Auto site reports seeing spy shots of new Barracuda

Top Speed has spent the day fooling automotive enthusiasts by telling its readers that images of the Barracuda have been leaked.

“We so happen to have a little ‘birdie’ that works in the printing department at a large monthly automotive publication, and he noticed that the ‘boss man’ was making sure only a select few saw the inside of this magazine. When he happened to come across a stray copy, he was as shocked as we are to see that the Barracuda will not return as a muscle car, but as a rebadged Dodge Dart .. sigh … our dreams our crushed,” the site joked.

April Fool’s day can be brutal, right?

Top Speed continued to say that their “birdie” managed to snap a few pictures with his cell phone and this is the clearest one he could get.

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General Motors Invests $167 Million in Spring Hill for New Vehicles

General Motors Invests $167 Million in Spring Hill for New Vehicles

From General Motors:

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – General Motors today increased to $350 million planned spending for new vehicles to be produced at its Spring Hill assembly plant. The new investment adds $167 million to a previously announced $183 million pledge and is expected to create or retain about 1,800 jobs.

The new investment is for two projects:

An additional $40 million added to the earlier announced $183 million investment to support a future mid-size vehicle program, bringing the new total investment to $223 million. This program is expected to create or retain approximately 1,000 jobs.

A second mid-size vehicle program with an investment of $127 million that will create or retain approximately 800 jobs.
Timing and product specifications for both programs will be shared closer to start-of-production.

The new programs will add to existing manufacturing operations at the site that include vehicle assembly, stamping, engine and component parts production.

“Today’s announcement recognizes the commitment of Spring Hill employees and leadership,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “As a team, they draw upon the plant’s unique heritage and dedicated work force to deliver top quality for our customers.”

Located 40 miles south of Nashville, GM Spring Hill Manufacturing operates as a flexible-assembly plant, capable of building a variety of products on a range of platforms. The facility is designed to supplement production for plants being retooled for new products or add production to meet sales spikes in real time.

Chevrolet Equinox production began at the site in the third quarter of 2012 to meet growing consumer demand and support GM’s Canada operations. GM Spring Hill Manufacturing, home to the former Saturn brand from 1990 to 2007, operates as a fully integrated complex.

“I would like to thank General Motors for its confidence that the highly skilled members of UAW Local 1853 can successfully build mid-size vehicles with high quality here at Spring Hill,” said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union’s GM Department. “The hard work and dedication of our members once again proves that we can competitively manufacture vehicles for the future right here in Tennessee.”

2014 Toyota Tundra to make debut at Chicago Auto Show


Toyota will stage the world debut of the new 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, though spy shots of the Toyota have already been snapped, with this one coming from Chris Doane Automotive LLC on facebook.

The press conference will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place, with a livestream being broadcast live at:

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Spy shots of 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee revealed!

Normally when we see spy shots of a vehicle, the vehicle is camo’d and covered really well. But it looks like representatives from Chrysler couldn’t wait to show off the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, so it’s not heavily masked.

According to, the Grand Cherokee will come with new headlights with LED-running lamps up front with subtle tweaks to the taillamps and re-designed tailgate in the back.

The site also noted that the biggest changes lie under the hood with the addition of a 3.0-liter diesel V6, and the Grand Cherokee will also get a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will make its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and production is estimated to start in the spring of 2013, reported.

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