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Cadillac Shows Brand’s First Fully Electric EV

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Cadillac furthered its recent product blitz today with the reveal of the brand’s first EV. This will be the first model derived from GM’s future EV platform. GM announced on Friday that Cadillac will be at the vanguard of the company’s move towards an all-electric future.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

The Cadillac EV’s name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch. Today’s announcement is part of Cadillac’s aggressive product acceleration announced this week — in addition to revealing the all-new XT6 crossover, the company also hinted at both a future Escalade and an upcoming performance sedan. Overall, Cadillac will introduce new models at the rate of roughly one every six months through 2021.

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GM’s future EV platform, which Cadillac will be the first to use, will be flexible, allowing the company to respond quickly to customer preferences with a relatively short design and development lead time. The Cadillac portfolio will eventually benefit from a variety of body styles that can be spun off this architecture.

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The most advanced components within this platform are the drive units and battery cells, both of which are being designed for maximum usability throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries. The EVs can be configured in front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, and the output of their battery systems will be adjustable based on vehicle and customer needs.

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2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes Global Debut

Cadillac expands its popular crossover and SUV lineup with today’s global debut of the 2020 XT6.

Created to make the most of passengers’ time on the road, this all-new three-row crossover centers on a luxurious, adaptable and connected cabin, complemented with responsive handling and a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies.

“The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.”

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Every inch of the XT6 has been carefully considered and developed to offer a refined, comfortable place to connect and enjoy the ride.

“Every seat is the best seat in the house,” said Carlisle. “From luxurious appointments, comfort and convenience to premium sound and technology features, every passenger gets an optimized experience.”

Vehicle highlights:

  • XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance and safety technologies1, along with generous cargo capacity.
  • The latest Cadillac user experience, with intuitive controls including a rotary controller with new jog functionality.
  • Premium Luxury and Sport models offer customers more customized looks with unique exterior and interior distinction.
  • Nimble, responsive driving experience, powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, offering up to four selectable driving modes.

“The new Cadillac XT6 models provide two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, allowing more personalized appearance and driving character,” said John Plonka, chief engineer. “Premium Luxury models provide an elevated level of refinement, while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.”

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Refined Luxury, Comfort and Convenience

XT6 advances Cadillac’s contemporary interior aesthetic, with elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces. It’s an expression that focuses attention on the quality and authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship.

Distinctive trim and interior colors delineate the Premium Luxury and Sport models. Premium Luxury models are trimmed with exotic wood decor, while the Sport features performance-inspired carbon fiber trim.

Available comfort features help ensure all passengers have a luxurious experience in every seating row, including Cadillac’s first Bose® Performance Series sound system with 14 custom-tuned speakers delivering immersive, powerful audio throughout XT6’s cabin. Additional available features include semi-aniline premium leather-appointed seating; Cadillac’s in-vehicle air ionizer; automatic heated/ventilated front seats and heated second-row rear outboard seats, and a standard automatic heated steering wheel.

Additionally, XT6’s available convenience features help keep drivers and passengers connected, confident and in control, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced.
  • Night Vision.
  • NFC phone pairing and wireless charging for compatible phones3.
  • HD Surround Vision Camera1.
  • Illuminated Cadillac Crest hands-free liftgate.
  • Keyless Open and Adaptive Remote Start.

A standard power-folding third-row seat and remote fold-down feature for the second-row seat enhance versatility, while a tip/pitch-and-slide feature on the second-row seat allows easy access to the third row.

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Safety and Driver Assistance Features

XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance and safety technologies1 that can help drivers be more aware of their environment. They include sophisticated radar-, camera- and other sensor-based technologies.

Further, the vehicle structure is designed to help keep occupants safe, with premium body materials and features such as boxed, splayed front rails and a state-of-the-art restraint system, including seven standard airbags.

 

HIGHLIGHTED XT6 DRIVER ASSISTANCE & SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES1
STANDARD AVAILABLE
HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash

Forward Collision Alert

Following Distance Indicator

Automatic Emergency Braking

Front Pedestrian Braking

Front and Rear Park Assist

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

Safety Alert Seat

Speed limiter

Rear Camera Mirror with Remote Wash

Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking

Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced

Automatic Parking Assist with Braking

Rear Pedestrian Alert

HD Surround Vision

Surround Vision Recorder

Head-up Display

Reverse Automatic Braking

Night Vision

Hitch Guidance (with Hitch View)

 

Thoughtful, Seamless Connectivity

Thoughtful technology integration is central to the XT6’s mission of offering a seamless and intuitive in-vehicle experience. It elevates connectivity to a new threshold for Cadillac, with some of the brand’s most advanced features.

The latest Cadillac user experience5 provides more ways to interface with the system, including one-touch phone pairing via Near Field Communication and a new rotary controller with intuitive jog functionality.  And when it comes to plugging in, all models come with six USB ports2 (two for each row of seats).

Additional available driver support and connectivity technologies include:

  • Personalization — user profiles stored in the Cloud6 allow customers to access their custom profile in other properly equipped GM vehicles.
  • Updated navigation7 functionality with natural address entry.
  • Capable of supporting SiriusXM 360L.
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (includes 3GB or three months of data, whichever comes first)8.
  • Apple CarPlay9 and Android Auto10 for compatible smartphones.
  • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging3.
  • Teen Driver.
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The XT6’s rotary controller with new jog function is a first for Cadillac and is designed to complement hard buttons and steering wheel controls, making it even easier to navigate the UX on the HD 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen display. It builds on the technology introduced on the XT4, adding the jog function to allow the user to tilt the knob — similar to a joystick — to easily navigate between the items on the touchscreen display.
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Design Distinction

The foundation for the XT6’s expressive design is its strong proportions, with distinct personas for the Premium Luxury and Sport models.

“The XT6 is unmistakably Cadillac,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “It reinterprets our design language in a unique way, with the Premium Luxury and Sport models adding more sophisticated or aggressive character depending on preference.”

Bright Galvano exterior accents distinguish the Premium Luxury model, while the XT6 Sport is defined by darker accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired details, including available 21-inch wheels. Both models feature advanced lighting technology, including vertically emphasized LED signatures. Two headlamp variants are offered: a standard bi-function LED projector design or an available, performance LED headlamp system with a three-element projector array.

 

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Bright Galvano finish on the grille, side window moldings and roof rails.

Unique front and rear fascias with red taillight lenses.

Through-fascia exhaust outlets.

Specific 20-inch wheels.

 

Black grille with a specific, V-Series-inspired pattern; black window moldings and roof rails.

Unique front and rear fascias with tinted neutral-density (clear) taillight lenses.

Through-fascia exhaust outlets.

20-inch wheels are standard, with 21-inch wheels available.

 

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Driving Dynamics and Propulsion

The XT6’s driving experience offers a rewarding balance of responsiveness and refinement, with a feeling of solidity that enhances driver confidence. Those qualities are uniquely distilled between the Premium Luxury and Sport models, with a greater emphasis on road isolation in the Premium Luxury and a greater feeling of agility dialed into the Sport’s chassis tuning.

Customer-selectable drive modes allow the XT6 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes are uniquely calibrated to support the characteristics of the Premium Luxury or Sport models.

AWD is available on Premium Luxury and standard on XT6 Sport. The Sport model features a Sport Control active twin-clutch AWD design that helps enhance the driving experience with active yaw control. Sport models also feature Continuous Damping Control active handling and a faster steering ratio that is tuned to support a more enthusiast-level driving feel, with increased feedback and greater overall responsiveness.

The XT6’s sophisticated driving dynamics are powered by a 3.6L DOHC V-6 engine estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission featuring next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. To enhance fuel efficiency, Active Fuel Management technology enables V-4 operation when V-6 power is not required.

The 2019 XT6 makes its public debut at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14-27 in Detroit. It will be manufactured in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and available for ordering this spring. Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of production.

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV joins the Dubai Police fleet

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the latest electric vehicle to join the prestigious Dubai Police fleet of cars, with the first eight units patrolling the roads as of today. With an impressive line-up of hybrid and electric vehicles in the police force already, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers long-range practicality of up to 520 kilometers on a single charge – unprecedented in its segment.

Dedicated to being a key driver in the region’s motoring landscape, General Motors’ EV efforts fall in line with the Dubai Government’s vision for more sustainable and smart mobility solutions.

Brigadier Dr. Muhammad Nasser Al Razooqi, Director of Transport and Rescue: “This partnership with Chevrolet is part of our ongoing commitment to better serve the citizens and residents of Dubai while also leading the way in Dubai’s green initiative. The addition of eight Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to our Dubai Police electric fleet will make a big impact in our mission to raise awareness around the benefits of electrification within the Emirate.”

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Already a game changer in the electric vehicle space, the Chevrolet Bolt EV brings together a long history of automotive manufacturing with cutting-edge green technology to produce one of the most practical electric vehicles in the market today.

Speaking on the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s addition to the Dubai Police fleet, John Roth, President & Managing Director of General Motors Africa & Middle East said: “We are proud to support the Dubai Government in its vision to make the Emirate a greener city. The Dubai Green Mobility Initiative has set some ambitious targets, including a 10% penetration of alternate propulsion vehicles in government fleets by 2020. This is a bold target, and we look forward to being equally bold in General Motors’ role as a reliable partner, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV forming the backbone of these fleets, starting with the world-famous Dubai Police fleet.”

General Motors is leading the charge toward a fully-electric future, both regionally and internationally as part of the company’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, ideals that are well-aligned with that of the Dubai Government.

Delivering the fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs to the Dubai Police, Mark Jenkins, CEO of Al Ghandi Auto, one of the brand’s official dealers in the UAE, commented: “As one of the Emirate’s leading dealerships, we have a strong relationship with the Dubai Police and remain firmly committed to supporting them in creating a sustainable landscape in future mobility. We are extremely proud to be handing over these Chevrolet Bolt EV units, signifying our dedication to bringing innovation that complements the direction of the Dubai government.”

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Ten facts that distinguish the Escalade’s innovative 10-speed transmission

Engineers for the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ’s new 10-speed automatic transmission have built on the experience of the previously critically acclaimed Hydra-Matic multispeed transmissions to push its performance, refinement and efficiency advantages to a new threshold. The 10-speed automatic transmission is an all-new design – and the first-ever application in an SUV – with a wider, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread, that enables the Escalade’s powerful and efficient 6.2L V-8 engine to achieve a more immediate feeling of performance.

The Escalade has long defined spacious luxury driving with its modern design, powerful capability and lavish amenities that keep luxury firmly in the driver’s seat. The premium Cadillac experience is further enhanced with the unique performance for one of the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions, providing quick, smooth shifts and proving an upgrade in its road manner.

“Customers have often looked up to the Cadillac’s flagship Escalade as setting the standard for big-size luxury SUVs, especially given the high reputation it holds when it comes to versatility and premium styling. The 2018 Escalade is redefining luxury through prevailing powertrain, sophisticated cabin and cutting-edge technologies that is exceptionally emphasized through the new 10-speed transmission, dominating any direct comparisons.”

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Developed by General Motors and applied on Cadillac’s full-size premium SUV, the 10-speed has four simple gear sets and six clutches: two brake clutches and four rotating clutches. That’s only one more clutch than the previous eight-speed, despite having two more forward gears, contributing further to the compact packaging, while also improving spin losses to enhance fuel efficiency.

Here are the top ten facts that make the 10-speed transmission on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade stand out.

  1. Improved efficiency

With the update of the wider overall ratio spread, the new 10-speed transmission enables a lower numerical top gear ratio – an attribute that reduces engine speed on the highway.

  1. Quicker shifts for better performance

Coupled with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower, the 10L80’s quick shifts help the Escalade’s engine achieve a more immediate feeling of performance, as the perfect gear is available whenever the driver tips into the engine’s power reserve.

  1. Precise and smooth shift feel

Shorter steps between gears and proprietary controls provide a quick, seamless shifting experience for the Escalade driver. Thus, making the new transmission more efficient in each of its gears than the six- and eight-speed transmissions it replaces.

  1. Fuel efficiency

The wider overall ratio enables a lower numerical top gear ratio, thus, contributing greater fuel efficiency in comparison to the eight-speed transmission. The 10-speed automatic has lower friction that also adds to greater fuel efficiency.

  1. Same size, double the power

With so much power packed into the 10–speed transmission, it may come as a surprise that there is no significant increase in the size. The 10-speed is approximately the same size as the six- and eight-speed transmissions, minimizing changes to vehicle interfaces.

  1. Hydraulic pumps: redefined

As the clutches in an automatic transmission are hydraulically actuated and controlled, the new 10-speed transmission relies on two special pumps to provide the necessary hydraulic muscle. Hydraulically controlled and stimulated, the clutches are part of an automatic transmission that relies on two pumps that work to efficiently produce the hydraulics needed.

  1. Reduced spin losses

Friction-reducing design features, including all-new ultra-low viscosity transmission fluid, internal thermal bypass, minimal number of non-applied clutches and other lower mechanical spin losses, contribute to the 10-speed’s effect on improved vehicle efficiency.

  1. Transmission fluidity

The new 10-speed transmission enables the fluid to reach a viscosity of 4.5 centistokes, thus, significantly reducing friction and the workload for the hydraulic pumps.

  1. Wider gear ratio speed

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade has a wide spread of ratios between the first and the tenth gear. The increase in size of the gear to 7.3 allows for a smoother run and allows the car to stay in the selected gear for longer when driving on the highway.

  1. GM control system

World-class shift time quickness and responsiveness are accomplished by leveraging the base transmission hardware in concert with GM exclusively developed algorithms, software and calibrations. An externally mounted electronic control module executes millions of controls instructions every second.

Highlighted by a powerful and efficient engine enhanced with the new standard 10-speed transmission, the 2018 Escalade’s performance is channeled to a sophisticated chassis and suspension system, engineered for a great feeling of solidity and a smooth, quiet ride. Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system, is also a standard feature on the 2018 Escalade, contributing to a precisely controlled driving performance.

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Nine innovative features that set Cadillac’s flagship CT6 apart from its class

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Regarded as one of Cadillac’s embodiments of excellence, the CT6 prestige sedan features bold styling, lightweight design and a host of innovative technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility unseen in the large luxury car segment. Cadillac’s global mission is simple: “Innovation isn’t just what we do; it’s coded in our DNA”.

The Plug-in Hybrid technology is a true example of Cadillac’s innovation that the brand debuted on the CT6. Providing more than double the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings, the Plug-in system takes advantage of the CT6’s advanced lightweight structure to create a unique formula for the prestige sedan.

Also debuted worldwide on the CT6, Super CruiseTM – the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, is a testament to the significant role Cadillac’s flagship sedan plays in demonstrating the brand’s commitment to innovation.

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Christian Soemmer, Managing Director of Cadillac Middle East, said, “Since its launch, our flagship CT6 sedan has pushed the boundaries of innovation and set high standards in its class within the automotive industry. In the Middle East, the CT6 has received high acclaim from customers as it has done in the rest of the world. Some of Cadillac’s groundbreaking technologies, such as industry-first Super CruiseTM, have debuted on the CT6, continuing to provide unparalleled comfort and convenience for our customers.”

The Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to the pinnacle of luxury, innovation and technologies with an array of advanced features. Here are the top nine features that make the Cadillac CT6, with its advance technologies and innovative features, the car of choice for the Middle East driver:

  1. The auto industry’s most advanced body structure

Boasting one of the industry’s most advanced body structure – an aluminum-intensive architecture which incorporates 11 materials customized for each area of the car – and numerous automotive industry-firsts, the CT6 sets the benchmark for innovation and technology. An advanced mixed-material approach for the lightweight body structure of the CT6 has been used to simultaneously advance driving dynamics, fuel economy and cabin quietness.

  1. Agility

The CT6’s advanced performance chassis system is designed to deliver an engaging driving experience – with segment-best ride, handling and isolation qualities – through the use of Active Rear Steer, Magnetic Ride Control and selectable drive modes.

  1. Entertainment

The CT6 keeps all passengers entertained.‎ Headlining the advanced capability of the CT6’s rear seat infotainment system are the HDMI and USB ports. For intensive smartphone users, inductive wireless charging is also one of CT6’s unique features, allowing users to charge their compatible smartphone without the need to plug it in.

The 34-speaker Bose Panaray Sound System, the first Advanced Technology Series system which debuted exclusively on the CT6 provides impeccable sound throughout, enabling each passenger to have an immersive musical experience.

  1. Rear Camera Mirror

Drivers can transform their rearview mirror into an LCD screen in the CT6. The Rear ‎Camera Mirror streams HD video from the camera located in the rear end of the car. The ‎mirror offers 300 per cent increased vision, ensuring a full view of everything within its line of sight ‎and can be easily switched back into a regular mirror when needed. ‎

  1. Always Connected

The next-generation Cadillac user experience system (CUE) is designed to recognize the way the driver talks. Cadillac drivers can command simple instructions allowing the driver to maintain full concentration on the road. The CT6 is one of the most connected cars in the segment, thanks to the phone integration technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation and hands-free text messaging.

  1. Pedestrian Collison Detection

The CT6 utilizes its seven cameras to detect pedestrians using Pedestrian Detection ‎technology. The camera scans the road ahead for pedestrians and activates a series of alerts and ‎indicators accordingly. If needed, the CT6 will apply the auto brakes to ‎prevent any collisions ensuring the safety of both the driver and the pedestrians.

  1. Surround Vision

The CT6 is fitted with a total of seven cameras, covering the entire surface area of the car. The cameras ‎work to support the features such as Lane Keeping Assist and Night ‎Vision features and provide safety of drivers and passengers.  The CT6 also utilizes four of the seven cameras to record video of the vehicle’s surroundings; ‎which is automatically enabled once the sensors detect any movement near the car.

  1. Auto Vehicle Hold

Auto Vehicle Hold prevents the car from moving forward or backward when ‎the driver removes their foot from the brake. It also helps reduce fatigue during traffic and improves controls on sloping roads.

  1. Touch Screen at your fingertips

Everything in the CT6 is at the driver’s fingertips. The 10.2-inch touchscreen allows the driver to comfortably and safely use the screen. The LCD screens work fast and respond immediately to the drivers’ commands. The screens are also equipped with handwriting recognition technology to make it even easier to input an address and ‎other commands. ‎

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GMC introduces versatility, refinement, and advanced safety technologies on the 2018 Acadia in the Middle East

GMC is upgrading the 2018 Acadia offerings in the Middle East with the All-Terrain trim now available on both the SLE and SLT models of the premium crossover. Available with five-, six- and seven-passenger seating configurations, the 2018 Acadia is designed to offer great versatility, more refinement and advanced safety technologies, while featuring an efficient powertrain, a lightweight body structure and enhanced off-road capability.

Aimed at the heart of the midsize SUV segment, the 2018 Acadia hosts up to three rows of seating on most models, while the All-Terrain models feature an advanced All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system with Active Twin Clutch, which optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. All-Terrain models are distinguished from the rest of the Acadia lineup with a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and exclusive wheels.

The 2018 GMC Acadia is equipped with a powerful and efficient 3.6L V-6 engine, which is SAE-certified at 310 horsepower; and thanks to GM’s Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology, an improved fuel consumption level of 11.2 L/100km on the combined cycle is achieved for the Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) models and 11.7 L/100km for AWD, putting it among the best in its segment for fuel economy. The 2018 Acadia’s V6 engine features direct injection, variable valve timing as well as Active Fuel Management (Cylinder Deactivation), and pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and an electronically controlled drive mode selector.

Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC, General Motors Middle East, said, “Boasting a bold design, the Acadia captures a great feeling of refinement and versatility in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features. With the enhanced All-Terrain trim and expanded seating options, we are confident to say that the Acadia is an ideal crossover for the Middle East region, offering a high level of functionality while delivering big advantages and balance to our customers’ everyday lives.”

 

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The 2018 Acadia builds on a legacy of intuitive functionality, with new features such as the Rear Seat Alert to remind the driver when an item may have been left in the rear seats and a tire fill alert, a system that provides audible alerts when inflating a tire (standard on all modes). Other features include Smart Slide feature that offers a split-folding second-row seat.

Additional solutions range from the simple to the technologically advanced. The rear of the center console, for example, features a unique pull-out storage drawer, which is accessible to rear-seat passengers. There’s also a standard Safety Alert Seat that reminds the driver when an item may have been left in the second- and third-row seats. Additionally, all three rows offer USB charge ports for compatible electronic devices.

The active safety features of the 2018 Acadia are designed to help make drivers more aware of their surroundings and potential crash situations, such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Surround Vision camera system, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Change Alert in addition to Front and Rear Parking Assist.

The 2018 Acadia offers a great emphasis on refinement, while remaining instantly recognizable with an evolution of the vehicle’s signature design cues such as a chrome-trimmed grille, squared off and flared wheel arches and a wraparound rear side windows with dark D-pillars.

Dimensional grilles and wraparound headlamps – High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps on Denali and halogen projectors on other models – reinforce the confident, refined appearance, while standard LED signature lighting on all models reflect GMC’s premium attributes. Complementing C-shape rear lighting graphics add a cohesive detail to the design.

Premium cues distinguish the Acadia Denali. Like all Denali models, it features a dimensional chrome grille, along with integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke 20-inch wheels.

As a contemporary crossover, the 2018 Acadia offers the latest active safety features to protect the passengers, as well as the latest technologies to keep them connected.

Moreover, when it comes to connectivity, the Acadia is plugged in with available phone integration technology through GMC’s IntelliLink system, making it easy to connect to some of the features that smartphone users rely on most.

All 2018 Acadia models feature a drive mode selector, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions. Meanwhile, the All-Terrain trim has a specific Offroad mode on the drive mode selector, which works with the model’s exclusive AWD system to offer enhanced hill-climb capability.

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Refinement Ventures Off-Road with All-New Sierra AT4

GMC redefines the off-road space by introducing the all-new 2019 Sierra AT4. For the first time ever, the Sierra AT4 delivers a unique formula of authentic off-road capability and innovative technology paired with premium refinement and a bold appearance expected from GMC.

“The 2019 Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the capability to venture off life’s beaten path,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “It’s also the beginning for the AT4 brand, which will be seen on every vehicle in our lineup in the next two years.”

Standard content on the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes:

  • 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift
  • Standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates
  • Off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers
  • 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires or available mud terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tire, or available 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Exclusive wheel design with machined-face, dark-tinted appearance
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Traction Select System
  • GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate
  • Black chrome finish on the fog lamp bezels, fender surround and grille insert
  • Body-color grille surround, door handles and bumper
  • Exclusive athletic interior trim elements
  • Red vertical recovery hooks
  • Standard 5.3L V-8 engine

 

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Available content on the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes:

  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror
  • GMC exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box
  • A full suite of advanced safety features* including Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • 2L V-8 or Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission

Dark, Distinguished Appearance

Building on the commanding presence of the next generation 2019 Sierra, the new Sierra AT4 enhances its confident, broad-shouldered stance with sophisticated, functional design elements that support its off-road capability.

“The 2019 Sierra is the boldest expression ever for GMC’s full-size pickup, and the new AT4 reinforces its essence of capability with distinctive, athletic cues,” said Matt Noone, director of design, GMC Exteriors. “From every angle, it conveys GMC’s premium yet functional design language.”

The Sierra AT4 has a unique look driven by dark exterior finishes and modern detailing. The front and rear bumpers and the grille surround are finished in body color, while the bold grille design with its rugged, knurled texture is finished in black chrome set off by the Sierra’s bold, C-shaped LED lighting signature.

Additional accent details such as the LED fog lamp bezels and fender trim continue the use of black chrome, while a premium high-gloss black finish is applied to the window trim, mirror caps and skid plate. Touches of red complete the package and make the AT4 stand out with subtle detailing in the Sierra’s all-new AT4 signature emblems and bold, unique vertical tow hooks. The exterior details create a distinct and modern personality for the AT4 that projects GMC confidence and capability.

The interior also carries AT4-specific darkened trim, including dark-tinted and textured aluminum finishes on the steering wheel, center stack and sill plates, as well as a unique Jet Black/Kalahari color accents in the seats and live stitching. Leather-appointed seating with embroidered AT4 badging on the headrests and all-weather floormats are standard and support our customers’ active lifestyles and AT4’s mission of delivering capability with uncompromising durability and comfort.

Authentic Off-road Capability

Sierra AT4 comes standard with a factory installed 2-inch suspension lift that provides additional ground clearance and four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case that includes low-range four-wheel-drive gearing for extremely tough conditions.

Sierra AT4 also includes standard off-road tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers, a locking rear differential and Hill Descent Control, a driver assistance feature that leverages the anti-lock braking system to enable smooth, controlled descents on steep grades without the driver having to touch the brake pedal under certain conditions. The locking rear differential directs engine power equally to both rear wheels for the greatest traction on slippery or uneven terrain.

The Sierra AT4 boasts innovative technologies that optimize capability and elevate driver confidence.

  • Traction Select System allows the driver to choose from preset drive modes that have been tailored for different terrain or weather conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and StabiliTrak to optimize performance for the situation at hand.
  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data, including an off-road inclinometer, on the windshield in a 3×7-inch display. The off-road inclinometer shows the fore-and-aft tilt, front tire angle and left-and-right tilt.
  • Surround Vision is available on Sierra AT4 and provides the driver with a bird’seye view through an overhead image on the infotainment screen. It can prove useful when slowly maneuvering in tight quarters, be it within a parking garage or out on a challenging trail.
  • All-new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App offers a connected, comprehensive suite of trailering technology that brings more confidence to the towing experience than ever before in a Sierra.

Groundbreaking Cargo Box Capability and Materials

Debuting first on the 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT, the all-new Sierra AT4 also comes standard with the industry-first MultiPro Tailgate — the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever. The MultiPro Tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box.

Later in the model year, the 2019 Sierra AT4 will offer an available GMC exclusive and industry-first carbon fiber box — the CarbonPro — developed to increase the truck’s durability, efficiency and functionality. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight, purpose-designed carbon fiber composite that offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.

The CarbonPro box combined with our MultiPro Tailgate makes the task of loading and unloading objects such as motorcycles or quads much easier than ever before. The CarbonPro box was designed specifically with three molded in wheel indents in the front bulkhead of the box to locate and secure the front tires. Thanks to added tie-down hooks located in the corners and center bulkhead, and new centralized LED lighting, the task of loading and securing motorcycles and bikes has never been easier. A 110V outlet in the rear routes power to the tools and supplies needed for a day at the track or on the trails.

When it comes to the space and storage vital to truck customers, the 2019 Sierra AT4 delivers innovative solutions. The cargo boxes offer best-in-class cargo volume of 63 cubic feet (1,784 liters) on the short box and continues to be made of roll-formed, high-strength steel, yet a revised alloy offers 50 percent more strength than the current model.

Available GearOn accessory rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily. The rails’ integrated position makes cargo more accessible and frees up space in the rest of the box.

The rear seat backs open to reveal two 10-liter rectangular storage spaces large enough for tablets, tie-down cords or other personal accessories, as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat that can secure all your gear while you’re on the go.

Sierra AT4 Performance
Sierra AT4 features new versions of the proven 6.2L and 5.3L V-8 engines along with all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The available 6.2L and 3.0L engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

The GMC Sierra AT4 goes on sale this fall.

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GM Takes Next Step Toward Future with Self-Driving Vehicle Manufacturing in Michigan

After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for GM’s self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.

The Cruise AV, which the company plans to commercialize in 2019, is the first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate safely on its own with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.

“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “Our Orion and Brownstown teams have proven experience in building high-quality self-driving test vehicles and battery packs, so they are well-prepared to produce the Cruise AV.”

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GM will invest more than $100 million to upgrade both facilities. Roof module production has already begun and production of the fourth generation Cruise AV is expected to begin in 2019.

Since January 2017, UAW Local 5960 workers at the Orion plant have assembled three generations of Cruise self-driving test vehicles for use in the most challenging urban environments, including downtown San Francisco. More than 200 of the test vehicles have been assembled at Orion.

“The UAW is committed to preparing our members for the future of advanced mobility and this investment recognizes our willingness to work together to build these self-driving vehicles,” said Cindy Estrada, vice president and director, UAW General Motors Department. “Whether it involves traditional vehicles or advance technology, our members are highly capable of delivering great products.”

Workers at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant will expand their capabilities by adding roof module production for all of Cruise’s self-driving vehicles. The roof modules integrate special equipment for AV operation such as LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware, and will be assembled on a dedicated line at the facility. The Orion plant will continue to build the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic as well as the Cruise AV.

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The Power of Air: Equinox’s Design Enhances Aerodynamics

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It’s no secret the compact SUV segment is one of the fastest growing in the world. Customers want passenger and cargo space that fits their lifestyle without compromising on fuel efficiency or safety.

However, the larger the dimensions of a vehicle, the bigger the challenges of making it aerodynamically efficient. On the move, a vehicle has to forge a path of least resistance, and the smoother it slices through the air the more fuel efficient and refined it is.

That was the task for the Design and Aerodynamic teams working on the shape of the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: to create an all-new compact SUV that is a perfect balance of style, function and efficiency.

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And with the segment leading 15.1 Km/L on the highway (1.5L FWD models), the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox certainly achieves that goal. However, it wasn’t a task that was trivially accomplished.

Size matters

Vehicle aerodynamics are a carefully considered science; styling flourishes cannot be added at whim without evaluating their effect on airflow around the vehicle. For the 2018 Equinox, the design teams took great care in creating a refined new vehicle shape that maintains the key proportions of a small crossover/SUV, without adversely affecting aerodynamic efficiency. In addition to delivering the utility and functionality customers look for in the segment, the Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, sculpted form sporting Chevrolet’s signature design cues.

“Aerodynamic performance is a big contributor to fuel economy, but the box-like shapes of crossovers and SUVs are not conducive to aero efficiency,” said Nick Lico, Global Aerodynamics development lead. “Working with Design, we were able to craft an athletic shape that is both attractive and segment-leading in aero efficiency.”

Tunnel vision

Balancing every-day usability of the new Equinox with aero needs was not an easy task and it was something Chevrolet engineers focused on single-mindedly. Picking the right dimensions, for instance, was crucial. The Equinox had to be the right size, to make it easier to park and maneuver, but without compromising on efficiency or even interior space. As a result, the overall length was reduced by 119 millimeters but despite the smaller exterior dimensions than the older model, interior volume was increased.

The reduced length, however, posed another hurdle to aero efficiency, because it is tougher to push a shorter shape cleanly through the air.

The exterior styling of the all-new Equinox was honed after more than 500 hours in General Motor’s full-scale wind tunnel. The final design not only maintains the essence of the intended design, but reduces wind resistance by 10 percent over the previous model.

The Equinox’s cutting-edge approach to efficiency also sees the addition of a new active aerodynamics element. Much like features found on high-end super cars, the Equinox can literally alter its aerodynamic performance depending on the situation. It boasts available electronically controlled upper and lower grille shutters which account for improved aerodynamics. They close in certain conditions on the highway, when engine cooling needs are reduced, pushing more air around the vehicle to reduce drag.

It’s all in the detail

An aero-efficient body is the sum of several small, but significant, design details. These styling elements not only contribute to the aesthetics, they address drag around various areas of the vehicle, making the Equinox’s design a harmonious blend of form and function.

  • The larger rear spoiler was designed to help reduce turbulence at the rear of the vehicle for less wind resistance.
  • The rear corner incorporates a series of cleverly incorporated “air trips,” as the designers call them, for optimal air separation at the edges of the taillamps and corners at the D-pillars.
  • New tire deflectors help achieve the same aerodynamic advantage as a traditional air dam, but without compromising the Equinox’s sculpted design.
  • Underbody panels on FWD models improve airflow beneath the vehicle.

About the 2018 Equinox

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a fresh and modern compact SUV, featuring an expressive design, increased cargo space, the latest connectivity, expanded roster of available safety features and all-new range of turbocharged engines.

Cargo area has increased, with new storage features such as a large, hidden underfloor storage space and a flat cargo floor that makes loading and unloading easier.

Purposeful technologies are designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected. New safety features include Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collison Alert with Following Distance Indicator and more.

The 2018 Equinox is on sale now in Chevrolet showrooms across the Middle East.

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General Motors’ Fleet Operators Take to the Road with All-New 2018 Line-up

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General Motors took its top fleet operators to the road this month for a thrilling ride and drive starting and ending at the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah. The dynamic event gave attendees first-hand experience of the company’s latest design, safety, technology and engineering credentials, including the 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, as well as the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. Participants also got the chance to experience the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is already a game-changer in the US and is pegged to arrive to select Middle East markets by the end of 2018. Boasting a range in excess of 500km (NEDC), the Chevrolet Bolt EV is a promise for a more sustainable future mobility landscape in the region.

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1980 Trans AM Turbo

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Make : General Motors Pontiac
Model : Trans AM Turbo
Year : 1980

Owner : Seif Al Ghali
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Al Mafia Muscle Cars Club

The Trans Am that started America’s first production turbocharged V-8

The Trans AM Turbo is part of the 2nd Generation Pontiac Firebird produced from 1970 till 1981. The 1980 Trans AM Turbo marks a milestone in the history of General Motors’ Pontiac Division as it is the first ever produced American V8 Turbocharged engine.

Back in the day, with the new regulations on emissions and fuel consumption in the mid-70s, it seems that the Pontiac engineers didn’t get that memo and decided to opt for a performance engine. They took the emissions-friendly, low-deck, low-performance 301 and crafted an entirely bespoke turbocharger system for it.

This resulted in an outstanding engine at the time and created a paradox between the new US regulations, fuel crisis and the early 80’s inflation however a Trans AM needs to be a Trans AM thus the 1980 Pontiac Trans AM Turbocharged was born.

The particularity of the 1980 Trans AM Turbo comes from the hood design with integrated Turbo indicator.

Afterwards in 1981 and beyond, the Trans AM had a new meaning, with a new chassis, new design and new engine trims.

Seif’s 1980 turbocharged Trans Am comes with all original interior and loaded with options for that period of time including A/C, power windows.

Specifications

  • Top Speed: 224 Km/h
  • 0-100 Km/h: 8.2 sec
  • Power: 213 bhp & 469 Nm @ 2000 rpm
  • Displacement: 4.9 L
  • Weight: 1596 Kg
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse: Technology done right

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The all new Chevrolet Traverse offers technology that is seamless and thoughtful

Technology is progressing at a rapid pace in the automotive industry, making modern cars safer and more connected than ever. The 2018 Traverse, Chevrolet’s all-new 8-passenger SUV, is a rolling showcase of these advancements in safety, connectivity and convenience.

When it comes to technology, the new Chevrolet Traverse is unlike any other offering in its segment. It is packed with features that not only provide protection in the event of a collision, but actively monitor the surroundings of the vehicle for potentially hazardous situations, keeping its occupants secure in all driving conditions. In fact, several on-board active safety features can sense an impending crash and intervene to prevent it if the driver fails to respond in time.

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With as many as 14 available active safety features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Vision Camera, Rear Park Assist, Surround Vision and Front Pedestrian Braking system, the Traverse is one of the most advanced vehicles in its class.

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Also on offer is the innovative Rear Mirror Camera. This segment-exclusive rear-view mirror acts both as a conventional mirror and video display for a wide-angle, high-resolution camera. In camera mode, it provides a full view of the area behind the vehicle, without the obstruction of head restraints, rear-seat passengers or cargo.

Another available feature that enhances driver awareness and occupant safety is Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The system can detect an approaching vehicle during a reversing maneuver, and apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond to the warnings. Furthermore, the array of active safety technology is complemented by unwavering passive safety features such as 7 airbags, including Front Center Side-Impact Air Bag pioneered by the older generation Traverse.

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The 2018 Traverse also offers a vast selection of connectivity features to minimize driver distraction. At the heart of the Traverse’s advanced connectivity is Chevrolet’s award-winning MyLink system, which is available with 7- and 8-inch-diagonal touch screens. The system mirrors the layout of a smartphone and supports Apple CarPlay. The inclusion of Siri Eyes-Free, meanwhile, allows the driver to control several vehicle functions using voice commands, without the need to take the eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.

Finally, a new Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trims. It activates when the rear doors are opened or closed, up to 10 minutes before or, anytime the vehicle is on. The Traverse displays a reminder to double check the rear seats for valuables, once the vehicle is turned off under certain conditions.

While the abundance of technology can become intrusive in most vehicles with a multitude of beeps and warning lights, their application in the Traverse is seamless. The computers ensure progress is safe, smooth and convenient without becoming a distraction. Just the way you’d expect in a Chevrolet.

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