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  • New Chevy Equinox Adds Surround Vision Camera
    Jun 21 2017 09:15 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-20-2017

    Chevrolet's new Equinox plays a bit of catch-up with its new Equinox by adding Surround Vision. This technology allows a top-down view of the entire area around the vehicle. Many automakers offer the technology already, including GM on other models. However, the Equinox is Chevy's entry into the largest single market (yes, even bigger than the truck segment), that being the affordable compact crossover class. This is America's new family car and it makes good sense for Chevy to offer the technology. Chevy mentions back-over accidents in the video, but fails to mention if the Equinox offers automatic reverse braking when objects are detected, as some of its competitors do.  Chevy does offer forward collision prevention on Equinox, but as an option. Toyota's RAV4 and the upcoming Nissan Rogue offer that technology on...
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  • GM Will Create A Massive Industrial Park To Support SUV Production
    Jun 19 2017 02:27 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-19-2017

    GM's massive Arlington Texas plant that assembles its full-size SUVs will soon have a like-sized supplier park adjacent to it. The new park is park of GM's efforts to bring its suppliers closer to its final assembly locations globally. GM says the new park will comprise more than 1.2 million square feet in just two huge buildings. GM also says that over 1,250 new local jobs will be created by the suppliers who move closer to GM. Of those jobs, GM estimates that 850 will be all-new positions. These jobs are not included in the 7,000 new jobs GM announced earlier this year.

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  • New Electric Sport Utility Truck Brand's First Reveal July 27th
    Jun 15 2017 04:39 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-15-2017

    Do you like instant, abundant torque? Have you ever wondered what a truck designed with no prior lineage might look like? If so, the Bollinger Motors B1 reveal should be of interest to you. On July 27th the company promises to reveal its truck to the world. The interior rendering above is the only information available right now, but we should know much more by month's end.

     

    The reveal will be in New York and press invitations have been issued. Bollinger says in its invitation, "Our medium-duty Sport Utility Truck has been designed and engineered from the ground up,

    featuring an all-electric powertrain, all-aluminum chassis, and revolutionary storage capabilities. The Bollinger B1 is unmatched on- and off-road, with world-class traction, torque and ground clearance, making it the...
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  • Two GM Car Plants Will Layoff Workers - Extend Shutdowns
    Jun 15 2017 04:28 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-15-2017

    GM will be extending its usual summer shutdowns this year. Car sales continue to slow among all automakers and GM has done well considering the slower demand. That said, two plants, the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Lordstown, OH, and the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, will both be shutting down for five weeks each this summer. The Cruze, assembled in Ohio is at about 87 days of dealer inventory at this time.

     

    That means workers at the plants will be laid off temporarily, according to the Detroit Free Press. As we recently reported, some GM truck plant capacity is also shutting down, but not for lac...
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  • GM SUVs Score Low On IIHS Headlight Testing
    Jun 14 2017 11:06 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-14-2017

    General Motors crossovers and SUVs have scored relatively low in a new round of testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Institute started to test and evaluate headlights this past year in a new indoor facility that it built from scratch. One model year since the new testing began, IIHS now includes headlight scores on its overall evaluation. To earn the top score a vehicle must have a trim with headlights that score Acceptable or Good.  None of the four GM models IIHS tested earned a score that high.

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  • GMC Canyon Earns Spot on "Best Cars To Buy Now" List - U.S. Ne
    Jun 09 2017 01:49 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-9-2017

    U.S. News & World Report added the 2017 GMC Canyon to its list of the 9 Best Cars To Buy Right Now list this week. Makes sense to us. We at GM-Trucks.com feel the Canyon is a great truck, and with so many shoppers over at the Chevy showrooms checking out the just-arrived ZR2 Colorados, the GMC truck dealers may be looking to do a deal.

     

    We are fortunate to know the Managing Editor at U.S. News Autos, Jamie Deaton. She is long-time journalist and editor who knows trucks inside and out. We reached out to her and asked her if she could explain what this list really means. Jamie told us, "The Best Cars to Buy Now all have great deals available, but what real...
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  • What Packs a 450 hp LS6 350 and Weighs Just 2551 lbs? Zoom
    Jun 07 2017 08:07 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-7-2017

    Mazda Miata V8 conversions usually seem to use Ford engines for some reason. Ford has made some great V8s over the past century, but we'll take a Corvette engine any day. So did James and Janna Weeks. While Janna was serving in Afganistan, James began a resto-mod project for her in honor of her late mother, who they had inherited the NA-generation Miata from.

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  • GM Working Hard To Offer Less Car For the Money - Weight Reduction
    Jun 05 2017 10:49 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-5-2017

    At a recent New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) annual meeting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a representative from General Motors went deep on the topic of lightweighting. Charlie Klein, Executive Director, Global CO2 Strategy, Mass and Aerodynamics, for General Motors, wowed the group by pointing to steel, not necessarily aluminum, as a very common solution to adding lightness to vehicles. Although magnesium, composite plastics, and aluminum do play a significant role in modern automotive design, more and more advanced steel is the go-to solution for reducing mass cost effectively, while still maintaining platform rigidity and safety.

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  • GM Sales Report - Strong Facts & Weak Inventions
    Jun 02 2017 11:31 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    6-1-2017

    General Motors announced its May 2017 sales this week and the news overall is strong. GM is continuing to focus on profitability globally and in the Americas with positive results. One GM fact that supports this is that "...GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of average transaction prices (ATP) was 11.6 percent in May. That is equal to the industry average and lower than our 2016 calendar year average, and lower than any domestic and many Asian competitors." In other words, the huge discounts Chevy has been offering on trucks and
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  • 2018 GMC Yukon Denali - Image and Details
    May 30 2017 08:52 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    5-30-2017

    The GMC Yukon Denali evolves a bit for the 2018 model year. The two big changes are a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a new grill.

     

    GMC says that the new Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission has a wider 7.39 overall gear ratio spread. When paired with Yukon Denali’s 6.2L V-8 engine it- "Enhances refinement with world-class shift smoothness, responsiveness, and quietness." We checked the EPA's website to see if the fuel economy changed for 2018, but it has not yet been listed.

     

    The grill is sculpted and "multidimensional" in GMC's lingo. “The new grille, which is flanked by HID headlamps and LED Signature Lighting, advances the design legacy established with the very first Yukon Denali in 1999,” said Matt Noone, director, Global GMC Exterior Design....
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