Archives for July 11th, 2013

Race Car, Revealed: New Chevrolet SS is the Brand’s 2013 NASCAR Hopeful

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It was a tough decision for Chevrolet: Continue to badge its NASCAR Sprint Cup car as an Impala—and there would have been an argument for that, since the brand-new 2014 Impala arrives early next year—or swing for the fences and take a chance on the new Chevrolet SS, which won’t even go on sale until ...

Should the 2014 Chevrolet SS Get Wagon, Truck Variants Like the VF Commodore?

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Following up on the VF Commodore sedan, Holden revealed the VF Sportwagon and Ute pickup, which go on sale in the middle of this year. The 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan shares its bones with the VF Commodore, and that makes us wonder whether Chevrolet could also import the wagon and pickup to the U.S. market. General ...

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 and 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Take Road Trip on Hot Rod Unlimited

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At this point, everyone and their mother has done a performance comparison test between the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Heck, we’ve even done two, with the Camaro beating the Mustang in both tests as the better driver’s car. Hoping to do something a little different, Hot Rod Unlimited took the ...

Three More Miles: 2013 Chevrolet Volt Re-Rated at 38 Miles of EV Range, 98 MPGe

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The Chevrolet Volt has just been retested by the EPA and has seen an uptick in its all-electric range. The Volt is now rated at 98 MPGe, and can now go up to 38 miles on electric-only power. That’s an increase of 3 miles in EV mode and 4 extra MPGe. New Hold Mode Chevrolet also confirmed ...

Expect greater differentiation in GM’s next-generation SUVs

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General Motors says its next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade models will offer shoppers improved interior differentiation. Car and Driver recently caught up with Chris Hilts, GM's creative manager of interior design, who said that the cabins will all feature unique instrument panels, consoles, center stacks and switchgear moving forward. Apparently GM ...

Top 10 Weirdest and Wildest Custom Cars of SEMA 2012

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The best part about SEMA isn’t the new concepts from the major automakers or the introduction of new go-fast aftermarket parts. Rather, it’s the weird and wonderfully quirky custom cars created by smaller operations. Based on our time roaming the auto show floor, we’ve collected our top 10 picks of the weirdest and most wonderfully ...

Customer Satisfaction with Major Automakers at Highest Level Since 2009

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Car buyers are happier than ever, as satisfaction levels have returned to the highest point recorded back in 2009, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). More impressive, though, is the fact that major U.S. automakers have greatly improved their scores in just one year’s time. The ACSI differs from J.D. Power surveys in that ...

Feature Flick: Ford, Chevy Ex-Cop Cars Battle In The Desert

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The Ford-versus-Chevy debate will likely continue for as long as both companies exist, but the latest episode of Roadkill attempts to solve at least part of the argument. This week, Hot Rod editors David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan go off-road racing to find out which used cop car is best – the Ford Crown ...