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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Volt vs. Water

Check out the preproduction Chevrolet Volt being tested in the water chamber.

Volt Confusion

Due to a recent article by the Telegraph, there has been some confusion about the Volt using its on board gas engine to drive the wheels. Engineers at GM have dissipated the confusion by explaining the Voltec powertrain. The Voltec powertrain does not have components that attach the gasoline generator to wheels, so there is no way for it to move the vehicle. Hopefully, reissued reports will clear water and settle some of the inaccurate commotion.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chevrolet Cruze Coming Soon

The Cruze is Chevrolet's new economy sedan being released this fall. The Cruze was released in 2009 in Europe and Asia, where its been popular. The new line is replacing the Cobalt and the Cruze will be priced about $1000 less than a similarly equipped Cobalt.

The Cruze will feature a 1.4L, 4-cylinder turbo engine capable of a 500 mile range. To improve its fuel economy, which is around 40 miles per gallon, Chevrolet has used ultra-low rolling resistance tires, light weight wheels, and aero shutters that close above 35 mph (making the car more aero dynamic).

The popularity of the Cruze in other countries has come from its combination of economy and premium features. All models feature a six speaker stereo with MP3 playback and an auxiliary jack for media players. Also available are 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels, StabiliTrak with rollover sensing, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and climate control. Now that the last Cobalt has rolled off the line, we are looking forward to the release of the Chevrolet Cruze this fall. Below is a video from Chevrolet describing the safety features.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI at Nürburgring

The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI was tested at Nürburgring and booked a lap time of 7:55, a time that tied the Ferrari F430 F1 time. Check out the video:

Volt Walkthrough with Consumer Reports

The Consumer Reports team recently got their hands on a pre-production version of the Volt and took it for a test drive. Check out the video and their review of its performance.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kentucky Makes Corvette State Sports Car

Kentucky, the long-time home of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, has christened the Corvette as the official state sports car. Bowling Green has been the one place in the world Corvettes are manufactured since 1981 and the home of the National Corvette Museum. Should Washington follow Kentucky and give one sports car this title, if so what car should it be?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Test Drive the Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet has teamed up with Microsoft and the XBOX Kinect team to produce an interactive game for the XBOX 360. The game will use the motion controls offered by the XBOX Kinect system allowing players to virtually test drive the Chevy Volt. The game, Kinect Joy Ride, will feature The Volt and be the first controller free driving game to hit the market.

U.S. Advances in World Cup

This may not have much to do with cars or motorhomes, but I know there are Soccer fans in the area. Thanks to a stoppage time goal by Landon Donovan the United States won Group C and we are advancing to the next stage of the World Cup. Check out the game winning goal below:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Father's Day Weekend Car Shows

This weekend there are plenty of events and car shows to take Dad to. I've listed and linked to a few of them below:

The Strawberry Festival
Marysville WA

June 19
Hot Rods and Hogs Show
Snohomish WA

Very Berry Best Car Show
Marysville WA

June 20
Father’s Day Car Show
Bellingham WA

Boys, Toys, Burgers, and Brats
Warm Beach WA

Father's Day Car Show
Bellevue WA

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Free Chargers for All, Well at Least 4,400

GM has announced the Department of Energy will be providing free 240V home chargers for early buyers of the Volt. Though the Volt can be charged on a standard 120V outlet in about eight hours, a 240V charging station can decrease the charging time by half. The grant money is limited, so the number of chargers available will only be 4,400. ECOtality will be supplying 2,600 chargers as part of the EV Project and 1,800 will come from ChargePoint America, Coulomb Technologies' initiative. Availability is also restricted to a limited number states, but the good news is Seattle made it on the list for both providers.

The charging stations have been priced up to $2,000 and GM indicates most units will be installed for free. Individuals receiving chargers must be willing to share data with the DOE, which includes average charge time, energy usage, and the starting and ending times of charges. This data, according to the DOE, will increase the understanding of how electric vehicles are driven, the adoption rate, and charging habits. For more information about applying for a free charging station visit the EV Project and ChargePoint America sites.

GM to Announce the Completion the Chevrolet Volt

At the end of June, GM is expected to announce the completion of the Chevrolet Volt, meaning the vehicle is ready for the production line. Engineers stated they are working on some of the last programming issues. The feat doesn't sound easy, especially in a car containing so many electronic components. The driver will have a number of options to change their driving experience, including mountain and sport mode as well as eco and comfort settings.

Even with all the innovative features, the Volt is still an extended range electric vehicle at its core. It will be capable of going a distance of 40 miles on a full charge and remain running as long as the generator has fuel. According to Chevrolet, three-quarters of American commuters will be able to complete their drive to work without using any gas. Though the Volt will be ready for production, Chevrolet engineers stated they will put thousands of test miles on the vehicles in the next few months.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Top Down on the Stingray Corvette Concept

The once hard-topped Stingray Corvette Concept has been spotted top-down by the Corvette Blogger team. I think its safe to say that new corvettes should look like this.

Baking the Chevrolet Volt

Chevy engineers are putting the Volt through some of its final tests before its released later this year. Currently, the Chevrolet Volt is being tortured in the Arizona desert where the temperature inside the vehicle has hit 138 degrees. The car was first baked in the desert heat for a few hours and then rigorously driven. All components were tested, from air conditioning and stereo to battery pack and electric motor performance. Consumers and critics have been concerned about the vehicles operation in extreme conditions, but the Volt proved it was up to the task. Even while hooked to a mobile dynamometer, used to simulate a 2-10% grade, the Volt performed well. It maintained performance even in the extreme heat, the AC was able to cool the scorching interior and the battery pack and propulsion system performed flawlessly. The tests were finished, but Chevrolet didn't want any confusion to arise and reinforced that the Volt is not equipped for towing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Chevrolet Volt Overview

This video gives a great summary of the technologies used in the Chevrolet Volt.

Free Safe Kids Car Seat Check

This Thursday, June 17th, Safe Kids will be performing free car seat checks from 1-3pm in the Marysville Kohl's parking lot. There is no appointment necessary, just allow 30 minutes for the technicians to check the installation of your car seat. Studies show that 80% of car seats are improperly installed and 85% of kids are improperly restrained. If you have any doubts about the installation of your car seat, please come by to ensure you child's safety. Kohl's is located on I-5, East off exit 202. You can also refer to the map for the exact location.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Subaru STI may go Diesel

In an attempt to meet emission needs Subaru may be producing a diesel STI. Countries have been tightening up their CO2 emissions standards and the response by car manufacturers seems to be smaller engines or making the switch to diesel. The diesel engine being produced by Subaru has been rumored to have 200 horsepower and over 300 pound-feet of torque, so it will still be quick. As of now, reports suggest the diesel model of the STI will be restricted to Europe, but it may be available in the US at some point.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Google Maps Syncing to OnStar

Toward the end of the month, GM announced people with active OnStar accounts will be able to send driving directions directly to their in-car navigation system using Google Maps. This will make programming directions into the in-car navigation system much more user-friendly, which at times can be frustrating. OnStar has also announced an app for Google's phone operating system called Android, which will add functionality to the Chevrolet Volt. Installing the app on your phone will give you the ability to unlock, start, monitor battery charge, charging status, and range. Google maps has also been included into the Volt OnStar Mobile app, allowing the user to locate their vehicle and easily upload route information. Hopefully in the future our phones will become much more integrated with our vehicles, adding to the convenience of the entire driving experience. Watch the video below for a cool hands on demonstration.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The 2011 Chevy Volt

In a nutshell, the Volt is an electric car with a range extender. On a full charge the sleekly designed Volt can travel up to 40 miles powered by more than 200, 5x7 inch lithium-ion battery cells. Once the batteries run low, the range extender or gas generator kicks in and supplies electricity to charge the batteries to run the electric motor. The Volt combines these innovative technologies with new features that make this an exciting vehicle. Using the OnStar mobile app, the owner can monitor the remaining charge and range, unlock doors, and start the vehicle. Touted as one of the most advanced mobile devices of the coming generation, the Chevy Volt will make us rethink how we commute.
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