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Apr 04, 2019

On March 25, General Motors announced that the Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine in its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, will achieve segment-leading power among diesel-powered pickups.
GM will begin taking orders for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra with the 3.0 Duramax shortly, with deliveries expected to commence in the summer. The diesel is the last variant of the rucks to arrive. Crew-cab V8 models first went on sale in the third-quarter of last year and regular, double-cab, V6 and 2.7-liter turbo models went on sale in the fourth quarter.
The Duramax 3.0-liter engine produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, more than Ford’s 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 diesel rated at 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque in the 2019 F-150, and FCA’s previous 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in the Ram 1500, which was rated at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Ram is developing a new version of the EcoDiesel, which was last available for the 2018 model year, that is expected to debut in the Jeep Wrangler in 2019, followed by the Jeep Gladiator pickup in 2020.
(multiple sources on March 25, 2019)

Apr 03, 2019

On April 2, General Motors announced that it delivered 665,840 vehicles during the first quarter of 2019 in the U.S., a decrease of 7.0% from the same period in 2018, with average transaction prices (ATPs) rising USD 938 to a first-quarter record of USD 35,881.
With a selling mix of trucks, SUVs and crossovers above 80%, GM profits further benefitted from first-quarter 2019 average transaction prices for its all-new, light-duty pickups being USD 8,040 higher compared to their outgoing models in the same period in 2018, with the GMC Sierra leading the segment.
Combined sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cabs, the first of the company’s all-new full-size pickups to launch, were up 20%.
Crew-cab production mix is currently above 70%, up 10 percentage points on average from the previous-generation trucks.
GM will begin the next phase of its full-size pickup truck launch in the second half of 2019 with the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.
Other new models launching in 2019 include the Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover and CT5 luxury-sport sedan.
The all-new Chevrolet Blazer is gaining momentum, and will benefit from national advertising during the second quarter as production ramps up.

(GM press releases on April 2, 2019) 1 / 2

Mar 30, 2019

On March 28, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it will lay off 1,500 workers at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, taking the matter beyond earlier announcements of shortening shifts and temporary two week closure.
FCA is cutting its third shift at the facility that produces Chrysler Pacifica minivans to "better align production with global demand," according to the company.
The company, required by its contact with the union to give a six-month notice of permanent reductions, said the action will take effect on September 30.
FCA will offer retirement packages to eligible employees and endeavor to place indefinitely laid-off hourly employees in open full-time positions elsewhere as they become available.
The Windsor plant went from two shifts to three shifts in 1993.
FCA announced previously on March 27 that it would idle its plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario, for the first two weeks of April to align production with demand.

(Detroit News article on March 28, 2019) (Detroit Free Press article on March 28, 2019)

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