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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-19-2019 When it is time to throw down on credentials your author often resorts to "My team and I built a solar-electric race car from scratch in 1990." That's peanuts compared to the GM team that can now say "Our team built a full-scale Chevy Silverado out of Legos." Yes, GM and its partners, the Oxford Community School’s FIRST LEGO League and Detroit’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary’s A World in Motion Program, have produced a life-like Lego Silverado Trail Boss. The build combines the Detroit Auto Show, GM's new marketing campaign for the Silverado, and a bagillion tiny cubes. “Chevrolet is once again thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. to integrate the brand and one of our most iconic products – Silverado – into ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,’” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck marketing. “The themes of determination and teamwork in the new movie align perfectly with our Chevy brand values and we are sure that the all-new Silverado has the features, technologies and strength that would help Emmet, Lucy and their friends as they take on exciting new challenges.” A team of 18 worked for 2,000 hours to create the Silverado out of about 400,000 lego blocks. The Lego Silverado weighs 3,300 pounds and has working lights.
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-16-2019 GM laid out a comprehensive advertising plan this past week to support the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra now that they are ready for volume delivery. One of the innovative ways that GM had promised to promote the trucks was via Amazon packaging adverts. As you know from our coverage here, GM is wisely partnering with Amazon whenever possible. The images here are from Facebook 2019+ Silverado/Sierra Owner's club member Daniel Glauser. Daniel ordered up some products from Amazon and was nice enough to share the first images we have seen of the new GM promotional partnership with Amazon. Every little bit helps. What's your take on GM using this promotional opportunity? Our thanks to Daniel for sharing his images.
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-15-2019 Cadillac's display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit underway this week will show off one of its most important new products in a decade, the all-new three-row XT6 crossover. Cadillac has been only luxury automakers in the U.S. market without a full-size luxury crossover, and the new XT6 will help to round out the brand's portfolio. “The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.” (With noting, is that the XT4 is not outselling the Lexus NX compact crossover.) “Every seat is the best seat in the house,” said Carlisle. “From luxurious appointments, comfort and convenience to premium sound and technology features, every passenger gets an optimized experience.” Highlights of the features of the new XT6 include: -A comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance and safety technologies1, along with generous cargo capacity4. -The latest Cadillac user experience, with intuitive controls including a rotary controller with new jog functionality. -Premium Luxury and Sport models offer customers more customized looks with unique exterior and interior distinction. -A nimble, responsive driving experience, powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, offering up to four selectable driving modes. -Supercruise driver assistance. -Night vision. -Rear-view camera mirror. -Rear pedestrian alert. -Apple Car play and Android Auto (Not available on BMW, Lexus) “The new Cadillac XT6 models provide two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, allowing more personalized appearance and driving character,” said John Plonka, chief engineer. “Premium Luxury models provide an elevated level of refinement, while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.” The all-new Cadillac XT6 will be manufactured in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and available for ordering this spring.
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-3-2019 Mark Reuss has been named the President of General Motors Corporation. We are big fans of Mr. Reuss here at GM-Trucks.com. Over the past number of years, we have had the distinct pleasure of spending time with him on and off the record and have shared a few meals and even a racetrack with him on one occasion. Among the automotive media, Mr. Reuss is respected not only for his many accomplishments in the corporate world, but also because he is approachable, likable, and a true "car guy." This new promotion elevates Mark Reuss from his prior positions at GM's Global Product Group and head of Cadillac. Among his new responsibilities will be leading the Quality organization at GM. Reuss took over Cadillac after its failed move to New York and following its sales declines during the tenure of former brand executive Johan de Nysschen. “Mark’s global operational experience, deep product knowledge and strong leadership will serve us well as we continue to strengthen our current business, take advantage of growth opportunities and further define the future of personal mobility,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Mark has played a critical role in leading the development of the company’s award-winning vehicles while transitioning his team to prepare for growing electrification and autonomous technologies.” As our headline hints, Mark is not the first of the Reuss family to be the President of GM. His father held the job during the early 1990s after Stepmel and before Smith. During Lloyd Reuss' tenure, GM closed 21 plants and put 74,000 employees out of work. These were the "worst of times" prior to the 2007 bankruptcy. On the day his dad was fired from GM, Mark Reuss had a tux hanging in his car for the event honoring his dad's 35 years of service to GM scheduled for that evening. Hopefully, Mark Reuss's time as President will be looked back on by history as much more positive. “I am very proud to have spent my entire career at General Motors, and to now take on this new role is truly a great honor. With our current lineup of outstanding cars, trucks and crossovers around the world, I’m looking forward to keeping our momentum going at full speed.” GM issued a statement today that said that Reuss plans to "...double the resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs in the next two years."
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-3-2019 Amid the news of GM's newly confirmed commitment to electric and autonomous vehicles, most news outlets point to GM's focus on trucks and full-size SUVs. What many miss is GM's amazing recovery from an early slow start with crossovers. Today's quarterly sales report by GM has one simple summary that shows just how impressive the company's crossover sales are. 1 million in U.S. sales in 2018. “We have built the most successful pickup, SUV and crossover business in the industry and we gained considerable momentum in the fourth quarter of 2018 as dealers began delivering the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Cadillac XT4,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. McNeil chose to single out the compact XT4 from Cadillac, but that is simply a marketing plug. GM sold less than 8,000 XT4s in 2018. The real news is the two-row Equinox crossover, which is now GM's second-leading seller with 332,618 vehicles delivered in 2018, up 15% in a year in which every manufacturer gave their full efforts to the segment. The Terrain's 114K unit sales are also important and that model was up 33% for GM in 2018. GM's crossover sales summary follows: -GM crossover deliveries totaled 1,034,808 in 2018, up 7 percent versus 2017, and the following five nameplates had record calendar year sales: -GMC Terrain up 34 percent -Chevrolet Traverse up 19 percent -Chevrolet Equinox up 15 percent -Chevrolet Trax up 13 percent -Buick Encore up 6 percent GM says the Cadillac XT4 became the best-selling vehicle in its segment just two months after launch. We are not so sure. Lexus sold almost 9,000 NX crossovers in December alone. Total sales of all GM utility vehicles, including large SUVs, totaled 1,295,700, up 7 percent. The combined sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado, and the GMC Sierra and Canyon, rose 3 percent versus 2017 to a total of 973,463 pickups. This marks the fifth consecutive year that GM has lead the U.S. market for overall pickup truck sales. So, how did the electric vehicles from GM do this year? After all, GM is making it pretty clear it sees this segment as critical to its future. The Bolt BEV was down by 23% to just over 18K units in 2018. The Volt EREV was down 10% to almost identical sales of about 18K units. If GM sees EVs as the future it is starting behind Toyota and Tesla in the race to the top for sales. Toyota's Prius Prime PHEV lead the affordable EV segment with just under 28K units delivered and Tesla delivered an astounding 140K Model 3 BEV compact sedans.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-11-2019 Hot on the heels of Amazon being able to deliver packages to your trunk, the company can now also open your garage door, place the packages inside, and then close the door. The trick is the myQ garage door and the Amazon Key App that works on your device - and Amazon's. You also have to be a Prime member of Amazon. The app will also let you know anytime the door is opened and allow you to open and close it from your device. Pretty neat. You will need a Chamberlain myQ smart hub , sold for about $80 on Amazon, or a new garage door opener from the company that has that technology already built in. With Amazon Alexa and Google assistants, many similar functions are already finding ways to make life easier. This seems like a logical next step. Hey, here is a quick brain teaser for our eco-conscious members. Can you identify the thingy hanging between the garage doors and name its brand?
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-7-2019 Are you tired of the dude with a clipboard and the "real people" looking surprised when the trucks they see turn out to be Chevys? If so, you will be pleased to hear that GM is taking a little break from the four-year-long "Real People, Not Actors" campaign. GM plans to bring them back, but for the coming season, Chevy is headed toward a different angle in its adverts that will show how the Silverado is the perfect truck for everyone in America. Which makes little sense since GM sells three other trucks that must be right for somebody (are we crazy?). The spot features a variety of Silverado owners closing tailgates. The new advert is called "Tailgates," and we have to say we like it. The nostalgia always tugs at our heartstrings and Chevy highlighting the more modern uses for trucks instead of it always being a horse saddle rest is welcome. For more details on GM's Chevrolet Silverado advertising plans, check out this deep dive by Ad Age. What is also a bit funny though is that GMC has a new ad campaign that basically says all one piece tailgates are old-fashioned. Do the Chevy and GMC add guys talk? GMC's new advertising campaign is called "Step Up Like A Pro." Maybe we have been drinking the GM Kool-Aid too long, but this one sounds like a winner to us. First off, "Step up" reminds us of GM's innovative corner step. Secondly, "Like a Pro" sounds a lot like the GMC theme for the past decade that generally gives the impression that GMC trucks are "Professional Grade." The campaign highlights GMC unique multi-function tailgate and features a song you know well. "Step Up Like A Pro is an empowering call to action that resonates with truck owners, encouraging them to reach higher in their lives and not accept the ordinary. ‘Anthem’ continues to define our GMC ‘We Are Professional Grade’ standards and signals landmark change to the industry,” said Rich Latek, director of GMC Marketing. GM is planning a lot of TV-football and social media buys to kick off the Silverado and Sierra campaigns. What do you think of the adverts?
  8. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-8-2019 Hot Wheels has launched its 2019 truck series and included in that new group of toys is the '19 Silverado Trail Boss. The newest addition is a blue Trailboss LT with the yellow side streaks. Hot Wheels had previously offered a red '19 Trailboss as part of its 2018 truck series. Attached is a toy unwrapping video. If you have little kids, particularly girls, these types of videos may be familiar to you. The '19 Silverado was designed for Hot Wheels by Dmitriy Shakhmatov. In red, the product code is FJV97 and in blue, the code is FYC57 (you may want to double check that before you order). These Silverados are built in Malaysia. For more details, check out the toy wiki site for this item. If we have any collectors in the group, please feel free to add more in the comments below.
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-9-2019 General Motors announced today that it is offering up some free OnStar for those owners who don't already subscribe. We reviewed the offer, which is packed with more fine print that a celebrity divorce agreement, to try to get the important parts straight for our members. One of the fine print sections actually references the Famer's Almanac. The deal breaks down to three free months as long as you are willing to give OnStar your credit card, full contact info and a cheek swab for DNA verification. You need to own a 2006 or newer GM vehicle equipped with OnStar and it has to work. In fairness to GM, if you want to opt out all you need to do is press the Blue button and tell the associate you're out. The services available depend a bit on the model, but should include Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist and access to a live advisor at the push of a button. “These services can help Chevy customers drive with confidence during some of the most dangerous times to be on the road,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “With OnStar, we’re bringing peace of mind to owners, knowing that an advisor is ready to help.” To begin your free service simply press the Blue button. You get one month with no hassles, and up to three if you go in for the full contact info dance. If interested, push the button before January 23rd. Why the enrolment for the program ends on a Wednesday was not explained.
  10. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-14-2019 Cadillac plans to make Cadillac a primarily electric brand. Before that happens, the brand will shift primarily to ICE crossovers, with maybe keep one performance sedan and the Escalade as its token ICE cars (ICE means internal combustion engine). The new Cadillac looks to our eyes a lot like the old XLR, Cadillac's re-branded Corvette from the not too distant past. Despite this one being a "crossover." Going forward, look for every manufacturer to re-tag its cars as crossovers, despite the number of wheels driven, number of doors, ground clearance, and lack of any sort of SUV equipment. Cars are dead, so every new model has to be a crossover by definition. Unless it's a truck. “Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.” We disagree. The heart of the crossover market has a selling price under $30K and is defined by the top-selling model in that huge segment, the Toyota RAV4. Cadillac may well hit the periphery of the crossover market, but it will be a long swim for any automaker to hit the "heart of the crossover market" with an affordable BEV. Decoding the marketing lingo we think GM means "We don't have anything yet, but when we do it will be a high-priced vehicle for China." Buick had better watch its back. What do you think of the looks? GM has not given us a name, range, performance profile, or price estimate yet. Which in the EV world is pretty much standard practice.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-12-2018 Wards has named the General Motors 6.2-liter V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) to its 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines Award list. “General Motors’ thundering 420-horsepower V-8 in the Silverado exemplifies how engineers continue to find ways to improve efficiency without giving up something in return. DFM determines 80 times per second exactly how many cylinders require fuel to meet power demands. And, incredibly, it uses as few as two cylinders to propel the full-size pickup down the highway,” says Wards' Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “The truly amazing part is the cylinder deactivation is imperceptible, so seamless that the only thing the driver notices is fewer stops at the pump." Coincidental to the award, GM-Trucks.com has just taken delivery of a long-term tester with this very engine. “Chevrolet first introduced its Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system in 2005, and Dynamic Fuel Management is a natural progression of the technology,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. “Dynamic Fuel Management enables only the cylinders needed to deliver the power you want, seamlessly delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy.” The full list of Wards' 10 best engines is as follows: 3.0L (B58) DOHC Turbocharged I-6 (BMW X5) 6.2L OHV V-8 with DFM (Chevrolet Silverado) 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang GT/Bullitt) 3.0L DOHC TurboDiesel V-6 (Ford F-150) 2.0L DOHC Atkinson i-VTEC 4-Cyl./HEV (Honda Accord Hybrid) 120-kW Fuel Cell/Electric Propulsion System (Hyundai Nexo) 150-kW Propulsion System (Hyundai Kona EV) 2.0L DOHC VC-Turbo 4-Cyl. (Infiniti QX50) 2.0L DOHC Atkinson 4-Cyl./HEV (Lexus UX 250h) 3.6L DOHC Pentastar eTorque V-6 (Ram 1500)
  12. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-20-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD chassis cab trucks are on their way to dealers and third-party upfitters. The first medium-duty production Silverados headed off the production line and onto delivery trucks today. “When we decided to get back into the medium-duty segment, we were determined to build the truck our customers have been asking for,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “We listened to the needs of fleet managers, truck drivers, technicians and dealers to design a truck that’s easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.” The new trucks feature straight frame rails with no fasteners or other obstructions, which will enable upfitters to more easily adapt the cargo packages.
  13. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-17-2018 GMC has just released details of its 2019 Sierra AT4 off-road performance package. The AT4 is not new, it was launched earlier this year along with other trim packages. GMC is now adding a Performance Package to the AT4. To the already impressive list of AT4 features, GMC includes the following on the Performance Package: - 6.2L V-8 engine mated to 10-speed automatic transmission. - 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. - Cat-Back Performance Exhaust System. - Performance Air Intake. These changes add 15 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque to a Sierra equipped with a conventional 6.2L V-8. Power is now 435 horsepower and torque is 469 lb-ft. The 6.2L has recently been named a Wards 10 Best Engine for 2019. The AT4 package includes the following content: Standard 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift. Standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates. Standard off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers. Standard Hill Descent Control. Standard Traction Select System. Standard GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate. Standard black chrome finish on the fog lamp bezels, fender surround and grille insert. Standard body-color grille surround, door handles and bumper. Standard exclusive athletic interior trim elements. Standard red vertical recovery hooks. Available segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display. Available segment-first Rear Camera Mirror. Available GMC-exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box. A full suite of advanced available safety features including Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. GMC says that the Sierra AT4 Off-Road Performance Package is priced at $4,940 and is on sale now.
  14. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-10-2018 The EPA posted the new fuel economy numbers for a variety of Silverado combinations this week. The new 2.7-liter engine is one highlight. What struck us after reviewing the info is that the numbers are not that impressive. Chevrolet made a lot of noise about the new truck's aerodynamics and engine technology, leading us to get the impression that some interesting numbers would follow. Now that we see the numbers we are not so sure. First off, there are 38 different Silverado 1500 combinations listed by www.FuelEconomy.gov. Four pages of different fuel economy numbers for the model years 2018 and 2019. You can find them all yourself on the site to view which interest you, but we are pulling out a few for discussion purposes. First Up 5.3L V8 4x 4 2018 vs. 2019 To our eyes, the 2019s (denoted by "K") look like they get lower fuel economy. Are we mistaken? Next Up 4.3L V6 4 x 4 2018 vs. 2019 The 4.3-liter V6 was more efficient last year is our take. What's yours? Next Up 2019 2.7L 4-cylinder turbo in 2WD vs. 4.3 V6 in 2WD for 2018 vs. Ram V6 2019 The reason there are two Silverados is one is the work truck, the other not the work truck. They get different MPG ratings. The Ram is the new mild hybrid eTorque V6. Hmm. Our friends at Automotive News asked Chevy's Monte Duran why the new trucks have lower fuel economy numbers than the old and he replied, "We increased towing capacity, payload, and it's a much larger bed and a much larger cab."
  15. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-19-2018 General Motors is bringing back its OnStar Santa tracker with a little help from NORAD. This Christmas Eve, folks with an OnStar subscription can keep track of Santa's progress across the globe with a touch of the blue OnStar button. “Each year we receive thousands of Santa Update requests,” said Stacey Unold, director of Contact Center Operations supporting Chevrolet. “It's a fun way for Chevrolet owners to use technology to connect their families with important information about Santa's journey and spread holiday cheer.” The first 10,000 touches of that OnStar button to check on Santa will also result in GM donating $1 to the American Red Cross. So, press away, it all goes to a good Claus. Cause.
  16. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-26-2018 General Motors is expected to announce soon that the company will move to eliminate certain car models and close some plants that build the cars. This news seems to jive with our recent reporting about a workforce reduction among salaried employees. Reuters is reporting that the vehicle cuts will be significant and that some models will be eliminated. Separately, CTV News Canada is reporting that its sources say the Oshawa Plant in Canada that builds the Impala will be closing its operations. GM presently employs about 2,800 salaried and hourly union employees at this car plant. “While the union does not have complete details of the overall announcement we have been informed that, as of now, there is no product allocated to the Oshawa Assembly Plant past December 2019,” Unifor, the union that represents the Oshawa plant's hourly workers, said in its statement. “Based on commitments made during 2016 contract negotiations, Unifor does not accept this announcement and is immediately calling on GM to live up to the spirit of that agreement.” In related news, Toyota is also planning to reduce the number of car models it produces. The Financial Times reported this week that Jim Lentz, North America chief executive officer, said the company was “taking a hard look at all of the segments that we’re competing in. We have got a large number of passenger cars,” he said. “You would expect that to come down over time.” These changes would mirror Ford's plan to eliminate all but a couple of car models in favor of crossovers and trucks. Update: GM has confirmed the Oshawa plant news and added to its "Unallocated" list the Lordstown, Ohio and Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Detroit. In addition, GM is not planning any products for the Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland, and the Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan. GM's announcement focuses on re-aligning future product focus on electric vehicles. The announcement includes, - "GM is evolving its global product development workforce and processes to drive world-class levels of engineering in advanced technologies, and to improve quality and speed to market. Resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs will double in the next two years." - "GM has recently invested in newer, highly efficient vehicle architectures, especially in trucks, crossovers and SUVs. GM now intends to prioritize future vehicle investments in its next-generation battery-electric architectures. As the current vehicle portfolio is optimized, it is expected that more than 75 percent of GM’s global sales volume will come from five vehicle architectures by early next decade."
  17. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-11-2018 Ford's media launch for the all-new 2019 Ranger is presently underway. One tidbit that Ford let out today is that the Ranger will have a 22 MPG Combined rating in 4X4 and 23 MPG combined in RWD versions. Those numbers are the same as the Colorado and Canyon Duramax diesels'. Normally, comparing a gasoline-powered vehicle to a similar one with a diesel engine is meaningless. Diesels are really good at two things; creating torque at low RPMs and having a high miles per gallon rating (of diesel fuel). The Ranger is a bit different. Like the new Chevy 2.7-Liter turbo gas engine, the Ranger's 2.3-liter "EcoBoost" turbocharged gasoline engine also develops outstanding torque at low RPMs. The Ranger is rated at 310 lb-ft of torque. Ford has not yet provided a curve for it and we will update our readers when they do. Expect a low RPM peak and a flat plateau over the entire normal operating speed range of the engine. Diesel is presently selling at 22% more per gallon than regular unleaded according to AAA's daily national average posting. It will be interesting to see how the Ranger pulls trailers. It may well have a similar pulling ability to the Duramax equipped midsize trucks from GM, but offer much quicker acceleration coupled with a lower cost for fuel.
  18. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-6-2018 Earlier this week Chevrolet released the first photos of the 2020 Silverado HD in LT trim. The response was mixed. Today, the brand is trying again, showing off the better looking HIgh Country trim level. In total, the new Silverado HD will have five unique trim levels. We've already seen the LT, and here are the images of the all-new range-topping Silverado HD High Country. “Truck customers are very clear: They want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck compromised for the masses,” said Mike Simcoe, vice president, Global Design, General Motors. “That insight shaped our strategy for the next-generation Silverado franchise, providing customers more differentiation between the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD as well as more personalization and differentiation between individual trim levels.” The two-tone metallic trim you see here is exclusive to High Country models. Read Chevrolet's Press Release On the 2020 Silverado HD High Country CHEVROLET REVEALS 2020 SILVERADO HD HIGH COUNTRY, SECOND OF FIVE DISTINCT MODELS FOR ALL-NEW PICKUP Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country models offer different combinations of design, features and technologies tailored for different customers DETROIT — Chevrolet knows no two truck customers are the same, and as such continues to expand its truck franchise with five distinct trim levels for the all-new Silverado HD: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and range-topping High Country. This follows the expanded range of customer choices on the all-new Silverado 1500, which has eight distinct trim levels. As with the 2019 Silverado 1500, each 2020 Silverado HD model offers a different level of design, features and technology to meet the individual and rigorous demands of HD owners. “Truck customers are very clear: They want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck compromised for the masses,” said Mike Simcoe, vice president, Global Design, General Motors. “That insight shaped our strategy for the next-generation Silverado franchise, providing customers more differentiation between the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD as well as more personalization and differentiation between individual trim levels.” For example, each of the Silverado HD models features distinct exterior design details including grilles featuring either the Chevrolet stamped bar or the iconic Chevrolet bowtie and a mix of black, body color, chrome or the two-tone metallic trim exclusive to High Country models. “We took into account every detail of what customers expect, and how they will use their truck,” said Simcoe. “The results are unique versions of the Silverado HD equally at home working on a construction site or pulling a camping trailer.” The 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale in mid-2019. Stay tuned for more details about the all-new 2020 Silverado HD — including images of Work Truck, Custom and LTZ — closer to launch. ABOUT CHEVROLET Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
  19. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-28-2018 This one hurts, but we saw it coming a mile away. In a year that GM has introduced a great new generation of trucks, Ram seems to be taking home the lion's share of awards. The latest is Motor Trend's Truck of the Year Award. Before you assume Motor Trend is biased toward one brand or another, let us tell you we looked back and GM trucks have won the TOTY award in 2016, 2015, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1995 and 1979. The long list and varied winners indicted to us that what Motor Trend primarily looks for is a change agent type of vehicle. Something that stands out from the norm, not necessarily just the best overall brand of trucks. MT says about this year's award, "Our 2019 Truck of the Year should give pause to prospective Blue Oval loyalists (or buyers of any truck, for that matter) because there isn't a truck out there that so precisely hits the diverse needs of the segment better than the 2019 Ram 1500." This particular introduction to the award hit home for the GM-Trucks.com staff. Last week, we attended an event set up by Ram for the New England Auto Press Association. Ram's outstanding support team brought out the new 2019 Ram Limited and also a North Edition (a Big Horn Trim). Ram did this so that they could show us the North Edition, which was developed after Ram specifically listened to the needs of truck testers who live in the snow belt. Folts like Zane and Josh at GM-Trucks.com who live in the white stuff and own truck and know trucks. Contrast this with GM skipping the Texas Truck Rodeo this year. How could they skip the biggest truck testing event in North America in a year they launch an all-new truck? You have to play in order to win, as they say. GM's support for the media and testers seems to have diminished in the recent few years to the point where members looking for trucks to test are pretty much on their own and need to rent or test drive vehicles at dealerships. Meanwhile, Ford has provided NEMPA with two Raptors in the past six months. Enough inside baseball. Ram is deserving of praise for many reasons. One is its air suspension ride. Simply put, it is the most comfortable truck ride we have ever experienced. Next up, novel engine options that add both torque and fuel economy. Finally, the ginormous infotainment screen available in the Ram. In a class of vehicles where everything from the HVAC knobs to the tires are big for the sake of being big, Ram seems to get that bigger is better. And the Ram is a looker too. "Best-in-class: sophisticated without going over the top," editor-in-chief of MT Ed Loh says. "I love the styling," road test editor Chris Walton said, eyeing the Ram 1500 Rebel. "It's like the Viper of Rams." MT's Features Editor, Scott Evans, said. "This is a luxury interior. Look at this wood! This leather! The metal, stitching, design, attention to detail! The leather on the grab handles! Cadillac could learn a thing or two by spending an afternoon in this cabin." We are GM fans here, and we are not saying we agree with MT's pick, but the reasons that other brands are taking home so many trophies are apparent to us from both a product and also a support perspective. Ram deserves congratulations for hitting both sides of the coin. You can check out the full Motor Trend story on the Ram 1500 Truck of the Year win at this link.
  20. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-5-2018 The hard-working research team over at iSeeCars has completed a new study. This new one doesn't use the easiest to understand metrics, but the conclusion is pretty clear. Among all vehicles being promoted by manufacturers this holiday season, trucks are among those with the lowest incentives. What the group looked for this time were models that had the highest number of advertised deals that took 5% or more off of the sale price of the vehicle. In other words, how many deals are out there, not necessarily the best deal with the single most savings. Many deals are regional and iSeeCars included used cars in this analysis of over 2.4 million sales transactions. The average percentage of listings that offer a deal that takes 5% or more off the price of a vehicle this time of year is 40.5%. That means about 4 out of ten vehicles are already being discounted before a shopper arrives. iSeeCars looked at how a given model varied from that average. In other words, is a model more or less likely to be a model with a deal. The top model for deals is the outgoing BMW 3 Series. The lucky auto writers who cover that model are on planes as we type this story headed to the new 3 Series launch. BMW and used car dealers is trying to get rid of the older series ahead of the new. The Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A4 are also being heavily advertised with deals. “The growth in popularity of auto leases in recent years has led to an influx of these often-leased luxury vehicles in the used car marketplace after their lease terms end,” said Phong Ly XCEO of iSeeCars. Among all types of vehicles, trucks have the least number of deals. The Silverado is among the vehicles with the lowest number of deals overall. If you think about the state of the truck market now, this seems to make sense. The Ram, Silverado, and Sierra are all new for this season. The full study can be found here.
  21. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-29-2018 Now that GM has dropped the bomb on eight plants and about 15% of its workforce, the hard part seems over. GM will have some political wrangling to do, but GM's leadership has been crushing that for years. This latest shift will be peanuts compared to the late 2000s. Understanding that GM is planning to ice a handful of car models and shut down some factories is not that difficult. Getting a full picture of exactly what GM is talking about for its big-picture future is. GM won't put Marry Barra in front of reporters who will ask things like "What happens to trucks when GM shifts its focus to tiny driverless EVs? And why does GM's CEO Mary Barra drive an Escalade if GM is so convinced the Bolt is the cat's meow?" General Motors’ Mary Barra has been talking to friendly interviewers about GM’s “… commitment to transforming mobility through the safe deployment of self-driving technology…” and the company’s move toward its “…vision for a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” Just what the H E double hockey sticks does that really mean? To understand the answer it is important to look at a company GM controls and has partnered with, Cruise Automation. Cruise are the folks who are developing the self-driving, electric car technology GM plans to lean heavily on as it transitions from offering exclusively personal vehicles to a new market GM envisions in which people share the use of vehicles. Like Uber, but without the employee behind the wheel. Cruise captures the future idea in its mission statement. “Self-driving electric cars can save millions of lives and significantly accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, but only when they’re deployed in large numbers. General Motors and Cruise Automation are focused on bringing that future to life.” That "Only in large numbers" part is code for "Once personal vehicles are phased out." Modern EVs, the foundation for the cars GM is talking about, have now been on the market since 2010 when the Leaf and Volt were introduced. In the nearly ten calendar years since the electric marvels have arrived, no affordable electrified vehicle, (say with a price under $40K) has been able to sustain a sales volume of 2,000 units per month. The top-seller is the Prius Prime, which has sold over 22,000 units in the past 11 months. The Chevy Bolt has actually declined in sales recently after hitting its stride back in the second half of 2017. To date, Cruise has been working closely with GM’s engineering team to adapt technology to existing platforms, like the Chevy Bolt battery electric vehicle. All self-driving vehicle prototypes use either battery-electric cars or hybrids because they need to tap the energy on board to power their sensors and controls. These new self-driving vehicles are shockingly expensive by comparison to conventional cars their size. Forget about the gizmos that help the Cruise version of the Bolt drive itself. Before all that tech is added, the compact Bolt has a starting price of $37K. A Nissan Kicks is about the same size and starts under $20k. Throw in a handful of lidar, radar, and binocular optical sensor arrays (meaning multiples of each of these) along with ultra-accurate mapping and GPS guidance for redundancy, plus the supercomputer to drive it all, and a compact car could cost well over $50K. Before you add stuff like leather and heated seats. A car like that cannot possibly succeed in the marketplace, so you are supporting their development via ZEV credits behind the scenes and federal tax deductions and state rebates directly to the folks who buy the EVs now on sale. Once the self-driving version of these super-expensive vehicles is ready a whole new type of financial support will be needed. As time goes on, keep a close eye on the folks at Cruise. They are likely to be a good bellwether for what is coming.
  22. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-6-2018 These images were recently posted to the Colorado ZR2 club on Facebook by member Matt Feldermann. Matt is an employee at American Expedition Vehicles , GM's partner on the Bison trim of the Colorado ZR2. As you know if you follow the truck, the Bison comes with a bad-ass front bumper. One of the key features of which is to enable a front winch to be mounted. Matt's post helped explain one thing we have always wondered about off-road trucks. Why so few come with a winch option or even a winch mounting point. "Cooling was the #1 concern shared by GM when installing a winch," says Matt. "The positioning of a winch in the AEV Bison bumper is OE validated to have NO effect on cooling whatsoever." Matt also shared that, "You can see a bracket welded to the tube that holds the winch. It’s a bit unorthodox, but that’s what had to happen to fit a winch on while maximizing approach angles." Our thanks to Matt for sharing his images.
  23. Study Points To Lowered Truck Incentives

    Yeah, it was hard to get my brain around. I did find it interesting that the trucks were less often discounted though. I saw a $12,500 discount on 2018 Silverado advert immediately after I posted this.
  24. John 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.
  25. John 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?

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