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The Automakers of the world are teasing us with their 2015 model year vehicles, many of which should be available to the public by the end of December. It’s always fun to see how new models take shape, and so far, 2015 is setting up to be a good year for buyers in just about every category.
Truck enthusiasts have Ford’s new, aluminum Ford F-150 and General Motors’ Canyon and Colorado to look forward to, while the more performance-minded can look forward to the new Subaru WRX, or BMW M3 and M4. Those looking for a spot of leather and creature comforts, seek no further than Cadillac’s new ATS Coupe or Escalade, while the more practical and frugal can wait on Honda’s new Fit or Chrysler’s new 200 sedan.Here are ten new cars hitting American showrooms this year (or next), out of the several scheduled for release. It appears that it’ll be a solid year for luxury vehicles and crossovers, as well as fuel-efficient models that continue to push the envelope for lesser consumption.
1. Ford F-150
Ford’s F-150 is easily one of the most anticipated new vehicles for the 2015 model year, not just because it’s America’s perennial best-selling vehicle, but because Ford has flushed out considerable amounts of the F-150′s steel body and replaced it with high-strength aluminum alloy, making it lighter, better handling, more fuel efficient, and stretching each horsepower further. Its new module design also ensures that the F-150 will be easier to repair and take far less time — thus saving significant amounts of money over similar repairs being made to the previous generations – Used Ford F-150 in Louisville KY.
2. Cadillac Escalade
It’s been a few years since Cadillac’s Escalade has gotten any real attention (the same could be said about the rest of GM’s large SUV lineup), but 2015 will change all of that. Aside from the drastically different look, the Escalade promises be better performing, more comfortable, more fuel efficient, and just as decadent as it has been in the past — perhaps even more so. Its interior is likely one of the most refined that we’ve seen from Cadillac in a number of years, with options for genuine wood trim, premium leather, and so on.3. Chrysler 200
Chrysler’s 200 sedan — and its Sebring sibling — needed some desperate attention if the car was going to compete with, well, anyone. Fortunately, under its new Fiat ownership, the 200 has been given the breath of life it so badly needed, and the 200 once again has a fighting chance at regaining some needed market share in the small sedan segment. The new 200 boasts a far sleeker profile and form and looks far more in-place among the newer generations of sedans. The convertible won’t be seeing a 2015 model year, however, so you’ll have to spring for the conventional hardtop.
4. GMC Canyon
American manufacturers all but abandoned the small truck segment, but with the new GMC canyon and Chevy Colorado, GM is looking to even the score with Toyota’s reigning Tacoma pickup. The trucks will have two gasoline options — an inline four and a V6 — with a diesel option slated for 2016. The segment is aimed at some aggressive growth in the nearer future, with Honda teasing a new Ridgeline, VW toying with bringing its Amarok Stateside, and a new Nissan Frontier before long.
5. Honda Fit
Honda’s little Fit hatchback is among the favorites in its class and has established itself as one of the leading subcompacts on the market. However, it has been starting to age as models are wont to do, and therefore Honda is promising a brand new model for 2015, which may become of the most tech-laden competitors in the subcompact segment. It will offer more space than its predecessor, a new face, better aerodynamics, and a slew of other improvements.6. Subaru WRX
Subaru’s new WRX has taken a lot of abuse from Subaru enthusiasts for not living up to the standards set by the company’s striking concept model, but underneath the skin, the 2015 WRX is promising to be Subaru’s best driver’s car yet. For the STI (pictured), the hallmark boxer engine churns out 305 horsepower to all four wheels, routed through an increasingly rare manual six-speed. Larger front and rear anti-roll bars provide 67 percent faster steering response, according to the company, and 16 percent less body roll thanks to tweaked suspension. Unfortunately, there won’t be a hatchback version this time around — perhaps the greatest complaint – for additional hatchbacks look at the Chevy Spark and Chevy Sonic.7. Porsche Macan
Porsche’s (POAHF.PK) Cayenne helped bring the brand from a niche sports car maker to a mainstream luxury company, and Porsche is aiming to build on that with its Macan crossover. At a shade under $50,000, it’ll be the most affordable Porsche available, but those looking for some extra oomph can check out the Macan Turbo S, which costs over $72,000 but generates a hearty 400 or so horsepower. Quite a difference from the Ford Escape.
8. Lincoln MKC
Lincoln’s revival isn’t quite off the ground yet, and the MKC is coming along later this year to help give the brand some lift. The MKZ has been carrying most of Lincoln’s weight, but the growth prospects in the luxury crossover segment should help Lincoln pull its brand back from the brink. The MKC, which will feature a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine at base and have the option of Ford’s new Edge with the 2.3 liter EcoBoost that’s rated for 285 horsepower, is likely going to do very well in China when the brand launches there this Summer.9. Audi Q3
Though it’s seen service in Europe for some time now, the Audi (VLKAY.PK) Q3 will be all-new to the U.S. when it debuts for 2015. The Q3 is intended to fill the gap for those looking for a small car like the A3 but need a bit more cabin room, and will go head-to-head with the forthcoming Mercedes GLA Class. Chances are the Q3 will be available with the same powertrains as the A3, so look for a 1.8 liter turbo, a 2.0 liter turbo, and possibly Audi/VW’s terrific 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine.10. Cadillac ATS Coupe
Cadillac’s ATS has proven to be quite popular, and the brand is hoping to recreate the magic with two fewer doors. While many attempt to make coupes more flashy than the sedans on which they’re based, GM has taken a simple, crisp approach to the ATS Coupe, letting straight, angular lines and clean, vent- and duct-free sheet metal do the talking. The ATS Coupe will be available with a 2.0 liter four or a 3.6 liter V6, but it’s the ATS-V Coupe that we’re really interested in. For more information on used & preowned car, truck, suv dealer in Louisville Kentucky, KY.
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The current administration will order the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to start developing tighter fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty work trucks (Class 4 to Class 8). The target date for the release of the new standards designed to help save fuel and reduce pollution will be March 31, 2016.
Emphasis on the big-truck segment is the next phase in the administration’s plan to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to help limit the amounts of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. The previous round of fuel standards finalized in 2011 have already impacted the light-duty segment (cars and half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton pickup trucks), guiding automakers to invest in higher-mileage powertrain technologies and lightweight materials in order to the meet the more aggressive mileage targets effective in 2025.
According to the USA Today, the medium and heavy-duty truck segment accounts for only 4 percent of vehicles on the road but these trucks use as much as 25 percent of the nation’s fuel and produce the same amount of greenhouse gases. Pushing companies and manufacturers here could significantly improve air quality in certain cities and drastically cut overall vehicle emissions.
Improving fleet and individual truck efficiencies will continue to be important topics at trade shows like the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show, and we’ll have more about future technologies when we attend that show March 5-7 in Indianapolis. More to come.
Ram Power Wagon v. Chevy 2500 High Country: Off Road or Luxury?
By George Kennedy9 hours ago
There’s a battle brewin’ in the truck market. Well, there’s always a battle in the truck market, but this one concerns special editions of the big HD models from Chevy and Ram. It comes down to the question of how you like your expensive rig: off-road ready or a luxurious tank?
First up is the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country. In addition to being quite a mouthful to say, it is quite a truck to behold. It features all the rugged heavy duty capabilities of the Silverado HD, but with the added luxury of Chevy’s new High Country line. It features added chrome, tubular side steps, and big 20-inch chrome wheels. Inside, you get upgraded leather seats with heated and cooled front seats, and special badging. Buyers can also opt for a touch screen navigation system and a rear-seat Blu-Ray player.
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This great heap of luxury is fitted to a truck that features either a 360-horsepower 6.0-liter V8, or a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that puts out 397 horsepower and an insane 765 pound feet of torque. This truck is brains and brawn.
But what if you just want the brawn? That’s where the new Ram Power Wagon comes in. It actually came out before the High Country HD, but we wanted to save the best (in our minds) for last. The Power Wagon has been around for a number of years, as a bolder Ram, but when the Ford Raptor came out, it raised the bar for over-the-top truck styling.
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To match that, the new Power Wagon has added blacked out headlight bezels, red grille inserts, and graphics on the bedside. It makes for one bad truck, that can back it up with a 410 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8. As before, the Power Wagon has off-road gear borrowed from the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, like front and rear locking differentials and a disconnecting front sway bar.
It won’t traverse a dried out river bed like a Raptor, nor can it get into the tight spaces a Wrangler can, but this big, beautiful behemoth is the best of both worlds. Pricing for the Power Wagon ranges from $45,000 to up past $55,000. While pricing has not yet been announced for the 2500HD High Country, the 1500 is around $45K, so it could be anywhere from $55K to $60K. Pick your poison.
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You are no doubt familiar with the Transit Connect, the panel van that Ford began importing from Europe in mid-2009. You’ve probably noticed them in your neighborhood with things like custom cakes, cable companies, cat groomers and cleaning services advertised on their flat, windowless sides. You’ll be seeing even more of them soon as the Transit Connect Taxi begins replacing the Crown Victoria in taxi fleets across the country.
Transit Connects are everywhere now. It turns out business owners were tired of only being offered a full-size truck or van for their commercial fleet needs, because in many cases a small, fuel efficient panel van can do the same job far better and more cheaply. Used for F150 for Sale.
And sure, automakers have tried selling windowless commercial versions of their passenger vehicles before, but how many Chevrolet HHR Panel vans have you seen in your neighborhood? The Transit Connect has done a better job appealing to businesses because the precious cargo that it’s purpose-built to carry are tools, supplies and maybe a six-tier buttercream-frosted red velvet wedding cake… not kids.
So what happens when Ford takes its popular new commercial van and creates a version for moving people? The result is called the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon, and it is not at all what we expected.
What did we expect? Looking at pictures of the Transit Connect XLT gave us the impression of a mini-minivan like the Mazda5 or even Ford’s upcoming Grand C-Max. It’s certainly taller than those, but still looks more compact than a traditional minivan like the Toyota Sienna or Dodge Grand Caravan. The numbers don’t lie: Compared to a Grand Caravan, the Transit Connect is almost 22 inches shorter and exactly eight inches narrower, though it is an astonishing 10.4 inches taller.
That’s why finally seeing the Transit Connect XLT in person created a very different impression than what we got from pictures. It is tall, like Kareem Abdul-Jabar tall. Actually, it’s only six-foot, six-inches (79.3 inches), so it’s more like Kobe Bryant, but that still shadows a Cadillac Escalade by 3.4 inches, and it’s one inch taller than a Ram 3500 4×4 Crew Cab and just one-tenth of an inch shorter than Ford’s own full-size commercial van, the E-150 Econoline. And those vehicles are tall partly because they have more ground clearance. The Transit Connect XLT sits as close to the ground as a Focus.
Height is definitely the Transit Connect XLT’s defining feature. On the one hand, the van – sorry, wagon (Ford calls the Transit Connect a “van” when it’s used for commercial purposes and a “wagon” when ordered in XLT trim) – looks comically out of proportion, but on the other, it’s impossible to forget where you parked at the mall. Just look for the red roof sticking up above every SUV and minivan. Works every time. The fact is, Ford figured out that to get the maximum amount of cargo room in the smallest footprint possible, the only way to go was up.
The Transit Connect XLT does look descent without its coveralls and steel-toed boots. Our tester wore an exceptionally rich coat of Torch Red paint and added such off-duty accessories as fog lights, plastic covers for its 15-inch steel wheels and four very large side windows, the latter because getting a clear view outside is only optional when manning a Seawolf class attack submarine. For Sale Used Ford Trucks passenger vehicles, it’s a must no matter where you’re sitting.
Though clean and simple, the Transit Connect’s design does look somewhat dated thanks to its front end, which looks similar to Ford’s first-generation Fusion mid-size sedan. It’s a styling language that started in Europe, migrated to the U.S. and has already evolved into something else. Hopefully the Transit Connect’s popularity in its home market of Europe will result in a refresh of its exterior relatively soon.
The inside, however, is where everything falls apart for this people-moving version of Ford’s compact commercial van. If you were thinking the Transit Connect XLT’s cavernous interior would be stuffed with a dozen cup holders, an available rear-seat entertainment system, stowable seats and any of the other modern conveniences that minivan owners take for granted, think again. The Transit Connect XLT has a grand total of three cup holders, entertainment tops out with an auxiliary port for iPods and the rear seats (there is no third row) mechanically folds forward against the front thrones to give you even more cargo room for anything but people.
Let’s start up front, where the driver and front passenger sit low to the ground on thin seats with inadequate cushioning. The fact they’re upholstered in a playfully monochromatic giraffe hide pattern doesn’t help, even if it does elicit chuckles. The driver’s armrest is a luxury that the front passenger will quickly covet, and both will probably be annoyed at the Euro-placement of the power window switches on the center tunnel instead of the doors. The material used for the dash and doors is hard, cheap-feeling textured plastic that sounds hollow when tapped with a finger, and wind noise enters the cabin like it owns the place. None of these things would bother a business owner buying a fleet of Transit Connects, but non-commercial customers will miss optional niceties like power adjustable seats, leather seating surfaces and those little touches of luxury that remind you you’re not someone else’s employee. Certain commercial options are still available on the XLT model, like Ford’s Work Solutions in-dash computer, but they hardly make sense in a consumer application.
The TC XLT does surprise, however, with an optional Reverse Sensing system and rear view camera. Its small screen is mounted in the rear-view mirror, which is just as well because the vertically split rear doors make seeing what’s behind you impossible. Those doors do, however, open an impressive 255 degrees. Combine that with the completely flat load floor and sub-two-foot loading height, and the ease with which the XLT can be stuffed with stuff becomes one of its most compelling features. We were also fond of theunusually deep parcel shelf that sits above the driver and front passenger, which is a great place to put purses and other small items you don’t want rattling around the interior.
Manually open either of the two sliding doors (there’s no option for power sliders) and you’ll find the most perplexing thing about the Transit Connect XLT. Despite the incredible amount of interior volume, there is no third row of seating, just a second row that sits slightly elevated behind the driver and front passenger. A third row isn’t even optional, so the Transit Connect XLT is a strict five-seater with a giant 78.4 cubic-foot cargo area. Oddly, despite all that empty space behind the second row of seats, leg room is incredibly tight and the seats don’t slide. What the chairs can do is fold forward against the front seatbacks, creating a downright silly 118.7 cubic-feet of cargo area. With nearly 60 inches of interior height and a payload capacity of 1,600 pounds, these specs make it easy to understand why the 2015 Transit Connect is so popular with small business owners.
Another part of the Transit Connect’s allure is how easy it is to drive thanks to its compact size. It’s a simple steer compared to a full-size commercial van or truck, but we wouldn’t describe the experience as charming. Unless you order your Transit Connect XLT from the factory prepped for compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas conversion, the only available engine is a good old fashioned 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 136 horsepower at 6,300 RPM and 128 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 RPM – hardly stellar numbers that move the 3,470-pound wagon to the tune of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg highway. That’s great efficiency for a commercial vehicle considering your other options, but unremarkable among passenger vehicles where larger, more powerful options often top 30 mpg on the highway. And the Transit Connect’s 2.0-liter is anything but smooth, with its raspy voice only rising in volume with each shift of the four-speed automatic transmission.
Like the engine, the suspension and steering also feel out of place when pressed into passenger vehicle duty. The front independent MacPherson strut suspension and rear multileaf spring setup, both with stabilizer bars, feel unsettled without hundreds of pounds of cargo on their backs. We imagine the suspension would be more buttoned-down when burdened with weight, but unladen it feels like its walking around on tip-toes. The light-to-the-touch and uncommunicative steering makes matters worse, requiring corrections that only accentuate the vehicle’s height and proclivity to body roll. The brakes, as well, with discs up front and drums in the rear, feel as if they’re expecting more weight to arrest than what’s actually there. All that said, the Transit Connect XLT is genuinely easy to drive, especially in tighter spaces like parking garages and congested urban environments.
So it turns out that the Transit Connect XLT is as bad at being a passenger vehicle as most passenger vehicles are at being commercial vehicles. It was named the 2010 North American Truck of the Year, but would easily earn last place in a comparison test with any modern day people mover. So why then has Ford chosen to sell this consumer application of its commercial van? Because it can. Easily.
The explanation starts in Turkey where the Transit Connect is built. Because it’s foreign-made, the TC is subject to what’s known as the Chicken Tax, a tariff of 25 percent on light trucks imported into the U.S. established in 1963. Though meant to protect domestic automakers from foreign light truck competition, which it’s done exceptionally well for coming up on 50 years, the tax sometimes has the unintended consequence of hampering our domestic automakers.
In the case of Ford, each Transit Connect shipped to the U.S. arrives with a full set of windows and a second row of seats, thereby earning it the classification of passenger vehicle and exemption from the Chicken Tax. Then, in a brick warehouse somewhere in Baltimore, these Transit Connects have their rear seats removed and their windows replaced with steel panels to earn their new classification as commercial light trucks. All of the seats, steel and glass that get removed go on to be recycled, and despite this rather inefficient process, Ford gets to sell a cheaper Transit Connect than it would if the Chicken Tax were applied. Starting at $23,050, our tester rang in at $24,755 including $805 in destination charges.
The Transit Connect XLT wagon, then, is just a Transit Connect that hasn’t seen the inside of that brick warehouse in Baltimore.
Still, if not an alternative to the increasingly homogeneous minivan market, what’s the purpose of the Transit Connect XLT? Our guess is that, unlike the commercial Transit Connect van that may be bought a dozen or even hundreds at a time by mid- to large-sized corporations, the Transit Connect XLT wagon is for the very small business owner whose daily driver might double as his delivery vehicle. It’s still better at hauling cargo than kids, but unlike its commercial brother, the XLT model can be driven home and parked in the driveway, perhaps taken to Costco on the weekends and maybe used to help a friend move.
The Transit Connect XLT is a gas price-conscious generation’s new small pickup, gifted courtesy of the Europeans who know a thing or two about getting work done amidst high gas prices and narrow roads. And while it will never be the favorite of moms everywhere like the Grand Caravan, Sienna and Odyssey, the Ford Transit Connect XLT should be near the top of any entrepreneur’s shopping list.
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A Review and information for the 2014 Chevy Silverado It was only a matter of time. Lifting a page from brand-brother GMC’s leather-lined Denali playbook, GM has added the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country to its recently overhauledSilverado lineup. The High Country is Chevrolet’s take on a range-topping pickup in the vein of the Ford King Ranch or Ram Laramie Longhorn, and it’s the first-ever luxury variant of a Silverado.
There’s shrewd business sense at work here. Full-size pickups are among GM’s most profitable ventures, and consumers are willing to pay ever-increasing amounts for dressed-out full-size pickup trucks. Today, some 30 percent of light-duty trucks change hands for more than $40,000 apiece, and it appears that the ultimate ceiling has yet to be reached.
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Powerful New Engine Option Beyond its unique grille, wheels, cabin trimmings and enormous badges that gleam like nickel-plated Winchester muskets, there’s precious little that separates the High Country from lesser Silverados. That’s no bad thing, as the new Silverado is a truck of which we’re quite fond.
The High Country’s introduction is coincidental with the debut of the 6.2-liter V8 version of GM’sGen 5 direct-injected engine family into the Silverado range. Available as a $1,995 option on High Country and LTZ trim levels, the 6.2-liter V8 (L86 in GM-speak) will take the truck’s credibility and desirability to the next level.
Essentially a bored and stroked version of the direct-injected 5.3-liter V8, the L86 also includes a half-point bump in compression ratio to 11.5:1. The result is that the 6.2-liter’s headlining numbers of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque outshine every other engine currently available in a half-ton pickup.
Want a V6 in your High Country instead? You’re out of luck, as the 5.3-liter V8 is the standard engine offering. The six-speed 6L80 automatic transmission remains the sole available gearbox regardless of engine choice.
Cylinder deactivation aids the 6.2-liter in returning very respectable EPA fuel economy of 15 city and 21 highway mpg with 2WD (subtract 1 mpg respectively for 4WD models). Premium fuel is recommended. You can safely use 87 octane, though engineers report a power loss of about 2 percent on the low-grade stuff, and you can expect an undetermined drop in fuel economy, too.
More Refined Than Ever On the freeways and surface streets of Austin, Texas, it was clear that the High Country is easily suited for daily driver duty. It boasts cabin refinement and noise insulation at the top of its class (just like other, lesser Silverados) and the High Country-specific brown leather looks and feels great. Its logo-emblazoned headrests are constant reminders that, yes, you got something for your extra cash outlay.
Active noise cancellation is standard in Silverados equipped with 6.2-liter engines to abate the noise signature of its four-cylinder mode. The cylinder deactivation system was certainly eager to switch into V4 mode to save fuel during our drive, but you’d never detect it was occurring unless you stared at the indicator in the instrument cluster. The transition is that seamless.
The soft throttle tip-in of the L86 gives it a similar part-load character to the 5.3-liter engine when easing away from a stoplight. Put your foot to the floor instead and the 6.2-liter delivers a muted roar and thrums noticeably as it winds toward its 6,000-rpm rev limit. According to GM, the bigger engine will hurl this crew cab pickup truck to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. That’s quick for a car, never mind a full-size pickup. Strangely, by the seat of the pants it didn’t feel as fast as those numbers suggest. Maybe the tall ride height is throwing off our pants-seat’s calibration.
Power To Spare What’s more impressive — and more important — than its unladen straight-line acceleration improvement over the 5.3 is the 6.2′s ability to haul loads. We drove a High Country with a 27-foot, 7,000-pound Airstream trailer on its hitch and the 6.2 barely flinched. There’s a surfeit of reserve power with this engine, and this takes a lot of the sweat out of towing.
Another great sweat-removing feature is GM’s automatic grade braking that debuted last year, whereby the transmission downshifts on downhill sections to keep speed from spiraling upward undesirably. About the only quibble we found while towing is that the transmission’s wide-ratio gearing causes a noticeable drop in thrust with each upshift.
Note that the tow rating maxes out at 9,800 pounds (9,500 for 4WD trucks with the long bed) since High Country models are not available with the Max Trailering package. Seems GM reckons there are limits to how much outright trucky-ness belongs in a luxury pickup.
All High Country models are crew cabs, with your choice among two bed lengths. Body-color bumpers, 20-inch chrome wheels wearing P275/55 tires and a unique chrome grille are the major exterior tip-offs to High Country status.
Along with a long list of standard equipment, the highfalutin-est Silverado starts at $45,100 with destination. Despite the steep price, it’s likely that the company will sell every one it can build. The High Country may be a blatant money-grab model for GM when it goes on sale in the next few weeks, but it sure is a nice one.
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2015 Jeep Renegade Preview, Review, Information and Dealer Brochure Available for Louisville Kentucky, KY Drivers, Buyers and Dealers
- New compact SUV sold globally
- Gasoline or diesel 4-cylinder engine
- Available 9-speed automatic transmission
- Choice between two 4WD systems
- Available Selec-Terrain technology
- Trail Rated 4WD capability in Trailhawk model
- Numerous infotainment and safety systems
- Built in Italy
Jeep says that it seeks “youthful and adventurous customers” with the new 2015 Renegade, a compact SUV that will be available to buyers around the world. Designed in the United States and built in Italy, the new Jeep Renegade is expected to arrive in the fall of 2015.
Signature round headlights, a 7-slot grille, and trapezoidal wheel arches instantly identify the new 2015 Renegade as a Jeep. The Renegade Trailhawk sits higher, provides greater ground clearance, and gets revised front and rear styling in order to improve approach and departure angles–features off-roaders will appreciate. Observers can identify the Renegade Trailhawk by its red front tow hooks and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.
“Rugged and functional,” according to Jeep, the new Renegade’s interior is crafted with what the automaker characterizes as “high-quality materials” and “inspired colors.” A passenger grab handle is present on the dashboard, and the front passenger’s seat folds forward in order to maximize cargo-carrying capability. The driver grips a thick-rimmed steering wheel.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade can be optioned with numerous upgrades. Highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, color-coordinated interior accent trim, and a 7-inch information display in the vehicle’s gauge cluster. Two different MySky sunroof options are available in the form of a manual canvas or dual-panel power glass opening. Jeep also offers its Uconnect Access system for the Renegade, featuring 911 Connect, text-messaging capability, an Assist button to summon roadside assistance, and more.
Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the 2015 Jeep Renegade. This is the same engine that is included in the larger Jeep Cherokee, where it is rated to make 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Jeep confirms that a 9-speed automatic transmission can be installed in the new Renegade, but does not state whether it is standard or optional equipment.
Jeep does confirm that it will offer a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the 2015 Renegade, that the diesel engine will be available with the 9-speed automatic, and that it will be able to tow up to 3,300 lbs. With either engine, the transmission offers manual gear selection by pushing up on the shifter to execute a downshift, and by pushing down on the shifter to execute an upshift.
Jeep Renegade buyers will be able to choose between an Active Drive 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system and an Active Drive Low 4WD system that features a 20:1 crawl ratio. Both 4WD systems include Selec-Terrain technology with Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, and Rock settings, and can deliver up to 100% of engine torque to a single wheel. To improve fuel economy when a Renegade isn’t off-roading, a rear-axle disconnect system reduces friction in the drivetrain.
A 4-wheel independent suspension is standard for the Renegade, and offers up to 8.1 in. of wheel articulation. Jeep uses Koni frequency damping front and rear struts for the suspension, and the Renegade Trailhawk model rides higher and delivers 8.7 in. of ground clearance in combination with greater approach, breakover, and departure angles, according to the automaker.
Thanks to these upgrades, Jeep says the Renegade Trailhawk model provides best-in-class off-road capability. Jeep Active Drive Low is standard for this version of the SUV, which rides on 17-in. aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, gets a set of skid plates, can ford 19 in. of standing water, and includes standard hill-descent control technology.
In addition to 7 standard air bags, the 2015 Renegade is available with several safety-related technologies including Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and a reversing camera.
Two different Uconnect infotainment systems are available for the 2015 Renegade, ranging in screen size from 5 in. to 6.5 in. The larger version can be equipped with Uconnect Access, a subscription-based upgrade that provides access to text messages and can read them to the driver over the stereo speakers. This system also includes a 911 Connect button to summon rescuers in an emergency, and provides the ability to contact roadside assistance for help when needed.7 Things You Should Know About the 2015 Jeep Renegade in Louisville , KY Dealer Showrooms and Sales Floors
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The ultra-adorable Jeep Renegade is the latest off-roader in a long history of Jeep 4x4s. But there’s a problem — people are critical as to whether the Renegade has the merit to wear the Jeep badge with pride. But before you make judgement on the mini-SUV, here’s seven important facts you should know:
The first thing that you, or anyone really may ask is can it get over hills, rocks, and or dirt? The answer is yes.
Some of the features include a four-wheel independent suspension, electric power steering and driving steering torque, Jeep Active Drive Low, hill-decent control and 17-inch off-road tires. It’s like any other capable Jeep, just smaller.
It’s Trail Rated (in Trailhawk guise)
Following up on the capable note — it is trail-rated if you go for the Trailhawk spec. Like any Jeep, the Renegade had to take on the world’s toughest obstacle course in order to be given the Trail-Rated stamp of approval.
Like the Wrangler or the Grand Cherokee, the Renegade passed (assumedly) with flying colors.
It Has Standard All-Wheel Drive
Unlike some softer front-wheel drive SUVs, the Renegade comes will all-wheel drive — standard. Further giving merit to its off-road capabilities.
It Has a Manual Transmission
Along with the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission on an SUV, the Renegade comes with two manual transmission options and a dual-dry clutch transmission.
It Will Come With a Diesel (but not in the U.S.)
Yes, your diesel wishes have been answered. Problem is, you have to live in Europe to cop one. While Jeep boasts that the Renegade will use both gas and diesel engines, U.S. buyers are stuck with the standard Chrysler MultiAir engines, which are not always very lively when paired to an automatic. The manual will be a must to get the most from these diminutive mills.
It Was Designed in the U.S., Built in Italy
Designed at home and built abroad, the Renegade uses daddy Fiat’s 500X “small-wide” platform. The same one used on the current 500L.
It’s A Jeep, Plain and Simple
All that being said, there’s one thing you can’t discount — it’s a Jeep, through and through. Like any modern Jeep, it has the design and the capabilities you would expect. It can ford through rivers, tackle tough terrain, all the while, keeping you cool and comfortable in the cabin.
We’re excited to hit the trails in this little thing.
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Toyota Motor Corp. namesake brand, a default choice of a generation of car buyers who admired its high quality, lost ground during the past six years amid recalls, natural disasters and stiffer competition.
Its share of the U.S. retail market fell to 13.5 percent last year from 16.3 percent in 2008, according to data provided to Bloomberg by IHS Automotive using Polk vehicle-registration records. Toyota’s 2.8 percentage point loss matched the gain of Ford Motor Co. (F)’s main brand, to a 13.2 percent share, over the same period.
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Retail registrations are the best measure of the tastes of individual car buyers because they exclude bulk fleet sales to corporate and government customers. Toyota dominated the retail market before the recession, with top sellers such as the Camry sedan and Corolla compact. Those models now face tougher competition as car shoppers favor Ford models including the Fusion, which draws frequent comparisons to an Aston Martin, and a restyled, fuel-efficient Escape. Hyundai Motor Co. and Subaru, the auto unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., also gaining ground.
“Before 2010, Toyota’s image was bulletproof, and while it is still strong, it’s not rock solid and as perfect as it was before,” Tom Libby, auto analyst for IHS Automotive, said in an interview. “It now appears their march forward has been slowed.”
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Top ThreeThe leader in total U.S. sales is General Motors Co. (GM), which has four brands including Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford including its fleet sales and Lincoln brand is No. 2, followed by Toyota, which overtook Ford in sales by company from 2007 to 2009 before falling back to the third position.
Those rankings will hold again when February’s U.S. sales results are announced March 3, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Toyota, GM and Ford may all report declines, while Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. post gains, according to analysts surveyed.
Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. may rise 0.4 percent in February to almost 1.2 million, the average of six analyst estimates. The annualized rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, will probably remain at 15.3 million, the average of 10 analyst estimates, the same as in February 2013.
Toyota’s once-pristine image was tarnished, Libby said, when it recalled more than 10 million vehicles for problems related to unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010, involving defective floor mats and accelerator pedals. The world’s largest automaker lost sales in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan and shut down Toyota’s car factories.
Rebound ScenarioToyota’s U.S. retail market share fell to 12.4 percent in 2011, recovered to 13.7 percent in 2012 and declined again last year, the IHS data show.
“A fair number of people — I was among them — thought that after the recall situation and after the tsunami that Toyota would just resume where they were,” Libby said. “Lo and behold, they have not.”
As total U.S. auto sales rose, Toyota has increased sales by more than a half-million vehicles in the last two years. That is more important than its retail market share, said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.
“Share doesn’t pay the bills, sales do — that was and is our focus,” Michels said in an e-mail. “Toyota recovered an enormous amount of volume after the recession and Tsunami/Thailand floods impacted periods.”
Design ChangesToyota will probably maintain its slight retail lead over Ford this year thanks to redesigns of its Corolla, RAV4 small SUV and Highlander SUV, said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with researcher LMC Automotive in Troy, Michigan. The Camry, Toyota’s top seller, will also receive minor design changes late this year, he said.
“Ford’s going to give them a run for their money over the next couple years, but at this point we don’t see them overtaking Toyota,” Schuster said.
Toyota Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda has pushed his designers to create more exciting cars after critics have dismissed the company’s products as “blandmobiles.” At the Detroit auto show in January, Toyota generated buzz and floor traffic with its red FT-1 concept that drew inspiration from the automaker’s Supra sports car.
“We’ve seen some indication that Toyota is going to refocus on design and basically bring sexy back or maybe get it for the first time,” Schuster said.
Swoopy SonataThe looks of Hyundai’s swoopy Sonata sedan, Kia’s angular Optima sedan and Ford’s Fusion have attracted family-car buyers, Schuster said. Korea’s Hyundai and its corporate sibling Kia combined to control 8.2 percent of the U.S. retail market last year, up from 5 percent in 2008, though down from 2012, according to the IHS data.
“Vehicles like the Fusion, Escape and our hybrids have provided us with a tremendous amount of retail sales and share gain, particularly in the coastal regions in the west and southeast, areas that typically have been dominated by Japanese automakers,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analyst. The Ford brand’s overall retail sales rose 14 percent in 2013, he said, powered by a 21 percent rise in the west and a 17 percent increase in the southeast.
The closing quality gap among automakers has removed a onetime Toyota advantage, Libby said. The Toyota brand ranked seventh in J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study last year, below GM’s GMC truck brand, which ranked second, and its Chevrolet line, which ranked fifth.
“In core car segments, where Toyota really had their strength and still has strength, there’s more legitimate competition,” Libby said.
Chevrolet’s SlideDespite quality gains and praise from critics, GM’s Chevrolet brand also lost ground among individual retail buyers. Chevy’s U.S. retail share fell to 10.7 percent last year, from 11.4 percent in 2008. GM last year introduced a redesigned Silverado pickup truck, its top seller, as well as updating the design of its Malibu family car.
“Chevrolet is pretty disappointing. They’ve had a significant product revival over the last two years and they’ve not been able to gain share,” Libby said.
Since 2008, Chevrolet has exited the minivan and small pickup categories, which cost it retail sales, said Jim Cain, a company spokesman. GM will begin offering a smaller pickup later this year with the Colorado model. The Detroit-based automaker also is putting a greater emphasis on profits, selling fewer cars on deep discount, he said.
Light Years”The quality of our market share is light years ahead of where it was in 2008,” Cain said. “We are much more profitable and the resale of our products has risen sharply thanks to what is now an essentially all-new showroom of vehicles.”
Chrysler, the U.S. automaker owned by Fiat SpA (F), saw its Jeep line of SUVs climb to 3.4 percent from 2.7 percent in 2008, the IHS data show.
The next top brands will find a way to lead in innovation, as Toyota did in the last two decades with the Prius hybrid-electric car and the RAV4 that helped pioneer the car-like SUV category, Libby said.
Segment LeadersHonda Motor Co. (7267), which was second to Toyota in retail share in 2008, has slipped to fourth. It had 10.4 percent of the retail market last year, down from 11.9 percent in 2008, according to the IHS data. Honda also has suffered from lackluster looks, Libby said, as the competition has become more appealing. Like Toyota, it also had to contend with natural disasters in Asia that disrupted production in 2011.
While its retail share slid, Honda said its top-selling models were retail leaders in their segments: the Civic compact, Accord mid-size car, CR-V compact utility and Odyssey minivan. The company doesn’t have a fleet-sales operation and few Honda dealers handle such sales.
“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda’s U.S. unit, said in a statement last week.
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale at Louisville Kentucky, KY
After two decades of assembling its Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, the American automaker has finally delivered a world-class off-roader capable of taking on everything in its segment – and more – with a high likelihood of coming out on top.
And if you drove last year’s model, it’s time to climb behind the wheel again as Jeep has significantly updated the SUV for 2014 with a bold new exterior appearance, an upgraded interior with enhanced electronics and a new transmission that completely transforms the way it drives.
We recently spent a full week with a dark blue reviewing, diagnosing and driving the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, a well-optioned model fitted with the standard gasoline-fed V6. While it didn’t have the punch of the range-topping V8-powered SRT8, or the fuel-sipping economy of itsnew EcoDiesel sibling, the high-volume variant left us quite impressed.Without question, the 2014 is significantly improved over its predecessor. Slightly more than 20 years ago, Jeep launched its all-new Grand Cherokee for the 1993 model year. The current chassis is its fourth-generation iteration (known as the WK2 to brand purists), which made its debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show, but it didn’t go on sale until the following summer as a 2011 model. Three short years later, Jeep has introduced the revised 2014 model with a slew of significant upgrades.Jeep is offering its 2014 Grand Cherokee in no fewer than six different models (listed in order of increasing base price): Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT. Depending on the model, there are three engine choices (3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8 and the new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel) and several powertrain choices (4×2 and three different 4×4 systems). While the aforementioned diesel and high-performance SRT models capture most of the spotlight, the standard gasoline-powered V6 models comprise the bulk of sales – more than justifying this review.As indicated, Jeep made several improvements to the Grand Cherokee for the new model year. Mechanically speaking, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the outgoing five-speed gearbox and the four-wheel-drive system has been improved with new modes. Cosmetically, the front fascia has been redesigned and there are new taillamps, a larger liftgate spoiler and more wheel choices. Jeep didn’t leave the interior alone either, as the 2014 models are fitted with a new steering wheel with paddle shifters, revised instrument cluster, redesigned center stack with the company’s larger 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, upgraded Uconnect Access and other enhanced interior materials. Without question, the 2014 is significantly improved over its 2013 predecessor.
The Overland in standard configuration is fitted with a very high level of equipment.
Our particular 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, painted in True Blue Pearl over two-tone Vesuvio Indigo Blue and Jeep Brown interior upholstery, started with a base price of $45,995. Few would blame the owners who add absolutely no options, as the Overland in standard configuration is equipped with a very high level of equipment that includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-operated eight-way driver and front passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chrysler’s Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 506-watt audio package, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, bi-xenon headlamps and more. Even so, our tester was upgraded with the Customer Preferred 23P package ($1,695), which included adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, blind spot and rear cross path detection. The bottom line on our SUV’s window sticker, including the mandatory $995 destination charge, was $48,685.
Like most late model Grand Cherokees on the road today, our vehicle featured Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, rated at 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. New for 2014 is a standard ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic that provides not only improved fuel economy and better acceleration, but a new lower crawl ratio of 44:1 to aid off-road prowess when equipped with the two-speed transfer case (Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II is standard on the Overland). The EPA rates the SUV at 17 miles per gallon city and 24 mpg highway, which is a slight improvement over last year’s 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The engine is also E85 compatible, but burning the ethanol fuel blend delivers reduced economy.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee starts off strong even before the engine is started.
Underpinning the Grand Cherokee is an independent suspension mounted to a steel unibody chassis shared with the current-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class (consider it a gift from the earlier DaimlerChrysler days). The front features upper and lower control arms while the rear is fitted with a multi-link design. Twin-tube, gas-charged shock and coil springs round out the package. The Quadra-lift air suspension, with four drive heights and a low Park mode to ease ingress/egress (4.1 inches of total travel), is standard on the Overland. The steering is electrically assisted, and the Grand Cherokee requires just 37.1 feet to turn curb-to-curb. Our Overland was equipped with 20-inch cast aluminum wheels, wrapped in 265/50R20 Goodyear Fortera HL all-season tires.
First impressions mean quite a bit in the automotive world, especially when emotion sells more vehicles than any pushy salesman. In that regard, the 2014 Grand Cherokee starts off strong even before the engine is started.
The exterior refresh is attractive, as it maintains the Jeep’s obligatory aggressive and capable appearance while losing some of the shiny chrome in the process. Headlights are now sleeker and more detailed, and the lower fascia receives the same attention. The alterations to the back of the vehicle are less obvious, but Jeep has repositioned some of the flashy trim and cleaned up its overall appearance.
All of the touch surfaces feel substantial and of high quality, solving that common complaint.
While the contrasting dark blue and chocolate interior would not be our first choice, the white piping on the seats and wood on the dashboard provided an upscale appearance. All of the touch surfaces feel substantial and of high quality, solving that common complaint. The front seats are comfortable, with nice bolsters, long lower cushions and good lumbar support, and the driving position fit your editor’s six-foot two-inch frame well. A bright and very legible multi-configurable instrument panel is easy to see, even through polarized glasses, and the Garmin-based Uconnect navigation was intuitive for all who used it (although we didn’t like how many of the seat heat/cooling functions required more than a few actions to access). To ease connectivity, the driver and front passenger are offered an AUX, USB, SD and 12-volt DC power outlet in a panel at the bottom of the center stack.
Second row passengers were equally as content, with acceptable leg, knee and toe room; large tinted windows; and plenty of power to charge their own personal electronics (Jeep has put twin USB ports and a 115-volt outlet on the rear of the center console, exclusively for their use). When the center armrest is raised, the cushion beneath it is flat to make a comfortable fifth seating position.
A lack of a third row Dodge will sell you a Durango for that role means there are no bulky hide-away cushions to prevent the 60:40 split second row from folding, thus creating a flat and expansive cargo area. The front passenger seat folds flat to increase cargo space, too. There are also four metal rails, and steel tie-downs, to help secure larger loads and grocery bag hooks to keep the little things from rolling around (another 12-volt DC outlet is in the rear cargo hold).
The push-button stop/start is carried over from last year. The more significant news is the new electronic shift lever replacing its gated predecessor on the center console. Seemingly lifted right out of the current-generation Audi A8 sedan – they are virtually identical as both share the same ZF eight speed transmission – the stubby T-handle only requires a nudge to engage the gear. In practice, the gear selector requires a slight learning curve, and it cannot be rushed without drawing profanities, but it works well after a bit of familiarity.
Our initial positive impressions of the exterior and interior are complemented by the Grand Cherokee’s new driving dynamics.
The V6 will never match the brawn of the SRT’s V8 (or even the Hemi), and nobody should expect it to, but the new lower first gear allows the volume model to leap off the line with newfound energy. The Jeep weighs 4,984 pounds, which is about average in this segment, but a happy marriage between the six-cylinder Pentastar and the ZF eight-speed transmission (it reportedly has 90 different shift algorithms from which to choose) means the SUV will hit 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds flat. On the road, the power seemed to fall off at higher speeds, but it was more than adequate for most passing maneuvers. According to Jeep, our test car will tow 6,200 pounds (those seeking more pulling capability should look at the diesel or SRT, as those are both rated to pull 7,200-plus pounds).
The SUV excels on the open road, especially at speed.
Once at speed, extensive soundproofing and thick door seals kept wind noise to a minimum. Unlike the beastly SRT8, docked points for road noise in our recent review, the narrower all-season rubber on this four-door never howled on the open road. While it likely doesn’t help lower cabin noise, the air suspension automatically lowers the vehicle at highways speeds to improve the vehicle’s overall aerodynamics and aid fuel economy (the Grand Cherokee earns a drag coefficient of 0.37).
Tuned for on- and off-road travel, the ride was on the firm side yet its damping response aligned with our expectations – softer than the SRT8, but still maintained a sporty edge. Its European-bred chassis is stiff and responded well to steering requests. Even so, we found ourselves skipping the tight mountain curves where the Jeep began to feel a bit awkward, and taking the highway routes to make good use of the excellent radar-based adaptive cruise control. The SUV excels on the open road, especially at speed.
It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment.
Sadly, and despite setting a day aside for it, we never had the chance to take the Grand Cherokee off the pavement and try its Select-Terrain system (our planned trip to an off-road park was pushed off the schedule when another automaker was late with a vehicle delivery). Based on previous experience, the new revisions will only improve its competence after the concrete ends.
As you have likely concluded, we really enjoyed our time with the improved Grand Cherokee. It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment. In base form, the $31,000 Laredo version competes exceptionally well against the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer – we’d likely choose it over all four if a third row of seating weren’t required, and especially if off-road excursions were on our extended menu.
Yet more impressive than beating a typical mid-priced soft-roader is the Overland’s ability to be a worthy lower-cost alternative to the widely praised BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The American beats both in content, equals them in ride quality and is more capable on rough terrain. Thanks to a host of new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades for 2014, the Grand Cherokee has emerged as America’s new midsize SUV standard of excellence.
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Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) has been seen putting its new, revamped Chevy Cruze compact sedan through its paces, but upon release, it will have to contend with Ford’s (NYSE:F) freshly renewed Focus. More than a pretty face, Ford seems to think that the new Focus will be among the most advanced vehicles in its class. First things first. The Focus has obviously gotten an updated front fascia, evoking the design language that is becoming increasingly commonplace on Ford’s global options. Its headlights have been slightly elongated and now take more after those found on the 2015 Mustang and seemingly less than the Fusion midsize sedan. The grille, however, takes after the latter.
Accentuated fog light housings and a splitter-style floor of the front bumper give the Focus a far sportier and aggressive appearance than its segment demands, but as shown with its Fusion, the formula appears to be working wonders for Ford.
The back has been adjusted as well, though perhaps not to the same extent. The rear lights are different but wholly similar to the outgoing model; the raked rear window and and muscular haunches help give the new Focus a planted, forward-leaning stance, which makes the car look aggressive beyond its performance bracket. It will only get better, we expect, with the new ST variant of this new car.
“We have taken the title of world’s best-selling nameplate to impressive new heights with the redesigned Focus,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s executive vice president and president of the Americas, said in the company’s statement. “Its combination of compelling, modern design and the most high-tech interior in the class will appeal to contemporary consumers who desire a small car with very sophisticated features.”
Under the hood, Ford has implanted the 1-liter EcoBoost engine, which can also be found in the Fiesta subcompact. This means better fuel economy for consumers and for Ford, possibly a better handle on the compact car market.
“The 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president of global product development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest addition will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment — on the road and at the pump.”
Though it’s new to the U.S., the small EcoBoost engine is already well acquainted in Europe. Ford says that the 1-liter EcoBoost accounts for 32 percent of sales of the current-generation Focus and 26 percent of sales for the Fiesta for this year.
Inside, Ford will — for the first time — throw in a rearview camera as standard equipment on either the 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen on cars loaded with MyFord Touch. MyFord Touch is also available with in the Ford F150 Truck and all Ford SuperDuty Trucks. Radar systems, lane departure warnings, and blind spot detection will also be available. The new Focus will go on sale later this year. Check for more information at Global Media Relations Group, or GMGRinc.com.Ford Fusion Louisville Kentucky KY, Ford Focus Louisville Kentucky KY, Ford Fiesta Louisville Kentucky KY, Chevy Cruze Louisville Kentucky KY
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup Logs 8,000 Orders In Three Days from a dealer and those buying.
The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup hasn’t quite reached dealers yet, but its high fuel-economy rating is already making an impression on truck buyers.
Ram says it received more than 8,000 orders for the EcoDiesel in just three days, completely filling the initial allocation planned for the diesel half-ton pickup.
A significant number of those orders–more than twice the corporate average, Ram says–are from individual customers, rather than dealers building stock.
And those customers placed their orders even though they most likely haven’t even test-driven the new trucks.
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The flurry of buyer interest comes shortly after the announcement of an EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive models.2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
That corresponds to a city rating of 20 mpg, and a highway rating of 28 mpg–which Ram says is the highest for any full-size pickup truck ever tested by the EPA.
Four-wheel drive models are rated at 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway).
The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is the same one used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, and is the only diesel engine available in a half-ton truck this year.
The engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option.
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Like the rest of the Ram 1500 pickup range, the EcoDiesel is equipped with other fuel-saving features, including active grille shutters, aerodynamic under-body panels, and an engine start-stop system.
Production of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel began this month, but trucks won’t be delivered until March, following a build-quality review process that is standard procedure for new models.
Trucks ordered by individual customers will get priority over those ordered by dealers so those buyers should receive their vehicles first. The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup should be ready for re-sale on pre-owned used car & truck lots by mid 2020.For More Information on the following: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup, Green Cars & Trucks, Ford Diesel Trucks, Chevy Diesel Trucks, Louisville Kentucky Dealer, Dealers, EcoDiesel Trucks for Sale, Diesel Trucks for Sale, Ford F150 EcoBoost Truck, Chevy Silverado Diesel