TCConfidential: Is GM Planning a Camaro Comeback?
2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS
"So where's the Chevrolet Camaro?" we keep asking each time we snag a moment of General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz's attention. The answer, apparently, is in
It's been more than three years since the Camaro was pulled from production, a victim of mediocre design and slumping sales. At one time, Chevy's pony car gave Mustang a serious run for its money, but over the years, the Camaro started to look like so many other GM's design-by-committee products.
If the shots we're seeing (but which we cannot yet legally provide TCC readers) are any indication, GM has learned its lesson. There'll be no more jellybean muscle cars, along the lines of the forgettable new GTO. The concept is a lot more aerodynamic than the angular bricks that dominated Woodward Avenue 40 years ago, but it clearly picks up the heritage of the mid-'60s Camaro.
Sources have suggested that the Camaro would ride on a version of the Solstice platform or on a new rear-drive Holden platform. The truth is a little hazy at this point, but given GM's past experience with putting concepts together out of its global parts bin - the HUMMER concept was one great example - a Camaro derived from existing rear-drive, non-Solstice bits seems most likely. The Kappa architecture is simply too small, and even stretched would have a hard time handling all the brute power GM will build into a revived Camaro. As for powertrain, expect a range of engines, including a Corvette-derived LS1. Considering Ford's getting ready to punch out an impressive 450 hp from the Shelby Cobra, we'd be shocked if GM doesn't intend to go it one better with Camaro.
Stay tuned for more information as the
Mazda Releases CX-7 Details
2007 Mazda CX-7
2007 Mazda CX-7
2007 Mazda CX-7
The CX-7 is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that produces 244 horsepower at 5000 rpm. The engine's derived from the new Mazdaspeed6, but is retuned for more low-end torque. With the help of its six-speed automatic transmission, the vehicle delivers an estimated 23 mpg in combined fuel economy. Standard features include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control. All-wheel drive is available, with front-drive being the base orientation. The CX-7 goes on sale in the spring of 2006 as a 2007 model.
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Mazda Kabura Splits Miata, RX-8
2006 Mazda Kabura concept
2006 Mazda Kabura concept
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Mazda concept for
NACTOY Finalists Announced
In an unexpected flip-flop,
In a segment normally dominated by imports,
NACOTY is unique among automotive awards in that it reflects a wide range of views, rather than that of any individual publication or broadcast outlet. The winners are collectively chosen by 50 journalists from across the
The winners will be announced on January 8, 2006, during the opening news conference at the North American International Auto Show, in
WJR Auto Report: NACTOY Flips for Cars, Trucks
These days, it seems like everyone is handing out awards. But few trophies are more treasured than the one that comes with being named the North American Car or Truck of the Year. Known to insiders as NACOTY, it has reason to be so widely respected. It represents the collective view of 50 of
The list of new vehicles coming to the
BMW, meanwhile, says its new M6 will emerge at the
Mitsu Co-Joins Harunari, Gilligan at MMNA
Mitsubishi Motors North America is getting a new co-president to join Rich Gilligan in the duties of steering the company's American turnaround. The new co-president and co-CEO is Hiroshi Harunari, who takes on his new task Jan. 1. Harunari has been Mitsu's Managing Director of Overseas Operations since April 2005. Gilligan took over the company's North American operations in January after serving as Mitsu's COO.
Audi to Attack
Audi Le Mans diesel
The heart of the new Audi R10 is a completely new V-12 TDI direct-injection engine with a cubic capacity of 5.5 liters - the maximum permitted at
The massive torque produced by the diesel power-unit - Audi had to strengthen its test-beds when it was developing the engine - will make the cars somewhat different to drive. The maximum torque comes in between 3000 and 5000 rpm, which is low for a race engine. The car's initial acceleration should be shattering, while the torque available will mean that the drivers will not have to use the gearbox so much - a major consideration in endurance events.
Both the manufacturers and the race organizers are keen to make racing engines more acceptable ecologically, and both the Audi and the Peugeot engines will be equipped with highly-efficient particulate filters to clean up their exhausts. One disadvantage of this from the race fans' point of view is that the cars will no longer spit flame from their tailpipes, a major spectator attraction at races like Sebring and
The R10 is important for Audi commercially, for half the company's production is diesel-powered. Europe is the major diesel market - last month 42 percent of the new cars sold in
Diesels have never made a breakthrough into racing, although Fred Agabashian did put a car powered by a Cummins diesel on pole for the 1952 Indy 500 and in 1978 Mercedes set a number of world records, including twelve hours at speeds of around 196 mph with a diesel-powered prototype.
With two major manufacturers racing diesels by 2007, the thousands of fans that drive to
For the second consecutive year, NBC Sports will present a two-hour special broadcast of the "International Auto Show" on Sunday, Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m. EST. The "International Auto Show" will feature the exciting production and concept vehicles of the 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Hosted by NASCAR on NBC and TNT pre-race host and play-by-play commentator Bill Weber, with analyst Benny Parsons, and reporters Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, and Marty Snider, NBC Sports' presentation of the International Auto Show will include features of the hottest cars on the market and special appearances by some of the biggest names in NASCAR and NBC Entertainment.
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