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GM Gets with the USB Program
GM Gets with the USB Program

Starting with three models at the beginning of the model year and extending to a total of eight by the middle of 2009, General Motors announced it will be offering radios with USB ports for digital music players in some of its vehicles. Similar to other carmakers such as Ford and premium brands...Read More»

2008 Saturn Outlook XR
GM Recalls Nearly 1M Vehicles

Nearly one million GM SUVs, trucks, and passenger cars are involved in a windshield wiper fluid system recall that has led to nine reports of fires but no reported injuries. Some 850,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S., and nearly another 100,000 were sold in Canada, Mexico, and the...Read More»

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IIHS Gives GM Crossovers the "Top" Nod

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)--the industry-funded group that mashes cars into walls so that you don't have to--says GM's big crossover vehicles are so good at protecting passengers, they're giving them the Top Safety Pick designation. The TSP award goes to cars and trucks that...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Portico
Spy Shots: 2010 Hyundai Portico

TheCarConnection.com's spies have caught the new 2010 Hyundai Portico crossover testing in the California desert. Originally shown in concept form at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, the production Portico pictured here is expected to reach the market as a 2010 model, slotting in above Hyundai's Santa...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
TheCarConnection.com's Eight Best Cars for College

With the fall term about to start at schools across the country, you may be looking for the perfect car for your parents to “subsidize”—or for your child to take off to college along with your furniture, your computer, and your life savings. It doesn’t take an economics major to find a...Read More»

Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia: The Once and Future-ish Saturn

Last week when GM vice chairman Bob Lutz spoke with TheCarConnection.com about the Saturn Aura, he explained that the plan had been to "short-cycle" the current Aura and bring this new Opel Insignia to the States as a Saturn. Now with Saturn being re-evaluated--could it be all small cars once...Read More»

Vue Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Saturn Dropping Green Line

General Motors' Saturn division plans to drop its Green Line badge, come the 2009 model year. Well, sort of. The Green Line has been Saturn's way of identifying its hybrid-electric vehicles, or HEVs, since it introduced its Vue hybrid crossover, two years ago. Environmentalists and those looking...Read More»

Saturn Astra
GM's Euro Makeover

If you'd like to get a look at the future - at General Motor's future, anyway - stop into your nearest Saturn showroom. There you'll see several models that were developed in a close cooperation between GM's U.S. brand and its flagship European subsidiary, Opel. While the recently updated Vue shows...Read More»

2008 HUMMER H2
The Official Denial: No More Brand Cuts at GM

Armchair quarterbacking about GM shutting down another brand is just rumor, says GM's Mark LaNeve, who told dealers in a letter that Saturn, Buick, Pontiac, and Saab are only being studied, not yanked from the GM corral. In the letter to dealers--obtained by Dow Jones reporters--LaNeve says to...Read More»

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Could GM Be Ready to Trim More Brands?

How deeply will GM plunge the knife? As it struggles to halt the hemorrhaging, the ailing automaker is considering just about every option available, and that could include still more job cuts – and the sale of one or more of its brands. “Nothing is off the table,” a well-placed source tells...Read More»

Car Dealer
Are Dealers Doing a Better Job Satisfying Customers?

That's the question posed by researchers wondering whether dealers are doing a better job than conventional wisdom would suggest. We've all heard the horror stories, of course: dealers who renege on promises, deliver a different vehicle than the one a customer expected to get, or throw a prospect's...Read More»

Tailpipe Emissions
Idle Time

Don't worry about running a red light. Seems the real way to get into trouble in Minneapolis these days is letting your engine run. The city has just enacted a new law that means you'll get a hefty fine for letting your car idle for more than three minutes. The one exception is when you're stuck in...Read More»

2011 Saturn Astra Spy Shot
2011 Saturn Astra Spied!

Opel continues to test its next-generation Astra--the same car that will eventually show up as the 2011 Saturn Astra on our shores. This 2011 Saturn Astra prototype was shot in Austria, as a large fleet of prototypes--and several competing vehicles--descended on the Alps for some altitude and brake...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain Spied!

By the looks this latest prototype, it appears that a third variation of GM's revamped Theta platform has now begun testing. Using the process of elimination, this is most likely the GMC Terrain SUV, which will supplant the Pontiac Torrent. This new prototype wears new camouflage, completely...Read More»

World Car of the Year: It's the Mazda 2

The winners have been named -- and this year's World Car of the Year is the Mazda 2. Ford's Mondeo and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class were the runners-up. WCOTY jurors said that the Mazda is a winner because of "its very appealing looks and high levels of standard equipment for the price.” Earlier...Read More»

Lutz on CAFE: Get Used to Downsizing

GM vice chairman Bob Lutz is talking fuel economy and climate change at this week's New York auto show, and when the topic of new fuel-economy regulations came up during a special interview session with the blog community, Lutz frankly laid out how the new rules will dramatically change the General...Read More»

Mylanta Moment: 2010 Saturn Astra Spied!

Hey, it's not that we don't like the Saturn Astra--here's the proof. But these spy shots of the new Astra take disguises to a nauseating new level. As you can see in our high-res photo gallery of Astra spy shots, by the steering wheel on the right, this is Opel’s version – a mirror...Read More»

Lithium's Working? Daimler and GM Promising Better Hybrids

We've had our doubts about lithium-ion battery technology for hybrids. But with General Motors, Toyota and Daimler AG working on the more powerful batteries, a breakthrough was more likely than not. The great leap forward has happened--and it's hybrid latecomer Daimler that says it will deliver the...Read More»

Honda Named Best-of-Best by Consumer Reports

If you put your faith in Consumer Reports, you’ll be heading over to Honda for your next vehicle. The automaker named the Japanese marque valedictorian in its Annual Auto Issue. “Overall, the best cars sold in the U.S. are still made by Honda,” the magazine declared, adding that the...Read More»

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