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Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Arrives In UK

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Chevrolet decided to officially launch the hatchback version of the Cruze model at the Donington race last week. Part of the WTCC – World Touring Car Championship, both rounds of the race were won by Yvan Mueller in his Cruze WTCC.

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Anyway, the car will be offered in United Kingdom with a choice of three engines: two gasoline units and one diesel. The first gas-powered engine is a 1.6-liter that produces 124 hp while the other is a more powerful 1.8-liter that develops 141 hp. If you prefer diesels, you can opt for the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that generates 163 hp. At the beginning of next year, Chevrolet will offer a fourth engine for the Cruze, which will be a 1.7-liter diesel. All of these engines can be mated to either the standard manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback can be ordered in one of the three trim levels available: LS, LT and the top-spec LTZ. As standard on all models, you get 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control. The entry-level model will set you back at least 13,995 pounds.

Source: Chevrolet via Carscoop

Chevrolet Spark

The new Chevrolet Spark debuted at Geneva Auto show in 2010 and was launched on the market in 2010 too. Clients can be able to choose between two gasoline engines, more powerful and economic: 1.0 and 1.2 liters with 16V. More details about this new Chevrolet Spark will be mentioned in the following lines.

With a length of 3,640 mm and a wheelbase of 2,375 mm (very generous), the new Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious cabin, with enough space for passenger’s legs, also in front and in the back of the car. The trunk offers 170 liter, and by backseat folding from this volume you can get up to maximum 994 liters. This is so much space for such a small car. Inside, the new Chevrolet Spark received a new design and new functionalities. The board instruments are inspired by the motorcycle industry: placed on the direction column, these are offering information easy to be read for any driver using a combination between analogical and digital displays.

Colors and materials used are new, exterior chromatic layout continuing in the inside also. The textures insertions continue from the instrument panel to the doors, adding another attractive element to this car. The new Chevrolet Spark benefits also of an improvement of interior acoustic, typical for bigger vehicles.

Chevrolet Spark

When it was launched on the European market, the new Chevrolet Spark was available with 1.0 and 1.2 propeller on gasoline (66 and 78 horse power), that promise to consume few fuel and to have reduced emissions of CO2 – under 5 liters/100 km and less than 120 grams CO2/km. these efficient engines, that respect the Euro 5 norms are coupled with manual gearboxes with 5 steps. The 1.2 liters engine has the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h of only 12.4 seconds.

According to the market the list of extra features for safety include airbags for the driver and the right seat passenger, lateral airbags and curtain type airbags, ABS and ESP. along with these features are available the safety belts with pretension for the front seats. The new Chevrolet Spark is available at the European dealers from the beginning of 2010 and then it was launched on the market all over the world. This car will be added to the United States portfolio of Chevrolet starting the 4th trimester of 2011. The announce was made by Troy Clarke, the president of GM North America during the conference at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

In this case, Chevrolet Spark will receive a new style, with more space and more versatile and extremely efficient regarding the fuel consumption. The decision of adding Spark in the Chevrolet scope in USA reflects the wish of this brand to deliver the most efficient vehicles in the north American industry.

Chevrolet Auto Parts

The biggest American concern of car manufacturing named Chevrolet developed a lot in the last few years and this is the reason why its owner, General Motors, thought to open few factories all over the world, in countries like China, Japan, Switzerland, Brazil and so on. Because American Chevrolet models are different than European ones, Chevrolet auto parts are also different, but most of them are the same because all Chevrolet models are using the same genuine parts designed by Chevrolet creators, excepting the case of those models that differ from American to European factories.

If you are searching for Chevrolet auto parts, you have to know from the beginning what kinds of parts you need. There are new and used auto parts for your Chevrolet and both categories are represented by different local stores or online stores.

Starting with local stores, there can be mentioned that stores like O’Reilly and Advance auto parts are keeping great stocks and they are having also online store so you can check the availability of your necessary parts before you visit the local store. Usually, for Chevrolet they are always available all auto parts you need because this is an American brand and parts can be easily without being imported from abroad. Another advantage of the local stores is that you can always see and check the Chevrolet auto parts before buying them so you can be sure that the products you purchase are the right products for your Chevy.

Chevrolet

In the end, online stores with Chevrolet auto parts are so many. Besides online stores of the big networks of stores mentioned above, there are a lot of online stores that sell only parts for this car make. An example of the online store of this kind is GM Parts Direct. This online store sells genuine parts for vehicles manufactured by General Motors. The advantages of online stores are so many, from saving your time and money (because most of them offer free shipping for orders bigger than $75 or $100) to special discounts and membership cards that offer special discounts for future orders. The disadvantage of online stores in front of local store is the fact that local stores are having service included for you Chevrolet and you don’t have to search someplace else a service to change the parts you bought.

So, if you want to buy Chevrolet auto parts the stores available can be found on the internet or near to your home. There are a lot of stores that sell this kind of parts and all those stores are offering consultancy for your orders so the purchased products are what you need and mistakes to be avoid.

Boucher Chevrolet

 

As you all know Chevrolet is one of the top brands in America. Being subsidiary to the General Motors franchise, it made history with some of the top rated and loved cars in America. I mean you’d have to be from out of this world to never hear of the Chevrolet Corvette or the Chevrolet Camaro. One of its biggest distributers is the Boucher Chevrolet.

 

Their website can be found at http://www.boucherchevrolet.com/HomePage and is one of the most fully equipped, complete and user friendly car distributing websites. It’s divided in a couple of sections and a menu. One section contains a preview mode with photos of each Chevrolet model that has been launched in 2011. You can select the display according to the type of car you want to see: cars, SUVs, trucks or vans. Clicking on each photo of a car will activate an interactive, animated menu that enables you to see more photos by section: exterior, interior, mechanical and the 360 degree vision of the exterior and interior which is very cool and surprisingly detailed.

Boucher Chevrolet

Another section is dedicated to getting online quotes. You have 2 options: the “Get a Quote” option which if clicked, will redirect you to an online form for you to complete in order to receive an online quote. And the other is a simple introduction which contains pertinent data about their company and other info about Chevrolet cars.

 

Yet the easiest way to access every section of the website is by working with the menu displayed on top. It contains a lot of options for you to navigate through, each having its own subsection. At Dealer info you have to Support option which is where you’ll want to head in case of trouble with the types of car you choose and other difficulties which are car related. You can get in contact with an employee that can help you with your every need.

 

In case you’re heading for something in particular, than enter the Departments section. Here you will find a list of all departments that compose Boucher Chevrolet. The Sales department is in charge of handling all the customer’s requests and ensuring the best quality service from demand till delivery. Here you can get price quote in no time, all you need to do is fill in the Quick Quote Form.

 

The Service Department is the one in charge of providing automotive service to Chevrolet customers. There you can use the Schedule Service option to set up an appointment so that they can take a look at your car, diagnose it and repair it.

 

The Parts Department is where you’ll want to head to in case you’re in need of quality manufacturer recommended parts. These will be the same quality and bear the same specifications as the ones you’ve originally had installed in your car. Once again, with a simple click you can get all the parts you need, all you have to do is offer a couple of specs about your vehicle, and of course, contact information so that they know where to ship the parts.

 

The Vehicles section contains all the necessary search engines to make your job easier. You are able to search for new or used cars and have at your disposal a couple of filters to narrow down the search, helping you locate the vehicle you’re interested in. If you simply feel like browsing around, than you should definitely head for the incentives section which contains some of the best deals on cars from Chevrolet, thus creating one of the best offers on the market.

 

Chevrolet Official Site

 

 

 

Chevrolet must have one of the most complex and animated website ever. Chevrolet fans everywhere provide thousands, even hundreds of thousands a day on their main website found at: www.chevrolet.com. For a manufacturer that gave us, the Chevy Camaro, Corvette and Silverado, this website is the visual representation of their performance as manufacturers, as a company and as one of the biggest players in car history. Let’s take an online trip through the many options and features that Chevrolet.com has to offer.

 

From the second you enter, you remain flabbergasted. The amount of flash animations and the easy access options are quite impressive. The animated slideshow presents the new generation of cars and features provided, the 2011 releases and a whole lot if information that promises to keep you glued closer and closer to the screen with each passing image. You can read about the new and improved 2012 Chevy Camaro and see an integrated video presentation of the car and its performances. The same goes for the new Chevrolet Volt (their electrical car) that was awarded the Car of the Year award by Motor Trend and for their “Truck of the YearChevrolet Silverado which can be seen on the road in one of their videos.

 

Chevrolet Official Site

 

Switching to the big menu, you can go for the Cars option, which will open a submenu containing all the new car models released in 2011 and available for purchase. You have the option to visualize all the models and trim levels of each car, which will be presented in another window containing all necessary data about the car model, fuel economy, cargo room, powetrain warranty and other pertinent information. From here you may choose the Learn More feature that will take you to another window that contains a wide and in depth presentation of the model you’ve chosen, and also you are given the nifty option of “building your own” car.

 

Build your own is a useful option that allows you to fully personalize your car. The first step is selecting a trim level from which to begin (for example Chevrolet Aveo has three different trim levels to choose from). And from here you are given a complete set of customization options that can simply be chosen from checkboxes. To the right there is a form containing all the features that come with the trim level and the new ones you have added. It also keeps tab on the price variations from one upgrade to another. In case you get swamped in upgrades and accessories, a button on the lower left will simply allow you to start over, resetting the car to its original state.

 

All options listed above are also available for the trucks, vans and crossovers/SUVs sections.

 

 

 

The Pricing and Offers section keeps you updated on the newest offers and best deals provided by Chevrolet. For example: the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe comes with a whole lot of advantages for interested buyers like, smaller taxes, smaller dealer fees and extra equipment for the same price. On top if it all, a 3.9% APR for a 60 month contract, which means that: for every $1000 you finance only $18.37.

 

And finally the Chevy Runs Deep section which is reserved for entertainment. Here you can see the newest ads and commercials currently on the air, all the events that are to take place in 2011 in which Chevrolet is involved. One thing that simply has to bee seen is The Story of Chevy that can be found at : http://www.chevrolet.com/experience/story/?story=chevy_runsdeep which shows the progress of Chevrolet.

 

 

 

 

Chevrolet Suvs

 

The Chevrolet automaker manufactured, during the years, many amazing cars that have become part of our lives. In particular, the Chevrolet SUVs offer everything you need: comfort, space and fuel economy at an affordable price. If you are looking for a Chevrolet SUV I will give you some tips and I will also make a list of the most impressive Chevrolet SUVs, in case you might need some help in finding the best car for you and your family. The list refers to the most recent Chevrolet SUV models available on the market.

 

The K5 Chevrolet Blazer is a full size SUV used extensively in the northeastern region of the US and is available in a short wheelbase version. It’s perfect for special road conditions being equipped with a powerful V8 engine and a four wheel drive system that makes the Blazer fairly invincible in snowy weather. The SUV features a comfortable interior and a giant heater. It’s still available in Ohio and it’s the perfect car for cold weather. The 2012 K5 Chevrolet Blazer with all the options included will cost around $27,000.

 

Another, incredible Chevrolet SUV is the Avalanche. It’s the most adaptable car available on the market and it is a four doors full size SUV with the bed opening into the rear seat. This bed is covered in plastic offering plenty of cargo space and can carry up to six passengers. The Avalanche is one of the coolest SUVs manufactured by Chevrolet. This SUV is available starting with a base price of $35,000 and can go up to $50,000 if you want to benefit from all the possible options.

 

2010 Chevrolet Avalanche

 

I can not forget about the Tracker SUV made in collaboration with Suzuki which is available on the Canadian market. All the Tracker SUVs are equipped with a four wheel drive system, but the new models are now available with two wheel drive as well. The versions of this Chevrolet SUV include the convertible, the four doors and the two doors models. The car offers an excellent gas mileage and a high reliability. The 2011 Chevrolet Tracker is equipped with a 2.0 four cylinder engine and its inside looks more expensive and extravagant than the one of the previous models.

 

The 2010 Equinox is another amazing Chevrolet SUV, worth taking into account if you are looking for a roomy and stylish car for your family. It is equipped with a 2.4 or 3.0 liter V6 engine producing 182 or 264 horsepower. Its advantages are: its price tag, the fuel economy, the quality and the safety measures. The price ranges between $25,995 and $33,460.

 

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

 

If you are interested in a “green” Chevrolet SUV then you have a lot of options from which to choose. But you must be prepared to pay much more money than for the regular models. An example of hybrid Chevrolet SUV is the 2010 Tahoe equipped with a two-mode hybrid system which includes a 6.0 liters V8 engine with two electric motors. There are available versions that can function on battery power, gasoline or a mixture between those two. The Tahoe is spacious, comfortable and able to carry up to eight passengers. The price for this Chevrolet SUV is around $50,000.

 

 

 

The list of Chevrolet SUVs is much wider, because this company releases each year new, improved models that convince the buyers. But I think that the ones described are the most interesting and useful SUVs that will provide you all the comfort, space and luxury you need during a work day as well as for any family trip you might plan.

 

 

Chevrolet Van

The full size Chevrolet van, known as Chevrolet Express, was introduced in 1965 for the first time and during its lifetime it suffered only one major redesign. From one version to another many improvements were made, but only in 1995 the Chevrolet Express was redesigned and received a modern look.

The redesign transformed the Chevrolet Express into a more interesting van for the customers and into a strong competitor for the Econoline manufactured by Ford. The 2003 changes suffered by the Chevrolet Express didn’t suppose a major redesign, but the Chevrolet van benefited from some new features including a wider selection of V8 engines, a stronger frame, upgraded brakes and the all-wheel drive system. Moreover, the interior wasn’t forgotten either and benefited from some improvements transforming this van into a safer and more capable vehicle than it was before.

Chevrolet Van

The 2006 Chevrolet Express is available as a half ton, quarter-ton and one-ton version and with two trim levels: LS and LT. The first level of trim is equipped with air conditioning, AM/FM stereo and a theft-deterrent system. On the other hand, the LT models feature power windows, cloth upholstery, cruise control, keyless entry, rear-seat climate controls and door locks. The alloy wheels, the powered driver and front-passenger seats and a high-tech audio system became also available as optional equipment.

Under the hood, the standard Chevrolet Express of 1500 tons is equipped with a 4.3 liters V6 engine and a two-wheel drive system. This engine produces 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.  The all-wheel drive version of the 1500 ton van is equipped with a 5.3 liters V8 engine which produces 295 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. The 2500 models are equipped with a 4.8 liters V8 engine producing 285 horsepower or with a 6.0 liters V8 engine while the 3500 models are powered by a 6.0 liters V8 engine. All the 1500 models have a four speed automatic transmission while the 2500 and 3500 models are equipped with a heavy-duty version of this transmission.

The Chevrolet van has a functional interior even if not incredibly pretty. The instrumentation is simple and placed handy for the driver. The buyers have the opportunity to choose a 60/40 split drive-side doors. As a result, the passenger can access the rear seats easier. The 2006 Chevrolet Express is available with a standard configuration of 12 seats, but you can pick as well 8 or 15 passenger arrangements depending on the model you choose.

When it comes to safety, the Chevrolet van is equipped with four-wheel antilock brakes. The light-duty models have also a front passenger sensing system which deactivates the front airbag if a small adult or a child is sitting up front. In the case of the heavy-duty models, this system can be deactivated manually. The Chevrolet Express has also a stability control system, but this system is available only for the one ton regular wheelbase van as a standard feature.

When it comes to handling this Chevrolet Express, the larger sway bars, the strong frame and the standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes make this Chevrolet van a fierce competitor for the other vans available on the market. And, as a result, driving safely becomes an easier task.

The Chevrolet van is a good choice for day-to-day driving and offers you all the features and comfort you need in order to function during a day. The most important thing is that the Chevrolet Express isn’t so expensive. The price varies between $10,897 for the LS 1500 model and $12,018 for the LS 3500. That’s good news, isn’t it?

About Being a Female Engineer in the Automotive Industry

We all have the impression that the automotive industry is dedicated only to men, and women wouldn’t fit into the car manufacturers’ world. Well, this is not actually true, and this seems to have tried Chevrolet to prove by hosting the web chat from March 22 between four women with important positions in the automotive field and involved in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of the Chevrolet Volt, the world’s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability.

The guests of Chevrolet’s chat were: Pam Fletcher (Chief Engineer for Volt and Plug-In Hybrid Propulsion Systems), Teri Quigley (Plant Manager at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly), Britta Gross (Director of Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization) and Cristi Landy (Product Marketing Manager, Chevrolet Volt). During this meeting, they answered some interesting questions about career, family and about how they succeeded in mixing them, about what made them choose the engineering and the automotive industry as a career and which are the challenges / opportunities in this filed for a woman. Definitely, those questions will help us better understand what it means to be female engineers in today’s fast-paced environment and about how the diversity of perspectives brings technology breakthroughs like the Volt to market.

What do you think: does a regular woman have a chance to succeed in this industry?

[Source: Press Release Volt Women Web Chat Advisory]

Chevrolet Buyers Moving To More Fuel-Efficient 4-Cylinder Engines

Back in 2007, the Chevrolet models fitted with 4-cylinder engines represented 23% of the retail sales in the United States, less than either the more powerful V6 or V8-equipped models. So far this year the number has increased to 46%, making 4-cylinder fuel-efficient power units a priority for Chevrolet customers.

It seems that buyers are moving out of V8-powered SUVs into V6-powered crossovers like the Traverse, and from V6-powered cars and crossovers into 4-cylinder models that are more fuel efficient, like the Cruze, Malibu and Equinox, according to Rick Scheidt who is Chevrolet’s Vice President in the US.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise taking into consideration that the price of fuel goes up and this trend will most likely remain in the months to come.

Source: Chevrolet

Corvette ZR1: “We were asked to dial it back”

Corvette ZR1


Corvette wanted to create something special to announce their participation in this year’s American Le Mans season. The insight for the commercial they created for this occasion is quite unique: the Corvette ZR1 that will be in the 2011 ALMS Season is actually less powerful than the road version.

As the Corvette people say, they were asked to “dial it back” when competing with BMW, Porsche and Ferrari. The standard version of the model has a 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine under the hood, that produces 647 horsepower, whereas the ALMS ZR1 has 160 hp less, “just to be fair”. Auch.

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You can check out the competition’s schedule here.

Preview – 2011 Chicago Auto Show PART 1

The 2011 edition of the Chicago Auto Show will open its doors on February 9th, lasting until the 20th of the month. Here are some of the most important cars that will be exhibited at this important automotive event.

2011 Audi TT-RS

Audi will be bringing three new production models in the United States: TT-RS, 2012 Audi A6 and the 2012 Audi A7 Sportback. The sexy TT-RS is the most powerful and expensive TT model and will be offered with a 5-cylinder 2.5-liter supercharged power unit that outputs 340 hp. At first, the car will be sold with only a 6-speed manual gearbox. Later on, the German automaker will introduce other transmissions.

The A6 grabbed the EyesOn Design award a couple of weeks ago at the Detroit Auto Show and will feature a V6 3.0-liter supercharged engine which will probably be linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The A7 Sportback will be offered with the same engine that churns 333 hp and will be linked to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual gearbox.

2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible

BMW will take to the Chicago Auto Show two of their newest models: the 2012 1-Series and the gorgeous 2012 6-Series. The first one will be available with new styling features that should be popular among American customers. The 128i and the 135i models will carry the 3.0-liter engine which is available in the 3-Series. The 128i will pack 230 hp under its hood while the 135i will be able to output 300 hp. If this isn’t enough, you could get the 1-Series M-coupe which will offer you 335 ponies to play around with.

If you like to drive with the top down, the 6-Series Convertible is the way to go. The car will feature a powerful V8 4.4-liter engine that cranks up 400 hp and is mated to BMW’s 8-speed automatic gearbox.

2012 Buick Verano

For those of you that prefer a car from the domestic market, the 2012 Buick Verano might be what you need. Placed below the Regal, the Verano will feature a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that outputs 177 hp and is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. A couple of months later, the Verano will be available with a 2.0-liter.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Aveo is dead, long live the Sonic. Chevrolet will be taking to Chicago their new car which will come with a 1.8-liter engine that produces 135 hp and is mated to either a 5-speed manual (as standard) or with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The car will also be available with a 1.4-liter turbocharged power unit that will be linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox, outputting 138 hp.

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

Being a North American auto show, it is obvious why all of the local automakers will be bringing their latest models. Chrysler will roll out the 200, 300 and the all-new Town & Country models. The first one will be the company’s new mid-size sedan, replacing the now defunct Sebring. As far as the engine choices are concerned, the 200 can be fitted with a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter, mated to a 4-speed / 6-speed automatic gearbox. The high-end 200 model will be equipped with a more powerful V6 3.6-liter that produces 283 hp, linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Presented at the Detroit Auto Show, the Chrysler 300 will be shown at Chicago next week. It will be available in three versions, as follows: Touring, Limited and the 300C. The first two versions will pack a V6 3.6-liter engine that produces 292 hp while the 300C will get a massive V8 5.7-liter that is good for 370 hp. The Town & Country will be available with a V6 3.6-liter engine which will be mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The model will be available with the following trim levels: Touring, Touring L and Limited.

2011 Dodge Durango

Dodge will be bringing the Charger, Avenger, Journey and the Durango. The first one will feature two new sets of engines for the SE and R/T models. The SE will pack a V6 3.6-liter power unit that outputs 292 hp while the R/T will get a more powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that will offer 370 ponies. Both of the engines will be linked to a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

The Avenger will be available in four trim levels: Express, Mainstreet, Lux and R/T. The car will have a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that will output 173 hp, fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission for the Express trim while the Mainstreet and Lux get a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The R/T will benefit from a V6 3.6-liter engine with 283 hp and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The Journey is a crossover/SUV which will be available in a 5-seater or 7-seater configuration. The model will be offered in five different trim levels: Express, Mainstreet, R/T, Crew and Lux. The entry-level Express will get a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that offers 173 hp and will be mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the trims will get a V6 3.6-liter that outputs 283 hp, linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The Durango will be available in three different trim levels: Express, Crew and Citadel. All of them will benefit from the same power unit, which will be a V6 3.6-liter that produces 290 hp. The customers that choose the Crew or the Citadel trim levels can get a more powerful engine, in the shape of a 5.7 HEMI V8, good for 360 hp. Regardless of the engine, all cars will get a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

2012 Fiat 500

After a couple of years of waiting, Fiat will be delivering the lovely 500 model to the US market. For this reason, they will exhibit the car at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The model will be available in three trim levels: Pop, Sport and Lounge. The engine will be a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter that will output 101 hp and will be linked to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Later on, Fiat will launch the 2-door convertible 500C model.

Join us tomorrow for the second part of the article.

Top 10 – Best-Selling Models This Year ?

The car industry went through hell in 2008 and 2009 when the annual domestic sales in the US plummeted to approximately 10 million units which is a lot less in comparison to 2005 and 2006 when people bought almost 16 million cars. This downfall in the economy drove the all-mighty General Motors and Chrysler into the dreadful Chapter 5 and caused tens of billions in losses among their financially stronger competition.

Luckily, last year things took a turn for the better as the annual sales rates went up by 2 million, despite the fact that Toyota added a couple more pages to their recall book. Thanks to the fact that the economy is showing signs of improvement, consumers are visiting the showrooms more often now.

The guys over at 247Wallst.com were curious to see which cars will be the most popular this year in the United States and for this reason they came up with ten models that they think will be quite successful among buyers.

2011 Ford F-150

First, the Ford F-Series of course, as it has been the top-selling vehicle in the United States for decades. The high demand of light-trucks is traced back to the early days of automobiles and it should come as no surprise to anyone if the F-Series will remain master of his domain in 2011. The starting price for this car is around $23,000. According to a forecast published by 24/7 Wall St., Ford will be selling approximately 535,000 units of their hit F-Series this year.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado promises to be another successful light-truck in the US this year. This car segment has to be one of the most crowded and the Silverado will have to face up some serious competition coming from the GMC Sierra, Dodge Ram and the Toyota Tundra. A forecast for 2011 shows that Chevy will sell about 310,000 units of their Silverado model.

2011 Toyota Camry

Their guess is that the Toyota Camry will also be preferred by many of the US car shoppers. The Camry is one of those Japanese cars known for being fuel efficient and offering a high quality level. 2010 was not so good for this model, because of Toyota’s long history with recalls. The starting price for this model is $20,000 and according to the estimates made, the Japanese automaker will sell about 305,000 units.

2011 Honda Accord

No top of best-selling cars would be relevant without the Honda Accord. Although last year wasn’t very good for the model, mostly because of the outdated model, the freshened one which will be launched this April promises to bring more people to the Honda dealerships. The Japanese automaker will sell about 280,000 cars according to the same sources.

2011 Toyota Corolla

Another Japanese car, this time we are talking about the Toyota Corolla (which frankly I never liked), a model that has always been priced below the aforementioned Camry. Targeted to take customers away from the Honda Civic or other “value” based cars that come with smaller power units, the Corolla offers a pretty good package, except for the rather boring and unattractive look. 24/7 Wall St. says that Toyota will be rolling out about 270,000 units of their Corolla model which has a base price of $15,000.

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

The flagship of GM’s Chevrolet division is the attractive Malibu, a model launched back in 2008. The new one was an instant hit and the cheapest you can get will set you back $22,000. How many units Chevy will sell this? Estimates say that about 265,000.

2011 Honda Civic

It seems that the US market will be invaded this year with Japanese cars as on the 7th place we find the Honda Civic. Back in the days, the car was one of the smallest sedans money could buy in North America. Since then, the car has grown in size and power in order to appeal to a broader audience. Just like the Accord, the Civic sales figures have decreased last year due to the “rusty” look. Honda should sell about 245,000 units of their very popular model.

2011 Ford Fusion

Introduced about five years ago, the Ford Fusion is a looker, at least in my opinion. The model is positioned as a mid-size sedan, right between the Focus and the Taurus. Last year it was named the Motor Trend Car of the Year. You can have one if you are willing to spare at least $18,000. 24/7 Wall St. forecast says that about 235,000 people will buy it.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

Here is a personal favorite – the Hyundai Sonata which I think that will do way better than the estimated 225,000 units. Hyundai is one of the few automakers that have grown in the recent years when the recession affected almost all of the automotive industry. With the introduction of their new model which is drop-dead gorgeous, Hyundai will have a very bright future in the year to come.

2011 Nissan Altima

To round up the top, the Nissan Altima is another mid-sized sedan, popular for its fuel efficiency. Last year the sales went up, but not by much. Like the Honda models, the Altima is an aging model. If you like it, you can have one for at least $20,000. Nissan will probably sell around 205,000 units of this model.

Here is the top for the best selling cars in 2010 in the US:

  1. Ford F-150 – 528,349 units; (413,625 in 2009);
  2. Chevrolet Silverado – 370,135 units; (316,554 in 2009);
  3. Toyota Camry – 327,804 units; (356,824 in 2009);
  4. Honda Accord – 311,381 units; (290,056 in 2009);
  5. Toyota Corolla – 266,082 units; (296,874 in 2009);
  6. Honda Civic – 260,218 units; (259,722 in 2009);
  7. Nissan Altima – 229,263 units; (203,568 in 2009);
  8. Ford Fusion – 219,219 units; (180,671 in 2009);
  9. Honda CR-V – 203,714 units; (153,431 in 2009);
  10. Dodge Ram – 199,652 units. (177,268 in 2009).

We are eager to find out which cars will be a hit in terms of sales. We will have a preliminary top 10 after the first half of 2011. Stay tuned.

Source: 247Wallst.com

Speed Box Chevrolet Camaro SS

Speed Box Chevrolet Camaro SS

If the original Chevrolet Camaro SS isn’t powerful enough for you, check out Speed Box, a German tuner that can add a new compressor kit as well as other goodies to the most iconic American muscle car.

Dubbed the “Black Cat”, the Chevrolet Camaro SS Speed Box offers a power rating of 625 PS for the 6.2-liter V8 engine, which is way more in comparison with the standard engine that can offer 432 PS. The kit will set you back 8,999 Euros.

Speed Box Chevrolet Camaro SS

The overall performance of the car is improved also with the addition of a BORLA stainless steel exhaust system that costs 999 Euros without the tailpipes. For 1,272 Euros, customers have the possibility to get the H&R coilovers and for $530, Speed Box will throw in H&R stabilizers that will improve the Camaro’s handling.

Speed Box Chevrolet Camaro SS

The Black Cat rolls on massive “Rhino” 22-inch wheels borrowed from retailer Schmidt Revolution. The rims measure 10×22 in the front and 11×22 in the back, covered by 265/30-R22 and 295/25-R22 tires. The cost for this wheels package is 4,000 Euros and Speed Box also offers a set that measure 20-inches.

Speed Box Chevrolet Camaro SS

Besides these hardware improvements brought to the Chevrolet Camaro SS, Speed Box can give the car a “Black Cat” matte bodywork but it will cost you another 3,500 Euros.

Super Bowl MVP Will Get A Camaro

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

The all-mighty Super Bowl is right around the corner and as if the players weren’t wealthy enough, the MVP will get a brand new Chevrolet Camaro for his achievement. Courtesy of General Motors, the winner of the Pete Rozelle MVP will feel the breeze in his un-helmeted hair driving the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible.

In the past, GM offered many Cadillacs for the MVPs and obviously, the Escalade was the most popular car. This is a good and affordable way of advertising the car when we take into consideration that a 30-seconds spot costs up to $3 million (not that GM isn’t doing that too).

The Camaro Convertible is available with either a 3.6-liter Direct Injection V6 power unit or with a more powerful V8 that churns 426 hp (the SS model). The latter will allow the car to reach 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds. The car rolls on 8×20-inch rims in the front and 9×20-inch wheels in the back, covered by Pirelli PZero 245/40ZR20 103Y / 275/40ZR20.

The Super Bowl MVP will get the Pete Rozelle Trophy which is a silver model made by Tifanny & Co. as well as the cool convertible on February 7th at 8:30 AM CST at the Super Bowl XLV Media Center.

Chevrolet Unveils Camaro Convertible Indy

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy

Last night Chevrolet unveiled the Camaro Convertible Indianapolis 500 at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The car is in fact a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible that has a style inspired by the 1969 Camaro pace car. This will be the seventh time for a Camaro to pace this race which this year will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Chevrolet will be auctioning off the first of 50 replica pace cars this Saturday night and all the money will go to the David Foster Foundation which is a charity that supports families with children that need organ transplants.

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy

The cars are equipped with a V8 power unit that outputs 400 hp (298 kW), linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

All of the 50 cars are SS convertibles fitted with the 2SS equipment package that offers as standard the following features: 4-wheel disc brakes with Brembo 4-piston calipers and hydraulic assist; StabiliTrak ESC – Electronic Stability Control; Sport/Competitive mode that improves the on-track performance; with the manual transmission, a Performance Launch Control that will enhance the hard-acceleration launches for a quicker response; 20-inch aluminum rims wrapped with performance tires; head-up instrument display and center console with auxiliary gauge package.

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy

Besides this 2SS equipment package, all the cars come with the RS package that adds HID headlamps and unique tail lamps.


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