http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.24Change: -0.06
R/$ = 10.74Change: -0.13
Au 1291.56 $/ozChange: -4.49
Pt 1428.00 $/ozChange: -10.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 19, 2012

GM unveils SUV aimed at challenging Japan’s market dominance

Back
Africa|Diesel|DIESEL ENGINES|Engines|Flow|General Motor South Africa|General Motors|GM Do Brasil|Motors|Road|Safety|System|Toyota|Africa|South America|South Africa|Thailand|Flow|Motors|Products|Alastair Ironside|Dagoberto Tribia|Edgar Lourencon|Motors|Power|Chevrolet Trailblazer|Motors|Trailblazer|Eastern Europe|Middle East|Pacific Rim|South Africa|Automatic Transmission|Bluetooth|Diesel |Electronic Stability Control
Africa|Diesel|DIESEL ENGINES|Engines|Flow|Motors|Road|Safety|System||Africa|||Flow|Motors|Products|Motors|Power|Motors|||
africa-company|diesel-company|diesel-engines|engines|flow-company|general-motor-south-africa|general-motors|gm-do-brasil|motors-company|road|safety|system|toyota|africa|south-america|south-africa|thailand|flow-industry-term|motors-industry-term|products|alastair-ironside|dagoberto-tribia|edgar-lourencon|motors-person|power|chevrolet-trailblazer|motors|trailblazer|eastern-europe|middle-east|pacific-rim|south-africa-region|automatic-transmission|bluetooth|diesel|electronic-stability-control
© Reuse this



First showed in concept form in 2011, Chevrolet’s Trailblazer sports utility vehicle (SUV) has now hit showroom floors in South Africa, with the clear aim of challenging Toyota’s dominance in the SUV D-segment of the local market.

“We are going after Toyota’s Fortuner. It’s the Trailblazer’s reason for being,” says General Motor South Africa (GMSA) marketing GM Alastair Ironside.

“The Trailblazer is coming in a segment of the market we are not currently competing in,” adds GMSA president and MD Edgar Lourencon.

He says he is confident the seven-seater SUV has the characteristics to be a success in the South African market, offering “outstanding comfort, an outstanding interior and great performance”.

Ironside also notes that the Trailblazer offers more standard features than rival products, as well as a 15 000 km service interval as opposed to the 10 000 km often seen in this segment. This means the General Motors (GM) SUV is 12% to 18% less expensive when it comes to service, maintenance and collision parts, he says.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer was developed by GM’s Brazilian subsidiary, GM do Brasil, for markets in Africa, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe. It is manufactured in Thailand.

“The Trailblazer had to appear agile and athletic,” says GM do Brasil design director Dagoberto Tribia. “It had to be powerful, but nimble in an urban environment, but also superbly capable in an off-road rock-climbing role. This had to be backed up by a high level of refinement, comfort and safety for the occupants.”

VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS
The Trailblazer is 4 878 mm long, 1 902 mm wide and 1 848 mm high. Ground clearance is 267 mm. Approach and departure angles  are 31 degrees at the front and 26 degrees at the rear courtesy of short front and rear body overhangs.

Inside, load space ranges from 205 l with all seats upright, to 1 830 l with seats folded flat.

The seven-passenger seating configuration, with all seats suitable for adults, offers three-row tumble and fold-flat versatility to grow luggage space if necessary.

The Trailblazer design team adopted a high-to-low, theatre-style seating arrangement for the second and third rows of seats.

Some 32 individual compartments of varying size are located throughout the interior. These include a covered centre storage bin, a dual glovebox, and a storage space large enough to accommodate a jumbo-sized golf bag.

Useful amenities include auxiliary 12 V power points and USB and Bluetooth connectivity through the infotainment system. A separate heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning control system is mounted in the roof of the rear compartment to provide rear seat passengers control over their own ventilation flow.

The body-on-frame Chevrolet Trailblazer is offered with a choice of 2.5 l or 2.8 l Duramax diesel engines, or a 3.6 l V6 petrol 24-valve engine.

The 2.5 l diesel engine produces maximum power of 110 kW with peak torque of 350 Nm, while the 2.8 l Duramax engine delivers 132 kW with 470 Nm of torque when mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, and 440 Nm of torque when coupled to the manual five-speed transmission.

GMSA says fuel consumption for the combined cycle has been measured at  8.2 l/100 km for the 2.5 l diesel and 8.8 l/100 km for the 2.8 l manual diesel. When supplied with the automatic transmission option, fuel consumption for this model is an estimated 9.8 l/100 km for the combined cycle.

The 2.5 l engine option drives via a five-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive. The 2.8 l diesel engine is available with either five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmissions, the latter featuring driver shift control. There is a choice of either two- or four-wheel drive.

The part time four-wheel drive system offers a choice between two-wheel drive motoring (2H), high-ratio four-wheel drive (4H), or low-ratio four-wheel drive (4L), for when the going gets really tough.

The mode required is selected via an electronic switch mounted on the centre console. The transfer case can be shifted on-the-fly between 2H and 4H modes, at speeds up to 100 km/h.

The Trailblazer’s 3.6 l, four-camshaft V6 engine produces maximum power of 176 kW, with peak torque of 329 Nm. It achieves this with claimed fuel economy of 11.9 l/100km in average use.

The 3.6 l V6 engine is mated to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control.

Towing capacity on the Trailblazer is up to 2 950 kg, making use of the 2.8 l derivative.

Driver aids on the SUV include a traction control system, hydraulic brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, panic brake assist, electronic stability control, cornering brake control, hill descent control, and hill start assist, which prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when pulling away on a steep uphill gradient.

The LT specification level is offered as a base line on just one model, the 2.5 LT Diesel 4X2. It includes body colour side mirrors and door handles; front fog lamps; electrically activated rear lift-gate latch; six-speaker audio system with front loading CD, MP3 compatibility and iPod functionality; satellite controls for radio and cruise control; tilt adjustable steering wheel; power windows; remote keyless entry; power steering, air-conditioner with driver control for rear ventilation; 16-inch aluminium wheels; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution; front airbags for driver and front passenger; curtain side airbags; side-mounted running boards; ultrasonic rear park assist retractable cover for cargo area; and underbody shields for the fuel tank and transfer case.

The LTZ specification is available with either the 2.8 l diesel power or V6 petrol engine, and adds, among others features, projector lens-type headlamps, rear fog lamps, chrome side mirrors and door handles, roof rails, 18-inch aluminium wheels, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, multiple information display, leather trim, eight-speaker audio system, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Warranty cover on the Trailblazer is five years/120 000 km. Roadside emergency protection is provided for the full warranty period.

Pricing starts at R364 000.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Transport & Logistics News
Updated 5 hours ago A global transportation price index has ranked South Africa the cheapest overall for bus, trains and aeroplane travel for every 100 km out of 51 countries. Online platform GoEuro compared the average price a 100 km of rail, road or air movements between the most...
Updated 5 hours ago Gautrain bus drivers went on strike on Wednesday, forcing certain bus services to be suspended, the Bombela Concession Company said. "Please note that a wildcat strike by Gautrain bus drivers in Johannesburg has resulted in the suspension of bus services from Park,...
The Bus Rapid Transit System
Updated 5 hours ago The City of Tshwane aims to roll out 171 buses by November as part of the inception phase of its bus rapid transit (BRT) system, with the view to establish additional stages and introduce further buses if there is demand.
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 4 hours ago A global transportation price index has ranked South Africa the cheapest overall for bus, trains and aeroplane travel for every 100 km out of 51 countries. Online platform GoEuro compared the average price a 100 km of rail, road or air movements between the most...
Updated 4 hours ago The processing of the Government Shareholder Management Bill, which was yet to be tabled before Parliament by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), would have to be sped up, Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises chairperson Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba said on...
Updated 5 hours ago Gautrain bus drivers went on strike on Wednesday, forcing certain bus services to be suspended, the Bombela Concession Company said. "Please note that a wildcat strike by Gautrain bus drivers in Johannesburg has resulted in the suspension of bus services from Park,...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The Built Environment unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a cost-competitive ultrathin concrete pavement surface that, for the upgrading of unpaved roads to paved roads, is more durable than many other pavement alternatives...
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that...
The repositioning of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M Seta) and its business processes will ensure improved performance in reaching strategic targets and in providing customer service.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks