1992 Corvette Stingray III Concept

In 1992 the Corvette Nation was treated to the Stingray III concept Corvette at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show. This new Corvette was like nothing that anyone had ever seen before and would prove to be generations ahead of its time.

The styling was all new and the composition of the body used a lot of carbon fiber so the Vette would be light and strong all at the same time. While the design was all new for the time there were many cues and hints on the Stingray III that suggested the designers gained much of their inspiration from the Corvettes of the 1960s Corvettes that had long lived in the hearts and minds of many.

There were many new features in the Stingray III that would represent the cutting edge thinking of the great minds that worked at GM. One innovative safety feature was a pop-up roll bar that would deploy only when needed. This was a great piece of safety equipment to have as the Stingray III was in fact a convertible.

The seats of the Stingray III were fixed and could not be adjusted. Instead the pedals and the steering wheel of the Corvette moved to accommodate the different heights of those that would drive the vehicle. Lower side sills would make the climb into the fixed seats easier than on the traditional Corvette.

When the Stingray III was being developed the original intent was to put a high powered V-6 in it, but that would later be changed and the car sported a 300 horse power LT1 V-8 engine instead. While it is not immediately known why the change took place it is probably because GM did not want to ruffle any feathers of the Corvette faithful and have them thinking that the super car was going to go down in engine size.

Dubbed the “California Corvette” by those who made it, when it was finished it was painted a Black Cherry color and looked as slick as anything that GM had ever put out. Because of the release many began to speculate about the next generation of the Corvette and the rumors began to start up as many felt that the Stingray III was the new Vette forthcoming.

The Stingray III was actually considered for production as the new Vette but in the end the cost would prove to be too much. That would leave the Corvette fanatics to have to wait a few more years for the true next generation Corvette to come forward and in 1997 the wait would be over with the C4 Corvette.

As for the Stingray III it will simply go down as another in a long line of Corvette prototypes that make for great conversation and little else. What the Stingray III and all the other prototypes from GM do show though is the fact that the minds of those who are fortunate enough to work on the great American icon that is the Corvette are never standing idly by and are always trying to push the envelope for the betterment of Corvette kind.

First Look: Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Consumer auto shows are great places for car shoppers to go to gauge what products are available or will soon hit the market. These shows, held in metropolitan areas across the country, also feature numerous concept vehicles from various manufacturers. Concept vehicles often don’t come to the market as shown, but its styling cues, engineering features and technological enhancements oftentimes do.

Concept PHEV

At major auto shows across the country, Swedish automaker Volvo is making its presence known. This company, known for its innovative safety measures and forward-thinking engineering, is currently displaying the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept, an all-wheel-drive crossover SUV that may change the way you look at hybrids and plug-in vehicles. Read on for details about this progressive product.

Volvo is touting the XC60 PHEV concept as three cars in one. That claim seems plausible as this CUV is designed to operate in three driving modes via buttons for Pure, Hybrid or Power located on the instrument panel. Each mode offers distinct advantages and can be selected to sync with your driving conditions.

Drive Modes

When operated in “Pure” mode the XC60 is powered chiefly by its electric motor as much as it is possible. As such, the CUV’s electric-only operational range is for up to 35 miles with absolutely no tailpipe emissions in urban driving.

The default “Hybrid” mode automatically kicks in whenever the CUV is started. Both the gasoline engine and electric motor are at work, providing the best mix of gas and electric driving. EPA numbers are not yet available, but according to the European certification driving cycle this vehicle gets the fuel economy equivalent of over 100 mpg. Look for closer to 50 mpg when this vehicle is taken on a long trip — its total cruising range is thus extended to 600 miles.

The third choice is the CUV’s “Power” mode, which provides unbridled power when needed. Under this arrangement, the gas engine shoulders the brunt of the work and this capable powerplant has the goods to show for it, delivering 280 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque. The electric motor is no slouch too as it makes 70 hp and 148 foot-pounds of torque. Need to get on the highway fast? This CUV does it in style, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

Turbocharged Four

What may surprise Volvo enthusiasts the most is that the gas engine found underneath this concept’s hood is a turbocharged four cylinder engine. No V-6 power is needed — this engine has been optimized to deliver the most power from the fewest number of cylinders.

The Volvo XC60 PHEV has been designed to plug-in to a standard household outlet for recharging. With a standard 110-volt outlet, recharging should be accomplished in 7.5 hours. For faster recharges, a 220-volt outlet cuts that down to just 3.5 hours.

Market Plans

Will the XC60 PHEV come to market? It is expected to and should arrive in American showrooms by 2014. When it does hit the market, crossover fans may find this CUV too hard to resist — a five-passenger model that is fuel efficient and minimizes its emissions output.

Texas Auto Accident Lawyers – How to Legally Protect Yourself After an Accident

Last year, more than 34,000 people died in auto accidents all over the United States. Of these, over 3,400 were in Texas. Every year, car crashes amount to over $164 billion in damage. These statistics show that accidents happen, but it doesn’t show that in almost all cases, they shouldn’t – accidents are caused by negligence and reckless driving.

Many Texas auto accident lawyers have advice on how you can protect yourself legally in case you get involved in a collision. Following this advice may improve your chances of getting better compensation to cover the damages incurred in a case of personal injury collision, whether in court, or from insurance, or both:

Contact the authorities immediately after the accident. During this time, do not admit to fault in any way, as any admission of guilt may prove to be your disadvantage when you seek compensation. Don’t give or sign any statements until the police and/or your lawyer arrives. While you’re waiting, try to see if there are any witnesses on the scene, and get their contact information- their testimony may later prove invaluable to Texas auto accident lawyers.

Take pictures of the accident and of the cars involved. Use your camera phone, or keep a disposable one handy in the glove compartment just for this situation. These pictures can later be used to establish fault, and negligence to the legal court or to your insurance claims adjuster.

Whether or not your are proven negligent will determine what kind of compensation you can receive, if any. In Texas law, negligence is proven with the concept of “proper lookout, ” which is basically the responsibility of the driver to be aware of the road, other cars, the rules and regulations on the road, and the conditions in which he is driving. By proving who had proper lookout, Texas auto accident lawyers can establish who (or what) caused the accident.

Compensation after the accident may not bring back what you’ve lost, particularly if there has been loss of life or serious injury. But the system is designed so that it will help you and your family get though this difficult time, and punish those who are responsible.