Aveo variants coming
As a big fan of the upcoming Aveo, we see GM making a very smart move to add crossover and sedan versions of the sporty economy car!
A sedan model will be essential for the U.S. market, where hatchbacks are slowly gaining acceptance, but have been a traditionally tough sell. The Aveo sedan will likely debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but details of the car still haven’t been fully fleshed out.
The crossover will likely be built on a stretched Aveo platform with available all wheel drive, and a premium interior with certain components taken from upmarket Opel models like the Insignia. GM Daewoo bosses, who were responsible for developing the Aveo, were quick to stress that the Aveo would not infringe on Opel or Vauxhall cars, which will retain their premium brand and get their own versions of the Aveo crossover.
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Ram Laramie Longhorn wins Top Truck of Texas
Dodge RAM Laramie Longhorn has been named top truck in Texas over the weekend by the Texas Auto Writers Association from the Detroit News.
Detroit — A version of the Chrysler’s Ram pickup truck was named the top truck in Texas over the weekend by the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chrysler Group LLC said in a statement.
Ford Motor Co.’s trucks were named the best truck lineup, Ford said in a statement.
Texas is the country’s largest pickup truck market, making up 17 percent of U.S. sales, Chrysler and Ford said in statements.
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Bullz-Eye had a chance to see the Longhorn first hand at the Texas State Fair!
Fiat moving toward 51% ownership of Chrysler
Fiat could very likely own 51% of Chrysler in the next few years. If that happens Sergio Marchionne might have made the biggest and smartest one sided bet of the great recession!
From Detroit Free Press:
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, told analysts Thursday that Fiat plans to raise its ownership of Chrysler from 20% to 35% by the end of 2011 “barring unforeseen circumstances.”
Marchionne’s comments came in a conference call after the Italian automaker reported third-quarter earnings of 170 million euros, or $236 million.
Fiat can increase its Chrysler stake in 5% increments by meeting three objectives. The first objective, to be achieved early next year, is the launch of a 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir engine built at its Dundee, Mich., factory, in the Mexican-assembled Fiat 500 minicar.
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Car review of the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible
The staff over at Bullz-Eye.com reviewed the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible! Read on to see what they had to say about this impressive ride.
There are so many ways to describe the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Sport 6MT, and we heard all sorts of compliments as we were test-driving the vehicle. One common reaction involves the open mouth with the jaw dropping. Others just say “WOW.” We were just as impressed as the casual observers, so if you’re considering a luxury vehicle, we strongly recommend that you put the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Sport 6MT on your list!
The 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Sport 6MT we tested was Vibrant Red, which really made the car look sleek and classy. The 3-piece power retractable hardtop was easy to use, as you just press one button and it takes all of 30 seconds to lift or drop the top. Watching it in action is reminiscent of a Transformer ready to change up for the next adventure. The 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P225/45R19 front and P245/40R 19 rear tires were in a league of their own as they gave the G37 both an elegant and muscular look that was right on the mark and what you would expect from Infiniti.
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10 car brands to watch for
CNN.com put together a list of 10 car brands that are poised to enter the North American market from old European brands, Asian upstarts and a few U.S. names.
The last five years have brought the biggest upheaval in the global auto industry in a century. China has become the world’s largest auto market, and India, Russia, and Brazil are the liveliest up-and-comers.
As part of this overthrow of the old order, new car brands are poised to enter the U.S. market, joining the four dozen that are already here. They range from established European names trying to reestablish a U.S. presence, to young Asian manufacturers looking to expand beyond their local markets, and Silicon Valley startups, hoping to leverage a new concept or technology.
In a speech to Standard and Poor’s Auto Industry Hot Topics Conference in New York, Jeff Schuster, executive director of Global Forecasting for J.D. Power and Associates, identified a number of established auto manufacturers that are either planning to enter the U.S. or may be considering it, and another five “boutique startups.” Herewith, a selection:
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First Official Photos 2011 Dodge Charger R/T
Our friends at InsideLine.com have what appear to be the first official photos of the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T and it’s a beauty! The front facia is clean and mean showing off a lower stance and upscale look. The rear taillights include164 LEDs and are more true to the original Charger with a modern day freshness. There aren’t a whole lot of interior pics here but this new machine will come loaded with available technology including adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic detection and a back-up camera.
I will go on the record right now with my opinion that the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T will be a big success for the folks at Dodge!
Seeing the redesigned 2011 Dodge Charger R/T against a moody CG background isn’t the thrill we thought it would be — probably because we’ve already pored over nicer photos of the car in a real parking lot, not to mention the GM-supplied I-75 spy shot, the SRT8 front fascia shot and the dramatic reveal of the Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicle. Oh, and we’ve also seen the revamped interior, which Chrysler describes, but doesn’t reveal, in today’s press release.
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Cars Worth the Wait
MSN.com puts together a list of five 2011 models that should be significantly better than previous versions.
Fall is here, folks. The days are starting to get shorter, the nights longer, and there is a slight chill is in the air. It also signals the start of the season to move sheet metal. From now until the end of the calendar year, automakers and car dealers will be throwing mad incentives at car buyers in an effort to sell their remaining 2010 model-year inventory to make room for 2011′s shiny new crop of autos.
Exceptional deals will be offered on these leftovers, for sure. But beware: Some of these bargains aren’t as good as they seem. Why, you ask? Because the cars they will be offered on are significantly inferior to the ones that are replacing them.
While we admit that year-to-year model upgrades are often inconsequential, a few are so good that they are worth waiting for, as they offer owners a bigger payoff in fuel efficiency, performance or value.
Here are our choices for the five 2011 models that promise to be far superior to the 2010 models they replace, and are thus worth waiting for.
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11th Dodge Viper Owner Invitational 2010 gallery at Bullz-Eye
The Eleventh Viper Owner Invitational (VOI) was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 30th to October 3rd, 2010. If you love Vipers this is as close to heaven as you’ll get! Our friends were kind enough to let us take a look at the weekend events and many of the out of this world Dodge Vipers. The main theme behind this Utah gathering is to celebrate the passion and unbridled enthusiasm of Viper Nation and it’s hosted by Viper Club of America. The turnout was strong with more than 350 Vipers, 750 guests, and a special SRT performance driving experience with the Challenger SRT8 and Charger SRT8 on an autocross course.
The Bullz-Eye Blog has a full gallery of images from this years Viper Owner Invitational. They’ve also got a few pics of the challenge event and the special appearance by the SRT8 Dodge Challenger. Enjoy the photos! Also, be sure to check out Lemon Free if you’re looking for a Dodge Viper for sale.
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Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertible
You can’t go to the local Chevy dealer and purchase a convertible Camaro yet but it’s coming soon and now news arrives of a special edition Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertible! The price will be steep at 75k so if you have someone who likes to spoil you add it to your Christmas list this holiday season. Check out the great pics…
It’s a big day for the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. General Motors has pulled back the curtains on a low-volume special edition version of the drop-top muscle car set to go on sale next year. The vehicle is slated to be featured in the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book – a catalog of high-end goodies for the ruling class. Only 100 examples of the Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertible will be sold through the catalog, each wearing special Deep Bordeaux paint and boasting drivetrain components borrowed from the mighty Camaro SS. That means there’s a full 426 horsepower on tap. Inside, GM has slathered the cockpit in leather touches only available on this special edition.
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