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Apr 18 2014
GM News

Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.

The latest film also features Chevrolets sold around the world including a Corvette Stingray that converts to Autobot Crosshairs, a Trax and a Sonic outfitted as a Rally Car.

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Apr 18 2014
Chrysler Media

The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.

The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.

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Apr 18 2014
Written by Aaron Bragman | Posted on USA Today

 

Ford would like you to know that the Focus is the best-selling compact car in the world, and it's not difficult to see why it's popular. The Focus always has been stylish, and adding in its European-style tight handling and excellent interior materials means that there's a definite appeal to the compact sedan and hatchback. Ford showed off the latest 2015 Focus at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show last month, but now it's time to see the sedan version, which is more popular in the U.S.

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Apr 17 2014
Written by Paul Stenquist | Posted on The New York Times

The people at Ford are all misty eyed about Mustang’s 50th anniversary, which falls on media day at the New York auto show. It’s an emotional time for them as they celebrate the birthday of the Mustang and a milestone marketing effort in the city where it all started at the 1964 World’s Fair. To mark the anniversary on Wednesday, the company placed a 2015 Mustang on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building.

But can a car company celebrate without a new model introduction? Of course not.

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Apr 17 2014
Written by Gerry Edgerton | Posted on CBS News
General Motors ( GM) is bringing a subcompact SUV into the U.S. market to compete in the burgeoning segment against established models like the Kia Soul and other new ones like the just-introduced Jeep Renegade. The new Chevrolet Trax was displayed for the press at the start of the annual New York International Auto Show.
 
GM CEO Mary Barra, speaking briefly at the presentation, emphasized that the Trax is part of new and redesigned models Chevrolet is bringing to market. Already sold in 60 other countries, the Trax will reach dealers' lots here early next year.
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Apr 17 2014
Written by Bryce G. Hoffman | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC is expected to reveal refreshed versions of its Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars today at the New York International Auto Show featuring new sheet metal, new technology and the return of the Bumble Bee.

Dodge designers say they resculpted and refined nearly every body panel on the two cars, upgraded the interiors with more premium materials and added LED lighting to the front and rear.

The new Dodge Challenger gets even more than that, with a significant nod to the car’s legendary muscle car heritage.

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Apr 16 2014
Written by John Rosevear | Posted on The Motley Fool

The last month has been a rough one for General Motors  (NYSE: GM  ) , as the company has faced tough questions and withering criticism over a long-delayed recall that may have contributed to a dozen fatal accidents.

But meanwhile, life at the General goes on. GM has a few new products to show off at this week's New York International Auto Show, including this particular bit of madness: a convertible version of the white-hot, supercharged Corvette Z06.

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Apr 16 2014
Fox News

Ford is marking the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang with a special version of America’s original pony car.

The 2015 Mustang 50 year Limited Edition is a Mustang GT fastback that’s been dressed up with several retro cues.

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Apr 16 2014
Written by Bryce Hoffman | Posted on The Detroit News

Jeep’s diminutive Renegade will make its U.S. debut today at the New York International Auto Show.

Chrysler Group LLC’s new subcompact crossover will boast the same off-road capabilities as its bigger siblings in a smaller — and much more fuel-efficient — package.
 

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Apr 15 2014
GM News

With the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts 14 distinct performance-car models – including nine Camaro models, the SS performance sedan and four Corvette models. Output ranges from 323 to an estimated 625 horsepower.

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Apr 15 2014
Written by Terry Box | Posted on The Dallas Morning News

Ford rattled the pickup-truck world when it announced that its 2015 F-150 would be built mostly of aluminum. And now the automaker may be preparing to make waves in the SUV segment, as well.

According to Edmunds.com, Ford is considering converting the next-generation Expedition to aluminum body, as well as the strong-selling mid-size Explorer crossover.

If the Expedition gets an all-aluminum body, the Lincoln Navigator likely would, too, since both are built on the F-150 pickup platform.

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Apr 15 2014
Chrysler Media

New 2015 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars are coming later this year, but there is no need to wait to get into one of these performance icons.

The Dodge brand has crafted the “Double-Up” program for Charger and Challenger enthusiasts. Eligible customers can lease a 2014 Charger or Challenger for 12 months, and leave the dealership with a guarantee that when they return in a year and follow program rules they will have the same lease payment on a new 2015 Charger or Challenger.

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Apr 14 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

A refreshed 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will hit showrooms this fall, featuring a new front face similar to others in the Chevy sedan lineup, interior convenience features and more technology, General Motors Co. said Sunday.

The popular compact Cruze, getting a facelift after debuting in fall 2010, will be shown at the New York International Auto Show this week, as the carmaker hopes to attract attention onto new vehicles and away from its recall crisis tied to 2.59 million vehicles no longer in production.

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Apr 14 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Think of it as a penthouse office on wheels.

To show how its new Transit van could get a foothold in the luxury transportation market, it dressed one up and showed it last night at the world's largest Ford dealership, Galpin out in Los Angeles. Next it goes to the New York Auto Show.

Called the Transit Skyliner, the conversion's interior is filled with swanky options like "throne" seats that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet computer, and a theater.

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Apr 14 2014
Chrysler Media

The Jeep® and Mopar brands have once again teamed to develop a variety of vehicles that will debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, April 12-20. Now in its 48th year, the Easter Jeep Safari will be attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of serious off-roading on some of the country’s most renowned trails.

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Apr 11 2014
GM News

When you spend long days on the worksite or long nights towing a heavy trailer, comfort and capability are hardly a luxury.

With its quiet, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies that bring extra confidence to the most challenging towing situations, the 2015 Silverado High Country HD has what it takes to make the tough jobs easier.

Silverado High Country HD, Chevrolet’s first premium heavy-duty pickup, combines the refinement and convenience of the Silverado 1500 High Country with the rugged capability of the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

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Apr 11 2014
GM News

When you spend long days on the worksite or long nights towing a heavy trailer, comfort and capability are hardly a luxury.

With its quiet, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies that bring extra confidence to the most challenging towing situations, the 2015 Silverado High Country HD has what it takes to make the tough jobs easier.

Silverado High Country HD, Chevrolet’s first premium heavy-duty pickup, combines the refinement and convenience of the Silverado 1500 High Country with the rugged capability of the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

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Apr 11 2014
Written by Michael Braun | Posted on The News-Press

The Ford Mustang was introduced to the car-crazy American public on April 17, 1964, at the World's Fair. It became an instant automotive icon.

This year the popular car celebrates its 50th anniversary amid a lot of hoopla across the United States and the world. More than 9 million have been sold. There's even a birthday card you can sign.

Closer to home there are several local events where Mustangs of all years and versions will be visiting.

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Apr 11 2014
Written by Anton Wahlman | Posted on The Street

One of life's saddest realities is how outdated reputations lag a new reality. This works both ways: Products that used to be great maintain their reputations long after they have lost their competitive edge.

It also works the other way around. Consider Chrysler, for example. Now part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Chrysler is one of the group's many bewildering brands, with others including Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, RAM and Jeep.

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Apr 10 2014
The Detroit News

The National Corvette Museum said Wednesday that it has recovered the final Corvette – the eighth vehicle – that was swallowed by a giant sinkhole at the Bowling Green, Ky., museum in February.

The Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, was discovered on Monday upside down in the estimated 60-foot deep sinkhole. The museum said the 2001 Z06 is the most heavily damaged of the eight vehicles that fell into the sinkhole.

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