GM’s European brands Opel and Vauxhall may have new minimalist sports cars in the pipeline. The brands will reveal a concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show that they describe as “a template” for the sporty shape of things to come.
Sports cars have not been on the Opel and Vauxhall agenda for several years. But bolder and more individualistic styling linked to some fine powertrains certainly has. Describing the new GT Concept, Mark Adams, GM’s Vice President, Design Europe, called it “dramatic, sculptural and full of innovation.” Unlike current Opel/Vauxhall products, the car has a front/mid-engine, rear wheel drive configuration.
Opel/Vauxhall is demonstrating the seriousness of the GT Concept by providing some pre-Geneva technical details. Its 3-cylinder engine, driving through a 6-speed sequential gearbox, is a 107-kW (143-hp), 205-N·m (151-lb·ft) version of the 1.0-L turbo unit currently used extensively by the company.
The car weighs “under 1000 kg,” according to Adams, and performance claims include 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 8.0 s and a Vmax of
At February’s Chicago auto show, Nissan revealed the 2017 light-duty (half-ton) version of the Titan pickup as the promised follow-up to the 2016 Titan XD quasi-commercial model that straddles the line between light- and heavy-duty pickups. But the Chicago unveiling wasn’t entirely conventional: Nissan showed only photos of the half-ton version of the Titan and said it will be in showrooms this summer.
Nissan found reluctance from consumers regarding the first-generation light-duty Titan, which was launched in 2003 on the pickup-specific “F-Alpha” ladder-frame chassis and continued through 2015. So the company decided to take a different vector with the Titan XD in an attempt to address the market space between light-duty pickups – which the Detroit Three automakers dominate (to the ongoing chagrin of Nissan and Toyota) – and the larger heavy-duty models that are increasingly popular with both commercial and “business-personal” buyers.
The half-ton Titan will compete in the heart of the full-size pickup segment, while the XD provides a unique solution for customers by bridging the cost and capability gap
You can save time and money with easy DIY auto maintenance tips and they are simple. Find out how to lower your car maintenance costs by doing some easy tasks.
(BPT) – Vehicles are a big investment for families – usually the second highest valued item in a household after the home itself. While the purchase price for cars, trucks and SUVs keeps going up, the cost of maintenance is holding steady or even dropping for most vehicles. Better materials, sophisticated computers and other advances increase reliability and allow less frequent oil changes, tune-ups and other service.
Owners can do some of the work themselves to lower maintenance costs even further. Anyone interested in saving money and increasing pride of ownership by doing their own work can spend just a few minutes and accomplish the following four maintenance tasks easily, without any expensive tools or training.
* Cabin Air Filter Replacement
The air conditioner is cranked up on those hot summer days. The cabin air filter keeps the air blowing through the heat and air conditioning ventilation system clean, and it should be replaced at least once a year. But in areas