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Review: 2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Turbo

The first-gen Cobalt SS failed to deliver with a supercharged 2.0L Ecotec four-cylinder producing 205 horsepower and a cast of supporting components that did little to hide the Cobalt's rental car roots. But then something entirely unexpected happened. The GM Performance Division completely reworked the Cobalt SS for 2008, swapping in a more powerful turbocharged engine, upgrading the rest of the mechanicals, and tweaking the entire package on the world's most demanding race tracks, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany. The result is – and we're not kidding here –... Read More

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    Li-ion battery prices still headed way, way down, to $180/kWh by 2020
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    "Tonight, we're gonna party like it's 2020" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but if Navigant Research is correct, electric-vehicle advocates will have reasons to be celebratory, whether Prince is playing or not. The research company formerly known as Pike is saying that lithium-ion battery costs may fall by almost two-thirds by the end of the ...

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    EPA looks into negative environmental, health effects of li-ion EV batteries
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    Hybrid and plug-in vehicle drivers overly satisfied with what they think is their great effect on the environment may want to get a look at a recent and quite long report released by the US Environmental Protection Agency (written by Abt Associates) about the overall effects of lithium-ion battery production and use. Among the many things that may alarm ...

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    Official: GM recalling over 40,000 Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn models over fuel pump woes
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for a number of General Motors cars and crossovers bought or currently registered in the hot-climate states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. As many as 40,859 units consisting of the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and Saturn Ion and the 2007-2009 ...

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    How using cobalt catalysts could lead to cheaper hydrogen
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    Water oxidation is essential for extracting hydrogen from H2O using sunlight. Back in 2010, Emory University researchers, led by Craig Hill, discovered a homogeneous catalyst for oxidizing water, which could lead to replicating photosynthesis, but more efficiently and in a controllable way. Emory chemists, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, have ...

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    Official: Chevrolet Cobalt lives... in South America
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    The Cobalt lives. Well, not here in the United States, where the Chevrolet Cruze has thankfully banished all memories of GM's last uncompetitive compact, but at least in Argentina. Alongside the Colorado Rally Concept, Chevrolet is displaying the Cobalt Concept you see here at the Buenos Aires International Motor Show. We're pretty sure this new Cobalt ...

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    Report: Certain Chevrolet, Nissan owners most likely to die in a car crash?
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    We've got some sour news for you if you've got a Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Cobalt, Nissan 350Z or Nissan Titan in your driveway. According to a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, owners of those particular vehicles are more likely to die in an auto accident than those who own other vehicles. That's thanks in part to the ...

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    Cobalt Technologies gets $25m to increase biobutanol production
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    When thinking of biofuels, the usual suspects that pop up first are probably ethanol and biodiesel. That's not to say, though, that these two are the only biofuels. There's another non-petroleum fuel that could replace displace gasoline: biobutanol. There are proponents for biobutanol who claim that the fuel is superior to ethanol. Biobutanol can ...

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    Four-cylinder models account for 46% of Chevy sales in 2011
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    Back in 2007, models equipped with four-cylinder engines represented just 23 percent of Chevrolet's retail sales in the U.S. Back then, both V6- and V8-powered Chevy models outsold the four banger, but now we're well into 2011, and the tide has turned. So far this year, Chevy models equipped with four-cylinder mills have accounted for 46 percent of the ...

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    General Motors: Diaper provider?
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    The Chevrolet Cobalt is old and tired, and in a few months, it'll be replaced by the vastly superior Chevy Cruze. While the Cobalt may (deservedly) have an inferiority complex, Chevy's generic sedan has one feather in its cap that the Cruze may never earn: the Cobalt has officially served as a (very) mobile delivery room. Amanda McBride, Minnesotan and ...

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    GM President Mark Reuss: Chevrolet Cruze Coupe "may show up"
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    Check out this little nugget General Motor's North American president Mark Reuss let slip during a recent web chat: "[...] 2 door cruze is a nice idea, and it may show up in the global market. As we have 2 door Cobalts currently, [North America] would naturally look at a Cruze 2 door, but I believe our small car portfolio will be WAY beyond what it is ...

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    GM recalls 1.3 million Cobalts, G5s for power steering problem
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    Communications professionals know that the best time to release bad news about a company is at 5:15 pm on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend. By the time everyone comes back to work the following week, so much other stuff has happened that the story often gets lost in the shuffle. In the auto industry, another good time would be late in the evening ...

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    Edmunds looks at Toyota Corolla, Chevy Cobalt steering complaints, calls out NHTSA
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    Through much of the recent deluge of recall announcements and ensuing media coverage, there have been large groups on either side of the issue, quick to criticize or to defend the automakers and the governing bodies involved in the investigations. While many media outlets have merely reported the news, others have weighed in to give their opinion on ...

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    NHTSA reportedly investigating Chevrolet Cobalt power steering failures
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    Proof that there are other automakers also under the scrutiny of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: The Chevrolet Cobalt is under federal investigation for steering-related safety issues. To date, the NHTSA has reported 1,132 consumer complaints about a sudden loss of power steering in 2005-09 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2008-09 ...

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    GM recalling 53,000 Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and Pontiac G5 models over fuel leak concern
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    General Motors may have shed itself of much of its pre-bankruptcy problems, but the automaker still has to tend to its warranty and recall duties. As such, GM is recalling 53,000 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion models for a potential fuel leak problem that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says could lead to a fire. The ...

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    REPORT: GM will no longer allow fleet buyers to skip out on side curtain airbags
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    Little known fact: fleet customers could receive a $145 discount by opting not to have side airbags in certain vehicles from General Motors. That doesn't sound like a lot of money, but when, for example, Enterprise Rent-A-Car purchased 66,000 Chevy Impalas sans curtains, the company saved nearly $10 million. It's not like omitting side curtain airbags is ...

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    IIHS tests two-door coupes, ratings mostly positive
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    It comes as little surprise that two-door automobiles perform differently when crash tested than their four-door stablemates, particularly in side crashes. Due to the vastly different structural makeup of coupes versus sedans, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has decided to test both two- and four-door versions of automobiles for 2009, and the ...

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    Booo! GM also canceling Cobalt SS Sedan for 2010
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    OK, we can stand losing the Impala SS for the 2010 model year, but we've just learned that the grim reaper at General Motors is also claiming the Cobalt SS Sedan. The news comes straight from the automaker's 2010 Online Order / Reference Guide for dealers, and we may yet find more models destined for deletion as people dig deeper into this online ...

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    GM recall affects 277,000 models with shifter problem
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    Citing a defect that can cause a parked vehicle to roll away, General Motors is recalling 277,000 cars and trucks. The models involved, all built for the 2009 model year, may have a loose clip on their transmission shift cable. The failure of the clip to be locked into place may prevent the transmission from moving into Park – even if the driver moves ...

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    GM cuts 1,100 staff at Lordstown plant to meet slowing demand
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    Less than 2 months ago the headline here was GM ramps up Cobalt production to meet demand. It's amazing how quickly things change in this crazy environment. Just months after adding a third shift at the Lordstown, OH assembly plant where the Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 are built, on Friday GM gave 1,100 employees at the facility layoff notices. The ...

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    No GM minicars in U.S. for the time being
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    With sales of the smart going well and cars like the MINI flying off the showroom floor, you might expect the big automotive giants to want in on that action too. Perhaps they do, but it doesn't seem likely that General Motors will be entering that particular segment of the market anytime soon. So says Fritz Henderson, who would know as one of the men ...

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