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This Vintage Chevy Is a Life-Size Tonka Truck  Aug 4th, 2015 
Most old work trucks die alone and covered in rust. Occasionally, however, they’re maintained, restored, and modified, like this 1959 Chevrolet Viking 60, at which point they become bad-ass pieces of automotive history. This truck was purchased by the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, sometime in the 1960s. Since then, they’ve held onto it, and while […] 
 
 
This Vintage Chevy Is a Life-Size Tonka Truck  Aug 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Not Exactly the Bones Brigade: Lexus Releases Full Hoverboard Clip [Video]  Aug 4th, 2015 
One might recall the roughly 24-hour social-media freakout back in June when Lexus unveiled a working hoverboard. “It’s 2015,” the people rejoiced, “and hoverboards are a reality, just as Robert Zemeckis and Michael J. Fox told us they would be!” Toyota’s luxury division quickly quashed hopes that you’d be able to wander into a dealership […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Touareg  Aug 4th, 2015 
Overview: Freshened for 2015, the Touareg is Volkswagen’s mid-size—and largest—crossover SUV, a five-seater with luxury aspirations. With a price range that opens in the mid-$40,000 range and culminates close to $70,000, it lies beyond more mainstream two-row offerings such as the Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Nissan Murano, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. But handsome appointments, […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, CLA-class Get New Options, Special Edition  Aug 4th, 2015 
As part of a rash of updates, changes, and enhancements across its lineup for 2016, Mercedes-Benz is tossing a few new options at its compact CLA-class sedan and GLA-class crossover. The CLA250 will be available in an Edition: Orange special-edition model, while both regular CLA250s and GLA250s get new Dynamic Select drive modes and a […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Touareg – Quick-Take Review  Aug 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ask Joe Contest Deadline Extended  Aug 4th, 2015 
F&I and Showroom magazine announced today that the deadline to enter the Ask Joe contest, which will send five readers to Industry Summit 2015, has been extended to Aug. 17. 
 
 
Wells Fargo Dealer Services Opens Second Office in New Jersey  Aug 4th, 2015 
The new location represents Wells Fargo Dealers Services’ 56th Regional Business Center. It’s also the first of two new offices the company plans to open in 2015. 
 
 
Firm Suing TrueCar Files Second Mass Action Lawsuit  Aug 4th, 2015 
The firm that filed a mass action lawsuit against TrueCar in March has filed a second suit against the car-shopping site, this time on behalf of current TrueCar subscribers. 
 
 
VinSolutions Desking Tool Integrates With Autosoft DMS  Aug 4th, 2015 
The VinConnect Desking tool now integrates with the Autosoft dealer management system, allowing the two systems to share information in real time. 
 
 
GWC Enhances Top Dealer Programs  Aug 4th, 2015 
The F&I product provider is expanding the ways it rewards its top dealers. The firm announced enhancements to its GWC Elite Dealer Program and introduced a new rewards tier. 
 
 
Wait (a While) for It: Lotus Elise Returning to America in 2020  Aug 4th, 2015 
For a brief few years, U.S. buyers lived in a golden age, able to buy Lotus’s ferociously lightweight Elise sports car brand-new and fully assembled. First appearing in the U.S. in 2004, the divine Elise stuck around until 2011, when Lotus had to withdraw it from our market due to noncompliant airbags. (Shown above is a 2012 […] 
 
 
The Only Number By Which the 2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Be Measured Is Out  Aug 4th, 2015 
There it is, right on the EPA sticker, arguably the most important metric by which the second-generation Chevrolet Volt will be judged: The EPA-estimated distance that the car can travel on electricity alone per charge. Yes, we know the EPA sticker is a mess of numbers, disclaimers, and scale graphs, but right in the middle, […] 
 
 
The Quotable Bob Lutz Weighs In on Marchionne’s Merger Dreams  Aug 4th, 2015 
Bob Lutz, the car world’s irascible granddad, appeared on an Automotive News roundtable with several other industry experts to discuss Sergio Marchionne’s continued pining for a merger with another major automaker. Turns out, Maximum Bob agrees with Marchionne—in today’s economic and regulatory climate, a merger between large-scale automakers makes sense. But he said it all […] 
 
 
Paint It Black: The Not-So-Humble Hearse Gets Its Day in the Sun  Aug 3rd, 2015 
The trade calls it a “funeral coach” but everyone else just calls it a hearse, the last car you’ll ever ride in. Those who take that ride tend not to buy any more cars, though, so the nostalgic impulse that fuels much of the collector car scene rarely takes hold. Little wonder, then, that the […] 
 
 
Paint It Black: The Not-So-Humble Hearse Gets Its Day in the Sun  Aug 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
GM Ignition-Switch Review Complete: 124 Fatalities, 274 Injuries  Aug 3rd, 2015 
General Motors will settle with 124 families over deaths resulting from faulty ignition switches that were installed in the 2.6 million small cars recalled last year, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Sky, and Saturn Ion and Solstice. This marks a somber end to a yearlong review of fatality and injury claims stemming from defects the automaker […] 
 
 
Knife Cuts to the Chase, Stabs Our Long-Term Porsche Cayman S’s Floorboard  Aug 3rd, 2015 
Operating the sort of test fleet we do, it is with fair regularity that we encounter the occasional cracked windshield, bent wheel rim, or chipped hood. If Michigan’s deteriorating infrastructure isn’t crumbling and subsequently being launched by other motorists at the fronts of our test cars, it’s blowing apart other folks’ tires, pieces of which are […] 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid – Instrumented Test  Aug 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Tested: Yes, There’s a Plug-In-Hybrid Porsche SUV  Aug 3rd, 2015 
When we climbed into this plug-in hybrid at our Ann Arbor offices and set out on a 50-mile drive home at rush hour, the instrument panel showed a full battery charge and an all-electric range of 14 miles. That would be in what Porsche calls E-Power mode, the default at start-up and also selectable via […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Odyssey Adds Cheaper Vac-and-Video SE Trim Level  Aug 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Dark Intentions: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition Revealed  Aug 3rd, 2015 
General Motors has discovered that there is plenty of business to drum up after midnight. Not literally, of course, but the automaker has announced that the “Midnight Edition” darkened trim packages for the Chevy Impala and the Cadillac CTS and ATS now will be joined by one for the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. This in addition to thematically similar versions of the Chevrolet Silverado (“Black Out“), GMC Sierra (“Elevation“), and GMC Canyon […] 
 
 
Dodge Charger Recall: Side Airbags May Deploy If the Doors Are Slammed  Aug 3rd, 2015 
Don’t slam doors—it’s rude. And definitely don’t slam doors if you’re entering or exiting a 2011–2014 Dodge Charger, as doing so can cause overly sensitive side-curtain or side-impact airbags to deploy or the seatbelt pre-tensioners to engage, according to an expanded recall announced by Fiat-Chrysler over the weekend. The Detroit News reports that the automaker is hauling back 322,000 Chargers […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Odyssey Adds Cheaper Vac-and-Video SE Trim Level  Aug 3rd, 2015 
The Honda Odyssey soon will be undergoing a complete redesign, but that version of the popular kid-hauler won’t be out until next year, so Honda will still peddle the current model for 2016. As the company often does for the last year of one of its vehicles, it is adding a bargain-priced SE trim level and stuffing it […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost Tested: The New Edge Has a Lot to Recommend It  Jul 31st, 2015 
There are some choices people make that leave you baffled. For example, who bought a brand-new Suzuki X90? Or who went to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2? But we aren’t here to condemn these daring consumers—after all, this is the land of the free and the home of the brave. By all means, spend […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Edge Sport 2.7L EcoBoost AWD – Instrumented Test  Jul 31st, 2015 
 
 
 
Lexus RC200t Turbo Four Unveiled for Europe, Likely for U.S., Too  Jul 31st, 2015 
Toyota of Europe has announced the addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Lexus RC coupe lineup, in the new RC200t. Like its sibling, the IS200t, the smaller-engine RC coupe is expected to come to the U.S. market, as well. In Europe, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque […] 
 
 
Hey, “Mad Men” Fans: You Can Buy Don Draper’s ’65 Cadillac Coupe DeVille  Jul 31st, 2015 
Don Draper’s 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille was a silent but crucially important character in the last few seasons of Mad Men. Now, the actual car used to shoot the critically acclaimed and wildly successful TV drama can be yours—but you better get your bid in soon. As Mashable reports, more than 1000 vintage items used […] 
 
 
Amazon’s Top Gear Show Coming in Fall 2016, Episodes Won’t Be Released All at Once  Jul 31st, 2015 
There is still a lot to process about the ​Top Gear​ team re-emerging on Amazon instant video. Questions like when will we see the show? Will it all be released at once? Why did they decide to go with Amazon? We’re now starting to get the answers that we crave, as former ​Top Gear​ producer and […] 
 
 
This Ford GT Race Car “Secret Shakedown” Video Is Pure Car Porn  Jul 31st, 2015 
Since we can’t get enough of the brilliant new Ford GT around here, especially in racing guise, we bring you Ford’s latest GT video, called “The Secret Shakedown,” which contains test footage of some of the racing development process, allegedly shot about three weeks before the racing car made its official debut at Le Mans […] 
 
 
Report Details Displacement, Horsepower for Porsche Boxster, Cayman Turbo Fours  Jul 31st, 2015 
A report on the Car Magazine website reveals more details about the upcoming four-cylinder turbo engines that are set to replace the naturally aspirated flat-sixes in the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. And, unfortunately, the horsepower output is going down—at least for the base-model and S versions. In the report, the often-prophetic Georg Kacher confirms the […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Tested: Wicked, Poised, and Screaming for Vengeance  Jul 31st, 2015 
Need we remind you these are seriously twisted times? Without prompt intervention, Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, that lovable fourth-grade cartoon cutup, will never see his 11th birthday. Homer is dumping Marge for a younger woman. Former down-home darling Miley Cyrus might be the instrument of some secret society. And in our own world, zero-emission vehicles are […] 
 
 
GM Expands Cadillac ATS Recall for Sunroof Switches  Jul 31st, 2015 
General Motors is expanding an earlier recall of Cadillac ATS sedans and coupes that let people close the sunroof too easily. According to a report in Automotive News, the 2016 ATS is now included and adds 4967 more cars to the original February recall for a total of 63,665 within the U.S. The 2013-2016 ATS models have sunroof […] 
 
 
Report: Upcoming BMW Diesel Engine Will Have FOUR Turbos  Jul 31st, 2015 
Turbos are hot right now. Seemingly every segment of the car industry has at least one turbo engine on offer; twin turbos, once the realm of exotic supercars, are now available on pickup trucks and family haulers. In 2012, BMW upped the ante with a triple-turbo inline-six diesel engine for the European market. But too […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CTS-V – Instrumented Test  Jul 31st, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Chrysler 300 V-8 – Instrumented Test  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Chrysler 300S V-8 Tested: Three Additional Gears, Same Big Sedan Goodness  Jul 30th, 2015 
Most cars’ journey through a single life cycle—from launch to midterm update to giving way to something newer—can be tracked through the massaging of fascias, tweaks to head- and taillights, and updates to the available color palette. In the case of Chrysler’s second-generation 300 sedan, however, it also includes an ever-evolving tapestry of gearshifters. All […] 
 
 
OwnStar’d! Enterprising Wiz Hacks OnStar to Enable Remote Functions, GM Working on Fix  Jul 30th, 2015 
’Tis the season, apparently, to get hacky. In the wake of the Wired story that saw a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch after pair of hackers took control of the ute remotely via a UConnect vulnerability comes the announcement of OwnStar, a little black box that, when attached surreptitiously to a GM OnStar-equipped vehicle, executes […] 
 
 
This 1936 Film Explains Exactly How a Manual Transmission Works  Jul 30th, 2015 
Along with the actual wheels, the manual transmission is among the least-evolved components of a modern car. A brand-new 2015 model’s stick shift has a whole lot in common with the three-speed gearbox you’d find in a car built 70 years ago. While the technology may be abidingly familiar to us enthusiasts, it can never hurt to […] 
 
 
IIHS: 2015 Ford F-150 Crash Tests Reveal Disparate Results Between Crew Cab and Extended Cab  Jul 30th, 2015 
The Ford F-150 aced a suite of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned the nonprofit group’s “Top Safety Pick” rating. Of note, however, is that the honor was bestowed only to the SuperCrew body style, the bestselling version of the truck. The four-door SuperCrew passed all five tests with […] 
 
 
Ally Increases Used, Nonprime Originations With Loss of GM Lease Business  Jul 30th, 2015 
Ally’s second quarter originations were flat from a year ago despite the loss of General Motors’ lease business, with the company shifting its origination mix toward used and nonprime. 
 
 
House Committee Passes Bill to Repeal CFPB's Auto Lending Guidance  Jul 30th, 2015 
This week, a U.S. House committee passed H.R. 1737, a bipartisan bill that aims to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance on dealer participation. 
 
 
Penske: Honda Rate Cap Provides ‘Workable Framework’  Jul 30th, 2015 
This week, Penske Automotive’s chairman said that Honda Financial Corp’s new markup cap will still allow dealers to be fairly compensated. He also noted that the dealer group has had markup caps in place for years. 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot AWD Tested: It’s Schleptastic!  Jul 30th, 2015 
The arrival of a second child in a couple’s life often means many things: the demise of romance, the start of sibling rivalry, and the purchase of a three-row SUV. As the latter has all but usurped the minivan as the most popular kid-schlepper, the Honda Pilot has become a go-to choice for frazzled parents. […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot AWD – Instrumented Test  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
It’s Official: Clarkson, May, and Hammond Sign Deal for Show on Amazon Instant Video  Jul 30th, 2015 
After months of speculation, it’s finally official: The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond have signed a deal with Amazon to have a new car show on its streaming Instant Video service. Seems like the “fracas” that ended Top Gear turned out to be a rather positive thing, didn’t it? The […] 
 
 
Why Didn’t Q Order James Bond a Shooting Brake, Like This One?  Jul 30th, 2015 
The most popular James Bond car ever, a silver Aston Martin DB5, was equipped with a number of gadgets including an ejection seat, smoke screens, and machine guns. As a man who plays as hard as he works, however, Bond might have been better served by a car with a little more cargo room for, […] 
 
 
Mitsu Metamorphosis: The History of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
J.D. Power: Tech-Focused Car Buyers Consume Media at High Rates  Jul 30th, 2015 
Consumers who shop for and purchase a vehicle based on its in-vehicle technology consume media such as Internet, television and magazines at high rates, according to the summer edition of J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report. 
 
 
The Bottom Line on Buying Your Next Car  Jul 30th, 2015 
And the Tricks to be Aware Of ... 
 
 
We Ride Shotgun for Hot Laps in the 526-hp 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R!  Jul 30th, 2015 
Fully two years after the first inklings of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and its ultra-focused R variant began to trickle across the autosphere, Ford has finally seen fit to let outsiders experience what is poised to be the most potent naturally aspirated production Mustang ever. Since the two cars’ auto-show debuts (the GT350 […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: Riding Shotgun in One of the Year’s Most Anticipated Cars – First Ride  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ranger X: The Tesla Model S Copy That’s “YOUR.BIG.TOY!” from China’s NEXT.BIG.STARTUP  Jul 29th, 2015 
Chinese companies have knocked off Western vehicles for years, but the tide of such clones has slowed as the Chinese auto industry has transitioned from its infancy to a more boisterous toddlerhood. But that doesn’t mean the tap has totally switched off, as evidenced by the Youxia Motors Ranger X, a claimed all-electric sedan that looks an […] 
 
 
If Six Were Twelve: This Ferrari Enzo–Aping Pontiac Fiero Can Be Yours For Just $6000!  Jul 29th, 2015 
When General Motors launched the Pontiac Fiero, with its mid-engined architecture and easily replaceable plastic body panels, it had to have known that some enterprising homebrew artists would quickly adapt Ferrari-esque coachwork to their new sports car. What they couldn’t have imagined when the car went on sale toward the end of 1983 is the mighty […] 
 
 
Elon Musk Will Give You a Free Model X If You Refer 10 Friends to Tesla  Jul 29th, 2015 
Are you a Tesla owner hoping to get your hands on the long-promised Model X crossover, for free? Elon Musk just put together a pyramid scheme you’ll love: Refer 10 friends to buy a new Tesla, and that Model X is your prize! As Chris Perkins at Mashable reports, Musk announced the new customer referral program […] 
 
 
Why Didn’t Q Order James Bond a Shooting Brake, Like This One?  Jul 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
Passel of Safety Features, New Infotainment Coming to Affordable VW Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta for 2016  Jul 29th, 2015 
Volkswagen is expanding the availability of many of the latest high-tech safety systems to models throughout its lineup. Many were formerly the exclusive province of the Touareg, but now will be offered on the Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta, and CC. Volkswagen’s Lane Assist provides a measure of active steering at speeds above 40 mph, provided […] 
 
 
N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer  Jul 29th, 2015 
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things. 
 
 
VisionMenu Adds Four Product Providers to vRate Platform  Jul 29th, 2015 
VisionMenu has integrated Perma Plate, Vehicle Admin Services, ArmorAll, and Total Warranty Services with vRate, a feature of its electronic menu. 
 
 
J.D. Power: Dealers Willing to Pay for Better Lender Services  Jul 29th, 2015 
The firm found that dealers are willing to pay a premium for high-quality service from finance providers, including dedicated underwriters and dealer-focused sales reps. 
 
 
NADA Still Pushing For CFPB Transparency  Jul 29th, 2015 
One day after the CFPB rejected its Freedom of Information Act request to release an internal memo that proves the bureau is targeting dealers, the NADA urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to pass a bill that would repeal the bureau’s auto lending guidance. 
 
 
CFS Appoints VP of Partner Development  Jul 29th, 2015 
Confident Financial Solutions has appointed of Tony Orlando as vice president of partner development. 
 
 
This ’66 Dodge Dart Is Nothing Like the One Your Grandma Drove  Jul 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
In Colorado, a Big Budget and Crew Try to Make Top Gear, American-Style  Jul 29th, 2015 
Car television went plotz a few months ago with the sudden meltdown of Britain’s Top Gear. If only Jeremy Clarkson had first given a thought to old Woody Hayes or George S. Patton, two guys who accomplished a lot in life but are often remembered first (or second—certainly in the top five) for hitting an […] 
 
 
Ford Focus RS Pricing and Options Accidentally Revealed Online  Jul 29th, 2015 
Wanna see something cool? Head on over to this URL. Looks like a semi-broken Ford website, right? Go ahead and click through to the 2016 Ford Focus section—as of this writing, you can configure a 2016 Ford Focus RS on a website we’re pretty sure Ford didn’t want you to see. There you’ll find that the […] 
 
 
Owners Want Aston to Make Their $2.3-Million Vulcan Track Cars Road-Legal  Jul 29th, 2015 
You demanded it, folks. Okay, maybe not you, since your net worth is almost definitely somewhere south of a billion dollars, but at least some of the fantastically heeled buyers of Aston Martin’s wicked, track-focused Vulcan hypercar have asked the company to look into making the thing street-legal. The report comes to us from Dutch website Autovisie via the […] 
 
 
Audi Swaps Matrix LED Lights for Matrix OLED Lights, but U.S. Still in the Dark  Jul 29th, 2015 
Emerging from an extremely brief shadow in the modern headlight technology wars, Audi has announced it will debut a concept car at this fall’s Frankfurt auto show featuring Matrix OLED headlights. After sparring with BMW over who’d be first to market with a laser headlight, Audi is moving to incorporate OLED (organic LED) lighting into […] 
 
 
Satan, Laughing, Spreads His Wings: Challenger Hellcat #666 Is For Sale  Jul 29th, 2015 
Woe to you o earth and sea, for the Dodge sends the Hellcat with wrath, because he knows the time is short. Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Hellcat, for it is a Vehicle Identification Number. Its number is six hundred and sixty-six. For the well-heeled acolyte of the Beast, perhaps […] 
 
 
This ’66 Dodge Dart Is Nothing Like the One Your Grandma Drove  Jul 29th, 2015 
For most people, a ’66 Dodge Dart is not what pops to mind when they think of a race car. But of the hundreds of thousands of mostly mundane Darts that plied the streets in the 1960s, this 1966 Dodge D/Dart is one of a tiny fraction that was built for track duty. The D/Dart […] 
 
 
VisionMenu Adds Four Product Providers to vRate Platform  Jul 29th, 2015 
VisionMenu has integrated Perma Plate, Vehicle Admin Services, ArmorAll, and Total Warranty Services with vRate, a feature of its electronic menu. 
 
 
CFS Appoints VP of Partner Development  Jul 29th, 2015 
Confident Financial Solutions has appointed of Tony Orlando as vice president of partner development. 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0L FWD Driven: Ace of Base  Jul 29th, 2015 
Hyundai is just so geeked to tell you about all the gilded features you can get on the 2016 Tucson. It’s practically like an Audi, they might say, what with its LED taillights, LED running lights, LED map lights, and even non-LED-lit things such as heated and ventilated seats, a 405-watt sound system, a panoramic […] 
 
 
Volvo Confirms V40 Hatchback, Stretched S60L Coming to U.S.  Jul 28th, 2015 
The next-generation Volvo V40 hatchback and the Chinese-built S60L sedan will come to the U.S., according to senior vice president of marketing Alain Visser. Visser, quoted in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (and reported via Autoweek) said the next V40 was designed for both Europe and the U.S. and is intended to debut in the 2017 timeframe. It will replace the current model pictured above and be based […] 
 
 
Infotainment Overkill: Do We Really Need This Many Features in Our New Cars?  Jul 28th, 2015 
Take a walk around an auto show and you’ll find that every car company wants to tell you about its great new in-car electronics, its apps, and its haptics. At the New York auto show, Jaguar gave a presentation on the system in the new XF, which, according to my notes, is called MeowConnect 10.5. […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel Details and Pricing Released  Jul 28th, 2015 
General Motors made us wait a year for its Duramax four-cylinder diesel, but this fall it will join the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as only the second compression-ignition engine offered to U.S. pickup buyers outside the heavy-duty segment. For 2016, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon gain this third engine choice beyond their 200-hp 2.5-liter inline-four and 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6. […] 
 
 
Ford Releases Shelby GT350R Curb Weight—Here’s What We Think It Will Actually Weigh  Jul 28th, 2015 
Ford has at long last revealed a key Mustang Shelby GT350 specification: the lightweight, hard-core R model’s weight. The automaker’s just-revealed 3650-pound weight claim for its latest super-Mustang is promising, especially paired with the coupe’s 526-hp special flat-plane-crankshaft 5.2-liter V-8. And yet that assumes Ford’s curb weight is accurate; different automakers measure curb weights differently, with some using a […] 
 
 
The Long Goodbye: We Drive Every Generation of Land Rover Defender  Jul 28th, 2015 
Nothing is more British than the Land Rover Defender. Not the royal family, not warm beer, not even an understanding of cricket’s LBW rule or the baffling urge to have a lovely cup of hot, milky tea when the temperature is nudging 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade. Which is why the official retirement of […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel Details and Pricing Released  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Best Around: Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars Through the Decades  Jul 28th, 2015 
Running down every Car and Driver 10Best Cars list from the inaugural awards in 1983 all the way through the latest crop of automotive greats.  
 
 
Defender of the Faith: Driving Every Generation of Land Rover Defender – First Drive Review  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0L FWD – First Drive Review  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer  Jul 28th, 2015 
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things. 
 
 
GM Financial's Penetration of GM Retail Sales Grows Globally in Q2  Jul 28th, 2015 
GM Financial's transformation from subprime finance source to GM's captive finance company continued in the second quarter, with GM new-vehicle loans and leases accounting for 83.5% of total originations during the period. 
 
 
NADA Still Pushing For CFPB Transparency  Jul 28th, 2015 
One day after the CFPB rejected its Freedom of Information Act request to release an internal memo that proves the bureau is targeting dealers, the NADA urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to pass a bill that would repeal the bureau’s auto lending guidance. 
 
 
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider: The 661-hp 488GTB Dons a Folding Roof  Jul 28th, 2015 
The least-interesting thing we can say about Ferrari’s new 488 Spider is that it’s little more than a 488GTB with a retractable hardtop. Nor is the alfresco Ferrari much of a surprise—we’d be more shocked if Ferrari had announced the 488GTB would stay a fixed-roof coupe only. Everything else about the 488 Spider (no GTB […] 
 
 
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider: The 661-hp 488GTB Dons a Folding Roof  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
Turbo Fours Coming to Toyota Camry, Honda Accord  Jul 28th, 2015 
The auto industry has rushed to adopt downsized, turbocharged engines in recent years, but two of the biggest nameplates in the U.S. car market have thus far stayed on the sidelines: the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. That won’t be the case for much longer, according to a report in Automotive News. Both models […] 
 
 
J.D. Power: Dealers Willing to Pay for Better Lender Services  Jul 28th, 2015 
The firm found that dealers are willing to pay a premium for high-quality service from finance providers, including dedicated underwriters and dealer-focused sales reps. 
 
 
Portfolio Announces New CFO, Treasurer  Jul 28th, 2015 
The reinsurance program manager announced that Pam Hamilton will take over all treasury functions. The company also appointed Robert Dickey as CFO. 
 
 
Vero Forms New Division With Acquisition of Fidelis PPM  Jul 28th, 2015 
With the acquisition, Vero and Fidelis PPM have formed DRIV Technologies LLC, which will provide dealers with a new prepaid maintenance technology platform designed to drive customer retention. 
 
 
Chevrolet Sonic Nominated for 2015 Top Safety Pick  Jul 28th, 2015 
Chevy improves its small sedan and hatchback. 
 
 
2017 Audi A4: The Early Returns Are Positive – Prototype Drive  Jul 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
FCA Will Buy Back Certain Ram Trucks and Dodge/Chrysler SUVs After Failed Recalls [Updated]  Jul 27th, 2015 
More bad news for Fiat Chrysler: After today’s announcement that the company must pay up to $105 million in fines for improperly handling 23 separate recalls, the automaker has announced that it is prepared to buy back some of the 578,000 Dodge and Ram pickup trucks and Dodge and Chrysler SUVs that it failed to fix during […] 
 
 
2017 Audi A4 Prototype Drive: Familiar Looks, Highly Evolved Driving Experience  Jul 27th, 2015 
When the latest Audi Q7 broke cover last spring, the SUV’s styling proved to be a very hot topic for discussion, and that’s happened again with another new Audi. This time, it’s the A4’s turn, as the all-new 2017 iteration that debuted last month has plenty of folks wondering why it looks so similar to […] 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop – First Drive Review  Jul 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Robo-Lastwagen Is Coming: Autonomous Autobahn Semi-Truck Testing to Begin Soon  Jul 27th, 2015 
While the Western U.S.—namely California and Nevada—is pretty much ground-zero for autonomous-vehicle testing, Daimler would like to bring that development closer to its own engineering hub in Baden-Württemberg. And it looks like that’s about to happen very soon. One German testing door closes and another one opens. While the Nürburgring has banned lap-record attempts, it looks […] 
 
 
More Than 1 Million Ram Pickups Recalled for Accidental Airbag Deployment  Jul 27th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler is recalling more than 1 million Ram pickups in the U.S. for airbags that can suddenly deploy without warning, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Following a $105 million total fine involving axle and steering defects on other Ram pickups, the automaker issued two separate recalls for 2012-2015 models. The […] 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop First Drive: Max Mini, Take Three  Jul 27th, 2015 
When engineering the 2015 John Cooper Works, the most powerful production model in its history, Mini started somewhat paradoxically, with the brakes. And indeed, the brakes are utterly fabulous. Red-painted Brembo front calipers are so large that the wheel offsets needed to be increased. (Consequently, fairings on the fender arches were also added.) When called […] 
 
 
NHTSA Fines Fiat-Chrysler up to $105 Million, Jeep Owners Get $100 Gift Cards  Jul 27th, 2015 
The federal government has fined Fiat-Chrysler $70 million for untimely responses to a series of recalls and forced the automaker to buy back a half-million vehicles, among many strict provisos announced Sunday night by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a consent order signed Friday by CEO Sergio Marchionne, FCA could face up to […] 
 
 
Hellcats a-Poppin! Dodge Is More Than Doubling Output for 2016  Jul 27th, 2015 
Dodge SRT Hellcat demand has easily outstripped supply—this is something the company intended. It was also blatantly obvious that a lot of dealers gouged the hell out of customers looking to get one of the few Hellcats around—something that Dodge isn’t terribly fond of. In an attempt to limit dealer shenanigans, Dodge is going to do a […] 
 
 
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