While most of the auto industry is turning to SUVs, satisfying the small-car market with subcompact crossovers, many drivers are wondering what will happen to the sedans. Unlike many of its competitors, General Motors plans to keep its sedan segments alive and well.
This news from GM came on the heels of Ford’s announcement that it plans to stop producing sedans for the next few years. GM isn’t worried — in fact, the company is glad for the reduced competition. Though GM, particularly Chevy, will invest less into sedans in the coming years, General Motors Sedans aren’t going anywhere in the long term.
According to Steve Majoros, the marketing director for cars and crossovers at Chevy, sedans are “a pretty big opportunity for [the company]” now that their drop in popularity is causing a drop in production by other automakers. Chevy is happy to be the brand buyers turn to for sedans.
GM sees sedans as entry-level cars: small, affordable, and great for young adults, as well as singles just out of college. To add appeal to its sedan lineup, Chevy will add the premium RS trim to the latest version of the Malibu, which will help it compete with popular sporty sedans in the segment.
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Auto shows are a big part of the automotive industry. They give automakers a chance to show off their latest models along with concepts that spawn ideas for future vehicles. One of the biggest shows here in the U.S. has long been the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in Detroit.
For years, NAIAS, or the Detroit Auto Show, has been held in January. Recently, however, General Motors has been pushing to hold the Detroit Auto Show in June.
One reason GM wants to push the show to June is so that it aligns with two other auto-themed events, the Belle Isle and Detroit Grand Prix. With the change, it would be part of what Tony Cervone, GM’s senior vice president of global communications, calls a “massive festival of automotive.”
By coinciding with the other events, it could potentially draw in more spectators who came for the Grand Prix but want to catch the auto show while they are in the city. It could also help boost participation from other automakers, especially since some big brands have already disengaged from the show for 2019.
There are, however, some downsides to moving the show. The first could be a nightmarish parking situation with all the traffic from all of the automotive events. The second would be the potentially higher cost of hosting the show in June because of air conditioning costs for the large expo center.
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You love GM, but there’s still plenty to learn about this impressive car brand. Here are some little-known, fun facts about GM.
GM was a big manufacturer of war vehicles during World War II. They produced over 584,000 vehicles like the “Duck” and the “Deuce-and-a-half”.
GM was ahead of its time. It was one of the earliest producers of electric cars, releasing electric vehicles in 1912 – 1917. While these are nothing like the electric vehicles of our time, that’s still impressive!
GM brought cars to the Middle East in the 1930’s. All cars were specifically made to handle the desert roads.
In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of GM. That made her the first female CEO of a major automobile manufacturer.
Since its conception, GM has never been in any major financial or legal troubles. That’s over a hundred years of good business!
First Turn Signals
GM was the very first car manufacturer to install turn signals. Thanks to them, drivers said goodbye to pesky hand signals.
GM was the very first car manufacturer to gross a billion dollars in a single year! These guys definitely know success.
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The GM Express Drive program, which the company has developed in conjunction with the ridesharing service Lyft, plans to expand to several new markets in Colorado and California.
Express Drive is a short-term vehicle access program that was launched earlier this year, the purpose of which is to allow Lyft drivers to access newer and better quality vehicles they can use as they participate in the ridesharing service. GM provides vehicles that drivers rent per week, and the cost of renting goes down the more rides the driver gets. Maintenance and insurance are included in the cost of renting.
Currently the service is available in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Lyft plans to extend the service to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer and to Los Angeles and Denver by the fall. More than 100,000 people have applied to be Lyft drivers in these areas, but they couldn’t qualify because their cars weren’t in good enough shape. This is all about to change thanks to Express Drive.
Express Drive gives drivers access to a wide range of GM vehicles, including the 2017 Chevy Bolt, Chevy’s new electric car that boasts highest range in the non-luxury market, which is due to be released late this year.
We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend—and that you took time out of your day to remember those who have served and sacrificed for our country’s freedom and values. Here at Richard Karr Motors, we are proud to announce that the GMC Military Discount remains available to all veterans throughout the month of June, as we continue to honor those who served in the military.
The extended discount is part of GM Military Appreciation Month, which began back on May 1, 2015. The discount is available to all veterans, regardless of separation date, and applies to all vehicles—even Denali trims. Kathryn Scott, a veteran who lives in Reidsville, Georgia, recounted how easy it was to use the discount: “The process was easy—all I had to do was show my DD Form 214 separation papers and my dealer took care of everything.”
If you come see us at Richard Karr, we will also take care of everything for you. If you’re a veteran of any branch of the military—Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or the National Guard and Coast Guard—come see us to take advantage of the discount today. For everyone else—you never know what kind of great deals we’ll have going on here, so make sure to stop by and check out our inventory very soon!
For General Motors, offering the best fuel efficiency possible is important, which is why the American carmaker now offers General Motors’ eAssist technology in a variety of GM vehicles. Through a combination of different functions, the eAssist technology reduces fuel consumption, increasing the length of time between visits to the gas pump and decreasing the strain gas puts on your wallet.
The eAssist technology uses both Stop-Start engine capability and a 115-volt lithium-ion battery, which powers a 15-kW electric motor-generator. This allows the engine to stop running in certain conditions, saving a significant amount of fuel. Though the engine stops, the vehicle’s steering, radio, and interior functions all continue to run. As the brake pedal is released, the engine restarts itself, allowing it to accelerate at a normal rate. The eAssist system even uses the electric motor-generator to help the vehicle accelerate under hard acceleration or at cruising speed.
Other enhancements of the system include underbody aerodynamics, which streamline the car, along with wheels and tires that are optimized for performance and fuel efficiency. For more information on General Motors’ eAssist technology, contact Richard Karr Motors today!