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By Wheelbase Communications | February 13, 2008
Two-door CTS appears to be a done deal: You might have seen it at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. auto show. Well, the Sleuth is here to tell you it’s going to happen sometime next year. General Motors will produce a version of its Cadillac CTS coupe concept beginning in the summer of 2009. GM is Cadillac’s parent. The CTS coupe program began back in 2006 under the codename GMX226. The CTS coupe will roll off GM’s Lansing (Mich.
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By Wheelbase Communications | March 12, 2008
What’s Nissan thinking? A 480-horsepower sport ute?: While new environmental regulations will eventually force automakers to fill their sport-utility-vehicle-heavy lineups with smaller, thriftier modes of transportation, the market, for the time being, is still hot. The Sleuth hears that Nissan is considering a sport utility version of its GT-R sports car that would use the same 480-horsepower engine. If such a vehicle is under development, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo would be a likely benchmark, just as the 911 Turbo was a benchmark for the GT-R.
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By Wheelbase Communications | February 13, 2008
BMW says hydrogen vehicles might still be 30 years away; electric power being considered as a stop-gap: The Sleuth hears that while German automaker BMW is heavily investing in hydrogen technology as a means of reducing or eliminating tailpipe emissions, Jochen Schmalholz, head of BMW’s clean-energy technology, has said that BMW is considering electric vehicles to fill the 15-to-20-year void before hydrogen vehicles will actually be practical....
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By Wheelbase Communications | July 24, 2008
Hot off the press! Cobalt is out and the Cruze is in . . . but not just yet: The crunch of gasoline prices is forcing some automakers to really rethink what they are doing with their product portfolio. The Sleuth has learned that in 2010 that General Motors’ biggest division, Chevrolet, will replace its Cobalt small car with the Cruze, a car that will inherit GM’s new turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and will get at least 40 miles per gallon. The thinking is that GM wants to come out with a new name and product to really identify itself as a small-car leader.
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By Wheelbase Communications | September 5, 2008
Hot off the press! Cadillac considers rear-drive four-cylinder model: General Motors’ luxury brand is about to step into some interesting territory. The Sleuth hears that Cadillac is developing a new four-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive sedan for launch in 2010. The final powertrain offerings for the new car remain up in the air, but a four-cylinder will definitely be part of the mix. The Sleuth’s moles report that there is still an internal debate within Cadillac if the new car should be available with a six-cylinder engine.
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By Melissa Hartson | November 24, 2011
Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum caper, "Explosive Eighteen, " is set to be released this month, but what does that leave you with after you've finished? Check out some of these series starters that are the perfect follow-ups to Stephanie Plum's antics. Cat DeLuca turned her unfortunate divorce from her wayward ex-husband into a new career by opening her own private eye agency. It's the Pants on Fire Detective Agency where the motto is "We Catch Liars and Cheats. " Cat's latest case seems straightforward enough.
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By Wheelbase Communications | November 6, 2008
The electricity is in the air at Audi: A few months ago, the Sleuth shed a little light on the plans for Volkswagen Group’s premium Audi brand to produce an electric car. Now your faithful gumshoe has a bit more meat. The Audi electric vehicle will be based on parent VW’s Up! concept car and would go against the Ford Ka and Fiat 500 in Europe and Chevrolet’s Volt in North America. Engine choices are rumored to be a pair of 0.6-liter two-cylinder turbocharged units, one a diesel and the other fueled by gasoline.
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By Wheelbase Communications | October 30, 2008
Hot off the press! Aston-Benz project means more than shared engines: Rumors of a Mercedes-Benz alliance with Aston Martin first surfaced two months ago. However, the Sleuth hears talks are progressing quickly with farther-reaching partnerships now being discussed at the highest levels. The word is that the tie-up will be worth at least US $400 million. The first project could hit the road by 2010, sources said. That’s the same year Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, will refresh its Maybach line, a project that has now been handed over to Aston Martin.
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