Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 11:53 PM EST Jan 16, 2019 Twenty-seven years and two reckonings later, General Motors Co. once again has a president named Reuss. The new one’s name is Mark, a one-time baseball player, Vanderbilt grad and undeniable gear-head familiar to GM folks inside and out. He’s spent the sum total of his career there, essentially preparing for the job (or title, anyway) that his father, Lloyd, held before his unceremonious ouster in GM’s boardroom coup of 1992. The automaker is a vastly different company today, and not just legally. It books less in annual revenue than rival Ford Motor Co. It has fewer brands than the old GM. It operates in fewer regions, runs fewer plants, employs a lot fewer people and bears the dubious distinction of being the largest automaker in history to go bankrupt. Reuss, a “GM guy” to his core, witnessed that broad arc of automotive decline, including the ignominious end to his … [Read more...] about Legacy leaves GM’s Reuss lots to prove
Matthew DeBord, provided by Published 9:14 am, Sunday, May 13, 2018 Matthew DeBord/BI After I named the Chevy Colorado ZR2 the winner in a battle of the mid-size pickup trucks against the Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, some folks said I should have chosen the TRD Pro. So I asked Toyota to let me borrow the Pro. And the Pro proved itself! pitted a 2018 $43,500 Chevy Colorado ZR2 against a Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport in a battle of offroading-oriented mid-size pickup trucks. The Colorado ZR2 came out on top, but the $38,000 Tacoma TRD Sport commended itself quite well. I heard, however, from numerous readers about why I should have compared the Chevy with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, a more robust offroader. Toyota kindly let me borrow a 2017 TRD Pro for a new matchup, and here's how it went. Bear in mind that at Business Insider we have limited ability to go rock-busting in these vehicles. But in the case of the TRD Pro, I did find some mud. Let's again start this throwdown … [Read more...] about We drove a $43,500 Chevy Colorado ZR2 and a $44,000 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro to see which we liked better — here’s the verdict (GM)
Jason Botterill didn’t get to ease into his first year as Buffalo Sabres general manager. He hired a coach, locked up the franchise player, drafted a future cornerstone and won a lottery. The only place where things were boring was on the ice. Botterill, who is celebrating one year on the job Friday, will need to improve the hockey during his second year. While he plans his next moves, here's a look back at 10 defining moments from Botterill's first year in Buffalo. 1. Winning the NHL Draft Lottery All Botterill had to do for his biggest moment was stand in a television studio and smile. The Sabres won the NHL Draft Lottery on April 28, and the team's outlook took a decided upswing. If surefire No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin is as dynamic as advertised, it will be better than any trade or signing Botterill could have made. The team needs a puck-moving, goal-scoring defenseman, and the lottery balls dropped one into Botterill's lap. 2. Casey Mittelstadt It was a whirlwind romance for … [Read more...] about One year in, Jason Botterill’s defining moments as Sabres GM
Orion Township — A General Motors Co. manufacturing plant in Metro Detroit that was idled during the Detroit automaker’s federally induced bankruptcy is now one of the keys to GM’s future. The Detroit automaker is among those leading the charge into driverless, emission-free transportation, promising to build the industry’s first production-ready, dedicated autonomous vehicle next year. And GM has placed its all-electric and autonomous vehicles in the hands of American auto workers at Orion Assembly plant, a low-cost production center for GM’s smallest cars. Members of United Auto Workers Local 5960 have been building GM’s long-range battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV at the plant since 2016. The small EV — though still not in high demand as consumers cling to gas-powered SUVs and crossovers — symbolizes GM’s claim to lead a global transition to zero-emissions mobility. The Bolt provides the platform for GM’s autonomous test … [Read more...] about GM builds driverless, electric future at Orion plant
By Kevin Dayton | PUBLISHED: May 1, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: May 1, 2018 at 7:06 am In April 2010, the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) plant in Fremont closed its doors. Several months later, the plant got a new lease on life when high-tech automaker Tesla bought it to assemble its electric cars. At the time, a local official with the United Auto Workers union said he was “thrilled” the company “would bring a lot of jobs to California.” Eight years later, the union and its allies are singing a different tune about Tesla, encouraging negative media coverage of the company as part of an attempt to organize the factory workforce. Outside observers trying to make sense of the union’s rhetoric would be wise to revisit its history at the plant. NUMMI had opened in 1984 as a joint venture of General Motors and Toyota, a successor to a GM plant that opened in 1962 and closed in 1982. Deserved or not, UAW had a notorious history at this … [Read more...] about Opinion: Would Tesla close unionized plant like GM and NUMMI did?