Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-24-2018 General Motors and Amazon have finalized the rollout of a new delivery service that will allow GM owners with OnStar to have their Amazon deliveries placed directly into the trunk or cargo area of their 2015 or newer GM vehicle. Called Amazon Key In-Car, the service is now available in 37 cities and will rapidly expand. “Partnering with Amazon to leverage our embedded in-vehicle connectivity gives Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners the option to conveniently receive deliveries inside their vehicle parked at home, work or near other locations in their Amazon address book,” said Alan Batey, President, General Motors North America. “This is another example of how we provide customers with technologies that add value and enhance the ownership experience.” Users can track the progress of the package and are notified when it is delivered and locked inside the vehicle. “The in-car delivery option is another way Amazon helps ensure that my order is delivered safely and conveniently. Setup was super easy for my OnStar-equipped car—I granted Amazon Key permission to open my car’s trunk and the ability to relock my car when done, and that was it,” said Scott L. from Miami, one of the Amazon Prime members who received early access to the service. “I can’t wait to check my car’s trunk to see what’s delivered next!” To get started users need only go to Amazon and download the app. If you own a Volvo, you are also eligible for the service. Thus far, only the GM brands and Volvo can take advantage of the service.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-19-2018 Ford announced today that the official EPA-Estimated fuel economy ratings for its new F-150 Power Stroke Diesel will be 25 MPG Combined, 30 MPG Highway, and 22 MPG City. These ratings, we assume, since Ford did not say, are for RWD trucks. The current Ram, due for an update this year, has a rating of 23 MPG Combined, 27 MPG highway, and 20 MPG City. General Motors has not yet announced any details on its upcoming diesel engine for the Silverado and Sierra 1500s. The new Ford Power Stroke V6 Diesel-equipped F-150 arrives at dealers in about three weeks. Once the EPA posts the official numbers at its website, we will update the story with the RWD and 4WD information. That should be any day now.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-18-2018 A few months back, Chevrolet started to roll out Marketplace. This is a new App that allows Chevrolet owners to do some limited shopping from their own dash infotainment screen. The general idea is that simple orders like coffee and food would go directly to the local supplier/restaurant, and the vehicle owner would then swing by and pick it up. The new Shell integration allows the Chevy owner to pull up to a pump and fuel up. The payment can then be made directly via the GM screen in the vehicle. No credit card swipe is needed since it is already on file. Even better, the Marketplace and Shell Apps will apply the Shell Fuel Rewards discounts and points automatically. “We introduced Marketplace to deliver value, productivity and convenience to our customers,” said Rick Ruskin, senior manager, Online Commerce, Chevrolet. “Bringing the Shell Pay & Save functionality right on the touchscreen of our vehicles is the latest advancement of this platform, allowing drivers to simply access Fuel Rewards® and pay for gas while inside their car.” Shell has the largest network of branded gas stations in the country. The new in-dash Shell payment system is being piloted in select markets now and will expand to most soon. The app will work with 2017 model year Chevy vehicles and newer.
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Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-9-2018 Workers at GM’s Incheon South Korea facility stormed the executive office this past weekend after they were told that bonuses would be withheld. GM has been in negotiations with the union over concessions. The present plan is for GM to either gain concessions from the union or shut down the Korean operations altogether after bankruptcy. "Should the industrial conflict seen yesterday and today happen again, it will be difficult for (GM Korea) to gain public support and government support," Paik Un-gyu, minister of trade, industry and energy, said in a statement .
Gorehamj replied to Zane's topic in The NewsroomMidsized body on frame SUV? That would be cool.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-5-2018 Rocky Mountains States-based online publication, The Fast Lane Truck, has chosen the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 as its top pick for two out of five of its Gold Hitch Awards. In fact, the Colorado ZR2 won every category it could. The ZR2 earned the Gold Hitch Truck of the Year award as well as the Best Off-Road Truck award. Writing the summary for the awards, Andre Smirnov said, "Good ground clearance, approach angle, front and rear lockers, and the Goodyear Duratrac tires carried the Colorado ZR2 to the top of the mountain. The truck’s midsize dimensions allowed us to choose just the right line over the large rocks. When the dust settled, the ZR2 did not get stuck and navigated the trail with more ease than the other competitors." Smirnov also pointed to the ZR2's livability as a daily driver. TFLTruck prides itself on its difficult mountain course. The publication's Cliffhanger 2.0 course includes sections with cool names like Truth or Dare and Razor's Bend. These folks have a true passion for their truck testing and the makeup of their overall winners list shows they don't lean just one way when it comes to brands. TRFTrucks' 2018 GOLD HITCH AWARD WINNERS ARE: Best Towing SUV – 2018 Ford Expedition Best Towing Heavy-duty pickup truck – 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Best Off-Road truck – 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2018 Gold Hitch Truck of the Year – 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2018 Gold Hitch SUV of the Year – 2018 Ford Expedition
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-4-2018 Chevy wants you work truck shoppers to know that the new 2019 4500HD/5500HD/6500HD trucks now come with a flowtie. A flowtie is a Chevy bowtie emblem that allows air to pass through and thus cool the engine area. Chevy says that during Z/28 aerodynamics testing, engineers noticed that the bowtie on the grille was blocking cooling air. Engineer Richard Quinn went at the bowtie with a cut-off wheel making slots. He installed the new prototype "flowtie" on the grille and a retest proved that it allowed more air into the engine, lowering engine fluid temperatures during extended track sessions. Now your work truck can have that same benefit. Chevy work truck Design Manager Kevin O’Donnell says, “The flowtie is an elegant solution. And it’s going to work on the Silverado exactly the way it does on Camaro."
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-4-2018 Chevrolet has long used the term "longest lasting" in its truck advertisements. There is no doubt that Chevy is in the running, but what about GMC? What about those pesky Toyotas? And if we may insert some complete heresy, what about the Honda Ridgeline? A new study conducted by one of GM-Trucks.com's industry friends helps shed some light on the question. The new study by iSeeCars examined over 13 million vehicle transactions in 2017 and noted their mileage. iSeeCars then sought to determine which models had a higher percentage of sales with over 200,000 miles on the odometer. No study is perfect, but the sample size is huge in this study, and using 200,000 miles as an "endpoint' seems pretty valid. Only 1.2% of vehicle models overall sold had that many miles on the odometer. The next question before answering whether Chevys are the longest lasting is, "what is a truck?" Not everyone considers vehicles like the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline "trucks." We know that sounds crazy, but after a half-decade of writing news stories on the subject and then reading comments underneath by truck owners, it is clear that many truck owners only count body-on-frame "1500" full-sized pickups and larger as "trucks." We've posted the results above in the top of page image. If you count midsize trucks as "trucks," then the Tacoma is ahead by a country mile. If you count unit-body (weak in the knees, minivans with a roof-ectomy, too small, too soft, and nobody considers them real trucks) pickups as "trucks," then the Ridgeline is tied for number two on the list. If the Toyota Tundra is a "truck," and we are not sure how to exclude that one, then it just barely edges out the Chevy Silverado. What we find interesting is that the Silverado is meaningfully ahead of the GMC Sierra. Maybe since they are "professional grade" they live a harder life? So in a nutshell, if we disqualify the top three trucks because "nobody uses them like real work trucks," then the Chevy Silverado is indeed the Longest Lasting truck sold in America.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-3-2018 GM continues to black out every model and the new 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight looks great to our eyes. “The introduction of the Tahoe Custom last year was well-received by our customers who were looking for the capability of a full-size SUV with the added utility of increased rear cargo space,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. “The Tahoe Custom Midnight takes the capability and value of the Custom trim and adds rugged, all-black features found on our popular Midnight Editions." The $45,995 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight is based on the LS trim and has the following features and appearance changes: All-black Midnight appearance 18-inch painted black wheels with aggressive Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires Black grille Off-road assist steps Black bowtie emblems. Third-row seat deleted for additional utility, increasing cargo space behind the second row to 54 cubic feet 355-hp, 5.3L V-8 engine 6,600 pounds of towing capacity How do you like the look? Would you prefer the third-row seat or the extra cargo area?
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-3-2018 In GM's most recent monthly sales report GM announced that it will stop reporting sales the way every major automaker does. Instead of monthly reports, the company will switch to a quarterly reporting method. GM wrote in its report, "GM ...will begin reporting its U.S. vehicle sales on a quarterly basis, effective immediately. For 2018, second quarter sales will be released on July 3, third quarter sales on October 2 and fourth quarter sales on January 3, 2019." As a public company, GM has to report its sales volumes quarterly to investors. “Thirty days is not enough time to separate real sales trends from short-term fluctuations in a very dynamic, highly competitive market,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. “Reporting sales quarterly better aligns with our business, and the quality of information will make it easier to see how the business is performing.” The only other automaker in the U.S. who reports sales quarterly is Tesla, Inc. The general consensus is that it is to hide disappointing sales and production figures from the public, though some may disagree with that interpretation. GM's sales were up significantly in March and are up about 4% year to date.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-30-2018 Autotrader has named the Chevy Colorado ZR2 a Must Test Drive Award Winner. Of the 12 vehicles that Autotrader honored, the ZR2 was the only pickup. The publication says that the ZR2 is “a true off-road machine, rugged and ready for almost anything you can throw at it.” The group also noted that the ZR2 has “easy-to-handle dimensions” as well as its “cool off-road capabilities.” “We’re honored by this recognition and thrilled that Autotrader has picked up on the versatile footprint and serious off-road capabilities of ZR2,” said Anita Burke, vehicle chief engineer for Midsize Truck, General Motors. “ZR2 builds on the already-capable platform of the Colorado, and we agree that all customers looking for a great truck, not to mention an excellent off-road vehicle, should give it a spin, as it’s every bit as enjoyable on paved roads as it is on sand dunes, two-tracks and while rock crawling.” Check out the Autotrader story to see what else they had to say about the ZR2.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-30-2018 Spork marketing creates interesting infographics comparing vehicles to drum up interest for its clients. We like to pick them apart. The latest comes courtesy of RealVolkswagenParts.com. “Both of these diesel trucks are multipurpose,” says Bob Cockerham, parts manager at RealVolkswagenParts.com. “They’re both equipped with ABS and have traction control, and both are capable of hauling, light towing, and taking on some off-road terrain. But the Amarok handles all of this with more power and fuel efficiency.” As the infographic shows the VW seems to have some advantages. One we question is the MPG rating. The VW Amarok is a UK vehicle and the gallon in the UK is a larger volume of liquid than a U.S. gallon. We suspect that may be part of the reason it shows a higher MPG. The other may be that the different test cycle in the UK is less conservative than ours. What did you find most surprising about this matchup? Do you think VW will really bring the Atlas Tanoak it displayed at the New York Auto Show to the U.S.?
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-26-2018 GMC launched a new off-road special edition Sierra today. The AT4 comes standard with a 2" lift, standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates, and off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers. Customers can choose between 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires or mud terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, or available 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. We will pause momentarily to let you catch your breath. The 5.3-liter V8 is standard, but both the 6.2L V-8 and Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel are optional. Hill descent control is just one of the many off-road technologies available, but the AT4 is more than just and off-road capable truck. It has industry first multi-color head up display and rear-view mirror options. “The 2019 Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the capability to venture off life’s beaten path,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “It’s also the beginning for the AT4 brand, which will be seen on every vehicle in our lineup in the next two years.” We love the look of the "Black Chrome" accents inside and out. And of course, the AT4 will have the MultiPro tailgate and available carbon fiber CarbonPro box when it becomes available later this year.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-26-2018 Every so often we happen upon an image that tells a story about trucks. Our most recent find comes courtesy of freelance writer and friend of GM-Trucks.com, Jeffrey Ross. Jeffrey was out enjoying the spring weather this past week at the Lake Oliver Marina in Columbus, Georgia when he happened to notice something odd about all of the marina's members' vehicles parked in the boat ramp lot. They were all GMCs. Except for that one Silverado on the left. Jeffrey commented that he sees four generations of GMC's in that one image. We could make up some more text about the image, but we think it tells its own story. If you tow a boat with your GMC truck let us know in the comments or maybe attach a picture below. Our thanks to Jeffrey Ross for the use of his cool image. Find Jeffrey on Instagram or on Twitter.
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