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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-12-2019 The very first self-driving vehicle that GM ever produced has been acquired by the Henry Ford museum. The vehicle is built upon a pre-production Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle. The vehicle was tested in San Fransisco, California starting back in 2016. It was built by Cruise Automation, GM's autonomy company. GM's President, Mark Reuss, was on hand at the ceremony and https://www.wxyz.com/news/the-henry-ford-acquires-gms-first-self-driving-test-vehiclehad this to say, “Autonomous vehicles will change people’s lives forever, just as the automobile itself did more than a hundred years ago. The Henry Ford is a treasured institution where past and present innovations are documented and displayed, and GM is proud to provide our autonomous test vehicle to serve as an inspiration to the innovators of tomorrow.” Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO, The Henry Ford museum, added, "Self-driving capabilities will fundamentally change our relationship with the automobile. As the home of the historic vehicles that have shaped that relationship today, this acquisition is paramount in how we tell that story in the future.”
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-19-2019 GM's import brand, Buick, is slashing its prices on the most popular vehicles in the company's lineup. Each of the company's top-selling models are discounted by double-digit percentages. The Encore subcompact crossover makes up about half of Buick's total sales. Buick is now offering discounts of up to $6,276 a whopping 23% of its new-vehicle price. These are 2019 model-year vehicles, not leftovers. The Envision two-row crossover is now being discounted by as much a $7,015. The Enclave is being discounted by a staggering $9,423. Buick is running television advertisements tied to the March madness hoop tourneys to promote the fire sale pricing. There are impressive deals on the Regal and Cascada and also the Lacrosse available. Check out Buick's website for details on the deals being offered through the end of March.
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-15-2019 General Motors Brands rocked the 2019 JD Power Customer Service Index Study. JD Power breaks the industry into two groupings. In the mass-market segment, Buick led the industry for the third consecutive year. Chevy and GMC were fourth and fifth with scores very close to Toyota's. The 2019 U.S. CSI Study is based on responses from 57,286 owners and lessees of 2016 to 2018 model-year vehicles. In the luxury category, Cadillac finished behind Porsche and Lexus, but look closely and you will see that Cadillac's score is nearly identical to Lexus'. Key findings in the JD Power study included: - All generations of customers showing a preference for internet scheduling. - In-store engagement remains important. - A large percentage of owners are also promoters of their vehicle and brand (to friends and family). - The satisfaction gap between dealers and independent shops is closing. “This is an important area of opportunity for dealers,” Sutton said. “Seemingly simple things like completing service right the first time; returning settings to how they were when the customer brought the vehicle in for service; and washing the customer’s vehicle—all three of which are Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)—can affect their perception of service quality. While completing repairs right the first time is done 94% of the time, the other two KPIs are only being completed 81% and 45% of the time, respectively. These basics are really building blocks to cementing the customer’s relationship with their dealer.”
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-22-2018 Chevrolet revealed its 2019 mid-sized Blazer crossover/SUV last night. The new five-passenger vehicle will be bigger than an Equinox, but smaller than a Traverse. What may be the Blazer’s most defining element is its looks. “The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.” Drivetrains: The new Blazer will launch with two drivetrains Colorado fans will recognize. GM’s 2.5L I-4 will be the standard engine and the 3.6L V-6 engine will be optional, each mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. There was no mention by Chevy of the new four-cylinder gasoline turbo or any diesel options. “The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” said Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer. “Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.” Specs: GM says that the new Blazer will tow up to 4,500 pounds. Cargo area, with the rear seats folded, will be 64.2 cubic feet. By comparison, a Honda CR-V has 76 cubic feet and a Mazda CX-5 60 cubic feet. GM didn’t offer any interior passenger volume numbers, but we question if the Blazer is really “mid-sized.” GM appears to be targeting the segment in which the Murano and Ford Edge reside with this new crossover. The Blazer is a unibody design and shares its platform with the GMC Acadia. Trims: GM plans to give the various trims distinct personalities. GM says there will be “additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.” Technology: GM listed the following technology highlights for the new Blazer: -Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera. -Hitch View — This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist. -Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu. -Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort. -Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle. -Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier. -Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier2. -Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier. -Wireless charging and six USB ports are available. Manufacturing Location: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will be built in Mexico. Terry Dittes, UAW vice president and director to the UAW-GM department issued a press statement as the Chevrolet Blazer launch concluded, saying “This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country," Dittes said. "GM employs over 15,000 production workers in Mexico, pays the workers less than $3 per hour and exports over 80 percent of the vehicles to the U.S. to sell here.” Timing: The new Blazer will go on sale in early 2019. Pricing has not been announced.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-18-2019 If you love GM trucks, and particularly ones with big engines you are in good company here. The GM-Trucks.com staff own big trucks. We also test them. In two of our driveways this week, are 2019 model year V8-equipped pickups. We also report on and test EVs from GM and other automakers. We report the news as it comes, but we hope for good news from GM. When GM recently announced it was closing factories on unprofitable cars, resulting in the loss of jobs for workers in four U.S. states and one in Canada, we had a hard time finding the good. However, along with that announcement, GM made it clear that the future it sees involves EVs and that the company was making changes to free up funds to double its EV efforts. 'Who cares, we love trucks," would be an easy way to greet that news. But maybe there is a reason to cheer for GM's EVs. The EPA isn't going away. It may over-reach at times, but truck lovers also love the outdoors and the EPA helps keep our air, land, and water clean. We watch the EPA news closely at GM-Trucks.com. This week, the agency released its most recent report on the auto industry and the EPA's efforts to boost fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, particularly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report has final data on model year 2017 vehicles and the information is through October of 2018. The green vehicle segment moves fast, and a lot has changed since then, but GM was kicking ass in model year 2017. GM sold the most electric vehicles in model year 2017 and it was not even a close race. Sure, we hear Tesla talk the talk all the time, but GM walks the walk, and has for a decade. That matters because the EPA requires automakers to meet fleet-wide goals for its emissions. Despite GM's great EV sales results, the company was just even with regard to GHG credits. This is a sort of cap and trade system that the EPA has forced upon automakers to ensure they meet their own fleet goals. Each fleet has its own goals based on its own mix of vehicles. GM's mix is heavily skewed toward trucks with hard-to-improve upon fuel efficiency. Things like stop-start, carbon fiber beds, aluminum hoods, cylinder deactivation, high-efficiency alternators and AC systems, solar reducing glass, all are now in use on the GM truck fleet. Yet, GM is still barely keeping up with its GHG targets. If GM is going to continue affordably producing gas and diesel pickup trucks by the hundreds of thousands, the company desperately needs some fuel efficiency gains in the rest of the fleet. And GM's mainstream cars sales are in decline. GM had a great fix for the game EPA was playing. GM produced a lot of large vehicles categorized as "alternative fuel vehicles." You might own one. If it says "Flex Fuel" on your vehicle you do. The idea was that these would burn fuel from crops. Originally, EPA allowed each to be credited as if the truck was run 100% on ethanol-based fuels. That helped GM quite a bit with its scores on the EPA system. However, GM, the EPA, and everyone reading this story knows that only a small fraction of those vehicles ever saw an ethanol E85 pump. Since 2015, the EPA now estimates the real usage and the automakers are out of luck because it guesstimates about 14% of those flex-fuel vehicles were running on alcohol. The EPA says that the result is, "FFVs can still represent a CO2 emissions benefit, and can help to lower the emissions of a manufacturer’s fleet, but the overall impact is significantly diminished." GM's EV sales in model year 2017 were impressive, but they have since declined. GM also just killed off its top-selling EV, the Volt EREV. In order to stay ahead of the fuel efficiency mandates coming from our government, and to avoid costly penalties that will raise the cost of trucks, GM is in need of a hail-Mary pass. That pass is battery-electric cars on a scale way beyond its past production and way beyond what even Tesla has achieved recently. Read the full EPA report here (if you have trouble sleeping). Even a quick scan shows that without a high volume fleet of hybrids, EVs, or alternative fuel vehicles GM is in trouble. The good news is that GM has been a leader in EVs and is taking big steps and making hard decisions to keep its EV future bright. So, if you love big trucks, be sure to root for GM's EV fleet as it rolls along in the coming years.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-4-2019 Chevrolet has made progress with dependability according to the most recent 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). This study measures the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old model-year vehicles. The 2019 study covers model year 2016 vehicles. The study covers 177 specific problems arranged into eight major vehicle categories. A lower score reflects a higher quality level and GM's Chevrolet brand scored 115, finishing fourth behind Lexus, Porsche, and Toyota. Buick was fifth. GM models were on the podium and finished atop their segments throughout the study. No brand had more segment first, second, and third place models than GM. The Silverado HD scored best in the Heavy Duty Truck Segment. Silverado was second in the "Light Duty" Truck segment and Colorado and Canyon finished second and third in the Midsized Truck segment. The Buick Lacrosse earned the top score in its segment, as did the Verano. The Chevy Sonic scored best in the Small Car category. Oddly, the luxury Cadillac brand and premium GMC brand did not score as highly as the Chevy brand. Jump to the JD Power VDS here.
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-28-2019 Today marks the official end to General Motors' most successful green vehicle, the Chevy Volt. The Volt went out as the current sales leader in the electric vehicle segment produced by GM. In 2018, the Volt outsold the Bolt, and for the past three sales years had stomped its original nemesis, the Nissan Leaf, into the compost pile, outselling it by 2 to 1 at certain points in that span, and handily outselling the Leaf for each of those years. The only other affordable electric vehicle to consistently outsell the Volt over the past couple of years was the Toyota Prius Prime. The Chevy Volt wasn't just a success in its own small world. Since its inception, the Volt outsold the EVs made by every German luxury brand, by Ford, by Toyota, by all of the FCA brands, by Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru, and many other important vehicles manufactures - combined. To call the Volt anything other than a smashing success within its segment is an understatement. If you are a political junkie, you may remember that former President Barack Obama once visited the plant that built the Volt and said that once he was done being President he'd buy one. He has not kept that promise. The Volt also broke through its green car status by being a Motor Trend Car of the Year, and an award winner in general vehicle categories by Car and Driver and Motorweek. GM has now discontinued building Volts, a fact that GM-Trucks confirmed with GM's Katie Minter. The 2019 Volt is still on sale until inventory is consumed. That could take a few months, possibly more. If we have any members who own Volts, perhaps they could offer their personal opinions on the vehicle.
  8. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-5-2019 The new unibody Chevy Blazer may not be your cup of tea, or may not fit your budget. But if you have $500 and want to enjoy some serious off-road action check out the Traxxas TRX-4 Blazer RC vehicle. It is styled after the iconic 1979 K5 Blazer and uses Traxxas' proven running gear. Traxxas went so far as to get an official GM license for this scale reproduction. You can learn more at the Traxxas site.  
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-4-2019 Our friends at iSeeCars have updated a study for 2019 that looks at what brands and models are the longest-lasting. One way to gauge how long a given brand of model lasts is to look at how many of them travel more than 200,000 miles. “With the right maintenance and care, today’s vehicles have the potential to reach 200,000 miles,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “While large SUVs and pickup trucks appear most often on the list, those looking for sedans and minivans can also find a vehicle that is proven to be a high-mileage hauler.” To build its rankings, iSeeCars analyzed over 13.8 million cars sold in 2018 to determine which models have the highest percentage of cars that reached 200,000 miles. The study found that the top 14 models identified each have at least 2.2 percent (almost three times the overall average) of their vehicles reach that mileage. The top models include a mix of vehicle types with nine SUVs including a hybrid, three pickup trucks, a sedan, and a minivan. The study found that GMC and Chevy are well above average and are ranked third and fourth overall. As in other studies we have seen recently, Cadillac did not score well, and finished well below average with the same score as Jeep and Chrysler. In the model breakouts, the Chevy Silverado scored ahead of the GMC Sierra. The pickup category was interesting. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup ranked fourth overall in pickups, while its mechanically silimar GMC Sierra 1500 ranks seventh and below the segment average. “The Chevrolet Silverado is considered to be more of a working truck, while the GMC Sierra markets itself as being more luxurious,” said Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars. “As a result, the Silverado may log more miles since it’s more likely to be used for work purposes.”
  10. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-1-2019 BFGoodrich (BFG) has just launched a very interesting discount promotion for those men and women who are employed in the trades. Called the Tradesmen Support Program, the basic idea is that if you are employed in a trade you get $70 off a set of BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires. If you are one of the 1 million tradespeople that belong to a trade organization recognized by BFG you will get a larger discount of $100. “For the men and women in trades, downtime because of equipment equals lost money. Our All-Terrain KO2 tire is an essential piece of equipment that can withstand the toughest job sites,” said Jessica Parris, BFGoodrich director of consumer communications. “BFGoodrich is putting its support behind this critically important community with our Tradesmen Support Program.” BFG is also throwing in roadside assistance for two years, with towing up to 150 miles. plus a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, and a chance to win VIP experiences to races such as the SCORE BAJA 1000 and the MINT 400. Not bad perqs for buying a tire that is already very popular. We can't think of a past tire promotion that provided those working in trades with a deal like this. Follow this link for more information including whether a group you belong to earns the higher discount.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-19-2019 GMC has updated the Acadia for 2020. The biggest news is the drivetrain lineup. The familiar 2.5L I-4 and the 3.6L V-6 engines remain standard or optional equipment for the 2020 Acadia dependent on the trim level selected, but GMC is adding a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to the lineup. The engine is has a GMC-estimated 230 horsepower (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). The turbo is a dual-scroll design developed to enhance low-speed torque delivery. Peak torque is available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, for an exceptional feeling of responsiveness, which means that in normal driving more torque will be available than from the V6, which has 271 lb-ft, but at a much higher RPM point. GMC is also adding a "tripower valvetrain" that complements the turbocharging system to make the most of the engine’s available power at all speeds. The turbo four can actually run on just two cylinders under light loads courtesy of GM's now ubiquitous active fuel management. It will be interesting to see how the fuel economy numbers pan out for this new turbo. The engines are coupled to a new 9-speed automatic. GMC has removed the gear shift lever and instead, the Acadia now has Electronic Precision Shift, which enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with an electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers. GMC specifically mentioned that all of the engines have auto stop-start, but there is a switch to turn off this annoying feature most drivers don't like. GM did not mention if the system will stay off. In addition to a new interior style, the 2020 Acadia has a lot of new tech improvements. Here they are in bullet-point format: - Personal profile allows users to tailor the infotainment system to their preferences, including audio, available navigation (requires subscription to compatible Connected Services) and climate settings, and even transfer those preferences to another GM vehicle with a compatible infotainment system. Up to four profiles can be assigned to the system and they can be assigned to the Acadia’s key fobs, automatically resetting the preferences for the incoming driver. - All-new Navigation interface with “one shot” destination entry feature, improved Route Guidance functionality and personalized settings. - Connected Navigation offers real-time updates, as well as Predictive Navigation and additional information provided by a cloud database. (Feature requires a Connected Navigation trial or subscription and connectivity.) - USB-C ports. Two new USB-C charging ports are integrated in the front and rear of the center console. That brings the number of ports in the Acadia to five, including a USB-A charging port for the third-row seating area. - Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging (available). - High Definition Rear Vision Camera upgraded to digital (standard on SLT, AT4 or Denali and available on SLE). - New Rear Camera Mirror available on Denali. - Head-Up display (later in the model year) An AT4 trim will have all-terrain tires, standard AWD, and some design cues to lure those who want an off-road look. The new 2020 GMC Acadia goes on sale this fall. It will be assembled at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant.
  12. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-14-2019 General Motors has a new line of electrified bicycle. The new brand is called ARĪV. There are two models, the Meld, a compact eBike, and the Merge, a folding eBike. The bikes are going on sale now in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Electrified bicycles are popular there. Prices (if we've converted from euros correctly) are around $3,000. That is pricey for an eBike. Amazon sells them for under $2K. Two friends of GM-Trucks.com own a couple of the MOTAN eBikes sold on Amazon and they love them. ARĪV tapped GM’s automotive-grade capabilities to set a new standard in eBike engineering. A proprietary GM motor is the heart of the ARĪV eBikes. The motor delivers top-of-segment torque for its size. It also enables speeds up to 15 MPH with four levels of pedal-assisted power. The battery was designed and validated to standards similar to GM’s electric vehicles. The ARĪV eBike’s battery charges in approximately 3.5 hours and gets an impressive range of about 40 miles of ride time on a single charge. The ARĪV Merge and Meld come with integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights for increased visibility and have oversized brake rotors to increase stopping power. The ARĪV eBikes were engineered by GM in Michigan and are built in Oshawa, Ontario.
  13. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-20-2019 A new feature available through the myChevrolet Mobile App allows owners of Chevy vehicles to track the exact location of their vehicle in real time. In addition to just seeing where on a map the vehicle is, owners of the Chevy vehicle can also set up a "geo-fence." and alerts if the vehicle leaves that area. Think of it as a radius of coverage the vehicle can drive around in, but if it leaves that area you will get a text message. One other feature lets the owner of the vehicle set up alerts when the vehicle moves. For example, so you could text a spouse when you leave work, without actually having to tap out a text. The onboard GPS tracker and mobile phone in every 2012 model year and newer Chevy vehicle is the device sending these alerts and notifications, not a personal cell phone that resides with the occupant. In other words, you don't need to alert a child, spouse or friend that you are tracking your Chevy that they are driving. Just think of the handy ways that might come in useful...Or scary. Take a close look at exactly what is shown on the screen the woman in our top of page image is holding.
  14. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-7-2019 Specialty Vehicle Engineering, Inc. (formerly SLP) has announced its newest vehicles, 1,000 hp versions of the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, and the GMC Yukon SUVs. You may remember Specialty Vehicle Engineering, Inc. (formerly SLP) as the manufacturer who created the Firehawk back in the day. The company's latest creations are the all-new and incredibly fast, 2019 High Output, Stage 2 Tahoe, Suburban and Yukon powered by a custom 416 C.I.D. (6.8L) supercharged LT-1-based engine. The powerplant delivers 1000 horsepower and 875 lb.-ft of torque, and features a blueprinted LT-1 Aluminum block, Race-Quality computer-balanced rotating assembly including forged 4340 steel crankshaft and forged steel H-Beam rods, forged aluminum pistons, CNC ported high-flow LT4 cylinder heads, custom supercharger, and 8 Rib Belt Drive System. The vehicle comes with a 3 Year/36,000 Mile Engine and Supercharger Assembly Limited Warranty. A Heavy-Duty transmission upgrade is standard on the Stage 2 1000HP package and includes a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty. About Specialty Vehicle Engineering, Inc. For more than 25 years, Specialty Vehicle Engineering has been a Second Stage Vehicle Manufacturer and Tier One Supplier to GM and its dealers, having built over 65,000 cars, trucks, and SUV specialty vehicles; making it the #1 GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer in the USA. The company was chosen as the exclusive builder of the current generation Yenko Supercars.
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  16. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-6-2019 Ram revealed a new 60-40 swing away split tailgate this week. Ram wasted no time in throwing out a zinger to the GMC folks, saying, "Unlike other multi-element tailgates, the Ram multifunction tailgate is trailer-friendly and does not require that the trailer and hitch be removed before opening." What Ram is apparently referring to is possible interference with the new GMC six-position MultiPro tailgate. Some owners have reported that the GMC tailgate can strike the trailer ball or the top of the trailer when it is dropped to its lowest position. “The Ram multifunction tailgate is intuitive to operate and owners will find it immediately useful,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand – FCA. “Combined with Ram’s class-exclusive RamBox feature and new tailgate step, we’re taking Ram’s cargo management and storage to the next level.” Ram's new multifunction tailgate has four different configurations including: Open flat Open left door only Open right door only Open both doors. Each door swings open 88 degrees and access can be further enhanced via a retractable center-mounted step option.
  17. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-15-2019 The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado is this year's pace vehicle for the legendary Daytona 500. This is also the debut running of the updated Silverado Gander Outdoors Truck Series racer. The Chevy Silverado has been the most successful truck to compete in the series since the first race in 1995. The current racer is based on the Silverado RST. With this kind of history being made, our own dynamic duo is headed to Daytona intent on conducting serious research. We reached Zane someplace over Virginia for a comment and he simply said, "Research. That is the story and we're sticking to it." “The Daytona 500 weekend is home to some of the most memorable moments in racing,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “This is an exciting opportunity to introduce the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever to race fans all weekend long.” This Sunday, Chevy will make history as Silverado becomes the first truck to ever pace The Great American Race. Dale Earnhardt Jr., no stranger to this track, will lead the pack for this unprecedented moment in the race’s 61-year history. The pace Silverado is powered by the same 6.2L V-8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission as our GM-Trucks.com long-term test vehicle. Chevy says that no performance modifications are necessary to safely pace the field of NASCAR drivers. Watch for updates including some exclusive images here.
  18. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-23-2019 If you have not started with our prior story today on the all-new 2020 Sierra HD it may make sense to do so. This post picks up from there and highlights just the AT4 trim line of the new Sierra HD. The all-new 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty AT4 expands on the GMC AT4's reach with a distinctive off-road identity for the new Sierra HD. Distinguished in its dark chrome exterior finishes and front and rear bumpers and a grille surround finished in body color, the AT4 has its own style. The grille design is also bolder than on the other HD trims, and is finished in black chrome and set off by the AT4's distinctive red vertical recovery hooks. The interior continues the AT4-specific darkened trim, including dark-tinted and textured aluminum finishes on the steering wheel, center stack and sill plates, as well as a unique Jet Black interior with Kalahari color accents in the seats and live stitching. AT4's leather seating has mini-perforated inserts and embroidered AT4 badging on the headrests, along with standard all-weather floor liners. The new Sierra AT4 Heavy Duty's unique suspension and supporting technologies enable its off-road capabilities. Features include: Off-road suspension, Rancho Shocks, skid plates, Eaton locking rear differential. Eighteen-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin all-terrain tires, with 20-inch wheels available. Traction Select System with specific Off-Road mode. Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Segment-exclusive 15-inch diagonal Head-Up Display with Off-Road Inclinometer. HD Surround Vision for low-speed views of vehicle surroundings.
  19. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-5-2019 Here are the 2020 Silverado HD specifications provided today: - - - - - *All towing capabilities measured using SAE J2807 metrics. - -
  20. GM Reports Strong Earnings

    John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-6-2019 General Motors today released its full Q4 earnings report. GM's CEO, Mary Barra, commented on the earnings, saying, "GM delivered another strong year of earnings in a highly volatile environment in 2018. We will continue to make bold decisions to lead the transformation of this industry and drive significant shareholder value.” The report came just two days after GM began its 4,000 person layoff of white-collar workers and weeks after announcing four plants would have no vehicle allocations after April 1st, 2019. If you are an investor, you can jump to the GM investor summary here. General Motors credited strong pricing, surging crossover sales, growth of GM Financial earnings, disciplined cost control and the successful launch of the new Sierra and Silverado pickups for the positive results.
  21. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-26-2019 A new story in the publication Detroit Bureau has EV advocates and those looking for a headling concluding that GM is planning to build an EV pickup. In response to an inquiry about EV pickups, Duncan Aldred, the vice president of the GMC brand, said, "Certainly, it’s something we’re considering." This and other small clues have some in the industry concluding, “They wouldn’t be saying this if they weren’t really confident about doing it, They are moving beyond hybrids…and want to be at the forefront of battery-electric technology.” This is in contrast to a statement by Mike Ableson, General Motors Vice President Global Strategy, who said this past November, "The core business is going to be the core business for a couple of decades to come. There will not be any AV/EV pickups.” What's our take? Based on the emerging culture of showing any EV prototype off as a "launch" years, or even decades before the vehicle is ready to be sold, we feel that once GM decides to build an EV pickup we will see a concept of it at a trade show. Then start your two to five-year countdown on when limited production will arrive.
  22. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-30-2019 Record cold temperatures have forced the shutdown of manufacturing plants, including those that produce the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevy Traverse, Sierra, and Silverado models. In all, 17 plants have been closed for multiple shifts. It isn't the cold itself that is the problem, but rather limitations on the supply of natural gas to the Consumers Energy utility that supplies power to these plants. The cold already was placing a high demand on the infrastructure, but a fire at a Detroit-area natural gas compressor facility made the situation worse. The Lansing State Journal has reported that plants in Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing Regional Stamping and Lansing Grand River Stamping as well as plants in Flint, Pontiac, Bay City, Saginaw, Warren and Orion Township have all missed shifts. The situation is also affecting Ford and FCA America plants.
  23. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-5-2019 Chevrolet rolled out the new 2020 Silverado HD lineup today at the Flint Manufacturing Plant where the new truck will be built. Chevy says that towing ability increased by a whopping 52% to 35,000 pounds. A heavier-duty frame compared to the current model, enables a higher gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCWR) of up to 43,500 pounds on properly equipped trucks. “We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.” The new 2020 Silverado HD will be available in five different trim levels — Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country — available across 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline configurations. Chevy is offering two new powertrains. The base engine is a new 6.6L V-8 gas with direct injection producing 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. That’s adds up to an 11 percent increase in horsepower and a 22 percent increase in peak torque, respectively, resulting in 18 percent more towing capability. The up-powered engine is the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 engine making 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque mated to an all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission. Chevy says that every component between the transmission and the wheels has been upgraded to enable an available 52-percent increase in max towing capability — now up to 35,500 pounds on Regular Cab, two-wheel drive, DRW, diesel models. Chevy Lists the Following As 2020 Silverado HD highlights: -New, more powerful 6.6L V-8 gas engine with direct injection for greater performance and stronger trailering capability with 22 percent more torque and up to 18 percent more towing compared to previous 6.0L gas engine. -All-new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission is matched with the available Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo-Diesel engine for a 52 percent increase in max towing to 35,500 pounds on properly equipped models. -Autotrac active two-speed transfer case on 4x4 models electronically controls “4 Auto” mode, allowing the truck to seamlessly shift between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive based on road conditions. -Advanced Trailering System technologies and new transparent trailer view: The in-vehicle trailering system features an available total of 15 available camera views (requires an installed accessory camera), such as HD Surround Vision and other unique -views including a transparent trailer feature to help provide added confidence when towing. Also features increased integration with the myChevrolet mobile app. -HD-exclusive sculpted exterior design features the most differentiation from the Silverado 1500 ever — the roof is the only shared sheetmetal. -Heavy-duty details designed to make work easier and more intuitive, including features such as an easy-access engine block heater outlet, easy-to-fill diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank with opening inside the fuel door, a more integrated snow plow prep -package and new, advanced trailering mirrors with available spot lamps and more. -BedStep feature and larger CornerSteps makes it easier to load or reach items in the cargo box, which is designed to hold a pair of size-12 boots and up to 500 pounds. -Larger cab enables more spacious interiors with Crew Cab models adding about 3 inches in overall length. Drivelines Chevy outlined many new driveline changes that add to the Silverado HD's towing ability. The upgraded driveline includes new, larger, more robust front and rear axles, a standard 11.5-inch ring gear on 2500HD models, and 12-inch ring gear on 3500HD diesel models. Also, 30-percent larger-diameter prop shafts provide greater strength with the high torque output of the new 6.6L gas engine and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel. Helping cool the Duramax engine is a massive 28-inch diameter fan with variable fan speed – 2.5-inches larger than the current fan. Engines A new 6.6L V-8 gas engine now has gasoline direct injection. Chevy uses a cast-iron Small Block for long-term durability with aluminum heads. The higher compression ratio of 10.8:1 and longer stroke produce a greater power output of 401 hp with strong performance at low rpm where it’s needed when pulling away with a loaded cargo box or trailer. Torque increases to 464 lb-ft. The 6.6L gas engine also gets dual alternators to support the electrical needs for trailering, snowplowing and other jobs. Chevy's proven Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 with 910 lb-ft of torque is th top engine option. Towing capability is increased up to 52 percent with driveline improvements. A diesel after-run feature specifically for use following a demanding towing situation is an additional new technology for the Duramax engine. The after-run allows the engine to keep running for up to 15 minutes to allow it to cool down using the fan and circulating coolant. If the driver puts the truck in park when an after-run situation is needed, an alert will appear on the driver information cluster directing them to keep the engine running for cool down. Should the customer ignore the message and exit the vehicle, the truck will restart on its own via remote start mode for cool-down. At that point the customer can walk away and the truck will turn itself off when the engine reaches an acceptable temperature. Transmission The new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission is better at transferring all of the Duramax’s torque to the pavement, allowing more torque to be put to the ground in lower gears, enhancing the overall driving dynamics and trailering with smoother gear changes and shorter steps between them. It also supports smart engine braking, which can help reduce brake wear. The Duramax/Allison combination’s standard axle ratio is lowered to 3.42:1, which reduces engine speed, therefore enhancing refinement. “The 6.6L Duramax diesel and Allison® transmission is a legendary combination in the HD truck market with proven durability and capability that our customers expect,” said McQuaid. “For 2020, we made the combination even better and upgraded nearly every driveline component.” PTO An all-new, factory-integrated engine-driven Power Take Off (PTO) is available that eliminates the need for an aftermarket unit. Exclusively offered with the Allison® 10-speed transmission on select diesel models, it’s the first fully integrated PTO system of its kind in the HD truck segment, with the PTO’s drive gear operated via chain to direct engine power. And because it is engine-driven rather than turbine-driven, owners can use the PTO while the vehicle is idling. A button inside the cab enables the PTO, and a mode selector allows adjustment of load and torque output. HD Highlights Include: - Smother door skins to make attaching signage easier for owners -Relocated engine-block heater. Designers moved the engine-block heater outlet to a more convenient, external location on the driver’s side of the truck, integrated into the front bumper, eliminating the need for cords hanging out of the grille or to open the hood for plug-in. The block heater is standard with diesel models and available with the new 6.6L gas engine. -More-intuitive snow plow package8. The front end of the truck is designed for easy removal of the air dam and skid plate for easier and more intuitive mounting of the plow hardware. The design even eliminates the need to drill additional holes in the front bumper. And when the plow blade is removed, the Silverado HD returns to form by maintaining a smooth, integrated appearance without visible hardware. -Diesel DEF tank/filler enhancements. The Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank is relocated farther back on the Silverado HD’s frame and out of sight from the exterior, and the inlet is located next to the fuel filler for more convenient filling. An electronic gauge readout for the DEF fluid level is added to the Driver Infotainment Center of diesel-equipped models. -Redesigned trailering mirrors with improved perimeter lighting. New, larger and more functional door-mounted trailering mirrors are standard on all 2500HD and 3500HD models. The mirrors extend and retract using a four-bar-link system that makes for smoother operation, whether done with power or manually. The surface area of the mirrors is larger, for a greater field of view compared to the current model, and an available power extension feature makes it easier to adjust the view from the driving position. -New for 2020 is the forward-facing spot lamp on each mirror that shines light at about a 45-degree angle, providing illumination on the job site or camp site. There also are side-view cameras mounted within the mirror housings, and when equipped, mirror-mounted puddle lamps and two rearward-facing spot lamps are also available. - Aero Shutters on 2500 and 3500 SRW models improve efficiency. - Diesel models get a more prominant hood scoop - Beds are no longer shared with standard duty Silverados, but are custom to the HD Trim Details: Work Truck: Distinguished with a unique, black “CHEVROLET” flow-through grille bar. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on 2500HD and 3500HD with dual rear wheels (DRW); 18-inch wheels are standard on 3500HD with single rear wheels (SRW). Custom: New to the Silverado HD lineup and exclusive on 2500HD, the Custom trim offers standard 20-inch wheels and body-color trim details for a more contemporary design expression. LT: Featuring chrome-trimmed vertical grille elements and a bright grille bar with the flow-through “CHEVROLET” name. 2500HD models feature 17-inch aluminum wheels, 3500HD SRW models feature 18-inch aluminum wheels and 3500HD DRW models feature 17-inch steel wheels. LTZ: Takes bright trim to the next level, including a bright grille surround with the flow-through “CHEVROLET” bar and chrome-accented grille inserts. It also features LED reflector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps. 2500HD and 3500HD SRW models feature standard 18-inch aluminum wheels with 20-inch wheels available. 3500HD DRW has standard 17-inch steel wheels and 17-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels are available. High Country: The most dramatic and expressive trim in the lineup, with a distinctive fascia featuring a grille with the Chevy bowtie and two-tone metallic grille trim, and LED lighting. 2500HD and 3500HD SRW models feature 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and the 3500HD DRW features 17-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels. Chevy Also Created This Matrix Showing the Comparison To Other Trucks Please see our separate story for full specifications. Image Gallery:
  24. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-28-2019 Chevy is going "full lego" in its new advertising campaigns and has just added a new animated video commercial to promote the Silverado. In the video, Emmet and Wyldstyle flee an alien invader in a Satin Steel Metallic Silverado 1500 High Country made of LEGOs. The Lego Silverado High Country will also appear in “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.” This will help to brainwash your children into being the next generation of GM truck lovers “From Emmet’s custom High Country to the real-life Trail Boss that inspired the full-size LEGO brick model, we have a Silverado for everyone — both LEGO mini-figures and everyday drivers,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The new ads are a fun addition to our Silverado campaign and will hopefully attract the next generation of truck buyers to Chevrolet.”

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