2014 Chevy Silverado Sets 5-Star Safety Milestone

Silverado-Sierra5-StarNHTSA-RatedThe redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado has added to its long list of segment-leading accomplishments by recently becoming the first full-size pickup to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA’s current safety-testing program, which has been in place since 2011. Under these criteria, vehicles must post qualifying scores for rollover resistance as well as both side and frontal impacts. The 2014 Chevy Silverado–as well as its corporate cousin, the 2014 GMC Sierra–earned NHTSA recognition with 5 stars for occupant protection during side- and frontal-impact scenarios and a 4-star performance in the rollover test.

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Buick Encore Pushes Brand to Global Sales Record

The new Encore small crossover sold 97,311 units globally in 2013.With a big-time assist from its smallest entry—the Buick Encore—GM’s Buick brand recently reported the highest global sales volume in its 110-year history. The tale of the tape here: 1,032,056 deliveries that represented a 9.5 percent gain as compared to 2012.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Lauded for Good Design

39312_1_1Hyundai’s daring design language helped attract a record number of buyers last year, with entries like the Hyundai Santa Fe enabling the brand to ring up more than 720,000 sales in 2013. But along with satisfied owners, the brand’s style strategy also has been attracting the attention of the Good Design Awards jury. In fact, by recently honoring the Santa Fe as part of its most recent class of winners, the “world’s most prestigious, recognized, and oldest design awards program” has now presented Hyundai with trophies for three years running.

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2014 Ram 1500 Adds Autobytel Pickup of the Year Prize

RM014_064FNCalling it “clearly one of the most innovative trucks available,” the editorial team at Autobytel.com has named the 2014 Ram 1500 its Pickup Truck of the Year. A key factor in the choice: The 2014 Ram 1500 also is the only light-duty truck available in this country with a clean-diesel engine, and that powerplant is an award-winner in its own right‑literally. Late last year, Ward’s AutoWorld selected the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel to its annual 10 Best Engines list, noting that judges achieved 24 mpg in mixed real-world driving as they evaluated the engine in the 2014 Ram 1500.

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First 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Delivers for STEM Education

FirstCTSVsportDelivery05After making the winning bid back in August at a Barrett-Jackson auction, Tim and Pat Whited recently took delivery of the very first 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, powered by Cadillac’s first twin-turbo V-6 engine. It was part of a special effort that saw the Whiteds pony up $120,000 for the car, confident in knowing the proceeds would go to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs run by the SAE Foundation.

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2014 Buick LaCrosse Repeats as 5-Star Safety Performer

2014 Buick LaCrosseBacked by a streak that dates back four years, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse recently earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the New Car Assessment Program from NHTSA. The government agency awarded the LaCrosse five stars for occupant protection in frontal and side crashes, as well as four stars for rollover protection. They further recognized Buick for offering a pair of recommended driver-assistance aides: forward collision warning and lane-departure warning.

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Ford Police Interceptors Now Among LA’s Most Wanted

FordInterceptorUtlty_17_HRConsider them repeat defenders: For the third year in a row, Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle were the fastest entries in testing by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD).

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GM Announces $1.3 Billion Investment Program

1387281836956General Motors is capping off a successful 2013 with some notable news designed to keep its momentum in high gear. After already committing to $1.5 billion in investments in this country earlier in the year, GM has now announced an additional $1.3 billion U.S. investment program, with the total outlay of some $2.8 billion also helping to create/retain 1,000 jobs in this country.

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Need for Speed Now Features New 2015 Ford Mustang

4Although it will be about a year before the new 2015 Ford Mustang can satisfy real-world drivers’ need for speed, the Blue Oval’s next-gen pony car is already getting the job done digitally. In fact, the recently released “Rivals” edition of the Need for Speed video game features not just one new Mustang, but a choice of five.

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GM Trio Among North American Vehicle of the Year Finalists

GM-2014NACTOY-Corvette-CTS-SilveradoSix finalists for two of North America’s top auto-industry prizes were recently announced, and General Motors had three of them: Both the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray and the 2014 Cadillac CTS were named finalists for the North American Car of the Year award, while the 2014 Chevy Silverado has made it to the final round of voting for the North American Truck of the Year honor.

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