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  1. Don't Judge the Recalls, Judge Their Handling

    by , 07-06-2014 at 01:57 PM
    July 6, 2014
    By: Nick Saporito

    We're just halfway through 2014 and General Motors has recalled over 25 million vehicles. Nearly every week the company is on the evening news for another product recall; all stemming from their negligence toward an ignition switch back in 2001. In keeping with the tone of justifying everyone's existence, there's been dog and pony shows in DC over the matter, and of course RenCen is trumpeting the "we're a new GM" hoopla to temper consumer sentiment.

    Despite the antics toward the whole situation, GM really shouldn't be judged for the actual recalls - regardless of how high in volume they ...
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  2. Cadillac, Build the Elmiraj

    by , 08-21-2013 at 10:04 PM
    Niche products can work, but you have to build them.
    August 21, 2013
    By: Nick Saporito

    Cadillac has a rich history of churning out exotic cars - in the form of concepts. There was the Cien, Ciel and now the Elmiraj. Yes, there is now no longer any question that Cadillac designers know exactly what the brand needs to take its luxury image to the next level, however the suits in RenCen now need to take the stunning Elmiraj and make it work for production in the real world.

    In Cadillac's defense, they've ...
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  3. GM Misses Out on Pocket Rockets - Again

    by , 10-05-2012 at 12:57 PM
    The mainstream small cars at GM are good, now it's time for a niche.
    October 5, 2012
    By: Nick Saporito

    Throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's performance compacts were all of the rage. The term "Ricer" was born during this era of ridiculously loud exhausts, lots of tuning and garish appearances. At the time, Detroit was so fixed on building trucks and SUVs, all three Detroit based automakers failed to capitalize on the trend in a timely fashion. While the trend of tuned compacts may have subsided some in recent years, there is ...

    Updated 10-05-2012 at 03:22 PM by nsap

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  4. Buick Needs A Sport Coupe

    by , 02-27-2012 at 09:00 AM
    February 27, 2012
    By: Nick Saporito

    Earlier today I zoned out thinking about Buick. When you think about it, Buick's brand positioning is a bit muddled as of today. They have everything from a compact sedan to an eight-seat crossover, and a four-cylinder large sedan to the Regal GS. Really, the bandwidth of Buick is getting rather broad, but I don't think that is a big issue for them. Instead, I think they need to broaden it a bit more...with a sport coupe.

    My thoughts on Buick tend to defy much of the industry. I personally think Buick has a lot of potential ...
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  5. Terrain Brings Safety To The Masses

    by , 02-25-2012 at 02:37 PM
    February 25, 2012
    By: Nick Saporito

    This week I've been piloting a 2012 GMC Terrain from GM's press fleet. While the Terrain has been on the market for some time now with no major updates, the 2012 model ended up debuting GM's forward collision warning (FCW) and lane departure warning (LDW) system. It turns out this simple, relatively cheap system makes a big impact.

    The simplicity stems from the fact that the entire system utilizes one high-resolution camera to function. The camera is mounted in the windshield, on the right side of the rear-view ...

    Updated 02-25-2012 at 02:53 PM by nsap

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