Posts from ‘GMC’

Nov
08
Jim Rockford Firebird, Rockford Files

Though they were nowhere near as flashy as the typical “star car,” the no-nonsense Pontiac Firebirds that James Garner drove on The Rockford Files are among the best-loved TV/movie vehicles of all time.

Jim Rockford is the only TV detective with a driving move named for him. The late James Garner, who played Jim Rockford, didn’t invent the reverse 180-degree “J-turn,” but he used it so often in The Rockford Files television series that the maneuver is forever associated with the character. To execute a “Rockford,” Jim Rockford would drive about 35 mph in reverse, then let off the gas, turn the steering wheel sharply, and pull on the emergency brake. The car’s front end would swing around 180 degrees, and Rockford would be off—now driving forward.

Nov
06
2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

The group of vehicles loosely referred to as small crossovers is currently the hottest-selling segment in the U.S.

Aug
14
1991 GMC Sierra 1500

1991 GMC Sierra 1500

Though it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that pickup trucks started becoming luxury cars with cargo beds, 1991 is pretty close to that point. Around that time, rear doors started appearing on extended-cab trucks, and leather upholstery began showing up on options lists.

Aug
02
GM LLR Vortec 3700

The LLR Vortec 3700 is one version of the only 5-cylinder engine General Motors has ever made available in the U.S.

Americans tend to enjoy their engine cylinder counts in even numbers. Engines of 4-, 6-, and 8 cylinders have powered an overwhelmingly large majority of the vehicles ever sold in the U.S, and for good reason.

Jun
14
1987 Ford Bronco II

1987 Ford Bronco II

The traditional sedan is dead. Ask any product planner at any manufacturer, and he or she will tell you just that. Toyota’s RAV4 compact crossover has been outselling the brand’s Camry sedan for a while now… and the Camry had previously been America’s most-popular vehicle (that wasn’t a full-size pickup) for many years running.

May
11
Explorer GMC Savannah Coversion

This Explorer conversion of a Chevrolet Express Van is painted in the company’s “Southern Comfort” livery and includes the “Antelope” ground-effects package.

Blame the minivan. Prior to the 1984 arrival of the first minivans–the ground-breaking Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager–the vehicle options for a family of six were fairly limited.

Apr
24
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

This South-African-market 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer may give us a hint of what the 2019 Blazer will look like.

Auto industry observers have suggested that Hyundai has confused new-car shoppers by implementing a two-midsize-crossover strategy. Not because the Korean maker is selling two vehicles in roughly the same market space, but because of how the vehicles are named.

Feb
22
2017 GMC 2500HD

2017 GMC Sierra Denali HD 2500 with Duramax diesel engine

Consumer Guide First Spin If you’re looking for obvious visual differences that separate the 2017 GMC Sierra HD Duramax from its 2016 predecessor, there is one main tip-off: a new hood scoop. That might not sound like much, but that scoop sits atop the ’17 Sierra HD’s biggest news: a revamped 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 diesel engine that cranks out class-leading horsepower.

Jan
09
2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain Denali

2017 Detroit Auto ShowDETROIT — GMC unveiled the next generation of its popular compact SUV in conjunction with the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain gets a fresh, more upscale look; a trio of all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engines; and a host of new technology features.

Nov
09
2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist

2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist

Fact: Chevrolet has produced three generations of hybrid pickup trucks.

Fact: The most recent Silverado Hybrid is, by far, the most compelling example.

Bummer: Unless you live in California, you can’t buy a new hybrid Silverado.

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