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Old 01-18-2013, 08:46 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, 09:02 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, 09:08 AM   #3
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Yep, about then.
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So why aren't they changing the outside?
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:24 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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Ehh not much in terms of Colorado news. It's all about the full sizes right now.
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The Colorado is going to get an inferiority complex...
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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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There will be something at Chicago but I have no idea what.
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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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