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2016 Cadillac CTS-V – 640 Horsepower: 0-60 MPH In 3.7 Seconds

2016 Cadillac CTS-V  – 640 Horsepower: 0-60 MPH In 3.7 Seconds

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When the current, second-generation CTS-V first hit the scene back in 2008, the car’s 556 horsepower pretty much blew most of the competition out of the water. However, the next dedicated performance model from Cadillac, the ATS-V unveiled at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, is outmatched in the power stakes by its rivals from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. This has left some fans concerned that the new third-generation CTS-V may not eclipse the outputs of its rivals.

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Well, Cadillac has put those concerns to rest with confirmation that the new CTS-V, which makes its debut at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show, as a 2016 model, will come packing a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 good for 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque (the same mill found in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06). Yes, that makes the new sledgehammer of a sedan more powerful than supercars like the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Lamborghini Huracán, but more importantly it outmatches all off its rivals by a considerable margin. By comparison, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG deliver 575 and 577 hp respectively in their most potent trim.

We also know that the engine comes with direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation, and, of course, delivers some incredible performance numbers. Cadillac says the luxurious five-seat sedan it powers should sprint to 60 mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds and keep accelerating until it maxes out at 200 mph. Drive is to the rear wheels only, via General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] brilliant 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The paddle-shifted unit features a launch control system and specific shift programing for the 2016 CTS-V.

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Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged engine and further elevate the car’s capability, performance and driver control over the regular CTS. Additional upgrades include a carbon fiber hood, beefy Brembo brakes, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control suspension (damping response is now 40 percent faster), structural enhancements (stiffness is up 25 percent), a wider track, and track-tuned traction and stability control systems. Buyers of the 2016 CTS-V can also opt to have a hood vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser fitted—with all the components made from carbon fiber.

Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1 g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels—measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear—are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce unsprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.

The suspension and electronic power steering system have also been tuned for quicker response and work together with an electronic limited-slip differential to further aid handling. The standard Brembo brakes include two-piece 15.3-inch steel discs up front with six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch discs at the rear with four-piston calipers.

Moving inside, CTS-V buyers will be treated with a performance-oriented design featuring sueded microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber trim. Sporty Recaro front seats are available and come with adjustable bolsters that help hold occupants in place during high-load cornering. The standard front seats are 20-way adjustable with heating and ventilation.

Advanced safety and parking technologies include a front curb-view camera system that provides a visual cue of curbs to protect the front splitter; automatic parking assist to find and steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spots; side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert. Additionally, the car comes with unique menus, the CUE infotainment system, GM’s Performance Data Recorder, and most of the standard goodies from the regular CTS.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show gets underway January 12.  In the meantime, additional coverage of the event can be accessed via our dedicated hub.

Source: Motor Authority

General Motors first-degree murder cover-up! the Increasing Death Toll

General Motors first-degree murder cover-up! the Increasing Death Toll

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By Pete Bigelow

Following fresh revelations that General Motors has continued to conceal information related to its ongoing safety crisis, a leading US Senator has called the company’s conduct “outrageous” and called for more hearings on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), one of the top critics of the automaker’s conduct in handling an ignition-switch flaw now linked to at least 32 deaths, said Tuesday that GM’s “continuing, purposeful concealment strains credulity, and stains the company’s conscience – setting back efforts to reclaim GM’s good name.”

General Motors had internally identified Averill as one of the 13 victims it had initially acknowledged as related to the defect.

His comments came one day after The New York Times reported the company withheld critical information from the family of Jean Averill, a Connecticut woman killed in a single-car crash in 2003 that it determined was caused by the defective ignition switch.

General Motors had internally identified Averill as one of the 13 victims it had initially acknowledged as related to the defect. In fact, hers was the first death that involved a Saturn Ion, one of the vehicles at the center of multiple investigations spawned by the problem.

But the company reportedly kept that information hidden, even from Averill’s family. The family didn’t learn of the link to the problem until 11 years later – when her children were contacted by a Times reporter last week. At the same time, they learned they’re running out of time to file a claim with GM’s victim’s compensation fund. A company-set deadline of December 31 is looming on the horizon.

“General Motors failure to inform the Averill family of its clear internal determination – that Jean’s death resulted form the company’s continuing use of a defective ignition switch – undercuts everything it has said about its good faith and its integrity,” Blumenthal said in a written statement.

The Times’ revelation came one day after new documents revealed GM placed an urgent order for 500,000 ignition switches with Delphi Automotive, its supplier, in December of last year. The order indicates they knew of a problem with the ignition switches – yet it did not initiate a recall for nearly two more months.
“These documents raise deeply disturbing questions about the validity of the Valukas report.” – Sen. Richard Blumenthal

The order was sent one day after an internal committee discussed the problem, but decided not to recall the vehicles. A recall wasn’t announced until February, despite the fact federal law requires auto companies to initiate a recall within five days of discovering a safety threat.

To date, more than 2.6-million GM models, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion have been recalled due to the ignition-switch flaw, which makes it easy for the ignition to slip from the “run” to “accessory” position. When that happens, power is lost to the engine, power steering and airbags.

In response to the new documents outlining the order, Blumenthal questioned the integrity of the Valukas report, a document produced by outsider investigator Anton Valukas that largely exonerated GM’s upper management as the ignition-switch problem enveloped the company.

“These documents raise deeply disturbing questions about the validity of the Valukas report, as well as the timeline of GM’s effort to protect its car owners,” Blumethal said. “The question is why the delay and how many lives were put at risk since GM waited at least two months before issuing a recall even though it had already decided to order parts.”

GM Delivers Best Third Quarter Sales Since 1980 – 2.4M vehicles sold

GM Delivers Best Third Quarter Sales Since 1980 – 2.4M vehicles sold

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GM Delivers its Best Third Quarter Global Sales Since 1980
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Chevrolet up 9 percent in North America
Cadillac up 63 percent in China
Buick global sales up 7 percent

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sold 2,449,595 vehicles around the world in the third quarter of 2014, up 2 percent compared with a year ago. It was the company’s best third quarter since 1980. In the first nine months of 2014, GM sold 7,371,743 vehicles, up 2 percent.

Third quarter sales in the United States and China, the company’s two largest markets, were up 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Year to date, sales in the United States and China were up 4 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

GM is on track to surpass sales of 3 million vehicles in China for the second consecutive year and the company expects to top last year’s record sales of 3.16 million vehicles. During September, GM’s cumulative sales in China surpassed 20 million vehicles.

“GM delivered its best third quarter global sales in 34 years thanks to solid growth in the United States and China, and steady improvement in Opel’s market share,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We have launches now underway, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in North America, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa in Europe, and the Buick Envision and Cadillac ATS-L in China, that will keep our momentum going.”

Highlights (vs. 2013)

Chevrolet had record sales in China in the third quarter, up 13 percent to 169,830 units. For the first nine months of year, the brand is up 7 percent to a record 505,316 units. September was Chevrolet’s best month ever in China.
Calendar year to date, Chevrolet sales in South Korea are at record levels.
The success of the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra helped GM increase its estimated share of the U.S. retail market for large pickups from 32.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 34.7 percent in the second quarter and 35.6 percent in the third quarter.
Buick’s global sales were up 7 percent in the third quarter to 284,540 units and they are up 11 percent calendar year to date to 858,046 units, driven by strong growth in the United States and China. Buick’s China sales were up 8 percent in the quarter to 220,578 units and they were up 11 percent to 670,999 units in the first nine months of the year.
In China, combined, sales of small SUVs – the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax and Captiva – were up 90 percent in the third quarter. In the United States, the Buick Encore has been the best-selling vehicle in its segment for six months in a row. The Chevrolet Trax will launch in the United States in early 2015.
Cadillac’s global sales were up 4 percent in the third quarter and they are up 9 percent year to date, driven by strong growth in China. Cadillac’s China sales were up 48 percent in the quarter to 18,665 units and they were up 63 percent to 52,425 units in the first nine months of the year.
Opel/Vauxhall gained market share in 11 European countries in the first nine months of this year, including Germany, where the brand earned 7 percent of the market, up 0.3 points.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

GM to pay Millions to switch victims–How it will be distributed

GM to pay Millions to switch victims–How it will be distributed

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WASHINGTON — Victims of General Motors faulty ignition switch could get as little as a few thousand dollars to millions, according to Kenneth Feinberg, compensation expert hired by GM to administer a fund to pay victims and their families.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Feinberg, a lawyer specializing in dispute resolution, laid out details of how the program will work, who will be eligible and gave some examples of possible payouts. He’ll making the details public this morning in a press conference at the National Press Club.

 

The fund will begin accepting applications Aug. 1, and the application period will closed Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Feinberg said the fund probably will finish doling out payments and be dissolved by the middle of next year. He said his goal is to pay valid claims within 90 days — 180 days in complicated cases.GM to pay Millions to switch victims–How it will be distributed

While he has a formula to determine compensation amounts, the is no limit on payments to individuals nor for the total fund, he said. Payments also are not limited to those deaths and injuries directly tied to the recall problem of front airbags not deploying — including, for example, rear seat passengers and occupants of other cars involved in crash with the GM car.

“There’s no aggregate cap. It’s not as if General Motors is putting up X dollars and telling me, ‘Spend it wisely because that’s all there is,’ ” he said.

And Feinberg has the last word on claims. “GM delegated to me, at my full and sole discretion, to decide which claims are eligible, and how much money they should get. There are no appeals (by GM or victims). Once I make the decision, that’s it.”

GM CEO Mary Barra repeatedly has promised that GM will “do the right thing” for victims, and pledged that, effectively, the sky’s the limit on total spending to pay victims of crashes related to the faulty switches.

Though costly in the short term, that approach can save a company from spending years in court defending itself case by case, appearing hard-hearted in the process — and perhaps eventually paying out more than it would funding a generous compensation fund. GM expects about 90% of claims to be settled through the fund.

In February and March, GM recalled 2.6 million 2003-2011 GM small cars worldwide, 2.19 million of those in the U.S. The recall is to replace defective ignition switches that the automaker links 13 deaths in 54 crashes. The switch can inadvertently rotate from the “run” position to “accessory” while the car is underway, shutting off the engine and power steering and brake assist and disabling the airbags.

The critical safety flaw in the recall — and for the compensation fund — is the failure of the airbags to deploy when the should.

If the airbags inflated in a crash, “you’re not eligible. Automatic disqualification” for the compensation fund, Feinberg said.

“But if the airbag didn’t deploy, it could have been the switch,” he said. “If the airbag didn’t deploy, or you don’t know if the airbag deployed, file a claim.”

Feinberg is setting up a website and toll-free phone line for the fund. He’s also sending letters to the current registered owners of the 2.6 million recalled vehicles. A million former owners will get letters, too, a result of suggestions by the Center for Auto Safety.

The only other no-limit, sole-discretion fund run by Feinberg like the one he’s running for GM was the one for victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He said that one paid out $7.1 billion in taxpayer’s money and that 97% of 3,077 claims were settled by the fund. The rest chose to seek better deals in court.

Other high-visibility compensation funds he’s handled include ones for victims of the BP oil spill, Boston Marathon bombing and Virginia Tech campus shootings.

The GM compensation payments, in most cases, will hew to a matrix like the one he designed for the 9/11 fund. “It’s not rocket science,” he said, because it’s based on U.S. Bureau of Labor calculations of economic loss from human tragedy.

Special circumstances will be evaluated individually. One of those he’s expecting involves a woman whose GM car crashed, killing her boyfriend who was a passenger. She was fined for felony reckless driving.

“For 10 years she’s been living with the idea that she recklessly killed her boyfriend. I find that’s a rather extraordinary circumstance,” that should be evaluated outside the fund’s formula, he said.

Three categories of claims will be compensated: Deaths, catastrophic injuries and less-serious injuries.

Most death claims will be based on the Labor formula that uses considers a person’s age and income before the accident. To that amount, Feinberg adds $1 million for pain and suffering, which he said is higher than the average court award of $750,000 for pain and suffering, plus more if the death leaves behind a spouse or children.

Examples of death compensation payments under the Feinberg math:

17-year-old student, no wages, no dependents: $2.2 million.
25-year-old earning $46,000 a year, married, two children: $4 million.
40-year-old, earning $75,000 a year, married, no children: $5.1 million.
Catastrophic injury victims are defined by the fund as those who, as a result of crashes linked to the GM switches, are quadriplegic, double amputees, permanently brain damaged and requiring continuous care or pervasively burned over their entire bodies. Those victims can be paid more than death cases.One example:

10-year-old parapalegic, who will need care for many years: $10.8 million.
Victims who claim lesser injuries will be paid according to how long they were hospitalized, starting at a few thousand dollars. Claimants have to have gotten verified treatment by a doctor or hospital within 48 hours of the accident. “Don’t send me wheelbarrows of medical records. I only need to know you were treated within 48 hours,” he said.

Payment examples:

One night in a hospital, up to $20,000.
Two to seven nights, $70,000.
34 days’ hospitalization for extensive treatment of broken bones, head injuries, up to $500,000.
The GM switch fund is open only to claims for injury or death, in any country, involving the 2.6 million 2003- to 2011-model GM small cars recalled earlier this year, including people in other vehicles involved in crashes with those recalled GM models. If the car’s not included in the ignition switch recalls in February and March, “forget it,” he said.

Passenger in these GM can apply for compensation regardless of whether they were in front seats, which should be protected by airbags, or in back, where there may be no airbags.

Carelessness, intoxication or other “contributory negligence” by the driver or passengers will be ignored, Feinberg said. “Intoxication, speeding, texting with your cell phone — irrelevant. This fund will not look in any way, shape or form at the negligence,” he said.

People who’ve already settled claims with GM, before the switch recall, can seek more money, he said. If they qualify, the award to them will be in addition to what GM already paid, but reduced by the amount already paid.

People who accept Feinberg’s compensation agree not to sue GM. But people who already are suing, or considering it, should file a claim for compensation any way, Feinberg said. “It is, in effect, a free preview. File your claim and see what will be done with it, then you can always continue to litigate” if the proposed settlement seems unsatisfactory.

He has set up what he calls a “menu” of ways people can provide evidence the faulty switch caused their crash. They needn’t prove the switch was faulty. “Not absolutely, positively, but more probable than not that the ignition switch failed, then they’ve satisfied the burden” of proving a legitimate claim for compensation, he said.

The plan outlines a number of ways people making claims can use to show the switch was faulty or that air bags did not deploy when they should have, including police reports, accident photos, medical records or “black box” data from the car if still available.

Once the fund closes, Feinberg said, he will provide “a full reckoning, an audit for the public. What claims were approved, what ones denied, and why.”

Feinberg said he will meet, at their request, with any victims or families whose claims involved deaths or catastrophic injuries.

He’s learned from previous fund cases that, “These people do not come to see me to talk about money. They want to vent: ‘Why my daughter, Mr. Feinberg?’ Unless you have a heart of stone, it’s really difficult.

“A law degree in a problem like this is probably irrelevant. A divinity degree, maybe.”

GM tells dealers to stop selling Cruze

GM tells dealers to stop selling Cruze

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Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press

General Motors has told dealers in the U.S. and Canada to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruzes because of a potential defect in air bags made by beleaguered air bag supplier Takata.

“Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver’s air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part,” GM spokesmen Jim Cain said in a statement. “We are working diligently with the supplier of the defective part to identify specific vehicles affected and expect to resume deliveries by the end of this week once those vehicles are identified.”

GM, which notified dealers of the stop-sale order on Tuesday, said it is working to identify how many cars may have driver-side air bag with a defective part.

That issue is different from a problem with the chemical degradation of Takata airbags on older model cars that have caused seven automakers to recall nearly 10 million cars worldwide.

GM’s stop-sale order, first reported by Automotive News, is the latest setback for GM which has already recalled more vehicles than in any other year in its history.

GM has been under intense scrutiny since February for a defective ignition switch in older model Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac 6, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky cars.

So far, GM’s sales have continued to climb, but the suspension of sales will impact Cruze sales in the last week of June.

The latest GM stop-sale order follows one last month GM told dealers to halt delivery of about 3,500 new pickups and SUVs as the company investigates an undisclosed “issue” with the trucks.

And this is the second stop-sale order on the Cruze this year. The first was an unexplained order in March covering 2013-14 models with the 1.4-liter engine. It was followed a few days later with a recall of nearly 175,000 of the cars for a potentially defective right front axle shaft.

Takata airbag recalls for the chemical problem now total nearly 10 million vehicles worldwide since 2008. Tokyo-based Takata is one of the world’s largest airbag suppliers. Its North American headquarters is in Auburn Hill, Mich. A company spokesman could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.

Honda, Mazda and Nissan on Monday recalled another about 2 million older vehicles combined in the U.S. — and nearly 3 million worldwide — as they expand their actions related to Takata air bag inflators that can explode and send metal bits flying.

Separately, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that seven automakers — these three plus Toyota, BMW, Chrysler and Ford — would conduct regional recalls for the air bags in high-humidity areas, including Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands.

Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota and BMW recalled about 3.6 million vehicles worldwide in April and May last year for the problem, but supplier Takata now says the earlier recall lists may not cover all the suspect bags.

Toyota earlier this month expanded its earlier action with a recall of more than 2 million vehicles worldwide, including 766,300 in the U.S., many for the second time.

No crashes or injuries are related to the latest recalls. There are, however, two deaths linked to the inflator problem, both with Honda in the U.S. in 2009. Honda’s latest action is its sixth recall related to the air bags.

The inflator problem now is connected to propellant degraded by improper storage and exposure to moisture at Takata plants in Monclova, Mexico, and Moses Lake, Wash. The problem began as early as April 13, 2000, and was fixed by Nov. 1, 2002, according to a Takata report to safety officials last year.

Takata said this month that it is studying whether vehicles used in high humidity areas have additional risk.

NHTSA opened an investigation into the issue this month and says that it knows of six incidents of ruptured bags and three injuries in high-humidity Florida and Puerto Rico.

A major factor in the size and expansion of the recalls has been admitted bad record keeping by Takata, which has made it difficult to identify the vehicles that might have the suspect inflators.

2015 Corvette Z06 with 650 Horsepower is GM’s most power production car ever

2015 Corvette Z06 with 650 Horsepower is GM’s most power production car ever

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Well, consider the cat officially out of the bag. Nearly five months after its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show touting “at least 625 horsepower,” the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has now been SAE-certified to produce an impressive 650 hp.

For reference, the new Z06 is bested only by the following bits of exotica: the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Ferrari FF. That’s some mighty good company.

Complementing the 650 supercharged ponies is an equally impressive 650 pound-feet of torque. Lovely as that second figure is, we really need to break down where the power is available. According to Chevy, 457 pound-feet of torque is available at idle, while 96 percent of peak torque arrives by 2,800 rpm. Honestly, if the Z06 can’t hit 60 in under three seconds, we’ll be shocked. Talk about a whole lot to handle.

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Press Release

2015 Corvette Z06 Rated at 650 Horsepower
Supercharged LT4 V-8 engine is the most powerful ever from Chevrolet

DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.

The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.

“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”

Compared with other supercar engines, the LT4 is a veritable fountain of low-end torque, producing 457 lb-ft (619 Nm) just off idle and 625 lb-ft (847 Nm) by only 2,800 rpm. The V-12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, for example, produces about 28 percent less torque than the Z06, despite offering about 12 percent more horsepower – and its peak torque isn’t achieved until 6,000 rpm. The LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque, or 592 lb-ft (802 Nm), from 2,500 to 5,400 rpm.

The new LT4 engine eclipses the Porsche 911 Turbo S engine’s peak power levels by 90 horsepower (67 kW) and 134 lb-ft of torque (182 Nm).

“Torque is the pulling power of an engine and the LT4’s abundance of it at every rpm in the engine’s speed range helps the 2015 Corvette Z06 accelerate quicker and respond nearly instantaneously,” said Jordan Lee, chief engineer for Small Block engines. “It’s the very definition of power on demand.”

The new Z06 engine produces 40 percent more peak torque (180 lb-ft / 244 Nm) than the previous-generation’s 7.0L LS7 engine – and 7.5 percent more than the supercharged 2013 Corvette ZR1’s 604 lb-ft (819 Nm). At 3,200 rpm, the new LT4 surpasses the LS7 by 208 lb-ft of torque (252 Nm). On the horsepower side of the graph, the LT4’s 650-hp rating is 29 percent greater than the LS7’s 505 horsepower (376 kW), and 12 horses more than the ZR1’s LS9 engine.

“The new LT4 engine builds on the design strengths of our previous supercharged engine and leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing – to take Corvette performance to an all-new plateau,” said Lee. “Our new, very compact supercharger also helps the engine make power more quickly, and perhaps more importantly, it helps produce more torque earlier in the rpm band.”

“It’s also worth mentioning that the LT4’s supercar performance numbers are achieved with an engine that is nearly the same size as the very compact LT1 engine introduced in the 2014 Corvette Stingray,” Lee said. “The power density of the LT4 makes it one of the smallest and lightest 650-hp engines in the industry.”

LT4 details
The new LT4 engine is based on the same Gen 5 small block foundation as the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 6.2L naturally aspirated engine, incorporating several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:
• Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads
• Lightweight titanium intake valves
• Machined, forged powder metal steel connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
• High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency and is enabled by direct injection
• Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
• Stainless steel exhaust manifolds and an aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
• Standard dry-sump oiling system with a dual-pressure-control oil pump.

A new 1.7L supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s engine. The rotors are smaller in diameter, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to produce power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

“The Small Block’s cam-in-block design heritage has always enabled very high performance and responsiveness in a small, compact package – an attribute amplified by the performance of our new supercharger’s design,” said Lee.

The LT4 is assembled at the new Performance Build Center at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant and at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in New York. It is matched with a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an all-new, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission built in Toledo, Ohio.

Designed to deliver shift responses on par with the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions, it is the first automatic offered in a Z06. It also makes the Z06 one of the few cars this powerful to offer the choice of a conventional manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 goes on sale in early 2015.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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News Source: Autoblog via Chevrolet

RECALL: GM recalling another 218k vehicles, YTD total 15.7 million worldwide

RECALL:  GM recalling another 218k vehicles,  YTD total 15.7 million worldwide

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DAVID SHEPARDSON – DETROIT NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Washington — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is recalling another 218,000 vehicles in two new campaigns for faulty components in daytime running lights that could cause a fire.

With the new recalls, GM has recalled nearly 13.8 million vehicles in the United States in 29 campaigns —a yearly record for GM — and more than 15.7 million vehicles worldwide. GM has announced 10 new recalls and expanded another campaign since Thursday as the automaker works to put any outstanding safety issues behind it. By contrast, GM recalled 757,000 vehicles in all of 2013.

GM said it is recalling 218,000 2004-08 Chevrolet Aveo small cars equipped with daytime running lights. GM said there may be heat generated within the running lights module located in the center console in the instrument panel, which could melt the module and lead to a fire.

GM is also issuing a second recall for the 2004-08 Chevrolet Optra, covering about 200 vehicles. GM said heat from the headlamp switch or daytime running lamp module, which are both located on or near the left side of the steering column, could melt the headlamp switch or running light module and cause a fire.?

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it doesn’t yet have a fix. GM didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether any fires have been reported.

The automaker on Friday agreed to pay a record-setting $35 million fine for failing to recall 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 13 deaths and 32 crashes in a timely fashion. GM also agreed to a three-year consent order and will hold monthly meetings with NHTSA to go over all possible safety issues that the automaker is considering launching a recall.

GM also faces investigations from the Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and at least one state attorney general. Congress plans to hold a new round of hearings and the automaker is expected to release findings from its internal investigation in early June. The automaker has also retained a victims compensation expert, Ken Feinberg, to assess whether it should make payments for crashes that took place before its bankruptcy restructuring in 2009.

The company has taken $1.7 billion in charges to account for the costs of recalls.

Citi analyst Itay Michaeli lowered his earnings forecast for GM for the year from $3.03 per share to $2.88 on the latest recalls. He said analysts had hoped “GM had ‘cleaned house’ on recalls” in the first quarter, “but this latest escalation clearly says otherwise.”

He said in a research note that the “risk of more recalls persists and is tough to quantify…. The headline risks from these recalls is something we’ll continue monitoring with frequent sales and pricing checks.”

Through the end of April, it doesn’t appear that GM’s recalls have hurt the automaker’s sales.

Deal of the Day! 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Lease $399 per month

Deal of the Day!  2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Lease $399 per month

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GM agrees to pay maximum $35 million fine for recall delay

GM agrees to pay maximum $35 million fine for recall delay

GM agress to pay maximum $35 million fine for recall delay

General Motors said on Friday that it will pay the maximum $35 million fine to the U.S. Department of Transportation for delays in the recall of 2003-2011 small cars with a potentially deadly ignition switch defect.

The fine is part of an agreement with the DOT to settle its “timeliness” inquiry into whether GM met regulatory requirements in reporting the defect.

The DOT says GM also agreed to pay an additional amount for not meeting a deadline imposed by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for submitting documents concerning events leading to the recall. The company initially was being fined $7,000 per day in that issue.

DOT also says GM has agreed to make “significant and wide-ranging internal changes” in how it monitors safety issues.

The GM settlement “puts all manufacturers on notice that they will be held accountable if they fail to quickly report and address safety-related defects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at a press conference about the agreement. “We will continue to aggressively monitor GM’s efforts in this case.”

Foxx urged Congress to support a proposal the would “increase the penalties we could levy in cases like this from $35 million to $300 million, sending an even stronger message that delays will not be tolerated.”

Federal law requires all auto manufacturers to notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety-related defect exists.

GM admits in the consent agreement that it didn’t do so.

GM told NHTSA Feb. 7 that it was recalling 619,122 of its 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 small cars. On Feb. 25 it expanded the recall by another 748,024 vehicles to include 2006-2007 Chevy HHR and Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2007 Saturn Skye. That pushed the total to nearly 1.4 million.

Others were added as GM tried to include all vehicles with similar switches. The recall for the switch problem now totals 2.6 million vehicles worldwide.

GM documents show that it knew in 2001 there could be a problem with the key moving unexpectedly out of “run” into “accessory.” That shuts off the engine, kills power assist to the steering and brakes, and usually disables airbags.

It happened to a GM engineer testing a vehicle. A technician reported a similar problem in 2003. And in 2004 a ranking GM small-car engineer had the switch problem in the Chevrolet Cobalt during final development.

GM says it knows of 12 deaths and 46 injury or fatal accidents in the U.S. linked to the problem, and one fatal crash in Canada.

In a statement, GM CEO Mary Barra said, “We have learned a great deal from this recall. We will now focus on the goal of becoming an industry leader in safety. We will emerge from this situation a stronger company.”

GM still faces a probe by the Justice Department into whether there was a criminal vilolation. And congressional investigations also are ongoing.

NEWS SOURCE:  USATODAY

NHTSA won’t stop GM drivers from driving recalled cars

NHTSA won’t stop GM drivers from driving recalled cars

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Amy Rademaker and Natasha Weigel were killed in this 2006 car accident in Wisconsin. Their accident is one of several that has led to the GM recall of many Cobalts.

News Source: Gabe Nelson Automotive News

WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators have refused a request from two U.S. senators to encourage owners of cars affected by General Motors’ ignition switch recall to ground their cars until they can be repaired.

GM recalled 2.6 million cars in February over the faulty switch, which can be jolted out of position, cutting off the engine and the airbags. The defect has been linked to dozens of crashes in which the airbags did not deploy and at least 13 fatalities.

In an April 28 letter, Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to advise owners of the recalled cars to stop driving them until they can be repaired.

NHTSA said this week in a response to Markey and Blumenthal that such an action “is not necessary at this time.”

The agency said it reviewed tests in which GM simulated potholes, panic stops and angled railroad crossings, and concurred with GM’s advice to drive with the ignition key on its own, rather than on a key ring.

“Based on the agency’s engineering expertise, our consideration of the nature of the ignition switch defect, and the testing conducted, NHTSA is satisfied that for now, until the permanent remedy is applied, the safety risk posed by the defect in affected vehicles is sufficiently mitigated by GM’s recommended action,” the agency said in its letter, which was dated May 6.

The senators voiced disappointment Wednesday. “We remain extremely concerned that GM and NHTSA are not doing enough to convey the seriousness of this defect to owners of the affected cars, unnecessarily putting more lives at risk,” they said.

NHTSA continues to investigate why it took GM a decade to issue the recall after seeing early signs of problems with the ignition switch. Committees in the U.S. House and Senate have opened inquiries of their own.

GM has offered free loaner cars to affected customers, and said last month that it had loaned cars to 36,000 customers affected by the recall. The first batch of replacement parts arrived in dealerships in April.