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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price, Review

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, If you want a fast, powerful, high torque capacity and magnetic ride suspension car, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 should be your ultimate choice. This new excellent most powerful Camaro from Chevrolet has left all its competitors behind as soon as it was unveiled. It boasts a V8 engine of supercharge LSA of 6.2 liters which makes it a beast on the road. The one sitting behind the steering wheel can’t escape an adrenalin rush while driving at 184 mph top speed. Powered by 580 horsepower and 6000 rpm, within 3.9 seconds the acceleration can be from nil to 60 mph.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 has automatic gearbox and offers 556 lb per feet torque at 4200 rpm. You will get fabulous smoothness owing to the Tremec TR6060 automatic transmission of 6-speed manual. It is backed up by a clutch system of twin disc of 240mm and along with a similar dual mass flywheel. The wagon has a low restricted filtration of air and supercharger housing enhances airflow. The unique system of induction improves engine efficiency. In addition, contrary to hydraulic systems the electric steering power system and supercharger intercooler ensures engine power consumption is minimized.

The car weighs 4000 pounds approximately adding to its muscular look. The leather seats in elegant black and microfiber suede covers ensure comfort and sophistication. The driver can concentrate on riving and still keep a track of the performance with the Head up display readout panel. This car has steering wheel with control for audio device and equipped with Bluetooth, USB port, rear Camera and amazing audio system. Chevy Camaro ZL1 has enhanced front fascia with raised aluminum hood, carbon fiber insert and fog lamps. The rear design includes diffuser, rocker panels and spoiler. The mystical black interior and the classic front fascia make it a sophisticated muscular car. The Camaro ZL1 is priced around $55,000 and every dollar is worthwhile for this amazing car.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3849
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 24
Horsepower : 426@5900
Torque (lb-ft) : 420@4600
Wheelbase : 112.3
Length (in.) : 190.4
Width (in.) : 75.5
Height (in.) : 54.2

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2012 The Camaro ZL1 Price, Review

2012 The Camaro ZL1, what car reviews, 2012 The Camaro ZL1 builds upon the highly successful reborn Camaro, albeit with a heavy dose of steroids both in the cosmetic and performance departments – clearly taking direct aim at ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang.
To do battle, the ZL1 borrows the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 that is commonly found under the hood of the CTS-V models – but this time with even more power – making it the fastest production Camaro ever built.

2012 The Camaro ZL1 specs

The chevrolet camaro ZL1 has returned from the SAE with an official rating of 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, beating out the 1969 ZL1’s 427 cubic inch V8 by more than 150 horsepower.
The engine that packs such a ferocious bite is an all-aluminum LSA supercharged small-block chevrolet engine, complete with six-bolt main bearing caps that clamp and lock in the forged steel crankshaft to the deep-skirt block on the engine’s lower end, along with a 1.9-liter Roots-style supercharger that crams air into the engine thanks to a four-lobe set and with the aid of an intercooler.

Chevy says it has modified the LSA engine specifically for the ZL1, including a less restrictive air filter, dual inlet paths and improved airflow throughout the supercharger housing. Chevy also made use of a more efficient intercooler and electric power steering system, all things that help add up to give the ZL1 a power advantage over the similar engine found in the cadillac CTS -V vehicles.Of course, with that much power one needs specially designed transmissions to handle the high output without being prone to failures. To address that, Chevy beefed up its Tremec TR-6060 to MG9-spec, which means it can handle 30 percent more torque. This is achieved through the use of a strengthened output shaft, high-strength rear housing and additional roller bearing.

One very unique feature of the ZL1 is the availability of an automatic transmission. While the notion of adding an automatic transmission may make some enthusiasts cringe, the reality is those with pockets deep enough to purchase this car may very well prefer a six-speed automatic transmission over a do-it-yourself type tranny.
To handle that duty, Chevy has the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission, which benefits from two additional pinion gears, additional clutch plate and strengthened output shaft and gearset. There are also three drive modes: Drive, Sport and Manual, depending on the driver’s preference at the time.

Magnetic Ride Control
Another major selling point of the ZL1 is the use of GM’s third-generation of Magnetic Ride Control. This technology uses valve-less damping and Magneto-Rheological fluid technology in its shock absorbers to control resistance. Essentially, the system can magnetize particles to change the flow resistance on the fly and adjust the ride from hard to soft, or soft to hard.
The third-gen system uses new twin-wire/dual-coil dampers at all four corners, rather than a single, larger single-core on the outgoing generation. The new system allows for even more precise control and a wider range of comfort levels, allowing up to 1,000 adjustments per second.The MRC system has three preset settings: Tour, Sport and Track.

Performance Traction Management system
The final trick up the ZL1′s sleeve comes in the form of a performance traction management system intended to used on the track or at drag strips. PTM is standard equipment, having been born in the Corvette ZR1.

PTM works by integrating magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control to work together optimally depending on the environment and task at hand.

There are five pre-set modes:
Mode 1 – Traction control set for wet conditions, with stability
control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
Mode 2 – Traction control set for dry conditions, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
Mode 3 – Traction control set on Sport 1, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
Mode 4 – Traction control set on Sport 2, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
Mode 5 – Traction control set on Race, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Track. Launch control tuned for VHT-prepped drag strips.
This means the ZL1 can be set to work according to the driver’s preference for just about any situation encountered on the road, track or on the strip.

2012 The Camaro ZL1 price

The chevrolet camaro ZL1 base price is $54,995, there are only six options on the ZL1, starting with the choice of transmission. An extra $1,185 will get you a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Adding bright aluminum wheels will set you back $470, as will stripes. A sunroof is priced at $900, while the carbon fiber hood insert is $600. Finally, a suede package for the steering wheel and shifter is $500. Leather interior is standard, along with heated power seats, and a nine-speaker audio system with USB port and Bluetooth.

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, For 2012, the Traverse undergoes no major changes. On the outside, the Traverse treads on the more conservative side when it comes to style, with subtly contoured sides and Chevy’s corporate grille dominating the front.

The Traverse’s styling is inoffensive. It suits the mission, we suppose, but there’s not much excitement in the mildly contoured shape, nothing of the flair that you’d find in the chunky, trucklike GMC Acadia and flowing, curvilinear Buick Enclave that share the Traverse’s platform. The Chevy’s simple, elegant, even spare, and that has its own charm. The design influence from other Chevy products is clear, especially up front where a Malibu-like split grille sits tall. The lack of detail makes the rear end of the Traverse as forgettable as any minivan, though, and the same holds true for the interior–it’s functional, but not exciting, by any means, and the sheets of hard, dull plastic that wrap the dash and doors could use an upgrade.

The Traverse is Chevrolet’s full-size crossover SUV with seating for up to eight occupants. Based on the same architecture as the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, the Traverse incorporates design cues from the Malibu sedan. The Traverse offers the passenger and cargo capacity of larger SUV with better fuel-efficiency due to a 3.6-liter V6 with direct-injection technology and towing capacity of 5,200 lbs.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Traverse check in at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (opting for all-wheel drive drops each of these figures by one respectively). Chevy claims that the Traverse’s highway fuel economy is the highest to be found in any eight-passenger crossover.

The well-equipped interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. An efficient, direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse comes in three trim levels: the LS, the LT and the LTZ. Each trim is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The interior of the Traverse retains the two-tone color scheme that seems to be making its way around Chevy of late. Depending on your choice of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs, seating capacity is seven or eight. The Traverse is well equipped in all forms, with standard features like cruise control, rear climate control, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, and power windows/locks. Optional equipment like automatic climate control, a rear entertainment system, navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated front seats help to keep everyone comfortable and entertained on long trips. An available power lift gate is another convenience which means you don’t have to set down packages or children to open the back.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers great fuel economy which will make drivers happy, and plenty of interior features which will make the passengers smile as well.

One of the safest vehicles on the road today, the 2012 Traverse earns nearly perfect crash-test scores. Overall, the NHTSA gives it five stars, with a four-star rating for front impacts and five for side impacts. The IIHS names it a Top Safety Pick, too. Along with standard airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, Bluetooth and parking sensors, the Traverse can be fitted with a rearview camera, to help with its middling visibility to the rear quarters.

All 2012 Traverse crossovers come with a tilt/telescopic wheel; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; Bluetooth; and an AM/FM/XM/CD sound system. Major options include the rearview camera; a power liftgate; heated and cooled front seats; and a DVD entertainment system. The top-spec LTZ can be equipped with 20-inch aluminum wheels; a rear spoiler; dual exhausts; and a panoramic sunroof.

2012 Chevrolet Traverse specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4720
City (MPG) : 17
Hwy (MPG) : 24
Horsepower : 281@6300
Torque (lb-ft) : 266@3400
Wheelbase : 118.9
Length (in.) : 205.0
Width (in.) : 78.4
Height (in.) : 72.8

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price :

MSRP range: $29,430 – $40,805
Invoice price range: $27,959 – $38,765

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2012 Chevrolet Suburban Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Suburban is Chevrolet’s full-size extended wheelbase SUV that was first introduced as the Chevrolet Suburban Carryall in 1935. The real predecessor to today’s Suburban was introduced in 1973, a new design with four doors and available 9-passenger seating. For 2012, the Chevrolet Suburban receives updated versions of the optional navigation and rear-seat entertainment systems.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV is offered in 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models. Both are available in the base LS and midlevel LT trims, while the top-shelf LTZ model is available as a 1500 only. The Suburban comes standard with an eight-person seating capacity, but an available 40/20/40 front bench increases that to nine.

The LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, side assist steps, roof rack side rails, power front bucket seats with a center console, a 50/50-split third-row seat, tri-zone manual climate control, full power accessories, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear-seat audio controls with headphone jacks, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface. The LT adds foglights, roof rack crossbars, a locking rear differential, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starting and an upgraded Bose sound system with a six-CD changer.

The Suburban LTZ gets 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, a rear air suspension, a blind-spot warning system, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver seat memory settings, upgraded front seats with heating and ventilation, power-folding heated second-row seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hard-drive-based navigation system, a rearview camera and a premium 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system with digital music storage.

Many of the features that are standard on upper trim levels are available on the LS or LT via packages or individual options. Other major options for the Suburban include 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retracting running boards, a heavy-duty towing package (with an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control and hill start assist), an off-road package and a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

Powertrains and Performance

Chevrolet offers two engine choices for the 2012 Suburban. The 1500 model comes with a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A 6.0-liter V8 that pumps out 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque is standard on the 2500. Both V8s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. With either the 1500 or 2500 model, buyers have a choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive. The 4WD Suburban is offered with a choice of either a traditional two-speed transfer case or a single-speed unit without low-range gearing (not available on LTZ).

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban ranges from a high of 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 17 mpg in combined driving for two-wheel-drive 1500 models to a low of 10/15/12 mpg for the four-wheel-drive 2500.

Safety

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban’s list of standard safety features includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, GM’s OnStar emergency communications system, front-seat side airbags and a three-row side curtain airbag system with a rollover sensor. A blind-spot warning system is also available on the LTZ trim.

Interior Design and Special Features

Though it may not be as stylish as some of Chevy’s more recent models, the Suburban’s passenger cabin is still handsome and well made. Furthermore, controls and gauges are both easy to see and simple to operate.

With the available 40/20/40-split front seat, the Suburban can fit up to nine passengers, a total bested only by some full-size vans. Passenger capacity drops to eight with the standard front bucket seats and just seven on LTZ versions equipped with standard second-row buckets. It should be noted, though, that the third row is a 50/50 split and the middle passenger will be sitting on the split between the seat pieces. Space in the third row is also no better than in Chevy’s Traverse or the Ford Flex, which are both easier to climb into.

Cargo capacity is impressive, with 137 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats — 17 more than the Toyota Sequoia and 40 more than the Nissan Armada. Making use of all this space can be a hassle, however, as the heavy 50/50-split third-row seats must be removed, an outdated process that’s both strenuous and awkward.

Driving Impressions

For a vehicle that weighs roughly 3 tons, the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban performs surprisingly well. Acceleration is decent without passengers or cargo. Load it up, however, and the 5.3-liter V8 produces acceleration that’s best described as adequate. The Suburban’s size and weight also impact its handling — nimble it is not. The suspension does manage to provide a fairly smooth ride just the same, a quality enhanced by the relative quiet of the passenger cabin.

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Price :

MSRP range: $41,995 – $57,890
Invoice price range: $39,055 – $53,838

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5687
City (MPG) : TBD
Hwy (MPG) : TBD
Horsepower : 320@5200
Torque (lb-ft) : 335@4000
Wheelbase : 130.0
Length (in.) : 222.4
Width (in.) : 79.1
Height (in.) : 76.8

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new subcompact, available in both sedan and four-door-hatchback configurations. The Sonic is Chevrolet’s new small car that boasts a youthful, sporty design in both 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan body styles.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact that’s available as a sedan and a four-door hatchback. Both body styles come in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ.

The LS includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a four-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer, OnStar and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. A six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio is available as an option.

LT models add the LS trim’s optional six-speaker setup, along with heated side mirrors, full power accessories and upgraded cloth upholstery. Additionally, this trim is eligible for a Connectivity Plus Cruise package that includes cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an iPod/USB audio interface and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. LT models equipped with an automatic transmission get a remote vehicle starter system with this package. The LT trim is also eligible for a Wheels and Foglamp package that includes 16-inch wheels and foglamps.

With the top-of-the-line LTZ trim, you get the LT’s standard features and the amenities in the Connectivity Plus Cruise package, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A sunroof is available as an option.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard engine on the 2012 Sonic is a 1.8-liter inline-4 that makes 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. LT and LTZ models are available with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.8 liter, with a six-speed automatic available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the turbocharged 1.4, and it’s the only transmission available with this engine.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the 1.8-liter engine with the manual transmission, with the engine getting 25/35/28 with the automatic. Chevy’s estimates place the turbocharged 1.4-liter at 29/40.

Safety

All 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models come standard with stability control, antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and side-impact airbags for all outboard passengers (front and rear).

In government crash testing, the Sonic received a perfect five stars for overall protection, overall frontal protection and overall side protection. This is the strongest performance currently in the class. The Sonic was rated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a top score of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Sonic’s industrial-theme cabin is handsome to look at, with a thoroughly modern feel. Materials quality is respectable, though there are some cheap-looking plastics in evidence. Controls are logically clustered and clearly labeled, making it easy to find one’s way around the center stack. Factory-installed navigation isn’t offered, but given the wide range of inexpensive portable and handheld nav systems on the market, we don’t see this omission being a problem for most shoppers.

The front row offers good shoulder and headroom, and rear passengers benefit from legroom that’s among the best in the segment. Luggage capacity on the Sonic hatch is midpack, at 19 cubic feet; maximum cargo capacity is 30.9 cubic feet, well behind that of rivals like the Fit and the Accent. The sedan’s trunk accommodates 14 cubic feet of luggage, making it among the roomiest in this segment.

Driving Impressions

With the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, you get engaging handling that doesn’t come at the expense of a comfortable ride. Ride quality is firm enough to paint a realistic picture of the road, while at the same time being accommodating enough to buffer undue harshness. The car’s steering is one of its high points — light in parking lots but well-weighted and natural-feeling at speed. In total, the Sonic drives like a bigger, more composed car than you would expect.

Both of the Sonic’s engines offer good performance for this segment. The turbocharged 1.4 is especially torquey and peppy, offering 0-60-mph acceleration that’s almost a full second quicker than that of some rivals. The cabin is relatively quiet both on surface streets and on the freeway.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price :

MSRP range: $13,865 – $18,625
Invoice price range: $13,518 – $17,694

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Specs :

LS
* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* MP3 Player
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

LT
* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* MP3 Player
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

LTZ
* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* Bluetooth
* iPod input
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Chevrolet Silverado, works hard to live up to its reputation as the ‘strongest, most dependable and longest lasting truck on the road.’ The 3500 HD is the ‘one-ton’, full-size heavy duty pickup of Chevy’s truck line-up. Like all Silverados, the 3500 HD is available in a wide array of bed sizes, wheelbases, drive types and cab sizes, as well as a variety of trim levels.

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD is available in a Work Truck, an LT and an LTZ trim. The standard 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine’s new camshaft profile helps the engine produce more torque lower in the rpm band, for improved launch feel and a greater feeling of overall performance when towing a trailer and at higher altitudes. This engine can also be configured to run on E85 when ordered with a Fleetside pickup box. The revised and optional 397-hp/765 lb-ft torque B20 biodiesel-capable Duramax 6.6-liter diesel provides even more towing capabilities and all engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic Allison transmission. The stiff, fully-boxed frame provides durability and improves the overall ride, while supporting increased capability. The torsion bar front suspension allows for a greater front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). The rear suspension uses wider leaf springs – now asymmetrical to reduce axle hop �?? that contribute to improved ride and handling characteristics and increased rear GAWR. Large 4-wheel disc brakes deliver smoother, more immediate and confident-feeling performance and diesel engines include an exhaust brake. Stability control, hill start assist and a trailer sway control system are standard on single rear wheel trucks. Available features include mobile WiFi, USB connectivity, rear back-up camera, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, OnStar 9.0 and a navigation system.

For 2012, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Truck introduces two new exterior colors along with various changes in optional equipment. Cruise control and vertical camper style mirrors are now standard on the Work Truck trim as well.

Exterior

While GM is trying to differentiate the Silverado and Sierra, their common silhouette is hard to overcome, even with unique front fenders, grille, bumpers, headlamps, cargo box and taillamps. There’s also still a strong family resemblance with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban. Exterior features include:

* Wide rear-door opening on extended-cab models to load passengers, cargo
* Available 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
* Available EZ Lift tailgate
* Available fog lamps
* Available power sunroof

Interior

The Silverado offers two distinct interiors. Interiors of the WT, LS and LT are more work-oriented while the LTZ draws inspiration from the SUV lineup. Besides interior fabrics and colors, the dash layouts are different. The easiest way to tell the difference is that work trucks have two glove boxes and LTZs have one. The Silverado cab is spacious and well-organized. The work trucks come standard with vinyl seating; cloth or leather is available. The LTZ can have heated and cooled front seats, a Bose stereo and a larger center console.

For 2012, a revised navigation radio is available. It has an updated screen and an integrated hard drive that eliminates the need for map discs. With the available dealer-installed Wi-Fi system, the Silverado can be even more of a mobile office. The split-bench rear seat in crew cabs can be folded to expand load space. Interior features include:

* Standard air conditioning
* Standard AM/FM stereo; CD stereo available
* Standard tilt steering wheel; available steering-wheel audio controls
* Available power-sliding rear window
* Available integrated trailer brake controls

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

* 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with iron block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 260 pounds-feet of torque
* 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 305 pounds-feet of torque
* Flex-fuel 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas), 348 pounds-feet of torque (E85)
* Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block and two valves per cylinder that makes 417 pounds-feet of torque
* Four- or six-speed automatic transmission

Safety

GM’s electronic stability system includes rollover mitigation technology. Roof-mounted side curtain and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard on all half-ton models. GM says its seat belt pretensioners activate during rear-end impacts. Safety features include:

* Four-wheel antilock brakes
* Traction control
* Available OnStar alerts authorities after a crash
* Trailer-sway control and hill start assist
* Available rear parking sensors
* Available backup camera

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price :

MSRP range: $30,160 – $46,425
Invoice price range: $28,350 – $43,175

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs :

Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) 5768
City (MPG) TBD
Hwy (MPG) TBD
Horsepower 360@5400
Torque (lb-ft) 380@4200
Wheelbase 133.6
Length (in.) 225.0
Width (in.) 95.9
Height (in.) 77.3

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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Avalanche’s standard stability-control system now includes trailer sway control and hill start assist for 2012. Heated seats are also now standard on the LT, while the LTZ gets a heated steering wheel. The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is essentially a cross between two popular body styles: part four-door crew-cab pickup and part full-size SUV. To create it, Chevy designers and engineers grafted a 5-foot-3 pickup bed onto the underpinnings of the brand’s venerable Suburban SUV, creating a unique truck that combines the best qualities of both.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is a full-size crew-cab pickup with a removable rear window and fold-down midgate. There are three trim levels available: the base LS, midrange LT and premium LTZ.

The LS features 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a roof rack, a composite cargo bed, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, side assist steps and a removable three-piece bed cover. Inside you’ll find dual-zone manual air-conditioning, cruise control, six-way power front seats, 60/40-split rear seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth, OnStar and a six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and rear-seat audio controls. A 40/20/40 front bench seat is optional on the LS and increases seating capacity to six. The Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, remote ignition and power-adjustable pedals.

The LT adds to the base LS equipment foglights, rear parking sensors, a locking rear differential, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, remote ignition and a seven-speaker Bose sound system. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional. The Luxury package adds power-folding mirrors, eight-way power front seats with power lumbar adjustment and driver memory, leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The top-of-the-line LTZ includes the Luxury package, but adds 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension with automatic load leveling, a driver-side auto-dimming mirror, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, real-time traffic, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. Power-retractable side steps are optional.

The Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package available on the LT and LTZ adds a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and on the LT, navigation and real-time traffic. Optional wheels in 20- and 22-inch sizes are available on all trims.

Add the Z71 Off Road package and you get specialized springs and shock absorbers, upgraded 18-inch off-road tires, front recovery hooks, a skid plate and a high-capacity air cleaner. The Z71 looks different, too, thanks to beefy fender flares, an aggressive front fascia and tubular side assist steps.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is offered with a choice of either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. LS and LT 4WD models get a single-speed transfer case, while a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing is standard on the LTZ and available as an option on other trim levels.

Under the hood, all three Avalanche models get a 5.3-liter V8 that generates 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Properly equipped, the Avalanche can tow up to 8,100 pounds — about 2,000 pounds less than a Silverado. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined for both 2WD and 4WD models.

Safety

Standard safety features on the Chevrolet Avalanche include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, plus GM’s OnStar emergency communications system. For 2012, the standard stability control system now includes trailer sway control and hill start assist.

Interior Design and Special Features

Getting into the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche requires a bit of a climb, but once you’re there you’ll be rewarded with a good-looking interior trimmed with quality materials. As you’d expect from a vehicle with working-class roots, designers also paid careful attention to function with well-placed gauges and easy-to-use controls (though most buttons are a little too small). Poor visibility is an issue, however, so we’d strongly recommend the rearview camera that’s standard on the LTZ and available as an option on other models.

The cabin also offers comfortable seating for up to six passengers with the 40/20/40-split front seat available on the LS. The standard front bucket seats are supportive and separated by a center console with a large covered storage box, air vents and audio controls for rear seat passengers.

While all these passenger-oriented comforts set it apart from full-size pickups, the Avalanche distinguishes itself from full-size SUVs in its cargo-hauling capacity. Folding the rear seats forward while leaving the rear window and hard tonneau cover in place creates a huge cargo area, which is secure thanks to the lockable cover and tailgate. Taking advantage of the Avalanche’s full pickup-like carrying capacity does require removing and stowing both the rear window and bed cover, however.

Driving Impressions

From behind the wheel, the first thing you notice about the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is that it accelerates smartly for such a large vehicle. Handling and steering feel are both better than you’d expect from a pickup, though the truck’s super-size dimensions and equally large blind spots to the sides and rear make maneuvering in tight quarters a challenge. On the upside, the Avalanche drives a bit smoother and quieter than a traditional pickup design.

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Price :

MSRP range:$36,800 – $50,305
Invoice price range:$34,224 – $46,784

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5462
City (MPG) : 15
Hwy (MPG) : 21
Horsepower : 320@5400
Torque (lb-ft) : 335@4000
Wheelbase : 130.0
Length (in.) : 221.3
Width (in.) : 79.1
Height (in.) : 76.6

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2011 Chevrolet Impala Price, Review

2011 Chevrolet Impala Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 3.5-liter V-6 is flex-fuel capable. The Luxury Package adds leather heated front six-way power buckets, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, Bose eight-speaker audio, one year XM subscription, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal home remote and heated power side mirrors. Bluetooth is standard on 1LT, optional on 1LS, 1FL and 2FL. New 1FL and 2FL fleet models are similar to LS and 1LT.

Introduced in 2006 is the most recent Impala. At this time, plans for upgrading the Impala are scheduled for 2014. The most recent configuration has minor refreshments tacked onto the original 2000 configuration. Essentially, the Impala is the oldest sedan on US highways, seconding only the discontinuation of the Ford Crown Victoria.

Several years ago, the Impala V-8 SS configuration was discontinued: the vehicle was GM’s last car to offer the outmoded overhead valve 3.5 Liter or 3.9 Liter V-6 motor. The vehicle is offered with a single transmission option: the four speed auto gearbox. This makes the Impala’s features and design outdated. What’s more, the Chevy Malibu is bigger than the Impala and the vehicle will have had two upgrades before its sibling.

The Impala is a large sedan hosting front wheel drive. If the car buyer is seeking a family oriented vehicle or they desire a car offering up enough legroom, the Impala is sure to satisfy. Additionally, since the Impala’s redesign is well into the future, when compared to the Malibu, it’s often assigned a more affordable price tag.

The familiar Impala design continues with no major sheetmetal changes for ’11. Body color side moldings are standard on all models, except on police and taxicab packages. The Luxury Package includes a standard rear spoiler. Impala LT and LTZ feature dual-zone climate control providing a variance of up to 12 degrees. Single-zone climate control is standard on LS. LTZ comes with leather interior standard, while LS and LT have cloth seats.

Ride, handling and performance can best be described as adequate for the Impala’s target audience. With its aged chassis and drivetrain, this Chevy is for the buyer who only cares about value and interior comfort. Fuel mileage, however, is impressive. The 3.5-liter engine is rated 211 horsepower and the 3.9-liter is rated 224 horsepower, about equal to today’s best four-cylinder turbos.

Six airbags, including side curtains are standard. It also has StabiliTrak, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, front belt pretensioners, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and tire pressure monitoring.

Bodystyle: Sedan
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 3.9L V-6.
Transmission: 4-speed automatic.
Models: 1LS, 1FL, 1LT, 2FL, 1LTZ.

EPA Fuel Economy
1LS, 1FL, 1LT, 2FL (3.5L): 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway
1LTZ (3.9L): 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Price, Review & Picture

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Based on GM’s global Delta platform, the large Cruze compact sedan replaces the unloved Cobalt. Suspension is MacPherson strut/coil spring front suspension and z-link torsion beam rear, and the optional turbocharged four is all-new. Cruze is designed to elevate Chevy’s small car reputation, with interior design and materials designed to be a step up from the midsize Malibu.

The Chevrolet Cruze for 2011 has front-drive and is a midrange alternative to the Chevrolet Cobalt. The Cruze is emblematic of GM’s transitioning and a symbol of the company’s rebirth following its financial difficulties from a few years back. Regardless of the fact that the carmaker has failed to profit on smaller vehicles, GM is still trying to profit from their four-door Cruze sedans.

The Cruze has a midsized car trunk space, and the base configuration, originally offered in 2009, comes with a 1.8 L four-cylinder motor that could be improved since it delivers substandard performance. The Cruze is 70.7 inches wide and 181 inches long. It has a height of 51.8 inches and its wheelbase dimensions are 105 inches.

Entering the United States car market, the Cruze comes with a 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder motor as an option for car buyers; the latter competes against Hondas and Toyotas. An eco-friendly configuration hosting aerodynamic modifications including a six speed manual transmission, a .4 inch lowered body, and lower grille shutters. It passes EPA testing since it delivers 27/40 mpg.

The efficiently packaged sedan features an arched roofline and a relatively long wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs. As if from Chevrolet’s heyday, tailored lines make the Cruze look more expensive than it is.

Like the Malibu, the high trim-level LTZ features two-tone interior and heated leather seats. Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, XM satellite radio, OnStar, a navigation system and a nine-speaker Pioneer audio system are among the options.

The Cruz ECO model has less sound-deadening than other versions, saving about 275 pounds. Its low-rolling resistance tires squeal easily in tight corners while its taller gearing lengthens its acceleration times. The Cruze LTZ with its standard 18-inch wheels is the sport sedan version, sacrificing some ride quality for sharp handling. The LT with the base suspension nicely compromises ride and handling.

Chevy claims a class-leading 10 airbags, including front, side curtain bags, front and rear outboard seat airbags, and knee bags, first in its class. StabiliTrak with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes is standard.

Bodystyle: Sedan
Engines: 1.8L I-4, 1.4L turbocharged I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, LTZ, ECO

EPA Fuel Economy
LS, LT, LTZ (1.8L): 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway (automatic)
LS, LT, LTZ (1.4L): 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway (automatic)

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Is Car insurance really cheaper for women?

Is Car insurance really cheaper for women?, what car reviews, Car insurance is a necessity for any driver; this is including the women drivers. In most cases, car insurance for women drivers tends to be cheaper than that given to men. However, most women think their insurance is equally as expensive as that for men. This is because insurance companies have a more positive attitude towards women drivers; hence, offering them cheaper insurance options. Some of the reasons why this is the case, are discussed below.

1) Women tend to go cheap on automobiles

Women’s priorities tend to differ largely with those of men. As a result, women tend to buy cheaper and more manageable cars, because having a fancy car to them is not as important as having the latest designer hair do, dress or that shoe that every sophisticated woman has. Therefore, in case an accident, the cost incurred for insurance claims for such cars is much less. This is the main reason for insurance companies to have cheaper insurance rates for women.

2) Women tend to be better drivers than men

It is a proven fact that women are better and safer drivers than men. Most women will always make it during their very first test drive, as compared to the men, in as much as they are slow learners. This is a clear sign of their attentiveness, which is later transferred practically when driving their own cars. This can be proved by the fact that most women drive at the expected speed limit, as required of them by law. This will of course reduce their rate of accidents and if they take place, the accidents are not as serious as those caused by male drivers.

3) The type of road accidents

The road accidents that women drivers tend to get involved in are in most cases less damaging than the ones that involve men. This is because most women tend to follow traffic laws and are more careful drivers on the roads. These laws include driving within the required speed limits, avoiding careless overtaking, and not using cell phones while driving, among others. They also tend to avoid driving in bad weather conditions as compared to the male drivers.

4) Insurance companies favor women drivers

Most insurance companies have policies stipulated for women drivers being cheaper than that of men, which lead to lower insurance premiums. This is done to attract women drivers who happen to be more of assets to insurance companies as compared to their male counterparts.

5) Traffic Offenses

Looking at the statistics of the persons charged with traffic offenses, it is true that men are more compared to their women counterparts. Traffic rules and regulations were put in place to ensure safety on the roads while driving. Women will rarely be found committing traffic offenses, hence leaving them on the safe side. This will of course minimize the accidents that they would have been involved in, hence fewer or no claims. Some of these statistics are what has caused the car insurance companies to come up with stiffer insurance policies for men in terms of premiums than that of women.

6) Long Distance Driving

Another factor that contributes to cheaper insurance premiums for women is that most women tend to shy from long distance drives. This is very important since most accidents occur in the course of long journeys. As a result, this will reduce the rate of expected accidents involving women drivers. The number of accidents caused will mostly involve men who might be driving very expensive cars. The rate of premiums paid for expensive cars is more compared to that paid in for cheaper automobile.

5) Masculinity vs. Femininity

Science has proved that men are led to drive at very high speeds and are in most cases found to be on the wrong due to their high levels of testosterone. It is a true and proven fact that over-speeding and having traffic faults will lead to accidents, in most cases. Since men are very good at competition, you would realize that male drivers they will in most cases want to challenge each other. This is opposite with the female drivers.

Yes it is true that car insurance for women is way cheaper because of the above reasons. But not all car insurance companies have the cheaper insurance policy for women in place. It is therefore, advisable to carry out a thorough research on the different insurance companies, to see what they have to offer.

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2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Price, Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid gets minor enhancements to its navigation system. If you’re trying to be environmentally friendly, then the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is not the way to do it. It achieves 21 mpg combined, which is a 5 mpg improvement over the regular Escalade and a huge savings in fuel for a truck, but pretty abysmal by the expectations of a traditional hybrid. It’s better for the planet, but maybe not better for you. In green metaphorical terms, it’s like picking the Exxon Valdez over the Deepwater Horizon.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a full-size SUV available in base and Platinum Edition trim levels. It seats seven people with standard second-row captain’s chairs and eight with the optional second-row bench.

Standard equipment includes 22-inch wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, running boards, a power liftgate, automatic HID headlights, foglamps, a roof rack, heated power-folding mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, a blind-spot warning system, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, remote ignition and keyless ignition/entry. Inside you get tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated 10-way power seats with driver memory functions and four-way lumbar adjustments, leather upholstery (first and second rows, third-row vinyl), power-adjustable pedals, a power tilt-only steering wheel, heated second-row seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Electronic features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar emergency communications, a navigation system, a touchscreen interface, voice controls, a rear seat entertainment system and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and rear controls.

The Platinum Edition gets unique front styling, 22-inch chrome wheels, LED headlamps, power-retractable running boards (optional on base), leather-covered dash and door tops, upgraded seat leather, contrasting stitching, upgraded wood trim and heated and cooled cupholders. For the Platinum, the entertainment system gets dual display screens mounted in the front headrests.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Escalade Hybrid is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 working in conjunction with a battery pack mounted under the second-row seat and a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors located inside a unique automatic transmission dubbed “Two-Mode.” GM engineers say that combined output with the electric motors is 379 horsepower. The Escalade Hybrid can be had with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system and OnStar emergency communications.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid’s cabin is nearly identical to that found in the conventionally powered version, boasting a stylish contemporary design with top-quality materials and finish. The layout of its controls is straightforward and their operation is intuitive, including the standard navigation system.

There’s room for as many as eight, but the rearmost seats offer cramped legroom for all but small passengers. When it comes time to load up with cargo, those 50/50-split third-row seats also don’t fold away conveniently like those in competitors; they are heavy and awkward to remove, and must be stored elsewhere. Once they’re out, though, there are 109 cubic feet of maximum cargo space available.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid exhibits two distinct personalities depending on your motoring mode. At low speeds with a light load, this Escalade can travel in electric-only fashion, which makes for an especially peaceful cabin atmosphere devoid of mechanical vibration and noise. At higher speeds, though, you’ll hear the various sounds of the hybrid powertrain at work, while the ride quality suffers from the heavy 22-inch wheels and stiff low-profile tires, which transmit every bump in the road directly to your backside.

The cylinder deactivation system goes about its work seamlessly, as it automatically shuts down and restarts engine cylinders when appropriate. The regenerative braking system takes some getting used to, however, as it gives surging feedback through the pedal as you attempt to come to a smooth stop. There’s also the matter of acceleration. While the regular Escalade is surprisingly quick, the Hybrid is beaten off the line by some four-cylinder-powered compact SUVs.

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Price :

MSRP range:$74,135 – $88,435
Invoice price range:$69,316 – $82,687

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5871
City (MPG) : 20
Hwy (MPG) : 23
Horsepower : 332@5100
Torque (lb-ft) : 367@4100
Wheelbase : 116.0
Length (in.) : 202.5
Width (in.) : 79.0
Height (in.) : 75.9

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2012 Dodge Challenger Price, Review

2012 Dodge Challenger Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, To the uninitiated, the 2012 Dodge Challenger might seem like just an overgrown retro-mobile. Indeed, when this classic nameplate returned for 2008, it certainly looked like a slightly plus-sized version of the original early 1970s Mopar icon. It was also very fast (at first just the 425-horsepower SRT8 was available), surprisingly comfortable and spacious enough to seat four adults with ease. But many people felt that the reborn Challenger was too bulky and not agile enough for a performance car. In other words, it was more like the original than perhaps some folks wanted. Furthermore, the later-introduced V6 version — burdened as it was with nearly 2 tons of boulevard bruiser — was too slow for something that made such a powerful visual statement.

Last year, however, revisions to the steering, brakes and suspension gave the Challenger the moves to match its muscle. And thanks to a new 305-hp V6 that also boasts better fuel economy than the lackluster engine it replaced, the base Challenger is now more competitive with its V6-powered rivals. Also introduced last year was a new engine for the top-dog SRT8: a mighty 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) 470-hp V8. The old-school, cubic-inches specification is a nod to the famous (for older car guys, anyway) 392 Hemi of the late 1950s.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is a five-seat coupe available in three trim levels that each correspond to a different engine: SXT, R/T and SRT8 392.

The SXT’s standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, full power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear A/C outlets, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls), a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The optional SXT Plus package adds foglights, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated visor mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity/streaming audio and an upgraded sound system with satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

The Challenger R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 that when paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission cranks out 376 hp and 410 lb-ft. When hooked up to the available five-speed automatic, output drops slightly to 372 hp and 400 lb-ft. In Edmunds testing, a manual-equipped Challenger R/T went from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds; the automatic raises that to 5.8 seconds. Fuel mileage estimates are 16/25/19 for the automatic with the manual getting about 1 mpg less.

Safety

Every 2012 Dodge Challenger comes standard with antilock disc brakes (size and power differs based on trim and certain option packages), stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

Unlike the Dodge Challenger’s distinctive-looking exterior, the interior is quite bland. A few styling cues, like the large beveled dashboard and distinctive shifter knobs, are reminiscent of Challengers past, but overall, the interior experience pales in comparison to its retro-themed rivals. Rearward visibility, because of the car’s chunky rear roof pillars, is also poor.

Despite a slightly confusing audio interface, however, the interior is quite functional and its materials are of good quality, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The gauges feature a cool cobalt-blue glow. A relatively small-diameter steering wheel that’s well-contoured makes for a pleasant interface between the car and driver.

The front seats in most Challengers are wide and flat, which doesn’t do much for lateral support, but they’re exceptionally comfy for long-distance drives. The SRT8′s have better bolstering and are also covered in leather and faux suede. The rear seats are surprisingly roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. The backseat also features a 60/40 split-folding back, a fold-down armrest and a middle seat for tiny/good-natured folks. At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger’s trunk is positively enormous for this segment and bigger than those of many midsize sedans.

Driving Impressions

While all 2012 Dodge Challengers are blessed with a ride quality that’s comfortable enough to keep your mom happy when you pick her up from the airport, the base tuning of the SXT is pretty floaty. We highly recommend going for the Super Sport group’s performance-tuned suspension, which brings with it more responsive steering and brakes. Or you could just get the R/T, which comes standard with those upgrades, plus the big V8 that, as expected, will have your mother screaming with anger or delight as you tear away from Arrivals. That goes double for the SRT8 392. Overall handling is pretty respectable, particularly with the R/T and SRT8 392, though competitors like the Mustang or Genesis Coupe are noticeably more agile.

2012 Dodge Challenger Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3834
City (MPG) : 18
Hwy (MPG) : 27
Horsepower : 305@6350
Torque (lb-ft) : 268@4800
Wheelbase : 116.0
Length (in.) : 197.7
Width (in.) : 75.7
Height (in.) : 57.1

2012 Dodge Challenger Price :

MSRP range: $24,995 – $43,995
Invoice price range: $24,175 – $42,555

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2012 Citroen DS5 Review

Citroën DS5 is the first Citroën model to feature HYbrid4 diesel hybrid technology. The advanced HYbrid4 system delivers 200bhp; four-wheel drive capability; emission-free electric power for the city; and an acceleration boost function for the open road – with total CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The assertive front end instantly identifies Citroën DS5 as a member of the DS family. There is an oversized air intake, a large chrome-finished grille housing the chevrons and a new LED light signature. A distinguishing feature, DS5 boasts chrome-finished ’sabre’ inserts stretching from the top of each headlamp to the windscreen.

The rear design takes Citroen DS5’s on-road presence to yet another level. The car stands firmly on wide tracks, emphasised by two tail pipes built into the rear bumper and highlighted by a rear signature featuring six light guides.

For its motor show debut in Shanghai, DS5 appears in a one-off livery as the Citroën DS5 White Pearl. The cabin features ebony-coloured full-grain leather, contrasting subtly with silver-flecked overstitching. Interior detailing includes decorative inserts in Markassa ebony and a highly reflective fascia, created by applying several layers of lacquer. Citroën DS5 White Pearl also sports specially designed 20-inch alloy wheels.

2011 Dacia Duster Price, Picture, Review

2011 Dacia Duster Price, Picture, Review, Dacia Duster is because the Euro-5 compliance, there is no pollution of the vehicle. Dacia Duster in the 2010 4 × 4 is equipped with Bosch 8.1 ABS and electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist EBV. 2010 Dacia Duster measures 4.31 meters and 1.82 meters wide and has a ground clearance 200mm with 30 degree approach angle and departure angle greater than 35 degrees.

Starting in June, Dacia Duster will go on sale in the Middle East, Ukraine and parts of Africa as a Renault. Lap will spread to other parts of the world in 2011.

Up to five adults comfortably fit in the Dacia Duster. Available space for both front and rear passengers the same as what you see in the sedan Dacia. Renault has made sure that all safety features include a car to drive safely. Dacia Duster has a 8.1 ABS, electronic brake force distribution EBV or the strengths and Emergency Brake Assist to ensure passenger safety.

For that much almost everywhere, but to see England, I reasoned they both should be as cheap as chips and better. Now, after the last push Dacia Duster, I can confirm, would dusters reasonably priced and well made to the opposition to brush.

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Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8

Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8. Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8. Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8. This is a very a fashionable car. It available in two models 300 s6 and 300 s8 with a really good desain. This car with full accessories.
Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8
Machine specifications:

S6. S8 chrysler 300 has tuned feature suspension performance shock
Use goodyear eagle RSA (Road Safety Association)
Efficient fuel
250 hp (186 kw) for 24 valve
It offers a driving comfort for the customer. It will come in Chrysler dealer on spring 2010, SO,, let’s check it out

The cabins of the new Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8 models exude a serious, athletic-interior theme. A uniquely designed steering wheel with carbon weave is accented with red stitching and brushed silver spokes. Beautifully bolstered Dark Slate Gray leather front seats are track-tested and feature an embroidered “300 S” logo on the seatback. Specially perforated Dark Slate Gray suede fills the front and rear seats, seatback and seat cushion with hints of red accent beneath. The Dark Slate interior theme continues around the driver and passenger side and is highlighted with brushed aluminum accents on the instrument panel center stack, center console side trim and upper-door trim. Carbon-weave door-pull handles with red accent stitching finish off the interior of both 300 S6 and 300 S8 models.

The Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8 models feature a performance-tuned suspension with performance shocks, steering, all-season performance Goodyear Eagle RSA tires and performance brake linings. The 2010 Chrysler 300 S6 delivers its driving excitement through a fuel-efficient, 250 horsepower (186 kW) 24-valve 3.5-liter high-output V-6 engine with Auto Stick, capable of 25 highway mpg.

Chrysler 300 S8 offers exceptional performance with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, which generates 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 389 lb.-ft. (527 N•m) of torque and features fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology that provides as much as a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy. Mated to a quality-proven five-speed Auto Stick transmission, the 2010 Chrysler 300 S8 delivers 25 highway mpg.

The 2010 Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8 will arrive at Chrysler dealerships in the spring of 2010.

2011 Citroen Price & Review

2011 Citroen Price & Review, what car reviews, DS4 will be launched with a choice of five very smooth and efficient Euro 5 engines. These are two HDi diesel engines – a 110 HDi (also known as e-HDi versions) and 160 HDi – both new Citroen cars diesel particulate filter. Three petrol engines – VTI 120, THP 155 and THP 200 is new – that was developed in collaboration with BMW. New THP 200 – based on 1.6-liter engine – thank you for providing a flexible service and performance with a power (147 kW) (min 275 nm at 1700 rpm) torque in abundance – with a low CO2 emissions just 149g/km.

All machines are equipped GSR manual transmission with six gears. DS4 is the second model of online typical style of the DS. DS4 combine repair and improvement of a dynamic coupé body flexibility, and creating practical aspects of daily life that are very large in a compact design – 4.27 m (l), 1.81 m (w) and 1.53 m (h).

Combination-style 2 +2 coupe with the practice of the door, offers three large chair behind the DS4, integrated access through the rear door handles hidden, resulting in transparent body line. This limited edition of 750 vehicles also places special emphasis on the trim interior, Mistral / Lama leather upholstery and dashboard trim, air vent surrounds, interior door handle trim, gearshift lever in the same glossy black as the roof, addition to this distinctive atmosphere, the Citroen DS3 Serie Noire, the MyWay navigation and hi-fi.

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2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price, Review

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Town & Country is Chrysler’s premier minivan that was updated for 2011 with revised exterior styling, interior updates and new technology features. Chrysler introduced the first minivans in 1983 with the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. The luxury Town & Country was added in 1992, all-wheel drive became an option for 1992 and a second sliding door was added for 1996. For 2008 the Chrysler Town & Country received a total makeover with all-new designs for the exterior and interior, more than 35 new or improved features and more powertrain options. The wheelbase is two inches longer than the previous model and the ride and handling have been improved.

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country adds standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all trim levels. Town & Country Limited receives new Sapphire Blue interior lighting and a combination leather and wood steering wheel. New exterior colors are True Blue, Cashmere Pearl and Crystal Blue.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is offered in three trim levels: Touring, Touring-L and Limited.

The entry-level Touring model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, a roof rack, power sliding doors, a power tailgate and rear parking sensors. Inside you’ll find air-conditioning, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, power-adjustable pedals, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full power accessories (including second-row power windows and third-row power vents), a conversation mirror, a back-up camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 115-volt AC power outlet. Electronic features include a rear-seat entertainment center (second-row screen), Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker CD sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and digital music storage.

Moving up to the Touring-L model gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming outside mirrors, remote ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and second- and third-row window shades. The top-of-the-line Limited model adds xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system, an additional third-row screen for the entertainment system and a nine-speaker premium audio system.

Some of the standard features found on the upper Town & Country trim levels can be added to the lower trims via optional packages. Other major options include a sunroof, a power-folding third-row seat and an upgraded center console.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

Safety

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country comes with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, full-length side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags and a driver knee airbag. A blind-spot monitor and a rear cross-path detection system are also standard. In Edmunds brake testing, the Town & Country came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, an average distance for a minivan.

Interior Design and Special Features

Last year’s complete makeover brought with it a nicely trimmed cabin stocked with quality materials and a pleasing design. Positioning the Town & Country as a luxury vehicle means an interior that is downright posh on the top-of-the-line Limited trim level.

Unlike other minivans that require the awkward removal of the middle-row seats to achieve maximum cargo capacity, the Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seats fold flat into the floor. Operating these surprisingly comfortable seats is fairly simple, as only a quick tug of a strap and a few gentle yanks are required to make them disappear into the floor.

The third-row seats are also comfortable, but headroom might be tight for taller folks, while shorter folks may find the aggressive tilt of the seat cushion akin to sitting in a dentist’s chair. The 60/40-split third-row seat can be had with a slick power-folding option and can also be flipped backwards to create comfortable seating for tailgate parties and the kids’ soccer games. Several Edmunds editors of different heights noticed that the driver seat and pedals are mounted too close together, even when moved to the widest setting offered by the power adjustments.

Driving Impressions

The muscular engine and confident handling on winding roads make the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country a contender. But segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna still offer more refinement. The Chrysler’s engine, while powerful, sounds and feels rougher, and there’s an odd whistling noise under deceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can sometimes be jarring. The steering effort is slightly heavier and the suspension is a bit less compliant as well. On the highway, we’ve also noticed some creaks and squeaks, although nothing compared to older models.

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Specs :

Engine Specifications
Size, liters/cu. in. : 3.6/220
Horsepower @ rpm. : 283 @ 6400
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm. : 260 @ 4800
Availability : Standard
EPA City / highway mpg
6-speed automatic : 17/25

Fuel Data
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : N/A MPG
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : N/A MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : 20.0 gal

Drivetrain Specifications
Drivetrain : Front-Wheel Drive

Interior Specifications
Front Headroom : 39.8 in
Front Hiproom : 57.6 in
Front Legroom: 40.6 in
Front Shoulderroom: 63.0 in
Passenger Capacity: 7
Second Headroom : 39.7 in
Second Hiproom : 64.8 in
Second Legroom : 36.3 in
Second Shoulderroom: 64.7 in
Third Headroom : 37.9 in
Third Hiproom : 48.7 in
Third Legroom : 31.8 in
Third Shoulderroom : 62.0 in

Exterior Specifications
Curb Weight : 4507 lbs
Height, Overall : 68.9 in
Length, Overall : 202.5 in
Min Ground Clearance: 6.1 in
Tread Width, Front : 65.5 in
Tread Width, Rear : 64.8 in
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : 39.1 ft
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : N/A ft
Wheelbase : 121.2 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors : 76.9 in

Wheels
Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum

Tires
Front Tire Size : P235/60R16
Rear Tire Size : P235/60R16

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price :

MSRP range: $29,995 – $38,995
Invoice price range: $28,790 – $37,070

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2011 Chrysler Review

2011 Chrysler Review – Chrysler barely survived 2009, only staying alive thanks to an arranged marriage to Italy’s Fiat. Aside from the fast-tracked Fiat 500, most fruits of this union won’t reach dealer showrooms for some time, but the new ownership has already breathed signs of life into the Pentastar’s once-dormant product pipeline.

In Detroit, Chrysler showed a rebadged version of the Lancia Delta. Such rebadges would be one way to quickly give Chrysler some more fresh product, especially with the U.S. return of Alfa Romeo in doubt once again.

Here’s what the future holds in store for Chrysler beyond the aforementioned 500 and upcoming 2011 300:

CAN FIAT SAVE CHRYSLER?
Small, midsize Fiat platforms, Multiair engines for Chrysler, Chrysler’s V-6, rear-drive platform for Alfa

Sergio Marchionne saved Chrysler from certain postbankruptcy death last year. Outsiders have placed a lot of faith in Fiat’s superstar chief, although his five-year plan revealed last November raises the question of whether Chrysler will soon be selling much more than rebadged Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and Lancias.

While North American Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealers have been consolidating in order to reduce product overlap, three of those brands now will share small Fiat underpinnings across several model lines.

Brand president Olivier Francois says Chrysler will share exterior styling with Lancia, of which Francois also is president. Ralph Gilles, still in charge of Chrysler Group design, also leads Dodge Brand and plans to upgrade its image and interiors, with variations ranging from “sweet and simple” to “uptown luxury” and “ultimate performance” SRT. How will “uptown luxury” Dodge differ from Lancia-based Chrysler? Probably in marketing more than material difference.

Fiat will apply its Multiair technology to Chrysler’s new line of larger-than-2.0-liter fours and its new Pentastar V-6. And Chrysler will build Fiat’s Multiair 1.4-liter four in its Dundee, Michigan, engine plant, and share its larger fours and Pentastar V-6 with Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. The Pentastar is “protected” for downsizing to smaller displacements, important for Europe. It features a cast-aluminum block and dual-continuously variable cam phasing.

2011 Chrysler Review

2011 Chrysler Review – Sergio Marchionne saved Chrysler from certain postbankruptcy death last year. Outsiders have placed a lot of faith in Fiat’s superstar chief, although his five-year plan revealed last November raises the question of whether Chrysler will soon be selling much more than rebadged Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and Lancias.

While North American Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealers have been consolidating in order to reduce product overlap, three of those brands now will share small Fiat underpinnings across several model lines.

Brand president Olivier Francois says Chrysler will share exterior styling with Lancia, of which Francois also is president. Ralph Gilles, still in charge of Chrysler Group design, also leads Dodge Brand and plans to upgrade its image and interiors, with variations ranging from “sweet and simple” to “uptown luxury” and “ultimate performance” SRT. How will “uptown luxury” Dodge differ from Lancia-based Chrysler? Probably in marketing more than material difference.

Fiat will apply its Multiair technology to Chrysler’s new line of larger-than-2.0-liter fours and its new Pentastar V-6. And Chrysler will build Fiat’s Multiair 1.4-liter four in its Dundee, Michigan, engine plant, and share its larger fours and Pentastar V-6 with Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. The Pentastar is “protected” for downsizing to smaller displacements, important for Europe. It features a cast-aluminum block and dual-continuously variable cam phasing.

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2012 Fisker Karma Price, Review

2012 Fisker Karma Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Luxury cars are everybody’s dream. And since now we are all concerned about our dying planet, we all need to do our bit to save what we have. Reduction of pollution can be done on a large scale by electric cars. But till today, all electric cars were mostly small and looked more or less like a toy. So, not many people were interested in buying electric cars. But today, you can buy a luxury electric car. After president Obama said that he would like to see a million electric cars before the end of his presidency, inventors started to think of ways to make electric cars more popular.

The Fisker Karma is finally here. In the year 2008, Aston Martin designer Henrick Fisker, gave his designs for the Fisker karma. But the launched was supposed to happen in the year 2009. Due to financial interruptions, the launched kept on being rescheduled. After 2009, there was not much buzz about this car. But finally, in the year 2012, it was finally launched and now it’s in full production. Being an electric car doesn’t hold back the Fisker Karma in any way. It has a 2l direct injection technique with a turn charged 4 cylinder gasoline engines. It is a soaring end PHEV. For an electric car that is pretty good.

Also it uses about 257 horsepower, but in spite of some minor drawbacks, it is a highly efficient car. After 8 hours of battery charging it can run up to 300 miles. It did not get much acclamation due to poor marketing and people are still under the misconception that electric cars can’t be classy and luxurious. The Fisker Karma is here to change that conception so it is your turn to give this majestic electric car a chance. You will also feel less guilty as you can drive without causing any pollution.

2012 Fisker Karma Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5300
City (MPG) : TBD
Hwy (MPG) : TBD
Horsepower : 260@TBD
Torque (lb-ft) : 960@TBD
Wheelbase : 124.4
Length (in.) : 196.8
Width (in.) : 84.0
Height (in.) : 52.4

2011 Chrsyler Sebring Price, Review & Picture

2011 Chrsyler Sebring Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Chrysler has updated the Sebring for 2011 with improved interior materials and fit and finish, including a new instrument panel cluster. Active head restraints have also been added to the Sebring. If seeking an example of how things went wrong for Chrysler while under the control of Daimler, the Sebring is a prime example. A decade ago, the Sebring convertible and the Cirrus sedan were handsome and capable cars. Following DaimlerChryslers management, the midsized cars were viciously cost cut. What’s more, the formerly esteemed design crew was passed off to Trevor Creed, an unimaginative, uncreative “yes-man.”

Now Chrysler is led by Sergio Marchionne; what is in the company’s future now? Innovation and novel designs are in the future. Chrysler has been implementing midcycle alterations for its US entry model; this is a vita segment for the car’s debut since 2007.

The Sebring is slated for a new exterior and interior design. In addition, the carmaker will be giving the car brand new dynamics. For the time being, car seekers can get the Sebring at hefty discounts, and deals are being offered on the leftover 2010 Sebring convertibles and sedans. No doubt, discounts will prove steep. For the car seeker on a shoestring budget, the soon to be outmoded Sebrings are ideal.

For the 2011 model, Chrysler smoothed out the hood strakes that were designed to become part of the brand’s “design language.” The convertible is available with a conventional soft top or a folding metal hardtop. The 2011 model Sebring benefits from a new instrument panel cluster and active head restraints. Tortoise shell accents cribbed from the 300 are available, and the convertible has been designed for optimum rear seat space.

Ride and handling for are about average for cars in this segment, though Sebring falls short in terms of refinement. You’ll find marginally acceptable levels of cowl shake in the convertible. Horsepower is 173 for the four-cylinder and 186 for the DOHC 2.7-liter V-6, which is available only in the convertible. The 3.5-liter makes 235 horsepower.

Both the sedan and convertible have advanced multi-stage airbags, electronic stability control and interior head impact protection. The convertible adds front-seat mounted side airbags, while the sedan has supplemental side curtain airbags and brake assist.

Bodystyles: Sedan, convertible
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 2.7L V-6, 3.5L V-6.
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: LX, Touring, Limited convertible, Touring, Limited sedan.

EPA Fuel Economy
LX convertible (2.4L): 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Touring, Limited (2.4L): 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway
Touring convertible (2.7L): 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
Limited sedan (3.5L): 16 mpg city/27 mpg highway
Limited convertible (3.5L): 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway

 

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2011 Fisker Karma Price, Review

2011 Fisker Karma Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 2011 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is an all-new car based on an all-new architecture. Construction of the Karma has been contracted to Valmet Automotive, which has experience building Porches. Fisker recently purchased GM’s former Wilmington, Delaware facility, and plans to produce Fisker vehicles there in the near future. Born from the imaginings of Henrik Fisker, the famed Aston Martin designer, is the 2011 Karma. This vehicle sports a dual electronic motor-powered plug-in hybrid system and Q-Drive that powers the rear wheels. This environmentally advantageous luxury car is ideal for the wealthy wanting to express their refined tastes. Competing with the Telsa, the Karma’s designer wants to funnel funding from earlier luxury cars into more reasonably priced cars.

The Karma is a non-conventional sedan sporting a lithium-ion battery so the car can get 50 mpg derived from its electric-powered engine. Once the charge is depleted the vehicle coverts to the 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that re-powers the battery. The design stems from the Chevy Volt configuration. This vehicle covers 300 miles, uses little fuel, and emissions are radically reduced.

The Karma has a sport mode with 403 horsepower too, obtained from the Q-Drive system; this allows the car to achieve zero-to-sixty miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. The battery charges up in 6 hours time too. The sedan will be followed by a convertible: the hardtop Karma Sunset.

The Karma is a long, low and sleek sedan with coupe-like proportions. Its Cheshire Cat grille is unmistakable yet uniquely handsome and large wheels help give it a smaller feel. It is slightly larger than a Maserati GranTurismo. The Karma’s interior is an exercise in restraint, with as few controls as possible while still offering an in-dash navigation and entertainment system. It is likewise luxuriously appointed and wrapped in leather, though final specs haven’t been revealed yet.

Fisker claims a peak 403 horsepower from its Q-Drive powertrain setup in the Karma, and when Sport mode is engaged, Fisker claims a 0-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds, and says the battery can be charged in as little as six hours depending on the connection. An energy-saving Stealth mode is the powertrain’s default setting and limits performance in order to optimize efficiency. Power comes from a lithium-Ion battery pack that can deliver 180 kW of peak electric power. A 260 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine acts as an electrical generator when the battery is depleted after about 50 miles. Specific safety details haven’t been announced yet, but per Federal regulations, the Karma will offer at minimum driver and passenger front airbags and electronic stability control.

Bodystyles: Sedan
Engines: Dual electric rear motors, 2.0L turbocharged I-4 (ICE)/generator combination
Transmissions: Single-speed reduction gearbox
Models: Sedan, Convertible Coupe

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2011 Fiat 500 Twinair Car

2011 Fiat 500 Twinair Car, what car reviews, Introduction of this product, which makes you so impressed, the Fiat 500 TwinAir is a fascinating prospect. This is where Fiat kitsch restatement of its iconic 1950car near elevates to a new level of 21st century relevance. The accelerator pedal is rubbery and imprecise, but the column mounted stick is fun to hold and bullying. It feels like driving an old car, but in a good way. Top speed of the Fiat 500 TwinAir stands at 107 mph and 0-62mph takes 11sec.But we would say that is like you’re a watch to be water resistant to 50 meters.

TwinAir the engine tested here, according to Fiat, “the greenest petrol in the world ‘, but it has no batteries, EV deceit or hybrid. It’s just a highly efficient, low friction, lightweight 875cc two-cylinder petrol engine and a turbo. The car is a function of the gearbox – a five-speed manual with very specific ratios. The first two gears are incredibly short, but you have to use all the time to maintain momentum, even resorting to the first to uncover a roundabout. But the third is beautiful long legs, and you can do just about every city driving without stirring up further. A cruise on a 70 mph dual carriageway feels comfortable, but a slight slope, you reach for the quarter.

The new Fiat 500 Cabrio introduces American customers to open-air driving excitement with beautiful Italian styling, timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology. The new 2012 Fiat 500c features a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top that is designed to deliver all-season driving pleasure with the top up or down. With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c’s power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to 60 mph.

The Fiat 500c offers comfort for four passengers, three exterior soft-top colors, 14 exterior colors, 12 unique seat colors and material combinations plus a choice of two interior environments to allow customers to personalize “their own” Fiat 500c.

2011 Fisker Karma Price Review Picture

2011 Fisker Karma Price Review Picture, what car reviews, The 2011 Fisker Karma is a once an exotic sports car, a four-door and a plug-in hybrid. The brainchild of Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin and a veteran of BMW, was developed by Karma Fisker Automotive in Irvine, California, and is assembled in Finland. He once Karma is a plug-in hybrid of pure-series configuration. The 20-kWh lithium battery Nanophosphate from A123 can be placed on a standard 110-volt home track, what today is called Level 1 load. The batteries are the lower 10-15 percent of its maximum capacity. From this point, a Level 1 refill lasts 10-12 hours, a 220-volt level 2, about half of our time. Fiskerfeels the capacity to recharge at night is both a clear need and is also the norm.

The driver also has the option to turn a steering wheel paddle on the left in Sport mode. This allows the gasoline engine at higher revs make the calibrations, producing more power. It encourages the generator to a higher output and brings the battery at least 50 percent state of charge. Even with a dead battery, Sport mode does more than just to maintain progress. The car’s full capabilities, 0-60 in a reported 5.9 seconds, top speed of 125 mph unavailable. By contrast, in stealth mode, use only batteries, extends to 7.9 sec 0-60 time. Top speed is limited to 95 mph.

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2012 Ferrari California Price, Review

2012 Ferrari California Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, 2012 Ferrari California car is now very pleasant with appearance that incredible. This shape is really pleasant for the rider. The new model is available exclusively as a convertible from the folding hard top. Then both the chassis and the bodywork are made of aluminum according to the current model range. Ferrari California will be powered with a new V8 engine. This machine was first installed in the history of the marque in the mid-front.

As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine, which allows the Ferrari California to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds, will be coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that boosts the car’s performance while enhancing the driving pleasure, improves ride comfort and reduces fuel consumption and emissions (c.310 g/km CO2). The comfort is further enhanced by a new multilink rear suspension system.

The 2012 California will arrived with a tweaked ECU and improved engine components, resulting in a 30 horsepower bump from the car’s 4.3L V8. Total output is expected to be 483 horsepower and 373 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to the revised engine, Ferrari engineers have also been working to improve the California’s chassis. The 2012 model will arrive with new lighter alloys, trimming 66 pounds from the California’s waistline. The new model will also arrive with a faster reacting suspension.

As a result of those improvements the 2012 California will be able to scoot from 0-62 in 3.85 seconds. No word on pricing for the new model, but the revised California should arrive in Ferrari dealerships during the early part of 2012.

The Ferrari California is also equipped with the exclusive F1-Trac traction control system which made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano and has been further honed to suit the typical driving conditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material disks as standard guarantee superbly efficient braking.

In addition to sporting the marque’s classic styling cues, the cabin has also been beautifully trimmed using quality materials by Ferrari own skilled artisans. New accessories and equipment, such as the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system, together with optimised aerodynamics ensure that this is a highly ergonomic and enjoyable car to drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.

2012 Ferrari California Price :

Base price : $250,000 (CAD)

2012 Ferrari California Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Drive : 4-wheel
Body style : Hatchback, 2+2-passenger
Engine : 6.3L V-12, 651 hp, 504 lb-ft
Transmissions : 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and 2-speed automatic
Passenger Volume : N/A
Cargo space : 15.9 cu ft
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3825
City (MPG) : 13
Hwy (MPG) : 19
Wheelbase 105.1
Length (in.) : 179.6
Width (in.) : 74.9
Height (in.) : 51.5