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2014 Audi Q5 TDI Road Test  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Can the Audi Q5 TDI live up to the competition? 
 
 
The DB Is Dead! Long Live DB! Aston Martin Trademarks DB10 through DB14 for Future Models  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Aston Martin products are in for some big changes in coming years, but their DB-based naming strategy will carry forward. According to Autocar, Aston has applied for trademarks for the names DB10 through DB14, likely for the successor to the DB9. Aston may decide, however, to buck tradition and reuse the name when the next-gen […] 
 
 
Kurt Busch Unabridged: On Running a Double, His Separation from Penske, and More  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Kurt Busch has long fascinated NASCAR fans because A) it’s commonly agreed that he’s a superlative driver with 25 wins and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship to his credit, and he continues to race in the Pro Stock division of the NHRA on an “opportunity permitting” basis; and B) he has played Peck’s Bad Boy in […] 
 
 
Hellsnake? Supercharged V-10 Viper Rumors Swirling in Detroit  Aug 22nd, 2014 
When Dodge placed the 707-hp Hellcat V-8 in the Challenger SRT and the Charger SRT, it threw a little cold water on its Viper supercar. As a model whose sales were already disappointing, the last thing the Viper needed was to have the authority of its mighty 640-hp V-10 contested by supercharged eight-cylinder upstarts from […] 
 
 
Your Mileage May Vary: 2015 Ford Mustang Fuel-Economy Figures Leaked for V-6, EcoBoost Models  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Fuel-economy ratings for certain 2015 Ford Mustang models are out, and V-6 buyers will be slightly disappointed. The savvy enthusiasts at Mustang6g—the same forum that posted the car’s first official photos from a copy of Autoweek before it hit newsstands—have now posted Monroneys of several production ‘Stangs, all of which were found on Ford’s consumer […] 
 
 
How Much for the Über-Vette in the Window? 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Starts at $78,995  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Just days after the ordering guide for the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was leaked, we are finding out how much it will cost to actually order the car: The Corvette Z06 will cost $78,995 in coupe form and $83,995 for the first Z06 convertible since the 1960s. The Z06 will come in three flavors: […] 
 
 
2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Tested  Aug 22nd, 2014 
You may know the Nardò Ring as the 7.8-mile asphalt track where the world’s automakers take their top-speed vacations. A traffic-free circular autobahn in the heel of Italy’s boot, the Porsche-owned test track is banked such that you can take your hands off any car’s steering wheel at 149 mph in the outer lane. It’s […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot Spied: Longer, Less Blocky, With a Lotta MDX  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Honda’s long-overdue replacement for the aging Pilot crossover, caught testing in what appears to be production-ready bodywork, complete with Honda badges. Of course, we can’t make out much of the sheetmetal because these prototypes snapped by our spy photographers are generously covered in loose black camouflage. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Bullets Over BMWs: Bulletproof X5 Security Plus Ready to Protect Muscovite Tycoons  Aug 21st, 2014 
While we often wonder whether some hair dye, a new beard, and a ’99 Taurus might be more effective at eluding assassination than buying an armored luxury car, discretion isn’t what keeps BMW’s factory-warrantied and armored Security models driving off showroom floors. Bavaria’s latest breed of bullet-resistant SUVs is the Security Plus version of the […] 
 
 
Euro-Types Can Rent a Focus ST-H, We Can’t Because Your Friends Can’t Drive a Manual  Aug 21st, 2014 
This is why those statistics about the number of Americans who can drive a manual transmission will catch up to the average Joe at the rental counter: In Europe, you can rent one of these Focus ST-Hs. But until Americans can figure out the whole clutch thing, it’s not looking promising for the U.S. Another […] 
 
 
2015 Corvette Stingray Eight-Speed Automatic Driven: Eight Ways to Shift Your Pants  Aug 21st, 2014 
The race to higher gear counts is in full swing, and automatic gearboxes are leading the way. Driven partly by marketing one-upmanship and partly by the need to meet ever-tougher fuel-economy mandates, eight-speed autoboxes are everywhere, Chrysler’s running a nine-cogger in select models, and 10-speeds—from Ford, GM, Volkswagen, and others—are just around the corner. The […] 
 
 
All Right, All Right, All Riiiiggghttt: Matthew McConaughey Is Now Shilling Lincolns  Aug 21st, 2014 
The Lincoln Lawyer has now become . . . the Lincoln spokesperson? It’s truer than a detective busting buyers in a Dallas club: Matthew McConaughey is the latest celebrity tapped to help Lincoln sell Lincolns, and the automaker has released a preview video of what’s to come from the tie-up. McConaughey is seen cruising in […] 
 
 
Watch Sebastian Vettel Tackle the Eau Rouge Corner with Infiniti’s Eau Rouge Concept  Aug 21st, 2014 
Pretty much everything about Infiniti’s fully functional Q50 Eau Rouge concept car is worthy of exclamation points. It looks amazing! It has the Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged V-6! Infiniti is probably going to build it! Yet for all the superlatives, the “Eau Rouge” appellation might remain a mystery to some. To clear the air—possibly in advance of […] 
 
 
CFPB Fines Subprime Finance Source $2.75 Million  Aug 21st, 2014 
First Investors Financial Service Group was charged with providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies due to a known computer glitch. The finance company was ordered to pay a fine and identify and correct affected consumer credit profiles. 
 
 
New Industry Summit Track to Examine F&I’s Role in the Digital Age  Aug 21st, 2014 
Two panels scheduled for F&I and Showroom’s newest education track will focus on how dealers are connecting today’s Internet shopper to their in-store processes. 
 
 
Nissan Altima Tops List of Most Stolen 2013 Models  Aug 21st, 2014 
The Nissan Altima was the most stolen 2013 model last year, while the Honda Accord and Civic took the top two spots on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s list of most stolen vehicles. 
 
 
Outstanding Auto Loan Balances Reach Record High, Experian Reports  Aug 21st, 2014 
The total dollar amount of automotive loan balances outstanding hit $839.1 billion in the second quarter of 2014, up 11.7% from the previous year. Officials said the industry should watch this trend closely, as it may dictate the availability of credit in the future. 
 
 
The O’Rally Factor: Chevy Sportifies 2015 Silverado Pickup with New Rally Editions  Aug 21st, 2014 
Pickups buyers take to the aftermarket in droves to make their tough trucks look tougher, but for 2015, Chevy is doing some of the toughing up for them with two new Rally packages for its full-size Silverado 1500. Building on the no-frills Silverado LS trim level, the new Rally 1 package adds a body-color grille […] 
 
 
Fat-Cat Sedans: BMW 750iL vs. Jaguar XJ12, Mercedes-Benz S500 [C/D Archives]  Aug 21st, 2014 
As the decimal point ka-chunks over to six figures on the window sticker—in this day of megadeals and gigabytes, $100,000 qualifies as one biggabuck—the gasp you hear is not from us. Nobody here cringes at the prospect of great cars. When three of the world’s top automakers proffer four-doors at the one-biggabuck price point (close […] 
 
 
How To Get a 24 Hours of LeMons Budget Exemption: Stuff a Radial Aircraft Engine in a Toyota MR2  Aug 21st, 2014 
There are several routes to becoming a Legend of LeMons. You can follow our advice about car selection and race something French or British, or maybe a van or a big, cushy luxury car, or even an American Motors product. You can race a donk or a backward pickup truck or a blimp, a “Ferrari”, or […] 
 
 
CATA, DriveChicago.com and Scout Automotive Marketing to Partner  Aug 21st, 2014 
Thanks to an agreement between the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Scout Automotive Marketing, Scout’s Trade Express trade-in valuation tool will now be available on the DriveChicago.com site. The tool provides trade values for vehicles, with data provided by NADA Guides. 
 
 
Nissan Showcases Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed  Aug 21st, 2014 
Nissan's Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. 
 
 
Acura Launches 2015 TLX, Notes Ferman Acura of Tampa  Aug 21st, 2014 
The TLX Acura Advantage program provides exciting offers for new buyers. 
 
 
Tail-Wagging Good News: Lamborghini Considering Rear-Wheel-Drive Huracán, Other Variants  Aug 20th, 2014 
The reveal of the first spinoff of Lamborghini’s sensational new Huracán supercar—the radical, rear-wheel-drive Super Trofeo race car—last weekend in Pebble Beach begs the question: Will Lambo build a tail-wagging, rear-wheel-drive Huracán for the street? Well, at that same event, Autocar gleaned a hint of an answer from Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann: “We did it […] 
 
 
NHTSA Launches VIN Look-up Tool for Uncompleted Recall Repairs  Aug 20th, 2014 
Wonder if that 2004 Corolla had its shrapnel-exploding airbag replaced? Or if the bolts connecting the control arm to the steering knuckle on that brand-new Chevy Spark are tight enough? Starting today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is empowering anyone with a valid a VIN to find out. Entering a vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) at […] 
 
 
Vanishing Astons? Current DB9, Vantage Fail to Meet Airbag Regs; U.S. Models in Jeopardy  Aug 20th, 2014 
Two Aston Martins were missing from last weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours, but since the foursome of “Q” cars and a new V12 Vantage S roadster distracted the crowd, no one noticed. According to petitions the automaker sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Aston Martin would have revealed the next-gen DB9 and Vantage this […] 
 
 
Jaguar Promises Infotainment System that Doesn’t Suck for 2016 XE Sedan  Aug 20th, 2014 
While we’re already looking forward to the upcoming compact Jaguar XE sports sedan on account of its, er, heavy use of lightweight aluminum and compact rear-wheel-driveness, we’re also enthused to hear about the installation of a decent infotainment system—which would be a first for a recent Jaguar. The new system, called InControl, will be fitted […] 
 
 
To Infiniti and Beyond! Nissan’s Luxury Brand Teases Something New Ahead of Paris Auto Show  Aug 20th, 2014 
“Soon, Infiniti will share a vision—its soul—on a scale not seen before from the company.” Infiniti’s slightly hyperbolic description of its 2014 Paris auto-show debut doesn’t include what form the vehicle will take, revealing only that it will have “style and substance that push any preconceived limits.” The accompanying teaser shot confirms that the car […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Pebble Beach–iest 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-class  Aug 20th, 2014 
In the wake of this year’s Pebble Beach luxury extravaganza, we’re feeling particularly rich. Good timing, then, that Mercedes-Benz’s online configurator for the 2015 C-class sedan is now up and running, allowing our minds to wander and ruminate on which C we’d buy, and how we would spec it. After all, now that the C-class […] 
 
 
Tesla Wants to Pay Hackers a Full-Time Salary to Break Its Cars  Aug 20th, 2014 
Computer hackers, call off your salvos against Microsoft and stop trying to wreck our blog: Break into a Model S and Tesla might hire you. The electric automaker wants to hire up to 30 full-time employees from the hacking community, as evidenced from its display at the recent annual Def Con conference in Las Vegas. More […] 
 
 
2015 Audi S3 Sedan: Faster Than It’s Big Bro  Aug 20th, 2014 
So here’s a question for Audi’s marketing department: Why should anybody buy an S4 sedan? The new S3 is cheaper, quicker (4.4 seconds to 60!), and, although this won’t trigger a buying impulse in everybody, considerably cuter. Sure, it’s down a couple of cylinders compared with its bigger brother, and it has to make do […] 
 
 
Cadillac Flagship Confirmed for 2015 New York Auto Show; Don’t Call It LTS Just Yet  Aug 20th, 2014 
Cadillac’s all-new, full-size sedan will bow at the 2015 New York auto show, but its name remains a mystery. Although we previously reported that the rear-wheel-drive four-door will go by the name LTS, a spokesman told Car and Driver this week, “that may not be what it’s called.” GM trademarked LTS back in 2012, and […] 
 
 
Sette Preferiti: 7 Fascinating Cars—Including an Alfa Jeep!—from the 2014 Concorso Italiano  Aug 20th, 2014 
This year, the Pebble Beach weekend‘s traditional Friday celebration of Italian cars moved both its date (to Saturday) and its location (to the Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside). Many people, including your author, predicted disaster, mainly because large crowds usually flock on Saturday to nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey […] 
 
 
Nissan Rogue Is Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Notes Ferman Nissan New Port Richey  Aug 20th, 2014 
The new Rogue is one of the most appealing vehicles of its kind on the market. 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of New Port Richey Discusses the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger with Hemi V-8 Getting a Standard 8-speed Transmission  Aug 20th, 2014 
The 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger with Hemi V-8 engines will have an automatic eight-speed transmission. 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel Manual Tested: Imperturbable Refinement  Aug 19th, 2014 
Diesels used to be more eclectic than thrift shops in Portland. But diesels, like hipster culture, are beginning to blend into the mainstream. Walk up to the Golf TDI and almost nothing gives away its compression-ignition secret. The redesigned 2.0-liter turbo-diesel hums quietly, it idles no more loudly than some direct-injected four-cylinders, and it doesn’t […] 
 
 
Heavy Hitter: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Curb Weight Leaked  Aug 19th, 2014 
Despite its abundant use of lightweight materials throughout its structure and its aero-honed body, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be the heaviest Corvette in history—and not by a little. Thanks to “a friend” of Corvetteblogger.com (who we’re not sure is a true “friend” of GM), the 2015 Corvette ordering guide is now public domain, […] 
 
 
Saleen FourSixteen: Tesla’s All-American Model S EV Gets the All-American Tuner Touch  Aug 19th, 2014 
From hot-rodded Mustangs to the S7 supercar, Steve Saleen made a name wringing horsepower out of eight-cylinder Ford engines. His eponymous firm’s latest creation, though, is something different. And after a lengthy gestation, the Saleen FourSixteen, a modified Tesla Model S, has finally made its debut at Pebble Beach. RELATED: The 2015 Saleen S302 Mustang […] 
 
 
How Jay Leno, Dubya, and a ’57 Buick Wagon Became the Best Pebble Beach Story of All  Aug 19th, 2014 
In the spending orgy that Pebble Beach week has seemingly become, I witnessed something special last night that will probably get lost in all the talk of $38-million Ferrari GTOs. There was a 1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon on offer at Gooding that carried a pre-auction estimate of $100,000–$125,000. For those of you not familiar […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Tested: Nuclear Power, Now at Popular Prices  Aug 19th, 2014 
In the words of Ron Burgundy, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Back in 2010, Ford was crowing about its 550-hp Shelby GT500. Chevy one-upped that in 2011 with the 580-hp Camaro ZL1. A few months later, Ford didn’t so much leapfrog Chevy as it did stomp its face into the mud as it ran away with […] 
 
 
Wise F&I Integrates With VisionMenu  Aug 19th, 2014 
Wise F&I has announced electronic integration with VisionMenu, which supports streamlined eContracting during the menu-driven selling process. 
 
 
California on Track to Sell 1.8 million New Units in 2014  Aug 19th, 2014 
California continues to outpace national new-car sales growth, according to a report from the California New Car Dealers Association. The state’s sales are on track to approach 1.8 million new units. 
 
 
Treasury Plans to Sell Additional Ally Common Stock  Aug 19th, 2014 
The U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to wind down its investment in Ally Financial by selling additional shares of common stock through its first pre-defined written trading plan. The Treasury current holds about 16% of Ally common stock. 
 
 
Westlake Financial Reaches $2 Billion Milestone  Aug 19th, 2014 
In July, the finance source reached a milestone of $2 billion in total receivables with more than 270,000 customer accounts. It was the best July production in Westlake's history. 
 
 
Being Bentley: Upcoming SUV To Launch Brand’s New Styling Direction  Aug 19th, 2014 
Bentley’s forthcoming SUV, due next year, will be the brand’s flagship model that shows a new direction for Bentley’s styling, according to the company’s director of design, Luc Donckerwolke, at the Motorsports Gathering at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. Expect a more muscular and sporty look, with perhaps a lower roof and more surface development […] 
 
 
Valets, We’re Watching: Chevrolet Adds Enhanced Valet Mode to Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder  Aug 19th, 2014 
Even before we’d tried it, Chevrolet’s awesome audio/video/telemetry-recording Performance Data Recorder option for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette and Corvette Z06 had us smitten. Then we tested it out and became even more enamored. Now, Chevrolet has announced an enhanced Valet Mode functionality for PDR that should placate anyone who’s ever seen their blood pressure rise […] 
 
 
John Phillips: Capturing the Allure of Ginger  Aug 19th, 2014 
This month, let us consider two men—two has-beens, as in, each has been a success in the automotive biz, honing skills that led to gratifying careers involving no cars at all. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Lancia Flaminia 3C GT vs. Lancia Flavia Coupe  Aug 19th, 2014 
The name Lancia is one of the oldest and most honored in the motoring world, and the firm’s cars have always managed to combine solid practical virtues with a degree of individuality which is unusual in quantity-produced vehicles. The latest offerings from Torino’s Via Vincenzo Lancia more than maintain this tradition, especially now that their […] 
 
 
Tesla Expands Eight-Year, “Infinite-Mile” Model S Battery Warranty to EV’s Powertrain  Aug 19th, 2014 
Everyone knows there’s no coming back from the “infinite dog dare” schoolyard taunt—once it’s said, whoever it was aimed at is in for an existential review of their morals, danger comprehension, and whether their tongue actually will stick to that frozen flagpole. Someone, perhaps Tesla Motors’ marketing folks, levied a similar reproach to CEO Elon […] 
 
 
2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Best of Show, Nine More Favorites, Plus a Mega-Gallery  Aug 19th, 2014 
If our little gathering here seems kind of heavy on Ferraris, understand that this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was itself kind of heavy on Ferraris. In addition to a special class of 1950s and ’60s Testa Rossas—there were 20 on the 18th fairway, all together worth perhaps half a billion dollars—a Ferrari won the […] 
 
 
AFIP Extends Pre-Summit Boot Camp Discount  Aug 19th, 2014 
Now through August 22, Industry Summit attendees can get a $100 discount off pre-Summit certification Boot Camp registration. 
 
 
N.Y. Dealer to Pay $27K for Bogus Customer Fees  Aug 19th, 2014 
An investigation of a Toyota dealership in Kingston found that 27 customers were charged an additional undisclosed $650 fee when they purchased their vehicle at the end of the lease. No additional services were provided for payment of this fee. 
 
 
Ferman Buick GMC of Tampa on the 3 Awards GMC Received at the New York Auto Show  Aug 19th, 2014 
GMC as well as the manufacturer's Acadia SUV and 2015 Canyon truck were recognized by several publications at the recent auto show in New York. 
 
 
Nissan Among the Top Global Green Brands for 2014, Notes Ferman Nissan of Tampa  Aug 19th, 2014 
Nissan is again one of the top five global green brands, moving up one spot on Interbrand's list. 
 
 
Acura Earns Top Honors in Edmunds.com 2014 Best Retained Value Awards for Third Consecutive Year, Notes Ferman Acura  Aug 19th, 2014 
Acura's new 2015 ILX sports sedan received multiple awards from Edmunds.com. 
 
 
The Sound and the Fury: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Mega-Gallery  Aug 19th, 2014 
Monterey, California, in mid-August teems with hot cars. Pebble Beach weekend creates a gravitational pull that draws out the rarest, most expensive, and most beautiful cars in such great quantities that you’ll momentarily forget just how rare, expensive, and uncommonly beautiful these cars are. They gather en masse at events like the  Pebble Beach Concours […] 
 
 
2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited Road Test  Aug 18th, 2014 
A less expensive price tag doesn't always mean less content. 
 
 
Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Pebble Beach: Ferrari, Ferrari, Ferrari . . . (and a Ford!)  Aug 18th, 2014 
Ferraris are the most desirable cars ever. At least, that’s the conclusion one could make based on the results of the vintage-car auctions at Monterey Car Week. Nine out of ten of the richest sales originally came from Enzo’s factory. Heck, the reddest brand even scored—with a superb 1954 Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti coupe—its first-ever Best […] 
 
 
2014 Concours d’LeMons California: Excrellence, Excrellence Everywhere! [w/Mega-Gallery]  Aug 18th, 2014 
Very few things live up to their billing as well as the Concours d’LeMons. Held in Seaside during Pebble Beach weekend as an antidote to the high-falutin’ stuff on the nearby golf courses, its stated mission is to celebrate the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world. Indeed, this year’s California event had stuff as diverse as […] 
 
 
A Basis for Hope: 2015 Chrysler 200S V-6 AWD Tested  Aug 18th, 2014 
Any sharp-eyed shopper would be intrigued by the specifications of the new Chrysler 200, seeing that this mid-size sedan can be optioned with both the 295-hp Pentastar V-6 and a four-wheel-drive system. Thus equipped, a 200S, such as the one tested here, wears a sticker just about dead-on the average sales price for all new […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 192  Aug 18th, 2014 
  It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day 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! (* […] 
 
 
Harley-Davidson of Tampa Discusses Harley Going Electric  Aug 18th, 2014 
The Tampa Harley-Davidson dealer, Harley-Davidson of Tampa, discusses the launch of Harley's first electric motorcycle. Dubbed Project Livewire, this new technology has everyone talking. 
 
 
Perilous Journey: Taking the Lambo Caravan to Pebble Beach  Aug 18th, 2014 
Things were going great . . . until a tire blew, an oil pump failed, a tree fell on the car, and I was hit by a runaway Ferrari. If you haven’t driven an antique car to the Monterey weekend, you’ve missed half the fun of going. Parking rules seem to relax as valets stand […] 
 
 
Renovo Motors Coupe: Not Yer Ordinary, Gas-Swilling, Half-Million-Dollar Shelby Daytona Redux  Aug 17th, 2014 
The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend has been described as an old-car party for the well-heeled, with an occasional new-car debut sprinkled in. As such, there’s probably no better place for a car such as the all-electric Renovo Motors Coupe—a car that blends vintage packaging with state-of-the-art electric propulsion—to make its first appearance. It’s […] 
 
 
Killer Vs: 2015 Cadillac ATS-V Headed to L.A. Auto Show, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Follows Hot on its Heels at Detroit  Aug 17th, 2014 
Cadillac is lacing up its boxing gloves for the upcoming auto-show season as it prepares to deliver a one-two punch with new V-series performance cars. The 2015 Cadillac ATS-V, America’s first honest shot at the BMW M3, will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, which kicks off on November 19. Two months later, […] 
 
 
Get Rad: Five Gnar Porsches From the 2014 Werks Reunion, Brah  Aug 17th, 2014 
For 2014, the Porsche Club of America decided to put its own concours on the full-to-burstin’ Pebble Beach–week docket. The first (presumably annual) Werks Reunion, held at the Rancho Cañada golf course, was the result. And while it didn’t enjoy the breadth of factory zazz as the show attached to the recent Porsche Parade, the […] 
 
 
Stronger Stripper: McLaren Unveils P1 GTR Program at Pebble Beach  Aug 17th, 2014 
In 1995, McLaren launched the F1 GTR. The car promptly went on to win at Le Mans and rather quickly joined the stupid-money parade of auctionable collectibles. Given that Pebble Beach is the ground zero for automotive bid-’em-up syndrome, it only made sense to launch the new P1 GTR here. And, well, the track-only GTR […] 
 
 
2014 Woodward Dream Cruise: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s All-American Foil [w/Mega-Gallery!]  Aug 17th, 2014 
While the automotive elite were gathered on California’s Monterey Peninsula for a week of festivities collectively referred to as Pebble Beach, the hoi polloi of the car world converged on Detroit for the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Four lanes wide and with turnarounds strategically placed at quarter-mile intervals, Detroit’s Woodward Avenue is arguably the best […] 
 
 
What Comes Before A? Cadillac Planning a Sub-ATS Sedan  Aug 16th, 2014 
Cadillac can’t afford to sit out on the small-car craze sweeping through luxury automakers. Buyers shopping for a badge rather than a car look right past Cadillac’s $33,990 ATS to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class and the Audi A3, both of which start under $31,000. This compact class, relatively new in the U.S., is the fastest-growing segment […] 
 
 
German Metal! 2014 Legends of the Autobahn Concours [Mega-Gallery]  Aug 16th, 2014 
One of the more relaxed events held during the annual Pebble Beach carnival, the Legends of the Autobahn concours is a haven for BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz geeks. Packed with cars ranging from BMW 2002s to Audi RS4s to Mercedes 300SLs, not to mention a few Porsches, 2014 marked the event’s fifth year and a […] 
 
 
Field of Dreams, 2014: Vintage Metal Gathers at the Quail Lodge  Aug 16th, 2014 
One of the must-see events during Car Week on the Monterey peninsula is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Held at its namesake, the Quail Lodge, the show attracts the best vintage metal and even a few new-car debuts like the Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo. More than 150 vintage cars were on display this year. […] 
 
 
Trickle-Down Armor: Feds Donate MRAPs to Local Police Departments  Aug 16th, 2014 
As the country focuses on the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, here’s a look at a vehicular example of the rapidly increasing and disturbing trend of police militarization across the United States. Built by several manufacturers in a dizzying array of variations, the MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) is a wheeled legacy of America’s Iraq and […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Small Executive Express–Style: 2015 Audi S3 Sedan  Aug 16th, 2014 
Audi’s online configurator for its new A3 sedan has at long last gone live. As we do in such cases of a hotly anticipated car’s build-your-own function firing up, work immediately commenced on the virtual assembly of our dream A3. A huge part of the A3’s appeal, of course, is its affordability, not to mention […] 
 
 
Audi to Introduce New Four-Cylinder Engine  Aug 15th, 2014 
Audi will build a new four-cylinder engine to run as smoothly as a V-6 or V-8. 
 
 
2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD Road Test  Aug 15th, 2014 
Can the 2015 Kia Sorento take on the competition? 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Configurator Shows How Much You Get for $40,000  Aug 15th, 2014 
Check out features and options on the 2015 C-Class. 
 
 
GM to Invest Billions Into Brazil  Aug 15th, 2014 
GM will invest billions into Brazil to maintain its plants and create new products. 
 
 
One-seat Wonder: Lamborghini Shows 2015 Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo Race Car at Quail Lodge  Aug 15th, 2014 
The Lamborghini Huracán is taking the exotic-car world by storm—pun totally intended—and now is poised to blaze a path into the automaker’s one-make Blancpain racing series in the form of the wild 2015 Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo. The raffishly styled race car makes its official debut at the 2014 Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California, […] 
 
 
2014 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance: Money on the Move [Mega-Gallery]  Aug 15th, 2014 
A moving festival of colored chinos and multimillion-dollar cars, the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is the best way to see the machines competing in Sunday’s concours the way they’re meant to be viewed—in motion. Free for spectators, it also serves as a tiebreaker for the Big Event; cars that complete the entire Tour have the […] 
 
 
Canandaigua CSI: Investigation Into Kevin Ward, Jr.’s Death Likely Hinges on Shaky 65-second Video  Aug 15th, 2014 
It would be interesting to hear what Abraham Zapruder would say about the video that shows NASCAR racer Tony Stewart hitting 20-year-old sprint-car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. on August 9, killing him. Zapruder, of course, took his Bell & Howell Model 414 PD Zoomatic Director Series movie camera with him when, on November 22, 1963, […] 
 
 
A Steal at $38 Million? Ferrari 250GTO Sets Auction Record, Misses Lofty Expectations  Aug 15th, 2014 
This spectacular 1962 Ferrari 250GTO sold for a world-record price of $38,115,000 on August 14 at the Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California. But plenty of folks predicted that it would command even more. Hagerty Insurance, for instance, stated an estimate of $60 to $75 million, which would’ve broken the record sale price for an […] 
 
 
Volvo 240 Turns 40 Years Old  Aug 15th, 2014 
A best-seller turns 40. 
 
 
Shutting-Up the Haters: 2015 BMW M3 Tested  Aug 15th, 2014 
The new F80-generation M3 is drawing its share of cyber hate, mainly because of its engine configuration. Engines are (or should be) holy to a company whose name translates to “Bavarian Engine Factory,” and special powerplants should be part of what you pay for in any M car. But the new M3’s 3.0-liter turbo inline-six […] 
 
 
Jaguar Brings U.S. Spec Project 7 to Pebble Beach  Aug 15th, 2014 
Jaguar shows off the U.S. spec Project 7 at Pebble Beach. 
 
 
2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited Tested: All-Wheel-Drive Comfort Food  Aug 15th, 2014 
Although Subaru excels at building quirky sporty cars, including two of the best low-buck fun machines available—the BRZ and the new-for-2015 WRX—the company has struggled at times with the formula for its less exciting Legacy sedan, which, along with the Outback wagon, receives a refresh for 2015. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Jaguar, You’re Projecting: F-type Project 7 U.S.-Spec Pricing Released at Pebble Beach  Aug 15th, 2014 
We’re still reeling over Jaguar’s announcement that, yes, it will actually build the superlative-transcending F-type Project 7 sports car, but we steady ourselves for a moment to bring you breaking news! From its perch at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Jaguar has released final pricing and power figures for the U.S.-spec version of the Project […] 
 
 
Nobody Invited Lemmy? McCall’s Motorworks Kicks off Monterey Car Week  Aug 15th, 2014 
Although the biggest action on the Monterey Peninsula starts Friday with the Quail, Gordon McCall’s Motorworks event at the Monterey Jet Center is the traditional kickoff to the cavalcade of automotive hedonism set to consume the south end of Monterey Bay this week. A fest for those with fistfuls of dollars and diamonds, McCall’s event […] 
 
 
Ford and DTE Energy Will Build the Largest Solar Array in Michigan  Aug 14th, 2014 
Ford and DTE will team up to build a solar-powered carport at the Dearborn Campus. 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet City Express Rated at 25 MPG  Aug 14th, 2014 
Chevy's cargo van arrives later this year to compete with Ford. 
 
 
Race-Ready Out of the Box: Caterham 7 360 and 480 Debut at Monterey  Aug 14th, 2014 
Pull enough weight and non-essential items out of a car and it’s very likely you’ll end up with something akin to the Lotus 7. Introduced in 1957, the 7 is arguably the most basic sports car ever built. A skeleton of a car, this street-going race car makes the Mazda Miata look like a Mercedes-Benz […] 
 
 
Power Rankings: The 7 (or So) Most Powerful Sedans Sold in America  Aug 14th, 2014 
It’s official: The Hellcat name is too good to slap on only the Dodge Challenger SRT. Indeed, the introduction of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat brings the badge and its bodacious 707-hp supercharged V-8 powertrain into the realm of the four-door sedan—because think of the families, you know? After the smoke from our burned-rubber four-door […] 
 
 
Hue and Cry: Toyota Paints FT-1 Sports Car Concept a Different Color, Re-Trims Interior for Pebble Beach  Aug 14th, 2014 
Since debuting the voluptuous FT-1 sports-car concept at this year’s Detroit auto show, Toyota has fallen mum on the topic—that is, until the festivities at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance fired up. This week, Toyota is trotting out the FT-1 for the show attendees in Monterey but made a few key changes to the concept […] 
 
 
Deadline to Enter F&Idol Contest Approaching  Aug 14th, 2014 
The deadline to enter F&I and Showroom's F&Idol contest is Wednesday, Aug. 20. At stake is up to $3,500 in prize money and a trip to Industry Summit 2014. 
 
 
Handling Skittish Customers  Aug 14th, 2014 
Asking customers to divulge sensitive information about themselves can sometimes lead to a polarizing exchange between the F&I manager and customer. The magazine’s compliance insider offers a few ways to put customers at ease. 
 
 
10.5 Ways to Create Customer Interest  Aug 14th, 2014 
The magazine’s resident F&I pro thinks F&I managers can take a cue from the Duke of Wellington, who once said, ‘Wise people learn when they can. Fools learn when they must.’ 
 
 
Separating Fact From Fiction  Aug 14th, 2014 
Is the F&I menu a compliance tool? His Madness doesn’t think so, but he’ll pose that question to compliance experts and menu developers at Industry Summit 2014. 
 
 
Playing for the Coach  Aug 14th, 2014 
The editor says goodbye to his mentor and recalls one of the many memories he has of the founder of F&I and Showroom magazine. 
 
 
OP-ED: Subprime Auto Finance Bears No Resemblance to Subprime Mortgage  Aug 14th, 2014 
In an op-ed piece submitted to F&I and Showroom, an executive with the American Financial Services Association rebuts claims made about subprime auto financing in an Aug. 8 opinion piece penned by the New York Times’ 18-member editorial board. 
 
 
Remembering Ed Bobit  Aug 14th, 2014 
The magazine, trainers and industry execs pay tribute to the man who helped build an industry when he founded F&I and Showroom in 1998. 
 
 
Staying in the Internet Game  Aug 14th, 2014 
The magazine’s objection-handling wiz weighs in on a topic that’s troubling F&I offices: Internet shoppers who are entering dealerships preapproved for vehicle financing. 
 
 
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