Cars.com Names Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Best Pickup Truck of 2014

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In one way, this was an easy choice: Chevrolet engineers basically had the opportunity to go over every inch of the next-generation Silverado 1500 to improve every aspect of its capability and prowess. However, when you consider how hugely competitive this market has become, we know there were many points along this process where costs could have been cut, shortcuts taken or aggressive strategies pulled back. But Chevy engineers and management didn’t do that with this truck.

This is the first time in Cars.com's history that we are presenting a dedicated award for pickup trucks alone, and that makes sense. Three of the top five best-selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2013 were pickup trucks, and if there's a segment more important to most automakers' bottom line, we can't think of one.

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By Patrick Olsen | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Recalls 303,000 2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Pickups

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Approximately 303,000 redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks are being recalled due to a possible fire risk, according to USA Today. The newspaper reports there have been eight fires associated with the defect that could lead to the exhaust overheating.

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We'll have a full Recall Alert once the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases official details, but owners can make an appointment at a dealership now to get software reprogrammed to remedy the issue. Read the full story on USA Today for more information.

Fire risk: GM recalls 303,000 Chevrolet, GMC pickups (USA Today)

By David Thomas | January 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

Chevrolet Helps Drivers Pull Fast One With Corvette Data Recorder, 4G Wireless

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Whether your need for speed manifests itself on the track or online, GM is offering two new ways to get a quick fix. This past weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the automaker announced a first-of-its-kind performance data recorder for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which allows drivers to record video and audio of their hot laps and then use telemetry technology to analyze and improve their times. Meanwhile, the Stingray and a host of other 2015 Chevrolet models will also be available soon with an accelerated data connection to AT&T's high-speed 4G LTE network.

GM developed the performance data recorder with British motorsports-engineering firm Cosworth, and the system will be available on the 2015 Corvette; pricing will be announced later. The PDR's three major components are a high-definition camera mounted in the windshield header to record the driver’s point of view, a self-contained telemetry recorder that uses a GPS receiver to record performance data and a 32-gigabyte memory-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data of up to 13 hours.

By Matt Schmitz | January 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2013

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Even as 2013 cars sales stalled a bit in December, new-car sales overall still landed around 15.6 million units for the year. That's up 8 percent over 2012, and it marks the best sales since 2007. If 2014 sees similar gains, the experts are right: Happy days for the industry will be here again.

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Does that mean happy days for the consumer? Yes, but with caveats. Even as discounts edged upward, ballooning MSRPs sent transaction prices to nearly $33,000 per car by December, according to CNW Marketing Research. Compare that to all of 2012, when transactions averaged as low as $30,184 at the beginning of the year. New cars got pricier, yet shoppers still bought them.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2013

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With the top seven automakers reporting sales, the industry is on track to end December 2013 about flat with December 2012. Don't call it a sputter just yet. Recall that December 2012 was a decent month — and that 2013 still ended well. Toward that end, each automaker charted its own course to the finish line.

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Shoppers gave Toyota the indifferent shoulder as the automaker fell 1.7 percent in December. Three of Toyota's four best-sellers — the Camry, Corolla/Matrix, RAV4 and Prius family — saw lower sales versus year-ago figures. Nissan, by contrast, chalked a 10.5 percent rise on strong Sentra and Rogue sales. And Honda gained 1.9 percent in December as dealers began the month with Accords and CR-Vs aplenty, and shoppers lined up for both. Despite a similar inventory situation, however, the Civic fell 12.4 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (7)

2014 Chevrolet Silverado a Good Fit for Older Kids

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The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has quickly become my 9- and 11-year-olds' favorite test vehicle. While I wasn't exactly shocked that they loved the redesigned Silverado — they practically beg for me to test-drive pickup trucks — I was impressed with the clarity they expressed in why they loved it so.

My test truck, a 2014 Silverado LTZ 4x4 crew cab with the Z71 Off-Road Package, impressed me with its spacious interior that allowed my growing children to stretch out without touching each other.

By Sara Lacey | November 27, 2013 | Comments (3)

Will the 2015 GM Full-Size SUVs Have a Hybrid Version?

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By Rick Popely | November 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500

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Vehicles Affected: 18,972 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks manufactured between Aug. 1, 2013, and Sept. 10, 2013, and equipped with manual reclining seatbacks.

The Problem: Either of the front seatbacks may have play and therefore fail to conform to federal safety requirements pertaining to head restraints. If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly protect occupants, increasing the risk of injury.

By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2013

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As experts largely predicted, car shoppers shook off any hesitation from the federal government shutdown and bought enough new cars in the second half of October to drive the auto industry up about 11 percent by Halloween, judging by numbers from the largest seven automakers.

The Detroit Three led the pack, with sales up 13.9 percent. Nissan, Toyota and Honda gained 9.5 percent, while Hyundai-Kia were nearly flat with a 0.6 percent increase.

"Consumers showed resiliency in October with steady auto sales despite headwinds caused by the government shutdown," Toyota division GM Bill Fay said in a statement. Sales for the automaker's best-selling Camry ebbed, but a redesigned Corolla lifted Toyota's numbers. Honda saw a larger boom in the Civic, while shoppers shied away from the Accord; both cars had a strong October 2012. Nissan's popular Altima, meanwhile, fell 11.5 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | November 1, 2013 | Comments (11)

OnStar Celebrates Five Years of Stolen Vehicle Slowdowns

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If you're a crook trying to make a fast getaway in a GM car, OnStar wants to slow you down. The automaker in recent years has been working with U.S. law-enforcement agencies to help them make more effective use of its connected safety-and-security system, and the efforts have been paying off. During the past five years, a signal to an OnStar-equipped stolen vehicle has helped slow and stop auto thieves nearly 250 times, according to GM.

The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown feature is typically used after a vehicle has been reported stolen, and police have spotted it and are in pursuit. In May 2010, GM reported that OnStar slowed a state senator's stolen Chevrolet Impala and the suspect was apprehended. In a in Shreveport, La., incident, a Chevrolet Silverado was stolen during a home invasion; police slowed and stopped the pickup truck and even used OnStar to communicate with the suspect for hours to end a standoff.

By Matt Schmitz | October 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

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