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Chevrolet Korea Sales Decrease 16 Percent To 9,528 Units In June 2018

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 3:02pm

Sales are still down, but appear to be on the upswing.

2019 Honda HR-V Priced From $21,515

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 2:15pm

For 2019, Honda is trying to bring more refinement to its subcompact crossover. Not only does the model receive new technologies, but it also gets a revised CVT, additional sound deadening for a quieter cabin, and an updated all-wheel-drive system with better performance in low-traction conditions. Prices for the 2019 Honda HR-V start at $21,515, up $850 from the 2018 model.

The base LX now comes standard with halogen projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, and a redesigned cupholder. Other standard goodies include a 5-inch infotainment screen, LED taillights, steering wheel audio controls, rearview camera, and driver-side seat height adjustment. Notably, the six-speed manual is gone from the lineup, so all models now come standard with a CVT.

After the LX, Honda has added a new Sport trim, which includes black trim, 18-inch wheels, a black headliner, active noise cancellation, and sport pedals. Variable gear ratio electric power steering comes standard on these models and is intended to enhance steering feel. Like higher trims, the Sport receives an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also now a physical volume knob instead of the sliding control function from the previous HR-V. Sport models are priced from $23,215.

EX models bring Honda Sensing to the HR-V for the first time. This package includes collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist. EX buyers, who will pay at least $24,715, also receive a moonroof, heated front seats, fully automatic headlights, and other goodies.

On the EX-L, drivers receive leather-trimmed seats, leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Prices start at $26,315. Opting for all-wheel drive on any trim level brings prices up by $1,400.

That’s all trim levels except the Touring, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. Priced at $29,535, this brand new trim level boasts embedded navigation, LED high and low beam headlights, LED foglights, an eight-way power driver seat, and HomeLink. These models also have exclusive 17-inch wheels and double-stitched perforated leather upholstery.

Orange Burst Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl are new color options for the HR-V. But the powertrain remains the same: a 1.8-liter inline-four making 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque.

Source: Honda

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[VIDEO] Gary Gove Starts Up a Vintage 1966 Corvette He Raced 51 Years Ago

Corvette Blogger - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:59pm

You’ve got to check out this YouTube video from Jerry Heasley and the rumbling music coming from this 1966 427/425 Corvette. It may take some serious coaxing from the driver to stir this monster of a Sting Ray back to life, but the beautiful sounds emanating from its big block unmuffled sidepipes make it worth […]

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1954 Corvette With The Right Touch Of Old And New

Corvettes Online News Feed - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:40pm
This '54 Corvette brings with it all the niceties of a modern driver, but stays close to its roots of a vintage Corvette, and, it can be yours.

Aston Martin SUV Officially Coming Late 2019

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:00pm

To celebrate April Fool’s Day this year, Aston Martin released a rendering of the DBX concept that had been turned into a monster truck (shown above). It was a ridiculous image, but Aston Martin really is serious about building an SUV. We’ve known about Aston’s SUV plans for a while, but now we know when the vehicle will go into production.

Aston Martin recently announced that the second stage of expansion at its St Athan facility had been completed. With that milestone, the British automaker now has the space to build its first SUV. And with construction completed on time, Aston Martin says the DBX is on track to start production “in late 2019.”

Aston Martin’s official teaser for the production DBX.

In the past, we’ve heard similar rumors, but it wasn’t always clear whether the DBX would be on sale at that time or if that was when the production version would be revealed. There was also a question of production delays as Aston Martin worked to convert three former aircraft hangers into modern car factories. That no longer appears to be an issue.

We still don’t know much about Aston’s first SUV, although we do know it won’t retain the two-door layout of the DBX concept (pictured below). “There are aspects of the car that have changed dramatically, perhaps none more so than the fact that it is now a four-door,” said CEO Andy Palmer last August. He did, however, say the production DBX would still share some design similarities with the concept and that there will be a hybrid option.

With the facility completed and production on track, look for Aston Martin to reveal the production DBX soon, potentially at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Source: Aston Martin

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National Corvette Museum Seeks To Expand Collection

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:05am

And not just Corvettes, either.

Buick Avenir Line A Smash Hit For Enclave, Demand Outstrips Supply

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:34am

Average transaction prices have risen $5,000.

PSA Does What GM Couldn’t: Opel Returns To Profitability

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:08am

Opel posted a nearly $600 million profit for the first six months of 2018.

Maven Will Let GM Owners Share Their Cars To Earn Extra Income

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 9:32am

Maven has joined the peer-to-peer car-sharing service.

Cadillac Product Onslaught Begins Without De Nysschen

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 9:16am

This fall, former president Johan de Nysschen's plan will kick off.

What Becomes Of The Holden Commodore In Near Future?

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 8:48am

Opel will continue building cars for GM for two or three more years. Then what?

Current Buick Regal May Only Live For Another Three Years

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 8:30am

Right now, Opel builds the Regal family via a contractual agreement.

Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Caught Testing Alongside C7 Corvette ZR1: Video

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 8:10am

The next Corvette was in good company.

2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance Review: First Taste

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 8:00am

We have 45 minutes.

What should be a newsworthy moment—a road drive of the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance—is being sharply curtailed by the car’s PR handler, who insists that we have less than one hour to evaluate the vehicle before it needs to return. What, did she steal it from Elon’s parking space while he was on a conference call?

We pile into the compact confines of the Model 3, which looks the same as any other, except for having a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque. That sort of power should put its performance on par with a BMW M3 super sedan.

Next to me buckles in Nelson Ireson of Automobile while the Tesla PR person swaps into the back seat alongside MT social media guru Carol Ngo, who’s here to capture a few moments for her social media magic. Nearby, the side door slides shut on an idling Chrysler Pacifica escort vehicle containing photographer William Walker, who’ll snap car-to-car pics. The walkie-talkie barks, “Let’s go.” My index finger toggles down the shifter into drive. But what kind of drive is this?

Time is not our only logistical hurdle. We are immediately thrust into mid-afternoon Los Angeles traffic. I feel more like an Uber driver than a car tester. Worse yet, our multimedia plan falls apart at the first corner, as a clueless Acura MDX stubbornly inserts itself between me and the Pacifica photo van. I shoot past, and the plodding Pacifica gradually catches up, but, somehow, we both brain-fade and miss the freeway on-ramp. A few minutes later the Pacifica misses our planned Manchester Avenue off-ramp, too, and continues straight into a traffic jam. The walkie bleats, “Ahhh, keep going, we’ll meet back at the photo location.”

I steer toward our easy-find driver-swap spot, the gigantic doughnut above Randy’s at the corner of Manchester and La Cienega that towers like a brown lighthouse for wayward prediabetics. I press the end of the shifter stalk to put it in park. And that’s it for me. I try hard to disguise my disappointment as Nelson and I swap seats. He edges out onto La Cienega traffic toward the big southbound on-ramp onto the 405. What’s ahead is more like a dragstrip—almost a mile of barriered on-ramp. By any chance, did its construction engineer go by the name of Garlits?

Tesla has never put a “Model 3” badge on the Model 3. You either know what this thing is or you don’t. But this high-performance variant of the car warrants special identification, so its rump gets two words: “Dual Motor,” meaning an added induction motor up front. (The rear uses a permanent-magnet type.) And although they don’t get additional labeling, a nod should go to the dual-motor’s higher-capability inverters, as well.

Tesla’s acceleration claims (which we’ve repeatedly matched or beaten with other Tesla vehicles) state the Model 3 Dual Motor Performance scats to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. A traction-limited rear-wheel-drive BMW M3 Competition pack and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio we tested did 4.3 and 3.9 seconds, respectively, and the less powerful but AWD Audi RS4 managed 4.2. In a tweet, Musk suggested that tires even grippier than this car’s Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber (235/35ZR20­­­) might whittle this to 3.3—but also put a nick in the car’s 310-mile range.

But that’s on a closed-course dragstrip. What can it do in traffic-clogged L.A.? Nelson manages to sashay across two lanes of traffic to the precipice of the almighty on-ramp. I smile. This is going to make up for everything that’s gone wrong so far. But as he tromps the accelerator and all four of us get simultaneously shoved back in our seat backs, I glace left. A black-and-white highway patrol SUV is pacing us in the freeway’s right lane. We cannot buy a break. Nelson lifts and we painfully pedal along for 40 long seconds before politely merging with traffic, with a blinker and a smile.

So much for our first drive of the Dual Motor Performance, right?

Let me explain something you’re not going to believe, but trust me on this. After having driven and tested perhaps 7,000 vehicles, sometimes I don’t need to drive very far to get the idea.

Remember that freeway onramp we “missed” before Nelson took the wheel? It’s a sweet 700-foot short-chute that whips into a right-hander I know very well, and I wasn’t going to simply wait for the next freeway entry. “Hang on,” I’d told everybody, whipping a U-turn and stamping the accelerator. Even with four aboard, the Model 3 DMP surged ahead so startlingly that it stopped conversation. Except maybe for an uttered “Oh my god.” I braked pretty hard and arched up the on-ramp toward the freeway. It was a flourish more akin to swiping a navigation route on your phone than driving a car on the actual road. Carol might have been upside down by the time I backed off.

In maybe 120 wheel revolutions, a high-performance hierarchy has been rattled. The European marques perennially atop the sport sedan podium are about to have trapdoors release beneath them. Although nothing has fundamentally changed with the car’s steering or suspension (besides an imperceptible but CG-lowering 5–10mm drop in ride height), the dual motor and all-wheel drive give the compact Tesla a tensed, hair-trigger potency for leaping ahead or around whatever’s in the way. It’s pure jungle cat. Our testing to come will explore whether its lighter Brembo brakes stop better and how much the now in-house vehicle control software lets Tesla directly tune the car’s handling poise (without a supplier interpreting it). A track mode, which is still in development, dials up regenerative braking to lessen heat load on the friction brakes.

Speaking of software, Tesla’s all-in attitude regarding its controversial big-screen driver interface has backpedaled a bit toward implementation of some physical controls. For instance, now a quick burst of windshield wiping requires just a depression of the left stalk (its screen-control actuator is now easier to engage, too); adjusting the adaptive cruise control can be done with dialing or laterally toggling the steering wheel’s right scroll wheel. And on the screen itself, virtual buttons for more regularly accessed functions have been slid closer to the driver.

Nevertheless, this is still—initially, at least—a very alien interface. To most people familiar with traditional automotive gauges, the Model 3 is equivalent to coming across a landed UFO in a Kansas farm field and sitting down at its controls. There’s evidence of Tesla responding to criticism elsewhere around the car, too, such as a remodeling of the rear-seat shape with different cushioning. (In case you’re curious, the frunk’s capacity remains unchanged.)

This pure-electric torque machine starts with a $64,000 base price and requires a $5,000 push for a thin carbon-fiber rear lip, 20-inch wheels and tires, red Brembo brake calipers, and aluminum pedals. Then there’s $5,000 prepaid for Enhanced Autopilot (when it arrives), $1,500 for white leather interior, and $1,000 destination—totaling $76,500 less applicable tax breaks.

For that kind of money, it should look impressive. But other than the lone rear-deck badging, that $5,000 option package accompanying the Dual Motor Performance drivetrain doesn’t deliver the visual menace this car deserves. Here’s a highway assassin dressed in Banana Republic, whereas the similarly priced Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio comes with fiendish detailing that instructs other drivers to step back. Innocents out there need a mercy heads-up that what’s approaching in their rearview mirror isn’t just another Model 3.

Back at the office, our 45 minutes spent, editor-in-chief Ed Loh opined that the sport sedan category isn’t as important as it used to be, due to the rise of crossovers. True. But with the appearance of electrically powered AWD, the Model 3 is playing a grand finale that’s going to be epic.

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EFI Fuel Delivery: Knowing What You Need Is Key To Smooth Running

Corvettes Online News Feed - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 6:38am
If you're running EFI and having issues with fuel delivery, here's some help. Find out why your new EFI system cuts out from time-to-time.

Lime Rock Park 2018: The Story Of “The One That Got Away”

Corvettes Online News Feed - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:59am
Lime Rock Park is known as a "bullring" of a circuit due to it's 1.5 mile total length, but it is so much more than that.

2019 Sierra Elevation: First Real-World Pictures

GM Authority News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 4:59am

Our first real-world look at the all-new Sierra Elevation.

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept Heads to Michigan for U.S. Debut

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 8:24pm

If you wanted to get a closer look at Hyundai’s Le Fil Rouge concept car, but couldn’t make it all the way to Geneva, then we have good news. The futuristic concept makes its North American debut at the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, this weekend.

The concept car presents Hyundai’s innovative “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, which will make its way into the proportions, architecture, styling, and technology of future Hyundais.

Hyundai’s concept sports a long wheelbase, large wheels, short overhangs, and lightweight tube architecture inside and out. It features a wide, layered hood and a new interpretation of the brand’s cascading grille design theme.

Inside, you’ll find a floating panoramic display, molded wood trim, and high-tech fabrics used in the seats and other surfaces. We’ll have to get back to you on how comfy they feel when you sit in them.

See it this weekend at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth from July 27-29.

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Forgeline Introduces AL203 and AL204 Wheels

Corvettes Online News Feed - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 8:18pm
New from Forgeline - their AL203 and AL204 wheels. These wheels feature cutting-edge styling and a precision-machined forged aluminum center. Check them out here!

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition Gets Better Brakes, Stickier Tires

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 7:55pm

Despite near-universal cries for more power, the Toyota 86 has always been about balance and handling. That philosophy continues with the introduction of the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, which receives goodies to improve handling and braking but no significant power bump.

We had heard last year that Toyota would bring upgrades from its Gazoo Racing sub-brand to the U.S. under the TRD banner, which might explain why some of the items on the TRD Special Edition’s parts list sound familiar. The TRD model’s performance highlights include new Sachs dampers tuned for steering response and stability, Brembo brakes measuring 12.8 inches in the front and 12.4 inches in the rear, and new 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/40R-size Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires all around.

The model also gets a unique body kit, TRD exhaust with stainless steel tips, a smaller-diameter red and black steering wheel with red contrast stitching, red and black sport seats, red seat belts, and the TRD logo embroidered on the passenger-side dashboard. The TRD Special Edition will be offered exclusively in Raven black, a hue that’s contrasted by TRD’s heritage colors that appear as stripes along the sides.

Like all 86 coupes, the TRD packs a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four that produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. The special model can be had with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, though you’ll lose 5 hp and 5 lb-ft going with the automatic. The TRD gets the same 4.2-inch TFT display as the 86 GT, which can bring up performance instruments like a G-meter, stopwatch, coolant and oil temperature gauges, and graphs showing horsepower and torque curves.

Production of the TRD Special Edition will be limited to 1,418 units. The 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition starts at $33,340, including destination, and goes on sale in August.

Source: Toyota

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