• According to GM, all new Buick, Cadillac and GMC vehicles must be $1,500. report today on Detroit Free Press.
  • The option is for the three-year OnStar and Connected Services Premium plan.
  • Essentially a price hike, GM’s mandatory option looks to be the latest example of automakers finding ways to raise prices.

    What was once an option is now mandatory and included in the price of some new General Motors vehicles. That’s because the company is reportedly making the $1,500 option standard on all new Buick, Cadillac and GMC models, according to a story today Detroit Free Press.

    The option in question is GM’s premium OnStar and Connected Services plan. It provides three years of access to services that include automatic crash response, roadside assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, remote key fob, vehicle diagnostics, Wi-Fi hotspot and more. Car and driver has reached out to General Motors for comment and will update the story when it receives more information.

    Although the OnStar plan is listed as an option on the window sticker, customers who bought a new Buick or GMC after June 2 or a new Cadillac after July 18 had to pay for it regardless of whether they used the service or not , in accordance with Detroit Free Press article. It is also mentioned that Chevy customers may face the same situation as the brand is reportedly still finalizing its plans for similar services.

    Andy HedrickCar and driver

    The news comes at a time when automakers are often raising prices and revising optional and standard features. We are here in Car and driver recently highlighted art significant price increases on the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500. Today we also found out that Ford is there price increase on the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck due to “significant increases in the cost of materials and other factors.”

    In the case of the mandatory OnStar option, a GMC spokesman said Detroit Free Press that the company decided to make connected services standard because it is “more convenient for our customers and provides a more seamless onboarding experience.”

    That, of course, will be up to new car buyers as they will likely be faced with new examples of automakers finding new ways to raise prices.

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