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Here's how Detroit is selling more luxury vehicles than Germany and Japan
Dec 14, 2014 - 5:12 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Truck, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials, Luxury, Ram



Now there's an attention-grabbing headline, eh? Although the answer to the riddle - pickup trucks and SUVs - might be somehow deflating, the numbers involved deserve a going over. According to TrueCar's figures (click on the table to enlarge), six of the year's ten best-selling vehicles in the US that sell for a transaction price above $50,000 are body-on-frame, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the only foreigner to crack the top five.

Every enthusiast knows that pickup trucks are 'Murica's most popular vehicle by a colossal margin, and there have been plenty of reports about the popularity of luxuriously appointed trucks and SUVs, but compare these figures from TrueCar: 70 percent of Chevrolet Tahoe sales have a transaction price above $50K, and The Bowtie is expected to make $3.9 billion in revenue on 66,945 predicted high-dollar sales; 95.1 percent of E-Class sales break $50K, so the German company will make $4.0 billion on 67,006 predicted sales in that pricing sphere. It's about the only time you'll see the Tahoe ranked right next to Mercedes' bread-and-butter sedan. Ram is ahead of those two with $4.2B coming from $50K-plus sales. The Ford F-Series does almost as much revenue as the next three combined, with an expected $10.8 billion coming from sales of trucks over $50K - more than a quarter of the model's total sales, when a base F-150 can be had for about $26,000.

Yes, the Germans make a lot more money on fewer sales, but considering the comparison, the bottom line isn't too troubled by such facts. Weighing like-for-like, the full-size Ford walks it in every category; elsewhere, the Chevrolet Silverado outsells the Ram, but the Ram outsells the Chevy by 6.7 percent above $50K. And for all the flak GMC takes over swapping out grilles, the Sierra also outsells the Chevy in the well-appointed segment, 16.1 percent of sales versus 11 percent - the Professional Grade brand is a huge profit center for The General. You'll find more info in the TrueCar press release below.Continue reading Here's how Detroit is selling more luxury vehicles than Germany and Japan

Here's how Detroit is selling more luxury vehicles than Germany and Japan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Chevy Trax engineer says GMC version possible
Dec 08, 2014 - 4:11 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Crossover, Chevrolet, GM, GMC



The Buick Encore is doing so well and its platform-mate the Chevrolet Trax has such good reviewer vibes going for it already, that a GMC version hasn't been ruled out. During the recent press launch, Automotive News asked lead engineer Al Manzor if the Trax could wear a GMC-branded suit, to which Manzor replied, "I think that is certainly possible."

That's a long way from telling us anything about the probability of a GMC version of the Trax, and a legion of questions would need to be answered before it could happen. How would a GMC version be priced to leave room for the $26,465 GMC Terrain but not eat into sales of the $20,995 Trax or the $24,035 Encore? Or would that matter? Could it primarily be considered to encourage a new faction of The Yukon Set at the compact end, GMC buyers being famously committed to the marque? And of course, would there be a Denali version?

It'll probably be a long while before we have any kind of answers, but if you want to see it happen, the door to your campaign of persuasion is at least ajar.Continue reading Chevy Trax engineer says GMC version possible

Chevy Trax engineer says GMC version possible originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Supercharged 2015 GMC Yukon Denali sounds evil, runs 0-60 in 4.5 seconds
Dec 06, 2014 - 8:10 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, SUV, GMC, Videos



Speeding along in a sports car is undoubtedly a ton of fun, but some owners need the ability to carry a lot of people and their stuff and don't want to sacrifice the ability to put the power down. The tuners over at Hennessey have that demographic covered with their growling, supercharged power kits for the GMC Yukon Denali. The upgrades come in three forms for the SUV's 6.2-liter V8: HPE550 with 557 horsepower, HPE600 with 605 hp and HPE650 with 665 hp.

This video showcases the full-bore version, and this Denali can definitely hustle in a straight line. The power bump comes courtesy of a 2.9-liter supercharger, intercooler and high-flow cylinder heads to add over 200 horsepower compared to stock, and the final result is a bellowing SUV that rears up off he line to throw the driver back into the seat. The sprint to 60 miles per hour lasts just 4.5 seconds. Check out this hasty hauler in action in the video above.Continue reading Supercharged 2015 GMC Yukon Denali sounds evil, runs 0-60 in 4.5 seconds

Supercharged 2015 GMC Yukon Denali sounds evil, runs 0-60 in 4.5 seconds originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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GM recalling 316k vehicles due to headlamp faults
Dec 01, 2014 - 4:30 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Recalls, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC



General Motors has announced a recall covering 316,357 vehicles globally, due to the possibility of sporadic or permanent failure of the low-beam headlamps. 273,182 of these vehicles are in the United States, while the remaining affected units are in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere.

This recall includes the 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse (pictured above), 2006-07 Chevy TrailBlazer and TrailBlazer EXT, 2006-07 GMC Envoy and 2006 GMC Envoy XL, 2006-07 Buick Rainier, 2006-08 Saab 9-7X, and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascender.

In an email sent to Autoblog, General Motors explains that if the headlamp driver modules are not functioning correctly, "the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate." GM states that this problem does not affect things like high-beams, turn signals, marker lamps, or foglamps.

As of this writing, GM states it "has not been able to confirm whether the HDMs in these vehicles caused any vehicle accidents."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified, but the recall has not yet posted to the government agency's website. Scroll down to read the full details in GM's email.Continue reading GM recalling 316k vehicles due to headlamp faults

GM recalling 316k vehicles due to headlamp faults originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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GMC boss wants a Jeep Wrangler rival
Nov 12, 2014 - 2:30 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: SUV, GMC, Off-Road



Challengers come and challengers go, but the Jeep Wrangler continues to push forward even after vehicles like the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the entire Hummer brand have been shut down. Now GMC reportedly wants to take a stab at the quintessential Jeep, as well.

The news comes directly from Buick-GMC vice president Duncan Aldred, speaking with our compatriots over at Edmunds. Although Aldred said there are no plans currently on the table to expand GMC's lineup beyond the current range, "there is plenty of room everywhere in the hierarchy."

That could include a rival to the Wrangler, as well as a flagship luxury SUV positioned above the current Yukon Denali (pictured above). Just when (or for that matter, if) such models might come into fruition remains a big question mark, but it's certainly interesting to see what GM's dedicated truck brand has on the drawing board.GMC boss wants a Jeep Wrangler rival originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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