Diesel Chevy Cruze coming soon to Ohio plant?

This could be great news for Ohio. From Left Hand News:

With the Cruze gas-powered models set to be joined by an oil-burning alternative in 2013, General Motors has now confirmed that it will invest $5.5 million into the existing Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to accommodate the 2.0-liter diesel engine.

While the Cruze Diesel sold in North America will be built in Ohio, the engine, designed and built by VM-Motori, a 50-50-owned Italian firm between GM and Fiat, will produce the engines.

In Europe, the Cruze Diesel is good for 161 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque, a healthy increase over both the 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine and the premium 1.4-liter turbocharged engines currently available in the U.S.

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2012 Cadillac SRX Premium gallery

Bullz-Eye is reviewing a 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium model and from early impressions it appears Cadillac has a winner on their hands. Sleek styling combined with a powerful and refined driving experience stand out in the Cadillac SRX Luxury Crossover.

Stay tuned for their full review and in the meantime, check out the full gallery!

I want the red Corvette in “The Rum Diaries”

Check out the movie trailer above for “The Rum Diaries,” one of the new film releases for the fall, and you’ll see Johnny Depp driving an amazing red C1 Corvette with the beautiful Amber Heard in the passenger seat. What a combination – a red corvette and a stunning blonde!

This should be a must-see if you’re a fan of Johnny Depp movies. The guy can definitely act. Amber Heard is also a rising star despite the cancellation of her TV show. She has an incredible look and she look natural in the period film.

The film is loosely based on a story by Hunter S. Thompson, and that alone should make it one of the best new movies of the year. Thompson has a knack for off-the-wall stories, and Depp is able to capture Thompson’s alternate reality. It’s the kind of movie that begs to be seen on the big screen at places like the Leicester Square cinema.

But I still come back to the car. I want it!

First Drive: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai has been on a roll with its new models as we’ve noted in our recent reviews. With its emphasis on aggressive and unique styling, leading gas mileage and overall value, Hyundai is being rewarded with steadily increasing sales. The Veloster coupe is no exception as we discovered when we drove this newly introduced model last week in Michigan.

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The styling of the new Veloster is truly impressive. As you can see from the photos, Hyundai is going for a new generation of buyers with Veloster. The front end is very assertive with the wraparound headlights and prominent lower grille. LED headlight accents also come standard. The rear view is equally aggressive, and I liked the centered placement of the rear exhaust pipes. Veloster comes with 17-inch alloy wheels standard and optional 18-inch wheels with painted inserts that match the color of the vehicle. Consumers can also personalize body graphics when ordering their Veloster which should appeal to younger buyers.

The hidden third door stands out however as my favorite styling feature. The door is located on the passenger side and the door handle is hidden in the top left corner in the black trim area when you stand facing that side of the vehicle. With this convenience the coupe is much more functional as back seat passengers can avoid crawling in and out of the vehicle. The executives at Hyundai were non-committal when asked by reporters about the possibility of adding a fourth door on the driver’s side, but that’s hardly necessary.

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Chevy to produce an all-electric version of the Spark

Chevy has announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevy Spark mini car, the Spark EV. This vehicle complements Chevy’s growing range of EVs, including the Volt and the 2013 Malibu ECO with eAssist technology. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013. See here for more information.

Also, in an effort to meet the growing demand for safe, connected personal transportation, GM has decided to work on the next-generation EN-V concept vehicle and brand it with the Chevy badge. This two-seat, electric urban mobility concept is a zero-emissions vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. The Chevy EN-V concept will be updated with new features that customers need such as climate control, personal storage space and all-weather and road condition operation.

To learn more about the Chevy EN-V, check out the release here.

Acura NSX Successor Taking Shape

From MotorTrend.com:

At Honda’s recent shareholders’ meeting in Tokyo, a middle-aged man stood up during the Q&A session and asked whether the company was going to reinterpret a small, sporty car like the Beat for the 21st century. “While I am still young enough to enjoy sports driving, I’d like to drive something compact and sporty, something like an updated Beat. What are the chances of that?” he said poignantly.

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito took the microphone and replied without hesitation. “We are currently developing a successor to the Beat, a car that anyone can easily have fun with. Expect to see it in showrooms within the next few years.” The comment dominated the headlines the next day. Strangely, Ito’s subsequent utterance didn’t get nearly as much play, but potentially was much more significant to those pining away for a road-going Honda supercar: “In addition to the Beat successor, we are also making significant progress with plans for an exotic sports car.”

Just six months ago, Ito told a media gathering that Honda felt compelled to re-launch a high-performance sports car like the NSX, but he didn’t go so far as to say it was definitely happening. But it was the first time Ito had actually uttered the telling phrase “making significant progress with plans to…” build a successor.

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Cars we love – 1968 Dodge Charger RT

We noticed this amazing 1968 Dodge Charger RT at the Councours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach this year. This car is a classic and is definitely on our wish list.

Dodge has come a long way in their attempt to recapture some of the magic from cars like this one. While the new Charger is controversial with the four doors, it still looks like a beast and the new design has been very popular. Meanwhile, the new Challenger really invokes the styles from the past with its retro design. Of course if you buy the newer versions you won’t have to spend a lot of time restoring older models, though for many people that’s the whole point. That said, keep in mind the other expenses like pretty high car insurance rates. Badass cars like the Challenger will likely require performance car insurance.

Just looking at the photo above, for many people the additional expenses are worth it. There’s something about old classics like this one that you can’t replicate. Sometimes older is better.

Dan Patrick Takes Delivery of a Nissan LEAF [video]

Earlier this fall, Dan Patrick of The Dan Patrick Show took delivery of his 100% electric Nissan LEAF. Nissan wanted to capture his first thoughts as he gathered up his radio crew – The Danettes and hit the road.

Check out the crew’s reactions to the first mass produced, 100% electric, zero emissions vehicle!

2012 Ford Focus Hatchback SEL Review

Tom Orlando of Bullz-Eye.com reviews the 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback SEL!

The 2012 Ford Focus is all-new and worth the wait. The bar keeps getting higher for vehicles in all auto segments but the small car category has seen vast improvements in performance, design and fuel efficiency. The Focus needed to be a great car to really compete in today’s market.

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With all of the hype before Ford launched the all new 2012 Ford Focus, we felt this car had to look great if customers were going to pay attention. Ford took what they call their very own “kinetic design” and delivered a sleek and sculpted Focus. Our test model came equipped with Kona blue metallic paint, 17-inch alloy polished wheels, halogen headlamps, fog lamps, rear spoiler and bright beltline molding. The hatchback design was strategically brought to North America from Ford’s European studios. With sales of the 2012 Focus Hatchback flying off the charts it’s obvious that the decision to build and sell the Focus hatchback in the United States was the right call. The front end of the 2012 Ford Focus has huge radiator ducts, a sculpted hood, sloped windshield and a distinguishing grille, all of which make the car stand out on the road.

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Ford kills Escape Hybrid, adds two EcoBoost engine options

This is interesting news on the green car front. From AutoNews.com:

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s redesigned 2013 Escape crossover, due in early 2012, will lose its V-6 engine and hybrid-powertrain versions, the automaker said today.

Instead, the next generation Escape will have three engine options, all of them four-cylinders.

Ford will move the Escape Hybrid’s powertrain to the C-Max Hybrid, which it will launch next year.

The redesigned Escape will be based on the Vertrek concept shown at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Ford will show a production version of the 2013 Escape this fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ford will offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine as the base engine in the 2013 Escape. Ford also will offer a 1.6- and a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost engine in the Escape.

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