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Consumer Car News: 6/17/02


SIERRA CLUB AIMING AT AUTOMAKERS
The greener-than-thou Sierra Club says it’s targeting Detroit’s automakers — particularly Ford Motor Co. — in a new campaign designed to guilt carmakers into making more fuel-efficient vehicles. In the stead of CAFE reductions lobbied away by the Big Three, the Sierra Club wants automakers to begin equipping more cars with fuel-conserving devices like continuously variable transmissions and automatic shutdown/startup systems for stoplights. The Sierra Club will target Detroit and D.C. with advertising, and will use radio ads to press Ford chairman William Clay Ford Jr. to do more to earn his “green” reputation. The campaign will last three years, the organization said on Wednesday.
California Ponders CO2 Future by William Rapai (5/20/2002)

 

CONGRESS WANTS ACCESS TO SECRET CODES
Both houses of Congress are working on legislation that would pull the veil off the diagnostic codes automakers use to assess and repair vehicles. Reuters reports that since 1996, when manufacturers moved aggressively into computer controls for emissions control and vehicle diagnostics, it has become more difficult for consumers and independent repair shops to accurately diagnose and fix problems because of a lack of information. A spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers told the news service that automakers are working on a solution that would short-circuit the move toward legislation.

 

IN BRIEF: VW TO BUILD MICROBUS

Volkswagen Microbus Concept

Volkswagen Microbus Concept

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In a short statement, Volkswagen says it’s building a new Microbus in 2005. The remainder of the newser confirms that VW’s Hanover plant will build the new vehicle. As Reuters reported, the addition of the vehicle will also add 1500 jobs to the plant.
Microbus: Nostalgia Rules VW? (6/17/2002)

 

BENTLEY ISSUES NEW GT DETAILS

Bentley GT Coupe

Bentley GT Coupe

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Bentley GT Coupe

Bentley GT Coupe

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Still months away from its pending divorce, Bentley is kicking off its independence a little early by issuing technical details of the new GT Coupe coming next year. The British brand — set for emancipation from Rolls-Royce on Jan. 1 — will offer, Bentley says, supercar performance in a usable package with seating for four people. A twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter W-12 engine will deliver more than 500 hp, and will be mated to a paddle-operated six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Electronic stability control will be grafted on the Coupe’s double-wishbone and multi-link suspension with electronic damping. The company, now part of the Volkswagen empire, is promising a zero to 60 time of under five seconds and a top speed of more than 180 mph.

 

PT CRUISER GOES CHROME

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome

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Chrysler’s PT Cruiser is going for bling-bling with a Chrome Accents package available on some ’03 models. The package gets a grille with chromed slats, chromed bars on the front fascia, a strip of chrome around the car’s equator, and yep, chrome wheels polish the package. Inside there’s more metallic trim on the door sills and shifter. The PT Cruiser Touring and Limited Edition models will offer the snazzy package, which will retail for $1,270 on the Touring Edition and $595 on Limited Edition models.
2003 Chrysler PT Turbo by TCC Team (3/26/2002)

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