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Cadillac plans to unveil 3-row XT6 crossover in Detroit

The large three-row vehicle will slot between the XT5 midsize crossover and the Cadillac Escalade large SUV -- white space the brand has needed to fill for some time.

GM's fast-rising CFO takes on high-speed strategy

Dhivya Suryadevara has quickly risen through the ranks of GM since starting as a senior financial analyst in 2005. But her new tasks — a multibillion-dollar restructuring, overseeing business development and driving shareholder value — will pose some of the toughest challenges yet.

Chevy launches year-end employee pricing campaign

Chevrolet has launched a national employee pricing sales campaign on all 2018 and some 2019 models through the end of the year.

Some 2019 GM pickups will have lower mpg than outgoing models

The fuel economy on some redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models will be worse than the outgoing pickups they're replacing.

Chevy launches year-end employee pricing campaign

Chevrolet has launched a national employee pricing sales campaign on all 2018 and some 2019 models through the end of the year.

Toyota's Lentz still bullish, but concerned about 'crazy' trade implications

While Toyota remains "very, very bullish" on the overall market, Jim Lentz said "some crazy" potential implications from trade and U.S. President Donald Trump's investigation into the national-security impact of car imports "could be devastating to the industry."

Toyota's Lentz still bullish, but concerned about 'crazy' trade implications

The current trade and tariff environment under U.S. President Donald Trump is the greatest potential danger to the automotive industry, according to Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz.

Toyota's Lentz still bullish, but concerned about 'crazy' trade implications

The current trade and tariff environment under U.S. President Donald Trump is the greatest potential danger to the automotive industry, according to Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz.

2020 Chevy Silverado HD diverges from smaller sibling

General Motors is further differentiating the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD from its smaller sibling. The redesigned HD pickup's grille features a flow-through "CHEVROLET" similar to some models of the Silverado 1500.

2020 Chevy Silverado HD diverges from smaller sibling

General Motors is further differentiating the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD from its smaller sibling. The redesigned HD pickup's grille features a flow-through "CHEVROLET" similar to some models of the Silverado 1500.

GM begins white-collar cuts with contract workers

UPDATED: 12/4/18 11:23 am ET -- adds details

General Motors is already cutting some white-collar contract workers, a month ahead of announced plans to slash its internal salaried work force.

Unlike 2008, GM cutting jobs, plants proactively

On the day CEO Mary Barra outlined the largest round of job cuts and plant shutdowns in nearly a decade, General Motors also was having an orientation for new hires. Shrinking its employee ranks is part of its plan for the next economic downturn and the future, but GM also is working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.

Unlike 2008, GM cutting jobs, plants proactively

On the day CEO Mary Barra outlined the largest round of job cuts and plant shutdowns in nearly a decade, General Motors also was having an orientation for new hires. Shrinking its employee ranks is part of its plan for the next economic downturn and the future, but GM also is working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.

Ammann's move shifts GM leadership dynamic

Dan Ammann stepping down as president to lead the company's autonomous-vehicle unit ushers in a new era for the automaker's executive leadership team.

GM sends a bold message to the UAW

Aside from cost cutting and addressing underutilized plants, GM is sending a message to the UAW and rank-and-file members by announcing potential plant closures.

GM's Ammann vacates president role to steer AV unit

General Motors President Dan Ammann will step down from his role to become CEO of the automaker's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. The move -- effective Jan. 1 -- emphasizes the importance of the operations to the future of GM, which plans to launch a public self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2019.

GM's Ammann vacates president role to steer AV unit

General Motors President Dan Ammann will step down from his role to become CEO of the automaker's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. The move -- effective Jan. 1 -- emphasizes the importance of the operations to the future of GM, which plans to launch a public self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2019.

Potential pitfalls of GM's cost-cutting drive

General Motors' plans to end production next year at five North American plants and slash salaried head count by 15 percent will not come without risks and consequences. It will have to navigate political headwinds and not attempt to overplay its hand during upcoming union negotiations.

GM's actions to cut costs come with risks, challenges

General Motors' plans to end production next year at five North American plants and slash salaried head count by 15 per cent will not come without risks and consequences. It will have to navigate political headwinds and not attempt to overplay its hand during upcoming union negotiations.

GM targets 5 N.A. plants for closure, will slash 15% of salaried jobs

UPDATED: 11/26/18 4:21 pm ET - adds stock close

General Motors said it will significantly cut its salaried workforce and could close up to five plants in North America, plus two more elsewhere, as it discontinues several car models as part of an overhaul of its global operations in 2019.

GM to close Oshawa plant amid global restructuring

UPDATED: 11/26/18 2:03 pm ET -- Adds details

General Motors on Monday said Lordstown Assembly in Ohio, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan and Oshawa Assembly in Canada will not be allocated any products beginning in 2019.

'Impatient' Barra reawakens spirit of crisis at GM

As she approaches the five-year mark, Mary Barra is calling on her crisis-management skills and lessons again to help drive the company and its work force of 180,000-plus through its next transformation and further away from the shadows of "old" GM.

GM on pickup mpg: 'Don't look at the label'

GM argues that EPA fuel economy ratings for its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine don't tell the whole story.

Maven to allow non-GM vehicles on car-sharing platform

Maven plans to open its peer-to-peer car-sharing program to non-General Motors vehicles in mid-2019.

Revived credit business helps GM finance its future

GM Financial is expected to serve as a fount of profits for General Motors to fund investments in emerging technologies.


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