The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 78
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 78

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 13, 1996
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ments, as well as refinements to the suspension geometry and components and larger front brakes. The Concours's rear track has been widened for a more aggressive stance. The interior is also restyled, with a full center console; the de Ville gets more chrome inside. Door-mounted side airbags are standard on both models. All front-wheel-drive Cadillacs will offer GM's new OnStar, a cellular phone and a satellite global-positioning system, as an option. With OnStar, lost drivers can call for help or get route instructions. OnStar can direct police to a car that's been stolen, and it sends help to a driver who has set off an airbag and not responded to a postcrash signal. It can even unlock your car via cell phone if your keys are inside, SEVILLE—New seats are said to improve comfort in the high-line STS model, and both STS and SLS models get the same chassis and brake refinements as the de VUle. The STS gets Cadillac's electronic stability system—1CCS (Integrated Chassis Control System)—and the SLS gets the STS's continuously variable "road sensing" suspension (CV-RSS). OnStar is now available. ELDORADO—Like the four-door big curs, the two-door Eldo gets suspension, structural, and brake improvements, and the uplevel Eldorado Touring Coupe gets the ICCS stability system of the Seville STS. OnStar is optional. CHEVROLET CAVALIER—This econocar was Chevy's bestseller for the first half of the year at 145,814 units, of which 70 percent went to women. Why mess with success? In 1997, all that's new is a Rally Sport Coupe appearance package, which combines the rear spoiler from the 150-hp 2.4-liter twin-cam Z24 with the lower- line 120-hp 2.2-liter engine. MALIBU—This all-new Chevy is slotted in the sedan lineup where the Corsica used to be, but it's a bigger car than a Corsica—about seven inches longer, with a wheelbase that's only half an inch shorter than a Lumina's. The Malibu comes standard with the 2.4-liter twin-cam of the Cavalier Z24; optional is the 3.1-liter V-6 that comes standard in the Lumina sedan, which is 10 inches longer. LUMINA—A new LTZ model will be available in late '97 with the 3.4-liter 215- hp V-6 that's been optional on other Lumina models. The LTZ also gets a trunklid spoiler and flashier body trim. MONTE CARLO—There are few changes to this two-door version of the Lumina sedan; most notable are improved throttle response and softer rear springs. CAMARO—It's the Camaro's 30th birthday, and an anniversary styling package mimics the 1969 Z28 paint scheme of white paint with wide orange stripes. "Maybe it will make a car guy like me feel a little younger," says Camaro product manager Dick Almond. CORVETTE—Few details are available on the all-new Corvette for 1997 except about the engine. A new aluminum 5.7-liter V-8 engine with a smaller bore and longer stroke replaces the iron LT1 and LT4 V-8s, originally introduced as the Turbo-Fire V-8 in 1955 and renovated in 1992. The new motor is lighter and more powerful, boosting output from 330 hp in manual-transmission models and 300 in automatics to 340 in both versions. VENTURE—The departing Lumina minivan should not be missed since it is replaced by a new minivan designed with input from Opel. The new mini looks decidedly unlike a vacuum cleaner, and its front wheels are powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 that makes 180 hp coupled to GM's well-refined 4T60E (bur-speed automatic transmission. The Venture uses steel body panels, unlike the plastic panels of the Lumina minivan. Nifty features on the Venture include Sungate, a metallic-coated windshield that blocks the sun's rays and acts as a radio antenna. The Venture has an optional driver's- side sliding passenger door like that in Chrysler's latest minivan, and it comes only in a long-wheelbase model. The long Venture will hold a four-by-eight sheet of plywood with the rear hatch closed. The Venture is five inches shorter than the previous Chevy minivan in its short version and nine inches longer in long-wheelbasc guise. It's about three inches taller but a bit narrower, thanks to the demands of Opel, and it will hold seven passengers. The power sliding door is still an option. Chevy claims there are 17 cup holders and 26 storage bins inside the Venture. ASTRO —A few transmission refinements and new leather seat surfaces are the major changes to this workhorse midivan. EXPRESS/VAN—At long last, this big new Chevy van went on sale last summer, the Express being the passenger hauler and the Van the cargo brute. The new versions replace the big Chevy van that made singer Samrny Johns famous way back in the 1970s, The new van is bigger than previous versions, and wide- opening rear doors allow you to back the van flush to a loading dock or Granny's porch. BLAZER—The same ZR2 off-road upgrades that make the S10 pickup a Baja-quality bomber are now available on the three-door Blazer; the rest of the line will offer an optional electric sunroof and an optional opening rear- glass-window minihatch, as on Jeeps and Explorers. TAHOE —Since the Caprice sedan is no more, Chevy is outfitting some of these big wagons for police duty. SUBURBAN—No significant changes on this monster sport-utility.

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