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Trooper’s left-lane law message goes viral

If you’re not passing someone, get out of the left lane. Simple. Courteous. In many states, it’s the law, too. Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles pulled someone over for violating the law, and took to Twitter on Saturday to talk about it as a reminder to other drivers.

The tweet resonated with many, and soon went viral. Since then, folks have been calling for Sgt. Wheeles (cool name, by the way) to get a raise and be awarded a Nobel Prize. Since Saturday, Sgt. Wheeles has had appearances on an Indiana sports radio station and a Fox News affiliate, and was the subject of an NPR Morning Edition segment. Indycar driver Graham Rahal called him his “hero.” Even former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman retweeted him.

The fame hasn’t gone to his head, though. Sgt. Wheeles has responded to the hype on Twitter humbly: “Wow … I am overwhelmed. You all are amazing! Just trying to do my part to make the roadways safer for the traveling public.”

Seeing the overwhelming response to a common-sense driving courtesy has us hoping for a better future in the passing lane. Now, if only we could get a message about the zipper merge to go viral …

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GMC Introduces 2019 Yukon Graphite Editions

GMC Introduces 2019 Yukon Graphite Editions

2018-06-11

DETROIT — GMC is expanding its premium Yukon line with the addition of two 2019 Graphite Editions. The all-new Yukon Graphite Edition offers a darkened exterior appearance, while the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition adds vehicle performance upgrades. The Graphite Editions are exclusively available on SLT trim vehicles and can be ordered on either Yukon or Yukon XL in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.  

“The Yukon continues to lead the full-size SUV segment with premium features and an instantly recognizable and well-respected identity,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs. “The all-new Graphite Edition builds on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon and affords customers the opportunity to project a unique, yet distinctly GMC style.”

The Yukon Graphite Edition includes 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, black assist steps with gloss black accents, premium black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, black roof rails, gloss black beltline moldings and additional black trim.

The Graphite Performance Edition requires the Graphite Edition and further adds:

  • 6.2L V-8 engine.
  • 10-speed automatic transmission.
  • Magnetic Ride Control.
  • 22-inch six-spoke Gloss black wheels.
  • Active two-speed transfer case (4WD models only).
  • Trailer brake controller.
  • 170-amp alternator.
  • 3.23 axle ratio.
  • High capacity air cleaner.
  • Bose Active Noise Cancellation.
  • Multi-color Head-up Display.
  • 8-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center.
  • 8-inch Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System.

The 6.2L V-8 included with the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition features direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing for increased efficiency while providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission that further improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds. These powertrain enhancements are complemented by Magnetic Ride Control, which uses sensors to “read” the road and can alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. The combined power and torque, greater efficiency and composed ride provide a smooth and confident driving experience.

The 2019 Yukon and Yukon XL Graphite Editions will be available this summer in the United States. Package pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Graphite Editions are offered in three exterior colors: Onyx Black, White Frost Tricoat and Dark Sky Metallic.

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @gmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

2018 GMC Sierra Denali can help you tow without breaking a sweat

Towing a trailer once meant that only those who possessed certain knowledge would be able to go fishing, tow a race car or pull a camper safely. For me, it took four long years of practice working a job behind the wheel of a jacked-up Ford F-250, hauling tons upon tons of mowing equipment for my local parks department, to become proficient. Just how far things have come since then became evident after a recent trip to Utah with GMC, in which we used the half-ton Sierra Denali to tow a set of Polaris side-by-sides through the state. Modern safety technology and a suite of electronic aids make towing simple enough that anyone with a driver’s license and something to haul can do it.

This revelation came behind the leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel of GMC’s outgoing 2018 Sierra Denali. Sitting in the plush, heated and cooled captain’s chair, I could barely feel the 6,000 pounds I was towing behind me. Even GMC’s smallest full-size truck engine, a 5.3-liter V8 generating 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, felt like overkill for what used to amount to a heavy load.

With Utah’s pristine landscape, the plush confines of the cabin and the uneventful nature of modern towing, mile after mile just streamed by at highway speeds without incident (or excitement). When we finally reached our destination a few hours later, one of GMC’s representatives who had chosen to sit in the rear of the cab asked me what I thought about the drive. I pondered for a few minutes and answered with this: “Modern pickup trucks have removed nearly every skill-based variable once associated with towing. I could drive this truck and trailer confidently with just one finger.”

The GMC Tow Like a Pro media drive Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in St. George, Utah. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for GMC)

Consider the near overabundance of towing-assistance systems in the GMC Sierra Denali that I piloted through Utah. Let’s start with the most basic of towing skills — something that’s now been relegated to the annals of history: reversing a pickup to meet the trailer’s hitch. Once upon a time, this required knowing a truck’s dimensions and understanding proximity, as well as having a keen eye, a steady foot for both the gas and the brake and the patience to get it right. Now, though, pickups such as the Sierra Denali offer customers a trailer reverse camera system that helps the driver align truck to hitch with pinpoint accuracy. Adding further benefit, the same technology can then be used once the trailer is attached to help assist the driver in reversing the trailer, something that once took hours of practice, patience and a healthy dose of failure to even become close to proficient. Outside the GMC universe, there are other trailer and towing systems that further help drivers, systems such as Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Towing Assist, as well as Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup, which both semiautonomously reverse the trailer for you.

No better example can be made than when, after a year or so working at the parks department — and a couple hundred hours’ towing the shop’s 27-foot trailer — my parents and grandmother purchased a 17-foot fishing boat. On the day we towed it home, my father took the driver’s seat. When we reached my grandmother’s house, he decided that he’d park the boat in the house’s single-car garage. My dad, ever the optimist, said “step back” to my mother, grandmother and me as he started backing the trailer toward the garage opening. For about a half-hour, the three of us boiled over with laughter as we watched my father attempt to back the boat in time after time after time. To his credit, he got close a few times before giving up. But then I stepped in and backed the boat into the garage on the first go while my dad muttered some expletive toward me in a half-joking way.

The GMC Tow Like a Pro media drive Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in St. George, Utah. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for GMC)

It wasn’t his fault, though. He didn’t have the same training I had received. It took failure after failure for me to finally get it right. If my dad had the keys to a modern Sierra Denali like the one I piloted through the purple and rose mountains, my anecdote likely would’ve ended differently.

Things are just as easy after you’ve hooked up the trailer. Those years during which I was towing the park service trailer, I spent so much time checking my mirrors, looking over my shoulders, peering around to check the blind spots, spotting cars entering the “no-see-zone,” considering how wind would cause the trailer to sway and wondering whether it was safe to change lanes. In a modern truck, nearly everything is handled by the truck’s onboard technology: Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Trailer Sway Control make up the bulk of those once-required driver skills, the coolest of which is Trailer Sway Control.

The GMC Tow Like a Pro media drive Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in St. George, Utah. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for GMC)

One fear many have about towing is, what happens when the trailer begins to sway back and forth either due to a gust of wind, the pressure differential caused by a semi or a mistake committed by the driver. It’s an honest fear, but Trailer Sway Control mostly assuages it. In the Sierra, the system works with the truck’s StabiliTrak traction control system. When the system detects a certain amount of sway, or yaw, the Sierra applies the brakes and reduces the engine’s torque and power to reduce the vehicle’s speed, allowing the driver to get a handle on the situation. Furthermore, in the Sierra, the driver can aid the process of fighting a swaying trailer by using the dash-mounted trailer brake system, a system designed to only brake the trailer when activated.

It seems then, with the advent of driver-assistance technologies, that the skills of the past have become almost redundant. There’s still the matter of having confidence in your abilities to trailer safely, but you’re no longer required to obtain those skills through years of practice. That confidence, and indeed much of the skill once needed to trailer, can now be bought at your local dealership. Towing is much different from the way things were when I learned. There are still a handful of things you’ll need to learn — tongue weight, ensuring the trailer is properly connected to the ball hitch, trailer balancing and what it feels like laden and unladen. But as for the GMC Sierra, towing is as simple as driving your unladen car to the grocery store, as time-consuming as filling it up with gas, and as safe as walking your dog around the block.

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GMC Reaches New Heights with Next Gen 2019 Sierra Elevation

GMC Reaches New Heights with Next Gen 2019 Sierra Elevation

Double-cab model boasts a bold and confident attitude with elevated capability

2018-06-06

DETROIT — The launch of the next generation Sierra lineup continues with the introduction of the new 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation. Adding to other recently revealed bold, powerful models of the Sierra, the Elevation makes a statement in design, capability and advanced connectivity.

The Sierra Elevation, along with Denali, AT4 and SLT, is designed to meet the needs and preferences of discerning GMC customers. The next generation Sierras are built upon a prominent foundation of strong bodywork that incorporates chiseled fenders and a tall, powerful hood capped with a bigger and bolder grille than any Sierra prior. Elevation sets itself apart with distinct monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround. The commanding design is amplified by black exterior accents, including the grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim and standard 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Like other modern GMC designs, advanced lighting technology plays a key role in shaping the 2019 Sierra Elevation. New high-intensity LED headlamps that incorporate C-shaped “light blade” signature lighting elements, LED fog lamps and C-shaped LED elements within the taillights are all standard.

“The 2019 Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach,” said Rich Latek, GMC marketing director. “With inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”

The Sierra Elevation is based off the double cab model and is offered with two- or four-wheel-drive configurations. The next generation double cab has nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the current model and best-in-class double cab front head- and legroom (max.).

Elevated Capability
The Sierra Elevation leverages innovative technology and smart engineering to enhance capability and elevate driver confidence. With the Traction Select System and the twist of a dial, the driver can choose from preset modes designed for distinct purposes or conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and other systems to optimize performance for the situation at hand. Tour mode, for instance, is ideal for everyday driving, while Terrain mode configures the Sierra for venturing off the beaten path.

For those who frequently venture off-road, Sierra Elevation is available with the X31 Off Road package, which includes unique suspension tuning with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, protective underbody skidplates, heavy-duty air filter, dual exhaust system and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing topped off with all-terrain tires.

If trailering a camper or other gear is part of your adventure, the 2019 Sierra Elevation was designed from square one with trailering in mind. The available ProGrade Trailering System incorporates a number of innovative features, including an advanced available Trailering App, designed to help take the guesswork out of connecting and towing a trailer.

Purposeful Functionality

The Sierra Elevation was engineered to get you and your gear — be it kayaks, camping, mountain bikes, motorcycles or beyond — where you need to go, building on the foundation of the best-in-class cargo volume standard with every all-new Sierra: 89.1 cubic feet on standard box models. Thanks to more tie-downs, enhanced cargo lighting and larger rear corner steps, the task of loading and securing gear is easier than ever. A 120V outlet in the rear supplies power to equipment needed for a day at the campsite or on the trails.

Available accessory GearOn rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily. The rails’ integrated position makes cargo more accessible and frees up space in the rest of the box.

Next Generation Performance

The Sierra Elevation is available with a number of new engine and transmission configurations that deliver the perfect blend of power and capability.

Standard on the 2019 Sierra Elevation is an all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.

The next generation 5.3-liter V-8 is also available on the Sierra Elevation, in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This improved version of the 5.3-liter V-8 utilizes a new Dynamic Fuel Management system that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

Early in 2019, the Sierra Elevation will also be offered with a new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six-cylinder engine, along with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Advanced Connectivity

An 8-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System that incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility* is standard on the Sierra Elevation, along with a six-speaker audio system. A premium GMC Infotainment System that incorporates a higher resolution touchscreen, advanced personalization features, voice recognition functionality and available in-vehicle apps is optional, as is a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system. USB Type A and Type C ports for charging mobile devices are standard.

The 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation will be available starting in the fall of 2018.

*Registered trademarks of Apple and Android.

About GMC

With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 spied in base trim level

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When the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 half-ton pickup was revealed, it was shown in the ultra-deluxe Denali trim with its carbon fiber bed and trick tailgate. And thanks to spy shots, we’ve been able to see the more modest SLE a few months ago. Now we get to see it in the most plain, worktruck iteration thanks to the above photos.

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2020 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 spied for the first time

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It’s been a big year for truck debuts. Since January, we’ve seen the new 2019 Chevy Silverado, 2019 Ram 1500, 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2019 GMC Sierra. Just last week, we drove the new 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel. The Silverado, Ram and Sierra HD variants will soon follow. We’ve even seen a teaser for the Silverado 2500. These new spy shots give us a pretty decent look at the upcoming 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali.

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GMC Starts Year Strong with Popular SUVs

GMC Starts Year Strong with Popular SUVs

2018-05-02

DETROIT — The GMC brand is increasing SUV production following the strongest first quarter sales ever for the midsize Acadia and compact Terrain SUVs. GMC finished the first quarter with global SUV sales up 9.4 percent and Terrain sales alone up 38 percent. To meet increased demand, the company recently announced the addition of a third shift at its Springhill Assembly facility in Springhill, Tennessee, home of the GMC Acadia.

“Our redesigned Terrain and Acadia have found their stride in the market and our full-size Yukon and Yukon XL continue to lead the luxury full-size segment with premium appointments and features,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “This sales momentum will continue to be built on a strong product portfolio for our global markets.”

In the United States, the Terrain is attracting one of every two buyers who are new to the GMC brand. In an industry where midsize and compact SUVs account for more than one-third of all industry sales, GMC’s premium SUV lineup is well-positioned for future growth.

The GMC SUV family is complemented by the industry’s only premium lineup competing in all three truck segments: midsize, full-size and heavy-duty. The Canyon, Sierra and Sierra HD Denalis all experienced sales growth in 2017, helping the brand achieve one of the highest average transaction prices in the industry.

The recently unveiled next-generation Sierra Denali and the off-road-capable Sierra AT4 will launch later this year, further strengthening the brand’s premium truck lineup. These new trucks are distinguished by bold design, segment-first technology and industry-leading truck box capability and functionality. The Sierra AT4 launches the all-new AT4 brand, which will be seen on every vehicle in the GMC lineup in the next two years.

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @gmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

GMC Honors Military Heroes

GMC Honors Military Heroes

2018-04-27

DETROIT On April 28, General Motors and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will host the 6th annual Honoring our Heroes Gala to benefit the foundation’s Smart Home Program and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan.

For the past several years, GMC has taken the lead for GM on the Smart Home Program in partnership with the Siller Foundation. “GMC’s Professional Grade identity is a perfect fit for these organizations because it is the same philosophy these veterans live by day in and day out,” said GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek. “This mindset drives us to strengthen our efforts and help provide our veterans the state-of-the-art Smart Homes they need to achieve independent lives.”

General Motors has a strong history of supporting the military, and focuses on assisting veterans in three ways: with jobs, vehicles and homes.

Jobs: The unemployment rate for vets is 3.7 percent nationally, and, thanks to companies like GM, it is under 3.5 percent in Michigan. GM currently employs 5,000 vets and will hire another 500 this year.

Vehicles: GM has enhanced its military discount program to include First Responders.

Homes: GM supports two organizations, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan, to help place vets in Smart Homes so they can live the lives they deserve.

Through its Smart Home Program, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds custom-designed, mortgage-free homes that meet the needs of our nation’s most catastrophically injured service members. The foundation has committed to build a minimum of 200 smart homes for these veterans. The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan, an all-volunteer group of private citizens, provides essential financial assistance to Michigan’s post-September 11 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

Over the years, GM has raised more than $8 million toward supporting America’s veterans. General Motors employees, dealers, customers and enthusiasts give generously to these two organizations. Please join GMC, Customer Care and Aftersales and dealers in supporting our American heroes by participating in the online auction through April 28, and donating to the cause here.

General Motors will also host a live concert by Grammy-nominated country duo Big & Rich, accompanied by special guest Chris Janson, at 9:15 p.m. April 28 at Sound Board — Motor City Casino in Detroit. Tickets are $75 each and proceeds from the concert benefit the foundation’s Smart Home Program and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan. Please purchase tickets here.

When the call came, they stood up for us. Now, it’s our turn to stand up for them.

GMC

At GMC, professional grade means attention to detail. GMC’s family of premium SUVs and trucks employ a signature combination of bold design, precise craftsmanship and inherent capability to fit the active lifestyles of our customers. As the pinnacle of refinement and performance, Denali continues to be the ultimate expression of professional grade. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. The Smart Home Program provides mortgage-free, technology-enabled smart homes for catastrophically injured service members. The Fallen First Responders Home Program offers financial assistance to the families of firefighters, police officers and other first responders lost in the line of duty. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit us at www.tunnel2towers.org, on Twitter @Tunnel2Towers and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TunnelToTowersFoundation/.

Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund

About FWSF — Established in 2006, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) is a Livonia, Michigan-based nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping Michigan veterans (and their families) who return from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and find themselves in need of financial support and assistance related to a variety of areas, from medical expenses to housing costs. FWSF volunteers are a diverse collection of concerned people from Michigan’s business and private sectors. For more information, please visit www.fwsf.org.

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