GM Could be Gearing Up For a Mid-Engine ‘Vette in Bowling Green

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A $ 290 million investment in General Motors’ Bowling Green, Kentuky Corvette plant could herald the arrival of a lengthy-rumored beast.

The money infusion, announced right now by GM and reported by Automotive News, is meant for assembly upgrades and modifications, even though it also supercharges speculation that a mid-engine Corvette is ultimately on the way.

GM mentioned the funds will go towards “technology upgrades and manufacturing approach improvements,” but didn’t give out any product particulars. Final year’s $ 439 million investment went towards a new paint shop at the plant, which only produces the a single model.

The C7 ‘Vette is nonetheless relatively young — at 3 years of age, the generation must nonetheless have many years of life in it. But that isn’t the timeline GM has in mind, according to a supposedly reputable source who leaked details to Auto &amp Driver final month.

The source told the publication that the eighth generation will bow in 2018 as a 2019 model, with a production version prepared for display at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The mid-engined Corvette will allegedly use the C7’s pushrod engine at initial, with a new twin-cam V8 engine boosting the ‘Vette’s output in early 2019.

Base price for a C8 would be about $ 80,000, with the new engine bumping rates into the six figure range, the supply claimed.

GM has long ignored calls to provide a mid-engine Corvette, but marketplaces evolve. In spite of chief engineer Tadge Juechter’s 2015 claim that “no such automobile exists,” evidence is piling up that deep-pocketed enthusiasts will get their way.

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Low-cost and Green: Volkswagen Desires to Create You a Low-Priced Electric

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“Do those non-diesel items, only far better,” seems to be Volkswagen’s mantra these days.

The aftermath of the continuing diesel emissions scandal saw the embattled automaker dive deep into cleaner technologies, and it now appears like VW desires its name on a relatively cheap electric automobile, Autocar reports (through Carscoops).

The firm has been bullish on electrification ever given that the scandal broke, but its present financial predicament signifies careful preparing is in order. The standalone EV model would likely ride atop VW’s modular MEB platform, which the company sees as getting a large money saver — when more models commence utilizing it.

If the organization reaps the anticipated rewards of its plug-in platform, it hopes to offer the new EV at a value lower than its electric e-Golf, with a far much better variety.

“The MEB platform toolkit gives us the ideal chance to gain scale by using the platform answer in as many methods as possible,” said Frank Welsch, technical development head for VW. “If we can achieve scale then all sorts of things will become open to us, from decreased fees to more quickly R&ampD.”

The newest version of the e-Golf (which carries an MSRP of $ 28,995, prior to a federal tax credit) arrives in significantly less than a year with a 108-mile range, better than the existing model’s 83-mile range, but lagging that of upcoming models like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model three.

To stand out from the pack, the firm is aiming for a 310-mile range for its future EV (or a nicely rounded 300 kilometres for metric aficionados), with an ultra-quickly charging time of 15 minutes.

Volkswagen’s green epiphany is not relegated to just battery-powered automobiles and hybrids. Final week, the automaker showed off its new 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, festooned with each and every gas-saving technology it could lay its hands on.

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