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GM’s Mark Reuss paces Detroit Grand Prix this weekend

05/29/2015

Mark Reuss, creator of GM’s Performance division and current vice president of global vehicle development, will drive the pace car this weekend at the Chevrolet Dual at Belle Isle in Detroit. Ruess, an avid race fan and car guy, is also a certified test driver at the Nürburgring for GM’s developmental vehicles.

“I’m thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at this year’s Grand Prix,” Reuss said. “Growing up here and having the opportunity to help bring this great event to racing fans in Detroit has been very exciting, and the privilege of driving the pace car makes it even more special for me."

With 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, the seventh-generation Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car that Chevrolet has ever built. This special edition pace car features a seven-speed manual transmission, a

The Beijing Auto BJ40 has been in development for the past five years, and is expected to debut this fall with a turbocharged Saab engine underhood.

Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

05/29/2015

As Korean automaker Ssangyong considers a Jeep Wrangler rival as a launching point for gaining a foothold in the U.S., Chinese automaker BAIC already has a Wrangler competitor in its lineup, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it looks pretty close in design to the real thing.

The Beijing Auto BJ40, as it is called, is saddled with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine making just 143 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. But according to CarNewsChina, the 4x4 will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, got from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms.

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Driving the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium is a pleasure due to the solid chassis and excellent handling. (Limited model shown)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf review notes

Great car -- just don't go too far

05/29/2015

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The entire Golf lineup is outstanding. Is it the best small(ish) car available in the U.S.? I’d argue yes. It offers something for everyone: from the R, darn close to running with a 911, to the fuel-sipping diesel, to this zero fuel-sipping e-Golf.

The e-Golf drives like, well, a Golf, a really quiet Golf. Torque is instant, the ride and handling are outstanding, and the chassis is rock solid. The interior is the best small-car interior on the market -- comfy seats, tons of room, good materials.

Overall, the car is damn close to entertaining.

Range is within 75-100 miles, according to VW. When I left the office on a recent evening, the dash said I had 72 miles of range; when I got here the next morning, it said 60, so it’s accurate. There’s also a little dial on the dash that looks like it’s for the fuel level. That’s something that would at least look familiar to first-time EV buyers. Smart.

The Kia GT4 Stinger concept may or may not be built. We're hoping for "will be built."

We drive the Kia GT4 Stinger concept

05/28/2015

As you’ll recall, Kia's GT4 Stinger debuted at the Detroit auto show almost a year and a half ago. From there, it went on tour around the world, everywhere from Russia to Brazil to Philadelphia. Everyone, we are told by Kia, loved it. So why are we writing about it now, all this time later? Because we just drove it. Yes, Kia called up and asked if we could come down to Kia Motors America in sunny Irvine, Calif., to their design studios and drive the GT4 Stinger around on California streets.

Of course we said yes. But being suspicious of pretty much everyone’s motivation about pretty much everything, we had to ask ourselves why this ginormous corporate entity would suddenly want to get publicity on a year-and-a-half-old concept car. Perhaps because Kia Motors America wanted to arm itself with some positive press to show to the high llamas back in Seoul to convince them there really is a market and not just enthusiasm for Stinger? Perhaps. Are we therefore being used as mere pawns in this product planning chess game? Possibly. But pawns just wanna have fun, and in this incidence, we didn’t mind being used. So off we plunged into LA freeway bedlam down to the OC to drive it.