2019 Chevrolet Silverado & a Turbo Four

Chevrolet surprised us this year with a new engine for the Silverado and, no, it isn’t the 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel we’ve long expected. Yes, that compression-ignition engine is on its way, but it isn’t due until this summer. What Chevrolet rolled out with the all-new 2019 Silverado is a turbocharged … Read more

Like a Rock: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Introducing the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado. Fresh on the heels of celebrating 100 years of truck building, Chevrolet has a new Silverado pickup truck to launch its second century. The fourth-generation Silverado is new from the ground up, although its changes seem more evolutionary than revolutionary. This means Chevrolet did not … Read more

A Whole Lot of Awesome:
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

A tricked-out truck for the midsize range. Chevrolet just raised the bar in the midsize performance pickup truck category by introducing its latest model, the Colorado ZR2 Bison. The Bison builds on the off-road-ready ZR2 thanks to a collaboration Chevrolet has with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket … Read more

About the 2019 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet’s Volt maintains its place in a niche segment. The 2019 Chevrolet Volt operates in a limited, but important segment. As a compact plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Volt supplies sufficient electrification range for local drivers, then backs it up with a small generator (engine) for longer trips. The original … Read more

Spotlight: 2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show As an automotive writer, most of my focus is on what’s new and upcoming, thus the “auto trends” moniker. But I also know that the industry has a rich history spanning nearly 150 years. Keeping an eye on the past while looking toward … Read more

The Next-Generation Chevrolet Equinox

Momentum continues with the third-generation Chevy Equinox. How do you make an already competitive product better? By carefully starting anew, particularly through a clean sheet design, but without forgetting what made the product appealing in the first place. That’s exactly what Chevrolet has done with the 2018 Equinox, an all-new … Read more

2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Delivers a Premium Package

2018 Chevy Silverado 1500

High Country Chevy is at the apex of the Silverado range. Mostly everyone knows the next-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 is on its way, with production beginning this fall and the first models arriving sometime ahead of the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holiday season. The good news here is a larger, more powerful … Read more

Rolling Classic: 2018 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevy Suburban hits all the right notes. The Chevrolet Suburban makes an important claim to fame and it doesn’t have anything to do with its size. Yes, the Suburban is one of the largest passenger vehicles you can purchase, but what’s significant about this model is that it is … Read more

The Next Centennial: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 Silverado launches Chevrolet’s second century of trucks. Yesterday, we looked at the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado in Centennial trim, a model that both marks an important milestone and brings the curtain down on the final model year of the current generation. Later this year, an all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado debuts, … Read more

New Safety Tech Accompanies 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Pursuit Vehicle

Tahoe police pursuit vehicle gains crash mitigation technologies. Police departments across the nation have their choice of Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford models to choose from. All three manufacturers vie to serve our men and women in blue as well as other emergency service personnel. Available Enhanced Driver Assist Package The … Read more

Low-Income Drivers Penalized by Auto Insurers

Chevrolet Malibu

Americans resoundingly reject non-driving characteristics in determining auto insurance rates. If you’re a low-income American, chances are you’re paying plenty more for auto insurance than other citizens even if you have a similar driving record and home address. Those are the findings of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) based … Read more

Top Down Fun With the Corvette Stingray Z51

Review anything about the Corvette and you’re bound to offend someone for omitting an important point. Such is the strength of this iconic model — nay, brand — that has no lack of followers or at least enthusiasts who immediately become giddy when you offer them a ride. I’ve had … Read more

Hatchback Chevrolet Cruze Set For US Introduction

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

June 25, 2015: Corrected to include accurate details about the body styles the Cruze’s competitors offer in the US market. An earlier Cruze hatchback will set the stage for a new model. The Chevrolet Cruze may be the best compact car General Motors has ever built even though its sales … Read more

Vehicle Segmentation (What Does It Mean?)

2015 Smart Fortwo

The automotive industry continues to adjust to fluctuating market conditions and changing consumer demand. Whereas in times past fickle consumers scotched the best laid plans of the automakers, namely building quality small cars, it appears that this time around consumer sentiment is embracing the trend toward more fuel efficient cars. … Read more

Luxury Pickup Trucks Outsell European Models

Ford’s F-Series brings in huge profits. Shop for a luxury vehicle and your eyes may feast upon the Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan, BMW’s X5 xDrive35i crossover or the Lexus RCF sports car. Each high-end model sells for more than $50,000, a price point that demonstrates mass-produced luxury at its finest. The … Read more

Sweet Dreams: 2015 Corvette Stingray

One glorious week with a C7. The seventh-generation Corvette (C7) may be GM’s best effort so far in this still young 21st century. The current interpretation of this iconic sports car made its debut in 2014 and has been pulling down well-deserved awards since. Officially known as the Corvette Stingray, … Read more

Opel Adam to Buick, Not Chevrolet

Jam, Glam & Slam to the US? Last week, Auto Trends looked at Buick’s expanding line up, particularly its connection to Opel that will likely yield at least two new models. A third model is also planned, one based on the not-yet-released Envision crossover for the Chinese market. Opel Adam … Read more

At a Glance: 2.7-Liter Ford EcoBoost Engine

New EcoBoost engine makes the power grade. The 2015 model year will bring yet another new engine to the Ford product line, a 2.7-liter V-6. That engine follows four-cylinder engines displacing at 1.5- and 2.3-liters, being utilized in the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKC respectively, as well as in other … Read more

GM Extends Supplier Discount to Educators

Big savings for teachers and their relatives. 2014 Buick LaCrosse. Last Tuesday, General Motors announced a “GM Educator Discount program” for public and private school educators. The new program is similar to the one that it offers to suppliers, by presenting deeper discounts to a select group of consumers. The … Read more

GM Recalls Top 20 Million Vehicles Worldwide

That the General Motors Company is facing a recall crisis is understood. That the number of vehicles affected have pushed past the 17 million mark in the United States and 20 million worldwide boggles the imagination. Incidentally, the domestic number is more than five times the amount of vehicles GM … Read more

Lincoln, GMC Shine in 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

AutoPacific announces latest winners. Two domestic brands received some very good news this week when AutoPacific announced the results of its 18th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln, and GM’s truck brand, GMC, won the premium and popular brand ratings respectively. Lincoln Revival Continues The results were … Read more

Cars and Coffee: Waverly Place in Cary, NC

If you are looking for an informal meetup of car enthusiasts, then a Cars and Coffee event is the place to go. This past Sat., I happened upon the local gathering in Cary, NC, featuring more than 100 vintage, classic, exotic, Asian, European and American models. A Chevy Bel Air … Read more

Like a Rock: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Following successive weeks driving the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado full-size pick up trucks, I can tell you that there is no difference between these two models. What I can tell you is that the Sierra Crew Cab with its 5.3-liter V-8 beats the Silverado Double Cab with its 4.3-liter … Read more

2014 Corvette Mark Up Pricing and Your Say

Once in a while I get “called on it,” sometimes by my children or by my wife. Usually, my family reminds me of something that I said long ago and had since forgotten — such as a promised allowance raise or perhaps to fix a leaky faucet. Here on Auto … Read more

A Small-Displacement Diesel for the 2014 Ram 1500

It has been more than a decade since light-duty pickup truck buyers have had access to diesel engines. GM, Ford and Chrysler offer diesel engines for their respective heavy-duty lines, but not for the standard full-size pickup trucks that most people buy. But, that is about to change as the … Read more

Priced to Lease: Chevrolet Spark EV

The electric vehicle market is a tiny one with most manufacturers having a stake in the game. For GM, its first pure electric vehicle is its Chevrolet Spark EV, a microcar built in South Korea and also sold separately with a gasoline engine. Last week, GM announced pricing and leasing … Read more

Pricing, Availability and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Late last month Chevrolet announced pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the seventh generation (C7) edition of America’s only true sports car. Okay, the SRT Viper qualifies as the “other” American sports car, but given its comparably short lifespan (20 years) it doesn’t quite enjoy the same level of prestige … Read more