Connect to share and comment

Dealers say GM customer anxiety rising, sales may take hit

By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - An ignition switch defect linked to deadly crashes and mounting recalls are raising anxiety in General Motors Co showrooms, according to dealers who increasingly are fielding calls from customers concerned about the safety of GM cars. The Ancira Auto Group in San Antonio, Texas, expected a banner March after a strong February, but it came up 28 vehicles short of its goal of selling 200 cars and trucks, Vice President April Ancira said in an email.

Dealers say GM customer anxiety rising, sales may take hit

By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - An ignition switch defect linked to deadly crashes and mounting recalls are raising anxiety in General Motors Co showrooms, according to dealers who increasingly are fielding calls from customers concerned about the safety of GM cars. The Ancira Auto Group in San Antonio, Texas, expected a banner March after a strong February, but it came up 28 vehicles short of its goal of selling 200 cars and trucks, Vice President April Ancira said in an email.

On the hot seat: New GM CEO Mary Barra is unflappable, sometimes unresponsive in House hearing

WASHINGTON - General Motors CEO Mary Barra didn't squirm on the hot seat Tuesday. On the job less than three months, she calmly answered or deflected tough questions from a congressional committee about faulty parts responsible for at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million cars.

Congress presses GM CEO, head of auto safety agency to explain delay in GM recall

WASHINGTON - Congress is demanding answers from the new CEO of General Motors and the head of the nation's auto safety watchdog about why it took at least a decade to recall cars with a defective part that is now linked to 13 deaths.

Weather, incentives help lift March U.S. auto sales

By Bernie Woodall and Deepa Seetharaman DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. auto sales inched up more than expected in March after two months when weather reduced demand, and at least two auto industry executives said a more robust sales rebound could come in April.

Crash victim families press GM, Barra set to testify

Relatives of car crash victims and lawmakers demanded accountability from embattled US automaker GM Tuesday as its CEO prepared to face Congress, amid claims that a $2 fix could have saved lives. Chief executive Mary Barra will likely get a grilling over why General Motors ignored an ignition switch defect for a decade despite numerous accident reports and 13 deaths.

GM Korea's March sales plunge 21.4 pct

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- GM Korea Co., the local unit of General Motors Co. of the United States, said Tuesday that its sales for March plunged 21.4 percent from a year earlier, due mainly to weak overseas demand. South Korea's third-largest carmaker sold a total of 61,446 vehicles last month, down from 78,203 units sold a year earlier, the company said in a press release.

US regulators twice failed to probe GM

US federal regulators twice failed to open formal investigations into faulty ignition switches in General Motors vehicles blamed for 13 deaths, a congressional panel said Sunday. House Energy and Commerce Committee staff concluded that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigators concluded in both 2007 and 2010 that there was insufficient evidence to launch formal probes into whether GM vehicles had a defect that prevented airbags from deploying in crashes.

GM recall process will be under congressional microscope

By Ben Klayman and Richard Cowan DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra faces Congress next week she will have to explain how the top brass at the biggest U.S. automaker can say they knew nothing for more than a decade about a faulty ignition switch linked to crashes and at least 12 deaths.

GM's Opel unit to pull out of Chinese market, invest $337 million in main plant in Germany

BERLIN - General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue. GM's struggling European subsidiary said Friday its sales in China will end next January. The company says 22 Opel dealers in China last year sold 4,365 vehicles — a tiny fraction of the 810,000 sold by GM's Buick brand. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says "it would have cost hundreds of millions of euros to raise awareness of the Opel brand and to expand the distribution network."
Syndicate content