Team Chevy Racing: Lessons | Chevrolet

Posted in Chevrolet, Domestic Rides, Educational, General, GM, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | September 9th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Team Chevrolet

“Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” – that’s the saying that manufacturers use to say back in the 1960’s when racing was everything. It meant a pride in your product and it was a way to get people excited about what they were purchasing. Over the years many manufacturers have dropped this philosophy. Thankfully though, Chevrolet isn’t one of them.


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The Cars of Queens: Part I – BIG MUSCLE

Posted in Best of, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Domestic Rides, DRIVE, GM, muscle cars, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | June 15th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

1968 Coronet RT

Before BIG MUSCLE had its feet planted firmly in West Coast soil, it was stationed here… in beautiful Queens, NY. Now while most people would never think of Queens as a destination spot, believe me when I tell you that in this land of graffiti, window bars and padlocks lies some of the coolest muscle cars that you’re ever likely to see. This is Part I of BIG MUSCLEs two part episode on the “Cars of Queens”. In this episode we take a look at a wicked 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS drop-top and a stunning 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T. Both cars have been updated accordingly in all departments and both cars were conceived to be, at their cores, bad-ass New York street fighters.


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GM Builds Its 100-Millionth Small Block

Posted in auto industry, General, GM, News by Kurt Ernst | November 30th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

GM builds the 100-millionth small block V-8. Image: Jeffrey Sauger for GM

If there’s an engine more directly tied to American culture than the small block Chevy V-8, we certainly couldn’t name it. It’s been in production for 56 years, and it’s powered everything from family sedans through Le Mans winning race cars. It’s powered generations of Chevy and GMC pickups, too, and has been embraced by GM subsidiaries in Europe, England and Australia. If you’ve never owned one yourself, chances are you’ve driven (or been driven in) plenty of them. Read More…

Chevy Confirms New Colorado Pickup Is U.S. Bound

Posted in auto industry, Chevrolet, GM, News, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | October 12th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Chevy Colorado concept. Image: © GM Corp.

Ford and Dodge may have given up on the compact and midsize pickup truck market in the United States, but Chevy believes there’s still opportunity to be had and profit to be made. After keeping us guessing for the better part of 2011, Chevy has confirmed that its new Colorado midsize pickup will be coming to the United States. Better yet, it will be built here, ensuring that more U.S. manufacturing jobs aren’t lost to other economies.

The Colorado will launch in Thailand first, since the Thai market is the world’s largest for compact and midsize pickups. There, buyers will have a choice of gas or diesel engines, 2wd or 4wd, and regular, extended or crew cab configurations.We may not get the diesel option in the United States, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t get the same cab and drive options here.

Expect to see the Colorado pickup concept on the U.S. auto show circuit in 2012. Chevy hasn’t released any details on when the new Colorado will be available (we’ll guess 2013) or at what price it will hit the market, so look for further updates in the coming months.

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How Does GM Test Manual Transmissions? Old School, Baby

Posted in Bizarre, Car Tech, Chevrolet, Cool Stuff, GM by Kurt Ernst | August 12th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

In the height of the muscle car era, GM developed a method of testing manual transmissions that it called the “Woodward Avenue Schedule,” in reference to the street-racing mecca of Detroit. The test was simple: from a standing start, do a high-rpm launch and then upshift through the gears under full-throttle acceleration. Repeat the process until something breaks, then design a better part. Read More…

New Cadillac Models Coming For 2012

Posted in auto industry, Cadillac, GM, News by Kurt Ernst | August 7th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

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

It wasn’t too long ago when the announcement of new models from Cadillac would raise a collective yawn from enthusiasts everywhere. The Cadillac CTS-V changed that and once again put the brand on the radar of drivers everywhere. If you have yet to experience the second generation CTS-V, in any of it’s forms, do so at once. It will utterly change your perception of what an American performance luxury car can be. Read More…

GM’s CEO: Raising Gas Taxes Will Force Buyers Into Small Cars

Posted in auto industry, GM, News, Politics by Kurt Ernst | June 9th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Chevy's Cruze LTZ; it's nice, but you can't tow a boat with it. Image: © GM Corp.

I swear to you that I’m not making this stuff up: the CEO of General Motors, Dan Akerson, proposes we add a $0.50 to $1.00 tax per gallon on gasoline, as it would help his company achieve the upcoming CAFE requirements. In a Detroit Free Press interview, Akerson said, “…as gas is going down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or dollar tax on a gallon of gas. People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.” Read More…

GM Halts All Unnecessary Spending

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, GM, News by Kurt Ernst | March 21st, 2011 | 1 Response |

Facing parts shortages and production delays in the wake the disaster in Japan, General Motors has become the first big-three automaker to freeze spending for the foreseeable future. The move comes nearly a week after GM halted pickup truck production in Shreveport, Louisiana, due to a shortage of Japanese sourced components. The spending freeze will impact GM’s hiring, as well as corporate travel and advertising budgets; the frightening thing is that these will remain in place for an undetermined period of time. The company has also announced temporary production stops at plants in Eisenach, Germany and Zaragoza, Spain. Read More…

GM, Unlike Ford, Still Sees Life In Small Trucks

Posted in auto industry, Chevrolet, Featured, GM, News, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | February 15th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Chevy's Colorado will live on. Image: © GM Corp.

Like pickup trucks but don’t need a full size one? If you’re partial to GM products, there’s good news on the horizon: is reporting that GM has started work on the replacement for the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon midsize pickups. Unlike the new Ford Ranger, these trucks are destined for the U.S. market and will be based on the GMI 700 body-on-frame global small truck platform. The 700 platform Chevy Colorado for the far east market is expected to be shown at this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo, but don’t expect new trucks in the U.S. sooner than 2014. Read More…

Despite Recalls, Toyota Was Still Top Dog In 2010

Posted in auto industry, GM, News, Toyota, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | January 26th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Toyota Corolla, the world's best selling car. Image: Toyota

Toyota remained the world’s largest auto manufacturer for the third year running in 2010, despite being plagued with numerous product recalls and their associated bad press in the U.S. market. The U.S. Department of Transportation also hit Toyota with record fines, exceeding $48 million, for failing to promptly notify the DOT of three separate safety issues. The incidents led to a revamping of Toyota in the United States, with a greater emphasis placed on both quality control and defect reporting. Despite a decline in U.S. sales, global demand for Toyota products (including Lexus, Hino and Daihatsu) rose 8 percent last year, and Toyota sold some 8.42 million vehicles worldwide. Read More…