April 1, 2014
- After recalling more than 5 million vehicles since Jan. 1, General Motors will continue to make headlines this week as Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill this week. Barra is likely to face a hostile committee, as will NHTSA's acting administrator, David Friedman. For more, please go to TheDetroitBureau.com.
- The U.S. automotive industry's eyes are turned to Washington, D.C. today, as General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra is set to testify before a House of Representatives subcommittee on its delayed recall of millions of vehicles due to faulty ignition switches.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday proposed a rule requiring rear visibility camera technology in all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds, meaning all cars, SUVs and minivans as well as most small trucks and busses. The rule is expected to be finalized within the next two months, after which automakers...
March 31, 2014
- As the deaths are tallied from General Motors' delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those killed, the majority were young. In a way, this isn't surprising. Low-priced cars like the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion were marketed to young, first-time buyers and parents shopping for their kids.
- The torrent of General Motors’ recalls continued today when the company announced it was recalling 1.3 million cars because they may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist. This action puts the automaker more than 5 million vehicles recalled in March. To get the story, head over to TheDetroitBureau.com.
- General Motors Co. Monday afternoon announced it will recall 1.3 million vehicles due to possible power steering issues and expects to experience a $750 million charge in the first quarter due to its recent recall announcements.
- General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra doesn’t know why it took the Detroit-based automaker more than a decade to recall millions of small cars due to faulty ignition switches, but she promises to find out.
- A memo released Sunday by government officials outlines that General Motors Co. and the government’s vehicle safety watchdog failed to address faulty ignition switches in millions of cars that have now been linked to more than a dozen fatal accidents.
- Chevrolet’s next-generation Cruze has been testing in prototype form for the past year but now a completed version has been spotted in China, and it’s wearing zero camouflage. The new Cruze is expected to debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next month and go on sale in China in the second half of the year. A U.S. launch isn’t...
- Barely a month after GM pulled Chevrolet out of Europe as part of a continuing global brand realignment, the maker is pulling Opel out of China. The brand never took off in China and will instead focus on its home market of Europe while lending support to GM's brands in China and the U.S., according to a story at TheDetroitBureau.com.
March 28, 2014
- After further investigation, General Motors added another 970,000 vehicles to its faulty ignition switch recall as 90,000 cars may have had good switches replaced with faulty ones. Rather than try to track down the vehicles, GM elected to add them to the current recall effort. For the latest on GM's recall issues, read TheDetroitBureau.com.
- The bad news for General Motors continues to rain down. The company sent dealers a letter telling them to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Chevy Cruzes with 1.4-liter turbo charged engines. The maker also recalled the Cadillac ELR hybrid to resolve a stability glitch. For more about the issues, head over to TheDetroitBureau.com.
- Remember Cadillac's ad for the ELR range-extended electric coupe? Of course you do. You were either whooping in agreement or throwing things at your computer screen at the time. Your emotions might be a little less extreme with Ford's parody ad for the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. A wry smile, perhaps, or a cheeky Facebook share. We'd be surprised...
- GM has issued a stop-sale on all 2013 and 2014 model-year Cruzes equipped with a 1.4-liter turbo engine, but officials are not saying why it issued dealers to stop selling the vehicles.
- In its latest effort to bring together its Buick and Opel brands, General Motors has announced that Opel will start production of a new model for Buick in the second half of the decade. The news follows a recent announcement that Buick and Opel will have a single design boss, as well as comments from previous General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] CEO...