John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-20-2018 Mark Wahlberg (Ted, Ted2, Patriots Day, Lone Survivor, Marky Mark Featuring The Funky Bunch) wants to sell you sell you a Chevy. So much so that he has just partnered with the owner of eight dealerships in the Midwest. Mark Walberg Chevrolet is now located in Columbus, Ohio. The dealership was formerly called Bobby Layman Chevrolet. The dealership is located at 3900 West Broad Street. Wahlberg and Jay Feldman, a veteran dealership owner, have also recently partnered on a Walberger’s burger joint in Cleveland. If you happen into the dealership please snap some images for the site and post them below.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-18-2018 Alex Bregman, the 2018 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player, chose the new Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe during the All-Star Game MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet at Nationals Park in Washington on Tuesday night. He had the choice of the Camaro or a Colorado ZR2. Bregman hit the game-winning home run in extra innings that led the American League to victory. It was his first All-Star Game. “Bregman set a great example for baseball fans and especially our kids by hustling hard for the entire game and demonstrating exceptional teamwork — essential qualities to win on the field, in the classroom, and in life — and that is why Chevrolet is proud to present the MVP award,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. Which vehicle would you have chosen GM-Trucks.com members? There is no wrong answer.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-12-2018 Chevrolet announced prices today for the new 2019 4500 HD Chassis Cab medium-duty truck. Prices will start at $48,465 including the $1,495 destination charge. “These new Silverado chassis cabs are a great addition to our lineup because we can now offer small businesses and large fleets a truck that can be upfitted to do many jobs including construction, utility and landscape work, tow truck operations, first responder calls and more,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “Chevrolet was obsessed with making these Silverado trucks easy to upfit, drive and own.” Chevy says the ultimate Chevrolet Silverado is the 6500HD, which is similar in size to the 4500HD and 5500HD but is rated to 22,900 pounds GVWR. “Bucket truck builders, fleet managers and many other customers told us they face a dilemma when their GVWR needs exceed 19,500 lbs.,” said John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet. “Some pay for expensive aluminum bodies to save weight so they can stay with a Class 5 chassis. Others may spend $10,000 or more to purchase a larger truck with much more GVWR than they need. The Silverado 6500HD gives them capability and protects their bottom line. It’s a great solution.” Here are the features of the new 2019 Silverado medium-duty line: -The Silverado will be available in 2WD and 4WD and will be powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engine with 350 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque and Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO) option. -The frame is designed with one-piece straight rails with no rivets or brackets on top to interfere with the mounting of custom-made bodies. There are no obstacles to work around helping to save time and money during the upfit process. -More frame lengths are offered compared with key competitors, which can help customers specify the exact truck to suit their needs. -The truck is designed to be easy to service, with a clamshell hood and a wheel cut of up to 50 degrees that can give technicians better engine access than trucks with conventional hoods. -Optional equipment includes a twin-tank fuel capacity of up to 65 gallons, a factory-installed air suspension and a full suite of available connectivity, including OnStar, Commercial Link and a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. Look for the new Silverado medium-duty trucks at any one of Chevy's 400 commercial dealers late this year.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-11-2018 A new study by our friends at iSeeCars looked at how many miles drivers put on 10-year-old vehicles. We like this study because we feel that it shows which older vehicles owners trust day in and day out to log big miles. Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com, drew this conclusion: “The vehicles with the highest annual mileage tend to also be the vehicles that last the longest,” said Ly. “People who drive their cars the most are likely to prolong the lives of their vehicles with regular service and maintenance because these vehicles may be a large part of their livelihood.” That sure sounds like our group. GM’s full-size SUVs make up the top three spots on the list of the overall most driven 10-year-old vehicles. They also account for five of the top ten overall. The number one most driven vehicle in the study, the Chevrolet Suburban, is driven 25% more than the average for vehicles in the 10-year age group. When it comes to trucks in the study, GM trucks took the top two spots. The Silverado and Sierra are driven about 5% more than other 10-year-old truck models. “Pickups are often used as work vehicles to transport their drivers between job sites and accrue high mileage as a result,” said Ly. Interestingly, the Colorado and Canyon (prior generation) are driven less than the average. GM also had the vehicle with the overall fewest miles per year in the 10-year age group. That vehicle was the Chevrolet Corvette. As any sports car owner knows, the quality of those miles is more important the quantity. You can read the full study by iSeeCars.com at this link.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-10-2018 Story Summary: GM sold more trucks, faster, with lower incentives, at a higher average price in the first half of 2018. General Motors released its quarterly sales this past week and a close look at the data reveals a strong increase in truck sales. In the first half of this year, GM sold 51,389 more trucks than the in the first half of last year. When broken down by model the numbers seem even more impressive. Chevy sold 39% more Colorados with just under 70K delivered. Chevy sold 11% more Silverados with 291K delivered. GMC sold 13% more Canyons with just under 17K delivered. GMC sold 2% more Sierras with just under 101K delivered. By comparison to Ford, GM sold a total of 478,671 pickup trucks in the first half of the year and Ford sold 451,138. Ford's F-Series sales were up 5% for the half-year period. GM’s GM Chief Economist Elaine Buckberg pointed straight to the recent Republican-written tax plan that was signed into law just before Christmas. “Tax reform raised take-home pay, consumer confidence is high and household balance sheets are healthy,” Buckberg said. “All of this plus a strong job market makes consumers more willing to commit to major purchases like vehicles.” Those consumers include businesses. GM says that 22% of its overall sales in the first half of 2018 were commercial sales. GM sees an opportunity given Ford’s announced exit from the passenger car market. “Commercial customers tell us they prefer to do business with a company that can satisfy all their vehicle needs, and sedans are an important part of the mix because they typically offer very good safety, comfort, fuel economy and a lower total cost of ownership than other vehicle choices,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. “Some automakers are scaling back their car offerings at the same time we are investing in the Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu, and expanding our truck and crossover portfolio. We see a terrific opportunity to forge new and stronger customer relationships with such a broad portfolio.” GM’s increased sales did not come from higher incentives. GM says its incentives were down in the period and that average transaction prices increased by about $300 per vehicle.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-10-2018 The 2019 GMC Sierra was photographed on the road this week by a member of the Facebook 2019+ Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra club . Jeff Andre obtained these three images of the new Sierra in Red. The new rear tailgate is easy to spot in the images. Jeff was kind enough to share the images with us. He says this new Sierra was "Spotted in the wild on the roads of Virginia, Manufacture plate still. Honest opinion some of the badging is a little overkill but all in all the truck looked very good in person driving down the road." We think the truck looks great. What's your opinion GM-Trucks.com members?
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-26-2018 Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Inc. reached out to the EVangelists of Earth today and asked for help designing the new pickup truck he has in mind. Setting aside the fact that Musk has been “sleeping on the Gigafactory floor” while trying to sort out SNAFUS with the $55K to $84K Model 3 compact sedan, and that Musk also has a new Roadster, Semi, and possibly a crossover ahead of the pickup, what would your wish list include? One fan suggested “Retractable steps to aid enter and exit. Also, something to help with unloading the bed would be cool.” Folding solar panels for charging "in the boonies" is another common theme. No need to ask for twist, Musk has that covered and says, "The Tesla Truck will have dual motor all-wheel drive w crazy torque & a suspension that dynamically adjusts for load. Those will be standard." What would you ask for in an electric truck with a price of roughly $95K to $175K?
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-25-2018 A new study by our friends at iSeeCars looks at which vehicles had the largest decline in retained value after three years. In the crossover category, the SRX is the top vehicle in this regard with a 47% reduction in value from its new car MSRP. The second best deal on a three-year-old crossover the study found was the three-year-old Buick Enclave which sells for just under 46% of its price new. iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 4.1 million car sales to identify which models had the greatest loss in value after three years. The BMW 5 Series was the top vehicle with an incredible 53% loss in valuation. Commenting on why the SRX and Enclave found their way to this list, iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said, “The Cadillac SRX and the Buick Enclave, make the otherwise car-dominated list in the ninth and tenth spots making them attractive options for people interested in this booming vehicle segment. Trucks and truck-based SUVs are known for having the highest value retention, which explains why these vehicle types are absent from the top 10 list. Trucks as a vehicle category depreciate 23.3 percent in three years, which is two-thirds of the 35 percent average across all vehicle segments.” The SRX was replaced by the XT5 in Cadillac’s lineup. The name change may be helping push down the vehicle’s value. “Discontinued cars typically have lower resale values than cars still in production,” explained Ly.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-22-2018 Chevrolet revealed its 2019 mid-sized Blazer crossover/SUV last night. The new five-passenger vehicle will be bigger than an Equinox, but smaller than a Traverse. What may be the Blazer’s most defining element is its looks. “The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.” Drivetrains: The new Blazer will launch with two drivetrains Colorado fans will recognize. GM’s 2.5L I-4 will be the standard engine and the 3.6L V-6 engine will be optional, each mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. There was no mention by Chevy of the new four-cylinder gasoline turbo or any diesel options. “The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” said Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer. “Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.” Specs: GM says that the new Blazer will tow up to 4,500 pounds. Cargo area, with the rear seats folded, will be 64.2 cubic feet. By comparison, a Honda CR-V has 76 cubic feet and a Mazda CX-5 60 cubic feet. GM didn’t offer any interior passenger volume numbers, but we question if the Blazer is really “mid-sized.” GM appears to be targeting the segment in which the Murano and Ford Edge reside with this new crossover. The Blazer is a unibody design and shares its platform with the GMC Acadia. Trims: GM plans to give the various trims distinct personalities. GM says there will be “additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.” Technology: GM listed the following technology highlights for the new Blazer: -Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera. -Hitch View — This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist. -Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu. -Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort. -Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle. -Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier. -Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier2. -Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier. -Wireless charging and six USB ports are available. Manufacturing Location: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will be built in Mexico. Terry Dittes, UAW vice president and director to the UAW-GM department issued a press statement as the Chevrolet Blazer launch concluded, saying “This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country," Dittes said. "GM employs over 15,000 production workers in Mexico, pays the workers less than $3 per hour and exports over 80 percent of the vehicles to the U.S. to sell here.” Timing: The new Blazer will go on sale in early 2019. Pricing has not been announced.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-21-2018 General Motors brands and vehicles scored well on this year’s Initial Quality Survey done by J.D. Power (Hammer). Cadillac showed strong improvement as a brand. Chevrolet was the top-ranked GM brand and is now in sixth place just behind Ford. None of GM’s brands scored in the bottom quarter of brands. With regard to individual models, the Silverado earned the top spot in both the light truck and HD truck categories. In the midsized truck segment, GMC’s Canyon was the second highest-ranked truck after the Nissan Frontier. The Tacoma was the lowest-ranked truck. Buick’s Chinese-built Envision earned the top spot in its crossover segment and is also one of the top-ranked crossovers in any category. Although the news is good for GM, the interesting news is that all three of the top spots are now solidly in control of Korean brands. Genesis is a mile ahead of any other brand and Hyundai and Kia round out the podium. How impressive is Genesis’ lead? Owners of Genesis vehicles report almost 20% fewer problems than Lexus owners.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-19-2018 GM is recalling a list of vehicles because a fuel line can detach from the fuel pump and thus present the chance for a fire. The full text of the NHTSA report is listed below. If you want to look up your own vehicle to see if yours is on that recall list you can do so here. Or you can hope that the snail mail system works and brings you a notice. If this recall sounds familiar don't be surprised. GM has had a long history of recalling vehicles for fuel pump and fuel line failures.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-18-2018 Jalopnik published an anti-pickup harang recently, titled, “My Hot Take Of The Day Is That Big Pickup Trucks Are A Plague And Should Not Be Sold For Daily Driving.” We had a hard time figuring out if the writer was serious or pulling our leg. After a closer look, it seems the writer is sincere. It’s unclear from the story if the writer has only recently headed out from home, but writes of pickups, “They’ve spread through our streets like a poison, taken over our cities by storm, and now that they’re here, we can’t get rid of them.” Who’s “we” is not clear. The picture of who would write such an article becomes clear in the text of the story. The writer describes driving a “small, city-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicle” through “tight, downtown city streets” and arriving at an airport after a flight only to have a hard time seeing a vehicle because “… car is hidden between two massive trucks. Which then makes it impossible to see anything when you back up.” Unless you have rear cross traffic alert we presume. As qualifications for being a writer at a publication about automobiles, the writer lists, “atx. organic spicy ginger. last seen wearing heart-shaped sunglasses at a race circuit.” Jalopnik’s spicy ginger writer is calling (on someone) to “make big, huge trucks legal only if you are using them for work purposes.” Sort of an odd position to take for a publication that accepts media fleet pickup trucks and then earns money writing reviews of them. Jalopnik writers also accept press junkets from automakers. A post from March says, “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had me be flown from Los Angeles to Phoenix and then carted out to a fancy resort in the desert so I could spend a day test driving a few versions of the new Ram 1500.” Seems like an odd dichotomy. If you are bored on a Monday at work and would like to tell Jalopnik that you support or don’t support this position, don’t comment under the story post. That will only boost its profile and move it up on the Google search listings. Reach out directly via the contact guide here.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-18-2018 In preparation for an expected surge of truck orders and purchases from buyers, GM is ramping up the production capabilities of the all-new GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado. The Oshawa, Ontario Canada plant that builds the trucks will be adding a second shift to begin to build inventory. The Oshawa plant is the final paint and assembly location for double cab trucks. These are “re-imported” trucks that GM builds in Indiana, ships to Oshawa, and in many cases, then re-imports them to the United States. Oshawa, Ontario is just across Lake Ontario from New York State (north of Buffalo and Rochester). It is only about sixty miles from both and about 100 miles by land to Niagara. GM employs roughly 9,000 workers in Canada. Source: Automotive News
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-12-2018 In a new round of testing by IIHS, the 2018 GMC Acadia topped all domestic brands and also top-sellers the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander in an important passenger-side safety test. The Acadia scored Good overall on the small frontal overlap test which simulates the vehicle hitting a pole or another object with just the front corner of the vehicle. The Ford Explorer's airbags malfunctioned and the Jeep Grand Cherokee saw big cabin intrusion due to a weak crash structure. Both scored the lowest possible overall grade. The GMC Acadia joins the Kia Sorento and VW Atlas in earning the top overall score of Good.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-12-2018 General Motors is scaling back the production of its sedans to match the declining sales the company has been seeing for those models. One example is the Lordstown, Ohio production facility that builds the Chevrolet Cruze. Last year the Lordstown plant had about 4,000 workers building the sedan. That count will be reduced to about 1,500 after the latest buyouts. The plant first eliminated the third shift. That reduced the jobs in the plant by about 1,000. Now GM is planning further cuts to eliminate the second shift. To encourage workers to quit, rather than be laid off, GM is offering workers a financial incentive to move on to other work or to retire. Local news affiliate WFMJ reports that those workers who qualify for and accept an early retirement will receive a $60,000 incentive payment. Workers who opt to quit their union job will receive a buyout of between $50,000 and $5,000 depending upon their length of service with the company. With unemployment near historic lows in America, 3.7% as of the last report, 4.0% in Ohio overall, this would seem to be the best of times to be making the difficult transition to new work. In Trumbull County Ohio, where Lordstown is located, the unemployment rate is higher than the national average at 5.5%. However, one neighboring county, Geauga County, has a 3.8% rate. Local employment groups are stepping up to help out. Last year, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber provided a list of companies in the area that were hiring to GM and United Auto Workers. “We would certainly be pleased to offer that service [again],” said Sarah Boyarko, the chamber’s senior vice president of economic development. “I think there are employment opportunities for these folks when they go through that separation, and oftentimes, it’s a matter of knowing where to go.” Year to date sales of the Chevy Cruze were down 26% year over year when reported by GM in March. The Cruze competes with cars like the Honda Civic line and the Toyota Corolla line. This month, Toyota released an all-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Its gasoline engine is expected to be rated at 36 MPG combined, higher than the current Cruze diesel hatchback. It is also expected to be quicker and will have more standard safety features included than the Cruze. Related Stories: GM Announces Factory Location For Self-Driving Vehicle Production GM Will Add 700 Jobs To Crossover Plant in Tenn. - Partly To Build Vehicles For Export - Guess Where To GM Picks Kansas, Rather Than China, For Next Premium Crossover FCA Moving Ram HD Production From Mexico to Warren Michigan Canadian GM Strike Over - Guess Who Won?
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