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A Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming: The 10 Cars that Paved the Way  Sep 25th, 2014 
Two hours into the 1957 12-hour Sebring Grand Prix, driver John Fitch dove into the pits to abandon his Corvette Super Sport. Officials were told a failed rear-suspension bushing prompted the DNF, but the real reason behind the early retirement was that Fitch couldn’t take the heat. Literally. Exhaust pipes snaking through the experimental sports […] 
How We’d Spec It: The Most Hawkish 2015 Jeep Cherokee  Sep 25th, 2014 
Remember when Jeep introduced the all-new 2014 Cherokee as a replacement for the body-on-frame Liberty, itself a descendant of the rugged (and boxy) original Cherokee? Jeep fans accustomed to solid axles, tough frames, and roll bars were damn near rioting in Toledo over the Cherokee’s soft, squishy crossover-ness. Today, Toledo still stands, having avoided perhaps […] 
NADA Responds to Op-Ed Critical of Dealer Franchise Laws  Sep 25th, 2014 
The NADA’s Peter Welch responded to an op-ed piece published in The New York Times that was critical of dealer franchise laws, saying such protections ‘level the playing field between dealers and manufacturers.’ 
Former Dealer Pleads Guilty to Charges of Deceptive Practices  Sep 25th, 2014 
The owner and operator of Excel Auto Group and B and B Motors pleaded guilty last week to charges that he sold cars with false odometer readings. 
CFPB Lacks Proper Data Security, Report Says  Sep 25th, 2014 
A report released by the United States Government Accountability Office this week found that the CFPB, which has collected information on up to 600 million financial accounts, has fallen short in its data-protection efforts. 
September Sales to Maintain Healthy Growth in 2014, Edmunds Predicts  Sep 25th, 2014 
Projected September sales would be an 11% increase from the previous year, with Edmunds predicting that about 1.26 million new cars and trucks will be sold during the month. 
The Reaper: The Silverado–Based, Lingenfelter-Tuned Off-Road Pickup GM Won’t Build—But Will Sell  Sep 25th, 2014 
Ford peddles the off-road-awesome F-150 Raptor (which is expected to return for a second generation) and Mopar still offers Ram 1500 buyers the deliciously dune-ready Ram Runner package. So where’s Chevrolet and GMC in all of this? The simple answer is that they’re absent, but Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Southern Comfort Automotive have an alternative called […] 
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A: The A Isn’t for “Awesome,” But It Should Be  Sep 25th, 2014 
The “A” in the new Ferrari 458 Speciale A’s name doesn’t stand for “awesome,” but it could. The “A” actually is for Aperta, the Italian word for “open.” Based of course on the 458 Italia, this version of the 458 Spider gets the same special upgrades as the transcendent Speciale coupe. READ MORE ›› 
Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror Bags the 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award, Notes Ferman Nissan of Tampa  Sep 25th, 2014 
Nissan's Smart Rear-view Mirror won a safety award at the 2014 New York auto show. 
You Don’t Mess with the Johan: Cadillac Names New Flagship CT6, Future Products to Follow New Naming Strategy  Sep 24th, 2014 
New Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen is a busy man with luxury on his mind. In nine days’ time, he’s defended higher prices, confirmed production of the rear-wheel-drive flagship, and announced Cadillac would move to New York City to become a trendier, separate business unit from General Motors. Now, the firm he leads has announced that […] 
OMGCR-V: Honda Releases First Official Photo of the Enhanced-for-2015 CR-V Crossover  Sep 24th, 2014 
Here is the 2015 Honda CR-V, which arrives just in time for the model’s three-year mark since its last major redesign. We wish you could tell you more about the popular compact crossover’s mid-cycle update, but this is all Honda’s given us. A picture, they say, is worth at least a brief blog post outlining […] 
Beer Run: We Test the PedalPub, a 16-Person Alcohol-Fueled Party Bike  Sep 24th, 2014 
When bored, horses often chomp down on a fence post and suck air. One theory holds that this gives them a buzz. Another holds that this is baloney. But whether or not horses get lit, horsepower certainly can. And that is the purpose of a pedal tavern. Known by a variety of names, a pedal […] 
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Driven! We Put the Spurs to Chevy’s New Mid-Size Pickup  Sep 24th, 2014 
One could make an argument that part of the Toyota Tacoma’s stronghold on the not-quite-full-size truck market can be attributed to its easily condensed name: “Hey brah, sweet Taco. We should totes take it on a recon mission to spot some tasty waves.” Difficult to say without affecting a SoCal drawl. It’s no coincidence that, […] 
2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle: Designed for Discomfort  Sep 24th, 2014 
It’s not every day that a car company introduces a vehicle by touting how unhappy the occupants will be. Well, Ford’s press release for its new Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle (Transit PTV) does just that, proclaiming: “[The] Only People Not Thrilled About Riding in All-New Ford Transit? Prisoners.” We have to imagine prisoners have a lot of […] 
BREAKING: Tony Stewart Won’t Face Charges in Kevin Ward Jr. Incident; Marijuana Found in Ward’s System  Sep 24th, 2014 
As far as criminal charges go, the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward, Jr. incident is over: A grand jury in Ontario County, New York, has declined to indict NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team owner Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., a dirt-track racer from upstate New York who was struck and killed by […] 
Inside NHTSA: What Happened With GM Recalls Could Easily Happen Again  Sep 24th, 2014 
Congress is turning up the heat on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over car recalls. A new House bill would require automakers to make detailed assessments on all fatal crashes and archive defect-related documents for 20 years, or four times longer than mandated today. The bill is the fifth such legislation written this year […] 
Toyota Planning to Use Aluminum for Next-Gen Camry, Lexus RX  Sep 24th, 2014 
Toyota will add aluminum body panels on two of its bestselling models as the automaker plans to exploit a joint venture with a metal manufacturer, according to Automotive News. The redesigned 2016 Lexus RX will receive an aluminum hood and tailgate when it debuts next year; an all-new Camry (not the 2015 update) will have […] 
Ferrari 458 Recalled Because It Traps People in Its Trunk  Sep 24th, 2014 
The Ferrari 458 is, as sports cars go, about as good as it gets. Unless, of course, you happen to be a person trapped in its trunk. In that case, it sucks. First, because that can’t be very comfortable. Second, because, the internal trunk release may not work, meaning that, per NHTSA, “In the event […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Spied in Ann Arbor—With Its Supercharged V-8 Revving! [Video]  Sep 24th, 2014 
By now, everyone should know what the 2015 Corvette Z06 looks like, as the coupe and convertible each made public debuts at high-profile auto shows this year. We also have extensive background information on its wicked supercharged V-8 engine. We even know how much it will cost. So why are we showing you photos of a partially […] 
The Number of the Beastly: Ford’s SVT Division Could Be Renamed “999”  Sep 24th, 2014 
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team has been pumping out the high-performance jams for two decades. Thing is, the name “SVT” has absolutely zero brand equity to anyone but, well, Fordies, so why not change it to something, uh, equally arcane? As reported recently by Jalopnik, that could happen. An online survey sent to the site is asking […] 
THIS Is the Best 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63—And You Can’t Have One  Sep 24th, 2014 
Without a doubt, the latest C63—rechristened Mercedes-AMG C63 rather than Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG—is a wonderful beast. We haven’t driven the hottest C-class Benz yet, but with the base model putting down 469 horsepower and the extra-zooty C63 S throwing down a 503-hp gauntlet, there’s no way it’s not going to be great, massive gobs of fun, […] 
GM Recalls Impala, XTS for Braking Problems  Sep 24th, 2014 
GM is recalling more than 220,000 full-size sedans because the electric parking brake may stay partially engaged while driving. The 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala and 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS have faulty electric parking-brake software that can result in the pads touching the rotors even after the brake is released. Of course, driving with the pads dragging the […] 
Lotus Responds: U.S.-Market Evora Still Dead for 2015—But Not 2016  Sep 24th, 2014 
We have more from Lotus, with the British sports-car company giving us a response to our report that the company won’t be producing a 2015 Evora for the States. The bad news is that we were right: With the company’s smart airbag exemption for the car expiring, there won’t be a 2015 Evora in America. […] 
Toyota C-HR Concept: Typical Boring Toyota Name, Atypically Stimulating Toyota Styling  Sep 24th, 2014 
Someone needs to tell Toyota that its sportiness is showing. Having overhauled the humdrum Camry with the pretense of adding visual excitement and some semblance of driving pleasure, not to mention recently debuting the wildly hot FT-1 sports-car concept, Toyota seems keen on changing its image as the Maytag of automakers. The aggressive and distinctly European […] 
Ellen Eats “Special Brownies” in Spoof of Matthew McConaughey Lincoln MKC Ad [Video]  Sep 24th, 2014 
Lincoln’s hiring of Matthew McConaughey for appearances in a fresh round of commercials for the 2015 MKC crossover resulted our being thoroughly weirded out and amused even before a few spoofs of the spots came out. Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, in her whimsical, matter-of-fact style, may have just topped Conan O’Brien’s wonderfully dark […] 
2015 Honda Fit EX Long-Term Intro: The Fit Fits Fine in Our Fleet So Far  Sep 24th, 2014 
The first- and second-generation Honda Fit subcompacts won our hearts with a combination of dynamics and practicality that couldn’t be beat at their price points—or perhaps any price point. The pair racked up seven consecutive 10Best trophies, went undefeated in three comparison tests, and a 2007 model survived a 40,000-mile long-term test without, ahem, giving […] 
California’s First Autonomous Driving Permits Go to Audi, Mercedes, and—of Course—Google  Sep 24th, 2014 
Manufacturers looking to analyze robot cars on public roads in California must now register with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Audi was the first in line to snatch the state’s newly available autonomous-car permits. The outfits holding second- and third-place tickets? Mercedes-Benz and Google. Don’t you wish your DMV line was so short? After […] 
24 Hours of LeMons South Carolina: The Winners  Sep 24th, 2014 
On Friday, we took over the downtown of a once-picturesque South Carolina town for our car inspections, on Saturday we witnessed a lot of surprising stuff during the first race session, and on Sunday we had winners! The fight for the win on laps came down to the very last lap of the race, with […] 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Officially Breaks Cover, We Pity the Fools  Sep 24th, 2014 
Poor Karl Benz. First he was purged from the name of Mercedes’ corporate parent when Dieter Zetsche decided against reverting to Daimler-Benz once the former DaimlerChrysler was taken out back and shot. Now the call has been made to strip Benz completely from the names of AMG products, a move first seen on the new […] 
Consumers Rank 5 Chrysler Models at the Top in Total Quality Awards, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram  Sep 24th, 2014 
The Dodge Dart, Durango, and Charger, the Jeep Wrangler and the Ram 2500/3500 are No. 1 in total quality for their segments. 
Hells Yes, Mothertruckers: Mercedes-Benz Future Truck Is the World’s Coolest Self-Drivin’, Light-Show-Havin’ Big Rig  Sep 23rd, 2014 
No, we’re not changing our name to Truck and Driver, but our inner five-year-olds freak the hell out when we see stuff like the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which just made its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany. While its name isn’t the most inventive in the world—how about Vision Gran Truckismo instead? […] 
2016 Audi TT Roadster Debuts: The Better to Show Off the Sweet Interior  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Audi’s current R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg was in his first tenure at the company in 1994 when the first-generation Audi TT was developed. And he tells us that the iconic sports car started out as a roadster. But by 1995, the almighty Ferdinand Piëch had weighed in and demanded that the concept version of the […] 
Van-Camino: Volkswagen TRISTAR Concept Is the German Pickup/Van Mashup to End All Pickup/Van Mashups  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Volkswagen is an auto company after our van-loving hearts; sure, typical, everyday vans aren’t the coolest things in the world, but VW has been churning out a steady stream of awesome hauler variants—conceptual or otherwise—that really get us going. Now, the automaker has unveiled its latest van-based creation, the TRISTAR concept, at the IAA commercial-vehicle […] 
Retro, Timidly: VW’s New 2015 Beetle Classic Is Cheapest Model, Gets Neat Wheels and Seats  Sep 23rd, 2014 
For most of the past three-quarters of a century, a big part of the Volkswagen Beetle‘s appeal has stemmed from its value proposition. The first Beetles to reach the United States—during the Truman administration—cost less than $1300. Prices have crept up significantly since then, but Volkswagen today announced a price rollback in the form of the […] 
2016 Audi TTS Roadster Photos and Info: Open-Air Motoring for Aggressive Aesthetes  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Compared to its BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK competition, the Audi TT roadster traditionally comes across as a somewhat more serious car, and most enthusiasts consider it handicapped given its front-drive-based platform (which is shared with the VW Golf). But as the car evolved through its two previous generations, its Quattro all-wheel-drive system has served […] 
Performance Numbers: 2015 Ford Mustang GT versus 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost  Sep 23rd, 2014 
2015 Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost 2015 Mustang GT V-8 Price as Tested: $37,660 (base price: $27,190) $45,855 (base price: $32,925) Engine Type: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection Displacement: 138 cu in, 2261 cc 302 cu in, 4951 cc […] 
All-New Next-Gen Cruze to Toss Weight Overboard, Offer Dual-Clutch Transmission  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A pair of new reports from GM Authority confirm that the all-new next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact will be pitched against Ford, Toyota, and others as a fuel-economy play. Based on GM’s new D2XX compact underpinnings, it’s said that the 2016 Cruze will be “significantly lighter” than the current model.There are no specific numbers reported relating […] 
Cadillac Becomes Separate Business Unit  Sep 23rd, 2014 
General Motors has announced a strategic realignment that will establish Cadillac as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015. 
Compliance Firm Examines New CFPB Rule  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The CFPB has proposed a new rule to oversee larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time at the federal level. The compliance firm suggests that this could significantly affect compensation policies in dealerships. 
Feldman Joins Spencer Re from Allstate Dealer Services  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Brian Feldman joins Spencer Re as executive vice president to manage the firm’s automotive F&I business 
DealerRater Launches LotShot App  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The web application helps dealership employees easily snap and share customer photos via email at vehicle delivery. Officials with DealerRater said the app can increase the likelihood of customers leaving a review by 50%. 
Dealers Failing to Capture Customers Over the Phone, Marchex Reports  Sep 23rd, 2014 
When a potential customer calls a dealership, that call goes unanswered one out of six times, according to data from mobile advertising technology company Marchex Inc. 
TrueCar Expands Dealer Council  Sep 23rd, 2014 
TrueCar adds four new members to its National Dealer Council, a 20-member advisory panel of automotive retailing experts. With the new additions, the council now represents all major automakers. 
Haystack, vAuto Partner to Improve Search Marketing Results  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Haystak and vAuto are combining vehicle-specific data with targeted advertisements to tailor search engine ads to car buyers who are searching for used cars online. 
New Online Tool Triggers Real-Time Leads for Dealerships  Sep 23rd, 2014 
AutoLoop has added a feature to its Essentials platform called Instant Online Leads, alerting sales personnel when a prospective car buyer is requesting more information on a dealer’s website. 
Exeter Finance Corp. Completes $1.65 Billion Warehouse Funding Facility  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Exeter Finance has completed the renewal and extension of its warehouse funding facility, which was increased to $1.65 billion. 
Help F&I and Showroom Select the 2014 F&Idol Winner  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The magazine made available this morning the voting page for the final round of the IAS-sponsored F&Idol competition. Review the five video entries and vote for the overall winner of the 2014 contest. 
New York State of Mind: Cadillac to Move HQ to NYC, Become Standalone Business Unit  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Cadillac announced today that it will be spun out of the traditional General Motors organization as its own distinct business unit, and that the decision will accompany a move of the brand’s headquarters next year from the Renaissance Center in Detroit to New York City. The move was made, according to a GM statement, to […] 
Title Bout  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Meet the five F&I pros vying to win the 2014 F&Idol competition and the $2,500 grand prize. 
Reverse the Turnover Curse  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Dave Kreuser has stemmed the tide of turnovers at Zimbrick Acura by making employees, rather than customers, his top priority. 
Exeter Finance Corp. Completes $1.65 Billion Warehouse Funding Facility  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Exeter Finance has completed the renewal and extension of its warehouse funding facility, and increased the available capacity to $1.65 billion from its previous facility. 
Word of Mouth Still Dominates  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Word of mouth is still the leading source for new business, but a new study says review sites continue to gain ground. 
Setting the Pace  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Meet the five finalists vying for the 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced this month at Industry Summit. 
Satisfying Customers and the CFPB  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Compliance expert explains how dealers can turn the tables on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by using the agency’s own guidance to respond to complaints. 
Help F&I and Showroom Select the 2014 F&Idol Winner  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The magazine made available this morning the voting page for the final round of the IAS-sponsored F&Idol competition. Review the five video entries and vote for the overall winner of the 2014 contest. 
Objecting to the Menu  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Even the most seasoned pro can be derailed when a customer refuses to listen to their product presentation. The magazine’s objection-handling guru has a solution. 
First Ride in the New Goodyear Blimp! Aaron Robinson on L.A.’s Preeminent Gasbag  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Commander Dave Bowling is a big guy in a small chair as we waft at 31 mph over Los Angeles. Our torpedo-shaped shadow slithers over freeways and swimming pools and glinting piles of junk in the backyards of tiny square houses arrayed in the orderly patterns of some long-ago blueprint for suburban utopia. Somebody spots […] 
2014 Audi S1 First Drive: Think of It Like ScarJo: Tiny and Hot  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A couple of years ago, we got to put the boot to Audi’s 256-hp A1 Quattro, an instant collector’s item of which just 333 units were built. At the time, Audi hinted at wider production, and now that car is on sale in Europe. READ MORE ›› 
2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Road Test  Sep 22nd, 2014 
The Nissan Rogue takes on the competitive crossover segment. 
Plastics Make It Possible: Local Motors’ Crowd-Sourced, 3-D–Printed Strati EV Is Born, Runs  Sep 22nd, 2014 
When last we checked in on the crowd-sourced-design maestros over at Local Motors, the outfit was in the thick of a design competition focused on an all-new, 3-D–printed electric vehicle. A few months later, the winning car has become a thing with a name: Strati. As it had promised, Local Motors packed its manufacturing tooling, […] 
So Funky, So French: Wild Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Uses Compressed-Air (!) Hybrid Powertrain to Achieve 118 mpg  Sep 22nd, 2014 
How does one polish a cactus? Remove the needles, of course. That’s what Citroën has done with its funky-French C4 Cactus crossover to create the Airflow 2L concept, which makes its aerodynamic, in-the-succulent debut at the 2014 Paris auto show next week. Citroën shaved this Cactus for one reason: Fuel economy. In an automotive sense, a car’s “needles” […] 
R-Designed: 2016 Volvo XC90 Gets the Sporty R-Design Treatment, Still Isn’t On Sale Yet  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Volvo’s all-new 2016 XC90 SUV won’t go on sale until early next year, but already the company is breaking out new variations of the crossover. The first XC90 model to increase add some juice is the R-Design, a variant that ups the SUV’s visual sportiness quotient without bringing any bravado to the driving experience.  The […] 
Toyota Developing Radical 3-D Head-Up Display for Production  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Toyota spends $1 million per hour on R&D, and you should be thrilled to hear that not all of it is spent on boring stuff such as squeezing another mile per gallon out of tomorrow’s Prius. One such less-boring innovation is a 3-D head-up display (HUD) being developed—and slated for production—by engineers in Silicon Valley collaborating […] 
French Hypermiling: Ultralight Renault EOLAB Pegged at 235 MPG  Sep 22nd, 2014 
The recently revealed Renault EOLAB concept is providing a glimpse of our ultralight, aerodynamic future with its seemingly hyperbolic fuel-efficiency rating: 100km/liter (translating to 235 mpg on the Euro cycle). It may also be previewing the unbearable lightness of mpg’ing. With its generous use of magnesium, aluminum, and specialty plastics and polymers, the EOLAB enjoys […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 197  Sep 22nd, 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!   (* […] 
2015 Toyota Yaris First Drive: Yes! It’s Still a Car!  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Among the more memorable advertising slogans of recent years—at least to us—was the “It’s a car!” tagline that Toyota attached to its 2012 Yaris, which was initially advertised exclusively online. Here was pure truth in advertising, with absolutely zero overstatement. It should have won an award. READ MORE ›› 
2015 Toyota Sienna First Drive: The Swagger Wagon Refined  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Freshened inside and out for 2015, the Toyota Sienna minivan is a versatile family vehicle, chockablock with brood-friendly features and refinements. It’s also the only minivan that still offers an all-wheel-drive option. Beyond that, it also embodies Toyota’s bedrock strengths: quality, durability, and reliability. READ MORE ›› 
2015 Toyota Camry First Drive: Fluffed and Buffed—and Improved  Sep 22nd, 2014 
The Toyota Camry is this century’s brightest car star. More than 400,000 were sold in the U.S. last year, a volume topped only by Ford and Chevrolet pickups. This begs the question: Why would Toyota call for a Camry pit stop only halfway to the seventh-generation car’s checkered flag? READ MORE ›› 
LeMons South Day 1: Supra Leads, Frontenac and Fuego In Many Pieces  Sep 21st, 2014 
After the parade through a once-wholesome South Carolina town and subsequent car inspections on Friday, the racing began on Saturday morning. As the day progressed, we saw a mix of the expected and unexpected; here’s how it went. First, the expected stuff: The one-of-60-built 1960 Ford Frontenac coupe of NSF Racing failed to be ready […] 
LeMons South Carolina Inspections: Ford Frontenac, Renault Fuego, Family Truckster, and a Parade!  Sep 20th, 2014 
We’re back at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, for the seventh annual 24 Hours of LeMons Fall South race. This is one of our favorite places of all the stops made by the LeMons Traveling Circus each year, and one of the best things about the Fall South race is that the nearby […] 
Ford Offers to License Its Police “Surveillance Mode” Camera Tech to Other Cop-Car Makers  Sep 20th, 2014 
We’ve sat in parking lots, bored, and switched on the backup-camera feed to watch who’s behind us. Now Ford has brought this idea to its logical and safety-oriented conclusion for its Police Interceptor models: If someone walks too close to the rear, the parking sensors beep, the doors lock, and the windows close. Ford calls […] 
2014 Tesla Model S P85 Road Test  Sep 19th, 2014 
Does the Tesla Model S live up to the hype? 
Union Jack–Inspired Land Rover Evoque SW1 Edition Revealed  Sep 19th, 2014 
Never shy about flaunting its British heritage, Land Rover has revealed the limited-edition SW1 Evoque, a variant that pays tribute to Great Britain’s iconic Union Flag. Commonly referred to as the “Union Jack,” the iconic insignia gets a tire-tread treatment to add a unique texture to the usually solid-color graphics. Appearing on the mirror caps […] 
Here’s What Happens When GM Recalls Your Car, Or: Our Long-Term Corvette Stingray Gets Fixed  Sep 19th, 2014 
General Motors’ barrage of recalls this year has covered almost every corner of its model lineup, leaving many drivers frustrated with having to visit their local dealer for repairs. Some of the required fixes are minor, such as the inspection of the shifter linkage that our long-term Cadillac CTS Vsport recently underwent as part of […] 
Lotus Position: Looking More Like Downward Dog  Sep 19th, 2014 
The big surprise about Lotus’s announcement of job losses is that it has taken so long to happen. It’s been more than two years since former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s acrimonious split from the company and the axing of his ambitious plans to introduce five entirely new models. Since then things have been eerily quiet […] 
Going, Going . . . Lotus to Drop Evora From U.S. Market  Sep 19th, 2014 
Following on from Lotus’s announcement of impending job losses, some more bad news for the brand’s dwindling band of followers in the States: We’ve learned that the company’s last street-legal model, the Evora, is going to be withdrawn from sale in the U.S. The news probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The 2014 Evora […] 
Unleash the Hounds: Cadillac’s Ultra-Luxe Flagship Confirmed for Detroit Production  Sep 19th, 2014 
To be more specific, Cadillac’s forthcoming flagship sedan actually will be assembled in Hamtramck, a city that’s almost completely surrounded by Detroit. The General Motors plant there opened in 1985 assembling Eldorados and Sevilles, so this completes a circle in a way. The facility’s 1600 workers currently screw together Chevrolet Volts, Malibus, and Impalas, as […] 
Ferman Acura of Tampa Discusses Honda's Role in the 2014 Boadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb  Sep 19th, 2014 
Honda participated as both a sponsor and race participant in the event. 
From the C/D Archives: BMW 850i Tested!  Sep 18th, 2014 
The editorial belly is having trouble digesting the BMW 850i sports coupe. Maybe it’s the price. Any car costing $90,000 ought to do everything but make coffee—maybe even that too. When it comes from Germany and wears the blue-and-white BMW badge on its hood, you expect it to send your blood pressure off the scale […] 
Top of the World: Trekking $100K Range Rovers Across Colorado’s Treacherous Continental Divide  Sep 18th, 2014 
In 1987, Land Rover introduced Americans to the industry’s first luxury SUV, the Range Rover. Two years later, its cult status etched into upscale burbs across the U.S., the automaker invited its most loyal customers (and a handful of intrepid journalists) to drive a convoy of 1990 Range Rovers across the Continental Divide. As it […] 
The Renault R.S. 01 Is a Damn Stylish, $400K Race Car—with a GT-R Motor  Sep 18th, 2014 
It has a Nissan GT-R engine and a Dallara-built carbon-fiber tub, and—if you have $400,000 sitting around—you can buy one and enter what’s likely to be a spectacular bangs-and-bumps pro-am championship racing series. Meet the Renault R.S. 01. Yes, that’s right, Renault. Despite the brand’s complete irrelevance in North America, France’s second-biggest carmaker still gets […] 
Reunited and It Feels So Good: Owner Gets Stolen Jaguar E-type Back 46 Years Later  Sep 18th, 2014 
Forty-six years after it was stolen in front of his Manhattan apartment building, Ivan Schneider has been reunited with his 1967 Jaguar XK-E. A retired trial lawyer now living in Florida, the former New York resident told the Los Angeles Times that he thought the car was gone forever and went on to collect other […] 
New Cars for 2015: Reviews, Comparisons, Tests, and Model-Change Info  Sep 18th, 2014 
And we’re back! Collected here are the details of each brand’s 2015 model lineup, including reviews and tests of key models, plus a package of technical innovations that will each make their mark on the coming automotive year. In most cases, each brand has been given its own page, all of which are linked below. […] 
2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS Test: Amphibian Butt, Hustling  Sep 18th, 2014 
On this planet since 2010, the Nissan Juke is the poster child for nonconformist new-wave crossovers. The design looks strangely amphibian, or like something you might encounter while scuba diving a deep reef near the Bahamas. Or a thing to be served with drawn butter and a nice side salad. Polarizing, maybe, but guaranteed to […] 
WRC Cars Be Jealous: VW’s 544-hp Beetle GRC Tears It Up in New Video  Sep 18th, 2014 
To get folks stoked for the debut of the Beetle GRC at the Port of Los Angeles Global Rallycross event this weekend, Volkswagen has released a bitchin’ video of the thing in action. With well over 500 horsepower on tap, the Beetle-based machine is one of the most powerful rally cars in the world. Though […] 
Nissan Leaf + Nissan Frontier = The World’s Only Zero-Emissions Leafamino  Sep 18th, 2014 
Here’s some evidence that the engineers at Nissan’s technical center in Stanfield, Arizona, know how to have fun. As shown by the Nissan-supplied video below, that group needed a hauler to help them shuttle stuff around the grounds, and while they could have just used an old Titan or Frontier, they instead chose to build something far, […] 
CFPB Holds Auto Finance Hearing Following New Rule Proposal  Sep 18th, 2014 
Following an announcement that it would seek supervisory authority over 38 nonbank auto finance companies, the CFPB held a field hearing on the topic in Indiana this morning. 
Lease Approvals in August Set New 2014 High, Reports  Sep 18th, 2014 
Strong consumer borrowing fuels rise in lease applicants in August, with approvals reaching 85.7% — besting July’s previous 2014 high of 81%. 
TFS Contracts ChannelNet to Increase Customer Loyalty and Retention  Sep 18th, 2014 
The captive finance company selected the digital marketing, sales and service solutions provider to provide web-based customer lifecycle communications. 
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Fuel Economy Released, Report Says Chrysler Dyno’d Car at 825 hp  Sep 18th, 2014 
A full 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6-second 0-to-60 time, sub-12 second quarters, and a hefty 4488-pound curb weight—any way you look at it, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is all about staggering numbers. But here’s one number we didn’t see coming: The ‘Cat has earned an EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 22 […] 
2015 Kia Sedona First Drive: Rear Doors Still Slide and Soccer Squads Abide  Sep 18th, 2014 
Kia doesn’t want you to think of its new Sedona as a minivan. Sure, it was a minivan in its previous generation. But now, according to Kia, it’s a “multipurpose vehicle.” It’s interesting, this avoidance of the dreaded minivan label. Yes, the redesigned Sedona is a wee bit more bullish in the nose and slightly […] 
Stop Scoreboard Watching  Sep 18th, 2014 
His Madness says the only person you need to measure yourself against is you. So stop worrying about what others are doing, and start examining your performance numbers. 
Ferman Nissan in Tampa Talks About the Nissan Frontier Diesel  Sep 18th, 2014 
The Nissan Frontier Runner with a turbo Cummins diesel debuted at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. 
24 Hours of LeMons Northern California: The Winners  Sep 18th, 2014 
What a race! We saw a record-breaking number of teams show up for the car inspections on Friday, what seemed like most of those cars break down during Saturday’s race session, and exciting battles in all three classes on Sunday. Here’s what happened. Two years ago, we listed Cerveza Racing and their 1983 BMW 533i […] 
CFPB Proposes New Oversight of Nonbank Auto Finance Companies  Sep 18th, 2014 
Today, the CFPB announced a proposed rule that would allow it to oversee about 38 nonbank auto finance companies. The bureau also plans to release a new whitepaper which details the methodology it uses to determine the presence of discrimination in auto lending. 
2015 Lincoln Navigator First Drive  Sep 17th, 2014 
Reviving a '90s staple. 
2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Tested! Less SVO, More American Audi A5  Sep 17th, 2014 
The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is the answer to a question that was asked during the last oil crisis. Which, if you were born later than 1979, was blessedly over by the time you arrived. In the aftermath, Ford took a whack at the challenge of creating a sporty fuel-sipper with the turbocharged four-cylinder SVO, […] 
Bristol Cars Returns From the Dead  Sep 17th, 2014 
Even by the high standards of eccentricity set by Britain’s small sports-car makers, Bristol was always in a class of its own. This is the carmaker that made Morgan look like Mitsubishi. Bristol’s former boss, Tony Crook, refused to let journalists drive its cars for many years on the (possibly reasonable) grounds that they “wouldn’t […] 
This Is the World’s Smallest Functional V-12 Engine  Sep 17th, 2014 
You’d never guess it judging by the collection of tiny, intricate works of kinetic art on display in his workshop, but José Manuel Hermo Barreiro, a.k.a. “Patelo,” claims to be a “very impatient person.” A retired naval mechanic, Patelo continues to create after his contemporaries have laid down their tools for the last time, trading […] 
Trophy Truck Madness: Recoil 2: The Recoil . . . ing  Sep 17th, 2014 
As if you needed further proof of how obscenely cool Trophy Trucks are, here comes the latest video from Monster Energy driver BJ Baldwin. In “Recoil 2,” Baldwin’s 800-hp Chevrolet Silverado Trophy Truck cuts a swath through Ensenada, Mexico—home of the Baja 1000—as he sets out to get from the mountains outside of town to […] 
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