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Best-Selling SUVs in 2010

January 15, 2011 1 comment

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Well we arent really great fans of SUV’s but for our Viewers we bring this one.

Chevrolet Suburban – With 2010 sales of 45,142 (compared with 41,055 in 2009), the half-ton and ¾-ton Chevrolet Suburban large SUV clearly offers maximum passenger and cargo capacity, along with impressive towing capability. The Suburban is also one of the longest-running nameplates in the U.S. automotive market, dating back more than 75 years. With space for up to nine people, maximum cargo capacity of 137.4 cubic feet, the easy-to-drive Suburban can easily tow up to 8,100 pounds of boats and trailers. Under the hood, The half-ton Suburban boasts a 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management and E85 flex-fuel capability – achieving an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway. In ¾-ton Suburbans, power comes from a 352-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 engine with 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway. Ground clearance is 10.5 inches in front and 9.1 inches in rear. Maximum payload is 1,657 pounds. The Suburban is available in three models, LS, LT, and LTZ, in two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), with base prices ranging from $40,925 to $56,170.

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Ford Expedition — If you need to tow a large boat or camper-trailer, you can’t beat the power, comfort, and capability of Ford Expedition and Expedition EL large SUVs. With three-row seating for up to eight, second- and third-row seats that fold flat into the floor for a maximum cargo capacity of 108.3 cubic feet (Expedition) and 130.8 cubic feet (Expedition EL), and best towing capacity in its class of 9,200 pounds (4×2 Expedition) and 8,900 pounds (Expedition EL), the list of Expedition accolades goes on. Total 2010 sales of regular and extended-length Expedition models of 37,336 was up 17.9 percent from 31,655 in 2009. These are truck-based, old-school full-size SUVs. Grunt comes from the 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two. Two-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. The Expedition has 8.7 inches ground clearance, achieves EPA-estimated 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (non-EL and EL 4×2) and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (non-EL 4×4). Starting prices for eight Expedition models ranges $36,900 to $49,030.

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Jeep Patriot – Comfortable and affordable for a capable off-road SUV, the compact, five-seat Jeep Patriot scored 38,620 sales in 2010, up 23 percent from the 31,432 sold in 2009. For 2011, the Patriot benefits from refreshed styling, is available in two-wheel drive (Sport 4×2 and Latitude 4×2) and four-wheel drive (Sport 4×4 and Latitude 4×4) models, and has base prices ranging from $15,995 to $21,395. Two-wheel drive Sport and Latitude models are powered by a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with dual variable valve timing (VVT) , while 4x4s get the 2.24-liter in-line four-cylinder powerplant with dual VVT. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway (2WD) and 22/28 mpg (4WD). Ground clearance is a hefty 8.2 inches. Cargo capacity with rear seats folded is 62.7 cubic feet. Payload is a maximum of 925 pounds, and the Patriot tows up to 2,000 pounds.

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GMC Yukon –Like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon is a large, truck-based SUV powered by a Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes up to 320 horsepower (332 hp in the Yukon Hybrid). EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are the same as well: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, and in the Yukon Hybrid, 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds (6,200 lb in Hybrid), and has a payload capacity up to 1,673 pounds. Starting prices for the Yukon, available in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims, is $38,535 up to $58,990, while the Yukon Hybrid starts at $51,200. Sales of GMC Yukon in 2010 were 28,781, down 2.1 percent from 29,411 in 2009.

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GMC Yukon XL – Similar to the Chevrolet Suburban in length and powered by the same 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine, the GMC Yukon XL sold 23,797 in 2010, up 41.6 percent from 2009 sales of 16,819. Note that combining 2010 GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL sales totals 52,578 – elevating Yukon above Ford Expedition (which includes regular and extended-length models in its sales numbers). Towing, payload, seating capacity and fuel economy are identical to the half-ton Chevy Suburban. A Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 engine powers ¾-ton models, achieving EPA-estimated fuel economy of 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway (2WD) and 10/15 mpg (4WD). The 2011 GMC Yukon XL has a starting MSRP of $42,005.

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

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After years of teasing, Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2011 Camaro Convertible ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

On sale in February, the drop top remains pretty faithful to the coupe’s design but the trunk lock cylinder has been moved to the rear seat area (for a cleaner exterior appearance) and the antenna is relocated to the deck lid.

As for the top itself, it’s made out of a durable canvas material and features an acoustic headliner as well as a glass rear window with a defogger. When the single-locking latch is opened, the top can be lowered in approximately 20 seconds with a push of a button. Sadly, luggage capacity drops to 10.24 cu ft (290 liters) and decreases to 7.85 cu ft (222 liters) when the roof is lowered.

To ensure the chassis remains solid, engineers installed a strut tower brace, underbody “V” braces, and a transmission support bracket. Furthermore, additional structural reinforcements were added to eliminate cowl shake. Thanks to these modifications, the Camaro has better torsional stiffness than the BMW 3-Series convertible.

Like the coupe, the convertible is available with three engines. The entry-level 3.6-liter V6 produces 312 hp (232 kW) and 278 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. It carries an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (manual) and 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (automatic).

If that sounds a little weak, the 6.2-liter L99 V8 churns out 400 hp (298 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) of torque. It is available exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and returns an estimated 16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Lastly, the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 has 426 hp (318 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque.  It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission and is expected to return 16 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.

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Future Chevrolet Corvette Rendered

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

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Chevrolet Corvette is undoubtedly one of the big names of the auto industry and whenever its name is brought into discussions, there’s at least one fan around to start a debate on the model’s impressive history. And we must all admit that Corvette is indeed a great model with a fascinating history but what about its future?
General Motors hasn’t talked too much about the future of the Chevrolet Corvette range, letting car enthusiasts around the world feast their eyes with the current incarnations of the model. But a Transportation Design student, on his name James Robbins, created what could be a future Corvette.
In other words, he envisioned the future design of the Corvette, keeping the same language and proportions of the current models. The result is just impressive and the sporty and sleek Corvette would really become a breathtaking car if GM’s designers decide to go this way.
Of course, not much can be talked about the sketches because it’s all about silent pleasure while enjoying the photos, but James Robbins mentioned that all pics are built in Autodesk AutoStudio and rendered in Keyshot 2.
On a pretty close note, rumors are also suggesting that General Motors is considering a mid-engined Corvette, although only a few things are actually known at this point. In case such a configuration would become reality, the new Corvette would be lighter, would use a V6 as an entry-level engine and would employ forced induction for more power and torque.