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With New Enclave Avenir, Buick Moves Big SUV Upscale

Buick’s answer to the GMC Denali sub-brand makes NY Auto Show debut.

by on Apr.12, 2017

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is based on an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

It’s not quite the jaw-dropping, boat-tailed concept sedan that stirred up the waters when it was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but Buick is still hoping to draw in a flood of new buyers with the unveiling of the new Enclave Avenir at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

The 2018 SUV is the first model to wear the badge of this new sub-brand, the Buick equivalent of GMC’s Denali. And if it has anywhere near the same level of success, it could add a dose of steroids to the ongoing Buick turnaround.

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“The Enclave has been a successful formula for the Buick brand, with sales results that have defied traditional product cycles,” sales actually rising as the current SUV has approached the end of its long lifecycle, said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “It’s a beacon for (what) the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.”


GMC Updates Terrain for NY Auto Show Debut

Compact ute gaining momentum even as it preps an update.

by on Mar.31, 2015

The 2016 GMC Terrain gets a bold new grille, new front and rear fascias, and LED running lights.

While GMC may be taking a low-profile approach to the 2015 New York International Auto Show, with no official news conference on the media preview schedule, that doesn’t mean the truck brand doesn’t have anything to show off.

Showgoers will find a heavily updated version of the popular GMC Terrain waiting for them later this week when the turnstiles start spinning at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. It follows the launch earlier this year of the sibling 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.

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“Terrain is a popular choice in the growing compact SUV segment, introducing drivers to GMC’s professional grade design and features,” said Duncan Aldred, GMC vice president of GMC marketing, in a statement. “The changes for 2016 provide consumers with even more reasons to consider Terrain as it continues to be a smart choice for customers seeking versatility, style and technology.”


GM Truck Offensive Picks Up Momentum

Chevrolet, GMC, add more models, target up-market buyers.

by on Sep.26, 2013

The upcoming launch of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will highlight GM's new truck offensive.

General Motors plans to unveil  its new mid-sized pickup trucks during the press previews at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November – the new Chevy and GMC models part of a broad offensive the Detroit maker hopes will take advantage of the sudden surge in truck sales.

The introduction of the two midsize pickups will follow the launch of GM’s new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size models, and target a segment of the market now dominated by the Japanese.

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“We think we have a real opportunity with that truck,” said Chris Perry, marketing chief for the Chevrolet division, referring to the new Chevy Colorado pickup. The GMC model will be dubbed the Canyon.

Since GM killed off the old Colorado and Canyon models, Detroit makers have left the segment to the Japanese, with models like the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and the Honda Ridgeline. And with sales on the decline, it has been anything but certain whether the domestics would try a comeback.


Buick, GMC Plan Nine New or Updated Models

Brands hope to accelerate pace of growth.

by on Sep.21, 2012

A new version of the Buick Enclave, one nine new models coming from the luxury brand and sibling GMC.

Buick and GMC will introduce nine new or significantly updated models over the next 12 months, starting this autumn with completely redone versions of the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers.

At GMC, the new additions to the product line will include the rebirth of the Canyon midsized pickup truck, which will be built in Wentzville, Missouri. Last month, General Motors closed an assembly plant in Shreveport, Louisiana that had been producing its smaller trucks. The timing for the all-new GMC Canyon’s launch will be announced later.

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The return of the Canyon runs counter to recent industry trends.  Ford, for example, abandoned its long-in-the-tooth Ranger, Chrysler also got out of the midsize truck market.  But, “We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the needs of many pickup buyers,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing.


GMC Adding 301-hp Terrain Denali

Upscale version of crossover will also offer high-mileage option.

by on Mar.15, 2012

GMC adds another Denali to the line-up.

GMC is adding another Denali to its line-up.  Or should that read: GMC is adding another version of its Terrain crossover?  Actually, they’re both accurate, as the popular CUV is set to get the upscale Denali makeover for the upcoming model-year.

It would appear to be a good combination.  GMC can barely build the Terrain fast enough to meet surging demand, and the same holds for just about anything currently getting the Denali badge, which is why the maker also unveiled the 2013 GMC Acadia Denali during its Chicago Auto Show preview, last month.

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We’ll get a closer look at the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali at next month’s New York International Auto Show, but the maker provided an advance look to a select few brought to the Big Apple this week.  And while it might have kept the specifics secret, the basics are familiar to anyone who has checked out the other Denali offerings.


First Look: 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali

Aiming to maintain momentum in a tough segment.

by on Feb.09, 2012

The 2013 GMC Acadia Denali makes it Chicago debut.

Chicago Auto Show-goers will be the first to get a close-up look at the updated 2013 GMC Acadia, as well as the premium spin-off, the Acadia Denali.

The two new models will likely play a critical role for GMC, now the second best-selling brand in the General Motors portfolio.  Despite its age, the outgoing Acadia crossover had its best year yet in 2011, with demand surging 16% — and half of its sales coming from customers trading in non-GM products, according to Tony DiSalle, GMC’s vice president of marketing.

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“While (traditional) trucks and SUVs will be the foundation of the GMC brand,” DiSalle said during a Chicago Auto Show preview, “we’re expanding our appeal with bold crossovers like the Acadia.”

But the big CUV will have some tough competition, facing up against domestic products of comparable or slightly smaller size like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, as well as imports ranging from the Toyota Highlander to more upscale models from European imports that also target what GMC calls the “professional grade” customer.


First Look: 2011 Sierra Denali HD

New frames, increased towing capacity.

by on Mar.10, 2010

GMC bolts the Denali badge on a heavy-duty pickup for the first time.

Conventional wisdom has it that big trucks are an endangered species.  If so, don’t tell it to Detroit makers, who’re unleashing an assortment of macho machines designed for those with serious towing and hauling needs.

Coming a month after the Chicago Auto Show debut of the new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado, General Motors’ other truck brand weighs in at the St. Louis Auto Show with the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD.  It’s the first time the Denali name has been bolted onto a heavy-duty GMC pickup.

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Along with the 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks, the Sierra Denali HD weighs in with an all-new frame and upgraded suspenion package.


NHTSA Opens Numerous Investigations in January

Millions of Ford F150 and Escape, Mazda Tribute, Chevy Cobalt and Trailblazer, GMC Envoy and Denali models under scrutiny for fires, loss of steering, stalling and other deadly defects.

by on Feb.03, 2010

Ford F150 air bags blowing up for no reason?

Ford F150 air bags blowing up for no reason?

Maybe it is just a coincidence, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened defect investigations into millions of non-Toyota vehicles last month.

The safety agency is under criticism, of course, for lack of action in the ongoing Toyota unintended acceleration matter, and faces at least two Congressional hearings (click here) over its conduct.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Republican – Illinois, has vigorously defended NHTSA in the media, while attacking Toyota officials for their foot dragging on safety issues, including the sticking pedal recall that was just announced at the end of January.

That’s not going to be good enough for Congressmen who will want to know just what Toyota and NHTSA knew about the complaints and deaths, precisely when it was known, and why it took so long to do anything about it.

It turns out that while NHTSA was pressing Toyota for recalls and telling it to stop sales, it was also asking Ford Motor Company about airbags inadvertently blowing up and causing injuries to at least 66 people. Millions of Ford’s best-selling F150 pickup trucks are potentially affected covering 2004-2006 production.


NHTSA also has reports of at least 88 fires in previously recalled 2001-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tributes. In spite of repairs performed on almost 400,000 of the compact SUVs, the fires kept occuring.  NHTSA is now questioning the effectiveness of the previous recall covering an ABS brake controller. Stay tuned for more on this.

The safety agency also queried General Motors about several potentially severe problems. One is the result of a petition calling for NHTSA to open an investigation into the performance/reliability of the fuel level sensor installed in model year 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazers. Reports of engine stalling, and possible rear-end accidents are alleged. If further action were taken, it would include not only 2005 and 2006 Trailblazers, but GMC Envoy models as well. More than 600,000 trucks could be affected.

More serious, perhaps, are the more than 1,000 reports of the loss of electronic power steering assist on 2005-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt models. Most of the complaints have been received during the past six months, and at least 11 of them allege that an accident resulted. NHTSA is now taking a closer look at the issue.

In fact, in the current environment, it looks like NHTSA is going to be more active, and less acquiescent toward automakers than it has been in the past.  The web has made the gathering of information much easier. And publicizing problems results in yet more data, making it harder for automakers to dismiss customer concerns. The art and/or engineering science of this is deciding when a problem is large enough to justify a recall.

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