September 1, 2014
- General Motors has started a bike sharing program at its Technical Center in Warren, Mich. that not only stands to help thousands of employees be more productive and healthier, but is also being viewed internally as a way to start looking beyond the century-old business model of selling one car to one person.
August 31, 2014
- Preservation or restoration. That's the question that faces anyone dealing with classic cars, and it's the issue with which the National Corvette Museum is grappling in the wake of the sinkhole that opened up in its midst this past February. In the months since the damage was inflicted, the museum had planned to keep at least part of the sinkhole open as a sort of memorial and tourist attraction so that visitors could see what happened. Unfortunately, it turned out that keeping the hole open...
August 29, 2014
- Exploring the possibility of a solar car is nothing new.
- UP FOR DISCUSSION: - Was Ross Perot Right? More Move to Mexico - China and India Go After Western Automakers: Is This the Beginning of the End? SPECIAL GUEST: Larry Nitz, GM Powertrain Executive Director, Global Transmission and Electrification All that and much more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design and Production, Stephanie Brinley, IHS Automotive and Gary Witzenburg, AutoMedia.com.
August 27, 2014
- It was originally hailed as the future of the U.S. auto industry, only to be mothballed in the wake of GM's bankruptcy and the abandonment of the Saturn brand. Now GM is about to invest $233 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to make it a flexible facility that will produce Cadillacs in the near future. To get the skinny, click on TheDetroitBureau.com.
- General Motors will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex, retaining 390 jobs. GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.
- Toyota has been quite upfront about its belief that plug-in electric cars are not the technology of the future. (It says hydrogen fuel-cell cars are.) And now this belief has appeared in the advertising for its Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. That car is the third or fourth best-selling car with a plug in the U.S.--after the Chevy Volt and Nissan...
- Japanese manufacturer to go head-to-head with Nissan, Vauxhall and Ford with new compact crossover, due in UK next year A new Suzuki Vitara compact crossover will be unveiled at the Paris motor show in October and will go on sale in the UK next spring.The Japanese company is reviving the Vitara model name for its all-new five-door car, which will battle rivals such as the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka and Ford Ecosport in the competitive and fast-growing compact crossover segment.The Vitara –...
August 26, 2014
- General Motors Co.'s Spring Hill complex is on a path that may lead to a doubled workforce and become a vision of GM's manufacturing future.
- Racing series typically select a safety car appropriate to the kinds of racecars for which they'll be setting the pace. So you might find a Mercedes SLS pacing a Formula One grand prix, for example, and you're more likely to find a BMW M4 on duty at a DTM race and a Chevy Camaro or SS on an oval speedway for a NASCAR or Indy race. It would only stand to reason, then, that the FIA Formula E Championship kicking off next month in Beijing would press a plug-in into service as its safety car. But...