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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-17-2019 And just like that, the all-new 2019 Sierra is last year's model! Yes, GMC is starting to prepare the 2020 model year Sierras for sale, despite it not even being Memorial Day in America yet. GMC calls its updates to the Sierra for 2020 "A robust portfolio of technologies." Does that make you want to rush out and get the 2019 lacking the robust portfolio? “The Sierra is delivering the tech customers want in the light-duty truck market, and the 2020 model demonstrates that Professional Grade means never slowing down,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “In just its first year on the market, the 2019 Sierra introduced the available, industry-first CarbonPro Bed and MultiPro tailgate. The truck’s 2020 updates show how the Sierra continues to raise the bar year in and year out.” Here is a rundown of what changes Sierra shoppers can expect for the new 2020 model year truck: -Available Enhanced ProGrade Trailering features a segment-first transparent trailer view, originally introduced on the soon-to-launch 2020 Sierra HD, with a segment-leading 15 total available camera views. -Available Camera-equipped adaptive cruise control system. The system features a single high-mounted camera behind the rearview mirror and can bring the Sierra to a complete stop. -Elevation model now offered in Crew Cab configuration. -First full model-year availability of the 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel and the CarbonPro Editions with the carbon fiber bed (both late 2019 model year additions). -Available 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel added to CarbonPro Edition propulsion options, previously offered only with 6.2L V-8. -10-speed automatic transmission availability expands to 5.3L V-8 models (SLT, AT4 and Denali models with 4WD). -New trailer tow mirrors are available as a free-flow option. -8-inch-diagonal infotainment system now capable of supporting SiriusXM with 360L (if equipped). -2020, Sierra 1500 will be available with the upgraded 15-camera ProGrade Trailering System introduced earlier this year on the 2020 Sierra HD. - The in-vehicle Trailering App has updated features and enhanced mobile integration for 2020
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-15-2019 The same folks that GM turned to for the specialty equipment on the Colorado ZR2 Bison have created a fantastic tray bed concept of the truck. America Expedition Vehicles (AEV) built the concept for Overland Expo West. The concept truck shows off new high-clearance fender flares that AEV has developed. AEV took the new tray bed concept Bisons on a three-day off-road desert adventure to see how well they new bed would hold up. The post-trip report is that it worked flawlessly. The new fender flares allow for the fitment of 35" wheels without a lift kit. The new tray bed and fender flares are presently in development. AEV hopes to have more information for those interested soon. Follow AEV via its website, or at the company's Facebook page. Images courtesy of AEV and Scott Brady.
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-15-2019 General Motors has earned the "Automotive Excellence Award" for its innovations on the new generation Silverado. The award was presented to GM by The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). The GM Silverado design earned the award for its innovative use of advanced high-strength steel. The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has a body structure composed of nearly 86 percent steel. That includes ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS), advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and high strength low alloy (HSLA) materials in the Silverado's cab, bed, and frame. The use of these strong, but lightweight materials contributed to the new Silverado's mass reduction. During the all-new Silverado's launch presentation, GM President Mark Reuss told the audience that the head of a hammer is steel. He added, “I don’t know how much work you’d get done with an aluminum hammer.” Related Story: 2019 Silverado Focus – Fuel Saving Technology - Facts, Specs, Images "Automotive Excellence Award winners use advanced high-strength steel in applications to provide the best value for OEMs and consumers while also improving vehicle performance and sustainability," said Jody Hall, vice president of the automotive market at SMDI. "With automakers shifting their vehicle mix to favor trucks, CUVs and SUVs, new steel grades are leading the way in innovation. The 2019 Silverado is a great example of the capability of these next generation steel grades." The new 2019 Silverado is 450 pounds lighter than the outgoing truck (crew cab V8 models). High strength steel makes the frame stronger, and stiffer, and also lighter. The cargo bed is also a new lighter, stronger steel.
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-8-2019 Last night, the GM-Trucks.com team were introduced to the new Jeep Gladiator at a media event in Massachusetts. We thought that the GM-Trucks.com membership might be interested in hearing and seeing a few things that we found notewothy. To begin, the meeting was standing room only. All of these media events are popular, but this one was a packed house. Media from the six New England states were in attendance along with writers from Car and Driver, Autoweek, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and CarTalk. In addition to the content managers from every major online shopping site (CarGurus, iSeeCars, BestRide etc) there were also radio and TV media in attendance, including the host of Chasing Classic Cars. Josh and I could not remember a more well-attended meeting. FCA sent Jim Morrison, VP of FCA and head of Ram North America, along with a posse of four product managers to dive deep on the Gladiator. Jeep isn't adding the Gladiator to the Wrangler line, this is a full-whammy new product line for Jeep and FCA. The most important thing we took from the meeting is that the Gladiator, although made in the same Toledo production facility as Wrangler, is not a Wrangler with a bed. Sure, it shares its styling, that is the whole point. However, there are major differences. Look closely and you will see that the grill is different. Jeep opened up the airflow slots to enable better cooling. More importantly, the suspension is not shared with the Wrangler, though the capabilities end up similar. Jeep's designers pointed to the similarities to the Ram 1500 that the Gladiator has. The Gladiator is more of a Ram 1500 in terms of suspension than it is a Wrangler (Their words). Jeep is making a six-speed manual transmission the standard offering. Every trim has the six-speed manual. The automatic is optional. Every Gladiator will come with Fox shocks standard, and electronically disconnecting front sway bars allow for greater articulation than other trucks in this class. As every Colorado ZR2 owner likes to point out, your truck is rubbish unless it has front and rear lockers. Yup, Gladiator checks that important box. Jeep's Gladiator doesn't just have rock rails to protect its cabin body area, it also has rock rails that protect the cargo bed area. Each side of the cargo bed can support 1/3 of the full weight of the truck when hung up on a rock. Every Gladiator also has a full-size spare up under the cargo area. The bed of the Gladiator is not full-size like in the Ram 1500 obviously. So Jeep designed a 45-degree opening for the tailgate that allows the Gladiator to haul sheet stock home from the home improvement palace. Jeep will offer the new Gladiator standard with an open-air soft-top built in Acton Mass. by Haartz Corporation (Same supplier to Chevy's Camaro, Porsche 911 Targa, and BMW Z4, among others). The specially-designed soft-top was designed for Jeep to be easy to clean but also rugged and long-lasting. The optional tonneau cover is made from the same material on the same line to give the Jeep a perfectly matching set. The two-piece hard-top is optional. All Gladiators have removable doors and a drop-down windscreen. The drivetrains of the Gladiator mirror the Wrangler's. Coming later this year is an all-new 3-liter turbo diesel engine option. Jeep is claiming that its long list of standard and optional off-road equipment makes its Gladiator the most capable off-road truck in America. We find it hard to argue that claim. The new Gladiator is in its second month of sales.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-6-2019 General Motors is recalling 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 vehicles, 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 vehicles, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles equipped with Duramax 6.6 liter diesel engines and an optional engine-block heater. The engine block heater cord or the terminals that connect the heater cord to the block heater may short circuit and fail. GM says that a short-circuit may damage the engine components and increase the risk of fire. Unfortunately, GM does not have a fix yet for the problem. To see if your truck is on the list of those recalled, you can use the GM Recall Lookup Tool found here. GM's number for this recall is N182206310. If your truck is on the list contact your dealer to be sure you get updates.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 5-6-2019 GM Has a new trim/equipment package for the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro that caught our attention. The new LT1 Camaro model (Shown in red above) combines the content and design of the Camaro LT (1LT trim) and SS. It is powered by the 455-horsepower LT1 engine, making it the least pricey choice for V-8 performance in the Camaro lineup with a starting price of $34,995 - That price includes destination charges. “The new Camaro LT1 is a great choice for those seeking a pure V-8 performance experience,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “And at less than $35,000, it will be one of the most affordable V-8 performers on the market.” The 2020 Camaro LT1 is offered in both coupe and convertible models, and is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available 10-speed automatic. Additional features include: -LT exterior styling combined with the SS’s vented hood. -LT1 fender badges and black bowtie emblems. -20-inch x 8.5-inch SS style wheels at all four corners and all-season tires (versus the SS’s staggered wheels and summer performance tires). -Available Technology Package, including the Chevrolet infotainment system with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and Bose premium audio system. GM is also slightly restyling the Camaro SS (Shown in blue above). The 2020 SS front-end appearance is based on the distinctive design of the Camaro Shock show vehicle shown last fall at the SEMA Show. The SS front end now has a repositioned bowtie emblem in the upper grille and a body-color bar between the upper and lower grilles. “Customers spoke, and we listened,” said Mr. Majoros. “The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Shock concept car's stylized design helped prompt its transition from concept to production.”
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-30-2019 We've reported the GM sales and financial results here at GM-Trucks.com in the past quite regularly. One interesting take-away the GM financial results data being offered by the company is the increasing shift from sales unit volume to an emphasis on transaction prices. We find this interesting because there are two very different ways to look at higher transaction prices. They are good for stockholders and bad for truck buyers. Back in early April, GM focused on higher transaction prices, saying that its overall average prices in Q1 had increased by $8,040 higher compared to their outgoing models in the first quarter of 2018. That stunning upward shift in prices was tempered by the fact that GM had only produced limited trims and configurations of the 2019 Silverado and Sierra, while continuing to build the previous-Gen 2018 trucks in the lower cost versions. However, this week GM released the data of its financial performance in Q1. With a bit more time and more 2019 models produced, GM updated its "good news" about transaction prices of its trucks, saying, "The company’s full-size truck launch is ahead of plan and drove strong pricing for the quarter in North America. Average transaction prices for GM’s all-new full-size crew cab pickup trucks are up $5,800 over the outgoing models." We looked up the current inflation rate and found that it is presently at historically-relative lows between 1.5% and 1.9% this past quarter. It does not seem that GM is increasing the cost of its trucks due to higher costs, but rather due to a shift in the trims and configurations it is choosing to produce. “We are bullish on pickups and expect to gain sales momentum throughout the year,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. “We are installing capacity in Flint to build more HD pickups in total, more crew cab models, more dualies and diesel models, too, all in response to dealer and customer demand.” It looks like higher truck prices are here to stay, at least for the near term.
  8. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-27-2019 General Motors expects its next-generation Corvette to boost sales significantly, and GM is staffing up to build the car. The current generation Corvette was introduced in January 2013. With the new Corvette set for an official launch this July, that means the Corvette design we all know and love is now six and a half years old. The last of the outgoing generation Corvettes - a black 2019 Z06 model - has been donated to charity by GM. The final seventh-gen Corvette will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut June 28. GM will be adding a second shift to its Bowling Green, KY factory. That will boost jobs at the plant by 400. “The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This is the workforce that can deliver a next-generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.” GM has built more than 1 million Corvettes at the Bowling Green factory since it opened in 1981. The plant currently generates more than $76 million in state wages and $15 million in income tax. GM-Trucks.com will bring you more information on the new Corvette once Chevrolet releases details.
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-26-2019 Forgeline Motorsports, the premium wheel manufacturer known for lightweight and strong forged aluminum wheels have introduced a new wheel for light truck and SUV applications. The new FX1 joins the company's VX1, CV3C, ST3P and VR3P wheels. FX1 wheels are machined from a single forging of 6061-T6 aluminum and designed specifically for truck and SUV applications. We think the Forgeline FX1 precision-machined tapered spoke design looks exceptionally tough. Forgeline says that the FX1's monoblock forging and computer-simulated FEA design process yield a wheel that is relatively lightweight, stiff and exceptionally strong. In addition to Silverado and Sierra, the FX1 is perfect for 6-lug truck and SUV applications including the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe. The FX1 is currently available in 20 and 22-inch diameters with a range of widths and offsets. Features of the FX1 include: * One-piece forged monoblock construction * Concave profile * Multi-dimensional six spoke design * Rugged machining details * Thick outer lip with aggressive machined relief pockets * Designed for 6-lug small truck and SUV applications * Lightweight * Generous brake clearance * Forged 6061-T6 aluminum * Includes standard aluminum center cap * Customizable finish options * Legendary Forgeline quality and customer service Check the wheels out at Forgeline's website here.
  10. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-25-2019 Look closely at the new CarbonPro cargo bed in the 2019 Sierra and you will see printed on it "Connor's Way." That note is printed there as a tribute to GM manufacturing chief engineer, Tim Connor. Tim spearheaded the CarbonPro project. Sadly, he was killed in a motorcycle crash before the new Sierra was completed. Tim Herrick, the executive chief engineer of both Sierra and Silverado, told our fellow publication, The Drive, "Whenever you felt like something could get done, Tim was like the Energizer Bunny in getting it done. Tim made such an impression on me and my team." Hendrick himself ordered the mold to include the tribute and GM backed him. For more information on the CarbonPro bed, please see our prior reports: GMC Shows Off The Durability Of Its CarbonPro Cargo Bed 2019 GMC Sierra - Focus On Tailgate and Cargo Box 2019 Sierra – Diesel Engine, Carbon Fiber Cargo Box, Amazing Tailgate and Trailer Technology – Images and Facts This post is a shorter version of a story by our friend Chad Kirchner that appeared at The Drive. Chad was kind enough to allow us to re-report it and to use his photo.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-25-2019 Back in December, GM-Trucks.com member Jammin87SS posted a note here about a class-action suit related to GM 8-speed automatic transmissions. This transmission was used widely by GM, including in the Sierra, Silverado, Colorado, and Canyon pickup trucks. Owners have been complaining of shuddering and hesitation. Owner of a Silverado, Ed T., wrote a typical description for CarComplaints. He says, "Ever since I bought this truck new there has always been a shifting problem. This problem occurs whenever I slow down to a fairly low speed and then accelerate. When I accelerate there is a hesitation for a second or 2. This is very annoying and could potentially be dangerous. I have contacted my dealer and he just says "that's the way they shift, no fix"??? Dealer also stated that the transmissions have a learning chip and shifts the way a person normally drives - that's total BS. I have had my truck for over 2 years and it still shifts poorly. Besides the above I love my truck very much, GM just has to fix this problem..." GM knows there is a problem. It has issued both notices to its dealer's technicians and also TSBs. However, it has yet to find a solution that works. There is a class action suit that you can learn more about here. Our questions for our members are; 1) Have you experienced any issues with your 8-speed, and 2) was the dealer able to fix it? Let us know in the comments below.
  12. I'm on the same page Grumpy Bear. I think I did a pretty good job making that point with the GM employee earning comparisons in the story, no?
  13. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-23-2019 The staff at GM-Trucks.com are fortunate to be included in multiple automotive media groups. Without talking too much "inside baseball," we are tuned into product releases, press releases, and new product announcements. Our daily inbox is filled with dozens of brands vying for our daily attention. This activity spikes during late winter and early spring as the annual auto show cycle is in full swing. During this busy cycle this past year up until today, GM's Buick division has been eerily silent. For example, GM's media website, which is broken down by the four individual brands, has new press releases each week. Sometimes more than one per day. The last Buick press release was written in November of 2018, over five months ago. This is unusual for Buick. We looked back and found that Buick had posted 12 press releases in 2018. Yet, in nearly half a year, none. Of course, news about automobiles and brands is not limited to the press release announcements generated by those brands. Good writers dig up stories and create other forms of content about brands and models. We did a Google search on the keyword "Buick" to see what news these writers and publications had come up with for Buick over the past couple months. The top story by date (meaning recent news is elevated to the top of the search bar) is that Buick may import another trim of an existing model to the U.S. Multiple outlets are reporting that Buick may bring is longer wheelbase trim, the "Encore GX" crossover, to the U.S. The longer wheelbase version of that model is presently an Asian-market product. We also found a few stories about Chinese-market Buicks being written by publications that have a global reach online, like Automobile. One sign that the Buick news is slim is that on the first page of "Buick" news results on Google, a paid advertisement by a Buick dealer that appeared in the auto sales section of STLToday.com appears. Click it and the link is dead. Buick's top news search results include dead links to adverts. By contrast, Cadillac has press releases on its website posted in the past week and four for this April. Then also five in March, two in February, eleven in January. We also looked at Acura's media site for a gauge on its activity. Acura has five press releases in April so far, had seven in March, including two in one day, four in February, and the trend continues at that pace in months prior. Another concerning sign is that Buick has never visited the headquarters of our local New England media group. Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Jeep, Ram, Acura, Kia, Hyundai, Honda, and many other brands appear regularly with news, new products to show off and for writers to test and photograph, and to offer technology updates and tutorials. Heck, we see tire manufactures on a regular basis. Buick is conspicuously absent. Buick had no media presentation at this year's Boston Auto show. There is no New York Auto Show (happening this past week) news posted on Buick's website. Buick has no media test fleet that we are aware of. Buick is the only mainstream or premium brand without test vehicles that we know of. Reviews can only come from test vehicles. Without them, there can be no reviews for readers at shopping sites like CarGurus, BestRide, and iSeeCars. GM-Trucks.com is a fan of the Buick brand. In our collective fleet of personal vehicles, we own a Buick. Here's to hoping the slow pace of news and announcements is not a sign of anything bad to come.
  14. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-23-2019 General Motors paid its CEO, Mary Barra, $21,870,000 in the year 2018. That amounts to nearly half a million dollars per week worked, assuming Ms. Barra has five weeks off during the work-year. Another interesting number is $93,064. That is Ms. Barra's pay for each of the 235 work days in a 47-week year. Ms. Barra earns more in one day of work than the average GM employee does in a full year of work. Union workers at GM plants signed a contract about 18 months ago that pays the average union worker about $60K before bonuses. Including bonus pay and overtime, the average is about $77K per year. Or about as much as Mary Barra earned on her first work day of the year by about 3 pm. Although by comparison to Ms. Barra's co-workers at GM her pay seems outrageous, by comparison to her peers who are CEOs of other large public companies engaged in manufacturing, her pays is about average. Boeing's CEO made about $23 Million in 2018. Ford's CEO made $18 million. During 2018, MaryBarra also enjoyed the use of GM company vehicles. Despite her pledge to commit more GM resources to electric vehicles, and her pledge that GM has an "all-electric future," she told an interviewer at an energy summit, at which GM displayed its EVs, that she herself drives a Cadillac Escalade. What say you, GM-Trucks.com faithful? Did Mary Barra earn her pay in 2018?
  15. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4-11-2019 GMC's new Sierra CarbonPro Editions arrive at dealers this summer, available on the Sierra Denali 1500 and the Sierra AT4 1500. GMC says that the first will arrive in June. Unlike a composite bedliner, GMC's purpose-built CarbonPro bed is the first of its kind for carbon fiber composite. GMC promises best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance. To help prove that statement, GMC has released a little bit of data on its testing. More importantly, images and video. Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors explained why truck buyers will want CrbonPro, saying, “The bed is the working end of a truck; it’s what brings buyers to the segment. Loaded with motorcycles, snowmobiles or dirt bikes, CarbonPro in the 2019 GMC Sierra is sure to impress with its strength, space and innovation.” Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global GMC, added, “CarbonPro is made of the same raw material found in seven-figure supercars and even aerospace applications. Coupled with offering the world’s first six-function MultiPro tailgate, the 2019 Sierra packs a one-two hauling punch for whatever the situation demands.” The GMC CarbonPro bed has best-in-class cargo volume partly because its sidewalls can be pushed out farther. This is due to the outstanding formability of the carbon fiber composite GMC chose that allows molding deep and complex shapes with variable wall thicknesses. The CarbonPro bed is large enough to slide a 2-inch by 6-inch wooden divider into pockets in the bed wall for cargo organization and separation. GMC also points out that it is possible to vary the graining of the material. Some areas are deeply grained or traction and some are less grained so that cargo can slide in and out better. The GMC CarbonPro bed has many design features, including: - Spray-in bedliner not needed: Because carbon fiber composite is exceptionally durable, a spray-in bedliner is not necessary to help prevent damage and therefore will not be packaged on models with the CarbonPro bed. The composite material is rugged yet nonabrasive. - Rear wheelhouse liners not needed: Because of CarbonPro’s increased dent resistance versus aluminum or steel, no wheelhouse liner is installed from the factory. - Payload increase: Models equipped with the CarbonPro bed offer an increase in payload over a steel bed due to the mass savings of carbon fiber composite. Payload for these models is at least 59 pounds higher, depending on the configurations and equipment. GMC laid out the type of testing that it conducts. Included are: -Drop tests: Large and heavy loads were repeatedly dropped on the CarbonPro bed to replicate extreme use scenarios. Testing included dropping cinder blocks, 1800-pound loads of gravel and 450-pound water-filled steel drums from varying heights. -Corrosion test: CarbonPro was subjected to corrosion testing but carbon fiber composite is naturally resistant to corrosion. -Snowmobile test: A snowmobile with metal studs on the track was driven into the bed and accelerated at full throttle with a 250-pound rider on board with only minimal scratching evident on the bed. -Extreme temperature testing: Validation work was performed in Yuma, Arizona, and Kapuskasing, Ontario, to help ensure CarbonPro holds up in unforgiving environments. -Generator test: High heat exposure involved aiming the exhaust from a portable generator directly at the corner of the bed to ensure heat and vibration would not degrade the bed. Who is interested in this new cargo bed? What do you like about it?
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