Archive for January, 2010


Zolie – Update

Every time visiting my parents it is always an adventure with Zolie the wonder dog around.  That dog brings in so much energy in the house.  It is funny to see my mom who is a neat freak have cups, chew toys and stuff animals with heads taken off all over the floor.

Here is a little video that I have taken of Zolie while visiting my parents.

This blog post comes just after Sophia and I just watched the Disney Movie “Up” which was hilarious when the dog would yell, “Squirrel” or “Point.”  Zolie will occasionally just stop dead in his tracks and point.  It is so funny to watch a puppy run around because it is ADD in action as nothing can keep its attention more then 10 seconds.  He is all over the place.


Move Aside Cobalt, Meet the Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze has finally hit North America.   The Cruze has been on sale overseas and now is making the jump over the pond to North America.  With over 4-million miles in testing this Cruze has been very successful in Europe.

The Cruze will replace the Chevrolet Cobalt which has not been known for its styling but the Cruze replaces the Cobalt with a little more style and still holds its own against the competition in fuel economy and safety.

The new Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. The turbocharged engine puts out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque and should be capable of up to 40 mpg on the highway, GM says. The 1.8-liter puts out 136 horsepower and 123 lb-ft. of torque.

2011 Chevy CruzeThe Cruze will be offered in three trim levels, LS, LT and LTZ, the latter two of which will come standard with the turbo motor.

Safety will be a priority in the new Cruze, GM says. Ten airbags will come as standard, including the rear seat side airbags and knee airbags. Stability control and ABS will be standard across the lineup.

The 2011 Cruze will also offer a more spacious interior and greater cargo room than its two main competitors, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Standard interior options will include a stereo system with MP3 playback capability, 6-speakers and an AUX jack for personal MP3 players. A premium Pioneer sound system is available as an option with a USB port for iPod connectivity. Other available options include Bluetooth and a navigation system. On the outside, 16-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT models and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard on the LTZ model. 18-inch alloy wheels are available as an option on 2LT and LTZ models.

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EHS Boys Basketball Game and Dancing Fan

It was a huge game for the Hornets Boys Basketball team this past week.  They were ranked #1 in the state according to the Tacoma News Tribune.  They were hosting the #5 ranked Lakes High School Lancers and to even top it off it was Comcast’s game of the week.  It was a near sold out crowd at Chuck Smith Gymnasium and the students arrived early.  The stands were starting to fill during the Junior Varsity game.

As the game approached seats where slim and there was a reserved section for 4 seats.  We found it hilarious as it said, “Enumclaw Ultimalte Fan Package Winner.”  We were laughing as it said Ultimalte instead of Ultimate.

The Game was great as Enumclaw came out hot and put a huge lead.  But the highlight for me was the student section.  Well I should say one student in particular who took school spirit to the next level.  It was hilarious as he was in his own world dancing his heart out!  It was so entertaining I had to take some video of it.  My friends who were with me forced me to post it on youtube as it was worth the price of admission.

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Click Here for the Seattle Times Article on the game


Happy New Year

I have been slacking on keeping up my posts, but 2010 is here.  It is crazy to think that a decade has past since the whole Y2K drama.  A lot has changed for me in 2009.  Here are just a few things that happened for me in 2009: I got engaged, bought a house, got married, bought a car, coached high school football and started a blog.

I really do not think I will ever be able to top what I did in 2009 as it was a lot.  It was thing after another.   What better way to start 2010 then with fireworks.  I had tons of fireworks that I was planning on lighting off when Sophia and I left at our wedding reception but because August was so dry we were afraid to start a brush fire.  So the fireworks have been siting in the garage for the past 5 months collecting dust.  So here is our firework show that I put on at the Martinez home.  I think we woke up some neighbors but who falls asleep before 12 on New Years Eve?

Happy New Year and 2010!


Ward’s Top 10 Engines Includes GM’s 2.4L Ecotec

Ward’s 10 Best Engines is an annual list of the ten “best” automobile engines available in the U.S. market, that are selected by Ward’s Auto World Magazine. The list was started in 1994, and has been drawn every year since then.  For 2010, 34 vehicles from 13 automakers were chosen to make this year’s top 10 list.  Among the top 10 is General Motors 2.4L Ecotec DOHC inline 4.

The direct injected engine with variable valve timing helps deliver segment-best highway fuel economy in GM’s popular new crossovers, the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. The engine also debuts in the all-new Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans next year.

Winners were chosen based on several factors, including power, noise, vibration and harshness, fuel efficiency, new technology and comparative data for similar engines.

The new Ecotec 2.4L engine includes technology that provides a number of benefits. “Direct injection was designed into the 2.4L to boost fuel efficiency and for refined power,” said Chris Meagher, chief engineer for Ecotec engines. “The variable valve timing system is tuned to work in tandem with direct injection to achieve optimum fuel economy and lower emissions. The engine achieves a respectable 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, which makes for a pleasing customer driving experience.”

With direct injection, fuel is sprayed directly into the engine cylinder, where it is mixed with air. As the fuel vaporizes in the cylinder, the air and fuel mixture is cooled. This enables the use of a higher compression ratio, which improves engine efficiency and performance. Direct injection also reduces cold-start hydrocarbon emissions by up to 25 percent.

The Ecotec 2.4L engine is an all-aluminum, dual overhead cam, four-valve engine with forged steel connecting rods and oil spray cooling for reduced friction and noise. In all models, the engine is mated to a highly efficient six-speed automatic transmission.

The others on the list are:

— 2.0L TFSI Turbocharged DOHC Inline-4 (Audi A4)
— 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V6 (Audi S4)
— 3.0L DOHC Inline-6 Turbodiesel (BMW 335d)
— 2.5L DOHC Inline-4 Hybrid (Ford Fusion Hybrid)
— 3.5L EcoBoost Turbocharged DOHC V6 (Ford Taurus SHO)
— 4.6L Tau DOHC V8 (Hyundai Genesis)
— 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC Horizontally-Opposed-4 (Subaru Legacy 2.5GT)
— 1.8L DOHC Inline-4 Hybrid (Toyota Prius)
— 2.0L SOHC Inline-4 Turbodiesel (Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI)

Related Articles

Ward’s Announces top 10 engines for 2010 – Autoblog

General Motors Ecotec Four-Cylinder Car a Winner in Ward’s Auto 10 Best Engines – Automotive Blog

Efficiency Drives 2010 Ward’s Best Engines Choices; 5 New Powertrains Honored – Green Car Advisor

Ward’s 10 Best Engines of 2010 – Straightline

Ward’s Announces Ten Best Engines for 2010, Is Your Favorite on the List? – Motor Trend


Top 10 Vehicles Least Likely to Get a Speeding Ticket

Aol Auto’s ran a story of the top 10 vehicles lease likely to get a speeding ticket.  I found it very humorous that Art Gamblin Motors has sold almost all these vehicles that make the top 10 list.  I should clarify we have sold 7 of the 10 vehicles new at Art Gamblin Motors.  I do not know what that means… But here is the list.

8. Jaguar XJ

7. Chevrolet Suburban

6. Chevrolet Tahoe

5.  Chevrolet Silverado

4.  2005 Buick Park Avenue

3.  Mazda6

Tied for 2nd: 2007 Buick Rainier and 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette

Tied for 1st: 2009 Buick Lucerne and 2009 GMC Sierra 1500

Article provided by: AOL Autos


Great 2010 Buick Lacrosse Advertisement

I ran across this Buick ad and found it a great advertisement for the 2010 Buick LaCrosse.  We had our first Buick LaCrosse the other day and it was on our lot for 4 hours before it sold and no it was not a vehicle that was ordered for a customer.  I am very excited with  Buick and the vehicles that they are coming out with and the media is taking notice.

Art Gamblin Motors Buick Enumclaw, Washington

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