General Motors is looking once again to expand its lineup by introducing some new midsized pickup trucks to the mix. According to a report by TheDetroitNews, the new midsized trucks will be aimed more towards the “lifestyle” market and are due by next year. However, there is one key thing that GM of North America’s President, Mark Reuss, emphasized.
“Don’t think of them as Canyon and Colorado replacements because they’re not,” he told TheDetroitNews.
The Chevrolet Colorado and GM Canyon pickups ended production last year with no replacement announced.
Lutz, a veteran of the automobile industry who has worked for BMW, Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, is showing no signs of slowing down; despite the fact that he will be celebrating his 81st birthday in less than a month’s time.
At the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, he was on hand to show the world his latest project: VIA Motors.
VIA Motors, formed in 2010, is all about building plug-in hybrid vehicles and while the other manufacturers who are building such vehicles are concentrating on family cars, VIA Motors is working on full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.
Their models are based on existing vehicles from the General Motors portfolio, such as the Chevrolet Silverado and the Suburban. This saves VIA Motors money to develop its technologies, and also bring the vehicles to market sooner.
While their vehicles haven’t gone on sale just yet, they have secured corporate fleet partnerships with PG&E and Verizon Wireless.
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.
The Ford Atlas concept has stormed onto the scene in Detroit, with the intimidating ute giving us an insight into the Blue Oval’s vision for the next-generation Ford F-150 pick-up.
Stealing the limelight from rival General Motors’ debutant duo – the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the new GMC Sierra – Ford global product development vice president Raj Nair said the futuristic Atlas concept previewed innovations that would transform the world’s expectations of full-size utes.
“With 36 years as America’s best-selling pick-up, we are absolutely committed to setting the agenda in the truck market,” Nair said.
The Detroit-based manufacturer says the Atlas concept was inspired by decades of feedback from customers who use their Ford F-150s for work and play.
Ford group vice president and chief creative officer J Mays said the concept’s prominent wheel arches, chiselled grille and wide stance, along with its load-hauling versatility and cutting-edge interior were intended to address the demands and desires of next-generation pick-up customers.
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Not coincidentally, Ford along with several other pickup truck manufacturers decided to seize the opportunity of publicity at this year’s State Fair of Texas. While Dodge unveiled their latest additions to their Ram pickup lineup, Ford introduced their latest version of the luxurious 2013 Ford F150 King Ranch.
“King Ranch is built on the heritage, hard work and innovation of seven generations of King family descendants and employees, just like what Ford has built into its F-Series pickup trucks,” said King Ranch Chairman Jamey Clement.
The King Ranch F150 pays homage to the King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the world, taking up more than 1,300 square miles of Texas.
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Published September 3, 2012
By Jeff Cobb
Citing several inside sources – but not yet confirmed by General Motors – it is being reported that GM will discontinue development of most of its next-generation hybrid light trucks.
This is the production version of Chevrolet’s all-new, body-on-frame Trailblazer SUV that you may keep in mind getting displayed as a idea at last year’s Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East.
The 2013 Trailblazer will make its planet premiere at following week’s 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show (March 26 to April in Thailand. General Motors said that it would go on sale all around the globe, beginning with Thailand in June.
Even though the Detroit automaker has not but clarified if it will be presented in the States, there is a very good likelihood it will as the Trailblazer is in essence the SUV variant of the new Colorado pickup truck that will be manufactured and sold in the U.S.
“True to its title, the Trailblazer will blaze the trail for new Chevrolet automobiles coming into the marketplace,” mentioned Martin Apfel, president of GM Southeast Asia and Chevrolet Product sales in Thailand. “It has been built tough to provide Chevrolet buyers every little thing they want from a weighty-duty SUV,” he added.
Obtainable in two- and 4-wheel-drive configurations, the Trailblazer will be presented in Asia with GM’s new 4-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine in 2.5-liter and two.eight-liter displacements.
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