Two GM Models Say Farewell to Manual Transmission

Chevy Colorado

Pickup trucks are one of America’s most popular vehicle types, but within the truck segment, there’s one configuration that’s not such a big seller: trucks with manual transmissions. That’s part of the reason why GM is phasing out the manual transmission option on the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon this year.

Both trucks were originally offered with a six-speed manual transmission paired with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder manual transmission. Per GM, the consumer demand for this configuration was just too low for the automaker to keep offering it.

Now, for the 2019 model year, WT models of the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon will have a six-speed automatic transmission. At higher trim levels, drivers can pair the six-speed automatic transmission with a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. At these trims, drivers can also select the available eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re a fan of manual transmission trucks, it’s understandable if you feel a tinge of sadness at this news. However, we’re not so upset about it here at Fuller Chevy GMC Truck. Modern trucks offer plenty of performance-enhancing technologies that pair well with automatic transmissions to deliver a more engaging driving experience. Experience the contemporary performance of automatic-transmission trucks when you stop by our dealership to test-drive a new 2019 Colorado or Canyon model. 

Chevrolet Silverado Pace Truck Debuts at Daytona 500

Daytona 500

Chevrolet made waves at the 61st annual Daytona 500 this weekend when the brand brought the first-ever Chevrolet Silverado pace truck to the track. Trucks have never before been used as the opening pace car for the race, meaning the all-new 2019 Silverado made its mark on history last month when two-time champion Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drove it around the track.

The pace truck, equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood, churned out a maximum 420 horsepower. However, that wasn’t the most powerful Silverado to make its way to Daytona Beach. The new 2019 Chevrolet RST also debuted on the race track as part of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Based on the Chevrolet Silverado TrailBoss trim, the RST is one of the most award-winning pickup trucks on the track to date.

The weekend of Feb. 13-15 was an exciting one for NASCAR fans overall, but especially for the Chevrolet pickup truck lineup. The event enabled the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pace truck to reach a wider audience.

With a range of powerful engines and off-roading features, there’s plenty of options to make the Silverado more powerful and fun to drive. Stop by Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck to experience the Silverado truck firsthand.

Redesigned GMC Sierra HD Coming for 2020

GMC Sierra HD Coming for 2020

The GMC Sierra 1500 debuted a refreshed design last year, and now its big brother is next in line for an upgrade. The 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty pickup truck will feature many of the added technologies found on its smaller sibling, but with all the capability and toughness associated with the heavy-duty truck segment.

Some of these technologies included in the redesigned GMC Sierra HD are the ProGrade Trailering System, rear-camera mirror, and MultiPro six-function tailgate. Drivers who pair the exclusive trailering system with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine will find their truck capable of towing up to 30,000 pounds. The engine option, mated to a 10-speed Allison transmission, churns out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque.

More information is still forthcoming about the GMC Sierra HD. We eagerly await information on a new gasoline engine, which is reportedly on the way. A video featuring the 2020 Sierra Denali HD equipped with the fifth-wheel towing package showed it hauling a 225,000-pound, 80-foor yacht, hinting that we may see a huge increase in towing capacity in the near future.

The new GMC Sierra HD will also see the inclusion of new 2020 AT4 models, GMC’s off-road truck lineup. While the AT4 brand has been offered on the Sierra 1500 before, it will soon extend to the 2020 GMC Sierra HD.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on the next-gen Sierra 1500 or the 2019 Sierra HD let Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck know.

Wards 10 Best Engines List Recognizes Chevy’s 6.2-liter V8


The annual Wards 10 Best Engines list is one of the most prestigious awards lists in the auto industry, and this year Wards recognized the 6.2-liter V8 engine found on the Chevy Silverado as one of the best engines of the 2019 model year.

All Wards 10 Best Engines must be available in a car for priced under $64,000, produced in the U.S., and that shows significant improvement over previous model years. The winners are determined by a variety of factors, from horsepower to technology to fuel economy to how loud an engine is.

Wards was so impressed with the Silverado’s 6.2-liter V8 because of its use of Dynamic Fuel Management, a technology that improves fuel economy by reducing or increasing the amount of power delivered by an engine depending on the current driving situation. DFM constantly works to determine how much power is needed and adjusts seamlessly 80 times per second, using anywhere from two cylinders to all eight.

The 2019 Silverado is the first to use Dynamic Fuel Management as opposed to Active Fuel Management, which alternates between four cylinders and eight cylinders, compared to DFM’s 17 possible cylinder modes.

With the engine’s 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the new Silverado delivers incredible fuel economy without giving up the slightest bit of performance. Find it at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

Chevy Colorado Popularity Leads to New Special Editions

Chevy Colorado

Since its reintroduction in America in 2014, the Chevy Colorado has been making waves. This redesigned midsize truck arrived on the scene and immediately revolutionized the midsize pickup segment, offering high performance, smarts, and off-road capability to drivers. Since the Colorado’s exciting reintroduction, it has sold more than 428,000 units.

To celebrate the massive Chevy Colorado popularity and its fourth birthday back in the states, Chevy is adding two new special editions to the Colorado’s already impressive lineup. The new Z71 Trail Runner is an off-road vehicle at heart, offering an array of features that will make you feel confident on whatever terrain you traverse. This special edition builds on the features of the Colorado Z71 – which includes Z71 Off-Road Suspension and an automatic locking rear differential – and adds front and mid skid plates for extra underbody protection, standard 17-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires for superior traction, and more.

The second special edition is the stylish RST, which has a sleek and sophisticated presence for city driving. The street-smart RST takes design cues from other RST trims across Chevy’s model lineup, offering elegant exterior and interior finishes like a monochromatic exterior offset, a black tailgate bowtie, and 20-inch low-gloss black wheels.

In the Colorado, drivers are given a never-before-experienced type of truck — one that is sophisticated, easy to drive, and adventurous all at once. The current Colorado model — which you can find at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck—boasts best-in-class 308 horsepower and best-in-class towing of 7,000 pounds. It’s no surprise the Colorado is so popular.

Simple Tips to Properly Winterize Your Car

Winter Car

You can already feel it in the air: winter is just around the corner. Before hitting the road in the cold, it’s important to follow these simple steps to properly winterize your car.


Check your oil

Cold weather causes motor oil to thicken up and become less effective. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to switch to thinner oil that delivers optimal performance even when the temperature drops below freezing. Fortunately, this is an easy, inexpensive step you can take to keep your car running well all winter.


Install snow tires

Despite what the name suggests, all-season tires aren’t your best option in cold weather. Instead, consider installing a dedicated set of snow tires, as they provide better traction and performance in cold, snowy driving conditions.


Wash and wax

Keeping your car clean isn’t just about looking flashy. In fact, hitting the car wash and applying a protective layer of wax is one of the best ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior against corrosive materials like salt that tend to build up on car bodies over the winter.


Stow emergency items

Finally, it’s important to stow some emergency items in your vehicle in case of a cold-weather breakdown. You should always have non-perishable food and water, a blanket or two, and a battery-powered cellphone charger in case of emergency.


Of course, another good idea is to get your car checked here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck. Our friendly service staff would be happy to make sure you are cold-weather fit.

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Fall Car Care Tips to Keep Your Car Running

Fall is in full-swing, which means winter is just around the corner. Each season bears its own list of essential automotive maintenance tasks, and there are certain car care duties you can perform to keep your car running in tip-top shape. Here are a few fall car care tips you should address this season to prepare your car for winter.

  • Check your tires: The hot roads and pavement during summer can be tough on your tires, so you will want to check your tire treads and make sure they’re not too worn now. You will also want to check tire pressure, as fluctuating external temperatures can cause the air pressure and inflation to drop.
  • Check vehicle lights: Since the sun sets earlier in the fall and winter months, it’s important to make sure all your lights are working for nighttime driving. Check the bulbs and clean off hazy glass.
  • Check windshield wiper blades and fluid: Hot summer weather can dry out your wiper blades, causing them to streak and not work as effectively. Fall is the perfect time to replace your wiper blades so you can improve visibility during rainy fall weather and winter snow storms.
  • Check heating and defroster system: Not only does the heating system keep you and your passengers warm, but it also keeps your windows defogged.
  • Check battery: To start your vehicle in the cold, it’s necessary to have a charged battery. Have your battery and charging system checked in the fall to make sure you’re good to go when the weather gets colder.

If your vehicle needs seasonal maintenance work done to it, bring it to the Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck service center. We’ll make sure your car is ready for autumn.

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Maine’s Most Scenic Drives



While tourists flock to bigger, crowded cities this time of the year, Maine residents and visitors looking for rocky coastlines, towering pines, and quaint communities can find plenty of destinations on these beautiful Maine drives.

State Route 11: Fish River Scenic Byway

Catch a glimpse of an eagle or a moose on this spectacular, hilly Maine byway. The 38-mile drive between Portage and Fort Kent offers outstanding views of meadows, Mount Katahdin, and Eagle Lake. Load up the car with picnic materials and stop for a family lunch at one of the many wilderness camps surrounding the area’s lakes.

Route 113: Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway

This magnificent section of Route 113 from Baldwin to Gilhead runs along the Saco River, taking its travelers through thousands of years of history in just 60 miles. The presence of the Sokokis Indians lives on through the work done by the artisans, craftsmen, and sustainable farmers there today. Stop for a hike through picturesque White Mountain National Forest.

Schoodic National Scenic Byway

The quintessential Maine can be found on the Schoodic. Pass through the only mainland section of Acadia National Park and head towards gorgeous Schoodic Point. Look to the cold, rugged North Atlantic waters to witness the Maine lobster boats at dock or the wooden piers jutting into the sea. Cadillac Mountain and rolling hills full of wild blueberries provide the perfect backdrop.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle to take on Maine’s most scenic drives, visit us at Fuller Chevrolet. We have a great selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Don’t Waste Money on Gas: Efficient Driving Tactics

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Aside from getting a new set of wheels, there are some ways to save gas this summer by driving more effectively. Fuel costs have consistently risen over the years, which means you shouldn’t be surprised to see prices exceeding $4 per gallon in the near future. With that in mind, try out some of these efficient driving tactics to help you lower your expenses and save money.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things you can do is coast to a stop. Basically, pretend you’re riding a bike—try to anticipate when traffic lights will change so you can coast to a stop and reduce fuel consumption. Hard braking is inherently less efficient than slowly coming to a halt, so give coasting a try next time you’re commuting.

Don’t start slowly. This might sound like it goes against conventional wisdom, but your car will get lower fuel economy in low gears. This is especially true if you’re eventually going to reach highway speeds, because your car will reach its top, fuel-saving gear sooner if you don’t crawl to reach higher speeds.

Use the air conditioner at high speeds. Again, you may have heard that the A/C is terrible on fuel economy, but having the windows down at highway speeds is actually worse. That’s because having the windows down creates drag, lowering fuel economy by quite a bit. If you’re going less than 55 mph, then have the windows down. Otherwise, use the air conditioner.

If you want a fuel-efficient truck for your daily drive, you’ll find one at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation Sets Its Sights on Adventure

2019 GMC Sierra

Many truck owners buy a truck so they can explore the great outdoors. For the next-generation 2019 lineup of Sierra trucks, GMC is releasing a GMC Sierra Elevation special edition model that is geared up and ready to take on your next adventure.

The Elevation model will feature bold styling that includes chiseled fenders, a bold grille design, monochromatic door handles and bumpers, black exterior accents, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. The sharp C-shaped “light blade” signature lighting up front finishes off the look with an intense stare.

“The 2019 Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach,” said Rich Latek, GMC marketing director. “With inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”

To help you tackle rough terrain, it will come standard with a Traction Select System. By turning the dial to the appropriate mode, the Sierra Elevation will adjust its transmission, throttle, shift points, and other systems to maximize its performance.

For an even better off-road performance, there is an available X31 Off Road package you can add to get Hill Descent Control, a locking rear differential, Rancho shocks, underbody skidplates, a dual exhaust system, and a two-speed transfer case.

The 2019 GMC Sierra and all its editions will be available this year at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck. Contact us for more information.

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