2016 Chevrolet Volt to launch next year: What we know so far

There's been very little news lately about the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, and its sales in 2013 sales were stagnant.

In fact, the most recent item of note was a $5,000 price reduction on the 2014 Volt last August, to bring it closer to the center of the volume-car market.

But behind the scenes, Chevrolet is preparing the next iteration of its pioneering plug-in car.

Based on published articles and a host of private conversations with industry analysts, electric-car advocates, and--yes--a few General Motors employees, here's what we know so far about the next Volt.

Timing … Read more

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 unveiled: 625 supercharged horses and more downforce, too

DETROIT -- With the launch of the new Corvette Stingray last year, Chevy fans had a new performance car to aspire to. However, true fans of the brand knew the best was yet to come. While the new C7 Stingray raised the performance bar well above that of the C6 that came before, it's always the subsequent performance models that really light the world on fire. This year in Detroit the first of those was unveiled, the venerable Z06.

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The first Z06 model appeared back in 1963 … Read more

At CES 2014, the cars drive you

LAS VEGAS -- At last year's CES, the topic of driverless cars came up from Audi and Lexus, but it was largely talk. Just one year later, we are seeing real-world demonstrations of the technology. New platforms for app integration in cars were also on display, as was an exciting new trend, letting drivers get information and control some car functions with a smartwatch.

Audi and BMW, along with automotive suppliers Bosch and Valeo, demonstrated some driverless car technologies. Rather than a fully enabled autonomous vehicle that can drive across town by itself, these demonstrations focused on next-generation features … Read more

Google joins with GM, Honda, Audi for Android-powered cars

Google has launched a partnership with carmakers General Motors, Audi, Honda, and Hyundai, as well as with chipmaker Nvidia, to bring the Android operating system to vehicles in 2014.

The group, called the Open Auto Alliance, aims to marry Android's widespread use and app support with openness and customization, according to the group's announcement Monday, the opening day of CES 2014.

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"The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone," the group said. … Read more

GM unveils app platform, partners with AT&T for in-car LTE

It's been a year since GM and OnStar opened up their app development platform to the masses -- and two years since the company's first LTE-enabled car, powered by Verizon. At the 2014 International CES, GM and OnStar are showing some fruit from that app platform and a new partner providing that sweet LTE bandwidth: AT&T.

Connected by OnStar is an HTML5-based platform and suite of components for developers to use in crafting their apps. In a move that's unlike the platforms offered by Toyota, Ford, or BMW, all app connectivity here relies on an … Read more

Track testing the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette and its new Performance Data Recorder

Track days are an increasingly common way for automotive enthusiasts to see what their machines can do without risking their licenses on the street. Also increasingly common? GoPro cameras stuck on windshields, fenders, and anywhere else that might provide the most dramatic footage of pilots aggressively driving in circles. Other companies, like VBOX, take that footage and add GPS telemetry, laying speed and track position over the footage.

Now, Chevrolet is making that sort of fun a factory option. Buyers of the 2015 Corvette will be able to tick a box and request what's being called the Performance Data … Read more

CES 2014 will showcase the near future of driving

Auto shows make great places to see the cars coming to showrooms in the next year, but CES shows how we will be driving by 2020. Automakers and suppliers are participating in CES 2014 to show off their latest tech concepts, designed to make driving safer and easier than ever.

At CES 2013, both Lexus and Audi made important announcements about their efforts to develop autonomous vehicles. While those efforts have not come to dealers yet, Audi will be demonstrating its test vehicles at CES, showing how the future car will drop off its passengers, then go find a parking … Read more

Uber teams up with GM, Toyota to get more cars on the road

Uber began testing a financial program Monday that aims to reduce the car payments of its drivers through a partnership with auto manufacturers and banks.

The on-demand car company said it now has 100,000 drivers and "millions" of customers, with full-time drivers giving $100,000 worth of rides each year. But, it needs more cars.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company is growing quickly -- 20 percent per month in the last two months -- and it wants to make sure there are enough cars for its system. The aim is to get "hundreds of … Read more

Chevrolet teases the Colorado's return to the pickup party

With refreshes to its big ol' Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups under its belt, Chevrolet turns its attention to its midsize Colorado pickup at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

According to Chevy, the all-new Chevrolet Colorado will be "engineered to be the most capable, most versatile and technologically advanced midsized truck in the market."

When the automaker calls the Colorado "all-new," it likely means just that. The pickup will have been completely redesigned since its last appearance in the American market at the end of the 2012 model year. (We should point … Read more

The 404 1,318: Where we cross our eyes and mosaic our Ts (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Lady Gaga strips down naked for Marina Abramovic's Kickstarter art project.

- New York pizza robbed of top ranking in TripAdvisor's "Best US Destinations for a Pizza Pie."

- Copyright lawsuit targets cover songs on YouTube.

- "Game of Thrones" piracy is "better than an Emmy," says Time Warner CEO.

- How GM makes a car sound like what a car is supposed to sound like.… Read more