The pickup leverages a vehicle platform already underpinning a midsize pickup with same name in Asia, but receives significant tweaks for the North American market and also borrows bits from the ’14 Chevy Silverado....More
GM says the new Colorado will lead the segment in terms of power, payload and trailering capability at a maximum of 6,700 lbs. (3,039 kg), relying on a standard 2.5L 4-cyl. engine or an optional 3.6L V-6. It will also feature for the ’16 model year a new diesel engine for North America in the form of 2.8L turbocharged I-4.
GM Asia-Pacific head Stefan Jacoby was in Australia to review Holden’s model lineup, but did not accept invitations to meet with government officials, a slight Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says shows a “lack of sensitivity.”...More
The new LT1 6.2L is one of four all-new, ground-up re-engineered small-block engines from GM that we’re driving this year, from trucks to sports cars, and it’s safe to assume more variants will be coming in the future....More
The impeccably crafted and smartly engineered Cadillac CTS now deserves a place at the table alongside the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series. In fact, the CTS might be the one slicing the turkey this year....More
The third-generation CTS deserves five Michelin stars. It gets bigger. It’s more powerful and perhaps most of all, the sport sedan boasts interior styling, technology and functionality superior to any other in its class.
GM’s new midsize pickups will be significantly different than their predecessors, offering greater fuel economy, capability, accessory choices and more attractive styling. “We think we will bring a lot of interest to the segment,” he says....More
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
This year’s flood of new diesels (from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) illustrates the need for automakers to take unconventional steps to comply with pending fuel-economy mandates in the U.S. while meeting continued heavy demand for diesels in Europe.
General Motors unveils this week at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Assn. show in Las Vegas a total of 39 vehicles from Chevrolet. The all-new Silverado pickup and Tahoe SUV are the focus, but a number of performance-oriented cars carrying the Camaro, Corvette, Sonic, Cruze, SS, Spark and Impala nameplates also make the trip to Sin City.
Despite limited availability, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra posted strong sales in October, combining for 59,163 deliveries. GM’s overall sales last month rose 11.4% to 226,402 units, according to WardsAuto data....More
Some 200,000 jobs are at stake, and the question is whether Australia is going to compete in the global race for good, skilled jobs or give up and let car manufacturing move overseas, the AMWU says....More
North America is raking in big profits on record-wide margins, but it did not come without years of costly, gut-wrenching restructuring. Now other corners of GM’s universe are finding earning a buck these days can be painfully surgical in nature....More
Decades ago, when the world was a much bigger place and six-digit annual vehicle sales were considered a boom market, local production made sense in the country. But, as Ford and Mitsubishi already have concluded, the economics no longer add up....More
Top engineer John Calabrese says new vehicle segments will emerge by 2025. “Several are being considered. At the same time, some current segments will be gone (and) some will simply be morphed.”...More
“We’re not trying to bypass our dealers,” Dan Akerson says, contending vehicle sales over the Internet makes more sense today given tech-savvy buyers and an economy underpinned by online shopping....More
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