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Chevrolet Shows (Part of) the 2016 Volt Ahead of Debut, Reveals Charging Enhancements

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Electrics may not have caught on at the pace envisioned by their bullish proponents, but the vehicles are establishing a small but sustained niche in the marketplace. One of our favorite vehicles in this segment, the Chevrolet Volt (which, technically, is a plug-in hybrid) is due for a redesign next year—and now after learning more about the next-gen Volt’s powertrain last month, GM has revealed even more details.

So what juicy new info is GM sharing with us? Besides releasing the teaser photo of the car under a sheet on its Facebook page (see above), the company revealed that the next Volt’s charging system will be optimized. That might not sound like a big deal, but charging procedures are critical to electric cars, and, it seems, to electric-car owners, as well. We like many things about the Volt, including its design and competent performance (for an EV, er, plug-in hybrid), so GM might be overly modest when it states: “if there’s one thing Chevrolet Volt owners like about their car, it’s being able to recharge the battery easily.”

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To build on this satisfaction, General Motors has announced three changes: First, the 2016 Volt can recognize a “home” position through GPS data, utilizing preferred charging times, electricity rates, and recurring departure times pre-set for that location. Second, “more intuitive charge status indicators” can be seen atop the dashboard even from outside the vehicle, and the commencement, or possible delay, of refilling the battery is announced with specific sounds.” Finally, the 120-volt charging cord is longer than before (nearly 25 feet), and its storage space above the load floor has been selected after taking in customer suggestions.


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These changes should make Chevy’s legion of happy Volt owners even happier, but we, of course, are far more interested in getting a full look at the 2016 Volt at the upcoming Detroit auto show. Based on the sneak-peek photo showing the 2016 Volt’s sleeker headlight and grille—which, based on spy photos of the car testing, underscore a sleeker overall design—people might have more than idiosyncratic charging procedures to get excited over.


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Official: Nissan will build just 45 examples of this 45th Anniversary GT-R

  • Nissan will build just 45 examples of this 45th Anniversary GT-R
Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition
It’s been 45 years since the release of the original Nissan Skyline GT-R, so to celebrate, the Japanese automaker has announced this special commemorative edition.

Based on the newly updated 2015 Nissan GT-R in Premium trim, the 45th Anniversary edition is done up in a unique shade called Silica Brass – the same color as the legendary R34-gen 2001 Skyline GT-R M-Spec. It also comes with the requisite special badging inside and under the hood, but unfortunately, that’s about the extent of the special touches applied to this celebratory model.

Nissan will only make 45 highly symbolic examples of this special edition, each to be sold on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. And unfortunately they’ll be restricted to the Japanese market, where they’ll each command a sticker price of 10,787,040 yen – equivalent to about $ 91,700 at today’s rates, which is already a good ten grand less than what you’d pay for a standard GT-R in the US, anyway.

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Nissan Releases the Limited-Edition “45th Anniversary” GT-R
– Production will be limited to 45 vehicles –

YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 25, 2014) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the Limited-Edition “45th Anniversary” Nissan GT-R will go on sale in early February throughout Japan, in conjunction with the release of the 2015 model year GT-R.

Since its release in 2007, the Nissan GT-R has been recognized as the world’s foremost high performance super sports car, which embodies Nissan’s commitment to “innovation that excites” like no other.

The GT-R’s legacy continues as the ultimate “GT” (Grand Tourer), armed with a comfortable ride, a high level of refinement and benchmark fit and finish; while its world-class high performance embodies the “R” in its name (Racing technology). Thus, its “multi performance” character allows the driver to enjoy the full depths of the GT-R’s capabilities, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, simply cruising on the open highway or even running errands on neighborhood streets.

Based on the 2015 Nissan GT-R, which features ride quality that has been specially tuned to exhibit a more mature, better refined feel than its predecessors, the “45th Anniversary” will come with a special paint color, “Silica Brass” – the same trademark color as the Skyline GT-R M-Spec (R34 Type), which was touted as the “a GT-R that satisfies the mature driver” when it was released in 2001. The Limited-Edition 45th Anniversary GT-R, available only in the Premium Edition trim level, will feature an exclusive emblem on the lower part of the interior center cluster and an exclusive model plate number in the engine compartment.

Nissan will be accepting orders for the Limited-Edition 45th Anniversary model on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting in early January. Only 45 units of this special car will be produced.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price in Japan (including sales tax)
4WD VR38DETT 45th Anniversary GR6 Type Dual Clutch Transmission 10,787,040

For more details on the 2015 Nissan GT-R model, please click on the link below.
http://www.nissan.co.jp/GT-R/(WEB Catalog)

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2014 Cadillac CTS-V wagonWe Say Goodbye To Today’s Cadillac CTS-V

The raucous Cadillac CTS-V lineup we’ve come to know and love is drifting off into the sunset. There’s a new one on the horizon, but it probably won’t be quite the same animal that today’s sedan, coupe and wagon are. We give the second-gen V a heroic sendoff – an Irish Wake, if you will – at Austin’s phenomenal Circuit of the Americas. Join us as we shed a few tears and more than a little rubber.

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Our award-winning video series, Translogic, checks in with Episode 164, wherein we get an early drive of Toyota’s forthcoming production fuel cell car, the Mirai, as well as Volkswagen’s Passat HyMotion and Audi’s A7 H-Tron. It’s a hydrogen-happy look into the (possible) future of automotive propulsion all brought to you from the LA Auto Show.

2016 Ford Explorer configurator page screencap2016 Ford Explorer priced from $ 30,700*

Ford’s refreshed and refocused 2016 Explorer is wading into the family crossover segment wearing the same starting price it wore last year – $ 30,700 (*plus $ 895 destination fee). However, the new model reaches higher upmarket than ever before with a new range-topping Platinum model that asks $ 52,600. A new configurator shows you the ins and outs of the Blue Oval’s new kinschlepper.

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