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Outlook Congratulations to Mary Barra, who has become the first female boss of a big US car maker by taking over General Motors just as it stopped being unofficially known as Government Motors.

How General motors came back from the brink

The largest share offering in US history begins today and marks the rebirth of the car-making giant

GM's losses in Europe cloud $2bn Q3 profits

Disappointing results from General Motors' European operations, which include the UK car maker Vauxhall, took the shine off the company's latest quarterly results, released yesterday ahead of its planned stock market flotation next week.

GM plans to sell $13bn of shares

General Motors is expected to sell just over $13bn of shares in its initial public offering, cutting the US government's stake while opening the door for investment by overseas state-backed investors.

Incredible Hulk of US motoring reaches the end of the road

It was a true American icon – a 'muscle car' for motoring romantics. But now the Pontiac is no more. Sean O'Grady mourns its passing

Sean O'Grady: Pontiac brand another casualty of recession

“It’s been a great ride” says the Pontiac website. Well, they’re right about that – there have been some fabulous cars bearing the pointy Pontiac badge – but the firm hasn’t been independent since 1926, when it was acquired by General Motors, who have now decided to kill the brand.

Plato cuts a dash to close in on title

Jason Plato moved a step closer to securing the British Touring Car Championship title with victory in the final race at Knockhill yesterday.

Hatchback opens up new opportunities for the Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet is to launch a hatchback version if its small-medium Cruze. The Cruze hatch is one of four new models the company plans to unveil at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, which also include the Cruze-based Orlando seven-seat compact people-carrier.

Stephen Foley: Why it doesn't matter if the US government makes a profit on GM

US Outlook: Can US taxpayers be made whole on their bailout of General Motors? The car-maker published paperwork for its return to the stock market this week, but it will take some time to fill in the important numbers – namely, the number of shares that will be sold, and their price.

Squeeze on Wall Street banks' fees for GM float

The Wall Street banks preparing General Motors for its stock market flotation are seething at Goldman Sachs for what they suspect was a ruse to reduce their fees from what is expected to be one of the biggest initial public offerings of all time.

General Motors prepares for New York Stock Exchange listing

General Motors is expected to launch plans for a New York Stock Exchange listing this week.

General Motors revs up for stock market return

General Motors, whose bankruptcy in 2009 marked the nadir of a crisis in the US car industry, readied itself for a return to the stock market by declaring itself restored to financial health and installing a new chief executive to woo Wall Street.

Vauxhall introduces 100,000 mile warranty

Vauxhall has joined the trend towards more generous car warranties in the UK market with a new form of cover, the Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty, that has no time limit but is restricted to 100,000 miles. Until Vauxhall introduced the Lifetime Warranty, the most generous cover was provided by the Korean manufacturers Kia (seven years) and Hyundai (five years), as well as Vauxhall's GM stablemate Chevrolet which introduced a strong combined warranty and servicing package a few weeks ago.

Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family, By Jeremy Lewis

The group biography is a daunting task. Chronicling the life of a single subject is an exhausting feat of research, tact and elision. Bundling half a dozen lives in some factitious intertwining is asking for chaos. Only the freakishly energetic Humphrey Carpenter ever seemed to relish the experience, as he charted the heyday of Waugh, Powell, Betjeman and co in The Brideshead Generation.

Album: Dudu Pukwana, Night Time is the Right Time (Cadillac)

Someone needs to write a book about Dudu Pukwana, the late South African alto-saxophonist who came to London as an exile from Apartheid and played sessions with John Martyn and Mike Heron as well as jazz.

GM pays to keep financing in-house

The bailed-out US car maker General Motors is spending $3.5bn (£2.3bn) to acquire Americredit, a car finance company, so it can help drivers afford its vehicles.

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