General Motors recently issued a massive 1.6 million vehicle recall over an issue with the ignition switch, which can result in a car shutting off and a potentially fatal incident resulting. In response to the recall and some criticism surrounding it, GM's CEO has personally issued a letter to employees detailing the matter.
GM has expanded its huge recall of cars over fears that they could stall while driving or even see the airbags fail to deploy properly, almost doubling the number of affected vehicles to more than 1.3m. The recall bump adds select Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky models to a list that already included Cobalts, the Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit, after GM discovered that substandard ignition switches could shut off the car's power inadvertently. The additions also raises the number of known incidents, GM admits.
One of the strangest things to happen in the automotive world in a long time is the massive sinkhole that opened under the National Corvette Museum. That sinkhole created a massive crater that is 40-feet across and gobbled up eight rare Corvettes in the process. Whether you are a Chevy fan or not losing eight rare cars is something that no car person wants to happen.
General Motors is recalling almost 779,000 cars over a fault linked to six deaths and more than twenty crashes, with the airbags of certain compacts failing to deploy. The issue, involving faulty ignition switches and too-heavy keyrings, has forced GM to recall hundreds of thousands of 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 cars, after investigations found that they could unintentionally slip into "accessory" or "off" modes and thus stall while on the road.
Eight historic Corvettes have been damaged after falling through the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, as a freak sinkhole opened beneath them. The cars - most of which were owned by the museum, but two of which were on loan from General Motors - range from 1962 classics to a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil", consumed by what turned out to be a 40-foot wide sinkhole estimated to be between 25 and 30 feet deep.
Cadillac has unveiled the 2015 ATS Coupe, a compact luxury two-door based on the ATS sedan, and one of the first of the marque's cars to get "Connected by OnStar" 4G LTE integrated. Hitting showrooms this summer, the ATS Coupe will offer a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and two engines, for what Cadillac claims is a "distinctive American alternative" to the BMW 428i and other rivals.
Chevrolet has unveiled the 2015 Corvette Z06, taking the Corvette Stingray into true supercar territory with 625+ HP from a supercharged 6.2L engine, and set to hit dealerships from early 2015. The hotly-anticipated car was revealed at the North American International Auto Show today, in addition to the new Z07 performance package aimed at those using the car for track driving, and which Chevrolet says, in its testing, has already out-performed the 2014 Corvette ZR1.
When like Chevrolet you've got a WiFi and LTE connection integrated into the brain of your cars, there's more you can do than just get the kids online in the rear seats: you can turn Google Glass into a head-up display. Demonstrated as a proof-of-concept here at CES 2014, the Chevrolet Glass app hooks up specifically to the new Corvette Stingray, feeding real-time statistics like speed, gear, engine RPM, and G-force straight to the screen of the Android wearable.
Chevrolet has detailed its "Connected by OnStar" 4G intentions for 2014, confirming which of the cars in its range will be first to get AT&T LTE as standard, and we went hands-on with some of the first apps for the new connected car platform. First announced back at Mobile World Congress 2013, the scheme will see 4G connectivity no longer the preserve of luxury vehicles alone, with GM choosing a spread of cars from the cheapest Spark through to the feistiest Corvette Stingray to be among the first models to go online. It's not just turning a car into a mobile hotspot, either; Chevrolet aims to use the technology to demystify the whole vehicle ownership experience.
Tesla is arguably the tech world's favorite electric vehicle manufacturer. Its CEO Elon Musk founded Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal. Now an investment trader and analyst is predicting Big Three auto maker General Motors could very well purchase Tesla sometime in 2014. Can a person like Musk let Tesla go at such an early juncture, with so many plans for new Tesla models in the pipeline? We're skeptical.
GM is working on a new compact electric car for 2016, expected to cost around $30,000 and use a similar range-extending generator to the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. The project, currently unnamed and with no confirmation of which GM-owned brand it will launch under, has a target electric-only range of 200 miles, outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson told Bloomberg Businessweek as he hands over the reins to new chief exec Mary Barra.