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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


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


Manual Buick Regal! Say What?

2011 Buick Regal

I can proudly say since the GM Bankruptcy that Buick is not your grandpa’s Buick anymore.  Since the restructuring of General Motors Buick has transformed into a competitive luxury car maker here in the United States.  Buick has been a huge success in China for GM one of the major reasons why leaders in Detroit decided to keep Buick as one of its key brands.

With the 2010 Buick LaCrosse and the recent announcement of the 2011 Buick Regal (aka Opel Insignia) the future looks bright for Buick.  One of the down falls of Buick has been its buyers average age.   Buick has not built cars geared for younger generations.  Now welcome to a more hip and edgy Buick brand.  The LaCrosse is a great car and definitely will compete great head to head with Lexus and many other luxury car makers throughout the world.  The car that will bring younger buyers in the showroom is the Buick Regal.  With the hope of getting a Regal GS with over 335-hp turbocharged V6.  The Regal is going to come with a 6-speed manual transmission.  A manual transmission in a Buick, yes you just read that correctly.

The Regal will come with 2 official engine choices of right now.  The 2.4L 4 cylinder will only be offered in an Automatic Transmission.  This is the same engine found in the Chevrolet Equinox along with the Buick LaCrosse.  The 2.4L will produce 182-hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.  The 2.0L turbocharged engine will be offered in the automatic and 6-speed manual transmission.  The 2.0L is going to have 220-hp.

I am so excited for the Buick Regal if you have not noticed as I have written about it for weeks.  This is definitely one of the cars I am looking forward to the most for the upcoming year.  Art Gamblin Motors Buick.

Article on 2011 Buick Regal Autoblog

Article on 2011 Buick Regal Insideline


2010 Buick LaCrosse and Recycled Cardboard

It’s one thing to think outside the box, another to shred the box altogether.

That’s what General Motors is doing, though – using recycled cardboard from shredded boxes  to cut down road noise in the 2010 Buick LaCrosse.

Buick will use ground-up cardboard to make a substrate for the LaCrosse’s headliner. The cardboard will be recycled from shipping material received at GM’s “zero landfill” metal stamping plant in Marion, Ind., and will be ground up and processed into the headliner insulation material by after-market parts supplier Federal-Mogul.

The recycled cardboard insulation makes the car “a smidge quieter,” said Lora Herron, a materials engineer for the LaCrosse.

The Marion plant is one of a growing number of auto plants in the U.S. that recycle, divert or eliminate waste so that nothing is sent to a landfill.

The new LaCrosse is the latest example of a U.S. car using either recycled or easily-grown materials, as opposed to petroleum-based plastic, to improve performance or quality.

article provided by green car advisor


Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu Insurance Institute Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse and 2010 Chevrolet Malibu receive Insurance Institute Top Safety Pick

“Institute tests represent the four most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund.  “Getting through these tough tests and earning the Institute’s highest award means the Malibu and LaCrosse are in the top tier for safety.”

The Top Safety Pick for LaCrosse and Malibu are significant because their principal competitors from Lexus, Acura, Toyota and Honda respectively were dropped from the list, which for the first time required a “good” rating in a roof strength test. This test is a measure to help determine protection in rollover crashes, which are responsible for 9,000 highway deaths a year.

“Customers continue to tell us that safety is a top consideration in a new vehicle purchase and we are listening,” said GM Vice President of U.S. Sales Susan Docherty.

In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against one side of a roof at a constant speed. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle’s weight before reaching five inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio.

“This recognition is important because customers are increasingly placing trust in credible third-party reports,” Docherty said. “That’s why the roof strength of the 2010 LaCrosse and Malibu were important to get right. We think this is one more reason for consumers to consider these cars.”

Achieving a “good” rating in front and side crash tests and rear impact as well as electronic stability control were the other criteria used to select the 27 vehicles that received Top Safety Pick for 2010 compared with 94 in 2009. The Institute told automakers in January that it was adding the rollover test.

Frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings are based on injury measures recorded on two instrumented dummies, an assessment of head protection and the vehicle’s structural performance during the impact.

Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure:  The height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. Seat/head restraints with good or acceptable geometry are tested for forces on the neck in a simulated collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Malibus built after October 2009 received a “good” rating in rear crash protection, allowing the Top Safety Pick designation.

article provided by automotive blog

Art Gamblin Motors


2009 Seattle Auto Show Videos

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


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.

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