CHEVROLET SILVERADO HD-2010 TOTY
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD was announced as the magazine’s Truck of the Year (TOTY) during a ceremony before the 111th Army-Navy Game at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, giving General Motors’ volume brand a pair of golden calipers to crow about all next year.
Though it faced a tough pair of competitors in the equally improved 2011 GMC Sierra HD and the also-upgraded 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. The Sierra HD looks almost identical on the outside compared to the 2010 model, but Chevy engineers worked magic on all the mechanicals beneath the surface. A significantly more powerful Duramax turbodiesel, excellent six-speed transmissions, reworked suspension and fully boxed frame were enough to put the Silverado HD ahead of its corporate cousin and crosstown rival.
This year just happened to line up a trio of new-enough heavy duty pickups. The only truck missing was the Ram Heavy Duty, which was new for 2010. Chevy should probably be glad the Ram HD missed the cut off mark, as Dodge’s heavy hauler holds the crown as 2010 Truck of the Year.
2011 FIAT 500
2011 Fiat describes the Bicolore as “an unprecedented combination that recalls the retro world of ’50s American cars and pop art.” The automaker continues, calling the special edition 500 a model “that celebrates the car’s more eco-friendly and sporty spirits.”
Fiat 500 Bicolore, pictured above, made its debut at the Bologna Motor Show. The Bicolore model features a two-tone paint scheme in candy-apple red and white. Fiat finishes off the changes to the Bicolore by fitting it with unique alloy wheels and trimming the interior with some chrome accents.
This is the first of a two-tone series that will be launched in the upcoming months, and that celebrates the car’s more eco-friendly and sporty spirits. The spotlights are also on another two Fiat 500 versions: a LOUNGE and a 500C BY DIESEL, the result of a joint venture by the Fiat creative team and the world-renowned Italian label.
Powered by one of Fiat’s most fuel efficient engines available: the turbocharged two-cylinder 0.9-liter TwinAir, which cranks out 85 horsepower. Fiat Powertrain Technologies engines, the small power unit uses the revolutionary MultiAir system combined with specific fluid dynamics optimised for maximum combustion efficiency. Delivering from 65 to 105 HP, it emits up to 30% less CO2 than an engine of equal performance.
At the stand the TwinAir can be admired both on several coloured windmills to emphasise the exhilarating lightness of this compact, hi-tech, high-performing engine and on board 4 versions of the Fiat 500 on show, all equipped with Start&Stop system as standard.