GMC’s New Transmission Interface

GMC's New Transmission Interface

The manual transmission held the spotlight for decades as the primary method of changing gears. The invention of the automatic transmission eliminated the need for the manual, although it still remain popular in some segments to this day. Now, GMC is on the forefront of the next great transmission innovation. GMC’s new transmission interface could very well change the way of the road for good.

GMC’s new transmission interface debuted in the 2018 GMC Terrain, an SUV that’s as much about style as it is about comfort and efficiency. The new model features both a six- and nine-speed automatic transmission that will utilize the new interface.

Known as the “Electronic Precision Shift,” the interface features three buttons and two switch toggles. The toggles control the Reverse and Drive gears. Drivers must push the brake pedal in order to move either switch. The three push-button controls are used for the Park, Neutral, and Low gear functions.

The transmission interface is located above the cup holders, but below the radio and touchscreen controls. The new interface allows for more storage space and ease of access to auxiliary and USB ports.

The interface’s design is predictive of how self-driving cars will use electronic controls rather than a gear shifter.

We here at Highview Motors are happy to see GMC’s new transmission interface garnering so much attention!

GMC Alternative Fuel Options Expanding

GMC alternative fuel options

As the world continues to change, one thing that many people and businesses are interested in is alternative fuels. Alternative fuels are often more efficient and less expensive than standard gasoline or diesel. This is why GMC alternative fuel options are growing.

Starting early next year, GMC will begin to offer heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans that will have 6.0-liter V8 engines capable of running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). There will also be alternative fuel options available for GMC’s new Low Cab Forward commercial truck.

With this expansion, GM Fleet’s lineup of hybrid, EV, and alternative fuel options grows to more than a dozen cars, trucks, and crossovers. This includes vehicles like the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV, a B20-capable 2.8-liter Duramax diesel for GMC Savana vans, and a 6.6-liter B20-capable Duramax diesel engine for the GMC Sierra HD.

“Expanding choice is the key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus using traditional gasoline,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.”

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