2015 Stingray Welcomes New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

2015 Hydra-Matic 8L90 (M5U) Eight-Speed RWD Auto Transaxle for CWith Corvette sales up another 230 percent in March, Amarillo Area Chevrolet Dealers www.hamiltongmcountry.com are already selling the 2014 version with the same kind of velocity that the cars show while running from 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Yet the Bowtie Brand is going to put a little extra sting in the Stingray for the next model year anyway, by introducing a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission that was developed in house by GM specifically for the Corvette.

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Lamborghini Creates new Huracan Super Sports Car

Lamborghini_Huracan_LP_610-4_Geneva_2014Italian automaker Automobili Lamborghini is forging ahead into a brave new future with the Huracan LP 610-4, which is the car that will take over where the wildly successful Gallardo left off. The new model promises to once again reset the bar when it comes to the super sports car market, delivering high levels of luxury and performance. According to Lamborghini, the Huracan will be tame enough to drive regularly, thanks in part to a number of new technologies that integrate to enrich the driving experience. As the President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, recently said, “With the Huracán, Lamborghini is writing the next chapter in its great history.” Learn more about the new Huracan by going to your Newport Beach Lambo dealership www.lamborghininorthlosangeles.com.

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Chevrolet Offers Driving Course Deal to Corvette Owners

Stingray School Maximizes Corvette Driving ExperienceOwners of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can take advantage of a special deal at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. A new two-day program for vehicle owners comes at rate that is $1,000 to $1,500 less than the standard rate. The program was developed and is still managed by Ron Fellows, who is a legend when it comes to Corvette racing. The school is hosted at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, which is located at Pahrump, Nevada. The program is literally designed for drivers of any and all racing skill levels. See the current line of Chevy models by going to your Chevy Dealers of CT chevroletofmilford.com.

“We designed the Corvette Stingray to make its owners better drivers through technologies such as the Driver Mode Selector, Active Rev Match, electronic limited-slip differential and more,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, global Chevrolet. “Through the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, they’ll learn to make the most of its technologies and delve deeper into the Corvette’s capabilities, resulting in a more exciting and fulfilling driving experience.” Buy your Corvette today at your Chevrolet Dealers Fletcher.

Corvette Stingray owners can take advantage of the driving course price break within one year of the retail purchase of their vehicle. The discount only applies to the vehicle’s original owner, with only one person per Corvette allowed to take the discount. Anyone who decides to take the Ron Fellows course must pay for their own travel and accommodations. Attendees do not have to bring their Corvette along, since the school has a fleet of Corvettes just for teaching owners how to drive better.

“It’s more than simply going fast and learning when to turn and apply the throttle,” said Fellows. “Mind speed and decision-making are key elements in the high-performance world, and our car control exercises and on-track training will help drivers improve their ability to process information quickly and accurately, resulting in a better coordination of eyes, hands and feet to improve their driving skill. It’s great fun – and drivers will definitely challenge their limits to find the limits of the new Stingray.”

Not only will attendees receive excellent instruction on how to drive the Corvette Stingray, they also get to spend a significant amount of time driving on the Spring Mountain course. The track measures 2.2 miles long, with different areas that cater to drivers of varying skill levels.

Fellows had a long and storied racing career. He was part of the Corvette Racing team that won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame, which is located at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

Source: http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0326-stingray-school.html

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Honda Rearview Cameras Earn NHTSA Recognition

Honda_ 2014_Accord_Hybrid_EX_L_004Honda’s rearview cameras have gained some new recognition, thanks to meeting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Advanced Technology Feature performance criteria. The recognition is part of the NHTSA’s 5-Sar Safety Ratings program, or the New Car Assessment Program. Almost all Honda and Acura models’ rearview camera systems were included in the recognition, making them the first cars in the industry to have their camera systems recognized by the NHTSA. Learn more about Honda’s safety innovations at your Honda Dealers Dallas.

The Honda models that use the recommended rearview camera systems are the Crosstour; Pilot; Accord Coupe, Sedan, Hybrid and Plug-In; Civic Coupe, Sedan, Hybrid and Natural Gas; CR-V; CR-Z; Fit EV; Odyssey; and Ridgeline. Acura vehicles with recommended rearview camera systems are the ILX, ILX Hybrid, MDX, TL, TSX, RDX, RLX and RLX Hybrid. Honda anticipates other Honda and Acura models will be included in the list, such as the 2015 Acura TLX and 2015 Honda Fit, both of which will be offered with standard rearview camera systems. Find your next quality car with the features you want by making a trip to Orange Honda today.

“Rearview cameras are an integral part of Honda’s approach to enhance driver visibility,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “By the 2015 model year all Honda and Acura models will have rearview cameras standard on all models, yet another example of how our company is committed to enhancing the visibility and safety of our customers and everyone on the road.”

The NHTSA decided to include rearview camera systems in its list of recommended Advanced Technology Features as a way to encourage automakers across the industry to work on improving the rearward visibility on all current and future models. Also included in the Advanced Technology Features list are Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning systems, both of which are available on many Honda and Acura brand vehicles.

A dedication to rearward visibility was adopted by Honda starting with the 2013 Crosstour, leading the automaker to look at a comprehensive solution to increasing drivers’ overall visibility in an effort to decrease accidents of every kind. As a result, over 94 percent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States during 2013 were equipped with rearview camera systems. In addition to offering Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems on vehicles, Honda has innovated other ways to make drivers more aware of what is going on around the vehicle at any given time. Among these innovations is the Honda LaneWatch system, the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, and the Acura Blind Spot Information system. These different features utilize external cameras and radar sensors, effectively increasing the driver’s ability to see 360-degrees around a vehicle.

Source: http://hondanews.com/channels/corporate-headlines/releases/honda-and-acura-rearview-camera-systems-first-to-be-recognized-as-advanced-technology-features-by-the-national-highway-traffic-safety-administration

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Autobytel Pick Beetle Convertible as Spring Break Dream Ride

VW 2013Beetle ConvertibleSpring breakers near VW Fairfield may want to stop there first before trying to enjoy their fun in the sun. That’s because one of today’s top Volkswagens, the 2014 VW Beetle Convertible, has been chosen as one of this year’s “Spring Break Dream Rides” by Autobytel.com.

According to the website, the open-air Beetle, also now available at Volkswagen Merced and throughout the country, made an ideal choice for the honor. After all, as noted by Autobytel expert Christian Wardlaw: “Nothing says fun at the beach like a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Whimsical paint colors draw attention to your crew, and the optional turbocharged four-cylinder delivers a speedy getaway when the more unsavory members of the crowd are paying you too much attention. Using the new Car-Net system, pair your smartphone to the premium sound system and turn this Vee Dub into a rolling beach party. Plus, this is the only fuel-efficient choice on the list, especially in TDI turbo-diesel format.”

With that powerplant, drivers enjoy EPA ratings of up to 28 mpg city/41 mpg highway/32 mpg combined, providing an exceptionally green alternative to its hi-po turbo. Of course, even that engine is surprisingly efficient, combining 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque with the ability to achieve up to 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. Volkswagen also provides a way to sort of split the difference, too, with a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. New for 2014, this unit makes 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, with an EPA line of up to 24/32/27 that’s notably higher than for the standard engine in the 2013 model.

As for the party Wardlaw mentioned, the VW Beetle Convertible has that covered with a standard audio setup boasting eight speakers, Bluetooth tech, iPod interface and auxiliary input jack, complemented by an adjustable multi-color ambient-lighting system. Volkswagen also provides a way to turn up the volume with a premium audio choice backed by Fender technology. Another technology bonus for the Beetle is its Car-Net system, which provides owners with a complimentary six-month trial subscription for automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, stolen-vehicle location, remote vehicle access and, in cars with the available navigation system, enhanced point-of-interest lookup services.

The 2014 VW Beetle Convertible is on sale now with an MSRP of $25,170 and a list of standard content that further includes:

  • 17-in. aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats with “V-Tex” leatherette surfaces
  • A leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Rear spoiler
  • Powered and heated outside mirrors
  • A dual-bin “kaeferfach” glove-box system
  • Automatic transmission

Source: http://www.autobytel.com/car-buying-guides/features/6-spring-break-dream-rides-122861/

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Chevrolet Test Roads Help Develop Vehicles That Last

Chevrolet Silverado-PotHoleTestPotholes, construction sites, and off-road driving conditions will likely make up some of the driving conditions during your vehicle’s lifespan. While these conditions are definitely irritating and can cause damage to your vehicle, Chevrolet has been working over 40 years to decrease the damage done to your vehicle. Chevrolet has tested and collected data on exclusive Chevrolet proving grounds in order to engineer new vehicles that can better withstand hazardous driving conditions. Chevrolet vehicles such as the Impala and Malibu have benefited from testing done on General Motors Proving Ground. For more information about these and other Chevrolet vehicles, visit your Georgetown KY Chevrolet dealership.

Frank Barhorst supervises a group at the Proving Ground located near Detroit, and he says the site offers a good variety of road surfaces that resemble conditions around the world. He said, “The range of test road surfaces goes from good to bad, so that we can find the most balanced condition for each vehicle we develop – and believe me, we’ve created some of the worst potholes you’ve ever seen.” The knowledge that Chevrolet vehicles undergo extensive testing may warrant a trip to one of your Peoria Chevy Dealers to learn more about the Chevrolet brand.

While no driver can possibly avoid every pothole or hazardous road condition, Chevrolet vehicles have characteristics that help reduce such impacts. Vehicle traits such as robust body structures help minimize sudden harsh impacts that occur from unsighted potholes. Other characteristics such as rebound springs and advanced calibration of the dampers also contribute to a smoother ride.

Two other features of the vehicle play an important role in managing pothole encounters. Tires and wheels are both integral to making vehicles last. First, GM engineers focused on designing tires with the ability to withstand sudden pothole impact, the potential for excellent fuel economy, and good tread wear. Second, wheel design included flow-formed rims.

Every Chevrolet vehicle goes through this type of durability testing. The end result is a safe, smooth ride as well as superior durability.

Source: http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0313-pothole.html

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Kia Shows off Niro Urban Lifestyle Concept Vehicle

Kia  Niro - conceptKia recently caused a stir when it unveiled its new Niro urban lifestyle concept vehicle, hinting that the automaker might be toying with a B-segment vehicle release in the future. The concept vehicle features a bold design as well as dynamics that make it a fun-to-drive and practical mode of transportation in crowded urban areas. Another compelling point about the Niro is its hybrid electric powertrain, which operates in conjunction with an advanced four-wheel drive system, signaling a potential future alternative propulsion powertrain setup. Find your next vehicle by going to your Charlotte Kia Dealership.

The automaker says the concept and design for the Niro was born out of a quest to develop a vehicle that stands out from the other models in the crowded marketplace. To help with its appeal, designers and engineers included some features normally reserved for much larger vehicles. The promise of performance prowess is portrayed in the vehicle’s athletic stance, making it an even more compelling concept. The concept was designed at the Kia design studio in Frankfurt, Germany. Learn more about the latest onboard vehicle technologies, safety innovations, and accessories available for each Kia model by visiting Kia Tacoma.

“Ten years ago people wanted understated style in the SUV market, but increasingly, as more people migrate to the B-segment, they are looking for strong character and individuality,” said Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer, Kia Design Center Europe.  “It may have the looks of a Dakar [Rally] contender, but Niro has a strong premium feel thanks to our innovative use of advanced and modern materials that mix brawn with spirit to deliver a playful vehicle ready to be part of anyone’s active lifestyle.”

Even though the Niro looks large and muscular, the concept B-segment vehicle is actually rather compact. The overall length measures just 164.8 inches, while height is 61.3 inches and width measures 72.8 inches, making it perfect for a city car. It also has a 102-inch wheelbase and a 64.2-inch track width, helping give the concept vehicle secure handling and overall stability.

Designers gave the vehicle a “Nightfall” exterior paint job that is menacing and attractive. To help lighten up the exterior some, a brushed stainless steel roof was used to give the vehicle a very contemporary and high-tech look that would appeal to younger buyers. The vehicle also has side “blades located above the side sills, which are somewhat like running boards. The front headlights are fashioned to look like ice cubes, while the aggressive front fascia is an adaptation of the Provo concept vehicle from 2013. To top off the look, Kia used anondized aluminum accents it calls “Limelight” which appear on the tow hooks, air outlet on the hood, and in other strategic areas.

Source: http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/8068/kia-niro-concept-makes-us-debut-at-2014-chicago-auto-show

Written by Steven Symes

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Clubman Concept is as Far as it Goes for Mini

Mini Clubman Concept topIf there’s one thing you couldn’t accuse Mini of, it would be not trying to make the most of what it’s got. Mini really is pretty different to the majority of auto brands, as it is effectively all based around the one model. Some automakers have gone through periods where they have been revamping their model ranges and have had a period where they only had one or two models in production. But few choose to base their entire offer around what is essentially a single model. However, those that know about Mini will be quick to tell you that there’s quite a number of different versions of the iconic little car available from dealerships like MINI Cooper Dealers NY. Now though, there seems to have been a line drawn in the sand beyond which the company is unwilling to go, and that line comes in the form of the six-door, five-seat Mini Clubman concept that was recently seen at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Hyundai Celebrates Two “BEST BET” Awards for 2014

39198_1_1(1)The Car Book has named its “BEST BETS” in its 34th edition of its consumer car buying guide. The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2014 Sonata were both named winners. This is the fourth year in a row that the Hyundai Sonata, sold at Brownsville Hyundai, has been named for this award.

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Lexus Unveils RC 350 F Sport

2015_Lexus_RC_350_F_SPORT_001Lexus has announced a third version of the new RC coupe lineup, the RC 350 F Sport. The new model makes its debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. According to the automaker, the RC is a stand-alone model that is based on the GS sedan’s platform. As a result, the car has the same width as the GS, while the wheelbase is shorter than the IS sedan. Learn more about the sport new Lexus models by going to your Washington DC Lexus Dealers.

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