some Ohio Factory Workers

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — After an election campaign in which he had pledged a manufacturing renaissance, President Trump came to this once-thriving industrial region of northeastern Ohio last year and all but waved a mission-accomplished flag. The jobs are “all coming back,” he announced. “Don’t move, don’t sell your house.” That […]

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After Cutbacks, Trump Threatens G.M. Over Electric-Car Subsidies

When General Motors announced that it would idle five North American plants and eliminate thousands of jobs, it said the move would ease the burden of spending billions of dollars to develop the battery-powered vehicles of the future. But the White House put a question mark over those plans on […]

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G.M. to Stop Production at 5 Plants in U.S. and Canada

General Motors said Monday that it planned to idle three car plants and two transmission plants in a bid to trim costs as the North American auto sector slows. The plants include a factory in Lordstown, Ohio, that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact; the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where the Chevrolet Volt, […]

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Eye Spy: GM Engineers Hopped on the Ford Tour for Pickup Inspiration

Figuring out how best to shave weight from the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra wasn’t an easy task, with some General Motors engineers resorting to taking public tours of Ford’s Dearborn truck assembly plant just to see how their rival handled its all-aluminum body. Ultimately, GM opted for a hybrid solution of sorts — […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Large, Unpopular V8 Luxury From 2006

One of our trio is on its last legs, another is brand new, and the third option is near the middle of its life. They all share V8 power up front, driven wheels at the rear, and midsections full of luxury equipment. Most people avoided them when new, so it should be no problem finding […]

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GM’s Famed ‘Tripower’ Is Back… As a Thrifty Four-cylinder

You won’t find three two-barrel carbs atop this Tripower mill. In fact, depending on the engine’s load, you might not even find three cylinders in operation. General Motors plans to bring back a performance-focused name for its new 2.7-liter turbocharged four, Automotive News reports, giving the automaker a ballsy moniker for the engine it doesn’t […]

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How Companies Are Making Customers Pay for Trump’s Trade War

Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them. __________ President Trump’s trade war is making life uncomfortable for some large American corporations, but they have found a way to reduce the pain: Pass it on to customers. The Trump administration’s tariffs have pushed […]

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