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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-21-2019 IIHS has just completed its latest round of testing of 11 pickup truck models. The new testing adds passenger-side small frontal overlap crash test results. This test is important because in real-world crashes investigators find that about 25% of all fatalities and serious injuries occur in crashes of this type. This test is one of the hardest in the American market. NHTSA does not perform the test and the test is also carried out at higher speeds than NHTSA's other tests. The small frontal overlap test simulates a vehicle striking a utility pole or similar object with just a portion of the front structure. IIHS added the passenger-side test after it discovered in some research testing that automakers were not reinforcing the side not commonly tested. They tested a Toyota RAV4 which earned a Good score on the driver's side, and Poor score on the passenger side. Ford's F-150 is the only truck so far tested to earn a score of Good on every crash test. Overall, the Honda Ridgeline is the only truck in America that has earned a Top Safety Pick award. Watch the comparison in the video to see the difference between a Good result (F-150) and a Poor result (Toyota Tundra). GM's results show that the company scores the second from lowest rating in many areas. By all appearances, GM is one of the remaining companies that does not reinforce the passenger's side the same way it does its driver's side.
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-4-2018 GM’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, had the unfortunate and embarrassing experience of crashing a pace car this weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix Indycar event. Reuss lost control of the Corvette ZR1 in a corner with uneven pavement. The vehicle appeared to oversteer and corrections sent Reuss into the wall nose first. Thankfully, Reuss and a track official in the passenger seat were uninjured. Members of GM-Trucks.com staff have met Mark Reuss on multiple occasions and have shared racetracks with him. Mr. Reuss is “guy’s-guy” who is very easy to speak to. We’ve had the pleasure of sharing meals with him and informally discussing a wide range of topics. Mr. Reuss has also granted Zane Merva of GM-Trucks.com formal interviews to give updates on truck developments. At the track events we visited, Reuss took advantage of media days to get to know and hear from members of the media during important Chevrolet and Cadillac performance model launches. He also took advantage of the open track to turn hot laps in the products he helped bring to market. His competency behind the wheel of 700 hp + cars is not in question. Mr. Reuss also knows this particular track, having driven it on many occasions before this event. GM issued this statement on the accident: “We are thankful that there were no serious injuries. Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released. It is unfortunate that this incident happened. Many factors contributed, including weather and track conditions. The car’s safety systems performed as expected.” Mr. Reuss posted a comment to his personal Facebook page thanking friends, family, and GM fans for their support. Since the post was not public, but only shown to his FB friends, we have opted not to reproduce it in its entirety as other media have chosen to do. Reuss apologizes in the post, and thanks his well-wishers, but says he let people down. We don’t feel let down. If a pace car isn’t a real track car, and if it isn’t going to be driven hard, then what’s the point?
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-06-2017 In a recent round of comprehensive safety testing by IIHS, the Colorado and Canyon fell short of the best in class for safety. As the chart above and the video will show, the cab configuration of the Colorado and Canyon differ in their crash test results. In order to earn the highest score IIHS awards, the Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must have a score of Good on all crash tests. The Colorado and Canyon do offer a trim that meets this requirement. However, a vehicle must also have "Acceptable" or "Good" rated headlights. The Colorado and Canyon only come with "Poor" rated headlights. Also, GM does not make a midsize truck that meets the "Advanced" rating for forwarding collision prevention. In the midsized truck segment, only the previously tested Honda Ridgeline earns a Top Safety Pick Plus rating.
  4. Greetings all, Just looking, hoping for advice on my truck from anyone who has been through a rear end collision with substantial damage before. I was stopped with my foot on the brake waiting for a light. The other driver never braked and hit by their own admission doing about 35 MPH. Her Subaru was demolished in front. My truck has substantial damage underneath. Bent lief springs, tow receiver is totally bent and pointing straight down, bent shock, spare tire is shoved over top of differential and not to mention obvious body damage. I just have really loved this truck and I am worried it wont ever drive the same if they do put it back together. What do you guys think? Should I push for it to get totaled? Should I/would you get a lawyer? Thanks for any/all advice!!
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-22-2016 The newly introduced Cadillac XT5 crossover matched the segment-leading Lexus RX with a Top Safety Pick+ overall rating in just-released results of IIHS testing. The XT5 scored well on all crash tests, including the small frontal overlap test. It should be noted, that to earn the result, the Cadillac needs to be equipped with optional forward collision prevention, something the Lexus comes standard with this year (and in fact is now standard on all new model year Toyotas). Cadillac's forward collission sytem is rated Advanced, and the Lexus Superior. Buyers, in general, won't care about these fine details.
  6. So I was driving back from the electronics store and didn't know how to get back home. So I decided to use my GPS. Well, while looking at the GPS, I rear ended someone in a 2006 Silverado. The rear bumper was damaged but that was it, everything else is fine. I don't have a picture of the damage, so I will describe it. The rear bumper was pushed down at an acute angle. The plastic (under the license plate) slightly detached on the left side. The license plate was slightly pushed in. Since I don't have insurance I have to pay out of pocket to fix it. How much will it cost to replace it?
  7. Today Chevrolet released an info-graphic that points out six of the ways that GM engineers designed the Silverado to be more cost effective to repair. Yes, this announcement is timed perfectly to scare Ford F-150 shoppers into thinking aluminum repairs will cost them time and money, but the truth is the Ford F-150 and many other commonplace vehicles have used aluminum body panels for a decade or more. Here are the six things Chevy thinks makes the Silverado easier to repair than competitors' trucks: Front Frame Rail Section Chevy says the leading section of its from frame rails may be removed or repaired making it easier to deal with frame damage. Structural Front Fenders Chevy designed the front fenders to unbolt in one larger piece, rather than an outer skin and inner supporting piece. This makes font end damage faster and simpler to work on. Bond-On Body Panel Procedures Rather than weld, some outer panels can be repaired using construction adhesives. Pre-prepared roof panels Chevy pre-drills holes for studs and accessories on its repair roof panels saving repair time. One-Piece Body Side Outers Chevy said in its announcement "If damage occurs to the outer panels of the cab, technicians can order a complete body side outer, shipped as a single, complete assembly, allowing technicians to cut out and replace only the damaged area instead of the entire assembly." Flexible Bed Repair Options Chevy designed its pickup beds so that owners can repair just the bed or bed box sides. Not all repairs require a full bed box replacement.
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