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2015 BMW X6 M First Drive: Defying Logic—and Physics—Yet Again  Jan 30th, 2015 
When the M versions of the BMW X5 and X6 first appeared in 2009, they represented multiple heresies for the M brand: They used turbocharged engines, they had all-wheel drive, and they were—oh no!—sport-utility vehicles. Since then, BMW’s M division has pretty much brushed aside notions of what does or doesn’t constitute heresy. The new […] 
 
 
Industry Supplier ZF Gives Us Its Take on Lightweight Suspensions, Eight-Plus-Speed Transmissions  Jan 30th, 2015 
These days, it’s almost impossible to write about a new car without using “ZF” somewhere in the text. It’s not for our lack of proper noun skills, but for the overwhelming fact that ZF–short for Zahnradfabrik, or literally “gear factory”—has its 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission in nearly every automaker’s portfolio. But ZF Friedrichshafen, on its […] 
 
 
2017 Jaguar F-Pace SUV Spy Photos: The F-type of SUVs Comes into Focus  Jan 30th, 2015 
What It Is: Jaguar’s first SUV—sorry, crossover—testing in production-ready form wearing some razzle-dazzle camouflage to protect its modesty. As we learned at the 2015 Detroit auto show, the tallest-ever Jag will be called the F-Pace; while the name is slightly awkward, the crossover won’t be. Beneath the disguise lurks styling that appears to hew closely […] 
 
 
2017 Jaguar F-Pace SUV Spy Photos: The F-type of SUVs Comes into Focus – Future Cars  Jan 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Toyota Camry XSE V-6 Tested: Cyborg Catfish or Family Car?  Jan 30th, 2015 
Toyota has pledged to make its vehicles more engaging, with the bestselling Camry the latest to be called in for an overhaul. While the result is indeed a better Camry for 2015, the car proves that altering the essence of this refrigerator on radials is no simple task. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Flashback Friday: You Can Buy LL Cool J’s “Pink Cookies” BMW 8-series  Jan 30th, 2015 
Looking for a cool car that ladies will love? One with a provenance that includes perhaps rap’s most convoluted sexual analogy? Feast your eyes on LL Cool J’s 1991 BMW 850i, yours for a mere $14,000. Yes, LL’s sleek big-body coupe is on the market in Illinois. Sharp-eyed fans who remember the 1990s will recognize it […] 
 
 
Civic Pride: A Visual History of the Honda Civic  Jan 30th, 2015 
The Honda Civic has been on sale in the U.S. for more than four decades. Take a look back at how the model became what it is today.  
 
 
Spyker Update (Spykdate): Swedish Company Declared Not Bankrupt by Dutch Court, Will Build EVs  Jan 30th, 2015 
Raise your Heinekens to the sky, esoteric sports car lovers: Spyker is not and never was bankrupt. According to the Dutch supercar company, a local court has now overturned the company’s bankruptcy ruling from December and rendered the decision “null and void.” Spyker lives! B6 Venators for everyone, ja! If it were only that easy. While Spyker […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Camry XSE V-6 – Instrumented Test  Jan 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
It’s a (Rally) Car! Toyota Returning to WRC in 2017 with Yaris Race Car  Jan 30th, 2015 
The last time Toyota ran a factory effort in FIA World Rally Championship competition, it was 1999, and they won. Evidently, they decided that an 18-year hiatus would be long enough. The automaker returns to the WRC in 2017 with a works effort and a new car: the Toyoya Yaris WRC. Toyota Motorsport GmbH is […] 
 
 
2015 Tesla Model S P85D Driven: Now Entering Supercar Territory  Jan 30th, 2015 
Not having to wait is a luxury. Saving time is the justification the privileged give for indulging in fractional jet ownership and hiring personal assistants to attend funerals and bar mitzvahs on their behalf. Ideally, the less time you spend doing something unpleasant, the more time you have to do something worthwhile. But it never […] 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Spied: The Wildest Lambo Gets Wilder and More Super Fast  Jan 30th, 2015 
What it is: The inevitable super-faster version of Lamborghini’s super-fast Aventador, the Aventador SV (which stands for “SuperVeloce,” or “super fast” in Italian). Caught while prancing for a photo shoot in Europe, this prototype’s radical bodywork and assorted wings and things caught our photographer’s eye, and the prominent “SV” stickers on the car’s rocker panels […] 
 
 
2016 Tesla Model X Prototype Caught Silently Performance Testing in California [Video]  Jan 30th, 2015 
Tesla’s long-promised, very often delayed Model X crossover just got a bit more real: Here’s a somewhat-crappy video of what looks like a camouflaged Model X being flogged on a California pier. Of course, we can’t absolutely confirm that this is in fact the all-electric crossover that Elon Musk has been telling us about for years. But do […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Driven: Everything We Love About Miatas, But Smaller  Jan 30th, 2015 
There’s comfort in the latest Miata—sorry, MX-5 Miata. It’s not the comfort of plush leather seats, a soft ride, or opera windows. It’s the comfort of knowing that even in its fourth generation, Mazda’s two-seat roadster steadfastly remains a Miata. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Dodge To Focus on Its Performance Roots, According to Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram  Jan 30th, 2015 
The recent Dodge/SRT consolidation shows a renewed commitment to the performance segment. 
 
 
Ferman Mazda of Brandon Talks About the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata  Jan 30th, 2015 
Mazda's new roadster continues to offer grin-inducing driving pleasure. 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S – Instrumented Test  Jan 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Grim Future of the Naturally Aspirated Engine, Or: The Turbos Are Winning  Jan 29th, 2015 
Over the past 45 years or so, BMW was responsible for some of the very best naturally aspirated engines the world has ever seen. Thumb through its back catalog of powertrains and you’ll find a sublime gathering of sweet-spinning, exquisitely balanced, wonderfully soulful expressions of engineering genius, in four-, six-, eight-, ten-, and twelve-cylinder guises. And they’re […] 
 
 
Aluminum vs. Steel: New Ford F-150 Compared with Silverado, Ram 1500, and Tundra  Jan 29th, 2015 
As any dime-store undergrad psych major can tell you, it’s a tough climb to the top of the hierarchy of needs pyramid, the point at which we supposedly have everything we desire. There are challenges at every level, from finding solid traction in the physiological realm to cresting the summit of self-actualization. Any base full-size […] 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 vs. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2015 Ram 1500, 2014 Toyota Tundra – Comparison Tests  Jan 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
Video: Young Elon Musk Takes Delivery of McLaren F1 in 1999  Jan 29th, 2015 
Today, Elon Musk is a multibillionare whose name is synonymous with spaceships, solar panels, and high-performance electric cars. But way back in 1999, Musk was just a 28-year-old millionaire flush with money from the dot-com boom. It was an achievement he celebrated in fitting fashion: by buying a $1-million McLaren F1. Valleywag dug up this profile of a […] 
 
 
Lo, A Unicorn is Born: Volkswagen Debuts Sporty GTD Diesel Station Wagon  Jan 29th, 2015 
It’s by now a well-established cliché that automotive journalists have some peculiar ideas about the perfect vehicle—and it ain’t a Ferrari or a Porsche. It is a car that combines car-like driving dynamics; space to haul the family; and reasonable fuel economy with excellent power. Yep, we’re talking about a diesel-powered station wagon, one just like this new GTD […] 
 
 
Kicking In: The History of Honda Si Cars in America  Jan 29th, 2015 
Honda's plucky performance brand has been in the U.S. for 30 years. 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CTS-V: We Go In-Depth with the Four-Door Corvette  Jan 29th, 2015 
A 640-hp Nürburgring-eating CTS-V isn’t a natural descendant of the house of Cadillac. The king of cush and the caesar of geezers was once none too concerned with steering fidelity, roll gradients, lateral grip, and the like. These were figuratively and literally foreign concepts, as the modern luxury car—as sharp at clipping an apex as it […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CTS-V: In-Depth with the Four-Door Corvette  Jan 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Test: Laughing in the Face of Compromise  Jan 29th, 2015 
It was never Porsche’s first choice to build the original 911 Targa. Porsche planned to develop an open-air 911, but back in the 1960s, the future of the convertible was under threat by impending U.S. regulations, so the company came out with the Targa, an almost-convertible with a permanent roll bar. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Zurich Unveils Tablet F&I Menu  Jan 29th, 2015 
Officials with the F&I product provider said at last week’s NADA Convention & Expo that the company didn’t just develop a tablet menu, it developed a mobile F&I process. 
 
 
Ally Previews New Vehicle Service Contract and Technology Platform  Jan 29th, 2015 
Ally Premier Protection, Ally’s new flagship vehicle service contract, brings together enhanced features and benefits for auto consumers, powered by an intuitive and easy-to-use technology platform for dealers. 
 
 
Dealer Closes Without Handing Over Titles to Car Buyers  Jan 29th, 2015 
A Missouri used-car dealer closed his operation abruptly after failing to pay the dealerships that provided him with his stock, leaving customers he sold cars to without titles. 
 
 
N.Y. Dealer Settles Insurance Fraud Suit for $1.6 Million  Jan 29th, 2015 
The lawsuit alleged that Fuccillo Hyundai in Upstate New York illegally sold insurance without a license to customers under the guise of an anti-theft warranty. 
 
 
Fewer Consumers Sticking to New-Car Budgets, CNW Reports  Jan 29th, 2015 
The number of consumer strictly adhering to their budget is dropping to pre-recession levels, according to the firm’s monthly report. And the number of car buyers for whom price is no object is on the upswing. 
 
 
Judging By This Teaser, the New Fast & Furious Movie Will Just Be Two Hours of Jumping Cars  Jan 29th, 2015 
The seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, simply titled Furious 7, is double-clutching its way to theaters this April, and the hype is already revving up. Here, to barely quench your unslakably furious thirst, is a teensy weensy seven-second teaser video released today. So, what can we extrapolate from this sneakiest of […] 
 
 
Judgment Day: F40 Meets Diablo – Archived Comparison Test  Jan 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish – Instrumented Test  Jan 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
It’s Official: The 24 Hours of LeMons Holds Guinness World Record for Most Participants in a Single Car Race!  Jan 29th, 2015 
When we held the Vodden the Hell Are We Doing 24 Hours of LeMons at the newly-expanded Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California last September, a staggering 242 teams showed up with their alleged race cars. Now, the Guinness World Record officials have set down their pints long enough to make it official: Most Participants in […] 
 
 
BMW M CEO Frank van Meel on FWD M Cars, Manual Transmissions, and a BMW Supercar  Jan 29th, 2015 
Last September, ex-Audi executive Franciscus (Frank) van Meel was tapped as the new head of BMW M GmbH, taking over for Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, who retired at the end of 2014. We recently sat down with van Meel to learn a bit about his vision for the iconic performance brand. C/D: How was your start at M GmbH […] 
 
 
It’s Judgment Day in Miami: Ferrari F40 Meets Lamborghini Diablo [C/D Archives]  Jan 29th, 2015 
“It’s like a train speeding up your spinal cord and coming out your ear.” —Minnesota Vikings safety Joey Browner describing a full-force collision in the NFL Which is pretty much how it feels to stomp the throttle of a Ferrari F40 or a Lamborghini Diablo on Interstate 95 at 11:30 in the morning. It gives […] 
 
 
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Tested: It’s the Most Aristocratic Supercar  Jan 29th, 2015 
What is there to say about the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish that hasn’t already been said? This mildly tweaked version has gained a couple of transmission ratios and some revised damper settings, and there are some natty new color options to pick from, too. But otherwise it remains as before, the ultimate expression of what […] 
 
 
Video: Wild-Ass, Flame-Spitting Ferrari F40  Jan 29th, 2015 
Everyone knows the Ferrari F40 is the megacar of a generation. The twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-8 out of the 288 GTO is a sonorous beast of an engine mounted midship in a car that took track times and low weight to new levels during the generally dismal 1980s. Today’s example has the extra added benefit of […] 
 
 
2015 Buick Verano Offers Greater Connectivity with Onstar 4G LTE, Notes Ferman Buick GMC  Jan 29th, 2015 
The newest generation of the Buick Verano delivers improved connectivity for a higher quality driving experience. 
 
 
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Signed by Pope Benedict & Pope Francis To Be Sold for Charity  Jan 29th, 2015 
Proceeds from the sale of this unique cruiser will be donated to a non-profit organization to support children in need. 
 
 
Tesla Model S P85D’s “Insane Mode” Launch Blows Minds—Here’s Video Proof  Jan 28th, 2015 
Elon Musk took the lid off his own madness with the Tesla Model S P85D, the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive silent screamer with 691 horsepower and 686 lb-ft of torque. As if that weren’t enough, the fully electric D offers an “Insane Mode,” which unleashes the car’s full accelerative potential and enables a launch-control function for maximum thrust. Musk said he […] 
 
 
First Glimpse: Spy Photos Reveal 2016 Honda Pilot’s Dashboard  Jan 28th, 2015 
The official unveiling of the 2016 Honda Pilot is just two weeks away at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, but, hey, the new crossover ain’t here yet. These spy shots of the Pilot’s dashboard give us an even clearer look at what to expect from the yet-to-be-revealed SUV—and our first peek at its redesigned cabin. The photos don’t […] 
 
 
Ford Recalls 211,063 Cars for Door Handles, Loose Seat Belt Fasteners  Jan 28th, 2015 
Ford is recalling 210,980 vehicles in the U.S. for faulty interior door latches and seat belt fasteners, the automaker said today. The recall includes the 2010-2013 Ford Taurus, Taurus Police Interceptor, and Lincoln MKS, which have faulty springs in their door handles, as well as the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which has seat belt fasteners that […] 
 
 
Nissan Recalls 639,480 SUVs for Defective Hood Latches, Potentially Fire-Inducing Electrical Shorts  Jan 28th, 2015 
Nissan is recalling 639,480 cars in the U.S. for faulty hood latches and wiring harnesses that can short circuit, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 129,000 vehicles will be recalled in Canada and other countries. Affected vehicles include the 2013–2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35/QX60, along with 2014 model-year hybrid […] 
 
 
First Glimpse: Spy Photos Reveal 2016 Honda Pilot’s Dashboard  Jan 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
Toyota Finalizing Customer Rally Version of GT86 (That’s the Scion FR-S to You)  Jan 28th, 2015 
Toyota Motorsport GmbH has been working on a rally kit for the GT86 (that’s the Scion FR-S for us North Americans) for a good long while. For customers, the wait for the so-called CS-R3 has probably been both gratifying—TMG wants to get the car dialed in, after all—and frustrating. It’s hard cooling your heels for months […] 
 
 
Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Named at NADA Convention  Jan 28th, 2015 
Michelle Prim, managing partner of Cascade Auto Group, was named the Cox Automotive Woman of the Year at this year's NADA Convention & Expo. 
 
 
VinSolutions Debuts New Mobile App  Jan 28th, 2015 
VinSolutions’ VinConnect Mobile app gives dealers access to their CRM from a hand-held mobile device. Other features include mobile call tracking and a customer I.D. scanner. 
 
 
CPS Subpoenaed By DOJ  Jan 28th, 2015 
This month, the Department of Justice issued a subpoena to Consumer Portfolio Services requiring the finance source to turn over documents related to subprime auto finance. 
 
 
Experian Launches Vehicle Equity Estimation Tool  Jan 28th, 2015 
Experian’s new Auto Equity Model helps users estimate a consumer’s vehicle equity on an existing auto loan. 
 
 
The Toyota Camry Super Bowl Commercial Is Bold, Dynamic—and Effective  Jan 28th, 2015 
What We See: This spot tracks a woman named Amy Purdy as she goes from one physical challenge to another, including running, snowboarding, dancing, modeling atop giant stilts, mountain biking, stuff like that. The camera work is exciting and heroic, portraying Purdy as a confident, dedicated athlete who won’t quit until she gets it right. […] 
 
 
Saved from a Watery Grave: Land Rovers and Jaguars Survive Near-Capsized Cargo Ship  Jan 28th, 2015 
You almost certainly aren’t going to believe this, but that car-carrying cargo ship that almost capsized in the English Channel earlier this month has managed to limp back to port. And many of the cars onboard seem to be pretty much undamaged, with some even having been driven out under their own power. Granted, to judge […] 
 
 
How SRT Validated the 204-mph Top Speed of the Charger Hellcat  Jan 28th, 2015 
From the February 2015 issue of Car and Driver Modern computer design tools can accurately predict a car’s EPA mileage, number of crash-rating stars, and top speed even before the first prototype is constructed. With several supercharged models knocking on 200 mph, simulations based on wind-tunnel studies are the preferred means for avoiding the risky […] 
 
 
How SRT Validated the 204-mph Top Speed of the Charger Hellcat  Jan 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
You Can Be the Star in Top Gear’s Reasonably Priced Car for Less Than $300  Jan 28th, 2015 
For most of us, the best thing about the U.K. Top Gear TV show isn’t the cars, or the carefully scripted setups, or even the sight of Jeremy Clarkson’s bald spot spreading across the back of his head season-by-season. No, it’s the bit where they strap a Star—sometimes loosely defined by U.S. standards—into the Reasonably […] 
 
 
New Honda Civic Type R Finally Happening, Ear-Tingling Teaser Video Released  Jan 28th, 2015 
After years of teases, concept cars (here’s the first and the second), and even a whirl behind the wheel of a prototype in Japan, we’re finally going to get a look at the production iteration of Honda’s European Civic–based Type R at the 2015 Geneva auto show. To accompany this confirmation, Honda released a video […] 
 
 
Internet Speculation Confirmed: Hi-Po McLaren 650S to Be Called “675LT” and Have 666 Horsepower  Jan 28th, 2015 
The internet exploded—key distinction, as it did not “break”—when McLaren released a photo of what appeared to be a camouflaged 650S and promised that whatever it was would be revealed at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Speculation ran rampant, but most seemed to settle on the car’s potential name—675—and others still indicated it could carry […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – Instrumented Test  Jan 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Mercedes-AMG Super Bowl Commercial Is Lost in the Woods [Video]  Jan 28th, 2015 
What We See: Inexplicably, this commercial uses a computer-generated re-enactment of Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” fable as the visual theme. What we see is, well, that, with a few shots of the estimable new Mercedes-AMG GT S thrown in. The hare gets off to such a great start that he stops along the […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Tested: Satan Made Them Do It  Jan 28th, 2015 
Unless the Energy Independence and Security Act is repealed, 50-mpg cars will be thick on the street in a decade. If you find this notion depressing, take solace in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s ability to binge-drink premium fuel. Stomp the throttle as if you own a private pipeline and this hellion can burn 1.5 […] 
 
 
Yes, Nissan Actually Built a Juke NISMO RS on Tracks  Jan 28th, 2015 
The crazy Juke Nismo RS that showed up on Twitter the other day wearing a set of Mattracks isn’t a Photoshop job. Nissan says that the company’s European arm actually built the damn thing using an AWD Xtronic CVT-equipped Juke as the base vehicle. And they’re going to take it to the northernmost reaches of Finland—ice- and […] 
 
 
Watch: Kia Taps 007 to Complete Its Super Bowl Mission  Jan 28th, 2015 
What We See: Shot in what looks like Ari Gold’s Entourage office, we see a very fit (the dude is 61!) Pierce Brosnan hearing a pitch from his agent about an upcoming project. Having played the likes of Remington Steele and James Bond, Brosnan naturally assumes that this is an adventure thriller, replete with high-speed […] 
 
 
2017 Jaguar XE First Drive: Return of the Driver’s Car  Jan 27th, 2015 
For those not keeping score at home, a quick recap of the state of the sports sedan: In May 2013, a Lexus IS350 F Sport beat out a BMW 335i M Sport in a three-car comparo. Ten months later, the 3-series’ two-door twin lost to an Audi S5. Then our annual 10Best Cars awards arrived […] 
 
 
Porsche Recalls 13,500 Panameras and Cayennes for Fuel-Tank Seal Issue  Jan 27th, 2015 
It seems GT3s aren’t the only modern Porsches capable of self-immolating. According to Bloomberg, a Chinese regulation authority has determined that some Cayennes and Panameras built between 2011 and 2012 have a faulty seal that can let fuel evaporate and potentially catch fire. Porsche has taken the preemptive step of recalling 13,500 vehicles globally on its own […] 
 
 
2017 Jaguar XE – First Drive Review  Jan 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Manual Test: Running in Place  Jan 27th, 2015 
A lot has changed since 2008, but the Dodge Challenger R/T hasn’t. When Dodge rolled out the retro-styled beast to battle the Ford Mustang—the Chevy Camaro was still on hiatus—we actually found the 376-hp 5.7-liter Hemi-powered R/T model (introduced for 2009) preferable to the slightly quicker, 425-hp 6.1-liter SRT8. But in the years since, the […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Manual – Instrumented Test  Jan 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
NADA Issues Compliance Guide on Federal Advertising Rules  Jan 27th, 2015 
In response to the FTC’s targeting of dealer ads, the NADA released at its annual convention last week a new publication designed to help new-car dealers comply with federal advertising requirements. 
 
 
The Next Up Unveils Geo-Fencing Solution  Jan 27th, 2015 
The Next Up launched a geo-fencing product, LiveDrive, to help managers better determine test drive success based on route, time spent and speed. 
 
 
CPS Subpoenaed By DOJ  Jan 27th, 2015 
This month, the Department of Justice issued a subpoena to Consumer Portfolio Services requiring the finance source to turn over documents related to subprime auto finance. 
 
 
Dealertrack Adds New Connected Solutions to Product Lineup  Jan 27th, 2015 
Dealertrack unveiled new solutions at the NADA Convention and Expo designed to connect in-store and online dealership processes. One of them will allow dealers to market F&I products online. 
 
 
Digital Airstrike Partners With MerchantCircle  Jan 27th, 2015 
Digital Air Strike will integrate its survey technology with MerchantCircle's listings and reviews platform, allowing dealers to provide an easier, more automated method for posting customer reviews. 
 
 
J.D. Power Projects Best January Sales in 10 Years  Jan 27th, 2015 
J.D. Power and LMC Automotive expect the industry to realize its best January for new-vehicle sales since 2004, with the firms projecting sales of 932,000 units. 
 
 
RouteOne Doubled Procesed eContracts in 2014  Jan 27th, 2015 
The technology firm said it more than doubled its econtracting volume in 2014 to 1.55 million contracts processed. 
 
 
Experian Launches Vehicle Equity Estimation Tool  Jan 27th, 2015 
Experian’s new Auto Equity Model helps users estimate a consumer’s vehicle equity on an existing auto loan. 
 
 
VinSolutions Debuts New Mobile App  Jan 27th, 2015 
VinSolutions’ VinConnect Mobile app gives dealers access to their CRM from a hand-held mobile device. Other features include mobile call tracking and a customer I.D. scanner. 
 
 
Why 0.5-Liter Cylinders Will Soon Dominate Automotive-Engine Design  Jan 27th, 2015 
From the February 2015 issue of Car and Driver A decade or so ago, a team of German university scientists settled on 500 cubic centimeters as the ideal per-cylinder displacement for internal-combustion engines. A 500-cc cylinder with a stroke length larger than its bore diameter, these forgotten pioneers concluded, benefits the combustion process by minimizing […] 
 
 
All Mercedes R-classes Now to Be Built By . . . the Humvee People?  Jan 27th, 2015 
Did you know the Mercedes-Benz R-class is still around? Launched in early 2005, it didn’t come close to meeting its sales targets; in its best year, some 20,000 were made. By 2011, U.S. sales were down to just over 2000, and in early 2012, Mercedes-Benz yanked it from the U.S. market. All other global markets […] 
 
 
Koenigsegg One:1 Driven: We Wheel the World’s Most Powerful Production Car  Jan 27th, 2015 
Everything is going fine until we reach 150 mph. And then, very suddenly, it’s not. Just sitting in the passenger seat of the Koenigsegg One:1 (we explain the silly name later) as it attacks a wet runway is, in terms of spiked adrenaline, somewhere between a solo sky dive and being chased by a bull […] 
 
 
U.S. Justice Department Built Secret, Nationwide License-Plate Tracking Database  Jan 27th, 2015 
Bad news for anyone who values privacy: The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Justice Department has been secretly expanding its license-plate scanning program to create a real-time national vehicle tracking database monitoring hundreds of millions of motorists. WSJ pulls no punches in describing the program, calling it nothing less than “a secret domestic intelligence-gathering […] 
 
 
2015 Koenigsegg One:1 – First Drive Review  Jan 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ram 1500 Named the Winner of Motor Trend's 2015 Half-ton Pickup Shootout  Jan 27th, 2015 
Ram's full-size pickup takes the lead in fuel economy and performance. 
 
 
‘Ring-a-Ding-DING! GT350R Allegedly Pokes Hole in Z/28’s Nürburgring Time  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport First Drive: Disco’s Back, Baby!  Jan 26th, 2015 
In Iceland, a kid can be Neptúnus or Torbjörg or Geirþrúður, but you’ll never meet a Moon Unit or a Zuma Nesta Rock born in the island nation. New parents here must choose from a list of 3500 government-approved names or plead their case to the Icelandic Naming Committee, a three-person panel tasked with preserving […] 
 
 
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport – First Drive Review  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Dealers Sue to Block Tesla Sales in Missouri  Jan 26th, 2015 
The Missouri auto dealer cartel is on the move, trying to prevent citizens of that state from being able to buy a Model S sedan or (when it finally shows up) a Model X crossover. Automotive News reports that the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association filed a suit late last week accusing the state’s Department of […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 212  Jan 26th, 2015 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
 
 
Watch BMW’s Super Bowl Ad—It Equates the i3 to the Dawn of the Internet  Jan 26th, 2015 
What We See: This commercial is divided almost equally into two halves. The first shows Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s infamous “What is the internet, anyway?” Today Show clip from 1994. Hard to believe, but a scant two decades ago, even savvy network morning-show anchors didn’t know what the internet—let alone the @ symbol—was. Well, Couric […] 
 
 
Video: Russian Battle Bot Drives an ATV  Jan 26th, 2015 
Say hello to Russia’s latest battlefield bot. According to Sputnik News, a state-owned site, the robot seen here in a driving demonstration is meant to serve as a sort of field avatar for soldiers. Think of this four-wheeling helmeted friend as an android sent into combat situations too dangerous for soldiers. According to Sputnik, it’s […] 
 
 
Why Scion FR-S Sales Have Plunged: The Life and Times of an Ultra-Niche Product  Jan 26th, 2015 
When Toyota announced it was going to sell a lightweight, rear-drive sports car—and that it was sending a version to the U.S. badged as a Scion—there was a swell of enthusiast, uh, enthusiasm. Anticipation for the car (and its Subaru-badged sibling, the BRZ) ran high, reaching a fever pitch when the car went on sale in […] 
 
 
2017 F-150 Raptor’s EcoBoost V-6 to Make 450 hp, Says Ford’s Raj Nair  Jan 26th, 2015 
There’s a lot to be excited about with the all-new 2017 Ford Raptor: The weight-saving aluminum body. The crazy-cool combo 4WD/AWD drivetrain. And the EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, which, Ford’s head of global product development, Raj Nair, says will kick out a walloping 450 horsepower. The number-drop came during a Fox Sports TV interview at the 24 Hours […] 
 
 
Top Gear Season 22 Premieres Tonight! Here’s Your Episode 1 Preview  Jan 26th, 2015 
We’ve already heard a lot about Season 22 of the BBC’s Top Gear, and it hasn’t even aired in the U.S. yet. But while you’re probably sick of hearing about the uproar over Clarkson’s allegedly insensitive license plate, if you’re like us, you can’t wait for the first episode of Season 22, which premieres tonight. […] 
 
 
Deflated: Peugeot Citroen Shelves Its Air Hybrid Technology  Jan 26th, 2015 
Disappointing news from France: PSA Peugeot Citroen has put an indefinite hold on the development of its promising-sounding Hybrid Air powertrain, apparently because the company has been unable to find a development partner willing to split the huge costs of engineering the system. Hybrid Air was a brilliantly French idea – a way to harvest […] 
 
 
Why Scion FR-S Sales Have Plunged: The Life and Times of an Ultra-Niche Product  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Amazing Home-Build: 15.7-Liter, 12-Rotor Wankel Engine  Jan 26th, 2015 
How many rotors is too many rotors? If you’re Tyson Garvin, the number is somewhere north of 12. Garvin is an endurance powerboat racer who has twice set the record for the run from New York City to Bermuda, and he’s built one of the craziest engines we’ve ever seen. It’s a 12-rotor Wankel, which, […] 
 
 
’Ring-a-Ding-DING! GT350R Allegedly Pokes Hole in Z/28’s Nürburgring Time  Jan 26th, 2015 
As of yet, there is no independent confirmation on this, but British mag Evo is claiming that Ford’s new Shelby GT350R has lapped the Nürburgring in 7:32.19, more than a second faster than Chevy’s monstrous Z/28, which did the deed in 7:37.47. Prior to the GT350’s unveiling at last year’s L.A. Auto Show, a source […] 
 
 
Cops to Waze: Stop Reporting Our Locations  Jan 26th, 2015 
Police officers and sheriffs around the U.S. are calling on Google to turn off police tracking on Waze, the traffic and navigation app Google purchased in June 2013, claiming that the feature makes Waze into a “police stalking” app that puts their lives in danger. Waze is a crowd-sourcing app that alerts drivers in real […] 
 
 
Buy It Now: Mr. Bean’s Twice-Wrecked Daily-Driver McLaren F1 Is for Sale  Jan 26th, 2015 
Rowan Atkinson may be known best to American audiences as Mr. Bean, the hilariously hapless Brit with the musty green Mini. In real life, however, Atkinson is a true gearhead of excellent taste, as evidenced by the burgundy 1997 McLaren F1 he’s putting up for sale after having owned it since brand new. It turns […] 
 
 
Southern Rock Racing Demonstrates Why Crawling Is for Babies  Jan 26th, 2015 
“Don’t forget your nut belt; you’re gonna to need it.” Wait . . . what? Oh, right. I hurriedly fish around the seat bottom for what was previously known to me as an anti-submarine belt, latch it, and cinch it as tight as my arm muscles will allow. I am holding up the show. This […] 
 
 
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