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Child Car Heatstroke Deaths Surge; New Tech Could Help

But GMC system is far from foolproof.

by on Jun.14, 2016

The new GMC system is simple: if it senses you've opened the rear door it will issue an alert when you leave the vehicle.

A Mississippi father is facing charges of second-degree murder after leaving his infant child in an overheated car where it succumbed to heatstroke. But the death of eight-month-old Shania Caradine was far from a rare occurrence. So far, at least 12 children have reportedly died from heatstroke after being left in hot cars by their caregivers – a 240% increase from this time a year ago.

While experts say some of those incidents may have been intentional, the vast majority are considered an accident, a parent or caregiver becoming distracted or breaking from their normal routine. The challenge is to come up with a way to ensure that they don’t leave children – or other valuables – behind when they leave a vehicle.

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General Motors is offering a potential solution on its 2017 GMC Acadia SUV, a system it calls the Rear Seat Reminder. It’s designed to detect when a motorist puts something in the back seat and then issue an alert when they’re ready to exit the vehicle. Child safety experts are hailing the concept as a good first step – but they also lament the fact that several even more sophisticated systems promised over the years have failed to materialize.

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First Drive: 2017 GMC Acadia

New, smaller model gets more refined look.

by on May.27, 2016

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

In good times and bad, General Motors sport-utility vehicles have carried the company and satisfied a legion of loyal customers.

But GM has tinkered with the some of its cherished formulas as it rolls out the new 2017 GMC Acadia, which has lost 700 pounds become smaller all the way around so it compete head-to-head with vehicles such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer and even the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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In recent years, the older version of the Acadia has served as the cornerstone for the GMC product line, meaning GM is gambling the smaller, lighter version with its fresh styling, luxury appointment and latest technology can make a space for itself in a crowed but popular corners of the market. (more…)

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…)

Sun’s Up on the 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition

SUV gets same treatment as Canyon

by on Mar.21, 2016

GMC is looking to set a new sales record for its Terrain SUV in 2016 with the new Nightfall edition.

After a record sales year in 2015, GMC is giving fans of its Terrain SUV another reason to run out and buy a new one: the 2017 Terrain Nightfall edition. The new model will make its debut at the New York Auto Show later this week.

The Nightfall is a stylized special edition of the SUV combining blacked-out exterior details and wheels, with popular technologies, such as IntelliLink with available 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot, according to the brand.

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Due to arrive in dealerships this fall, it joins is truck cousins, the Canyon Nightfall and Sierra All Terrain X boasting these customized packages. (more…)

GMC Says X Marks the Spot with New Sierra All Terrain X

Truck makers keep wondering how high is up for upscale buyers.

by on Jan.27, 2016

The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X adds even more luxury to the off-road ready pickup truck segment.

First shown as a 2011 concept, the GMC Sierra All Terrain was designed to show that serious off-road-ready pickups didn’t have to be stripped to the bone.

The production version, which debuted in mid-2015, stayed true to form, offering such niceties as leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, an onboard WiFi hotspot and, of course, standard four-wheel-drive.

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Apparently that wasn’t enough for some potential buyers in a truck market that has absolutely caught fire, and General Motors’ truck brand is coming back with an even more premium version, the GMC Sierra All Terrain X, making its debut at the Houston Auto Show today. (more…)

GMC Amps up Crossover Competition with 2017 Acadia

Better mileage, more technology catapults CUV to top of class.

by on Jan.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 battle for superiority in the luxury crossover segment just got a little more fierce with the introduction of the new 2017 GMC Acadia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GMC took some chances with the new Acadia with two new powertrains – one for the fuel economy conscious and one for those who want some oomph – as well as introducing a new “off-road” model.

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“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”  (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.

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GM Set to Add Array of New Utility Vehicles

Chevrolet to get new midsize CUV.

by on Dec.29, 2015

The Cadillac XT5 at its LA debut, along with Caddy Pres. Johan de Nysschen and GM global product development director Mark Reuss.

This year’s slide in fuel prices has led to a big surge in sales of utility vehicles, whether conventional sport-utes or the newer, car-based crossovers. And General Motors plans to take advantage of that shift away from conventional sedans and coupes by adding an assortment of new utes to its line-up.

They range from downsized models, such as the soon-to-debut Buick Envision, to the big Cadillac XT5. And GM’s four U.S. brands plan to fill in as much white space as possible with either all-new utility vehicles or variants such as the GMC Acadia Denali.

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“We keep expanding the plan.” Johan de Nysschen, the president of the Cadillac brand, told TheDetroitBureau.com following the official unveiling of the new XT5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month.

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GMC Pickups Going Upscale with Denali Package Next Year

Canyon, Sierra looking to exploit demand for luxe trucks.

by on Nov.17, 2015

GM President Dan Ammann (left) and GMC VP of Sales and Marketing Duncan Aldred with the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali at its L.A. Auto Show reveal.

Everyone seems to want a really nice pickup truck these days and GMC is working to ensure that Canyon and Sierra buyers can get as both are now available in the high-end Denali package.

The package includes the signature Denali chrome grille – premium materials and the latest safety and infotainment technology. Features such as a 10-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster on the Yukon Denali series and Magnetic Ride Control on Sierra Denali are exclusive to their respective vehicle segment.

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Debuting the two new offerings at the Los Angeles Auto Show, GMC gave the media an early look at the two new models. (more…)

Chevy Colorado Gets EPA Nod as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup

First pickup to top 30 mpg on the highway.

by on Nov.09, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is the only midsize diesel - other than its near-twin GMC Canyon.

Move over Dodge Ram EcoDiesel, Chevrolet has just landed the lead in the pickup fuel-economy shootout, its new 2016 Colorado Duramax Diesel getting an EPA rating of as much as 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

That’s two mpg better than the Ram “oil burner” – though there is an asterisk: the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a full-size pickup, while the2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax falls into the midsize truck category.

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Nonetheless, “The Colorado Duramax diesel is in a league of its own,” boasted Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Colorado’s gas models already led the segment in fuel efficiency, and the new diesel…gives customers even greater freedom to go where they want with fewer fill-ups.”

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