Author Archives: Shannon Hatfield

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

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Volkswagen has gotten pretty comfortable hogging the – admittedly small – non-premium diesel car market in the US. With Golf and Jetta, the German automaker has been the one and only choice for those interested in the torquey, high-mpg merits of turbocharged diesel power. However, US customers seem to be growing more interested in the technology ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Justin Bell Flogs Camaro ZL1, SLS AMG, Vettel Visits Us, Holden Tips Hat to Chevy

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Whether you’re a fan of American muscle or high-dollar European machinery, this week’s video roundup has something for everyone. Ace driver Justin Bell takes both the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to the track, and offers his impressions of the two high-horse rides, and Formula One Star and Infiniti engineering consultant Sebastian ...

Recall Central: Toyota FJ Cruiser Headlights, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Seatbelts

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2007-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser The Problem: Models equipped with the optional Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp kit are brighter than allowed by federal law. Because of the way the 55-watt, add-on driving lights are angled, they are too bright when combined with the output from the FJ Cruiser’s factory headlights. That could dazzle oncoming drivers, potentially causing ...

Rumors Video Roundup: F1 Movie Trailer, Hennessey Camaro ZL1, Opel Adam in Mud

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For this week’s Rumors Video Roundup, we have our usual assortment of high-horse machinery, but a sprinkling of more mundane transportation as well. From a skydiver attempting to land in a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Ken Block having fun in a Fiesta ST in Budapest, a Nissan GT-R setting an ice speed record in Russia, and ...

General Motors Committed To Making Opel Premium Brand In Europe

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Turning a once-regional brand into a global one comes with a great deal of risk, especially when you have a pre-existing, well-recognized brand in the same market, with similar market positioning. That’s what General Motors has run into in its campaign to make Chevrolet the company’s global volume brand. Opel had long been GM’s mainstream ...

Cocktail Chatter: May 17, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. This week we’re drinking the Red Lion, which comes from the Café Royal hotel in London. Combine one ounce of Sipsmith dry gin with ...
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