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Laws in California restricting cellphone use while driving may not reduce the number of traffic accidents.
General Motors is about to re-enter the mid-size truck segment with its Chevrolet Colorado, which you can see today even though it was meant to debut tomorrow.
General Motors’ two new mid-size trucks will most likely debut during the 2013 L.A. Auto Show in late November, GM spokesman Otie McKinley said.
Welcome back to AutoGuide’s exploits at the Mazda Adventure Rally. We rejoin team Eunos Cosmo (Sami and Mike) as they hunt for big screen landmarks, highway signs and a trip to an historically hallowed ground. Do they still have a chance at first place? We’ll know soon.
Despite the dizzying altitude, wild roads, gusty winds and the sheer worry of not knowing what you’re doing all the time, the thing that wears on me the most this morning is realizing that despite our best efforts we’re just in third place.
There will be a MINI in the Pikes Peak International hill Climb with with French driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut behind the wheel.
Mid-size truck buyers have something to look forward to next year from General Motors, although it’s probably not what they would expect.
Colorado makes its way into the news every once in a while for having one of the friendliest hybrid and electric vehicle incentive programs of any state in the Union.
For those who qualify, the state subsidy and federal tex incentives can combine to make a Chevrolet Volt available for $18,145. That means the flagship Chevrolet extended-range EV is close to being on par with several compact cars. That’s fantastic for people who want to buy an EV, but an unintended side-effect of allowing for such heavy subsidy was saving leasing companies an awful lot of money.
What’s more, the people who actually saddle cost of ownership were being left out in the cold while the car’s owner collected. It didn’t take long for recently-elected state Representative Jonathan Singer to notice that and move to amend the rule.
Signed into law yesterday, Singer’s bill gives the right to those credits to the person leasing the vehicle and became effective immediately after Governor John Hickenlooper signed it.
Speaking at the New York Auto Show, GM North American President Mark Reuss said that the new mid-size truck, which may not be called Colorado, will debut after the unveiling of GM’s redesigned half-ton pickups. Although he didn’t hint at a new name, rumors are floating around that the LUV badge will be revived for the mid-size pickup which makes sense.
The Chevy LUV was a small Isuzu designed pickup truck which Chevrolet offered in North America during the 1970′s. LUV is an acronym for light utility vehicle, which would suit the design of the new Colorado well.
[Source: Detroit News]
There’s a new startup on the horizon, but it bears a familiar nameplate that many Americans will remember, but which few know well.
A company in Arvada, Colorado wants to bring Studebaker back into the modern era with a more diverse product line not restricted to 4-wheel vehicles. Before they went out of business in 1966, Studebaker was actually a revolutionary company, building cars like the Lark (pictured above) that boasted fuel efficiency over the competition’s behemoth-sized vehicles.
The former company had enough foresight to build the world’s first electric car, though such things probably seemed more imaginative than Dianetics do today.
While imagination isn’t a bad thing, it didn’t serve to keep them in business. Regardless, that philosophy seems to have suck for the Arvada company now calling themselves Studebaker Motor Company. Their site features a host of concept renderings ranging from a small car that looks a little like a strange mix between the Chevrolet Sonic and Volkswagen Rabbit to a CUV.
They also have a truck concept and a sedan. Outside the four-wheel realm, Studebaker wants to offer scooters and motorcycles. There are a few bike renderings up on the site that take styling cues from Harley Davidson’s VRSC Nightrod line and Buell’s entry-level Blast bikes. No scooter sketches yet, though the page says it’s coming soon.
As we’ve seen in the past, startup car companies suck up cash faster than an army of vacuum cleaners and Studebaker is still looking for investors. Companies like this rarely go anywhere, but there’s always a chance. We’ll be keeping an eye out for the long shot Colorado company that’s trying to raise the dead.
Ferrari will offer a special winter driving course in Aspen, Colorado, with the goal of elevating driver skill and enhancing appreciation for the all-season FF GT, which hits dealerships this fall.
The program stems from the “Pilota on Ice” program recently offered in Italy, and the all-new and all-wheel drive FF will be the star of the program. Sessions will begin in January, and will run for 6-7 weeks, exclusively for Ferrari owners. The program will allow owners to experience the FF’s AWD system in snow and icey conditions. The 4RM all-wheel drive system was designed to retain the sporty dynamic driving characteristics of a traditional Ferrari, in low grip situations. Aspen offers a beautiful setting to test out the vehicle on a custom-made snow and ice course, where the FF truly comes to life.
More information on the winter driving program will become available in late summer.
[Source: Team Speed]
General Motors has recalled 6,800 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks. Apparently the transmission shift lever was not properly finished and as a result, might not display the correct gear on the PRNDL bar. NHTSA said the pickups do not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, “Theft Protection”. This may appear to be minor but the automatic adjustment clip is out of adjustment and the fault will allow drivers to remove the vehicle’s key when the lever isn’t fully engaged in Park. The truck could potentially roll away or the driver might not be able to restart the pickup.
All GM dealers have been instructed to install a new automatic transmission adjustment clip and the recall will begin in mid-July.
6versus8.com pits the EcoBoost MKS against European luxury cars in a race against the clock on a dangerous mountain pass
Lincoln has just launched a new website called 6versus8.com, aimed at promoting the new MKS sedan. The website profiles, in high production quality video, a shootout between the MKS and four of its European rivals. The challenge, says Lincoln, was to see if the Lincoln V6 could hold its own against the V8s from the U.K. (Jaguar XF), Germany (BMW 550i and Mercedes E550) and Italy (Maserati Quattroporte). The location was Loveland Pass in Colorado.
The wording and even the website name is more than just a little misleading, however, as the Lincoln V6 is no normal V6, featuring not only two turbochargers, but also sophisticated direct-injection technology. For a V6, the Lincoln has plenty of power with 355hp and 350 ft-lbs of torque. For the record, that’s 5 less horsepower and 10 fewer ft-lbs than in the 4.8-liter BMW.
Additionally, at the 12,000 foot altitude at which the test was performed, the turbocharged Lincoln is at a natural advantage. With lower oxygen levels in the air at 12,000 feet, the naturally aspirated V8s aren’t performing optimally, while the Lincoln’s two turbochargers can compensate for the high altitude by working harder to achieve the same output.
In order to be “non-biased” Lincoln worked with Motor Trend and Automobile magazines, which timed the runs and even provided the driver: Rod Millen.
Still, as we’ve already mentioned, this is hardly a fair fight.
Considering Ford (and not the cash strapped and recently out of bankruptcy protection magazines) most likely paid for the whole thing, we’re quite surprised that (SPOILER ALERT) Lincoln didn’t win. The MKS did, however, manage second place, with the BMW 550i taking first. Third place belongs to the Mercedes, fourth to the Jag and dead last to the QPorte.
Ford (Lincoln) will be the real marketing winner out of this, however, as the company is cleverly using techniques like this to break down the barriers that car buyers (domestic car buyers in particular) have against smaller displacement turbocharged or supercharged engines. Ford wants to make people re-think the phrase “There’s no replacement for displacement” before it goes dropping the EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine into vehicles (like the Mustang of F-150) targeted at more traditional buyers.
Even knowing the results, we suggest you watch the videos for their pure entertainment value.
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At the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention being held in Denver, Colorado, General Motors unveiled an all-new police cruiser, resurrecting the Chevrolet Caprice name. The General was rumored to be working on a police cruiser based on the Australian Holden Commodore (formerly rebadged and sold as the Pontiac G8 in North America). This is not that car.
Due to the need for more passenger and cargo room, this new vehicle, called the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is based on a different (and larger Australian car) sold as the Holden Caprice/Statesman in its native land. The same rear-drive architecture is also used for the Chevy Camaro.
The car is large, with more interior space than a Ford Crown Vic and almost 4-inches more legroom in the rear seats – so you’ll be in for a comfortable ride after your botched attempt to rob the 7/11. There’s also more room up front and special seats were designed to keep officers comfortable over long periods of time. Because the Caprice isn’t based on any current road going vehicle in North America, the vehicle was purpose built with plenty of input from law enforcement agencies. They even went so far as to use materials that will hold up better to more rigorous use.
Best of all, the car will come with a 6.0-liter V8 rated at 355hp and 384 ft-bs of torque. So watch out street racers, because this new cruiser can hit 60 mph in less than six seconds. A V6 engine will also be offered in the future.
“The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”
GM will begin selling the Chevrolet Caprice PPV in 2011, exclusively to law enforcement agencies.
GALLERY: Chevrolet Caprice PPV
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