2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year Competition - Overview
Join Motor Trend Editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie and rest of the Motor
Trend team as they judge the contenders and ultimately pick the 2010 Motor
Trend Car of the Year.
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ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" --
the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
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First Drive: 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron Video
Senior Editor Edward Loh tries to figure out the purpose of the 2009 Spyker
Aileron by drivng it along some winding roads and then taking it to the
track for some hot laps.
Nissan LEAF Test Drive and Review
Nissan LEAF Test Drive & Review-
Green Energy News had the recent pleasure of test driving the brand
spankin' new, highly-anticipated zero emission vehicle (ZEV) developed by
Nissan, dubbed LEAF - or Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable,
Family Car. Mark Perry, Director of Product Planning for Nissan North
America, talks about the vision behind the Nissan LEAF and touches on it's
eco-friendly features, cost/price, battery/charging information, and
The LEAF we drove is a pre-production prototype... basically the production
model. This is NOT a "mule" or the VERSA "shell" which was making a tour
across the US earlier this year.
Design: Smooth lines, aerodynamic, and pleasing to look at. The LEAF might
not be the most eye-catching car on the road, but we feel like it will
appeal to most consumers in the compact car market. We saw it as a cross
between a luxury crossover SUV (think Lexus RX 350), a Toyota Matrix, and
the Nissan Versa.
Performance- The 107 HP (80kw) motor puts out 206 lb-ft of torque which is
readily available at 0 MPH! We were more than surprised with the amount of
pep the LEAF showed off the line. At moderate speeds (approx 45 MPH) the
LEAF had NO problems passing other vehicles with minimal efforts. Towards
the end of the video, you can see the LEAF accelerating into a right turn,
reaching speeds of almost 50 MPH from a creeping start with ease. The LEAF
is responsive and fun to drive. Is it a sportscar... NO! Is it more fun to
drive than a traditional compact... BY FAR! Handling is wonderful- the
lithium ion battery pack is center mounted under the vehicle creating even
balance and sturdy handling. Try it for yourself... this thing is FUN to
Price- $32,000 might be a little steep for us, but after $7,500 in federal
rebates/incentives... the LEAF is right up our alley. With California
giving us an additional $5,000 in rebates, the LEAF would be a steal at
just under $20k! Considering the Chevy Volt is priced around $40k before
rebates/incentives, and DOESN'T qualify for the additional $5k rebate in CA
due to it's gasoline engine/generator, the LEAF looks like a solid deal.
FULL review available at Green Energy News
Chevy Volt vs. Nissan LEAF
There's a lot of controversy comparing the Nissan LEAF to the Chevy Volt,
but it all has to do with whether or not the Volt is truly an electric car,
or whether it's a hybrid. But let's set their powertrains aside for the
moment. John McElroy just got a chance to test drive both cars, back to
back, and here's his impression of what the they're like.
2013 Chevrolet Volt Range Extending EV / Plug In Hybrid Review
Join us as we take an in-depth look at General Motors' first plug-in hybrid
which they prefer to call an EV with a range extender. We talk
infotainment, drivetrain, batteries, charging, hop in the trunk and take it
on the road.
The Chevrolet Volt may be the most maligned and least understood car on the
market. After a week of strange questions and bipolar reactions to GM's
plug-in hybrid, I came to a conclusion. GM's marketing of the Volt stinks.
By calling the Volt an "Electric Vehicle (EV) with a range extender," a
huge segment of the population can't get past "Electric" and immediately
cross the Volt off their list. There is also [strangely] a segment of the
population that says, "that's great but I want a hybrid." Guess what? The
Volt is a hybrid.
Before we dive into the Volt, it's important to know how hybrid systems
work. GM's Belt-Alternator-Starter, Mercedes' S400 Hybrid and Honda's IMA
hybrids are all systems where the engine is always connected and even if
the car is capable of "EV" mode, the engine is spinning. Porsche, VW,
Infiniti and others use a pancake motor and clutch setup to disconnect the
engine from the motor and transmission allowing a "pure EV" mode. Honda's
new Accord has a 2-mode setup where the motor drives the wheels via a fixed
ratio gearset, the engine drives a motor and above 45MPH a clutch engages,
linking the engine and motor together at a ratio of roughly 1:1. Ford,
Toyota and the Volt use a planetary gearset "power splitting" device. Yes,
the Volt uses a hybrid system that although not identical, is thematically
similar to Ford & Toyota's hybrid system.
Say what? I thought GM said it was a serial hybrid? Yes, GM did at some
point say that and I think that has caused more confusion than anything
else about the Volt. The bankrupt Fisker Karma is only a serial hybrid. The
engine drives a generator, the generator powers the battery and the motor
to move the car forward. At no point can the engine provide any motive
power to the wheels except via the electrical connection.
The Volt's innovation is that it can operate like a Fisker Karma or like a
Prius. It is therefore both a serial and a parallel hybrid. To do this, GM
alters the power split device power flow VS the Ford/Toyota design. Then
they add a clutch allowing the gasoline engine to be mechanically isolated
from the wheels. And finally they add software with a whole new take on a
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
From the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a
look at the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
Shot and produced by: Eric Rossi
Edited by: Lindsay Bjerregaard
2011 Chevrolet Volt First Drive - Kelley Blue Book
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For a car that's still not for available for sale, it feels like we've been
hearing about the Chevrolet Volt for forever. Years worth of rumors, spy
photos and technical details piqued our interest in Chevrolet's new
electric car. The 2011 Chevy Volt won't go on sale until late 2010 but
Kelley Blue Book's Jack Nerad and James Bell recently got a sneak peak of
the Volt driving experience. In this video James and Jack drive the
Chevrolet Volt, learn more about what to expect from the production model
and share their initial impressions.
2011 Chevrolet Volt Video Review
http://drivencarreviews.com/ Unless you've been isolated in a yurt
distilling organic fuel for your bio-diesel hybrid, it's been tough to miss
the hype of the Chevrolet Volt. The extended range electric vehicle is now
available in select markets. Tom Voelk takes a look to see if it's worth
getting amped up over.
Chevy Volt Mule Test Drive
GM-Volt.com founder Lyle Dennis gets behind the wheel of a Chevy Volt
developmental prototype vehicle and takes it for a few laps around GM's
Milford Proving Grounds test track.