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Kentucky Chevy Best in Show at AutoFair

(Track release: CONCORD, N.C. (April 6, 2014) – Jerry Horine, of Louisville, Ky., drove home with the prestigious Best of Show Award at the AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com for his beautifully restored 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, concluding the four-day automotive spectacular on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2014, Issue 4, Posted 7:09 PM, 04.06.2014

North American International Auto Show Opens

DETROIT – RIS - It’s the big one. Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIA) is back at Cobo Hall. The Big Kahuna of auto shows kicked off its media preview days on June 14th and 15th. The public show runs through the 27th.

More than 50 worldwide and North American unveilings demonstrated confidence in the NAIAS, which is frequently compared with shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing/Shanghai.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 7:17 PM, 01.16.2013

Chicago Auto Show Cures Those Mid-Winter Blues

CHICAGO – RIS – Automakers use auto shows to bring attention to their new products. The media preview prior to the start of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place was no exception (public run February 9-18, www.chicagoautoshow.com ).

Yet it seemed a little odd that Ford took the opportunity to show off its performance racing vehicle the Ford Fiesta ST Global Rally Cross race car, with its drivers Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Ken Block, instead of trotting out some new production vehicle. What have they got up their sleeves?

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 7:03 PM, 02.07.2013

2014 Chevrolet SS: Performance Sedan with Racing DNA

DAYTONA, Fla. – As Chevrolet’s first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, the new Chevrolet SS is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar makes its NASCAR debut during the Daytona 500. 

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:14 PM, 02.16.2013

2013 SRT® Viper - The Return of the Snake

Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) brand's flagship performance machine returns with more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 4, 2012  Two new models include SRT® Viper and SRT Viper GTS -- All-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 delivers an estimated 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque - the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world -- Chassis enhancements bring 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness -- Triple-digit weight reduction results in Viper best power-to-weight ratio -- Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) --

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Volume 2012, Issue 4, Posted 3:49 PM, 04.07.2012

Ferarri Introduces the F12berlinetta

MARANELLO - RIS - It may be one of the most beautiful designs yet from Ferrari. It is wicked fast and has sensuous curves. The 12-cylinder F12berlinetta was revealed to the world on Ferrari.com in advance of its official debut at the Geneva auto show

It is fast. In fact Ferrari claims it to be, "the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched."

See Press Release

 

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 8:36 AM, 02.29.2012

Hot cars at 104th Chicago Auto Show

The annual Chicago Auto Show is known to get car buyers’ “engines” revving for the latest offerings from U.S., European and Asian car makers.

And the 104th edition, which runs from Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at McCormick Place, is no exception.

Sure, you can find cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and luxury vehicles of all sizes, engine combinations and styles. But the real hardcore “motorheads” have a treat this year the muscle car is back for all to see and even to hear.

Chrysler, Ford and Chevrolet have brought their “big guns” to the lakefront exhibition hall.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 1:49 PM, 02.09.2012

CHEVROLET SONIC COMPLETES RAMP TO RAMP JUMP ‘WITH A ROLL!’

This is how the emailed invite went:

This is how the emailed invite went:

Mike Ryan, Stunt Coordinator and owner of Picture Vehicles Unlimited is proud to announce that skate board champ and TV show host of Fantasy Factory, Rob Dyrdek will complete the first spiral jump seen in public since the mid 1970's.

Stuntman and friend James Smith and I studied the history and met with some of the folks that invented and performed the jumps in the '70's, including the one in the 1973 James Bond movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun". Rob wanted to do it and he let Elia at Jem Special Effects know about it. Elia told me and then Rob got Chevy involved.

Elia Popov and his crew at Jem Special Effects prepped the hero and test car, provided by sponsor and host, Chevrolet. The Picture Vehicles Unlimited stunt fabrication crew built the ramps and together, James Smith and I have completed 8 jumps into boxes and James landed one onto the catch ramp last Thursday. Now, we are ready to put Rob in the driver's seat.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 5:54 PM, 02.12.2012

Chicago Auto Show Brings Rides and Drives to Visitors

CHICAGO –RIS – There is no doubt the economy is picking up. Auto manufacturers were crawling all over themselves to get media attention during the big Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows.  And the Chicago Auto Show – the nation’s largest - is no exception.

A full day and a half of news conferences had a recurring theme – the auto industry may have been down, but it was never out. As a matter of fact, it was the strength of the auto industry that kept the U.S. from suffering a deeper recession than it did.

The new car displays at this year’s Chicago Auto Show seem bigger and there is more optimism displayed by some of the most jaded automotive journalists that, two year’s ago, had the auto industry laid to rest.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 7:55 PM, 02.08.2012

CHEVROLET SONIC COMPLETES RAMP TO RAMP JUMP ‘WITH A ROLL!’

This is how the emailed invite went:

Mike Ryan, Stunt Coordinator and owner of Picture Vehicles Unlimited is proud to announce that skate board champ and TV show host of Fantasy Factory, Rob Dyrdek will complete the first spiral jump seen in public since the mid 1970's.

Stuntman and friend James Smith and I studied the history and met with some of the folks that invented and performed the jumps in the '70's, including the one in the 1973 James Bond movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun". Rob wanted to do it and he let Elia at Jem Special Effects know about it. Elia told me and then Rob got Chevy involved.

Elia Popov and his crew at Jem Special Effects prepped the hero and test car, provided by sponsor and host, Chevrolet. The Picture Vehicles Unlimited stunt fabrication crew built the ramps and together, James Smith and I have completed 8 jumps into boxes and James landed one onto the catch ramp last Thursday. Now, we are ready to put Rob in the driver's seat.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 PM, 12.17.2011

More than 50 Vehicle Debuts to be Unveiled at the LA Auto Show.

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 3, 2011 – The Los Angeles Auto Show will surpass 50 vehicle debuts when it opens Nov. 16 & 17 for press and Nov. 18-27 for the public. As a bright spot in the overall economy, the auto industry continues its momentum at the L.A. Show, highlighted by more than 22 manufacturer press conferences. It will be clear that automakers have invested significantly to deliver vehicles consumers want, featuring an unprecedented number of technological advancements, improved performance and design, all while decreasing carbon emissions. In addition to the 1,000 new vehicles at the show, a significant number of manufacturers have upgraded exhibit spaces and added enhanced features with more interactive content and experiences. There will also be more than a half-dozen test drives that put consumers in the seats and on the streets in some new vehicles on select days.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.04.2011

Scion Introduces FR-S Sports Coupe Concept at 2011 New York Auto Show

DETROIT - RIS - Jack Hollis, Scion vice president, unveils the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe at the 2011 New York International Auto Show Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Photo: Joe Polimeni April 20, 2011 - New York - Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe today at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to stimulate the souls of true driving enthusiasts, will be at the Scion display through May 1. The FR-S Concept will inspire a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.

The FR-S Concept, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with compelling style, exceptionally balanced performance and handling, flexible utility and surprising MPG.

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Volume 2011, Issue 2, Posted 11:42 AM, 04.22.2011

McLaren MP4-12C rules the street

Luxury, power and performance are what you expect in a high performance, luxury sports car.  You might not expect comfort, excellent drivability, outstanding safety features and economy.

The new McLaren MP4-12C delivers all of the above.

Now making its North American debut, the MP4-12C has a double heritage.  Much of the engineering harks back to McLaren’s longtime involvement in Formula 1 racing, while its road manners are a direct link to the still potent 1993 McLaren FI.

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Volume 2011, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 03.01.2011

Porsche Announces 2012 911 Black Edition

ATLANTA, Based on the 3.6-liter, 345 horsepower (hp) 911 Carrera, the upcoming 911 Black Edition features a comprehensive list of standard equipment and will be available as a Coupe or Cabriolet and only in black. Exclusivity and price help make this new 911 Carrera distinctive as the 911 Black Edition will be limited to just 1,911 worldwide units.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 1:31 PM, 02.02.2011

New 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible

Chrysler introduces the new 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible, offering consumers an open-air driving experience featuring elegant craftsmanship inside and out, a fun, yet refined driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content. The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible is an exciting alternative for customers who want the benefits of a coupe and the true open-air freedom of a convertible, all at a surprising value.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 1:43 PM, 02.02.2011

The Return of World Land Speed Racing

SEATTLE, There is a healthy rivalry brewing between three racing adversaries -- a Canadian/American team, an Australian team, and the current record holder UK team. All are bent on having the first vehicle to travel faster than 800 mph for the World Land Speed Record.


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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 1:28 PM, 02.02.2011

A revolutionary four-seater, four-wheel drive V12 Ferrari

The FF - an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) - ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept. A decisive break with the past, the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution.

This new V12 melds to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:24 PM, 01.25.2011

103rd Chicago Auto Show to Open Feb. 11-20 at McCormick Place

At the first Chicago Auto Show in 1901, few could have imagined that the small gathering of automobiles in the Chicago Coliseum would one day blossom into one of the world's most impressive and influential auto shows. But for 10 days from February 11-20 in the colossal lakefront McCormick Place exhibition center, the Chicago Auto Show will demonstrate that the vision of those few inventive companies so long ago was properly focused.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 3:40 PM, 02.06.2011

RIS Selects 2012 Chevrolet ZL1 Camaro as Best in Show

CHICAGO, - RIS - The Chicago Auto Show press day(s) kicked off with the traditional Midwest Automotive Media Association sponsored breakfast.

MAMA's featured speaker was Jim Farley of Ford Motor Company. It was kind of embarrassing for Ford. You see, Ford didn't have a single vehicle that met MAMA's rules for inclusion in the automotive media organization's first MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year award. Nope, not even the 2011 North American International Auto Show Truck of the Year Ford Explorer made MAMA's initial list.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 5:17 PM, 02.09.2011

RT is Back as Dodge Unleashes Five New Performance Models at the Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO, Feb 9, 2011 / From minivans to muscle cars, the Dodge brand introduced an entire lineup of new R/T performance models at the Chicago Auto Show today.

Whether it's a Charger, Challenger, Journey, Durango or the Grand Caravan, Dodge now offers R/T models that deliver power, performance and modern technology that combine to create the heart and soul of each vehicle.

"We have customers who love cars, who love the thrill of driving, but can only afford one car," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand -- Chrysler Group LLC. "Our Dodge R/T models give buyers the chance to stoke their love of driving while still taking care of their families and responsibilities. Driving these R/T models will absolutely leave a smile on their face."

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 3:03 PM, 02.12.2011

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted today at the Chicago Auto Show

ZL1: CHEVROLET CAMARO ENTERS THE REALM OF ADVANCED PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY

  • LSA 6.2L supercharged engine will produce an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW) and is matched with a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch system
  • Packed with performance technologies, highlighted by Magnetic Ride Control, and advanced materials – including a vented carbon fiber hood insert. Extensive aerodynamic development designed for high-performance driving
  • Development ongoing, targeting launch at the beginning of 2012

 

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 5:32 PM, 02.09.2011

2011 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replicas to Be Offered to Customers

CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2011 /

    --  New Camaro SS Convertible in white with orange stripes and orange
        leather-trimmed interior evokes classic 1969 Camaro pace car model
    --  Five hundred replicas will be built this spring
    --  2011 is the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 3:10 PM, 02.12.2011

Dodge Charger SRT8 will return for the 2012 model year

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8® Delivers Intelligent Performance And Power

  • Set to launch this calendar year, Dodge gives peek at its newest product from the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team at the Chicago Auto Show
  • 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine offers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque for power across a significantly wider rpm range
  • All-new adaptive valve exhaust system improves fuel efficiency
  • All-new paddle-shift technology allows spirited shifting on road and at the race track
  • Two-mode adaptive damping suspension allows for selectable suspension tuning and also automatically adapts to road and driver inputs for proper vehicle control

 

 

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 5:31 PM, 02.09.2011

New 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible Makes Its Worldwide Auto Show Debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.,Chrysler Group LLC today announced the new 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible will make its worldwide auto show debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, starting with the media days on February 9th. Consumers can check out the new convertible February 11 - 20 at McCormick Place, the home of the 103rd edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 3:52 PM, 02.06.2011

Toyota Drive Center at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO, Ill., February 3, 2011 – While most automakers will be showcasing their trucks and sport utility vehicles in the carpeted confines of McCormick Place’s convention center, Toyota is providing visitors to the Chicago Auto Show a unique opportunity to experience the handling and capability of its award-winning vehicles in a more fitting, rugged environment.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 3:43 PM, 02.06.2011

Porsche 918 RSR, hybrid Introduced at Detroit Auto Show

World premiere in Detroit: mid-engine coupé as a technology test bed

Detroit, Jan. 10, 2011 -- Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is continuing to extend its performance and high efficiency competence via intensive development work in the field of hybrid technology. With the Porsche 918 RSR, the manufacturer of sporty premium vehicles is presenting a high-end synthesis of 2010's successful hybrid concepts. The two-seater mid-engine coupé 918 RSR clearly reveals what happens when the technology fitted in the 911 GT3 R hybrid and the design of the 918 Spyder are transferred to a modern, innovative super sports car

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Volume 2010, Issue 12, Posted 7:06 PM, 01.10.2011

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-CELL High-voltage Gullwing at North American International Auto Show

Affalterbach – Mercedes-AMG is accepting the challenges of motoring of the future: the SLS AMG E-CELL is evidence of the state-of-the-art development of an exciting super sports car featuring a zero-emission high-tech drive. Boasting a power output of 392 kW and 880 Nm of torque, the technology vehicle from AMG is able to offer exceptional performance. The gullwing with electric drive is part of the company strategy entitled "AMG Performance 2015" which aims to continually reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  

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Volume 2010, Issue 12, Posted 7:16 PM, 01.10.2011

Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 North American Car of the Year

DETROIT – The Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2011 North American Car of the Year.

The North American Car of the Year is selected by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States, representing newspapers, magazines, websites, television and radio shows.

For 2011, the Volt garnered more juror votes than the Nissan Leaf or Hyundai Sonata, which were also finalists.

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Volume 2010, Issue 12, Posted 6:58 PM, 01.10.2011

Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year

LOS ANGELES, The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has been named Green Car Journal's2011 Green Car of the Year®.  The Volt stood out in a stellar field of hybrid, electric and low emission vehicles that all feature exceptional efficiency and innovation in their approach to reducing the automobile's impact on the environment.  The Volt is the first-ever electric vehicle to take top prize.  This award welcomes a new genre of mass-production electric vehicles. 

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 1:04 PM, 11.21.2010

Porsche Reveals New Porsche Cayman R in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2010 Marking a world premiere at the LA Auto Show, Porsche pulled the wraps off the 2012 Cayman R, a new model that now will join the company's stable of renowned mid-engine sports cars. 

Introducing this model to the crowd of media was Porsche's Chairman, Matthias Mueller.  "Today we are actually celebrating two premieres: this is the first time since I took over as Chief Executive Officer of Porsche last month that I can address a major media crowd outside of Europe and, at the same time, introduce a brand new sports car," said Mueller.  "It is fitting that this happens in the United States, still ourmost important market and, by far, the biggest for Porsche sports cars."

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 1:20 PM, 11.21.2010

All-new 2011 Dodge Charger: World-class Performance, Precision And Technology With An Iconic Soul

Auburn Hills, Mich.,  With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe proportions, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger is the Dodge brand’s flagship, and it proudly delivers premium, world-class E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value.

“Dodge is changing the rules of the game, and the all-new 2011 Charger embodies the brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines that deliver world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers, who like us, are young at heart and make driving a priority,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO  Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “With its all-new fastback four-door coupe proportions, iconic styling to excite enthusiastic Dodge fans, benchmark performance and precision handling, the latest in-car technology and high-quality execution and materials, the Charger is loaded with attitude and innovation, and delivers an extreme dose of value.”

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.21.2010

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Debuts With Newest HEMI® V-8

For 2011, the Dodge brand's ultimate modern American muscle coupe receives a big boost in power and performance. And the product story goes beyond the impressive horsepower and torque lurking under the hood.

The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 builds on its original mantra of a rear-wheel-drive coupe that promises a balanced approach between form and function, with impressive straight-line acceleration and world-class ride and handling to go along with high-performance braking and the latest technology that delivers improved fuel efficiency.

The result is the newest version of the quickest coupe in the Dodge lineup packed with modern amenities and features performance enthusiasts will love.

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 6:36 PM, 11.07.2010

Subaru Launches Custom Performance Cars at 2010 SEMA Show

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Subaru of America, Inc. has teamed with its motorsports partners, tuners and enthusiasts to showcase the latest available Subaru Genuine Parts and Subaru Performance Tuning Accessories at the 2010 SEMA show. Subaru will also display the "Fastest STI Ever," the record breaking Nurburgring Subaru WRX STI that lapped the Ring in 7:55:00. The SEMA show will run November 2-5 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 6:30 PM, 11.07.2010

New Fiat 500 Brings Italian Style Blended with World-class Craftsmanship, Efficiency and Technology to the USA

The Fiat brand marks its return to the North American market today with the reveal of the 2012 Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. With its beautiful Italian styling, timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology - the same attributes that made the original version a timeless icon - the new Fiat 500 is relevant for an entirely new generation of drivers.



"The Fiat 500 has always been the right car at the right time," said Laura Soave, Head of Fiat Brand North America. "The new Fiat 500 now brings something truly unique to one of the fastest growing segments in North America, delivering Italian-by-design function, value and efficiency intelligently tailored for our market."

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 1:26 PM, 11.21.2010

New Camaro Convertible Blends Top-Down Driving Fun With Precise Engineering

The segment-leading Chevrolet Camaro opens a new chapter as the 2011 Camaro convertible premieres at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new convertible begins production in January and goes on sale in February. It includes an enhanced body structure and well-tailored top mechanism - a combination designed to deliver sports coupe-like driving fun and precise quality.



"The launch of the new convertible opens Camaro design and performance to a new set of potential customers," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "The 21st century revival of Camaro is tremendously popular, so it's a natural to now expand and elevate the product range in new directions."

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 1:32 PM, 11.21.2010

2012 Mustang Boss 302 Lets Loose With TracKey; Choose Stock or Full-Race Calibration

DEARBORN, Mich., 

    --  TracKey, available for 2012 Mustang Boss 302 owners through Ford
        dealers, adds TracMode powertrain control software to the car for track
        use, providing full race calibration and two-stage launch control in
        addition to stock calibration, without compromising factory warranty



    --  Using a dual-path powertrain control module (PCM), TracKey software is
        installed after the vehicle is purchased; accessed by a specially
        programmed vehicle key, new code coexists with stock Boss software,
        allowing drivers to choose between street or track use simply by
        selecting a key



    --  No aftermarket chips or permanent modifications are made when TracKey is
        used, allowing owners to return to the stock setting by starting the car
        with a regular key

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 1:02 PM, 11.21.2010

LA Auto Show Presents More Than 50 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

LA Auto Show Presents More Than 50 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

LOS ANGELES,  With a continued focus on economic and environmental concerns, manufacturers are increasingly focused on high-mileage and low emission vehicles. The 2010 LA Auto Show will feature more than 50 electric, hydrogen fuel-cell electric, hybrid, clean diesel and natural gas vehicles, all providing viable solutions for cleaner transportation.



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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.21.2010