Chevrolet Equinox strike update

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The longer the Chevrolet Equinox strike at the Ontario, Canada, plant goes on, the more it will hurt sales of the Equinox

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DETROIT — Workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, say they want a resolution to the contract impasse that has them on the picket line this week.

But GM also has an incentive to make this a short-term work stoppage — fickle car buyers.

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A long-term shutdown at the plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, could mean that consumers looking for a Chevrolet Equinox — one of GM’s hottest-selling vehicles — might not be able to get what they want. Workers in the Unifor union in Canada went on strike late Sunday after union and company negotiators failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

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Analysts predicted the situation would put pressure on General Motors.

“They build the Chevrolet Equinox at two other plants in Mexico, but they are still ramping up in those facilities,” Joe Langley, associate director of North American automotive production forecasts at IHS Markit. “It is our expectation GM will want to get a deal done quickly since the new Equinox is one of the rare GM vehicles in lower supply and in demand.”

Langley’s firm estimated that GM would lose the ability to make another 872 Equinox SUVs a day, a significant hit and one not likely to be covered by the two Mexican facilities — Ramos Arizpe and San Luis Potosi. The company sold 28,245 Equinoxes last month.

Consumers who want particular colors or options might not be able to get what they want and might be prompted to consider other compact SUVs, such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue, Kristin Dziczek, director of the industry, labor and economics group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. The longer the strike goes on, the worse the shortage becomes.

“When you start drawing down inventory levels, you might lose sales because of the lack of choice and the delay in getting exactly what the customer wants,” Dziczek said.

Mike Van Boekel, Unifor Local 88 GM Unit chairperson, said union members had tried to research that on their own recently, being told that it would be an eight- to 10-week wait to get a specific Equinox. He was skeptical that the strike would end quickly, but he said the union is hopeful because the pressure is on both workers and GM.

“We don’t want to lose customers and they want their vehicles so …the clock’s ticking on both sides,” Van Boekel said.

He noted that many workers have families and will struggle financially if the strike lasts for a long time.

“Our members are feeling it, but the clock’s ticking on GM, too,” Van Boekel said.

Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for, said job security appears to be the major concern for the union, which has said it is seeking new investment from the company. When production of the GMC Terrain was moved from the plant to Mexico earlier this year, it “shook the union,” she said.

But Krebs noted that while concerns about moving production to Mexico have been an issue, the plant is likely to face competition for new products from plants in Michigan and Ohio that make passenger cars but could be retooled to make SUVs, such as the Equinox. GM, like other companies, is grappling with a consumer shift away from cars and toward SUVs and trucks.

“There’s definitely going to be some adjustments in car production,” Krebs said. “The union’s clearly looking out into the future, and it’s going to have more competition.”

Specific details on what each side had been seeking in the negotiations have not been released, but the union has said it is seeking improved wages and benefits in addition to a new investment from GM.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will get an automatic transmission option

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corvette zr1 gets an automatic transmission

ZR1 will let you row your own, or not.

Chevrolet’s ultimate performance Corvette is nearing production, and we just got one of our best looks at its interior. Things haven’t changed much from the standard Corvette to this ZR1 prototype. The overall shape of the dash on this and the infotainment system are the same. It does have a new steering wheel with lots of carbon fiber and suede, which matches well with the large glossy carbon fiber trim panels on the dash.
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The big news is the transmission. We can clearly see that this Corvette ZR1 has an automatic, which is a bit surprising since the highest-performance Camaro, the ZL1 1LE, is a manual-only car. But there’s no doubt this prototype has an automatic. We know because of the slightly narrow opening for the shifter, a “-” on the left shift paddle (no “Rev Match”), the fact that the knob is the same shape as the ones in other automatic ‘Vettes, and the top has “speed” printed on it. On other automatic-equipped Corvettes, since they have eight-speed transmissions, “eight” is written next to “speed.”

Unfortunately, we can’t make out what number is written on this knob. Using the Z06’s eight-speed would seem like a logical choice, since it already fits the car, and it has proven its strength in the 650-horsepower sports car. There is, however, a distinct chance that Chevrolet may choose the new 10-speed automatic used in the Camaro ZL1, which also uses the Z06’s supercharged V8. That transmission would also give the ZR1 another bragging point. We wouldn’t object either, since the 10-speed works excellently in the ZL1.

For fans of manual transmissions, though, we have no doubt that when the ZR1 makes its appearance, it will have a transmission that requires the use of three pedals.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE: 4th Place – 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car

Camaro on Motor Trend's best driver's car listThe Camaro is the most track-capable road car GM has ever sold, and is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 producing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

We’ve all heard about the bad old days at GM when no car was allowed to challenge the Corvette’s performance supremacy. Those days are long dead. Team Camaro has applied its 1LE handling philosophy to the monstrously powerful ZL1, and the resulting monster is the most track-capable road car GM has ever sold.

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Up front, the standard Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 still makes 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque because frankly it didn’t need to make more. Being an enthusiast’s car, a six-speed manual is the only transmission on offer. An electronically controlled differential rounds out the powertrain. Out at the corners, magnetic shocks are replaced with Multimatic spool-valve shocks, and like the rest of the suspension, they’re hard-mounted with metal bushings, not rubber. The ride height, front camber, and rear anti-roll bar are all manually adjustable. A bigger grille improves cooling, and dive planes on the front corners and a massive rear wing provide downforce across the car. Equally massive brakes do the stopping.

 Put it all together, nail the launch, and you’ll see 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and an 11.7-second quarter mile at 123 mph flat. Going the other way, the 3,837-pound ZL1 1LE will stop from 60 mph in a scant 91 feet. Put it on a skidpad, and it’ll pull 1.11 average g. Fling it at the figure eight, and you’ll get a 23.0-second lap at 0.93 average g.


“This car needs five-point harnesses because the dampers are so unforgiving. It’s true this 1LE has incredible grip; however, the compression damping is way too harsh while the rebound damping is just right. I’m not sure where they tuned this, but it clearly did not have a lot of bumps and jumps. The steering is freakishly quick. It took me three corners to calm my hands down, so I didn’t steer into and across the apex. The power seems to be well matched for the chassis, for a change, unlike the Z06. Third gear seemed very tractable and had a wide bandwidth. This feels like what I imagine a ’60s-’70s Trans Am car would be like.” – Chris Walton

“I know Jonny loves this car, but I just can’t warm to it. Probably because I’ve lost all my fillings, and my kidneys are bruised. With the exception of the best roads, the ride in this Camaro is punishing. I’ve encountered smoother paint mixers. I had to remind myself that based on the numbers, this car is fantastic. Endless grip, fade-free brakes, abundant horsepower. But the thing is, I didn’t care. The bouncing was so bad that I found myself reacting to that instead of focusing on sheer act of driving. The Camaro might be brilliant on the track, but I wouldn’t want to drive this to get there.” – Derek Powell

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Source: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE: 4th Place – 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car – Motor Trend

Ford to suspend production at 5 North American plants

Ford to suspend productionFord Motor said Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

Ford Motor said Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

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The plants affected include three assembly plants in the United States and two in Mexico, the company said in a statement. The vehicle models include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans, the Ford Focus compact car, the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Transit van.

Ford said the Cuautitlan assembly plant that builds the Fiesta would be idled for three weeks. The Hermosillo, Mexico plant that builds the Fusion and MKZ and the Flat Rock, Michigan, factory that assembles Continentals and Mustangs will be idled for two weeks each. The Michigan Assembly plantthat builds the Focus will be idled for one week and the Kansas City assembly line that builds Transit vanswill be down for two weeks. Ford did not give dates for the temporary shutdowns.

The factories involved employ more than 15,000 people, according to Ford’s website. The company did not say how many of those workers would face temporary layoffs.

As of Sept. 1, Ford had 111 days’ worth of unsold Mustangs, 87 days’ supply of Fusions, and a 103 days’ supply of Transit vans, according to Automotive News. Dealers had enough unsold Lincoln Continentals to last 162 days. Automakers aim for 65 to 70 days of inventory of most models.

Ford and rival General Motors (GM) have wrestled most of this year to rein in high inventories of passenger cars as consumers have shifted to buying pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Production cuts slice into revenue, but also could help the automakers avoid deeper price cuts on vehicles they can sell.

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Chevrolet tops J.D. Power 2017 Tech Experience Index Study

Results of the J.D. 2017 Power Tech Experience Index Study have been released, with Chevrolet and Audi having top showings in two segments apiece, while Lincoln, Kia and Hyundai each claiming one.

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Camaro gets top honors from the tech experience index study

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The study that began last year, monitors owner satisfaction with new vehicle technology in both premium and non-premium segments, scoring them on a 1,000-point scale. In particular, driver experience and usage of 35 technologies are measured at 90 days of ownership. Major scored categories include entertainment and connectivity, comfort and convenience, driving assistance, collision protection, navigation and smartphone mirroring.

Key takeaways from the study, based on survey results from more than 19,500 owners and lessees of all-new or redesigned models within the past three years, are that people are most satisfied with safety technologies such as collision-protection systems, blind-spot warning and backup cameras. At the other end of the spectrum, navigation systems left owners least satisfied.

Satisfaction with basic interactions with climate, infotainment, seat and cluster readouts has also declined compared to last year dropping an average of 83 points, showing that owners are having a more difficult time working with common controls compared to the year before.

For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Camaro took top honors in the midsize segment, while its Chevrolet Tahoe stablemate scored the highest marks among large vehicles. Audi’s A3 reigned supreme in satisfaction over the small premium segment, with the Q7 crossover coming out on top in the midsize premium class. Other highest-performers include the Kia Niro in the small segment, Hyundai Elantra in the compact category and the Lincoln MKC in the compact premium class.

Source: Chevrolet, Audi and Kia top J.D. Power 2017 Tech Experience Index Study – Roadshow

Under seat rear storage in new Chevy Colorado

Under seat rear storage in new Chevy Colorado

Who can’t use more storage, right?  The under seat rear storage comes in handy and is super easy to use.  This video was filmed on location at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL using a brand new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 truck.

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Salesperson Jake Baron delivers another new Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

Salesperson Jake Baron delivers another new Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

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Call it the Swiss Army Truck. The 2018 Colorado can do everything from off-road exploring and hefty towing to running school carpools. Chevrolet’s mid-size pickup is highly configurable and aptly skilled, with a trim for every occasion as well as the rugged-and-ready ZR2. It can tow a class-leading 7700 pounds with General Motors’ exclusive diesel inline-four—as can its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon. The Colorado has two cab and cargo-bed styles that pair with several powertrain choices. A base 200-hp inline-four has a standard six-speed manual, a 308-hp V-6 is exceedingly quick, and a fuel-efficient diesel makes 369 lb-ft of torque. Its handsome looks and excellent infotainment system are undermined by a cheap-looking interior and limited active safety technology. Still, the Colorado is a multipurpose pickup truck that is clever and capable.

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future for richard petty motorsports

future for richard petty motorsportsA A lot of the future for Richard Petty Motorsports remains unclear, but one thing is for certain – the team will be moving.

A lot of the future for Richard Petty Motorsports remains unclear, but one thing is for certain – the team will be moving.

Team officials confirmed to it will not renew its lease at their current 78,000 square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C., that used to be home to Robert Yates Racing. Where RPM ends up probably will depend on it figuring out if it will retain sponsorship from Smithfield Foods, who will drive the famed No. 43 and what manufacturer the team picks.

RPM’s contract with Ford expires at the end of the season. The team reportedly is contemplating a move to Chevrolet – as well as relocating near Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, N.C. The two teams then could create a technical alliance.

“The building is up for lease at the end of the year. RPM chose not to sign the lease for next year,” RPM said. “Plans are still undecided for next year for the team, but they do know the building is too big for their needs.”

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The shift is a response to the shrinking sponsorship dollars in the sport and a lack of success. Petty only has one victory since 2014, and that was Aric Almirola’s rain-shortened victory at the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Smithfield’s deal with RPM also is up at the end of the season. While the Virginia-based company said it would reduce its reported current investment of as much as $12 million a year, several teams are making sales pitches.

Not only is Almirola not certain about his future, but former truck and Xfinity series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is in limbo as a possible replacement.

Clement’s win shakes

up Xfinity playoffs

Jeremy Clements’ unexpected victory last Sunday at Road America sent shock waves throughout NASCAR. Not only did it shake up the playoff picture for the Xfinity Series, it drew rave reviews from other drivers.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, David Ragan, Michael Waltrip, Regan Smith, Michael McDowell, Matt DiBenedetto and Jeb Burton were just a few of the fellow drivers who posted immediate reactions on social media.

Clements was making his 256th career start in the series. He and Matt Tifft spun off track coming to the white flag while fighting for the lead, but Clements was quicker to recover and win the race.

The No. 51 Chevrolet, originally built in 2008, is owned by the 32-year-old driver and his father, Tony Clements.

Earnhardt posted, “Wild finish. Awesome to see small teams do big things,” on Twitter, while McDowell wrote: “Really awesome for him and his family. Legit underdog team and driver got it done today.”

Clements was quick to remember the 15-year struggle to win his first NASCAR race.

“I drive for a small family team,” Clements said. “Just to get a win in any of these starts is amazing. To even be here is very hard. We’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices.”

Clements joined Ryan Reed, Justin Allgaier and William Bryon as drivers who’ve clinched a spot in the playoffs with a victory, while Elliott Sadler has qualified on points. That leaves seven remaining spots with just three races to go in the regular season.

If a non-winner who’s committed to the Xfinity championship wins at either Darlington, S.C., Richmond, Va., or Joliet, Ill., the spots will be filled by the highest-ranking drivers in the standings.

Right now those would be Brendan Poole, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Tifft and Blake Koch.

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Source: NASCAR NOTEBOOK: Future uncertain for Richard Petty Motorsports | SavannahNow