“If we had a local fruit truck from Birmingham here or local delivery truck that is still around, a local firetruck, that’s every bit as important as the Washington Monument on the national level. It’s all part of our heritage, and heritage starts local," Mark Gessler says....More
Global Cadillac sales jumped 30% and improved 22.1% in the U.S. in 2013, according to WardsAuto data. But for the first half of this year, Cadillac’s U.S. sales slipped 1.0% against an industry that was ahead 4.0% and a luxury market up 7.0%....More
Johan de Nysschen’s appointment at Cadillac comes at a critical time for the 112-year-old GM luxury unit, where U.S. sales are flagging and plans call for 10 new vehicles for the brand by the end of 2015....More
GM interiors also have been boosted by investments in the automaker’s global design organization, the executive says, citing a groundbreaking global concept car created for the recent New Delhi auto show....More
WardsAuto sources say the large Cadillac CUV was slated to arrive in 2017 as an ’18 model. Persisting fears it might overlap with the popular Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia contributed to its cancellation....More
The automaker also doubles a charge it planned to take in the second quarter related to earlier recalls to $400 million. It took a $1.3 billion reduction to its first-quarter earnings related to recall costs....More
Ambient lighting takes center stage in the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition. Even certain vehicles that failed to make the cut manage to deliver impressive cabin lighting that is soft, distinctive, occasionally sporty and, at times, romantic.
WardsAuto highlights some of the disappointing features identified in vehicles evaluated for 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Problems range from fit-and-finish and ergonomics to comfort and overall layout. These are the types of issues that result in lower scores for vehicles in the competition.
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker....More
GM delivered 254,076 cars, trucks and CUVs last month, compared with 237,646 in like-2013, according to WardsAuto data. The automaker likely saw its market share bump back over 18% from 16.7% in March....More
The new facility also will house important work on electric motors and transmission gears, areas of expertise necessary to meet tightening global fuel-economy and carbon-dioxide emissions rules....More
Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread application in light vehicles, appear to be gaining traction – albeit ever so slowly – as electrification takes hold and automakers find the technology’s advantages harder to resist....More
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More