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Sep 27, 2013

GM won’t tackle pension talks with UAW until 2015-exec

NEW YORK, Sept 27 (Reuters) – General Motors Co will
wait until its next round of labor talks in 2015 before
negotiating with the United Auto Workers about the automaker’s
U.S. blue-collar pension obligation, GM’s vice chairman said on

GM’s pension obligation to UAW-represented workers in the
United States was $71 billion at the end of 2011, the last time
the Detroit company detailed its blue-collar pension obligation.
That exceeds GM’s current market value by about $20 billion.

Sep 27, 2013

Possible China partner for Peugeot no worry for GM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which has been seeking to fix its ailing European operations, believes a crucial partnership in France would survive even if the French partner ties up with China’s Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd (0489.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a top GM executive said on Friday.

Reuters reported in June that the founding family of PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) had offered to give up control of the automaker as it tried to revive plans for a closer tie-up with GM backed by a fresh capital injection.

Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013

GM to buy back some preferred shares from UAW trust for $3.2 billion

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it would buy back just under half of its preferred shares held by the United Auto Workers health-care trust for about $3.2 billion, essentially cutting company costs by financing the deal with lower-cost debt.

To finance the purchase of 120 million of the Series A preferred stock from the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust at $27 a share, GM said it would raise funds with a debt offering.

Sep 17, 2013

Exclusive: GM plans to more closely intertwine Buick and Opel brands

DETROIT (Reuters) – Buick customers in the United States and China could see more European design and engineering in an expanded range of new models by 2020, as General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) more closely integrates global product development between Buick and GM’s German brand Opel.

GM is hoping to strengthen both brands by more closely aligning their products, a strategy that could shave development costs and time, and increase their respective product offerings in major global markets.

Sep 17, 2013

GM’s Chevy Silverado tops Consumer Reports’ truck list

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chevrolet Silverado was the top-scoring full-size pickup truck in a road test, edging Chrysler’s Ram 1500, which was the preferred vehicle to drive on a daily basis, according to Consumer Reports.

Who has bragging rights in tests such as those released by the influential consumer magazine is critical because the big trucks generate profits of more than $12,000 per vehicle in a growing segment that has always been dominated by the U.S. automakers. Consumer Reports is one of the most heavily consulted sources of information by car shoppers.

Sep 16, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 16, 2013

Affordable electric vehicles like Volt the focus for GM

, Sept 16 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s
electric vehicle program will continue to focus on
affordable electric cars for the mainstream public even though
it plans to launch a luxury Cadillac-badged companion to its
Chevrolet Volt, a top executive said on Monday.

While the Cadillac ELR coupe will debut late this year and
bring GM more closely into competition with electric carmaker
Tesla Motors Inc, GM Vice President for Global Product
Programs Doug Parks said the automaker wants to improve the
performance and lower the costs of the Volt and its future

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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