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Rusty Undercarriage? Don’t Blame the Carmaker

April 10th, 2015
Don't let this happen to your car

Don’t let this happen to your car

Bad things happen when brake lines leak. Who’s to blame when they do?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has wrapped up a 5-year investigation into the cause of rust on the undercarriages of about 5 million GM vehicles.

The problem has been the rusting of brake lines on 2007 and older Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC pickups and SUVs. Usually an investigation of this magnitude results in an expensive recall and the mandatory repair of affected vehicles.

This time the NHTSA let General Motors off the hook and blamed someone we can’t sue for the problem:

Us.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel or 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?

May 28th, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel

It’s taken way more years than it should’ve, but Chevy has finally put an oil burner in a small sedan.

Diesel has been Europe’s choice for propulsion since, well, probably the time of King Charles. Because of a history of cheap gasoline prices and a public disdain for dirty diesel, it never caught on in the USA. With gas inching up in cost here every day, alternative fuels are seeing more demand. Electricity has been the focus for the last decade or so, but a new round of clean, efficient diesel engines is on the way.

Chevrolet has offered a small diesel in Europe for years and has finally adapted the engine to meet U.S. standards and put in on the options sheet for the 2014 Cruze. With this new American diesel in showrooms, does it make sense to add it to your shopping list, or are you better off looking for a used Jetta?

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Cars Coming Soon: A Midsize GM Truck to Challenge Tacoma

April 18th, 2013

New Chevrolet Colorado

Sales of the Toyota Tacoma are up this year almost 23 percent over last year. No, that’s not the most significant or exciting statistic ever mentioned in a car blog, but it could be the foundation for an exciting development over at General Motors.

GM got out of the midsize truck business last year after the mediocre GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado failed to light showroom floors on fire. Ford and Chrysler exited the market in 2011, leaving the Tacoma and Nissan Frontier as the two major midsizers in the Unites States.

The Tacoma is the undisputed king of the world in its segment, and challenging it isn’t an easy task. That’s pretty much the common consensus, as most automakers would rather roll over than even try to offer a challenge.

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Is There Any Prestige Left in Chevrolet?

March 20th, 2013
2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala: With the right marketing, it could be huge

Name a Chevrolet car, not called Camaro, that buyers would pay $40,000 for the privilege to take home.

Impala? Nope. Malibu? Nice, but not more-than-$30K nice. So why is it that competitors like Toyota and even Hyundai can sell cars for over 30 grand, or even up to 40, while Chevy is forced to move its metal through the use of heavy discounts?

The answer comes down to one word. You might think that word is “quality,” but you’d be wrong.

The word is “marketing.”

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Unveiled

December 14th, 2012

General Motors has turned into a big tease.

It seems like it’s enjoying the slow, painful reveal of the C7 Corvette a little too much, with not so much as a carefully orchestrated “leak” of information to satisfy the legions of fans salivating over what might lie beneath the C7’s camo cladding.

For the General’s line of 2014 pickups, a similar tease has been under way. Yesterday, though, the sheet officially came off and revealed… well… a couple of big, boxy trucks. Still, the 2014 Silverado and Sierra are trucks that will set a new standard of what it takes to build a good American workhorse. It’s just too bad they look so much like Chevy trucks.

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Cars Coming Soon: Chevy’s Onslaught of 13 New Vehicles for 2013

October 11th, 2012

2014 Chevrolet

Hold on to your bowties, because Chevrolet is about to unleash some insanity.

Well, maybe. Using the words “insanity” and Impala or Malibu in the same sentence might not make much sense, but I think such a descriptor could be used for the new SS or the still-to-be-unveiled C7 Corvette.

While sales for Chevrolet this September are about 5 percent higher than last September, the brand could still use a jolt of excitement. A new Imapala won’t provide enough, but maybe one of the surprises GM recently teased will.

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Cars Coming Soon: 2014 Chevrolet SS

August 30th, 2012
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP: The basis for the new SS

The 2008–2009 Pontiac G8 GXP remains one of my favorite American cars ever built.

Of course, we all know that once General Motors finally hit a home run with the Pontiac brand, it promptly pushed the self-destruct button, and Pontiac exploded into oblivion. Built with some of the best pieces in the GM parts bin, the G8 GXP had the Corvette‘s 6.2-liter, 402-horsepower LS3 V8 under the hood and none of the plastic body cladding glued on to nearly all other Pontiacs in modern history.

Not like we need another high-powered V8 vehicle roaring over American roads, but one like the G8 would be most welcome.

Enter the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

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Buy a Chevy: Don’t Like It? Return Your Chevy

July 11th, 2012
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

Now with a money-back guarantee!

Just as General Motors exited bankruptcy, it rolled out a new campaign called “Let the Best Car Win.” Part of the promotion included a 60-day return policy, wherein a buyer could bring back a purchased GM vehicle for a refund if he or she became unhappy with it.

The return rate was a mere 1% or so, which showed a pretty high level of satisfaction for GM’s cars. Or at least it showed a level of satisfaction that was good enough to avoid the trouble of starting the buying process over.

Yesterday, GM announced a new take on the return policy. This time it’s wrapped into a promotion that guarantees a no-haggle price on most Chevrolet vehicles. Will it help Chevy stay ahead of surging Toyota?

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Will Going Eco Really Save You Any Money?

June 5th, 2012

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The short answer:

No. No, it won’t.

The longer answer:

Unless you have up to 40 years to wait for your investment to pay off.

The full answer:

Keep reading for all the juicy details.

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Toyota Prius C Takes Aim at Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf

March 19th, 2012

Let’s talk fuel efficiency.

Again.

Gas prices keep going up, people keep complaining, blah blah blah. Nothing new to report there.

It’s the cars that people choose to buy as prices rise that remains an interesting, though somewhat predictable, topic. One new highly efficient car has outsold the February totals of both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

In just three days.

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