This past week, AutoGuide hit the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor for the annual SEMA Show. With plenty of surprises from our favorite automakers, the most interesting one to our readers was the debut of the 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe. You can also check out our most watched videos this week on the AutoGuide YouTube channel.
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According to Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, consumers will see a clear differentiation between the new GMC and Chevy midsize trucks.
EPA fuel economy numbers for General Motor’s Ecotec3 V6 have been released, pegging the truck at 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway equipped with two-wheel drive.
10. Ford Escape - 261,008 Units Sold
2012 was the best-selling year for automakers since 2007, marking the third year in a row that sales have increased. So now is a great time to look back at the best-selling vehicles from last year.
Coming in 10th place with 261,008 units sold is the Ford Escape which was updated for the 2013 model year. Earlier last year, AutoGuide.com had the opportunity to review the 2013 Ford Escape and we came away surprised by its sleek new look, engine selection, and its great handling. It wasn’t without its cons, but overall the crossover delivered a vastly improved driving experience.
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General Motors might bring its already-existant line of light-duty diesel pickup trucks to the U.S. market in a push to better compete with Toyota.
Top 10 Best Selling Pickups
The pickup truck is an icon that embodies the working spirit. It’s every blue collar employee’s calling card and farmer’s best friend. Truck buyers grow especially close to their vehicles as trucks are a key tool in earning a living, depending on them to last through days and years of service.
Things just got mighty interesting with the Super Bowl ads, with Ford sending a cease-and-desist over to both General Motors and NBC in hopes that the Chevrolet Silverado apocalypse ad won’t air during the big game.
It’s probably too little, too late considering the commercial has already been seen several million times on the Internet, but the impact it could have being played during the big game clearly still worries Ford. The American automaker has asked NBC to pull the $7-million, one-minute ad from the Super Bowl but it appears that NBC will not be respecting that request. At the time of this writing, the ad will still be played and we can’t imagine NBC pulling it at this point in time.
GM Global Chief Marketing Officer, Joel Ewanick, is clearly finding the situation a little on the lighter side, releasing this in a statement: ”We can wait until the world ends, and if we need to, we will apologize,” Ewanick said. “In the meantime, people who are really worried about the Mayan calendar coming true should buy a Silverado right away.”
Ford spokesman Mike Levine has confirmed that Ford did send a letter to Chevy in regards to the ad and that Ford has a gripe with the durability claims that GM is putting out about their products.
In case you’ve missed the ad, check it out after the break.
[Source: Yahoo! Autos]
How are you going to survive the end of the world on December 21? According to Chevrolet‘s new Super Bowl ad, the only way to make it is by driving a Chevy Silverado.
The 30-second Super Bowl commercial takes a look into the very near future to give us a glimpse of what’s going to happen once the Mayan apocalypse comes to pass. One lucky survivor emerges from the rubble in his Chevy Silverado to survey the damage (and it looks like we met our end at the hands of aliens and giant robots). He meets with his friends at a specified meeting point… well, except for Dave. He was driving a Ford and didn’t make it.
And it looks like the rumors are true – Twinkies can survive anything, as our fortunate heroes find out. However, it doesn’t look like any women survived the apocalypse. You can discuss amongst yourselves if this is a positive or negative consequence.
It’s a pretty funny ad, so watch it after the jump. Our only critique is that the ad could have used a few zombies to make it even more realistic. Yep, you can never have enough zombies in a car commercial.
Shoving small block engines into short bed, half-ton trucks is nothing new. But a supercharged LS9 from a Corvette ZR1 into a Chevrolet Silverado pickup? Now that’s something worth checking out.
Aside from the side exit exhaust on the truck – which is a pretty common modification on Silverados – absolutely nothing else has been done to it on the exterior, giving no hint as to what waits underneath the hood. The video shows off the acceleration of the truck as well as a dyno pull, whipping down 510-hp and 504 lb-ft of torque. That’s at least 205-hp and 169 lb-ft of torque over the most powerful factory powerplant Chevy offers in their four-wheel-drive Silverado.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: Bang Shift]