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Jan 12, 2015
Jan 12, 2015

Cadillac plans $12 bln product blitz over 5 yrs -brand president

DETROIT, Jan 12 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s
Cadillac brand plans a $12 billion new model offensive over the
next five years that will include eight vehicles, including five
in segments where it does not currently compete, Cadillac chief
Johan de Nysschen said at the Detroit auto show on Monday.

GM has labored for years to rebuild Cadillac into a global
brand, but it has stumbled as it tried to re-establish its
stature in the U.S. market, where sales declined 6.5 percent
last year. Globally, Cadillac sales increased 5 percent.

Jan 12, 2015

GM shows Bolt electric vehicle concept with 200-mile driving range

DETROIT, Jan 12 (Reuters) – General Motors Co on
Monday showed its Chevrolet Bolt concept car with an electric
driving range of more than 200 miles and a $30,000 price tag,
offering a view into where the U.S. automaker is pushing in
development of electric vehicles (EV).

The all-electric Bolt is a concept car not currently slated
for production, but Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said the
company is committed to developing an affordable, long-range EV,
and GM said they could develop the car in as little as 18
months.

Jan 8, 2015

GM CEO sees U.S. auto market flattening, but room for growth

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said growth in the U.S. auto market will flatten out this year, although a strong economy and falling gasoline prices should sustain demand.

Barra, meeting with reporters on Thursday after a turbulent year dominated by a scandal over safety recalls, said she is “cautiously optimistic” about 2015. She cited strength in the United States and China, and said GM will have to adjust to weather “twists and turns” in other markets, including Europe.

Jan 7, 2015
Jan 7, 2015

Analysis – Race to define car of the future shifts into high gear

LAS VEGAS/DETROIT (Reuters) – Automakers and Silicon Valley upstarts are kicking their efforts to define the car of the future into a higher gear, even though many of the players disagree about what that car should be.

The emerging autonomous vehicle technology sector is still in a turbulent stage akin to the old debate over “Betamax versus VHS” format. Standards are not yet defined, winners and losers are not sorted out and major players disagree sharply about the best way to bring the promise of safer, smarter cars to market.

Jan 7, 2015

Race to define car of the future shifts into high gear

LAS VEGAS/DETROIT (Reuters) – Automakers and Silicon Valley upstarts are kicking their efforts to define the car of the future into a higher gear, even though many of the players disagree about what that car should be.

The emerging autonomous vehicle technology sector is still in a turbulent stage akin to the old debate over “Betamax versus VHS” format. Standards are not yet defined, winners and losers are not sorted out and major players disagree sharply about the best way to bring the promise of safer, smarter cars to market.

Jan 7, 2015

Interview – U.S. recalls may climb this year says car safety chief

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A recent wave of auto recalls may lead to even more flaws being discovered this year as drivers become alert to design faults, the top U.S. car safety official said on Tuesday.

Recalls of air bags and ignition switches last year contributed to an increase in the number of consumers with car safety concerns, said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jan 7, 2015

U.S. recalls may climb this year says car safety chief

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A recent wave of auto recalls may lead to even more flaws being discovered this year as drivers become alert to design faults, the top U.S. car safety official said on Tuesday.

Recalls of air bags and ignition switches last year contributed to an increase in the number of consumers with car safety concerns, said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jan 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler U.S. December auto sales up 20 percent, lag expectations

DETROIT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said its U.S. sales rose 20 percent on strong Jeep SUV and pickup truck sales but still missed expectations of analysts.

FCA’s sales of 193,261 for the month were the highest for the company once known as Chrysler since 2006. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected FCA’s sales to be about 196,500 vehicles.

    • About Ben

      "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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      1998
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