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  • Learning to Love Cadillac's Suede Fetish
    Oct 21 2016 06:45 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    If Cadillac's XT5 crossover is going to concurrently top Mercedes crossovers in refinement and performance, and equal Lexus' RX in the wide reach of its appeal, the brand is going to have to do something special. And it is. This week at a media event that took place at Monticello Motor Club in New York, one of the finest racetracks in America, I stood waiting in a helmet and HANS device to try the ATS-V on the track. Next to me, hard to ignore was the new XT5.  Cadillac only brought two vehicles to the event, but both were outstanding.  


    The ATS-V was reserved for on-track laps, but Cadillac also brought its XT5 for viewing and short road tests. Having already reported on what I thought was the big hook for the XT5, its Read More...

  • GM's Buick Sales In China Outpace U.S. Sales by 5 to 1
    Oct 21 2016 02:04 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    General Motors announced today that its Buick division sales have reached one million units.  That is a huge number, but Buick is only selling slowly in the U.S. market.  So where are the sales coming from?  Every GM-Trucks.com fan knows it is China.  We were amazed to discover that GM now sells five times more Buicks in China than in the U.S.


    In roughly the same time frame GM sold about 2.3 million cars in the U.S. in total (including all brands).  That means that GM's China business is roughly half of its U.S sales now.  What is most interesting is that GM is growing its sales by about 23% in china.  Here in the U.S. GM (and most brands) have relatively flat sales.


    With

  • Cadillac Dealers Opt Not To Walk Away Nicely
    Oct 17 2016 06:18 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    A few weeks back Cadillac announced that it had offered 400 of its 925 dealers a cash payment to quit selling the brand and close up shop.  The $180K the company offered to help offset closing the franchise to owners was laughable.  No shocker, but nearly all the Caddy dealers said no.


    Saying no means they will opt into a new, tiered, dealership program that rewards volume of sales.  Dealers are not happy, particularly the rural, smaller dealerships.  The plan seems to favor the larger urban Cadillac dealerships.  Look at any recent Cadillac advertisement and it is pretty easy to believe that claim.  Dan Creed, the sales chief for the Cadillac brand in North America, told Read More...

  • GM Trucks Didn't Win Any Category At Texas Truck Rodeo - Why?
    Oct 13 2016 11:09 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    At this year's Texas Auto Writer's Association Truck Rodeo, GM trucks didn't win a single category.  In many contests like this GM does quite well, so why didn't GM win anything?  Because to win, you have to attend.


    The TAWA truck Rodeo is a two-day on and off-road testing event.  Over 70 media professionals fly in and drive in from all points on the compass.  Despite its name, TAWA accepts members from all over the world and has active members from as far away as Ohio and New Hampshire.  These journalists travel to the event at their own expense because they are able to test over 80 trucks, crossovers, and SUVs in one place at one time.  The manufacture...

  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline Review - This Truck Makes You Think Crazy
    Oct 12 2016 07:37 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    The Honda Ridgeline will never be enough truck for many fans of full-size pickups, HD pickups, or those that think a truck has to be built in a certain way, or look a certain way.  Honda knows that.  However, there are midsize truck buyers who are willing to consider a truck that can do many things better than the competition because of its differences.  Whichever camp you fall into, we think that you might like to hear what we found when we drove the 2017 Ridgeline.


    Before we go too far, let’s get one thing out of the way. The 2017 Ridgeline AWD RTL-E we tested is the best-driving truck we have ever been in.  By that, we mean when you turn it, accelerate, brake, or cruise, it is sharper, stronger, better performing, and more comfortable than midsize trucks we have driven like the Co...

  • 2017 GMC Sierra HD All-Terrain X
    Oct 12 2016 03:42 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    GMC added the 2017 Sierra HD to the All-Terrain X family of trucks this week.  The All Terrain X series will be offered on the Sierra 2500HD crew cab 4WD with GMC's 6.0L gas V-8 engine or with the all-new, Duramax 6.6L V-8 diesel.  The monochromatic look of the All-Terrain X comes with special content.  GMC list the following as the package:


    -18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels
    -LT275/65R18 Goodyear Duratrac MT-rated tires that feature an aggressive tread pattern for outstanding off-road performance
    -A unique body-color grille surround with All Terrain insert
    -Body-color door handles and bodyside moldings
    -Black power-adjustable heated and power-folding trailering mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED rear guidance lamps and LED amber clearance lamps
    -Black belt moldi...

  • Is There Room In Your Garage For a 720 HP Fireball Camaro?
    Oct 07 2016 12:39 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    There is no shortage of special Camaros for we car nuts to pine after.  Having driven the previous generation ZL1, that would be my favorite. Some other folks dream of carving up a racetrack and think Z/28.  The practical Camaro nut maybe thinks 2SS.  But what if you want a Camaro with over 700HP?  Nothing on the dealer lot will suffice.  Unless your dealer is Eskridge Chevrolet, who just so happens to have two 720 HP Fireball Camaros available and a simple order sheet if you'd like one in another color.

    As the video shows, the Fireball can run the quarter in under 10 clicks.  Not bad, and p...

  • If Looks Could Kill - The Chevy Colorado ZH2 In Pictures
    Oct 05 2016 10:42 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    GM Has revealed its collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).  

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  • Costco Auto Program Partners With GM For Holiday Sales Event
    Oct 04 2016 09:06 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Costco has partnered with GM again this year to offer its Holiday Sales Event.  The event runs from October 1st through January 3rd, 2017.  Most who consider the program do so for the savings which include:

    - GM Supplier Pricing

    - Plus most currently available GM incentives.

    - Plus Costco Executive Members will receive a $700 Costco Cash Card and Gold Star 

    - And Business Members will receive a $300 Costco Cash Card for purchasing a qualifying model and completing all eligibility requirements.


    Though the prices are amazing, what we find interesting about the program is that 96% of those who answered Costco's customer service survey after a purchase during the Holiday Sales Event gave it top scores for service, value, and the overall buying experience. In addition...

  • GM Sales - September 2016 - Trends Reverse
    Oct 03 2016 09:07 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    General Motors sales report for September shows some interesting trend reversals.  Looking at the GM brands first, Buick jumped in sales with about 21,000 vehicles sold this month.  That is a healthy 14.1% increase over last year's monthly sales. The little Encore continues to be the hot Buick, outselling all other models by almost two to one, but the Verano had almost 4,000 units sold, up dramatically over last September.


    Cadillac also stopped the bleeding and logged a slight increase of about 3%.  Like at Buick, the top-seller is a crossover, the new XT5.  Unfortunately, it is now selling at half the rate the SRX had been.  Upticks in Escalade and XTS (sedan) sales helped Caddy make up for the lost crossover sales.  Is it too soon to call the XT5, and its new marketing plan a failure?...

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