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A few days ago, Toyota previewed its "Muppets" commercial that was set for air during this year’s Super Bowl on February 2nd. Today, the company revealed the full commercial, which features the 2014 Toyota Highlander , Terry Crews and the Muppets.

The commercial, called "Joyride," shows Terry Crews — star of the FOX series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and former NFL player — driving his Highlander until his ride is invaded by the little Muppets. Just like most other Muppet capers, it also includes an original song. This time around, Crews joins in with a little dance of his own...

"Our game-day spot shows how Toyota Highlander puts the ’fun’ in function," said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "Toyota vehicles are built to last and can even endure the most boisterous Muppets, a former NFL player as well as a center console full of chickens."

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is on sale at a price of $29,215.

You know chicks dig sports cars , right? We’ve seen it happen time and time again, and yet it never occurred to us that there might be another kind of vehicle that will get the ladies’ attention.

That’s what Chevrolet wants us to believe with this new Super Bowl ad for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD . It’s a cute concept that features a young cowboy driving a newly bought bull in a trailer. It gets a kinda sentimental for a few seconds before the punchline comes into focus.

Apparently, the cow is quite the bachelor because he arrived in a farm full of heifers and heiferettes — young female cows, for all you non-farmers — in a Silverado HD and all the "ladies," definitely took notice... of the cow, not the driver.

The commercial went in a number of directions that, quite frankly, made it a little hard to keep up with. But in the end, the message was clear, at least in our eyes. The Silverado HD, for all of its hulking and intimidating presence, also has an edgy side to it, the likes of which the ladies can’t get enough of.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

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Jeep Renegade

The upcoming Baby Jeep was caught testing for the first time back in October 2013, and it looked identical to its Fiat cousin. Since then, the small Jeep has evolved a bit, as the prototype that our spy photographers caught today looks more like a typical Jeep .

Also known as the Jeepster, the future baby Jeep will be built on the same Small Wide platform that will see use under the Fiat 500 L and 500 MPW. Jeep is planning to use this model as a competitor to the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 .

We have no details on the engine lineup just yet, but depending on the market, the next baby Jeep will be offered with gasoline and diesel engines. We expect the new Jeep to come standard with front-wheel drive and have all-wheel drive as an available option.

Expect the new Baby Jeep to be unveiled later this March, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. The model will be built in Italy along with the Fiat500X .

Click past the jump to see more about the Baby Jeep.

We’ll be honest; we expected a little more from the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper.

When it was teased last week, it promised so much yet when it was introduced it delivered, well, not so much. Granted, the performance boost is impressive, but anytime you mention the word "reaper", we expect something sinister.

Instead, we get this. It’s...red.

To be fair, the work put in by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter shouldn’t be shortchanged. We just expected it to be a little darker than what was actually presented. That being said, the aero kit is pretty comprehensive, thanks to a Southern Comfort and a Supercharged Reaper Package.

The former is what’s responsible for the restyled look of the Silverado . Yes, it looks pretty different from the standard Silverado, something that we can attribute to the front clip restyling grille that it makes it look like the hood extends a little further than usual into the trapezoidal grille. Notice that’s different, too, compared to the rectangular grille of the standard Silverado.

A new light system was also installed on the Silverado, which in this case is an integrated Rigid Industries Flood light system and daytime LED running lights. That’s short way of saying the Reaper has more intimidating lights. Speaking of intimidating, the kit also includes a rock guard and side steps, an auxiliary switch panel, a Reaper gauge package, custom stitched headrest covers, Reaper custom graphics and serialized Reaper badging.

Taken all together, the program is really intense, but somehow, Southern Comfort Automotive forgot that black, maybe even matte black, is a far more imposing look on the Silverado than red is.

As far as Lingenfelter’s involvement is concerned, the tuning firm famous for its Corvette programs produced two sets of upgrades for the Reaper Silverado. The less powerful of the two is for the 5.3-liter V-8 EcoTec 3 engine that now pumps out pumps out tidy 475 horsepower, compared to the 355 ponies of the standard unit. The bigger version of the two involves the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8 EcoTec 3 engine. From the standard 420-horsepower output of the Silverado, Lingenfelter’s TVS1900 Magnuson Supercharger managed to increase the output to an impressive 550 horsepower.

Lastly, suspension work to improve the pickup ’s overall sturdiness was done courtesy of Fox Racing while the nee exhaust comes by way of Corsa.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter

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Until the new, lighter Audi Q7 hits showrooms, the British market gets to enjoy a new special-edition version of the current Q7. The new Q7 S Line Style Edition is built on the S line Plus trim and, despite tons of updates, it only includes a £1,500 ($2,500) price hike.

The new S Line Style Edition is offered with 21-inch wheels in a five-arm rotor design and painted a matte-titanium color. The model is further distinguished by stainless-steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches, special bumpers with modified lower sections.

Customers can choose between seven exterior colors: Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

The new Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition is priced from £52,975 (about $88,000 at the current exchange rates) for the 245-horsepower model and up to £62,600 ($104,000) for the 340-horsepower version.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi Q7.

Quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what the new and lighter Audi Q7 is going to look like. But until then, we’re going to have to settle with these special-edition models that the German company has just released for the UK market.

In addition to the Q7 S Line Style Edition, the other "unique" model is the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, which comes with its own unique set of upgrades that standard Q7s don’t offer. Among the modifications you’ll see in the S Line Sport Edition include body-colored wheel arch extensions, which adds more width to the full-sized SUV.

Enlarged front air intakes with high gloss slats, lower bumper spoilers, a stainless steel underbody protection, and dual oval exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper are also part of the package, all of which add character and performance enhancements to the SUV . The changes may not be all that evident at first glance, but they’re there, and Audi put them in there for a reason.

A full slate of paint finishes are also offered for the Q7 S Line Sport Edition. There are 13 choices in all with varying paint effects, including solid, metallic and pearl.

Both S Line models come with "standard equipment" that are unique to both of ’em, if that even makes sense. Privacy glass from the B-pillar rearward, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fancy Verano leather upholstery and stainless-steel side running boards are among the features list, as is a powered tailgate operation, an HDD satellite navigation, the Audi parking system advanced with visual and acoustic guidance, the Audi Music Interface, Audi connect, adaptive air suspension, and double glazing.

That’s a lot of features, fellas, and maybe a big reason why Audi is touting both these full-sized models to its customers.

Anybody interested in the Q7 S Line Sport Edition will have to spend anywhere from £52,975 ($72,462) to £64,100 ($87,,679).

Click past the jump to read about the Audi Q7

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After being officially unveiled in 2012, the special-edition Altitude models return to Jeep ’s lineup for 2014. For the first time, this special treatment will be applied to the Cherokee , and it will also return to the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler . All three models will be put on sale this spring.

The Cherokee Altitude is distinguished by a "blacked-out" exterior with special added elements and a series of upgrades inside the cabin. The Cherokee Altitude is available a choice of two engines: a base 2.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine or a more powerful 3.2-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 271 horsepower and afford the model a 4,500-pound towing capacity.

The Cherokee Altitude is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations and prices starting from $24,995 and $26,995, respectively. Sales will begin later this spring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Altitude.

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This year’s Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will kick off on February 2nd, 2014, and part of the spectacle will be all of the car commercials during the breaks. Until we’ get to see the real commercials, automakers are teasing us with previews of the commercial that will air during the game.

Recently, Volkswagen teased its Algorithm commercials, and now Toyota has revealed a teaser video for the commercials it will air during Super Bowl XLVIII.

The stars of Toyota’s commercial this year will be the 2014 Highlander and "Everybody Hates Chris" star Terry Crews, and according to the company, the idea behind the commercial was: "one boring man, in a world full of boring choices, makes a stop that will change his life forever. In the all-new Toyota Highlander, the Big Game will be anything but boring."

Check out this teaser video to see what Toyota will bring this year at the Super Bowl XLVIII.

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BMW X1

Like numerous other automakers around the world, BMW is knee deep in ice and snow, as it is testing its upcoming models in wintery weather. This time around it was the 2016 X1 that our spy photographers caught cruising in the snow. The model was caught testing today somewhere in Sweden and, judging by the heavy camouflage it’s wearing, it looks like BMW engineers still have lots of work to do.

The X1 will be built on the company’s new front-wheel-drive platform (UKL) that will also underpins the new Mini and will be under the new 1 Series Active Tourer. This new platform will give BMW BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, as well as reduced production cost. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the X1, but BMW will offer all-wheel drive on models with more powerful engines.

Under its hood, BMW will offer the same engine as in the current model, but with modifications lower fuel consumption.

Expect a debut in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Expect the new BMW X1 to be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Ford F-150

By now, all the currently available information has been disseminated regarding Ford ’s latest and greatest F-150 . The news of its new aluminum skin, stronger frame and a new engines are leading headlines; along with its host of whiz-bang gadgetry designed to make the F-150 knock out the competition.

We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details in our review of the 2015 F-150 , but now we present the top-10 things you need to know about the 2015 truck. Call it the “Reader’s Digest” version. We cover the exterior design and interior details; explore the handy new features found in the bed; touch on the truck’s development; and speculate about horsepower, torque, and how much the whole thing will cost.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford F-150


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