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Hi guys its Ken, and I’m here with this year’s final 4WheelOnline News Refresh!
No doubt, 2014 hasn’t been the best year. We had Ebola, ISIS, missing airplanes, the GM recall, the Takata airbag recall, recalls of recalls, and worst of all, the death or Robin Williams.
But we’ve also gotten faster, more efficient cars loaded with even more advanced tech. Shoot, we’ve even got gas for under 2 dollars a gallon. That’s why 2014 SHOULD be celebrated.
I mean, 2014 might even be the last year before autonomous cars start hitting the streets, ending the golden age of the automobile and killing driving as we know it.
Before that happens, though, let’s take a look back at all of the crowning headlines in the automotive industry this year.
Starting things off… the illustrious return of the American Muscle Car.
Dodge highlighted this charge by giving the gearhead masses the dueling, 707 horsepower 2015 Challenger and Charger Hellcat! Dodge sure has come a long way since the 230 horsepower V8 in their first generation Challenger!
Ford was also a huge part of the 2014 American muscle car movement. This year, they installed, for the first time ever, a flat-plane crank on the V8 of their new GT350 Mustang. Talk about a game changer.
Of course, there was more than just muscle cars in 2014.
GM and Ford shook the truck industry up with some major innovations. GM did their part by bringing back the American midsize lineup with their GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado trucks.
Ford took a little different route by producing the first aluminum body fullsize truck with the F-150.
Adding to the frenzied truck year, Dodge made the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, which got 28 miles per gallon.
For sports cars, Corvette blew us all away with the Z06 reveal and Alfa Romeo made its long awaited return to the US market with the 4C.
There were plenty of high-profile business moves in 2014, too.
Cadillac moved to New York in an effort to completely rebrand itself as a premier luxury brand, and with the numbers on their new ATS and CTS-V, they are getting ready to make the BEST cars in their segment.
Chrysler went back on the New York Stock Exchange with Fiat and had a record breaking year for Jeep.
And let’s not forget that Ferrari got spun off from their parent company Fiat Chrysler
2014 also made huge leaps in technology for zero emissions cars.
Tesla started construction on their massive $5 billion dollar gigafactory in Nevada and announced their intent to make a $35 thousand dollar Model III by 2017.
Toyota announced a fuel cell car that will be on the market next year and California pledged $200 million to the production of hydrogen fueling stations.
And to close out the year, Google finished their fully functioning autonomous car and almost every automaker has been pushing out more and more autonomous car tech.
2014’s huge advancements in the automotive industry may be the last of its kind. With autonomous tech and electric cars set to only become more and more popular, we’ve got to be thankful that in 2014 we can still drive our own car and hear the roar of our engine.
But what was your favorite thing that happened to the automotive industry in 2014? Let us know in the comments below.
And remember, 2014 was also the year we started our automotive News Refresh, which kept you up to date with all these stories this year. So be sure to subscribe for all the latest automotive news of 2015.
I’m Ken, and you’ve just been refreshed! Happy New Year and see you in 2015!
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