2015 Colorado and Canyon offer Segment-Leading Fuel Economy

From General Motors:

DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading fuel economy for V-6 midsize pickups, based on EPA fuel economy estimates released today.

For V-6 pickups with automatic transmissions, which make up the majority of midsize truck sales, Colorado and Canyon offer highway fuel economy 3 to 5 mpg better than competitors.

“Colorado offers some of the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any pickup in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-own package,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Colorado proves you don’t have to buy a lot of expensive technology to save money at the pump.”

“The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks.”

Colorado and Canyon fuel economy

Engine Transmission Drive EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
City Combined Highway
305-hp 3.6L V-6 with direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing 6-speed automatic 2wd 18 21 26
4×4 17 20 24

For the 2016 model year, Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.

Colorado and Canyon will be available in dealerships nationwide in the fall of 2014. EPA fuel economy estimates for four-cylinder Colorado and Canyon will be finalized in the near future.

With the introduction of Colorado and Canyon, Chevrolet and GMC will offer customers more pickup choices than any other brand, including midsize, full-size light duty and heavy-duty pickups.

 

V12 GMC 702 engine

V12 GMC 702 engine

The YouTube poster describes this as a legendary V12 GMC 702 engine that he ran at the ATHS Hutchinson Kansas show in 2008.

(Watch it until the end.)

Though one person commented that it looked like two 348 Chevys, the original poster was quick to correct and say it was two 351 GMC V6 engines. It has 351 heads, exhaust manifolds and distributors, but the block, crank and cam are unique to the 702.

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Consumer Reports says Chevy Silverado is top truck, but ram 1500 makes better daily driver

Consumer Reports says Chevy Silverado is top truck, but ram 1500 makes better daily driver

From Consumer Reports:

YONKERS, NY- In a heavy-metal duel between two top pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s “Excellent” road-test score makes it Consumer Reports’ top-rated truck. But testers point out that the second-place Ram 1500 may be a better daily driver.

Each model won skirmishes along the way, and they finished one-two in a competitive pickup truck category- separated by only three points. Both trucks outscored the previously-tested Ford’s F150 XLT, which 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 and 5.0-liter V8 versions rank third and fourth respectively.

The Silverado edged the Ram in several areas important to pickup truck owners. It has a much larger cargo bed, several hundred pounds greater payload capacity, and it can tow a heavier trailer-up to 11,200 pounds in Consumer Reports tests. Its tailgate is easy to raise and lower, and handy corner bumper steps help with climbing into the bed. The Silverado also has a lower step-in height than the Ram, aiding cabin access. Handling is more agile, and the Silverado delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 16 mpg overall-one mpg better than the Ram. That could save owners about 50 gallons of gas per year.

“The reality is that you can’t go wrong with either one. Both are capable trucks that get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good luxury car,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports opted to test the Silverado’s widely sold 355-hp, 5.3-liter V8 version with four-wheel-drive. The 5.3-liter delivered ample acceleration, but it lacked the thrust of the 5.7-liter V8s in the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. The Silverado’s transmission up shifts smoothly and quickly but can be reluctant to downshift, making the truck sometimes feel underpowered.

Towing Consumer Reports’ 5,000-pound trailer to 60 mph took 14.8 seconds, a strong performance. Off-road performance on Consumer Reports’ demanding rock hill course was hampered by wheel spin and ground clearance.

For drivers using their truck more for day-to-day driving, Consumer Reports testers found the Ram is a nicer place to spend your time. It rides better, thanks to its unique rear coil spring suspension. The interior is also more comfortable with better front seats, a nicer rear seat, and a slightly friendlier control layout

Consumer Reports tested the Ram with Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8, four-wheel-drive, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that’s smooth and efficient. Consumer Reports found that combination delivered seamless and effortless power, while returning a relatively good 15 mpg overall. Acceleration is quicker than the Silverado and the Hemi feels much brawnier in real-world driving.

The Ram also brings its own impressive workhorse credentials. Its driver-selectable full-time four-wheel-drive system works well, and the truck scrambled up Consumer Reports’ rock hill with ease. It can tow up to 9,950 pounds when properly equipped. The truck pulled Consumer Reports’ 5,000-pound trailer to 60 mph in 14.9 seconds, a strong showing.

Complete tests results for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500, as well as results of the updated-for-2014 Honda Odyssey appear on www.ConsumerReports.org today, and in the November issue of Consumer Reports, on newsstands October 5. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news, and car-buying information. Check out CR’s ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, Website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

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Colorado, Canyon to receive four-cylinder Duramax diesel options

Colorado, Canyon to receive four-cylinder Duramax diesel options

General Motors has stepped up to the plate to offer a diesel options of its mid-sized pickups.

Automotive News reports that the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are slated to get a version of GM’s 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter, four-cylinder Duramax turbodiesels, which currently power the Colorado in overseas markets.

The site says that the diesel option will be added to the U.S. lineup abut a year after the fall 2014 launch of the redesigned trucks.

“You’ve got to keep a closer eye than ever before on what the competition is doing and what they’re offering,” Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for GM’s full-sized and mid-sized trucks, told Auto News. “At the same time, you’ve got to make sure that you’re not confusing the customer with too many choices.

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General Motors Sneak Peek: New Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups

New Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups

From General Motors:

ACME, Mich. – At the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars today, General Motors Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann provided the first look at the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, designed to be capable, versatile and fuel-efficient alternatives to full-size pickups. 

Colorado and Canyon will join the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra 1500s, and the upcoming Silverado and Sierra HDs, to give Chevrolet and GMC the industry’s most comprehensive lineups of pickups, helping customers choose the right truck for their needs. 

Production is scheduled to start in 2014 at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly center.

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General Motors: Silverado V6: Best-in-Class Capability, 24 mpg Highway

General Motors Silverado V6 Best-in-Class Capability

From General Motors:

DETROIT – The 2014 Silverado with the all-new 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 – the most capable standard V-6 in any full-size pickup truck – will also be a segment leader in fuel economy, helping save customers money when they buy and when they drive.

EcoTec3 engine technology enables 2WD Silverados to match Ram HFE’s 18 mpg city, while 4×4 Silverados achieve 17 mpg city, the best of any full-size pickup. EPA highway estimates are highly competitive: 22 mpg for 4×4 versions, and 24 mpg for 2WD models.

Reflecting Silverado’s straightforward approach to performance and fuel economy, these EPA estimates are achieved without expensive add-ons and apply to all three cab configurations, regular cab, double cab, and crew cab.

Silverados equipped with the 4.3L V-6 also will be the most-capable trucks with standard V-6 engines, with the highest available payload rating of 2,108 pounds and the highest available towing rating of 7,200 pounds.

“Budget-conscious customers often buy V-6 pickups to do real work, and the 2014 Silverado with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 will combine unmatched capability and excellent fuel economy with surprising levels of refinement,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer.

“Our V-6 has torque where you need it to get the job done, with 230 lb-ft of torque available at 1,200 rpm, and more torque available from 2,400 to 5,300 rpm than competitive V-6s make at their peak.”

Truck customers now returning to the showroom will find that Silverado’s standard V-6 now offers better performance than many V-8 powered pickups from just a few years ago, with far superior fuel economy.

“The average pickup on the road is more than 11 years old,” said Luke. “Customers driving these trucks with V-8 engines will be amazed at the power and refinement of Silverado’s new EcoTec3 V-6, which has fuel economy some 30 percent better than older V-8s with comparable performance.”

The new V-6 joins the mainstream 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of up to 23 mpg, the best estimates of any V-8 pickup, and better than estimates for the Ford EcoBoost turbo V-6 (22 mpg EPA highway for 2wd models).

Seamlessly switches to four-cylinder operation

Silverado’s combination of capability and efficiency results in part from its EcoTec3 engines, which provide the proven power of a large-displacement truck engine when needed, then switch seamlessly to four-cylinder operation under lighter loads.

“In creating the 2014 Silverado 1500, we looked at a wide variety of powertrain configurations, and concluded that purpose-built truck engines could best provide the payload and towing capability that truck customers require with the long-term dependability they expect,” said Luke.

By creating a new trio of EcoTec3 engines for the 2014 Silverado, Chevrolet was able to make the most of the size and performance of each entry:

-The 4.3L V-6 is a rugged and refined standard engine with best-in-class torque, payload and towing.
-The 5.3L V-8, expected to power three out of four Silverados, gives mainstream customers 355 horsepower, with fuel economy better than any V-8 competitor or Ford’s EcoBoost turbo V-6.
-A new 6.2L V-8, available this fall, will be the most powerful engine offered on any light-duty pickup, with an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum available towing rating of 12,000 pounds.

All three EcoTec3 engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitive trucks. The engines also use a compact overhead valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce the mass of the engines for additional energy savings.

Additional Details and Data

Silverado 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6
-285 hp (212kW) @ 5,300rpm
-305 lb-ft of torque (413 Nm)@ 3900 rpm
-Maximum available towing rating: 7,200 pounds
-Maximum available payload rating: 2,108 pounds

Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.

Peak torque and horsepower, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

Peak torque
(lb-ft) @ rpm Peak horsepower @ rpm
Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 305 @ 3900 285 @ 5300
Ford 3.7L V-6 278 @ 4000 302 @ 6500
Ram 3.6L V-6 269 @ 4175 305 @ 6400
Source: Published manufacturer’s information

EPA fuel economy estimates, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

City Highway Combined

2WD models
Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 18 24 20
Ford F-150 3.7L V-6 17 23 19
Ram 3.6L V-6* HFE (regular cab only) 18 25 21
Ram 3.6L V-6* 17 25 20
Toyota Tundra 4.0L V-6 16 20 18

4×4 models
Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 17 22 19
Ford F-150 3.7L V-6 16 21 18
Ram 3.6L V-6* 16 23 19
Source: Model Year 2013 EPA Fuel Economy Guide
* Optional engine for 2013 model year

Maximum available payload and towing ratings, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

Max available payload rating (lb.) Max available towing rating (lb.)
Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 2,108 7,200
Ford 3.7L V-6 1,930 6,100
Ram 3.6L V-6 1,930 6,500
Toyota 4.0L V-6 1,580 4,900

Source: Published manufacturer’s information. For Silverado, maximum payload is for 2wd regular cab model; maximum towing is for regular cab 4×4 model.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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2014 GMC Sierra V-6 Delivers 24 mpg Highway

Efficient engine is also most capable standard V-6 in class

DETROIT – The same technology that makes the all-new 2014 Sierra’s 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 the most capable standard V-6 in any full-size truck also makes it a segment leader in fuel economy, allowing owners to go farther on a single fill-up.

EcoTec3 engine technology enables 2WD 4.3L V-6 Sierra models to match Ram HFE’s 18 mpg city, while 4×4 models achieve 17 mpg city, the best of any full-size pickup. EPA highway estimates are highly competitive: 22 mpg for 4×4 versions, and 24 mpg for 2WD models.

Sierras equipped with the 4.3L V-6 also will be the most capable trucks with standard V-6 engines, with highest available payload rating of 2,108 pounds and the highest-available towing rating of 7,200 pounds.

“The 2014 Sierra offers capability, efficiency and refinement regardless of trim level or engine choice,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “All of the technology that makes this our most efficient half-ton pickup ever comes standard for every customer.”

EcoTec3 technology is comprised of direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitive pickups. The engines also use a compact overhead valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce the mass of the engines for additional energy savings.

“Our V-6 has torque where you need it to get the job done,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “With 230 lb-ft of torque available at 1,200 rpm, and more torque available from 2,400 to 5,300 rpm than competitive V-6s make at their peak.

“The average pickup on the road is more than 11 years old,” said Luke. “Customers driving these trucks with V-8 engines will be amazed at the power and refinement of Sierra’s new EcoTec3 V-6, which has fuel economy some 30 percent better than older V-8s with comparable performance.”

The new V-6 joins Sierra’s 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, with EPA estimated highway fuel economy of up to 23 mpg, the best estimates of any V-8 pickup, and better than the 22 estimated highway mpg for the Ford EcoBoost turbo V-6.

A new 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8, available this fall, will be the most powerful engine offered on any light-duty pickup, with an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum available towing rating of 12,000 pounds.

Additional Details and Data

Sierra 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6
-285 hp (212kW) @ 5,300rpm
-305 lb-ft of torque (413 Nm)@ 3900 rpm
-Maximum available towing rating: 7,200 pounds
-Maximum available payload rating: 2,108 pounds

Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.

Peak torque and horsepower, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

Peak torque
(lb-ft) @ rpm Peak horsepower @ rpm
GMC Sierra 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 305 @ 3900 285 @ 5300
Ford 3.7L V-6 278 @ 4000 302 @ 6500
Ram 3.6L V-6 269 @ 4175 305 @ 6400
Source: Published manufacturer’s information

EPA fuel economy estimates, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

City Highway Combined
2WD models
GMC Sierra 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 18 24 20
Ford F-150 3.7L V-6 17 23 19
Ram 3.6L V-6* HFE (regular cab only) 18 25 21
Ram 3.6L V-6* 17 25 20
Toyota Tundra 4.0L V-6 16 20 18
4×4 models
GMC Sierra 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 17 22 19
Ford F-150 3.7L V-6 16 21 18
Ram 3.6L V-6* 16 23 19
Source: Model Year 2013 EPA Fuel Economy Guide
* Optional engine for 2013 model year

Maximum available payload and towing ratings, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

Max available payload rating (lb.) Max available towing rating (lb.)
Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 2,108 7,200
Ford 3.7L V-6 1,930 6,100
Ram 3.6L V-6 1,930 6,500
Toyota 4.0L V-6 1,580 4,900
Source: Published manufacturer’s information. For Sierra, maximum payload is for 2wd regular cab model; maximum towing is for regular cab 4×4 model.

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2014 Sierra Denali Pairs High-Tech Luxury and Capability

An all-new 2014 Sierra 1500 Denali full-size pickup arrives this fall with an available 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 that will produce an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, the most power and torque of any light duty truck engine.

From GMC:

DETROIT – An all-new 2014 Sierra 1500 Denali full-size pickup arrives this fall with an available 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 that will produce an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, the most power and torque of any light duty truck engine.

Final SAE-rated power and torque numbers will be available later this year. Now entering its third generation, the Sierra Denali is the most luxurious and technologically advanced GMC half-ton pickup.

Sierra’s 6.2L V-8 will also be available for Sierra SLT models this fall. With this engine, the Sierra is expected to have a class-leading maximum trailering capacity of 12,000 pounds. Like every 2014 Sierra, it offers more power and higher expected efficiency than its predecessor thanks to a trio of technologies including direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing.

Design cues for the 2014 Sierra Denali follow the formula that attracted two-in-10 GMC buyers to Denali vehicles last year. On the exterior, the truck has a signature Denali chrome grille, unique 20-inch chrome wheels, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and body-color front and rear bumpers. Denali-specific interior details include script on the bright door sills and embossed into the front seats and real aluminum trim.

Sierra Denali’s high-tech interior also features an exclusive eight-inch Customizable Driver Display that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch Color Touch navigation radio with Intellilink, located above the center console, serves as the main hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through five standard USB ports.

Other features standard on Sierra Denali include projector-style headlamps with LED signature daytime running lights, a Bose audio system, heated and cooled leather front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear park assist and a power sliding rear window with defogger.

“The 2014 Sierra Denali has a combination of performance, capability and luxury that no other pickup can match,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It leaves no boxes unchecked for those owners looking for the ultimate expression of ‘Professional Grade.'”

A 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is standard for the 2014 Sierra Denali. It produces 355 horsepower and offers better EPA-estimated fuel economy (23 mpg highway on 2WD models) than any V-8 or turbocharged V-6 pickup on the market.

Sierra Denali will be available with two option packages, including a Z71 Off-Road Package (4WD only) with monotube Rancho shocks, Hill Descent Control and transfer case shield, and a Driver Alert Package that includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and patented Safety Alert Seat Technology.

Standalone options include the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8, a sunroof and Rear Seat Entertainment.

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