Ford is Hatin’ on GM’s Nine-Speed Automatic; Says It’s Too Inefficient and Too Expensive to Adapt
Five years ago, Ford and GM entered in a partnership whereby the two U.S. auto behemoths would share a few newly developed transmissions, all in the name of greater efficiency and lower R&D costs. Now, it’s looking like Ford will take a different approach than originally outlined, adapting the GM gearbox to better suit its needs.
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GM Fired Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Because Sales are Down and He Couldn’t Keep Up With Audi, Mercedes, and BMW
In a move that nobody saw coming, Cadillac has let go of company president Johan de Nysschen after a four-year stint as the main decision-maker for the American automaker. Steve Carlisle, most recently the president and managing director of GM Canada, will step in to take de Nysschen’s place as Caddy’s new president, effective immediately.
GMC really has no idea whether it wants to build a production version of its 2010 Granite Concept. However, it just keeps on extending the trademark. In fact, it’s extended it so many times that it just recently had to file for the trademark all over again.
After using up all five of its six-month extensions for the Granite trademark, General Motors had to reset the entire process and refile on May 26th, 2015. This constant renewing of the trademark means that this name must have some value to the brand, but the it remains unclear what the automaker plans to do with it.
For those who missed it, the Granite Concept was a C-segment crossover with suicide doors, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that likely produced around 150 horsepower, and a high-tech cabin filled with all sorts of gadgets to keep your average tech nerd plugged in.
Why GMC never actually produced this Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and Mini Countryman competitor is likely because the market wasn’t quite ready for an SUV this size. Now with these small SUVs sprouting like weeds in late spring, GMC is likely ready to pull the production trigger.
Now, don’t look for the suicide doors, the futuristic cabin, and all the gadgetry. Instead, look for a clean, compact people hauler with more traditional looks than its main competitors and slightly more off-road capabilities.
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The trademark filings continue for General Motors, this time with a new name and the return of an old favorite. Filed on February 9th and 12th respectively, the Silverado Big Sky and Scottsdale names seem very likely candidates for near-future trim levels or special editions in the GM truck lineup. In fact, it doesn’t take much imagination or guess work to figure out that both names will accompany the Chevy Silverado.
The more obvious name is the Silverado Big Sky. This will likely be a subset option package group to an existing trim level, say the mid-range LT or LTZ, and bundle several popular options together for a one-click option box shopping experience. Conversely, Chevy may follow Ford’s lead and introduce a panoramic sunroof option. This is less likely, but still a possibility.
The Scottsdale on the other hand, may end up being a new trim level altogether. The Scottsdale name dates back to the third generation of the Chevy C/K-series trucks of the 1970s and 80s. Back then the Scottsdale was a mid-range trim package. It continued in that role into the C/K’s fourth generation, eventually being retired after the 1998 model year.
The argument for the Scottsdale name being a trim package is further strengthened when reading GM’s trademark filing description. It says it’s for, “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines therefore and structural parts thereof.” That’s pretty inclusive when compared to the Big Sky’s description of, “Motor land vehicles, namely, trucks.”
Perhaps Chevrolet will compete with Ram’s Express trim level by putting the Scottsdale trim level between the WT and LS options. The trim level could spill over to the Colorado, Tahoe, and Suburban as well.
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Electric cars are certainly beginning to take flight lately, with Tesla becoming the unlikely leader of the whole revolution. Okay, maybe it’s not quite a revolution yet, but it’s at least starting to gain a little more traction. It has gained enough traction to garner the attention of UK coach builder, Prindiville.
Prindiville, being the creative company that it is, couldn’t just make any run-of-the-mill EV. Nope, its engineers and designers came up with a near mock up of the latest Hummer H3 – you know, one of the many defunct GM brands – only miniaturize and electric driven. What a concept!
Prindiville has now begun production and released a slew of specifications, so we felt it was time to give it the appropriate TopSpeed once over via a full review. So is this new custom EV in a shrunk-down Hummer body a good buy for the average driver?
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And here we thought that recalls were left behind in 2010. How silly of us. 2011 is barely a month old and we already have our first recall of the year.
Taking in the honor is General Motors who is recalling 26,751 SUVs and trucks from its 2011 model line-up. According to GM, the problem concerns a defect in the rear-axle cross pins, which were not heated properly and, as a result, could fracture and get displaced within the rear axle, creating an interference condition and, eventually, causing the rear axle to lock. This, in turn, could affect the driver’s ability to maintain directional control of the vehicle and a crash could occur without warning.
Affected GM models of the recall include the 2011MY Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles.
As is the case with all recalls, General Motors has instructed their dealerships to install a new rear axle cross pin to any affected vehicle at no cost to the owner. As expected, GM’s dealers will install a new rear axle cross pin free of charge, with the safety recall to begin before the end of the month.
Gas prices are getting bigger, dollar is getting wicker. But this you already knew. And that the auto makers have big problems because of this two issues is not a secret anymore. With such a background big cars like SUVs or pick-ups seems to have no future.
And maybe is true! GM announced they will focus on building small cars and close four truck and SUV plants.
"Our greatest concern is the unprecedented rise in oil prices," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, speaking before the automaker’s annual meeting in Delaware. "We believe it is, by and large, permanent. We view the near term environment ... with considerable caution.
GM will phase out production at four SUV and truck assembly plants: Oshawa, Ontario, in 2009; Moraine, Ohio, in 2010 or sooner; Janesville, Wis., by the end of 2009 and Toluca, Mexico, by the end of this year.
And while customers ask more and more for sedans such as the redesigned Malibu and crossovers such as the Buick Enclave, there;s no point for huge cars like HUMMER. Wagoner announced that GM is considering the possible sale of its Hummer brand.
For the future Wagoner announced the all-new next generation Chevrolet compact car program. It will be better-equipped, fuel efficient and produced at GM’s Lordstown plant in starting in 2010. Also in 2010 GM will unveil the replacement for the subcompact Chevy Aveo and a new engine module to be produced in Flint.
There is good news at General Motors – proof, even that they can build cars people want.
Or, at least, crossovers people want.
In June, sales of the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, and GMC Acadia – all of which are made at GM’s plant in Lansing, Michgan, are up 377% over the same period a year ago. In all, GM sold more than 12,000 of the vehicles in June.
Demand has been so high that that General Motors is adding a third shift at the plant. That means it will be producing the crossovers (...)
General Motors Corp. intends to produce a Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid that has the potential to achieve double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV, the automaker announced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.
This hybrid SUV will use a modified version of GM’s 2-mode hybrid system and plug-in technology, a Lithium Ion battery pack when ready, highly efficient electronics and powerful electric motors to achieve significant increases in fuel economy.
“GM has begun work on a (...)