For the past several years Mopar (Chrysler’s in-house parts arm) has worked its collective magic on several Chrysler vehicles producing special editions such as the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, and the Mopar ’12 300 that aimed to give buyers an opportunity to give each of these vehicles a distinct and unqiue personality that embodies the Mopar brand. Chrysler officially released the pricing for its newest Mopar-inspired creation, the 2013 Mopar ’13 Dart that aims to continue where its predecessors left off.
Back in the early 1980s, Nissan and Toyota began producing American-sized cars, vehicles that were meant to compete with contemporary domestic vehicles in terms of size and interior content. To that end, vehicles like the Toyota Cressida and Datsun/Nissan Maxima reached our shores, with spacious interiors and h, somewhat more modern dashboard layout, and cushy upholstery meant to elevate those manufacturers’ offerings beyond the “econobox” mold of former products, and onto the shopping lists of Americans looking for a competent, comfortable family sedan. The optimistic imitation of American tastes found in the large Japanese sedans from that era has a distinct feel, that of an ersatz, 7/8 scale near-luxury sedan that pre-dates the current “perforated-leather-and-driving-dynamics” definition of that term. It seems to me that the English language is missing a word to describe cars like that, with that feel and ambience of the early ‘80s Cressida and Maxima – which is really a shame, because that word would be the one I would use in my description of the 2013 Nissan Sentra SV.
Jeep has formally unveiled the official pricing of the upcoming 2014 Jeep Cherokee CUV, which revives the iconic Cherokee name and aims to reward buyers with new-found refinement and capability when it arrives on dealer lots later this year.
It has been far too long since I took a great drive, let alone wrote about one. With a few spare hours after work on a business trip to the Boulder, Colorado area, I set off earlier this week on a drive for which I had done minimal research. The scenery far surpassed my expectations, though the trip was slower than I had expected due to speed limits.
Prior to my departure, I had quickly scoured Google Maps for curvy, mountainous roads near Boulder, and found plenty. I decided to head up Baseline Road from its intersection with US-36, which led me to Flagstaff Road. Boulder (elevation 5430 feet) sits in a high valley flanked by tall mountains, and almost immediately from its intersection with US-36, the route began climbing steeply. Shortly thereafter, Flagstaff Road began, with incredible vistas around every (incredibly-sharp) corner. Flagstaff Road is posted 20 MPH, and it’s not possible to go much faster due to vehicle and bike traffic, combined with narrow lanes and shoulders (often with precipitous drops off the downhill side).
Getting the Corolla right is of utmost importance to Toyota, which has moved nearly 40 million units over 10 different body styles since the nameplate debuted in 1966. Last night, Techshake was invited to witness the unveiling of the 11th-generation, 2014 Corolla at its North American debut, in Santa Monica, Calif., and to see if the newest, more style-driven model is worthy of the Corolla name.