Oregon Considering “Climate Test” Legislation For Fossil Fuels

2016 Chevy Camaro A Runner-Up For Detroit Free Press Car Of The Year

It’s fair to say General Motors and, specifically, Chevrolet had a very good 2015. As we begin 2016, Chevrolet was bestowed yet another award.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu was awarded The Detroit Free Press Car Of The Year title, and was noted as a return to midsize car greatness after a generation of ho-hum legroom and a half-baked package.

But, another bowtie-branded vehicle was close to clinching the award, too. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was heralded as a jack-of-all-trades sports coupe with innovative new features, excellent engine offerings and a sublime chassis thanks to the Alpha platform.

Following closely behind the 2016 Malibu, and beating out the 2016 Camaro, however, was the all-new 2016 Honda Civic. But, in the end, the 2016 Malibu did a little bit more to impress the judges over the Civic.

But, hey, two-out-of-three ain’t bad.

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/01/2016-chevy-camaro-a-runner-up-for-detroit-free-press-car-of-the-year/

California calls Trump’s EPA review a ‘cynical ploy’, vows to fight for its emissions rules

Yesterday, Donald Trump authorized the review of a controversial decision by the Environmental Protection Agency–a decision finalized during the last days of the Obama administration. Officials in California made it abundantly clear that they weren’t happy about the review, and they’ve vowed do whatever it takes to keep their state’s rules in place.

Following the announcement, the state issued a press release entitled “California Leaders Blast Cynical Ploy by Trump Administration, Automobile Manufacturers to Roll Back America’s Car Pollution Standards”. It coincided with the delivery of a letter from Governor Jerry Brown to newly appointed EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, which didn’t mince words. Here’s the opening paragraph:

“President Trump’s decision today to weaken emission standards in cars is an unconscionable gift to polluters. Once again, you’ve put the interests of big oil ahead of clean air and politics ahead of science”

But Brown Co. didn’t just want to sweet-talk

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1109394_california-calls-trumps-epa-review-a-cynical-ploy-vows-to-fight-for-its-emissions-rules

2014 Buick LaCrosse

The Buick LaCrosse received a number of updates for the 2014 model year. The 2014 LaCrosse evolves the original design of the mid- to full-size sedan and delivers marked improvements in all areas of the vehicle, including new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity.

Worldwide, Buick LaCrosse sales have surpassed 500,000 units since its 2009 introduction, while sales in the U.S. topped 57,000 in 2012, making it more popular than many other luxury sedans in its class, including the Lexus ES, Acura TL, and Lincoln MKS.

The 2014 LaCrosse made its public debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and goes on sale summer 2013.

2014 Buick LaCrosse Vehicle Architecture

Given that the 2014 LaCrosse is a mid-cycle refresh, the sedan continues to ride on an extended version of GM’s global Epsilon vehicle architecture most directly shared with the 2013 Cadillac XTS and 2014

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For Sale Is A Fantastic 9690-Mile 1967 Buick GS400: eBay Find

The Skylark Gran Sport came into the scene in 1965 as Buick‘s answer to the Pontiac GTO, but it was saddled with the “Nailhead” 401 that paled in comparison to Pontiac’s 389. Whereas the base motor for the Goat was 335 horsepower (with 360 optional), Buick made do with 325 horsepower. And while the big Buicks had an available 425 (even with dual quads), an edict at General Motors said that the Skylark couldn’t use that engine. It wasn’t until 1967 that Buick fielded a competitive motor for its rechristened GS400. This one on eBay may be the nicest there is.

The brand-new 400ci V-8 for the GS400 was rated at 340 horsepower – still lower than some other brands, but on the street, the GS400 was competitive. Sitting on top of the 400 was what Buick fans now call the “Star Wars” air cleaner. Made of red plastic, it may be

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2014/07/9690-mile-1967-buick-gs400-ebay-find/

GM issues Takata recall: Cadillac Escalade; Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban; GMC Sierra; more

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted recalls affecting nearly 1.5 million U.S. vehicles equipped with Takata’s fatally flawed airbags. Soon afterward, Ford added 1.9 million more vehicles to the recall roster.

Today, General Motors has issued its own preliminary Takata-related recall. It marks the first time that such a recall has affected the Cadillac lineup.

As with all of yesterday’s recalls, GM’s involve Takata’s passenger-side airbags, which use ammonium nitrate to inflate the devices during collisions. Exposure to heat and moisture can cause that compound to become destabilized, resulting in an explosion when the airbags deploy. Such incidents have pelted vehicle occupants with shrapnel, causing at least 11 deaths and hundreds of injuries around the world.

GM pickups and SUVs affected by today’s recall include:

Cadillac launches BOOK, a $1500-per-month car-sharing service

Within three months of taking the corner office at Cadillac, Johann de Nysschen announced plans to move the brand’s longtime headquarters from Detroit to New York.

Why did he do it? De Nysschen had been hired to reinvent General Motors’ struggling luxury brand, and to achieve that goal, he wanted to put Cadillac smack in the middle of the city that he called “the epicenter of sophisticated living”.

Put another way, de Nysschen wanted to make Cadillac elite, so he took it to where the elites live.

Yesterday, de Nysschen announced a new program that could boost Cadillac’s profile even further. It’s called BOOK. (It’s so upscale, it’s all uppercase.)

Changing needs

These are exciting times in the auto industry. Car companies around the globe are working night and day to replace gasoline engines with battery packs and to develop software that can handle driving duties.

But many in the field are predicting a bigger shift–one

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GM’s Maven follows Cadillac’s lead and offers monthly rentals

Back in January, General Motors and Cadillac launched a monthly car-sharing service called BOOK. Users pay $1,500 per month, and in exchange they receive access to an array of Cadillac vehicles, including the XT5, CT6, Escalade, and V Series.

Now, GM has launched a similar program called Maven Reserve. An extension of Maven, which launched in early 2016, Maven Reserve relies on a fleet of Chevrolet vehicles (at least for now).

Similar, but different

Like BOOK, Maven Reserve gives folks access to vehicles for long-term usage. Also, each car in the Maven Reserve fleet comes equipped with a number of GM perks, like OnStar, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM radio. And rentals of vehicles include insurance.

There are, however, a couple of key differences between Maven Reserve and BOOK. Perhaps most importantly, BOOK is a subscription service with an ongoing fee. Users pay that fee whether they’re using a car or

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1109257_gms-maven-follows-cadillacs-lead-and-offers-monthly-rentals

Now’s the time to buy winter tires

Check that date. Yes, it’s the beginning of February and we’re telling you that you should buy winter tires now, even though we’re already halfway through the snowy season. 

If you’ve been contemplating winter tires for your car, this may very well be the best time to take advantage of clearance sales as tire retailers like Tire Rack are looking to clear out inventory. 

Tires take up a lot of space for retailers, Tire Rack Vice President Matt Edmonds told The Car Connection

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“We have several warehouses across the country,” Edmonds said. “But they fill up fast and we need to have room for seasonal products.”

Retailers aren’t just interested in clearing out space. Tire manufacturers redesign their winter tires about every four to five years on average, meaning that last year’s design may go on sale in January and February in anticipation of a

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1108695_nows-the-time-to-buy-winter-tires

2017 Cadillac Escalade Review

The Cadillac Escalade is the big hoss of GM’s luxury lineup. It’s more than just the high-falutin’ version of the Suburbans, Tahoes, and Yukons that almost rival it for luxury fittings; it’s probably the most recognizable Cadillac on the road today, thanks as much to its beveled edges to its imposing stance.

Available in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum configurations, the Escalade goes from well to lavishly-equipped with the tick of a few option boxes. 

The Escalade earns an impressive 7.7 on our overall scale thanks to its comfort and surprising performance. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

There’s no question that the Escalade boasts more bravado than just about anything else to ever hit the road, but this latest SUV is far more luxurious, refined, and capable than ever before. Straddling the line between tasteful and excessive, the Escalade’s unmistakable style is evident from every angle. At its core,

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/cadillac_escalade_2017