Country Music Star Brad Paisley on Corvettes, His Car-Related Songs, and Running from the Cops  Oct 9th, 2015 
C/D: Your tour bus is painted like a 1958–62 Corvette. BP: I have a lot of things painted like that, with the Corvette cove. My guitar room at the studio is an entire room painted red with a giant 12-foot Corvette cove where the guitars hang. You’d love it. That might be the most attractive […] 
Ford’s GT Race Car Testing at Daytona Will Make You Extra Happy  Oct 8th, 2015 
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen footage of Ford’s upcoming GT supercar in racing trim hustling around a track, and it won’t be our last. But we simply cannot avert our eyes from the wicked GT, and we can’t resist hearing the gurgling and popping of its twin-turbocharged V-6. It’s good then that Ford Performance has […] 
From L.A. to Las Vegas on the Road Less Traveled [Sponsored]  Oct 8th, 2015 
To celebrate the spirit of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, we asked some of our favorite creative innovators to tell us about their ultimate road trip. Their itineraries are collected here in “A Cut Above.”  The Travelers: Douglas Sonders and Nicholas Cambata Doug and Nicholas are the founding partners of 8112 Studios, a video and photography production company. They have […] 
How Handy: 1938 Film Explains Exactly How Car Suspensions Work  Oct 8th, 2015 
Your car’s suspension is an engineering marvel. Even the roughest-riding cars out there do an amazing job of smoothing out the bumps, cracks, dips, and potholes that riddle our roads. And even if you already understand the basics of how your car’s suspension works, it’s always fascinating to get an up-close explanation. That’s where Mr. Jam […] 
What’s the Diff? We Put the Torque-Vectoring Differential to the Test – Tech Feature  Oct 8th, 2015 
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Van Tested: They Could’ve Named It the Fredo  Oct 8th, 2015 
As Mercedes-Benz was finalizing the preparation of its mid-size Vito van for U.S. consumption, it stumbled upon one last matter to settle before hitting the start button on the presale PR blitz: the name. Focus groups revealed that Americans, self-impressed film fans that we are, just couldn’t shake the “Corleone” connotations from the name Vito, […] 
Neiman Marcus Is Selling a $95,000 700-hp Ford Mustang Convertible  Oct 8th, 2015 
Yes, we know, Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year, but don’t blame us—blame retailers like Neiman Marcus, which just put out its annual Christmas Book that’s brimming with high-end gift ideas. We’re not here to regale you with tales of fur coats, eel-skin wallets, or whatever else the upscale department store stuffed […] 
What’s the Diff? We Put the Torque-Vectoring Differential to the Test  Oct 8th, 2015 
The Japanese say torque vectoring reduces steering effort. The Germans will tell you that these trick differentials increase dynamism (whatever that means). And the Americans—just now getting started with the upcoming Ford Focus RS—claim it provides for “unmatched agility.” We’ve quaffed the cherry Kool-Aid ourselves, praising the technology when we’ve driven cars equipped with it, […] 
Luxury, Not Performance at Lincoln; Production Continental to Bow at Detroit  Oct 8th, 2015 
Lincoln will focus on the U.S. and China, while trying to rejuvenate the brand with new product, according to brand marketing manager Imran Jalal. The Chinese dealer network will grow from 16 dealers currently to 25 by the end of the year. A launch in Europe, however, will not be a consideration in the foreseeable […] 
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris – Instrumented Test  Oct 8th, 2015 
NADA Files Second Request for Internal CFPB Documents  Oct 8th, 2015 
The NADA has filed a second Freedom of Information Act request for internal CFPB documents that allegedly show the bureau intended to regulate the auto finance market through enforcement action. An earlier request was denied. 
Ex-Lithia Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement  Oct 8th, 2015 
A former office manager at Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Montana pleaded guilty this week to stealing approximately $288,000 from the dealership over a nine-year period. 
SmartAuction Hits Five Million Sales Milestone  Oct 8th, 2015 
Five million vehicles have been sold on Ally Financial’s online auction platform, the company announced this week. 
Q3 Used-Car Market Remains Strong, Manheim Reports  Oct 8th, 2015 
Used-vehicle prices were up nearly 3% in the third quarter from a year ago, according to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index, a measure of wholesale prices adjusted for mix, mileage and season. 
Cox Appoints Dealertrack’s Sundaram to New Post  Oct 8th, 2015 
Following its recent acquisition of Dealertrack, Cox Automotive has appointed Dealertrack’s former co-president, Raj Sundaram, as its chief client success officer. 
Wells Fargo Dealer Services Opens Houston Business Center  Oct 8th, 2015 
Wells Fargo Dealer Services has opened its second regional business center in Houston — its fifth in Texas. The new center will serve approximately 100 dealerships in the region. 
Reynolds Releases F&I Legal Library for Washington Dealers  Oct 8th, 2015 
Reynolds Document Services has released the Reynolds LAW Washington F&I Library, a comprehensive catalog of standardized, legally reviewed F&I documents available to new car and truck dealers in the state of Washington. 
Volvo Will Take Responsibility If Its Self-Driving Cars Crash  Oct 8th, 2015 
Say your new Volvo scrapes someone’s fender in a parking lot. If the car’s auto-pilot feature was enabled, well, that damage is now Volvo’s fault. Case closed, check’s in the mail! That could happen. At the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C., CEO Håkan Samuelsson told a small crowd that the automaker would “accept full liability” […] 
Mitsubishi eX Concept: An All-Electric Example of Mitsu’s Design Future  Oct 8th, 2015 
This chubby little guy’s name is eX, and there’s a lot riding on his square shoulders. According to its maker, the eX portends Mitsubishi’s design future. “Both exterior and interior indicate the direction MMC Design is taking,” says the automaker, adding that the eX is also fully electric. Because of course it is. Nissan’s Vision […] 
Cox Names President of Financial Services, NextGear Capital  Oct 8th, 2015 
NextGear Capital’s president, Brian Geitner, will take on expanded duties as he heads up the financial services arm of Cox Automotive. Introduces a Marketplace for Private Car Owners and Auto Dealers  Oct 8th, 2015 
Join the #1 auto swapping market place with like-minded private owners and auto dealers. Upload your vehicle for free. Become a member now and join thousands of other carswappers. 
Toyota S-FR Concept: Small, Front-Engine, Rear-Drive? Sign Us Up  Oct 8th, 2015 
Heading up the Toyota lineup of debuts at the 2015 Tokyo auto show is the S-FR concept, which stands for Small, Front-Engine, Rear-Drive. Aimed at bolstering the company’s performance image, the two-plus-two sports car boasts a compact configuration; Toyota characterizes it as an entry-level sports coupe—one that is headed for production. Toyota isn’t yet sharing details […] 
Toyota Kikai, FCV Plus, and Robot Boy Concepts: The Tokyo Auto Show Just Got Weirder  Oct 8th, 2015 
Our favorite bizarre-cars auto show, the biennial Tokyo event, kicks off later this month, and on the heels of the odd stuff from Honda, Suzuki, and others comes Toyota’s odd stuff. The steampunk Kikai [above] joins the FCV Plus hydrogen-fuel-cell concept and the Margaret Keane–like Kirobo robot/friend. Let’s take a closer look. FCV Plus Whereas […] 
VW CEO Müller: Bugatti Threatened, Phaeton Safe in Aftermath of Diesel-Emissions Scandal  Oct 7th, 2015 
Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller is preparing workers for massive cuts, which will be necessary due to the costs associated with the ongoing and vast emissions scandal. In an interview with the German newspaper F.A.Z., Müller singled out Bugatti by saying that every model and every brand would be reconsidered in the light of their […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 7th, 2015 
Wipe and Catch Fire: GM SUVs Recalled for Overheating Wiper Motors  Oct 7th, 2015 
The Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia are being recalled for defective windshield-wiper motors that can overheat and cause a fire. Some 31,000 vehicles are affected. The problem is limited to 2016 models, and most of the affected vehicles haven’t yet found their way into customers’ hands. For the 6400 that have, GM has […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Manual Test: We’re Speechless  Oct 7th, 2015 
What else can we say about the latest Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that we haven’t said before? From our first test: “The Z06 must be ranked among the world’s best.” From the Z06 coupe’s comparison-test win against the Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S: “Drink your Red Bull and splash some water on your […] 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 7th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
CFPB Considering Ban on Arbitration Clauses  Oct 7th, 2015 
The bureau is seeking to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses that block class action lawsuits. The proposals under consideration would allow companies to use arbitration for individual disputes, but would require those companies to submit to the CFPB the arbitration claims filed and awards issued. 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 7th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports  Oct 7th, 2015 
At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services. 
An Overland Journey, Part 1 [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
There is no vehicle more iconic than the Land Rover Defender. They were the obvious choice for this expedition from the lowest point in North America to the highest road in California. Our team consisted of Overland Driving instructor Jack Quinlan in his 1983 ExMod 110 and artist Geoff McFetridge in his 2007 NAS 110. […] 
It’s Turbo Time for the All-Wheel-Drive Porsche 911s  Oct 7th, 2015 
We sometimes set our watches by the relentless predictability of Porsche’s product strategy. Sure enough, a month after telling us about the new turbocharged engine that will be fitted to the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, Stuttgart has confirmed that the same engine will be doing duty in the four-wheel-drive versions of the same […] 
Imported Pickups Inch Closer with the Trans-Pacific Partnership  Oct 7th, 2015 
Perhaps President Obama is a secret Volkswagen Amarok fan. Proof? His signature on a trade pact with 11 countries could lower the barriers to foreign-made pickup trucks and vans on our soil for the first time in more than 50 years. After six years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now up for approval […] 
Overland Essentials [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
Overlanding is best described as vehicle-dependent adventure travel, where the journey is the primary goal. This can be by car, truck, motorcycle or even bicycle, but nothing is more synonymous with overlanding than the Land Rover Defender. So much so that it is widely believed that the first car most people in the developing world […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Dissected: Design, Powertrain, Chassis, and More – Feature  Oct 7th, 2015 
New Subaru Outback and Next Impreza Previewed by Tokyo Concepts  Oct 7th, 2015 
While the Tokyo auto show is often a venue for Japanese automakers to get extra-weird with their concept cars, Subaru’s two show cars amount to a fairly straightforward preview of the next-generation Outback and Impreza hatchback. The star of the show for Subaru is the Viziv Future Concept—“Viziv” is said to be derived from “Vision […] 
Lightning Lap 2015: Q&A with Corvette Ride-and-Handling Engineer Jim Mero  Oct 7th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Corvette ride-and-handling engineer Jim Mero knows a thing or three about putting down a fast lap. Watch him attack the Nürburgring in a C6 ZR1 on YouTube if you don’t believe us. During his 11 years working on the Corvette, he estimates that he has done more than 15,000 laps […] 
An Overland Journey, Part 2 [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
Climbing the east side of the White Mountains. Jack refuels at the base of a long climb. Geoff climbs into the Bristle Cone Pine Forest. The approach road can be seen in the background. Standing below a tree that is 4000 years old can be overwhelming. Driving through a poplar forest in search of camp. […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Dissected: Design, Engine, Interior, and More!  Oct 7th, 2015 
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has long been a favorite of ours. With a body only slightly larger than a Honda Civic and a massive 6.2-liter V-8 cranking out supercar power, how could it not be? Apparently others felt the same way. Globally, Mercedes managed to sell 40,000 copies of the previous-generation C63 coupe. Sans AMG […] 
It’s Turbo Time for the All-Wheel-Drive Porsche 911s  Oct 7th, 2015 
What is Overlanding? [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
The open-top Defender struggled against the soft sand, its turbo-diesel motor screaming from beneath the hood in an effort to clear the edge of a massive dune. The convoy of Land Rovers was deep into the Altar Desert of Sonora, Mexico and running low on fuel; the two days of desert driving had taxed our […] 
Why High-Definition Maps Are Essential to the Next Generation of High-Tech Cars  Oct 6th, 2015 
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Air Force did the world a solid by granting full access to the Global Positioning System. In that time, motorists have moved from crude, monochrome line maps to 3-D topographic displays rendered with skies, buildings, and live traffic information. But even after the Defense Department agreed to stop […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
Audi Testing Futuristic Gesture-Based Virtual Assembly Analysis  Oct 6th, 2015 
Back when Henry Ford was still fiddling with the assembly line, getting parts onto a car as fast as possible was the only goal. Men lined a pathway on which Model Ts would slither, and they’d wrangle their assigned component onto the budding vehicle as it passed by. Today, all-out speed is but one part […] 
Subaru Forester Updated for Japan, Likely for Our Market for 2017  Oct 6th, 2015 
Subaru’s latest Forester having been introduced for the 2014 model year, it will soon be due for a freshening—but so far, only the Japanese-domestic-market variant has been fettled with. The updated JDM Forester will debut at the 2015 Tokyo auto show, and it’s been given updated fascias, headlights, taillights, and a new grille. Like the […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance this summer, BMW granted us a first look at an upcoming higher-performance version of the M4—the M4 GTS. Far from being another high-powered derivative for collectors, this special edition is a real technology showcase. The M4 GTS features two industry firsts: a water-injection system designed to sharply increase power, and […] 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports  Oct 6th, 2015 
At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services. 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 6th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
Fine Whine: A Semiserious Proposal for Rationalizing Speeding Fines  Oct 6th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue People commit countless transgressions behind the steering wheel, but speeding gets the most attention. As lovers of fast cars and the sensations they provide, we find that troubling.* This is, after all, the magazine that invented the Cannonball Run. Speed-limit enforcement is arbitrary, and the fines have no relationship to […] 
Elon Musk Tweets (Then Deletes) Hint About “Model Y” Crossover  Oct 6th, 2015 
The Tesla Model X (pictured above) began reaching customers only last week, ​but CEO Elon Musk already is dropping hints at an as-yet-unknown future offering: In a now-deleted tweet spotted by Tech Insider, the Tesla founder gave away plans for a Model 3–based crossover called the Model Y. And it sounds like it’ll have those crazy “falcon wing” […] 
Porsche Cayman GT4 Adding Clubsport Version  Oct 6th, 2015 
The clue is in the name. Porsche’s Motorsport division is responsible for developing the crown jewels of the company’s road car division—the 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4 are the most recent examples. But it’s also charged with developing racing versions of the same machinery, which is why you can color us unsurprised at news of […] 
2016 Nissan Frontier: The “I’m Still Here!” Truck Gets New Pricing  Oct 6th, 2015 
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that Nissan still sells the mid-size Frontier pickup truck, even though it’s easy to overlook when the redesigned Toyota Tacoma and the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins from GM are soaking up the spotlight. And did we hear a new Ford Ranger is in the […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel First Drive: The Littlest Big Rig  Oct 6th, 2015 
Here’s the rundown on Chevy’s new 2016 Colorado diesel: Its new Duramax turbo-diesel engine is made in Thailand, the transmission is assembled in Mexico, there’s plenty of Brazil in the basic design, Chevrolet is a French name, the whole thing is assembled in Missouri, and you’ll need at least $3730 additional American dollars if you […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel – First Drive Review  Oct 6th, 2015 
VW Diesel Remedies Could Vary from New Software to New Car  Oct 6th, 2015 
The fix is not yet in for Volkswagen’s emissions-test-cheating diesels, but when it does arrive, there could be more than one. Bloomberg reports that some models might be able to come clean with only a software update (although how that will affect performance and fuel economy is unknown), whereas others might need a larger catalytic […] 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
In a move that could be interpreted as taking weight savings to an extreme—or, alternately, as a move downmarket with a special-edition model to be sold exclusively at Walmart—Lexus has unveiled a unique IS sedan made entirely of cardboard. Although Lexus touts the project as “pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and craftsmanship,” we would […] 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Wearing Camo in the Woods  Oct 5th, 2015 
These are soooo not spy shots. Yes, they show a camouflaged thing, a thing that has not been officially revealed, (and, frankly, a thing we still can’t quite believe is happening in the first place), but no, they’re not spy shots. The vehicle in said photos is Land Rover’s upcoming Range Rover Evoque convertible, of […] 
Volvo Details Auto-Pilot Feature for Its Self-Driving Feature  Oct 5th, 2015 
As we slowly draw nearer to the commencement of Volvo’s 100-car autonomous driving pilot program in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2017, some more details on the project have been revealed. Volvo has released a video explaining how its self-driving cars—all 2016 XC90s—will engage full self-driving mode, and, just as important, how the cars will hand control […] 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 5th, 2015 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
Charles Darwin blew wide open the whole “evolution” concept studying finches on the Galapagos Islands in the mid-1800s. Mitsubishi blew wide open the notion of what a performance bargain could be when it introduced the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution to the U.S. market for the first time in 2003. The connection? Like those finches, the […] 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe: V-6, Rear-Drive, Manual Tested!  Oct 5th, 2015 
To exit the parking lot behind our local barbecue hangout, you enter a narrow lane between two brick buildings before emerging beside the restaurant’s outdoor patio. So, we tapped the console button to open the flaps in the Jaguar F-type’s exhaust system and revved it a bit in first gear just to hear it echo […] 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
Chevrolet’s rapidly proliferating “Midnight Edition” treatment keeps things simple: Darken the exterior trim, slap on some black-painted wheels, and generally give the subject vehicle an overwhelming sense of subtle meanness. And so it goes with the Silverado Midnight Edition. We experienced the 2015 model just before driving the updated 2016 Silverado 1500, and, unable to […] 
Strange Dayz: Nissan Tokyo Concept Is More for “Sharing” than Driving  Oct 5th, 2015 
At the other end of the spectrum, thematically, from its Vision 2020 Gran Turismo, Nissan at Tokyo also will display a quirky, electric concept car that purports to redefine transportation for a digital Japanese generation. Bizarrely dubbed Teatro for Dayz—a name that blends the Italian word for theater (teatro) and a current Nissan minicar—the EV concept […] 
Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept Comes to Life in Tokyo, Presages Next GT-R  Oct 5th, 2015 
Nissan’s Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo has been available to “drive”—virtually—for over a year, but now Nissan has confirmed that the concept is making its real-life debut at the Tokyo auto show later this month. The concept also hints at the next-generation GT-R. The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was first revealed in June […] 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
10 Things We Learned About the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace  Oct 5th, 2015 
The 2017 F-Pace is a big deal—it has to be, if Jaguar is to ever beat its whimsical 15,000 annual sales in the U.S. last year—but the competition has already flexed their summer tires. We spoke with chief designer Ian Callum in Frankfurt, who never thought his pen would stroke such a project, and poked […] 
Fast Facts: The Number of Configurations Offered By Today’s Car Manufacturers Is Staggering  Oct 5th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Pickup trucks have long been the kings of configuration—long or short bed? two doors or four?—but now there’s a new challenger for multiple-choice supremacy: the van. Ford’s big Transit comes in three roof heights, two wheelbases, three overall lengths, and with a choice of three engines. All told, once a […] 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – First Drive Review  Oct 3rd, 2015 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Driven: A Mild Pick-Me-Up for Chevy’s Pick-’Em-Up  Oct 3rd, 2015 
“This is a truck that’s easy to embrace. It knows what it wants to be.” That is the final line in our entry for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado in a recent four-truck comparison test, a test in which the Chevy finished second behind only Ford’s newer F-150. As we’ve been saying since the truck debuted […] 
I Bought a Used Electric Vehicle—Here’s How It’s Worked Out So Far  Oct 2nd, 2015 
My wife, Tina, watched the new owner of her old Volkswagen Golf reverse down our driveway and putter off. Then she went into the house and lay down on the floor and cried. In an effort to comfort her, I fanned her with the stack of fresh $100 bills, a stack that was even bigger […] 
We Test Honda’s New Grom Minibike—Including in Our Office  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Motorcyclists signal their two-wheel approval by dropping left hands while passing. But when you’re riding a Honda Grom powered by a 125-cc engine and the rider of a 1340-cc Suzuki Hayabusa making around 190 horsepower gives you the low sign, it’s hard not to laugh. That’s like a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s driver soliciting kinship […] 
Honda Recalling 143,000 Civic and Fit Models for CVT Trouble  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Honda is recalling 143,676 Civic and Fit models in the U.S. for transmission failures, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) may have a weakened drive-pulley shaft (the part connected to the crankcase) that can break when exposed to high […] 
Wiped Out: Toyota Recalls 423,000 RAV4 Models for Windshield Wipers  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Toyota is recalling 423,456 RAV4 crossovers for water-clogged windshield wipers, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Channels under the windshield cowl that normally drain excess water may deform over time due to misaligned pin connectors and allow the water to pool, which may then drip onto the joint connecting the windshield […] 
EPA Gathering Used Diesels to Test If Other Manufacturers Cheated, Too  Oct 2nd, 2015 
If there were any illusions that Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating wouldn’t spark a broader investigation into diesel-car emissions, please allow us to disallow you of them. As reported by the Financial Times, the EPA is going to begin testing pretty much every diesel car model sold today, from all manufacturers, to determine whether companies not named […] 
Two More Two-Doors: Lexus Adds RC200t and RC300 AWD to Coupe Lineup  Oct 2nd, 2015 
In a move that wasn’t too hard to predict, Lexus is putting its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine into the RC coupe, creating the RC200t; it’s also adding a new V-6, all-wheel-drive model, the RC300 AWD. The moves expand the coupe offerings and bring the RC into line with the IS sedan. The RC200t already was […] 
Oh, Snap: 218,000 Nissan Versa Models Recalled for Broken Coil Springs  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa sedans and hatchbacks for front coil springs that can break, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the 2007-2012 Versa, the springs can crack due to a lack of phosphorous coating or bits chipping off when the spring compresses, during which road salts and other corrosives […] 
Lexus Adds RC 200t and RC 300 AWD to Coupe Line-up  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Mazda MX-5 Miata RS: A High-Po Miata for Japan’s Eyes Only  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Here in the U.S., Mazda’s latest MX-5 Miata is available only with a 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That might sound like a pipsqueak, but globally, there’s also a 1.5-liter four making—get ready—129 horsepower. In Mazda’s home market, the 1.5-liter is the only engine option, so don’t ever complain about the Miata not having enough power, […] 
Black Beauty: Porsche Introduces Cayman Black Edition  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Back in May, Porsche introduced—or reintroduced, more accurately—special “Black Edition” models of the 911 Carrera and the Boxster for 2015, which combine popular interior and exterior options with classic, black-on-black color schemes. Now, the Cayman joins Team Black with the announcement of the new Cayman Black Edition. As with its Black Edition brethren, the Cayman […] 
BMO Bank’s Auto Business Exiting 12 States  Oct 2nd, 2015 
The Chicago-based bank notified dealers in approximately 12 states that it’s refocusing its indirect auto business to its core market states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona and Florida. 
Mazda’s New MX-5 Miata Cup Is an Ultra-Affordable Race Car  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Scion FR-S Tested: Checking In with an Enthusiasts’ Favorite  Oct 1st, 2015 
Driving enthusiasts have a lot of options these days, from the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata all the way up to track-focused versions of our favorites, such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins still exist in the lower end of the spectrum price-wise. Both earned 10Best nods upon […] 
2016 Scion FR-S Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Ford Explorer Sport Tested: What’s In a Name?  Oct 1st, 2015 
Ford likes to tout the 2016 Explorer as the sixth-generation model. As inveterate quibblers, we’d suggest the reasoning behind that claim has more to do with eligibility criteria for various new-car awards than with the hardware on the showroom floor. It may be a quarter-century since the Explorer pretty much launched the whole SUV craze, […] 
Mazda’s New MX-5 Miata Cup Is an Ultra-Affordable Race Car  Oct 1st, 2015 
Mazda has finally announced how much it will charge for the 2016 MX-5 Miata Cup race car, the factory track animal that will compete in the brand’s newly global MX-5 Cup racing series. Before we reveal the price, keep in mind that this is a one-stop-shop race car, an MX-5 fully outfitted with a safety […] 
How We’d Spec It: 2016 Toyota Tacoma  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Ford Explorer Sport – Instrumented Test  Oct 1st, 2015 
How We’d Spec It: The Raddest, Stick-Shifted 2016 Toyota Tacoma  Oct 1st, 2015 
Sensing a threat in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, Toyota sent its long-running, still-popular Tacoma in for a rather extensive update. The result? The 2016 Tacoma, which has all-new sheetmetal, a new interior, a new V-6 engine, and, well, a lot of “new.” In spite of all this newness, the Tacoma is […] 
CreditMiner Adds VISOIQ Consumer Database  Oct 1st, 2015 
CreditMiner, a pre-qualification solution for dealers, has added the VISOIQ database of consumer information to its suite of data offerings. 
CFPB Takes Action Against Westlake and Its Title-Lending Subsidiary  Oct 1st, 2015 
The bureau ordered the subprime auto finance source and its subsidiary to pay a $4.25 million civil penalty for illegal debt-collection tactics and $44.1 million in consumer redress. 
CFPB Accused of Using ‘Junk Science’ to Regulate Auto Lending  Oct 1st, 2015 
CFPB Director Richard Cordray was met with hostility on Tuesday during the bureau’s semi-annual report to Congress. The hearing took place a day before a House committee passed two CFPB reform bills. 
Costco, GM Team Up on Holiday Promotion  Oct 1st, 2015 
For the third year in a row, Costco is teaming with General Motors on a winter Holiday Sales Event that will offer members saving on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. The event runs from Oct. 2 through Jan. 4, 2016 
Cox Completes Acquisition of Dealertrack  Oct 1st, 2015 
Dealertrack unloaded its inventory management solution today, clearing the way for Cox Automotive to complete its acquisition of the software maker. The announcement comes a day after the Justice Department challenged the merger between the two software giants. 
Westlake Expanding Dallas Servicing Team  Oct 1st, 2015 
This week, Westlake Financial Service began its recruitment process as part of its plans to expand the servicing team in its Dallas production center, which opened its doors this past January. 
Why Do We Keep Buying Vehicles at Dealerships? [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Two 20-somethings walked into a car dealership . . . No, that really happened—this isn’t a setup for a joke. More than a quarter of the 16 million new-car purchases in the United States last year were made by that tech-savvy, marketing-averse group known as millennials, according to market-research firm […] 
Rim Rock Drive to the Million Dollar Highway: A Driving Adventure [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Colorado’s Western Slope lures outdoor adventurers with mountains, rivers, and protected wilderness. Rock-climbers, mountain bikers, white-water rafters, snowboarders, off-roaders, backpackers, and wildlife photographers increasingly populate the region’s small towns, bringing with them cafés and art galleries to supplant the Old West of cowboy saddleries and prospectors’ tool shops, like hipsters gentrifying the grittier districts of […] 
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