Sunday, March 1, 2015

Car FYI Car of the Month for February 2015: Ford GT & 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Ford GT Front

As a new regular feature on Car FYI, this website will dedicate a vehicle to represent each passing month. I wanted to prepare the feature for last month but planning for the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow and other news slowed that progress. So, to inaugurate the Car FYI Car of the Month honours, I will name two vehicles in order to catch up.

For January and February, the two vehicles chosen could not differ more greatly.

Car of the Month January 2015: The Ford GT


Ford GT at 2015 CIAS

After the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the blue oval brand thrilled the high-performance community with a new iteration of their GT. The new Ford GT supercar understandably dazzled audiences with a shape that truly had to be behold to love for its every curve. Lavish use of lightweight carbon fiber and Pirelli Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires defined the two-seat supercar in its world premiere. This is second time Ford Motor Company is resurrecting the 1960s GT40 legacy (a vehicle built for an ultimately successful goal of conquering the 24 Hours of Le Mans).

Instead of V-8 power Ford high-performance products had traditionally celebrated until recently, the newest Ford GT is going to explore new heights with the company's EcoBoost engine technology. A twin-turbocharged V-6 engine is projected to produce over 600 horsepower.

Production of the latest version of the Ford GT is slated for 2016. At the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow, a production announcement named Markham, Ontario based company Multimatic as the assembler of the new GT.

Please feel free to check out the following 3-D presentation of the new Ford GT produced for the Car FYI YouTube channel (Note: the video could be seen in regular 2-D by adjusting the setting on the lower bar). 





Car of the Month February 2015: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox


New Chevolet Equinox at 2015 CIAS

Not as exciting as the January's Car of the Month, February resulted in the recognition of a more everyday vehicle. The 2016 update introduced for the Equinox at the Chicago Auto Show and the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto this month accounted for very important chuck of Chevrolet's brand presence on North American roads. Some would say that the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox's revision is a little too safe. An altered front end reveals a new grille pattern and headlamps that features improved lighting performance.

My reason for providing the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox the Car FYI Car of the Month for February relates to a related announcement from General Motors. Proceeding with a major investment totaling $560 dollar in the CAMI Assembly Plant located in Ingersoll, Ontario, the 2016 Equinox's production has maintained in the qualified hands of Canadian workers.

The video below was taken of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox at the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow shortly after its global debut:


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