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2015 Chevy Canyon, GMC Colorado to net up to 27 mpg with 4-cylinder
Sep 22, 2014 - 9:20 AM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Truck, Chevrolet, GMC



Before even officially going on sale to customers, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup twins are already proving to be a success with dealer orders exceeding original projections. Now, there is even more good news for these siblings, with the fuel economy for their four-cylinder engines netting class-leading numbers and the 3.6-liter V6 getting segment-best payload ratings.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the two trucks makes 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, and in rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual trim it has an EPA rating of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Opting for a two-wheel drive configuration with the six-speed automatic bumps those figures slightly to 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Finally, a four-wheel drive model with the automatic 'box carries a 19/25/21 rating. Those numbers are a tick better here and there compared to what's offered by the optional V6.

The twins' major four-cylinder, midsize pickup rivals are the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, but they're both getting somewhat long in the tooth. To compare fuel economy and power, a two-wheel drive Tacoma with its 2.7-liter four-cylinder is rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft, and achieves 21/25/22 mpg. The Frontier with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder is good for 152 hp and 171 lb-ft, and carries 19/23/21 mpg figures.

The V6 payload ratings are also class leading, with the Colorado rated at 1,590 pounds and the Canyon at 1,620 pounds. According to parent General Motors, the 30-pound deviation is due to different curb weights for the models.

The Colorado and Canyon are already on their way to dealers. Scroll down to read the full fuel economy announcement about these midsize trucks.Continue reading 2015 Chevy Canyon, GMC Colorado to net up to 27 mpg with 4-cylinder

2015 Chevy Canyon, GMC Colorado to net up to 27 mpg with 4-cylinder originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Weekly Recap: NHTSA searches for answers after Congressional grilling
Sep 20, 2014 - 10:11 AM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, Safety, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Luxury


By the end of the lengthy session, senators had painted the unflattering portrait of a toothless agency in disarray.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a brutal one-two punch from Congress this week for its response to the General Motors ignition-switch scandal.

NHTSA was hammered in a 45-page House report, and then grilled by senators during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Both on paper and in person, legislators picked apart the agency's plodding, seemingly inept responses to GM, and questioned NHTSA's ability to serve as a watchdog for the auto industry, which has faced extensive recalls, fines and controversy in recent years.

Deputy administrator David Friedman, who's only been with NHTSA since 2013, had few answers when questioned on the hill, and by the end of the lengthy session, senators had painted the unflattering portrait of a toothless agency in disarray.

Yes, there was some grandstanding. But legislators, and Friedman's responses to their often-testy questions, illustrated a valuable point - NHTSA needs help. It needs more power, more people and more money to effectively regulate on of the most complex industries in the nation.Continue reading Weekly Recap: NHTSA searches for answers after Congressional grilling

Weekly Recap: NHTSA searches for answers after Congressional grilling originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes dark, looks good
Sep 19, 2014 - 2:50 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Truck, GM, GMC



Forget about the so-called sporty Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition. If you want a General Motors pickup with some added style, this one looks like a more cohesive, well-done package to our eyes (though it's also not "sporty," despite GM using that term over and over again). It's called the GMC Sierra Elevation Edition, and it hits dealerships later this year.

For its more stylish truck, GMC has fitted the 2015 Sierra Double Cab with a body-colored grille surround, door handles, mirror caps, side moldings and bumpers. The truck also rides on black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The Elevation Edition, which GMC contends qualifies as a sport truck, comes standard with the Sierra's 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V6, though buyers can opt for the more powerful 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp. Other standard goodies include OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Bluetooth, all housed in the 4.2-inch Intellilink color display.

Pricing information has yet to be announced, but in the mean time, click through the gallery above to see more shots of the Elevation Edition, and take a glance below for the official press blast.Continue reading 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes dark, looks good

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes dark, looks good originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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GM dealers have ordered 30k Colorado and Canyon pickups, 3rd shift added
Sep 17, 2014 - 4:50 PM - by GMC Forum
Filed under: Car Buying, Truck, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Plants/Manufacturing, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Diesel



General Motors has an early success on its hands in the form of the initial rollout of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. According to the automaker, dealers have ordered nearly 30,000 of the trucks thus far, a number that far exceeded GM's early expectations.

This high demand for the Colorado and Canyon twins has prompted GM to add a third shift to its Wentzville Assembly plant where the trucks are built, starting early next year. An extra shift will add an additional 750 jobs at the location to the 1,315 that were already employed there, according to the press release that you're welcome to read down below.

Such positive sales projections for the Canyon and Colorado may portend good things for the midsize pickup segment, which was once hugely popular but has more recently contracted, with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma standing firm as the market leaders. Now that GM's entries are the most up-to-date, and with the segment's first diesel engine on the way, it will be interesting to see how the trucks continue to sell and if their hopeful success leads more automakers back onto the playing field.Continue reading GM dealers have ordered 30k Colorado and Canyon pickups, 3rd shift added

GM dealers have ordered 30k Colorado and Canyon pickups, 3rd shift added originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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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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