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General Motors Company, commonly referred to as General Motors and GM, is an American multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

Dodge and Kia named #1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study » Tesla is last, confirming the EV maker’s ongoing long documented quality problems

Dodge Durango SRT

FCA’s Dodge Durango SRT

Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.

This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.

Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.

Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.

The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.

While Tesla has focused on being first to market, the short term, it has created long-term problems. The company has a long documented history of severe quality issues. (CNBC » Build fast, fix later: Speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say)

That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.

Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.

Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.

If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.

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The 2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design plug-in hybrid tops the list of the newly released AAA Car Guide

The American Automobile Association announced the 2020 Volvo luxury sedan plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has earned the top score in its newly released AAA Car Guide, a consumer resource on the latest and greatest in vehicle technology.

The 175-page guide provides consumers with comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, ride comfort, acceleration and the number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety features.

All but one of the category winners for the 2020 Car Guide are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids, or hybrids. AAA states that signals that eco-friendly vehicles tend to offer the most cutting-edge vehicle technology.

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GM is risking its US market share in a long-term play to offer an all-electric vehicle lineup

GMC Hummer EV Teaser

GMC Hummer EV Teaser

GM has stated publicly they will offer 20 EVs in the U.S. by 2023. Some Americans view this as aggressive.

It’s generally accepted the U.S. will lag behind the rest of the world with electric vehicle adaption. Simply stated, the current politics in Washington are more in-line with those of large oil companies and this is what they are actively promoting.

Tighter emissions regulations across Europe has persuaded automakers to dedicate more resources into the transition to electric powertrains or face big fines this year. To further encourage EV car sales, the governments of Germany and France have added extra incentives for the purchase of EVs in economic stimulus packages.

Consequently, any mobility company wishing to do the right thing and move towards a more sustainable model while doing business in the U.S., needs to consider these factors in their short-term strategic planing.

Jamie L. LaReau / Detroit Free Press »

“You have the gap period of time where you can ride the wave of your profitable products for a few years, so (shifting to electric powertrains) won’t impact GM for the next two years,” Murphy said. “But that means GM has to kick it off in the time where they are in a period of strength.”

That period is now, Murphy said, noting that GM is in a wealthy position because of high volume sales of profitable pickups and SUVs in the past few years.

“There’s certainly a risk of losing some market share and not necessarily growing quite as fast as the rest of the industry, as we hopefully head into a recovery over the next two to three years,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Guidehouse Insights in Detroit. “GM has put a lot of resources into electric powertrains and vehicles that use those. That means they’ve taken away some of the resources from traditional products.”

Meanwhile » June 11, 2020 » Bloomberg » Goldman Cuts Tesla and Makes GM a Buy on Better Sales Outlook

GM CEO Mary Barra believes US will be behind the world transitioning to electric cars

David Welch / Bloomberg (paywall) »

Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said American drivers will go electric, but it will take a long time for most of the 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads to be battery powered.

“We believe the transition will happen over time,” Barra said on “Leadership Live With David Rubenstein” on Bloomberg Television. When asked if all cars will be electric in 20 years, she said that may be too soon. “It will happen in a little bit longer period, but it will happen.”

The US lacks leadership and commitment to protect the environment and the public’s health. They are leaving themselves vulnerable and risk falling behind, while the rest of the world moves forward.

The world is switching to electric mobility not because it’s the easy thing to do, but because it’s necessary. It’s necessary in the fight against climate change and for public health.

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GM is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment which includes customers such as Amazon.com and UPS

Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert / Reuters »

That multibillion-dollar strategy could enable GM, Ford Motor Co and at least two EV startups to build and deliver more electric vehicles at a time when consumer demand for battery-powered models is still a small fraction of overall industry sales, while targeting a potentially lucrative market segment that Tesla Inc has yet to address.

GM’s plan to develop an electric van has not previously been reported. The No. 1 U.S. automaker did not confirm the van, but has said it plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, in a variety of body styles including sedans, trucks and crossovers.

More » Carscoops, Autoblog, Motor Illustrated, CNET

23 U.S. states sue White House administration over fuel efficiency rollback

Lawsuit seeks to restore emissions reductions needed to achieve economic, public health, and climate goals.

David Shepardson / Reuters »

Last week, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp and others sided with the Trump administration on its plan and opposed a legal challenge to further weaken the requirements.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revised requirements “will increase costs to consumers and allow the emission of dangerous pollutants that directly threaten the health of our communities.”

New York City, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are joining the challenge by California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and 17 other states.

Separately, 12 environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists also sued over the rules…

More » CNET, The Verge, Carscoops, Vanity Fair, The Detroit Bureau

GM teased out a video of a topless GMC Hummer EV

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV was scheduled to be revealed May 20, but a worldwide public health emergency intervened. So General Motors did the next best thing they could think of. They teased a simulated image of a Hummer EV with the roof panels removed under a dark night sky.

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The zero-emissions, zero-limits GMC HUMMER EV features easily removable roof panels to provide a unique open-air experience. Stay tuned here for more news about our all-electric super truck in the coming months.

GM teased out a video of a topless GMC Hummer EV » Hummer EV Open Air

The Detroit News »

A computer-simulated video of the 2022 Hummer EV pickup reveals that the four roof panels of the GMC can be removed for a fully open-air experience.

Sans ceiling, the Hummer continues its theme of “zero limits” – which also references the electric vehicle’s zero-emissions and off-road capabilities. GM has resuscitated the legendary military-inspired Hummer badge as an EV as the company moves towards an all-electric future. The Hummer EV was first teased in a Super Bowl ad this year starring  LeBron James.

More » GMC, CNET, MotorTrend, Car and Driver, SlashGear, Carsoops, autoevolution, Autoblog, The Detroit Bureau, The Fourth Revolution

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General Motors to purchase 100 MW of solar energy to power Spring Hill Manufacturing plant; which is expected to be 100 percent solar in late 2022

Spring Hill Manufacturing is GM’s largest facility in North America.

General Motors News Release »

This green tariff agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority is expected to supply up to 100 megawatts of solar energy per year, or the amount of electricity consumed by 18,000 United States households annually. The energy will be supplied by a solar farm in Lowndes County, Mississippi, currently under development by Origis Energy.

More » Automotive World, Renewable Energy World, Green Car Congress, CNET

GM has fast-tracked its EV program during the pandemic slowdown

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports »

“We haven’t changed our plans at all, and we’re continuing to be full speed ahead on executing what you saw here on EV Day,” said Ken Morris, GM’s VP for autonomous and electric vehicle programs, in a Tuesday afternoon call with media. “I can affirm for you that we have not cut any of our spending or activities around the Ultium propulsion system vehicles like the Cadillac Lyriq and Hummer EV.”

And, Morris teased, it’s even fast-tracked one that it didn’t show that day, in a closed, no-cameras glimpse of 10 future EV products for the press, dealers, and analysts…

Related » GM’s commitment to EVs is ‘unwavering’

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GM’s commitment to EVs is ‘unwavering’

Jonathan Lopez / GM Authority »

General Motors outperformed all expectations in the first quarter of 2020, posting $300 million in income on $32.7 billion in revenue. The results were discussed during the recent GM Q1 2020 earnings call, during which GM CEO Mary Barra discussed a number of things – including the company’s commitment to future GM EVs.

During the call, Credit Suisse analyst Dan Levy asked Barra about upcoming GM EVs, noting that the current environment of low gas prices and relaxed emissions regulations could make the case for pulling back on electric vehicle investment. However, Barra’s response indicated that it’s full speed ahead when it comes to electric vehicles.

“Our commitment is unwavering,” Barra responded. “We think it’s the right path forward and we think with the Ultium battery platform that we have, the partnership we have with Honda, the strength we have from China where EVs and new energy vehicles are a key part of being successful in that market, positions us extremely well to have a leadership position in EVs with a full range of EV vehicles.” …

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