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GM Introduces Hands Free Driving

Following a number of recalls, GM has announced this week that they are to introduce hands free driving, which Acklam Car Centre thinks could revolutionise the industry.

Car Technology is Changing All the Time

To be a provider of first rate second hand cars like Acklam Car Centre, is to find emerging car technology fascinating, The changing nature of the world in which we live, is quickly redefining the way we drive, altering the face of the global car industry.

One of the most exciting technological trends in cars right now is the rise of the self-driving car. This innovative technology is changing the way we think about driving. That is why it is no surprise that GM have jumped on the bandwagon, with the introduction of hands free driving.

Welcome to Super Cruise and Other New Car Technologies

According to Yahoo News UK, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, unveiled the plan last Sunday. Essentially, it will see the introduction of hands free technology to GM vehicles to make driving them safer, following a number of embarrassing recalls for GM this year.

Specifically, semi-auto pilot (dubbed ‘super cruise’) will be provided on certain 2017 model year cars for GM’s first rate Cadillac brand. Meanwhile, the same Cadillac model – the 2017 Cadillac CTS – will also include technology that allows vehicle-to-vehicle communication which reacts to others at intersections and in other situations

GM Will Make Driving Safe

In speaking out about the move, Barra revealed that this new technology will be available to customers outside of the US as well. With demand high in China and Europe – due to the increasingly heavy toll of GM related accidents – this is move that is sure to be welcomed.

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Barra went on to elaborate, saying that “we are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want,” and that “through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”

Perhaps Now, People Will Be Able to Buy GM Vehicles Again

Well, Acklam Car Centre certain hopes so. It’s been a bit of a nightmare year for GM drivers, with a number of recalls due to safety issues. Hopefully, the move towards hand free technology will once again make it a good idea to buy GM vehicle!

Acklam Car Centre Explores: Why Are GM Recalling Cars Again

In a move that shocked approximately no-one at Acklam Car Centre, GM has announced the recall of yet more vehicles this week. One question; why?

Acklam Car Centre: We Know Second Hand Cars

You have to be pretty familiar with the car industry to succeed in the second hand car game. Acklam Car Centre, a family owned Middlesbrough-based second hand car seller has grown to become one of the most popular second hand car providers in the North-East of England because we know the market.

Cars are recalled all the time, for a number of reasons. We see it every month, nothing unusual However when cars are recalled repeatedly in such a short space of time, we’d suggest that it’s indicative of a larger problem that the manufacturer needs to address.

Problems with the Ignition

That seems to be the exact situation facing GM Motors; one the US’ largest car manufacturers. The BBC reported that this week GM has announced the recall of more than 500,000 Chevrolet cars, after discovering a fault with the ignition system. This mostly concerns products sold in North America.

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Specifically, the car producer found that a driver’s knee could bump the key fob; this would put the ignition into ‘run,’ which would drain the power. The company has also noted that the discrepancy has led to three crashes, which caused four minor injuries.

Indicative of a Larger Trend

So this is undoubtedly a minor flaw which hasn’t seriously hurt anybody; it doesn’t even effect the UK car market. Does it really matter?  Well as we’ve already said, this isn’t the first time recently GM has had to recall cars; this is indicative of a larger trend.

In March alone GM were forced to recall 2.6 million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch that was said to be the reason behind 13 deaths. This led to the company being fined $35 (£21) million, two months later.

Whatever your position on the latest recall, it does remind you to be careful about the car you buy. Make sure you go to a car provider you can trust, like Acklam Car Centre, so you can drive away safe in the knowledge that you’ve gotten your money’s worth!

General Motors Suffer Dip in Profits

Acklam Car Centre has learned that General Motors has seen their first quarter profits hit by a $1.3 billion charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over faulty ignition switches.

The switches in question, could turn off the engine, which also means disabling airbags, and have been linked to at least 12 deaths.

GM also incurred costs of $300m in restructuring the company, although this was mainly in Europe.

The result of these charges meant that GM’s net income was $125 million, this compared with the £865m in the same period last year, is not good news for GM or their shareholders. However some good sales news as this periods sales figures were at $37.4bn, up from $36.9bn in 2013.

GM said that part of the $1.3bn recall charges were to cover the cost of courtesy cars for customers, around $300m was used for this reason.

Chief Financial Officer of GM, Chuck Stevens said: “Obviously, the recall campaign charges in the first quarter overshadows the headline results, but if you look underneath that, we had strong performance across the board,”.

It was GM’s worse quarterly performance since their net loss after leaving bankruptcy protection in 2009.

GM had raised vehicle costs during this quarter, this helped boost operating profits by $1.8bn.

The car giant expected higher sales of more lucrative versions of its redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up trucks, although this is mainly in North America. You can find more about new releases from GM and the New York Auto show by following Acklam Car Sales on twitter, we have been keeping you up-to-date on the latest releases coming out of the show.

GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said: “The performance of our core operations was very strong this quarter, reflecting the positive response of customers to the new vehicles we are bringing to market,”.

Adding “Our focus remains on creating the world’s best vehicles with the highest levels of safety, quality and customer service, while aggressively addressing our business opportunities and challenges globally.”

During this quarter GM were also hit by a further charge of $419million. This was related to changes in the exchange rate GM uses for re-measuring the net assets of Venezuelan subsidiaries.

GM haven’t been the only car manufacturer hit by costs of faulty vehicles – Japanese manufacturer Toyota were also forced to recall 6.4 million vehicles due to faulty parts on their cars.

Acklam Car Centre sell plenty of cars manufactured by GM, but all of are cars are safety tested first so there are no problems. At Acklam Car Centre, we only offer quality cars at affordable prices.