DI FTW: GM unveils new direct-injection 2.4L EcoTec and 3.0L V6

Well, that was short lived. Ford just finished bringing its more powerful and efficient four- and six-cylinder engines to market in the Escape CUV, but the Dearborn CUV is going to have to kiss its crossover efficiency crown goodbye when the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox drops. Redone for ’10, the new Equinox will offer direct-injection engines that deliver greater power and fuel economy improvements of their own, enough to push Ford’s new powerplants out of the top spot.

This evening GM has unveiled a 2.4-liter direct injection EcoTec four-cylinder that will kick out 180 horsepower while returning a projected EPA highway rating of 30 mpg (Ford’s 2.5L I-4 produces 170 hp and returns a maximum of 28 mpg highway). It’s a marvelous way to send

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Chevrolet planning new crossover between Equinox and Traverse

Chevrolet is taking a crowbar to its crossover lineup so it can slide in a new entry between the Equinox (shown) and the Traverse, according to a report in Automotive News. The current Equinox, a tweener compared to its rivals, will get smaller when the next-generation vehicle moves to the Delta platform that underpins the Chevrolet Cruze. The next Traverse will remain full-size, the liberated space between it and the smaller Equinox making room for a fourth offering from the brand.

Designed on a short-wheelbase version of the Traverse platform, AN‘s sources say it will offer three-row seating, and its architecture will also serve the Cadillac SRX successor, the XT5, and the redesigned GMC Acadia. Yes, the Acadia will also come down a notch in size. Once all the rationalizing is complete, the Trax, Equinox,

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GM announces 6 recalls covering nearly 720k cars

GM Announces Six Recalls for Varying Safety Issues

DETROIT – General Motors today announced six safety recalls covering 717,950 recent model vehicles in the U.S.

“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, Global Vehicle Safety. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”

The recalls cover:

414,333 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Camaro; 2010-2012 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain; 2011-2012 Buick Regal and LaCrosse; and 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX models in the U.S. equipped with power height adjustable driver or front passenger seat structures. In these vehicles, the bolt that secures the height adjuster actuator may become loose or fall out. If the bolt falls out, the seat will move up and down freely because it is no longer

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Officially Official: GM kills Pontiac *UPDATED with LIVE webcast embed

Rumors from late last week have come home to roost, and as part of its restructuring efforts, General Motors has just announced that Pontiac will be “phased out by the end of 2010.” GM will continue to build its accelerated viability plan around four brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC.

As part of its latest announcement, GM also announced that it plans to have “the resolution” of Saab, Saturn, and Hummer by the end of 2009 “at the latest.” In total, GM plans to end up with just 34 nameplates for 2010, as compared to 48 for 2008 – a reduction of some 29%. Further, as part of its viability plan tendered to President Obama’s Auto Task Force, the automaker’s revised viability plan projects that GM’s total

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Detroit Preview: 2010 Buick LaCrosse breaks cover

Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.


* Sculpted styling defines Buick’s modern global design
* Luxurious interior crafted of premium materials with cool blue ambient lighting
* Intelligent personal technologies enhance the driving experience
* Responsive performance via efficient. direct injection dual overhead cam engines paired with six-speed automatic transmissions

DETROIT – Redesigned from the ground up, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan makes its world debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12. The LaCrosse offers all wheel drive, a suite of advanced intelligent personal technologies and safety features, and a choice of two fuel-saving V-6 engines.

“The new LaCrosse was created with great attention to detail, craftsmanship and advanced technology,” said Susan Docherty, Buick-Pontiac-GMC vice president. “It builds on the success of Enclave as the

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In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 Chevy Aveo LT

2007 Chevy Aveo LTMake no mistake: this is not a car that will floor you with avant-garde looks. That said, the restyling it has undergone for the 2007 model year is very effective. The bland anonymity of the 1st-gen Aveo has been replaced by a new look that clearly and effectively defines it as a Chevy. The redesigned front end is quite good-looking — particularly when you compare it to other cars in the econobox/sedan segment. It’s definitely more attractive than its hometown (remember, the Aveo’s Korean) rival, the Hyundai Accent. A chrome split-bar grille wears a prominent bowtie, clearly establishing the Aveo as a Chevy. Large headlights that sport a familial shape (think Cobalt) flank it, and the rest of the fascia is an all-body-color affair that ends

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Report: 2012 Cadillac SRX to get 3.6L V6

General Motors may have pulled the plug on the Cadillac SRX Turbo, but fear not, we will not be stuck with the anemic 3.0-liter V6 as the Caddy’s sole powerplant. A report from GM Inside News states that the 2012 SRX will use the automaker’s well-received 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection – the unit currently found in the CTS sedan.

Not only is the 3.6-liter V6 more powerful than the outgoing 2.8-liter turbocharged six, it will likely be tweaked to improve overall fuel efficiency when it makes its way under the SRX’s hood. Known internally as “LFX,” this engine currently produces 304 horsepower in the CTS, though rumors have suggested that power will be increased for use in the larger crossover. GM Inside News also reports that the SRX will get a few

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A tale of low octane fuel, a grenaded Cadillac SRX and GM’s response

Apparently, under certain circumstances when gasoline with lower than the required 91 octane rating is pumped into the 2010 Cadillac SRX with the available 2.8-liter, 300 horsepower turbocharged V6, a “mega knock event” can be induced, leading to a complete grenading of the engine. Not good.

The worrisome issue was discovered by Automobiles De Luxe, which happened to be road testing one of Cadillac‘s latest ‘utes. The driver inadvertently pumped in 88 octane fuel, which led to the aforementioned mega knock event and subsequent destruction of the engine. General Motors says it wouldn’t have happened if the correct grade of gasoline had been used.

So, open-and-shut case, right? Better use the premium. Not so fast. GM expedited the vehicle to its test center in Warren, Michigan, tore down the engine and came up with a “new calibration” for the engine’s computer that will eradicate the possibility of

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Hyundai ranks highest in Total Value Awards with Equus leading all cars

Best Value Cars Not Cheapest. That’s Why Tesla Ranked ‘Incredible,’ Hyundai and Domestics Lead,” says Strategic Vision

San Diego – Strategic Vision has released the results of its 18th annual and comprehensive Total Value IndexTM (TVI) study. “Value is absolutely not cheap; that’s why you have incredibly performing models like Tesla Model S and its owners ranking it as one of the best Valued cars in America,” explains Darrel Edwards, Ph.D. Executive Chairman and Founder of Strategic Vision. Strategic Vision’s study of over 45,952 new car buyers examined the quality of the buyer’s complete ownership experience and adds the customer’s assessment of economic consequences from two perspectives: (1) Immediate – or what is influential today (e.g. total down payment including drive-off costs, warranty costs, special incentive programs, etc.), and (2) Expected – what they believe the costs that emerge over time will be (e.g. expected Reliability, expected Durability, Resale Value, Durability,

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GM recalls 51k Enclave, Traverse, Acadia crossovers over fuel gauge inaccuracy

RECALL Subject : Inaccurate Fuel Gauge Reading

Report Receipt Date: APR 30, 2014

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V223000


Potential Number of Units Affected: 51,640

Manufacturer: General Motors LLC


General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.


An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.


GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 14007.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle

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