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Cars Coming Soon: The Beauty of Ghibli

April 11th, 2013

2014 Maserati Ghibli

Last Fall I was walking through the streets of Seattle with a friend when a parked car caught her eye. She turned her head as we passed the low-slung sports car and said, “What… is that?”

It was a Maserati GranTurismo, arguably one of the most beautiful cars on the planet. We don’t see a lot of exotics in our neck of the woods, so the Trident-branded beauty stood out to us both. There’s just something about a Maserati that demands attention. It’s an understated, elegant exotic that quietly seduces the senses. Well, until the engine turns on. The slow burble of the V8 can turn into a cacophony of roars and pops that’ll leave you wondering what in your life has gone so terribly wrong as to not have one of these in your garage.

By unveiling the new Ghibli sedan, Maserati hopes to drive more of us rectify the problem of not having a Maserati.

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Cars Coming Soon: Diesel-Powered Chrysler 200 and 300?

April 4th, 2013

2013 Chrysler 300

I’ve been a card-carrying member of the diesel fan club for many years. The benefits of longevity and fuel economy speak for themselves, but the advancement of gasoline engines has significantly narrowed the gap in recent years.

The average cost of diesel fuel remains well above that of regular unleaded, and diesel cars typically cost much more than the same model powered by a gasoline engine. So have oil burners lost their edge? Chrysler doesn’t think so, as its turbodiesel V6 could start showing up in more models.

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Cars Coming Soon: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

March 28th, 2013


Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

With all the coverage of the New York Auto Show this week, one little car has been mostly ignored. In a sea of exciting new debuts, convincing Cadillacs and luscious Land Rovers, coverage of a small but exciting new electric has mostly fallen through the cracks.

People in the United States are not used to small cars from Mercedes-Benz. The smallest offering here has been the C-Class, but our roads are smothered in M-Class SUVs and large, powerful sedans. We have equated MB with big luxury, so smaller cars with a premium price here may be hard for buyers to accept. But with the new CLA-Class on the way, and the coming B-Class EV, things are about to get small.

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Cars Coming Soon: Jaguar’s 550-HP XJR, and an Entry-Level XS

March 21st, 2013
Jaguar XJR, New York

Jaguar XFR

Jaguar’s comeback story has almost reached its climax.

Not long ago, the leaping cat was nearly written off as a has-been. A relic of old Britain, a victim of stodgy design, a casualty of an American car company whose ownership only pushed the nail in deeper.

Today, though, Jag’s future has never looked brighter, as exciting models fill showrooms and announcements of new models keep filling the pages of car blogs. Today, we report on two cars on opposite sides of the Jaguar spectrum.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Cars Ford Should Build

March 14th, 2013
Ford GT

What do you think: Should the GT come back?

Let’s talk about Ford’s product line and two cars missing from it.

Obviously, Ford offers a full line of vehicles for almost any use. These include small cars, big cars, vans, trucks, heavy-duty commercial vehicles, muscle cars and hybrid cars. Competitors, though, are stepping up offerings in two categories Ford doesn’t currently address.

There are no formal plans to create a vehicle for either of these categories, but a business case could be argued for either one. And there’s one in particular that many car enthusiasts would love to see drive into showrooms.

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Cars Coming Soon: Pro_cee’d to LaFerrari

March 7th, 2013

Ferrari LaFerrari

It started out being referred to as the next Enzo. Then the next Ferrari supercar took the moniker F150, which drew obvious questions about originality in the company’s naming choices.

Well, prepare yourself for a new level of Ferrari naming weirdness: the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Like all names, I’m sure soon enough we won’t be able to imagine the hypercar having any other name. For now, though, it just doesn’t seem sinister enough to suit the fastest, most advanced Ferrari ever built.

Then again, as car names gravitate toward the alpha-numeric, it’s kind of nice to see actual words used. Or, in Kia’s case, made-up words, but still words nonetheless.

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Cars Coming Soon: Jeep Wrangler Diesel… Eventually

March 1st, 2013
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Imagine that trail and a diesel under the hood

Chrysler has begun the slow march of introducing diesel power into some of its brands, but it’s an introduction that will take a bit more time before reaching the iconic Jeep Wrangler.

Rumors of an oil-burning Wrangler have swirled for a long time, and now we know for sure that there are plans for it to happen, but not for about two or three more years.

Before diesel reaches the Wrangler, Chrysler wants to test the waters with another iconic vehicle.

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Cars Coming Soon: A Fuel-Efficient Range Rover

February 21st, 2013

2013 Land Rover Range Rover

Some words just don’t seem to go together.

Jumbo shrimp. Long shorts. Airline food. You get the idea.

To that list, I’d certainly add “fuel-efficient Range Rover,” but it seems the king of off-road capability will get into the fuel-saving game with the addition of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine.

Even with the V6, though, “fuel economy” in the Rover remains a relative term.

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2014 Chevy SS: Everything But the Looks

February 18th, 2013
2014 Chevrolet SS Daytona

2014 Chevrolet SS

Some might call it a 4-door Camaro. Or the return of the Pontiac G8 GXP. Or the American version of the Australian Holden VF Commodore.

It might be heralded as the return of the American RWD supersedan, while others will write it off as a slip backward to the GM we used to know.

Whatever you think of it, it’s coming: the 2014 Chevrolet SS. It’s fast. It’s powerful. And it looks like a Malibu.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Hottest of the Hot Hatches

February 14th, 2013

Mercedes-Benz A45

Ford, Volkswagen and Subaru each build hatchback cars designed for performance. Each offering has a unique set of abilities and drawbacks, yet each will leave a driver smiling after a high-speed flog through twisty roads.

Even in the hot hatch segment, though, there are good cars, and there are great cars.

Typically the most sought-after performance hatchbacks don’t arrive in the U.S. Instead they spend their days happily taunting us from the shores of Europe. Could things change with the introduction of the Audi S3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG? Well, as long as there’s hasn’t been a firm “no,” we will hold on to hope.

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