Tweaks to the underpinnings of the pickups raise maximum payload to an industry-best 7,374 lbs. (3,212 kg) from 7,222 lbs. (3,146 kg) on the ’14 models. Maximum conventional towing power grows to 19,600 (8,538 kg) and 18,000 lbs. (7,841 kg).
The program had indeed been in flux at GM. More intriguing, however, is the fact that the automatic will not appear in the large pickups, SUVs and beefy sports cars as originally, and perhaps wrongly, assumed....More
Fold-flat second- and third-row seating arguably ranks as the most significant new interior item in the Chevy and GMC versions of the light trucks. Both rows include an available power-folding option....More
In addition to first-time availability of second- and third-row fold-flat seats, GM sought greater differentiation to the exterior and interior designs of the Chevrolet and GMC large SUVs. The trucks are more fuel efficient , too.
Mary Bara tells Wall Street analysts GM expects to cut the architectures underpinning its vehicles to 17 in 2018 from 30 in 2010. The plan would move 96% of GM’s forecasted global production volume to core platforms....More
The auto maker needs stocks to remain above the industry average of roughly 80 days, because it has been idling assembly plants to changeover tooling for the ’14 models trickling in to dealers now....More
Positive broad economic indicators underpin GM’s possible change to its forecast of 15.0 million to 15.5 million industry sales this year. However, the fiscal crisis in Washington remains a wild card....More
In general, vehicle interiors exhibit better quality and fit-and-finish than ever before. Still, the occasional sloppy seam, ill fitting A-pillar trim and rough headliner edge find their way into the cabins of the most fastidious auto makers.
Popularity of this new breed of vehicles is growing rapidly worldwide, and more automakers are beginning to test the U.S. market, where buyers are expected to migrate from small hatchbacks and sedans....More
A Japan Magnesium Assn. official predicts demand will grow 3% to 4% over the next five years thanks to a new alloy mix incorporating calcium, making it possible to die-cast magnesium components on the same line as aluminum parts....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More