Need for Speed Now Features New 2015 Ford Mustang

4Although it will be about a year before the new 2015 Ford Mustang can satisfy real-world drivers’ need for speed, the Blue Oval’s next-gen pony car is already getting the job done digitally. In fact, the recently released “Rivals” edition of the Need for Speed video game features not just one new Mustang, but a choice of five.

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GM Trio Among North American Vehicle of the Year Finalists

GM-2014NACTOY-Corvette-CTS-SilveradoSix finalists for two of North America’s top auto-industry prizes were recently announced, and General Motors had three of them: Both the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray and the 2014 Cadillac CTS were named finalists for the North American Car of the Year award, while the 2014 Chevy Silverado has made it to the final round of voting for the North American Truck of the Year honor.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Wins with ‘WardsAuto’

ET014_035EPBacked by the same technology that helped it claim the recent Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, the 2014 Ram 1500 has been recognized by WardsAuto for having one of the 10 Best Engines for the new model year. That would, of course, be the Chrysler’s group’s revolutionary 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, which just weeks ago became the first modern-day diesel engine to be offered in a light-duty full-size pickup.

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GM’s Mary Barra Becomes First Female CEO of a US Automaker

GMMaryBarra107Mary Barra, executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain for General Motors, has been named the automaker’s new CEO, and a member of the GM Board, effective Jan. 15, 2014.

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2014 Toyota Highlander Goes into Production in Indiana

TMMI_2014_Highlander_Dec_2013_1One of the most popular crossovers in America is now being built in America, as the first 2014 Toyota Highlander has come down the assembly line at the company’s plant in Princeton, Indiana. It marked an important next step in Toyota’s new production strategy, which will see Indiana-built Highlanders sold not just in the United States, but also exported to global markets around the world.

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2014 Ram 1500 Named ‘Motor Trend’ Truck of the Year

RM014_034FNDespite brand-new competition from the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Ram 1500 has earned the title of Truck of the Year from Motor Trend magazine. It was no easy task, however, as the Ram had to beat out nine of the newest, toughest trucks in the industry to earn the trophy.

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2014 SRT Viper TA: On Track for Excitement

SR014_183VP(1)Delivering track-level performance in a street-legal package, the 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) is expected in dealerships later this year with a comprehensive upgrade designed specifically for the hardcore snake charmer. Of course, the Viper is plenty charming right out of the box, thanks to its 8.4-liter V-10, but the new TA package builds on the car’s 600 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of torque with performance enhancers like:

  • An exclusively calibrated two-mode Bilstein DampTronic suspension
  • Lighter, carbon-fiber under-hood bracing (instead of standard aluminum)
  • Improved braking capabilities, courtesy of Brembo, as well as improved style, courtesy of exposed calipers with Vipers logos and an anodized finish
  • Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires combined with ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels

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2014 Honda Accord Rolls to Retail Sales Leadership

Honda LogoAfter poring over third-party data from the first nine months of the year, Honda researchers made a startling—but not entirely unexpected—discovery. On a retail basis, excluding models sold to businesses and fleets, the 2014 Honda Accord was the best-selling midsize car in America during the first three quarters of 2013. But that was just for starters.

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Mazda3 Honored for Innovation by Motor Press Guild

 

2014 Mazda3_SeeThruCar_GE_2.0L_6AT_Body_Chassis_iELOOPWith its SKYACTIV technologies providing both fuel efficiency and impressive driving dynamics, the 2014 Mazda3 was recently named Innovation Vehicle of the Year by the Motor Press Guild. Just two vehicles from the entire industry were honored this year, with the 2014 Mazda3 earning the nod in the “Under $29,000″ category (and the new Corvette Stingray winning in “Above $29,000″ class).

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Toyota Tops KBB.com Resale Value Awards for Third Straight Year

H8E0689When it comes to resale values, the Toyota lineup just keeps on trucking. Consider: In the most recent Kelley Blue Book Resale Value Awards, which takes into account vehicle depreciation after five years of ownership, six different Toyota entries led their individual segments, while Toyota itself was rated as the best brand in the industry—for the third year in a row.

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