Week in Review: BMW Goes for a Swim, Chrysler Makes Some Money, and Toyota Begins 2014 Corolla and Tundra Production

By Trevor Dorchies | August 03, 2013
And then there was one. Month of summer left, that is. July 2013 has come and gone, leaving us the usual weird automotive news and hordes of spy shots that cross our desks during this time of year. For instance, we started the week with news coming from across the pond of a BMW 3 Series convertible-turned-swimming pool being pulled over for not having the proper registration and license plates. On Tuesday, we got word that Chrysler Group earned a few dollars during the second quarter of this year. A half billion dollars, to be precise, which is very respectful even before you remember this company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009. The middle of the week was filled with spy shots of the 2015 Subaru Legacy and 2015 Dodge Challenger. Finally, Toyota closed out the week with news that it will begin production of two pillar models in its lineup: the 2014 Corolla and Tundra.
Monday, July 29
It's never a good idea to have a few and then get behind the wheel. A couple of young German men decided that, after putting a few away, it would be a good idea to turn their BMW 3 Series convertible into a rolling swimming pool. So they did just that, adding boards, sealing up cracks, and plugging other various holes before dumping 500 gallons of water into the 3 Series. After it was made seaworthy, the four sauced young men thought it would be a good idea to take their Ultimate Swimming Machine on public roads. Local authorities quickly wrangled the rolling contraption but all four of the vehicle/pool's passenger's fled the scene. Once caught, charges of driving under the influence and driving without proof of insurance await them.
Tuesday, July 30
Remember a few years ago when two out of the three major American automakers had to run to the government, tails between their legs, looking for some financial help? That was only four years ago but it seems like a lifetime after recent reports of Chrysler Group and General Motors annual earnings. Chrysler Group, which is responsible for the brand which shares its name along with Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Ram, and SRT, demonstrated that the American automotive industry is regaining strength with reported Quarter 2 earnings of over $500 million. Leading the economic bounce-back for Chrysler Group is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2013 Ram 1500. Not too shabby for an automaker not even a half decade removed from bankruptcy.
Wednesday, July 31
The first set of spy shots rolled in on Wednesday and gave us a glimpse of the upcoming 2015 Subaru Legacy. Subaru recently introduced the latest variant of the Legacy back in 2011, but it appears the Japanese automaker wants to go a little more upmarket with the next one. Our spy photographer caught the 2015 Subaru Legacy running with some luxury competition like the Audi Allroad and Infiniti G37x. These two vehicles wouldn't normally be compared to the Legacy but it's obvious Subaru wants to shake things up. The next Legacy was caught draped in enough camouflage to leave us guessing what's underneath so for now, everything under the skin is simply a rumor.
Thursday, August 1
More spy shots made its way out on Thursday but this time our spy photographer captured the 2015 Dodge Challenger with the reported supercharged V-8 Hellcat engine under the hood. This new engine is SRT's last hurrah before the government's strict fuel consumption rules go into effect. With a rumored 600+ horsepower, Dodge would finally have an answer for the Ford Mustang GT500 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the form of the Challenger SRT. Next to the SRT Viper's 8.4-liter V-10 engine, the new Hellcat V-8 is expected to be Chrysler's strongest offering. Expect the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with the Hellcat V-8 engine option to go on sale later next year.
Friday, August 2
The final week of July 2013 came to a close but not before Toyota announced that two of its high-volume vehicles were entering production. Both the 2014 Toyota Tundra and Corolla began production Friday at the automaker's assembly facility in Mississippi (Corolla) and San Antonio, Texas (Tundra). The 2014 Toyota Corolla enters its 47th year on the market with more than 40 million copies sold since production began back in 1966. The 2014 Tundra, on the other hand, is Toyota's entrant into the hotly contested full-size truck market, and has some competition to deal with in the form of the 2013 Ram 1500 and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. We recently got behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Tundra and fully expect it to contend in its segment.