In May, I hit the road for GM’s 2018 Solutions Summit in Las Vegas, hosted by the Fleet and Commercial team. The event was both exciting and educational as fleet professionals got to test drive the 2018 fleet vehicle lineup and learn about hot new features from safety to technology and infotainment.

Let me first highlight the exciting parts for the gearhead in all of us – the Ride and Drive. The Las Vegas speedway was decked out with an off-road course built just for this event. On this part of the track, we got to test out the durability of GM trucks by dragging them over bumps and hills, then sloshing through the mud.

I got to experience this from the back of the Colorado Crew Cab as one of our clients piloted. I must say it was a smooth ride from where I sat, despite the obstacle course. But nothing can top the Hot Laps segment, where we could take to the track in Corvettes and Cadillac’s at speeds of more than 140 miles per hour. Talk about a rush. My professional driver did not disappoint, and neither did the vehicles. In fact, they handled so well, I couldn’t tell from the inside if we were going 40 or 140 mph.

Now, allow me to get back to business – the educational portion. Some of the more popular vehicles at the Ride and Drive were the newly redesigned Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Terrain. With all new styling for 2018, these did not stay idle for long, which I noted is somewhat indicative of the market shift away from sedans as well.

I must have stayed in the lanes as I test drove the Equinox because I did not have a run-in with the safety alert on the seat. While this feature was first introduced to the luxury brands, we are now starting to see additional safety technology make its way to the more popular fleet vehicle, such as the Equinox.

Some of the newer safety features on GM models include:

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Surround Vision
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Rear Seat Reminder
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

New technology ahead

We also got to hear about the progress GM is making in autonomous technology with the 2018 Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise. The Super Cruise is hands-free driving technology that uses a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data. They even hide a camera in the steering wheel to make sure the driver stays alert, which I thought was pretty clever.

Additionally, GM is enhancing their connectivity with OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. On the Malibu, GM will offer unlimited data for Wi-Fi. You can also expect to find new 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

You may be wondering how these new features will impact your fleet budget. I was pleased to hear the Equinox has carryover pricing from 2017 for the LS and LT, while the Traverse will have two fleet packages – 1LT and 2LT.

Planning for leasing and ordering

As you build specifications in ePlan for your upcoming order cycle, you can check to see which trim levels offer these safety features as standard or optional equipment, and fit within your budget. Ordering is open for many of these vehicles and production has already begun. To check out more specific dates, head over to our manufacturer dates in our resource center.

All and all, this was great Summit, and I look forward to seeing what GM has up their sleeve for the 2019 model year. If we can help with your next order cycle, let us know!

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