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Top 10 Most Anticipated 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Debuts
Sep 11, 2015 - 8:26 AM - by

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is next week and there’s a lot to be excited about.

Dozens of world premieres and debuts will take place in Germany, but some are more exciting than others. Best of all, not all the automakers have spilled details on what they’re bringing, so we can expect some surprises once the show floor opens to the media.

For now, here’s‘s pick of the top 10 most anticipated debuts from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although some cars have already been exposed or revealed online, we’re still excited to see them in person once the automakers lift those pesky car covers.
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Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Jun 18, 2015 - 7:04 AM - by

Father's day is almost here and there’s no reason to panic about what to get your dad, because we have an excellent collection of car related Father’s Day gift ideas all at various price points.
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Debuting in June with Apple CarPlay
May 28, 2015 - 8:16 AM - by

GM quietly revealed when the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will make its debut.

In announcing its dedication to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technologies, the American automaker said that the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will make its debut on June 24 and will be one of 14 Chevrolet models to include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Chevrolet promises to remain committed on providing 'the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible to owners across the globe.'

Models equipped with Chevrolet’s seven-inch MyLink infotainment system will give owners access to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the eight-inch MyLink will only be compatible with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. The company said that Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch model later in the 2016 model year.

The new level of smartphone integration will be available to Chevrolet customers in markets around the world including Brazil, Mexico and Canada. Android Auto will require a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above while Apple CarPlay will require an iPhone 5 or above.

The following models equipped with a seven-inch MyLink infotainment system will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay starting the 2016 model year:

Spark Cruze Malibu Camaro Camaro Convertible Silverado and Silverado HD

Models equipped with the eight-inch MyLink that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay include:

Cruze Malibu Impala Volt Camaro Camaro Convertible Corvette Corvette Convertible Colorado, Silverado Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban
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Do I Really Need Premium Gas?
May 21, 2015 - 6:45 AM - by

Cost is often the first thing that comes to mind when motorists think of gasoline. Many will drive halfway across town to save a couple cents per gallon. Additionally, purchasing regular-grade fuel to save money can be an exercise in false economy, especially if your vehicle is designed for premium gas.

Running fuel with insufficient octane can cause internal engine damage, which isn’t pretty. “The worst case scenario …. You could actually [melt] holes in the pistons and cause catastrophic damage to the [connecting] rods,” said Bill Studzinski, GM powertrain fuels group manager. Fortunately a disaster of this caliber is unlikely in today’s highly tuned, computer-controlled powerplants. Still he said, “You should follow the owner’s manual guidance.”

What’s more apt to happen when there isn’t enough octane is a phenomenon called spark knock. John Juriga, director of powertrain at the Hyundai America Technical Center described this abnormal combustion as “sort of a high-pitched pinging,” or perhaps even a rattling noise. This sound is caused by colliding flame fronts inside the combustion chamber, which lead to pressure spikes and ultimately that telltale sound. “Obviously knocking is not something customers like to hear,” he said, nor is it good for your engine.

Octane Requirements

Octane is a measure of gasoline’s resistance to igniting under pressure. To improve fuel economy and output figures, manufacturers often increase the compression ratios of their engines, that is, how tightly they squeeze an incoming air-fuel mixture. A lower-octane fuel is more likely to spontaneously ignite than one with a higher rating. For these reasons and more, performance vehicles or ones equipped with forced induction often demand premium.

Studzinski said GM has two different fuel requirements. In some of their cars and trucks high-octane gasoline is recommended, in others it’s mandatory. Of course many of their vehicles are designed to happily burn
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2016 Camaro Revealed
May 16, 2015 - 3:04 PM - by

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro just debuted in Detroit during a special event at Belle Isle.

This is an all-new Camaro that heralds the nameplate’s sixth generation. It’s a new car from the ground-up based on the same Alpha platform as the Cadillac ATS and CTS built at GM’s Lansing assembly plant. By basing the new muscle car on that platform, it sheds up to 200 lbs and is significantly stiffer than the outgoing model.

Production of the current Camaro in Oshawa, Canada, will end later this year, likely in November. The new model boasts a long list of mechanical enhancements that will make it a significantly more capable product.

Like the Mustang, the new Camaro will be available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Unlike that car, the boosted four-banger is going to serve as the base powertrain, followed by the V6 as a mid-range option capped off with the V8-powered SS.

The four-cylinder model makes 275 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque while the mid-range V6 offers 335 HP, 284 lb-ft. Of course that leaves one engine: the new 6.2-liter V8 that is a close relative to the motor powering the C7 Corvette. And power? It makes 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.

All variants of the new Camaro will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Like the new Corvette, the manual offers automatic rev matching downshifts.

Both the V6 and V8 models come standard with a variable exhaust that has a hushed “stealth” mode accessible via the snow and ice drive mode. When courtesy doesn’t matter as much, there’s also a setting that bypasses the mufflers entirely to increase engine performance.

On top of that, the car will also offer a variety of drive modes. All versions of them will come with a snow and ice mode, a normal mode and a sport mode, but the SS will also offer a “track” setting.

SS models also come standard with Brembo brakes and the same magnetic ride suspension that gives the
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