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General Motors Wants Carbon-Fiber Wheels For Its Performance Cars

General Motors Wants Carbon-Fiber Wheels For Its Performance Cars

Likely to offered as optional equipment for the Camaro Z/28, Corvette Z06, and Cadillac V-Series models

General Motors is planning to develop its own carbon-fiber wheels as optional equipment for its performance-oriented cars. That’s the word from Autoblog, which found out about the company’s plans from William Rodgers, the man in charge of GM’s research and development of light polymer systems. There’s no timetable as to when the new carbon-fiber wheels will hit the market, but it shouldn’t take too long given that Ford is already offering carbon rollers for the Mustang Shelby GT350R and the upcoming GT supercar.

General Motors will reportedly work with Carbon Revolution as its supplier. The Australian company produces the world’s only one-piece carbon fiber wheel and provides carbon-fiber rollers to Ford Motor Company. Rodgers confirmed that Cadillac’s V-Series models, including the CTS and ATS, would be candidates for the new technology, but range-topping versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette — the Z/28 and Z06, respectively, are also expected to get similar options.

According to Rodgers, GM is already testing carbon-fiber wheels for wear-and-tear and examining repair costs. The company expects the new wheels to save about 35 pounds per vehicle and enhance driving dynamics due to their stiffer structure and lower unsprung and rotational mass.

General Motors will become the second automaker to offer carbon-fiber wheels on a mass-produced car after Ford. Carbon rims were first introduced by Koenigisegg in 2005. The wheels were offered as optional equipment for the CCX supercar and have since them been available in the aftermarket from various shops.

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Car Infographics: Obama's Cadillac One is a Tank!

Car Infographics: Obama’s Cadillac One is a Tank!

Aspiring presidential candidates are already busy gearing up for the 2012 elections with hopes of becoming the most powerful man in the U.S. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, and luckily they have a presidential limo that can withstand the job.

At first glance, the Cadillac One just looks like a modified Cadillac DTS, but General Motors did not actually assign the presidential state car a specific model name. This may be due to the fact that it carries many different components from many different GM models, including Cadillac Escalade headlights, side mirrors, and door handles; Cadillac STS sedan taillights and back up lights; and what looks to be the GMC Topkick commercial truck’s chassis and driveline. GM went through a lot of trouble building the perfect presidential vehicle, but what happens to the car after the base build is what makes it capable of keeping our president utterly and unbelievably safe.

For starters, the car’s chassis has a 5" reinforced steel plate that runs underneath the car in case a bomb finds its way there. Then the entire bodywork is a combination of dual hardness steel, aluminum, titanium, and ceramic which breaks up projectiles upon impact. The doors and gas tank are armour plated, but the gas tank also receives a specially designed foam that prevents it from exploding. The tires are Kevlar reinforced and are shred and puncture resistant. If anyone successfully tears them apart, the steel rims underneath the tires will allow them to get the Cadillac One to safety.

The Cadillac One also has a number of accessories that enable it to solve problems quicker than they come around, including night vision cameras, pump action shotguns, tear gas cannons, and blood. Yes, that’s right. The Cadillac One is equipped with bottles of the president’s blood just in case he gets hurt and needs a blood transfusion. Take that, suckers!

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

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New GM website for performance parts

New GM website for performance parts

Ever get drunk and accidentally buy something online? I’m not talking about purchasing white alligator shoes after three beers. I’m talking a shut down the bar, then start doing tequila shooters with your “new” friends, and waking up on your kitchen counter with your credit card, laptop and nothing else. Three days later 100 copies of the 2rd season of ’The Office’ shows up on your doorstep, and you only vaguely remember saying something like “best show ever” right before eating the worm.

If latter describes you then DO NOT look at www.gmperformanceparts.com. At General Motor’s newest website you can now order complete high-performance crate engines right to your doorstep. Also available is everything else in the GM Performance catalogue including blocks, heads, cams, intake manifolds, accessory drives and dress-up parts. So while dropping a small-block V-8 into you Cavalier may seem like a good idea the night before, please wait for the light of day to make the final decision.

For the rest of us this is just a quick way to get some more speed out of our GM cars.

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OnStar announces Destination Download

OnStar announces Destination Download

OnStar today announced the introduction of two new navigational services to complement and enhance its existing Turn-by-Turn service, the most widely available navigation system on the market. These features solidify GM’s leadership in navigation with more vehicles on the road with embedded navigation systems and more options than any other automaker.

The first new service is OnStar Destination Download, which enables OnStar subscribers with screen-based navigation systems to quickly input their destination while on the go via the simple press of a button. The second service, OnStar eNav, allows subscribers with a Turn-by-Turn Navigation-capable vehicle to find and save destinations on MapQuest.com and have those destinations sent to their vehicle’s OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation system.

"Through OnStar and onboard navigation systems, GM is transforming the category with the broadest range of options to suit customer preferences," said OnStar President Chet Huber. "With 3.1 million model year 2008 vehicles equipped with some form of factory-installed navigation, GM is delivering on our commitment to redefine the availability and functionality of navigation systems in the United States and Canada."

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Symbol of being behind the time: GM includes XM as standard equipment

Symbol of being behind the time: GM includes XM as standard equipment

Standard equipment. That’s XM radio on 2008 Hummer, Buick and Saab vehicles. They join the new 2008 Malibu and a large number of other GM vehicles including XM as part of the base vehicle. GM first include XM radio on the Cadillac line, introducing it on select models in 2001.
"XM Satellite Radio has been one of the most successful entertainment offerings ever launched by General Motors," said Rick Lee, General Motors executive director. "The XM service has broad appeal, (...)

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Personal Audio Link iPod adapter for GM vehicles

Personal Audio Link iPod adapter for GM vehicles

General Motors announced its all-new “Personal Audio Link” iPod adapter are now available for Chevrolet HHR, Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

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Will cars talk to each other?

Will cars talk to each other?

According to General Motors, the answer is a most definite, “yes.” The system under development is GM’s “V2” system (“vehicle to vehicle,” in other words), and it can tell your car what’s coming at it, such as a car coming around a blind bend or an emergency vehicle responding to a nearby emergency. One aspect of the system is “Intersection Collision Warning,” which would warn cars approaching an intersection at the same time on colliding paths.
V2V communications systems use satellite navigation (...)

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Garmin vs. OnStar: GM makes garmin a better deal - is OnStar next?

Garmin vs. OnStar: GM makes garmin a better deal - is OnStar next?

A few years ago, it seemed that in-car navigation systems would be the next big option. But the latest news is that cars which have factory installed nav systems actually sell for less on the used car market than those which don’t – an average of $500.00 less. Since these systems add about $2,500.00 to the sticker, that seems like a rather bad investment. Why has the in-car navigation system fared so poorly. Tom-Tom. And Tom-Tom’s portable competitors. They cost less, can (...)

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GM's Turn-by-Turn Navigation

GM’s Turn-by-Turn Navigation

GM’s OnStar and MapQuest announced today a collaboration that will allow OnStar subscribers to plan their driving route on MapQuest.com and send their destination right to OnStar’s easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation service. This new Turn-by-Turn service enhancement, OnStar Web Destination Entry, will allow subscribers to conveniently use MapQuest.com to research and plan their driving destinations with more than 15 million points-of-interest available through the number one mapping Web (...)

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GM to offer smartest navigation system in North America

GM to offer smartest navigation system in North America

General Motors announced today that for 2007, the company will fundamentally change drivers’ access to navigation by offering more than two million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with the first factory-installed, fully-integrated off-board GPS navigation system – OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
The new service from OnStar by GM will be standard for the first year on a number of GM retail vehicles sold in 2007 including nearly all Buicks and Cadillacs. OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation will (...)

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GM is bringing music to drivers' ears

GM is bringing music to drivers’ ears

Because great cars and great tunes should travel together, General Motors has developed an affordable, all-new iPod adaptor; allowing music lovers to use their iPod with the factory-installed audio system in GM vehicles, beginning this fall.
The device, called “Personal Audio Link,” will sell at GM dealerships for less than $160 at MSRP, plus installation. It will be introduced in October on 2006 and 2007 model year Chevrolet HHRs, already one of the industry’s most personalized vehicles, (...)

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Drive 'n' theater: Coming to you

Drive ’n’ theater: Coming to you

"Are we there yet?" Remember family vacations as a kid? Long trips in the car playing the license plate game, "I Spy", and longing for the next rest stop so you could get out and stretch your legs?
Today, General Motors offers a variety of vehicles that promise your next multi-hour driving trip will include less whining and more peace in the backseat. How? By allowing back-seat passengers to watch movies, play video games, or listen to music without disturbing (...)

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