AD #1657 – Silverado Gets a Facelift, ZF Converts FWD to PHEV, Plastic Roads!?

July 14th, 2015 at 11:45am

Runtime: 6:37

- Chevy Silverado Refreshed for 2016
- Opel Jumps on Ride Sharing Bandwagon
- ZF’s Electric Twist Beam Axle
- Subaru Disagrees with Merger Talk
- Big Trucks Continue Climb
- Plastic Roads!?

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25 Comments to “AD #1657 – Silverado Gets a Facelift, ZF Converts FWD to PHEV, Plastic Roads!?”

  1. Jon M Says:

    Plastic roads might work better for parking lots and driveways. Perhaps a concrete or asphalt non-slip mat could be adhered to the surface to give the plastic surface a more authentic look. But if it cannot be recycled and it’s applied to so much as a one car driveway, then those those dutch guys will be subject to all the wrath of the enviro-activists!

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If the plastic roads use even half, or a quarter of the estimated 18 billion water bottles a year now going into landfills, that will be useful, even if the roads won’t be easily recyclable at the end of their service life.

  3. FSTFWRD Says:

    The Silverado does look better,and I’m sure its me, but I can’t stand the looks of the “squared off” wheel openings on GM vehicles. Trucks as well as some of the SUV’s. I think they really look like they came from the same studio as the Pontiac Aztec. Doesn’t bother the sales, so what do I know. I’ll keep my F-150.

  4. HtG Says:

    Uh oh, Sergio!

    Looks like Peugeot is going to get a bump from the nuclear deal with Iran. As trade embargoes are lifted PSA will have back its old market, and this doesn’t exactly help Sergio’s future merger leverage. Perhaps PSA will now have reason to stay clear of FCA due to the american connection.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I wonder why Sergio feels he needs to be so vocal in his ‘proclamation of need’ for mergers; if he’s in the market (for a merger), I don’t know why he just doesn’t inquire to the various manufacturers and ask. Surely no one has made him king, and for him to release these ‘edicts’ of what is needed/required, is not his call.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect Sergio knows his current success in North America will only last as long as cheaper gas, but he is hurting his chances for a “good” merger by being so vocal.

  7. XA351GT Says:

    A while ago I saw these road tiles for a lack of a better term. That a couple was developing. They were made of high strength glass. They were pretty much solar panels that stored energy . They would be able to be lit in any color or configuration for road lines. They had heating elements imbedded to get rid of ice and snow. They could be made touch sensitive so anything under vehicle weight would light up in the dark ( bicycles, pedestrians, animals.) Sounded great if doable. If I can find the video I will supply a link.

  8. Tony Gray Says:

    I have a 2009 LTZ Silverado and I have to agree that the new ones do not look much different. One time (that I will admit to), I attempted to enter a new one that I thought was mine!

    While I like the new interior, the exterior didn’t scream “Buy Me” so I deferred.

    Maybe now I will give it another look…pun intended.

  9. Buzzerd Says:

    Silverado- much better, although would be hard to do worse than the blaaaah staying of the current version….. well I guess there is the Nissan, okay it could have been worse.
    Plastic roads? sounds interesting but I’ll believe it when I drive on it.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I just got back from my local dealership,I ordered a new 2016 Ram Promaster City Wagon slt loaded.Factory says it’s a 16 week wait.I can do this..

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 I drove through the local Chrysler dealer a couple days ago, and among their few hundred cars, there was one PMC, a white cargo version. I like the kind of funky nose. It looks like a Eurovan should look.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    My wife and I took a test drive in the PMC cargo van this morning.I was very impressed with the handling,and the 2.4L tigarshark has plenty of pep for my needs.The ZF 9 spd auto was smooth as silk too.The reviews I have watched complained about the throttle tip in being too fast.I did not find that to be true when I drove it.And for a bare bones cargo van,it was very quiet inside.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 I haven’t driven one, but most of what I’ve read is that the 2.4/9-speed powertrain works better in the PMC than in other applications. It probably has shorter overall gearing, so it puts the highers transmission gears to better use.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    It has 3:73 gears in the diff/transaxle.From what I have read,the 9spd was/is a software thing in the other offerings.Maybe that’s already taken care.It also lists the transaxle as having a limited slip.Very cool for the winters we don’t usually get,lol.

  15. HtG Says:

    v cool gig for you, GA. I can’t wait ;^{

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    apologies ;)

  19. C-Tech Says:

    G.A. sounds like a great Christmas present for yourself.

  20. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Thanks guys.It will be nice having a vehicle that isn’t a gas hog,and is rommier then my 12 equinox,by a huge amount,and still smaller then a mini van.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here is a very good explanation of why the ZF 9-speed feels like it does:

    In addition to standard clutch packs, it has two dog clutches, similar to a manual transmission or motorcycle transmission.

  22. Enn Norak Says:

    Plastic roads ??? Anything that I have ever owned that was made of plastic eventually cracked when dropped or left in the sun. Even if the life-cycle cost because of lower maintenance were to be competitive with concrete and asphalt roads, I would not be surprised if the initial cost would be so prohibitive as to make plastic roads a non-starter for financial reasons, especially when interest rates return to normal levels.

    Plastic roads would have to be made fire-proof to prevent the release of toxic fumes in the event of a fiery accident.

  23. T. Bejma Says:

    So no diesel Colorado GA? You’re going to be sorry once you see the mileage numbers…

  24. MJB Says:

    @2 – I agree. If (all) plastic water bottles could be funneled into this program, then it would result in a net gain. The plastic is un-recyclable now, so why not get more use out of it?

    @22 – Very good point. There simply is no plastic composite that can withstand sustained fire. I know we have been making radiators from the stuff for decades now, but if you’ve ever seen the engine bay of a car that has caught fire, you know that even that radiator plastic didn’t survive.

    Regardless, I don’t think plastic will be a viable solution simply due to it’s slipperiness. Perhaps they’ve embedded it with some sort of gravel mixture top layer. But unless it’s got more resilience to wear than freeway divider lines, then there are going to be serious problems every time it rains.

  25. MJB Says:

    24 – correction. I meant to say “the plastic is non biodegradable now, so why not get more use out of it?”