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Custom Land Rover Defender Packs GM-Sourced 6.2-liter V8

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 5:32pm

And it's for sale for a cool $196,000 USD. Anyone wanna go halfsies?

Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept Gears Up for New York

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 5:30pm

If you enjoy riding mountain bikes—or like burly-looking family haulers—VW has an Atlas concept headed to the New York auto show that was made for you. Based on an Atlas SEL Premium, the modified 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.

The Basecamp features matte Platinum Gray and Black Uni paint, as well as orange accents. It packs the Atlas’ top-spec 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which delivers 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

The H&R lift kit jacks up the three-row Atlas by 1.5 inches with a set of adjustable coil-overs; the whole package rolls on a set of black Fifteen52 Traverse MX Concept wheels wrapped in 265/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain rubber. The Basecamp also brings along a friend in the form of a HIVE EX compact expedition trailer with matching wheels and tires.

The cool camper trailer has a queen-size bed, pullout canopy, and kitchenette with a stove, a sink, and a fridge. Additionally, there’s a self-contained water tank, propane tank, portable toilet, hot shower, and removable leveling jacks to help keep it planted.

If you miss VW’s concept at the New York show—it’ll also be at the SEMA show in Las Vegas in the fall—there’s a chance you’ll see us taking it out for a spin. Stay tuned.

Source: Volkswagen

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2019 Audi Q3 With Standard AWD Starts at $35,695

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 3:55pm

As we found out in our First Drive, the 2019 Audi Q3 makes substantial improvements over the first generation. Not only does it get a more spacious cabin better suited to American tastes, it also features more power, a redesigned suspension, fresh exterior and infotainment setup, and standard all-wheel drive. Today, Audi has revealed that its new compact crossover will start at $35,695.

That’s a very competitive starting price compared to the 2019 BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. The BMW X1 starts at $35,945, and that’s when paired with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the price jumps to $37,945. The Mercedes GLA starts at $34,945 with front-wheel drive but $36,945 with all-wheel drive.

Standard features on the Q3 include LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 8.8-inch central touchscreen, leather seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The driver’s seat is heated and includes eight-way power controls with four-way power lumbar. Upgrade to the Premium Plus trim, and the price is $38,795.

S Line models feature special front and rear bumpers, side sills, and badging, along with standard 19-inch wheels. These models start at $36,995, with Premium Plus trims going for $40,095, and Prestige models priced starting at $43,895.

A number of interior upgrades are available, including a host of Alcantara, natural wood, and other inlays. Buyers can also opt for a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch touchscreen, or Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system with 15 speakers.

Audi will display the 2019 Q3 at the New York auto show this week.

Source: Audi

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Coach Kim Mulkey Awarded Use of a 2019 Corvette Z06 After NCAA Championship Win

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 3:41pm

After coaching the Baylor Lady Bears to the 2019 NCAA Woman’s Basketball Championship, Head Coach Kim Mulkey was awarded the use of a 2019 Corvette Z06 for one year.

The Corvette Z06 was presented to the three-time national championship head coach from Allen Samuels Chevrolet Buick GMC this afternoon on campus at the Ferrell Center where the team plays.

Continue reading Coach Kim Mulkey Awarded Use of a 2019 Corvette Z06 After NCAA Championship Win at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

Vandal Pours Acid-Like Substance On Chevrolet Camaro

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 2:57pm

The cost to fix the damage is estimated at $5,000.

GM Officially Reveals 2020 Buick Encore, Encore GX In China

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 1:52pm

Two new models to strengthen Buick's position in the rapidly-growing B-crossover segment.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz EV Concept Is VW’s Answer to the Tesla Model X SUV

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 1:36pm

Volkswagen has dropped a full-size crossover EV concept to battle Tesla’s Model X, with the ID Roomzz show car promised to reach production in China by 2021—hopefully with a less silly name. It features rotating lounge seats covered in an upholstery called AppleSkin, a synthetic leather made in part from waste generated from the production of apple juice, as well as fully autonomous capabilities. VW says the seats can be rotated inward by as much as 25 degrees and fully reclined when the car is driving itself.

The production Roomzz will follow an all-electric ID hatchback and compact crossover scheduled to arrive in 2020, while an EV sedan, dune buggy, and Microbus will come after that. We expect all but the ID hatchback to come to the U.S. VW is in the middle of inventing €30 billion or so (the equivalent of $34 billion) in its massive lineup of planned EVs, which includes as many as 70 distinct models globally within the decade.

The ID Roomzz has a range of as much as 280 miles according to the European test cycle, which is more optimistic than the EPA’s; we estimate the U.S. agency would certify the Roomzz for 220 miles with all else equal. That trails either of the Model X’s available configurations, the Performance (289 miles) and the Long Range (289). The powertrain consists of two electric motors with a total output of 302 horsepower and the ability to accelerate the Roomzz to 62 mph from rest in a claimed 6.6 seconds.

The apple material is joined inside by wood veneers on the doors that allow light to project through, a squared-off steering wheel that incorporates PRND capacitive buttons, and a fully digital dash panel that houses navigation, infotainment, and other functions.

Source: Volkswagen

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[PIC] FVS Renders the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette Following NYC Drive

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:53pm

The C8 Corvette prototype that rolled through New York City on Thursday evening gave us the best look at the next generation sports car since they appeared at the Nurburgring. That’s because these cars appeared to be in mostly production form and do not have the same level of camouflage on them as some of the development prototypes we’ve recently spied while testing.

Continue reading [PIC] FVS Renders the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette Following NYC Drive at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

To Carb or Not to Carb: Edelbrock’s AVS2 Carb and Pro-Flo 4 EFI

Corvettes Online News Feed - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:28pm
Edelbrock recently announced the addition of two new products to its extensive lineup: the AVS2 Carburetor and the Pro-Flo 4 EFI. The Pro-Flo 4 was designed as a complete engineered system paired to a mobile app.

GM Brazil Heading Development Of Chevrolet Onix

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:18pm

It's also heading development of other Chevrolet models on the GEM platform.

GMC Acadia Sales Post Best-Ever Quarterly Performance In Q1 2019

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:47am

A solid rebound after a very depressed 2018.

Relive The NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 At Richmond: Video

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:28am

Extended highlights from another race in which the Chevys struggled.

Josef Newgarden Takes Fourth IndyCar Top 5 Of 2019 At Long Beach

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:45am

Chevrolet still appears to be lagging behind Honda, however.

Corvette Racing Still Looking For 100th IMSA Win After Long Beach Thriller

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:36am

The team narrowly missed out on victory in Long Beach this weekend.

Final Chevrolet Cruze Will Be Given Away Via Contest

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:30am

The final Cruze was to stick around in Ohio, but now anyone will be able to win the car.

New Survey Claims Americans OK With 75 Miles Of Electric Car Range

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:14am

We find that rather abnormal.

Cadillac Boss Says Brand’s Electric Cars Will Have Separate Naming Strategy

GM Authority News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 8:48am

It appears they will not be named "CT" or "XT."

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB Debuts: Small and Rugged

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 8:00am

When you hear that a new vehicle is called the “Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB,” you may groan as you wonder whether the world really needs yet another thin slice of the crossover pie. Of course it doesn’t. But if someone is going to keep slicing the pie anyway, the result really ought to be just like the GLB: funky, functional, and as Mercedes as it gets.

Making its debut at the 2019 Shanghai auto show, the GLB is the go-anywhere, sporty middle brother to the smaller GLA crossover and the more mature GLC. “We asked ourselves whether there is still space between the GLA and GLC in our successful SUV range. The concept GLB is the answer to this question. With it we are demonstrating the creative ideas we have for this segment, too,” says Britta Seeger, member of the board of management of Daimler AG. “The GLB is a durable and practical SUV with nonetheless compact dimensions. Whether it is a generous, seven-seater family vehicle or a versatile leisure-time companion, we are certain that this concept will be of great interest to our customers.” Needless to say, despite it being called a concept, the GLB will reach production.

Being a concept, this version of the GLB is design-forward. Its rugged embrace of its sport-utility roots gives it a handsome, ready-for-action vibe, with muscular proportions, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, a roof box, and LED spotlights. Inside, the design is still rugged but decidedly more opulent, with open-pore walnut wood trim, Nappa and nubuck leathers, and contrasting orange trim and accents. We wonder about crafting such an outwardly off-road persona for what will be another front-drive-based compact Mercedes model—it shares a platform with the A- and CLA-classes, as well as the next-gen GLA—but it’s clear that many people still purchase SUVs for their outward projection of capability, not their actual abilities themselves.

Of interest to family types will be the third row, a first for Mercedes-Benz in this size class. Seating for seven is bound to be tight in such a compact vehicle, but some clever tweaks may make it more usable than you’d think. The second row has a 40/20/40 split-folding arrangement, can be slid fore and aft through a range of 5.5 inches, and features backrests that recline through eight positions of tilt. To make access to the third row easier, the second-row seats fold forward and flip up. For those with a large and full nest, a total of four child safety seats can be fitted to the second and third rows. When the third row isn’t in use, the seats fold flat into the floor, leaving more room for gear.

Mercedes’ next-gen MBUX infotainment system powers the massive dual display that stretches across most of the dashboard, bringing with it the tri-pointed star’s latest in navigation, entertainment, and AI-based assistance. Under the hood, the Mercedes Concept GLB sports an M260 four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 224 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. And as you’d expect of any luxurious Mercedes crossover, the GLB will offer 4Matic all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution and three different configurations: one for economical, everyday driving (with an 80/20 front/rear power distribution); one for slightly sportier behavior (70/30 split); and one for off-road use, engaging the all-wheel-drive clutch as a central locking differential, with a 50/50 torque split.

Look for the production version of this concept and its attendant info dump to come along this summer, and for the GLB to go on sale in Europe by the end of the year. American sales should start shortly thereafter.

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2020 Ford Mustang High Performance 2.3L First Look: AutoXer?

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 6:00am

A lot of noise (and tire smoke) gets made at the high end of the pony/muscle-car performance spectrum, with cars like the Challenger Hellcat Redeye, the Camaro ZL1, and the forthcoming Shelby GT500 vying for bragging rights in horsepower, quarter-mile stats, or lap times. Now Ford is once again showing some love to the half of Mustang buyers at the other end of the continuum opting for the four-cylinder. To better serve these younger buyers who prefer to lay their rubber down a little at a time in the bends of an autocross, some Mustang team members burned the midnight oil raiding the global parts bin to gin up a pretty cool four-banger ’Stang.

The whole thing started with an EcoBoost chassis development test car that the team just couldn’t fall in love with—until someone discovered a Focus RS development engine lying around and thought, “hey, maybe…” Late nights were spent Frankensteining the transverse engine into the Mustang’s longitudinal rear-drive chassis, the keys got tossed to product development veep Hau Thai-Tang, and pretty soon a 10-month crash program was underway to bring the most powerful four-cylinder Mustang in history (and the most powerful American four-cylinder, period) to market.

The timing was propitious in that Focus RS production was just ending, freeing up the tooling in Valencia, Spain, to make engines for the Mustang. The transition from transverse to longitudinal mounting wasn’t that big a deal—the turbo had to be redesigned to meet the very different exhaust plumbing, the intercooler is unique, and of course all of the electronics were retuned, both to suit this very different and heavier application and to work with Ford’s optional 10-speed automatic.

The calibration ended up giving up 20 horsepower (now 330) while preserving the 350 lb-ft of peak torque and widening the torque plateau by 40 percent, so that 90 percent of peak torque is available between 2,500 and 5,300 rpm. Another goal the team met was to carry 90 percent of peak horsepower to the 6,500-rpm redline regardless of transmission choice. Oh, and the active exhaust system is standard and is custom-tuned for this application.

This is a unique EcoBoost engine, though it shares its bore and stroke with the 310-hp/350-lb-ft workaday version. The aforementioned new turbo, which produces “more than 20 psi” (up from 18), produces more violent explosions in the cylinder, requiring stronger cylinder head and gasket materials. And the engine will still be made in Valencia. Ford claims that with the 10-speed automatic, it should hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (our last EcoBoost fastback needed 5.3) en route to a 155-mph top speed—that’s up 10 from the EcoBoost Perf Pack and up 34 mph from the base EcoBoost.

Of course buyers who tick the box marked 67E will get much more than just an engine. Naturally, many of the EcoBoost Performance Package bits carry over, including the springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars, the aluminum shock-tower brace, the GT-grade brakes (13.9-inch front, 13.0-inch rear), 32.0mm hollow front and 24mm solid rear anti-roll bars, a set of 9.0×19-inch wheels wrapped in three-season Pirellis sized 255/40ZR-19, and a 3.55:1 Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

Additional appearance differentiators for the High Performance 2.3L include upper and lower grilles finished in “magnetic” (metallic graphite) paint and fitted with the offset Mustang emblem, magnetic side mirror caps and “whisker stripes” on the vented hood, and a black finisher with unique faux filler cap spanning between the taillights. Interior alterations are minimal—an engine-spun aluminum instrument panel with analog gauges, including oil pressure and turbo boost, plus a serialized dash plaque. Oh, and this package can be had on the fastback or convertible, with the base cloth or upgraded leather interior. There will also be four new Mustang colors for 2020: Twister Orange, Grabber Lime, Red Hot, and Iconic Silver.

Autocrossers will also want to check the box marked 60E for the handling package, available only on the fastback, with the manual or automatic transmission. This brings MagneRide shocks with unique tuning for this application, semi-metallic brake pads and improved front brake cooling, wider 9.5×19-inch wheels wearing 265/40ZR-19 Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 tires, and several GT Performance Package 2 parts, including the front springs and 33.7mm hollow front anti-roll bar.

EcoBoost Mustangs generally weigh about 200 pounds less than their GT counterparts, with 155 pounds of that burdening the front wheels. The new car boasts a 53/47 percent front/rear weight bias (our last base GT measured 55/45). All things considered, an EcoBoost High Performance 2.3L handling package car should be the Mustang of choice for tight autocross courses or short-straight technical handling circuits. Mustang vehicle engineering manager Tom Barnes says it also performs really well on the MotorTrend figure eight. We can’t wait to verify all of these claims.

Look for High Performance 2.3L Mustangs to hit dealerships this fall. Pricing will be announced later this spring, but expect to pay more than the $2,495 charged for the outgoing EcoBoost Perf Pack. But rest assured that even with the handling package, it will undercut the $8,960 premium charged for a base GT by a significant margin.

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