Buick Verano GS, Hybrid A Possibility According To GM Executive Ed Wellburn

Although there is no high-performance version of the Chevrolet Cruze, its platform-mate, the Buick Verano, could see a GS version sometime in the future, according to GM’s Ed Wellburn, a senior figure in the General’s design department.

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Detroit 2011: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Takes the Stage [Video]
2012 Volkswagen Passat Debuts Ahead Of Detroit Reveal

The long awaited 2012 Volkswagen Passat has finally been revealed a day ahead of its world premiere at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, looking very much like the recently released 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, sporting the same corporate face and profile in a larger package.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec To Debut At 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Fans of old school Mercedes-Benz diesels can rejoice, as M-B is adding yet another oil-burner to its North American lineup. The 2012 S350 BlueTec 4MATC will bow at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

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2011 Chrysler 300 Pricing Starts At $27,995

The all new Chrysler 300 will start at just under $28,000, rising to $41,145 for a full-blown AWD equipped 300C with a 5.7L Hemi V8. The base car, equipped with a 3.6L V6 making 292 horsepower, will start at $27,995 when it goes on sale in early 2011.

The Limited model will start at $31,995 and adds heated leather seats, a backup camera, Chrysler’s UConnect telematics with Bluetooth integration, and 18″ wheels. The Limited Luxury Group model will cost $35,245 and gets upgraded Napa leather, Ash Burl wood trim, illuminated surfaces throughout the cabin, heated rear seats, 12 way adjustable power driver and passenger seats and a power sunshade.

Finally, the V8 powered 300C will start at $38,995 and feature all of the equipment on the Limited Luxury, plus Chrysler’s brawny 363 horsepower V8.

A SafetyTec package will be available on all models that features HID headlamps, a frontal collision warning system, blindspot cameras, adaptive cruise control and audible parking sensors.

[Source: Chrysler]

Hit the jump for the official press release

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2012 Buick Lacrosse GS Spied

These spy shots of a purported 2012 Buick Lacrosse GS struck us as a tad strange, but hey, GM did make a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, so why not do another niche performance luxury vehicle?

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Ford F-Series Continues Its 34 Year Reign As America's Best Selling Vehicle

Ford‘s F-Series truck is America’s best selling vehicle for the 34th straight year, moving an astounding 528, 349 units, up nearly 28 percent from 2009. In second place was the Chevrolet Silverado, which moved a relatively paltry 370,135 trucks, but saw a 17 percent jump in sales.

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New MG Cars Debut In China

You may have never heard of Guangzhou, China, but with nearly 12 million people, the industrial metropolis is a major player in the Chinese auto market.

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Tesla Says Model S Will Be More Profitable Thanks To Cheap Batteries

Tesla‘s Model S Sedan will be profitable for the company,  even at lower volumes thanks to its cheaper batteries. While Tesla says it only needs 20,000 vehicles a year to make money, whereas competitors like Nissan need to move 500,000 units annually to amortize the R&D costs of their EV systems.

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Volkswagen Passat Replacement To Debut At 2011 North American International Auto Show

Volkswagen‘s New Midsize Sedan will debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, as part of VW’ quest to increase sales in American to 800,000 units by 2018.

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Mercury Name Disappears From Showrooms As Brand Officially Dies

After 71 years of acting as Ford’s middle child, the final nail in the Mercury coffin was pounded in, as dealers removed all remnants of Mercury logos and signs from their dealerships, marking the end of the brand’s existence once and for all.

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Mercedes G-Class Based Gazal-1 Headed to Production as Saudi Arabia's First Car

When most people think about Saudi Arabia, they think about a country that produces 10-million barrels of crude oil every day, a country where temperatures in the summer can reach over 130-degrees, and a country where the Sheikhs live in mansions bigger than some high-end resorts.

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Chrysler 200S To Bow In Mid-2011

The new Chrysler 200 is reportedly set to add another trim level to its lineup, with an emphasis on sportier handling and more agressive looks. Dubbed the 200S, the new car will echo the Chrysler 300S, a trim level offered on the larger 300 cars that bridges the gap between the standard 300C and the rowdy 300C SRT-8.

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Violence In Mexico Sparks Demand For Discrete Armored Cars

Armored cars are an expensive proposition, nearly always costing well above $100,000, and for this reason, they’re rarely anything but luxury sedans or SUVs.

The problem with this phenomenon is that the places where armored cars are really needed, discretion is often better than driving an ostentatious bling-mobile. Texas Armoring, one of the leading armored car manufacturers, has noticed a spike in demand for “ordinary” bulletproof cars, mostly from Mexico, where a war between government officials and drug traffickers have caused unprecedented violence.

The vehicles featured in the video include late model SUVs like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Excursion, while one rep mentions that cars like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima have also been retrofitted.

Hit the jump to see the video on Texas Armoring

[Source: Jalopnik]

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Tesla Model S Gets 3,000 Pre-Orders

Tesla Motors announced that 3,000 people have submitted their deposits for a Model S sedan. Slated to go into production in 2011, Tesla also announced that crash testing and other necessities will begin next year, with deliveries starting in 2012.

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