Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: June 2014

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The broken record continues. Another sales month, and all eyes are on GM. When the automaker's 2014 recall total long-jumped past the 20 million mark, we thought there was no way new-car sales could remain unaffected. Yes, we heard from industry experts that shoppers don't pay attention to recalls like they used to, and anyone who owns a Chevy Cobalt isn't in the market for a new car anyway. But given congressional testimonies and lawsuits galore, we expected shoppers to deal the General a sales defeat in June.

Related: 2014 American-Made Index

It didn't happen. GM sales increased 1 percent, beating out Ford and Honda, each down 5.8 percent. A sales stoppage in late June on the Chevrolet Cruze, which GM recalled shortly thereafter, contributed toward a 20.9 percent decline for the popular compact, as did lower inventory for the car. Still, GM's Buick and GMC divisions lifted overall sales for the automaker. And with half of 2014 now in the books, U.S. sales operations head Kurt McNeil said in a sales statement that GM saw its best half-year of retail sales (that's sales to individuals, as opposed to commercial fleets) since 2008.

By Kelsey Mays | July 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 3,000 2011-14 GM Compact Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 3,000 GM compact cars and crossovers, including model-year 2011-14 Chevrolet Cruzes and 2012-14 Sonics, as well as 2013-14 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore crossovers, and Buick Verano sedans

The Problem: Insulation on the engine block heater power cord, if equipped, may become damaged during very cold conditions.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Buick at 800-521-7300.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2005-2007 Midsize GM SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 182,000 midsize GM SUVs from the 2005-07 model years, including the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x, as well as model-year 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs

The Problem: A possible electrical short in the driver's door module could disable the power door lock and window switches, and in rare cases overheat the module, according to the automaker.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owner Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 866-996-9463 or Isuzu at 800-255-6727, and Saab owners can call Saab at (800) 955-9007.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,000 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays with FE1 or FE3 suspensions

The Problem: General Motors is reporting that an insufficient weld in the rear shocks could lead to a fracture and reduce the shocks' life. GM said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the rear shock absorbers for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 392,000 2014-2015 GM Full-Size Pickups, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 392,500 full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, including all four-wheel-drive versions of the 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, model-year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs and model-year 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs

The Problem: According to GM, the transfer case may electronically switch to Neutral without input from the driver. If this happens while a vehicle is in motion, no power will go to the wheels. If the vehicle is stopped or parked, it may roll away if the parking brake is not set. The automaker said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will recalibrate transfer case module software. No notification schedule has been announced.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 and GMC at 866-996-9463 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 29,019 model-year 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans

The Problem: General Motors is reporting that a faulty inflator in the driver's side front airbag could cause the bag to rupture, and metal pieces could injure the occupants. The faulty inflator could also cause the airbag not to inflate, increasing the risk of an injury in a crash. GM said it's aware of one warranty claim related to this issue.

Reuters is reporting that although the affected airbag inflators were made by Takata, the Japanese supply company at the center of a massive, multi-automaker airbag recall, the Cruze airbag inflator issue is separate. 

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver's side airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 30, 2014 | Comments (18)

How Ohio State University Won the EcoCar2 Student Hybrid Challenge

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The EcoCar2 Hybrid Challenge is over, and the winner has been declared: Ohio State University took the overall title, winning the three-year-long student program sponsored by General Motors.

But what does it take to capture such an award?

The EcoCar2 program is a student challenge started by the Department of Energy back in 1988 as the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition designed to foster partnerships between private companies, universities and the government to boost fuel-efficiency tech.

By Aaron Bragman | June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

More Details on GM's Latest Ignition-Related Recall

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On June 16, GM issued its second major ignition-switch recall, which affects 3.16 million larger cars in the U.S. — the 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Lucerne and 2005 Regal; the 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille and 2004-2011 DTS; and the 2006-2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 2006-2013 Chevrolet Impala and 2014 Impala Limited (a carryover of the old Impala, not the redesigned sedan). An additional 200,000 of the same cars will be recalled outside the U.S. too.

GM Recalls Another 3 Million Vehicles

The recall sounds a lot like this year's earlier GM recall of 2.2 million small cars in the U.S. for faulty ignition switches, which centered mostly on the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G5 compacts. In both situations, a pothole or other disruption could bump the key out of the "run" position while the vehicle is moving, which could deactivate airbags and various electrical systems.

This recall is unique, however. For starters, it doesn't include a replacement of the ignition cylinder and switch, as the Cobalt and its peers require — just a new key. We chatted with GM recall spokesman Alan Adler to clarify some details. For answers to the original ignition-switch recall, read our earlier Q&A here.

By Kelsey Mays | June 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

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"The redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe has a refined interior and driving experience, but there's less passenger and cargo room than you might expect in a full-size SUV," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. Check out Hanley's review for more.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | June 18, 2014 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

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Vehicles Affected: About 712 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette sports cars equipped with optional Competition Sport Seats

The Problem: GM is reporting that an unbelted child and door trim may block the passenger-seat side air bag vent in a deployment.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the current air bag with a redesigned version. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition, but the automaker advises customers to not allow small children in the front seat until the vehicle is serviced.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

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