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GMC Riding High with 2017 Acadia

Brand transitioning to smaller version of popular crossover.

by on May.12, 2016

GMC is taking things a step farther with its new Acadia: the new verion has a model that can go off-road.

The boom in truck sales across the United States has helped transform GMC in a retail powerhouse.

“We have a lot of momentum behind,” noted Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of sales and marketing. “We have the highest average transaction price of any no-premium brand in the industry.”

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The success of GMC’s upscale Denali sub-brand is now 30% of the GMC sales and has helped boost GMC transaction prices, he noted. More success is expected in 2016, which has gotten off to a promising start with GMC sales up 2.5% through April. (more…)

GMC Teases New Acadia Ahead of NAIAS Debut

SUV shifts to smaller platform.

by on Jan.08, 2016

GMC teases the major makeover of the Acadia SUV it has coming for 2017.

With the first media preview at the North American International Auto Show just days away, automakers are releasing an array of teaser images to get everyone excited about what’s to come. That includes GMC which has sent us this close-up of the back end of the 2017 Acadia.

It can’t come soon enough for General Motors’ truck division. Along with sibling utes, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia has gone without a significant update for a decade, an unexpectedly long time in an industry where change is coming at an ever-faster pace.

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For 2017, the GMC Acadia will migrate to an all-new platform that will be smaller than the one now in use – and which will be shared with a new Chevrolet model to slot above the current Equinox line.


Buick, GMC Plan Nine New or Updated Models

Brands hope to accelerate pace of growth.

by on Sep.21, 2012

A new version of the Buick Enclave, one nine new models coming from the luxury brand and sibling GMC.

Buick and GMC will introduce nine new or significantly updated models over the next 12 months, starting this autumn with completely redone versions of the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers.

At GMC, the new additions to the product line will include the rebirth of the Canyon midsized pickup truck, which will be built in Wentzville, Missouri. Last month, General Motors closed an assembly plant in Shreveport, Louisiana that had been producing its smaller trucks. The timing for the all-new GMC Canyon’s launch will be announced later.

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The return of the Canyon runs counter to recent industry trends.  Ford, for example, abandoned its long-in-the-tooth Ranger, Chrysler also got out of the midsize truck market.  But, “We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the needs of many pickup buyers,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing.


First Look: 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali

Aiming to maintain momentum in a tough segment.

by on Feb.09, 2012

The 2013 GMC Acadia Denali makes it Chicago debut.

Chicago Auto Show-goers will be the first to get a close-up look at the updated 2013 GMC Acadia, as well as the premium spin-off, the Acadia Denali.

The two new models will likely play a critical role for GMC, now the second best-selling brand in the General Motors portfolio.  Despite its age, the outgoing Acadia crossover had its best year yet in 2011, with demand surging 16% — and half of its sales coming from customers trading in non-GM products, according to Tony DiSalle, GMC’s vice president of marketing.

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“While (traditional) trucks and SUVs will be the foundation of the GMC brand,” DiSalle said during a Chicago Auto Show preview, “we’re expanding our appeal with bold crossovers like the Acadia.”

But the big CUV will have some tough competition, facing up against domestic products of comparable or slightly smaller size like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, as well as imports ranging from the Toyota Highlander to more upscale models from European imports that also target what GMC calls the “professional grade” customer.


First Drive: Mazda CX-9

What to drive when family responsibility dictates that your sports car days be put on hold.

by on Jul.29, 2011

Mazda's CX-9 is really just a supersized sports car.

We’ve all heard it before. “You won’t catch me driving a minivan,” the raffish 20-something says. Of course, that is before the invasion of the Little People, and all of their paraphernalia, from diaper bags to portable playpens. Some have turned to sturdier-looking sport utilities and crossovers, but the stigma is even starting to attach to those.

So you’re longing for the days of BLP – before Little People – for the days when the idea of driving a vehicle with three rows of seats was unfathomable. But now there are two kids and another in the oven, so three rows are mandatory if the dreaded – and incurable – Don’t Touch My Syndrome is to be avoided.

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Mazda may have the answer. This is the Zoom-Zoom company, so it designs its cars with the goal of offering the sportiest driving experience in the segment. That includes its big three-row crossover, the CX-9.


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.”