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New, 2019 Chevy Silverado Debuts With Diesel Engine, 450-lbs Lighter

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It’s hard to believe Chevrolet has been making trucks for over 100 years. To celebrate the centennial of Chevy Trucks, General Motors made the public unveiling of the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

This is a clean-sheet design for the new Silverado, and GM brought its A-game. Compared to its predecessor, the truck is notably lighter; roomier all around and more comfortable; more practical and versatile; more fuel-efficient; safer; and, to our eyes, more attractive inside and out.

When Ford went mostly all-aluminum for its latest F-150, many expected GM to do the same for its next half-tonne. It didn’t, choosing instead to stick with old-fashioned steel for its fixed panels and frame. Only “Swing” panels — anything on a hinge, such as the doors, hood and tailgate — are all-aluminum.

The new Silverado is slightly bigger than the old model, boasting a longer wheelbase and slightly increased overall length. Some of that extra room went to the bed, which is now a multi-piece configuration that opens up more than six inches of lateral bed space wall-to-wall, giving the Silverado’s short box more raw volume (63 cubic feet) than even the standard-length beds of the F-150 and Ram 1500 — up to 20 percent more, in fact.

Larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers provide better accommodation for steel-toed boots, while an available 120-volt power outlet and LED task lighting make the cargo bed even more useful. As a first, there is also an available a power up / down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand.

Despite the larger size, the 2019 Silverado manages to be 450 pounds (204 kg) lighter, an impressive weight reduction considering its still mostly made out of steel. Buyers will have the choice of six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 5.3L and 6.2L V8, as well as a new 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel.

The 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that GM co-developed with Ford, while the 5.3L V8 and base engine (likely a V6) will make due with the existing six-speed auto.

Inside the cab, the redesigned Silverado offers more interior volume thanks to the increased length, with crew-cab models now having 3 inches more rear-seat legroom than before. Chevrolet promises improved refinement, higher quality materials and, of course, the latest safety and convenience tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections.

General Motors will release full specs, pricing and sales date at a later date. Until then, what do you think about the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado?

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Forget Cadillac! Does GM Needs A $100K Corvette SUV?

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If Lamborghini, Porsche and, soon, Ferrari can have an SUV, why should Corvette?

Bob Lutz, the iconic automotive curmudgeon who helped shape BMW, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, believes General Motors has a great opportunity to take the Corvette nameplate upmarket with a Porsche Cayenne-like Corvette SUV that starts at $100,000.

Speaking to Automotive News, the former GM executive argued that Corvette is facing the same problem as Harley Davidson in that its baby boomer client base is dying out, meaning the brand is going to need a lot more than a traditional sports car like the new C8 Corvette to remain viable.

“The owner body is getting older and older and older, and there are no young people coming in,” Lutz said, adding that while he doesn’t believe Cadillac has any space to go upmarket, the Corvette brand does.

As for specifics about the Corvette SUV, he suggested that General Motors develop a dedicated architecture that’s super lightweight and powerful, envision something “Porsche Cayenne-like, only much better and a little bigger.” It will be a medium volume model with a starting price of $100,000, and it should never be offered with a V6 or as a low-cost offering.

The thought of a Corvette SUV might be offensive to some hardcore fans, but the times have changed and SUVs and crossovers are what make or break virtually every aspiring automaker.

The marketplace has also proven that there’s space for powerful, performance-oriented SUVs. From the Lamborghini Urus to the under-development Ferrari SUV and Lotus SUV, everyone’s getting in on the high-margin, sporty SUV game.

Lutz is not the first to make such an argument, and he likely won’t be the last. It will be interesting to see what will follow the C8 Corvette.

How do you envision a Corvette SUV? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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Is The Chevrolet Camaro Going To Die Again?

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Was Chevy’s muscle car revived only to die again?

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro may be the last Camaro, at least for the foreseeable future.

According to Muscle Cars and Trucks, General Motors has stopped work on the seventh generation Camaro and has no plan to take the Camaro nameplate beyond the 2023 model year.

The sixth-gen Camaro is based on the same Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe. However, while the ATS’ successor (the new CT4) uses the next generation Alpha platform, there are no plans for the Camaro to make the same transition.

Sales of the Camaro have declined significantly over the past few years, which is unfortunate considering how good of a sports car it is. The fifth generation Camaro took off after debuting in 2009, selling over 80,000 Camaros every year. But despite getting rave reviews from critics, the sixth-gen saw its sales drop to 51,000 units in 2018, which was a whopping 25 percent decline from the prior year.

Supposing the report is true, this won’t be the first time the Camaro has gone on hiatus. There was a seven-year gap between the fourth- and fifth-generation models.

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You Can Order Domino’s Pizza Using Your Chevrolet

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Don’t have 60 seconds to phone in a pizza order? This is for you.

General Motors has updated the infotainment systems on Chevrolet vehicles with a new Domino’s pizza ordering tool.

As part of the American automaker’s growing in-car Marketplace ecosystem, the app lets drivers place orders for carryout or home delivery using the in-vehicle touchscreen interface and Chevrolet Marketplace portal.

It would be too distracting and downright unsafe if the system let you configure an entire pizza from scratch, so you are limited to just saved and recent orders.

General Motors has been steadily growing Marketplace since its launch in 2017. In April 2018, Chevrolet partnered with Shell to allow in-car gas purchases, sparing you the trouble of using the gas pump’s magnetic reader and being the victim of credit card skimming. In November of the same year, Buick added Yelp compatibility to its infotainment system, allowing you to make restaurant reservations on the go.

The new Domino’s app works with any 2017 model year or newer Chevrolet vehicle that runs Marketplace.

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