Week in Review: Renegades, Reveals, and Recovering from Corvette Destruction

By Jacob Brown | March 08, 2014
You'd think that the Week in Review would be dominated by images of grand occasion from Geneva, Switzerland. After all, the Geneva Motor Show is now the world's grand poobah of auto shows, mostly because it's on neutral ground. The American shows mostly belong to the 'Murican cars. The German show is for those Hessians to shine. Asia is growing in importance, but it's still largely a show of the small cars you'd only see out there. But Switzerland? Everyone comes to play there, and that's what makes it especially fun. Unfortunately for the biggest auto show in the world, there were a few other events that drown out its limelight. Read our Week in Review to see what all they are.

Monday, March 3

The 2015 Jeep Renegade may be the most important vehicle to debut this week. Sharing much of its underpinnings with the Fiat 500L, you'd never mistake it for that dorky-looking ride. No, this thing looks rugged, ready to take on the great outdoors. Yet, it's as compact as a city car, able to take on the urban landscape--finding good parking--with ease. Power comes by way of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184. In Trailhawk form, it will carry 8.7 inches of ground clearance--enough to go over plenty of stuff. It'll be built in Italy, but the Jeep Renegade has already manufactured a warm place in the cockles of our hearts.

Tuesday, March 4

After the sinkhole that enveloped eight Chevrolet Corvettes had been secured, the National Corvette Museum began extracting vehicles this week. The first one to be taken out was a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 prototype, called the Blue Devil. It was in such good condition that it drove out of the place. Unfortunately, the next one, Ruby Red, a 1993 40th anniversary car didn't fare as well. Cars underneath of it have been worse. We'll update you as to the condition of each car as they're extracted.

Wednesday, March 5

Ford is not sitting idle with its new trucks despite having just introduced its 2015 Ford F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Now, here comes the King Ranch edition, celebrating 15 years of partnership between Ford and King Ranch. The special edition model comes fully lined in Western-themed luxury and two-tone paint. On top of that, Ford released power figures for its new 2015 F-350, which it previewed late last year. Are you sitting down? Because 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque should be enough to knock you off your feet if you're not. Ford says the new Power Stroke 6.7-liter V-8 should be good for a class-leading 31,200 pounds of towing.

Thursday, March 6

With dozens of cars having debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, you're not always going to find something that we, as Americans, really need to care about. Fortunately, we've sifted through all of them and come up with the 23 most important vehicles that people on the American continent really ought to look at. Why? Because either the vehicles are coming to the U.S. or some part of them will be eventually. Now really is a great time to be in the market for a new car.

Friday, March 7

Demand for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette hasn't relented. Going on sale late in 2013, the C7 Corvette has garnered overwhelming praise for its world-beating driving dynamics and bargain-basement price. Well, the price is slightly less of a bargain now. As of this week, Chevrolet is tacking $2,000 to the price of all Corvettes. Call it supply versus demand, and the Corvette demand far outweighs the supply. That means the Corvette Stingray now starts at around $53,000, while the convertible comes in around $58,000. Still considering that price will net you a world-class sports car and 455 horsepower, we're willing to concede that this one is still one heck of a deal.