Dodge, Scion Bring Limited Editions to Detroit


Detroit's debuts won't just be all-new concepts and productions; several automakers are announcing special-edition versions of existing models.

With its new Monogram Series, Scion hopes to embroider its name onto car shoppers' minds in association with premium features. The Toyota-owned brand announced today that the limited-edition versions of the 2014 FR-S and tC — debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit — outfit the coupes with a host of premium features. The Monogram Series' first run will include only 2,000 of the FR-S rear-wheel-drive sports car and 2,500 of the tC front-wheel-drive coupe, both are set to hit dealerships in February.

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In the FR-S, standard Monogram features include leather seats with Alcantara simulated suede inserts; a BeSpoke Premium Audio system with navigation and connected services; high-intensity-discharge headlamps with LED running lights; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated front seats and side mirrors; a color-keyed rear spoiler; and a rear-seat center armrest. The Monogram FR-S starts at $28,155 with a six-speed manual transmission and $29,255 with a six-speed automatic, plus an additional $395 for the exterior Whiteout color. Base 2014 FR-S models start at $25,455; all prices include a $755 destination charge.

By Matt Schmitz | January 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Audi Q3 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show


Competes with: BMW X1, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Looks like: A baby Q5
Drivetrain: 200-hp 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Audi's been promising its tiny crossover will be available in the U.S. for more than a year, but the Q3 has yet to make an appearance. Today, the automaker finally announced details of the 2015 Q3's arrival, including some specs and photos.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Lexus RC F at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW M4, Audi RS 5, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Looks like: A serious challenger to the crop of German high-performance coupes
Drivetrain: 450-plus hp, 5.0-liter V-8
Hits dealerships: 2014

It's been just a few months since Lexus debuted its all-new RC coupe but we now know what the high-performance F model looks like, if not all its specs. Like the IS F sedan, the new RC F is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, but where the IS F's V-8 makes 416 horsepower, the RC F's engine will produce "well above" 450 hp, according to the automaker.

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The coupe's exterior has undergone a performance-focused overhaul. It features air outlets in the taller hood and front fenders, a massive spindle grille with a mesh insert, stacked quad exhaust tips, available carbon fiber pieces and an available active rear spoiler. The spoiler motors up at about 50 mph but returns to its position flush with the trunk lid below 25 mph. Forged 19- inch aluminum wheels fill out the wheel wells, and the top-level rims are polished by hand.

By Mike Hanley | January 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Car Shopping? These Models May be Worth the Wait


Thinking of buying a new car this month? If you're shopping a few best-sellers, you might want to wait. Dealers have sold off most of last year's inventory — 2013s accounted for just 21.1 percent of new-car inventory as of Tuesday, with 78.3 percent 2014 models — but a number of popular models are due for a redesign sometime this calendar year.

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KickingTires regulars likely know what's on the way. Of the cars not yet revealed, here are a few that could be worth keeping an eye out for in 2014:

By Kelsey Mays | January 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Detroit Auto Show: What to Expect


No word on dogs, but there's certainly going to be a pony show next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That's when the world will get an up-close look at the 2015 Ford Mustang, unveiled last month with much fanfare.

2015 Ford Mustang: First Look

Show attendees making the acquaintance of the redesigned muscle-car icon will find a sleeker, more sculpted exterior design harking back to the 1965 fastback style and boasting new signature tri-bar taillights, as well as appropriately retro interior cues. Visitors to the Detroit show, of course, won't yet be able to experience the joys of the more than 420 horsepower that comes courtesy of the Mustang's beefiest powertrain option, a 5.0-liter V-8, nor the improvements to ride and handling promised by its new independent rear suspension. But a closer look should tide over enthusiasts until it hits dealerships later this year.

The new Mustang will join 71 vehicle debuts, 61 of which are said to be worldwide introductions, at the Detroit auto show, often touted as the "most important" exhibition of auto-show season, attracting more than 5,000 journalists from 62 countries and more than 795,000 visitors in 2013. Organizers promise "more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world."

By Matt Schmitz | January 8, 2014 | Comments (2)

Next Corvette Z06, GMC Canyon to Debut Next Week in Detroit


In an age where automakers are downsizing engines left and right, the outgoing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 treats displacement like Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" treats f-bombs. A centerpiece to GM's sixth-generation (C6) Corvette, the Z06's naturally aspirated pushrod V-8 displaces a monster 7.0 liters — one of the largest displacements this side of a heavy-duty pickup. It makes 505 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque. GM says it hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and scorches the quarter-mile in just 11.7 seconds.

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The Detroit News reports we'll see a seventh-generation (C7) Corvette Z06 on Jan. 13 at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. There will also be a next-gen GMC Canyon pickup, GMC tweeted Monday, which should closely follow the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado. (GM's four U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.)

By Kelsey Mays | January 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kia Previews GT4 Stinger Concept


Kia is focusing on flash at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Its first pre-auto show announcement consisted of a swoopy sports car concept; today the automaker released more details and a new teaser pic.

The GT4 Stinger Concept rides on 20-inch wheels and wears vertical LED headlamps, a carbon fiber front splitter and a low, wide-mouth grille — what Kia calls "the latest iteration of the signature grille." Power to the rear wheels comes from a 315-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter.

Click here to see what else will be making news at this month's show and check back with us on Jan. 13 for Day One coverage; press days are Jan. 13-14 and public days are Jan. 18-Jan. 26. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2013's Most Watched Videos

The word of the year for's videos is "variation." The multimedia team stayed busy in 2013 shooting videos of everything from auto shows and test cars to pickup truck challenges and a closer look at the Honda Odyssey's in-van vacuum system. Check out the top 10 most popular videos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4: First Look


Competes with: Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 458 Italia
Looks like: A quad-headlight, less-vented sibling to the Aventador
Drivetrain: 610-hp, 5.2-liter V-10 with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Witness the successor to Lamborghini's Gallardo, whose 10-year lifespan saw the most production of any single model — with 14,022 cars built — from the Italian exotic-car maker. Dubbed the Huracán LP 610-4, the new baby Lambo slots beneath the Aventador to take on the Ferrari 458 Italia and Aston Martin DB9.

The Huracán takes its name from a Spanish bull, not an epic windstorm or University of Miami sports. Lamborghini says it will combine performance with drivability; the brand will unveil the car in more than 130 private events worldwide beginning in January, followed by a public unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2014.

By Kelsey Mays | December 20, 2013 | Comments (2)

2015 Honda Fit Will Be Unveiled at 2014 Detroit Auto Show


Honda announced that it will unveil the new 2015 Fit subcompact at next month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The redesigned model will make its North American debut at the show and go on sale later in the year.

The new Fit is indeed an all-new vehicle; it rides on a new platform and features new engines that Honda says are both more powerful and efficient. The 2015 model is slightly more spacious inside than the outgoing one, but keeps the Fit's tidy overall dimensions and innovative interior seating and cargo flexibility. Exact details of the Fit's specifications will be made public when the model is officially unveiled, but until then Honda has released a teaser photo of the car's taillight.

In the past, Honda has been constrained in its ability to sell Fits partly due to the subcompact's global popularity and partly due to the unfavorable exchange rate that made every imported, made-in-Japan Fit a barely profitable sale for the company. That changes this year as 2015 Fits will be made at a brand-new factory in Celaya, Mexico. The opening of the plant means that 95 percent of Hondas sold in North America will also be built in North America, according to the company.

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By Aaron Bragman | December 19, 2013 | Comments (4)

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