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The figure-eight design helps protect passengers in side-impact crashes

The body lurches sideways. The neck bends in a U-shape. The seat belt and front airbag offer almost no help. These are the markings of a side-impact car accident.

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Small car and light truck sales carried industry

Pickup trucks led the charge in July, but strong sales of small cars show that demand for new vehicles is broad - and not slowing down.

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Customers buying a 2014 GM vehicle will get five free years

OnStar pioneered the connected car, offering emergency services and navigation functions to drivers.

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GM has already issued two recalls over problem tied to supplier

The federal government is investigating whether General Motors needs to issue a third recall to address persistent problems with airbags installed in four of the company's most popular models.

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Automaker's shares out-performing the Dow Jones Industrial Average this year

General Motors' independence from the U.S. government is progressing ahead of schedule as the U.S. Treasury is selling off 30 million of its shares this week just as the automaker gets reinstated to the Stand & Poors 500 Index.

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Annual summer break shortened as demand for new vehicles soars

The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks.

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Long-awaited pickup could provide big boost to GM's bottom line

While General Motors has recovered since its epic 2009 bankruptcy, and its passenger cars are better than they have ever been, the company remains dependent on sales of pickup trucks and SUVs for its profits.

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Cheaper welds, inferior materials, scant safety features all lead to higher profits

The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts the fourth largest auto market in the world.

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Lower losses in Europe and a new pickup truck improve outlook

General Motors' net income fell 14-percent in the first quarter, weighed down by losses in Europe and weaker earnings in North America. But its performance was better than many analysts expected, so shares were trading higher on Thursday.

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Global sourcing of parts and vehicles makes it tough for consumers to "Buy American."

A new survey shows consumers view Ford as the "Most American" company in the United States. But it might not even be the most American car company, says an annual study, let alone the most American overall company.

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Investment preserves 4,000 jobs in region, but doesn't add new ones

How far has General Motors come since the federal government rescued it from bankruptcy four short years ago?

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Title cements company's comeback after Japan's crisis

Now it's official: Toyota is once again the world's top automaker. Toyota Motor Corp. released its tally for global vehicle sales for last year Monday at a record 9.748 million vehicles - a bigger number than the estimate it gave last month of about 9.7 million vehicles.

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Long-awaited overhaul gives the Corvette a whole new look and feel

Much like America itself, the Chevrolet Corvette, the country's longest-running sports car, faced hard times in recent years. A new era began Sunday night.

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The auto industry rescue is key to winning a critical battleground state

A new TV ad produced by the Romney-Ryan campaign, running in Ohio heading into the last week of the Presidential campaign, severely distorts the facts of the auto bailout in the hopes of swaying independent voters.

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GM brand will emphasize small cars at SEMA

For Chevrolet, thinking big means thinking small. Executives with the General Motors brand have developed a smaller-sized strategy heading into next week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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Latest sales figures show across-the-board improvement for carmakers

From fuel-efficient subcompact cars to full-size pickup trucks, the auto industry reported across-the-board sales increases Tuesday during the month of August.

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Chrysler continues to impress, Toyota surges.

Consumers, especially those favoring Ford and General Motors vehicles, pulled back in July as an increasing amount of bad news about the economy, some driven by overblown election year politics, dampened enthusiasm for spending on big-ticket cars and trucks.

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A would-be Corvette beater goes to auction after being owned by the Shah of Iran and found in war-torn Beirut

RM Auctions will sell the 1960 Plymouth XNR next month in Monterey, Calif. around the festivities of the annual Concourse d'Elegance, perhaps adding another adventure for the storied car with a fascinating history. The concept car penned by legendary Chrysler designer Virgil Exner was meant to take on the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette. It's high performance six-cylinder engine could create 250 horsepower and had a top speed of 150 mph.

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Spike TV show returns May 7. GM OnStar tries to make police chases rarer

On Monday, May 7 at 8 p.m., the "World's Wildest Police Videos" program returns to Spike TV. Many of the videos feature what has become a favorite of TV and Internet viewers – the police car chase.

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Former GM executive blasts criticsm of electric vehicle

The continued uninformed, childish and unfounded attacks on the Chevrolet Volt have finally riled up staunch conservative and retired automotive guru Bob Lutz, who took a bite out of Bill O'Reilly and the gang of neo-cons dead-set on bashing this range-extended hybrid into oblivion.

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told San Francisco-area Chevrolet Volt owners that the automaker will continue to invest in and expand production of the extended-range plug-in vehicle, according to Green Car Reports.

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