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Dodge Dart adds a GT model, with MultiAir version of 2.4 engine.

Chrysler updates Dodge, Jeep, Ram trucks for 2014

DETROIT, MI. You don’t have to be a resident to sympathize with Detroit’s well-publicized bankruptcy struggles, much in the way you didn’t have to own a Chrysler vehicle to sympathize when that proud Detroit company went into bankruptcy four years ago. We can only hope the city recovers as impressively as Chrysler has. A brief glimpse at Chrysler Group LLC’s array of 2014 products at the company’s Chelsea proving grounds …

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Plug-in receptacle on side denotes Ford Fusion Energi, aiming at over 100 mpg.

Ford aims at refining high-tech features for 2014

DETROIT, MI. — After redesigning virtually its entire model line in the last two years, Ford Motor Company’s attention is on refining its fuel-efficiency and technology leadership for the 2014 model year — after a year that includes the contradiction of customer survey complaints for balky complexity of certain technology features, coupled with unprecedented customer satisfaction numbers and high “take rates” on those same technology items. Ford officials discussed those …

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Familiar Kia grille shape is housed in a softened shape in the 2014 Cadenza.

Cadenza Lifts Kia into the Mid-Luxury Bracket

Auto manufacturers have an insatiable appetite to build cars for specific niches, but the insatiable part means all of them seem to want a vehicle for every niche. Kia is no different, and it has spent the last few years creating successful entries in the most popular and inexpensive segments, from the subcompact Rio, compact Forte, quirky Soul, and classy midsize Optima, as well as the compact Sportage and midsize …

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Newly redesigned 2014 Silverado lifts Chevrolet up to competitive heights.

Wait for New Silverado Ends with 2014 Model

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck is finally here, the first new-generation Silverado in seven years, and loyal Chevy fans are sure to welcome it with a huge cheer, even while others may scoff a bit and offer the challenging question: Is it new enough? “It’s all-new from hood to hitch,” said Silverado product manager Carl Hillenbrand, sounding like he had just made up a …

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All-electric Fiat 500e has new, aerodynamic exterior.

Fiat 500e electric

LOS ANGELES,CALIF. — The Fiat 500 is cute, fun, efficient, and economical, but nobody would really call it electrifying. Until now. For 2014, the Fiat 500 will come in a version called the 500e, with the “e” standing for electric. Before consumers in 49 states get too excited about the 500e maybe becoming their electric car of choice, however, the car will require a little California Dreamin’ because the only showrooms it …

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Snow and slush can't even ruin the BMW 750iXL's classic appeal.

BMW 750iXL excellence dicey when roads icy

A prominent note in my notebook will remind me to plead with the press-fleet powers at BMW to send me the new BMW 750iL for a second test-drive week, after the persistent snow and ice of this never-ending winter finally cash in their chips. As it is, the chance to experience the many wonderful features of the car, which is BMW’s flagship of luxury and class. It’s not as though I didn’t get a chance …

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New Mazda6 handles winter driving as easily as the Mackinaw ice-breaker working out on Lake Superior.

Mazda6 redesign includes Skactiv powertrain

The Mazda 626 has always been a worthy midsize entry, just as durable though less-heralded compared to the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. When it was renovated into the Mazda6, it moved higher on the artistic list and had an edge in sporty handling, but still didn’t match the hot-selling numbers of its competitors. Its last restyling,took the Mazda6 to a much more flowing look, although like the …

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Name could stand for ‘American 3 Series’

ATS isn’t simply a car Cadillac wants to offer. It’s a car Cadillac needs to offer. Globally, the biggest category in the luxury field is the compact performance segment, and Caddy simply hasn’t been a player. Until now. Eight inches shorter and 500 pounds lighter than its CTS showroom mate, ATS is virtually all new; only its available V-6 is off the shelf. Everything else is consciously designed to target …

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