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Oct 23, 2013

GM may develop future Opel vehicles on its own in Europe

DETROIT, Oct 23 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s
ability to reverse years of losses in Europe is coming down to
products, not partners.

The U.S. automaker appears to be gaining confidence that it
doesn’t need the help of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen
or any other partner to stem more than $18 billion in European
losses over the past 13 years.

Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013

VW, UAW look to avoid Pennsylvania missteps in Tennessee plant

DETROIT, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Both Volkswagen AG
management and the United Auto Workers union want to see history
play out differently in Tennessee from the last time the German
automaker had a U.S. assembly plant.

While the landscape is very different from 25 years ago, the
legacy of the older plant’s failure is part of the troubled
history the UAW will have to overcome as it tries to represent
VW workers again — this time in Tennessee, where the automaker
employs 2,500 people building Passat sedans.

Oct 16, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 16, 2013

American wallets tighten up in government shutdown

DETROIT/CHICAGO (Reuters) – A deal over the U.S. budget crisis and government shutdown cannot come soon enough for many companies.

American consumers have put away their wallets, at least temporarily, avoiding purchases of big-ticket items like cars and recreational vehicles while Republican and Democratic Party lawmakers argue over fiscal policy.

Oct 11, 2013

Cadillac plug-in set for January debut, in more direct battle with Tesla

DETROIT, Oct 11 (Reuters) – General Motors Co will go
head to head with electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc
starting in January, when a plug-in version of its luxury
Cadillac brand will go on sale.

GM said on Friday its 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in coupe will
have a starting price of almost $76,000 including delivery fees
- putting it in competition with the similarly priced Tesla
Model S. Federal tax credits could reduce the cost of the ELR to
consumers by up to $7,500.

Oct 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
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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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