Posted by Dale Buss on September 8, 2014 02:48 PM
GM CEO Mary Barra has been busy this week trying to put an end to the company's old safety problems while clearing the way for new safety technologies that could put it back at the forefront of the industry.
Barra on Sunday announced at an auto transportation-technology conference in Detroit that GM plans to launch by 2016 cars with a hands-free automated-driving system and WiFi-enabled vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems designed to help avoid collisions. In doing so, the company will attempt to jostle to the front of the pack in the highly-competitive automated-driving derby while also making progress in the "V2V" communications arena that is deemed very important by US regulatory authorities for reducing traffic accidents and related deaths.
GM was not announcing a "self-driving" car but only another of the industry's many incremental steps toward truly autonomous driving, a pursuit in which it's joined by Google and other Silicon Valley companies. Essentially, with its "Super Cruise" system in a new 2017 Cadillac model, motorists will be able to take their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for long stretches of time on freeways with proper lane markings, such as Interstates, and avoid crashes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2014 09:41 AM
McDonald's sees Russia shut four of its restaurants amid Ukraine tensions.
Ford plans hybrid-only family of products, report says.
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General bid and renews support of bid by smaller Dollar Tree.
Bank of America reaches $17-billion mortgage settlement with feds.
Sprint kills off "Framily" plan.
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Apple stock hits new high on hopes for bigger iPhone.
Arby's lends Pharrell Williams' Grammy's hat to D.C. museum.
AT&T wins bid to bring fastest GigaPower broadband to Apple's backyard.
Barnes & Noble and Samsung introduce co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 18, 2014 09:41 AM
Mercedes-Benz is found guilty of fixing prices in China, report says.
Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar at $9 billion.
FedEx faces additional charges in prescription-drug delivery case.
Taco Bell launches dollar menu across the US.
Cadillac mars rollout of important new Escalade.
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Airbnb launches program to focus on hosts.
Apple wins Emmy for best commercial, beating out Beats, Nike and GE.
AT&T Stadium unveils state of the art technology as San Francisco 49ers gear up for first game in brand new Levi Stadium.
Campbell Soup has NFL star Richard Sherman dangling from helicopter in new Chunky soup ad.
Cutrale and Safra prepare to make Chiquita bid hostile.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 8, 2014 12:17 PM
Electric-vehicle brands are rapidly bifurcating into haves and have-nots. There are Tesla and BMW, which seem to be the biggest "haves" at the moment in terms of sales, brand appeal, buzz and a future. And then there are Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR, Nissan Leaf and the others that are becoming the resigned "have-nots."
Chevrolet CMO Tim Mahoney confirmed at an industry gathering in Michigan this week that General Motors will be debuting a new version of Volt, the original plug-in hybrid, next year at the Detroit Auto Show, and he promised significant improvements in design and technology, though not in range.
Yet, as Mahoney recently told brandchannel, GM has stopped holding out hope that Volt will become a mass-market vehicle anytime soon as the company has watched a continued decline in mainstream-market interest in the vehicle, with sales down by 9 percent so far this year compared with a year ago even though it still outsells Tesla's Model S.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 29, 2014 09:12 AM
Darden CEO steps down as new Red Lobster owner takes brand upmarket.
Ford raises prices for new F-150 pickup with aluminum body as Ram battle intensifies.
Los Angeles Clippers are cleared for sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
McDonald’s Japan head apologizes for meat scandal as McDonald’s US deemed “joint employer” in NLRB ruling.
Facebook pushes mobile users to Messenger app as Instagram tests (name-challenged) Snapchat rival Bolt.
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BMW unveils cheaper, suitcase-sized EV charger.
Cadillac brings wireless smartphone charging to some 2015 models.
CNET announces hybrid paywall model.
Dirt Devil and Hoover owner fires up marketing.
GM remains mired in dealership-closure issues in Canada, hurting sales.
Jimmy Dean looks #beyondbreakfast.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 21, 2014 09:08 AM
Sky News apologizes for reporter pawing through passenger belongings from flight Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, while Singapore Airlines also apologizes for tweet about not flying in Ukraine air space and Finnair retracts statement about its use of air space there.
Yum! Brands and McDonald’s find themselves in another food-safety scandal in China.
Tesco replaces CEO as UK grocer struggles to compete with low-cost competitors.
Amazon offers unlimited reading and audiobook service.
Dell welcomes bitcoin payments.
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Alabama adopts “Sweet Home Alabama” as new slogan.
Alibaba IPO could be bonanza for scions of Chinese leaders.
Boston Celtics debut alternate retro logo for this season.
DeVry Education sees New York State investigate its marketing practices.
Electrolux brand is hit by restructuring.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 11, 2014 03:51 PM
Johan de Nysschen already led a fix of one luxury car brand in the United States and was making progress in repairing another worldwide. So what can he do as the new head of the Cadillac brand?
Expect some boldness from the new leader in dealing with the brand, its products and marketing that hasn’t been seen before from the parade of long-time General Motors executives who have headed up Cadillac lately. De Nysschen isn’t being hired as a me-too kind of steward. Arguably, bringing him on board from way outside GM’s traditional comfort zone is one of the boldest moves that new CEO Mary Barra has made.
In any event, General Motors announced today that it had hired the 54-year-old de Nysschen to run its luxury brand beginning September 1 after months of instability in the top job. The company poached him from Nissan, which hired de Nysschen two years ago to elevate the Infiniti brand from also-ran status to powerful global competitor.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 11, 2014 09:41 AM
Amazon is sued by FTC over in-app purchases by children and seeks federal approval for testing of 50-mph drones.
Reynolds American is in merger talks with Lorillard to create No. 2 tobacco company.
Johan de Nysschen leaves Infiniti; could Cadillac be his next stop?
Applebee's files trademark for "No Tech Tuesday" as it rolls out tabletop tablets nationwide.
Volkswagen halts sales of new Golf and GTI to check safety defect.
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Airbus promises 14 percent fuel-efficiency boost in new wide-body jet.
Alibaba starts to move down path toward IPO.
Crumbs Bake Shop may get financial rescue lifeline.
Dum Dums creates drumming app.
Exxon spars with state of Pennsylvania over fracking.
Fiat re-ups partnership with “Funny Or Die.”Continue reading...