AutoBlog 4/9/2019 - A four-cylinder pickup truck is usually a sad-looking thing on tiny steel wheels with a lawn mower and some rakes sticking out the back. It's nothing someone aspires to. And yet, this 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Double Cab painted a brilliant red drew numerous unsolicited compliments of "Hey, nice truck" despite having a mere four cylinders taking up minimum real estate in its huge engine compartment. There's no badging on this Silverado to indicate it has the optional 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and the LT is a chrome-clad, volume-selling model — not some gardener special with a face of black plastic.
So there's no visual tell, but there sure is an audible one. At idle and start-up, this is a much quieter truck than one firing twice as many cylinders. At full throttle, it has the warbling whir of a hot hatch rather than the roar of a V8. This is more a matter of cognitive dissonance than an actual problem — you expect a truck to sound a certain way, and when it's so profoundly different, you take notice.
Once underway, though, the not-so-little four-cylinder that could mostly fades into the distance. You don't really hear the engine when cruising, but you do hear the dual-volute turbocharger, and it's odd. Almost diesel-like. Although you don't really notice yourself making tiny throttle applications to maintain speed while cruising, you will eventually notice the turbo reacting to them. Initially I thought I was suddenly driving by some songbirds, or that there was some electronic interference on my podcast, but nope, it's the turbo waste gate. At best it's unusual, at worst, it's annoying.
So why put up with it? The 2.7-liter, available in the LT and RST trims, produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. That output lies between the base V6 (285 hp, 305 lb-ft) and those trims' optional 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp, 383 lb-ft). It can tow 7,300 pounds and has a payload capacity of 2,280 pounds. It can even hit 60 mph in an estimated 6.8 seconds, and it certainly felt that quick in our Double Cab test truck.
It's therefore difficult to doubt its capability, and thanks to having fewer cylinders, a smart eight-speed automatic and active fuel management (it can run on only two cylinders), the 2.7-liter Silverado achieves an EPA estimated 18-20 mpg city, 21-23 mpg highway and 19-21 mpg combined depending on cab and drivetrain. That's the best among non-diesel engines (such as the one eventually offered in the Silverado), and in theory, can save you an EPA-estimated $250 per year compared to a Silverado with the 5.3-liter V8, which achieves between 17 and 19 mpg combined.
On my 70-mile evaluation route that's a mix of city and highway driving, our four-wheel-drive turbo Silverado achieved 19.4 mpg. That largely confirms our specific truck's 20-mpg EPA combined figure, but a two-wheel-drive Ram 1500 with the Hemi V8 and eTorque mild-hybrid system managed 18.7 mpg on the same route. The EPA says that should get 19 mpg combined regardless of drivetrain. From this small sample size, it sure seems like a 48-volt mild hybrid system is a better way of achieving superior fuel economy without sacrificing capability than a giant turbocharged four-cylinder.
AutoBlog 5/9/2019 - The 2019 Mazda3 is all-new, and now we have crash test ratings from the IIHS for both the sedan and hatchback. A Top Safety Pick (not the TSP+) award was given to both variants of the compact car. Since the IIHS only rates the Mazda3 headlights as "Acceptable" and not "Good," it doesn't get the "Top Safety Pick+" rating.
All the major crash categories like small overlap front, side and moderate overlap front are rated as Good. The IIHS also makes crash avoidance part of its battery of tests now to evaluate forward collision and pedestrian detection systems. Both versions of the Mazda3 offer these systems, but the IIHS points out that Mazda's "Smart Brake Support" is only standard on the hatchback. This makes the hatchback standard with a "superior-rated" crash prevention system, and only optional on the sedan. Both cars equipped with the system were able to avoid collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph in the IIHS tests.
Even though the Mazda3 does come standard with LED headlight projectors, the IIHS still didn't think they were good enough for a Good rating. There is one video of the Mazda3 going through the side crash test if you'd like to watch the new sedan get hit. You can read our thoughts on the new Mazda3 here. We certainly like driving the redesigned Mazda, and it's good to know the car will perform well in a crash, too.
GM Authority (April 16) - Just a few days ago, we exclusively reported that General Motors was planning to resurrect Chevrolet Trailblazer name for one of the two upcoming replacements for the current, first-generation Chevrolet Trax. Well, we were right – as that very model has just been announced at Auto Shanghai 2019. Meet the 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer, in Redline trimmings, no less.
To say that the exterior design of the new Trailblazer was “inspired” by that of the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Blazer would be an understatement. In fact, the new Chevrolet Trailblazer is pretty much a mini Blazer through and through.
In its presser, GM says that the new crossover “has a character all its own” while “bringing a bold and expressive look to the segment”. The vehicle has a single, bold body line that communicates strength. That body line, along with a smooth/flat roof design, enables very taught surface styling while delivering a very lean look.
The front end is defined by a relatively long hood that turns down only when it needs to. A set of thin LED daytime running lamps with Chevy’s accent lighting strip are separated by intricate surface styling of the front bumper cover from the primary forward lights. The latest interpretation of Chevy’s signature dual-port grille is present and accounted for.
That black A-pillar has a very purposeful, edgy (as opposed to rounded) design. Those things that look like red tow hooks on the lower facia aren’t toe hooks at all, but rather just a red accent (stripe). The side profile, meanwhile, reveals rather pronounced plastic wheel cladding wrapping a set of 17-inch black wheels with Redline hash marks. That red line is also present on the mirror caps. Since we only have this single photo of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer at the time of this writing, we’ll have to wait to see the rear end.
As we mentioned, the Chevrolet Trailblazer seen here is based on the new GM VSS-F platform. It will be a global model sold all over the world, and is expected to replace the current Chevy Trax in North America, thereby marking the end of the Trax nameplate. It will joined by the all-new Chevy Tracker, which is based on the Global Emerging Markets architecture (GEM platform). This model, which we will show you in a few short hours, will be available exclusively in developing markets such as South America, China, and Southeast Asia.
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Alexandria, Apr. 8, 2019 – Alexandria Chevrolet Cadillac is partnering with Alexandria Area Youth Baseball in Alexandria. Alexandria Chevrolet Cadillac has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment , invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.
“Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation, and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Alexandria Chevrolet Cadillac and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Alexandria.” said Brooke Steinbring, new car manager for Alexandria Chevrolet Cadillac. “Chevrolet believes in the power of play as a way for young people to build the skills needed to be successful in the future and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.”
2019 marks the fourteenth year of Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program and has benefited over 7 million players since it launched. In 2018, more than 1,100 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.
Alexandria Chevrolet Cadillac will present Alexandria Area Youth Baseball an equipment kit that includes useful items such as equipment bags, first aid kits, batting tees, and T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, or instructors from Ripken Baseball.
In addition, Alexandria Chevrolet Cadillac will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Alexandria Area Youth Baseball. Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.
“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built with busy families in mind, featuring a comprehensive suite of available safety features; technologies that make the journey more comfortable and engaging for the entire family; and the space and flexibility needed to haul people and cargo. We would encourage everyone to come take a look at what Chevrolet has to offer,” said Steinbring.
For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.chevrolet.com/youthsports.com.
(TheCarConnection.com - 3/29). The new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 funneled into dealerships last year, but this summer, the pickup will offer a light-duty diesel engine for the first time in over a decade—and it earns bragging rights for topping Ford and Ram.
Chevrolet confirmed this week that the 2019 Silverado's upcoming 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 turbodiesel makes an SAE-certified 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. For those not following the pickup truck power wars, the Ford F-150 and its 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel makes 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. Ram's previous Ecodiesel V-6 engine made 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque in the previous-generation Ram 1500. (Note: Ram is readying a new Ecodiesel V-6 engine, which could top Chevrolet.) As it stands, Chevy has inched out its rivals.
Get a sneak peak at the all new Mazda 3 and Silverado HD with these photo galleries. Let us know what questions you might have or if you want us to contact you when they show up in our showroom!
Mazda 3 Sedan
Mazda 3 Coupe
Source: MotorTrend 3/04/2019
The Chevrolet Camaro was launched in 1966 with an available two-speed automatic transmission. By 1969, the Camaro got two different three-speed options. Fast-forward 50 years and five generations, and you can spec a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS with 10 forward gears. To quote Jasper Beardly of The Simpsons, "What a time to be alive."
There was nothing particularly wrong with the eight-speed automatic available in the pre-refresh SS (which is why it's still offered on turbo-four and V-6 trims), but with a 10-speed automatic co-developed with Ford at its disposal, GM saw fit to spread the gearbox that debuted in the ZL1 to more models in the Camaro lineup. The 10-speed is a $1,595 option on the SS.
Of course, the 2019 Camaro's refresh involves much more than the automatic's increased gear count. The updated pony car adds forward collision warning as an option and also gets a new infotainment system with available 8.0-inch touchscreen. Then, of course, there's the exterior face-lift, which has been controversial to say the least. The headlights have been redesigned with new LED accents that flow into the grille, and the taillights return to the classic quad round lamp arrangement. More differentiation exists between the trim levels, and the SS' new look has been by far the most derided.
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Source: AutoBlog (March 5th)
As more and more customers move into the crossover segment, the less the segment is one-size-fits-all, or even three-sizes-fit-all. As such, Mazda has taken the opportunity at the Geneva Motor Show to offer a new, "just right" crossover to its lineup. The 2019 Mazda CX-30, as it's called, slots between the diminutive CX-3 and the compact CX-5 crossovers.
The CX-30 shares the "Kodo" (meaning "soul of motion") design language Mazda does so well, and the execution here is excellent, too. We love the long hood and simple but elegant curves, the way the light reflects off the sides in dramatic waves. Its no surprise that Mazda chose its Soul Red Crystal to show off the new model.
Mazda says it had four goals for the CX-30, two of which had to do with the size of the vehicle. It needed to be small enough to be highly maneuverable, so that drivers wouldn't hesitate to take it anywhere they need to go, but it also had to be roomy enough to provide a comfortable space for multiple passengers to easily enjoy one another's company. Mazda wanted the design to "embody the joy of owning something that matches your sensibilities." Finally, it had to perform in a way to provide peace of mind and a relaxing driving experience.
Mazda will offer the CX-30 with its Skyactiv-G 2.0 gasoline engine with cylinder deactivation, Skyactiv-D 1.8 diesel engine and its new Skyactiv-X engine with gasoline compression ignition. Both gasoline engines will use Mazda's mild hybridtechnology to help improve fuel economy without sacrificing performance. The CX-30 will also be offered with Mazda's I-Activ all-wheel drive and G-Vectoring Control Plus for maximum grip and stability. It will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
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Source: AutoBlog (March 5th)
Spy shots of the 2020 Chevrolet Trax continue to roll in, and it's getting even more Blazer-like every time we see it. This latest batch shows the little crossover with less camouflage than we've ever seen before. Even with the trippy black and white patterns, it's easy to tell this front end is going to closely resemble the larger Blazer. We see the same two-tiered lighting setup in front with the skinny LED DRL poking through just below hood level. The actual headlights are mounted lower down in the bumper.
Previously we saw these prototypes running around with black cladding covering most of the lines. Now we get a true sense of the shape from the body-hugging vinyl fitted to this one. The subcompact crossover looks a bit stubby with the wheels pushed to the corners, providing shallow overhangs on both ends. A little spoiler hangs out over the slanted rear window, just like the 2019 Blazer. We're still looking at test vehicle taillights in the rear. What appears to be true dual exhaust is visible through the outlets, too. The outline of raised plastic cladding is prominent through the body wrapping, but that's to be expected with a little crossover. We still can't see the grille design through the covering, but a design similar to the Blazer's wouldn't be out of the question.
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