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First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Trax

Apr 16, 2014 - 3:31 PM - by nsap
Chevy's new little ute faces some youthful competition.
April 16, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

NEW YORK – The Chevrolet Trax is nothing new. In fact, it’s been on the market in over 60 countries already since 2012. Despite its global footprint, the U.S. market has never had Trax, until now. Thanks to changes in the market, internal changes at GM and success of the Buick Encore, the Chevrolet Trax is finally coming to America.

The Trax is part of GM’s global compact crossover program, shared with the Buick Encore and Opel Mokka. As such, the Trax was engineered to be sold in America from day one, though GM’s typical corporate bureaucracy likely hampered its U.S. arrival until now.

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Making Trax: Chevrolet Bringing Small SUV to U.S. Market

Apr 15, 2014 - 5:56 PM - by nsap
Chevy entering the hot small SUV market in America.
April 15, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

NEW YORK – Today, Chevrolet announced it will bring the Trax small utility vehicle to the United States market for the 2015 model year. The Trax, named after a 2007 concept vehicle, has been on sale in Canada and Mexico since late 2012.

The 2015 Trax is based upon a new global compact crossover architecture that also underpins the Buick Encore. Loosely similar to the Gamma subcompact car architecture, the underpinnings net a small 100” wheelbase for the little Trax and Encore. Also like the Encore, the Trax will be powered by one engine: the turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder. In both... [Read More]
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Gets Tweaked Design, More Gadgets

Apr 12, 2014 - 11:02 PM - by nsap
Despite a new Cruze just around the corner, Chevy "freshens" today's version.
April 13, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

NEW YORK – Later this week, Chevrolet will reveal a refreshed 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. The revised small car sports a revamped front-end design, new connectivity features and a host of other small changes to keep the car competitive in the compact sedan market.

In the automotive world, a product refresh typically means the “hard points” of the vehicle are unchanged, and in the Cruze’s case that is absolutely correct. The 2015 car receives a new front fascia and some new exterior colors, which is about the extent of the design refresh. Chevrolet designers gave the... [Read More]
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Meet Your 2015 General Motors Lineup

Apr 12, 2014 - 7:47 PM - by ChevyRules
April 12, 2014
By: Mark Bono

General Motors has released some of the new details and changes they have made to Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC products for the 2015 model year. Notable changes/additions are the Corvette Z06 including the just unveiled convertible variant, the K2XX full size SUV's, and the Cadillac ATS Coupe. The ATS sedan is also expected to have a refresh bringing its design inline with the coupe. They have not released information for every vehicle as of this posting. We will update the threads as more information is released for the 2015 model year lineup.

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Now Official: 2015 Corvette Z06 Drop-top

Apr 11, 2014 - 2:32 PM - by nsap
The most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet, now revealed.
April 11, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

After being leaked ahead of next week's New York Auto Show, Chevrolet has formally pulled the cover off the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. With 625 horsepower and 635 foot-pounds of torque, the car represents the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet.

The 2015 model marks the first Z06 Convertible from the factory since 1963 when the Z06 option packaged was introduced for endurance racing. According to GM records, only 199 Corvette orders with the Z06 package were ordered that year.

The inherent downfall of drop-tops has prevented... [Read More]
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Chevrolet Reveals 2015 Silverado High Country HD

Apr 08, 2014 - 11:01 PM - by nsap
Chevy brings some luxury to their HD pickup
April 9, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

It is no secret we live in the era of the luxury pickup truck. Hoping to continue building on the trend, Chevrolet has revealed the 2015 Silverado High Country HD; the latest Chevy truck to sport its new luxury label.

Clearly a truck most of us saw coming, it is essentially the Silverado High Country molded together with the revamped 2015 Silverado HD. The spawn serves as the brand’s first-ever luxury heavy-duty pickup with the High Country guise offered on both 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

Like the half-ton version, High Country gives the Silverado HD slightly tweaked exterior... [Read More]
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Official: 2015 Corvette Stingray Gains Eight-Speed Automatic

Apr 07, 2014 - 8:18 AM - by nsap
GM claims the new eight-speed is faster than most dual-clutch designs.
April 7, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

DETROIT - Chalk this up as an instance of confirming what we already knew: the Corvette Stingray is getting the Z06's eight-speed automatic transmission for 2015. The new eight-speed replaces today's six-speed automatic carried over from the C6 Corvette and GM claims this GM designed and built eight-speed is faster than most dual clutch transmissions.

According to GM, the 8L90 eight-speed should contribute up to 5-percent greater fuel efficiency versus today's six-speed. Chevrolet says EPA fuel economy test results for the 2015 Corvette Stingray are still pending and... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: Holden Barina RS

Apr 05, 2014 - 10:11 AM - by mikmak
Rogue Squadron
GMI Drives: Holden Barina RS Six Speed Auto and Manual

Michael McWilliams
Australia Correspondent

06 April2014

It's a rare occasion these days when you can get away with actual fun. It's not because our toys have become less fun, but more because our environment continues to become more crowded. The pursuit of living in harmony is beginning to encroach on our ability to laugh out loud without out getting shushed. General Motor's answer to the problem is compact, clever and you can enjoy it at full noise, elbows up wings out.

We at GMInsidenews have now tasted the entire Barina range in Oz and my main problem was the lack of a serious heartbeat. The... [Read More]
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GM Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles For Power Steering Issues

Mar 31, 2014 - 3:30 PM - by nsap
GM continues to clean the skeletons from the closet with recalls.
March 31, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

The last few weeks have not been too great for General Motors, who continues to announce more recalls in the wake of a renewed focus on vehicle safety. This afternoon the company announced their latest recall of 1.3 million vehicles regarding the potential failure of electric power steering.

According to the company the vehicle may display a warning message and power steering assist is lost. Steering control is not lost entirely, but with manual steering, significantly more effort is required by the driver. The increased effort may post a crash risk.

Depending on the vehicle, GM dealers... [Read More]
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GM Issues More Recalls, Now More Than 5 Million Vehicles Involved

Mar 29, 2014 - 2:43 PM - by nsap
Recalls now announced for Cruze, new pickup trucks.
March 29, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

Keeping to their word of taking no chances with potential safety issues, General Motors announced additional recalls late Friday. The new recalls, unrelated to the company's recent ignition switch recall, bring the total amount of recalled GM products to over five million vehicles. In an effort to keep up with the recall announcements, we've compiled a list and the details of each.

Since the GM ingition switch issue went public, the company's CEO Mary Barra has stated publicly that they will take no chances with vehicle safety issues going forward. As such, the company continues to recall more products unrelated to... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan

Mar 12, 2014 - 9:26 AM - by nsap
Novelty nostalgia imported from Down Under
March 12, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

There’s a certain nostalgia that comes with a big rear-wheel-drive sedan with a V-8 resting under the hood. Arguably no greater automotive symbol of America, the V-8 sedan is a classic; a mainstay of the past that is now only a niche for the few. In an attempt to capture some of that niche market, Chevrolet launched the SS Sedan, a bizarrely named Australian import that proves to be the car guy’s ultimate family car.

While the SS itself may be new, the formula that led to its inception is not. We’ve seen this same song and dance from GM before in the form of the Pontiac G8. More specifically, the... [Read More]
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Commentary: GMC Should Tap Hummers Spirit

Mar 03, 2014 - 10:50 AM - by nsap
Calls for unique GMC's should pick up where Hummer left off.
March 3, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

Pictured: Hummer HX Concept - the concept version of the brand's alleged Wrangler competitor.

With every media event, candid conversations with the folks actually churning out the future products of General Motors are a must. While media-trained to not give away the keys to the castle, they often pass along anecdotes that give a glimpse at the guts of GM. Recently, the anecdotes trend surrounded the former Hummer brand; showcasing an underlining passion for the deceased pop culture icon that seems to merit rekindling.

On each of the last two GM media events I've... [Read More]
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First Drive: 2015 GMC Yukon / Yukon XL Denali

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:31 AM - by nsap
The GMC that started Denali now begins to refine it.
February 28, 2014
By: Nick Saporito
Photos: General Motors

NAPA, CA – In 1999, the GMC Yukon became the first vehicle at GM’s truck and SUV brand to wear the Denali nameplate. Today, nearly 20 percent of GMC products sold sport the peak trim level and a staggering 60 percent of Yukon and Yukon XL sales are Denali. This trend has upped the focus and importance of the Denali sub-brand at GMC, with the 2015 Yukon appropriately serving as the foundation of a more substantive Denali.

We recently sampled this new Denali in the Napa Valley region of Northern California. Driving these luxury land barges through wine... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: Astra 1.4 6M

Feb 25, 2014 - 9:38 PM - by mikmak
Per Ardua ad Astra

Michael McWilliams
Australia Correspondent

26 February 2014

In this vast universe of ours, stars are born in the blink of an eye. Truth be told, it takes so long for that light to reach us, it's dead before we even notice, and then reborn. Now, it seems, one short flash in the Australian automotive galaxy is set to return (again), but this time can it shine with a new type of brilliance?

Opel didn't last long in Australia and this time in a metaphorical sense rather than a literal one, it was again the rough terrain that they couldn't handle. Back in the last days of disco, Holden received Opel's big gun sedan to test for replacement of the then archaic but tough as old boot nails... [Read More]
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How about a new Chevrolet Blazer?

Feb 19, 2014 - 4:55 AM - by GMSilverado
How about a new Chevrolet Blazer?
Chevrolet needs a medium SUV
GM Inside News
February 19, 2014
By: GMSilverado - GMI Contributor

General Motors is preparing to completely renew its offer of SUV's and Crossover for the first time after its bankruptcy. It is expected that the bid will experience significant changes from the currently known, except in the newly renovated full-size, mainly by the use of new platforms that besides a renewed range of engines, will give new measures for each model of four brands.

In the case of Chevrolet, it has been reported that both the new Equinox and the next Traverse see an reducicción of size to improve the competitiveness in their... [Read More]
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In the Oz GMI Garage: Barina RS Auto

Feb 16, 2014 - 11:30 PM - by mikmak
We playing with turboz this week.

Any questions on Holdens new angry ant?

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Miscellaneous Ramblings From The Chicago Show.

Feb 06, 2014 - 6:56 PM - by Z284ever
Figured I'd get some random thoughts down while they're fresh in my mind and in really no particular order.

Z/28. Okay, my favorite subject, so let's start here. We all know all about it. Very high levels of badassery and performance focus. Fair enough. But considering the car's cost and limited availability, there are still going to be several tens of thousands of Z/28 enthusiasts who will be left without a Z/28. This was the question which I posed to GM. I also asked if this Z/28 will be a once and done model once the 5th gen has run it's course. The answers were interesting. First off, the Z/28 has been a literal gold mine of positive press for GM. I wouldn't be surprised if the car's development hasn't already been recouped in positive PR alone. Furthermore, this is not the end of the Z/28. It has establish a very strong reference point for Camaro-dom. So here's some news, expect a 6th gen Z/28, especially if Mark Reuss has anything to do with it. Don't be... [Read More]
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Commentary: Elected Ex Spurts

Feb 05, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by mikmak
Elected Ex Spurts

A massive rant by

Michael McWilliams
Australia Correspondent

06 February 2014

Have you ever been a stranger in a strange land? The Cruze arrived on Australian shores in 2009, imported from South Korea. It would not hit it’s stride, however, until local production in early 2011. Even then, the best didn’t materialise until 2013. It had arrived with the best of intentions, but was immediately on the endangered list and everyone knew it. It would have to be tough to succeed down under, especially with a bunch of galahs at the wheel.

Hard Yakka

Australian Rules. They’re not quite the same as the rest of the world. Here in the... [Read More]
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GM's Modular Vehicle Architecture-Which Reuss Has Suddenly Stopped Talking About

Jan 19, 2014 - 4:33 PM - by Z284ever
Remember all of the speculation, fueled by Mark Reuss's comments a few months ago, about a new "modular approach" for GM vehicle architectures? Reuss has suddenly gone very quiet about that. In fact, in an interview with Ward's last week, Reuss said that he will stop talking about future vehicle architectures. Hmmm.

So what is this "modular architecture"? It's a system which allows very disparate vehicles the ability to share core components and the same assembly line. Similar to Audi's MLB or VW's MQB, Modularer Querbaukasten - roughly translated as modular transverse matrix. MQB will replace ALL of VW's current architectures and add many millions, (billions?) to their bottom line. Savings of around 30% are possible. The idea is to fix the position of the engine and it's crossmember, transmission and pedal box to make them uniform on every vehicle. Track, wheelbase and overall length can be varied. And varied by a lot. Figure that... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: 2013 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Review

Jan 17, 2014 - 6:25 AM - by TaHoE
Does the Volt live up to the hype?
January 17, 2014
By: Jordan Marmara
Photos: Jordan Marmara

It’s not very often that a car is introduced that turns the world on its head. It’s difficult to recall a vehicle that was launched with as much rumor, fanfare and drama as the Chevrolet Volt was back in 2010. Launched on November 30th (the same as your author, although I believe my mother would prefer I resist using the term ‘launch’ to describe my birth) the Volt represented a whole new way of thinking when it came to driving. The economy was in the grasp of what we now call the great recession, and “new GM” needed some positive PR after exiting a highly publicized, and government aided... [Read More]
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Make The Case: Continue Zeta Production at Oshawa Post '15.

Jan 10, 2014 - 1:30 AM - by Z284ever
In about 18 months, the Zeta Camaro will be no more. Seems a waste to shut down the Oshawa line. Can the case be made to continue Zeta production there? Figure 20K PPVs, 30K Commodores for Australia, however many SSs - maybe even with a name. It would take some investment, for example, going to the Gen V V8.

Let's say you've got Mary and Mark's undivided attention. Make the case. Tell them why it would make business sense to have versions of Zeta continue to roll down the line, rather than closing it down.

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Nsap's Half-Ton Showdown: Ford Vs. GM

Dec 31, 2013 - 12:17 PM - by nsap
Best is in the eye of the beholder.
December 31, 2013
By: Nick Saporito

As luck would have it...I parked a 2014 Sierra SLT tester head-to-head with a 2014 F-150 Platinum at the airport a few months ago.

Living in Truck Country, the question I face weekly is: “Are the new GM trucks as good as Ford’s?”

My immediate reply is usually a recommendation to put on a pot of coffee or depending on the time of day, order a mixed drink. While a very simple question, the answer is complex. The resolution is not immediately a “yes” or “no,” but the infamous “it depends” – it depends on the buyer’s needs, personal preferences and willingness to use new... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: 2014 Chevrolet Traverse

Dec 30, 2013 - 10:23 AM - by nsap
Neutral hauler neither offends nor impresses.
December 30, 2013
By: Nick Saporito
Photos: General Motors

Redesigned in 2013, the Chevrolet Traverse is not exactly a beacon of automotive excitement, but it isn’t supposed to be. As a member of the family truckster club, the Traverse’s mission is to move people and stuff, which it does quite well. Despite recent revisions, the Traverse still has some shortcomings but it performs its mission with dignity.

The Traverse’s function over form demeanor is apparent by simply looking at it. While the new-for-2013 nose and rear are vast improvements over the original, the crossover still looks very generic. Perhaps the... [Read More]
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Cadillac: You Really Need Work on Your Powertrains. No, Seriously.

Dec 27, 2013 - 4:12 PM - by Z284ever
I was off work today, so I spent a couple of hours test driving cars. I've been wanting to get some seat time in a CTS Vsport anyway, so off I went. I drove an ATS 2.0T, M6, and a gorgeous Raven Black CTS Vsport, and since my son works in the service department at the BMW dealer near the Caddy dealer, I went to visit him and got a chance to drive a 550ix M Sport while I was there.

I won't give a test drive review of these cars, because you already know all about them. I just wanted to share some thoughts and impressions and get one simple point across. That being: that Cadillac is now charging what the big boys charge, so it's time we had some absolute top in class engines. By that I mean in smoothness, NVH, eagerness to rev - you know that sort of thing.

The 2.0T in the ATS is a peppy little engine that has no trouble bringing the car up to speed. It is somewhat coarse though, and that's the rub. The MSRP on the ATS I drove was $46K. That is... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: 2014 Cadillac XTS VSport

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:52 AM - by nsap
Cadillac builds a great car, but who is supposed to buy it?
December 27, 2013
By: Nick Saporito
Photos: General Motors

Let’s just go ahead and clear the air; the Cadillac XTS VSport is a great car. It’s a big, cushy sedan that looks nice and packs a hell of a lot power thanks to its twin-turbo V-6. At first glance, one almost has to wonder if the XTS isn’t the spiritual successor to the days of big Caddy sedans – land yachts with V-8 power and sofa seating. The XTS doesn’t quite hark back to the brand’s glory days yet it doesn’t really compare to Germany’s flagship sedans, either. So here we have a great car with an identity crisis that... [Read More]
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