Producing battery electric cars is an expensive business. In fact, most automakers who put one into production lose money on that model for years. This is mostly due to the high cost of the lithium-ion batteries that power the cars.
GM currently sells an electric car in the form of the Chevrolet Bolt. This small car has a lot going for it with a range of over 200 miles and a relatively affordable price tag. However, GM is currently losing money on this car. However, according to GM CEO, Mary Barra, the company plans to make a profit with electric cars by 2021.
According to insiders familiar with GM’s strategy, the key is to cut costs associated with battery production, specifically the amount of cobalt used in the batteries. Cobalt is the most expensive component in a lithium-ion battery and the price continues to rise. GM’s future battery design uses more nickel, which is both less expensive and produces more energy.
At the same time, GM engineers are working on ways to get more out of their batteries through more efficient packaging and improved energy flow.
Here at Dan Young GM, we are interested to see where this goal will take GM in the electric car industry.
Recently, Bloomberg reported some early details regarding the Cadillac XT4 production. The XT4 will be a new, smaller SUV in the lineup. According to the report, Cadillac has already begun building a preliminary version of the model at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City.
This new model will give luxury shoppers a new option, while at the same time making better use of the Fairfax plant. The Cadillac lineup currently only has two SUV options, the XT5 and Escalade. Last year, XT5 sales surged 73 percent.
“It’s a new architecture for us, and it is up to the task,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Cadillac. “It’s the right size, dynamics and sophistication to attain what I believe is worthy of a Cadillac in this segment.”
The Fairfax plant currently producing the Chevrolet Malibu and the new Cadillac XT4 will share a platform with the Malibu to help defray some of the costs.
We have also learned that the all-new XT4 will likely make its debut in March at the New York Auto Show. In addition, sales of the new SUV are expected to start before the end of this year.
Here at Dan Young GM, we can’t wait to get the new XT4 on our showroom floor. What features do you hope to see?
Drivers leaving the dealership behind the wheel of a brand new car have different ways of celebrating, but few can top a sweet drift in a brand new Chevrolet Corvette Z06. That’s exactly what one driver did to celebrate his new purchase and, for once, it didn’t end in disaster. Even better, there’s a video that provides a clear view of the drift.
There’s no doubt that the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 brings plenty of performance to the road, but not every driver can control it. Fortunately, the man behind the wheel of the model in the video could, and he proved it.
The video opens with the black Corvette Z06 waiting patiently at the end of a dealership drive. Once traffic is clear, the driver unleashes the beast beneath the hood, performs a short drift, then straightens out, and puts the engine through its paces down the road.
For all purposes, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a supercar that can run nose-to-nose with Italian brands like Ferrari. The sports car boasts a 650-horsepower engine optimized for the track, as evidenced by the model’s 7:13:90 lap around the Nurburgring.
We here at Dan Young GM are happy to see a new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 owner putting the supercar through its paces right out of the gate!
The full-size truck segment is one of the most competitive in the industry, meaning even slight changes can be a game changer. Literally sticking to the saying “Go big or go home,” General Motors (GM) is out to take the full-size pickup segment by storm. According to multiple sources, the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will see some serious weight loss in the near future.
GM already utilizes weight-saving materials, including high-strength steel and aluminum, but engineers recognized the potential for an even lighter truck. To further reduce the weight of the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, General Motors will offer a carbon fiber bed.
While carbon fiber isn’t dirt cheap, the difference in weight could increase fuel economy, effectively saving drivers in the long run. In addition to better fuel economy, the trucks will likely benefit from increased performance and handling as well.
Alternatively, GM could forego increased fuel economy and increase the sheer capability of both trucks instead. Considering the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado already offers a towing capacity of up to 12,500 pounds, increased capability could give it an edge over top competitors.
The new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are scheduled to debut at the 2018 Detroit International Auto Show next year.
We here at Dan Young GM can’t wait to see the new-and-improved pickups!
Taking care of your car is an absolute necessity, but with this fast-changing industry, what methods will get the best results? After all, every driver wants to ensure their car lasts as long as possible! Here are a few tips from to help keep your car young in 2018.
Change the Oil
If there’s one car maintenance tip that’s remained a constant throughout the years, it’s to change the oil on a consistent basis. While the 3,000-mile rule is long outdated, drivers should still adhere to the oil change intervals provided in the owner’s manual. If you don’t have access to an owner’s manual, calling the dealership is your next best option.
While modern parts are made to last much longer than parts of the past, they still need to be lubricated to operate at peak performance. Having a professional technician ensure your vehicle’s parts are properly lubricated will keep you on the road with fewer issues for years to come.
A proper wax job can help protect a car’s paint and keep it looking as good as new for years. Quality car wax will provide protection from the sun and other elements when applied every six months or so.
For all of your vehicle maintenance questions and needs visit us at Dan Young GM.
The holiday season is just getting started, but it’s never too soon to start planning for the Christmas season. Check out these great Christmas activities in Tipton, Indiana for a holiday season you won’t soon forget.
Blackhawk Winery Christmas Open House
There are few better ways to enjoy the holiday season than drinking wine and shopping. The Blackhawk Winery Christmas Open House allows shoppers to do just both! Attendees will have the option to grab some gifts from local vendors, like M&S Creations and LulaRoe. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.
A welcoming environment in a controlled setting make for the perfect way to allow children with special needs to experience Christmas to the fullest. Sensitive Santa features numerous adjustments that create a calming space for children. The event is held with Autism Speaks and features muted lights, music, and activity tables. Bring the kids to see Santa on Dec. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Pet Photo Night
Snapping a few pictures of your pets in holiday garb is one way to make a memory, but getting a few with Santa takes the holidays to the next level. Bring your pet to Hamilton Town Center on Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. for Pet Photo Night!
Every buyer has specific qualifications that they’re looking for in a vehicle. But when automakers are building an Army vehicle, the details are even more important. An Army-ready vehicle needs to be extremely capable, reliable, and preferably quiet. According to Fox News Writer Allison Barrie, General Motors (GM) recently paired with the US Army to explore the best possible way to establish all of these needs and more.
The result? The new Chevy Colorado ZH2. This innovative truck recently made an appearance at the Association of the United States Army, where it attracted plenty of attention for its intelligent design points. Built on the foundation of the reliable mid-size Chevrolet Colorado pickup, the Chevy Colorado ZH2 features a modified suspension that makes it capable of handling all kinds of terrains. The truck is also powered by hydrogen fuel-cells, making it extremely quiet. Having the ability to go unnoticed during operations is an important feature as well.
The US Army and GM are still testing the Chevy Colorado ZH2 to see whether it’s set for combat. If it makes the cut, it will be the first combat vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel-cells. We’re looking forward to seeing the outcome of the Chevy Colorado ZH2 at Dan Young GM, especially knowing that the Chevrolet Colorado pickup is such an excellent truck on its own.
No matter how many delicious side dishes and pies you serve at Thanksgiving, we at Dan Young GM know there comes a time when the kids will grow restless. And let’s face it—some adults may even find themselves in need of some post-dinner entertainment. These recommended family activities for Thanksgiving from DumbLittleMan.com will help everyone enjoy themselves even after the last roll is taken.
Go For a Walk
Whether you stroll through the neighborhood or drive to the park, a post-Thanksgiving meal walk is a great way to burn off calories and renew your energy.
Get Out the Board Games
There are plenty of board games that both adults and children can play together. Show your kids what good family fun was like in the age before the internet and pull out Battleship, Sorry, or one of your favorites.
If you’re cozy around the table, there are plenty of ways to guide the conversation onto a topic that includes everyone. For instance, take turns sharing your favorite memories from the year or from childhood. Tell stories about the funniest things that ever happened to you. Most of all, remember to discuss the things you’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Did you know that dogs have been used as a tool in law enforcement since as early as the Middle Ages? Today’s K-9 units are as helpful as ever when it comes to catching the bad guys. Our K-9 unit in Tipton, Indiana, is great at catching bad guys on the job, too. But, one thing the unit is not so good at? Catching treats.
Recently, the Tipton Police Department released a fun video of their K-9 named Apachi trying hard to catch ice cubes—and missing almost every time—as an officer tossed them his way.
Fortunately, for our kids in Tipton, Indiana, Apachi can cover the bad guys while the kids catch the treats. Exact date and time for local Tipton trick-or-treating haven’t been announced just yet, but last year’s occurred on Halloween proper, and the hours are likely to run between 5 to 8 p.m.
While you’re waiting with the rest of us for more detailed information, you can take this time to talk to your kids about safe practices for trick-or-treating. For instance, be sure your kids know the importance of crossing at crosswalks, staying on sidewalks, and staying near guardians at all times. The team at Dan Young GM loves Halloween and all of the costumes involved, so if your kids are trying out their costumes before the big night, bring them to Dan Young GM to show them off!
If you’re looking for a full-size family hauler that can keep every one of your passengers safe, comfortable, and happy on the road, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe is your answer. This large SUV has always been a staple option on the SUV market. This year there are even more reasons to love it, as it sees updates to its list of features, its design, and even its price tag.
Now you’ll find standard LED daytime running lamps on the LS and LT trims of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as an updated Tire Pressure Monitoring System. What’s perhaps most exciting to the new Chevy Tahoe is the addition of two different packages. The first is the Tahoe RST (Rally Sport Truck), which adds things like 22-inch aluminum wheels and black design accents for a sportier version of this family hauler.
Another package, and one that will be especially attractive to those on a budget, is the Custom Edition available on the LS trim. This version of the 2018 Chevy Tahoe removes the back row seats, and adds a chrome accent grille as well as 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Custom label will drop more than $3,000 from the base trim’s price tag, but still features strong Tahoe capability like a towing maximum of 6,600 pounds.
Learn more about what’s new in this admirable family hauler when you stop by Dan Young GM.