Apple Maps for iOS 8 and iPhone 6: Here’s What You Need to Know  Sep 17th, 2014 
Even if you have a factory navigation system, it’s often still faster, easier, and more useful to run a smartphone navigation app (with a mount—stay safe!) for guidance from point A to point B. Apple’s well aware of this fact and so it’s rolling out some features for its upgraded Maps app that will make […] 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive: Kia’s Electrified Sensitive Side  Sep 17th, 2014 
Kia calls the Soul a UPV—Urban Passenger Vehicle—a classification that’s particularly apt for the new EV version, the brand’s first zero-emissions offering. With a fully charged battery pack, the car earns an EPA operating range of 93 miles, but that still means sightings of electric Souls beyond city limits will be extremely rare. READ MORE […] 
Cadillac Chief Says Brand Won’t Go Back to Cut-Rate Pricing Despite Blowback from Some Customers and Dealers  Sep 17th, 2014 
The most recent crop of Cadillacs wear MSRPs commensurate with those of the German competition—as opposed to undercutting them, which was the previous strategy—and brand chief Johan de Nysschen says that’s not going to change despite receiving some complaints from both dealers and customers. In an interview with Automotive News, de Nysschen said Cadillac models […] 
Elon Musk’s Reno 911! : Lt. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) on the Tesla Gigafactory, the Evils of Moon Power, and Rumors Reno 911! Will Return to Netflix  Sep 17th, 2014 
Lieutenant Jim Dangle led Reno Sheriff’s Department on the Comedy Central mockumentary Reno 911!. So when we heard the news that Tesla’s Elon Musk—technophile, playboy, space junkie, automotive executive—had unveiled plans to build his battery-manufacturing Gigafactory smack dab in Dangle’s Washoe County, we contacted the top cop to get his thoughts. (As it turns out, […] 
Court Rules Yelp Can Manipulate Business Ratings  Sep 17th, 2014 
This month, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Yelp. The suit claimed the company extorts advertising dollars from businesses in exchange for good reviews, a practice the federal court said is not illegal. 
NHTSA Fumbled GM Recall, House Reports  Sep 17th, 2014 
A House committee released a report this week that raised questions about how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded to consumer complaints regarding faulty ignition switches on GM vehicles. 
Mass. High Court Rules in Favor of Tesla  Sep 17th, 2014 
This week, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld a lower court’s ruling that dealers did not have grounds to challenge Tesla Motors’ ability to sell vehicles in the state. 
A Bustle in Your Hedgerow  Sep 17th, 2014 
Da Man lists a few of the hits on the FTC’s latest album, ‘Deceptive Dealer Advertising.’ 
This El Camino Version of the New Aston Lagonda Is El Spectacular  Sep 17th, 2014 
Because the best Aston is a two-seat Aston and because the best version of any car is a pickup, X-Tomi Design cooked up this rendering of an El Camino-fied Lagonda sedan. Scheduled to be sold exclusively in the Middle East and cost something like 1 billion moon dollars, the reborn Lagonda four-door will be limited […] 
2015 Ford Mustang GT First Drive: THE WAIT IS OVER!  Sep 17th, 2014 
With the new Ford Mustang finally sitting before us, a walkaround is the first order of business. Circling the newest pony, there’s no mistaking it for anything but a Mustang. The all-new 2015 model retains the right proportions, with a long hood, a compact and low greenhouse, and an extremely fast, well, fastback roofline. Strong […] 
Jeep Cherokee Named 2014 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of New Port Richey  Sep 17th, 2014 
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee took home the title of "Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year." 
7th Annual Classic Car Auction Broadcasting From Red Deer Alberta to Electrify Collectors  Sep 17th, 2014 
World renowned collector car auctioneer, Electric Garage Auctions, will be showing over 270 cars up for auction to the highest bidder. 
Nissan Among the Top Global Green Brands for 2014, Notes Ferman Nissan New Port Richey  Sep 17th, 2014 
Ferman Nissan New Port Richey notes that the automaker improved its position on Interbrand's list. 
But Will They Still Wail? Every Future Ferrari Engine to Be Turbocharged or Hybridized  Sep 17th, 2014 
The news that every future Ferrari engine will be juiced by either turbos or electricity comes just days after longtime company chairman Luca di Montezemolo tossed his saddle to Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne. The technologies will be split along engine types, too: Automotive News, after an interview with powertrain director Vittorio Dini, reports that all next-gen Ferrari V-8s will […] 
The Solution Solution? Report Says Mazda to Use Exhaust Aftertreatment After All for Long-Delayed Diesel  Sep 16th, 2014 
We’ve been eagerly anticipating—and reporting on—Mazda’s U.S.-bound 2.2-liter diesel for many moons. But the engine has been continually delayed, primarily so Mazda could get the drivability right while also avoiding the use of exhaust aftertreatment to meet emissions regulations for its Skyactiv-D mill. When The Truth About Cars reported that Mazda had thrown in the […] 
Grand Jury to Decide Whether Tony Stewart Will Face Charges for Ward, Jr., Incident  Sep 16th, 2014 
Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has determined that the decision whether to charge Tony Stewart in the August 9 death of fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr., at Canandaigua Motorsports Park should be left to a grand jury. Tantillo released the following statement: “Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario […] 
Dat Roar Tho: Listen to the Mercedes-AMG GT Aurally Assault the Bonneville Salt Flats  Sep 16th, 2014 
There aren’t many companies that can do an exhaust like Jaguar right now. The F-type R coupe sounds like someone gave a V-8 a hammer, and it’s using that hammer on the side of your face. Judging by this video, a different car company used a similar design ethos when it came time to craft […] 
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Debuts: It’s What Thanos Would Drive  Sep 16th, 2014 
At Bentley, spending more gets you less. The range-topping Mulsanne sedan costs nearly $100,000 more than the smaller (and yet still enormous) Flying Spur. And yet it has less power, half the driven wheels, fewer engine cylinders, and a lower top speed. This is the deeply irrational way the very top end of the luxury-car […] 
Dream Cruise: Driving a Brand-New, 50-Year-Old Ford Mustang Down Woodward Avenue  Sep 16th, 2014 
In case you weren’t already aware—and how could you not be?—an all-new Ford Mustang has arrived. Like all long-running nameplates such as 911 or Suburban, questions of whether the new Ford pony car will live up to the ghosts of its past dog the latest model. To acquaint myself with what it is, exactly, that those […] 
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE First Drive: Cable-Ready Hot Hatch  Sep 16th, 2014 
Volkswagen Group chief Martin Winterkorn is euphoric. Speaking in front of a group of international journalists in a greenhouse-cum-restaurant in Zürich, he reminds us of his promise that Volkswagen would demonstrate technology leadership in electric mobility. “Today, the mission is accomplished.” Winterkorn is referring to the new Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid fitted with a […] 
Audi Prepares to Expand TT Lineup with Crossover Variant  Sep 16th, 2014 
For Audi, having two shapely TTs is apparently not enough. In addition to the 2016 TT coupe (which we just drove and found quite impressive) and the forthcoming roadster variant expected to debut at next month’s Paris auto show, a third TT is under development. And it’s likely to be a crossover. What the what? According […] 
Santander to Acquire Canadian Auto Finance Company  Sep 16th, 2014 
Banco Santander has reached an agreement with Carfinco to acquire its Canadian business for $298 million Canadian dollars. Under the agreement, a new company will be formed in which Santander will own approximately 95% of the equity, while top management of Carfinco will retain 5%. 
Preparing for the Meeting  Sep 16th, 2014 
The executive director of the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals explains why he looks forward to a meeting with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new assistant director. 
F&I Goes Retro  Sep 16th, 2014 
The editor has a theory that may explain why some of F&I’s classic closes are making a comeback. 
Northwood University, EFG Companies Partner  Sep 16th, 2014 
Under the new partnership, the two organizations will develop specialized continuing education programs, conduct joint industry research, and cross-publish content. 
Bill to Rescind CFPB Auto 'Guidance' Gains Support in Congress  Sep 16th, 2014 
More than 400 dealers traveled to the nation’s capital in support of a new bill that could nullify the CFPB’s guidance on auto lending. 
NHTSA Fumbled GM Recall, House Reports  Sep 16th, 2014 
A House committee released a report this week that raised questions about how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded to consumer complaints regarding faulty ignition switches on GM vehicles. 
Mass. High Court Rules in Favor of Tesla  Sep 16th, 2014 
This week, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld a lower court’s ruling that dealers did not have grounds to challenge Tesla Motors’ ability to sell vehicles in the state. 
Biweekly Payment Provider Bulks Up Compliance Practices  Sep 16th, 2014 
USEA implements code of ethics and a certification test for its dealership partners. The move comes more than three months after the NADA notified members that the FTC was investigating biweekly payment programs. 
Court Rules Yelp Can Manipulate Business Ratings  Sep 16th, 2014 
This month, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Yelp. The suit claimed the company extorts advertising dollars from businesses in exchange for good reviews, a practice the federal court said is not illegal. 
Hudson Cook Adds Former CFPB Enforcement Deputy as Partner  Sep 16th, 2014 
Hudson Cook adds another former CFPB official to its offices in Washington, D.C., in Lucy Morris. She was a founding member of the implementation team that organized the CFPB after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. 
Mega Auto Supplier, ACTIVATE: ZF to Buy TRW for $13.5 Billion  Sep 16th, 2014 
It may not have the panache of a World Cup match, but when a German auto supplier takes over an American auto supplier, people—or at least our kind of people—take notice. Rumblings of a deal have been, well, rumbling since July, and now TRW Automotive Holdings has agreed to sell its entire business to ZF […] 
Noise: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata May Get 130-hp 1.5-liter Skyactiv Four, Tip the Scales at 2250 Pounds  Sep 16th, 2014 
Ready for another fix of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata details? Reports are trickling out that Mazda will launch the ND car with the maker’s 130-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. The news began overseas this morning, but since then our crosstown compadres at Motor Trend busted in with some reasonably credible info. Citing an […] 
2015 Chrysler 200S AWD Road Test  Sep 15th, 2014 
The Chrysler brand is back. 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In First Drive: Sumptuously Suckling the Grid  Sep 15th, 2014 
Just 22 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz S-class exceeded 400 horses for the first time, with the 402-hp 6.0-liter V-12 in the 1992 600SEL besting the BMW 750i by more than 100 horsepower. The car was a gauntlet fired into the turf, and it instantly became one of the most prestigious, high-performance sedans in the world. […] 
Ferrari to Celebrate 60 Years in U.S. with $3.2-Million Limited-Edition Model  Sep 15th, 2014 
You know how Lamborghini has mastered turning existing cars into super-limited, super-expensive special editions—think the Murcielago-based Reventón and the Aventador-based Veneno? Now it’s Ferrari’s turn do dip its paw in the honey pot. In his last official act as CEO, Luca Di Montezemolo will unveil a U.S.-only special-edition Ferrari built to celebrate the automaker’s 60 […] 
Stand—and Ride—in The Man in Black’s Shadow: Johnny Cash’s 1970 Rolls-Royce Headed to Auction  Sep 15th, 2014 
You’d be hard-pressed to find an American icon more intrinsically linked to the dark side of the American dream than Johnny Cash. Equal parts rebel, musician, addict, and God-fearing gospel singer, The Man in Black drawled lyrics that unapologetically dripped with Southern-fried Americana, the majority of his vast catalog revolving around romance, steam trains, automobiles, […] 
Carbon is the New Black: GMC Adds Carbon Editions to Sierra Lineup  Sep 15th, 2014 
A few weeks ago, Chevy showed us a stripier side of the Silverado with its new 2015 Silverado Rally Edition models. This month, it’s the GMC Sierra’s turn to play dress-up in the form of three new Carbon Edition models, all of which are based on the Sierra 1500. The standard Carbon Edition starts at […] 
Honda and Takata Allegedly Knew About Deaths, Injuries from Exploding Airbags for Years Before Recall Expansion  Sep 15th, 2014 
A New York Times report says that the faulty airbags that can cause metal fragments to be expelled in a crash and which led to simultaneous recalls from several automakers earlier this summer weren’t taken seriously for years despite horrifying injuries. And while Honda was one of 11 automakers sharing the same airbag supplier, that company in […] 
Sexytimes: Get All Up In the Hot New MX-5 Miata’s Business [Video]  Sep 15th, 2014 
Mazda continues to play coy with key technical details of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata, but we still couldn’t be more excited for the fourth-gen model if the company promised a trunkful of Powerball tickets with every car. We’ve already told you everything we know at this point, including digging up seven cool facts about the […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 196  Sep 15th, 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 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door Driven: A Regular Mini WITH FIVE DOORS  Sep 14th, 2014 
Although most Mini models to date have had rear accommodations, those seats suggested more practicality than they actually delivered. The latest Mini Cooper hardtop, for example, is about as well-suited to carrying adult passengers in the back as a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe—and that thing doesn’t even have back seats. For 2015, however, Mini is […] 
LeMons Northern California Day One: 222 Cars Start, 200 Blow Up, Billy Beer Fairmont Leading Class C  Sep 14th, 2014 
After we inspected the biggest group of teams in 24 Hours of LeMons history on Friday, we knew that this swarm of wild-eyed racers would be very eager to try out the new, improved five-mile course at Thunderhill Raceway Park. So eager, in fact, that many could be counted upon to spin their long-suffering engines […] 
LeMons Northern California Inspections: Peugeot 404 vs Renault 10 vs Corvair, 239 Other Teams.  Sep 13th, 2014 
We’re back at Northern California’s Thunderhill Raceway, where the temperatures hit the three-digit mark, the penalty laps were handed out in generous quantities to many a BMW and Honda, and the largest number of teams to be accepted into a LeMons race (thanks to the recent expansion of the Thunderhill course and resulting room for […] 
Little Recalled Corvette: GM Stops Sale, Prepares Recall for 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes  Sep 13th, 2014 
The bad news? GM is about to issue two more recalls. The worse news? Both actions cover one of our favorite cars, the C7 Chevrolet Corvette. According to GM, a stop-sale notice has been sent to Chevrolet dealers who may have in stock some of the 2800 Corvettes potentially affected by two problems. The first problem […] 
Chasing Anti-Sales: Tesla Steering Potential 2015 Model X Customers Toward Current Model S  Sep 13th, 2014 
“So we won’t have any apples for a while, but how would you like one of these lovely oranges?” That seems to be the line of questioning Tesla is running on customers marching into its stores ready to drop a $5000 deposit on the upcoming (and much delayed) Model X electric crossover. With the order cue […] 
2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible Quick Drive  Sep 12th, 2014 
Go ahead, twist my arm. 
2015 Subaru WRX vs. 2015 Volkswagen GTI: Two Affordable Performance Icons Compared  Sep 12th, 2014 
You have heard plenty over the years about Subaru’s rally-inspired WRX. And, owing to its longer life span, you have probably heard even more about Volkswagen’s genre-defining hot hatch, the GTI. It’s now in its seventh generation. READ MORE ›› 
2015 Subaru WRX Long-Term Intro: Packing the Turbo the BRZ Wishes It Had  Sep 12th, 2014 
Like any new family addition, Subaru’s rear-drive bundle of joy, the BRZ, began hogging attention before it even arrived. As a concept in 2011, the idea of a lightweight, naturally aspirated, rear-wheel-drive coupe from a company built on wagons, all-wheel drive, and turbochargers caused a stir. Then the BRZ arrived in production form with a […] 
Soul Glow: Kia Soul EV Priced, Sits Mid-Pack Among Current Crop of Small Electrics  Sep 11th, 2014 
Kia has just announced that its first-ever electric car, the 2015 Soul EV, will join the electron-powered vehicle fray in California by the end of October at pre-federal-rebate starting prices of $34,500 for the base model and $36,500 for the Plus. (The rebate will slash $7500 from the sticker.) Standard goodies include a rear camera, […] 
Michael Schumacher Heads Home to Continue Rehabilitation; Prognosis Remains Hazy  Sep 11th, 2014 
Michael Schumacher has finally gone home, 254 days after a tragic ski accident left him in a medically induced coma for nearly six months, according to a report in The New York Times. In June, he transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now the Formula 1 champion has returned to his mansion at Gland […] 
Premier Warranty Hosts AFIP Certification Boot Camp  Sep 11th, 2014 
Representatives from 10 dealerships attended an AFIP certification boot camp hosted by Premier Warranty Inc. in Texas this June. 
Vaden Automotive Group Named 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year  Sep 11th, 2014 
The Savanah, Ga.-based dealer group was named F&I and Showroom’s 14th F&I Dealer of the Year at the magazine’s annual conference and expo, which was held this week at the Paris Las Vegas. 
Cox Automotive Launches Purchase Guarantee Program  Sep 11th, 2014 
Dealers who purchase vehicles at Manheim auctions now have the option to buy a purchase guarantee that allows them to return a vehicle for any reason for up to 21 days and receive a 100% refund of the purchase price and buyer’s fees. 
Wholesale Prices Decline in August  Sep 11th, 2014 
In August, prices were down on a year-over-year basis for the first time since the beginning of 2014, part of a softening trend in wholesale prices. 
NADA Shows Support for New CFPB Reform Bill  Sep 11th, 2014 
The NADA is urging Congress to pass a new bipartisian bill introduced this month that would nullify the CFPB’s guidance on auto lending and require more transparency from the bureau in the future. 
LotLinx Adds VP of Product Management  Sep 11th, 2014 
Dave Shefferman, who has nearly two decades of experience in the high-tech and automotive industries, will lead product development and data strategy efforts for the LotLinx Deeplinking platform. 
Dealerslink Joins AutoNation Preferred Vendor List  Sep 11th, 2014 
All of AutoNation’s 270 dealerships now have approval to implement the DealersLink suite of tools at any of their locations. 
Manheim Adds Imaging Suite to 20 Auction Locations  Sep 11th, 2014 
Manheim’s new Enhanced Vehicle Imaging Suite provides up to 18 vehicle images and ‘heat map’ graphics that help buyers quickly assess vehicle condition as part of the company’s InSight Condition Reports. 
A Specialty File from the C/D Archives: ERA Cobra 427SC Tested!  Sep 11th, 2014 
It’s 1965. You ease down into the low-slung monster, sliding your penny loafers deep into the footwells. You slip on your wraparound shades and roll up the sleeves of your white oxford shirt. Depressing the heavy clutch with a grunt, you bring the engine to life. The deep, thumping rumpa-rumpa can be heard long after […] 
Saleen’s Tesla Model S–based FourSixteen EV Makes Sounds—Good, High-Pitched, Jet-Like Ones [w/ Video!]  Sep 11th, 2014 
If you’re still getting used to the idea of tuned electric cars, allow us to help warm you to the concept. Recently, Saleen Automotive announced it is juicing Tesla’s Model S EV to create the FourSixteen sport sedan. Although Saleen’s charged-up Tesla doesn’t get a power boost, it does get a new transmission with a […] 
Why Did Ferrari Chairman Luca Di Montezemolo Really Quit?  Sep 11th, 2014 
A well-known celebrity photographer once suggested that there are a handful of people in the world who seem to generate their own light source—for them, flashbulbs are simply not required. That describes Luca Di Montezemolo, who for 23 years was the chairman of Ferrari. We know that Di Montezemolo resigned yesterday, and we know why. […] 
New Batmobile Spied! Batman Trades His Awesome Tumbler for a . . . Crossover?  Sep 11th, 2014 
Photo by Amacro13 on Instagram The next Batman movie, Batman vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice, is more than half a year away from its scheduled release date (March 25, 2016), but that hasn’t dulled fans of the film’s lead character. As you probably guessed, we’re not talking about either of the movie’s caped crusaders. We’re […] 
This Ain’t No Love Bug: VW’s 1.6-liter, 540-hp (!) Beetle GRC Rally Car Teased in Video  Sep 11th, 2014 
As we told you back in June, Global Rallycross is preparing for a Beetle infestation. The clip below provides a closer look at VW’s super-mega-bad-ass GRC Beetle as it rips and snorts around a black lake at the hands of Tanner Foust. The video also shows off the mega-Beetle’s startup sequence, some engine plumbing all […] 
2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Tested: Forced Induction Times Two!  Sep 11th, 2014 
We have a long and checkered history with the current-generation Volvo S60. First it lost to the Buick Regal GS in a head-to-head comparison test. Then, given a chance to redeem itself in a five-car sports-sedan comparo in which it was spotted a 60-hp advantage, it finished last. We signed on for a long-termer anyway, […] 
AutoNation Acquires Luxury Group Barrier Motors  Sep 11th, 2014 
AutoNation has acquired luxury dealership group Barrier Motors in Bellevue, Wash., which includes Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue, Barrier Audi, Barrier Porsche and Barrier Volvo. 
Kick in a Box: Rating the Power-to-Dollar Efficiency of More than 40 Crate Engines [Infographic]  Sep 10th, 2014 
A “crate engine” is just that: an engine that comes in a wooden box, delivered to your door, ready to be dropped into the vehicle of your choosing. The good old days’ solution of building your own engine is falling out of favor, increasingly replaced by the ease and cost-effectiveness of buying a complete, ready-to-run […] 
Toyota U2 Concept: The Jeep/Delivery Truck/Cargo Van Toyota Must Build Now  Sep 10th, 2014 
You probably wouldn’t find us Etsy’ing our way through a copy of Make: Magazine if it were the last form of entertainment left in a dentist’s office, a.k.a. our most loyal subscribers. Make is a publication focused on do-it-yourself projects and other similarly effort-intense undertakings, but Toyota has us re-thinking our DIY POV. The automaker will […] 
Rare Ferrari Enzo Prototype for Sale: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Off-Shore Accounts  Sep 10th, 2014 
For sale now through German Ferrari specialists Modena Motorsport is a one-of-a-kind patchwork beauty, a 348-based test mule used to develop what would become the iconic Ferrari Enzo. The prototype would be an incredible addition to any Ferrari collector’s stable—a true piece of prancing horse history. History ain’t cheap, however: Originally auctioned by Sotheby’s in […] 
How We’d Spec It: The Rocky-Mountain-Highest 2015 Chevrolet Colorado  Sep 10th, 2014 
The next wave of smaller-than-full-size pickups is coming, and, well, for now it’s flowing exclusively from General Motors. While Toyota and Nissan seem content peddling decade-old rigs in this space, GMC and Chevrolet are reviving the Canyon and Colorado nameplates for a pair of all-new mid-size trucks. We dig the idea of smaller pickups, if […] 
Toyota—of All Companies—Defends Drivers, Says It Won’t Build a Fully Autonomous Car  Sep 10th, 2014 
Of all automakers, the last one we’d expect to defend the driver’s seat from computers just might be Toyota. And as much as we criticize the Japanese brand for lack of imagination, we’re floored at what Toyota executives said last week at their technical center in Saline, Michigan: Toyota won’t build a fully automated car […] 
OH, YES: This Is What a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Coupe Would Look Like  Sep 10th, 2014 
If you liked our illustrations of the 2016 Miata shooting brake—and especially if you didn’t—feast your eyes on the same artist’s interpretation of an ND MX-5 Miata with a more conventional fixed lid. While we’re suckers for wagons of all stripes—which includes shooting brakes, natch—we can’t deny the slinky gorgeousness of this short-roof design. We see […] 
Dodge Viper SRT MSRP Cut by $15,000, A Dealer Says It’s Already Generating Heat  Sep 10th, 2014 
Well, that didn’t take long: Chrysler announces a $15,000 price drop on its slow-moving make that slow-selling 2015 Dodge Viper SRT on Monday morning, and by Monday evening, Bernie Katz already sold three of them. Katz, partner with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Viper driver Ben Keating in, the world’s largest Viper dealer and part of a full-line […] 
2015 BMW 2-series Convertible Debuts with Two Turbo Engines, Available AWD  Sep 9th, 2014 
With the introduction of the 2-series convertible, BMW’s rear-wheel-drive 1-series is history in the U.S. (The Euro-market hatchback is still available.) But despite the new moniker, the 2-series very much adheres to the formula of its predecessor. Like the 1-series, it is built atop a chassis closely related to that of the 3-series and it is available […] 
Alumin—Um, Wait a Second: Ford Faces Challenges Putting 2015 F-150 Production in Motion  Sep 9th, 2014 
As Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, plant gets closer to starting production on the new 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the risks involved in moving from steel to aluminum are becoming clearer. The aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 is said to shave more than 700 pounds off the outgoing model, with the goal being to boost fuel economy as federal […] 
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT / GT S Revealed: Aiming Straight for the Porsche 911  Sep 9th, 2014 
The Porsche 911 is no stranger to attacks—and now a fresh one has been whipped up in Affalterbach by Mercedes’ high-performance arm, AMG. True sports cars wearing the three-pointed star are rare; the last two times such cars appeared, the company aimed sky-high with the McLaren SLR and the just-departed SLS AMG. Both were priced […] 
Model-Year Advances: New Tech for 2015 Including Super-Turbos, Huskier Hemis, and More!  Sep 9th, 2014 
Ford and supplier Takata have packed the hardware needed to provide widely varying steering ratios into a conventional-looking steering wheel. A DC electric motor slows down or speeds up normal steering-wheel commands through a 48:1 reduction gear. Steering quickened by up to 35 percent is used for low-speed, extreme-lock parking maneuvers. At cruising speed, the […] 
2016 Audi TTS First Drive Review: More Power, More Style, More TT  Sep 9th, 2014 
The new 2016 Audi TT is quite competent and good fun to drive, but 220 horsepower just doesn’t cut it for most enthusiasts in today’s performance environment. We’ve become spoiled rotten by affordable coupes and sports cars, many of which pack at least two more cylinders than the Audi. It’s a good thing, then, that […] 
24 Hours of LeMons Colorado: Audis Take First Place, Last Place!  Sep 9th, 2014 
During the car inspections at the fifth annual B.F.E. GP 24 Hours of LeMons, we saw that we’d be in for an interesting race, what with an unrivaled percentage of the kind of cars we like to see, lots of weird engine swaps, extremely talented drivers on many of the teams, and nearly as many […] 
Battle of the Batteries: 2014 BMW i3 vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive  Sep 9th, 2014 
In Los Angeles County, and particularly on the ocean side of the I-405 freeway, eco-awareness is the highest virtue. The Tesla Model S is the halo car, and most cabs are Priuses.’s online locator lists a staggering 49 electric-car chargers in Century City, the 176-acre high-end westside district built on what was once the […] 
Miata to the Max: Mazda Miata Shooting Brake Rendered  Sep 9th, 2014 
Classic as they may be, BMW Z3 roadsters are a dime a dozen out there, but to see a Z3 coupe (which is essentially a Z3 shooting brake) on the road—well, that’s a pretty special occasion. We think the same reaction would await a Mazda Miata shooting brake, should Mazda consider such a thing. So […] 
Aston Martin Drops Photos of 2016 Lagonda Super Sedan, Details Brutal Hot Weather Testing  Sep 9th, 2014 
Is it possible for a car to be too pretty to torture test? The 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda may just qualify, but it’s undergoing absolutely savage-sounding hot-weather testing anyway. The limited-production Lagonda sedan will be sold exclusively sold in the Middle East, hence the brutal high-temperature evaluations, but more important than the four-door’s (admittedly) expected […] 
2016 Jaguar XE Debuts: Photos and Info on the BMW 3-series Fighter  Sep 8th, 2014 
Let’s start with the really good news that, well before driving it, we can confidently state that the new Jaguar XE definitely isn’t an X-type. READ MORE ›› 
Name That Shifter, No. 195  Sep 8th, 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 […] 
From the C/D Archives: Our Original Long-Term Test of the 1998 BMW 540i  Sep 8th, 2014 
This is a car you could live with forever,” writes Phil Berg in the long-term logbook. A glance at the spec sheet or a 10-mile test drive suggests he’s right. BMW’s 540i six-speed sedan has it all—room for five, aggressive good looks, and a tantalizingly smooth brute of a V-8 engine. READ MORE ›› 
Panic In Detroit: The Glorious History of 1960s American Iron in the 24 Hours of LeMons  Sep 8th, 2014 
There’s nothing that gets a 24 Hours of LeMons fan’s heart pumping like a good old race car flying a patriotic red-white-and-blue flag. That flag could be the Union Jack on an MGB or the French Tricolor on a Citroën ID19, but in this case we’re talking about Old Glory and genuine Detroit Iron, built in […] 
2016 Audi TT First Drive: Looking Back to Move Forward  Sep 8th, 2014 
When Audi conceived the TT in the mid-1990s, it knew it had a game-changer on its hands. The little coupe came into a virtually deserted segment and it served as a statement of Audi’s commitment to design and precision engineering. An offspring of the VW Golf IV’s PQ34 platform, the TT was shaped by a […] 
Genesis, Chapter Two: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Tested  Sep 8th, 2014 
Hyundai might be aiming this second-generation Genesis sedan directly at the Mercedes-Benz E-class. And it might plagiarize from another European luxury carmaker, Audi (see its tailpipes, interior trim, and grille). But what Hyundai has actually built here is the spiritual successor to the first Lexus LS400. That’s especially true of the rear-drive, V-8–powered Ultimate version […] 
24 Hours of LeMons Colorado Car Inspections: Opel Manta, Renault R5 Turbo, and an Airport-Tug Engine Donor  Sep 6th, 2014 
We’re back at northeastern Colorado’s High Plains Raceway for the fifth annual B.F.E. GP 24 Hours of LeMons, and we may have the highest percentage of great race cars we’ve ever seen at one of our races. The quantity of teams may not be so high— just 42 teams were willing to make the trek […] 
2016 Audi A6/S6 Official Photos and Info: Brilliance, Subtly Refined  Sep 6th, 2014 
Carmakers often use a vehicle’s midcycle update to correct glaring errors. Take the Mercedes-Benz E-class, which recently shed its boxy rear fenders, or the Volkswagen Jetta, that brand’s entry-level sedan whose look and feel finally matches its marketing. READ MORE ›› 
Suspended NFL Player to Work at Ohio Dealership  Sep 6th, 2014 
Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon will work for an Ohio car dealership while serving his year-long suspension from the NFL for a substance-abuse violation. He will learn all aspects of the business including sales in addition to working with local charities. 
2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE First Drive  Sep 5th, 2014 
Volkswagen continues to improve its clean diesel technology with the new 2015 Jetta TDI. 
Shocker! Tesla’s Gigafactory To Be Located in Nevada!  Sep 5th, 2014 
It proclaims itself “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Johnny Cash sang about shooting a man there just to watch him die. In gearhead circles, it’s known for the National Auto Museum, the Hot August Nights cavalcade of hot roddery, and—at slightly higher elevations—a bunch of guys flying around pylons in souped-up P-51s. Oh, […] 
2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series Tested: It Likes It Rough  Sep 5th, 2014 
It’s fitting that our 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series arrived wearing California license plates, because for a large swath of the late-boomer/early Gen-X population and beyond, the Tacoma and its Hilux precursor were an integral part of the California scene. It’s no coincidence that Marty McFly lusts after a butched-out Toyota Pickup in Back […] 
G-Tastic: 12-Cylinder Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG Coming to U.S. in 2016!  Sep 5th, 2014 
According to a report in Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the absolutely ridiculous and ridiculously wonderful G65 AMG will be heading to the U.S market for the 2016 model year. Upping the cylinder count as well as the improbability factor in comparison to the merely preposterous 544-hp, twin-turbo V-8 G63 AMG, the G65 takes its […] 
The Continental: Bugatti Veyron Successor Gets a Name, Topless Mercedes-AMG GTS Seems Unlikely  Sep 5th, 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. Next year, we will finally see the wild Bugatti Veyron 16.4‘s successor in the metal. I […] 
2016 BMW 1-series Sedan Spied: Yes, the Front-Wheel-Drive BMW Sedan  Sep 5th, 2014 
What It Is: The new 1-series compact sedan—BMW’s second front-wheel-drive model—wearing production bodywork. We’ll pause while you beat your keyboard or mobile device against your forehead as the whole “front-drive” thing sinks in. This sub-3-series model is being prepped for battle against Mercedes-Benz’s CLA-class and Audi’s slick A3 sedan, which are also front-wheel-drive-based. READ MORE […] 
2015 Lexus RC350 Coupe Driven: Born of Three Cars, This Is One Compelling Coupe  Sep 5th, 2014 
Whenever an automaker decides to fire a coupe into the market, it most often plucks a sedan from its quiver of cars, cuts a few inches out of the wheelbase, excises two doors, and wraps it in a swoopy body aimed to seduce the emotional hearts—not the practical minds—of buyers. Not Lexus. Not this time […] 
2016 Fiat 500X Caught Testing in Michigan: X Marks the Spot?  Sep 5th, 2014 
What It Is: A fully camouflaged Fiat 500X mule captured while refueling in southeastern Michigan. Despite being cloaked entirely in basic black for maximum slimming effect, it’s clear the car underneath is sporting some rather exaggerated round, soft shapes. Although most of the bulges are simply inserts intended to throw gawkers off the trail, they […] 
50 Years in the Making, Ian Callum’s Custom Jaguar Mk2 Is Incredible—and You Can Buy One of Your Own  Sep 5th, 2014 
Ian Callum has designed a lot of cars, but never one quite as personal as this. Jaguar’s design director is an outspoken and sometimes acerbic Scot who loves his brand and loves the business of design. He’s pretty much the exact opposite of the sort of personality-free corporate drones who inhabit much of the upper […] 
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