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

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 around… » 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