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    GM Recalls 2011 GMC Canyon
    GM Recalls 2011 GMC Canyon

    General Motors is recalling almost 6,800 GMC Canyon as well as Chevy Colorado midsize pickup trucks from the 2011 model year because of the improper operation of the automatic gearbox on the selected trims.

    In accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's decision, the models featuring either a 3.7-liter 5-cylinder or 2.9-liter 4-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission may have problems with the gearbox selector. The PRNDL automatic transmission levers may not exactly reflect the true gear. Regardless of the situation, the vehicle could roll away when parked or drivers won't be able to restart their cars.

    General Motors dealers will replace the automatic gearbox adjustment clip with a new one free of charge. The recall will start on July 19.

    Expect Next-Gen GMC Canyon in 3 Years
    Expect Next-Gen GMC Canyon in 3 Years

    Although the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are expected to end production at their home in Shreveport, LA, by June 2012, GM’s midsize twins are not going to disappear from the U.S. market, according to PickupTrucks.com.

    Sources close to the matter claim that work on the next-generation GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado for North America is under way. Both midsizers are likely to be based on GM’s all-new GMI 700 body-on-frame global small truck platform, the production of which will take place in Thailand starting late this year.

    Due to global changes in the automotive industry and bankruptcy issues, General Motors Co. had originally intended to abandon the Colorado and Canyon, but those plans seem to have changed in the last few months. GM’s intention to persevere with the GMC Canyon and its sibling at Chevrolet appears contrary to the latest trends in the midsize pickup market that indicate domestics’ massive disinterest in the segment. However, new GMC Canyon may still face competition from Toyota and Nissan. A renovated Tacoma is expected to arrive in 2013 with all-new sheetmetal and at least one new powerunit. Nissan is also expected to introduce a next-gen Frontier based on its latest global small truck platform.

    The new GMC Canyon, along with Chevy Colorado, are likely to go into production in the first half of 2014. Production is likely to move north, to Wentzville, MO, where the Chevy Express and GMC Savana full-size vans are currently built.