General Motors is entering the next-generation small van competition with a new version of a commercial vehicle made by Nissan, both companies announced Tuesday.
The Chevrolet City Express, as it will be called, will be a revised Nissan NV200 and will come to market in fall, 2014. Nissan has been trying to aggressively find new uses for its small NV200 van, including adapting it as the “taxi of tomorrow,” the mainstay of New York’s cab fleet.
In creating a Chevrolet version, Nissan solves a problem for GM. With the success of Ford’s small Transit Connect, the pressure has been on GM to find a match. By partnering with Nissan, GM cuts years of development time and expense.
GM officials know exactly what they want the van to accomplish.
“It’s designed to go head-to-head against Transit Connect — and win,” Ed Peper, GM’s fleet sales chief tells USA TODAY. “Speed (to market) was a very important asset we had to have here.”
The van will be for sale to individual customers as well as fleet buyers, the businesses that buy their vans in bunches for flower deliverers, plumbers and myriad other enterprises.
The small van segment is new to GM. Ford basically created the segment in the U.S. with its Transit Connect, which sort of a combination car and truck. Now, Peper says GM’s vehicle will stand out from the Nissan with an entirely new front-end design that looks distinctively like a Chevrolet and a five-year, 100,000-miles powertrain warranty.
The van, to be built at a Nissan plant in Mexico, is yet another example of how Nissan partners with other automakers to try to get enough production volume at its plants to make vehicles successful.
“Working with partners to expand markets for our innovative products enhances Nissan’s growth and manufacturing efficiency by leveraging our capacity to meet growing demand in this space,” says Joe Castelli, a Nissan vice president, in a statement.
Now it yet to be seen whether GM will try to enter the large, new-generation van market. It is dominated by Mercedes-Benz’ large Sprinter, and both Ford and Chrysler have their own large vans planned based on European designs.
General Motors has opened a new design studio in Seoul, South Korea, this past Wednesday, April 20, 2010. This will be GM’s tenth global design studio, to date, and will be responsible for creating mini and small vehicles to be sold around the world. There will be over thirty designers at the Seoul Advanced Design studio working diligently to create new concept vehicles for GM world-wide.
As time goes by, I believe that this design studio will become a crucial part of GM as the United States, and the World, enforces more strict fuel-efficiency and emissions standards. Soon, more and more people will be driving mini or small vehicles in order to comply with fuel-efficiency and emissions standards, and this GM design studio will be one of the major players contributing to the designs of those vehicles.
US auto giant General Motors has officially announced the repayment of its $5.8 Billion loan by the end of June ‘10. The loan is from the U.S Treasury and Export Development Canada, both of which currently hold Equity Shares in the company.
The company that emerged from bankruptcy in July 2009 also stated that once the repayments are complete “the focus will be to upgrade the plants in Detroit and Kansas to build their Next Generation- Chevrolet Malibu.”
The news of the repayment was made on the Wall Street Journal website on Tuesday April 20th by the CEO of GM, Ed Whitacre, as he announced “Our ability to pay back these loans less than a year after emerging from bankruptcy is a sign that our plan for building a new GM is working.”
The Detroit- Hamtramck and Kansan City factories will be updated with an investment of $ 275 million. The update will enable the plants to manufacture the Next Generation Malibu slated for release next year. On Wednesday, Mr.Whitacre addressing the Kansas City plant said that it will receive $136 million of the investment as the plant will be the prime manufacturing site for the Malibu.
As per the Automotive News Data Center, the new Chevy Malibu has a 53 day supply and Buick LaCrosse a 43 day supply, and the Kansas plant is working 3 shifts and on Saturdays to build both the cars which began production in April to maintain a 60 Day supply level as recommended by analysts.
The Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS sedans currently being produced at the Detroit Hamtramck plant will be downsized this year to accommodate the production of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in sedan, to be released in the fourth quarter of ’10. The Hamtramck plant investment of $121 will assist in the production of the Malibu in period of spike in demand.
The most awaited and important event on China ‘s automotive calendar is just nearing. The Auto China 2010 will begin Friday, April 12, in Beijing . And almost all the automakers, both domestic and global, have said what they will put on display. And Of course each and everyone of the automakers is vying for its share of the limelight. This may be the toughest contest of the year for the Geely Holdings and General Motors Company. Both of these two companies will display more on their products in the show more than other automakers.
And in detail, Geely Holdings will display almost 39 models of their products and General Motors will display 28 products. They will also show more new models than most other automakers. Geely says it will put 11 all new models on stage at the event. Meanwhile General Motors has announced it will show 6 new models for the first time in front of a Chinese audience.
The General Motors vehicles are Chevy Volt MPV5 concept, the Cadillac Concept, the Cadillac XTS concept, the Chevy Aveo RS concept, the two-box Chevy New Sail and the new Chevy Spark. Last week Geely held an event in Beijing with several company executives taking turns to explain to reporters the long list of new models and power train technologies their company will display at the show. General Motors China convened reporters from across the country in Shanghai for a briefing on its middle and long term growth plans for China .
For sure, Geely Holdings didn’t start making cars until the late of 1990s. So it goes without saying that it still can’t mount serious competition for General Motors. With most of its products selling less than 70,000 yuan ($10,248), the company still confines itself to the low end of the domestic market. This will change very soon. In addition to rolling out more expensive models under its own brand, the private Chinese company wants to launch more Volvo models in China after it completes the purchase of the Swedish brand from Ford Motor Co in the third quarter.
With a brand that is now a byword for excellence in safety in its stable, Geely holdings should become a rival to reckon with for global players including General Motors.
On Friday, March 26th, 2010, GM announced a new way to produce more of its Equinox and GMC Terrains. GM is going to expand the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario to produce more Equinox bodies and then it will have those bodies shipped to the Oshawa plant for paint and final assembly. “This plan for CAMI and Oshawa allows us to meet customer demand for hot products while avoiding a potential production overcapacity situation by creatively using our assets and facilities,” said Mark Reuss, GM North America president. Reuss also stated that, “This agreement is pretty cost-effective and they could easily get 50,000 to 60,000 more units of … production…” Who doesn’t love the idea of having more Equinox readily available?
Another great aspect to this announcement is the creation of 600 jobs for the Oshawa plant and 70 jobs for the CAMI plant! In a time of world-wide economic hardship, it is great to see a company re-opening jobs for people.
We all know that it is not necessary to pump your own gas in the great state of New Jersey. This is a brilliant concept for those who live in NJ, and stay in NJ, but once a New Jerseyan crosses the border into Pennsylvania, New York, or Delaware, going to the gas station is a whole different ballgame. No longer is it a quick, painless trip; it becomes a full-on battle of ‘you vs. the gas pump’. The following is a guide for New Jerseyans on how to properly pump gas, so that when presented with the challenge, the outcome will not result in tangled hoses, gas stained hands, or the genius question of: ‘do I pay before or after I pump?!’. After you read this guide you will be just as capable of skillfully pumping gas like our nice neighbors (and, maybe, even better!).
First Things First: Know which side of the car your gas tank door is on. It is quite embarrassing to drive up to a pump, turn off your car and get out, only to realize that you need to get back into your car and move to the other side of the pump. Save yourself the trouble, and embarrassment, – remember what side your gas tank door is on!
Okay, Another First Thing: Keep baby wipes in your middle consul. After you are finished pumping your gas you can use them to wipe your hands and get rid of the smell the gas pump left behind.
How to Handle the Gas Pump Kiosk: Remember to read the instructions on the gas pump kiosk – they are there for a reason! Many gas stations require that you pay before you pump. So, if you are paying by credit card you will most likely need to swipe your card and then proceed with the rest of the process. If you are paying by cash you will need to go inside the store, tell the attendant how much gas you want, and then pay before you go back out to your station to pump.
Once You Have Paid: Here is where the fun begins! You need to specify which type of gas you would like to pump (regular, premium, or super). Some kiosks will ask you this and make the process easy, but for others you just need to know to press the correlating button above the gas hose that pumps out the specific gas you want.
Making the Hose Work: In order to do this you will need to lift the hose’s handle off of its stand in the kiosk and then insert the nozzle of the hose into the gas tank opening. Make sure that the nozzle is secure – you don’t need it falling off and pouring gas out everywhere! Next, there will either be a switch or button on the pump to allow the gas to flow. Press/switch it. In order to get the gas through the nozzle of the hose you will need to pull up on the trigger located in the handle of the hose (you will know what this is when you grasp the handle). Some of the triggers will lock, allowing the gas to move into the gas tank freely (which mean you can clean your windows or go get a snack). However, some of them do not have a lock and will make you hold down the trigger until the gas is finished pumping.
When It’s Done, It’s Done: You will know when your gas tank is full (or when you have reached your $ limit) when the gas stops pumping and you hear a loud ‘clunk’ sound (this is the pump shutting off). Remove the nozzle and place the handle back onto its proper place in the kiosk. Remember to screw your gas cap back on (and listen for the loud ‘click, click, click’ – when you hear that sound the gas cap is firmly screwed on)!
That’s all there is to it! You are now an expert gas pumper!
Remember: Always shut your car completely off before pumping gas!!
wwwbobmaguirechevrolet.com is the website specially designed for this New Jersey Chevrolet dealer. The features of this site are quite striking with spectacular pictures as main part. This was founded in 1977 and family owned prestigious automotive dealership group. This particular dealer is famous for its reputed services for many years by offering largest selection at best prices. Maguire Auto group customers are happiest buyers with best price and best services. Featured vehicles are the main attraction of this site. These featured vehicle posts gives all the information about those featured cars in all the needed aspects. There is nothing gave a miss in the feature for a person who is looking for a best pre-owned car.
Maguire Auto group offers new models as well as pre-owned to their customers to their satisfaction. Financing facilities are best way arranged to the customers here as an additional service.
Their new models include trucks, hybrids, couples, crossovers, sedans, SUVs’ and vans with reviews. An array of new upcoming models is also showcased on the website with more technical details.
In the pre-owned category one can avail online inventory through this website. GM certified used vehicles are the specialty of the pre-owned car from this website. Luxury pre-owned is widely available here and can be verified on website too besides many other models which are almost less than $10K.
Services are the important part of Maguire Auto group. Their service centre often serves their customers with best fuel solutions. The technical team here got a special team exclusively for BODY SHOP. Here Schedule services and recommended maintenances take place constantly for their customers. Customers satisfaction often seen here through their praising about what they got benefited.
GM certified vehicles are specialty at this Maguire Auto group. This certificate is offered to vehicles under GM certified program here. For this a vehicle must be belong to before 2003, with less than 60,000 miles.
Best part of this Maguire Auto group is easy access to their customers through particular number for particular division. All the staff to serve to the customers are well qualified and good professional. The organize way of operations with this company made them reputed with their customers since 1977. The well maintained business values with customers are main backbone to the successful existence.
With only 500 units lined up for production, the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition serves as a must have for any Corvette collector! The new Z06 is “designed to further incorporate technology through racing”, and is, “…a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of LeMans”, says Chevrolet General Manager, Jim Campbell. According to Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer, the Z06 Carbon is, “the best balanced Corvette yet. It combines the lightweight and naturally-aspirated Z06 engine with the road-holding and braking of the ZR1”.
This limited edition Z06 will boast Bremo carbon ceramic brakes with specific dark gray metallic calipers. The Corvette will also sport black 20 spoke 19-inch/20-inch rear wheels wrapped by Michelin PS2 tires. And, for the first time, the Z06 will have Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
The car also features a special carbon pattern engine cover. The Corvette Z06 Carbon will be available in two colors: Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue. It is enhanced by black headlamps and mirrors, a ZR-1 style body color spoiler, body color door handles, carbon raised hood, and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter. For track events, you can even install Euro-styled racing numbers (that come with each car).
The 2011 Corvette Z06 is decked to the nines. Its ebony leather and suede interior is enhanced by blue or orange seat stitching (depending on what color you choose), and you will also find a unique steering wheel emblem, sill plate and logoed headrest. The suede used on the steering wheel, shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors add to the luxury of the Z06!
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition will be available late this summer! So look into buying yours today, there are only 500!
Okay, as promised, here is reason #2 for why I think the new 2011 Silverado Heavy Duty truck will crush any other heavy duty truck on the market!
Reason #2: New & Strong Independent Front Suspension
The 2010 Silverado Heavy Duty has a completely redesigned front suspension system! It offers up to 6,000 pounds front gross axle weight rating (a 25-percent greater front axle weight rating than before) – great for a snow plow to be used on all 4WD cab configurations with the snow prep package.
Silverado’s signature short-long arm/torsion bar front suspension design features new, forged steel upper control arms that are stronger and lighter than their predecessors. The new lower control arms are made of precision-machined cast iron to handle the greater loads. Five different torsion bar rates support five different front gross axle weight ratings – this helps stabilize the range of trim heights of various models under load, while enhancing appearance, handling, durability, tire wear and alignment. The trim height is adjusted on each bar via a single bolt, easily allowing the height to be changed to account for the weight of a snow plow or other accessories.
The Silverado HD’s new design eliminates squeaks and clunks, while supporting higher load capability and increased durability. The front suspension now uses a pair of urethane jounce bumpers on each side, instead of one, for improved load management; and there’s a new upper shock mount attachment design that’s positively connected to the frame with two fasteners.
The Silverado’s independent front suspension provides a better ride, more accurate trim height control and greater flexibility to adjust the alignment for weight and tire sensitivity!