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Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show


At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , Subaru unveiled the Legacy concept — a preview of a production model set to be unveiled in 2014. Today the company has released the first teaser image of the all-new Legacy, which will be unveiled on February 6th at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

Few details were released about the new Legacy, but the teaser image reveals a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan .

We’re not too sure how many design elements from the concept will be carried over into the production version, but we will really like seeing those cool hawk-eye headlights and taillights.

Under the hood, rumors suggest that the 2015 Legacy will get an improved version of Subaru’s famous boxer engine. We also expect to see Suby’s Symmetrical AWD (S-AWD) system and a CVT.

Updated 02/07/2014: The Legacy has officially made its debut. See all of the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Legacy.


Sports cars continue to infiltrate the silver screen in superhero movies, and now it is the Corvette Stingray ’s turn to have a taste of Hollywood fame. In the new "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" movie that is due out on April 4th, Black Widow — one of the many S.H.I.E.L.D. superheros — will drive an all-black 2014 Corvette Stingray .

There are no specifics on this deep, gloss-black `Vette, but it will be on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show . Unfortunately, the stunning and dangerous Black Widow herself will not be there. But, Chevy will be passing out a limited-edition Captain America comic book to commemorate the collaboration of Marvel and the Stingray.

On top of the gloss-black paint job, the initial images of the Black Widow Stingray show a set of black rims that help complete this the package. Stay tuned for more details on the 2014 Corvette Stingray Black Widow, but don’t look for a special edition model in dealers, as I’m pretty sure this car is for the movies only.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

Thanks to a few new players in the market, the midsized truck battle looks be reviving. News about GM’s new mid-size trucks getting diesels have also stirred up a frenzy, starting with Nissan .

What you see here is the Frontier Diesel Runner, a “concept” truck built to gauge consumer interest in diesel-powered, midsized trucks. The truck itself is barely changed from the production line, but features a 2.8-liter, I-4 turbodiesel built by renowned engine builder Cummins. The Cummins/Nissan partnership isn’t new, however, as the pair have plans to power the next-generation Nissan Titan with a 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel in 2015.

The Frontier ’s diesel engine is expected to produce around 200 horsepower and more than 350 pound-feet of torque — all while increasing fuel efficiency by 35 percent over the standard 4.0-liter, gasoline V-6 engine. It’s backed by a ZF-sourced 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. The new engine-transmission combo is expected to tow and haul roughly the same as the conventional gasoline Frontier.

Nissan and Cummins did have to modify the truck slightly to get the powertrain nestled within the engine bay and transmission tunnel. Saving room and further development, this frontier lacks the optional four-wheel-drive and added complexities the system brings to a driveline.

It’s very unlikely the Frontier will be sold with a diesel option in its current generation. Nissan is hard at work developing the second-generation Titan pickup, and will likely turn its attention it the Frontier once development is competed there. We expect a new Frontier won’t be far behind the new 2015 Titan. If Nissan chooses to include a diesel as a powertrain option, it’s likely to happen then.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins.

I already showed you the Charger SRT Satin Vapor Edition , and now I present the 300 SRT with the same package. Like its Charger sibling, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor model has a set of Black Satin Vapor Chrome-finished 20-by-9-inch, split-five-spoke wheels, and a series of satin-black elements that include the mirror caps, rear spoiler and roof. It also shares the red Brembo calipers and grey "6.4L HEMI" badge.

Buyers get three color choices for this special model — Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal — and they can also opt for a black body stripe for a little extra style.

Inside the cabin, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition gets black Nappa leather-trimmed seats wiyh ultra-suede inserts, and matte-carbon and piano-black inserts in the instrument panel, door bezels and center console. Unfortunately, Chrysler didn’t give us any looks at the interior, but I am sure I’ll get a peek sometime soon, and I’ll share the images with you.

Under its hood, this special edition carries the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

The Satin Vapor model hits showrooms in the second quarter of this year at a $2,300 premium on the 300 SRT’s base price of $45,900. That comes to a grand total of $48,200.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT.

Much is happening at the Chicago Auto Show today, even some racing news. Volkswagen is partnering with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, and today it also announced the upcoming 2014 rallycross program, including the drivers and their cars.

The well-known Tanner Foust and his colleague driver Scott Speed will start the season off in two modified Polo rally cars, but will switch mid-season to the new GRC Volkswagen Beetle . The menacing little bug pushes some 560 horsepower to all four wheels via its turbocharged, direct-injected TSI engine.

Rallycross is one of the fastest growing motorsports within the U.S. and it’s garnering more and more attention. The rally cars race both each other and the clock for the win, conquering varying terrains and spectacular 70-foot jumps.

In a statement to the press, Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti, son of the famous Mario Andretti, said, "I’m thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner and Scott; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender.”

The team and its two drivers will compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, which opens in May. Foust and Speed will drive the Polo cars during that event before switching to the Beetle GRC for the X Games in June.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen Beetle.

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BMW announced today that its venerable X3 SUV is getting a much-needed upgrade. BMW is blowing open the new 2015 BMW X3 SUV by offering it with multiple U.S.-market firsts. Most notably, you can now get the X3 with diesel power, and there is now a model without all-wheel drive.

The availability of the rear-wheel-drive model helps bring the price of the X3 down into a new market, and the diesel engine option provides a level of fuel economy that far exceeds any of the previous X3 models.

As expected with any major update, the designs of the interior and exterior have been updated and overall equipment levels have increased.

Is the new 2015 BMW X3 the best luxury SUV money can buy, or does BMW need to make more substantial changes to make the model worth looking at?

Continue reading to find out all the details on this new machine.

The Charger SRT is one of the sickest sedans available today, there is no question about that. But some buyers just need a little extra aesthetic oomph to make them happy. Well, SRT was happy to cater to these discerning buyers by releasing an all-new Satin Vapor Edition at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

There are no performance mods under the hood, so expect the Charger SRT to carry the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that gets down with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of twist. You also get the same 23 mph on the highway, thanks to the active valve exhaust system and Fuel Saver Technology — a mode that mechanically and electrically shuts down four of the eight cylinders.

What this new package does net you is a ton of aesthetic upgrades, including 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels in a split-five-spoke design and coated in Black Satin Vapor Chrome, a Satin Black Super Bee tail graphic, a Satin Black roof and center sections on the hood, Satin Black mirrors and spoiler, grey "392 HEMI badges," and red Brembo brake calipers. Buyers can choose from four available colors with this package: Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange and Graphite.

SRT didn’t just update the exterior either, as the inside received a healthy dose of updates to go along with the upgraded exterior. These updates include a Nappa leather seats with ultra-suede inserts for superior softness and a Uconnect Media Center with an 8.4-inch LED touchscreen.

This package will set you back an extra $2,330 on the MSRP of the Charger SRT, which totals out to a starting price of $46,715. It’ll hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT.

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The Chicago Auto Show has officially arrived and Kia is getting things started off with a few milestone announcements; starting with the all-new 2015 Soul EV.

The Soul EV represents the first ever all-electric , zero-emissions vehicle from the Korean company on U.S. soil. On top of its electric propulsion system, the Kia EV was recognized by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for integrating more than 20 bio-friendly materials in the construction.

Kia is promising up to 100 miles of “real world” range out of its lithium battery and says that interior space is barely impacted by the addition of the addition of the electron storage.

Kia hopes to have the new Soul EV in dealerships by this fall with California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland as the first markets. These regions were chosen for their relatively large EV infrastructures.

Has Kia finally created a stylish and practical EV that buyers are looking for?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Soul EV.


There’s not much more sacred to classic American motoring than the Ford Mustang , with its origins dating back to 1964. It’s been an icon of freedom and enjoyable pastime. The same can be said for the classic arcade game of pinball.

With its heyday in the 1970s, the pinball machine was a hugely-popular pastime for teens looking to get out of the house and spend time with friends. Perhaps more than a few were driving early-model Mustangs handed down from mom and dad.

Well the two are coming together in a special way for the 2014 Chicago Auto show . Ford and the legendary Stern Pinball have built three unique pinball machines to commemorate the pop-culture contributions the two companies have made. The Mustang-themed tables feature the Boss 302 , Boss 351, and Boss 429 of 1969 to 1971 and 2012 to 2013.

Of the three games, one is signed by the game’s designer and features the original ’65 Mustang setting next to the all-new 2015 ’Stang . All three styles are covered in Mustang badges and insignias for the full effect. The machines will be built for use in arcades and public areas all over the U.S. No word yet on when the games will start appearing in local arcades, however.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

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Dodge will expand its Journey lineup with the addition of a new Crossroad version that it will unveil at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show . It comes just a few weeks after Dodge announced that 2013 model year was the Journey’s best sales year ever, and Dodge hopes that this new version of the model will enjoy the same success as the rest of the Journey lineup.

The new Journey Crossroad will be distinguished by a specially designed front and rear fascia, platinum chrome and black elements, plus a series of updates for the interior. The only problem is that the model comes with pretty much no upgrades under the hood, so the customers will have to choose between the usual four-cylinder and V-6 engines.

The new Dodge Journey Crossroad will be placed between the current SXT and Limited models in the Journey lineup and will be priced from $24,995. Sales will begin later this spring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad.


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