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GM partners with ABB to create backup power storage units with old Volt batteries

GM partners with ABB to create backup power storage units with old Volt batteries

One of the biggest concerns many automotive manufacturers has with electric vehicles, and hybrids is what to do with the batteries once they are no longer appropriate for automotive use. General Motors has been conducting an investigation into what to do with the batteries from its Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle once those batteries are removed from the vehicles. GM announced a partnership with ABB today to reuse those Volt batteries.

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Chevrolet to announce 2014 Corvette on January 13

Chevrolet to announce 2014 Corvette on January 13

Chevrolet will be officially announcing the 7th-generation Corvette on January 13, 2013 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. The company confirmed today that the all-new 2014 Corvette will be unveiled in Motor City itself, and has teased the new Corvette "Crossed Flags" logo to celebrate the announcement (pictured below).

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Cadillac ELR to enter production in late 2013

Cadillac ELR to enter production in late 2013

In August of 2011, we learned that the Cadillac Converj concept car would enter production and be called the Cadillac ELR. We didn't know at the time exactly when the vehicle would enter production. General Motors has officially announced that the ELR Coupe will enter production in late 2013.

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General Motors recalls almost 41,000 vehicles due to fuel leak risk

General Motors recalls almost 41,000 vehicles due to fuel leak risk

GM has announced that it's instituting a significant recall on a number of vehicle models due to the risk of fuel leakage. The recall covers almost 41,000 General Motors models, including the Pontiac G5 and Torrent, Chevrolet Cobalt and Equinox, and Saturn Ion. The recall covers specific year models in each affected vehicle.

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GM BioRID crash test dummy helps evaluate rear impact injuries

GM BioRID crash test dummy helps evaluate rear impact injuries

General Motors and other automakers have used crash test dummies in the design and engineering of new vehicle safety equipment for a long time. GM has announced that it using a new type of crash test dummy called BioRID to help understand how drivers and passengers are hurt in rear impact accidents. The new crash test dummy was designed by Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, specifically for seat restraint assessment.

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OnStar upgrades design for 2013 GM models

OnStar upgrades design for 2013 GM models

General Motors has used OnStar technology in some of its vehicles for many years now. OnStar is an interesting technology that puts a blue button somewhere inside the vehicle, typically on the rearview mirror, allowing the driver to make phone calls or get assistance. The coolest part about OnStar has always been the ability of the service to activate automatically in the event of an accident.

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OnStar RelayRides brings auto sharing nationwide

OnStar RelayRides brings auto sharing nationwide

General Motors customers who have OnStar-enabled vehicles have been revealed this week to be getting a car rental service if they do so choose - their own cars being the subject of this new program. Each OnStar subscriber will soon have the ability to rent out their car when they're not using it in order to off-set the cost of owning a vehicle in the big city. This program is called RelayRides, and works with drivers' iPhone app as well as through the RelayRides marketplace through simple key exchanges.

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Vauxhall ADAM city car offers smartphone hub and LED star ceiling

Vauxhall ADAM city car offers smartphone hub and LED star ceiling

GM's Vauxhall has revealed its latest urban car, the Vauxhall ADAM, complete with cutesy looks and a bagful of technology to suit the smartphone-addicted. Set to hit roads in January 2013, the ADAM will be offered as a three-door, five-seater with a distinctive "floating roof" design and what Vauxhall claims are "almost unlimited visual combinations" outside and in. That even includes an LED "starlight" roof lining.

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GM and Facebook said to be rekindling advertising flame

GM and Facebook said to be rekindling advertising flame

Back in May, General Motors suddenly ceased advertising on Facebook. No specific details were given, although it was believed that the advertising campaign had little impact. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that GM and Facebook are in talks to resume advertising on the social network. Senior executives have confirmed that both companies are currently in talks.

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GM studies driver behavior in self-driving vehicles

GM studies driver behavior in self-driving vehicles

General Motors has announced that it has teamed with research partners to try to determine how non-driving activities influence driver behavior in self-steering, semi-autonomous vehicles. General Motors unveiled technology previously that will be available on future vehicles allowing the vehicle to handle all steering, braking, and throttle inputs for the driver in certain situations. The technology is expected to be available by the middle of the decade on production cars.

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Chevrolet makes the 2013 Volt better

Chevrolet makes the 2013 Volt better

Chevrolet has announced improvements for the 2013 Volt extended range electric vehicle. The main change is that the MPGe for the vehicle has changed from 94 miles to 98 miles. The extended range operation with the gasoline generator operating is now 380 miles.

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General Motors ditches Facebook advertising

General Motors ditches Facebook advertising

Automotive behemoth General Motors has ditched its Facebook advertising plans, the car company has confirmed, though it intends to continue using the social network for free outreach to consumers. GM gave no specific reason publicly for its decision to cease using Facebook adverts, but a source familiar with the decision told WSJ that the campaigns "had little impact on consumers" and were not being seen as the best use of advertising budgets.

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