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GM's embattled top lawyer Millikin to retire

General Motors' top lawyer, Michael Millikin, will retire in early 2015, the Detroit automaker announced Friday.<p>Calling the move a voluntary decision, Millikin, 66, will stay on until a replacement is found. Millikin, whose career at GM has spanned nearly 37 years, has served in a number of roles …

On The Hot Seat, GM General Counsel Millikin Retires Early

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been doing a lot of looking forward lately as she focuses on future product and marketing plans, and as the company begins to escape the worst impacts of its horrific year of safety recalls.<p>Now GM General Counsel Michael Millikin just helped her out by retiring …

Embattled General Motors general counsel Millikin to retire

General Motorssaid its general counsel, Michael Millikin, will retire early next year.<p>Millikin, the top legal officer at the automaker, has come under intense scrutiny for the way his department handled death and injury claims for a defective ignition switch now linked to at least 27 …

General Motors

Here's how people spec'd their C7 Corvettes in 2014

The Z51 option pack was hugely popular full-stop, with a total of 21,105 examples in all bodystyles ordered.<p>For its first year out of the gate, the 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray did very well for itself, selling 37,288 units worldwide with 34,678 of the new sports cars hitting the market in …

Fiat-Chrysler NYSE Stock Listing: Why Investors Aren't Revved Up

Monday marked Chrysler’s first return to the New York Stock Exchange in seven years, albeit hitched to Fiat. It was a welcoming presence on the exchange, one the Italian-American automaker hopes will spur further investment as it kicks off its most aggressive product expansion yet. The trouble is, …

Automotive Industry

2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD takes on the Ford F-250 in a Twist Test

Looking to land a blow in a pickup news cycle that has lately been dominated by Ford—first with the aluminum 2015 F-150 and then the Super Duty diesel’s massive output numbers—Chevrolet pitted its Silverado 2500 HD against a Ford F-250 in a torsional flex-off and filmed the results.<p>Employing the …

Chevrolet

Weekly Recap: Will 'smaller is smarter' strategy work for 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon?

Plus: Ferrari Celebrates 60; Ariel Upgrades The Atom; And The Abarth Factory Opens Its Doors Virtually<p>"For this customer, smaller is smarter. " – Rich Latek.<p>The pickup truck segment has never been more competitive in the United States, and General Motors is betting a "smaller is smarter" strategy …

2015 Dodge Charger Priced—Including the 707-hp, 204-mph Hellcat

Dodge just announced pricing for the 2015 Charger sedan, with the lineup starting at a reasonable $28,990 for the eminently sensible 292-hp V-6 model. But lest you forget—and how could you?—this is the sedan into which the mad SRT scientists have stuffed a Hellcat V-8—which sends the sticker price, …

Sports Cars

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Priced at $64,990

Rest of 2015 Charger Lineup Also Priced<p>The world’s most powerful production sedan, otherwise known as the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, can be yours for $64,990, including a $995 destination fee and a $1700 gas guzzler tax. The 707-hp Charger Hellcat is $4000 more expensive than the Dodge …

2015 Dodge Charger priced from $27,995, Hellcat from $63,995*

Ladies and gentlemen, let's get the most salient bit of information out of the way right off the bat: $63,995*. That's the amount of money Dodge dealers will be asking for (at the very least, naturally) for a 2015 Charger Hellcat (*plus $995 for destination on all pricing figures). That rather …

Charger Hellcat Priced, Autonomous Audi RS 7 Races, Ferrari F60 Launched: The Week In Reverse

<i>This was a surprisingly busy week in the car world, with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat priced from $63,995 plus $995 delivery, an Autonomous</i> …

Comparison: Camaro SS 1LE vs. Challenger R/T Scat Pack vs. Mustang GT

Not Their First Rodeo: Once More Into the Ponycar Breach<p>It is in fact like déjà vu all over again. This comparison test goes back decades — literally. The world first saw the Ford Mustang in 1964. Chevrolet followed up Ford‘s ponycar lead with the Camaro in 1966, and Mopar mashed up A- and B-bodies …

Dodge just priced up its crazy 707 HP Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge has been on a roll with indecently powerful supercharged cars that can take on genuine supercar exotica at a fraction of the price, and that …

Dodge Reignites Classic Copyright Issue With Scat Pack Revival

Dodge is currently in the midst or reigniting some serious automotive lust thanks to its latest bit of high-horsepower lovelies. Not everyone is …

Sports Cars

2014 Lightning Lap: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Fiat-Chrysler Sued by Scat Enterprises Over Dodge Scat Pack Name

There’s a real scat storm brewing over at Chrysler, which was just dragged into a legal kerfuffle over its use of the Scat Pack name for high-performance trim levels of various Dodge models.<p><i>Automotive News</i> reports that Scat Enterprises—a California-based performance parts company—has filed a …

Fiat Chrysler

2014 Lightning Lap: SRT Viper TA

PHOTOS: Power Trio Comparison Test

Watch Matt Farah track the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost

Can the turbo-four Mustang excite like its V8 big brother?<p>Matt Farah has hustled the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost around Willow Springs. The four-cylinder turbo coupe doesn't have the red-white-and-blue rumble of the V8 Mustangs of yore, but lightweight and turbo power is a tempting recipe …

2016 Ford Explorer Spy Photos

Exploring Range Rover's design cues with Forditude.<p><b>What It Is:</b> Ford’s Explorer three-row crossover, caught wearing camo over its refreshed-for-2016 nose and tuchus.<p><b>Why It Matters:</b> Nearly every other crossover and SUV in Ford’s lineup has been significantly redesigned or updated since 2013—see …

License Plates

TOTD: Ford Mustang GT, Camaro SS 1LE, or Challenger R/T Scat Pack?

The Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Mustang GT are back at it again. Although the Mustang and Camaro went head-to-head in a recent comparison test, all three cars have always had it out for one another. And after gathering the stallion versions of each pony car (Camaro SS 1LE, Mustang GT …

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Test Drive And Review: C7 Heaven

<i>Image courtesy of GM.</i><p>There’s a very solid argument to be made that the Chevrolet Corvette is the most influential sports car ever to come out of a major American manufacturer. Sure, Chrysler had its Viper; Ford had its GT; and even AMC had its AMX. But none of them have had the longevity or the …

Ford takes big gamble with new aluminum F-150

In 2009, with the global economy still reeling from the financial crisis,<p>Fordexecutives made a bold movewhen caution might have been expected.<p>For more than three decades, the automaker's F-150 had been the bestselling vehicle in America. As Ford looked to redesign the truck, it could have made …

GMC Sierra

Is Gas Mileage Really The Primary Factor When Buying A Car?

The cost of fuel and environmental concerns have made gas mileage a more important factor for new-car buyers, but how much more important?<p>There are …

Shrapnel-Shooting Airbags Being Disabled, "Do Not Sit Here" Stickers Affixed to Dashboards

This is a disaster. The giant Takata airbag recall affecting more than 7 million U.S. passenger vehicles from a variety of auto manufacturers is proving difficult to combat. To briefly recap, there’s an issue with the airbag propellant that, in high-humidity states, can lead to shrapnel being fired …

General Motors

Dodge Viper $15K Price Cut Boosts Sales Nearly 200 Percent

Last month’s decision by Dodge to slash prices on the face-melting Viper by $15,000 seems to be paying huge dividends: Sales of the car jumped by <i>184 percent</i> in September.<p>That doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing Dodge’s V-10 brute on every street corner, though. That huge percentage jump translates to 108 …

Sports Cars

Airbag Recalls Keep Growing As Carmakers And Consumers Fret

The warning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the kind that sends chills down a driver’s back. On Tuesday, NHTSA widened its recall of vehicles with potentially defective airbags to 7.8 million, the second such revision this week, and it added new car company names to the …