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Cadillac Ciel Concept: Cadillac Pens A Rolls-Royce

Posted in Cadillac, Concept Cars, Design, Detroit, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance by Kurt Ernst | August 22nd, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Cadillac's Ciel Concept. Image: © GM Corp.

When you think of big, ultra-luxury four-seat convertibles, two cars come to mind: the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Bentley Azure Convertible. The Bentley is the cheaper of the two, with a starting price of just $365,000 or so, which is $85,000 less than the Phantom’s price of admission. Back in the day, Cadillac used to build grand convertibles as well, although not in the same price league as Rolls-Royce or Bentley (in the modern era, at least). Enter the Cadillac Ciel (pronounced C-L) concept, which harkens back to the Caddys of old with a nod to the future as well. Read More…

What Are Chevy’s Most Significant Performance Cars?

Posted in Chevrolet, Design, Detroit, Horsepower, Videos by Kurt Ernst | August 18th, 2011 | 1 Response |

When you’ve got 100 years of history to choose from, it’s hard to pick just six cars as the “most significant” performance cars you’ve ever built. GM’s Dr. Jamie Meyer gives it a shot in this video tour of the GM Heritage Center, picking just six cars as “most significant,” although not necessarily the fastest or best-handling. I’d take any of the six cars highlighted in the video below, but if I had my choice of any one, It’d be the 1963 Corvette. Read More…

What Are The Top Five Cars In Chevy’s History?

Posted in Chevrolet, Design, Detroit, Pop Culture, Videos by Kurt Ernst | July 30th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

If you ask a dozen bowtie fans what the most significant cars in Chevy’s history have been, you’re likely to get a dozen different answers. With 100 years worth of product to choose from, narrowing down the list to just five cars would be a daunting task. In my opinion, you could narrow the list quickly by just crossing off anything made between 1974 and 2001, with the possible exception of the 1984 Corvette and the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette.

I’m not a die-hard Chevy fan, and I’m certainly no Chevy historian. That’s the very reason why questions like this are best left to guys like Greg Wallace, manager of GM’s Heritage Center. If anyone can name the top five Chevies, it’s Wallace, and he explains his reasoning in the video below. Read More…

570 Supercharged Ponies for 2012 Chrysler SRT8’s?

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Chrysler, Detroit, Dodge, Domestic Rides, FAIL / Funny, News, Rides by MrAngry | July 27th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

2012 Chrysler SRT8
*Photo Credit: Autoblog

In 2006 Chrysler’s 6.1L HEMI made 425hp / 420 lb-ft of torque. In 2011 that number jumped to 470 hp / 470 lb-ft of torque thanks to a bump in displacement to 6.4L. Now for 2012 Chrysler is saying that they’ll be slapping a supercharger on their SRT8 Charger and 300 sedan’s and bumping power to a stump pulling 570 hp. We all figured that it wouldn’t be long before SRT CEO Ralf Gilles jumped on the horsepower bandwagon. You see this guy is a horsepower junkie and I have a feeling that he got a little peeved when he found out that the new 2012 Camaro ZL1 was going to have 570 hp. Chrysler’s SRT8 cars are brilliant automobiles, and I’m not just saying that because I own one. They ride and handle beautifully, have gobs of power and stop on a dime thanks to their fabulous Brembo brakes. If there is one caveat though, it would be their weight, as they’re a bit on the chubby side.
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Could Dodge Be Bringing Back The Magnum?

Posted in Design, Detroit, Dodge, News by Kurt Ernst | July 18th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

Good news, Dodge fans: Ralph Gilles, head of Chrysler’s SRT brand (and former head of Dodge) has let slip that a replacement for the Magnum station wagon is a very real possibility. Built from 2004 through 2008, the Magnum shared Chrysler’s LX platform with the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300. Available with engines ranging from an anemic 2.7-liter V-6 through a fire breathing 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, the Magnum represented the rebirth of an American icon: the full-size station wagon. Read More…

Could this be the 2014 Ford Mustang?

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Design, Detroit, Domestic Rides, Ford, General, muscle cars, Mustang, News, Promoted, Rides by MrAngry | June 15th, 2011 | 9 Responses |

2014 Ford Mustang

Can you believe that in 2014 the Ford Mustang is going to be 50 years old? The Mustang was the original pony car. It was the car that set the automotive world on its ear and captivated the essence of being a free spirit back in the mid-1960s. The Mustang is to Ford what vanilla is to chocolate and to celebrate that Ford is going to once again redesign the Mustang. This time however, as opposed to being an American only beauty, Ford intends to give their old horse right hand drive and send it across the pond. According to AutoExpress.co.uk, the 2014 Mustang will be known as a “world car” and will be offered with the same V6’s and V8’s around the world. Initially the UK, Australia and Japan will be the first to receive right hand versions of the car. It’s also said that the car will finally have an independent rear suspension, something that hasn’t been seen on a Mustang since the 1999 Cobra.
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2012 Camaro ZL1 Gets Auto Option

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Camaro, Car Tech, Chevrolet, Detroit, Domestic Rides, News, Rides by MrAngry | June 14th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

2012 Camaro ZL1

As the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ramps up for production, there has been speculation that the low-slung pony car will get an optional automatic transmission. Well, now according to Autoblog we’ve learned that not only will the new Camaro ZL1 get an automatic, but it will also be receiving the same Performance Traction Management system that’s found in the Corvette ZR1. That means traction control, selective ride control and launch control. Add to that the fact that the Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser stated that the ZL1’s Cadillac CTS-V derived 6.2-liter supercharged V8 will also pump out more than the originally estimated 550 hp, and you’ve now got a pony car that is likely to make mince-meat out of all of its competitors. Expect the ZL1 Camaro to show its face in the first quarter of next year.

Source: Autoblog.com

Ford Temporarily Halts Mustang Production

Posted in auto industry, Detroit, Ford, Mustang, News by Kurt Ernst | April 4th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Image: Ford Motor Company

Ford has announced a temporary production halt at their Flint Rock production facility, beginning today and running for approximately one week. The suspension has nothing to do with a shortage of parts from Japan (although that is impacting other Ford plants, such as their Louisville, KY truck plant), but rather excess supply of Mustangs. The automaker currently has a 116 inventory of Mustangs, which is roughly double the inventory Ford considers to be ideal. Chances are good that Ford will take steps to promote Mustang sales, so I’d expect to see cash rebates and low interest financing on Mustang V6 and GT models in the very near future. Read More…

A 6.4 Liter Hemi Jeep Wrangler? Yes, Please!

Posted in Cool Stuff, Detroit, Jeep by Kurt Ernst | March 31st, 2011 | 1 Response |

A V6 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

One of the benefits of being a car company CEO is having partners like American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) on speed dial. When you get the whim to have them stuff your largest engine into one of your smallest trucks, bliss is but a phone call away. At least that was the case for Jeep’s CEO, Michael Manley, who did indeed have AEV stuff a 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 under the hood of a Jeep Wrangler. Officially, the project was built as a test mule for “executive evaluation”, but even knowing that something like this could possibly exist in a showroom, at some yet-to-be-determined time in the future, is good enough to make me happy. Read More…

Chrysler/EPA Hydraulic Hybrid

Posted in Car Tech, Detroit, Gas Prices, News by Dustin Driver | February 17th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Cheap oil is a thing of the past. That’s why everybody and their collective mothers are trying to figure out ways to make vehicles burn less fuel. Chrysler’s working with the EPA to make nifty hydraulic hybrid transmission . . . that’s actually been around for ages.

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