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Three-peat: Chevrolet’s Retail Share Grows for Third Consecutive Year – up 1 point since 2015

  • Buick and GMC Buck the Industry to Post Double-digit Retail Sales Gains in December
  • GM December retail sales up 2 percent; retail share tops 18 percent
  • Best Commercial and Government deliveries since 2008 and largest 2017 share gain of any automaker

DETROIT — General Motors (NYSE: GM) delivered 3,002,241 vehicles in the United States in 2017, including more than 1.3 million trucks and 965,090 crossovers. In the process, GM set new annual sales records for pickup and crossover deliveries, electric vehicles sales, average transaction prices and more. GM also reduced year-end inventories more than its target. Inventories were 752,554 units, down 90,000 from a year ago. Days supply was 63 days.

Chevrolet Momentum

  • Chevrolet has been GM’s most powerful growth engine. The brand delivered year-over-year retail market share increases in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • Since the end of 2014, Chevrolet’s retail share has grown from 10.2 percent, according to Polk registration data, to an estimated 11.2 percent.

The Fastest Growing Crossover Company

  • GM crossover deliveries were up 17 percent year over year, driven by record sales of the Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse and Trax, as well as the Buick Envision, Buick Encore and GMC Acadia.
  • GM grew its retail share of the crossover market more than any other automaker, according to the latest J.D. Power PIN estimates. GM’s retail share grew 1.6 percentage points to 13.1 percent. The only other major automaker to gain retail share was up less than one point.
  • Chevrolet became the industry’s fastest-growing crossover brand in 2017 based on retail market share, with the all-new Equinox and Traverse gaining more than one point of share in their respective segments. Equinox retail deliveries were up 21 percent and Traverse was up 31 percent. The Trax was up 5 percent.
  • Crossovers helped Buick deliver its best calendar year sales since 2004. The Buick Encore delivered its best year ever. It has been Buick’s volume leader for three straight years.
  • Crossovers now account for more than 80 percent of Buick’s retail deliveries, compared with about two-thirds last year. Retail crossover sales for the brand were up 26 percent year over year, with the Enclave up 14 percent, the Encore up 8 percent and Envision up 167 percent.
  • Cadillac’s retail crossover deliveries were up 9 percent, driven by the new XT5.

The Industry’s Best-selling Trucks

  • GM sold more pickup trucks in the United States than any other automaker for the fourth year in a row – a record 948,909 units – thanks to its unique three-truck strategy. Since 2014, Chevrolet and GMC have been the only brands to offer mid-size, light- and heavy-duty pickups.
  • GM sold 239,719 full-size SUVs and has led the segment since the launch of the Chevrolet Suburban in 1935. Combined, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, have earned more than 75 percent retail market share for the fourth consecutive year.
  • At GMC, more than half of Sierra HD customers and more than 70 percent of Yukon customers purchase premium Denali models.
  • The Cadillac Escalade has earned at least 30 percent of the retail market for large luxury SUVs for four consecutive years, with ATPs that are more than $20,000 above its closest domestic competitor.

The Leader in Affordable, Long-range EVs

  • Chevrolet delivered more than 43,669 electric vehicles in 2017, including 23,297 Bolt EV crossovers and 20,349 Volt sedans.
  • In December, the Bolt EV had its best month since launch.

Record ATPs

  • GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs), which are net of incentive spending estimates, were more than $35,400 for the year and they surpassed $38,000 in December. Both are records, and significantly above the industry average of $31,600 for the calendar year.

Best Commercial and Government Deliveries Since 2008

  • Total Commercial and Government deliveries were more than 296,000 units, the most since 2008. Commercial and Government deliveries are now the largest component of GM’s fleet deliveries, following a cumulative reduction of 170,000 rental deliveries since 2014.
  • 2017 marked the first year that GM Commercial and Government deliveries have been greater than daily rental deliveries in the last quarter century.
  • Based on Polk registration data through October, GM has gained more Commercial and Government market share in 2017 than any other automaker.

Total and Retail Sales

  • GM’s total sales in 2017 were down 1 percent year over year, outperforming the industry, which is expected to be down 2 percent.
  • GM’s retail deliveries, which are more than 80 percent of total sales, were down 1 percent year over year, in line with the industry’s expected performance. 

December Highlights (vs. a year ago)

Corporate

  • Industry sales and retail sales are all expected to be down about 4 percent. Fleet sales are expected to be down 5 percent. There was one less selling day.
  • GM’s retail market share is expected to surpass 18 percent, up one percentage point for the company’s best month of the year. Retail sales totaled 254,449 units, up 2 percent.  
  • GM’s Commercial and Government deliveries were up a combined 7 percent and daily rental deliveries were down 40 percent. Total fleet sales were down 22 percent.
  • GM’s incentives as a percentage of ATP in the fourth quarter of 2017 averaged 13.3 percent, in line with the fourth quarter of 2016, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. GM incentives during the month of December averaged 14.8 percent.

Chevrolet

  • Chevrolet’s retail market share increased 0.2 percentage points to an estimated 11.5 percent and ATPs for the month were the best-ever at more than $34,000.
  • The Equinox and Traverse had their best December total sales ever with increases of 21 percent and 19 percent, respectively.
  • Silverado total sales were up 25 percent. The Silverado light-duty crew cab had its best month ever.

Buick

  • Buick total sales were up 5 percent and retail deliveries were up 15 percent.
  • On a retail basis, the Enclave was up 46 percent, the Envision up 93 percent and the Encore was up 2 percent.
  • Retail market share increased an estimated 0.2 percentage points to 1.6 percent.

GMC

  • GMC total sales were up 1 percent for the brand’s best sales month in more than 12 years.
  • Retail deliveries were up 14 percent and share increased an estimated 0.6 percentage points to 4.1 percent.
  • December ATPs were the highest on record at approximately $47,500. Calendar year ATPs of $43,700 also set a new record.
  • Retail deliveries of the Sierra were up 18 percent, the Yukon was up 54 percent, and the Yukon XL was up 51 percent. The Acadia was up 1 percent.
  • Denali deliveries set a monthly and full-year record, with penetration approaching 40 percent in December and 30 percent for the year. Full-year Denali deliveries were approximately 140,000 units. Denali ATPs are about 25 percent higher than overall GMC ATPs.

Cadillac

  • Cadillac ATPs set a new monthly record of $58,300.

2018 Outlook 
Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist, forecasts 2018 total vehicle sales (including medium and heavy trucks) to exceed 17 million units for the fourth year in a row. Light vehicle sales are forecasted to be in the high 16 million-unit range.

“In 2017, we had solid GDP growth and good news on employment, wages and consumer sentiment, which helped deliver very strong retail sales for the auto industry,” he said. “This year, many consumers will see their take-home pay rise because of tax reform. That will keep the broad economy growing, and help keep sales at very healthy levels even as the Fed increases interest rates.” 

GM is well positioned heading into the new year because of its low inventories and multi-year strategy to redesign and expand its truck and crossover portfolio. On a retail basis, 78 percent of GM sales are now trucks and crossovers, compared with an industry average of 65 percent.

“We are winning customers in the fastest-growing parts of the market, and our momentum continues to grow because we have strengthened our brands, grown our Commercial and Government business, sharply reduced rental sales and successfully transitioned to a crossover- and truck-focused business,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “We are starting 2018 with very lean inventories for such a strong industry, and we see more room to grow because Chevrolet, Buick and GMC will have a full year of sales of their all-new crossovers, and we are going to launch the industry’s best full-size pickups.”

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80% of Buick sales and 78% of GM sales are crossovers/trucks, is that a good thing or bad thing?  

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About as good as can be expected in a  brutal month.

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49 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

80% of Buick sales and 78% of GM sales are crossovers/trucks, is that a good thing or bad thing?  

Based on all your post, that is where every auto company should be cause everyone wants a CUV or truck.

Honestly, I would rather see it 60/40 between CUV & Trucks / Cars.

Still good for GM to have the products consumers want. One has to hope that when the and if the change comes back to majority cars, that GM responds fast.

Will be interesting to see what changes if any come to the Bolt.

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They sold a ridiculous amount of Silverados, but GM’s car business is dead in the water especially at Cadillac and Buick.  I for one dislike crossovers, I wouldn’t drive one if it was given to me for free so 80% of GM’s lineup is boring to me.

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CT6 handily outsold the BMW 7-series thru Nov 2017 (9701 vs. 8169).
Pretty decent for a car I predicted would average 500/mnth.
I've got to drive one of these somehow... 

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

CT6 handily outsold the BMW 7-series thru Nov 2017 (9701 vs. 8169).
Pretty decent for a car I predicted would average 500/mnth.
I've got to drive one of these somehow... 

CT6 is also priced like a 5-Series.  Compare sales of those two.  CT6 should be outselling the Escalade based on its price point.

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I've no doubt the CT6 is comparison-shopped with other top-shelf lux sedans, irrespective of their specific MSRPs.
Just like the S-class gets cross-shopped with the $14K cheaper 7-series & A8.
 

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11 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I've no doubt the CT6 is comparison-shopped with other top-shelf lux sedans, irrespective of their specific MSRPs.
Just like the S-class gets cross-shopped with the $14K cheaper 7-series & A8.
 

Probably does get cross shopped, which is why people aren’t buying it unless they are just looking for the value buy.  The worst thing that can happen for Lexus or Audi is to have someone drive an A8 or LS then go drive an S-class.  That is a no contest.

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Not buying which- the CT6 or the S-class? CT6 is averaging 900/mnth- that's pretty good for a new segment player that's not seen much in the way of advertising.

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13 hours ago, smk4565 said:

CT6 is also priced like a 5-Series.  Compare sales of those two.  CT6 should be outselling the Escalade based on its price point.

Why would the CT6 be outselling the Escalade?

1. The CT6 is a sedan

2. The Escalade is a SUV

3. Two different types of vehicles

4. SUVs are the hot, "gotta have it" commodity

 

The CT6 is doing what it should be doing. Having sales figures that equal the  German SEDANS where the price points meet. 

And for the CT6 outselling a BMW 5 Series...a sedan that has been a benchmark for a long time...is doing all right considering sedan sales in general are down down down. 

This means that for the MINORITY of folk that want a sedan and not a SUV, are not only considering a Cadillac, but are actually PURCHASING a Cadillac over a bench marked BMW sedan. 

The 'tweener approach in price and in size seems to be working, again. (referencing the 1st and 2nd generation CTS) 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

The CT6 is doing what it should be doing. Having sales figures that equal the  German SEDANS where the price points meet. 

That's where you're wrong though, right? If it's priced more like an E-Class/5 Series but comparing sales to the 7 Series...? It's sales are roughly 20% of what the E/5 sell. 

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It seems with the ATS/CTS/CT6, Cadillac is trying to fit the big 3's A4/A6/A8, 3/5/7 or C/E/S ladder, but the pricing isn't in sync with the German ladders.  Then they have the XTS which is an alternate outlier.    Cadillac's structure seems to be closer to that of Lexus, with the IS/GS/LS with the ES as the alternate outlier. 

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40 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

That's where you're wrong though, right? If it's priced more like an E-Class/5 Series but comparing sales to the 7 Series...? It's sales are roughly 20% of what the E/5 sell. 

OK...I was talking before I actually saw sales figures foir myself. Now that I will post all informations  for me to see and analyze, I will give you the answer if I was talking through my ass or I had the right motive and idea.

(EDIT) (I ERASED ALL INFOS BECAUSE WORD OVERLOAD)

M-B  E and S    50 000 and 18 000  units sold respectively YTD

BMW 5 and 7   40 000 and 5 000   units sold respectively YTD

Audi 6 and 8     16 000 and 3 000   units sold respectively YTD

Cadillac CT6    10 000  units sold  YTD

$$$

M-B E class from $50 000 - $70 000 and S Class from $97 000 - $171 000

BMW 5 Series from $53 000 - $73 000 and 7 from $82 000 - $154 000

Audi 6 from $48 000 - $68 000  and 8 from $83 000 - $92 000

Cadillac CT6 from $54 000 - $88 000

 

OK...I see that I was talking out of my ass when I said that the CT6 compares to sales figures of a 5 Series. 

The CT6...at the lower end really does not compete sales wise to neither the E Class or the 5 Series. The 5 Series remains the benchmark or maybe now the E Class...

The CT6 at the higher end of the spectrum is comparable. But...for me to say that, the breakdown of how many CT6 sales are made at the  $50 000 end and how many are made in the $80 000 end should be revealed. I shouldnt be assuming that either...

The CT6 takes care of Audi quite nicely, but as for Mercedes Benz and BMW, there is still a lot of work to be done.

But...at a time when sedan sales are tanking and SUV and CUV sales are soaring, I dont think the CT6 will EVER be relevant...

 

I correct my mistake. Sorry for the misleading post before this one.

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After looking at your nicely set up analysis, the CT6 really does seem quite a tweener in about every aspect from price to sales. 

I don't think the CT6 will never be relevant, I just think it will take time and a 110% effort on Cadillac's end to make it undeniably the best, for a long time. It will be hard to crack into S Class sales as it has so much more prestige than anything in that "class". I think Cadillac can do it though. They seem to engineer well enough but they fall down when they make sub par interiors(to their competition because it is not a sub par interior compared to anything mainstream at all) and base 2.0T engines in that size vehicle. Luckily they ditched the 2.0T for 2018. 

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Looking forward to Cadillac's realignment of it's sedans. Most brands need to do this. I have no issue with the XTS as it is, it sells well, but in the grand scheme of things I'd prefer it to be 'rolled into' another and cut it to 3. Add half the XTS volume to the CT6 and it's at what volume- 19K units? Suddenly that's blown past the A6.

But Cadillac should not chase volume at the expense of other factors, and volume is not the prime criteria to judge product.

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2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

Why would the CT6 be outselling the Escalade?

1. The CT6 is a sedan

2. The Escalade is a SUV

3. Two different types of vehicles

4. SUVs are the hot, "gotta have it" commodity

 

The CT6 is doing what it should be doing. Having sales figures that equal the  German SEDANS where the price points meet. 

And for the CT6 outselling a BMW 5 Series...a sedan that has been a benchmark for a long time...is doing all right considering sedan sales in general are down down down. 

This means that for the MINORITY of folk that want a sedan and not a SUV, are not only considering a Cadillac, but are actually PURCHASING a Cadillac over a bench marked BMW sedan. 

The 'tweener approach in price and in size seems to be working, again. (referencing the 1st and 2nd generation CTS) 

 

 

CT6 should have been nicer and more powerful, but even as it stands is is about 2/3 the price of an Escalade, that is why it should outsell it or sell even at least.

CT6 does not have sales figures that rival the German sedan of equal price, CT6 is priced like a 5-Series or E-class both of which topped 5,000 units last month.  

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Just now, smk4565 said:

 

CT6 does not have sales figures that rival the German sedan of equal price, CT6 is priced like a 5-Series or E-class both of which topped 5,000 units last month.  

 

Read further on...

 

About the Escalade and the CT6. My points still stand. 

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Looking forward to Cadillac's realignment of it's sedans. Most brands need to do this. I have no issue with the XTS as it is, it sells well, but in the grand scheme of things I'd prefer it to be 'rolled into' another and cut it to 3. Add half the XTS volume to the CT6 and it's at what volume- 19K units? Suddenly that's blown past the A6.

But Cadillac should not chase volume at the expense of other factors, and volume is not the prime criteria to judge product.

It isn’t about chasing volume but building better product to still have sales without having to give huge discounts to clear dealer lots.  The XT5 was down, (Acura and Lincoln SUVs down too) the Q5 and GLC were up and closing in the XT5 sales volume.  These front drive crossovers are dripping just like the front drive luxury sedans did, the rear drive performance crossovers are going to take over in time.

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2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

OK...I was talking before I actually saw sales figures foir myself. Now that I will post all informations  for me to see and analyze, I will give you the answer if I was talking through my ass or I had the right motive and idea.

(EDIT) (I ERASED ALL INFOS BECAUSE WORD OVERLOAD)

M-B  E and S    50 000 and 18 000  units sold respectively YTD

BMW 5 and 7   40 000 and 5 000   units sold respectively YTD

Audi 6 and 8     16 000 and 3 000   units sold respectively YTD

Cadillac CT6    10 000  units sold  YTD

$$$

M-B E class from $50 000 - $70 000 and S Class from $97 000 - $171 000

BMW 5 Series from $53 000 - $73 000 and 7 from $82 000 - $154 000

Audi 6 from $48 000 - $68 000  and 8 from $83 000 - $92 000

Cadillac CT6 from $54 000 - $88 000

 

OK...I see that I was talking out of my ass when I said that the CT6 compares to sales figures of a 5 Series. 

The CT6...at the lower end really does not compete sales wise to neither the E Class or the 5 Series. The 5 Series remains the benchmark or maybe now the E Class...

The CT6 at the higher end of the spectrum is comparable. But...for me to say that, the breakdown of how many CT6 sales are made at the  $50 000 end and how many are made in the $80 000 end should be revealed. I shouldnt be assuming that either...

The CT6 takes care of Audi quite nicely, but as for Mercedes Benz and BMW, there is still a lot of work to be done.

But...at a time when sedan sales are tanking and SUV and CUV sales are soaring, I dont think the CT6 will EVER be relevant...

 

I correct my mistake. Sorry for the misleading post before this one.

Should probably include the CTS and XTS as well.  They straddle those MSRPs also. 

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21 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

It isn’t about chasing volume but building better product to still have sales without having to give huge discounts to clear dealer lots.  The XT5 was down, (Acura and Lincoln SUVs down too) the Q5 and GLC were up and closing in the XT5 sales volume.  These front drive crossovers are dripping just like the front drive luxury sedans did, the rear drive performance crossovers are going to take over in time.

The Q5 is front wheel drive.  The RX was flat and the NX was up. Volvo's FWD crossovers are selling well.  Your argument is invalid. 

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51 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

CT6 does not have sales figures that rival the German sedan of equal price, CT6 is priced like a 5-Series or E-class both of which topped 5,000 units last month.  

However, Cadillac does have a VEHICLE to rival or exceed the Germans sedan of similar price. Much more important.

...as it stands is is about 2/3 the price of an Escalade, that is why it should outsell it or sell even at least.


My local dealer's current inventory : CT6 averages $68K, Esc averages $89K. That's a 20% price difference, not 33%.

But allow me to query: CLA starts @ $32K, or aout 20% of the c-class MSRP of $40K. Why isn't it exceeding the next sedan up the line in volume, instead of being only 1/3rd of that volume?

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1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

CT6 should have been nicer and more powerful, but even as it stands is is about 2/3 the price of an Escalade, that is why it should outsell it or sell even at least.

CT6 does not have sales figures that rival the German sedan of equal price, CT6 is priced like a 5-Series or E-class both of which topped 5,000 units last month.  

The Escalade is just a special seller. there are plenty of cheaper vehicles that don't out sell it. It just sells well. I bet there are some MB that are cheaper that don't sell as well as the 'Slade. 

51 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

It isn’t about chasing volume but building better product to still have sales without having to give huge discounts to clear dealer lots.  The XT5 was down, (Acura and Lincoln SUVs down too) the Q5 and GLC were up and closing in the XT5 sales volume.  These front drive crossovers are dripping just like the front drive luxury sedans did, the rear drive performance crossovers are going to take over in time.

:roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:

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1 minute ago, ccap41 said:

In fact, the CHEAPER GLS was outsold by the MORE EXPENSIVE Escalade. 

Solve that mystery @smk4565

I hope that is repeated by Navigator. 

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      With its PACE! plan, Opel has clearly committed to bringing at least one all-new model onto the market every year. In 2019 alone, Opel will launch the new generation of the bestselling Corsa and the successor to the successful Vivaro as LCV and passenger car variants. Additional variants and equipment versions of the Combo will also be on sale, thus significantly renewing the LCV portfolio. The successor to the hugely popular Opel Mokka X will follow in 2020 and will play a pivotal role for the strategy to expand the proportion of the company’s SUV sales from 25 to 40 percent by 2021.
      “Opel goes electric” was one of the commitments made by the company in November 2017 as part of its PACE! plan. Order books for both the all-electric new five-seater Corsa and the Grandland X PHEV which will be produced in Eisenach will be open by the summer of 2019. By the end of 2020, Opel will have a total of four electrified models on offer, providing a lot of driving pleasure and transforming e-car demand from niche to volume. By 2024, there will be an electrified version of every Opel model. Opel will make highly interesting offers, both technically and economically, and will democratise electro-mobility while further improving its combustion engines.
      In order to contribute to the CO2 compliance and to focus on high volume segments, the Opel ADAM, KARL and Cascada will not be replaced after the end of their life cycles, but will remain on sale until the end of 2019. With the new portfolio, Opel will continue to cover around 80 percent of the mainstream market volume in 2020 – with significantly higher efficiency and customer-orientation while simultaneously reducing complexity.
      “In a context of drastic CO2 norms, it’s our responsibility to shape a sustainable future for our company and our dealers with a highly competitive portfolio for passenger and light commercial vehicles. Opel will offer fun to drive and emotionally designed models including highly competitive light commercial vehicles such as the new Combo and Vivaro. The customers will benefit from the broad introduction of innovative technologies and affordable electrification,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “The most recent awards – like the IVOTY 2019 for our Combo – demonstrate that we are on the right path.”
      The German manufacturer with almost 120 years of automotive tradition is leveraging Groupe PSA platforms and innovative propulsion technologies for all new models. Opel has impressively demonstrated its efficiency this year: the entire portfolio was and is fully available from dealers in time for the transition to the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure standard (WLTP). Moreover, Opel is already fully ready for the new Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard and offers 127 passenger car models that meet the requirements which will come into effect for all new registrations in September 2019. “Our commitment to Euro 6d-TEMP is part of our strategy to become a leader in the reduction of vehicle emissions and a key pillar of our customer-centric approach. Whoever buys a new Opel now must not fear a city driving ban from today’s perspective,” said Lohscheller.

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    • By William Maley
      Opel is undergoing a major product overhaul as it begins to transition over from General Motors architectures to PSA Group. Some products will not make the change, however.
      Yesterday, Opel announced that the Adam city car, Cascada convertible, and the KARL city car will end production at the end of 2019. The company blames new emission rules for the canceling of these models, but some suspect the low-margin on these vehicles is what ultimately led to their demise.
      "In order to contribute to the CO2 compliance and to focus on high volume segments, the Opel ADAM, KARL and Cascada will not be replaced after the end of their life cycles, but will remain on sale until the end of 2019," the company said in a statement.
      This announcement has some wondering about the future of Buick's Cascada. A spokesman for the brand told Automotive News that Buick "not confirming anything at this point" regarding the brand's plans for the Cascada. Although, AN's Future Product Pipeline reports that the Buick version could be discontinued sooner than later.
      On the flipside, Opel will be launching eight all-new or refreshed vehicles beginning early next year. This will include a new Corsa subcompact and replacement for the Mokka X (what we know as the Buick Encore).
      Source: Reuters, Automotive News (Subscription Required), Opel


      Opel to Launch Eight All-New or Refreshed Models by 2020
      Stronger customer orientation and dealer performance Focus on high volume and high growth segments with three key launches by 2020: all-new Corsa, Vivaro and Mokka X successor Ensure CO2 compliance with state-of-the-art technology: four electrified vehicles by end of 2020; 100 percent electrification by 2024; further improved combustion engines Rüsselsheim.  Opel is continuing to execute the PACE! plan product offensive to meet customer needs and ensure compliance with the drastic Europe-wide CO2 guidelines which become effective in 2020. The future portfolio will ensure a sustainable, successful future for both the company and its dealer network. From early 2019 to the end of 2020, the company will launch eight all-new or refreshed models, investing primarily in high-volume and profitable segments. By then, Opel will be offering one of the newest portfolios of all volume manufacturers.
      With its PACE! plan, Opel has clearly committed to bringing at least one all-new model onto the market every year. In 2019 alone, Opel will launch the new generation of the bestselling Corsa and the successor to the successful Vivaro as LCV and passenger car variants. Additional variants and equipment versions of the Combo will also be on sale, thus significantly renewing the LCV portfolio. The successor to the hugely popular Opel Mokka X will follow in 2020 and will play a pivotal role for the strategy to expand the proportion of the company’s SUV sales from 25 to 40 percent by 2021.
      “Opel goes electric” was one of the commitments made by the company in November 2017 as part of its PACE! plan. Order books for both the all-electric new five-seater Corsa and the Grandland X PHEV which will be produced in Eisenach will be open by the summer of 2019. By the end of 2020, Opel will have a total of four electrified models on offer, providing a lot of driving pleasure and transforming e-car demand from niche to volume. By 2024, there will be an electrified version of every Opel model. Opel will make highly interesting offers, both technically and economically, and will democratise electro-mobility while further improving its combustion engines.
      In order to contribute to the CO2 compliance and to focus on high volume segments, the Opel ADAM, KARL and Cascada will not be replaced after the end of their life cycles, but will remain on sale until the end of 2019. With the new portfolio, Opel will continue to cover around 80 percent of the mainstream market volume in 2020 – with significantly higher efficiency and customer-orientation while simultaneously reducing complexity.
      “In a context of drastic CO2 norms, it’s our responsibility to shape a sustainable future for our company and our dealers with a highly competitive portfolio for passenger and light commercial vehicles. Opel will offer fun to drive and emotionally designed models including highly competitive light commercial vehicles such as the new Combo and Vivaro. The customers will benefit from the broad introduction of innovative technologies and affordable electrification,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “The most recent awards – like the IVOTY 2019 for our Combo – demonstrate that we are on the right path.”
      The German manufacturer with almost 120 years of automotive tradition is leveraging Groupe PSA platforms and innovative propulsion technologies for all new models. Opel has impressively demonstrated its efficiency this year: the entire portfolio was and is fully available from dealers in time for the transition to the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure standard (WLTP). Moreover, Opel is already fully ready for the new Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard and offers 127 passenger car models that meet the requirements which will come into effect for all new registrations in September 2019. “Our commitment to Euro 6d-TEMP is part of our strategy to become a leader in the reduction of vehicle emissions and a key pillar of our customer-centric approach. Whoever buys a new Opel now must not fear a city driving ban from today’s perspective,” said Lohscheller.
    • By dfelt
      The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is in production, on their way to dealerships and out for test drives around North America. Reviews have been very positive and people have a variety of love / hate it for the design. Even here on Cheers and Gears various members have a passion on how plastic is being used on the front and rear of the car. 
      With that it is time to take a closer look at some of the tech on this newest CUV from Cadillac. I found sandyblogs.com and the writers Tech Link. Here they do a pretty good job of pointing out the various tech on new auto's. I wanted to bring this into C&G for discussion and see what you all think.
      Tech open for debate:
      XT4 Electro-hydraulic brakes Turbo Charged 2.0L engine Plastic Engine Oil Pan Multipoint Air filter sensors 9 speed transmission with shift by wire Active Twin Clutch AWD system Active Sports Suspension Next Generation Infotainment system Rotary Controller Driver Assistance systems Hands Free power liftgate 22 new specialty tools to work on the auto The XT4 is the first GM auto to use their new brake control system that takes up considerably less room under the hood compared to a traditional Vacuum assisted power braking system. This new brake system is 13 lbs lighter than the old one it replaces. There are new braking sensors, brake pad sensors, wheel speed sensors and a new Power up self test. This makes the braking system a very self aware system for faster response with greater safety.
      We then have the feature heavy 2.0L Turbo 4 motor with AFM (Active Fuel Management), SIDI (Spark ignited Direct Injection), DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshafts), VVT (Variable Valve Timing) with this being the first new engine built on CSS or cylinder set strategy. This engine also uses an electric water pump using a built in local interconnect Network to manage cooling.
      Oil is the Gen 2 full synthetic SAE 0W-20 and uses a hardened plastic oil pan connected to the engine block. This oil pan helps to reduce the overall weight by a few pounds.

      The DIC in the auto is able to manage the multiple air sensor points on when you need to change the air filter.
      The 9 speed transmission is one of the smallest ever and uses electronics to shift gears via input from the EPS (Electronic Precision Shift). This does have a slightly different pattern over the XT5 as it is just a straight up and down  only.
      The AWD twin clutch system is electronically controlled and allows a perfect 50/50 between front and back wheels and yet allows power up to 100% to be sent to the wheels with the best traction.
      The active Sport Suspension adjusts to the road every 2 milliseconds and allows the driver to change between tour, sport or AWD mode at any time.
      Cadillac is rolling out their next generation infotainment system. Higher quality graphics with a much faster more responsive system. faster to touch as well as voice. This system supports NFC (Near Field Communication) for easy pairing of your phone and the system.
      Besides touching the screen or a button, there is a rotary controller now allowing ease in access among the menus and feature function.
      Driver assistance systems is easiest to just post their long list of what this includes:
      Safety Alert Seat Rear Camera Mirror Surround Vision 360-degree Camera Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Front/Rear Park Assist Rear Cross Traffic Alert Front Pedestrian Braking Forward Collision Alert Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking Head-Up Display Automatic Parking Assist with Braking Final feature is one that Cadillac competitor has had for years, Hand Free power liftgate. When you are within 6 ft of the rear of the auto with the fob in your pocket, you can just swing your foot and it will open the rear liftgate.
      The final listed item is all the new tools needed to work on the XT4. You can review the list on the Tech Link 1.
      Tech Link 1
      Tech Link 2
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