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Full Details of 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Released

By Carl Malek

Following an earlier internet leak, Chevrolet has revealed the official details of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette.  The car is set to be formally unveiled to the world this weekend, but it offers Corvette buyers new features such as a Bose audio system, an up-level technology package (GPS is included), as well as the buyer’s choice of paint on the brake calipers – with  red, yellow, silver, or gray hues the only color choices. The 2012 model year updates also give the interior of the Corvette a long overdue refresh with features such as a revised steering wheel design, improved seats, and a fully padded center console area which will serve to help spruce up the Corvette’s interior.  The interior has long been a Corvette weakness thanks to its use of cheap materials and lackluster seating.

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Chevrolet Teases, Leaks 2013 Malibu Ahead Of Shanghai Reveal
Apr15

Chevrolet Teases, Leaks 2013 Malibu Ahead Of Shanghai Reveal

By Carl Malek

Rather than wait until the formal start of the Shanghai Auto Show, Chevrolet has decided to give the world a sneak preview of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The lone exterior image that GM has officially released showcases the models brand new LED tail lamps, which are based off the units currently on the Chevrolet Camaro sports car and are designed to help give the car a more aggressive appearance.  In subsequent days, GM released two interior teaser photos that depicted the car’s significantly-upgraded center stack.  It’s clear that GM means business in terms of catching up to the class leaders in in-car connectivity and technology.  The photos look great; material quality and feel still remain to be seen, of course, but the Cruze acquits itself well in this regard.

When the 2012 Malibu is formally revealed on April 19th in Shanghai, expect to see a car that will be wider but shorter than the model it replaces, as well as having a much more rakish and cohesive exterior design theme. To go with its new exterior styling the 2012 Malibu will ride on GM’s Epsilon II platform.  Epsilon II is the same  excellent platform that is currently used on the Buick Regal and Buick LaCrosse. As far as powertrains are concerned, the 2012 Malibu will have a  four cylinder only engine lineup when it does eventually go on sale, which would most likely include the 2.4 liter Ecotec four cylinder and the 2.0 liter turbo four.  Unlike the current Malibu, we expect that there will be no V6 option available.

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World Class Luxury In a Small Package: BMW Unveils The MINI Inspired By Goodwood
Apr13

World Class Luxury In a Small Package: BMW Unveils The MINI Inspired By Goodwood

By Carl Malek

Even though the MINI brand is currently seated at the bottom rung of BMW’s brand ladder, the company has always positioned itself as being more premium than mainstream. To help prove that point, MINI has pulled the curtains off the MINI Inspired By Goodwood Package, which will be on display at the Shanghai Auto Show. MINI has had its fair share of special edition models produced throughout the company’s long history, but the MINI Inspired By Goodwood will be positioned as the most expensive model in the MINI lineup.

Starting with a MINI Cooper S hardtop model, the company leveraged its connections with fellow BMW brand Rolls-Royce to bring some of the elegant equipment and features that would otherwise be more at home in Rolls Royce models like the Ghost and the Phantom. Nearly every surface in the new MINI has been covered in the same type of leather that is regularly reserved for Rolls products, and the door handles and dashboard are covered with burled walnut accents.

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BMW’s Z4 GT3 Undergoes First Wave Of Customer Tests

By Carl Malek

Earlier this year, the 2011 BMW Z4 GT3 proved to the world that it was capable of winning races when it took the checkered flag at the Dubai 24 hours race. Not wanting to rest on a job well done, BMW removed the car from its well-earned place in the winners circle and took it back to the test track to help prepare the car for the first series of customer entries in the 2011 GT3 competition.

Now, the BMW Z4 GT3 resembles its street legal cousin but only in name and in its basic exterior shape. Most of the body panels on the GT3 have been extensively modified and altered to help the car achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency while keeping the vehicle planted on the track. BMW engineers also performed a engine transplant under the hood of the Z4 GT3, replacing the roadgoing Z4’s six-cylinder powerplant with the same 4.4 liter V8 that sees duty in the limited-edition BMW M3 GTS. The V8 channels all its horses to the car’s rear wheels through a specially-tuned six speed sequential manual gearbox that is shifted with steering wheel mounted paddles.

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Audi Releases U.S Prices For All New 2012 A7

By Carl Malek

Audi has released the final U.S pricing for the all new 2012 Audi A7 coupe. Interested in owning one of the most stylish five door sedans Audi has ever created? Be prepared to relieve your wallet of $59,250 $(60,125 when the $875  destination fee is added to the mix) for a base [Premium] model. This would put it around the middle of the Audi pricing ladder between the $45,200 Audi A6 and the $78,050 A8 flagship.

Spending all those hard earned dollars will reward buyers with Audi’s 310 horsepower 3.0 liter TSI V6 which is paired to a eight speed automatic gearbox. Also joining the standard equipment list is Audi’s familiar and expected Quattro all wheel drive system. In the A7, the system is programmed to have a rear-biased 60/40 power split.

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