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Here's All You Need To Know About GM's Major Restructuring

Here’s All You Need To Know About GM’s Major Restructuring

Good for General Motors, bad for general people

General Motors is in the midst of major restructuring, which it confirmed by announcing that five of its North American plants will be shut down, including the plant in Ohio that manufactured the Cruze and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that was once part of an epic neighborhood battle. This also marks the end of the Chevrolet Volt Hybrid. However, the biggest announcement was that around 14,000 employees have been given pink slips.

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GM Looks to Build New eBike

GM Looks to Build New eBike

You can name the new Chevrolet eBike and get $10K!

In an expected turn of events, the largest American car producer GM announced the development and production of eBikes. Electric bikes, designed by GM engineers in Canada, are intended for city use, sport small diameter wheels and still do not have a name. Before GM puts them in production and on sale next year, the company announced a crowdsourcing campaign and challenge where all interested parties can submit their name idea. GM isn’t a douche, so it offered $10,000 for the winner of the contest with the runners-up getting $1,000 in awards. You can access the challenge here as you have up until 26th November, 10 AM Eastern, to submit your naming ideas for the new eBike.

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Tesla's Autopilot Gets Schooled By Cadillac's Super Cruise

Tesla’s Autopilot Gets Schooled By Cadillac’s Super Cruise

This result will certainly be a deciding factor for customers

For a layman, autonomous technology is Autopilot. That’s how synonymous Musk has made it; so naturally, one would assume it to be the best one. However, according to Consumer Reports, it’s not Tesla’s autopilot, but Cadillac’s Super Cruise that’s the best system in the market today. Surprised?

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New Autonomous Vehicle Rules On the Way

New Autonomous Vehicle Rules On the Way

Legislation facilitating use of autonomous cars could be on the way

Autonomous vehicles might be exempt in the future from some of the safety standards put in place by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) if changes that accommodate this new type of road vehicle sees the light of day.

Automotive giants such as GM have called for legislative changes that would allow "the full deployment of self-driving vehicles" which, at the moment, have to be equipped with a steering wheel, pedals, and mirrors, although autonomous cars don’t have a driver.

As such, The NHTSA "intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards" as applied to automated vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in an 80-page update of its principles dubbed "Automated Vehicles 3.0."

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General Motors and Honda Collaborate On Autonomous Technology

General Motors and Honda Collaborate On Autonomous Technology

This is a big, big partnership that could put the other market players on red alert

A lot of partnerships are arising these days. It’s not just automakers and tech companies, but also automakers and automakers. This time, it’s General Motors and Honda teaming up to take on the world with Autonomous Technology. General Motors and Cruise Automation announced collaboration with Japanese giant, Honda that will seek “large-scale deployment” of technology for autonomous vehicles.

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GM and Delta America's Working on a EV Charging System That Provides 180 Miles in 10 Minutes

GM and Delta America’s Working on a EV Charging System That Provides 180 Miles in 10 Minutes

This is just the beginning

We all know how amazing electric vehicles have become lately, with every mainstream manufacturer trying to include at least one or two EVs in their line-up. But there’s one glaring disadvantage that is perhaps the biggest reason for gas-powered vehicles to not have gone extinct yet – the time it takes to recharge batteries. In the case of combustion-powered vehicles, you can get set to travel for the next 200 miles in a matter of a minute, but that’s not possible in case of EVs – until now. General Motors is in collaboration with Delta America to develop a technology that can overcome this drawback, and it blows Tesla’s technology out of the water!

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Now GM and Marketers Want to Force Feed Advertisements Via Your Car Windows

Now GM and Marketers Want to Force Feed Advertisements Via Your Car Windows

The never-ending expansion of consumerism continues…

As if there weren’t enough commercials in your life already, it looks as though automakers might be gearing up to bring advertisements directly to your face with the latest augmented-reality-equipped car windows.

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GM's First Self-Driving Vehicle Could Carry the Name AV1

GM’s First Self-Driving Vehicle Could Carry the Name AV1

A blast from the past lends its name to the future

It’s no secret General Motors is working hard to create its own fully autonomous vehicle, and now, it looks as though the domestic auto-making behemoth could be gearing up for a big reveal before we know it.

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One Minute News: Amazon to Start Delivering Packages to Volvo and GM Vehicles

One Minute News: Amazon to Start Delivering Packages to Volvo and GM Vehicles

It’s only possible for those with Volvo on Call and GM’s OnStar Connectivity Services

Now that Amazon has moved past the idea of leaving packages inside our homes, it wants to start delivering packages straight to the trunks of our cars. And, it’s starting to do so already, thanks to a deal with GM and Volvo, which will allow anyone with a vehicle that’s 2015 or newer and actively subscribed to Volvo on Call or OnStar. For this to work, however, Amazon will get the GPS location of your vehicle and license plate number. And, the vehicle needs to be parked within a certain proximity to an address used for Amazon deliveries. Apparently, Amazon never gains access to your connected car credentials and instead requests access to each vehicle via an encrypted messaging service with the connected car service. On the plus side, GM, Volvo, nor Amazon look at this as a way to earn additional profit and instead want to offer it as an added convenience. The program has been available in California and Washington for the last six months and should now expand to other areas now that Amazon has signed a new two-year contract with GM and Volvo. The company will look to expand to other automakers in the future.

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Ford is Hatin' on GM's Nine-Speed Automatic; Says It's Too Inefficient and Too Expensive to Adapt

Ford is Hatin’ on GM’s Nine-Speed Automatic; Says It’s Too Inefficient and Too Expensive to Adapt

No love lost between two bitter rivals

Five years ago, Ford and GM entered in a partnership whereby the two U.S. auto behemoths would share a few newly developed transmissions, all in the name of greater efficiency and lower R&D costs. Now, it’s looking like Ford will take a different approach than originally outlined, adapting the GM gearbox to better suit its needs.

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Pops' Rants: GM's Decision to Fire Johan De Nysschen Might Have Been a Big Mistake

Pops’ Rants: GM’s Decision to Fire Johan De Nysschen Might Have Been a Big Mistake

You can’t become successful over night

Cadillac just fired president Johan de Nysschen, four years after it brought him in from Infiniti to revive the luxury brand. The news made headlines all over the world and sparked debates on whether the brand will do better without de Nysschen. The consensus seems to be that he made a string of bad decisions and that Steve Carlisle might be the man who will make things right. Well, I disagree.

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GM Fired Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Because Sales are Down and He Couldn't Keep Up With Audi, Mercedes, and BMW

GM Fired Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Because Sales are Down and He Couldn’t Keep Up With Audi, Mercedes, and BMW

Former GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle assumes the role de Nysschen leaves behind

In a move that nobody saw coming, Cadillac has let go of company president Johan de Nysschen after a four-year stint as the main decision-maker for the American automaker. Steve Carlisle, most recently the president and managing director of GM Canada, will step in to take de Nysschen’s place as Caddy’s new president, effective immediately.

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Your Obsession With SUVs and Crossovers like the Ford Escape and Chevy Traverse Probably Just Led to 1,500 People Being Laid Off

Your Obsession With SUVs and Crossovers like the Ford Escape and Chevy Traverse Probably Just Led to 1,500 People Being Laid Off

Sedans are bearing the brunt of the growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs

The growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs has been a goldmine for a lot of automakers. As the demand for these cars grows, car companies are becoming more invested in building more of them. Unfortunately, there is a downside to the strong focus being put on crossovers and SUVs, and sedans are bearing the brunt of it. Sales of sedans have fallen off a cliff across the industry to the point that some automakers are taking drastic action to curb the increasingly worrisome trend. A good example is General Motors. The American automaker owns Chevrolet, and sales of the brand’s Cruze sedan is declining at an alarming rate. As such, the General has taken the difficult step of cutting the production of the Cruze by half, and in doing so, it could also cut as many as 1,500 jobs because of it.

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