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GM extends car plant shutdowns as semiconductor shortage bites

GM extends car plant shutdowns as semiconductor shortage bites

General Motors is warning of extended plant shutdowns, as continued shortages of semiconductor chips impact its ability to build cars and trucks. The automaker had said back in early February that it would idle lines in four of its major manufacturing facilities, and warned that the cumulative impact of the silicon shortfall could amount to a $2 billion cut in earnings for the year.

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GM Enhanced Super Cruise Review: Hands-free driving adds auto lane-change

GM Enhanced Super Cruise Review: Hands-free driving adds auto lane-change

You can't buy an autonomous car yet, but you can get some seriously impressive help behind the wheels on the highways. GM's Enhanced Super Cruise adds automatic lane changing to its hands-off driver assistance, a long-anticipated feature that arrives just as the automaker prepares to nudge the technology into the spotlight. As I discovered in the 2021 Escalade, however, it has a few other new tricks up its sleeve too.

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The Apple Car is exposing the EV industry’s biggest strategy rifts

The Apple Car is exposing the EV industry’s biggest strategy rifts

Apple's talks with Hyundai and Kia which could have seen the South Korean automakers build the much-rumored Apple Car have ended, highlighting stark differences in how automakers aim to capitalize on significant investments into electric vehicle platforms. Earlier in the year, Hyundai appeared to signpost that Apple's longstanding Project Titan car project had found its manufacturing partner, announcing that the two companies were in talks.

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GM slows production at four manufacturing facilities due to chip shortage

GM slows production at four manufacturing facilities due to chip shortage

The coronavirus pandemic has put a crimp on manufacturing operations all around the world. As infection caused manufacturing operations to slow in China, where much the world's supply of electronics and microchips comes from, the downstream effects of that have been impacting other manufacturers all around the world. The latest to be impacted is General Motors. It has announced that the global shortage of semiconductor chips is forcing the automaker to cut production at four of its manufacturing facilities.

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Hello Blackwing, goodbye gas: Cadillac’s new super sedan faces down electric future

Hello Blackwing, goodbye gas: Cadillac’s new super sedan faces down electric future

As last hurrahs go, it's hard to find fault with 668 horsepower and a six-speed stick shift. The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing not only introduces the automaker's new luxury performance halo brand, but acts as a loud, potent reminder why plenty of people love big V8 gas engines. It's also, however, likely the last of its breed.

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The war for your car’s dashboard got serious – Here’s the new state of play

The war for your car’s dashboard got serious – Here’s the new state of play

For a long time, the most complicated part of the car dashboard was figuring out where to hang your furry dice. These days, though, bigger screens - and more of them - are just the surface glitter on a new age of vehicle tech. The potential for confusion is accelerating, not least as new names wade into car software.

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GM carbon neutral pledge sets a green roadmap but no full EV deadline

GM carbon neutral pledge sets a green roadmap but no full EV deadline

General Motors has announced plans to become carbon neutral by 2040, including setting an aggressive tailpipe emissions goal for light-duty vehicles. The automaker believes that not only its global products but its operations in generally can be carbon neutral in less than two decades, though that'll require buy-in from drivers to choose green vehicles.

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Navistar and GM reveal hydrogen truck plan with an infrastructure fix

Navistar and GM reveal hydrogen truck plan with an infrastructure fix

Hydrogen trucks haven't given up on carving out a place in the haulage industry, and Navistar, GM, and OneH2 are hoping the offer of a fuel-cell ecosystem might sway operators. The truck-maker aims to build Class 8 hydrogen-powered tractors using General Motors' Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes, capable of 500+ miles of range, and with a full refueling taking under 15 minutes.

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Microsoft joins GM and Honda in $2bn Cruise autonomous investment

Microsoft joins GM and Honda in $2bn Cruise autonomous investment

Microsoft is joining a new, $2 billion investment round in Cruise, partnering with the autonomous vehicle company and General Motors to work on commercializing driverless technology. The deal will see Cruise valued at $30 billion, with Microsoft joining not only GM but Honda and other investors in adding new equity to the self-driving firm.

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Cadillac flying car and autonomous pod concepts hint at electric roadmap

Cadillac flying car and autonomous pod concepts hint at electric roadmap

Cadillac may have its Celestiq hyper-luxury EV in mind for the near future, but two new concepts - an autonomous lounge pod and a flying car - at CES 2021 today show it's looking further ahead in electrification, too. The Cadillac Personal Autonomous Vehicle and Cadillac Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Personal Drone aren't exactly close to a commercial launch, but they're part of the automaker's vision of how even those who don't want to drive an electric car themselves may still find some EV in their future.

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GM BrightDrop EV600 electric van revealed as new business wins FedEx order

GM BrightDrop EV600 electric van revealed as new business wins FedEx order

GM has launched a new electric business, BrightDrop, aiming to corner the market in EV vans and delivery vehicles along with the motorized pallets and software ecosystem to track them. Fresh out of General Motors' Global Innovation division, BrightDrop - which already counts FedEx among its first customers - will use the automaker's Ultium platform for all-electric vehicles.

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Cruise grabs ex-Delta COO to shepherd robotaxis to the road

Cruise grabs ex-Delta COO to shepherd robotaxis to the road

Cruise AV, the GM-backed autonomous vehicle startup aiming to replace cabs with driverless electric pods, has brought in the big guns as it readies for a broad robotaxi rollout. Gil West, former Delta Air Lines Chief Operating Officer, has joined Cruise as its new COO, where he'll be responsible for figuring out how to launch autonomy at scale.

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