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Chevy 1LE Gives Performance Boost to Camaro

Package available for both V-6, V-8 models.

by on Feb.10, 2016

For the first time, the Camaro 1LE package will be available on V-6 and V-8 models.

For those hoping to squeeze even more performance out of the Chevrolet Camaro, the bowtie brand is bringing back its 1LE package.

Set to make a debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the Camaro 1LE option will be offered on both V-6 and V-8 versions of the muscle coupe. The package provides a combination of increased handling, extra performance and a more sporty appearance with a signature matte satin black hood.

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The 1LE is meant for “an owner who wants a daily driver and a weekend track car,” suggests Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president in charge of Chevrolet marketing.

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Chevy Makes Trax With Updated CUV

New look, new safety and tech features.

by on Feb.10, 2016

Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Brian Sweeney introduces the 2017 Chevrolet Trax, which gets a number of tech and appearance updates, inside and out.

Barely a year after first introducing its little Trax SUV, Chevy is making some major upgrades, revising the compact crossover’s appearance, updating its infotainment system and adding an assortment of new safety features.

First shown in concept form at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Trax originally wasn’t supposed to come to the U.S. market, but buoyed by the success of the similar Buick Encore, Chevy decided to give it a go with the 2015 model-year.

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The Trax quickly became one of the bowtie brand’s unexpected hits. The compact crossover quickly grabbed a 20% share of the fast-growing segment, and Chevy officials say they’re hoping to do even better with the updated version of the Trax coming for 2017.

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Victory, Defeat – and Plenty of Surprises – at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

Another tequila sunrise to start the 2016 racing season.

by on Feb.01, 2016

Luis Filipe Derani celebrates after driving the last leg in the ESM team's Honda at the Rolex 24.

It wasn’t champagne flowing in Florida Sunday afternoon — nor milk, the beverage of choice for Indianapolis 500 winners. After 22-year-old Luis Filipe Derani shot across the finish line to wrap up the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the drink of choice was tequila.

No surprise, for Derani and his four co-drivers claimed an unprecedented victory behind the wheel of the Honda-powered Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports prototype, a full 26 seconds ahead of their nearest competitors.

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It was the first time ever that a P2-class race car had claimed victory in what is generally seen as America’s most grueling endurance race – and a prelude to the summer’s main event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Words can’t describe it,” said ESM co-driver Scott Sharp, a previous Daytona winner. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but it’s amazing.”

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Chevy Adding Cruze Hatch

Five-door original designed for European market.

by on Jan.07, 2016

Chevrolet announced it would be adding a hatchback to its 2017 Cruze line-up in the United States.

Chevrolet has confirmed long-running rumors that it will bring its five-door Cruze model to the U.S. for the 2017 model-year.

Frequently seen running around the Motor City in thinly camouflaged form, the hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze was originally developed for the European market, where five-door models are as dominant as sedans are in the U.S. passenger car market.

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The arrival of the Cruze five-door comes as more and more manufacturers rethink the potential U.S. market. It has long been accepted as gospel that Americans don’t like hatchbacks, but a number of recent offerings have challenged that assumption. (more…)

GM Set to Add Array of New Utility Vehicles

Chevrolet to get new midsize CUV.

by on Dec.29, 2015

The Cadillac XT5 at its LA debut, along with Caddy Pres. Johan de Nysschen and GM global product development director Mark Reuss.

This year’s slide in fuel prices has led to a big surge in sales of utility vehicles, whether conventional sport-utes or the newer, car-based crossovers. And General Motors plans to take advantage of that shift away from conventional sedans and coupes by adding an assortment of new utes to its line-up.

They range from downsized models, such as the soon-to-debut Buick Envision, to the big Cadillac XT5. And GM’s four U.S. brands plan to fill in as much white space as possible with either all-new utility vehicles or variants such as the GMC Acadia Denali.

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“We keep expanding the plan.” Johan de Nysschen, the president of the Cadillac brand, told TheDetroitBureau.com following the official unveiling of the new XT5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Named Green Car of the Year

Second win for Chevy Plug-in Hybrid.

by on Nov.19, 2015

Green Car Publisher Ron Cogan, Chevy Marketing Director Steve Mojoras and the 2016 Volt.

The completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been named Green Car of the Year, repeating a victory it claimed when the original plug-in hybrid debuted a half-decade ago.

The Volt knocked down an impressive list of competitors that included the new, fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius, the world’s best-selling hybrid-electric vehicle.

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“This is certainly something special,” proclaimed Steve Mojoras, Chevy’s marketing manager, after accepting the crystal trophy at the L.A. Auto Show event. “This is a hard market to crack. This is the Super Bowl of green car awards, so it adds instant validation.”

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Chevy Teams Up with US Army, Rolls Out Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Pickup

Clean-power truck to undergo 12 months of extreme testing.

by on Nov.19, 2015

GM offers a tease of the Army-modified Chevrolet Colorado picked running on hydrogen.

Environmentalists aren’t the only ones interested in alternative power. The U.S. Army is teaming up with General Motors to run a year of extreme tests on a Chevrolet Colorado pickup designed to run on hydrogen, rather than gasoline.

The military has quietly spent several years looking at fuel-cell technology because of its potential advantages over conventional power. Among other things, it’s quiet, provides plenty of low-end torque, can generate electric power in the field, and it has a lower heat signature making it harder for an enemy to spot a hydrogen-powered vehicle using infrared glasses or sensors.

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“The potential capabilities hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can bring to the Warfighter are extraordinary, and our engineers and scientists are excited about the opportunity to exercise the limits of this demonstrator,” said Paul Rogers, the director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center, also known as TARDEC. (more…)

GM Plugging in a Potential Game-Changer

New Chevy Bolt expected to see huge drop in battery costs.

by on Nov.11, 2015

The Chevy Bolt shown during its January 2015 debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

When it comes to electric vehicles, it’s all about the batteries. They determine range, charging time, performance and, of course, price. And the longer the range the higher the price tag.

But General Motors believes it’s close to the proverbial paradigm shift as it gets ready to bring its new long-range Chevrolet Bolt to market. The 200-mile battery-electric vehicle is expected to have the lowest-priced batteries available, breaking a target price many experts didn’t anticipate could be reached for at least five more years.

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“We’re going to be at $145 a kilowatt-hour when we launch the Bolt,” said Mark Reuss, GM’s global product development director, during a lunchtime interview.

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Regulators in US, Germany Crack Down on Emissions, Mileage Testing

Dozens of vehicles brought back for new testing in wake of VW scandal.

by on Nov.11, 2015

A Z71 version of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel which won a 31 mpg EPA highway rating.

Not so fast. When General Motors asked the Environmental Protection Agency to issue its official fuel economy rating on the new Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel pickup, the agency took a little longer than expected, EPA officials asking if they could keep the test truck a bit longer than normal, says Mark Reuss, GM’s global product development chief.

The EPA is taking a much more careful approach when it comes to testing for emissions and fuel economy, Reuss and other industry officials tell TheDetroitBureau.com. And U.S. regulators are not alone. Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority says it will run new tests on dozens of vehicles sold in that country to ensure they comply with diesel emissions standards.

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Those moves come in the wake of revelations – first announced by the U.S. EPA on September 18th – that Volkswagen AG had cheated on emissions testing for vehicles equipped with the maker’s 2.0-liter EA 189 diesel engine. A total of 482,000 of those vehicles were sold in the U.S., 11 million worldwide. Since then, VW has admitted to other emissions “irregularities.”

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Chevy Colorado Gets EPA Nod as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup

First pickup to top 30 mpg on the highway.

by on Nov.09, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is the only midsize diesel - other than its near-twin GMC Canyon.

Move over Dodge Ram EcoDiesel, Chevrolet has just landed the lead in the pickup fuel-economy shootout, its new 2016 Colorado Duramax Diesel getting an EPA rating of as much as 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

That’s two mpg better than the Ram “oil burner” – though there is an asterisk: the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a full-size pickup, while the2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax falls into the midsize truck category.

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Nonetheless, “The Colorado Duramax diesel is in a league of its own,” boasted Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Colorado’s gas models already led the segment in fuel efficiency, and the new diesel…gives customers even greater freedom to go where they want with fewer fill-ups.”

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