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Chevrolet Volt crossover future tipped as GM reportedly weighs axe

Chevrolet Volt crossover future tipped as GM reportedly weighs axe

Chevrolet's Volt hybrid could get a jacked-up replacement in just a few years time, it's suggested, as slumping sedan sales force GM to get tough with its line-up. The Volt, currently in its second generation, combines an electric motor and battery with a gas engine. Thought it can be used as a plug-in, the car is also capable of recharging itself on the move by running the gas engine as a generator.

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GM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet

GM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet

Back in February it was revealed that General Motors has plans to have thousands of self-driving taxis on the road from 2018, with many serving as vehicles for ride-sharing service Lyft. Now the car manufacture is taking steps to make that happen, as a new report says that GM and Cruise, its autonomous car development arm, are looking to put another 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road in the coming weeks in order to improve data collection.

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GM sells Opel/Vauxhall, but it’s going to be a complex split

GM sells Opel/Vauxhall, but it’s going to be a complex split

General Motors has sold Opel and Vauxhall, its European car brands, to PSA, the company best-known for Peugeot and Citroen. The deal, which also includes GM Financial's operations in Europe, is worth 2.2 billion Euro ($2.31bn) and will see PSA instantly grow to being the second-largest automotive company in Europe. For GM, meanwhile, it's an opportunity to renew focus on its North American markets, along with China, Korea, and South America, where the bulk of its business takes place.

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Maven Reserve adds monthly rentals to GM’s on-demand cars

Maven Reserve adds monthly rentals to GM’s on-demand cars

General Motors' Maven car-sharing service is getting a new option, Maven Reserve, giving users longer-term loans but still without a lease commitment. Launched in January 2016, Maven offers a range of cars for short-term use, similar to Zipcar or other rental schemes. However, until now there's only been the option for hourly or daily use of a car.

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Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet is readying a fleet of "thousands" of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its own car-sharing scheme, Maven.

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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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This is the cheaper, smaller fuel-cell GM and Honda see taking hydrogen mainstream

This is the cheaper, smaller fuel-cell GM and Honda see taking hydrogen mainstream

GM and Honda have revealed the hydrogen fuel-cell engine the two companies plan to put into mass production come 2020, set to find its way under the hood of vehicles from both brands. Running on hydrogen gas, and emitting only pure water as a waste product, the engine promises an alternative zero-emissions strategy to pure-electric, battery powered vehicles. That's not to say it'll have an easy ride, however.

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Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Future Chevrolet, Cadillac, and other GM electric cars and plug-in hybrids could soon recharge without needing to be plugged in first, thanks to a wireless charging deal. The agreement, with WiTricity, sees General Motors testing out the wireless power transfer company's latest Drive 11 park-and-charge system with a mind for offering it to EV and plug-in EV owners. If that pans out, future Volt and Bolt EV drivers might no longer have to fiddly with cables and adapters.

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GM’s self-driving tech detailed in NHTSA letter: facial recognition and more

GM’s self-driving tech detailed in NHTSA letter: facial recognition and more

General Motors' self-driving technology has been detailed in a letter from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In it we see details about the automaker's autonomous features, including a facial recognition system that monitors the driver's face for signs of issues like falling asleep or distraction. The letter highlights features related to GM's Super Cruise system, as well as one note of caution about it.

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GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

Services like Uber and Lyft may be dominating the ride-hailing market, but there's still a growing number of options for those who don't own cars but need to use one on occasion. One such is Maven, the car-sharing service owned by General Motors, which has just announced an expansion into another major US city: Los Angeles. Maven just recently rolled into San Francisco, making this its second California market.

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First Chevy Bolt EVs will Land on the West Coast

First Chevy Bolt EVs will Land on the West Coast

There is a lot for EV shoppers to be excited about with the Chevy Bolt EV. The vehicle has a 238-mile EPA estimated driving range and will start at $37,495 before any state or federal tax incentives on the purchase of an electric vehicle are figured in. The only piece of the puzzle outstanding as far as Bolt hopefuls are concerned is when would the Bolt would land in dealerships and where would they be available to purchase.

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GM recalls almost 4.3m vehicles over seat belt and airbag issues

GM recalls almost 4.3m vehicles over seat belt and airbag issues

GM is initiating a big recall of almost 4.3 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, due to potential issues with both seat belts and airbags. Both safety features are prone to failure because of a potential issue with a sensing diagnostic module, with that module possibly activating a test that could keep the airbag and seat belts from working properly. Affected vehicles range from the 2014 to 2017 model years.

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