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    Followup: Police arrest chairman, managers of Chinese auto parts firm whose factory blast killed 75
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    Chinese police have arrested three individuals in connection to the deadly explosion at an auto parts factory outside Shanghai nearly three weeks ago, Reuters is reporting. Among those three is Wu Chi-tao, the chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products, the company that operated the factory in ...

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    Report: GM drops to No. 4 in revenue, No. 3 in sales
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    It doesn't seem that long ago that General Motors was far and away the largest automaker in the world. In fact it was for the better part of a century. But that was before Toyota started to encroach and a series of damning events began to unfold to drive GM into bankruptcy. Now it's slid down to ...

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    Video: Paraplegic woman suing GM over 3rd degree seat-heater burns [w/video]
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    A quick Google search for "danger of heated seats" reveals any number of news stories about burn risks and the potential for damage to the, um, potency, of men. For most of us, though, we know when a heated seat gets too hot. 26-year-old Emma Verrill doesn't have that luxury. Verrill has been a ...

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    Report: GM files trademark application for 'Chevy Bolt'
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    Move over Chevy Volt, a little brother could possibly be on the way. General Motors filed a trademark application for both 'Chevrolet Bolt' and 'Bolt' earlier this month, specifically for use as automobile names. Trademark filings often hold clues for upcoming models or new products from ...

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    Report: Next Corvette ZR1 to go mid-engined? Motor Trend thinks so
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    Will the Chevy Corvette go mid-engine? It's a strong possibility, according to a report from Motor Trend. The magazine says Chevrolet could use the mid-engine layout as soon as the next ZR1, which would mean the supercar could be only several years away. A bit farther out, the next-generation ...

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    Featured: The 11 most expensive American cars ever
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    Here's a Pro Tip for all you would-be classic car investors out there: buy Ferraris. With the Pebble Beach festivities kicking off this week, including any number high end car auctions, we thought it would be entertaining to compile a list of some to the most expensive cars ever sold with the ...

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    Video: How GM is 3D laser-scanning its plants and using Google Glass
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    There is much, much more that goes into building an automotive factory than simply screwing the structure together, tossing a bunch of robots and employees in and supplying it with raw materials. There is a huge amount of planning that governs how the factory will be laid out, where the various ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.8.14
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    Exploring the promise of electric turbos There is a revolution brewing in the world of forced-induction for your cars engine, thanks to the fast-developing technology of electric turbochargers. (Yes, we know that they're kind of/sort of superchargers... got it covered). Promising tremendous ...

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    Recalls: Saturn Vue ignition switch leads to new group of GM recalls totaling 312k
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    General Motors has another spate of recalls to announce. This time they cover 312,280 vehicles worldwide, including 269,041 of in the US, in a total of six campaigns. In 2014, the automaker has recalled 29,079,765 vehicles worldwide, with 25,754,356 of those in the US. The largest among them ...

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    Official: GM will no longer remove parts from trucks to calculate curb weights
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    Following last week's mild uproar after it was discovered that Ford and General Motors were removing some optional parts from their pickups to lower the curb weight and consequently increase the maximum payload, GM has come out and committed to a base curb weight for its upcoming Chevrolet ...

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    Read This: Car companies used to cook up sales with recipe books
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    The evolution of automotive marketing has undergone a number of strange phases. Few, though, match the strangeness of the 1930s to 1950s, when automotive marketers turned to cookbooks as a means of promoting their vehicles. Yes, cookbooks. We can't make this stuff up, folks. This bizarre trend ...

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    Featured: What's in a trademark? Sometimes, the next iconic car name
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    The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Why has Toyota applied to trademark "Supra," the name of one of its legendary sports cars, even though it hasn't sold one in the United States in 16 ...

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    Report: GM says it will offer more diesels in US, but on which vehicles?
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    The desire for more diesel vehicles on American roads has become a popular talking point among automotive enthusiasts. We hear about the super-efficient, high performance oil burners cruising all over Europe and don't see any reason that they couldn't work here. After all, their high torque ...

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    Report: GM financing arm investigated over subprime loans
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    General Motors just can't seem to avoid controversy in 2014. Of course, there has been a continual run of recalls throughout the year, and now, its GM Financial division is under investigation for possibly violating the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act, according to ...

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    Official: 2015 Chevy Colorado to start at $20,100*, GMC Canyon at $20,995**
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    General Motors has just announced pricing for its new midsize pickup trucks, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Chevy's truck starts at $20,100, *not including $895 for destination, and the GMC starts at $20,995, **not including $925 for destination. These prices are for the base, ...

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    Report: China to overhaul factory safety standards following GM supplier plant explosion
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    Last weekend's explosion at the factory of an automotive component supplier in China has led to a major crackdown in plant safety across the People's Republic, as the country's communist authorities attempt to avoid another catastrophe. According to Bloomberg, facilities that use aluminum, ...

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    Report: GM extends sympathy to Chinese explosion victims as death toll climbs to 75
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    General Motors China has extended its "deepest sympathy" to families of the 75 killed and 185 injured in Saturday's explosion at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products' factory, near Shanghai. Kunshan Zhongrong polishes aluminum wheels for GM vehicles, is a component supplier of Dicastal, a major ...

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    Report: NHTSA says GM recall website isn't completely accurate
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    As of this writing, General Motors has issued 60 recalls in 2014 covering about 25.5-million vehicles in the Unites States. That's a lot of drivers left wondering if their model in need of repair. GM is actually already complying with the request by the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Report: GM also sheds parts from its pickups to boost payload ratings [UPDATE]
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    The row between Ford and Ram over who boasts the best-in-class tow rating for heavy duty pickups has revealed a number of things. Chief among them is a report that Ford removes items like the spare tire, jack, radio and center console from its trucks in a bid to lower its base curb weight, and ...

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    Exclusive: GM thinks Colorado and Canyon midsize trucks will lure crossover buyers
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    The invitation to come out and sample product at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford, MI is rarely dull, and after spending this morning driving preproduction versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon all we can say is... under strict embargo. Sorry, America, we were as excited ...

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