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Weekly Recap: Ram doubles down on diesels

Posted 2014-10-04T11:02:00Z

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram 1500s will be sold with the EcoDiesel engine for the 2015 model year.

Chrysler is ramping up production of the EcoDiesel engine for the Ram 1500, as consumer demand has far outstripped availability. Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram 1500s will be sold with the EcoDiesel engine for the 2015 model year.

That's double the original estimates.

Chrysler figured only 10 percent of buyers would opt for the oil-burner when it launched earlier this year. Then more than 8,000 orders poured in during the first three days the engine was available, which filled the initial allocation.

"The demand is there for this product, and customers have asked for it," said Bob Hegbloom, CEO of the Ram truck brand.

Recognizing the pent-up demand has allowed the Ram EcoDiesel to take off, filling a void in the marketplace, said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for automotive research firm, AutoPacific.

"The Ram diesel is a sales success and actually a very refined powertrain," he said in an email. "It isn't some Frankenstein oddball engine. It feels like it was plucked out of the Audi A8. It's quiet, torquey, efficient and doesn't necessarily break the bank. The price walk from the Hemi V8 to the diesel is actually reasonable."

What you missed on 10.1.14

Posted 2014-10-01T19:30:00Z

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Lamborghini Shows Asterion hypercar concept

The media days of the 2014 Paris Motor Show might technically start tomorrow, but the party has clearly begun already. The early star in Paris is this Lamborghini Asterion concept, which melds V10 muscle with an electric drivetrain 910 total-system-horsepower. The understated, über-powerful Lambo shared the stage at VW's Group Night with an impressive Volkswagen XL Sport concept, too. Let the show commence!




First Drive: 2015 Renault Twingo

Just in time for the Paris show, we get a drive in the all new, rear-engined-runabout from Renault. Sharing the same platform that will underpin the upcoming generation of Smart cars here in the US, the first-impressions of the nippy, Europe-only Twingo present and interesting preview. Read on to find out if the thrid-gen Twingo has what it takes to regain sales prominence in the Old World.




Corvette Z06 will do 0-60 in 2.95 seconds

We all expected that the 650-horsepower 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 would be very quick, but until this morning we didn't understand just how bonkers the spec sheet would be. Nailing the 60-mph figure in less than 3 seconds is wild, but so is achieving a radical 1.2 gs on the company skidpad. If you're like us, you're probably drooling to know what this new monster 'Vette is actually like to drive; satiate a bit of that curiosity with some more Z06 facts and figures, here.



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What you missed on 9.30.14

Posted 2014-09-30T19:30:00Z

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First Drive: 2015 Honda CR-V

Still not much changed from the just-right size it was when it debuted in the late 1990s, the 2015 Honda CR-V is otherwise a better vehicle in almost every conceivable way. We get behind the wheel of the newly revised small crossover, and find it to be just as useful as ever, while also being more luxurious than ever before. Get the scoop on this family cute-ute, here.





Kawasaki Ninja H2R has 300 hp... we're sold

If only we could ride it on the street. Actually, check that. When we heard today that Kawasaki's Ninja H2R – essentially a technology demonstrator set to debut at the upcoming EICMA show – was going to stuff 300 hp into its carbon-fiber-clad confines, we were equal parts astonished and terrified. While official specs are yet to be revealed, you can see a new set of images and some video of the Goliath right now.





Ram can't build EcoDiesels fast enough

Have you heard the one about American's hating on diesels? Well, forget it. When the number crunchers at Ram were forecasting sales of the trucks with the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, they anticipated the engine would account for about 10% of the sales mix. On the back of strong orders and sales in 2014 that number is being doubled for next year.



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What you missed on 9.29.14

Posted 2014-09-29T19:31:00Z

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Pagani HuayraDriving and debating the pricey Cadillac ELR

See that pretty, black coupe over to the right? That's the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and we think it's perhaps the best-looking Cadillac currently on the market. Problem is, it's also one of the most expensive, and we're not so so it's worth it's shockingly (pun intended, sadly) high price. In fact, we're pretty darn sure it isn't. Read our full report to find out why.





Lamborghini leakLamborghini Asterion leaks in magazine

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is right around the corner, which means it's just about time to expect the leaky wheels of the internet to start showing off the carefully hidden treasure trove of debuts planned for the City of Lights. In this case, though, it was a magazine that did the leaking, and it's a tasty new concept from Lamborghini on its pages.




Chevy Corvette2016 Chevy Camaro spied in Germany

There's a new Chevy Camaro headed our way, but before it gets Stateside, the boffins at GM need to make sure it's completely ready for the road – and that means testing on Germany's notoriously high-speed roadways and race tracks. And that, in turn, means spy shots. See the latest round of camo'd test mules right here.



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Weekly Recap: Cadillac plots a new way forward

Posted 2014-09-27T11:00:00Z

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

The CT6 will be a rolling buffet of GM's latest technologies.

Cadillac generated a minor firestorm this week by announcing plans to move its headquarters from Detroit to New York in 2015. But that's about the third-most important thing going on with Cadillac right now.

For starters, Cadillac also confirmed the name of its new rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan this week. It will be called CT6, and that signals a new nomenclature strategy for Cadillac, which will be slowly phased in as models are redesigned or replaced.

The CT6 will be The Car for Cadillac. It goes into production late next year, and executives have been touting it as the brand's new flagship for months. If Cadillac is to be a legitimate luxury brand, it needs to have a true competitor to face off against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and others.

The value of the CT6 cannot be understated. It will be a rolling buffet of General Motors' latest technologies, including its semi-autonomous drive feature, Super Cruise. GM has said it will use Cadillac as its platform to debut new technologies, something in which the brand has deep roots. While it's not expected to generate huge sales volume, Cadillac hopes the CT6 will create a buzz and get consumers into its showrooms. They might not buy a CT6, but maybe they'll test drive an ATS, or so the thinking goes.

What you missed on 9.26.14

Posted 2014-09-26T19:15:00Z

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Pagani HuayraDriving the $1.84-million Pagani Huayra

"The Pagani has an exhilarating sharp edge to it that never allows you to drop your guard. I was constantly nervous, relentlessly cautious and overwhelmingly engaged." Those are Michael Harley's words about the absolutely magnificent hypercar that he drove to bring you today's feature review. We needn't say anything else. Go read it. Now.




Ferrari2014 Paris Motor Show preview

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is right around the corner (next week!), and thus, we're getting our list together of all there is to see at the French expo. Greg Migliore recaps the different things that make up what's important at the Paris show, and adds some insight into the specific vehicles we're tipped to see this year. Of course, stay tuned for our full coverage in just a few days.



Chevy CorvetteTesting the Corvette Museum's new track

Forget about that sinkhole. The big news at the National Corvette Museum this year is the opening of its on-site racetrack, and we recently had the opportunity to test it out. It's "3.15 miles of roller-coaster blacktop," and we experience all of it from behind the wheel of – what else? – the new C7 Corvette Stingray. Read our thoughts and check out a video, here.



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What you missed on 9.25.14

Posted 2014-09-25T19:32:00Z

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Toyota Yaris2015 Toyota Yaris: Still a car!

It's a car! Toyota hasn't changed its formula for the subcompact Yaris all that much, still offering a blistering 106 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission in a small, affordable package. West Coast Editor Michael Harley took the new Yaris for a spin, and while it "breaks absolutely zero new ground in terms of innovation," it's still, you know, fine. Read more, here.



FerrariThe most powerful droptop Ferrari ever

You know what's nearly five and a half times more powerful than a Yaris? The new Ferrari 458 Speciale A convertible, which broke cover today ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut. It's the limited-edition pinnacle of the 458 range, and we can't wait to get a look at in-person, next week. For now, head over to today's story to read all of the details.




Toyota Sienna2015 Toyota Sienna: Still a van!

You know what's twice as functional as a Yaris? A Sienna. And in fact, Toyota has thrown some thoughtful updates at its Swagger Wagon for 2015, including revised interior and exterior styling, and some tuning to give it a quieter ride. No minivan is really sexy, but you could certainly do a lot worse than this well-rounded Toyota. We take it for a quick spin in Hawaii, here.



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What you missed on 9.24.14

Posted 2014-09-24T19:32:00Z

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Chevy ColoradoTruck Test 1: 2015 Chevy Colorado

General Motors' midsize truck twins are finally here, and senior editor Seyth Miersma had the chance to put both to the test at home on GM's Milford Proving Grounds, as well as the sun-drenched roads of San Diego, CA. First up is the Chevy Colorado, tested here in relatively base, four-cylinder spec. How's it drive? Read this review to find out.



GMC CanyonTruck Test 2: 2015 GMC Canyon

Here's the other half of our truck test duo: the 2015 GMC Canyon. Of course, this is the more gussied-up version of GM's new midsize truck, and Seyth Miersma tests a relatively loaded, V6 spec of the (arguably) prettier of the two pickups. How is GMC differentiating its Canyon from the more pedestrian Colorado? All that and more is answered, here.



Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang GT, now on video

In other exciting new American car news, the hot new Ford Mustang is here, and in our first drive, we absolutely loved it. Following that first stint, Jonathon Ramsey had a chance to take a Mustang GT out for a followup spin on some of his favorite roads, and offers more impressions of the 'Stang from behind the wheel. We captured it all on video – check it out, here.



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What you missed on 9.23.14

Posted 2014-09-23T19:32:00Z

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Porsche Cayenne2015 Porsche Cayenne driven

Like it or not, the Cayenne SUV is far and away the best-selling Porsche product. In fact, the Cayenne alone outsells every other Porsche model... combined. So when it came time to wholly refresh its bread-and-butter offering, Porsche kept it simple, with thoughtful updates and a new twin-turbo V6 that's more powerful and more efficient than the outgoing V8. Read all about it, here.




Connected CarA look at the future of traffic enforcement

As we move toward an era of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, it stands to reason that the applications of this technology could reach far beyond that of its creators. Pete Bigelow explains how this sort of tech could be useful (even to our dismay) for law enforcement, with automated traffic violation systems. See what could be in store for the future, here.




CadillacLive from New York... it's Cadillac

Cadillac is indeed on the move. Today, General Motors announced that its luxury brand will have a new home in the super trendy Soho neighborhood of New York, NY. What's more, Cadillac will act as a separate business unit from the rest of GM, giving it a bit more autonomy within The General's portfolio. Of course, the whole operation isn't up and leaving Detroit, with a lot of the brand's manufacturing and engineering resources to remain at home.



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What you missed on 9.22.14

Posted 2014-09-22T19:32:00Z

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Toyota CamryWe drive the 2015 Toyota Camry

"Same as it ever was." That pretty much sums up the 2015 Toyota Camry. It doesn't stray from the formula that has made it so incredibly successful, but this updated model has enough on tap to make it a very competitive, fresh offering in the highly competitive midsize sedan class. Read our full impressions in our First Drive, here.





Toyota Camry HybridWe also drive the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Oh, and don't forget about the gasoline-electric version of the Camry. While we were attending the midsizer's launch, we also got some time behind the wheel of the Camry Hybrid which, like its gas-only counterpart, is pretty much the same as it was before, albeit with a few thoughtful updates. Michael Harley tells all in our Quick Spin.





TranslogicTranslogic: V2X at ITS World Congress

We're still working on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connectivity, but already, automakers are looking ahead at the next step, known as V2X – or, simply, vehicle-to-whatever. During the ITS World Congress in Detroit, Translogic got a chance to see how cars of the future will communicate with not only each other, but the world around them. Check it out, here.



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