Equinox (Chevrolet)

Apr 10, 2019

The opening of automotive trade between Mexico and Brazil will greatly benefit automakers that currently dominate that market, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, and Kia.
In 2018, GM, VW, Nissan, FCA and Kia represented 93.5% of total Mexican auto exports to Brazil, where they held a 61% market share.
In the first two months of 2019, 7,754 light vehicles were exported to Brazil, 15.7% more than in the same period in 2018, according to Inegi data.
Throughout 2018, 78,440 cars were shipped to that market, an increase of 59.9% compared to 2017, making Brazil the fourth most important destination for Mexican exports after the U.S., Canada and Germany.
In 2018, GM had the most units exported to Brazil with a total of 38,513 vehicles, primarily Chevrolet Equinox and Trax models.
The second OEM in shipping the most vehicles to Brazil was VW with 16,166 units, especially Jetta and Tiguan models.
Nissan followed with 8,692 vehicles, FCA with 6,822, and Kia with 3,163 units.

(Mexico-Now article on April 3, 2019)

Mar 15, 2019

The Chevrolet brand continued to lead the market in 2018, celebrating 32 consecutive years as Colombia’s best-selling car brand.
In 2018, Chevrolet sold 49,866 vehicles in Colombia, earning it a market share of 19.5%.
The Spark family, which includes the Spark Life (Daewoo Matiz), Spark GT (first-generation Spark) and the new Chevrolet Beat Sedan (Spark GT in a sedan body), remained the best-selling models in their segments and enabled Chevrolet to obtain an overall 57% market share in the small car category.
Sales of Chevrolet utility vehicles in 2018, sold through the Chevrolet Buses and Trucks subsidiary, increased 27% compared to 2017 and accounted for a 36.9% segment market share.
The GM Colmotores plant in Bogota, Colombia produced a total of 47,275 Chevrolet-branded vehicles in 2018.
Of these, 34,611 were sold in the Colombian market (an increase of 1.5% compared to 2017) and 12,664 units were exported to Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia.
For 2019, GM’s aims to increase Chevrolet’s market share to 20.6% in Colombia with a lineup of all-new or refreshed utilities, currently composed of the Tracker (Trax), Equinox, Traverse, TrailBlazer and Tahoe.
The all-new 2019 Blazer and all-new Captiva will be launched in the next few months, along with an all-new Tracker later on.
(multiple sources on March 12, 2019)

Feb 20, 2019

General Motors has allocated production of a new 6.6-liter V8 gasoline engine to its Tonawanda Powertrain plant in New York, while the Lockport plant will produce the accompanying radiator.
The 6.6-liter engine, labeled the L8T, will serve in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2020 GMC Sierra HD.
Tooling for the engine was part of a USD 295.9 million investment in Tonawanda in 2016.
Rated at 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, the 6.6-liter V8 engine will be paired with GM’s six-speed automatic transmission (6L90) in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive forms.
While production of GM’s Ecotec 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines will slow down due to cancellations of passenger cars as the Chevrolet Cruze and Impala; and Cadillac ATS, CTS, and CT6; the plant also produces the 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines for the Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali; and Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade.
The plant’s 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Ecotec engines will continue to be supplied to the Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu, Colorado, Equinox, and Traverse; and GMC Canyon, Acadia and Terrain.
(multiple sources and GM email on February 12, 2019)