Archive for January, 2008
January 31, 2008 - 1:40 pm
January 31, 2008 - 10:32 am
Check out this video from GM about the Provoq concept’s drivetrain – narrated by the Provoq’s designer:
January 26, 2008 - 6:21 pm
This week, word leaked out that the program to design the next Chevrolet Corvette had been put on hold due to uncertainty around how GM will meet the upcoming 2020 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements.
The most likely result is a smaller/lighter Corvette (possibly based on the smaller Kappa platform used by the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky). This would allow the use of a smaller V-8 than the Corvette’s current 6.2l pushrod small-block to get similar performance all with better fuel economy.
Our expectation is this would result in a slightly expanded 2nd generation Kappa chassis for both the Corvette and XLR in order to separate the models from the smaller Kappa models and allow for the larger interiors that buyers of both expect. Expect a smaller V-8 for the Corvette with the XLR getting a high-tech V-6 based on the 304hp mill from the CTS/STS – perhaps with forced induction.
January 24, 2008 - 5:17 pm
R.L. Polk & Co. has announced their latest Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards, a measure of owner loyalty.
GM took the top honors for top automaker with Toyota taking top brand. Cadillac’s Escalade was singled out as one of the bright spots in GM’s lineup.
January 24, 2008 - 4:23 pm
MotorAuthority is reporting that Italian automaker Alpha Romeo, which is looking to compete against luxury brands like Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes is shopping for a rear-drive platform to base their new cars on.
After being rebuffed by Mercedes, it appears that parent company FIAT may have a deal in the works to use their own version of GM’s Sigma chassis. Though MotorAuthority suggests that the version they would get would not be the new, improved Sigma that underpins the new CTS – but rather the previous Sigma that the original CTS used.
So, Alpha gets a rear-drive platform, but one that will take a little bit of work on their end to make competitive with the current state-of-the-art in luxury cars.
Good luck Alpha.
MotorAuthority.com: Alfa Romeo could use Cadillac RWD platform
January 23, 2008 - 10:01 am
As if we didn’t suspect this already – Automotive News is reporting an interview with Cadillac head Jim Taylor that the Provoq will see production (in gas powered form, of course) in 2009 as the spiritual successor to the SRX.
Sales goals for the new crossover (based on GM’s ‘premium Theta’ platform) are 60-70k units per year. This compares to the 20k units the SRX sells per year.
For those who liked the SRX’s sporty bent and wouldn’t be caught dead in one of these ‘crossover/SUV-ish’ things…Cadillac will have your number with the CTS sport wagon that should hit the market about the same time as the CTS coupe (i.e. 2010 model year).
Source – Automotive News via eGMCarTech
January 22, 2008 - 2:24 pm
Check out this video of Cadillac Design Director Clay Dean talking about the new 2009 CTS-V: