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Love Cars? Then Youíll Love These Amazon Prime Day Deals

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:35 PM - by AutoGuide.com



Looking to stock up on some of your favorite automotive accessories? Well today is the day to do it.

July 12 is Amazon Prime Day, when prices are slashed on a selection of items, making it a great time to buy at bargain prices. For 24 hours, tons of deals will come and go, but there is a catch: you have to be an Amazon Prime member.

A subscription costs $99 annually, and gets you access to all these great one-day deals plus Prime Music streaming, Prime video streaming and free two-day shipping. Or, if you only want to take advantage of this one day sale, you can sign up for Prime and cancel within a 30-day window. Either way, you get great deals and free two-day shipping!

Take a look at the list below to see some of the best automotive-themed accessories we dug up that may interest you. And donít forget to browse all of the great Prime Day deals.
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9 of the Most Fun Cars to Drive for Under $10K

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:51 AM - by AutoGuide.com


Buying an affordable car doesn't mean you have to give up fun

Everyone could use a little more fun in their lives, so why not start with your car? There are plenty of excellent choices out there, but what if you've only got $10,000 to spend?

Whether you're looking for something to spice up your daily commute or add something special to your fleet for Sunday drives, here are nine cars to consider that add a dose of fun to your daily drive.
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Do Engine Start-Stop Systems Actually Help You Save Gas?

Jul 05, 2016 - 2:21 PM - by AutoGuide.com



Many new cars come with automatic engine start-stop. These systems are designed to save the fuel wasted at idle by turning the engine off when you come to a stop.

These systems are becoming more and more common in cars and trucks. Even the Ford F-150 is arriving with this system as standard equipment, promising more MPGs.

But the fuel spent during idle seems insignificant, right? Even the EPAís fuel economy tests seem to downplay the significance of these systems. How much fuel can really be saved, and can everyone benefit from this technology, even if they spend most of their commute on the highway?

Hereís how it works for the driver: When you come to a stop, like you would at an intersection and hold the brake while you wait for the light to turn green, the engine will shut off. On cars with manual transmissions, you usually have to put the car into neutral in order for the engine to shut off. As soon as you let off the brake or engage the clutch, the engine will automatically and quickly fire up, so you can get on your way again. These frequent restarts require a different starter motor thatís more robust and paired to a different, tougher battery.

Furthermore, unlike when you turn off your car entirely, the rest of your carís features will remain on even if engine start-stop system is active. That means you still get A/C, radio, navigation and all that. A bigger battery helps with that, and some cars even feature an extra battery or a super capacitor.

Still, despite updates to the new five-cycle EPA test, it may be hard to see the tangible benefits of anengine start-stop system.
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Cadillac News: What if the mid-engine Corvette is really a Cadillac?

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:50 AM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Rumormill,Cadillac,Chevrolet,Coupe,Performance
While we're all just making random speculation on the next Corvette, here's a new theory. Zero proof, but lots of logic.Continue reading What if the mid-engine Corvette is really a Cadillac?
What if the mid-engine Corvette is really a Cadillac? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cadillac News: Cadillac drops the base engine in the 2017 ATS

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:10 AM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Cadillac,United States,Sedan,Luxury
Cadillac is dropping the base 2.5-liter engine from the ATS, leaving the turbo 2.0 four-cylinder as entry-level motor. Some equipment changes have raised the base price compared to the 2016 model.Continue reading Cadillac drops the base engine in the 2017 ATS
Cadillac drops the base engine in the 2017 ATS originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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GM Patents New Two-Stage Turbo

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:56 PM - by AutoGuide.com



General Motors has filed a patent application for a new two-stage turbo system.

The filing, published by the USPTO on May 19, 2016, details a two-stage turbocharger where the low pressure turbine and the high pressure turbine are arranged in a series. The brilliance of the new proposal is a bypass system that allows GM to optimize both the high-pressure and the low-pressure inlets for their respective tasks.

According to the filing, typical two-stage turbochargers are configured to operate both turbines simultaneously at low/mid engine speeds, while at high engine speeds, only the low-pressure turbine operates. The issue with this design is it can never completely isolate either the low or high pressure side, forcing inlet design compromises, which in turn can impair low end performance and result in higher pumping loses. GMís new system proposes to eliminate the compromise.

The high-pressure turbo is linked to the exhaust manifold through the high-pressure inlet duct; the low pressure turbo is connected to the high pressure turbo through a low pressure inlet duct, which links to a connecting channel.-

Bypass is created through a single actuator that lives in the exhaust manifold, it either opens the high-pressure inlet and closes the connecting channel or vice versa.

The system is actually pretty brilliant in its simplicity. The actuator takes direction from the ECU based on engine speed and load, the actuator is a single rotating spindle with discs corresponding to flanges on the high and low pressure sides. The spindle rotates 90 degrees isolating the respective sides of the two-stage turbos.

Isolation allows the respective inlets to be designed for the best possible fluid dynamic performance. This way the maximum available enthalpy is given to the low pressure side in full power operation, likewise to the high pressure side in maximum torque operation.

Want to bet we see it in a Cadillac first?
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Cadillac News: Junkyard Gem: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado

Jun 13, 2016 - 12:50 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Cadillac,Automotive History
This rust-free Eldorado in a Denver self-service wrecking yard appears to be an abandoned project.Continue reading Junkyard Gem: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado
Junkyard Gem: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cadillac News: Junkyard Gem: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado

Jun 13, 2016 - 12:20 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Cadillac,Automotive History
This rust-free Eldorado in a Denver self-service wrecking yard appears to be an abandoned project.Continue reading Junkyard Gem: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado
Junkyard Gem: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cadillac News: Cadillac cancels sponsorship of Trump's PGA event

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:00 PM - by Cadillac Forum
Filed under: Etc.,Government/Legal,Cadillac
"I hope they have kidnapping insurance," says Donald Trump.Continue reading Cadillac cancels sponsorship of Trump's PGA event
Cadillac cancels sponsorship of Trump's PGA event originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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2016 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Review

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:08 PM - by AutoGuide.com



The Cadillac ATS is a prime example of how the American automaker is looking to the past for inspiration.

Cadillacís sport sedan is a reminder of a time when luxury cars could be fun and nimble rather than large and gadget-laden. Itís a throwback of sorts, specifically to the impressive BMW 3 Series from late Ď90s to early 2000s. Why would Cadillac look back to a 15-year-old BMW for inspiration? Because that generation of BMW helped give the brand legs. A loyal following of owners lived with their E46 3 Series sedans and then moved up into other, larger BMW vehicles after becoming so smitten with the driving dynamics of the entry-level luxury vehicle.
Cadillac has picked up BMWís old gameplan and is making fun-to-drive cars in almost all segments. The ATS is a great car for those looking for a premium driving experience, especially at its $34,210 price point, but an upgraded model with the new 3.6-liter V6 engine ups the ante.

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