2014 Dodge Challenger RT Shaker

The first time Dodge used the moniker “shaker” was in the 1970s when the challenger’s special hood was unveiled. The “Shaker” has made a comeback.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger RT Shaker features unique throwback muscle-car cues that are bound to be a notable addition to the Challenger lineup.

Only 1000 units of these will be available.

As the name suggests, the RT Shaker has the legendary “shaker” hood popping out at the center. The new rendering receives an updated exterior design and scant packages that give it improved engine output.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $ 36,995
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.1 gals (72 L) Miles Per Gallon: 16 city / 25 hwy
Length: 197.7 in. (502.2 cm) Wheel Base: 116 in. (294.6 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 75.7 in. (192.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 4082 lbs (1852 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.0 in. (12.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 16.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: HEMI® V8 Displacement: 5.7 Liter
Horsepower: 375 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 410 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed TREMEC® Manual
0-60 mph: NA Maximum Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The Challenger Shake comes with a 5.7 liter, HEMI® V8 engine under the hood. In order to improve performance and airflow, the engine is aided by an optimized air box, conical air filter, and a Mopar cold-air intake system.

The performance specs of the car are yet to be released; however, it is believed that the RT Shaker model will have a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Just like the 1970s model, the 2014 Challenger Shaker has a satin black “shaker hood”, gloss-black fuel filler door and a body color grille surround. In order to increase the down force when traveling at high speeds, Dodge has added a new deck-lid, satin black spoiler.

The RT Shaker comes in six main colors; vibrant header orange, TorRed, Pitch black, Bright white, Plum crazy and billet silver metallic.

The upgraded interior of the RT Shaker features high-performance seats wrapped in Radar Red leather with Radar Red stitching or Dark Grey Nappa leather with Sepia accent stitching.

A shaker logo is embroidered at the back of each seat. The new Shaker also receives a performance steering wheel with a leather finish and integrated car controls.

This RT has a unique center-console bezel and instrument panel. It comes with a 6.5 inch touchscreen navigation system that goes with a console armrest wrapped in leather.

December 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm | No comment

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep has been assembling the grand Cherokee SUV for two decades and it has been three years since the American automaker dramatically updated the grand Cherokee. Jeep has managed to deliver a state of the art off-road vehicle that has both substance and style.

Some of the significant changes in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee received include an upgraded interior with enhanced electronics, a bold new exterior and a new transmission that has transformed the way it drives. The new Grand Cherokee offers consumers a combination of driving range and fuel economy.2014-Jeep-Grand-Cherokee-woodsy-A


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $ 28,995*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.6 gals (93 L) Miles Per Gallon: 17 city / 25 hwy
Length: 189.8 in. (482.1 cm) Wheel Base: 114.8 in. (291.6 cm)
Height: 68.1 in. (172.9 cm) Width: 76.5 in. (194.3 cm)
Curb Weight: 4545 lbs (2062 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.6 in.** (21.8 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 35.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: V6 VVT DOHC Displacement: 3.6 Liter
Horsepower: 290 HP Max RPM: 6400 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft @4800 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic

* Laredo
** at curb weight

Engine & Performance

The 2014 Grand Cherokee features a 24-valve 3.0 liter Eco-Diesel V6 engine that is capable of delivering a maximum of 240 hp and 420 pound feet of torque. The Eco-Diesel will only be available for the Limited, Overland, and Summit trims.

The other engine available include an updated 5.7 liter V8, the base 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine and the 6.4 liter HEMI V8.2014-Jeep-Grand-Cherokee--roughing-it C

Select-Terrain traction control system continues to be part of this legendary off road system. Traction is enhanced by either the Quadra-Tac II or Quadra-Drive II four wheel drive systems. With the proper towing attachments, the Grand Cherokee is capable of towing up to 7400 lbs.

All trims come with an eight speed transmission.In order to improve fuel economy, the 2014 models have an Eco Mode that optimizes the transmission’s shift schedule.


The exterior is attractive and maintains Jeep’s simple and aggressive appearance .The upper grille is slightly shorter with its slimmer headlamps. The added fog lamps are raised making them more pronounced within the Grand Cherokee’s fascia design.

The rear receives new, larger LED tail lights. The rear is enhanced by a larger and more aerodynamic spoiler, complimented by re-designed tailgate.2014-Jeep-Grand-Cherokee-high-up B


The interior has been revised with new Uconnect 8.4-inch or five inch touchscreen coupled with a leather wrapped E-shifter for the 8-speed transmission. The 2014 model also has a 3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in quality leather.

In order to ease connectivity, the front passenger and the driver have access to a 12-volt DC power outlet, SD, AUX and USB ports located at the bottom the vehicle’s center stack. The rear passengers will have sufficient leg room and enough juice to share when charging their electronic devices.
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December 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm | No comment

2014 Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai was first introduced in 2007. It enjoyed instant success as one of the first smaller, yet still family orientated SUV’s on the market. Competitors began to react to this phenomenon by unveiling their own versions.

The 2014 Nissan Qashqai shares the same platform as the X-Trail. As a matter of fact, the X-Trail will be Nissans preferred 7 seat SUV next year as opposed to the current Qashqai +2. The 2014 Qashqai which was designed and built in Britain, and is scheduled to be out in January of 2014.2014-Nissan-Qashai-stuidio A


General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact SUV Base Price: £ 18,445*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gals (65 L) Miles Per Gallon: 34 city / 50 hwy
Length: 170.5 in. (433 cm) Wheel Base: 103.5 in. (263 cm)
Height: 63.6 in. (161.5 cm) Width: 70.1 in. (178 cm)
Curb Weight: 3069 lbs (1392 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 30.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 1598 cc
Horsepower: 115 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 117 lb-ft @4400 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 11.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 113 mph (182 km/h)

* UK Acenta 2WD trim

Engine & Performance

Under the hood of the Qashqai, you have five engine options to choose from. Beginning with the 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter, petrol engines, and the 1.5 liter dCi, 1.6 liter dCi, and 2.0 liter dCi diesel engines that come all come in Turbo.

Three transmission options are available, a 5 speed manual, 6 speed manual, and CVT. Four wheel drive is only available for the Tekna trim. All of these engines have great fuel efficiency.

Speculation has it that a 1.6 Liter, 148 horsepower engine may be available in June 2014.

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There are also similarities between the Qashqai and the X-Trail in appearance. The Qashqai has a more prominent pointed nose that includes front running lights.

The profile view finds a clamshell like roof with luggage rack bars and flowing lines that begin with the swept back headlight compartment on the side front fender and ends at the taillights wing tip. In between are swoosh-like creases while the bottom is bordered in black around the wheel wells and below the doors.

The rear is rounded with an integrated spoiler on top. The rear matches the cars lower sides with its black bumper.


The dashboard of up and coming Nissan Qashqai is a made up of accessible buttons and knobs with the use of improved materials all around.

The glove box compartment is spacious enough for stowage of personal belongings.

The predominant interior feature is the seven inch touchscreen centered on the instrument panel, with an accompanying TFT display lodged between the speedometer and tachometer.
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December 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm | No comment

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV

Recently launched was the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe police patrol vehicle, or PPV in short. The Tahoe is Chevy’s best selling police cruiser.

In order to assist law enforcement officers, the brand-new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV comes with the right tools to support pursuit performance. It’ll be available in three models – 2 wheel drive and all wheel drive, and a special service model, 4 wheel drive pursuit vehicle.2015-Chevrolet-Tahoe-PPV-real-pursuit-A


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gals (98 L) MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Length: 202 in. (513.1 cm) Wheel Base: 116 in. (294.6 cm)
Height: 76.9 in. (195.3 cm) Width: 79 in. (200.7 cm)
Curb Weight: NA Ground Clearance: 10.5 in. (26.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 60.3 cu ft** Maximum Seating: 7 people
Engine: EcoTec V8 Displacement: 5.3 Liter
Horsepower: 355 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 383 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed 6L80 Hydra-Matic

* 2014 Tahoe LS 2WD
** Behind 2nd row

Engine & Performance

Under the PPV’s hood is a 5.3 liter, EcoTec3 V-8 engine that generates 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for pursuit purposes.

The powerful engine is supported by a HydraMatic 6L80, an exclusively tuned automatic transmission. The upgraded 770 cold cranking amp electric battery allows all the essential gadgets in the police vehicle to function without draining the systems main power source.


On the outside, it is a Tahoe in a police outfit. GM added a set of red/blue stripes on the top. The high strength steel used is new to the Tahoe PPV which makes the vehicle body is firmer.

Regular equipment that has been incorporated are rear view camera and security enhanced door-locks along with side-milled keys.


Inside, the Tahoe PPV wraps the standard police makeover, and also the typical features including On Star Bluetooth, lane departure warning, steering column lock, and an 110V outlet to go with the park-assist feature.


As police vehicle engage in quick stops and starts, the Tahoe brake system is able to withstand the pressure. To assist in this particular area, Chevy/GM has outfitted the PPV with ‘heavy-duty’ ABS brakes that is featured discs on all 4-wheels and calibrated according to police specs.

The brand-new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV will likely be assembled at GM’s assembly plant at Arlington, Texas. The 2WD pursuit and 4WD special service versions are going to be available within the first quarter, while the 4WD pursuit vehicle in the second quarter of 2014.


December 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm | No comment

2014 Nissan ZEOD RC

Nissan has been focusing greatly on electric cars with the success of the Leaf.

It is now recognized as the planet’s best-selling electric car.

The 2014 ZEOD Nissan RC lays the groundwork for technology that will help in the development of the next era of Nissan Leaf cars.2014-Nissan-ZEOD-RC-on-display A

Nissan launched the innovative, ground breaking ZEOD RC – the fastest electric racing car that will occupy ‘Garage 56’ at the LeMans 24 Hours in June of next year. It will use identical electric battery, inverter and motor technology as that found in the Leaf. Its total weight is expected to be at just 1543 pounds (700 kg).


The car uses brand-new electric ‘drivetrain’ technology and was designed with LEAF RC’s energy management and effective energy recovery system. In fact, this technology was developed by the LEAF Nismo RC team.

However where the Nissan Leaf Nismo-RC only delivered 107 horsepower and a top-speed of 93 mph (150 km/h), the new Nissan ZEOD RC is estimated to be perfect for speeds exceeding beyond 186 mph (300 km/h).2014-Nissan-ZEOD-RC-side-view B

The ZEOD RC will also be the very first race car to finish a lap of 13.6 kms Le Mans 24 Hours circuit on just electric power. This will not just make the ZEOD RC the swiftest electric powered racer in the world, but in addition, it will showcase itself against ‘petrol-powered’ racers because of its light-weight architecture and state-of-the-art aerodynamics.

Hybrid Set-up

It is not just all electric, the team from Nissan has come up with a hybrid electric vehicle in the ZEOD. The lithium ion battery recharges through the technology of regenerative braking (capturing energy electrically and reusing the same during acceleration).

It will employ a plug-in hybrid system, since it is built with a powerful internal combustion engine, a 1.6 liter turbo-charged 4 cylinder, therefore the driver can shift between electric power and the engine. Nissan reports the ZEOD RC will test out several electric drive train options before its race in 2014.
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December 8, 2013 at 8:25 am | No comment