Archives for September 3rd, 2013

Stock Miata beats bunch of high-powered cars in wet 1/4-mile drag race

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When is a stock, 167-horsepower Mazda MX-5 Miata quicker than a Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Elise and a Porsche 911? When it's raining. Sort of. Mazda Canada arranged a unique drag race to show off the fact that the Miata's optional power retractable folding hardtop can go from top-down to top-up in just ...

Watching IIHS test semi trailers for safety is frightening

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'Underride.' That's a word you'll want to add to your glossary of horrifying fates. It describes the action of a car sliding under a semi trailer at speed, with results that sometimes aren't pretty to look at - the kind this Corvette driver only managed to escape by ducking. As part of its Inside the IIHS ...

Increased Resale Values Key to Improving Operating Margins, General Motors Says

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Leasing is a potentially profitable business for carmakers, but success is largely determined by high resale residual values, and a lower residual value can cut into company profit margins. General Motors wants to increase leasing as part of its sales mix, and is pinning its strategy squarely on improving the desirability of its models, thus ...

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Claims Best-in-Class Standard V-6 Torque

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As the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra inch closer to production, we’re learning more about the pair. One big win for the duo: they will claim best-in-class torque figures with their base, V-6 engines. The 2014 Sierra/Silverado’s base engine is a 4.3-liter V-6 from GM’s EcoTec3 family. It’s rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of ...

Feature Flick: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Is Strong

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To promote the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors has launched a new ad campaign called “Strong.” The campaign is headlined by a new minute-long commercial of the same name, which will debut on TV on July 4. The ad push starts in Texas because, according to GM, one-sixth of all pickup sales are in that ...