GM asks NHTSA to let it skip recalling 6M trucks with Takata airbags

21 Jun
Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)General Motors is seeking to avoid recalling of millions of trucks and SUVs equipped with Takata airbag inflators that are known to spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers in the event of a crash. The automaker filed its latest petition—it's filed an exemption petition for the same recall since 2016—this year, which the NHTSA made...

GM, Michelin to test airless tire prototype

5 Jun
GM, Michelin Uptis airless tire prototypeGeneral Motors and Michelin said Tuesday that they will test an airless tire prototype called the Uptis. Uptis, which stands for "unique puncture-proof tire system," is designed to be puncture-proof, to last longer than a conventional tire, and to require less energy to produce. The airless tire made its debut at the Movin' On Summit, which...

Non-profit petitions feds to reject GM’s steering wheel-less car exemption request

23 May
Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San FranciscoIn a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Automotive Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The non-profit advocacy group claimed Monday in a release that both the automaker and the...

Cleveland car dealer’s proposed Uber rival would have reportedly kept GM plant alive

21 Mar
Final Chevrolet Cruze built at GM Lordstown plantA Cleveland car dealer reportedly proposed a plan that would have kept a now-idled General Motors new-car factory in Ohio humming for at least another five years. Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland-based car dealer who owns dealerships across the U.S., reportedly approached GM with a plan to purchase hundreds of thousands of cars per year to use for an...

President Trump demands GM CEO “do something quickly” about former Chevy Cruze plant

18 Mar
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to put pressure on General Motors CEO Mary Barra, demanding she "do something quickly" about the assembly plants GM intends to close in the near future. After General Motors announced last November that it would "unallocate" and idle four U.S. manufacturing plants, it put the company squarely in...

UAW files lawsuit against GM over decision to idle car factories

28 Feb
General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, MichiganThe United Auto Workers union served General Motors a fresh lawsuit on Tuesday over its decision to idle four assembly plants in the U.S. The UAW claimed in its lawsuit that GM breached its 2015 contract with the union by announcing that two car plants in Michigan and Ohio and a pair of transmission plants in Maryland and Michigan will be...

GM moves from cars to bicycles, introduces ARIV e-bike brand for Europe

19 Feb
ARĪV eBike from General MotorsGeneral Motors largely exited the European new-car market in 2017, but it's now introduced a new brand that has nothing to do with traditional automobiles: ARIV. The automaker's (or should we say bikemaker's) e-bike brand was unveiled last week and will be available in Meld and Merge models soon in Europe. Ironically, many global...

GM begins laying off white-collar workforce

5 Feb
General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, MichiganFollowing its offers buy out thousands of its employees last year, General Motors on Monday began the process of laying off about 4,000 white-collar workers. The cuts will total 4,000 employees when the latest restructuring step is complete. The Detroit Free Press reported the cuts began Monday morning after an email from chief financial officer...

Canadian union blasts GM over plant closures, urges Mexico boycott in Super Bowl ad

4 Feb
Canadian union Unifor ad boycotts Mexico-made GM vehiclesCanadian trade union Unifor took its grievances with General Motors to prime time during Super Bowl XLIII Sunday in protest of the automaker's plan to shutter an assembly plant in Ontario. The union aired a dramatic commercial titled "GM Leaves Canadians Out in the Cold" calling for consumers in both Canada and the U.S. to boycott Mexico-made GM...

GM dials back its free new car maintenance

1 Feb
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500General Motors won't be be throwing in as many oil changes and tire rotations with new cars going forward. Instead of as many as three years of free basic maintenance with the purchase of a new vehicle, GM will now give owners just one free service trip to the dealer. Car and Driver reported Tuesday that each brand's website has been updated to...