For General motor , big dreams is depending on small cars

July 27, 2009

Can General Motors Co. build a first-rate small car in America and make money selling it? Forty years of history says no, but the automaker’s fate — and thousands of jobs at plants in Michigan and Ohio — rests on its ability to end a litany of failures dating to the 1971 Chevrolet Vega. GM sold 2.8 million compact and smaller cars around the world in 2008. From China to Europe to Brazil, GM’s Chevrolet and Opel small cars match the best from Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen.

The 443,000 small cars GM sold in the United States were the exception to that. For nearly four decades, GM’s North American operations seemed to build small cars out of a sense of obligation more than a desire to compete.

There’s an explanation for that — though it’s one only an accountant could love. GM made less money on small cars than bigger ones and trucks. It got a better return on its investment by concentrating money and resources on trucks. GM had to build small cars to meet federal fuel economy requirements, but the law couldn’t force it to build good cars.

“They never really had their heart in it,” said Joe Phillippi, principal of AutoTrends Consulting in Short Hills, N.J.

Compact, subcompact and tiny mini cars are never likely to outsell larger vehicles in the United States. But with truck sales expected to fall and gas prices certain to rise, GM can no longer afford to lose money on small cars. The new generation of vehicles GM will introduce beginning next year must be good enough to sell for the same price as competitors, like the Honda Civic compact and Toyota Yaris.

“GM has a lot of resistance to get past,” said Stephanie Brinley of the consulting firm AutoPacific. “To get the same price as a Civic, a Chevrolet has to be better than the Honda,” she said. “They’ve got to knock it out of the ballpark. GM is capable of doing that.”

A look at GM’s current model lineup helps explain Brinley’s optimism.

The compact Chevrolet Cobalt beats the Civic and essentially matches the Toyota Corolla on fuel economy. The Saturn Astra’s fuel economy easily tops the VW Golf and Nissan Sentra


2010 Buick LaCrosse review and spec

July 27, 2009

this is review.Less than a week after the New General Motors emerged from the scrapyard of Chapter 11, Section 363 Bankruptcy, three programs among the Cadillac and Buick divisions are back on the road.
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First and foremost, the program to converge the DTS and STS into a new, rear-drive flagship Cadillac sedan is back on track after a one-year hold. The program has been renamed, however (we don’t have the new name, yet), and the DT7 program designation has been shelved. That suggests Cadillac also has shelved plans to build the converged DTS/STS off Australian Brand Holden’s Zeta RWD platform (Commodore/Statesman, Pontiac G8 and Chinese Buick Park Avenue). Cadillac will likely use its own Sigma (CTS) platform instead, which can be stretched long enough for a large, Mercedes S-Class competitor.

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July 26, 2009

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bmw x5 tuning

July 26, 2009

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July 26, 2009

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2010 Mercedes S63/S65 AMG Facelift Review

July 16, 2009

coming up the new car 2010 Mercedes S63/S65 AMG, it have been released for both the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and S65 AMG facelifts. With a starting price of €115,700 before tax, the S63 AMG short-wheelbase brings a 525 horsepower, 6.3-liter V8 engine producing up to 630 Nm of torque. A long wheelbase model is available for an additional €6,000.

At €185,900 the S65 AMG is hardly cheap, but the 612 horsepower delivered by the 6.0-liter biturbo V12 may be enough to convince new customers. The V12 delivers a massive 1000 Nm of torque, guaranteeing a 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the S63. Both cars are electronically limited to 250 km/h. On the S63 the driver controls the AMGSPEEDSHIFT 7G-Tronic transmission, while the S65 utilizes a five-speed automatic.

Impressively, Mercedes did not have to degrade the performance of these two vehicles to improve fuel economy. Both “consumption and CO2 emissions” were reduced “by up to 3 percent.”

From the looks of these two cars, it seems many of the 8,000 current S-Class AMG customers may get a little jealous. A new arrow-shaped radiator grille – with twin chrome louvres on the S65 – is an effective status symbol on a car that commands respect. AMG-spec LED daytime lights are mounted just above the air outlets on either side of the front apron.At an angle, this leads nicely into the new sidesills, which blends with the new side mirros to form a defined line to the car’s rear. At the back, a new rear apron has a body-color diffuser built in, replacing the black diffuser on previous models. 52 LEDs are shaped in a “double ‘C’” pattern to make up the taillights. Redesigned quad exhaust pipes appear in chrome. “6.3 AMG” and “V12 Biturbo” badging is featured prominently.

The two cars separate at the wheels, where the S63 uses 19-inch multispoke wheels, while the S65 uses a 20-inch set. Both wheels are painted in Titanium grey, with glossy finishes. The bigger wheels can be purchased as an option on the S63.

A healthy amount of equipment comes standard, including the Active Body Control AMG sports suspension. ABC provides stabilizes the car when gusts of wind blast the vehicle from the side. The system adjusts “the wheel load distribution within milliseconds” and works with the Electronic Stability Program to reduce the effects of crosswinds. Torque Vectoring Brakes improve cornering by adjusting the caliper pressure on the inner rear wheel. AMG Adaptive Brakes are also included, using a double floating brake caliper at the front.

Inside, the S-class AMG comes with a healthy amount of leather, and multifunctioning AMG sport seats which will gladly give you a massage should you need one. Both vehicles feature the AMG analogue clock, and AMG aluminum shift paddles that connect to a Direct Select gearshift. A piano black lacquer crossed with carbon fiber AMG trim is also available.

You can read more details, including information about the Split-View COMAND system, in the press release below. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG go on sale at the end of the month.

[Source: Daimler cysler ]

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class | Spied Up

July 16, 2009

have you ever seen the newest edition of 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, this stuff car is so sophisticated and so cool, it has been spied and will share to you all

In the engine bay, nothing new is expected, as the ML-Class was provided with the brand’s most updated range of motorization options with its somewhat recent facelift. A gasoline/electric hybrid will also likely be in the works, as seen most recently in the S 400 model. A plug-in hybrid is also (as always lately) hinted at.

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz ML is expected to debut sometime in 2012.


New Ford Focus RS no TOP GEAR

July 16, 2009

“The ST and RS are different animals, as are a dolphin and a shark. Both are highly developed for their roles, but have unique characteristics. The ST is a balance of performance and refinement, but would not fit the attributes we set for the RS, and vice versa. It is surprising how much we used this analogy.” Indeed. Killer whale, electric eel, stingray, anyone?
This is the twenty-second Ford model to wear RS (Rallye Sport) badges, first attached to the original Escort RS1600 in 1970. The quickest RS, it is also in many senses the quickest road-going Ford of all time. While the GT (based visually on the racing GT40) is faster along the straights, the new Focus RS beats it around the most demanding handling track at Ford’s Lommel test centre in Belgium – and certainly in the real world, wherever that might be these days.

Ferrari california rim coolest stuff

July 16, 2009

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