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The electric vehicle wars are about to heat up, and it looks as though the next big fight will be between General Motors and Tesla Motors. Both companies are no stranger to electrified vehicles, but Tesla has by far been the poster child for the EV movement since the introduction of its highly acclaimed Model S. However, GM is looking to swing the momentum back in its favor with the release of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is already hitting the streets in prototype form. This is actually a pretty quick turnaround for GM, as the concept vehicle was first shown this January at the Detroit Auto Show,... Read more...
The pony car wars are about to heat up again. Last year, Ford’s Mustang got a much-hyped complete redesign, bringing with it a new turbo-charged four-cylinder engine option, a revised 5.0-liter V8, all-new styling, and a fully independent rear suspension. This time around, it’s General Motors’ turn, with the unveiling of an all-new, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. For starters, GM has put the vehicle on a massive diet, trimming 200 pounds from its curb weight. GM says that the weight savings allows for a “more nimble, responsive driving experience” and allows the new Camaro SS to turn in lower... Read more...
Ahhh… to be 16 again. Hormones are raging, you’re just getting into your grove in high school, and you get the keys to your first set of wheels. Turning 16 gave me newfound independence from my parents (which I abused, slightly, from time to time) and allowed this gearhead to cruise the streets knowing that while I wasn’t being watched like a hawk by mom and dad, it was up to me to make sure that I followed the rules of the road and didn’t end up with the front end of my car wrapped around a tree. General Motors is debuting a new system on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu that will put more than a little... Read more...
General Motors raised more than a few eyebrows when it unveiled the quirky-looking Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle concept last month at the Detroit Auto show. In a world where most “affordable” EVs have a driving range of around 80 to 90 miles before they must be recharged; an EV for the “everyman” that can travel 200 miles on a charge was music to the ears of many people. Well, GM today committed to the production of the Bolt, although an exact production start date and on-sale date wasn’t provided. The vehicle will be produced at GM’s Orion Assembly facility, which is located just outside of... Read more...
General Motors is stepping up it game in the electric car arena with its second generation Chevrolet Volt, and it’s also adding some enhancements to make what’s already a pretty solid commuter vehicle even better this time around. The original Volt combines the best of both worlds by giving drivers the ability to travel 38 miles on battery power alone before the gasoline engine kicks in — the 2016 Chevy Volt extends that all-electric range to an even more impressive 50 miles. To hit the 50-mile mark, the lithium-ion battery pack was increased in capacity from 17.1 kWh (2015 model) to 18.4 kWh.... Read more...
It was revealed in early October that General Motors was planning to release an electric vehicle with a 200-mile range. According to the Automotive News’ sources at the time, the vehicle will be based on the current generation Chevrolet Sonic, which was first introduced in the U.S. market back in 2011 as a 2012 model. The Wall Street Journal is now giving us a few more details on the upcoming EV, which will bill called the Chevrolet Bolt when it debuts in 2017. An additional detail gleamed from the report is that the vehicle will be styled to look more like a crossover and that a concept version... Read more...
“Just a moment. Just a moment. I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.” General Motors’ latest technology, which will find its way into future Chevrolet vehicles, has us thinking back to 2001: A Space Odyssey. While we doubt that the computers in future GM vehicles will go off on a murderous rampage, they will be able to detect faults in a limited number of components and alert the driver when they are near failure. GM is using what it calls “predictive technology” to constantly monitor the status of three important components: the battery,... Read more...
Cadillac is aiming to give its drivers the upper hand when it comes to situational awareness as we continue to drive vehicles with increasingly annoying blind spots. Current trends in automobile styling has led to vehicles that have high beltlines and smaller “greenhouses” along with d-pillars and high rear decks which impede rear visibility. Cadillac, which is guilty of all of the above offenses — we’re looking at you, CTS Coupe — will introduce a new rear view mirror design that integrates a 1280x240 LCD. The LCD is fed a live stream via an HD camera mounted at the rear of the vehicle. Since... Read more...
In what qualifies as one of those, 'Are you freaking serious?' moments, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) is suing auto makers Ford and GM for selling cars with technology to rip music from CDs. The feature that has the AARC in a tizzy is called Jukebox, which records songs from CDs to the infotainment system's hard drive, a feature that's been available on Ford vehicles since at least 2011. AARC is a non-profit organization representing more than 300,000 music artists. Like the RIAA, these types of copyright organizations have largely turned a blind eye to ripping music for... Read more...
Shopping a Cadillac? Before you sign a loan agreement on a 2014 model, you may want to consider holding off for the 2015 Cadillacs. That's because General Motors (GM) is working with Powermat, a company that GM's venture capital division funded with $5 million back in January 2011, to offer wireless cell phone charging in some of next year's models. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the first vehicles to be outfitted with Powermat technology will be the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coup. As 2014 comes to a close, GM will also implement wireless charging capabilities in its 2015 Cadillac... Read more...
Detroit, which in recent decades has become a punchline, is reinventing itself by focusing on technology. More specifically, the auto industry is looking to the tech sector, as car manufacturers seek to develop software applications for next-gen connected vehicles. Thus, there’s a small but attractive job market blooming in Detroit. The New York Times says that big automakers are all hiring. For example, GM plans to add 4,400 employees to its rolls over the next few years, and many of those positions will be in the area, and Ford has 300 IT positions open this year. Statewide, available tech... Read more...
GM's subsidiary OnStar has reneged on highly controversial privacy changes it announced last week after enormous resistance and threats of a congressional investigation. On September 21, OnStar announced several changes to its terms of service. The company stated it would now track the position, speed, diagnostic error codes, seatbelt usage data, and crash information of all vehicles, even if drivers didn't have an active subscription. The company also reserved the right to sell the GPS data it gathered, though it claimed no personal information would be attached. Adam Denison, a GM spokesperson,... Read more...
We've all had times where we've wondered if we remembered to lock our car doors or forgotten where we parked our vehicle in a parking lot. Now, a new smartphone application from GM could help provide answers to these questions and more. GM plans to offer a mobile application for smartphones that will let OnStar users access information and control their vehicle directly from their handsets. The application will provide users with vehicle information such as fuel level, fuel range, remaining oil life, tire pressure and fuel economy averages. The app will also be able to start the vehicle, turn on... Read more...
Talk about the comeback of the year. General Motors was on the doorstep of death just last year, and thanks to some debatable funding tossed their way, they're now seemingly back in stride. One thing that has really hampered GM's growth over the years is their inability to really innovate on the technical side. They were consistently falling behind Acura, BMW and even Ford, as the latter teamed with Microsoft to introduce SYNC. But now, GM has not only followed the leader, but possibly taken a huge leap over the rest. Google, aside from Apple or Adobe, may be the hottest tech company on the planet... Read more...
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