http://www.autonews.com - From the L.A. Auto Show: Chevy shows a topless Corvette ZR1; Jeep's next-gen Wrangler gets its tech on; Lincoln's Nautilus is ready to set sail; Subaru's Ascent to take off in hot segment; 'Bullish' Infiniti redesigns the QX50.
http://www.autonews.com - GM launched exports of China-built Chevrolet cars to North America, with an initial shipment of 2,900 Chevrolet Sail subcompacts to Mexico and the Caribbean.
http://www.autoverdict.com - After the the Suzuki Forenza-based Buick Excelle ended production last year after an all-new (and cheaper) Excelle GT debuted, most thought the “Excelle” would not return. Well Buick had different plans. During a press event today in China, Buick presented the second generation Excelle. Though it is not clear what platform the all-new Excelle rides on, it could be the Chevy Sail’s, the old Forenza’s, or the old Cruze’s. Chinese companies routinely keep old platforms around and put new top hats on them for new vehicles.
http://gmauthority.com - The small, Chinese-market Baojun 510 crossover, produced and sold by GM’s three-way joint venture with SAIC Motor and Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co. (SAIC-GM-Wuling), gained a new automated-manual transmission option last week. The tiny, unibody utility vehicle, which borrows its platform from the Chevrolet Sail subcompact, was previously available solely with a 6-speed manual transmission.
http://www.thecarconnection.com - It’s not fair to say that Chevrolet is setting sail in uncharted waters with its 2018 Cruze diesel lineup, but the bowtie brand certainly is up to something new. The Cruze diesel launched earlier this year as a 2017 model, but it was only available as a sedan.
http://www.cnet.com - Those sail panels take us back.
http://www.autocar.co.uk - Latin road safety leaders have accused General Motors and other major car brands of deliberately removing safety features from vehicles in order to increase profit margins in South America. In a meeting hosted by Latin NCAP in Washington, USA, several members of road safety organisations expressed their anger at GM, claiming that it has actively chosen to sell models of its vehicles without basic safety equipment to the Latin markets, despite selling those same models elsewhere with airbags and electronic stability control systems as standard.
http://www.freep.com - General Motors said Thursday it will phase out cars without air bags and other safety features after its Chevrolet Sail subcompact flunked a crash test in Latin America. The Latin New Car Assessment Program — an independent testing organization — said Thursday the Sail received zero stars in its latest tests. The organization said the Sail is unstable and has no air bags. It also lacks three-point seat belts in all positions. The Sail is made in China and exported to emerging markets. It has a starting price of less than $10,000.