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Spying: Cadillac ELR Sweating Out In The Desert

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 03:00 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

September 6, 2012

Some new spy shots have come in today showing a camouflaged Cadillac ELR doing some hot-weather testing somewhere in the Southwest U.S.

Despite GM's best efforts to cover-up the ELR mule, you can easily tell the three-bar grille and corporate crest visible on all Cadillacs. The overall shape is similar to the Converj concept shown back in 2009.

The ELR is expected to come with the Voltec powertrain from Volt. Expect the ELR to have more power since it will weigh more than the Volt. A larger battery is also being talked.

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Ford Shows Off The 2014 Transit and Transit Connect

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 12:09 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

September 6, 2012

Ford is making some big waves today in the van market. At a event today in Amsterdam, Ford unveiled the new Transit and Transit Connect.

We'll begin with the 2014 Transit Connect. Ford has really done a good job of bringing Connect in line with their new design language. Up front, the Transit Connect wears a trapezoidal grille smaller, sleeker headlamps, and more pronounced foglamps. The back features slimmer taillights and a tailgate. No word whether the barn doors on the current Connect will be available.

Ford is staying...


Rumorpile: Did GM China and Buick Water Down The GM-PSA Alliance?

Uploaded by mudmonster on 05 September 2012 - 11:55 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

September 6, 2012

The General Motors, PSA alliance has hit a wall. According to German news magazine, Der Spiegel, one part of GM-PSA alliance has been taken out. The part dealt with GM sharing the Insignia platform with Citroën and Peugeot to build their next-generation midsize sedans.That would also allow Citroën and Peugeot vehicles to roll off the line at the Rüsselsheim plant, thus allowing the plant to use up all available capacity.

Why was this part taken out? Der Spiegel says Buick and GM China complained, stating the...


2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Uploaded by mudmonster on 05 September 2012 - 11:13 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

September 6, 2012

Mazda is not in the best of health. The past year has been a struggle for the ’zoom-zoom’ brand; Mazda’s growing reliance on their plants in Japan despite other automakers leaving to other places due to the rising yen, leaving the production line at the Flat Rock, MI plant, laying off workers at their U.S. headquarters, and other troubling news, all contribute to a disconcerting future.

The company is banking on two items that will hopefully begin to turn their fortunes around. The first item is the new SK...


Honda Introduces The 2013 Accord Sedan, Coupe, and Plug-In Hybrid

Uploaded by mudmonster on 05 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

September 5, 2012

Last month, Honda unveiled the ninth-generation Accord sedan and coupe. At the time, Honda only talked about the design and that more information would come out in the fall. Well, fall has arrived and Honda has spilled more details on the new Accord.

Starting with the powertrains, most Accords will come equipped with Honda's EarthDreams 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder producing 185 HP and 181 lb-ft of torque. If you get the Accord Sport, the power jumps to 189 HP and 182 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions will be either a si...



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