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The news it out, the jig is up, we finally found it. The Renegade, they had it made, and now you can buy it!

That’s right ladies and gentleman (and Styx fans all over the world), the 2015 Jeep Renegade has arrived at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Saline, Michigan.

2015 Jeep Renegade at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

We caught our first real life glimpse of the new Renegade at the North American International Auto Show and it certainly made a lasting impression.

With best in class 4×4, 9 speed automatic transmission, UConnect technology and over 30 miles per gallon – the Renegade is shaping up to be one of the best compact SUV’s available on the market today.

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Some things in life are worth waiting for, and to me, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is one of them. With the chance to see it unveiled live at the Detroit Auto Show, I was defiantly impressed.

Like a warm soft-taco shell, the Tacoma’s sleek new sheet metal lends the truck a stylish profile that’s loaded with accouterments.

2016 Toyota Tacoma at the North American International Auto Show

Take one quick look and you’ll agree that this Taco(ma) certainly does look delicious (five bucks says you’re going to eat tacos next chance you get!).

Taco puns aside, it’s been almost 11 years since the Tacoma got a redesign, and the timing of it couldn’t have been better.

The worlds best selling mid-size pickup truck for the past 10 years is about to face some stiff competition from the recently introduced Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Anticipating an all-out battle royal for their long reigning title of “worlds best”, Toyota stepped up their game to make sure the 2016 Tacoma was ready to take on all challengers.

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The Truck Wars have been well underway for the past few years and there are no signs of the battle ending any time soon.

With ever evolving offerings from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Nissan, Ram and Toyota, the vehicles in the highly competitive pickup truck market are constantly slugging it out for segment domination.

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Debuts at the Detroit Auto Show

Ram Trucks, fresh off a year which saw their over all sales increase by 24%, unveiled their latest weapon at the 2015 North American International Auto Show with the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

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Each year, Consumer Reports issues a comprehensive study that tracks the reliability of all vehicles sold in the United States covering brand new models to models up to ten years old.

Known as the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, the information that they gather and organize is always a welcome resource to consumers looking to make an educated decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.

Over 1.1 million people responded to the survey, making it one of the most useful and data-rich studies about vehicle ownership for 2015 and beyond.

I wanted to highlight a few of the vehicles and manufacturers that earned the highest reliability rankings to give you an idea of what the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey is all about.

Toyota: Most Reliable Non-Luxury Auto Maker

Toyota comes in at number 2 for overall reliability (their luxury arm, Lexus, holds the number 1 spot) and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead for most reliable non-luxury auto maker.

One of the reasons Toyota manages to do that, we believe, is that they introduce new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.

While their vehicles may seem to some as plain, you can’t deny the fact that the Toyota line-up has some the most impressive and reliable mainstream vehicles in the industry today.

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Love driving and saving fuel? Then the all-new 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel is the car for you! Volkswagen offers the cleanest diesels of any car brand in America.

Thanks to the 2015 Golf TDI’s Clean Diesel engine, you’re going to save money at the pump all year round.

[Update 9-23-2016: Click here if you’re looking for information on the issues involving the Volkswagen EA 189 Diesel Engine]

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The 2015 Golf TDI comes with an all-new 2.0-liter Clean Diesel engine made with lightweight ultra-high strength steels.

The same lightweight materials are used throughout the hatchbacks body; lowering the car’s overall weight by 79 lbs. The Clean Diesel engine delivers an average of 35mpg and about 236 lb-ft of torque; significantly better than most gasoline-powered cars.

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Going hybrid is not the only solution to the CO2 problem. The TDI Clean Diesel technology produces fewer emissions than 93% of other vehicles.

Not only is it environmentally friendly, but you can bet the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI will live up to it’s prior reputation of being sporty and fun to drive as well.

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Now I know what you’re thinking….aren’t TDI’s known for being a bit more pricey? Volkswagen addressed this issue head on by lowering the entry point of the Golf TDI over $3,000 to $21,995 – thus making it an affordable and fun car to drive.

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The compact SUV segment is full of quality competition where each automaker is aggressively trying to make their entry in this vehicle-class stand out from the crowd.

The 2014 Honda CR-V is leading the way in it’s class when it comes to offering premium technology as standard features.

Dean Snell, Sales Consultant at LaFontaine Honda, recently stepped in front of our video cameras to tell you exactly what makes the CR-V stand tall.

Dean touched on the high points, now lets dive in and take a look at the 5 surprising standard features that you’ll find on the 2014 Honda CR-V.

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Nowadays the web is packed with information and tips on ways to spend less on gas by improving your fuel economy. Heck, we even post gas saving tips ourselves from time to time.

While there’s a time and place for tips to increase your fuel economy, the reality is that maintaining your conventional car’s gas mileage is a lifelong task that takes up your valuable time and money.

So let me ask you this….

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Would you like a way to not only save money at the pump, but free up your valuable time as well?

If so, then the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid just might be the car for you.

With its advanced technology and hybrid electric drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek has the lowest emissions out of All-Wheel Drive hybrid crossovers in the U.S.

This means less need for auto repair and better gas mileage. What’s not to like about that?

Here are a few more reasons to love Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Sure, you’ve heard the buzz about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback, but is it just hype? With 33 mpg, 108 cubic feet of interior volume and a brand-new upgraded interior, it’s no wonder everyone’s talking about it.

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As the world’s first sport/utility wagon, the Subaru Outback has a long history of being an industry leader. Let me fill you in on everything you need to know about the new Subaru SUV.

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

Right around the time our digital marketing team was getting ready to cover the 2014 North American International Auto Show, I began to hear whispers that maybe (just maybe) we’d adding a Subaru franchise to our family of dealerships in the near future.

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So as we made our way downtown, I kept reminding myself to keep my eyes open for something cool and fun from Subaru that we could add to our media library. You know, something to have on hand to share just in case.

It wasn’t long after we got done shooting a video on the North American Car and Truck of the Year that I wandered towards the Subaru exhibit…and stopped dead in my tracks.

There, standing confidently in front of me, was quite possibly one of the coolest looking cars that I’ve ever seen.

Painted a vibrant shade of blue and adorned with gold alloy wheels, I realized I was standing face-to-grill with the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

This particular model is known as the 2015 Subaru WRX Launch Edition, and all I could say was “wow”.

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The New York International Auto Show introduced the world to some bold new concepts and stylish new redesigns; Nissan embraced the latter with its 2015 Nissan Murano.

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While the Murano is technically a concept vehicle, it’s important to remember that Nissan creates concepts with a focus on actual production and not just to wow the audiences at auto shows.

You can expect much of what you see here to make it’s way in to the production version of the 2015 Nissan Murano.

Right off the bat it’s clear that Nissan is trying to incorporate the 370Z v-shaped headlights into many more of their future vehicles.

The boomerang-style lights that made their way onto the redesigned Juke and Sports Sedan Concept are evident here on the Murano as well.

Aerodynamic styling has also been worked into the redesign, making the third-generation Murano the most streamlined version yet.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect is a roughly 130 pounds being dropped off the vehicles weight, increasing fuel economy by about 20%.

I’ll be honest here, the boost in fuel efficiency is greatly appreciated. One of the caveats of the current-gen Murano is a somewhat shallow mpg range; with a tune up to the engine and new streamlined styling, better gas mileage will attract a much larger fanbase.

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