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GM's bet on Cruise autonomous vehicles sees major roadblocks

After a traffic block and accident in San Francisco, California suspended operations of Cruise robotaxis. Now, parent company GM is scaling back.
A Cruise vehicle drives through an intersection in San Francisco on June 8.
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General Motors and UAW reach tentative contract agreement, potentially ending 6-week strike

Oct 30, 2023
The deal follows the pattern set with Ford last week and Jeep maker Stellantis over the weekend.
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As GM announces quarterly results, all eyes are on strike's effects

Oct 24, 2023
Investors — and the union — will be scrutinizing the numbers for clues about how the extended work stoppage is affecting the companies.
Because only two weeks of the UAW strike were in Q3, earnings may not take much of a hit — but keep an eye on forecasts.
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EVs are supersizing as carmakers roll out more electric SUVs and trucks

Jun 15, 2023
While EV trucks and SUVs are better for the environment than their gas-guzzling counterparts, they come with other problems.
Andy Purdy stands with his Volkswagen ID.4 in front of his house in Benson, Vt. He bought this electric SUV last year to accommodate his family of four.
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Scaling EVs means skipping "half steps" with hybrids, GM's Mary Barra says

Jun 8, 2023
The automaker's CEO says it won't invest in hybrids, but instead focus on batteries, a new vehicle platform and charging infrastructure.
CEO Mary Barra says GM is focused on the problem of too few charging stations for EVs. "We know it'll be a gating factor if it's not sufficient," she says. Above, she speaks with host Kai Ryssdal at GM's Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.
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U.S. manufacturing is sluggish, with some bright spots

Jun 5, 2023
Higher borrowing costs are one factor holding back the manufacturing sector.
General Motors announced Monday a $1 billion investment in two of its factories in Flint, Michigan. It joins a wave of sector investment in construction.
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Auto industry's transition to electric is changing its approach to staffing

Nov 1, 2022
Analysts say rightsizing is part of a bigger shift playing out in the auto industry.
Ford decided to offer "underperforming" white-collar workers the option of undergoing a special review process or leaving with severance.
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Finding new cars on the lot is getting easier

Oct 25, 2022
New vehicle inventory is up an estimated 62% from last year as some supply roadblocks clear. But higher prices may stick.
General Motors told investors that it made $3.3 billion in profit last quarter, thanks in part to easing supply chains.
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Why are EVs still so expensive? It's all about the battery.

Sep 9, 2022
GM is launching an electric version of its Chevy Equinox SUV with a price tag that starts around $30,000. It's hoping to reach a broader market.
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Stock buybacks: the pros and cons for companies and investors

Aug 19, 2022
GM plans to buy back $5 billion worth of its own stock. Why do critics love to hate this corporate maneuver?
General Motors says it will buy back $5 billion worth of its own stock, but critics say the company could use the money to pay workers more or advance green initiatives.
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