Pickup Trucks By The Numbers: Who Wins On Fuel, Power, Towing, Payload

There's a whole lot of dick-measuring happening right now on how half-ton trucks stack up on power, fuel economy, payload, and maximum towing capacity. Here's your guide to decoding what every US automaker's truck in this class is really putting down. » 11/21/14 2:59pm 11/21/14 2:59pm

How GM Is Going To Make All Of You Love Tiny Gas Engines

In the next three years, more than 2.5 million drivers will be using one of General Motors' Ecotec engines, a family of 11 three- or four-cylinder gas engines between 1.0L and 1.5L. Diesel isn't dead, they say, but overseas markets where diesel is king are an increased focus. » 3/21/14 2:40pm 3/21/14 2:40pm

Republicans Applaud Jobs From GM Bailout They Opposed

Happy days came back Friday to Spring Hill, Tenn., when General Motors announced it would rehire 483 laid-off workers to build four-cylinder engines. On hand to cheer the news: Three Republican lawmakers who opposed the bailout that saved GM. » 9/18/10 9:30am 9/18/10 9:30am

VIDEO: On-Board A Drag Racing Crash

A 2.2-liter GM Ecotec 4-cylinder turbocharged to 48psi of boost for 1600-hp blows a head gasket in a drag rail and spills coolant all over the tires. That's bad. The car rolls as we watch via on-board camera. » 8/25/10 2:00pm 8/25/10 2:00pm

The Opel Astra GSI Would Make A Great New Buick

Here's a look at the lightly disguised forthcoming Opel Astra GSI fitted with the muscular 240HP turbocharged Ecotec, Sure would make an awesome Buick hot hatch, significantly bringing down the brand's average buyer age. Just sayin' GM, just sayin'. [WCF] » 4/13/10 2:00pm 4/13/10 2:00pm

Buick Regal Is Back, Gets Turbocharged

The Buick Regal is officially back, a re-badged Opel Insignia sporting two Ecotec four-cylinder engines including a 220HP turbo version with 29 MPG fuel economy. GM's out for mid-size entry-luxe blood with design and equipment set to turn some heads. » 11/11/09 6:05pm 11/11/09 6:05pm

2010 Opel Astra, GTC Get Much-Needed Facelift

The Astra hasn't sold well in the States, but that doesn't mean that its Euro-trash cousin can't make a comeback tour. Take a peak at the handsomely-designed 2010 Opel Astra and its agro-counterpart, the GTC. » 4/09/09 4:00pm 4/09/09 4:00pm

Elfin Type 5 Clubman Goes From Zero To Sydney In 3.7 Seconds

Down under in Sydney at the Australian International Motor Show » 10/09/08 10:20am 10/09/08 10:20am, the new Elfin Type 5 Clubman has been revealed. The latest offering from Australia's own hardcore roadster builders, the Type 5 follows on the heels of the popular models. The new car is powered by GM's 260 HP 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-banger.…

Cadillac Will Downsize Engines When Customers Prove That's What They…

Cadillac is ready to downsize the engines in their luxury offerings — and they have the ability to do it today if that's what customers indicate they want, according to GM Exec VP Thomas G. Stephens. Auto Observer reports he specifically mentioned the possibility of dropping a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, like… » 7/30/08 1:40pm 7/30/08 1:40pm

2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe Cruises For Chicks

You know what they Nick Hogan says about a yellow car. Well apparently GM thinks it's true; earlier we showed you a 2010 Camaro caught in yellow, and now we have footage of the 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe driving around in a similar visually scalding hue. We'd rather have the slick little turbocharged 260 HP coupe… » 3/24/08 4:45pm 3/24/08 4:45pm

Turbo Ecotec Power Might Wake Up This Chevette

Dropping a turbocharged Ecotec out of a Solstice GXP into a Chevette sounds like a very, very good idea to us. 260 horses is nearly four times the little red Chevette's original power, so such a combo should be a total suicide machine pretty zippy performer. Well, looks like our Question of the Day has been answered! … » 2/11/08 4:00pm 2/11/08 4:00pm

Commenter of the Day: Ugly Stereotypes Edition

Rush Limbaugh was described best to me as, "Your paranoid, self-loathing uncle who screams into his attic ham radio about imaginary injustices. Yet for some for some reason he's taken seriously." Before you slap me with the "Lib!" badge, I would ask you to spend an afternoon with my uncle. All of which brings us… » 10/30/07 7:00pm 10/30/07 7:00pm

What Would You Do With the Turbocharged Ecotec?

One thing we admire about General Motors is that when they do do something right, they do it so right that conversations cease. I'm sure you've all been here before, "Yeah, well, the Porsche Blah Blah Blah does 0-60 in blah and goes around some track in Germany in blah and has this crazy hyper-tech thingy that does… » 10/30/07 12:15pm 10/30/07 12:15pm

Commenter of the Day: SEMA Press Release Orgy Edition

Murilee and I spoke with Wert on Saturday after the Pumpkin Smash. He was already in his Howard Hughes Suite room at the MGM Grand, so we asked if he was going to play some Texas Hold 'Em or get blotto off free booze or hit a strip club — you know, any Vegas-type activity. No, he told us, he was going to sit tight and… » 10/29/07 6:15pm 10/29/07 6:15pm

Juicing the Ecotec: GM's New Aftermarket Kits Are Here

Drivers of Chevy Cobalt SSs and Saturn ION Redlines will finally be able to add firepower under their dimunitive hoods for not a whole lot more money. GM Performance Parts, the company's aftermarket pimps, have released two aftermarket engine-upgrade kits that will add between 31 and 36 horsepower. The Stage One kit… » 4/06/06 1:03pm 4/06/06 1:03pm

You Are There: GM Product-Testing Party, Colorado Edition

Our new buddy Ryan happened by a GM soir e in the Rocky Mountains, at which the company's new, turbocharged Ecotec direct-injection mill was the most honored of guests. Luckily, he brought along his digicam » 1/31/06 11:44am 1/31/06 11:44am

Funny, we were just talking about how much the HHR needed a shot of adrenaline. All bodes well.