As the appeal process closes for General Motors' ignition switch recall compensation fund, the tally of claims stands at 4,180. That number might climb, though, because claims postmarked January 31 are still being accepted. As of the latest total, the attorneys found 51 deaths and 77 injures caused by the faulty parts.
General Motors is launching new entry-level trims for four of its popular models that slash prices by removing some content but mostly seriously cut into dealer margins. The changes let the brands advertise segment-leading prices to attract potential buyers into showrooms.
Although there were hints and allegations that the Volkswagen Group might have taken the global sales crown for 2014, the final tally puts Toyota at the top for the third year in a row with 10.23 million sales in 2014. Volkswagen Group came second with 10.14 million units sold, General Motors came third with 9.92 million units sold. In 2015, however, the top two positions are expected to swap.
According to Bob Lutz, a mid-engine Corvette was on track for production when he was with the company, but a lack of money caused it to fall through the cracks. Now, he thinks there is a good shot of one actually coming to market. The former GM exec lays it all out in a must-read op ed in Road & Track.
The General Motors Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility recently extended its filing deadline by a month, to January 31, 2015. Another 141 claims have been submitted over the past week concerning the ignition switch defect, taking the five-month total to 2,710 claims received.
Okay, so not exactly cars, but Bobcats - but still quite cool. Turns out the construction firm filling the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum is using the two remote-controlled vehicles, and you can see it for yourself.
The Canadian auto market was hot in 2014 and posted recorded sales. Leader among them for the fifth straight year was Ford, but the Blue Oval nearly lost its sales crown. A rally from FCA put it within about 2,000 units of being the biggest automaker in the Great White North.
When a GM engineer investigated his daughter's wet diaper, he discovered a material that makes for a great imitation of snow all year long. Now, the company is using the stuff to test the heaters on its vehicles to make them perform even better in the future.
An article in the Daily Kanban suggests, the sun is setting on GM Korea, and it could already be well into dusk. GM's move into China, the Chevrolet exit from Europe and years of labor strife are driving the division over the edge.
We drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – for two days, through hundreds of miles of desert and lap after lap on the racing circuit – and come away amazed. Clocking performance, panache and value, this 650-horsepower monster might just be the best Corvette that's ever been.
General Motors has announced a brace of new features for OnStar, the first of which is a driving assessment program. OnStar takes note of certain driving parameters for 90 days, then provides the driver feedback on their driving, both individually and compared to other drivers in the program.
Dyanmic Skip Fire could bring a revolution to cylinder deactivation technology and boost fuel economy by around 15 percent. As opposed to shutting down just a set number of cylinders, DSF monitors all of them. General Motors thinks the system might be on some of its models in the future.