Cruising With CornerstoneDad: Chevy Says, “Satisfaction Guaranteed!”

I post this because a regular CornerstoneDad commenter asked my opinion on the Chevy Cruze. After reading this, he can actually buy it and if he doesn’t like it, just take it back!

Some restrictions apply of course.

My son has purchased a new Malibu in the last 30 days, so people (at least in my area and social circle) are certainly considering putting a Chevy in their driveway.

When businesses come with the high pressure warranty sale on my dad, he always says, “Why am I buying your product if you’re so worried about it breaking? Maybe I shouldn’t buy it then!”

(Trust me, that one works well and I use it all the time.)

So props to General Motors for taking such a stand behind its products, as they are obviously confident that people are going to be satisfied.

Yes, I know there’s a psychological game being played here as well but we aren’t going to focus on that right now.

So if you’re a CornerstoneDad getting ready to plop down some cash on a new ride (literally for my Dave Ramsey fans), this may be a reason to stop by your local Chevy dealer and see they can show you some love.

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CornerstoneDad Knowledge Nugget: The Historic Packard Plant

I’ve taken numerous shots of Motown, so I really dig sites like this that show the historic value of many of the buildings and factories.

I stumbled upon this site (http://detroiturbex.com/content/industry/packard/index.html) that shows the old Packard plant and some other historic sites in “The D.”.

So pull the kids on the lap Dad, and take a walk through history!

CornerstoneDad Covers the Detroit Auto Show – Day 2

Media days are finally over and the theme definitely was green, sporty and small. In  other words, if you’re looking for that next minivan for the family or pick’m-up-truck, this show was not for you. This one was all about the kids. Likely your kids, as manufacturers try to get them back into their brands and build some brand loyalty. So fuel efficiency, coupes and connectivity for all those devices was the flavor of the show.

So for you CornerstoneDad’s out there with teenagers that are car shopping, this show is for you.

Can you find which car may be the next-gen Camaro?

Can you find which car may be the next-gen Corvette?

What do you think about the Blake Griffin Kia?

What do you think of the new Fusion?

Gotta at least give it up to Dodge for keeping us Muscle Car era fans happy.

Sound off!

Cruising with CornerstoneDad: Chicago Auto Show Wrap-Up

What was hot?

What was cold?

You decide and let me know as below are all of the vehicles that were so special, the manufacturers held press conferences to tell us all about them…or at least about themselves.

Launch: Camaro ZL1 version


Specs:

–          LSA supercharged 6.2L V8 engine

–          estimated 550 hp / 550 lb-ft. of torque

–          high-strength hypereutectic pistons

–          Eaton supercharger

–          six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission

–          new exhaust (first used on the Vette)

–          fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet and most technically advanced Camaro ever

–          planned launch: beginning of 2012

–          Key competitor: Ford’s Shelby GT500

 

Launch: Limited edition Camaro SS Convertible

–       Replica of 1969 pace model

–       Only making 500.

 

Launch: Genesis Sedan 5.0 R-Spec

Wait, is this the same company that made some of the cheapest looking cars just a few years ago?

–      5.0L Tau V8 with DI

–       Most powerful Hyundai engine yet at 429hp, 11.5:1 compression

–       D-CVVT variable valve timing

–       Estimated fuel economy is 16 city and 25 highway

–       “unique R-Spec transmission”…Hyundai’s own 8-speed

–       DI added to Lambda 3.8L bumping HP up to 333 (this should really help the Coupe!)

–       3 engines now available for the sedan: 5.0L V8, 4.6L V8, and 3.8L V6

–       5.0L / 8 spd. powertrain will also be standard in the Equus

 

Launch: Veloster Rally Car

Why do I feel like I need a video game controller in my hand when I look at this car?

–       The only news here is that Hyundai appears to be using this vehicle to go up against Mitsubishi’s Lancer and Subaru’s Impreza. In other words, this is the “boy-racer” model in the line-up. While the company is commercially touting the fuel efficiency of its vehicles, there is obviously money in the budget to focus on vehicle performance as well.

 

Launch: New 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


–       2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine

–       200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,700 rpm

–       Expected to deliver 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG® automatic.

It was interesting that VW spent more time talking about social networking and the popularity of its recent Darth Vader Super Bowl ad than it did the vehicle.

Launch: 2012 TL

I had the same look on my face that I have when my wife comes home after getting her hair done. Do I say I see the difference when I really don't?

–       “newly refined”

–       received 6-speed automatic transmission.

 

Launch: “Man Van” Grand Caravan

I think most CornerstoneDads would add a little more flare to their minivan if it's going to be considered their "man van"

–       3.6L Pentastar V6 and 6-speed transmission

–       283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

The outside of the van did not look much different, but the interior is supposed to be a “man cave” with its all black color. What do you call a minivan with the most horsepower and torque in its class and an R/T badge? A minivan.

Launch: Durango R/T


–       5.7L HEMI producing 360 hp / 390 lb.-ft. of torque

–       Best in class 7,400 lb. towing capability

 

Launch: Charger SRT8

Whether 2012, or 1972, the new Charger SRT8 fits in with no problem with its size and power

–       6.4L HEMI with 468hp and 465 lb.-ft. or torque

–       Improvement of 15% for the city and 25% for the highway compared to the 6.1L in the 2010 model

 

Launch: Tradesman 1500

–       Standard 5.7L HEMI (390hp/407lb.-ft.)

–       Five-speed transmission

–       Highway fuel economy rated at 20 mpg

–       Pricing starting at $22,780

 

Launch: 3500 HD

–       turbo diesel engine and emits no diesel exhaust fluid, reducing cleaning time; 800 lb.-ft. of torque

–       Maximum tow rating of 22,700 pounds

 

Since Ford decided to talk about nothing but using social media to launch the new Explorer and other vehicles in the future, I just decided to post the shot of their best vehicle at the show. Like any good reporter, if there’s no news, you just make some up.

Oh how I can't wait for the drag strips to re-open!
A friend of mine with a Fox body Mustang once told me before a race, I'd hose my grandmother!