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News Article | March 1, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--www.gmcsoftware.com: GMC Software, a leader in Customer Communications Management (CCM), announced today that IWCO Direct, one of the nation’s largest providers of data-driven direct marketing solutions, serving industries like healthcare, financial services, insurance and retail, reports high satisfaction with its GMC Inspire customer communications management platform. A GMC Inspire user for over a decade, IWCO Direct originally selected the software for its GUI interface, making it easier to use than the previous code-based solution. GMC Inspire’s production output capabilities were also key, making it possible for IWCO Direct to produce 3 billion pieces of mail each year at high speeds. GMC Inspire’s powerful personalization capabilities allow the company to embrace today’s growing one-to-one marketing demands, and fully support the company’s production equipment made for that purpose. IWCO Direct maximizes the capabilities of GMC Inspire’s Designer component to easily compose documents with variable content; GMC Inspire’s Content Manager component for painless version control and GMC Inspire’s Approval component for highly flexible business rules and workflows to fully support IWCO Direct’s proprietary OneProof workflow system, making it possible to seamlessly upload and proof a job from various internal departments, out to a client and into its proprietary spooler application into production, whether that output is AFP, PDF, IJ PDF or PostScript. Additionally, GMC Inspire’s Automation document factory component, integrated into IWCO Direct’s environment, streamlines the entire document delivery process, expediting time to market. “GMC continues to demonstrate its expertise in the industry, and its ongoing commitment to research and development has certainly enabled us to readily meet the challenges of this ever-changing market space,” said Jim Andersen, CEO, IWCO Direct. “GMC Inspire has evolved with the market’s expanding requirements, making it possible for us to provide solutions for clients wanting to move into more of a dynamic content world.” “The positive results GMC Inspire is delivering for IWCO Direct is very satisfying,” said Richard Lloyd, vice president, service providers, GMC Software. “We are proud to be a part of this innovative company’s growth and look forward to continuing to add value to its business.” As a leading provider of data-driven direct marketing solutions, IWCO Direct’s Power your Marketing™ approach drives response across all marketing channels to create new and more loyal customers. The company’s full range of services includes strategy, creative, and production for multichannel marketing campaigns, along with one of the industry’s most sophisticated postal logistics strategies for direct mail. Through Mail-Gard®, IWCO Direct offers business continuity and disaster recovery services to protect against unexpected business interruptions, along with providing print and mail outsourcing services. The company is ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certified through BSI, reflecting its commitment to data security. Stay current on direct marketing trends, industry news, postal regulations and more by subscribing to IWCO Direct’s SpeakingDIRECT blog. GMC Software helps companies communicate with their customers and employees. GMC Software empowers organizations to create stronger engagements with timely and relevant communications. A Neopost Digital Company, GMC Software provides the means for business users to develop contextual, highly individualized communications across all channels that span the entire customer journey. A leader in customer communications, GMC Software supports thousands of clients and partners in banking, insurance, healthcare and service providers around the world. The GMC logo and GMC Inspire are trademarks of GMC Software Technology.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--www.gmcsoftware.com: GMC Software, the award-winning leader in Customer Communications Management (CCM), announced today it has been awarded the Xplor Application of the Year Award. Xplor, the worldwide electronic document systems association, has sponsored this prestigious industry award program since 1988. The award recognizes GMC’s work with BMO Bank of Montreal in the bank's successful organization-wide effort to transform its business and its customer experience by accelerating the deployment of digital capabilities. BMO implemented the GMC Inspire CCM platform to execute an electronic document system that eliminates the need for human intervention and saves millions of pieces of paper annually. BMO utilized GMC Software’s GMC Inspire Interactive, a thin-client, web-based self-service customer communications portal, and GMC Inspire Designer, to create elegant, standardized eForm designs that are rationalized, dynamic in nature, auto-populating and coded to simplify how the bank ingests documents, as well as to streamline processes for customers and for the bank’s business users. The technology implementation introduced a new mobile onboarding customer journey that enables consumers to open a BMO Personal Banking account on a smartphone in eight minutes from start to finish—a first in Canada. From an internal perspective, the multi-step workflow involved in opening accounts is now done without resorting to any paper or requiring the customer to enter a physical branch. As a result of these digital capabilities, BMO has seen a 50 percent reduction in the number of steps to complete an end-to-end account opening process and anticipates the project will significantly reduce paper being printed— projected at 92 million sheets of paper saved annually in the Personal Banking branch network alone. In the retail branches, BMO estimates millions of dollars saved annually due to cost reduction, cost avoidance, efficiency increases and reduction in errors; as well as increases in incremental revenue and as a result of increased capacity. “GMC Software is proud to be a part of BMO’s digital transformation and we are grateful to Xplor for recognizing our work with BMO as being worthy of the Application of the Year Award,” said Scott Draeger, VP of Product, GMC Software. “BMO’s application of GMC Inspire is extremely innovative. For a 200-year-old bank with legacy systems built over the years to really dig in and push the boundaries of what the platform can deliver is an exemplary example of teamwork and technology.” Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $688 billion as of October 31, 2016, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. GMC Software helps companies communicate with their customers and employees. GMC Software empowers organizations to create stronger engagements with timely and relevant communications. A Neopost Digital Company, GMC Software provides the means for business users to develop contextual, highly individualized communications across all channels that span the entire customer journey. A leader in customer communications, GMC Software supports thousands of clients and partners in banking, insurance, healthcare and service providers around the world.


CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - February 13, 2017) - The Midwest Automotive Media Association announced today that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been named the winner of its seventh annual Family Vehicle of the Year award. MAMA is a nonprofit group of automotive journalists and public relations professionals, and it developed the award to help car-shopping families make a wise decision when they're ready for a new vehicle. "Choosing a family vehicle is an important decision. It should be versatile, reliable, efficient, and reasonably priced. MAMA members pooled their expertise and experience to select the best family vehicle from an excellent group of new and notably refreshed models, and the Chrysler Pacifica came out on top of them all," said MAMA Senior Vice President Damon Bell. To qualify for the award, vehicles had to have four doors, start at less than $50,000, appear at one of MAMA's two annual rallies, and be new or significantly updated within a year of the 2016 Spring Rally, which took place last May. The MAMA Spring and Fall rallies feature roughly 100 manufacturer vehicles for journalists to drive and evaluate. Voting took place at both rallies, and out of more than three dozen competitors, we ended up with 12 finalists: Acura MDX, Audi A4, Chevrolet Volt, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Fusion, GMC Acadia, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Jaguar F-PACE, Mazda CX-9, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. In each round of voting, three points were awarded for a first-place vote, two points were given for a second-place vote and third-place votes were valued at one point each. MAMA members then voted in one final round, and 91 automotive journalists selected the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica as the winner with 215 points, beating the 2016 Mazda CX-9, which garnered 109 points. The 2017 GMC Acadia placed third with 47 points. Voting for the 2018 Family Vehicle of the Year award will begin at the 2017 MAMA Spring Rally, which is scheduled for May 24-25 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The MAMA Fall Rally is scheduled for October 4 at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. Founded in 1991, and now in its 26th year, the Midwest Automotive Media Association comprises 278 automotive journalists and public relations professionals from 25 states, D.C. and Canada. Though based in the Chicago area, MAMA welcomes members from all parts of the country. The organization's primary purpose is to provide a forum for newsworthy people, major issues, and new products in the auto industry.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

The Silverado is not our 2017 10Best Full-Size Pickup, but it made the Ford F-150 sweat for the win. The Silverado offers strong powertrains, serious hauling capability, good real-world fuel economy, and a plethora of features, but it comes up short on ride and seat comfort. Its top 6.2-liter V-8 tows the most in the class and wins our highway fuel-economy test. Its brawn is balanced by looks that mean business, handsome interior trim, user-friendly infotainment, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. The 2017 Silverado differs little from the refreshed 2016 model. For 2017, there are improved towing figures, where the Silverado comes out on top of its class. It also gains notable safety equipment such as Chevy’s Teen Driver system and forward automatic braking. Teen Driver allows parents to monitor how well their kids are driving. The optional forward automatic-braking system slows the vehicle when it senses an impending collision at speeds between 5 and 37 mph. Because we want a truck that can haul lots of people and an abundance of stuff, we’d choose the LT Z71 crew cab with the standard bed (6.6 feet). The $47,305 LT Z71 package comes with: • 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 • Z71 off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks • 8.0-inch touchscreen with Chevy MyLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility • EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate We’d also add either the All Star or Texas editions ($1305 each, differing only in badging), which make the Silverado even more comfortable. All Star and Texas trims include: As we’ve configured it, our ideal Silverado prices out at $48,610. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado’s top 6.2-liter V-8 is big, brash, and powerful yet relatively frugal in our real-world testing, while the 5.3-liter V-8 provides more than adequate muscle for almost any task. The powertrains are reasonably refined in real-world driving, but they don’t match the EPA figures posted by the F-150’s smaller but equally brawny twin-turbo V-6 engines. The Silverado comes standard with a 4.3-liter V-6 that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque; it’s mated to a six-speed automatic. The two optional engines are a significant step up in power and towing capability: The 5.3-liter V-8 delivers 355 hp and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard; an eight-speed is optional on some models. The 6.2-liter V-8 rings in with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque. It’s backed only by the eight-speed automatic. The 5.3-liter Silverado equipped with the optional eight-speed proved sluggish in acceleration, but the 6.2-liter V-8 was a rocket, quick enough to outgun many a sporty passenger car. Unfortunately, both Chevy V-8s feel slower around town than they actually are; competitors’ throttles are more responsive, imparting the feeling of more low-end power and quicker reflexes. The Silverado shares top towing honors with its General Motors twin, the GMC Sierra. Both have a maximum tow rating of 12,500 pounds, besting their closest rival by 300 pounds. It gives that advantage back to the F-150 in payload rating, an indicator of how much weight a truck can handle in its bed. Even so, the second-place Silverado could handle the weight of a Smart ForTwo minicar in its bed with about 200 pounds to spare. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado sends a mixed message when it comes to its fuel economy: The EPA numbers are towards the top of the class, and in our testing, its real-world highway fuel economy proved to be excellent. However, its two V-8s score lower EPA fuel-economy ratings than their direct Ford EcoBoost V-6 rivals. Compared with the other trucks in this class, the Silverado generally does well; the 5.3-liter V-8 with all-wheel drive bests all of its similarly equipped rivals. Meanwhile, the 6.2-liter V-8 lags in the city but does well on the highway. (We’ve included the Ram diesel V-6 in the chart to illustrate the advantage of its fuel-sipping diesel engine.) Surprisingly, there’s little fuel-economy penalty for choosing the bigger of the two V-8s. In an attempt to replicate how most people drive on the highway, we’ve devised our own fuel-economy test. We perform a 200-mile loop on Michigan’s I-94 highway. We maintain a GPS-verified 75 mph and the cruise control as much as possible, mimicking the way many drivers behave during long trips. Viewed strictly by its EPA ratings, the 6.2-liter V-8 would seem to be a thirsty engine. We discovered it’s quite the opposite in reality. The EPA rates the big-engine Silverado at 20 mpg on the highway, and it matched that number in our real-world 200-mile highway fuel-economy test. Based on our highway testing, a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 6.2-liter V-8 and all-wheel drive is capable of tackling 520 miles of highway without refueling. If you can drive that far without a rest-stop break, you deserve to have a country song written about you. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado drives confidently for such a large vehicle thanks to peppy performance, accurate steering, and a dose of agility. But on pockmarked pavement, the ride gets jittery, and the Silverado is less composed than its rivals. Silverado engines come in three power levels: adequate, peppy, and please-Officer-don’t-arrest-me. The base 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6 does a reasonable job of hauling such a big vehicle around, at least when lightly loaded. The 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 has good power when you put your foot down hard, but it feels lazy when you don’t; in our testing, it hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 also underwhelms when driven with a light foot, but stomp the pedal to the floor and hold on for fireworks. It lunges out of the gate with a machine-gun-blast exhaust note behind it and flashes to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. That sprint puts it in league with a host of quick sporting passenger cars, as well as with the Ford F-150’s top twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Like the proverbial rose, a truck is a truck is a truck. It’s not going to dance down a country road like a sports car, nor will it ride as if you’re wafting along on a cloud. The Silverado comports itself well much of the time. It’s poised and stable in corners at any reasonable speed, it steers accurately, and it’s as imperturbable as a freight train when you’re cruising the interstate. Badly broken pavement, choppy gravel, and potholes do make for uncomfortable moments, but the ride is never jarring. The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150, however, are more settled over bumpy surfaces. Other than those intermittent upsets on wonky roads, the Silverado handles everything rather well. Weighing in at around 5300 pounds, decked-out Silverado crew cabs need to have powerful brakes to chip away at momentum. They do handle braking chores well, with a medium-firm pedal that makes it easy to decelerate to a stop. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Functional design and good build quality make the Silverado cabin a pleasant place to be, especially in the well-equipped LTZ and High Country versions. The interior suffers from seats that are not especially comfortable and a rear cabin devoid of USB ports. Most materials inside the Silverado are solid and durable feeling, and up-level models are fitted with plenty of soft-touch materials in addition to the harder plastics found lower in the cabin. The Silverado’s interior is ergonomically sound; it’s a short reach to the controls, and buttons and knobs can be operated with gloves on, no doubt to the delight of construction workers and tradespeople. The instrument cluster is businesslike, with legible green and white numbers on black backgrounds. We bet that some owners will register complaints about the angle of the steering wheel, though. It’s canted a few millimeters off center to the left, a position that annoyed several of our reviewers. Need room for five or six burly guys? No problem. All of the crew cabs in this class serve up large-sedan spaciousness. The Silverado has a significant advantage in front headroom and legroom, and rear legroom is midpack but still commodious. Massaging seats haven’t yet found their way into the Silverado’s cabin, but most every other piece of luxury fare you might desire has. If the passing scenery isn’t entertaining, front-seat passengers can stay connected to their personal devices via an array of USB ports, a 12-volt outlet, and a 110-volt household receptacle while rear-seat passengers lose themselves in a movie. We found the Silverado’s seats hard. The fronts could use more bolstering on the bottom cushions, and the rear seats require more thigh support. The Silverado’s optional heated-and-cooled front seats do their work well, though, warming quickly on a cold morning or cooling effectively enough to ease the sting of hot leather that’s been in the sun. Heated rear seats, however, are not available, which is surprising now that they’ve filtered down to inexpensive compact sedans. Base Silverados come with a manually adjustable climate system that covers the entire cabin. You can upgrade to an automatic two-zone climate control system in double or crew cabs with LT trim, while in LTZ and High Country models it’s standard. Rear-seat riders are at the mercy of front-seat occupants when it comes to cabin temperature, however. Despite sticker prices that can climb as high as a luxury sedan’s, the Silverado does not offer a three-zone system that can be controlled by the rear-seat passengers. A lot of coffee is quaffed in truck cabs, so having plenty of places to park those Tim Hortons cups is important. The Silverado can handle 10 cups of caffienation at the same time, with the cupholders in the door pockets able to double as water-bottle holders. At 35.4 inches, the seating height of the Silverado is more than two inches shorter than the Ram 1500 (37.8 inches) and the Ford F-150 (37.4 inches). To accurately measure seating height—the distance from the road to the driver’s hip—we use an H-Point Machine (HPM), a precisely engineered device marketed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This versatile tool, along with some lasers and simple trigonometry, also reveals the width and location of roof-pillar visibility obstructions. Our H-Point Machine and laser measurement tools determine the length of road ahead obscured by the hood as well as rearview-mirror blind spots. Thanks to expansive windows, it’s easy to see what’s around you when you’re behind the wheel of a Silverado, though no easier than in any of its competitors. Our laser measurements through the front, rear, and side glass reveal that Silverado blind-spot and visibility numbers are virtually identical to those of its competitors. Not so when it comes to the amount of roadway obscured to the front and rear of the truck. The Silverado’s long, flat hood combined with the overall height of the truck and driver’s seating position conspire to hide the most roadway forward. That could make in-close maneuvering more difficult. All of these pickups are a challenge to back into a parking spot, but for the record, the Silverado obscures a lot of visibility towards the rear, as well. Roof pillars protect occupants in a rollover crash, but they also create blind spots. We determine visibility by measuring the location and width of each pillar using an H-Point Machine and a laser beam (surrogates for a driver and eyeball, respectively). .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is one of the best on the market. Its clear graphics, attractive looks, quick response times, and straightforward configurability make it likable and easy to use. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 we tested came with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. Four USB ports in the front console allow you to connect multiple devices and utilize the smartphone interface, but sorry, rear-seat passengers: no USB ports for you. An optional rear-seat DVD/Blue Ray entertainment system includes a single 9.2-inch screen that flips down from the headliner, plus two pairs of headphones and a hand-held controller. .ymmpinfotainment { overflow: auto; padding-bottom: 32px; } .ymmpinfotainment img{ width: 100% !important; opacity:1.0; filter:alpha(opacity=100); /* For IE8 and earlier */ -moz-opacity: 1.0; /* Netscape */ -khtml-opacity: 1.0; /* Safari 1.x */ -ms-filter: "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Alpha(Opacity=100)"; border: 2px solid #FFF; } .ymmpinfotainment div{ font-size: 13px; padding:0; line-height: 0; } .ymmpinfotainment a{ display: inline-block; position: relative; line-height: 0; width: 100%; } .ymmpinfotainment a div{ position: absolute; left: 0; bottom: 0; background: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8); padding: 8px; vertical-align: top; color: #222; } .ymmpinfotainment span{ vertical-align: top; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1rem; } .ymmppower { overflow: auto; padding-bottom: 32px; } .ymmppower img{ width: 100% !important; opacity:1.0; filter:alpha(opacity=100); /* For IE8 and earlier */ -moz-opacity: 1.0; /* Netscape */ -khtml-opacity: 1.0; /* Safari 1.x */ -ms-filter: "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Alpha(Opacity=100)"; border: 2px solid #FFF; } .ymmppower div{ font-size: 13px; padding:0; line-height: 0; } .ymmppower a{ display: inline-block; position: relative; line-height: 0; width: 100%; } .ymmppower a div{ position: absolute; left: 0; bottom: 0; backgraccordcar2016ound: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8); padding: 8px; vertical-align: top; color: #222; } .ymmppower span{ vertical-align: top; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1rem; } Vehicle Tested: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 AWD Crew Cab The center-stack infotainment screen responds to inputs quickly. You control it either by touching the screen icons or using the hard buttons conveniently located below it. At 0.4 second, the Silverado rates as “Good” using our rating system; note that its screen responds quicker than an iPhone 6S or a Samsung S7 Edge. It’s still not as fast as the leader here, which is the Ram 1500’s Uconnect system—one of our favorites. By filming the infotainment screen while switching between various menus and then analyzing the high-speed video frame by frame, we are able to accurately measure the system’s response time. We rate infotainment response, or latency, on the following scale: .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado is perfect for the American Pickers in all of us. There is voluminous stowage inside its crew cab, it boasts a large bed, and it offers more combined cubby space than any other competitor. The smallest, most basic Silverado single cab has only a few inches of interior storage space behind the seats. Double and crew cabs increase the interior cargo area, aided by 60/40 flip-up rear-seat bottoms that reveal a mostly flat floor (it’s interrupted by a minor drivetrain hump). To help make in-cab storage more understandable, we use carry-on-luggage-sized boxes to measure and rate interior cargo space. For pickups, when available, we fill the back-seat area with the seats folded. The Silverado held 19 of those boxes, one more than all others except the Tundra, which allowed us to stuff 21 boxes inside. How much truck do you need? Like its peers, the Silverado offers several bed sizes to choose from. We measure bed volume to the top of the box’s sides, and the Silverado’s smallest and largest beds are dimensionally similar to their competitors. The Silverado is chock-full of bins and cubbies, with a total of 16 throughout the truck. Using ping-pong balls to measure that storage space, the Silverado held a class-leading total of 1077. Ford’s F-150 came in second at 1041 balls, which, if you can imagine trying to hold 36 ping-pong balls at the same time, amounts to a significant difference. To determine the interior space available to stash travel essentials, we’ve devised a range of measuring protocols. We use six beverage containers ranging in size and shape to gauge cupholder accommodation. We stack, stuff, and arrange 9-by-14-by-22-inch cardboard boxes to quantify the number of airline-carry-on-size suitcases that will fit in a trunk or folded seat’s cargo space. To measure irregularly shaped gloveboxes, door pockets, and console bins, we fill each container with 1.5-inch-diameter ping-pong balls. It’s tempting to convert the number of spheres to a volume (cubic inches), but we resist that calculation because—as with the box of tissues, 12-ounce can of soda, or gallon of milk you might stash in these compartments—there are voids between the balls. Random packing (our procedure) nullifies approximately one-third of the available space. The negative space between the balls could theoretically be reduced to 25 percent of an irregular shape with precise stacking, but while we might be pedantic, we’re not crazy. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Big, bold, upright, and macho, the Silverado looks like it means business. Its military-crisp lines make it instantly identifiable as a Chevy. As with all the trucks in this class, the mix-and-match possibilities of cab configurations, bed lengths, interior trims, and special-equipment packages are almost limitless. The Silverado offers an optional easy-effort tailgate that lowers gently, rather than with a crash, and can be closed with one hand. The rear bumper on all Silverados incorporates a clever built-in step that makes climbing into the bed effortless. Optional power side steps zip out from under the truck when you open a door. Better still, they can motor rearward to provide a convenient perch from which you can comfortably reach into the bed. Lock / unlockLiftgateRemote startPanic alarmHold to roll down windowsHold to roll up windowsRemote parking2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500XXX .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Two agencies evaluate vehicles for crashworthiness in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates tested vehicles from one to five stars in front crash, side crash, and rollover tests. NHTSA also assigns cars an overall rating out of five stars. The non-profit, independent, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) uses a different set of tests to evaluate front and side crashworthiness, roof strength, headlight reach, and ease of child seat installation. IIHS grades cars on a scale from Good to Poor in each test, and awards the cars that perform best across all its tests with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + honors, the latter of which requires that the vehicle’s automated forward-collision-braking system performs well in IIHS’s tests. The Silverado performed extremely well on NHTSA’s battery of crash tests. It fared worse, however, in the IIIHS’s markedly different testing regimen. There’s plenty of room inside the huge crew cabs for rear-facing child seats. Maneuvering them through the smaller rear doors of the double cab model and into in the snug second row is more difficult, and can require moving the front-passenger seat up. LATCH points are easily accessible, but hoisting Junior into the high-off-the-ground second row could be a problem for shorter drivers. The Silverado offers most but not all of the latest safety features. All Silverados come standard with three months of OnStar’s automatic crash response service. OnStar offers three subscription plans to continue the service beyond the first 90 days. Gridlines integrated in backup camera view?Do gridlines move with steering wheel?Does volume of audio system reduce when reverse is selected?2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500YesYesNo .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The warranties in the full-size-pickup segment have only minor differences. The Silverado adds to the basics with two extras: five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance plus two years or 24,000 miles of complimentary service (which amounts to the first two service trips to the dealer). VehicleLimited WarrantyPowertrain WarrantyCorrosion ProtectionRoadside AssistanceComplimentary Maintenance2017 Nissan Titan5 years/100,000 miles5 years/100,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)3 years/36,000 milesN/A2017 Ford F-150 3 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)5 years/60,000 milesN/A2017 Chevrolet Silverado 15003 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles6 years/100,000 miles (rust-through) 3-year/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles2 years/24,000 miles (Only the first two services)2017 GMC Sierra 15003 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles6 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles2 years/24,000 miles (Only the first two services)2017 Ram 15003 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)5 years/100,000 milesN/A2017 Toyota Tundra3 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)2 years (unlimited miles)2 years/25,000 miles .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

What It Is: A 2019 Ford Ranger test mule spied in action near Ford’s Dearborn headquarters. Despite wearing a black-and-white coating of wavy dots, the sheetmetal is very similar to that of the Ranger currently sold overseas. This is far from shocking, as we’ve long expected that when the Ranger returned to the United States it would be closely related to that vehicle. Yes, there is a small chance that the truck pictured here could just be using the global Ranger’s body for testing and evaluating foreign-market powertrains, but some visual cues point to American aspirations: The test mule’s twin-bar grille looks to be a downsized version of the unit found on the refreshed-for-2018 Ford F-150, and the same can be said of the taillights—indications that the finished product we’ll soon get won’t stray far from the truck seen here. Why It Matters: After years of rumor and speculation, Ford confirmed in January that the long-departed Ranger pickup would stage a comeback in the U.S. market. Discontinued in 2011 after nearly 30 years of service, the Ranger left a vacuum in Ford’s lineup. Ford thought that without a small or mid-size truck, buyers would just move up to an entry-level version of its full-size F-150. Satisfied with its chart-topping F-150 sales and figuring that the mid-size-truck segment was nearly dead, Ford seemed content to let Toyota, Nissan, and the aging General Motors mid-sizers fight over whatever shrinking market was left. But then GM faked right and introduced all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks in 2015, and the two largish and not-that-inexpensive mid-sizers sold far better than nearly anyone anticipated. When even Honda brought back its Ridgeline, it became obvious Ford needed to get back in the game. More than just incremental sales generators, smaller trucks are loved by suburban weekend warriors who value a vehicle capable of performing duties including camping, kayaking, antiquing, gardening, and the occasional drywall project without the driveway-hogging footprint of a full-size truck. With the return of the Ranger, Ford once again will have a truck for those buyers, as well as for those moving up from cars and down from full-size trucks before they defect to another brand. Platform: The domestic Ranger will be related to the overseas Ranger, which was developed by Ford of Australia and is sold in numerous markets around the world. Currently scheduled to be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, the new Ranger will feature mild revisions to the global model’s body-on-frame platform to optimize it for domestic duty. Powertrain: We expect Ford to launch the Ranger with a turbocharged EcoBoost 2.3-liter inline-four as the standard powerplant and to utilize its 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engines for premium or sport models. Ford also could call on its naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 for lower-priced models, and diesel power could come in the form of either the 3.2-liter inline-five currently used in the Transit van or the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V-6 that’s headed for the 2018 F-150. At this point it’s not clear how or when Ford’s new 10-speed automatic might fit into the equation, but it’s a good bet that the automaker will want to eventually use it in as many models with longitudinal engine orientations as it can. We can expect both two- and four-wheel-drive versions will be offered. Estimated Arrival and Price: The 2019 Ford Ranger is set to debut sometime in 2018, and the new 2020 Bronco based on the Ranger will appear a year later on the same chassis. For the Ranger to remain a viable proposition versus competitors and alongside Ford’s full-size trucks, base pricing will need to be around the $25,000 mark. That said, don’t be surprised to see heavily optioned or possible off-road-focused variants approach and even exceed $40,000.


BREMEN, GA, March 03, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mill Town Music Hall welcomes Chuck Leavell, one of the most influential keyboardists in rock history, on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30pm EST. Leavell has been making music for more than 40 years, and his piano and keyboard have been heard on the works of musicians ranging from Eric Clapton to the Rolling Stones. The Randall Bramblett Band will serve as the opening act. Mill Town Music Hall focuses on family-friendly music and events and is located conveniently off I-20 in Bremen (1031 Alabama Avenue). At 20 years old, Chuck Leavell joined The Allman Brothers Band, where he played on monumental hits such as "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica." After they broke up, he formed the group Sea Level, which released five critically acclaimed albums. In 1982, he was invited to join the Rolling Stones, a relationship that continues today. He's also been heard on the works of John Mayer, The Black Crows, The Indigo Girls and so many more. Leavell is a member of both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Hall of Fame. Tickets for Chuck Leavell are $38 for "premium reserved" seats and $33 for "reserved" seats in advance. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through Ticket Alternative at 1-877-725-8849, online at the Mill Town Music Hall website (www.MillTownMusicHall.com) or at the Mill Town Music Hall box office. For additional information, please call the Mill Town Music Hall box office at 770-537-6455. Upcoming events at Mill Town Music Hall include: The Bellamy Brothers on March 11; Phillips, Craig and Dean on March 25; Mickey Gilley on April 1 and The Collingsworth Family on April 18. For more information about Mill Town Music Hall or for an upcoming calendar of events, please visit http://www.MillTownMusicHall.com, follow on Twitter @Mill_Town_Music_Hall or on Facebook. Mill Town Music Hall can comfortably seat more than 1,000 people and boasts state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting systems. The venue hosts numerous Country, Contemporary Christian, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel concerts, along with other family-friendly events. The facility can also be rented for corporate events and private receptions. About Mill Town Music Hall Named Large Venue of the Year in 2016 by the Georgia Country Awards, Mill Town Music Hall is committed to providing West Georgia with a quality wholesome entertainment venue. Opened in Feb. 2012, it is the largest facility of its kind in West Georgia and comfortably seats 1,000 people. Boasting state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting systems, the venue hosts numerous Country, Contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel and Bluegrass concerts, along with other family-friendly events. The facility can also be rented for corporate events and private receptions. The venues top sponsors include: Tanner Health System, Systems & Methods Inc. (SMI), R.K. Redding Construction, Bank of North Georgia, Greystone Power Corporation, Gradick Communications, Aubrey Silvey Enterprises, West Georgia Roofing, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia, , The Coca-Cola Company, Walker Cadillac Buick GMC, Jill Duncan State Farm and Jack F. Witcher, Attorney at Law. Please visit http://www.MillTownMusicHall.com for the most up to date calendar of events.


News Article | March 1, 2017
Site: cleantechnica.com

What is an “American-made car?” If it comes from GM, Ford, or Chrysler, does that make it “American?” Truth to tell, in the era of globalization, it’s hard to say. Cars can be assembled in America from parts made in Canada or Mexico or any other country on earth. That shiny new Belchfire 5000 in your driveway may look like an American car, but how do you really know? Many people are curious about the upcoming Tesla Model 3. How “American made” will it be? Every year, the Kogod School of Business at American University studies the US car market and ranks all the cars sold in America according to how “made in America” they really are. Its finding are based on 7 criteria: The results of its 2916 study are revealing. Large trucks and SUVs tend to have the highest domestic content. The Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Arcadia triplets were first with a rating of 90%, followed closely by the Ford F-150 at 85%. The Honda Accord is the first sedan in the group. It was rated 81%. The Toyota Camry comes in at 78.5%. You might think that Teslas rate highly, but in fact the Model S only rates 75% American made, which ties it for 12th on the list. The Model X was not rated. But what about the Model 3? Where will it fall in the next Kogod study? The answer depends on the battery. Until now, Tesla has been using battery cells produced by Panasonic in Japan. Those cells are the old 18650 format used by computer manufacturers for 20 years. But the battery cells for the Model 3 will be the newer 2170 format and will be produced at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. Not only are the battery cells made there, but Tesla has been working hard at acquiring the raw materials, including the lithium needed, from domestic sources. When Elon was asked recently on Twitter if the Model 3 will claim the title as the car with the most US-made content, he replied: Estimates are that the Model 3 may be rated as high as 95% US made, a true feather in Tesla’s cap as it seeks to walk a fine line between developing its core business and appeasing the jingoism of Donald Trump and his cabinet of horribles. With things like the federal tax credit for electric cars possibly on the chopping block, making a car with the highest US-made content and assembled in the US by American workers has to offer Tesla some protection from the fusillades of bluster coming from the Potomac these days. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Gentilini Family Ford, part of the Gentilini Motors network of dealerships in Woodbine, Cape May County, NJ, is happy to announce the return of the President's Day Sales Event. The promotion will last for the entire month of February, and it's just in time for incoming tax returns. Individuals looking for vehicles from one of the most respected manufacturers in the world, the Ford Motor Company, can find great deals on brand new and certified pre-owned vehicles. The President's Day Sales Event will include a number of different deals priced to sell or lease. Brand new Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Escape models can be leased for under $200 a month. Select Ford models can be purchased with 0% financing, meaning a buyer can walk out with a brand new Ford without paying any interest over the lifetime of a loan. There will also be deals on Quality Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, 2015 left-overs, 2016 models, and more. Gentilini Family Ford is owned by a patriotic American family that is proud of its community. It was founded over 60 years ago, and it still maintains the same dedication to affordability and excellent customer services that it did the day its doors were opened for the first time. As a nation honors the leaders who shaped our country, Gentilini Family Ford is proud to offer these amazing deals on vehicles from a great American manufacturer. Visit the showroom today to see what deals are available all throughout the month of February. The Gentilini Motors Organization is a family-owned network of dealerships that has served motorists since 1955. Located in Woodbine, Cape May County, NJ, Gentilini Motors is known for providing the highest level of customer service, receiving multiple industry awards for its family-style service. Gentilini Motors' inventory includes models from Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Rocky Ridge, and more. Visit http://www.gentilinimotors.com to learn more.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - EchoMaster, global manufacturer of driver assistance technology for consumer and commercial drivers, today, introduced PCAM-CHMSL-SIL, a series of center high-mount stop light cameras (CHMSL) for 2014-2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. Designed to fit perfectly and securely underneath the third brake light mounted on top of the truck cab, allowing a bird's-eye-view of your truck bed and fifth wheel. In an instant, you can get a complete idea of the condition of the materials that you are transporting in your truck. The CHMSL can also aid when hooking up a gooseneck trailer, as it allows for a great perspective on the location of your fifth wheel. The EchoMaster Pro series of CHMSL cameras are an invaluable tool for any truck operator who needs "at-a-glance" information about the loads and trailers that they are transporting, and easy rear bed viewing of their cargo while in reverse. Key Features Built with a ¼" CMOS sensor, and a precise, 75° viewing angle to allow for perfect views of your truck bed and its surroundings. The system can operate at light levels as low as 0.1 LUX, and is rated IP67 for waterproofing and debris resistance, allowing all-weather operation. Choose From 3 Applications: PCAM-CHMSL-SIL14: For 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Trucks with OE connector at the tailgate at a suggested retail price of $199.99 PCAM-CHMSL-SIL16: For 2016-2017 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Trucks with OE connector at the tailgate at a suggested retail price of $199.99 PCAM-CHMSL-SIL: A universal option for 2014-2017 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Trucks at a suggested retail price of $159.99 All EchoMaster Pro series CHMSL cameras are available from authorized EchoMaster dealers. ABOUT AAMP GLOBAL Established in 1987, owned by Audax Private Equity, and headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, AAMP Global restlessly pursues innovative ways to enhance what moves you. Global manufacturer of mobile aftermarket technology for consumer and commercial vehicles; developing safety solutions under EchoMaster, smartphone connectivity under iSimple, rear and front seat infotainment under Rosen, high power audio enhancement under Stinger and Phoenix Gold, and OEM integration solutions under Autoleads and PAC. AAMP enables you to define your drive, one vehicle at a time, anywhere in the world.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

TSX: GPRNYSE MKT: GPL VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX: GPR; NYSE MKT: GPL) ("Great Panther"; the "Company") announces an updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the Company's Guanajuato Mine Complex ("GMC") in Guanajuato, Mexico. For the...

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