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Chevy, GMC US powertrain warranty cut from 100k to 60k miles

For the 2016 model year onwards, GM has cut its US powertrain warranty from 100,000 miles to 60,000 miles for its Chevrolet and GMC brands.

For Chevy and GMC vehicles from the 2016 model year onwards, GM will only offer a 60,000 mile/5-year powertrain warranty. This brings the two mainstream GM brands into line with its major competitors, Ford and Toyota. Hyundai and Kia are currently offering a 100,000 mile/10-year powertrain warranty.

For the 2007 model year onwards, to counter a perceived lack of quality compared to its rivals, GM introduced a 100,000 mile/5-year warranty for its powertrains on Chevy and GMC cars and trucks.

In a memo sent to dealers, Chevrolet said: “Through research, we have determined that when purchasing a new vehicle, included maintenance and warranty rank low on the list of reasons why consumers consider a particular brand over another.”

The company has also cut back the generosity of its free servicing program. Introduced for the 2014 model year, the plan used to offer four free services over two years. From the 2016 model year, the incentive will only provide two free services over the first two years.

Buick and Cadillac vehicle will retain their current 70,000 mile/5-year powertrain warranty — these warranties were cut back several years ago from the 100,000 mile/5-year high watermark.

The plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt will retain its 100,000 mile/10-year drivetrain warranty.

Source: Automotive News