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GM's 'Boost' In Efficient Four-Cylinders Includes More Turbos

Strategy Highlighted by the 2011 Chevy Cruze's new 1.4L Turbo that is Expected to Be a Fuel Economy Leader

FLINT, Mich. – GM will double its global production of small four-cylinder engines (1.0L to 1.4L) by 2011, with more than half of the increase coming in North America. The strategy is highlighted by an all-new, 1.4L Turbo engine that will power the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

The 1.4L Turbo enables great vehicle performance and fuel economy. In fact, the Cruze is expected to be a fuel economy leader in its segment when it launches in mid-2010, and its new engine reinforces GM’s commitment to replacing larger-displacement engines with more compact, advanced four-cylinder engines that optimize performance and fuel savings.

One-third of GM’s North American engine volume will be four-cylinders by 2011, and 21 percent of the four-cylinder volume will be turbocharged – a seven-fold increase over today’s volume of turbo engines.

“Power-dense four-cylinders such as the 1.4L Turbo are an integral part of GM’s portfolio of advanced propulsion technologies, including cam phasing, direct injection, Active Fuel Management, clean diesels, hybrids, flex-fuel vehicles, six-speed transmissions and electric propulsion,” said Tom Stephens, executive vice president, GM Global Powertrain and Global Quality. “GM is focused on delivering vehicles that look great, are fuel efficient and fun to drive.”

The Chevy Cruze is such a vehicle. It is an all-new, global compact car that will be built for worldwide distribution at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio facility. It will be offered with the 1.4L Turbo in North America, along with additional small-displacement engines for models sold outside of North America.

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Jeep® Patriot Back Country Concept Debut

Jeep® Patriot Back Country Concept – Designed to Stand Out in the Great Outdoors

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 25, 2008  -  Making its debut at the 2008 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, the Jeep® Patriot Back Country concept vehicle combines the fun, freedom and fuel efficiency of the Jeep Patriot with the active lifestyle of the Jeep customer to create a vehicle that exudes a fresh, youthful appeal.

Created from the newest Jeep Patriot Limited model, the Jeep Patriot Back Country concept features a redesigned interior, authentic Jeep accessories by Mopar® and a blend of unique materials.

“The Jeep Patriot Back Country concept was inspired by the outdoor enthusiast seeking adventure, fun and freedom,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “Using a variety of materials typically associated with active lifestyles and a distinct color combination, the ultimate Jeep Patriot stands out in the great outdoors.”

The compact SUV is outfitted with a variety of Mopar accessories, including a Roof Top Cargo Basket ideal for hauling camping equipment or outdoor gear. Off-road Lights accent the front of the cargo basket and are perfect for nighttime excursions or setting up camp. Mopar Deluxe Splash Guards complement the vehicle’s off-road capability.

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Nation's Largest Off-Road Expo Rolls Into Pomona

Come Check Out The Off-Road Expo This October 3-5!
The Off-Road Expo offers a ton of entertainment and interactive features for those in attendance including exhibitions, demonstrations, hands-on activities like the Toyota Ride-N-Drive, the Off-Road.com girls and more.

Pomona, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2008 -- The 2008 Off-Road Expo sponsored by Toyota, the nation's largest off-road consumer products show series, will roll into the Pomona Fairplex Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5. The show features everything off-road including new vehicles and parts, on-site show deals, freestyle motocross action and more. New activities this year include photo shoot opportunities with the Off-Road.com Girls, live music and an enhanced Kids Zone, providing jam-packed entertainment for the entire family. Also new this year, the Expo will open a day early on Friday, October 3, to allow more time for off-road fans to enjoy all the fun and action!

Come Check Out The Off-Road Expo This October 3-5!

"This year's Expo covers more than 20 acres with all the latest off-road vehicles, parts, accessories and more, making it the place to come talk to industry experts, check out new vehicles and demonstrations and take advantage of special on-site show discounts on thousands of parts and accessories," said Show Director Tom Gattuso. "The Expo is the best place for off-road lovers to share their passion with other enthusiasts, enjoy live entertainment and have fun."

This year's Off-Road Expo showcases all the latest toys, parts and accessories from more than 300 of the industry's leading manufacturers and distributors. Other entertainment features at the Expo include:

World Debut of Side X Side Super Jam Drifting Exhibition - From the founders of CalROCS and W.E. ROCK comes a competition featuring Side X Side drifting demonstrations on a figure-8 track! Dirt Alliance Dirt Lifestyle Showcase - A brand-new outdoor zone has been created that will feature live music from bands such as the Pricks, Divide the Day, Inhale and Seenless. W.E.ROCK Rock Crawling Demonstrations - Come and watch an exhibition of professional rock crawlers, including world-renowned Tracy Jordan and Dean Bulloch, compete in head-to-head trials in four-wheel drive rock vehicles.Toyota Off-Road Ride-N- Drive - Off-Road fans will be able to test brand new Toyota vehicles, including the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Tacoma and Tundra where it counts - on the dirt! Off-Road.com Girls - You've seen them online - now see them in person at the Off-Road.com Girls Photo Studio. Have the girls sign your poster, take pictures and share them with your friends on Off-Road.com.Special Appearance by Racer Ricky James - See 20-year-old paraplegic racer Ricky James in the SoCal Super Trucks booth all weekend sharing his story, greeting fans and signing autographs. The Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota will take place Friday, October 3, from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Held at the Pomona Fairplex, located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, Calif., admission to the event is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at offroadexpo.com.

About Advanstar: Advanstar Communications Inc. (www.advanstar.com) is a leading worldwide media company providing integrated marketing solutions for the fashion, life sciences and powersports industries. Advanstar serves business professionals and consumers in these industries with its portfolio of 91 events, 67 publications and directories, 150 electronic publications and Web sites, as well as educational and direct marketing products and services. Market leading brands and a commitment to delivering innovative, quality products and services enables Advanstar to "Connect Our Customers With Theirs." Advanstar has approximately 1,000 employees and currently operates from multiple offices in North America and Europe.

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Chrysler goes Electric

Looking beyond hybrids...Chrysler goes Electric

Chrysler Corporation has revealed three electric-drive vehicles, one of which will go on sale in 2010. Unlike hybrids, these three vehicles can drive without using any gasoline. Lou Rhodes, Vice President - Advance Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI, explains more about the Dodge EV, the Jeep EV and the Chrysler EV in the video above.

The prototypes give a glimpse of the very near future. Chrysler intends to bring advanced, electric-drive vehicles to market quickly, and in a broad range of choices for consumers – from front-wheel drive platforms, to rear-wheel drive, to body-on-frame four-wheel drive. A fleet of more than 100 Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business and Chrysler development fleets next year. Then, in 2010, at least one of the electric-drive vehicles will go on sale to consumers in North America, and later in Europe.

The Dodge EV is a two-passenger rear-wheel drive sports car that offers high performance and zero emissions. The Dodge EV has three primary components: a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery and an integrated power controller. The 200 kW electric-drive motor produces 480 lb.-ft. of torque, accelerating the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds, with a top speed of more than 120 mph. The Dodge EV has a range of 150 miles between recharges – more than tripe the average daily commute. To recharge the vehicle, simply plug it into a standard 110-volt household outlet. Or the recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet. The Jeep EV is an off-roader that adds new meaning to the term “Tread Lightly”. The Jeep EV is a range-extended electric vehicle that couples the electric motor and the lithium-ion battery system with a small gasoline engine and an integrated electric generator to produce added energy. The Jeep EV has a range of 40 miles of zero-emissions, all-electric operation – no gas necessary. But for longer trips of up to 400 miles, the small gasoline engine produces energy to power the electric-drive system. Since nearly 80 percent of Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, or 14,000 miles per year, the technology in the Jeep EV would allow most drivers to drive using no gasoline and emitting no tailpipe emissions. The 268 hp electric motor generates 296 lb.-ft. of torque in the Jeep EV. The instant high torque and the ability to control each wheel independently results in the off-road capability consumers expect from Jeep. Finally, there’s the Chrysler EV, a fuel-efficient minivan for families on the go. The seven-passenger Chrysler EV is, like the Jeep EV, a range-extended electric vehicle that puts electric-drive technology in the segment-leading Chrysler Town & Country minivan. The Chrysler EV can drive 40 miles on all-electric power, or 400 miles with the help of an integrated small displacement engine and generator. The Chrysler EV uses a 255 horsepower motor, producing 258 lb.-ft. of torque, providing zero to 60 mph acceleration in about nine seconds. To find out more about the trio of EV vehicles, go to http://www.ChryslerGoesElectric.com.

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On-Line Auto Meter Gauge Store Launched

The full line of auto meter gauges and gauge accessories is now available from TruckCustomizers.com.

Southington, CT (PRWEB) September 23, 2008 -- Truck and car enthusiasts can now find the full line of Auto Meter gauges and gauge accessories on TruckCustomizers.com. The online retailer of auto and truck accessories recently launched their new Auto Meter gauge store, which features the products of one of the leading manufacturers of gauges and tachometers.

"We feel this is the most complete Auto Meter gauge store available on the Internet," said Thomas Miller, Vice President of Sales for TruckCustomizers.com. "We're very excited about being able to offer our customers these quality performance accessories."

As one of the biggest names in aftermarket automotive accessories, Auto Meter is the choice for many car and truck enthusiasts. The Auto Meter line includes everything from standard gauges, such as speedometers and tachometers, to performance gauges, such as blower pressure gauges and turbo boost gauges. Auto Meter gauges also come in a variety of popular styles: the Cobalt Series, Carbon Fiber Series, and Ultra-Lite Series, to name a few, providing the consumer the personalized look they want for their vehicle. Customers also can often choose between analog and digital meters, so they're getting exactly what they need.

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