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2013

To commemorate the annual Vans Warped Tour, Kia and Popular Mechanics are tapping into their youthful and fun spirits to present a Kia Soul that defies explanation at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

The specially created crossover was designed and developed with the idea of taking to the road to enjoy the famous touring music and extreme sports festival. If there ever was a car that captures the idea and essence of the Vans Warped Tour, it’s this one.

Not only does the Soul carry a custom, albeit bombastic, paint finish that was inspired by the colors of the tour itself, Popular Mechanics and Kia decided to give it an eye-catching airbrush artwork detail, complete with references to the blending in of the music and action sports worlds. The windows of the Soul are all gone, and in their place are custom-built fiberglass body panels, each housing a pair of Infinity eight-inch speakers. Wonder how you can appreciate the outside world when you’re inside this vehicle?

But thoughtful musings like those are far from the objective of this Soul, as this specially-produced crossover has one objective in mind: to bring the spirit of the Vans Warped Tour to life inside a rolling set of wheels. A 50-inch flat-panel monitor has also been mounted atop the car with running footage from the tour itself so you never miss out on the experience of the festival.

Finally, a slide-out rear barbeque was also fitted into the this Soul, giving you the full music-inspired tailgating experience so you can enjoy the tour like nobody’s business.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul after the jump

Museums are often times housed inside massive buildings; a lot of us know that.

Apparently, Kia is looking to reinvent the way museums are developed and with the help of RIDES Magazine, the Korean automaker has turned one of its Soul crossovers into an actual museum. Really, there are plenty of signature items inside this Soul that’ll make you consider foregoing that trip to Cleveland.

It’s a veritable music museum on wheels, filled with memorabilia from a variety of industry icons. There’s a guitar signed by Slash, a G-Unit sneaker signed by 50 Cent, a Jimi Hendrix gold album, and a signed John Legend microphone. All these items are displayed in Plexiglass enclosures — hand-built, by the way — in the Soul’s trunk, rear windows, and rear hatch insert.

If that’s not enough to truly identify this Soul as a true one-of-a-kind, the collaborators used gold and platinum records as the overarching influence of the crossover, highlighted by a PPG waterborne platinum silver paint, gold exhaust tips and a set of 20-inch anodized gold HRE 935 wheels.

Even the interior wasn’t spared from getting its own detailing. A custom black suede and leather interior are the highlighted and complemented nicely by gold diamond stitching and painted trims.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Kia Memorabilia Soul


Unlike Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, Brad Paisley doesn’t race cars for a living. But like Gordon and Stewart, Paisley did have a signature model present at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

The American singer-songwriter and musician has collaborated with Chevrolet designers to introduce an edgy program for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado . Seems appropriate, too, since Paisley is mostly known as a country star and the Silverado is built for the country.

But we digress...

The Brad Paisley Signature Silverado combines elements from Paisley’s background with a sophisticated list of components that not only brings new life to the Silverado, but also gives it much more attitude.

The custom-blended paint scheme of the customized Silverado is as all-American as it can get, and it even incorporates Paisley’s logo on the front doors as their own unique styling elements. A host of aero components were also installed, including a performance-oriented hood extractor vent, black tubular assist steps, and a tailgate aero lip. A set of 22-inch, custom-painted, matte-black wheels, chrome tow hooks, and a spray-in bedliner with an integrated Chevrolet bowtie logo were also added to the program courtesy of Chevrolet Accessories.

Moving to the interior, the Paisley Signature Silverado was equipped with a sophisticated color and trim, featuring blue suede inserts on the black leather seats, which, in turn, have been accented with blue stitching. The cabin is all sorts of blue, which plays in nicely with the exterior.

Performance enhancements are also part of the program, including a suspension system that lowered the pickup by two inches. A Borla performance exhaust system and red brake calipers round out the comprehensive features list of the Paisley Signature Silverado.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado


It’s not quite the Toyota GT 86 , but it still has the dimensions of a cute little sports car , possibly even a precursor to a future rival for the Mazda MX-5 .

Or maybe not.

Either way, Toyota ’s Aqua C Air Roadster Concept looks the part of a fun car to drive, even if the reported performance numbers aren’t exactly what you’d call impressive.

As part of the Japanese automaker’s fleet that will be heading to the Tokyo Motor Show , the Aqua C Air Roadster Concept is a hybrid roadster that could very well be a preview of what a future hybrid roadster from Toyota may look like.

Seeing as the concept has been slotted as a B-segment vehicle, the Aqua C Air Roadster Concept only measures 3,990 mm (157 inches) long, 1,690 mm (66.5 inches) wide and 1,440 mm (56.7 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of 2,550 mm (100.4 inches). Doesn’t exactly inspire size and strength, does it?

Nevertheless, the roadster concept is also powered by a sophisticated powertrain that includes a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor. Taken together, the engine can produce up to 100 horsepower, while netting a fuel efficiency rating of 83.2 mpg.

Click past the jump to read about a Honda concept that could be a rival of the Aqua C Air Roadster Concept

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The current-generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled in 2009 and for the car’s 25th anniversary, Subaru decided to reveal the new generation. Subaru will display a preview of the new model at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , and the production version should arrive sometime in 2014.

As revealed by the concept, the next Legacy will adopt a new exterior appearance, with the company’s latest hexagonal grille and a sharper hawk-eye headlamp design. Also, Subaru promised it will offer plenty of new technology and a more comfortable interior for all four passengers. It also promises to take Subaru’s brand value of "driving enjoyment and peace of mind" to a completely new level.

The new Subaru Legacy Concept will make its official debut on November 20th, 2013 and will be displayed at Subaru’s booth in L.A.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru Legacy Concept.

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Over the past couple of years, Jaguar’s design overhaul has yielded some pretty impressive models and it’s worth noting that the company’s promise to reinvent itself as a sharper and edgier brand has turned into a resounding success.

With new models like the F-Type Roadster , and concepts like the C-X16 and Project 7 , the British brand has been on some kind of roll lately.

Continuing on the "C-X" nomenclature, Jag is gearing up for its latest concept offering, which will be shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s been dubbed the C-X17 Concept, and it previews the company’s first-ever five-door crossover. The concept will also preview a highly-advanced modular aluminum architecture set to be put into production in 2015 with the company’s new sedan.

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images, specs and video.

Updated 11/14/13: Jaguar has just unveiled a series of new images showing the C-X17 concept’s stunning exterior in a sexy white hue. You can see the images in the gallery and after the jump.

Updated 01/16/2914: Jaguar unveiled a new version of its C-X17 sports crossover concept at the 2014 Brussels Motor Show. This time the concept features a very cool Italian Racing Red exterior paint that makes it look even cooler. Check out the new images in the picture gallery.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X17 Concept.

An auto show as big as SEMA is bound to have some cars that fall through our cracks. But hey, better late than never, right?

At its core, this is a 2014 Ford Mustang , but once you add in all the layers, including the work put in by Mustang tuner extraordinaire Roush Performance, this Mustang is turned into a pretty ridiculous racecar that’s been dubbed the 2014 Roush Performance Mustang RS3 for Road Racing World Challenge.

Beginning next year, this fantastic racer will be part of the grid at the Pirelli World Challenge series’ GTS class and Roush Performance really went to town to ensure that it has the performance credentials to be a serious contender in the racing series.

The most noticeable upgrade is definitely the aesthetic work, which includes a new livery that was created as an homage to Jack Roush Jr.’s personal track car. A slew of aerodynamic enhancements were also given to the Mustang, highlighted by the massive rear wing and a colorful set of wheels that really add to the explosive color of the muscular racer.

But the real highlight of this Mustang racecar is the extensive engine upgrade Roush Performance put into it. Using its Stage 3 Mustang package, which includes an R2300 supercharger with Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) technology and Roush’s High-Efficiency Intercooler, and an OE-level PCM Calibration, the tuner was able to increase the car’s output to an impressive 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.

Add a Ford Racing "Aluminator" Engine and a Phase 2 program and the output increases to 625 horsepower. A similar addition, but this time with a Phase 3 program and you’re looking at an output of 675 horsepower, more than enough, we reckon, to be a serious competitor.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Mustang Roush Performance Pirelli World Challenge Racecar

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With just a few days before the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show opens its gates, Mercedes has posted a teaser image for a new AMG model, which will debut in LA, on its Facebook page. Mercedes didn’t reveal any other details on this image, so let the speculations begin!

The description next to the teaser image was as follows: "Want to take a glimpse into the future? Over the next few days we will uncover a new member of the AMG family, bit by bit. This first picture shows a front splitter made of visible carbon. Any idea what is coming?"

No, we have no idea, but we can take a crack at guessing. If you remember, Mercedes is expected to arrive in Los Angeles Auto Show with a special SLS Final Edition — the last model to be built before the new Mercedes GT/SLC takes its slot. Additionally, if you take a look at the current SLS and the teaser picture, you will notice some similar elements, like the carbon fiber lip and the design of the air intakes.

We will find out whether we are right or wrong soon enough, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLS AMG.

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We’ve brought you all the important details about Cadillac’s newest flagship SUV: the totally new 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV. Now we bring you live images and our first impressions of the beastly, all-American luxury SUV.

Over the weekend at the Miami International Auto Show , we had the chance to climb inside the completely redesigned Escalade to see the improvements first hand. The Escalade is based on its GM cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban , along with the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Across the board, the interiors are much improved in regards to roominess and use of space. Finally for the first time, the full-size General Motors SUVs have folding rear seats that allow for a flat load floor.

The second row has grown two inches in the footwell for added ease of entry and exit for taller, larger-footed passengers. Their height won’t be a problem inside either, as headroom is quite generous throughout the cabin. The Escalade we sampled was equipped with the second-row captains chairs. The center aisle was wide enough for easy access to the third row and the nearly flat floor kept tripping hazards to the minimum.

Up front, the driver is treated to the same huge TFT display found in the Cadillac CTS and XTS. Real wood trim is abundant and contrasts nicely with the soft leather seating. Fit and finish is unmatched by any Cadillacs of past. Gaps and seams were tight even and intricate details abound throughout the cabin. The details continue outside with etched Cadillac crests appearing within the clear plastic tail lamps.

Such details were a welcome addition to what will assuredly be a home run for General Motors.

Click past the jump for detailed photos of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

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Nissan will unveil a very cool gadget at the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show , which will open its doors next week. That’s right, Nissan does a lot more than just stamp out cars and truck, folks. The new gadget in question is a head-mounted display that Nissan has dubbed the 3E, and it is set to take on Google Glass.

According to the initial details offered by Nissan, the 3E can be connected to the Internet in real time, allowing the users to overlay acquired information on the glasses, record projected images and communicate with others by sending information to their glasses.

Unfortunately, Nissan stopped short of offering too many details, but we expect it to also display plenty of car-centric information, like speed, fuel consumption and GPS directions. The downside, much like Google Glass, it that it may also be a distraction for drivers , as it will likely also display social media information and phone notifications.

Full details on the 3E will be unveiled next week during its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. These fancy techno-glasses will make their debut alongside another futuristic piece of Nissan equipment: the recently revealed BladeGlider concept. The 3E also gets a spot next to a more current Nissan marvel: the GT-R Nismo .

Stay tuned for more information.

Click past the jump to watch the first trailer video of the upcoming Nissan 3E gadget.


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