May 30, 2014

Subaru BRZ Blue Series

Subaru announced that pricing for the 2015 BRZ will start at $25,695. Subaru also introduced a new special edition called the BRZ.Series Blue, which will be limited to 1,000 cars and will feature a combination of STI branded aero parts, black wheels with red brake calipers, and blue interior trim for seats and dash. Pricing for the BRZ.Series Blue starts at $29,490.

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Lancer Evolution Lives Another Year

As reported by Carbuzz, Mitsubishi has decided to keep the Lancer Evo around for another year. There will be no changes to the car for the 2015 model year and its future beyond that is totally unknown. So to the cult following of enthusiasts who love this vehicle, this may be your last chance to get your hands on one.

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May 29, 2014

Europe Officially Loves the New Mustang

Ford is bringing the Mustang overseas for the first time and it sold out the initial 500 units in 30 seconds. Euro-spec Mustangs will get a stiffer suspension, specifically tuned for the Autobahn, and will not be receiving the base 3.7 liter V6 as an engine choice. H/T TopSpeed

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Even Owners Didn't Know They Were Driving 2015 F-150 Prototypes

A mining company, a Pennsylvania construction company and a utility company had been sold F-150s in the current body style with an aluminum cargo box… since 2011. According to Jalopnik, all they knew was that they were "driving something new." Ford's Communications Manager Mike Levine said, “This is the first time Ford has deployed prototype vehicles to customers so far in advance of a product launch for extensive customer testing.”

He continued, “The customers didn't know they had trucks with aluminum cargo boxes. We only told them they were driving something new and we wanted to check in on the trucks from time to time. Barrick only found out about the aluminum cargo box after the 2015 was revealed at NAIAS. By starting so early, we made changes to the production F-150, such as upgauging the cargo box floor and tailgate updates that improved durability.”

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Changes in Leadership at Ford

Martin Smith will be giving up his position as Head of Ford Design in Europe, effective July 1. Smith was partially responsible for the brand’s kinetic design language, which is evident on the Focus, Fusion, Fiesta and C-Max. He will be replaced by Joel Piakowski, who already has some impressive designs under his belt. His exterior design team is responsible for the new Mustang and F-150.

 

May 28, 2014

2015 Corvette Stingray Order Guide Hits the Internet

Details of the 2015 Stingray are now available, as reported by Autoblog. The biggest change is the new optional eight-speed auto trans with paddle shifters. On the exterior, the addition of the ZF1 Appearance Package gives the look of the Z51 Performance Package without any of the commensurate mechanical upgrades. Lastly for 2015, Chevy has added two new paint colors: Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Sunrise Metallic. These changes should add to the continued success of the new Vette.

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MINI Needs to Make this Car

Mini debuted the Superleggera Vision Roadster Concept and as Automotive News reports, it has received nothing but high praise. The styling breaks away from traditional MINI and could be a window into the future of MINI design. Let’s hope BMW gives this the green light and it makes it to production.

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May 27,2014

Volvo Debuts New XC90 Interior

In a press release from Volvo of North America, the all new interior of the upcoming XC90 was debuted. Increases in luxury and technology features include a large tablet size touch screen, upgraded Nappa leather, dark flame birch wood and a gear-lever made of crystal from Orrefors.

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Buyers are Paying Same Amount for the CTS, 5 Series and E Class

Originally reported by Carbuzz, the average 2014 Cadillac CTS is currently selling for $54,571, while BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E Class sedans are selling for $56,284 and $55,788, respectively.CTS transaction prices are up by about $10,000 compared to the previous generation model. While prices are still slightly behind that of the two German models, it's still an impressive feat for Cadillac.

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