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Chevy gets new compact car in 2009

June 3rd, 2008 by admin

Early next year Pontiac maybe getting the Chevrolet Aveo based G3 but Chevrolet will get another compact car that will go into production. GM will unveil a compact Chevrolet car during the auto show season this fall, According to sources familiar with GM’s product plan.

Through June 2010 as a 2009 model GM will produce the current-generation Cobalt. The Chevrolet compact will not be called the Cobalt, says one source familiar with the plans. It was unclear from sources whether GM will continue to build the combat after that.A new 1.4 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder global units come for the car power producing between 120 and 140-hp.  The car will have a combined fuel-economy of 40mpg.

 “It’s a pretty incredible engine; it’s direct-injected with great power,” the source said. “The small-displacement turbo make it possible to get great power so that GM might put it in the mid-sized products, too.

A source says, among five nameplates the new engine will share: the Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn, Opel and Daewoo. And for that Lordstown plant could build cars for export.

GM started with such cars as the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Red Line, that the engine continues the trend. To boost fuel and performance those cars use smaller engines and high-technology devices such as direct fuel injection and turbochargers.

At the 2007 LA Auto Show GM confirmed that the Chevrolet Beat will go into production for a market outside the U.S. GM is now considering bringing the Beat to U.S., the source said.

Source: AutoWeek

The redesigned Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

May 28th, 2008 by admin

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is the rally-inspired edition of the company’s Lancer economy car. It packs a strong turbocharged engine in a compact package, making it quite fast. The “Evo,” as it’s called, has grown up recently, and its raw performance has been refined to make it more functional for every day driving.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is visually distinguished from the rest of the Lancer sedan lineup primarily in its bolder front-end styling that incorporates large chrome air intakes and engine heat outlets with a sharply sloping hood. An oversized rear spoiler is standard on the MR and optional on the GSR.

Inside, heavily bolstered Recaro sport seats integrate side-impact airbags; head curtain airbags for both rows of seats and a knee-height airbag for the driver are also included. Both versions of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution offer a long list of standard amenities, with noteworthy options including a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system, a navigation system with hard-disk digital audio storage, and a keyless entry/start system.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is available in GSR and MR versions. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine generates nearly 300 horsepower. A five-speed close-ratio manual gearbox is standard on the GSR trim level with a six-speed dual-clutch sequential-shift transmission coming exclusively in the top-performing MR model; it can either operate in automatic mode or be taken through the gears manually via magnesium steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Riding on a longer wheelbase and a wider track with better front-to-rear weight distribution for added handling prowess, the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution includes a long list of chassis control features for added stability. Its Super-All Wheel Control dynamic handling all-wheel-drive system incorporates an Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control rear differential a limited-slip front differential, and Active Stability Control to send the proper amount of power to each wheel for maximum grip and control across a wide range of conditions and driving situations.

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept Revealed

May 19th, 2008 by admin

Audi, the creator of TDI, rages a path in terms of engine make up. Held at the end of May somewhere in Austrian area of Carinthia At the “27th annual Lake Worther Tour”, the trademark behind the “four rings” is displaying this creation’s potential with a magnificent study. The two-liter TDI set owned by the Audi A3 TDI ClubSport Quattro brings 165 kW (224 hp) as well as gathers up 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque, the type of pulling control usually related with a sports vehicle This creation runs starting 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in about 6.6 seconds and reaches a full speed of 240 km/h.

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This concept car is a truly a technologically advanced sports vehicle. Power driven with the 20-inch wheels using a six-speed transmission with the Quattro all-wheel-drive driving system. The front wheels have the stopping power is presented by six-piston brake/calipers plus ceramic discs. The Audi drive top quality “Driving Dynamics System” lets the driver to differ at will the throttle reaction feature, the exhaust, the level of power support for the navigation, the cut-in entrances for the ESP stabilization method, and the operating method of the dampers. The dampers set up Audi magnetic ride skill, allowing them to respond to changes in the driving circumstances with sifting speed.

In addition on show at the Lake Worther Tour is the “Audi R8 TDI Le Mans”, whose drive train design is intimately alike to that of the R 10 TDI. The high-performance sports vehicle is power-driven by a six-liter V12, 368 kW of output plus 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) of torque drive the globe’s one of the most prevailing series-creation TDI representation to a top speed more than 300 km/h (186.41 mph).

2008 Nissan Rogue with AWD – Ready for Fun

May 11th, 2008 by admin

According to Charles Renny, Special to The Leader-Post  “I've always known that my sense of humor was a bit offbeat, but my latest egg was laid at the introduction of the Nissan Rogue last fall when I told the marketing manager for Nissan Canada that the name opened up a whole new line of possibilities. Nissan could feature the Rogue and then move into the Cad, the Bounder, the Rake and the Roué. All I got for a response was "huh?" Then I had to explain that these were all terms in the English language for different types of bad guys. So much for my attempt to manipulate the English language for humor.”

Every single explanation should be forgiven for the reason that Nissan will give anyone a Rogue consisting an All Wheel Drive to experiment for almost a week. We have to admit that this Rogue model did contain complete paraphernalia to maintain people happiness even with no final run test.

For the exterior, these Rogue productions have quality leather seating with double range seat heaters in the frontage buckets. This bucket was big and fit a wider range of anyone’s comfort. Seating arrangement was a little bit elevated, just about similar to chair, which ended for an extremely relaxed driving situation. My friend, the stuffy, company accountant, yet, observed that the Rogue was comfy and inquired what it was. Remember this is from someone who when ask over what type of car he/she drives, always answer "its black." This kind of curiosity is a pretty great admiring comment to the Rogue reproduction.

The 2008 Nissan Rogue is one more entry in the division of small, car-like crossover SUV’s, a part of the marketplace where latest cars are incoming day by day. It's destined to appeal to persons who have ignore the me-first vehicles of their early life and have graduated to better responsibility, but aren't yet prepared to give up themselves to a for-the-family vehicles or small van.

Initial pricing is about $20,000 for a base, front-drive S plus topping out at approximately $26,000 for a full, all-wheel-drive SL loaded with leather, sunroof, new audio system, and Xenon headlights, it should be supposed to prove to be a inexpensive as well.

Titan’s First Radial 63-inch Tire

February 26th, 2008 by admin

The Auto Channel reported that Titan International Inc. subsidiary, the Titan Tire Corporation of Bryan, has manufactured the very first enormous radial 63-inch tire model in its Ohio facility. Titan Tire’s commitment in producing giant tires was announced last May 2007.

“This project has been an unbelievable experience for a large group of Titan employees — starting with myself. I know a lot of people think I’m a little different, and that’s fine, but I’m very lucky to have a great team. Titan has some of the best employees in this business and they proved it today by producing this tire in seven months, starting from scratch. A site that used to be a soybean field is now the beginning of a state-of-the-art giant tire facility. In addition to developing this 63-inch tire, Titan has also filed for a patent on the new construction used in this design that will improve tires and lower cost to manufacture,” says Titan Chairman and CEO Maurice M. Taylor Jr.

Koreans Going Sporty

February 18th, 2008 by admin

Automakers need to market themselves so that of course, consumer would flock to their dealerships.  There are exceptions though.  Ferrari would not likely employ a marketing campaign in the Super Bowl as it would not really increase the number of people who can afford their supercars.

But for other automakers, it is essential that they make themselves presentable to consumers.  It's just like putting your best foot forward in that first job interview. The Koreans accepts this concept and you can see them doing what they can to give credence to their name.

I am referring to Kia and Hyundai.  These automakers are not really that popular compared to say Ford or Chevy or even Toyota and Honda. That is the reason why these automakers need to pour money in their marketing campaigns.  And these two knows just how Americans love their sports.

Kia recently announced that they are now in a tie up with 16 NBA teams.  That's more than half the league although just by one.  The automaker is also the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA" and the "Official Vehicle" of the Miami Heat.  It's too bad though that the Heat has the worst record today in NBA.

Hyundai on the other hand targeted football fanatics by airing their ad during the Super Bowl clash between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants (Hurrah! for the Giants).

That said ad is the said to be the best among ads by automakers during the sporting event telecast.  According to the Nielsen Online MegaPanel Survey, 43 percent of the polled respondents said that their impression of the Hyundai brand has increased thanks to their Super Bowl ad.

Five Fantastic Awards For Ford!

January 25th, 2008 by admin

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It’s fantastic! Yes, that’s the right expression to describe how great is to win not just one but five awards at the recent 2008 BusinessCar awards, a renowned and  trusted business publication. See, the Ford Mondeo earned three of the five awards garnered by the Ford Motor Company!  

Furthermore, according to Ford.com, Ford’s vibrant and famous MPV duo was recognized too.

“Ford's huge success in the 2008 BusinessCar Awards illustrates the brand's progress in producing attractive and desirable cars that still make good business sense. Crowning the Mondeo as Business Car of the Year shows how the new model's quality and desirability has struck a chord with the business community. It's a very deserving winner of this prestigious award, which is decided by the people using the products for business on a daily basis, says Tristan Young, the BusinessCar Editor-in-Chief.

Check out Ford’s five fantastic awards:

  • Business Car of the Year – Ford Mondeo (The main award and a  category containing all 2007's new models)
  • Upper Medium Car of the Year – Ford Mondeo
  • Estate Car of the Year – Ford Mondeo
  • Mini-MPV of the Year – Ford S-MAX
  • MPV of the Year - Ford Galaxy

“New Mondeo gathered a lot of attention when it was launched last year and we’re delighted with the sales figures. Fleet customers often put huge demands on their vehicles and, as this recognition prove, Mondeo is more than up to the job,” says Kevin Griffin, the Fleet Director of Ford of Britain, who collected the awards.

“As well as being spacious, refined, affordable to buy, lease and run, the Mondeo is also desirable. This is a car people can choose with their heart and head and in today’s market that’s very important. Of course our two MPVs also deserve recognition. Both S-MAX and Galaxy are flexible seven seaters that are great to drive. Factor in their five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings and it's not difficult to identify the reasons behind their popularity," he concluded.

Ford Wows Small Car Shoppers With Verve

January 14th, 2008 by admin

Ford intends to give Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris a pretty competitive rival. This is the reason why it will unleash the Verve subcompact which will arrive in American showrooms in 2010.

The subcompact was designed in Europe. Ford describes it as athletic, energetic and sophisticated. The automaker added that it will be available in a variety of rich colors.

The 3-door and 4-door version of the subcompact were displayed at this year’s North American International Auto Show. The automaker said that the 4-door is the basis for a sedan that will go on sale in North America in 2010, while the 3-door, expected to go on sale in Europe later this year, could also be sold in North America if consumer response is positive. This year, another version is expected to be up for sale in Asia.

"Verve aims to 'right' North American buyers' earlier small-car experiences by offering a product that changes customers' view of small cars from 'cheap' to chic and from affordable to desirable," said Ford Design Chief J Mays.

The Dearborn-based automaker said that the global demand for small cars has reached unprecedented levels. It expects small cars to represent 45% of all sales globally and 25% of U.S. sales by 2012.

"We know that when we come out with our small car we have to be a heck of a lot better than our competitors," Mark Fields, Ford's president for the Americas, said in an interview.

Driving that growth are young people ages 13 to 28, the group that will represent 28% of the U.S. population by 2010, reported Associated Press. The automaker said that about half of this group will shop the small-car segment when it's time to buy their first car. The company added its youngest customers are environmentally conscious, demanding and globally connected and will want the premium features Verve will offer, such as navigation and in-car phone controls.

With hue like that of the Verve plus the chic panoramic glass roof – add in other exceptional features, I couldn’t help but dream of having one!

Subaru Goes Hi-Tech

January 7th, 2008 by admin

Japanese automaker Subaru will show off more than the new 2009 Subaru Forester at the upcoming North American International Auto Show.  The Auto Channel reported that the Japanese automaker decided to use a state of the art exhibit to highlight the 2009 Forester.

Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Subaru of America, had this to say:  "We wanted to convey just how dynamic the Subaru brand is with our latest exhibit.  The choice of materials, layout and messaging communicate movement and action in the spirit of authentic outdoor adventure and driving performance."

The report described Subaru's display as:

"Consumers will be welcomed by a new white sweeping archway that flows throughout the exhibit. A blue metal mesh backwall lines the display incorporating a turntable, technology area and a large video wall. Natural and earth-tone elements on display illustrate the active lifestyle of Subaru customers."

"The new exhibit will also feature a three-piece cutaway of the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester that allows customers to get up close and view inside the new vehicle's entire drivetrain including its world renowned Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An interior buck, Subaru safety frame, 2.5 liter turbo and 3.6 liter engines will also be on display."

"The featured vehicle on display will be the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester, a total re-design of the award-winning crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that will debut at the show. The 2009 Forester, which arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring, builds upon its predecessor's reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SUV-like design and makes a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics."

We know that the automaker is capable of creating such features for its exhibits.  But I also know that most of us would appreciate it even better if the automaker can come up with some truly groundbreaking features for their vehicles.