Ford, Chevy come out on top for International Engine of the Year competition

The International Engine of the Year competition brought awards for Ford and Chevy engines.

GM’s Voltec powertrain scored Best Green Engine, while the 999cc Ford EcoBoost three-cylinder earned the overall Engine of the Year, among others.

GM’s Voltec power train combines a 1.4-liter range-extender gas engine, two AC electric motors and a 288-cell lithium-ion battery pack. In the past, the Best Green engine has gone to Toyota.

At this time, the EcoBoost engine appears in Euro-spec Ford Focuses right now. It has two different power levels, 99 horsepower and 123 horsepower, but it can make up to 177 HPs. It was given praise for having no turbo lag. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was given the best new engine, best sub-1-liter and best overall engine.

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GM announces plans for 2014 Chevy SS

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GM recently announced that it will showcase the 2014 Chevy SS sports sedan February 21, 2013, just before the Daytona 500, when the NASCAR version makes its debut.

Rumor has it that the Chevy SS will see improvements to fuel efficiency with innovations to lightweight construction.

Consumers can definitely expect to see a V8 option, and possibly a V6 option if demand is high enough.

Other updates include improved suspension, electric power steering and a keyless engine start.

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American Auto News Update from PowerBlock TV

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Ford wants to depend less on fossil fuels

Ford announced today that they’re teaming up with other companies to work on developing the use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products in an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Ford is partnering with Coca-Cola, H.J. Heinz, NIKE and Procter & Gamble.

GM introduces rear-wheel drive sedan

For the first time in 17 years, General Motors will introduce a rear-wheel drive Chevy performance sedan for the U.S. Market. According to the Chicago Tribune, GM has plans to sell a limited number of full-size sedans with a V-8 engine called the Chevrolet SS. It’s expected to reach dealerships in late 2013.

Who leads in sales for the month of May?

For the Month of May, Ford Mustang sold more vehicles than any rear-wheel drive performance car, beating out the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

By the numbers for May:

Ford Mustang: 10,427

Chevy Camaro: 9,023

Dodge Challenger: 4,816

Though the Mustang was ahead for the month of May, they’re still 2,213 units behind the Chevy Camaro for the year.

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AWD Camaro!

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Yes, it’s an all-wheel drive 1968/2010 Camaro. John Wargo from The Custom Shop in Flanagan, Illinois joins Courtney this weekend with his wild custom muscle car. In a 7 month build he took the back end of a 2010 and grafted it on the front end of a ’68 Camaro, performed a two seat roadster convertible conversion and added all-wheel drive. He dropped in an LSX Pace Performance 376 motor with an F-1 Pro-charger and Holley intake and Holley Dominator fuel injection system. It rolls on Forge Line, 3 piece wheels with Toyo Tires. The paint is Pro Spray Speed Orange and Brilliant Black with a tri-coat Pearl. Check it out on PowerBlock May 4th & 5th. For more, check out CustomShop.org

’67 Nova

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This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney’s featured ride is a 1967 Chevy Nova SS. Owner Al Gagnon got it almost 12 years ago and changed the color from blue to GMC Fleet Red Centari. He also updated it with a GM Performance Parts 350 with a 750-cfm Holley double-pumper and Hooker headers that puts out 360 horses. The car weighs 3000 lbs. He added creature comforts like air conditioning, cruise control, power steering, power ‘70 Chevelle disc brakes, a CCP mini-subframe and chrome trim. This is no trailer queen; Al puts on about ten thousand miles a year on tours and shows. FYI: PowerBlock airs Saturday & Sunday April77th & 8th one hour earlier at 10am ET.