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GM expanding Lansing Lambda CUV plant
Oct 30, 2014 - 10:12 AM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Crossover, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC



Considering that crossovers are a rapidly growing portion of the US auto market, it's not surprising to hear that General Motors is preparing to build even more of them. The company is investing $63 million to expand its Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant that builds Lambda platform CUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.

According to GM, the expansion will add roughly 263,000 extra square feet of space to the plant. Of that, 181,000 square feet will be for an updated body shop with cutting-edge robots. There will also be 54,000 square feet of additional room in the paint shop and 28,000 square feet of more area for general assembly.

GM isn't saying as much, but there is the possibility that this extra space could allow for additional models produced at the factory. Cadillac reportedly dropped plans to build a three-row SUV on the Lambda platform earlier this year, however, dealers for the luxury brand were recently pitched the possibility of adding large and small CUVs, an ATS convertible or a sedan below the ATS.

The plant is already GM's newest in North America and is the first auto factory in the world to be a Gold Certified Leader in Energy and Environmental Design. It currently employs 3,295 people and covers 3.4 million square feet, including its stamping area. Scroll down to read the full announcement.Continue reading GM expanding Lansing Lambda CUV plant

GM expanding Lansing Lambda CUV plant originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Meet the finalists for Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year Award
Oct 28, 2014 - 12:40 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan, Performance, SUV, Truck, Technology, Crossover, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Electric, Diesel, Luxury, Ram



Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year's Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.

Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks.Continue reading Meet the finalists for Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Meet the finalists for Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year Award originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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NHTSA urges owners of recalled Takata airbag vehicles to take immediate action
Oct 20, 2014 - 12:40 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Acura, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Pontiac, Toyota



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation are taking the unusual step of issuing a followup press release urging owners of certain recalled vehicles "to act immediately" to fix their cars and trucks. The problem in question concerns the repair campaigns for rupturing Takata airbag inflators issued in June and covers a long list of models from Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Infiniti, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile and Pontiac.

While NHSTA doesn't specifically say why the recall is vital in the new release, Toyota's own explanation in its newly announced renotification campaign earlier today sheds some new light on the topic. According to the Japanese automaker, in testing, Takata found a possible link between the rupturing airbag inflators and high humidity. NHTSA is advocating that all owners pursue repairs immediately if they haven't already done so already. This is especially crucial for those drivers especially in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii because of the humid conditions there.

We don't need to tell you how dangerous an inadvertent airbag deployment could be - even in a stationary vehicle - but adding to the Takata issue is fears that the deployment could lead to shrapnel being sprayed into the cabin.

If you're unsure whether your vehicle is covered under this campaign, NHTSA has a new VIN lookup tool for all recalls recently that could be handy in this situation. Scroll down for the full list of potentially affected models and the agency's statement - there are upwards of nearly five million vehicles that could be affected.... [Read More]
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Weekly Recap: Will 'smaller is smarter' strategy work for 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Ca
Oct 18, 2014 - 10:00 AM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Performance, Truck, Plants/Manufacturing, Chevrolet, GMC, Ferrari, Specialty, Fiat


"For this customer, smaller is smarter. " - Rich Latek.

The pickup truck segment has never been more competitive in the United States, and General Motors is betting a "smaller is smarter" strategy will help lure new buyers into its fold with the additions of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon to its lineup.

The trucks are launching this fall, and except for a minor recall this month, they've received positive publicity for their looks, capabilities and drive character. The trucks are slightly shorter, narrower and sit lower to the ground than their fullsize brethren. At first glance, it doesn't seem like much - these are still big trucks with considerable presence - but the dimensions make the Colorado and Canyon easier to maneuver and park. GM expects this buyer to use their truck to commute to work, yet still occasionally need to tow and haul on weekends.

"For this customer, smaller is smarter," said GMC marketing director Rich Latek.Continue reading Weekly Recap: Will 'smaller is smarter' strategy work for 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon?

Weekly Recap: Will 'smaller is smarter' strategy work for 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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GM delivers best Q3 sales since 1980, 2.4M vehicles sold
Oct 15, 2014 - 12:50 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: China, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Earnings/Financials



People are a weird sort. Even after registering over 70 recalls through the first three-quarters of 2014, General Motors saw its best Q3 results since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, registering over 2.4 million global sales between June and September on the back of strong results in the US and China.

US sales were marshaled by good results for GM's pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which bumped the manufacturer's truck market share to 35.6 percent, up nearly three points from Q1 2014. Buick has seen healthy growth as well, with the Encore dominating its segment for the sixth month running.

It was China, though, that really bolstered GM's sales, as the company's efforts to top last year's record-setting 3.16 million units continued apace. Small SUV sales saw massive growth, with Encore, Chevrolet Trax and Captiva figures jumping 90 percent in Q3. Brand-wise, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick all saw sales gains in the PRC, with each recording double-digit year-over-year jumps. Cadillac sales alone were up 63 percent compared to the first nine months of 2013.

Even Europe delivered a bit of good news, with GM's twins, Opel and Vauxhall, recording market share increases in 11 countries. Overall, this isn't a bad result for the General.

Scroll down for a press release on the good news.Continue reading GM delivers best Q3 sales since 1980, 2.4M vehicles sold

GM delivers best Q3 sales since 1980, 2.4M vehicles sold originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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