GM EN-V Explores Personal Urban Transportation

Tuesday September 13th, 2011 at 6:99 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

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By Megan Green

In the late 1800′s, as cities grew larger and more crowded, the automobile become more and more of a necessity to offset the unhealthy and malodorous pollution from horses. Each horse could produce upwards of 35 pounds of waste per day, not to mention the macabre detail that dead horses littered the cities in the thousands per year. In 1903, William Phelps Eno wrote the first traffic code in the world for the city of New York and very soon the world was introduced to the Stop sign. Several years after that, Henry Ford put the modern assembly lines into practice, thus making the automobile cheaper and accessible to a wider range of consumers. This all led to the prevalence of automobile use and ownership facilitating the migration of people from cities to newly created suburbs post-World War II.

Now, in year 2011, we are at a similar crossroads. The trend has reversed; people are moving back to cities to decreasing space and resources. The streets are once again congested and, as a result, generating unhealthy emissions. Not only that, but the cost of filling up the gas tank just keeps skyrocketing. In the United States, CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards, enacted in 1975 as part of the Energy Policy Conservation Act, were updated in 2007 by the Bush Administration with the mandate to improve fuel economy (and therefore reduce tailpipe emissions) to 35mpg by model year 2020. President Obama announced another agreement July 29, 2011 to increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by model year 2025.

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Japanese Automakers Resume Limited Output

Monday March 21st, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Japanese Automakers Resume Limited OutputJapan is slowly taking steps to resume auto and parts production after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, with auto companies starting limited production throughout the week. Due to aftershocks, rolling blackouts and infrastructure problems, Japanese auto factories have remained idle costing Japanese automakers an estimated $150 million a day, according to Goldman Sachs.

The IHS Automotive Insight states that “lost production outside of Japan is so far about 10,000 vehicles, but that number will rise ‘exponentially’ as more parts suppliers are affected, reducing stockpiles of components for cars and trucks built overseas”. The U.S. is starting to feel the effect, as General Motors Co. will shut down production at its 900 employee pickup plant in Shreveport, La. next week, which relies on Japanese made transmissions.

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Car Companies are Spending Big Bucks on Super Bowl Ads

Tuesday February 1st, 2011 at 3:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Super Bowl XLV (45)2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) , the biggest television event of the year is coming up this Sunday, February 6, and the auto companies are spending big bucks ($3 million for 30 seconds) on advertising that will rival beer companies’ air time. Car makers such as Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Bridgestone are all going to be making TV appearances from pre-game through post-game shows. Some companies have already started to build their campaigns before Super Bowl Sunday through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Audi is stirring up interest for their A8 Super Bowl commercials by posting the “Audi Estate Sale” on Facebook and messages on Twitter. Audi will also takeover YouTube’s homepage on Super Bowl Sunday.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt First Impressions Review – Yes, it drives like a real car

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek

By Derek Mau

Don’t bore me with the technical details about GM’s hybrid system built into the Chevrolet Volt. I don’t care if the Chevy Volt is a pure battery-electric vehicle, or a parallel hybrid, or a plug-in EV that requires an electrical umbilical cord. The techno-geeks can search elsewhere if they are looking for torque/power efficiency maps that identify speeds the gas engine engages to assist with driving the car. Just tell me if this Popular Mechanics wet dream, range-extended EV can take me where I want to any day of the week without having to include a visit to an electrical recharging station (which are mightily scarce here in eco-conscious California and around the North American continent).

I drove the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt at one of the stops for the Chevy Volt’s western region “Volt Unplugged” tour where they are traveling from Seattle to San Diego in a caravan of Volts. My test drive was short, but very revealing as it gave me an opportunity to learn more from the team of engineers and experts from GM. The test course, laid out in the Presidio of San Francisco, included a chance to test brief accelerations, ability to climb short hills, some sweeping turns, and lots of low speed driving. Freeway performance is “very good” according to the anecdotal accounts from the team members who are on the western region tour. So far the tour has been a success and traveling between cities has had zero hiccups. Every night the Volts on tour are recharged off a 110V outlet and everything is good to go in the morning.

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Cadillac – what do you think about when you hear the name?

Tuesday September 21st, 2010 at 8:99 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

cadillac_vintage_ad_1960By Kurt Gensheimer

From its inception until the 1970s, Cadillac was definitely the car for Americans who “made it” in life. It was a car that defined class, elegance and success. Of course, the 1970′s disco era and the oil crisis really wreaked havoc on the Cadillac brand. Ever drive a 1976 Eldorado with the 7L V8 and 180 hp?

‘God awful’ about sums it up.

The eighties were no better, with hunks of crap like the Cimarron, which was simply a rebadged Chevy Cavalier.

The nineties saw glimmers of hope for the brand, especially when the 300 hp Northstar V8 was introduced – a terrific engine even today.

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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt Gets an App

Wednesday May 19th, 2010 at 5:55 PM
Posted by: Derek

OnStar Mobile Application UnveiledOnStar 2.0 mobile app adds Google maps and voice search

GM has been talking about the 2011 Chevrolet Volt for three and a half years now. After listening to years of hype and Volt propaganda, GM’s main marketing message for the 2011 Volt is centered around the message that “It’s the electric car without limits, the one you can take on spontaneous road trips, and it’s different from all those other EVs with their limited ranges.”

Since battery powered EVs are relatively new and beginning to become available to the mainstream consumer, the most common question remains, “Where can I recharge when away from home and battery power is getting low?” With all-electric vehicles, “range anxiety” is very real among consumer perceptions. People don’t want be to waiting for roadside assistance if their batteries are depleted because getting restarted isn’t as easy as running for a gallon of gas. The reality is that building the infrastructure to support EVs will take some time and customers need an easy way of finding a charging station until they become as common as your local 7-Eleven store. The Volt isn’t bound by this problem because it has a small engine onboard that extends it’s range beyond the capacity of the batteries. Regardless, range anxiety exists and GM has the answer, or more accurately, a smartphone app that addresses this important issue.

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Fewer Dealer Cuts For GM and Chrysler

Thursday November 5th, 2009 at 1:1111 PM
Posted by: tonyb

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Look, it’s even more good news out of Detroit. What with Ford actually making a profit, it looks like all the doom and gloom about the number of dealers set to be shuttered might have been estimated on the high side.

At least that’s the case if you believe David Cole, who is Chairman of the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research. Cole told federal investigators that he thought General Motor’s and Chrysler’s projected dealership cuts will reduce market share in small to mid-sized markets. Cole summed it up by saying, “These cuts didn’t make any sense to me.”

David Cole cautioned the investigators that he has no research expertise or experience working directly with dealerships, and that he was asked to come speak only after he sent a letter to the Obama administration’s auto task force earlier this month stating his case for fewer dealership terminations. Although Chairman Cole did agree that terminations in larger metropolitan areas were in fact justified, he made the case that the automakers would be harming their historical stronghold in rural areas as well as modest-sized markets with many of the planned dealership terminations.

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Lingenfelter Brings "New" Trans Am To SEMA

Friday October 23rd, 2009 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb


Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a name that should really need no introduction to serious American hot rod enthusiasts out there, will be bringing a version of the latest Trans Am to this year’s upcoming SEMA show. It’s got all of the Trans Am goodies you remember:

Duck-tail spoiler, fender vents, twin-port front grille, raised white-letter tires, a 445 cubic inch V8, honeycomb wheels and that hideous screaming chicken hood decal.

Wait a second, the Trans Am was a Pontiac, and Pontiac is now, officially, sadly, dead, you say. Indeed you are right, but that’s didn’t stop Lingenfelter, now did it?

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Detroit Will Get New G.M. Battery Factory

Wednesday August 5th, 2009 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Chevrolet Motors

Car sales are up (thanks to cash for clunkers) and green initiatives from hybrids to solar panels on auto factory roofs seem to be everywhere these days. And now, more, green, good news comes from General Motors that a new, large battery plant will be built in Detroit, Michigan.

General Motors plans to invest $43 million in the new battery factory near Detroit. The new plant will build batteries for the upcoming and much anticipated Chevrolet Volt, although curiously, the cells themselves will come from Korea.

News of GM’s new batter facility comes hot on the heals of the $25 million battery R&D laboratory they opened last month and their promise to spend upwards of $800 million in retooling another plant in Orion Township to build another new small car.

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Obama Defends Auto Bailout

Friday July 17th, 2009 at 6:77 AM
Posted by: m35man

President Barack Obama defended his bailout of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, citing their speedy exit from bankruptcy and saying the consequences of doing nothing would have been catastrophic.

“I agreed that they should be held accountable. But I also recognized the historic significance and economic prominence of these companies in communities all across Michigan and all across the country.”

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