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    Chevy Lets 2010 'Nox out of the bag

    I don't know why, but I thought the Equinox was going to be put to pasture. Guess I was wrong!
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    Dodge Nitro SRT8?!

    Head over to Jalopnik for some spy photos of a Nitro SRT8. Chrysler can't seriously be thinking of bringing an SRT8-badged Dodge Nitro to market, can they? Well, if this latest batch of spy photos from the spy shooters at KGP are right, then they are. But they can't be! Seriously. It's inconceivable. We don't care where they found this manufacturer-plated madness (right outside of the Firehouse in downtown Detroit) or what it has slapped on the back (an SRT8 badge), but it's hard to argue with photographic evidence. We'll assume it's an engineer having a little bit of fun or perhaps another media outlet playing around with the cameras. Because seriously -- it's got to be that. The other option? It's just too horrible to imagine. Full spy report from KGP after the jump. Link http://jalopnik.com/366857/dodge-nitro-srt8
  3. I agree, I know their going for the whole retro thing on the interior, but it just doesn't sit well with me. Like I said before, I hope Ed isn't just hyping things.
  4. I can't believe some people that exist today. Who in todays day and age would offer to buy back a business thats failing when their in trouble themselves? Seems pretty cool to me, but naturally someone has to complain and pull some BS from their a$$ that its because their minorities. Ford has a dealer development program aimed at helping those who lack up-front capital open a dealership. The dealer pays Ford back with profits from the business, and slowly buys out Ford's stake. There are 81 dealers in the program now, 62 of which are minorities who the program was originally intended to aid, and Ford has offered to buy all of them out by returning the dealer's full investment. Some dealers say Ford is trying to shed the minority-owned franchises, and Ford denies the accusation, saying that it is simply trying to let struggling dealers exit the business without losing everything, and that it wants to get its dealer organization in line with its economic reality. To be fair, the offer has been extended to every dealer in the program, some of which even are profitable. As well, for dealers who rely solely on the dealership for income, there's a chance Ford will give them an additional $100,000. No matter what's the real impetus, at least Ford is trying to make an offer that isn't pennies on the dollar. Said Hispanic dealers' alliance chairman and dealership owner Fernando Varela, "In tough market conditions (when) you're not making any money, they're offering you something. Other manufacturers let you walk off, and you lose your investment." Ford has given dealers until April 1 to decide on the buyout; dealers are asking to have until June 1 to make the decision.
  5. I seem to be quick today, or you guys are getting lazy, but I just read this over at autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/10/feds-in...redline-brakes/ The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received around 40 complaints from owners of the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline regarding the vehicle's braking performance. According to the owners, too much pedal effort is required to slow the vehicle down when the engine is cold. This may correlate with a TSB issued by General Motors back in December that advised dealers to recalibrate the braking control computer on both models. The system uses the stability control module's pump to increase hydraulic pressure when engine vacuum is low. The investigation is in its preliminary stages, so no recall is in effect yet. However, NHTSA has one case of a crash involving one of the two models that could be attributed to the problem.
  6. I hope its true. I'm not exactly diggin the spy photos so far. But here's to wishful thinking! There are also some new* spy photos for anyone who may be interested. -Mike http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/10/video-e...r-than-concept/ During an interview at the recent Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, GM VP of Global Design Ed Welburn claims the the production 2009 Chevy Camaro will feature an interior that's even better than the one featured in the Camaro concept. The interviewer gets Welburn talking about the interior by mentioning the gamut of spy shots taken that show the interior of a Camaro mule. Welburn claims those interiors are just thrown together with tape and gauges and don't represent the production interior at all. Well, we've all the seen the interior spy shots, and they show a dash design that looks much farther along than what Welburn suggests. The latest interior spy shots show a dash, center console, gauges and steering wheel that all appear to be unique elements destined for the production Camaro, not items pilfered from the corporate parts bin just to get the car running. Unfortunately, whether or not the spy shots do reveal the production interior can't be answered until we see the final product at a future auto show, but Mr. Welburn seems to claim that the 2009 Chevy Camaro will still be packing a surprise or two when it finally does arrive. Check out both interviews given by Ed Welburn at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance after the jump.
  7. http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?c...opart=passenger Has anyone else seen this article? I was a little confused by this; Can anyone explain to me how an electric vehicle get 100 MPG? Or how do you arrive to an event in a vehicle that isn't in production? lol Another thing, when has it ever actually been cool to roll up in a Honda Accord or a Chrysler T&C? I mean, it may be a sensible ride and make a statement that your levelheaded or something, but certainly not cool imo. Or maybe I'm just an ass, and no comments about what I drive!
  8. I cant help but notice how much better looking the Volt is compared to the Prius. I hope GM delivers!
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    GM vs. Toyota

    Someone I work with forwarded this link to me. MSN is asking peoples opinions about which manufacturer makes the better vehicle. Surprisingly GM is dominating the survey with 83%. Although the article looks like its more propaganda trying to put Toyota in a positive light boasting how it can do no wrong. I especially like this bit, "Completing the circle, GM's trying to go green while Toyota's making macho." Who in their right mind would consider Toyota macho? Sorry I don't think their ugly ass truck makes them macho, but thats just my opinion I guess. Here's the link http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17437402/site/newsweek/ See if we cant get this number up even higher.
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    I knew a guy named Tony who had an old Malibu like yours, same color even. Pretty sure it had a 454 in it. Nice car btw.
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    Not sure if anything is different now than on the first two models, but they had a terrible turning radius for a smaller SUV. It has decent pep off the line, but feels weak after you get going. I heard from some people that the ride was a little harsh, but I never had it out long enough to experience what they were talking about. I thought the Equinox was a nice little suv, I would recommend it.
  12. Correct me if I'm wrong. But its better to support foreign auto manufactures because their cheaper, and if hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their jobs its no big deal, because those thousands of jobs will be handed over to a worker overseas for Toyota or something. How does this benefit us, besides having a cheaper car? Well that is until all of our companies go out of business and we become a third world country and cant afford their cheap cars.
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    Get Your Priorities Straight

    I remember working at a Chevy dealer in Waterford, MI and a four door Colorado running in the 30's, with out leather. I thought it was outrageous for a little truck, although I don't know the small truck market well at all. I thought the price should have been somewhat smaller, offer a V8 and do something with the interior. My biggest gripe with the truck was how $h!ty the interior was. Whats with the newer cloth seats BTW? I liked the cloth that was in my 91 S10 and my moms old 95 Monte Carlo. The new cloth seats in the Cobalt, G6, Malibu etc. just suck IMO, their too rough for me. I did like the way the Colorado looked, I thought it was kind of sporty. The 5 cylinder felt decent to me, but thought it should have been an entry motor. Its kind of funny that I see more S10's around here in Dallas than I do Colorado and Canyons combined.
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    Ford is failing to meet its retail sales goals

    I have been pulling for both of them. I would hate to see two great American icons bite the dust. I can think of numerous vehicles from both companies that I love, yet cant think of one Toyota that I could even remotely like.
  15. NOS, thats awesome. Especially like the old diamond emblem in the grille. I hate the color, but for some reason it looks good on that.

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