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Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV

Next April, the 2011 Caprice PPV will be hitting streets and busting criminals. The cruiser will feature a 6.0-liter V8 engine with a six speed automatic transmission as well as a custom paint job and light assemblies. Check out the very official video.

More News on the Volt and its Premium

The latest news on the Chevrolet Volt has surfaced and it does seem a little strange. The range extender, a 1.4-liter 80 horsepower gasoline engine, will require premium fuel and GM hasn't given a reason for the requirement as of yet. Since the point of the Volt is to use less gas, paying for premium fuel seems to be a moot point. If you use the Volt on a full charge and don't travel more than 40 miles, you will be solely using the battery power and this should not be a huge worry. For more on the Volt and the use of the range extender and batteries check out this video.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Boulder Creek Day HIke

The Boulder Creek trail head is located between Darrington and Arlington on Highway 530. Going North on I-5 take exit 208 and head about 20 miles down highway 530. Take a right on to French Creek Road and the trail head is at the end of the gravel/dirt road, which is about 4 miles. The Boulder Creek Trail isn't too far North and the hike isn't too difficult, so it makes for a great day hike. Once in, the trail takes you through the Mount Baker National Forest. Along the trail are two waterfalls, the second of which is bigger and in the picture to the left. There are a few steep areas that get a little narrow, so be prepared. The entire hike takes about four hours, so make sure and pack a snack. Here is a map if you need visual directions from I-5.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The 2011 Chevy Volt Gets Priced

Today, at the Plug-In 2010 Press Conference Chevrolet released pricing and leasing options for the Volt. Before Federal and State tax incentives the base Volt will be priced at $41,000. With $7,500 in tax incentives the price of the Volt will be reduced to $33,500. Leasing options start at $350 a month for 36 months and will require a $2,500 down payment, a rate that includes the $7,500 tax incentive.

The base options in the Volt put this vehicle above any economy car, which inpart explains the high asking price. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, Bose audio system, navigation with seven-inch screen, an eight-year/100,000 mile battery warranty, and five years of OnStar service (standard price = $300/year). Availability of the Volt this December will still be restricted to six states and GM has announced the rest of the country, as well as the Northwest, will see the Volt 12-18 months from the limited release. For more information please visit Autoblog.

Monday, July 26, 2010

2011 Subaru WRX

The 2011 WRX and WRX STI options and body styles are here! The front and rear track is wider and it also features wider tires, larger rims, and a stiffer rear and front suspension. Inside, the Subaru WRX has an upgraded audio system, including Bluetooth integration, streaming audio connectivity, and iPod control capability. All models come standard with the new wide body design and the 4-door premium and STI models feature the redesigned rear trunk spoiler. The new WRX looks great and we can't wait to see it in our showroom. The pamphlet can be found on our website and if you have any questions please ask.

2012 Supercharged Camaro Z28

The long awaited Camaro Z28 has been spotted by Priddy & Co. The Z28 will have a 6.2L supercharged V8 LSA with 556 horsepower. For more on the Z28 visit autoblog.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Chevy Volt and its Awesome Features

Here's another video from Chevrolet showing the driver instruments. With synchronized boot up screens, touch screens, touch sensitive buttons, Google map integration, and a customizable dash, the technology in the Volt is looking pretty sleek. As more incentives are added, such as free charge stations, extended free OnStar trial periods, and phone integration, the Volt may be hard to pass up. I have one question though, with all the technology in the Volt what will the learning curve be for working the vehicle and its long list of features?

Fifth Gear Reviews the Camaro SS

The Fifth Gear team had a little too much fun reviewing the 2010/2011 Camaro SS.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Get More Gs with the Subaru WRX STI

Dave Mirra gives another passenger a wild ride! Check out the other two videos here and here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another Subaru Commercial

This time Dave Mirra gives grandma a nice drive! Check out the guy before her too.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chevy Volt Brake Test

Valarie Boatman, Chevrolet's Performance Integration Engineer, is testing the brakes on the Volt. In this video she is treating it more like a rally car! Looks like some rough testing!

New Subaru WRX STI Commercial

Subaru recently released five new commercials and here Dave Mirra gives this guy the rally ride of his life!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chevy Volt Demonstration

This video does a great job of showing how the Volt operates. It demonstrates the use of the electric motor and range extender, to the efficiency of the water cooling system for the batteries.

Friday, July 16, 2010

2011 Subaru Outback to Get Mobile Wi-Fi

Subaru has announced the Outback will be getting a mobile Wi-Fi option. The option will enable the vehicle to have mobile, uninterrupted 3g internet access while the vehicle is moving. The Outback will serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing any Wi-Fi enabled device to connect and allowing the user to browse the internet. The price of the option is $499 and requires a $35 activation fee, as well as a $29 monthly service fee.

Chevrolet Volt gets Battery Warranty Information

Chevrolet recently released the factory warranty for the Volt batteries, which is going to be eight years or 100,000 miles. General Motors has developed the battery pack system to last the life of the vehicle, but in case problems arise the warranty will have you covered. GM also released more specifications for the battery pack, which weighs 400 pounds, is water cooled and contains 288 LG Chem lithium cells. Also, 95% of the battery pack component were designed and developed by GM. The length of the warranty should soothe some skeptics, as a major concern has been the cost of replacing the battery back. Please refer back to our previous Volt posts for more information about the technology in the car.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chevrolet Corvette gets its own TV Spot

The Perana Z-One Powered by Corvette

The Perana Z-One, a limited edition coupe styled by Zagato powered by the Corvette engine, was never going to be available in the United States. Recently though, Superperformance, an American car manufacturer, has been given exclusive rights for manufacturing the Perana and will produce 99 a year. For under $100,000, the Perana comes with the option of a 505-horsepower LS7 engine from the ZO6 and comes standard with navigation and infotainment system. It has a much sleeker look than both the Rossi Sixty-Six and the Stingray Corvette, other rare or concept versions of the Corvette. There will be more pictures to come.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chevrolet Volt Teaser

Chevrolet just released a teaser commercial for the Volt. Its short, but gets the point across.

Safe Kids: Open Water Safety

Safe Kids is always recommending good ways to keep your kids safe this summer. Here I want to emphasize the importance of a Coast Guard approved life jacket while swimming or boating in open waters. Unlike a pool, dangers in open waters such as river currents, ocean undertows, changing weather and uneven surfaces can be very dangerous. As an active supporter of Safe Kids we want emphasize the importance of keeping your kids safe during the summer months. Remember, proper supervision and equipment can make a huge difference. If you want more information on this article or other Safe Kids information please visit their website.

The Subaru Hybrid Concept: Follow-Up

The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept was first shown at the Tokyo Car Show in late 2009. The Tourer features two electric motors, one near the rear of the vehicle for low-speed acceleration and in the front an electric motor connected to a turbocharged gas engine. It also features Subaru's standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. So far, there hasn't been any talk of this vehicle hitting the market, but Subaru said this will be the direction of their new designs. They want to design vehicles with less character lines, stating "cars have too many character lines now". If it did hit the market, unfortunately it would be without the gull wing doors seen the pictures from the earlier post.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Subaru Hybrid Concept

Subaru has decided on a new direction, going away from "quirky" designs and moving towards more sleek designs. Check out the pictures.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Chevy Volt Gets Soaked

The Volt continues to be rigorously tested at the Milford Proving Ground. To test the viability of the Volt battery pack it was recently ran through the "flooded road".

Top Gear Chevrolet Camaro Review

Top Gear reviews the Chevrolet Camaro and pits it against the Mercedes E63 AMG.


Chevrolet has announced that customers purchasing the ZO6 and ZR1 Corvette models will have the option to build their engine. With the Corvette Engine Build Experience customers visit the factory and hand build the engine for their vehicle. The option will cost about $5,800, which does not include travel expenses.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Do Not Tow Your Travel Trailer Through This!

There aren't many travel trailers that can handle this kind of terrain, in fact this may be the only one. Its pretty amazing it made it through.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Subaru WRX STI goes Automatic

The Subaru WRX STI was recently released with a five-speed automatic transmission, but the is good news for manual transmission elitests is its restricted to Australia. The availability of the transmission was Subaru's response to high demand for the option in Australia. As of now there hasn't been any mention of the automatic transmission version of the WRX STI coming to the United States.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Top Gear on the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Top Gear reviews the Subaru Impreza WRX. This really makes me want a STI!

4 States Added to Volt Launch

As Chevy prepares to launch the Volt, Washington is feeling a little left out. The only states first announced in the rollout were California, Michigan, and Washington D.C. Recently, General Motors announced four more states that will take part in the fall launch - but still no Washington. The states include Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. The announcement came before the Volt took its "Freedom Drive", a 1,776 mile drive from Austin, Texas to New York City. As the Volt begins to hit the production line early this fall, we are keeping our fingers crossed that Washington will be added to the list of launch states.

When is Washington going to see the Volt?!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chevrolet Cruze Engine Overview

This video from Chevrolet is a good overview of the engine technology used in the Cruze.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Firework Safety

I hope everyone is preparing for a great Independence Day! Its also a good time to remind everyone to keep an eye on their children. In 2009 3,300 kids were injured by fireworks and a third of these injuries were caused by sparklers. For more information visit SafeKids and enjoy your holiday weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Chevrolet Volt Hot Soak

Here's the video from Chevrolet overviewing the Volt Hot Soak in Yuma:
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