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  • 2016 Chevrolet Spark teaser

    The 2016 Chevrolet Spark minicar will be unveiled April 2 in New York and Seoul.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt - first teaser image, Aug 2014
    2016 Chevrolet Volt To Use New 1.5-Liter Four As Range Extender Engine

    Later today, details about the powertrain of the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be released when GM CEO Mary Barra speaks to the Detroit Economic Club. But a GM press release this morning announcing further investments in Michigan manufacturing by the company included one nugget: The 2016 Volt will...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Cruze (Chinese spec), 2014 Beijing Auto Show
    2016 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Unveiled At Beijing Auto Show

    China's 2015 Chevrolet Cruze sedan will arrive in the U.S. as a 2016 model next year.

  • New GM Ecotec engines introduced for 2015 cars
    GM's New 3- And 4-Cylinder Engines Face Off Against Ford, VW

    Yesterday's announcement by General Motors that it would launch a new line of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines for better fuel economy was short on some details. Notably, the carmaker only gave two examples of future cars they would power--and even declined to identify the three existing...

  • GM’s next-gen Ecotec engines
    GM Releases First Details On Next-Gen Ecotec Engine Family

    General Motors is stepping up its engine game. Today it released first details of a new range of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines from 1.0 to 1.5 liters that replace no fewer than three separate engine families globally. GM had already shown one variant, a new turbocharged 1.0-liter...

  • SkyActiv badge
    Branding Bad: 10 Eco-Marketing Car Labels That Mean Nothing

    Pretty much every carmaker wants to brand itself green--or at least fuel-efficient. And toward that end, most of them seem to have created sub-brands for their green technologies, programs, and aspirations. Based on conversations with car buyers all over North America, we're convinced that most...

  • 2012 Buick Verano

    While the styling of Buick’s new compact sedan has been known for some time now (a version of the car was unveiled last year in China as the Excelle GT), we finally get a look at the North American model, which will be making its official debut next week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Set to go on sale in the fourth quarter of the year as the 2012 Buick Verano, the new compact sedan is Buick’s smallest model in decades and its first in the emerging compact luxury segment. Despite its entry-level positioning in the Buick lineup, however, the Verano will come very well equipped. No...

  • Replaceable cartridge oil filter used in Ecotec engines fitted to 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    2011 Chevy Cruze Green Oil Filter: Everything Old Is New Again

    Sometimes a "new" green idea is actually just the way we used to do things, before disposability and convenience became primary consumer values. Consider the "cartridge filter" that GM touts on the Ecotec engines fitted to its new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Instead of a one-piece metal cannister that's...

  • Denmark Crown Prince Frederik and Fisker Karma
    2011 Fisker Karma Countdown: Visits to Dealers, Not Reviewers

    The 2011 Fisker Karma will be the world's first plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan. At a price of $87,400 before tax credits, it's not surprising that the company wants to get the car exactly right before exposing it to the glare of publicity. But Fisker is taking an unusual tack: They're touring...

  • Denmark Crown Prince Frederik and Fisker Karma
    Royalty Drives Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid, Journalists Not So Much

    Not surprisingly, automotive journalists compete to be the first to drive the latest new cars. Some crave Chevies, others follow Ferrari. Here at GreenCarReports.com, we want to be among the first to drive electric cars and other plug-ins, new hybrids, clean diesels, and so forth. We've driven a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    Preview: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

    For the first time ever, U.S. automakers are getting ready to sell small cars that go beyond adequate to potentially great. Certainly the styling, specification, and safety equipment of upcoming compacts and subcompacts is a giant step above their predecessors. The latest example is the 2011...

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