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    Revealed! Your 2015 GM Full Size SUV Lineup



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 12, 2013

    General Motors has unveiled today its next-generation of full-size SUVs, including the 2015 Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and the GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali.

    Much like the Silverado and Sierra, the Chevrolet and GMC SUVs have different styling on the front ends with different front clips and headlights. From the A-Pillar back, the SUVs are the same with inlaid doors that tuck into the door sills to provide better aero and refinement. General Motors also used aluminum for the hood and tailgate to help reduce weight.

    Inside, the SUVs get massive changes. The second and third-row seats now fold flat and can be be equipped with an optional power-folding feature. The second-row also sees an increase of two-inches in legroom. An eight-inch touchscreen is standard on the Yukon and optional on the Tahoe and Suburban.

    Much like the exterior, GM made sure the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban were different. The Yukon is positioned as to be the more luxurious of the two and comes with seats stuffed with dual-firmness foam, Bose Sound System, laminated glass for the windshield and front windows. Denali models takes that further with active noise-cancellation technology, real wood inserts, high-grade leather, and aluminum panels.

    Powering GM's full-size SUVs is the 5.3L EcoTec V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The Yukon Denali comes with the 6.2L EcoTec V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. All engines come paired with a six-speed automatic.

    GM's Magnetic Ride Control is standard on the Yukon Denali models and comes as an option the Tahoe and Suburban LTZ models.

    Safety-wise, GM's full-size SUVs come packed. Chevrolet and GMC don't say which features will be standard, but they include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front-center airbag, and GM's Safety Seat Alert.

    The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC's Yukon lineup arrives at dealers in the first quarter of 2014.

    Source: General Motors

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2015 Tahoe and Suburban

    Industry-leading full-size utilities are quieter, more refined and safer

    NEW YORK – Chevrolet today introduced the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban – all-new versions of the industry’s best-selling duo of full-size SUVs. They offer more functionality, greater refinement, new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies to appeal to two distinct customer groups who want the unique combination of features only Tahoe and Suburban provide.

    All-new styling advances the Tahoe and Suburban’s design, which contributes to a quieter ride. A more-efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 powertrain coupled with improved aerodynamics help offer greater estimated highway fuel economy based on GM testing while preserving overall performance and capability. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

    “There are several new features and enhancements at the core of the all-new 2015 Suburban and Tahoe that will extend the legacy Chevrolet has built as the segment leader,” said Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet global chief marketing officer. “Customers will experience greater refinement, efficiency and safety with the same capability that has made Chevrolet the go-to brand for full-size SUVs.”

    With more than 117,000 sold in 2012 and sales up more than 16 percent for the first six months of 2013 over last year. Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs continue to play an important role in the brand’s success and General Motors’ profitability. Introduced in 1935, the Suburban is the segment’s founder and the industry’s oldest continuously available nameplate, while Tahoe is the segment’s sales leader.

    “The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will continue to be dominant forces in the marketplace and provide great value for our customers, Chevrolet and General Motors," said Dan Ammann, GM executive vice president and CFO. "This is an important and profitable segment and we have set the bar high to ensure we provide our customers with great quality and performance they expect and deserve."

    The all-new 2015 Suburban represents the 80th anniversary and 12th generation of the original SUV. This generation has been designed for today’s active families needing space for everyone and everything. Suburban continues to offer legendary roominess, unmatched functionality, connectivity and first-class amenities.

    New functionality and technology features found on both vehicles for 2015 include:

    • Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo convenience – including an available power-folding feature
    • Approximately two inches greater legroom for second-row passengers, along with easier entry/exit
    • Available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity
    • Up to six USB ports and six power outlets – including a 110-volt three-prong outlet – to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 12 charging locations)
    • Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens (Suburban only) and Blu-ray DVD player
    • Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats
    • Keyless entry and push-button start.

    360 degrees of safety

    Tahoe and Suburban incorporate new technologies – including radar – that contributes to 360 degrees of crash avoidance and occupant protection. Standard and available features include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat is available and offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.

    Both vehicles also offer the segment’s only front-seat center air bag (bucket-seat models), which is engineered to provide additional protection for drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

    Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs have also been designed with greater security features to thwart theft attempts, including available window break in or glass-break, vertical-movement and interior movement sensors. Along with triggering the vehicles’ alarm systems, some of the features shut down key control systems to make it almost impossible to start or move them.

    Contemporary designs

    The exterior designs of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are more refined and precisely sculpted. Not a single exterior sheet metal panel or lighting element is shared with Chevrolet’s full-size pick-ups.

    “The designs of the all-new Tahoe and Suburban reflect their greater functionality, technology and refinement, forging a new presence for Chevrolet SUVs that’s conveyed with unmistakable brand heritage,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of design.

    New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior cabin and contributing to improved aerodynamics – an attribute that helps the vehicles slip through the air on the highway with less drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and lift gate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass.

    Projector-beam headlamps flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille – chrome on all models – and sweep into the front fenders. high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps are included on the up level LTZ model.

    Inside, premium materials and enhanced ergonomics demonstrate the Tahoe and Suburban’s blend of sophistication, craftsmanship and function. A new instrument panel houses an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen. The compartmentalized center console is large enough to store a laptop or iPad.

    First-class comfort, unmatched capability and rewarding driving experience

    The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are engineered to deliver the customer a quieter, more-controlled ride and improved steering and braking feel. It all starts on a stronger, fully boxed, perimeter frame, which supports payload and trailering capability that body-frame-integral crossovers and SUVs can’t match. The all-new Tahoe will offer today’s customers the capability of a truck and the amenities of a luxury vehicle.

    The driving experience of the new SUVs is further enhanced with:

    • A stronger frame and a wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
    • LTZ models include third-generation magnetic ride control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds.
    • Eighteen-inch standard wheels that are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance. Twenty- and 22-inch wheels are available.
    • New, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed.
    • New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, along with brake pedal revisions that improve pedal feel for stronger-feeling, more-confident braking performance.

    EcoTec3 powertrain

    Tahoe and Suburban’s standard 5.3L V-8 feature state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

    Improved engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode more often with Active Fuel Management, further increasing efficiency.

    The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, featuring TapShift control, Tow/Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking.

    The new Tahoe and Suburban will be built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Both vehicles are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.

    GMC Introduces All-New, More-Capable 2015 Yukon Family

    LOS ANGELES – GMC announced today the all-new 2015 Yukon, Yukon XL and flagship Yukon Denali models will deliver greater capability and refinement, with more power, new fold-flat rear seats and a quieter interior. And thanks to a new family of advanced EcoTec3 engines, the lineup is expected to deliver the segment's best V-8 fuel economy.

    Bold styling and advanced technologies – including new safety and security technologies – support Yukon's greater capability, while a more comprehensive list of standard features and enhanced infotainment options are designed to broaden the appeal of one of the industry's most-popular full-size SUV lineups. Combined Yukon/Yukon XL and Denali sales were up 24 percent for the eight months of 2013.

    "We've engineered the Yukon and Yukon XL from the ground up, building on a strong legacy of capability to take them to the top of the segment with exceptional refinement and purposeful technology," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. "And when it comes to the tasks people rely on a full-size SUV for, they do it better than ever – and with more style."

    Yukon and Yukon XL share design, architectural and powertrain elements, but Yukon XL has an approximately 14-inch longer wheelbase and is approximately 20 inches longer overall, providing greater legroom for third-row passengers and almost twice the cargo room behind the third-row seat.

    "Although they are based on a similar architecture, Yukon and Yukon XL are distinctive products that appeal to different customers," said DiSalle. "Versatility and spaciousness are valued by customers for both vehicles, but the Yukon XL is the choice for families with more children and those with lifestyles that require its unique combination of passenger- and cargo-hauling capabilities. In fact, Yukon XL owners are more than twice as likely to transport passengers daily in the third-row seat."

    New and enhanced product highlights of the 2015 Yukon lineup include:

    - Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo capability and convenience – including an available power-folding feature

    - Approximately two inches more legroom for second-row passengers and easier entry/exit

    - All-new cargo management system

    - Available power rear liftgate with multiple programmable height settings

    - Standard eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and available navigation

    - Eight-inch-diagonal customizable driver display with three available user themes and available head-up display (Denali models)

    - Multiple USB ports, SD slots and accessory power outlets – including a 110-volt three-prong outlet – to support electronic devices of all kinds

    - Available Blu-ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens on Yukon XL

    - Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats

    - Keyless entry and push-button start.

    When it comes to safety, the Yukon lineup incorporates new technologies to help protect the driver and passengers before, during and after a collision. They include a forward radar system and the segment's only front seat center-mounted air bag (models with bucket seats), which is engineered to provide additional protection to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

    Standard and available safety features, depending on the model, also include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic braking, and GM's Safety Alert Seat. It offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.

    Bold styling, enhanced refinement

    All-new exterior and interior designs advance GMC's professional grade aesthetic with elements designed to be beautiful and functional. The exteriors are sleeker and more aerodynamic, enhancing efficiency on the highway and contributing to the new Yukon's quiet ride.

    Bold styling cues include highly detailed, chrome-accented grilles matched with GMC's signature C-shaped light-emitting diode lighting motif, front and rear. Projector-beam headlamps are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL. The distinctive Denali models are instantly identifiable by their signature chrome grille and unique exterior appointments, including exclusive high-intensity discharge headlamps.

    Additional exterior features include:

    - New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly reducing wind noise and contributing to improved aerodynamics

    - Laminated windshield and front door glass to enhance quietness

    - Lightweight aluminum hood and liftgate panels enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass

    - A standard rear spoiler on the liftgate houses a relocated rear window wiper that is hidden when not in use

    - New worm screw-style liftgate arms take up less interior space than the previous gooseneck arms

    - Illuminated, power-retractable assist steps available on Denali

    - New family of 18-, 20- and 22-inch wheels, including standard 20-inch wheels on Denali.

    Inside, the all-new 2015 Yukon's precisely crafted interior features a quiet cabin, authentic materials and premium infotainment choices. Examples include soft-touch instrument panel, console and door panel materials with live stitching and purposeful use of ambient lighting in functional areas, including first- and second-row foot wells and the center console. All models have a standard Bose sound system, seats with dual-firmness foam and an ambient air vent designed to enhance comfort for front-seat passengers.

    Denali models feature active noise cancelation technology to make the interior quieter.

    There are more storage options in the new Yukon lineup, including a compartmentalized center console that's large enough to store a laptop or iPad and has provisions for hanging file folders and other organizational features, especially for customers whose vehicle also serves as a rolling office.

    More capable, more comfortable

    The 2015 Yukon lineup delivers greater capability and greater refinement through new and enhanced chassis and suspension systems. A fully boxed frame – composed of more than 75 percent high-strength steel – supports a quiet and controlled ride. New shear-style body mounts attached to the frame significantly improve stiffness and contribute to the Yukon's smooth ride.

    Compared with previous models, the driving experience of the new SUVs is further enhanced with:

    - Wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance

    - Wheels that are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance

    - New, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed

    - New 9.5-inch rear axle and standard automatic locking rear differential

    - Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, tow/haul mode, trailer sway control, auto grade braking and hill start assist

    - New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, along with brake pedal revisions that improve pedal feel for stronger-feeling, more confident braking performance

    - Denali models include third-generation magnetic ride control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by "reading" the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds.

    Advanced engine technology

    The all-new Yukon family is more powerful and efficient than before, thanks to the new EcoTec3 engine family, which debuted earlier this year in the all-new 2014 Sierra. A 5.3L V-8 is standard in Yukon and Yukon XL models and an exclusive 6.2L engine is standard in Denali models, which is expected to deliver the segment's best horsepower and torque – SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm).

    The EcoTec3 engines feature state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. More precisely controlled combustion enables the new engines to run with a higher compression ratio, which delivers greater power and efficiency.

    Hydraulic engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode for longer periods of time with Active Fuel Management, further increasing efficiency.

    Both engines are matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.

    The new Yukon family will be built at GM's Arlington, Texas assembly plant, and scheduled to begin arriving at GMC dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.

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    I love the interior of the new full-size SUVs, glad they didn't use the pickup's dash. That dash is fine for a work-related vehicle, but the SUVs deserve an upscale style and they definitely got it. As for exterior design, the Tahoe/Suburban headlight design ruins it for me. I would take the GMC Yukon this round without a doubt. I think I prefer the Sierra over the new Yukon, but I'll wait until I see the Yukon in person to make the final decision. Now I just need to see the new GMC Canyon and I'll decide what my new ride will be in mid-to-late 2014 or early 2015.

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    Wow that front end really kills the Chevy for me, I assumed these trucks wouldn't be all that different than the current models based on what the new pickups look like but boy I'd much rather the Silverado front than this. The Yukon looks much better which is a first IMO.

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    awesome all around.

    stylish dash,

    fold flat seating and huge cargo area.

    majestic styling.

    love that new headlight!

    Makes a great case for a return to the behemoth SUV of yore.

    Tahoe existence to me means no need ever for Trailblazer with the Traverse around.

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    Someone on the Chevy Truck styling team is a fan of Joe Dirt and his pork chop sideburns:

    joe20dirt5cn.jpg

    Still not liking that Ford-inspired design trait in the headlight design, and the sloping, CUV-like frontend appearance (too Traverse-inspired for my tastes). Based on photos alone my vote goes to GMC (which I could not say with the GMT-900 Yukon - the Tahoe won hands down there).

    Something about the rear roof design - too chunky - is not catching my fancy either (likely same with the Yukon, though I don't have too many large format pics of that to see). I think I would go with the Sierra over the Yukon, though my wife is pushing in the opposite direction. And for once, I prefer the short wheelbase models (Tahoe/Yukon) over the long wheelbase ones (Suburban/Yukon XL). At least from the pictures - can't wait to see these in person.

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    Something about the roofline looks odd to me, but I can't really put my finger on it. The C-pillar shape reminds me of the 1st gen Saturn Vue.

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    Drew - I want to take your word, but I can't get over the headlight design from any of the pictures I've seen posted online (not just the official GM Media ones). I like the grille style but it appears to slope too much. I will reserve final judgement until I see these in person.

    Cubical - I found a side profile picture of the GMC Yukon Denali online. The roofline starts out at a normal shape in the front but as it goes back it gains "weight", looks chunky especially in the rear roof spoiler. I can see where the extended legroom is coming from; it looks like they shortened the front doors (as on the Sierra/Silverado) but also made the rear doors longer, pushing the C-pillar back more than the current version.

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    Not really digging both of them... Interiors, engines and fold flat 3rd row are the strong points IMHO... Let's see how the Escalade turns out...

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    Chevy interior is nice, but the nose on the Chevy's is just ugly to me. I do not like the headlights and the over all nose is just a turn off.

    GMC is the winner this time. Elegant, Butch, Manly, the over all style goes with the product line. Have a Terrain vibe that I just dig.

    Last evolution Chevy won hands down, but this time the Girly Yukon is gone and in it's place is a mans man SUV.

    GMC seems to have given this a Semi truck type look that is just awesome! :metal:

    Be it Denali or lower level this is a hands down winner.

    One concern I do have is that the interior on both looks like the center console has gotten fatter cutting into leg room and comfort. The seats from the photo's look narrow. I really hope not but they do.

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    The rear spoiler hides the rear wiper. It pulls up inside when not in use.

    That would explain the chunkyness I'm seeing. Did you get any direct rear shots of the Tahoe? Any of this wiper assembly?

    Where was the Yukon revealed? Was it at a media event like the Tahoe/Suburban?

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    The rear spoiler hides the rear wiper. It pulls up inside when not in use.

    That would explain the chunkyness I'm seeing. Did you get any direct rear shots of the Tahoe? Any of this wiper assembly?

    Where was the Yukon revealed? Was it at a media event like the Tahoe/Suburban?

    Yukon was shown in Los Angeles

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    Wow this is about the most polarizing release in years. I have been looking around and it is either love or hate on the Chevy.

    The GMC they are less forgiving of.

    I am ok with both as they are about what I expected. They both are some what conservative like the trucks with better interiors and may unseen updates just as the trucks.

    The mules pretty much gave them away as it was clear they were not going to bring a radical change here.

    These models will have a great challenge as time goes on. there are so many smaller SUV and CUV models anymore that are taking many of the sales of the larger vehicles. Before people had these models that really did not need them and now it is moving back to those who really need them. As time passes the MPG regs, price of these models climbs and the price of gas will continue to drive many to smaller and more efficient vehicles.

    In the mean time GM will make hay while the sun is shinning and reap good profits here. Lets face it they own this segment as they are one of the few left with a decent model.

    For those not happy I would wait till you really see it in person as it will take on a much better profile as they normally do.

    In 6 months 80% of the haters will not be hating so much.



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    The rear spoiler hides the rear wiper. It pulls up inside when not in use.

    That would explain the chunkyness I'm seeing. Did you get any direct rear shots of the Tahoe? Any of this wiper assembly?

    Where was the Yukon revealed? Was it at a media event like the Tahoe/Suburban?

    Very true what they say about personal opinion as I do not see a Chunkyness in the rear at all. I see a normal wind deflector that as Drew says covers the rear window wiper but also I would assume pushes air down over the glass like 3rd party add on's have done for years to help keep the glass clearer.

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    I see this release as being equal to the last one. So many myself included loved the Chevy look but hated the too female look on the Yukon. Now they have gone two Female on the Chevy and finally gave what should have been on the Yukon, a butch, male tough look. Very Terrain but full size and done excellent in my opinion. :D

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    I'm not digging the Chevy's front... LOVE the interiors on both... and for the first time in my life, after looking at the Yukon Denali, I thought, "Hey, I could see myself in one of those."

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    There are some awkward lines outside, and the GMC comes off looking better than the Chevy. The housing for the GMC headlights look as if they are to be shared with the Escalade. They appear to have done the interiors right.

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    First viewing of the Chevrolet this afternoon had me WTFing, but it has grown on me a heck of a lot since then. I like them both, but there's something about the Chevy that is more... sporty, if I may use that word to describe a fullsize SUV. The interior is flat-out gorgeous in photos. These are so nice.

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    As for the male vs. female looks here you have to keep in mind half the owners and drivers of these vehicles are female. You go all the one way or the other you leave out half the market.

    As for the USB ports they have killed up with that on the media blitz on the trucks. I wish someone in the media would have the balls not to state it or to jest in saying it is not enough. LOL!

    Get ready as the media reviews on these will be much like the trucks and will out line much the same highlights and opinions. They will say they went too conservative but they have really improved them in many areas. Class leading vs. Ford for now.

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      Dual Screens- 10.2" touch screen infotainment center & an 8" drivers console display which are totally customizable. Auto's wireless charging console. BOLT App allowing you to be connected to your auto at all times. Five cameras: front, rear, side mirrors and their 360 camera. 9hr full charge time from a 240 volt charger. 25 miles per hour, faster with Level 3 DC charging. Lane Keep assist feature. Modern Seat design allowing for maximum space inside. Over all these writeups show that GM has delivered a superior auto to the Prius, Leaf, 500e, etc. The future will be bright for the BOLT as GM move the platform forward.

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    • By William Maley
      The Camaro Z/28 will be returning for an encore act and it might be using the next-generation of Chevrolet's small-block V8.
      Car and Driver reports that GM is working on the next-generation LT engines, codenamed LT6 and LT7. These new V8 engines will lose the pushrods and two-valve combustion chambers that have been a key part of the small-block V8. Instead, the new engines will feature dual overhead camshafts, four-valve combustion chambers, flat crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, and possibly dual injection (port and direct). For the Z/28, a 5.5L LT6 could produce 700 horsepower (that's without any sort of forced induction). 
      Car and Driver speculates there could also be a twin-turbo LT7 that could be used in the next Corvette, high-performance Camaros, and Cadillacs.
      The Camaro Z/28 could arrive next year as a 2019 model year vehicle.
      Source: Car and Driver

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    • By William Maley
      The Camaro Z/28 will be returning for an encore act and it might be using the next-generation of Chevrolet's small-block V8.
      Car and Driver reports that GM is working on the next-generation LT engines, codenamed LT6 and LT7. These new V8 engines will lose the pushrods and two-valve combustion chambers that have been a key part of the small-block V8. Instead, the new engines will feature dual overhead camshafts, four-valve combustion chambers, flat crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, and possibly dual injection (port and direct). For the Z/28, a 5.5L LT6 could produce 700 horsepower (that's without any sort of forced induction). 
      Car and Driver speculates there could also be a twin-turbo LT7 that could be used in the next Corvette, high-performance Camaros, and Cadillacs.
      The Camaro Z/28 could arrive next year as a 2019 model year vehicle.
      Source: Car and Driver
    • By William Maley
      GM Grows Total and Retail Sales in February, Market Share up Sharply, Transaction Prices Set February Record

      DETROIT — Record sales of crossovers, large SUVs and pickups in February drove General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) retail market share up more than one-half percentage point versus a year ago. Average transaction prices, which reflect what customers pay after sales incentives, also set a February record.
      “Our retail-focused go-to-market strategy is delivering robust results,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. “All of our brands grew their average transaction prices by healthy amounts, and we delivered solid growth in the industry’s fastest-growing and most profitable segments.”
      February Highlights (vs. February 2016)
      GM’s total sales were up 4 percent to 237,388 units compared with an estimated 1 percent decline for the industry. This equates to a market share of 17.5 percent, an increase of 0.9 percentage points. Retail sales totaled 188,715 units, up 5 percent, compared with a flat industry. This equates to a market share of 17.7 percent, an increase of 0.7 percentage points. GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs) rose $570 per unit to $34,900, a February record. Three years of J.D. Power PIN data show that GM has led the industry in ATPs in 35 of 36 months through February. GM internal data shows that incentive spending was essentially flat year over year. This is in sharp contrast to recently published PIN estimates that noted an increase of 2.7 percentage points to 15 percent of ATP.  Commercial deliveries were up 7 percent, driven by an 11 percent increase in pickup sales and a 75 percent increase in Chevrolet Malibu sales. It was the best February Commercial sales since 2008. Government sales were up 4 percent and daily rental deliveries were down 2 percent. Total fleet sales were up 2 percent. Small business deliveries, which are included in retail sales, were up 13 percent, driven by a 22 percent increase in full-size pickups and a 39 percent increase in large vans. GM estimates the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.5 million units. Brand Highlights (vs. February 2016)
      Chevrolet had its best February retail sales since 2007 and its best February total sales since 2008. Crossovers deliveries set a February record for the brand. Three Chevrolet models ― the Trax, Equinox and Volt ― had their best February total and retail sales ever. Traverse had its best-ever February total sales, and its best February retail sales since 2011. Deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt EV approached 1,000 units. The national rollout of the crossover is just underway. The Chevrolet Suburban had its best February retail sales since 2008, and the Silverado had its best February total and retail sales since 2007. Buick had its best February retail sales since 2004, driven by the all-new Envision and the Encore, which set a February record. GMC had its best February retail sales since 2002, with trucks and crossovers up 18 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Standouts include the Canyon, up 21 percent; the Sierra, up 19 percent; the Acadia, up 22 percent; and the Terrain, up 8 percent. GMC Denali penetration, at 26 percent of GMC retail sales, was the highest for any February in history. GM estimates that Chevrolet and GMC earned more than 40 percent of all full-size pickup retail sales, with ATPs up nearly $600 per unit. Cadillac XT5 retail deliveries were 6 percent higher than the SRX it replaced. Average transaction prices are 8 percent higher than SRX. GM 2017 Outlook
      GM is optimistic that the company, and Chevrolet in particular, will continue to gain retail market share in an industry expected to remain at or near record sales levels.

      “Looking ahead, we will stay focused on strengthening our brands, growing retail sales and share, reducing daily rental deliveries and maintaining our operating discipline,” McNeil said. “Our strong small business deliveries are a clear sign of growing confidence in the economy.”
      In 2016, GM was the industry’s fastest-growing full-line automaker on a retail sales basis, and Chevrolet has been the fastest-growing full-line brand for two consecutive years. Ten all-new or recently redesigned crossovers are expected to drive GM’s sales and share higher in 2017, including the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, which will compete in the industry’s largest segment. GM’s deliveries to daily rental companies are expected to decline as a percentage of total sales for the third year in a row. GM intends to match production with customer demand, and the company’s overall operating discipline should help drive continued improvements in brand health and resale values. Year-end inventories, which include in-transit vehicles, are expected to be in the same range as 2016.
    • By William Maley
      The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is already a monster with 650 horsepower from a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine. But the people on the Camaro team thought they could further and the end result is the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE.
      It certainly looks the part with new canards, revised grilles, an exposed carbon-fiber air extractor for the hood, and a massive carbon fiber wing. A set of 19-inch forged wheels come wrapped in the widest tires ever offered on a Camaro - 305 mm wide tires in the front, and 325 mm tires at the back. The interior hasn't changed much aside from a lighter back seat.
      Under the ZL1 1LE's skin, there is a set of Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers (the same ones used on the Colorado ZR2), adjustable rear anti-roll bar, and a set of race springs. A six-speed manual is the only transmission on offer.
      GM says the Camaro ZL1 1LE laps their Milford handling course three seconds faster than the standard ZL1.
      No word on pricing, but the 1LE package for the Camaro ZL1 will be available later this year.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2018 CAMARO ZL1 1LE SETS BENCHMARK FOR TRACK CAPABILITY
      Special aero, adjustable suspension, exclusive tires drive unprecedented performance for a production sports car DAYTONA, Fla. — Chevrolet has established a new performance benchmark with the introduction of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the most track-capable Camaro ever.
      Taking the track-focused 1LE formula to an unprecedented level, the ZL1 1LE incorporates racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package.
      “The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”
      In preliminary testing, the new ZL1 1LE was 3 seconds faster than the standard ZL1 Coupe around General Motors’ 2.9-mile, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track.
      The improved track performance is driven by four key elements:
      Aerodynamics: New aero features including a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
      Adjustable suspension: The ZL1 1LE features racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear for exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with all-new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability. All of the components are designed for quick changes at the track for optimal performance and a quick return to street settings when the track day ends.
      Wheels and tires: New, lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Developed exclusively for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the 3R tires are designed to warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, lap after lap. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 1.5 pounds (3.3 kg) less per corner.
      Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe.
      “The new Camaro ZL1 1LE offers the supreme track experience,” said Mark Dickens, executive director, Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “It’s the pinnacle of Camaro performance and advances the 1LE’s nearly 30-year legacy of uncompromising, track-tailored capability.”
      The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
      The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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