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A former UPS facility is seen as General Motors announced today plans to open an information technology center in the building that would create about 1,000 jobs, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Roswell, Ga. On Wednesday, March, 6, 2013, the company announced plans for 1,000 similar positions in Chandler, Ariz., as part of a larger push by the automaker to hire up to 10,000 technology professionals over a three- to five-year period to produce GM software and other electronic applications in-house, as opposed to buying the products from outside companies. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Martha Randolph Carr: Rick Wagoner has been laid off. The newly former CEO of General Motors was forced out by the Obama administration after failing to present a workable strategy in exchange for a request of $16.6 billion in additional taxpayer dollars on top of the $14.4 billion the company already received. The unemployed CEO was tasked with reducing the debt over the past three months and creating a plan that would further that resolve over the coming months. Instead, the debt load increased.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines.
Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold in the state. The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix also seeks an injunction barring GM from similar actions and an order that it hand over profits it made from selling defective vehicles.
Horne took action independent of a group of 48 states that have been jointly investigating GM, which Arizona was participating in. "I made the decision that my job was to protect Arizona citizens and that I would be doing that better if we moved ahead with the lawsuit," he said.
GM said in a statement that it is committed to setting a new industry standard for safety, quality and excellence and proactively recalling cars and trucks when it finds a defect. The company said it has not had a chance to read and assess the complaint.
Horne's actions came on the same day that news broke that he was settling campaign-finance allegations brought by the state's public campaign financing board and would pay a $10,000 fine. Horne is leaving office in January after losing to his Republican opponent in the primary after years of allegations that he violated campaign laws in 2010 and again this year.
Horne said the two developments were unrelated. "One of the questions that I was asked frequently was 'can I continue doing my job while defending against charges which I say are false charges,' and I've always said yes, I can," he said.
GM has recalled more than 30 million vehicles so far this year, including millions of cars equipped with a defective ignition switch that has been blamed for at least 32 deaths. The ignition switches were installed in many GM small cars for years, and the company has been under fire for failing to recall them until early this year.
GM has hired compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to pay victims and their families and expects to pay $400 million to $600 million in claims.
In addition to two assistant attorneys general listed on the lawsuit, Horne brought in a Seattle law firm with a long history of class action lawsuits against major companies, including suing Toyota in a sudden-acceleration case.
The GM lawsuit alleges the company failed to ensure its products were safe, did not tell the truth about safety issues and failed to promptly recall defective vehicles. It also said GM's purported new safety culture "was an illusion given the company's egregious failure to disclose, and its affirmative concealment of, ignition switch defects and a plethora of other safety defects in GM-branded vehicles."
General Motors is hoping to jump-start its revival by guaranteeing car buyers that if they don't like their new Chevrolet, GMC, Buick or Cadillac, they have 60 days to bring it back for a full refund.
In this frame grab provided by General Motors, company Chairman Edward Whitacre Jr. appears in a new GM television commercial. Looking to regain consumers' trust, General Motors Co. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 said new car buyers will be able to return their vehicles within 2 months of purchase for a full refund, part of a long-awaited new marketing campaign for the biggest American automaker.
General Motors will open a new information technology innovation center in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler and begin hiring what will eventually be 1,000 high-tech employees to staff the new location beginning in April, the company announced Wednesday.
DETROIT - On its 100th anniversary, General Motors workers cheered as the company revealed the electric-powered car intended to make GM a vehicle technology leader.
BETTING ON ELECTRIC: The Chevrolet Volt is unveiled at a General Motors centennial celebration Tuesday in Detroit.
The sun has a certain glow as it rises over the edge of the desert. As its rays lick the soft sand, it glows with a red hue the color of a freshly cut rose. Its warmth releases a soft breath on the dew of the green grass where Chuck Jordan stands, quickly drying the wet stains on his dark shoes.
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. revised its loss for 2005 to $10.6 billion — $2 billion more than it reported in January — citing higher costs it anticipates for its broad restructuring and the bankruptcy reorganization of Delphi Corp.
DETROIT - General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker, said Tuesday it lost $1.1 billion in the first quarter, clobbered by rising health care costs, lukewarm response to some new models and special charges.
Chevrolet Camaro convertible, General Motors
General Motors is celebrating 100 years of being in the car business. Since 1908 “GM” has been a powerhouse of innovation, design, and quality. General Motors has built the trucks America was built on. GM has survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the ups and downs of a fickle economy.
As expected, automakers from around the globe are rolling out their heavy artillery for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which opens to the public in Detroit, Mich., Jan. 13. The media was allowed in earlier this week to give you the goods, which we’re more than happy to do.
March 20, 2005
By Scottsdale standards, a proposed $1.5 million subsidy for the auto dealers on McDowell Road seems paltry.
Mesa will take a closer look at motorized play vehicles that have already been banned by Phoenix and Tucson. The Mesa Police Department is preparing a report on scooters and pocket bikes for an upcoming City Council discussion.
Power Pontiac Buick GMC became the sixth car dealership to flee south Scottsdale's McDowell Road Motor Mile, and experts say each dealership lost is a big hit to the city's sales tax revenue.
A company plans to launch a used-car showroom later this year along the Scottsdale Motor Mile, an area that has seen the loss of multiple traditional dealerships that have either closed or moved elsewhere.
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is selling its storied Jaguar and Land Rover businesses to India's Tata Motors Ltd. in a deal that will net the U.S. automaker $1.7 billion - roughly a third of the price it paid for the two luxury brands.
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co., the world's second biggest automaker, said Tuesday its sales fell 5 percent last month as consumers shied away from large purchases.
Many years ago, when you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in south Scottsdale who believed any of its car dealers would ever not be there, I learned from a friend how to shop along Scottsdale’s Motor Mile.
The Scottsdale Motor Mile has lost some big names in recent months - Toyota, Nissan and Audi are all gone.