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First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado RST Crew Cab

Laden with new tech, plenty of power and impressively quiet.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.09, 2018

GM is counting on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado RST to be competitive in the full-size pickup sales battle.

The auto industry is a global industry and highly competitive. But few segments of the business are anywhere near as competitive as the pickup truck market in U.S. where Ford, Ram, Chevrolet and their respective corporate managers are engaged in intense contest for sales and bragging rights.

The contest of has gotten even more intense lately as all three manufacturers have introduced new trucks.

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I recently got to drive the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado – a four-wheel-drive RST Crew Cab Silverado to be precise – and it is far cry from the old trucks that have helped make the American pickup into something of a legend and the object of enormous affection and desire. (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

Power, capability and luxury in one package.

by Joseph Szczesny on Aug.27, 2018

The 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom Sport Crew Cab offers plenty of power and luxury.

The chances of diesel power gaining a foothold in the U.S. light-vehicle market probably died for good when the Volkswagen scandal erupted three years ago.

But diesels have maintained a substantial fan base in the pickup truck market where Ram, Ford and General Motors all offer diesel versions of their trucks and have developed loyal customers, who like the vehicles for their combination of power and efficiency.

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Indeed, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with a Duramax engine that I got to drive recently was a most impressive vehicle. The cab was very comfortable and well-furnished and the truck itself was quiet, surprisingly quiet, and maneuverable for a large vehicle that was purposely built to be at home in wide open spaces and on chaotic construction sites where parking is probably catch as catch can. (more…)

Wahlberg Jumps into Auto Business, Buys Chevy Dealership

Actor and entrepreneur expands his business holdings.

by Michael Strong on Jul.20, 2018

Actor Mark Wahlberg is adding a Chevrolet dealership in Ohio to his growing business empire.

There is a new Chevrolet dealer in Columbus, Ohio who has the potential to produce some of the best new car ads ever: Mark Wahlberg.

The man who hyped Calvin Klein underwear as a young rapper has since become a top-grossing actor with a burgeoning business empire anchored by the famous Wahlburger restaurant franchise.

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Wahlberg is partnering with Michigan-based dealer Jay Feldman, who owns eight Chevy dealerships in southeast and mid-Michigan, according to Associated Press. They say they’ve been friends for several years and became partners in Wahlburgers restaurants in Cleveland and Georgia.

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Chevy Express Getting New Safety Tech for 2019

Upgrades come as City Express model phased out.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jul.10, 2018

GM's Wentzville, Missouri plant will continue building the Chevy Express full-size van.

Even as it prepares to halt sales of one Chevrolet van by the end of the year, General Motors plans to upgrade 2019 Chevy Express models, including the Cargo, Cutaway and Passenger version, with new safety features, including lane departure warning, forward collision alert system and a theft deterrent system to prevent unauthorized entry.

The Chevrolet Express is a full-size van, compared to the Chevrolet City Express compact van, which GM currently sources from Nissan and is now scheduled to be discontinued after the 2018 model year.

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The first-generation Express ran from the 1996–2002 model years and was based on the GMT 600 platform. In 2003, a facelifted model was launched on what is known as the GMT 610 platform. This updated model remains on sale, albeit the range has undergone a few updates to powertrain and minor styling changes.  (more…)

Chevy Spruces Up Volt for 2019

New model charges twice as fast.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jul.02, 2018

Surviving its much-rumored death, the new 2019 Chevy Volt arrives this fall.

For months word has circulated that General Motors was preparing to kill one of the cars that helped launch the company’s resurgence  from bankruptcy, the Chevrolet Volt.

But GM is making a game effort to silence the chatter with the announcement of a series of technical and equipment changes to what will be the 2019 version of the Chevrolet Volt, starting with a new 7.2 kW charging system the cuts recharging times nearly in half and power seats. The change in the charging system will almost double the all-electric driving range per hour of electric charge, Chevrolet said.

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The changes will take effect this fall and could be one last effort to save the Volt from extinction. (more…)

UAW Blasts GM’s Plan to Build Chevy Blazer in Mexico

Union notes that second shift at Lordstown plant was just cut.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jun.25, 2018

The new Chevy Blazer will hit showrooms early next year and will be built in Mexico.

The United Auto Workers wasted no time attacking General Motors’ plans to build the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico.

GM’s confirmation the new Blazer would be built in Mexico came just as blue-collar workers assigned to the second shift at the automaker’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio were completing their last day of work before being idled by the company’s decision to reduce production of the Chevrolet Cruze.

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“This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, who is now in charge of the union’s GM Department. Dittes took over the GM Department following the union’s constitutional convention earlier this month. (more…)

First Look: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Automaker looks to fortify SUV line-up with new model.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jun.22, 2018

Chevrolet introduces the 2019 Blazer Thursday, June 21, 2018 during a special event in Atlanta, Georgia.

General Motors offered a look at its 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, which it hopes will fortify its line-up of crossover vehicles.

The new 2019 Blazer offers a more expressive design, more functionality and more of the latest technology for to help protect the driver and bolster connectivity in an effort to compete in the increasingly crowded crossover segment.

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“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. (more…)

Chevrolet Adds Performance Package to Suburban Line-Up

New version gets 6.2-liter V8 putting out 420 horsepower.

by Joseph Szczesny on May.08, 2018

For 2019 the Chevy Suburban gets an upgrade: the RST Performance package.

For the past 43 years, Chevrolet has been the leader in one of the most lucrative segments in the automotive business — full-size sport utility vehicles.

Combined Chevy Suburban, the granddaddy of all full-size SUVs, and the Chevy Tahoe account for nearly one out of every two full-size SUVs sold. Tahoe and Suburban customers are also the most loyal owners in the segment, with 77% of owners replacing their full-size SUV with another Tahoe or Suburban.

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Now Chevrolet is planning to bolster its claim by offering the new Suburban RST Performance Package. Featuring a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration and a new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission, the Suburban RST Performance Package brings a seamless blend of style and performance to Chevy’s portfolio of full-size SUVs, according to Chevy executives. (more…)

GM Getting the Weight Out with 3D Printing

Technology could mean lighter, strong vehicles, but challenges remain.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on May.03, 2018

The technology could reduce the weight of a future Chevy Bolt - and simplify assembly.

Since the earliest days of the auto industry, manufacturers have stamped, forged, cast and molded most of the parts that go into their products, but the search for lighter cars and trucks is forcing them to search for alternative approaches.

Working with the software company Autodesk, General Motors is exploring the potential of using additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, and may introduce the technology on one of the more than 20 new battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles it plans to bring to market over the next five years. And it isn’t alone. Niche manufacturers, such as Swedish hypercar company Koenigsegg, as well as major manufacturers BMW and Ford, are also exploring ways to utilize 3D printing.

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“This disruptive technology provides tremendous advancements in how we can design and develop components for our future vehicles to make them lighter and more efficient, said GM Vice President Ken Kelzer, head of the automaker’s Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems.

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Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages to Your Car, as Well as Your Home

New program available to millions of GM and Volvo owners.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Apr.24, 2018

An Amazon driver uses a smartphone app to open the trunk on a Chevrolet Bolt EV.

More than 100 million people, half of them in the U.S., now subscribe to online retail giant Amazon Prime. The $99-a-year service not only offers free delivery on most packages to a customer’s home but is now adding a new twist: customers can have packages delivered to the trunk of their vehicles.

The In-Car Delivery program will be available, starting today, to millions of owners of General Motors and Volvo vehicles in 37 U.S. cities. To use the service, a customer will simply choose “in-car delivery” among the various options Amazon offers.

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“At Amazon, we are always working to make our customers’ lives easier and starting today….Prime members now have another way to ensure their packages are safe and secure—all for no additional cost,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon.

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