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Car buffs are revving up for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. More than 800,000 people attended the show at the Cobo Center last January.

Auto analyst: pay hikes front and center for UAW

Dec 16, 2014

New contract bargaining between the United Auto Workers union and American automakers is scheduled for next year. Recently, we’ve been getting a clearer picture of the union’s priorities. UAW President Dennis Williams has indicated members want to eliminate a recently introduced  feature of the autoworker landscape:  “two-tier” wages and benefits.

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Cadillac has unveiled the next model that General Motors will build in Lansing. GM is showing off the new ATS-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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The 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Detroit heard a keynote address on Sunday from General Motors CEO Mary Barra, in which she announced how GM plans to integrate automated driving technology into Cadillacs in a couple of years.

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If you were a fan of the 1980’s TV show “Knight Rider,” you’ll remember actor David Hasselhoff riding around in a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that could talk, fly and even scan other vehicles. It was cutting edge TV sci-fi at the time, but so-called “smart cars” are not that far away (minus the flying, of course).

Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution

Apr 17, 2014
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Fifty years ago today, America’s historic journey with the automobile took an adventurous detour. On April 17, 1964, Detroit’s Ford Motor company unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, trading stamps not included.

Congress probes GM recall effort

Apr 2, 2014
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General Motors has recalled 2.6-million vehicles for ignition switch failures, failures that are linked to at least 13 deaths. Considering the recent $1.2 billion dollar penalty levied against Toyota for that company’s problems related to sudden accelerations, dealing with the ignition switch problem could become very costly to the automaker.

GM under scrutiny after botched recall

Mar 20, 2014
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General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001.

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Last week, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers union. The UAW had expected to win that vote, and the rejection is seen as a blow to efforts to expand membership by unionizing plants in the south.

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Our coverage of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit continues today with a look at the good news the people at the General Motors Grand River Assembly Plant got last year: GM will move production of the Camaro to Lansing from the plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

Global markets key for Cadillac's success

Jan 22, 2014
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International sales are crucial to Cadillac’s success. Two popular Cadillac models are built in Lansing at the Grand River Assembly Plant. The ATS won the North American Car of the Year Award last year, and the CTS was a finalist for the award this year.

Green cars take backseat at NAIAS

Jan 21, 2014
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The 2014 North American International Auto Show is not the greenest, according to journalist and author Jim Motavallo, who focuses on environmental issues and transportation. He’s a contributor to the New York Times, NPR’s Car Talk, the Mother Nature Network and author of the book "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry".

Chevy adds smaller pickup option

Jan 21, 2014
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The North American Truck of the Year,  the Chevy Silverado, isn’t the only pickup attracting attention at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Chevy’s midsize Colorado is also all-new for 2014.

Auto industry eyes shifting transportation priorities

Jan 20, 2014
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Michigan’s surging auto industry is front and center this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but young Americans may be a shrinking part of the hoopla.

General Motors unveils the new Cadillac CTS design

Mar 27, 2013
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At the New York International Auto Show this week, the Cadillac division of General Motors is announcing details of what will be new with the 2014 CTS, built in Lansing at the GM Grand River Assembly Plant.The third-generation CTS will roll off the assembly line later this year.

Dave Leone, executive chief Engineer at Cadillac, joins Current State  from the auto show in New York to discuss the new CTS.

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