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Team Auto Show Global takes a bumpy ride in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon at Camp Jeep Adventure Zone at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. As we try to protect the video camera as best as possible, the product specialist from Jeep talks about all the different features, as well as the on and off-road capabilities of the vehicle. The ride is approximately 5 minutes long. Some of the other vehicles on the track include the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the 2013 Grand Cherokee. The 35-degree climb up the 18-foot Jeep Mountain was our favorite.

2013 Chicago Auto Show highlights — Industry looking strong with new introductions in the windy city

From new concepts to pickups to full-size work vans reconfigurable thirteen different ways, there were a lot of all-new vehicle introductions at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show Press Preview as the manufacturers gave the media and bloggers like us a sneak peak before preparing for the most important audience – the public.

Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, poses with the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck prior to its unveiling at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, poses with the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck prior to its unveiling at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (photo: Toyota)

2014 Toyota Tundra. If pickups are your thing, then stop by the Toyota display as team Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. revealed its all-new, redesigned, full-size 2014 Tundra pickup in silver (this one in black was on the turntable in the stand).

2014 Toyota Tundra at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

2014 Toyota Tundra at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

This is big for Toyota, as the Tundra hasn’t seen a real, inside and out, redesign since 2007. (For the press release and speeches, go to the Toyota section on this page to the right.)

Kia's Cross GT concept

Kia’s Cross GT concept (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

Kia Cross GT. Kia has a new crossover concept vehicle, and we admit, we had to stop and take a second look. Beautiful design, luxury feel, the Cross GT has a powerful stance and nice flowing lines. Can’t wait to see this one move on to production. The exterior color in bronze is stunning.  If you want an entry-lux people hauler, this vehicle is it. The Cross GT’s wheelbase is 15.7 inches longer than the Sorento at 122.0 inches and its overall length of 192.8 inches is 8.4 inches greater. The Cross GT’s has an overall height of 65.3 inches, giving it a lower roofline than most large crossovers. (See the Kia section for more information.)

2013 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

2013 Volkswagen Beetle GSR at the Chicago Auto Show (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

2013 Volkswagen Beetle GSR. Over at the Volkswagen display, the company unveiled a performance Beetle that you just want to jump in and race around the show floor – as fast as possible – hitting every tight corner you can find. That was the original intent of the vehicle, inspired by the 1970s Yellow Black Racer. It’s a lot more “masculine” Beetle, and with the award-winning EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TSI® engine that generates 210 horsepower and the 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels, a competent driver could have some fun with this one.

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

2014 Chevy Corvette. If you missed the Detroit Auto Show, make a bee-line to the Chevrolet stand to see the new 2014 Chevy Corvette. The red Stingray will be there, sitting pretty like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show  Chevrolet Small Cars Marketing Director Cristi Landy introduces the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, Illinois. Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. Turbocharging helps deliver a segment-leading 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 42 mpg highway. (Photo by Brian Kersey for Chevrolet)

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show. Chevrolet Small Cars Marketing Director Cristi Landy introduces the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, Illinois. Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. Turbocharging helps deliver a segment-leading 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 42 mpg highway. (Photo by Brian Kersey for Chevrolet)

2014 Chevy Cruze. While we were in the Chevy stand at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show Press Preview, we heard from Chevrolet Small Cars Marketing Director Cristi Landy who introduced the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. It features an advanced 2.0-liter clean diesel engine with an estimated 42 mpg highway (automatic transmission). According to the folks at GM, this is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine the company has ever produced. So put aside your visions of the “driving dirty” diesels of the past; this is the future – with clean diesels generating at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions. It’s a good-looking car too, with a surprisingly roomy interior. Make sure you sit inside one when you get to the show.

2014 Ram ProMaster. When we all thought that there’s no way a big white work van could have any appeal, we were proven wrong. Ram Truck unveiled its latest vehicle in its new Ram Commercial series – the 2014 Ram Promaster – showing all 13 ways the truck can be reconfigured to meet the needs of any small- to medium-size company.

Based on the Fiat Ducato, one of the most popular full-size vans in Europe, the ProMaster is available in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths.

 Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC unveils the 2014 Ram ProMaster at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC unveils the 2014 Ram ProMaster at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

And while the media has a history of climbing in and out vehicles, we had a lot of fun getting to know this van. Our 6-foot 3-inch photographer was able to walk through this truck effortlessly from front to rear. And with front wheel drive, you can move from the front seats to the rear without the big hump in the middle.

Another impressive feature is the EcoDiesel engine (yes, another diesel), new to North America, with 174-horsepower 3.0-liter inline 4-cylinder EcoDiesel engine that generates peak torque of 295 lb.-ft. at just 1,400 rpm. It has an oil-change schedule of up to 18,500 miles, which helps lower the total cost of ownership. This “big white van” has a lot of best-in-class features. Read more about the ProMaster in the Ram section.

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8. While leaving the Ram reveal, we were drawn to the center aisle by a paint job that screamed retro bold performance – it was intense. We later learned that this 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 had been painted “Plum Crazy” —

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 at the Chicago Auto Show (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 at the Chicago Auto Show (photo by Michael Anthony for autoshowglobal.com)

a color befitting of its performance stats, with the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque, accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; run the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); can go from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reach a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stop from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet. It just looks fast, and so does its counterparts, a silver 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and the “TorRed” painted 2013 Dodge Charger Super Bee displayed at its flanks.  (See the SRT section to learn more about this vehicle.)

These are just some of the cars and trucks you don’t want to miss at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. With so much to see — all the flashing colors and lights and booming music and announcers — we’re glad to have survived seizure free. Just kidding, we love the bright lights and shiny objects. It’s all a part of the auto show experience.

Heritage Hues: Muscle-car Buff Desired Plum Crazy and HEMI® Orange High-impact Paint Colors to Coat 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 392 Models

(Press Release)

  • Unlocked from the Dodge archive, the return of iconic Plum Crazy and HEMI® Orange paint codes answer enthusiasts’ desire for the return of more high-impact heritage paint hues
  • Limited-production run of Plum Crazy will start this March on Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and Dodge Challenger SRT8 editions, with ordering available now
  • Dodge Challenger R/T , R/T Plus, R/T Classic and SRT8 models will be produced for a limited time in HEMI Orange paint this May
  • The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T is America’s most affordable V-8 muscle car at $29,995 MSRP (excluding $995 destination)

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Feb 8, 2013  –  The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and track-ready Challenger SRT8 392 models deliver exactly what modern muscle car enthusiasts want – two powerful HEMI V-8 engine choices with up to 470 horsepower, iconic and functional muscle-car styling and a world-class performance suspension designed for maximum grip – all executed with quality and precision. And now with the addition of Plum Crazy and HEMI® Orange high-impact paint, some of the very best heritage hues will help make the Spring of 2013 that much brighter on American roadways and raceways.

Built at Chrysler Group LLC’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant, the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and Challenger SRT8 models in historic Plum Crazy arrive at Dodge dealerships nationwide this spring. The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic in Plum Crazy is $33,995, while the high-performance SRT8 model is $44,775 (both prices exclude $995 destination, SRT8 includes gas-guzzler tax).

In addition, head-turning HEMI Orange paint follows Plum Crazy in May and will be available on 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T, R/T Plus and R/T Classic models, as well as the Challenger SRT8 392. The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T model is America’s most affordable V-8 muscle car at $29,995 MSRP (excluding $995 destination).

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T
Designed for the performance enthusiast, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T builds off the SXT and adds the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction delivering up to 375 horsepower, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, performance-tuned suspension, performance-disc brakes, performance-tuned steering calibration, 3.73 rear-axle ratio, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, console-mounted USB port with iPod control and auxiliary audio input jack, SiriusXM Radio, automatic headlamps, LED-illuminated instrument cluster with 160-mph primary speedometer, instrument panel with mini-carbon bezel, fog lamps, “R/T” grille badge, “HEMI” hood badges and rear body-color deck-lid spoiler.

2013 Challenger R/T Plus
For drivers who want even more feel of the road with premium refinement and details, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus adds premium Nappa leather seating in Dark Slate Gray or Radar Red, heated front seats, six Boston Acoustics premium speakers with 276-watt amplifier, ParkSense rear park assist, power heated mirrors, EVIC with temperature gauge, location specific tire-pressure monitoring and compass, vehicle security alarm, and HomeLink universal transceiver. Remote start is included with the five-speed automatic transmission.

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic
Designed for the Dodge enthusiast who wants performance with even more nostalgic muscle-car cues, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic adds dual throwback A-line bodyside R/T stripes in matte black or white, large 20-inch aluminum “Envy” wheels or available forged “Heritage” wheels, 3.92 rear-axle ratio, “Challenger” fender badges in classic script, heritage “R/T” grille badge, functional hood scoops and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
For 2013, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 adds even more new and improved high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the brand’s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. Powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 with 470 horsepower, the performance machine promises a balanced performance approach with outstanding straight-line acceleration, world-class ride and handling, high-performance braking and the most up-to-date technologies that deliver more driver excitement and control. And it still delivers up to 23 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.

New for the 2013 model year is an expanded adaptive-damping suspension that allows for three-mode selectable suspension tuning, while new launch control is standard and provides enhanced straight-line acceleration. Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; runs the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); goes from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reaches a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stops from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.

Full-length dual center stripes are also available with the limited-edition Plum Crazy or HEMI Orange Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. For a from-the-factory customized look, three SRT-specific stripe colors are available, including Black, Silver and Medium Metallic Gray, all finished in high-gloss.

New 2014 Ram ProMaster Expands Ram Commercial Offerings with New Full-size Van Featuring Best-in-class Fuel Economy, Cargo Capacity and Payload

2014 Ram ProMaster

2014 Ram ProMaster

  • 2014 Ram ProMaster puts Ram Truck back into the expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer
  • New 2014 Ram ProMaster van developed from the successful, long-standing Fiat Ducato: 30-plus years of reliable service and more than 4.5 million units sold
  • Exceptional cargo capability, durability, a unique front-wheel-drive system and outstanding uptime
  • Ram ProMaster is a purpose-built, highly customizable van designed to exceed the demands of commercial customers
  • ProMaster best-in-class features:
    • Fuel economy
    • Cargo capacity
    • Payload
    • Total cost of ownership
    • Turning radius
    • Interior ceiling height
    • Step-in height
  • North American debut of world-class, torque-rich 3.0-liter I-4 EcoDiesel promises best-in-class fuel efficiency, robust capability and long service intervals
  • 280-horsepower output from award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 unmatched among Ram ProMaster competitors
  • Proven 62TE six-speed automatic transmission enhanced to suit unique ProMaster application
  • North American-first automated six-speed manual controlled by software that responds to road conditions
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles
  • New Ram ProMaster combines functionality and versatility with modern styling and professional appeal
  • Ram ProMaster offers more than 35 safety and security features, including six air bags standard and electronic stability control technologies

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Feb 7, 2013  –  The new 2014 Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial’s latest addition to its popular vehicle lineup. ProMaster takes its place in the expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with a number of best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer. Coming from a strong background of commercial vehicles produced by Fiat Professional, the ProMaster is based on the Fiat Ducato, which has been in production for more than 30 years.

ProMaster boasts numerous best-in-class features that are appreciated by the hard-working customers of Ram’s new van. Best-in-class fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, usability and of course total cost of ownership all combine to deliver a proven solution for businesses and fleets.

“As Ram takes a larger presence in the commercial truck market, the 2014 Ram ProMaster is a great addition, contributing to a one-stop shop of commercial-duty Ram trucks and vans,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “The ProMaster answers to key segment demands with best-in-class features, quality, durability, capability and low total cost of ownership.”

2014 Ram ProMaster

Ram Truck is tapping into Fiat Professional, one of the largest producers of commercial vehicles in the entire world, offering more than 110 years of experience. That knowledge will help Ram Truck enter new segments and expand its product line. The new 2014 Ram ProMaster is based on the front-wheel-drive Fiat Ducato, which is the most popular full-size van in Europe. The 2013 Ram ProMaster is the Company’s first shared truck collaboration with Fiat Professional.

The Fiat Ducato is now in its third generation with more than 4.5 million sold worldwide. The Ducato platform offers Ram a proven, award-winning workhorse with an incredible combination of durability, value, efficiency, and capability like no other in its class. Additionally, the ProMaster is the only offering in its competitive set to provide both a chassis cab and cutaway from the factory.

Engineered for the North American market
Conceived and developed in Italy, Ram’s new van also spent quality time proving itself on this side of the Atlantic undergoing extensive, extreme-duty testing to prepare for its North American debut as the Ram ProMaster. Engineering the new ProMaster for the Ram Truck brand required a number of changes for new capabilities, powertrains, environments, duty cycles and customers.

Chassis
The 2014 ProMaster is available in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths. Additionally, the ProMaster offers both a chassis cab and cutaway from the factory. Its unibody frame architecture makes it significantly lighter than the competition. As a result, the ProMaster boasts an impressive best-in-class payload capacity up to 5,145 pounds and a maximum towing capacity up to 5,100 pounds. The gross combined weight rating (GCWR) for the 3.6-liter V-6 is 11,500 pounds and 12,500 pounds for the 3.0-liter I-4 EcoDiesel. A unibody structural has additional advantages, including stability and strength from front to rear, a reinforced plenum area for optimized engine packaging, and “truer” tuning of chassis systems and related hardware when compared to more common body-on-frame applications.

Front-wheel drive
The unibody system under the cab is an enabler for the ProMaster’s segment exclusive front-wheel-drive system. The body-integral construction and multiple configurations allow Ram’s new 2014 ProMaster to be up-fitted for virtually every conceivable job. Without rear driveshafts or rear differentials, the proven drive system creates a number of advantages:

  • Best-in-class fuel economy
  • Best-in-class cargo capacity
  • Best-in-class step-in height and lowest load floor
  • Best-in-class ceiling height
  • Overall weight reduction and lower maintenance costs

Cargo area
Thanks to its unique front-drive system, body-integral construction and the multiple of configurations offered, Ram’s new 2014 ProMaster can be upfit for virtually every conceivable commercial need. Proportionally, the ProMaster brings a new standard to the large commercial van-based segment. The ProMaster is available in two roof heights, 90 or 101 inches with best-in-class standard roof height and the most vertically oriented side walls in the cargo van category (nearly 90 degrees in relation to the cargo compartment floor).

The ProMaster features a standard sliding door on the passenger side with an optional sliding door on the driver’s side. The sliding door openings are based on roof height – 49 inch x 60 inch for the low roof model and 49 inch x 70 inch for high roof models. In the rear, an available two-position rear clamshell door swings open up to 260-degrees, folding almost flat to the side of the van. All three door openings enable fork lift pallet loading and unloading, and spaciousness that leads the competitive set.

Upfitter friendliness
Ram Truck is well known for being the most upfitter-friendly brand in the truck market. The Ram ProMaster continues the tradition and features an integrated cab configuration for unmatched up-fitter/conversion solutions. Adding to the ProMaster’s design for adaptability, virtually all primary vehicle systems are packaged forward of the cargo area.

Electronic stability control
The standard electronic stability control (ESC) system on the new Ram ProMaster is a sophisticated four-channel (independent control to all four corners of the vehicle) active handling system that links the vehicle’s dynamic control systems to assist the driver in maintaining control under demanding or adverse conditions such as wet, snow-covered or icy roads, tight turns, and evasive maneuvers. In effect, the ESC determines the driver’s intentions and optimizes overall vehicle control to keep the dynamic forces within select limits in any driving situation – nearly transparent so control seems almost intuitive.

Powertrain
The 2014 Ram ProMaster van’s powertrain lineup features the award-winning standard-equipment, gasoline-fueled V-6 and a torque-laden, I-4 EcoDiesel engine. The engines are paired, respectively, with a proven six-speed automatic transmission and an electronically controlled six-speed automated manual.

EcoDiesel
The 2014 Ram ProMaster marks the North American introduction of the potent 174-horsepower 3.0-liter inline 4-cylinder EcoDiesel engine that generates peak torque of 295 lb.-ft. at just 1,400 rpm. The engine features a number of refinements, including internal engine components, turbo and emission controls. Helping to reduced total cost of ownership, an oil-level sensor contributes to an oil-change schedule of up to 18,500 miles.

Pentastar
The standard-equipment 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is rated at 280 horsepower with peak torque of 260 lb.-ft., the dual overhead cam, 24-valve Pentastar delivers the capability required of a commercial van without compromising refinement – hallmarks that have contributed to its ranking among Ward’s 10 Best Engines for three years running. Reducing vehicle operating costs was paramount in the minds of the powertrain engineers who contributed to Ram ProMaster’s development. Recommended oil-change intervals range up to 10,000 miles. But an intelligent oil-servicing system that monitors vehicle usage will trigger an alert when service is most appropriate.

Transmissions
The smooth-shifting 62TE automatic transmission is upgraded to accommodate the Ram ProMaster’s prodigious weight ratings. Specifically, its 3.86 final-drive ratio enables comfortable grade transit under full freight. The transmission more readily adopts the most appropriate ratio for a given driving situation. The numerically lower overall top gear ratio delivers a more economical highway operation.

The trailer/tow program comes standard with 62TE and the new M40 automated manual, which is not only exclusive to the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, it stands alone in the Ram ProMaster’s competitive set.

The unique M40 gearbox delivers the efficiency of a manual transmission with the functionality of an automatic. At its core, it is a manual, but gear shifts and clutch functions are accomplished with electro-hydraulic actuation system. However, the driver can opt for manual shift-lever inputs when desired. But the driver needn’t do all the work. Gearbox software delivers a unique response to driving conditions.

Shift logic is adjusted according to grade steepness. The result is a well-connected driving experience that delivers the fuel economy required of a commercial van such as the Ram ProMaster.

Design
The Ram design team started with a functional exterior and interior, adding distinct Ram styling while adapting the new full-size van for North America.

Exterior
The front of the new ProMaster is identified by visually durable bodylines, a broad wraparound bumper and twin-reflector headlamp clusters. True to the Ram Truck brand, the ProMaster leads with a bold, hexagon-shaped crosshair grille, featuring the Ram’s head logo proudly displayed as the focal point of the crosshair. The cab-forward, short dash to front axle design pushes the nose inward and the headlamps upward. This design provides higher passenger seating positions and better visibility – obviously important for commercial users – thanks to a more confident vantage point from which to operate the vehicle.

The front bumper is a three-piece styled modular design, resulting in reduced repair costs and downtime. Durable front-wheel arches are styled with the bumper to protect the doors. A unique step is designed into both front bumper corners, making it easy to clean the windscreen from either side.

The new full-size van features plenty of real estate on all four sides. This space allows for businesses to post signage and graphics, making the van a rolling billboard to help promote the owner, trade or vocation.

Interior
The functional and innovative features continue inside the Ram ProMaster. Although much was borrowed from the Fiat version, Ram designers made alterations for U.S. customers. Interior design and function is of primary importance for a light commercial vehicle in which the driver normally spends long hours at the wheel, often under demanding conditions. The cabin of the ProMaster was therefore designed with comfortable driving ergonomics, important because the ProMaster is a place of work.

Because goods always need to be transported in total safety, the new Ram ProMaster van is fitted with accommodations to hold down goods on the floor. Up to 17 tie-down rings with 1,000-lb. rating fold away to maintain a flat floor, easing loading and unloading operations. Available partitions also offer passengers excellent protection against the possibility of load shift the cabin.

Safety
Safety and security were two of the guiding principles followed by engineers throughout the development of the new 2014 Ram ProMaster van. Ram’s new full-size van offers more than 35 active and passive safety and security features. The ProMaster also includes standard ESC, hosting a number of technologies such as trailer-sway control. Security also means notification of the traffic around you. Ram ProMaster features ParkView backup camera and ParkSense with audible warning, all of which are useful when maneuvering a large van.

Uconnect
ProMaster customers can make the best use of their valuable time by leveraging Uconnect’s easy-to-learn, easy-to-use interface – acclaimed for its convenience and sensible design. Handsfree calling in the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster is made convenient via reliable Bluetooth technology. Similarly, the truck’s handsfree text-reply feature enables customers to quickly deliver messages. A full-color, five-inch touchscreen is available with global positioning satellite (GPS) navigation, providing Ram ProMaster customers the ability to chart time-saving routes to their destinations. Uconnect Web, powered by Autonet Mobile, is available to U.S. customers. This system delivers continuous Internet connectivity, creating an efficient workspace and real-time information access on the go.

Best practices
In total, the Ram ProMaster test fleet accumulated millions of miles enabling Ram and Fiat teams access to real-world data. This includes testing done in laboratories in Turin, Italy and Auburn Hills, Mich., at Fiat and Chrysler Group proving grounds, as well as reliability testing on public roads in many different climates in Europe and the United States.

The 3/36 Reliability Testing, appropriately named as each test car accumulates 36,000 miles (equivalent to three years of use) in about three months, is conducted day and night by teams of drivers. To reflect typical daily driver scenarios, the test drivers do not originate from the engineering ranks and are intentionally chosen from diverse backgrounds to represent customers of different ages, sizes and ethnicities. The test drivers scrutinize all the customer functional aspects of each vehicle as well as overall driving evaluations. This includes radio and navigation system checks, seat-belt buckling, heating and ventilation operation and opening and closing storage compartments and windows.

Configurations
The 2014 Ram ProMaster offers 13 different configurations:

ProMaster 1500 Cargo Van 118- inch wheelbase low roof
ProMaster 1500 Cargo Van 136-inch wheelbase low roof
ProMaster 1500 Cargo Van 136-inch wheelbase high roof

ProMaster 2500 Cargo Van 136-inch wheelbase high roof
ProMaster 2500 Cargo Van 159-inch wheelbase high roof

ProMaster 3500 Cargo Van 159-inch wheelbase high roof
ProMaster 3500 Cargo Van 159-inch wheelbase high roof extended body

ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab 136-inch wheelbase
ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab 159-inch wheelbase
ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab 159-inch wheelbase extended body

ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab Cutaway 136-inch wheelbase
ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab Cutaway 159-inch wheelbase
ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab Cutaway 159-inch wheelbase extended frame

ProMaster competitors are: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit, Ford Econoline, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savanna and Nissan NV Cargo.

Manufacturing
Start of production for the 2014 Ram ProMaster is scheduled for third quarter of 2013. All configurations will be produced at the Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Ram Commercial lineup
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer. The brand has emerged as a leader by investing in new products, infusing them with durable powertrains, robust chassis, new technology and features that further enhance their capabilities while delivering low total cost of ownership. Commercial truck and van customers have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to work. The Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs, Ram C/V and Ram ProMaster vans are designed to deliver a total package.

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Delivers Efficient Performance

(Press Release)

 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel - Coming This Summer for $25,695  The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, features an advanced 2.0L clean diesel engine that delivers an estimated 42 mpg highway, 148 horsepower, and best-in-class range.  It is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine General Motors has ever produced.


2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel – Coming This Summer for $25,695
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, features an advanced 2.0L clean diesel engine that delivers an estimated 42 mpg highway, 148 horsepower, and best-in-class range. It is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine General Motors has ever produced.

CHICAGO – The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel features an advanced 2.0L clean diesel engine that will offer an estimated 42 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and expected best-in-segment range based on GM testing. Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. It is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever produced by General Motors.

Cruze’s 2.0L turbo-diesel is based on proven architecture already used in European models, where approximately 40 percent of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine. Collaborating with Italian and German engineering groups, GM’s diesel experts in the United States adapted the engine to accommodate more stringent diesel emission standards and a wider range of driving conditions – including colder climates and higher altitudes – for the United States and Canada.

“This Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel represents a new era in diesel performance for American cars,” said Jens Wartha, GM chief engineer. “We’ve adapted a proven engine from Europe, the world’s diesel capital, and married it with the emissions-reducing technology that was perfected in the United States. It’s a great example of how Chevrolet’s global resources work harmoniously to produce the right product at the right time and for the right market.”

Cruze’s new 2.0L turbo-diesel delivers a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). Peak torque is achieved at a low 2,000 rpm for a sustained feeling of power on demand at almost all speeds – particularly when passing or entering a freeway onramp.

The engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm), for stronger acceleration periods of about 10 seconds.

“With the benefit of continuous refinement in other markets, the 2.0L turbo-diesel comes to the United States and Canada with performance that will impress,” said Mike Siegrist, assistant chief engineer. “It is powerful, efficient and clean. It will change perceptions of what a diesel car can be while giving customers another fuel efficient choice in the Cruze lineup.”

Cruze models in the United States and Canada offer a 1.4L turbo, a 1.4L Eco model and 1.8L naturally aspirated engine.

The 2.0L turbo-diesel engine provides greater fuel economy than a comparably sized gasoline engine through greater thermal efficiency, a higher compression ratio and an unthrottled combustion process. It features an iron cylinder block and a forged steel crankshaft, each designed to stand up to the greater cylinder pressures that come with a turbo-diesel engine.

A lightweight aluminum cylinder head and aluminum intake manifold contribute to the engine’s comparatively low weight of 408 pounds (185 kg), helping the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel deliver a balanced ride with outstanding handling characteristics. Additional highlights include:

  • Dual overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters with low-friction roller-finger followers
  • Quiet belt-driven cams/valvetrain with high-strength belt material and tensioner rated for 100,000 miles
  • High-strength aluminum pistons with reinforced top ring and integral combustion bowl design
  • Central direct injection, with the injector positioned in the middle of the cylinder, with the bowl in the piston serving as the combustion chamber. This enables a high 16.5:1 compression ratio that enhances power and combustion efficiency
  • Variable-swirl intake manifold design, which optimizes air charge mixture motion in the cylinders for a more-efficient combustion that enhances performance and reduces emissions
  • Common-rail fuel system with Piezo fuel injectors that create multiple injections per combustion for greater performance, combustion efficiency and quietness
  • Variable-nozzle turbocharger that broadens the engine’s torque curve, particularly at low rpm, and supports greater high-rpm horsepower. It is mounted close to the exhaust outlet of the engine for quicker “spool up” of the turbine and faster “light off” of the exhaust catalyst
  • Intercooling system produces a cooler, denser air charge for greater power
  • Piston oil jets that help reduce friction and optimize piston temperature for greater performance and efficiency
  • Turbocharger bearings are oil-lubricated and cooled via an oil cooler
  • Variable-displacement oil pump helps save fuel by optimizing the oil pressure, which reduces friction
  • Vacuum pump designed for lower engine friction
  • Ceramic glow plugs, which provide greater cold-start performance over conventional metal glow plugs (an engine oil heater is offered for cold climates)
  • B20 bio-diesel compatibility.

Quiet, smooth performance is enabled by a number of features on and around the engine. There are also sound-absorbing features added to the Cruze, specific to the diesel model, including a unique dash mat, hood blanket and more.

A precise exhaust gas recirculation control system features a high-capacity cooler and bypass feature that enable the engine to meet United States and Canada’s tough diesel emissions regulations. There is also an exhaust after-treatment system is similar to what is used on Chevrolet’s heavy-duty trucks and vans equipped with the Duramax diesel, including a diesel particulate filter and urea injection, that helps make the 2.0L the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever from GM.

An approximately 4.5-gallon (17 liters) tank in the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel holds enough diesel emissions fluid to provide at least 10,000 miles (16,000 km) of driving between refills. The system is also designed for servicing to coincide with oil changes, for greater convenience.

DIESEL FAST FACT: General Motors produces approximately half a million small diesel engines around the globe every year. 

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS THE LIMITED-EDITION BEETLE GSR AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

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Volkswagen limited-edition 2013 Beetle GSR and the original 1970’s Yellow Black Racer

• Classic 1970s’ Beetle serves as inspiration for the GSR™
• Sportiest Beetle boasts a 210 horsepower turbocharged engine
• On sale in the Fall as a 2014 model
• Limited edition of just 3500 worldwide
• Leather-trimmed sport seats and unique GSR trim mark out the interior

Wolfsburg / Chicago — Feb 7, 2013  –  Forty years ago, the sportiest version of the classic Volkswagen Beetle made its debut. Called the GSR (Gelb Schwarzer Renner or “Yellow Black Racer”), the vehicle was based on a 1303S and was instantly recognizable by its color scheme. Just 3500 units were built and they are now collectors’ items.

Today, at the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen of America, Inc. pays homage to that 1970s’ model with the world unveiling of the 2014 Beetle GSR. Striking in yellow and black, just like its predecessor, the GSR also debuts an uprated version of the award-winning EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TSI® engine that generates 210 horsepower. This engine will be fitted to the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo during the 2013 model year, boosting their power by 10 hp.

With this new car, Volkswagen has re-interpreted the 1970s GSR for the modern era. The bodyshell of the 1973 Beetle was painted yellow, while the hood, trunklid, and bumpers were finished in matte black. The look was rounded out by black trim strips underneath the side windows and black rocker panels. Yellow and black link old and new: the body and the R-Line® bumpers on the new GSR are predominantly yellow, the hood is mainly black, and the trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps are all black. The new car has yellow/black stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler to complete the look. The stance of the new car is very different, as it rides on 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires, compared with the original GSR’s 15-inch steel wheels and 175-section tires, which were quite common even on sporty cars back then. The new GSR also features silver-painted brake calipers.

Then as now, the GSR features a unique interior with a yellow/black theme, sport seats, and a leather sport steering wheel. The new GSR is a lot more sophisticated, however. The black-trimmed leather sport seats and high-grip leather steering wheel both have contrasting yellow stitching, for example. Other interior changes include an R-Line dash pad, a GSR shift lever, a leather handbrake lever, and black floormats with contrasting yellow embroidery. A badge on the steering wheel is marked with the special-edition number (1 through 3500) to emphasize the uniqueness of the car.

Forty years ago, the Beetle GSR had all of 50 horsepower, enough to give it the requisite performance for a sporty compact of the time. But the modern world demands much more under the hood. The new GSR’s 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque enable the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and to reach an electronically governed top track speed of 130 mph. Most impressively, the engine delivers peak torque from as low as 1700 rpm, giving smooth, effortless acceleration in all the gears. The GSR is standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch DSG® six-speed automatic transmission will be an option.

Just like its predecessor, only 3500 GSR models will be made—and more than half of those will be sold in the U.S. Since the GSR is based on the Beetle Turbo with Sunroof and Sound model, it comes comprehensively equipped with the Fender® Premium Audio System; a panoramic sunroof; Keyless access with push-button start; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs; LED license-plate lighting; heatable front seats; Bluetooth® connectivity; a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable; three-color ambient lighting; aluminum-alloy pedals; and three auxiliary instruments that include a clock with a stopwatch function and a boost gauge. The Volkswagen Beetle GSR will go on sale in the fall as a 2014 model; pricing will be announced closer to launch.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen of America sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R. GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

KIA UNVEILS STUNNING NEW CROSS GT CONCEPT CUV AT 2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

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Combining the Beauty and Elegance of the GT Concept with the Functionality of a Crossover

  • Inspired by the power of nature while pushing the boundaries of technology
  • Cross GT takes Kia design in a bold new direction that hints at the future of      the brand’s premium aesthetic in a larger package

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 – Blurring the line between Kia’s gorgeous GT concept and a luxury CUV, Kia Motors America (KMA) today slipped the silk off the beautiful Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.  Amid the popping strobes of cameras, the Cross GT stunned onlookers with its elegant yet powerful stance, confirming once again Kia’s now-well-established reputation for world-class design.  The Cross GT seamlessly melds high technology with nature, creating a harmonious partnership between driver and vehicle that also respects our global environment.  Purely conceptual, the Cross GT reveals Kia’s intentions to potentially offer a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento.

“The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective,” noted Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Corporation president and global chief of design.  “It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-drive luxury saloon.  The Cross GT, with its raised stance and large cargo area, allows us to envision the GT in the form of a full-size luxury crossover.”

While the GT’s lines were penned in Frankfurt, Germany, the Cross GT hails from Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, Calif., the house that breathed life into the Track’ster, KV7 and Soul’ster concepts, and most recently the all-new production 2014 Forte sedan.  Based on the GT chassis, the Cross GT’s proportions are similar to its rear-drive stablemate with short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an aggressively wide posture.  But the Cross GT offers even greater visibility thanks to its taller stature and features all-wheel drive for improved performance and all-weather capability.

Drawing inspiration from nature, driven by technology and bathed in gorgeous Fusion Copper, the Cross GT is powered by an efficient hybrid powertrain that looks to reduce the vehicle’s carbon footprint while providing the uncompromising performance that’s expected of a large, luxury crossover.

Utilizing a state-of-the-art 3.8-liter V6 hybrid, 8-speed automatic and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, the Cross-GT’s powertrain matches the sophistication of the exterior and interior designs.  Backing the V6 is an evolution of Kia’s parallel hybrid system, a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between the V6 and transmission.  The electric motor is neatly packaged under the rear floor.  Combined, the V6 and electric motor produce 500 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower, with an all-electric range of 20-miles – sufficient to enable exhilarating performance, while delivering superior fuel economy and fuel efficiency.

While strictly a concept powertrain, Kia’s proven hybrid technology, combined with all-wheel drive are thought-provoking ideas that may one day find their way into a production vehicle.

While clearly a member of the same bloodline as the award-winning Sorento, the Cross GT cuts an even more imposing figure.  At 122.0 inches, the Cross GT’s wheelbase is longer than Sorento’s by 15.7 inches, and its overall length of 192.8 inches is 8.4 inches greater than Sorento. The 79.1-inch width is 4.9 inches wider than Sorento, but the Cross GT’s overall height of 65.3 inches is actually 1.6 inches shorter, giving the concept a lower roofline than most large CUVs.  The Cross GT is designed to easily accommodate four passengers and their cargo in luxurious surroundings, but the large greenhouse, airy cabin and gently sloping hood give the Cross GT a nimble feel that’s at home in crowded urban environments.

The Cross GT’s sophisticated image is enhanced by the dual rear-hinged doors, more commonly referred to as “suicide” doors.  The unique configuration allows for easy access to the rear bucket seats and affords generous views of the Cross GT’s premium textures and materials.  The cargo compartment is accessed through a “clam shell” design that incorporates a traditional glass hatch and a tailgate.  Use of advanced LED technology creates a strong and unique lighting identity that dramatically highlights Kia’s signature grille.  Letting light into the cabin is a multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal glass inserts that enhance the Cross GT’s premium design aesthetic.

Inside, the Cross GT exemplifies modern luxury while remaining firmly grounded in nature. Anchored to the central tunnel, the four Almond-Terra-colored leather-covered bucket seats appear to float within the cabin, lending an open, modern feel.  Inspired by fine equestrian saddles, the seats feature contrasting stitching and are tanned with vegetable oil using natural dyes and no chemicals.  Use of re-harvested American Walnut across the sweeping instrument panel and 100 percent eco-friendly renewable wool felt throughout the vehicle also add to the Cross GT’s environmentally friendly appeal.  The Cross GT’s subsystems, including HVAC, telematics and entertainment, are accessed via an easy-to-use touch screen and central mouse control technology that keeps the driver’s hands on the wheel at all times.  The rear passengers have the ability to access the Internet and infotainment options through flat panel screens mounted to the headrests of the front seats.  A large storage compartment has been incorporated beneath the flat load floor in the cargo area behind the rear seats.

So just how much of the Cross GT is concept and how much is reality? “As witnessed by the introduction of the all-new Cadenza at the recent Detroit Auto Show, our customers are looking to the Kia brand to offer relevant vehicles in the premium segments that take value to new levels of sophistication,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing and communications, KMA.  “The Cross GT is the next logical step in that evolution.  And while only a concept today, it signals one possible design direction we may explore for the future.”

Kia:  One of the World’s Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time.  With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry.  Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand’s “Top 100 Best Global Brands,” and is poised to continue its record-breaking momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013.  Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company’s first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs.  The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry’s largest segments has fueled Kia’s growth and is complemented by Kia’s comprehensive lineup which includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, 5-door compact hatchback and Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.  Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

Toyota Unveils 2014 Redesigned Tundra Full-Size Pickup Truck at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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  • New Chiseled Exterior Styling
  • All-New Interior Design Combines Refinement and Improved Function
  • Segment-Leading Standard Backup Camera and Bluetooth® on All Grades
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Engineered, Designed and Assembled in the United States

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

     Tundra has been a quality leader with Toyota’s DNA of quality, dependability and reliability. The industry has recognized Tundra with a myriad of awards over the last 12 years, including winning the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for seven years running in the Full-Size Pick Up segment. Not resting on its laurels, the 2014 Tundra will be redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the launch of the current generation for the 2007 model year.
     The redesigned Tundra continues to be a truck with true American roots that was once again engineered by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and its new look designed by Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor.  Finally, Tundra continues to be assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, in San Antonio, Texas.
      “Toyota prides itself on listening to its customers and the development of the 2014 American-born Tundra is a perfect example,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.  “Tundra’s new exterior design and all-new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology, giving customers more of what they want instead, in addition to what they need.”
      The 2014 Tundra will have a grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio. Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4×2 and 4×4.
Significantly New, Unique Exterior Designs; Distinct Look for Each Grade
Inside and out, each grade embodies a specific theme through distinct designs that go beyond just badging.
      The Calty design team set out to create a bold and powerful exterior to embody Tundra’s performance capability.  The all-new front design integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled and modern industrial image.  Designers increased the size of the front fascia and tightened up the surfaces and character lines to punctuate Tundra’s pulling power and wide stance.
     The chrome grille has a taller, bolder look visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a three-piece design, allowing for grade differentiation and less expensive replacement parts.  In addition, the fenders and wheel wells have been squared-off for a wide and sturdy stance.
      An all-new bed design helps carry the chiseled character lines all the way down the profile, leading to a rugged new bed and tail gate, with an integrated spoiler and “TUNDRA” stamped into the sheet metal, creating a one-piece forged look. The integrated spoiler in the deck helps with fuel efficiency, while the tail lamps express a tool-like quality to match the appearance of the body.  Like the front bumper, the rear bumper changes from one piece to three, for lower replacement costs.
An All-new Spacious Interior; Each Grade With a Unique Identity
Calty’s design team worked closely with the product planners and Tundra engineers to develop an all-new bold interior focusing on styling differentiation between grades and improving the availability of features most important to truck buyers. The all-new interior variations are thematic and cater to a specific customer with a specific budget.  Ergonomic improvements include easier driver access to controls as the reach to the audio and HVAC controls was reduced by 2.6 inches. Large knobs have been retained so they can be operated with or without work gloves.  Overall passenger comfort was improved with an all-new front and rear (CrewMax) seat design and improved front seat ventilation. In addition, front seats have additional travel, and CrewMax rear seats can now be folded up for additional cargo carrying capability while maintaining a comfortable seating back angle.
      The interior has a rugged, interlocked construction with an all-new instrument panel.  The meters feature 3-D metallic rings and individual gauges grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design with a center-mounted multi-information display screen.  The console design holds multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics plus additional padded surfaces and accent stitching in premium grades.  Both Double Cab and CrewMax will be available with a bench or bucket seats for the front row.
     The interior of the SR5 features a “professional gear” theme, with unique driver and passenger zones, metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric.  Most importantly, the all-new design uses premium surface treatments to enhance interior quality and durability.
     The Limited grade has an “active premium” image with leather seating surfaces matching soft-touch stitched door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims.  The Limited will be available with Black, Sand Beige and Graphite leather-trimmed interiors and will have standard auto HVAC controls.
      The Platinum grade has been completely redesigned for the next generation of personal use truckers.  It features perforated black leather-trimmed seats with double-stitched diamond plate leather, door and instrument panel inserts, and chrome seat and console accent badging for an upscale yet urban feel.  In addition, Platinum uses premium leather never before used on a Toyota truck and comes with many standard amenities, including a 12-speaker JBL audio system with Entune™, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
      The 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme and includes exclusive premium saddle brown leather seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents.  Matching soft-touch materials also accents the shift console, the front and rear door trim, and the instrument panel.  Like the Platinum, the 1794 Edition includes an array of standard features that includes heated and ventilated front seats, JBL audio and Entune, navigation and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Three Engine Options Remain Among Segment’s Most Capable
Several enhancements have been implemented on the 2014 Tundra to improve performance.  Shock-absorber valving has been re-tuned to improve Tundra ride quality over harsh surfaces.
      Steering feel and straight line stability has been improved due to steering system improvements.  These improvements reduce the inputs from road variations and imperfections, resulting in improved straight line stability and less driver fatigue.       Patented aerodynamic stabilizer fins are added to the outside surface of the rear tail lamp lens, and the outside mirror bases.  These patented “Aero-Fins” reduce the air turbulence along the sides of the vehicle resulting in improved straight-line stability during normal driving conditions and while towing.
Interior cabin noise is reduced from an improved design of engine compartment NVH treatments and innovative engineering to reduce sound transmission from the engine compartment to the vehicle cabin.
Tundra continues to offer three proven powertrains.  A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models and produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. peak torque.  It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic.
       The available 4.6-liter DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque, and the 5.7-liter DOHC i-Force V8 produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque, in both gasoline and “Flex Fuel” variants.  Both V8’s come standard with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
       All Tundra engines feature an aluminum cylinder block and DOHC heads, along with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for a broad torque curve and optimized efficiency.   The SR and SR5 grades will ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition will ride on all-new 20-inch alloy wheels specific to each grade.
       Tundra remains the only full-size pickup in the segment to adhere to the SAE J2807 towing standard.  When equipped with a tow package, Tundra has a maximum tow capacity of 10,400 pounds (4×2 Regular Cab).
All 2014 Tundras Feature a Number of Segment Firsts
       Tundras will feature a number of segment firsts, including a new Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a standard back-up camera (viewed from the audio display screen), and standard Bluetooth.  Additional standard features include a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the gauge cluster.
      The Limited grade adds eight-way power driver seat, standard chrome door handles and outer mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system. The Platinum and 1794 Edition come standard with a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory and a four-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation, power moonroof (CrewMax only), parking sonar, and Display Audio with Navigation, Entune and JBL.
Toyota’s STAR Safety: Segment First Blind Spot Monitor with Cross Traffic Alert
     The 2014 Tundra will be the first in its segment to be equipped with a standard backup camera on all grades, and the first truck in its segment to offer a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Platinum and 1794 Edition).
     All Tundra models will also feature the standard Toyota Star Safety System™ that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.
     Smart Stop Technology is designed to automatically reduce engine power when both brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time under certain conditions, helping the driver bring the vehicle to a stop.
     Tundra will be equipped with eight standard airbags including front seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) in all models, driver and front outboard passenger airbags with an Advanced Airbag System, and the segments only driver and front outboard passenger knee airbags.   Additional safety features include manual headlamp leveling and standard LED Daytime Running Lights (Platinum and 1794 Edition).
     The redesigned 2014 Tundra will reach Toyota dealers in September.
2014 TUNDRA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
POWERTRAINS
4.0 Liter V6 270 H.P. @ 5600 RPM
278 lb-ft Torque @4400 RPM
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
4.6 Liter V8 310 H.P. @ 5600 RPM
327 lb-ft Torque @3400 RPM
6-Speed Automatic Transmission.
5.7 Liter V8 381 H.P.@ 5600 RPM
401 lb-ft Torque @ 3400 RPM
6-Speed Automatic Transmission  
DIMENSIONS (inches)
Overall length:                                  228.7 (Std Bed)
Overall width:                                     79.9   Overall height:
76.2   Wheelbase:                            145.7 (Long Bed)
TRUCK BED DIMENSIONS (inches)
Bed length                                         78.7 (Std Bed)
Bed width (between wheel wells):     50.0
Bed width (wall-to-wall):                    65.0
Bed depth:                                         22.2

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Bill Fay, Toyota Division Group VP & GM, TMS, U.S.A. 2014 Tundra Reveal @ 2013 Chicago Auto Show, McCormick Place

Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, poses with the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck prior to its unveiling at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, poses with the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck prior to its unveiling at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

MY14 Tundra Reveal 2013 Chicago Auto Show Grand Ballroom – McCormick Place Thurs., Feb. 7, 2013 @ 9 a.m. EST Bill Fay – Toyota Division Group VP & GM, TMS, U.S.A

Good morning everyone and thanks for helping us kick off the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Chicago is Toyota’s “Truck Show”…as we have a long history of major reveals here, many in this ballroom, such as the first-generation Tundra Crew Cab along with our NASCAR Tundra race truck, which will be going for its 100th victory at Daytona next week.

So, it’s only natural that this is where we’d debut the new 2014 Tundra — the third new Toyota introduced in the last 10 months.

The gentleman behind the podium at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show is Dave Illingworth, who was a Senior Executive at the company and headed the Motor Sports among many other things.  Dave is now our Toyota Dealer in Warsaw, Indiana and is here with us today.  So join me in welcoming Dave back to the Show.

Toyota understands that American truck buyers have different needs, so we offer a choice of a compact or full-size truck even while most of our competitors have abandoned the compact market.

Tundra and Tacoma sold nearly a quarter million trucks in 2012 — claiming 18 percent of the combined retail compact and half-ton pick-up truck market, which is about the same as our retail passenger-car share.  And all of them are built in North America.

In addition, no full-size truck has more North American parts content than Tundra.   We’re optimistic about the future of the full-size pick-up truck market.  The recession hit the segment hard probably harder than any other and there were only 1.1 million sold in 2009.

But in 2012 with the economy growing in many areas, the segment exceeded 1.6 million units and we see it hitting 1.8 million by 2015.

The full-size truck segment has typically been one of the most loyal in the industry with owners continually replacing their old trucks with new ones and in today’s market some are taking the opportunity to change. brands.   We’ve also seen more segment switching as people move from SUVs and cars to the unique capabilities increasing comfort of full-size pickups. With increased personal use, the mix of half-ton Crew Cabs has grown from 48 percent to almost 60 percent over the last five years.

There is also a growing trend towards more premium grades with additional features and distinctive. styling.

So we listened to what the market and customers were telling us when we redesigned the Tundra.    In addition to maintaining the capability, reliability and safety that truck buyer’s demand, the 2014 Tundra also features:

  • unique exterior designs with a distinct look for each grade
  • An all-new spacious interior with each grade having its own identity
  • And new technological innovations that customers appreciate everyday

Ladies and gentlemen — the redesigned 2014 Tundra.

(TUNDRA REVEAL)

Designed, engineered and built in the U.S., the new Tundra has a powerful front image and chiseled overall appearance.    Kevin Hunter and his Calty Design team in California and Michigan gave it an aggressive look to match its capability.
The new exterior design features a muscular front view that signifies its “pulling power” through a wider, taller grille … with forceful headlamps that interlock with the rest of the front fascia.

The hood was raised by 1.6 inches contributing to the bolder appearance.   The new bed design helps carry the sculpted character lines all the way down the side leading to a new gate …with an integrated spoiler and “TUNDRA” embossed directly into the sheet metal creating a rugged high-tech look.    A new unique bumper goes from one to three pieces allowing for grade differentiation and lower customer replacement costs.

Chief Engineer Mike Sweers grew up in a Michigan farming community and has a small, active farm.  day. It’s a place where full-size pickups are a way of life.  I guess you could say pickups are in his blood.   On top of that, he was previously a vice president of interiors at TTC Ann Arbor, which made him the natural choice to lead development of the new Tundra.

He and his team really sweated the small stuff when it came to crafting an all-new best-in-segment. interior.

They made the cab more driver-centric moving the center stack 2.6 inches closer for easier access.  And a new gauge, cluster with distinctive styling, is easier to view.

And Mike knows a thing or two about towing, so he added a trailer-brake controller to the towing package and moved the 4 and 7 pin trailer connectors from below the rear bumper up next to the license plate.  This makes them not only easier to use but also reduces the potential for damage.

To satisfy the growing number of premium, full-size truck buyers, the redesigned Tundra will offer five distinct grades each with a “unique flavor” that is immediately recognizable — including a different front grille for each rather than just an equipment build up from grade to grade.

The SR grade is our entry-level Tundra designed primarily for the work-use buyer who will value its excellent utility on the job.   Although work-focused. the SR includes convenience features like Display Audio with integrated Backup Camera and Bluetooth as standard features.   The SR5 will continue to be our volume model with a great mix of style and capability.   It’s differentiated from the SR with

  • chrome grille surround,
  • fog lights,
  • satellite radio,
  • and optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Limited, like the model behind me, will have a character that is active and premium with

  • a unique grille insert,
  • chrome accents,
  • and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Inside heated leather bucket seats with power driver controls, wood grain trim and Display Audio with navigation and Entune add to the Limited’s well-appointed character.    This particular Limited also features the TRD Off-Road Package with

  • unique 18-inch wheels,
  • dedicated off-road tires,
  • and performance springs and shocks.

With the half-ton truck segment growing significantly at the top end, we’ll offer two premium grades to satisfy varied tastes and desires.

The Platinum grade will have an urban contemporary edge appealing to a new generation of truck buyers with perforated black premium leather seats and double stitching on the seats, doors and instrument panel inserts – along with chrome trim and brushed metallic accents.

We have an amazing black Platinum Edition upstairs in the Toyota display for you to see up close today.   The 1794 Edition over here on your right is a true heartland pick-up…

(REVEAL 1794 EDITION)

with its heritage inspired by the ranch founded in 1794 where the Tundra plant is now located in San Antonio.    It reflects a western lifestyle with saddle-brown premium leather seating and ultrasuede accents with bold contrast stitching and an exclusive logo. Both premium models include LED daytime running lights.

Tundra also features a number of segment firsts including a new Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert on premium models.   It will continue to have the largest front brakes in the class and the segment’s only standard knee airbags …   In addition to a class-leading eight standard airbags, Tundra — like all Toyotas — will feature our exclusive STAR Safety System with Vehicle Stability Control and Smart Stop Technology among others.   Toyota’s DNA of QDR has made Tundra the leader in full-size pickup quality.  The industry has honored Tundra with numerous awards over the past 12 years including JD Power’s recognition as the most pendable full-size pickup seven years in a row.   We will continue to offer three engine options where our customers have consistently given us postitive feedback on the efficiency, power and durability of Tundra’s powertrains — which remain the most capable in the half-ton segment towing all sorts of boats and trailers as well as some other interesting craft.   With Tundra, “what you see is what you get.”  Tundra meets customers’ expectations from towing to “real world” fuel economy.

According to a leading consumer publication, our 5.7-liter V8 gets the same combined fuel economy in daily driving as some competitors’ smaller-displacement V8 and Turbo V6 engines.   Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 carries more than 2,000 pounds and tows over 10,000 pounds. Tundra has been compliant with SAE’s new towing standard since 2011 and it’s still the only full-size truck in the industry to date that has adopted this new standard.

Tundra continues to deliver on what full-size truck customers need and now gives them more of what they want as well.   From its inception back in 1999, the Tundra was designed and built for American truck buyers and all Tundra’s are built at our San Antonio plant.

The redesigned Tundra is a continuation of Toyota’s initiative to locally develop more engaging vehicles specifically for the North America market, which began with the all-new Avalon.

Two men whose teams helped make the new Tundra happen are here today.    Please welcome from TTC Ann Arbor Tundra Chief Engineer Mike Sweers.   And from Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, and Ann Arbor Calty President Kevin Hunter.

These guys are the heart and soul of the new Tundra and I can’t thank them enough for this fantastic new truck.   While we won’t have pricing until closer to the September launch, I think Tundra will offer the best overall package in the half-ton segment.

Tundra’s dynamic new styling with its long-standing capability, five distinctive grades, unique premium interior features, and Toyota safety reiterates our commitment to our customers and the North American market.   And it’s another example of Toyota inviting people to “Let’s Go Places”… together.

Thank you for spending the morning with us.

I invite you to take a look at these amazing new trucks, but let the photographers come up first to get some additional images of the Limited and 1794 Edition… and don’t forget to go by the Toyota display area to see the outstanding Platinum Edition.

And if you swing by the Scion display, I might see you there. I’m looking forward to checking out the new, modified FR-S, which will be the new race car for the Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach this April.   Thanks again and enjoy the rest of the show.

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Rain and ice at first press day — 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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The halls of McCormick Place, home of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (photo: Michael Anthony)

Jaguar Land Rover kicks off the show

After slushing through the freezing rain we boarded the bus bound for McCormick Place, home of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Yes, typical Chicago weather — they’re expecting a couple inches of snow. I’m hungry so we are off to the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast where the president of Jaguar Land Rover NA, Andy Goss, is the speaker. Jaguar Land Rover NA will launch a series of all-wheel-drive sedans in 2013, along with Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover.

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Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover NA

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public on Saturday, Feb. 9, Jaguar will highlight the all-weather capabilities of the Instinctive All Wheel Drive™ in the Jaguar XF & XJ sedans, Jaguar XK grand tourer, and the all-new convertible Jaguar F-TYPE sports car. Land Rover will showcase the all-new 2013 Range Rover featuring an all-aluminum unibody, Land Rover’s bestselling vehicle, the Range Rover Sport, the award winning Range Rover Evoque, the versatile and capable Land Rover LR4, and the newly revised Land Rover LR2.

MAMA’s family car of the year

The 2013 Ford Fusion was named 2013 MAMA family vehicle of the year. Congratulations, Ford team! Now off to the show floor.2013 Ford Fusion