GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 Pickup VIN 001 Auctioned for Charity

OSHAWA, Ont. (Friday, December 17, 2022)  The first 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Pickups have been produced at Factory ZERO, and US customer deliveries will now begin. Canadian deliveries will begin in Q4 of 2022. The revolutionary GMC supertruck represents the first of many Ultium-based consumer vehicles to be produced as part of General Motors’ vision for an all-electric future.

“We brought this truck to market with speed and agility and brought GM another step closer to an all-electric future,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “With our Ultium Platform as the foundation for a broad range of applications, the GMC HUMMER EV offers our customers the ultimate in capability and performance.”

VIN 001 of the Edition 1 GMC HUMMER EV Pickup was auctioned March 27, 2021, at Barrett-Jackson at a hammer price of $2.5 million (USD) with proceeds benefitting the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization established to honor the memory of Sept. 11 first responder Stephen Siller. The foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for the most catastrophically injured veterans and provides mortgage-free homes for Gold Star families and the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. More information is available at www.tunnel2towers.org.

The GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1’s design features an Interstellar White exterior, unique Lunar Horizon interior and is powered by GM’s new Ultium Platform. Its revolutionary capability offers a GM-estimated up to 1,000 horsepower5 and 11,500 lb-ft of torque6. Signature features include:

  • 4 Wheel Steer featuring CrabWalk1 – allows the rear wheels and front wheels to steer at the same angle at low speeds, enabling diagonal movement of the vehicle, for even greater maneuverability on challenging terrain.
  • Adaptive Air Suspension with available Extract Mode2 –enables the suspension height to be raised approximately 6 inches (149 mm) to help the GMC HUMMER EV negotiate extreme off-road situations such as clearing boulders or fording water.
  • Watts to Freedom3 –  a driver-selectable experience that unleashes the full acceleration capability of the EV propulsion system, including GM-estimated 0-60-mph performance in approximately 3 seconds.

Super Cruise4 – an available driver assistance technology offering hands-free driving on divided and compatible highways. It includes a new automatic lane changing feature, where the system can determine when a lane change is optimal and initiate the maneuver, while following signaling protocols.

The GMC HUMMER EV leads future production of zero tailpipe emission vehicles at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, which has been retooled, upgraded and expanded with a $2.2 billion (USD) investment by GM. The renovation represents the single largest investment in a plant in GM history, and Factory ZERO will serve as the launchpad for the company’s multi-brand EV strategy.

GM Canada and its Dealers Donate More than $160,000 to Durham Children’s Aid Foundation

OSHAWA, Ont. (December 14, 2021) – Today, a convoy of Oshawa-built Chevrolet Silverado pickups, filled with toys and gifts, made their way to the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) where GM Canada also presented a donation from its dealers across Canada. This continues the legacy of Sharon Clark, who started Sharon’s Kids at Oshawa Assembly – a program that has provided holiday gifts to children in need for more than 50 years.

GM Canada held a dealer contest for the opportunity to purchase Oshawa’s first pickup off the line, raising $115,000 for DCAF through donations from 163 GM dealers. The winning dealer is Paillé Chevrolet Buick GMC in Berthierville, Quebec, who will take delivery of VIN 001 in January – a white 2022 Silverado HD High Country with exclusive “VIN 001” graphics.  

“Thank you to everyone who came together in the spirit of giving and congratulations to Paillé Chevrolet Buick GMC, who now owns a piece of Canadian history,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director. “GM Canada and our community have supported Durham Children’s Aid for over fifty years, and I am so proud that we are honouring Sharon’s legacy to make the holidays a little brighter for children that need it most in the Durham Region.” 

The $160,000 donated to DCAF is made up of monetary donations from the GM Canada dealer contest, a $10,000 donation from Oshawa Assembly through the Plant City Grant Program and more than $36,000 in gifts from GM Canada employees. These presents will be distributed to hundreds of families through the DCAF Holiday Hope Program. John Henry, Durham Regional Chair, and Dan Carter, Mayor of Oshawa, joined the convoy of pickups delivering the presents from GM employees to DCAF.  

From Jean-Claude Paillé, president of Paillé Chevrolet Buick GMC in Berthierville:

“We were happy to donate to a cause as worthy as Sharon’s Kids for the chance to bring VIN 001 to Paillé. We look forward to displaying that beautiful truck at our store, and we’re looking forward to seeing many more Oshawa-built pickups built on the road.” 

From Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter:

“Many thanks to General Motors Canada, its associated dealers, the men and women of Unifor and the great City of Oshawa for their heartfelt demonstration of kindness and generosity. I am so happy to see that the legacy of Sharon Clark continues to make a meaningful impact on our community.” 

From Dennis Ullman, CEO Durham Children’s Aid Foundation:

“The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation is so thankful for the ongoing support we receive from GM Canada and their network of dealers across Canada. The response to the Dealer contest was absolutely amazing. With their support, we will help over 1,000 people living in vulnerable situations celebrate the holiday season just like their friends and neighbours. Together we are working to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.”  

GM to Expand Access to EV Charging with More than 40,000 Community-Based Charging Stations

OSHAWA, Ont. (Oct. 28) – Today, General Motors announced a new community charging program to install up to 40,000 Level 2 EV chargers across Canada and the U.S.. GM anticipates to work with its dealers to expand access to charging in local communities including in underserved, rural and urban areas where EV charging access is often limited. This initiative is expected to begin in 2022 and is part of GM’s recently announced commitment to invest nearly $750 US million to expand home, workplace and public charging infrastructure through its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem.

Through the Dealer Community Charging Program, GM plans to  work with its dealers to deploy Ultium charging stations (EVSE) at key locations in the dealer’s respective communities, including workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, sports and entertainment venues and college and universities, among others. These charging stations will be available to all EV customers, not just those who purchase a GM EV.

GM is also announcing that its new line of three Ultium-branded AC Level 2 smart charging stations will be offered to customers to provide more home or commercial charging options and help make EV charging more widespread.

“These two initiatives are part of our plan to put everyone in an EV, making access to charging even more seamless than before,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “We want to give customers the right tools and access to charging where and when they need it, while working with our dealer network to accelerate the expansion of accessible charging throughout the U.S. and Canada, including in underserved, rural and urban areas.”

Dealer Community Charging Program

Today, charging “deserts” still exist in many urban and rural areas, lacking in critical EV charging infrastructure necessary for the more widespread adoption of EVs. As part of its Dealer Community Charging Program, GM Canada will help address that by offering each of its EV dealers a quantity of Ultium AC Level 2 destination charging stations and working with them to deploy the chargers at key locations throughout their local communities.

GM and its dealers, together with local community partners and stakeholders, will help facilitate the installation of up to 40,000 AC Level 2 chargers at popular destinations and workplaces in the areas that dealers serve.

Through Ultium Charge 360, GM works with policymakers, community leaders and industry groups to deploy charging stations or infrastructure faster and improve access for those that might not be able to install charging equipment at their homes, including apartment dwellers.

GM’s integration with major EV charging networks simplifies the charging experience by allowing drivers to find stations along a route and initiate and pay for charging while on the go, all through their GM vehicle mobile apps. In addition, customers can access nearly 85,000 charging spots throughout Canada and the U.S.

Ultium Chargers

The Ultium brand name on GM’s all-new EV platform, propulsion components and charging ecosystem will soon expand to a brand of Ultium Chargers for residential and commercial use developed with leading vehicle charging specialist CTEK.

GM’s family of Ultium Chargers will include:

  • An 11.5 kW/48-amp smart charger
  • An 11.5 kW/48-amp premium smart charger
  • A 19.2 kW/80-amp premium smart charger

All three Ultium chargers are Energy Star Certified, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Each charger features dynamic load balancing and can be upgraded over time through over-the-air updates with automatic download capabilities. The two premium models include a customizable touchscreen and an embedded camera.

Customers can set their charging schedule, view statistics on their charging habits and historical charging sessions and receive readouts of charger status through the GM brand mobile apps. 

GM Announces New Fleet Charging Service Designed to Accelerate the Adoption of Fleet Electrification

General Motors and BrightDrop, a new business created and wholly owned by GM that is reimagining commercial delivery and logistics for an all-electric future, announced the Ultium Charge 360 fleet charging service, a comprehensive approach designed to help make the switch to electric seamless for fleet customers by connecting them with services, features and resources.

The Ultium Charge 360 fleet service will be one of the industry’s most holistic solutions offering, where available:

  • Fleet and facility management tools
  • Integration with both GM’s fleet management solution, OnStar Vehicle Insights, and the BrightDrop fleet and asset management platform  
  • Support for a wide range of fleet segments, including delivery, sales, utilities and motor pool

The comprehensive solution will help new and existing fleet customers identify providers, tools and solutions required to plan, finance, deploy and operate charging infrastructure in fleet yards and depots.

In addition, Ultium Charge 360’s holistic approach to charging will help to enable support for home charging and provide drivers access to public places to charge while en route. As part of the solution, GM is working with preferred providers, including three depot infrastructure providers – eTransEnergy, a Duke Energy company; In-Charge Energy; and Schneider Electric.

“GM’s commercial customers will soon have more confidence and convenience when it comes to electrifying their fleet. By expanding Ultium Charge 360 to our fleet customers, GM aims to be an industry leader by advancing fleet EV adoption at scale and accelerating our goal of reaching 1 million EV sales globally by 2025,” said Slav Berezin, manager, EV charging and infrastructure, GM Canada. “Fleet electrification is an important element of our growth strategy, and we expect to be able to offer our customers charging, software and product solutions that fit their business needs.”

Through Ultium Charge 360, GM Fleet, OnStar Business Solutions (where available) and BrightDrop, customers will be able to customize plans and select from preferred providers for their fleet electrification needs in the United States and Canada. eTransEnergy, In-Charge Energy and Schneider Electric will offer access to on-the-go and depot charging.

“Through Ultium Charge 360, BrightDrop fleet operators will be able to access tools and resources that will help accelerate their transition to sustainable all-electric delivery fleets,” said Travis Katz, president and CEO, BrightDrop. “This is a turning point for our industry. Our commercial delivery customers are seeking innovative approaches to lower their operating costs as they electrify their fleets. Ultium Charge 360 is the latest innovation to enable BrightDrop, together with our customers, to help decarbonize the last mile.”

The new Ultium Charge 360 fleet solution combines GM fleet and charging expertise with the services of preferred providers to help accelerate the adoption of fleet electrification.

Ultium Charge 360 builds on the technology that is helping to power GM’s EV future – the Ultium Platform. The expansion of Ultium Charge 360 for fleets is an example of GM driving acceleration and adoption of fleet electrification, unlocking new growth opportunities for the company. Fleet customers can begin working with preferred providers today.

New 2022 GMC Sierra Goes Hands-Free with Super Cruise

The new 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 arrives this fall, featuring significant updates to design, capability and technology – including the latest version of Super Cruise1 available on the Sierra Denali.

On the GMC Sierra, Super Cruise introduces the capability to trailer while driving hands-free on divided and compatible highways, along with the new automatic lane change feature.

Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance system, utilizes a driver attention system and precision LiDAR generated map data in addition to real-time cameras, sensors and GPS. The driver attention system uses a small camera located on the top of the steering column and works with infrared lights to determine where the driver is looking whenever Super Cruise is in operation. If the driver attention system detects the driver has turned their gaze away from the road ahead for too long, the steering wheel light bar will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road.

GM to stop making Equinox at Canadian plant in April, will switch to electric vehicles

General Motors Canada says it will end production of the Chevrolet Equinox at its CAMI assembly plant sooner than previously expected under a plan announced in January.

The company says production of the Equinox crossover vehicles will end in April so GM can convert the plant to make BrightDrop electric commercial vans by the end of next year.

It will take about four months to retool the CAMI plant and production of the EV600s is expected to begin in November 2022.

The retooled CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., is expected to add a second shift in 2023. The Equinox will be made in other North American plants.

Originally, GM Canada expected to withdraw production of the Equinox over a two-year transition period as part of its plan to increase the number of electric vehicles it makes.

Under an agreement ratified by Unifor members in January, GM Canada has agreed to invest $1 billion in the CAMI plant to convert it to make BrightDrop EV600s.

Oshawa Delivering One of the Fastest Plant Launches in GM History

GM announced today, that working with our government and Unifor partners, we are accelerating the start of production of full-size trucks at Oshawa Assembly to the fourth quarter of this year ahead of the previous target of January 2022. Oshawa Assembly is on track to deliver one of the fastest plant launches in GM history. This C$1.3B investment is helping to create nearly 1,700 new jobs and indirect supplier jobs just as Canada recovers from COVID-19.

To Put ‘Everybody In’ an Electric Vehicle, GM Introduces Ultium Charge 360

  • Ultium Charge 360 will integrate charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps, and other products and services to simplify customer charging experience
  • GM collaborates with major charging networks to offer customers more seamless access to nearly 60,000 plugs across the U.S. and Canada

OSHAWA, Ont. (April 28, 2021) – Today General Motors introduced Ultium Charge 360, a holistic charging approach that integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps1, and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM electric vehicle owners. Ultium Charge 360 builds on GM’s existing charging efforts to provide GM EV owners more confidence and convenience when it comes to EV charging.

“GM agrees with the customer need for a robust charging experience that makes the transition to an EV seamless and helps drive mass adoption,” said Travis Hester, GM’s chief EV officer. “As we launch 30 EVs globally by the end of 2025, Ultium Charge 360 simplifies and improves the at-home charging experience and the public charging experience – whether it’s community-based or road-trip charging.”

To offer a holistic charging experience, GM will continue to work with a variety of third parties, including charge point operators, electric utilities and government agencies to make home, workplace, public and fleet chargingubiquitous for customers. GM will also continue to update the GM vehicle mobile apps to provide an even more intuitive mobile experience that makes navigating to a charging station, plugging into a charger and paying for charging simple.

In addition to introducing Ultium Charge 360, GM also announces continued progress on its EV infrastructure strategy:

  • GM now has signed agreements with several major charging providers: Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, FLO, Greenlots and SemaConnect. Through their GM vehicle mobile apps, EV customers will soon be able to easily see real-time information from nearly 60,000 charging plugs throughout the U.S. and Canada, find stations along a route and initiate and pay for charging.
  • Combined, these companies provide real-time data for 4,800 plugs in Canada, nearly half of the 9,900 plugs currently included in the MyChevrolet, MyCadillac, and MyGMC apps.

GM will continue to provide updates about Ultium Charge 360, including new elements and collaborations.

Ultium Charge 360 builds on the technology that is powering GM’s EV future – the Ultium Platform. This platform could enable a GM-estimated range of up to 450 miles on a full charge2.  The Ultium Platform will power the Cadillac LYRIQ, GMC HUMMER EVs, BrightDrop EV600, the Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck and more.

In the last two years, GM has made several announcements demonstrating its rapid advancement toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future, and the commitment to making EV ownership easier, including:

  • GM revealed its proprietary Ultium Platform that will allow the company to compete for nearly every customer in the market today.
  • GM committed more than $27 billion to EV and AV product development through 2025, including $7 billion in 2021, and plans to launch 30 EVs globally by the end of 2025, with more than two-thirds available in North America. Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick will all be represented, with EVs at all price points for work, adventure, performance and family use.
  • In March 2020, GM announced it is adding 3,500 new EV charging plugs throughout its U.S. and Canadian facilities for employees.
  • In February 2020, GM made enhancements to Energy Assist, making it easier for GM EV owners to find an available public charging station and initiate a charging session.

First Time Car Buyer Basics

Many times it is hard for a first-time car buyer to receive a loan for a car. This is because they have no previous car loans on their credit profile to prove that they can make their monthly car note payments on time. When it comes to getting your first car, your first car loan should be easy for you to make in low monthly payments. Many car dealers allow you to apply for a car loan online before you even go into the store. This will tell you how much you have been approved for and therefore you can narrow down your car search by price.

If you find the right car dealer that provides auto financing, buying a car can be an easy process. A knowledgeable salesperson can help guide you to the perfect car that you can afford and that you know you are approved for.

First-time auto loans are made specifically for buyers that have never purchased a used car on their own before. This means that they have decent interest rates and low monthly payments that you can afford in accordance with your income. When you fill out an application for one of these loans, you will be asked a number of questions about your income, and you will be asked to show recent paystubs. You will also have your credit profile pulled so the bank or dealership can look at your credit score.

Usually, the better your credit score is the better the interest rate on your loan will be. If you are concerned about your credit score, many banks are willing to work with first-time car buyers. You can also get a co-signer that has good credit to sign on your loan with you. This will get you a better interest rate, and after a year of paying on time, your credit score should increase significantly.

Buying a car can be an easy process for a first-time car buyer if you come to us.

NOKIAN TYRES LAUNCHES NEW ONE ALL-SEASON TIRE

NOKIAN SEEKS TO SOLIDIFY ITS PRESENCE IN THE CANADIAN MARKET

Well-established in the global winter tire market, including in Canada (and especially in Quebec), Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres has set itself the mission of further solidifying its presence in North America in all tire segments. As we reported last fall, the Scandinavian company recently opened a new state-of-the-art plant in Dayton, Tennessee, where it has begun production of the Nokian One HT light truck and SUV tire.

This time, the same manufacturer made the announcement that it will soon launch the Nokian One all Season TIRE for cars, SUVs and light trucks. This all-season tire is specifically designed for the needs of North American motorists – though take note that is not certified for winter use in Quebec. The newest tire from the manufacturer will also be produced in Dayton, as well as in Nokian plants in Russia and Finland.

The Nokian tire is distinguished by a symmetrical non-directional tread the main features of which include a central rib with wear indicators, zigzag sipes – many of those with no inward opening, to maintain stability – ribs at the bottom of the main grooves for better grip in snow or mud and other tread patterns designed to prevent hydroplaning.

According to Steve Bourassa, the Canadian product manager for Nokian in North America, these latest revisions will ensure a significant improvement in comparison with the brand’s older tires in terms of braking and wet handling.

Nokian engineers have also developed a rubber that combines the use of silica and carbon black to help reduce rolling resistance, while the tread pattern has been designed to reduce noise. The tire construction includes a nylon belt on two steel belts while the sidewalls are reinforced with aramid cords in case of pothole impacts.

Of course, Nokian adds certain other protections that allow it to provide a replacement warranty if the tire is so damaged that it cannot be repaired. And that includes a replacement warranty for pothole damage!

Nokian is giving the new product a wear warranty of up to 130,000 km. The Nokian One tire will initially be available in 71 sizes, covering 91 percent of the all-season tire segment.

Source: Auto123