Will All Small Pickups Be Car-Based In The Future?Jim Bunnell, General Manager of Buick, Pontiac, and GMC said that he thinks the compact-pickup market as a whole will move to unibody construction, but fullsize pickups will remain body-on-frame, at least at General Motors. GM has a family of traditional body-on-frame compact pickups with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The automaker must decide which way to go in the future; continue the conventional body-on-frame truck platform or switch to a car-based unibody. For the smaller trucks, Bunnell says it is unlikely the automaker will do both. Isuzu was doing the lead engineering for the global architecture that was to underpin the next-gen Colorado and Canyon, but there has been little information on the progress of the platform.
All In A NameThe 2010 Pontiac G8-based "sport truck" finally has a name: It will be known as the Pontiac G8 ST. The G8 ST will be a two-door-meaning that there will be limited in-cab cargo room and just two seats-but the rear wheel drive ST will have genuine truck capabilities, with a 1000lb payload, and a tow rating of 3500 lbs. It will have a 73.9-inch cargo bed with 42.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
The ST will come only with the 361-horse V-8 used in the Pontiac G8 GT, and only with the six-speed automatic transmission. Which means, as Pontiac notes, "The G8 ST should offer some of the best fuel economy numbers for V-8 powered vehicles with similar cargo/towing ratings, while still turning in zero-to-60 times of 5.4 seconds."
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Fast 411Microsoft will offer Live Search web-the software that powers infotainment systems such as Ford Sync-may soon allow motorists to do Internet searches, likely by voice, while they drive. Microsoft Corp. will make its Live Search web search engine available as part of its Microsoft Auto Software. Live Search web is said to be comparable to Yahoo! or Google.
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