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2015 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ Quick Drive  Nov 25th, 2014 
The Chevrolet Suburban sports a new design for the 2015 model year. 
 
 
This 2015 Ford Mustang Is the First to Break into the Nines [VIDEO]  Nov 25th, 2014 
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT has barely hit the streets, but the folks at Bama Performance have already created a drag-strip dominator from one. What did they wring out of the new S550-chassis Mustang? Oh, just a 9.91-second quarter at 135 mph, no turbos or superchargers required: The naturally aspirated build is an example of what can happen […] 
 
 
Honda Hid Nearly 1,800 Injuries and Deaths From NHTSA For More Than a Decade  Nov 25th, 2014 
Honda Motor Company disclosed this week that it failed to report 1,729 injuries or deaths to the NHTSA as required by law. The unreported incidents, which occurred between 2003 and 2014, vastly outweigh the approximately 900 injuries or deaths the company did report during that time. The New York Times reports that this week’s revelation comes after […] 
 
 
2015 Smart Forfour First Drive: Why Isn’t the Five-Door Smart Coming Here?  Nov 25th, 2014 
The Smart Fortwo is a known quantity. It’s the expensive novelty you often see strewn haphazardly on snippets of unclaimed urban streetscape, especially in Europe. It survives because of Daimler stubbornness—after 16 years, the automaker has yet to boast of a Smart profit—and burbles along at about 100,000 global sales per year, partly because it’s […] 
 
 
AutoShop Express Publishes Winter Survival Tips for Auto Dealers & Repair Shops  Nov 25th, 2014 
Purchasing and customizing the right auto dealership supplies is important year-round. 
 
 
Scion Exec Says FR-S Convertible and Turbo Models Won’t Happen  Nov 24th, 2014 
After years of reports indicating one thing, then the other, before swinging back to the first thing, neither a convertible nor a turbocharged variant of Scion’s FR-S sports car will see the light of day. In an interview with WardsAuto, Scion senior vice president Doug Murtha states unequivocally that the FR-S will remain a coupe with […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 206  Nov 24th, 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. Because we’re feeling rather thankful this week, the first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals prize […] 
 
 
Ferrari Fires F1 Team Principal After One Season, Hires Marlboro Exec  Nov 24th, 2014 
Tough times at Ferrari’s Formula 1 team: After a disastrous season that found Scuderia Ferrari nearly 500 points behind number-one constructor Mercedes, heads continue to roll. The team just announced that F1 boss Marco Mattiacci is out, replaced by Marlboro senior executive Maurizio Arrivabene. Arrivabene comes to Ferrari after 17 years at Philip Morris, where […] 
 
 
Homicide Conviction Overturned in Accident Traced to GM Ignition Switch  Nov 24th, 2014 
Ten years, one week, and two days ago, Gene Mikale Erickson died in a car accident, a passenger in his girlfriend’s Saturn Ion. The driver, Candice Anderson, survived and was charged with criminally negligent homicide based on what appears to have been sloppy police work. Today, seven years after her conviction, a Texas judge has cleared Anderson’s […] 
 
 
The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Is the CLA as Nature Intended  Nov 24th, 2014 
The fifth—and by far our favorite—iteration of Mercedes’ latest front-wheel-drive platform, the CLA Shooting Brake arrives with the ability to haul more stuff and melt plenty of hearts. (The others: A-class hatch, B-class hatch, CLA-class sedan, and GLA-class crossover.) No, this little brother to the CLS Shooting Brake won’t come here, but we can at least dig on the […] 
 
 
Gearing Up: Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler To Get Eight-Speed Automatic  Nov 24th, 2014 
Among the rumors and speculation that surrounds the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, one thing is certain: Its fuel economy must be improved from the current model‘s less than stellar 17-mpg city and 21-mpg highway numbers. A recent report in Automotive News points to a major change that will help in that mission. AN reports that a recent Fiat-Chrysler filing with […] 
 
 
Look Out, Subaru: VW Golf SportWagen Confirmed to Offer AWD in U.S.  Nov 24th, 2014 
Volkswagen’s new Golf SportWagen—yes, it’s happening, even if VW only is calling it a “concept” (pictured above) for now—is everything we dig in a compact: It’s attractive, should come with a choice of turbocharged gas and diesel engines, and it’s a wagon. Now we have even more to look forward to when the Golf SportWagen […] 
 
 
UM, HOLY CRAP: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 FIRST TEST!  Nov 24th, 2014 
A few years ago, during the darkest hours of the GM bankruptcy, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter found himself on a conference call with company execs and government overseers. A conversation on the bolts and screws of bailing out GM suddenly halted when one of the federales, a Corvette fan, wanted to know the plan […] 
 
 
Aluminati: Official 2015 Ford F-150 EPA Fuel-Economy Numbers Released  Nov 22nd, 2014 
There’s been no shortage of debate surrounding Ford’s decision to adopt aluminum construction for the new 2015 F-150 pickup, and now we have some key metrics that will feed the fire: EPA fuel-economy ratings. The headline number that Ford is keen to hang its efficiency hat on is for trucks equipped with the 282-hp 2.7-liter […] 
 
 
Report: 2015 Corvette Z06 Gets 13 MPG City, 23 MPG Highway  Nov 21st, 2014 
GT Spirit claims to have gotten its hands on “leaked” 2015 Corvette Z06 fuel-economy ratings. This is about as unconfirmed as unconfirmed gets, so take it with a grain of salt, but the numbers seem pretty believable: 13 mpg city, 23 highway, and 16 combined, with the eight-speed automatic. Hey, 650 horses were never gonna be […] 
 
 
This Site Could Take the Hassle Out of Buying and Selling Used Cars  Nov 21st, 2014 
This is Silicon Valley’s success formula: Get funding; conspire with friends to use the internet to disrupt an existing industry; rake in money. Alejandro Resnick, 32, and Owen Savir, 33, are attempting to apply the formula to the used-car business with their brainchild, Beepi.com. The site acts as a virtual used-car lot, where buyers can […] 
 
 
There Will Be Burnouts: Jaguar Will Still Sell RWD F-type R Outside of U.S.  Nov 21st, 2014 
For 2016, the weapons-grade Jaguar F-type R will be required to pass a good-behavior course and carefully route its 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels instead of two. Ironically, it’s in Britain—where antisocial-behavior orders are an actual civil offense—where the rear-wheel-drive R will carry on with its smoky, irreverent burnouts. […] 
 
 
2016 Audi S6 First Drive: More Power, Similarly Subdued Styling  Nov 21st, 2014 
There are two paths to creating a high-performance sedan. First, install a large and powerful engine under the hood. Then, you can either announce its presence to the world by adding spoilers, fender flares, a body kit, stripes, scoops, and assorted whirligigs—or you can avoid all that and keep the power in hiding. The exemplar […] 
 
 
The 10 Cars You Need to See from the 2014 L.A. Auto Show  Nov 21st, 2014 
Get ready to turn on some A/C—these are the hottest rides from the L.A. show.  
 
 
Johan de Nysschen: Cadillac Diesels in 2019, Possible 911 Fighter in a Decade  Nov 21st, 2014 
There’s been consternation. There’s been hand-wringing. There’s been the gnashing of teeth. If new president Johan de Nysschen hasn’t turned Cadillac on its ear, he’s certainly stirred the pot with the new CT/XT(X) naming scheme and the GM division’s impending move to the island of Manhattan. At this point, both are done deals. So rather than […] 
 
 
Buffalo’s Epic Snowstorm Couldn’t Stop This Man and His 560-hp ’81 911 Turbo—Until It Did  Nov 21st, 2014 
Having spent more than 35 years traveling the globe to work on some of the most exotic Porsches of all time, Jay Lloyds probably never figured he’d come close to meeting his demise in a blizzard outside of Buffalo, New York. Just five days earlier, Lloyds was in his suburban Toronto Porsche performance shop finishing up a custom wastegate […] 
 
 
Watch a Semi-Truck’s World-Record Jump Over a Lotus F1 Car  Nov 21st, 2014 
Wanna see a world-record stunt? Something crazy and mind-blowing and death-defying? How does a tractor-trailer breaking the Guinness World Record for jump length tickle you? Oh, and for good measure, a Lotus Formula 1 car. Yeah, that’ll do. So here’s the setup: Mike Ryan, the guy who can race a big rig up Pikes Peak […] 
 
 
Audi Shows Off Fuel-Cell A7 Sportback H-tron at the L.A. Auto Show  Nov 21st, 2014 
Audi loves using its handsome A7 fastback as the foundation for freaky experiments–witness the self-driving RS7 that blasted to 150 mph at Hockenheim with nobody at the wheel. This week at the L.A. auto show, Audi showed off its latest riff, a plug-in-hybrid fuel-cell A7 named H-tron Quattro that performs like a regular gas-powered sedan, […] 
 
 
Forget Austin: These 7 Outrageous Vehicles are Keeping the L.A. Show Weird  Nov 21st, 2014 
Beneath the main level of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the truly bizarre shines bright. 
 
 
It’s Official: Sebastian Vettel Leaves Red Bull to Join Scuderia Ferrari  Nov 21st, 2014 
Well, it’s official: Sebastian Vettel, Formula 1’s youngest champion, will drive for Ferrari starting with the 2015 racing season. That’s not surprising to race fans, who suspected Vettel was headed for the prancing horse ever since he left Infiniti Red Bull in early October. But the news is finally confirmed, after a weird few days and […] 
 
 
Cadillac’s Marketing Boss Calls Germans “Sterile”, Doesn’t Care How Much You Hate Alphanumeric Badges  Nov 21st, 2014 
Cadillac chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus is an energetic guy—the kind who taps the tabletop for emphasis in conversation—and he doesn’t mince words. We sat down with the man at the L.A. show and got his lively, spirited take on Cadillac’s plans to match the German marques’ sales volumes—with new small sedans, more crossovers, and, yes, a passionless alphanumeric […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 First Drive: Jeep-Like Off-Road, Enormously  Nov 21st, 2014 
Never before have we pondered a subconscious connection with the contents of an uncracked egg, but there’s a first time for everything. In this case, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 is the shell and we’re its quivery innards, practically foaming as the big van teeter-totters up and down a craggy off-road course outside of the Ladson, […] 
 
 
The 54.5-mpg CAFE Target Looms Large—Here’s How Companies Currently Stack Up  Nov 21st, 2014 
These days, just about every bit of technical wizardry—direct injection, turbocharging, lightweight construction—targets higher efficiency. That’s because we’re in the middle of America’s greatest-ever increase in fuel-economy requirements. In 2017, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for cars takes off toward 55.8 mpg in 2025, double 2010’s 27.5 mpg. In that same time, truck […] 
 
 
Free Stuff Alert! This Is the Best Swag We Nabbed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show  Nov 21st, 2014 
This is how automakers give journalists new product information in style.  
 
 
5 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350’s Flat-Crank V-8  Nov 21st, 2014 
Ford finally unveiled its new Mustang Shelby GT350 track scalpel this week, and the car is packed with tons of interesting details—but none as tantalizing as the Blue Oval’s first-ever flat-plane-crankshaft engine, a 5.2-liter screamer of a V-8. We still don’t know some of the most important details, like exact output or how much the car will cost, nor do […] 
 
 
All Radness, No Badness: 7 Hot Race and Performance Cars from the L.A. Auto Show  Nov 21st, 2014 
Looking for cars you can't drive on the street, can't buy, or can't afford (or all three)? 
 
 
9 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Race Car  Nov 21st, 2014 
Careful, this story might convince you to go racing.  
 
 
The Hottest New Cars at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, in Just Three Minutes  Nov 20th, 2014 
The 2014 Los Angeles auto show is a wrap, which means it’s time to recap the event’s hottest car debuts—and in snazzy, high-def video. What better place to start than with the show’s marquee reveal, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350? That’s not all, though, as our moving tour also includes Mazda’s newest crossover (yep, a […] 
 
 
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country Photos and Info: Raising the Wagon’s Profile  Nov 20th, 2014 
Raising a station wagon on its suspension for longer wheel travel and giving it some rugged-looking fender extensions, sill protectors, and skid plates might not seem like a big deal, but look what it did for the Subaru Outback and the Audi Allroad. Volvo first did the trick way back in 1997 with its V70 […] 
 
 
SHO ‘Nuff: A Visual History of Ford’s Iconic Taurus SHO Supersedan  Nov 20th, 2014 
A visual and textual exploration of the SHO story from 1989 through present day. 
 
 
R’med and Ready: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pricing Released!  Nov 20th, 2014 
Suddenly quit your job and move to Nepal, and explaining yourself will be nearly as difficult as spending nearly 40 grand for a Volkswagen Golf. At $37,415, the 2015 Golf R five-door nips at 2015 Audi S3 territory, yet R buyers know they’re really getting the Audi with tidier proportions, a useful hatchback, and a $4580 discount. Both cars are based […] 
 
 
The 5 Hottest Concept Cars of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show  Nov 20th, 2014 
The best conceptual art from the floor of the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. 
 
 
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept Reports for Dirty in L.A.  Nov 20th, 2014 
’Round here, us boys hanker for a certain Volkswagen pickup, the mid-size, twin-turbo diesel Amarok that Europeans take to their version of football tailgate parties. Since foreign-made pickups can’t turn a rock on American soil, we’ll never crack a Budweiser over an Amarok or see Brad Paisley pen a country song about how it rides […] 
 
 
Fla. Dealer Sues Former Employee Over Online Review  Nov 20th, 2014 
Evolution Auto Sales filed a lawsuit against a former employee who posted a review on a job search site accusing the dealership of illegal practices. 
 
 
Experian Automotive: Delinquency Rates Rising  Nov 20th, 2014 
In the third quarter of 2014, 30- and 60-day automotive-loan delinquencies grew 3.7% and 8.6%, respectively, from the previous year. The change was due to growth in subprime loans. 
 
 
CFPB Needs a New 'Tool,’ Study Finds  Nov 20th, 2014 
F&I and Showroom delves into a new study commissioned by the American Financial Services Association. It concludes that the CFPB’s use of the BISG proxy method is “conceptually flawed” and could lead to overstatement of alleged harm to consumers. 
 
 
Lincoln, VW Captives Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction, JD Power Reports  Nov 20th, 2014 
The firm's annual study shows that Lincoln Automotive Financial Services ranked highest in the luxury segment, while Volkswagen Credit took top honors in the mass-market segment. 
 
 
2016 Acura ILX Photos and Info: One Engine, 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic  Nov 20th, 2014 
It’s no secret that Acura is on a spiritual journey to find itself. The maker took its first step with the recent release of the TLX sedan, a move that wasn’t wholly redefining but did eliminate the nearly redundant TL and TSX sedans. The next stop on the path to reinvention sees the ILX, a […] 
 
 
Grande Ballroom: Bentley Grand Convertible Concept Bows at L.A. Show  Nov 20th, 2014 
Since the last of the Rolls-Royce/Bentley–based convertibles, the mighty Azure, rolled off into the Cannes sunset, Crewe has been without a luxuriant behemoth of a droptop. Sure, you can buy a Continental GT convertible, but anybody worth his Centurion card knows that a Conti’s a poor substitute for yards upon yards of full-Brit dreadnought class […] 
 
 
2016 Fiat 500X Arrives in America, Because America Needs Another 500  Nov 20th, 2014 
Once, not so long ago, the Fiat brand offered a complete portfolio of vehicles, stretching from the tiny Cinquecento to upmarket sedans and sports cars. Each had its distinct character. But for some years now, virtually every new Fiat pretends to be an extension of the 500—which, at its core, is little more than a […] 
 
 
The VW Golf SportWagen HyMotion May Be the Most Advanced Golf Yet  Nov 20th, 2014 
Question for Elon Musk: How “bullsh*t” is hydrogen when major automakers continue to develop battery-free, hydrogen-electric cars like never before? That the Tesla CEO downplays hydrogen as he does gasoline is not a shocker, as the man is building what may become the world’s largest battery plant. But over the next few years, Honda, BMW, Toyota, […] 
 
 
Mini Citysurfer Concept: Hey, Look—an Actually Mini Mini!  Nov 20th, 2014 
On more than one occasion in the past few years, we have wondered how exactly the Mini brand pays justice to its name anymore. One “Maxi”-size car followed after another, from the Countryman to the Paceman to the current, fourth-generation car (the third under BMW ownership), which now comes with four doors. Judging from this […] 
 
 
Hey, We Found a Pile of Sweet Vintage Porsches, Benzes, and Detroit Iron at the L.A. Auto Show  Nov 20th, 2014 
Wait—what L.A. auto show? These classics had their own thing going on just outside. 
 
 
Chevy’s Chaparral GT6 Concept Is a Real Thing with Theoretical Laser-Based Propulsion  Nov 19th, 2014 
Subaru’s Vision Gran Turismo for the PlayStation game looked to a dried fish for inspiration. The Chevrolet team looked to theoretical space-propulsion technology and built a concept around a hypothetical laser-drive system. GM challenged its designers to make a car that embodies the spirit of Chaparral, pushing rulebooks to the breaking point. Of course, in […] 
 
 
The Full 360: View Mazda’s Hot 2016 MX-5 Miata Cup Race Car In the Round  Nov 19th, 2014 
 
 
 
2015 10Best Cars: Secrets of Our Test Route Revealed  Nov 19th, 2014 
From the January 2015 issue of Car and Driver If 10Best testing is like any form of motorsports, it’s like rallying. No, we don’t time our laps around our 13.5-mile loop because we are not entirely insane. And unlike rallying, we don’t have co-drivers barking coded messages at us about what dangers lie beyond the […] 
 
 
2015 10Best Cars: And the Winners Are . . .  Nov 19th, 2014 
There are roughly 150 new car models on the market today, many of them only narrowly distinguishable from each other. The sedans are flame-surfaced affairs with elongated rooflines, and even the sporty coupes rely on huge grilles to trumpet their brand lineage. Most emit the same muffled calls, so you can’t reliably classify them by […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda CX-5 Revealed with Gussied-Up Insides, Same Great Chassis  Nov 19th, 2014 
Mazda has been on a roll the past few years, whipping up a number of remarkably well-executed and agile vehicles using its Skyactiv engine and chassis technologies. The first such vehicle to debut was the excellent CX-5 crossover, a two-time C/D comparison-test winner. Already updated once for 2014 to add a more robust 2.5-liter engine […] 
 
 
Burly Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 4×4 Is the Love Child of the Jeep Wrangler and the Insane G63 6×6  Nov 19th, 2014 
The utterly brutal and fantastic 6×6 variation of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is the least subtle Geländewagen ever built. We don’t know exactly how many the company actually constructed and sold $500,000 and up, but there’s no doubt the thing blew up among the internet-trawling cognoscenti of all things outrageous. If anything, it showed there’s […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda 6 Sedan Debuts in L.A. with Upgraded Interior, Subtly Tailored Body  Nov 19th, 2014 
Not content with its 10Best Cars status, its place atop our 5 Best Family Sedans list, and having taken down the formidable Honda Accord in a comparison test, the Mazda 6 is donning a dapper new suit for 2016. Well, let’s call it a new suit vest, since the majority of the sedan’s changes affect […] 
 
 
Inside Design: Mazda U.S. Design Chief Talks Miata, CX-3, and Performance Models  Nov 19th, 2014 
Design has played a huge role in Mazda’s recent product renaissance—as well as its recent 10Best Cars wins—so we jumped at the chance to sit down with Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s U.S. design chief, and discuss how the company’s successful Kodo design language is going to evolve, the tricky challenge of redesigning the Miata, the not-so-difficult challenge of making the […] 
 
 
2016 Honda HR-V Revealed: Fit-Based CUV Offers More Cargo Room and AWD  Nov 19th, 2014 
When Honda announced that the production version of its Urban SUV Concept would see daylight wearing the HR-V moniker, a waggish friend suggested that henceforth, the new small ute should be referred to as “the Hervé” in honor of late actor Hervé Villechaize, who notably played Ricardo Montalban’s diminutive sidekick on Fantasy Island. In Japan, […] 
 
 
Lexus LF-C2 Concept Car: The Production RC Convertible By Another Name  Nov 19th, 2014 
Lexus convertibles have a bit of a checkered history. Fifteen or so years ago, the SC430 was unveiled and subsequently pitched against the Mercedes-Benz SL; it was a fast, smooth, and quiet machine, but its conservative styling and milquetoast handling characteristics haven’t aged well over the years. (It didn’t do so hot in period, either, […] 
 
 
CFPB Takes First Action Against BHPH Dealer  Nov 19th, 2014 
DriveTime Automotive Group was ordered to pay an $8 million penalty for making harassing debt collection calls and providing inaccurate credit information to credit reporting agencies. 
 
 
CFPB Methodology Flawed, New Study Concludes  Nov 19th, 2014 
A new study released by the American Financial Services Association finds bias and high error rates in the CFPB's proxy methodology for determining disparate impact. 
 
 
CX-360! Get the Full 360-Degree 2016 Mazda CX-3 Experience  Nov 19th, 2014 
See Mazda's hot new compact crossover from every angle.  
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Debuts: The S-class You Want if Your Name is Galactus  Nov 19th, 2014 
“The choice of a gentleman.” That’s Daimler’s line in China, where the Mercedes-Maybach S-class was shown a few hours before its debut at the Los Angeles auto show. We don’t think this slogan would fly in the U.S.—may we suggest “Occupy what now?”—but it emphasizes the fact that this S-class is all about conservative style […] 
 
 
2015 Chrysler 300 Sedan Gets New Transmission and Range-Topping Model  Nov 19th, 2014 
Within the spectrum of Chrysler’s vehicles, no car more fully embodies the brash Detroit-ness the brand seeks to exemplify than the big, bold, and luxurious 300 sedan. Four model years after its first major redesign, the Chrysler 300 is getting a little extra Motown love for 2015 in the form of a refresh. The updated […] 
 
 
Shelby Mustang Stampede: Classic GT350s, GT500s Gather for New GT350’s Launch in L.A.  Nov 19th, 2014 
The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 receives a warm welcome into the family. 
 
 
Lexus Confirms Production Version of Stunning LF-LC Sports Coupe  Nov 19th, 2014 
Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit show, the Lexus LF-LC concept’s unflinching styling has polarized observers. (We think it looks grand.) Whether it’s for the sake of seeing whether Lexus would follow through with a production version, or genuine excitement to see it on the road, what has been universal is anticipation for a green light. Recent comments from […] 
 
 
2016 Jaguar F-type Gains Manual, AWD Options, and the 550-hp R Model Goes Topless!  Nov 19th, 2014 
Good things come in threes, a cliché confirmed by Jaguar’s trio of major updates to one of our favorite sports cars, the seductive F-type. Each of the 2016 F-type’s bonuses were expected in some form or another, with one being something we’ve been desperately anticipating like jungle cats licking their chops over a wounded elk. […] 
 
 
Cash-n-Carry Motors Will Give a 2007 Ford Taurus to One Lucky Winner  Nov 19th, 2014 
Drawing for winner of car giveaway contest will be Nov. 22 at Savannah used car lot. 
 
 
2016 Mazda CX-3 Debuts, Already Owns All Other Tiny Crossovers  Nov 19th, 2014 
The reveal of an all-new subcompact crossover typically elicits reactions from us that border on comatose. We look up, shrug, and then pour a beer and fantasize about all the bolt-ons we want to buy for our track cars. Or that classic Ford Bronco we could totally bring back from the brink of death. READ […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen: A 296-hp, Long-Roofed Object of Lust  Nov 19th, 2014 
Our parents always told us that things are often not what they seem. Like that time we saw Megan Fox at an auto-industry event; she was most definitely not there to have a sweet hang-out session with hundreds of bacon-loving journalists. And just because you see the Volkswagen Golf R Variant posting up in front […] 
 
 
Can’t Make It to the 2014 L.A. Auto Show? Watch the Live Stream of Mazda’s Big Reveals  Nov 19th, 2014 
So there you are, unable to attend the L.A. auto show media days and desperately wanting to see the Mazda press conference. Turns out you’re in luck! Mazda has set up a live stream so you can watch the all-new CX-3, new MX-5 Miata, and refreshed 2016 6 sedan (that’s the current one above) and CX-5 crossover being […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Explorer Gets a Major Overhaul: New EcoBoost Motor, Luxe Top-Spec Trim, and More  Nov 19th, 2014 
The Ford Explorer fights in a crowded and highly competitive segment, duking it out with vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, and Nissan Pathfinder. It’s a huge and hugely profitable segment, and now Ford has re-armed its Explorer with an incredibly comprehensive midcycle update that brings significant change­­­­­­­­­s outside, inside, and […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Revealed, Packs 455-hp Twin-Turbo V-6 and a Manual!  Nov 19th, 2014 
In a world where the highest-profile Cadillac—you know the one—rides on gigantic rims, factory or otherwise, it’s telling that the new 2016 ATS-V’s only available wheel diameter is a humble 18 inches. As the ATS-V sedan and coupe make their long-awaited world debut in L.A., the cars’ wheel size is the ideal starting point to […] 
 
 
2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Sedan Debuts with Fancy Tech, Tire-Fire Styling  Nov 19th, 2014 
The first-generation Toyota Prius wasn’t cute—that sucking-on-a-lemon face, awkwardly tall body, stubby trunk, funny little wheels—and yet we’re being barraged by image after image of the little frumpster during a Toyota slideshow at the launch of its new fuel-cell electric vehicle, the Mirai. It is all part of an effort to cement in our minds […] 
 
 
Audi Prologue Concept Photos and Info: Evolving Four-Ringed Design  Nov 19th, 2014 
Over the past decade or so, Audi has become synonymous with class-leading design and engineering. In doing so, it transcended its prior status as an also-ran to emerge as a powerful force in the premium segment, and that reinvention spurred the stale competition into action. One need only look to the BMW i8 to see […] 
 
 
Watch Live Tonight as Mazda Unveils All-New CX-3 Crossover and MX-5 Miata at Exclusive L.A. Event  Nov 18th, 2014 
Fans of the Miata and small crossovers alike, take heed: Mazda is going to be showing of the all-new 2016 CX-3 and MX-5 Miata at an exclusive event tonight, and you can be there, too. Digitally, at least. Based on the upcoming second-gen Mazda 2 hatch, the bite-size CX-3 joins a growing segment aimed at buyers jonesing for utility […] 
 
 
Watch Cadillac’s New ATS-V Rip Off a 0-138-0-mph Run  Nov 18th, 2014 
Cadillac will officially introduce the ATS-V coupe to the world tonight at an event on the eve of the L.A. auto show. But the company couldn’t help teasing us one more time ahead of the car’s debut. Here, for your viewing and listening pleasure, is a camouflaged coupe blasting from zero to 138 mph and back […] 
 
 
Low Gas Prices Haven’t Resuscitated Sales of Massive SUVs, Despite What You’ve Read  Nov 18th, 2014 
The average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline has dipped below $3.00 for the first time since late December 2010, and that’s apparently all it takes for the Washington Post to hallucinate and imagine that Hummers have suddenly become popular again. Last we checked, Ricky Martin hasn’t had a hit single in years, and […] 
 
 
Remember the Beater Craigslist 1996 Maxima? Nissan Just Finished Restoring It  Nov 18th, 2014 
Last year, filmmaker Luke Aker decided to have some fun when he put his beater ’96 Nissan Maxima on Craigslist. He also made a video promoting the car in the style of an actual luxury-car commercial. Here it is: What he didn’t expect was for the video to go completely viral—it’s racked up nearly 2 […] 
 
 
Subaru’s Gnarly Concept for Gran Turismo 6 Needs to Be Real—Right Now  Nov 18th, 2014 
Subaru has fully revealed the fully digital Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo, which will find its way into Gran Turismo 6 when the next update for the game happens. It took up the mantle from the Viziv 2 Concept that debuted at the Geneva show earlier this year, but this is clearly a much more […] 
 
 
NADA: New-Car Sales to Rise to 16.94 Million in 2015  Nov 18th, 2014 
At the NADA /J.D. Power Western Automotive Conference this week, NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly predicted that new-car and light truck sales will hit 16.94 million units in 2015. 
 
 
Preferred Warranties Names New President  Nov 18th, 2014 
Brian Cosgrove was promoted to president of Preferred Warranties Inc. He brings nearly 30 years of experience to his new role. 
 
 
Land Rover, Toyota Earn Top Honors in ALG's Residual Value Awards  Nov 18th, 2014 
Land Rover and Toyota earned top honors during ALG's 15th annual Residual Value Awards, which looks at 26 vehicle segments and forecasts which will retain the highest percentage of MSRP value after three years. 
 
 
Audi’s Prologue Concept Is a Big Ol’ Personal Luxury Coupe  Nov 18th, 2014 
Audi is about to usher in a freshly updated design language, and it’s using the massive Prologue coupe concept to do so. As wide as an A8 and just a few inches shorter, it serves as an answer to the just-launched Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe. The teaser sketches indicate that the car will sport a wide single-frame […] 
 
 
Bob Lutz Says His Fisker-Based Destino Will Cost $200K, Go 200 mph  Nov 18th, 2014 
Maximum Bob’s new Fisker Karma–based Destino is nigh. If there were ever a case to be made for a car to be called a four-door coupé, it was the ill-starred Fisker Karma. Bob Lutz—steward of the Karma’s remains in the form of his once-VL Automotive Destino, now known as the WM Destino—refers to it as a […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 4MATIC Tested: An S-class with a Lowercase S  Nov 18th, 2014 
Oh, Mercedes! Have you already abandoned your efforts to become BMW? This new C400 4MATIC is a beautiful mini-limousine, an S-class ritually shrunken as if by Ama­zonian tribesmen, but it’s no 335i dog fighter. Maybe Benz is tired of trying to be somebody else and just wants to go back to being Mercedes, the world’s […] 
 
 
Auto/Mates Completes DMS Integration with BMW  Nov 18th, 2014 
BMW dealers using Auto/Mate's DMS can now enjoy seamless bi-directional information exchange with BMW of North America's DMS Data Transfer system. 
 
 
THIS IS IT: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Live and in the Metal!  Nov 18th, 2014 
Ford’s choice of venue for unveiling the new Shelby GT350 Mustang couldn’t have been more appropriate: Shelby International, the house that Carroll built. Flanked by six original GT350s—Ol’ Shel’s lightweight, high-revving road racers—the newest Mustang’s debut wasn’t just an unveiling. It was a homecoming. By now you know all the details that Ford has been […] 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Houston: The Winners  Nov 18th, 2014 
For our 11th visit to MSR Houston last weekend, we had a cold and wet Gulf-Coast-In-the-Fall sort of a setting for the car inspections on Friday and the racing on Saturday. When the green flag waved on Sunday, it began a wild day of lead changes, broken parts, and general drama that was still being […] 
 
 
2015 Acura TLX V-6 FWD Tested: Long on Value, Short on Adrenaline  Nov 17th, 2014 
Last January, Mike Accavitti told a standing-room-only crowd of journalists that the 2015 Acura TLX would deliver “an adrenaline rush like no other” and that it would be “instinctively responsive,” “firmly planted,” and “incredibly nimble.” READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Ford Teases Our Ears with This Mustang Shelby GT350 Video  Nov 17th, 2014 
Today Ford gave us our first look at the all-new Mustang Shelby GT350—and, boy, is it tasty—but pictures and words do nothing to inform us about the sound of the car’s high-revving 5.2-liter V-8. It’s of particular interest here because the V-8 sports Ford’s first-ever flat-plane crankshaft, a layout usually reserved for racing and exotic-car engines. Such motors are known for producing unrivaled aural goodness—and […] 
 
 
Toyota’s Upcoming Fuel-Cell Car Gets a (Real) Name: Mirai  Nov 17th, 2014 
Toyota has a name for the future, and that name is “Mirai.” Actually, that’s how all Japanese people say “future” in their native tongue, but Mirai (pronounced “mee-rye”) is now the name of the new fuel-cell vehicle known heretofore as the FCV. While the styling of the hydrogen-fueled sedan is, um, polarizing, it’s more than […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 205  Nov 17th, 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 […] 
 
 
Lincoln Black Label Isn’t a Whisky, It’s an Impressive Batch of Upscale Trims and Ownership Perks  Nov 17th, 2014 
More than a year ago, we introduced you to Lincoln’s new Black Label program, which serves as the new top-of-the-line spec for all upcoming Lincoln models. Not much has happened in the interim, but that changes at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, where Lincoln is rolling out everything Black Label, from the high-dollar interior trimmings it […] 
 
 
GT6 Made Flesh: VW’s GTI Roadster Concept Is Insanely Cool  Nov 17th, 2014 
Six months ago, Volkswagen dropped one of its annual Wörthersee specials, a real-world version of a loopy roadster created specifically for in-game Gran Turismo 6 play. The topless machine obviously referenced last year’s Design Vision GTI concept, which we had a chance to drive in Inglewood after last year’s L.A. auto show. This year, VW is […] 
 
 
Compensation Claim Deadline Extended for GM Ignition-Switch Victims  Nov 17th, 2014 
Crash victims and their families who suffered from faulty ignition switches General Motors built into or repaired on 2.6-million cars now have an extra month to submit claims to the automaker’s compensation fund. Lawyer and independent fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg said late Sunday that he would extend the deadline to January 31 “out of an […] 
 
 
2016 Smart Fortwo First Drive: Will America Warm to a Better Box?  Nov 17th, 2014 
What’s been stopping you from buying the Smart Fortwo, America? The lurch-prone gearbox? The woeful steering? That its seats are so closely spaced that you can smell what your passenger had for lunch? (And, quite possibly, for breakfast?) READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Fiat-Chrysler to Get $2.8 Billion in Cash from Ferrari in Spin-off Plan  Nov 17th, 2014 
Fiat-Chrysler is giving more details about its plans to spin off Ferrari as a separate company. Automotive News reports that the Italo-American auto conglomerate will seek €2.24 billion, or roughly $2.8 billion in cash from the Italian supercar maker before the latter splits off into a separate company in 2015. Sergio Marchionne, who now stands […] 
 
 
Watch Ken Block Give Chris Harris a Thrill Ride in the 845-hp Hoonicorn Mustang  Nov 17th, 2014 
Now that action-driving hero and professional rally driver Ken Block has released the seventh installation of his Gymkhana series, which features the incredibly brutal and supercool Hoonicorn RTR “1965 Ford Mustang,” watch him terrorize British autojourno Chris Harris with the thing. Feature: Ken Block’s 10-Step Plan to Making Mega-Popular YouTube Videos Everything You Need to Know About Ken […] 
 
 
Three More “Fast and the Furious” Movies Planned, Return of Director Justin Lin Possible  Nov 17th, 2014 
For fans of the Fast and the Furious series, the death of beloved leading man Paul Walker was a sign that Furious 7 was going to be the last movie in the series. Now, though, it looks as if there may be more episodes in store. According to Entertainment Weekly, Universal Studios chairman Donna Langley said, “We think […] 
 
 
IT’S HERE: Watch Ken Block Assault L.A. with 845-hp Mustang in Gymkhana 7  Nov 17th, 2014 
The wait is over for Gymkhana 7! Ken Block assaults the streets of Los Angeles in the utterly spectacular, 845-hp, all-wheel-drive Hoonicorn Mustang RTR. This is every bit as spectacular as you imagined it would be. Without further ado, this is Gymkhana 7: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles. Enjoy: Everything You Need to […] 
 
 
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