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Infotainment Technology Getting Better, JD Power study says

Systems improve for third consecutive year.

by on Sep.14, 2018

The Ford Mustang earned the highest score in J.D. Power's 2018 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.

If you own a car built in the last decade, you’ve been there. You attempt to make a call using the hands-free system – regardless of the manufacturer – and you get a list of people the nice lady in the dashboard would like you to choose from and none of the options are the one you want.

It’s this kind of technology that is both enticing and enraging all at the same time and is most often the target of complaints by new vehicle owners. However, the folks at J.D. Power claim the user experience is getting better.

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According to the J.D. Power 2018 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study, the number of reported problems with in-car audio, communication, entertainment and navigation technologies has decreased for a third consecutive year, with several technology standouts emerging among manufacturers. (more…)

General Motors Recalling 1.2 Million Trucks, Sport-Utes

Problem causing temporary power steering failure.

by on Sep.13, 2018

GM is recalling 2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks for a problem with the truck's power steering..

General Motors is recalling more than 1.2 million full-size trucks and sport-utility vehicles to correct a steering problem causing crashes.

The company reveals that the power steering may fail and then recover due to a voltage drop in the vehicle’s electrical system. The dip makes the vehicles more susceptible to a loss of control and a crash.

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GM says it has reports of 30 incidents related to the problem, including two injuries. No deaths have been reported. (more…)

Chevy Makes Colorado ZR2 Even More of an Off-Roader with New Bison

New variant marks collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles.

by on Sep.06, 2018

The Bison marks the first collaboration between Chevy and off-road aftermarket firm AEV.

Chevy gave its Colorado pickup some serious off-road chops with last year’s introduction of the ZR2, and now it’s pushing even further with the addition of the ZR2 Bison edition.

The latest variant of the midsize truck comes out of Chevrolet’s first collaboration with premium off-road aftermarket company American Expedition Vehicles, and it turns up the heat in a niche long dominated by Toyota’s Tacoma pickup.

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“More and more enthusiasts are discovering that Colorado is ideal for off-roading, especially overland travel,” said Sandor Piszar, the director of marketing for Chevrolet’s truck operations. “Bison offers customers an even more extreme turnkey off-road truck ready to tackle your next adventure.”

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Lexus, Volvo Tie for Top Spot in New Brand Survey

Overall, consumers slightly happier with ownership experience.

by on Aug.30, 2018

Volvo tied with Lexus for the top brand honors in the latest ACSI survey, receiving its highest score ever.

Vehicle owners in the U.S. are slightly happier with their ownership experience this year than last year, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index.

The index, which is the result of surveys of car owners on their overall service and product experience with specific auto brands, creates a score between 1 to 100. According to the latest edition, the industry-wide score for 2018 is 82, up from 81 in 2017.

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“Car owners are often highly satisfied—they’ve kicked the tires enough times that they’re happy with their decision when they buy,” said David VanAmburg, managing director at ACSI.  (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

Power, capability and luxury in one package.

by on Aug.27, 2018

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom Sport Crew Cab offers plenty of power and luxury.

The chances of diesel power gaining a foothold in the U.S. light-vehicle market probably died for good when the Volkswagen scandal erupted three years ago.

But diesels have maintained a substantial fan base in the pickup truck market where Ram, Ford and General Motors all offer diesel versions of their trucks and have developed loyal customers, who like the vehicles for their combination of power and efficiency.

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Indeed, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with a Duramax engine that I got to drive recently was a most impressive vehicle. The cab was very comfortable and well-furnished and the truck itself was quiet, surprisingly quiet, and maneuverable for a large vehicle that was purposely built to be at home in wide open spaces and on chaotic construction sites where parking is probably catch as catch can. (more…)

Mercedes’ Enigmatic Teaser Appears to Preview All-Electric EQ C

“Mystic Details,” says terse news release.

by on Aug.27, 2018

What might Mercedes mean by "Mystic Details"? Could it reference the distinctive accent lights expected to show up on the production EQ C crossover.

These days, we’ve become used to receiving terse news releases from automakers teasing upcoming product launches, but the one we just received from Mercedes-Benz all but reaches the limits of brevity, with just two words accompanying this image: “Mystic Details.”

While we’re not sure what the word, mystic, references, the odds seem to favor the pic being a close-up of headlight and grille details on the new Mercedes-EQ C battery-electric vehicle that will make its debut on September 4th, the first in an all-new sub-brand the German automaker will be fleshing out over the next few years.

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Roughly the size of today’s Mercedes-Benz GLC, the EQ C will be company’s first long-range all-electric model, essentially a competitor for the Tesla Model Y crossover that is still a few years away from production. It will be followed soon after by a production version of the Mercedes EQA Concept that was revealed in June.

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Trump Misses Price on New Camaro in China — By 50 Percent

President says new Chevy costs $119K.

by on Aug.22, 2018

At a rally in West Virginia, President Trump got the price of a Camaro in China wrong, missing the mark by 50%, while trying to make a point about tariffs.

U.S. Presidents have a long history of not being in touch with the prices of day-to-day items used by Americans. After last night, Donald Trump is clearly no different.

Speaking at a Trump re-election rally in West Virginia, he told the partisan group of supporters in attendance that a new Chevrolet Camaro costs $119,000.

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“When we make a car, we sell it into China and there’s a 25% tariff and that’s just the beginning,” he said in a speech in West Virginia, adding the Camaro costs three-times as much as it sells for in the U.S. “You understand that, right? It’s all taxes, taxes and taxes. We can’t do that anymore.” (more…)

Say Goodbye: 17 Models Going Away in 2019

But some nameplates will yet return from the dead.

by on Aug.17, 2018

Death is not permanent, at least in the auto industry. Some old nameplates will return in 2019, like Ford's Ranger.

We’ll be seeing a host of new models make their debut during the 2019 model-year, including Ford’s newly reborn Ranger pickup, the brand-new Subaru Ascent SUV and complete makeovers of the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500.

But there are also plenty of familiar products that will be waving bye-bye as the 2018 model-year wraps up or at some point during the 2019 season. The obituary list is rather extensive this year and, you likely won’t be surprised to learn, it’s primarily filled with sedans, coupes and sports cars, something that reflects the ongoing shift from passenger cars to light trucks.

Stay in Sync!

That said, some of the products that might be gone or going soon could stage a comeback in the future if market trends again shift. The Ranger is a good example. Ford killed it off in 2011, anticipating the demise of the midsize pickup segment. New arrivals, like the also-reborn Chevrolet Colorado, proved there was life left in the segment. Ford is also getting set to bring back the long-absent Bronco.

Here’s a look at the U.S. models about to drive off into the sunset:

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GM Partners With Shell to Offer In-Car Payment for Gas

Pay & Save makes getting gas easier.

by on Aug.17, 2018

Using Shell's Pay & Save app, GM Marketplace users can pay for gas from their car.

It’s an increasingly “mobile” world and General Motors is looking to make it a little easier through a partnership with Shell called “Pay and Save” allowing users to pay for and get discounts on gas using an imbedded app in the infotainment system.

Using the GM’s Marketplace app, users can now locate the nearest Shell station and pay for gas without having to get more than a foot away from their vehicle and without swiping a credit card or using a smart phone to complete the transaction.

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To use this feature, users will press the Shell icon within Marketplace and select their preferred station location. After a few taps on the in-vehicle touchscreen, a code will be generated that allows the user to activate a desired pump and start fueling. Payment is then automatically charged to the payment method on file, with Fuel Rewards savings applied. (more…)

Chevy Goes Big With Engines for New Tahoe, Suburban

Company offering 6.2-liter V8 in more trim levels.

by on Aug.15, 2018

The new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus Special Editions feature the 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine.

Facing renewed competition from the new Lincoln Navigator, General Motors is taking steps to beef up the market position of two of its most profitable vehicles, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban.

Chevrolet is expanding the availability of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine within its full-size SUV line-up by introducing the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions, GM said.

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The available 6.2-liter V-8 produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes with three state-of-the-art technologies — direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing — to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. (more…)