GM has a big problem with the Chevrolet Equinox. They just can’t make enough of the things to satisfy consistently strong demand. (I never said it was a bad problem). But not making enough vehicles for the customers who want to buy them frustrates those customers and can send them to your competitors’ products, can frustrate your dealer body, and leave a lot of money on the table that otherwise GM might be able to book as revenue. So, how does a vehicle that traces its lineage to the Geo Tracker consistently do so well for GM? We borrowed one for a week in order to answer this very question.
By Roger Boylan
GM offers three versions of this pleasant vehicle: the working-stiff’s Chevrolet Equinox (previously reviewed in these pages), the fancy-pants Cadillac SRX (actually on a premium version of this platform shared with the recently deceased Saab 9-4x), and the present, modestly upscale iteration, the GMC Terrain, which was my ride for a week. (The also recently deceased Saturn Vue was another close relation.) While the vehicle may be similar in feel and specs to its relatives, at least GM has made it look completely different from the Equinox – for better or worse.
By Chris Haak
Today, General Motors officially confirmed the vehicle that will be produced at its currently-idled Spring Hill, Tennessee plant. The answer: the Chevrolet Equinox. The company can’t seem to keep up with Equinox demand ever since the current-generation vehicle was launched for the 2010 model year, despite running a steady three-shift operation at the CAMI plant in Ontario, and even conducting final assembly at another plant to further add capacity. Even more interesting than a solution (coming in mid-2012) to Equinox supply shortages, though, is the fact that according to the company, Spring Hill will be able to produce nearly any GM vehicle that is in high demand thanks to its ultra-flexible operation.
By Charles Krome
If asked to pick the vehicle most responsible for GM’s current run of success, I imagine that most people would end up choosing between a pair of Chevrolet products, the Volt or the Cruze. The former would probably get the nod from voters focusing on the future, while the latter—the second-best-selling car in the country in July—would score points for doing the heavy lifting today. And while those two are fine choices, I think I’d have to go with the Chevrolet Equinox.
By Charles Krome
Toyota hosted a media launch event for the Prius v this week, and yours truly was on hand to get up close and personal with what will be a key part of the automaker’s lineup when it goes on sale this fall. The vehicle represents Toyota’s effort to expand sales of its hybrid offerings by offering an expanded hybrid, in this case one that delivers 50 percent more cargo room than the Prius proper. Naturally, that requires increased dimensions all around, so the Prius v sits on a wheelbase that is 3 inches longer, while also being 3.3 inches wider, 6 inches longer, 1 inch taller and 232 lbs. heavier.