GM Canada won't follow USA in reducing warranty coverage

Chevy and GMC powertrain warranties will be cut from 100,000 to 60,000 km in the USA

Published: March 13, 2015, 5:50 AM
Updated: March 16, 2015, 8:13 PM

2015 GMC Yukon Denali

General Motors plans to reduce its powertrain warranty coverage on 2016 Chevrolet and GMC vehicles in the USA, according to a report in the industry publication Automotive News.

But there is no corresponding change to warranty coverage in Canada, according to a GM Canada spokesperson.  

The current 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty coverage in the USA will be reduced to 60,000 miles in 2016. There will also be a reduction in the number of free maintenance visits for oil changes and tire rotations during the first two years from four to two. The five-year time-period limit for the warranty will not be changed.

"GM Canada is not adjusting the warranty coverage or existing free scheduled maintenance on our new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles as we believe these coverages offer a competitive advantage in the Canadian market," according to product communications manager, George Saratlic.

GM's limited powertrain warranty in Canada is for five years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first. The company's key competitors, including Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota currently offer a five-year/100,000-km limited warranty in Canada.

General Motors introduced its 160,000 km/100,000 mile warranty coverage for the 2007 model year as a means of promoting the company's improved quality levels.