February 2013 Archives

Chrysler's Design Chief Ralph Gilles Defends the 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Last week leaked shots of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee basically forced Chrysler to unveil the Liberty successor ahead of its scheduled debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The 2014 Cherokee's polarizing design has sparked so many comments, mostly negative that have now prompted Chrysler to go on the defensive. Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles recently spoke to WardsAuto about the new Cherokee, which he described as "very contemporary."

Volvo has announced that the refreshed 2014 Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 can be fitted with Volvo's Active High Beam Control that makes driving in the dark safer and more comfortable.

Driving at night presents car drivers all over the world with challenging conditions. "Our aim with the renewed Active High Beam Control technology is to enhance visibility in the dark by making it possible to use high beam permanently, without having to switch to low beam when meeting or catching up with other cars," says Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Center.

GM is Boosting Its Production of Plug-in Hybrid Models This Year

It's being reported that GM is boosting production of its Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid models this year by 20 percent to a total 36,000 units. Sources confirmed with Automotive News that GM plans to build 1,500 to 3,000 a month this year.

Land Rover Turns the Iconic Defender Into an EV

Land Rover has unveiled a new electric version of the iconic Defender SUV that is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Land Rover plans to unveil seven electric Defenders at the show that are powered by a zero-emissions electric powertrain, but still maintains the SUV's all-terrain capability.

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Starts at $21,400

Ford has pushed the pricing for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST live on its site. If you've been waiting to see how much it will cost to get your hands on the high-performance version of the Fiesta, well hopefully $21,400 is within your range.

Is GM Working on a Cheaper Chevy Corvette Coupe?

Later this year the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Coupe is going to arrive in showrooms, which will be followed by the convertible version. Now it's being reported by the guys over at Motor Trend that GM is currently working on a low-cost Corvette for the 2015 model year. A new "cheaper" Corvette would be great for enthusiasts that may be turned off by the Corvette Stingray's starting price, which has yet to be announced.

Land Rover has announced plans to unveil its new 9-speed automatic transmission at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The ZF 9-speed transmission has been designed for transverse applications and according to Land Rover it is the one of the most efficient and technically advanced transmissions ever used in a production vehicle.

2014 VW GTI Heads to Geneva

VW has announced that the all-new 2014 VW GTI is going to take the stage at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The new GTI is set to go on sale first in Europe starting this May and for the first time will be offered with with two power levels: 220 horsepower; or 230 hp with the optional performance pack.

GM Begins Producing the Cadillac XTS in China

General Motors has kicked off production of the 2013 Cadillac XTS in China, which is an important milestone for Cadillac's growth in the world's largest auto market. "We are reaching the next level of Cadillac growth in China," said Bob Ferguson, vice president Global Cadillac. "This expansion in localized assembly for our brand in China coincides with the strong momentum of our new product portfolio and significant growth in the dealer network."

McLaren has released the performance specs for the McLaren P1 hybrid supercar that is going to debut next week in Geneva. The P1's hybrid powertrain generates a total 903 horsepower, which is enough to help the supercar reach 0-62 in less than three seconds, 0-124 mph in under seven seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 217 mph.

Hennessey Promises 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray With 1000-HP

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has announced its upgrades for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. HPE plans to offer to performance upgrades for the Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible, with the most powerful upgrade bumping the Corvette Stingray's output to 1,000 horsepower.

Nissan Announces NISMO As its Global Performance Brand

Nissan has announced that NISMO will be its exclusive global performance car and motorsports brand and plans to officially open the new NISMO global headquarters and development center in Yokohama, Japan. Today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn declared the new headquarters open and explained how NISMO will play an even more prominent role for the company's performance car and motorsports activities.

Rolls-Royce Teases the 2014 Wraith One Last Time

Rolls-Royce has released the final teaser photo of the upcoming 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which is going to be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show. This final teaser photo reveals that the Wraith will have be fastback.

Alfa Romeo Releases More Photos of the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

We're getting closer to the start of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which means everyday we can expect more details and previews of what we will see at the show. We've already seen a few photos of the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C, but Alfa Romeo has released a few more, including a shot of the interior.

Ford Launches Spotify In Its Models

Ford has announced that Ford drivers with vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink can soon access Spotify's catalog of more than 20 million tracks on the go. The integration with Spotify to offer the streaming music service in Ford SYNC AppLink-equipped vehicles is the company's first direct collaboration with an automotive manufacturer.

Bertone Jet 2+2 is a One-Off Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake

Italian design house, Bertone has created this , which is a one-off Jet 2+2, which is basically an Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake. The Jet 2+2 takes the design of the four-door Rapide, but gives it a shooting brake style that is similar in shape to the Porsche Panamera Sports Turismo concept and Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. The Bertone 2+2 is going to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

GM Announces 4G LTE Connectivity For Its 2015 Models

General Motors has announced a plan to deliver a new generation of connected cars and trucks with embedded 4G LTE mobile broadband. The first GM models to get 4G LTE will be most 2015 Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models available in 2014 through AT&T.

Following yesterday's spy shots of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Jeep has quickly responded by releasing the first photos and details for the Liberty's replacement. It's actually quite interesting since the first photos that were sent to Jalopnik were obviously not very flattering photos of a few prototypes in a factory. Of course the new polarizing design raised quite a few responses, most of them not so flattering, so Jeep has responded by releasing the first set of official photos of the new Cherokee.

Hyundai Delivers the First Limited-Edition Veloster RE:MIX

Hyundai has delivered the first new Veloster RE:MIX limited edition model to its excited new owner at Sterling McCall Hyundai in Houston, Texas. This limited edition Veloster features a unique body kit, 18-inch dark gunmetal-finish alloy wheels, LED headlight accents and taillights, and unique RE:MIX badging. The interior gets a 450-watt premium Dimension audio system, push-button start with proximity key, leather steering wheel and shift knob, unique interior light kit and RE:MIX floormats.

Mini Cooper Humps a Toyota Prius in San Francisco

Well this pic is sure to make you laugh! This morning a Mini Cooper decided to hump a Toyota Prius in San Francisco.

Early 2014 Jeep Cherokee Shots Show Off Its Aggressive Face

Next month Chrysler is expected to debut the replacement for the Jeep Liberty, which will reportedly revive the Cherokee name here in the U.S. It looks like a facotry insider managed to grab some shots of a few prototypes that were then sent over to the guys at Jalopnik.

2013 Range Rover Racks Up 10 Industry Awards in Three Months

Land Rover has something to celebrate. The all-new Range Rover has received 10 international awards in just three months since production began. The most recent honor came from the AUTOBEST group of motoring writers, naming the all-new Range Rover 'TECHNOBEST 2012'. Recent awards also include 'Dream Machine' from the US TV show MOTORWEEK, 'Luxury Car of the Year' from both What Car? and Top Gear magazines and 'Best Cars - Import Category' from Auto Motor und Sport. The model was also crowned '4x4 Category Winner' in The Sunday Times' Top 100 Cars 2012, among others.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Named Robb Report Car of the Year

The new Porsche 911 Carrera S has been named the 2013 Robb Report Car of the Year. The judges picked the 911 Carrera S due to its "agility, driving dynamics and balance". The 911 bested 12 other competitors for the award and will be featured on the cover of the March issue of the luxury lifestyle magazine.

Hyundai has updated the Sonata Hybrid for the 2013 model year with a larger lithium polymer battery pack, more powerful electric motor and a lower starting price.

Yesterday Sony released some of the details for its new Playstation 4 game console. The new PS4 is scheduled to hit stores by this holiday season and one new game that has been developed for PS4 is the new Driveclub game. Driveclub a brand new racing franchise developed exclusively for Playstation 4 by Evolution Studios.

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Gets 5-Star Safety Rating

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe has received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the highest rating possible. The 2013 Accord Coupe is also the only vehicle in its class to earn a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ rating with Good ratings in all test modes.

VW Will Build the XL1 Plug-In Hybrid In Limited Numbers

VW has just announced that it will build the XL1 plug-in hybrid in very limited numbers. In case you need a refresher, the XL1 grabs the title of the most fuel-efficient car in the world thanks to its plug-in hybrid system that helps it get up to 313 mpg on the European cycle.

2014 VW Golf GTD Combines the GTI With an Efficient Diesel Engine

VW has taken the wraps off the new 2014 VW Golf GTD, which is based on the new seventh-generation Golf. The Golf GTD is basically a VW GTI, but its turbocharged gas engine has been swapped out for a 184-hp turbocharged diesel engine.

Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid Unveiled

Audi has unveiled the new audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. On the outside the A3 e-tron looks almost identical to the five-door A3, but under the hood its powered by a new plug-in hybrid system that according to Audi provides a glimpse "into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it."

2014 Jeep Liberty Successor Will Be Unveiled Next Month in New York

Jeep already ended production of the current Jeep Liberty, but we won't have to wait too long to see its replacement. Jeep's boss Mike Manley has confirmed that the Liberty's successor is going to be unveiled next month at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Although the new Liberty is going to be unveiled in just over a month, it still hasn't been confirmed if it will be called the Liberty, Cherokee or something entirely new.

2013 Range Rover Gets a New Supercharged V6

It's official. Land Rover has announced that the 2013 Range Rover is now available with a new 3.0L supercharged V6, which offers a new more efficient powertrain than the V8 options. "The all-new Range Rover has received a tremendous reception in the marketplace, and this exciting new V6 supercharged engine will broaden its appeal still further," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director. "It combines the desirability of the world's finest luxury SUV, with the enhanced sustainability offered by this advanced downsized petrol engine."

2013 Toyota Camry Gets Some Interior Upgrades

The current generation Toyota Camry is only in its second year, but Toyota has decided to add a few updates to the 2013 Camry. Although the exterior of the 2013 Camry looks the same, Toyota has updated its interior design, comfort and safety technology.

McLaren Unveils the P1's 903-HP Hybrid Powertrain

McLaren continues to slowly release the details for the upcoming P1 supercar that is going to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Today McLaren has announced the official powertrain specs for the P1. The P1 will be powered by a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and electric motor that together have a combined output of 903 horsepower.

2014 Audi RS Q3 Officially Unveiled Ahead of Its Debut in Geneva

The Audi Q3 crossover has yet to make to our shores, but Audi has unveiled the hot RS version, the 2014 RS Q3, which is the first ever RS Q model. The 2014 RS Q3 is going to debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be powered by a 310-hp 2.5L five-cylinder turbo.

Bentley has unveiled the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, which is going to have its world debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The 2014 Continental Flying Spur gets a more athletic exterior, reduced weight and is powered by a 616-hp 6.0L W12 engine.

2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Photos Leaked

The first photos of the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur have leaked online ahead of its debut tomorrow. The new Continental Flying Spur gets an evolutionary redesign that brings it inline with the Continental GT and GTC models.

Even though Volvo is refreshing most of its lineup for the 2014 model year, the automaker has some big plans for the 2015 model year and beyond. Next year Volvo will unveil the all-new 2015 XC90 crossover, followed by a new S80 sedan and a V80 wagon and a smaller 2+2 coupe dubbed the C80.

Refreshed 2014 Dodge Durango Production Kicks Off in May

Chrysler hasn't unveiled the 2014 Dodge Durango, but according to the guys over at Allpar, the refreshed 2014 Durango is going to enter into production in May, with the first units arriving in June.

Subaru May Add a New 3-Row Crossover and Luxury Models to its Lineup

Subaru's sales continue to climb with sales increasing the last five years. Subaru expects sales to grow around 8% this year alone, which would mean that Subaru will sell around 365,000 vehicles in the US this year. Although Subaru recently launched the all-new 2014 Forester, there are some other models that the automaker is planning to boost sales even further.

Guerlain Chicherit Does a Backflip in a Mini Countryman (Video)

Freestyle skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit just did something awesome at the winter sports resort of Tignes in France, by doing a backflip in a Mini Countryman. Chicherit pulled off the first such maneuver ever performed in a car using a static ramp.

Volvo Updates the 2014 S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 Models

It's been a while since Volvo has updated its lineup, but Volvo is updating most of its lineup for the 2014 model year. Volvo is giving all of its models a facelift, with the exception of the V40 and XC90. That means that the 2014 S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 will all benefit from a refreshed interior and exterior.

Nissan Sells 50k Nissan Leaf EVs

Nissan has announced that it has the produced the 50,000th Nissan Leaf. According to Nissan, owners of Nissan Leaf around the world have now covered a total distance of more than 260 million kilometers. The highest mileage Leaf globally has been revealed as a Japanese customer who has covered more than 175,000 km, in a car that has only been on sale for two years.

China's Geely In Lead Bid to Buy Fisker

It's being reported that China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the same company that owns Volvo is in the lead to acquire a majority stake in Fisker Automotive. Fisker is currently deciding between two bids, one from Geely and the second from another Chinese company, Dongfeng Motor Group Co.

2014 Chevy SS Officially Unveiled at the Daytona Speedway

The wait is over! Chevy has taken the wraps off the 2014 Chevy SS, which will debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar makes its NASCAR debut during the Daytona 500. The Chevy SS borrows the Camaro's platform and marks the Chevy's first V8 rear-wheel-drive sedan since 1996.

Cadillac Releases Limited Edition CTS-V Models

Cadillac has announced the introduction of pair of new limited-edition models featuring custom paint will join the Cadillac CTS Coupe and V-Series product lines this year. The Silver Frost Edition will be a special run of 100 CTS-V Coupes featuring a special low-gloss matte paint finish. The Stealth Blue Edition is a more traditional metallic finish and will appear on the CTS Coupe and the high-performance CTS-V in Coupe, Sedan and Wagon body styles.

Holden Commodore VF SS V Show Car Gets Us Closer To the 2014 Chevy SS

This weekend GM is going to unveil the 2014 Chevy SS, but in the meantime Holden has unveiled the Commodore VF SS V show car, which is a preview of the SS.

2014 Ram 1500 Gets a Diesel Engine

Chrysler has just announced that later this year, Ram will become the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks. The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

Convertible SRT Viper is a Few Years Away

For the first time ever, Chrysler is launching a new Viper as a coupe first rather than a convertible. Viper fans don't seem to mind, since the first 800 units of the all-new Viper have already sold out before the first units have even been delivered to customers. Chrysler is still planning on building a convertible Viper, but we will have to wait a few years.

New Photos of the McLaren P1 Design Study From its Debut in Bahrain

McLaren has released a new set of photos of the McLaren P1 design study following its Middle East debut in Bahrain in January. These new photos have been released ahead of its arrival in the United Arab Emirates this week. The new photos of the design study were taken at the Bahrain International Circuit. Bahrain is the Middle East base for McLaren, and is also home of its majority shareholder, Mumtalakat.

Ford Accidentally Leaks an Image of the 2015 Ford Edge

It looks like someone at Ford accidentally leaked an image of the upcoming 2015 Ford Edge in a powerpoint presentation. The powerpoint slide was created for the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference and showed Ford's global lineup. Rather than show the current Ford Edge, the slide contained a small image of the upcoming 2015 Edge.

2013 Audi S3 Sportback Officially Unveiled

Audi has taken the wraps off the the 2014 Audi S3 Sportback, which packs 300 horsepower and reaches 0-62 mph in five seconds.

Honda Fit EV Arrives on the East Coast

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Honda has announced that the 2013 Honda Fit EV is set to arrive on the East Coast later this month. Up until now the Fit EV has only been available in California and Oregon. The Fit EV will be available for lease at Honda dealerships in selected markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Customers will be able to lease the Fit EV for three years at $389 per month.

2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Unveiled With 360 HP

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the "hot" version of the A-Class hatchback, the 2014 A45 AMG, which packs 360 horsepower and reaches 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds.

Mitsubishi has announced that it is going to unveil two new concepts at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the Concept GR-HEV and the Concept CA-MiEV.

GM is employing a new lightweight "smart material" on the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, which helps it drop 99 pounds compared to the outgoing Corvette. The 2014 Corvette is the first vehicle to use a GM's new lightweight shape memory alloy wire in place of a heavier motorized actuator to open and close the hatch vent that releases air from the trunk. This allows the trunk lid to close more easily than on the previous models where trapped air could make the lid harder to close.

McLaren Shows Off the P1 Supercar's Cockpit

Mclaren has released a set of interior photos of the upcoming McLaren P1 supercar, which features a very minimalistic design that is fully focused on the driver, and is clear from clutter and distraction. McLaren has designed the interior to feel like the cockpit of a fighter jet, complete with glass canopy overhead.

Yup you read that headline right. According to the guys over at Motor Trend, the rear-wheel-drive Toyota GT86 platform that is used by the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ will also be used by the upcoming Toyota Supra successor and the next-generation BMW Z4.

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Officially Unveiled Ahead of its Geneva Debut

It seems like we've been waiting forever for Alfa Romeo to officially unveil the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C, but the wait is finally over. Alfa Romeo has officially released the first set of photos of the 4C ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Rolls-Royce Teases the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Again

Rolls-Royce has released the second photo of the upcoming 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5.

Jeep May Give The Wrangler a Diesel in the US

Jeep officially unveiled the diesel powered 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Detroit last month. If sales of the new diesel Grand Cherokee are a success, then chances are high that Jeep may offer a diesel powered Wrangler.

Kia cee'd GT Five-Door Photo Leaks Ahead of Geneva Debut

Kia has already given us a preview of its VW GTI fighter in the form of the three-door pro_cee'd GT. Kia plans to also offer it in a five-door version and a photo of it has surfaced online ahead of its debut next month in Geneva. The five-door version gets the same aggressive exterior styling as the three-door, which should make it a great alternative to the VW GTI. Under the hood it will be powered by a 201-hp 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Mercedes-Benz Releases the CLA Edition 1 in Europe

Mercedes-Benz has announced the introduction of the "CLA Edition 1", which is a special edition version of the new CLA, which will only be available in Europe for 12 months. The CLA Edition 1 gets AMG styling cues and a Neon Art interior.

Ferrari Teases the Enzo Successor on Instagram

Ferrari has announced that the Ferrari F150, which is the successor to the Enzo will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Ferrari used its Instagram profile to post this teaser photo of the F150.

All-New 2014 Cadillac CTS to Debut Next Month in NYC

Since the arrival of the Cadillac ATS, sales of the older and slightly (barely) larger Cadillac CTS have slowed. Cadillac intends to fix that this fall with the arrival of the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, which will debut next month at the New York Auto Show.

Next-Gen BMW X6 Will Be More Aggressive and Lighter

Not everyone may love the BMW X6, but it has done well for BMW and has even prompted copycats like the Acura ZDX. BMW is currently working on the next generation X6, which will debut within the next 18 months. Sources recently told Autocar that the next X6 will become more sporty and lighter.

Holden's New VF Commodore Previews the 2014 Chevy SS

Holden has taken the wraps off the new VF Commodore in Australia, which will be exported to the US in form of the new 2014 Chevy SS rear-wheel-drive sedan. "The VF Commodore really is a class above," said Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux. "No other car created in Australia is as technologically advanced, and we're very proud that not only was the VF designed and engineered here, but it will also be exported to the USA for GM's biggest global brand, Chevrolet."

2014 BMW 4 Series Production Kicks Off This Summer

BMW has yet to unveil the production version of the 2014 4 Series concept that debuted in Detroit. While we wait for the official debut of the 4 Series coupe and convertible, we've learned that production will kick off this summer. A leaked chart shows that the BMW 4 Series will be offered in 428i and 435i versions.

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and Challenger SRT8 392 Get New Colors

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Dodge Challenger fans will be happy to hear the news that Dodge has added two iconic colors to the list of available colors for the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and Challenger SRT8 392 models. Unlocked from the Dodge archive, the return of iconic Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange paint codes answer enthusiasts' desire for the return of more high-impact heritage paint hues. The Challenger R/T and track-ready Challenger SRT8 392 are powered by a HEMI V8 with 375-hp in the Challenger R/T and 470-hp in the Challenger SRT8 392.

Special Edition Aston Martin Vantage SP10 Unveiled

Aston Martin is releasing a special edition V8 Vantage S in Europe that takes its inspiration from the brand's numerous successes on the race track. Inspired by Aston Martin's motorsport activities in the GT4 racing series, the Vantage SP10 is a road model that has been engineered in the style of Aston Martin's GT4 racers.

Subaru Viziv Concept Teased Ahead of its Geneva Debut

Subaru has released this teaser photo of its new Viziv concept that is going to debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. According to Subaru, the concept represents a direction of new designs and new technologies enhancing the Subaru brand into the future.

Toyota GT86 TRD Unveiled For the UK and Starts at £31,495

Toyota has unveiled a special limited version of the Toyota GT86, the GT86 TRD. The GT86 TRD packs styling and performance upgrades from the TRD parts bin and is the first Toyota offered in the UK which official TRD parts have been used to create a specific production model grade.

2013 Ford Focus Electric Gets 5-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

Ford has announced that the 2013 Ford Focus Electric has earned a top vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Focus Electric earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.

Kia Optima Hybrid Gets the Superman Treatment in Chicago

Kia has teamed up with DC Entertainment and Super Street magazine to create this Optima Hybrid inspired by Superman's strength and unwavering care for planet Earth. Unveiled today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, this Optima Hybrid signals the continuation of a 10-month, eight vehicle partnership between Kia and DC Entertainment based on the iconic characters that make up the Justice League - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.

In addition to the Nismo versions of the Nissan Juke and 370Z, Nissan has also brought a special version of the GT-R to the Chicago Auto Show, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition.

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible Debut Confirmed for Geneva

Chevy has confirmed the rumors, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible will make its world debut on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show. "It's fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet the world over," said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. "It is an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it's never officially been offered."

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo and 2014 370Z Nismo Debut in Chicago

Nissan is using this year's Chicago Auto Show to showcase its performance lineup. Today Nissan took the wraps off the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo and the updated 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door Unveiled with 201-HP Turbo

Kia has unveiled the all-new 2014 Forte 5-door in Chicago. Following the debut of the all-new Forte sedan in LA, the 5-door features the similar "European-inspired" design.

Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra Debuts in Chicago

Toyota has unveiled the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Toyota says that the new Tundra has been redesigned inside and out, while it was designed by Toyota's design centers in Newport beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor. The Tundra will also be built exclusively at Toyota's plant in San Antonio, Texas.

Kia has unveiled the Cross GT Concept in Chicago, which signals Kia's intentions to release a larger premium crossover than the current Kia Sorento. "The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective," noted Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Corporation president and global chief of design. "It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-drive luxury saloon. The Cross GT, with its raised stance and large cargo area, allows us to envision the GT in the form of a full-size luxury crossover."

Chrysler Expands its 2013 SRT Lineup

Chrysler's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand is expanding its "Core SRT" vehicle strategy from the Charger SRT8 Super Bee and SRT Viper by offering new 2013 "Core" models of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8. "With exclusive content, including the standard premium 'Ballistic' cloth interior from the new SRT Viper, SRT-tuned sport suspensions and distinctive exterior accents, the new Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 'Core' models are designed and built with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO -- SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

Porsche Celebrates 50 Years of the 911

Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic 911, which debuted in September 1963 as the model 901. Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: "The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic."

VW has announced that it will offer two limited-edition models for the GTI for the 2013 model year and the release of the 2014 Beetle Convertible R-Line.

Limited-Edition 2014 VW Beetle GSR Debuts in Chicago

VW has unveiled the limited-edition 2014 VW Beetle GSR, which is inspired by the 40 year old Volkswagen Beetle GSR (Gelb Schwarzer Renner or "Yellow Black Racer"), which was based on a 1303S and was instantly recognizable by its color scheme. Just 3500 units were built.

2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Unveiled and Starts at $25,695

Chevy has unveiled the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Diesel, which will arrive this summer starting at $25,695. The Cruze Clean Diesel is powered by a 2.0L clean diesel engine that packs 148 horsepower and gets up to 42 mpg on the highway.

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Officially Unveiled

BMW has unveiled a new version of the popular BMW 3 Series, the 2014 3 Series Gran Turismo. The 3 Series Gran Turismo is the 3 Series version of the somewhat unloved 5 Series Gran Turismo. It features a hatchback design and is 7.9 inches longer than the 3 Series Sports wagon, offers a 4.3 inch longer wheelbase and stands 3.2 inches taller.

The full-size truck segment is heating up with new models from Chrysler and GM this year and a new F-Series just around the corner. Toyota is also going to unveil a new 2014 Tundra this week and now Nissan has announced that it is continuing work on the next-generation Titan.

2013 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo Photos Leaked

BMW has yet unveil the 2013 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, but the first set of photos have already leaked online. The 3 Series Gran Turismo is a more versatile version of the 3 Series, which also looks like a smaller version of the 5 Series Gran Turismo. The 3 Series Gran Turismo will be powered by the same powertrains as the sedan version and will also be available with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

Honda to Debut Civic Wagon and NSX Concepts in Geneva

Honda is going to bring two new concepts to the Geneva Motor Show next month, the Civic Wagon concept and the revised NSX concept.

Ford Fiesta ST Race Car Will Debut This Week in Chicago

Ford has unveiled the Ford Fiesta ST Race Car, which is going to debut this week at the Chicago Auto Show. With Ford's global launch of Fiesta ST under way, Ford Racing will introduce the ST performance badge in the 2013 season of the Global RallyCross Championship and Global X Games events.

All-New 2014 Toyota Corolla Photos Leaked

Here are the first unofficial shots of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla that have leaked online today. Toyota previewed the new Corolla with the Corolla Furia Concept at the Detroit Auto Show last month.

2014 Infiniti Q50 to Debut In Geneva With "European Power"

Infiniti has announced that the 2014 Infiniti Q50 will debut at the Geneva Motor Show with a new powertrain that will be borrowed from Mercedes-Benz. The Q50 for Europe includes the first fruit of the co-operation agreement with Daimler aka Mercedes-Benz. "The Infiniti Q50 is a world-class sports saloon with an engine line-up that will clearly demonstrate its intentions to be a major player within the European premium market," said Bernard Loire, Vice President, Infiniti Africa, Middle East and Europe (AMIE).

Automakers like Ford and Hyundai have been pushing more turbocharged engines in their lineup as replacements for conventional engines, due to the turbocharged engines' claimed MPG and performance gains, but Consumer Reports isn't convinced. Automakers love to boast that turbocharged engines provide the power of larger engines, but deliver the fuel economy of smaller engines, but is it actually true? Consumer Reports claims that its own internal testing says otherwise.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG to Debut in New York

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the high-performance version of the new CLA, the CLA45 AMG will have its world debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show, which kicks off a the end of March. Mercedes-Benz hasn't announced what will officially power the CLA45 AMG, but it's reportedly going to be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine with 335-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive.

The Baltimore Ravens took home the win last night at Super Bowl XLVII and Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco received the MVP award. Chevy was the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award and presented Flacco with the keys to a 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. The honor of awarding the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award was given to Rick Flick of New Orleans' Banner Chevrolet, who knows a thing or two about comebacks. Banner Chevrolet, a part of Flick's family for 40 years, was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and was the first business to reopen in New Orleans East after the devastating 2005 storm. Flick presented quarterback Joe Flacco with a 2014 Corvette Stingray today in recognition of his effort in leading the Baltimore Ravens' to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Sketch Released (Video)

Bentley is set to unveil the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur on February 20, but in the meantime Bentley has released this teaser sketch and a video of the sedan.

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept Previews a Convertible Scion FR-S

Toyota has released this sketch of the FT-86 Open concept, which will debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. According to Toyota, the "FT-86 Open concept previews a possible future development of the award-winning GT86 sports coupe."

Chevy Shows Off the 2014 Corvette Stingray (Video)

Here's a new commercial that Chevy has released for the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, which was unveiled last month at the Detroit Auto Show. We have to wait until later this year for the 2014 Corvette Stingray to show up in showrooms, but here's a look at the new Corvette in motion.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Starts at $28,350

Hyundai has announced the pricing for the three-row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which starts at $28,350. At $28,350, shoppers will discover the three-row standard seven-passenger Santa Fe is priced below Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

Chrysler has taken the wraps off the latest version of the Dodge Challenger, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline, which is based on the Challenger R/T. It features unique exterior accents, a performance suspension and signature 20-inch Black Chrome wheels with a Redline Red accented lip.

"Building on Challenger's all-time sales record in 2012, the new Challenger R/T Redline fuses our iconic heritage with a one-of-a-kind customized appearance," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Dodge Brand. "Featuring unique body-side stripes and black chrome wheels with red accents, the new R/T Redline combines unmatched personalization with the unmistakable performance of the legendary HEMI V-8."

2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Debuts With New "Edition 507"

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the updates to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, which for the new year gets even more aggressive with the addition of a newly developed "Edition 507". The 2014 C63 AMG "Edition 507" uses much of the same technology as the SLS AMG: the eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine features forged pistons, connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft as seen on the super sports car.

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