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  • GM Says Adios To Venezuela As Plant Is Siezed
    Apr 21 2017 10:33 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    4-21-2017

    General Motors has announced that its plant in Valencia and other assets of the company have been illegally seized by the judiciary of the country of Venezuela.  GM at one time produced vehicles in the plant for the local market but ceased operation in 2015 as the country's economy devolved into chaos. As recently as this week GM still had Venezuelan employees on the payroll.

     

    GM issued the statement below this post. In recent years, GM had offered three Chevy models for sale in the country. The Orlando, a compact/midsize crossover with three rows (that we don't have an equivalent of here), the Cruze, and the Aveo. GM also sold a commercial truck in the country. 

     

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  • GM Will Idle Plants For 10 Weeks - Pickup & Crossover Retooling
    Apr 12 2017 04:05 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    4-12-2017

    General Motors will idle plants in North America this year to make changes required for new pickup and crossover vehicle models. This is according to a report by Automotive News. The scheduled plant shut-downs will affect multiple plants. The extended shutdown also helps to explain inventory. Which came first, the 97-day supply of vehicles or the plan to shut down plants is debatable, but GM's Alan Batey, GM’s president of North America, says, “We are absolutely where I want us to be. Our inventory is high because we’re going to take 10 weeks out in the back end of the year as we’re modifying ou...
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  • Jeep and Dodge Blow Everyone's Mind at New York Auto Show
    Apr 12 2017 11:54 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    4-12-2017

    This being a GM trucks site we try to emphasize the exciting new offerings from the General. However, today the news is all FCA. At the New York Auto Show FCA just took the Challenger and Grand Cherokee off the leash.

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  • Finally! A Street Performance Package For Tahoe and Suburban
    Apr 06 2017 09:24 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    4-6-2017

    Chevy has just launched a true street performance package for the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban. Called, the RST, for Rally Sport Truck, the biggest improvements will be found on the 2018 Tahoe. It will get the 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp, an improvement over the standard 5.3-liter engine now in the Tahoe that has just 355 hp. This improvement, and others we will detail below, enable the new Tahoe RST to launch from 0-60 MPH in under six seconds.

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  • GM Dominates List of Best Family Vehicles - We Find Out Why
    Apr 05 2017 02:20 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    4-5-2017

    In its most recent report on "2017 Best Cars For Families", U.S. News & World Report selected more GM vehicles than any other automaker's. GM didn't just win in the luxury or affordable class, or the big engine or frugal classes either. Instead, the six models that were selected as best in their categories are of all types. GM won a third of all 18 segments. The models that were chosen as the best for families were:

    Chevy Tahoe: Best Large SUV

    Cadillac Escalade: Best Luxury Large SUV

    Chevy Malibu: Best Midsize Car

    Cadillac CTS: Best Luxury Midsize Car

    Cadillac CT6: Best Luxury Large Car

    Chevy Malibu Hybrid: Best Hybrid Car

     

    Rather than repeat the story from USN, we reached out to Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor, U.S. News Autos and North Ame...
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  • Tough Month Of Sales For GM Pickup Trucks
    Apr 03 2017 03:38 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    4-3-2017

    General Motors chose an upbeat tone for its press release this month saying it has the "fastest-growing retail brands." Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations, offered a comment, saying, “The economy is strong and we see more growth ahead for our brands. More people are working, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, fuel prices are low and Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have a wave of new crossovers to compete in the industry’s biggest and hottest segments.” What was not highlighted was that every GM pickup truck model was behind 2016's March sales level. Every truck model is also down about one or two percent year to date.  

     

    In March, Silverado was down 11%, Sierra down 14%, Colorado down 13%, and Canyon was down 13%. Double-digit decli...
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  • GM SUVs & Trucks Rank Well On List of Longest-Lasting Vehicles
    Mar 30 2017 03:53 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    3-30-2017

    Our friends at iSeeCars.com are at it again and this time they have poured over 13 million vehicle data points to determine which models owners are most likely to keep past 200,000 miles. The most interesting thing about the report is that ginormous SUVs dominate this list of long-lasting vehicles. 

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  • Ford Announces Ranger and Bronco Mfg Locations & Dates
    Mar 29 2017 11:09 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    3-29-2017

    Ford will build the upcoming Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco midsize SUV at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. The engines will be built at the Romeo Engine Plant in Michigan.  Ford says that the Ranger will be rolling off the line in 2018, so figure it will likely be a 2019 model-year truck.  The Bronco will follow in 2020.

     

    Ford's return to the midsize truck market could not have been timed worse. Toyota, GM, Nissan, and even Honda are building and selling all the midsize trucks they can and have been for two years or more. In the case of Toyota, the Tacoma has had the market pretty much to itself for the better part of a decade.

     

    Here are two announcements we hope to see in the coming three years:

     - "Ford's diesel engines ready for Ranger and Bronco"

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  • Colorado ZR2 Order Times Slip From "4 to 6" to Eight Weeks
    Mar 29 2017 10:31 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    3-29-2017

    New 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 truck orders are being scheduled for the last week of may. Two new hopeful owners have now reported delivery dates of 5-29-17 and 5-22-17 for trucks that were ordered last week.  

     

    Normally, model year 2017 vehicles would be available in late 2017. As it turns out for this particular truck model and trim, the 2017s are coming mid-year. This has prompted some considering a purchase to wait six more months and see if there are any updates to truck in the first part of 2018. Although updates are not typical in the first year of a vehicle's product life cycle, the Colorado could add the GM 8-speed auto to the Duramax, something our focus buyer, Joey Karr has considered.

     

    Another consideration might be resale value. A vehicle with a one-year newer model year may be sl...
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  • Chevy Colorado ZR2 Customer Conquest Should Make Toyota Nervous
    Mar 26 2017 05:31 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    3-26-2017

    One reason manufacturers create "halo" cars and trucks is to pull in the fans. Those who really live the life that particular vehicle is associated with. The customers who enjoy that lifestyle, but have other needs that put daily drivability first will still shop the model but will go for the less extreme trims.  We have been following Joey Karr's 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 purchase since we discovered that he will be among the first owners. Joey definitely lives the life. His Red Hot ZR2 V6 is already on order and he expects to take delivery in about four more weeks. Joey has promised to share his thoughts and images with GM-Trucks.com once the truck arrives. In speaking...
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