General Motors Corp. , the United Auto Workers union and Delphi Corp. have reached an agreement to reduce the number of U.S. hourly employees through an accelerated attrition program. The agreement, which is an important contributor to GM’s turnaround plan in North America, is subject to approval of Delphi’s participation by the Bankruptcy Court. The program is expected to be offered to U.S. hourly employees at GM and select UAW-represented members of Delphi’s hourly work force. It will (...) More
General Motors Corp. announces the ’07 GMC Yukon SUV, which is on sale now, reportedly carries a base price of $34,690, some $890 less than the previous-generation ’06 model. Lower pricing on the all-new GMT900-based vehicles reflects GM’s effort to move closer to actual transaction levels and reduce incentive spending. Premium trim-level Denali SUVs reportedly are set to go on sale shortly and will start at $47,990, a $2,070 drop from ’06 models. Long-wheelbase XL and XL Denalis will appear (...) More
Many owners of new GM vehicles may remember 2006 as the last year they ever got lost while driving, thanks to Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar by GM. OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation allows consumers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete step-by-step directions to customers’ vehicles through their OnStar system. Audio directions are then automatically piped through the vehicle’s stereo as they are needed, (...) More
With tons of dirt and a dose of speed, the corner of Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue will be transformed in spring of 2006 when General Motors opens the doors of “The Drive,” a unique hands-on driving experience that will be the first of its kind within the United States. Featuring two professionally-designed driving courses – including a high performance loop and an off-road adventure over a dirt terrain – The Drive will provide a unique “autotainment” experience adjacent to the Las Vegas (...) More
General Motors Corp. expects to save about $4 billion this year as it implements its North American turnaround plan, Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said Friday. But he declined to give earnings guidance, saying there are too many outstanding issues facing the struggling automaker. Wagoner also refused to speculate on whether the board of the world’s biggest automaker will consider cutting dividends to shareholders. Earlier this week, Jerome York, an aide to billionaire investor Kirk (...) More
The all-new 2007 Yukon XL and Yukon XL Denali full-size SUVs was announced by GMC at Los Angeles Auto Show. The line is led by the Yukon XL Denali, with unique styling and features - including a 6.2L V-8 engine that delivers the most horsepower in its class, with variable valve timing and a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Yukon XL and Yukon XL Denali become available in the second quarter of 2006. The XL models have exterior dimensions similar to the regular models, but are (...) More
A standard Vortec 5300 5.3-liter V8 engine with 295 horsepower (220 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. (454 Nm) of torque, powers the Sierra Hybrid and a 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission coupled with the full-size truck segment’s first hybrid propulsion technology for improved fuel economy.
The Sierra hybrid uses electric power even less frequently. Its gasoline engine can shut down when the car is stopped (actually, when it’s braking to a stop, below 13 mph or so) and-that’s it. The batteries (three 14-volt units plus the standard 12-volt) cannot power the truck at low speeds. Nor do they help out the gasoline engine, which therefore can’t be any smaller. It’s the same 5.3-liter V-8 GM pickup buyers know and love. Because of the limited nature of this hybrid system, the benefits are mild: roughly 2 mpg in city driving and 1 mpg during the EPA’s highway cycle.
Terra4’s unconventional package - a totally integrated design and closed body, with a short, deep cargo area - permits greater functionality and utility than a pickup truck. Doors on the rear quarter panels allow easy access to the closed cargo area. The passenger cab is moved up and forward, creating interior cargo space behind the second row seats.
The GMC Graphyte concept vehicle is a refined SUV with all the capability expected in a four-wheel-drive truck, but with 25 percent improved fuel economy enabled by GM’s latest two-model full hybrid propulsion system. A tailored design, including an elegant, metal-framed grille gives the Graphyte an urban flair. It was designed and built at the GM Advanced Studio in Coventry , England .