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  1. I remember being at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and being at introduction of the Buick Encore. After seeing the model introduced, I just found myself wondering why. Why do we need a subcompact crossover? Why does Buick have it and not Chevrolet? Wouldn’t it be better as a Chevrolet? Little did I or anyone realize that within a few years, the subcompact crossover would be the hot thing. It seems Buick would be a pioneer in this class. The Encore is a rebadged version of the Opel Mokka sold in Europe and somehow Buick was able to make it look a bit more premium. This is due to Buick’s designers making a number of small tweaks such as a new waterfall grille, portholes on the hood, blue tinted headlights, and a set of eighteen-inch five-spoke wheels. The same is true for the interior as Buick has added some luxury touches such as faux metal and wood trim, soft-touch materials, and blue backlighting. This particular Encore also came equipped with some handsome two-tone leather seats. Oddly, there are no power adjustments for the seats. To get that you’ll need to step up to the top Premium trim. Personally, I would like to see all Encores come with power adjustments as standard. At least all Encores get Buick’s Interlink infotainment system. Now being a subcompact crossover, you might think it is a penalty box for rear passengers and cargo. Not so in the Encore. The rear seats provide more than enough head and legroom, but getting in and out is somewhat hard due to a small rear door opening. Cargo space is decent with 18.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 48.4 cubic feet with the seats down. You can also fold the front passenger seat down to increase cargo capacity. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This only comes paired to a six-speed automatic. There is a choice of front or all-wheel drive, with my tester having the latter. If you are planning to stay in urban environments, the 1.4T is perfect as it provides enough squirt to get you up to speed. If your travels take you to the country or highways, then you might want to look at something else. The 1.4T runs out of steam quite fast and you’ll find your foot on the floor to try and merge into traffic or make a pass. Now Buick has a possible solution to the power problem with a new turbo 1.6 on the 2016 Encore Sport Touring. We hope to get our hands on that soon. At least Buick got the ride characteristics right on the Encore. The suspension is able to soak up bumps and provides a smooth ride. Also, the small dimensions and light steering makes the Encore very nimble in small spaces. Buick’s QuietTuning makes sure no road and wind noise enters the cabin making the model one the quietest in the class. The Buick Encore may now be overshadowed by newer models in the class. But it still is worth of a look, especially if you live in an urban area. Disclaimer: Buick Provided the Encore, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Buick Model: Encore Trim: Leather Group AWD Engine: 1.4L DOHC Turbocharged Inline-Four Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 138 @ 4,900 Torque @ RPM: 148 @ 1,850 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 23/30/26 Curb Weight: 3,358 lbs Location of Manufacture: Bupyeong, South Korea Base Price: $29,450 As Tested Price: $33,620 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge) Options: White Pearl Tricoat - $995.00 Power Moonroof - $900.00 Bose Premium Audio - $595.00 Buick Intellilink with 7-Inch Screen and Navigation - $495.00 Cargo Mat - $60.00 Cargo Net - $60.00 The brief on the Yukon Denali XL is on the next page. The Cadillac Escalade has been a huge success for the company since being launched in 1999. In fact, many consider the full-size SUV to be the flagship, even with the new CT6 around the corner. But not everyone can plunk down the $72,970 required to get into the base model. So is there a good alternative to Escalade? Yes and it comes from GMC. The GMC Yukon Denali was launched a year before the Escalade, offering a number luxury appointments and features not commonly seen on full-size SUVs. Since then, the Denali has become a sub-brand and making some of GMC models feel and look like something you would get a luxury car dealer. But the Yukon has remained the crown jewel for the Denali brand. The Yukon Denali and the model seen here, the Yukon Denali XL don’t really differentiate in terms of overall design from the standard Yukon design. But it’s small details that make the Denali stand out. There is a new chrome grille, HID headlights, twenty-two inch aluminum wheels, optional retractable running boards, and a number of chrome pieces. It is subtle, but it does make a big difference. Compared to the previous-generation, the 2015 Yukon Denali XL shows a noticeable improvement in terms of design and materials. The dashboard layout has been cleaned up and controls are within easy reach for driver and passenger. Materials are a few steps above what you’ll find in the previous Denali thanks to soft-touch plastics, leather, and faux aluminum trim. I do wish GMC did a little something more for the Denali’s interior to make it stand out just a little further. Maybe real aluminum trim? At least GMC got passenger and cargo space in the Yukon Denali XL right. Sitting in the rear two rear rows isn’t a penalty as there an abundance of head and legroom. The only downside might be narrow space to get into the third-row by moving the second-row seat. Cargo space is large with 38.9 cubic feet on offer with both rear rows up. This increases to 76.7 cubic feet with the third-row down and 121.7 cubic feet with the second-row down. For power, comes with the 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A new eight-speed automatic comes into play for this year's model. Despite the Yukon Denali XL weighing over 6,000 pounds, the larger V8 shrugs it off like it was nothing thanks to the large torque figure and automatic transmission being smart with its shifts. Now going for the larger V8 means slightly lower numbers of 14 City/24 Highway/16 Combined compared to the 5.3 V8’s economy figures of 15/22/18. Both figures represent models equipped with four-wheel drive. In terms of ride and handling, the Yukon Denali XL provides a relaxed ride with bumps and imperfections ironed out. This is very impressive when you consider my tester came equipped with the larger wheels. Thank GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system that comes standard. The system also makes a difference when cornering as the Denali shows barely any sign of body roll. The Yukon Denali XL starts at $70,220 for the base four-wheel drive model. My modestly equipped tester came in at $78,725. That might seem a bit much, but consider that a similarly equipped Cadillac Escalade ESV will cost $10,000 to $12,000 more. So if you want something close to an Escalade without a large pricetag, GMC has got you covered. Disclaimer: GMC Provided the Yukon Denali XL, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: GMC Model: Yukon XL Trim: Denali Engine: 6.2L EcoTec V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 420 @ 5,600 Torque @ RPM: 460 @ 4,100 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 14/20/16 Curb Weight: 6,009 lbs* Location of Manufacture: Arlington, Texas Base Price: $70,220 As Tested Price: $78,725 (Includes $1,195 Destination Charge and $500 Open Road Package Discount) *Note: Weight corresponds to Yukon XL Denali equipped with 20-inch wheels Options: Denali Premium Package - $3,165.00 Open Road Package - $2,860.00 Twenty-Two Aluminum Wheels - $895.00 Midnight Amethyst Metallic Paint - $495.00 Theft-Deterrent System - $395.00
  2. GMC's Denali lineup is going to get bigger with the introduction of two new models. First up is the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali. Like other Denali models, the Canyon version gets a number of chrome exterior pieces, polished exhaust tip, spray-in bedliner, and twenty-inch alloy wheels. The interior comes wrapped in Jet Black leather with heated and ventilated seats, wood trim, and a new instrument cluster. Now the Denali trim will only be available on the Canyon crew cab and come with the choice of either the 3.6L V6 or 2.8L Duramax Diesel. The Canyon Denali will go on sale late next year. Second is the Sierra Denali Ultimate, which GMC claims is the most luxurious pickup it has ever built. This version takes the standard Sierra Denali and layers on more equipment. The exterior boasts LED headlights, twenty-two inch chrome wheels, chrome tow hooks on both ends, and Tri-Mode Power Steps that make it easier to get in and out of the bed. GMC added more soft-touch materials and contrast stitching for the Denali Ultimate's interior. Base power will come from a 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Optional with the 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is standard regardless of which engine is chosen. GMC says the Sierra Denali Ultimate will go on sale sometime in the first quarter of 2016. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Introduces 2017 Canyon Denali Exclusive design cues, content elevate industry’s first premium midsize truck DETROIT – Denali is the ultimate expression of GMC’s professional grade style, luxury and capability – and it is coming to the Canyon midsize truck. The 2017 Canyon Denali is being introduced today, ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale in late 2016. “Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Canyon Denali builds on that award-winning combination with the distinctive styling, luxurious interior and elevated content that has defined the Denali nameplate since its introduction nearly 17 years ago.” Like all Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished with a unique chrome grille and unique wheels – 20-inch ultra-bright-machined aluminum wheels with painted accents. Exterior cues include chrome fog lamp bezels, five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip and a standard spray-in bed liner. The Canyon Denali will be offered in six exterior colors. Inside, a Jet Black interior features Mulan leather-appointed seats with perforated, heated-and-ventilated front seats – exclusive content in the Canyon lineup – along with unique instrument panel and console trim; and Denali-logo sill plates and floor mats. Standard technologies include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Additional standard features include: Heated steering wheel GMC IntelliLink with Navigation, an eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and phone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot Automatic climate control Full-color driver information center Remote vehicle starter system Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console ad another USB port inside the console. The Canyon Denali is offered on crew cab models and in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations. Powertrains include a standard 3.6L V-6 that tops competitors’ V-6 offerings with up to 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg) of maximum trailering and an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 26 mpg highway on 2WD models. Also available is the all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, which includes a maximum trailering rating of up to 7,700 pounds (3,493 kg) and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg highway (2WD). It is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever produced by General Motors and meets some of the toughest U.S. emissions standards, thanks in part to a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system. The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission, which uses a unique Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration. Diesel models also feature smart diesel exhaust braking and an integrated trailer brake controller. Smart diesel exhaust braking enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear by varying the amount of brakes needed for the vehicle, load and grade. The integrated trailer brake controller system works with the anti-lock brake system to provide immediate and measured brake force with the electronically controlled trailer brake system. GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate: The Pinnacle of Premium Unique 22-inch wheels, expanded package of standard content drives exclusivity DETROIT – GMC is taking the range-topping style, craftsmanship and capability of the Sierra Denali even higher with the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate. It builds on the Sierra Denali’s already class-leading attributes with a package of precision-crafted features designed to elevate its comfort, design and capability in the growing premium niche of the full-size truck market. GMC introduces the Sierra Denali Ultimate today, ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale late in the first quarter of 2016. “The Sierra Denali has helped drive the growth of premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “This truck is the ultimate expression of the Sierra Denali with greater emphasis on the bold and refined presence and advanced features that make Denali models synonymous with precision and exclusivity.” Thanks in large part to Sierra Denali, which was redesigned in 2014, GMC commands 15.5 percent of the premium full-size truck segment, where average transaction prices exceed $55,000. The segment has nearly doubled in 2015 and grown tenfold since 2013, when GMC had zero percent of the market. In fact, Sierra Denali has helped GMC earn a higher share of the premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment than of the overall full-size pickup segment. Unique features and more standard technologies The Sierra Denali Ultimate is offered exclusively on four-wheel drive 1500 crew cab models with either a 5’ 8” or 6’ 6” cargo bed. It is distinguished with 22-inch wheels with chrome or black insert), a standard sunroof, chrome tow hooks and standard technologies, including Tri-Mode Power Steps – that move rearward to serve as a step into the forward section of the cargo bed. Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control are also standard. Sierra’s 6.2L V-8/eight-speed automatic powertrain combination offers the light-duty segment’s highest output: 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm). Active noise cancelation technology contributes to a quieter driving experience and is featured with the 6.2L engine. A 5.3L V-8 with the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission is the standard powertrain. An integrated trailer brake controller is standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate and allows the driver to adjust the amount of output available to the electric trailer brake and to manually apply the brakes. Additionally, Sierra Denali’s standard, segment-exclusive magnetic ride control delivers more precise body motion control, for a greater feeling of responsiveness to the driver and a smoother ride for passengers. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as little as five milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace conventional mechanical-valve shocks. Professional grade style and crafted interior In addition to the special content, the Sierra Denali Ultimate includes all of the crafted interior, advanced features and design elements of other Denali models, including body-color bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner with a three-dimensional Denali logo. It also wears new front-end styling introduced for 2016, including high-performance LED headlamps with GMC LED signature lighting, an all-new Denali grille and LED taillamps. The high-tech interior features an eight-inch-diagonal Customizable Driver Display – with Denali-themed screen graphics at start-up – that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch-diagonal Color Touch navigation radio with IntelliLink, located above the center console, is the hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through four standard USB ports. IntelliLink also features Apple CarPlay capability, with Android Auto capability coming later in the model year. Additional standard technologies and convenience features include: OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot Bose premium sound system Wireless phone charging – new for 2016 Remote vehicle starter system Remote keyless entry with new remote locking tailgate Power-adjustable pedals Power-sliding rear window with defogger Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines. The Denali Ultimate features premium soft-touch interior materials, aluminum trim and contrast stitching on the standard leather-trimmed interior – including 12-way power adjustable heated and vented front leather bucket and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  3. GMC's Denali lineup is going to get bigger with the introduction of two new models. First up is the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali. Like other Denali models, the Canyon version gets a number of chrome exterior pieces, polished exhaust tip, spray-in bedliner, and twenty-inch alloy wheels. The interior comes wrapped in Jet Black leather with heated and ventilated seats, wood trim, and a new instrument cluster. Now the Denali trim will only be available on the Canyon crew cab and come with the choice of either the 3.6L V6 or 2.8L Duramax Diesel. The Canyon Denali will go on sale late next year. Second is the Sierra Denali Ultimate, which GMC claims is the most luxurious pickup it has ever built. This version takes the standard Sierra Denali and layers on more equipment. The exterior boasts LED headlights, twenty-two inch chrome wheels, chrome tow hooks on both ends, and Tri-Mode Power Steps that make it easier to get in and out of the bed. GMC added more soft-touch materials and contrast stitching for the Denali Ultimate's interior. Base power will come from a 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Optional with the 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is standard regardless of which engine is chosen. GMC says the Sierra Denali Ultimate will go on sale sometime in the first quarter of 2016. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Introduces 2017 Canyon Denali Exclusive design cues, content elevate industry’s first premium midsize truck DETROIT – Denali is the ultimate expression of GMC’s professional grade style, luxury and capability – and it is coming to the Canyon midsize truck. The 2017 Canyon Denali is being introduced today, ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale in late 2016. “Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Canyon Denali builds on that award-winning combination with the distinctive styling, luxurious interior and elevated content that has defined the Denali nameplate since its introduction nearly 17 years ago.” Like all Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished with a unique chrome grille and unique wheels – 20-inch ultra-bright-machined aluminum wheels with painted accents. Exterior cues include chrome fog lamp bezels, five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip and a standard spray-in bed liner. The Canyon Denali will be offered in six exterior colors. Inside, a Jet Black interior features Mulan leather-appointed seats with perforated, heated-and-ventilated front seats – exclusive content in the Canyon lineup – along with unique instrument panel and console trim; and Denali-logo sill plates and floor mats. Standard technologies include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Additional standard features include: Heated steering wheel GMC IntelliLink with Navigation, an eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and phone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot Automatic climate control Full-color driver information center Remote vehicle starter system Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console ad another USB port inside the console. The Canyon Denali is offered on crew cab models and in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations. Powertrains include a standard 3.6L V-6 that tops competitors’ V-6 offerings with up to 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg) of maximum trailering and an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 26 mpg highway on 2WD models. Also available is the all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, which includes a maximum trailering rating of up to 7,700 pounds (3,493 kg) and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg highway (2WD). It is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever produced by General Motors and meets some of the toughest U.S. emissions standards, thanks in part to a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system. The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission, which uses a unique Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration. Diesel models also feature smart diesel exhaust braking and an integrated trailer brake controller. Smart diesel exhaust braking enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear by varying the amount of brakes needed for the vehicle, load and grade. The integrated trailer brake controller system works with the anti-lock brake system to provide immediate and measured brake force with the electronically controlled trailer brake system. GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate: The Pinnacle of Premium Unique 22-inch wheels, expanded package of standard content drives exclusivity DETROIT – GMC is taking the range-topping style, craftsmanship and capability of the Sierra Denali even higher with the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate. It builds on the Sierra Denali’s already class-leading attributes with a package of precision-crafted features designed to elevate its comfort, design and capability in the growing premium niche of the full-size truck market. GMC introduces the Sierra Denali Ultimate today, ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale late in the first quarter of 2016. “The Sierra Denali has helped drive the growth of premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “This truck is the ultimate expression of the Sierra Denali with greater emphasis on the bold and refined presence and advanced features that make Denali models synonymous with precision and exclusivity.” Thanks in large part to Sierra Denali, which was redesigned in 2014, GMC commands 15.5 percent of the premium full-size truck segment, where average transaction prices exceed $55,000. The segment has nearly doubled in 2015 and grown tenfold since 2013, when GMC had zero percent of the market. In fact, Sierra Denali has helped GMC earn a higher share of the premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment than of the overall full-size pickup segment. Unique features and more standard technologies The Sierra Denali Ultimate is offered exclusively on four-wheel drive 1500 crew cab models with either a 5’ 8” or 6’ 6” cargo bed. It is distinguished with 22-inch wheels with chrome or black insert), a standard sunroof, chrome tow hooks and standard technologies, including Tri-Mode Power Steps – that move rearward to serve as a step into the forward section of the cargo bed. Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control are also standard. Sierra’s 6.2L V-8/eight-speed automatic powertrain combination offers the light-duty segment’s highest output: 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm). Active noise cancelation technology contributes to a quieter driving experience and is featured with the 6.2L engine. A 5.3L V-8 with the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission is the standard powertrain. An integrated trailer brake controller is standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate and allows the driver to adjust the amount of output available to the electric trailer brake and to manually apply the brakes. Additionally, Sierra Denali’s standard, segment-exclusive magnetic ride control delivers more precise body motion control, for a greater feeling of responsiveness to the driver and a smoother ride for passengers. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as little as five milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace conventional mechanical-valve shocks. Professional grade style and crafted interior In addition to the special content, the Sierra Denali Ultimate includes all of the crafted interior, advanced features and design elements of other Denali models, including body-color bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner with a three-dimensional Denali logo. It also wears new front-end styling introduced for 2016, including high-performance LED headlamps with GMC LED signature lighting, an all-new Denali grille and LED taillamps. The high-tech interior features an eight-inch-diagonal Customizable Driver Display – with Denali-themed screen graphics at start-up – that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch-diagonal Color Touch navigation radio with IntelliLink, located above the center console, is the hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through four standard USB ports. IntelliLink also features Apple CarPlay capability, with Android Auto capability coming later in the model year. Additional standard technologies and convenience features include: OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot Bose premium sound system Wireless phone charging – new for 2016 Remote vehicle starter system Remote keyless entry with new remote locking tailgate Power-adjustable pedals Power-sliding rear window with defogger Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines. The Denali Ultimate features premium soft-touch interior materials, aluminum trim and contrast stitching on the standard leather-trimmed interior – including 12-way power adjustable heated and vented front leather bucket and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. 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  4. Chevrolet’s Best October in 11 Years Leads GM to its Seventh Consecutive Increase in Retail Market Share Best October for GMC since 2003 Buick Encore sales rise for the 22nd consecutive month Cadillac SUVs and crossovers up 59 percent Commercial deliveries up for 24th consecutive month DETROIT – General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 262,993 vehicles in the United States in October 2015, with Chevrolet posting its best October sales since 2004. GM’s total and retail deliveries – sales to individual customers – climbed 16 percent compared with a year ago, outpacing a very strong industry, and the company’s retail market share has now climbed for seven consecutive months versus 2014. Commercial deliveries in October were up year over year for the 24th consecutive monthly gain. Total fleet sales were up 16 percent. “The redesign of our full-size trucks and SUVs, and our move into the small crossover and mid-size pickup segments were smart bets and our timing couldn’t be better with industry sales at record levels,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Customers are also embracing our Shop-Click-Drive online shopping program, where the price you see is the price you pay. We see more growth ahead because it’s simple and transparent.” Chevrolet’s 18 percent increase reflects strong across-the-board sales. The brand’s crossovers were up 58 percent, the 11th consecutive monthly increase versus a year ago. Chevrolet trucks were up 13 percent, the 19th consecutive monthly increase, and Chevrolet cars were up 6 percent, the best October result since 2004. The Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado had their best October sales since 2006, and the Malibu its best October since 1996. Trax deliveries reached 8,175 units and Traverse deliveries were up 16 percent. GM’s strong results helped the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles reach an estimated 18.2 million units in October. The six-month moving average for the SAAR is now estimated to be 17.8 million units, on track to establish a calendar year record. Sales Highlights vs. 2014 (except as noted) Chevrolet Total sales were up 18 percent, retail sales were up 20 percent and the brand has had seven consecutive months of year-over-year retail sales and share gains. Malibu retail sales were up 19 percent, and total sales were the highest for any October since 1996. Equinox deliveries were up 25 percent in total for the vehicle’s best October ever. Sales were up 30 percent on a retail basis. Traverse was up 16 percent in total and 21 percent for its best-ever October retail sales month. Silverado deliveries were up 14 percent on a retail basis. Retail deliveries have grown year over year for 15 consecutive months. The Colorado, with 7,059 units sold, continues to be the industry’s fastest-selling pickup with a days-to-turn rate of 24 days. Consumer demand for Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs remains robust, with Tahoe up 17 percent and the Suburban up 25 percent on a retail basis. GMC GMC, with an 18 percent increase, had its best October results since 2003. The Terrain was up 47 percent for its best October ever. The Yukon was up 18 percent, the Yukon XL was up 27 percent and Canyon deliveries totaled 2,415 units. Denali models accounted for more than one-quarter of all GMC sales, the highest ever. Buick Buick retail deliveries were the best since 2003. Encore deliveries were up 39 percent for the small crossover’s 22nd consecutive year-over-year sales increase. Retail deliveries were up 60 percent. On a retail basis, Regal was up 49 percent. Cadillac Deliveries were up 13 percent, driven by SRX, up 65 percent, and the Escalade, up 47 percent. Average Transaction Prices (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs) were $34,600, down about $130 year over year. Calendar year to date, ATPs are up about $800. Incentive spending was 12.7 percent of ATP, up 0.9 percentage points from September 2015, reflecting PIN’s estimate of GM’s model-year-end incentive activity. Calendar year to date, spending is up 0.4 percentage points. GM’s incentive spending on full-size pickups declined both month over month and year over year by about $200 per unit. Fleet and Commercial Fleet sales in the month were strong due to rental customer demand. Calendar year to date rental deliveries are down about 10 percent. Calendar year to date, commercial deliveries are up 14 percent and deliveries to state and local government customers are up 17 percent.
  5. It might look the same, but there are big changes coming for the next-generation GMC Acadia Car and Driver got their hands on a set of spy shots showing off the next-generation GMC Acadia crossover. This is an important model for GMC as it currently is the third best-selling model in the lineup with more than 80,000 Acadias sold in the past couple of years. So what do the pictures reveal? It seems GMC isn't changing the basic design of the Acadia's exterior. But the interior shows some drastic changes. The dashboard looks similar to the one used on the Canyon with a compressed centerstack and a large screen with GMC's Intellilink. The new Acadia along with its sister models, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, will use a new GM platform called C1XX or “Chi” platform. This platform will incorporate a number of weight-saving features, hopefully solving one of the biggest problems with GM's large crossovers; being a bit too heavy. Power will come from a newer version of the 3.6L V6 with over 300 horsepower. There is also talk of a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. Transmissions will include a six and an eight-speed automatic. Source: Car and Driver View full article
  6. It might look the same, but there are big changes coming for the next-generation GMC Acadia Car and Driver got their hands on a set of spy shots showing off the next-generation GMC Acadia crossover. This is an important model for GMC as it currently is the third best-selling model in the lineup with more than 80,000 Acadias sold in the past couple of years. So what do the pictures reveal? It seems GMC isn't changing the basic design of the Acadia's exterior. But the interior shows some drastic changes. The dashboard looks similar to the one used on the Canyon with a compressed centerstack and a large screen with GMC's Intellilink. The new Acadia along with its sister models, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, will use a new GM platform called C1XX or “Chi” platform. This platform will incorporate a number of weight-saving features, hopefully solving one of the biggest problems with GM's large crossovers; being a bit too heavy. Power will come from a newer version of the 3.6L V6 with over 300 horsepower. There is also talk of a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. Transmissions will include a six and an eight-speed automatic. Source: Car and Driver
  7. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Diesels are feeling the backlash of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. According to Automotive News, General Motors has been told by EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) will not certify the trucks until they have undergone tests in the lab and on the road. “The EPA and CARB told us they are going to do on-road testing," said Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer for Chevrolet Trucks. GM says the additional testing could push back the launch of the diesel trucks, which are expected to launch in the fourth quarter. But GM is confident that the trucks will pass the tests. “Part of our development process is on-road and off-road [laboratory] testing,” said Yackley. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  8. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Diesels are feeling the backlash of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. According to Automotive News, General Motors has been told by EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) will not certify the trucks until they have undergone tests in the lab and on the road. “The EPA and CARB told us they are going to do on-road testing," said Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer for Chevrolet Trucks. GM says the additional testing could push back the launch of the diesel trucks, which are expected to launch in the fourth quarter. But GM is confident that the trucks will pass the tests. “Part of our development process is on-road and off-road [laboratory] testing,” said Yackley. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  9. General Motors has issued a recall for 3,296 pickups and SUVs for a problem for the ignition switch. The Associated Press reports that the key in the switch can get stuck in the "start" position and then slip to "accessory" if bumped. This is due to the lock gears in the ignition have a larger diameter than the specifications allow. If this happens, this will cause the loss of power assistance to the brakes and steering, along with possibility of no airbag deployment. This seems very familiar to another ignition switch problem on older GM compacts last year. The models affected include, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty 2015 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Unlike the recall last year which caused GM to pay a large amount in fines due to the problem being kept under wraps, this one was quickly identified. The AP says an employee had this problem and notified officials at the automaker via the Speak Up for Safety program. GM found five other cases of this fault, but no injuries or deaths were reported. GM says in a statement that dealers will replace the ignition-lock housing on the affected models. Source: Associated Press via The Detroit News, General Motors Press Release is on Page 2 GM Statement General Motors is recalling 3,073 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years in the U.S. Some of these vehicles may have an ignition lock actuator gear with an outer diameter that exceeds specifications, which may make turning the ignition key difficult. The ignition key could get stuck in the "start" position. This may be more likely at higher interior ambient temperatures. If the vehicle is driven with the key stuck in the "start" position, and the vehicle experiences a significant jarring event or the vehicle's interior temperature cools, the ignition lock cylinder could move out of the "start" position, rotate past the "run" position, and move into the "accessory" position, leading to loss of power steering assist, power brakes and potentially air bag deployment in certain crashes. Dealers will replace the ignition lock housing. The affected vehicles are the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD, and GMC Sierra LD models and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and 2015 GMC Sierra HD. GM is aware of five shutoffs but no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 3,296. View full article
  10. General Motors has issued a recall for 3,296 pickups and SUVs for a problem for the ignition switch. The Associated Press reports that the key in the switch can get stuck in the "start" position and then slip to "accessory" if bumped. This is due to the lock gears in the ignition have a larger diameter than the specifications allow. If this happens, this will cause the loss of power assistance to the brakes and steering, along with possibility of no airbag deployment. This seems very familiar to another ignition switch problem on older GM compacts last year. The models affected include, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty 2015 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Unlike the recall last year which caused GM to pay a large amount in fines due to the problem being kept under wraps, this one was quickly identified. The AP says an employee had this problem and notified officials at the automaker via the Speak Up for Safety program. GM found five other cases of this fault, but no injuries or deaths were reported. GM says in a statement that dealers will replace the ignition-lock housing on the affected models. Source: Associated Press via The Detroit News, General Motors Press Release is on Page 2 GM Statement General Motors is recalling 3,073 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years in the U.S. Some of these vehicles may have an ignition lock actuator gear with an outer diameter that exceeds specifications, which may make turning the ignition key difficult. The ignition key could get stuck in the "start" position. This may be more likely at higher interior ambient temperatures. If the vehicle is driven with the key stuck in the "start" position, and the vehicle experiences a significant jarring event or the vehicle's interior temperature cools, the ignition lock cylinder could move out of the "start" position, rotate past the "run" position, and move into the "accessory" position, leading to loss of power steering assist, power brakes and potentially air bag deployment in certain crashes. Dealers will replace the ignition lock housing. The affected vehicles are the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD, and GMC Sierra LD models and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and 2015 GMC Sierra HD. GM is aware of five shutoffs but no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 3,296.
  11. GM Posts Sixth Consecutive Jump in Retail Market Share Retail Sales up 17 percent, Total Sales up 12 percent Chevrolet retail sales up 19 percent Best September for Chevrolet Malibu retail sales in 10 years Chevrolet crossovers up 49 percent; pickups up 22 percent GMC crossovers up 20 percent; pickups up 32 percent Best September for Buick since 2006 Buick crossovers up 21 percent; Regal up 27 percent Cadillac SRX up 85 percent Commercial deliveries up for 23rd consecutive month DETROIT – General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 251,310 vehicles in the United States in September 2015. Retail deliveries climbed 17 percent compared with a year ago, which makes September the sixth month in a row that GM has increased retail market share year over year. Total sales were up 12 percent. “Staying focused on core values like initial quality, sales and service satisfaction, cost of ownership, dependability and advanced technology is paying off in higher sales and share, stronger transaction prices and lower incentives,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Unlike our competitors, we did not need to rely on higher incentives to grow our business.” GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs) increased almost $800 per unit compared to August 2015, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. Incentive spending in September was down 1 percentage point from August 2015, much greater than the industry’s 0.2 percentage point decline. Year over year, spending was down 0.7 percentage points, while industry spending increased 0.9 percentage points. Commercial deliveries increased 10 percent year over year for the 23rd consecutive monthly increase. Consistent with GM’s plan, total fleet sales were down 5 percent due to a 12 percent decline in rental deliveries. Full-Size Pickup Highlights September sales and PIN estimates bear out the momentum the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have with both individual and commercial customers: GM’s estimated share of the retail market for full-size pickups is 39.2 percent, up 0.4 of a percentage point month over month and almost 3 percentage points higher than the next closest competitor. ATPs increased more than $800 per unit month over month and almost $3,200 year over year. Average incentives were down $400 per unit month over month and almost $800 year over year. Commercial deliveries have increased for 17 consecutive months. New Truck Paradigm During the last two years, GM has built the industry’s most successful retail truck franchise by completely redesigning its full-size pickups and SUVs, launching all-new V-8 and V-6 powertrains, and re-entering the mid-size pickup segment. On a retail basis, Chevrolet and GMC pickups were up 24 percent in September and they are up 30 percent calendar year to date. GM’s share of the entire retail pickup market is estimated to be 39 percent. Combined, Chevrolet and GMC have 78 percent of the retail market for full-size SUVs, along with the highest ATPs, according to PIN. September ATPs were up more than $730 compared with August, and they were up more than $2,800 from a year ago. The Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV have a 31 percent share of the retail market for large luxury SUVs. The GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, the Sierra and the Canyon have the highest ATPs of any vehicles in their respective segments, according to PIN. In less than a year, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have gone from zero to 40 percent retail market share in their segment. The Colorado has also been the industry’s fastest-selling pickup for eight consecutive months, with a days to turn of 21 in September. To keep momentum building, Chevrolet unveiled a redesigned 2016 Silverado at the State Fair of Texas in September. It features new styling, expanded availability of 8-speed transmissions, more advanced safety features and class-exclusive availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, Chevrolet and GMC will launch a new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine this fall in the Colorado and Canyon. GM’s strong results helped the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles reach an estimated 18.3 million units in September. The six-month moving average for the SAAR is now estimated to be 17.6 million units. “The U.S. is adding jobs, disposable income is rising, energy prices and interest rates remain low and business continues to invest, but the fact remains this has been a slow recovery,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “The economy still has room to grow and so do auto sales, particularly now that the Millennials are entering the workforce and starting households.” September Sales Highlights vs. 2014 (except as noted) Retail Sales Chevrolet Chevrolet was up 19 percent and the brand has had six consecutive months of year-over-year retail sales and share gains. Malibu deliveries were up 38 percent, the car’s best September performance in 10 years. Equinox deliveries were up 42 percent and Traverse was up 15 percent. It was the best September ever for Equinox. Spark was up 24 percent, the Camaro was up 25 percent, and Impala was up 15 percent. Tahoe deliveries were up 9 percent for its best September sales since 2011, while Suburban was up 8 percent. GMC GMC deliveries were up 21 percent and the brand has grown its retail sales for 20 consecutive months. Acadia had its best September sales ever, at both total and retail. The Sierra was up 16 percent, the Terrain was up 22 percent, and the Yukon XL was up 17 percent. Buick Encore deliveries were up 46 percent and Regal was up 63 percent. Cadillac SRX was up 56 percent. Average Transaction Prices (PIN) GM’s September ATPs were up nearly $800 month over month and about $380 year over year. In September, GM’s incentive spending was 11.2 percent of ATP, equal to the industry average. Calendar year to date, GM’s incentive spending was 11.2 percent of ATP, up 0.4 percentage points, equal to the industry change. Total Sales Chevrolet Total sales were up 11 percent. Malibu sales were up 12 percent, Spark sales were up 17 percent and Camaro coupe sales were up 29 percent. Truck deliveries were up 17 percent for the 18th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. Crossover deliveries were up 49 percent for the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. The Equinox, up 25 percent, and the Traverse, up 13 percent, had their best September sales ever. Trax deliveries totaled 6,140 units. GMC GMC, with a 24 percent increase, had its best September results since 2004. The Sierra was up 18 percent, the Terrain was up 32 percent, the Yukon was up 23 percent and the Yukon XL was up 40 percent. Buick Encore deliveries were up 46 percent for the small crossover’s 21st consecutive year-over-year sales increase. Enclave had its best September since 2011. Regal sales were up 27 percent and LaCrosse deliveries were up 7 percent. Cadillac ATS sales increased 3 percent and the SRX was up 85 percent. Fleet and Commercial GM continues to execute its plan to reduce sales to rental customers, with deliveries down approximately 3,600 units. Deliveries to state and local government agencies were up 9 percent. Calendar year to date, commercial deliveries are up 15 percent, government sales are up 4 percent and rental deliveries are down 14 percent. Total fleet deliveries are down 5 percent.
  12. GM Retail Sales Up 14 Percent GM’s four brands post their best combined July total and retail sales since 2007 Chevrolet delivers its best total and retail sales for any July since 2006 Chevrolet and GMC sold more than 86,000 pickups – best July since 2006 GMC Sierra and Canyon earned the highest Average Transaction Prices in their segments Buick sales up 18 percent on strong crossover demand Large planned reductions in daily rental deliveries continue DETROIT – General Motor’s (NYSE: GM) Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 272,512 vehicles in the United States in July 2015, a 6 percent increase and the four brands’ best combined July since 2007. The month was paced by an 18 percent increase in Buick sales, a 1 percent increase at GMC and an 8 percent increase in Chevrolet sales. Chevrolet’s results included a 24 percent increase in pickup, van and SUV sales, and the brand’s best July crossover sales ever. Company-wide, retail deliveries climbed 14 percent year over year, and the company gained retail market share for the fourth month in a row thanks to a 16 percent gain at Chevrolet, a 15 percent gain at GMC and a 12 percent increase at Buick. The month was GM’s best July for retail sales since 2007. Fleet deliveries in July were down 20 percent year over year, as the company continues to execute its plan to reduce sales to rental customers and grow commercial and government deliveries. Government sales were up 38 percent, with deliveries to state and local governments up 59 percent. Commercial deliveries were up year over year for the 21st consecutive month. Rental deliveries were down 36 percent. “The second half of 2015 is off to a great start, with industry sales above expectations,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “GM has been steadily growing its commercial sales and retail market share, thanks to our strong truck and crossover portfolio. We feel very good about our truck strategy heading into the late summer and fall, when those segments usually heat up. We are the only manufacturer that has completely revamped its entire lineup of large SUVs, and mid-size, light duty and heavy duty pickups.” July Sales Highlights vs. 2014 (except as noted) Total Sales Chevrolet Chevrolet had its best July sales since 2006. Crossover deliveries have increased year over year for eight consecutive months and truck sales have increased for fifteen consecutive months. Pickup deliveries were up 51 percent. The Silverado was up 34 percent and Colorado sales were 7,209 units. The Colorado remains America’s fastest-selling pickup with a “days to turn” of 16 days. Chevrolet had its best July crossover sales ever. The Traverse was up 32 percent, and the Trax had its best month since launch with 6,111 units delivered. Malibu sales were up 18 percent and Cruze sales were up 2 percent. GMC GMC had its best July sales since 2005. GMC pickup deliveries were up 28 percent, and the Sierra and Canyon have the highest average transaction prices (ATPs) in their respective segments, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. The Sierra enjoys the highest ATPs of any pickup in the industry. The Acadia, GMC’s flagship crossover, was up 32 percent, for its best month ever. Buick Buick had its best July sales since 2006. Encore deliveries were up 68 percent for the small crossover’s 19th consecutive year-over-year sales increase. Sales of Buick’s other crossover, the Enclave, were up 25 percent, for its best July ever. Regal sedan deliveries were up 24 percent. Cadillac CTS sedan deliveries were up 18 percent; the SRX crossover was up 47 percent for its best July ever. Fleet and Commercial Rental deliveries in July were down approximately 13,500 units. A year-over-year decline in the range of 15,000 – 17,000 units is expected in August. In the second half of the year, planned reductions in rental deliveries are expected to total more than 60,000 units. Rental deliveries in the first half of the year were down more than 18,000 units. GM continues to prioritize retail sales of its new full-size Chevrolet and GMC SUVs. Retail deliveries were up 6 percent while fleet deliveries were down 68 percent. Calendar year to date, commercial deliveries are up 17 percent, government sales are up 4 percent and rental deliveries are down 11 percent. Total fleet deliveries are down 2 percent. Pickup sales to fleets have increased year over year for 15 straight months due to strong demand from commercial and government customers. Commercial pickup sales are up 33 percent calendar year to date. Retail Sales Chevrolet The Silverado was up 35 percent, and the truck had its best July retail sales since 2006. Tahoe deliveries were up 16 percent and Suburban deliveries were up 15 percent. Tahoe had its best July retail sales since 2008. Traverse was up 10 percent for its best July retail sales ever. Impala deliveries were up 9 percent and Malibu deliveries were up 25 percent. Both cars had their best July retail sales since 2010. GMC GMC has grown its retail sales for 18 consecutive months. The Acadia was up 29 percent. Buick Encore deliveries were up 63 percent and Regal was up 31 percent. Cadillac SRX was up 42 percent and CTS sedan sales were up 19 percent. Average Transaction Prices (PIN) ATPs continue to be strong. GM’s July ATPs were $33,800, up about $200 month over month, and about $530 year over year. The ongoing success of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra helped drive the ATP increase; full-size pickup truck ATPs were up $230 month over month and more than $1,000 year over year. Calendar year to date, GM’s incentive spending was 10.9 percent of ATP, up 0.2 percentage points, in line with the industry change. In July, GM’s incentive spending was 12.5 percent of ATP, up 0.4 percentage points from June 2015; the industry was up 0.3 percentage points.
  13. Following the debut of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC's released pictures of the new look for its bread and butter Sierra series for 2016. The update consists of new "C" Shape tail lights and front running lights, along with a new front fascia. As in the Silverado, GMC's Intelilink system will also be updated with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto. Technical updates and pricing will be released at a later date. Source: GM Media
  14. Following the debut of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC's released pictures of the new look for its bread and butter Sierra series for 2016. The update consists of new "C" Shape tail lights and front running lights, along with a new front fascia. As in the Silverado, GMC's Intelilink system will also be updated with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto. Technical updates and pricing will be released at a later date. Source: GM Media View full article
  15. GM Earns Highest June Retail Market Share Since 2011 Chevrolet retail sales up 9 percent, surpassing Ford Division Chevrolet total pickup deliveries climb 33 percent; Silverado outsells F-Series on a retail basis Best June ever for Chevrolet crossovers GMC retail sales up 12 percent; total pickup sales up 37 percent Commercial deliveries up for 20th consecutive month DETROIT – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 259,353 vehicles in June 2015. Retail deliveries climbed 7 percent year over year, and they were up more than the industry for the third month in a row. The drivers were stronger Cadillac sales, a 12 percent gain at GMC and a 9 percent increase at Chevrolet. Together, they helped make the month General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) best June for retail deliveries since 2007 and its best June for retail market share since 2011. GM increased its sales to commercial customers, and state and local government fleets, as well. Rental deliveries, which tend to be less profitable than retail sales, were down 45 percent as a result of GM’s previously announced plan. Total fleet sales in June were down 29 percent year over year, or 21,366 units. GM’s total sales were down 3 percent. “We just wrapped up the U.S. auto industry’s best six months in a decade, driven by strong demand for pickups and crossovers,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “People feel good about their jobs and the direction the economy as a whole is taking, so the second half of the year should be strong too, and that’s especially good news for Chevrolet and GMC, brands that have very broad truck and crossover portfolios.” Industry sales continue to exceed expectations. GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in June was 17.3 million units. During the first half of 2015, GM gained retail market share in both the crossover and truck segments, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. GM’s crossover share is 12.6 percent, up 0.4 percentage points compared to a year ago. GM’s truck, van and SUV share is 38.9 percent, up 2.1 percentage points. Most of the truck market share gain comes from the ongoing success of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups, which were redesigned for the 2014 model year. Since calendar year 2013, GM’s retail share of the segment has grown 0.9 percentage points to 38 percent, according to PIN. Market share and average transaction prices (ATPs) were particularly strong in the second quarter of 2015. According to PIN, GM’s retail share in the segment was up 2.8 points year over year to 40.2 percent. ATPs were up almost $1,000 per unit, and incentives were flat. June Sales Highlights vs. 2014 (except as noted) Total Sales Chevrolet Pickup deliveries were up 33 percent. The Silverado was up 18 percent. Colorado sales were 6,558 units, and it remains America’s fastest-selling pickup with a “days to turn” of 15 days. The truck had its best June sales since 2007. The Trax, Chevrolet’s newest crossover, had sales of 5,971 units for its best month since launch. It helped Chevrolet deliver its best June crossover sales ever. The Spark, which was up 4 percent, had its best June ever. GMC GMC pickup deliveries were up 37 percent, with the Sierra up 21 percent. Deliveries of the new Canyon totaled 2,532 units. The Acadia, GMC’s flagship crossover, was up 17 percent. Buick Encore deliveries were up 33 percent for the small crossover’s 18th consecutive year-over-year sales increase. Cadillac SRX deliveries were up 24 percent for its best June ever. Fleet and Commercial Commercial deliveries were up 4 percent in June, with full-size pickups up 18 percent. Through June, commercial deliveries have grown year over year for 20 consecutive months and they are up 20 percent calendar year to date. State and local government sales were up 6 percent in June, with full-size pickup and Tahoe PPV deliveries more than doubling. State and local government sales are up 19 percent calendar year to date. Rental deliveries in June were down 45 percent, per plan. Through the first six months of 2015, rental deliveries are down 7 percent, per plan. Total fleet deliveries are up calendar year to date. GM plans to reduce year-over-year rental deliveries in the second half of 2015 and in calendar year 2016. Retail Sales Chevrolet The Silverado was up 22 percent, surpassing the Ford F-Series. The Traverse crossover was up 3 percent, the Camaro was up 14 percent and the Spark was up 31 percent. Both the Malibu and Impala posted sales increases. GMC GMC has grown its retail sales for 17 consecutive months. The Acadia was up 24 percent for its best June ever. Sierra was up 13 percent. Buick Encore deliveries were up 22 percent. Cadillac Cadillac was up 3 percent. The SRX was up 45 percent for its best June retail sales ever. The ATS was up 6 percent and CTS sedan sales were up 7 percent. Average Transaction Prices (PIN) June ATPs were approximately $34,000, up $880 per unit year over year. They are up more than $1,300 per unit calendar year to date. Incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 11.2 percent in June, up 0.1 percentage points year over year. Industry average spending was 9.9 percent of ATP. In the first half of 2015, incentive spending was 10.4 percent of ATP, down 0.2 percentage points. Industry average spending was 10.1 percent, up 0.2 points.
  16. GM’s Sales Beat Analyst Expectations, Buck Industry Trend Total sales up 3 percent, retail deliveries up 7 percent Chevrolet pickups up 30 percent: Silverado gains 3 points of retail market share; Colorado still the fastest-selling pickup GMC up 12 percent as crossovers and pickups surge Commercial deliveries up for the 19th consecutive month DETROIT – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 293,097 vehicles in May 2015, for General Motors Co.’s (NYSE: GM) best May sales since 2007 and its best month since August 2008. Total sales were up 3 percent year over year and retail sales were up 7 percent in a month when most major competitors lost ground. Pickup trucks and crossovers were especially strong sellers. “Chevrolet has the hot hand in the pickup market thanks to our three-truck strategy,” said Kurt McNeil, General Motors’ U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our market share is growing and our strategy is to retain these customers with the best overall ownership experience.” The Chevrolet Silverado’s estimated retail segment share was 27 percent in May, according to J.D. Power PIN data, up 3 percentage points year over year. Calendar year to date, the truck’s retail segment share is 26 percent, up 1 percentage point. Demand for the all-new Colorado midsize pickup is rising faster than GM’s ability to increase production, even with the addition of a third production shift in March. With 8,881 sales in May, the Colorado controls about one-quarter of the retail market for midsize pickups and it has been the industry’s fastest-selling pickup for four consecutive months. Its “days to turn” is only 13 days, according to PIN, and retail inventory is 11 days. Demand is also soaring for Chevrolet crossovers, which had their best sales ever in May. The Equinox was up 30 percent compared to a year ago and the Traverse rose 2 percent. Retail deliveries for the Equinox and Traverse were up 15 percent and 30 percent, respectively. The all-new Trax small crossover also continues to gain momentum, with 5,707 deliveries. Growth at GMC, which focuses exclusively on trucks and crossovers, is far outpacing the industry. The brand had its best May since 2005, up 12 percent year over year. The GMC Sierra was up 4 percent. Terrain had its best May sales ever, with sales up 11 percent, the Acadia had its best month ever, with sales up 67 percent, and the new Canyon contributed 2,901 units. Calendar year to date, GMC sales are up 15 percent. Additional Highlights vs. 2014 (except as noted) Chevrolet Chevrolet pickup sales totaled 60,483 units, up 30 percent. Silverado deliveries were up 11 percent and the Colorado had its best month since launch. Sonic deliveries were up 3 percent, Malibu was up 11 percent and Corvette was up 6 percent, for its best May since 1986. Chevrolet continued to have the lowest passenger car incentives in the industry on average transaction price (ATP) basis compared to other full-line manufacturers, according to PIN.­ Cadillac The SRX saw a 21-percent increase and Escalade sales were up 6 percent. GMC GMC pickup sales were up 19 percent, and the Sierra and Canyon have the highest ATPs in their respective segments, according to PIN. Buick Buick sales were up. Enclave deliveries were up 23 percent and the Encore was up 21 percent, for its 17th consecutive year-over-year sales increase. Fleet and Commercial Commercial deliveries were up 5 percent in May, with full-size pickups up 9 percent. Deliveries of medium crossovers and the Chevrolet Malibu more than doubled. Through May, commercial deliveries have grown year over year for 19 consecutive months and they are up 24 percent calendar year to date. State and local government sales were up 29 percent in May, and 23 percent calendar year to date. GM’s total sales increase in May came despite a planned 7,000-unit decline in rental deliveries. The decline reflects the discontinuation of the fleet-only Chevrolet Captiva, as well as lower production of the fleet-only Chevrolet Impala Limited and lower sales of large SUVs. June rental deliveries are planned to be down more than 20,000 units, year over year. GM is prioritizing retail deliveries of large SUVs due to strong demand and low inventories, which currently stand at 62 days supply. General Motors May ATPs were approximately $34,000, up $550 per unit year over year, according to PIN. They are up about $1,300 calendar year to date. Incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 10.6 percent in May, equal to a year ago, according to PIN. Industry average spending was 10 percent of ATPs, also equal to a year ago. GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in May was 17.6 million units, above GM’s full-year outlook of 16.5 million to 17.0 million units.
  17. The idea of the luxury pickup has only come into spotlight during the last decade thanks to GMC. In the early-oughts, the truck manufacturer introduced the Sierra C3 which offered a number of luxury appointments never really seen on a truck - leather, premium audio system, power everything, new wheels, and a more potent V8. The C3 and the Denali which took its place a couple years later became big sellers and created a market for luxury pickups. Now most of truck players offer two luxury variants - one for those who dream of being a cowboy and one for those believe in up-town luxury. So how has the father of the luxury pickup compare to the new competitors? I spent a week in the Sierra 1500 Denali to find out. Compared to the standard Sierra 1500, the Denali gets minor changes such as a mesh grille insert, chrome trim pieces, Denali badges, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. These small changes make the Denali quite the standout in the Sierra lineup. It looks more at home at an upscale restaurant than a work site. The interior is somewhat lacking though for a luxury pickup. Yes, there are swaths of leather for the seats and dash, along with nicer looking plastic wood trim and Bose sound system. But compared to the likes of the Ford F-150 Platinum and Ram 1500 Laramie Limited which boast better leather and trim choces, the Denali just feels like a pretender. Tech-wise, the 1500 Denali gets the large screen from the heavy duty trucks to provide trip, infotainment, navigation, and powertrain information. There’s also GMC’s Intellilink infotainment system which seems to be getting worse everytime I use it. Case in point was the constant crashing of my iPod Classic and the disappearance of the map when using the navigation system. Like other Sierras, the Denali has a choice of engines. Base is the 5.3L V8, while optional is the 6.2L V8. I had the latter engine which produced 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired with a new eight-speed automatic. As I wrote in my Escalade review, the engine has power available throughout the rev range and sounds more like a Corvette. That pretty much carries over to Sierra Denali except for one key item. The 6.2 feels slightly more potent in the truck thanks to a lower curb weight. If you are not careful with the accelerator you will cause the rear wheels to chirp. The eight-speed automatic kept the truck going with smooth shifts and a noticeable improvement in fuel economy. My average for the week in the Sierra Denali was 16 MPG. Not bad considering the EPA ratings of 15 City/21 Highway/17 Combined. One item that surprised me when driving the Sierra Denali was how bouncy the ride was when compared to the last Sierra 1500 I drove. Despite the truck featuring GM’s Magnaride shocks, the Sierra 1500 Denali was bouncy and choppy thanks to the 20-inch wheels. If you have a load in the bed, the choppy ride goes away. Also expect a fair amount of wind and road noise due to the large tires and boxy shape. While the current-generation GMC Sierra Denali 1500 is a step forward from its predecessor, it falls way behind the competition in terms of luxuries and ride. The 6.2L V8 and eight-speed combination do claw back some good points. But I think its time for GMC to step back and figure out what Denali means to the Sierra. Disclaimer: GMC Provided the Sierra Denali 1500, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: GMC Model: Sierra 1500 Trim: Denali 4X4 Engine: 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 420 @ 5600 Torque @ RPM: 460 @ 4100 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 15/21/17 Curb Weight: 5,434 lbs Location of Manufacture: Silao, GJ Mexico Base Price: $52,155 As Tested Price: $57,820 (Includes $1,195 Destination Charge) Options: 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 - $2,495 Power Sunroof - $995.00 Driver Alert Package - $450.00 20" Polished Aluminum Wheels - $300.00 Trailer Brake Controller - $230.00 View full article
  18. The idea of the luxury pickup has only come into spotlight during the last decade thanks to GMC. In the early-oughts, the truck manufacturer introduced the Sierra C3 which offered a number of luxury appointments never really seen on a truck - leather, premium audio system, power everything, new wheels, and a more potent V8. The C3 and the Denali which took its place a couple years later became big sellers and created a market for luxury pickups. Now most of truck players offer two luxury variants - one for those who dream of being a cowboy and one for those believe in up-town luxury. So how has the father of the luxury pickup compare to the new competitors? I spent a week in the Sierra 1500 Denali to find out. Compared to the standard Sierra 1500, the Denali gets minor changes such as a mesh grille insert, chrome trim pieces, Denali badges, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. These small changes make the Denali quite the standout in the Sierra lineup. It looks more at home at an upscale restaurant than a work site. The interior is somewhat lacking though for a luxury pickup. Yes, there are swaths of leather for the seats and dash, along with nicer looking plastic wood trim and Bose sound system. But compared to the likes of the Ford F-150 Platinum and Ram 1500 Laramie Limited which boast better leather and trim choces, the Denali just feels like a pretender. Tech-wise, the 1500 Denali gets the large screen from the heavy duty trucks to provide trip, infotainment, navigation, and powertrain information. There’s also GMC’s Intellilink infotainment system which seems to be getting worse everytime I use it. Case in point was the constant crashing of my iPod Classic and the disappearance of the map when using the navigation system. Like other Sierras, the Denali has a choice of engines. Base is the 5.3L V8, while optional is the 6.2L V8. I had the latter engine which produced 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired with a new eight-speed automatic. As I wrote in my Escalade review, the engine has power available throughout the rev range and sounds more like a Corvette. That pretty much carries over to Sierra Denali except for one key item. The 6.2 feels slightly more potent in the truck thanks to a lower curb weight. If you are not careful with the accelerator you will cause the rear wheels to chirp. The eight-speed automatic kept the truck going with smooth shifts and a noticeable improvement in fuel economy. My average for the week in the Sierra Denali was 16 MPG. Not bad considering the EPA ratings of 15 City/21 Highway/17 Combined. One item that surprised me when driving the Sierra Denali was how bouncy the ride was when compared to the last Sierra 1500 I drove. Despite the truck featuring GM’s Magnaride shocks, the Sierra 1500 Denali was bouncy and choppy thanks to the 20-inch wheels. If you have a load in the bed, the choppy ride goes away. Also expect a fair amount of wind and road noise due to the large tires and boxy shape. While the current-generation GMC Sierra Denali 1500 is a step forward from its predecessor, it falls way behind the competition in terms of luxuries and ride. The 6.2L V8 and eight-speed combination do claw back some good points. But I think its time for GMC to step back and figure out what Denali means to the Sierra. Disclaimer: GMC Provided the Sierra Denali 1500, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: GMC Model: Sierra 1500 Trim: Denali 4X4 Engine: 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 420 @ 5600 Torque @ RPM: 460 @ 4100 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 15/21/17 Curb Weight: 5,434 lbs Location of Manufacture: Silao, GJ Mexico Base Price: $52,155 As Tested Price: $57,820 (Includes $1,195 Destination Charge) Options: 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 - $2,495 Power Sunroof - $995.00 Driver Alert Package - $450.00 20" Polished Aluminum Wheels - $300.00 Trailer Brake Controller - $230.00
  19. Double-digit Crossover and Truck Gains Drive Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac Sales April was GM’s best-ever month for crossover sales Pickup sales up 22 percent Commercial deliveries up 31 percent DETROIT – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 269,056 vehicles in April 2015, up 6 percent year over year. Retail deliveries were up 5 percent, fleet deliveries were up 8 percent and commercial sales were the highest since March 2008. “At GM, truck and crossover sales have been strong all year, thanks to our increasingly deep and broad product portfolio,” said Kurt McNeil, General Motors’ U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. GM’s trucks and crossovers posted double-digit sales increases in April, up 13 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Thanks to new products, GM’s estimated share of the retail market for midsize pickups is now 31 percent calendar year to date, according to J.D. Power PIN. For small crossovers, it is 55 percent and for large SUVs it is 74 percent. “Consumer and commercial customer demand for pickups and utility vehicles has been building since last fall, and that’s a clear sign that the slowdown in GDP growth during the winter months was caused by factors that are mostly transitory in nature,” McNeil said. “The auto industry continues to be on track to have its best sales year since 2006.” Highlights vs. 2014 (except as noted) Chevrolet Chevrolet crossover deliveries were up 51 percent (excluding the fleet-only Captiva, which has been discontinued). Equinox was up 42 percent for its best April ever. Traverse, up 28 percent, also had its best April ever, and the all-new Trax is off to a strong start with 3,451 sales. Chevrolet pickup sales totaled 52,988 units, up 24 percent. Silverado deliveries were up 8 percent and the all-new Colorado midsize pickup had its best month since launch, with 7,010 deliveries. The Colorado has now been the industry’s fastest-selling truck for three months in a row, with a “days to turn” of only 15 days. Spark EV sales were a record 920 units, the Sonic was up 14 percent, the SS was up 6 percent and the Corvette Z06 is one of the industry’s fastest-selling car, with a “days to turn” of only 17 days. Chevrolet is the industry’s fastest-growing truck brand so far this year and Chevrolet passenger car volumes have increased sequentially each month this year. Cadillac Cadillac deliveries in April were up 14 percent and the brand’s calendar-year-to-date sales are in line with 2014. Escalade sales were up 144 percent. The SRX crossover saw a 41-percent increase and the XTS sedan was up 14 percent. GMC GMC had its best first-quarter sales since 2005, and followed that up with a 20-percent increase in April. GMC pickup sales were up 19 percent, with Sierra up 5 percent and Canyon deliveries totaling 2,432 units. The Sierra and Canyon have the highest average transaction prices (ATPs) in their respective segments, according to PIN. Denali penetration is at record levels, surpassing 23 percent of retail sales. GMC’s crossover sales were up 25 percent, with Terrain up 13 percent and Acadia up 40 percent. Both vehicles had their best-ever April sales. Buick Buick Encore deliveries were up 29 percent, and sales have increased year over year for 16 consecutive months. General Motors Crossover deliveries were up 25 percent, with small crossover sales more than doubling to 9,000 units. April was GM’s best-ever month for crossover sales. Combined van, SUV and pickup deliveries were up 13 percent, with pickup deliveries up 22 percent. Full-size pickups were up 7 percent and midsize pickup sales reached 9,442 units. ATPs were approximately $34,750, up $880 per unit, according to PIN estimates. Calendar year to date, ATPs are up $1,580. Incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 9.5 percent in April, according to PIN estimates. That is in line with March and down 0.6 percentage points year over year. Industry average spending was 9.2 percent of ATP. Commercial deliveries were up 31 percent. Through April, commercial deliveries have grown year over year for 18 consecutive months. Large vans were up 64 percent and full-size pickups were up 42 percent. GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in April was 16.7 million units. GM passenger car deliveries were down 12 percent in April, reflecting the segmentation shifts that began in the fall of 2014, as well as lower rental deliveries and incentive spending on an ATP basis that is considerably below the industry average. Chevrolet has the lowest passenger car incentives in the industry on an ATP basis compared to other full-line manufacturers.­
  20. Since the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February, we knew that it wouldn't be too long before GMC would roll out a refreshed Terrain. Well at New York, the automaker will be showing off the 2016 Terrain family. Like the Equinox, the Terrain keeps its basic shape. But key items such as the front and rear fascia, grille, and wheels are slightly changed. Inside gets a new center stack, along with new cloth and leather choices for each trim level. The blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alerts which was available on the Denali model is now optional on the SLE and SLT trims. Powertrains for the Terrain are the same as the outgoing model. The base engine is 2.4L EcoTec four-cylinder, while a 3.6L V6 with 301 horsepower is optional. The 2016 GMC Terrain hits dealers in the fall. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Introduces 2016 Terrain New appearance, features build on success in growing compact SUV segment NEW YORK – Distinguished by a new, more contemporary front-end appearance, the 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali were introduced today, ahead of their public debut at the New York International Auto Show. The 2016 Terrain lineup features new front and rear fascias, new grille designs, a power dome hood, light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps and additional updates. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are offered on SLE and SLT models for the first time. “Terrain is a popular choice in the growing compact SUV segment, introducing drivers to GMC’s professional grade design and features,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The changes for 2016 provide consumers with even more reasons to consider Terrain as it continues to be a smart choice for customers seeking versatility, style and technology.” The compact SUV market leapt 17.4 percent in 2014 to account for 15.7 percent of the total U.S. market, overtaking midsize cars for the first time as the auto industry’s largest vehicle segment. Terrain had its best year ever in 2014 with 105,016 sales. The momentum continues this year, as Terrain enjoyed its best-ever January and February sales. The New York region is the national leader for compact SUV sales, with more than 200,000 retail units sold last year. It is also second-highest selling region for Terrain, behind Detroit. The complete list of revisions for the 2016 Terrain lineup includes: New front and rear fascias with C-shaped lower chrome trim that accentuates the Terrain’s wide stance New, chrome-accented grille designs for SLE, SLT and Denali – including specific tri-segment grille texture on Denali New power dome hood design New LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models New 18-inch aluminum wheel design offered on non-Denali models New 19-inch aluminum wheel design offered on Denali Revised instrument panel “center stack” with new storage shelf and updated control graphics Revised model lineup: SL, SLE (SLE-1 and SLE-2), SLT and Denali Premium cloth seat fabric now standard on SL and SLE models New Saddle Up leather interior available on SLT New Light Titanium/Jet Black interior combination offered on Denali Front passenger eight-way power-adjustable seat offered on SLT (previously available only on Denali) New, chrome-trimmed transmission shifter Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features on SLE and SLT (previous available only on Denali). New White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat premium exterior colors. Bold design tops many customers’ reasons for purchasing the GMC Terrain and the updated 2016 models retain the distinctive proportion that attracts first-time buyers to the brand with a greater focus on precision and attention to detail. “The updates for the 2016 Terrain make one of the strongest designs in the compact SUV market even more compelling,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “They create a more contemporized appearance rooted in GMC’s professional grade precision.” Terrain at a glance The 2016 Terrain seats five, with all-wheel drive offered on SLE, SLT and Denali models. Its interior – with the GM-exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat – offers 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat and 63.9 cubic feet (1,809 liters) with the rear seat folded. The standard Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected engine delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway (FWD models). A direct-injected 3.6L V-6 is available and delivers best-in-class 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 272 lb-ft of torque (369 Nm). The V-6 engine also enables a trailering capacity of up to 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg). Available GMC IntelliLink offers OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/3GB data trial (whichever comes first). Terrain also offers a programmable power liftgate (standard on Denali, available on SLT), with a memory function that stops the liftgate at a chosen height to help shorter drivers or accommodate low garage heights. In addition to available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features, Terrain offers Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning as part of comprehensive safety packages. Terrain Denali The Terrain Denali offers unique exterior and interior appointments, exclusive wheels and design cues to set it apart from competitors. Dual-flow dampers are exclusive to the Terrain Denali’s suspension system, providing a smoother ride and improved handling by controlling suspension dampening across a broader range of driving conditions. The 2016 Terrain goes on sale this fall. Pricing will be announced later.
  21. Since the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February, we knew that it wouldn't be too long before GMC would roll out a refreshed Terrain. Well at New York, the automaker will be showing off the 2016 Terrain family. Like the Equinox, the Terrain keeps its basic shape. But key items such as the front and rear fascia, grille, and wheels are slightly changed. Inside gets a new center stack, along with new cloth and leather choices for each trim level. The blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alerts which was available on the Denali model is now optional on the SLE and SLT trims. Powertrains for the Terrain are the same as the outgoing model. The base engine is 2.4L EcoTec four-cylinder, while a 3.6L V6 with 301 horsepower is optional. The 2016 GMC Terrain hits dealers in the fall. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Introduces 2016 Terrain New appearance, features build on success in growing compact SUV segment NEW YORK – Distinguished by a new, more contemporary front-end appearance, the 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali were introduced today, ahead of their public debut at the New York International Auto Show. The 2016 Terrain lineup features new front and rear fascias, new grille designs, a power dome hood, light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps and additional updates. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are offered on SLE and SLT models for the first time. “Terrain is a popular choice in the growing compact SUV segment, introducing drivers to GMC’s professional grade design and features,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The changes for 2016 provide consumers with even more reasons to consider Terrain as it continues to be a smart choice for customers seeking versatility, style and technology.” The compact SUV market leapt 17.4 percent in 2014 to account for 15.7 percent of the total U.S. market, overtaking midsize cars for the first time as the auto industry’s largest vehicle segment. Terrain had its best year ever in 2014 with 105,016 sales. The momentum continues this year, as Terrain enjoyed its best-ever January and February sales. The New York region is the national leader for compact SUV sales, with more than 200,000 retail units sold last year. It is also second-highest selling region for Terrain, behind Detroit. The complete list of revisions for the 2016 Terrain lineup includes: New front and rear fascias with C-shaped lower chrome trim that accentuates the Terrain’s wide stance New, chrome-accented grille designs for SLE, SLT and Denali – including specific tri-segment grille texture on Denali New power dome hood design New LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models New 18-inch aluminum wheel design offered on non-Denali models New 19-inch aluminum wheel design offered on Denali Revised instrument panel “center stack” with new storage shelf and updated control graphics Revised model lineup: SL, SLE (SLE-1 and SLE-2), SLT and Denali Premium cloth seat fabric now standard on SL and SLE models New Saddle Up leather interior available on SLT New Light Titanium/Jet Black interior combination offered on Denali Front passenger eight-way power-adjustable seat offered on SLT (previously available only on Denali) New, chrome-trimmed transmission shifter Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features on SLE and SLT (previous available only on Denali). New White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat premium exterior colors. Bold design tops many customers’ reasons for purchasing the GMC Terrain and the updated 2016 models retain the distinctive proportion that attracts first-time buyers to the brand with a greater focus on precision and attention to detail. “The updates for the 2016 Terrain make one of the strongest designs in the compact SUV market even more compelling,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “They create a more contemporized appearance rooted in GMC’s professional grade precision.” Terrain at a glance The 2016 Terrain seats five, with all-wheel drive offered on SLE, SLT and Denali models. Its interior – with the GM-exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat – offers 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat and 63.9 cubic feet (1,809 liters) with the rear seat folded. The standard Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected engine delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway (FWD models). A direct-injected 3.6L V-6 is available and delivers best-in-class 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 272 lb-ft of torque (369 Nm). The V-6 engine also enables a trailering capacity of up to 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg). Available GMC IntelliLink offers OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/3GB data trial (whichever comes first). Terrain also offers a programmable power liftgate (standard on Denali, available on SLT), with a memory function that stops the liftgate at a chosen height to help shorter drivers or accommodate low garage heights. In addition to available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features, Terrain offers Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning as part of comprehensive safety packages. Terrain Denali The Terrain Denali offers unique exterior and interior appointments, exclusive wheels and design cues to set it apart from competitors. Dual-flow dampers are exclusive to the Terrain Denali’s suspension system, providing a smoother ride and improved handling by controlling suspension dampening across a broader range of driving conditions. The 2016 Terrain goes on sale this fall. Pricing will be announced later. View full article
  22. In a memo released to dealers yesterday, General Motors announced that beginning with 2016 model year vehicles, the powertrain warranty will be shortened from 100,000 miles to 60,000 miles on Chevrolet and GMC models, while still remaining in effect for 5 years. Buick's existing 6 year / 70,000 mile powertrain warranty remains in effect. General Motors began offering 5 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranties in 2007 at a time when public confidence in the company was low. There is no mention of Cadillac in the memo, so it looks like they will keep the 5 year / 100,000 powertrain warranty they currently offer. Also being scaled back is the amount of included maintenance. Current Chevy, Buick, and GMC vehicles come with 4 scheduled maintenance visits included in the first 2 years of ownership. That will be cut back to 2 scheduled maintenance visits beginning for model year 2016. GM says this move brings the warranties for these brands more in line with their direct competition. This is where the brands stack up for most of their respective models: Family Brands: Fiat: 4 years / 50,000 miles Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Honda, Nissan: 5 years / 60,000 miles Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep: 5 years /100,000 miles Toyota: 6 years / 60,000 miles Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi: 10 years / 100,000 miles Premium Brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar/LR, Volvo, Porsche: 4 years / 50,000 Cadillac: 5 years / 100,000 miles Buick, Acura, Lexus, Lincoln: 6 years / 70,000 miles\ We obtained a copy of the memo which you can read below. (click to enlarge) View full article
  23. In a memo released to dealers yesterday, General Motors announced that beginning with 2016 model year vehicles, the powertrain warranty will be shortened from 100,000 miles to 60,000 miles on Chevrolet and GMC models, while still remaining in effect for 5 years. Buick's existing 6 year / 70,000 mile powertrain warranty remains in effect. General Motors began offering 5 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranties in 2007 at a time when public confidence in the company was low. There is no mention of Cadillac in the memo, so it looks like they will keep the 5 year / 100,000 powertrain warranty they currently offer. Also being scaled back is the amount of included maintenance. Current Chevy, Buick, and GMC vehicles come with 4 scheduled maintenance visits included in the first 2 years of ownership. That will be cut back to 2 scheduled maintenance visits beginning for model year 2016. GM says this move brings the warranties for these brands more in line with their direct competition. This is where the brands stack up for most of their respective models: Family Brands: Fiat: 4 years / 50,000 miles Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Honda, Nissan: 5 years / 60,000 miles Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep: 5 years /100,000 miles Toyota: 6 years / 60,000 miles Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi: 10 years / 100,000 miles Premium Brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar/LR, Volvo, Porsche: 4 years / 50,000 Cadillac: 5 years / 100,000 miles Buick, Acura, Lexus, Lincoln: 6 years / 70,000 miles\ We obtained a copy of the memo which you can read below. (click to enlarge)
  24. GM Truck Sales Climb 36 percent in February Pickup sales up 37 percent and large SUVs up 66 percent Retail sales of small and compact crossovers up 14 percent combined Chevrolet Colorado now the industry’s fastest-selling pickup truck Best February sales for GMC in 13 years DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) dealers in the United States delivered 231,378 vehicles last month. Total sales were up 4 percent compared to a year ago. Retail sales were up 1 percent. Commercial and fleet deliveries were up 12 percent. Sales of trucks, including SUVs, vans and pickups, were up 36 percent year over year. “Our new SUVs and crossovers, combined with the three-pickup strategy we outlined more than a year ago, are dovetailing perfectly with the growing U.S. economy and a stronger job market,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Six months into its launch, the Chevrolet Colorado is the industry’s fastest-selling pickup, regardless of brand or model year,” he added. “The Silverado had another great month, with sales, market share and average transaction prices up sharply. And when you add the GMC Sierra and Canyon to the mix, GM’s year-over-year pickup deliveries increased 37 percent. That follows January’s 42 percent increase and December’s 43 percent increase.” According to J.D. Power PIN data, the average Chevrolet Colorado – Motor Trend magazine’s unanimous choice for 2015 Truck of the Year – spends just 15 days in dealer stock from the day it arrives on the showroom floor. PIN also estimates that the Chevrolet Silverado’s retail market share in the full-size pickup segment was 27.2 percent in February, up 1.5 percentage points from a year ago, at the expense of Ford’s F-Series and FCA’s Ram. Average transaction prices rose by almost $1,700 per unit from a year ago. In addition, strong truck and crossover sales drove the GMC brand to its best February since 2002. Highlights (vs. 2014 except as noted) Chevrolet: Chevrolet had its best February since 2008. The new Trax small crossover, which began arriving in showrooms in December 2014, saw deliveries of 3,821 units. The Camaro, Corvette and Spark were up 3 percent, 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Tahoe sales were up 49 percent, Suburban sales more than doubled and the Traverse was up 28 percent for its best-ever February. The Equinox also had its best-ever February sales, with deliveries up 1 percent. The Silverado was up 24 percent for its best February since 2007. GMC: The Yukon and Yukon XL were up 43 percent and 85 percent, respectively. The Sierra, which has the highest average transaction prices of any pickup line in the industry, was up 6 percent. GMC dealers delivered more than 2,500 Canyons, AutoWeek magazine’s “Best of the Best/Truck” for 2015. It was the vehicle’s best-ever February sales. The Acadia was up 4 percent and Terrain was up 17 percent for its best-ever February. The Denali series vehicles are now 21 percent of all GMC vehicles, up from 18 percent. Buick: Encore deliveries rose 60 percent for its best February ever. It remains the best-selling vehicle in the small crossover segment. Cadillac: Demand for the new Escalade continues to grow. Sales were up 86 percent for the vehicle’s best February since 2008. Average Transaction Prices (ATPs): ATPs were $34,700, according to PIN estimates through Feb. 22, up $2,700 per unit compared to a year ago. Incentives: Incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 9.7 percent in February, down 0.9 percentage points month over month, according to PIN estimates, while industry average spending was 9.9 percent of ATPs, up 0.1 points. Fleet and Commercial: Strong pickup, large SUV and crossover sales drove a 35-percent increase in Commercial deliveries, the 16th consecutive monthly year-over-year increase. Strong pickup and SUV sales drove a 25-percent increase in government deliveries. Industry Sales: GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in February was 16.5 million units. Trucks, including pickups, SUVs and vans, accounted for 17.3 percent of the retail industry, according to PIN estimates, up 1.6 percentage points. Crossovers represented 39.2 percent of the market, up 1.2 percentage points, and cars represented 43.5 percent, down 2.8 percentage points.
  25. Last month, speculation was going around after an trademark application was filed by GM for 'Badlands' to be used on a future model. The speculation was this was going to be used on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra as competitors to the Ford Raptor. But according to Edmunds, GM has no plans for a direct Raptor competitor. "We have a lot of priorities. Capital is not endless. That is not one of our highest priorities in terms of spending capital right now," said Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product development. However, Reuss isn't fully against a performance off-road monster. He points toward the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept shown at LA Auto Show which boasts a number of changes such as off-road shocks, front-and-rear locking differentials, and 35-inch off-road tires "We showed the ZR2 and said we would like to do that," said Reuss. Source: Edmunds View full article

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