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We visit the Dodge display at the Denver International Auto Show and look at 4 cars the Dodge Dart, Dodge Viper, Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Ram.
Dodge Dart – The signature of a new Dodge and a hot new face in the compact sedan field, the all new Dodge Dart puts its own high-styled spin on 4-door practicality. In distinctive Rallye trim with the optional 160-horsepower MultiAir turbocharged engine and a 6-speed manual transmission, it rocks out of the box.
Dodge Viper – It’s not a car, it’s a lifestyle. The Dodge Viper is a consuming passion. You’ll find yourself standing in the garage just staring at it. Follow the curves and character lines right into the driver’s seat again. Simply Stunning. The Viper combines classic beauty and modern flair. Bodywork on the Viper more closely hugs what lies beneath to look more compact and purposeful, while evolving the classic Viper form. The side “gill” shape inspired by the original Viper remains a focal point. The new roofline is longer, tapers more toward the rear, and the fenders have broader shoulders and a much more aggressive racecar look. Classic colors and stripes lead back to quick-firing LED tail lamps masked by dark-tinted snakeskin lenses.
Dodge Challenger SRT – Iconic muscle car design, classic Style, modern performance. The Dodge Challenger set the standard for classic muscle once and now its doing it again. With chrome tip dual exhaust, beautifully sculpted hoods with scoops, and available 20-inch wheels, the muscle car is back. And it has more to flex than ever.
Dodge Ram 1500 – Why buy any other truck, The 2013 Dodge Ram was Voted Rocky Mountain Truck of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Performance that sets the stage, not just for speed or torque, but to define the norm.
We check out the 2014 FIAT 500L on display at the 2013 Denver Auto Show. The FIAT 500L, freedom to move and room to evolve. Introducing the 5-door offering from the FIAT. A combination of standout Italian design and exceptional, everyday functionality make the FIAT 500L an inspiring addition to the FIAT 500 family.
With 11 exterior paint colors, a stylish and sport roof , first class accommodations and a Turbo charged high-performance transmission the 2014 FIAT 500L embraces empowering innovations through and through. Designed with a new architecture for more interior space, more doors, more passengers, more fun and more freedom. Look outward with nearly 360 degree panoramic views, while onlookers feast their eyes on your exterior exuding the finest in contemporary Italian design.
Honda CR-ZA sport hybrid concept car with 3 models Hard-core enthusiasts will likely be disappointed, but somebody just looking for a sporty two-door with good fuel economy will likely be pleased with the 2011 Honda CR-Z. Pros Nimble size and handling, quick steering, good fuel economy, sporty looks. Con Poor rearward visibility, most competitors have backseats, missing a few upscale features. A sporty hybrid, at first glance, the 2011 Honda CR-Z might seem a bit oxymoronic. After all, Americans expect their hybrid cars to be purely about fuel economy, with flowers, rainbows and unicorns coming out of the tailpipe. But Honda is hoping that people are ready for a car that not only gets very good fuel economy but also happens to be fun to drive — a hybrid without the drive-induced narcolepsy, if you will.
You might recall that Honda actually tried this approach a few years ago with the Accord Hybrid, a V6-powered Accord that promised strong performance and enhanced fuel economy. Sales were slow, however, and Honda cancelled the car after a short run. Of course, those of you with an even longer memory will also recall the original Honda CRX, the CR-Z’s spiritual predecessor that crystallized Honda’s reputation for building fun and efficient cars from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s.
Like the old CRX, the CR-Z is front-drive with two doors and just two seats. Mechanically, though, the CR-Z is related most to Honda’s current Insight hybrid, sharing its basic structure and suspension design. To bring some sport to that formula Honda made the CR-Z shorter by about a foot, widened the track slightly and reduced overall height by a couple inches. This trimming doesn’t reduce curb weight by as much as you might hope (the CR-Z only weighs about 80 pounds fewer than the Insight) but it does make the CR-Z one of the most nimble cars you can buy.
Under the hood is Honda’s familiar Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system. For more punch, the CR-Z starts with a slightly bigger gasoline engine than the Insight (1.5 liters versus 1.3) that produces 112 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor is the same and generates another 13 horse power and 58 lb.-ft. Notably, Honda is offering a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the more hybrid-typical continuously variable transmission (CVT). The resulting fuel economy isn’t exactly Prius-like, but it is still quite good, with the CVT variant returning an estimated 35 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
The end result of all this is that Honda has indeed created a sporty hybrid. The CR-Z looks sharp and is fun to drive around town thanks to its small size and quick steering.
For 2012 after a very long wait, American buyers finally get a world-class small car from a Detroit label. The 2012 Ford Focus is the segment’s new benchmark. Pros: Nimble handling, refined ride, stylish and well-made interior, lively engine, smart automatic transmission, abundant list of upscale and high-tech options. Cons: Backseat is a little short on legroom, infotainment controls can be finicky to learn and use.
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