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Cruze Getting RS Appearance Package

GM will be expanding use of the RS trim pioneered by the new Camaro.

9th march 2010

Chevrolet Cruze was a huge hit at Los Angeles auto show in December by General Motors. Huge response was witnessed through volume of questions about the performance variant of Cruze. The Cobalt SS, sub-par interiors are well known for the legacy of GM compact performance which is always a coveted feature people look for. But surprisingly GM still not confirmed anything about this performance variant and kept on using RS phrase in conversations. GMI has indicated reasons about bringing RS by GM.

Here 2011 order guide for Cruze confirmed a optional RS package on the car. This option is restricted to 2LT and LTZ trim levels and tagged as “appearance package”. RS package is supposed to be having additions as unique deck-lid spoiler, Ground effects package, unique instrument panel and Fog lamps.

By knowing this it is understood that there will be no performance enhancements to the Cruze RS model. According to demonstration Camaro RS package, the RS moniker will be just appearance packages only. This car is going to be launched after fall and by that time only Cruze can be available with RS package. Also few sources clearly confirmed that GM has not took any decision with regard to the Cruze SS to succeed the Cobalt SS.

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Is Nissan Preparing to Produce a GT-R Hybrid for 2012?

Nissan will offer automotive enthusiasts a vehicle line-up that hits the high notes in performance, luxury and elegant design
Nissan’s GT-R, often known as “Godzilla,” is already a force to be reckoned with as far as fast cars are concerned. Now, a leaked report published in Japan is suggesting that Nissan has plans to increase horsepower with the aid of an electric motor. Weeks ago, we heard the first rumblings of a Nissan GT-R performance hybrid, The report confirms that Nissan will go with a 3.8 liter twin turbocharged V6 worth 440hp paired with a 160 hp electric motor, similar to the combination used for the Infiniti Essence concept, which was built atop the GT-R platform.

Nissan will offer automotive enthusiasts a vehicle line-up that hits the high notes in performance, luxury and elegant design Nissan’s GT-R, often known as “Godzilla,” is already a force to be reckoned with as far as fast cars are concerned. Now, a leaked report published in Japan is suggesting that Nissan has plans to increase horsepower with the aid of an electric motor. Weeks ago, we heard the first rumblings of a Nissan GT-R performance hybrid, The report confirms that Nissan will go with a 3.8 liter twin turbocharged V6 worth 440hp paired with a 160 hp electric motor, similar to the combination used for the Infiniti Essence concept, which was built atop the GT-R platform.

The result will be a simultaneous boost in horsepower, up 100 hp from the current GT-R, and efficiency–up to 25 to 30 mpg. In the end, Nissan plans to offer a GT-R that offers the same high-end quickness and performance of the current model, while boosting fuel economy. The Nissan GT-R is already an absolute beast on the road capable of a 3.3-second 0 to 60. And with a base under $77,000 it’s the all-out performance sports car you can actually hope to own. Nissan’s current GT-R relies on a 473-hp twin-turbocharged V6 to pump out its enviable performance figures. According to a recent leak published in Japan’s Best Car Magazine, the next Godzilla coming to market will pair a 160-hp electric motor with a 440-hp engine with hopes of boosting performance even more. Though no hard specifications were given, it’s not hard to imagine this new GT-R tearing more expensive supercars to pieces.

GT-R was powered with lack of torque, courtesy of turbos. The concept of a new multi-dimensional performance machine that delivers “an ultimate supercar for anyone, anywhere, at anytime”. Starting from its magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling to a shorter wheelbase, shorter overall length and lower height  all the  delivers a truly distinctive driving experience.

2013 Nissan GT-R Hybrid

Nissan have been talking about a new model for 2013, but would you believe us if we said that it would be a GT-R Hybrid. This vehicle is rumored to pump out a huge amount of power, but will offer great fuel-efficiency at the same time.
The Nissan GT-R Hybrid 2013 will push out more than 600 horsepower, add to that a much lighter car and you are left with a vehicle that offers between 25-30mpg on the highway. The hybrid-powered Nissan GT-R is a rumor till now, but we believes that it is a real possibility now. It is thought that the new hybrid model will still use the current V6 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine, but will come with an electric motor for a performance boast. The concept model shows that the 2013 Nissan GT-R Hybrid will be much lighter than the current model, but how can it with the extra weight from that electric motor and the batteries? We are sure that Nissan will be looking at all the numbers, making sure that the new model will be just as light while offering more power. The price could be the real problem for Nissan though, as it is expected to start from $100,000.
The hybrid option is the most feasible of all the rumors pertaining to the future of the GT-R. That Nissan showcased a high-performance hybrid in the Infiniti Essence is a fact (the Essence was built atop the GT-R platform), and with reports of Porsche also toying with the idea of a hybrid-powered 911, it would be natural for Mizuno and Nissan to entertain thoughts about a hybrid option.  The Essence showcar’s hybrid system consisted of the G37’s 3.7-liter V6, whose output was raised to 440 horsepower with the help of twin turbochargers. This was combined with a 160-hp electric motor, bringing the grand total to 600 hp. For the GT-R, Nissan would go with the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V6 (VR38DETT) with the same electric motor used for the Essence. The target output would also be 600 hp (440 hp from the gasoline engine and 160 from the electric motor). That means the hybrid GT-R would boast more than 100 hp more than the current GT-R, while fuel economy would improve to roughly 25-30 mpg. And because it’s a GT-R, we’re also told that all-wheel drive will still be part of the package.
Nissan boldly says the performance will increase over the current-generation GT-R (R35). Nissan’s goal for the hybrid GT-R is for it to be just as quick as the current car — despite that curb weight increase — while boasting much better fuel economy.
GT-R. A quick look at the car’s specifications will reveal just how similar the cars are, from their twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines’ output, all-wheel-drive layout and of course, lap times around the Nürburgring. Today, the economic climate is far different than before, and now comes word that Mizuno-san may be changing his thinking about the future direction of the next-generation GT-R. We expect the Hybrid GT-R’s price tag to be around $100,000 with an expected debut of 2012 as a 2013 model.

Nissan have been talking about a new model for 2013, but would you believe us if we said that it would be a GT-R Hybrid. This vehicle is rumored to pump out a huge amount of power, but will offer great fuel-efficiency at the same time.The Nissan GT-R Hybrid 2013 will push out more than 600 horsepower, add to that a much lighter car and you are left with a vehicle that offers between 25-30mpg on the highway. The hybrid-powered Nissan GT-R is a rumor till now, but we believes that it is a real possibility now. It is thought that the new hybrid model will still use the current V6 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine, but will come with an electric motor for a performance boast. The concept model shows that the 2013 Nissan GT-R Hybrid will be much lighter than the current model, but how can it with the extra weight from that electric motor and the batteries? We are sure that Nissan will be looking at all the numbers, making sure that the new model will be just as light while offering more power. The price could be the real problem for Nissan though, as it is expected to start from $100,000.
The hybrid option is the most feasible of all the rumors pertaining to the future of the GT-R. That Nissan showcased a high-performance hybrid in the Infiniti Essence is a fact (the Essence was built atop the GT-R platform), and with reports of Porsche also toying with the idea of a hybrid-powered 911, it would be natural for Mizuno and Nissan to entertain thoughts about a hybrid option.  The Essence showcar’s hybrid system consisted of the G37’s 3.7-liter V6, whose output was raised to 440 horsepower with the help of twin turbochargers. This was combined with a 160-hp electric motor, bringing the grand total to 600 hp. For the GT-R, Nissan would go with the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V6 (VR38DETT) with the same electric motor used for the Essence. The target output would also be 600 hp (440 hp from the gasoline engine and 160 from the electric motor). That means the hybrid GT-R would boast more than 100 hp more than the current GT-R, while fuel economy would improve to roughly 25-30 mpg. And because it’s a GT-R, we’re also told that all-wheel drive will still be part of the package.
Nissan boldly says the performance will increase over the current-generation GT-R (R35). Nissan’s goal for the hybrid GT-R is for it to be just as quick as the current car — despite that curb weight increase — while boasting much better fuel economy.GT-R. A quick look at the car’s specifications will reveal just how similar the cars are, from their twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines’ output, all-wheel-drive layout and of course, lap times around the Nürburgring. Today, the economic climate is far different than before, and now comes word that Mizuno-san may be changing his thinking about the future direction of the next-generation GT-R. We expect the Hybrid GT-R’s price tag to be around $100,000 with an expected debut of 2012 as a 2013 model.

Nissan’s New Global Car For The U.S. Markets

Nissan Motor Company has made plans for the manufacture of a new small global car that is to be placed below Versa, which is to hit the U.S. roads by 2010. The company spokesman stated that the U.S. is a major participant in their campaign to sell one million vehicles a year under the newly created low-cost “V platform” that includes four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and a multipurpose vehicle models.

The “V platform” models will slowly replace the subcompact Micra from the non-U.S. markets. Currently the European Micra is manufactured at the company’s Sunderland plant in England and shares platform with the Japanese March.

The new car launch that will contain three-cylinder engine is part of the company’s attempt to capture the small A and B car segments that hold a major share in the present day sales, said Vincent Cobee, the V -platform manager. However, the company officials refused to comment on the official name or model of the upcoming car or the time when it will appear at the U.S. dealerships. It has made plans to produce the V- platform vehicles at five plants around the world, with the first launch in Thailand around March, 2010.

The shift is an attempt by the Japanese automaker to capture the small, fuel-efficient low-cost vehicle market from amongst its competitors. With the last year’s fall of the automotive industry, many companies like Mazda Motor Corp, GM, etc. have made a switch to the smaller models. Nissan has experienced a setback against the sale of its bigger vehicles like the Quest minivan and Pathfinder SUV the last year.

Last year Nissan introduced a stripped-down version of Versa with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine, priced at $10,620 including destination charges that became the low-priced American car. The Versa is physically larger than the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, its immediate competitors.

Cobbee stated that the company has spent the past four years in pulling down the cost and weights to produce a small car. He expressed their plans to quit manufacturing March in Japan and outsourcing the job to plants in India, China, Thailand and another two markets that will produce around 200,000 cars a year. Cobbee, however, refused to comment on the plant that is to undertake the job of the U.S. models. The V-platform will bring about 50 percent more fuel-efficiency over Micra. The gasoline and diesel engines will be launched to cater to the needs of the market. The total number of parts will be reduced by 18 percent to cut down the costs and thereby, enhance the sales.

Lutz’s View Of A New GM

Robert Lutz, the vice chairman of the marketing and communications of the “new” GM, who was a keynote speaker at the 46th Annual Northwood Auto Show’s kickoff dinner, mentioned the future vision of the company. He expressed the GM’s plans to return to the future of the automotive industry.

Robert Lutz, who first began his employment in GM in 1963, has led all of Chrysler’s automotive activities for twelve yeas and spent another twelve with the Ford, the last as the executive vice president of truck operations. GM re-appointed him in 2001 and even though he was to retire this year, he continues with his contribution to the “new” company.

He expressed his views about the automotive sector as, “I feel like the industry is on the cusp of a technological revolution.” He said the future lies in the latest technology and in EV like new Chevy Volt.

Lutz emphasized the excellence of the GM’s products repeatedly during his speech. “The world does not realize how great today’s GM products are,” he said. “Our products are equal or superior to the competitors.” The company is now on its way to a “may the best car win” ad campaign these days.

When it launched an ad that stated that the GM cars enjoyed a better mileage than the Toyota cars, the latter asked GM to withdraw the advertisement. Lutz said that he will race a Cadillac CTS-V against the comers with stock four-door cars to prove the Cadillac is the fastest sedan in the world as a part of the promotion program.

He utilized the opportunity to reveal the pictures of the latest models that GM is manufacturing or proposes to produce in the future such as the Cadillac CTS Sportwagon, GMC Terrain and Chevy Cruze. He also stated the company’s plan to produce the concept car, Cadillac Converj during the dinner meeting.

Lutz highlighted the Chevrolet Camaro during the meeting where the company focuses on the fuel-efficient models, even though V-8 is better selling today. The company is on the look out to break-even at those markets that they had struggled recently by aiming at the younger crowd.

When he was asked whether the company has plans to fight through the “Government Motor” image, Lutz commented that the role of Government is virtually nonexistent during the bailout period. “The way it is organized now it’s like any other company. The best way to shed that image is to make a lot of money quickly and buy back the government’s stock.”

Lutz is hopeful of the ability of the hybrid versions of bigger vehicles like the trucks and SUVs in meeting the future fuel economy laws of the country.

Impact Of Saturn’s Demise In Spring Hill

The decision to close down the GM brand, Saturn, by the company after the attempt to sell it to Penske Automotive Group fell through, came as a major disappointment to the people in the small town of Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The first car of the brand Saturn, a red S-Series that was launched in 1990 is still kept for display in the factory premises. The factory and the town have hosted many tours and reunions for the Saturn car owners as a part of their promotion programs. The City Hall has the walls decorated with the photographs of the old town of Spring Hill before and after the arrival of the brand, Saturn, depicting an era of development.

The residents and the Mayor credit GM’s Saturn for the major developments the town has witnessed over the period. But later, the locals saw GM rolling off Saturn from Tennessee in 2007 to replace it with the building of Chevrolet Traverse that is now on its way out. The company has made plans to transfer the production of Traverse to a plant in Michigan, closing down the Spring Hill factory.

This decision of the General Motors to wind up the factory has left the residents in a state of perplexity. A few, who had remained hopeful of Penske’s ability to revive the brand, were unable to understand its decision to pull away from the deal. Others are still in a shock over the fall of the auto giant GM that can leave many locals jobless. One of the local residents put the blame on the federal government calling it responsible for the fall of the automotive industry in the country.

The locals are also wishing for a revival of the economy that can put back the things to its normal state. To quote a resident, Dinwiddie, who is confident of the future of Spring Hill, “I have to believe the plant is going to come back. It all depends on the overall economy. I hope that Americans start buying American products and start supporting the American auto manufacturing industry and if that happens, we’ll get a product in this plant.” He has sent invitations to President Obama and the auto recovery czar to have a tour of the plant, which he thinks will result in it being operational.

Whatever be the future of the plant in Spring Hill, residents are sure of their ability to wade through the times of misery.

Europe to get Chevrolet Camaro by 2010

2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

Recent interview with General Motors executive manager in Germany confirmed that the Detroit automaker will officially export the Camaro to Europe somewhere in 2010. The current plan is to market the two- door under Chevrolet banner as  Chevrolet is considered more as budget brand in Europe. Although GM had been mulling on the fence to send Camaro to Europe, but the popular car will spearhead to the other side of Atlantic, although no official timeline has been set up.

Currently in the United States, the Chevrolet Camaro is sold with three different engine options which include 304HP, 3.6 liter V6, 400HP and 426HP of the 6.2 liter V8. There is no clear indication till date which engine version will be going to Europe. The current cost of 2010 Camaro is around €16,400 – €25,215.

According to an industry expert from General Motors, they would double Camaro offering by 2012 based on the future market scenario.  One factor that would hold back the current plans is pending Camaro orders from the US market.  Current estimates reveal that around 25000 Camaro vehicles have been ordered and less than half have been filled.

Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid on the Road to Reality

GM’s executive director oh hybrid powertrain engineering, Larrry Nitz released a statement saying that they are currently testing eleven Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid vehicles at the GM Proving Grounds. The Vue plug-in is due out in late 2010, around the same time as the Chevrolet Volt will be arriving in showrooms. When testing initially started nickel-metal hydride batteries were used, but now they are currently using lithium-ion batteries. At this stage the plug-in charge is fully operational and undergoing refinement. The Vue plug-in may not be ready for production but GM continues to make progress.

Hybrid Vehicles Not Best Value Over Time, Edmunds.com Finds

High gas prices and general economic uncertainty are motivating consumers to look for the least expensive cars to own and operate. However, a new study by Edmunds.com shows that when you compare many compact and subcompact vehicles with hybrids the compact is a better choice. On the top of the list as number one is the Chevrolet Aveo. No hybrids even made the top ten list.

“When consumers think about cars that will save them money, hybrids are typically top of mind because of their fuel efficiency,” said Jesse Toprak, Edmunds.com executive director of Industry Analysis. “But when you take a look at the real-world costs of car ownership, you realize that many subcompact and compact cars are actually a much better value proposition.”

Unlike other analyses that only look at fuel economy and sticker price, including one released by Consumer Reports. Edmunds’ incorporates projected model-specific average vehicle ownership costs, consisting of depreciation, financing, taxes, fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs.

When all of these factors are considered, some popular vehicles look less appealing on a cost-per-mile basis than their fuel economy would suggest.

’09 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid Will be the World’s Most Fuel Efficient V6 Sport-Utility

The 2009 Saturn Vue 2-mode Hybrid, is designed for customers who want outstanding fuel savings and full power and towing capacity of an SUV. Production of the 2009 2-mode hybrid will begin later this year and will be at dealerships by early 2009.

“The Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid defies the notion that a compact SUV can’t be both powerful and efficient,” said Jill Lajdzlak, Saturn general manager. “Not only will Saturn deliver the world’s most fuel efficient V6 SUV, but Saturn is the only brand to offer two different hybrid options on the same model.”

The direct injection engine uses regular unleaded fuel and represents one of the most sophisticated applications of its kind on a hybrid SUV. Direct injection delivers fuel directly to the combustion chambers and permits a higher compression ratio, improving fuel efficiency.

Unlike its competitors, with single mode hybrid technology, the two mode system maximizes city and highway fuel economy. The first mode, which is used at lower speeds, operated on all electric power, internal combustion engine power, or a combination of the two. The second mode is used to optimize fuel economy at highway speeds. It provides electric assist in addition to the 6 cylinder engine power.

No engine speed changes are necessary for the mode shift to occur. The result is exceptionally smooth, seamless acceleration and responsiveness.

The 2009 model will still feature the same European-inspired exterior design as the non-hybrid Vue. The exterior differences include “2mode” and “hybrid” badging, lightweight aluminum alloy wheels, a lower ride height, and low rolling-resistance tires that enhance economy.

The instrument panel lets drivers know that they are behind the wheel of a sophisticated hybrid, yet has gauges that are easy to understand. An efficiency gauge replaces the tachometer, informing drivers when they are achieving maximum fuel economy, and because of the silent start as the key is turned, a telltale indicated the vehicle is on and ready to drive. In addition the new Vue has a number of standard safety features including four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, rollover detection system, electronic trailer sway control, pedestrian impact protection, tire pressure monitoring system, pedal release system, and six air bags.

The Vue 2 Mode Hybrid in the third hybrid to join the 2009 lineup. Other members include the four-cylinder Vue Hybrid and the Aura Hybrid sedan.

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