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GM Calls For Harmony Between Governments, Automaker On Self-Driving Cars

GM Authority News - 4 hours 5 min ago

Both will need to work together to achieve success, the automaker said.

GM Battery Supplier Issues Battery Challenge

GM Authority News - 4 hours 29 min ago

LG Chem is looking for the next breakthrough.

Auto Tariffs Remain On The Table For Trump Administration

GM Authority News - 4 hours 47 min ago

Chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow said they're an "open question."

[ACCIDENT] Wrecked 2019 Corvette ZR1 with 359 Miles Offered in Insurance Auction

Corvette Blogger - 4 hours 51 min ago

VIN No. 435, we hardly knew ya!

We came across this damaged Arctic White 2019 Corvette ZR1 offered by Copart Insurance Auctions this morning and wanted to share it.

The ZR1 has just 359 miles on the odometer when the accident occurred. Now its sporting front-end damage and the pics show the driver’s side front wheel was sheared off, leaving just the inner portion of the ZR1’s black wheels attached at the hub.

Continue reading [ACCIDENT] Wrecked 2019 Corvette ZR1 with 359 Miles Offered in Insurance Auction at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

Happy Anniversary At Mid America’s 25th Annual Corvette Funfest

Corvettes Online News Feed - 4 hours 59 min ago
25th anniversary gifts are usually silver, but celebrants at this year’s massive Corvette Funfest were made of different materials

ZF Highlights Brake By Wire System In Silverado, Sierra

GM Authority News - 5 hours 19 min ago

The new full-size pickups don't have a traditional braking system.

Hoonigan Crew Shows The Cadillac ATS Has Lots Of Potential: Video

GM Authority News - 5 hours 50 min ago

A few aftermarket parts do the truck to liven up the ATS.

2019 Ford Ranger Poses A Formidable Threat To Base Chevy Colorado

GM Authority News - 6 hours 9 min ago

We got our first impressions of the Ranger and walked away impressed.

Original Chevy Camaro ZL1 Heading To Auction

GM Authority News - 6 hours 35 min ago

The Camaro ZL1 is one of 69 built.

Our Best Look Yet At The Future “Baby Buick Enclave”

GM Authority News - 6 hours 46 min ago

Development of the midsize Buick crossover continues humming along.

It’s A New MOD: QA1 Introduces The Next Great Step In Shock Tuning

Corvettes Online News Feed - 11 hours 58 min ago
QA1 introduces the MOD Shock, the first and only on-the-car revalveable shock. No longer does a driver have to compromise on shock setup, they can virtually change valving in minutes.

It’s A New MOD: QA1 Introduces The Next Great Step In Shock Tuning

Corvettes Online News Feed - 11 hours 58 min ago
QA1 introduces the MOD Shock, the first and only on-the-car revalveable shock. No longer does a driver have to compromise on shock setup, they can virtually change valving in minutes.

Buick Discounts: 2018 Regal TourX Offered At 16% Off In October 2018

GM Authority News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 9:31pm

That can add up to as $6,452 below MSRP.

The Buick Enspire Concept Features Smart OLED Taillights

GM Authority News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 8:44pm

Buick's Enspire concept crossover lets other drivers know how hard you're braking.

Corvette Museum is Offering a Personalized Orientation of Your C7 Corvette

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:50pm

The C7 Corvette is one awesome machine – but also a supercar that can be a little intimidating to some owners due to its complex nature.

But there’s help on the way.

The National Corvette Museum Delivery Department is offering “Corvette 101” – a sort of mini-college class for owners seeking to understand their C7 better and learn how to tap all of its tremendous potential.

Continue reading Corvette Museum is Offering a Personalized Orientation of Your C7 Corvette at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

2019 Ford Ranger Starts Production in Michigan

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:24pm

Ranger is back. Production of units headed for showrooms starts on Monday, seven years after the truck was discontinued for North America but continued to be sold in the rest of the world. It will arrive in showrooms in January.

The old Ranger was built in the defunct Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2019 Ford Ranger starts life in Wayne, Michigan, at the Michigan Assembly Plant, which used to make the Focus and C-Max.  It will be joined by the Ford Bronco SUV in 2020.

The 2019 Ranger is based on the global pickup platform that dates back to 2011, but it is capable enough to be a best-in-class player, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of global operations, at an event at the plant Monday to celebrate the truck’s return to the market.

A fall-themed 2019 Ford Ranger display at the model’s kick-off event at Michigan Assembly Plant

The steel frame has been updated, and the North American version has its own sheetmetal and powertrain: a 2.3-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission—no manual. The engine gets 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque in the Ranger. The pickup can tow 7,500 pounds and has 1,860 pounds of payload. Fuel economy numbers have not yet been certified.

Still no plans to offer Ranger Raptor in U.S.

Hinrichs repeated the message that there are no plans to sell the Ranger Raptor in North America at this time but said “never say never,” which is industry-speak for reserving the right to add the tasty item to the menu in a few years when Ranger has satisfied all the pent-up demand and sales start to slip and need enticement. By then, the latest F-150 Raptor will have a few years under its belt as well and not be as threatened.

There is a crew cab for the first time, as well as SuperCab. No regular cab, two-door work truck for this market.

The 2019 Ranger for the U.S. has more off-road tech, including a Terrain Management Control system, Trail Control, electronic locking rear differential, an off-road tuned suspension, and an off-road info screen that can show the truck is on a 17-degree angle on the side of a berm. Trail Control debuts on the 2019 Ford Raptor, replacing Hill Descent Control with a system that both propels and brakes—essentially an off-road cruise control that works from 1-20 mph in any transfer setting. It was developed in-house, and Ranger will be the second Ford vehicle to get the system. We have not driven it yet, but from the passenger seat, the system covers an off-road course with little drama, which was the intent.

Late but strong entry

Hinrichs says Ford is not late to the party and its attributes will make it a player. It beats the top-selling Toyota Tacoma in towing and payload, and it has an extra inch of ground clearance for off-roading and better breakover clearance at the center of the truck to avoid getting stuck seesaw-style.

Expect a lot more accessories for the Ranger—more than 150 parts, which is the largest offering for a Ford truck to date. Ford has a partnership with Yakima for assorted roof racks and camping gear, including a tent.

Customers have clamored for the return of the midsize pickup since it was discontinued. Ford in the past said its F-150 filled those needs but now says the F-150 has grown enough in size and price that there is room for the Ranger. Some would-be F-150 buyers will downsize to Ranger, Hinrichs said, mostly those who had to overbuy because Ranger was not an option until now.

Growth of the competition

Ford was the dominant player in the smaller truck segment it abandoned. Since then, the Toyota Tacoma has grown to about 200,000 annual sales in the U.S. and General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon which combine for about 145,000 annual sales.

The segment has grown to about 500,000, Hinrichs said. That does not mean Ford expects to sell less than 100,000. There are loyal Ranger fans who have known for years the truck is coming back and have been patiently waiting. And there are always conquest sales. New entries also have the power to increase a segment’s total sales.

Full circle for Michigan Assembly Plant

Ranger and Bronco bring the Michigan plant back full circle yet again. The plant stated life in 1957 making station wagons and was retooled in 1964 to build the F-100 pickup truck as well as buses and other commercial trucks.

The plant made the Bronco from 1966 to 1996 when the SUV was replaced on the line by the big boys: Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

When the industry started to bottom out and people dumped their big SUVs for affordable and fuel-efficient small cars, Ford stopped making the Expedition and Navigator in 2009.

The plant was retooled again, this time to make the Focus compact car in 2010, including hybrid and electric versions. Later it added the C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

 

But buyers shifted their tastes again. Lower gas prices and interest rates allowed them to return to trucks and SUVs. Sedan sales have fallen enough that Ford announced plans to discontinue all cars but the Mustang for North America. Michigan Assembly was retooled again to make the Ranger on a single shift until a second shift is added in 2020 with the addition of the Bronco.

Ranger and Bronco are part of a plan to replace 75 percent of Ford’s lineup by 2020, dropping the average age of the portfolio from 5.3 years now to 2.3 years in 2020.

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Corvette Racing’s Gavin, Milner Head To WEC Six Hours Of Shanghai

GM Authority News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 5:15pm

The 2018 IMSA season now over, Corvette Racing is free to compete in the WEC Shanghai race, just for laughs.

Spied! Our Best Look Yet at the Ford Focus ST We’re Not Getting

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 4:45pm

Recently, Ford announced plans to kill off its entire U.S. car lineup except for the Mustang. Even the high-riding Focus Active that we were originally supposed to get got canceled. That means the Focus ST you see here definitely won’t be sold in the U.S. And that’s too bad because it looks fantastic.

The redesigned Focus was already a good-looking car, but the sportier styling of the Focus ST looks even better. It’s less subtle than the Volkswagen GTI, but it’s also not nearly as in-your-face as the current Honda Civic. The rear looks especially good with the roof spoiler, rear diffuser, and dual exhaust.

Power will reportedly come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 250-275 hp. Add a sport suspension, a manual transmission, and bigger brakes, and you have the recipe for a car that’s probably going to be a blast to drive. Except we won’t get to drive it at all. Because Ford won’t sell it here. Instead, we’ll have to watch while our European counterparts enjoy driving this forbidden fruit.

Everything we’ve heard about the new Fiesta ST has been positive, and there’s no reason to think the new Focus ST won’t be similarly awesome. Odds are, the Edge ST will sell better in the U.S. than the Focus ST ever would have, but still. Can you really blame us for wishing our Ford dealers still had hot hatches to sell? Especially after seeing how good the Focus ST looks?

Photo source: CarPix

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Spied! Face-Lifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon Caught in the Wild

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 3:45pm

The current Mercedes-Benz E-Class first went on sale as a 2017 model, but apparently, it’s already time for a midcycle refresh. At least that’s what it looks like based on this latest batch of spy photos.

Our photographer recently caught this E-Class wagon prototype driving around wearing a good bit of front-end camo. It’s heavy enough to obscure most of the headlight and bumper design, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the refreshed E-Class borrows heavily from the current CLS. The grille may be a little more squared off, but the design at least looks similar. The same goes for the headlights, which look a lot like the ones Mercedes has started using on cars such as the CLS and A-Class.

Around back, there isn’t nearly as much camouflage. Still, the attempt to obscure the taillights as much as possible suggests they’ve been completely restyled. According to our photographer, the new taillights probably look a lot like the ones used on the new GLE. Then again, the updated E-Class could just as easily get its own taillight design since it’s so hard to make out their shape here.

Currently, we expect Mercedes to reveal the refreshed E-Class next year before it goes on sale as a 2020 model. We might even see it as early as the Detroit auto show, but a European reveal seems more likely. In the meantime, keep an eye out for sedan prototypes to start testing.

Photo source: CarPix

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Top Gear Announces New Presenters

GM Authority News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 2:59pm

Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid are out as the show's main presenters.

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