Friday, October 23, 2015

An Angeleno in Chevy's #FindNewRoads publicity stunt

Chevrolet's newest cars and trucks are staged in front of GM Global Headquarters Tuesday, October 20, 2015 for the kick-off of Chevrolet's Find New Roads Trip -  as drivers head out on a 48-state tour of America's highways and byways in the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The event celebrates Chevrolet's momentum provided by the introduction of five all-new Chevrolet cars in 2015. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet)    

The real story behind this is that a large number of 2016 Chevy Camaros were lined up in Detroit with bloggers from across the country for a massive road trip on the byways of America.  Included in this JozJozJoz of Los Angeles.

Joz flew to Detroit two days ago to meet up with her driving partner JD Brown.  They got lucky and drew the keys to a shiny new 2016 Silver SS for their drive across the NE states.  The story officially starts in Syracuse and they have 36 hours to get the car to Boston.  So far in 24 hours they have left New York, been to Utica, took a ferry to Vermont, drove all night and wound up at some old fort in Maine.  986 miles so far that included lots of stops for photo ops.

When she returns I'll try and get her to tell us about the adventure and how great the new Camaro SS is to live in for 36 hours.  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

5 Finalists named in Green Car of the Year for L.A.Auto Show

Chevy Volt Reveal at Detroit Auto Show January 2015

With the Los Angeles Auto Show being the green car show in the International Show Circuit its only appropriate that the Green Car of the Year is awarded at this show by the Green Car Journal.  The winners in past years haven't always been an electric or even a hybrid, but they've been class leaders in efficiency and emission reductions.  This years fleet of the 5 finalists is no different.

The 5 finalists this year are:
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Prius
  • Chevy Volt
  • Audi A3 e-tron (my personal favorite)
Judging will be done prior to the announcement on the second day of Press Days at the L. A. Auto Show next month.

The full press release:

Green Car Journal to Reveal Winner of 11th Annual Award at LA Auto Show Press & Trade Days, November 19

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2015)Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s prestigious 2016 Green Car of the Year® award. The 2016 models include the Audi A3 e-tron, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Prius.
An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the Green Car of the Year® program each year, a reflection of the auto industry’s expanding efforts in offering new vehicles with higher efficiency and improved environmental impact. Green Car Journal has been honoring the most important “green” vehicles every year at the LA Auto Show, since its inaugural award announced at the show in 2005.
“This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year® program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and “Each of the five nominees makes a strong environmental statement in distinctly different ways, with a common strategy of recognizing what’s most important to today’s drivers. Their use of wide-ranging powertrain technologies underscores that all approaches are essential to achieving important environmental goals.”
The Finalists:
The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi's entry in the hot plug-in hybrid vehicle market. This five-door hatchback uses lithium-ion batteries and a 102 hp electric motor to deliver up to 19 miles of all-electric driving, after which its 150 hp, 1.4-liter gasoline TFSI engine provides power for extended driving in efficient hybrid mode.
Chevrolet’s second generation Volt features sportier styling, better performance, and a lighter and more powerful two-motor drive system. The five-passenger, extended range electric now drives up to 53 miles on batteries alone, with its 1.5-liter gasoline powered generator creating on-board electricity to deliver an overall 420 mile range.
Now in its tenth generation, the all-new Honda Civic delivers exemplary fuel efficiency in an affordable, conventionally-powered model. The Civic thoughtfully blends hybrid-like fuel economy and appealing style, with an array of desired amenities and advanced electronics that meets the needs of a great many drivers.
Hyundai’s stylish 2016 Sonata offers it all with efficient gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid choices within the Sonata lineup. New this year, the hybrid delivers up to 43 highway mpg and features distinctive styling cues. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid drives up to 24 miles on batteries with additional range on conventional hybrid power.
The venerable Toyota Prius emerges in 2016 a completely redesigned model, faithfully delivering the attributes expected of an industry-leading hybrid with important design, technology, and efficiency updates. It features a familiar yet bolder exterior and incorporates suspension and other improvements to deliver improved driving dynamics.
The Green Car of the Year® is selected through a majority vote by an esteemed jury that includes celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno, plus leaders of noted environmental and efficiency organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA; Dr. Alan Lloyd, President Emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation; Mindy Lubber, President of CERES; and Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.
During the award’s vetting process, Green Car Journal editors consider all vehicles, fuels, and technologies as an expansive field of potential candidates is narrowed down to a final five. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Many factors are considered including efficiency, EPA and CARB emissions certification, performance characteristics, ‘newness,’ and affordability. Availability to the mass market is important to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.
About Green Car of the Year®

Since 1992, Green Car Journal has been recognized as the leading authority on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment. The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal’s mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. presents ‘green car’ articles online along with a focus on connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

Hashtag: #GreenCarJournal

About the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.  The show’s 2015 Press & Trade Days begin with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on Nov. 17, followed by LA Auto Show’s vehicle debuts and press and trade events at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 18 and 19.  LA Auto Show will open to the public from Nov. 20-29.  The third annual CCE will unite automotive and technology professionals in an effort to increase development and foster relationship-building in the connected car industry, providing attendees with access to the key players and top media constructing the future of the automotive mobility.  The CCE conference is where the rules for how vehicles are made, sold, serviced and owned are changing and where the playbook is being written.  Named “Best Car Tech/Connected Car Trade Show” by AUTO Connected Car News, CCE is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking products and makes strategic announcements in front of media from around the globe.  LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions.  To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at or via Facebook at and sign up for alerts at  For more information about CCE, please visit

Hashtag: #LAAutoShow

Friday, October 16, 2015

Alfa Romeo to unveil sexy sibling to the 4c at L.A. Auto Show

Alfa Romeo is on a roll and FCA is out to introduce a sibling to the sexy 4c they revealed in Detroit in January.  What will it be?   Sexy sedan to take on BMW's 3...because you aren't a serious sports car maker if you can't do a sexy sedan, right?  We'll have to wait for 11/18 to see what they have in store.

To make sure this is a storied reveal Alfa Romeo has worked with the Palm Springs Concorso to bring 35 classic Alfa's from their show the weekend prior caravan style to the Los Angeles Convention Center and build on their past with this new automobile.  Should be interesting, sadly that part of the show won't be availble to the public, only to the motor I'll take lots of pics for you at the event to make sure you don't miss a single sexy detail.

You need to make the jump to read the full press release on Alfa Romeo at the L.A. Auto Show

Saturday, October 3, 2015

All-New Ford Focus RS Coming to USA

Dang...I'm so anxious to get my hands on this.  Love the Focus ST as it is, but adding ludicrous power to the tune of 310+ from a 2.3L Ecoboost and adding AWD will make it insane.  INSANE.

But it gets better, Ford is releasing teasers fast and furious.  The first of the teasers here this week.

The transformation from the pedestrian Focus SE we commonly see to the RS is going to see an amazing piece of engineering in this machine.  WRX...lock your doors they'll get blown off as this beast passes you.  Ken Block drives this car like no one other in development of this car.

Drool...did I mention I can't wait to get my hands on this road ready rally car?  More details on Ford Social.  Or better yets start with a well equipped RS starting at 36.6K and build your own at  I built mine in Stealth Grey with the RS2 package for 39.4K....still quite the deal.  Maybe I should trade in my A4 and actually do this car now that the last teen driver is about to fly the coup?