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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

The pickup vehicle is definitely a mainstay of American byways and highways from long time, and Chevrolet has been there from the first day. Chevy pick up trucks have been used by farmers and respected by, construction workers and small-business owners, It was well known for its reliablity, longevity and as a basic hauler. Current times have seen Chevy’s full-size truck adopt the name Silverado, which was previously an upscale trim level.

Much like its rivals,the current-day Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available with an amazing array of body styles, powertrains and trim levels. As a result of this flexibility, the half-ton Silverado pickup is just as good at serving as the weekday family car as it is at transporting home-improvement supplies or towing a spead boat on the weekends. And if one wants something sporty, you will find always the SS versions that come that comes with a rumbling V8, bucket seats and flashy wheels.

The traditional Silverado1500 versions were well known for their strong work ethic but soundly criticized with regards to bland, often overly plastic-endowed cabins. The latest version, however, exhibits greatly improved fit and finish. Where there was once an abundance of lackluster design, hard plastic and uneven panel gaps now there are richly grained upholstery, softer materials and precise fitments. Of course, there are other choices in the full-size pickup truck market, but the half-ton Chevrolet Silverado remains a solid pick regardless of what its intended use.

Current Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevy pickup truck is available in three featured styles (regular-, extended- and crew cab) and trim levels ranging from no-frills “Work Truck” to plush LTZ. The most popular trim is the midlevel LT, which provides most features people want as standard, including air-conditioning, full power accessories and a CD player. Notable options include a variety of towing packages, the Z71 Off-Road Package and a navigation system.

Powertrain choices encompass everything from a frugal 4.3-liter 195-horsepower V6 to a muscular 6.2-liter V8 with 403 hp. Most Chevrolet Silverados, however, will be fitted with either a 295-hp 4.8-liter V8 or a 315-hp 5.3-liter V8. A four-speed automatic transmission with a tow and haul mode is standard on Silverado pickups with the base V6 and 4.8-liter V8. Silverados with the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 have a six-speed automatic. All V8s are powered by E85 as well as gasoline. Needlessly to say, one may choose either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Calling cards of the Silverado include strong performance, a refined and quiet ride (even with the heavy-duty towing package) and a comfortable, well-finished cabin. The few downsides we’ve noted in reviews include minor interior ergonomic issues and the hesitant response of the four-speed automatic transmission in downshift situations. GM’s excellent six-speed automatic, however, is difficult to fault featuring a smooth, on-point performance.

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North American International Auto Show

Over 40 vehicles expected to debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

The DETROIT will glow in lights on behalf of International Auto Show. We are in few days before the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens to the media on Jan 11. Workers are on the final touch on the displays inside the Cobo Center. The staffs are working 24/7 to complete to meet the deadline of the Show. The glitz and glamour is coming to America.

Some hot new cars to be revelaed at NAIAS which include the Think City Electric Vehicle, MINI Beach Comber, BMW Active Concept, a Toyota dedicated hybrid concept, the Chevrolet Orlando MPV concept, the Volvo C30 electric vehicle, the Buick Regal GS concept and a Chrysler 300 remake, among many others. Some hot new production models will be on display at NAIAS which includes include the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide, the 2011 Honda CR-Z, the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, the 2010 Cadillac CTS sport wagon, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, the 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe and the Chevrolet Spark, among many others. It’s going to be an exciting show for all Americans and all around the world. We actually have more brands this year than last year said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts. We’re up to 60 this year. A lot of small companies, emerging companies but what’s all about with the NEW alternative fuel and lithium batteries. I guess people are going to find brands like the Electric Avenue we have. We gonna hear the awards going for alternative fuel and also the EcoXperience where you can actually ride and drive the cars with no emission. So for sure, it’s going to be a full fun show.”

The focus on Electric Vehicles will be large, also solar powered vehicles, hydrogen powered vehicles that run on energies other than gasoline. There are new Electric avenue display area for feature vehicles that run on batteries.

The news is Seven new automakers will display their vehicles at Cobo Centre for the very first time. CT&T United, Commuter Cars, Saba Motors, Edison2, EV Innovations, SSI Racing and Zap will display their automobiles on the main floor of the auto show. “We’re just happy to just stage it at the show,” For the Award winners, it will be announced on Monday Jan 11 at 8a.m. during the first day of press days of NAIAS.

The EcoXperience returns for its second year in Michigan Hall, which allows attendees to go on a ride-and-drive of new electric vehicles. The NAIAS is expanding its floor space to include the MGM Grand Casino-Hotel. Luxury vehicles will be on display in a private setting known as “The Gallery.” It will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 12. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at naias.com. It includes a one-day entry to the NAIAS public show. AmericaJR.com is proud to be the ONLY website in the world with FREE tickets to the Auto Show. All winners will also receive two toasty combos from Quizno’s Sub.

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The North American International Auto Show opens to the media on Jan. 11 and 12. The industry preview will take place on Jan. 13 and 14. Don’t forget about the charity preview, which is scheduled for Jan. 15. You’ll have your chance to see the auto show during the public show days, which run from Jan. 16 to 24.

2010 Chevy Camaro ss coupe review

The 2010 Chevy Camaro SS Coupe answers the question, if General Motors could build first-class automobiles with straight for sure answer “yes”. The latest 2010 Chevy Camaro version which may take some time to come to the streets, but the wait would be its worth. It is one of the most sophisticated, strongest and powerful vehicles.

The international muscle car built in Canada in Oshawa, ON is the 21st century all style American car, but development being coordinated American and Australian efforts. Although the engine is still on the front and drives the rear wheels with e solid rear axle gone. The typical “rear drive architecture” meets the futuristic GM body work.

Coming to the engine, 2010 Camaro comes with 6 cylinder equipped with V8 engine, which is shorter to the 1993-2002 Camaro, longer wheelbase ensures better room in the rear seat. The SS model gets 6.2 litre V8 engine.

The automatic transmission has the L99 engine with the Active fuel management system where as the manual has the six speed V8 engine. For people who are keener on performance to fuel economy. The LS3 variant gets the aluminum pushrod V8 . The presence of “tap shift” manual mode in the transmission makes easy for manual shifting

The presence of dual overhead cams made of aluminum alloy, four valves percylinder, variable phasing and direct fuel injection with V8 base transmits 304 HP to the rear wheel also via the automatic transmission mode makes the V6 smart engine.

The 2010 Camaro is real quick, super beast on the road, can get from zero to sixty in under 5 seconds, stops immediately. The sixth gear’s high overdrive ratio means excellent g\highway fuel economy and cruises at legal speeds than 2,000 RPM. Calm and beautiful at slow speeds and super beast when throttle is provoked. It gave xcelent results evening the first heavy rain.

APPEARANCE: Stealth factor: zero. Or less. With styling little changed from the concept car of a few years back, the new Camaro makes a statement. Some people wave and smile; members of the Anti-Destination League hasten to turn in front of it and go as slowly as possible. Nobody ignores it. While the lines pay homage to the original of the late 1960s, the new Camaro is no exercise in nostalgia. It looks honestly muscular, and it is. The only faux styling elements are the small non-functional air intake at the front of the SS’s hood bulge and the embossed “gills” on the rear fenders. Come to think of it, with the wide mouth and gills, there’s a more than passing resemblance to a shark…

Appearance: The new Camaro makes a statement itself. The enticing appeal makes some people to waive and smile, some people try to come in front of it and go slowly away while admiring the car look. There is no one who ignores it. It is only true muscular car with small non-functional air intake at front of the SS and embossed “gills” on the rear fenders.

COMFORT: is a word that has not always been associated with “Camaro”. Here, no worries. Like its exterior, the new Camaro’s interior is a contemporary interpretation of past themes, surrounding passengers with simple geometric forms and multiple materials in a pleasant manner. The 2SS’s leather-faced, power-adjustable front buckets have good side bolsters, useful when cornering, but not too high to impede access. The do offer good support and comfort. The leather-wrapped steering wheel adjusts for both tilt and reach, and has cruise and

Safety: The Stabilitrak stability and traction system is standard, and allows a reasonable level of performance driving without being intrusive.

CONCLUSIONS: The 2010 Chevy Camaro has the soul of sixties with the modern chassis

Another End To A GM Saga

The decision to wind up the production of the General Motors brand, Saturn, has brought in a period of anxiety to the minds of the people in the small town of Spring Hill, Tennessee. The withdrawal of the retailer, Penske Automotive Group, from buying the brand Saturn renders many jobless. Jill Lajdziak is one of those people who witnessed the whole lifetime of Saturn, from its pre-launch era to its death. Lasjdziak, who joined Saturn before the launch of the first car in 1990, continued with her contribution until its demise last month.

 

Lajdziak will take a vacation until her retirement from the General Motors Company at the end of this year, said the spokesman John McDonald. The job of bringing a great era to a close is left to the GM’s general manager of the retail sales support, Steve Hill.

 

The last few weeks saw a group of hopeful people keeping a close watch over the deal between the Penske Automotive Group and the GM. The withdrawal of Penske came as a shock to many as it was followed by GM’s announcement to stop the production of Saturn. The show comes to an end when the “dealers are able to sell their inventory and wind their dealerships down,” McDonald said.

 

Lasjdziak, who is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts in business marketing and management, began her career with GM in the year 1980 as the district sales manager with Chevrolet. She became the manager of the retailer division of Saturn in 1986.

 

Her passion for cars grew from growing up with her father who was a Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealer in a small Wisconsin town. She started her small “career” by assisting her father in washing new cars at the age of three. When she was interviewed by Procter & Gamble at the early years of her career, who asked where she sees herself after a period of five years, she commented, “I want to be working for GM.” The interviewers reply to check out this option brought a major break in her career.

 

Twenty three years of Lasjdziak’s career was spent in the different managerial level jobs with Saturn. In 1999, her contribution got rewarded when she was made the general manager of this brand.

 

Today, the demise of Saturn brings a glorious end to the career of people like Lasjdziak.

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