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Gun-Wielding GM Employee Disrupts Production at Engine Plant

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A gun-wielding GM employee threatening suicide forced the temporary shutdown of General Motors’ engine plant in Romulus, Michigan, on Friday.

The man, a “longtime employee” that was not identified by authorities, entered the facility at around 6 am in the morning with a pistol in tow, threatening to commit suicide.

“A 911 call came in and stated that there was a male in the building with a gun, and he was threatening suicide,” Sgt. Cory Sadler told The Detroit News. “We immediately sent officers to the plant, we had assistance from the Van Buren Township Police Department.”

Fortunately, no one was harmed in the incident. The plant was temporarily evacuated and the suspect was taken into custody.

Authorities later discovered that the weapon in the suspect’s possession was a starter pistol that was only capable of firing blanks, putting into question whether he was serious about committing suicide.

Although authorities are still working on a possible motive, it has been reported that the man was unhappy with working conditions at the plant.

The plant, which builds V6 and V8 engines, has resumed operations since the incident.

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New Chevy Corvette C8 Is The Mid-Engine Supercar You Can Afford

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It’s the first mid-engine Corvette, a performance bargain for the ages, and a new breed of supercar.

Months of leaks, rumors and speculation have finally culminated in the unveiling of the all-new, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. As the eighth generation of Chevy’s iconic sports car, the new Corvette premiers a mid-mounted engine and higher performance than ever before, effectively transforming from a sports car in it’s base form into a world-class supercar.

According to Chevy, the decision to switch to a mid-engine layout was made because the company had reached the limits of performance with a front-engine setup, and the new layout provides better weight distribution and responsiveness. Power comes from a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 that puts out 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust, with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission channeling that power through the rear wheels. Don’t expect to find a conventional automatic, or a seven-speed manual transmission.

The C8 Corvette is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, which makes it the fastest base-model Corvette ever and put sit on par with the best Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren have to offer. Heck, it’s just as fast as the C7 Corvette ZR1, which not long ago was the fastest Corvette ever made!

The completely-reworked suspension is all-aluminum and uses diecast parts for maximum stiffness. There are still double wishbones at all four corners like the previous Corvette, but the traditional transverse rear spring has been replaced by coil springs.

Owners can opt for GM’s lauded Magnetic Ride Control system, which can be controlled through six driving modes, including a ‘Z mode’ that enables full customization of all settings.

The V8 uses dry-sump lubrication, allowing you to pull 1G through a corner without having to worry about oil starvation. And when it’s time to head home, a front axle lift system that can be programmed to raise the car automatically via the GPS system helps clear obstacles.

As with previous Corvettes, the Corvette C8 arrives with a Z51 Performance Package that adds a stiffer suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats, larger brakes and better cooling, a more aggressive front splitter, an open rear spoiler, a more aggressive transmission gear ratio, and a better electronic slip differential, among other performance enhancements.

Visually, the C8 Corvette looks like a refreshed C7 Corvette from the front and rear but a pure unadulterated mid-engine supercar from the sides. The loss of the traditional, long-hood Corvette proportions as a result of the mid-engine layout will surely upset some enthusiasts, but I for one think it looks great.

Highlights of the driver-centric interior include a new infotainment system, a 12-inch customizable instrument cluster, two available Bose audio systems, a wireless charger for your cell phone. A narrow bank of buttons. Fans of buttons will love the narrow bank of manual climate control button that effectively divides the cockpit in half, though some might find the odd arrangement and positioning to be unsightly. As expected, the room can be removed for open-air driving.

The new Corvette C8 offers a surprisingly of cargo room. Thanks to the relocation of the engine, there is now a font trunk (frunk) that can hold a of couple small overnight bags, while the rear cargo area can fit a reasonably-sized suitcase or a pair of golf bags when not housing the removable roof panel.

Las but not least is the price — the most shocking news of all. GM says the base C8 Stingray will start at under $60,000 in the United States and $70,000 in Canada! Let that sink for a second…

We now live in world where a world-class, mid-engine supercar that can accelerate to 60 mph in under 3 seconds costs less than $60,000. The new Corvette C8 is truly remarkable, and Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and even Porsche have something to worry about. Are you happy with how it turned out?

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2020 Cadillac CT5 Has Very Low Price For A Luxury Sedan

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The CT5 hopes to undercut its German competition with a very low price and a lot of standard features.

Cadillac has announced pricing details for the all-new Cadillac CT5, and the car costs a lot less than we expected.

The CT5 replaces the CTS as the brand’s new midsize luxury sedan. Three trim levels will be available for the 2020 model year: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.

With a starting price of $37,890 in the United States, the CT5 Luxury is significantly less expensive than the CTS and much more affordable than the base Mercedes-Benz E-Class ($54 000), BMW 5 Series ($54,395), and Audi A6. The CT5 Premium Luxury and Sport start at $41,690 and $42,690, respectively.

All three trims come standard with a rear-wheel drive setup and a 237 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four mated to a 10-speed automatic. Driver-assist systems such as forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking being are also standard, as are a 10-inch touch screen and keyless push-button start.

By comparison, the 2019 CTS’ price starts at $46,995 — nearly $10,000 higher — and comes with less standard equipment.

All-wheel drive is a $2,600 option on the Luxury and Sport trims, but $3,090 on the the Premium Luxury. Going for the CT5 Premium Luxury gets you some nice features like leather seats over the base Luxury model, while the Sport trim adds performance brakes and sporty appearance bits.

FbaPPs’s Take

The Cadillac CT5 has big shoes to fill as the successor to CTS, the nameplate that arguably brought the Cadillac brand into the modern era. But as good as the CTS was, it didn’t sell well.

With a dirt cheap starting price and wide array of standard features, the CT5 appears to primed to more successfully steal sales from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Only time will tell if Cadillac’s pricing strategy achieves the desired results.

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2020 Buick Enclave Brings New Sport Touring Package

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Buick’s big SUV also gets a new infotainment system and optional surround-view camera system.

The Buick Enclave has received a few updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new Sport Touring package that gives it a sportier appearance.

Available on the Essence trim level, the ST package adds a unique body-color grille and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets.

The 2020 Enclave also benefits from Buick’s next-gen infotainment system that’s standard on all models, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. It can also be equipped with a new HD Rear Vision Camera, an HD Surround Vision systems, and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that comes standard on Premium and Avenir editions.

The 2020 model year introduces three new exterior colors: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.

Sales of the 2020 Buick Enclave begin in late summer 2019, with prices starting at $41,195 (including freight).

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