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GM’s New Autonomous Vehicle Has No Steering Wheel or Pedals 12
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Concepts, concepts, GM on 01 12th, 2018


While both automakers as well as suppliers are working hard on developing completely autonomous vehicles, the prototypes they’re putting out on the road still have traditional controls.

Not this one, though. What we have here is the first image of GM’s new Cruise AV, a self-driving prototype with no steering wheel, pedals, shifter, or manual controls of any kind (and not to be confused with the Chevy Cruze).

GM isn’t saying much else about it, but it’s quite obvious that we’re looking at the inside of a modified Bolt EV, missing all of its usual controls and fitted instead with a symmetrical dashboard.

Also, out the windshield you can see the skyline of San Francisco, where GM’s Cruise division is based.

The automaker says the vehicle is “production-ready” and has formally asked the US Department of Transportation for permission to start testing it on public roadways beginning next year.

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You’ve Been Warned: Ads Will Soon Invade Your Car’s Infotainment System 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, GM, LEXUS, Reports, TOYOTA on 01 10th, 2018


Advertisers are constantly thinking about how they can expand their reach, and it appears that the automotive industry is their next large step.

A Santa Clara-based company called Telenav, which already collaborates with carmakers such as Ford, General Motors, Lexus and Toyota, is planning a so-called “in-car advertising platform” for vehicles with internet connectivity, SiliconBeat reports.

This is a program that serves ads directly into the car, making owners pay more for connected services if they choose to decline them. However, due to possible driver distraction, the system will only display the ads upon approach, at startup, and at traffic lights, Telenav said, a problem that will eventually disappear once fully autonomous driving becomes a reality.

One of the company’s spokespersons said that “this approach helps carmakers offset costs related to connected services, such as wireless data, content, software, and cloud services”, adding that “in return for accepting ads in vehicles, drivers benefit from access to connected services without subscription fees”.

“Telenav research shows users are receptive to ads when they get something of value in exchange”, added Ky Tang, the company’s Executive Director of Strategy.

Meanwhile, a Telenav press release read as follows: “Relevant ads such as coupons and recommendations are delivered to customers based on information from the vehicle, including frequently traveled routes, destinations, and time of the day.”

“As an example, drivers can be encouraged to pick up a discounted pizza on the way home, or be alerted to sales at stores near their destination. In addition, when the vehicle is low on gas, the platform points out nearby stations along the driver’s route, potentially with discount offers.”

Most of the ads are said to be static, while others will be animated but, for the time being at least, they won’t contain any audio, according to the company.

Note: Apple CarPlay function pictured

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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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New Chevy Silverado 4500HD And 5500HD Coming To 2018 Truck Show 8
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, diesel, GM, new cars, Trucks on 01 8th, 2018


Chevrolet will unveil its all-new Silverado Class 4 and 5 chassis cab trucks in Indianapolis at the 2018 Work Truck Show, taking place March 6-9.

The two trucks will be available as regular as well as crew cab models, with both 2WD and 4WD capability, plus a wide range of GVWRs and wheelbases. They are expected to go into production in late 2018.

Doing the pulling will be the pairing of Duramax diesel power with the Allison transmission, while creature comforts such as OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi will aid connectivity.

“The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy and more,” said GM Fleet VP, Ed Peper.

Since additional technical specs will only be made available in March, the least we can do for now is shine more light on the teaser image, revealing a very imposing front end.

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Autonomous Chevy Bolt Involved In Motorcycle Crash In San Francisco 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Autonomous, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, GM, motorcycles, Reports on 12 21st, 2017


It has emerged that one of Cruise Automation’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts was involved in a crash with a motorcycle in San Francisco.

In California Department of Motor Vehicles documents uncovered by CNET, it’s been discovered that the Bolt and motorcycle collided on December 7 at the corner of Oak Street and Fillmore Street.

Following investigations, it was concluded that the Bolt was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident and was attempting to change lanes. Once the car realized that the gap to change lanes was shrinking, it started to make its way back to the original lane. Unexpectedly, a motorcyclist who was lane splitting at the time made contact with the side of the Bolt before falling down.

Fortunately, the Bolt was traveling at just 12 mph at the time of the collision while the 1996 Honda S90 was overtaking at 17 mph. The biker suffered a minor shoulder injury while the passenger side of the Bolt was left badly scratched.

Unlike some other incidents involving autonomous vehicles, the Bolt actually wasn’t blamed for the crash. Instead, police determined that the motorcyclist was at fault for attempting to overtake the Chevrolet in an unsafe way.

“At Cruise, we test our self-driving cars in challenging and unpredictable environments precisely because by doing so we will get better, safer AV technology on the roads sooner,” a General Motors spokesperson said.

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GM Confirms That Leaked C8 Corvette CAD Images Are Real 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Corvette, GM, Reports on 12 19th, 2017


General Motors has inadvertently confirmed that recently-leaked CAD designs of the C8 Corvette are indeed genuine.

Last week, the revealing images, detailing components including the vehicle’s engine and suspension systems, emerged online through the Corvette Forum. At the time, it was impossible to confirm whether or not the designs were directly from GM.

However, the American automaker recently reached out to Jalopnik asking them to remove an article posted with the designs. Additionally, General Motors was able to have these designs removed from a Jalopnik Facebook post after sending a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request through to the social media network.

Perhaps unknowingly, GM has admitted that the brand is the owner of the CAD designs.

Try as General Motors might, the mid-engine Corvette is perhaps the worst kept secret in the auto industry. Spy shots of the car have been circulating for the better part of three years and throughout 2017, images have shown the Corvette’s development progressing at a steady rate.

Sources claim that Chevrolet will offer the C8 Corvette with three different powertrains, including the LT2, LT6, and LT7, one of which will be a hybrid. Production of the supercar is expected to commence in January 2019.

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GM Lawyers Ask Judge To Throw Out $1 Billion Ignition-Switch Deal 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in GM, Reports on 12 19th, 2017


General Motors lawyers have asked a federal bankruptcy judge to throw out a settlement requiring the carmaker to pay more than $1 billion to car owners suing over faulty ignition switches.

GM is currently involved in a three-day bench trial before Judge Martin Glenn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York to determine the validity of a deal reached between car owners and a trust that holds many GM liabilities from before its bankruptcy.

Those representing the car owners claim that the Old GM trust agreed to a deal in August and that General Motors would be forced to contribute $1 billion in stock as part of the settlement. However, Automotive News reports that Old GM walked away from the deal and accepted an offer from General Motors to help pay for its defense against car owners.

GM and Old GM told Judge Glenn that the trust had the right to drop the original agreement with car owners. They claim that the original agreement was non-binding as it was never signed.

In response, the car owners claim that Old GM acted in bad faith and indicated that the agreement was binding without a signature.

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GM’s Marketplace App Previews Firm’s Over-The-Air Future 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in GM, Reports, Tech on 12 16th, 2017


The introduction of GM’s Marketplace app marks an important development in the carmaker’s long-term plan to offer over-the-air updates to all of its new vehicles.

Last week, roughly 1.9 million 2017 and 2018 vehicles in the United States received the Marketplace app through an over-the-air download, the first time GM has introduced an infotainment system in such a way.

Although Tesla owners have become accustomed to receiving infotainment, software, and mechanical updates with wireless updates, most other carmakers have yet to incorporate the technology in such a significant way. For GM, the Marketplace app is an important step in that direction, Automotive News reports.

The app has been billed as the “industry’s first commerce platform for on-demand reservations and purchases” and allows drivers to order items from shops including Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks or to reserve a table at restaurants including TGI Fridays.

Not everyone is happy about the app, however. According to National Safety Council president Deborah Hersman, “there’s nothing about this that’s safe.”

Responding to this claim, GM spokesman Vijay Iyer said the app had been developed to comply with voluntary driver-distraction guidelines and “is designed to minimize manual interactions, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

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I’ll Be Back, Maybe: GM Open To Returning To Europe 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet Europe, Electric Vehicles, GM, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


General Motors has a long and tumultuous history in Europe as the company announced plans to phase out the Chevrolet brand in 2013. The company then focused on Opel and Vauxhall but those brands were sold to Groupe PSA earlier this year.

Given its track record of huge and consistent losses, many felt the sale of Opel and Vauxhall sealed the fate of General Motors in Europe. However, GM CEO Mary Barra has revealed that isn’t the case.

Speaking to Detroit Automotive Press Association, Barra said GM would “absolutely” consider returning to Europe and noted “Nothing keeps us from going back.” A return isn’t likely to happen anytime soon as Barra suggested the company would need “transformative products” such as autonomous and electrified vehicles to seize any opportunity that presents itself.

The Detroit Bureau also noted Barra wasn’t shy about suggesting the automaker could leave additional markets besides India and South Africa. As she explained, “We need to generate an appropriate return. If we don’t see a path to generate appropriate returns we’re going to invest where we see better opportunities.”

Besides talking about international markets, Barra said hopes the United States government keeps its $7,500 rebate for electric vehicles. Even if the tax credits are phased out, Barra confirmed the company is committed to launching at least 20 new electric vehicles by 2023.

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Chevrolet Had An Hilarious Codename For The Corvette ZR1’s Engine 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, GM, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


The LT5, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 may not be the twin-turbo mill many were expecting but it is still a very special engine and Chevrolet knows it.

During development of the new powertrain, Chevrolet engineers tried to keep the project a closely-guarded secret and thus thought up a particularly ‘colorful’ codename for the new LT5.

Speaking to Automotive News, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juecther revealed that the company stamped ‘BAS’ on the supercharger, rather than ‘Corvette ZR1’. In doing so, the engineers thought they could trick their fellow workers into thinking it was a development of the Belt Alternator System, currently used by a diesel engine from GM.

However, to those who knew the truth, ‘BAS’ did not stand for ‘Belt Alternator System’ and was instead an acronym for ‘Big A** Supercharger’. Fitting.

Compared to the supercharger of the LT4, the LT5’s is 52 per cent larger and works alongside an all-new 95 mm throttle body, dual fuel system, two engine controllers, and a custom crankshaft made from high-strength alloy. These components work alongside the same block, head, pistons, and connecting rods as the LT4.

The figures are something to behold. Chevrolet quotes 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, enough to accelerate the ZR1 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds and to a top speed beyond 337 km/h.

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Chevrolet Had An Hilarious Codename For The Corvette ZR1’s Engine 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, GM, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


The LT5, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 may not be the twin-turbo mill many were expecting but it is still a very special engine and Chevrolet knows it.

During development of the new powertrain, Chevrolet engineers tried to keep the project a closely-guarded secret and thus thought up a particularly ‘colorful’ codename for the new LT5.

Speaking to Automotive News, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juecther revealed that the company stamped ‘BAS’ on the supercharger, rather than ‘Corvette ZR1’. In doing so, the engineers thought they could trick their fellow workers into thinking it was a development of the Belt Alternator System, currently used by a diesel engine from GM.

However, to those who knew the truth, ‘BAS’ did not stand for ‘Belt Alternator System’ and was instead an acronym for ‘Big A** Supercharger’. Fitting.

Compared to the supercharger of the LT4, the LT5’s is 52 per cent larger and works alongside an all-new 95 mm throttle body, dual fuel system, two engine controllers, and a custom crankshaft made from high-strength alloy. These components work alongside the same block, head, pistons, and connecting rods as the LT4.

The figures are something to behold. Chevrolet quotes 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, enough to accelerate the ZR1 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds and to a top speed beyond 337 km/h.

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Safety Group Expresses Concerns About GM’s Marketplace App 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in GM, Reports, Tech on 12 8th, 2017


A prominent safety group has expressed concerns about GM’s recently-announced Marketplace app.

The application allows GM owners to use the vehicle’s onboard WiFi to browse through various outlets, including Starbucks, Priceline, and Dunkin Donuts, and place orders.

However, the National Safety Council claims the application will only contribute to distracted driving and potentially increase fatalities.

“There’s nothing about this that’s safe. If this is why they want Wi-Fi in the car, we’re going to see fatality numbers go up even higher than they are now,” National Safety Council president Deborah Hersman told Bloomberg.

Upon unveiling the app, GM was proud to boast about it being the “industry’s first commerce platform for on-demand reservations and purchases” and intends on rolling it out to roughly four million drivers in the United States within the next 12 to 18 months.

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GM And HSV Announce Camaro SS And Silverado HD Heading To Australia Next Year 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, GM, HSV on 12 7th, 2017


General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles have reached an agreement which will ensure the latter company remains active following the death of the rear-wheel drive Holden Commodore.

Described as a “pivotal moment” in HSV’s history, the agreement paves the way for an assortment of new vehicles to come to Australia. There will be two “product streams” and the first will consist of the familiar vehicle enhancement program that is offered on existing Holden vehicles.

An example of this is the new HSV SportsCat which is based on the Holden Colorado. The model features an all-new front fascia with a revised grille, tow hooks, and LED fog lights. Other notable features include new fender flares, a retuned suspension, and an increased ride height.

Power is provided by a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that produces up to 197 hp (147 kW) and 368 lb-ft (500Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The second product stream is more exciting as it will see HSV launch all-new vehicles in Australia. These include the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD which will retain their bow-tie badging.

On the Silverado side, HSV will offer 4×4 Crew Cab variants of the 2500HD WT, 2500HD LTZ, 2500HD LTZ Midnight Edition, 2500HD LTZ Custom Sport Edition, and 3500HD LTZ. All of the models will come equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel V8 engine that produces approximately 445 hp (332 kW) and 910 lb-ft (1,234 Nm) of torque. The engine will be paired a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The Camaro, on the other hand, will arrive in 2018 in 2SS guise. The model will have a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces up to 455 hp (340 kW) and 453 lb-ft (615 Nm) of torque. Unfortunately for performance fans, it will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The model will come nicely equipped with HID headlights, a rear spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear Eagle tires. The Camaro also has heated / ventilated leather sport seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system.

According to HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson, “This marks a whole new era for HSV and Holden and I hope our customers are as excited as we are. HSV is moving beyond simply ‘hotting up’ existing models, and customers will see two product streams from HSV over the next few years.”

His sentiments were echoed by Holden Managing Director Mark Bernhard who remarked, “Today is a great day for Holden and HSV, but even more importantly, for our customers”.

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GM Rolls Out Its New Marketplace App, Will Allow Drivers To Order Coffee From Their Car 5
Dec
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.”

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GM Was Reportedly Losing $12,000 On Every Opel Ampera-E 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, GM, opel, Opel Ampera-e, PSA, Reports on 12 4th, 2017


In the short time that the Opel Ampera-e was sold in Europe under GM ownership, the carmaker was reportedly losing 10,000 euros ($11,900) on every vehicle it sold.

On the back of reports that PSA wants a refund of almost $1 billion from GM following its purchase of the Opel brand, Reuters has uncovered the costs which GM was sustaining when selling the European variant of the Chevrolet Bolt.

As Inside EVs reports, this isn’t good for PSA. When negotiating a deal with General Motors, the French multinational manufacturer would have thought the Opel Ampera-e could play an important role in it reducing emissions across Europe to meet stringent standards. However, the company is now left in a position of losing extraordinary amounts of money in continuing to sell the Ampera-e or killing off the vehicle and risk failing to meet EU emissions regulations.

On paper, the Opel Ampera-e has all the right figures to be an exceptionally popular EV available to the masses. In September, a pair of journalists in Germany were able to travel 754.9 km (469 miles) on a single charge with the Ampera-e, despite the hatchback ‘only’ having a NEDC estimated range of 520 km (323 miles).

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