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2017 Chevrolet Cruze

 

Chevrolet’s compact Cruze returns for 2017 with an addition to the Cruse lineup: the first hatchback version.

Prices begin at $20,965 (plus $875 freight) for the base LT model with a six-speed manual transmission, and $21,920 for the LT with a six-speed automatic.

The uplevel Premier model is $23,945, and comes only with the automatic.

Under the hood of the Cruze Hatch is the same turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine from the sedan, rated at 153 horsepower and 177 foot-pounds of torque. It’s connected to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 28 mpg city/37 highway with the LT manual or Premier automatic, and 29/38 with the LT automatic.

Silverado High Desert and Avalanche

from FoxNews.com

Chevrolet has brought back the Avalanche…at least some of it.

The new Silverado High Desert features a cargo management system it its bed that’s reminiscent of the one featured on the unique, multi-configuration Avalanche, which was discontinued in 2013.

It can’t extend the load floor into the cabin, like the Avalanche’s did, but has a moveable cargo divider, compartments in the bed sides, and a rigid tonneau cover. It can all be locked up, and is water-resistant, if not 100 percent waterproof.

A buttress-style sport bar completes the homage to the Avalanche, but the High Desert is also the first and, for now, only Silverado available with GM’s magnetic ride control suspension system, currently standard on the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. To get it, you’ll have to opt for a redundant-sounding top of the line Silverado 1500 High Country with the High Desert package, which is also available on the LT and LTZ trim levels in Crew Cab trucks.

Prices for the High Desert Silverados will be revealed closer to its on sale date this fall.

Meet the New Members!

New members that have joined since the last issue.  More recent members may appear in the next issue.

Roger D Sowers, Sugar Land, Texas

Martin Haller, Lansing, Michigan

Grenny Diaz-Ayala, Lansing, Michigan

Robert Brown, Marshall, Wisconsin

Robert has a ”71 red Nova.

David Prior, Shelburne, Vermont
He has a 1933 tan Chevy Coupe.

Jimmy Holmes, Lansing, Michigan

Monica Gordon, Davison, Michigan

Shahem Yaquob, Lansing, Michigan

Charles Woodward, Victor, Idaho

Matthew Smith, Odessa, Michigan

William Roy Hall, Fayetteville, NC
He has a ’57 Bel Air.

William Cranmore, Hastings, Michigan

Claudina Hilario-Sainz, Lansing, Michigan

Melissa Baldwin, Onondaga, Michigan

Shannon Hallam, Lansing, Michigan

Tom Slee, Olivet, Michigan

James Garrison, Belleville, Michigan
James has a 2015 gray Silverado and a white 2012 white Malibu.

Shpend Shefkiu, Mason, Michigan

New Colorado

All this comes with the impressive capability of a Colorado truck that has up to 305 horsepower and a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. Both horsepower and Etowing capacity are better than the major competitors’. Plus, unlike competitors, the Colorado offers an easy-lift-and-lower tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar so the tailgate feels light enough to lift with one hand. This special tailgate also has a damper to control the tailgate’s downward movement so it doesn’t bang abruptly.

2015 Chevy Colorado Available in extended and crew cab with short and long pickup beds and with rear- and four-wheel drive, the Colorado is competitively priced, particularly when its higher horsepower is factored in.
The V-6 is available on Crew Cab models that include a full-size back seat and two rear doors, not on base, Extended Cabs that don’t have rear doors and full-size back seat.

By comparison, the competing 2015 Nissan Frontier carries a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $18,875 with 152-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and two-door King Cab. A base, 2015 Frontier King Cab with five-speed automatic has a starting retail price of $21,545. And a base, 2015 Frontier King Cab with four-wheel drive and automatic transmission starts at $27,195, or $565 less than the Colorado.

Another competitor, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma, has a starting retail price of $21,650 for a base, Access Cab model with two doors, 159-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

Both the Frontier and Tacoma are available with V-6 engines, too. But the Colorado’s direct-injection V-6 produces 305 horses, more than the 261 horsepower and 236 horsepower, respectively, in the Frontier and Tacoma.

To be sure, the Colorado and its sibling, the GMC Canyon, are overshadowed — in size and U.S. sales — by the full-size Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

The federal government’s best fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Colorado are 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway for a two-wheel drive, four-cylinder model with automatic transmission. The highest fuel economy rating for a 2015 Chevy Silverado is 18/24 mpg with V-6, automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.

Still, the 2015 Colorado Crew Cab Short Box 4WD tester in Z71 trim showed the benefits of using a more maneuverable, more city-sized truck for regular travel and intermittent home projects.
The tester, which stretched nearly 18 feet in length from bumper to bumper, fit easily into a 1970s-era, two-car home garage and into downtown parking garages; a Silverado required some moving of storage items in the home garage to fit its length, and the Silverado’s wider proportions caused it to edge closely to other vehicles in parking spots.

The Colorado’s upgraded interior for 2015 brings an SUV quality and appearance to the controls, seats and plentiful storage areas. Controls and gauges were well arranged.

The storage area at the bottom of the dashboard’s center stack was especially appreciated for cell phone storage and charging.

Everyone rode high off the pavement in the 4WD Colorado — about on the same level as passengers in bigger trucks — and had good views out.

Just because the Colorado is mid-sized doesn’t mean it scrimps on passenger room, particularly in the front seats. Legroom is a huge 45 inches there, and headroom is a generous 41.4 inches. Both measurements are more than the Tacoma’s. The Colorado Crew Cab’s back seat was surprisingly comfortable, too, with nearly 36 inches of legroom.

The new Colorado 3.6-liter V-6 in the test truck was responsive and ran smoothly and strongly. Torque peaks at 269 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm.

Is General Motors Company’s 2016 Chevy Volt The New Prius?

by George Zack, Business ETC

2016 Chevy Volt With upgraded features and major enhancements, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was revealed this week by General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) at the Detroit Auto Show. Despite the record-low gasoline prices, the largest North American automaker is still betting high on fuel-efficient vehicles for future. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt brings a major upgrade to its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model, which has improved battery power 32%. GM said the new Volt can cover 50 miles on a single lithium ion battery charge. The previous version of Volt could go up to only 38 miles.

Engineers have extended 12 miles of drive range by adding two motor drivetrains, which reduce around 100 pounds of vehicle weight.

Including gasoline, the combined fuel efficiency can go up to 41 miles per gallon (mpg), with the total drive range extended to 400 miles. The vehicle can also go from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in less than 8.4 seconds.

The head of General Motors North America division, Alan Batey said, “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allow us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry,” according to International Business Times.
More specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Volt have not yet been disclosed by the automaker. However, the new Volt is expected to have an 18 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery with fewer cells, further saving 20 pounds of weight. But the Chevy Volt’s most famous feature is its amazing timing to switch to a new 1.5 liter, four-cylinder gas engine once the electric battery is exhausted. The four cylinders can boost the power up to 101 horsepower, according to Digital Trends.

The new Volt is spacious enough to comfortably seat five people by adding a middle seat.

The add-on features were even highlighted by Mr. Brauer, who said the previous version had limited electric drive range, a hefty price tag, and didn’t have an appealing exterior. But the latest Volt has gone through major improvements on all these issues, according to International Business Times.

One major factor for the new Volt to watch out for is the falling gasoline prices, which are making fuel-efficient vehicles less attractive and SUVs more popular. Over the last year, the successful plug-in hybrid Prius, along with other hybrids, saw a 15% decline in sales. Chevrolet recorded its annual sales of 18,805 units of Chevy Volt for 2014 – a 19% drop compared to 2013, according to Bloomberg.

But just like Ford Motor Company is planning its fuel-efficiency game by launching its all-aluminum F-150 pick-up truck, GM is also convinced that low gasoline prices will not remain low forever.

The new Volt will hit dealerships by the second half of this year. However, GM’s fuel-efficient car won’t be alone; it is expected that Toyota could possibly start production of its new 2016 Prius by the end of this year, after delaying it for six months.

Betting on NASCAR 2013

Betting on NASCAR 2013

At one point it appeared as if Jimmie Johnson might run away with this season’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but in recent weeks his lead at the top of the standings has been pegged back somewhat. He is still in a commanding position, but with the season not due to end until November, the thirty point cushion he enjoys at the top will surely not be wide enough for him to be able to rest on his laurels. Betting on NASCAR 2013 has been underway for months now, but with nearly three months of the season gone, who are the drivers who could realistically compete with the 7/1 favourite Johnson for the Series?

Certainly the driver just below him in the standings – Carl Edwards – must be considered a genuine contender. You can get odds of 10/1 on him with the bookies, and he will attract plenty of gambling interest at that price, although it should be noted that he has won only one race so far this season. This could be why he is behind the likes of Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch in the odds reckoning – despite being ahead of them in the standings – as they have won three and two events respectively this season, indicating that they have the speed and the winning mentality. All of these different factors should be considered before betting on the winner of NASCAR 2013, but if you are still unsure you might find a motor racing online casino game a bit more congenial.

One of the best of these games, found at Lucky Nugget, is Motor Slot Speed Machine, which is a slot with five reels and a jackpot of $50,000. Like most slots games this one can be played very cheaply, with $0.05 coins suitable for using on it, and it presents a very good chance of a payout – thanks to the presence of a wild reel icon (the speedometer). The other reel icons are equally motor sport related, including motorcycle gloves, petrol pumps, helmets and traffic lights, while the game bonus features a race between three motor bikes, offering a prize to those able to pick a bike that finishes second or first – which should be great fun for any motor sports fans.

Tips for Choosing the Right Car Parts Dealer

With so many car parts dealers competing in the market, choosing the one which meets your needs can be a challenge. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there are a few quite reputable dealers of used auto parts. If you purchase from such a dealer, you would get quality-tested car parts at low prices. Moreover, you don’t need to compromise on the efficiency and functionality of the components, but how will you ensure that the used auto parts retailer you are dealing is reliable? Well, you have to consider a number of factors such as the reputation, equipment that the retailer have and the promptness in responding to your needs.

How to search and select?

Today, the majority of reputable companies have official websites. This is to extend their businesses to a wider audience and reach their target market. According to car parts experts, the best and the most convenient tool to locate reliable car parts dealer is the Internet. Buyers can use various keywords or key phrases to run a search. For instance, if you are living in Dallas, you can use key phrases such as “car parts Dallas, TX“, “auto parts dealers Dallas, TX,” and “Dallas auto parts retailers.” Generally, there are thousands of sources that appear in the search results. Examples of car parts websites are AutoPartsWarehouse.com, iSeeCars.com, and AdvancedAutoParts.com, all of which carry parts from the major manufacturers. However, it’s better to choose the dealers’ websites that have a better ranking in the search engines. Choose two or more websites and visit those. This provides you a better insight to the experience and status of each retailer. You can also check the status of those dealers with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to avoid scams. Narrow down your search based on how quick the dealer responds to your calls and queries. It also very important to compare the rates by asking quotes from two or more dealers.

What if you don’t get the required components?

There are times when you fail to find the required auto parts in the directory of an otherwise reputable dealer. Generally, reliable used car parts dealers have a large listing where you can find various car components. However, in case you cannot find the ones you need, the dealer should be able to assist you to find the parts. A reliable company has efficient parts finder tools or systems through which the agents or customer assistants are able to find the car components you need within seconds. Hence, you should not waste your time and money finding for car parts yourself.  Not only will they will search for the best and affordable parts for you, but will also deliver the product to your doorstep, intact and economically.

Common Injuries from Car Accidents

Car accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries and ailments and can affect almost any part of your body. Injuries sustained obviously depend on the severity of the road traffic accident, the impact and the individual circumstances.

If you take a look at the number of claims from insurance companies or from personal injury claims, then you will notice a trend concerning certain injuries and some seem to occur much more than others. When these are investigated, police will ask for a sample of blood or urine to make sure you weren´t under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so failing to provide these items will be charge you as guilty.

Head injuries and brain damage are common injuries after a car crash or road traffic accident and is suffered by both drivers and passengers alike. Head injuries can range from a mild concussion through to a serious brain injury. Sometimes there may not be any physical signs of injury, but it is always worth getting checked out at a hospital in case of internal bleeding.

Neck injuries are one of the most common injuries from a car accident.
One of the most frequent complaints is that of whiplash, which is a mild neck strain, through to more serious injuries, such as a slipped disc.

The impact of a car accident means that back injuries are a very common occurrence and this can include back strain, disc injuries, fractures and lumbar spinal injuries. Some of the most severe back injuries take time to show any symptoms, so again you should always get checked out after a serious injury.

Facial injuries – often caused by breaking glass or impact with the steering wheel – are one of the most distressing kind of injuries and can range from minor bumps and bruises through to shattered bones, lacerations and dental injuries.

Psychological trauma is also a common side effect of car accidents and this can last for a short time, or for years, especially if a death is involved. The most serious kind of trauma can result in something akin to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

2012 Chevy Colorado

2012 Chevy Colorado

After a great deal of anticipation and a boatload of speculation, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Colorado, built in Thailand (with no official announcements yet about the U.S.) debuted today in Asia. Now the production model will go on sale later this month in more than 60 countries.

For the past five years, global GM engineers have tested and refined the new midsize pickup truck that will offer 26 different combinations of models, powertrains, cabins and ride heights. The new Colorados will include regular, extended- and crew-cab bodies in high- and low-stance configurations, wide- and narrow-body options, as well as two- and four-wheel-drive.

“The new Colorado represents our largest-ever engineering and manufacturing program (over $2 billion) and demonstrates the outstanding skills and capability that exist in this country,” GM Thailand President Martin Apfel said. “Our manufacturing operations have the ability to meet the needs of the local and global marketplace now and well into the future.”

Based on GM’s global body-on-frame, rear-drive midsize truck architecture, the new Colorado is designed, engineered and executed to deliver best-in-class appearance, performance, versatility and refinement. It competes with the global Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux and others.

The new Colorado features an all-new global family of GM-developed turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines designed for performance and fuel efficiency. The two Duramax diesels, built at GM Thailand’s newly opened $200 million engine plant, are available in 2.8-liter (pictured below, left) and 2.5-liter (below, right) displacements.

The 2.8-liter turbo-diesel features a variable-geometry turbocharger and a balance shaft for greater smoothness, while both engines feature components designed to last up to 150,000 miles.

The 2.8-liter engine is rated at 180 horsepower and 346 pounds-feet of torque with an available six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter engine is rated at 150 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque.

The transmissions to be offered aer a five-speed manual or a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission with automatic gear selection via a toggle switch on the shift head. The 4×4 configuration will include a new two-speed, electronically actuated part-time transfer case.

Other features include electronic stability control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, hydraulic brake assist, cornering brake control and driver and occupant front airbags.

The development of the all-new Colorado was led by a team of GM engineers in Brazil that used their expertise to tailor the vehicle for a number of global markets, including those in Southeast Asia.

Team members lived in Thailand during the Colorado’s development, immersing themselves in the highly competitive truck market and observing how Thais use their vehicles and the driving conditions they experience. That expertise led to the development of new Colorado models covering three specification levels: the entry-level LS, midrange LT and range-topping LTZ.

High mileage Cruze Eco

Chevy Cruze Eco

Chevrolet has unwrapped an estimated 40 mpg version of its upcoming Cruze sedan dubbed the Cruze Eco. Powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the Cruze Eco nets its impressive highway fuel economy when mated to its standard six-speed manual transmission.

The Cruze Eco features a number of changes aimed at decreasing fuel consumption, like an optimized front axle ratio and ultra low rolling resistance Goodyear tires and lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels. A lowered stance reduces mpg-robbing air turbulence at highway speeds, while a lower front grille “air shutter” closes at higher speeds to improve highway aerodynamics. Chevrolet also modified the upper grille and added in a new front lower air dam extension and a rear spoiler to make the Cruze Eco even more slippery to the wind.

The Cruze Eco will come standard with the aforementioned six-speed manual, but it will also offer a six-speed automatic. Chevrolet estimates highway fuel economy at 40 mpg with the stick, but the automaker has not estimated highway figures for the manual or city numbers for either car.

Regardless of transmission, the Cruze Eco will come standard with the 138-horsepower, 148 lb-ft. of torque 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder rather than the base Cruze LS’ naturally aspirated four-cylinder. With that turbocharged engine, Chevrolet says that the Cruze Eco should be good for a 0-60 mph sprint of about 9 seconds with the manual and 10 seconds with the automatic.