Official: 2014 Mazda3 configurator zoom-zooms to life

Filed under: Car Buying, Budget, Marketing/Advertising, Hatchback, Mazda

2014 Mazda3 Configurator

The 2014 Mazda3 is probably going to be on a lot of shopping lists, thanks to its striking good looks, clean interior treatment, fuel economy and driving character. If it happens to be on your personal list of new cars to test, you’ll be happy to see that the configurator for Mazda’s newest product has officially gone online.

In terms of build-your-own web items, configuring a 3 isn’t much of a departure from the rest of the Mazda range. Most of the work comes from choosing one of the three trim levels – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring – and selecting either the 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter, Skyactiv four-cylinder or its larger sibling, the 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter, Skyactiv four. From there, a simple range of color and interior finishes are available, before a slim list of packages, options and accessories. Really, Mazda’s made it easy to get through this build process.

Click on over to the configurator and take a look at the options, colors and prices for Mazda’s newest five-door hatchback.

2014 Mazda3 configurator zoom-zooms to life originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: 2014 Jeep Cherokee configurator up and running

Filed under: Car Buying, SUV, Crossover, Jeep, Off-Road

2014 Jeep Cherokee configurator screencap

Production delays aside, Jeep is steaming towards its September on-sale date for the 2014 Cherokee. The reborn midsizer’s configurator has just gone live, meaning you can fiddle with different options, colors and trim levels to your heart’s content.

The cheapest model available is the 4X2 Sport, which starts at a reasonable $22,995. On the high end, the Cherokee’s builder allowed us to indulge our passion for ludicrously priced vehicles by outfitting the top-end Trailhawk, which already starts at $29,495, with $8,610 in options. The resulting car, which you can see above, would retail for $39,100 after the $995 destination is factored in.

Head on over to Jeep’s build-it-yourself website and have a look around.

2014 Jeep Cherokee configurator up and running originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: 2014 BMW X5 configurator goes live

Filed under: Car Buying, Crossover, BMW

2014 BMW X5 configurator

BMW won’t begin selling the 2014 X5 for another few months, but the German manufacturer has brought the third-generation SAV’s configurator online, allowing interested customers to poke around and look at the X5’s optional goodies.

Like the 3 Series, the X5 is available in a number of lines that load up extras automatically. There’s also a do-it-yourself truck that allows owners to pick and choose if they’re not enamored with the styling or trim of one of the dedicated packages. As usual, the options list is quite vast, regardless of which line is chosen. We were able to easily take the new, rear-drive X5 sDrive35i, which started at $52,800, and bring the total price up past $80,000.

The new X5 carries over its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 from the current model, as well as BMW’s excellent 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six. The X5 xDrive35d, with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel will also be available on the third-generation SUV, but won’t hit dealers until early 2014. BMW is stepping outside of the X5’s usual bounds, offering a dedicated rear-drive model, available with all the same trimmings as the xDrive vehicles. Head over to BMW’s US consumer page and have a go.

2014 BMW X5 configurator goes live originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Ram ProMaster configurator reporting for heavy duty

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Work, Ram

Ram has brought the configurator online for all sizes of its new ProMaster van, known to the rest of the world as the Fiat Ducato. Destined to take on the new Ford Transit and Nissan NV, the ProMaster is available in three sizes – 1500, 2500, and 3500.

Once a size has been chosen, the world is your oyster. We could (probably) spend the rest of our day with this configurator and not repeat a build once. Each truck can be had in different styles ranging from windowed van to cargo hauler to cutaway truck, while buyers can also choose from a number of wheelbases and roof heights.

Add to that an options sheet that’s almost Porsche-like in length, and you get a van that can be completely customized to the needs of your business. Check out all three configurators at the following links: 1500, 2500 and 3500.

2014 Ram ProMaster configurator reporting for heavy duty originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aston Martin configurator launches with Virage and Cygnet

Filed under: Performance, Etc., Aston Martin, UK, Luxury

Aston Martin Cygnet configurator screen cap

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting to unleash the full might of the Aston Martin customization program on the Toyota iQ Cygnet. What colors, both hideous and delicious, will the pint-sized Aston boast? What kind of leather will coddle the behinds of the overpaid and tasteless? Fear not, friends. All these questions and more are now easily answered with nothing more than a visit to the brand-new Aston Martin website. From there, you can easily configure your Cygnet in any fashion possible.

Unfortunately, there are four 16-inch wheels to choose from, so if you want any serious rollers, you’re going to need to turn your attentions to the aftermarket. Should you find yourself with a heap of time on your hands, we highly recommend heading over to the new Aston Martin site to wile away the day. The good news is that you can build up any number of the automaker’s products, including the sexy new Virage, should the Cygnet fail to inspire.

Gallery: 2012 Aston Martin Virage: First Drive

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Gallery: Geneva 2010: Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin configurator launches with Virage and Cygnet originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 15 May 2011 17:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2012 Audi A7 to start at $59,250,* configurator live

Filed under: Hatchback, Audi, Luxury

2012 Audi A7 website configurator snapshot

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The 2012 A7 five-door is drop-dead gorgeous and headed to an Audi dealer near you in the next month. Interested? You’re going to have to shell out $59,250 (*$60,125 including $875 in destination charges) if you want to pick up the base Premium model. That puts the A7 right in the middle pricing-wise between the $45,200 A6 and the $78,050 A8.

Spending $60k on the coupe-like sedan will net you Audi’s 310-horsepower, 3.0L TFSI V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also standard is Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system with a rear-biased 40/60 power split. Jump up to the Premium Plus model and you’re looking at a base price of $62,810 ($63,685 with destination). The Plus variant adds Audi Connect plus MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch controls.

The top-of-the-line Prestige model starts at $65,580 ($66,455 with destination), which adds four-zone climate control, full-time LED headlamps, 12-way power front seats with ventilation and a Bose sound system. The A7 configurator, which is live on Audi’s sales site, shows that the A7 can be optioned out to $80,000 or more with options like a $5,900 Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, $1,500 20-inch Sport package and $5,800 innovation package that includes adaptive cruise control, night vision and blind spot protection. All models feature the supercharged 3.0-liter V6.

Hit the jump to read over the Audi press release, and head over to the Audi USA website to configure your own A7. How do you say “we want one” in German? Thanks to all for the tips!

Gallery: Audi A7

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2012 Audi A7 to start at $59,250,* configurator live originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ferrari FF configurator comes online, we gladly fork over our imaginary dollars

Filed under: Car Buying, Ferrari

ferrari ff configurator

Fire up your imagination, because a brand new exotic car configurator has come online. It’s time to turn your attention to the 2012 Ferrari FF. You can pick out the exterior color, wheels and a slew of interior color schemes and optional extras.

Our Ferrari FF will wears Avorio (Italian for ivory) paint on the outside, to mimic the kind of conditions we hope to force upon the 4RM drivetrain. However, should you desire something different, Ferrari offers a grand total of 44 colors to choose from. And that’s just for the outside – the interior has an equally dizzying amount of color options. Head over to the Ferrari FF configurator and be sure to share your ideal setup in the Comments.

Gallery: Ferrari FF: Geneva 2011

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Gallery photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Ferrari]

Ferrari FF configurator comes online, we gladly fork over our imaginary dollars originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe configurator goes live, causes momentary consideration of kidney sale

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bmw 1 series m

The 2011 BMW 1M is a highly anticipated two-door said to be created to remind drivers of the 1988 M3. Though it weighs nearly 400 pounds more than the E30 M3, the new 1M does get 340 horsepower courtesy of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six. If those numbers are intriguing, you may want to head to BMW and see how much it will cost you to own one.

We tested out the configurator for ourselves, and our Alpine White 1M is going to add $53,735 to our AmEx balance. The wife may throw a fit, but we’ll probably never see her again anyway… Time to start writing from the road. Thanks for the tip, Luis!

Gallery: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe: Detroit 2011

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Live photos copyright (C)2011 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe configurator goes live, causes momentary consideration of kidney sale originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lamborghini Aventador configurator goes live

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Etc., Lamborghini

lamborghini aventador lp700-4 configurator screen shot

While it’s not as fun to play with as the Bugatti Veyron configurator or even the Novitec Rosso 458 Italia configurator, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 web toy is up and running. Sadly, all you can do is pick exterior and interior color combinations, meaning the build-your-own Aventador site isn’t as much of a time-waster as we’d like it to be as you’d think.

We decided to go with Giallo Orion, a pearl yellow color, for our Aventador. A supercar should be bright and obnoxious, and this paint scheme certainly does the job. However, if you are feeling sinister, there is a matte black color option called Nero Nemesis, but if you opt for that stealthy color, you should just go ahead and change your name to Bonda… Giacomo Bonda. Head over to the Aventador website and paint the Lambo of your dreams now. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

Gallery: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: Geneva 2011

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Lamborghini Aventador configurator goes live originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 13:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2012 BMW 650i Convertible configurator comes online

Filed under: Convertible, BMW

BMW 650i configurator

The new-for-2012 BMW 650i Convertible is still bigger and heavier than most of the competition, but there are still a whole slew of notable new features about the updated car. Designers filed off some of the more audacious curves in favor of a bit more subtlety. Power from the 650i’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 now sits at 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque – up 40 hp and a whopping 90 lb-ft from the last-gen 6 Series – and the six-speed gearbox has been replaced with a slick eight-speed unit. All good stuff, and judging by the fact that BMW has launched the online 650i Convertible configurator, it appears this big droptop is ready for prime time.

The price tag begins at $92,375 once $875 is added for destination and the dreaded $1,000 gas guzzler tax is applied. The price only goes up from there, with packages like Driver Assistance ($3,900) and premium sound ($1,800) bringing things over the $100,000 mark. Check off all the options and you’re looking at a MSRP of $110,375, or enough money for a loaded 550i and a nicely optioned Mazda Miata. Click here to head over to the 650i configurator to price out some high-zoot open-air motoring for yourself.

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2012 BMW 650i Convertible configurator comes online originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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