The 2020 calendar year has been a tough one for any automaker, as the COVID-19 pandemic drove production to a grinding halt in many countries, delayed new vehicle introductions and destroyed profit margins across the board. Through all of this, General Motors launched the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, considered one of the year’s hits in the auto industry.
As a matter of fact, Automotive News recently listed its top hits and misses for 2020, and Chevrolet’s subcompact-plus crossover figures on that list for its affordable price tag, but also for being one of the fastest-turning vehicles in the market. As GM Authority recently reported, Trailblazer RS units are flying off dealer lots right now, and even the slowest-selling midrange Trailblazer LS is running at an excellent average pace of 51 days in inventory.
On AN’s breakdown of 2020 calendar year hits, the Trailblazer sits alongside models such as the Ford Bronco family, the Land Rover Defender 110, the Ineos Grenadier, the Tesla Model Y, the Polestar 2, the Hyundai Nexo, and the Ford F-150 with its new PowerBoost hybrid powertrain.
Meanwhile, the huge 38-inch OLED curved display in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade has also been deemed a hit by the Michigan-based publication, citing that it “sets the standard for high-definition clarity in automotive screens.” The display incorporates fully digital and configurable driver instrument panel, flanked by a smaller touchscreen on the left and a 16.9-inch infotainment touchscreen on the right, and equips the new-generation Cadillac Escalade as standard.
In addition, the hit list includes “new manoeuvrability” as the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck is able to perform a “tank turn” by spinning its left and right wheels in opposite directions. Not to be outdone, the GMC Hummer EV has been name-dropped as well for its four-wheel steering system and Crabwalk feature, enabling diagonal driving in tricky off-road situations.
Last but not least, AN listed General Motors’ new Ultium batteries as a hit for the outgoing year too, highlighting the automaker’s claim that its innovative battery packs will cost about $100 per kWh, will offer up to 400 miles of driving range between charges and will fit in various types of vehicles due to the ability of stacking the battery cells vertically or horizontally.
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