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  1. The seemingly never-ending diesel heavy-duty truck war is back in force with Ford announcing the power figures for the F-Series Super Duty back in the summer. We were wondering when either FCA or GM would strike back. Well GM did this over the weekend by accidently and then subsequently deleting the figures for the next-generation Duramax V8 diesel. Truck Trend got screenshots of GM Powertrain's website where the details of the L5P 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel are there to see: 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Compared the 6.7L PowerStoke V8 found in the 2017 F-Series Super Duty, the updated Duramax produces 5 more horsepower but is slight behind in torque (15 down from the PowerStroke's 925 pound-feet). We know for sure that the new Duramax will debut a new air intake system (you can see the new hood scoop in the picture above). More air is a good thing as it means better cooling and more power. The Texas State Fair is this week and it has become a showplace for the various truck manufacturers to make big announcements. We wouldn't be shocked if General Motors debuts the new Duramax there. Source: Truck Trend View full article
  2. Over the weekend, General Motors published and then deleted the power figures for the new 6.6L Duramax Diesel V8 that would be appearing in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. Today at the Texas State Fair, GM revealed everything about this new engine. We'll begin with the most important detail, power output. The numbers that GM revealed match the numbers posted to their powertrain site - 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the current Duramax V8, the new engine produces 48 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque. How was GM able to pull this off? They basically went through the engine with a fine tooth comb and made various changes. GM says 90 percent of this engine has been changed. Some of the changes include new electronically controlled, variable-vane turbocharger, revised cylinder heads, improved cooling, and revised fuel delivery system. The updated Duramax can also run B20 bio-diesel. Figures for payload and towing will be announced at a later date. Source: Chevrolet, GMC Press Release is on Page 2 DALLAS — Chevrolet today announced the redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel offered on the 2017 Silverado HD. This next-generation redesign offers more horsepower and torque than ever — an SAE-certified 445 horsepower (332 kW) and 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm) — to enable easier, more confident hauling and trailering. Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax 6.6L, the redesigned turbo-diesel’s performance is quieter and smoother, for greater refinement. In fact, engine noise at idle is reduced 38 percent. “With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.” The new Duramax 6.6L shares essentially only the bore and stroke dimensions of the current engine and incorporates a new, GM-developed control system. The Duramax’s signature low-rpm torque production hasn’t changed and still offers 90 percent of peak torque at a low 1,550 rpm and sustains it through 2,850 rpm. “Nearly everything about the Duramax is new, designed to produce more torque at lower rpm and more confidence when trailering or hauling,” said Gary Arvan, chief engineer. “You’ll also notice the refinement improvements the moment you start the engine, and appreciate them as you cruise quietly down the highway — with or without a trailer.” Additional highlights include: New, stronger cylinder block and cylinder heads New, stronger rotating and reciprocating assembly Increased oil- and coolant-flow capacity New EGR system with single cooler and integrated bypass New electrically actuated/electronically controlled turbocharging system All-new advanced solenoid fuel system All-new electronic controls New full-length damped steel oil pan that contributes to quietness New rocker cover/fuel system acoustical treatments B20 bio-diesel compatibility SAE-certified 445 net horsepower (332 kW) at 2,800 rpm SAE-certified 910 net lb.-ft. of torque (1,234 Nm) at 1,600 rpm A new, patent-pending vehicle air intake system — distinguished on the Silverado HD by a bold hood scoop — drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult conditions, such as trailering on steep grades. Cooler air helps the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. That allows the Duramax to maintain more power and vehicle speed when trailering in the toughest conditions. The intake design is another example of the advanced integration included in the 2017 Silverado HD that makes it over-the-road capable. A strong foundation As with previous versions, the new Duramax block features a strong cast-iron foundation known for its durability, with induction-hardened cylinder walls and five nodular iron main bearings. It retains the same 4.05-inch (103mm) and 3.89-inch (99mm) bore and stroke dimensions as the current engine, retaining the Duramax’s familiar 6.6L (403 cu.-in./6,599 cc) displacement. A deep-skirt design and four-bolt, cross-bolted main caps help ensure the block’s strength and enable more accurate location of the rotating assembly. A die-cast aluminum lower crankcase also strengthens the engine block and serves as the lower engine cover, while reducing its overall weight. The new engine block incorporates larger-diameter crankshaft connecting rod journals than the current engine, enabling the placement of a stronger crankshaft and increased bearing area to handle higher cylinder loads. An enhanced oiling circuit, with higher flow capacity and a dedicated feed for the turbocharger, provides increased pressure at the turbo and faster oil delivery. Larger piston-cooling oil jets at the bottom of the cylinder bores spray up to twice the amount of engine oil into oil galleries under the crown of the pistons, contributing to lower engine temperature and greater durability. A new, two-piece oil pan contributes to the new Duramax’s quieter operation. It consists of a laminated steel oil pan with an upper aluminum section. The aluminum section provides strength-enhancing rigidity for the engine, but a pan made entirely of aluminum would radiate more noise, so the laminated steel lower section is added to dampen noise and vibration. There’s also an integrated oil cooler with 50 percent greater capacity than the current engine’s, ensuring more consistent temperatures at higher engine loads. Segment firsts Re-melt piston bowl rim Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator Closed-loop glow plug temperature control Stronger pistons with remelt A tough, forged micro-alloy steel crankshaft anchors the new Duramax’s stronger rotating assembly. Cut-then-rolled journal fillets contribute to its durability by strengthening the junction where the journals — the round sections on which the bearings slide — meet the webs that separate the main and rod journals. The connecting rods are stronger, too, and incorporate a new 45-degree split-angle design to allow the larger-diameter rod bearings to pass through the cylinder bores during engine assembly. They’re forged and sintered with a durable powdered metal alloy, with a fractured-cap design enabling more precise cap-to-rod fitment. A new, stronger cast-aluminum piston design tops off the rotating assembly. It features a taller crown area and a remelted combustion bowl rim for greater strength. Remelting is an additional manufacturing process for aluminum pistons in which the bowl rim area is reheated after casting and pre-machining, creating a much finer and more consistent metal grain structure that greatly enhances thermal fatigue properties. Additionally, the Duramax’s pistons don’t use pin bushings, reducing reciprocating weight to help the engine rev quicker and respond faster to throttle changes. Lightweight cylinder heads, solenoid injectors The redesigned engine retains the Duramax’s signature first-in-class aluminum cylinder head design, with six head bolts per cylinder and four valves per cylinder. The aluminum construction helps reduce the engine’s overall weight, while the six-bolt design provides exceptional head-clamping strength — a must in a high-compression, turbocharged application. A new aluminum head casting uses a new double-layer water core design that separates and arranges water cores in layers to create a stiffer head structure with more precise coolant flow control. The heads’ airflow passages are also heavily revised to enhance airflow, contributing to the engine’s increased horsepower and torque. The Duramax employs a common-rail direct injection fuel system with new high-capability solenoid-type injectors. High fuel pressure of 29,000 psi (2,000 bar) promotes excellent fuel atomization for a cleaner burn that promotes reduced particulate emissions. The new injectors also support up to seven fuel delivery events per combustion event, contributing to lower noise, greater efficiency and lower emissions. Technology advancements enable less-complex solenoid injectors to deliver comparable performance to piezo-type injectors. Electronically controlled, variable-geometry turbocharging system A new electronically controlled, variable-vane turbocharger advances the Duramax’s legacy of variable-geometry boosting. Compared to the current engine, the system produces higher maximum boost pressure — 28 psi (195 kPa) — to help the engine make more power, and revisions to enhance the capability of the exhaust-brake system. Along with a new camshaft profile and improved cylinder head design, the Duramax’s new variable-vane turbocharger enables the engine to deliver more power with lower exhaust emissions. It uses a more advanced variable-vane mechanism, allowing a 104-degree F (40 C) increase in exhaust temperature capability. The self-contained mechanism decouples movement from the turbine housing, allowing operation at higher temperature. That enables the engine to achieve higher power at lower cylinder pressure. Additionally, it has lower internal leakage, allowing more exhaust energy to be captured during exhaust braking. The integrated exhaust brake system makes towing less stressful by creating added backpressure in the exhaust, resulting in negative torque during deceleration and downhill driving, enhancing driver control and prolonging brake pad life. Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator A new Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator employed with the Duramax 6.6L is the first of its type in the segment and is designed to ensure oil control in sustained full-load operation. The totally sealed system collects the fine mist of oil entrained in the blow-by gas and uses a small portion of the boosted air generated by the turbocharger to pump the collected oil back to the engine oil sump for re-use by the engine. Less sophisticated systems are not able to return this oil during full-load operation, which can result in oil carryover into the cylinders during combustion. Cold Start System The new Duramax also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, with microprocessor-controlled glow plugs capable of gas-engine-like starting performance in fewer than 3 seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 C) without a block heater. The system is enhanced with ceramic glow plugs and automatic temperature compensation — a first-in-class feature providing improved robustness and capability. The automatic temperature compensation assesses and adjusts the current to each glow plug for every use, providing optimal temperature for cold start performance and durability. Electronic throttle valve and cooled EGR Unlike a gasoline engine, a diesel engine doesn’t necessarily require a throttle control system. The Duramax 6.6L employs an electronic throttle valve to regulate intake manifold pressure in order to increase exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) rates. It also contributes to smoother engine shutdown. Additionally, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system enhances performance and helps reduce emissions by diverting some of the engine-out exhaust gas and mixing it back into the fresh intake air stream, which is fed through the cylinder head for combustion. This lowers combustion temperatures, improving emissions performance by reducing NOx formation. The exhaust is cooled in a unique heat exchanger before it’s fed into the intake stream through a patented EGR mixing device, further improving emissions and performance capability. An integrated bypass allows non-cooled exhaust gas to be fed back into the system to help the engine more quickly achieve optimal operating temperature when cold. B20 Biodiesel Capability The new Duramax 6.6L is capable of running on B20 biodiesel, a fuel composed of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. B20 helps lower carbon dioxide emissions and lessens dependence on petroleum. It is a domestically produced, renewable fuel made primarily of plant matter — mostly soybean oil. Manufacturing The new Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine is produced with locally and globally sourced parts at the DMAX Ltd. (GM’s joint venture with Isuzu) manufacturing facility in Moraine, Ohio. Allison 1000 Automatic Transmission The proven Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission is matched with the new Duramax 6.6L. A number of refinements have been made to accommodate the engine’s higher torque capacity, including a new torque converter. The Allison 1000’s technologically advanced control features, such as driver shift control with manual shift feature and a patented elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature, haven’t changed. Also, the Tow/Haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads. There’s also a smart diesel exhaust brake feature that enhances control when descending steep grades. View full article
  3. Last week, we brought you the details of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado and its new 3.6L V6 and eight-speed automatic. As we noted in our story, a similar announcement for the GMC Canyon was likely incoming. That day has come. Today, GMC has announced the 2017 Canyon would be getting the updated 3.6L V6 and eight-speed automatic. If you want more details on the updated powertrain, we highly recommend checking out our Colorado story. If you want the TL;DR version, 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque (up 3 horsepower and 6 pound-feet) Engine boasts a revised direct injection system, updated variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation Eight-speed automatic (only on the V6) features a higher first-gear and lower rear-axle ratios Unlike the Colorado, the 2017 Canyon does come with a few more updates. First is a new All Terrain X model. Following in the footsteps of the Sierra All Terrain X, the Canyon variant gets a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 255/65R17 all-terrain tires, distinctive 17-inch wheels, an off-road suspension, hill descent control, and a few other goodies. 2017 will also GMC launch the Canyon Denali which brings a number of luxury appointments such as leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose sound system, and a set of 20-inch wheels. The 2017 GMC Canyon arrives at dealers late this year. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Canyon Extends Momentum with Broader 2017 Lineup New Canyon Denali, All Terrain X expand choices, offer new propulsion system DETROIT – Building on the momentum of an 18-percent sales increase so far this year, GMC today announced a broader 2017 GMC Canyon lineup led by the new, range-topping Canyon Denali and new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X. Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine that’s paired with a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission. This new propulsion system is offered across the 2017 Canyon lineup, including the new All Terrain X package, which takes the popular All Terrain model farther down the trail, with Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires, all-weather floor liners and more. “Canyon continues to carve out its own niche as the only premium truck in the midsize segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “With a broader 2017 Canyon lineup and the redesigned Acadia, GMC is offering more choices for finding the premium truck or SUV that matches customers’ design preferences and capability needs.” Additional new and revised features for the 2017 Canyon lineup include: New IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen Standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink Available heated steering wheel Exterior colors Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic Canyon Denali In addition to its Denali-signature chrome grille, the 2017 Canyon Denali features specific wheels — 20-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum with painted accents — along with tubular chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tip (V-6 only) and spray-on bedliner. Inside, a Jet Black interior features unique leather-appointed, 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. Additional standard features include: Heated steering wheel GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen 4G Wi-Fi hotspot Automatic climate control Full-color driver information center Remote start Bose® premium seven-speaker audio system Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another inside the console Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning All Terrain X This special version of the popular All Terrain package offered on the SLE model is the most off-road-capable Canyon for those who travel beyond the paved path. The X adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners to All Terrain content, which includes: Off-road suspension and transfer case shield Body-color grille surround and rear step bumper Unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats Hill Descent Control Unique 17-inch aluminum wheels 3-inch-diameter round step bars Spray-on bedliner Remote start Automatic climate control and sliding rear window The All Terrain model requires the new 3.6L V-6/eight-speed automatic propulsion system. The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is available. 3.6L V-6 and eight-speed automatic The new 3.6L/eight-speed propulsion system offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V-6/six-speed combination. This new combination focuses on refining everyday driving performance, including accelerating from a stop, passing on the highway and cruising at a constant speed. The 3.6L leverages technologies such as continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to balance performance and efficiency. It is rated at an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm). Canyon’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic complements the 3.6L with a technologically advanced design and control system that supports smoother, more refined performance. Smaller “steps” between the gears as the vehicle accelerates allow the transmission to shift quicker, with almost imperceptible upshifts. The 8L45 eight-speed also has a wider 7.0 gear ratio that enables a numerically higher first gear ratio — helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering — and numerically lower overdrive ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway. A lower engine speed has two benefits: It can reduce fuel consumption to enhance efficiency and it reduces engine noise for a quieter cabin. The new powertrain supports a 7,000-pound max trailering rating that is second in the segment only to the Canyon’s available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds. The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year. View full article
  4. Chevrolet Retail Share Up in August and 7 Out of 8 Months This Year Record ATPs reflect retail strength and strong mix Disciplined incentive spending significantly below industry average Inventories low but growing on all-new Buick Envision, GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 Cadillac gains retail share DETROIT – Despite very tight dealer inventories, General Motors (NYSE: GM) sold 212,915 vehicles to individual or “retail” customers in August, down about 5 percent from last year, but in line with the industry’s retail performance for the month. Based on initial estimates, Chevrolet’s retail market share rose 0.4 percentage points in August to 11.0 percent. Chevrolet has gained retail market share in seven out of eight months this year, and remains the industry’s fastest growing full-line brand. GM’s total sales in August were down about 5 percent year over year to 256,429 vehicles. Year to date, GM’s performance is reflecting a very strong retail business. Retail share up 0.5 percentage points Average transaction prices up more than $2,500 Disciplined incentive spending, in line with 2015 Daily rental deliveries down 34 percent Disciplined inventory levels and growing availability of key launch products Through the first eight months of the year, GM retail sales are up 1 percent, which continues to be the largest retail share gain of any full-line automaker. Year to date, Chevrolet retail sales are up more than 2 percent and the brand’s retail share has grown 0.5 percentage points. Year to date, Buick retail deliveries have grown 3 percent and Buick has gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share. “Despite tighter dealer inventories, we had a solid retail performance in August led by Chevrolet, which gained retail share in eight different segments,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our retail strength is reflected in our record ATPs in August, which were up more than $1,600 from last month and nearly $5,800 above the industry average while our incentive spending was below the industry average and well below our domestic competitors.” In addition, GM continues to take advantage of a strong, stable U.S. economy and industry. “All the economic factors continue to point toward a strong second half of the year and another potential record year for the industry,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “We think the industry is well positioned for a sustainable high level of customer demand.” August Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet Malibu, Cruze, Trax, Silverado, Colorado, Spark, Tahoe and Suburban, and Corvette all gained retail share in their respective segments Colorado, Suburban, Tahoe and Trax were up 35 percent, 42 percent, 29 percent and 17 percent, respectively Cruze, Malibu, Corvette and Volt were up 18 percent, 9 percent, 16 percent and 52 percent, respectively Year to date, Chevrolet posted its best retail sales performance since 2007 Year to date, Malibu had its best performance since 1981 Corvette had its best August since 2008 Tahoe and Suburban had their best August since 2008 Colorado had its best August ever Crew Cab Silverado had its best August ever HD Silverado had its best August since 2007 GMC Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL were up 39 percent, 43 percent and 66 percent, respectively The brand had its highest monthly ATP on record at $45,000 Denali penetration reached more than 28 percent, the highest on record Sierra had its best year to date sales since 2006 Canyon had its best August ever Yukon and Yukon XL had their best August since 2007 Yukon had its 12th consecutive month of year over year growth Buick Buick dealers delivered 1,531 Envisions, in line with plan All-new Lacrosse began shipping to dealers in late August Year to date, Encore up 21 percent Six out of 10 Cascada buyers and more than half of Encore buyers are new to GM Cadillac Escalade was up 8 percent Cadillac dealers delivered 4,839 XT5s CT6 had its best month since launch Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $36,730, nearly $5,800 above the industry average and more than $2,500 above last August’s performance GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 11.1 percent, below the industry average of 11.5 percent and well below other domestic and select Asian competitors. Fleet and Commercial GM’s fleet mix in August was 17 percent of total sales, below the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent and 19 percent year to date According to plan, daily rental sales were 10 percent of GM’s total sales for August and 10 percent year to date with deliveries up 4 percent in August Large vans were up 18 percent for August Sales to small business are up 3 percent year to date Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in August was approximately 17.2 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light-vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million units
  5. Last week, we brought you the details of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado and its new 3.6L V6 and eight-speed automatic. As we noted in our story, a similar announcement for the GMC Canyon was likely incoming. That day has come. Today, GMC has announced the 2017 Canyon would be getting the updated 3.6L V6 and eight-speed automatic. If you want more details on the updated powertrain, we highly recommend checking out our Colorado story. If you want the TL;DR version, 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque (up 3 horsepower and 6 pound-feet) Engine boasts a revised direct injection system, updated variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation Eight-speed automatic (only on the V6) features a higher first-gear and lower rear-axle ratios Unlike the Colorado, the 2017 Canyon does come with a few more updates. First is a new All Terrain X model. Following in the footsteps of the Sierra All Terrain X, the Canyon variant gets a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 255/65R17 all-terrain tires, distinctive 17-inch wheels, an off-road suspension, hill descent control, and a few other goodies. 2017 will also GMC launch the Canyon Denali which brings a number of luxury appointments such as leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose sound system, and a set of 20-inch wheels. The 2017 GMC Canyon arrives at dealers late this year. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Canyon Extends Momentum with Broader 2017 Lineup New Canyon Denali, All Terrain X expand choices, offer new propulsion system DETROIT – Building on the momentum of an 18-percent sales increase so far this year, GMC today announced a broader 2017 GMC Canyon lineup led by the new, range-topping Canyon Denali and new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X. Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine that’s paired with a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission. This new propulsion system is offered across the 2017 Canyon lineup, including the new All Terrain X package, which takes the popular All Terrain model farther down the trail, with Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires, all-weather floor liners and more. “Canyon continues to carve out its own niche as the only premium truck in the midsize segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “With a broader 2017 Canyon lineup and the redesigned Acadia, GMC is offering more choices for finding the premium truck or SUV that matches customers’ design preferences and capability needs.” Additional new and revised features for the 2017 Canyon lineup include: New IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen Standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink Available heated steering wheel Exterior colors Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic Canyon Denali In addition to its Denali-signature chrome grille, the 2017 Canyon Denali features specific wheels — 20-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum with painted accents — along with tubular chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tip (V-6 only) and spray-on bedliner. Inside, a Jet Black interior features unique leather-appointed, 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. Additional standard features include: Heated steering wheel GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen 4G Wi-Fi hotspot Automatic climate control Full-color driver information center Remote start Bose® premium seven-speaker audio system Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another inside the console Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning All Terrain X This special version of the popular All Terrain package offered on the SLE model is the most off-road-capable Canyon for those who travel beyond the paved path. The X adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners to All Terrain content, which includes: Off-road suspension and transfer case shield Body-color grille surround and rear step bumper Unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats Hill Descent Control Unique 17-inch aluminum wheels 3-inch-diameter round step bars Spray-on bedliner Remote start Automatic climate control and sliding rear window The All Terrain model requires the new 3.6L V-6/eight-speed automatic propulsion system. The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is available. 3.6L V-6 and eight-speed automatic The new 3.6L/eight-speed propulsion system offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V-6/six-speed combination. This new combination focuses on refining everyday driving performance, including accelerating from a stop, passing on the highway and cruising at a constant speed. The 3.6L leverages technologies such as continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to balance performance and efficiency. It is rated at an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm). Canyon’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic complements the 3.6L with a technologically advanced design and control system that supports smoother, more refined performance. Smaller “steps” between the gears as the vehicle accelerates allow the transmission to shift quicker, with almost imperceptible upshifts. The 8L45 eight-speed also has a wider 7.0 gear ratio that enables a numerically higher first gear ratio — helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering — and numerically lower overdrive ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway. A lower engine speed has two benefits: It can reduce fuel consumption to enhance efficiency and it reduces engine noise for a quieter cabin. The new powertrain supports a 7,000-pound max trailering rating that is second in the segment only to the Canyon’s available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds. The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.
  6. GM’s Gains One Percentage Point of Retail Share in July, Driving Share to Highest Level Since December 2011 Chevrolet continues as fastest growing full-line brand GM retail sales grows 5 percent, continues as fastest growing full-line manufacturer Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac July retail sales up 3 percent, 10 percent, 13 percent and 1 percent, respectively Less profitable daily rental deliveries down 10,160 vehicles or 42 percent in July, as planned DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) sold 236,235 vehicles to individual or “retail” customers in July, up 5 percent year-over-year, driven by across the board increases at Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac. GM’s brands collectively had their best July retail sales performance since 2007. Based on initial estimates, GM’s retail market share rose 1 percentage point in July to 17.9 percent, GM’s highest monthly retail market share since December 2011. GM has gained retail market share in 14 of the past 15 months, dating to April 2015. From a retail share perspective, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick gained 0.4 percentage points, 0.3 percentage points and 0.2 percentage points in July, respectively. Less profitable daily rental sales were down 10,160 vehicles or 42 percent, in July as planned. GM’s total sales in July were down less than 2 percent to 267,258 vehicles. Through the first seven months of the year, GM retail sales are up 2 percent and retail share is up 0.6 percentage points, the largest retail share gain of any full-line automaker. Year to date, Chevrolet retail sales are up 3 percent and the brand’s retail share has grown 0.5 percentage points. Chevrolet remains the fastest-growing full-line brand in the industry. Year to date, Buick retail deliveries have grown 6 percent and Buick has gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share. In addition, GMC’s year to date retail sales are up slightly and GMC grew retail share by 0.1 percentage points. GM continues to dominate the full-size pickup segment. The ongoing sales performance of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups shows GM’s product portfolio strength with retail customers. According to JD Power PIN estimates, combined retail sales of the Silverado and Sierra grew to more than 43 percent of the full-size pickup segment in July. “Our retail-focused plan is working and as availability of our new cars, trucks and crossovers continues to grow, we expect to keep our retail sales momentum going and our strong margins intact,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “We are growing our retail business while keeping inventories lean, incentive spend disciplined and growing our transaction prices faster than the industry average.” GM ended July with a 66-days supply of vehicles. GM’s first and second quarters ended with 71 and 72 days supply of vehicles, respectively. Lean inventories reduce the pressure to use incentives to move product and positions the company well if the market begins to soften. As part of its retail-focused strategy, GM continues to reduce daily rental deliveries, as planned. Through July, GM’s daily rental deliveries are down 38 percent from a year ago. In addition, GM continues to take advantage of a strong, stable U.S. economy to grow its retail business. “Low interest rates, full employment, stable fuel prices and increasing wages remain in place and these positive factors continue to point toward a strong second half of the year and another potential record year for the industry,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. July Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet Light-duty crew cab Silverado sales were the best ever for a July, and best ever for year to date Colorado, Equinox, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse and Trax were up 27 percent, 8 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, 24 percent and 63 percent, respectively Suburban and Tahoe had their best July since 2007 and best year to date since 2008 Equinox had its best July on record Traverse and Trax had their best month ever Colorado had its best July since 2006 Spark, SS and Volt sales were up 42 percent, 62 percent and 83 percent, respectively Spark and Volt had their best July and year to date performances ever GMC Canyon and Sierra up 34 percent and 21 percent, respectively Terrain, Yukon and Yukon XL were up 2 percent, 21 percent and 26 percent, respectively Best July ever for Terrain Best July for Sierra since 2006 Yukon has achieved 11 straight year-over-year increases Best year to date sales for the brand since 2005 All-new Acadia has strong start with “days to turn” at 11 days Buick Regal was up 16 percent Enclave and Encore were up 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively Buick dealers delivered 1,421 Envisions in July with “days to turn” at 21 days Best July for Regal since 2011 Best July ever for Enclave Best month ever for Encore Encore has achieved 31 straight months of year-over-year gains Best year to date sales for the brand since 2005 Cadillac ATS and Escalade were up 15 percent and 1 percent, respectively Cadillac dealers delivered 4,844 XT5s with a “days to turn” at 25 days Year to date, Cadillac held the highest ATP in the luxury segment with $53,891 Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $34,887, more than $4,100 above the industry average and more than $1,100 above last July’s performance GM’s incentive spending thru July 24th was 14.2 percent. Final July incentive spend is expected to be in line with domestic competitors. GM’s temporary spike in incentive spending resulted from an eight-day sale in early July to begin the sell-down of several 2016 model year vehicles. GM’s incentive spending average for the year is 11.4 percent, compared to an industry average of 11.0 percent and well below other domestic and select Asian competitors. Fleet and Commercial GM’s fleet mix in July was 11.6 percent of total sales, below the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent Year to date, Commerical and Government deliveries were up 1 percent Small business sales were up 4 percent year to date Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in July was 17.9 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light-vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million units Year to date, industry sales are up nearly 1 percent, compared to 2015
  7. GMC To Offer Old and New Acadias At dealers

    GMC isn't ready to say good-bye to the current Acadia. Automotive News reports that the current Acadia will be sold alongside the next-generation model starting this spring. GM spokesman Brian Gobel said both models will be sold for a limited time, although a timeframe wasn't given. Gobel explained the decision to keep selling the old Acadia was due to manufacturing. The current model is built at GM's Lansing, Michigan plant, alongside the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. With the next-generation Acadia being built in Spring Hill, Tennesse, this leaves a huge gap in the production schedule for Lansing. For the time being, the current Acadia will continue to be built at Lansing till another product can fill the void. "Given the fact that those sister vehicles will continue their production, the current Acadia will continue to be built to offer another option for our customers," said Goebel. The older Acadia will be renamed to Acadia Limited starting in 2017. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  8. The Ford SVT Raptor currently rules the roost when it comes to off-road trucks. But it seems no one wants to take it head on. Instead, a number of truck manufacturers are introducing models with some modest upgrades to tackle the trail - Ram 1500 Rebel and Toyota TRD Pro. GMC is the latest automaker to join the latter group with the 2016 Sierra All Terrain X. Unlike the Rebel and TRD Pro, the All Terrain X isn't a separate model. Instead, it's a set of packages available on the Sierra 1500 Crew Cab equipped with four-wheel drive. It begins by equipping the truck with the All Terrain package that includes the Z71 off-road package with Rancho shocks, an Eaton rear-locking differential, hill descent control, skid plate for the transfer case, and a bed liner. From there, you can option the All Terrain X package that adds a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Mud-Terrain tires wearing 18-inch aluminum wheels, bed mounted bar to support off-road lights, LED headlights, and a new sports exhaust boosting power of 5.3L V8 from 355 to 365 horsepower. It should be noted that you can only equip the X package if the Sierra is a SLT short box crew cab. “Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability. It joins other models such as the new Sierra Elevation and premium Sierra Denali to offers more choices for finding the premium truck that matches customers’ style and capability needs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. You'll be able to pick up a Sierra All Terrain X at your local GMC dealer later this spring. Source: GMC Album: 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X 9 images 0 comments Press Release is on Page 2 Page 1 of 2 1 2 → Last » Click here to view the article
  9. Revealed! 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X

    The Ford SVT Raptor currently rules the roost when it comes to off-road trucks. But it seems no one wants to take it head on. Instead, a number of truck manufacturers are introducing models with some modest upgrades to tackle the trail - Ram 1500 Rebel and Toyota TRD Pro. GMC is the latest automaker to join the latter group with the 2016 Sierra All Terrain X. Unlike the Rebel and TRD Pro, the All Terrain X isn't a separate model. Instead, it's a set of packages available on the Sierra 1500 Crew Cab equipped with four-wheel drive. It begins by equipping the truck with the All Terrain package that includes the Z71 off-road package with Rancho shocks, an Eaton rear-locking differential, hill descent control, skid plate for the transfer case, and a bed liner. From there, you can option the All Terrain X package that adds a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Mud-Terrain tires wearing 18-inch aluminum wheels, bed mounted bar to support off-road lights, LED headlights, and a new sports exhaust boosting power of 5.3L V8 from 355 to 365 horsepower. It should be noted that you can only equip the X package if the Sierra is a SLT short box crew cab. “Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability. It joins other models such as the new Sierra Elevation and premium Sierra Denali to offers more choices for finding the premium truck that matches customers’ style and capability needs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. You'll be able to pick up a Sierra All Terrain X at your local GMC dealer later this spring. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 GMC Announces Sierra All Terrain X GMC today announced the 2016 Sierra All Terrain X – a special edition of the All Terrain model, featuring exclusive premium content that enhances off-road capability and an aggressive, monochromatic appearance. The All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular personalization trend among off-road enthusiasts, executed with the top-range refinement GMC has cultivated for years with models such as the Sierra Denali. Its premium package of monochromatic exterior trim and special equipment offers a customized appearance in a limited-edition model, complemented with GMC’s latest technologies. The Sierra All Terrain package blends capability with unique style to make a statement on or off road. Highlights include: 4WD with Eaton locking rear differential Z71 Off-Road suspension package with Rancho monotube shocks, high-capacity air cleaner, Hill Descent Control and underbody transfer case shield Rear Park Assist Unique grille with body-color surround and tinted chrome accents; body-color front and rear bumpers (rear bumper with corner steps) Spray-on bedliner All-Terrain-logo instrument cluster Inclinometer in the driver information center. Product Details The new Sierra All Terrain X is offered on the 2016 Sierra 1500 4WD crew cab/short box models with SLT trim. In addition to the standard All Terrain content, the “X” package includes: 265/65R18SL Mud-Terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires, designed for off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud, with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions 18 x 8.5-inch black aluminum wheels Sport side steps (black) Bed-mounted sport bar (black) designed to support the accessory off-road LED lighting package High-performance LED headlamps Performance exhaust system, which bumps output of the 5.3L V-8 engine to 365 horsepower and adds an aggressive note Body-color door handles and body-side moldings Black exterior mirrors, belt moldings and B-pillars Interior floor liners Available colors: Onyx Black, Summit White, Stone Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Light Steel Gray Metallic. On Sale Spring 2016 Quote “Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It joins other models such as the new Sierra Elevation and premium Sierra Denali to offers more choices for finding the premium truck that matches customers’ style and capability needs.”
  10. It seemed for a time that the midsize truck was a dead vehicle driving. If you wanted one a few years back, you only had the choice of the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. All of the other midsize trucks had disappeared due to pricing and fuel economy figures being very close to full-size trucks, causing many buyers to go with the larger option. But the midsize truck has been enjoying a resurgence thanks to General Motors introducing the latest versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon into the U.S. This, in turn, has caused automakers to reconsider this class with Toyota introducing a ‘redesigned’ Tacoma last year and news coming out that Ford readying a new Ranger towards the end of this decade. GM hasn’t been resting on their laurels either. Last year saw them introduce a diesel engine that gives the Colorado and Canyon best-in-class towing numbers. A check-up in the midsize truck class was needed. Over the past few months, we spent some time in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and GMC Canyon with the diesel option. Here is what we found out. Exterior: First up is the Toyota Tacoma which doesn’t look that much different from the previous model we drove back in 2013. The design brief for the 2016 model must have something to the effect of ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it’ in terms of the overall shape. But that isn’t to say Toyota hasn’t made some changes to the design. The front end gets a larger grille, new headlights, and a more aggressive front bumper. Around the back, the tailgate has the ‘Tacoma’ name embossed. The GMC Canyon takes some ideas from the full-size Sierra in design. The front features a large chrome grille and rectangular headlights with LED daytime running lights. Our truck came fitted with a set of 18-inch wheels finished in what GM calls ‘ultra-bright chrome’. The rest of the truck is similar to Colorado in terms of the cab and bed design. I have to admit I prefer the Colorado over the Canyon in terms of design. The Colorado just stands out slightly more due to its more distinctive front end. In terms of beds, both trucks came with their short bed option - measuring about 5 feet. Those needing a bigger bed can option a 6-foot on both trucks. But it should be noted that the Tacoma Limited only comes with the 5-foot bed option. If you want the longer bed, you’ll need to drop down to one of the lower trims. As for bed features, both trucks feature a dampened tailgate and adjustable tie-downs on the bed rails. But the Tacoma begins to pull ahead as it features tie-downs integrated into the floor, storage compartments, and the option of a 120V/400W outlet. Interior: Like their full-size brethren, midsize trucks have been seeing a noticeable increase in terms of interior design and materials. Sitting in either truck, you’ll be impressed with the amount of soft-touch materials and the small design touches throughout the interior. Between the two trucks, we would say the Tacoma is the sharper looking with dash inserts that match the color of the seats and silver trim running around various parts. As for the dash layout, both trucks feature a simple layout with controls within easy reach. In terms of seating, the Canyon and Tacoma offer seating up to five. But the Canyon is the most comfortable of the two trucks. The front seats provide the right balance of comfort and support. For 2016, GM has added a height adjustment for the power seats. This little addition makes finding a comfortable position that much easier. As for the back, there is a decent amount of headroom. Legroom varies on how tall the passenger sitting up front is. It ranges from decent to nonexistent. The Tacoma, on the other hand, is a comedy of errors. First off, the front seats are mounted quite low and cause you to think that you’re sitting in a bunker. This wouldn’t be an issue if you could adjust the height, but the Tacoma doesn’t offer that. Making matters worse is the tilt and telescoping steering doesn’t offer enough range in terms of its adjustments. As I wrote my notes about the Tacoma, “instead of the truck fitting around you, you have to fit around it.” The back seat is best reserved for either small kids or cargo. An average size adult like your’s truly will find barely any head and legroom. Infotainment: The base Canyon SL and Canyon get a 4.2-inch color screen radio, while SLE and SLT trims get an 8-inch IntelliLink system. Our Canyon SLT tester featured the optional 8-inch IntelliLink system with navigation. General Motors has been improving IntelliLink/MyLink over the past few years in terms of overall stability. The system still stumbles in terms of performance and recognizing various devices plugged into the USB inputs. For 2016, GM has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. We tried out CarPlay in the Canyon and found it to be slightly better than IntelliLink in terms of the iPhone-like interface and snappy performance. But like in previous GM models with CarPlay, we found various applications would crash and the system wouldn’t always see my iPhone. Since driving the Canyon, we have tried out CarPlay in vehicles other manufacturers and didn’t have any issues. All Tacomas feature Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Depending on the trim, the screen will measure either 6.1 or 7-inches. Our Tacoma Limited tester came with the 7-inch screen. Entune might not be newest-looking infotainment systems on the block, but its simple interface and fast response times make it one of the better systems on sale. We also like how you can customize the home screen to provide various information such as audio and navigation. At the moment, Toyota hasn’t added Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to Entune. Powertrain: The GMC Canyon is the most well-rounded when it comes to powertrains. There is a 2.5L inline-four, a 3.6L V6, and the engine found in our tester, a 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel four-cylinder. The diesel produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic and either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. When leaving a stop, you’ll find yourself wondering where that turbodiesel thrust is. Turbo lag is very apparent with this engine. Once the turbo does spool up, the engine delivers power at a smooth and immediate rate. The six-speed automatic provides quick gear changes. In terms of towing, GMC says the Canyon diesel with four-wheel drive can tow up to 7,600 pounds. For the Toyota Tacoma, you can choose from a 2.7L four-cylinder or a 3.5L V6. We had the V6 in our tester which boasted 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The V6 can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic, and either two or four-wheel drive. Our truck came with the automatic and four-wheel drive. On paper, the Tacoma trails the Canyon’s V6 (305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque). Out in the world, the Tacoma surpasses GM’s V6 partly due to it feeling more grunty at low rpms. You don’t feel that you need to give the Tacoma’s V6 more gas to get moving at a decent clip. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth gear changes, but we wished it would go through the gears quicker. Towing is rated at 6,400 lbs, about 600 pounds less than the Canyon with the V6. Fuel Economy: The EPA rates the 2016 GMC Canyon four-wheel drive with the diesel at 20 City/29 Highway/23 Combined and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma V6 with four-wheel drive at 18 City/23 Highway/20 Combined. Our average for the week in both trucks were 25 MPG for the Canyon and 19.2 MPG for the Tacoma. Ride & Handling: No other midsize truck can come close to the GMC Canyon in terms of ride. Like the Chevrolet Colorado I drove last year, the Canyon’s suspension smooths over bumps and other road imperfections. You think that you’re riding in a sedan and not a truck. GM has done a lot of work in terms of sound-deadening for models equipped with the Duramax diesel. Thicker windows and more soundproofing means you’ll the clatter of the diesel engine when accelerating. The extra soundproofing also means the Canyon doesn’t have much wind and road noise coming inside. Contrast this with the Tacoma which feels more like a bucking bronco. You’ll able to tell how smooth or rough various roads are as the suspension will transmit a good amount of the surface into the seats due to the Tacoma retaining a solid-rear axle. Put a heavy load into the bed and the ride does smooth out. This is ok if you’re coming from an old pickup truck. Not so much if you’re coming from a sedan or crossover. Road and wind noise are very apparent at speeds above 45 mph. But the Tacoma does redeem itself when it comes to off-roading. Thanks to 9.4 inches of ground clearance, flexible suspension, and loads of off-road tech (hill start and descent control to name a couple), the Tacoma can tackle a trail with no issue. Thanks to winter storm during our week in the Tacoma, we were able to put the four-wheel drive system to the test. Fitted with a set of Michelin off-road tires, the Tacoma went through deep snow with no issues. It should be noted that if you’re serious about taking a Tacoma off-road, then you should look at the TRD Off-Road which adds new shocks, meatier off-road tires, the Multi-Terrain Select system that varies the traction control system for different conditions, and crawl control that modulates the brakes and engine when dealing with some treacherous obstacles such as a steep hill. The Canyon isn’t as capable off-road. For one, it is about an inch shorter in terms of overall ground clearance. Second, the front air dam which is used to improve overall aerodynamics hampers off-road performance. A key example of this comes in approach angle. The Canyon only has an 18-degree approach angle while the Tacoma has either a 29 or 32-degree approach angle. Value: Both of these test trucks make a strong case for going with one of the lower trims. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab starts at $37,820 for the four-wheel drive model. With options, the as-tested price came to $41,024. Yes, you do get a lot of standard equipment such as blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, navigation, heated seats, push-button start, and a JBL audio system. But you can get a fair amount of those features as options on the SR5 and the two TRD models. One other thing to consider. The Toyota Tacoma is one of the best vehicles to retain its resale value. Kelly Blue Book says the Tacoma will retain 73 percent of its resale value after three years. The Canyon SLT has a slightly lower base price of $37,450. But it is the more expensive of the two with an as-tested price of $44,365. A fair chunk of the price comes from Duramax diesel which will set you back $3,730. For the as-tested price, you can get into a decently equipped full-size truck. Again, the lower trim SLE gets most of the equipment from the SLT as options for a slightly lower price. Final Thoughts: If you’re expecting me to say the GMC Canyon is better than the Toyota Tacoma or vice-versa, then you’ll be surprised at what I’m going to say. Both of these trucks are good choices in the midsize truck class. The choice comes down to what are your desires and needs. For example, if you’re coming from passenger sedan into your first truck or planning to do some towing, the GMC Canyon and sister Chevrolet Colorado are what you should go for. On the opposite end, the Tacoma is perfect for those who want something to tackle the trail or need a V6 with a bit of punch. 2016 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab Cheers: Fuel economy of the diesel, barely any wind and road noise, smooth ride Jeers: Price, GMC Intellilink still has some bugs, fair amount of turbo lag 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab Cheers: Very capable off-road, V6 feels quite punchy, clever features in the bed Jeers: Rides like an old school truck, difficult to find a comfortable seating position, fair amount of road and wind noise Disclaimer: GMC and Toyota Provided the trucks, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: GMC Model: Canyon Trim: SLT 4WD Crew Cab Short Box Engine: 2.8L Turbodiesel Four-Cylinder Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel drive Horsepower @ RPM: 181 @ 3,400 Torque @ RPM: 369 @ 2,000 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 20/29/23 Curb Weight: 4,698 lbs Location of Manufacture: Wentzville, MO Base Price: $37,450 As Tested Price: $44,365 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge) Options: 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel Four - $3,730 Bose Audio System - $500.00 8" Color Touchscreen with GMC Intellilink and Navigation - $495.00 Spray-On Bed Liner - $475.00 Copper Red Metallic Pain - $395.00 Driver Alert Package - $395.00 Year: 2016 Make: Toyota Model: Tacoma Trim: Limited 4X4 Double Cab Engine: 3.5L Atkinson Cycle V6 with Dual VVT-i Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 278 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 265 @ 4,600 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 18/23/20 Curb Weight: 4,480 lbs Location of Manufacture: San Antonio, TX Base Price: $37,820 As Tested Price: $41,024 (Includes $900.00 Destination Charge) Options: Tonneau Cover - $650.00 V6 Tow Package - $650.00 5" Chrome Oval Tube Step - $535.00 Carpet Floor Mats w/Door Sill - $209.00 Mudgaurds - $140.00 Bed Mat - $120.00
  11. It seemed for a time that the midsize truck was a dead vehicle driving. If you wanted one a few years back, you only had the choice of the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. All of the other midsize trucks had disappeared due to pricing and fuel economy figures being very close to full-size trucks, causing many buyers to go with the larger option. But the midsize truck has been enjoying a resurgence thanks to General Motors introducing the latest versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon into the U.S. This, in turn, has caused automakers to reconsider this class with Toyota introducing a ‘redesigned’ Tacoma last year and news coming out that Ford readying a new Ranger towards the end of this decade. GM hasn’t been resting on their laurels either. Last year saw them introduce a diesel engine that gives the Colorado and Canyon best-in-class towing numbers. A check-up in the midsize truck class was needed. Over the past few months, we spent some time in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and GMC Canyon with the diesel option. Here is what we found out. Exterior: First up is the Toyota Tacoma which doesn’t look that much different from the previous model we drove back in 2013. The design brief for the 2016 model must have something to the effect of ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it’ in terms of the overall shape. But that isn’t to say Toyota hasn’t made some changes to the design. The front end gets a larger grille, new headlights, and a more aggressive front bumper. Around the back, the tailgate has the ‘Tacoma’ name embossed. The GMC Canyon takes some ideas from the full-size Sierra in design. The front features a large chrome grille and rectangular headlights with LED daytime running lights. Our truck came fitted with a set of 18-inch wheels finished in what GM calls ‘ultra-bright chrome’. The rest of the truck is similar to Colorado in terms of the cab and bed design. I have to admit I prefer the Colorado over the Canyon in terms of design. The Colorado just stands out slightly more due to its more distinctive front end. In terms of beds, both trucks came with their short bed option - measuring about 5 feet. Those needing a bigger bed can option a 6-foot on both trucks. But it should be noted that the Tacoma Limited only comes with the 5-foot bed option. If you want the longer bed, you’ll need to drop down to one of the lower trims. As for bed features, both trucks feature a dampened tailgate and adjustable tie-downs on the bed rails. But the Tacoma begins to pull ahead as it features tie-downs integrated into the floor, storage compartments, and the option of a 120V/400W outlet. Interior: Like their full-size brethren, midsize trucks have been seeing a noticeable increase in terms of interior design and materials. Sitting in either truck, you’ll be impressed with the amount of soft-touch materials and the small design touches throughout the interior. Between the two trucks, we would say the Tacoma is the sharper looking with dash inserts that match the color of the seats and silver trim running around various parts. As for the dash layout, both trucks feature a simple layout with controls within easy reach. In terms of seating, the Canyon and Tacoma offer seating up to five. But the Canyon is the most comfortable of the two trucks. The front seats provide the right balance of comfort and support. For 2016, GM has added a height adjustment for the power seats. This little addition makes finding a comfortable position that much easier. As for the back, there is a decent amount of headroom. Legroom varies on how tall the passenger sitting up front is. It ranges from decent to nonexistent. The Tacoma, on the other hand, is a comedy of errors. First off, the front seats are mounted quite low and cause you to think that you’re sitting in a bunker. This wouldn’t be an issue if you could adjust the height, but the Tacoma doesn’t offer that. Making matters worse is the tilt and telescoping steering doesn’t offer enough range in terms of its adjustments. As I wrote my notes about the Tacoma, “instead of the truck fitting around you, you have to fit around it.” The back seat is best reserved for either small kids or cargo. An average size adult like your’s truly will find barely any head and legroom. Infotainment: The base Canyon SL and Canyon get a 4.2-inch color screen radio, while SLE and SLT trims get an 8-inch IntelliLink system. Our Canyon SLT tester featured the optional 8-inch IntelliLink system with navigation. General Motors has been improving IntelliLink/MyLink over the past few years in terms of overall stability. The system still stumbles in terms of performance and recognizing various devices plugged into the USB inputs. For 2016, GM has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. We tried out CarPlay in the Canyon and found it to be slightly better than IntelliLink in terms of the iPhone-like interface and snappy performance. But like in previous GM models with CarPlay, we found various applications would crash and the system wouldn’t always see my iPhone. Since driving the Canyon, we have tried out CarPlay in vehicles other manufacturers and didn’t have any issues. All Tacomas feature Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Depending on the trim, the screen will measure either 6.1 or 7-inches. Our Tacoma Limited tester came with the 7-inch screen. Entune might not be newest-looking infotainment systems on the block, but its simple interface and fast response times make it one of the better systems on sale. We also like how you can customize the home screen to provide various information such as audio and navigation. At the moment, Toyota hasn’t added Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to Entune. Powertrain: The GMC Canyon is the most well-rounded when it comes to powertrains. There is a 2.5L inline-four, a 3.6L V6, and the engine found in our tester, a 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel four-cylinder. The diesel produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic and either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. When leaving a stop, you’ll find yourself wondering where that turbodiesel thrust is. Turbo lag is very apparent with this engine. Once the turbo does spool up, the engine delivers power at a smooth and immediate rate. The six-speed automatic provides quick gear changes. In terms of towing, GMC says the Canyon diesel with four-wheel drive can tow up to 7,600 pounds. For the Toyota Tacoma, you can choose from a 2.7L four-cylinder or a 3.5L V6. We had the V6 in our tester which boasted 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The V6 can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic, and either two or four-wheel drive. Our truck came with the automatic and four-wheel drive. On paper, the Tacoma trails the Canyon’s V6 (305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque). Out in the world, the Tacoma surpasses GM’s V6 partly due to it feeling more grunty at low rpms. You don’t feel that you need to give the Tacoma’s V6 more gas to get moving at a decent clip. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth gear changes, but we wished it would go through the gears quicker. Towing is rated at 6,400 lbs, about 600 pounds less than the Canyon with the V6. Fuel Economy: The EPA rates the 2016 GMC Canyon four-wheel drive with the diesel at 20 City/29 Highway/23 Combined and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma V6 with four-wheel drive at 18 City/23 Highway/20 Combined. Our average for the week in both trucks were 25 MPG for the Canyon and 19.2 MPG for the Tacoma. Ride & Handling: No other midsize truck can come close to the GMC Canyon in terms of ride. Like the Chevrolet Colorado I drove last year, the Canyon’s suspension smooths over bumps and other road imperfections. You think that you’re riding in a sedan and not a truck. GM has done a lot of work in terms of sound-deadening for models equipped with the Duramax diesel. Thicker windows and more soundproofing means you’ll the clatter of the diesel engine when accelerating. The extra soundproofing also means the Canyon doesn’t have much wind and road noise coming inside. Contrast this with the Tacoma which feels more like a bucking bronco. You’ll able to tell how smooth or rough various roads are as the suspension will transmit a good amount of the surface into the seats due to the Tacoma retaining a solid-rear axle. Put a heavy load into the bed and the ride does smooth out. This is ok if you’re coming from an old pickup truck. Not so much if you’re coming from a sedan or crossover. Road and wind noise are very apparent at speeds above 45 mph. But the Tacoma does redeem itself when it comes to off-roading. Thanks to 9.4 inches of ground clearance, flexible suspension, and loads of off-road tech (hill start and descent control to name a couple), the Tacoma can tackle a trail with no issue. Thanks to winter storm during our week in the Tacoma, we were able to put the four-wheel drive system to the test. Fitted with a set of Michelin off-road tires, the Tacoma went through deep snow with no issues. It should be noted that if you’re serious about taking a Tacoma off-road, then you should look at the TRD Off-Road which adds new shocks, meatier off-road tires, the Multi-Terrain Select system that varies the traction control system for different conditions, and crawl control that modulates the brakes and engine when dealing with some treacherous obstacles such as a steep hill. The Canyon isn’t as capable off-road. For one, it is about an inch shorter in terms of overall ground clearance. Second, the front air dam which is used to improve overall aerodynamics hampers off-road performance. A key example of this comes in approach angle. The Canyon only has an 18-degree approach angle while the Tacoma has either a 29 or 32-degree approach angle. Value: Both of these test trucks make a strong case for going with one of the lower trims. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab starts at $37,820 for the four-wheel drive model. With options, the as-tested price came to $41,024. Yes, you do get a lot of standard equipment such as blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, navigation, heated seats, push-button start, and a JBL audio system. But you can get a fair amount of those features as options on the SR5 and the two TRD models. One other thing to consider. The Toyota Tacoma is one of the best vehicles to retain its resale value. Kelly Blue Book says the Tacoma will retain 73 percent of its resale value after three years. The Canyon SLT has a slightly lower base price of $37,450. But it is the more expensive of the two with an as-tested price of $44,365. A fair chunk of the price comes from Duramax diesel which will set you back $3,730. For the as-tested price, you can get into a decently equipped full-size truck. Again, the lower trim SLE gets most of the equipment from the SLT as options for a slightly lower price. Final Thoughts: If you’re expecting me to say the GMC Canyon is better than the Toyota Tacoma or vice-versa, then you’ll be surprised at what I’m going to say. Both of these trucks are good choices in the midsize truck class. The choice comes down to what are your desires and needs. For example, if you’re coming from passenger sedan into your first truck or planning to do some towing, the GMC Canyon and sister Chevrolet Colorado are what you should go for. On the opposite end, the Tacoma is perfect for those who want something to tackle the trail or need a V6 with a bit of punch. 2016 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab Cheers: Fuel economy of the diesel, barely any wind and road noise, smooth ride Jeers: Price, GMC Intellilink still has some bugs, fair amount of turbo lag Album: Review: 2016 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab Diesel 11 images 0 comments 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab Cheers: Very capable off-road, V6 feels quite punchy, clever features in the bed Jeers: Rides like an old school truck, difficult to find a comfortable seating position, fair amount of road and wind noise Album: Review: 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab 10 images 0 comments Disclaimer: GMC and Toyota Provided the trucks, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: GMC Model: Canyon Trim: SLT 4WD Crew Cab Short Box Engine: 2.8L Turbodiesel Four-Cylinder Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel drive Horsepower @ RPM: 181 @ 3,400 Torque @ RPM: 369 @ 2,000 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 20/29/23 Curb Weight: 4,698 lbs Location of Manufacture: Wentzville, MO Base Price: $37,450 As Tested Price: $44,365 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge) Options: 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel Four - $3,730 Bose Audio System - $500.00 8" Color Touchscreen with GMC Intellilink and Navigation - $495.00 Spray-On Bed Liner - $475.00 Copper Red Metallic Pain - $395.00 Driver Alert Package - $395.00 Year: 2016 Make: Toyota Model: Tacoma Trim: Limited 4X4 Double Cab Engine: 3.5L Atkinson Cycle V6 with Dual VVT-i Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 278 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 265 @ 4,600 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 18/23/20 Curb Weight: 4,480 lbs Location of Manufacture: San Antonio, TX Base Price: $37,820 As Tested Price: $41,024 (Includes $900.00 Destination Charge) Options: Tonneau Cover - $650.00 V6 Tow Package - $650.00 5" Chrome Oval Tube Step - $535.00 Carpet Floor Mats w/Door Sill - $209.00 Mudgaurds - $140.00 Bed Mat - $120.00 Click here to view the article
  12. Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac Retail Sales Increases Drive GM’s June Share Growth Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac June retail sales up 3 percent, 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively GM retail sales up more than 1 percent and retail share up year-over-year Year to date, GM retail sales up more than 1 percent; retail share up 0.4 percentage points Less profitable daily rental deliveries down 5,690 vehicles or 22 percent in June, as planned DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) sold 209,295 vehicles to individual or “retail” customers in June, up more than 1 percent year-over-year, driven by increases at Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac of 3 percent, 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Based on initial estimates, GM gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share in June to remain the fastest growing full-line automaker. GM has gained retail market share in 13 of the past 14 months, dating to April 2015. Less profitable daily rental sales were down 5,690 vehicles or 22 percent, as planned. GM’s total sales in June were down less than 2 percent to 255,210 vehicles. Through the first six months of the year, GM retail sales are up more than 1 percent and retail share is up 0.4 percentage points, the largest retail share gain of any full-line automaker and more than double the industry’s average over that timeframe. Year to date, Chevrolet retail sales are up 3 percent and retail share has grown 0.5 percentage points. Chevrolet remains the fastest-growing full-line brand in the industry. Year to date, Buick retail deliveries have grown 4 percent and Buick has gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share. GM’s retail sales strength is reflected in the ongoing sales performance of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. Every month since January 2014, GM has sold more full-size pickups than any other original equipment manufacturer, according to POLK retail registrations and J.D. Power PIN retail sales data. GM is achieving these results while spending less on incentives than its competitors and commanding record Average Transaction Prices (ATPs). In June, GM full-size pickup ATPs were up $3,300 compared to last year and Silverado recorded its highest monthly ATP in history. Year to date, GM full-size pickup ATPs are up $2,600 compared to last year. “Our retail-focused strategy is resulting in the highest share gains in the industry. Chevrolet is the fastest growing full-line brand and we expect that trend to continue as the availability of newly launched products improves in the second half of the year,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our reduction in daily rental deliveries, disciplined incentive spending and well-managed inventories are showing real benefit in the residual values of our latest launched vehicles.” GM expects better availability of midsize pickups, full-size pickups and small, compact and midsize crossovers in the second half of the year due to planned production schedules. As part of its retail-focused strategy, GM continues to reduce daily rental deliveries, as planned. Year to date, GM’s daily rental deliveries are down about 88,499 vehicles or 37 percent from a year ago. In addition, GM continues to capitalize on a strong, stable economy that is driving sales to small businesses. “Positive economic indicators like historically low interest rates, stable fuel prices, rising wages and near-full employment provide the environment for strong auto sales to continue in the second half of the year,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “These positive factors continue to point toward another record year for the industry.” June Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet Chevrolet had its best June since 2006 Colorado, Suburban, Tahoe and Trax up 27 percent, 37 percent, 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively Impala, Sonic, Spark and Volt up 77 percent, 41 percent, 96 percent and 57 percent, respectively Impala had its best month since September 2008 Sonic had its best June ever Tahoe and Suburban had their best June performance since 2008 Colorado had its best June since 2006 Silverado Crew Cab had its best June since 2005 Silverado Heavy Duty had its best year to date since 2008 GMC Canyon, Yukon XL, Yukon up 34 percent, 13 percent and 21 percent, respectively Denali had its highest penetration of the year at more than 25 percent of GMC sales, maintaining the best first-half penetration on record Year to date, Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL are up 15 percent, 4 percent, 16 percent and 9 percent, respectively June was the second highest monthly ATP ever for the brand Yukon has its 10th consecutive month of year-over-year increases Best Sierra year-to-date sales since 2006 Buick Encore up 25 percent for the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year increases Cascada and Envision are off to strong starts with 755 and 1,436 deliveries, respectively Cadillac Escalade up 21 percent Launch products off to a strong start — 3,844 XT5’s and 958 CT6’s were sold in June ATPs were approximately $55,000, the highest in the luxury segment Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $35,423, more than $4,400 above the industry average and more than $1,800 above last June’s performance GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 10.1 percent in June, well below domestic and many Asian competitors and below the industry average of 10.6 percent Fleet and Commercial GM’s fleet mix in June was approximately 18 percent of total sales, below the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent Commercial sales were down 7 percent, compared to last June. Calendar year-to-date, Commercial sales are up 4 percent, driven by mid pickup sales up 31 percent and full-size pickup sales up 12 percent Government sales were up 8 percent in June. Year to date, Government sales are up 10 percent Small business sales were up 2 percent and up 5 percent year to date Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in June was 17.0 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million units Year to date, industry sales are up 1 percent, compared to 2015
  13. GM’s Newly Launched Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze and Cadillac XT5 and CT6 Off to Strong Start Daily rental deliveries down nearly 22,000 units, or 49 percent, the largest monthly decline in 2015 - 2016 GM Full-size Utilities, Mid Pickups and Small Crossovers Continue to Show Strength Malibu and Cruze gain share in key segments Commercial deliveries up for 31st consecutive month DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) sold 190,613 vehicles in May to individual or “retail” customers, down 13 percent from last May, largely due to two fewer selling days and very tight supplies of new launched products. Based on industry estimates, GM’s retail sales were in line with industry performance. Customer demand has significantly exceeded supply for new vehicles like the Malibu, Cruze, XT5 and CT6. GM’s full-size utilities, mid-size pickups and small crossovers continued to show strength in the retail marketplace with double-digit increases for Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore and GMC Canyon. “The demand has been so strong for our new launch products, there’s no question we could’ve sold more, however, production was impacted at Fairfax, Lordstown and Spring Hill by the Japanese earthquakes,” said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of Sales Operations. “Current dealer inventories for launch products are about half of what we’d like for launch products, but availability is improving, which sets us up well for the second-half of the year.” Through the first five months of the year, GM retail sales are up more than 1 percent and GM retail share is up 0.6 percentage points, the largest retail share increase of any full-line automaker. Year to date, Chevrolet retail sales are up 3 percent and retail share has grown 0.6 percentage points. Chevrolet remains the fastest growing full-line brand in the industry. Year to date, Buick retail deliveries have grown 5 percent and Buick has gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share. GM’s Commercial deliveries were up for the 31st consecutive month while daily rental sales were down 21,753 vehicles or 49 percent from last May as planned. GM total sales were down 18 percent to 240,450 vehicles, driven largely by the planned rental reduction and two fewer selling days in May 2016 compared to May 2015. The all-new Malibu continues to gain share in a very competitive segment, with retail share doubling to more than 10 percent year to date. In May, Malibu’s average transaction price or ATP was up significantly compared to the previous generation model. The all-new Cruze is also off to a strong start. According to J.D. Power PIN data, Cruze’s May retail share was up 2 percentage points to approximately 9 percent and Cruze’s ATP was up substantially from last year. In May, the all-new Cruze accounted for 85 percent of the Cruze retail sales compared to 53 percent in April. “We continue to execute our retail-focused sales strategy and maintain disciplined inventories and incentive spending with great products” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our incentives continue to be well below our domestic and many Asian competitors. Also, our rental reduction strategy is clearly divergent from our key competitors and it’s playing a critical role in our efforts to strengthen our brands, improve our residual values and build the fundamental health of our business.” Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra’s performance in the marketplace are prime examples of GM’s retailed focused strategy. Year-to-date, Silverado and Sierra retail sales are up 1 percent and 6 percent, respectively, while having the lowest incentive spend and the best-managed inventories in the fiercely competitive, full-size pickup segment. In May, Silverado and Sierra had their highest ATP ever on record. GM continues to reduce daily rental deliveries. Year-to-date, GM’s rental deliveries are down more than 82,000 vehicles from a year ago. May represented the largest single monthly decline of 2015 – 2016. Through its retail-focused strategy, GM continues to capitalize on a strong, stable economy. “We expect key economic indicators like historically low interest rates, rising wages, stable fuel prices and strong employment to continue for the foreseeable future,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “These positive economic factors point toward continued strong auto sales as the industry works its way toward another record year of sales.” May Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet Malibu, Spark and Volt were up 4 percent, 40 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Year to date, Malibu had its best retail sales performance since 1981. Colorado was up 9 percent and had its best retail May and year-to-date sales performance since 2005. Suburban and Tahoe were up 38 percent and 16 percent, respectively Trax was up 19 percent. Silverado had its highest ATP ever on record for any month. Silverado’s year-to-date retail sales of 185,123 are the best since 2007. Suburban’s year-to-date retail sales of 14,268 are the best since 2008. GMC GMC’s May ATP were up more than $3,000 or 7 percent from last year, driven by Sierra Denali’s penetration. Denali penetration was 26 percent in May. Canyon was up 17 percent for its best May ever. Sierra was up 6 percent year-to-date. Yukon and Yukon XL were up 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively Yukon has had 9 consecutive months of year-over-year growth Buick Encore was up 26 percent, marking 29 consecutive months of retail sales growth. Cadillac Escalade was up 17 percent. Cadillac dealers delivered 2,717 XT5s. CT6 deliveries were 694. Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $35,722 in May, nearly $4,600 above the industry average. GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 9.8 percent in May, well below domestic and many Asian competitors and below the industry average of 10.6 percent. Fleet and Commercial GM’s fleet mix in May was approximately 21 percent of total sales, in line with the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent. Commercial sales grew 1 percent, compared to last May. Calendar year-to-date, Commercial sales are up 6 percent. State and local government sales were up 15 percent in May. Total government sales are up 10 percent calendar-year-to-date. Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in May was 17 million units. On a calendar-year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light vehicle SAAR was 17.2 million units.
  14. GM’s Retail Sales Rise for 12th Consecutive Month Driven by Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Chevrolet remains the industry’s fastest-growing full-line brand of 2016 with retail sales up 4 percent in April Buick’s retail sales up 13 percent; GMC retail sales up 5 percent Commercial deliveries up for 30th consecutive month Daily rental deliveries down nearly 18,000 units, or 39 percent DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) delivered 200,656 vehicles in April to individual or “retail” customers, up 3 percent year-over-year, driven by an 13 percent increase at Buick, 5 percent increase at GMC and a 4 percent increase at Chevrolet. GM’s Commercial deliveries were up for the 30th consecutive month while daily rental sales were down nearly 18,000 vehicles. GM total sales were down about 4 percent to 259,557 vehicles. GM has grown retail deliveries year-over-year every month since April 2015 and retail sales during the last 12 months were up 9 percent, more than double the industry’s 4 percent increase during that timeframe. Chevrolet was the fastest-growing full-line franchise in the U.S. industry in 2015 and holds that honor again so far this year, based on R.L. Polk retail registrations. Chevrolet had its best April for retail sales since 2006. Through the first four months of the year, Chevrolet retail sales are up 9 percent. The all-new Malibu is having a major impact, with retail deliveries up 53 percent year to date and 45 percent in April. According to J.D. Power PIN, Malibu has nearly doubled its retail share from 5 percent in 2015 to 10 percent year to date. In addition, the new Cruze is beginning to arrive in dealers showrooms. Buick has grown retail registrations faster this year than all but one other major brand, according to R.L. Polk, and posted a 13 percent year-over-year gain in April. Year to date, Buick retail deliveries are up 10 percent. “GM’s retail growth over the last 12 months has outpaced the industry by a wide margin because our redesigned large pickups and SUVs are hits, we made smart investments in new segments like small crossovers and mid-size pickups, and our momentum in the car business is accelerating with each new model introduction,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “GM bucked the industry trend with flat year-over incentives, we are managing with lean inventories and our Commercial and Government fleet business is growing.” Looking ahead to May, GM expects to continue executing its retail-focused sales plan, and maintain disciplined inventories and incentives. The company’s deliveries to daily rental customers, which are less profitable than retail deliveries, are expected to be down approximately 18,000 to 20,000 units, year over year, which will make May the largest single-month decline of 2015-2016. Calendar year to date through April, GM’s rental deliveries are down more than 61,000 units from a year ago, as planned. April Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet The brand had its best retail April since 2006. Car sales were up 4 percent, with the Camaro up 13 percent, Malibu up 45 percent, Spark up 2 percent and Volt up 139 percent. Truck sales were up 19 percent, with the Colorado up 55 percent, Silverado up 14 percent, Suburban up 16 percent and Tahoe up 8 percent. The Trax crossover was up 46 percent. Malibu has its best year-to-date sales since 1980. Silverado had its best April since 2006. Tahoe and Suburban had their best year-to-date sales since 2008. Colorado had its best month since launch of the all-new model. GMC The brand had its best April since 2004. The Sierra had its best April ever, with deliveries up 14 percent, the Canyon was up 23 percent, and the Yukon had its 8th consecutive month of year-over-year growth, with deliveries up 13 percent. Yukon XL was up 8 percent. Buick The brand had its best April and calendar-year-to-date sales since 2005 The Encore was up 39 percent, Enclave up 2 percent Buick sold 1,090 Cascada convertibles in April, the second full month in the market. Cadillac Cadillac ATPs were $54,600 in April, up approximately $1,600 from last year. The Cadillac ATS, CTS and XTS all gained year-over-year retail market share in their respective segments. Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $35,400 in April, more than $4,200 above the industry average. GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 10.3 percent in April, well below domestic and many Asian competitors and in line with the industry average of 10.2 percent. The industry increased incentives year over year by 0.7 percentage points, while GM incentives were in-line with a year ago. Fleet and Commercial GM’s fleet mix in April was approximately 23 percent of total sales, in line with the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent. Commercial sales grew 4 percent, for the best Commercial month since 2008. Government sales were up 21 percent and daily rental deliveries were down 39 percent. Small business deliveries were up 20 percent in April and 10 percent calendar-year-to-date. Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in April was 17.6 million units. On a calendar-year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light vehicle SAAR was 17.4 million units.
  15. Chevrolet and GMC Make GM the Hottest Retail Automaker in the Industry GM’s retail market share increased one percentage point in the first quarter of 2016 to an estimated 16.4 percent Chevrolet’s hot hand continues: March retail sales up 7 percent year over year; first quarter retail share up about one percentage point Best March retail sales for GMC since 2005, up 13 percent Best first quarter retail sales for Buick since 2004 Rental deliveries down 14,000 units year over year, or 33 percent Commercial deliveries up for 29th consecutive month DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) delivered 193,524 vehicles in March to individual or “retail” customers, up 6 percent year over year, driven by a 7 percent increase at Chevrolet and a 13 percent increase at GMC. The strong performance of these two brands has helped GM grow retail deliveries every month since April 2015. Despite significant reductions in daily rental units, total sales were up one percent. GM’s first quarter sales results versus a year ago underscore the company’s momentum: Retail deliveries were up 7 percent, with cars up 14 percent and trucks up 8 percent; total sales were equal to a year ago Retail market share was up a full percentage point Commercial deliveries were up 9 percent and have increased year over year for 29 consecutive months Sales to Government customers were up 23 percent Daily rental sales were down approximately 43,000 units year over year, or about 36 percent Chevrolet has been the main engine of growth. The brand’s retail sales were up 10 percent in the first quarter versus a year ago, and its retail market share was up full point year over year to an estimated 11 percent. “The strong retail and Commercial sales GM has been delivering are the result of a multi-year strategy to strengthen our brands, attract new customers and grow profitably,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “We are growing retail sales faster than the industry, and we are doing it with disciplined incentives and inventories, and lower rental deliveries. Our business is very healthy, and we are going to manage it with conviction to keep it that way.” GM North America President Alan Batey discussed how GM is growing its retail sales and bucking industry trends around fleet sales, incentives and inventories at a March 23 investor conference hosted by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Among the highlights: GM’s focus on higher margin retail and Commercial sales is enabled by strategic reductions in daily rental deliveries, which will continue through 2016. GM is able to maintain Average Transaction Prices (ATP) above the industry average thanks to disciplined incentive spending, smart product bets in the car and crossover segments, and the industry’s most successful truck strategy. Well-managed inventory levels support disciplined incentive spending. GM’s customer loyalty rates have surpassed pre-recession levels. These strategies will help GM make the most of today’s strong – and sustainable – industry: “The underlying strength of the U.S. economy is very positive for auto sales,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “We expect historically low interest rates, strong employment, rising wages and stable fuel prices to continue for the foreseeable future. The Fed’s decision to delay interest rate hikes should extend the current sales cycle, and allow the auto industry to continue to lead the overall U.S. economic recovery, as it has throughout the current cycle.” March Retail Sales Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet Car sales were up 8 percent led by the all-new Malibu, which was up 65 percent, along with the Camaro up 23 percent, the Spark up 4 percent and the Volt up 202 percent. The Malibu had its best first quarter since 1980, and approximately 85 percent of sales in March were the all-new model, which is the fastest-selling car in its segment with a “days-to-turn” of 24 days. Truck sales were up 6 percent, with the Colorado up 44 percent, the Suburban up 54 percent, Tahoe up 29 percent and Silverado up 2 percent. The Suburban had its best March sales since 2008, and the Colorado had its best March since 2005. In the crossover market, the Trax was up 39 percent and the Traverse was up 12 percent. GMC The brand had its best March since 2005, with sales up 13 percent. The Yukon and Yukon XL had their best March since 2008, up 31 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Canyon was up 15 percent and the Sierra was up 27 percent. Buick The brand had its best first quarter sales since 2004, up 9 percent, driven by the Regal and Encore. The all-new Cascada convertible is exceeding expectations with more than 800 deliveries in March, its first full month on sale. Encore deliveries were up 28 percent in March, driving the crossover’s 27th consecutive month of year-over-year retail sales growth. The vehicle now accounts for more than one-third of Buick deliveries. Buick had its highest-ever conquest sales in March, at 46 percent of sales. Cadillac Escalade deliveries were up 12 percent. The first-ever CT6 is now arriving in dealer showrooms. Cadillac ATPs were the highest in its competitive set, at approximately $55,000, up about $1,700. Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $35,800 in March, up more than $1,500 from February and about $5,000 above the industry average. GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 10.0 percent in March, well below domestic competitors and the industry average of 10.8 percent. Fleet and Commercial GM’s fleet mix in March was approximately 23 percent of total sales, in line with the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent. Commercial sales grew 13 percent, Government sales were up 55 percent and daily rental deliveries were down 33 percent. GM’s daily rental mix of total sales was 11 percent. Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in March was 17.1 million units. Through the first quarter, GM estimates the light vehicle SAAR was 17.4 million units.
  16. 2017 GMC Acadia To Start At $29,995*

    With the 2017 GMC Acadia becoming slightly smaller and losing a bit of weight, it should come as no surprise that the price has gone down as well. Today, GMC announced that 2017 Acadia would start at $29,995 (includes a $995 destination charge) for the SL model when it hits dealers this spring. This is a decrease of $1,905 from the base price of the 2016 model. If you want all-wheel drive, you'll need to jump up to the SLE which begins at $35,375 (a decrease of $1,725 when compared to the 2016 SLE AWD model). The SLT models begin at $39,275, followed by the All-Terrain at $40,040, and the Denali at $45,845. GMC has increased the amount of standard equipment including a new IntelliLink system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility; front pedestrian braking, and a surround view camera. Most models will come equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder with 195 horsepower. Optional is a 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower. Source: GMC Press Release is on Page 2 2017 GMC Acadia starting at $29,995 Drives to heart of midsize SUV segment with lower starting price, more features DETROIT – GMC announced today pricing for the all-new 2017 Acadia will start at $29,995 when it goes on sale this spring. The base price is $1,905 less than the 2016 base model and the new Acadia offers more standard equipment, including a new IntelliLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (User interfaces are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.) It also offers an expanded range of active safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking, Safety Alert Seat and the Surround Vision camera system. “Acadia takes GMC’s proven SUV experience to the heart of the midsize crossover segment with a compelling package of great design, the latest technologies and the brand’s signature capability,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Building on the momentum of 2015’s record sales, it will introduce Acadia to a new generation of customers.” The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the 2016 model and offers three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new All Terrain model offering enhanced off-road capability. The lineup and starting at MSRPs include: Acadia SL FWD – $29,995 Acadia SLE FWD – $33,375 Acadia SLE AWD – $35,375 Acadia SLT FWD – $39,275 Acadia SLT AWD – $42,375 Acadia All Terrain AWD – $40,040 Acadia Denali FWD – $45,845 Acadia Denali AWD – $47,845 The All Terrain model features an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch. An SLE-based All Terrain model will be offered Spring 2016. A new, 2.5L engine is standard and expected to offer an estimated 28 mpg highway for FWD models (Official EPA estimates not yet available. Fuel economy estimate based on GM testing.). City fuel economy offered is GM-estimated at 22 mpg (FWD) and is bolstered with Stop/Start technology, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving. There’s also an available 3.6L V-6 engine that is more powerful and efficient than the 2016 model, while offering 4,000 pounds estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). It is GM-estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) and expected to offer 25 mpg highway (FWD models – EPA estimates not yet available). As a contemporary crossover designed for families on the go, the 2017 Acadia offers the latest active safety features. They’re designed to help drivers avoid potential crash situations. They are available depending on the model and include: New Front Pedestrian Braking New Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking (standard on SLT-2 and Denali) New Forward Automatic Braking (available on Denali) New Following Distance Indicator New IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control New Surround Vision camera system New Safety Alert Seat New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning New Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert New Front and Rear Parking Assist Forward Collision Alert There’s also a new, standard rear seat alert on all models that can remind drivers about items left in the second- and third-row seats.
  17. Chevrolet Remains the Industry’s Fastest-Growing Full-Line Brand, with 11 Consecutive Months of Growth · Retail sales for GM and Chevrolet have increased year over year every month since April 2015 · February retail sales up 13 percent for Chevrolet, estimated share up 1 percentage point · GM retail sales up 7 percent in February, estimated share up 0.4 percentage points · Cadillac retail sales up 4 percent in February · Buick total sales up 2 percent · GMC sets ATP record for February · Commercial deliveries up for 28th consecutive month DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) continued to grow its retail sales and market share in February, a trend that began April 2015. Since then, retail deliveries have been up every month compared to a year ago, and retail market share has been up in 10 of 12 months. February retail deliveries totaled 179,958 units, up 7 percent. GM’s estimated retail share is up 0.4 percentage points. The Chevrolet brand remained the industry’s fastest-growing full line brand in February, with retail deliveries climbing 13 percent compared to a year ago. Estimated retail share is up 1 percentage point on a year-over-year basis. In addition, Cadillac retail deliveries were up 4 percent. “Our strategy is simple: grow profitable retail share while maintaining discipline with inventory levels and incentive spending, while reducing rental deliveries,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of sales operations. Due to a planned reduction in rental deliveries, GM’s total sales of 227,825 were down slightly year over year. GM reduced daily rental deliveries by about 16,500 units, or 39 percent in February. GM grew its Commercial business in February for the 28th consecutive month. GM expects to operate with about a 70-days supply of vehicles throughout the year in most months, with some months higher or lower. February month-end inventories were at a 67-days supply. GM continues to grow retail market share with incentives below domestic companies and other key competitors. As a result of lower rental deliveries, GM expects its fleet mix in 2016 to be about 20 percent of total sales, compared with a historical range of 22 to 24 percent. In 2015, GM reduced rental deliveries by about 50,000 units compared to 2014. In the first two months of 2016, rental deliveries are down about 30,000 units, compared to a year ago. “The redesign of our full-size pickups and SUVs, and the smart bets we made to enter the small crossover and mid-size pickup segments with vehicles like the Chevrolet Trax and Colorado couldn’t have been timed better,” McNeil said. “The economy is growing, Millennials are becoming a major force in the market and we’re doing everything we can to meet retail demand, including increased production of mid-size pickups and investing in additional V8 engine capacity.” Millennials (customers under age 34) now buy more new vehicles than any generation besides Baby Boomers, and they account for 20 percent of GM sales, up from 5 percent in 2010. GM’s products plans are tailored to these generational shifts. Redesigned vehicles launching in 2016, including Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, Camaro, Malibu and Trax. At the same time, Buick is expanding its portfolio with the Cascada convertible and Envision crossover, GMC is launching an all-new Acadia crossover, and Cadillac is launching the all-new CT6 prestige sedan and XT5 crossover. “We continue to be optimistic about the continued strength of the U.S. economy,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “Employment remains strong, interest rates remain at historically low levels and gas prices are stable, so we expect auto sales to remain strong for the foreseeable future.” February Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet · Chevrolet had its best February sales since 2007, with cars up 34 percent, crossovers up 5 percent and trucks up 3 percent. · Malibu was up 87 percent for the model’s best February since at least 1979. · Camaro, Cruze and Impala were up 39 percent, 27 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Volt was up 96 percent. · Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse and Trax were up 36 percent, 22 percent, 15 percent and 26 percent, respectively. · Suburban and Tahoe had their best February since 2008. GMC · Yukon sales were up 12 percent. · GMC continues to earn the highest average transaction prices (ATPs) among its competitive set. February ATPs of $42,300 were a record for the month. · Denali trim penetration was the highest ever at 24 percent. Buick · Encore and Enclave sales were up 26 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Encore achieved best ever February sales. · Buick’s total sales were up 2 percent. Cadillac · Escalade and SRX sales were up 22 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Average Transaction Prices/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates) · ATPs, which reflect transaction prices after incentives, were approximately $34,200 in February, up about $680 from January and more than $3,600 above the industry average. · GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 12.4 percent, which reflects lower year-over-year spending on trucks and higher spending on passenger cars being replaced with all-new designs. Industry average spending in February was 11.1 percent. Fleet and Commercial · Commercial sales grew 7 percent year over year in February and for the calendar year to date, after growing 38 percent from 2013 to 2015. · Government sales were up 14 percent year over year in February, and 3 percent calendar year to date. Industry Sales · GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in February was 17.7 million units. February (Calendar Year-to-Date) January - February 2016 2015 %Change Volume 2016 2015 %Change Volume Cascada 495 0 ***.* 583 0 ***.* Enclave 4,126 3,620 14.0 7,818 7,117 9.8 Encore 5,873 4,921 19.3 10,793 8,386 28.7 LaCrosse 2,643 3,751 -29.5 6,700 5,774 16.0 Regal 1,608 1,689 -4.8 4,261 2,481 71.7 Verano 3,066 3,437 -10.8 5,925 6,213 -4.6 Buick Total 17,811 17,418 2.3 36,080 29,971 20.4 ATS 1,591 2,028 -21.5 2,658 3,785 -29.8 CTS 1,461 1,438 1.6 2,474 3,136 -21.1 ELR 91 127 -28.3 158 219 -27.9 Escalade 1,820 1,489 22.2 3,047 3,153 -3.4 Escalade ESV 1,047 888 17.9 1,822 1,988 -8.4 SRX 4,017 3,809 5.5 8,795 7,294 20.6 XTS 1,813 1,960 -7.5 3,626 3,842 -5.6 Cadillac Total 11,840 11,739 0.9 22,580 23,419 -3.6 Camaro 6,151 6,373 -3.5 11,702 11,364 3.0 Caprice 71 98 -27.6 92 222 -58.6 Captiva Sport 0 13 ***.* 0 23 ***.* City Express 734 605 21.3 1,444 1,190 21.3 Colorado 7,394 6,563 12.7 12,902 12,505 3.2 Corvette 2,116 2,605 -18.8 3,617 4,732 -23.6 Cruze 12,998 18,301 -29.0 27,360 36,994 -26.0 Equinox 19,825 21,723 -8.7 38,399 41,278 -7.0 Express 4,311 3,222 33.8 7,224 6,804 6.2 Impala 9,147 9,065 0.9 19,089 18,279 4.4 Malibu 21,418 13,971 53.3 36,164 25,849 39.9 Silverado-C/K Pickup 43,136 45,395 -5.0 80,999 81,501 -0.6 Sonic 4,241 2,900 46.2 7,919 6,421 23.3 Spark 1,761 2,674 -34.1 2,882 5,844 -50.7 Suburban (Chevy) 3,584 4,436 -19.2 6,854 8,566 -20.0 SS 165 215 -23.3 253 330 -23.3 Tahoe 6,494 7,410 -12.4 12,693 14,017 -9.4 Traverse 9,158 9,705 -5.6 16,172 19,856 -18.6 Trax 4,814 3,821 26.0 8,560 5,660 51.2 Volt 1,126 693 62.5 2,122 1,235 71.8 Chevrolet Total 158,644 159,788 -0.7 296,447 302,670 -2.1 Acadia 6,972 7,061 -1.3 12,357 12,959 -4.6 Canyon 2,440 2,513 -2.9 4,710 4,718 -0.2 Savana 1,380 1,999 -31.0 2,880 3,488 -17.4 Sierra 15,202 15,157 0.3 29,583 27,778 6.5 Terrain 8,232 10,859 -24.2 17,067 19,703 -13.4 Yukon 3,024 2,796 8.2 5,591 5,445 2.7 Yukon XL 2,280 2,048 11.3 4,275 4,013 6.5 GMC Total 39,530 42,433 -6.8 76,463 78,104 -2.1 GM Vehicle Total 227,825 231,378 -1.5 431,570 434,164 -0.6 24 selling days for the February period this year and 24 for last year.
  18. GM's four North American brands announced today that as of now, most 2016 vehicles that currently have Apple CarPlay compatibility can be brought to their dealers for a free update to the infotainment system to add Android Auto. Android Auto requires a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 or higher and require various apps to be installed on the phone. You can find apps compatible with Android Auto here. Vehicles eligible for the updates are as follows: Chevrolet - 2016 models with 8" MyLink eligible for Android Auto Update: Malibu (Excluding Limited) Impala Volt Camaro coupe and convertible Corvette coupe and convertible Colorado Silverado 1500 and HD Tahoe Suburban All 2016 models with 7" MyLink screen are already Android Auto capable and do not require an update. GMC - 2016 models with 8 inch IntelliLink eligible for Android Auto Update: Canyon Sierra Yukon Buick - 2016 models with 8 inch IntelliLink eligible for Android Auto Update: LaCrosse Regal *Envision and Encore will gain Android Auto in 2017 Model year Cadillac - All 2016 and newer models except SRX
  19. GM's four North American brands announced today that as of now, most 2016 vehicles that currently have Apple CarPlay compatibility can be brought to their dealers for a free update to the infotainment system to add Android Auto. Android Auto requires a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 or higher and require various apps to be installed on the phone. You can find apps compatible with Android Auto here. Vehicles eligible for the updates are as follows: Chevrolet - 2016 models with 8" MyLink eligible for Android Auto Update: Malibu (Excluding Limited) Impala Volt Camaro coupe and convertible Corvette coupe and convertible Colorado Silverado 1500 and HD Tahoe Suburban All 2016 models with 7" MyLink screen are already Android Auto capable and do not require an update. GMC - 2016 models with 8 inch IntelliLink eligible for Android Auto Update: Canyon Sierra Yukon Buick - 2016 models with 8 inch IntelliLink eligible for Android Auto Update: LaCrosse Regal *Envision and Encore will gain Android Auto in 2017 Model year Cadillac - All 2016 and newer models except SRX Click here to view the article
  20. Chevrolet Continues as the Industry’s Fastest Growing Brand, Leading GM Retail Sales Increase GM retail sales climbed 9 percent in January Chevrolet retail deliveries up 12 percent in January – retail share up almost 2 percentage points Buick retail sales up 45 percent Commercial deliveries up for 27th consecutive month DETROIT – General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January 2016, the company’s best January sales performance in eight years. GM’s retail sales were up sharply, climbing 9 percent year over year on the strength of a 12 percent increase at Chevrolet and a 45 percent increase at Buick. Total sales were up 0.5 percent. “GM began 2016 in very strong competitive position,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of sales operations. “We built on that momentum in January, with Chevrolet, Buick and GMC outperforming the retail industry by a wide margin. In fact, Chevrolet continues to grow faster than any other full-line brand.” Chevrolet gained close to 2 percentage points of retail market share in January after the brand had the largest retail market share increase of any full-line brand in 2015. Chevrolet had its best January passenger car retail sales since 1997. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra posted a combined 7 percent increase in total sales. GM grew full-size pickup market share faster than all other competitors in 2015. Throughout 2015 and continuing into January, the GMC Sierra, Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL have had the highest average transaction prices in their respective segments, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. Buick retail deliveries surged 45 percent in January, driven by owner loyalty. “We believe industry fundamentals such as the age of the vehicle fleet, well managed inventory levels, firm used car pricing, good credit availability and low fuel prices will support higher industry sales in 2016,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “In addition, household balance sheets are strong and the labor market continues to improve.” GM’s strong sales dovetailed with a strategic approach to inventories and fleet deliveries: GM inventories are disciplined, and the company expects to operate with about a 70 days’ supply throughout the year in most months, with some months higher or lower. GM’s Commercial sales are growing and daily rental sales are becoming a smaller part of the overall business. As a result of lower rental deliveries, GM expects its fleet mix in 2016 to be about 20 percent, compared with a historical range of 22 – 24 percent. January Sales Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted) Chevrolet Chevrolet had its best January retail performance since 2005, with car sales up 25 percent, truck sales up 5 percent and crossover deliveries up 5 percent. The brand has had 10 consecutive months of retail sales gains. Silverado had its best January total and retail sales since 2007. Ten Chevrolet models – Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Colorado, Camaro, Impala, Malibu, Cruze, Sonic and Traverse – grew retail market share in their respective segments. The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu accounted for about half of Malibu sales in January. Malibu had its best January retail sales since 1981. Tahoe and Suburban had their best January retail sales since 2008. Cruze and Volt had their best January retail sales ever and the Camaro had its best January retail sales since 1996. Trax total and retail sales more than doubled. GMC GMC had its best January total and retail sales since 2004. Combined Sierra and Canyon total sales increased, with Sierra up 14 percent and Canyon up 3 percent. Yukon retail sales were up 4 percent. Buick Buick had its best January retail performance since 2003, with retail deliveries up 45 percent. Total sales were the best January since 2004. Combined sales of Buick’s passenger cars were up 73 percent. LaCrosse had its best January total sales since 2010. Sales of Buick’s crossovers were up a combined 24 percent. Encore has had 25 months year-over-year growth in both retail and total sales. The all-new Cascada is now arriving at Buick dealers. Cadillac SRX total deliveries were up 37 percent for its best January total sales ever. Cadillac is maintaining the highest ATPs in the brand’s history, and leads its competitive set. Average Transaction Prices/Incentives GM grew ATPs three times faster than the industry average from 2010-2015. In January 2016, ATPs were $33,600, about $3,000 above the industry average. GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 12.4 percent in January, in line with the domestic competitors and lower than some Asian competitors. Industry average spending was 10.7 percent. Fleet and Commercial Commercial deliveries up for 27th consecutive month GM grew Commercial sales 6 percent in January after growing sales 38 percent since 2013. In January, GM sold nearly 13,000 fewer rental vehicles compared to January 2015, per plan. GM expects another significant reduction in rental deliveries in 2016. Industry Sales GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in January was 17.5 million units.
  21. GMC Acadia

    From the album Cory's Cobo Craziness 2016

    A close up of the GMC Acadia's detailed headlight assembly.

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  22. GMC Acadia

    From the album Cory's Cobo Craziness 2016

    GMC Acadia All-Terrain vs GMC Acadia Denali.

    © Cory Wolfe

  23. GMC Acadia

    From the album Cory's Cobo Craziness 2016

    The all-new GMC Acadia on stage in Cobo.

    © Cory Wolfe

  24. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this morning, GMC took the wraps off the 2017 GMC Acadia. The new Acada is being re-positioned in GMC's lineup as more of a mid-size model. For 2017, the Acadia sheds 700 lbs, drops 7.2 inches in length, and 6.4 inches in wheelbase. While it has lost some of its bulk, it will still offer up to 7 passenger seating with 5 passenger and 6 passenger configurations available. The top of the line Denali trim returns with its unique trim and wheel, and additional features like HID headlamps and a new continuous control dampening control suspension system. Joining the lineup is an All-Terrain model that adds additional modes in the All-Wheel drive system for advanced hill climbing, body colored grille, and unique interior trim. The All-Terrain model will only be available in 5-passenger configuration. Powering the 2017 Acadia are the familiar 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and 3.6 liter V6. The 4-cylinder, a first for the Acadia, produces 194 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm and promises to return 28mpg highway in front-wheel drive models. For additional fuel savings in the city, the 4-cylinder features automatic Start-Stop. The 3.6 liter V6 is a newer version of the previous V6. It gains 29 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque over the previous version (less of a gain over previous Denali). The V6 does not have an estimated EPA fuel economy rating yet, however expect it to be slightly improved on over the old model's 17 city / 24 highway in FWD configuration. Both engines are coupled to the familiar 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system is new and is the same active dual-clutch system that has recently been introduced on the Cadillac XT5, Buick LaCrosse, and Buick Envision. The all-wheel drive system has a 2x4 mode that disconnects power to the rear wheels for additional fuel economy. Correction: The Active Dual-Clutch system is only on the All-Terrain model. Other models get a single clutch system. The 2017 GMC Acadia goes on sale this spring and will be produced in Spring Hill Tenn. You can follow all of our 2016 Detroit Auto Show coverage here. GMC Introduces All-New 2017 Acadia 700-lb. lighter, more efficient crossover aimed at heart of midsize segment Expanded range of available active safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Surround Vision Camera New powertrains include a 2.5L I-4, offering a GM-est. 28 mpg hwy, and an available est. 310-hp 3.6L V-6 Acadia Denali with new, exclusive Continuously Variable Ride Control New Acadia All Terrain with an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch On sale this spring DETROIT – GMC today introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia – a reimagined crossover aimed at the heart of the midsize segment, designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technologies. The new Acadia offers more-efficient powertrains, while continuing to offer three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new All Terrain model offering enhanced off-road capability. “GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.” The new Acadia goes on sale this spring, almost a decade after its original introduction, and coming off of its strongest sales year ever in 2015 with 96,393 deliveries. “Typically, a vehicle’s sales can be illustrated on a bell curve during its lifecycle, but the Acadia’s success has defied convention with impressive sustainability,” said Aldred. “It’s a shining example of GMC’s momentum and we’re confident it will grow with the new Acadia.” New size, bigger advantages The strategic re-scoping of the 2017 Acadia offers customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. Depending on the model, it is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating, while offering greater maneuverability than the first-generation model. “The new Acadia captures a greater feeling of refinement, in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for compact and crossover SUVs at General Motors. “It’s a vehicle that offers the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big advantages and balance to customers’ everyday lives.” The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the current model, which pays dividends at the gas pump. A new, 2.5L engine is standard, offering an estimated 28 mpg on the highway for FWD models (EPA estimate not yet available; estimate is based on GM testing). City fuel economy offered is GM-estimated at 22 mpg (FWD) and is bolstered by GMC’s first application of Stop/Start technology, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving. A new, available 3.6L V-6 engine is more powerful and efficient than the current model, while offering 4,000 pounds estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). It is GM-estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 25 mpg highway (FWD models – EPA estimate not available). Both of the Acadia’s new engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing, and both are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions and an electronically controlled drive mode selector. Legacy of functionality and spaciousness The 2017 Acadia builds on a legacy of intuitive functionality, with new features such as a split-folding second-row seat that improves on the original Smart Slide feature of the current model. It offers greater flexibility, including the capability of the curbside seat sliding and tilting forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, while the driver-side section tips and slides forward for easier access to the third row. The 50/50-split third-row seat folds flat for a completely flat load floor behind the second row and when the second row is also folded, there’s 79 cubic feet (2,237 liters) of cargo room. Levers at the rear of the vehicle make it easier to fold the second- and third-row seats. Additional solutions range from simple to technologically advanced. The rear of the center console, for example, features a unique pull-out storage drawer. It is accessible to rear-seat passengers and allows items such as electronic devices and small toys to be stored out of sight, for greater security and reduced clutter. There’s also a new, standard rear seat alert that can remind the driver when an item may have been left in the second- and third-row seats. Additionally, all three rows offer USB charge ports for compatible electronic devices. Design evolution The new Acadia offers a greater emphasis on refinement, while remaining instantly recognizable with an evolution of the vehicle’s signature, professional grade design cues such as a chrome-trimmed grille, squared off and flared wheel arches and wraparound rear side windows with dark D-pillars. “It’s a confident design influenced by extensive customer input,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design and User Experience. “The original Acadia was very truck-inspired, but the new model has a decidedly SUV influence conveyed in sculptural details, softened corners and a sleeker windshield angle.” New dimensional grilles and wraparound headlamps – HID lamps on Denali and halogen projectors on other models – reinforce the confident, refined appearance, while standard LED signature lighting on all models reflect GMC’s premium attributes. Complementing C-shape rear lighting graphics add a cohesive detail to the design. Premium cues distinguish the Acadia Denali. Like all Denali models, it features a dimensional chrome grille, along with integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke wheels. Inside, all Acadia trim levels feature unique interior color and trim combinations and incorporate authentic aluminum trim. Latest safety and connectivity technologies As a contemporary crossover designed for families on the go, the 2017 Acadia offers the latest active safety features to protect them, as well as the latest technologies to keep them connected. The active safety features are designed to help make drivers more aware of their surroundings and potential crash situations. They are available depending on the model and include: New Front Pedestrian Braking New Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking (standard on SLT-2 and Denali) New Forward Automatic Braking (available on Denali) New Following Distance Indicator New IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control New Surround Vision camera system New Safety Alert Seat Forward Collision Alert Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert Front and Rear Parking Assist. An available Tow Vision Trailering system helps make hitching easier by employing a rear-vision camera, with dynamic guidelines, to help line up the Acadia’s hitch with the trailer, as well as offering views of the trailer while driving. And when it comes to connectivity, the Acadia is plugged in with available phone integration technology through GMC’s available IntelliLink system. It offers support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy to connect to some of the features smartphone users rely on most. (Vehicle user interfaces are products of Apple and Google and require a compatible smartphone and adherence to data plan rates, terms and privacy statements.) Additionally, an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial. New foundation and driving dynamics Built on a new, lighter body structure, the 2017 Acadia’s driving dynamics are more responsive, while its shorter length and narrower width enable greater maneuverability, for easier turning in parking decks and easier parking in home garages. Wheelbase (in / mm) Length (in / mm) Width (in / mm) Height (in / mm) Turning radius (ft / M) Curb weight (lb / kg) 2017 Acadia 112.5 / 2857 193.6 / 4917 75.4 / 1916 68.7 / 1745 (w/o mast, w/ roof rack) 38.7 / 11.8 3956 / 1794 (est. - FWD) 2016 Acadia 118.9 / 3021 200.8 / 5101 78.9 / 2003 72.6 / 1844 (w/o mast, w/ roof rack) 40.4 / 12.3 4656 / 2112 (FWD) The body structure incorporates press-hardened, high-strength steels, which allowed thinner components in some areas offering comparable or better crash performance than conventional materials. They also help reduce the base curb weight by 700 pounds (318 kg), compared to the current model. New splayed front frame rails also contribute to crashworthiness. They flare outward to provide effective folding and crushing performance during small overlap frontal crash situations. The new Acadia retains a front-drive layout with available all-wheel drive. All models feature a new drive mode selector, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions. Front-drive models offer Normal (2x4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes, while AWD models offer 2x4 (AWD disconnect), 4x4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow modes. The AWD disconnect mode effectively disconnects the rear axle from the drive system to save fuel. On-demand AWD capability can be reapplied on the go by switching the drive mode selector to 4x4 mode. Additional chassis and driving dynamics features include: MacPherson strut front suspension Five-link rear suspension Rack-mounted electric power steering system Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors Electronic park brake Available electronically controlled continuous damping system. All Terrain The new All Terrain model matches distinctive design elements with enhanced off-road-driving ability. At the heart of the Acadia All Terrain’s capability is an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch, which optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. And while it is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, it also provides enhanced stability in dry conditions. It also has a specific All Terrain mode in place of the Off Road mode on the drive mode selector, which works with the model’s exclusive AWD system to offer enhanced hill-climb capability. All Terrain models are distinguished from the rest of the Acadia lineup with a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and unique wheels. Inside is exclusive five-passenger seating, dynamic All Terrain interior accents and covered storage bins in the rear cargo floor in place of a third-row seat. Manufacturing The 2017 GMC Acadia will be produced at General Motors’ Spring Hill (Tenn.) assembly facility, with globally sourced parts. CONTACT: Megan Soule GMC Communications 313-495-1297 megan.soule@gm.com 2017 GMC ACADIA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS Overview Models: GMC Acadia / Acadia Denali / Acadia All Terrain Body style / driveline: crossover SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Construction: body-frame integral EPA vehicle class: sport utility vehicle Manufacturing location: Spring Hill, Tenn. Key competitors: Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer; Jeep Grand Cherokee Powertrains Engine: Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4 (LCV) 3.6L V-6 VVT DI (LGX) Displacement (cu in / cc): 150 / 2457 223 / 3649 Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8 Block material: precision sand-cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuous VVT DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuous VVT, Active Fuel Management Fuel delivery: high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 194 / 145 @ 6300 (SAE certified) 310 / 231 @ 6600 (est.) Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 190 / 258 @ 4400 (SAE certified) 271 / 367 @ 5000 (est.) GM-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 22 / 28 (FWD) 17 / 25 (FWD) Transmission: Hydra-Matic 6T50 six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic Chassis / Suspension Suspension (front): MacPherson strut; continuous damping control (Denali) Suspension (rear): Five-link independent; continuous damping control (Denali) Steering type: electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist Turning circle (ft / m): 38.7 / 11.8 Brakes: four-wheel-disc, variable brake system with power assist; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers Wheel size and type: 18-in. aluminum 20-in. aluminum Tires: P235/65R18all-season P235/55R20 all-season Dimensions Exterior Wheelbase (in / mm): 112.5 / 2857 Overall length (in / mm): 193.6 / 4917 Overall width (in / mm): 75.4 / 1916 Overall height (in / mm): 68.7 / 1745 (w/o mast, w/ roof rack) Track (in / mm): 64.5 / 1638 (front) 64.5 / 1638 (rear) Curb weight (lb / kg): 3956 / 1794 Interior Seating capacity: five, six or seven passengers (depending on model/configuration) Headroom (in / mm): front: 40 / 1016 (without sunroof) 2nd row: 39.6 / 1006 (without sunroof) 3rd row: 37.2 / 945 Legroom (in / mm): front: 41 / 1042 2nd row: 39.7 / 1008 3rd row: 31.1 / 789 Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 59.4 / 1508 2nd row: 58.7 / 1490 3rd row: 54.3 / 1378 Hip room (in / mm): front: 55.7 / 1414 2nd row: 53.3 / 1355 3rd row: 42.9 / 1090 Cargo volume (cu. ft. / L): 12.8 / 362 (behind third row) 41.7 /1181 (behind second row, third row folded) 79 / 2237 (second and third rows folded) Note: Information shown is current at time of publication. 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  25. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this morning, GMC took the wraps off the 2017 GMC Acadia. The new Acada is being re-positioned in GMC's lineup as more of a mid-size model. For 2017, the Acadia sheds 700 lbs, drops 7.2 inches in length, and 6.4 inches in wheelbase. While it has lost some of its bulk, it will still offer up to 7 passenger seating with 5 passenger and 6 passenger configurations available. The top of the line Denali trim returns with its unique trim and wheel, and additional features like HID headlamps and a new continuous control dampening control suspension system. Joining the lineup is an All-Terrain model that adds additional modes in the All-Wheel drive system for advanced hill climbing, body colored grille, and unique interior trim. The All-Terrain model will only be available in 5-passenger configuration. Powering the 2017 Acadia are the familiar 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and 3.6 liter V6. The 4-cylinder, a first for the Acadia, produces 194 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm and promises to return 28mpg highway in front-wheel drive models. For additional fuel savings in the city, the 4-cylinder features automatic Start-Stop. The 3.6 liter V6 is a newer version of the previous V6. It gains 29 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque over the previous version (less of a gain over previous Denali). The V6 does not have an estimated EPA fuel economy rating yet, however expect it to be slightly improved on over the old model's 17 city / 24 highway in FWD configuration. Both engines are coupled to the familiar 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system is new and is the same active dual-clutch system that has recently been introduced on the Cadillac XT5, Buick LaCrosse, and Buick Envision. The all-wheel drive system has a 2x4 mode that disconnects power to the rear wheels for additional fuel economy. Correction: The Active Dual-Clutch system is only on the All-Terrain model. Other models get a single clutch system. The 2017 GMC Acadia goes on sale this spring and will be produced in Spring Hill Tenn. Album: 2017 GMC Acadia 12 images 0 comments You can follow all of our 2016 Detroit Auto Show coverage here. Page 1 of 2 1 2 → Last » Click here to view the article