Recall Alert: 355 GM Sedans, Crossovers


Vehicles Affected: About 355 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers; Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Acadia crossovers — all 2014 models equipped with automatic transmissions.

The Problem: The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever, which could prevent the driver from shifting gear positions, and the indicated shift position may not represent the actual gear position. If disengagement occurs while the vehicle is in motion, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "Park" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the correct gear position; if this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting late this month, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 800-222-1020, Buick owners 800-521-7300 and GMC owners 800-462-8782, or owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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2014 Chevrolet Traverse: Car Seat Check


Chevrolet's people-mover, the Traverse, received a light update for 2013, and for 2014 it got a host of available safety features. The Traverse seats seven or eight passengers on three rows of seats, and we tested a model with second-row bucket seats. The crossover should be plenty roomy for a growing family, but connecting to its Latch anchors proved a bit difficult, earning this crossover mixed grades in our Car Seat Check.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse


Watch your back, Honda Pilot — the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has addressed previous shortcomings and covets the car-based SUV crown. reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says the new Traverse makes great strides with its interior, particularly in the LTZ trim. A redesigned center control panel, classier looking controls and wood-look trim, soft-touch surfaces with contrast stitching and effective faux aluminum make us forget 2012's already-forgettable black-plastic backdrop. Where the Traverse loses us is its optional touch-screen navigation system that has an undersized screen and imprecise capacitive touch buttons; the ride also feels firmer than before. So is the Pilot getting grounded? Read Wiesenfelder's Traverse review below and decide.

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Video

When reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says large-family-vehicle shoppers would be "nuts" not to consider the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, he means the Traverse-averse literally should seek psychiatric help. Although we weren't crazy about the Traverse in a 2012 three-row crossover comparison, the 2013 model is strong, with improved exterior styling, upgraded interior materials and a comfortable ride in all three rows. Beware, however, of lackluster multimedia controls and a squeaky center console, he cautions. Check out the video above.

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Chevrolet Spark EV to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

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Chevrolet is hoping to spark some interest in its new minicar when an electric version of the Spark makes its debut later this month at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

So far, Chevy's smallest car has been a sales success. "Building on that success, the plug-in electric version of the Spark EV will offer consumers the same package that has made the gasoline-powered model so popular while delivering the technology and performance of pure electric power," the automaker said in a statement.

In addition to the Spark EV, other Chevrolet vehicles expected to be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, include the new Impala, Malibu Turbo midsize sedan, Sonic RS compact car, Traverse crossover and Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Hurricane Sandy Recovery: Automakers Pitch In


Million-dollar donations to Hurricane Sandy-relief efforts from high-wattage celebrities like Lady Gaga are guaranteed to make headlines, but automakers are also making major contributions to help those impacted by the storm. Many automakers have made contributions of as much as $1 million, started payment-relief programs and donated vehicles for use in disaster areas. That's in addition to varied discounts, cash-back bonuses and other programs aimed at helping storm victims replace damaged and destroyed cars.

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For the scores of disaster victims facing with massive personal-property losses, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota are offering some leeway with regard to car payments. 

By Matt Schmitz | November 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

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The bow-tie brand's largest crossover gets an update for 2013. The three-row Chevrolet Traverse gets a more stylish-looking grille along with more exterior chrome trim for an overall polished look.

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Inside, a new center airbag joins the Traverse's list of standard safety features. Other cabin improvements include higher-quality materials throughout the interior. The center stack has also been updated, with touch-sensitive controls replacing traditional buttons.

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GM Plant Closures Signal Product Shift


Now that it’s operating under bankruptcy protection, GM has ramped up the scheduled plant closures it had previously announced. Four assembly plants will be closed this year, impacting current products.

The least surprising closure is the Wilmington, Del., plant that produces the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice roadsters and coupes. It's also the most immediate, shutting down in July of this year. The 2010 Pontiac Solstice coupe just went into production at the plant, and company officials have said only 1,000 will be produced. One is already sold to GM executive Bob Lutz, meaning there are only 999 available.

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Car Buyer Q&A: 2009 Chevy Traverse


A month ago, 33-year-old Vince Ferrari posted on his personal blog about a bad experience he had trying to buy a new Chevy Malibu. The tale caught fire among consumer blogs, reinforcing many people’s negative feelings toward car dealers. We contacted Vince via Twitter to see if he’d be interested in telling us how his car shopping went after that experience. The Bronx IT professional ended up purchasing a new 2009 Chevy Traverse — that's it pictured above — but from a different dealer.

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Vince: Recently, my company merged with another company, and my daily commute doubled.  I wanted something I could depend on a little more than my eight-year-old 2001 Malibu LS (which was, for the most part, a very reliable car for me). The economy didn't really come into it, honestly. My company is stable and I knew I wasn't leaving my job. I've been at the same place for almost 13 years now, so it wasn't a real concern for me. Plus, the deals in general on new cars are pretty good right now. It isn't a fire sale like people exaggerate it to be, but it does seem like a good time to buy.

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In a world that’s seemingly full of crossover vehicles, one wouldn’t think GM needed yet another when it already has three. But here it is: The Chevrolet Traverse, a crossover that has Malibu-inspired styling and all the pieces that make GM’s other crossovers (besides the Saturn Outlook) so popular. Does it stack up? Kelsey Mays answers that question and more in his review.

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