When you buy a vehicle from an American brand, do you ever wonder how much of it is actually made in America? If so, you now have your answer, since both Cars.com and the American University Kogod School of Business recently released studies that answer the question. Their efforts concluded that GM and Chevy vehicles are the most American-made of them all.
In order to compile their 2020 American-Made Index, Cars.com looked at the location of assembly, the number of U.S. manufacturing employees, the number of parts from the U.S. and Canada, and the origin of engines and transmissions across 91 different vehicles. GM had nine models placed in the top 25 alone—more than any other brand. The Chevrolet Corvette, which is made in Bowling Green, KY, ranked 8th on the index.
American University Kogod School of Business releases a Made in America Auto Index each year. Their vehicles are rated based on the origin of major parts, and the location of the assembly. Their 2020 index had 10 GM models in its top 25. As with the Cars.com American-Made Index, there were more GM vehicles in the top 25 than any other automaker, proving that GM is committed to investing in the U.S.
If you want to drive a vehicle that’s proudly American-made, check out our extensive online inventory of GM models here at Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville.
As engineering technology has improved, smaller engines are capable of delivering more efficiency and power than ever. That is why General Motors is adding two new three-cylinder engines to its U.S. lineup for the first time in over 20 years. These engines will make their debuts on the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and the 2020 Buick Encore GX.
With advanced turbocharger technology, these three-cylinder engines will deliver similar outputs to four-cylinder engines. The units will come with features like an active vacuum system, an electrically assisted wastegate system, and an electrically driven water pump. All these features, plus the 40-pound weight difference, should help deliver superior efficiency and performance over the four-cylinder engines.
The last time GM offered a three-cylinder, it was in the 2000 Chevrolet Metro. This 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine was only rated at 55 horsepower. By comparison, GM’s overseas three-cylinder options deliver around 155 horsepower. GM has yet to announce the official output ratings of the new 1.2- and 1.3-liter engines.
All of us at Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville are we are excited to experience these new engines for ourselves. The 2020 Buick Encore GX should arrive within the next couple months, while the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is set to debut later this spring. We’d love to see you here to test drive either — or both — of these vehicles.
Summer in Tennessee means high temperatures and plenty of humidity. The last thing you want to happen is for your car to leave you stranded on the side of the road on a sweltering day. With a little bit of preventative care, you can help prevent this from happening. Follow these summer maintenance tips to get started.
Check Your Battery
Your car’s battery is highly susceptible to heat. High temperatures can cause the battery fluid to evaporate quickly. Have your battery tested to make sure it’s ready for the season ahead.
Inspect Your Tires
The only thing keeping you in contact with the road is your car’s tires. Look them over and make sure you have enough tread depth, there isn’t uneven wearing, and they’re properly inflated. If you find any problems, have them checked by a professional.
Check Your Fluids
Along with the battery fluid, your vehicle’s other fluids can start to disappear in the summer. Check vital fluids like coolant, engine oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid to make sure they are at the proper levels.
Test the HVAC System
If your air conditioning doesn’t seem as cold as it used to, it could need a recharge. Take your car in to have the system checked out.
We can take care of all of these services here at Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville. Stop by or call our Service Department to get more information.