People are most critical of the things they least understand. – Paul W. Spoor, Bits & Pieces, September 2008.
It's no secret that the pickup truck market is shrinking, with high gas prices as one obvious culprit. In fact, Toyota's ridiculously popular Camry midsize sedan is nipping at the heels of full-size truck stalwarts such as the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-Series. So far this year, General Motors has seen an 18.5 percent decrease in full-size truck sales and a huge 31.5 percent decrease in full-size SUV sales compared to last year. These sobering statistics are forcing GM to reconsider their future
General Motors has been hit so hard by the ongoing American Axle strikes that it's stopped production of the GMC Yukon, Denali, Sierra heavy-duty regular and extended cab, its commercial-duty pickup and variants of Chevrolet trucks and Tahoes. All the while, the General is still negotiating with the UAW over local contracts at some of its most important plants. To ease some of its supply problems, General Motors has reportedly offered as much as $200 million to American Axle for the funding of e
You probably remember that back in January of this year, General Motors announced that it was partnering up with Coskata to make cheap cellulosic ethanol using a process developed by Coskata which includes the use of microorganisms developed by Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University. Coskata has apparently broken ground on a new plant that is being built in Pennsylvania. While Coskata appears to be moving along at a fine pace, Auto Observer is reporting that Coskata is not the only ce
General Motors has fallen once again on the Fortune 500 list of America's top-grossers. The General had once stood strong atop the rankings, having fallen from the top spot in 2001 at which time Wal-Mart took over. For the last few years, Exxon-Mobil and the big box retailer have battled for the first two positions on the list with GM claiming third place. This year, soaring demands for energy have allowed Chevron to nudge past GM on its way to a third place finish. General Motors, at number fou
What will you be driving in 2015? If you only drive GM vehicles, there's a one in three chance it'll be a hybrid, according to a report from Bloomberg. GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said, "around 2015 we're going to have to sell a ton of hybrids whether people want them or not." Lutz added, "it's basically going to result in the quasi-disappearance of V-8 engines." Lutz explained that the increase in sales of hybrids will be due to the new CAFE standards signed into law late last year that require c
If the energy bill that's currently stalled in the US Senate does ultimately get passed, every car-maker in the US market will have to thoroughly revamp their product lines. This is particularly true for trucks where most companies struggle to achieve mileage even in the low twenties. At a Saturn event in San Diego CA, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz again said the 35 mpg would cause a $6,000-7,000 increase in vehicle prices in order to add the required technology that would meet the standard by 2020.
The arrival of the Two-Mode GM SUV's if finally upon us as the Baltimore Transmission plant officially launched full production of the new hybrid transmissions today. The plant in White Marsh Maryland employs approximately 415 hourly and salaried staff and has about 440, 000 sq. ft. of floor space. Since the plant opened in 2000 it has been producing the Allison 1000 series transmissions that are used in the heavy duty pickup. The plant has the capacity to produce 169,000 of the HD transmissions
In the past New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has made his disdain for the US Domestic auto industry clearly known and the other day the pro-globalization writer fired off a salvo at Toyota for their current stance on new fuel economy regulations. Toyota's Irv Miller was quick to return fire last night and now General Motors has joined the fire fight as well. Tom Wilkinson has "penned" a response on the company's FYI blog reiterating many of the same points as Miller and rebutting Friedma