2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Half-Ton Pickups Get Makeovers

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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.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 13, 2012 | Comments (12)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: May 2012

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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.

By Kelsey Mays | June 1, 2012 | Comments (11)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: April 2012

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Eight of March's 10 best-sellers returned to the table in April, but one of the newbies may surprise you. In March, an incentive-heavy Nissan Altima fell just 1,517 cars short of the redesigned Toyota Camry, clinching the No. 2 best-selling car position. Incentives remain high, but Altima sales dropped drastically enough to knock it off the top 10 list. Instead, shoppers drifted toward the Honda Accord and Toyota Prius.

The Accord, one of April's two newcomers, gained 25.6% last month, snapping three months' sales malaise to fall just 1,435 cars short of the hard-charging, recently redesigned Camry. The shift surprised us, given the Accord is in its final year before a redesign while incentives are about the same as a year ago.

There's little surprise that the Prius' sales catapulted 101.7% despite gas prices leveling off this month. Three new Prius variants — a subcompact Prius c, larger Prius v and rechargeable Prius Plug-in — accounted for 76% of that rise. Strip those away, however, and even the original Prius handily outpaced its year-ago sales.

By Kelsey Mays | May 1, 2012 | Comments (20)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2012

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Chrysler and Hyundai saw big increases in February sales as shoppers, spurred by positive economic news and rising personal income, hit dealerships to find incentives remain high. Dealer and manufacturer discounts, including trade-in bonuses and discount financing, totaled 16.1% off the average car's MSRP in early February, CNW Market Research reports. That's about even with January but much higher than February 2011's 13.3% in total discounts.

Sales for Ford's F-Series improved 25.9%, with the V-6 model — both naturally aspirated and EcoBoost (turbocharged) models — accounting for nearly 60% of sales. The Escape, an SUV that made the best-selling list for nine months running, dropped off as sales increased a modest 3.7%. Ford keeps piling on Escape incentives — up versus February 2011 — but perhaps enough shoppers are waiting for its replacement.

The redesigned Toyota Camry maintained a thin lead over the Nissan Altima to remain America's best-selling sedan, despite the Altima selling nearly 60% better. Nissan is cleaning up: Altima incentives are just a tad higher than they were a year ago, and the car is selling despite being in its twilight years. A redesigned Altima will debut at next month's New York auto show.

By Kelsey Mays | March 1, 2012 | Comments (59)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2012

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After capping 2011 with four decent months, the auto industry hit 2012 running. Analysts expect auto sales to outpace 2011 figures anywhere from 6% to 10%, which could make 2012 the best sales year since 2007.

January enticed consumers with total incentives — including financing offers, automaker and dealer cash, and trade-in bonuses — amounting to 16% off the average car’s MSRP, CNW Marketing Research reports. That beats January 2011, when shoppers saw only 13.5% off the average MSRP.

Shoppers took advantage. January sales jumped 11%, beating Tuesday’s expectations. This marks the best annualized month since 2009, Automotive News reports. Chrysler, Nissan and Hyundai-Kia saw double-digit sales gains, with GM the only top-seven automaker to post a loss.

By Kelsey Mays | February 1, 2012 | Comments (13)

IIHS Says Several Pickups Don't Meet Expectations

Dodge_ram_sidecrash While you might envision large pickup trucks as pretty safe vehicles to be inside during a bad accident, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has news for you: The new Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan and Chevy Silverado all performed below expectations when IIHS tested four-door versions for side impacts.

Both with and without optional side airbags, the Chevy Silverado 1500 got a Poor rating, even though the Silverado got a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Director of media relations Russ Rader told Autoblog that this was due to different testing methods; IIHS simulates the impact of a large truck or SUV with a taller barrier that impacts the more vulnerable parts of the door.

The Titan also received a Poor mark for side impacts, but increased that rating to Marginal with optional side airbags. The Ram, which has standard side airbags, managed a Marginal rating as well.

In case you’re wondering, IIHS really doesn't have it in for large pickups: The new 2009 Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra both were chosen as Top Safety Picks.

By Stephen Markley | February 11, 2009 | Comments (2)

Reader Review of the Week: 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Reader Review Not everybody falls in love with their automotive purchases. This is certainly the case for Eric from Tennessee, who had some buyer's remorse about the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. His disappointment extended beyond the pickup's general ride and unimpressive fuel economy to small touches like storage space and even upholstery. Read his full review for an idea of why the Silverado failed to meet his expectations, then post your own review here.

By Stephen Markley | November 28, 2008 | Comments (16)

GM Announces Pricing for Sierra Hybrid, Silverado Hybrid, Pontiac G3

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GM released pricing information for two of its upcoming 2009 models, including its hybrid pickup trucks. The 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid will start at $39,365 for a 3HA model. The Sierra Hybrid has a fuel economy rating of 21/22 mpg city/highway for the 2WD model, while the 4WD is estimated at 20/20 mpg.

The 3HB model will go for $45,500 and include amenities like a Bose sound system, rear-park assist and leather bucket seats. A $2,200 federal tax credit is available for Sierra Hybrid buyers.

The 2009 Chevy Silverado Hybrid (pictured) will start at $38,995, including a $975 destination charge, for the 2WD 1HY model and $45,130 for the 2HY model, which like the Sierra upgrade includes navigation, leather seats and rear-park assist. The Silverado gets a combined fuel economy rating of 21 mpg from the EPA.

Meanwhile, the Pontiac G3 hatchback will start at $14,995 when it hits showrooms in March 2009. The G3 has a fuel economy rating of 34 mpg on the highway, making it Pontiac's fourth vehicle that gets better than 32 mpg.

By Stephen Markley | November 18, 2008 | Comments (7)

GM Rolls Out Red Tag Sale, Chevy Deals

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GM’s Red Tag Sale has become a bit of a holiday tradition, usually starting in December. However, the abysmal economy has forced the company to roll out the sale a month early this year. Dealers are instructed to clearly place the price consumers will pay after incentives and other fees have been calculated and deducted on a big, red tag on each vehicle. (The tag’s price excludes factory-to-dealer incentives, as well as other stackable incentives like recent grad cash back, auto show bonus cash, and tax, title and registration fees.)

First up in our list of such incentives is Chevrolet. A variety of incentives (or, to be technical, the Red Tag Sale price) are available on 2008 and 2009 models. A full list is available on GM’s Red Tag Sale page. Even new models like the Chevy Traverse crossover are severely discounted. A selection of available Red Tag pricing deals are listed below, though they may vary depending on what region of the country you’re in: 

By Eamonn Brennan | November 7, 2008 | Comments (23)

Another Shock: Chevy Silverado Tops August Best-Sellers List

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It seems that dangling a nearly $10,000 discount on a truck — along with sub-$4 gas prices — will help it sell. That was the case with Chevy’s Silverado pickup in August, as GM’s employee pricing offer kicked its sales into overdrive and put it atop the list of the nation’s best-selling cars and trucks. 

The Silverado sold only 32,989 units in July, but the added discounts bumped the total to 55,765 in August, which is still less than August 2007’s total of 67,486. 

Other trucks were also heavily discounted and saw sales increases, but practical cars still make up the majority of August’s top 10 list. Check out the full list below. 

By David Thomas | September 3, 2008 | Comments (32)

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