Following an accidental leak on its own consumer website a few months back, GMC has officially spilled the beans on the upcoming 2014 GMC Sierra Denali, which aims to coddle buyers with premium luxury features while still providing the capability and versatility that buyers come to expect from the Sierra model lineup. Continue Reading →
The autoblogosphere is all atwitter today about GM’s truck inventory levels. They’re ridiculously high, and the problem has gotten worse since last month rather than better. More specifically, the company has 245,853 trucks as of the end of November, which is a 4.4 percent increase over the October 31 total – and represents a 139-day supply. The industry considers 60 days of inventory to be ideal. So how did this happen?
GMC was founded in 1901 as the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company inPontiac,Michigan, by the Grabowsky brothers, Max and Morris. In 1905 the brothers, sensing a good deal, sold up to the originators of thePontiacbrand. Both, or all three, were gobbled up in 1908 by Walter Durant and his burgeoning General Motors company, and the rest, as they say, is (GM) history. The car side retained its name ofPontiacand the truck side was renamed General Motors Commercial. It would be an exaggeration to say that it’s been a picnic for GMC ever since, but where’sPontiac now? Whereas 111 year-old GMC sails serenely on, making upscale Chevys and big profits for the parent General.
By Chris Haak
Lots of people drive heavy duty pickups. Many contractors, businesses, and folks who have to do a lot of towing flock to these brutes because they are among the most capable vehicles on the planet as far as towing and hauling while still moving a family of five – at least among vehicles that don’t require a CDL to operate on public roads.
By Chris Haak
Last Friday, I received a comment on our article that asked “What happened to the Tundra?” from Jason Lancaster, administrator of TundraHeadquarters.com that prompted me to take a closer look at whether I was missing an angle in my high-level annual sales analysis of the full-size pickup market from 2007 through 2010. In the original article, I noted that Ford has been eating everyone else’s lunch, and that Toyota in particular has taken it on the chin. Jason’s contention is that I painted with too broad of a brush when drawing my conclusions about the Tundra (which, by the way, I never said was a failure; I just want to know what happened to it).
By Chris Haak
Way back in the 2007 model year, you may recall that things looked quite different in the auto industry. Neither GM nor Chrysler had declared bankruptcy; GM was still the world’s largest automaker. Ford had just bet the company that its latest restructuring would fix their problem once and for all. Toyota was on a seemingly unstoppable roll, with month upon month of increasing sales (often at a clip of 10 percent over the year-earlier period).
There were certainly storm clouds on the horizon for the Detroit Three. GM, Ford, and Chrysler were losing money, the credit markets were drying up, and there was a major threat brewing against the last bastion of US automakers: the full-size pickup.
By Charles Krome
With the North American International Auto Show scheduled to open in Detroit in just a few weeks, we’re now starting to get information about some of the vehicles, both concept and otherwise, that are slated to make their debuts at the event. And one that’s particularly caught my eye is the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept, because it’s an interesting sign of how the industry has changed in the past few years—and how it hasn’t.
As anyone who follows the industry knows, the most recent auto show seasons were primarily devoted to the showing of the green. High-efficiency small cars, hybrids and electric vehicles dominated the stands, with even supercar makers like Porsche and Ferrari getting in on the fun. Everyone seemed to be pretty geeked on the idea of a more fuel-efficient future except, it turns out, customers. Today, with fuel prices relatively stable here in the U.S., buyers are bringing renewed demand to the truck side of the business, and unsurprisingly, the “domestic” automakers are responding.
By Andy Bannister
In fact, in recent times it has become somewhat notorious as the home of some of the toughest legislation aimed at curbing emissions and controlling speed. This single-minded zeal has been greatly to the frustration of driving enthusiasts who love the country’s well maintained and beautifully engineered mountain roads.
Long before such concerns raised their head, however, for nearly two decades Switzerland was also home to one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous car companies, Monteverdi, a firm which once had aspirations to become the Swiss Ferrari.
Monteverdi cars are today nowhere near as famous as their exotic rivals from Italy, Germany or Britain. I first came across them in a childhood game called Top Trumps, which consisted of comparing the specifications, power output and top speed of rival cars, and Monteverdi cars always scored well and intrigued me because I’d simply never heard of them.
The company was founded back in 1967 by Peter Monteverdi, who was a car
dealer and well-known Swiss racing driver forced to give up motor sport after a bad accident. He then expanded his dealership to offer a range of prestigious marques before deciding he could take on the likes of Maserati and Ferrari at their own game, aiming to offer Italian style with the luxury interiors of Jaguar or Rolls-Royce. Continue Reading →
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