Posted on 07.18.2013 16:00 by
If you dig deep into the Mustang’s history and pull up the first generation, you will find that it was actually a mid-model-year addition to Ford’s lineup, which makes it a 1964 1/2 model year. Back then, half-model-year vehicles were not a too rare, like they are today, but it looks as if we are set to see one really soon in the next-gen Mustang.
According to an insider that spoke to the folks over at Mustangs Daily, there will be a limited run of next-generation Mustang’s bearing the 2014 1/2 model year. The insider claims that this is a way for Ford to celebrate the true 50th anniversary of the famed pony car.
According to the report, only 1,000 examples if the 2014 1/2 Mustangs will see production and they will each feature a special VIN and build number to separate them from the 2015 models. With only 1,000 units hitting showrooms at what we assume will be a rather inflated price, this special run of next-gen Mustangs will be an instant collector’s item.
The report also indicates that, despite an anticipated price hike, the 2014 1/2 model will not feature any power upgrades.
If this report proves to be true, then we are likely getting rather close to seeing Ford drop the camo from the Mustang in time to squeeze in for 2014. Stay tuned for more details!
Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Mustang
Report: Next-Gen Mustang will Start as a Limited-Run 2014 1/2 Model originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 16:00 EST.
Posted on 07.18.2013 17:00 by
In the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva Sport’s senior yearbook, the standard headshot would have been replaced by a blank “No Photo Available.” This commercial vehicle sits in the fleet-only section of Chevy’s U.S. lineup. These models major on sale price and fuel mileage – but typically include few tech or luxury features and zero trendy styling.
The opposite of trendy, the Captiva Sport is eerily familiar on all American roads. By george! It is the stillborn, second-gen Saturn Vue in a bowtie grille! Additional fender flares and chrome accents appear where there were once maroon Saturn badges.
Reviving this car is a special treatment within General Motors, and only replicated with the (also fleet-only) Chevy Caprice PPV that started life as the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT. What this distinction means for the Captiva Sport is that the vehicles have to be delivered directly to a commercial operator, thereby skipping the local retailer in favor of bulk orders.
The Captiva Sport’s big news for 2014 is an updated infotainment unit that now offers Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen audio and mobile connectivity.
The Captiva Sport is therefore a work car for people who might otherwise be in a Malibu Classic (yes, it existed..) or a Cruze – neither of which have AWD winter traction.
The larger Chevrolet Equinox is also on the fleet books for virtually identical list prices. How do they compare?
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva Sport, the only autobahn-tested AWD crossover in the Chevrolet’s American commercial fleet lineup.
Chevrolet Captiva Sport originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 17:00 EST.
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2014 Toyota Corolla (U.S.-spec) 27.08.2013
GM came in second with 9.71M
Toyota has managed to maintain the world’s largest automaker title in 2013 after selling no less than 9.98 million cars.
In 2012 they regained the auto sales crown by selling 9.75 million cars while in 2013 they were able to increase the sales figure by two percent to 9.98 million units. GM’s sales rose by four percent but it still wasn’t enough as they delivered 9.71 million cars. They were followed by Volkswagen which gave a rounded figure of 9.7 million units, with detailed results to be provided until March 13.
Toyota originally estimated they would sell more than 10 million cars in 2013, thus becoming the first automaker to reach this milestone ever. For the calendar year 2014 Toyota is estimating they will be able to deliver 10.32 million cars.
It is important to mention that all of Toyota’s figures also include sales of Lexus and Scion models, as well as Daihatsu and Hino trucks.
Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition
Prices range from 52,975 to 64,100 GBP
Audi has introduced Line and Style editions of the Audi Q7 S line sold in United Kingdom.
First up is the S Line Style Edition available with 245 HP 3.0 V6 TDI and 340 HP 4.2 V8 TDI engines and riding as standard on 21-inch matte titanium alloys with a five-arm rotor design. The vehicle also has received an off-road styling package with stainless steel underbody protectors as well extended wheel arches.
The Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition can be had with the same engines and tiptronic gearbox as the other version and has been fitted with body-colored wheel arch extensions, lower bumper spoilers and bigger front air intakes. It sits on titanium 21-inch five-spoke rims and comes with stainless steel underbody protection along with dual oval exhaust tailpipes built into the rear bumper.
Both editions are based on the S Line Plus specification and come equipped with xenon headlights with LED DRLs, privacy glass, Verano leather upholstery, HDD-based sat-nav, powered tailgate, parking system and stainless steel side running boards.
Pricing kicks off from 52,975 GBP for the Q7 S Line Style Edition fitted with the 3.0 TDI engine and goes all the way up to 64,100 GBP for the Q7 S Line Sport Edition equipped with the 4.2 TDI motor.
Additional details can be found in the attached press release.