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2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive: The Hokkaido Butterfly Effect

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Several years ago, some Toyota Prius driver (whom we’ll probably never know) was living in Japan’s cold northern island of Hokkaido and having trouble getting enough grip on a snowy day. Toyota began to hear other stories like this, so it came up with a simple, low-cost solution: a small electric motor on the rear axle that was tuned purely to help get the otherwise front-drive Prius moving on the crunchy white fluff.

5 Things to Know About the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Chevy’s flagship sports car hasn’t changed much since the seventh-generation car was introduced for the 2014 model year, but some trim levels have been added to the Corvette range over time.

2019 Ford Ranger First Drive: Welcome Back to the Stage

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - It's been eight years since small pickup truck buyers had a new Ford Ranger option but given how many of the old Rangers are still being well used, it looks like Ford may have a deep and wide audience ready to take a closer look at this all-new celebrity. It wasn't that long ago when Ford argued it didn't need a small pickup; customer tastes were moving to larger (and in some cases less expensive) half-ton pickups and other manufacturers retreating entirely from the shrinking mid-size pickup segment.

Forgotten Concept: Saturn CV1

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concepts topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The Chevy Silverado is the second best-selling pickup in America and is all new this year, dropping 450 pounds while improving figures for towing and payload. Silverado owners can choose between six engine options including a diesel, three transmission choices (6-speed, 8-speed and 10-speed depending on engine and trim) and eight models including a new Trail Boss model with a factory 2-inch lift. Of note are unique features like a choice of configurable or power-operated tailgate, advanced driver-assist system and a rearview camera mirror.

Driving Project X – the Most Iconic 1957 Chevy

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - There are some moments in life that one feels completely unworthy of experiencing, and driving “Project X” was one of those moments for me. Project X has been around our company since the 1960s being used as a test vehicle and as a way to teach several generations of hot rodders how to build a car.