Before General Motors revealed the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon duo, we all thought the midsize pickup was dead, done-for, on its way to extinction like its other fellow domestic stablemates, the Dodge Dakota and the Ford Ranger, despite the fact that the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma soldiered on with little to no issue (and still do).
But thanks to GM seeing potential in the market for a smaller pickup alternative that’s easier to live with over their full-size versions, the Colorado and Canyon have been taking off well. And to provide even more promise, General Motors confirmed to be offering the two with an all-new 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel engine–the only car in its class to offer a light-duty diesel motor.
Now, that model is finally here, and ready to two 7,700lbs with just 2WD. And while the 2.8L Duramax’s 181hp doesn’t sound like it’s really up to hauling that much, it’s bolstered by a whopping torque figure of 369 lb-ft of twist. That’s of course in tandem with the standard HydraMatic 6L50 six-speed automatic and standard 3.42 rear axle. The transmission also comes with a special Centrifugal Pendiulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter (say wha?). We’ll just keep it simple by saying it reduces powertrain noise and vibration for better road NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels.
Ferrari kept things rather subtle when it just recently revealed the highly-anticipated 488 Spider, which is basically a 488 but with its head chopped off. And a subtle reveal it may be, that’s because the 488 Spider’s reveal is scheduled for a full debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
As expected, the 488 Spider utilizes the same motor as the hardtop version, a model already described as the most powerful mid-rear engined V8 car ever from the Italian Prancing Horse. That mill is a 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 with around 665hp and 560 lb-ft of twist in its reserves, catapulting the 488 Spider to 62 mph in just three seconds. It’ll take only 8.7 seconds to zoom past 124 mph.
Ferrari also boasts that the 488 Spider is the slickest Ferrari through the air ever, by being the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built. It also weighs about 25kg or 55lbs lighter than the outgoing 458 Spider.
Sales are expected to commence later this year.
For the press blast, check it out after the jump.
Now this may not seem like it’s very car-related, but because one of the many byproducts produced by the automotive industry is also the same substance that continues to give it a bad reputation, carbon dioxide emissions are totally car-related.
That said, one of the many efforts to reduce the automobile’s impact is to reduce its carbon footprint, or how much carbon dioxide they emit from propulsion as part of the process of internal combustion using fossil fuels. But what if we found a way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our air by just sucking it out?
Calgary-based firm Carbon Engineering apparently has the answer with a new, cost-effective carbon dioxide filter system that literally extracts carbon dioxide from the air in our atmospher using a PVC-based filtration system, constantly whetted by a special liquid to create a carbonate solution. Carbon dioxide can then be extracted from the carbonate solution and the solution can be recycled back into the filter where it can be used again for the same purpose.
Not too long ago, the automotive conglomerate was recently hit with a massive fine following penalties involving an investigation by the NHTSA over older Jeep products with vulnerable fuel tanks in the event of a rear-end collision, especially if they’re equipped with tow hitches.
But to add salt to that wound, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is being forced into the largest buyback program ever for a separate issue involving recalls for specific Ram truck and Dodge SUV models made from 2008-2012 following a long list of complaints.
In 2013, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles issued a massive recall of around 580,000 Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs, but so far, according to their documentation, only about half of those have been fixed properly. As a result, FCA will buy back all the cars that haven’t been fixed for a price equal to the original purchase price, following an adjustment to factor in depreciation, plus an additional ten percent.
Mercedes-AMG is readying their hotly-anticipated C63 Coupe and in traditional fashion of building hype, Mercedes-AMG has been slowly releasing a trickle of teasers for the new C63.
Just recently, the official tuning firm of Mercedes-Benz dropped some more photos, revealing the C63 Coupe a little more, which is still clad in its test-mule paint scheme. Either way, it gives us all a closer look at the exterior shape of Merc’s BMW M4 fighter.
As expected from previous version of AMG cars, the C63 Coupe will follow in the footsteps of its four-door sibling, which means the same Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with 503hp and 516 lb-ft of twist in the S model, while the lesser version produces 469bhp and 479 lb-ft of twist. That should allow the C63 AMG S to sprint to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds with its top speed pegged at 180 mph by an electronic limiter.
The date for reveal is set for August 19 while its physical debut is scheduled for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
– By: Chris Chin
A tragic bit of news came in for Mazda Miata fans when a new owner of a Miata MX-5 Launch Edition was rear ended minutes after taking delivery of his new baby from Tom Bush Mazda.
According to several reports, the owner was rear-ended by a Ford F150 just a short distance from driving off of the dealership lot–only minor injuries were sustained while the Mazda Miata MX-5 Launch Edition itself was badly damaged.
But in a gesture of good faith, Mazda North America contacted the owner directly, surprising with news that a brand-new replacement LE model with a six-speed manual was being expedited to his location–that’s a big huge thumbs up to Mazda North America’s customer care.
“At around 4:00 PM or so, BAM. BAM, and our beautiful new LE was no more,” the owner explained to a local news outlet. “We were shaken, Joanne took a ride with the EMT’s to the hospital and I was left dazed, amazed, stressed, and whatever emotion one could experience. I also quickly realized that we were both still alive and functioning, thank you up there!!!”
“Then, yesterday afternoon, I received 2 calls from MNAO informing me that my name was on a replacement LE 6MT that is in transit and will dock in Jacksonville around August 15. On to Tom Bush soon after that.”
How about that…
– By: Chris Chin
Awareness is being raised for the concern of leaving loved ones in hot cars during hot and scorching weather, which has contributed to the deaths of children and pets alike, simply because cars are rolling greenhouses under the brutal power of our sun.
And simply put, while it’s understandable parents and pet owners have lots of busy things to do, it’s simply intolerable to forget that there’s another living being in the car with you whenever you go out on trips together.
To further bring to attention how bad this carelessness is, New Jersey-based non-profit Kars4Kids challenged around six actors to try and sit in a hot car for 10 minutes. If they managed to last, they’d win $100. Though none of the actors lasted the full 10 minutes and none of the video footage was scripted.
Either way, let this be a reminder for anyone with a car and a child or pet–don’t leave them behind in a hot car!
Check out the video after the jump.
Last year, Buick revealed an all-new midsize crossover for the Chinese market where they’re outrageously popular. And thus far, being an American automaker, we’ve strangely carried on without a midsize entrant from Buick as the Enclave and Encore continue to be sold as the Envision was first revealed and launched for the Chinese market only.
Due to growing demand, it was only a matter of time until Buick was going to announce the Envision for the US market, though according to AutomotiveNews, it won’t be US bound until early next year. This is contrary to a previous report from Edmunds a while back, who said the Envision could be launched as early as the third quarter of this year.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Buick Envision.
The launch of the Envision however will also coincide with the launch of Buick’s first-ever convertible since the Reatta in the early 1990s–a rebadged and slightly reengineered version of the Opel Cascada.
The Envision is described to be similar in size as the Chevrolet Equinox and will come with GM’s latest 2.0L turbocharged four with 256hp and 260 lb-ft of twist with a six-speed automatic.
– By: Chris Chin
Not too long ago, a pretty attention-grabbing feature on Wired raised some major concerns with software security vulnerabilities with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ UConnect infotainment system with wireless capabilities.
In that feature, a couple of expert software engineers and hackers were able to hack into a 2015 Jeep Cherokee piloted by Wired editor, Andy Greenberg, to the point of almost even making him crash.
Now, FCA offically responded by announcing a software recall for around 1.4 million cars in the US equipped with certain versions of UConnect after security flaws were exposed.
There aren’t any reported injuries or instances where anyone’s actual car on the road were exploited, except for Wired’s case, but either way, the automaker isn’t taking any chances.
For the full list of vehicles being recalled, check out the press blast after the jump.
Automobile recently received the scoop on some details regarding the next-generation Audi A7.
According to the report, current and prospective buyers of the Audi A7 apparently are having a hard time accepting the “radical tail of the A7,” which is one of the car’s sole defining characteristics, at least visually and aesthetically.
That said, we’re told to expect “a lower, wider, and more expressive shape” with the A7, and a much more toned down arse. But we like rounded arses, especially the one on the A7–that’s what makes the car unique.
Automobile however was coy on specifics as to what we should further expect from the A7. Despite this, we bet money that we can expect a lot of design cues from the Prologue Concept to influence the aesthetic look of the next-generation A7. That said, further speculation points to the incorporation of Audi’s latest digital gauge cluster, as found on the Audi TT, along with the latest in Heads-Up Display technology with nightvision, and Audi’s latest version of their MMI infotainment interface.
Power wise, we should also expect the usual range of gasoline and diesel four and six cylinders, with the V8 being left to serve duty in the RS7.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Automobile Magazine