General Motors recalling another 1.5 million vehicles

Already facing a Justice Department criminal probe over faulty ignition switches, General Motors on Monday announced the recall of 1.5 million vehicles. The latest round of recalls include newer sport utility vehicles, luxury sedans and full-size vans. GM spokesman Terry Rhadigan says, while these recalls are not technically related to the ignition switch issue, the timing is not coincidental. The Detroit automaker says approximately 303-thousand Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans built between 2009 and 2014 don't meet head impact requirements for unrestrained occupants.

GM recalls 05-07 Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 because of improper air bags

General Motors is recalling nearly 800-thousand older model vehicles because of potentially deadly problems with the engines and airbags. There have been six front-seat fatalities reported as a result of airbags not deploying. The cars affected are 2005 to 2007 model year Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars. Additionally GM reports knowing about 17-other non-fatal injuries as a result of the airbag not deploying. (MRN) Follow us on Twitter @bigrapidsDN

GM once again is car king

Two years following the automaker’s historic bankruptcy, General Motors is once again the world’s car-selling king. GM sold just over nine million vehicles worldwide in 2011. That’s 11% more than Volkswagen, which sold 8.1 million. It also marked a 7.6% gain over 2010. Fueling the surge was Chevrolet, posting sales of four-point-seven-six million vehicles around the world. Gm says more than 15 markets experienced record Chevrolet sales in 2011, with the largest year-over-year increases in Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa and Israel.

Fmr. Head of Auto Task Force says taxpayers could lose $14 -billion dollars for saving GM. Chrysler

The former head of the Obama Administration's Auto Task Force says taxpayers will likely lose $14-billion dollars for saving General Motors, Chrysler And GMAC, now known as Ally Bank.  Steven Rattner spoke to the Detroit Economic Club Thursday. He said the actual loss will depend on what the U.S Treasury will get when they sell their remaining 25% ownership of GM. The automakers stock has fallen 39% since it went on the market in November of 2010. 

GM to offer loaner cars for Volt owners due to battery investigation

General Motors is offering free loaner cars to Chevrolet Wolt owners during an investigation into possible battery fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there have been two fires during tests of the batteries over the past six months. GM Vice President Mark Ruess says the automaker will cooperate with NHTSA's investigation so, quote, "we all have an understanding about these risks and how they can be avoided in the future."

Current status of UAW, Big Three talks

General Motors lures Bob Lutz out of retirement

Former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is coming out of retirement to work for the automaker again. Lutz, who has been offering informal advice to execs since leaving the company last year will now be on the payroll. Effective immediately, Lutz will be hired as a part-time consultant to GM executives.

Number of car dealerships in US increase for the first time in 10 years

For the first time in a decade, the number of new car dealers in the United States has risen. Detroit-based Urban Science said it's not a huge increase but there are 66 more new car dealers than a year ago after the first half of this year. The number of dealers is now nearly 18,000, which is still about 2,000 less than in 2008 before General Motors and Chrysler filed bankruptcy. For comparison, the 'Detroit News' reports at the end of World War two the country had 47,000auto dealers.

GM announces plans for two new Cadillacs to debut in 2012

General Motors introduces OnStar pilot program for parents to track teen drivers

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