Popular, Fuel-Efficient Global Compact Sedan Chevrolet unveils the U.S. production version of the 2011 Cruze compact sedan at the L.A. Auto Show on Dec. 2. It is a global car refined for America, delivering many segment-leading features and details that challenge preconceived notions about what a compact car can be in North America. The Cruze also affirms Chevrolet’s commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles, with new, small-displacement four-cylinder engines.
Fossil fuel burning cars will eventually go way of dinosaur Ford Motor Company is teaming with the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) to retrain traditional automotive engineers, providing them with the skills and expertise to develop the next generation of advanced electric and hybrid vehicles. As vehicle electrification plans expand, the automotive industry’s need for electric vehicle-savvy engineers also is growing, creating increased demand for electrical, mechatronics, systems and controls engineering education.
An intriguing array of people and cars At the 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, every fabulous car making its way around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has an intriguing character behind its wheel or responsible for its restoration. That fact couldn't have been more evident today as participants - making last-minute preparations and practicing for tomorrow's and Sunday's races -- mingled with spectators in paddock areas that bustled with activity and the sweet cacophony of revving engines.
Blows current hybrids out of the water The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is expected to achieve city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon, based on development testing using a draft EPA federal fuel economy methodology for labeling for plug-in electric vehicles. The Volt, which is scheduled to start production in late 2010 as a 2011 model, is expected to travel up to 40 miles on electricity from a single battery charge and be able to extend its overall range to more than 300 miles with its flex fuel-powered engine-generator.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is one beautiful car While it’s true that every Ferrari is innovative by definition, it’s equally true that in the course of the Prancing Horse’s history, certain cars have marked a genuine departure from the current range. This is very much the case with the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is a massive leap forward from the company’s previous mid-rear engined sports cars.
by Ali Arsham When introduced in 2003 to the US market, the Lancer Evo was a huge hit but there was a big gap between the performance of the Evo with 271hp and the other performance Lancers with only 120hp. A mid level car was needed and the new Ralliart is just that. But as it turns out, the new Ralliart could be an even better performance bargain than the Evo.
President of bankrupt GM Today marks a defining moment in the history of the General Motors Corporation. Our agreement with the U.S. Treasury and the government of Canada and Ontario provide a fast track plan to form a leaner, quicker, more customer, completely product-focused Company. One that's more cost competitive and has a competitive balance sheet. The plan incorporates the terms of our recent agreements with the UAW and the CAW, as well as has received the support of a substantial portion of GM's unsecured bondholders.
AUTOMOTIVE A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160 horsepower electric motors — one on each wheel. The car has been designed to run for four hours of combined urban/extra urban driving, powered only by a battery and bank of ultra capacitors. The QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250 miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km).
GM Grand Sport. It’s one of the most storied monikers in Corvette’s illustrious racing heritage. Today, Chevrolet announced it is returning to the lineup in the new, 2010 Corvette Grand Sport model. The Grand Sport replaces the Corvette’s previous Z51 package and brings a greater degree of handling performance, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications; and specific gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration vs. standard LS3-powered models.
AUTOMOTIVE As General Motors continues to reinvent itself, this year’s display at the New York International Auto Show features newly introduced production vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Saab. Cadillac will also showcase its electric, luxury concept car Converj; and Chevrolet, in cooperation with DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, will highlight some automotive stars from the upcoming movie, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
Another nail in the coffin of internal combustion engine cars Tesla Motors is now taking orders for the Model S, an all electric family sedan that carries seven people and travels 300 miles per charge. The Model S, which carries its charger onboard, can be recharged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet, with the latter taking only 45 minutes. It's 300-mile range obsoletes GM's similar plug-in Volt before it even goes on sale.
2010 Cayenne GTS Porsche® Design Edition 3 Porsche will offer U.S. customers a very limited version of its Cayenne SUV, the 2010 Cayenne GTS Porsche® Design Edition 3. Featuring interior and exterior styling cues that help communicate this unique Porsche’s high-performance personality, it is the first time the Porsche Design stylists have chosen an SUV rather than one of Porsche’s sports cars.
General Motors hopes new Camaro is a big hit The wait is over. After a seven-year hiatus, the new Chevrolet Camaro is now back in dealer showrooms. “The new Camaro delivers a modern, advanced package of performance, comfort and technology,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager and General Motors vice president. “It’s a personal car for a generation of enthusiasts, both young and old, that honors the Camaro’s heritage with a thoroughly contemporary design."
by Ali Arsham Sports sedans come in all kinds of flavors. One of the most extremes has to be the Audi S8. The S8 is in the super sports sedan category and there are not very many cars that are even in the same category. It is very hard to find anything with this much performance, luxury and space blended together.
by William Tucker In a follow-up to a series of articles on AutoRacing1.com about how the way to pollution-free energy independence is through electric cars that derive their battery recharge from power supplied by nuclear power plants, comes an article titled "There is no such thing as nuclear waste" by William Tucker, who is also the author of "Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America's Long Energy Odyssey." As Mr. Tucker explains, almost 100% of nuclear waste is reusable, as the French have proved.
New Saab 9-3X World Premiere at Geneva Motor Show At the Geneva motor show in March, Saab will introduce the 9-3X -- a new addition to the 9-3 range, becoming available in the 2010 as of Model Year. Designed for people with active lifestyles who don’t want a large Crossover or SUV, the sporty 9-3X is scheduled to make its American debut at the New York auto show in April.
Over 40 MPG expected The all-new Chevrolet Spark, making its world premiere at the Geneva auto show in March, is a small car designed to make a big statement. It's big on style, big on fuel economy and, like all products carrying the Chevrolet gold bowtie, big on refinement and value. Its design breaks the mold for mini-cars and takes Chevrolet's signature styling elements to this vehicle segment in a youthful, fun and fashion-conscious way.
by Ali Arsham If you are in need of a heavy duty truck, chances are you already know about Ford’s F250. But what you may not know is how improved the 2008 model is compared to the previous F250. And you may not know that this top of the line Harley Davidson edition is full of features. Driving the F250 will amaze you at the levels Ford has gone to improve this beast in almost every aspect..
GM Outlines Road Map for Cities to Plug Into the Volt
Plug-in-ready communities key to commercializing electric vehicles General Motors today outlined a comprehensive plan of action to help communities get ready for plug-in electric vehicles such as the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. GM announced details of the plan at the Washington Auto Show. General Motors is working with key stakeholders in cities such as San Francisco to develop policies and enablers to accelerate the transition to plug-in electric vehicles.
Fears have eased now that Nuclear power has proven safe Last May we published an article titled Are Nuclear power plants the way forward? which suggested that electric cars that use power from Nuclear power plants is the best way for the world to reduce its dependence on pollution emitting fossil fuels. This follow-up article talks about the momentum that is building for new Nuclear plants. And so the question begs to be asked, if electric cars are indeed our future, should race cars begin to derive some of their propulsion from electric motors?
Distinctive design and craftsmanship Cadillac unveiled the next-generation 2010 SRX Crossover today, featuring a completely new design and more-efficient, high-technology engine choices. The new SRX is a mid-size luxury crossover coming to the North American International Auto Show next week. The all-new SRX is a fresh and compelling crossover aimed squarely at the priorities of luxury buyers.
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