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There's no question that Portland, Ore. is a place full of people who care about the environment. As we have previously reported, Portland is home to numerous examples of electric vehicle infrastructure, such as Electric Avenue near Portland State University and the West Coast Green Highway.
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LA Auto Show 2012, Chevy Spark EV, BMW i3 Coupe

The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was filled with innovations in safety, infotainment, and battery-powered electric vehicles. With plenty of tech to pick from, we decided to dive a bit deeper on two of our favorites from the show: the Chevy Spark EV and BMW i3 Coupe.
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Chevy MyLink with Apple Siri

General Motors announced Tuesday that forthcoming Chevrolet Spark and Sonic models will offer Siri integration. Chevy's MyLink infotainment system will work with Apple's virtual personal assistant via Bluetooth connection. Once a compatible iPhone is paired with the car, drivers simply press the voice activation button on the steering wheel to begin interacting with Siri.

To further combat distracted driving, MyLink will operate Siri in "Eyes Free" mode, meaning that the iPhone's screen will be disabled, even if a query would normally prompt Siri to display text or a webpage under normal operation. Siri will be able to place hands-free calls and texts, read messages aloud, access and add calendar appointments and, of course, play music and media from iTunes.

"It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands," said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars.

Apple first announced Siri "Eyes Free" vehicle integration at the company's WWDC keynote in June. GM will first offer the technology on the Chevrolet Spark 1LT and 2LT and Sonic LTZ and RS models, but we're certain others--both at GM and across the automotive landscape--will soon follow.
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GM Ventures, a division of GM that invests in startups, thinks it may have found a company that could hold the key to unlocking the Volt's value. Newark, California-based Envia Systems claims that they have technology to double the battery electric range of the Volt and reduce the cost of the battery by half.
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Green transportation can come in all shapes and sizes. Most of what we've seen from automakers are generally small, svelte, and aerodynamic cars--the largest consumer plug-in to go on sale this year will be the Ford C-Max Energi--but other segments could stand to benefit from a little green power themselves. We're talking heavy-duty, purpose-built work trucks. Enter Auburn Hills-based plug-in hybrid conversion outfitter, ALTe.
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Chevy Volt

No matter what the outcome of the investigation into a recent Chevrolet Volt fire following an NHTSA crash test, the discussion about the Volt and its battery is already proving useful.
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Ford Police Interceptor sedan

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has been testing police vehicles annually since 1974, and the 2011 model-year edition featured new entries from the likes of Ford, Chevy and Dodge. You've read about Ford's new Taurus-based Police Interceptor that looks to replace the venerable Crown Victoria, and you've seen our episode featuring the hi-tech Chevy Caprice PPV, but who wins in a head to head comparison?
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Chevy has announced an all-electric version of their forthcoming Spark mini-car, for sale in select domestic and worldwide markets beginning in 2013. California is the only region specifically confirmed in the press release from General Motors.
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2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

There are countless elements that determine the success of a sports car: handling, braking, styling, to name a few. But, in order to be considered a truly great high performance vehicle, there is one absolute neccesty: a truly great high performance powerplant. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 delivers with a supercharged LS9 6.2L "Small Block" engine. While some might debate the validity of applying the Small Block moniker to an LS engine, Chevy believes you can draw a direct line between these modern mammoths and the original Small Block introduced over half a century ago.
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Chevy Small Block

TRANSLOGIC is all about breakthroughs and innovations. We're admittedly quick to embrace transportation evolution and adopt new technologies. That said, we have no trouble completing the phrase, "If it ain't broke..." A redesigned OS riddled with bugs, a new handset that somehow gets worse reception, or a browser update that removes a commonly used feature--we understand that *deep breath* not all change is good.
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1960 Chevy Corvette

1960 Chevrolet Corvette and the evolution of the small-block V8 engine
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Chevrolet Malibu aerodynamic engineer

This week's episode of TRANSLOGIC features Suzy Cody, a GM Aerodynamic Development Engineer who also happens to have blue hair and participate in a Roller Derby league. When not lacing 'em up as "Shovey Camaro," Cody is working diligently on improving the fuel economy of vehicles in the wind tunnel at the GM Tech Center.
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Chevy Volt gets added to NYC fleet

Looking at the photo above, you know the times they are a-changin'. We at TRANSLOGIC couldn't be more excited to see the famous Blue go green. The NYPD, along with the fire and sanitation departments, purchased 50 new Chevy Volts to join New York City's already 430-strong EV fleet.
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Since 1961 GM has been using Oscar, a "mannequin-like simulation tool," to assist in the ergonomic design and layout of its automotive interiors. Rendered in steel, plastic and aluminum, Oscar has 18 removable parts that can be adjusted to simulate a 108-lbs female occupant up through a 270-lbs male.
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