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Buick Wants To Tackle BMW And Mercedes With Its Avenir Sub-brand 18
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Buick, GMC, Reports on 01 18th, 2018

Buick recently introduced the LaCrosse Avenir at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it appears a number of new Avenir models are on the horizon.
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GMC Will Reportedly Refresh Canyon Pickup In 2018 8
Posted by Sean Szymkowski in GMC, GMC Canyon, Reports, Trucks on 01 8th, 2018

GMC and Chevrolet introduced their mid-size pickup twins for the 2014 model year, and since then, changes have been relatively minor. However, a new report from AutoNews published on Monday claimed the GMC Canyon is in for a refresh this year.

The mid-size pickup received two notable updates since its re-introduction: a 2.8-liter Duramax inline-4 cylinder engine and a range-topping Denali trim. Details on what a refreshed Canyon will include are scarce, but design tweaks and new content are likely.

The report also reiterated news that the 2019 GMC Sierra will not show up at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Instead, Chevrolet will debut the 2019 Silverado in full after its surprise showing in Texas last month.

It will be the first time since 1998 that GMC and Chevrolet will not reveal the latest full-size pickups together. GM President Dan Ammann told the publication that GMC will work to “broaden” its appeal and further differentiate itself from Chevrolet. While the Sierra and Silverado may be mechanically related, the designs will likely differ quite a bit.

The North American International Auto Show will be heavy on trucks, dictated by consumers’ relentless appetite for utility vehicles. In particular, the Ford Ranger is rumored to debut at the show and will provide direct competition to the GMC Canyon and its Chevrolet Colorado cousin.

Note: current generation 2017 GMC Canyon pictured

2019 GMC Sierra Will Reportedly Skip The Detroit Auto Show 19
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, GMC, GMC Sierra, Reports on 12 19th, 2017

Chevrolet recently announced plans to introduce the 2019 Silverado at the North American International Auto Show but a new report is suggesting it won’t be joined by the all-new GMC Sierra.

Nothing is official but GM Authority is reporting the truck won’t be making an appearance in Detroit and this appears to be backed up by the NAIAS press conference schedule which shows the only GM-related event in is an off-site presentation by Chevrolet on January 13th.

The site goes on to say model won’t be making an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show either so it’s possible the company could choose to introduce the truck at a special event. This isn’t totally unheard of as we first got a glimpse of the 2019 Silverado during a centennial celebration at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Little is known about the 2019 Sierra but the model will essentially be a badge-engineered version of the Silverado with unique styling. The Sierra is expected to have a bolder design with a more prominent grille and distinctive headlights that mimic those on the Terrain.

GM hasn’t released performance specifications but the company has already confirmed the trucks use high-tensile-strength steel and higher grade alloy materials. Rumors have also suggested high-end variants, like the Sierra Denali, could be offered with lightweight beds that use carbon fiber-reinforced thermo plastic.

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Future Cars: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Will Get A Bold New Face 18
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Future Cars, GMC, GMC Scoops, GMC Sierra, Scoops on 12 18th, 2017

Chevrolet’s all-new 2019 Silverado is grabbing headlines and its striking new looks will no doubt be putting the fear into Ford’s F-150 camp, but let’s not forget, when there’s a new Silverado, a GMC Sierra follows.

This time, the differences between the two will be more substantial. So let’s look at what the Detroit automaker has in store for its GMC variant – and what it could look like.

Bold, Sculptured Styling

Typically, the Silverado has been the more conservative of the two, with the Sierra being bolder in appearance. Now the gulf widens; with the GMC receiving an ‘in-your-face’ chrome grille, signature C-shaped LED headlamps and vertically-mounted fog lights to complete the frontal chrome-assault.

A chiseled line runs horizontally from the rear, tapering downwards below the side mirrors. Interestingly, the Silverado has the same element running in reverse off the front fenders. This means front doors will not be interchangeable – again, further differentiating the two.

There are hints of GM mid-size pickup, with a subtle sloping roof to aid aerodynamics, whilst the bed sits higher with more prominent GMC badging

Interior And Under The Skin

As for the interior; there is a dominant tombstone-styled center stack, with vertical air vents, chunky switchgear and high-mounted infotainment display. Also expect a substantial improvement in quality and materials offered for 2019.

Whilst GM have previously used attack-advertising against Ford’s use of military-grade aluminum for the F-150, it won’t stop the automaker using a combination of high-grade alloy and high-tensile-strength steel in the body and frame.

Other reports suggest use of carbon fibre-reinforced, thermo plastic for the bed area, which will help in making the truck lighter, ridged and more agile.

Powertrains And Rivals

Look for the current V6 and V8 powertrains to carry over; however, it remains to be seen if GM will match Ford with their turbocharged V6 offerings. The 10-speed automatic, co-developed with Ford is expected to be standard across the range.

Expect the Sierra 1500 to debut after the Silverado’s official reveal at the 2018 North American International Auto Show next month.

Asides from the best-selling F-150, other competitors include the upcoming, all-new Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the Sierra 1500’s brash new face? Tell us in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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GMC Tests Out How Automotive Christmas Decorations Affect Performance 15
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Film, GMC, GMC Terrain, GMC Videos, video on 12 15th, 2017

Christmas is right around the corner but General Motors is going all Scrooge and pointing out the obvious, decorating your car is a bad idea.

As part of this year’s Christmas celebrations, the company sent aerodynamic performance engineer Joel Ruschman to the Lockheed Martin low speed wind tunnel in Georgia to test out a GMC Terrain Denali with an assortment of holiday decorations.

According to USA Today, reindeer antlers and a big red “nose” increase the Terrain’s drag coefficient by three percent and this causes the crossover’s fuel economy rating to drop by about 1 mpg on the highway.

While a big bow might not seem like it would have much effect, it actually increased drag by 15% and caused the fuel economy rating to drop by 3.5 mpg. However, the biggest offender was a Christmas tree which caused a 70% increase in drag.

If you can’t resist the urge to decorate your car, the best choice would be a wreath as the wind tunnel tests determined it didn’t have any effect on the Terrain’s fuel efficiency.

Speaking of mileage, the 2018 Terrain Denali has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 252 hp (187 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system. In the latter configuration, the crossover returns 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.


New Chevrolet Silverado And GMC Sierra Slated To Offer Carbon Fiber Beds 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC, GMC Sierra, Reports on 12 7th, 2017

General Motors mocked Ford for using aluminum beds in the F-150 and that struck many people as a surprise considering the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were expected to go the same route.

However, Autonews and The Wall Street Journal are reporting the upcoming trucks will instead use a mix of lightweight materials including aluminum and carbon fiber. Nothing is official but speculation suggests the trucks may use carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic which has company has been developing since 2011.

Little is known about the company’s plan but the WSJ says the mixed material bed will be offered within the next two years. The report also claims the bed would to limited to higher-end versions of the pickups which presumably means we could see it on the next GMC Sierra Denali. Over time, the beds could eventually become available on more mainstream models.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are expected to be unveiled shortly and this points to a debut at the North American International Auto Show. If that’s the case, the models will be shown alongside the 2019 Ram 1500 which is expected to be lighter and more efficient that its predecessor.

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GM Rolls Out Its New Marketplace App, Will Allow Drivers To Order Coffee From Their Car 5
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, GM, GMC, Tech, USA, video on 12 5th, 2017

Getting your morning cup of Starbucks is about to get a lot easier if you drive a General Motors vehicle as the company has just announced it is rolling out its all-new Marketplace.

Billed as the “industry’s first commerce platform for on-demand reservations and purchases,” the Marketplace is essentially an app that resides on the infotainment system of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. The app will be rolled out to millions of existing 2017 and 2018 vehicles and doesn’t require a separate data plan.

A handful of companies have created their own Marketplace sections and these include restaurants such as Applebee’s, IHOP, TGI Fridays, and Wingstop. Other notable partners include Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Shell, and ExxonMobil.

The services vary by company but Starbucks fans can place their order through the app, while drivers looking to hit up TGI Fridays can make reservations at a restaurant and time of their choosing. While no one really needs to order coffee from their infotainment system, the Parkopedia option is interesting as it will allow drivers to “find, reserve, and pay for parking, all at the click of a button.”

The service will be available to approximately four million drivers in the United States within the next 12 to 18 months and GM’s Vice President for Global Connected Customer Experience, Santiago Chamorro, said “The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving. Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back.”


2018 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition Brings The Bling To LA 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in GMC, GMC Yukon, LA Auto Show on 11 30th, 2017

The crossover and SUV trend continues in Los Angeles as GMC has unveiled the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.

Set to become the most luxurious Yukon Denali ever offered, the Ultimate Black Edition features a modestly revised exterior with chrome mirror caps and 22-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The model will be available exclusively in Onyx Black and all will feature a polished exhaust tip.

Interior changes are virtually non-existent as GMC says the only modification is the addition of premium carpeted floor mats. However, the model comes equipped with the Open Road Package which includes a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an adaptive cruise control system with forward automatic braking. The package also adds power retractable side steps and an Enhanced Security Package which includes glass breakage sensors and interior motion detectors.

The Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 420 hp (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft (621 Nm) of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission which can send power to an optional four-wheel drive system.

In a statement, GMC’s Stu Pierce said “The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level.” He went on to say the model is ideal for customers who want to “express themselves with a new and unique style.”

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GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept Laughs In The Face Of Snow 21
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, GMC, GMC Concepts, GMC Sierra, LA Auto Show on 11 21st, 2017

The GMC Sierra 2500HD is a formidable truck and the company has decided to kick things up a notch by creating the All Mountain concept.

Set to be unveiled later this week in Colorado, the All Mountain concept is based on the Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD Crew Cab and it has been equipped with Mattracks which enable the model to handle extremely snowy conditions.

While the tracks are the most noticeable modification, the truck has also been equipped with custom graphics, an LED light bar, and a rugged front skid plate. The model also has side steps, a tonneau cover, and snowboard racks from Thule.

Power is provided by a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine which produces 445 hp (331 kW) and 910 lb-ft (1,232 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed Allison automatic transmission that sends power to a four-wheel drive system.

The concept will be displayed at Vail Mountain over the winter as part of a partnership with Vail Resorts. As GMC marketing director Rich Latek explained “This unique concept truck is a fun way to attract attention to GMC and highlight our partnership with Vail Resorts.”

Fans who can’t make it out to Colorado will be able to check out a similar All Mountain concept which will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Little is known about the model but GMC said it will be based on the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X.

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GMC Sierra Desert Fox Resurfaces Among The Dunes Of Dubai 21
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dubai Motor Show, GMC, GMC Concepts, GMC Sierra, GMC Videos, Middle East, video on 11 21st, 2017

All sorts of outlandish things happen among the sands of Dubai. We don’t always hear about them, but this one has blipped on our radar.

It’s the GMC Sierra Desert Fox, a concept truck showcased at the Dubai Motor Show. It’s sort of like a Ram Rebel or Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, but with a heavy dose of retro thrown in.

The truck harkens back not to the Nazi general Erwin Rommel (who was known by that nickname) but to the Desert Fox editions that GMC offered in the 1970s, like the vintage Jimmy shown alongside the concept.

That throwback treatment comes down principally to the earth-tone stripes on the beige bodywork, but the rest of it is all hardcore off-roader.

Though official details are even more scarce than official photos, but you can’t miss the chunky tires, bead-lock wheels, jacked-up suspension, low-profile bumpers, nose-mounted winch, side steps, skid plates, custom exhaust, spare tires and jerrycans in the bed, and sports bar with auxiliary LEDs. It even has a pair of hazard flags extending way up high from the roof, all the better to see roaming the dunes of the Arabian peninsula.

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GM Counting On Avenir Sub-Brand To Boost Buick Sales 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Buick, GM, GMC, Reports on 10 30th, 2017

According to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, the company has high hopes for the Avenir brand, due to arrive in U.S. showrooms as the flagship trim of the redesigned 2018 Enclave.
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Toyota Tops Consumers Reports Reliability Ratings, Cadillac Finishes Dead Last 20
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura TLX, audi, BMW, Buick, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac, Chrysler, Consumer Reports, Dodge, GMC, GMC Acadia, Jeep, LEXUS, RAM, Subaru, subaru impreza, TOYOTA on 10 20th, 2017

Consumers Reports recently released its reliability ratings, much to the chagrin of Tesla, and the results show some surprises.
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GM Announces A Selection Of Discounts For Costco Members 4
Posted by Brad Anderson in Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Reports on 10 4th, 2017

As the end of the year approaches, General Motors has announced a host of special deals and discounts for Costco members.
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Toyota Takes Top Spot In Latest American Customer Satisfaction Index 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Cadillac, FCA, Ford, GM, GMC, LEXUS, mercedes, Study, Subaru, TOYOTA on 08 30th, 2017

The latest study by the American Customer Satisfaction Index has revealed new car owners are becoming less satisfied with their purchases.
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Toyota Takes Top Spot In Latest American Customer Satisfaction Index 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Cadillac, FCA, Ford, GM, GMC, LEXUS, mercedes, Study, Subaru, TOYOTA on 08 30th, 2017

The latest study by the American Customer Satisfaction Index has revealed new car owners are becoming less satisfied with their purchases.
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