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2019 Silverado Diesel Power, Torque, Towing, Fuel Economy Leaked

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 6:33pm

Revealing most of what we've wanted to know.

Owners Tell Us What They Named Their Corvettes on National Name Your Car Day

Corvette Blogger - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 5:41pm

Have you named your Corvette? Today is “National Name Your Car Day” which is a holiday we can totally behind.

With the amount of time and attention that Corvette owners put into coming up with Corvette vanity plates, we knew that some of you out there would also some clever names for their Corvettes as well.

Continue reading Owners Tell Us What They Named Their Corvettes on National Name Your Car Day at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

Mercedes-AMG One Will Not be Followed by a Two

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 5:30pm

The name One for the Mercedes-AMG hypercar formerly known as “Project One” is self-defining—there will not be a second model, says Ola Källenius, member of the Daimler board of management of Daimler AG in charge of group research & Mercedes-Benz cars development. He is also the man who will take over as CEO in May with the retirement of Dieter Zetsche.

“There are no plans for a second. The One is the one,” Kallenius said in an interview with Motor Trend at the Paris Motor Show.

As the One inches closer to production, Mercedes-AMG will not follow the lead of Aston Martin, which has already announced 003, nicknamed “son of Valkyrie,” is coming in late 2021 even though Valkyrie (code-named 001) is not yet in customer hands.

Daimler first showed the Project One prototype a year ago and recently announced its formal name as One.

Källenius says there is no No. 2 in the making at Daimler. The decision to make One was a crazy project in the first place. It has required an intense engineering effort to create a 1,000-hp hypercar that puts Formula 1 hybrid technology on the road.

AMG is into the “hardcore realization” of the project now, Källenius said.

The car uses an electrically turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 and a set of 120-kW electric motors to produce more than 1,000 hp and routes it through an eight-speed automatic transmission. As we previously reported, the car should reach 124 mph from a standstill in less than 6 seconds, on to a top speed of more than 217 mph.

The model will generate half its weight in downforce. The vehicle should weigh between 2,866 and 3,086 pounds, or 1,300 and 1,400 kg. A two-stage extendable rear wing will allow the car to achieve maximum downforce while in race mode. Right now, the hypercar is undergoing wind tunnel testing.

Daimler will make only 275 cars with an estimated price of $2.7 million each.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic

The automaker also used the Paris show to reveal the EQC, a compact electric crossover that is the first model in the EQ brand of electric vehicles. EQ is a product and tech brand; Källenius said he expects pairing of EQ and AMG in the future as AMG adopts a comprehensive hybrid strategy for future performance vehicles.

Initial response to the EQC has been strong among dealers and consumers, Källenius said, making him cautiously optimistic about its future success. Daimler thinks as much as 25 percent of global sales will be fully electric vehicles by 2025, and battery electric vehicle sales will ultimately be higher than plug-in hybrids.

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Porsche 911 Speedster Concept ll Debuts in Paris

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:27pm

Good news for drop-top fans: the Porsche 911 Speedster gets the green light and will go into production during the first half of 2019.

The sports car marque revealed another gorgeous Speedster Concept at the 2019 Paris Motor Show.

It follows the silver and white 911 Speedster that was unleashed back in June during Porsche’s big 70th anniversary shindig in Stuttgart.

Porsche plans to build exactly 1,948 Speedsters as a reference to the first Porsche 356 that officially rolled out way back in 1948. The 356 Speedster wouldn’t arrive until 1955, but would become one of the model line’s most sought after variants.

The two-seater’s body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet and sits on a 911 GT3 chassis with cross-spoke 21-inch wheels similar to ones found on the RSR and GT3 R race cars.

The concept packs a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that delivers over 500 hp and comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Porsche says the 911 Speedster will be the first car to be offered with its new Heritage Design Packages.

The open-top car sports carbon-fiber fenders, “Talbot”-shaped mirrors, titanium tailpipes, and black-chrome and platinum fuel tank cap on the center of the hood. Window frames have been shortened and there’s a double-bubble cover behind the seats.

Instead of a drop-top, the Speedster comes with a Tonneau cover that is attached with Tenax buttons. If it rains, we recommend faster speeds and a full face helmet. Inside the cockpit is a beautiful black leather interior with red highlights.

Porsche says the Speedster’s Guards Red paint is a throwback to the 1988 911 Speedster. Too cool.

Source: Porsche

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Like Next Chevy Tahoe, 2020 Suburban To Feature Air Curtains

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 2:53pm

Historic correspondence of the Tahoe and Suburban tells us that the vehicles will share the aerodynamic technology.

Former Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Tony Swan Dies at 78

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 2:00pm

Tony Swan, veteran automotive journalist and former Motor Trend editor-in-chief, has passed away at age 78.

Born in Minnesota, Swan began his career in journalism as a writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, bringing auto racing to the paper’s sports coverage. He joined Motor Trend in 1975, serving as features editor and later as international editor and executive editor. It wouldn’t be long until he rose the ranks to editor-in-chief, a role he held through 1985. During his career, he also wrote articles for the Detroit Free Press, Autoweek, Cycle World, Popular Mechanics, the New York Times, and most recently Car and Driver, serving as executive editor there through 2006.

He was a founding member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards, serving on the jury for around 25 years. In 2004, he won the Ken Purdy award from the International Motor Press Association, which is considered one of the highest achievements in automotive journalism.

Swan was not only a very talented writer, but also an avid race car driver. For decades, he competed in amateur and semi-professional races, holding a Sports Car Club of America National Competition license. He won three SCCA Divisional championships and participated in 35 24-hour races.

The self-proclaimed “Old Boy Racer” will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with the Swan family during this difficult time.

Here are a few anecdotes about Tony from our staff:

“The last time I saw Tony we were both waiting in line outside the Jacksonville airport to pick up cars for [the] Amelia Island [Concours d’Elegance]. This was probably three years ago, maybe four. I can’t remember what he wound up driving, but I had a full pimp-spec Maybach S600. Leagues swankier than whatever he was in…I made some comment about how it’s only right that MT gets a finer car than Car & Driver. I remember he shot me a look that said, ‘Bull****,’ then said, ‘Enjoy it while it lasts, kid.’ Best advice there is. RIP, Tony.” – Jonny Lieberman

“I’ve actually known Tony’s better half Mary for longer than I’ve known Tony, and although Tony and I shared many experiences during the decades since we worked together at Car and Driver, my fondest Tony memories are of time spent creating Top Chef-style gourmet dinners together as a foursome. We’d gather around Tony and Mary’s big kitchen island where, instead of being the experts in the room as we usually were in work-related settings, Tony and I were the ‘civilians.’ As such, we humbly accepted all the grunt tasks—slicing, dicing, chopping, stirring, and cleaning things up as our creative culinary genius spouses worked their magic and continually steered the conversation away from car-biz minutiae or journalist war stories. No problem, pull Tony’s string and he was equally happy chatting about music, Minnesota, football, and plenty of other topics. Bon appetite, old friend!” – Frank Markus

Source: NewCarTestDrive.com, SwanDrives.com

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Could Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s SEC Troubles Present An Opportunity For GM?

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 1:32pm

How much erratic behavior from Musk are Tesla investors willing to put up with?

Mazda Brings Back Rotary Engine as EV Range Extender

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:58pm

Mazda may have skipped out on the Paris Motor Show, but it’s still dropping some big news this week. The automaker announced it will launch its first electric vehicles in 2020, and part of this plan involves bringing back the rotary engine.

Two EVs are in the works. The first is a pure EV, while the other uses a battery and a rotary engine that acts as a range extender. This small engine recharges the battery when needed, increasing maximum driving range. Mazda says the rotary engine is also capable of burning liquefied petroleum gas, and it can be used as an electricity source during emergencies.

By 2030, Mazda expects 95 percent of its vehicles will utilize an internal combustion engine in tandem with some form of electrification. The other 5 percent of its vehicles will run solely on electric power.

Today’s announcement pretty much confirms what we heard a year ago. Mazda powertrain boss Mitsuo Hitomi told Automotive News that a rotary engine makes a good range extender because it’s small, powerful, and doesn’t generate much vibration. Akira Kyomen, program manager for vehicle development, commented that Mazda’s pure EV will target Japan, Europe, and China, while the range extender will be key for North America and other markets where people have long daily drives.

Mazda introduced its first production rotary engine more than 50 years ago. It debuted on the 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, which was also Mazda’s first sports car. That vehicle’s 1.2-liter two-rotor Wankel engine made just 110 hp, but it set the stage for future models like the RX-7 and RX-8. Mazda got rid of its rotary engine when the RX-8 was discontinued in 2012.

Source: Mazda

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Corvettes for Sale: Psychedelic 1961 Corvette Found North of the Border

Corvette Blogger - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:14pm

You might say I’m a pack rat. I still have my Eagles and Bob Seger t-shirts from my first concerts in 1977, along with my Members Only jackets from the 1980s, hoping they’ll one day come back in style.

That’s just the kind of garb that would fit right in when you climb behind the wheel of this barn find 1961 Corvette roadster.

Continue reading Corvettes for Sale: Psychedelic 1961 Corvette Found North of the Border at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

U.S. GM Sales Decrease 11.1 Percent To 694,638 Units In Third Quarter 2018

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:02pm

Average Transaction Prices set a new third quarter record.

General Motors CFO Dhivya Suryadevara Recognized As A ‘Woman Leader To Watch’

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:40am

GM is one of two Fortune 500 companies with an all-women CEO-CFO team.

PA Dealership Owner Charged After Rolling Back Odometer On Used Silverado

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:52am

Obviously, tampering with a vehicle's odometer is a big no-no.

Clearing The Record: Decision To Take Cadillac To NYC Came Before Johan de Nysschen

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:09am

There appears to be some misconception about the former Cadillac boss.

New BMW 3-Series Strikes First Ahead Of Cadillac CT5

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:41am

BMW promises this 3-Series is a true return to sport-luxury sedan form.

Former Apple Engineers Create Next-Generation Lidar, Could It Benefit GM Cruise?

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:06am

The company, called Aeva, calls it "4D Lidar."

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon Needs Love, Boasts Potential: eBay Find

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 8:46am

For 1970, the Chevelle, El Camino and all variants shared a front fascia.

Report: GM Interested In Buying Humvee Maker AM General

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 8:24am

AM General has placed itself for sale and a number of potential buyers have stepped forward.

Goodguys Are Coming To Kentucky. Make Plans To Join Them

Corvettes Online News Feed - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 5:47am
If you're looking for a good time in Kentucky, it's coming the weekend of October 12 through 14. Join the Goodguys for this weekend of excitement.

Official Chevy Corvette Intake Delivers Up To 17 Horsepower Gains

GM Authority News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:40am

That's for the range-topping C7 ZR1 with the LT5, with gains for other models being less generous.

2019 BMW 3 Series First Look: Return to Grace

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:30am

Once the standard bearer in its segment, the BMW 3 Series has lost its way in recent years. Lackluster acceleration, uninspired handling, and a dated interior have relegated the 3 Series to the middle of the pack. Now, the automaker is introducing the seventh generation, and it has the potential to put the popular model back on top.

Hinting at its sportier ambitions is the new exterior design. Up front, the kidney grilles are now connected and feature thick surrounds. Redesigned front vents contribute to the more determined look. Full LED headlights are standard, but buyers can also spring for optional adaptive headlights with Laserlight technology, featuring blue L-shaped elements. In the rear, the 3 Series has narrower taillights with a new lighting signature. Despite the slightly bolder look, the car has grown compared to its predecessor. It’s 2.9 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and 0.5 inches taller, with an increased track width front and rear.

The 330i receives more power than last year’s model thanks to a number of engine updates, including a lighter crankshaft and reduced internal friction. The 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline-four makes 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, up 7 hp and 37 lb-ft from the old model. Say goodbye to the six-speed manual, because an eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. BMW estimates a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds for the rear-drive 330i and 5.3 seconds for the all-wheel-drive version. In our own independent tests, we recorded a rear-drive 2017 BMW 330i doing the deed in 5.5 seconds, matching BMW’s own estimate for that model.

Those who want more power will opt for the M340i, which receives an updated six-cylinder engine producing 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine, also paired to an eight-speed automatic, should propel the BMW to 60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds. As you’d expect, these models receive M Performance chassis tuning, in addition to a standard M Sport rear differential for improved traction and cornering. All-wheel drive is available.

We don’t know all the details yet, but BMW promises an electrified 330e model in 2020. It’s unclear whether we’ll see the diesel variant return to our market. BMW says it’s evaluating diesel versions of its new vehicles, including the new 3 Series, but no decisions have been made.

No matter which variant you choose, BMW is making big promises for improved ride and handling. Along with reducing wind noise and enhancing the steering feel, BMW also tweaked its all-wheel-drive system, allowing it to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels more evenly.

Body rigidity has increased by 25 percent. Additionally, new lift-related dampers help reduce body movement over the model’s predecessor. This feature consists of extra hydraulic damping at the front axle and a compression limiting system at the rear, and it continuously adjusts the firmness of the damper to changes in spring travel. Both the standard and optional M Sport suspensions benefit from this technology.

An Adaptive M suspension promises even better responses with electronically controlled dampers and the ability to deliver damping force separately to each wheel with continuously adjustable valves. BMW says it’s now easier to distinguish between the different Comfort and Sport modes on this suspension. Adaptive mode is also now available.

With the help of special wheels, front air curtains, and other updates, the 3 Series has reduced its drag coefficient to 0.26, down 0.03 from the previous model. Through the use of high-strength steel and aluminum, the 3 Series shed 121 pounds of body weight.

BMW hasn’t completely redesigned the 3 Series here in the U.S. since the 2012 model year. And one of the places it’s really showing its age is the interior. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a much more streamlined setup than the one on the old model. Front and center is the new 8.8-inch standard touchscreen, or the optional 10.25-inch unit. Complementing this unit is a more modern digital instrument cluster display. BMW made its center stack more compact and less cluttered, and from what we can surmise from these photos, the manual parking brake is gone.

Standard features include three-zone automatic climate control, a rain sensor, and acoustic glass for the windshield. Other features include new Vernasca leather upholstery, a next-gen head-up display with a 70-percent bigger projection area, ambient lighting, and a Storage package with nets and bag hooks for your stuff. BMW improved the model’s active cruise control system to stay on for a longer period of time at a full stop before it turns off. BMW’s automatic parking feature can now automatically maneuver out of parallel parking spaces, and Parking Finder offers drivers a variety of parking options before they reach their destination.

BMW is also debuting its new personal assistant. It may not have a special name like Siri or Alexa, but it can perform a range of functions when prompted by voice commands. Using the magic phrase “Hey BMW,” drivers can tell the assistant to navigate them home, adjust the climate controls, explain different features of the car, find parking, or keep track of their calendar events. If the driver says, “Hey BMW, I feel tired,” the assistant will adjust the lighting, music, temperature, and other functions to help waken the driver.

The BMW 330i goes on sale next March with a starting price of $41,195. All-wheel-drive versions are priced from $43,245. M340i models will arrive in dealerships sometime in the spring.

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