2014 Ford Fiesta SFE 1.0L EcoBoost Test Drive

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The little green 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE may not exactly be the car you’d picture carrying two basketball players around. In our quest to hit the pickup courts in Santa Monica, though, a friend and I found the five-door hatch excellent at both pumping us up for the game and getting us through traffic with comfort, speed and efficiency. Your classic triple threat, basically.

In search of a little weekend warrior action, Allan and I piled into the Fiesta SFE (Super Fuel Economy) in Long Beach and headed north to meet a fellow baller near his home court. This particular Fiesta, though, hid its most interesting feature under its jersey: a turbocharged, 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 123 horsepower, 125 lb.-ft of torque and up to 45 MPG rating. An engine that small may seem like the Muggsy Bogues of the auto world, but that’s just what it wants you to think. In actuality, the 2014 Fiesta SFE attacks the rack more like Spud Webb. more

1965 Jaguar XJ13 Appreciation

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The 1965 Jaguar XJ13 is considered to be the greatest Jaguar never to be raced. It was built to compete at Le Mans but development was halted before the race, and the XJ13 was sidelined.

Coming off the success of three consecutive Le Mans victories with the D-Type from 1955 to 1957, Jaguar and the XJ13 had all the necessary knowledge to win. Instead, the mid-mounted V12 racing car was put into storage, never to compete in a single race. What's the value of one of the most important Jaguars ever built? Wait until it goes across the auction block this weekend to find out. more

Dodge Donates 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat to Charity Auction

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The world's fastest and most powerful production muscle car, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, will go on sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from September 25-27. In an effort to help raise awareness and money, Dodge will be donating all proceeds from the auction on the 27th to the non-profit organization Opportunity Village, which gives support to severely intellectually disabled persons and their families.

This one of a kind Challenger (VIN 0001) is powered by a monstrous 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine paired with a TorqueFlite eight-speed paddleshift automatic transmission that generates 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque. Aside from being the most powerful muscle car in the world, it is truly unique in many ways. It is the only Challenger ever hand-painted in the Viper-exclusive Stryker Red at the Dodge Viper paint facility, its brakes are the largest brakes the Chrysler Group has ever offered (15.4" Brembo disc brakes with 2 piece rotors and six-piston calipers) and lastly, its interior is newly designed with Laguna Black leather, performance seats, and all the technology features one would expect in a car this decorated. more

BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition to be Auctioned at Pebble Beach

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On August 16th during the weekend of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a unique Concours d'Elegance Edition of the BMW i8 will be auctioned at the Gooding & Company auction house. The auction is in celebration of the i8's U.S. arrival, although the auction precedes the actual arrival date which will come later this fall. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

As if the i8 isn't visually unique and appealing enough already, BMW will be adding more one-of-a-kind aesthetics to the Concours d'Elegance Edition. These will include an Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior color and an interior that is lined with Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery that was dyed with plant extracts. To further accent the interior, the seat belts will be colored i Blue and the upholstery will be stitched with i Blue colored thread. In addition, the headrests will be emblazoned with "i8", and "Concours d'Elegance Edition" will be etched in the interior. more

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Announces Pricing
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When it reaches U.S. dealerships this September, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will carry a substantial pricetag. Mercedes pumped loads of technology and safety features into the new C300 and C400, along with weight savings and more powerful and efficient engines. Expect to pay accordingly.

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 with rear-wheel drive will be priced from $39,325 including destination, bringing 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft of torque to the table in a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new C400, meanwhile, comes with all-wheel drive at a price of $49,515 with destination. That models packs 329 hp and 354 lb.-ft of torque from a 3.0L turbo V6. more

Fiat Shows Off New 500L Vans Design Concept
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Fiat comes off as one of the few automotive brands that, for better or worse, doesn't really take itself too seriously. Fortunately, the better side of that mentality came out this week as they unveiled the Fiat 500L Vans design concept at the US Open of Surfing.

The new concept combines the funky styling of the 500L with tried and true vintage design of Vans shoes that have defined surfing and skateboarding culture for several decades. It also shows off the surprising capability of the 500L by tacking on enough bits to satisfy the extreme athlete in all of us. more

BMW Announces Smaller, Cheaper Fast Charge Stations
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The BMW i DC Fast Charger, announced at Plug-In 2014, will soon improve the electric car market with a smaller and less expensive quick charge station. Designed in partnership with Bosch, the BMW i DC Fast Charger is yet another of the BMW i Series plan.

Charging is one of the most important features of an electric car, second only to the battery technology. As an increasing number of manufacturers add to the electric/plug-in vehicle market, the demand for public quick charging has risen dramatically, prompting BMW to create a better solution. The end result is the BMW i DC Fast Charger, built with industry standard features to allow other manufacturers to seek the benefits of the improved system. more

2015 Ford F-150 Priced at $26,615
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The 2015 Ford F-150 will start at $26,615 including destination fees, according to a report from Reuters. The aluminum-bodied trucks see higher prices across the board, with price increases stretching further for higher end models.

Though the 2015 F-150 drops weight due to its new aluminum body, prices have gone up. Lower tier trucks see a price increase of $395, while the top spec trucks jump by over $3,000 (destination and delivery stays unchanged at $1,195). Add in the price of new engines and optional extras, and a loaded F-150 can quickly reach luxury car pricing. more

This Weekend in Car Videos: Classic WRC Rally Finland Footage
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Porsche’s first supercar, rally racing in Finland, and a diesel takes on the new M3. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. more

Motorsports Monday: Audi Takes Spa 24, F1 Drama In Belgium
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Blancpain GT – Spa 24 Hours: There is no more dominant force in endurance racing than Audi, and the indomitable four rings again rang out in victory as Belgian Audi Club Team WRT brought their R8 LMS ultra to a rousing victory in front of an estimated 65,000 fans at the 2014 Total 24 Hours of Spa over the weekend.

Audi has now won three of the last four Spa 24 events, and the win is their third major 24-hour endurance victory in the past six weeks (Le Mans, Nurburgring). The No. 1 R8 LMS ultra began the race from pole position, fell back in the field and then battled back, eventually toppling the No. 77 Marc VDS Racing BMW Z4 GT3 and the other 60 cars to claim the win. more

2015 Toyota Yaris Announced
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The 2015 Toyota Yaris has been redesigned and refreshed with European flair, with hopes of enticing more young buyers to the brand. Prices for the entry level Yaris will start at $14,845.

Still available in 3-door or 5-door configurations, the Yaris will share the same basic body styles as its competitors. The exterior of the car will have more emphasis on aggressive, sporty styling, built around the new front grille. more

All-New Porsche Cayenne Ups Power, Efficiency, and Comfort
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Since its debut in 2002, the Porsche Cayenne has been nothing short of a success. Considered one of the best performance vehicles amongst luxury SUVs during its initiation into the automotive world, the Cayenne has continued to enhance and advance itself. The German automaker just announced the newest generation of the Cayenne, which will emanate strength, agility, comfort, efficiency, and class; all characteristics typical of a Porsche.

With all the new features of the Cayenne, there isn't a clear spot to start, so why not start with the exterior? With a sharper design that uses precise lines to reflect light in very noticeable yet sophisticated ways, the Cayenne grabs onlookers without a problem. From the very front, onlookers can see newly designed front fenders and hood. To the side, there are airblades that have a practical use (guidance to the intercooler), but are really meant as a visual statement of aggression. From the rear, the updated lights create a three-dimensional effect that better integrate the lights into the trunk lid. The lines, combined with the new light designs give the Cayenne an aggressive, strong stance that epitomizes Porsche's style. more

Toyota Introduces 2015 Sienna As the Swagger Wagon Online
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Apparently swag, swagger, and other words of the sort are picking up in family life, which is why Toyota is revealing the new 2015 Sienna exclusively online as the Swagger Wagon.

Toyota is using some unexpected advertising techniques for the new Sienna. With the popularity of handheld devices, smart phones, and related games and apps increasing, though, this campaign might just work. The series of three videos were developed by parents that want to "bring to life" the experience of driving a Toyota Sienna. That includes a whole lot of family creativity, some CGI, and of course some ironic humor, all derived from fan-made skits called "Action Movie Kid," "Eh Bee Family" and "Convos with My 2-Year-Old." more

Aston Martin Lagonda Revived for Middle Eastern Market
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Aston Martin is going to revive the famous Lagonda nameplate by building a limited run of super sedans exclusively for the Middle Eastern market. Production of the new Lagonda will likely be similar to the One-77 supercar, expensive and exclusive.

Lagonda, which traces its name back to the William Towns design from 1976, is already an established name for Aston Martin. The original Lagonda sedans were sought after, combining the quality of an Aston Martin with the usability of a full size sedan. more