Archives for July 3rd, 2013

GM recalling 2013 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac SRX over transmission software

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued recalls for the 2013 Buick LaCrosse and 2013 Cadillac SRX due to a problem with the software for the transmission controller. On about 27,000 SRX and LaCrosse models, the transmission could accidentally be shifted to Sport mode, which would reduce the amount of engine braking drivers experience. NHTSA ...

Rare 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible Debuting at SEMA Show Before Hitting Auction Block

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Didn’t get your hands on one of the 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaros? Well, now may be your last chance, as the final 2012 COPO Camaro is headed to the auction block after it makes an appearance at the SEMA show this week. All COPO Camaros are specially prepared for the National Hot Rod Association’s Stock Eliminator ...

Thread of the Day: Do You Prefer Launch Control or Doing it Yourself?

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Launch control systems have come a long way since they were introduced. Modern systems launch performance cars like the Corvette ZR1 and Shelby GT500 more consistently than most drivers can. Of course, there are exceptions: the most experienced racers may be able to run a tenth or two quicker in the quarter-mile than what a ...

2012 Chevy Cruze Added to NHTSA Fire Probe, 2013 Malibu Software Recall

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2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze In April, we reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a probe into Chevrolet Cruze engine bay fires. Now, the NHTSA has added the 2012 Cruze model to the investigation. The probe originally covered 177,000 vehicles, but has expanded to 370,000 units since the 2012 model year was added to the investigation, ...

Behind the Scenes of the 2012 Best Driver’s Car Competition on Wide Open Throttle

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This week on Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes us to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a behind-the-scenes look at our 2012 Best Driver’s Car program, and a sneak peek at what you can expect to see starting Monday, August 20 during Best Driver’s Car Week. First Motor Trend staffers explain what Best Driver’s Car ...

Why the Corvette is Chevrolet’s billion-dollar baby

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Edmunds has worked up a piece that tries to figure out just how much the global Chevrolet Corvette economy is worth, a spitballed guesstimate putting the number at more than $2.5 billion with the proviso that the number is probably low. It starts by taking Corvette's new car sales of 14,132 units last year, which ...

Your Say: Top 10 College Cars Under $17,000

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From a used Infiniti G35 coupe to a Jeep Wrangler, good college cars can be found all over the automotive market. They must be versatile: under a tight budget, the ideal college car should be fun to drive and reliable, whether it’s new or used. A Motor Trend forum member recently posed a question about ...

Spied! 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Racing Around GM’s Proving Grounds

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As good as the current Chevrolet Corvette is, we all know there’s plenty of room for improvement. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 underneath all that camouflage could have the dynamic improvements that will help the car challenge a surprisingly crowded field that includes the SRT Viper, Nissan GT-R, and Porsche 911. Caught at GM’s proving grounds, ...