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Chevy Going Cuckoo for Crossovers!

Plans call for a new model slotted between Traverse, Equinox.

by on Jul.20, 2015

Chevrolet is looking to add another crossover into its line-up after 2017. The newbie will be a short-wheelbase version of the Traverse, reports says.

Chevrolet is looking to exploit the growing demand for crossovers by wedging a fourth one into its lineup between the Traverse and smaller Equinox.

Following the example of several other automakers, the brand will add a yet-to-be-named fourth model sometime after 2017, according to Automotive News.

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In order to do so, the Equinox will be downsized a bit and the Traverse will remain a full-size, seven-seat model, reports claim. The new model will, in essence, be a short-wheelbased version of the Traverse, the report said. General Motors officials have declined to comment on the possibility. (more…)

Canadian Workers Reject Demand for Concessions

Has Canada become “the most expensive place in the world to build a car”?

by on Aug.15, 2012

High Canadian labor costs have led GM to move production of the Chevrolet Equinox from Oshawa, Ontario to Spring Hill, TN.

Negotiations between Detroit’s three automaker and the Canadian Auto Workers Union have gotten underway in Toronto. And with the CAW’s contract with the automakers expiring in mid-September there could be trouble ahead.

The talks are expected to be difficult because the rising value of the Canadian dollar has made General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler plants more expensive to operate – leading the makers to hint they’ll press for new concessions. But CAW leaders are clearly reluctant to depart from the traditional contract elements, such as an annual wage increase, in favor of profit sharing, which the American car makers are expected to demand.

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Ken Lewenza, CAW president, also has indicated he is dissatisfied with the Canadian government failure to come to the aid of the country’s auto industry. Other industrial nations, including the United States, have found ways to help their auto industry, he noted in an opinion piece he wrote for a Canadian newspaper. Canada has done little since participating in the auto bailout in 2009.


Demand Surging for Highest-Mileage GM Models

All-time record for models getting 30 mpg+.

by on Apr.03, 2012

GM says demand is surging for high-mileage models like the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

The surge in fuel prices has led to a huge shift in buyer demand, according to General Motors, the maker reporting it sold more high-mileage models than ever last month.

Demand for products delivering 30 mpg or better has grown so much GM recently had to up incentives on less efficient V-6 versions of several crossover-utility vehicles because it was running out of higher-mileage four-cylinder models.

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“GM’s strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.

With the industry set to report March sales later today, GM gave a hint of what is happening as the market responds to $4 gas.  Sales of the 12 models it offers in the U.S. getting at least 30 mpg will total more than 100,000 for the month, an all-time record, the company said.


Equinox Highlights the General’s Improvements

Chevy’s cute ute is a giant step forward, but small V-6 needs updating

by on Mar.27, 2012

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Of all the new vehicles General Motors introduced in the last four years, it could be this compact crossover where the automaker has shown the biggest turnaround.

This Equinox’s predecessor showed typical GM cost cutting. The interior was flimsy, poorly finished and full of hard plastics and lacked attention to detail. Its engines, particularly the V-6, lacked power and were coarse. And the styling was just blah. As was typical GM, it looked like a vehicle that GM had just gone through the motions to produce, so it could just get it done and into dealerships.

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Contrast that with this current version. It’s styled well enough to stand toe to toe with best small sport utes on the planet. Its base engine carries some of the most advanced technology of any engines made today. And the interior, while still mostly made of stiff plastics, is simply beautiful.


Short on I-4 Equinox, GM Offers Big Cash on V-6s

As fuel prices soar buyers shift demand.

by on Mar.13, 2012

An uphill battle? Chevy is offering hefty incentives to get Equinox buyers to shift to the bigger V-6.

General Motors is pumping up the incentives it’s offering on the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.  That might seem odd considering the maker is struggling to keep up with demand for the two CUVs – but the $1,000 givebacks apply only to the slow-selling V-6 versions.

The maker is hoping to convince some buyers to switch in order to ease the shortage of the I-4 Equinox and Terrain models.  The $1,000 in cash all but offsets the $1,500 premium for the more powerful – if lower mileage – V-6 options.

As reported today, there’s a wholesale shift in the market as motorists downsize the vehicles they pick and the powertrains they opt for.  Small cars have gained significant ground in recent months, climbing from 17.9% of the overall U.S. market as recently as December to 23% in February, according to

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Meanwhile, consumers are rapidly abandoning V-8s for V-6s in big trucks, where available, and shifting from sixes to fours in smaller products, such as the Equinox and Terrain.  The overall result is that the fuel economy of the average new car, truck and crossover set an all-time record last month.


GM Launching Volt in China

Meanwhile, GM production set to resume in Spring Hill.

by on Nov.23, 2011

The Chevrolet Volt was first shown in China at Shanghai's Expo 2010.

General Motors Co. has set up distribution of the American-made Chevrolet Volt in China – the plug-in hybrid set to go on sale at 13 Shanghai GM Chevrolet dealerships in eight Chinese cities, including the Chinese capitol, Beijing, as well as Shanghai itself, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Foshan.

The Chevy Volt will be one of the rare U.S. exports to the booming Asian nation – now the world’s largest automotive market.  Most cars sold in China are produced in-country, with the market dominated by joint ventures pairing local and foreign makers such as the alliance between GM and Shanghai-based SAIC.

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The Chinese will see a sticker price of $75,533, or 498,000 RMB, for what GM prefers to call an extended-range electric vehicle. The Volt is designed to deliver more than 40 miles per charge of its lithium-ion battery pack.  It then can continue driving by firing up a small gasoline engine.

GM made the announcement of the distribution of the Volt in China as part of the company’s  participation in Auto Guangzhou 2011. Two of GM’s joint ventures, Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling, are displaying more than 30 vehicles from the Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and the new Baojun brands.


Sportage Shows Kia’s Styling Growth

Small sport ute is beautifully designed, but please, fix the ride.

by on Feb.10, 2011

Kia's new Sportage continues the automaker's recent trend toward building stylish vehicles.

For the better part of two decades Kia has made progressively better cars, but the design and styling still lagged.

The designs were often boring (previous generation Sportage) and sometimes strangely ornate (Amanti).

Not many people looked at a Kia, any Kia, and said “Wow, I want to drive that.”

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That is changing rapidly. The latest Optima is a smartly styled mid-size sedan. The Soul is a funky little box, the type of shape that hipsters love. And now, Kia has an swoopy new Sportage small crossover.

Kia says the new Sportage design takes its – sorry about this – cue from the Kue concept that was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Well, OK. That sleek two-door concept did have a high beltline and a low roof, much like the new Sportage, but after that, they don’t have all that much in common.

GMC Terrain Review

More than an Equinox clone.

by on Sep.10, 2010

GMC's Terrain is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox, but unique sheetmetal gives it a completely different look.

There was a time when it seemed General Motors was content to slap a different grille on the front and a different sticker on the back and sell the same car under three or four different brands. A Chevrolet Uplander minivan was the same as a Pontiac Montana, not to mention the Buick Terraza and Saturn Relay.

In fact, this GMC Terrain illustrates how GM is now going about what many have derisively called “badge engineering.” The Terrain is a twin of the new Chevrolet Equinox, but you’d hardly notice based on the sheetmetal.

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Where the Equinox has a sleek look, the GMC version is blocky and angular. It’s safe to say that those who find the Equinox appealing probably won’t care for the Equinox and vice versa.

In reality, the two vehicles’ hardpoints, such as the wheelbase, windshield and door openings are all the same.

Shooting From the Lip: Bob Lutz Says Farewell

His legacy will be GM's future.

by on Apr.21, 2010

Will retirement end the 50-year career of "Maximum" Bob Lutz, or just serve as a starting point for new ventures?

Old soldiers don’t die.  In some cases, they don’t even fade away.

Officially, Bob Lutz is about to retire, ending a nearly decade-long run with General Motors, and close to half a century in the auto industry.  But as he demonstrated during a “farewell” interview with, the 79-year-old former Marine pilot isn’t going out quietly.  Indeed, one is left to wonder whether Lutz is going at all.

Certainly, the impact of his tenure as “car czar” will be felt for some time at General Motors.  The dramatic restructuring of the automaker’s product development system has produced an array of hot-selling models at a company that had, when Lutz first arrived, in late 2001, become bloated, inefficient and content with mediocrity.

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“Old (and) ossified,” is the way he describes the General Motors that was, rather rapidly, heading towards bankruptcy.  It was a place where the head of styling had almost no say over the company’s designs, and where top management was convinced that cars could be designed and marketed the same way as toothpaste and shaving cream.


General Motors Bumping Up Production

Other makers following GM’s lead.

by on Apr.06, 2010

With some models, like this Chevrolet Equinox, posting triple-digit sales gains, General Motors is boosting production. And other makers, including Ford and Toyota are following, GM's lead.

Stronger sales have prompted General Motors Company to push forward plans to boost production.  (See General Motor’s March Sales up 21%)

The latest signal came this week when GM announced plans to add 100 workers at a transmission plant in Warren, Michigan, which is used for building the six-speed automatic gearbox used in vehicles such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse, Malibu and Impala, Buick LaCrosse, Enclave and Lucerne and GMC Acadia and Terrain.

Through the first three months of the year, U.S. sales for Equinox have risen 130%, compared to the same period last year.  LaCrosse sales are up 197% and Terrain sales are up 245%, compared to the vehicle it replaced, the Pontiac Torrent.

Overall GM’s sales increased 20% but that number is misleading, since it doesn’t account for the fact that the maker has abandoned four brands since emerging from bankruptcy, last year.  Sales at its surviving, core brands, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC, soared 43% in March.

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Susan Docherty, GM’s vice president of marketing, contends the 43% increase demonstrates that the company’s turnaround plan was working.  If nothing else, it means that the maker needs to respond where demand is now exceeding supply.