• Feb 10th 2006 at 8:00AM
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Automotive News reports, according to dealers, that sales of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, and the GMC Yukon have been strong, with many buyers purchasing at or near MSRP. According to Paul Ballew, GM’s executive director of global marketing and industry analysis, the new Tahoe sold twice as many in January as originally expected.

The full-sized SUV trio, all built on GM’s new GMT900 architecture, has been upgraded across the board, but each vehicle is being sold at last year’s price (Escalade) or priced less (Tahoe and Yukon). This is part of GM's strategy to reduce rebates as incentives while offering competitive products. The company admits its SUVs are crucial to its plans for financial recovery.

The next wave of SUVs, which includes the Chevrolet Suburban, Avalanche, GMC Yukon XL and the Cadillac Escalade ESV and EXT, will be arriving in April.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I would say this vehicle is positioned to be the segment leader. Sales, design, style, value, the works.
      Now bash me - OK, debate is good!

      Our group always gets so far off subject... How did we ever get to writing about Suzukis and mini-vans?
      • 9 Years Ago

      P. Chappy,

      Don't worry about it. Paul just likes to take cheap shots at American products and the American worker, in general. He would just like to see the U.S. fall flat on it's face. Reminds me of a couple of European guys in the early 1990's who told me with the EU and the adoption of one currency (the Euro) it was going to CRUSH the U.S. economy. Lots of people out there are just waiting for the U.S. economy to fall.

      Little did they know that it will probably be China bankrupting us like we did the Soviet Union.
      • 9 Years Ago
      CR did a comprehensive report on reliability in cars (which goes hand in hand with quality) 31 cars were test ed and only 2 of the "most reliabile" were from american based automakers, 29 were from japanese automakers! 8 models were from Honda!!! Of the least reliable cars 22 were from america and only 4 japanese all of them nissan. While Gm's suv's ranked "subpar" The Toyota Sienna Ranked Above Average and Since the Odyssey didnt rank below average I'm sure it was Average. I'm not saying this in the Odyssey's defense I'm saying this because you KNOW that you can't say "Honda minivans aren't built with that quality." Honda puts quality in every car they sell thats why not one of their 2006 models ranked "below average" and GM had a whopping 13. You can't say that when a company builds 13 models with below average reliablity that they build with quality.

      Heres a link to the report.

      • 9 Years Ago
      A Pilot? That's nowhere near the vehicle the Tahoe is. Not even close. You might as well say you don't want a Tahoe because you can get the Astro Van for 10k less.

      The new Tahoe and Suburban will be sales leaders in this segment.
      • 9 Years Ago

      Thanks a mill for that post. You said it!

      • 9 Years Ago
      I always get a kick out of people who think minivans are not cool.

      The way I figure form follows function. Minivans just work better and are more efficient. Sure they tow way less, and but I can't believe than many people need to tow - I certainly know a lot of SUV owners who have never towed.

      You can haul and extra 1,500 lb of steel around to impress people if your self-image requires it. Americans are rich, and if you earn money I guess you gotta spend it somehow. Wasting money shows you can waste money I guess.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wait a minute, according to all the reviews the new GMT Suvs handle better than ANY minivans, get mileage over 22 miles per gallon and these things last forever-they get recommended by all the consumer mags!

      Besides the Honda Odyssey doesn't come in a hybrid!

      So if you're so socially concious, why buy it?
      • 9 Years Ago
      its just another stupidly designed and assembled american vehicle that ultimately no one will want. its shear size will drive it on to the rebate pile and the development cost will accelorate the demise of GM. does the engine come standard with piston slap and coolant leaks and engine failures like the last one did with the 8.1L motor. does the brakes have delaminating rotors like the last one.
      • 9 Years Ago

      "P Chappy, I believe what you are looking for is a minivan. The honda odyssey is nice."

      Are you selling Hondas or are you trying to give advice on minivans being better than SUVs? (http://forums.carreview.com/showthread.php?t=113). To be quite honest with you, if I ever had temporary insanity and bought an Odyssey and my son hit me in the jaw as hard as he could and I asked him why and if his answer was because I bought a woosy vehicle, I don't think I could punish him. I'd have to give myself a time out instead.

      "When you buy an SUV just because you need room for your kids you are getting a lot of extra steel for no extra value."

      Pretty meaningless statement but P Chappy mentioned he would like to tow things once in a while so it wouldn't be just for room for the kids.

      " It weighs 7000 pounds and gets 14mpg. It makes a real cool v8 sound, yeah, I know but."

      2wd 2007 Tahoe: 16/22 mpg (city/hwy)
      2wd 2006 Odyssey: 18/25 mpg (city/hwy) big difference. $3-$6 per week more in gas to not be a Honda woos, well worth it, IMO.

      "The minivan is going to handle better, cost you about $10k less and last longer."

      I went to edmunds.com and did a comparo with the 2007 Tahoe and 2006 Odyssey and it came out just under $5K difference for 2wd. Try it yourself. Last longer? Again, maybe or maybe not: http://forums.carreview.com/showthread.php?t=113

      • 9 Years Ago
      A Pilot? That's nowhere near the vehicle the Tahoe is. Not even close. You might as well say you don't want a Tahoe because you can get the Astro Van for 10k less.

      The new Tahoe and Suburban will be sales leaders in this segment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am not surprised that GM is doing so well with the big trucks. Clearly, GM has what it takes to not only survive, but thrive as evidenced by its expanding Indian and other overseas operations:

      • 9 Years Ago

      I don't drive a foreign vehicle daily. My daily driver is an American vehicle, a 1999 Ford Contour, with 2.0 liter 4-banger, steel wheels and 5-speed tranny. I average 30 mpg overall.

      Compared to my daily driver, the 5,500 Tahoe is an extra 2,800 lb of steel. Compared to our family minivan, an extra 1,300 lb. Is the Tahoe evil? No, if I wanted to go offroad with many passengers it would be useful, though I'd prefer something more like an old suburban.

      Many SUV owners point to all weather capability, but 1. I live in Arizona, and SUV's are popular here, most never go off-road 2. I lived in Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota for 10 years, and drove fwd cars no problem.

      As I said Americans have lots of money, and a lot of vehicle choice is for image. This goes for all cars not just SUV's. Buying a Prius you'll probably never save enough gas money to pay for extra purchase, but they make the owner feel better.

      If you don't believe that SUV purchase is driven partly by image, read quotes above, example "minivans are for wusses". So my conclusion is that one important capability of SUV's is "de-wussification".

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