Cadillac SRX Gets 11 Changes For 2015 Model Year: RPO Central

Since its launch roughly four years ago, the second-generation SRX has turned out to be a decent seller for Cadillac. For the 2015 model year, the midsize crossover is getting a few minor updates and changes, starting with the deletion of Black Ice Metallic and Glacier Blue Metallic exterior colors. Taking their place are two new hues — Cocoa Bronze Metallic and Glacier Blue Metallic.

2015 SRX in Majestic Plum Metallic

2015 SRX in Majestic Plum Metallic

2015 SRX in Cocoa Bronze Metallic

2015 SRX in Cocoa Bronze Metallic

In a puzzling move to strip away advanced lighting technology, the 2015 SRX also does away with two lighting features — the headlamp washer system as well as the auto headlamp leveling adjustment feature that was part of the adaptive forward lighting system. However, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot

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Buick Lucerne

2007

The 2007 Buick Lucerne introduced two new trim levels — CXL Special Edition (with more standard features than regular CXL) and Super.

2008

The 2008 Buick Lucerne featured a series of midcycle updates/enhancements, including a lane departure warning system and a revised exterior color palette.

2009

The 2009 Buick Lucerne received the 3.9L LZ9 V6 as the new base engine, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and XM NavTraffic. Flex-fuel technology became available at no additional cost.

2010

The 2010 Buick Lucerne added the rocker panels, grille, and fog lights from the Super trim level to the entire Lucerne lineup.

2011

The Buick Lucerne did not receive any changes for the 2011 model year, its last model year of production.

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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Chevrolet has announced that the 2017 Silverado 2500HD features a new air intake system that drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult driving conditions. The patented intake system underwent extensive testing based on the most challenging real-world driving conditions to ensure competence and performance no matter the weather.

Hood Scoop

The new air intake system is marked by a dramatic hood scoop. Essentially an inlet at the front of the hood, the scoop provides 60 percent of the air to the Duramax diesel engine.

Cooler Air

The air provided to the engine is very close to the outside ambient temperature and much cooler than the air under the hood. Cooler air helps the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. Running cooler allows the Duramax diesel to maintain full

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV Ordering Has Begun In California and Oregon

Reports of orders being placed for the world’s first all-electric car with well over 200 miles range and for under $30,000 after federal subsidy have begun.

Although Chevrolet is not beating the band about it, and it’s unclear if the Orion Township, Mich. assembly line has even started producing the Bolt EVs, customers say they’ve successfully placed orders – not just reserved places in line.

Prior reports were that dealers were allowing customers to sign on to a wish list, as the dealers have received notification that allocations are coming.

Larger dealers like Capitol Chevrolet in San Jose, Northern Calif., reportedly have as many as 110 Bolts coming on the first wave – a sizable number, and counting other dealers, at least 449 Bolts have been allocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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It appears

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The White House’s strangely strong denial that its ‘deportation force’ idea is back

On Friday morning, it looked for a moment like it was back again.

The Associated Press reported that the Trump administration has considered dispatching 100,000 National Guard troops to, in AP’s words, “round up unauthorized immigrants.”

According to AP, which says it obtained a draft memo:

“The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal – California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four – Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.”

The White House quickly denied it, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying it’s “100 percent not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this.” Spicer added that there is “no effort” to do this, but the AP report didn’t say the effort actually

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Lincoln MKX

In short, this is Lincoln’s answer to the Lexus RX. It’s an American rendition of the midsize, car-based crossover SUVs that are proliferating in the leafy suburbs of upper middle-class neighborhoods. In other words, it’s a tall luxury car.

History

Lincoln sat on the sidelines and watched as the Lexus RX, BMW X3 and X5, Mercedes-Benz GLK and ML (now called GLC and GLE), Acura RDX and MDX, and Cadillac SRX (now called XT5) slowly but surely usurped the midsize luxury car as the transportation of choice for financially “comfortable” suburbanites. Any of the aforementioned companies can point to huge sales of these vehicles.

So in model year 2007, Lincoln entered the fray with its own upscale crossover. Previously, Lincoln had been in the midsize luxury SUV business with the 2003-2005 Aviator, but that was a truck-based, V-8-powered Ford Explorer derivative that just didn’t drive

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Portland’s new commuting toy: Robo-style ‘puzzle parking’

We’ve seen the future, and there are no parking valets.

Not human ones anyway.

At a 51-unit green apartment complex at Southeast 20th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, developer Gerding Edlen is showing off the largest residential robo-parking system of its type in the U.S.

Portlanders can expect to see more like it soon, as building owners and managers increasingly turn to automated systems that stack cars, saving money and minimizing the amount of space needed for parking.

“Over time,” development manager Damin Tarlow said today, “people are going to realize this is a wonderful solution to a common problem.”

For decades, the car-park solution in high-density urban areas was to dig deep holes or go multi-story. So 20th century.

Instead, the new system at The 20 on Hawthorne building allows 29 cars to be parked in an area that would usually fit 10.

“Watch this,” Tarlow said as he

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Minty-Fresh 1987 Buick GNX Sports 16 Miles On Its Odometer

It’s hard to believe 2020 is closer than the year 2010. As time marches forward, we’re beginning to see a new round of classic cars reach collector status. The Buick Grand National and GNX are two examples of what collectors are looking for from upcoming historical vehicles. Because, let’s face it, all the 1957 Bel Airs can only trade hands so many times before other vehicles rise to prominence.

Yahoo Autos has picked up on this 1987 Buick GNX heading to Mecum for auction, where it could possibly reach a premium associated with price tags of Ferraris. Why? Because merely 16 miles have been put on the car in its lifetime. Previously, a Buick GNX sold for $163,000 with only 400 miles on the odometer, meaning there’s room to play in the six-figure market still.

This example happens to be one of the last 547 Buick

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Tony Soprano’s Escalade sells for over $119000

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Tony Soprano was the boss. So it’s fitting the sale of his Escalade should set a record.

The car that the late actor James Gandolfini drove in his role as the mob boss Soprano on the HBO hit show “The Sopranos” sold at auction for more than $119,000.

According to RR Auction, the white 2003 Cadillac Escalade went up for sale on November 12. The model has a resale value of only about $8,000, and RR Auction expected the Soprano car to sell for between $30,000 and $50,000.

It was used during the last three seasons of the series, which was on the air for six years, and was frequently featured during interior shots and exterior shots.

Related: McCartney recorded ‘Hey Jude’ in this Aston Martin

Before Gandolfini died in 2013, he signed the car’s interior

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New 2015 Chevrolet Performance Catalog Announced: SEMA 2014

The new 2015 Chevrolet Performance parts catalog has been announced at SEMA, and the pages are loaded with a slew of new, performance-oriented components for the discerning Chevrolet fan.

Most notably, as we reported on back in May of this year, customers can nudge their fifth-generation Camaro SS coupes in a more track-oriented direction with parts straight from the Z/28 performance model. The Camaro Z/28‘s aerodynamic components, differential cooler, exhaust manifold and cat-back exhaust are just some of the go-fast parts available for order. The suspension kit from the Z/28 is also available; it features hydraulic struts that have an unfathomably cool, futuristic valve system that we can’t even begin to understand.

And then there’s the 6.2L V8 LT1 crate engine. Debuted in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the fifth-gen 6.2 liter small-block is half evolutionary, half revolutionary. It is, after all, the first Chevy small-block to

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