Website lists most and least expensive vehicle to insure in 2013

There are many factors that go into deciding how much one’s insurance is, but insure.com has compiled a list of the Top 20 least and most expensive vehicles to insure in 2013.

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The most expensive 2013 vehicles to insure

Rank Make & model Cyl. Avg. annual premium
1 Mercedes-Benz CL600 12  $     3,357
2 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 12  $     3,330
3 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG 8  $     3,221
4 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG 12  $     3,207
5 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG 8  $     3,184
6 Mercedes-Benz S600 12  $     3,158
7 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 8  $     3,075
8 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 8  $     2,978
9 Porsche 911 Turbo 6  $     2,958
10 Porsche 911 Turbo S 6  $     2,925
11 Porsche Panamera Turbo 8  $     2,912
12 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4Matic 8  $     2,897
13 Jaguar XKR (convertible) 8  $     2,822
14 Jaguar XKR (coupe) 8  $     2,756
15 Jaguar XK 8  $     2,684
16 BMW 650i 8  $     2,681
17 Mercedes-Benz SL550 8  $     2,671
18 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 6  $     2,642
19 Mercedes-Benz S550 8  $     2,640
20 Porsche 911 Carrera S 6  $     2,626

 

 

 

The least expensive 2013 vehicles to insure

Rank Make & model Cyl. Avg. annual premium
1 Ford Edge SE 4  $     1,128
2 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 6  $     1,148
3 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 4  $     1,150
4 Kia Sportage 4  $     1,157
5 Jeep Patriot Sport 4  $     1,160
6 Chevrolet Express 1500 8  $     1,171
7 Subaru Outback 3.6R 6  $     1,180
8 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4  $     1,189
9 Ford Explorer 6  $     1,197
10 Hyundai Tucson GL 4  $     1,204
11 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 6  $     1,206
12 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium 4  $     1,210
13 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT 4  $     1,210
14 Honda Odyssey EX-L 6  $     1,217
15 Jeep Compass Sport 4  $     1,217
16 Kia Sorento LX (2 WD) 6  $     1,222
17 Nissan Pathfinder S 6  $     1,224
18 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT 6  $     1,235
19 Honda Fit 4  $     1,235
20 Kia Sorento LX (4 WD) 4  $     1,237

Fast and Furious 6 trailer to air during Super Bowl

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Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise will be exited to know that the trailer for the latest installment will air during the Super Bowl.

According to teaser-trailer.com, actor Vin Diesel said, “Six years ago, we dared to dream that Fast and Furious could be something significant … special … And yet, I don’t think anyone is prepared for what will happen in 2013.”

Fast and Furious 6 will star Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, and at this time is scheduled to hit theaters on May 23.

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Mopar to introduce 2013 Dart at Chicago Auto Show

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From Chrysler Group LLC:

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC today introduced the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart, marking the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since the company partnered with Fiat S.p.A in 2009. The car will be shown at next week’s Chicago Auto Show.

Building on the success of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger and the Mopar ’12 300, the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be built and customized with Mopar performance parts and accessories. Production for a limited run of 500 units will begin this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

“Our new Mopar ’13 Dart will turn heads and stand out from the crowd,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “For this special, limited- edition vehicle, we specifically kept the driver in mind as we added select Mopar parts and accessories.”

Inspired by the tuner scene, the Mopar ’13 Dart is designed for driving enthusiasts. Powered by a 1.4- liter MultiAir® intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission, the Mopar ’13 sports a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, which mirror each of the three previous Mopar- themed models.

For enhanced handling, upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimeter- lowered suspension and low-profile 40 aspect performance tires (225/40R18). From the racing scene, Mopar added a premium brake kit with slotted rotors. Engine breathing is enhanced with a performance-tuned exhaust and to further optimize aerodynamics and increase downforce, the custom Dart features Mopar’s ground-effects kit, which includes a front-chin spoiler, one-piece deck-lid spoiler, as well as a unique and aggressively styled rear diffuser.

Unique exterior elements include a Mopar badge in the crosshair grille and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo on the wheel center caps. The vehicle’s unique interior, featuring a serialized plate, gives the driver a custom Mopar Blue leather seat with black accents. To keep the emphasis on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching. The centerpiece of the interior is a floating island bezel that is accented with Mopar Blue paint and lighting. The interior is further enhanced with rich details, including Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light- black chrome and gloss-black elements.

Along with a Mopar serialized badge on the dash, the special-edition Mopar ’13 includes industry-first wireless charging for smartphones, a blue-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel with an identically garnished shifter knob, a bright sport-pedal kit, premium Mopar carpet floor mats, door-sill guards and an 8.4-inch navigation screen.

The limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be delivered to each customer with a personalized owner kit. Assembled in a custom-made black case, contents include a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, the date of manufacture and the unique identification number (of 500) of the vehicle. Along with a Mopar ’13 brochure and other memorabilia, the kit will include a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand.

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2014 Toyota Tundra to debut at Chicago Auto Show

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The 2014 Toyota Tundra will make its debut at 10 a.m. EST on February 7 at the Chicago auto show.

According to autoweek.com, the new Tundra will take its place on Toyota’s 45,000 sq. ft. stand, which will also be offering a mix of new products and concept vehicles.

Those who want to watch the reveal live can check it out at http://new.livestream.com/toyota

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Chrysler Group LLC Gives Sneak Peek Inside New Mopar ’13

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From Chrysler.com:

Chrysler Group LLC released an interior image of its new Mopar ’13 limited-edition vehicle, which will be shown at next month’s Chicago Auto Show.

“This vehicle is the perfect canvas for personalization and customization,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We couldn’t wait to get our hands on it and give it the Mopar treatment.”

The Mopar ’13 limited-edition vehicle follows the Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger, Mopar ’11 Dodge Charger and Mopar ’12 Chrysler 300.

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 consumers
-Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format and 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 a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
-2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
-Brand-specific customer care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours for customers
-WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

Charging points for EVs to increase by 40%

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the number of charging points for EVs in the U.S. is expected to grow by 40% in 2013.

Last month, 170 were installed, and the current number is at 5,295, the department’s website said.

As of December 18, there were 5,199, with 20% being located in California. Texas and Florida came in second and third, respectively, boasting 400 and 351.

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Ken Block unveils new Ford Fiesta for 2013

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Ken Block’s famous Ford Fiesta is getting a cosmetic makeover to go with the new team name for this year.

Hoonigan Racing, formerly known as Monster World Rally Team, is replacing the old paint scheme with bursts of blue with hints of purple and red to complement the Monster Energy logo.

Block will continue to compete in the World Rally Championship, X Games and Global RallyCross, and also gave a hit to the next Gymkhana video, though he seems pretty tight-lipped about it.

“I can’t comment too much on it as this point,” Block said on the Hoonigan Racing blog. “But we’re taking a very different approach to it for this year! That’s all I’m going to say right now!”

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Chrysler says Viper won’t be sold in Europe

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Multiple news sources are reporting that Chrysler has no plans to launch the new generation of the SRT Viper in Europe because the company is focusing on the North American Market.

The SRT Viper is packed with an 8.4-liter V10 that produces 640 horses and 600 lb. ft. of torque paired to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear-wheel drive.

As Chrysler’s most expensive mode, the price starts at $97,395, not including the 1,995 destination charge, while the SRT Viper GTS will start at $120,000.

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Ram 1500 chosen at Truck of the Year at Detroit Auto Show

 

The future is now, according to some automakers at the Detroit Auto Show this week. Many new concepts were introduced this year, from Ford’s F-150 “Atlas” to the new C7 Corvette Stingray.

But who came out on top? That depends on who you ask. Some brands received more attention than others, which was ecidently fueled by months of teased photos, videos and press releases from automakers excited to be the first and come out on top.

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Ram 1500 was declared Truck of the Year. Those who are fans of Chevy and Ford may disagree, but the decision was put into the hands of a jury of 49 journalists from the U.S. and Canada who chose the Chrysler pickup based on its fuel-saving technology and advanced suspension.

At 25 mpg with a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 and a ZF 8-speed automatic, it seemed to catch the attention of the panel of judges.

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The Dakar Rally 2013, the ultimate off-road race

It’s described as an adventure equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest.

15 days. 50 nationalities.

The Dakar Rally is the ultimate off-road race that takes drivers across the world’s most incredible landscapes. It starts in Lima, Peru, and ends in  Santiago, Chile. According to the event’s website, the Dakar Rally pits some of the world’s greatest long-distance rally drivers against amateur competitors who come to take up the challenge with their motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks.

Check out these photos from CNN.com:

 

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