New Mercedes Truck Concept Seeks Foundation In Nissan Collaboration

Following an announcement last week, it’s no small news to the automotive world that the longtime luxury car and recent high-end crossover leaders at Mercedes-Benz are planning to venture into the fiercely competitive world of pickups, and further, who they’re planning to ask to help them along. Seemingly satisfied for decades with their dual position at the top of the European luxury vehicle and high-performance racing worlds, the creative minds at Mercedes have been demonstrating an impressive amount of innovative and exploratory spirit in recent years, as showcased by a number of well-received entries into the emerging crossover market and a lot of adventurous collaborations on other comparably ambitious projects.

Now, in demonstrating no desire to slow the pace in their journey to conquer new territory, Mercedes is in discussion with Nissan to showcase their finest collaborative efforts in pushing themselves even further. The designers of an all-new Mercedes pickup project are planning to base their design off of Nissan’s highly successful Navara, known better in the U.S. as the Nissan Frontier, which has been a strong leader in the U.S.’s current mid-size pickup class for some time. Mercedes has found success with its own efforts in the American crossover market as well, so it’s not too early to hope for some attention to be paid to the viability of American markets for a future iteration of a Mercedes truck. For the time being, though, it’s safe to assume that the first Mercedes pickup will be hitting the road overseas before any plans for a U.S. release are discussed. Still, it’s likely that the vehicle’s reception will provide a blueprint for Mercedes to attempt to venture into the domestic-dominated American pickup market.

Understandably, most car buyers are only aware of Mercedes-Benz as a leader in luxury sedans and sports cars. But, on closer look, it’s easy to see the evidence that the Mercedes-Benz brand sports a stronger reputation in the world of utility vehicles than most people might first assume. Besides their notable success in the world of cargo and transport, Mercedes has been regarded as one of the best and most reliable manufacturers of military vehicles for almost as long as it’s been known as a defining luxury car brand. Prospective customers can be certain that the new collaboration with Nissan in bringing a Mercedes pickup to life will simply be a new application of a longstanding specialty. We’re excited to see what’s going to emerge!

In keeping with its personal standards of excellence, Nissan has been garnering some appreciation lately for its own attempts to further innovation in the automotive world through a number of successful collaborative endeavors, and we can only hope that things continue to pay off in every way for Nissan and its partners as they move together in the pursuit of engineering excellence. Here at Orland Park Nissan, we’re glad to celebrate the spirit of collaboration with Mercedes-Benz in this innovative new endeavor, and we hope to see these mutual efforts bringing some new and inspiring ideas to the world of trucks as soon as possible!

Article contributed by Orland Park Nissan of Orland Park, IL

BMW M Performance Automobiles

BMW M235i Steeped in the heritage of Le Mans, and working out of their factory at the world famous Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany, BMW’s M division has been creating ultra-high performance variants of the company’s marquis coupes and sedans for over 30 years. The men and women at this arm of BMW are dedicated to making the world’s Ultimate Driving Machines even better.

In recent years, BMW has expanded their division with M Performance Automobiles (MPA). Available in Europe for the previous two model years, MPA has been creating high-performance street oriented machines for the enthusiastic driver in all of us. With the introduction of the M235i at the Chicago International Auto Show, BMW and MPA are finally bringing their finest creations to the United States.

Invoking the racing heritage of BMW’s M, the M235i receives all of the performance enhancements one would expect from the speed smitten engineers at MPA. With a 320 horsepower, 3.0 liter TwinPower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine matched to either a six speed manual transmission, or an 8 speed dual clutch sport automatic equipped with paddle shifters and launch control, the M235i can rocket your body from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. It tops out at speeds over 150 MPH.

A dynamically tuned chassis with M Adaptive Sport Suspension and Variable Sport Power Steering is engineered to get you around the corners.  This, combined with Michelin summer oriented performance tires and quick throttle response, creates a confidence-inspiring, cornering ability that makes you yearn for the back country roads.

MPA has also modified the interior and exterior of the BMW M235i to align with the concealed modifications made to the mechanical components. Designing the new front and rear fascia to be more aggressive with larger air intakes and dual exhaust outlets, the M235i now looks as beautiful as it drives.

The refinements continue into the passenger cabin with the deluxe fit and finish BMW is known for. Soft surfaces throughout are accented by wood and aluminum trim, which produce the aura of luxury and sportiness that MPA has aimed for. Designed by the best that the BMW Corporation has to offer, the proportions, styling, and feel of the BMW M235i culminate in an Ultimate Driving Machine that positions it among the finest automobiles BMW has ever created. It has the styling and proportions reminiscent of the greatest BMWs of the past 30 years.

The newest BMW has all the technology you would expect in a driver-oriented counsel layout for maximum convenience, plus a functional cockpit-type feel. The technology includes the iDrive 4.2 touchpad-enabled 8.8” navigational display with Bluetooth integration and access to BMW apps.

In the European market, BMW has employed M Performance Automobiles to create improved versions of their already superior full-sized vehicles. The M550d and X5 M50d have demonstrated their ability to improve on the best vehicles available today, creating a dynamic driving experience that is difficult to find in today’s homologated automotive market.

After the M235i, BMW looks to expand the MPA lineup in the American market, adding a 3-series, 6-series, and bringing over the 5-series variations.  For now, we have the M235i, a phenomenal vehicle in all the right ways.

Article contributed by Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville, IL

2014 Chevrolet SS

Details on 2014 Chevrolet SS Revealed

Pricing for Chevrolet’s first highly anticipated rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in 17 years was just recently revealed. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be offered starting at $44,470 which includes the $995 destination charge when it arrives in dealerships at the end of the year.

The new SS sedan will boast a 6.2 liter V-8 with 415 horsepower and a healthy 415 pounds-feet of torque. According to GM the SS utilizes all that power to run zero to 60 in 5.0 seconds flat.

Two options will be offered for the SS, a powered sunroof and a full size spare tire. The vehicle also offers a ton of standard equipment including Xenon headlamps with LED running lights, Color head-up display, alloy pedal covers, heated front bucket seats with climate control, and keyless entry and push button start just to name a few.

It doesn’t stop there. Chevrolet pulled out all the stops including automatic parking assist with backup camera and rear park assist, blind spot and lane departure warning systems, Chevrolet MyLink with a color touch-screen and GPS navigation, and a Bose audio system complete with free 12 month satellite trial.

This new sedan has anything and everything you could want, and with five exterior colors available to choose from you can completely customize your vehicle and make it just the way you like it. Color options include Mystic Green, Red Hot 2, Silver Ice Metallic, Heron White, and Phantom Black Metallic.

Stop by Ray Chevrolet in Fox Lake and talk to one of our knowledgeable experts about the new Chevrolet SS!

Endless Hybrid Options

Hate going to the gas pump every week? There is no need to anymore with the Toyota Prius. This Hybrid comes in four different models with four different trims. One of these cars is bound to fulfill your needs. The 3rd generation Toyota Prius is the newest model of this Hybrid, but the Prius C, Prius V, and Prius Plug-in Hybrid are also full of options. The 3rd generation also comes in four trims, the Prius Two, Prius Three, Prius Four and Prius 5.

Each of these four trims offers something a little more than the previous trim. The Prius Two comes standard with the keyless ignition and Bluetooth capabilities. The Prius Three upgrades to the review camera and navigation system. The Prius Four has a power driver’s seat and heated seats as well as an upgraded stereo. The Prius Five upgrades to LED headlights and alloy wheels.

If the 3rd generation is not for you, the Prius C, Prius V and Prius Plug-in Hybrid are also options to consider. The Prius C is a subcompact hatchback designed smaller for the city, after all, that is what the C in Prius C stands for. The Prius C is offered in four trims, each with equipment specific upgrades from the next.

The Prius V is an extended hatchback wagon which provides more room for passengers as well as cargo.. The Prius V comes in three different trims, the two, three and five, again each offering something a little different and providing more room for cargo capacity as well as fuel efficiency. The Prius also comes as a plug-in hybrid which could eliminate the use of gas altogether.

No matter your needs, Prius comes in many different models and trims to encompass as many of them as possible.

Written by Elmhurst Toyota
Being one of the largest Toyota and Scion dealers, Elmhurst Toyota is Chicago’s number one Toyota Dealer offering new and pre-owned cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. Elmhurst Toyota has been family dealership for over 45 years, who offers a full selection of new and used Toyota vehicles as well as exceptional service.

Buy a New Used Car

Starting to shop for a new car can be stressful in the first place, add in finding the best deals, warranties, price comparisons, and what the car will be used for, the stress just keeps building. Here are some important things to keep in mind when in the market for a used car.

The first of these is probably the most important; shopping for a used car saves money on both the car itself and insurance. Spending time doing research and comparisons will save you money in the long run. Used cars are also just as reliable as new cars these days. Used cars can be only a year old, which means many are still under warranty. Used cars have an easily traceable history, so there will be nothing hidden when purchasing the car.

Another major element of shopping for a used car is to consider your driving habits and budget. Don’t just purchase a used car because it is a good deal, if it does not line up with your needs, it will be useless for you. Make sure to check the price of the vehicle and the history. Running a full car check will take time but it will also save you money in the long run. Making sure everything matches the reports will prove to be beneficial to you as a consumer. Also, be sure to check if the car is still under warranty, which will be a major benefit to you.

Shopping for a used car is just as stressful as shopping for a new car. It is important to consider every aspect of the purchase when you are looking for a car. Metro Ford has a large selection of new and used Fords in the Chicagoland area. They have a great selection of used cars in Chicago.

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Metro Ford is Chicagoland’s premier Ford Dealer. Providing an inventory rich in new and used Ford cars, trucks and SUVs is only the beginning. Metro Ford also offers online inventory, service, parts, leasing and financing to make sure customers are fully taken care of.

Chicago Hyundai Dealer

Webb Hyundai is Chicago’s supreme New and Used Hyundai Car Dealer. Being Chicagoland’s Hyundai Dealer with the best selection of New Hyundai and Used Cars, there is sure to be a vehicle that will meet your needs. Built based on the Hyundai standards of Safety, Design and Quality, each of our vehicles live up to the Hyundai name and brand that many have come to trust.

Our staff is dedicated to our customers, providing knowledge and service that will make purchasing a new or used Hyundai even easier than before. With a wide variety of new and pre-owned vehicles our customer service representatives will provide you with the knowledge needed to purchase a car that is right for you.

Being a Chicago Hyundai Dealer, we have a great selection of new vehicles to choose from. Ranging from the Hyundai Accent to the Hyundai Equus, and everything in between, Webb Hyundai works to satisfy each customer’s unique needs when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle.

If a new vehicle is not in your budget, we also offer a plethora of pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles. With added benefits of a limited warrenty, 150-Point Inspection, and roadside assistance paired with 90 days of XM Satellite Radio and a free CARFAX, plus rental car coverage, towing coverage and travel breakdown coverage, customers will be spoiled with their car choice.

Written by Webb Hyundai
Chicago’s supreme Hyundai Dealer offering the best seletion both New and Pre-Owned vehicles. Visit for more information.

Be in the Know About Auto Insurance

Driving on the road today can sometimes be treacherous. Because of this, it is mandated that all drivers must have valid insurance while operating a motor vehicle. When an officer pulls over someone for a traffic violation the first thing they will ask for is the driver’s license and proof of valid insurance. It is not a viable option to drive without auto insurance.

Often the cheapest kind of auto insurance to have is called “liability insurance.” It is called liability insurance because it protects the driver from paying for the damage to someone else’s property which he or she is liable for in the event of an accident. More simply put, this insurance will pay for any damage the driver caused to another person’s property, however this insurance does not cover the driver’s own property. The other type of auto insurance to have is full coverage, or collision and comprehensive insurance. This insurance is named because it will cover damages to the driver’s own vehicle in the event of an accident.

It is mandatory in most cases to have full coverage insurance on a vehicle which is still being paid for. This is done to protect the bank’s investment in the vehicle. Because the bank still technically owns a vehicle while the driver is making payments on it, having full coverage in the form of collision and comprehensive insurance ensures that the bank will still be able to get their money back despite the vehicle being worth less than it was at the time of purchase, in the event of an accident.

Illinois is no different than anywhere else in the United States when it comes to the legality of having valid auto insurance when operating a motor vehicle. In state of Illinois it is required that a driver at least have liability insurance with bodily harm coverage in order to operate a motor vehicle. Illinois law also states that it is required for all drivers with vehicles that still have a lenders name on the title to have full coverage insurance in order to protect the investment of the lending institution.

There are several online companies currently offering “state minimum coverage”. One should take special care to note make sure that these insurance plans actually do measure up to their states laws regarding minimum insurance requirements before signing a policy with one of these online dealers. In the event that the damage done in an accident is not covered by the insurance plan, the cost of the damage done will fall directly on the person at fault in the accident. There’s no reason to make payments to an insurance company that isn’t going to do what you’re paying them to do.

Introducing the 2012 GMC Terrain

The 2012 GMC Terrain SUV is a versatile, sleek relative of the Chevrolet Equinox. This is the perfect vehicle for a family, or for a person who has an active lifestyle. A main feature of the Terrain includes a quiet cabin. For those with children, this is a very appealing aspect of this vehicle. Many people take family road trips, and this is convenient for talking to your loved ones, and also for naps. Another great feature of the Terrain is the roomy backseat. Those with pets, those who like to camp, and those who just need the extra space for groceries will enjoy the extra space.

The vehicle also features several large storage spaces. This vehicle comes equipped with a standard backup camera. Whether you live in a neighborhood with many children, or if you find yourself squeezing into tight spots in the city, this camera ensures that you can avoid accidents. Forward collision alert will also keep you and your family safe from harm, and potential damage to your vehicle. The IIHS safety review gave good ratings for all aspects in a crash test. This makes the Terrain an ideal pick for any buyer. Some of the convenience features of the vehicle include: remote keyless entry, front power windows, speed control, power moon roof, automatic temperature control, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, rear and front cup holders, emergency communication system, auto-dimming rear view mirror, and that’s not all.

Entertainment features include: AM/FM Radio, CD player, MP3 decoder, rear audio controls, headphones, steering wheel mounted sound controls, entertainment system, and DVD-Audio. A four-cylinder engine guarantees gas saving. With a sleek body style and multiple color schemes to choose from, the Terrain definitely has the wow factor desired by many. The radio system features Sirius XM radio, for the music lover. The seats in the Terrain come in very comfortable leather with plenty of lumbar support.

An exciting feature in the vehicle is the Guidance and Navigation System. Never have to stop for directions again with an easy to use touch-screen. This vehicle is a perfect fit for someone searching for a compact-crossover who also wants a luxury feel for a reasonable price. Starting at $25,000, this is not a deal you want to pass up. Call your local GMC dealership for lease and price options today.

2012 Hyundai: The New You

With it super sleek look, the new 2012 Hyundai Genesis is in a class of its own. From the stylish look to the outstanding safety features, this car will blow you out of the water. It is the perfect trophy car with its curves as well as its high performance. This car is perfect for any occasion and the opportunity to test drive it should not be passed up.

From the front to the back, and side to side this car is like a sparkling diamond that says look at me. The LED lighting sits just above the bumper giving this car the ultra sexy look that will always turn heads. The power-folding of the side mirrors allow just a little more room for those tight corners. There is also lighting just under the doors for an added bonus. Never again will finding those dropped your keys be an issue. Your new Hyundai Genesis will always light the way.

The driver assistance system watches the car’s location in your lane. If you veer out of your lane and don’t use your turn signal then this smart car notifies you with a warning light and sound. Another added smart feature is from the front this car is enabled to detect the distance between you and the next car. Never again be frustrated with your cruise control settings because this cause has your back. If someone rear-ends you from the back, the head restraints automatically jolt forward so that you are more protected from developing whiplash because of the accident. The Anti-lock brake system and electronic brake force distribution are just two more examples of the safety that this car has.

Over a few years this car has received multiple awards for its continued design, power and elegance. The high performance V8 engine has 429hp as well as 376 lbs of torque. This allows for the gas to be directly injected which brings more power, and better gas mileage. In this economy you can’t go wrong with the Genesis. Not only is there better mileage but also lower emissions. Whether this is your first car or your fiftieth car it has all the features that you’re looking for plus some. By stepping into this car you are stepping into your future.

Written By Webb Hyundai
Webb Hyundai is Chicago’s supreme New and Used Hyundai Car Dealer. This Chicagoland Hyundai Dealer offers the best selection of New Hyundai and Used Cars.

Which 2012 Honda is Right for You?

If you are in the market for a new car, it might be time to consider purchasing a brand new 2012 Honda. These vehicles are loaded with all the modern safety features and fun extras, yet still every bit as reliable as the Hondas you know and love. If there is one thing Hondas are known for, it is their reliability. Most people accept the fact that if you get a Honda, it will keep running for 180,000 miles or more, with minimal maintenance needed to keep it in pristine condition. Take good care of your Honda and it will take good care of you.

There are many different models of Hondas available today. Depending on your needs as a consumer, you can get everything from a two-door coupe to a minivan, SUV or pickup truck. The two Honda cars that are mainstays are the Civic and the Accord. The Civic is the lower end Honda sedan, but it gets up to 39 miles per gallon on the highway, and can come as a hybrid vehicle or one that runs on natural gas. It is also available in the two and four door options. The Accord is geared towards a higher end market and comes with many great features, like a Bluetooth system for making phone calls in the car and a power moon roof.

The Honda 2012 automobile lineup also features the Crosstour, the Fit, and the CR-Z. The Crosstour is a combination of the best features of a standard car and an SUV, with additional cargo space as well as four doors and seating for five, all while maintaining the small profile of a sedan. The CR-Z is similar to the Crosstour, but is a hybrid, which makes it vastly more fuel-efficient. Those looking for a larger cargo capacity should consider the CRV, the Fit, or the Odyssey. The CRV is Honda’s small SUV, while the Fit is a combination of a minivan and an SUV. The Odyssey is a minivan, with seating for seven and great safety features.

If a more difficult job is in order, such as carrying a large load or even towing, the Honda Pilot sport utility vehicle is a perfect solution. With a powerful 250 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 Engine, the Honda Pilot can handle any job it needs to. For a greater carrying capacity, try the Ridgeline pickup truck, with a 5,000 pound towing capacity and space for up to 1,100 pounds of cargo. Honda is also offering a good deal of hybrid and electric vehicles, with more options being added every day for those who want to go green and save on gas while doing it. No matter what your needs may be, there is a 2012 Honda out there for you.