GM was the first to make it widespread to offer the Wi-Fi connectivity in your vehicle through the advanced OnStar system and now they plan to take this even farther. Sometime in the early part of next year GM will add the Watson artificial intelligence platform to OnStar and create what will be called OnStar Go. This addition is meant to learn your habits and your lifestyle in order to help offer suggestions to you and even possibly remind you of things you need to do or pickup on your way home from or to work each day.
When most people think of a pickup truck, especially one with 3500 in the name they picture a big hulking machine capable of hauling anything at all or pulling a Sequoyah from its roots. What they don’t often picture is a truck loaded with classy comfort and style features that would simply rival luxury cars. For 2015, GMC put a much larger emphasis across its truck line on providing its hard working, blood and sweat dripping fan and owner base with a lot of comfort and driving pleasure once the long and hard workday was done.
The Sierra HD fits the bill nicely as a serious do-it-all kind of truck that has a ton of interior comfort to enjoy. Add to this the varying configurations an owner can choose from and there is certainly a Sierra in the lineup that will help to get the whole crew to the jobsite, or pull the big boat to the shore for a day of fun in the sun. New for 2015 are fully redesigned interiors and exteriors of the truck to keep with the smaller lineup as well as the addition of the CornerStep bumper and LED tail lights.
Driving the big Sierra 3500 HD offers a massive amount of power, but to go along with this power is the an excellent drive feeling. With a well-designed suspension this big truck leaves the road defects on the road and doesn’t send them crashing into the occupants of the cabin. The steering is very predictable and allows the truck to handle just about anything that can be thrown its way. The cabin is extremely quiet as well allowing on the desired noises to be heard inside the behemoth.
As the current leader in full size sport utility vehicles Ford has unveiled at the Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show a new look and feel on an old friend. The 2015 Ford Expedition is a beautiful vehicle with a ton of cargo and person space as always, but now features the advanced technology car buyers are looking for these days.
Now offering a platinum series of the Expedition, this beast of a sport utility truck offers blind spot information system, cross traffic alert and SYNC with MyFordTouch on the touch screen information system. To go along with this the Expedition brings the same fuel efficiency and power in the engine that is now found in many of the F-Series model full size trucks. This 3.5 liter Ecoboost driven engine gives the Expedition everything an owner desires in power and fuel economy from a full size truck, but in a sport utility vehicle.
Last month GM announced the recall of 1.5 million small vehicles spanning seven models and three names that were equipped with faulty ignition switches. So far this recall has cost GM an estimated $300 million, brings into question the validity of their 2009 bankruptcy, and has been responsible for twelve deaths. These vehicles were manufactured between 2003 and 2007, but that is not where the GM nightmare ends.
In addition to the ignition switch recall, GM has just recently announced three more recalls to vehicles which affects an additional 1.18 million vehicles. These recalls are for vehicles far newer than the ignition switch recall and shows GM is really trying to address defects proactively rather than wait until the ignition switch mess has been cleared up.