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#2047 of 2276 Is GM redoing or killing the Equinox?
Sep 29, 2007 (8:19 am)
Cami shifts gears on SUV
General Motors Canada will assemble a new sport utility vehicle at its Ingersoll plant.
By NORMAN DE BONO, SUN MEDIA
General Motors Canada is scrapping the sport utility vehicles it makes at Cami Automotive to assemble a new GMC SUV -- and another new vehicle will be added to the plant, automotive industry officials say.
GM Canada announced last month the Ingersoll plant will get new investment and a new product in 2008, but was short on details. A picture is emerging of one new SUV and another new vehicle, which may be a hybrid.
"It's going to be a whole new generation vehicle, a whole new GMC SUV," replacing the Torrent and Equinox, said Bruce Kavelman, plant manager for Rieter Automotive in London, which supplies the Cami plant with carpeting and insulation for vehicle floors.
"They are also talking about a whole new vehicle, but that has not yet been identified. It may be a small car, but there has been no confirmation yet."
GM Canada spokesperson Stew Low said there will be a new vehicle for Cami, but it's not a car.
"It is a new program. I will not say what segment it is in, but it is not a car."
low declined comment on speculation it may be a hybrid.
"We are not giving any details as to what the future product will be at this point. I will say any news is several months away," he said.
As for its hybrid lineup, GM is moving aggressively into the hybrid market in 2008. It has the Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle, Aura car, Tahoe and Yukon sport utility vehicles, Cadillac Escalade, Malibu and trucks Silverado and Sierra.
Tim Carrie, president of the London and District Labour Council, has also heard Cami is getting a small, hybrid car.
"I just hope whatever it is, it is successful, that it gets the business. I think there is definitely a good future at Cami," Carrie said.
Mike Van Boekel, chairperson of CAW Local 88 representing Cami workers, hasn't heard details of what the new product is.
"They are keeping it very tight-lipped here," he said.
Whatever the product is, it is believed no new jobs will be added.
"I just want to keep what we have now," Van Boekel said.
Automotive consultant Dennis DesRosiers isn't surprised GM is being secretive, saying competition is fierce and it wouldn't take a competitor long to respond if the details are known.
"When they talk product, they never want to let the details out. It is the closest-guarded secret. They have to keep competitors guessing," he said.
Cami now makes the Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and Suzuki XL7 sport utility vehicles. Cami employs about 2,700 workers, 2,100 of whom are CAW members. Last year, it made about 170,000 vehicles.
#2048 of 2276 2006 LT AWD Equinox status
Sep 29, 2007 (8:34 am)
So far so good! Had turn signal stalk replaced under warranty when first purchased but otherwise nothing but reliable, routine driving. 15,000 miles so far. Get about 19 mpg mixed driving. I love the XM radio and wish now that I had the Onstar option as well. The seats remain very comfortable. The engine and the 5 speed tranny continue to be wonderful and deliver very good performance! I'll bet the new 6 speed and hot motor in the new sport version will be amazing.
On another note this is the first car that I have owned with GM's oil monitor. I am old-school and believe in 3,000 oil changes but I have been trusting the oil monitor. It comes on about every 4,500 miles. I did change out the oil at 500 miles with Mobile One synthetic and have been running that since.
#2049 of 2276 Re: I need Equinox help!! [grosloup]
Nov 06, 2007 (5:49 pm)
Sorry grosloup. I wasn't making fun of you. That's why I included the smiley with my post.
For a Frenchman, you speak excellent English. I know a few French words, but my favorite 2 words are Barton & Guestier. I fell in love with their Cabernet many years ago and still think it is one of the best wines ever produced.
#2050 of 2276 Re: I need Equinox help!! [40yearfan]
Nov 07, 2007 (4:54 am)
Hey! No problem man, you're cool.
If you like good wines, here are a few good ones...
Barbera, Sangiovese, Zinfadel, Merlot, Cabernet Savignon, Pinot Noir.
I know this is not a wine forum, but to make it more automotive I'll add "Remember, don't drink and drive".
Nov 15, 2007 (4:28 pm)
I'm presently driving a 2005 chevrolet Equinox LT FWD. (s.u.v.) and thinking of trading it in for a 2008 Cobalt LT sport coupe. This is were I need help ... my friends are all telling me not to do it. They tell me that I have more protection in a Equinox and that it is safer to drive than the Cobalt and that the Equinox is more reliable than the Cobalt.
Up here we get lots of snow in winter. This could be a factor ?
#2052 of 2276 Re: Need help. [grosloup]
Nov 16, 2007 (10:30 am)
Lots of snow does not bode well for a Cobalt. The ground clearance is far less than your Equinox. Stay with a small SUV preferably with all wheel drive,
#2053 of 2276 Re: Very Interested [bporter1]
Jan 03, 2008 (12:05 pm)
I hope you didn't by that Equinox. My 2006 is still under the warranty, uses 1 quart of oil per 2,000 miles and the dealer says that is acceptable according to GM.
I did my own oil change and out of the 4 quarts that the car takes, I didn't recoup
not even 2 quarts.
#2054 of 2276 Equinox - oil consumption
Jan 03, 2008 (12:09 pm)
I have a 2006 Equinox,LT that uses 2 quarts of oil between oil changes. The dealer says that this is acceptable. What do you think? Have you the same problem with your Equinox?
If the dealer had informed you at the time of purchase, olf this consumption, would you buy this car?
#2055 of 2276 Re: Equinox - oil consumption [jfaustino]
Jan 04, 2008 (5:25 am)
Losing 2 quarts of oil between oil changes doesn't seem to normal or acceptable to me at all. Did you check all your gaskets for oil leaks? (head gasket, oil pan gasket) or your drain plug? If all these are dry, well your oil is burning away probably caused by a mechanical problem usually "worn piston rings" or a "valve" problem. I drove my 05 LT Nox 4,500 miles on my summer vacation (mostly highway 70 mph) and I'd say I had about ½ to 1 cup of oil missing at my oil change. It was dirty but it was almost all there. If it's still on warranty fight it out because after that the dealer will tell you that it's not acceptable anymore cause you'll be the guy paying for it.
#2056 of 2276 Re: Equinox - oil consumption [jfaustino]
Feb 17, 2008 (8:40 pm)
IF losing 2 quarts of oil between oil change is normal send a letter to gm to keep their junk and it would be the last gm product i have a neon with 207 000 km that doesnt need oil between oil change and with the motor starting to knock.