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McConaughey Ho Let’s Go: Watch Matthew McConaughey’s First Two Commercials for Lincoln  Sep 5th, 2014 
The first commercials from the Lincoln/Matthew McConaughey tie-up have been released, and, well, they’re weird. Not weird in a foam-and-panty-dance-party kind of way, but watching Rust Cohle chat with two tons of horned beef from his MKC ain’t exactly normal, you know? Both spots seem to be channeling a bit of True Detective vibe. In the second, McConaughey says […] 
 
 
2015 Lexus RC F First Drive: The Relentless Pursuit of Edginess  Sep 5th, 2014 
In a market thick with sedans and crossovers and SUVs, two-door coupes are few and far between. Which is why were a little surprised—pleasantly so—when we learned that Lexus would launch the high-performance, rear-wheel-drive RC F coupe into an ever-shrinking market space dominated by the Germans. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Chevrolet Releases Fuel-Economy Estimates for 2015 Colorado V-6, Of Course It’s Segment-Leading  Sep 5th, 2014 
There’s hyperbole, and then there’s Chevrolet’s boast that its new-for-2015 Colorado mid-size pickup’s V-6 fuel economy is “segment-leading.” Now, we don’t intend to detract from the Colorado’s 26-mpg highway rating, but let’s take a look at the Colorado’s competitive set. There’s the Toyota Tacoma, which has been on sale in its current form since 2004, […] 
 
 
“Hey Man, Where’d You Get That Veyron?” “On eBay! For $115K!”  Sep 4th, 2014 
Dear former member of the capitalist landed gentry: Are you through with sleeping on the sidewalk? Sure, the budget may not be what it was, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t have the trappings of excessive success at a bargain price. Dust yourself off, hit up six of your old hedge-fund pals for a […] 
 
 
7 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata  Sep 4th, 2014 
The debut of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata last night answered one of the most important questions about the new car—what will it look like?—yet it raised many, many more. Mazda hasn’t yet spoon-fed us much official information, so we took matters into our own hands, poking and prodding the car today as we asked […] 
 
 
Car Porn: Learn How to Pronounce “30 Jahre M5” in BMW’s Latest Video  Sep 4th, 2014 
From “The Epic Driftmob” to the “M4 Initiation” video, our friends over at BMW seem to have taken a liking to drifting videos lately—and really, who can blame them. BMW’s latest video features the 2015 30 Jahre M5 driving around a soccer arena—mostly sideways, of course—to promote its arrival. M5 enthusiasts may recall another BMW […] 
 
 
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Gets More Power, More Quiet, and Red Vapor  Sep 4th, 2014 
Based on the past month or so of automotive media coverage, Chrysler builds just two cars: the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and its equally horsepower-endowed four-door sibling, the Charger SRT Hellcat. This is not, in fact, true—Chrysler still makes Chryslers, Rams, Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and, of course, Jeeps. And one of those Jeeps, the […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid Pricing: More More, for Not a Whole Lot More  Sep 4th, 2014 
Toyota has extensively messed with its bestselling Camry sedan for 2015—but you wouldn’t know it looking at the car’s pricing. That’s because, compared with the holdover “2014.5″ model-year Camry, the new base model costs just $100 more. Okay, so Toyota previously offered a price-leader Camry L, but that trim level existed purely to give Toyota […] 
 
 
Twenty-Four Hours in Sports-Car Heaven: Our Original Test of the Porsche 959 [C/D Archives]  Sep 4th, 2014 
We hesitate to call any car perfect. The absence of flaws in any product of human endeavor is extraordinarily rare. But we have just returned from West Germany, where we finally got a chance to drive a Porsche 959 on the street, and the word “perfect” is difficult to avoid. What single word more accurately […] 
 
 
Dodge Viper 2015 Updates: New GT and TA 2.0 Models, Ceramic Blue Special Edition, Two Zany Colors  Sep 4th, 2014 
Despite Dodge taking both the Viper supercar and the SRT brand under its care, 2015 is going to be the year of the Hellcat at Dodge. We can only imagine what it’s like to be a mean, scary snake being upstaged by a cat—and it very much has been upstaged by a cat—so it’s no surprise […] 
 
 
Ga. Dealer Association Takes on Tesla  Sep 4th, 2014 
The association alleges that Tesla violated the terms of its sales license by selling more than the 150 vehicles it was allowed to sell in the state. 
 
 
GM Increases GM Financial’s Credit Line  Sep 4th, 2014 
General Motors reaffirmed its connection to GM Financial by increasing its captive’s credit line to $1 billion. 
 
 
National Auto Care Appoints VP of Actuarial and Product  Sep 4th, 2014 
Tim Burgess will lead the pricing activities for NAC. He will also head up new product development. Burgess comes to the company with more than 14 years of actuarial experience. 
 
 
August SAAR Climbs to 17.53 Million  Sep 4th, 2014 
August sales rose 5.5% from a year ago to 1.6 million units sold, according to Autodata Corp. The firm put the August SAAR at 17.53 million units, up from 15.94 million one year ago. 
 
 
Used-Car Owners Flocking to New-Vehicle Market, IHS Reports  Sep 4th, 2014 
The number of used-vehicle owners flocking to the new-vehicle marketplace is the highest in six years, according to an analysis of vehicle registration patterns by IHS Automotive. 
 
 
Land Rover Crosses the Final Frontier with Competition to Send Someone to Space  Sep 4th, 2014 
When it comes to publicity stunts, there’s a fine line between the inspired and the desperate. So we’ll leave it to you to decide which side of the line Land Rover’s spectacular offer to take one lucky winner and three friends into space on Virgin’s spiffy new spaceship falls on. As tragic space geeks, we’ll […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Drive Report! Sort of!  Sep 4th, 2014 
The all-new Mazda Miata debuted tonight, and we managed to gather 50 feet of impressions. Okay, we didn’t really drive the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata at its global launch in Monterey, California. (We were too busy watching Duran Duran perform.) We did, however, talk to the first civilian who did. His name is Mikel […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Debuts: Photos and Info on the Fourth-Gen Icon!  Sep 4th, 2014 
Mazda is a small company, which gives it certain advantages over its behemoth rivals in developing focused products. Mazda’s size also seems to help it keep secrets. When we got our first glimpse of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata a few days before its global reveal—in the form of two low-resolution images, both partially obscured […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL First Drive  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Efficiency and performance combine for a fun-to-drive experience. 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Deep Dive: What Makes the New Supercharged LT4 V-8 Tick?  Sep 3rd, 2014 
When engineers at General Motors say they have created one of the lightest and most compact 650-hp engines in production, our interest is piqued and we’re paying close attention. That’s especially true when that engine, a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8, is destined for the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Although the switch from the previous […] 
 
 
New Moon on Wednesday: Watch the Live 2016 Mazda Miata Reveal Featuring Duran Duran [w/Video]  Sep 3rd, 2014 
You know it’s something special, and you hope it’ll be the best. Yeah, we’re warping a Duran Duran lyric, but with good reason. The venerable New Romantics are feting the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. And it’s happening in just a few minutes or hours or seconds, depending on what the livestream countdown clock below […] 
 
 
2017 Subaru Impreza Spotted Wearing Camo: Fuji Goes Modular Global  Sep 3rd, 2014 
What It Is: First, let’s talk about what it’s not: a five-door WRX. Subaru still says that it has no plans to bring back the five-door WRX, so however it may look like a five-door WRX and however much we would love to see another five-door WRX, this is not a five-door WRX. Besides, if […] 
 
 
Ford Decides to Play Fair, Follow Industry Practice for Super Duty Payload Ratings  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Another week, another move in America’s Ultimate Four-Wheeled Junk-Size Showdown, also known as the heavy-duty pickup wars. This time, Ford is in the news, stating that it is no longer going to use “minimum” curb weights to establish its payload and tow ratings, aligning with GM and Ram in using “base” curb weights to determine payload […] 
 
 
Carfax Lawsuit Now Lists More Than 700 Plaintiffs  Sep 3rd, 2014 
An antitrust lawsuit against Carfax has garnered 700 plaintiffs, up from just 124 when the suit was originally filed in May last year. 
 
 
Hudson Cook to Form New Group to Address Growing Scrutiny of Debt Collection  Sep 3rd, 2014 
The firm has added Gary Becker and Barbara Sinsley, who will work with current Hudson Cook attorneys in creating a new practice group to focus on lender oversight and regulatory compliance for third-party debt collectors, debt buyers, collections law firms, and creditors collecting their own debts. 
 
 
VinSolutions Undergoes Leadership Changes  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Lori Wittman was promoted to vice president and general manager of the company, while Sean Stapleton assumed an expanded role as vice president of sales and marketing. 
 
 
Subprime Financing Begins to Level Off, Experian Says  Sep 3rd, 2014 
The percentage of new-vehicle loans made to credit-challenged car buyers was at 15.1% in the second quarter of 2014, down from 22.1% in the same period in 2013, according to Experian Automotive. 
 
 
Star Search: Infiniti Exec Andy Palmer to Take Reins at Aston Martin  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Nissan and Infiniti executive Andy Palmer will replace Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez at an undisclosed date. Before joining Nissan in 1991, the 51-year-old engineer had led Austin Rover’s transmission development. As head of Infiniti, he earned his credentials as an executive of a premium brand. The headhunters dispatched to find a replacement for Bez […] 
 
 
Make Room, Escalade: Cadillac Readying Two New Crossovers  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Cadillac, eager to boost its sales volume, is planning an expansion of its crossover and SUV lineup. Those ambitions will likely result in two new vehicles, one smaller than the Cadillac SRX and a larger, three-row utility vehicle that slots between that model and the Escalade. While the new car-based crossovers will certainly bolster the […] 
 
 
Ford Parts Website Gives Away Potential 2016 Mustang GT350 Engine Details  Sep 3rd, 2014 
With hints and rumors swirling that Ford’s upcoming Mustang GT350 will get a modified version of the regular Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 using a flat-plane crankshaft, you can bet enthusiasts watching the car’s gestation are hot with anticipation. We’ve spotted the car testing—and, sometimes, spinning on the Nürburgring—but details on the car’s so-called “Voodoo” engine […] 
 
 
New-Car Transaction Prices Jump 3% in August, KBB Reports  Sep 3rd, 2014 
In August, the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $32,495, according to analysts from the vehicle valuation source. New-car prices have also increased 2.7% from the same period last year. 
 
 
Ferman Buick GMC of Tampa Discusses the New 2015 GMC Canyon  Sep 3rd, 2014 
GMC anticipates several segment bests for the 2015 Canyon. 
 
 
Ferman Nissan New Port Richey Discusses Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Nissan's new technology improves rearward visibility at the flick of a switch. 
 
 
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Official Photos and Info: A Return to (Off-Road) Form  Sep 2nd, 2014 
We would, of course, understand if you believe that the world already possesses enough compact SUVs wearing premium badges. The majority of these seem to spend their time doing nothing more adventurous than shuttling between upmarket outlet malls. Yet the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, seen here for the first time, does stand out from […] 
 
 
Happy 25th, MX-5 Miata! Three Generations of Mazda’s Sports Car Compared—Plus Our Original Reviews!  Sep 2nd, 2014 
With Mazda’s pokey little MX-5 Miata sports car celebrating its 25th birthday this year and the new, fourth-generation car’s arrival just around the corner (tomorrow!), we called a staff meeting to determine how best to celebrate. Cross-country trip? Already done (thanks, Road & Track). Take one racing? Also not exactly a new concept for the […] 
 
 
Grainy Colorado: Chevy Sculpts New Mid-size Pickup Out of Sand  Sep 2nd, 2014 
First things first. The best thing to happen in San Diego during the Labor Day weekend was the Drive Like Jehu reunion show in Balboa Park, which found the angular rock geniuses accompanied by the gigantic, century-old Spreckels Organ. Everything else of note was simply vying for second place, including the annual U.S. Sand Sculpting […] 
 
 
2015 Infiniti Q70 and Q70L Driven: Going to Great Lengths  Sep 2nd, 2014 
Long-wheelbase mid-size luxury sedans: they’re big in China, not even a thing over here. Sure, we have large cars with big back seats, but stretched luxury mid-sizers—cushy cars that are long but not terribly wide—make no sense here in America, where the roads are wide and our population even wider. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 194  Sep 2nd, 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! (* […] 
 
 
Lost in Translation: Aston Martin Lagonda Prototype Proudly Displayed . . . by Oman Air  Sep 2nd, 2014 
It’s been nearly a month since Aston Martin announced the development of its Lagonda supersedan, which it will offer solely to Middle Eastern customers for something like a kazillion dollars. But other than a profile view and an obscured black-and-white shot of a partially assembled car on a lift, we haven’t seen the real thing. […] 
 
 
That Sinking Feeling: National Corvette Museum Reverses Earlier Decision, Will Fill in Sinkhole  Sep 2nd, 2014 
Courtesy of a Detroit Free Press report, we must fill you in on an update on the National Corvette Museum’s ongoing sinkhole bonanza. Do you remember the Kentucky Corvette museum that partially collapsed late last year when a gigantic sinkhole opened beneath it and swallowed eight Chevrolet sports cars of various vintages? Our last visitation […] 
 
 
FTC Updates Fees for 'Do Not Call' Registry  Sep 2nd, 2014 
Starting Oct. 1, telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry will pay $60, an increase of $1, for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code. 
 
 
Ziegler to Kick off Industry Summit With All-Day Profit Masters Seminar  Sep 2nd, 2014 
The preconference seminar is designed for general managers, sales managers, BDC and Internet department directors, and F&I directors. The all-day seminar is being offered as a value-add for registrants of Industry Summit. 
 
 
Galpin Aston Martin Debuts OEM’s Q Program  Sep 2nd, 2014 
The dealership will be the first to feature the program, which allows Aston Martin buyers to completely customize their automobile before it rolls out of the factory. 
 
 
Western Funding Announces Instant Approvals on DealerCenter  Sep 2nd, 2014 
Western Funding has integrated with DealerCenter, making its financial products more accessible to dealerships by providing instant approvals and the ability to change deal structure on the web-based platform. 
 
 
Ally Launches Online Tool to Help Car Buyers Decide Between Leasing or Buying  Sep 2nd, 2014 
The interactive tool, located on Ally’s website, leads consumers through five sample questions to help them determine the best purchase option for their driving needs and budget. 
 
 
Former Cox Automotive GM Named AutoAlert CEO  Sep 2nd, 2014 
The cloud-based data mining analytics and dealer portfolio management solutions provider has named Brian Skutta at its new CEO. It also named Akshaya Mehta to the newly created position of chief technology officer. 
 
 
Stuttgart in the Middle: Driving Porsche’s 918 Spyder, Cayman and Boxster GTS at Laguna Seca  Sep 2nd, 2014 
The thing was impossible to parse in two quick laps. And the story’s been told and retold by practically every journalist who has driven the cerebrum-denting 918 Spyder. “There I was at [famous racetrack], chasing a very experienced racing driver caning a 911 Turbo S. And dude couldn’t shake me!” Porsche had invited us out […] 
 
 
2015 Ram 1500 R/T Hemi Tested: The Hot-Rod Ram Pickup  Sep 2nd, 2014 
The pickup boom of the 1990s and early 2000s brought an explosion of model configurations and trims, as more and more people began using these once-workhorses as their everyday vehicles. Of course, the most dichotomous new species was the sport truck. Pickups focused on performance had existed before—see Express, Li’l Red—but such exercises in silliness […] 
 
 
General Pedaler: GM Introduces Free Bike Sharing Program at Michigan Tech Center  Sep 1st, 2014 
Look out, Google: Enough General Motors employees wanted to arrive at meetings covered in sweat that the company has introduced a bike-sharing program. Okay, a desire for damp, winded employees probably had less to do with GM’s decision than the rising popularity of active-workplace programs, but still—up here in Michigan, it’s pretty warm outside. Employees […] 
 
 
Belgians Want Royalties if Infiniti Builds the Q50 Eau Rouge  Sep 1st, 2014 
Nissan is in hot water—specifically, hot red water—over the pretty French name attached to its GT-R–powered concept sedan. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium wants royalties if Nissan decides to sell the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, so named after the track’s famous (and terrifyingly fast) uphill bend. According to Bloomberg, the track owners registered “L’Eau Rouge” […] 
 
 
2015 Jaguar F-type V-6 S Coupe Tested: Dashing and Rewarding, with Just One Spoiler  Sep 1st, 2014 
Now that Jaguar’s F-type fleet includes six distinct models, picking one that best suits your fancy can be daunting. The coupes excel in aesthetics and practicality, the convertibles are more fun. Venturing beyond that body-style fork, this test of a V-6 S coupe should assist your smart purchase decision. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Used No Illusion: Used-Car Values Mostly Unaffected by Recalls  Sep 1st, 2014 
Every time we see someone in a Chevy Cobalt, we resist the urge to ask them if they’ve made plans to sell it. As it turns out, those folks might still receive a decent return, as owners of these recalled cars—and many other models with highly publicized problems—aren’t dumping them en masse. According to a […] 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Discusses Safety and Reliability in Your Ram Truck  Sep 1st, 2014 
Ram trucks are equipped with a range of safety features to keep both the driver and passengers feeling secure. 
 
 
Nicole Lyons Flexes Her Muscle with the Expansion of Cole Muscle Cars - Atlanta Division  Aug 30th, 2014 
The First African-American women to race in the coveted classes of NHRA Top Sportsman & Comp, ADRL Top Sportsman and NHRA Top Sportsman D2 continues to lead the race with the expansion of her "Cole Muscle Cars" brand from LA to the ATL. 
 
 
Swede Plan, Bro: Volvo Plans New Compact Crossover and Sedan, Luxe 90-Series Models  Aug 30th, 2014 
During this week’s big reveal event for the 2016 Volvo XC90, we stumbled across Volvo’s ambitious product plans for the next four years—and beyond. Actually, we didn’t so much as stumble across them as we were shown them: Buried in a presentation slide covering XC90 details, and visible for less than half a minute, was […] 
 
 
Tony Stewart Speaks Publicly for the First Time Following Kevin Ward, Jr.’s Death [w/ Video]  Aug 30th, 2014 
We saw the Tony Stewart press conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway this afternoon—you can watch his statement in the USA Today video at the bottom of this post, as well as a longer video of the conference—and we now know, well, pretty much nothing more than we did this morning. A clearly shaken Stewart, appearing to be […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive: Incrementally Refreshed and Refined  Aug 30th, 2014 
Rowing through the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the fact that we’re actually having fun. Yeah, fun. In a Jetta. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Road Test  Aug 29th, 2014 
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis aims for the luxury sedan segment. 
 
 
Oh Thank Hydraulic! Infiniti Q50S to Get G37-Derived Steering System for 2016  Aug 29th, 2014 
If you, like us, have been disappointed in Infiniti’s aloof Q50 sedan as the ostensible replacement for the sporty G37—which, incidentally, Infiniti still sells as the “Q40″ for 2015—we have good news. The Q50S model is set to get considerably more sporty for 2016, thanks to a retro revision headed where the car needs it […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf First Drive: VW Gets Some Electric Feel  Aug 29th, 2014 
In case you’re keeping score, when we close the books on calendar-year 2014 there will be 13 distinct pure-electric automobiles for sale in the United States. And for the first time, one of them will be wearing the familiar VW badge. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Lexus NX “Shampoo” Commercial Is Superweird, Pushes the Boundaries of Speedo Tolerance  Aug 29th, 2014 
Do you enjoy foam parties? How about not wearing pants? Has Lexus got the compact luxury crossover for you! We knew Lexus had its eye on European sales when it introduced the new compact NX luxury crossover, but a commercial posted to its Japanese YouTube channel has us, er, concerned over the brand’s perception of Continental […] 
 
 
Begun the SLOG Wars Have: Uber Announces New Driver-Recruitment Initiative, Lyft Displeased  Aug 29th, 2014 
If there were any doubt remaining that Uber is a flash-in-the-pan cash-grab startup rather than a serious player in the transportation sector, one need only scope the name of the company’s new initiative: SLOG. An acronym for “Supplying Long-term Operations Growth,” SLOG suggests that the company very much sees itself in the ride-sharing game for […] 
 
 
Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Return Confirmed for this Weekend: Yeah, That Sort of Makes Sense [Analysis]  Aug 29th, 2014 
Clearly, something was up. Each weekend since the tragic sprint-car incident that took Kevin Ward, Jr.’s life, Tony Stewart’s PR representative, Mike Arning of True Speed Communication—Tony Stewart owns True Speed, by the way, and the company also does PR for various NHRA and IMSA teams—has declined to reveal to anyone in advance whether Stewart would […] 
 
 
2015 Street 500 & Street 750 Now at Harley-Davidson of Tampa  Aug 29th, 2014 
Harley-Davidson of Tampa is excited to announce the availability of the 2015 Street 500 and 750 models. Both feature liquid-cooled engine technology and are style-approved for urban cruising. 
 
 
No Rebellion Girl: Dodge Launches “Don’t Touch My Dart” Campaign, Watch them All Here  Aug 28th, 2014 
At some point in Dodge’s recent history, somebody in creative had no real idea what to do with the company’s vehicles, so presumably announced, “Hey! I got it! Let’s just sell to flatbillers and middle-aged Harley riders!” Fist-bumps and high-fives presumably spread through Auburn Hills like wildfire. While that tack might work a treat with […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang Production Starts Now, First-Ever RHD Models Begin Testing and Just Look Wrong  Aug 28th, 2014 
Wipe the saliva off your keyboards, Mustang fans, the arrival of the all-new 2015 iteration of your beloved pony car is now mere weeks away. Today, Ford triumphantly paraded the first production-ready 2015 Mustang off of its Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly line in the form of a red GT coupe. READ MORE: 2015 Ford Mustang […] 
 
 
What BMW Selleth, BMW Refuseth to Take Back: The Unsellable, Undrivable, Zero-Emission eBay BMW i8  Aug 28th, 2014 
Let’s say someone were to offer to sell you a car a lot like the one you want, but with some key differences—this one doesn’t have an engine or a transmission and is instead a fiberglass shell shaped to look like a real car. It does, however, sit upon a welded tube-frame cart with casters […] 
 
 
Roam If You Want To: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Full Pricing Out  Aug 28th, 2014 
The formula for the Jeep Grand Cherokee is pretty straightforward: Mix four-doors and (usually) four-wheel drive with a family-size vehicle and a reasonably comfortable and well-appointed interior. The recipe has proved so enticing that the Grand Cherokee is now available in six levels of trim, putting the venerated nameplate within reach of almost any buyer. […] 
 
 
2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali Long-Term Intro: It’s Mega Supreme  Aug 28th, 2014 
Astute marketing by GM has split the fraternal truck twins Chevrolet and GMC into different market segments, at least in the typical consumer’s mind. In the full-size-SUV category, an invisible wall stands between the value-conscious Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and the better-dressed GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.  READ MORE ›› 
 
 
KBB: New-Car Sales Expected to Dip Nearly 1% in August  Aug 28th, 2014 
New-vehicle sales are expected to decrease 0.7% year-over-year to a total of 1.49 million units, resulting in an estimated 16.5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to a forecast from Kelley Blue Book. 
 
 
Va. Dealer Charged With Selling Illegal Tags  Aug 28th, 2014 
The owner of a Virginia dealership was arrested after authorities discovered that he was selling fake tags that would allow drivers to delay properly registering their vehicle. 
 
 
Auto Dealership Buy-Sell Activity Increasing Sharply, Haig Reports  Aug 28th, 2014 
Public U.S. auto dealers are on pace to book $1 billion in acquisitions for the year, which would be an increase of 43% from 2013, according to a report from Haig Partners. 
 
 
Digital Air Strike Makes Fastest Growing Company List  Aug 28th, 2014 
Inc. Magazine named the reputation management firm to its Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list in the advertising and marketing category. The company was No. 1 in revenue and No. 5 in growth for Arizona-based companies. 
 
 
F&I and Showroom Names 2014 F&I Pacesetters  Aug 28th, 2014 
This year’s field consists of operations from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas. They are now in the running for the 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year award. 
 
 
F&I and Showroom Names Finalists for 2014 F&Idol Contest  Aug 28th, 2014 
This year’s field of F&Idol finalists features the overall winners from the last two years. It also features a three-time winner of the contest’s 'Tire and Wheel' category. 
 
 
Voice Recognition Tops J.D. Power’s List of New-Vehicle Problems  Aug 28th, 2014 
Problems with built-in voice recognition average 8.3 problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with the technology’s inability to recognize or interpret verbal commands being the biggest complaint among car owners. 
 
 
Luxury Lugging: Towing My Track-Prepped Integra with a New Cadillac Escalade  Aug 28th, 2014 
Yesterday, when we posted to our Facebook page our instrumented test of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the commenters went nuts. Not over the lumbering SUV, mind you, but over the car it was towing in the picture: my personal track vehicle, a 1998 Acura Integra GSR. Seriously, the vast majority of 250-plus comments focused on […] 
 
 
1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super: The German Machine That Started It All [C/D Archives]  Aug 28th, 2014 
Expensive? Only a few years ago you could pry a Porsche Speedster loose from a showroom for a shade under three grand. It seemed like a bargain. Our test car—a ’63 Super coupe—carries a basic price tag of $4408. But consider—the Speedster was an adolescent, as were most Porsches of yore. After a wildly sporting […] 
 
 
2014 Toyota RAV4 FWD Tested: A Sensible Thing for Folks with Sensible Shoes  Aug 28th, 2014 
The Toyota RAV4 has scored consistently good marks in the areas of utility, all-around usefulness, fuel efficiency, comfort, quality, and value ever since it became the progenitor of the small, car-based crossover species in 1996. But an engaging driving experience isn’t something we would necessarily add to the list of the diminutive Toyota’s defining characteristics. […] 
 
 
Ferman Buick GMC Discusses the New 2015 GMC Canyon  Aug 28th, 2014 
GMC anticipates several segment bests for the 2015 Canyon. 
 
 
2014 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Ram ProMaster Win Edmunds.com Best Retained Value Awards, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram  Aug 28th, 2014 
2014 Jeep, Dodge and Ram models all won Best Retained Value awards from Edmunds.com. 
 
 
Hold the Line: 2015 Dodge Dart Pricing Dug Up, Dissected  Aug 27th, 2014 
After Dodge shuffled the Dart lineup and adjusted pricing for the 2014 model year, publicly available pricing data shows that the brand is staying the course for 2015. With a Dart refresh scheduled in 2016 and an SRT variant on the table in the same time frame, big changes are on the way. For now, […] 
 
 
10 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Volvo XC90  Aug 27th, 2014 
Volvo touts its all-new 2016 XC90 SUV as the first product of the “new Volvo” and the launch of a company-wide rebirth. While Volvo isn’t completely flipping the script—and, say, making six-wheeled military motorcycles—the XC90 does represent its first independently developed car since being financially sugar-daddied by Chinese automaker Geely. The 2016 XC90, which we […] 
 
 
Embrace the Singularity: Subaru to Move to a Shared Architecture  Aug 27th, 2014 
It now looks as if Volkswagen’s MQB strategy was just the beginning of a trend. Hot on the heels of Volvo’s SPA announcement, Subaru has confirmed that the Fuji Heavy Industries brand will move its mainline vehicles to a single architecture. Everything from the Impreza to a seven-seat Tribeca successor will ride on the new […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1997 Acura Integra Type R Tested  Aug 27th, 2014 
At a blaring 8400 rpm, the Acura Integra Type R’s pistons are pedaling at about 80 feet per second—much higher than the commonly accepted threshold of 67 feet per second. That’s close to the piston speeds in Formula 1 and Indy-car engines, which have much shorter strokes than the under-square Integra powerplant. Still, you don’t […] 
 
 
10 Green Cars that Don’t Suck: Eco-Excellence at All Price Points  Aug 27th, 2014 
Mix pious intentions with dreary mechanical bits and then stir in some driving misery, and the result is a “green car.” Green not in the color of its paint, but in the environmental virtue of its engineering and marketing. Green as in economical with fuel but stingy on fun, great with emissions but lousy to […] 
 
 
Connected Utility Vehicles: Chevy Adds Wireless Charging, 4G LTE to Suburban and Tahoe  Aug 27th, 2014 
A burbdozer with a V-8 may not be the predominant family vehicle of choice anymore, but Chevrolet still makes a heavy margin on its Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. As such, it behooves GM to keep refining the tech plowed into what’s fundamentally a mid-twentieth-century design. The latest additions to the stalwart duo? OnStar with 4G […] 
 
 
Real Steel: The Last Steel-Bodied F-150 Rolls off the Line in Dearborn; Preparations for Aluminum Begin  Aug 27th, 2014 
The last current-gen F-150 has left a particular building. According to the Detroit Free Press, the final steel-bodied F-150 rolled off the line at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday. While Ford’s Kansas City facility will continue to manufacture steel-bodied F-150s until the end of the year, the line in Dearborn is […] 
 
 
30 Years New: Toyota Japan to Sell Brand-New Land Cruiser Series 70—for One Year  Aug 27th, 2014 
Here’s the tragedy of the Land Cruiser Series 70: It was never sold in the United States. The toughest and most rugged of the entire lineup is an icon in Australia and South Africa, where they’ve been on sale continuously for 30 years. And for 20 of those years, you could walk into a Japanese […] 
 
 
Nissan Rogue Is Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Notes Nissan Dealers Ferman Nissan New Port Richey  Aug 27th, 2014 
The new Rogue is one of the most appealing vehicles of its kind on the market. 
 
 
2015 Cadillac Escalade AWD Tested: More Money and More Compelling  Aug 26th, 2014 
Cadillac has never shied away from size and mass. As early as 1930, there were Cadillacs that weighed more than three tons—and those were cars. Cadillac trucks wouldn’t be along for another seven decades. In the ’30s, Cadillac propelled its biggest classics-to-be with V-12 and even V-16 engines. You could time a zero-to-60-mph run with […] 
 
 
Footloose and Fancy Three: Mazda 3 Refresh, Mazdaspeed 3 Coming for 2017  Aug 26th, 2014 
Ever since the hairy-chested Mazdaspeed 3 left the automaker’s lineup after the 2013 model year, we’ve been pining for its return. Adding to our anticipation is the great platform that underpins the all-around-excellent Mazda 3, a car that landed on our most recent 10Best list and handily swept the fine Ford Focus under the rug […] 
 
 
2014 Volkswagen Touareg V-8 TDI First Drive: Torque on Torque on Torque  Aug 26th, 2014 
Until Audi came along with its incredible, 500-hp Q7 V-12 TDI, the Volkswagen Touareg V-10 TDI was the king of the segment. Discontinued in 2010, its final iteration—the R50—served up 350 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. (A less-powerful version was sold in the United States.) But that thing disappeared from our shores years ago, […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Focus RS: AWD Back on the Table, U.S. Sales More Likely than Ever  Aug 26th, 2014 
A new wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Ford Focus RS and its possible U.S. arrival has emerged: Our pals at Road & Track are reporting that not only is the RS now more likely than ever to be sold in the U.S., but that it will blat and slide onto our shores packing all-wheel […] 
 
 
Supersexy Alfa Romeo 6C to Share Platform with Supersexy Maserati Alfieri  Aug 26th, 2014 
It’s been almost a year and a half since we dropped a huge stack of knowledge on the Alfa Romeo 6C coupe, and little has changed since then. Plans still call for it to be sexy as hell (the rendering above shows an early styling direction), share underpinnings with a Maserati, and arrive in roughly […] 
 
 
Speed Triple? Volvo Confirms Upcoming Three-Cylinder Engine Family  Aug 26th, 2014 
Yes, Sweden gave us the blissful/mournful pop of Abba. It also handed us the Detroit-by-way-of-Stockholm grit of the fabulous Hellacopters. But lest we forget, our Scandanavian friends are also responsible for the parping atrocity of Joey Tempest’s execrable Europe, and the folks in Gothenburg seem to have been gorging on “The Final Countdown” alongside their […] 
 
 
More Juice for Japan: Subaru Begins WRX S4 and STI Type S Sales  Aug 26th, 2014 
Subaru loves to save special things for the home market. The 22B STI from 1998 might be the most notable example among casual Subie heads, but it’s hardly the only one. And now Nihon-boxer devotees have a pair of new Impreza-derived machines to lust after: the WRX S4 and the WRX STI Type S. The […] 
 
 
USEA Surpasses $1.3 Billion in Loan Payment Transmissions  Aug 26th, 2014 
US Equity Advantage has transmitted more than $1.3 billion in loan payments for its members, while maintaining compliance with the money transmitter requirements related to licensing and bonding in all 50 states. 
 
 
Auto/Mate to Host First User Summit  Aug 26th, 2014 
The company will host its first annual User Summit in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 19. More than sixty dealers and managers are slated to attend, where they will learn about the newest features of Auto/Mate’s DMS and the best practices associated with implementing new technology. 
 
 
Equifax Sees No Evidence of Subprime Auto Bubble  Aug 26th, 2014 
A monthly report from the firm shows that subprime auto lending has been fairly stable since 2012, and that originations have been shifting toward the higher end of the subprime credit-score spectrum, despite reports of an imminent ‘bubble’ in subprime lending. 
 
 
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