Preview: 2014 Acura MDX luxury SUV

2014 Acura MDX luxury SUV

The 2014 Acura MDX luxury-performance SUV is built on an all-new platform.

The all-new 2014 MDX, the third generation of Acura’s seven-passenger luxury performance SUV, is now on sale at Acura dealerships. The new model offers the comfort, connectivity and performance starting at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $49,990, a $3,260 reduction in starting price versus the outgoing 2013 model.

The 2014 MDX offers even higher levels of luxury comfort and quietness, together with dynamic performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings, and advanced safety features, and an even more luxurious, technology-packed and versatile passenger cabin. Developed on an all-new platform that is optimized for the needs of today’s luxury SUV buyers, the 2014  MDX is powered by a new 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management technology. The new MDX, similar to its flagship sedan counterpart, the 2014 RLX, harnesses a host of Acura signature technologies including AcuraLink and Agile Handling Assist to deliver on Acura’s “Synergy between Man and Machine” product direction, and the idea of creating vehicles that truly respond to the will of the driver.

The 2014 MDX adds a bevy of new standard features – including Keyless Access System with Push Button Start, Jewel Eye LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, Extended Slide second-row seating with One-Touch Walk-In for third-row access, an eight-inch On-Demand Multi-Information Display touchscreen, Integrated Dynamic System, a  432-watt Acura sound system, and acoustic glass front side windows and windshield. The range-topping MDX Elite boasts a wide range of new technologies and features, including Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, remote engine start with an extended range of at least 100 metres, a new Ultra-Wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with HDMI connectivity, and Surround View Camera System.

2014 Acura MDX Powertrain

Power comes from an all-new direct-injected 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 rated at 290 peak horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of peak torque (both SAE net). Closely related to the powerplant in the new 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan, this 24-valve V-6 engine is Acura’s second Earth Dreams Technology engine, which features a next-generation set of advancements that greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency. For the first time, the MDX has standard Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which switches seamlessly between three- and six-cylinder modes, depending on engine load, effectively varying engine displacement to match driving conditions for improved fuel efficiency. Compared to the 3.7-litre engine it replaces, the 3.5-litre V-6 in the 2014 MDX offers an 8% increase in torque at engine speeds below 2,750 rpm for greater overall responsiveness.

Due to improved operating efficiency, horsepower output per liter is up 2% and torque output per liter is up 4.4% compared to the previous model’s engine. Together with the 2014 MDX’s substantial reduction in curb weight, overall performance is enhanced, including quicker 0-100 km/h times and eight-second quicker lap times on Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschliefe (North Loop), where both the new and outgoing model were extensively tuned and tested. The efficient new engine is paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sport Shift, and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The 2014 MDX with SH-AWD has a 21% increase in its Transport Canada combined fuel economy rating versus the previous model, reaching class-leading ratings of 11.2/7.7/9.6  L/100 km (city/highway/combined).

2014 Acura MDX Interior

Suited for kids or clients, the MDX interior is a luxurious and accommodating passenger compartment with roomy seating and a second-row seat with reclining seatbacks and a new Extended Slide feature that offers a total of 150 mm of fore-and-aft travel. Additionally, a new kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature greatly improves access to the third-row of seating, and a wider, lower step-in enhances convenience and usability. Cabin quietness and overall refinement have been dramatically improved, with hundreds of measures aimed at reducing noise, vibration and harshness, including thicker, three-layer acoustic glass for the windshield and front side windows, thicker rear door glass, new triple side-sill door seals and Active Noise Control technology.

Repackaging of the rear-seat climate control system allows for a large centre console storage space, concealed beneath the sliding, leather-trimmed centre armrest. About 50 mm deeper and wider, and almost 127 mm longer, the main compartment offers 2.5 times more volume than the previous model and is large enough to accommodate a moderately sized purse, tablet computers and more. This is a key MDX advantage in the class, where many competing models offer little centre-console storage.

2014 Acura MDX Audio and Connectivity 

Acura customers have high expectations for state-of-the-art connectivity and entertainment. Enhanced connectivity in the 2014 MDX is made possible by the AcuraLink system, which offers thousands of media channels via Aha mobile, all delivered via the owner’s internet-linked smartphone and data plan. There is also a host of new available assistive and convenience features, including collision notification, remote unlocking, stolen-vehicle tracking and surface-street traffic information, all delivered via built-in cellular technology. The new MDX will also thrill audiophiles with its available music entertainment features. Four audio systems are available, starting out with the standard eight-speaker, 432-watt (up from 253 watts) Acura Sound System, and topping out with the Elite Package, which features an Acura/ELS Studio 12-Speaker Audio System with new ceiling-mounted speakers, a 546-watt amplifier and 5.1-channel surround sound.

The available Technology package adds a DVD Rear Entertainment System with a ceiling-mounted nine-inch full VGA screen, while the MDX with Elite Package features a Rear Entertainment System with an all-new ultra-wide 16.2-inch full WVGA screen – the largest and highest resolution screen ever offered in an Acura vehicle. The system also includes a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port to allow the attachment of high definition players and compatible gaming consoles, along with standard composite video and audio inputs. A 115-volt power outlet is rated for devices up to 150 watts. Both the AcuraLink and Acura/ELS Studio systems take advantage of a 2014 MDX’s new seven-inch colour On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen with haptic feedback. The addition of the ODMD, along with other interior changes, allowed engineers to reduce the number of hard buttons in the centre stack from 41 in the previous generation MDX to just nine in the all-new 2014 model.

The MDX with Navigation Package and above grades feature the latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition (available in Canada, United States, and Mexico). The MDX navigation system features an eight-inch high-resolution WVGA backlit colour display and now also includes surface street traffic data, allowing the driver to choose faster, less-congested routes. The system offers a new level of convenience with AcuraLink, allowing users to send destination information to the MDX via the AcuraLink Connect phone app

2014 Aucura MDX Safety and Driver Assists

Utilizing Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, along with seven airbags, including a new driver’s knee airbag, the MDX is anticipated to earn the highest possible safety ratings – a 5-Star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score from the US federal government and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the IIHS’ new rigorous small overlap frontal collision test. Available safety systems include available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and an available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).

The new MDX offers an impressive array of advanced driver-assistive, and information and media technologies. These include the standard next-generation AcuraLink connected car system with collision notification (complimentary for four years ), a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s side mirror, along with available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

2014 Acura MDX Model Range

There are four MDX grades, each standard with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

  • The MDX has standard leather trimmed first- and second-row seats with heating on the front row, Heated Steering Wheel, Keyless Access System with Push Button Start (front doors and rear hatch access), a 432-watt audio system with eight speakers, 18-inch alloy wheels, Jewel Eye LED headlights, and more.
  • The MDX with Navigation Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, a 501-watt Acura/ELS Studio audio system with 10-speakers, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information (BSI) System and more.
  • The MDX with Technology Package adds a 529-watt Acura/ELS Studio audio system with 11-speakers, a DVD rear entertainment system with nine-inch display, rear-passenger window sunshades, second-row heated seats, and more.
  • The top-of-the-line MDX with Elite Package includes unique seven-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a 546-watt Acura/ELS Studio audio system with 12-speakers, the Acura DVD Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System with 16.2-inch display, Genuine Olive Ash trim, Surround View Camera System, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and remote engine start, along with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Collision Mitigation Brake System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and additional luxury features.

2014 Acura MDX Prices (Canadian)

TRIM

MSRP in Canada

Fuel Economy Ratings    Litres/100 km  (city/highway/combined)

MDX

$49,990

11.2/7.7/9.6

MDX Navigation Pkg.

$54,690

11.2/7.7/9.6

MDX Technology Pkg.

$59,990

11.2/7.7/9.6

MDX Elite Pkg.

$65,990

11.2/7.7/9.6

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Cleaning the interior of your light truck

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Keeping your pickup truck or SUV clean takes regular care.

By Hellen Buttigieg

We spend a lot of time in our vehicles, whether it’s going to and from work, carting the kids to various activities or embarking on a road trip. With such busy lifestyles, trucks and cars have become our home on wheels; a place to eat, make calls, and catch up on reading and paperwork (none of these while driving, of course). This can take a toll on the inside of the vehicle, causing clutter to pile up and become an eyesore.

Having a disorganized truck not only prevents us from feeling comfortable and enjoying the ride, it can also be dangerous. Items rolling around in the vehicle can distract drivers and even cause injury in the event of a sudden stop or crash. Here are some easy organizing strategies and storage solutions to get your car clean and organized:

1. Do a clean-out at the end of the day, removing garbage and any other items that don’t belong in the truck; this takes less than two minutes but done consistently, it’s the easiest way to keep your truck looking and smelling good.

2. Keep a tissue box full of trash bags in your truck to make daily clean-ups quick and easy.

3. Keep wipes and dust cloths in the truck and clean the steering wheel and dash whenever you find yourself waiting.

4. Place a small bin in the back seat or at the foot of the passenger seat to keep books, toys and papers contained. Collapsible bins provide a flexible storage solution, and a few pieces of Velcro on the bottom will secure the bin to the carpet so it doesn’t slide around.

5. Visor organizers can keep pens, paper and business cards easily accessible.

6. Hooks that slide under the headrest can hold briefcases, purses and bags.

7. Seat-back totes can carry everything from colouring books and crayons to maps and file folders.

8. Front-seat organizers and console units that fit between minivan or SUV seats are great for the travelling businessperson who wants convenient access to files and a flat surface to write on.

9. A small accordion wallet helps keep papers (receipts, directions, accident forms, etc.) neatly organized in the glove compartment. (However, originals of vehicle ownership, registration and insurance papers should not be left in your vehicle; keep photocopies there instead and store the originals in a safe place in your home).

10. Always place heavy items in the cargo area to prevent them from becoming projectiles when you come to a sudden stop or get into an accident.

Being organized in the vehicle is a safety issue, but it will also make you feel better about driving. It may even make your trips less stressful. Once you experience the benefits of a tidy truck, it will give you the motivation to keeps things in order. Now, road trip anyone?

Hellen Buttigieg, CPO, is a Certified Professional Organizer, life coach, TV host and owner of We Organize U, based in Oakville, ON. She is the author of ‘Organizing Outside the Box: Conquer Clutter Using Your Natural Learning Style’. For tips on organizing your home, your office and your life, visit www.weorganizeu.com and sign up for Hellen’s free newsletter. To contact Hellen or for information on hiring a We Organize U organizing specialist, call 905-829-2219 or e-mail info@weorganizeu.com.

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Ford F-Series pickup marks 65th birthday

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Ford launched its F-Series pickup trucks in 1948.

On January 16, 1948, the Ford Motor Company publicly revealed the F-1 pickup, beginning the F-Series legacy of tough trucks. Since 1948, more than 32 million trucks have worn the F-Series badge.

These have been the best-selling pickup trucks for 36 consecutive years, and the overall best-selling vehicle in the United States for 31 years. This year, Ford is celebrating the 1948 Ford F-1 pickup that started it all. Happy 65th anniversary!

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Toyota and Ford end collaboration on hybrid systems for light trucks

Toyota and Ford have completed their feasibility study for collaboration on the development of a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, which was first announced in August of 2011. As a result, they have agreed to develop hybrid systems individually.

Toyota and Ford say they will continue to evaluate the feasibility of working together on next-generation standards for telematics and will consider other areas for future collaboration as well.

Toyota says it has sold over two million Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles in the US, representing 70% of the US auto industry’s total hybrid sales, and over 5 million hybrids worldwide. In addition, Toyota remains on track to offer 18 new or redesigned hybrid models globally by the end of 2015.

All told, Toyota estimates that its global fleet of nearly 20 hybrid vehicles (12 available in the United States) has resulted in approximately 34 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than those emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles, and have saved their owners more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline.

Meanwhile, Ford reports its hybrid market share jumped nearly 9 percentage points from December 2011 to December 2012 as Toyota’s share of the hybrid vehicle segment dropped 8 points. Ford’s launch of its new C-MAX hybrids and Fusion Hybrid in Fall 2012 led the company to deliver record-setting hybrid sales in December, resulting in the 9% market share gain to 16%. In the same period Toyota’s share of the hybrid vehicle segment fell 8 points, from 68% to 60%, reports Ford.

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Range Rover first-ever SUV to achieve highest APEAL score from JD Power

Ram pickup truck is the highest-ranked non-premium nameplate in 2013 study.

Westlake Village, CA – The most appealing vehicles tend to remain on dealer lots for shorter periods, command higher transaction prices, and are more likely to create owner loyalty when they are ultimately traded in, according to the JD Power 2013 US Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study released July 25.

The study, now in its 18th year, has been updated to better measure the appeal of today’s vehicles, particularly with respect to the new technologies and features now being offered. Owners evaluate their vehicle across 77 attributes, which roll up into an overall APEAL score on a 1,000-point scale.

The study finds that manufacturers are able to charge more for vehicles with higher APEAL. Owners of vehicles with an APEAL score of 100 points or higher than the segment average typically spend at least $1,800 more on their new vehicle than do owners of vehicles with a score of at least 100 points lower than the segment average.

Similarly, vehicles with APEAL scores at least 100 points higher than the segment average remain on dealer lots an average of three days less than vehicles with scores at least 100 points below the segment average.

“Appealing vehicles are simply good news for both consumers and automakers,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at JD Power. “Even within the same vehicle segment, consumers are willing to spend substantially more on vehicles that they find attractive, provide the performance and utility they are looking for and have well-executed interiors. These vehicles also sell more quickly.”

Analyzing some of the results of previous years’ studies highlights the impact of APEAL on customer loyalty. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of owners whose vehicle achieved an APEAL score at least 100 points above the segment average repurchase the same brand the next time they shop for a new vehicle, compared with just 55 percent of those whose vehicle scored at least 100 points below the segment average.

“One percentage point of loyalty is worth tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to automakers,” said Sargent. “These companies are fighting for every last customer, and it is clear that appealing products remain the key to achieving this.”

2013 APEAL Ranking Highlights

Porsche is the highest-ranked nameplate for a ninth consecutive year. Ram is the highest-ranked non-premium nameplate.

Volkswagen Group received the highest number of segment awards of all corporations included in the study for the Audi allroad, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen GTI and Volkswagen Passat. Chevrolet receives the highest number of segment awards of any brand for the Avalanche, Sonic and Volt models, all of which also received awards in 2012.

Ford and Nissan brands each receive two model awards: Ford, for the F-250/F-350 Super Duty and Mustang; Nissan, for the Armada and Murano.

Also receiving awards are the BMW 5 Series; Buick Encore; Dodge Charger; Fiat 500; Honda Odyssey; Kia Soul; Land Rover Range Rover; Lexus LS; Lincoln MKZ; Mazda CX-5; and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

The Land Rover Range Rover achieves the highest APEAL score of any model in the industry in 2013, which marks the first time a model outside the large premium car segment has done so.

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How to spot flood-damaged vehicles

 

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Look for evidence of flood damage in vehicle history reports.

Hurricanes, cyclones, spring melt and heavy rainstorms can cause major flooding almost anywhere, wreaking havoc in communities, and damaging homes, businesses and property. In a storms’ aftermath, consumers in the market for used light trucks such as pickup trucks, cargo vans, SUVs and crossovers need to be wary of flood-damaged vehicles showing up in their communities, even though the flooding may have occurred elsewhere.

Unexpected flooding not only can wash away roads, destroy buildings and create havoc for businesses, homeowners and residents, it also causes problems for unwary consumers shopping for used cars.

Flood-damaged automobiles wind up on the used car market, in auctions and on dealer lots all around the country as desperate vehicle owners try to salvage whatever value they can from a vehicle inundated by floodwaters.

“It’s important for used car shoppers to know how to spot flood damage no matter where they live, because these cars can end up on a dealer lot anywhere,” said AiM Mobile Inspections’ Carl Sullivan, who has several years experience inspecting vehicles. “A car that’s been in a flood, with the engine submerged for any length of time, will never be the same.”

Vehicle history reports

In some cases, a flood or salvage title is issued to a vehicle that has been submerged or flood-damaged, information which can be found on a vehicle history report. Consumers concerned about flood damage should refer to the history report and also be ready to do some investigating of their own.

However, some sellers may try to unload their vehicle before a flood or salvage title appears on a vehicle’s history report. To combat this possibility, Sullivan offered these warning signs to help identify flood damage in a vehicle.

Flood damage to look for

• A musty odour in the vehicle, which may be from mouldy carpeting or padding. If possible, pull up the carpeting to see how far water may have risen in the vehicle, and also if any moisture remains.

• Mud in the seat belt tracks or seat belt tensioners.

• Water or condensation in the headlights or taillights. Sullivan notes this could also be due to an accident, but water in these areas could also be a tip-off to flood-related problems.

• Water in the spare tire well in a vehicle’s trunk. “If we see water in the spare tire well, it leads us to look a little further,” said Sullivan.

• A sagging headliner in the interior, particularly on a late-model vehicle.

• Look under the seats. “I found two fish under a back seat once,” said Sullivan, who was inspecting cars in Florida at the time. “That was a pretty sure sign the car had been flooded.”

• Corrosion in the vehicle’s undercarriage, such as on brake lines or around the fuel tank. When corrosion appears near the top of the springs or when the shock towers are corroded, these are signs of flood-related damage.

“A car’s engine, electronics, fuel system, airbags and brakes are all extremely susceptible to flood water,” said Sullivan. “It’s extremely important to find any water damage before you invest your money in a used car, and a professional inspection will find flood damage no matter how a seller tries to hide it.”

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2014 Ram pickup’s gas V6 has top tow rating in its segment

2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck

2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck

Testing results by Chrysler have shows that its 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck has achieved a new Best-in-Class tow rating for V6 gasoline pickups; as well, the company has revealed the towing capacity for its new EcoDiesel Max.

The 2014 Ram 1500 with the 305 horsepower PentaStar V6 tows 3,379 kg (7,450 lb), topping all base V6 engines in the light-duty pickup truck segment. This is due in part to more robust parking gear components inside the eight-speed automatic transmission that allow for greater tow ratings.

The 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 towing capacity is rated at 4,173 kg (9,200 lb) in a 2WD, two-door, long bed configuration – approaching large V8 capability. This engine also will provide best-in-class fuel economy that will exceed the current title holder, Ram’s 3.6-litre V6 gasoline engine, at 7.8 L/100 km (36 mpg).

“There was more towing capacity in the V6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades,” said Mike Cairns, chief engineer, Ram Truck. “Now that we’re building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly.”

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Four Toyota light trucks in top three rankings of their segments

Toronto – According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, Five Toyota models, including four light trucks (the Prius v hatchback, and Tacoma, Sequoia, Sienna and RAV4) scored high, placing them in the top three of their segments.

J.D. Power and Associates surveyed 83,000 vehicle owners on what they like about their new vehicles after 90 days of ownership.  This year’s study focused on 10 categories:  exterior, interior, storage/space, seats, HVAC, driving dynamics, audio/communications/entertainment/navigation, engine/transmission, visibility/safety and fuel economy.

For more detailed results from the APEAL Study, visit www.jdpower.com/performance.

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Overall ownership cost critical with cargo vans

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van.

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van.

Toronto – For the fourth consecutive year, a comprehensive report has shown that the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter continues to offer the lowest total cost of ownership in its class in Canada.

In addition, the Sprinter also secured the top honour in all three segments in which it competes in the recently unveiled Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards. This is the second year in a row that the Sprinter has been bestowed this honour.

The extensive total cost of ownership study conducted by Vincentric examined the competitive landscape and analyzed the life cycle costs of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter compared to its competitors from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC and Nissan. Once all the data was analyzed, the results indicated that the Sprinter had the lowest life cycle cost.

The life cycle cost analysis methodology took into account all major ownership and operating costs of a vehicle. These included: depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, maintenance, repairs, financing, fees and taxes and even opportunity cost, which is the loss of potential interest income as a result of owning and operating a vehicle.

The study’s criteria assumed that owners will drive 25,000, 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 and 60,000 kilometers per year for three and four years, while also examining many different vehicle configurations.

The results concluded that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter had by far the lowest overall life cycle cost for the annual driving distance/life cycle combinations measured in both the three-quarter-ton and one-ton segments. This was despite the fact that it also had the highest acquisition cost of any model in the study. The Sprinter’s performance in the study can be attributed primarily to its best-in-class fuel economy and extremely low depreciation.

“Car buyers often focus on a vehicle’s price and how that translates into monthly loan payments. However, our analysis of the Canadian heavy duty van market demonstrated the importance of understanding all ownership costs,” stated David Wurster, president of Vincentric.

According to Pablo de la Peña, sales and marketing director for Mercedes-Benz Vans, “This fall, we will continue to raise the bar and establish a new threshold in the light duty commercial vehicle segment with the launch of the next generation 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. With a bold new look, numerous interior refinements, ground-breaking safety systems and a powerful and fuel efficient four-cylinder engine, we will further bolster our … position in the market.”

 

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GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado add re-fuelling flexibility with bi-fuel pickups

General Motors’ bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks include a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gasoline fuel systems. Combined, the trucks offer a range of more than 1,000 kilometres. The Silverado and Sierra are available in standard and long box, with either two- or four-wheel drive.

GM is the only manufacturer to offer a single-source option for its gaseous fuel vehicles. The bi-fuel trucks are built with a specially designed engine, the fuel system is installed by GM’s Tier One supplier and the completed vehicle is delivered directly to the customer. This process makes ordering the bi-fuel option as seamless and efficient as a standard vehicle.

“The bi-fuel truck provides businesses with added re-fuelling flexibility and eases consumer range concerns that typically come with CNG, all while reducing emissions and controlling costs,” said Joyce Mattman, director, GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles.

 

bi-fuel GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverdo are new for 2013 model year.

The 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado HD includes a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gas fuel systems. Combined, the truck offers a range of more than 1,000 km. (Photo by James Fassinger for Chevrolet)

The bi-fuel commercial trucks are covered by GM’s three-year, 60,000-kilometre new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 160,000-kilometre limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty, meeting all Environment Canada emission requirements. GM claims it is the most extensive warranty offered by any manufacturer on commercial products.

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