Published July 10, 2012
By Jeff Cobb
Were you thinking about a Volt or another economical car in Chevrolet’s line-up but were not quite sure whether you’d have buyer’s remorse later?
Well, taking a strategy out of the playbook of other retailers of less-high-priced consumer goods, from today through Sept. 4, Chevrolet says it is offering a “Love it or return it” money back guaranty.
According to Chevrolet spokesperson, Afaf Farah, the offer is a repeat of a similar company wide program GM ran in 2009, and is being offered again in light of Chevrolet having a number of new and improved models, and the company wants to woo buyers back to the brand with a bold offer that shows it really has confidence in its lineup.
You can read the fine print here, but in short, Chevrolet says the deal is on for any 2012 or 2013 model Chevrolet – so this is not just about its “eco” class cars, but any Chevy.
With only 6 examples of the new Hennessey Venom GT running around in the world, it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one for a test-drive.
However, if you have a camera crew and strong following like YouTube’s DRIVE, then it isn’t that tough.
Take a look as Drive’s Matt Farah takes this 1,200+ horsepower sports coupe for a drive.
Oh, and did we mention that it can hit a top speed of 272 mph and cost more than $ 1 million?
Check out the video after the jump.
Still, fans of the mythical sports car have something to chew on as they wait for its official debut at one of the upcoming US auto shows.
What It Is: A 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan prototype wearing less camouflage than other mules we’ve recently spotted. A high-performance V variant is all but guaranteed, and it will arrive 12 to 18 months after the regular sedan. We expect Cadillac will continue to offer a coupe derivative—although nothing’s been confirmed yet, as that decision looms for the fourth quarter of this year—but we hear that the wagon has been killed for CTS generation three. (You may consider the wrap story for our recently departed long-term CTS-V wagon as our eulogy.)
Why It Matters: The CTS has been Cadillac’s bestselling car for some years now. In fact, following the demise of the STS and DTS, it was Cadillac’s only car until the XTS and ATS joined the lineup. As it enters its third generation, it needs to continue to pile up sales while also increasing brand consideration among luxury buyers.
Platform: While the CTS has long been tasked with battling both small and mid-size entries from other luxury brands, the 2014 model will be longer than before by some two to three inches, and have more than three inches added to its wheelbase. It will then more directly compete with the mid-size luxury offerings from Europe and Japan, and also give breathing room to the smaller 2013 ATS. The next-gen CTS will use GM’s rear-drive Alpha platform, as does the ATS. The car’s growth may not be patently obvious, as the CTS will wear a subtle evolution of Cadillac’s Art and Science design language. The current car’s sharp lines may be toned down a bit to provide some familial resemblance with the ATS, but the CTS won’t be as soft-looking overall.
We’ve all, at some stage, bought something we’ve ended up regretting.
Whether an item of clothing you never really wear or a piece of technology that ended up being useless, it’s frustrating to know you could have spent the money somewhere else.
Given that, not all professionals need a van as capacious as a Ducato or a Ford Transit to do their work, ever since the first generation of the Panda, Fiat has offered a van variant of its city car model.
After the release of the regular versions of the new Panda in Europe earlier this year, Fiat Professional has introduced a van model of the Italian city car, which is offered in two flavors, with or without the rear seat bench.
Regardless of the number of seats, both versions of the Panda Van are equipped with blacked out rear windows and a metal guard positioned behind the last row of seats to protect the passenger(s) and driver.
The two-seater model sports a retractable hard cover that forms a flat loading surface while also creating a second cargo area underneath, which can be customized according to the driver’s needs.
At launch, the range consists of two trim levels, the strictly two-seater Pop and the four-seater with a folding rear seat bench Easy, both available with front-wheel drive and two engines, a 75hp 1.3-liter MultiJet turbodiesel and a 68hp 1.2-liter petrol unit.
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Usually it’s the UK getting all the hot special editions, but Subaru decided it’s about time for the Aussies get a little something. They announced the WRX Club Spec, priced at $ 41,490 AUD, which comes with exclusive visual features and interior upgrades. The Club Spec comes only in Tangerine orange or black, and can be had with the STI package, adding $ 1000 to the price.
The Club spec features, on the outside, black door mirrors, black 17-inch wheels, and STI rear spoiler. Get the STI package, and you get a front spoiler lip, a quick shifter for the gearbox, adjustable strut-tower brace. Naturally, the special edition car also comes with a couple of distinguishing badges.
On the inside, the Tangerine cars come with orange WRX logos on the back of the front seats, as well as stitching on the seats and the steering wheel. Black cars only get the stitching, but in red, so it makes a nice contrast with the color of the upholstery and the trimming.
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