Auto News for Feb. 11

A Canadian driver was pulled over on the Trans-Canada Highway after radar clocked him at 140 mph in a 60 mph zone – in a rental. Police told the CBC that the driver could be fined up to $2,418 and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. He was driving a turbo charged Chevy Malibu.

2015 Chevy Colorado GearOnTM Edition – Bring More Adventure

Chevy will offer a GearOn accessory system for its new Colorado mid-size pickup that will make it easier to carry bikes, kayaks, skis and stand up paddle boards among other gear. In the package are moveable rails and cargo tie down points among other things to secure the load. Also, there will be some trim options such as off road assist steps and gloss black 18-inch wheels.

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GM is now taking orders for the Cadillac ATS-V that will go into production this spring. It will be powered by a twin turbo six rated at 455 horsepower with 445 lb-ft of torque that should produce a 0-60 fun run of just 3.9 seconds. Top track speed is said to be 189 mph. The ATS-V can be had with either a six speed manual or an eight speed automatic with paddle shifts. Prices will start at $61,460. It is worth noting that not that many years ago a performance Cadillac, let alone one powered by a six and not a huge V8, would have been unthinkable.

The 2015 Mustang has received a top safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received five stars in frontal crash tests, five stars in the side crash test and five in the rollover test.

2016 Acura ILX

Acura said the 2016 ILX that goes on sale today will carry a significant power boost. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter, VTEC four rated at 201 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. That is 51 ponies more than the outgoing 2.0-liter engine. The new engine will be mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifts and Acura said there are suspension improvements of the sporty variety. MSRP for a base model is $27,900 up to $34,890 for the ILX with Tech Plus and A-SPEC packages. You will be pleased to learn that a 7-inch screen features “contextual menus.”

Takata will increase monthly production of replacement airbag inflators to 900,000 by September. Takata will double its output after coming under pressure from regulators concerned that it is taking too long to replace the defective inflators. Some manufacturers have turned to firms other than Takata to produce replacements, according to Automotive News.

 

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