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Chevy Avalanche Put To Pasture

On: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche test 2

Last Friday, General Motors announced plans to cease production on the company’s most bizarre vehicle. Since 2002, the Chevy Avalanche has offered truck buyers a unique mix of interior space, fancy features, girthy dimensions, and a premium price tag – which, at least early on, seemed to be a winning combination for pickup consumers. Unfortunately, the year 2008 came and buyer perspective changed with a trimmed down world economy.

93,482 Chevy Avalanches rolled into new driveways in 2003 but, in comparison, only about 20,000 sold in 2011. And that means GM isn’t willing to update a new Chevy Avalanche in an upcoming truck renovation cycle. 2013 Chevy Avalanches will be the last of their kind, the final generation.

Not The Volt! GM Battery Explodes

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Not The Volt! GM Battery Explodes test 2

GM just doesn't have much luck with batteries. Earlier in the year, the NHTSA concluded an investigation into potential fire issues with the Chevy Volt's lithium ion battery. Chevy issued a proactive fix; the NHTSA was satisfied; and the automaker moved on to other things, things like a Congressional hearing called to rehash the whole situation. And now it has another battery problem.

On Wednesday morning, GM experienced a battery explosion at its Warren, Michigan plant. Several workers were injured during the explosion, and GM evacuated about 80 employees.

GM was quick to come out and say that the explosion had nothing to do with the Chevy Volt or any other production model. According to the automaker, it occurred during extreme testing of a prototype battery.

Mercedes Shows 2013 G-Class

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 2:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Mercedes G-Class test 2

Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2013 G-Class off-roader earlier this week. The new model, which hits the market in the summer, gets a few minor updates inside and out.

If you look at the 2013 G-Class, you could easily think you're looking at the 2012 G-Class. That's because Mercedes (unlike Land Rover) has the good sense to recognize exactly what works in its hardcore off-road model. What works is a burly body, hard edges and sharp lines. So the automaker maintains the overall look and structure and adds simple updates like daytime running LEDs and new rear-view mirrors. The AMG model gets an AMG radiator grille with double louvers, new bumpers with large air intakes, and available red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels.

Hybrid Owners Quick To Jump Back To Gas

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hybrid Owners Quick To Jump Back To Gas test 2

After paying hundreds of dollars a month (or week) at the pump, you might be thinking about ditching your gas powered vehicle and never looking back. Turns out, though, you may just look back - at least if you're like the average hybrid owner. A new study shows that hybrid owners are more likely than not to ditch gas-electric power.

On Monday, automotive research firm Polk released the results of an analysis that shows that only 35 percent of American hybrid owners came back for seconds when shopping in 2011. If you take the popular Toyota Prius out of the equation, hybrid owner loyalty drops below 25 percent. That's despite high gas prices and increasing selection of hybrids over the past several years.


Fisker Atlantic Sedan Barely Introduced, Delayed

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Atlantic Sedan Barely Introduced, Delayed test 2

According to new reports, the newly debuted Fisker Atlantic sedan will be delayed, just like its big brother the Karma. Fisker is still trying to figure out financing and production locations in the wake of the loss of its federal funding.

The Atlantic delay really doesn't come as a surprise given the turmoil going on at the company lately. Actually, more surprising is that Fisker was able to get the concept launched at the New York Auto Show.

Two Classic Races, One Ticket: Indy 500 And Kentucky Derby Team Up

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Two Classic Races, One Ticket test 2

Depending on your disposition and personal history, if you were asked to name the United States' most famous race, you might be inclined to say either the Indy 500 or the Kentucky Derby. The races are the pinnacles of their respective sports, and now they're teaming up to give you all access.

This is one of those promotions that makes you wonder: Why's it never been done? The two events each hold relatively equal prominence in racing lore, occur around the same time of year, and are located about two hours apart in a pretty straight north-south line. A promotional team-up seems so damn logical, yet it's taken more than 100 years to happen (the first Indy 500 was held in 1911 and the first Kentucky Derby in 1875).

Onslaught Of New Nissans Teased (Video)

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Onslaught Of New Nissans Teased test 2

After a multi-teaser campaign led to the official debut of the 2013 Altima last week, we'd think Nissan would be tired of teasing. Turns out, it's just getting started. Nissan has teased a busy 15 months filled with four more new models.

The teaser shows a total of five models all sheeted over. At the end of the video, one of the models reveals itself as the 2013 Altima, which we've already seen. The other four models remain a mystery, but Nissan makes clear it plans to reveal them over the course of 15 months.

Dodge Darts Industry First Wireless Phone Charger

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:33PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Dodge Dart test 2

For years now, automakers have diligently sought a solution to wireless electrical transmission. The technology has existed for decades, but efficiency has always been a problem – until recently. Although non-physical electrical vehicle battery charging hasn’t been perfected yet, smaller energy loads are having wire-free success. Chrysler just announced the introduction of an in-vehicle wireless charging system to be available on the 2013 Dodge Dart.

And, of course, the crafty folks at Mopar are responsible. So far the system will be compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, many MP3 Players and Droid-based devices.

Small Cars Becoming A Cornerstone Of US Auto Manufacturing

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 5:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Small Cars Becoming A Cornerstone Of US Auto Manufacturing test 2

Once a rather unsexy part of the US auto market, hidden in the deep, dank corners of the bargain basement, compact and subcompact cars are enjoying a renaissance in the United States thanks to the unwavering high gas prices. With no end in sight to costly gas, these cars are becoming a more important product for domestic automakers.

According to a recent report in the Detroit News, US automakers, which once dismissed smaller, more efficient cars in favor of bigger, expensive models like SUVs, are now banking on those cars more and more. Sales of cars like the Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze are on the rise. Cars from the Detroit Big 3 made up more than a quarter of the US compact and subcompact market last year, leaping from 20 percent in 2010, according to cited statistics from LMC Automotive.

Chevy Shows Its Hand: 2013 Traverse

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Chevy Traverse test 2

The 2012 New York Auto Show had a few big SUV debuts, one of which was the all-new Chevy Traverse. Chevy unveiled the 2013 model just before the show got underway last week.

Chevy describes the exterior design as new and athletic, though we're not sure we're seeing much more athleticism. The front-end gets updated with a "powerdome" hood and a new grille. Chevy keeps the same general shape and two-part design of the grille, but uses slats in place of the mesh on the current Traverse. The headlamps also get a new shape and look. On the flip side, the 2013 Traverse gets a new set of taillamps and a new liftgate. Overall it's a subtle but discernible redesign in terms of styling.

Porsche Ranked Coolest Car Brand, Honda Most Trusted

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Ranked Coolest Car Brand, Honda Most Trusted test 2

Kelley Blue Book released its Brand Image Award results this week. The firm uses market research about consumer perceptions in awarding automakers such honors as "Best Comfort Brand," "Best Performance Brand," and "Best Value Brand." Its Brand Watch study analyzes impressions from more than 12,000 new-vehicle consumers doing research on KBB.com.

Despite its recent focus on less cool, more volume (think Cayenne, Panamera and Macan), Porsche still has plenty of cool factor. Stuttgart is the "Coolest Brand," according to KBB's data. The shield also appears as the "Best Performance Brand," an award it's traded with BMW since 2009.