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 |  Oct 09 2013, 3:02 PM

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Rather than borrowing from Opel for yet another product, Buick might be gearing up to share with Cadillac.

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 |  Sep 13 2013, 8:02 AM

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has made his desire to bring the Opel Cascada stateside very clear, and it appears that it, “could happen soon.”

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 |  Sep 10 2013, 5:01 PM

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The MINI Cooper and Fiat 500 may soon have a rival in the U.S., but it won’t be a from another European automaker… or will it?

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 |  Sep 09 2013, 1:05 PM

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The 2014 Buick Regal will go on sale later this year with a starting price of $30,615 including a $925 destination fee.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 1:25 PM

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GM’s August sales were the best they’ve been in the better part of a decade and this strong showroom performance seems to indicate an economic recovery is in fact underway.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 12:37 PM

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Could the devastating “Great Recession” finally be fading in the rear-view mirror? GM’s August sales performance seems to indicate yes.

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 |  Aug 21 2013, 11:15 AM

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The future is full of technology for General Motors subsidiaries Opel and Vauxhall.

Images and technical details surrounding a concept car slated for the Frankfurt Motor Show were released today, previewing what the brand’s designers and engineers are developing for future products.

Opel seems to be putting a strong emphasis on connected car technology in the future. Current iterations of that system that several automakers are developing would allow cars to share information both with other vehicles and information waypoints. Traffic data, upcoming hazards and other relevant safety information will be relayed in Opel-Monza-Concept-06split seconds, assuming manufacturers can agree on which system to use. Contention between charging heads for electric cars probably offers accurate foreshadowing.

If the auto industry avoids its usual Mexican standoff, the Monza’s information sharing system could offer interesting capability. It uses three modes: “me,” “us” and “all.”

In “me” mode, the infotainment system mostly disconnects from smartphones and focuses on relevant driving information. Switch to “us,” and preselected people will be able to communicate with the car to play music, share pictures and information. “All” mode opens the car to share information with anyone. Drivers will be able to share their planned route with people who have a smartphone or tablet so they can “catch a ride.”

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The infotainment system, itself, is also something of a tech wonder. Rather than a conventional touch screen, it uses 18 LED projectors to cast a display onto the dashboard. The display will be customizable according to driver preference as well.

The sculpted-looking sheet metal is an evolution of the current Insignia design, which is the basis for the North American Buick Regal. Buick relies heavily on Opel for its product line, and if that remains the case for future products, this could have tie-ins to coming Buicks too. From an aesthetic standpoint, this design isn’t terribly different from the Buick Riviera concept shown in Shanghai earlier this year.

SEE ALSO: New Buick Riviera Concept Previews Brand’s Future Design Language

The style cues and wheels all bear similarities, but it’s the cabin and powertrain that really offer an important peek into what might be coming.

The Monza suggests that range extenders won’t be exiting the General Motors portfolio any time soon. It uses an electric powertrain supplemented by a range extending engine similar to the Chevrolet Volt, which uses gasoline. This doesn’t. Instead, it burns compressed natural gas (CNG) with the company’s new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which will debut simultaneously in Frankfurt.

GALLERY: Opel Monza Concept

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 |  Jul 24 2013, 9:02 AM

Which Crossovers and SUVs are the Most Reliable?


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The crossover and SUV segment is one of industry’s fastest growing, and if you’re in the market for one, chances are you’ll want to know which ones are the most reliable out there. J.D. Power has compiled data collected from surveying thousands of vehicle owners to determine this year’s list of most reliable new crossovers and SUVs not in the luxury segment. Here they are listed in alphabetical order.

 |  Jul 12 2013, 10:01 AM

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God blessed Texas with His own hand

Brought down angles from the Promised Land

Gave ‘em a place where they could dance

If you want to see heaven, brother, here’s your chance…

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 |  Jul 11 2013, 1:02 PM

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Expect  the number of fuel efficient vehicles offered by General Motors grow in the next four years.

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 |  Jul 09 2013, 12:15 PM

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Nearly 5,000 vehicles could be added to a recall General Motors announced in May. 

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 |  Jul 08 2013, 7:06 AM

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Following closely on rumors of a new sporty coupe from GM’s European operations, the first images of a the Monza Concept have broken cover, suggesting a possible two-door for the Buick brand as well.

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 |  Jul 07 2013, 12:01 PM

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According to recent reports, Opel will be heading to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with a Monza coupe concept car.

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 |  Jun 26 2013, 2:09 PM

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Rumors are spreading of a Buick crossover called the Anthem, and now more details are surfacing on the future model.

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 |  Jun 24 2013, 5:42 PM

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At an investor’s conference at General Motors‘ Detroit proving grounds this month, CEO Dan Akerson expressed his desire to add the Opel Adam and Cascada to the Buick model lineup.

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 |  Jun 18 2013, 10:30 AM

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General Motors has released pricing for the 2014 Buick Lacrosse, giving it a price increase of about $500 over 2013 with a starting MSRP of $34,060 including a $925 destination charge.

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 |  Jun 17 2013, 10:01 AM

E.T. Drive Home


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Every automaker has its own look. Whether it’s a seven-slot grille, round tail lamps or a Hofmeister kink each company tries to claim its own signature styling elements.

 

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 |  Jun 15 2013, 2:59 PM

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General Motors is issuing a recall on 193,652 SUVs for a possible short in a circuit board that could potentially cause a fire.

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 |  Jun 06 2013, 12:02 PM

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General Motors announced a maintenance program today for its vehicles starting with the 2014 model year that will offer owners free limited service.

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 |  Jun 05 2013, 12:45 PM

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All 2014 model year GM vehicles equipped for OnStar service are gaining new standard features accessible via the automaker’s RemoteLink smartphone app.

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 |  Jun 04 2013, 1:32 PM

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Depending on the results of a government probe, General Motors might find an old recall campaign expanding exponentially. 

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 |  Jun 03 2013, 2:32 PM

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The 2013 Buick Encore has earned top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and near top marks from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. 

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 |  May 17 2013, 11:32 AM

Top 10 Underrated Cars


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An ode to the underdog, AutoGuide.com has compiled a list of 10 cars that just don’t get the respect they deserve.

They fly under the radar for a variety of reasons. Some are meant to be that way, while others are haunted by a reputation too daunting to drop.

Whatever the reason, every car on this list is available today and worth a second look.

 |  May 08 2013, 1:32 PM

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To celebrate its heritage along with Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), Buick is highlighting the M18 tank destroyers that it was recruited to build during the World War II.

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