Tag Archives: GMC

First Drive: 2014 Toyota Tundra

By Michael Harley

2014 Toyota Tundra

Filed under: , ,

Raising A White Flag To The Competition

We all benefit from highly competitive battles. In the automotive sector, few campaigns are so closely fought as the decades-long struggle for supremacy in the fullsize half-ton pickup truck segment. The Ford F-150 has dominated for ages, but Chevrolet, Ram and GMC have been closing the gap with freshly redesigned trucks that are rocking the industry.

Today’s half-ton trucks are better than they’ve ever been, and we have fierce competition to thank for that.

But where does the segment leave a truck from an automaker that has chosen to no longer fight and deliver its best product? What kind of vehicle comes from a company that has relinquished any desire to strive for the top of the class – one who is now content offering nothing more than minor updates and mediocrity in an aim to placate brand loyalists?

Such a calculated underachiever would look a lot like the 2014 Toyota Tundra.

Continue reading 2014 Toyota Tundra

2014 Toyota Tundra originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Review: 2014 GMC Sierra [w/video]

By Jeffrey N. Ross

2014 GMC Sierra

Filed under: , ,

Big And Boxy Might Be Best

As immense fans of the Back to the Future trilogy, we sometimes like to envision an alternate timeline in which General Motors had killed off GMC and kept Pontiac instead. The G8 GXP would still be on the road handily beating German sport sedans costing twice as much, while the lowly G3 would morph into a true subcompact-killer based on what is now the Chevrolet Sonic RS. While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and imagine the G6 has become the best-selling car in the US and the Torrent crossover is selling 20,000+ units per month. Far-fetched, we know.

The thing is, these fanciful statements would have to be true to make the case against keeping GMC. Pontiac may have offered more excitement than GMC, but money talks, and a full line of trucks, crossovers and SUVs have made a lot more money for GM than the arrowhead brand ever did. How much? As we learned last month, about two-thirds of GM’s global profits came from its fullsize trucks, and GMC’s trucks typically have thicker margins than their Chevrolet counterparts.

So rather than reviewing the latest Pontiac G8 ST, here we are driving the new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. During our first drives of both the 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 Sierra, it was immediately clear that these trucks are the best they’ve ever been in their 54-year histories, but to see how GM’s new trucks stack up against the likes of the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan, we were looking forward to spending a whole week with a fully loaded Sierra SLT Z71 for this review. Sadly, our time with the Sierra was cut short as it had an unexpected date with a flatbed and a trip to the dealership.

Continue reading 2014 GMC Sierra [w/video]

2014 GMC Sierra [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

2015 Cadillac Escalade Spied, Set for Non-Auto-Show Debut This Fall

By Justin Berkowitz

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV spy photo

What It Is: The all-new, fourth generation of Cadillac’s default flagship, the Escalade. In its own way, the Escalade epitomizes the old-school Cadillac virtues—it’s massive and without compromise, and more than a little ostentatious. Other than the very-low-volume CTS-V, the Escalade is the only Caddy with a V-8. The interior will take a big jump forward in quality and design, GM execs promise, and it’ll be better differentiated from the related Chevrolet and GMC models. READ MORE ››

…read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Official: GMC vehicles earn spot on Madden NFL 25's roster

By Brandon Turkus

Filed under:

In the real world, the Super Bowl MVP gets a Chevrolet Corvette. Last year’s MVP, Joe Flacco, took delivery of a C7 Corvette Stingray after leading the Baltimore Ravens to victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

In the video game world of the Madden NFL series, the Super Bowl MVP gets a 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. Why no Stingray in the video game? Because GMC inked a deal with EA Sports for the truck and SUV builder to be named the official vehicle of the football video game’s twenty-fifth anniversary edition.

The new Sierra Denali will be joined by the Yukon, Acadia, and Terrain in game, with stadium promotions for the brand throughout the season. Yes, even when you’re beating the hell out of your buddy who insists on playing with the hateful Cowboys, you’ll be seeing commercials. (Hold your keystrokes, Cowboy fans. We’re just kidding. Sort of.)

Expect to see plenty of other GMC imagery as well, with a “Never Say Never Moment of the Week” in-season feature that displays spectacular plays throughout the week’s games. Madden NFL 25 will be available for both current and next-generation versions of the Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBox, and will arrive in stores on August 27. Scroll down for the press release.

Continue reading GMC vehicles earn spot on Madden NFL 25’s roster

GMC vehicles earn spot on Madden NFL 25’s roster originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Ford's Pickups Drive Big Profits

By John Rosevear, The Motley Fool

Filed under:

Ford’s F-150 and its heavy-duty siblings aren’t just America’s best-sellers; they may be Ford’s biggest profit generators. Photo credit: Ford Motor Co.

Ford posted a first-quarter profit of $1.6 billion on Wednesday, a good result that was better than Wall Street expected. That profit was driven by very strong earnings in the company’s North American division. Ford North America is hitting on all cylinders right now, as recent models like the Fusion and Escape are doing very well with buyers.

But as always with Ford, its F-Series pickups are a big part of the story.

Ford’s cars are better than ever, but its pickups might still be its most important products
In the U.S., Ford sells more of its F-Series pickups — the popular F-150 and its heavier-duty siblings — than any other vehicle. In fact, it’s the best-selling vehicle in America and has been for decades.

Lots of people will tell you that Ford builds a good truck. And while its No. 1 sales ranking occasionally benefits from rival General Motors‘ insistence on splitting its full-sized pickup sales between the Chevrolet and GMC brands, there’s no doubt that it’s an exceptionally popular and successful product.

What is somewhat less well known is that it’s a very profitable product as well. Some of that profit comes from sheer numbers: Ford sold 168,843 F-Series pickups in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2013, a 17.4% increase over the first quarter of last year. That’s almost as many sales as all of Ford’s popular SUVs managed — when added together.

But it’s also true that pickups in general have very good profit margins. Ford’s exact profit per pickup sold is a closely guarded secret. But there’s little doubt that it’s good: One leading Wall Street analyst said last year that the F-Series might represent as much as 90% of Ford’s global profit.

Ford made $2.4 billion in North America in the first quarter. (Ford’s total profit was lower because of losses and spending overseas, where Ford is still restructuring and expanding.) Clearly, a lot of those dollars came from pickup sales.

But here’s the interesting thing about Ford: As good as that North America profit number was — and it was Ford’s best in more than a decade — it could have been even higher.

Investing more of Ford’s profits for future growth
Ford’s North American profit was very strong, and its profit margin was also very good at 11%, a big number for a mass-market automaker. But some analysts had expected a slightly higher profit, and a slightly higher margin — in part because of Ford’s strong pickup sales.

Ford could have arranged to post a higher profit. But its costs were up in the quarter, because the company is plowing more of its money into developing new vehicles.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is in the midst of a multiyear push to build more vehicles off shared

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

2013 GMC Terrain Denali AWD V6 Review & Test Drive

By Harvey Schwartz


If you are looking for a uniquely styled, performance-driven, luxury and very safe compact crossover sport utility vehicle than look no further than the GMC Terrain ‘Denali’.  GMC adds its signature Denali luxury trim to the 2013 Terrain with distinctive exterior styling, interior luxury and convenience features plus offering the more powerful 3.6 liter direct-injected CVVT V6 engine that generates 301 hp.  This new V6 engine is larger than the previous 3.0 liter V6 but delivers 14% more horsepower and 22% more torque yet gives back the same EPA estimated fuel economy of 16 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway.

The new Terrain Denali’s bold look is augmented with the signature cues that distinguish GMC’s premium ‘Denali’ sub-brand including its unique bullet-hole chrome grille, specific front and rear lamp clusters, and a lower air-intake with round projector beam foglamps at the sides.  There are satin chrome accents on top of the grille, body-color fascias and rocker panel moldings.  Also at the side are muscular fender flares stuffed with 19X8 inch alloy wheels, a chrome strip around the greenhouse, chrome pull-out door handles, separate chrome bars at the bottom of the doors, a chrome finished roofrack, and chrome at the bottom of the power-remote/heated sideview mirrors.  The rear shows a spoiler at the top of the power liftgate, a thick chrome bar attaching the lamp clusters and down below is a wide chrome bar attaching the dual chrome-finish exhaust outlets.  Lots of bling as seen in the bigger Denali’s, but with a larger, more powerful engine to back up this compact CUV.  It has an athletic stance with angular surfacing yet is refined with a strong front-end appearance that features its squared-off edges accented with chrome.  No other compact CUV has this commanding look all around.

The more powerful 3.6 liter all-aluminum V6 is mated to a smooth-shifting 6T70 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range select.  Torque is channeled to each wheel through an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.  Standard StabiliTrak and Traction Control help keep the wheels turning as needed and limiting the amount of excessive wheel-spin during severe driving situations.

Terrain is built on a body-integral structure with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel.  These elements create a solid, quiet driving experience.  The strong structure supports a fully independent suspension that is unique and gives a smooth ride over all surfaces and is very responsive to driver inputs.  The long, 112.5 inch wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks-contribute to car-like ride and handling traits.  The long wheelbase and wide tracks reduce body roll for a more stable driving experience.

The independent front is a strut type setup with tuned coil springs, direct active stabilizer bar and hydraulic ride bushings.  The independent rear features …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

2013 GMC Acadia “Symphony” Spot: It’s Just a Commercial [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein


One thing I’ve learned from writing this column is that if I criticize a commercial for not making sense, several of you will argue that I’m “overanalyzing” and that it “shouldn’t be taken so seriously” because it’s “just a commercial.” Although I can guarantee you that the people who write commercials for a living (and the clients who pay millions of dollars to air them) take them very seriously indeed, that’s not to say that you’d be wrong.

Sometimes, advertisers count on viewers to suspend logic because they’re using fantasy to make their point, as is the case with this commercial, wherein GMC uses a larger-than-life scenario to communicate that the Acadia is both rugged and stylish.

The storyline is easy to follow because it feels familiar: A James Bond kind of guy arrives late to the opera and presents his annoyed woman with a laundry list of reasons for his tardiness. He got stuck in traffic, had to pick up his tux at the cleaners, and he couldn’t find a parking spot, all of which she sarcastically dismisses as “excuses, excuses.” What she doesn’t know, despite his casual recounting of the day’s events, is that he narrowly escaped with his life, thanks in part to his amazing GMC Acadia, which “handles whatever life demands.” The commercial is well paced and the action scenes are fun to watch, although I found them a little confusing. The leading man certainly does his job well, and the Acadia looks great in every shot. So what’s the problem? Well, there is no problem, because we agreed to view it as “just a commercial.” And that’s a good thing, because otherwise I would have overanalyzed it by asking questions like “What’s the point?”

GMC’s overarching message it that the Acadia, like all GMC trucks, is “Professional Grade.” But how does this commercial prove that promise? I think we can safely assume that the folks who make the Acadia are qualified GM professionals, so whose professional standards are they referring to, the guy in the commercial? What exactly does he do for a living anyway, other than get construction guys so pissed that they want to kill him? If the spot is meant to highlight the equipment available on the refreshed-for-’13 Acadia, I can sort of see why the head-up display and blind-spot monitoring might come in handy, because evasive driving is apparently part of his daily routine. But the best they could come up with to showcase the flexible seating is that it provides a place to lay his tux?

3rd GearAnd who is this commercial aimed at? Men? Women? Opera aficionados? Spies? Sarcastic wives who mock their husbands? (Man, she’s unpleasant!) It’s clearly not meant for blue-collar, truck-buying “professionals.” …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Report: 2014 Chevy Silverado details continue to dribble out

By Zach Bowman

Filed under:

PickupTrucks.com has gotten its hands on a few more details concerning the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2014 GMC Sierra. General Motors held a conference call on the two trucks, allowing Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for both, to answer a few questions. Luke said truck buyers are largely concerned with power and fuel economy, and as such, GM will continue to explore new methods of providing both. That may translate into any number of drivetrain permutations, including light-duty diesel engines, eight-speed transmissions or even a twin-turbocharged V6.

What’s more, both the 2014 Silverado and its GMC twin will boast a tow rating of 11,500 pounds, but only when equipped with a max-trailering package. Without that special package, the rating drops to 10,200 lbs for regular cabs and 9,700 lbs for crew cabs. Buyers will no longer be able to opt for a 4.10 gear ratio.

We’re also excited to hear that GM plans on making the Z71 package into something more than just a few a stickers. While Luke didn’t go into details, PickupTrucks.com says “it will get significant improvements in the future.” Head over to the site for a quick rundown of the call’s highlights.

2014 Chevy Silverado details continue to dribble out originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Spy Shots: 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country spied wearing trappings of new luxury trim

By Zach Bowman

Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud

Filed under:

Spy photographers have spotted the new Chevrolet Silverado High Country and GMC Sierra Denali out on public streets for a little testing. From the looks of things, the Silverado will receive a much-differentiated front fascia along with special badges and those honking 20-inch chrome wheels. Expect to find a more posh interior as well. Likewise, the Sierra Denali will wear a tweaked nose with the familiar Denali bling. The one of the GMC trucks spotted here rolls on 21-inch gunmetal wheels instead of the 20-inch chrome pieces of the High Country.

Word has it both trucks will go on sale after the Texas State Fair this summer. While General Motors hasn’t said for certain what we can expect to find under the hood, we’d be surprised to see anything outside of the range of engines found in the standard Silverado and Sierra models. That means buyers should be able to get their hands on the efficient, 23-miles per gallon 5.3-liter V8.

2014 Chevy Silverado High Country spied wearing trappings of new luxury trim originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickups Priced: No Change for Chevy, Small Bump for GMC

By Alexander Stoklosa

GM’s latest full-size pickups—the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 (pictured above)—go on sale this summer, and, right on schedule, the company has revealed how much the rigs will cost. The good news, besides the trucks getting all-new engines with more power and better fuel economy, is that prices barely budge relative to the outgoing 2013 models. The Silverado’s base prices for regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab models hold firm, while the Sierra’s same base prices rise between $500 and $525.

The entry-level versions of both trucks will come with a new 4.3-liter V-6, and a 5.3-liter V-8 and a higher-output 6.2-liter V-8 will be available. So far, GM has only detailed the 5.3-liter V-8—no output or fuel-economy figures are available for the other two engines—and announced that the mid-level V-8 will cost buyers an additional $895 both on the Silverado and the Sierra. A six-speed automatic is standard regardless of engine choice, and four-wheel drive also will be offered. Full pricing will be revealed closer to the trucks’ on-sale dates, but for now, check out the two pickups’ base prices below:

Silverado Regular Cab: $24,585

• Silverado Double Cab: $28,610

• Silverado Crew Cab: $32,710 

• Sierra Regular Cab: $25,085

• Sierra Double Cab: $29,110

• Sierra Crew Cab: $33,210

Comparing base prices, the Silverado is nearly unilaterally undercut by the 2013 Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500—with the exception of the regular-cab version, which squeaks out a minor victory by costing $80 less than an equivalent F-150. Of course, given that the GMC Sierra 1500 costs slightly more than its Chevy sibling, it is undercut by all of its domestic competitors; both GM trucks cost significantly less than the 2013 Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan (available only in extended- and crew-cab versions). That said, the price differences between the GM twins and Ford and Ram’s trucks are only a couple hundred dollars, so the race for full-size pickup domination looks like it will remain a fierce one.

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Tesla Kills Base Model S, 2014 GMC Sierra Priced, 2014 Dodge Durango: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we drove the new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback, and GMC priced the 2014 Sierra pickup truck. Tesla killed the base Model S electric car, and we spied the new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo without any camouflage. All this and more in today’s car news, right here on The Car Connection. Fisker put its workforce on leave to… …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at The Car Connection

Milwaukee to "Scale-Up" Local High Growth Ventures using OPEN for Enterprise Model Commissioned by A

By Business Wirevia The Motley Fool

Filed under:

Milwaukee to “Scale-Up” Local High Growth Ventures using OPEN for Enterprise Model Commissioned by American Express OPEN

—First-Ever Project in the U.S. to Build upon Expert Daniel Isenberg‘s Methodologies to Foster Self-Sustaining Entrepreneurship Ecosystems—

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today, the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), a coalition of the region’s business, labor, academic, philanthropic, nonprofit and civic leadership, announced that Milwaukee will be the first community in the U.S. to develop an entrepreneurship program using a model developed by Daniel Isenberg, founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Projects. The initiative is backed by Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett as part of a bipartisan effort to grow the economy by stimulating high-growth ventures and encouraging job creation.

OPEN for Enterprise: Coalitions for High-Growth Entrepreneurship is designed to help high potential urban communities connect a diverse group of stakeholders, including city planners, private investors, academics, entrepreneurs and public officials, to help maximize the social and economic value of the community’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Merging their collective expertise, the coalition can help to develop community programs that identify new ways to stimulate, support and “scale up” new and existing ventures.

Milwaukee, with its strong focus on urban planning, engineering and a strategic priority to reclaim manufacturing excellence, is a natural choice for this initiative. Working closely with GMC, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Administration (WHEDA) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the Coalition will produce an actionable blueprint for Milwaukee that can help lead to a measurable increase in growth driven start-ups and successful scale-ups.

The OPEN for Enterprise model is based on Isenberg’s work in testing and validating entrepreneurship ecosystems abroad, including successful programs in Colombia, Brazil and Denmark to foster policies, institutions and cultures that stimulate long-term economic growth, development and prosperity through programs and workshops. The same assets that exist in these countries are evident in Milwaukee, the first U.S. city to incubate Isenberg’s model.

“By nurturing an environment for scalable Wisconsin-based businesses, Greater Milwaukee Committee‘s partnership with Daniel Isenberg and American Express OPEN will help to support the State’s pledge to bring 250,000 jobs to Wisconsin – one-third of which will come from Milwaukee,” said Governor Scott Walker.

“We have growing companies that need skilled workers, and Milwaukee residents who need jobs,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “I am proud of this partnership and pleased that Milwaukee is leading the way.”

Through these partnerships, local …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Study: Satisfaction with dealer service rises, Lexus and GMC are tops

By John Neff

Filed under:

During the economic downturn, many car dealerships counteracted their slowing income by focusing on things that would set them apart from competition – things like the quality of customer service they provide. When the economy picked up and more sales and service followed, many also first invested those funds back into the business, improving their dealership facilities and service centers.

It looks like those investments are paying off, as J.D. Power and Associates‘ latest Customer Service Index Study shows that overall consumer satisfaction with dealer service has increased to 797 (on a 1,000-point scale), up from 787 in 2012 and 29 points higher than the score in 2011. The study also finds that people are more satisfied with the service they get at dealerships compared to independent service providers, despite the much higher average out-of-pocket cost per visit ($118 vs. $44).

Note, however, that this study only looks at how people are treated by a dealer’s service department during the first three years of ownership (the survey is based on responses from 91,000 owners and lessees of 2008 to 2012 model year vehicles), so we’re talking about the experience had when bringing a car in for repair or maintenance work, most likely under warranty. In fact, maintenance work is increasing in share and accounted for 77 percent of service visits (up from 72 percent in 2012 and 63 percent in 2011). This helps explain why customer satisfaction has also risen, since a properly maintained car is one that’s less likely to require a dealer visit for an unexpected repair.

Of the automakers, Lexus again ranks highest in customer satisfaction for dealer service for the fifth consecutive year with a CSI score of 862. What might surprise you is that GMC is the highest-scoring mass market brand, with a CSI score of 819. Scroll below to see the rest of the rankings and pour over more data from the study.

Continue reading Satisfaction with dealer service rises, Lexus and GMC are tops

Satisfaction with dealer service rises, Lexus and GMC are tops originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Video: WI dealer under fire for selling new GMC to dying, blind 89-year-old WWII vet [w/video]

By Zach Bowman

Palmen Motors new car sale scam - video report screencap of new GMC Terrain

Filed under: , , , ,

You know, people, getting through this life from one end to the other in one piece really does require just one rule: don’t be a prick. If you ever find yourself in a situation of dubious moral standing, take a step back and ask yourself, “Am I being a prick to any person or thing?” If the answer is “yes,” then stop what you’re doing, apologize and go home. One dealership in Wisconsin could possibly have benefitted from that course of action when it reportedly helped David McMurray con his elderly and disabled parents into buying a brand-new $42,000 GMC Terrain for his use.

According to local news reports, a representative from Palmen Motors visited Harold and Christen Thomsen’s home to collect signatures for a loan agreement three weeks before the 89-year-old, legally blind Harold passed away. The World War II veteran was on morphine and in hospice when he signed for the GMC, and his 90-year-old wife suffers from dementia. Even so, upon being discovered, the dealer initially said everything was done “legally.” According to Barb Tinkler, McMurray’s sister, the sale was a scam that remained hidden until he was busted for an unrelated criminal charge.

An attorney for Palmen Motors has now said they regret the way the transaction went down and the dealership will buy the car back and pay off the loan. State police have opened their own investigation after the local news station brought the issue to light. You can watch the video report below.

Continue reading WI dealer under fire for selling new GMC to dying, blind 89-year-old WWII vet [w/video]

WI dealer under fire for selling new GMC to dying, blind 89-year-old WWII vet [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Sirius XM Isn't Afraid of the Connected Car

By Rick Munarriz, Munarriz, The Motley Fool

Filed under:

Skeptics have been branding Sirius XM Radio as a transitory technology for years.

In their cynical perspectives, premium radio may be hot now, but it’s simply a manner of time before the disruptor of terrestrial radio service gets disrupted itself.

The lead candidate for disruption is the connected car, as drivers with seamless access to online access can choose from the limitless number of apps that provider entertainment and edutainment on the open road.

Sirius XM naturally doesn’t see it that way, and CFO David Frear had a chance to argue his company’s side of the story at this week’s Piper Jaffray Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference.

Driving with the headlights on
Logic would seem to dictate that connectivity isn’t Sirius XM‘s friend, but Frear believes that the ability to serve content via satellite is still a differentiator.

Sirius XM has never shied away from the Internet. It’s been offering online streaming since 2003. It was originally included with every subscription, but now is offered as a stand-alone product. Customers can pay $14.49 a month for an Internet radio account. Existing receiver-based subscribers can pay $3.50 a month for online access.

However, the rub is that countless apps are available for less if not entirely free in ad-supported form.

Pandora‘s recent move to begin charging mobile users who want more than 40 hours a month maybe a sign of desperation as it struggles to turn a profit, but it’s also a testament to its popularity. It’s attracting more than 67 million unique monthly users, consuming nearly 1.4 billion hours of content a month. Spotify is now up to 6 million premium subscriptions. These are companies growing faster than Sirius XM, and automakers will continue to make things easier for them to reach your ears as you drive.

General Motors is teaming up with AT&T to offer 4G mobile hotspots in most of the 2015 model-year Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles that will hit the market next year.

Frear was slightly dismissive of the deal, pointing out how it will be great for AT&T wireless customers, but a much harder sell for the vast majority of GM drivers on other carriers.

He has a point. As the mobile market moves to shared data plans across several wireless devices it may seem odd to pair up with a single carrier. However, didn’t automakers go through a similar situation years ago in offering either Sirius or XM at a time when the platforms were far more distinctive than they are today?

The car of tomorrow is here today
Frear isn’t naive. He knows that connected cars will explode in popularity in the coming years. Sirius XM‘s moves to fortify its streaming offering — from last year’s addition of on-demand selections to its Pandora-esque MySXM personalized radio platform that rolled out in beta earlier this year — anticipate a future where more audio is consumed through wireless devices.

However, Frear feels that his company has …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Opinion: General Motors shaking up its marketing… again

By David Kiley

Filed under: , , , , ,

One of the things that dogs the full comeback of General Motors is the instability of its marketing. That part of the automaker got yet another big shakeup today when GM confirmed what I have been tweeting for a few days – strong rumors that the Chevrolet and Cadillac ad accounts are walking to new ad agencies.

Cadillac, GM‘s luxury brand, is going into review from Fallon Worldwide, Minneapolis and the indications are that Campbell-Ewald, Chevy’s old ad shop, will end up with most or all of it. C-E just announced that it was moving from its long-time home in Warren, MI to a new downtown Detroit office next to Ford Field, just blocks from GM.

The other shoe to drop shortly will be the shift of GM‘s most important brand, Chevy, from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners of San Francisco to McCann-Erickson of Troy, MI. McCann used to be the agency for Buick and GMC, as well as GM‘s corporate advertising, and has retained some pieces of business over the last few years. Sources have even told us that it was McCann that did a lot of the creative work on Chevy’s new ad platform, Find New Roads. (Not to be confused with a former McCann tagline for Saab, “Find Your Own Road.”)

Continue reading General Motors shaking up its marketing… again

General Motors shaking up its marketing… again originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Your Investment Needs to Go Mobile, It Just Doesn't Know It Yet

By Chris Neiger, The Motley Fool

Filed under:

If you’re a tech investor, you already know the impact of mobile technology on almost everything it touches. But some investors may not see how mobile is impacting everything from retail sales to the auto industry. If you’re an investor of almost any kind, mobile will — or already has — changed the way companies run their business.

Much more than apps and mobile sites
Talking about mobile and investing conjures up trendy devices with apple silhouettes glowing on the back of them (and with good reason), but mobile technology touches on almost all industries. Let’s take a look at a few examples of how mobile is impacting retail, the automotive industry, and manufacturing.

Mobile has transformed the way retailers approach advertising, and how they interact with their customers. During the 2012 Black Friday weekend, Wal-Mart posted 50 million mobile Facebook ads over a 72-hour period. The ads were displayed on tens of millions of Facebook news feeds. During that time, the Arkansas-based company received over 100,000 comments (some negative, obviously) from the mobile postings and gained 164,000 additional new likes on its Facebook page.

But those numbers aren’t the most impressive thing from Wal-Mart’s mobile push over the holiday. During that 72-hour period, Wal-Mart shifted its Facebook ads to focus on products that weren’t selling that well. Because of the flexibility of Facebook’s mobile ads, Wal-Mart sold out of many products that would otherwise have remained on store shelves. Wal-Mart directly benefited from the real-time mobile ad flexibility by increasing ads for a product when they noticed it wasn’t selling as well as they anticipated. Wal-Mart’s focus on mobile ad spending may have helped Facebook as well.  The tech company, which has previously had a hard time with mobile, saw mobile ads account for 23% of its total ad revenue this past quarter, compared to 14% in the previous quarter. Though retail advertising may be an expected way to integrate mobile into a business, there are plenty of companies thinking outside of the box.

The automotive industry has caught the mobile bug and has been working its tail off for the past few years to incorporate mobile technology into its vehicles. Just a few days ago, General Motors announced it would roll out 4G LTE connectivity to many of its 2015 models for its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands. High-speed wireless Internet connections in vehicles allow car manufacturers like GM to offer new infotainment offerings like rear-passenger video streaming, Wi-Fi hotspots, and future updates for vehicle software.

Wi-Fi-enabled cars have been around for a few years, but the level of wireless connectivity future vehicles will have is monumental. The real future for mobile in vehicles won’t come from entertainment offerings, though, it will come from vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V. This type of mobile communication between cars will allow them to share vehicle data like speed and location in order to calculate how likely a collision is if …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Police search for truck that fatally struck New Jersey woman

Authorities is southern New Jersey are searching for a pickup truck believed to have struck a 67-year-old woman in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Police say the truck might be a Chevrolet or GMC. They say it is white with a gray back had a missing headlight and an amber turn signal. It also carried a homemade structure on the back, possibly a produce box.

Authorities say Joyce Putmon of Blackwood was crossing the Black Horse Pike in Haddon Township just before 7 p.m. Sunday when she was hit.

She was pronounced dead by 7:30.

Witnesses said the truck was believed to have turned onto Main Street after hitting the pedestrian.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.

…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News

This Week in Sirius XM Radio

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz, The Motley Fool

Filed under:

Things never get dull for the country’s lone satellite-radio provider. Shares of Sirius XM Radio moved higher this week, closing off by 3% to hit $3.14. The general market also moved higher, but Sirius XM did outpace the major indices on the way up.

There was more going on beyond the share-price gyrations. The week began with General Motors‘ announcement of a 4G initiative that could have ramifications for Sirius XM. On the other end of the spectrum, streaming-music leader Pandora moved to cap-heavy usage of its service on mobile devices. Short interest data is out for mid-February, and the naysayers are out in full force again, with Sirius XM notching another new high in bearish bets. We also saw automakers come through with robust sales for February, and that bodes well for Sirius XM’s chances at strong gross subscriber additions.

Let’s take a closer look.

GM hooks up drivers
GM has been slow to match Ford when it comes to dashboard technology. As Ford sets the bar with Sync only to raise it with MyFord Touch, GM‘s still coasting on its premium suite of telematics through OnStar.

Well, that will change late next year, when the 2015 model year cars start hitting showrooms. Most of GM‘s cars across its Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac lines will have the option of 4G LTE connectivity. Naturally, these mobile hotspots will be premium features with monthly data plans, but it’s a given that the fast Internet connections will allow GM to serve up Pandora, Sirius XM’s streaming service, and other popular digital music apps through a car’s audio system.

The in-car enhancement will be more of a threat than an opportunity for GM drivers. Will they still want to pay $14.49 a month when they’re already paying for a mobile hotspot with access to limitless online entertainment options?

Naturally, this could also be an opportunity for Sirius XM if it’s able to beef up its online offering.

Pandora boxes outside of the think
The days of free usage may be over for Pandora’s most active users. The music-discovery pioneer will start capping free ad-supported usage of its service at 40 hours a month through smartphones and tablets. After that, users will need to pay $0.99 to continue listening for the balance of the month.

Pandora argues that just 4% of its users are streaming enough through mobile devices to trigger the tollbooth, but that’s still nearly 3 million of Pandora’s 65.6 million active users. Will everyone else begin scaling back on usage just to make sure they don’t bump up against the cap?

On the other hand, if someone’s putting up with ads for more than 40 hours a month, why don’t they just pay $36 a year to zap all those ads with a Pandora One membership?

This move is a positive for Sirius XM. Pandora’s threat to Sirius XM has come from the fear that a growing number of …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance