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Jeremy Korzeniewski

Jeep Wrangler likely to get aluminum body

Posted Nov 22nd 2014 3:00PM

Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition

Perhaps more than any other vehicle currently for sale in North America, the Jeep Wrangler is viewed by purist fans as a vehicle that simply must maintain the status quo. In this case, that means a body-on-frame design, solid axles, a relatively large engine sitting up front and a removable top. It's always been that way, and it always will be.

Maybe.

According to the most recent reports, the next-generation Jeep will continue to soldier forth with a full steel chassis underneath its stamped bodywork. The biggest change, reports Automotive News, will be that said panels will be hewn from aluminum instead of steel, a seismic shift of a transition not unlike what's happened with the new Ford F-150. Because it won't be a unibody, the SUV will likely continue to be assembled in Toledo, OH as it (almost) always has been – the latter has been a source of heartburn in recent weeks.

Assuming that these rumors prove accurate, they still don't answer all of the questions brand loyalists have put forth since rumours of the next-gen Wrangler started hitting the web. Will it keep solid axles? A six-cylinder engine? A manual transmission option? Only time will tell.

Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America

Posted Nov 20th 2014 1:30PM

Scion iM Concept

Scion has officially pulled the covers off its iM Concept, which is, in reality, a slightly modified version of the Toyota Auris that is already sold outside the United States. It's also a model that is going into production for North America, says Scion, minus, we'd guess, a good bit of the overly aggressive ground effects bits, slammed suspension and oversize wheels.

A production iM has been confirmed for the upcoming New York Auto Show, where Scion is also promising a second new production debut, as well. After a substantial lull in its new product cadence (barring the FR-S), it looks like Scion is once again intent on cementing its position as the entry point into the Toyota brand, promising three new models in the next three years.

Scion tells us that iM's name is derived from the first letters of the words 'individuality' and 'modern.' More important details like price, powertrain and on-sale date should come later in 2015, but Scion has at least say it "anticipates that a price under $20,000 could make this car enticing to youthful customers," all of which makes it sound like the second coming of the Toyota Matrix to us.

Feel free to read more in the press release below and gaze upon the concept in all its IIncredibleglory above.

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Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

Posted Nov 20th 2014 7:00AM

Bentley Grand Convertible

What you see above is the Bentley Grand Convertible, live from the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's basically a droptop version of the Mulsanne Speed, which would seem to be a foregone conclusion for production, but apparently isn't, according to Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer.

"We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car - if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector's piece."

With its production possibilities out of the way, and with the image gallery you see above proving that it is, indeed, a convertible, we can move on to what makes this Grand Convertible so grand. Equipped with the same 6.75-litre engine with 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque as its hardtop brethren, it certainly won't be lacking for power. The Grand Convertible has been "fashioned entirely by hand from the very finest materials," says Bentley, and the tonneau is made from the largest piece of wood veneer ever applied by the automaker.

We'd conclude by comparing the Grand Convertible to the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé with which the Bentley would seem to be rather similar to – even down to its signature color – but we apparently can't. After all, according to the press release below, "this unrivalled flagship of luxury represents the ultimate in powerful, sensuous roofless motoring." In other words, any comparisons to other four-wheeled conveyances would be futile... or something like that.

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2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost

Posted Nov 19th 2014 10:30AM

Top-Level Platinum Trim To Compete Against GMC and Jeep

2016 Ford Explorer Live Reveal

A 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder takes over where the old 2.0 left off, making 270 hp and 300 lb-ft.

Right now, around 23 per cent of all Ford vehicles sold in North America is a utility vehicle. By 2020, Ford expects that figure to increase all the way to 29 per cent. Put simply, SUVs and crossovers are very big business at Ford. So, when it comes time to update the Explorer, Ford's original sport utility vehicle, you can be sure that a whole heck of a lot of effort goes into the process.

The 2016 Ford Explorer isn't rewriting the book on how the automaker goes about building its current crop of SUVs. At first blush, there isn't any radically new exterior styling to draw in the eye, but what has been updated is meaningful, and a new Platinum trim level, which will slot in above Sport and Limited trims, is noteworthy.

The biggest item that's new for 2016, though, is found underhood, with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder taking over where the previous 2.0-litre unit left off. With 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, the new slightly larger engine boasts 13 per cent more horses and 11 per cent more torque than the old engine, and Ford expects no fuel economy penalty. There's no official fuel mileage rating yet, but Ford says the 2.3-litre engine should hit 9.7 L/100 km on the highway, just as the 2.0 did last year.

The new 2.3 EcoBoost will be available on base, XLT and Limited trim levels. A 3.5-litre V6, estimated at 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft, remains standard, and the 365-horsepower EcoBoost 3.5 is standard on Sport and Platinum models. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive is available across the range, even on the 2.3 EcoBoost (the older 2.0 EcoBoost could only be paired with front-wheel drive).

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Despite Paul Walker tragedy, studio expects at least 3 more Fast and Furious movies

Posted Nov 17th 2014 5:00PM

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Fast 5

It was only natural that questions regarding the future of the Fast and Furious movie franchise would surface following the tragic death of star Paul Walker – and let's be clear that the consequences of Walker's death transcend far past the fate of a series of movies he starred in – but a recent interview with studio executives has revealed that there may be more movies coming than we would have initially guessed... READ FULL STORY

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News Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Image Credit: Universal

Why the Charger Hellcat can't be ordered with a manual transmission

Posted Nov 17th 2014 4:00PM



Fans of truly irreverent amounts of horsepower will find lots to love in the form of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models. Both of them send 707 ridiculous horsepower to the rear wheels; the only question is whether you want your absurdity delivered with two or four doors. Oh, and whether or not you want the option of a manual transmission... READ MORE

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News Source: Jalopnik Opposite Lock

2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will blow your mind

Posted Nov 17th 2014 9:00AM

First Mustang with Flat-Plane Crankshaft, MagneRide Dampers

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Ford promises more than 500 horsepower and a torque peak above 400 lb-ft.

The wait is finally over. After months of spy shots, rumour and innuendo, Ford has officially pulled the wraps off its new 2015 Shelby GT350. Judging by the spec sheet and the promises being made – especially that the Shelby GT350 will be "an all-day track car that's also street legal" – the wait appears to have been worth it.

First things first: The new Shelby GT350 will launch with a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V8 engine that uses a flat-plane crankshaft, a first for a production V8 from Ford. (Read more about what makes a flat-plane crankshaft different here). We don't have confirmed information on power levels, other than a promise of "more than 500 horsepower" and "a torque peak above 400" pound-feet. Ford further says the engine will be a "high-revving" V8, though no actual redline is revealed. A six-speed manual gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential will be standard, while an engine oil cooler and transmission cooler will be available as part of a Track Pack... READ MORE

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News Source: Ford

Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Prototype is a custom cruiser we actually want

Posted Nov 16th 2014 1:00PM



Motorcycle manufacturers, take note: If you want to attract a younger audience to your cruiser-style motorcycles, this is the way to do it. The bike we're referring to is the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 prototype that was displayed at the 2014 EICMA Show in Italy, a heavily customized version of the Italian marque's California 1400 platform.

Decked out in a mostly monochromatic carbon fibre scheme with just a few bright red highlights, the MGX-21 offers a pretty mean look that is quite different than anything rolling out of Milwaukee or Japan. There's a restrained cowl at the front, and sweeping rear bodywork that covers the wheel and might even offer a little bit of storage space.

A carbon fibre disc wheel up front measuring 21 inches in diameter leads the way, and we'd expect plenty of off-the-line grunt from the big, cylinders-in-the-air V-Twin that Moto Guzzi is famous for. Take a look at the images above, and feel free to let us know what you think.

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News Source: Asphalt & Rubber

This Or That: 1987 VW Vanagon Syncro vs. 1987 Land Rover Defender [w/poll]

Posted Nov 15th 2014 5:00PM

The $30,000 Off-Road Warrior Challenge

This Or That

As I scoured auction sites and classified ads for the perfect vehicle to take into battle with Autoblog Associate Editor Brandon Turkus, I knew I needed to find something unique. You see, I'm currently 0-2 at winning a round of This or That, in which two of our editors agree on a category, choose a side, and argue it out over a (mostly) friendly chain of emails.

The first time we did this, my chosen Fiat 500 Abarth took about a third of the popular vote in our reader poll. The second time, my lovely 1980 Oldsmobile 442 did just a little bit better against a 1989 BMW 635 CSi. Despite holding the opinion that my automotive choices, though perhaps a little bit more... obscure than my fellow editors, are still better, an outright win would go a long way toward boosting my vehicular self worth a few notches upward.

With all of that out of the way, even if three isn't my lucky number after all, I go into battle against Brandon knowing full well that I've made the perfect choice: A 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro. My rough-and-tumble van/'ute has a formidable opponent in the form of a 1987 Land Rover Defender, which, truth be told, is exactly what I was expecting from Turkus, a self-proclaimed Rover aficionado.

Without further ado, join us as we take a look at how our two off-road mounts compare... or, really, don't compare, as the case may be.
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