Archive for November, 2009

24
Nov
09

Russian Roulette With Cars?

I found this article from http://www.autoblog.com quite entertaining as motorist are playing russian roulette with cars and running red lights.

One of Russia’s most popular exports has been its version of roulette – you know, the kind where the player usually closes his eyes during the game and someone has a good chance of ending up dead. In this case it’s being played in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the jouers are drivers and motorcyclists running red lights.

The point of the game is to get through a red light at high speed without hitting another car or pedestrian. Bets are said to have climbed as high as €5,000 ($7,370 U.S.), and even folks on the street are said to have placed bets and then watched the intersection to see if anyone bought the farm.

The first fatalities came in June, when a motorcyclist hit an onlooker. The Bulgarian police have been trying to stop the action, but it’s hard to stay ahead of text messages among all those intersections in the capital. Be careful on the streets in Bulgaria, folks!

Article provided by Autoblog.com Click Here

22
Nov
09

2009 Seattle Auto Show Videos

Here are some of the videos I took while at the Seattle Auto Show

20
Nov
09

2009 Seattle Auto Show

Seattle Auto Show Cadillac Converj

The 2009 Seattle Auto Show

This was my first Seattle Auto Show.  I really did not know what to expect, so I was going in with an open mind.  I was really excited to see the Fisker Karma.  I have read so many things about the car and seeing one in person was one of the main reasons why I wanted to go to the Auto Show.  I dragged Sophia along and sort of made it my date day.  I told her if she went with me I would take a full day of Christmas shopping with her.  Sophia was great at the car show as she would jump in cars and tell me what she liked.  Of course I would tell her at times Sophia you will never get that car.  I think it was really hard for her when I told her that marrying a Gamblin that her chances of getting a Volvo or Audi or slim to none.

What I was so excited and shocked to see at the show was a Cadillac Converj.  I could not believe it.  I just wrote a lengthy blog on the Cadillac Converj as General Motors just announced that they will be putting the concept into production.  It was great to see the car in person.  I was a little disappointed not to see a CTS coupe, I thought for sure they would have one.  Seeing the CTS Sport Wagon in person was great as well as I have blogged about that car as well.

2009 Seattle Auto Show Corvette Stingray Concept

I got to see my first Buick Lacrosse in person and actually sit in the seats.  I am very excited with the direction Buick is heading.  Of course I was praying a miracle would happen and a Buick Regal would be there.  I thought I would never say that Buick has a great upcoming line up of young and aggressive vehicles.

The Chevrolet Exhibit was huge and you could tell that they were searching how to fill it.  I understand that importance of having your vehicles there but an auto show is an auto show.  I was really surprised to see a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept there.  I had to explain to Sophia that was the car in Transformers 2 where they could have made an amazing car chase vs the Audi R8 but it lasted 10 seconds during the movie.  I also liked how they lined up the Corvette’s all in a row.  It started with the Stingray concept to the Corvette ZR1, Corvette Z06 and then the Corvette Grand Sport.

Other vehicles that were nice to see in person where the Porsche Panamera, Cadillac SRX, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Infiniti G37 and the whole Audi exhibit.

19
Nov
09

Camaro Take Your Pick

What Camaro color do you think looks the best?

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Silver Art Gamblin Motors

2010 Silver Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Red Art Gamblin Motors

2010 Red Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro White Art Gamblin Motors

2010 White Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Black Art Gamblin Motors

2010 Black Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Yellow Art Gamblin Motors

2010 Yellow Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Orange Art gamblin Motors

2010 Orange Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro comes in 8 colors.

1.  Silver Ice Metallic

2.  Black

3. Inferno Orange Metallic

4.  Imperial Blue Metallic

5.  Victory Red

6.  Cyber Gray Metallic

7.  Rally Yellow

8. Summit White

We had an Imperial Blue but we sold it so fast we did not get a chance to take pictures of it.  I have not seen the Cyber Gray Mettalic yet in person but I have seen the remaing 7.  I think the Camaro looks best in Orange but when we got the white Camaro it was a tough decision.  The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro in white is pretty impressive.  But I am sticking with my orange Camaro as I think that is the best color the car comes in.

18
Nov
09

Jay Leno Chevrolet Camaro Concept

SEMA 2009 Jay Leno Chevrolet Camaro Concept

There was a lot of stuff at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this past October.  I watched a lot of videos and read to many articles of manufactures saying they are coming out with the latest and greatest.  The one thing that caught my eye and I followed throughout the show was the Jay Leno Camaro concept.  (I wish I could have been there to see it in person, but  Las Vegas and myself have a love hate relationship).

The Jay Leno Camaro was one of the most radical looking Chevrolet Camaro concepts at SEMA this year – when it first was spied the car bloggers where going crazy about this being the style and new look for the Z28.  As Jay Leno stepped out of the car everyone was eager to hear what the news was.

Jay announced that his Camaro is  a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6L V6 found in the Camaro LS and LT models. The Turbonetics T-3 turbochargers take horsepower up to 425. When the turbochargers aren’t being used, there is virtually no loss in the fuel-economy of the base 3.6L V6 engine.  So no this is not the Z28.  Many say this is the Camaro version to compete head to head with the Ford Mustang EcoBoost.

Additional touches to Jay Leno’s Camaro include Brembo six-piston brake package, pedders coil-over lowering kit, new front fascia with custom fog lamps and integral brake cooling vents and air extractor-style hood.  I think this is a good-looking Camaro and something I would consider due to the V8 being a little too much for me but you still get the same gas mileage as a standard V6.  We will see if we will be seeing of these coming into production.   Fingers crossed.

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Articles:

Jay Leno’s interview on the Chevrolet Camaro SEMA Concept – http://www.camaro5.com Click Here

Jay Leno is presented a special custom Camaro from GM at the Las Vegas SEMA show – youtuble Click Here

SEMA 2009: 425 horsepower Jay Leno Camaro – http://www.leftlanenews.com Click Here

2010 Chevrolet Camaros for SEMA – Auto Shows – Car and Driver Blogs Click Here

2009 SEMA: Factory Chevrolet Camaro Concepts – http://www.motortrend.com Click Here

SEMA 2009: Jay Leno Camaro a pre-emptive strike against EcoBoost ‘Stang – http://www.autoblog.com Click Here

SEMA 2009: Chevrolet unveils 5 Camaro concepts, one by Jay Leno – http://www.egmcartech.com Click Here

Jay Leno Camaro Brings Twin-Turbo V6 to SEMA – http://www.blogs.insideline.com Click Here

17
Nov
09

2011 Buick Regal Official Launch

2011 Buick Regal

After all the wait, General Motors has finally released the new 2011 Buick Regal sedan, which will make its public debut in Los Angeles tomorrow.

“The 2011 Buick Regal is like nothing you’ve ever experienced from this brand,” said Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick GMC. “The Regal is the next chapter in Buick’s transformation and will expand the portfolio to include a sport sedan.”

The 2010 Buick Regal, which will compete with the Acura TSX and Volvo S60, has a chassis and structural systems that were developed in Germany, giving it the handling and dynamics of a premium European sport sedan. The 2011 Regal will be offered with two engine choices including a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine making 182-hp and a maximum torque of 172 lb-ft. The base 2.4L model engine will be mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T45 6-speed automatic helping it deliver an estimated fuel-economy of 20/30 mpg (city/highway). The range-topping model will be powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged unit rated at 220-hp with a peak torque of 258 lb-ft. Mated to an Aisin AF40 6-speed automatic, it will return an estimated fuel-economy of 18/29 mpg.

2011 Buick Regal

Standard features on the 2011 Regal will include the StabiliTrak stability control system, 18-inch wheels and 12-way power, leather and heated driver seat; leather and heated passenger front seat; Bluetooth capability; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar. Buyers can opt for a navigation system, Harmon Kardon sound system, 1GB internal flash drive, hard drive with 10GB for music and USB port.

The 2011 Buick Regal will be built in Russelsheim, Germany, meaning it will bring the Opel Insignia’s award-winning design, technology and European performance capabilities to the American market. Sales will begin in the second quarter of 2010.

Video of 2011 Buick Regal Driving

Video of 2011 Buick Regal Interior

Article provided by egmCarTech.com

Other Articles:

egmCarTech Videos Click Here

egmCarTech would you buy 2011 Buick Regal Click Here

Automotive Blogs Click Here

Edmunds Auto Observer Click Here

Car and Driver Click Here

Inside Line Click Here

Emunds Inside Line 2011 Buick Regal Revealed Click Here

Autoblog Click Here

16
Nov
09

Cadillac Converj has green light!

General Motors Co. has decided to produce the Cadillac Converj, an extended-range electric car using the same technology as the Chevrolet Volt.

Cadillac included the Converj, a concept car that wowed industry critics and the public at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, in a presentation made to the automaker’s board of directors Nov. 2, according to sources familiar with the production plan.

A production date has not been set, and it likely will be a few years before consumers can buy a Converj.

“Cadillac needs as much excitement in its portfolio as possible, so I think it’s a good strategy for them,” said Rebecca Lindland, director of auto industry research at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Mass.

Before GM emerged from bankruptcy July 10 with about $50 billion in federal aid, company executives said there were no plans to build the angular Converj.

At the auto show, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said if the Converj was approved, the production model would resemble the concept, likening it to the Chevrolet Camaro’s evolution from concept to production.

Lutz said it would have been easier financially to produce a Cadillac electric vehicle first because a premium brand would command a higher sticker price, which in turn would help defray the cost of lithium-ion batteries.

The Converj will expand the number of electric vehicles offered by GM and spread the technology’s cost. GM is spending more than $1 billion on the Volt program alone and opening a battery pack assembly factory in Brownstown Township. GM’s German carmaker Adam Opel GmbH will produce an Ampera model in 2011 that uses the same underpinnings.

The electrification of vehicles is seen as a growth area in the auto industry, and rival automakers have launched electric vehicle plans to cut the dependence on foreign oil.

The Volt, scheduled for production in November/December 2010, will let commuters travel up to 40 miles on electric power. The engine kicks in after its battery is drained by about 70 percent to sustain the battery’s remaining charge to keep the car running for several hundred miles.

The decision to build the Converj excited dealers.

Cadillac sells a hybrid version of its Cadillac Escalade, but Scott Allen, a dealer in California, hears from customers who don’t normally think of the large SUV as a traditional hybrid.

“A snazzy-looking little car like that would be cool” said Allen.

Article Provided by Detroit News Click Here

Links:

Click Here for Motor Trend’s Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for Leftlanenews.com Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for Autoblogs Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for egmCarTech.com Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for egmCarTech.com Article on GM considering Cadillac Converj

Click Here for CNBC on Cadillac Conerj Electric Vehicle




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