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1st Gear: 2013 SRT Viper Teases Itself From The Inside
Chrysler's SRT team's Facebook page has released a new teaser for the 2013 SRT Viper that'll be unveiled at next week's New York Auto Show. This time, what you see is the next Viper's interior with a shot taken from the steering wheel showing part of the center console, the red seats and the manual gearbox shifter. I want to go to there.
2nd Gear: My Name Is 2013 Ram 1500, My Tank Is Pretty
Chrysler is being such a tease today. First it was that interior shot of the SRT Viper, now it's the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup, also debuting next week at the New York Auto Show. The sly up-skirt of the new truck shows its new chromed grille along with an updated Ram logo. It screams "I am Ram, buy me because I'm pretty."
3rd Gear: Mercedes-Benz To Revive CLC Badge As New York Auto Show Concept
Micki Maynard at Forbes reports that along with Mercedes-Benz starting production at its new plant in Kecskemét, Hungary was an announcement by CEO Dieter Zetsche that it will soon start churning out small Mercedes models including a new four-door coupe. Why is that relevant this week? Well, because this new four-door coupe is expected to revive the CLC badge and will make its world debut in concept form at either next week's New York Auto Show or next month's Beijing Motor Show.
4th Gear: Fiat Planning 500X Crossover
Autocar reports this morning that Fiat is lining up a replacement for the Fiat Sedici. The new model will become the fourth variant of the Fiat 500 range, and is expected to be called 500X. But don't worry, we'll get it here, only it'll be a Jeep when it's launched here and in Europe.
5th Gear: You'll Want To Park Your BMW Outside Until You Get That Battery Cable Fixed
As an add-on to news earlier this week that hundreds of thousands of BMW 5- and 6-series cars would need to have a battery cable replaced, U.S. safety regulators and BMW now say owners should park them outside until that's taken care of. Obviously it's because if not fixed it could lead to fiery death! And who wants that?