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No carbon fiber was harmed in the making of new 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition
Sep 12, 2014 - 5:30 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Truck, GMC, Design/Style



Carbon fiber is known for its properties of combining amazing strength with extremely low weight, and its frequent use in high performance vehicles gives the material a somewhat aggressive air. GMC is hoping to play on some of that mean reputation with its upcoming trio of Sierra Carbon Editions. However, despite their name, there's no actual carbon making its way onto these trucks (at least in the form of CF). Instead, the special edition is a graphics package with some extra equipment thrown in.

All three specials are based on the 2015 Sierra 1500 and can be ordered in two- or four-wheel drive configuration and with the standard 4.3-liter V6 or optional 5.3-liter V8. Things kick off with the standard Sierra Carbon Edition for $33,075, including destination, available only on the double cab body. Buyers get a black grille, carbon fiber decals on the hood and tailgate and body color trim for the door handles and mirror caps. The edition also adds keyless entry, a 110-volt outlet and LED cargo box lighting.

Buyers wanting just a touch more style can opt for the Carbon 20 Edition on the SLE double cab that gets the same exterior tweaks, plus 20-inch aluminum wheels, and retails for $38,275. Finally, there is the Carbon 22 Edition starting at $42,270 on the SLE in double- or crew cab models. It adds further black 22-inch wheels, tubular side steps, fog lights, keyless start, a universal home remote, dual-zone climate control and 110-volt outlet.

If you feel like the faux carbon fiber look is worth it, the double cab models are available for order now, and crew cab variants can be reserved in early October. Deliveries of both are expected later this fall. Scroll down for the full announcement.Continue reading No carbon fiber was harmed in the making of new 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition

No carbon fiber was harmed in the making of new 2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Chevy Colorado configurator goes live as GM touts fuel efficiency
Sep 03, 2014 - 1:40 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Truck, Work, Chevrolet, GMC, Off-Road



While the news of today is destined to be dominated by a certain plucky Japanese roadster, props to Chevrolet and GMC for announcing its own significant bit of news about their newest pickup twins, the midsize Colorado and Canyon. The two GM-owned brands announced that the twins' 3.6-liter V6 will return up to 26 miles per gallon on the freeway.

To get such efficiency from the 305-horsepower mill, you'll need to live without four-wheel drive and be okay with a max city fuel economy of 18 mpg. The combined rating for the 2WD model sits at 21 mpg. Adding four-wheel drive drops the city and combined ratings by one mpg, while the highway rating dips from 26 to 24 mpg.

As for the twins' eagerly anticipated 2.8-liter diesel engine, it's destined for model year 2016, meaning we've got a ways to go before its efficiency and output are certified.

In other Colorado news, Chevy has launched the new pickup's configurator ahead of the truck's release later this fall. Its sister company, GMC, hasn't done the same for the Canyon (as of this writing), although we doubt a release is too far off.

Take a look below for the press release touting the new trucks' fuel economy, and then head over and build your very own Colorado at Chevy's consumer website.Continue reading Chevy Colorado configurator goes live as GM touts fuel efficiency

Chevy Colorado configurator goes live as GM touts fuel efficiency originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Weekly Recap: Auto execs face life in prison for recall delays under proposed legisla
Aug 09, 2014 - 11:10 AM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Government/Legal, Bentley, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, GMC, Luxury


The stiff punishments are part of broader transportation legislation, but clearly McCaskill has automakers in her sights.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill threw down the gauntlet this week, proposing a bill that could send auto executives to prison for life if they were found to have delayed a recall. She also wants to eliminate the limit for fines for auto safety violations, which are currently capped at $35 million.

The stiff punishments are part of broader transportation legislation, but clearly McCaskill has automakers in her sights. "Painful recent examples at Toyota and GM have shown us we also must make it easier to hold accountable those who jeopardize consumers' safety," she said in a statement announcing the bill.

The legislation, if passed, would give more teeth to federal laws and strengthen prosecutors' ability to pursue offenders. McCaskill, a second-term Democrat, noted that the current law's criminal provision has never been used by prosecutors. Even Toyota - which was slapped with a record $1.2 billion fine in March in its unintended acceleration case - was technically prosecuted for wire fraud, which allowed for a higher financial penalty than an auto safety violation. The possible life sentence for an executive could come into play if a company delayed a recall for a problem that caused a fatal accident.Continue reading Weekly Recap: Auto execs face life in prison for recall delays under proposed legislation

Weekly Recap: Auto execs face life in prison for recall delays under proposed legislation originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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GM will no longer remove parts from trucks to calculate curb weights
Aug 08, 2014 - 1:21 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Truck, Chevrolet, GM, GMC



Following last week's mild uproar after it was discovered that Ford and General Motors were removing some optional parts from their pickups to lower the curb weight and consequently increase the maximum payload, GM has come out and committed to a base curb weight for its upcoming Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon compact trucks (although it has yet to publish them) and its current Silverado and Sierra. The company will do the same for its heavy duty offerings, although those numbers have not been finalized yet.

"This will make our curb weight and payload specs more consistent with those of most other truck makers, making it easier for customers to compare vehicles," GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson told Autoblog in an emailed statement.

As GM notes - and as every manufacturer has noted since this story broke - customers still shouldn't take max payload ratings as gospel. Instead, they should refer to their truck's Tire and Load Label, like the one shown at the inset, which will offer detailed information on max payload, specific to their truck.

Automotive News, meanwhile, reports that Ford has not made any changes to the way it figures out max payload ratings, despite the GM announcement. The company was at the center of last week's news, when it was revealed that it removed items like the spare tire, jack, radio and even the center console, to determine the curb weight for the F-Series Super Duty.GM will no longer remove parts from trucks to calculate curb weights originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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GM SUV window switch recall urges owners to park vehicles outside
Aug 07, 2014 - 12:30 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: SUV, Recalls, Safety, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC



It's not unusual for there to be a lag between an automaker announcing a recall and the official documentation showing up on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. So it's no surprise that a recent GM campaign took about a month to appear in its official capacity. However, there appears to be some big differences between the two reports with potential safety implications.

In late June, GM announced that it needed to recall 181,984 examples of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x from the 2005-2007 model years, plus the 2006 Chevy Trailblazer EXT and 2006 GMC Envoy XL. The new documents paint a slightly different picture with 184,611 needing repaired and different model years listed.

The reason for the fix is still the same, though. It's possible for fluid to contact the master power window switch module in the driver's door, which can corrode the part. Eventually this could cause a short circuit, leaving the buttons inoperable and potentially leading to a fire. But the new NHTSA documents add an important note: "A fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made."

This is GM's third campaign related to this issue in some of these vehicles. It started as an investigation into fires, then a recall covering about 250,000 examples in certain cold-weather states and another nationwide for about 193,000 units in 2013. According to the latest NHTSA document for this one, "vehicles whose modules were modified but not replaced as part of the previous recall remedy must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign."

GM spokesperson Alan Adler spoke about the situation to Autoblog. The previous recall included a cover over the part to protect it, but the automaker found that it wasn't working. Its decision this time was to "just replace the door modules." According to him, the recommendation not to park in the garage "was always in place," from the earlier campaigns. He didn't know why it wasn't included in the press release.

The company will send notification to owners in late August and will notify them again when the parts are ready to install. Scroll down to read the full announcement.Continue reading GM SUV window switch recall urges owners to park vehicles outside

GM SUV window switch recall urges owners to park vehicles outside originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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