Opinion: How to attract female engineers

GM's Mary Barra is the only female CEO of a major carmaker (Photo: GM)

One of the bigger challenges IT and other technology-driven industries have faced for decades is how to attract more female engineers. Efforts to boost the relatively low number of women in engineering companies remain largely unsuccessful. The same holds true for the top management ranks. There are some exceptions. In the world of high tech, […]

GM China vehicles to feature 4G telematics this year

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General Motors said a Cadillac brand model it will start selling this year in China will mark the beginning of its rollout of fast 4G telematics systems in the world’s biggest car market. The connectivity will be provided by China Mobile, the country’s largest wireless company The faster mobile communications will improve GM’s existing OnStar […]

Opel launches OnStar in Europe as free service in first year

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Opel joined the race to be the best connected car brand in Geneva Tuesday, when it announced that General Motors’ OnStar connectivity suite will be available on all of its models starting this year. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said OnStar will be rolled out in 13 European markets by the middle of 2015, with other […]

GM CEO sees further industry growth in US car market

GM's Barra says she expects younger car buyers to help boost U.S. market growth (Photo: GM)

The US car market is set to continue its expansion this year, GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters, predicting light-vehicle sales of between 16.5 million and 17.0 million units in 2015. Barra cited a strengthening economy as the main reason for the optimism. If confirmed, the 2015 sales numbers would be in the neighborhood of […]

Sales ranking: GM slips to 3rd place in 2014

Hyundai posted stronger 2014 unit sales growth than  Toyota, Ford and GM (Photo: Hyundai)

General Motors, which has for years been a strong contender in the race to be the¬†world’s biggest selling carmaker, slipped to third place in 2014, according to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Toyota and Volkswagen Group are expected to end the year neck-and-neck, with each set to post global unit sales of around 10 […]

GM appoints new connected-consumer chief

Boler Davis takes over from Mary Chan, who is leaving GM (Photo: GM)

Alicia Boler-Davis will take over as head of General Motors’ connected-car operations, replacing Mary Chan, who will leave the car company next year. Boler-Davis, currently senior vice president, global quality and customer experience, will hand over quality control to Grace Lieblein, another GM executive. Boler-Davis will maintain responsibility for the customer experience. The move to […]

Interview: Opel’s Neumann is committed to affordability

Neumann became CEO of Opel in March, 2014 (Photo: GM)

With a new CEO, a revamped strategic plan and a strengthened commitment from parent General Motors, Opel believes it is on the road to a sustained recovery. The European GM brand has for years suffered losses and weak sales, but its newest models are finding buyers and the company is improving its position in the […]

Study: VW could be world’s biggest carmaker in 2014

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A new study predicts that Volkswagen Group, which wants to be the world’s biggest automaker in terms of unit sales by 2018, could achieve that goal this year already. Europe’s largest automaker has “a good chance” to reach the target in 2014 after selling more cars than Toyota in the first half of the year, […]

GM demonstrates EN-V 2.0 in test of city driving

Four of GMs small EV fit into one parking space (Photo: GM)

General Motors is starting tests of its¬†Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 electric vehicle to find out how the small networked vehicle functions in a simulated future urban environment. The tests of the fully networked EV are conducted in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, a Chinese-Singaporean project located 45 kilometers outside Tianjin in northern China. GM said the demonstration […]

GM CIO Mott is confident IT transformation making progress

Randy Mott (Photo: Larry Peplin)

More than halfway into a massive three-year project to transform IT at General Motors, Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress. The CIO, who joined the largest North American carmaker in February, 2012, cites advances on many fronts: ‚ÄĘ Following an agreement withHP,GM’s largest IT partner, in late 2012, Mott has brought the bulk of […]