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>>Announcer: FROM THE EDITORS   OF MOTORWEEK AND CARS.COM…   NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014.  >>HELLO, I’M JOHN DAVIS   FROM MOTORWEEK.  >>AND I’M JOE WIESENFELDER   FROM CARS.COM.   WELCOME TO THE NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014.  >>John: OVER THE NEXT HOUR   WE’LL SHOW YOU WHAT’S COMING   DOWN THE HIGHWAY IN NEW CARS   AND TRUCKS FOR THE 2014 MODEL YEAR.  >>Joe: WE’LL ALSO TAKE A FEW   SIDE ROADS FOR ADVICE ON NEW CAR   SHOPPING, WHY THEY ARE   THE SAFEST EVER…  >>John: …AND HOW THEY CAN   BE MADE EVEN SAFER.   THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE AT   THE PROVING GROUNDS OF THE INSURANCE   INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY.  >>Joe: WHERE WE HAVE ASSEMBLED   MANY OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS   OF THE NEW CAR MODEL YEAR.  >>John: YOU KNOW, JOE, WHEN I   WAS GROWING UP, EACH NEW CAR   INTRODUCTION WAS A HUGE DEAL.   MY PARENTS WOULD TAKE ME   TO THE DEALERSHIPS   FOR THE FALL UNVEILINGS.   THERE WERE BANNERS WAVING,   BANDS PLAYING,   IT WAS A REAL CELEBRATION.  >>Joe: WELL, JOHN, TODAY NEW   CARS ARE INTRODUCED EVERY   MONTH OF THE YEAR, OFTEN AT   AUTO SHOWS, AND THE INTERNET   GUARANTEES THAT DETAILS   INSTANTLY GO VIRAL.   STILL, FOR MANY CONSUMERS,   THE TRADITION OF FALL BEING THE   START TO A NEW CAR YEAR STILL   HANGS ON.  >>John: AND, YOU KNOW, EVEN IF   YOU’RE REALLY IN THE MARKET   FOR SOMETHING PRACTICAL LIKE   A SEDAN OR A UTILITY,   IT STILL SEEMS THAT NOTHING   PEAKS JUST ABOUT EVERYONE’S   INTEREST THAT’S HEADED TO A   DEALERSHIP LIKE PERFORMANCE   CARS.  >>Joe: IT’S TRUE. BUT   PERFORMANCE CARS ARE NOT WHAT   THEY USE TO BE.  >>John: NO, THEY’RE BETTER.   THEY’VE BEEN REDEFINED FOR THE   KIND OF TOTAL PERFORMANCE   THAT A MODERN WORLD DEMANDS;   DELIVERING EXCEPTIONAL SPEED,   HANDLING, AND BRAKING,   WHILE BOWING TO CONSUMER DEMANDS   FOR FUEL ECONOMY, COMFORT,   ENTERTAINMENT, AND, OF COURSE,   SAFETY.   AND WHEN IT COMES TO PERFORMANCE   WITH THIS NEW CAR YEAR,   THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE TO   START.   NO PERFORMANCE CAR HAS BEEN   AS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AS   THE 7TH GENERATION CORVETTE,   AND IT ARRIVES AS THE 2014   CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY,   THE MOST POWERFUL STANDARD   CORVETTE YET.  >>Ben Davis: WHEN THE PICTURES   FIRST STARTED ROLLING IN OF THE   NEW CORVETTE, THERE WERE CERTAIN   THINGS I WASN’T QUITE SURE   ABOUT, BUT NOW THAT I SEE IT   IN PERSON, ALL SYSTEMS GO.  >>John: THE NEW ‘VETTE TAKES   SOME OF ITS STYLING CUES FROM   ANOTHER CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE   LEGEND, CAMARO.   IT MAKES ITS OWN NEWS FOR 2014   WITH THE RETURN OF THE Z28.   IT PROMISES TO BE THE MOST   TRACK-WORTHY CAMARO TO DATE,   PACKING 500-HORSEPOWER INTO   A TWEAKED AND TIGHTENED BODY,   AND IT SURE LOOKS THE PART.   MEANWHILE, JAGUAR IS SET TO   REVIVE SOME OF THE BRAND’S   LEGENDARY E-TYPE HYPE WITH THE   2014 F-TYPE.   BUT WITH A 495-HORSEPOWER   SUPERCHARGED V8 UNDER THE HOOD,   THIS CAT IS ABOUT CLEARLY MORE   THAN JUST LOOKS.  >>Patrick Olsen, Cars.com:   THE EARLY REVIEWS ARE IN FOR THE   F-TYPE, AND PEOPLE SEEM TO LOVE   IT, AND IT JUST MIGHT BE A REAL   COMPETITOR FOR THE PORSCHE 911.  >>John: CHRYSLER’S SRT DIVISION   KNOWS A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT   AMERICAN BUILT PERFORMANCE,   AND FOR 2014 THEY’RE GOING ON   THE ATTACK WITH THE VIPER TA.   THE TIME ATTACK IS A ROAD COURSE   FOCUSED VIPER WITH UPDATES BOTH   INSIDE AND OUT, WITH ONE PURPOSE   IN MIND — LOWERING LAP TIMES.   HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL WHEN   LAUNCHED, THE PORSCHE PANAMERA   HAS HIT ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS   FOR A MAXIMUM EUROPEAN SPORT   SEDAN, AND FOR 2014 IS UPDATED   BY ADDING LONG WHEELBASE MODELS,   AS WELL AS A PLUG-IN HYBRID.   A 3RD GENERATION CAYMAN ALSO   ARRIVES FOR 2014,   RIDING ON THE SAME SHARPENED   CHASSIS AS THE RECENTLY   RE-VAMPED PORSCHE BOXSTER.   BOTH 275-HORSEPOWER STANDARD AND   325-HORSEPOWER S VERSIONS WILL   BE AVAILABLE.   AND IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH FOR   YOU, MAYBE A NEW 911 TURBO OR   TURBO S WILL BE.   BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND BIG   BUCKS FOR BIG PERFORMANCE,   AS SUBARU’S STI GROUP PROVES   WITH THE BRZ STI.   IT ADDS MORE THAN JUST MUCH   NEEDED ADDITIONAL POWER TO THE   BRZ, IT ALSO GETS A TWEAKED AND   TIGHTENED SUSPENSION THAT SHOULD   MAKE IT EVEN MORE POTENT ON THE   TRACK.   BUT IF YOU NEED 4-DOORS,   THE SUBARU WRX IS ALL NEW FOR   2014, LOOKING MORE AGGRESSIVE   THAN EVER.   BUT NO LONGER A PART OF THE   IMPREZA LINEUP, THE WRX ACQUIRES   A WHOLE NEW NASTY STREAK.   BMW ON ITS PART HAS A FEW TRICKS   UP THEIR SLEEVES FOR 2014,   CHIEF AMONG THEM A NEW 4-SERIES   THAT REPLACES THE 3-SERIES   COUPE.   LOW AND LEAN, THIS BAVARIAN   BRAWLER WILL SHARE MUCH OF THE   SAME POWERTRAINS AS THE 3-SERIES   SEDAN, BUT ITS PERSONALITY IS   ALL ITS OWN.   NOT TO BE OUTDONE,   MERCEDES-BENZ ENTERS THE SMALL   CAR MARKET IN THE U.S. WITH   THE CLA, ONLY IT DOES SO WITH   A BANG THANKS TO IN-HOUSE   TUNER AMG.   THE CLA45 AMG FEATURES   ALL-WHEEL DRIVE AND THE MOST   POWERFUL PRODUCTION TURBO   4-CYLINDER EVER AT 355   HORSEPOWER.   OH BABY!   ALWAYS A CONTENDER,   AUDI GOES CABRIO ON ONE OF THEIR   HOTTEST COUPES, THE RS5.   WHO WOULDN’T WANT A PIECE OF   THIS SLICK-LOOKING TUETONIC   MUSCLE CAR, ALL 450-HORSEPOWER   AND QUATTROED UP?   SO, WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR   TOP DOWN HIGH OUTPUT THRILLS,   OR BACK TO BASICS BANG FOR YOUR   BUCK, THERE’S A LOT TO LOOK   FORWARD TO IN PERFORMANCE CARS   FOR 2014.   COMING UP LATER   ON NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014 .   PERFORMANCE CARS MAY BE WHAT WE   LIVE FOR, BUT NOT MANY OF US   ACTUALLY LIVE WITH THEM ON   A DAILY BASIS.   FOR THAT WE OFTEN TURN TO   A UTILITY VEHICLE.  >>Joe: IT DOESN’T MATTER IF   IT’S HERDING THE KIDS TO SCHOOL,   CARPOOLING TO WORK, OR HEADING   OUT FOR WEEKEND GETAWAYS.   HERE’S WHAT’S COMING IN FAMILY   HAULERS IN 2014.   OF ALL UTILITY BRANDS,   JEEP HAS THE MOST NEWS FOR 2014,   STARTING WITH AN UPDATED GRAND   CHEROKEE.   ALREADY A VERY POPULAR SUV,   THE GRAND GAINS NEW STYLE,   AN 8-SPEED TRANSMISSION,   A TURBO DIESEL V6 OPTION,   PLUS A HIGH PERFORMANCE SRT   VERSION.   LESS GRAND, BUT JUST AS   IMPORTANT, IS THE RETURN OF   JEEP’S CHEROKEE NAMEPLATE TO   AMERICA.   IT’S PLACED ON A VERY SLICKLY   STYLED COMPACT CROSSOVER.   WHILE MOST BUYERS WILL STAY   ON-ROAD, THE NEW CHEROKEE IS   “TRAIL RATED” AND CAN EVEN BE   FITTED WITH AN ACTIVE REAR   DIFFERENTIAL.   LOOKING FOR A LITTLE MORE   LUXURY?   THE LINCOLN MKC MIGHT FIT THE   BILL.   THIS COMPACT CROSSOVER,   BASED ON THE FORD ESCAPE,   AIMS TO MAKE LINCOLN A MORE   OBVIOUS PREMIUM CHOICE BY NOT   BEING ANY LESS LUXURIOUS THAN   ITS LARGER STABLEMATES.   IF IT’S A LOT MORE LUXURY YOU’VE   GOT IN MIND, SET YOUR SIGHTS   ON THE LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER   SPORT.  >>Greg Carloss: IT MAY BE THE   “FAMILY” ROVER WITH THREE ROWS   OF AVAILABLE SEATING,   BUT IT PACKS TONS OF BOTH ON   AND OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE,   AS WELL AS THE LAVISHNESS YOU   EXPECT IN A LAND ROVER.  >>Joe: A REDESIGNED ACURA MDX   IS HERE, SPORTING SUPER-HANDLING   ALL-WHEEL DRIVE,   JEWEL EYE LED HEADLIGHTS,   AND MORE AERODYNAMIC STYLING.   LIKE MOST ACURAS, HIGH-TECH   IS HIGHLY PRESENT WITH THE NEW   GENERATION OF ACURALINK.   FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE UTILITY   BUYERS, THE LONG-RUMORED PORSCHE   MACAN IS FINALLY A REALITY.   MOST FANS ARE BEYOND PORSCHE   BEING IN THE SUV BUSINESS,   AND WE’RE OKAY WITH IT TOO,   PROVIDED THE RESULTS ARE AS GOOD   AS WE EXPECT FROM THIS MODEL.   LOOK FOR CAYENNE STYLE   PERFORMANCE IN A SMALLER   PACKAGE.   AND SPEAKING OF PERFORMANCE,   AUDI ADDS A GENEROUS HELPING   OF IT TO THEIR Q5 CROSSOVER.   THE 354-HORSEPOWER SQ5 IS THE   FIRST AUDI CROSSOVER TO GET THE   S PERFORMANCE TREATMENT.   AND OUR ONLY COMMENT IS,   “WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?”   2014 SEES THE ARRIVAL OF THE 3RD   GENERATION OF BMW’S X5 SPORTS   ACTIVITY VEHICLE.   AND IN A NOD TO BUYERS NOT   INTERESTED IN HITTING THE TRAIL   WITH THEIR HIGH DOLLAR HAULER,   IT WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE IN   REAR-WHEEL DRIVE, AS WELL AS   ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.   FOR THE MOST PRACTICAL SUV   SHOPPER, TOYOTA CONTINUES THEIR   TWO-PRONGED MID-SIZE APPROACH   WITH THE URBAN FAMILY ORIENTED   HIGHLANDER CROSSOVER,   AND THE MORE RUGGED 4RUNNER SUV   THAT HAS ADVENTUROUS FAMILIES IN   MIND.   BOTH FEATURE SMOOTHER DESIGNS,   AND THANKFULLY FOR THE   OFF-ROADERS, THE 4RUNNER KEEPS   ITS BODY ON FRAME STATUS.   NOT QUITE AS RUGGED LOOKING   BUT ALMOST AS CAPABLE IS THE   NEW SUBARU FORESTER.   OVER THE YEARS THE FORESTER   HAS BECOME MORE MAINSTREAM   IN BOTH APPEARANCE AND APPEAL,   AND THIS NEW ONE UNDOUBTEDLY   CONTINUES THAT TREND.  >>Jennifer Newman, Cars.com:   THE FORESTER HAS GROWN WITH ITS   2014 REDESIGN, BUT IT WAS THE   SUV’S USABILITY THAT REALLY WON   OUR EDITORS OVER.  >>Joe: AND ONE BRAND THAT   REALLY NEEDS A BOOST IS   MITSUBISHI, AND THEY’RE HOPING   AN ALL-NEW OUTLANDER WILL DO THE   TRICK.   UNLIKE SOME OTHER COMPACTS THAT   HAVE DROPPED THEIR V6 AND 3RD   ROW OPTIONS, THE SPORTY LOOKING   OUTLANDER FORGES AHEAD WITH   BOTH.   AND SPEAKING OF SPORTY LOOKS,   AN UPDATED KIA SORENTO ARRIVES   FOR 2014, WITH SLEEK NEW SHEET   METAL, AN IMPROVED INTERIOR,   AND A NEW 3.3-LITER V6 ENGINE.   MEANWHILE, KIA’S URBAN   CROSSOVER, THE SOUL, IS ALL-NEW.   SLIGHTLY LARGER, IT RETAINS CUTE   TWO-BOX STYLING WHILE THE   INTERIOR GETS A NICE UPGRADE   IN FUNCTIONALITY.   NISSAN GOES ROGUE IN ’14   WITH AN ALL-NEW ROGUE COMPACT   CROSSOVER.   NOW PACKING ROOM FOR SEVEN   WITH AN AVAILABLE 3RD ROW,   THE NEW ROGUE LOOKS TO CONTINUE   THE RECENT NISSAN TREND OF   OFFERING MORE ROOM, FEATURES,   AND TECHNOLOGY FOR LESS MONEY.   BUT FOR THE ULTIMATE IN FAMILY   HAULING, IT’S STILL HARD TO BEAT   A MINIVAN.   AND WHILE MANY BRANDS HAVE LEFT   THE SEGMENT, HONDA IS DOUBLING   DOWN WITH A REVISED HONDA   ODYSSEY.   OUR FAVORITE NEW FEATURE?   IT HAS TO BE THE ONBOARD VACUUM,   READY TO SUCK UP THE CRUMBS   AFTER YOU LEAVE GRANDMA’S HOUSE.   AND WITH THAT, WE’VE ARRIVED   AT THE END OF OUR LOOK AT WHAT’S   COMING TO UTILITY VEHICLES IN   THE COMING YEAR.  >>John: WHILE THERE ARE MORE   WOMEN WORKING IN THE AUTO   INDUSTRY THAN EVER, THE MAJORITY   OF ENGINEERS AND DESIGNERS ARE   STILL MEN.   YET, WHEN IT COMES TIME TO   PURCHASING A NEW VEHICLE FOR   THE FAMILY, MEN ARE OFTEN NOT   THE DECISION MAKERS.  >>Joe: EXACTLY.   WOMEN ARE INCREASINGLY CALLING   THE SHOTS WHEN IT COMES TO A NEW   CAR PURCHASE.   AND WHETHER THEY ARE WIVES,   MOMS, OR SINGLE, THEY HAVE VERY   DEFINITE IDEAS ABOUT WHAT MAKES   A NEW CAR DESIGN GREAT.  >>THAT’S RIGHT, JOE.   AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT   TWO-THIRDS OF ALL NEW CARS ARE   ACTUALLY PURCHASED BY WOMEN?   HI, I’M KRISTIN VARELA WITH   CARS.COM.  >>AND I’M YOLANDA VAZQUEZ   FROM MOTORWEEK .   WE’VE HAD TO TEST DRIVE AND   REVIEW HUNDREDS OF CARS OVER   THE YEARS — AIN’T THAT RIGHT,   GIRLFRIEND?  >>Kristin: IT’S TRUE, SO WE   KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT WHAT   WOMEN WANT IN CARS.  >>Yolanda: SHOW LET US SHOW YA   WHAT WE’RE WORKING WITH!   AS AN AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALIST,   VARELA HAS LOGGED MANY MILES   BEHIND THE WHEEL OF TEST   VEHICLES.   AND I’VE DONE THE SAME   WRITING CAR REVIEWS AND REPORTS   ON A VARIETY OF CONSUMER   STORIES.   WHILE WE BOTH AGREE IT’S   IMPOSSIBLE FOR ALL WOMEN TO WANT   THE SAME THING IN A NEW VEHICLE,   THERE IS COMMON GROUND ON WHAT   FEATURES ARE MOST IMPORTANT   TO US.  >>Kristin: I THINK SAFETY IS   INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR ME   AS A MOM.  >>Yolanda: WE BOTH AGREE A   LARGE NUMBER OF STANDARD SAFETY   FEATURES AND GOOD CRASH TEST   SCORES TOPS OUR MUST-HAVE LIST.   WE ALSO LOOK FOR VERSATILITY,   RELIABILITY, A NICE BLEND OF   FORM AND FUNCTION, GOOD GAS   MILEAGE, AND AFFORDABLE PRICING.  >>Kristin: I’M A COMPARISON   SHOPPER.   I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I’VE   COVERED ALL THE BASES.   MAKE SURE THAT THERE ISN’T   SOMETHING ELSE OUT THERE THAT’S   JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.  >>Yolanda: ACCORDING TO THE   2013 MINTEL CAR BUYING REPORT,   A MAN, ON AVERAGE, SPENDS 5.5   WEEKS RESEARCHING A NEW VEHICLE,   WHILE A WOMAN SPENDS 6.5 WEEKS.   THAT EXTRA TIME MAY INCLUDE   REVIEWING THE NUMBER AND   PLACEMENT OF AIRBAGS IN A   VEHICLE.   FOR EXAMPLE, WE BOTH LIKE   THE KNEE AIRBAG IN THE HYUNDAI   SANTA FE, AND THE CENTER AIRBAG   BETWEEN THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER   SEATS IN THE BUICK ENCLAVE.  >>Kristin: WHICH KEEPS EACH OF   US PROTECTED FROM ONE ANOTHER   IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT   CRASH.  >>Yolanda: THE ENCLAVE GARNERS   BONUS POINTS FROM US WITH THEIR   FULL LENGTH SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAGS   AND GOVERNMENT CRASH TEST SCORES   THAT ARE AMONG THE BEST.   BUT OVERALL, THIS IS A PRETTY   STYLISH RIDE FOR A LOT OF WOMEN   TO CONSIDER, AND BUSY MOMS.  >>Kristin: YES.  >>Yolanda: YES, WE LIKED IT.   TWO THUMBS UP.  >>Kristin: IT’S SWELL!  >>Yolanda: THANKS TO AUTONATION   BUICK/GMC AND SHORTLINE HYUNDAI   AND KIA IN COLORADO,   KRISTIN AND I WERE ABLE TO   REVIEW SEVERAL VEHICLES.   WE FOUND THE NEW KIA SORENTO   HAS THE RIGHT MIX OF FORM   AND FUNCTION.  >>Kristin: STARTING IN THE   MID-$30s, IT OFFERS SOME   FEATURES THAT YOU JUST DON’T   SEE IN OTHER VEHICLES AT THAT   SAME PRICE RANGE.   FOR EXAMPLE, THE OPTION OF   AIR CONDITIONED FRONT SEATS.  >>Yolanda: AND THE OPTION OF   THIRD ROW SEATING GIVES A FAMILY   EVEN MORE FLEXIBILITY.   SO WE’RE HERE WITH THE KIA SOUL,   AND THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE   OF KIA’S BEST SELLING MODELS,   AND FOR LOTS OF REASONS.   WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS CAR?  >>Kristin: WELL, IT DEFINITELY   STANDS OUT IN THE DESIGN   DEPARTMENT, DOESN’T IT?  >>Yolanda: NOT TO MENTION IT   HAS LOTS OF CARGO SPACE FOR ITS   SIZE AND COMES STANDARD WITH   BLUETOOTH AND USB/AUX INPUT   JACKS.   I LIKE THIS CAR.   I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW   IF I’D GET IT FOR MYSELF RIGHT   NOW, BUT MAYBE 10, 20 YEARS   AGO, HINT-HINT, [LAUGHTER]   THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN MY RIDE!   KIA HAS MADE SOME GREAT STRIDES   WHEN IT COMES TO MARKETING THEIR   PRODUCTS TO WOMEN.   THE KOREAN CAR MANUFACTURER SAYS   OVER HALF OF THEIR BUYERS ARE   FEMALE.   MOVING TO ITS SISTER BRAND,   HYUNDAI, THEY’VE ALSO TURNED UP   THE DIAL ON THEIR OFFERINGS.   THIS 2013 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID   IS A FAVORITE FOR US.  >>Kristin: ONE THING THAT I   LOVE ABOUT HYUNDAI IN GENERAL   AS A BRAND IS THAT ALL OF THEIR   SAFETY FEATURES COME STANDARD,   SO YOU’RE NOT FORCED TO HAVE TO   CHOOSE BETWEEN YOUR BUDGET AND   YOUR FAMILY’S SAFETY.  >>Yolanda: AND THAT’S   IMPORTANT.   AND WITH A COMBINED 37 MPG FUEL   ECONOMY RATING, IT’S EASY TO   SEE WHY THIS STYLISH, AFFORDABLE   MID-SIZE CAR APPEALS TO MANY   WOMEN DRIVERS.   THIS ONE WAS NOT AS BLAND AND   UNINSPIRING AS THE OTHER   VEHICLES.  >>Kristin: IT DEFINITELY DOES   CATCH YOUR EYE AS IT’S DRIVING   PAST YOU ON THE HIGHWAY.  >>Yolanda: CARMAKERS,   BOTH DOMESTIC AND IMPORT,   ARE REALIZING THE BUYING POWER   WOMEN HAVE AND ARE FIGURING OUT   WAYS TO APPEAL TO THEM.  >>Kristin: WHAT’S IT GOING   TO TAKE TO GET THE SYSTEM   TO CHANGE?   I HAVE SEEN CHANGE OVER THE PAST   10 YEARS, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.  >>Yolanda: AND WHILE THESE   CHANGES MAY NOT BE AS NOTICEABLE   TO THE AVERAGE CONSUMER,   REST ASSURED, AUTOMOTIVE MAVENS   LIKE US ARE ON THE JOB TO MAKE   SURE EVERY NEW CAR GETS OUR   “GIRL POWER” SEAL OF APPROVAL.  >>Joe: FOR WHAT’S NEW   IN TRUCKS, STAY TUNED   TO NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014 .  >>John: YEAR AFTER YEAR,   THE ONE BODY STYLE THAT   DOMINATES THE CAR MARKET WITH A   CONTENDER FROM VIRTUALLY EVERY   BRAND IS THE TRADITIONAL 4-DOOR   SEDAN.  >>Joe: YOU CAN GO FROM THE   CHEAPEST CAR AVAILABLE IN THE   U.S., ALL THE WAY UP TO SOME OF   THE MOST EXPENSIVE HARDWARE ON   THE ROAD, AND JUST ABOUT   EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.   HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT’S COMING   TO SEDANS FOR 2014.   THE MOST DYNAMIC NEW FAMILY   SEDAN FOR 2014 IS WITHOUT   A DOUBT THE MAZDA6.   WHILE IT HAS OFTEN HAD A STYLING   EDGE OVER CAMRY AND ACCORD,   THIS LATEST VERSION MAKES IT   GAME, SET, MATCH.   MAZDA WILL ALSO SERVE UP AN ACE;   A DIESEL OPTION WHICH SHOULD   MANAGE CLOSE TO 40 MILES-PER-   GALLON.   ANOTHER FASHIONABLE 4-DOOR THAT   HAS PLENTY OF SUBSTANCE AND   STYLE IS THE HYUNDAI SONATA.   2014 UPDATES INCLUDE EVER MORE   EXPRESSIVE STYLING OUTSIDE,   AND MORE PREMIUM FEATURES   INSIDE.   BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OVERFLOWING   LUXURY, HYUNDAI’S EQUUS CAN’T   BE BEAT ON PRICE.   LOOK FOR THE POSH-O-METER TO TOP   OUT FOR THIS REVAMPED LUXURY   LINER.   HYUNDAI HAS ALSO BEEN SHARING   MORE OF THEIR SPOILS WITH KIA   AS THEIR SISTER BRAND MOVES   UP-MARKET WITH AN ALL-NEW   FLAGSHIP SEDAN, THE CADENZA.  >>Ben Davis: KIA HAS BEEN ON   QUITE A ROLL LATELY.   NOW LET’S SEE IF THEY CAN   CONTINUE THAT BY ROLLING INTO   THE PREMIUM SEDAN MARKET.  >>Joe: MORE FAMILIAR LUXURY   WITH A NOTABLE SHIFT TOWARD   PERFORMANCE COMES FROM THE   ALL-NEW LEXUS IS.   THIS RAKISH COMPACT TAKES ON THE   AGGRESSIVE DESIGN THEME OF THE   LARGER GS, WITHOUT LEAVING   BEHIND ANY OF THE LAVISHNESS   YOU EXPECT FROM THE BRAND.   AND JUST WHEN WE GOT USED TO THE   INFINITI G37’S UNIQUE TAKE ON   THE LUXURY SPORT SEDAN SEGMENT,   FOR 2014, INFINITI HEADS BACK   TO ITS ROOTS AND RENAMES THE   COMPACT SPORT SEDAN THE Q50.   ALONG WITH THE NAME COMES   SLEEKER SHEET METAL SURROUNDING   EVEN MORE REFINEMENT.   ONE CAR NAME THAT HAS BEEN   AROUND MUCH LONGER IS CHEVROLET   IMPALA.   BUT 2014 SEES AN ALL-NEW CAR   THAT IS UNLIKE ANY BIG CHEVY   BEFORE IT.   BASED ON THE SMOOTH RIDING   PLATFORM OF THE CADILLAC XTS,   THIS IMPALA WILL BE STREAKING   PAST PREDATORS WITH EASE,   ALL WHILE WEARING THE MOST   DYNAMIC SHEET METAL YET FOR   A BOWTIE FOUR-DOOR.   CHEVROLET IS ALSO FIELDING   AN UPDATED MALIBU.   NEW JUST LAST YEAR, SALES   HAVEN’T BEEN AS STRONG AS HOPED.   THIS EARLY REWORK ADDS MORE REAR   SEAT ROOM, MORE EFFICIENCY,   PLUS A TASTE OF THE IMPALA’S   BOLDER STYLING.   MAKING IT A 3-PRONGED SEDAN   ATTACK FOR CHEVROLET IN 2014   IS A NEW REAR-DRIVE PERFORMANCE   FOUR-DOOR, THEIR FIRST SINCE   1996, THE SS.   LIKE THE PONTIAC G8,   IT’S BASED ON AUSTRALIA’S HOLDEN   COMMODORE WITH A CORVETTE   DERIVED V8.   THE SS WILL ALSO BE CIRCLING   NASCAR OVALS IN THE YEAR AHEAD.   AMERICAN BUILT REAR-DRIVE   PERFORMANCE SEDANS TOOK A HUGE   LEAP FORWARD WITH THE CADILLAC   CTS.   NOW WITH AN ALL-NEW CTS FOR   2014, LOOK FOR AN EQUALLY BIG   JOLT TO THE SEGMENT.  >>Patrick: THE CTS HAS BEEN   A FAVORITE FOR MANY CADILLAC   DRIVERS, AND ITS BOLD NEW   REDESIGN CONTINUES THE EVOLUTION   OF CADILLAC LUXURY.  >>Joe: WHEN IT COMES TO   BLENDING LUXURY AND TECHNOLOGY   INTO A FLAGSHIP COCKTAIL,   THE ALL-NEW ACURA RLX IS A   STANDOUT.   WITH TREATS LIKE PRECISION   ALL-WHEEL STEER AND JEWEL EYE   LED HEADLIGHTS,   LOOK FOR THE RLX TO MAKE AN EVEN   BIGGER NAME FOR ITSELF.   BUT FOR THE ULTIMATE IN   PRECISION LUXURY, ALL ROADS LEAD   TO THE 2014 MERCEDES-BENZ   S-CLASS.   WITH THE MAYBACH BRAND NOW   HISTORY, MERCEDES HOPES TO   ELEVATE THE S-CLASS TO A   SIMILAR LEVEL OF EXTRAVAGANCE,   BUT WITH MORE HIGH-TECH.   WHETHER YOU’RE CONQUERING THE   FREEWAY OR HANGING OUT IN THE   BACK SEAT, YOU’LL FIND PLENTY   TO LOVE IN THIS FULL-SIZE   CRUISER.   4-DOOR IN YOUR FUTURE?   WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE WILL   BE PLENTY TO CHOSE FROM IN   2014.   IF THERE’S ONE AUTOMOTIVE   SEGMENT THAT HAS CHANGED THE   MOST IN THE LAST 20 YEARS,   IT’S LIGHT-DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS.  >>John: NOT ONLY HAVE THEY GONE   FROM JOB SITE NECESSITIES TO   FAMILY PERSONAL USE VEHICLES,   AS WE’VE SEEN CREW CAB MODELS   BECOME THE BIGGEST SELLER IN   THE SEGMENT, BUT RECENTLY FUEL   ECONOMY, NOT PAYLOAD OR   PERFORMANCE, HAS BECOME THE   BIGGEST AREA OF COMPETITION.   WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE BIGGEST   2014 TRUCK NEWS COMES FROM   CHEVROLET WITH AN ALL-NEW   SILVERADO FULL-SIZE PICKUP.   AND WHEN IT COMES TO FUEL   MILEAGE, THIS BOWTIE BRUTE CAME   TO PLAY, WITH A 5.3-LITER V8   THAT OUT “FUEL-ECONOMIES” ALL   OTHER V8’S IN THE SEGMENT AND   EVEN FORD’S ECOBOOST V6.   AND IT DOES ALL OF THAT WHILE   STILL BEING ABLE TO OUT-TOW THEM   AS WELL, WITH A MAX TOWING OF   11,500 POUNDS.  >>Patrick: WE’RE THRILLED   WITH GM’S NEW TRUCK.   THEY’VE CHANGED BOTH THE OUTSIDE   AND THE INSIDE, BUT IT’S THE   INTERIOR THAT REALLY SHINES.  >>John: WITH A NEW SILVERADO   COMES AN ALL-NEW CORPORATE   COUSIN GMC SIERRA.   WHILE THEY SHARE ALL THE   IMPORTANT STUFF,   THE SIERRA DOES GET ITS OWN   DECIDEDLY MORE MACHO LOOKING   FACE.   DETAILS INCLUDE NEW REAR BUMPER   CORNER STEPS, EZ LIFT TAILGATE,   AND INLAID DOORS FOR THE   QUIETEST PICKUP ON THE MARKET.   IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS   THE TOYOTA TUNDRA HAS MADE A LOT   OF NOISE IN THE FULL-SIZE TRUCK   MARKET AND THE REDESIGNED 2014   TUNDRA SHOULD KEEP THAT STREAK   GOING.   THE CHASSIS REMAINS THE SAME   AS DO POWERTRAINS, BUT THEY’RE   WRAPPED IN MORE PRO-GRADE   LOOKING CABS, HELPING TUNDRA   DISTANCE ITSELF FROM THE   SOFTER IMAGE OF BEFORE.   THE GRILLE IS TRULY MASSIVE,   WHICH IS THE WAY AMERICAN TRUCK   BUYERS PREFER THEM.  >>Ben: THE NEW TUNDRA IS LARGE   AND IN CHARGE, FOR SURE.   AND IT SHOULD DO A LOT TO BOOST   ITS IMAGE IN THE FULL SIZE TRUCK   RANKS.  >>John: CHRYSLER’S RAM TRUCK   BRAND WILL BE EVEN MORE FUEL   EFFICIENT WITH THE FIRST TURBO   DIESEL IN A LIGHT-DUTY PICKUP.   THE RAM 1500 WILL OFFER   A 3.0-LITER ECODIESEL V6,   THE SAME ONE AS FOUND IN THE   JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, AND WHO   KNOWS, IT MIGHT JUST START   A TREND.   AND WHILE PICKUP TRUCKS ARE   DOING MORE AND MORE FAMILY DUTY,   A STEADY STREAM OF NEW   COMMERCIAL VANS ARE GIVING   WORKING MEN AND WOMEN A TRUE   ALTERNATIVE, BY PACKING A LOT   OF JOB FRIENDLY FEATURES INTO   EASY TO OPERATE PACKAGES.   ONCE AGAIN, IT’S RAM SETTING THE   TONE WITH THEIR NEW LINE OF   PROMASTER EURO-STYLE COMMERCIAL   VANS.   BUILT ON THE WELL-PROVEN FIAT   DUCATO PLATFORM,   THERE ARE A WIDE VARIETY OF   ENGINES AND BODIES AVAILABLE,   ONE TO SUIT ANY TASK.   FORD ALSO HAS THIS MARKET   CLEARLY IN ITS SIGHTS WITH A NEW   TRANSIT FULL-SIZE COMMERCIAL VAN   THAT WILL FINALLY REPLACE   THE VENERABLE E-SERIES VANS.   ALSO BASED ON A EUROPEAN DESIGN,   THE TRANSIT FEATURES FOUR MODELS   WITH THREE ROOF HEIGHTS,   AND AVAILABLE ECOBOOST POWER   TO HELP GET ANY JOB DONE   EFFICIENTLY.   FORD ALREADY SELLS THE SMALLER   TRANSIT CONNECT HERE,   BUT IT GETS UPDATED FOR 2014   WITH A SLEEKER DESIGN,   ECOBOOST POWER OF ITS OWN,   AND EVEN TWO PASSENGER FRIENDLY   WAGON MODELS.   JOINING THE TRANSIT CONNECT IN   THE SMALL COMMERCIAL VAN SEGMENT   IS THE NISSAN NV200.   THE NV200 OFFERS LOTS OF   PRACTICALITY IN A SMALL SPACE;   SO MUCH SO, THAT GM WILL ALSO   SELL A CHEVROLET VERSION.   BE PREPARED TO SEE MANY NISSAN   NV’S TACKLE ONE OF THE TOUGHEST   JOBS OF ALL,   AS THE OFFICIAL NEW YORK CITY   TAXI CAB.   SO, WHETHER YOU NEED A TRUCK   FOR WORK OR PLAY, OR BOTH,   IT LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE PLENTY   OF NEW 2014 OPTIONS TO HELP YOU   FINISH YOUR TO-DO LIST IN RECORD   TIME.   MORE ON THE CORVETTE STINGRAY   LATER ON   NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014.   THESE DAYS WHEN CUSTOMERS   SHOW UP AT A DEALER TO BUY A NEW   CAR, THEY COME PREPARED.   THEY’VE RESEARCHED THE INTERNET   AND OFTEN KNOW MORE ABOUT THE   CAR THEY’RE LOOKING AT THAN THE   SALES PERSON.  >>Joe: AND IF THINGS GO WELL,   A TEST DRIVE COMES NEXT.   BUT IT SHOULDN’T BE JUST   A FORMALITY, NOR A TRIP AROUND   THE BLOCK.   LET’S FIND OUT WHAT TO LOOK FOR   THAT FIRST TIME BEHIND THE   WHEEL.  >>Pat Goss: SOONER OR LATER,   WE ALWAYS HAVE TO BUY A   REPLACEMENT CAR.   NOW, WHETHER IT’S A NEW CAR OR   A USED CAR, WHETHER IT’S A TRUCK   OR A VAN, OR A PASSENGER CAR —   NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, ONE OF THE   MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT YOU   HAVE TO DO IS A ROAD TEST.   AND BEFORE YOU DO THAT ROAD   TEST, YOU WANT TO DO A WALK   AROUND THE VEHICLE.   YOU’RE LOOKING FOR OBVIOUS   THINGS, LIKE PAINT OVERSPRAY   UNDER THE HOOD, AND VARIOUS   THINGS THAT ARE…WELL, THEY MAY   NOT BE POSITIONED RIGHT,   AND STUFF LIKE THAT.   ONCE YOU GET ALL OF THAT DONE,   IF THE CAR PASSES, IT’S TIME FOR   A ROAD TEST.   ONCE YOU’VE DONE YOUR WALK   AROUND, AND IF YOU FIND NO   PROBLEMS, GET IN THE CAR AND   START CHECKING THINGS FOR   COMFORT, THINGS LIKE THE SEAT   BELT…CAN YOU EASILY REACH IT?   CAN YOU BUCKLE IT EASILY?   AND DOES IT FIT PROPERLY?   THEN, LOOK AT THINGS LIKE THE   REAR VIEW MIRROR…CAN YOU   ADJUST IT?   IS THE VISIBILITY GOOD?   HOW ABOUT THE PEDALS?   CAN YOU GET THE SEAT IN A   POSITION WHERE YOU CAN EASILY   REACH THE PEDALS?   THE BIG THING IN HERE IS TO MAKE   SURE THAT ALL OF THE ERGONOMICS,   ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU USE   ON A DAILY BASIS, THE VISIBILITY   AND SO ON, THAT IT ALL MATCHES   YOU.   THEN, IF IT DOES, IT’S TIME FOR   A ROAD TEST.   ON YOUR ROAD TEST, YOU WANT TO   DRIVE UNDER AS MANY CONDITIONS   AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN THAT MIMIC   WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR NORMAL   DRIVING SITUATIONS.   IN OTHER WORDS, YOU WANT TO   DRIVE AT HIGHWAY IF THAT’S WHAT   YOU PRIMARILY DO.   BUT YOU ALSO WANT TO MIX;   YOU ALWAYS WANT TO DRIVE THE   VEHICLE AT LOW SPEEDS AS WELL AS   HIGH SPEEDS, YOU WANT SOME   SMOOTH ROADS, YOU WANT SOME   ROUGH ROADS.   YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT UNDER   JUST ABOUT ANY CONDITION THAT   YOU CAN FIND THAT THE CAR FEELS   GOOD TO YOU.   NOW, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU DON’T   WANT TO DO IS YOU DON’T WANT TO   GO ON ONE OF THOSE   PRE-PROGRAMMED COURSES THAT THE   SALESPERSON WANTS TO TAKE YOU   ON, MAKE UP YOUR OWN.   AND IF NEED BE, WHY, FIGURE OUT   A COURSE BEFORE YOU EVEN GO   TO THE DEALERSHIP.   NOW, ANOTHER THING THAT YOU WANT   IS THAT YOU WANT TO GO TO MAYBE   A PARKING GARAGE, WHERE YOU CAN   PARK NOSE IN AND BACK OUT.   SEE HOW IT FEELS TO MANEUVER IN   TIGHT PLACES.   ALSO, GO ONTO A SIDE STREET AND   PARALLEL PARK THE VEHICLE,   BECAUSE SOME CARS ARE MUCH   EASIER TO PARALLEL PARK THAN   OTHERS.   ALONG THROUGH ALL OF THIS, YOU   WANT TO MAKE SURE OF HOW THE CAR   FEELS, HOW IT ACCELERATES IN   TRAFFIC, HOW YOUR VISIBILITY IS.   HOW ALL OF THE ERGONOMICS OF THE   VEHICLE ARE, HOW THEY WORK OUT;   CAN YOU REACH EVERYTHING?   CAN YOU SEE EVERYTHING?   ARE THE SEATS COMFORTABLE?   DO THE VARIOUS CONTROLS WORK   SMOOTHLY AND SO ON?   AND REMEMBER ONE THING, THERE   ARE LOTS OF CARS – NEW CARS,   USED CARS, IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY   DIFFERENCE – THERE ARE LOTS OF   THEM OUT THERE, SO IF THIS IS   NOT THE CAR FOR YOU,   WELL, DON’T SETTLE.  >>Joe: EARLIER IN THE SHOW WE   TOOK A QUICK LOOK AT THE ALL-NEW   7TH GENERATION CHEVROLET   CORVETTE.   BUT CORVETTE IS SUCH AN AMERICAN   ICON THAT WE WANTED TO SPEND A   LITTLE MORE TIME LEARNING WHAT   THIS NEW TWO-SEATER IS ALL   ABOUT.  >>John: ABSOLUTELY, JOE!   AMERICA’S ORIGINAL WORLD CLASS   SPORTS CAR IS NOT ONLY ALL NEW,   BUT IT’S INNOVATIVE, AND SETS   THE TONE FOR THE ENTIRE   DOMESTIC AUTO INDUSTRY.   SO LET’S TAKE AN IN-DEPTH LOOK   AT THE 2014 STINGRAY.   MORE THAN ANY OTHER CAR,   THE CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY   EMBODIES AMERICAN MUSCLE…   BOLD, BRASH, AND UNAPOLOGETIC   IN ITS MISSION TO PROVIDE THE   MOST PERFORMANCE FOR THE LEAST   AMOUNT OF MONEY.   AND WHILE THE DESIGN IS CLEARLY   EVOLUTIONARY, THE NEW STINGRAY   COUPE AND CONVERTIBLE HAVE   ACQUIRED A NASTY STREAK.   SLIGHTLY LONGER AND WIDER THAN   BEFORE, A NEW ALUMINUM FRAME   WITH CARBON FIBER FOR THE HOOD   AND THE COUPE’S ROOF PANEL   HELP KEEP WEIGHT GAIN TO A   MINIMUM.   BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS   BEAUTIFUL BEAST, THERE’S MUCH   MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!   YOU KNOW, JOE, THE THING I LIKE   BEST ABOUT THE NEW STINGRAY   IS THAT IT’S NOT ONLY A GREAT   LOOKING SPORTS CAR,   IT’S BEEN DESIGNED TO DRIVE LIKE   A GREAT SPORTS CAR.   I MEAN, EVERYTHING FROM THE LOW   WEIGHT CHASSIS, TO THE 4-PISTON   BREMBO BRAKES AT EACH CORNER,   AND EVEN THE BRAKE COOLING   VENTS, THEY’RE REAL, NOT SOME   STYLING ADD ON.  >>Joe: EXACTLY, THINGS ARE   FUNCTIONAL.   THE VENT IN THE HOOD ALSO   EXTRACTS HEAT, MINIMIZES LIFT   IN THE FRONT.   THERE ARE VENTS BACK HERE   FOR THE MANUAL TRANSMISSION,   WHICH IS IN THE REAR, AND IT IS   A 7-SPEED MANUAL.   SIX NICE TIGHT RATIOS FOR YOU   TO DRIVE WITH AND THAT 7TH   EFFICIENT ONE FOR HIGHWAY   CRUISING.  >>John: AND AUTOMATIC   REV-MATCHING.   WE DON’T SEE THAT ON A LOT   OF CARS AND THIS ONE’S VERY   CONVENIENT TO USE WITH THE   PADDLE SHIFTERS.  >>Joe: YEAH. AND ONE THING THEY   REALLY NEEDED TO DO WAS IMPROVE   THE INTERIOR QUALITY TO MAKE   IT MATCH THE QUALITY OF THE   DRIVING EXPERIENCE AND THE   EXTERIOR, AND THEY DID IT,   WITH THE BETTER LEATHER AND   INOFFENSIVE PLASTICS,   REALLY MUCH BETTER.   CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE TAIL   LIGHTS, PLEASE?  >>John: IT’S THE ONE   CONTROVERSY.  >>Joe: YEAH, SOME PEOPLE DON’T   LIKE THE TAIL LIGHTS BECAUSE   THEY AREN’T ROUND — CORVETTES   HAVE HAD ROUND TAIL LIGHTS.   I SAY THEY LOOK GREAT ON THIS   CAR.   ICONS HAVE TO EVOLVE, TOO.  >>John: AND I AGREE WITH YOU   100%.   WELL, NO MATTER THE SHAPE OF   THE TAIL LIGHTS, IT WOULDN’T   BE A ‘VETTE WITHOUT SMALL BLOCK   V8 POWER, AND HERE THE NEW   STINGRAY CERTAINLY DOESN’T   DISAPPOINT.   THIS 6.2-LITER NEXT GEN LT1   CRANKS OUT 455 HORSEPOWER AND   460 POUND-FEET OF TORQUE   STANDARD.   ADD THE PERFORMANCE EXHAUST AND   YOU TACK FIVE ON TO BOTH   NUMBERS, GOOD FOR A 0 TO 60 ROMP   OF JUST 3.8 SECONDS.   THE CAM MAY STILL BE IN THE   BLOCK, BUT DIRECT INJECTION,   VARIABLE VALVE TIMING,   AND ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT ADD   SOME FUEL ECONOMY ICING TO YOUR   HIGH PERFORMANCE CAKE;   NEARLY 30 MPGs HIGHWAY.   PRICING HAS ALWAYS SET THE   CORVETTE APART FROM RIVALS,   AND IT STILL DOES, WITH A BASE   WINDOW STICKER OF JUST $51,995.   AND AN EVEN BIGGER BARGAIN   IS THE $2,800 Z51 PERFORMANCE   PACKAGE, WITH DRY SUMP OILING,   PERFORMANCE RATIOS,   A TRANSMISSION COOLER,   ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP   DIFFERENTIAL,   45MM MONO-TUBE SHOCKS WITH   AVAILABLE MAGNETIC RIDE CONTROL,   UPGRADED BRAKE ROTORS AND   COOLING,   AND FORGED ALUMINUM WHEELS;   19s UP FRONT, 20s IN THE REAR.   IT’S THE MOST POWERFUL STANDARD   ‘VETTE YET,   GETS BETTER FUEL ECONOMY THAN   EVER BEFORE,   AND FINALLY A WORLD CLASS   INTERIOR TO MATCH ITS WORLD   CLASS PERFORMANCE.   CONSIDER US STUNG!   IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER   WHAT CLASS OR SIZE OF VEHICLE   YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THESE DAYS,   FOR CONSUMERS, IT’S ALL ABOUT   THE MPGs.  >>Joe: LOTS OF PROGRESS HAS   BEEN MADE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS   WITH HYBRID AND PLUG-IN   VEHICLES, AND THEY ARE CERTAINLY   NO LONGER A RARITY ON THE   STREET.   BUT THERE IS STILL MUCH MORE   EFFICIENCY TO BE HAD.  >>John: SO LET’S SEE WHAT   SHADE GREEN MOTORING TAKES   FOR 2014.  >>Joe: WHILE THEY DON’T BOAST   THE BIGGEST NUMBERS WHEN IT   COMES TO OUTRIGHT FUEL ECONOMY,   SOME OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL FUEL   ECONOMY GAINS ARE MADE IN   FAMILY-SIZED UTILITIES.   CASE IN POINT, THE NISSAN   PATHFINDER HYBRID.   IT COMBINES A 2.5-LITER   SUPERCHARGED INLINE-4 ENGINE   WITH A 15KW ELECTRIC MOTOR FOR   26 MILES-PER-GALLON COMBINED   CITY-HIGHWAY FUEL ECONOMY,   WHILE STILL BEING ABLE TO TOW   3,500 POUNDS.  >>Greg: THE ADDITIONAL FUEL   ECONOMY IS DEFINITELY A PLUS,   BUT THE FACT THAT YOU’RE NOT   SACRIFICING ANY INTERIOR SPACE   IS THE REAL BONUS.  >>Joe: THAT POWERTRAIN ALSO   FINDS ITS WAY INTO THE NEW   INFINITI QX60 HYBRID,   MAKING IT THE FUEL ECONOMY   LEADER IN 3-ROW LUXURY   CROSSOVERS.   AS PART OF INFINITI’S NEW NAMING   STRATEGY, THE QX REPLACES   THE HIGH-STYLE JX LAUNCHED JUST   LAST YEAR.   AND MUCH LIKE THE PATHFINDER,   ITS NEWLY ACQUIRED FUEL ECONOMY   BONUS WILL COME WITHOUT ANY   COMPROMISE TO FUNCTIONALITY   OR LUXURY.   SPEAKING OF LUXURY, GM IS   EXPANDING THEIR EXTENDED-RANGE   EV PLATFORM WITH THE PLUG-IN   TREATMENT BEING APPLIED TO   THE CADILLAC ELR COUPE.   BASED ON THE CHEVROLET VOLT,   THE ELR’S ELECTRIC RANGE   IS ABOUT 35 MILES BEFORE   A 1.4-LITER INLINE-4 ENGINE   KICKS ON TO TAKE YOU CLOSE TO   300 MILES FARTHER BEFORE YOU   NEED TO PLUG-IN OR REFUEL.   SPORTY TWO-DOOR STYLING AND   CADILLAC LUXURY MEANS THIS   ENERGY EFFICIENT HIGH ENDER   IS NOT JUST FOR HYPER-MILERS.   2014 SEES SUBARU’S FIRST HYBRID   EVER; THE XV CROSSTREK HYBRID.   THIS ROUGH-AND-READY   LIGHT-HYBRID CROSSOVER PAIRS   A 148-HORSEPOWER, 2.0-LITER   BOXER-4 ENGINE WITH A   13-HORSEPOWER ELECTRIC MOTOR   TO BOOST FUEL ECONOMY TO 31   MILES-PER-GALLON COMBINED.   AND KEEPING WITH SUBARU’S   “GO ANYWHERE WAGON” TRADITION,   ALL-WHEEL DRIVE IS STANDARD,   MAKING THE XV CROSSTREK HYBRID   THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT OF ALL   4X4 HYBRIDS.   WHILE HONDA CURRENTLY HAS A   PLUG-IN ACCORD AVAILABLE IN   LIMITED MARKETS,   2014 SEES THE RETURN OF THE   ACCORD HYBRID TO THE LINEUP,   AND IS THE FIRST HONDA HYBRID   TO BE ASSEMBLED IN THE U.S.   AS FOR A HYBRID THAT GOES WAY   ABOVE AND BEYOND,   THERE’S THE VOLKSWAGEN XL1.   THE TWO-SEAT XL1 IS A   TWO-CYLINDER DIESEL PLUG-IN   HYBRID CAPABLE OF 200   MILES-PER-GALLON, THANKS TO A   ULTRA-LIGHT CARBON FIBER CHASSIS   AND THE MOST AERODYNAMIC BODY   EVER ON A PRODUCTION CAR.   WHILE VW HAS YET TO CONFIRM THAT   THE XL1 WILL BE SOLD IN NORTH   AMERICA, ONE CAN ONLY HOPE.   ALWAYS THE UNDERDOG,   DIESEL GETS A NEW BOOST FROM   AUDI.   WITH THE Q5, A6, AND A7   ALL ADDING THE TDI TREATMENT.   SO THERE’S PLENTY OF TORQUE   TO GO AROUND FOR 2014.   AS FOR NEW, ALL-ELECTRIC   VEHICLES, CHEVROLET GOES SMALL   WITH THE SPARK EV.   WITH A RANGE OF MORE THAN   80 MILES, THE LITHIUM-ION   POWERED SPARK EV’S 119-MPGE   COMBINED RATING MAKES IT THE   MOST EFFICIENT CONSUMER ELECTRIC   CAR.   BOTH THE 5-DOOR EXTERIOR AND   4-PLACE INTERIOR ARE VERY   SIMILAR TO THE NORMAL   GAS-POWERED SPARK.   BUT THE BEST NEWS IS A PRICE   JUST UNDER $20,000 AFTER TAX   CREDITS OR AN ULTRA-CHEAP LEASE.  >>Kelsey Mays: CHEVY SAYS WITH   THE GOVERNMENT FEDERAL TAX   CREDIT, THE SPARK EV STARTS AT   UNDER $20,000. VERY AFFORDABLE   FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE.  >>Joe: BMW JOINS THE EV PARTY   WITH THE I3.   AND THOUGH THE LOOK IS   A DEPARTURE FOR THE BRAND,   THE INTERIOR QUALITY IS STILL   HERE IN SPADES.   AN 80 TO 100 MILE CRUISING RANGE   ONLY SWEETENS THE PIE.   TESLA IS ON QUITE A ROLL WITH   THEIR MODEL S ALL-ELECTRIC   LUXURY SPORT SEDAN STRUGGLING   TO MEET DEMAND FOR THEIR HIGH   MILEAGE, HIGH PERFORMER.   AND THEY SHOULD KEEP THAT   MOMENTUM FULLY CHARGED WITH   THE NEW MODEL X CROSSOVER.   IT SPORTS THREE ROWS   OF VERSATILE SEATING,   OPTIONAL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE   FOR ALL-WEATHER PRACTICALITY,   AND AN AVAILABLE 85kWh BATTERY   PACK FOR 0 TO 60s IN UNDER   FIVE SECONDS.   WITH HYBRIDS, PLUG-INS,   AND FULL EVs, PLUS DIESEL AND   ALT-FUEL CHOICES,   THERE ARE MORE OPTIONS THAN EVER   FOR MAXIMIZING EFFICIENCY,   AND A LOT TO LOOK AT FOR 2014   WHEN IT COMES TO CARS THAT GO   THE EXTRA MILE.   STAY TUNED FOR SAFETY FIRST   BY DESIGN   ON NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014 .   THERE’S BEEN QUITE A   TRANSFORMATION AMONG SMALL CARS   IN RECENT YEARS.   THE MAJORITY OF ENTRANTS CAN   NO LONGER BE VIEWED AS BORING,   CHEAP TRANSPORTATION.  >>John: THAT’S FOR SURE, JOE.   TODAY’S COMPACTS, SUBCOMPACTS,   AND MINI-CARS NOT ONLY OVER   DELIVER ON TECHNOLOGY,   THEY PROVIDE IMPRESSIVE FUEL   ECONOMY, CONFIDENT RIDE,   AND HANDLING, WITH BETTER   MATERIALS INSIDE, AND MORE   EYE CATCHING SHEET METAL   OUTSIDE.   IF THERE’S ONE SMALL CAR   THAT HAS BEEN THE EMBODIMENT   OF “BORING AT ITS BEST,”   IT’S THE TOYOTA COROLLA.   DESPITE THE LACK OF VISUAL   AND DRIVING DYNAMICS,   SALES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HUGE   AS THE COMPACT COROLLA REMAINS   THE NUMBER ONE SELLING NAMEPLATE   OF ALL TIME.   BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE 2014   REDESIGN WILL FINALLY BE “MOVING   FORWARD” BY BRINGING SOME   EXCITEMENT TO THE NAMEPLATE,   THANKS TO A SERIOUSLY SHARPER   EXTERIOR DESIGN AND A MORE   ENGAGING DRIVING EXPERIENCE   TO MATCH.   MAZDA’S MAZDA3 HAS ALWAYS BEEN   KNOWN FOR ITS FUN TO DRIVE   NATURE, AND THE ZOOM-ZOOM SPIRIT   CONTINUES IN AN ALL-NEW 3RD   GENERATION OF ITS BEST SELLING   VEHICLE.   OF COURSE, IT GETS THE FULL   SKYACTIV TREATMENT FOR INCREASED   FUEL ECONOMY,   BUT IT ALSO GETS MORE ROOM   INSIDE FOR ADDED COMFORT.   WHILE THE KIA BRAND HAS BEEN   VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SPICING UP   MOST OF THEIR LINEUP IN RECENT   YEARS, THEIR COMPACT FORTE   HASN’T QUITE GOTTEN WITH THE   PROGRAM…UNTIL NOW.   LOOK FOR THE 2014 FORTE TO MAKE   SOME SEVERE HEADWAY INTO THIS   SEGMENT WITH A 3-PRONG   REDESIGN THAT INCLUDES A 4-DOOR   SEDAN, 5-DOOR HATCHBACK,   AND A 2-DOOR “KOUP” WITH A K.   EACH EURO-STYLED FORTE IS PACKED   WITH PREMIUM FEATURES FOR A NOT   SO PREMIUM PRICE.  >>Patrick: THE FORTE IS IN   A REALLY TOUGH CATEGORY,   BUT KIA HAS MADE IT MORE THAN   COMPETITIVE.  >>John: ANOTHER SMALL CAR   OF NOTE IS AN ALL-NEW ONE,   THE NISSAN VERSA NOTE.   THIS STYLISH SUBCOMPACT IS   SINGING A WHOLE NEW TUNE AS IT   DELIVERS A TON OF TECHNOLOGY,   AS WELL AS CLASS LEADING   INTERIOR ROOM TO REV-UP   THE 5-DOOR SUBCOMPACT MARKET.   ANOTHER CAR THAT LOOKS TO BE   A REAL PARTY ON WHEELS IS THE   2014 FORD FIESTA ST.   IN TRUE EURO-STYLE FASHION,   THE SUBCOMPACT FIESTA ST WILL BE   AVAILABLE AS A 5-DOOR HATCHBACK   ONLY.   LOOK FOR ITS 1.6-LITER ECOBOOST   I4 TO CRANK OUT ALMOST   200-HORSEPOWER.   ALL OF THE NECESSARY GO FAST   STYLING GOODIES WILL BE PRESENT;   FROM THE LARGE AIR INTAKES UP   FRONT, TO THE BIG WIND   MANIPULATING SPOILER IN BACK,   BRINGING A LITTLE “FAST AND   FURIOUS” TO YOUR DAILY COMMUTE.   MORE PROOF THAT U.S. BRANDS   NO LONGER LAG FAR BEHIND   THE IMPORTS WHEN IT COMES TO   SMALL CARS IS THE CHEVROLET   CRUZE COMPACT SEDAN.   AFTER SETTING A FAST SALES PACE   FOLLOWING ITS 2011 DEBUT HERE,   THIS 2014 CHEVROLET CRUZE CLEAN   DIESEL IS BOUND TO CATCH ANOTHER   WAVE.   POWERED BY A 2.0-LITER   TURBO-DIESEL THAT DELIVERS OVER   40 MILES-PER-GALLON HIGHWAY,   THERE IS FINALLY AN AMERICAN   ALTERNATIVE TO THE VOLKSWAGEN   JETTA TDI.   CUTE GOES MAINSTREAM WITH THE   LAUNCH OF THE 2014 FIAT 500L.   IT MAY LOOK FAMILIAR, BUT THIS   CINQUECENTO IS 26-INCHES LONGER   AND SIX INCHES TALLER THAN   THE FIAT 500.   THAT MAKES FOR ALMOST DOUBLE   THE SIZE INSIDE,   ENOUGH INTERIOR VOLUME TO BUMP   THE MINI CAR 500 TO THE   GOVERNMENT’S LARGE CAR STATUS.  >>Ben: IT’S STILL A FUN CAR   TO DRIVE, EVEN THOUGH IT HAS   TWO MORE DOORS, AND IT MAKES   A COOL PERSONAL STATEMENT.   AND YOU CAN BRING YOUR KIDS   ALONG, TOO.  >>John: MITSUBISHI CONTINUES   THE BRAND’S SLOW BUT STEADY   COMEBACK IN AMERICA AS IT   RE-ENTERS THE SUBCOMPACT CAR   RANKS WITH THIS ALL-NEW MIRAGE.   AND THOUGH IT’S NOT STRIKING TO   LOOK AT, IT OFFERS OUTSTANDING   FUEL ECONOMY STARTING AT A   WELL-EQUIPPED BARGAIN PRICE   OF $14,000.   TODAY’S SMALL CARS DO INDEED   DELIVER.   WHETHER ITS HIGH FUEL ECONOMY OR   HIGH STYLE, YOU’LL FIND PLENTY   TO CHOOSE FROM IN THE COMING   YEAR.   CAR BUYERS ARE RESEARCHING   THEIR PURCHASES MORE THOROUGHLY   THAN EVER, THANKS TO INTERNET   SITES LIKE YOURS, JOE.   AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT   FACTORS TO BE WEIGHED WHEN   CHOOSING A CAR IS HOW WELL IT   PROTECTS OCCUPANTS IN A CRASH.  >>Joe: UNTIL THE CRASH-PROOF   CAR IS PERFECTED,   CARS NEED TO BE DESIGNED TO   PROTECT THEIR OCCUPANTS IN ALL   SORTS OF ACCIDENTS.  >>John: AND THE INSURANCE   INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY   IS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR   THE ADVANCED LEVEL OF   CRASHWORTHINESS FOR CARS SOLD   IN AMERICA TODAY.  >>Joe: YOU KNOW, MANY OF   THOSE ALL-IMPORTANT SAFETY   RATINGS ARE DETERMINED RIGHT   INSIDE THIS BUILDING WHERE   THE INSTITUTE CONDUCTS ITS CRASH   TESTING PROGRAM.  >>Adrian Lund: THE INSURANCE   INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY   IS FUNDED ENTIRELY BY U.S.   INSURERS.   THE GOAL IS TO REDUCE   THE DEATHS, THE INJURIES,   AND THE PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT   OCCUR IN MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES   ON OUR NATION’S ROADS.  >>Joe: FOR MANY YEARS,   THE PRIMARY FRONTAL CRASH THAT   THE INSTITUTE PERFORMED WAS   A FRONTAL OFFSET, WHERE CLOSE   TO HALF OF THE FRONT OF THE TEST   CAR WOULD STRIKE A DEFORMABLE   BARRIER.   THAT WORKED FOR A WHILE,   NOW YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING   CALLED A SMALL OVERLAP TEST.   WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?  >>Adrian: WHAT WE DISCOVERED   IS THAT VEHICLES WERE DOING WELL   IN OUR MODERATE OVERLAP CRASH   TEST.   YET, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE REAL   WORLD DATA, WE SAW THAT WE STILL   HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BEING   SERIOUSLY INJURED AND KILLED   IN FRONTAL CRASHES.  >>Joe: THIS VEHICLE WAS IN   THE SMALL OVERLAP TEST.   CAN YOU SHOW US WHAT THE RESULTS   ARE HERE AND HOW IT MIGHT DIFFER   FROM THE MODERATE OVERLAP?  >>Adrian: WHAT YOU CAN SEE   IS THAT IN THIS CRASH TEST,   THE FENDER AS BEEN SCRAPED OFF   HERE, THE WHEEL IS LYING DOWN   HERE.   IT WAS DRIVEN BACK INTO   THE HINGE PILLAR OF THE DOOR.   NOW, THE IMPORTANT THING,   AND WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE   SMALL OVERLAP, IS YOU SEE THIS   VERY STIFF STRUCTURE THAT’S   LONGITUDINAL IN THE VEHICLE   IS UNDAMAGED.   THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN ENERGY   ABSORBING STRUCTURES DESIGNED TO   PROTECT YOU IN A FRONTAL CRASH,   BUT IT’S BEEN COMPLETELY   BYPASSED HERE.  >>Joe: NOW, I NOTICE IT DOESN’T   LOOK LIKE THE SIDE AIRBAGS WENT   OFF IN THIS CAR.   IT HAS TORSO AIRBAGS AND   CURTAINS, BUT THEY DIDN’T   DEPLOY.  >>Adrian: NOTICE HOW THIS   WINDSHIELD PILLAR HAS BEEN   PUSHED BACK INTO THE OCCUPANT   COMPARTMENT.   IF YOU HAD A CURTAIN AIRBAG   THAT STAYED IN PLACE TO KEEP   THE OCCUPANT OFF OF THAT,   THAT WOULD HELP PROTECT YOU,   EVEN WITH — AT LEAST YOUR HEAD,   EVEN WITH THIS AMOUNT   OF INTRUSION.   NOW, ON TOP OF THAT,   WHAT YOU SEE HERE IN THIS TEST   IS THAT THE STEERING WHEEL HAS   BEEN PUSHED INBOARD SUCH THAT   THE DUMMY IN OUR TEST BARELY   INTERACTS WITH THAT.   SO, THAT AIRBAG IS SUPPOSED   TO ABSORB YOUR BODY’S ENERGY   IN THE CRASH.  >>Joe: BUT THE INSTITUTE’S WORK   GOES BEYOND JUST CRASH TESTING   ENTIRE VEHICLES.   MAJOR COMPONENTS THAT AFFECT   OCCUPANT SAFETY ALSO GET   A CRITICAL REVIEW.   THE INSTITUTE’S REAR TEST   IS NOT A CRASH TEST SO MUCH   AS A SEAT TEST, CORRECT?  >>Adrian: THAT’S RIGHT.   IN THIS LAB HERE WE, JUST MOUNT   THE SEAT ON A SLED,   AND THEN WE ACCELERATE THE SEAT   WITH A DUMMY IN IT TO MIMIC   A RELATIVELY LOW TO MODERATE   SPEED REAR CRASH TEST.   WE’RE JUST LOOKING TO SEE HOW   WELL THE SEAT PROTECTS YOU FROM   WHIPLASH INJURY.  >>Joe: WHIPLASH IS THE RISK   IN A REAR END LOW SPEED?  >>Adrian: RIGHT.   AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT   THIS IS, YOU KNOW, NOT AN   IMPORTANT ISSUE,   BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT,   THE PIECE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT   YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO USE IN   YOUR CAR IS GOING TO BE THAT   HEAD RESTRAINT, BECAUSE PEOPLE   ARE ALWAYS RUNNING INTO EACH   OTHER IN, YOU KNOW, BUMPER   TO BUMPER TRAFFIC.  >>Joe: AND IN THIS CASE,   A MANUFACTURER CAN MAKE A CHANGE   PRETTY EASILY JUST BY CHANGING   THE SEAT.   DETERMINING IF THE WHOLE CAR   IS AS SAFE AS IT CAN BE IS   NOT EASY.   THAT’S WHY IIHS CRASH TESTS   ARE SO IMPORTANT.   CAN A CONSUMER LOOK AT IT AND   SAY, “WELL, IT HAS A LOT OF   AIRBAGS, THAT’LL INSURE   CRASHWORTHINESS.”   DO WE KNOW JUST BY SAYING,   WELL, THERE ARE A LOT OF   AIRBAGS, THAT’S BETTER THAN NOT?  >>Adrian: ALL THE AIRBAGS IN   THE WORLD DON’T HELP YOU IF THE   FRONT OF THE VEHICLE SIMPLY ENDS   UP IN YOUR LAP, IN THE   OCCUPANT’S LAP.  >>Joe: AND THAT’S SOMETHING   THAT ONLY THE ACTUAL DYNAMIC   CRASH TESTING CAN TELL YOU?  >>Adrian: ONLY DYNAMIC CRASH   TESTING CAN TELL YOU HOW THAT   VEHICLE IS GOING TO PERFORM   IN A REAL CRASH.   LATER IN THE SHOW,   WHAT’S NEW IN EXOTICS   ON NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014.  >>John: EARLIER IN OUR LOOK   AT SMALL CARS WE TOLD YOU ABOUT   THE REDESIGNED TOYOTA COROLLA   AND ITS MISSION TO BRING SOME   REAL EXCITEMENT TO THE SEGMENT,   AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO THE   COROLLA NAME.  >>Joe: THAT’S NOT AN EASY TASK   FOR A PERENNIAL BIG SELLER THAT   HAS TO PLEASE SO MANY DIFFERENT   TYPES OF BUYERS.   SO, LET’S TAKE A MORE IN-DEPTH   LOOK AT THE ALL-NEW COROLLA   AND SEE IF IT SUCCEEDS.   BASED ON THE COROLLA’S LONG TIME   SUCCESS, A MORE DYNAMIC DESIGN   MAY NOT BE NECESSARY IN ORDER   FOR THE 11TH GENERATION TOYOTA   COROLLA TO BE A SUCCESS,   BUT IT SURE WON’T HURT.   JOHN, TO BE FRANK, THE COROLLA   IS A MODEL THAT HAS NEEDED   A REDESIGN FOR A LONG TIME.  >>John: BOY, YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT   THAT!  >>Joe: AND REDESIGNED IT IS.   STARTING WITH THE STYLING,   MUCH MORE MODERN.   THE PREVIOUS VERSION WAS VERY   CONSERVATIVE.   AND THE LED HEADLIGHTS, WHICH   ARE STANDARD, THAT’S MODERN,   AND IT IS REALLY REMARKABLE AT   A LOW PRICE LIKE THE COROLLA’S.  >>John: I’M REALLY AMAZED THAT   TOYOTA WAS ABLE TO STAY SO CLOSE   TO THEIR FURIA AUTO SHOW CONCEPT   RIGHT DOWN TO THE DEEP GRILLE   AND THE FLARED OUT LOWER FASCIA.   IT GIVES THE CAR A VERY SPORTY   LOOK.   AND THEY’VE EVEN PUT SOME OF   THAT IN THE POWERTRAIN BECAUSE   THEY’VE PUT A CVT TRANSMISSION   INTO THIS CAR, BUT IT’S NOT JUST   ANY CVT.  >>Joe: IT FEELS SPORTIER   BECAUSE THEY’VE BUILT IN THE   SHIFT POINTS, SO IT FEELS LIKE   A NORMAL STEP GEAR TRANSMISSION,   BUT IT STILL HAS THE EFFICIENCY   PEOPLE HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM   A CVT.  >>John: AND THE INTERIOR   IS ANOTHER MAJOR MAKEOVER.  >>Joe: YEAH, THEY’VE IMPROVED   THAT A LOT TOO.   THE MATERIALS ARE BETTER.   IT’S WAY, WAY MORE COMPETITIVE.  >>John: MORE ROOM IN THE BACK   SEAT?  >>Joe: YEAH.   FOUR INCHES MORE WHEELBASE AND A   THINNER FRONT SEAT BACKREST HAVE   DEFINITELY MADE THE LEGROOM   COMPETITIVE WHERE IT HADN’T   BEEN.  >>John: AND WHEN I LOOK AT THE   INSTRUMENT PANEL I DON’T SEE   COMPACT CAR, I SEE FLAGSHIP   AVALON WITH THE PIANO BLACK.   IT’S REALLY GREAT LOOKING.  >>Joe: YEAH, THEY AIMED HIGH   AND YOU CAN SEE IT.   WHILE THEY DIDN’T AIM QUITE AS   HIGH UNDER THE HOOD,   TWO 1.8-LITER INLINE-4 ENGINES   POWER THE NEW COROLLA;   WITH ECO MODELS GETTING NEW   VALVEMATIC VARIABLE TIMING THAT   INCREASES HORSEPOWER TO 140,   AND DELIVERS OVER 40 MILES-PER-   GALLON ON THE HIGHWAY.   WITH ALL OF THE IMPRESSIVE   UPDATES, YOU HAVE TO EXPECT   A SLIGHT INCREASE IN PRICE OVER   LAST YEAR, WITH THE COROLLA   NOW STARTING AT $17,610.   COROLLA ECO MODELS WILL START AT   $19,510.   SO, IT CERTAINLY APPEARS THAT   THE 2014 TOYOTA COROLLA   TRANSFORMATION IS A SUCCESS.   NOW BUYERS WILL NOT ONLY GET   THE GREAT RELIABILITY THAT THE   COROLLA HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN   FOR, BUT NOW THEY’LL BE GETTING   ADDITIONAL COMFORT AND FEATURES   WRAPPED IN A MUCH MORE STYLISH   PACKAGE.   COROLLA SUCCESS INDEED.  >>Joe: WELL, JOHN, WE’VE LOOKED   AT JUST ABOUT EVERY TYPE OF   AUTOMOTIVE CATEGORY; SEDANS,   TRUCKS, UTILITIES, BUT WE’RE   NOT QUITE DONE YET, AS WE’VE   SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST.  >>John: YOU’RE RIGHT, JOE,   WE’VE FEATURED LOTS OF GREAT   HARDWARE ON OUR SHOW IN THIS   2014 REVIEW, BUT WHAT ABOUT   THOSE CARS THAT FEW PEOPLE GET   TO OWN, BUT JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY   DREAMS OF.   WE’RE TALKING THE EXOTICS!   SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME   OF THE RAREST WHEELS HEADED   OUR WAY THIS YEAR.   ITALY’S FAMED MASERATI BRAND   HAS BIG PLANS FOR A BIG INCREASE   IN SALES NUMBERS,   AND THIS NEW GHIBLI FOUR-DOOR   IS CENTRAL TO THAT PLAN.   BASED ON A SHORTENED VERSION   OF THE QUATTROPORTE CHASSIS,   THE MID-SIZE GHIBLI WILL BE   THE NEW ENTRY-LEVEL MODEL,   STARTING AROUND $65,000.   THE QUATTROPORTE ITSELF IS   UPDATED FOR 2014, GOING LARGER,   AND ADDING A NEW S Q4 MODEL   THAT FEATURES A V6 ENGINE   AND ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.   OF COURSE EVERYONE THINKS OF   FERRARI WHEN IT COMES TO EXOTIC   CARS, AND THE “PRANCING HORSE”   DOES NOT DISAPPOINT THIS YEAR   WITH THE LIMITED PRODUCTION   LAFERRARI.   ONLY 499 OF THESE   950-HORSEPOWER, STREET LEGAL,   HAND BUILT, HYBRID-POWERED   ITALIAN MISSILES WILL BE   PRODUCED.   SO, IF YOU HAVEN’T PUT YOUR   ORDER IN ALREADY, GOOD LUCK   GETTING ONE.  >>Greg: SAY WHAT YOU WANT   ABOUT THE NAME, LA FERRARI   IS A SERIOUS MACHINE.   WITH 950-HORSEPOWER COMING FROM   THE HYBRID POWERTRAIN,   IT’S TOUGH TO ARGUE WITH THAT.  >>John: EVEN RARER IS THIS   MCLAREN P1, WITH JUST 375   EXAMPLES HITTING THE STREETS.   THIS LONG AWAITED SUCCESSOR   TO THE MCLAREN F1 ZIPS TO 60   IN LESS THAN THREE SECONDS,   THANKS TO A 903-HORSEPOWER   TWIN-TURBO V8 HYBRID ENGINE,   AND MAY JUST HELP MCLAREN TAKE   “POLE POSITION” IN THE SUPERCAR   WARS.   ON THE LUXURY SIDE OF EXOTICS,   WE FIND A NEW BENTLEY FLYING   SPUR.   ADDING UPDATES FROM THE LATEST   CONTINENTAL GT SPEED MEANS THAT   WEIGHT IS DOWN AND HORSEPOWER   IS UP TO 616, MAKING IT THE MOST   POWERFUL BENTLEY 4-DOOR EVER.  >>Kelsey: STYLING CUES NOW   FOLLOW BENTLEY’S MULSANNE SEDAN,   AND INSIDE, THE FLYING SPUR GETS   A NUMBER OF MULTIMEDIA UPDATES   WHICH SHOULD KEEP IT FRESH.   A BIG LEAP FORWARD FROM THE   PRIOR CAR.  >>John: THE ENTRY LEVEL BENTLEY   CONTINENTAL GT V8 EVEN GETS   A FEW UPGRADES, FRESHENING ITS   LOOK WHILE BUMPING HORSEPOWER   UP 21 TO 521 FOR THE S MODEL.   THE ROLLS-ROYCE BRAND OPERATES   IN THAT SAME RARE AIR AS BENTLEY   AND THEY HAVE NEW HARDWARE THIS   YEAR AS WELL.   IT’S CALLED THE WRAITH, AND IT   BOASTS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF   ROLLS-ROYCE PERFORMANCE AND   LUXURY: A V12 ENGINE WITH   624-HORSEPOWER, A GPS AIDED   TRANSMISSION, WHICH CAN SELECT   PROPER GEARING BASED ON THE   ROAD YOU’RE ABOUT TO DRIVE ON,   AND AN ON-CALL VALET.   ASTON MARTIN STANDS FOR SPORTY   BRITISH MOTORING AT ITS FINEST,   AND THE NEW VANQUISH IS THE   LATEST EXAMPLE.   AFTER A FIVE YEAR HIATUS,   THE VANQUISH IS BACK, AND ASTON   MARTIN CONSIDERS IT THEIR   GREATEST CAR YET.   WITH A NEW 12-CYLINDER ENGINE   AND A CARBON FIBER BODY DRIPPING   WITH SEX APPEAL, WHO ARE WE   TO ARGUE?   FOR SHEER FUN, IT LOOKS LIKE IT   WILL BE HARD TO MATCH THE 2014   ALFA ROMEO 4C.   YES, ALFA IS RETURNING TO THE   U.S. FOR REAL THIS TIME,   AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO TAKE A SPIN   IN THIS CARBON-FIBER TUBBED,   2,100 POUND CAYMAN FIGHTER.   WHILE IT’S TRUE YOU DON’T HAVE   TO SPEND A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY   TO HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF FUN IN   A CAR, IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO DROP   SOME “LARGE” ON ANY OF THESE   CARS, YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING   A SERIOUSLY GOOD TIME BEHIND   THE WHEEL ARE GUARANTEED.  >>Joe: WELL, THERE’S CERTAINLY   NO SHORTAGE OF NEW MODELS HEADED   OUR WAY FOR 2014, BUT WHAT ABOUT   FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD?  >>John: WELL, AS WE HEAD INTO   THE NEAR FUTURE IT’S A GIVEN   THAT CARS WILL BECOME MORE FUEL   EFFICIENT.   BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY’LL   BE ANY LESS EXCITING.   SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME   OF THE VEHICLES HEADING YOUR WAY   FOR 2015 AND BEYOND.   AUDI HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL JOIN   THE ONSLAUGHT OF SMALL PREMIUM   SEDANS HERE IN THE U.S.   WITH A 4-DOOR VERSION OF THE A3   AND S3 SUBCOMPACT.   IT WILL ARRIVE HERE IN THE   STATES AS A 2015 MODEL.   AND SHARING THE SAME MQB MODULAR   ARCHITECTURE WILL BE AN ALL-NEW   VOLKSWAGEN GOLF AND GTI,   INCLUDING THE FIRST GTI WITH   DIESEL POWER TO COME HERE TO THE   STATES, THE GTD.  >>Ben: GTI PERFORMANCE WITH   TDI FUEL ECONOMY, IT’S A   WINNING COMBINATION.  >>John: AND FOR A REAL DRIVING   THRILL, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR   THE GOLF R, PUSHING NEARLY 300   HORSEPOWER AND A SPORT-TUNED   EVERYTHING!  >>Joe: WHILE GM AND DODGE HAVE   MOST OF THE PICKUP TRUCK NEWS   FOR THIS YEAR, LOOK FOR THE   2015 MODEL YEAR TO BE OWNED BY   AN ALL-NEW FORD F150.   WILL THIS BEST SELLER LOOK LIKE   THIS RECENTLY SHOWN ATLAS   CONCEPT?   WELL, ONE CAN ONLY HOPE.  >>John: GM DOES LOOK TO RETAIN   ITS STRONGHOLD ON THE FULL SIZE   SUV SEGMENT, HOWEVER, WITH AN   ALL-NEW CHEVROLET TAHOE AND   SUBURBAN, AND GMC YUKON LINEUPS;   ALL DELIVERING MORE COMFORT,   REFINEMENT, AND EFFICIENCY.  >>Joe: VOLVO IS WOWING EVERYONE   WITH THIS CONCEPT COUPE.   WHILE THE NAME COULDN’T BE MORE   VAGUE, MANY ARE SAYING IT   FORETELLS THE RETURN OF THE   ICONIC P1800 OF THE 1960s AND   ’70s.   RUMORED POWER IS AN INLINE   4-CYLINDER THAT’S BOTH TURBO   AND SUPERCHARGED AND MATED   TO AN ELECTRIC MOTOR.  >>John: AND WHILE IT’S BEEN   MAKING THE AUTO SHOW CIRCUIT   FOR A FEW YEARS NOW,   IT LOOKS LIKE THE RETURN OF THE   ORIGINAL JAPANESE SUPERCAR,   THE ACURA NSX, WILL FINALLY BE   A REALITY FOR 2015.   FEATURING SPORT HYBRID SUPER   HANDLING ALL-WHEEL DRIVE,   THE NEW NSX WILL RUN WITH   A COMBINATION OF V6 POWER   TO THE REAR WHEELS, AND ELECTRIC   MOTOR POWER TO THE FRONTS.  >>Patrick: WE’VE WAITED YEARS   FOR ACURA TO BRING BACK THEIR   SUPERCAR AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO   TEST OUT THE INNOVATIVE HYBRID   ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM ON THE   NSX.  >>John: ALSO BOASTING HYBRID   POWER BASED AROUND A   608-HORSEPOWER V8 IS THE PORSCHE   918 SPYDER.   WHILE ONLY A LUCKY FEW WILL GET   TO OWN THIS AMAZING PIECE   OF ALL-WHEEL DRIVE NURBURGRING   BEATING PORSCHE HARDWARE,   LOOK FOR ITS HYBRID TECHNOLOGY   TO FILTER DOWN TO OTHER PORSCHES   IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  >>Joe: BENTLEY HAS BEEN GETTING   MORE SERIOUS WHEN IT COMES TO   PERFORMANCE, AND HAS BEEN   GETTING CARS ON TRACK TO PROMOTE   THAT FACT.   WELL, THE CONTINENTAL GT3 IS THE   LATEST, AND THERE SHOULD BE   A PRODUCTION VERSION TO FOLLOW   AS EARLY AS 2015.  >>John: LOOKING TO PUT A NEW   CHARGE IN THEIR PERFORMANCE   IMAGE, BMW HAS CLEARED FOR   PRODUCTION THEIR HIGH STYLED   PLUG-IN HYBRID SPORTS COUPE,   THE I8, AND A PHEV VERSION OF   THE 3RD GENERATION X5 SPORTS   ACTIVITY VEHICLE.   BOTH SLATED FOR A 2015 RELEASE.  >>Joe: BMW ALSO RECENTLY EVENED   OUT THEIR LINEUP WITH THE   4 SERIES COUPE, AND LOOKS TO GO   ALL OUT WITH AN M4 FOR 2015,   PACKING ALL OF THE PERFORMANCE   YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT FROM BMW’S   HIGH POWER MARQUE.  >>John: LOOKS LIKE FORD WILL   START THE NEXT PONY CAR WAR WITH   A NEW MUSTANG FOR 2015.   INSPIRED BY THE EVOS CONCEPT,   STYLING WILL BE MORE MODERN   THAN ITS RETRO CAMARO RIVAL.   STILL, THE MUSTANG WILL PACK   ENOUGH CLASSIC “GIDDY UP” POWER   TO PLEASE THE FAITHFUL.  >>Joe: WITH A FULL-SIZE LUXURY   CADENZA ON THE WAY, KIA IS   CERTAINLY LOOKING UP-MARKET,   BUT JUST HOW FAR?   MAYBE THIS QUORIS WILL GIVE US   AN INDICATION.   ARRIVING FOR 2015, THIS LUXURY   LINER WILL CERTAINLY TAKE   THE BRAND TO NEW HEIGHTS.   WILL BUYERS FOLLOW?  >>John: SMALL LUXURY UTILITIES   ARE THE HOT NEW SEGMENT,   AND MERCEDES-BENZ HOPES TO HAVE   ONE OF THE HOTTEST WITH THE GLA.   SLIDING BELOW THE GLK,   THIS A-CLASS BASED GLA WILL   SPORT 2-LITER TURBO POWER,   A 7-SPEED DUAL-CLUTCH   TRANSMISSION, AND 4MATIC   ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE FOR THE ’15   MODEL YEAR.  >>Joe: AND POTENTIALLY ADDING   FUTURE FUEL TO THIS LUXURY   SEGMENT ARE DESIGN EXERCISES   FROM THREE OTHER PREMIUM BRANDS.   FIRST, FROM LEXUS, WHERE THEIR   LF-NX CONCEPT TAKES THE BRAND’S   “SPINDLE GRILLE” DESIGN LANGUAGE   TO AN EXTREME, AND IS RUMORED   TO FEATURE AN SUV TUNED HYBRID   POWERTRAIN.   JAGUAR TEASED THE C-X17,   THE BRAND’S FIRST EVER CROSSOVER   EFFORT, OFFERING GAS AND DIESEL   POWER, AND A HIGH-LUX INTERIOR.  >>John: AND THEN THERE IS AUDI,   WHO IS PROMOTING THIS RADICAL   NANUK QUATTRO CONCEPT,   SUGGESTING THEIR PLAN FOR A   LIGHTWEIGHT, V10 TURBO-DIESEL   CROSSOVER.   YES, PLEASE!  >>Joe: NISSAN ALSO HOPES TO   KEEP SPORTY UTILITY SALES   RESONATING, AND THIS RESONANCE   CONCEPT GIVES US A PEEK AT WHAT   THE NEXT-GEN MURANO WILL LOOK   LIKE.  >>John: ALL OF THESE CARS ARE   PROOF THAT NO MATTER HOW   EXCITING THIS YEAR’S CARS ARE,   THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE   EXCITING JUST AROUND THE BEND.  >>Joe: WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THAT   PEEK AT WHAT’S AHEAD IN THE   AUTOMOTIVE FUTURE, AS WELL OUR   LOOK AT ALL OF THE CARS, TRUCKS,   AND UTILITIES THAT ARE NEW FOR   2014.  >>John: WE’VE CERTAINLY ENJOYED   BRINGING THEM ALL TO YOU.   JOE, IT’S BEEN A GREAT RIDE.  >>Joe: IT’S BEEN FUN, JOHN.  >>John: SO, FOR ALL OF US   AT MOTORWEEK AND CARS.COM,   THANKS FOR JOINING US   FOR NEW CAR PREVIEW 2014.  >>Announcer: FOR MORE   INFORMATION ON NEW CAR PREVIEW   2014 , VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT   NEWCARPREVIEW.ORG.   CLOSED CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY   MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION  

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17 Responses

  1. Elliott Manning says:

    I think this may be the first time I am watching something on YouTube I already viewed on TV; love it when Cars.com and MotorWeek team up.

  2. hyylo says:

    the only car to talk about is TESLA. all these other cars are old based on old technology with zero innovation.

  3. Stephen Schafer says:

    I stopped watching after they showed the 2014 WRX concept "In its own branding" The 2014 wrxs are the same as the current gens.

  4. Alexandre Potvin says:

    You guys really need to get better lenses.

  5. Addison Ditzel says:

    Because they'rd such bad drivers

  6. Addison Ditzel says:

    A tampon holder

  7. Addison Ditzel says:

    A tampon holder

  8. Cole Middleton says:

    The new corolla is really ugly in all but the front view. 

  9. TJ HAMMERSLAND says:

    2015 is said to be the re-introduction of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, hopefully receiving new names as well but definitely a plus for the American midsize truck market. 

  10. im1greatman says:

    That WRX looks great but they might kill it with inferior design when it get's to the market and will most likely be overpriced like every other car out right now.

  11. Ed Falcis says:

    John Davis is a LEGEND

  12. johnny mars says:

    Great show, as always, Motorweek, but you forgot to mention the big news about the $5k price cut for the 2014 Volt!

  13. johnny mars says:

    My top 5:  Chevy Spark EV, Honda Accord Hybrid, Chevy Cruze Diesel, Caddie CTS, Porsche Panamera Plug-in!

  14. Christophe L says:

    I feel like I'm watching some sort of game show.

  15. Albert Williams says:

    John is the best, as always.

  16. Jonathan Gregg says:

    Awesome show! This give great reviews of everything!

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