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  • Cadillac Wants To Axe 400 U.S. Dealers - Offers Buyouts
    Today, 09:12 AM


    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Be prepared to drive a little further to have your SRX serviced if GM's Cadillac has its way.  The brand hopes to reduce the number of its dealerships significantly.  This is a new endeavor by Cadillac called Project Pinnacle. Be prepared to be completely shocked by the following facts:

     - Cadillac had 400 dealers last year that sold less than 50 Cadillacs.  Less than one vehicle per week.

    - Those extremely low volume dealers make up fully 43% of Cadillac's dealerships, but only sold 9% of its vehicles in 2015.


    This shocking revelation shows just how far Cadillac's sales have fallen.  Through August of this year Cadillac had sold just 103,918 vehicles. That is less than half of what Lexus sells.  Look deeper and one sees that the Cadillac SRX accounted for about one-third of all Cadillac s...

  • 2017, 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Buzz Grows
    Yesterday, 11:14 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Back in February we reported that Chevy's Colorado ZR2 was reportedly in testing. The ZR2 would be a competitor to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Off-Road trims capable of serious off-roading.  This week Pickuptrucks.com has spy images.  They don't show much, though, and the publication states "With the exception of the taller ride height, things don't look much different than a stock Colorado."


  • Chevy's All-new 2018 Equinox With Optional Diesel Power Announced
    Sep 23 2016 08:56 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    GM was one of the first automotive companies to begin speaking openly about the shift away from cars.  Why not?  After all, its low-volume performance cars aside, the general has been behind the industry leaders in terms of car sales for a long time.  Perhaps this was just the shift GM needed to become relevant again in a high volume vehicle segment besides trucks.


  • VIDEO: Cadillac XT5 Crash Test
    Sep 22 2016 09:31 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    The newly introduced Cadillac XT5 crossover matched the segment-leading Lexus RX with a Top Safety Pick+ overall rating in just-released results of IIHS testing.  The XT5 scored well on all crash tests, including the small frontal overlap test.


     It should be noted, that to earn the result, the Cadillac needs to be equipped with optional forward collision prevention, something the Lexus comes standard with this year (and in fact is now standard on all new model year Toyotas).  Cadillac's forward collissi...

  • Better Late Than Never - Chevy Starts to Work With Trailer Orgs.
    Sep 21 2016 03:32 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Chevrolet announced today that it is about to start working "directly" with the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) to better "integrate" the trailering experience.  

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    In its press statement, Chevy said, "By wo...

  • How Much Truck Can One Buy For the Cost of a Chevy Bolt?
    Sep 20 2016 12:58 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Chevrolet made the pricing of the Chevy Bolt official today.  The base 2017 Bolt will cost $37,495  Being an electric vehicle, buyers may be eligible for a federal tax rebate of $7,500. Or those buyers may not be eligible.  It depends in the short term how successful the buyer is.  If that buyer is already paying the alternative minimum tax, more deductions are very unlikely to be helpful.  In the longer term, Chevy's Bolt will lose its eligibility as the brand's sales of EVs like the Spark, Volt and Bolt approach the federal disqualification limit. Like all good government programs, the EV rebate programs punishes success.  The more EVs the company sells, the closer they get to losing the EV incentive.  Our guesstimate is that it will be 2018 by the time that happens for GM...

  • How Will Chinese-Built Buick Envision Score On IIHS Safety Test?
    Sep 16 2016 09:42 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the Buick Envision, but not yet released its results.  We spotted this image in an IIHS tweet today on the subject of photography.  The new Envision is a 5-passenger, compact crossover that Buick (GM) builds in China.  It will compete with vehicles like the Mazda CX-5 and Lexus NX-200t.  


    Although Volvo presently manufactures a vehicle in China for sale in the U.S. market, the Buick Envision could be the first relatively high volume vehicle sold in America that is made in China.  Do you think where it is built will have any difference in its safety?  Sound off below in the comments, but you better hurry.  IIHS has already loaded the blank Envision template on its site, and as the image shows, testing is well underway or com...

  • Toyota Mexico Just Upped the Ante In the Midsize Pickup Sales Game
    Sep 15 2016 04:54 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Toyota just announced that it will up its production of the Tacoma by 5,000 units per month by late 2017.  Once this added production comes on line, Toyota will be able to about match the current output of all its Tacoma competitors combined.  


    If you have followed our sales reporting on the midsize truck market you know that we always are careful to include the fact that whatever the sales numbers, GM and Toyota are selling all the midisze trucks they can produce.  The buying public is convinced.  These are great products, in high demand.  Nissan's aging Frontier is having a heck of a summer of sales, and it may be in part that buyers are having trouble getting the exact Tacoma, Colorado, and Canyon they want.  


    Before the Canyon and C...

  • Chevy to Tesla: "Ours Is Longer"
    Sep 13 2016 03:47 PM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    Chevy and the Bolt EV put a smack-down on the folks at Tesla today and it isn't the first time.  First, it was GM releasing a production version of the Bolt to the press, something Tesla has not yet done with its fourth model, which it calls the Model 3.  Next, Chevy came off the top rope with news that its Bolt would be on sale by Fall 2016, possibly years ahead of the Model 3.  However, the news today that the EPA has already given its estimate of the Bolt's range at 238 miles was the big finish.  Tesla has not provided firm specifications for its Model 3 yet, but has hinted that 215 miles is the target range.


    Tesla came up with idea that an EV with 200 miles of range would be immune from the range-anxiety that lesser EVs instill in shoppers.  Both Chevy and Tesla are...

  • 2017 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon Change Details
    Sep 12 2016 10:46 AM

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    John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

    GM's 2017 Chevy Colorado and Canyon both get the new V6 engine we highlighted in our recent story.  The rest of the changes are not as significant, but they are now available.  Here is what shoppers will see for 2017.  We are listing them together where both get the same changes:


    Interior Changes Both:

     - New Audio system, Code IOB - Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes USB ports, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone

    1 - Included with (PCP) Custom Special Edition. Includes (UE1) OnStar and (VV4) OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

    - New Teen Driver mode, Code...

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