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    2011 BUICK GL8

    2011 Buick GL8 built by the firm’s Shanghai GM joint venture and it is all-new version of its MPV model featuring several key improvements and innovations, destined exclusively for the China market in January 2011. The GL8 was developed by Shanghai GM in cooperation with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai with the specific needs of customers in mind.

    In parallel, Shanghai GM will offer an updated 2011 model of the current generation, featuring the 2.4-liter engine and six-speed automatic, targeting the upper-medium segment. General Motors claims that this dual-model strategy will result in better market coverage.

    In interior, there is includes wheelbase measuring 3,088 mm (122 inches), the MPV provides a spacious cabin for up to 7 passengers. Being a luxury oriented people carrier, the GL8 features all the usual amenities such as genuine leather seats, panorama sunroof, electric sliding door and lift door, high-quality Bose sound system, 7-inch touch screen up front and 10.2-inch HD display for the next two rows. OnStar is also on the menu.

    The engine range kicks off with a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-pot and tops out with a 3.0-liter V6 SIDI direct injection powerplant. A six-speed automatic is standard on all variants.

    The Buick GL8 features several sharp edges running from front to rear, giving it a modern look. Large, tear-shaped headlamps cut into the fenders, while LEDs incorporated into the tail lamps and rear bumper.

    2011 GINETTA G55

    British sports carmaker Ginetta has announced that the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, a supporting series for the British Touring Car Championship, will change its name to Ginetta GT Supercup, in which both the G50 and G55 will be eligible to compete, starting from next year.

    2011 Ginetta G55 is powered by a Ford-sourced 3.7-liter engine delivering 370 hp, coupled to a Hewland gearbox. Compared to the older G50, Ginetta’s new racer boasts more powerful front and rear brakes, a new exhaust system and fresh bodywork with improved aerodynamics.

    The Ginetta G55 will be displayed for the first time at the Autosport International exhibition on January 13th. By introducing the G55 into the new Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta boss want to broaden Ginetta’s offering to all drivers expanding their career ladder even further and highlight a real route into GT3, whilst still providing an affordable way to enjoy top level racing.

    The 2011 G50 will be fitted with a 300 hp 3.5-liter Ford engine linked to the same Hewland gearbox. As for the Ginetta GT Supercup, Mr. Tomlinson said that it will emulate the class structure of other GT championships, such as the Le Mans Series or ALMS, and competitors will benefit from separate points systems and podiums.

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