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Happy Thursday, TopSpeed.com readers. If you haven’t had the chance to watch our live video podcast, or if you just prefer the audio format, allow me to present with you with Episode 014 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast.

Due to a last minute schedule change, we don’t have Justin on this cast, so it is just Mark and myself.

Weekly wheels is a pretty short segment this week with only one car. Mark drove the Chrysler Town & Country. To make up for my lack of a car, I make the announcement that I am going to drive in the Gumball 3000 rally this week. Expect my impressions of the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder next week.

When we get to the news, we talk about some great stuff from the upcoming 2015 Nissan Frontier, the potential for a hatchback McLaren and Hyundai’s crazy Veloster Midship Concept. We finish the news with a look at the future with the concept of solar roads.

For listener questions we talk about naming cars and some of our favorite engine notes. To finish the show, we do an Own, Drive, Burn with three of Mercedes’ most iconic supercars.

Overall I think it was a great show, and I hope you do as well. If you have any questions or comments about this podcast, or any of the other episodes we have, feel free to drop those down in the comments section. Don’t forget you can also find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, and you can also email us Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We look forward to seeing you next week with another LIVE broadcast. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

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Ladies and Gentleman, you are invited to join us for a special early-week TopSpeed Podcast. The best part? It is totally live. Feel free to click the play button on the YouTube video to hang out with us; you can even chat and comment live to give us feedback and ask us questions.

I know the show is a few days early, but I have a special announcement to make. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it involves lots of horsepower and an epic road trip. You have to watch to see what the announcement is.

Beyond the special announcement, we are going to talk about Justin’s drive of the new 4-Series , the new McLaren P13 GT and the future of solar powered roads .

Mark is also going to regale us with tales of his time with the Chrysler Town & Country , and then we plan on discussing the changed coming to the 2015 Nissan Frontier and then we plan on covering the crazy Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept .

We may have another piece of news or two, and of course we will have viewer questions, and a round of Own, Drive, Burn.

Click that play button and hang out!

The Chrysler brand has just announced it has received more than 10,000 orders for its brand-new, 2015 200 in the first day the ordering system for the sedan went online. The second day brought another 7,000+ requests from customers and dealers and, according to the company, orders keep pouring in.

Production of the redesigned vehicle had already commenced in mid-March at the company’s plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and full assembly capacity — much-needed given the 200’s pre-delivery success — is expected to be reached through mid-July.

This is great news for Chrysler, who has been struggling to survive with a lineup comprising only four models the past few years. That hasn’t changed and the offer will shrink even further once the old 200 Convertible gets the axe later this year, but the redesigned 200 might just be the pill that precedes the curing process Chrysler had to begin years ago.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chrysler 200.

Minivans are strange beasts, wielding a two-edged sword of unmatched utility and a soccer-mom stigma. That stigma is hard to get past for some, but once the shear versatility and people-hauling capabilities have been explored, it’s hard to consider the minivan anything less than spectacular. I spent a week behind the wheel of Chrysler’s Town & Country to experience the conundrum for myself.

I’ve driven a number of rather interesting vehicles in my line of work, so I was admittedly a little weary about piloting the mom-mobile. However, as luck would have it, a minivan was just what I needed during the week. Up first was hauling my two-year-old around town for the week. The double DVD screens truly came in handy as a loveable mouse kept her attention off the “are we there yet?” statements. Next was chauffeuring a large group of friends to a social event. We had room to spare and all were comfortable.

Finally a family trip to the beach confirmed my suspension the Town & Country could do it all. With the third row folded flat, fishing poles lying between the second row captains’ chairs, and gear for the day packed all around, the Chrysler proved its worth. What’s more, the van’s front wheel drive also proved confident in the loose sands of Daytona Beach.

Click past the jump for the full review.

What comes after hump-day? The TopSpeed Podcast, of course!

Happy Thursday everybody, and welcome to EPISODE 010! of the TopSpeed Podcast. This week is special for a few reasons aside from our milestone number. Firstly, Justin is gone on vacation, so we brought in a special guest, Logan Utsman. Logan is an old friend and colleague of Mark and myself, and he is a proper hoon to boot. We hope you enjoy hearing him.

If you hated him, let us know that too. We will be sure to have him drawn and quartered for offending the masses.

Secondly we have a hybrid video podcast that has photos in it too. The first part is great news, the second part is less so. Thanks to some shaky internet, my recording PC dropped the video feed about halfway through. I filled the rest of the podcast with some photos from my personal portfolio to provide some visual entertainment. You can see the video after the break.

As for the show, our Weekly Wheels features a return of the Lexus ES 350 , a look at the Audi A3 TDI , and I discuss my time flogging some new Cooper Tires on a track with the Ford Mustang and BMW 3 Series .

News coverage includes a thorough look at Chrysler’s big five-year plan , what it means for SRT , Dodge and Ferrari , plus the return of the Grand Wagoneer and the official announcement of the Maserati Alfieri . The BMW i3 also makes an appearance in our news segment.

Our Q/A segment features more automotive destruction, a short look at the best lime-green hatchbacks you can buy, the oldest cars we have driven, and we speculate on dream drag races.

As always, we finish with Own, Drive, Burn. This week we have a trio of Ferrari models.

Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or concerns. You can reach us in the comments below, on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast or by email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

We are also on iTunes. If you wanted to subscribe, rate or leave us a review we would really appreciate it.

See you next week you crazy kids.

Weekly Wheels: Lexus ES 350, Audi A3 TDI, BMW 328i

Hosts: Christian Moe, Mark McNabb, Logan Utsman

Watch the video version after the break!

With news pouring in about Chrysler Group ’s five-year production plan that includes new brand strategies , new launches and axing of long-standing models, the Detroit-based manufacturer has also filed to trademark the "Rebel" moniker

The patent filing, which has been submitted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office nearly a month ago, according to Ignitionist, states that the trademark is to be used on "motor vehicles (...) and structural parts therefor," suggesting we might see anything from an automobile to an SUV wearing a "Rebel" badge in the near future.

There’s no info as to what sort of Rebel will hit the streets over the next few years, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a bit.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this nameplate is the AMC Rebel, a midsize built by American Motors from 1967 through 1970. It’s true that Chrysler is somewhat entitled to use the name it purchased in 1987 along with the AMC brand, but that’s not likely to happen. With the Challenger and Charger filling in the muscle car and sedan spots, we see no reason for Chrysler to push the envelope in that direction.

On the other hand, the "Rebel" moniker may very well be used to name a replacement for the Dodge Avenger , a slightly smaller sedan that’s scheduled to go out of production by the end of 2014. However, with no actual details in sight aside from the fact that it could be underpinned by an Alfa Romeo rear-wheel drive platform, it might be years until we find out.

Lastly, there’s a chance the newly-filed "Rebel" name is set to be used to more utilitarian purposes, like christening an upcoming Jeep crossover or even a special edition pickup truck based on the Ram 1500 . Of course, we could go as far as to dream about a Jeep-badged truck (remember the Gladiator ?), but that’s far-fetched on too many levels.

Either way, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the matter and bring you an update as soon as more info surfaces. Meanwhile, don’t be shy about sharing your own opinion on the "Rebel" conundrum with us via the comments section.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rebel nameplate.

Source: Ignitionist

Ah, April 1st is upon us, and the tom foolery of April Fools day seems to have come to an end. We shared with you our own little April Fool with the "teasing" of the new Barracuda , which was obviously a dolled-up and re-badged Dodge Dart . A few of our colleagues seemed to enjoy our little joke, and we saw a bunch that we loved too.

We saw a Ford SVT Bronco, news that the GT-R Hybrid would debut at the 2014 NYIAS, a new BMW "technology," a sportbrake SRT Viper and many more. Some were great and others were pretty crappy. I may be wrong, but my opinion of a good April Fool is an unbelievable story that you can somehow believe. Things like a four-door Ferrari are overdone and completely obvious, but a story like the Ford SVT Bronco is just believable enough to get you going.

We have queried a few of the TopSpeed editors to find out which piece they enjoyed the most.

Click past the jump to see each of our favorites.

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.

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After enjoying success during the 2013 model year, Chrysler decided to bring back the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition for the 2014 model year. This time, however, the special edition also offers Chrysler ’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, along with a series of bespoke exterior appointments and exotic interior materials.

Just like in the previous year, the new 300C special edition is offered with a standard 292-horsepower, Pentastar V-6 engine, while the HEMI V-8 with 363 horsepower is available as an option. Both engines are offered with Chrysler’s intelligent AWD system that features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system. This means that the system automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention.

The 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition will be put on sale later in March at a starting price of $44,480.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition.

Like a company beaming over its new prized model, Chrysler is putting a lot of its eggs in the basket of the new 200 sedan. That’s how much it hopes the redesigned model will get over with the public after mercifully ending the Sebring’s run.

So, with an all-new 200 rekindling new hope for Chrsyler, the American brand is set to unleash the full-court press on the new midsize sedan , and that includes an aftermarket program courtesy of Mopar.

The model that’s being touted in the Mopar guise is actually a 200S, and it features a Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat exterior. If fancy and classy can go together, this color certainly does a good job at highlighting the 200’s impressive new looks.

Not only that, Mopar’s accessory list for the 200S also includes a host of exterior and interior goodies, highlighted by a graphics package, a bicycle-hitch receiver, white leather seats, bronze contrast stitching, Autonet WIFI and ambient lighting, among a smorgasbord of new digs, all of which you can check out after the jump.

No performance upgrades were given to the Mopar-tuned 200S, but considering how Chrysler is trying to establish the 200 as the new "face" of its lineup, keeping it in its current mechanical guise — a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque — is important to elucidate the 200’s appeal to the public.

Click past the jump to read more about Mopar’s program for the Chrysler 200


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