General Motors

  • The 6000th B-24 bomber is ready to fly at Willow Run Bomber Plant in 1944. Photo by Flickr user The Henry Ford
    March 28, 2014   BY Lorna Baldwin 

    The World War II bomber plant in Michigan that gave birth to the icon Rosie the Riveter needs an infusion of cash to save the site from being demolished. “The Save the Bomber Plant campaign” has already raised $6.5 million dollars, but needs another $1.5 million by May 1 to buy the old Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit. Continue reading

  • One Year Anniversary Of General Motors Filing For Bankruptcy
    March 10, 2014  

    Ten years ago, drivers of some older General Motors models began complaining of ignition problems, including stalling, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. But it wasn’t until January 2014 that GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about new scrutiny for the company and government regulators on why it took so long. Continue reading

  • National Corvette Museum
    February 12, 2014   BY Margaret Myers 

    A sinkhole gave way Wednesday morning at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, damaging eight cars. No one was in the museum at the time and no injuries were reported. Continue reading

  • Barra
    December 10, 2013  

    General Motors has named Mary Barra — an employee of the automaker for 33 years — as their newest CEO. Barra, 51, will be the company’s first female CEO and the first ever female CEO across the Detroit auto industry. Judy Woodruff talks to Micheline Maynard of Forbes for more on new auto executive. Continue reading

  • May 1, 2013  

    In other news Wednesday, April was the best month for car sales in six years. Ford’s U.S. sales rose 18 percent, while Chrysler and GM saw an 11 percent raise. Also, a wave of bombings across Iraq killed at least 15 people. The attacks are just the latest in a surge of sectarian violence that erupted last month. Continue reading

  • March 20, 2013  

    In other news Wednesday, the Senate passed a spending bill to keep the government running through September, moving that legislation on to a vote in the U.S. House. Also, General Motors announced a recall of 27,000 of their vehicles due to automatic transmission problems. Continue reading

  • January 5, 2012  

    With nearly 13 million cars sold, 2011 turned out to be the strongest year for Detroit’s major automakers since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Margaret Warner discusses just how that 10 percent increase came to be with David Shepardson, who covers the auto industry for The Detroit News. Continue reading

  • October 12, 2011  

    The United Auto Workers has reached a deal for a new contract with Chrysler after working out similar deals with GM and Ford. Jeffrey Brown discusses what these new labor contracts might mean for workers and the Big Three automakers with Changing Gears’ Micheline Maynard and David Shepardson of The Detroit News. Continue reading

  • February 24, 2011  

    In other news Thursday, a Saudi Arabian college student was charged in connection with a bomb plot that allegedly included targets such as the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. In Britain, a judge cleared the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden, where he is charged with sex crimes. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2011  

    As part of his ongoing reporting on “Making Sen$e” of financial news, business correspondent Paul Solman travels to Detroit for an update on General Motors’ electric car, the Chevy Volt, and examines how the company and the city are hoping it will usher in an economic revival. Continue reading