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General Motors initiates CLEAN dealership program using CDC guidelines

The new CLEAN dealership program uses CDC guidelines he ensure cleanliness.

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Personal hygiene and hygienic business practices are on the forefront of many minds as the world begins moving past the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. General Motors has announced an initiative for its dealerships that utilizes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as a roadmap for the operations of their businesses.

"With all of the uncertainty in today's world, we know that our customers' expectations have changed and that more will need to be done to meet those expectations," said Barry Engle, executive vice president and president, GM North America. "As a result, our engineering, service and sales teams have worked closely with our dealer network to develop a program that follows best practices regarding the delivery of new, used or serviced vehicles."

Bomnin Automotive Two Chevrolet retail outlets just 8 miles apart, have sold more Chevys year-to-date than any other dealership. Read more here. Photo courtesy of Bomnin Automotive

Dealers who are enrolled the voluntary CLEARN program have agreed to follow CDC guidelines and to use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleansers in connection with the cleaning of their facilities. The areas cleaned include high-traffic areas like showrooms and service windows and extends to the cleaning of new, used, and serviced customer vehicles.

How do you know if your dealer is CLEAN compliant? GM says that participating dealer will communicate their enrollment in the CLEAN initiative to customers through point-of-sale materials and other customer-facing messaging.

Additionally, many GM dealerships are participating in the company's Shop. Click. Drive. shopping tool, which offers a simplified, digital way to shop for a new car to either purchase or lease. Buyers can pick their vehicle, trim level, and accessories online; choose warranty options; begin the financing process; and schedule delivery all without having to leave home.

GM, like other automakers, has been busy preparing to go back to work designing, engineering, and building vehicles. During the downtown, select company employees have been hard at work producing ventilators and face masks. They've also designed and tested personal protective equipment (PPE) that was created from materials usually found in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles.

The company has also donated millions to charitable efforts that support the communities where their employees live, work, and play.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

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Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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