The introduction of high-performance tires and racing-style wheels for the Z06 and ZR1 models are the major changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, according to information posted at Corvette fan sites on the Internet.
Information is leaking out as Chevrolet is set to officially talk about the 2012 Corvette during the annual C5/C6 Bash fan event at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., this weekend. Look for some official news on April 28.
Chevrolet has disclosed that there will be a Centennial Edition package for the 2012 Corvette, available on all trim levels of the car. That car will be available only with a black exterior. And it appears that is the only black on the Corvette color palate for 2012, according to ordering information posted by Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fitchner at www.corvetteforum.com.
Based on that information, it appears Chevrolet is making it easy for Corvette buyers to equip their Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes for use at track and club events.
Ford earned $2.6 billion in the first three months of 2011, a 22.4% improvement over a year earlier, as U.S. sales increased on the strength of small and midsize cars and cost-cutting in Europe resulted in a modest operating profit.
The Dearborn automaker’s net income of 61 cents per share beat the 50 cents per share consensus forecast of about 20 Wall Street analysts and marked Ford’s most profitable first-quarter in 13 years. In 2010′s first quarter Ford made $2.1 billion, or 46 cents per share.
Revenue increased 18% to $33.1 billion from $28.1 billion a year earlier.
“Our team delivered a great quarter, with solid growth and improvements in all regions,” said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO.
Hyundai has been on a roll lately and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T will only grow Hyundai’s presence in North America. Bullz-Eye recently tested the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T and we were very impressed with all that this car has to offer at such a reasonable price.
When I first took a look at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T, the sleek design stood out and made a grand first impression. Hyundai grew the offerings of the 2011 Sonata with the Limited 2.0 Turbo, adding 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels and dual exhaust to the already very sharp exterior. Our pearl white test model also included side mirror mounted turn signal indicators, front fog lights and enough chrome trim to enhance the car’s appearance. The smooth look of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo garnered plenty of compliments during my time behind the wheel and many confused the car for a more expensive luxury brand.
The interior of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo is loaded with options. The design is as far from conservative as one could imagine. I liked the wine leather interior seats, which worked well with the dark dashboard and carpet. The panorama moon roof was awesome and, with features like push button start, heated front and rear seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel mounted cruise, audio and phone controls I was looking forward to spending time in the 2011 Sonata. Also in our Limited package was an Infinity am/fm/XM audio with a popping subwoofer, HD radio with multicasting, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks. To round out the package, Hyundai included an integrated bluetooth hands free phone system, electrochromic auto dimming rearview mirror with compass, navigation with high resolution touchscreen display and rear back up camera. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo is loaded but that only gets you so far if the interior isn’t a place that you want to spend time. Thankfully, the look and feel of the interior is again something you would expect from a much more expensive vehicle. At times I did see some sun reflection from the shiny plastic finishing in the interior but that was a minor negative in what is overall a very well thought out cabin.
FORTUNE — It has been a dismal three-plus years for U.S. auto sales.
After a halcyon stretch early in the 2000s, when annual sales of cars and light trucks topped 16 million for nine straight years — and even poked above 17 million at times — they have been sharply depressed.
Sales tumbled to 13.2 million in 2008 and then fell all the way to 10.4 million in 2009, helping to send General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy.
Since then, sales have improved slightly, recovering to 11.6 million last year — but still well below long-term trends.
Now, in a surprisingly upbeat forecast, economist George Magliano of HIS Global Insight sees better times ahead — much better, in fact.
Bullz-Eye is driving a 2011 Mazda 6 i Sedan Touring for an upcoming review. This sporty sedan has been alot of fun so far and with the weather braking in Ohio we even enjoyed the power moonroof! Take a look at the photos and stay tuned for our review.
There’s one lucky customer in the UK and we’re sure enjoyed the weekend!
The first of 333 limited edition Audi R8 GTs was delivered to its rightful owner in the UK this week. Sporting 560-hp, the Audi R8 GT has already been accounted for by future owners in 23 different countries. The first one to hit the streets however will be a Phantom Black R8 GT and we’re hoping it won’t be one of those that end up on our blog wrecked and demolished.
Enhancements to the already potent R8 from Audi makes the R8 GT one of the most exclusive sports cars in the world. It features a hand-built aluminum body constructed of Audi Space Frame and weighs in at merely 463-lbs. By incorporating more carbon fiber throughout the car, Audi also reduces the overall weight of the R8 GT by 220-lbs compared to its R8 5.2 FSI quattro counterpart.
Powered by a 5.2L V10, its 560-hp compared with the 3,362-lb weight of the R8 GT makes for an impressive driving experience. For aesthetics, the R8 GT has subtle differences in its newly designed bumpers in carbon fiber while the interior receives bucket seats. The R8 GT was available with a starting price of $276,780.
Mazda spices up the 2012 Mazda3 and stretches the stops between gas stations by achieving 40mpg in highway driving.
NEW YORK — Mazda will join the 40-mpg club when the freshened 2012 Mazda3 goes on sale in late summer with a new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection engine and new transmission.
The new powertrain is part of Mazda’s coming family of SkyActiv technologies — new engines, transmissions, chassis and frame technology designed to cut weight and boost fuel efficiency.
The 2012 Mazda3 sedan with the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine and SkyActiv automatic transmission will get 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway, Mazda said today. That’s up from the 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway rating of the 2011 Mazda3′s 2.0-liter engine.
The Detroit News is reporting that the Nissan Leaf is the winner of the 2011 World Car of the Year Award!
New York— The Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year, besting the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series.
“It’s a great honor,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president of ales and marketing for Nissan North America. “The Nissan Leaf truly is a game changer.”
The award was the latest sign of the ascendancy of fuel-efficient models over high-performance models at this year’s show in New York.
General Motors Co.’s extended range Chevrolet Volt won World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show today, defeating BMW 320d and the Nissan Leaf.
The World Car Design award went to the Aston Martin Rapide, defeating the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Through its Diamonds & Dreams program, Chevy is offering Little League field makeovers for your community, a trip for four to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game and a new Chevrolet!
Watch how Diamonds & Dreams has made a difference in communities across the country in 2010. And this year, Chevy is doing even more.
You can make it happen for your community. Chevy is offering 100 different prizes to support youth baseball: 20 field makeovers, 60 equipment packages and 20 baseball clinics. Plus, you can win one of four trips to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game and one entrant will win a new Chevrolet vehicle!