It was reported months earlier that General Motors planned to kill at least six models due to slow sales, including the Chevrolet Volt. A new report now claims that the company will pull the plug on the extended range electric vehicle in 2022.
According to AutoForecast Solutions and , the shrinking car segment combined with GM shifted focus to electric crossovers leaves no room for the Volt. In fact, it is expected to be replaced by a plug-in hybrid crossover or, possibly, an all-electric crossover, both of which will likely sell better since buyers are flocking to crossovers en masse.
When production ends, the Volt would have fulfilled its mission of serving as a stop-gap on the path to full-electric cars. It’s not slow sales that killed it; rather, better technology did.
GM already has plans to introduce at least 20 new electric cars by 2023, including two new Chevy Bolt-based crossovers that will arrive sometime in 2018 or 2019.
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With more people buying more environmentally-friendly vehicles than eve, you’d think pickup trucks are falling out of fashion. Think again.
It seems that, more-so in the United States than anywhere else, there is less of a regard for emissions and even fuel economy as people continue to buy them in droves. In fact, thanks in large to pickups, “trucks” (a term used collectively in the auto industry for pickups, crossovers and SUVs) now outsell cars by 2 to 1.
While you scratch your head trying to figure out the broad appeal of pickups for the everyday man / family, know that at least four automakers are laughing all they way to the bank, and for good reason.
Not only has the Ford F-Series lineup has dominated the pickup truck segment for more than 40 years, but it’s also been the best-selling vehicle in America, period! And that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.
“Built Ford Tough” is more than just a marketing slogan. Widely considered the most well-rounded full-size pickup on the market, the F-150 in particular has transformed over the years to offer everything for everyone, giving birth to high performance iterations, off-road-oriented models, luxurious examples. Sure, the plain-Jane work versions is still around, but hardly anyone buys it.
Currently in its 13th generation, the highly regarded Ford is the first pickup truck to rely heavily upon aluminum construction, which has reduced its curb weight by some 700 pounds. It remains as rugged, robust, reliable, dependable and just downright capable, if not more so, than ever before.
According to Ford’s spokespeople, there are more F-Series trucks on the road with 250,000 miles or more on them than any other brand of trucks, Is there any wonder why they are the best selling vehicle in America?
GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins have played second fiddle to the F-150 for as long as they’ve been around, and it’s not because they are bad trucks. On the contrary, review after review has shown them to be on the same playing field in all metrics. So what gives?
A lot has to do with brand loyalty, and simply put, the F-150 has been around for much longer and, as such, has accumulated a larger following than both the Silverado and Sierra combined. These are hardcore brand loyalists we’re talking about, so getting them to change sides is as painstaking as gluing wings to a pig and telling it to fly.
GM’s trucks have always been fully capable, highly configurable and very reliable workhorses, and the arrival of the forth generation models only heightens these attributes, upping the style, tech and performance. Could be the fourth time be the charm? Has the General engineers and marketers F-150 enigma? Only time will tell.
Interestingly, despite the F-150’s insurmountable sales volume, it is General Motors that actually sells the most overall pickups. In addition to the full-size Silverado and Sierra, the company also offers the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, two quality, highly- regarded alternatives for those desiring a smaller pickup.
By the time Ford responds with a new Ranger, the Colorado / Canyon would have been on the market for at least three years.
RAM Trucks has been the very definition of an underdog, daring to venture where they others won’t. But that underdog status is quickly changing as sales of the RAM truck lineup inches closer and closer to the Silverado.
From tool of the trade to rolling boardroom, the Ram 1500 has widespread appeal. It is the only full-size pickup available with an fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain and an air suspension that smooths out the ride.
The latest iteration of Fiat Chrysler’s standout contender also boasts arguably the fanciest and techiest interior, thanks in large part to a massive, 12-inch touchscreen (optional) that will make the guys at Tesla brush.
Needless to say, the fifth-generation RAM 1500 has a lot going for, be it in sheer substance or in gimmicks. We younger buyers will be especially drawn to it.
For those looking for a great value but can do without the latest bells and whistles, the previous-generation 1500 will continue to be sold alongside the new model for a few years. Just ask for the 1500 Classic when at your local dealer.
You probably didn’t expect Toyota on this list. Despite building it’s bulletproof reputation on reliable, fuel-efficient family cars, the Japanese automaker is a relevant player in the pickup truck segment.
Like General Motors, Toyota offers both a full-size and midsize pickups. However, its full-size Tundra is long in the tooth and hardly registers on the sales chart. The , on the other hand, is the king of it’s segment, outselling both the Colorado and Canyon combined. More than that, it has been the only non-American pickup truck to have traction in the broader pickup truck segment.
With its diverse lineup, a solid reputation for reliability, and a wide selection of addons, the Tacoma can be anything from a stripped-down work truck to a rocking-crawling off-roader and even something that feigns luxury. It’s a good all-rounder that breaks the longstanding mold of bigger is better.
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New Chevy Silverado LT Is Cheaper Than Before
Buyers looking to get the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado are in luck. With a starting price of $38,395 in the United States, the volume-selling Silverado LT with a double cab/long bed configuration is $700 less expensive than its predecessor.
The price drop comes despite an increase in standard features. It is powered by General Motor’s new 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft. of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
For greater fuel efficiency, the Silverado LT also features an eight-speed automatic, stop-start technology and active aero shutters for greater fuel efficiency.
Opting for the crew cab model and short bed increases the price to $40,795.
For those looking for an even cheaper Silverado, the 2019 Silverado regular cab Work Truck starts at $29,795, while the Double Cab and the Crew Cab versions are priced at $33,695 and $36,095, respectively. The most expensive 2019 Silverado is the Crew Cab High Country, which kicks off at $54,495.
All prices reflect two-wheel drive models, so expect to pay extra for an all-wheel drive configuration.
Only time will tell me if a lower price will help the Silverado unseat the Ford F-150 in the pickup truck race.
Chevy Volt Now Charges Almost Twice As Fast
For the 2019 model year, the Chevrolet Volt gets a few notable upgrades that enhanced driver convenience.
For starters, the updated Volt can be recharged in almost half the time thanks to a new 7.2 kW charging system. It now only takes as little as 2.3 hours to completely charge Chevy’s range-extended hybrid vehicle with a 240-volt outlet.
The new charging system comes standard on the 2019 Volt Premier model and is optional on the LT model, which has a 3.6 kW charger has standard.
Not only does the Volt charges faster, but it also tells you when its tires are full and the adaptive cruise control system is easier to use.
The 2019 Volt can travel up to 53 miles in electric mode and up to 420 miles or higher with the aid of a gas-powered generator.
Other upgrades includes an automatic engine-assisted heating system that can be set to turn on at lower temps to preserve energy, and new Low and Regen on Demand profiles that can increase regenerative braking capability when the driver lets off the accelerator pedal.
Inside, the improved Volt gets a new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen boasting a new Energy App, an optional power driver’s seat, and a tire fill alert system that automatically sounds the horn when full tire pressure is achieved.
Lastly, a new dealer-installed blackout package is available. When equipped, it gives the Volt sport pedals, black bowtie emblems, 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets, and other sporty cosmetic touches.
With the Chevy Bolt hogging up all of GM’s EV limelight, it’s almost hard to forget the Volt exists. Well, it’s still around, and it’s gotten better.
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