We've already taken a few first looks at the upcoming Chevrolet Aveo Sonic, but sometimes it's interesting to hear details about a vehicle from the source. Then again, sometimes a slightly misguided Car Tech editor just wants an excuse to post a video of the replacement to the beloved CNET Aveo. Whatever the reason, the video below showcases the Sonic, as its designers talk up the vehicle's interior and exterior styling.
General Motors is ramping up production of its popular heavy-duty pickups, much to the delight of Local 598 members.
The automaker yesterday announced it will create 750 jobs by adding a third shift at Flint Assembly, and plans to call back laid-off workers. Currently the plant employs 2,100 hourly and salaried employees and operates two production shifts.
"Adding a third shift is a response to customer demand for heavy-duty pickups, which most people use to tow, haul, and plow," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "Equally importantly, it brings jobs and a needed economic … Read more
We got a peek into the future of dashboard technology with Visteon at CES 2011 and again with Denso at the 2011 Detroit auto show. But you don't have to check out concepts to see the dashboard of the future, because it's here today.
From MyFord Touch to the Nissan Leaf's video game-inspired instrument cluster, more and more vehicles are digitizing and reinventing the dashboards of today before our very eyes. We've rounded up a collection of the coolest dashboards that we've come across for your perusal. Enjoy!
General Motors won't be selling cars in South Korea under the Daewoo label, the automaker announced today. The Daewoo logo will be replaced by the Chevrolet name and signature bow-tie logo. The company name, GM Daewoo, will also be changed to GM Korea Co., the company said in a statement.
"This important new brand strategy is designed to strengthen our commitment to the Korean market, recognizing it as one of the strongest-performing countries within GM's global operations. We are well positioned to bring one of the world's iconic brands to Korea," said Mike Arcamone, President … Read more
The debate over whether General Motors is violating the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), by not including window stickers that identify where the cars are made, continues.
Joel D. Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation, said in a release on Friday, "General Motors wants to hide the fact that, even after the government bailout, it has moved production of vehicles offshore. The Cadillac SRX is now made in … Read more
DETROIT - Back in 2007, GM showed three small car designs, intending to shuck its old SUV habit and cater to economic-minded buyers. After some time spent sifting the group, GM settled on one of the cars, producing it as the Chevy Spark in Europe, but not in the U.S.
After some dithering, the company came up with a new, slightly larger, less funky looking version of the Spark aimed at the U.S. This new car is called the Sonic, and replaces the current Aveo.
The Sonic is a small car, but looks substantial, with a stance reminiscent … Read more
General Motors is looking ahead to next-generation battery packs that are lighter and have a longer life.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne has developed a suite of lithium ion battery inventions and patents that will reduce price and improve performance for the next-gen battery systems.
Cathy Zoi, acting undersecretary of energy and assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said the DOE has been … Read more
The first 40 miles you drive in a fully charged 2011 Chevrolet Volt uses energy stored in the 16kWh battery to propel the vehicle, with the 1.4-liter gas engine kicking in only when the battery is drained and needs to be recharged. But GM engineers are working on a switch for the British version of the Volt, the Vauxhall Ampera slated for 2012, that will let U.K. drivers decide when to drive in electric-only mode and when to use the gas engine, according to an article in TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk.
The tweak is designed to suit the driving … Read more
Behind the fly-off-the-shelf popularity of products like Apple's iPad and iPhone are hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs--mostly overseas. Is it possible to create more of those jobs here in the U.S. to combat chronically high levels of unemployment?
Personal computing is moving rapidly beyond the laptop. And there's no better example than Apple, whose most popular products are arguably now the iPhone and the iPad. The surging demand for anything Apple is causing a seismic shift in chip manufacturing to Asia, the hotbed of new silicon ecosystems. Though companies like Hewlett-Packard and Dell also play a … Read more
On the heels of General Motors' huge IPO last week, the company today announced a $163.2 million investment in its Flint and Bay City, Mich., and Defiance, Ohio, plants.
The multimillion-dollar investment will be used in part to support engine production for the Chevrolet Volt, the Chevrolet Cruze, and a new Chevrolet small car to be built in the United States. The investment will protect 184 jobs at the three sites, GM said in a press release.
Flint Engine Operations manufactures the Ecotec 1.4-liter engine, used in the Chevrolet Cruze, and a 1.4L variant, used in the … Read more