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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Wrap: 40,000 Miles, Two Engines

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Let’s get this out of the way up front: The litany of breakdowns suffered by our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 (C7) was simply appalling. Yes, we know a car is a machine made up of thousands of ­components, and that despite massive leaps in technology and manufacturing that make cars far more reliable today than they were just a couple of product cycles ago, things can and do go wrong.

Tomorrowland: Glimpsing the Future in Tokyo, Again – The Big Picture

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - I went to Japan for the first time in 1985, to visit the 26th Tokyo Motor Show, and after hours jostling through the jammed halls of the International Trade Fairgrounds at Harumi, Tokyo, I came away convinced I’d seen the future of the automobile. Multicam, multivalve engines; four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering; moving maps on mini screens that showed drivers where they were going: technologies you’ll find on Hondas and Hyundais today, but “Star Wars” stuff back when the Chevy Celebrity was riding high on the American new-car sales charts.

IIHS to Begin Attaching Headlight Performance Standards to Safety Ratings

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is working to incorporate a headlight-rating segment into its analysis of cars’ safety performance, and it is working to do so soon. According to Automotive News, the research firm is looking to tie headlight performance to a car’s safety rating as soon as 2017.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 L.A. Auto Show

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is typically considered the start of "auto show season," which takes us to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show, then to Chicago and finally to New York. Although L.A. didn't showcase any big pickup truck reveals, we did hear about several important awards and about a few upcoming new products.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 Verdict Review

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - At the end of its tenure in the Motor Trend garage, our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 had traveled just over 32,000 miles. During that time the turbodiesel half-ton pickup was popular among the staff.

Improved Performance Helps Ford Claw Back Police Vehicle Market Share

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - For more than a decade following the demise of the old rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Caprice Ford absolutely dominated the American market for police vehicles with the Crown Victoria. Despite its already advanced age by the time the 21st century arrived, the Crown Vic's size, performance, reliability and relatively low cost made it the default choice until it was finally discontinued in 2011.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Video Road Test

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - What's a muscle car? What's a pony car? Before you dig too deeply into those car-guy Twitter fights, listen to this. It's time to stop calling the Chevy Camaro a pony car. Time to stop calling it a muscle car. It's a bona fide sports car now, and a damn fine one at that.

2015 LA Auto Show: Cool Vehicles

Posted By GMbeat on Articles -  Not surprisingly, the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show did not have much pickup truck news. However, given that California and the Southern California region are both top pickup truck markets, we saw quite a few midsize and full-size trucks in many of the automaker displays.