General Motors Lied About All US-Sold Chevrolet Cruze Sedans Becoming Produced in America

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

Update: Added dealer info, sales background.

Contrary to a statement released two days ago by General Motors, it appears not all Cruze sedans sold in the United States are created in the United States.

According to TTAC alum Ed Niedermeyer, a number of 2017 Chevrolet Cruzes — even these for sale at a dealer in Lordstown, Ohio, where GM manufactures the Cruze in the United States — are Hecho en Mexico.

On Tuesday, in response to a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump criticizing Basic Motors importing Cruzes from Mexico, GM stated:

Common Motors manufactures the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are constructed in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for international markets in Mexico, with a tiny quantity sold in the U.S.

However, right after hunting at VIN numbers for a number of Cruze sedans listed on the internet at dealers throughout the United States, Niedermeyer saw a lot of VINs beginning with the quantity “3.”

All Mexican-created cars have VIN numbers that commence with 3A through 37.

We sent out our personal Bozi Tatarevic to pay a visit to his regional Chevrolet retailer, which lists at least two units with VINs beginning with 3G, to confirm if the VINs listed on-line were appropriate.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

This 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS Automatic is situated at Flow GM Auto Center in Winston-Salem, NC, and its VIN and Monroney sticker clearly indicate it was assembled in Mexico.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

Bark M. was also able to locate 41 Mexican-constructed Chevrolet Cruzes at a single Autonation retailer in Miami.

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Common Motors clarifies statement

According to Nick Bunkley, reporter for Automotive News, on Twitter, Common Motors said it imported Cruzes from Mexico for about three months in 2016 throughout its launch.

Even though, as Nick states, he understood the statement to imply GM imported no Cruze sedans from Mexico, as we did right here at TTAC.

Not driven by demand

Mexican-built Chevrolet Cruze imports aren’t even a matter of higher domestic demand for the second-generation sedan. GM has roughly 80,000 Cruzes in inventory going into December, representing about 4-months supply for the compact. The Cruze accounted for only six % of GM’s U.S. volume in 2016.

“Prior to the false statements General Motors created in response to Trump’s Cruze/Mexico tweets, 2016 was a particularly poor year for GM’s compact car,” stated TTAC’s sales guru Timothy Cain.

“While U.S. sales of passenger automobiles slid 9 %, Cruze volume plunged 17 %, a loss of practically 38,000 sales for GM’s fifth-highest-volume product. Provided the freshness of the Cruze’s total redesign, this sharp downturn wasn’t merely explained by the sector’s decline. GM did, however, de-emphasize sales to everyday rental companies through significantly of 2016, a factor that contributed to the lower.”

Basic Motors did not respond when contacted.

[Photos: © 2017 Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Automobiles]

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Initial Drive Evaluation – 1LEHEHEHEEE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE pulled over by police

It’s fall in the Mojave Desert. Morning greets us with a cool and blinding brightness at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. Many of us mill about like the speed freaks we are, anxiously awaiting our subsequent repair, sipping coffee, smoking cigarettes, pacing in anticipation.

And then it takes place: someone hits the tiny rectangular begin button on the SS 1LE to my left. Synapses fire up in unison with the 6.two-liter LT1 V8, brain buzzing to the rhythmic burble pouring from the quad suggestions of the Camaro’s Active Exhaust, one swift kick of the correct foot away from liberating bliss.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track shot

On the surface, Chevy’s formula is absurdly easy: take the superlative sixth-gen Camaro, strip it of superfluous weight, dial in the suspension, amp up the brakes, and throw on the stickiest rubber you can get.

But, the Camaro 1LE is much, a lot much more.

Humbled by History

The fuel-sipping ’70s had lengthy faded into a bad dream in its place came inexpensive gasoline and a new lust for sporty cars. By the late ’80s, many domestic and foreign manufacturers had obliged, which in turn made the SCCA’s newly minted Showroom Stock class one of the most competitive road racing series in America, unless you drove a Camaro.

Because no a single goes racing to lose, and losing is negative for sales, Team Camaro threw a kaleidoscope of track-focused upgrades at the third-gen F-physique. New gearing, brakes, fuel technique and suspension produced the auto competitive, but Chevy also had to sell those components to folks as portion of the guidelines — giving birth to RPO code 1LE.

From 1989, by means of to the Camaro’s demise in 2002, the 1LE was discreetly obtainable to SS shoppers — offered you ticked the right combination of order boxes.

A Modern Mistake

Let’s face it: the fifth-generation Camaro was conceived in a time of chaos, and doomed by a mandate from management to not compromise the 2006 notion car’s styling. The Camaro would be born with too much kind and not enough function, manifesting as terminal understeer when driven difficult.

Serendipitously, a answer showed up for the duration of ZL1 development courtesy of a chassis mule. It began with an extension of the rear stabilizer bar, along with new rear drop hyperlinks and new decrease control arms. All of a sudden, the car was beginning to rotate.

Ultimately, the car would also get upgraded toe links, rear shock mounts, front stabilizer bar, and a new strut tower brace — every little thing the ZL1 had, minus MagneRide. That is when someone asked, “Why do not we sell this?”

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

Trickle Down Economics

Re-engineering the fifth-gen was an pricey lesson that would permeate the whole sixth-generation program. If Team Camaro wanted to reach new located levels of performance, higher-finish capability required to be baked in from day one particular, which would enable the engineering group to easily port over go-quickly components from the prime down.

This time the $ 6,500 1LE package contains the magical FE4 Magnetic Ride Control suspension system pilfered from the ZL1. Along with adaptive magnetorheological damping, FE4 also adds stiffer springs and larger stab bars front and back.

At the corners sit a set of 20-inch, bite-your-lip stunning, forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar rubbers, measuring a grin-inducing 285 in the front and 305 in the rear. Maintaining things compliant are a racy red set of six-piston Brembos, chomping down on two-piece, 14.6-inch rotors in the front. 4-piston calipers preserve the car’s rear settled.

Coupled with the SS’ regular LT1 is the 1LE’s unsung hero is a 3.73:1 ratio electronic restricted-slip differential. The eLSD cranks up cornering performance and offers sociopathic levels of manage over the 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque at your toe-ideas since the car can now optimize when the diff engages. All vehicles belt out through a common Performance Active Exhaust, although 5 external coolers will assist you run longer sessions.

Inside, you drop into a familiar cockpit, now stripped of extras and swathed in suede. The Recaro buckets, flat-bottom wheel, and 5.1:1 quick throw shifter impart a feeling of sensible precision.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track shot

Dual Threat

Chevy also inaugurated the very first-ever V6 1LE — offered on LGX-equipped 1LS and 2LT Camaros. The $ 4,500 V6 1LE package trickles down the SS’ standard FE3 suspension, which includes rear cradle mounts, dampers, toe links and stabilizer bars. The 3.six-liter V6 still delivers 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque.

V6 cars get new 4-piston Brembo front calipers along with larger 12.six-inch front rotors, staggered 20-inch alloy wheels (eight.five-inches thick in the front, 9.five rears) wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric run-flat tires.

The new parts don’t quit there. The V6 also gets a new fueling system to cope with larger cornering loads, a new mechanical three.27 restricted-slip differential, and a new 5.four:1 brief-throw shifter. Like the SS, it gets a normal dual mode exhaust and five external coolers.

Aesthetically, it shares a vinyl-wrapped matte black hood, front splitter, and 3-piece deck spoiler with the SS 1LE.

Recaro front buckets are optional on the V6 1LE and will set you back $ 1,195 each the SS and V6 offer you an optional $ 1,300 Overall performance Data Recorder, which enables you to record and analyze your lapping sessions.

Adding a V6 to the 1LE recipe provides Chevy access to two distinct demographics. The SS 1LE caters to a more experienced and hardcore track aficionado, which has each right to steal sales from BMW and Porsche. The V6 serves as a balanced and reasonably priced selection for the aspiring autocrosser, and Chevy thinks it could even take a few sales from the normal Camaro SS.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE burnout

Hot Shoes, Cold Feet

Thanks to new gearing, each the V6 and SS 1LE shave time off the sprint to 60. The V6 will get there in 5.2 seconds compared to 5.four normal the SS will do it in four.two seconds, a tenth quicker than regular.

In terms of lateral grip, each cars obliterate the fifth-gen 1LE’s .91g on the skidpad. Aided by absurdly sticky rubber, the SS 1LE will lay down 1.02g of lateral grip — practically Corvette levels — although the V6 1LE equals the regular SS’ .97g on the skidpad, much more if you give it greater rubber.

Due to the fact it lacks two cylinders and MRC, the three,490-pound V6 1LE is 257 pounds lighter than the SS 1LE, making it more nimble and compliant. Since it lacks the LT1’s monster torque numbers, you are able to much more comfortably use its capability, both on the street and the circuit.

The SS 1LE, on the other hand, is merely a complete-blown addiction. We’re speaking exhilarating feelings of excessive self-confidence, hyper alertness, rambling speech and dilated pupils.

Together, we shattered the California border at speeds usually reserved for the terminally insane as I babbled to myself about stability and fuel reduce-off, terrified at how significantly further the vehicle was prepared to go.

Reaching transcendence in the middle of the Mojave, I back off slightly, giving me time to check the map for our turn back to Nevada. Just as I drop the TREMEC six-speed back into fifth for yet another run to the stratosphere, the bottom of my stomach falls out. The blue and red cherries of a California Highway Patrol cruiser light me up from out of the desert haze.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE pulled over by police

He approaches the Arctic White SS 1LE, rests his hand on the roof and dips down to appear at me via the gun slit windows.

“Son, do you know how fast you were going?”

“Ummm …”

“This is a 65, and you had been well north of that.”

“Sorry officer, I uh, didn’t know I couldn’t do that. I haven’t seen anything posted for about 50 miles.”

Fortunately, he was a fellow speed freak and worked with me on the number. He knew all about the 1LE, we jabbered for a bit about cars and I answered a few of his inquiries about the Camaro — when two far more from our convoy flew by in rapid succession.

Turning critical once again, he handed over the citation and mentioned sternly, “Tell your buddies they far better take it simple.”

Heading back to Pahrump within tolerance of the law exposes the 1LE’s one particular weakness: road noise. The Goodyears are overwhelmingly loud with the engine turning more than at a comparatively silent 2,000 rpm at highway speeds. The only solution is to get the LT1 singing above three,000 rpm, replacing road noise with an atavistic howl.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE on track

Track Rats

In order to keep away from incarceration, we hit the East course at Spring Mountain.

Active Rev Match comes normal on the SS 1LE along with GM’s trick No-Lift Shift — turning upshifting and downshifting into a video game. This frees up cognitive energy to concentrate on what genuinely matters: eating apexes.

All the goodness gained from the SS 1LE’s magnetorheological damping comes with 1 caveat the suspension is not the very best communicator. Because body motion is so well controlled, the automobile merely does not have considerably to say, so go ahead and grab as a lot curb as you want. FE4 is straight wizardry on track, giving mortals the capacity to do magnificent items. Initial it ensnares, and then it scares you with its sheer capability.

The V6 1LE is the more talkative of the two. Its conventional FE3 suspension providing superb commentary about what’s happening beneath you, asking you to really feel, and requiring you to participate on a distinct level. Regardless of becoming slower on paper, the V6 enables you to use much more of its potential, providing a more attainable sensation of speed.

What A lot more is There to Say?

Aside from the V6 1LE lacking Active Rev Match (please do it Al Oppenheiser and co.) what much more is there to want for $ 32,895? Greater but, inform me exactly where the $ 44,400 SS 1LE lacks? You could effortlessly every day drive a V6 1LE the automobile is supple adequate to not torture you on the road, and sharp adequate to manage weekend warrior life. Double so for the SS 1LE, though the SS will go through brakes and tires at a faster clip.

The Camaro has usually been a perfect antagonist to the satisfied-go-fortunate Mustang though my time in the desert enlightened me to anything Ford doesn’t seem to know — the Camaro has moved on, operating on a level of fidelity to the church of speed far above any old 5.-liter Mustang. Al and his team are now offering levels of functionality that employed to be exclusively exotic, and for a mere 25 cents on the dollar.

As the mantra goes back at Milford, it’s Camaro vs. Everyone, and this Storm Trooper white SS 1LE is the best embodiment of an empire striking back.

This report 1st appeared on GMInsideNews.

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2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV: America’s Tiniest Crossover

Chevy Spark ACTIV image: General Motors

Chevrolet most likely is not expecting clients to take their Spark ACTIVs down a fire road or out for a day of rock crawling. Nonetheless, it is leveraging the outdoorsy concept to say the ACTIV will somehow be greater at these issues than a standard Spark to encourage sales and rationalize a higher value tag.

America’s enjoy-affair with crossovers is bigger than ever and General Motors is hoping there’s room for this added-little entry into the very popular segment.

The ACTIV gives off the illusion that you can take the Spark out of the city and into the country with “trail-inspired accents.”

General Motors has modified the look of the regular itty-bitty Spark to give it a bit of sport utility flair. It gets unique front and rear fascias with accents influenced by off-road skid plates, dark plastic wheelhouse moldings, new rocker panels, 15-inch alloy wheels, and fog lamps.

The ACTIV has been raised 4 tenths of an inch and comes with roof rails for securing your mountain bike, camping supplies, or hang glider — based on how ACTIV you want your Instagram to be.

Chevrolet also set the tiny crossover up with a leather steering wheel and heated leatherette front seats.

For $ 16,945, Basic Motors will sell you a manual transmission ACTIV with a with 7-inch infotainment method, backup camera, steering controls, and a few other factors the Spark LS lacks. If you don’t want a clutch, the Spark CUV with a CVT is $ 18,045.

That may well sound like a lot compared to the $ 13,535 MSRP of the base LS but, at that cost, you are missing out on all the previously pointed out goodies and critical things like cruise handle. A similarly equipped 2LT is roughly the exact same, if not slightly more high-priced than the ACTIV.

Chevrolet estimates the 1.four-liter Ecotec engine with the CVT is capable of 30 miles to the gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. The manual is practically as very good at 29 city/37 highway.

Chevy Spark ACTIV image: General Motors

While Chevy’s intent here was clearly to capitalize on the sales achievement of crossover vehicles and make the Spark look more woodsy, it might’ve truly produced a superior city car by accident. Black molding scratches greater than paint and that .4 inches could be just enough to help your subcompact crawl more than a low curb.

General Motors says the Spark ACTIV will be show up on dealer lots in the very first quarter of 2017.

[Photos: General Motors]

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Chevrolet to Owners: Take this Catalog and Make Your Commuter Car Sexier

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS yellow

Overlook about your tame, hand-me-down Celebrity Eurosport or Lumina Euro of yesteryear, Chevrolet desires you, yes you, to go further in gussying up what could be a very mild automobile.

The automaker has launched its 2017 Chevrolet Functionality catalog, which now boasts added heat for virtually each and every model in the lineup. For some vehicles, the new offerings could be the makings of a overall performance monster. For other people (such as the Malibu), you will want to give those factory-backed add-ons some sober second believed.

The biggest news from Chevy Performance is a significantly hotter LT1 crate engine primarily based on the 6.two-liter V8 discovered in the Corvette Stingray and Camaro SS. Although similar in style, the LT376/535 sports a distinctive block casting and cylinder head design. Output rises to 535 horsepower — 75 more than the preceding LT1 crate engine.

The classic 350 cubic inch V8 crate engine adopts a new hydraulic roller camshaft, new intake manifold and higher-flow cylinder heads, pushing output to 357 hp and 407 pounds-feet of torque.

Also in the catalog is Chevy’s most current try to thumb its nose at emissions regulations. The 8L90-E eight-speed automatic transmission can now mate with the LT1 and LT4 crate engines, with a full drivetrain available to make peace with the California Air Sources Board. Compliant with CARB emissions restrictions on pre-1996 autos, the Connect &amp Cruise E-ROD program connects a 455 hp LT1 6.2-liter crate engine and eight-speed auto with a catalytic converter and other emissions gear.

You don’t need to have to fear California any a lot more.

Handling and appearance kits for the Corvette and Camaro are exactly what you’d anticipate, but Chevy’s lesser models aren’t left out of the enjoyable. A efficiency exhaust kit for the Silverado 1500 adds ten hp and six lb-ft to 5.3-liter models, even though 6.two-liter variants achieve 7 hp and 5 lb-ft. The Colorado also gains efficiency exhaust and air intake kits.

You’d have to be large into the bowtie to tart up a Cruze, Sonic or Malibu, but we all know they’re out there. These men and women exist, and practically nothing would please them much more than lowering their Malibu and adding a ground effects kit. Do it, says Chevy, and add a functionality exhaust and intake to your Cruze — yes, the a single you drive your youngsters to college in — while you’re at it. Do the same for your sister’s Sonic.

Louis Chevrolet turns 138 on Christmas, and he wants to know that this dream of compact cars that corner with slightly less body lean is becoming kept alive.

[Image: General Motors]

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Revealed with Malibu-esque Styling, Turbo Engine Lineup, Diesel Choice

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet has lifted the curtain on its next-generation Equinox, revealing a host of technological and styling updates for a long-operating model that had grown extended in the tooth.

The alterations coming for the 2018 model year place the Equinox as a suitable compact SUV, as the slimmed-down model sheds important weight and adopts a trio of turbocharged 4-cylinders. Going out on a limb in the red-hot market segment, Chevrolet plans to supply a diesel.

Searching like a Malibu that morphed into an SUV, the subsequent-generation Equinox adopts the style language of Chevy’s newest crop of modest sedans. Overlook about the yawnmobiles of yesteryear and get a load of these busy, flowing flanks, the model shouts.

Underneath the skin, the alterations are equally dramatic — perhaps even much more so. Chevy engineers shaved 400 pounds from the Equinox, which now weighs ten % much less than the prior model. With rear seats folded flat, GM lists interior cargo volume at 63.5 cubic feet.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Like its not too long ago redesigned Malibu stablemate, the Equinox’s diet plan makes it possible for it to accept a four-cylinder-only engine lineup. Gone is GM’s ubiquitous three.six-liter V6.

The entry-level mill is the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder found in the Malibu, creating 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Chevy does not list the transmission, but it’s almost certainly the brand’s trusty six-speed automatic.

GM’s new 9T50 nine-speed automatic comes normal on up-level models powered by a 252-hp turbocharged 2.-liter four. Whilst the automaker hasn’t announced torque figures for this mill (it is a two hp bump more than the 2.-liter discovered in up-level Malibus), it does promise the same max trailering capacity as previous V6 models (3,500 pounds).

There’s a lot of debate over the future of light-duty diesel engines in North America — mainly, is there a future? — but Chevy doesn’t look worried about the oil-burning stigma spawned by Volkswagen’s emissions deception. The optional 1.6-liter turbo-diesel is the only engine of its kind in the North American compact SUV marketplace. Producing 136 hp and 236 lb-ft, the mill adopts begin/quit technologies and makes it possible for the automaker to advertise a GM-estimated 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

Highway mileage for front-wheel-drive base models is estimated at 31 mpg, while the two.-liter front-wheel-drive variant is estimated at 28 mpg. All-wheel-drive models adopt a switchable system that decouples from the rear axle when four-wheel traction is not required, a la Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200, additional aiding fuel economy.

The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the very first quarter of 2017.

[Photos: Basic Motors]

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Chevrolet Camaro Sales Preserve Falling, Ford Mustang And Dodge Challenger Sales Do, Also

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

In response to disappointing sales of the new-for-2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Common Motors revealed last week that it will cut prices of the 2017 model.

Although there are a lot of 2017 Camaros already obtainable — all of which will benefit from the newly lowered price — the situation facing GM’s U.S. dealers now pertains to the quantity of 2016 Camaros on dealer lots. Of the roughly 27,000 Chevrolet Camaros in stock at dealers across America, according to Automobiles.com, 40 percent are MY2016s, the appeal for which decreases swiftly as much more MY2017s turn into obtainable.

This ballooning Camaro inventory, a 139-day supply heading into September 2016, was caused by a sharp lower in Camaro demand with the launch of the all-new sixth-generation model, a subject we’ve explored often in the previous. By way of the first eight months of 2016, U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Camaro are down 15 percent.

But sales of the Camaro’s chief rival, the wildly far more well-liked Ford Mustang, are falling, as effectively. Dodge Challenger sales are sliding, too.

From Ford to Chevrolet, however, there have been huge differences in expectations for calendar year 2016. Although the Camaro is the new muscle car on the block, the Mustang is a year-old vehicle which benefited from pent-up demand a single year ago. The year-more than-year comparison that reveals a 7-percent, five,940-unit Mustang loss comes soon after Mustang sales spiked in 2015.

2016 Ford Mustang convertible California Special

“Mustang buyers know it is coming and they wait for the new car,” Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle stated of the launch of the sixth-generation Ford pony auto. As a outcome, Mustang sales rose to an eight-year higher in calendar year 2015, surging 48 percent compared with 2014.

We’ve observed the identical kind of surge in the previous, when the significantly re-engineered fifth-generation Mustang developed a 24-% jump in 2005 and continued to climb in 2006, free of charge from rivals. Then, whilst remaining popular by the standards of sports vehicles, Mustang sales tailed off sharply in following years.

Mustang volume is tailing off, but not sharply, and not unsurprisingly. Following all, there’s a new version of a lengthy-time rival accessible in competing showrooms.

U.S. muscle car sales chart August 2016

Globally, meanwhile, Mustang sales are stronger than they’ve ever been, with an emphasis on foreign markets and even right-hand-drive markets that just before did not exist.

TTAC asked Ford’s Merkle if that worldwide emphasis is by any likelihood accountable for the U.S. downturn. No, there are enough Mustangs to go about in the United States.

“We’re usually going to look to match production to demand,” Merkle says. And U.S. demand in 2016 is basically not as strong as it was at this stage of 2015.

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

In August, especially, Mustang volume plunged 17 percent to eight,299 units as Ford passenger auto sales tumbled by much more than a quarter. Chevrolet Camaro sales had been down by a tenth to 5,604 units. Regardless of an 5-% August uptick, Dodge Challenger sales, at five,262 units, had been slightly less several than Camaro sales. August was the 1st month since April that the Chevrolet Camaro managed to outsell the Dodge Challenger.

Year-to-date, the Ford Mustang is America’s 16th-very best-selling auto. The Camaro ranks 26th the Challenger 30th. Combined, the trio sells slightly more often than the Nissan Sentra, not as often as the Ford Fusion.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the cost-free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Stick to on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chevrolet Upstages Ford – Then Honda Throws Composite Shade on Both

Honda Ridgeline Rock Drop

You may’ve noticed an ad campaign by Common Motors touting the toughness of its steel cargo bed in comparison with Ford’s aluminum cargo hold. The Chevy came out battered and bruised, but Ford’s aluminum-bodied F-150 incurred multiple lacerations. GM, in its comparison, proclaimed itself the winner.

Then late Friday, a plucky upstart named Honda (you may know the organization for its motorized bicycles and electrical generators), threw massive shade on the Detroit rivalry utilizing the very same test.

Honda’s engineers (not the PR folks, although Honda PR distributed the video) performed roughly the very same rock-drop test as the Chevrolet advertising campaign. The outcome? Just some scratches in the Ridgeline’s composite bed. Not a dent. Not a break. And the in-bed storage door still opened and closed as designed.

Effectively done, Honda. Now all we need to have is a actual truck for your trick bed.

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Avalanche two.: Chevrolet Silverado Higher Desert Package

Chevrolet Silverado High Desert

The buttress is back, child!

Chevrolet fans nevertheless in mourning more than the loss of their beloved Avalanche get an early Christmas present this year. A new Silverado package arrives this fall with all the goodies a ‘lanche aficionado could want, minus the acres of grey bodyside cladding.

The Higher Desert Package, inspired by a notion car shown at the 2014 SEMA show, is available on LT, LTZ, and High Nation trims, adding upscale exterior fittings and a versatile locking cargo program with dual side storage bins. You will by no means locate that hammer you left…somewhere.

Chevrolet views the waterproof, multi-compartment storage technique as the answer for men and women who really want a pickup, but opt for an SUV due to the stuff they’re forced to cart about.

Chevrolet Silverado High Desert

“The High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with the refinement and luxury of Suburban,” stated Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck advertising and marketing, in a statement. “It’s best for those buyers who want each the security of a lockable cargo location, as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”

The package also brings GM’s Magnetic Ride Handle suspension into the Silverado lineup. The self-conscious, road-damping suspension lends a refined, SUV-like ride to the pickup, filling out the “luxury” side of the package.

Whilst not a standalone model, Chevy clearly knows who it’s romancing with this package. The proof is in the pillars, or more specifically, the flying buttress treatment out back.

The Avalanche is dead, but it has a son with one more name.

[Image: Common Motors]

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VIDEO: Dykes Critiques the New 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and You Need to Watch It

2016 Chevrolet Volt w/ Alex Dykes, © 2016 The Truth About Cars

This weekend, Alex dropped a bonus video evaluation of the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt for us to get pleasure from. Regrettably, he’s also been as well busy constructing sheds to do a full overview, so this is all we’ve got.

(It is okay, although. The ideal perform takes place in a shed.)

Want to check it out? Hit up the video right after jump.


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Junkyard Discover: 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx rear three-quarter in California junkyard, Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars

The Malibu Maxx was a funny seeking, crypto-station-wagon version of the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu (which was itself based on the Opel Vectra C). It sold poorly and is now largely forgotten, which makes it precisely the sort of junkyard vehicle I like to locate.

Yes, obscure sales flops in the junkyard have stories to inform!

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx badging in California junkyard, Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars

Automobiles this new tend to get picked more than quite swiftly, offered that they share components with vehicles nonetheless on the road in large numbers. Common Motors is all about the components bin, so owners of everything from the Pontiac Sunfire to the Buick Rendezvous can do their shopping right here.

&quotYou Got High, Now Go Home!&quot sticker on 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx in California junkyard, Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars

(*shakes cane at these damn cannabis tourists leaving their tax dollars in Colorado*)

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx badging with Jesus fish in California junkyard, Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars

I have rented numerous a Malibu with the LTZ trim level, during my travels with the 24 Hours of LeMons, and I have constantly assumed that LTZ is GM code for Bob Lutz.

You know you are really reaching when the most significant selling point on your auto is the sliding rear seats.

[Pictures: Murilee Martin/The Truth About Vehicles]


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