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Chevy Colorado to get turbo-diesel model

DETROIT – The Chevrolet Colorado will get a turbo-diesel model for 2016.

The new diesel Colorado will develop 369 lb-ft of torque from its all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel. With the diesel engine, the Colorado’s maximum trailering capacity rises to 7,700 pounds on 2WD models.

It is also the cleanest diesel truck engine ever produced by General Motors.

The new Colorado diesel goes on sales this fall, offered in LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6L V-6 model.

La. 26th most expensive to insure teen drivers

When it comes to insuring teen-aged drivers, it could be worse for Louisiana parents. It could be better too.

Car insurance costs 82 percent more after Louisiana couples add a teen driver to their policy, according to a new report. That’s the 26th-highest increase in the country.

Teenage males lead to 97% higher car insurance costs in Louisiana and teenage females lead to 68% higher costs.

Louisiana is about average in teen drivers’ insurance costs. The average married couple pays 80 percent more for car insurance after adding a teen driver to their policy, according to the report.

Drivers aged 16 cause the highest spike in premiums (96 percent.

Teenage males are much more expensive to insure than teenage females (average increases of 92 percent and 67 percent, respectively). Six states prohibit insurers from using gender in their rate calculations (Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania).

The most expensive state to insure a teen driver is New Hampshire, where the average premium jumps 115 percent.

The cost to insure a teen driver has actually fallen a bit since 2013, when the average annual increase was 85 percent (98 percent for males and 73 percent for females).

Click here to view the average premium increases in all 50 states and the District of Columbia:

Range Rover Evoque will detect potholes, give data to government

Jaguar Land Rover is researching a new connected car technology that will allow a vehicle to identify the location and severity of potholes, broken drains and manhole covers, and then share this data in real-time via the cloud with other vehicles and with road authorities to help them prioritise repairs.

If a car can receive a warning from another vehicle about severe potholes or broken manholes ahead, then drivers would be able to slow down and avoid the danger – or the car could adjust suspension settings to reduce the impact and smooth the ride. This could help reduce the potential for punctures, wheel and vehicle damage as well as road accidents.

Dr Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our MagneRide equipped Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport vehicles feature sophisticated sensors that allow the vehicle to profile the road surface under the wheels and identify potholes, raised manholes and broken drain covers. By monitoring the motion of the vehicle and changes in the height of the suspension, the car is able to continuously adjust the vehicle’s suspension characteristics, giving passengers a more comfortable ride over uneven and damaged road surfaces.

“While this gives our customers a more comfortable ride, we think there is a huge opportunity to turn the information from these vehicle sensors into ‘big data’ and share it for the benefit of other road users. This could help prevent billions of pounds of vehicle damage and make road repairs more effective.”

2016 models already coming online

It seems like new cars just keep coming out earlier every year. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI and the 2016 Nissan Maxima are already among the first new models to launch for next year.

The Jetta GLI sedan is equipped with a specially tuned sport suspension and the same 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Golf GTI.

The new Maxima is longer, lower and lighter than the 2015 model and has a 25 percent stiffer platform. The Maxima’s new V6 engine is made up of 61 percent new parts.

It’s going to be a busy summer, with many new cars scheduled for significant refreshes and redesigns. Watch for them in The Advocate’s WHEELS section.


Bass Pro Shops, Toyota team up for Family Summer Camp

Bass Pro Shops’ Family Summer Camp begins June 27, and this year Gulf States Toyota will donate $1,000 worth of Bass Pro Shops camping gear to customers in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma who purchase a new 2015 Special Edition Toyota Tundra.

The  Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp is a free in-store event aimed at helping families get ready for summertime outdoor adventures like camping, fishing and archery. A new component to Family Summer Camp this year is kayaking, according to Laura Gordon with the Denham Springs Bass Pro Shops

The summer camp features workshops on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 27 to July 26 at Bass Pro Shops stores. Hours will be from noon until 5 p.m.

This year marks the seventh time the local Bass Pro Shops has held the summer event, Gordon said. She said it has proven to be a popular event that encourages family involvement in the outdoors.

The workshops are aimed primarily at kids from 8-12 years old, she said. Other workshops include bird-watching and water safety.

The Texas-built 2015 Special Edition Tundra has a 5.7-liter V8 that develops 381-horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque.

Brent Hillyer, vice president of marketing for Gulf States Toyota, said the gear being donated with the purchase of each of the new trucks will make it even easier for the truck owners to experience the great outdoors.

“We know that time spent outdoors has far-reaching benefits for kids and adults, and we hope that this program and our in-store Family Summer Camp event will inspire families to learn new skills that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives,” said Tammy Sapp, communications director for Bass Pro Shops.

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Gulf States Toyota donates $50,000 for Texas flood relief


Texas residents saw more than 35 trillion gallons of water fall across the state in May, according to National Weather Service. Many rivers, lakes and streams were not able to contain the water causing devastating flooding for many residents throughout Texas.

To help with the relief efforts in the most devastated areas, Dan Friedkin, Chairman of Gulf States Toyota and The Friedkin Group, has announced a donation of $50,000, to the American Red Cross.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared disasters in 70 counties after extreme weather destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and left thousands without power. Schools were closed in several metropolitan areas and people are being asked to avoid flooded areas.

Since early May, Red Cross workers have opened 30 shelters, served more than 23,000 meals and snacks, handed out 31,000 relief items and cleaning supplies. Nearly 700 Red Cross volunteers are helping in Texas along with 22 emergency response vehicles. Additional volunteers and vehicles are on alert if needed.


Jeep sells more than 1 million vehicles in 2014

Jeep sold 1,017,019 vehicles globally in 2014, breaking the record set in 2013, when the company sold 731,565 vehicles.

Last year was the fifth consecutive year of increased Jeep sales.

In addition to its 39 percent global increase, Jeep sales rose 41 percent in the U.S. in 2014, with a record 692,348 total sales. Jeep sales rose 40 percent in Europe and 42 percent in the Asia-Pacific region in 2014. In China – the world’s largest automobile market – sales rose 49 percent. Jeep vehicle sales were led globally and in the U.S. by Grand Cherokee (279,567 global; 183,786 U.S.), Cherokee (236,289 global; 178,508 U.S.), Wrangler (234,579 global; 175,328 U.S.), Compass (134,629 global; 61,264 U.S.), and Patriot (122,387 global; 93,462 U.S.).

“While we are especially pleased with the way the new Jeep Cherokee is resonating in the marketplace, the fact is that every vehicle in the Jeep lineup recorded significant worldwide sales gains,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO of the Jeep brand.

2015 Chevy Colorado wins Motor Trend ‘Truck of the Year’

Motor Trend has given the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado its “Truck of the Year” award.

The new mid-size Colorado was introduced as an alternative to the ever-increasing size of pickup trucks.

The Colorado and its GMC sibling, the Canyon, have focused new attention on the dormant mid-size truck segment.

The two GM trucks are large enough to get the job done, but small enough to fit in most garages.

Ford F-150 Named Truck of Texas

The all-new Ford F-150 was named Truck of Texas at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Truck Rodeo.
Sixty auto writers drove 75 vehicles on and off road for two days Oct. 9-10 at the Knibbe Ranch outside San Antonio to choose the Truck of Texas. This year’s Texas Truck Rodeo, which was sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute, also saw the 2015 Lincoln MKC take the CUV of Texas; the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee capture the SUV of Texas title for an unprecedented fifth straight year; and Ford being named the Truck Line of
Doug Scott, marketing manager of Ford’s truck group, said, “This is a significant honor, one of the three big ones along with the Motor Trend and North American Truck of the year awards. Our entire truck team is proud and
honored to win the Truck of Texas trophy.”
Winning the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) title was the 2015 Honda CR-V Touring; the 2015 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Premium was named the Mid-size CUV; the 2015 Kia Sedona SX was named Full-size CUV; and the 2015 Lincoln MKC was named Luxury CUV.
The 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk was named Compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV); the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 was named Mid-size SUV;
the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD was named Full-size SUV; and the 2015 Range Rover Evoque 5-Door was named Compact Luxury SUV.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4×4 was named Mid-size Luxury SUV; and the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali was named Full-size Luxury SUV. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler was named Off-road SUV.
The mid-size Pickup Truck title was won by the 2015 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab; and the full-size Pickup truck was the 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch. Luxury Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum; and Heavy Duty
Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn. Off-road Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ram Power Wagon.
Commercial Vehicle was the 2015 Ford Transit
250. Other winners in the competition included: Best Connectivity, Chrysler Group’s UConnect Access; Best Powertrain, Chrysler Eco Diesel Engine; and Best
Technology, 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch high- strength military-grade aluminum body.

Five Million Ford F-Series Super Duties sold

The 5 millionth Ford S-Series Super Duty will roll of the assembly line at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant next month.

The F-Series Super Duty, which has models ranging from the F-250 to the F-550, debuted in 1999.

Back in 1999, the F-350 could tow up to 14,600 pounds. Today, the F-450 has a standard tow rating of 31,200 pounds, using the Society of Automotive Engineeers J2807 standards.