Racing from Vegas to Reno in a Colorado ZR2

ZR2 Vegas To Reno

 

Mostly stock Chevy Colorado ZR2 will do Vegas to Reno with Hall Racing
From: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/08/18/chevy-colorado-zr2-mostly-stock-vegas-to-reno-race-hall-racing
By: Joel Stocksdale

 

Desert racing seems to now be the industry standard for proving the capability of an off-road oriented pickup truck. Both Ford and Toyota have taken their full-size trucks, the F-150 Raptor and Tundra TRD Pro, down to Baja to show their skills. Now Chevroletfollows in their footsteps with the Colorado ZR2. Hall Racing has built a Colorado ZR2 to race in the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race. It’s not Baja, but it is the longest desert race in the United States at 550 miles.

This Colorado ZR2 isn’t much different from a stock model either, which is great from a marketing position, and necessary to run in the 7300 class at the race. The class is specifically for stock trucks and SUVs. There are some modifications, but they’re mostly related to safety and long-distance driving. The interior sees the addition of a roll cage, racing seats, racing harnesses, radios and a GPS system. Outside, off-road lights, spare tires and a 44-gallon fuel tank are the only major changes.

Otherwise, it features the stock V6 engine, eight-speed automatic, front and rear locking differentials, and even stock wheels. It also features Multimatic spool valve shocks, just like the stock model, but Chevy says they’ve been tweaked in some unnamed way. Chevy also says that there are some parts on here being tested that might be offered in the Chevrolet Performance catalog in the future.

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Kia Forte: A Leader In Compact Sedan Class

2017 Forte Sedan


From: http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/12724/2017-kia-forte-earns-top-safety-pick-plus-rating-from-insurance-institute-for-highway-safety

Award Cements Forte as a Leader in the Compact Sedan Segment

  • Forte earned “Good” rating in IIHS small overlap test and met all other crashworthiness requirements
  • Compact sedan received “Good” rating for headlights with HID Dynamic Bending Light

IRVINE, Calif., July 20, 2017 —The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to the 2017 Kia Forte built after March 2017 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and high intensity discharge (HID) headlights with Dynamic Bending Light. This top safety award came right on the heels of the Forte being named highest-rated compact car in the 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), which measures consumer satisfaction and the least number of issues in the first 90 days of ownership.1

“Kia Forte is one of our most popular and best-selling vehicles,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, Product Planning KMA. “The new distinction of TSP+ rating from the highly-respected IIHS reconfirms the high priority we place on safety for our customers and why Forte remains a favorite in the compact sedan class.”

To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” rating in headlight testing.

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Sale Of Chevrolet Bolt EV Is Ahead Of Schedule

Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle

Chevy Bolt EV goes on sale nationally a month early
From: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/06/09/chevy-bolt-ev-national-sales/#slide-3764447
By: Joel Stocksdale
 

Chevrolet has been slowly rolling out the Bolt EV to more states ever since the car’s introduction last December. Originally, the Bolt was supposed to go on sale in all 50 states as of September 2017, but General Motors has moved up its plans. GM representative Fred Ligouri confirmed recent reports that the Bolt EV will be released nationally in August. He also mentioned that cars will be delivered to an additional five states at the end of this month for a total of 21 states since the December launch.

For a car that has only been available in less than half of the United States, the Bolt EV has been selling pretty well, at least compared with Chevy’s other plug-in – the Volt hybrid. From January 2017 to May 2017, the Bolt EV has sold 5,950 units. The Volt, which is available everywhere, has sold 9,187 units in the same time frame. Expanding the Bolt EV’s availability will likely improve the car’s sales substantially.

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VanDevere Buick: Mark Of Excellence Award 2016

VanDevere Buick has been awarded the “Mark Of Excellence Award” for 2016.

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General Motors recognizes dealers every year that are committed to excellence with the “Mark Of Excellence” award. This symbolizes the very pinnacle of success!! The award represents the highest honors in the industry indicating that VanDevere truly is one of the “Best of the Best.”

 

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Watch Out 2018, The Buick Regal Hatchback & Wagon Is Coming

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From: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/04/04/2018-buick-regal-hatchback-wagon/
The 2018 Buick Regal is now a hatchback and a wagon
By Greg Migliore
 

Buick has long been General Motors’ most traditional brand. With the launch of the 2018 Regal, it’s now arguably GM’s most risk-taking brand. Buick is turning its midsize staple into a hatchback, called the Regal Sportback, and a wagon, the Regal TourX. Revealed Tuesday afternoon at GM’s historic Design Dome in Warren, Mich., the cars will go on sale in the fall after next week’s public debut at the New York Auto Show.

“At Buick we can try things other people haven’t tried,” GM product chief Mark Reuss said.

The wagon – though Reuss was reluctant to call it one – is a longer (3.4 inches), higher-riding (0.6 inches) version of the Regal Sportback. It’s the first Buick wagon since the 1990s Roadmaster, and it’s aimed at the seemingly never-satiated crossover market in the United States.

The TourX will compete against the Volvo XC60 Cross Country, Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback, and BMW 3 Series wagon. The Buick offers up 73.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the front seats and is all-wheel drive only. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that teams with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“It’s something that is very different and very beautiful, and it’s a good alternative for Buick to try,” Reuss said.

The Sportback, meanwhile, offers the same four-cylinder and eight-speed trans as the TourX in AWD trim. The Sportback also offers a front-wheel-drive model that uses a four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic, and the engine is rated at 250 hp and 260 lb-ft in that setup. With swoopy creased styling, the Regal Sportback offers a slightly different riff on the crowded sedan segment, which GM says still has three million annual retail sales. On a side note, Saab fans might feel some old wounds at the sight of the hatchback Buick, as the 5-door 9-3 was axed by GM in an attempt to make the model more mainstream before the brand’s demise.

Both models will offer front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, OnStar and seven-inch or eight-inch touchscreens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As expected, the Regals are based on the Opel Insignia, and they will be built in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Reuss said GM plans to build the Regals there after the company sells Opel to PSA. He also said GM isn’t concerned about potential border/import taxes that could be levied by the Trump Administration.

“I don’t know what the border tax is,” he said. “I don’t know what countries it’s [potentially] implemented on,” he said after the unveiling.

Buick sold 19,833 Regal models last year, trailing the Verano and Lacrosse. All three of Buick’s SUVs outsell the brand’s cars, reflecting the industry shift toward higher crossover sales.

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Kia Sportage: 2017 Must Test Drive Vehicle by Autotrader

KiaSportage

From: http://www.kianewscenter.com/News/ALL/kia-sportage-named-a-2017-must-test-drive-vehicle-by-autotrader/s/1c7c07fa-337e-426b-b0b6-041ccb2eb55c

Award-Winning, Fourth-Generation Sportage CUV Recognized for Sophisticated Design, Refined Premium Interior and Intelligent Packaging

  • The 2017 Sportage stands out in the hot-selling compact CUV segment
  • Cutting-edge design, engaging driving dynamics, advanced driver assistance systems, and premium materials take Sportage to the head of the class
IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2017– The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named one of Autotrader’s 2017 Must Test Drive vehicles.  The prestigious consumer-focused program showcases the best new vehicles shoppers need to experience prior to making a purchase.  Award winners are selected by Autotrader’s editorial experts and have the potential to change the way a consumer perceives an entire segment or brand.
“Winning an Autotrader 2017 Must Test Drive Award is further testament to the transformation of the Kia brand and marks another accolade for the Sportage, our longest-running nameplate,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning Kia Motors America (KMA).  “Sportage balances world-class craftsmanship and outstanding design, while delivering a host of standard features at a low starting price.”
To be honored as a Must Test Drive award winner a vehicle must be of the current or next model-year and available to purchase at the time of the awards announcement, have a base price under $75,000 and offer a significant value.  Vehicles also must score no lower than a 3.5 on Autotrader’s five-point scale.
“The redesigned Kia Sportage is on our Must Test Drive list mainly because it’s so good at so many things.  The Sportage has a wide range of prices and options, has a unique look and comfortable interior. The 240 horsepower Sportage SX turbo is simply a blast to drive, something we were not expecting from a small SUV,” said Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader.
The 2017 Sportage, an IIHS Top Safety Pick + (when equipped with optional front crash prevention) wraps a contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than ever before.  Advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD improve the Sportage’s driving dynamics while premium materials create a class-up experience.  The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four found on the FWD SX Turbo makes 240 horsepower (237 on AWD models) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, while LX and EX trims use a normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque.
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand, Kia proudly serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and crossovers built at North American manufacturing plants in West Point, Georgia* and the municipality of Pesqueria in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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About Autotrader
Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today’s empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader’s comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience.
Autotrader is a Cox Automotive™ brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.​

 

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Have you seen the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE?

2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE

Article from: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/02/24/behold-the-2018-camaro-zl1-1le-the-most-hardcore-of-camaros/
By: Joel Stocksdale

 
The beastly Camaro ZL1 has been turned up to 11 with the newly introduced 1LE performance package. Like on the V6 and V8 Camaros, the 1LE option package for the ZL1 adds a bunch of track-ready goodies. And fittingly, the most powerful Camaro gets the most major transformation.On the outside, it’s immediately apparent what some of the changes are. The front fascia receives new canards and revised grilles, which are complemented by the enormous rear wing. That wing is made entirely of carbon fiber, has hollow supports, and provides 300 pounds of downforce at top speed. There is an X on each side of the wing endplates to further reinforce that this is the extreme Camaro (unlike the S10 Xtreme, which was nothing of the sort). The exposed carbon fiber also matches the standard exposed carbon fiber on the hood. New forged 19-inch wheels come with the package, and they’re fitted with the widest tires offered on a production Camaro: 305 mm wide tires in the front, and 325 mm tires at the back. The tires are Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a different compound than that of the versions found on the standard ZL1.

 
Under the skin, the ZL1 1LE uses the very same 650-horsepower supercharged V8 as normal variant. However, it’s only available with the 6-speed manual, which now has a revised sixth gear ratio. The suspension gets a major overhaul, though. At each corner are Multimatic spool valve shocks like those found on the Colorado ZR2 and previous Camaro Z/28. They feature springs with adjustable perches for changing ride height, and at the front, you can adjust the camber past negative 3 degrees. The springs themselves are stiffer, and the rear stabilizer bar is also adjustable. Oh, and the 1LE package reduces overall weight by 60 pounds, in part due to a lighter back seat.So how effective are all these changes? According to Chevrolet, the car managed a lap time that was 3 seconds faster around the company’s Milford test track than the normal ZL1 model. As for how much the new option package will cost, no one would say, but it will be available on 2018 Camaro ZL1 coupes starting this summer.

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