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Chevy Cruze ECO to get 40 mpg

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GM will use the 2010 New York Auto Show to reveal more details on the North American version of the Chevrolet Cruze. The company will also unveil two trim levels, the Cruze ECO and the Cruze RS. The Cruze ECO will be the misery of the two and will pack a 1.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine mated to a variable valve timing and the 6-speed manual transmission. Chevrolet expects the Eco to return up to 40 mpg Highway.

Aside from its more fuel-efficient engine, the ECO features some aerodynamic improvements. It comes with lighter wheels, lowered ride height and “ultra-low” rolling resistance tires, all for the sake of fuel-efficiency.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will go on sale this Fall.

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Is GM Making A Corvette SUV And Sedan?

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Corvette may be becoming its own brand complete with an SUV and a sedan.

Rumors that Chevy will transition the Corvette from a single model to a multi-model brand aren’t new, but the rumor mill is now spinning faster ever since the new Corvette C8 was unveiled.

Citing anonymous GM insiders, Autoweek states that the Corvette will eventually become a brand, growing to include a sedan and an SUV or crossover. There is apparently even consideration for a Corvette-based Cadillac offering.

That’s would be a big departure from what Corvette has always been, but this won’t be the first time Cadillac and Chevy have shared a platform. Remember the Cadillac XLR?

The fresh round of rumors come less than a month after Bob Lutz, the automotive industry veteran who’s worked for General Motors, BMW and others, suggested GM should move the Corvette upmarket with a Corvette SUV to stave off the problem facing Harley Davidson. The baby boomer client base for America’s sports car is dying out, meaning the brand needs some fresh blood.

Lutz also argued that Cadillac has no space to go upmarket, but a the Corvette brand could easily charge $100,000 for an SUV, and customers wouldn’t blink an eye. It should be no-compromise SUV aimed at the Porsche Cayenne, offering buyers a gorgeous design inside and out and unmatched performance.

The new mid-engined C8 Corvette will reinvigorate interest in the sports car, especially with its sub-$60,000 price tag and sub-3-second zero-to-60 time. While no one at GM has confirmed the rumors, it’s clear that the brand will need to attract a lot more younger buyers to stay alive and relevant. A Corvette SUV will certainly be controversial, but like the Cayenne and Macan did for Porsche, it might just be what the doctor ordered.

Would you consider buying a Corvette SUV or sedan? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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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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Forget Cadillac! Does GM Needs A $100K Corvette SUV?

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If Lamborghini, Porsche and, soon, Ferrari can have an SUV, why should Corvette?

Bob Lutz, the iconic automotive curmudgeon who helped shape BMW, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, believes General Motors has a great opportunity to take the Corvette nameplate upmarket with a Porsche Cayenne-like Corvette SUV that starts at $100,000.

Speaking to Automotive News, the former GM executive argued that Corvette is facing the same problem as Harley Davidson in that its baby boomer client base is dying out, meaning the brand is going to need a lot more than a traditional sports car like the new C8 Corvette to remain viable.

“The owner body is getting older and older and older, and there are no young people coming in,” Lutz said, adding that while he doesn’t believe Cadillac has any space to go upmarket, the Corvette brand does.

As for specifics about the Corvette SUV, he suggested that General Motors develop a dedicated architecture that’s super lightweight and powerful, envision something “Porsche Cayenne-like, only much better and a little bigger.” It will be a medium volume model with a starting price of $100,000, and it should never be offered with a V6 or as a low-cost offering.

The thought of a Corvette SUV might be offensive to some hardcore fans, but the times have changed and SUVs and crossovers are what make or break virtually every aspiring automaker.

The marketplace has also proven that there’s space for powerful, performance-oriented SUVs. From the Lamborghini Urus to the under-development Ferrari SUV and Lotus SUV, everyone’s getting in on the high-margin, sporty SUV game.

Lutz is not the first to make such an argument, and he likely won’t be the last. It will be interesting to see what will follow the C8 Corvette.

How do you envision a Corvette SUV? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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