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Dealer Charged with 30 Felonies  Dec 18th, 2014 
A North Carolina dealer pocketed the money he obtained from five finance sources and seven customers related to the sale of seven cars. 
 
 
Ferman Nissan Discusses the 2015 Nissan Altima  Dec 18th, 2014 
The Nissan dealer in Tampa, Fla., Ferman Nissan, highlights the 2015 Altima. A redesign of the brand's classic sedan has captured many customers' attention. 
 
 
Outdoor & Recreation Products at CARiD.com  Dec 18th, 2014 
In December 2014, CARiD introduced a whole new 'Outdoor & Recreation' category chock full of quality products that comprise everything from camping gear to boating and marine equipment. 
 
 
Senate Approves Sleep Expert Mark Rosekind as New NHTSA Chief  Dec 17th, 2014 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, criticized by Congress for being “asleep at the switch” during an unprecedented wave of auto recalls, has named a sleep-deprivation expert to be its new chief. Mark Rosekind—a fatigue scientist on the board of the National Transportation Safety Board, the agency responsible for investigating air and rail crashes—was confirmed Tuesday […] 
 
 
2015 VW Touareg First Drive: Getting Spiffy to Stay Current  Dec 17th, 2014 
For a vehicle named after a tribe of Saharan nomads, the Volkswagen Touareg (pronounced “twar-egg”) hasn’t wandered far from the middle of the road. That’s been good business for VW, which says it has sold more than 720,000 copies of this mid-size SUV worldwide over 11 model years now, nearly 130,000 of them in the […] 
 
 
2016 Nissan Titan Is Ready to Show You Its Engine [Video]  Dec 17th, 2014 
The 2016 Nissan Titan is headed to the Detroit auto show for an official unveil, and Nissan has dropped the first teaser for the truck. The quick clip is a flag-waving salute to just how American this Japanese truck is, but we’re more interested in the first peek at the pickup’s nether regions. RELATED GALLERY: […] 
 
 
Credit Acceptance Subpoenaed by DOJ  Dec 17th, 2014 
Credit Acceptance has received a civil investigative subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, which requested that the finance company produce certain documents related to subprime auto lending. 
 
 
Laser-Guided BMW i3 Will Park Itself—Literally—at 2015 CES  Dec 17th, 2014 
Self-parking cars are starting to seem less pie-in-the-sky and more of an imminent reality with each passing year, and the latest technology usually shows up in some form at the annual technology fest known as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the 2013 CES show, Audi showed off its self-parking A7, and this […] 
 
 
Four Reasons Why Tesla Won’t Sink (Even If the Signs Say It Should)  Dec 17th, 2014 
Tesla’s stock price has fallen below $200 per share for the first time in seven months. Shock! Gasp! But the electric-car wunderkind is not collapsing, and while we do not pretend to be Car and Shareholder, we are deeply involved in the automotive industry and think it’s worth explaining what this development for the ultra-hyped company actually means. […] 
 
 
Big-Brute Comparo: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2015 Ford Expedition  Dec 17th, 2014 
Amid the industry’s booming sales of compact wagonoids on stilts, domestic full-size SUVs stand out like the mountains of metal they are: truck-based behemoths capable of towing more than four tons while seating up to eight people. Despite their excesses, these giants remain indispensable for their vast range of capabilities. While both of the segment’s […] 
 
 
Texas Plumber’s Truck Traded In, Ends Up in Syria with Terrorists  Dec 17th, 2014 
Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City is getting a lot of frantic calls lately. It’s got nothing to do with plugged drains or leaks—and everything to do with Syrian terrorists, social media, and a cast-off Ford F-250 bearing the small business’s name. As Houston news station KHOU reports, Mark-1’s Jeff Oberholtzer traded in an old F-250 […] 
 
 
Here’s Your First Look at the Production Acura NSX [w/ Video]  Dec 17th, 2014 
We’ve seen several concept versions, we’ve seen it in camo, we’ve seen it during testing, and we’ve even seen it burned to a crisp. Now we’re finally seeing (some of) it in the flesh: Here’s your first peek at the production-ready 2016 Acura NSX that will debut at the Detroit auto show next month. Hello, gorgeous! Acura has been […] 
 
 
2014 Ram 1500 Ranked No. 1 in Full-Size Pickup Trucks by U.S. News & World Report, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Tampa  Dec 17th, 2014 
The 2014 edition of the Ram 1500 ranked as the best full-size truck for the money. 
 
 
Ferman Chevrolet of Tampa Discusses the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu  Dec 17th, 2014 
The Chevrolet dealership in Tampa, Ferman Chevy, talks about the new 2014 Malibu. This mid-size car gained a few nifty features this year, including hands-free texting. 
 
 
Crime Never Pays: Stolen Red Bull F1 Trophies Found in Lake  Dec 16th, 2014 
Last week, Red Bull F1’s facility in Milton Keynes, England, fell victim to a brazen smash-and-grab, when six baddies crashed a 4×4 through the factory’s entrance and hauled off 60 of the team’s racing trophies. Today, local police have some good news: About 20 of the stolen trophies were found dumped in a lake near […] 
 
 
Ariel Atom 3.5R Driven: It Packs 350 hp—and It’s Fantastic  Dec 16th, 2014 
Given the free choice of locations, where would you drive a 350-hp Ariel Atom? A flowing Alpine pass in the summer sunshine? Or a nice, quiet racetrack surrounded by deep run-off areas? Maybe you’d just nominate a nice wide runway to safely explore the performance of a car with a power-to-weight ratio not far removed […] 
 
 
Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Is the 2015 Raptor Ford Doesn’t Build Yet  Dec 16th, 2014 
Ford’s all-new, all-aluminum 2015 F-15o hasn’t sprouted a Raptor variant just yet, but fear not: Hennessey Performance is here to fill the void with a supercharged, off-road ready super-truck packing a promised 600-plus horsepower. Feast your eyes on the VelociRaptor. The Texas tuner’s rough-road-ready muscle truck gets a sizable steroid injection in the form of a Roots-type […] 
 
 
Corvette to Influence Future Chevrolet Design  Dec 16th, 2014 
It doesn’t get talked about much in a sea of “OMG-cheap-supercar-America-vs.-the-World” fawning, cooing, and general superlative-hurling, but one of the very best things about the Corvette Stingray is the view over the hood. The fender peaks help you place the car on the road, diminishing its perceived width. The lower center affords a fine view […] 
 
 
Own the Rambo Lambo: Immaculate 1989 Lamborghini LM002 Headed to Auction  Dec 16th, 2014 
Seven years ago in Iraq, when American soldiers wired explosives to a cruddy old pickup, they unwittingly chose to bomb the rarest and most Italian 4×4 to ever pound sand. It was a Lamborghini LM002, and while the world wasn’t weeping over the loss of one of Uday Hussein’s personal vehicles—or Uday himself, one of Saddam […] 
 
 
Go Go Gadget Tires: These Concept Tires Transform to Tackle Any Terrain  Dec 16th, 2014 
Hankook Tire just showed off the results of its Design Innovation Project, a biannual daydream challenge to come up with the wildest, most futuristic tire concepts imaginable. This year’s winners are amazingly sci-fi: Morphing, transforming tires that change with the terrain to drive on pavement, dirt, snow, and even water. First up is the Boostrac, […] 
 
 
DealerRater to Bring Reviews to AutoTrader.com  Dec 16th, 2014 
Beginning this month, DealerRater reviews and ratings will be featured on AutoTrader.com's dealer profile pages. 
 
 
‘Great Deleveraging’ Has Ended, Equifax Reports  Dec 16th, 2014 
Consumers are back in the borrowing business, with November consumer credit data from Equifax showing that nonmortgage credit balances rose to their highest level in five years. 
 
 
Volvo to Focus on Selling Cars Online  Dec 16th, 2014 
The Swedish automaker plans to sell vehicles online across the globe as part of a new marketing strategy. The digital push will complement Volvo’s existing dealer network, officials said. 
 
 
Credit Acceptance Subpoenaed by DOJ  Dec 16th, 2014 
Credit Acceptance has received a civil investigative subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, which requested that the finance company produce certain documents related to subprime auto lending. 
 
 
Chrysler Group LLC Becomes FCA US LLC  Dec 16th, 2014 
The U.S.-based automaker’s new name follows the naming convention of its global parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., which assumed its new name in October when it listed on the New York Stock Exchange. 
 
 
Army Auctioning Decommissioned Humvees to Public, Prices Start at $10K  Dec 16th, 2014 
So you’re that guy. The guy who has everything. And by everything, we mean a thousand-acre ranch and your own island. Even so, we bet you don’t have one of these: a genuine, Department of Defense–issue Humvee. We’re not talking about one of those pansy-ass, chrome-wheeled, civilian-grade AM General H1 Alphas sold to emasculated posers in the […] 
 
 
Chrysler Group’s New Name Is Just FCA US LLC  Dec 16th, 2014 
Remember Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles? That corporate entity has a new name today—or rather, a new fistful of letters. Effective immediately, Chrysler Group’s new name is FCA US LLC. It’s the first time since Walter P. Chrysler founded the company in 1925 that it won’t bear his surname, but […] 
 
 
Why YouTube Is the Best Place to Learn How to Fix Cars  Dec 16th, 2014 
If the War on Drugs gave us nothing else, it at least provided some enduringly quotable anti-drug ads. An entire generation fondly recalls the TV spot where a dad confronts his son over some wacky tobacky, asking, “Who taught you how to do this stuff?” The kid replies: “You, all right? I learned it by […] 
 
 
2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD Tested: Flashy Eyes and a New Heart  Dec 16th, 2014 
It’s as if you went in for an eyelid lift and a chin tuck and emerged with a heart transplant. The refreshed Honda CR-V might wear the same basic sheetmetal as it has since 2012, but the ute’s mechanical and interior changes are significant. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Peter Max Faces $1,000,000 Lawsuit Over VH1 Corvette Collection  Dec 16th, 2014 
The New York Post reports Peter Max is in legal trouble over his famous Corvette collection. Jeff Wallner and Kenneth Simmons allege Max hired them to help sell off the 36 Chevrolet Corvettes in his collection for a 10-percent commission. Wallner and Simmons say they never saw the money, and now they’re suing Max for $1 […] 
 
 
Buick Encore Ranks Highest in Segment in Initial Quality, Notes Ferman Buick GMC  Dec 16th, 2014 
The 2014 Buick Encore ranked highest in customer satisfaction. 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang GT Automatic Tested: “GT” Fits This Car Perfectly  Dec 15th, 2014 
While we have nothing but praise and admiration for Ford’s decision to spread stick shifts around the new Mustang lineup, the fact is that many of you will buy automatics just as your forebears did in the 1960s. Back then, slushboxes were the gooey, horsepower-gobbling Neanderthal ancestors to today’s computer-linked, electrohydraulic torque-thrusters. The basics of […] 
 
 
2016 Kia Sorento First Drive: The Germanic Aspirations Are Palpable  Dec 15th, 2014 
Kia invited us up to Lake Tahoe to sample its new Sorento in what they feel is the CUV’s ideal playground. The Korean automaker envisions the Silicon Valley brigade hopping in their Kias for a trip across the flatlands and up the hill. You know, because ruining San Francisco wasn’t enough for them. And climbing […] 
 
 
Challenger Hellcats Seemingly Delayed by Lack of Satin-Black Hoods  Dec 15th, 2014 
Did you put in an early-bird order for a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Has your delivery date been mysteriously pushed back over and over with nary an explanation? The problem could be a lack of optional satin-black hoods, according to a forum thread on Hellcat.org. Forum members on Hellcat.org have been anxiously tracking every […] 
 
 
The Government Killed an Original Mini Cooper in the Name of Safety [w/ Video]  Dec 15th, 2014 
On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in New Jersey presided over the public destruction of a 2000 Mini Cooper illegally imported into the country. The vehicle, too new to be brought in under our nation’s 25-or-older import laws, was found to be wearing a falsified 1988 VIN. It was seized from its owner and […] 
 
 
Aston Martin Crystal Ball Shows SUVs, Hybrids by 2020  Dec 15th, 2014 
When Aston Martin receives its first batch of AMG V-8s, those meaty German engines won’t just be dropped into the next DB9 and Vantage sports cars scheduled for Aston’s new architecture. They’ll also get stuffed into new Aston SUVs, sedans, and even hybrids. According to Reuters, the little British supercar company that could is expanding its […] 
 
 
Burt Reynolds’s Personal Bandit Trans Am Sells for Megabucks at Auction  Dec 15th, 2014 
Last week, it came to our attention that a car near and dear to our collective hearts, a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, was up for auction. Not just any Trans Am, but a mint-condition Bandit-ized Trans Am that had been used to promote Smokey and the Bandit around the time of its release, then subsequently owned by the Bandit […] 
 
 
Volvo Skipping Most 2015 Auto Shows to Focus on Internet  Dec 15th, 2014 
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Volvo sales and marketing chief Alain Visser dropped some bad news for Swede fans hoping to see the newest Volvos at auto shows around the world: The carmaker will appear at only three shows in 2015, opting instead to focus its time and money on overhauling its […] 
 
 
Buy These: Malaise-Era American Iron Immortalized in Awesome 1:43 Scale  Dec 15th, 2014 
Let’s face it: The thrill of adding another bazillion-dollar supercar to your scale-model collection faded in middle school. What your shelves need is some scale malaise, the American boats you saw on every street and driveway when you were a kid. The average toy company may not get that desire, but we do—and so does […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 209  Dec 15th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
 
 
Because Safety: Jaguar’s New Tech Makes A-pillars Transparent [w/ Video]  Dec 15th, 2014 
A few months ago, Jaguar showed off a virtual-windscreen concept that brought information overlays normally seen in racing games applied via HUD to a physical windshield—think braking lines, race competitor names and times, and a lap timer projected onto the glass. This is where Jaguar-Land Rover’s head is at, and so a “virtually transparent” A-pillar shouldn’t come as […] 
 
 
The Feds Want to Replace Your Driver’s License with a National ID Card  Dec 15th, 2014 
From the January 2015 issue of Car and Driver If you live in Arizona, Louisiana, New York, or one of more than a dozen other states, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has bad news for you. Come January 19, your driver’s license will no longer allow you access to certain federal facilities. Unless DHS […] 
 
 
With the Launch of the 2015 Acura TLX Performance Luxury Sedan Came the Biggest Marketing Campaign in Brand History, Notes Ferman Acura  Dec 15th, 2014 
Acura launched the brand's biggest marketing campaign for the exciting 2015 Acura TLX. 
 
 
The 2014 Mazda3 Was Named on AutoTrader's 'Must Test Drive Cars' List, Notes Ferman Mazda of Brandon  Dec 15th, 2014 
The 2014 Mazda3 adds to its list of recognitions and awards by being included on the "Must Test Drive Cars" list from AutoTrader. 
 
 
Spied! 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Completely Undisguised  Dec 12th, 2014 
The Porsche 911 GT3 is one of the sharpest, nastiest versions of Zuffenhausen’s apex-obliterating sports-car icon. The GT3 RS takes that knob and dials the insanity to 11. Our spies caught the 2016 model completely undisguised during cold-weather testing in the Arctic Circle. It looks positively brutal. The GT3 RS always has notable differences from the “regular” model, and this […] 
 
 
A Mighty Wind: Bugatti Rumored To Be Considering Limited Run of Veyron Speedsters  Dec 12th, 2014 
In his recent reporting on the Bugatti Chiron, which could pack 1500 horsepower, hit 288 mph, and have swing-up doors, Automobile Magazine’s Georg Kacher stated that the Veyron successor has been delayed until 2016, and with the Veyron’s 450-car run just about finished, a very limited run of speedsters based on the model could be […] 
 
 
BMW 2-series Gets Mini Cooper Engine and AWD Diesel—Just Not In U.S.  Dec 12th, 2014 
BMW just announced some interesting updates to the fun-size, rear-wheel-drive 2-series. Beginning in March of 2015, the entry-level 218i will be powered by the 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder that motivates the base model Mini Cooper, while elsewhere on the option sheet buyers will be able to spec a diesel-powered 220d with all-wheel drive. There’s a catch, though: BMW […] 
 
 
2016 Audi Q7 Revealed With Next-Generation Styling, Next-Level Weight Savings  Dec 12th, 2014 
As of late, every automaker is boasting colossal weight savings realized from redesigning traditionally heavy vehicles using more lightweight materials. Land Rover claimed to have shaved as many as 926 pounds from the latest Range Rover—our scales showed perhaps half that savings—and Ford has trumpeted the 2015 F-150’s aluminum body as saving 700 pounds versus […] 
 
 
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Manual Tested: This Car Really Should Wear Laurels  Dec 12th, 2014 
If an automaker’s success really were just about the cars, as the industry shibboleth has it, Cadillac would be riding high. Take the object of this test, the new-for-2015 ATS coupe. It proved itself a worthy entry-luxury sports coupe by just about every measure imaginable, and it’s one of the most modest Cadillacs you can […] 
 
 
FTC Takes Action Against Two Dealer Groups for Deceptive Advertising  Dec 12th, 2014 
The FTC took action against two dealer groups it targeted in 2012 for deceptive advertising. They were charged with violating the FTC orders prohibiting them from deceptively advertising the cost of financing or leasing a car. 
 
 
2016 Mustang GT350 Performance Estimates: How Quick Is a Flat Snake?  Dec 12th, 2014 
Specific details on the new Mustang GT350 are few and far between. We know it’s Mustang-based (duh), has a six-speed manual, and has a flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8. Real engine specifications are still kept behind closed doors in Dearborn. This marketing-driven trickle of information isn’t by mistake, nor is it going to stop us from making a […] 
 
 
2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS Tested: Maserati or Meh-serati?  Dec 12th, 2014 
Here at C/D, each editor drives 200 to 250 cars every year. We see a bunch of BMWs, a plethora of Porsches, and a ton of Toyotas. You get the idea. When it comes to Maseratis, it’s a different story—and one that usually involves us traveling thousands of miles to far-flung locations to get behind […] 
 
 
Infiniti Q60 Concept Is the Two-Door Q50 We’ve Been Expecting  Dec 12th, 2014 
Looking at Infiniti’s lineup, there exist a few standout models which, it should be noted, do not stand out for the right reasons. Like Bob Barker attempting to twerk at a Nicki Minaj concert, the Q40 sedan, QX50 compact crossover, and the Q60 coupe are geriatrics surrounded by a much younger crowd. In early January at the […] 
 
 
Bugatti Chiron Could Pack 1500 Horsepower and Hit 288 mph!  Dec 12th, 2014 
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: We still don’t know much about the Chiron, Bugatti’s top-secret replacement for the Veyron (pictured here), except that it will be a sports car, it will have a name, and will have a butt-ton of horsepower. But we do hear rumors, and these, as reported by […] 
 
 
Tour the Madness of Ferrari’s Finali Mondiali in Abu Dhabi [Mega-Gallery]  Dec 12th, 2014 
We went to witness the FXX K debut. We saw much, much more. 
 
 
This Liberty Mutual Commercial Teaches the Wrong Policy [Video]  Dec 12th, 2014 
What We See: This commercial isn’t for a car, but it’s about something you see in a lot of car ads these days: parallel parking without much driver input. We open on an unremarkable young woman talking to us from someplace in lower Manhattan. Over her shoulder we can see the Statue of Liberty, which—and […] 
 
 
Ferman Chevy of Tampa Discusses the 2014 Chevy Equinox  Dec 12th, 2014 
In light of its many new safety changes, it is no surprise that the 2014 Chevy Equinox was awarded the 2014 Top Safety Pick. 
 
 
Ferrari Considering Leaving Italy? It’s Not Quite What You Think  Dec 11th, 2014 
Call it what you will—confusing, outright heretical, if you’re a fanboy—but Ferrari SpA may be relocating outside of Italy for tax purposes. The potential move, as reported by Bloomberg, is in the private negotiation stage and mercifully(!) would be limited to the firm’s financial and administrative arms. For an idea of what we’re talking about, look no farther […] 
 
 
Ford Performance: New Brand Unifies SVT, RS, and Ford Racing Under Single Banner, Will Launch 12 New Vehicles by 2020  Dec 11th, 2014 
Ford Performance. Simple and to the point, the name leaves nothing up to interpretation. And from this moment forward, all of Ford’s previously fragmented performance-focused efforts, including SVT, Team RS, and Ford Racing, will be unified under the newly created global entity. Headed by Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak, Ford Performance will serve as an “innovation […] 
 
 
Gearhead and Former AMG Chief Ola Källenius Named to Daimler Management Board  Dec 11th, 2014 
Daimler’s shooting star Ola Källenius will join the company’s board of management on January 1, 2015, which will at that point have grown to eight members. He will be responsible for global marketing and sales for Daimler’s cars. The appointment runs through the end of 2017. At age 45, Källenius will be by far the […] 
 
 
Swedish Meatball: We Drive Volvo’s Crazy Triple-Boosted 450-hp Four-Cylinder S60  Dec 11th, 2014 
Modern automakers’ obsession with lowering official fuel-economy figures to meet arbitrary targets is leading to some very strange outcomes. And none stranger than this: Volvo has made a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses two turbochargers and one supercharger to deliver a deeply unlikely 450 horsepower. At the moment the new powerplant is just a prototype, […] 
 
 
Koenigsegg to Return to U.S. in 2015 with Two Federally Compliant Models  Dec 11th, 2014 
Bugatti Veyron not fast—or expensive—enough for you? Ferrari LaFerrari or McLaren P1 a bit too commonplace? If so, there’s some good news from Sweden, with well-known maker of unobtanium-grade hypercars Koenigsegg confirming it will be making a full launch in the U.S. next year. The company has already confirmed one dealer: Manhattan Motorcars in New […] 
 
 
Downsizing Downsized: We Drive Volvo’s New Three-Cylinder Engine  Dec 11th, 2014 
We’ve been talking about Volvo’s downsized future for a while now. But while the company won’t be building anything with more than four cylinders after 2017, it has just confirmed—as we previously reported—that it will also be making at least some cars with fewer, and we just sampled the new three-cylinder in the V40 Cross Country.  […] 
 
 
2017 BMW 5-series Sedan Spied: Lighter and Hopefully More Soulful  Dec 11th, 2014 
What It Is: A next-generation BMW 5-series prototype wearing production bodywork. Or is it a 3-series? Or maybe it is a 7er . . . As is clear from the car pictured here, BMW isn’t exactly breaking new ground with the styling of the 2017 5-series. Viewed in profile, the sedan could be any BMW, […] 
 
 
MyFord Touch Is No More: Ford Sync 3 Unveiled with Wireless Updates, Smartphone-Style Gesturing, and More  Dec 11th, 2014 
At a press event in Detroit today, Ford took the wraps off its new in-car infotainment software. Goodbye (and good riddance) MyFord Touch. Say hello to Sync 3, a heavily revamped software setup that leaves its slow, balky, frustrating past behind and takes notes from the faster, more-intuitive design of your smartphone. Sync 3’s features are familiar […] 
 
 
Hot Hatch or Hottest Hatch? Audi RS3 Debuts Packing 367 Horsepower  Dec 11th, 2014 
So, yeah, Audi is launching an über A3 in the form of the new RS3 Sportback. Powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine, it pays respect to Audi’s proud history of five-cylinder Quattro rally cars. We loved the previous-generation RS3 hatch, and this one promises to be even better. Power rises from 340 to 367 […] 
 
 
CFPB Ombudsman to Review Bureau’s Communication ‘Issues’  Dec 11th, 2014 
The ombudsman’s office for the CFPB revealed in a report last month that it will conduct a review of the difference in wording between the bureau’s press releases and consent orders. 
 
 
Trucks Outselling Premium Brands Over $50,000  Dec 11th, 2014 
Pick-up trucks and SUVs account for 6 of the 10 best selling vehicles with transaction prices over $50,000, TrueCar reports 
 
 
Lender Trade Group Urges CFPB to Reconsider Larger Participant Rule  Dec 11th, 2014 
In a memo issued to the CFPB this week, the AFSA listed seven recommendations regarding the bureau’s proposed rule that would give it regulatory and supervisory authority over 30 nonbank auto finance companies. 
 
 
DriveTime Selects Manheim, Go Auto Exchange as Remarketing Partners  Dec 11th, 2014 
The partnership makes Manheim and Go Auto Exchange DriveTime’s primary source for remarketing wholesale inventory through its physical locations, mobile auctions and online. 
 
 
Minn. Dealer Wins Affordable Care Act Challenge  Dec 11th, 2014 
Based on a ruling in the Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a Minnesota district court granted Hastings Automotive owner exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. 
 
 
#TBT to Our Original Test of the 1994 Acura NSX  Dec 11th, 2014 
Have you wondered: What sports car would the road testers keep poised behind their own garage doors, on 10-second alert, gassed and gleaming, ready to light the burner and blur the pavement on those occasional sorties of the utmost therapeutic importance? READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Mega-Hot Ford Focus RS Hatchback Confirmed for America!  Dec 11th, 2014 
Finally! The holidays have come early, folks, as Ford has finally confirmed what we’ve been waiting years to hear: The ultra-high-performance Focus RS is coming to the U.S.! The news was dropped by none other than Ford CEO Mark Fields at a local press event here in Detroit, where he described the Focus RS as […] 
 
 
McLaren F1: Alonso, Button, and Honda Engines for 2015  Dec 11th, 2014 
McLaren has finally—finally—revealed its 2015 Formula 1 lineup: 2009 world champion Jenson Button will stay at the team, joined by two-time world champion Fernando Alonso. Kevin Magnussen, the 22-year-old driver the team hinted could replace Button, will stay on as a test and reserve driver. McLaren’s long-drawn-out decision hinged on whether to give Button’s seat to the […] 
 
 
Spied! Ferrari Testing Twin-Turbo 2016 Ferrari 458 M  Dec 11th, 2014 
The Ferrari 458 is a quintessential supercar—for proof, look no further than the Speciale version, which makes more horsepower per liter than any naturally aspirated road car ever produced. But this is the turbo era, and the word is that Ferrari will stuff the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 from the California T into the 458 for 2016. (The firm has previously stated […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Toyota MR2 Supercharged Tested  Dec 11th, 2014 
When you first approach the Toyota MR2 Supercharged, you don’t get much warning of what awaits you under the hood. The new wheels don’t jump out at you, and the louvers on the engine cover aren’t very obvious. Small “Supercharged” decals on the doors and the deck lid are the only other clues that this […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Manual Tested: Stick with the Stick?  Dec 11th, 2014 
So you say you’re in the market for a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us help steer you in the right direction. Because you have a big decision to make, one that could drive you right over the brink if you screw it up. Literally. Your midlife crisis is clearly already serious, so let’s […] 
 
 
Ferman Nissan of Tampa Discusses the 2015 Nissan Lineup  Dec 11th, 2014 
The Tampa Nissan dealer talks about the 2015 series lineup. The critically acclaimed Altima, Sentra, Maxima and Versa are back and in high demand. 
 
 
2014 Mazda3 Named a 2014 All-Star by Automobile Magazine  Dec 11th, 2014 
Mazda of Brandon reports that the automaker's new compact car has earned a fourth award. 
 
 
2015 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible: Heavy Cars, Light Refresh  Dec 11th, 2014 
The BMW M6 is a paradoxical car. Its name harks back to an epic road-burning coupe, one with a race-derived inline-six engine, but in its current form it is a gigantic and heavy luxury machine that just happens to be fast. In both coupe and convertible forms, the M6 weighs in at around two tons, […] 
 
 
2016 Porsche Boxster GT4 Spied Starring in German Rendition of “Frozen”  Dec 10th, 2014 
What It Is: A Porsche Boxster prototype doing its best impression of a Michigan resident and freezing its arse off during cold-weather testing. We believe this Boxster—which is badged as an S model—is in fact a 2016 GT4, a new range-topping high-performance model. The front fascia is the giveaway, its giant intakes mimicking those on […] 
 
 
2015 BMW 6-series Coupe and Convertible: BMW Strays from Changing Its GT Too Much  Dec 10th, 2014 
As one of the more attractive vehicles on sale today, the BMW 6-series certainly does not need work. But industry custom dictates that it’s time for a midcycle refresh, and so BMW tasked its designers with coming up with a few ideas for the 2015 model year. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
The World We Live In: Mansory Gives the S-class Nearly 1000 Horsepower  Dec 10th, 2014 
Because too much is never enough, and because this decade’s outrageous horsepower wars have deadened our innate sense of what counts as too extreme, this is what we’ve come to: the Mansory-modified Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG with 986 horsepower. Because you can’t get heated seats on a JATO rocket. This adjective-straining exercise in audacity reworks just about every […] 
 
 
Motown Taco: “All-New” 2016 Toyota Tacoma to Be Unveiled at Detroit Show  Dec 10th, 2014 
The 2016 Detroit auto show is going to be pretty epic. And not just because of all the performance announcements headed our way. Two key pickup trucks will be unveiled as well: the 2016 Nissan Titan, replete with diesel power, and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. The latter is shown in the mud-drenched teaser image above. Details beyond that at the […] 
 
 
Feed Their Ego: Italian Builder Wants Your Help Building Street-Legal Electric Formula Car  Dec 10th, 2014 
Italian formula race car builder Predator’s [sic] Ltd. is on a mission to create a street-legal, one-seat electric or hybrid formula car for public roads—hey, why not?—and the project apparently is not terribly well-funded. That’s where you can step in! Predator’s is asking the world for contributions small and large on its Indiegogo page to help […] 
 
 
Lexus NX200t F Sport Tested: Is It a Contender or a Pretender?  Dec 10th, 2014 
It’s always interesting to watch a company venture into new territory, like Lexus launching this compact SUV, the NX. Sharing key dirty parts with the Toyota RAV4, the NX is available as either the soft, fuel-sipping NX300h hybrid or the NX200t, the first-ever turbocharged Lexus. After a brief first-drive experience in both, we finally got […] 
 
 
Nissan Recalls 134,000 U.S. Vehicles for Potential Fuel Leaks  Dec 10th, 2014 
Nissan has announced a recall affecting about 134,000 vehicles sold in the United States for a potential fuel-leak problem, the Associated Press reports. The problem, which affects the Nissan Juke and several Infiniti models, revolves around improperly tightened fuel-pressure sensors in direct-injected engines that could come loose and cause fuel leaks. The recall affects 2012 through […] 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Northern California: The Winners!  Dec 10th, 2014 
The 24 Hours of LeMons has been running its California winter race, known as the Arse Freeze-a-Palooza, since all the way back in 2007, and we held the eighth annual Arse Freeze at not-so-cold Sonoma Raceway aka Sears Point last weekend. We inspected the 175 entrants on Friday, watched extremely close class battles on Saturday, […] 
 
 
2015 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Officially Debuts: Hotness, Slightly Modified  Dec 10th, 2014 
For all the “four-door coupe” nonsense floating around these days, it turns out that the 6-series Gran Coupe was a great idea. Stretching the wheelbase of the handsome (and proper) 6-series coupe to accommodate an extra pair of portals imparted stunning proportions, and the resulting car has resonated well with buyers. Of course, it wasn’t […] 
 
 
2015 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe: Updated But Not Ruined  Dec 10th, 2014 
Whatever your view on the recently coined “four-door coupe” phrase, BMW’s largest take on the concept, the 6-series Gran Coupe, is a stunner. It is a far-better-looking 5-series sedan, terminology be damned. And unlike its rivals from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the BMW is actually based on a real two-door coupe. (That car itself shares much […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Coolest 2015 Ford F-150 You Didn’t Know Existed  Dec 10th, 2014 
When we first ran the 2015 Ford F-150 through our How We’d Spec It online-configurator fantasizing process, we ended up with a $47,625 crew-cab 4×4 model with the EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. A nice truck, for sure—we’ve driven one just like it—but it gave us a thought: Do you really need to spend nearly $50K […] 
 
 
Meet BMW’s Silent, 700-Horsepower Tesla Killer—It’s Called “The Thing”  Dec 10th, 2014 
A secretive tech group inside BMW has built an all-wheel-drive, 700-hp Tesla P85D killer, but it’s so far off the books that it’s not even considered to be an official prototype yet. We’ve just been for a ride in the 5-series GT Power eDrive, which is what BMW’s marketing people call the combination of the […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Hits Dealerships This Week  Dec 10th, 2014 
Just in time for that balmy weather December is known for, Ford just announced that drop-top models of the all-new 2015 Mustang will hit dealerships this week. Hey, with the top down, you can make the most of the shortest day of the year. When those first ragtop Stangs roll out on the dealership floors, […] 
 
 
These Are the 10 Cars You Must Drive Before You Die  Dec 10th, 2014 
Want the broadest automotive experience possible? Try these cars on for size. 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Is a Thing, Packs 228 Horsepower in a Bite-Size Package  Dec 10th, 2014 
You can pretty much set your watch by the Mini product plan—the basic versions come first, followed by the progressively hotter iterations and myriad body styles. The arrival of a John Cooper Works version of the third-gen F56 hatchback marks a coming of age, the equivalent of Porsche pulling the wraps from a 911 Turbo […] 
 
 
Bob & Chuck Eddy Expand MOTOR TREND Certification Program  Dec 10th, 2014 
The dealer group has added two more stores to the MOTOR TREND certified program. They’re located on Grove City, Pa. 
 
 
Ford-for-All: These Are the 20 Best Ford Cars of All Time  Dec 10th, 2014 
It’s all a question of how you measure greatness. See how your favorite fared in our rundown of the very best vehicles ever built by the Ford Motor Company. 
 
 
Stop-Sale Order Issued for Acura TLX with Push-Button Shifter, Recall Imminent  Dec 10th, 2014 
The push-button gear selector in the new Acura TLX is the subject of a stop-sale order and upcoming recall by Honda, Automotive News reports. Even though the push-button shifter may indicate the vehicle is in park, TLX models equipped with the nine-speed automatic may roll away as the parking lock fails to function and hold the […] 
 
 
2015 Nissan Juke Brings More Standard Features, More LEDs, More Colors, and the Same Weirdness  Dec 10th, 2014 
Its name is Juke, and it remains funky for 2015. The crossover’s midcycle refresh this year doesn’t involve radical aesthetic upgrades. The lighting has been revised, new colors are available, the front and rear fascias have been subtly tweaked, and the cars offer new standard features. Hence, the Juke, like Austin, keeps it weird. Weirder […] 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Discusses the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel  Dec 10th, 2014 
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel provides more torque with fewer fill-ups at the pump. 
 
 
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