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Mary Barra named GM CEO: world’s first female global auto leader

Mary Barra named GM CEO: world’s first female global auto leader

General Motors has selected Mary Barra as their next CEO, this signaling a greater change in the auto industry as a whole as she will be the first female to hold such a position in a global auto brand. This also signals the retirement of Dan Akerson as GM Chairman and CEO as of January of 2014. Mary Barra is currently working with GM as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

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Cadillac Elmiraj could spawn huge halo production coupe

Cadillac Elmiraj could spawn huge halo production coupe

Cadillac appears close to green-lighting a production version of the striking Elmiraj concept, the monster touring coupe pitched right at BMW's 6-Series, with GM president Mark Reuss saying it's "the car Cadillac needs." Elmiraj, first previewed back in August and then brought out to a broadly positive reception at a number of car shows, was initially seen as a styling exercise at most, given GM's luxury arm was seen as next building a flagship sedan to best challenge the high-end. However, the greater potential for a hyper-luxe coupe to grab mindshare seems to be giving GM execs second thoughts.

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Cadillac ELR first-drive – Tesla gets competition

Cadillac ELR first-drive – Tesla gets competition

The Cadillac ELR is an important car for quite a few big reasons. Cadillac itself admits it has been playing catch-up in the luxury sedan market, pitching the ATS and CTS as more virile US alternatives to the typical options from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, but with the electrified ELR it's finally an opportunity to strike at a niche where the Germans aren't playing yet. Borrowing the torquey electric drive of GM's Volt but leaving behind any sort of hair-shirt eco sacrifice, it's an angular slab of luxury that, thanks to its own onboard generator, promises to be the headache-free EV discerning drivers have been waiting for. Then again, it really should be: with a sticker price just short of $76,000, the ELR is firmly in Tesla territory. We grabbed the keys of one of the very first production ELR off the line to see if Cadillac has a potential winner on its hands.

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2014 Corvette heading to drivers with optional Competition Sport seat

2014 Corvette heading to drivers with optional Competition Sport seat

In an effort to give Corvette owners what they prefer, Chevrolet will be offering a few different seat options with the 2014 models. Specifically, those picking up a 2014 Corvette will be able to choose between a Standard GT or Competition Sport seat. According to Chevrolet, these two are options are "similar to the everyday comfort of a well-tailored suit vs. the support offered by compression apparel athletes wear."

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Silverado Cheyenne concept turns truck into Camaro Z/28-inspired beast

Silverado Cheyenne concept turns truck into Camaro Z/28-inspired beast

GM may be pushing its 2014 Camaro Z/28 as the performance monster, but the company has decided there's no reason the Silverado truck shouldn't get a similar jolt, at least in concept form. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept takes the regular cab puts it on a serious diet, switching out several of the regular parts for carbon fiber alternatives, in addition to swapping in a 6.2-liter V8 good for 420HP and 460 lb-ft of torque.

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Tesla AT&T deal confirmed with mobile hotspot in pipeline

Tesla AT&T deal confirmed with mobile hotspot in pipeline

Tesla's in-car telematics system relies on AT&T's HSPA+ network, the carrier has confirmed for the first time, part of AT&T's attempt to push its new mobility options which include intelligent SIMs that can split payments between car manufacturers and drivers. The system, which Tesla currently uses for sending telematics and car status data from the Model S back to home base, as well as to stream media content to the dashboard and show other infotainment content, will soon be opened up to using the car as a mobile hotspot, allowing passengers to get online through a shared connection.

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2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

GM has announced pricing for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the company's luxury extended-range hybrid coupe, and despite the similarities to the Volt under the bodywork, the eco-Caddy certainly won't be cheap. The two-door will have a sticker price of $75,995 including destination charge when it hits forecourts in January 2014, excluding tax and other fees, but GM points out that tax credits of up to $7,500 could bring that down to $68,495.

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