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GM recalling 524k vehicles over hood latches and toe link nuts PDF Print E-mail

General Motors today announced two recalls covering 379,401 cars and trucks in the United States. The total number of vehicles recalled in North America -- U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports -- is 524,384.

290,107 model year 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X SUVs for torque inspection of rear toe link adjuster lock nuts. Improper torqueing could possibly result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate. Dealers will inspect for the condition and, if necessary, will remove them and install a new link assembly. Unsold vehicles are being checked for proper torqueing before being sold. A loose toe adjuster link can cause the vehicle to sway or wander at highway speed, activate the vehicle's electronic stability control system, and cause excessive wear to the threads in the link. Additionally, the rear suspension may make loud metallic noises, particularly when the vehicle is travelling over bumps or potholes. If separation occurs while the vehicle is being driven, it would create sudden vehicle instability, increasing the risk of a crash. GM is aware of three crashes and two injuries as a result of this condition. GM reported this recall to the NHTSA on September 17.

89,294 model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark models in the U.S., because corrosion can cause the secondary hood latch striker to stick in the open position. If the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. These vehicles, imported from South Korea, were manufactured with a secondary hood latch that may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing the striker from properly engaging the hood latch. About 13,000 of these unsold vehicles are being held at U.S. dealerships and will not be delivered until repairs are made. Customers will be notified by letter about the recall and dealers will replace the hood striker when parts are available . GM is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities as a result of this condition. This recall was posted today on the NHTSA website.

RECALL Subject : Secondary Hood Latch Corrosion Report

Receipt Date: SEP 24, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V593000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 89,294
All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)

CHEVROLET SPARK 2013-2015

Details
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot causing the striker to get stuck out of position, preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch.

CONSEQUENCE:If the secondary hood latch corrodes causing the latch to be stuck out of position, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

REMEDY:GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part with superior corrosion protection, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14456.

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Special Edition needs you to name it before SEMA PDF Print E-mail

Chevy Camaro SS Special Edition for SEMA

Have you ever wanted to choose the name for a new car? Chevrolet is giving its fans that chance with the Camaro SS Special Edition in new Emerald Green Metallic paint that's debuting at the SEMA Show in November. The limited model then goes on sale in the first quarter of 2015 wearing the winning moniker.

When sales do begin, the special edition will be offered as a coupe or convertible in 2SS trim and a choice of either a six-speed manual with a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque or a six-speed automatic with 400 hp and 410 pound-feet of twist.

To set the edition off as something a little different in addition to its Emerald Green paint, it'll get a ground effects package, the rear spoiler from the ZL1, 21-inch Chrome Dusk wheels and Cyber Gray rally stripes down the hood and trunk. The RS Appearance Package with high-intensity discharge headlights will also be standard equipment. For the interior, customers will be nestled in black upholstery and Graphite Silver trim with a black top for convertibles.

If all of that fails to impress potential buyers, a sunroof, dual-mode exhaust, navigation and a short-throw shifter will be optional, as well.

Chevy is taking suggestions for the name now through the Camaro's Facebook page and on Twitter at the @Chevrolet account by using the hashtag #NameThatCamaro. Scroll down to read the company's full announcement for the SEMA Camaro.

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Fans Invited to Name 2015 Camaro Special Edition

SS model with exclusive Emerald Green Metallic color to debut at SEMA
2014-10-02

DETROIT – As part of National Name Your Car Day, Chevrolet is inviting enthusiasts to name a special-edition Camaro SS that will make its public debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The new model will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2015, wearing an exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior color along with other unique exterior features.

Suggestions can be submitted at twitter.com/Chevrolet and at facebook.com/chevycamaro, using the tag #NameThatCamaro.

Chevrolet will announce the name next month, when the vehicle publicly debuts at the SEMA Show, the world's largest trade show of automotive personalization and performance.

"Chevrolet has made a tradition of offering special-edition models each spring, but this is the first time we've turned to the community of Camaro fans to name it," said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. "We can't think of a better way to involve the owners and enthusiasts who have made it the segment's best-selling sports car for four years running."

The special-edition Camaro SS will be offered in coupe and convertible models with 2SS trim. In addition to the exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior, the package includes:

RS Appearance Package, including high-intensity discharge headlamps, light-emitting diode, or LED, taillamps, RS-specific front upper grille, body-color roof moldings and body-color antenna
Chrome Dusk 21-inch accessory wheels (20-inch polished wheels for export models)
Body-color SS hood extractor (standard finish is black)
Body-color accessory ground effects package
Body-color ZL1 rear spoiler
Cyber Gray rally stripes.
All models will feature a black interior with Graphite Silver door panel and instrument panel inserts. A black top will be included with convertible models.

Optional content will include a sunroof, dual-mode exhaust (except export models), navigation radio and Chevrolet Performance short-throw shifter.

Performance comes from a 6.2L V-8 rated at 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) in models with the standard six-speed manual transmission, and 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) for models equipped with the available six-speed automatic transmission.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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MI man bonds with late father by buying his old Corvette PDF Print E-mail


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A few years back, I was catching up with my childhood friend Adam, who told me he had stumbled upon his late father's tow truck in the used-car listings. When I asked him if he'd buy it, he shrugged, "What for?" Maybe if it was a Corvette instead of a tow truck, he'd have felt differently.

One Scott Bachman of southern Michigan did. Cherishing childhood memories of his late father's orange '73 Stingray convertible, Scott began searching for the car recently, and when he found it, he bought it. Memories came rushing back: "It wasn't until I got into the seat and put my hand on the steering wheel," Bachman told Fox 2 News, "that I felt like I really connected with him again."

Watch the local news report on the automotive family reunion and let us know what you think in the Comments.

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Top torque-to-weight ratios under $100k, $50k and $25k [UPDATE] PDF Print E-mail

2015 Dodge Viper SRT; Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, California; November 2013 (Richard Prince/SRT Photo)

Horsepower may steal a lot of headlines, but the always-more-complex torque figure is often a critical one for both the workingman and the motoring playboy. The measure of rotational force is a function of horsepower and engine rpm, and it's also the twist that can liquefy one's tires or haul one's horse trailer. Good stuff.

It follows then, that as with the horsepower-to-weight list that we assembled for you a few months ago, a list of cars that offer the most pound-feet with the fewest pounds to carry, is an interesting one to break down. Sure, there's a big difference in how the torque is applied from a turbocharged six-cylinder in a Swedish luxury sedan and a massive heavy-duty truck's turbo-diesel. But being the car/stat geeks that we are, we think it's kinda neat that those two vehicles rank near each other where torque and weight intersect.

As with the horsepower list, we've given you figures as pounds per every one pound-foot. Again broken down into broad price categories, we've got a mixed bag of 2014 and 2015 models here, too. Every effort has been made to select the most up-to-date prices and specs, and we've also to omitted some '14 cars that won't be re-upped after the ongoing yearly changeover.


VW GTI

Under $25,000 – Pounds Per Pound-Foot

  1. 2015 Volkswagen GTI ($24,995) – 11.519
  2. 2014 Ford Focus ST ($23,625) – 11.937
  3. 2015 Ford Mustang V6 ($23,600) – 12.593
  4. 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI ($21,995) – 13.051
  5. 2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop ($24,100) – 13.333
  6. 2015 Chevy Camaro V6 ($23,705) – 13.378
  7. 2014 Ford Fiesta ST ($21,400) – 13.465
  8. 2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI ($24,595) – 13.517
  9. 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI ($21,295) – 13.73
  10. 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec ($21,600) – 14.359

The top ten torque-per-pound cars make one thing abundantly clear: turbos rule the roost in this exercise. It's no surprise then that Volkswagen, with a practically all-turbo lineup these days, both gasoline fed and diesel, pulls a full four spots. The new GTI cranks out 258 lb-ft of torque to pull around its 2,972 pounds, allowing it to just hold of the more powerful (270 lb-ft) but heavier (3,223) Ford Focus ST. No one should be surprised to see the Pony Cars here, either, after their dominant showing on the horsepower list. In fact, only its sticker price of $170 over the $25k price cap kept the new Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost from dominating this group (at 11.013 pounds per pound-foot). Some might see that as a moral victory for Ford.

Under $50,000 – Pounds Per Pound-Foot

  1. 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty ($39,525) – 7.662
  2. 2015 Chevy Sliverado 3500HD ($42,000) – 8.596
  3. 2014 Ram 3500 ($39,070) ­– 8.631
  4. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 ($45,995) – 8.907
  5. 2014 Ram 2500 ($38,295) – 9.095
  6. 2015 Ford Mustang GT ($32,100) – 9.263
  7. 2014 Dodge Charger SRT ($47,385) – 9.272
  8. 2015 Chevy Camaro SS ($34,500) – 9.305
  9. 2014 Chevy SS ($43,475) – 9.578
  10. 2015 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design ($43,550) – 9.966

...Followed by the actual victory for Ford. And kind of a big one. In F-250 trim, powered by the stonking 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, and in skinny rear-wheel-drive/single-rear-wheel trim, Ford's Super Duty is an impressive truck. With 860 pound-feet pushing around just 6,589 pounds of F-Series is not only good enough for the top spot on the under-$50k list, but it would also rank as the eighth best on the under-$100k list, below (for the sake of variety, we left it off the more expensive group, however).

It's no surprise that two more HD pickups follow, both with torque outputs that dwarf average vehicles, and both similarly spec'd out in the lightest possible of near-endless configurations. Chevy puts its 765-lb-ft diesel into the relatively lightweight Silverado 2500 HD (insert GMC Sierra HD here if you like, as they have the same specs), with its most-svelte configuration ringing up at 6,576 pounds. Compare that to the second-place Ram's 7,466 pounds (nearly mitigated by the heroic 865-lb-ft output of its Cummins straight-six).

Any way you slice it, the under fifty-grand segment is ruled by American manufacturers, who take the top nine of ten spots. Oh, the 2015 Mustang GT says "hello" here, too.

Under $100,000 – Pounds Per Pound-Foot

  1. 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 ($78,995) – 5.422
  2. 2015 Dodge Viper SRT ($84,995) – 5.650
  3. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat ($59,995)– 6.279
  4. 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray ($59,995) – 7.170
  5. 2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe ($99,000) – 7.247
  6. 2015 Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($55,505) – 7.410
  7. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG ($99,770) ­– 7.510
  8. 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 ($75,000) – 7.942
  9. 2014 Jaguar F-Type S V8 Convertible ($92,000) – 7.980
  10. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG – ($99,500) – 8.202
Finally, in the top-dollar category we see a list that has been changed rather impressively with model-year-2015 action. Now that all the specs and pricing is in on the Corvette Z06, it has one more statistic to recommend it as one of the greatest performance-per-dollar cars ever. At just under $79k, it's right in the middle of this top ten in terms of price, and yet only the Viper comes close to it in terms of torque per pound. That Viper is a happy edition, too. When we sorted the horsepower figures last time we were forced to omit the snake because of its MSRP; one price drop later, and the SRT coupe is second-banana of a very hard-to-crack group. The Mopar boys take two of the top three spots, in fact, thanks to the monumental twist of that supercharged Hellcat Hemi. What's more, if the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat had official pricing (a lock to be well under $100k), it would be number four here.

A brace of Jaguar F-Types and AMG Mercedes throw a dash of European culture into the top torque group, but a glance will tell you that these are Chevy's stomping grounds. Corvettes, Camaros, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and epic torque-to-weight – we heard something like that on TV once...

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GM recalls 61k more vehicles in three campaigns PDF Print E-mail

The NHTSA on Saturday posted three GM recalls totaling 57,182 vehicles in the United States. The North American total for the recalls is 60,575. All three recalls were submitted by GM to the NHTSA on September 4.

46,873 model year 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 and 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV (police patrol vehicles) left-hand-drive sedans imported to the U.S. from Australia may experience unintended key rotation from the "Run" to "ACC" position if the driver's knee interacts with the ignition key. GM Holden discovered the condition during a review of unintended key rotation reports in recalled models in North America. Holden is developing a replacement fixed-blade key that rotates the blade 90 degrees that would cause the key to rotate toward the "On" position, rather than the "ACC" position if bumped. GM is aware of one crash, no injuries and no fatalities in these vehicles.

10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V sedans in the U.S. On certain vehicles, the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat, causing melting of the flange material. On the CTS-V, dealers will replace the fuel module and fuel tank jumper harness. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the condition.

304 model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonics in the U.S that may have a loose electrical connection in the steering column that may affect driver air bag performance. If the condition is present and the air bag lamp is illuminated, it may result in the driver frontal air bag deploying only as a single-stage air bag in crashes of a certain severity. GM is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

A fourth GM recall posted Saturday, covering 290,207 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X models, was reported by GM on Friday. It was submitted to the NHTSA on Sept. 17.

RECALL Subject : Knee Contact may Turn Ignition Switch Off
Report Receipt Date: SEP 09, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V540000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46,873
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2011-2013
PONTIAC G8 2008-2009

Details
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine.

CONSEQUENCE:If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

REMEDY:GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove the key blade from the original flip key/RKE transmitter assemblies, and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original RKE transmitter assembly. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737 . GM's number for this recall is 14445. Note: Until the recall has been performed, it is very important that drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key.

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

RECALL Subject : Fuel Pump Electrical Terminal Overheating
Report Receipt Date: SEP 09, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V542000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,005
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
CADILLAC CTS 2004-2007
CADILLAC STS 2006-2007

Details
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat resulting in the melting of the flange material.

​CONSEQUENCE:If the flange melts, a hole may be created allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel module and fuel tank jumper harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14405.

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

RECALL Subject : Driver's Frontal Air Bag may not Deploy Properly
Report Receipt Date: SEP 09, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V543000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 304
All Products Associated with this Recall:
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
CHEVROLET SONIC 2014

Details
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014, to August 1, 2014. Due to a loss of electrical connection in the steering column, in the event of a severe crash, the driver's frontal air bag deployment may be limited to the first-stage deployment only instead of the intended first-stage and second-stage deployments.

CONSEQUENCE:If only the first-stage of the driver's frontal air bag deploys without the additional second-stage, the driver has an increased risk of injury during a crash.

REMEDY:GM will notify owners, and dealers will test the terminals in the IP harness clock spring coil connector and replace any loose terminals, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14537.

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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GM issues stop-delivery for 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon PDF Print E-mail

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 Chevrolet ColoradoGeneral Motors is issuing a stop-delivery order for its latest midsize pickups, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, because the driver's side airbag might not be wired correctly. The total number of vehicles affected is still being determined.

According to the statement from GM, the problem, "affects the vehicles' two-stage airbag system by reversing the deployment sequence and disrupting the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages." That means in an accident the bag may not work correctly.

Most of the affected trucks are still on the assembly line, in transit or unsold at dealers, says GM. Until a way to repair the problem is found, customer deliveries are stopped. However, "a small number" of them are in the possession of buyers. GM is contacting these people by phone and by FedEx letter to have the vehicles returned to dealers. In the meantime, they'll be given a loaner to drive.

There are no known crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by this airbag problem. Scroll down to read GM's statement on the stop-delivery, which spokesperson Alan Adler said, "reflects what is known at this time."

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Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon stop delivery statement

General Motors has told dealers to halt deliveries of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. These vehicles contain driver airbag connections that were wired incorrectly during the manufacturing process. This condition affects the vehicles' two-stage airbag system by reversing the deployment sequence and disrupting the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages. This condition will cause the driver airbags to not function as designed.

The majority of affected vehicles are being held at the assembly plant or are in transit or unsold at dealerships. GM is working to validate the correction for the condition. Once that service procedure is released to dealers, customer deliveries can resume. A small number of vehicles have been sold.

Customers are being sent a FedEx letter and being contacted by phone to bring their vehicles to dealers as soon as possible. The repair will be done at no change and free loaner vehicles will be available. A safety recall will be conducted but population and other details are not known at this time. GM is aware of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Special Edition needs you to name it before SEMA PDF Print E-mail

Chevy Camaro SS Special Edition for SEMA

Have you ever wanted to choose the name for a new car? Chevrolet is giving its fans that chance with the Camaro SS Special Edition in new Emerald Green Metallic paint that's debuting at the SEMA Show in November. The limited model then goes on sale in the first quarter of 2015 wearing the winning moniker.

When sales do begin, the special edition will be offered as a coupe or convertible in 2SS trim and a choice of either a six-speed manual with a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque or a six-speed automatic with 400 hp and 410 pound-feet of twist.

To set the edition off as something a little different in addition to its Emerald Green paint, it'll get a ground effects package, the rear spoiler from the ZL1, 21-inch Chrome Dusk wheels and Cyber Gray rally stripes down the hood and trunk. The RS Appearance Package with high-intensity discharge headlights will also be standard equipment. For the interior, customers will be nestled in black upholstery and Graphite Silver trim with a black top for convertibles.

If all of that fails to impress potential buyers, a sunroof, dual-mode exhaust, navigation and a short-throw shifter will be optional, as well.

Chevy is taking suggestions for the name now through the Camaro's Facebook page and on Twitter at the @Chevrolet account by using the hashtag #NameThatCamaro. Scroll down to read the company's full announcement for the SEMA Camaro.

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Fans Invited to Name 2015 Camaro Special Edition

SS model with exclusive Emerald Green Metallic color to debut at SEMA
2014-10-02

DETROIT – As part of National Name Your Car Day, Chevrolet is inviting enthusiasts to name a special-edition Camaro SS that will make its public debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The new model will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2015, wearing an exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior color along with other unique exterior features.

Suggestions can be submitted at twitter.com/Chevrolet and at facebook.com/chevycamaro, using the tag #NameThatCamaro.

Chevrolet will announce the name next month, when the vehicle publicly debuts at the SEMA Show, the world's largest trade show of automotive personalization and performance.

"Chevrolet has made a tradition of offering special-edition models each spring, but this is the first time we've turned to the community of Camaro fans to name it," said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. "We can't think of a better way to involve the owners and enthusiasts who have made it the segment's best-selling sports car for four years running."

The special-edition Camaro SS will be offered in coupe and convertible models with 2SS trim. In addition to the exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior, the package includes:

RS Appearance Package, including high-intensity discharge headlamps, light-emitting diode, or LED, taillamps, RS-specific front upper grille, body-color roof moldings and body-color antenna
Chrome Dusk 21-inch accessory wheels (20-inch polished wheels for export models)
Body-color SS hood extractor (standard finish is black)
Body-color accessory ground effects package
Body-color ZL1 rear spoiler
Cyber Gray rally stripes.
All models will feature a black interior with Graphite Silver door panel and instrument panel inserts. A black top will be included with convertible models.

Optional content will include a sunroof, dual-mode exhaust (except export models), navigation radio and Chevrolet Performance short-throw shifter.

Performance comes from a 6.2L V-8 rated at 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) in models with the standard six-speed manual transmission, and 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) for models equipped with the available six-speed automatic transmission.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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MI man bonds with late father by buying his old Corvette PDF Print E-mail


Fox 2 News Headlines
A few years back, I was catching up with my childhood friend Adam, who told me he had stumbled upon his late father's tow truck in the used-car listings. When I asked him if he'd buy it, he shrugged, "What for?" Maybe if it was a Corvette instead of a tow truck, he'd have felt differently.

One Scott Bachman of southern Michigan did. Cherishing childhood memories of his late father's orange '73 Stingray convertible, Scott began searching for the car recently, and when he found it, he bought it. Memories came rushing back: "It wasn't until I got into the seat and put my hand on the steering wheel," Bachman told Fox 2 News, "that I felt like I really connected with him again."

Watch the local news report on the automotive family reunion and let us know what you think in the Comments.

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Top torque-to-weight ratios under $100k, $50k and $25k [UPDATE] PDF Print E-mail

2015 Dodge Viper SRT; Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, California; November 2013 (Richard Prince/SRT Photo)

Horsepower may steal a lot of headlines, but the always-more-complex torque figure is often a critical one for both the workingman and the motoring playboy. The measure of rotational force is a function of horsepower and engine rpm, and it's also the twist that can liquefy one's tires or haul one's horse trailer. Good stuff.

It follows then, that as with the horsepower-to-weight list that we assembled for you a few months ago, a list of cars that offer the most pound-feet with the fewest pounds to carry, is an interesting one to break down. Sure, there's a big difference in how the torque is applied from a turbocharged six-cylinder in a Swedish luxury sedan and a massive heavy-duty truck's turbo-diesel. But being the car/stat geeks that we are, we think it's kinda neat that those two vehicles rank near each other where torque and weight intersect.

As with the horsepower list, we've given you figures as pounds per every one pound-foot. Again broken down into broad price categories, we've got a mixed bag of 2014 and 2015 models here, too. Every effort has been made to select the most up-to-date prices and specs, and we've also to omitted some '14 cars that won't be re-upped after the ongoing yearly changeover.


VW GTI

Under $25,000 – Pounds Per Pound-Foot

  1. 2015 Volkswagen GTI ($24,995) – 11.519
  2. 2014 Ford Focus ST ($23,625) – 11.937
  3. 2015 Ford Mustang V6 ($23,600) – 12.593
  4. 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI ($21,995) – 13.051
  5. 2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop ($24,100) – 13.333
  6. 2015 Chevy Camaro V6 ($23,705) – 13.378
  7. 2014 Ford Fiesta ST ($21,400) – 13.465
  8. 2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI ($24,595) – 13.517
  9. 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI ($21,295) – 13.73
  10. 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec ($21,600) – 14.359

The top ten torque-per-pound cars make one thing abundantly clear: turbos rule the roost in this exercise. It's no surprise then that Volkswagen, with a practically all-turbo lineup these days, both gasoline fed and diesel, pulls a full four spots. The new GTI cranks out 258 lb-ft of torque to pull around its 2,972 pounds, allowing it to just hold of the more powerful (270 lb-ft) but heavier (3,223) Ford Focus ST. No one should be surprised to see the Pony Cars here, either, after their dominant showing on the horsepower list. In fact, only its sticker price of $170 over the $25k price cap kept the new Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost from dominating this group (at 11.013 pounds per pound-foot). Some might see that as a moral victory for Ford.

Under $50,000 – Pounds Per Pound-Foot

  1. 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty ($39,525) – 7.662
  2. 2015 Chevy Sliverado 3500HD ($42,000) – 8.596
  3. 2014 Ram 3500 ($39,070) ­– 8.631
  4. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 ($45,995) – 8.907
  5. 2014 Ram 2500 ($38,295) – 9.095
  6. 2015 Ford Mustang GT ($32,100) – 9.263
  7. 2014 Dodge Charger SRT ($47,385) – 9.272
  8. 2015 Chevy Camaro SS ($34,500) – 9.305
  9. 2014 Chevy SS ($43,475) – 9.578
  10. 2015 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design ($43,550) – 9.966

...Followed by the actual victory for Ford. And kind of a big one. In F-250 trim, powered by the stonking 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, and in skinny rear-wheel-drive/single-rear-wheel trim, Ford's Super Duty is an impressive truck. With 860 pound-feet pushing around just 6,589 pounds of F-Series is not only good enough for the top spot on the under-$50k list, but it would also rank as the eighth best on the under-$100k list, below (for the sake of variety, we left it off the more expensive group, however).

It's no surprise that two more HD pickups follow, both with torque outputs that dwarf average vehicles, and both similarly spec'd out in the lightest possible of near-endless configurations. Chevy puts its 765-lb-ft diesel into the relatively lightweight Silverado 2500 HD (insert GMC Sierra HD here if you like, as they have the same specs), with its most-svelte configuration ringing up at 6,576 pounds. Compare that to the second-place Ram's 7,466 pounds (nearly mitigated by the heroic 865-lb-ft output of its Cummins straight-six).

Any way you slice it, the under fifty-grand segment is ruled by American manufacturers, who take the top nine of ten spots. Oh, the 2015 Mustang GT says "hello" here, too.

Under $100,000 – Pounds Per Pound-Foot

  1. 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 ($78,995) – 5.422
  2. 2015 Dodge Viper SRT ($84,995) – 5.650
  3. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat ($59,995)– 6.279
  4. 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray ($59,995) – 7.170
  5. 2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe ($99,000) – 7.247
  6. 2015 Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($55,505) – 7.410
  7. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG ($99,770) ­– 7.510
  8. 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 ($75,000) – 7.942
  9. 2014 Jaguar F-Type S V8 Convertible ($92,000) – 7.980
  10. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG – ($99,500) – 8.202
Finally, in the top-dollar category we see a list that has been changed rather impressively with model-year-2015 action. Now that all the specs and pricing is in on the Corvette Z06, it has one more statistic to recommend it as one of the greatest performance-per-dollar cars ever. At just under $79k, it's right in the middle of this top ten in terms of price, and yet only the Viper comes close to it in terms of torque per pound. That Viper is a happy edition, too. When we sorted the horsepower figures last time we were forced to omit the snake because of its MSRP; one price drop later, and the SRT coupe is second-banana of a very hard-to-crack group. The Mopar boys take two of the top three spots, in fact, thanks to the monumental twist of that supercharged Hellcat Hemi. What's more, if the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat had official pricing (a lock to be well under $100k), it would be number four here.

A brace of Jaguar F-Types and AMG Mercedes throw a dash of European culture into the top torque group, but a glance will tell you that these are Chevy's stomping grounds. Corvettes, Camaros, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and epic torque-to-weight – we heard something like that on TV once...

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