Introduced in 1967 as a response to the stunning succes of the Ford Mustang, the Camaro has had its ups and downs in more than 40 years on the car scene. The Camaro has been offered in five different generations as a two-door sports coupe with V-6 or V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive. Until 2002, GM had built the Camaro in each model year for 35 consecutive years, but GM decided to kill the musclecar in 2002. The nameplate stayed dormant until the 2010 model year, when GM introduced the current Chevy Camaro still true to the two-door musclecar format with V-6 and V-8 engines mated to manual or automatic transmission and power routed to the rear wheels.
The 2011 Camaro marked the return of affordable rear-wheel-drive performance at Chevy. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro (starting at $22.805 MSRP for base) is available in a variety of LS, LT and SS trim levels. The all new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coming early 2012. The 2011 Camaro competes with other retro-inspired muscle coupes including the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. For 2011 there is a new convertible version disponible.
For 2011, the Chevrolet Camaro rolls on with evolutionary changes. They include:
– An increased horsepower rating for the 3.6 liter V-6 engine – 312 hp vs. 2010’s 304 hp – while still offering an EPA-rated 29 mpg on the highway.
– The Synergy Green Metallic exterior color will be offered on all Camaro models for a limited time, also the Synergy Green instrument panel and door trim panels on 2LT ($27.305 MSRP) and 2SS ($34.200 MSRP) models will be available.
– Head-up display is now standard on 2LT and 2SS equippment packages. The system projects vehicle speed and other data onto the windshield for easy at -a-glance viewing that doesn’t require the driver to take his or her eyes off the road.
2011 Camaro’s 3.6L direct injection (DI) V-6 delivers more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. It is standard on LS and LT models and produces 312 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft of torque.
Two 6.2 liter V-8 engines are offered in the 2011 Camaro SS including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models. Both engines are derived from the LS3 that debuted on the 2008 Corvette. Horsepower for the L99 is 400 at 5.900 rpm and torque is 410 lb-ft at 4.300 rpm. The LS3 develops 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The L99 is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.
2011 Camaro features fully independent front and rear suspensions, with the standard independent using a 4.5-link system that includes a unique L-shaped upper control arm that attaches to the knuckle at one end and incorporates a ride bushing in the rear. Two suspension packages are offered: FE2 sport on V-6 models and FE3 performance with the V-8.
LS and LT models of 2011 Chevy Camaro is standard equipped with 18-inch wheels or optional 19-inch wheels. SS comes with standard 20-inch wheels or optional 21-inch wheels.
All models include a three-spoke steering wheel with tilt/telescope adjustment. Cruise control and rear defogger also are standard while a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, redundant steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, rear park assist and USB port are part of the available Driver Convenience and Connectivity package.
2011 Camaro’s entertainment system include a single-CD radio with six speakers that is standard on LS, LT and SS models. A premium 245-watt Boston Acoustics nine-speaker audio system is standard on 2LT and 2SS and it can be ordered on 1LT and 1SS models. All 2011 models of Camaro also include power door locks and an express up and down feature on the driver and passenger windows.
The once mega-popular SUV that started it all has been redesigned in every way in the hopes of a powerful resurgence. A new platform, interior, exterior, engines and enhanced fuel economy highlight now the 2011 Ford Explorer has evolved. In hopes of delivering a successful three-row crossover, Ford has gutted its best-selling seven-seat SUV, the Explorer. The result is a very good crossover that looks and even feels a bit like an SUV.
The new 2011 Ford Explorer will undoubtedly please SUV fans but it might leave families flat, thanks to a tight second row and high step-in height.
The new 2011 Ford Explorer is a large crossover SUV available in base ($28.360 starting MSRP), XLT ($31.520 starting MSRP) and Limited ($ 37535 MSRP) trim levels. Standard equipment of 2011 Ford Explorer includes 17-inch steel wheels, privacy glass, integrated blind spot mirrors, roofs rails, cruise control, a six-way power driver seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, MyFord advanced trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD-player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The XLT model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a keyless entry code pad and satellite radio.
For the new 2011 Explorer XLT, Ford offers the Rapid Spec Option Group 201A that adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and the Driver Connect Package.
The Limited includes the XLT’s Rapid Spec item plus 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio.
The 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5 liter V6 engines that produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive is optional and includes Ford’s Terrain Management system, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction in different conditions. Estimated MPG is 17 city/23 highway. A new high-tech 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylindr engine will be disponible soon. This intercooled I4 engine delivers a projected 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
The new 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. The Explorer’s stability control system also includes Ford’s curve control, which can reduce the vehicle’s speed if it senses that it’s travelling too fast for a particular corner.
The Explorer is the third Ford product (following the Edge and the Lincoln) to offer the company’s new touch-screen infotainment system. Called MyFord Touch, it integrates navigation, audio, climate and phone function into an eight-inch touch screen while reducing the number of physical controls.
Seating for seven is standard with an option for center bucket seats that reduce capacity to six passenger.
After drive-test with 2011 Ford Explorer, the autoblog says:
There may have been a lot of arched eyebrows leading up to the 2011 Explorer, but after driving it, the only looks of surprise are likely to be accompanied by feelings of delight.
Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, coaches and trucks. Mercedes Benz is a division of its parent company, Daimler AG. Mercedes-Benz traces its origins to Karl Benz’s creation of the first petrol-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, patented in January 1886 and Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm Maybach’s conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a petrol engine later that year. The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicle were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz’s and Gottlieb Daimler’s companies into the Daimler-Benz company. Mercedes-Benz is one of the most well-known and established automotive brands in the world and is also the world’s oldest automotive brand still in existence today.
The 2011 C-Class model of Mercedes Benz is available in four trim levels: C300 Luxury Sedan ($35.900 MSRP), C300 Sport Sedan ($33.990 MSRP), C350 Sport Sedan ($39.990 MSRP) and the special on-top C63 AMG ($58.200 MSRP).
The C-Class Sedan is the best selling Mercedes-Benz model. For 2011, both Sport model (C300 Sport Sedan and C350 Sport Sedan) are now equipped with LED daytime running lights and black inlays around the headlights and all C-Class models come with new headlight control switches and ESP controls relocated to the instrument cluster.
The high-performance new 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has a powerful new option package – the AMG Development Package, which features new lightweight forged pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft with modified engine management that together provide an extra 27 hp for a total 481 hp. The AMG Development Package also includes track-calibrated sport suspension, limited slip differential, red brake calipers, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler and a higher speed limiter of 174 mph.
All Mercedes-Benz 2011 C-Class models boast Agility Control which provides the benefits of both soft and stiff shock absorbers. The 2011 C-Class comes also with an ”ECO/SPORT” button, and in the Sport mode understeer and body lean are reduced. Selecting the Sport mode quickens throttle response, increases steering feel and raises shift points for maximum performance. In the Eco mode, shift points are lowered and the vehicle starts off in second gear for optimized fuel economy.
2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class standard equipment includes a power sunroof, eight-way power front seats with lumbar support, two-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and a central controller with a five-inch display screen. An optional Multimedia Package can play tracks stored on a data CD, DVD or memory card, and the audio system can be fitted with an optional six-disc, in-dash CD changer.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with all the safety features expected from Mercedes-Benz from four-wheel disc brakes and ABS to traction control and ESP stability control. The 2011 C-Class boasts nine supplemental restraints, including two-stage front air bags, a knee air bag for the driver and pelvic air bag which work together with curtain and side air bags to provide extra protection for front occupants in dangerous side-impact collisions.
The edmunds says about 2011 C-Class:
Impeccably built to a standard befitting its legendary status, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is an impressive luxury car. At the same time, the C-Class’s pricing tends to be higher than its rivals despite giving away a bit in terms of performance.
The 2011 C300 Luxury Sedan and Sport Sedan of Mercedes-Benz are equipped with an 2.996-cc (3-liter) DOHC 24 Valve, V6 engine with aluminum-alloy cylinder block. This engine produces net power 228 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 7 speed automatic with optional electronically controlled, driver-adaptive programming and more. A manual 6-speed transmission also is disponible. The fuel economy is 18 mpg (city estimate) and 26 mpg highway (estimate).
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport Sedan model is equipped with an 3.5 liter, 24 valve, DOHC V6 engine that produce 268 hp and 258 lb-ft net torque. Only automatic transmission is disponible for this model. Fuel economy of 2011 C-Class C350 Sport Sedan is 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The engine of 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is an 6.3-liter V8 that produces 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque (with 0 – 60 mph acceleration in 4.4 sec). The fuel economy for 2011 C63 AMG is 12mpg city/19 mpg highway.