April 17, 2014

  • There are just two American cars that truly deserve to be called "icons." They are the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang. The first is 60 years old and the other is turning 50 today! On April 17, 1964, Ford unveiled the car that would go on to capture the …

April 16, 2014

  • Despite being a well-respected outfit for decades, Alpina remains something of a mystery to many stateside BMW fans. In Europe, Alpina has established itself as a first-rate source for breathed-upon high-performance Bimmers, and it's looking to continue picking up traction on our shores. The US has received a handful of Alpina models through BMW factory channels, namely the 7-Series-based B7, and now we're getting another fast four-door with the debut of the BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe at...
  • To say the refresh performed on the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is mild would be an understatement. Besides a new grille and fascia that more closely follows Chevy's corporate styling theme as seen on the Malibu and Impala, there is very little to visually set the new Cruze apart from the old. Whether the updated look is an improvement is up for debate, but we're sure all 2015 Cruze shoppers will be pleased with the increased functionality of the car's in-cabin technology. The 2015 Cruze boasts a...
  • It’s a shame that Chevy Camaro fans can’t celebrate a 50th anniversary in 2017 the way that Ford Mustang enthusiasts are doing now. That’s because Ford’s pony hasn’t thrown a shoe since its 1964 debut, while Chevrolet unthinkably suspended its car for seven model years. So the special Mustang you se...
  • Barra announced that she's creating another group within the company that will monitor new products for safety issues. General Motors CEO Mary Barra continued to make changes Tuesday, which she said would help lead the embattled company out of a crisis caused by deadly defects in some of its vehicles. On the eve of the New York Auto Show, Barra announced that she's creating another group within the company, the "global product integrity organization," that will monitor new products for safety...

April 15, 2014

  • With summer right around the corner, and the Great Winter of Doom now at our backs (just), we're thinking warm thoughts here in the Snowbelt. Just in time for the season, Chevy is dropping the top on its new Corvette Z06 Convertible, debuting here at the New York Auto Show. Everything we love about the Z06 Coupe ("The Big Nasty," as GM's North American boss, Mark Reuss, calls it) remains intact here with the droptop. Under the hood is the same 625-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the...
  • We imagine the conversation among Chevrolet's product planners that led to a greenlight for a US-spec Chevrolet Trax went something like this: "Hey, the Buick Encore is selling like mad. It's proven that people love subcompact crossovers. Quick, let's import a vehicle from Canada." Okay, so it probably didn't go quite like that, but it seems logical that the US arrival of the Trax - which has been on sale in the Great White North and other markets since late 2012 - had a lot to do with the...
  • With a corporate portfolio as large as GM’s, there are options. Remember the Chevrolet Orlando? That crossover was supposed to come to the U.S. before GM decided it might cannibalize sales of the mid-size Equinox, so it shuffled the Orlando off to Canada instead. The Trax, on the other hand, w...
  • The Detroit News has lodged another exhibit in the attempt to reconstruct how General Motors used an ignition switch part that might not have met the company's own standards, citing acrimonious relations between it and parts supplier Delphi just after the turn of the millennium. The short story alleges that that Delphi made a part that wasn't up to scratch, but the long story is about why Delphi may have done such a thing and why GM would have accepted it. Until 1999, Delphi was a division of...
  • It was 1966 when Chevrolet launched its challenger to the wildly successful Ford Mustang, the Camaro. While the competition between the two brands was already healthy, the arrival of the Camaro set off one of the most intense, model-to-model rivalries in the industry. That competitive spirit hasn't stopped Chevy and the Camaro from wishing Ford's iconic muscle car a Happy 50th Birthday as the Ford's April 17 anniversary rolls around. These two cars have been linked over the years, and while...
  • We don't know a whole lot about the next generation Chevy Volt, other than the fact that it's expected as a 2016 model. It's safe to assume Chevrolet will continue with its formula of two powertrains, one driving the wheels using electricity drawn from a lithium-ion battery pack and one powered by gasoline that exists almost solely to keep that aforementioned battery pack charged up. Besides those basic bits and pieces, though, we have no idea what to expect when Chevy pulls the covers off its...
  • Nissan’s “Innovation that Excites” marketing tagline often falls a bit flat—we’re still searching for any excitement or innovation in the Versa or Sentra, for example—but in the case of the 2015 Murano, it’s right on the money. Whether or not you think the Murano is attractive, its design certainly...
  • Two U.S. senators want to protect drivers from having their car’s “black box” data accessed by insurance companies or other prying eyes who might use its data against them. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation—the same committee that grilled General Motors CEO Mary Barra ear...
  • How things change. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Opel might just break even next year. This is kind of a big deal, largely because Opel has been arguably the most troubled branch both in General Motors' portfolio and in all of Europe. The report claims that Opel could be back in the black before 2016, thanks to the arrival of Karl-Thomas Neumann from Volkswagen, not to mention a massive, $6 billion investment that will lead to nearly two dozen new models in the next few...

April 14, 2014

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