Most capable full-size SUV for towing? The 2018 Ford Expedition, again

One of the last provinces for full-size SUVs are its ability to haul, tow, drag, or lug myriad toys up and down interstates, from one campsite to the next.

After all, car-based seven-seaters can offer the same interior space with better fuel efficiency and a better ride.

Eager to hold the high ground, Ford’s new Expedition can lay claim to the superlative of best-in-class towing potential among full-sizers. It took the crown from itself.

The company announced Thursday that the new 2018 Ford Expedition can be equipped to haul up to 9,300 pounds attached to its stern. Ford measured the capability using the widely accepted—and more stringent—J2807 SAE standard.

The new Expedition will come equipped with a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, which Ford calls EcoBoost, and a 10-speed automatic as standard. Last year’s version was equipped with the same engine, but a 6-speed automatic instead, and was rated to tow up to 9,200 pounds

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1110639_most-capable-full-size-suv-for-towing-the-2018-ford-expedition-again

Advocacy Group Drive Oregon Changes Name To “Forth,” Expanding Efforts Beyond State-Lines

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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Used 2013 Cadillac ATS for Sale

After a day driving around Georgia and lapping the brand-new Atlanta Motorsports Park, we can say, yup, the ATS is legit. Just to be sure, we hooked up our test equipment to a pre-production model while we were there.

No More Cimarron Jokes
Make no mistake, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is a completely brand-new, from-scratch rear-wheel-drive design (all-wheel drive is optional). True, the three available direct-injected engines have been seen before in various iterations, and the fantastic CUE infotainment system debuted in the XTS. But as a whole, this is a brand-new Caddy.

And it’s light. There’s lots of high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steel, and the chassis is scalloped out and utilizes lightening holes to shed pounds where possible. There’s also an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mount brackets and aluminum front suspension arms. End result? The base model tips the scales at 3,315 pounds, while the 3.6 V6 test car comes in

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/ats/2013/

Holden Will Be Last To End Australian Vehicle Production Following Toyota Factory Shutdown

For a short period of time, Holden will be the only vehicle manufacturer in Australia. Toyota Australia announced it would cease automobile production on October 3, 2017, just weeks before Holden does the same, according to News.Au.

Holden announced earlier this year it would close its Elizabeth factory in South Australia on October 20, 2017 after nearly 70 years of producing vehicles in Australia. The brand will make a full switch to a national importer of vehicles from various General Motors brands.

Toyota, meanwhile, will shut its operations after 53 years of vehicle production in Australia. Australia became the first country to assemble Toyota vehicles outside of Japan in 1963, and the first country to assemble Toyota engines in 1978. The Altona factory has 2 million cars alone since it was opened in 1995.

Toyota fought hard to keep the assembly lines running, but was forced to shut its

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Which 2017 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi? | News | Cars.com

CARS.COM — The next frontier for in-car connectivity is Wi-Fi mobile hot spots that allow you to wirelessly connect multiple devices while the car is hurtling down the road. In these cars, SUVs and trucks, a tablet or laptop — not just a smartphone — can remotely connect to office networks, play movies and TV shows, access hundreds of online radio stations and tap into other internet fare while the car is rolling down the road.

Related: Which 2016 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

Since Audi became the first brand to offer built-in Wi-Fi in 2011, the list has grown to 16 brands and more than 100 vehicle lines for the 2017 model year, and it includes non-luxury brands and pickup trucks. Moreover, most automakers now are using faster 4G LTE systems.

The vehicles listed here have factory-installed, built-in Wi-Fi that makes the vehicle a mobile hot spot, and they can

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-2017-cars-offer-in-car-wi-fi-1420692490461/

Two Corvette Daytona Prototypes Surface For Sale

Eager for a mid-engine Corvette but don’t want to wait out the perpetual rumormill and future release date? Fear not, because you can have not one, but two race spec Corvette Daytona prototypes right now.

Road Track reports the two Corvette Daytona prototypes are ready for a new home following the decision to phase out the Daytona Prototype racing series in 2017. That means these two Corvettes have done their service.

However, there’s a catch. The Corvettes has one last race to compete in before they can officially be sold off. If you have the $700,000 to buy the pair before their final outing, you will be whisked away to Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta to hang out and watch the cars compete. Then, they’re all yours.

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/09/two-corvette-daytona-prototypes-surface-for-sale/

1963 C2 Corvette Z06 Big Tank Owned By Mickey Thompson To Be Featured At Barrett-Jackson

Talk about a combination of desirable factors aligning just right. Not only was this 1963 C2 Corvette Sting Ray once owned by the famed Mickey Thompson, but it has two incredibly rare features, too.

This 1963 C2 Corvette Sting Ray is a “big tank” with RPO code Z06. The Z06 package provided plenty of race ready equipment, including the larger fuel tank for racing endeavors. It’s also one of five C2 Corvette Sting Rays assigned to Thompson by General Motors to be piloted.

Furthermore, it’s one of only 63 other 1963 C2 Corvette Sting Ray coupes to feature the coveted Z06 package, spearheaded by the legendary Zora Arkus-Duntov.

It’s validated, too. This Corvette has been researched, confirmed and documented by Corvette expert David Burroughs.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale will open on January 14, 2017, and run through January 22. Be sure to watch for this and a handful of other notable GM metal, ... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/1963-c2-corvette-z06-big-tank-owned-by-mickey-thompson-to-be-featured-at-barrett-jackson/

50th Anniversary C5 Corvette Safety Car Heading To Auction

A substantial piece of Corvette history is preparing for auction. This 2003 C5 Corvette was an official safety car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following a back-to-back win by Corvette Racing previously.

No surprise, following the victories, Chevrolet sent six C5 Corvettes to France for duty. Two were designated as pace cars while the other four served as safety vehicles. This is one of the four.

The 2003 Corvette also helped celebrate 50 years of America’s most iconic sports car, which entered production in 1953. Previously, this Corvette was a part of the official General Motors Heritage Collection, but it was sold to a private owner during the automaker’s bankruptcy restructuring. We’d say that makes this an even more desirable vehicle.

The Corvette is equipped with a roll cage, flashing lights, safety harness and a 5.7-liter V8 engine serves as the power source, producing 350 horsepower. Only 2,000 miles

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/05/50th-anniversary-c5-corvette-safety-car-heading-to-auction/

1973 Chevy Camaro Dune Buggy Is So Unnecessary, But Kind Of Cool: Craigslist Find

Maybe you shouldn’t take this 1973 Chevrolet Camaro to normal places a dune buggy would go, but you can try. It certainly doesn’t look as if it’s the right machine for some off-road sand blasting.

However, it is kind of cool. We peg the front end parts to be from a 1973 Camaro, judging by the grille and headlamp assembly, but the rear is a weird mashup of C3 Corvette, too. This may be one of the strangest Craigslist finds we’ve seen in a long time.

The seller states the Camaro kit car/dune buggy is “very rare” (because of course it is) and is powered by a 1500 cc engine. The seller also has a real Volkswagen dune buggy for sale as well and is looking to let both of these oddball machines go for $5,000.

If just the Camaro-Corvette mashup strikes your fancy, it’s only $3,500 or best offer.

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/10/1973-chevy-camaro-dune-buggy-is-so-unnecessary-but-kind-of-cool-craigslist-find/