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10 Ways to Improve Gross Profit  Feb 12th, 2016 
Da Man says if your grosses suck, it's your own darn fault. He lays out 10 ways to make sure they don't. 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Debuts, Has More Electronic Stuff!  Feb 11th, 2016 
During the summer of 1984, Huey Lewis and the News released their landmark “Sports” album. That year also happened to be the dawn of the Minivan Era. In retrospect, the small van’s absolute reign as family hauler was short, as by the mid ’90s, families with two or fewer children were buying Ford Explorers to […] 
 
 
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Off-Road Ready  Feb 11th, 2016 
Given its performance heritage and existing lineup of all-terrain-themed models, Toyota’s introduction of a hard-core version of the new Tacoma pickup is hardly surprising. Yet here it is in the form of the 2017 TRD Pro, which goes on sale later this year as the successor to a similar model based on the last-generation Tacoma. […] 
 
 
There’s Nowhere This Russian Mini-ATV/Truck/Beast Can’t Go [Video]  Feb 11th, 2016 
If you’re driving around off-road in the Russian wilderness, you’re going to encounter all sorts of snow, ice, mud, dirt, logs, grizzly bears, piles of ushankas, discarded military hardware—you name it. So any all-terrain vehicle you wield had better be able to tackle all terrains. And from the looks of it, these little, big-wheeled mini-trucks can do just that, […] 
 
 
Bentley to Use Porsche’s EV Sedan Platform for Its Own Electric Vehicle  Feb 11th, 2016 
Bentley already has admitted that it will be producing plug-in hybrid versions of future models, starting with the Bentyaga. But now Crewe has apparently decided that it will be taking the next logical step and introducing fully electric models, with the first of these set to share its architecture with Porsche’s forthcoming EV sedan. Stuttgart’s uncharacteristic […] 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Debuts, Has More Electronic Stuff! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The New Taco Goes Pro – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 BMW M760Li: Finally Applying M to the 7  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 BMW M760Li: Finally Applying M to the 7  Feb 11th, 2016 
The new BMW M760Li is the first 7-series that is an M Performance model, finally providing an adequate response to the Audi S8 and Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 entries. It is also—for now, at least—the first and only 12-cylinder iteration of the new 7-series. The M760iL’s twin-turbocharged V-12 engine is here upgraded to 6.6 liters […] 
 
 
KBB Announces Winners of Five-Year Cost to Own Awards  Feb 11th, 2016 
Hyundai and Acura took the top honors, winning the competition's Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand awards, respectively. The contest looks at a vehicle’s depreciation, fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees to find its winners. 
 
 
Cox Automotive Hires Creative Agency for Autotrader, KBB Brands  Feb 11th, 2016 
Cox Automotive has named Zambezi as its lead creative agency for its Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book brands. Zambezi will work with both companies to help change the way they collectively approach marketing and communications for consumers. 
 
 
Asbury: ‘Favorable Lending Environment” Spurs 9% Gain in Q4 F&I Revenue  Feb 11th, 2016 
Asbury Automotive Group reported this week that it’s F&I operations realized a $55 per-copy increase in the fourth quarter, with the group averaging $1,426 in gross profit per vehicle retailed during the end-of-year quarter. 
 
 
Carfax: 47 Million Vehicles in U.S. Have Unfixed Recall Issues  Feb 11th, 2016 
Owners of SUVs and minivans have a higher likelihood of having an unfixed recall issue on their vehicle, as do those living in Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, Utah or West Virginia, according to Carfax. 
 
 
Cox Automotive Taps VinSolutions as Primary CRM Solution  Feb 11th, 2016 
The transition is expected to be completed within 24 months. During that time, Dealertrack clients will be fully supported under the terms of their existing contracts. 
 
 
Tesla Model 3 Orders Open March 31, Company Lost $889 Million in 2015  Feb 11th, 2016 
Tesla lost a record $889 million in 2015, marking its eighth consecutive year of losses, as it sunk cash into launching the “falcon-winged” Model X crossover, continued construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery plant, and preparing to introduce an all-new Model 3 electric vehicle. CEO Elon Musk, speaking at a shareholder meeting Wednesday, said the company will begin […] 
 
 
Here Are Your New BBC Top Gear Hosts—All Six (!) of Them  Feb 11th, 2016 
The wait and the guessing games are over. Today, Top Gear confirmed the full team for when the show returns in May. Joining Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc—yes, that Matt LeBlanc—are Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, F1 commentator Eddie Jordan, and automotive journalist Rory Reid. And of course, the Stig. Morning from the new Top Gear […] 
 
 
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Debuts, Spearheading New Green Lineup – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
They Call Me the Workin’ Van: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker Model Debuts  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Debuts, Spearheading New Green Lineup  Feb 11th, 2016 
Jointly designed at Kia’s design centers in Irvine, California, and Namyang, Korea, the Niro HUV (Hybrid Utility Vehicle) is the first car in the brand’s portfolio to make use of all-new, dedicated eco-car platform. Falling approximately into the subcompact-crossover segment size-wise, the somewhat boldly designed Niro is latest step in the maker’s quest to nearly […] 
 
 
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid / Plug-in Hybrid: Greening Kia’s Mid-Size Sedan – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
They Call Me the Workin’ Van: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker Model Debuts  Feb 11th, 2016 
Although its name alludes to an engineered sociopolitical economic agenda, the Mercedes-Benz “Worker model” has more in common with the writings of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson than those of Karl Marx. Lean on gimmicks and positioned as a blank canvas for owner-specific configuration, the Worker model is targeted at commercial van buyers such as […] 
 
 
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid / Plug-in Hybrid: Greening Kia’s Mid-Size Sedan  Feb 11th, 2016 
The Kia Optima is already a pretty satisfying and stylish ride, one that’s offered with a variety of powertrains, most notably a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. With sprightly performance and a remarkable 39-mpg highway fuel-economy rating from the EPA, that model knocks on the door of the 2016 Optima hybrid’s 40-mpg highway number, and does so […] 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: The Updated Three-Row Crossover Offers Greater Choice  Feb 11th, 2016 
In updating the three-row Santa Fe for 2017, Hyundai has made the likable crossover a numbers machine. Two, four, six, seven, and four—these numbers refer to the Santa Fe’s expanded choices this year, including two- or four-wheel drive, six- or seven-seat configurations, and four distinct trim levels. Last year, the only up-front choices the Santa […] 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: Updated Styling, Tech, and More – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
Ford Promises Four New SUVs Within Four Years, Signs Continue to Point to Reborn Bronco  Feb 11th, 2016 
During a speech at the 2016 Chicago auto show, Mark LaNeve, Ford’s VP of marketing, sales, and service, stated that the automaker sees no signs of the SUV and crossover boom abating within the next decade. To meet rising demand in America and abroad, then, Ford plans to introduce four new SUV models within 48 months, all […] 
 
 
2017 Ram Power Wagon: Unlimited Power! Unlimited Wagon! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder – First Drive Review  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Nissan Armada: Finally, a Redesign! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
4×4 Off-Road Packages for All! Ram Announces New Gear for All 2500 Pickups  Feb 11th, 2016 
While the bulk of the excitement on the Ram stand at the 2016 Chicago auto show may have centered around the new-for-2017 Power Wagon, the truck maker also had a little news for 2500 HD buyers interested in improved off-road chops without going full gonzo for the Power Wagon. Called, somewhat obviously, the Ram 2500 […] 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder Driven: Still Sensational Sans Roof  Feb 11th, 2016 
Since the Volkswagen Group began its assimilation of Lamborghini in 1998, the automaker from the sleepy Italian burg of Sant’Agata has nearly tripled its employees and increased sales from a few hundred cars per year to 3245 in 2015. A poster child for this explosive growth is the new Huracán coupe, the total sales of […] 
 
 
2017 Nissan Armada Officially Debuts: Finally, a Redesign!  Feb 11th, 2016 
Nissan just redesigned its massive Titan pickup for 2016, and so logic would have it that anything based on the Titan—e.g., the Armada SUV—might also get redesigned, adopting the Titan’s new underpinnings, powertrains, and so forth. In this case, logic would be half right: The 12-year-old Armada did just get redesigned. But this time around, […] 
 
 
2017 Ram Power Wagon: The Off-Road Beast Now Is More of a Rebel  Feb 11th, 2016 
As truck names go, “Power Wagon” is just about perfect. Just saying it conjures visions of manly men doing manly things with chainsaws, possibly in the woods, and certainly while wearing flannel shirts. Whereas the very capable Ford Raptor is focused on performing YouTube-worthy feats of high-speed derring-do, the Power Wagon has long been a […] 
 
 
Ill Accessorization: Dodge Durango Gets Brass Monkey, Anodized Platinum Packages  Feb 11th, 2016 
“I’m Tim K and I get respect, your 60-month finance is what I expect.” This is not a direct quote attributable to Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis, but let’s pretend, upon the occasion of the launch of the Durango’s Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum appearance packages, that it is. The Anodized Platinum package, available on Citadel models, […] 
 
 
4×4 Off-Road Packages for All! Ram Announces New Gear for All 2500 Pickups  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
GM's Online Used-Car Purchasing Site Goes Live  Feb 11th, 2016 
The automaker Factory Pre-Owned Collection portal is now live. The site, which will open up the automaker's remarketing channel to consumers, contains more than 30,000 used cars with less than 37,000 miles on the odometer. 
 
 
NHTSA Sides with Google, Officially Declares Autonomous-Car Software a “Driver”—Sorta  Feb 10th, 2016 
Uncle Sam already has determined that corporations, in some instances, can be considered people in the eyes of the law. And now, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, computers in self-driving cars can be, too. (No word on dogs.) A NHTSA reply to a request from Google’s Self-Driving Car lead engineer Chris Urmson, […] 
 
 
Honda Trucks Up the 2017 Ridgeline Pickup with Genuine Accessories  Feb 10th, 2016 
  
 
 
Audi, BMW, Volkswagen Add 1.7 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recalls  Feb 10th, 2016 
More than 2.5 million German cars have been recalled in the U.S. for defective Takata airbags this week, following expansions by Honda, Ford, and Mazda, as well as last month’s reporting of the 10th fatality. The total includes Mercedes’ recall of 841,000 cars and vans from the 2005–2014 model years that we reported separately. Among the 1.7 million additional […] 
 
 
Honda Trucks Up the 2017 Ridgeline Pickup with Genuine Accessories  Feb 10th, 2016 
Traditionally, the Chicago auto show has been referred to as “the truck show” by industry folks who remember the days when major automakers used to save their big pickup reveals for February in the blisteringly cold Midwestern city’s McCormick Place. Manufacturers might have stopped bringing their biggest and best rigs to Chicago years ago, but for […] 
 
 
2017 Cadillac XT5 Priced From $40K  Feb 10th, 2016 
If you’re as hip and fashionable as Cadillac hopes you’ll be as a 2017 XT5 shopper, you’ll need $39,990 to drive one away to the club, a Brooklyn warehouse, or whatever trendy hangouts the young affluent types crave. That’s the marketing hype, anyway. The XT5, which steps in for the brand’s bestselling SRX, has a […] 
 
 
2017 Cadillac XT5 Priced From $40K  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S Driven: Happily, Almost Exactly Like the Outgoing Turbo  Feb 10th, 2016 
I’m sitting in the passenger seat of an updated 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S in the pit lane of the reborn old Kyalami race circuit in South Africa. Sitting left seat is Jörg Bergmeister, a Porsche factory race car driver and a man I see with some frequency on Porsche media trips. He’s here in […] 
 
 
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S – First Drive Review  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
Carleton Announces New Suite of Lending Software  Feb 10th, 2016 
The suite includes the latest upgrades to the firm’s LoanSmart Solutions, which have been adopted by major lending software providers for more than 20 years. The offerings also meet the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s third-party vendor compliance recommendations and consumer privacy and security requirements. 
 
 
General Motors Recalls 426,000 Trucks for Faulty Brake Pedals  Feb 10th, 2016 
General Motors is recalling 426,573 pickups and police SUVs in the U.S. for brake pedals that can break, according to Reuters. A nut on the brake pedal’s pivot point, which keeps the pedal in place, can loosen and let the pedal move in any direction. At that point, stopping could be a real challenge, or […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz Recalls 841,000 Vehicles for Takata Airbags  Feb 10th, 2016 
Several Mercedes-Benz cars, SUVs, and vans have officially been recalled as part of the massive action concerning exploding, shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags. The company has just called back 705,000 passenger vehicles and another 136,000 Daimler-built vans in the U.S. Affected cars include the 2005–2014 C-class, E-class, GL-class, M-class, and SLK; the 2006–2012 R-class; and the 2011–2014 SLS AMG. The 2007–2014 Sprinter vans with Dodge, […] 
 
 
Sneak Peek: Honda Civic Hatchback  Feb 10th, 2016 
The U.S.-spec Honda Civic is adding a hatchback body style, and to get Civic fans pumped for its arrival, Honda has released a teaser sketch of its new baby’s back. Besides the model’s fast-sloping hatch, the sketch shows a rather racy center-exit dual exhaust. We’ll see more of the Civic hatch when it makes its debut […] 
 
 
GIF This: Audi Teases Compact Q1 Crossover  Feb 10th, 2016 
In the run-up to the 2016 Geneva auto show, Audi has chosen to cheekily remind everyone that its new Q1 subcompact crossover will make its first appearance in Switzerland this spring. (The blue crossover pictured above is an artist’s rendering of what it may look like.) We already were aware of Audi’s plans for a Q1—we even detailed the […] 
 
 
Wise F&I Products Now Available Through Dealertrack Aftermarket Network  Feb 10th, 2016 
Through the Dealertrack Aftermarket Network, F&I sales and submission processes will now be handled online. The new integration supports multiple Wise F&I products, including the firm's GAP, appearance care, vehicle service contracts and theft-deterrent programs. 
 
 
Midnight Comes Again: Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado Gain More Midnight Editions  Feb 10th, 2016 
As seems to happen almost every 24 hours, midnight is coming ’round again, with Chevrolet announcing still more Midnight Edition vehicles. This time the recipients are Silverado and Colorado pickups. This familiar option package, which also darkens the Impala and the Trax, is much as you’d expect: black paint, black trim replacing most all of […] 
 
 
Midnight Comes Again: Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado Gain More Midnight Editions  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE V-6 and V-8 Prepare to Terrorize America’s Racetracks, Live in Your Driveway  Feb 10th, 2016 
Muscle- and pony-car fans will always opt for the V-8, no matter the other choices available to them. Internet commenters and hacks will scoff at the idea that a V-6—or, worse, a turbocharged four-cylinder—could even be considered fun. Whatever. We think that the more sporting, rear-drive coupes that exist in this world, the better, no […] 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Trax: An Early Update  Feb 10th, 2016 
Chevy’s little Trax is one of the newer faces in the burgeoning subcompact-crossover cotillion. Judging by 2015, its first full year on sale—in which it rang up more than 400,000 purchases in 73 global markets, and placed second in the segment in the U.S., according to Chevrolet—it also is one of the more popular debutantes […] 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE: Now Available with a V-6 or a V-8! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
Crossover Tracks! Nissan Shows Off Tracked Winter Warrior CUVs [Video]  Feb 10th, 2016 
Everybody knows that crossovers are kinda wimpy compromises that offer a carlike ride and a trucklike ride height. Americans, however, don’t see themselves as wimpy people. We are, after all, a nation of rugged individualists, shopping at Target, eating at Applebee’s, and digging that subversive Macklemore cat. But sometimes, the trek to Bennigan’s gets a little more hairball […] 
 
 
Crossover Tracks! Nissan Shows Off Tracked Winter Warrior CUVs [Video]  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Trax: Small Changes for Chevy’s Smallest CUV – Official Photos and Info  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Scion iA Automatic Tested: Built By Mazda, Soon to Be a Toyota  Feb 10th, 2016 
At the time of this publishing, the Scion division is in the process of being dismantled and having the bulk of its lineup transferred under the Toyota banner. Although we can’t say we’re surprised at the announcement, the timing is unfortunate. For the first time in years, Scion has, in the recently minted iA subcompact, […] 
 
 
Explore More: New Sport Appearance Package Unveiled for the Prolific Ford Explorer  Feb 10th, 2016 
The Ford Explorer is riding the current SUV boom, with sales approaching 250,000 in 2015, a 19-percent increase over the previous year. But Ford seemingly will not rest until there’s an Explorer in every driveway. For the revised 2016 model, Ford already added a new, top-tier Platinum trim level and gave it the muscular 365-hp EcoBoost […] 
 
 
Explore More: New Sport Appearance Package Unveiled for the Prolific Ford Explorer  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Scion iA Automatic – Instrumented Test  Feb 9th, 2016 
 
 
 
BMW M2 Becomes Smallest, Newest M-Badged MotoGP Safety Car  Feb 9th, 2016 
It feels as though BMW’s introduction of a new high-performance M model dressed up as a Safety Car for the MotoGP motorcycle racing series has become an event so predictable you could set your watch to it. The phenomenon has held true the past few years, and this year BMW is lobbing its new M2 […] 
 
 
BMW M2 Becomes Smallest, Newest M-Badged MotoGP Safety Car  Feb 9th, 2016 
 
 
 
No, the EPA Didn’t Just Outlaw Your Race Car  Feb 9th, 2016 
Today, the automotive-enthusiast press went into a collective tizzy over a press release sent out by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association. In it, SEMA shed light on a previously unpublicized bit of wording buried within a giant, 629-page proposal drafted by the EPA in July of 2015. “EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles Into Racecars,” SEMA’s […] 
 
 
New EasyCare App Allows Dealers to ‘Own’ the ODBII Port  Feb 9th, 2016 
EasyCare is getting set to launch a new mobile app that will allow dealers to own the ODBII port in their customers’ vehicles. The connection will allow dealers to tailor service offers and alerts, as well as allow customers to perform a full health scan of their vehicle on their mobile device. 
 
 
VisionMenu Celebrates Econtracting Milestone  Feb 9th, 2016 
Econtracting through VisionMenu has grown from a few thousand contracts per month to more than 20,000 in January, and the company expects similar growth throughout the year. 
 
 
GWC Warranty Releases New Website Design  Feb 9th, 2016 
GWC Warranty's newly redesigned website is now live. It features simple-to-navigate content designed for dealers and customers alike. It also provides owners of GWC products with a dealer locator, and allows them to easily look up coverage, among other features. 
 
 
Ally Financial Increasing Carvana's Floorplan Credit Line  Feb 9th, 2016 
Ally Financial said this week it is increasing the online vehicle retailer's floorplan credit line from $60 million to $125 million. This will allow Carvana to finance approximately 7,100 vehicles, up from 3,400. 
 
 
Collapse. Create. Repeat.  Feb 9th, 2016 
An F&I manager says his customers' buying and ownership habits are making it difficult to sell GAP and service contracts. The magazine's resident F&I pro has the answer. 
 
 
JM Family Enterprises Announces Four Senior-Level Promotions  Feb 9th, 2016 
Rajeev Ravindran was named CIO, while Hank Grooms was appointed vice president of marketing and field operations for Southeast Toyota Distributors. Additionally, Ed Brown will now serve as group vice president of operations, while Jonna Sherry was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for World Omni. 
 
 
Becoming an F&I Manager  Feb 9th, 2016 
F&I isn't for the faint of heart. His Madness delves into the compliance side of the F&I manager's role in Part One of his two-part series on becoming an F&I manager. 
 
 
Simply Red: The Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition  Feb 9th, 2016 
Subaru’s XV Crosstrek, a slightly lifted and otherwise not-that-different variant of the Impreza hatchback, has been a surprise hit for the brand. Perhaps because the affordably priced neo-crossover has been so popular, Subaru doesn’t feel it has to try terribly hard with the new XV Crosstrek Special Edition. Besides some additional equipment, mostly what’s different […] 
 
 
Q4 2015 Outstanding Loan Balances Reach Highest Level on Record, Experian Reports  Feb 9th, 2016 
Outstanding auto loan balances totaled $987 billion in the fourth quarter 2015, up 11.5% from the year-ago period and the highest level since Experian Automotive began publicly tracking the data in 2006. 
 
 
Grass Roots Program Makes St. Thomas Best in Show at Provincial Marketing Awards  Feb 9th, 2016 
#stthomasproud wins again - this time at the Provincial level. Born out of negativity following the global economic downturn and fueled by a resilient positivity, #stthomasproud has become commonplace on social media and other marketing channels. 
 
 
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Revealed! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
Car and Driver Tested: The Quickest Cars from the 1950s to Today  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 BMW Alpina B7: The 600-hp 7-series that Still Isn’t Called an M7  Feb 8th, 2016 
Similar to this year’s field of presidential candidates, the upper echelon of luxury sedans offers a plethora of establishment choices seasoned by a few outsiders. Against veritable four-door stalwarts such as the Mercedes-Benz S-class, Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, and BMW 7-series, stand fringe offerings—Porsche’s Panamera, Maserati’s Quattroporte—and special variants of more mainstream models, your AMG […] 
 
 
2017 BMW Alpina B7: Still the M7 BMW Won’t Build – Official Photos and Info  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
Is It in ‘Park’? NHTSA Investigating Confusing Gearshift in Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps  Feb 8th, 2016 
This past summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation into just over 400,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees, after some owners alleged their vehicles would roll away after being shifted into Park. NHTSA has since more than doubled the number of Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles being investigated. And the agency now blames the […] 
 
 
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso: The Four-Place Ferrari  Feb 8th, 2016 
When Ferrari’s FF made its debut for 2012, the model broke new ground by being the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive. (The four-wheel-drive system and the car’s four-place layout led to the “FF” designation.) The newly unveiled follow-up version adds four-wheel steering to the mix, but rather than adding a third “F” to the model […] 
 
 
The 7 New Rules of Car Buying: How to Shop in Today’s World  Feb 8th, 2016 
There are few truly bad vehicles for sale today, but, when there are more models boasting more whistles and bells than ever before, that doesn’t make car shopping easy. Even if you’re car savvy, you can still make an uninformed choice or get a bad deal. And the wealth of resources for information can obscure […] 
 
 
The General’s Motorsports Skunkworks: Inside the GM Performance Racing Center  Feb 8th, 2016 
Basking in the warm glow of its remarkable success at the recent Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race (see the bottom of this post), GM flung open the doors of its new Performance Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan, to provide a look at how the pros prepare for road-, drag-, oval-, and Indy-car racing. […] 
 
 
The CFPB's Misguided Crusade  Feb 8th, 2016 
AFIP's executive director has some choice words for President Obama, Sen. Warren and the 'smartest guys in the room.' 
 
 
Measuring Up  Feb 8th, 2016 
AutoNation's $1,500 per-copy claim was a great achievement, but one industry vet warns F&I pros against using it as a benchmark for F&I success. 
 
 
Want vs. Need: A Lesson in Salesmanship  Feb 8th, 2016 
Industry veteran tells an entertaining tale of a conquest sale from 40 years ago to relay three key lessons about salesmanship and the art of listening. 
 
 
Perfecting the F&I Turnover  Feb 8th, 2016 
Expert says salespeople play a critical role in what happens in the F&I office. She lists four ways they can successfully pave the road to back-end sales. 
 
 
Fighter Pilot Bruce Bright to Keynote Dealer Summit  Feb 8th, 2016 
Organizers of Dealer Summit have announced that Lt. Col. Bruce Bright, USMC (Ret.) will deliver a motivational keynote address at the event, which will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
Ex–Stirling Moss Ferrari Is the Second-Most-Expensive Car Ever to Sell at Auction  Feb 8th, 2016 
A 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider once raced by Sir Stirling Moss brought $35.8 million at the Artcurial auction at the Retromobile event in France, making it the second-most-expensive car ever to sell at auction. That is, if you’re measuring in dollars. The Retromobile car sold for 32.075 million euros, which translates to $35.8 million. The […] 
 
 
24 Things You Didn’t Expect Were Made By Car Companies  Feb 8th, 2016 
We call them automakers, but over the years car companies have made a lot of interesting things that weren't cars at all.  
 
 
Report Claims Crash Test Troubles Behind Alfa Romeo Giulia Delay  Feb 5th, 2016 
Although the 4C sports car marked Alfa Romeo’s return to North America (notwithstanding the ultra-limited-production 8C Competizione coupe and 8C Spider of a few years earlier), it is the Giulia sedan that really is tasked with reestablishing the brand’s presence here. Alfa has been somewhat vague in discussing timing for the all-new model, but at […] 
 
 
Super Bowl 50: Watch Every Car Ad from the Big Game!  Feb 5th, 2016 
Last year’s Super Bowl saw a decline in automotive advertising, with only nine scheduled for the Big Game. In hindsight, that doesn’t seem like a misstep, given how 2015 shattered car-sales records, the automakers made out okay avoiding big-budget ads and expensive airtime. Of course, we car fans missed the extra dash of automotive goodness during the Super Bowl, […] 
 
 
They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular: See All 18 Seinfeld Porsches, VWs Heading to Auction  Feb 5th, 2016 
At first there were three, now there are 18—that’s the total number of Porsches (and Volkswagens) Jerry Seinfeld has consigned to the Gooding & Company auction at Amelia Island next month. Besides releasing the full list of cars the actor, comedian, and noted Porsche-head plans to part with, Gooding & Co. also shared photos of the cars. […] 
 
 
Opel Mokka X Previews Updated Buick Encore  Feb 5th, 2016 
The Buick Encore is the brand’s first subcompact crossover, and it has done well in the market. The Encore has a cousin in Germany, the Opel Mokka, and that model has just received its first update along with a new suffix—it’s now called the Mokka X. The revisions provide an early indication of what we […] 
 
 
ACO Accepts Four (Ideally, Fully Functioning) Ford GTs to 2016 Le Mans Race  Feb 5th, 2016 
After a disastrous debut at last weekend’s Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona, all four of Chip Ganassi’s Ford GT racers have been accepted to compete in the 2016 running of Le Mans. Despite Ford having already declared its intent to go racing at Le Mans, today it became official. The announcement should be a […] 
 
 
Red, Fight, and Blue: Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. Mustang Shelby GT350!  Feb 5th, 2016 
Chairman Mao Zedong, a fan of the red but not so much of the white or the blue, once said, “I got more hoes than the ozone.” Oh wait, it might have been Abraham Lincoln who said that. The quote we were Google-searching for from Chairman Mao was something about asymmetric warfare, about how a […] 
 
 
BMW M Looking at Possible Electrification, Hybrids  Feb 5th, 2016 
In a report from AutoExpress that, once read, seems patently obvious on the surface, a BMW executive is quoted describing how the company’s high-performance M division is looking at hybrids and electrified vehicles down the road. (BMW itself has already dived headfirst into electrics and hybrids with the i division and plug-in-hybrid variants of every model […] 
 
 
They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular: All 18 Seinfeld Porsches, VWs Heading to Auction  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
ACO Accepts Four (Ideally, Fully Functioning) Ford GTs to 2016 Le Mans Race  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – Comparison Tests  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
Gurney in 2016! Racing Great Developing Counter-Rotating, Twin-Crank Two-Cylinder Engine  Feb 5th, 2016 
From the February 2016 issue While poltroons, charlatans, earnest amateurs, and fuzzy idealists vie for the presidency, in Southern Cali­fornia, Dan Gurney drafts proposals for a ­better internal-combustion engine. No, it’s not 1964, and we’re no longer stumping to send Mr. ­Gurney to Washington. But the 84-year-old non­pareil racer-cum-inventor refuses to retire. His latest work […] 
 
 
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