General Motors

General Motors (GM) is a US carmaker that was the world’s biggest, although Toyota is challenging it for the title. It was hard hit by the global financial crisis, needing a government bailout, but emerged from chapter 11 reorganisation in 2009, and held an initial public offering in 2010. It returned to profit in 2011.

GM's top brass spared as carmaker sacks 15 after report on safety scandal

An internal investigation found that General Motors executives had a long-running culture of looking the other way when there were problems. Photo: Bloomberg

General Motors issued a report on Thursday detailing how for 11 years it turned a blind eye to an ignition-switch problem linked to at least 13 deaths.

Saturday, 7 June, 2014, 1:37am

General Motors fined US$35m over delay in recall

A Chevrolet Cobalt that crashed, killing two Wisconsin teenagers, in 2006. An ignition fault meant the air bags failed to deploy. Photo: AP

US safety regulators have fined General Motors US$35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

17 May 2014 - 2:10am

GM hires crisis expert for recall response team

US senators are questioning why it took GM so long to recall 2.59 million small cars with potentially faulty parts. Photo: AFP

General Motors has retained crisis communications expert Jeff Eller as it builds a team to help respond to the recall of small cars with faulty ignition switches tied to 13 deaths.

5 Apr 2014 - 1:07am

Fix for faulty GM ignition switch linked to 13 deaths cost just 57 cents

GM's new chief executive Mary Barra has promised to make changes at the car maker. Photo: Reuters

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 US cents, members of Congress said as they demanded answers from General Motors' new chief executive on why the carmaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

3 Apr 2014 - 6:42pm

US parents demand truth over suspicious deaths in General Motors cars

Parents hold pictures of their children who died in suspicious car crashes as they protest outside the US Capitol. Photo: AP

Standing on the lawn of the US Capitol in the path of an early spring breeze, Renee Trautwein tearfully braced herself to relive the worst morning of her life.

3 Apr 2014 - 3:16am

General Motors recalls 1.5 million vehicles over ignition defects

GM cars on sale at a dealership in Miami, Florida. Photo: Reuters

General Motors has recalled a further 1.5 million vehicles, some for possible problems with ignitions blamed for 12 deaths. Last month, GM called back 1.6 million cars amid questions over why it had taken years to address an ignition defect it knew about as early as 2001.

30 Mar 2014 - 4:49am 1 comment

General Motors chief ‘sorry’ for deaths related to recalled cars

A Wisconsin State Patrol police officer looks through the wreck of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt in St Croix, Wisconsin. CEO Mary Barra (inset) has apologised for deaths linked to the delayed recall. Photos: Reuters, EPA

The top executive of General Motors has apologised for deaths linked to the delayed recall of 1.6 million small cars, saying the company took too long to tell owners to bring the cars in for repairs.

20 Mar 2014 - 4:14am

Belated car recall first big crisis for GM's new chief

A model of the Chevrolet Cobalt which has ignition problems.

Mary Barra is facing her first big crisis as the new chief executive of General Motors - the recall of 1.6 million cars sold in North America for defects that have been tied to 13 deaths.

15 Mar 2014 - 1:54am

GM targets 10pc growth in China sales for 2014

Matt Tsien says his mandate in his new role is one of continuity.

General Motors plans to boost sales on the mainland this year by as much as 10 per cent and keep pace with the country's vehicle market for the rest of the decade, the new chief of the company's China operations said.

22 Feb 2014 - 4:57am

Australia loses last carmaker as Toyota plans exit by 2018

Toyota will close its Altona plant in Melbourne in 2017. Photo: EPA

Toyota Motor will stop making cars in Australia in less than four years, it said yesterday, banging the final nail in the coffin of the country's vehicle industry, despite appeals to stay by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

8 May 2015 - 4:37pm

GM and partner SAIC recall 1.5m cars

The Buick Excelle has been a strong seller for Shanghai General Motors, with that success reflected in the size of the recall. Photo: AP

General Motors' mainland joint venture will recall almost 1.5 million vehicles due to potential safety issues in one of the biggest recalls in the world's biggest car market.

28 Dec 2013 - 1:02am

GM's new chief travels far on love for cars

Mary Barra

General Motors chief executive-elect Mary Barra caught the car bug as a child and still admits a passion for Camaros.

16 Dec 2013 - 9:31am

GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017

Holden, which has manufactured cars in Australia for 65 years, is to become a sales company. Photo: Xinhua

General Motors said on Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.

11 Dec 2013 - 4:54pm

GM released from US taxpayers' hands

The Cadillac ELR, a petrol and electric hybrid, is just one of the new models launched this year by General Motors. Photo: Bloomberg

General Motors, nearly five years after first receiving government aid, is free from US taxpayer ownership after the Department of the Treasury sold off its remaining stake in the nation's largest carmaker.

11 Dec 2013 - 5:05am

In blow to Shanghai, GM moves international operations HQ to Singapore

GM opened its China Science Lab in Shanghai in 2009. Photo: AP

General Motors said on Wednesday it will move its international operations headquarters to Singapore from Shanghai in the second quarter of next year.

The shift comes after GM split its China operations from its international unit earlier this year, saying that would make it easier to focus on the Chinese car market, the world’s largest.

13 Nov 2013 - 4:14pm 3 comments