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PostHeaderIcon The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Apparently Can’t Be Sold In Europe

Part of what makes the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1 LE such a potent piece of machinery is that it’s bleeding in aerodynamic equipment. Compare to the “standard’ ZL1, the 1LE version looks and performs like it’s from a completely different planet altogether. And yet, it is this very feature of the Camaro ZL1 1LE that has made it impossible to own in Europe. That’s because according to Motor Trend, Chevrolet can’t sell the ZL1 1LE in that region because the dive planes in the car violate Europe’s pedestrian safety laws.

It may sound trivial to ban a car because of one piece of aerodynamic component, but the way those dive plans, or canards, stretch out does make you wonder if they can clip a pedestrian who’s standing a little to close to the car when it drives by. Then again, Chevrolet itself can’t just take out those dive planes just so it can sell the car in Europe. They play an important role in enhancing the Camaro ZL1 1 LE’s aerodynamic capabilities, not the least of which is its ability to work with the splitter and the carbon fiber wing to create as much as 300 pounds of downforce at speeds of 155 mph. Without the dive plans, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is effectively comprised of the very features that make it the most track-capable Camaro ever created. Tough luck then to our European friends, although it does feel like a little bit of fair play considering that we were shut out of getting cars like the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R for so long.

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PostHeaderIcon Restore Your Hot Wheels Using This Simple DIY Video

Restoring cars is hard enough work. Depending on its state, a car restoration can take months, sometimes even years to complete. I’m not here to talk about road-going cars, though. I’m talking about car restorations of a different thing entirely, the kind that Redline Restorations, a company that’s known for restoring actual classic vehicles, did for a 1968 custom Chevrolet Camaro. Except that this isn’t a full-size Camaro; it’s a Hot Wheels version.

Before you start snickering at the sight of restoring a toy car, indulge yourselves in the idea because it’s actually pretty awesome. You might even think that there are a lot of similarities between restoring a real car and a pint-sized, die-cast version after watching how Redline Restorations does it. As you can see, the ’68 Camaro has definitely seen better days to the point that “beat-up” feels like an understatement when describing its condition. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for the restoration company.

It starts off by disassembling the car’s body in order to separate it from its chassis. From there, the body is stripped of its original paint, similar to how it’s done on real cars. Things take an interesting turn after that process as both the body and chassis of the Hot Wheels car are dipped into a beaker with 75 percent phosphoric acid in it. This specific process is done in order to remove the rust collected in the car. Once that job is finished, the body is repainted and reconnected to the chassis.

It’s a relatively straightforward process, but seeing the whole thing play out is still pretty impressive. From a car that looked like it had just come off a late-night bender at a junk yard, this Hot Wheels version of the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro now looks like it’s just been taken out of the box. Check out the video and see how the whole process unfolds from start to finish. Who knows, you might be inspired by it and start doing it yourself on your Hot Wheels. Just make sure to handle that phosphoric acid very carefully.

PostHeaderIcon The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry

It’s been a few months since we’ve seen the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out testing, with the last outing taking place on the Nurburgring in mid-April. The trail has since gone cold, but all that changed earlier this week when it was caught filling up with that sweet liquid gold we call gasoline. Even better yet, the prototype that was spotted is also half naked, giving us the best look at the coupe so far. Naturally, the entire front end and a small portion of the rear is still wrapped in the psychedelic camo that we all love to hate, but the lack of camo in the middle shows us that the ZR1 will, indeed, have the same rear quarters, roof, and doors found on the Stingray, Z06, and Grand Sport.

So far, there’s not a lot we know about the ZR1. It’s pretty much certain that the V-8 under the hood will be force fed, but whether or not that happens via a supercharger or a pair of twin turbos is still up in the air. We’re also not sure what it will deliver in terms of power, but with the Z06 cranking out some 650 ponies and the last-gen ZR1 making 638 ponies, we’re expecting no less than 700 horsepower out of the gate if not a little more.
It should be able to tackle the 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and will top out at more than 200 mph if you’ve got the balls to push it that hard. And, it’s about time that a C7-gen ZR1 makes its debut – the typical wait time for the ZR1 trim is about three to four years after the generation was introduced and 2018 will be the fourth year for the C7. So, we should be looking at a mid-2018 model or 2019 model at the latest. What can we spot in these new spy shots? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a better look real quick.

PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Makes Racing Debut At Best in the Desert

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 will finally have a chance to prove its off-road chops in a sanctioned race this weekend. Chad Hall of Hall Racing will drive a moderately modified 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 in the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” portion of the Best in the Desert racing series. The 550-mile, off-road race will trek through the Nevada desert starting at Las Vegas on Friday, August 19 and end in Reno on Sunday morning. More than 350 vehicles will compete in what’s regarded as the longest and most grueling off-road race within American borders.

But even folks who aren’t into racing should like this news: Chevy is working with Hall Racing and will closely monitor the Colorado ZR2 and its array of custom parts. Should they perform well, they have a potential to get bolted to a future version of the Colorado ZR2. Russ O’Blenes, the director of GM’s Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports division said, “The components being tested on this truck are ultimately intended to take the already-exceptional off-road capability of the Colorado to the next level. Racing them allows us to quickly understand their performance attributes and reliability in the extreme environment of off-road racing, ensuring the highest performing components for Colorado customers.”

So, what parts are custom and how much of this ZR2 is stock? Keep reading to find out.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Pricing and Specs

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Chevrolet offers sport utility vehicles in all sizes and shapes, and among them the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse seems to be the one occupying the sweet spot. The size of this crossover/SUV is just about right for every occasion, and so is its list of features. We have to say it does not look particularly interesting, though. 

In any case, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse gets a number of new highlights to help justify its $30,875 starting price. You get new chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps, and there are two new sporty RS and luxurious High Country trim levels to choose between. New split-folding second-row seat and second-row captain’s chairs improve on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide feature, and all model now get standard Traction Mode Select which becomes handy in tricky driving situations.

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Engine-wise, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse can be had with a 3.6L V-6, with a 2.0L turbo engine offered with the RS model. Speaking of trims, the RS’ highlights include blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels, while the High Country gets Loft Brown leather appointments and sueded microfiber accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.

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Standard on all models are keyless entry and start, Tri-zone automatic climate control, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and active aero shutters. But some of the good stuff, such as adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charger, heated steering, MyLink 7-inch infotainment, and Power liftgate with hands-free operation come only with high-end trim levels.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Tahoe Custom

The venerable Chevy Tahoe used to be the go-to family hauler for middle-class folks. These days, though, prices of this body-on-frame, V-8-powered SUV have skyrocketed beyond what most families are willing to pay. And with the proliferation of crossovers like the Equinox and Traverse, it’s no wonder Chevy pushed the Tahoe up-market. Thankfully, Chevy is offering a solution: the Custom trim package.

Like on the Silverado pickup, the Custom trim takes a low-spec vehicle and adds exterior flash matched with the most important interior upgrades modern car buyers can’t seem to live without. For 2018, the Chevy Tahoe Custom starts at $44,995 – a full $3,515 less than the absolute base Tahoe LS. Chevy’s marketing director, Sandor Piszar, said, “The Tahoe Custom is a response to strong customer demand for Tahoe, as well as the full-size SUV segment moving upmarket. In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display. This created an unmet need in the marketplace for customers who want the cargo and towing capability of a full-size SUV to go camping, boating or off-roading but don’t necessarily want all of the option content offered on a Tahoe Premier.”

So what’s the difference between the Tahoe LS and the new Tahoe Custom? Let’s explore that below.

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PostHeaderIcon Goodbye Chevy SS, Hello Camaro ZL1 – Chevy’s New NASCAR Cup Race Car Announced!

Chevrolet has announced the Camaro ZL1 as its top-tier race car for the 2018 NASCAR season. The news comes as no surprise following the discontinuation of the Chevy SS sedan in May of 2017, the basis for Chevy’s previous stock car. This marks the first time Chevy’s pony car will battle with the big boys (and Danica Patrick) in NASCAR’s tile event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

As with any modern NASCAR racer, the cars are only look-alikes to their production counterparts. They car merely sheet metal shells bolted to a tube-chassis and powered by custom-built racing V-8s. Not a single bolt or switch comes from the production car’s assembly line. The Camaro ZL1 Monster Energy car is no different, though Chevy’s design team has done a great job preserving the Camaro ZL1’s massive lower grille, brake ducts, menacing headlights and curvy rear haunches. The announcement was made at GM’s Detroit headquarters with driver Jimmie Johnson and executive VP of GM Global Product Development Mark Reuss on hand. Reuss said in a statement, “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.” The 2018 NASCAR season will begin in February at the Daytona Speedweeks.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

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It would have been a shame if a car as potent and as capable as the 2018 Camaro ZL1 didn’t have some sort of motorsport career. But that’s a problem you no longer have to worry about because Chevy has just announced the ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car, set to make its competition debut next February during Daytona Speedweeks. 

Joining the Camaro SS, which has been Chevrolet’s entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since 2013, to bolster Chevrolet’s presence in this field of racing the 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup has been carefully engineered to ensure success. The car benefits from a 90-degree V8 motor which is closely related to 650 horsepower unit in the production model, and it has been fine-tuned with computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing to optimize aerodynamic performance.

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“Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, who was joined by seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson — driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports — to reveal the car. “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Chevy Kodiak HD 4500 Caught testing

General Motors and Navistar International announced their partnership to build medium-duty trucks back in October of 2015, but since then, nothing has surfaced regarding the Class 4 and 5 commercial trucks – that is, until now. Spy shots have surfaced of a camouflaged test mule apparently prepped for stability testing. The rig has a beefy roll bar mounted to its flatbed and its front bumper is prepped for outriggers.

The images come via our friends at TFL Truck. The prototype truck clearly has elements of both GM and Navistar International. The hood and front grille are familiar International designs, while the headlights are clearly lifted from the 2015-2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT. The truck’s cab is also pure GM, likely shared with the Silverado 2500/3500 HD. The trailer tow mirrors, door handles, roof marker lights, and the cab’s overall shape are dead giveaways. Sadly, both automakers have remained quiet about the trucks, though TFL Truck cites reports suggesting the 4500/5500 trucks will debut in March of 2018 and go on-sale shortly thereafter as 2019 models. It’s unclear whether the trucks will have GM nameplate or Navistar International branding – or both. GM’s Chevy and GMC divisions could very easily revive the Kodiak and TopKick names, as both have illustrious histories spanning from 1980 to 2009. International might use the truck to expand its lineup below the DuraStar, currently its smallest medium-duty truck.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

Since Zora Arkus Duntov joined the Corvette team and crammed a V-8 into America’s sports car in 1955, the Belgian-born engineer chased ever more interesting and dynamic ways of making the little two-door go faster than anything else on the road. Zora was obsessed with speed and performance. Aside from setting a production car record up Pikes Peak in a Corvette, taking a standing-mile record at Daytona and starting the Grand Sport racing program, Zora consistently worked on mid-engined prototypes of Corvettes during his career. Despite having a mid-engined prototype of some form for almost every generation of the Corvette, there has never been a production car wearing the legendary Crossed Flags and carrying the engine behind the driver. That all looks to change soon with the rumored Corvette Zora ZR1.

This new car is rumored to use the Zora name to make it a separate model from the current Corvette family, and when it debuts, it will be unveiled as an eighth-generation (C8) car. To create this new and exciting performance machine, Corvette engineers are expected to modify the current C7’s aluminum chassis for mid-ship duty, and then they should fit the car with an uprated version of the supercharged V-8 found in the new Corvette Z06. The new Zora is expected to carry a price of more than $150k, horsepower ratings in excess of 700 ponies and a top speed well above 200 mph. General Motors is no longer building a bargain performance monster. The new Zora will be a purebred supercar; full stop. Ferrari and Lamborghini, you have been put on notice.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down

Back in May, we brought you news about Chevy’s Corvette factory and its 18-month shutdown of public tours beginning in June. At the time, Corvette expert and trusted source, Mike Furman, sent out an e-mail saying giving us a number of possibilities as to why the tours were being shut down. The distinct possibilities included the retooling of the factory to produce the mid-engined Corvette ZR1 “Zora” and the possibility that GM is switching from pushrod engines to DOHC engines. I personally speculated that it could be both – GM is trying to hide as much as it can about the ZR1, with tours obviously a serious threat to the way information is leaked these days and the switch to DOHC being a huge undertaking. Keep in mind that the ZR1 will also be based on the C7 instead of the upcoming C8, so it’s possible that GM is preparing the factory for C8 production. Now, as we approach fall and August is ready to kick off, GM is shutting down the Bowling Green plant. The shutdown is going to last through the month of October – something that is also causing a halt of all new Corvette orders until further notice.

So, what is the shutdown really for? Well, that’s still a mystery as far as we’re concerned, but according to spokesperson Ron Kiino, the reason revolves around the building of a new paint shop that is said to be state of the art. That’s the most official information we’ve heard about the shutdown so far, but is it just a front as GM begins to shift toward building DOHC engines or the C8? It’s hard to say, but shutting down an entire factory, just to build a new paint shop seems a little sketchy to us. For what it’s worth, the shutdown doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to get a Corvette for the next three months. You won’t be able to order a 2018 model, but GM currently has 14,700 Corvettes in stock as of July 1, 2017. That’s the word from the Automotive News Data Center, and it does make sense considering such a long halt to production. So, what’s it all mean for those looking to buy a Vette in the next couple of months? Keep reading to learn more about it.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fresh Options, Familiar Sticker

We’re big fans of the latest seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, even naming the 650-horse monster machine Z06 our Performance Car of the Year when it was first released in 2014. But now that we’re three years into production, its time for a little refresh. As such, the Bowtie is shaking up the options list, while keeping that old bargain pricing static.

Updates for the 2018 model year include a slew of aesthetic changes, as well as a few updates to the performance side of things. Outside, you’ll find standard staggered wheel sizing with an extra inch in diameter (20 inches in back, 19 inches in front). The new wheels come from the Z51 package, and there are new wheel designs on the table as well. A new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior paint option replaces the outgoing Sterling Blue. Improvements inside include updates for the heads-up display and rearview camera, while the infotainment now comes with HD digital radio as standard. New interior colors were added to the 2LT trim level, while a Spice Red finish was added to the convertible top colors list. Spice Red was also added to the list of interior finishes for the 3LT and 3LZ trim levels. Go for the Jet Black suede interior, and you’ll get carbon fiber on the steering wheel and various trim bits. Finally, the 3LT and 3LZ trims get new stitching packages, including red, yellow, and new blue. Read on for details on the go-fast stuff.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse

The venerable and humble Chevrolet Traverse is borrowing upscale design cues from its Tahoe and Suburban big brothers. The change happens for the 2018 model year as the Traverse moves into its second generation with little more than an engine option and the name carrying over. This unibody, three-row crossover is new from the lug nuts up. It rides on an elongated C1XX platform shared with the Cadillac XT5 and new-for-2017 GMC Acadia. Chevy expects the Traverse to lead the segment in interior volume and third-row legroom, making it a decent alternative to a minivan. It might still be a crossover, but its humility has gone missing.

The Traverse has been around since 2009 and has been Chevy’s version of the Lambda-based GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.
With GM’s movement away from the aging Lambda platform, these vehicles migrated (save yet for the Enclave) to the new CX11 chassis. The 2017 Acadia was first out of the gate, but the Traverse now follows. However, the two are not badge-engineered twin anymore. The Traverse has a longer wheelbase that brings more interior volume and a more stately side profile appearance.

The 2018 Traverse now has two available engines – a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the reworked 3.6-liter V-6. Both come mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse retains its transverse engine mounting and standard front-wheel drive configuration. GM’s new part-time AWD system is optional.

Inside, the Traverse can hold eight people in a 2+3+3 configuration. A seven-seater configuration can be had thanks to optional second-row captain’s chairs. New folding mechanisms in the second row allow for easier folding and third-row entry. With both rows stored flat, the Traverse can swallow 98.5 cubic feet of cargo – nearly four cubic-feet more than the Chevy Tahoe.

Update 07/27/2017: Chevy has announced pricing for the 2018 Traverse. The base L trim starts at $30,875, while the range-topping High Country starts at $52,995. Full details are in the Pricing section below.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE Tackles Nurburgring

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In recent years the Camaro has been transforming itself from a pure and red-blooded American muscle car into a sports car with European feelings, and that is because of a little place called the Nurburgring. So it was only natural they sent the new 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE over there, and it was only fitting that it set a respectable time. 

Lapping the Nurburgring’s 12.9-mile (20.8 km) Nordschleife (“north loop”) in 7:16.04, the 2018 Camaro Zl1 1LE is not the fastest car of its type ever to tackle the Green Hell, but it is the fastest Camaro. In fact, it is a whopping 14 seconds (thereabouts) faster than the regular ZL1 with a 10-speed auto transmission.

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The difference is down to the 1LE track pack with its adjustable suspension components — including Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers — special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires.And of course, a large chunk of the credit goes to the 650 horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 engine which is as powerful as Odin and Thor combined!

With chassis adjustability unlike any vehicle in its peer group, the Camaro ZL1 1LE challenges supercars from around the world regardless of cost, configuration or propulsion system,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “To make up more than a second per mile on the Nordschleife compared to the ZL1 automatic is a dramatic improvement and speaks to the 1LE’s enhanced track features.”

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sets Camaro Record At Nurburgring

The newly introduced Camaro ZL1 1LE has just become the quickest Chevy Camaro to lap the Nurburgring track. The supercharged coupe equipped with the revised 1LE package lapped the German track in seven minutes and 16.04 seconds, which makes it 13.56 ticks quicker than the Camaro ZL1 that the company tested in 2016. The record was achieved using a suspension setup adjusted for optimal track performance and running on the production Goodyear tires, so there’s no trickery involved. At least none that stands out.

As a brief reminder, the 1LE package adds a range of performance-enhancing features, including Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers, special front dive planes, carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires. The 1LE is rated at the same 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque as the standard Camaro ZL1. The 1LE package adds $7,500 to the ZL1’s sticker, increasing the final price to $69,995 before options.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Equinox – Driven

I don’t need to remind anyone just how explosive the crossover market is these days. The competition is growing evermore fierce as automakers fight for consumer dollars as sales of sedans plummet and traditional body-on-frame SUVs crawl up-market toward the luxury segment. That’s why the Equinox is so important for Chevrolet. It splits the difference. And having spent a week driving the all-new, 2018 Equinox, it’s clear Chevy sharpened its knife before redesigning this two-row crossover.

The new, third generation Equinox gains fresh (though arguably bland) styling for 2018, along with a far more modern interior with tons of in-demand active safety and tech features. Available attractions include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, six USB ports, wireless phone charging, heated and vented front seats, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, and a 360-degree camera system. Chevy improved the ride, too, with a stiffer and lighter chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, and three engine choices that include a turbodiesel estimated to achieve 40 mpg highway. Even as a jaded journalist used to driving high-end products, I found myself deeply impressed by the 2018 Equinox. Keep ready to see why.

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PostHeaderIcon Corvette Z06 Owners File Class-Action Lawsuit Against GM Over Performance Issues

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors for overheating issues that cause the sports car to go into “limp mode” after only 15 minutes of track use. The lawsuit, filed in June by automaker-suing firm Hagens Berman, claims that a cooling system malfunction can put the Corvette Z06 into “limp mode,” which drastically reduces the car’s power and speed. After only 15 minutes, which is by no means what you expect when you buy a car that can cost in excess of $100,000. What’s more, it turns out that the Z06 can go into limp mode on public roads too, which eliminates the scenario that this is an issue for customers who take their sports car to the track.

As is it the case with cooling system defects, the issue is also prone to do damage to important engine components, which adds costly repair bills to an already frustrating experience. The issue affects model-year 2015 to 2017 cars and Hagens Berman estimates that around 30,000 units may suffer from this problem. The lawsuit also claims that General Motors breached state and federal laws and it seeks financial damages for the owners.

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PostHeaderIcon The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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PostHeaderIcon Chevy’s "Real People" Ads Are Working

At the door of my daughter’s preschool this morning, her teacher looked out to see my 2018 Chevrolet Equinox tester sitting in the first parking space. The Summit White crossover is fully loaded with the Premier trim package and 19-inch, Ultra Bright Machined wheels, so it’s easy to spot in the morning sun. And what’s the first thing she says? “Oh, I’ve seen that one! It’s from the ‘Bad Mamma Jamma’ commercial, right?!”

Yep, she pegged it. The 2018 Equinox has gotten its own “Real People” ad in Chevy’s long line of TV and Internet commercials. Like the others, this commercial supposedly takes “real people” and gets their first-blush opinion of Chevy vehicles. While not my favorite of Chevy’s marketing strategies (that goes to the “Like A Rock” series), “Real People” has taken some extensive abuse. A recent Jalopnik article even says the Bad Mamma Jamma ad is “everything wrong with everything.” The profanity-laced editorial calls out the Chevy for making average people look like idiots while marveling at vehicles on-camera. But there’s something the Jalopnik writer isn’t seeing…

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Offers OnStar 4G LTE Unlimited Plan

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As if the Americans needed more distraction behind the wheel, what with their Big Macs and large drinks and legal weed, Chevrolet announced an unlimited prepaid data plan for only $20 per month for the OnStar 4G LTE system. This gives the occupants of Chevys with WiFi hotspot access to unlimited high-speed internet on the move. 

This is awesome for the passengers, but the driver must exercise great self-restraint not to stream Netflix on his phone as he travels those long and boring Interstates. Chevrolet came up with this OnStar 4G LTE Unlimited plan after they looked at the data usage through the OnStar system and realized last year alone customers used nearly 200 percent more OnStar 4G LTE data in their vehicles compared to 2015. They crunched the numbers, and calculated that data usage was the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video streaming in 2016!

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“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

The post Chevrolet Offers OnStar 4G LTE Unlimited Plan appeared first on Motorward.

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