Street Cars

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


    --  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

Gran TurismoŽ Awards' 'Best In Show' Winner

LAS VEGAS, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) hosted its eighth annual Gran Turismo® Awards at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, celebrating automotive design excellence and showcasing the latest franchise offering, Gran Turismo 5(TM). Each year, the Gran Turismo Awards offer SEMA show exhibitors the opportunity to join the ranks of the famed Gran Turismo® racing franchise - one of the top-selling video game franchises of all time with more than 56 million units shipped worldwide - with a feature spot in a future Gran Turismo title. After reviewing more than 100 entries, the judging panel and Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi himself, crowned Best Hot Rod winner, Mark Stielow for his 1969 Chevy Camaro as the 2010 "Best in Show."

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Volume 2010, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 11.07.2010

Opening Soon: 2011 Camaro Convertible

DETROIT,  The 21st century rebirth of the Chevrolet Camaro opens a new chapter when the 2011 Camaro Convertible premieres at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Nov. 17. 

The Camaro Convertible will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms in February 2011. Starting price will be $30,000, including $850 destination. (Full details will be released later this year.) 

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 5:38 PM, 10.03.2010

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

LOS ANGELES, As the LA Auto Show grows in importance as a global stage for vehicle debuts, so does the number of debuts.  The 2010 show will host 20 world debuts and more than 30 North American debuts across virtually all vehicle categories.  The show opens amidst improved auto sales and a growing sense of optimism that is evident from the increased number of debuts, more participating manufacturers and larger, more elaborate exhibits

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 5:50 PM, 10.30.2010

Ford Teams Up With The Amazing Race Creators for Interactive Road Rally With New Ford Focus

Ford is teaming up with the Emmy Award-winning creators of The Amazing Race - Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri - to create the first interactive real-time road rally featuring the new 2012 Ford Focus.

The five-week program, Focus Rally: America,begins taping in February and will be streamed on Hulu. The program will capture the vibrancy of the Fiesta Movement but with the added element of a real-time reality show.

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 12:51 PM, 10.10.2010

All-New 2011 Mitsubishi Motors Outlander Sport is Set to Become the 'World's First Online Test Drive'

CYPRESS, Calif., Starting November 1st and continuing through November 10th, 2010, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), will host Mitsubishi Live Drive, the World's First Online Test Drive of an actual vehicle utilizing interactive remote control of the company's latest automotive creation, the all-new 2011 Outlander Sport.

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 12:49 PM, 10.10.2010

MoparŽ Introduces 2011 Challenger Drag Pak for Sportsman Racers

Racers rejoice. Mopar® is dropping a V-10 into the iconic Dodge Challenger.

The new race-only V-10 powered rear-wheel drive 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak features an 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Mopar will showcase its new drag car this evening at the Dodge Viper Owner's Invitational in Salt Lake City. The vehicle will then make its way to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-5, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando from Dec. 9-11.

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 5:55 PM, 10.03.2010

2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang Adds 'More Power'

LIVONIA, Mich., Sept. 30 Jack Roush is a man who knows how to coax horsepower from an engine. ROUSH® has become an automotive powerhouse based on this simple premise, and he couldn't wait to get his hands, and his engineering team, on the new Ford 5.0L engine. The end result, and the car fans of the ROUSH Mustang have been waiting for, is the 2011 ROUSH 5XR(TM) Mustang with "more power" under the hood thanks to the factory-installed ROUSHcharger®.

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 5:42 PM, 10.03.2010

The SA APERTA - the most exclusive Ferrari ever takes centre stage at Paris

Maranello, 24th September 2010 – Ferrari is delighted to announce the presentation of the SA APERTA at the Paris International Motor Show 2010. This is a special series model of which a strictly limited number of just 80 will be built. All have already been sold. Ferrari chose to build 80 SA APERTAs in celebration of Pininfarina's 80th anniversary.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 AM, 09.24.2010

Porsche Adds Expressive and Performance-Oriented 911 GTS Model

ATLANTA, With 408 horsepower (hp), outstanding vehicle dynamics and additional standard equipment, the new 2011 911 Carrera GTS ascends to the pinnacle of the Carrera model lineup. With 23 hp more than the 911 Carrera S, the new GTS - available as Coupe and Cabriolet - narrows the gap between the Carrera S and the 435 hp 911 GT3.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 7:37 AM, 09.16.2010

Confirmed: Audi TT RS coming to America

High-performance sports coupe scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships by the third quarter of 2011 'Bring it to the U.S.' Facebook petition gathered 11,500+ signatures in just one month, including many likely buyers. The Audi TT RS will achieve 360 hp, 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 7:34 AM, 09.16.2010

60 Years of Porsche in America

STUTTGART, Germany and ATLANTA, Sept. 24 The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will be celebrating a very special anniversary this year: It was exactly 60 years ago, in the autumn of 1950, that the first Porsche 356 models were shipped to the USA. Since then, what was at that time just a small sports car manufacturer, has gone on to capture the hearts of American sports drivers - and a good number of Hollywood stars as well.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 6:15 PM, 09.25.2010

2011 North American Car of the Year Candidates

DETROIT, Sept. 24 General Motors and Nissan dominate the list of 14 cars being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The list includes two electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 6:21 PM, 09.25.2010

High Performance ST Tops New Ford Focus Lineup for Paris Motor Show Launch

COLOGNE, Germany, Exciting new next-generation Ford Focus gears up for Paris launch of
      full production-ready range of bodystyles together for the first time

  --  Global reveal of new high-performance 250 PS Focus ST for 2012 launch

  --  New Mondeo and C-MAX ranges on show

  --  Ford accelerates efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with high-efficiency
      Ford ECOnetic Technologies and Electrification feature displays

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 7:33 AM, 09.16.2010

The Fiat 500 Sport - Arriving Soon to America

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The reborn and reimagined Fiat 500 is arriving soon to America. Born in Italy, perfectly tailored for America, the Cinquecento is as vibrant and engaging as it is fit and nimble. The Sport model, featured in these images, illustrates Fiat's smart and stylish design aesthetic. Like the original Fiat 500 a half-century ago, the new Cinquecento continues its timeless value while embracing individual expression and opportunity - all infused with world-class craftsmanship.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 7:29 AM, 09.16.2010

What New Car Do You Dream of Owning? Visitors Take Elite Vehicles for Virtual Test Drive

CHICAGO, -- High-end luxury and sports cars will forever stir the imagination of consumers.  From Rolls Royce to Bentley, from Ferrari to Lamborghini; these cars not only turn heads whenever consumers see them, their price tags put them in exclusive territory for all but a select few. These are the cars that many people love to look at, yet only a select few will ever have the means to purchase.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 7:26 AM, 09.16.2010


  • An optional SVT Performance Package highlights the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500®, available on both coupe and convertible models, making it racetrack ready
  • The optional package features the all-new next-generation Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires only available on the 2011 Shelby GT500, offering incredible dry traction and precise handling, complete with a race-inspired ultra-high-performance tread compound
  • All-new lightweight 19-inch forged-aluminum wheels in the front complement all-new tires, with new 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels at the rear


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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 4:05 PM, 09.04.2010

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Adds SuperCrew Option, More Technology, Towing, Standard 6.2-Liter Engine

DEARBORN, Mich., Ford F-150 SVT Raptor again is raising the bar for high-speed off-road
      performance trucks by adding a SuperCrew option and more standard
      power and towing capability for 2011

  --  The previously optional 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 411
      horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, now comes standard for 2011,
      making Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market

  --  Upgraded technology content, including a standard 4.2-inch LCD
      productivity screen and SelectShift Automatic(TM) transmission, keeps
      customers more in tune with their trucks, while a new graphic and
      color choice gives them more options

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 10:47 AM, 09.03.2010

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Redefines Compact Segment Value

DETROIT, When the first 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedans arrive at U.S. dealerships in September, they will offer consumers more for their money, with class-leading standard safety features, expected class-leading fuel economy, and more standard equipment than competitive vehicles.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.03.2010

Ford Racing Reveals Supercharger for 2011 5.0L TiVCT at Woodward Dream Cruise

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 20 Ford Racing has announced today the availability of a new, 2.3L twin-screw supercharger for the 2011 Mustang. When mated to the all-new 5.0L 4V TiVCT V8 engine, this 50-state-legal powertrain, can produce 624 hp SAE @ 6900 rpm and 536 lb-ft SAE @ 4700 rpm.  This is the first Twin-screw unit available to consumers.


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Volume 2010, Issue 8, Posted 4:46 PM, 08.21.2010

MoparŽ '10 Challenger Will Be Front and Center at Woodward Dream Cruise

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 19 Mopar® will make its presence felt at the world's largest one-day celebration of classic-car culture, the 16th annual Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, Aug. 21. More than one million expected visitors will have the chance to check out Mopar vehicles and performance parts at the corner of 13 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak, Mich.

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Volume 2010, Issue 8, Posted 4:41 PM, 08.21.2010

Survey Says: Motorsports Sells Cars and Trucks

ROCHESTER, Mich.,"The roar from an automobile race continues well after the cars leave the speedway."  That's the major finding of a detailed examination of the influence of Motorsports on automotive purchase decisions conducted by Foresight Research, a Rochester, Michigan-based market research firm specializing in the automotive industry. Foresight spent more than five years compiling data for its proprietary "2010: Automotive Marketing Return On Investment" study.

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Volume 2010, Issue 8, Posted 4:15 PM, 08.21.2010

2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., America's high-performance police vehicle -- the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit -- has arrived, providing law-enforcement the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency and an iconic design that makes any suspect stop in a panic.

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Volume 2010, Issue 8, Posted 7:31 PM, 08.26.2010