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GM Stock Value Rises 2 Percent During Week Of April 15 – April 19, 2019

GM Authority News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 5:22pm

The value of GM shares rose as high as $40.45 this week.

GM Discontinues 2.0L Turbo Engine In Chevrolet Traverse

GM Authority News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 5:11pm

Leaving the 3.6L V-6 as the sole engine option.

[SPIED] A Group of C8 Corvette Prototypes are Spotted at a McDonald’s in Ohio

Corvette Blogger - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 1:04pm

Here’s another sighting of the C8 Corvette prototypes in Ohio. While we can make out a McDonald’s restaurant in the background, we are not exactly sure of the location in Ohio.

It looks like the Corvette Team has taken its pre-reveal marketing plan to a whole new level as the group of C8s feature several camo-only prototypes with the same 07.18.19 reveal date graphics on the doors as we saw on the C8 Corvette in NYC.

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Corvette Delivery Dispatch with National Corvette Seller Mike Furman for April 21st

Corvette Blogger - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:32am

Each week, Criswell Chevrolet’s Mike Furman delivers new Corvette Stingrays, Grand Sports, Z06s and ZR1s to his customers who come from all parts of the country to work with the nation’s top individual Corvette seller.

Are you going to the NCM Bash this week? If so, make sure you say hello to Mike who will be there as well.

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C7 Corvette Inventory Running High Ahead Of Corvette C8 Reveal

GM Authority News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 8:00am

A 137-day supply totaling over 9,000 cars in inventory.

GM Files For ‘GMC Granite’ Trademark For The Fourth Time

GM Authority News - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 3:20am

GM has been chasing the name for a decade.

[AMAZON] Apeman 1080p Waterproof Action Camera For $30 Shipped

Corvette Blogger - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 5:44pm

The Apeman 1080p Waterproof Action Camera is now $29.99 shipped when you use the Promotional Code ZCYOHDXY at checkout. That’s a 25% savings off the regular price of $39.99. It’s also one of the best prices we’ve seen for the waterproof action cam that’s an inexpensive alternative to the more expensive GoPro models.

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Chevrolet’s 15 Percent Camaro Discount Continues In April 2019

GM Authority News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 5:18pm

The discount only applies to remaining 2018 model year models.

QUICK SHIFTS: Mid-Engine Primer, Mary Barra Rendered, the BFG Corvette, Camaro Crashes Mustang’s Birthday

Corvette Blogger - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 1:34pm

Photo Credit: Richard Prince / Super Chevy

Our occasional round-up of news is back featuring links to some of the Corvette and other automotive-related stories that we’ve come across this week. Check out these quick shifts featuring a Mid-Engine primer from Car and Driver, a C8 Corvette rendering with GM’s CEO Mary Barra, a trip to the ZR1 Owner’s School and more…


Car and Driver has an excellent primer on what “Mid-Engined” means and the message that Chevrolet is sending to the world with Corvette’s move to the mid-engine platform:

Photo Credit: Addicted to Track / YouTube


Do you think that Mary Barra likes the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette in Sebring Orange?

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Saturday Morning Corvette Comic: He Wanted to See Photos of My Corvette…

Corvette Blogger - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 9:46am

As a good host, you have to learn the difference between someone nodding off or passing out during your Corvette slideshow presentation.

You can browse more of our Corvette comics here!


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2019 Acura RDX A-Spec Long-Term Update 4: Safety and Infotainment (Again)

Motortrend Magazine News - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 4:00am

Evaluating safety tech is trickier than ever. It’s not enough to just check a box on a features list; it’s important to know how the tech works and on what trims it’s offered, too. With regard to safety, the Acura RDX excels—but it’s not perfect.

The $3,200 Technology package’s safety additions include a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic monitoring, as well as front/rear parking sensors. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in a previous update, none of those features can compensate for the RDX’s serious blind spots. They’re worse than the more conventionally styled Volvo XC60, but anyone who’s driven a Lexus RX should feel comfortable with them.

IIHS and NHTSA Safety Ratings

Surprisingly, the 2019 RDX’s three lower trims outperform the top Advance model in one safety test. The Acura’s standard LED headlights provide great visibility, but on the Advance model, one of the RDX’s LED lighting elements only illuminates during cornering to send light into the direction you’re going. The IIHS tells us that the RDX Advance’s biggest issue in headlight testing arose because its lights were aimed higher, and that caused more glare for oncoming traffic than the other RDX models—so most models earn a Good rating with the Advance settling for the still-decent Acceptable. The truth is that we’re giving the RDX a hard time; the crossover aced every other IIHS evaluation, from crash tests to front crash prevention (using automatic emergency braking) and even the ease of use for its child-seat anchors (LATCH).

The RDX also performed well in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests, earning an overall five-star safety rating. If you’re the type of person to worry about everything, you may appreciate that the RDX’s four-star frontal crash rating was closer to five than three, the NHTSA tells us.

Beyond the laudable safety ratings, I also appreciate that the RDX’s tire pressure monitoring system has separate readouts for each tire, and, in case you’re wondering, I have no issues with the gear selector controls. The system’s buttons replace a traditional gearshift stalk and make possible the RDX’s excellent front storage. Maybe that ease comes with driving the car every day, or it could be the high placement and tilted layout.

Infotainment and the Shining Light

One issue I’ve been experiencing connects to safety. If the sun hits the shiny silver trim on the bottom of the steering wheel at just the right time, it reflects directly into my eyes. Whoops. Although that doesn’t happen often, I hope Acura will update the trim soon.

The other area of concern is with the infotainment system. My opinion on Acura’s infotainment solution is still positive overall, but not nearly as much as before. Even after installing two regular updates to the system, I still have trouble getting the smaller, rightmost part of the touchpad to register my touch upon the first swipe. Also, on three occasions the system has frozen altogether while I was in Apple CarPlay—which doesn’t use the one-to-one touchpad-to-screen-location logic like the rest of the system. Finally, navigating between screen functions also takes longer than it should, even for commands you may not use all the time.

Despite those drawbacks, the 2019 Acura RDX’s picture once again comes into focus when considering value. Base models already get top safety ratings, and if you’re shopping around in the RDX’s competitive set, you may be delighted by the affordability of models with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Read more about our long-term 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec:

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GM Baltimore Employees Irate Over Plant Closure

GM Authority News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:11pm

Nearly 300 will lose their jobs when production ends May 4th.

8 Things to Know About the 2020 Subaru Outback

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:52pm

Subaru has given its best-selling model a full redesign. On the surface, the 2020 Subaru Outback doesn’t look radically different from the model it replaces, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find major improvements under the sheetmetal and inside the cabin. Read on for eight things you need to know about the new Outback.

The design has been updated, but you might not notice


You may have to look closely to see the design changes on the new Outback. Gray cladding covers more of the front end and also takes on a bolder look at the side and rear. Subaru replaced the round foglamps of the previous model with vertical stacks on either side of the front fascia. One of the other few noticeable changes is the updated taillight design. The visual updates are relatively small, and outdoor adventurers will be glad to hear the Outback boasts the same 8.7 inches of ground clearance as the previous model.

You can get it with a turbo! The base 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder

Once again, Subaru is offering a 2.5-liter flat-four as the base engine. But Subaru says 90 percent of the parts are new, and output increases 7 hp and 2 lb-ft over the previous unit. The automaker also claims you can travel more than 600 miles on a single tank with this engine.

Gone is the optional 3.6-liter flat-six. Instead, the Outback now offers a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four as the upgrade engine. The turbo mill comes from the Ascent, allowing the Outback to produce the same 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque as its larger crossover sibling. All Outbacks come with a CVT with a simulated eight-speed manual mode function with paddle shifters.

It gets better gas mileage than before

No matter which engine you choose, expect improved efficiency. The 2.5-liter engine boasts a manufacturer-estimated 26/33 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than the 25/32 mpg of the old base engine. The upgraded engine sees an even bigger improvement. The turbo unit is rated 23/30 mpg, up from 20/27 mpg with the old flat-six. Note that every Outback comes with all-wheel drive.

Sitting on a new platform, the Outback promises improved crash protection

The Outback moves to the new Subaru Global Platform, and the automaker says crash protection has improved over the outgoing model. According to Subaru, the new body can absorb over 40 percent more energy in front and side crashes compared to the old body. Although IIHS has not yet crash-tested the 2020 Subaru Outback, the automaker anticipates earning a Top Safety Pick+.

The new platform is 70 percent stiffer in both torsional and front-suspension rigidity, and it’s twice as stiff in front lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity compared to the old architecture. Along with improved safety, the new platform promises better ride quality, sharper handling, and a quieter cabin.

Room for more stuff

The Outback is said to have a wider rear hatch to make it easier to load your gear. Plus, you can now open the rear gate by waving in front of the Subaru emblem with the new hands-free power gate. There is also a new single-touch lifting cargo cover. These features will be standard on most trims.

Subaru quotes 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down—a small improvement from the old model’s 73.3 cubic feet.

The optional touchscreen is huge

The old Outback offered a screen that measured a mere 8.0 inches. For the new model, Subaru is offering the tabletlike 11.6-inch touchscreen that made its debut in the 2020 Legacy. Standard on all but the base trim, this unit is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. App icons on the screen can be moved just like on your phone.

Subaru paid extra attention to the seats

Nappa leather seats are among the available luxurious options on the new Outback. There are heated front and rear seats, and the seat heaters extend coverage up to the shoulders for added comfort. Ventilated seats are also available.

A lot of active safety features come standard

All trims come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system. This suite includes adaptive cruise control with a lane centering feature. Other available safety features include reverse automatic braking, blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, and EyeSight Assist Monitor with a head-up display.

A little more controversially, the Outback also offers an onboard camera pointed at the driver to monitor his or her condition. With facial recognition technology, the system can identify signs of fatigue or distraction and provide audio and visual warnings when needed.

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Son Buys Mom A Chevy Metro With New-World Skills, Old-School Work Ethic

GM Authority News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:31pm

His selfless deed didn’t go unnoticed.

The 7 Hottest SUVs From the 2019 New York Auto Show

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:15pm

As you’re no doubt aware, crossovers and SUVs are blazing hot. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the things and prefer cars—we’re with you there—there’s no denying every auto show these days is packed full of significant reveals. That held true at this year’s New York auto show, where automakers from Ford to Volkswagen rolled out several key new models. Scroll on for the list of the most significant and interesting models on display, and be sure to hit the links to read about them in their entirety.

2020 Ford Escape

Before it headed to New York for its public reveal, the world was initially introduced to the 2020 Ford Escape by young people dancing and singing and being generally geeked about a thoroughly redesigned compact crossover SUV. The highly produced show at The Henry Ford Greenfield Village museum was packed with the fresh, clean-cut, and fleetingly hip millennials Ford hopes will buy even more Escapes as they keep this red-hot segment at the top of the automotive market. [Read More]

2020 Lincoln Corsair

The 2020 Corsair serves as a bookend to Lincoln’s SUV lineup, its smallest offering now joining the Nautilus (medium), Aviator (large), Navigator (XL), and Navigator L (XXL). And they all have real names! Lincoln says Corsair is inspired by the Latin word cursus, meaning journey, although the term is also much more commonly defined as a pirate or a type of pirate ship. Maybe a pirate on a journey? [Read More]

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63

The face-lifted hot-rod crossovers both retain their AMG styling treatments, but now they have new head- and taillight designs, the latest AMG grille with vertical slats, an updated sport exhaust, a new gray paint option, and a fresh set of optional 21-inch wheels. And even if you miss the AMG badges, the large front intakes make it clear you’re looking at a high-performance GLC. [Read More]

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class


This year’s New York auto show saw the world premiere of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS, with the news that the big luxury SUV is, well, bigger than ever. A 2.4-inch wheelbase stretch sees overall length grow by a similar amount, to 205 inches; the new vehicle is also wider, but the roofline has been lowered to improve aerodynamics and its overall proportions.Styling is much of what you’d expect if you’ve seen any Mercedes launched in the past few years. the twin-bar grille carries over, but as with the also new-for-2020 GLE-class, the headlights and grille opening have been squared off, the taillights slimmed, and the daylight opening reshaped. The overall effect is to visually reduce the GLS’ bulk, and that’s always a change for the better. [Read More]

2020 Subaru Outback

Dog lovers, campers, off-road adventurers, and college professors who no longer can afford Volvos are rejoicing over the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback, the sixth-generation version of the lifted, two-row AWD station wagon for people who don’t like SUVs but which is marketed as an SUV anyway. It arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall. [Read More]

2020 Toyota Highlander

The 2020 Highlander gets a full makeover that includes a more refined and sculptural aesthetic. The midsize SUV has moved to Toyota’s TNGA global architecture, which underpins everything from the Prius, C-HR, and Corolla to the RAV4, Camry, and Avalon, and the clean sheet of paper allowed Toyota’s designers to make a stylistic change for a vehicle whose popularity was based less on looks and more on Toyota’s reputation for safe, reliable, durable, and functional family vehicles. The idea was to expand its customer base beyond families to include empty nesters and young, active buyers. [Read More]

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept

If you enjoy riding mountain bikes—or like burly-looking family haulers—VW has an Atlas concept revealed at the New York auto show that was made for you. Based on an Atlas SEL Premium, the super SUV was designed with endurance mountain bikers in mind and features an Air Design custom body kit, a roof rack with bike mounts, and LED light bars up top and around back, and it’s been lifted, too. [Read More]

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GM Files Trademark for Bolt EUV, Hinting at Possible New Crossover

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 6:40pm

General Motors plans to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, and it makes sense the automaker would leverage the existing Bolt to achieve this goal. Apparently, GM has been mulling over the possibility of a new vehicle named the Bolt EUV.

GM filed a trademark application for “Bolt EUV” on April 9, as GM Authority reports. The trademark filing confirms the name will be used for “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles.” Although we can’t be sure, it stands to reason that EUV is short for “Electric Utility Vehicle.” If that’s correct, GM must be thinking of a crossover or SUV version of the small Bolt hatch.

Last month, we learned that GM was investing $300 million in the Orion assembly plant in Michigan to build a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that shares the same platform as the Bolt. The automaker didn’t specify the name or body style of the new vehicle, however. It also stopped short of giving a timeline for the new model. This plant produces the Bolt, as well as Cruise autonomous test vehicles.

We don’t know if the Bolt EUV is the mystery model planned for the Orion plant. But we do know that GM has already begun announcing new electric vehicles, including the Buick Velite 6 EV for China. In the coming years, with reports hinting at 2021, GM will introduce a new EV platform that will accommodate various body styles and front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive configurations. A Cadillac will be the first vehicle to receive this new flexible architecture.

Source: GM Authority

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The 8 Coolest Electric Vehicles at the 2019 New York Auto Show

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 5:15pm

For many automakers, the 2019 New York auto show was a major event. Among others, Toyota showed off the new Highlander, Mercedes introduced the redesigned GLS, and Subaru finally revealed the next-generation Outback. But if you’re interested in cars that are a little less mainstream, perhaps even futuristic, don’t worry. There were plenty of electric vehicles at the New York auto show, too. Here are eight of our favorites.

Audi E-Tron Quattro

Audi’s first long-range electric crossover was first revealed back in September, so it’s not exactly new. But considering how impressive it was during our first drive, it’s one of the few EVs we genuinely can’t wait to see go on sale. Even if the range isn’t as impressive as the Tesla Model X 75D’s, the E-Tron is stylish, luxurious, and seriously comfortable. Hopefully, production delays don’t push delivery dates back too far.

Genesis Mint

As far as concepts go, we’re pretty sure the Genesis Mint won the show this year. Crossovers may be infinitely more popular than two-door subcompact hatchbacks in the U.S., but Genesis’ interpretation of a future city car is so cool, we don’t care. After all, how many cars have you seen with scissor-door trunks? Only one? The Genesis Mint? Exactly. Oh, and to make it easier to get in, the bench (!) seat angles itself toward the driver when you open the door.


Kia HabaNiro

Kia’s sort-of-a-crossover/sort-of-a-hatchback, the Niro, has only been on sale for a few years, but Kia is already thinking about its replacement. If you want to know what the next-gen Niro will look like, the HabaNiro concept should give you a pretty good idea. We’re sure some of the more concept-y details won’t make it to production, but the chunky styling, well-balanced proportions, and quoted 300-mile EV range already have us looking forward to the next Niro.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Like the Audi E-Tron, we’ve already seen and driven the Mercedes-Benz EQC. But for the New York auto show, Mercedes brought out the EQC 1886 Edition. It’s a limited-run special edition designed to honor Karl Benz introducing his first car in 1886. Styling changes are minimal, and the interior color combination looks cool, but mostly we’re excited to see EQC take on the rest of the quickly growing luxury electric crossover segment.

Mullen Qiantu K50

Whether they’re electric or not, crossovers are all the rage these days. And if you’re looking for a practical daily driver, we totally understand picking one up. But we also can’t help still loving gorgeous two-door performance coupes. It may feel like the Mullen Qiantu K50 came out of nowhere, but after seeing the California-built sports car it in person, we can’t wait to drive it. It won’t be cheap, but it looks far more expensive than its $125,000 expected starting price would suggest.

Pininfarina Battista

1,874 hp. 1,696 lb-ft of torque. 0–60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Quarter-mile in 9.1 seconds. With specs like that, everything else about the Pininfarina Battista is secondary. But even without face-melting performance, the Battista would have our attention. In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, Pininfarina’s new electric hypercar was named in honor of the legendary coachbuilding company’s founder, Battista “Pinin'” Farina.

Rivian R1T EV Truck and R1S EV SUV

Although most electric vehicles going on sale in the next few years have Tesla in their sights, Rivian has taken a different approach. Its R1T is an electric pickup truck that’s about the same size as a single-cab Toyota Tacoma, while the R1S is a utilitarian SUV that will be more of a competitor for the Jeep Wrangler than the Tesla Model X. Neither Rivian looks anything like other vehicles on the road, and yet, the more we get to look at them, the more excited we are to get behind the wheel.

Volkswagen ID Buggy

One of the advantages of Volkswagen’s newly developed EV platform is that it can easily be adapted for a wide variety of uses. To show off that flexibility, Volkswagen created a modern take on the Meyers Manx called the ID Buggy. When it was revealed ahead of the Geneva motor show, we thought it was cool. But now that we’ve heard it’s close to being greenlit for production, we’re much more interested. It may not be the best-selling car in Volkswagen’s future lineup, but how cool would it be to actually drive a full-production electric dune buggy?

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Two Retirements Turn GM Board Majority Female

GM Authority News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:41pm

Six women will represent the 11-member board.

Chevrolet Discounts Impala 20 Percent In April 2019

GM Authority News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 4:10pm

Chevy is also continuing to offer interest-free financing on both 2018 and 2019 Impalas.

Well-Preserved 1979 Chevrolet Camaro RS With Only 3,000 Miles For Sale

GM Authority News - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 3:48pm

For an asking price of $17,500.


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