The All-New Chevrolet E-Ray
Chevrolet gives the world an electrified AWD Corvette
Developed to be the Corvette owners can arrive in anywhere, no matter the season, the new E-Ray - available in removable roof coupe and hardtop convertible models - uses electrification to enhance the driving experience with intense straight-line performance, all-weather confidence and sure-footed grand touring capabilities that can only be achieved with eAWD.
E-Ray is also the only sports car pairing two separate propulsion system to provide naturally aspirated V-8 power with electrified responsiveness powered by eAWD, making it one like none.
The E-Ray is the quickest production Corvette in history, clocking a 2.5-seconds 0-60 mph time before breezing through the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds.
A near immediate feeling of thrust from low-end torque is core to the Corvette driving experience, and the E-Ray packs plenty of it. Power comes from the 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, putting 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle. It is complemented by an electric motor that channels an additional 160 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels via a 1.9 kWh battery pack, which is located between the seats. In total, E-Ray produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and Small Block V-8.
Creating its own lane
E-Ray's intelligent eAWD system is constantly learning the road surface, seamlessly adapting to meet traction conditions and driver needs. During spirited driving and in low traction environments, E-Ray's eAWD system applies additional power to the front wheels, helping to enhance vehicle stability.
There is no need for plug-in charging for the E-Ray's battery system. The battery is charged via regenerative energy from coasting and braking, as well as during normal driving.
Additional features and technologies of the all-new E-Ray include:
- Stealth Mode: an electric drive mode for the street, up to 45 mph
- New lightweight lithium-ion 12-volt battery: that supports the LT2 V-8 engine's stop/start functionality
- Standard Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system: for optimal braking performance
- Standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with three distinct suspension settings
- Staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires are available with optional performance package
- Low, wide stance with crafted body styling that is 3.6 inches wider overall than Stingray
- Visceral sound experience that embodies the car's dominating presence. The electric front motor works in harmony with the LT2 engine to create an invigorating sound
- Enhanced roster of driver assistance technologies (shared with all 2024 Corvette models), including Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking.
By: Chevrolet Pressroom
GM Launches EV Live Education Platform
GM has launched its EV Live education platform, a virtual learning resource that gives participants the ability to interact with electric vehicle specialists in a one-on-one environment, helping to take the mystery out of EVs for the general public.
Through the EV Live service, participants can use any device with internet to connect directly with EV specialists, who will answer any electric vehicle-related question in real time. Users will also be able to take virtual tours of the EV Live studio, giving them a closer look at real-life EVs in a virtual reality setting. Public charging, battery technology, sustainability, commercial applications, and EV applications will also be featured in the virtual studio in a series of dynamic exhibits. EV specialists are also available to walk users through the process of installing home charging stations, or refer them to certified installers.
"Addressing common misconceptions about EVs will accelerate widespread EV adoption. We saw a need for accessible, credible and engaging sources of information to empower consumers to adopt EVs and appreciate their many benefits," says Hoss Hassani, GM vice president of EV Ecosystem. "With EV Live, we're making it easier to learn about the EV experience. Whether you're curious or skeptical, and experienced owners or brand new to EVs, the experts at EV Live are here to help."
Accessible through the EV Live website, users hav the option the start an on-demand live tour if available, or to schedule ahead if needed. At first, only one-on-one tours are available, but GM says that it will implement group tours later this year. EV specialists will have two-way audio equipment and one-way video, allowing them to engage in voice chat, but text chat is also available for users who prefer to communicate that way.
By: Alexandra Purcell - July 25th, 2022.
All-New, All-Electric GMC Sierra Denali
Electrifying reveal coming 2022.
Today, GMC gave a first look at its upcoming all-electric Sierra pickup truck, previewing the truck's unique and premium exterior lighting sequence.
The electric Sierra, which will launch only in the popular Denali trim, will be the third all-electric vehicle in GMC'S portfolio after the GMC HUMMER EV supertruck and the GMC HUMMER SUV
"Sierra Denali holds tremendous equity for GMC and our customers," said Duncan Aldred, GMC vice president. "We not have an opportunity to evolve Sierra's capabilities and technologies, as afforded by transitioning to an all-electric propulsion also while also elevating the luxurious design and comfort associated with Denali."
Like the GMC HUMMER EV, the electric Sierra will be purposefully built on the Ultium platform with the premium materials and capability customers have come to expect from GMC trucks.
Like the GMC HUMMER EV, the electric Sierra will be purposefully built on the Ultium Platform with the premium materials and capability customers have come to expect from GMC trucks.
The truck will be revealed next year and will be assembled in General Motors' Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan.
-GMC Pressroom - Dec. 15, 2021
This video starts by explaining some basic towing terminology for less informed viewers. This includes Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the maximum allowable weight of the vehicle including passengers and cargo, along with Gross Combined Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the maximum allowable weight of both the vehicle and the trailer it is towing. Terms like Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) and Tongue Weight are also addressed, which are the allowable max weights for the axles and the trailer hitch tongue, respectively.
Once Chevy truck owners know these terms, they can pull up their phone or computer and visit Chevrolet's dedicated online towing information guided, which allows the user input their truck model variant and model year. The website will then provide the user with the correct trailering information for their vehicle. Users can also check the towing section in the user's manual included with the vehicle, or simply check the trailering information label in the driver's side door jamb.
There's one other way that Chevy truck owners can determine the maximum towing capacity for their truck, too. Users can tap the Load Calculator function in the MyChevrolet mobile app, which will allow the to input all their trailer information into the app. The app will then automatically calculate the combined weight ratings and determine if the vehicle with the hitched trailer is ready to hit the road, or if it's too heavy.
Check out the video above to learn more about these methods for determining the maximum towing capacity of the Chevy Colorado, Chevy Silverado 1500 and Chevy Silverado HD.
Watch The Video Here
By: Sam Mceachern - April 4, 2022
General Motors has released a video instructing owners of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV on how to get the most out of the compact car's standard regenerative braking system.
Regenerative braking is an important tool for EV owners, as it can extend the vehicle's range by harvesting the kinetic energy from the car's inertia and feeding it into the battery. The Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV both feature on-demand regenerative braking that is controlled via the steering wheel-mounted paddles. When the vehicle is coasting and the driver wishes to use regenerative braking to slow the vehicle, they can pull the paddle to active the system, at which point the electric motor will begin harvesting energy and the vehicle will start to scrub speed.
The Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV also feature seamless regenerative braking when in the standard 'Drive' mode, which will use a smaller amount of regenerative braking to slow the vehicle when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, without them having to pull the steering wheel paddle. The user can adjust the strength of the automatic regenerative braking, will four regenerative braking levels to choose from. The Bolt EV and Bolt EUV also feature one-pedal driving, which allows the user to rapidly slow the vehicle by simply lifting off the accelerator.
Mastering regenerative braking can be important tool for extending the range of an electric vehicle and will therefore be a skill that many drivers will learn to master as more EVs begin to hit the market in the coming years. While the only Chevy models it's currently offered on are the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, similar regenerative braking control systems will likely appear in the Chevy Equinox EV, Chevy Silverado EV and other future EV models from the brand.
Power in the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV comes from a single, front axle-mounted electric motor rated at 201 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which receives energy from a 65 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup provides an estimated driving range of 416 kilometers in the Bolt EV and 397 kilometers in the slightly larger Bolt EUV.
Check out the video above to learn how to get the most out of the regenerative braking system in the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV.
By: Sam Mcearchern - April 8, 2022.
Modern vehicle technology is powered by a range of external sensors and equipment, including visual cameras. In fact, some Chevy vehicles are equipped with as many as nine external cameras, depending on the model and options selected. New, we're taking a closer look at what it takes to make sure these cameras are clean and ensure they stay in good operating condition.
The first step in keeping the external cameras on your Chevy vehicle clean is to locate them around the vehicle body. To start, vehicles equipped with the Rear Vision Camera system will mount a camera around the rear Bow Tie emblem or new the tailgate handle. For vehicles equipped with the HD Surround Vision system, another three camera are placed around the vehicle body, including one up front in the central grille, and one under each sideview mirror, all of which complement the rear-mounted camera located near the Chevy Bow Tie or tailgate handle.
Some Chevy vehicles also offer the Surround Vision System with Trailering, which can include up to two accessory cameras to mount inside the trailer and outside the trailer. There's also an available Bed View Camera, which is placed in the Centre High-Mounted Stop Lamp, near the rear of the roof. This is also the location for the operational Rear Camera Mirror feature, although this can also be placed in the rear shark fin antenna or rear spoiler, such as with the Chevy Corvette C8. This camera may also be in the rear spoiler or near the Rear Vision Camera mentioned earlier, depending on the vehicle in question.
Some Chevy vehicles also offer Curb View Cameras, which leverage the Surround Vision cameras placed in the sideview mirrors. Finally, some Chevy vehicles are equipped with a front-facing camera located behind the windshield for use with a variety of safety features, such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Alert.
So then, with all these cameras located, how does the owner keep them clean? Simple - water and a damp washcloth should do the trick. What's more, the rear window washer feature will also rinse the Rear Camera Mirror.
Check out the video for a detailed walkthrough on where the cameras are located and how them clean.
By: Jonathan Lopez - April 5, 2022.
Get ready as Chevrolet's top-selling SUV changes the game in a way never done before with the First-Ever All-Electric Equinox EV and Blazer EV- Built from the ground up to harness the power of Ultium.
Equinox EV available 2024, Blazer EV available Spring 2023.
More About Future EV's Here.
Grand Opening Event For Factory ZERO
General Motors is excited to welcome President Biden to Factory ZERO on Wednesday, Nov. 17 as the company opens the doors to its all-electric assembly plant in the heart of Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. Factory Zero is the cumulation of GM's multibillion-dollar U.S. investment in people, product and process. Our all-electric future will transform GM and the automotive industry.
This Is The All-New 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV
General Motors just unveiled the all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV, expanding the Bolt line with a more practical, SUV style body variant.
Outside, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV brings its own distinctive styling, standing apart from the Bolt EV with unique sheet metal and exterior dimensions, including an extra 6 inches of length when compared to the Bolt EV. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV also features a sculpted front end and LED headlamps, as well as sequential turn-signal indicators.
Inside, customers will also find an extra three inches of rear legroom compared to the Bolt EV. Tech features include a 10.2-inch infotainment screen and 8-inch infotainment screen and 8-inch digital gauged cluster, plus an electric gear shifter.
The 2020 Chevy Bolt EUV options list includes ventilated and heated front seats and a panoramic power sunroof. Notably the Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet model to offer General Motors' Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system, which enables to remove their hands from the steering wheel during extended highway driving on over 320 000 kilometers of roads throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Additional tech features include standard Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, IntelliBeam, and Following Distance Indicator. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also offered.
Range per charge in the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is rated at 402 kilometers, with a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery providing the juice. Customers can get up to 152 kilometers of range in 30 minutes using standard DC Fast charge capabilities.
The Bolt EUV also comes standard with a Dual Level Charge Cord, which includes a changeable plus with a standard 120-volt three prong plug for Level 1 charging, and another plus for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kW.
Motivation is sourced from a single-motor drive unit producing 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
Availability for the 2022 Bolt EUV will open up this summer!
- Jonathan Lopez - Feb 14, 2021
General Motors has unveiled a new corporate logo that incorporates lowercase script with the "m" underlined, surrounding by a square boarder with rounded edges. The new logo is intended to acknowledge General Motor's latest focus on electric vehicle technology and vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
The updated corporate logo will be used in all corporate communications going forward, and coincides with the launch of a new marketing campaign titled "Everybody In," which will promote the General Motor's range on all new electric vehicles designed to fit the lifestyle and budget of ever new car buyer, including for work, adventure, performance, and family. The range of new EV's will include Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick products.
General Motors has announced it will launch 30 new all-electric vehicles worldwide by the 2025 calendar year, with more than 40 percent of GM's U.S. portfolio equipped with battery-powered propulsion by the end of 2025.
- Jonathan Lopez - Jan 8, 2021
GMC Pro Safety Packages Added to 2021 Models
Safety features are a hot topic these days, and most automakers are scrambling to offer the latest and greatest tech items to entice buyers. That includes General Motors and GMC, which is now GMC Pro Safety packages to specific 2021 models.
Essentially, GMC's previous safety tech features packages, which include the Driver Alert Package, Driver Alert Package 1, and Driver Alert Packages II, will be gradually replaced in GMC's product lineup with what the automaker is now calling the GMC Pro Safety Plus Packages.
However, these new packages are more than a simple rebranding effort. Rather the content of the new packages also change.
More specifically, the new GMC Pro Safety Package includes the following popular features:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Following Distance Indicator
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- IntelliBeam Auto High Beams
- Lane Keep Assist
- Lane Departure Warnings
- Lane Change Alert
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
For now, the first 2021 model year vehicles to equip the GMC Pro Safety Plus package include the GMC Terrain, the GMC Acadia, the GMC Yukon, and the GMC Yukon XL.
That said, we imagine that the long-term plan will be to replace and rebrand the safety offerings for the entire lineup with new packages listed above.
By: Jonathan Lopez -Sept. 26, 2020
2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Will Offer Multi-Flex Tailgate On All Trim Levels
General Motors recently unveiled the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and with it, the new configurable Multi-Flex Tailgating System.
Per a recent press release, GM states that "the Multi-Flex Tailgate" will be available in early 2021 on all new Silverado 1500." We followed-up for clarification, and indeed, the Multi-Flex tailgate will be offered on all trims levels of the 2021 Chevy Silverado, from Work Truck, up to High Country.
In terms of usability and functionality, the Multi-Flex tailgate offered on the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is identical to the MultiPro tailgate offered on the GMC Sierra. Both tailgates comes with six different configurable positions to suit a variety of different jobs. These include the traditional primary gate opening, a full-width step, a foldable inner gate, a primary gate load stop, an inner gate load stop, and an inner gate work surface.
In addition to offering the new Multi-Flex configurable tailgate, the Chevy Silverado also comes with increased towing capacity for two of its engines, three new trailering features and technology, and Adaptive Ride Control suspension.
By: Jonathan Lopez -Sept. 25, 2020
Chevrolet Blazer Ranked Best Mid-Sized SUV in 2020 J.D. Power 'APEAL' Study
The J.D. Power APEAL Study serves as a complement to the company's Initial Quality and measures the amount of emotional attachment and excitement a vehicle generates in owners. Vehicle and brands are measured across the 37 different attributes, ranging from the "sense of comfort and luxury they feel when climbing into the driver's seat to the feeling they get when they step on the accelerator," J.D. Power says all of which help it determine how much appeal a company or vehicle has to its owner. The study is based on over 87,000 responses from owners of new vehicles.
The Chevrolet Blazer topped the study for non-premium SUVs, while the Nissan Murano was second in the segment and the Hyundai Santa Fe third. The Blazer is newer than both the Murano and the Santa Fe and is more powerful thanks to its available 308 horsepower 3.6L LGX V6 engine. The Blazer also stands out in the crowded mid-size SUV segment thanks to its sports car-inspired exterior appearance and available RS trim.
By: Sam Mceachern -July 23, 2020
The Dueck Auto Group is working closely with WorkSafe BC, Public Health, the Vehicle Sales Authority and the New Car Dealers Association of BC to ensure our operations remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
In order to reduce the possible risk to our employees and customers we have implemented a number of internal protocols, including work-from-home arrangements, virtual meetings, rescheduling work of tasks, reorganizing employees work spaces and schedules, and limiting the number of employees and visitors in the workplace. We are encouraging our customers to primarily schedule by-appointment meetings and vehicle service times wherever possible. We have installed physical distance signage and physical barriers to ensure social distancing between customers and workers.
Occupancy Requirement: WorkSafe BC states that based on the size and layout of our facility, our legal maximum occupancy rates are as follows:
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck on Marine Showroom is 200 people.
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck on Marine Service is 200 people.
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck Auto Group facility is 300 people.
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck Downtown facility is 375 people.
Dueck has implemented extensive cleaning protocols at all our facilities, and are working closely with our operational partners to ensure all products used are Health Canada approved, heavy duty antibacterial. we are Proud and Certified Participant in the National General Motors Clean Dealership Program. There are numerous hand sanitating and disinfectant wipers stations located throughout the facility.
In our Service Department, we have implemented additional procedures to ensure both employees and our customers are protected. It is our policy to sanitize vehicle touch points and use steering wheel and seat covers upon entry to our service department, key sanitization, and a repeat of these procedures when returning the vehicle to our customer.
As always, we encourage everyone to follow the recommended behaviors from the BC Health and Authority at all times:
- Wash your hands often using soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Be alert for respiratory system - if you feel sick, please contact your physician.
- Anyone who has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscles aches or headache.
- Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
- Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
-Dueck Auto Group
Amazon Alexa Now Arriving On New GM Vehicles
The Amazon Alexa digital assistance technology is now arriving on new GM vehicles, offering up a host of convenience voice recognition commands for new vehicle owners. GM vehicle brands offering the feature include Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac. The feature is built-in for many new GM vehicle, and requires the respective on-board internet connection package. The in-vehicle apps capability must be included as well.
Amazon Alexa offers voice recognition for numerous infotainment capabilities. These include voice commands for audio streaming services, such as SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music. What's more, owners can use Amazon Alexa to place an online order, or track an existing order, as well as add something to shopping list without taking the road. Further functions include placing phone calls, checking the weather, and finding nearby gas stations.
For those with the right set up at home, Amazon Alexa will also allow users to issue a variety of smart home commands, such as opening the garage door, turning on the lights, or adjusting the thermostat.
General Motors recently published a video documenting Amazon Alexa capabilities as equipped on the new Chevrolet Blazer. Stay tuned for that post soon.
By: Jonathan Lopez -June 18, 2020
C8 Corvette Cockpit Earns A Ward's Automatic 10 Best Interior Award
Once upon a time, a car reviewers and critics would frequently criticize the Chevrolet Corvette's interior for its sub-par build quality and abundance of hard plastics, but not anymore. The C7 Corvette was a massive step forward for the nameplate with regards to interior design and quality and the C8 Corvette took things even further with its contemporary layout and swath of high-end materials.
Now General Motors is reaping the rewards of the Corvette's improved interior - literally. The C8 Corvette cabin was named to Wards' Automotive's 10 Best Interiors list for 2020. Wards' handed the C8 Corvette compliments for its high quality leather-wrapped instrument panel, "handsomely configured" push-button transmission and the generously used microfiber sueded material that is found on the instrument panel, center console, door trim, steering wheel, headliner and pillar trim. Editors were also impressed by the mix of metal, leather and available carbon-fibre trim, saying GM "achieved great harmony" with the usage of the various high-end materials.
The Corvette's cabin doesn't just look the part, either. One Wards' editor said the C8 is the "comfiest Corvette yet," and applauded the car's comfy seats and ergonomic dash layout. They also liked the small partition that sits between the driver and passenger and houses a row of buttons, saying this design details helps to envelop the driver in a sort of cocoon and adds to the overall high quality feel when in the driver's seat.
Lastly, editors praised Chevrolet for offering an abundance of interior upholstery colours and combinations, which include Adrenaline Red, Morello Red, and Twilight / Tension Blue, among others.
By: Sam Mceachern -June 17, 2020
Oshawa GM Plant Begins Production of 10 Million Face Mask
Workers at Oshawa's GM plant have begun work on producing 10 million face masks over the next year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.
"As we speak GM employees are making these masks, they will keep people safe and help slow the spread of COVID-19," said Trudeau in his public remarks on May 26. "For the autoworkers in Oshawa, this contract will support good, well paying jobs in an industry that's faced tough times."
The formal announcement from Trudeau comes after GM stated in April that a portion of its sprawling Oshawa plant would be converted to face mask production. At the time, GM officials said the company would produce a million masks per month for the Public Health Agency of Canada at costs.
In a statement on Tuesday, GM officials said the company received its medical device license to produce the mask on April 22 and the machinery has been installed, materials had been sourced and workers had been trained over the past months.
"This is one of the proudest moments in our history to be able to step-up and support all Canadians during this challenging time." said GM Canada president and managing director Scott Bell in statement. "With the support and collaboration of the Government of Canada, we will start production in Oshawa today and deliver 10 million face masks to the Public Health Agency of Canada over the next year."
Bell recently detailed safety steps at GM plants including screening, cleaning and sanitizing, wearing protective equipment and social distancing.
In April, GM Canada Vice-president of corporate affairs David Paterson said the Oshawa site was selected not only because of its capacity but because it has clean room facilities. That allow GM to source material and build a Canadian mask-making clean room with enhanced safety protocols.
Here Are The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Tow Ratings
Now, we're back to tell you about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade tow ratings. In short, the new Escalade's trailering capabilities with the standard, naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine are as follows:
- The regular-length 2021 Escalade can tow a maximum of 8,200 pounds 2WD models or 8,000 for 4WD models
- The extended-length 2021 Escalade ESV can tow a maximum of 8,100 pounds 2WD models or 7,900 pounds for 4WD models
- The regular-length 2021 Escalade Diesel can tow a maximum of 8,000 pounds for 2WD models or 7,800 pounds for 4WD models
- The extended-length 2021 Escalade ESV Diesel can tow a maximum of 7,900 pounds for 2WD models or 7,700 pounds for 4WD models.
General Motors is targeting May 18th for reopening its U.S. and Canadian vehicle assembly plants, the automaker said in memo sent to UAW members on Tuesday.
"GM plans to begin a limited, cadenced, and site-specific approach for a return to the workplace in a many of our North American manufacturing facilities," the memo said. "We are targeting Monday, May 18, and we are collaborating with state governments and union partners. We are confident that we have an approach that allows us to move into this next phase with safety as our guide."
Crucially, GM has agreed to pay workers who are forced to quarantine for up to 14 days. The UAW has said the Big Three must agree to pay workers who are self quarantining after contracting COVID-19 or coming into contact with some one who had the virus, as employees may be apprehensive to report systems if they believed they would lose pay over it.
GM outlined the safety measures it will take to curb the spread of COVID-19 at its production plants once they come back online. These protocols will include taking employees' temperatures when they arrive at work, setting up hand sanitizing stations and staggering work shifts to reduce the number of employees that are concentrated in one area. The automaker developed the handbook using lessons learned at some of its plants in China and Korea, along with its ventilator production facility in Kokomo, Indiana.
GM is expected to make an official announcement with regard to the May 18th restart date sometime on Wednesday.
-May 6, 2020
General Motors Will Begin Making COVID-19 Ventilators This Week
General Motors will officially begin making ventilators at its components plant in Kokomo, Indiana this week will ship the first 6,000 units to hospitals before June 1st.
GM is making Ventec Life System brand ventilators under a government contract that will see it deliver a total of 30,000 of the life-saving devices before the end of August. GM workers were already present at the Kokomo compartments plant last week preparing the site to produce the ventilators. Ventec has had to retain GM workers on how to make ventilators. Ventec has had to retain GM workers on how to make ventilators, while the automaker has also begun producing the necessary components necessary to put them together. In a statement, GM spokes person Dan Flores told Automatic News the company is not making the ventilators at a profit.
In addition to the ventilators, GM is also making face masks at its Warran Transmission plant in Michigan to help address the PPE supply shortage at many U.S. hospitals. It began shipping the face masks out last week and has since doubled the production output on the masks.
GM has implemented strict safety measures at the Kokomo and Warren facilities to protect employees working there. Employees have their temperature taken with a contactless thermometer upon arriving at the plant and work at spaced out work stations. The work stations and common area are also sanitized and wiped down every few hours.
GM Is Partnering With Ventec Life System To Help Increase Production Of Ventilators
General Motors is partners with Ventec Life System to help increase production of ventilators that are needed in hospitals dealing who have the novel coronavirus, the companies announce Friday. In the most severe cases of COVID-19 infection, patients need the assistance of ventilators to breath, and there are widespread concerns that the US does not have enough ventilators to meet the coming demand.
Seattle-based Ventec is one of a handful of ventilator manufacturers in the U.S, according to NBC news, and already has ramped up its production. Ventec CEO Chris Kiple says the company is aiming to produce 1,000 machines per month (up from its usual 150 per month), in the next 90 days, and eventually to produce 2,000 ventilators per month.
Ventec will relay on GM's manufacturing, logistics and purchasing to help build more ventilators more quickly. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement that GM word "continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis."
To Our Customers,
Over the past few weeks, it's become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply connected and want to do what we can to help keep our communities and our families safe and healthy.
We are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees and customers and are taking necessary actions & precautions, in preparation for COVID-19.
What We're Doing:
- We are introducing rigorous additional cleaning procedure, and are increasing the number of wipes, hand sanitizers, and other cleaning material available throughout the dealerships.
- We're taking sensible steps to help protect our team of associates. This means fewer meetings, limiting travel, and making it easier for our people to take the time they need to care for themselves or their families in the event they are directly affected by COVID-19
- We are monitoring new developments so that we can quickly adapt
- Asking staff who show any signs of illness or feel unwell to stay home
- Eliminating all physical contact including hand shaking
- Disinfecting high-touch areas throughout the day, before and after every guest and staff interaction
- Mandating staff regularly wash hands and disinfect work areas even if guest and staff interaction didn't occur
Our customers are the heart of our company and we look forward to welcoming and serving you.
Please take care of yourselves to each other,
-Dueck Auto Group
OnStar Saves The Day
OnStar helped Cleveland police track down and arrest a group of thieves after stole a second-generation Buick LaCrosse equipped with the technology.
According to the Cleveland news, police spotted a 2015 Buick LaCrosse that had been reported stolen parked at a gas station, police got in contact with OnStar, which enabled Stolen Vehicles Assistance mode on the car, immobilizing it and allowed the police to close in and arrest the suspects.
This isn't the first time Cleveland police have tapped OnStar to help them stow down a stolen vehicle. Last year they used the technology to immobilize a car that had been stolen in a carjacking and it also helped them recover two other stolen vehicles in 2017.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Named 2020 Motortrend Car Of The Year
Oshawa, Ont. (November 19, 2019). - The redefined Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year award, earning the mid-engine masterpiece a top spot among the best vehicle the world has to offer for the third time in Corvette's history.
The coveted honour, previously awarded to Corvette in 1984 and 1998, was presented to Tadget Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer and Michael Simcoe, General Motors vice president of Global Design, at an event featuring industry executives and celebrity guests at MotorTrend's headquarters in El Segundo.
"It's an honour for the Corvette team to receive this coveted award from MotorTrend against the best the industry has to offer," said, Juechter. "Our design and engineering teams spent several years sweating the details to deliver the first mid-engine Corvette. To have a third party validate our hard work makes it all worthwhile."
Chevrolet's first-ever production mid-engine Corvette represents the fastest, most powerful entry-level Corvette in the vehicle's 66-year history, reaching 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. The reimagined icon boasts exotic proportions and a modern design inspired by racing and aeronautics to deliver unprecedented levels of quality, customization, technology and craftsmanship. Powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Corvette Stingray packs 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.
"We have been looking forward to the arrival of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette for so long, that you'd think is no way it could live up to the weight of expectations, but the all-new C8 Corvette epitomizes what it means to be MotorTrend's 2020 Car of the Year," said MotorTrend Editior-in-Chief Edward Loh. "Corvette delivers stunning design and world-class performance, around an exotic mid-ship layout, yet it remains a truly livable ground touring sports car, all at an almost unbelievable price point. Our 2020 of the Year is t he one that democratizes the supercar - the Chevrolet Corvette." Production on the Corvette will begin in February 2020 at General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. True to its roots of attainable performance, the 2020 Corvette Stingray upholds its no-compromise value proposition, starting at $69,998 (including Destination Freight Charge of $2,000, excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment).