"Will the 2015 GM full-size SUVs have a hybrid version?"
"Will the 2015 GM full-size SUVs have a hybrid version?"
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.
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.
Chevrolet overhauled its half-ton Silverado for the 2014 model year, bringing with it a green punch thanks to the impressive EPA ratings for both its six- and eight-cylinder models.
At its introduction, the Bow-Tie brand threw a risky ball in Ford's court, claiming its 5.3-liter V-8 Silverado is more efficient than the Blue Oval's famed 3.5-liter EcoBoost six-cylinder in its best-selling F-150.
On a recent PickupTrucks.com Challenge, we gathered numbers proving GM's new half-ton twins are greener — even when towing. Engineers added fuel-saving technology to the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 such as active fuel management, which shuts down four of the eight cylinders under light driving; direct injection; and variable valve timing.
We recently tested a 2014 Silverado at our Chicago headquarters and had the opportunity to once again see how it fared in the real world.
Aiming to compete with premium trim packages offered on Ford and Ram pickup trucks, Chevrolet has introduced the High Country package and Texas Edition on the 2014 Silverado. High Country offers exterior flourishes like unique colors, chrome inserts, projector headlamps and body-colored bumpers, as well as a host of interior upgrades. Available engines include a 5.3-liter V-8 boasting class-leading 16/23 mpg city/highway and a 6.2-liter V-8. The automaker says the Texas Edition will be limited in availability for two trim packages and is a nod to the dominance of Texas in full-size pickup sales.
Check out the PickupTrucks.com links below for more details and photos.Related
The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along with a closer look at a host of exciting cars that made flashy debuts at the Detroit auto show.
The 2013 Chicago show — the 105th time the event has been held since 1901, according to organizers — will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, with media and charity previews Feb. 7-8, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Organizers promote the Chicago show as the largest in terms of exhibit space used, as it occupies 1 million square feet of floor space and hosts about 1,000 vehicles.
For those most interested in the latest thing, the Chicago show will host the world debuts of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Kia Cross GT Concept. That's in addition to the North American reveal of the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2014 Ram ProMaster van and the custom Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid also are expected to be unveiled.
In the 2013 BMW M5 video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek notes the high-performance sedan's class-consistent "big engine, big brakes, big wheels." The video put up commensurately big numbers, landing in the top spot among the most watched of the week. That knocked previous champ, the $26,000 Midsize Sedan Showdown video, to No. 3 while PickupTrucks.com's peek at Chevy's and GMC's new heavy-duty trucks for 2014 held its ground in second place. Check out the M5 video above and see which others were popular this week:
A quintet of videos showcasing the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 dominate this week's most-watched videos list. The top spot goes to PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' overview, while the remaining four span Williams' interview with Jeff Luke, GM's executive chief engineer for full-size trucks, during the recent Silverado and Sierra unveiling outside Pontiac, Mich. Check out the videos above and below:
Perhaps our hopes were unfairly inflated for the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks after lengthy redesign delays. But put aside built-up anticipation over these new half-ton trucks and there's tons of stuff to be excited about. Both pickups offer three new engines, and the Silverado's in particular promises to be its most powerful and fuel efficient ever. Each has also had every inch of its body shaved, sculpted and tweaked for minimum drag.
Meanwhile, the interior design and materials for both have been impressively upgraded, with the Sierra's giving a trendy living room a run for its money.
Check out PickupTrucks.com for more info.Related
Toyota dominated the sales landscape last month, with May sales up nearly 90%. That's versus a weak May 2011, when Japan's earthquake and tsunami had shoppers thinking Toyota, Lexus and Scion showrooms would have few cars in stock. It actually wasn't the case, noted Toyota spokeswoman Carly Shaffner; Automotive News data show Toyota maintained higher inventory in May 2011 then it did this past May, but the perception dried up demand and the automaker lost a third of its sales. Last month, it more than made them back: Camry and RAV4 sales more than doubled, Corolla/Matrix sales jumped 87.5% and Prius sales tripled. Even sales for the Lexus RX, which topped last month's Buzz Index, gained 82.1%.
Toyota wasn't the only mover.
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