Ford Schedules Debut of New-generation Mustang
The Mustang is the most iconic vehicle in the long history of the Ford Motor Company. Mustang has become a brand all its own with millions of Facebook followers, devoted Mustang clubs covering the globe, and prominent positioning on everything from postage stamps to luggage. Earlier this week Ford announced plans for a special sixth generation Mustang to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang’s debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Ford has not released any details regarding the new design but given that it is a Mustang it figures to feature gobs of horsepower. This won’t be any remake of the ill-fated low power Mustang II.
Ford faces an interesting dilemma in designing the 50th anniversary Mustang given the car’s worldwide popularity. The automaker plans to sell the new Mustang overseas and will host debuts in Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney. Ford will need to balance the classic Mustang expectations with the tastes of an International audience so as not to alienate its burgeoning fan base.
Ford has sold about nine million Mustangs over the last 50 years. The Mustang reigned supreme atop the U.S. midsize sport segment for more than four decades until it fell behind the Chevy Camaro in 2009. The Camaro has held the top spot ever since. The Mustang’s 50th anniversary and new design could put Ford back on top.
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Rangers Let Tigers off the Hook
Two years ago the Detroit Tigers, in a moment of weakness and desperation following a knee injury to Victor Martinez, handed free agent slugger Prince Fielder a nine-year contract worth $214 million. The signing shifted 1B Miguel Cabrera to the more demanding hot corner and gave the Tigers two of baseball’s most feared sluggers. Now, after flopping in the postseason Detroit has sent Fielder to the Texas Rangers for 2B Ian Kinsler. The deal serves the Tigers on several fronts.
As the baseball hot stove cranked up the talk was that Detroit would entertain offers for AL Cy Young Award winner Maz Scherzer. The 29-year-old Scherzer is set to become a free agent following the 2014 season and with Cabrera, Fielder, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez signed to expensive long-term deals the prospects for retaining Scherzer seemed dim. The Fielder trade frees the Tigers from one of those deals and could provide the flexibility to retain Scherzer, or sign a suitable replacement next offseason.Pin It Tweet
Chrysler Ups the Cool Factor on the 300S
Chrysler is making some significant upgrades to the overall style and sound system of the 2014 300S sedan. The 300S is Chrysler’s top of the line luxury offering. The 2014 model will feature serious upgrades to the car’s stereo as well as exterior changes meant to up the cool factor.
The 2014 300S will feature body-color door handles and front fascia inserts. The front grille features black trim while black trim adorns the window surrounds, headlights, and tail-lamps. A gloss black roof treatment and 20-inch alloy wheels are optional upgrades. Chrysler has also added Ceramic Grey to its list of available exterior colors.
On the interior the 300S will come standard with a Dr. Dre “Beats” sound system featuring 10 speakers and a 12-channel amplifier. The alignment with Dr. Dre, a bastion of 90’s cool, is no doubt an attempt to market the 300S to a younger audience. As Dr. Dre’s fan base approaches middle age Chrysler is hoping to snag some of them as long term customers.
The 300S has been a favorite of baby boomers and new grandparents. The large sedan offers the type of comfort, dependability, and interior space needed to deal with a car load of boisterous grandkids. The 300S is even lauded by parenting sites for its stylish looks and its ability to fit three child safety seats across the backseat. The 300S has proven to be a viable alternative for those unwilling to succumb to the siren call of the ultra-convenient, though decidedly uncool, minivan. Chrysler is hoping that edgier exterior design and a marketing agreement with Dr. Dre will continue to build on the 300S’ past successes.
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Buick Supercharges the 2014 Regal
The 2014 Buick Regal is decidedly not your father’s Buick. The American automaker is rolling a new more powerful Regal into dealer showrooms. The new 2014 Regal features some exciting changes under the hood that could make the Regal a more attractive option for consumers.
The 2014 Regal offers buyers a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 259 horsepower. The 2013 models topped out at just 220 horsepower. The new engine also ups the torque by 13% while yielding an impressive fuel efficiency rating of 21/30 mpg. The changes are attributed to a new cylinder head, stiffer structural front end, and an improved twin-scroll turbocharger.
Buick unveiled the 2014 Regal at the New York Auto Show and the model is already available for sale. Buick has discontinued 2013’s Turbo model and made the new turbo engine available on all models. The Regal has a MSRP of just over $30,000 and comes standard with either the new 2.0-liter turbo engine or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Buicks touts the new turbo engine as delivering the performance of a 6-cylinder with variable valve timing.
An all-wheel drive transmission is available on all Regal models for a bit of a premium. The entry level Regal all-wheel drive starts at $32,790. The top of the line Regal GS has a MSRP of just over $37,000 and comes with Buick’s driver confidence upgrade packages. Features on the upgrade packages include safety measures like following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning as well as convenience features such as power moon roof and adaptive cruise control.
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The Orioles’ Matt Wieters Charade
When Matt Wieters was making his rapid ascension through the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league system he was dubbed “Mauer with power,” a nod to Twins’ All Star catcher Joe Mauer and Wieters’ own long-ball potential. When Wieters arrived in Baltimore some enterprising fans created a Wieters’ facts website that made boastful claims about Wieters’ general manliness and fictional feats of strength. O’s first baseman Aubrey Huff dubbed the young catcher “the switch-hitting Jesus” as fans and media flocked to get a glimpse of Baltimore’s next shining star. That was 2009.
Now, in the winter of 2013, Wieters’ future with the club is cloudy. Manny Machado has dethroned Wieters as Baltimore’s hardball savior. The Mauer and Johnny Bench comparisons have receded as Wieters has settled into his role as a dependable though not spectacular catcher. While Wieters has excelled on defense his offensive production has lagged. The two time All Star bottomed out offensively in 2013, posting career lows in batting average (.235), on base percentage (.287), and slugging percentage (.417). In Wieters’ defense, he did post a career low BABIP of .247, a number that is substantially under his career BABIP of .283, which suggests that he could see a significant rebound in 2014.Pin It Tweet
Jeep Willys to be resurrected for 2014
If you’re a fan of M.A.S.H. and Full Metal Jacket you may want to head to your local Jeep dealership in the next few months. The automaker is set to revive the Willys, the utility vehicle that helped win World War II and starred in countless television shows and movies. The original CJs (civilian Jeeps) were made available to the public in 1945 and quickly gained favor for their functionality and ability to handle all terrains. Jeep will unveil the 2014 Willys this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Before Jeep was churning out SUVs and stylish vehicles for the masses it was producing sensible utility vehicles. The 2014 Willy is a return to Jeep’s roots and no doubt will be welcomed by many Jeep purists. The 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will be bred for functionality and feature rock rails, Mud Terrain tires, and a rear axle with limited-slip differential to tackle the toughest off-road trails.
The Willys Wheeler Edition is set to hit show rooms in early 2014. It will be powered by a 3.6-liter PentaStar V6 engine with 285 horsepower. The Willys will come standard with a Sunrider soft top and deep-tint sunscreen rear windows. Jeep will also make the iconic half doors available as an option for buyers.
The Willy Wheeler will have a MSRP of $25,795 for the two-door models while the four-door models will start at $29,595. If you’re interested in learning more about the 2014 Willys Wheeler Edition, or test driving a 2013 Jeep, contact the professional staff at http://www.stmaryschryslerdodgejeep.com/index.htm in St. Marys, Ohio.Pin It Tweet
Dodge Reportedly Working on a Dart V6
The Dodge Dart has been popular with buyers looking for a sportier option to the more conventional compacts that fill our highways. Dodge is reportedly looking into boosting the Dart’s on street performance by adding a V6 model to the stable of Dart offerings. The Dart is currently offered in five models but the engine tops out at the 2.4-liter TigerShark four-cylinder which yields about 180 horsepower.
The Dart has been well received by critics and buyers alike. The Dart was named 2012’s Coolest new car under $18,000 by KBB.com and was a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Dart offers byers countless ways for consumers to customize their vehicle but to this point has not offered a V6 engine. That could be about to change.
According to several Internet reports Dodge is working on a high-performance model for the Dart that could include the more powerful V6 engine for which some buyers have been clamoring. Rather than lose buyers looking for more under the hood than a 2.4-liter engine and 184 horsepower Dodge is said to be pairing the Dart with a V6 like the 3.2-liter unit with 271 horsepower offered on the Jeep Cherokee.
The Pentastar V6 is currently offered in the 2014 Cherokee and the Dodge Avenger. The Pentastar could also be just what the Dart is lacking. If the 3.2-liter version is a big much for the Dart the Pentastar V6 also offers a 3.0-liter version which has been used to produce 234 horsepower in the Chinese market. These are just rumors for now as Dodge has not officially commented on the Dart’s future engine options.
The Dodge Dart is offered five models ranging from the entry level SE with a MSRP of $15,995 to the upgrade GT which has a starting price tag of $20,995. If you’re interested in test driving a Dart, or one of Dodge’s other fine offerings, check out our friends at http://www.lynchchryslerdodgejeepram.com/index.htm in Troy, Wisconsin.Pin It Tweet
Orioles Prospects Shine in Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Saguaros downed the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League championship on Saturday, November 16. The score was only significant to diehard baseball fans but Baltimore Orioles’ fan should take notice. The Solar Sox lineup featured a trio of Cubs top prospects in Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler. Bryant, who was named league MVP, teamed up with Angels prospect C.J. Cron to put on an impressive power show throughout the fall season. The powerful Mesa lineup was not enough to overcome the squad from Surprise.Pin It Tweet
Nissan Turns Heads with BladeGlider Concept
Nissan garnered the attention of the auto industry and a public increasingly concerned with fuel economy when it unveiled the Leaf, a battery-electric vehicle. Nissan is set to unveil another revolutionary technology in a head-turning package at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show. The new Nissan BladeGlider, a futuristic concept car, will be powered by a pair of small in-wheel motors.
The BladeGlider looks like something off the set of a sci-fi movie but according to Nissan brass it could find its way onto highways in the near future. The BladeGlider has the shape of a fighter jet and will no doubt draw praise from the Star Wars set with its long tapered nose and broad rear. The design significantly reduces fuel consumption and offers advanced stability. The BladeGlider features a single seat for the driver in the front with dual passenger seats in the rear flanking the driver’s seat.
The unique dual motor design replaces the conventional bulky gasoline engine under the hood. Instead the BladeGlider is powered by motors inside each of the rear wheel wells. In addition to removing the need for an engine compartment the dual motors deliver power directly to the wheels. The odd shape of the BladeGlider could be a challenge to get past new crash standards but Nissan seems intent on using the new dual motor technology in a modern consumer vehicle.
Shoppers looking for a more practical fuel efficient vehicle should look at Nissan’s options such as the Leaf, Versa, or Hybrid Pathfinder. The Versa Note offers an EPA rating of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway at the low MSRP of $13,990. The electric Leaf starts at $28,800 and offers a dependable vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions. The Pathfinder Hybrid has a starting price tag of $35,000 and an EPA rating of 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
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Accolades Mount for 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray
The immense success of the most recent iteration of Chevy’s classic muscle car, the 2014 Corvette Stingray, has drawn raves from the auto industry. The Corvette C7 (the 7th Corvette designed by Chevrolet) was recently named Automobile of the Year by Automobile magazine giving quite a boost to the Detroit car-making scene. The accolades come on the heels of the C7 winning Performance Car of the Year honors from Road and Track.
The 2014 Corvette represents a comeback from the more conservative C6 offering. The honors it has collected signify a comeback for General Motors. The automaker has been renewed and revitalized since its 2009 bankruptcy. With the 2014 Corvette Chevy has knocked off contenders from Japan and Germany to rise to the top of the auto industry. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has given the Porsche 911 a run for its money, both in the street and the showroom. The Stingray represents similar style and substance at a fraction of the price. The C7 and its mounting accolades prove that no one does the muscle car like Detroit.
Chevy offers the Corvette Stingray in six models, ranging from the 1LT with a MSRP of $51,000 to the Z51 3LT with a starting price near $62,000. The 2LT expands upon the 1LT’s base features by adding interior items like Bose premium audio, heated and vented seats, and adjustable lumbar supports. The 3LT, which starts at $59,000, kicks it up a notch for a full leather interior. The Z51 Performance Package, which is available on all models, includes: larger 19 or 20 inch front wheels, larger front brakes, HD cooling, performance gear ratios, and a unique Aero package that reduces lift for high speed stability.
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