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Spying: Mini Countryman Coupe

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 11:49 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

June 22, 2012

From the well that's an odd vehicle to test on the Nürburgring; new spy photos emerged of the now officially named Mini Countryman Coupe doing some laps on the ring.

The Countryman Coupe differs from the standard Countryman with a sloping roof, rising beltline, and a redesigned rear end with a set of new taillights. The Countryman Coupe will sit on the Countryman's platform, however the coupe will be slightly longer and lower.

Expect the Countryman's power and drivetrain lineup to be shared with the Coupe.

The new Countryman Coupe will be revealed in September.

Source: CarScoop, Car & Driver

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


Rumorpile: Maserati CEO Pushing For A Mid-Engine Exotic

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 10:47 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

June 22, 2012

Maserati is the odd one out in the Fiat hierarchy. Not able to compete with its sister brand, Ferrari, the brand once known for grand prix cars and mid-engined exotics, now builds soft, grand tourers. However, Maserati’s chief executive wants to change that.

In a interview with Evo magazine, chief executive Harold Wester wants Maserati to go back to the olden days and is pushing for a new mid-engine sports cars. Wester said he would like the car to be “the most pure expression of Maserati sportiness possible.”

His inspiration for this? The Alfa Romeo 4C. Wester, who is also the chief executive of Alfa Romeo was impressed with the reception of the 4C that he would like to bring some of the magic to Maserati.

“Imagine having something like the Alfa Romeo 4C but for Maserati. It would have a carbonfibre monocoque and a mid-engined layout, just like the Alfa 4C, as this gives the stylists the most freedom to design something really stunning.”

The new Maserati, to be called the GranSport, would utilize the 4C’s carbon monocoque construction. Power would come from a 4.7L V8 producing 454 HP. Weight for this new Maserati is targeted at 1200 kg or about 2645 lbs, which would undercut the Ferrari 458 Italia.

The GranSport would be priced at the same level as the higher end Porsche 911s.

“I want this car to be better to drive than a 911 Turbo, but I also want it to cost less. We won’t limit the production of this car, but I’d like to think that we will sell, let’s say, between 1500 and 2000 units a year,” Wester said.

For now, this is just a proposal.

Source: Evo

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


Spying: Honda Accord Sedan/Coupe, Plus The Interior

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 10:37 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

June 22, 2012

Spy photographers strike once again, this time getting shots of the new Accord Sedan and Coupe while undergoing some hot weather testing.

Lets begin with the Accord coupe. The coupe mule caught in these pictures is almost identical to the concept shown at NAIAS in January. The front end features a wraparound grille and LED-infused headlights. There’s a noticeable character line running from front fender to the door handle.

Next is the sedan which appears to be somewhat daring for Honda. Like the Coupe, the Sedan has a noticeable character line running down the doors. Also, the Accord sedan gets a more raked windshield and a extended roofline.

And to top it all off, spy shots of the Accord’s interior have appeared. The big change is with the Accord’s center stack. Honda has realized that having a mess of buttons isn’t the best of ideas and has cut back on the amount and organized the buttons in a way to make it easier to find what you need. Also, the new Accord is taking some notes from the CR-V with its instrument cluster. The next accord will drop the pair of dials (speedometer and tachometer) and go towards a center speedometer with a with a digital display in its center. Left of the speedometer is the tachometer, while on the other side could be a fuel gauge.

Source: Automotive.com, Motor Trend

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


Tesla Model S Gets Its EPA Rating

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 04:04 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

June 21, 2012

The EPA gave its ratings for the Tesla Model S are they are very good. The EPA rates the new Model S at 88 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in the City, 90 MPGe on the Highway, and 89 MPGe combined. Range is estimated to be 265 Miles, a 12% decrease from Tesla’s original estimate.

(Note, these EPA ratings are for the the top of the line Model S. We’ll learn what the ratings for the other Model Ss in time.)

So where does the Model S fall into the EV MPGe ratings? Well it's behind the Honda Fit EV (118 MPGe), Mitsubishi i (112 MPGe), Ford Focus EV (105 MPGe), and Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe). But well ahead of the Coda Sedan (73 MPGe).

However, the Model S is larger than any of the vehicles listed and can seat up to seven (five + two jump seats).

Source: Autoblog

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


Chevrolet Announces Pricing For The Rest Of The Malibu Lineup

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 02:43 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

June 21, 2012

Chevrolet has revealed pricing for the 2013 Malibu lineup (excluding the Eco model). A base Malibu LS starts at $23,150 (includes $760 destination charge) and nets you a 2.5L Ecotec inline-four producing 197 HP. Standard features include a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, stability control, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and locks, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

Next is the 1LT which starts at $24,765 and includes a seven-inch color touch screen, Chevrolet MyLink with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input, and blue ambient lighting. If you have an extra $1,235, you can get into a 2LT which adds dual-zone climate control and color driver information center.

The top of line Malibu LTZ starts at $28,590 and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, a silver grille insert; fog lamps, LED taillights, eight-way power and heated front seats; leather seats, and remote start.

Want a bit more oomph in your Malibu? You can get a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec four delivering 259 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque for the 3LT Malibu ($27,710) or the LTZ ($30,925).

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

Press Release is on Page 2


More Content, Value for Base Malibu; Lower Price for LTZ

2013 Chevrolet Malibu priced from $23,150, including destination charge

DETROIT – When the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan goes on sale this summer with an all-new 2.5L Ecotec engine and 10 standard air bags, it will carry a suggested retail price of $23,150, including a $760 destination charge.

The midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate, the 2013 Malibu is available in LS, Eco, LT and LTZ models. Malibu Eco went on sale earlier this year, to be followed by the LS, LT and LTZ models. An all-new turbocharged Malibu LTZ will be available this fall – the first-ever turbocharged Malibu.

The base prices for all Malibu models – with a $760 destination charge – are:

LS (1LS trim): $23,150

LT (1LT trim): $24,765

LT (2LT trim): $26,000

Eco (1SA trim): $26,095

Eco (2SA trim): $27,705

LT (3LT trim with turbo): $27,710

LTZ (1LZ trim): $28,590

LTZ (2LZ trim with turbo): $30,925

The starting price represents a modest increase over the 2012 Malibu, at $22,870, but includes more content, features, safety equipment and technology. The base prices are lower for the uplevel LTZ models, which include all-new features such as Chevrolet MyLink with a seven-inch color-touch LCD screen, color LCD driver information center and dual-zone automatic climate controls.

The 2012 Malibu was the highest-performing midsize car in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM announced Wednesday.

All 2013 Malibu models deliver more cabin space, a quieter driving experience and greater performance from the new Ecotec 2.5L engine. It is standard in LS, LT and LTZ models (an Ecotec 2.4L eAssist is standard in Malibu Eco) and rated at 197 horsepower (147 kW) – nearly 17 percent more than the previous model. Its fuel economy will be competitive for the segment, with highway mileage expected to approach the mid-30s.

The 2013 Malibu lineup also offers greater safety, with 10 standard air bags, as well as an available rearview camera system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. It is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

All models are covered by a transferrable five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

Standard powertrain and chassis content:

Ecotec 2.5L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing, rated at 197 horsepower (147 kW)

Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control

Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS

Panic brake assist

Electronic park brake

StabiliTrak electronic stability control system

Electric power steering (rack-mounted)

MacPherson strut front suspension

Four-link rear suspension

Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels

Standard exterior content:

Active front lower grille aero shutters (LS, Eco, 3LT Turbo)

Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control

Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)

Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass

Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades

Standard interior content:

Air conditioning

Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback

SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three-month trial period)

Six-speaker sound system

Bluetooth phone connectivity

Cruise control

Remote keyless entry

Power windows with express down feature

Power door and window locks

Driver information center

Tilt and telescopic steering column

Steering wheel audio and cruise controls

Driver’s footrest

Overhead console

Compass display

Two auxiliary power outlets

Rear center armrest with storage

Standard safety content:

Ten standard air bags, including dual-stage frontal air bags, driver and front passenger thorax side-impact air bags, driver and front passenger knee air bags and head curtain side-impact air bags (front and rear outboard seating positions) and rear outboard thorax side-impact air bags

Safety belt pretensioners

Tire pressure monitoring system

OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections service, including Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock and more

Uplevel features:

In addition to the content included on LS models,

Eco, LT and LTZ models add:

Seven-inch color touch-screen with concealed storage behind it

Chevrolet MyLink connected radio

Bluetooth streaming audio for select phones

USB port and auxiliary input jack

Ice-blue ambient lighting

Dual-zone automatic climate control (Eco, 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models)

Color driver information center (Eco, 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models)

On 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models, an available advanced safety package adds Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. A leather package for Eco (2SA) and LT (2LT/3LT) adds leather-trimmed seating and heated front seats.

On LTZ, the following features are also standard:

LED taillamps

Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels

Dual exhaust with bright chrome accents

Silver grille insert

Fog lamps

Chrome door handles

Leather-appointed seats

Heated front seats

Eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with power lumbar

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Remote start

Power sunroof (2LZ)

An available premium package on the LTZ adds passive entry/keyless access, push-button starting, high-intensity discharge headlamps and driver’s memory seat and mirrors. Nineteen-inch wheels are also available.

Exterior Colors:

Silver Ice Metallic

Black

Black Granite Metallic

Blue Topaz Metallic

Summit White

Crystal Red Tintcoat

White Diamond Tricoat

Taupe Gray Metallic

Atlantis Blue Metallic

Champagne Silver Metallic

Interior Color/Trim Choices:

Jet Black

Jet Black/Titanium

Jet Black/Brownstone

Cocoa/Light Neutral

Malibu Eco

The Malibu Eco is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient Malibu ever. It is the first Chevrolet to feature General Motors’ eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. That helps deliver an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.

All-new turbocharged powertrain

Malibu’s first-ever turbocharged powertrain is offered on LT and LTZ. The Ecotec 2.0L turbo is SAE-certified at 259 horsepower (193 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm). Its peak torque is sustained from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm – a broad range that provides an immediate feeling of power in all driving conditions and helps produce 0-60 performance in 6.3 seconds.

The 2013 Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and will serve as a flagship Chevrolet midsize in many parts of the world. The Malibu is built in multiple locations including the United States, China and Korea. In North America, Malibu is built at the Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants.



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