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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It's February in Minnesota...looks like Mother Nature had bigger plans today as we are getting 5-7" of snow today. With that, we have made the decision to extend the Silverado Open House / Launch Party through Saturday, February 23rd. We are still having door prizes, sway bags and appetizers today but the grand prize drawing will be held on Saturday at 4pm to allow more people to stop in.
To keep you entertained today, take a look at our 2019 Silverado RST double cab in the showroom for the launch party. We'll keep them inside and clean through the weekend for you!
We managed to hold off on the snowball fight just long enough to take this group photo. May be some sledding or king of the hill later this afternoon!
Tomorrow is the day! The All-New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado launch party here at Alexandria Motors. We are currently filling our showroom full of silverado models for you to enjoy tomorrow. Stop in and take a look at the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever. Did we mention we have sway bags, door prizes and a grand prize drawing?
We hope to see you tomorrow! Call us at 320-762-2114 with any questions.
For well-qualified buyers, receive 0% APR for 72 months on the 2019 Silverado! Stop in and see us today and don't forget about our Silverado Open House on Wednesday also!
Find our inventory and details at alexandria-chev.com
Listen: If you're shopping for a crossover, and by all accounts most Americans are, there is no better option on the market than the 2019 Mazda CX-5. When we test drove the all-new 2017 CX-5, we were astounded by its marked improvements over the already-great previous generation. We noted then its biggest drawback was its average 187 horsepower. The CX-5 didn't feel slow, and it certainly made up for it in other ways, like by delivering superior road-hugging abilities. But, it was probably enough to turn off buyers who do their shopping by analyzing spec sheets.
For 2019, Mazda addressed that exact issue with a vengeance. With an all-new 2.5-liter SkyActiv Turbo good for 250 horsepower, the CX-5 not only leapfrogs bestselling rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but lands squarely in the realm of luxury stalwarts such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Even people who don't consider themselves NASCAR fans, likely know the name Earnhardt and Gordon. One of the most iconic rivalries in all of sports. If you weren't able to catch the documentary on FS1 last night, here is a trailer and hopefully you can catch it at a later date.
Join us on February 20th as we hold a launch party for the All-New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Our showroom will be filled with Silverado trucks and accessories, trucks will be available to test drive and the first 100 people will get Chevrolet swag bags!
The launch party will be held during normal business hours, 8am till 7pm with appetizers being served from 4pm to 6pm. The will be a few larger prizes given away throughout the day with the grand prize drawing being held around 6:15pm. We hope to see you there! More information can be found on our facebook page!
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It took just four hours for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition to sell out. All 500 cars are spoken for in the United States, the brand announced this past Saturday.
Mazda shared the metrics it witnessed as the car's fans flooded a special website to place their orders for the limited run of 500 cars. In 15 minutes, 100 cars were spoken for. In one hour, half of the cars were gone. Now, a waitlist for the celebratory MX-5 Miata continues to grow, just in case any of the soon-to-be owners back out.
Worldwide, Mazda plans for a total of 3,000 cars, which includes the 500 earmarked for U.S. shores. When the eager buyers receive their cars, the brand said 60 percent of them will be soft-top roadsters, the other 40 percent will be RF variants with the hard top.