2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Unveiled

General Motors has turned into a big tease.

It seems like it’s enjoying the slow, painful reveal of the C7 Corvette a little too much, with not so much as a carefully orchestrated “leak” of information to satisfy the legions of fans salivating over what might lie beneath the C7’s camo cladding.

For the General’s line of 2014 pickups, a similar tease has been under way. Yesterday, though, the sheet officially came off and revealed… well… a couple of big, boxy trucks. Still, the 2014 Silverado and Sierra are trucks that will set a new standard of what it takes to build a good American workhorse. It’s just too bad they look so much like Chevy trucks.

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Cars Coming Soon: Volvo’s “Crash Proof” Car

Volvo's crash-proof car?

Volvo’s head of government affairs, Anders Eugensson, thinks cars should be more like horses: incapable of crashing into stuff.

Eugensson said,

The car of the future will be just like the farmer’s horse. The farmer can steer the horse and carriage but if he falls asleep the horse can still take him back home…. And if the farmer tries to steer the carriage against a tree or off a cliff, the horse will refuse.

Seems like logical inspiration for a car, right? Lots of farmers I know fall asleep in their carriages after trying to steer them off cliffs. Hmmm, maybe it’s a Swedish thing.

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Used Volkswagen? Take $1,000 Off a FIAT or Chrysler (And Keep the VW!)

2012 Chrysler 200

Thanks to some arguing and name-calling in Europe, used Volkswagens just went up in value by a thousand bucks in the U.S.

How can a European tiff turn into a financial incentive in the United States? Because the auto market is truly international, and when an Italian automaker wants to prove a point against a German competitor, it looks to assets in the U.S. to drive that point home.

The throwdown in question is between Chrysler/FIAT CEO Sergio Marchionne and the entire Volkswagen empire.

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Rocker Slash Takes a Ride in Ultra-Expensive Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

I’m not as lucky as Slash.

True, I’m not a rock star, I can’t shred on a Les Paul, and I don’t look quite as cool in a top hat. But even if I had all that, Slash would still make me jealous in one very important way: His Porsche contact apparently has a lot more influence than mine.

Sure, I’ve been lucky enough to drive the new Boxster S and the 991 911 Carrera S, but I haven’t had the privilege of being thrown around the track in a 918 Spyder.

According to his Twitter account, Slash recently had the pleasure.

The first Tweet announcing his ride went like this:

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Can We Still Believe Window-Sticker MPG Numbers?

Window stickers

Really?

There’s a war among automakers, and the casualties are beginning to pile up.

It’s a war to claim the best miles-per-gallon figures in a market where consumers are heavily influenced by the numbers on the window sticker or touted in TV commercials.

To get the attention of more buyers, and to get them to hand over their hard-earned money, would automakers be willing to inflate those numbers? We certainly won’t accuse anyone of misleading the public on purpose, but two automakers in the last month have been hit with claims that their stated MPG numbers are higher than actual results.

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Cars Coming Soon: BMW 4 Series, Lexus IS Range, New Maserati Plans

BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series.

The name has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it? While it might sound funny to say, the new coupe looks absolutely sinister, and I don’t think it’ll be long before the name slips off the tongue like we’ve known it for years. The 4 Series replaces the 3 Series coupe and has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, adds 1.7 inches of width, and is a half-inch shorter. The resulting look is somewhat like a smaller 6 Series and incredibly sleek compared with the more conservative 3 Series.

Just guessing here, but it’s probably safe to assume power will come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 and the 3.0-liter turbo 6 from the 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series will debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Also debuting in Detroit will be the new range of the Lexus IS.

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My Oh My, Bring Us More TDI!

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

While I don’t think we here at CarGurus can take *all* the credit, we are pretty excited about some new diesel-powered vehicles entering the U.S. market. On this blog alone, we’ve sung the praises of the oil-burner for years and made the case for more of them here, while watching the gas/electric hybrid run away with the hearts of Americans.

Can you feel the shift coming, though? I sure can.

In addition to existing diesel offerings from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Mazda, Audi and Porsche will soon join the party. And once those floodgates open, who knows what will come next.

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Can Lincoln’s New Name Harken to Success of the Past?

Just a few weeks ago we heard about a potential name change for Lincoln. At the time, I thought it could be pretty big news and represent a shift in Ford’s luxury brand as it seeks to move it away from the stodgy associations of Town Car airport transportation and retired folks in Florida.

Where’s the excitement and performance of the 1961 Continental, and what happened to the luxury and class we haven’t really seen since, well, the 1938 Zephyr? The split grille of the old Zephyr shows up on modern Lincolns, but otherwise the cars are just Fords with a spit-shine and price increase.

And that name change foreshadowed not long ago? It’s really not a name change at all. Instead of being known as Lincoln, the brand will adopt the name Lincoln Motor Company.

And no one will care.

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Most Satisfying New Car In All the Land: Chevy Volt!

2013 Chevrolet Volt

The very satisfying Chevy Volt

The Chevrolet Volt: Electric without the anxiety.

If I sat on the marketing team for the Volt, that’s a slogan I might throw out there for consideration. While it’s possible to drive the Volt for months on end on electric power only, thus never needing to stop at a gas station, the car provides the option of driving from Boston to Seattle if the owner so chooses. That’s because the Volt’s genius powertrain allows for all-electric trips of roughly 40 miles or can use its small gas engine to extend range all the way to… well… Seattle.

While the car costs way too much (in my humble opinion), has suffered from a terrible marketing campaign and has been at the center of a heated political debate, owners seem to love the experience of the Volt and would buy one all over again. Which is more than Nissan can claim about its fuel-efficient Versa.

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