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February 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The Pontiac G8 is dead. Long live the Chevrolet SS. Chevrolet is set to reveal the 415-horsepower V-8 sedan at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, one day before the NASCAR version of the car is scheduled to begin qualifying for the Daytona 500. With the Pontiac brand having gone the way of the Walkman, it was Chevy's turn to rebadge the Holden Commodore that GM sells in Australia. GM previously brought this car to the U.S. badged as a Pontiac G8. With the car now landing in Chevy's hands, it marks the first V-8, rear-wheel-drive car the company has sold in almost two decades.
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AUTOS
January 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors introduced the seventh generation of its Chevrolet Corvette at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.  The 2014 Corvette, with its distinctive styling and an engine that can take the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds, was the most anticipated new model launch of the year.  Figure out what you know about this iconic sports car. After you take this quiz, try your hand at more more business-related...
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January 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch and Brian Thevenot
General Motors on Sunday unleashed the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the seventh generation of the classic American sports car and the first new version since 2005. The highly anticipated unveiling came on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during a special preview at the city's Russell Industrial Center. The new Corvette boasts an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, the most powerful standard Corvette in history, Chevy says, not including limited-edition models.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2013
The first Corvette rolled off an assembly line on June 30, 1953. Chevrolet will unveil the seventh-generation 'Vette on Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Highlights of the six previous generations: 1953-1962 Few had seen a sleeker car than the first two-seat Corvette - available only as a convertible. But Chevrolet would learn the lesson that the performance needed to match the look. The original “blue flame” six-cylinder crawled from zero to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
As he prepared to unveil the seventh-generation Corvette this weekend - an event akin to the naming of a new pope in the sports-car world - General Motors executive Mark Reuss told a story familiar to legions of Corvette faithful over six decades of production. Reuss coveted the car as a teenager, back when the 'Vette versus Porsche debate ignited the same fury as disco versus rock. He bought one in his 20s, a used silver 1969 model with a big-block 427 engine, and took his future wife on their first date.
AUTOS
January 3, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Automakers ended the year with one of the strongest U.S. sales months in years in December and the industry posted its best annual sales results since 2007.  Ford's F-series trucks, Chevrolet's Camaro, Toyota's Camry and Honda's CR-V were the best-selling models their segments of the market. Automakers sold about 14.5 million vehicles in the domestic market last year and could sell between 15 million and 15.5 million next year.  “I think the underlying fundamentals of the economy are very sound,” said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors' North American operations.
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December 24, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A welding error by a supplier has forced the recall of 119,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The error, discovered by General Motors during the inspection of faulty hoods on several vehicles, caused a secondary latch to be left off the construction of the hood. That is a safety issue and a violation of federal regulations.  If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
The flurry of new models unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday underscored increasingly fierce industry competition on all fronts, from technology to efficiency to horsepower. The show's opening day featured major debuts including the long-awaited redesign of the Toyota RAV4 sport utility, the new Porsche Cayman and Acura's flagship RLX. Meanwhile, Audi unleashed new diesel versions of four models and Ford offered a Fiesta with a turbo three-cylinder engine small enough to fit in a suitcase.
AUTOS
November 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Chevrolet unveiled the Spark EV on Wednesday at the L.A. Auto Show, a powerful electric version of its urban mini car. The Spark EV's electric motor, with 130 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, makes it more powerful than its gas alternative and capable of hitting 60 mph in less than eight seconds. Chevrolet says the Spark EV will be one of the fastest electric vehicles on the market. Another impressive part of the Spark EV is an optional feature that lets it recharge quickly.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
When it comes to recalls, General Motors wasn't having a particularly good day Wednesday, though it wasn't as bad as Toyota's recall of nearly 700,000 Prius cars . GM has announced that it is recalling four models across three of its brands. More than 12,000 of Cadillac's full-size XTS sedans are being recalled for a glitch in the rear head restraints. Review: 2013 Cadillac XTS falls short of flagship status The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the restraints in 2013 XTS models may not lock in place, causing them to fall too low for federal safety standards.
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