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2013

2013

The covers have finally been pulled off the last new member of the Chevrolet truck lineup and we couldn’t be more excited. The 2015 Chevy Colorado debuted today at the LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD.

The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier-duty items based on the new Silverado. The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year.

The base powerplant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an optional 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. Both feature the latest suite of GM technology, like variable valve timing and direct injection. They share similar construction materials with aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, and oil jet-spray piston coolers. A Six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board and features tow/haul mode and auto grade braking.

Exterior features include Chevy’s clever bumper CornerStep and bed rail hand-grabs, an EZ lift tailgate, two-tier loading capabilities within the bed, and no less than 13 tie-downs for securing payload. Available projector beam headlamps light the way while front bumper tow hooks provide a means of recovery if the going ever gets too muddy. Silverado-derived inlaid doors with triple seals keeps wind noise to a minimum while active aero grille shutters open and close to maximize aerodynamics and cooling efficiency.

Interior accoutrements are similar to the Silverado with a large, pronounced center stack with similar knobs and buttons. An available eight-inch color touchscreen inhabits the prime real estate up top while multiple USB ports down low live in a specially designed front compartment for charging personal electronics. A center console-mounted gear shifter splits the front bucket seats and gives plenty of storage options big enough for hiding a tablet safely out of sight. GM’s next-generation OnStar and MyLink are also present, along with a standard rear-view backup camera.

The folks at General Motors say the new Colorado is designed for customers who want the extra capabilities a truck offers like hauling and off-road agility, but don’t need the size and expense of a full-side truck. GM is now the first manufacturer in quite a while to offer a full plethora of mid-sized, full-sized, and heavy-duty trucks. Our hats are especially off to the fact that GM revamped its entire truck lineup within a two year model cycle.

Click past the jump for photos and details of the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado

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Jaguar prepared a nice little surprise for us for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show .

We all knew Jag was going to unveil the coupe version of the recently launched F-Type , but the company decided to also offer a more powerful R version for those customers interested in a little bit more than just the base sports coupe.

The new F-Type R Coupe is offered as almost the coupe equivalent to the F-Type V8 S Roadster , but with a more powerful engine, a more aggressive look, an updated suspension, high-performance brakes and a revised interior. All this for just $99,000, which will make it a tough competitor in its segment.

Jaguar will distinguish the new F-Type R Coupe from the rest of the lineup by adding more aggressive bodywork, lots of carbon fiber, plus "R" logos placed on the grille and on the back end.

The new F-Type R Coupe will be put on sale in March 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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Shortly after Jaguar released the F-Type roadster, Design Director, Ian Callum, revealed that a coupe version would follow it. After testing it for a few months, Jaguar finally unveiled it at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As no surprise, the new F-Type Coupe is nearly identical to the roadster version, except, of course, the fixed roof. There are a few changes regarding the engine lineup, as the base F-Type will only be offered with a V-6 engine — standard and supercharged, while the V-8 engine is offered only in the new, R version.

The new F-Type Coupe will be put on sale in early 2014, and prices will range from $65,000 for the base F-Type Coupe to $77,000 for the F-Type S Coupe. Unlike the Roadster version, the new coupe variant will also get a R version priced at $99,000.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

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The Lexus RC has been one of the most hotly anticipated reveals by the Japanese automaker in recent years, and we finally got to see it at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . Let us tell you, it certainly did not disappoint.

At the Tokyo show, Lexus actually revealed both the gasoline and hybrid versions of the RC, and as no surprise, it adopted a design language similar to what we have seen with the recently unveiled IS Sedan , but taken to a sportier level and sans the two rear doors.

The new RC is defined by aggressively contoured lines, the trademark Lexus spindle grille, the usual triangular headlamps and a cockpit specially designed for optimal driver and passenger enjoyment.

Since Lexus already trademarked the "RC F" name, we expect Lexus to reveal the RC F a few months after the standard version, most likely at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC.

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Back in 1914, John and Horace Dodge developed America’s first mass-produced, all-steel-bodied cars and set a world record for the most first-model-year automobiles ever produced at 45,033 units. In fact, Dodge was founded in 1900, but during its first years of existence it only served as a supplier for Detroit-based automakers.

Now the company is preparing to celebrate its centenary with the launch of two special-edition models, based on the Charger and Challenger — two of the most successful models in Dodge’s lineup.

First of them is the new Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition based on either the SXT or R/T Plus versions. It will be put on sale in the spring of 2014 and it will add only $2,500 to the Challenger’s base price.

As expected, the extra cash adds several unique visual elements inside and out, plus Sport Mode calibration, a performance-tuned suspension system and a three-spoke, flat-bottom, performance steering wheel.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition.

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Dodge is preparing to celebrate its centenary with the unveiling of two special editions based on two of the most popular models in its lineup: the Challenger and Charger . The two models are offered exactly 100 years after John and Horace Dodge developed America’s first mass-produced, all-steel-bodied cars in 1914.

According to Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO: "The Dodge Charger and Challenger are the perfect foundation to celebrate 100 years of Dodge style and performance... They represent the Dodge brand’s heart and soul."

The 2014 Charger 100th Anniversary Edition will get interior and exterior updates, including a specially developed High Octane Red Pearl Coat and a three-spoke, flat-bottom, performance steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters. It is based on either the SXT Plus or R/T Plus trims, giving customers a choice of either a V-6 or V-8 engine. The best part is that it costs only $2,200 over the base price of the SXT Plus and R/T Plus models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition.


The 2013 LA Auto Show is upon us. Starting today, manufacturers will be rolling out new products and designs for the upcoming year. There’s plenty to cover from each automaker and this show preview gives a shallow glimpse into what we already know to be coming out.

We know Ford , Subaru , Acura , and Chevrolet will be unveiling never-before-seen vehicles for the first time, along with announcing smaller updates to current models. As the next few days roll on, we will bring you coverage vehicle by vehicle as the information becomes available with new cars literally being announced by the hour.

Scroll on down for our rundown on what details we already know, what vehicles will be seen in person for the first time, and even which ones have never seen the light of day.

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Jeep found a very cool way to pay tribute to the earliest civilian Jeep vehicles used during the World War II with the unveiling of the special-edition Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. The model is based on the Wrangler Sport model and features a series of upgrades that help to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup.

Under the hood, the special Wrangler keeps the usual 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Pentastar mates to a standard six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission.

The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will make its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow, and it will hit the market in early 2014. Prices will start from $25,795 for two-door models and from $29,595 for the Unlimited (four-door) model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition.


Toyota seems to be on course to give us a different take on its new vehicles, or at least those that we’re accustomed to seeing from the Japanese automaker. Instead of the usual list of models, Toyota is using the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show to present a handful of concept models that fall under the Aqua name.

After introducing the Air Roadster Concept , Toyota is following that up with the Aqua C Crossover Concept — a compact hybrid vehicle that the company is presenting as a potential future crossover. Maybe there’s a future for this crossover, possibly even in Japan, or maybe there isn’t, but the vehicle, like the other two it rolls with, looks pretty bubbly and could be a nice for the younger markets.

As far as the concept itself goes, Toyota gave it a nice design touch, complete with an identifiable front grille, skid plates, aggressive wheel arches, and roof rails. Who knew; this concept has a lot of functionality to it, too.

Toyota has made no announcement on what lies ahead for the Aqua C Crossover Concept, but the good news is that we should find out soon enough when the Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors in a few days.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Toyota RAV4, Toyota’s current crossover.

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Maserati is that sales underdog you want to win. The Italian automaker has all the room to grow, with roughly 6,200 cars sold last year. So, the sky is the limit in terms of conquest buyers and Maserati plans to find many of them in the United States.

The Maserati lineup has grown to include the stunning Quattroporte luxury sedan, the upcoming Levante SUV and this beauty, the Ghibli. Aimed squarely at the Audi A6 , BMW 6 Series , and the Mercedes CLS-class , the Ghibli has a lot to prove. With the uniqueness and (current) exclusivity the Maserati name carries, we think plenty of the German driving motorheads will jump ship for something new and different.

We got our first chance to meet the Ghibli at the Miami International Auto Show , along with its big brother Quattroporte. It’s amazing to witness first hand the build quality and intricacies the Italian automaker puts into its vehicles.

The engine bay, for example, is coated with the same quality paint, clear coat, and wax the glowing exterior receives. It’s the minute attention to detail that makes the car even more special than its name and heritage bequeaths it.

The Ghibli comes to the U.S. in both standard and S trims. Powered by a Ferrari -engineered 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, the standard model makes 345 horsepower. The more athletic S version gets a 59 horsepower bump to total 404. Its sprint to 60 mph happens more quickly at around 4.5 seconds. Both versions are mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic powering all four wheels.

With a starting price around $65,000, we expect the Ghibli to catch the eye of some Audi, BMW and Mercedes drivers when it crosses the pond sometime in the near future.

Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Maserati Ghibli


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