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Rumorpile: Ford Plans An Attack On The Prius

Aug 21 2014 09:35 AM | Ford News
A new report from Reuters says the Ford is working on a dedicated hybrid model that will take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. Two sources tell the news service that the new model, codenamed C240, will use Ford's new C2 platform. This new platform will also underpin the next-generation Focus and Escape. C240 will also be more efficient than the blue oval's current hybrids thanks to improved battery technology and and the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum.

The new model is expected to go into production in 2018, with global sales starting a year after.

Source: Reuters

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can...

Rumorpile: Supercharged V10 For The Viper

Aug 20 2014 01:45 PM | Dodge News
Currently, the Challenger and Charger Hellcats are basking in the performance spotlight at Chrysler. But before these two models arrived, the model that had the spotlight was the Viper with its 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. But the Viper wants the spotlight back.

Allpart has gotten two reports of supercharged V10 engines being delivered to Chrysler. Allpar speculates the supercharger will allow the Viper to sit above the 707 horsepower from the Hellcat V8 and possibly get 800. But it comes down to whether or not the current internals of the Viper can handle all of that power. Allpar notes that current transmission, the Tremec TR-6060 can handle up to 650 pound-feet of torque. There is a transmission from Tremec,...

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Gets Eight-Speed Automatic, Rated At 29 MPG Highway

Aug 20 2014 09:05 AM | Chevrolet News
2015 brings a big change for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the six-speed automatic transmission says adiós and the eight-speed automatic says hello. The new eight-speed features a more aggressive first gear ratio and lower rear axle ratio. This allows the 0-60 MPH time to drop from 3.8 to 3.7 seconds and a improved quarter mile time of 11.9 seconds (times are for the Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 package).

Fuel economy also sees a slight bump with Corvette Stingray now getting 29 MPG on the highway. City and combined numbers are still the same (16 and 20 MPG respectively).

"The Corvette Stingray is a great example of how we are leveraging engineering and technology to improve both efficiency and perf...

Chrysler Announces New Heads For Alfa Romeo and Ram

Aug 18 2014 12:15 PM | William Maley in Chrysler News

Chrysler has announced some new appointments to its leader which take effect immediately. Head of the Ram Truck brand Reid Bigland becomes the new head of Alfa Romeo in the North America. Robert Hegbloom, who was the brand director of Ram Trucks become...

Cadillac's Chief Engineer: SRX Redesign and Flagship Coming Next Year

Aug 18 2014 08:45 AM | William Maley in Cadillac News

Cadillac has some big things coming in 2015. Dave Leone, Cadillac’s chief engineer told reporters last week in California that 2015 will see the introduction of the long-rumored and speculated flagship. Possibly wearing the name of the LTS, this news s...

Rumorpile: Corvette Going Mid-Engine... Again

Aug 15 2014 09:35 AM | William Maley in Chevrolet News

Stop me if you have heard this before: Motor Trend is reporting that next Corvette ZR1 is going to a mid-engine layout according to a number of sources. One of the sources follows this up by saying the next-generation Corvette will also go to a mid-eng...

General Motors Exec: ELR Is Not Our Tesla Competitor

Aug 14 2014 01:45 PM | William Maley in Cadillac News

Many people see the Cadillac ELR as General Motors' direct competitor to the Tesla Model S, but GM's head of global product development, Mark Reuss says it isn't. “People like to say the ELR is, but it’s really not. It’s a different car, it’s a differ...