TCS Daily Car News 6/21/12
- 06/21/2012 |
- by Terry Heick |
- Total Car News / Manufacturer
Aston Martin Summons Vanquish Name
Aston Martin is resurrecting the Vanquish nameplate.
For 2013, the British manufacturer is replacing their flagship DBS with a car slightly larger, and likely a bit quicker as well.
The traditional 6.0 liter V-12 has been revised to produce 565 hp, a 55 hp increase over the DBS. The output gains were achieved through improved airflow intake engine via modifications to the intake manifold, larger throttle bodies, and the addition of Aston Martin's first dual variable valve timing system. Another first? The Vanquish is also available with launch control.
The car is expected to be available in early 2013 for around the same money the DBS can be had for—around $300,000.
The Bentley Continental GT has some competition.
Cadillac Touts ATS Safety
Cadillac is proud of the engineering poured into their 2013 lineup—including the new ATS.
In addition to performance improvements gained via technology and design goals, Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing is pointing out the safety benefits of additions such as Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control Suspension, and a vehicle weight that undercuts competitors.
“When we talk about the ATS having quick, nimble, fun-to-drive dynamics, we’re talking about qualities that contribute to better safety and efficiency as well. And thanks to Cadillac’s advanced technologies, the ATS is a vehicle that’s as comfortable as it is quick. It’s a no-compromise luxury sport sedan.”
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is available this summer starting at $33,900.
2013 Malibu Pricing Released
Cadillac is not the only American manufacturer excited about a summer launch.
The all-new Chevrolet Malibu will be available this summer with an equally-new 2.5 liter Ecotec engine that produces 197 horsepower, and is expected to achieve approaching 35 highway MPG. Also available will be a turbocharged variant that produces 259 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, enabling 0-60 times in the low 6s.
The Malibu will start at $23,150 for the LS, and go all the way up $30,925 for the LTZ (turbo).