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Cheers & Gears Weekend Edition - October 20, 2012

Volvo Hyundai Corvette Mazda Mercedes-Benz S-Class

William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
October 20, 2012


(Author’s note: This is a new thing I’m trying out with the news coverage. Let me know what you think about this. -WM)

Everyday, I go through a number of stories that I will post on Cheers & Gears. However, a good number of stories that I have picked out don’t make it onto the page during the week and either get posted next week or never.

That’s about change with the arrival of the Cheers & Gears’ Weekend Edtion. Its where the stories that gotten forgotten about during the week get their due. In this first edition, we’ll be covering,
  • Change of Guard at Volvo
  • A Smaller Mazda
  • California’s Best Selling Vehicle is..?
  • Is There A Smaller Engine For The C7?
  • And more..
Next: Change At Volvo





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I like this idea, mudmonster. A lot of stories packed in a relatively small space. Eyecatching!
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Agreed...pleasant Saturday morning read.
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Regarding the C7...

It is safe to say that the C7 will have a more fuel efficient engine. Whether that will be a smaller displacement engine remains to be seen because a reduction in displacement does not necessarily equal an improvement in fuel economy. In fact, a reduction in displacement is a comparatively ineffective measure to reduce fuel consumption compared to an increase in the intake duration for instance, cylinder deactivation or simply the adoption of a taller axle ratio.

Regardless of what the displacement ends up being, it is safe to say the that there is absolutely no reason to believe that it will more likely be 5.5 liters vs some other (larger or smaller) displacement. The 5.5 liters mythology regarding the C7 arose from the fact that GM raced a 5.5 liter DI V8 in the C6-R with architectural roots in the Gen V engine. That displacement however has no relevance to production engines and is entirely dictated by class rules, in the same manner that Formula 1 rules requiring the cars to have 2.4 liter V8 engines have no bearing on the displacement of Ferrari production car V8s. DI was in fact subsequently deleted from the 5.5 liter C6-R engine, again compelled by changes in class rules. This also has no bearing on the incorporation of DI in the production Gen V engines.
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