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Oct 9, 2014
Oct 9, 2014

Exclusive: Cadillac’s new boss maps out product blitz by 2020

DETROIT/PARIS (Reuters) – Cadillac’s new boss plans a blitz of new products by 2020, from a pure battery-electric car to an ultra-luxury sedan, that he hopes will help resurrect General Motors’ (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) struggling premium brand and make it a global powerhouse.

Johan de Nysschen, a former Audi and Infiniti executive who joined GM in August, shared with Reuters some key elements of his plan to revive Cadillac, in an interview last week at the Paris auto show.

Oct 3, 2014

GM recalls more than half a million cars, SUVs

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co said on Friday it was recalling 524,384 cars and sport utility vehicles globally in two actions dealing with potential latch problems and loose parts and would stop sales of two new truck models with potential air bag defects.

The latest recalls, which involve Cadillac and Saab SUVs and Chevrolet Spark small cars, bring the number by the No. 1 U.S. automaker to 71 this year, affecting almost 30 million vehicles. The highest profile is the recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 23 deaths.

Oct 2, 2014
Oct 2, 2014

GM’s 2025 platform plan: Simplify and seek to save billions

DETROIT (Reuters) – It could be a defining element of Chief Executive Mary Barra’s legacy at General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz): A drastic shift over the next 10 years from 26 global vehicle production platforms to just four by 2025, a bold stroke that could eventually save the U.S. automaker many billions of dollars in production costs.

The radical streamlining of GM’s basic architectures, announced on Wednesday at a day-long investor briefing near Detroit, is intended to simplify the engineering and manufacturing of GM’s future cars and trucks, while enabling the company to deliver better-differentiated designs more quickly to customers around the world.

Oct 2, 2014

Analysis – GM’s 2025 platform plan: Simplify and seek to save billions

DETROIT (Reuters) – It could be a defining element of Chief Executive Mary Barra’s legacy at General Motors Co: A drastic shift over the next 10 years from 26 global vehicle production platforms to just four by 2025, a bold stroke that could eventually save the U.S. automaker many billions of dollars in production costs.

The radical streamlining of GM’s basic architectures, announced on Wednesday at a day-long investor briefing near Detroit, is intended to simplify the engineering and manufacturing of GM’s future cars and trucks, while enabling the company to deliver better-differentiated designs more quickly to customers around the world.

Oct 1, 2014
Oct 1, 2014

GM sees first European profit in 2016 after years of losses

, Oct 1 (Reuters) – General Motors Co
said on Wednesday it expects in 2016 to ring up its first profit
in Europe in more than a decade and that it will also hit
targeted North American operating margins that year.

The projections came two days after its smaller rival, Ford
Motor Co, disappointed investors with its financial
outlook.

Oct 1, 2014

GM to make profit in Europe, hit North American margin target in 2016

MILFORD Mich (Reuters) – General Motors Co on Wednesday said that in 2016 it would ring up its first profits in Europe in more than a decade and hit targeted North American operating margins.

The news came two days after its smaller rival Ford Motor Co disappointed investors with its financial outlook.

Oct 1, 2014
    • 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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