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2015 Lexus RC F Debut!



Faster, Sharper, Lower, Wider – All-New Lexus RC F Performance Coupe Elevates the Driving Experience

  • Lexus’ Most Powerful V8 Engine Generates More than 450 Horsepower
  • Latest Iteration of the F Marque in a Coupe Bodystyle
  • Lexus-First Use of Torque Vectoring Differential for Incredible Cornering
  • Purpose Designed Instrumentation and Sport Seats
Want power, precision and passion? Lexus revealed its most powerful V8 engine in the all-new 2015 RC F performance coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  The F performance model, based on the RC coupe, gets its powerful roar from more than 450 horsepower and more than 383 lb.-ft. torque.
To get that amount of power efficiently to the ground the RC F will make use of a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) to ensure remarkable handling and performance. The power will transfer through a newly calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission with paddle shifters.

“I’ve built RC F to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts – no matter what their level of expertise,” said RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi.

“There’s a misconception that racing cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with RC F.

“Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide appropriate levels of performance and protection. But even at its basic setting, it’s a blast.”

Driving Dynamics with More Power and Usability
The RC F has an all-new 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine that will provide increased maximum power at higher engine rpm than previously possible. For the first time in a Lexus performance engine, the RC F uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher rpm to develop impressive performance levels.

Driver engagement has been made possible by purpose designed sound and power delivery. A uniquely tuned eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission improves linear throttle response.

It helps the driver control the torque and power precisely as it is applied.

The newly calibrated VDIM adds a vertical G-sensor to provide greater vehicle stability

Torque Vectoring Differential
The RC F uses a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), a first in a Lexus, to increase driving performance.  It has three operating modes:

  • Standard for a balance of nimble performance and stability;
  • Slalom for emphasis on nimble steering response; and
  • Track to help with consistent stability, ensuring the vehicle stays on the intended corning line as the driver applies more throttle.

The foundation for the vehicle’s mechanical grip is the highly rigid body with large cross-section rocker panels and a very stiff front lower brace. Specialized Lexus manufacturing techniques are also used, including body adhesives, laser-screw welding, laser brazing and multi-spot welding. Grip is further enhanced through use of a wider tire and wheel assembly.

RC F has front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars. Unsprung weight is reduced by the adoption of three new 19-inch diameter forged aluminum wheels which minimize tire/wheel assembly mass and maximize rigidity.

Exterior Design
Lexus RC F adds to the stylish body of the new RC coupe on which it is based. The RC F features its own version of the Lexus signature spindle grille which dominates the front of the vehicle from hood line to lower lip. The grille has a subtle F-mesh pattern on the lower half.

In profile view RC F has a unique front hood which raises the peak of the vehicle, creating a powerful side view.

The RC F takes design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, especially in essential air cooling and aerodynamics. Its hood air vent, such as those on the LFA, combined with front cooling ducts contribute to engine cooling and overall vehicle stability.

As in the LFA, an active rear spoiler is incorporated into the trunk lid to provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph. The active spoiler is a highlight of RC F’s aerodynamic package which includes careful tuning of the underbody, the intakes in the grille and the front fender vents, and strategic placement of the aero stabilizing fins.

To the side, front fender ducts in the shape of an L also aid cooling performance while adding to the aggressive stance.

The RC F’s available carbon fiber package offers a clear coated carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler drawn from the LFA production experience.

Interior Design
Uniquely designed components, including combination meters, the steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals, convey a sense of connection with the driver that only a Lexus F performance model can achieve.

RC F’s all-new combination meters are further developed from LFA while also referencing aircraft cockpit instruments. The meters provide a wide range of easy to read information for the various drive modes.

The combination meters include a large centrally mounted tachometer that alters according to drive mode, digital and analog speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch.

The driver’s connection to the RC F is paramount. The RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel for greater control during performance driving. The placement, shape and operation of paddle shifters make it easier to change gears on the track and in other performance circumstances.

The all-new high back seats have been designed for exceptional holding performance. An integrated foaming technique creates a highly supportive and taut fitting seat with trim material that stays fixed.

2015 Lexus RC F
Horsepower More than 450 hp
Torque More than 383 lb.-ft.
Transmission Eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS)
Seating Capacity 4
Overall Length 185.2 in.
Width 72.8 in.
Height 54.7 in.
Wheelbase 107.5 in.
Driven Wheels Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight Targets less than 3,968 lbs.
Brake Type Four-wheel power assisted disc brakes (Brembo manufactured for Lexus) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
Wheel size 
(front and rear)
Fr  19” x 9”
Rr  19” x  10”
Tires size Fr 255/35/19
Rr 275/35/19
0 – 60 mph Targets faster than IS F
Top speed Estimated 168 mph (electronically limited)
MPG (City/Hwy/Comb.) Targets better than IS F

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The legendary Camaro Z/28 is back for the 2014 model year. Originally introduced in 1967, Camaro Z/28 was designed specifically to compete in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am 2 class. Lightweight, nimble and incredibly powerful, the original Z/28 was designed ideally for road racing. The 2014 Z/28 carries the same racing credentials, running a lap around the Nurbürgring in an impressive 7:37.47 in inclement weather.


A hand-assembled LS7 engine powers the Camaro Z/28, boasting an incredible 505 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful normally aspirated regular production small block V8 ever. The highest-quality parts and precision assembly elevate the redline level to 7000 rpm.

Durable, lightweight components such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods coupled with a forged-steel crankshaft make the LS7 engine incredibly robust. The standard 10.5-quart, dry-sump oil system distributes pressurized oil from an external reservoir to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions.

The LS7 is mated to a TREMEC® TR6060 6-speed manual gearbox that features close-ratio gearing – optimized for the engine’s power characteristics. The TREMEC is coupled with a 5.1:1-ratio short-throw shifter to ensure quick and precise shifts

Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential, which features a helical gear set rather than traditional clutch packs that continuously adjusts torque bias allowing drivers to confidently lay down more power to get through corners faster. Coupled with the Performance Traction Management (PTM) system, drivers can adjust the level of throttle and brake intervention to match their capability and driving environment, essentially making PTM custom to each driving situation.

Z/28 features a cooling system designed for the track — standard. This incorporates the dry-sump oil system of the LS7, which connects to an integral liquid-to-liquid cooling system for engine oil. Another liquid-to-liquid system provides cooling for the transmission and differential.



The 2014 Camaro Z/28 pays homage to the exterior of the original legend while capitalizing on 21st century design elements and technology. Z/28 was born to be a functional instrument for the track, utilizing best practices and influences learned through racing.

Camaro Z/28 has aerodynamic treatments designed to produce downforce — specifically at track speeds. A large splitter connects to an underbody panel to further reduce lift. Fender flares over the front and rear wheels and extended rocker panels contribute to aerodynamic stability. Z/28 also features an aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser to complete the fully integrated aerodynamic package.


The tires on Camaro Z/28 are robust and massive Pirelli® PZERO™ Trofeo R 305/30ZR19 summer-only tires — ideal for lateral motions, like corner entry and exit.

Camaro Z/28 features lightweight Brembo® carbon Ceramic Matrix™ rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. The huge 394 x 36 mm front rotors are paired with 6-piston calipers, while the 390 x 32 mm rear rotors are paired with 4-piston calipers. Compared to similar-size two-piece steel rotors, the lightweight and large carbon calipers save 22 pounds, while encouraging impressive stopping power and heat toleration — ideal for track use.

Camaro Z/28 is one of the first production cars to feature race-proven spool-valve dampers. The spool-valve damper allows 4-way adjustment to precisely tune both bump and rebound settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. The wider tuning range dramatically increases the damper stiffness on Camaro Z/28 without significantly impacting ride quality.


The all-new driver and front passenger racing seats are designed by RECARO®. Aggressive bolsters ensure both passenger and driver remain firmly planted, even in high-energy driving situations. A flat-bottom steering wheel opens leg room for entry and exit, as well as quicker heel/toe shifting. A short-throw shifter allow for rapid, confident shifting.


This ground-shaking vision of American performance will be available Spring 2014.

You can test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Z/28 Spring 2014 or any other Chevy vehicle today by visiting Lindsay Chevrolet at 15605 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA. You can contact us at 800-829-1455. Visit us online at LindsayChevrolet.com.

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It’s tough to argue against informed, unbiased research.

In this case, the researcher is AMCI Testing, one of the go-to names in automotive evaluations, and what the organization is saying is this: They’ve confirmed that the Lexus 2014 GS F SPORT outperforms the 2014 BMW 535i M Sport in 12 key areas that affect safety and performance.

Each year, AMCI conducts rigorous independent studies at their own Proving Ground Road Course in California, and this year, testing included a comparison between these two vehicles. So where did the Lexus GS F SPORT outperform its BMW competition? In every area below:

• Better Overall Handling Performance
• Better Overall Handling Performance on Dry Pavement
• Better Overall Handling Performance on Wet Pavement
• Better Maximum-Performance Handling (ESC Off)
• Better Overall Active-Safety Handling Performance
• Better Overall Evasive-Action Handling Performance
• Better Overall Cornering Performance
• Better Cornering Performance on Dry Pavement
• Better Cornering Performance on Wet Pavement
• Better Overall Slalom Performance
• Better Slalom Performance on Dry Pavement
• Better Slalom Performance on Wet Pavement

You can test drive our Lexus vehicles by visiting Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria at 3410 King Street, Alexandria, VA. You can contact us at 800-944-1925. Visit us online at LindsayLexusOfAlexandria.com.

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Since its introduction in 2006, the Ford Edge has stood out from the competition with an impressive combination of distinctive style, capability, versatility and performance. It’s now clear, none of that is going to change.

The exciting new Ford Edge Concept vehicle was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, proudly displaying the dynamic design and craftsmanship that will define the next Ford global utility vehicle. Advanced automated driving technologies are featured in the new concept as well, including self-parking and obstacle avoidance systems.

“The Ford Edge Concept is the latest example of a utility vehicle that is designed to deliver the attributes global customers value most – smart, sporty design; fuel efficiency and driving dynamics; craftsmanship and materials often reserved for luxury cars; and customer-focused technology to help the driver feel more confident,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company.

Bold Exterior Styling

At first look, the Edge Concept boasts confidence and capability with its new, more sleek appearance. “With this Ford Edge Concept, we’ve built upon some of the great visual cues of Edge and added additional sculpture for a more athletic, agile presence,” said Kevin George, exterior design manager.

Its fluid shape glides rearward from the sloping, three-bar front grille through the sculpted hood all the way back to the integrated taillamp design. Its muscles punctuate the long haunches of its shoulders.

New technologies are integrated throughout the exterior design. Active Grille Shutters open and close automatically to help maintain an ideal engine operating temperature and to help improve aerodynamics, which helps maximize fuel efficiency.

The headlamps light up in complete white, creating an uninterrupted, homogeneous display; individual LEDs illuminate crystal cubes on the high beams. The turn signal “transforms” from a chrome-appearing piece into bright amber lit from behind through microscopic holes in the bezel, adding to the laser-thin appearance of the headlamps. The taillamps are executed in a similar fashion, cleverly and stylishly connected to the backlight.

A Dynamic Sanctuary

Inside the Edge Concept, a high level of craftsmanship and premium materials create a rich environment. Hak Soo Ha, interior design manager, calls it a “‘dynamic sanctuary’ because it combines the energetic character of the exterior with a more premium cabin execution. The shapes provide a dynamic, in-motion impression that soothes rather than fatigues.”

The soothing elements include a premium Nubuck leather-wrapped, hand-stitched instrument panel, leather-trimmed seating with a distinct perforation pattern, premium stitching and accent plating in the head restraint and at the top of the shoulder bolster, and leather, carbon-weaved and copper-accented armrests.

Other premium interior elements include a dynamic center stack with premium mechanical switchgear, unique gear shifter and steering wheel, bright work on the armrest, door-release bezel and air registers, and a bright silver-finish scuff plate with matte black paint and an LED-lit “Edge” label.

Advanced Technology for More Efficient Driving

The Ford Edge Concept opens a window on the new advanced, automated driving technologies currently under development by Ford.

Adaptive steering makes driving in all conditions feel more confident and more fun. This technology, which builds on Ford electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) and has mostly been seen on top luxury models to date, controls and adjusts the ratio between how much the driver turns the steering wheel and how much the vehicle wheels turn. This enables adaptive steering to help deliver sporty driving dynamics at higher speeds while helping to make steering easier in low-speed maneuvers, such as parking.

Fully assisted parking aid, a technology in the prototype phase right now, could control steering, gear selection, and forward and reverse motion to enable push-button parking – from inside or outside the car. This concept builds on the Ford active park assist feature, which was launched in 2009 and is now available on a number of Ford models. While active park assist steers a vehicle into a parallel-parking space, fully assisted parking aid can detect a suitable perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors.

Both fully assisted parking aid and obstacle avoidance were recently demonstrated for the first time at Ford test facilities in Lommel, Belgium. The advanced technologies and research work highlighted in the Ford Edge Concept are the potential next steps in the effort by Ford to offer smart technology that makes drivers better and more efficient.

The Ford Edge Concept shines light on a bright future for Ford drivers around the globe. The striking presence of its athletic, sculpted exterior, the comfort of its sanctuary-like cabin and the full suite of advanced driving technologies will surely inspire more fun, more confident and more rewarding driving experiences very soon. It’s exciting to imagine what you’ll experience in your next Ford vehicle.

You can test drive the 2014 Ford Edge  and other Ford vehicles by visiting Lindsay Ford at 11250 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD. You can contact us at 888-764-8614. Visit us online at LindsayFord.com.

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Fans of rear-wheel-drive compact sports cars will no doubt salivate over the all-new Chevrolet SS performance sedan, unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway as the pace car for the NASCAR season opener. 
The four-door powerhouse is significant, because, as GM North America President Mark Reuss (and founder of Chevrolet’s performance division) points out, it’s been 17 years since the brand has built anything like it, despite the fact that sporty rear-wheel-drive vehicles were key in shaping Chevrolet’s brand identity in earlier years.
Under the hood is Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, the same one used in the outgoing Corvette. In the Chevrolet SS, it’s expected to crank out 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. Estimates put the 0-60 mph time at about five seconds. Purists will bemoan the lack of a manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters will be the only option.
An aluminum hood, rear deck lid and engine block help to keep the car light. A MacPherson suspension up front and a multi-link setup in back aim to keep the Chevrolet SS firmly planted. Chevrolet claims a near 50/50 weight distribution, a claim all-too-often reserved for luxury sports cars like BMW. The Chevrolet SS will ride on 19-inch alloy wheels with Bridgestone summer tires and big Brembo brakes.
The Chevrolet SS will be built in Australia on GM’s global Zeta platform, and is largely based on the Holden Commodore, which is built in the same assembly plant for the Australian market.
Size-wise, the Chevrolet SS is 195.5 inches long and 74.7 inches wide, slightly larger than the Malibu, and shorter (but wider) than current-generation Impala, the latter of which was the last model to feature a variant with an SS badge.
Front legroom in the new SS sedan is about on par with these models at 42 inches, while the SS slightly bests both the Malibu and the Impala in rear legroom at an ample 39 inches.
Standard features will include leather upholstery with an eight-way power driver’s seat, air conditioning, color display screen, color head-up display, 9-speaker Bose audio system, rearview camera and GM’s My Link infotainment system. Several electronic safety features also come standard, including lane departure warning, blind spot detection, forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert and an automatic parking assist system.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS goes on sale fourth quarter of 2013, according to Chevrolet. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will retail for $44,470, including $995 destination, Chevrolet said, and the only options will be a power sunroof ($900) and a full-size spare tire ($500).
You can test drive the 2014 Chevrolet SS or any other Chevy vehicle by visiting Lindsay Chevrolet at 15605 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA. You can contact us at 800-829-1455. Visit us online at LindsayChevrolet.com.

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Defining a coupe these days isn’t an easy task.

Once upon a time, it meant a sleek, two-door vehicle that implied a few things about its driver, namely success, style, and—if the owner happened to be a family man—an appreciation of a second car to contrast the family sedan or wagon.

Over the years, automakers have marketed all kinds of coupe derivatives: the business coupe (two doors and two seats, made for traveling sales people), the four-door coupe (four doors but coupe proportions), and even the opera coupe, designed with a high roof to allow theater-goers to travel in style without the need to remove any hats.

Lexus has its own dramatic definition for a coupe, however, and you’re looking at it. The new RC, unveiled with a bit of attitude at the Tokyo Motor Show, is a respectful nod to the “purity” of the coupe tradition—and what that tradition says about the person who gets behind the wheel.

This then begs the question: Who exactly is that driver these days? What sort of person should be looking closely at the Lexus RC, a prestige performance car that’s designed to deliver, in the words of Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama, “an extra” driving response?


We say that driver is you—especially if you agree with any of the following:

Image matters: How you carry yourself is important, you say, which is, in many ways, what the Lexus RC is all about. Its dimensions are sleek, pure, with hints of aggression—a trait distinctly apparent in the RC’s Lexus-signature spindle grille.

So do the details: If you agree with this one, know this: Lexus engineers gave the RC genuine shimamoku wood highlights, which are the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus. The vehicle also sports small but significant accoutrements such as aluminum door trim and scuff plates.

Leaders don’t shy away from power: Furuyama decided to give the vehicle a 3.5-liter engine that produces a maximum 306 horsepower. His team also outfitted the coupe with an eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift transmission, which is purposefully adapted from the Lexus IS F.

Advanced tech is put on this Earth to be adopted:The Lexus RC offers a touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Interface for audio and navigation systems. It’s also the first Lexus to adopt the enhanced Blind Spot Monitor system, which is designed to detect vehicles that are approaching at a higher speed and from a greater distance than the current system.

First impressions are vital: An RC coming your way shows off triangular headlamps that evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC concept’s styling, while concept-vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity.

The act of driving should be a good time: Remember that Sport Direct Shift transmission? The RC comes with Formula One-style paddle shifters, and in manual driving mode, a torque converter lock up from second to eighth gears allows for quick down shifts.

Hospitality is a gentlemanly quality: “We developed RC to deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers, in keeping with the true spirit of Japanese hospitality, or omotenashi,” explains Furuyama, referring not just to your experience in the coupe but that of your guests and passengers.

One needs to stay in touch with their inner supercar: And finally, when you sit down for your test drive next year, take a close look at the Lexus RC’s gauges—they’re inspired by none other than those in the Lexus LFA.

You can test drive our Lexus vehicles by visiting Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria at 3410 King Street, Alexandria, VA. You can contact us at 800-944-1925. Visit us online at LindsayLexusOfAlexandria.com.

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Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, the 2014 Dodge Durango full-size three-row crossover utility is significantly improved, with freshened looks, better fuel economy and an expanded array of features. Most important are its new 8-speed automatic transmission, which improves fuel economy and performance, and the addition of Chrysler’s easy-to-use Uconnect Access touchscreen infotainment system.
When Chrysler redesigned Dodge Durango for 2011, it earned accolades and sales for its appealing combination of modern, muscular styling; quiet, comfortable interior; commodious cargo capacity; class-leading power and towing capability; and road-hugging ride and handling.
For 2014, Durango is nicely upgraded and includes five trim levels: base SXT, Rallye, new mid-level Limited, R/T, and top-of-the-line Citadel.
Durango’s standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 generates 290 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque and up to 9-percent better fuel-economy with its new 8-speed automatic compared to the previous transmission.
The optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 pumps out 360 horses and 390 lb.-ft., and its cylinder-deactivating Fuel Saver Technology alternates between V8 and four-cylinder modes depending on demand. A new Eco Mode optimizes throttle sensitivity, the transmission’s shift schedule, the cylinder deactivation and interactive deceleration fuel shut-off, which cuts fuel delivery when coasting to reduce consumption.
Unlike most crossover utility vehicles, the 2014 Dodge Durango offers a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with either the V6 or the V8. V8 models with all-wheel drive include a low-range transfer case.
Properly equipped 2014 Durango models can tow up to 6200 pounds with the V6 or 7400 pounds with the V8.
Durango’s unibody structure uses high-strength and ultra-high strength steels to improve driving dynamics while decreasing weight. Its short/long arm front and multi-link independent rear suspensions have aggressive shock and spring rates, large anti-roll bars (anti-sway bars) and isolated cradles front and rear for precise handling with a cushioned ride. Standard electro-hydraulic power steering and electronic stability control help maintain steering feel and vehicle stability. Durango shares its basic structure with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Other new features include a 7-inch customizable color instrument cluster; 5- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with available Uconnect Access (with Wi-Fi capability and mobile apps) and navigation with 3D mapping; voice-command hands-free calling, texting and music streaming via Bluetooth; a Blu-ray/DVD rear-entertainment system with dual 9-inch screens; second-row captain’s chairs with a standard pass-through center console; new standard capless fuel fill, a Rallye Group monochromatic appearance package with 20-inch Hyper Black wheels; and more than 60 available safety and security features including adaptive cruise with stop function, forward collision warning with collision mitigation and auto crash notification/911 call.
Durango can seat seven passengers with the standard seating or second-row captain’s chairs can be ordered for six-passenger capability. The seats can be converted to multiple configurations, and those captain’s chairs leave pass-through space for easy access to the third row. The standard 60/40 middle-row seats fold and tumble, recline 18 degrees and are available with heat. The third-row seat splits 50/50 and is easily folded from the rear of the vehicle, and a switch in the instrument panel remotely lowers its headrests when it’s not in use
You can test drive the 2014 Dodge Durango or any other Dodge vehicle by visiting Lindsay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at 8100 Centreville Road, Manassas, VA. You can contact us at 800-829-1455. Visit online at LindsayChryslerDodgeJeepRam.com.

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