GM’s 2015MY Full Size SUVs General Motors has launched its new-for-2015MY full size SUVs. While you might wonder why they care about launching these behemoths when the segment has fallen at the hands of expensive gasoline, these are mighty profit generators for the General even at relatively low volumes. Last year, GM launched the pickups upon which these SUVs are based – the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. When they were launched these pickups were criticized because their styling was so evolutionary from their GMT900 predecessors. But, it turns out that GM planners and engineers really know their stuff and the pickups have won kudos for their capability. The Silverado was named the North American Truck of the Year.
“The win of the Nissan Armada of AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award shows that Nissan learned what Large SUV buyers want and delivered on their product requirements. Armada owners gave their SUV best-in-class wins in six of fifteen rating categories,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where buyers value ease of use, generous space, good ride and handling combined with power and acceleration, the Armada excels.” Top-scoring Armada attributes include:
* Power and acceleration
* Exterior styling
* Ride and handling
* Ease of entry/egress
Trucks Get New Interiors and Features
For the 2004 model year, Nissan introduced its first full-size truck and SUV, following up for 2005 with the mid-size Pathfinder and Frontier. For 2008MY, introduced around the 2007 Chicago auto show, Nissan freshened Armada, Titan, and Pathfinder where each needed it most. All three sport better-looking and higher-quality interiors with more convenience features for the SUVs and subtle exterior updates, as Nissan took the opportunity of a normal mid-cycle update to address some areas of criticism.
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If you’re looking for a great car or truck to buy this fall, one that’s not only stylish and powerful, but reliable and a great value, we’ve got a foolproof way for you to choose your next vehicle. Just look at which models won the inaugural AutoPacific – IntelliChoice Motorists’ Choice Awards. Unlike other trophies handed out in the automotive industry, this award measures owner satisfaction and the value of the vehicle. AutoPacific surveys owners to determine how satisfied they are with their vehicles. IntelliChoice analyzes the cost of ownership. The result is a strong benchmark combining the emotional relationship a person has with their car and the value they receive. What you get are some pretty extraordinary vehicles that are worth the purchase price, even years after the purchase.
The Orange County Auto Show set the stage for the 2006 Motorists’ Choice Awards presentations. We’ve got a few highlights right here in this week’s podcast.
Show Runtime – 4:30
00:41 2006 Nissan Armada , best Utility
01:21 2006 Nissan Murano , best Midsize Crossover
02:49 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon , best Midsize/Large Wagon
03:37 2006 Infiniti QX56 , best Luxury Utility and Top Ranked Vehicle Overall