2008 LA Auto Show Highlights

The new 2010 Ford Mustang was rolled out.  Looks good-interior
upgrades are the story here-the exterior has been updated but
definitely evolutionary which is good since the 2005 design was about
as perfect as you can get for a modern interpretation of the classic.

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Nissan 370z rolled out as well-much needed refresh and looks good. 
It’s more expensive cousin Infiniti G series has a vert now-very nice
but IMO the 370z design is too tame-too conservative for it’s first redesign
in 5 years.  Power is up in the 400hp range now.

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Lambo anyone?  I can dream…

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Game Changer? Chev Volt plugin electric in 2010

hmmm-could the Volt put America back in the car business? 
 
4 door sedan that can go 40 miles with no gas on a single electric charge (according to Consumer Reports a single charge would use the equilivant amount of electricty as running your fridge)
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Plug-in powertrain
Think of the Volt as an electric vehicle with an onboard generator. The wheels are driven exclusively by electricity, with an E85-compatible engine available to replenish the lithium-ion batteries when needed. GM claims the Volt will travel up to 40 miles on power from its T-shaped  lithium-ion battery pack, which lies under the rear seat and center tunnel. The battery weighs 375 pounds and has a 16 kw/h capacity. The 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine can extend that range as needed. The electric drive unit produces 150 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Zero to 60 mph is expected to be around nine seconds.

A plug-in vehicle, the Volt can be recharged from both 120- and 240-volt electrical outlets, with an eight- and three-hour charge time, respectively. Based on 10 cents per kWh, GM estimates that the Volt would cost about 80 cents a day to operate fewer than 40 miles. Or put another way, recharging once a day would cost less than operating the average household refrigerator. For contrast, a Toyota Prius Touring earning 42 mpg in our overall fuel economy test would cost almost $4 to go the same distance based on current gasoline prices.

Sizing it up
The four-seat Volt is similar in length and height as the Honda Civic sedan, though it does measure about two inches wider. While it stretches two inches longer than the current Prius, the manufacturer-claimed cargo volume is less at 10.4 cubic feet versus 14.4.

Production is expected to begin late 2010.

 
 

Green Mustang? LPG Powered mustang very cool

Check this out…maybe in the future cars can be green, fast, and cool? 
 
Featureing massive 22 inch wheels and a 3D carbon body kit, the car looks anything but green, and with those 300hp (228kW) under the hood, it should be hell more fun to drive than a typical boring environmentally friendly car. thanks to the LPG system, the green Mustang GT produces about 20% less carbon dioxide than gasoline, and about 95% less nitric oxide (NOx) than a regular diesel engine.
 
 
 
 

Intellichoice names Prius and Corvette Best Overall Value

Now if I could only afford both:)  Luckily since my company offers telecommuting the Corvette doesn’t visit the gas station too often.
Still getting 27 mpg on the freeway-a little less when I get on it but am impressed to be getting that kind of mileage from this car-better than my previous Infiniti which was delivering less than advertised.  Still impressed.
 
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2009 Corvette ZR1 announced!

chevrolet-corvette-zr1-39 620 hp and 24mpg on the highway?  Insane but in a very good way.  Check out the view of the supercharger
chevrolet-corvette-zr1-20 Check out the tires…this is hilarious-guess the new Skyline will have a good view of them huh?

From http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrolet-corvette-zr1.html 

It all boils down to the power-to-weight ratio and the ZR1’s is exceptional," said Chevy’s Ed Peper. "Better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph."

GM used the Z06 chassis as a starting point, but further tuned the front and rear independent suspension to work with the ZR1’s ultra-wide tires for increased grip. According to GM, the car achieves 1g cornering grip.

Exotic looks, exotic materials
The use of carbon fiber is pretty extensive throughout the ZR1. The wider fenders are made of the material, as are the hood, roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings.

The roof and front fascia splitter have a raw carbon fiber appearance with a protective clear coat. The hood is painted like the rest of the car, but the underside is exposed carbon-fiber-weave for increased novelty.

Another standout feature of the hood is a clear polycarbonate "window" that provides a view of the top of the engine’s intercooler, with embossed "LS9 Supercharged" lettering.