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  • Heavy-Duty GM Pickup Fuel Economy Numbers Published By CR
    Sep 21 2017 09:17 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-20-2017

    Unlike light-duty trucks and every car sold in America, heavy-duty truck fuel economy data is hard to find.  Consumer Reports knows this, and they recently tested heavy-duty pickups to determine the fuel economy. The interesting conclusion from Consumer Reports is that "What we found in our tests was that the efficiency of the diesel engines wasn't enough to offset the added bulk of these monstrous trucks. The heavy-duty diesels achieved only 14-15 mpg, which was 1-2 mpg less than their gasoline-powered light-duty counterparts."

     

    Consumer Reports does not conform to the EPA test cycles. This makes sense, since Read More...

  • GM's Equinox Plant Goes On Strike - Just As Crossover Takes Off
    Sep 18 2017 10:55 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-18-2017

    The General Motors plant that assembles GM's hottest crossover just went on strike. The Cami plant in Ontario went on strike last night. The Local 88 Union of Auto Workers is seeking better wages and benefits. The strike comes as GM's hot new Equinox is gaining critical market share. After being in last place among all leading automakers in the largest automotive segment, GM's new Equinox has suddenly become very competitive. Last month, the Equinox came within striking distance of passing the Honda CR-V in sales. 

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  • What Does GM Actually Sell In China? Hint; It Ain't Silverados
    Sep 14 2017 03:45 PM

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    John Goreham

    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-14-2017

    GM just had its best-ever August in China. With sales of 328,425 total vehicles sold under all GM brands, GM's China sales now top its U.S. sales by more than 20%, which were 275,552. But what is GM selling there? In order of brand sales, here is the breakdown for August:

    - Buick = 103,277 Total.  Half are sedans.  The new Envision crossover is one of GM's vehicles sold in both markets

    - Baojun = 82,658 Total. Mostly Crossovers and wagons. The Baojun 510 above is GM's top-selling crossover in China. With 33,000 sold in August, it tops every crossover GM sells in the U.S.

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  • New Chevy Equinox Outsells Ford Escape In August, Closes on CR-V
    Sep 12 2017 11:07 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-12-2017

    In a hopeful sign for Chevy's non-pickup truck sales, the all-new Equinox has leaped forward in sales. One year ago, the Equinox was selling at a rate of about 15,000 units per month. That is a lot of crossovers, but not relative to the potential size a hit would have earned. The Rogue, CR-V and RAV4 were selling at more than double that rate. 

     

    For August, the Equinox jumped 84% in sales versus the old model on sale last August. With 28,245 sold, the Equinox topped the Ford Escape's 23,631 units sold. It is not hard to figure out where the Escape's 5,000 less units went.

     

    The Equinox looks even better when one considers the slowing sales of the all-new Honda CR-V, the former sales leader of this important segment. The CR-V sold "only" 30,960 units in August, down about 6,000 from last...
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  • Just In Case You Want To See The Ford Ranger Raptor Vid - Here It Is
    Sep 07 2017 12:04 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-07-2017

     

    Hey, listen, if you want to watch Ford videos, that's entirely up to you. We're not going to judge you. In fact, we will even make it easy for you to see the latest Ranger Raptor spy video (from Ford Austrailia).

     

     

    That said, you're more than welcome to comment on the video below if you like. Here's mine; "Ford missed half a decade of huge midsize truck sales, but they made a decent video."


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  • Colorado and Canyon Safety Test Results - Can They Match the Best?
    Sep 06 2017 09:30 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-06-2017

     

    In a recent round of comprehensive safety testing by IIHS, the Colorado and Canyon fell short of the best in class for safety. As the chart above and the video will show, the cab configuration of the Colorado and Canyon differ in their crash test results. 

     

     

    In order to earn the highest score IIHS awards, the Top Safety Pick Plus...
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  • GM Steps Up Big Time To Help Truck Owners Impacted By Harvey
    Sep 04 2017 11:25 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-04-2017

    Under our recent story explaining why pickup truck inventory is about to become tight and prices a bit closer to MSRP, one active member of the GM-trucks.com community asked if GM would be offering any special discounts to truck owners/buyers. We hadn't seen any press releases or news reports on the subject (and indeed there is still no press release at GM's Media page). So we reached out to our contacts at GM. James R Cain at GM responded instantly (on a holiday) and with great detail. Jump to the Chevy Summary page here. Read More...

  • Pickup Trucks Are About To Become Hard To Find & Expensive
    Sep 02 2017 03:09 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    9-02-2017

    According to Black Book, the automotive industry analyst experts, Hurricane Harvey just destroyed over 500,000 vehicles in Texas, Louisianna, and Florida. That is about 3% of the vehicles bought new each year. About 500 dealerships in the Houston area alone were flooded. Factor in the vehicles that will be damaged and destroyed as part of the rescue and recovery efforts and suddenly an awful lot of America's pickups just left the building.  

     

    Texans love their pickups as much as any section of America. Texas is also North America's second-largest vehicle market after only California. GM-Trucks.com has done numerous stories related to to the tight midsize pickup truck mar...
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  • Who's Ready For Two-Cylinder Highway Driving?
    Aug 30 2017 05:29 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    8-28-2017

    Dynamic Skip Fire technology, or DSF, can be used to operate your full-sized GM truck or SUV on the highway using just two cylinders. It with It won't be part of the 2019 GM truck lineup, but it may well appear on the next-generation of pickups. We first heard about it back in 2015 when Automotive News covered it.

    The technology is not all-new. It has been in development for years, but it was targeted at a 2020 launch in production vehicles. The clock is ticking down on that date. With m...
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  • Tow Rating Dissapoints in Colorado ZR2 and Equinox Diesel
    Aug 28 2017 12:18 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    8-28-2017

    GM seems to be downplaying its towing capabilities in non-full-size truck offerings. The first, and most surprising revelation was that Chevy is only rating the new Colorado ZR2 at 5,000 pounds for towing, regardless of its engine. That means the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro's gasoline engine's 6,400 lb towing rating tops the diesel ZR2. Toyota has for years been conservative in its tow ratings and adopted the current standards prior to GM. We doubt this is specmanship on Toyota's part.

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