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GM To Re-Open Spring Hill Plant To Build Chevy Equinoxes
Nov21

GM To Re-Open Spring Hill Plant To Build Chevy Equinoxes

By Chris Haak

Today, General Motors officially confirmed the vehicle that will be produced at its currently-idled Spring Hill, Tennessee plant.  The answer: the Chevrolet Equinox.  The company can’t seem to keep up with Equinox demand ever since the current-generation vehicle was launched for the 2010 model year, despite running a steady three-shift operation at the CAMI plant in Ontario, and even conducting final assembly at another plant to further add capacity.  Even more interesting than a solution (coming in mid-2012) to Equinox supply shortages, though, is the fact that according to the company, Spring Hill will be able to produce nearly any GM vehicle that is in high demand thanks to its ultra-flexible operation.

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LA Auto Show: 2013 Cadillac XTS
Nov18

LA Auto Show: 2013 Cadillac XTS

By Chris Haak

With the launch of its all-new 2013 XTS luxury sedan early in 2012, Cadillac can finally move its car lineup from being an “all-CTS, all the time” shop to one with a bit more diversity.

While the CTS (and the unlamented STS) catered more toward the sport-luxury buyer, Cadillac built the XTS to appeal more to the traditional luxury buyer.  In other words, although the official word is that the XTS replaces both the STS and DTS in the Cadillac lineup, it’s much more in line with what the DTS had been providing than what the STS was.  That is, it’s a traditional luxury car with much less sport in the equation.

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Auto Enthusiasts Start Petition To Change Federal Grey Market Exemption Period

By Carl Malek

A small group of dedicated automotive enthusiasts have begun a “We The People” petition to try and urge the federal government to change the way it enforces “Grey Market” vehicles entering U.S shores. For folks that are unfamiliar with the term, these are vehicles that are legally imported from other countries through various third party channels other than those of the official manufacturer in question.

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First Drive: 2012 Honda CR-V
Nov16

First Drive: 2012 Honda CR-V

By Charles Krome

It’s no doubt been an ugly year for Honda. The company has lost more than 200,000 units of production that would have otherwise ended up in U.S. dealerships, and it’s still waiting for some facilities to get back up to full speed. Sales are down more than 5 percent through October, at a time when the industry as a whole has grown by about 7.5 percent. Worse, the all-new 2012 Honda Civic has been affected by both those same production problems as well as surprisingly weak reviews, allowing rivals like the Chevy Cruze to gain a significant foothold in the highly competitive compact car segment. In other words, there’s an awful lot riding on the launch of the completely redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V—but after a recent media drive for the vehicle, I’m not expecting an awful lot of new customers to be riding in it.

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LA Auto Show: 2013 Ford Escape
Nov16

LA Auto Show: 2013 Ford Escape

By Chris Haak

Ford has spilled the beans on its all-new 2013 Escape, and after more than a decade of following the same basic template (that is, cute-ute, car-based mechanicals wrapped around a traditional SUV shape), the all-new 2013 model completely turns to a new chapter in this vehicle’s evolution.

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Just Another Day at the Office (Track Test Day)
Nov15

Just Another Day at the Office (Track Test Day)

By Chris Haak

Last week, we described the first day of a two-day event sponsored by IMPA, the International Motor Press Association.  During Day One, we road tested nine different new or significant new cars.  During Day Two, described below, we took nine more cars onto Monticello Motor Club’s track.

Monticello Motor Club, or MMC for short, opened in 2008 to very positive reviews.  It’s a 4.1-mile asphalt track containing 22 turns in its full configuration, 450 feet of elevation changes.  There’s a clubhouse, pit area, garage area (where members can keep their track-day playthings), and various other amenities.  The grounds and landscaping are all gorgeous, and the track is challenging and fun for drivers of various skill levels.  Memberships start at around $30,000 upfront, an annual fee of $3,150 and can go into six figures; the higher your membership level, the greater your access to the track.  As a founding member, Jerry Seinfeld has almost no limits to how often he can put his Porsches on the track.  Sadly, this gig doesn’t pay enough to make MMC membership an option.

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Buick Lacrosse GL Concept Previews Pinnacle of Buick Luxury
Nov11

Buick Lacrosse GL Concept Previews Pinnacle of Buick Luxury

By Carl Malek

Ever since Buick joined General Motor’s lineup of brands, it has always served as GM’s near-luxury brand sitting below top tier Cadillac when it came to sales and status. With the unveiling of the Buick Lacrosse GL Concept, the lines between the two brands may become harder to define.

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Just Another Day at the Office (Road Test Day)
Nov10

Just Another Day at the Office (Road Test Day)

By Chris Haak

Several weeks ago, Techshake’s Kevin Gordon and I had the opportunity to journey to the Catskill region of New York to the sleepy hamlet of Monticello.  A village of about 6,500 people, Monticello is about as unremarkable as any other point on the map.  The town’s Wikipedia page is divided into Pre-Civil War and Post-Civil War sections, with the latter containing only four paragraphs of information against the former’s fourteen.  Save for one thing – our main attraction today – Monticello is the very definition of “sleepy hamlet.”  The main attraction is Monticello Motor Club, a members-only country club for [rich] car guys and gals.  We’ll have more on MMC later this week.

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