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    Official: GM rolls out new modular Ecotec engine family, boosting production [w/video]
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    General Motors has announced a new lineup of Ecotec engines that will power its smaller offerings through the end of the decade. Slated to arrive in both three- and four-cylinder applications, the latest bunch of Ecotecs will arrive first in the Opel Adam and Chinese-spec Chevrolet Cruze, ...

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    Official: GM announces $332M investment into eco-minded powertrains
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    General Motors has announced it will invest around $332 million to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions. The cash will be split between four manufacturing facilities, including Bedford, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Bay City and Flint, Michigan. The plants will use the ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Buick Encore
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    City, Slicker We admit it. We have no earthly idea how this whole thing is going to shake out. Typically, after driving a new car or truck, we come away prepared to hazard a guess as to whether said model has a good chance of being a sales success. We've amassed enough time watching the ...

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    Official: Chevrolet prices 2013 Sonic RS from $20,995* [w/video]
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    Chevrolet has just released pricing on its 2013 Sonic RS sporty hatchback. The edgy five door, with its turbocharged powerplant will start at $20,995 (*including destination charges) for the six-speed manual model. Those desiring a six-speed automatic will have to scrape up $22,280. The RS sets ...

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    Official: Walkinshaw Performance tunes Holden version of Chevrolet Cruze to 241 horsepower
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    Chevrolet won't sell the Cruze wagon or the Cruze hatchback here in the U.S., and dammit if that doesn't make us angry. Now Australian tuner Walkinshaw Performance is adding insult to injury with this hotted-up Holden version of the Cruze. Turning up the wick on the Cruze's 1.4-liter turbo ...

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    Official: Base 2013 Cadillac ATS gets EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 33 hwy
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    The EPA has delivered the fuel economy results for the 2013 Cadillac ATS with the 2.5-liter, four cylinder: 22 city, 33 highway, 26 combined. The response so far range from 'That's not what we expected' to 'Well, what did you expect?' Cadillac describes the ATS as a "compact luxury sedan... built ...

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    Video: Watch world's fastest four-cylinder set a new quarter-mile record
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    Rumor has it that if you give Canadian engine tuner Nicolas Brunet a 2.0-liter, turbocharged General Motors Ecotec motor, he'll make it capable of breaking the quarter-mile record for four-cylinder dragsters. We say "rumor" because this news apparently hasn't been independently confirmed yet, but ...

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    Report: Engine packaging to blame for Fisker Karma garage fire? [UPDATE]
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    While the investigation of the Fisker Karma that toasted a Texas garage is not over, pundits have begun to weigh in. Automotive News has found a particularly credible one in Jon Bereisa, CEO of Auto Lectrification and the chief engineer of the General Motors EV1 and systems architect for the ...

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    Official: GM announces new global small engine family
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    General Motors announced today that it would be overhauling its smallest engines, replacing three engine families with a new, modular Ecotec design. Production of new three- and four-cylinder powerplants should begin mid-decade, ramping up to over two million engines a year by 2020. While GM ...

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    GM investing $109M in MI to boost 1.4L Ecotec production
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    General Motors has announced that it is investing $109 million to support production of its 1.4-liter Ecotec engine in Michigan. This will create (or protect) 96 jobs at The General's manufacturing facilities in the cities of Flint and Bay City. In Flint, $84 million will be used to ...

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    General Motors invests $483 million in Spring Hill facility, rehires 483 workers
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    General Motors has announced that it will invest a total of $483 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee powertrain facility by 2012. The news comes as GM continues to move toward building more fuel-efficient engines. The automaker says that the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine, complete ...

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    Report: GM struggling to market turbo technology
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    In the automotive realm, marketing can sometimes prove just as important as the actual product. Take, for instance, Ford's well regarded EcoBoost technology, which couples turbocharging with direct injection to produce more horsepower and reduce fuel consumption. Would it surprise you to hear ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Buick LaCrosse CX gets four cylinders for fuel economy
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    2011 Buick LaCrosse four-cylinder – Click above for high-res image gallery
    For the foreseeable future, the LaCrosse will remain the flagship of the Buick lineup, so at first glance, it might seem peculiar that General Motors is adding a seemingly modest inline-four cylinder engine to the ...

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    GM investing $500 million in next-gen Ecotec engines
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    Building cars is expensive, and many of the priciest bits of technology driving research and development costs are wrapped up in the powertrain. Therefore it's not particularly surprising to hear that General Motors has just announced a $494 million investment to build the next generation of ...

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    Pontiac Solstice Coupe to pack 300 horses?
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    Click above for high-res live shots of the 2009 Pontiac Solstice CoupeSporting a specific output of 130 horsepower-per-liter, the turbocharged, direct-injected Ecotec four-cylinder from GM that's featured in the Pontiac Solstice GXP, Saturn Sky Redline and SS versions of the Chevy HHR and Cobalt, ...

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    Why does the 2009 Pontiac Vibe continue to use Toyota engines?
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    Pontiac officially unveiled the 2009 edition of the Vibe hatchback yesterday, and a question has been raised by several commentors about the powertrain lineup. As we all know, the Vibe shares a platform with the Toyota Corolla and all of its derivatives. The question of why the Vibe uses the Toyota ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: Opel Flextreme revealed!
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    Click image for photo gallery var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Check_out_the_Chevy_Volt_s_European_diesel_cousin_the_Opel_Flextreme'; The Opel Flextreme concept is GM's European answer to the Chevy Volt, and it's destined to be one of the stars of this year's very green-tinged Frankfurt ...

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    Chicago Auto Show: Live unveiling of the 2008 Saturn Astra
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    Click above image to view a high-resolution gallery of the new Saturn AstraSaturn just rolled out the new Astra to the crowd at the Chicago Auto Show, with the automaker claiming that the compact will help fulfill the brand's promise to bring "appropriate and affordable technology", "great design", ...

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    Detroit Auto Show: Chevrolet Volt Concept
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    click on the image above to view AutoblogGreen's high-resolution gallery var digg_url = 'http://www.digg.com/hardware/Short_commute_You_ll_never_gas_up_with_GM_s_plug_in_hybrid_the_Chevy_Volt'; GM's much-rumored electric vehicle introduction for the North American International Auto Show has ...

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    Ariel Atom to see a price hike
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    We know it's December and most thoughts of driving a car with no top or heater are the furthest thing from your mind, but if you were considering ordering an Ariel Atom in the spring, you'd better add it to your Christmas wish list in bold letters. As of December 29th, Brammo Motorsports, makers of ...

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