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Toyota Remains Largest Automaker in 2013, GM and Volkswagen Follow

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Toyota was the world’s largest automaker in 2013, having held off General Motors and Volkswagen with sales of almost 10 million units.

The Japanese automaker sold 9.98 million vehicles worldwide, which was just shy of the 10 million mark. However, its projected 2014 sales of 10.32 million vehicles will make it the first automaker to cross that double digit milestone.

In second place was GM with its 9.71 million global sales. Though it lagged Toyota by almost 300,000 units, the American automaker’s growth rate of 4 percent was twice that of its Japanese rival.

Volkswagen doesn’t release official sales data until March of every year, but the German automaker estimates approximately 9.7 million deliveries in 2013, good enough for third place. It has the ambitious goal of surpassing GM and Toyota to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018.

GM was the world’s best-selling automaker for more than 70 years before it was unseated by Toyota in 2008. It reclaimed the title in 2011, but lost it in 2012 after the Japanese automaker crawled its way back from the devastating natural disasters in Japan and Thailand, as well as from its massive unintended acceleration recalls.

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2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Is Faster With New 10-Speed Auto

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Race Track

Because excellence is not always good enough…

The 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is now faster than ever thanks the application of a new 10 speed automatic transmission.

According to Chevy,  the new automatic transmission makes the critically-acclaimed sports car faster than the manual equipped version, allowing it to lap General Motors’ 2.9-mile Milford Road Course more than one half second faster.

Engineers were also able to shave off several seconds from their previous Nurburgring lap times set with the six-speed manual ZL1 1LE.

“This transmission is optimized for speed,” said Camaro Chief Engineer Mark Dickens. “With unique Track Mode calibrations and 10 gears, you are always in the perfect gear when rolling on or off the throttle. You may not be a professional race car driver, but now you can shift like one.”

The calibrations for the transmission, electronic limited-slip differential and traction control system were tweaked to achieve the best performance, while the front and rear Multimatic DSSV dampers have been tuned to accommodate the quicker shifts in weight transfer.

As a reminder, the Camaro ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 that produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque. Pricing for the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE starts at $64,695 in the United States,. Opting for the new 10-speed auto adds $1,595 to the price.

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GMC Is Considering Electric Pickup Truck To Rival Ford And Tesla

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New, 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Off-Road

GM doesn’t want to be outdone by its crosstown rival or Tesla.

Just one week after Ford confirmed that it was developing an all-electric F-150, General Motors has revealed that that its pickup trucks will likely also go electric.

Duncan Aldred, vice president of the GMC brand, confirmed to about the possibility of an all-electric GMC truck, stating “certainly, it’s something we’re considering.” He did not mention when we would see such a model.

As customers continue to shift away from cars, Trucks have become an increasingly important segment for the Detroit Big Three. Ford, GM and FCA presumably also have their sights on Tesla’s upcoming electric pickup, which could disrupt their dominance.

How do you envision an electric pickup truck from General Motors? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV

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New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept

It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.

Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

  • New Cadillac XT6 Debuts As Cadillac’s First Three-Row Crossover
  • The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.

    In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front angle

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