Posts Tagged ‘Car and Driver

06
Oct
09

2011 Chevrolet Caprice

Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

A few months ago Bob Lutz from General Motors made the mistake when asked if the Pontiac G8 where to be part of the Chevrolet stable he announced that they would be making a Chevrolet Caprice.  The buzz around car forums was electric as one of GM’s most popular cars in the past few years (the Pontiac G8) would be making a comeback as a Chevrolet.  Following Lutz’s remarks he was quickly shut down by GM CEO Fritz Henderson.  So the hope for a Pontiac G8 return was quickly shut down.

Yesterday Chevrolet announced that the Chevrolet Caprice will be making a return but not for you or me but for the boys in blue.  Yes the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice is a police vehicle.  After I first saw the pictures of the car I was impressed but it did not look like the Pontiac G8.  Let me just refresh you on the Pontiac G8.  The Pontiac G8 was really the Australian built Holden Commodore.  Once Pontiac announced its doors and factory lines would come to an end so did the Pontiac G8.  The RWD Australian product was just catching on with American consumers and it sales numbers in 2009 where the highest they had ever been.  So I have been waiting anxiously to see if GM or Chevrolet would make a move with Holden and bring back the Commodore and rebadge it as a Impala.

Now we have a Chevrolet Caprice but is not a Holden Commodore but is on the Zeta platform.  The Zeta platform is the same as the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.  In the middle east they have a Chevrolet Caprice already and is on the Zeta-platform.  There also currently is the Holden Caprice.  In the middle east the Chevrolet Caprice won a couple of awards in the luxury car segement.  Chevy claims, “it is indisputable that the Chevrolet Caprice is indeed one of the world’s best large luxury sedans.”  The talk is that the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice will be built in the Oshawa, Ontario plant in Canada (same plant as the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro).

2009 Chevrolet Caprice

The 2011 Caprice will come loaded with a 6.0L V8 Engine, which offers fuel-saving technology like Active Fuel Management and E85 capability, produces 355-hp with a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Chevrolet Caprice can go 0 to 60 mph in the sub 6-second range.

So the question I am left pondering will the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice make it to dealership floors?  I hope so.  The designs out of Holden in Australia are awesome!

Video on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice via egmCarTech – Click Here

Article via egmCarTech on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Autoblog on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice  – Click Here

Article via Edmunds Inside Line “Straightline” on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Motor Trend on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Edmunds Inside Line on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Automotive.com on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice  – Click Here

Article via Car and Driver on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

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25
Jun
09

Texting While Driving Worse Than Drinking and Driving

First it was you could not talk on the phone while driving.  Everyone had to go out and buy a Bluetooth and everyone was ashamed of wearing them because you looked so stinking weird when wearing one.  I went out and bought a Bluetooth and fell in love with it.  Let me clarify really quick, my Bluetooth does not leave my car, I refuse to wear it outside my car!  I do not want to be one of those people, you know who I am talking about.  The person who you think is either crazy or talking on their Bluetooh.  Soon after the Bluetooth requirement came the addition to the hands free law of no texting while driving.   See Hand Free Driving Law

The state of New Jersey is taking it to the next step and is considering of creating a law of not allowing drivers to touch their navigation screens while driving (Check It Out).  Could you imagine the dialogue between a police officer and the driver over touching the navigation screen while driving.  “Sir, I am pulling you over because I saw you touch your navigation screen while driving and thus it is a $100 fine.”  Driver, “No you didn’t.” Officer, “Hmmm, yes I did.” Driver, “No you didn’t.”

After reading about the proposed law in New Jersey all I could think about was the Saturday Night Live skits where Governor Patterson of New York rips on New Jersey on weekend update with Seth Meyers.  This video is random, man it sure is funny.  SEE THE VIDEO.

What really intrigued me was an article done by Car and Driver on Texting While Driving: How Dangerous Is It?

I have had friends pass away from text messaging while driving and others pass away from drinking and driving.   The study shows that test drivers were slower in their reaction times while texting and driving then drinking and driving.  To be honest the numbers were really not even close!

It is drilled in your head that drinking and driving is the worst thing you can do behind the wheel.  Ask me a couple of weeks ago I would have told you that texting is dangerous but nothing compared to drinking and driving.

I will admit I text and drive quite often and my fiancé Sophia texts while driving as well.  For some odd reason I refuse to text and drive with others in the car.  Ever since my friend passed away I try to have the person in the passenger seat text a response for me when I receive a text.

Everyone has turned into text messaging whores.  Everyone texts now, my mom texts!  She thinks she is a big deal when she texts, she normally follows the text with a phone call making sure you got her text and you have to congratulate her on a job well done.  I get really nervous about the use of text messaging because I feel like people create really bad social habits in communicating.  Text messaging has some benefits of getting straight to the point and no small chit chat but there is no fluctuation of the voice or tone in a text message.  I feel like people can hide behind just words and say things they would never say out loud or heaven forbid say in person face to face.   Teenagers now view text messaging as easier to talk then actually verbalizing a conversation.  The biggest culprit of texting and driving is teenagers.

With the study done by Car and Driver it has shed some light on how dangerous texting and driving is.   I am most interested to see in the coming months and years to see the convictions of people who cause fatal wrecks from text messaging and see if they get the same punishment as one who was drinking and driving.  If texting is just as dangerous as drunk driving should they be held to the same standard?

It is going to take some time but people need to realize that texting is just as serious behind the wheel as driving drunk!

–          Tyson Gamblin




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