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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…)

First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

A family resemblance.

by on Mar.29, 2012

The design of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse update picks up familial cues from the new Chevy Malibu.

Chevrolet will continue its total brand remake with a pair of important introductions at the upcoming New York Auto Show.  While we’ll have to wait a week for a closer look at the new Impala sedan, the biggest of the General Motors brands invited a handful of reporters in for a sneak peek at the updated 2013 Chevy Traverse.

As brand boss Chris Perry lifted the covers it was readily apparent that the new, 3-row crossover shares more than a passing resemblance to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, the Traverse sharing the midsize sedan’s new face, including the lower-profile headlamps and three-bar grille.  The liftgate has also been updated and results in a more appealing, if a bit more conventional crossover-style rear end.

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The interior, meanwhile, is more refined and lavishly finished.  But what may appeal just as much to the sort of families who need an 8-seater is the long-list of standard and optional safety features offered on the 2013 Chevy Traverse.  That includes blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert – and the world’s first front-center airbag, designed to reduce injuries in the event of a side-impact collision.


Chinese Buick Could Be Precursor for GM’s Reentry in U.S. Minivan Market

GM will launch new GL8 minivan on Nov. 28.

by on Nov.10, 2010

General Motors will launch the Buick GL8 for the Chinese market on Nov. 28. Could it eventually make its way to the U.S.?

Maybe General Motors’ minivans aren’t extinct. They still live in China and are about to get a makeover. Could GM also be planning a reintroduction of the boxy people movers in the U.S.?

GM isn’t talking about U.S. plans for GL8 minivan, which it continued to offer in China, even after it stopped building them for the American market in 2008.

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GM offered just two paragraphs about its planned Nov. 28 introduction of the next-generation GL8, but it’s the pictures that tell the story.


GM Recalling Nearly 250,000 Crossovers

Defective seatbelts blamed.

by on Aug.17, 2010

Nearly a quarter-million GM vehicles -- including this 2010 Buick Enclave -- are covered by the recall.

Potentially defective second-row seatbelts have led to a recall order from General Motors involving nearly a quarter-million of its most popular crossover-utility vehicles, the automaker has announced.

In all, the move impacts 243,403 2009 and 2010-model Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook CUVs, all sharing the same underlying platform and key components – including the suspect seatbelts.

The situation involves a belt latch that can inadvertently be released under certain conditions – meaning a passenger would not be properly constrained during a crash.  It is also possible that the belt buckle could receive cosmetic damage, even the latch functions properly, under certain circumstances, according to GM.

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“Because of the potential for a false-latch condition,” said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety, “we want customers to return their vehicles to have the recall repair performed as soon as possible.”