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Top 5 Cars Discontinued This Year

Car manufacturers from all over the world are launching brand new models every year which means that they have to discontinue the old ones in order to make room for the fresh cars. In this article we are going to talk about some of the cars that we won’t be seeing from now on, at least in the following period, unless they plan to make a comeback.

05. Volvo V70

This year we will have to say goodbye to the Volvo V70, the real station wagon: a large, comfortable and safe load-lugger. If you still want something similar, you can get the smaller V50 or the dressed-up, jacked-up XC70, but it won’t be the same thing.

04. Saturn (the brand)

Our 4th place in the top goes to the Saturn brand which has been killed by General Motors. In the 90s the things there went pretty smooth with employees that enjoyed making cars, buyers that loved the affordable price tags, along with some well-thought advertising campaigns. It went downhill when GM decided to forget about the plastic construction and sell the new Saturns as rebadged GM models.

03. Ford Explorer Sport Trac

This part SUV / part truck was designed for those families that wanted a spacious 4-door interior cabin and lots of room for cargo. It wasn’t made for hauling manure, but it does have a strong personality. For this year, Ford has decided to reinvent the Explorer model as a crossover. Is it a good thing or did they make a bad decision? We’ll leave it up to you to decide this one.

02. Mercedes-Benz SLK AMGOffering plenty of comfort and a very potent V8 5.5-liter, we are sad to see the SLK AMG go, but we do know that MB and AMG are working on another model based on the new generation of the SLK. This is one of those cars that offer an authentic driving pleasure, combining a powerful engine with great looks.

01. Dodge Viper

For a little while, we’ll have to say goodbye to the Dodge Viper, until at least 2013 when the new generation will be launched. With a V10 8.4-liter engine that produces 600 hp and 560 lb.-ft of torque, the Viper is perhaps one of the most exciting cars ever made in North America. The model that will come after this will probably get a V8 engine and let’s face it, it won’t be that Viper we are all used to.

Top 10 Worst Car Names

The success or failure of a car is greatly influenced by its name. Cars are not all about engines, gearboxes, gadgets, safety features and the rest of the lot. Marketing plays an important role in this industry and by naming a car LaPuta (“the whore” in Spanish) like Mazda did, no wonder that it was an epic failure for the Japanese automaker.

10. Subaru Brat

Manufactured between 1978 and 1987, the Subaru Brat is not only a car with an ugly name, but it also has one of the most awful designs we’ve seen from Subie. Brat stands for “bi-drive recreational all-terrain transporter.” Think of the car as a Japanese version of the El Camino. Despite its awful name, the car was pretty good thanks to its all-wheel drive capabilities. But let’s face it; wouldn’t you be embarrassed if someone asked you what car you drive?

09. Oldsmobile Intrigue

Oldsmobile launched the Intrigue in 1998 and discontinued it four years later. It was a front-wheel drive mid-size sedan, but there was nothing intriguing about it. It was developed for passionless and boring people, featuring a very dull design, making it perfect for a rental car and we all know that rental cars are anything but intriguing.

08. Dodge Swinger

The Dodge Swinger was launched in ’69 (obviously) so we have to understand the automaker for giving the car this name. Aside from its rather embarrassing name, the car was pretty awful. It was in fact a two-door version of the Dodge Dart, another automotive “masterpiece”.

07. Renault LeCar

The North American version of the Renault 5 was called “LeCar”. I don’t understand why the French automaker decided to change the car’s name when it took it stateside. Nothing is wrong with an alphanumeric car name and you’ll rarely see one in top 10s like this one. Even worse than that are the oversized “Le Car” decals on the doors.

06. Daihatsu Charade

It really was a charade with its cheap looks, uncompetitive price. No wonder they sold only a few units between 1988 and 1992, despite being under the guidance of Toyota.

05. Buick LaCrosse

If you didn’t know, “LaCrosse” is a unique French word that means “a teenage masturbator”. Maybe they meant to say “la crosse” rather than “lacrosse”. No wonder Buick sold only a couple of units in French-speaking Quebec. In addition, this also can be translated “to trick someone”, yet another unfortunate meaning.

04. Mitsubishi Pajero

“Pajero” is a Spanish slang for the word “wanker”. However, Mitsubishi was clever enough to give the car a different name when it brought it in Spain as they named it “Montero”.  However, there are lots of Spanish-speaking drivers that own a wanker which is pretty funny if you think about it.

03. Nissan Moco

Nissan made a very good decision not to bring the car in Spain as it would have been an embarrassing thing to do, taking into consideration that “moco” there means snot or booger. Luckily, Nissan sold the car only in Japan.

02. Mazda LaPuta

We mentioned this one in the first paragraph so it “deserves” its own place in the top. It was a great little car, excellent for city driving. Mazda launched it in 1999 and manufactured it for seven years, the model being discontinued in 2006. The company chose this name after Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”. However, “la puta” in Spanish means prostitute.

01. Ford Probe

Back in the 1980s, Ford was about to transform its iconic Mustang in a V8-free, FWD model, co-developed with Mazda. They changed their mind after fans of the pony car got angry at the prospect of a car totally different from what they were used to. However, Ford released a model that at first they wanted to be the new Mustang. It did not take very long after the car was launched to think of the word “probe” and its multitude of connotations, including the embarrassing one of course.

Dodge Caliber Mopar Edition Revealed

Dodge Caliber Mopar Edition

If you live in South Africa, you should know that Dodge has a special edition of its unpopular Caliber model. Dubbed “Mopar Edition”, it was created in order to “satisfy the boy racer in all of us” and comes with a new design for the bonnet, 18-inch alloy rims and a lowered suspension.

Dodge Caliber Mopar Edition

The car is powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that features a cold-air induction system, along with a dual exhaust. No word about the performances of the car, but we do know that in its standard configuration, the power unit generates 154 hp (156 PS / 115 kW) and has a peak torque of 140 lb.-ft (190 Nm).

Dodge Caliber Mopar Edition

The South Africa-only Dodge Caliber Mopar Edition will be available in a couple of weeks at a base price of R259,990 ($37,130).

Source: Dodge via WCF

Top 10 Pickup Trucks

Today’s pickup trucks have evolved greatly from the heavy-duty workhorses of the 50s and now they offer car-like comfort and features that you would normally find in premium cars, like heated seats or powerful audio systems. Here is our top 10 of the best pickup trucks at the moment:

10. Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck and is available in the following configurations: Regular Cab, Double Cab and CrewMax. Measuring more than 19 ft. long, it is the biggest truck Toyota ever made. Under that hood, customers can choose from one of the three engines available, including a V8 381-hp unit that allows the Tundra to tow more than 10,000 pounds. The V8 5.7-liter engine is now E85 flex-fuel compatible (in certain regions).

09. Toyota Tacoma

The first generation of the Toyota Tacoma was launched back in 1964 and now it has reached its 8th generation. The new model comes with the Star Safety System that features ABS, stability and traction control, along with brake assist – all standard equipment. In addition, it is offered with updated LED taillights, argent painted grille and as an optional feature, a backup monitor for the Access and Double Cabs models. Also as standard (for the Access Cab and Double Cab versions), the Tacoma sports front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and an automatic limited-slip differential.

08. Nissan Frontier

It is a midsize pickup truck from Nissan that has borrowed some design ideas from its bigger brother, the Titan, which is a full-size truck. In addition, it also got the Titan’s suspension layout, along with many components. Customers can opt for one of the two engines available, including here a V6 4.0-liter that cranks out 261 hp. The new model comes with an updated front fascia with a brand new grille, headlights, along with 16- and 18-inch rims. Another model has been added to the Frontier lineup, the off-road version PRO-4X, along with the Frontier Crew Cab LE/PRO-4X Value Truck Packages.

07. GMC Sierra 1500

This truck is available in the following configurations: Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab. Customers can pick out one of the three box sizes: 5 ft. 8 in.; 6 ft. 6 in. and 8 ft. For the new model, it got a 6-speed automatic gearbox, mated to a 5.3-, 6.0- or a 6.2-liter engine. The SLT Crew Cab comes with a V8 6.2-liter engine that is E85 compatible.

06. Chevrolet Colorado

This is a midsize pickup truck that comes in a Regular Cab, Extended Cab or Crew Cab version. Chevrolet launched the model in 2004, retiring the S-10 pickup. Some of the engines available include the 4-cylinder 2.9-liter or the more powerful 5-cylinder 3.7-liter. The latest addition in the engine lineup is a V8 5.3-liter that produces 300 hp. Some of the latest upgrades brought to the model include the 18-inch split-spoke rims, color-keyed bumpers, performance tires and the ZQ8 sport suspension that comes with a lower ride height.

05. Dodge Dakota

Available in both Extended Cab and Quad Cab configurations, the Dodge Dakota now features a new V8 4.7-liter power unit that delivers 302 hp and has a peak torque of 329 lb.-ft, while at the same time being 5% more fuel efficient. Recent goodies added to the model include the Crate ‘N Go system (offered as standard) and the updated instrument panel and center console.

04. Ford Ranger

Ford introduced the Ranger in 1982 and redesigned it 11 years later. In 1998 it received a new exterior look and the latest model looks just about the same, but comes with a few minor updates, like the new front bumper that improves fuel efficiency. In addition, it comes as standard with more equipment. You can choose from a selection of engines, including a 4-cylinder 143 hp unit or a more agile V6 207 hp power plant. New side airbags, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control have also been added.

03. Chevrolet Silverado

You can choose from one of the 40 different variants available, with a starting price of under the $20,000 mark, for the 2-door RWD Regular Cab, up to the top-spec LTZ Crew Cab (4WD) that costs $41,000. The engines available include an entry-level 5.3-liter or the high-end 6.2-liter unit. Optional features available include the XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic, Bluetooth connectivity and OnStar.

02. Dodge Ram 1500

Featuring a more aerodynamic design, a brand new HEMI V8 5.7-liter that produces 390 hp and has a peak torque of 407 lb.-ft, along with a rear coil-spring suspension, the Dodge Ram 1500 is a breath of fresh air, packing lots of new equipment, like the RamBox cargo management system along with drainable storage components integrated into the cargo box.

01. Ford F-150

The first place is reserved for the best-selling truck in North America – the Ford F-150. Over the last three decades, the F-150 has been the primary choice for those looking for a truck. The latest generation is offered with a brand new look, both inside and out, with more power under the hood, more space inside, more towing and payload capacity and better fuel economy. Ford teamed up with SIRIUS, Sony and Microsoft, and they’ve managed to improve the entertainment and communication features.

2011 Dodge Charger – The Future of Driving ad

This new commercial from Dodge is just what car maniacs need. Real drivers love fast cars, but they love, most of all, the feeling of ownership when it comes to driving.

Computers and all the technology that complements the mechanical performance of all cars sometimes tend to make drivers feel like they’re not in control anymore. The new Dodge ad triggers exactly that need to be ina driver’s car. They did a good job. :) Check out the ad below:


NY Auto Show Preview – 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

At the beginning of this week Dodge revealed the first details of its upcoming Avenger R/T model, which will make an appearance at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Aimed at young drivers, it comes with a body-color grille, exclusive 18-inch alloy rims and tined headlights. On the inside, the car has been fitted with fabric/leather sport seats, an updated instrument cluster that has a center-mounted tachometer, and a Boston Acoustic sound system.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T is powered by a V6 3.6-liter engine that churns out 283 hp (287 PS / 211 kW) and a peak torque of 260 lb.-ft (352 Nm). This engine is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, enabling the car to do 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The automaker did not reveal any information about the price tag, but they’ve said that it will be available at dealerships very soon.

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Source: Dodge via WCF

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, Fastest Production Car At The Miller Motorsports Park

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At the beginning of this month we’ve talked about the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR and its title of being the fastest production car on the Nurburgring. A few weeks have gone since then and the car managed to break down another record, the one for the fastest production car to do a lap of the Miller Motorsports Park, with a time of 1:59.995, the first time ever a car managed to complete the 3.048-mile Outer Course configuration under the 2 minutes mark. The author of this record is Kuno Wittmer, who managed to smash the previous record held by Jan Magnussen in his Corvette ZR1 who finished a lap in 2:03.86.

As a reminder, the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR is a road-legal car, powered by a massive V10 8.4-liter engine that cranks out 600 hp and 560 lb.-ft (760 Nm) of torque, allowing it to do the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 4 seconds and the quarter-mile in about 11 seconds. It needs only 11 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 mph and stop.

The car has been fitted with a KW four-wheel independent suspension that has two-way adjustable competition coil-over shock absorbers, providing the Viper with excellent handling. In addition, the SRT10 ACR version benefits from an aerodynamic package that sports a carbon fiber splitter in the front and a huge adjustable carbon fiber rear wing that allows up to 1,000 lbs of downforce at 150 mph.

The car rides on lightweight rims wrapped around in Michelin PS Cup tires and also features StopTech brake rotors. The 2010MY benefited from subtle changes that allows it to hit a top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h).

Source: Carscoop

Dodge Durango Is On Fire!

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I always thought that parades were kind of lame, except maybe for military ones. However, the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Parade had plenty to offer as you can see from this video. This brand new 2011MY Dodge Durango Citadel was sitting right in the middle of the parade route when all of the sudden it started to burst into flames (literally) from its hood. An NBC affiliate said that the car started to spew black smoke while towing on the parade route.

Due to this incident, the parade was prolonged by approximately 15 minutes, but just like in Titanic, the band kept playing all the way throughout the tragedy – that’s what I call professionalism.

Source: Youtube | NBC Washington via AutoBlog

Limited Edition 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Available In Germany Via Geiger Cars

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Geiger Cars definitely loves muscle cars if we look back at some of their listings, and they’ve announced that the limited edition 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition (only 1,492 units will be built) is going to be available in Germany, but we don’t know how many units will get there. The base price for this beauty is 55,000 Euros, which is approximately $77,800 at the current exchange rates.

’08 Dodge Viper ACR – Fastest Production Car On The Nurburgring

2008 Dodge Viper ACR

You probably know by now that there is a continuous battle between almost all supercar makers to grab the title for the fastest car on the legendary Nurburgring track. Over the last few years there have been many claims to a lap record for a street-legal production model.

However, while some of these cars are considered street-legal anywhere in the world, others cars like the Ferrari 599XX, Ultima GTR, Gumpert Apollo and the Pagani Zonda R are not considered entirely legal in some parts of the world, which means that they are not eligible to go in the standings.

2011 Dodge Charger – Never neutral commercials

Here comes the new advertising campaign from Dodge to promote their 2011 Dodge Charger. The slogan is “Never Neutral” and, boy, are the commercials fun! I don’t think that the punch line reveals a whole lot, but they certainly underline that they’ll never color inside the lines. With grey.

Dodge is aiming to promote the new Charger as a driver’s car, the way it’s always been, if you ask me. There’s nothing like a real, hands on driving experience and Dodge knows that. They make a pretty good point with their spots and they also pick in their competitors. We would’ve liked a bit more on screen aggression than a passive aggressive attitude, but I guess it’s a good start.

What do you think about these ads? Hit the jump, watch and enjoy!

Dodge’s Snowpocalypse Ad Is Cool

According to Dodge, if there will ever be a “snowpocalypse”, you should be behind the wheel of the 2011 Journey, Charger or the Durango thanks to their AWD system that can transform this epic winter weather into mild flurries.

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Dodge Challenger SRT8 Gets A Cool Name

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Green Envy

It seems that Dodge is really trying to make an impression at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, bringing a whole bunch of cars. The one with the coolest name would have to be the Challenger SRT8 392 Green Envy. The most interesting aspect of this car is without any doubt its very cool green paintwork along with those classic full-body black stripes.

The car rides on 20-inch, 5-spoke, cast-aluminum rims that give the Challenger a real raw look. These wheels are covered by P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Green Envy

The starting price for the car is $44,875 and you will get a 392-cubic inch HEMI power unit that outputs 470 hp and 470 lb.-ft of torque. The car benefits from the Fuel Saver technology – for the models fitted with the automatic transmission – and allow the Challenger car to do 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is 15% better in comparison to the 2010 model but still not quite impressive.

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Green Envy

If you don’t like the Green Envy color which is a limited edition, the Challenger SRT8 is also available with the following paintworks: Toxic Orange Pearl Coat, Redline 3 Pearl Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Billett Metallic Clear Coat. I for one would choose the Green Envy as it looks very nice.

Public Debut – Dodge Durango Heat

Dodge Durango Heat

At the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, the Dodge Durango Heat made its public debut, featuring a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that produces 295 hp and has a fuel consumption of 23 mpg; at least this is what thepeople over at Dodge promised.

The car got a new double wishbone front suspension as well as a multi-link rear one which will make the ride smoother. In addition, it now packs a dual exhaust system, tuned air induction and very nice 20-inch Satin Carbon finished rims.

Inside, the Durango Heat offers plenty of room for five adults, 50 cubic feet for your stuff and looks pretty much the same as the cabin in the R/T version.

Dodge Durango Heat

Outside, you’ll notice the new fascia with those tiny fog lamps, wheel lips, a color-matched grille (I wished it was black), dark headlamp bezels and a new rear fascia that sports integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets.

All the 295 ponies are available at 6,350 rpm while the maximum torque (260 lb.-ft) is available at 4,500 rpm. This big boy has a top speed of 130 mph and its maximum towing capacity is a whopping 6,200 lbs.

The car will be available this spring at the following prices (taken from the official press release):

(rear-wheel-drive / all-wheel-drive)

Durango Express: $29,195 / $31,195;

Durango Heat: $30,295 / $32,295;

Durango Crew: $33,195 / $35,195;

Durango Crew with CrewLux package: $38,195 / $40,195;

Durango R/T: $35,465/$37,865 Durango Citadel: $41,795 / $43,795;

(All prices exclude an $850 destination charge.)

Source: Dodge

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Unleashed At Detroit

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

One of the most exciting unveiling at Detroit today was the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. This bad boy got a powerful V8 HEMI 6.4-liter that produces approximately 465 hp and 465 lb.-ft of torque – we don’t know for certain that these are the final figures, but they should be around somewhere. Top speed is estimated to be 175 mph and 0-62 mph sprint time is less than 5 seconds.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

To improve fuel economy, the engineers at Dodge equipped the car with an active valve exhaust system which will also most likely make the car sound more muscular. The aforementioned power unit is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox that is offered as standard with the paddle-shift technology.

The suspension has been modified a little bit in order to offer a better handling and now features 2-mode adaptive dampers which will permit selectable suspension tuning.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

The 2012 Charger SRT8 sits on 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum rims with black painted pockets. To stop this monster, Dodge equipped the car with 4-piston Brembo calipers and vented/slotted rotors that measure 14.2-inches in the front and 13.8-inches out in the back.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

Design-wise, I love the front look of the car, it is way more aggressive in comparison to the outgoing model and that front grille is just awesome.

The car will be available starting with this fall as a 2012 model. Dodge will reveal the price list once the launch date approaches. Stay tuned.

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