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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat2015 dodge charger srt hellcat fd What you missed on 10.29.14

What’s black, white and red all over? Not sure? Okay, what’s black, white and red all over, boasts a stonkin’ 707-horsepower supercharged V8 underhood, four doors with plenty of room for a party of five and a trunk big enough for all their stuff? That’s right: It’s the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and we just drove the one you see to your right. Read all about it and let us know what you think.

Here’s how Mercedes CLA wagon will lookMercedes Benz CLA Class Spy Shots 0011 What you missed on 10.29.14

Our spy shooters caught the boffins at Mercedes-Benz out and about while testing the automaker’s upcoming CLA Shooting Brake on the German Authbahn. We’re pleased as pie with the way it looks, though we’re not sure that those of us living in the States will ever see it on US roads. In any case, expect powertrain options to mimic those of the CLA sedan, up to and including the AMG-spec 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 355 horsepower and all-wheel drive.

Ferrari to be spun off from Fiat Chrysler marchionne laferrari nyse What you missed on 10.29.14

Fiat Chrysler has just announced that it will effectively spin off the Ferrari brand as a separate entity. While still technically under the Fiat family umbrella, the Italian automaker will then be free to list itself on various stock markets around the world, including the United States. How much is 10 percent of Ferrari worth? Probably a whole heck of a lot, and that money will help FCA as it continues to push for more growth.


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Mercedes CLA wagon gets spied and a sexy render

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Mercedes Benz CLA Class Spy Shots 004 Mercedes CLA wagon gets spied and a sexy renderGiven its months of testing, the eventual launch of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake is a bit of a foregone conclusion at this point. Until now we haven’t actually seen its hatchback rear undisguised, but the latest spy shots have given us a pretty certain idea of the design back there (right).

According to our spies, these practically uncamouflaged photos come from the Shooting Brake’s testing on the Autobahn. While there is some masking around the rear, it isn’t hiding much. You can clearly see the outline of the hatch’s lines, and it looks like quite a svelte, little wagon.

Unfortunately, this tester got away before the spies snapped pictures of the front. C’est la vie. They’ve seen it so many times that they cobbled together renders of what the production version and AMG variant (above) could look like.

The AMG version has already been spotted testing and looked basically identical to this render, minus the cladding. Mechanically, expect all of the tricks from the high-performance sedan with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting down 355 horsepower and routing power to all four wheels.

Unfortunately, it’s still not known whether Mercedes is going to sell the wagon on North American shores. Not only could the shooting brake potentially steal sales from the GLA-Class compact crossover, but the automaker is barely keeping up with CLA supply as it is. The company’s Kecskemét, Hungary, factory is running three shifts to keep up, and Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche claims Merc could sell twice as many as first expected.

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Autoblog Podcast #403

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Episode #403 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Michael Harley, and Ronnie Fung of Autoblog Canada talk about the $5 billion investment Ford is making in Lincoln, the McLaren 650S, and the best apps for drivers. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

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Hosts: Dan Roth, Michael Harley, Ronnie Fung
Runtime: 01:52:50

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  • Intro and Garage – 00:00
  • Lincoln Investment – 42:01
  • McLaren 650S – 01:02:15
  • Best Apps for Drivers – 01:18:20
  • Q&A – 01:38:51

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Meet the finalists for Autoblog’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award

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Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year’s Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.

Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks.


001 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Technology: SRT Performance Pages

  • Performance Pages are standard on all SRT products, but offer special upgrades in the Challenger and Charger Hellcat.
  • G-force, acceleration, braking, and lap time data are available for all SRT models.
  • Hellcats allow you to alter the horsepower delivery. The red key opens up 707 hp, the black key allows only 500, and there’s a valet mode that further reduces this to 300 hp.

002 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Forester
Technology: Subaru EyeSight

  • Redesigned for 2015, the EyeSight unit is now 15 percent smaller in overall size and has added features.
  • Includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking that can bring the car to a complete stop.
  • Offered on Impreza (non-WRX/STI), Legacy, Outback, and Forester. Standard on higher trim levels.

003 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 Ford Mustang GT
Technology: Track Apps with Line Lock

  • Track Apps and Line Lock come standard on all 2015 Mustang GT models.
  • Line Lock electronically locks the front brakes, allowing you to easily spin the rear tires to “warm” them (burnouts, you guys!).
  • Track Apps features acceleration timer for speed/distance, brake performance monitor, launch control and the aforementioned Line Lock system.

004 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550
Technology: Magic Body Control

  • Magic Body Control senses the road conditions ahead and adjusts the car’s suspension accordingly.
  • The stereo camera setup sees large bumps in the road and allows the car to glide over them, while still offering feedback to the driver that isn’t jarring.

005 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Technology: Performance Data Recorder with Valet Mode

  • Performance Data Recorder gathers telemetry data using GPS, and records your track day antics in 720p HD video.
  • Features an in-car audio recorder.
  • Valet Mode will allow you to replay in-car audio, along with lock the interior storage spaces and turn off the infotainment system. This tech is currently being investigated as possibly being illegal in several states due to recording consent laws.

006 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 Ford Fiesta
Technology: 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine

  • The 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is more powerful than the Fiesta’s standard 1.6-liter inline-four, while offering significant gains in EPA fuel economy.
  • The 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost has won the International Engine of the Year award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Ford has announced that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost will soon be offered in the larger Focus in the States and it’s already available in other models globally.

007 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 BMW i8
Technology: The whole car

  • Powertrain includes a turbocharged, 1.5-liter inline-three, as well as a 96-kilowatt electric motor.
  • The combustion engine powers the rear wheels, and the electric motor with a two-stage gearbox powers the front. The result is through-the-road all-wheel drive.
  • Lightweight materials used throughout, as well as a carbon fiber-reinforced passenger cell mounted atop the chassis.

008 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Technology: Carbon monocoque tub

  • The one-piece, carbon fiber tub aids in structural rigidity while simultaneously lowering the car’s overall mass.
  • This sort of construction is normally reserved for incredibly expensive supercars – this is the first application of such a technology on a relatively affordable sports car.

009 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 BMW i3
Technology: The whole car

  • The i3 uses a new type of construction with its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body panels.
  • Available as either a fully electric vehicle, or as a range extended plug-in hybrid.
  • With the extender, total driving range is nearly doubled. This represents an extra cost of just under $4,000, for a two-cylinder generator with a 2.4-gallon tank.

010 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 Infiniti Q50S Hybrid
Technology: Direct Active Steer, Active Lane Control

  • Industry-first production steer-by-wire system.
  • Predictive forward collision warning alerts drivers of problems that might be out of view. Infiniti says the system “can not only sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one.”
  • Active Lane Control keeps the car positioned in its lane by working with the steer-by-wire system. In conjunction with the smart cruise control, it provides a semi-autonomous drive experience.

011 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 BMW M4
Technology: GoPro Integration

  • In-car control of GoPro mounted on the car.
  • GoPro must have wifi enabled, and there’s an app that must be downloaded onto the smartphone connected to the vehicle.
  • Works on all models fitted with infotainment and BMW Apps, and allows you to control the GoPro through the iDrive system, including displaying a live image on the in-dash screen.

012 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2015 GMC Canyon
Technology: Siri Eyes Free, OnStar 4G LTE

  • Siri Eyes Free allows iPhone users to access the capability of Siri through a vehicle’s hands-free voice system.
  • OnStar 4G LTE offers in-car wifi through a data connection, and enhances some of OnStar’s features.
  • Both technologies are available across the entire GM range.

013 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 Toyota Highlander
Technology: Driver Easy Speak

  • The car’s existing microphone (for Bluetooth telephony) can be used to amplify the driver’s voice through the rear speakers.
  • Allows drivers to not have to raise their voice when screaming at their kids (or other passengers), who are probably being total jerks.

014 technology of the year Meet the finalists for Autoblogs 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Vehicle: 2014 Ram 1500
Technology: Chrysler 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6

  • 3.0-liter diesel engine offers improved towing capacity and fuel economy versus the standard 3.6-liter V6 in the Ram 1500.
  • Fuel economy is rated at 28 miles per gallon highway.
  • Cost for the diesel is $2,850 more than the 5.7-liter V8-equipped Ram 1500, according to Chrysler.

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Mercedes-AMG spotted testing GLC63 at the ‘Ring

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Mercedes is preparing to replace its aging GLK-Class crossover with an all-new generation, and it’s tipped to alter the model’s nameplate to more closely align with the C-Class sedan upon which it’ll be based. The move to a GLC-Class nomenclature is all well and fine, but the tantalizing news revealed by this latest crop of spy shots is that an AMG version is apparently in the works.

Spied at the entrance to and roads around the Nürburgring, this prototype for the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC63 shows a performance crossover with a lower, sportier suspension, along with upgraded wheels, tires and brakes and a more aggressive aero kit.

Under the hood, we’d expect to find the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63 sedan, in which the engine is offered in both 456- and 503-horsepower specs. As to which version will power the GLC63, we can’t speak at this point, but it could be both. Either version, however, figures to be more than enough to put the Audi SQ5 and the recently spied BMW X4 M40i to shame.

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Weekly Recap: Tesla’s sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fire


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The company didn’t respond to a request for comment from Autoblog, but it’s faced similar fights in other states. In a post titled “A Raw Deal in Michigan,” which was published before Snyder signed the final bill, Tesla laid out its case, arguing that franchise laws are bad for competition and consumers. It also questioned why the changes were made so late (though legally) in the legislative process. “The dark-of-night tactics highlight the dealers’ concerns that their arguments don’t stand up well to public scrutiny,” Tesla said.

The automaker sells its cars to consumers without franchised dealers in other states, and has run into legal wrangles across the country as it tries to fight entrenched rules governing auto sales.

Proponents of the bill – including the state’s dealer association – argued it merely clarified existing rules already on the books, and said that Tesla should follow the law.

Proponents of the bill – including the state’s dealer association – argued it merely clarified existing rules already on the books, and said that Tesla should follow the law.

“We really though that this was a clarification of the law,” said Terry Burns, executive vice president of the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association. “Gov. Snyder took a detailed analysis and asked for counsel from the attorney general … I don’t think the bill changed anything.”

That echoes comments made by National Auto Dealers Association chairman Forrest McConnell earlier this month in Detroit.

“Personally, I think Tesla’s a great car,” he said. “I don’t have anything against Tesla. I think the franchise system is the way to go.”

Franchise laws have come into focus in recent years, helped in part by Tesla’s repeated challenges in different states. As Tesla has grown in size and prestige, it has brought increased strength to its conflicts with dealers and dealer associations, many of which have strong allies in state and national governments.

Though General Motors supported the legislation in Michigan, industry watchers say revamping the sales process could end up helping established automakers.

“Tesla’s quest to own its stores has brought to light issues that have long faced the industry,” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a note to investors. “As Tesla grows in significance and expands its sales network, we expect more debate at the Federal level on the double standard in the application of dealer franchise laws.”

“Tesla is the only OEM [original equipment manufacturer] that can truly control the customer experience at many of its stores, while the rest are prevented by law. We see this is a major advantage for Tesla and a disadvantage for all others.”

Jonas’ analysis raises a salient point: Each side – Tesla and its auto dealer adversaries – believe the other has an advantage or is doing something illegal. Regardless of the outcome, that all but ensures they will continue to clash.


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mercedes benz b class electric drive 1 Weekly Recap: Teslas sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fireDaimler cashes out of Tesla

Speaking of Tesla, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is cashing out its roughly four-percent stake in Tesla in a move that will raise about $780 million. Daimler said its business relationship with Tesla will be unaffected by the maneuver. Reasons for the sale – which surprised industry watchers – were unclear, though Daimler’s exit could open the door for other companies to invest in Tesla. The German automaker said it will continue to work with Tesla, for sourcing the powertrain of the electric B-Class, among other things. Daimler bought a 9.1-percent interest in Tesla in 2009, though its stake has been since reduced. Toyota also reportedly sold some of its Tesla stock this week.


003 2003 honda civic Weekly Recap: Teslas sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fireNHTSA urges immediate action for exploding airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged consumers last week to take immediate action to repair potential airbag problems with their cars, which affect at least 7.8 million recalled vehicles from a variety of years. The list can be viewed here, and consumers can search using their car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) here. The recalled vehicles were produced by a wide range of manufacturers, including GM, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru. Automakers have warned the airbag inflators, produced by Takata, could explode – spraying shrapnel – when the airbags deploy. The problem is linked to areas of high heat and humidity, though NHTSA has urged action for all owners of the vehicles.

chevy camaro old camaro 07 1 Weekly Recap: Teslas sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fire1980s Chevy Camaro spied alongside next-generation car

Okay, conspiracy theorists, what do you make of this one? Spy shooters caught the next-generation Camaro, due for 2016, on the open road alongside one of it’s now-ancient predecessors: A 1980s F-body. As we wrote on Thursday, we’re perplexed. The SEMA show is right around the corner, so there’s a vague possibility for some kind of retro aftermarket project. It’s also possible Chevy is trying to replicate a certain feel in its new Camaro that only its ancestor can provide. The ’80s Camaro has manufacturer plates on it, so it looks official. Then again, there’s always the possibility this is a joke.

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Mercedes-AMG spotted testing GLC63 at the ‘Ring

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Mercedes is preparing to replace its aging GLK-Class crossover with an all-new generation, and it’s tipped to alter the model’s nameplate to more closely align with the C-Class sedan upon which it’ll be based. The move to a GLC-Class nomenclature is all well and fine, but the tantalizing news revealed by this latest crop of spy shots is that an AMG version is apparently in the works.

Spied at the entrance to and roads around the Nürburgring, this prototype for the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC63 shows a performance crossover with a lower, sportier suspension, along with upgraded wheels, tires and brakes and a more aggressive aero kit.

Under the hood, we’d expect to find the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63 sedan, in which the engine is offered in both 456- and 503-horsepower specs. As to which version will power the GLC63, we can’t speak at this point, but it could be both. Either version, however, figures to be more than enough to put the Audi SQ5 and the recently spied BMW X4 M40i to shame.

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Mercedes-AMG spotted testing GLC63 at the ‘Ring

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Mercedes is preparing to replace its aging GLK-Class crossover with an all-new generation, and it’s tipped to alter the model’s nameplate to more closely align with the C-Class sedan upon which it’ll be based. The move to a GLC-Class nomenclature is all well and fine, but the tantalizing news revealed by this latest crop of spy shots is that an AMG version is apparently in the works.

Spied at the entrance to and roads around the Nürburgring, this prototype for the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC63 shows a performance crossover with a lower, sportier suspension, along with upgraded wheels, tires and brakes and a more aggressive aero kit.

Under the hood, we’d expect to find the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63 sedan, in which the engine is offered in both 456- and 503-horsepower specs. As to which version will power the GLC63, we can’t speak at this point, but it could be both. Either version, however, figures to be more than enough to put the Audi SQ5 and the recently spied BMW X4 M40i to shame.

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