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Nov 01, 2013 (6:18 pm)
General Motors Tops Detroit Rivals in October (dailyfinance.com)
"Quick hits by brand
Buick sales increased 31% with retail sales up 25% -- the 18th consecutive month of year-over-year growth.
GMC was up 16% led by the Terrain, which posted its best October sales ever, and the Sierra which was up 13.3%.
Chevrolet was up 15% and had 13 nameplates post double-digit-sales increases, including every single SUV and crossover, as well as its most profitable Silverado pickup.
Cadillac sales have grown in each of the last 13 months and were up 10% in October. Sales success was driven by the ATS and all-new XTS models."
Nov 20, 2013 (5:42 am)
New truck unveiling. Only available in crew cab and
Diesel coming in 2016 model: 2.8 Duramax.
Look here for more pictures.
#1300 of 1307 Re: 2015 Colorado [imidazol97]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 20, 2013 (5:58 am)
I was just reading an article about that over on thestreet.com.
"We found it is a myth that people buy mid-size pickups only because they can't afford full-size. Household income is the same (for buyers of both). But full-size is too big. Its capability is way more than (some buyers) will ever use.
"They are more urban, less rural. They need a smaller truck, something they can park and that can go in and out of traffic. But they do require some functionality. The mid-size guy is more of a commuter, but he gets use out of the truck on the weekend for camping, mountain biking, going to the beach. He has been (buying) mid-size crossovers and cars, but he can't throw things in back like with a truck."
Caldwell said GM is probably making a smart bet on the Colorado. "There are not a lot of automakers in the space right now, and it could be a niche that gets more popular," Caldwell said. "Full-size trucks are bigger now and really expensive, and there's a need for something for people who want something smaller."
#1301 of 1307 Re: 2015 Colorado [Stever@Edmunds]
Nov 20, 2013 (6:51 am)
""We found it is a myth that people buy mid-size pickups only because they can't afford full-size. Household income is the same (for buyers of both). But full-size is too big. Its capability is way more than (some buyers) will ever use. "
If anything, I'd say it was just the opposite. People buy full-size pickups because in many instances, they're not that much bigger, not that much more expensive, and get similar fuel economy to their smaller equivalents. Full-sized trucks have an economy of scale that makes them fairly cheap to build, because they usually have a wide range of configurations, usually share a lot of their structure with SUV models, and with heavier-duty trucks.
The major cost to engineer and build something is in the technology...engines, transmissions, electronics, safety equipment, creature comforts, and so on. It actually costs very little to make something bigger...all you're doing is adding more steel, plastic, glass, etc.
They have all these option packages and such that can really jack up the price of a standard-sized pickup, but the same holds true for a compact/midsize truck.
As for the "urban buyer"? Well, they don't need a truck at all to go mountain biking, camping, to the beach, etc. They need a crossover. Or, in many cases, even a small sedan or hatchback will suffice. I have some neighbors who do that kind of stuff...avid bikers, and they do kayaking as well. They do it with a Subaru Legacy Outback wagon. Before that, they did it with an '89 Volvo 740 wagon, and before that it was an early Toyota 4Runner, the type that was basically a compact truck with a camper shell permanently attached...back when compact trucks WERE compact. And, this is still out in the suburbs. In many of the bigger cities, chances are a compact/midsized truck is still going to be too big and cumbersome.
Now, that's not to say there isn't a market for compact/midsized trucks. But I think it's always going to be a bit of a niche, compared to the standard-sized truck market. I do think that new Colorado is pretty sharp looking, though. Wonder if they could base an SUV off of it, to help spread the development costs around? I think that might actually be where the domestics lost their way with small trucks. The Blazer, Durango, and Explorer used to have a lot in common with the S-10, Dakota, and Ranger. But in the 2000's, the compact/midsized SUVs and trucks parted company, and no doubt that drove up the costs to produce each one.
#1302 of 1307 Re: 2015 Colorado [andre1969]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 20, 2013 (7:44 am)
Other benefits are that the smaller trucks will fit in your garage easier, could have a shorter liftover height and they may get better mpg. Oh, easier street parking for the urbanites (easier driving period - navigating parking lots, etc.).
#1303 of 1307 Re: 2015 Colorado [imidazol97]
Nov 21, 2013 (6:21 pm)
nice. i'm very interested. full-size pickups are absurdly large for my needs. not sure if I can hold out for the diesel!
#1304 of 1307 Sales up almost 20%
Dec 03, 2013 (8:12 am)
GM retail sales up 19%
Chevrolet sales were up 13 percent and retail deliveries were up 20 percent.
Sales of Chevrolet cars increased 19 percent, with Malibu up 41 percent, Volt up 26 percent, Impala up 20 percent and Camaro up 14 percent. Retail deliveries of the Cruze were up 39 percent and Impala more than doubled.
The Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox and Volt had their best November sales ever.
Sales of the Chevrolet Tahoe were up 23 percent, the Traverse was up 21 percent and the Silverado was up 12 percent.
GMC sales were up 20 percent, with the Sierra up 22 percent and the Acadia crossover up 108 percent, which keeps it on track for its best year ever.
Small business sales were up 38 percent, including a 76-percent increase in pickup deliveries. Commercial fleet deliveries increased 18 percent.
Buick deliveries increased 13 percent and the brand is on track for its best year since 2005. November was Buick’s 19th consecutive month of year-over-year retail sales growth.
Cadillac sales increased 11 percent and retail sales have grown in each of the past 18 months, driven by the success of the new XTS and ATS.
#1306 of 1307 Here's your next Vette
Dec 06, 2013 (3:56 pm)
2015 Z06 Vette possibly in picture. Matches a release by GM which shows a small part behind front wheel.
I wonder how it would do in the 4-6 inches of snow we're getting today?
#1307 of 1307 Re: Here's your next Vette [imidazol97]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 06, 2013 (5:05 pm)
I've seen nicer wheels on a payloader.