Chevrolet New cars 2014

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It’s an exciting season, isn’t it? Once the new cars start to roll out, there is a crisp sense of objective in the air. This year, the carmakers are tough at it again after a troubled period, and although things aren’t easy, everyone is trying to do good work. The time for making excuses has ended, and now may be the time for making cars. For all of us, every new form promises to direct down a road that people haven’t taken before, and new individuals, distant places, and great adventures lie at the end of it. Every new car is a good drive waiting to happen.

The Camaro Z/28 can be back and should be better than ever. Meant to recall the initial, race-ready homologation specific from the late 1960s, the Z/28 offers been slated to return since the revival of the Camaro in 2010, but it didn’t make it to the street because Chevy engineers wished a worthy engine. Actually the supercharged, 580-hp V-8 from the ZL1 couldn’t reduce it. The Z/28’s centerpiece is the usually aspirated V-8 from the outgoing Corvette Z06, and it’s complemented by a six-speed manual transmission (and only a six-speed manual), track-prepared suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes. It gets the same refreshed look that each Camaro gets for 2014, however the Z/28 looks more hard-core. However, this Camaro is probably not the track monster you are hoping for, because the baseline for the Z/28’s 300-pound weight loss is relative to the 4120-pound Camaro ZL1. Which means the Z/28 should weigh about just as much as a regular Camaro SS. – Joseph Capparella

The 2014 Chevrolet SS comes to the United States through Australia, where it is known as the Holden Commodore, the automobile that also spawned the short-resided but well-loved Pontiac G8. The brand new SS picks up where in fact the G8 remaining off, and we’re jazzed concerning the reappearance of a rear-wheel-drive efficiency sedan from Chevrolet. Sadly, you will see no manual tranny for people like us; a six-speed automatic will undoubtedly be matched with the LS3 V-8 engine that people know so properly from the C6 Corvette. The Chevrolet SS begins at a pricey $44,470, but that price includes standard luxury features such as a Bose audio system, Chevy’s MyLink, leather-trimmed seats, and even automatic parking assist — a first for the brand name. The SS goes up contrary to the brutish SRT versions of the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 when it comes to tire-shredding capability, although its non-descript style doesn’t quite suit the Mopar twins with regards to muscle-car swagger. – JC

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Opinion

Chevrolet is well Chevrolet, not much more I can offer by way of an opinion other than pointing out the obvious.  I was never really into Chevrolet and still have not changed.

 

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Alpina BMW M4 test B4 2014 out ahead

The Alpina sub-brand might not have quite just as much notoriety as BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, however the models’ discreet mix of elegance and performance have made them a popular of many clients that don’t want the full boy-racer rawness of the M models, but something a little more exclusive and high-performance compared to the regular run-of-the-mill models. At the very least for the European marketplace, it appears like the upscale tuner will lay its hands on the just-introduced 2014 BMW 4 Collection coupe  <http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1306_2014_bmw_4_series/viewall.html>  in the form of the B4.

The only real factory-authorized Alpina model currently offered in the U.S. may be the BMW 750-based B7  <http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1208_2013_bmw_750li_760li_and_alpina_b7_first_drive/viewall.html&gt; , which offers higher performance than BMW’s regular 750i sedan, but lighter weight and better handling compared to the V-12-powered 760Li. As of this moment, any expansion of the Alpina lineup in the U.S. is unfamiliar, but it’s likely the seven series will stay the only real Alpina model formally sold through BMW dealers.

Alpinas are recognized for having slightly less hp, but slightly more torque than their M counterparts, along with being commonly equipped with automatic transmissions, compared the manual or dual-clutch transmissions more typical of the M models. Our spy shooter states to anticipate about 410 hp from the B4′s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six, along with available all-wheel-drive, a feature that will not be provided on the upcoming M4.

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Mazda6 diesel 2014 postponed because of delays in testing release.

Although the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D diesel sedan was supposed to go on sale by the end of this yr, a Mazda representative told us these days that the car’s for sale date would be postponed until spring 2014 due to delays in emissions screening and final certification. Once the car does arrive, though, it will be the only real Japanese diesel passenger car sold in the U.S.

Mazda originally announced the 2014 Mazda6 would be getting a diesel engine in the U.S. at the 2012 La auto display. The diesel engine is really a 2.2-liter four-cylinder that’s part of Mazda’s Skyactiv family of engines. Currently offered in European countries, the diesel creates 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and should offer at least 30 % better fuel economy compared to the Mazda 6’s 2.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine. The 2014 Mazda 6 has already been rated at around 40 mpg on the road by the EPA , therefore we expect lofty rankings from the upcoming diesel.

According to a written report from Automotive News, senior vice president for Mazda North America Robert Davis delivered a letter to Mazda workers explaining that last certification tests is taking longer than anticipated for the diesel powerplant. However, the AN report furthermore says that around 4000 additional devices of the gasoline-run Mazda6 will be distributed to U.S. Mazda dealers early following year to accommodate high demand. Sales for the 2014 Mazda6 have significantly more than doubled in comparison to last year.

We should receive more information concerning the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D like pricing and mileage ratings nearer to its on sale date next year.

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Yeah more opinion from Chris Ilson

First off got to say the looks of the 2014 Mazda 6 is rather good.  It’s about time Mazda join Hyundai, Nissan, Kia and a few other import brands that have fully refreshed their exterior looks.  The interior actually looks rather nice as well.  However I am not a fan of those three ‘pod’ looking things for the gauges but bleh, it looks pretty nice.  I also love the gated shifter and the control wheel just below.  As a shock, it’s still nice to see vehicles in 2014 coming equipped with an actual hand parking brake.  Most newer vehicles are doing away with that in favor of the foot parking brake.  One downside that must be mentioned, at least in my semi-evil opinion is the three spoke steering wheel.  I have to say I’m a die hard fan of the four spoke steering wheel.  Overall the 2014 Mazda 6 will be a rather nice rental car.  I’ll have to work on renting one to get a better sense of the performance and other such boring items to offer a more refined review and/or rant.  Additionally it must be mentioned that this is the diesel version.

The sedan with the top-of-the-variety 189-hp, 2.5-liter direct-injection Skyactiv-G motor mated to the six-speed automatic gearbox is, for now, the only real model headed stateside, though Mazda USA officials won’t rule out considering additional variants. Basic market dynamics suggest they have to: The rest of the key players in the segment offer a number of engine and transmitting variants.  This engine option will amount to lackluster performance in passing and overall enjoyment of the vehicle however you can smile when it comes time to calculate fuel economy.

Land Rover is the fountain of youth

Even as Land Rover celebrates its sixty-fifth anniversary — generally thought to be retirement age — the automaker is showing the growth of a Silicon Valley startup and posting income that must make its former proprietors weep. For the 3rd fiscal year running, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced a profit of at least $2.3 billion, the price India’s Tata Motors compensated Ford for it in June 2008. Sales are up 22 percent, to 375,000 units. Property Rover makes up about 84 percent of group sales and all of the profit, according to analysts. Considering that JLR flirted with personal bankruptcy and begged for a bailout from the British government in ’09 2009, this is one of the most astonishing recoveries the auto industry has seen. So what went right for Property Rover? And had been Ford wrong to sell?

It seemed like the proper move at that time. Sources close to the sale reveal that not just a single main automaker showed interest. There were five private-equity companies and two Indian carmakers — Tata and small Mahindra — in the working. This was not a good time to be marketing a volatile vehicle company, especially one dependent on costly SUVs. If JLR got still been on the market when the financial meltdown struck just a couple of months later, “Ford would have closed it,” states Sanford Bernstein’s auto analyst, Max Warburton.

“The whole Tata deal was incredibly romantic,” Warburton continues. “The decision came from a guy — Ratan Tata — who just loved the history of the British brands. There is no operational synergy between Tata and JLR.”

It was hardly hanging around through 2009. JLR posted nearly $500 million in losses, and Tata tried to obtain a loan from the U.K. authorities. Ford CEO Alan Mulally must have been Google-translating caveat emptor from Latin to Hindi.

“It had been tight, about as restricted as it gets at an automobile company,” a previous JLR executive told us. “We were playing for time, doing everything we legitimately could to help ease the cash flow. We had a hard time meeting the payroll.”

Then the profits graph started to march upward: a small income in the fiscal calendar year that ended in March 2010 followed by colossal profits another three years. What happened? Well-received services helped: the Evoque rapidly became Land Rover’s best seller, helping to boost sales in all markets, even shaky European countries, where Property Rover grew 18 percent this past year. But China’s unexpected discovery of SUVs is easily the biggest reason for Land Rover’s riches. China became the brand’s biggest marketplace this season: sales there rose 48 percent after growing 76 percent the entire year before.

More positive indications lay ahead. The brand new Range Rover hasn’t however made a complete year’s contribution to underneath line, and we’ll shortly see a long-wheelbase version aimed squarely at China’s chauffeur-driven market. The new Range Rover Sport is really a much better alternative to a model that was Land Rover’s most rewarding and — after the Evoque — its biggest seller, despite its high cost. It will get yourself a downsized 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, again targeted at China, where it wins a tax crack. The roads of Shanghai will be thick with them.

So Property Rover is saved, correct? Not entirely. Property Rover has been greatly aided by the weak British pound, that could recover. And although China is still growing, the rate is slowing and its own government can be cracking down on conspicuous consumption. In the last quarter of fiscal year 2012-13, Land Rover’s sales there have been up “just” 13 percent. Land Rover wouldn’t be Uk without that minor frisson of monetary peril.

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Some thoughts and opinion from Chris Ilson

After glancing at this article I get the sense that once Land Rover as a brand got into the Chinese market the profits started rolling in.  But there was a slightly hidden message, Land Rover showed real innovation with the Evoque.  I think deep down that is what most people want, something new instead of something commonplace.

 

Report: Daimler and Nissan to build luxury cars in a new factory in Mexico

A couple of years back, when Daimler  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/daimler/>  wanted somebody to spread the expense of development of small vehicles, it decided to collaborate  <http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/07/officially-official-renault-nissan-and-daimler-announce-allianc/>  with Nissan  <http://www.autoblog.com/nissan/>  on future products, such as for example vehicle systems and drivetrains. The most recent growth in the collaboration worries the assembly of little luxury vehicles for Infiniti  <http://www.autoblog.com/infiniti/>  and Mercedes-Benz  <http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/>  at a Nissan plant in Mexico, two unnamed sources told Reuters  <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-autos-nissan-mexico-idUSBRE98210V20130903&gt; .

The plant involved, Aguascalientes, is really a $2 billion project that may open later this season next to a preexisting Nissan factory. The forthcoming Infiniti Q30  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/infiniti+q30/>  four-door hatchback is likely to be built there, probably alongside the Mercedes GLA-Class  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mercedes+gla-class/&gt; , that is one of the candidates Mercedes is thinking of to build as of this facility, Reuters reviews. The GLA will debut at the Frankfurt Engine Show  <http://www.autoblog.com/frankfurt-motor-show/>  this month, and preliminary production of the design will take invest Germany. The Q30 could follow an identical path, with assembly beginning at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the united kingdom, and expanding to Aguascalientes down the road.

The underlying system of the Q30 and GLA, codenamed New Era Compact Car (NGCC), originated by Daimler. The Q30 will be the first Infiniti produced beneath the automakers’ agreement. This past year, Nissan decided to make engines  <http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/10/nissan-agrees-to-make-engines-for-mercedes-in-tennessee/>  that could find their method into Mercedes and Infiniti automobiles.

The NGCC platform furthermore forms the foundation of the Mercedes CLA-Class  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mercedes+cla-class/>  sedan that continues on sale this 30 days, and the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mercedes+b-class+electric+drive/&gt; , that ought to reach showrooms next summer time, Reuters reviews, but those automobiles are slated to become built-in Hungary and Rastatt, Germany, respectively.

News Source: Reuters  <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-autos-nissan-mexico-idUSBRE98210V20130903&gt;

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Opinion from Chris Ilson

Here is one of those news articles where you glance at then hope you just imagined the whole thing.  No way could this be true.  Only time can tell if this move is a smart one but I can safely say my opinion is unchanging even if perceived as evil.  Nissan always was the Japanese car manufractuer.  Now with this news the quality originally assoicated with Nissan is slightly suspect.

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Spy shots: Watch this Nissan GT-R Nismo attack the “Ring

Following yesterday’s spy pictures of the Nissan GT-R Nismo at the Nürburgring, we have been well informed that some intrepid spies possess captured video of Extremely Godzilla lapping the monitor. We aren’t certain which turn the initial clip is showing, however the second and 3rd are probably the tough right-hander referred to as Bergwerk.

Just like the current GT-R, the Nismo, despite having what may be a fresh exhaust system, is not a vehicle that sounds especially great in a flyby. It’s more of simply a rigorous whooshing noise. Check out the entire video clip from RSR Nürburgring listed below.

 

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I’ll say if Nissan puts the GT-R on a diet and drops the curb weight a bit, the car can put down even more impressive numbers.  I love the comment in the original article about the whoosing noise from the exhaust system.  While I’ll mention giving the GT-R a more pronounced exhaust note (think of what Lexus did with the LFA’s exhaust) all the racer nerds will say “What does the exhaust sound have to do with peformance and lap times!”  The purists who are devoted fans of the Nissan GT-R or Skyline might have some issue with the lack of the exhaust sound but all things considered the car is still up there with the best.