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2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

Chevrolet has announced its latest special edition package for the midsize Colorado pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show. The GearOn Special Edition packages together GM’s innovative GearOn cargo management system with some unique body adornments.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

The 2015 Colorado is one of Chevrolet’s hottest models these days, with the midsize truck causing quite a stir in its segment. The Colorado offers tons of cab, bed, engine, and drivetrain options that give truck buyers the ability to pick a truck to fit their needs. That versatility extends to the Chevrolet’s innovative cargo bed-based GearOn cargo management system.

To help promote its bed management system, Chevy has bundled the GearOn equipment with a few exterior adornments on the truck to make it stand out. While the GearOn system is available on any Colorado or its GMC Canyon twin, neither would come with the added pieces of the bundle.

Those include the off-road assist steps, gloss-black, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a body-colored grille with a blacked out Chevy bowtie along with a matching emblem on the EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate, fog lamps, rear window defogger, and the remote start system.

While the GearOn Special Edition doesn’t come with every GearOn accessory, it does provide the basic system for attaching things like bike, ski, canoe, or surfboard carriers and even a pop-up tent. All the ancillary parts are available at Chevy dealerships.

Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the Colorado GearOn Special Edition’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Chevrolet’s clever Super Bowl ad left more than 112 million viewers thinking their TV signal had died, only to surprise them with #technolgoyandstuff.

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Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Have you ever been intently watching TV only to have the signal die out? That’s exactly what happened to more than 112 million people watching the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Sea Hawks. Or at least that what Chevrolet tricked them to believe.

The automaker’s genius commercial aired just minutes before kickoff. It started off with what seemed like a live video feed of the stadium, only to turn into static and then into a black screen. With folks’ attention, Chevy gave a solution to the viewers’ worst nightmares by saying the new Chevy Colorado has built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi where uninterrupted video streaming could take place.

I’m sure the “unintended interruption” caught more than a handful of people off guard, resulting in a few expletives accompanied by the spilling of beverages and throwing of food. How about you? Did Chevrolet catch you by surprise with this advertisement? Let us know in the comments below.

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GM Trademarks "Z71 Trail Boss" Nomenclature

GM Trademarks "Z71 Trail Boss" Nomenclature

Looks like GM may be working on a boss of a trail rig. Could it be a true Raptor fighter or just another trim package above the standard Z71?

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GM Trademarks "Nightfall Edition" Package For Pickup Trucks

GM Trademarks "Nightfall Edition" Package For Pickup Trucks

General Motors plans to introduce a special-edition pickup truck wearing the "Nighfall Edition" badge in 2015, according to a trademark the manufacturer filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office earlier this month. AutoGuide reports the package will include "a black exterior, black grille, black five-inch assist steps, 18-inch aluminum wheels, polished exhaust tips, [a] spray-in bedliner, [a] remote start system and automatic climate control." Assist steps and bedliner? That’s a truck alright!

While this may be excellent news for truck enthusiasts, the filing does not specify which nameplate will receive the special package. Although anything is possible without official confirmation, we have a hunch the Nightfall Edition bundle is reserved for the special edition version of the GMC Canyon that’s scheduled to break cover at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January. The manufacturer has yet to unveil any details surrounding this truck, but it’s about time GM’s midsize truck gets a special production version after showcasing several concepts at the 2014 SEMA Show.

There’s also the possibility the Nightfall Edition goes to the Chevrolet Colorado, but the blacked-out exterior and the black-and-chrome body parts are more of a GMC thing. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough as the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is only three weeks away.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crowned Motor Trend "Truck Of The Year"

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crowned Motor Trend "Truck Of The Year"

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has just been crowned the MotorTrend Truck of the Year for 2015. Though the Colorado was up against a tough field of competitors, the MotorTrend editors judged the contenders against the magazine’s six key criteria with Chevy’s truck pulling out the victory.

The vehicle lineup included the Chevrolet Colorado WT and Colorado Z71; the Silverado 3500 HD; the Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 3.5-liter EcoBoost; the Ford F-450; the Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR; the GMC Canyon SLT; and the GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD.

Each contender was invited to the test because they are either all new or significantly updated. The field includes seven truck and van competitors, three of which brought secondary trim levels. That meant 10 trucks were competing for victory.

The six criteria include design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function. Each truck was judged over a weeklong process and hundreds of miles that included normal driving, hauling, towing, and performance handling. After the evaluations, MotorTrend conducted its proprietary “Real MPG” evaluation on each truck, accurately measuring each competitors’ fuel consumption.

At the end of the process, the judges unanimously named the Colorado the winner, with the Ford Transit and Ford F-150 falling in second and third place respectively.

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4 Best Black Friday Deal Haulers

4 Best Black Friday Deal Haulers

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the nation-wide rush to collect maximum savings from those shameless Black Friday offers is now officially in full swing. There are few things the U.S. loves more than a good deal, and those seeking to (sometimes literally) beat the crowds on this sales crusade should expect anything and everything, from mildly annoyed grandmas, to highly trained, militant retail extremists sporting linoleum-colored camouflage and laser-guided credit cards. This is the big time, a world-renowned annual orgy of consumption that makes the Battle of Helm’s Deep look like a cheese and cracker after party. People will literally go crazy over a flat-screen HD television available for $328, or a 10-speed electric food mixer for $199. Forget the hospital bills, you’d be crazy not to go shopping today!

It’s tough out there, and to survive, you’ll need a vehicle capable of weathering the discount hurricane. The masses will almost certainly devolve to the point of barbarism, so before stepping into the fray, consider our list of ideal Black Friday Deal Haulers. Then clip those coupons, load up the chariot, pack a snack next to the pepper spray, and charge!

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2014 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept

2014 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept

It’s no secret the truck world is excited to have GM’s new midsize truck twins, the Colorado and Canyon, rolling off the assembly line. Their smaller size means they’re easier to drive while their powerful gasoline powertrains keep all the truck-style capabilities truck buyers demand. Chevrolet also knows truck buyers sometimes venture off the beaten path, so good off-road abilities are a welcomed feature. But even the mighty Z71 package can’t match this bad boy; Chevy’s latest concept, the Colorado ZR2.

The truck comes complete with tons of trail-ready hardware, an extra-wide stance with beefy tires, a built-in winch, electronic locking differentials front and rear, and best of all, GM’s new, 2.8-liter, Duramax, four-cylinder turbo-diesel. The baby Duramax is an engine GM promised right off the bat with the new Colorado and Canyon trucks, though it wouldn’t become available until the 2016 model year. Well the time has come for the engine to make its big debut and we can’t think of a better way than in this purpose-built concept truck.

While few concept vehicles actually made it to production, this one might actually have a shot. Chevy offered the ZR2 off-road package between 1994 and 2003 on the S-10 pickup, the predecessor to the Colorado. Now in its second model year, 2016 would be a perfect chance to add such a package to the Colorado’s trim packages, especially considering the Z71 is no longer the stand-alone off-road package it used to be.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Nautique

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Nautique

Part of the fun at SEMA are the lifestyle builds automakers do. This 2015 Colorado is no different. Set and ready to pull its matching Super Air Nautique 210 wakeboarding boat, this Colorado comes with a unique bed solution that helps thrill seekers store their boards while on the road.

Both the truck and the Nautique 210 boat are painted the same shade of Orange Metallic Flake with black accents. Chevy is also quick to point out the 4,200-pound boat and its 1,000-pound trailer are well within the Colorado’s 7,000-pound towing capacity.

While the truck only received an external makeover, we’ve got to admit the look is really cool. The paint scheme is certainly unique and would earn plenty of attention at the lake. This particular Colorado features all the optional mechanical options Chevy offers. It’s powered by the 3.6-liter V-6, has four-wheel-drive, the Eaton G80 locking rear differential, and rides on factory-supplied, 18-inch wheels.

Other options include the Z71 Off Road package that comes with extra skid plates, the powder-coated side steps, and front-mounted tow hooks.

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GM Stops Delivery of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon

GM Stops Delivery of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon

General Motors has announced an issue with its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. A problem has arisen with the wiring harness that connects the driver-side airbag. This could potentially lead to the two-stage airbag deploying at the wrong force in an accident.

The problem originates to some crossed wires, literally. GM says the crossed connections within the wiring harness will lead to the “two-stage airbag system reversing the deployment sequence and disruption the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages.”

Thankfully, GM says most of the trucks are still in transit or on dealer lots. Only a few have made the transition into customers’ hands. The trucks will all undergo repairs to correct the bad connections. Like all recall situations, repairs will be done at no cost to the customers.

While this certainly isn’t GM’s first recall situation, it comes as the first hit to the Colorado and Canyon trucks. Moreover, this recall affects a critical safety system that is imperative to saving lives. While it halts the sale of GM’s latest truck and adds to the company’s tarnished public image, at least the GM can report there have been no known crashes, injuries, or deaths from the incident.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Sport Concept

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Sport Concept

Chevrolet has released yet another concept truck, only this time most of it will be available for purchase at a Chevy dealership. This is the Colorado Sport Concept and it showcases all the factory-available options for those with active lifestyles.

Since the Colorado’s cargo bed is on the shorter side, GM engineers devised this cargo management rack called the GearOn Accessory System. It gives the ability to haul larger items like mountain bikes, kayaks, or skis above the bed. In turn, that allows for open storage under the GearOn rack.

Chevrolet also included other items, such as a cargo divider, cargo tie-downs, side assist steps, mud flaps, and fender flares. Helping make the concept truck stand out is a set of black wheels currently being tested and evaluated for future production. Matte-black stripes give extra character to the Colorado’s hood.

The otherwise stock truck is outfitted with nearly all the options Chevy will offer on the Colorado, including MyLink with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert.

Best of all, since Chevy is offering these add-on options from the dealer, they are included in the truck’s final price and can be included in financing. The accessories are even included in the truck’s warranty.

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