Archives for July 18th, 2013

GM VC not happy with Europe’s response to plug-in vehicles

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General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky has had it up to his eyeballs with Europe. It's one thing to attempt to bail out GM's Opel subsidiary in the beleaguered European auto market. It's another to market the Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid to such tepid response. 'All the governments in Europe said, 'We want EVs, we want ...

Hennessey Performance Promises 1000-HP Twin-Turbo Kit For 2014 Corvette

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That didn’t take long: the speed fiends at Hennessey Performance are already working on tuning kits that could endow the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with as much as 1000 hp. While there are few details so far, Hennessey does have a track record of delivering upgrade kits that extract serious horsepower from performance cars. The ...

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Bows in Motor City – 2013 Detroit

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From the auto show floor: Though the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 did not get any love during Monday morning’s Chevrolet press conference — which was spent entirely on the 2014 Corvette Stingray — there’s still much to learn about the next-generation full-size pickup. The Silverado, as well as its GMC sibling, the Sierra, are parked ...

Chevrolet and Cadillac Mulling Three-Cylinder for Volt and ELR, Report Says

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If you had suggested just five years ago that we could have a Cadillac powered by a three-cylinder engine, you'd have been locked away in a loony bin. They'd have made you eat the key. Yet according to a report by Edmunds, that's what could be on the horizon for Cadillac and Chevrolet. The report ...

Stop-Start Tech Could Reach 8 Million North American Cars by 2017 – Do You Want It?

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Stop-start technology has been around for almost three decades, but the system is just now catching on with American consumers. In fact, start-stop is becoming so popular, it may be found in more than eight million cars in North America by 2017, AAA predicts, but would you want it in your car? Stop-start technology saves gas ...

Electrifying Twist: Nissan Leaf Outsold by Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius PHEV in 2012

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The Chevrolet Volt sold 30,090 units in 2012, enough to dethrone the 2011 plug-in and electric global sales leader Nissan Leaf, which sold 25,435 units last year. The Toyota Prius Plug-in also emerged ahead of the all-electric Leaf, finishing second with 27,181 sales. Though the Leaf fell short of its rivals last year, the model ...

Ultimate Remix? V-8-Powered Destino Has Fisker Looks, Corvette ZR1 Firepower

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Former GM Vice President “Maximum” Bob Lutz has brought us some wild cars over the years. But his latest effort, built in collaboration with boutique carmaker VL Automotive, may be his wildest. Called the Destino, the custom vehicle is a four-door sports car that combines the best of both worlds with the Fisker Karma’s curvaceous ...

Feature Flick: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Hits Willow Streets on Ignition

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Chevrolet has upped the Camaro SS‘ performance with the optional 1LE package to make the most of the 426-hp 6.2-liter V-8. While most enhancements are focused on handling and stopping for track duty, a shorter axle ratio quickens the engine’s response. In this Feature Flick, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago takes the Camaro SS 1LE ...

eBay Find Of The Day: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray press kit for charity

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Members of the motoring press who were invited to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray reveal all left with a pretty sweet press kit. The individually numbered black box within a black box contained not only a chunky little flash drive, but a paperweight adorned with an actual Stingray badge. Before we even left the press reveal, ...