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     GM Releases New Front Center Airbag
    GM Releases New Front Center Airbag

    Even if you think automakers can't add any more airbags into a car's cabin, General Motors has managed to do that introducing new front center airbag. Engineered to keep the driver in place when a solo far-side impact occurs, the GM's new front center airbag also prevents passengers from bouncing off of one another in case the amount of passengers is bigger than one.

    New device comes as standard equipment in such models, as GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave. The airbag is tethered nd tube-shaped, deploying from the driver's right side and positions itself in the center of the car.

    According to GM, the analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data showed that far-side impact crashes made 11 percent of the belted front passenger deaths in non-rollover accidents between 2004 and 2009. These deaths also represent 29 percent of all accidents in all side-impact crashes.

    It was Automotive parts supplier Takata who co-operated with GM in designing the airbag during three years.

    GMC Received One More Award Thanks to Yukon
    GMC Received One More Award Thanks to Yukon

    March is over and it is time for J.D. Power and Associates to release the results of its survey. This time GMC was placed among industry's top ten brands, while its Yukon became a winner in the Large Crossover/SUV segment. This award is very important for every automaker, as it demonstrates how the owners are satisfied with their cars, Trucks and SUVs. More than 73,000 respondents took part in the survey. They were asked to describe the problems that occured during the everyday driving. The less problems a vehicle has the highest score it gets.

    “We believe GMC’s initial quality performance and Yukon’s placement in its segment demonstrate GMC’s commitment to deliver high-quality, professional grade vehicles,” said John Schwegman, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. “We’re celebrating these accomplishments on the run as we continue to improve quality across our portfolio and exceed the expectations of our GMC customers.”

    GMC is very lucky to have such vehicle as Yukon in the portfolio. The model brings its brand award after award. The award by J.D. Power is already the second honor, received by the SUV in this year. Earlier this year the model earned the “2011 Best Overall Value” title. The results of the next well-known study will be announced in May. It will be the 15th Vehicle Satisfaction Award by AutoPacific. GMC expects the Yukon to be among the winners. Time will tell on that.

    GMC Granite Concept: They Produce It... They Produce It Not
    GMC Granite Concept: They Produce It... They Produce It Not

    The final petal is “they produce it”. At least, this is what Motor Trend reports. The GMC Granite concept made its debut at the last year’s Detroit Auto Show and by summer there were rumors that it has been slated to enter production. At that time GM’s PR team officially disclaimed those reports, but now there is talk that the concept has been given the green light.

    Referring to the “well-placed source”, Motor Trend claims that the GMC Granite will likely see the world in the 2013 or 2014 model year. According to the same source, the vehicle is going to keep the rear-hinged suicide-style door setup featured on the 2010 concept. It will be based on the same C-Segment platform that’s shared by the Chevy’s Cruze, Volt and Orlando, the Buick Verano and Opel Astra. The Granite’s closest relative is the Chevrolet Orlando mini-MPV, which GM will sold outside the U.S.

    If GM keeps the road-going GMC Granite close to the concept, the vehicle will use the same 138-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four as the Cruze, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. However, the press suggests that a small urban utility vehicle, which will be heavier than Cruze, could be equipped with something more powerful, like the 177-horsepower 2.4-liter I-4 that will be the Buick Verano’s base engine.