Silverado 2500 can tow 18,100 pounds and do it with finesse

Silverado 2500 can tow 18,100 pounds

Silverado 2500 can tow 18,100 pounds

Unlike most people in developed countries, Americans often use pickups like cars. The vehicles that Europeans and Japanese choose for commuting, shuttling their children and grabbing groceries could park in the bed of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. Then again, this Chevy is more of a leviathan than most pickups. This grown-up Tonka toy and its General Motors twin, the GMC Sierra 2500 HD, are the closest many drivers will get to operating heavy machinery.

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For those not overly familiar with pickups, the Ford F150s, Chevy Silverados and Rams we see most often are 1500s. These are solid trucks that carry wallboard and tow motorbikes when they aren’t doing family duty. Hauling the clan in a 2500 series is like cutting butter with a chain saw. Excess is fun — until you need finesse. Spoiler alert: This Silverado actually has some.

Ford and Ram also make 2500s (3500s, too, but let’s not go there today). Pickups are all about numbers and bragging rights. The 2500s are serious work rigs that, in the Silverado’s case, can tow up to 18,100 pounds. Its maximum payload is 3,534 pounds. That’s about 500 pounds more than the weight of a Toyota Prius.

Did you know that trucks in this class are not rated by the Environmental Protection Agency? The 2500 HD I drove was equipped with the revised 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8. I saw 17 miles per gallon, a stellar number considering Silverado’s 7,300-pound weight.

That engine, rated at 445 horsepower and a jaw-dropping 910 pound-feet of torque, is paired exclusively with a six-speed Allison transmission. The column-mounted shift lever often slides straight into “low” rather than “drive,” so pay attention. The small manual shift buttons on the arm are a bit awkward to use. Steering wheel paddles could be useful here.

Like many diesel engines, the Chevy’s uses urea fluid to keep the engine emissions in check. The tank requires an occasional refill of the urea, though that’s as easy as topping off windshield wiper fluid. But the tank does impinge on the front passenger’s work boots a bit. (A Seattle law firm specializing in automotive class action lawsuits has accused GM of programming an emissions cheat, a case similar to one against Volkswagen. GM denies the accusation. The government has not stepped in at this time.)

You can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive. There’s a towing mode, including a trailer-sway control that pulses the Silverado’s brakes to help stabilize the load. Adjustments can be made to the trailer brakes, and an engine brake setting helps save the physical brakes when lugging heavy cargo down steep mountain roads. Just like the big rigs.

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How Smartslide Seats Works: Video 2018 Chevy Traverse

How Smartslide Seats Works: Video 2018 Chevy Traverse

Salesperson Mike Logue discusses the new SmartSlide seating on the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.  It’s easy to use and allows you to move the seat up without having to remove an empty child seat.  With the seat moved forward, you have ample access to the third row split bench.

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How it Works:  2018 Traverse Traction Mode Select

How it Works:  2018 Traverse Traction Mode Select

Salesperson Mike Logue gives us a brief video explanation of how easy it is to use the all new traction mode select in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Video Review

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Video Review.

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked, “What’s your favorite car?” I could buy that car. Even if it were an exotic.

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Truth be told, the vehicles that get my professional admiration are the everyday ones, the dependable workhorses that shuttle our children hither and yon, the cars that become part of the family. It’s easy to love performance machines or luxury vehicles with fur-lined glove boxes (not a thing, but you get the gist). But the car geek in me admires budget-restrained engineering teams who create affordable cars that are truly desirable. That’s a black art.

The all-new third generation Chevrolet Equinox crossover is more proof that under Mary Barra, General Motors has found its footing. The Equinox takes care of five people, does the chores, doesn’t drink to excess and looks good.

In the brutal automotive business, the compact crossover market is the most fiercely competitive. It includes not only the Equinox but also the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson. The Equinox is critical to General Motors. Chevrolet moved 242,195 of them in the United States in 2016, which was second in volume only to the Silverado pickup truck. The 2018 model will probably sell quicker because it’s a far better vehicle.

Here’s why. The Equinox is more than four inches shorter now but retains the same interior space. The 400 pounds it has shed may exceed the weight of the young family who drives it. Let’s buy a round for the engineers.

The Equinox’s breezy design language, which also graces the Cruze, Malibu and Volt, could be used by Lexus in a parallel universe. One reason the second generation overstayed its welcome is that the original design for the third generation was so unloved in consumer clinics that it was scrapped. Good to know the Chevrolet team understands that ugly is forever once it’s on the road.

Friends and neighbors fawned over the Premier model’s cabin with stitched elements on the instrument panel. Owners will be staring at it for years in bad traffic, so glad it’s handsome. Budget plastics are placed below the center console where they’re seldom seen or touched. (It’s how wise product planners cut costs.) The center console is roomy enough to fit a single-lens reflex camera. G.M.’s touch-screen user interface, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is simple to use.

A base price of $24,525 will give pause to price-sensitive internet shoppers. Climbing to $33,975, my top trim Premier tester lacked available all-wheel drive and a panoramic sunroof. And adaptive cruise control is not even listed as an option. To be fair, the price includes vented front seats, a heated steering wheel and a surround-view camera system that some competitors

don’t offer. Generous pricing margins may allow Chevy dealers plenty of negotiation room. Get in there and haggle hard.

Considering the comfort and refinement, the effort may be worth it. The Equinox shines by delivering a polished and quiet dynamic verging on luxury brand levels. If the roads to soccer or Little League practice are rough, this suspension smooths the bumps. It’s respectable in the curves, too, without challenging the Mazda CX-5’s cornering chops.

Chevy’s supportive seats impressed my backside (though that’s a personal thing). A bonus: Set off the lane-keeping assist system and the driver’s cushion vibrates discreetly, with no tattletale chimes. It’s a marriage-saving feature first found in Cadillacs.

The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder providing 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. That’s hooked up to a 6-speed transmission that aggressively holds low ratios for fuel efficiency. This standard power plant is smooth with acceleration in the middle of the pack. The CR-V is a little quicker and efficient. The Environmental Protection Agency rated the average fuel economy of a front-drive Equinox at 28 miles per gallon versus the Honda’s at 30. A comparable RAV4 scores 25.

Any performance and efficiency deficiencies can be rectified in spades with two engine options. There’s a 2-liter turbo gasoline engine with 252 horsepower and a nine-speed transmission for Speed Racer. Scrooge McDuck may be interested in the four-cylinder turbo diesel paired to a six-speed that’s expected to return 40 miles per gallon.

The Equinox’s automatic engine start-stop system is smooth enough to forget about in many situations. Good thing because it can’t be turned off. Unlike the automatic all-wheel drive systems used by others, the Equinox requires drivers to enable it manually. (There’s a prompt to push the button when conditions warrant.)

Automatic emergency braking is standard on the RAV4, the 2018 Nissan Rogue and most CR-Vs. That safety tech is part of a $1,900 package on the Equinox and only available on the top Premier model.

The back seat no longer slides fore and aft (eliminated because some second-generation owners never knew it did). The space is generous with a raised seat cushion offering significant thigh support for adults and superior visibility for children. The back also sports two USB ports, a 12-volt socket and a 115-volt three-prong outlet, so there’s nothing that can’t be charged.

The days of Japan Inc. clearly outgunning Detroit & Co. on every level are gone. While my left brain admires the overachieving Honda CR-V, my right brain gives the nod to the comfortable, refined and stylish Equinox. Both engineering teams performed the black magic needed to make a mainstream car appealing. I won’t be around to nag you to test drive. So experience at least three vehicles before writing that big check. A tip? The Equinox is worth a look.

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Chevrolet muscle car event set for Bowling Green

Chevrolet muscle car event set for Bowling GreenChevrolet muscle car event set for Bowling Green

Registration and spectator tickets are now available for America’s definitive showcase of customized cars as part of the 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, Presented by Holley/MSD, July 21-23 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

This will be the annual event will be held in Bowling Green.

“This move to Bowling Green allows for true brand integration with all the Chevy presence in town,” said Craig Shantz, Manager, Chevrolet Performance Shows/Events and Specialty Vehicle Builds. “It’s a great venue for the future of CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals.”

Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals showcases more than 2,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 25,000 enthusiasts from across the country over the course of three days. The 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals will include, among other highlights:

  • faster open autocross
  • drift showcase
  • chances to test torque and horsepower against the best in the Dyno Challenge
  • Undiscovered Builders’ Invitational
  • Pro Builders’ Shootout
  • Midnight drags
  • drag racing challenges
  • burnout competition
  • professionally judged and awarded Show-‘N’-Shine Competition
  • The Performance Marketplace
  • Kids Zone
  • giveaways and activities on the main stage
  • chance to meet CAR CRAFT editors and photographers on site.

Hours and Ticket Information
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 22, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23.

For the chance to appreciate (and show off) the spirit of American cars, participants may register their vehicles to be a part of Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals. Registration includes entry for one vehicle, driver and copilot, and one goodie bag. Pre-registration (available until July 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST) is $60 ($75 after July 18, 2017). Participants also will be able to register on-site during the event. For more information and to register, visit carcraft.com/events.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and available at carcraft.com/events. Pricing is as follows (if attending on Saturday includes Midnight Drags):

  • One-day ticket admission – $13 in advance, $15 at the gate (valid any one day)
  • Three-day ticket admission – $30 in advance, $35 at the gate

“The Car Craft Summer Nationals is a historic event with a life of its own and we’re excited to see it come to our home town,” said Bill Tichenor, director of Marketing, Holley/MSD. “Car Craft followers use products from our company as much as any car guys on the planet, so it makes perfect sense to sponsor this renowned event.”

For the latest information, visit carcraft.com/events, Facebook at FB.com/Car Craft Magazine, email carcraftsummernats@carcraft.com, or call 310-363-4231.

For hotel bookings please go to travelplanners.net, or call 410-349-3000.

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Teen car thief thwarted by OnStar techs, Madison police say – WISC

MADISON, Wisconisn – A teenager, Dontrell Stamps, accused of stealing a car was thwarted by in-car technology Wednesday, Madison police said.

Car thief thwarted by OnStar

The Madison Police Department said a Chevrolet Cruze, equipped with the in-car security and safety communication service OnStar, was reported stolen out of Sparta. An OnStar representative called Madison police at about 8:30 a.m. to say OnStar was tracking the vehicle and it was in downtown Madison.

The stolen car went out John Nolen Drive with OnStar providing police in real time with its location, according to the report. Officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver didn’t stop. Instead he entered the busy Beltline Highway headed west.

Back at OnStar, employees sent a message to the car using the company’s stolen vehicle slowdown technology, police said. The driver was trying to accelerate, but the car was instead slowing down.

The driver sideswiped a couple of cars before driving into a ditch near Fish Hatchery Road, police said.

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Source: Teen car thief thwarted by OnStar techs, Madison police say – WISC

What Is the Canadian Dream? Chevrolet Hits the Road to Find Out – Adweek

The Canadian DreamThe Canadian Dream

In America, we’re stuck with the nightmare of Donald Trump. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north are apparently living some kind of beautiful, utopian dream.

It’s called the “Canadian Dream,” according to a heartfelt new Chevrolet campaign from Commonwealth//McCann, which positions as the automobile as perfect for a vastly diverse yet inclusive nation.

The American Dream

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More about Canada

Teasers began rolling out at the end of April, featuring shots of Canadians in various settings and the line “There’s a dream we should all know about.” (Obviously, it’s not the one where your teeth fall out or you show up naked to work.) General Motors nameplate Chevrolet was revealed as the brand behind the ads about a week later.

The Canadian Dream

Drawing from its “2016 Truth About Canadians” study, conducted with IPSOS, McCann defines the “Canadian dream” as a mixture of “individual success, care for others, respect for the system and, of course, in a country as diverse and unique as ours, individualism,” says agency strategy chief Mary Chambers. “It says we can make it on our own and together.”

To capture that spirit, a film crew spent a month driving around Canada in a Chevy Suburban, visiting with folks of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. This trek yielded the heartfelt two-minute documentary-style video below, directed by Co.Lab (Jeremy Power Regimbal and Justin Tyler Close) for production house Soft Citizen.

ndividual stories are broken out in shorter videos at CanadianDream.ca. So far, these include the tale of Newcomer Kitchen in Toronto, which helps Syrian refugees, and a dance program for wheelchair-bound people in Montreal. More clips are coming soon, with visitors encouraged to share “Canadian dreams” of their own.

“We saw it all on this trip, from sub-zero temperatures on 14-hour shoot days, to bumpy naps in a motor home—which usually ended by waking up mid-air after hitting a pothole—all to keep up the pace of trying to drive across our massive country of ours and meet as many characters as we could,” says Regimbal. “It was such a rare treat in the advertising world to work on a theme so close to my heart, and I hope that comes across in the final film.”

With this kind project, some hokey-ness is unavoidable, and some might say the campaign overplays the “Canadian niceness” trope. For the most part, however, it manages to skirt jingoistic clichés through its muted/poetic visual style, which achieves an engaging level of realism and grit. This approach feels genuine, and probably suits Chevrolet, a brand that often trades on its straightforward, no-nonsense appeal.

Of course, Chevy’s driving down a well-traveled road. We’ve seen peans to national pride and multiculturalism many times before. Johnnie Walker’s “Keep Walking America” ad from around the 2016 election pops to mind. And just last month, Volkswagen trekked across America to the eponymous tune by Simon & Garfunkel.

In America, whose progressive experiment is seemingly stuck in neutral, such melting-pot brand boosting might fall flat. In Canada, however, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Trump’s immigration ban by assuring refugees they’ll always be welcome, these themes appear primed to accelerate.

“The audience is both the urban diverse—the generation of tomorrow for Chevrolet—and the true blue: those who love Chevrolet today,” says Calvin Daniels, managing director of Commonwealth/McCann Canada. “This is a great way to reach them, because it’s a conversation of universal relevance—something they could understand, believe in and appreciate a car company standing behind. It gives them credit for being something they’re proud of, and that resonates.”

CREDITS
Client: Chevrolet
Title: “The Canadian Dream”
Agency: Commonwealth//McCann Canada
Chief Creative Officer: Darren Clarke
Executive Creative Director: Josh Stein
Art Directors: Nick Noh, Erikson Melton, Paisley McCrory, Li Cai Copywriter: Binoy Zuarte, Osman Rahmani
Strategist: Mary Chambers
Account Team: Calvin Daniels, Mark Dicks, Scott Milson, Daniel Ehman, Tommy Chan, Stephanie Conley
Agency Producers: Sarah Michener, Emily McKay

Director: Co.Lab
Production Company: Soft Citizen
Executive Producers: Eva Preger, Link York
Head of Production: Rob Burns
Line Producer: Kelly King
Director of Photography: Norm Li
Post Production: Saints
Editor: Danica Pardo
Fort York VFX

Source: What Is the Canadian Dream? Chevrolet Hits the Road to Find Out – Adweek

GM adds 850 more jobs in Metroplex

General Motors says it will create more than 850 new jobs in Arlington, some of which will replace work currently being done by GM’s suppliers outside the United States.General Motors says it will create more than 850 new jobs

in Arlington, some of which will replace work currently being done by GM’s suppliers outside the United States.

The automaker announced plans Friday to open a “supplier park” across the highway from its Arlington plant, which makes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade.

The facility on the former Six Flags mall site will include two industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings spanning more than 1.2 million square feet. The supplier park, intended to support future vehicle production at the Arlington plant, is expected to open in about nine months.

Dream Come True

The move is “a dream come true” for Arlington’s economy, Mayor Jeff Williams said.

“It enables us to redevelop a piece of property that was no longer economically viable,” he said about the former Six Flags mall, which was sold in 2012 and razed last year. In addition to creating jobs, the deal cements the city’s partnership with GM, Williams said.

Some 600 of the new jobs would replace work that would otherwise be done outside the country, said Steve Kiefer, GM’s senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain.

Nearly a third of the parts used at the GM Arlington Assembly Plant come from outside the U.S., mostly Mexico and Canada, company executives have said in the past.

Kiefer said bringing suppliers closer to GM’s plants has reduced costs by more than $1 billion over the past four years.

International Automotive Components Group, a GM supplier, will bring operations to the new logistics center, CEO Steve Miller said. The Arlington location will be one of its flagship manufacturing operations.

The bottom line – General Motors says it will create more than 850 new jobs.  And more American jobs is a good thing.

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Source: GM adds 850 more jobs in Metroplex, expands to Six Flags mall site – Business – Herald Democrat – Sherman, TX

GM diesel emissions lawsuit compliant

GM diesel emissions lawsuit

The carmaker conducted a review to ensure that it wouldn’t face fines and government actions.

General Motors is fending off another class-action lawsuit, filed last week by Seattle firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, alleging that the carmaker cheated on emissions tests for its large Duramax diesel engines.

The law firm also recently filed a lawsuit against GM alleging cheating for the diesel engines in the company’s Cruze vehicles — motors much smaller than the Duramax engines that GM uses in big Chevy and GMC trucks.

The specter of Volkswagen’s “defeat device” scandal for its own emission-cheating efforts was immediately raised, so following the VW crisis GM subjected all of its diesel engines to a review to determine whether they were compliant with emissions-testing protocols, the automaker explained. The carmaker concluded that they were.

In getting its emissions systems approved by both the EPA and the California Air Resources Board, GM also explained that it carefully described the how emissions treatments functioned for the Duramax engines.

The VW engines and the GM motors involved in the most recent lawsuit are completely different, both in terms of size and how emissions are treated. The small-displacement VW engines deployed a “trap” to capture nitric oxide (NOx), but that seemingly innovative technology didn’t work as advertised, leading VW engineers to install software designed to defeat emissions tests.

GM’s large-displacement diesels use a far more common urea-injection system. In an interesting wrinkle, the defeat device that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro alleges GM installed is apparently in operation only under specific circumstances. The New York Times summed it up:

According to the suit, the trucks conform to emissions standards when they are being driven at steady speeds and when outdoor temperatures range from 68 to 86 degrees — the conditions used for some of the emissions testing such trucks undergo.

Absent those conditions, the vehicles emit four to five times the pollutants than are allowed, the suit says. It alleges that GM intentionally programmed the vehicles’ emissions controls to pass emissions tests and to then scale back those controls in real-world conditions to improve power and fuel-economy.

The most prevalent scenario for the alleged device to reduce emissions treatment, therefore, would be under wintertime conditions.

In a statement, GM said: “These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all US EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”

One of the issues that’s emerged since VW’s crisis — which resulted in billions in fines and settlements for the German automakers and effectively ended its diesel dominance for passenger cars in the US — is that there are several different types of diesel engines, with accordingly different technologies used to treat emissions.

The NOx traps that VW used for small engines were considered a breakthrough, given that they didn’t require the urea-injection system that’s commonplace for large engines. Americans haven’t taken to diesel vehicles in the same way that Europeans have, so VW’s scandal covered only about 500,000 vehicles.

Larger diesel motors are popular, however, on big trucks that are designed to tow heavy payloads, such as boats and horse trailers. GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (which is currently being sued by the government for its own alleged diesel-emissions evasions) all sell this type of vehicle and have for years.

Source: GM diesel emissions lawsuit compliant – Business Insider