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Opel Debuts New Corsa Hatchback in Paris, Nails Most Confusing Engine Lineup Ever Award  Oct 4th, 2014 
Mainstream car, hot entrance: This is the script Opel followed for the introduction of its new fifth-generation Corsa hatchback. The successful subcompact Opel debuted with a little help from German supermodel Claudia Schiffer at the 2014 Paris auto show. Oh, and the less blonde and even less leggy Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel’s CEO, also was there. […] 
 
 
Sacrebleu! The 7 Hottest Debuts of the 2014 Paris Auto Show  Oct 4th, 2014 
Ah, Paris, a city of romance, fashion, and at-times pretentious locals who just love to scoff at oafish Americans like us. Besides hosting four annual fashion weeks—what, Frenchies, one isn’t good enough?—and sporting more cafés than citizens, Paris also happens to host an auto show every other year. The city’s average of 0.5 auto shows […] 
 
 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  Oct 3rd, 2014 
Kia's first EV is a serious contender. 
 
 
The 5 Hottest 2014 Paris Debuts That You’ll Never, Ever Drive  Oct 3rd, 2014 
As with any European auto show, the 2014 Paris event provided us Americans a prime, front-row seat to witness the debuts of a bunch of rad, sexy, high-performance (and sometimes all three!) Continent-only rides that we’ll never, ever, ever be able to buy. Our coping mechanism for this look-but-don’t-touch bind is to share our favorite […] 
 
 
Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Deliveries Halted for Airbag Issue, GM Issues Additional Recalls  Oct 3rd, 2014 
Will GM ever be able to focus on simply making cars and trucks? The beleaguered automotive juggernaut has identified yet another safety issue it needs to fix. Automotive News reports that driver-side airbag connections in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks were wired incorrectly; to correct the problem, the airbag’s sensing and diagnostic module will be […] 
 
 
HOLY F&*%: This 500-hp Turbocharged Go-Kart Is Today’s Best Way to Potentially Off Yourself [Video]  Oct 3rd, 2014 
If you wanted to kill yourself—and I mean really, really kill yourself—there might not be a better way to go about it than to strap a hopped-up, 500-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder into a kart and go for glory. It’s like those people who tame a cougar, live with it for four years, and then feign […] 
 
 
The Sound that Slayed Ferrari: Listen to the Hellacious Fury of the Ford GT40 Mk II  Oct 3rd, 2014 
The Ford GT40 Mk II was decidedly exotic in comparison to most American cars of the era (of course, that’s mostly due to its Anglo-American heritage and the help of Lola), but its 7.0-liter big-block was built of the same stuff as the Galaxies coming off Ford’s assembly lines back home—iron block, pushrods, and all. […] 
 
 
The 2015 Ford Mustang Officially Gallops into Europe—But Will They Care?  Oct 3rd, 2014 
The 2015 Ford Mustang is on display at the Paris motor show, marking the car’s official debut in Europe. The new-generation car will be the first Mustang made widely available on the Continent—and Ford of Europe is ecstatic. “The new Mustang is one of the most hotly anticipated cars ever; we are very excited to now […] 
 
 
Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear Crew Flee Argentina Over Number-Plate Fracas  Oct 3rd, 2014 
The cast and crew of the BBC’s Top Gear television show were forced to flee Argentina ahead of schedule due to controversy over a vehicle license plate that appeared to reference the 1982 Falklands War. Affixed to a Porsche 928 driven by Jeremy Clarkson, the plate number in question read “H982 FKL, which was reportedly […] 
 
 
Enraging Bull: We Attack the Stelvio Pass in a Monster Lamborghini  Oct 3rd, 2014 
Dawn is more smashed than broken by the time we come over the crest and into the valley. Ahead of us lies another stretch of road, one that climbs like a Holmby Hills parvenu to the distant ridge in a sawtooth oscillation of metronomic vacillation, between hairpin bends that bitch-slap it from zig to zag […] 
 
 
Evo to Finally Go Way of the Dodo as Mitsubishi Focuses on Hybrid Utes  Oct 3rd, 2014 
We’ve known it was coming for quite some time now, but at the Paris motor show, Mitsubishi finally gonged the aging Lancer Evolution off the stage. Or rather, quietly, in an aside to the U.K.’s Autocar: “It will not exist as we know it. It will be replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.” It […] 
 
 
Acura MDX Is America's All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV, Notes Ferman Acura  Oct 3rd, 2014 
Sales of the automaker's luxury SUV continue to rise. 
 
 
It’s Only Red ’n’ Roll But Brits May Like It: Vauxhall Adam S Drops in Paris  Oct 3rd, 2014 
British fans of hotted-up city cars have a new choice beyond the Mini Cooper S, Ford Fiesta ST, and Fiat 500 Abarth now that Vauxhall, the U.K. arm of GM Europe, has invested its Adam minihatch with more interesting performance hardware and expressive bodywork. Displayed at the 2014 Paris auto show (a concept version appeared earlier at […] 
 
 
Espace Odyssey: Our Favorite French Van-Type Substance Gets Remade  Oct 3rd, 2014 
When the Renault Espace was launched more than 30 years ago, it was Europe’s first entry in a fast-growing segment that became incredibly popular all over the world. Today, the idea of a high-roof people-mover has lost its novelty, but it continues to give birth to new models. Even BMW has recently joined in the, […] 
 
 
Nissan Pulsar: One Hell of a Sentra Hatchback—and There Could Be a NISMO Version  Oct 3rd, 2014 
In the U.S., Nissan’s small-car lineup is like watching late-night skin flicks on Cinemax—you’re technically getting what you want, but a lot is left to be desired. In Europe, on the other hand, Nissan’s compact rides are much more well equipped and satisfying. Take, for example, the Nissan Note, a loose cousin to our Versa […] 
 
 
S-Max Headroom: Ford Launches All-New S-Max MPV, We Wish It Was Coming Here  Oct 3rd, 2014 
America’s affection for minivans may be on the wane, but in Europe the tall-roof family mover (or MPV) segment is as strong as ever. At the Paris auto show, Ford launched the second generation of its S-Max MPV, which is offered in two distinct body styles with room for five or seven passengers. Visually, the […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Roush RS Mustangs Unveiled: Some Fine-Looking Show, Not Much More Go  Oct 3rd, 2014 
Now that the 2015 Ford Mustang has broken out of the paddock, tuners are jockeying for attention as they roll out their takes on the new pony. Last week, we got news from Saleen on its steroidal Mustang S302 lineup, yesterday was Hennessey’s turn to show off its 717-hp HPE700 Mustang, and now Roush rides […] 
 
 
2015 Honda HR-V Powertrain Details Revealed for Europe, Preview U.S. Version  Oct 3rd, 2014 
Since debuting its little Fit-based subcompact SUV in Tokyo last year, Honda has done only two things that matter to Americans: confirmed that, yes, it would be sold here and announced that it would wear HR-V badging. Other than that, it’s been radio silence—until today. At the 2014 Paris show, Honda has released some technical tidbits that might […] 
 
 
Bad-Ass Jeep Wrangler Stealth Slips into Paris Under Diesel Power  Oct 3rd, 2014 
A one-off Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with “rust-effect” Iron Peltrox textured paint on a show stand in Europe? It doesn’t mean Kilroy was here, but it does mean Mopar has been. Powered by a 2.8-liter diesel and dubbed Stealth, the show car was a joint production by Jeep, Mopar, and FCA’s Centro Stile in Orbassano, […] 
 
 
A Pair of Peugeots Debuts in Paris: One Prescient (and Possibly Good for 141 mpg), One Practical  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Standing in stark contrast to the bizarre and unique Peugeot Exalt and Quartz concept cars at the 2014 Paris auto show are the brand’s other two debuts. The two more buttoned-up Peugeots, the 208 HYbrid Air 2L concept and new 308 GT, lack bare-steel body surfacing, shark-skin trim, and stunning concept-car looks, but make up for it […] 
 
 
Turbo Tea Party: Nissan 300ZX vs. Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo [C/D Archives]  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Jonathan Winters and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf may be the sort of look-alikes you’ll find in Spy magazine’s “Separated at Birth?” section, but we’d like to present a more strikingly similar duo. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Jeep Wrangler One Step Closer to Aluminum, Production Could Leave Toledo  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Although it’s not exactly news that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler is in Fiat-Chrysler’s peripheral vision—it’s due in 2017—the company so far has remained pretty tight-lipped regarding the iconic off-roader’s future. In a statement at the 2014 Paris auto show and as reported by Automotive News, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne brought the Wrangler to the fore […] 
 
 
Tesla Will “Unveil the D” on October 9, Whatever that Means  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Elon Musk knows how to own a moment. Rather than get caught up in the news maelstrom of this week’s Paris auto show, he’ll let that fanfare subside. Then, exactly one week later, he’ll own all the media cycles when he will “unveil the D” on October 9, and we hope that that does not […] 
 
 
This Is What Would Happen If You Lined up Every Car on the Planet and Floored Their Throttles  Oct 2nd, 2014 
We know that every burnout results in at least one angry bystander because science tells us that every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law also states that the torque that propels your car creates a reactionary force that acts on the Earth’s surface. Geologically speaking, you’re insignificant, and that force is […] 
 
 
8 Reasons Why a Bentley Mulsanne Costs $300,000  Oct 2nd, 2014 
In advance of the Paris reveal of the new $338,625 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, the company invited us into its Crewe factory near Manchester, England, for a no-limits walk of the assembly line to see why Bentleys in general—and Mulsannes in particular—are so expensive. The short answer: because of the many, many hands that make Bentley’s […] 
 
 
Ten Shades of Hell: 10 Things We Learned About the Stonking, 707-hp Hellcat V-8  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Chris Cowland, Chrysler’s director of advanced and SRT powertrain, recently came clean with the engineering secrets behind the 707-hp 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8. In case you just stirred from suspended animation, this Dodge Challenger SRT engine is the most potent powerplant ever sold to customers for road use by any American manufacturer. Revelation 1: While this […] 
 
 
Chrysler Capital, Santander Lower Cap on Dealer Participation  Oct 2nd, 2014 
The moves come just weeks after the CFPB proposed to oversee larger nonbank auto finance sources for the first time at the federal level. 
 
 
Potratz Releases Web Tool That Predicts Shopper Behavior  Oct 2nd, 2014 
ExitGadget uses custom algorithms and device tracking technology to determine when a website visitor is exhibiting signs of abandoning the page. It then delivers a customizable message designed to covert the site visitor into a sales lead. 
 
 
Berkshire Hathaway to Acquire Van Tuyl Group  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, is expected to complete its acquisition of the Van Tuyl Group by the opening of 2015. After the purchase, the 78-store group will operate as Berkshire Hathaway Automotive. 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 Driven! The Aluminum Wonder Truck Delivers  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Aluminum cans are all the rage in the craft-brewing industry. Once a symbol of cheap and tasteless beer, cans seal more tightly than do glass bottles, better protect their contents from UV degradation, and reduce the expense and energy that come with shipping a truck full of brews to your local depot. Get past the […] 
 
 
A New Ford GT? Ford’s 2016 Le Mans Program Points to Supercar Successor!  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Ford has yet to confirm or deny any of its future sports-car racing plans, yet some recent indicators could point to an intriguing direction from the manufacturer. As R&T chronicled in July, a GTE-spec Mustang project was considered but then nixed, and a return to Le Mans with P2 engines was also on the table. Ford […] 
 
 
2016 Fiat 500X Photos and Info: The Jeep Renegade’s Brother By the Same Mother  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Fiat is launching the latest variation of its well-proven—and well-worn—”Cinquecento” theme with the 500X, which makes its public debut at the Paris auto show. Further stretching the art of platform-sharing, the 500X is based on the same GM Fiat Small architecture that forms the technical basis of the Fiat Grande Punto and Linea, the Alfa […] 
 
 
Former Dealership Employee to Serve 15 Months for Embezzlement  Oct 2nd, 2014 
The former office manager of DeLaBruere's Auto Sales in Vermont will be serving 15 months in prison and paying more than $368,000 in restitution for stealing cash from the dealership and writing fake checks to cover it up. 
 
 
VW’s Winterkorn to Greens: So Get Off Our Backs, Already!  Oct 2nd, 2014 
The typical German reserve that produces yawn-inducing auto-show speeches went out the window during Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn’s closing remarks at the VW Group Night preceding the 2014 Paris auto salon. An event that is usually a grandstand for new products and optimism became a plea to the assembled crowd to remember “what a gigantic […] 
 
 
Ferman Nissan of Tampa Discusses Nissan Snug Kids Child Safety Seats  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Nissan's Snug Kids initiative helps parents choose and understand child restraint systems. 
 
 
Future Cadillac SUVs and Crossovers Will Carry “XT” Badging  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Even though the first model to adhere to Cadillac’s new nomenclature is more than a year away, the strategy is gaining cohesion. Last week, the brand officially announced that its upcoming rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan, which is due to hit the streets in late 2015, will bear the CT6 moniker. In the statement, the brand emphasized […] 
 
 
Europe’s Sporty Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid Looks Good . . . on Paper  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Volkswagen’s family of plug-in hybrids is growing fast. Following the Golf GTE, the German carmaker is launching a GTE version of its European Passat mid-size sedan and station wagon. This Passat shares its name with the U.S.-built Passat but differs in being built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular-transverse architecture that also underpins the Golf. […] 
 
 
All Ate Up With Motor: 2016 Mazda Miata to Get 2.0-Liter Engine Stateside, 1.5-Liter Elsewhere  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Here it is Miata fans, short and sweet: When the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata makes its American beachhead next year, it’ll be armed with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine. Although Mazda still hasn’t spilled the beans regarding specific output figures, it’s a good bet that the numbers will be very close or identical to those […] 
 
 
It’s . . . It’s Beautiful: Lamborghini Reveals 897-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid Supercar!  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Behold the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 hybrid, unveiled the day before the 2014 Paris auto show. Despite Lamborghini’s demure insistence that the Asterion is no more than a “Plug-in Hybrid technology demonstrator,” the reserved-for-an-exotic styling, production-friendly body contours, and hybrid powertrain perhaps hint at a different future. Unmistakably a Lambo from the front, the car’s […] 
 
 
VW’s Golf Alltrack is a Crossover SportWagen that We Desperately Want  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Almost a quarter century ago, Volkswagen tried and failed to jump-start the crossover segment in Europe. The Golf Country, an ultratall version of the second-generation Golf, was launched in 1990 and killed before 1992. It obviously didn’t catch on. Perhaps that’s why Wolfsburg has waited until now to bring another crossover version of the Golf […] 
 
 
2015 Honda CR-V Limited First Drive  Oct 1st, 2014 
With a refreshed design, the 2015 Honda CR-V stands out from the crowd. 
 
 
Fluidic Sculpture Gets Small as All-New Hyundai i20 Debuts in Paris  Oct 1st, 2014 
Pitched at the teeming masses in Europe’s largest market segment, a new generation of the Hyundai i20 hatchback city car likely will get more attention from attendees of the 2014 Paris show than it will from the press. Hyundai emphasizes that this tater tot is entirely designed, engineered, and built in Europe and tuned for European […] 
 
 
Audi TT Sportback Concept Debuts: This is What a TT Sedan Looks Like  Oct 1st, 2014 
When Audi launched the third-generation TT earlier this year, observers noted that its shape remained similar to the first- and second-generation models. Word was that Audi designers intended a more futuristic rear end, but Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piëch himself insisted that the new model shouldn’t deviate too far from the iconic styling language of […] 
 
 
Commence Face-Melting: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 0–60 and 1/4-Mile Times Announced!  Oct 1st, 2014 
Chevrolet has announced its official performance estimates for the 2015 Corvette Z06, and, uh, they don’t disappoint. The best numbers were obtained using Z06 coupes equipped with the new eight-speed automatic transmission and the Z07 performance package, which adds Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and the most spoilertastic and downforce-enabling […] 
 
 
717-hp Hennessey HPE700 Mustang Is Out for Hellcat Blood  Oct 1st, 2014 
Just a week after Saleen released information and images of its upcoming Mustang-based S302 mega pony car, Hennessey Performance has dropped into our laps renderings and information on its sinister HPE700 Mustang. (Coincidence? We think not.) And as usual with a Hennessey product, it is absolutely drunk on power. How much power? Thanks to a […] 
 
 
U.S.-Spec Jaguar XE to Offer Manual, Diesel, AWD, Four- and Six-Cylinder Engines  Oct 1st, 2014 
Jaguar is launching its gorgeous new XE sports sedan in Europe next spring, but the firm has scheduled its U.S. introduction a year later—it’ll arrive here as a 2017 model—in order to bring us a full smorgasbord of powertrain and driveline options. Well, and also probably so it can work out any kinks and ensure […] 
 
 
The Ducati-Powered VW XL Sport Is a Slice of Ultralight Two-Cylinder Awesomeness  Oct 1st, 2014 
Last year, VW emperor Ferdinand Piëch confirmed development of an evil version of VW’s ultralight and ultra-efficient XL1 sports car. The original vehicle’s reason for existence—apart from being a technological showcase—was eco-friendliness, a mission it achieved thanks to a hybridized two-cylinder diesel powertrain that gets 283 mpg in the European cycle for plug-in hybrids. But […] 
 
 
ADP Dealer Services Spinoff Now Listed on Nasdaq  Oct 1st, 2014 
CDK Global Inc., the new ADP Dealer Services company, began trading as a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index yesterday. 
 
 
U.S. News Extends Deal With TrueCar  Oct 1st, 2014 
U.S. News is extending its deal with TrueCar for an additional two years. As part of the new agreement, TrueCar will provide the media outlet's website visitors with access to pre-owned vehicles available through its certified dealer network. 
 
 
20 Questions About the BMW i8 Sports Coupe: You Asked, We Answer  Oct 1st, 2014 
We have a BMW i8 hybrid sports car at our office right now and we wanted to share—so we asked you to tell us what you wanted to know about the Bavarians’ Future Sled. For answers to any and all performance and numbers-related questions you might have, check out our test of the car; for answers […] 
 
 
These Peugeot Paris Concepts Are Typical French Oddball Goodness  Oct 1st, 2014 
We couldn’t possibly cover this year’s Paris auto show without throwing in a few French-fried vehicles, right? Francophiles rejoice, because your favorite nation’s automakers are still mighty keen on turning out the weird and the different. Take this pair of Peugeot concept cars, for example. One of them has been shown before in slightly different […] 
 
 
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Modern Pistons (and Probably Some Things You Didn’t)  Oct 1st, 2014 
The slugs of aluminum inside your engine live in a fiery hell. At full throttle and 6000 rpm, a piston in a gasoline engine is subjected to nearly 10 tons of force every 0.02 second as repeated explosions heat the metal to more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Debuts, Promises to Deprive You of Oxygen  Oct 1st, 2014 
We hope you had smelling salts ready when you opened this story; Infiniti claims that “seeing this vast and imposing car for the first time can suck the air from your lungs. Like a blow to the stomach.” (We’ll let you catch your breath.) Although that statement paints a somewhat comical image—imagine hundreds of auto […] 
 
 
Subprime Blues: How Auto Lenders Can Track and Disable Your Vehicle  Sep 30th, 2014 
We’re not the kind to judge people by their credit scores—life happens, after all—but the auto-lending industry isn’t so understanding, particularly now that they can monitor a driver’s every move and punish late payments by killing a car’s engine. Until we read a recent report on subprime car loans in the New York Times, we […] 
 
 
You *Really* Don’t Mess with the Johan: Cadillac President Rebukes Critics of NY Move, Renaming Strategy  Sep 30th, 2014 
When we said “you don’t mess with the Johan,” we didn’t think the Cadillac president would paraphrase us in his defense of his decisions to move the brand’s HQ to New York and change most of the model names. But a recent Facebook post by de Nysschen, which was publicized by the Daily Kanban, was capped by the […] 
 
 
0 to 150 to 0: The Hottest Tuner Cars Tested from Hennessey, Lingenfelter, RENNTech, and More! [C/D Archives]  Sep 30th, 2014 
“Last year, observed and times by the Motor Industry Research Association, Reg Parnell demonstrated the ability of the DB4GT to go from 0 to 100 mph and back to 0 again in 24 seconds.” —Car and Driver, June 1961 That sentence, which appeared 37 years ago in our report on the Aston Martin DB4GT, may […] 
 
 
Decadence, Aston Martin–Style: Official Photos of Production Lagonda Supersedan Released, Including Interior  Sep 30th, 2014 
Aston Martin has produced its first suite of images of its gorgeous Lagonda hyperluxury sedan in production form. This follows the release of photos of a prototype test vehicle in Oman a couple of weeks ago, which followed an embarrassing photo drop of the same car by Oman Air shortly after it arrived in the […] 
 
 
Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Concept Touts Steel’s Supremacy, Somewhat Wrongly  Sep 30th, 2014 
Ford’s dramatic switch to an aluminum pickup body for the 2015 F-150 has dramatically outshone the new-for-2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and the Ford isn’t even on sale yet. Well, hold your horses, Ford fans, because Chevy’s going to tell you why steel is still king. What you’re looking at is a stock 2015 Silverado 1500 LTZ […] 
 
 
Have a Metric Ton of Cash? You Might Want This Bitchin’ Armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  Sep 30th, 2014 
Listen up, barons of business, arms smugglers, and anyone who actually found a proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing in Toronto, Canada, has created a new armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that makes one of our favorite guilty pleasures even awesomer. Using the Sprinter’s bone-stock dualie frame, the Inkas […] 
 
 
YOU GUYS: Lego Releasing McLaren P1, LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Next Year!  Sep 30th, 2014 
Gah! Unbridled glee! The days of Ferrari having an exclusive hold on branded Lego cars are officially over. Next year, you’ll be able to buy a minifig-scale McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari. (Yes, we know about the Mini and VW stuff, but Maranello has been dominant.) We will take one of each, thank […] 
 
 
Protestors Gather at Calif. CarMax Location Over Recalled Vehicle Sales  Sep 30th, 2014 
Protestors flocked to a Roseville, Calif., CarMax store today to protest the sale of recalled vehicles and to call on the FTC to investigate the used-vehicle retailer. 
 
 
Conn. Dealer Charged in Service Contract Scam  Sep 30th, 2014 
A used-car dealer is accused of pocketing more than $13,000 in vehicle service-contract sales, leaving customers without the protections they though they purchased. 
 
 
CNW Sees 4% Sales Increase in September  Sep 30th, 2014 
The market research firm’s prediction is based on skyrocketing subprime approvals and an active Hispanic consumer market, which, for the first time, could outpace African-Americans in new-vehicle purchases. 
 
 
Auto/Mate Integrates DMS With MaximTrak F&I Suite  Sep 30th, 2014 
The integration now provides users of both systems with a real-time, bi-directional exchange of information, eliminating redundancies and errors caused by incomplete information transfers. 
 
 
Aluminum Cans Can Work! Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Max Towing and Hauling Ratings  Sep 30th, 2014 
Ford has promised that its new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup would set new standards in capability from the moment the sheet came off the truck in January. It’s the sort of marketing speak that typically draws eye rolls—but it turns out Ford wasn’t joking. According to the 2015 F-150′s officially stated towing and payload numbers, the […] 
 
 
Holy Hellcat! First 707-hp Challenger Hellcat—VIN No. 1!—Goes for $825K at Barrett-Jackson  Sep 30th, 2014 
It’s become somewhat of a tradition for American automakers to auction off early examples of their performance automobiles for charity. Over the weekend, Sergio’s brigade put the very first Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat off the line up for bid at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction. When the gavel came down at Mandalay Bay, the stonking Dodge […] 
 
 
Ding! Drool: Honda Civic Type R Concept II Sketched, Many More Details Released  Sep 30th, 2014 
A second concept version (here’s the first) of Honda’s long-awaited, fourth-generation Civic Type R will debut at the Paris auto show later this week before it makes it into European Honda showrooms sometime next year. The idea is to get Honda fanboys around the world salivating like Pavlov’s laboratory dog upon hearing the dinner bell. To […] 
 
 
2015 Honda CR-V First Drive: A New Engine, Grille, and Transmission  Sep 30th, 2014 
This year, more than 300,000 individuals will sign a sales contract and drive home in a Honda CR-V. These won’t be fleet buyers wearing shirts that say Hertz or Avis, but retail consumers presumably wearing more stylish garb. Or maybe not: What they’re all looking for, after all, is a small, no-hassle SUV that does […] 
 
 
2015 Kia Sedona SX-L First Drive  Sep 29th, 2014 
A new take on the minivan segment? 
 
 
2014 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Quick Drive  Sep 29th, 2014 
In the car world, does age matter? 
 
 
Suck It, Mustang: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Loses More Camo, Comes Into Clearer Focus  Sep 29th, 2014 
A lighter and tighter Chevrolet Camaro this way comes. We last checked in on Chevy’s pony car a few months ago, when we published aerial spy photographs of the car being evaluated at General Motors’ proving ground. That prototype was well-camouflaged, but its general shape gave it away as the 2016 Camaro. The car pictured here […] 
 
 
Mind-Blowing 1970 Ferrari Modulo Concept Bought from Pininfarina by Jim Glickenhaus  Sep 29th, 2014 
The late 1960s and early ’70s were an important period for exotic-car design. Four cars defined the era and set the stage for the wedge-shaped supercars that would later symbolize the ’80s. Those show cars were the Alfa Romeo Carabo, the Lancia Stratos Zero, and the Lamborghini LP500 concept, all designed by Marcello Gandini at […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 198  Sep 29th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
 
 
Not Astron! Asterion! Photos Appear of Reported Lamborghini Mega-Hybrid Set for Paris Debut  Sep 29th, 2014 
In the early 1970s, Lamborghini was setting the world on its ear with the futuristic Countach and their Italianate take on the AMC Marlin, the mighty Espada. Mitsubishi, on the other hand, was working hard to integrate twin balance shafts into a modest overhead-cam four-banger. The result of these endeavors? Old man Ferruccio bailed on […] 
 
 
Ezra Dyer: Everybody Please Give a Big Warm Welcome to Me  Sep 29th, 2014 
Greetings, Earthlings. This is a momentous occasion, my debut column for Car and Driver. I told editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman that I want this first piece to be a sensation, the magazine equivalent of those Dodge Neon ads that said “Hi.” He replied, “You’re fired.” I’m kidding, of course. I’m only on probation. And frankly I […] 
 
 
Well, This Sucks: Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up in Flames at Toronto Gas Station [Video]  Sep 29th, 2014 
Well, damn—what we have here is a 918 Spyder that went all GT3. Or NSX. Or Gallardo. Or, well, any supercar, because we’re pretty sure “burns to the ground with a fiery incandescence matched only by its ability to warp faces” is listed among the standard features for anything with more than 475 horsepower. The […] 
 
 
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: Flagship Aspirations, Coupe (and Coupelike) Intentions  Sep 29th, 2014 
After sitting on the sidelines of the full-size, premium sedan game for years, Infiniti looks set to suit up for action. The automaker’s opening salvo is this swoopy Q80 Inspiration concept, which is making its world debut at the 2014 Paris auto show. More than just show-stand candy, the sleek fastback is claimed to preview […] 
 
 
We Have a BMW i8 At Our Office Right Now: Ask Us Anything!  Sep 29th, 2014 
Of BMW’s eco-friendly i3 and i8, guess which one strikes us as more interesting? If you guessed potato salad, well, you clicked the wrong browser window. Of course the low-slung, quick, and butterfly-doored i8 is our choice—the i3 is as technically fascinating, but it’s nowhere near as sexy. With its exotic carbon-fiber monocoque, future-of-the-future styling, and […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Tested: An Effective Weapon in the Entry-Luxury Wars  Sep 29th, 2014 
During the Mercedes-Benz family’s most recent growth spurt, the entry-luxe CLA and the top dog Mercedes-AMG GT S have grabbed inordinate attention. More significant is how the new C-class fares against rising hostility in the premium compact-sedan class. Traditionally, Audi has been the style and luxury leader and BMW has defined exemplary performance, while Cadillac’s […] 
 
 
Ferman Nissan New Port Richey Now Has the 2015 Nissan Altima SL  Sep 29th, 2014 
Consumers can enjoy a long list of standard features and a strong V-6 engine with the top-of-the-line Altima model. 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Driven: “Turbo” Now Means More than “Turbocharged”  Sep 27th, 2014 
How far can one wander from Porsche’s vaunted 930 yet still wear the capital-t “Turbo” badge? The 2015 Cayenne Turbo is likely the answer. Cut from the same midcycle-refresh cloth as the six-pot Cayenne S, the Turbo adds a pair of cylinders to that model’s equation. Before this year, the Turbo was the only path […] 
 
 
Start Sending E-Mails NOW: Audi USA Mulling Bringing Six-Speed-Manual S3  Sep 26th, 2014 
If you don’t ask, there’s probably no way to get something, right? Well, now’s the time to rally and collectively petition Audi of America president Scott Keogh to offer the fantastic new S3 in the U.S. with a six-speed manual. According to dedicated Audi site Fourtitude, Keogh was asked at a dinner event in Austin last week if […] 
 
 
Johan de Nysschen: Cadillac to Use New Modular Engines, Possibly Expand Lineup with Additional Halo Models (Yes, Sports Cars)  Sep 26th, 2014 
General Motors will develop a new set of engines specifically for Cadillac by the decade’s end and sell a halo car above the forthcoming CT6 sedan, so long as top executives keep giving Caddy chief Johan de Nysschen everything he wants. In an interview with Automobile, de Nysschen said future Cadillacs would use a new […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Online Configurator Is Live! (Sorta)  Sep 26th, 2014 
Chevrolet has finally put a rudimentary online configurator for the 2015 Corvette Z06 onto its website, and while it’s hardly a full-blown “Build It Now” affair, it at least lets users play around with their dream Vette’s basic look. Lacking basic pricing information or even an options list, Chevy’s Z06 website does let you choose […] 
 
 
2015 GMC Canyon Driven! It Looked Bigger on the Simpsons  Sep 26th, 2014 
General Motors has done a remarkable job of keeping its GMC and Chevrolet truck brands unique, even though they share virtually identical DNA. Both brands maintain loyal customers, and through careful analysis of buyer demographics, the carmaker continues to nurture the success of both. Thus, it didn’t stray far from the path when it came […] 
 
 
Lamborghini Could Be Planning 2+2 Model Called the Asterion for Paris Auto Show  Sep 26th, 2014 
Well, this is unexpected: Lamborghini has announced on its Facebook page that it will debut . . . something at the Paris auto show next week. We suspect that something is a car, based on the teaser sketch accompanying the Italian automaker’s Parisian declaration, and that that car is something entirely fresh from Lamborghini.   […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Oh-So-Aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup  Sep 26th, 2014 
A major event has heralded the imminent arrival of Ford’s groundbreaking, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup at dealerships: The truck’s online configurator is live. That means you can now go to Ford’s website and start mixing and matching cabs, bed lengths, engines, and drive configurations. Most important, you can do all of this and see how […] 
 
 
John Phillips: Detroit Gave the World Freedom, Literal and Figurative  Sep 26th, 2014 
I live in a locale where it is fashionable—maybe mandatory—to excoriate the federal government for pretty much everything, from bark-beetle infestations to the “pernicious” pasteurization of milk to the disappearance of well-managed whorehouses where you could smoke before and after, well, anything at all. One particularly incendiary conversation starter is the government bailout of Chrysler […] 
 
 
Tony Stewart Gives First Interview Since Ward, Jr. Tragedy: “This Was 100 Percent an Accident”  Sep 26th, 2014 
In his first interview with the media since his dirt-track sprint car struck and killed 20-year-old fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. on August 9, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart told the Associated Press that he knows “100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent […] 
 
 
Volvo Trucks Makes a Novice Italian Valet’s First Day . . . Interesting [Video]  Sep 26th, 2014 
Nothing is real these days, from clickbait stories clogging up your Facebook news feed to “reality” television. Everything’s at least a little bit staged, and it’s with that perspective we watched Volvo Trucks’ latest amusing commercial. For a division of Volvo with perhaps the least-exciting products, the Trucks guys sure know how to score a […] 
 
 
Texas Special: Chevy Unveils Colorado Sport Concept  Sep 26th, 2014 
If you want to know the state of the light-truck industry in any given year, pop by the Texas State Fair. The denizens of the Lone Star Republic take their pickups as seriously as they take their barbecue, their music, and their inclination to name things after Lyndon Baines Johnson. As such, Chevy deemed the […] 
 
 
New Forecasts Show Best September Sales Since 2007  Sep 26th, 2014 
New projections from TrueCar and J.D. Power show the best September car sales in 7 years with over 1.2 million light-vehicles being sold this month, as much as 9.7% better than last year. 
 
 
2014 Acura MDX Named the 2014 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV, Notes Ferman Acura of Tampa  Sep 26th, 2014 
The Acura MDX is the perfect SUV for families. 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Driven: Now with Twin-Turbo V-6 Power  Sep 26th, 2014 
You probably already know if you want one of these or not. After all, Porsche’s Cayenne, first introduced in 2002, continues to be the most polarizing SUV since Suzuki’s X-90. Some of us around here have a soft spot for the X-90 and are rather shocked by the high residual values for the things. Used […] 
 
 
Is Justice for Kevin Ward, Jr. Justice for Tony Stewart?  Sep 26th, 2014 
Grief makes you do—and say—things you might not otherwise. So do lawyers. Shortly after an Ontario County, New York, grand jury declined on Tuesday to charge Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., the 20-year-old sprint-car driver tragically killed when he walked into the path of Stewart’s car on August 9, the Ward family issued this statement: “Our son got out […] 
 
 
The Continental: Sorry, No Retro Volkswagen Bus On the Horizon  Sep 25th, 2014 
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. While I was abroad, my colleague Matthias Knödler visited two Volkswagen events for me that I […] 
 
 
Refreshed 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi Plug-In Debut (Kind Of)!  Sep 25th, 2014 
In 2012, Ford brought a pair of hybridized mini-minivans to the U.S. in the forms of the C-Max and the C-Max Energi. Sold elsewhere in the world under the same C-max banner but with available gas- and diesel-only powertrains, the hybrid-only strategy here is an attempt to take the fight to Toyota’s Prius brand. (A […] 
 
 
C8 Chevrolet Corvette Exclusive! What to Expect from the Heart-Stopping, Mid-Engined Zora!  Sep 25th, 2014 
GM’s head of global product development, Mark Reuss, confirms that the company is working on the next Corvette. Our sources elaborate on this salient piece of information, telling us that, after 61 years of evolution, the C8 will be revolutionary. The new Corvette will be the mid-engined American Dream Machine that Chevy couldn’t, until now, […] 
 
 
2015 Saleen Mustang 302 Specs Revealed—Up to 640 hp!—Still No Real Pictures  Sep 25th, 2014 
The folks at Saleen seem to have taken a shine to the product-striptease trick. In this case, its latest car, the 2015 Ford Mustang–based S302 is shaping up to be one of the firm’s most formidable creations despite the fact that we haven’t even seen a picture of the real thing, let alone driven it. […] 
 
 
2015 Subaru Impreza Photos and Info: Stepping Out of the WRX’s Shadow?  Sep 25th, 2014 
We have a whole lotta love around here for Subaru’s Impreza-based and turbo-wild WRX and STI. Be that as it may, the base Impreza sedan and five-door are more, well, quietly competent. For 2015, Subaru has given its Imprezas a midcycle update that probably won’t change too many hearts and minds here at Car and […] 
 
 
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