2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country

The third generation Chevrolet Silverado arrives next year. To mark the occasion, Chevy brings on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado " High Country" edition. It has been 15 years since the Silverado joined the ranks of C/K series pickups.

The 2014 standard models will stand taller and are structurally sound than its predecessors. The base short crew cab starts at $31,715. However, the High Country may cost just a little more.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Pick Up Truck Base Price: $31,715
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gals (98 L) MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 230.0 in. (584.2 cm) Wheel Base: 143.5 in. (364.5 cm)
Height: 74.2 in. (188.5 cm) Width: 80.0 in. (203.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 5042 lbs (2287 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.7 in. (22.1 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 6 people
Performance
Engine: V8 EcoTec3 2WD Displacement: 5.3 Liter
Horsepower: 355 HP Max RPM: 5600 RPM
Torque: 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 9800 lbs (2489 kgs) Maximum Speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)

Engine & Performance

Under the hood of the pickup truck is a 5.3 liter, 8 cylinder EcoTec3 engine that produces 355 horsepower. It is capable of reaching speeds up to a maximum of 120 MPH.

You have the option of getting a two-wheel drive or a four wheel drive depending on your specific requirements.
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Exterior

The first thing you'll notice on the front of this special edition truck is the unique grille. Its horizontal chrome bars stand out as a distinctive touch. The halogen projector headlamps are quite noticeable and they are sure to provide sufficient illumination at night.

The front and rear bumper are color coordinated to enhance the trucks overall finish. A touch of chrome are present on its side trim and around the mirrors. Its tall profile is enhanced by 20 inch chrome wheels and features a functional running board. The tires are rated for all weather conditions, P275/55R20.

Interior

The interior is distinguished by the "High Country" logo stamp embossed in the headrests. The front buckets are made of saddle brown trimmed leather and have both heating and cooling capabilities.

The instrument panel is laid out with all controls easy to reach. There is also an 8 inch touch screen with Chevrolet's "My Life" connectivity. There is front and rear park assist and an audio system from Bose.
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July 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm | No comment

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

Following the announcement in 2011, Ford began shipping their newest hybrid model at the beginning of 2013 across all regions.

The 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid comes equipped with one of the most energy efficient systems, being able to provide better mileage range than of most of its counterparts.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Base Price: $28,365
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 gals (51 L) MPG: 47 city / 47 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 173.6 in. (440.9 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (264.9 cm)
Height: 63.9 in. (162.3 cm) Width: 75.6 in. (192 cm)folded
Curb Weight: 3607 lbs (1636 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 24.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0L Inline Hybrid Compression Ratio: 12.3: 1
Horsepower: 141 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 129 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: e-CVT
Electric Motor: Synchronous AC Permanent Magnet Battery: 1.4 kW Li-Ion
Battery Peak Power: 35 kW* Range: NA
0-60 mph: NA Maximum Speed: 115 mph (185 km/h)

*Sustain Mode

Engine & Performance

Ford uses a four cylinder 2.0 liter engine coupled with an electric motor for the C-MAX. Combined, the car is able to produce 188 horsepower. The transmission is Ford's ECVT (Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission).

The C-MAX driving experience is similar to the one of a regular family car. The reduced battery weight helps the car maintain an optimal road grip without putting too much pressure on the engine.
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Exterior

The exterior of the C-MAX Hybrid makes it difficult to differentiate it from other models of the same lineup. On the outside, Ford gives the impression of a generous interior due to its height and length.

The front of the car is equipped with a wide grill and an air vent underneath, lending the overall look of a family car. The rear is simple in terms of design with no chrome elements and extended taillights that cross-over to the side of the car.

Interior

The inside of the C-MAX looks like a decently polished car. The central panel and placement of air vents gives it a symmetric look across the driver and front passenger seats.

Chrome elements can be found on the steering wheel and on the dashboard.

Ford's hybrid manages to outlast many other models in terms of mileage per full charge. The 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid aims to the choice for drivers who want an eco-friendly family car.
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July 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm | No comment

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

The all new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the luxury vehicles primed to set a new standard in sports car engineering.

Since its debut more than 4 decades ago, the 911 Turbo has consistently raised the bar in regards to design, performance and luxury.

Though already available in Germany, customers stateside can look forward to the vehicle's arrival by the end of September 2013.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $181,100.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gals (64 L) MPG: NA
Dimensions
Length: 177.4 in. (450.5 cm) Wheel Base: 96.5 in. (245.1 cm)
Height: 51.1 in. (129.8 cm) Width: 74.1 in. (188.2 cm)w/o mirrors
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: 3.8 Liter Boxer 6 PDK Compression Ratio: 9.8: 1
Horsepower: 560 HP Max RPM: 6500-6750 RPM
Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 2100-4000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed PDK
0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 197 mph (317 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The 2014 Turbo S has seen major improvements on the engine. With the inclusion of an all new all-wheel drive system; the powertrain provide added efficiency. The Turbo S get over 560 horsepower from its 3.8 liter six cylinder engine.

This 911 is remarkably fuel efficient because of the advent of a thermal management system equipped to handle the turbocharged engine. The extra power will thrill even the most experienced driver. These translates to its ability to go from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds. The acceleration comes in part from the seven speed PDK twin-clutch, only available on the Turbo S.
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Exterior

Engineers at Porsche have developed two models of the Turbo S. The larger body of the S has outdone the width of previous Carrera 4 models. In addition, the Turbo S comes standard with LED headlights and a main beam control that utilizes a camera for precision.

The new Turbo S have 20 inch rims that include the security of hub locks. These elements add to the sporty look and confidence you get while driving this iconic classic.

Interior

The interior received a complete "make-over". Exclusive features have been added: two toned black and Carrera red color scheme and the Sports Seats Plus package that comes standard. In addition, you can expect the high end acoustics from either the Burmester or Bose audio system.

The technology inside the Turbo S is state of the art. Speed limit recognition and a radar powered cruise control system are just a few of the features available.
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July 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | No comment

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe has been upgraded and restyled to exude luxury and style all into one car. The two door coupe has enough room for four and includes Mercedes signature high performance engineering.

With innovative technology, high class design and a luxury interior the sports vehicle is set to make a splash when it enters the market in June.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $51,120.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gals (66 L) MPG: 20 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 185 in. (469.9 cm) Wheel Base: 108.7 in. (276.1 cm)
Height: 55 in. (139.7 cm) Width: 79.8 in. (202.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 3619 lbs (1642 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 13.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 3.5 Liter V6 DOHC Compression Ratio: 12.0: 1
Horsepower: 302 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 3500-5250 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds Maximum Speed: NA

Engine

When it comes to your choice of engines, the coupe makes a available 6 gasoline and 3 diesel engines worldwide. Beginning with the new addition BlueDIRECT four cylinder E250 that produces 211 horsepower and 259 lb ft of torque.

This is followed by the E350, a 3.5 liter V6 engine that provides you with 302 horsepower and an impressive 20 city and 28 highway miles per gallon.
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Exterior

The German engineered car has also seen its design remixed for 2014. The new front end design and headlamps give the vehicle a more striking appearance. LED lights that hug the front of the vehicle give the distinctive four eyed look that customers have become acquainted with. In addition, a newly designed grille, bumper and softer lines help accentuate the Coupe's sporty feel.

Interior

The inside of the new E-Class Coupe carries over the luxury that is synonymous with Mercedes-Benz. The new trim elements come in a variety of choices to include a fine wood paneling and black lacquer. The instrument panel is newly designed to emphasize the sporty side of the Coupe.

White backing and chrome colored controls add a classic feel to the vehicle. Premium Nappa leather with a variety of colors to choose from for seating is available. In addition, there is an option for the Multicontour seat package. This gives the front seats size and comfort flexibility.

Intelligent Drive

The 2014 E-Class Coupe has the capability to serve as an extra pair of eyes while driving. Complete with radars and cameras, the Coupe can detect pedestrians on the road and sense when it is veering out of its lane.

This state of the art technology is not only debuting in the Coupe, but it provides the driver with an overall safer ride.

The high class 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is available for sale stateside in June 2013.
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July 5, 2013 at 3:28 am | No comment

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is sophisticated and responsive like never before, featuring a highly restyled interior, modern instrument panel layout, capacitive touch-based touch switches, distinctive exterior design, and a huge assortment of safety and multimedia features.

You can enjoy further customization through the various options and accessories that enhance your driving experience in this vehicle.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: $35,555
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 gals (64 L) MPG: 40 city / 39 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 195.3 in. (496.1 cm) Wheel Base: 111 in. (282 cm)
Height: 57.5 in. (146.1 cm) Width: 72.2 in. (193.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 3594 lbs (1630 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.5 in. (14 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 14 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V6 DOHC Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 268 HP Max RPM: 6200 RPM
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm Transmission: ECVT*
Electric Motor: AC Synchronous PM Battery: 650V-Ni-MH**

* Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
** Nickel-Metal Hydride

Performance

Besides enjoying the large sedan driving and smooth ride, the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid delivers a fuel economy of 40/39 mpg which is enjoyed by some of the most fuel efficient small cars.

Powered by a an electric motor and a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine, the sedan provides adequate power while the 17 gallon fuel tank gives you a 680 miles driving range on a full tank of regular grade gasoline. This model achieves a full combination of 44 horsepower with the electric motor and 200 horsepower with the gas engine.
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Exterior & Interior

The sedan is well equipped featuring leather seating surfaces, adjustable front bucket seats, lumbar support and standard heating elements for the driver. The split folding rear bench seat is convenient since it provides access through to the trunk. For maximum climate control, this model features efficient rear ventilation ducts.

Accessories

Power accessories include adjustable mirrors, power door locks, and power windows. It also includes several standard features including a rear view camera, a telescopic and tilt steering wheel camera, a remote home transmitter, 12 volt power outlets, storage compartments (both front and rear), and a standard 8 speaker audio system.

This top of the line Toyota Avalon Hybrid is outfitted with electric power steering, premium leather seats, hands free calling, navigation system, power glass sunroof, and a JBL audio system.
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July 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm | No comment

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