Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-13-2018 A new study conducted by the Insurance Institue For Highway Safety has proven that GM's automatic emergency braking (AEB) is working and that it can have a huge impact on the number of crashes it is designed to prevent. Study author Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research, looked at 2013-15 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC brand vehicles. GM provided VIN numbers and whether or not the vehicles were equipped with the optional AEB system. The analysis of real-world crash data revealed that the vehicles equipped with both warning and AEB reduced accidents by 43%. The crashes were the type the system is best at preventing, front to rear crashes from behind. What is most significant is that the accidents reported by police to involve injuries were reduced by 64%. Accidents were also reduced by the GM system that only offered a driver a warning, but by a much lower percentage. "The evidence has been mounting that front crash prevention works, and it works even better when it doesn't solely rely on a response from the driver," says Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research and author of both studies. GM is one of the last manufacturers who is launching new models without making the technology standard. The Silverado, for example, offers AEB, but only on some trims, and it is optional on others. Every manufacturer has pledged to make the technology standard on all mainstream models and all trims by 2022. This new study jives with a prior IIHS study that looked at Volvo vehicles.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-13-2018 Chevrolet announced a new list today for Colorado ZR2 race components. The list consists of 15 off-road racing parts ranging from the ZR2's special Multimatic DSSV shocks ($4,187.50) to jounce shock systems ($1,231.35 front and $1,543.75 rear). The parts are presently all suspension-related. Chevy has not included any engine upgrade parts. These parts were developed by Chevrolet Performance in conjunction with Multimatic and Hall Racing. Chad Hall drove over 10,000 miles in two race series using beta versions of these components to wring out any bugs and to ensure a perfect final product for Colorado owners. “Off-road racing is a brutal test of a vehicle, and especially its suspension components,” said Mark Dickens, executive director of Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Accessories and Motorsports. “Over two years, Chad mercilessly pushed these ZR2 parts to the limit for the ultimate in development and validation. After seeing the success of the Colorado ZR2, customers have been hounding Chad for help building their own ‘Hall Racing ZR2,’” Dickens continued. “For the first time, you can buy the same Chevy Performance Parts that raced and won in the desert. All you need to add is the required safety equipment to build a pre-runner for scouting the Baja 1000 or a full-blown race truck capable of competing in the race itself.” Chevy says that these racing versions of the similar parts already on every ZR2 focus on desert running while preserving low-speed off-road performance. For example, the parts can add an additional 1-inch suspension lift and a 1.5-inch Body Lift on top of the ZR2’s factory ride height and up to 15 percent more suspension travel for extreme high-speed off-roading. AThe racing Multimatic DSSV dampers are engineered to go beyond the already formidable bandwidth of ZR2’s stock DSSVs. The available Multimatic Front Long Travel DSSV Shocks provide customers with a 15 percent increase in overall front suspension travel, while the Multimatic long travel rear shocks increase rear suspension travel by as much as 10 percent. “These parts can be purchased individually to suit each customer’s needs, or as a complete package,” said Dickens. “This gives customers the flexibility to build their truck up over time, purchase only the parts they need for their particular interest, or buy the complete set to build their own ‘Hall Racing’ ZR2.” Jump to the new online list here.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-12-2018 Air Lift Company, the aftermarket air suspension specialist, have just released their newly designed LoadLifter 5000 series kits for the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. The LoadLifter 5000 series features three of Air Lift’s best-selling load support products – the LoadLifter 5000, LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate, and the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate PLUS. Each Airlift kit in this series offers up to 5,000 lbs. of load-leveling capabilities. The 5000 product family was designed to eliminate squat, trailer sway, and poor headlight aim, common problems frequently faced when towing and hauling. The LoadLifter 5000 (PN 57288) works to level the load and improve ride quality through the use of a pair of double-bellow, fully-adjustable air springs. The LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate (PN 88288) has all of the same benefits, but adds an internal jounce bumper, specifically designed to prevent bottoming out and provide extra protection for heavy loads. The LoadLifter Ultimate Plus+ (PN 89288) has the internal jounce bumper, but also adds upgraded stainless steel hardware and air lines plus military-grade AN fittings. All LoadLifter 5000 series air springs are all air adjustable from 5-100 PSI, for the perfect ride every time. Air Lift also offers wired, wireless and automatic on-board air compressor systems, including the newly redesigned WirelessONE system for convenient inflation and deflation of the springs. All Air Lift load products are backed by an industry-exclusive lifetime warranty which covers the entire contents of the air spring kit. AirLift also offers a 60-day money back guarantee on load support air springs and on-board air compressor systems. Air Lift Company, founded in 1949, is a third-generation, family-owned suspension specialty company based in Lansing, Michigan. Check them out at their website.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-9-2018 Chevrolet announced the prices for its Colorado ZR2 Bison today. The V-6 extended cab Colorado ZR2 Bison starts at $48,045, or $49,645 for crew cab models (including $995 destination). This represents a $5750 premium over the ZR2. Given the additional content which includes rear steel bumpers, full skid plates, and fender flares, plus the Chevrolet-backed warranty, Chevy says this represents a relative bargain. GM offered a comparison to a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. GM says the equivalent Jeep would ring in at $50,025. Dave Harriton, president and founder of American Expedition Vehicles (GM's partner for the Bison), commented on the Bison's pricing, saying, “Although they play different roles, and are for different customers, a fully loaded Rubicon with similar levels of capability and equipment will be over $50,000. However, when looking at other factory off-road vehicles on the market, the ZR2 Bison is unmatched for all-around versatility.”
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-9-2018 Chevrolet is building upon its huge sales success of the new generation Colorado with two new special editions. GM credits the Colorado and Canyon with helping the company to become the largest seller of pickups. “The success of Colorado helped reignite the midsize truck segment, which increased 27 percent from 2015 to 2017,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing for Chevrolet Trucks. “It changed what customers expected from a midsize truck, brought new customers to Chevrolet and has inspired competitors to follow Chevy’s lead.” The first Colorado special edition is a street-focused RST is based on the LT trim. The new RST features a monochromatic exterior offset with a black beltline and body side moldings. The RST also adds a black tailgate bowtie, Colorado and RST badges. The RST becomes first Colorado trim to offer 20-inch wheels, finished in low-gloss black. Like the Bison, the RST will wear the flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettered grille. The new Colorado Z71 Trail runner begins with the Z71 package and adds the Colorado ZR2’s underbody protection and rubber. These include aluminum front and mid skid plates, functional rocker protection and Goodyear Duratrac tires. With this new trim, Chevrolet offers four distinct Colorado levels of off-road capability: - Colorado Z71: Z71 Off-Road Suspension, automatic locking rear differential and unique 17-inch painted wheels and all-terrain tires. - New Colorado Z71 Trail Runner: Adds additional off-road protection to the Z71 trim with the Colorado ZR2’s front and mid skid plates, rocker protection and 17-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires standard. - Colorado ZR2: Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features a factory-installed 3.5-inch wider track and a suspension lifted by 2 inches. Class-exclusive features include front and rear electronic locking differentials and Multimatic DSSV Dampers. The ZR2 also features front and mid skid plates, rocker protection and front and rear bumpers modified for better off-road clearance. - Colorado ZR2 Bison: The ZR2 Bison adds even more extreme off-road capability with five hot-stamped Boron steel skid plates and stamped steel front and rear bumpers with front winch provisions and rear recovery points.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-9-2018 Our colleagues at US News and World Report Autos have a new list of the best November new vehicle deals and the Cadillac Escalade stands out. According to USN, the folks at Cadillac are offering $7K cash back on the 2018 Escalade. Other interesting GM-related November deals include $5,000 back on the 2018 GMC Acadia $4,000 cash back on the 2018 Chevy Cruze and $ 4,750 off the Buick Encore. US News speculates that Cadillac is feeling pressure from the newly redesigned Lincoln Navigator.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn GorehamContributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com11-8-2018 General Motors made an unusual request today of GM-Trucks.com. Our contact at the Chevy Truck department asked us to report that GM is launching a new campaign to adjust the sensitivity of the airbags in the Chevy Colorado ZR2. This is a refreshing change from the industry standard practice of soft-pedaling recalls and product programs. Here is the unedited information we were asked to convey: As you are aware, there have been reports of Colorado ZR2 owners whose roof-mounted side airbags deployed while off-roading. Upon learning of this issue, Chevrolet took immediate action to understand the root cause and create a solution. Today, we notified Chevrolet dealers of a customer-satisfaction initiative to recalibrate the thresholds for the roof-mounted side airbags for ZR2 owners. The updated calibration is available as of today, and will be installed free of charge the next time the customers takes their ZR2 to a Chevrolet dealer. There have been 11 reports of Colorado ZR2 owners whose roof-mounted side airbags deployed while off-roading. Chevrolet is working to reimburse those ZR2 customers for the cost of repair, provided the event data was available to confirm the incident. We are incredibly proud of the ZR2 and the off-road capability it offers, and are encouraged to see customers are using the truck as intended. If customers have questions, they should contact their local dealer or Chevrolet Customer Assistance at 800-833-2438 GM-Trucks.com readers may recall that in May we covered the news that owners were beginning to report that the airbags in their Colorado trucks were deploying while off-roading (and not in a crash). You can read the prior full report here and see more images. Our reporting leaned heavily on images and reports from GM-Truck.com member Joe F. Since Joe's information was made available, other owners have also reported the same problem. We will do our best to get new information from Joe F. and how he is reimbursed. Our thanks to GM for asking us to be involved in disseminating this important product update program.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-8-2018 We say two thumbs up. The Silverado 2500 HD has four Special Editions. There are the Tribute, Alaskan, Custom Sport, and Midnight Edition. The Tribute is an LTZ/Z71 with a black bowtie, chrome front skid plate and an American flag logo stretching from the "splash-up" area behind the front tire to the rear taillights. The flag is rendered in one color and is offset by the vehicle body colors. We think the blue looks particularly good with the white flag decal overlaid. Chevy has given the flag an "aero" look. We like the look and this reporter gives the look two thumbs up. What say you, GM-Trucks.com faithful?
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-6-2018 Cadillac plans to end its Book By Cadillac subscription service in Q1 of 2019. The service allows customers to subscribe to Cadillac and drive any vehicle they wish while participating. Unlike a lease, the subscription does not lock a customer into one vehicle and maintenance and insurance are both included. The program is now about two years old and it was most active in the initial markets Cadillac targeted, New York and Los Angeles. Auto Finance News reports that the main difficulty for Cadillac, and other brands with similar services like Porsche and BMW, is the cost of a used car that a driver turns in after, say three months. Unlike a three-year-old vehicle, a 3-month-old vehicle is a burden to sell. It has steep depreciation in those initial months and Cadillac may take a big loss on a vehicle with less than a few years in service to cover its depreciation. “We are hitting the pause button for a brief time to make some tweaks to Book [by Cadillac] based on our learnings,” said a Cadillac spokesperson. “It comes down to getting money for the used vehicle,” Samuel Ellis, principal consultant for Auto Experience, told AFN. “These programs are just going to struggle until they can make the economics work. The discussion needs to center around, ‘What needs to be innovated?’ Describing [a lease] different doesn’t necessarily make it better.”
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-2-2018 Here is a quick rundown of some accessory products for GM trucks we found exciting at this year’s SEMA show and hope to try out ourselves on our long-term tester Silverado. Lund Aeroskin Bug Deflector Josh eyed the Aeroskin bug deflector at the Lund booth. New Hampshire has its fair share of bugs and our new 2019 Silverado would look great with a form-fitting bug deflector. We also have a lot of salt and sand on our roads and highways. This product looks like it will keep the leading edge of the Silverado’s hood from being pitted and scored. Lock’er Down Extreme Console Safes If you follow GM-Trucks.com you know we have a bit of a thing for under seat storage lockers and other types of security products. The Lock’er Down extreme console safe looks great. It has optional gun magnets for just twenty bucks if that’s your thing. These are just two of the many great new products for Silverado, Sierra, Canyon, and Colorado. For a full list of the product category winners check out the SEMA list here.
Reading between the lines, I think the problem is that many of these employees are conventional car and truck experts. See that part about focusing on "mobility?" That means self-driving EVs. Just my own interpretation outside of the formal reporting.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-31-2018 The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is now underway and our own team is on the scene. Josh and Zane have started to build an image database and are taking close notes on what they are finding interesting and amazing. Our attention remains on the GM-focused products at the show, and there is a ton of good stuff coming in our reporting this week. Still, we can't help but wonder if anything will top the outrageous 1,000 hp HEMI crate engine Mopar dropped on day one. Dubbed the Hellephant, the 426 supercharged engine develops 950 lb-ft of torque. The Hellcrate kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, fuel pump control module and cam bus interface device. Optional will be Mopar's Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit, which includes an alternator, power-steering pump, belts, pulleys and more. To show off the Hellephant in a vehicle Dodge opted to create a '68 "Super Charger." “The 1968 Dodge Charger is one of the hottest classic cars, which is why we decided to use it as a starting point for the ‘Super Charger’ Concept. It’s an amazing vehicle and a great showcase for our ‘Hellephant’ engine," said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America. The custom widebody Charger uses a stock T-6060 manual six-speed Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat transmission to put the power down. Pricing will be announced in Q1.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-31-2018 General Motors sent a letter to 50,000 employees this week letting them know that the company plans to offer buyouts to a significant number of employees. The offer will be made to any salaried employee with more than 12 years of service. About 18,000 employees qualify. GM warns that if it does not get enough employees to take the buyout, it will be forced to consider layoffs. This is not an early retirement offer from GM. Rather, employees in their 30s and 40s are being considered. "We always have the need to acquire new talent. We're trying to address ongoing efforts to reduce costs but continue our efforts in working on the future of mobility," said GM Spokesman Pat Morrissey. "We'll continue to recruit in select areas of the business." GM said in a Wednesday statement. "We are doing this while our company and economy are strong. The voluntary severance program for eligible salaried employees is one example of our efforts to improve cost efficiency." Sources: The Detroit News & The Detroit Free Press
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-29-2018 The embarrassment of riches for New England Sports fans continues as the Red Sox win their fourth World Series in fourteen years. It was nice of the Sox to give Pats, Bruins, and, Celtics fans another new reason to cheer. The 2018 Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player, Steve Pearce, drove home in an all-new Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss after the ceremonies. Pearce drove in eight runs and scored five. “In a matchup of the two best teams in baseball, Steve Pearce’s performance on the field tonight and throughout the World Series truly embodies the same spirit that drives the Chevrolet team to win every day,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “We are proud to recognize Pearce’s tremendous efforts with the Willie Mays World Series MVP award and the all-new Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss pickup.”
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-26-2018 BFGoodrich (BFG) launched its new KM3 this summer. The KM3 is the company's newest mud-terrain tire and features improvements over the prior generation tire from BFG. GM-Trucks.com had a chance to try out the new tire on a Land Rover-designed off-road course on the grounds of the amazing Monticello Motor Club in the woods of New York this week. BFG brought along a modified new 2019 Jeep Wrangler to showcase its new tire. To get a feel for the difference the KM3 tires can make, we were first given a familiarization lap of the course in another 2019 Wrangler with KO2 all-terrain tires. Frankly, these Jeeps are so capable off-road we didn't think we'd feel any difference, but we did. The KM3's don't slip as much in deep mud and muck. On part of the course, an overflowing pond had created a section with water running across the track. That section has a pretty steep angle as well. In the control Jeep, we could feel a bit of side to side sliding motion. However, in the Jeep wearing the KM3 tires we continued straight across. BFG says the new tread design provides 5% better mud traction and 8% added rock traction. The mud-traction is credited to its mud-phobic shoulder bars (see red arrow). More impressive is the estimated 27% tougher sidewall. BFG adapted its thicker CoreGard Max sidewall from its race-winning Baja desert racer design. The new BFGoodrich KM3 is available in 54 sizes, including 33 additional sizes from the previous generation, for 88 percent coverage of the market. There are also UTV sizes. We asked Phil Watson, Director of Consumer Public Relations BFGoodrich Tires / Michelin North America, to tell us who the KM3 is really targeting and what it offers over a standard equipment all-terrain tire on a vehicle like a Colorado ZR2 or Bison. He said, "The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is essential equipment for hardcore off-road enthusiasts. One of the most valuable equipment upgrades off-road drivers can make is tires. We designed the KM3 for more sidewall toughness and traction in mud and on rocks and proved its capabilities by winning some classes of the Baja 1000 on it." Story Note: GM-Trucks.com and its personnel received no compensation for the placement of this story. We traveled to our annual International Motor Press Association event at our own expense and paid a nominal fee to attend. Our thanks to Monticello Motor Club for the use of its facilities.
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