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Old 01-18-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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This week at General Motors...

I figured I'd start a thread like this every now and then just to post stuff that doesn't really require actual articles, but just snippets from stuff that happened over the week.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Revealed
-This is one of those things that if you haven't heard about yet, you're living under a rock. And that wouldn't even make sense if you're reading this here. :p

60 years ago yesterday...
-The Corvette made its public debut in concept form at the Waldorf Austoria in New York.

2014 Cadillac ELR Revealed
-Based off the 2009 Cadillac Converj Concept, ELR uses the same electric/ICE powertrain as Volt, but with software updates and improvements. With 35 mile EV-only range, 3 less than the 38 offered by Volt, but with 207 HP and 295 lb ft of torque, ELR is more powerful and luxurious than Volt and also offers a new "Regen on Demand" feature where drivers can use steering wheel paddles to activate regenerative braking without using the brake pedal. Also: In a world dominated by four door EVs, GM has seen fit to retain the coupe bodystyle of the Converj concept.

Spied: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu
-The 2013 Malibu has had a rocky start. To address some of the concerns the media and consumers have had, GM has fast-tracked an MCE for the car to bring it in line with the new Chevrolet front fascia design seen on the 2013 Traverse and 2014 Impala. 2014 Malibus were spotted the other day wearing camo on the front ends, but it appears as though the rest of the car will remain unchanged, save for some interior tweaks (specifically addressing rear seat legroom, a common criticism in reviews).

2013 Buick Encore Ship to Commerce
-The latest entry to the new Buick portfolio is on its way to dealers. South Korean-built, Gamma-II based Encores will be in dealer inventories very soon. Like the successful Verano, Encore will be carving out a new niche in compact entry-level luxury vehicles.

Buick updates on the way
-LaCrosse and Regal are both receiving MCEs to bring their front fascias in line with the 2013 Enclave. LaCrosse should also get a fairly substantial interior revision if the spy photos of Chinese market LaCrosses apply to NA-spec models as well.

FR-S/BRZ Competition from Chevrolet?
-Mark Reuss said at Detroit that GM was interested in developing a small, nimble RWD coupe to compete with Toyota's. The Code 130R/130RS concept was in this segment, but some are questioning if perhaps GM is developing an even smaller RWD platform, as Camaro is slated to go on Alpha in the near future.

Death of the Holden Commodore
-The VF Commodore and our Chevrolet SS sedan may be the last of a dying breed. The Commodore, which ceded its top-selling position in Australia to the Mazda 3 recently, has seen declining sales for years now. Although nothing is official, GM's insistence on global products plus Ford's announcement of the death of the Falcon sedan seems to spell the end for what's probably been the most sought-after international product here in North America.

Cadillac lineup expansion
-GM's luxury brand is reportedly almost doubling in size over the next few years. A fullsize RWD flagship to compete with the Mercedes Benz S-class and BMW 7-series is reportedly in development, as well as a proposed BMW 1-series competitor, and new crossovers to supplement the SRX.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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When is the 2014 Malibu suppose to go on sale? 3rd quarter this year?
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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Yep, about then.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:21 AM   #4
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So why aren't they changing the outside?
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:24 AM   #5
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Just the front fascia for now. They can't do a whole lot of exterior updates because the design is locked in due to the global wheelbase for SWB Epsilon II.
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<---still wants more news on the Colorado...
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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Ehh not much in terms of Colorado news. It's all about the full sizes right now.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:29 AM   #8
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The Colorado is going to get an inferiority complex...
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:59 AM   #9
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Kinda strange and funny how the 2013 Malibu will be a one-off.

Is GM doing anything exciting at the Chicago Auto Show?
I'll be there on press days.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:20 PM   #10
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There will be something at Chicago but I have no idea what.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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I'm waiting for them to post the Feb. 7 media schedule, but nothing yet.
Then again, the schedule often doesn't tell you what it is either. lol
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Well we do have a Cadillac concept, 3rd gen CTS, and refreshed Buick sedans to be shown sometime this year.
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Think we'll here anything more about the SS before its shown at Daytona?
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I think I'll be going to the Daytona 500 again this year. I'll take tons of pictures on behalf of C7!
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<---still wants more news on the Colorado...
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The Colorado is going to get an inferiority complex...
Cough...Diesel...Cough
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Think we'll here anything more about the SS before its shown at Daytona?
Probably not. VF Commodore is being revealed the same day. Which reminds me...

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I think I'll be going to the Daytona 500 again this year. I'll take tons of pictures on behalf of C7!
And send them to me first.

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Cough...Diesel...Cough
Eh. Maybe.

Updating the first post with some stuff I forgot.
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Diesel....mhmmmmmm.
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Finally have some new Colorado news.

http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2014...#axzz2IaMGIg47
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This looks familiar. Even under camo.
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There might be some front end and interior tweaks but overall, the overseas-spec Colorado is mostly what we'll get.

There's a Canyon coming as well.

Considering how the midsize market is currently owned by Tacoma, if GM plays their cards right they could have a hit on their hands. Fuel economy will be the name of the game with these trucks.
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There might be some front end and interior tweaks but overall, the overseas-spec Colorado is mostly what we'll get.

There's a Canyon coming as well.

Considering how the midsize market is currently owned by Tacoma, if GM plays their cards right they could have a hit on their hands. Fuel economy will be the name of the game with these trucks.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #23
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Some new stuff to bring up...

2014 Holden VF Commodore Reveal
-The long awaited (and possibly the final) next-generation Commodore will be revealed in Australia this Saturday. Which brings us to...

2014 Chevrolet SS Reveal
-The US market's version of the Commodore, the Chevrolet SS, will be unveiled next Saturday, February 16th, before the NASCAR event on that day.

Fairfax Assembly Drama
-Fairfax Assembly has been idled for two weeks as inventories of LaCrosse and Malibu mount. Both cars are scheduled for a refresh for the 2014 model year.

2013 Chicago Auto Show
-Press days start this Thursday. So far I have no idea what will be unveiled. Chevrolet is having a press conference that day so I am assuming (and a few other sources concur) that the 2014 Cruze will be revealed.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze
-Cruze is supposed to be getting a facelift to bring it in line with the 2014 Impala/Malibu. In addition, this year marks the arrival of the much coveted diesel Cruze, which may deliver fuel economy figures close to 50 MPG.
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50 mpg?

GM is coming out of the corner swinging. Great to see them pushing harder.

My girl is going to flip for the new tahoe. I feel my wallet shrinking. ..thanks gm. No seriously thanks
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That's what we're not sure about. Last month a rumor came up that the diesel Cruze would do around the Cruze Eco's FE figures. As disappointing as that sounds, you have to remember that A) The 2.0L Turbodiesel is a much more powerful engine for Cruze and could make it an even more fun to drive car than the 1.4T and B) The Cruze Eco achieves 42 MPG with a manual. If the Cruze Diesel achieves around 42 MPG with an automatic, it'll be appealing to a lot of people.

Right now I'm guessing low to mid 40s for an automatic, and close to 50 for a manual. Just a guess.
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