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GM Boosting Bolt EV Production as Demand Surges

CEO Barra asking Congress to expand electric-car tax credits.

by on Mar.08, 2018

There's significant room to expand Chevy Bolt EV production at GM's Orion Assembly Plant.

General Motors plans to expand production of its first long-range battery-car, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, CEO Mary Barra said during an energy conference in Houston.

The Bolt has experienced stronger than expected demand in recent months, some analysts suggesting that is the result of the slow ramp-up of production for Tesla’s own mainstream EV, the Model 3.

Plug In Now!

Demand has also been buoyed by $7,500 federal tax credits that bring the base price of the Bolt down below $30,000. But under the current rules, GM is expected to soon see the credits phase out, something that could cut into demand, leading Barra to say that, “We feel tax credits should be expanded so our customers continue to receive the benefits going forward.”


Opinion: Mid-Engine Corvette: Too Little, Too Late?

Our veteran spy photographer says electric drive is the way to go.

by on Mar.02, 2018

Off to a rocky start? Our spy photographer thinks GM is on the wrong path with its mid-engine Vette.

Drop the mid-engine Corvette. Now.

It’s time for GM to stop its development of an icon vehicle, the 20?? mid-engine Corvette. Yes, the long, long overdeveloped car that has diverted GM’s innovational (?) attention for over 25 years. The car could be way behind what is happening in the 2-seat racing-type model of today.

Automotive Insight!

Huge changes are ongoing in the automobile business. We all see that. Car companies are formed and reformed, replaced, absorbed. New technologies are in huge development – autonomous cars and trucks are surely on the way. Electrics are moving – in some instances, shoved – on the scene, replacing the internal combustion engine.


GM’s Barra Optimistic NAFTA Will Survive; Won’t Pull Silverado Out of Mexico

"I'm very confident NAFTA will be modernized."

by on Jan.14, 2018

Renegotiating NAFTA will be "good for all three countries" in the deal, said GM CEO Barra.

Even as Fiat Chrysler gets ready to pull its full-size pickup truck production out of Mexico, General Motors CEO Mary Barra told reporters over the weekend that GM will continue building its own trucks South of the Border.

Barra, who had briefly served on President Donald Trump’s corporate advisory council until it was disbanded early last year, has been one of the business world’s more vocal supporters of the controversial Commander-in-Chief’s economic policies. And she again defended the administration’s efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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“I’m very confident NAFTA will be modernized and it will be very good for all three countries,” Barra said during a scrum following the debut of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.


First Look: Chevy Lifts Veil Off the Corvette ZR1 in Dubai

The “King Kong” Corvette is the fastest, most powerful version ever…but more is in store.

by on Nov.13, 2017

At 755 hp and with a top speed of 755, the 2019 ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever.

The Corvette rumor mill has been buzzing at an intense pace in recent months, with something big expected to come out before the end of the year. And so it has. Though the big news isn’t the long-awaited, mid-engine Vette, the C7 variant making its debut at the Dubai Motor Show is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes as close as ever to giving foreign supercar brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini a real run for the money – and, indeed, at $130,000, this 755 horsepower King Kong Corvette is a veritable bargain.

Inside News!

“Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, during the ZR1’s Dubai, Dubai Debut.


Chevy Goes Big at SEMA Show With Luke Bryan’s Suburban

Custom ute focuses on Bryan's outdoors-oriented lifestyle.

by on Oct.31, 2017

Chevrolet customized a 2017 Chevy Suburban for country music star Luke Bryan.

It is “SEMA Week” in Las Vegas and Chevrolet has put together a display that features more than 20 concept and production vehicles, including a special edition of the ever-popular Chevrolet Suburban developed for country music star Luke Bryan.

Bryan introduced the Suburban, which includes a crate engine system and accessories that reflecting his “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” outlook.

Auto Show News!

“Chevy has been part of our family and a part of our work life on the farm for as long as I can remember,” said Bryan. “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy — and I’m a longtime Suburban owner. (more…)

Chevy Marks 100 Years of Pickups With Two Special Centennial Editions

Original One-Ton model was cobbled together by factory workers.

by on Sep.28, 2017

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Edition.

It’s coming up on 100 years since some Chevy workers cobbled together a handful of parts to create the One-Ton, the bowtie brands first pickup truck, and the Detroit automaker is launching a 100-day celebration to mark the centennial.

The festivities include the debut of two special-edition models, Centennial Edition versions of both the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado trucks. Among other things, the two models get a variety of nice touches, such as chrome trim, tow hooks and mirror caps. They also showcase various versions of the familiar bowtie logo Chevy has used over the years.

Keep on Truckin'!

“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us,” said the brand’s truck marketing and advertising chief Sandor Piszar. “It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.”


Chevy Makes Big Bet on Smaller Equinox

Chevy formula means less is more.

by on Aug.25, 2017

Less weight, fewer cylinders, shorter body. It adds up to more from the '18 Chevy Equinox.

It seems like every time an automaker introduces a new version of an old car or truck they immediately begin by telling us just how much bigger it is than the outgoing model. That “midsize” Chevrolet Colorado? It’s nearly the same size as a full-size Silverado was a few generations back.

So, imagine our surprise when Chevy rolled out the new-for-2018 Equinox and began bragging how much smaller it is than the old crossover-utility vehicle: four inches shorter, 400 pounds lighter – and its biggest powertrain now has two fewer cylinders, as well.

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Now, not everything has been downsized. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox manages to deliver the same interior space for both passengers and cargo as before and that focus on lightweighting is one reason that the new model delivers up to more than 40 miles per gallon, depending upon which of the three engine options you choose.


Driver Assistance Tech Saving Lives, Preventing Crashes

Study finds big benefits from Lane Warning, Blind Spot Detection.

by on Aug.23, 2017

Cars using Lane Departure Warning typically use cameras to spot lane markers.

New, high-tech driver assistance systems like Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Detection, or LDW and BLIS, are helping sharply reduce the number of crashes on U.S. roadways, in the process curbing injuries and reducing deaths.

Those and other technologies, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, are becoming increasingly common on today’s new vehicles and two new studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggest they may have been a factor in the recent decline in U.S. automotive fatalities.

Safety News!

Some safety experts believe that what are collectively known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, are critical in offsetting an epidemic of distracted driving crashes, though there are also concerns that motorists might come to rely too heavily on the technologies and not be as vigilant as possible.


First Drive: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Room and refinement help second-generation midsize SUV stand out.

by on Aug.16, 2017

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will hit showrooms later this year with a slew of upgrades and a new transmission.

We’ve all used the term, “dog years,” to talk about how fast some things age. Nowhere does that better apply than an automobile. And these days, new vehicles seem to age faster and faster because there’s more and more competition. So, it’s a surprise that General Motors let its Chevrolet Traverse grow so old.

First introduced in late 2009 as a 2010 model, it’s as old as anything in the midsize SUV segment, not exactly a plus these days. But if we had to wait, it’s good to see what Chevy is finally bringing to market for 2018. The second-generation Traverse is bigger and roomier, yet lighter and more fuel-efficient, quick and reasonable nimble, and it offers a lot of appealing new features and a level of overall refinement missing from the original version.

Product News!

Or so we found out during a family getaway earlier this month making the five-hour run to Michigan’s favorite summer resort, the lakeside Traverse City, and back. The drive wasn’t perfect. We did experience one annoying problem – a rattle – in our late prototype along the way, though one that Chevy engineers already knew about and promise to have fixed before the ’18 models roll into showrooms. (more…)

Chevy Has Big Plans for Bigger Traverse

GM’s largest brand wants to boost sales, drive up transaction prices.

by on Aug.09, 2017

The Chevrolet Traverse tied with its siblings, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, as the most American vehicle on the market in a recent study.

When Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2018 Traverse earlier this year, it revealed a three-row ute that is larger in just about every dimension. The question is whether it will grow larger in the column that matters most to Chevy’s bookkeepers.

Compared to the midsize SUV segments dominant nameplates, like the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer, the Traverse has been a relative afterthought. But Chevy is hoping that the significant upgrades it’s making will sharply boost demand in the coming year, especially at a time when utility vehicles continue to gain momentum even as the overall U.S. automotive market slips into the doldrums after three years of record sales.

The Inside Story!

Officials with General Motors are so confident about the new model, in fact, that they’re studying ways to squeeze more utes out of the Lansing, Michigan plant Traverse shares with midsize offerings from the Buick and GMC brands, the brand’s marketing chief told during a briefing on the all-new 2018 model.