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Weekly Recap For 3.18.16

A quick peek at the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Toyota 86, and more. Senior Editor Greg Migliore reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute Weekly Recap.
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[00:00:00] The biggest story by far this week was the reveal of the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1. This is the most powerful Camaro in history with 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. Now what you might not know is that it has an optional 10-speed. Yes, you can get a six-speed manual but you'll have to check out the 10-speed – the 10-speed – automatic gear box. This is the fruit of a project that GM has been working on for years

[00:00:30] with, you're not gonna believe this, Ford Motor Company. The two companies teamed up and announced this deal in 2013. It'll be used for both rear-wheel cars, like the Camaro, and front-wheel drive vehicles. This transmission is a big deal and you know what, the Camaro ZL1 is a great way to launch it for Chevy and General Motors.

The Scion brand is closing and that means some Scions, like the FR-S sports car, will now become Toyotas. This week Toyota confirmed plans to rename the FR-S

[00:01:00] the Toyota 86. And frankly, in our opinion, this is long overdue. Adding the FR-S to the Toyota brand gives the automaker a boost with enthusiasts. And this isn't simply a re-badging. Toyota is stiffening the suspension, giving it a larger front air intake, and it's giving it five more hp. We can't wait to get a closer look next week at the New York Auto Show.

NHTSA and nearly every automaker that sells cars in the United States announced plans on Thursday that they will commit to

[00:01:30] making automatic emergency braking standard in all cars by 2022. This is a huge step forward for the industry, and it will likely increase safety across the country. This technology is going to be in your car much sooner than analysts, or we at Autoblog, expected.

Those are the highlights from the week that was. We're off next week because we'll be obsessively covering the New York Auto Show. Be sure to come back to for all of it. I'm Greg Migliore, thanks for watching.

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