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/
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
... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/02/holden-will-be-last-to-end-australian-vehicle-production-following-toyota-factory-shutdown/
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/
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/
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/
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/
General Motors is keen on recreating Skynet. Not really, but it has connected a quarter of its 30,000 automated machines to the internet to reduce downtime and failures. Bloomberg reports GM has already seen the benefits of connecting its robots to the internet, and they’ve avoided helped the automaker avoid 100 potential assembly failures.
“If we can avoid a disruption in our manufacturing, we can save ourselves a significant amount of money,” Mark Franks, director of global automation, said. “It’s a pretty good payback.”
The avoidance comes after the robots analyze data sent to external servers in the cloud. But the internet robots are good at other things, too. They can detect when a particular part is running low and order more, saving time, money and help keep inventories from mounting in offsite facilities.
The automotive industry as a whole has taken to robotics and technology, more than any other
... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/04/gm-utilizing-30000-robots-to-minimize-factory-downtime/
This particular Cadillac CTS-V isn’t at the 2016 SEMA Show, but it should be. D3 Cadillac recently completed work on this widebody, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and it looks stunning.
The bodykit does an excellent job at beefing up the CTS-V’s already muscular stance and fits some meaty Pilot Super Sport 305/35/R19 345/30/R19. The rubber is wrapped around custom 19-inch Forgeline wheels.
As for power? There arr 725 ponies under the hood. D3 Cadillac has done a full exhaust and header system, plus a D3 intake system. There’s now an upgraded 9.5-inch lower crank pulley, upgraded intercooler system, intercooler pump and, of course, a dyno tune.
Best of all, it’s going up for sale. D3 Cadillac finished the build for BJ Motors in Texas. You can head to the link here to see when it’s listed.
... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/11/d3-cadillac-does-it-again-with-a-beastly-widebody-cadillac-cts-v/
While we wouldn’t put Mario Kart up there with the kings of racing simulators, the fact some of gone through the trouble to make a Chevrolet Volt into the game’s controller is still mighty cool.
A group of hobby hackers decided to undertake the task of turning the Volt into a full gaming rig and ended up winning multiple awards at HackIllinois 2016, according to Road Track. By taking a Raspberry Pi mini computer and plugging it into the Volt’s OBD2 port, the computer is then able to read inputs coming from the steering, throttle and brake sensors. Mario Kart is then booted up on the mini computer with the car becoming the controller.
Mario Kart is then booted up on the mini computer with the car becoming the controller. That’s a simplified explanation of how this whole contraption works, but the hackers even managed to make the
... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/03/chevrolet-volt-turned-into-mario-kart-64-controller-video/
In all likelihood, were the king himself still alive, he would object to anyone’s rear end but his own occupying the pilot seat. Of course, he’s died and gone up to heaven (or hell, depending on your opinion of rock n’ roll music), but there’s still another obstacle to your owning this exquisite piece of motoring/rock n’ roll Americana: the price.
This 1972 Cadillac DeVille station wagon is listed for a whopping $1.5 million on eBay.
That might seem absurd at first, until you do a bit of reading and discover that the car is just one of two Cadillac DeVille wagons ever produced, the other formerly belonging to Dean Martin. Or the fact that the spokes are made of 24-karat gold, as is the Cadillac badge. Or even the fact that it was Elvis Presley’s go-to car while he was on the road, out of the countless
... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2015/02/own-elvis-presleys-favorite-car-a-1972-cadillac-deville-station-wagon-ebay-find/