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2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel CNG

Writer : Ndar zone Alap on Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It is good that North American auto makers are embracing locally sourced fuels to power their cars. CNG and LPG are good alternatives to oil and cost a lot less. Mileage is not quite as good, and the engines need correct and proper maintenance to run efficiently, but when driving these cars, dependence on foreign oil is reduced. Good work GM on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala.



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Cadillac CTS Vsport, Escalade, Elmiraj and ELR at the 2013 #LAAutoshow

It is no secret that I am a fan of Cadillac's, even though my father in law calls them cataract's and suggests my car makes me older. Cadillac is on the up and up, with the recent release of the top selling ATS, new CTS, ELR, Escalade the XTS. It is rumored that Cadillac is working on a S class and 7 series rival and it may well be based on the Elmiraj which was showcased at the 2013 #LAAutoshow.

Reminisent of the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado, the Elmiraj has a long dash to axle front profile, which is a Cadillac signature.
 1967 Cadillac Eldorado

The Cadillac Elmiraj is rear wheel drive, as opposed to the 67 and is powered by a 4.5 liter twin turbo V8 pumping out 500hp. This engine may well be the base for the next CTS-V engine, which I would expect to have about 600hp to keep in line, or in front of the competitors. 
 
 
2015 Cadillac Escalade: 

Rumored to be GM's biggest earner per vehicle, the Cadillac Escalade, is popular with rappers, limousine companies and sports stars amongst others. The 2015 model will be powered by a gasoline 6.2 liter V8 with 420 hp and will be available in 2 or 4 wheel drive. The ESV model which was at the auto show is 20 inches longer than the standard version and is large. It would be nice if Cadillac explored a high power diesel version in the future for fuel economy and export.

Cadillac ELR:

The ELR is Cadillac's upmarket version of the Volt. it is certainly better looking than the Volt and has the classic Cadillac design cues that you'd expect in other models in the range. A well put together vehicle, but with a price of just under $76,000 time will tell if Cadillac or Tesla have the biggest market share?
Cadillac CTS VSport:
The 2014 Cadillac VSport (as opposed to the V which is still for sale as the previous generation CTS) will be powered by a 420 hp twin turbo V6. The VSport comes with electronic limited slip differential, Brembo brakes and magnetic ride control, a la a Corvette.
Cadillac must have taken a BMW 5 series apart when they designed the new CTS, as there is a 50/50 weight ratio, very high end interior and lots of power. The sound the door makes when it is open and shut, is even sounds the same. Prices are jumping up though to that of BMW and Mercedes territory, I expect the new CTS-V edition to be $100,000. Watch this space.
 

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BMW Z1 for sale with very low miles

This red example has only 197 kilometers on the clock and is as new. I have driven one of these cool BMW's a long time ago and it is a fun car to drive. The doors move up and down with the push of a button and it is based on the E30 chassis. For the BMW collector, this would be one for the stable.
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Mercedes Bens S65 AMG, AMG Vision Gran Turismo and the SLS AMG GT Final edition at the #LAAutoshow 2013.

The Mercedes Benz presentation at the Los Angeles auto show this year was high energy with the release of some fine automobiles.
The 2015 S65AMG is powered by a twin turbocharged V12 putting out 621hp and 738 lb-ft of torque and is the 3rd generation of S65's from AMG. The S65 will have 2 more gears than it's predecessor with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission, complete with ECO start/stop function.
Just like the recently launched S63, the S65 will feature a lithium-ion battery which offers advantages over your ordinary every day auto battery. It is more compact and is unaffected by super cold temperatures. The lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter and backup battery, carving over 44 pounds of weight. The S63 and S65 are the first volume produced vehicles to use such a battery.
The S65 will go from 0-60mph in about 4.2 seconds, making int fast, but not as fast as the twin turbo V8 S63 4 matic, which will do the same slightly slower than a McLaren F1 at 3.9 seconds.
 S63 AMG

AMG Vision Gran Turismo
This show car which is showcased in the upcoming 6th rendition of the Gran Turismo game and was developed at the request of Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc which produces the GT game. It is powered by a twin turbo AMG V8 with 577hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, has large wheels and very low profile tires and is complete with no less than 8 exhaust pipes. The car weighs 3053 pounds giving it an unrivaled 5.2 lbs per hp.
 
 
If you want to drive the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, buy Gran Turismo 6 and crank up the Playstation.

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION

350 of these final edition models of the SLS in either gullwing coupe, or roadster will be produced as of March 2014. The vehicle will be powered by a 6.3 liter AMG V8 pumping out 583 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque. This final edition will race from 0-60 MPH in 3.6 seconds, utalizing the 7 spees AMG speedshift DCT transmission. A the name states, this will be the final edition of the iconic SLS, but we were told that AMG is working on something new and special which we will see in the next couple of years.
 
AMG has ambitious goals and is expecting to expand to 30 models and sales of 30,000 vehicles worldwide by 2017. Mercedes Benz is also expecting to release 30 new products over the next 7 years. Exciting times.
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