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  • The Halo Effect In Action - Camaro ZL1 Delivers
    May 22 2017 08:06 PM

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    John Goreham

    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-22-2017

    Have you ever stepped back and wonder why GM and other automakers bother to make super-special sports car editions almost nobody really buys? The idea is called the halo effect and the cars or trucks the automakers create are called "halo cars." GM has a couple right now, the Corvette Z06 and the Camaro ZL1. Do they really work?

     

    Why, yes, they do, and here is some proof. Before we get into that though, remember, all a halo car can really do is generate interest. That's its job. Not to sell itself. Heck, Camaro sales are down about 8% this year, GM had six months supply on hand going into 2017, and it shut down the factory that builds them...
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  • New Chevy Equinox Loses Crazy Amount Of Weight - Is It Enough?
    May 22 2017 03:08 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-22-2017

    Chevy announced today that the all-new Equinox will be 10% lighter than the outgoing model. The new design sheds an incredible 400 pounds compared to the previous generation. In automotive design that is an insane amount of weight to be cut.

     

    The way GM did it was by starting with a fresh sheet of paper. The new Equinox is much more in the style of the Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and other mainstream compact crossovers than the vehicle it is replacing, which was bigger in legroom and cargo area, but just a smidge. The real savings came from aa new platform and by using more high-strength steel.  GM says the new Equinox, " ...body structure design was optimized with a mixed-material strategy for strength and low weight. More than 80 percent of the Equinox’s body structure is composed of high-gra...
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  • Fetch My Pet Is The Free Easy App For Managing Your Best Friend
    May 22 2017 12:44 PM

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    Zane Merva

    Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com

    5/22/2017

     

    If there's anything we love more than our truck, it's our pet. My dog Sam has been my best friend for the last six years and I honestly take better care of him than the Sierra. From keeping him up to date on shots and tracking his medical records to making sure his microchip information is correct, I've never really thought about how nice it would be to have all of his info in one place. Until now....
     
  • GM Quits On Two More Large Car Markets
    May 18 2017 11:36 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-18-2017

    General Motors will stop selling its vehicles in India and South Africa. The company's CEO, Mary Barra said in a statement reported by the Detroit Free Press, “As the industry continues to change, we are transforming our business, establishing GM as a more focused and disciplined company. We are committed to deploying capital to higher return initiatives that will enable us to lead in our core business and in the future of personal mobility."

     

    This is just the latest move by GM to concentrate its sales and manufacturing efforts in China and North America after having pulled out of Europe. GM plans to transform some manufacturing operations in India into an export operation...
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  • Chevy Colorado ZR2 - What Folks Who Drove It Are Saying
    May 15 2017 04:07 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-15-2017

    This past week, journalists from around the country converged to drive the ZR2 at the media launch. Our own report is in video processing and we plan to post it up tomorrow. As a preface of our own full report, we'd like to offer a montage of what our fellow drivers thought of the truck.

     

    Autoblog - Alex Kierstein

    "The meaty 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires are churning like those old-timey steam shovels, but instead of grinding through to a payday of ore we're turning the surface of the track into laughs and dust plumes."  "If you were imagining Raptor-like Trophy Truck float, the r...
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  • Here's everything you need to know about the ZR2's DSSV shocks
    May 15 2017 02:33 PM

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    Zane Merva

    Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com

    5/15/2017

     

    Last week we spent two days driving the all new 2017 Colorado ZR2. It was awesome and we'll have our first drive review coming up soon. In the meantime, it's important to understand what makes the ZR2 more than just a lifted Colorado with big tires.

     

     Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve, or DSSV for short, is a super high-tech shock technology found in motorsports and other really expensive supercars. It's also the heart of the new ZR2 and the first time this shock system has ever been used on a truck. It's also only the second time the technology has been used in a production Chevrolet (the first was the Camaro Z28).

     

    So sit back, relax,  and take 8 minutes to learn more about the single most important item on the Colorado ZR2 that makes it far more than just a lift...
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  • GM Offers Brembo Brake Upgrade For Trucks & SUVs
    May 15 2017 08:31 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-15-2017

    General Motors has announced Brembo brake packages for Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC trucks and SUVs with 20-22 inch OEM wheels. These brake packages are sold directly from GM's dealer and parts network and feature the logo of the brand embossed on the calipers. Russ O’Blenes, GM's Director, Performance Parts, Variants and Motorsports Engineering, commented on the development of the brake packages adopted by GM, saying, “Testing for this product has included brake dyno testing, full GM noise/vibration/harness testing, and on-vehicle testing with over thousands of test miles.  These tests are the same stringent validation requirements that a production brake system would go through.”

     

    General Motors says the Brembo packages offer the following Features and Benefits:

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  • 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 News Avalanche Coming Tomorrow
    May 14 2017 12:18 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-14-2017

    Have you been dying to know more about the Chevy Colorado ZR2? Wondering why so few drive reports from media have been published? And what about those rock sliders after all?  Good news. The media embargo lifts tonight at midnight! Our own Josh Merva has been out testing the ZR2 this past week and he will have some first-hand accounts of the truck coming in other sections of this publication.

     

    In addition, we plan to create a montage of highlights from a wide variety of publications and hope to have that up Monday later afternoon or early Tuesday. Stay tuned. Chevy's coolest truck launch in a long time is about to be all over the news.  


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  • GM Increases Warranty On Thousands Of Vehicles - What About Yours?
    May 12 2017 11:11 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-12-2017

    General Motors has agreed to increase the warranty on certain vehicles' headlights for up to 12 years of 150,000 miles. This after the government investigated owner complaints about low-beams suddenly shutting off on certain GM models. The headlight control module is the issue and Tuesday GM instructed dealers to begin honoring the warranty on about 300,000 vehicles now in circulation.

     

    The models affected include some of the following vehicles (not all):

    2006 to 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazers and GMC Envoys

    -2006 Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy XL, Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT

    -2006 and 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

    -2006 to 2008 Buick LaCrosse.

     

    This is reportedly a full recall, not a TSB, and owners will be contacted if they own a vehicle covered.  The Read More...

  • Chevy Turns To Heavy Discounting To Move Sitting Corvettes In May
    May 09 2017 04:41 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-9-2017

    General motors is sitting on a lot of inventory right now. Camaros and Corvettes, in particular, have started to pile up at dealerships and Chevy needs to make room for 2018 model year inventory that will arrive this fall. Cue the discounts.

     

    Carsdirect.com is reporting that Chevy will discount the Corvette of your choice by 10%. Now, given the steep discounts we periodically report on trucks, that may not seem very impressive, but like many factory discounts, it can serve as a starting point in neg...
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