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  1. Zane Merva Executive Editor & Publisher - GM-Trucks.com February 4th, 2019 The Detroit Free Press is reporting that GM will layoff as many as 4,000 people white-collar positions today. Dubbed as "Black Monday" by an investment strategist, the cuts that may start today are a result of a low take rate on an employee offered buy-out announced in October. I can personally attest to the talent lost at the company in the last few years. Most of the people that I had the pleasure of communicating with for the past twenty years at General Motors no longer work for the company. Most received early retirement buyouts and will move on to other roles at other companies. Those cut today won't be so lucky to get that buyout.
  2. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 4/18/18 General Motors has announced today that Johan de Nysschen is "leaving the company immediately." de Nysschen came to Cadillac from Infiniti and was famously responsible for the brands advantageous and controversial renaming. He then proceeded to do the same at Cadillac, renaming all of their cars and struggling with sales of the once leading luxury brand. Steve Carlisle has been named as Senior Vice President of General Motors and President of Cadillac moving forward.
  3. Hey everybody, Has anybody come across a good reliable website for OEM genuine GM parts? I have seen many different websites online claiming to sell GM parts direct from General Motors. However, I have looked further into these websites & have found many bad reviews relating to them. Along with people who have had their money stolen by these websites. I figured somebody out there must know a rock solid website to order OEM GM parts from. Any suggestions would be a big help for many people! --- My specific reason for this question is because of a off-roading accident with my 16 Silverado 2500HD WT. My air deflector & front bumper were damaged & require replacement. I figured if i'm going to replace the front bumper, I might as well replace it with the OEM front bumper equipped with fog light ports. However, many components are required & it will all cost a bit. The last thing I want to do is get scammed by a hack website or read about more people who have gotten scammed. Thanks!
  4. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 8/18/2016 What's the biggest unknown detail that enthusiasts what to know about GM's 2017 model year. Only two numbers. Horsepower and torque. Specifically, how much of each will the new L5P Duramax Diesel serve up. We've been slowly learning about the 2017 Silverado and 2017 Sierra this week. We know what the new colors are and how the option packages will be structured. We know the RPO codes and we know that there's a new and improved Duramax Diesel engine on the way. So, while GM is playing mum with the official numbers, we're going to read between the lines. Allison transmission improvements are also expected (maybe more gears?) but we're going to focus on the Duramax right now. Where we are today The current 2016 Duramax is currently rated at 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. That's not insignificant or something to scoff at... but the truth is Chevy's and GMC's competitors have been stepping up their game. It’s worth to remember, however, we’ve come a long way since 2001 when the Duramax came to life at only 235-horsepower and 500 ft-lbs of torque. 300-horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque. 2017 Ford PowerStroke and RAM Cummins Ford has an all new PowerStroke Diesel for the coming model year. It's a doozy. Rated at 440-horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque, Ford has topped the Duramax's numbers by large margin. Specifically, 43 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. Both are big numbers when you're towing 15,000 lbs. Ram is also bringing big specs to the table. Their 2016 Cummins Diesel is producing 385-horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque. It's still under Ford's PowerStroke but better than the 2016 Duramax. Like General Motors, Chrysler is keeping their 2017 numbers under wraps as of today. We expect an increase to top or match Ford's PowerStroke numbers, because Ram's strategy is big numbers on spec sheets. GM's 2017 Duramax What can we expect from the new Duramax taking the current numbers into consideration? The first thing we need to think about is that the consumer HD pickup segment is on a race to 1,000 lb-ft of torque. How close the Duramax comes to this magic number is the biggest unknown but General Motors would love to be the first at that number. Second, it’s important to remember that GM historically takes every opportunity to best Ford on paper, even if only by a small number. Also, GM, as a company, also likes to give itself room to grow with vehicle performance specs while underrating true output. Taking all of that into mind, my personal thoughts and 16 years of experience tell me we'll see the all new Duramax power numbers lay out as follows. Our (100% Unconfirmed) Prediction 2017 6.6L Duramax Engine ~450 -Horsepower ~950 lb-ft of Torque What do you think? Would this be enough? Should GM go for 1,000 ft-lb of torque? Let your comments be known below.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9/29/2015 Just hours after GM-Trucks.com received word directly from General Motors that the Colorado and Canyon Duramax diesel trucks would come on-time, Automotive News has received additional details casting that into doubt. Scott Yackley, Chevrolet Trucks assistant chief engineer, told Automotive News “The EPA and CARB told us they are going to do on-road testing." Automotive News presumed that meant that the trucks might be delayed (since they have not been tested yet, and sales were to begin in October). Automotive News reported that the EPA also says that the testing will include rental and customer vehicles later to ensure that the diesel emissions are in-line with expectations. Expect confusion like this to be common until the EPA sorts out the mess Volkswagen's dirty diesel cheat-fleet has created. In related news today, VW now says that Skoda, SEAT and some commercial diesels made by VW are fitted with the software that over-rides emissions controls. On-road testing has not been part of EPA evaluations in the past. Rather, vehicles are run on a test stand including a dynamometer. Most certifications are carried out by the automakers themselves following strict guidelines for data collection and reporting. Hyundai and MINI were the latest automakers to have discrepancies between the conclusion and the data. Both were ordered to re-label their vehicles' MPG ratings. Ford had some similar issues. To find such discrepancies, EPA does pull and re-test some vehicles itself from each automaker from each model year. For a comprehensive look at the on-vehicle testing that is to come, and to gain a better understanding of the types of diesel emissions controls now needed to comply, please check out this report.
  6. Automotive News reported that the EPA also says that the testing will include rental and customer vehicles later to ensure that the diesel emissions are in-line with expectations. Expect confusion like this to be common until the EPA sorts out the mess Volkswagen's dirty diesel cheat-fleet has created. In related news today, VW now says that Skoda, SEAT and some commercial diesels made by VW are fitted with the software that over-rides emissions controls. On-road testing has not been part of EPA evaluations in the past. Rather, vehicles are run on a test stand including a dynamometer. Most certifications are carried out by the automakers themselves following strict guidelines for data collection and reporting. Hyundai and MINI were the latest automakers to have discrepancies between the conclusion and the data. Both were ordered to re-label their vehicles' MPG ratings. Ford had some similar issues. To find such discrepancies, EPA does pull and re-test some vehicles itself from each automaker from each model year. For a comprehensive look at the on-vehicle testing that is to come, and to gain a better understanding of the types of diesel emissions controls now needed to comply, please check out this report.
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9/17/2015 General Motors has cleared one of the major hurdles it faces with regard to the cover up of unsafe ignition switches. A settlement reached with the Justice Department has three main highlights. First, GM has admitted to failing to disclose a defect that could lead to deaths. Furthermore, the company admitted that it mislead consumers about the safety defect. Second, Nobody at General Motors will be charged with a crime. Like the similar Toyota settlement, the charges will be deferred. GM simply has to not do this type of thing again, and nobody will be held responsible. According to AP, the crimes its employees could have been charged with are "... wire fraud and scheming to conceal material facts from a government regulator." Last, GM will pay $900 million to the U.S. government in a penalty about 30% lower than that which Toyota paid. The penalty represents less than 2% of the tax payment deferrals the company was allowed to keep as part of its 2009 bankruptcy and less than a tenth of the direct cost of the bailout paid for by the U.S. taxpayers.
  8. Second, Nobody at General Motors will be charged with a crime. Like the similar Toyota settlement, the charges will be deferred. GM simply has to not do this type of thing again, and nobody will be held responsible. According to AP, the crimes its employees could have been charged with are "... wire fraud and scheming to conceal material facts from a government regulator." Last, GM will pay $900 million to the U.S. government in a penalty about 30% lower than that which Toyota paid. The penalty represents less than 2% of the tax payment deferrals the company was allowed to keep as part of its 2009 bankruptcy and less than a tenth of the direct cost of the bailout paid for by the U.S. taxpayers.
  9. When asked by a network news anchor about the protests surrounding his refusal, Kid Rock reportedly responded "Please tell the people protesting that they can kiss my ....," according to the Detroit Free Press. GM for its part is backing Kid Rock. Saying in a statement "We are committed to our sponsorship of Kid Rock's summer tour and are confident that he will provide his fans, many of whom are proud Chevrolet owners, with a spectacular concert experience that celebrates American Freedom." GM Trucks scanned three years of images on the Kid Rock Facebook page today. There are no visible Confederate flag images shown. On the contrary, the Stars and Stripes is one of his frequently used images. Images courtesy of the Kid Rock public Facebook page photos section.
  10. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7/13/2015 General Motors became the latest company to be dragged into the Confederate flag controversy. GM is presently sponsoring the Kid Rock Summer Tour. The National Action Network, a group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, has asked GM to pull that sponsorship (which is basically advertising) because when the group asked Kid Rock to denounce the Confederate flag he refused. When asked by a network news anchor about the protests surrounding his refusal, Kid Rock reportedly responded "Please tell the people protesting that they can kiss my ....," according to the Detroit Free Press. GM for its part is backing Kid Rock. Saying in a statement "We are committed to our sponsorship of Kid Rock's summer tour and are confident that he will provide his fans, many of whom are proud Chevrolet owners, with a spectacular concert experience that celebrates American Freedom." GM Trucks scanned three years of images on the Kid Rock Facebook page today. There are no visible Confederate flag images shown. On the contrary, the Stars and Stripes is one of his frequently used images. Images courtesy of the Kid Rock public Facebook page photos section.
  11. The Irish Times is reporting that FCA US may be trying to line up GM's investors to force a discussion of a merger. Accordingly, the report goes on to say that GM is enlisting advisors (also called lawyers) to be sure it is ready if it comes to a forced merger, buyout or some other form of pressure to merge. Sergio Marchionne is one of the most accomplished heads of any automaker. Although very soft-spoken, he generally gets what he wants and his views are often ahead of the curve. He is well known to have said that car buyers don't care about things like engines and transmissions and that the larger automakers should simply team up to achieve even greater economies of scale. You are reading this at an enthusiast site, so you and I DO CARE about engines and other truck parts. Be honest though, most of our neighbors and relatives can't look at a car and tell which wheels are driven. How would you feel about a merger between Ram's owner and the folks at GM that make Chevy and GMC trucks?
  12. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6/18/2015 This month the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US), Sergio Marchionne, asked General Motors politely if the company would be interested in a merger. Most of the mainstream press made mention of it, many getting a giggle out of GM saying "talk to the hand." GM's actual response may not have been so cocky as was reported. The Irish Times is reporting that FCA US may be trying to line up GM's investors to force a discussion of a merger. Accordingly, the report goes on to say that GM is enlisting advisors (also called lawyers) to be sure it is ready if it comes to a forced merger, buyout or some other form of pressure to merge. Sergio Marchionne is one of the most accomplished heads of any automaker. Although very soft-spoken, he generally gets what he wants and his views are often ahead of the curve. He is well known to have said that car buyers don't care about things like engines and transmissions and that the larger automakers should simply team up to achieve even greater economies of scale. You are reading this at an enthusiast site, so you and I DO CARE about engines and other truck parts. Be honest though, most of our neighbors and relatives can't look at a car and tell which wheels are driven. How would you feel about a merger between Ram's owner and the folks at GM that make Chevy and GMC trucks?
  13. By Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 2/12/2015 Exactly one month after introducing the all-electric Bolt to the world, Chevrolet is now promising to build it. Today the company confirmed that it will produce the Bolt EV as its next generation all-electric vehicle. Chevrolet also confirmed that the Bolt will be developed with two goals in mind. A 200-mile all-electric range and a $30,000 price tag. While the production vehicle will share the concept's name, don't expect them to look exactly the same. The production version will most likely undergo some styling and functional changes before it goes on sale. The Bolt will be produced Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility. The company simultaneously announced a $200-million investment to get ready for Bolt production. Orion will receive $160-million for tooling and equipment while Pontiac Metal Center Facilities will receive $40-million for new dies. The Bolt will be produced at the same facility that currently produces the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet has not yet announced a model year or on sale target for the Bolt. General Motors Says Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.
  14. Chevrolet also confirmed that the Bolt will be developed with two goals in mind. A 200-mile all-electric range and a $30,000 price tag. While the production vehicle will share the concept's name, don't expect them to look exactly the same. The production version will most likely undergo some styling and functional changes before it goes on sale. The Bolt will be produced Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility. The company simultaneously announced a $200-million investment to get ready for Bolt production. Orion will receive $160-million for tooling and equipment while Pontiac Metal Center Facilities will receive $40-million for new dies. The Bolt will be produced at the same facility that currently produces the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet has not yet announced a model year or on sale target for the Bolt. General Motors Says Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.
  15. By Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 9/03/2014 General Motors has reported August 2014 sales of pickups and large SUVs, like the Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade, are up nearly 18% over August 2013. The company also announced that it has received nearly 28,000 orders for the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 14,000 orders for the 2015 GMC Canyon. Dealer demand for the new mid-size pickups is stronger than the company had anticipated. August 2014 Truck Sales Highlights Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban & GMC Yukon & Yukon XL sales up 38% Chevy Silverado up 13% GMC Sierra sales up 10% Cadillac Escalade deliveries up 64% Chevrolet Express van up 23% Buick Encore sales up 13% Chevrolet Traverse up 11% GMC Acadia up 5% The average transaction price for a new General Motors vehicle in the month of August was $33,750, up nearly $2,900 over August of 2013.
  16. August 2014 Truck Sales Highlights Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban & GMC Yukon & Yukon XL sales up 38% Chevy Silverado up 13% GMC Sierra sales up 10% Cadillac Escalade deliveries up 64% Chevrolet Express van up 23% Buick Encore sales up 13% Chevrolet Traverse up 11% GMC Acadia up 5% The average transaction price for a new General Motors vehicle in the month of August was $33,750, up nearly $2,900 over August of 2013.
  17. By Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 6/3/2014 General Motors reported United States May 2014 sales figures this morning. The company's dealer network delivered 284,694 vehicles last month, up 13% from May of 2013. It was the company's best May sales numbers in seven years. Sales of the full-size Silverado and Sierra also saw a bounce, with the Silverado gaining 8-percent and the Sierra gaining a healthy 14-percent over last May's figures. Sales of GM's all new 2015 full-size SUVs doubled. 2014 May Sales Highlights vs May 2013 (some notes taken from GM Press Release) Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra sales were up for the third month in a row, with May deliveries up 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Retail sales of Chevrolet and GMC large SUVs doubled, while retail sales of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain were up 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Chevrolet sales up 14% Buick up 11% w/ best May since 2005 The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was an estimated 16.5 million units – the third consecutive month above 16 million. Cruze was up 41 percent. Chevrolet Corvette deliveries were up 268 percent, Spark sales doubled, Camaro was up 30 percent and Impala was up 23 percent. Malibu retail sales were up 12 percent. At Cadillac, sales of the CTS sedan were up 39 percent and Escalade deliveries were up 30 percent. SRX sales were up 27 percent, for the vehicle line’s best May ever. Buick Encore deliveries more than doubled and Regal sales were up 49 percent. GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs), including full-size pickup ATPs, were in line with April. Calendar year to date, GM’s ATPs are up about $2,700. Incentive spending as a percentage of average transaction price was 10.4 percent, down 0.5 points from a year ago, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. The industry average for May was 9.9 percent. Commercial fleet sales were up 21 percent for the seventh consecutive monthly increase and the best month since September 2008. Within commercial fleet, full-size van sales were up 46 percent and full-size pickups were up 35 percent. Small business deliveries, which are included in retail sales, were up 10 percent. Attached Images: Click here to view the article
  18. 2014 May Sales Highlights vs May 2013 (some notes taken from GM Press Release) Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra sales were up for the third month in a row, with May deliveries up 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Retail sales of Chevrolet and GMC large SUVs doubled, while retail sales of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain were up 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Chevrolet sales up 14% Buick up 11% w/ best May since 2005 The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was an estimated 16.5 million units – the third consecutive month above 16 million. Cruze was up 41 percent. Chevrolet Corvette deliveries were up 268 percent, Spark sales doubled, Camaro was up 30 percent and Impala was up 23 percent. Malibu retail sales were up 12 percent. At Cadillac, sales of the CTS sedan were up 39 percent and Escalade deliveries were up 30 percent. SRX sales were up 27 percent, for the vehicle line’s best May ever. Buick Encore deliveries more than doubled and Regal sales were up 49 percent. GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs), including full-size pickup ATPs, were in line with April. Calendar year to date, GM’s ATPs are up about $2,700. Incentive spending as a percentage of average transaction price was 10.4 percent, down 0.5 points from a year ago, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. The industry average for May was 9.9 percent. Commercial fleet sales were up 21 percent for the seventh consecutive monthly increase and the best month since September 2008. Within commercial fleet, full-size van sales were up 46 percent and full-size pickups were up 35 percent. Small business deliveries, which are included in retail sales, were up 10 percent.
  19. GM claims no fatalities have occurred as a result of any of these safety defects.
  20. General Motors has announced a milestone in the company's efforts to build out a nation-wide electric vehicle charging station system. The company has now installed 401-charging stations across the United States, with 20% of them powered by solar electricity. A majority of the stations, 269, are in Michigan and located in or near GM facilities. Here's the full GM Press Release GM Surpasses 400 EV Charge Stations at U.S. Facilities Automaker has nearly 160 stations located at various manufacturing facilities 2014-05-20 INDIANAPOLIS – Based on growing employee demand, General Motors today announced that it has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities. More than 20 percent of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles. The majority of the stations are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily. All charge stations are available free of charge to GM employees and visitors. “GM’s commitment to installing a workplace charging infrastructure is among the most expansive of any corporation in the U.S.,” said Britta Gross, director of GM advanced vehicle commercialization policy. “Workplace charging is one of the most important things a company can do to raise plug-in electric vehicle awareness and energize employees. “Once employees see how easy it is to plug in at home and work, and they realize the fuel savings, plug-in electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt begin to sell themselves.” In addition to the workplace charging, GM has another 400 charge spots dedicated exclusively to vehicle development and testing. Chevrolet and Cadillac dealers have installed approximately 5,900 charge stations at their locations for owner use – 17 of these dealerships use solar charging canopies. ”Workplace charging is now part of GM’s corporate sustainability plan and our employees want to be part of this positive change,” Gross said. “The key for any company is to take the first step and make it simple for employees to engage - in our case we started with outlets and free charging.” GM’s charging count follows the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement that 75 businesses have committed to participate in its Workplace Charging Challenge to install charging stations for their employees. The Workplace Charging Challenge, of which GM is a founding member, seeks to persuade America’s employers to commit to provide electric vehicle charging access to employees through partnership, advocacy and promotion. “GM is an example of a partner who not only has more than 400 workplace charging stations deployed, but also is actively out recruiting other employer partners for the Challenge,” said Reuben Sarkar, deputy assistant secretary for transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, told attendees at the annual Electric Drive Transportation Association conference here. Attached Images: Click here to view the article
  21. Here's the full GM Press Release GM Surpasses 400 EV Charge Stations at U.S. Facilities Automaker has nearly 160 stations located at various manufacturing facilities 2014-05-20 INDIANAPOLIS – Based on growing employee demand, General Motors today announced that it has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities. More than 20 percent of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles. The majority of the stations are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily. All charge stations are available free of charge to GM employees and visitors. “GM’s commitment to installing a workplace charging infrastructure is among the most expansive of any corporation in the U.S.,” said Britta Gross, director of GM advanced vehicle commercialization policy. “Workplace charging is one of the most important things a company can do to raise plug-in electric vehicle awareness and energize employees. “Once employees see how easy it is to plug in at home and work, and they realize the fuel savings, plug-in electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt begin to sell themselves.” In addition to the workplace charging, GM has another 400 charge spots dedicated exclusively to vehicle development and testing. Chevrolet and Cadillac dealers have installed approximately 5,900 charge stations at their locations for owner use – 17 of these dealerships use solar charging canopies. ”Workplace charging is now part of GM’s corporate sustainability plan and our employees want to be part of this positive change,” Gross said. “The key for any company is to take the first step and make it simple for employees to engage - in our case we started with outlets and free charging.” GM’s charging count follows the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement that 75 businesses have committed to participate in its Workplace Charging Challenge to install charging stations for their employees. The Workplace Charging Challenge, of which GM is a founding member, seeks to persuade America’s employers to commit to provide electric vehicle charging access to employees through partnership, advocacy and promotion. “GM is an example of a partner who not only has more than 400 workplace charging stations deployed, but also is actively out recruiting other employer partners for the Challenge,” said Reuben Sarkar, deputy assistant secretary for transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, told attendees at the annual Electric Drive Transportation Association conference here.
  22. Today, GM had the following announcement regarding its stock. Press Release:
  23. This sounds interesting. They must be feeling the pressure from Ford and the Transit Connect. I'll be driving the NV200 at the end of next month and will have a great write-up as a preview of the new City Express! DETROIT and NASHVILLE, Tenn. - General Motors Co. and Nissan announced today the companies have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the United States and Canada. GM will procure the vehicle from Nissan and distribute it through the Chevrolet dealer network. GM expects the Chevrolet City Express, based on the Nissan NV200, to be available for sale in the fall of 2014. "Our fleet customers have asked us for an entry in the commercial small van segment, so this addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position with fleets and our commercial customers," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales. Joe Castelli, Nissan vice president, commercial vehicles and fleet added, "Working with partners to expand markets for our innovative products enhances Nissan’s growth and manufacturing efficiency by leveraging our capacity to meet growing demand in this space." Nissan currently sells a version of the vehicle as the NV200 in numerous markets globally, including the United States and Canada. The Nissan NV200, a spacious-yet-compact commercial vehicle, is a previous winner of the International Van of the Year Award. Cost of ownership for the vehicle is among the lowest in the class due to low running costs, the high efficiency of the engines and drivetrains and a safety structure that helps to minimize crash damage. The price of the Chevrolet City Express will be announced later.
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