Car, Truck of the Year Finalists Revealed

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX is a finalist for North American Truck of the Year.

BY GERRY MILES

The voting is in and all that remains to kick off the new year for some automakers is being named as either the 2014 North American Car or Truck of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Culled from the dozen car and truck finalists were the Corvette Stingray, Cadillac CTS and Mazda3 while GM’s Chevy Silverado nailed down a spot in the truck segment next to the Jeep Cherokee and Acura MDX.

Some 48 journos from two countries — OK, the US and Canada, eh? — began with a list of 28 cars and 18 truck/SUVs that were trimmed to a dozen of each shown below:

North American Car of the Year:
BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Impala
Infiniti Q50
Jaguar F-Type
Kia Cadenza
Lexus IS
Mazda3
Mazda6
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Toyota Corolla

North American Truck/Utility of the Year:
Acura MDX
BMW X5
Buick Encore
Chevrolet Silverado
GMC Sierra
Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
Jeep Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota Tundra

Journos make their decisions based upon the following criteria includingThe awards recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
To be eligible, vehicles must be “all new” or “substantially changed.”

What’s my selection?

2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray

Well, some of the vehicles that I’ve driven such as the Range Rover Sport is substantially

2014 Mazda3

2014 Mazda3

changed and in many ways it mirrors the past and the future in one neat vehicle. So, too, are the Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, a long-wheel-based Santa Fe, Mazda3, Caddy CTS and more. The Chevy Impala is a real dark-horse car that handles and feels like a European sedan more than twice the price. It’s that good, folks. Best Impala ever made.

In the Truck category I select the Jeep Cherokee.

2014 Jeep Cherokee

2014 Jeep Cherokee

I just drove one and it’s phenomenal.  Folks may be polarized by the styling but the ride, drive and handling, not to mention mileage keep it true with street and off-road cred to its bigger brother, the Grand Cherokee.

2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray

In the Car category, given the kudos give to the Corvette all around from the start I figured it would/could win this title. It’d be no surprise. I look forward to sliding behind the wheel some sunny day.

The Mazda3 is also remade and rewarding. It’s roomy, refined and not what you might have expected while offering a standard transmission if so ordered.

2014 Cadillac CTS

2014 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac, and I’ve got friends who agree, is nothing to sneeze at mechanically, but I think the brand has lost its way. The brand’s name used to be synonymous with being the best of the best. And the new Caddys are much better than before, but they don’t look like a Cadillac but any homogenized sedan with a sloping hood and stubby rear. It’s short, it’s not recognizable as a Caddy while a 2005 STS with its Northstar engine underneath jumps out as if saying, “I am a real Cadillac.”

Soap box sidebar aside, I can’t see the Corvette – arguably one of America’s top motoring icons – NOT taking the top title. Stay tuned until next year.

2015 Chevy Colorado takes aim at midsize truck market

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 shown as a concept vehicle

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 shown as a concept vehicle

BY GERRY MILES

Who is Chevrolet trying to be? If you read their press release, they want to be the Baskin-Robbins of the midsize truck market based upon their unveiling of the 2015 Chevy Colorado at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

With the lack of a small pickup, since Ford stopped making Rangers and Dodge dropped its Dakota line, Chevy hopes its new Colorado offered only in 3 midsize versions and looking every but like the old Ford SporTrac or a Chevrolized Toyota Tacoma in what it hopes will be a grab on the active lifestyle market place.

However, as Nike has found out the hard way many times, trying to be everything to everyone does not always work. Some models were hits and some fell flat. Diversification may be great in a mutual fund but not so much in a product line. Staying with what works often works best.

In that regard, Toyota’s Tacoma and its variants have a long, established posture in the midsized market and a rock solid reputation for reliability.

Other “sport trucks” or variants that have come and go include Subaru’s Baja, Ford’s SporTrac, the Ranger and Dakota to name a few.

Chevy is betting that the void provides an opportunity and it might provided its priced right.  With the 4-banger engine and larger optional motor and the diesel due in 2016 Chevy could prove its hunch is right if it’s priced right. Prices of course weren’t released yet.

“Our strategy is simple: meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base, and let them choose precisely the right truck to meet their needs,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and president of GM North America. “The all-new Colorado benefits from the solid foundation established by the Silverado, and it reinvents the midsize truck while reinvigorating the segment at the same time.”

The 2015 Colorado’s configurations are:

  • an extended cab model with a 6-foot bed
  • a crew cab with a 5-foot bed
  • a crew cab with a 6-foot bed.
  • a single cab config is not offered.

To promote the active lifestyle, there’s the cargo net to add two feet from the 6-foot bed with 8-foot items before the gear hangs over the end in space.

Power comes from one of two engine choices:

  • 2.5L, 193 hp,  I-4 (standard) 184 kb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L, 302 hp, V-6 (optional) 270 lb-ft of torque

Each engine hitches to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5L is available with a 6-speed manual transmission on extended cab 2WD Work Truck models.

What might be the most interesting part of the presser that’s buried down deep is its offering the segment’s only diesel engine: a proven Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel.

Colorado is expected to have a class leading payload capacity and trailering capacity of more than 6,700 pounds.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 trim

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 trim

WT, LT and Z71 trims are available, all in 2WD or 4WD. The Z71 is the brand’s off-road- rugged branded model, featuring gunmetal grille surround – a change from the chrome standard on the other models – projector headlamps and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.

To keep its weight down, Colorado features an aluminum hood. It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance aerodynamics.

As one might expect after the new intros of the Silverado, many neat features migrate down to its stablemate:

  • Standard CornerStep rear bumper design pioneered on the 2014 Silverado
  • Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering
  • Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
  • Thirteen standard tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, movable cargo tie-down rings
  • Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
  • Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner.

Keeping up with the refinement of pickup trucks, there are more interior upgrades than one might have imagined in the past of slab vinyl bench seats with stark interiors. The connections one finds in most of our gadgets is expected in today’s top vehicles.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado interior

2015 Chevrolet Colorado interior

Colorado Interior details include:

  • Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter/exit the vehicle
  • Upper-instrument panel storage bin (when not equipped with the uplevel audio system) and large glove box
  • Standard center console with room to store a tablet
  • Rear under-seat storage.

For connectivity there’s an:

2015 Chevrolet Colorado interior

2015 Chevrolet Colorado interior

  • 8-inch diagonal color touch screen (LT, Z71) and multiple USB drives
  • A 3.4-inch diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
  • Available navigation

Safety times include:

  • 6 standard air bags, including head side curtain air bags designed to help keep occupants from being ejected in a crash
  • Large rearview mirrors and standard rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
  • Available segment-first application of forward collision alert
  • Available segment-first application of lane departure warning
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (Z71).

The Colorado has a short turning radius of about 41 feet (12.5 meters), enabling easier turning in tight areas such as city streets or backing a trailer into a camping spot.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Chevy has an attractive offering, but with the strength of the crossover market, I’d expect more variants in the mold of its Buick Encore to be more competitive than the midsize truck market that the stalwarts have abandoned. This could be interesting.

Dodge offers Ram hood ornament replicas to dress up your desk

1980 Dodge Ram Hood Ornament replica

1980 Dodge Ram Hood Ornament replica

It’s not often that I see something that I’d like to adorn space atop my desk – and seeing as there’s precious little of it due to semi-strewn papers – but classy hood ornaments are a few of my favorite things that I’ve collected.

New this year from Ram at its www.outfitter.ramtrucks.com are the Dodge Ram hood ornaments shown at the left. Both are $39.95, come with a crystal base and measure 5.5″ L x 3.5″ H x 4.25” W and weigh in at about 20 ounces, making them a hefty paper weight.

 

1933 Dodge Ram hood ornament replica

1933 Dodge Ram hood ornament replica

Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell costs $499/month next spring

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle

Hyundai just announced that due in the spring of 2014 the company will expand its product line with the first mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen FCEV, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell electric vehicle.

For $499/month and $2,999 down, Californians in LA and Orange County can get valet maintenance and all the hydrogen they can use as well as getting HOV privileges and a $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate.

FCEV_Venn-1024x570Early adopters to Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Program will resides in areas close to hydrogen refueling centers. Acknowledging this will limit sales at first, Hyundai says it realizes this program is more like a marathon than a sprint and wants to ensure things get started on correctly instead of quickly.

We’ll look forward to more information from Hyundai on this program.

Corvette, Land Rovers, Cherokees are fastest selling cars for 2013: Edmunds.com

A Range Rover Sport high atop the mountains in Santa Cruz, CA with a view of the lands behind it. ALL PHOTOS: Land Rover North America

A Range Rover Sport high atop the mountains in Santa Cruz, CA with a view of the lands behind it. Edmunds.com says the Range Rover Sport is one of several Land Rovers that are the fastest-selling cards in 2013. Photo: Land Rover North America

 BY GERRY MILES

One of the fastest-selling vehicles last month, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover  and its Range Rover Sport were among the top selling cars that will make it more difficult for shoppers to get good deals on when they hit the showroom.

According to Edmunds.com’s days to turn (DTT) statistics, which measure how long a vehicle sits on a dealer’s lot before it’s sold, the average Range Rover sold in November was on sale at a dealer’s lot for just nine days. Chevrolet CorvetteJeep Cherokee and Land Rover Range Rover Sport all tied for the second slot, at 10 days to turn. Other vehicles in last month’s top 10 include: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (14 DTT), Subaru Forester (17 DTT) and Mitsubishi Mirage (18 DTT). By comparison, the average new car sold in November sat on a dealer lot for 59 days.

Fastest-Selling Vehicles in America, November 2013

(ranked by DTT)

Rank

Make

Model

Days to Turn (DTT)

Avg. Transaction Price

Avg. Discount

1

Land Rover

Range Rover

9

$108,367

-3.08%*

2(t)

Chevrolet

Corvette

10

$66,352

0.04%

2(t)

Jeep

Cherokee

10

$30,822

6.61%

2(t)

Land Rover

Range Rover Sport

10

$81,934

0.40%

5

Honda

Accord Hybrid

11

$33,358

0.24%

6(t)

Mercedes-Benz

CLA-Class

14

$36,512

5.35%

6(t)

BMW

4 Series

14

$50,746

5.33%

8(t)

Subaru

Forester

17

$26,446

5.05%

8(t)

Audi

Q5

17

$45,834

6.41%

10

Mitsubishi

Mirage

18

$15,430

5.20%

Industry Average

59

$32,852

10.54%

* – Range Rover sold at 3.08% above MSRP – on average – in November.

This next quote won’t or should not surprise anyone that knows the basics of the principles of supply and demand.

“Dealers offer few – if any – incentives on the newest, most buzz-worthy cars, and shoppers will likely have very little room to negotiate,” says Edmunds.com Consumer Advice Editor Carroll Lachnit in a statement. “Luckily there are plenty of great new car deals for anyone who wants to consider other options.”

One efficient way for shoppers to locate and identify better deals on high-demand cars is to use Edmunds.com’s Price Promisesm, which offers users upfront pricing on cars available in their areas. Price Promisesm users can confirm that a fast-selling vehicle is still in stock, and they can also learn exactly what they can expect to pay before they walk into the showroom.

Car shoppers looking to score the best deals are also encouraged to check Edmunds.com’s Car Incentives and Rebates page to see what discounts are available on their favorite cars. Edmunds.com experts also identify the cars and trucks with the most appealing deals right now at http://www.edmunds.com/deals-of-month.html.

Prius named best new car value for 2d straight year by Consumer Reports

 

Toyota's Prius took top honors for new car value for the second straight year in Consumer Reports annual ranking.

Toyota’s Prius took top honors for new car value for the second straight year in Consumer Reports annual ranking.

 Nissan Armada ranked lowest overall in CR’s annual Best- & Worst-Value Ranking

BY GERRY MILES

It may not be a surprise in these days of rising gas prices that a gas-sipping pioneer hybrid took top honors over a full-sized SUV that can haul plenty of people and parcels this holiday season with the greatest of ease but may require in-flight refueling.

Today, Consumer Reports crowned the Toyota Prius as  the best overall value for the automotive dollar and the Nissan Armada the worst in its annual Best New-Car Value analysis.

CR said the hybrid has the right combination of performance, reliability and low estimated five-year ownership costs of 47 cents per mile. Last year, the Prius unseated the perennial best-value leader, the Honda Fit and its four-year title run.

Nissan's full-sized SUV, Armada, received the lowest ranking for value, no doubt to a rise in gas prices.

Nissan’s full-sized SUV, Armada, received the lowest ranking for value, no doubt to a rise in gas prices.

It figures, that the Armada, a large SUV that gets only 13 mpg overall is said to cost $1.20 per mile – because it has a very different inherent mission than the Prius. However CR also noted that Armada scored poorly in its annual reliability survey.

Toyota and Lexus models placed at the top in three of the 10 categories that Consumer Reports analyzed—with the Prius taking top overall ranking and emerging in first place in the compact/subcompact cars category. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited is the top-scoring vehicle in the Large Cars group and the Lexus ES 300h is the top model in the Luxury Cars category.

Vehicles from Subaru and Mazda were also standouts in the analysis; each automaker had vehicles that topped the rankings in two categories. The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium was the top-scoring vehicle in the Midsized Cars category and the Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium scored best among Small SUVs. The Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand ranked first overall in the Sports Cars/Convertibles category while the Mazda5 Grand Touring was best in the Wagons/Minivans group.

In creating its annual Best and Worst New-Car Values list, Consumer Reports rates performance, reliability, and owner-cost data to calculate a value score for more than 200 different vehicles ranging from small cars like the Hyundai Accent and Honda Fit to luxury sedans such as the Cadillac XTS and BMW 750Li.

“The Prius’ 44 mpg overall is the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in car that Consumer Reports has tested,” said Consumer Reports Automotive Editor Rik Paul. “Though it’s not particularly cheap to buy, the Prius’ depreciation is so low that it costs less to own over the first five years than its initial MSRP. We call that a bargain.”

The scores were calculated based on the five-year owner cost for each vehicle, along with Consumer Reports’ road-test score and the organization’s own predicted-reliability score from the latest Annual Auto Survey. The five-year owner cost estimates factor in depreciation, fuel, insurance premiums, interest on financing, maintenance and repairs, and sales tax. Depreciation is by far the largest owner-cost factor.

The 10 vehicle categories Consumer Reports included in this analysis:

  • Compact/Subcompact Cars
  • Midsized Cars
  • Large Cars
  • Luxury Cars
  • Sports Cars/Convertibles
  • Wagons/Minivans
  • Small SUVs
  • Midsized SUVs
  • Luxury/Large SUVs
  • Pickups

Here’s a look at the winners and losers in each of the categories:

  • – Compact /Subcompact Cars: Best, Toyota Prius Four; Worst, Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L
  • – Midsized Cars: Best, Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium; Worst, Nissan Altima 3.5 SL
  • – Large Cars: Best, Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited; Worst, Ford Taurus Limited
  • – Luxury Cars: Best, Lexus ES 300h; Worst, BMW 750Li
  • – Sports Cars/Convertibles: Best: Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring; Worst, Chevrolet Camaro convertible 2SS (V8)
  • – Wagons/Minivans: Best, Mazda5 Grand Touring; Worst, Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L
  • – Small SUVs: Best, Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium; Worst, Ford Escape SE (1.6T)
  • – Midsized SUVs: Best, Nissan Murano SL; Worst, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
  • – Luxury/Large SUVs: Best, BMW X1 xDrive28i; Worst, Nissan Armada Platinum
  • – Pickups: Best, Honda Ridgeline RTS; Worst, Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7L V8)

Mini shows John Cooper Works Concept to hype Detroit world premiere

John Cooper Works Concept

John Cooper Works Concept

BY GERRY MILES

Those madcap mavens of miniature minutiae at Mini released an illustration of what the world premier of the next John Cooper Works model may look like when the cape is pulled back in Detroit.

The John Cooper Works Concept is based on the latest-generation MINI.

Large air intakes, replacing the space used for fogs in production cars, and formed air-channeling elements mark out the front apron of the MINI John Cooper Works Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the front grille.

An aerodynamic kit comprises specially contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element. A roof spoiler and additional body components designed to channel air efficiently around the C-pillars for optimized aerodynamic balance at high speeds.

Color-wise the JCW will boast its contrasting red for the roof, roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps.  Additional red accents are on the rim wells, the calipers of the sports brakes, the side indicator surrounds and the contour lines of the front and rear apron. A red accent line also lends emphasis to the logo on the radiator grille.

The JCW Concept is fitted with a sports exhaust system including a silencer system, twin tailpipes with a chrome finish that carry the logo.

Volvo shows peek at Concept XC Coupe

VolvoXC COupe

The Volvo Concept Coupé was launched to critical acclaim and many awards, and represented the world’s first insight into Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) new design direction under Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath. It also showed one interpretation of how the proportions and versatility of Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture, which will underpin all medium and large cars in the company’s future, could look.

A look at the Volvo XC Coupe

A look at the Volvo XC Coupe

The Concept Coupé was the first of three design studies. The next chapter in Volvo Cars’ new design story showcases how the company’s famous safety technology as well as a contemporary Scandinavian active lifestyle could be integrated into the new architecture. The Volvo Concept XC Coupé will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Jan. 13, but full details including press release, videos and images will be published on Jan. 8.

The Concept XC Coupé builds on the Volvo’s proud history of Cross Country and XC products, with Volvo Cars having created the niche in 1997. And in anticipation of the reveal of the car in early 2014, Volvo Cars now shares the first three images of the car as well as a short video on Volvo Cars’ YouTube channel.

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Honda Ridgeline lives, new model debut in 2 years

Honda-Ridgeline-next-gen-teaser

Honda Ridgeline next-gen teaser

 BY GERRY MILES

Well, I was wrong.

This past fall, Honda came out with a Special Edition spiff model that seemed like a last gasp given the ho-hum sales and stagnation of the pickup truck at this automaker.

Instead, Honda issued a presser stating the new Ridgeline will debut in two years and the news was accompanied with the seemingly standard slinky silhouette picture. Yawn.

The current Ridgeline production will end mid-2014, which will surprise some who thought that the truck ended production a long, long time ago.

The new Ridgeline will be  built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama, will conclude in mid-2014.

When the truce debut in the fall of 2005, it was the start of something that no one expected: a truck from Honda and the Eagles getting the band back together. That novelty earned it 2006 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors.

The Honda Ridgeline broke new ground in the American pickup market with its unique design featuring a spacious five-passenger cabin, smooth ride and handling, and half-ton truck capability. The first truck of its kind to be built on a closed-box unibody platform, the Ridgeline introduced innovative new features to the pickup segment, such as its large In-Bed Trunk® and dual-action tailgate.

“The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks.”

Sales of Ridgeline have enjoyed strong momentum in 2013, strengthened recently by the introduction of a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units through the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 29 percent.

Limited edition Charger, Challengers Commemorate 100 Years of Dodge Performance

2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition with 2014 Dodge Challenger.

2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition with 2014 Dodge Challenger.

 

Dodge Charger and Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions celebrate the brand’s centennial with unique style, technology and commemorative features, including an exclusive owner’s kit

As the world’s only four-door muscle car, the 2014 Charger 100th Anniversary Edition celebrates Dodge brand’s arsenal of world-class power, handling and technology

New 2014 Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition pays homage to Dodge brand’s muscle-car roots, legendary power and head-turning American design

Dodge Charger and Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of 2014

November 19, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – When John and Horace Dodge developed America’s first mass-produced all-steel-bodied cars in 1914, the brothers set a new record for the most first-model-year automobiles ever produced (45,033 cars). One-hundred years later, the Dodge Brother’s legacy is thriving as Dodge has become America’s youngest and fastest-growing brand – powered by the performance of the legendary Charger and Challenger, the new Durango, the ultimate “no compromise SUV,” the world-class new Dart, the ever-versatile Grand Caravan, America’s best-selling minivan, and the innovation, ingenuity and efficiency of Journey and Avenger.

Now, to celebrate 100 years of Dodge performance and heritage, the brand is offering special editions of two of its most iconic vehicles. New 2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions will arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of 2014 with world-class power and performance, innovative technology features and bold muscle-car styling with commemorative design details inspired by the brand’s heritage.

The new 2014 Charger and Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions are loaded with unique style, technology and commemorative features. They deliver up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) with the standard Pentastar V-6 engine and sprints to 60 miles per hour in under 6 seconds, thanks to the available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. They also feature world-renowned innovations like Uconnect and the segment-exclusive ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.

Both of these limited production vehicles will share several unique visual elements, both outside and in, including exclusive availability of a new “High Octane” red pearl coat paint, all-new 20-inch aluminum wheels, commemorative badging, unique key fob and a special limited-edition owner’s kit and a commemorative book that celebrates 100 years of Dodge heritage.

Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition models

With the Charger, Dodge delivers the world’s only four-door muscle car, and the 2014 Charger 100th Anniversary Edition celebrates the brand’s centennial with uniquely designed appointments to complement the sedan’s world-class power, handling, technology and iconic style.

For a bold look, the 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Editions are available in Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange, and for this special occasion, all-new and exclusive High Octane Red Pearl Coat paint. With any of the colors, all-new 20 x 8-inch polished five-spoke aluminum wheels with Granite Crystal pockets and a matching Granite Crystal Dodge split-crosshair grille provide a striking look to the classic Coke-bottle shape. Stylistic appointments to commemorate the brand’s century include “Dodge Est. 1914” bar-style front-fender badges and special Dodge “100” logo on the center caps. Additional exterior appointments include a body-color rear spoiler and on models with the legendary HEMI and a red “R/T” heritage grille badge.

Exclusive interior appointments are designed to make the 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition stand out. Dodge designers were inspired by the rich history of Dodge and sought to outfit the interior with premium attributes that reflect the patina and machinist legacy of John and Horace Dodge. All-new Molten Red or Foundry Black Nappa leather with a custom cloud overprint wraps the sport seats, center console armrest and door armrests. A unique three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering wheel features die-cast paddle shifters for added driver control. For an industrial appearance, leather-wrapped surfaces are sewn together with brass-colored accent stitching. Dark Brushed Graphite center console bezels and Liquid Graphite steering-wheel accents provide a premium look. Interior appointments designed to commemorate the brand’s centenary include die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” circular badges on front seatbacks and an embroidered anniversary logo on premium floor mats. All-new instrument panel cluster graphics feature unique black-face gauges with white indication and stand-out red “100” mph indication for this special occasion. And to play up that this is no ordinary Charger, the Electronic Vehicle Information Center and Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen feature a unique startup image, evoking the industrious nature of Detroit.

Paired with the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen is Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology, standard on 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition models. This segment-exclusive sound experience includes 10-speakers and a 12-channel 552 watt amplifier that integrates Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, all to create the high-definition sound quality required in professional recording studios.

And it wouldn’t be a Dodge without world-class performance and efficiency. The Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition based on the 2014 Dodge Charger SXT Plus features the award-winning 300 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with state-of-the-art eight-speed transmission and active intake manifold and sport mode, delivering best-in-class rear-wheel-drive fuel economy, up to 31 mpg, and a 0-60 mph time in the low 6-second range. For customers who demand even more power, the Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition based on the 2014 Dodge Charger R/T Plus adds the more powerful 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology and up to 25 mpg on the highway. All 100th Anniversary Editions include sport mode calibration, performance-tuned suspension and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters for added driver control.

Completing this special model are two unique key fobs, which include a 100th Anniversary Edition jeweled logo on the back side, a customized owner’s kit and a special commemorative book celebrating the 100 years of Dodge heritage.

Available in limited quantities, the 2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition package is available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,200 more than the SXT Plus or R/T Plus trim levels, offering tremendous value for all of the unique attributes, including 20-inch aluminum wheels, exclusive Foundry Black or Molten Red ‘cloud print’ heated Nappa leather, flat-bottom steering wheel, rear spoiler, Beats Audio, performance suspension and steering, die-cast paddle shifters and commemorative jewelry.

For more about the 2014 Dodge Charger, visit: http://www.media.chrysler.com

Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition models

There is no vehicle more iconic than the head-turning Challenger, which serves as the perfect foundation to celebrate 100 years of Dodge style and performance. Based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus and R/T Plus models, the new 100th Anniversary Edition pays tribute to the brand’s history in contemporary Dodge style.

Similar to the Charger, the Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition includes all-new 20 x 8-inch polished five-spoke aluminum wheels with Granite Crystal pockets and matching Granite Crystal grille surround with script “Challenger” badge. To provide contrast, Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange and an exclusive High Octane Red pearl coat paint are available. For added detail, commemorative bar style “Dodge Est. 1914” front-fender badges and Dodge ‘100’ wheel center caps mark this special edition.

The interior has all-new and exclusive Molten Red or Foundry Black heated Nappa leather sport seats featuring a custom ‘cloud overprint.’ Brass colored accent stitching and die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” circular badges provide the 2014 Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions with an exclusive, high-end appearance that also draws inspiration from the machinist heritage of John and Horace Dodge. Adding contrast to armrests trimmed in matching Molten Red or Foundry Black premium leather are Liquid Graphite center console bezels, steering wheel accents and door handle pulls.

Interior appointments designed to commemorate the brand’s centenary include die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” circular badges on front seatbacks and an embroidered anniversary logo on premium floor mats. For a touch of style, new bright white gauge faces feature a surprising detail element as the “100” mph indication is marked appropriately in red. Adding even more detail is the Uconnect system’s startup image, evoking the industrious nature of Detroit. Finishing out the interior is a seven speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with 368-watt amplifier, along with Mopar “Challenger” sill plates and bright pedals.

Performance and Challenger are synonymous. The Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus model features a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering up to 27 mpg on the highway. Available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, the Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus offers up to 375 horsepower, 25 mpg highway and 0-60 mph under 6 seconds. Both V-6 and V-8 models include sport mode calibration, performance-tuned suspension and three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering-wheel.

Completing this special model are two unique key fobs, which include a 100th Anniversary Edition jeweled logo on the back side, a customized owner’s kit and a special commemorative book celebrating the 100 years of Dodge heritage.

Available in limited quantities, the 2014 Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition package is available for a U.S. MSRP of $2,500 more than the Challenger SXT Plus or R/T Plus trim levels, offering tremendous value for all of the unique attributes, including 20-inch aluminum wheels, exclusive Foundry Black or Molten Red ‘cloud print’ heated Nappa leather, flat-bottom steering wheel, Premium Boston Acoustics audio, performance suspension and steering, die-cast paddle shifters and commemorative jewelry.