2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon

Yet another wonderful wagon from a long and storied line.

TESTED

Mercedes-Benz boasts that the 2014 E350 4MATIC wagon tested here is “not like every wagon in its class. It is every wagon it its class.” And it’s true. Cadillac’s CTS wagon is being eulogized, and so, in the U.S. at least, the long-roof E-class has outlasted all its competitors. Its strength is derived from its strict adherence to Mercedes’ signature traits: understated luxury, dynamic competence, and bank-vault solidity. Sure, the rest of the refreshed 2014 E-class lineup shares those signatures, but as before, the wagon’s stoic stance against mainstream style and hordes of SUVs, SAVs, and crossovers lends it a practically unmatched sense of classicism.

Now, as Then, the Connoisseur’s Selection

Living happily in the brown-tinted shadow of the 1970s-era W123, Benz wagons have always exuded a sort of timelessness. The 2014 E350 remasters this well-played formula, mixing retro chrome roof rails with futuristic LED-accented headlights and Benz’s latest styling language. Buyers can pick between equally priced Luxury and Sport design themes. Our test vehicle wore the latter, which replaces the Luxury model’s old-school grille design (and hood ornament!) and soft suspension with a lowered-but-still-not-sporty suspension, body addenda, and a modern star-in-grille design.

Opening any of the E350’s five doors reveals a sumptuous cabin befitting its nearly $60,000 base price. Matte-finished brown ash wood trim, glitters of brightwork, and beige leather seats ($1620) with rolled inserts drip with old-money aura, and a power-opening hatch grants entry to a capacious cargo hold that hides a neat rear-facing third-row bench. Our test car was fancified further by the $1090 panoramic sunroof, $970 parking assist, $250 heated steering wheel, $500 18-inch AMG wheels, $3370 Premium package (navigation, Harman/Kardon audio system, heated front seats, and rear-side window shades), $1500 Lighting package (adaptive, full-LED headlights), and Lane Tracking package (blind-spot monitoring and lane-change assistance).

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ down the River

Under way, the E350 is admirably nonconformist, even if, as in the E350 sedan, that’s precisely because it doesn’t set your pulse racing. (That’s the twin-turbo V-8–powered E63 AMG wagon’s job.) The wagon wafts above the pretense of those luxury cars for which Nürburgring lap times matter most, with a soothingly compliant suspension and some body roll in corners. Everything, from the brake pedal to the steering, operates with an expensive, damped feel, and the structure is granitelike. That the E350 can ooze from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, cling to our skidpad for 0.87 g, and halt from 70 mph in an impressive 167 feet are secondary capabilities baked in more for the occasional emergency maneuver than enthusiastic driving.

Although popular in Europe, the wagon body style is losing ground to crossovers and SUVs among U.S. buyers, so five-door E350s sell here in predictably small numbers. But Mercedes’ people tell us owners are fiercely loyal, and we can see why—the car harks back to a simpler, more cosseting definition of luxury. Squint at it or take it for a drive, and you can trace its lineage through three generations of E-class, and back to the W124 and W123 models that came before those. It’s really not much different from last year’s E350 wagon, which amplifies the sense of tradition about the car that we adore. We can’t say that about any crossover.

Specifications >

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED: $70,670 (base price: $59,525)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 213 cu in, 3498 cc
Power: 302 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 113.2 in
Length: 192.7 in
Width: 73.0 in Height: 58.9 in
Curb weight: 4401 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 15.8 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 24.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.8 sec @ 97 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 19/26 mpg
C/D observed: 20 mpg

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Hot Rod Conspiracy Castrol Rocket

Quick, what is a car that’s actually a motorcycle that can go 400 miles per hour and has 1,000 horsepower? The answer is this – the Castrol Rocket, from Hot Rod Conspiracy, Triumph and others. The bullet-shaped, carbon-fiber shell hides a motorcycle that will attempt to be the first two-wheeled vehicle to crack the 400-mph barrier and beat a record set in 2010.

It’s motivated by two Triumph Rocket III engines, which run on methanol. Harnessing the aforementioned 1,000 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque to the ground is the job of Goodyear’s Land Speed Special tires. When it makes its eventual attempt on the world record, it will be with Jason DiSalvo at the controls.

Triumph Motorcycles originally held the record of world’s fastest motorcycle from 1955 to 1970, a record it’s keen to recapture. “This project is a celebration of Castrol and Triumph’s motorsports heritage, innovation, courage and perseverance. It’s an incredible opportunity to simultaneously chase history and celebrate your heritage. Our hats are off to the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing team and all of the racers who make land speed racing such a colorful and meaningful sport,” said Triumph president and CEO, Greg Heichelbech.

The Castrol Rocket made an appearance at this year’s SEMA Show, and we really couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop over and take some snaps of it. Have a look at the gallery above, or scroll down for the full press release from Triumph.

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Once proclaimed the king of the Bonneville Salt Flats, Triumph Motorcycles is back at work on its latest innovation. This time with the world’s most technologically-advanced streamlined motorcycle – the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket.

The Castrol Rocket (video here) is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project is undergoing testing this week at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The goal is an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.

“Castrol has been actively involved with land speed racing on multiple platforms across the globe and since competitors started running at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1914,” said Rob Corini, Brand Manager, Castrol Motorcycle and Powersports Products. “The Castrol Rocket personifies our heritage as a performance brand, with an incredible balance of power and aerodynamics, and is capable of amazing speeds. It’s the ultimate symbol of performance.”

A shared passion for land speed racing brought aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller, engine builder Bob Carpenter and Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo together. The cross-country team – from Oregon, New Jersey and Alabama respectively – quickly discovered a shared interest to create and race the world’s fastest motorcycle. The Castrol Rocket is their labor of love – an homage to the high-performance heritage of Castrol and Triumph.

“Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements,” said pilot Jason DiSalvo. “The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. The conditions are so challenging that for the past 100 years, racers with little else in common, have banded together to support and encourage each other to become the world’s fastest.”

The Triumph name has been synonymous with speed since its four record-breaking motorcycle records with Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek/Johnson and Gyronaut X1. From 1955 to 1970, with the exception of a brief 33-day period, Triumph was “The World’s Fastest Motorcycle.” The Castrol Rocket aims to restore that title.

“This project is a celebration of Castrol and Triumph’s motorsports heritage, innovation, courage and perseverance,” said Greg Heichelbech, President and CEO, Triumph Motorcycles North America. “It’s an incredible opportunity to simultaneously chase history and celebrate your heritage. Our hats are off to the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing team and all of the racers who make land speed racing such a colorful and meaningful sport.”

CASTROL ROCKET SPECS:
• Chassis: Carbon Kevlar monocoque
• Dimensions: 25′ x 2′ x 3′
• Engines: Two Triumph Rocket III engines
• Horsepower: 1,000-plus-horsepower at 9,000 rpm
• Torque: 500-plus lbs. combined
• Suspension: Custom made by Hot Rod Conspiracy
• Fuel: Methanol
• Tires: Goodyear Land Speed Special
• Engine Lubricant: Castrol Power RS™ 4T 10W-40 full synthetic oil

For more information on the Castrol Rocket, please visit castrolrocket.com.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Icon Thriftmaster at SEMA 2013

If you’ve been jonesing for some news from Icon, the release of the E-Flyer electric bicycle the other day may or may not have done the trick. But either way, the Californian company known for retrofitting and restoring classic trucks is back with the Thriftmaster, which it has helpfully displayed on the show floor at SEMA (incidentally, with an E-Flyer in the bed).

Based on a classic Chevrolet 3100-series pickup, the Thriftmaster picks up where Icon’s Bronco, Jeep CJ and Toyota FJ left off, but with a form that would make an Old Navy display truck seem campy. Underneath the beautifully restored bodywork sits a 5.3-liter V8 with 315 horsepower on tap and that can be upgraded to 435 hp with an optional Magnuson supercharger kit.

Either way, buyers can specify a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission that may seem desperately behind the times in a modern ride, but in a retro classic like this, seems downright cutting-edge. As do the four-wheel disc brakes, independent front suspension, Kenwood nav and on-board Wi-Fi.

Of course, Icon’s trademark meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout, from the CNC machined trim to the bison leather interior. But if the hundred-thousand-dollar sticker price on some of Icon’s previous creations struck you as steep, the $220,000 price of entry for this truck, of which Icon will only build five, puts the Thriftmaster name firmly alongside tongue in cheek. Check it out in gallery of live shots above and the extensive stock gallery below, along with the official press release.

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ICON is proud to debut the new ICON Thriftmaster Pick Up.
Inspired by the 1947-53 Chevy 3100 five window classic pick up, this modern iteration is ready for adventure.

Make no mistake, while the look is vintage, the drive is decidedly modern. From the chassis engineering refinement, fuel injected supercharged aluminum emissions equipped V8, ABS four wheel disc brakes, to the sophisticated electronics, this truck has no peers.

ICON is a niche automotive brand based in Los Angeles, focused on revisiting classic automotive designs in a modern context. We celebrate the history while infusing the best state-of-the-art content, to create unique daily drivers rich in character and distinction. This new ICON will be built by hand in very low volume along side our other offerings; including the ICON Bronco, FJ series, and CJ series resto-mod vehicles.

This first, “Ultimate Edition” ICON Thriftmaster, comes in your choice of body color (matte or gloss finish), with your choice of manual or automatic transmission, naturally aspirated or with an intercooled supercharger. Otherwise, it comes one way… loaded. Standard equipment includes four wheel disc brakes, A/C, PW, PDL, Wi-Fi Hot Spot, Web-enabled Kenwood and Audison digital audio, NAV, tilt column, copious insulation, Bison hide seating, Wilton wool carpet, Alcantara headliner, smoked glass, and innovative brushed nickel plated trim with aircraft ceramic clear coat.

The performance and refinement is astounding. Never before has a classic pick up managed such comfort and handling. With approximately 435HP, there is plenty of power on hand. With Wilwood oversized disc brakes at all four corners, 60-0 is equally impressive. The Platform specific Art Morrison chassis is unparalleled in its balance and handling characteristics.

For 2014, ICON will build only five Ultimate Thriftmasters. Each will be signed and sequentially numbered. Pricing will be in the $220,000-250,000 range. In the future, expect a wider range of ICON Thriftmasters.

The matched ICON E-Flyer electric bicycle (see stand alone press release for further details) is a special edition collaborative effort between ICON and E_Tracker, available now as well.

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Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Ford is pretty excited about its impish Fiesta ST five-door joining its American lineup—as are we, because the thing is really damn good—so it makes sense that the Blue Oval would bring a few customized versions of the car to the SEMA show. There, they’ll share the Ford stand with a bevy of other hopped-up rides, including four Focus ST hatches. There are five members of the Fiesta contingent; four are STs, while one is based on the regular 2014 five-door.

Ford Fiesta ST by Ice Nine Group

Michigan-based Ice Nine Group brings rallying flavor to the Fiesta ST with its mostly aesthetic alterations, which are headlined by a set of blown-out fender flares. The flares, the new carbon-fiber hood, and, well, the rest of the car are covered by a mesmerizingly psychedelic vinyl wrap. Yellow-tinted, rally-style fog lights take up residence in the grille, while a bespoke spoiler and competition-look 17-inch BRAID wheels give visual credence to this Fiesta ST’s rallying aspirations. Functional upgrades include new Falken rubber, a cabin-venting panel in place of the sunroof, and additional carbon-fiber cabin vents where the quarter windows normally live.

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Ford Fiesta ST by MRT

As part of a tie-up with Forza Motorsport 5—out later this month; preorder now!—the digital doppelgänger of this eye-searingly green Fiesta ST will appear in the game. Apart from a two-tone paint job and color-contrasted wheels and rims, the Fiesta ST by MRT maintains the stubby looks of the stock model. H&R coil-overs are fitted, as are upgraded brakes, a stainless exhaust, and a new intercooler from COBB Tuning.

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Ford Fiesta ST by Bojix Design

While Ice Nine and MRT showcased the Fiesta ST’s suitability for rallying and virtual reality, California tuner Bojix Design slammed the car, it says, in the name of “slot-car handling.” The car has been fitted with “suspension upgrades” (coil-overs are mentioned but nothing else), a three-inch Bojix cat-back exhaust, and a Banks water-methanol injection setup.

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Wilding Out in a Major Way: Ford Totes Five Custom Fiestas to Sin City [2013 SEMA Show]

Ford Fiesta ST by COBB Tuning and Tanner Foust Racing

This camouflage ST from COBB Tuning and Tanner Foust Racing was built to honor our enlisted men and women while also raising awareness for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The interior has been subtly upgraded with a new shift knob and embroidered floor mats and headrests, while the exterior gets a carbon-fiber hood from Ice Nine, the digital camo color paint, and a pavement-scraping front splitter. Performance upgrades include a three-inch exhaust and a cold-air intake. COBB and TFR plan to take the car on a tour of military bases next year.



Fiesta by 3dCarbon

Fiesta by 3dCarbon

Ford Fiesta by 3dCarbon

The only naturally aspirated Fiesta of the quintet, the car designed by Orange County–based 3dCarbon is perhaps the most cohesive. The none-redder subcompact gets a 3dCarbon body kit that brings new rockers, a new lower front fascia with splitter, a diffuser-style piece for the rear, and a hatchback spoiler. The color-coordinated 19-inch Forgiato wheels look seriously good, and match the red-stitched black leather upholstery that’s been installed inside.

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Dodhe Challenger R/T Shaker

Enamored of the Dodge Challenger but wish you could get one with a shaker hood? We’ve got good news, because Dodge and Mopar have teamed up to bring it back.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker packs the same 5.7-liter Hemi V8 as the standard Challenger R/T, but upgrades the business end with a through-the-hood exposed cold-air intake system. The retro hood scoop protrudes from the center of the hood in satin black (matching the decklid spoiler) to feed the Hemi and shakes with the engine just like the original from 1970. The Shaker model also comes with a Super Track Pak that adds a new steering rack, brake linings, shocks and 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car rubber. You can also shut off the stability management system completely in this car. A series of interior and exterior trim enhancements round out the look. The whole package adds $2,500 to the price of a Challenger R/T Classic for an all-in MSRP of $36,995.

2014 Dodge Challenger Mopar EditionIn case that’s not enough, Dodge is also offering a limited-edition Mopar Challenger that follows the 2010 Mopar Challenger, 2011 Mopar Charger, 2012 Mopar 300 and 2013 Mopar Dart. Limited to just 100 examples, the 2014 Mopar Challenger gets the same Shaker hood intake, unique graphics and wheels, an enhanced interior and a long list of optional extras from the Mopar parts catalog. Dodge isn’t saying just yet how much the Mopar Challenger will cost, but you can bet it will command a considerable premium for the exclusivity alone.

Dodge and Mopar are presenting both of these special Challengers at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week, but if you’re not in Vegas, you can read more about them in the press release below and scope them out in our pair of high-res image galleries.

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HEMI® “Shaker” Returns – 2014 Challenger R/T and Mopar ’14 Challenger Models Deliver Power, Performance and Even More Heritage-inspired Style For Hardcore Dodge and Mopar Enthusiasts

- With its functional ―Shaker‖ hood and unmistakable Dodge muscle-car cues, the new 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker marks the return of one of the brand’s most coveted performance options
– Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker features the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with unique hood and intake design combined with a functional exposed-element cold-air intake system
– New Mopar ’14 Challenger model revealed: only 100 serialized coupes will be built, offering “Mopar-or-no-car” fans the rarest factory-produced Dodge Challenger model to date with unique “Moparized” equipment
– All-new Dodge Scat Packages unleash more horsepower and torque thanks to three Mopar-engineered stage kits arriving in Spring 2014

Dodge and Mopar brands are “shaking” it up at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) annual show in Las Vegas. The two Detroit-born brands are teaming up to reveal the new 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker and Mopar ’14 Challenger models, all engineered for hard-core enthusiasts who demand more throwback style with easily upgradable performance.

“The legendary Shaker performance hood is back, with its engine-mounted, fully floating scoop and exposed high-flow element that produces cold-air induction – making the new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker the real deal,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge Brand. “With Challenger having its best sales-year ever, the time is right to provide our most loyal fans with the return of the Shaker, and even more power with new ‘Scat Package,’ performance stage kits.”

“With Mopar engineers working alongside Dodge designers and engineers, we created these factory-proven products to amplify performance and style in a way that no one else can,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The ‘Shaker’, ‘Scat Packages’ and our new Mopar ’14 celebrate customized performance.”

2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
Injecting a fresh shot of heritage into the Challenger lineup, the new 2014 R/T Shaker model features unique throwback muscle-car cues that link directly to Dodge brand’s performance legacy.

As the model name suggests, the legendary “cold-air grabbing” Shaker not only looks good with its Satin Black center-mounted hood scoop, snorkeling up from the engine compartment, it also directs cooler air back into the HEMI® V-8 engine. And like the original 1970 Challenger R/T with the Shaker hood, the new 2014 model continues the Dodge tradition of an engine-mounted hood scoop that “shakes” with the powertrain’s movement.

Designed for muscle-car buffs who can’t help but tinker with their toys, the Challenger R/T Shaker features the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing over 400 lb.-ft. of torque, with a functional Shaker hood with Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter and optimized air box for improved airflow and performance. Lift the hood and enthusiasts will also be treated to an under-hood ‘Shaker’ badge – reminiscent of the 1970s original.

In addition to its driver-selectable sport-mode powertrain calibration, performance-tuned suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and steering calibration, the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker includes the Super Track Pak, with high-performance steering gear, brake linings and monotube shock absorbers, P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) with “full off” mode. All-season performance tires are available at no extra charge.

The new engine setup provides a new factory-designed foundation to maximize three all-new Dodge “Scat Packages,” enabling customers to unleash even more power from their Challenger R/T Shaker.

For a dynamically striking look, a new ―Shaker style‖ Satin Black hood, roof and deck-lid stripe graphics visually translate this Dodge Challenger model’s name, while a Satin Black deck-lid spoiler provides the added downforce needed for 155 mph max-speed runs. For contrast, a body-color grille surround and Gloss Black fuel-filler door are added, while all-new 20 x 8-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black pockets and a satin “matte” clear coat feature a sculptured five-spoke design. For added detail, “Shaker” badges flank both sides of the hood scoop, while “HEMI” fender badges and a new “Challenger” grille badge in classic script completes the iconic exterior.

On the inside, the new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker features a unique three-spoke flat-bottom leather-wrapped performance steering wheel with black accent finish and integrated vehicle controls. Corresponding with the steering wheel is a unique “K-Black” painted instrument panel and center-console bezel for a discrete look. Matching the “Shaker” numbered dash plaque are door bolsters with graduated accent stitching that mirrors the logo’s artistic reverberation. High-performance front seats with aggressive bolsters in premium Nappa Leather in Dark Slate Gray with Sepia accent stitching or Radar Red with Radar Red stitching, feature the “Shaker” logo embroidered on the seat back, along with unique graduated horizontal plow-throughs. For additional detail, the center console armrest is also leather wrapped and finished with accent thread. The aluminum pistol-grip shifter mated to a track-proven Tremec six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a black leather-wrapped shift-knob and die-cast paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel are available for those who opt for the performance-tuned five-speed automatic.

Adding to the customized interior environment, with one press of the start button, the Shaker logo appears on the available 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen.

The new 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker will arrive at Dodge dealerships in the first-quarter of 2014 with pricing for this very well-equipped model starting at just $36,995 U.S. MSRP ($37,495 with the custom one-of-a-kind hood-to-tail stripes), representing a walk of only $2,500 from the Challenger R/T Classic for all of the unique features of this limited production model.

The new Challenger R/T Shaker is available in Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed and vibrant Header Orange.

Introducing the New Mopar ’14: Only 100 of the new limited-edition vehicles will be built
Taking the new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker one step further, the Mopar brand revealed its new Mopar ’14 Challenger – the rarest limited-production Challenger model announced to date (only 100 to be made), with a distinct “Moparized” look. Additionally, the new Mopar ’14 is engineered to take on any combination of the three all-new “Scat Packages.”

“The Mopar ’14 is yet another factory-engineered example of how Mopar can make even limited-edition muscle cars like the Challenger even more special,” said Gorlier. “With three new ‗Scat Packages’ and more than 100 proven, quality-tested Mopar performance parts and accessories available for the Dodge Challenger, Mopar makes it simple through its one-stop customization shop.”

The Mopar ’14 Challenger features Bright White or Gloss Black exterior paint, and in keeping with tradition to its limited-edition predecessors – the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300 and Mopar ’13 Dart – is highlighted by the “Shaker style” stripe in “Mopar Blue.” For an even more customized look, two additional Mopar Blue stripe options are available, including an all-new “rocker panel” bodyside triple stripe runs with “MOPAR” across the doors; or for an even bolder look, an all-new A-line bodyside stripe that wraps over the deck lid and includes the Mopar “Omega M” logo on the rear-quarter. Enthusiasts hungering for a taste of the new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker’s legendary heritage will find satisfaction in the Mopar ’14 Challenger. Its all-new Satin Black Shaker hood scoop stands out with its raised profile and “Shaker” logo reverberating while the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is running. Other unique design elements to contrast the Bright White paint include all-new 20 x 8-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with Mopar center caps, a unique Black Vapor grille surround, Black fuel-filler door and Gloss Black deck-lid spoiler with Gloss Black “Mopar Design” badge and “Mopar” quarter-glass decals.

Providing a factory-customized look is the Mopar ’14 model’s Dark Slate interior embellished with unique Mopar appointments. Performance front seats with aggressive bolsters in premium black Nappa Leather feature Mopar Blue accent thread and Mopar Omega M logos embroidered on the seat backs. Additionally, Mopar Blue thread binds the seams of the armrest, pistol-grip shifter boot and three-spoke leather-wrapped performance steering wheel.

As the Mopar ’14 ownership should be as unique as the ride itself, Mopar created a serialized instrument panel plaque, customized monroney label and “Mopar” branded key fobs. The Mopar-designed vehicle tradition continues, as owners of the Mopar ’14 Challenger will receive a custom-crafted personalized owner’s kit with a Mopar ’14 brochure, unique Mopar ’14 memorabilia, and customized items crafted with the serial number of each vehicle.

The new Mopar ’14 takes vehicle customization to new heights. Already equipped with unique Mopar Design accessories from the factory, customers of the Mopar ’14 will be able to add even more catalog accessories installed at the Mopar Custom Shop before arriving to their local dealer. And to take it even further, customers can choose to take it up another notch with Mopar accessories from their dealership.

Available Mopar Custom Shop upfitted items include:
– Mopar short-throw shifter
– Mopar cat-back exhaust
– Mopar performance suspension
– Mopar lowering springs
– Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)
– Mopar performance badges
– Mopar hood pin kit
– Mopar car cover
– Mopar door-sill guards
– Mopar sequential taillight kit
– Mopar premium floor mats or slush mats
– Mopar chrome exhaust tip
– Mopar fuel-filler door
– Mopar wheel locks
– Mopar interior trim bezel kit

The limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger is the fifth special-edition vehicle created by the Mopar brand, and will arrive straight from the factory in Brampton, Ontario, to dealerships in the second quarter of 2014. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Ordering will begin in March 2014.

All-new Dodge “Scat Packages”
“Mopar-or-no-car.” A phrase Dodge and Mopar enthusiasts live by, and the reason these two brands have collaborated to revive the historic Dodge “Scat Packages” for hard-core “do-it-yourself” Challenger owners. From cold-air intakes, performance cam shafts and “optimized” engine calibrations, Scat Packages 1, 2 and 3 enable Challenger R/T Shaker – as well as other 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 Dodge Challenger and Charger models – maximum performance solutions designed and tested from the factory.

About Dodge Brand
The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year with a keen eye focused on the future and a desire to create vehicles customers can’t wait to drive and are proud to park in their driveways. With 100 years of history, Dodge is building on the technological advancements of the ’30s and ’40s, design evolution of the ’50s, the racing heritage of the ’60s, the horsepower of the ’70s, the efficiency of the ’80s and unbelievable styling of the ’90s as it paves the road to its future. New for 2014, the Dodge Durango ―is kind of a big deal,‖ with a new eight-speed transmission that delivers up to 25 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway, a new 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment center and best-in-class power, towing, and fuel economy, in addition to its class exclusive technology. The new Durango joins the new 2014 Dodge Dart with the new 2.4-liter 184 horsepower Tigershark engine, as well as the 2014 Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Journey and 30th Anniversary Grand Caravan. This 2014 Dodge lineup includes five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety picks and two Top Safety Pick +, five vehicles with best-in-class power, seven vehicles that deliver 25 mpg or higher, three vehicles that deliver 31 mpg or higher and three vehicles that offer seating for seven.

About Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the industrial alliance between Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 markets. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as Fiat brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Mopar-first Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
– Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers
– Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
– Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
– Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
– Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
– wiAdvisor: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for instant vehicle diagnosis
– wiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
– 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

More than 75 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle-car era. The former Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth ―package cars‖ equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of ―special parts‖ for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer support.

1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit

Ford, along with KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed, used SEMA as a backdrop to pull the covers off Snakebit, a 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck that’s been updated with Shelby Mustang-derived styling bits and a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine. All 550 horsepower are funneled through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels.

Underneath the custom bodywork sits a chassis that’s been stretched five inches and a bed widened and bedecked with billet machined pieces that are supposed to look like wood. The 20-inch rear and 18-inch front wheels ape those of past Shelby Mustang models. The interior is swathed in two-tone leather with a bench seat designed to look – try to act surprised – like a Shelby Mustang.

Like what you see? Bidding for the truck will take place in 2014 at an unspecified Barrett-Jackson event (we’d assume Scottsdale). Proceeds will be used to help build a children’s hospital in Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan, where Ms. Tweed grew up. See the high-res gallery above and the press release down below for more.

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SNAKEBIT AT SEMA: GENE SIMMONS, SHANNON TWEED UNVEIL CUSTOM 1956 FORD F-100, TO BE AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY IN 2014

KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, unveil custom 1956 Ford F-100 pickup
Custom 1956 Ford F-100, aptly named Snakebit, features styling cues that pay homage to classic Shelby Mustangs; power is supplied by Ford’s supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine
Snakebit will be auctioned next year by Barrett-Jackson, with proceeds going to help fund a children’s hospital in Tweed’s hometown in Canada
Snakebit, a custom 1956 Ford F-100 with styling cues that salute the great Shelby Mustangs, was unveiled today by KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, as part of Ford Motor Company’s display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show at Las Vegas Convention Center.

Snakebit is part of a fundraising effort to build a children’s hospital in Tweed’s hometown of Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan, one of only two Canadian provinces without a dedicated children’s hospital.

The project was originally conceived by Tom Foster, president of Saskatoon-based customizer Industrial Machine & Manufacturing, as a team-building exercise that could help raise funds for a new children’s hospital.

Called Wheels of Dreams, the project to design and build the custom truck was funded by the Ford dealer association in Saskatchewan. It will be auctioned off in 2014 by Barrett-Jackson.

The winning bidder will get one serious truck. Under the sectioned dual-skinned hood of the 1956 F-100 is a Ford Racing supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.

The wheelbase has been stretched five inches, while the box has been widened and dressed with a billet machined floor to mimic wood. It is topped with a custom tonneau cover. The headlights and sequential taillights are custom-built, while 18-inch front and the 20-inch rear wheels are also inspired by Shelby Mustangs.

The interior of this metallic gray beauty features handmade panels and two-tone leather. The knobs on the leather-wrapped dash are custom, as are the armrests. The leather bench seat, carefully contoured to match the look of a Shelby Mustang interior, is from Glide Engineering.

“The Wheels of Dreams project symbolizes how people can come together to meet the needs of our children and families by raising much needed funds for the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “Just like the hospital, this concept car project started as an idea and a desire to do something better for our community.

“What began as a grassroots idea, the volunteers and supporters of Wheels of Dreams have turned into a major international fundraiser opportunity that will ultimately benefit our foundation and the children of Saskatchewan who require the services and care of a hospital,” added Boback-Lane.

When your residence is starting to experience leaking due to some damages and roofing system wear and tear, your first impulse would be to call a roofing business or contractor to help you repair your roofing system or much better yet replace it. However with too lots of companies and contractors to select from nowadays, exactly how would you know which business are great and which roofer you should avoid. To help you with this dilemma, below are some suggestions to assist you pick your roofing professional wisely.

The first thing you ought to do is ask referrals or recommendation from some trusted source such as Better Business Bureau. You can likewise make use of a free pre-screening service which can assess the roof companies in your location and the great thing about this is its in fact complimentary. You can likewise ask your friend and family for some referrals, somebody who’ve made their roofs in the past and done a quality task. Don’t just choose roofing contractors arbitrarily in the phone-book. You will never understand if they are excellent or not.

Next is an excellent Palm Harbor roofing company ought to offer estimates freely without a cost. If a roofing company would charge you for their price quotes, then you must avoid them. Quotes must be offered easily without requiring you to sign a contract. Its your prerogative to select to take their service or not.

An additional thing that you need to think about is the number of individuals would get the job done for you. Never ever hire a roof company who will just assign one person to do the task or a specialist who will do the job alone. Roof can be a hard task, and for security reasons, a roofer should have another person to assist him or assist him with the job. If your roofer would just do the task all on their own, then please avoid them. An excellent and accountable roofing business would not enable their staff to be on harmful scenario alone.

These are simply some things that you have to think about when hiring roof companies or contractors to do the roof task for you. Keep in mind, you are paying these individuals; you need to ensure that they are good at exactly what they do.

Exactly what is the most crucial equipment you should have when you play skateboard? It is evident you have to have skateboard. If not possible you may obtain from another person as long as you are comfortable with it. Nevertheless, skateboard is not the only equipment you need to have. You need skate shoes to finish it. Which skate shoes should you pick?

Probably need to you facing this concern, you will be baffled provided that there are so rather a couple of brand names, colors, and cost of skate shoes you can select. You do not prefer to choose inaccurate shoes, right? need to you think you presently have skate shoes, confirm it again! It may possibly only just typical shoes that are resemble skate shoes.

Skate shoes is variation belonging towards traditional tennis shoe that are produced to provide the support and toughness that the skateboarder requires. almost every brand-new skateboarder individual requires shoes. need to you preserve producing utilization of normal shoes when skating, it will be more tough to fixture your demands to produce a leap or other destination in addition to sometimes hazardous. Skate shoes are likewise made use of to keep away from crash since of the easy truth of it thick soles, like Nike shox shoes.

Skate shoes must have a powerful ollie pad to create the shoe last lengthier and must truly likewise possess a thick individual so the shoe manages to stay strong. Skate shoes are also put on by bicycle BMX riders to grip the pedals and for the thick soles that will work as brakes. Skate shoes are built getting a huge flat bottom, to much better grip the board, and usually with various other features like reinforcement in areas precisely where you’ll likely placed on the Nike tn requin shoe down.

There are lots of makers of skate shoes in the market, we are able to discuss a few of them are DC Skateboarding Shoes, Vans Skateboarding Shoes, Nike chaussures, Nike tn chaussrues, Nike maximum tn shoes, Air Jordan shoes or even one various other Nike chaussures shoes. almost every shoe does lots of benefit. There are shoes that are treated to avoid out water, snow and slush, with much more tread. best for snowskates and snow days. But there are also which have storage foam inside the shoes that forms for the foot, and no tongue. Many skateboarding shoes are produced for grownup men and ladies skateboarders.

So, are your skate shoes have met all all those condition? If so, now you are ready to roll. If you undoubtedly are a newbie, begin by seeing your skateboard. make certain you relaxing with it. positioned in your skate shoes properly and ought to you wish for getting much safer, positioned on helmet collectively with various other protective pads for the knee and elbow.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down near the Las Vegas strip as part of the notorious East Coast/West Coast rap feud. Now in 2013, Chevy is bringing dueling East and West Coast–themed Corvettes to Vegas for the SEMA show. This is probably not a coincidence. That the third customized C7 is inspired by a video game probably is one, though.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept

The silver droptop Stingray above is intended to exude the swag of a private jet, with a body kit (front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker-panel extensions) and touches of gray in the headlamps and hood graphics. More than anything, though, it’s supposed to advertise Chevy’s parts catalog. The chrome wheels (19-inch front, 20-inch rear), Stingray script wheel centers, Stingray-logo underhood panel, custom luggage, and Stingray-logoed center armrest cover are among the items available for purchase by C7 owners. Power comes from the standard LT1 small-block V-8, which is mated to a six-speed automatic.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Concept

The Pac to the Atlantic’s Biggie, this manual-gearbox C7 is based on the Stingray with the high-performance Z51 package and features a carbon-fiber hood. Torch Red exterior paint is contrasted with a visible carbon-fiber roof panel, a black front splitter, black rocker extensions, and black racing stripes for, you know, speed. Inside, the car upgrades from the standard seats to the C7’s available Competition thrones, and is also fitted with the optional carbon trim and flat-bottomed steering wheel. The black wheels have red accents; order a set today!



Chevrolet Corvette Stingray “Gran Turismo” Concept

When Gran Turismo 6 launches for PS3 this December, the car roster will include a virtual version of this concept. You will know it by its trail of custom blue paint and exterior graphics, yellow headlamp bezels, carbon-fiber body kit and spoiler, custom carbon-fiber hood, unique exhaust tips, and new grille. The cabin gets worked over, too, with freshly reupholstered Competition seats, multipoint racing harnesses, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and leather wrapping on the belt bar and rear structural bracing. A seven-speed manual is spun by the C7’s 460-horse LT1 V-8.

2013 SEMA Show full coverage

Toyota FV2 Cocnept

Toyota is getting ready for the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, and to tease us, the Japanese automaker has released photos and information about the concept vehicles it’ll be bringing to the show. In all, there’ll be five world premieres from Toyota (six if you split the Voxy and Noah minivan concepts), including some vehicles that’ll be released in the near future, and others that need more time to incubate.

Let’s get the world premieres out first. Toyota is a pioneer of gasoline-electric hybrids, but it’s also pursuing hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. The clearest indication of this is the FCV concept, a hydrogen-powered sedan in the same vein as the the FCV-R that will bow at the auto show. (Read more about the FCV, here.)

Other world debuts include the FV2 concept (pictured), a unique, one-seat future vehicle that emphasizes the “Fun to Drive” philosophy; the JPN TAXI concept, a next-generation taxi concept designed with Japanese hospitality in mind; and the Voxy and Noah concepts, next-generation minivans that differ most in exterior design cues and are scheduled to launch in the Japanese market in early 2014.

The Aqua G Sports concept, based on the Prius C, will debut at the show and is a hybrid sports car that’s scheduled to launch in the Japanese market later this month. The i-Road, an electric trike that’s already been confirmed for production (check out our recent test, here) will also be on display.

We’ve been waiting for this next concept since the Toyota GT-86/Scion FR-S was launched, and we’ve already seen it in person, but Toyota will debut the FT-86 Open Concept again, calling it a “world premiere.” Toyota says it “was created to explore future sports car variations,” and while it hasn’t changed since our last viewing, the car now wears a new paint color: Flash Red. Since the paint was created specifically for the auto show, we can only guess that this is why Toyota considers it a world premiere, unless we find out otherwise.

Take a look at the press release and photo galleries below to study up on Toyota’s latest concept vehicles, which we’ll be covering at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

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Toyota to Display New Concept Vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2013-Toyota Motor Corporation will display seven concept cars in
its Toyota-brand exhibit at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. The show, to be held at Tokyo Big Sight
in Koto Ward, Tokyo, will run from November 20 to December 11.

Under the slogan “Fun to Drive, Again,”2 the concept vehicles are aimed to convey Toyota’s
vision of a future mobility society that values the joy of driving. The Toyota-brand vehicles on
display will underline Toyota’s efforts to contribute to society while creating ever-better cars that
exceed expectations.

Toyota FCV Concept
The Toyota-brand display will include a concept version of the fuel cell vehicle scheduled for
launch around 2015, as well as next-generation taxi designed with usability in mind and a
concept car that connects with its driver in an easy-to-use, intuitive manner.

Overview of Toyota-brand Display Vehicles to Debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

Vehicle name: Description
1. Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) Concept: Next-generation fuel-cell vehicle
2. Toyota FV2 (Fun Vehicle 2): Future car that connects with drivers
3. JPN TAXI Concept: Next-generation taxi
4. Voxy and Noah Concepts: Next-generation spacious minivans
5. Aqua G Sports: Compact hybrid sports car

The booth will also feature the “i-Road,” a personal mobility vehicle which made its world debut
at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, and the “FT-86 Open Concept,” a
rear-wheel-drive sports convertible.

1. Toyota FCV Concept (world premiere)

The Toyota FCV Concept is a practical concept of the fuel cell vehicle Toyota plans to launch
around 2015 as a pioneer in the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The concept
boasts a driving range of at least 500 km and refueling times as low as three minutes, roughly
the same time as a gasoline vehicle.

The vehicle’s exterior design takes cues from a catamaran and evokes flowing water. The front
view features air intakes on each side that symbolize the “taking in air, emitting water” function
of the cutting-edge technology. The side view conveys this air-to-water transformation with its
flowing-liquid door profile and wave-motif fuel cap, while the rear view conveys a catamaran’s
stern.

With Toyota’s proprietary small, light-weight FC Stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen
tanks placed beneath the specially designed body, the Toyota FCV Concept can accommodate
up to four passengers.

The Toyota FC Stack boasts power output density of 3 kW/l, more than twice that of the current
“Toyota FCHV-adv” FC Stack. In addition, the FC system is equipped with Toyota’s
high-efficiency boost converter. Increasing the voltage made it possible to reduce the size of the
motor and the number of FC cells, leading to a smaller FC system with enhanced performance
at reduced cost.

FCV Concept specifications:
Length: 4,870mm. Width: 1,810mm. Height: 1,535mm. Wheelbase: 2,780mm. Occupancy: 4.

2. Toyota FV2 (world premiere)

The Toyota FV2 is a concept car that maintains the “Fun to Drive” philosophy even in a world
where automated driving technology has proliferated. As a vehicle that can be “understood by
the driver intuitively”, the concept links people and vehicles through the body and the heart, and
becomes more fun to drive the more it is used.

Connecting with the driver’s body: Rather than using a steering wheel, the Toyota FV2 is
operated by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back,
left and right. In addition, by using ITS technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and
traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 supports safe driving by providing advance warnings about
vehicles in blind spots at intersections and other safety information.

Connecting with the driver’s heart: Toyota envisions a driver-vehicle relationship similar to the
relationship that a rider might have with a horse. By incorporating technology from the “Toyota
Heart Project,” both the driver and the Toyota FV2 can grow together. The vehicle uses voice
and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood and uses that assessment and
accumulated information on driving ability and history to suggest destinations as a co-pilot that
helps the driver better experience the joys of driving. In addition to an augmented reality (AR)1
display on the windshield, the body color and exterior display are changeable at will, creating a
more intimate relationship with the driver..

Reference: Toyota Heart Project

The Toyota Heart Project is a new communication research project with the theme of “Inspiring the Heart, Inspiring You.” The Kirobo and Mirata humanoid communication robots, which incorporate technologies for communication and artificial intelligence, are also part of this research.

In addition to simply talking and listening, humans and artificial intelligence will be able to engage in emotional communication, including expressions, gestures, and recollection of past events, thanks to research through the open innovation2 method.

The Toyota Heart Project is also conducting research to realize artificial intelligence that grows together with people, intelligence that is understood to have feelings and evokes fondness and trust. The aim is to inspire people, achieve a rapport between humans and machines, and make life more enjoyable and enriching.

An exclusive smart phone application (available for iPhones3 and Android4 phones) that enables users to experience the mobility of the future envisioned by the Toyota FV2 is scheduled for release on November 5. The application can be downloaded free of charge from the AppStore3 and Google Play4 application platforms.

TOYOTA FV2 (Driving mode) specifications:
Length: 3,000mm. Width: 1,600mm. Height: 990mm (parking mode)/1,780mm (driving mode). Wheelbase: 2,360mm. Occupancy: 1.

3. JPN TAXI Concept (world premiere)

The JPN TAXI will be a vehicle that everyone wants to use; a next-generation taxi concept car
created with Japanese hospitality in mind; a car that will change the nature of city streets. The
JPN TAXI Concept has been created in line with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s promotion of barrier-free buses and taxis tailored to regional needs.

The JPN TAXI Concept is a next-generation taxi package that offers ease of ingress and
egress and a comfortable interior space with a body size that allows for outstanding
maneuverability. The large electrically operated doors and low, flat floor enable passengers to
board and exit in comfort, taking use by children and seniors into consideration. The open,
roomy interior has been designed to ensure ease-of-use at all times.

The JPN TAXI Concept uses a new, economical liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid system
with excellent environmental performance and is optimized for taxi driving patterns.

The design features familiar taxi proportions, with an electrically operated sliding door on the
passenger-seat side. The display panel and lamps were selected with visibility and safety in
mind.

The interior design aims to convey hospitality, placing priority on universal design principles
and modern expression. A large monitor displays information useful to passengers, such as
the route to the destination and taxi fares. Air conditioning and lighting have also been
optimized to provide the most comfortable space possible. The driver’s seat features
instruments and gauges of use to a taxi driver.

JPN TAXI Concept specifications:
Length: 4,350mm. Width: 1,695mm. Height: 1,700mm. Wheelbase: 2,750mm. Occupancy: 5.

4. Voxy and Noah Concepts (world premieres)

The Voxy and Noah Concepts are next-generation spacious minivans that provide the roomy
interior needed by families and integrate higher levels of fun, utility, and fuel economy. A new,
low-floor package creates a class-leading roomy interior with outstanding ease of ingress and
egress. These seven-seater vehicles feature ultra-long sliding Captain Seats1 in the second row,
a first for its class, providing a diverse range of seating arrangements.

A 2.0-liter gasoline engine variant and a 1.8-liter hybrid variant with a class-first full hybrid
system have been created for both the Voxy Concept and the Noah Concept. Optimal
placement of the hybrid battery makes it possible to maintain the spacious utility of a minivan and achieve exceptional class-leading fuel efficiency and cruising ranges.

The vehicles share “Emotional Space” as their design concept, and the vehicle bodies convey
the roominess of the interior even from the outside. Both vehicles create distinct and alluring
impressions. The front view of the Noah Concept presents sophistication as a compact minivan
with standard parts, while the Voxy Concept employs exclusive aerodynamic parts to
emphasize the low center of gravity, impressive wide-body, and the overwhelming sense of
presence.

Wheelchair-adapted versions of the Noah and Voxy Concepts (“Welcabs”2) are equipped with a
forward ramp and custom installed seat. The two concepts propose a new style of Welcab that
can be used as an ordinary vehicle in situations where a wheelchair is not needed. They are
compatible with a variety of wheelchair types including wheelchairs with a tilt-down mechanism
to facilitate comfortable wheelchair mobility.

The Noah and Voxy concepts are scheduled for launch in the Japanese market in early 2014.

Voxy Concept (gasoline vehicle; aerodynamic design) specifications:
Length: 4,710mm. Width: 1,730mm. Height: 1,825mm. Wheelbase: 2,850mm. Occupancy: 7.

Noah Concept (hybrid vehicle) specifications:
Length: 4,695mm. Width: 1,695mm. Height: 1,825mm. Wheelbase: 2,850mm. Occupancy: 7.

5. Aqua G Sports

The Aqua G Sports is a fun-to-drive compact hybrid sports car that boasts powerful, sleek and
inspiring styling while achieving excellent fuel efficiency. The concept is a sports conversion
model that has been fully tuned by GAZOO Racing* drivers to offer a wider range of consumers
a taste of racing and the joy of driving.

The Aqua G Sports concept is scheduled for launch in the Japanese market in late November
2013.

*GAZOO Racing is a vehicle development and motorsports support program created by GAZOO, which also operates the GAZOO.com customer participation portal site launched in 1998, the “GAZOO Mura” driving promotion program, and the Gazoo Metapolis virtual community.

Aqua G Sports specifications:
Length: 4,055mm. Width: 1,695mm. Height: 1,420mm. Wheelbase: 2,550mm. Occupancy: 5.

6. i-Road

The i-Road is an ultra-compact mobility package that provides the convenience of a
motorcycle and the comfort and stability of a car, offering an enjoyable riding experience
unlike either a car or a motorcycle.

With a length of 850 mm and a compact closed cabin, the i-Road adopts a newly developed
active lean system that raises and lowers the left, right, and front wheels to automatically
optimize the vehicle angle, ensuring a stable ride and providing an unprecedented feel of unity
with the vehicle.

In 2014, the i-Road will be used in verification tests of the Ha:mo urban transport system in
Toyota city, Aichi Prefecture, as well as an ultra-compact urban EV car-sharing project to be
conducted in the city of Grenoble, France.

i-Road specifications:
Length: 2,350mm. Width: 850mm. Height: 1,445mm. Wheelbase: 1,700mm. Occupancy: 2.

7. FT-86 Open Concept (World Premiere)

As a study model based on the rear-wheel-drive “86”3 sports car, the FT-86 Open Concept
was created to explore future sports car variations.

As a convertible boasting an electrically operated soft top, the car lets the driver feel at one with
nature while maintaining the 86’s joy of driving and sense of oneness with the vehicle. A new
“Flash Red” body color, used specifically for the Tokyo Motor Show, gives a new twist to the
iconic sports car red.

FT-86 Open Concept specifications:
Length: 4,240mm. Width: 1,775mm. Height: 1,270mm. Wheelbase: 2,570mm. Occupancy: 4.