GM Issues Stop Sale on Three 2015 Three-Row Crossovers


A pending tire recall has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale mandate to dealers for three model-year 2015 SUVs. Approximately 6,000 versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclaves are affected. The vehicles use Goodyear tires that could crack.

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According to the Detroit News, the tire recall will include about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 10, 2015. Click here for the full story from the Detroit News. photo by Kelsey Mays

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


Cadillac unveiled the third-generation of its CTS-V at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The performance-tuned sedan wears a carbon-fiber hood with an integrated functional air extractor vent that helps flow air through the mesh grille and over the top of the car.

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Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Video

Chevrolet's new Volt gets a major exterior styling overhaul, along with more electric range and better gas mileage. reviewer Kelsey Mays takes you through the new Volt, from the bumpers to the battery. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (26 Photos)

2016 Chevy Volt

The differences between the original Chevrolet Volt concept car from 2007 and the eventual production version in 2011 left many people who were excited for GM's first mass-market electric vehicle rather cold. What started out as a hot-looking, angular and futuristic design had morphed into a somewhat messy, odd-looking mishmash of styles influenced by the demands of aerodynamic efficiency.

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The subsequent Cadillac ELR coupe proved that GM EVs could indeed be sexy. With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, GM has had plenty of time to work with designers and aerodynamic specialists to craft something genuinely attractive, and it has succeeded in doing so.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: First Look


Looks like: Chevy Spark EV meets Nissan Leaf

Defining characteristics: Compact all-electric car with a range of 200 miles and a price around $30,000

Ridiculous features: The automatic park-and-retrieval system; the driver can exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt to park itself, and when needed, the concept can be summoned to return to the owner's location.

Chance of being mass-produced: It's likely GM will offer a compact all-electric production car in the near future. "The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors' commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology," the automaker said in a statement.

The new Volt isn't the only electric news coming off the Chevrolet stage at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year; GM also unveiled a new concept that looks like it's aimed straight at the Nissan Leaf. Chevrolet says the Bolt EV concept embodies the brand's vision for an affordable, long-range electric vehicle; it's designed to go more than 200 miles on a charge and starts around $30,000.

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The tall hatchback's styling screams electric car with its aerodynamic-optimized wedge shape and vented rear fenders; it also uses materials like aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and woven mesh to reduce weight and maximize range. Other exterior highlights include a full-length frosted glass roof, wraparound rear window and jewel-like high-intensity LED head- and taillights.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Chevrolet Volt: First Look


Competes with: Toyota Prius Plug-In, Nissan Leaf, Audi A3 e-tron, Ford C-Max Energi

Looks like: A little last-gen Volt, a little current-gen Honda Civic

Drivetrain: Two-motor electric-drive unit; 101-hp, 1.5-liter gasoline range extender; 18.4-kwh lithium-ion battery pack; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2015

The second generation of GM's most advanced vehicle has been revealed, and while it looks considerably more mainstream than the outgoing model, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is still a remarkable and unique vehicle that has been refined with significant input from previous Volt owners.

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The first Volt was created in something of a customer vacuum — GM really didn't know who would buy it, how they would exactly use it, or if people would be satisfied with the range-extended electric vehicle's abilities. Now after 73,000 have been sold, GM quizzed owners on what to improve and used that feedback to create the 2016 model. The resulting car is designed to bring Volt customers back to the showroom once their leases are up while broadening the car's appeal to a more mainstream crowd.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (5)

2016 Buick Cascada: First Look


Competes with: Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro

Looks like: The spiritual successor to the old Chrysler 200 convertible

Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2016

Convertibles in the U.S. seem to come in only two flavors these days: muscle cars or expensive luxury models. The days of inexpensive convertibles for the common buyer are gone with the demise of the Chrysler 200 (nee Sebring) and Toyota Solara. If you want a four-seat convertible, you can have a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang, or an expensive German, British or Italian luxury car. But now there's a new arrival from Europe that may give shoppers a stylish option.

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Based on the Opel of the same name, the new 2016 Buick Cascada is set to arrive in about a year, providing a unique offering in showrooms that really has no direct competition in the U.S. Under the skin, the Cascada is essentially a Buick Verano turbo with two fewer doors and a folding roof, while its bodywork looks like the latest Opel Astra. It's a product of GM's new global initiative with Buick in which a number of U.S.-market vehicles are sourced from Europe's Opel division with a little rebadging and slightly different sheet metal.

By Aaron Bragman | January 11, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Chevrolet Trax Review


"With its 2015 Trax, Chevrolet has offered up a tiny SUV with exceptional visibility, good interior room and a surprisingly large cargo area, but pokey acceleration — especially with optional all-wheel drive," says reviewer Bill Jackson.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Expert Review photo by Bill Jackson

By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2015 | Comments (2)

Santa Tracker: OnStar Keeps Tabs on the Big Guy


He's sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when your awake, but the spying can go both ways. For the sixth year in a row, OnStar will again be able to help customers keep tabs on Santa this Christmas.

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OnStar is teaming up with North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) Tracks Santa program; U.S., Canada and Mexico subscribers can follow the big guy's whereabouts across the globe Christmas Eve with a press of the blue OnStar button. Customers can request a "Santa Update" between 7 a.m. Dec. 24 until 5 a.m. EST Dec. 25 and get Santa's location based on NORAD's official Santa Tracker Map.

Motorists with more pressing OnStar needs shouldn't be affected by the added Santa-tracking requests; OnStar says it's adding additional staff to accommodate the higher volume of calls. OnStar can't however, help you get a line on that sold out Elsa doll you've been searching for.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Fix for New Key Issue in Cars Under Ignition Recall

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GM is sending letters to the owners of some 2.2 million 2000s-era small cars involved in the automaker's ignition-cylinder recall for an unrelated problem: Put the car in Park and the key may not come out when you turn it off. Although it applies to the same group of vehicles subject to one of the automaker's most serious recalls this year, GM spokesman Alan Adler insists it's unrelated.

Related: GM: 58 Percent of U.S. Cars in Ignition Recall Are Fixed

You can still get a stuck key out of many cars by pressing a plunger under the steering column. But it’s an inconvenient procedure, as depicted above in the owner's manual for a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. GM's fix? Replace the console-mounted automatic transmission shifter, which can fail to send an electrical signal to the ignition when the car is put in Park. That signal allows you to rotate the key from the Run position into the Lock position and remove it, the automaker said in an emailed statement.

The problem only occurs in "3 to 4 percent of the vehicles," Adler said, but GM is sending letters to owners of all 2.2 million cars in the original recall. That figure comes from 2.59 million cars worldwide — the vast majority in the U.S. and Canada — under the ignition-switch recall, minus cars with manual transmissions, which don't have the problem, and cars that have been scrapped. If owners experience the sticking key, they can bring their vehicles into any GM dealer (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) and get the transmission shifter replaced for free.

By Kelsey Mays | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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