Mega Auto Supplier, ACTIVATE: ZF to Buy TRW for $13.5 Billion  Sep 16th, 2014 
It may not have the panache of a World Cup match, but when a German auto supplier takes over an American auto supplier, people—or at least our kind of people—take notice. Rumblings of a deal have been, well, rumbling since July, and now TRW Automotive Holdings has agreed to sell its entire business to ZF […] 
Noise: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata May Get 130-hp 1.5-liter Skyactiv Four, Tip the Scales at 2250 Pounds  Sep 16th, 2014 
Ready for another fix of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata details? Reports are trickling out that Mazda will launch the ND car with the maker’s 130-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. The news began overseas this morning, but since then our crosstown compadres at Motor Trend busted in with some reasonably credible info. Citing an […] 
2015 Chrysler 200S AWD Road Test  Sep 15th, 2014 
The Chrysler brand is back. 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In First Drive: Sumptuously Suckling the Grid  Sep 15th, 2014 
Just 22 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz S-class exceeded 400 horses for the first time, with the 402-hp 6.0-liter V-12 in the 1992 600SEL besting the BMW 750i by more than 100 horsepower. The car was a gauntlet fired into the turf, and it instantly became one of the most prestigious, high-performance sedans in the world. […] 
Stand—and Ride—in The Man in Black’s Shadow: Johnny Cash’s 1970 Rolls-Royce Headed to Auction  Sep 15th, 2014 
You’d be hard-pressed to find an American icon more intrinsically linked to the dark side of the American dream than Johnny Cash. Equal parts rebel, musician, addict, and God-fearing gospel singer, The Man in Black drawled lyrics that unapologetically dripped with Southern-fried Americana, the majority of his vast catalog revolving around romance, steam trains, automobiles, […] 
Carbon is the New Black: GMC Adds Carbon Editions to Sierra Lineup  Sep 15th, 2014 
A few weeks ago, Chevy showed us a stripier side of the Silverado with its new 2015 Silverado Rally Edition models. This month, it’s the GMC Sierra’s turn to play dress-up in the form of three new Carbon Edition models, all of which are based on the Sierra 1500. The standard Carbon Edition starts at […] 
Honda and Takata Allegedly Knew About Deaths, Injuries from Exploding Airbags for Years Before Recall Expansion  Sep 15th, 2014 
A New York Times report says that the faulty airbags that can cause metal fragments to be expelled in a crash and which led to simultaneous recalls from several automakers earlier this summer weren’t taken seriously for years despite horrifying injuries. And while Honda was one of 11 automakers sharing the same airbag supplier, that company in […] 
Sexytimes: Get All Up In the Hot New MX-5 Miata’s Business [Video]  Sep 15th, 2014 
Mazda continues to play coy with key technical details of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata, but we still couldn’t be more excited for the fourth-gen model if the company promised a trunkful of Powerball tickets with every car. We’ve already told you everything we know at this point, including digging up seven cool facts about the […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 196  Sep 15th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet and sticker.* Good luck!   (* […] 
Ferrari to Celebrate 60 Years in U.S. with $3.2-Million Limited-Edition Model  Sep 15th, 2014 
You know how Lamborghini has mastered turning existing cars into super-limited, super-expensive special editions—think the Murcielago-based Reventón and the Aventador-based Veneno? Now it’s Ferrari’s turn do dip its paw in the honey pot. In his last official act as CEO, Luca Di Montezemolo will unveil a U.S.-only special-edition Ferrari built to celebrate the automaker’s 60 […] 
2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door Driven: A Regular Mini WITH FIVE DOORS  Sep 14th, 2014 
Although most Mini models to date have had rear accommodations, those seats suggested more practicality than they actually delivered. The latest Mini Cooper hardtop, for example, is about as well-suited to carrying adult passengers in the back as a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe—and that thing doesn’t even have back seats. For 2015, however, Mini is […] 
LeMons Northern California Day One: 222 Cars Start, 200 Blow Up, Billy Beer Fairmont Leading Class C  Sep 14th, 2014 
After we inspected the biggest group of teams in 24 Hours of LeMons history on Friday, we knew that this swarm of wild-eyed racers would be very eager to try out the new, improved five-mile course at Thunderhill Raceway Park. So eager, in fact, that many could be counted upon to spin their long-suffering engines […] 
LeMons Northern California Inspections: Peugeot 404 vs Renault 10 vs Corvair, 239 Other Teams.  Sep 13th, 2014 
We’re back at Northern California’s Thunderhill Raceway, where the temperatures hit the three-digit mark, the penalty laps were handed out in generous quantities to many a BMW and Honda, and the largest number of teams to be accepted into a LeMons race (thanks to the recent expansion of the Thunderhill course and resulting room for […] 
Little Recalled Corvette: GM Stops Sale, Prepares Recall for 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes  Sep 13th, 2014 
The bad news? GM is about to issue two more recalls. The worse news? Both actions cover one of our favorite cars, the C7 Chevrolet Corvette. According to GM, a stop-sale notice has been sent to Chevrolet dealers who may have in stock some of the 2800 Corvettes potentially affected by two problems. The first problem […] 
Chasing Anti-Sales: Tesla Steering Potential 2015 Model X Customers Toward Current Model S  Sep 13th, 2014 
“So we won’t have any apples for a while, but how would you like one of these lovely oranges?” That seems to be the line of questioning Tesla is running on customers marching into its stores ready to drop a $5000 deposit on the upcoming (and much delayed) Model X electric crossover. With the order cue […] 
2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible Quick Drive  Sep 12th, 2014 
Go ahead, twist my arm. 
2015 Subaru WRX vs. 2015 Volkswagen GTI: Two Affordable Performance Icons Compared  Sep 12th, 2014 
You have heard plenty over the years about Subaru’s rally-inspired WRX. And, owing to its longer life span, you have probably heard even more about Volkswagen’s genre-defining hot hatch, the GTI. It’s now in its seventh generation. READ MORE ›› 
2015 Subaru WRX Long-Term Intro: Packing the Turbo the BRZ Wishes It Had  Sep 12th, 2014 
Like any new family addition, Subaru’s rear-drive bundle of joy, the BRZ, began hogging attention before it even arrived. As a concept in 2011, the idea of a lightweight, naturally aspirated, rear-wheel-drive coupe from a company built on wagons, all-wheel drive, and turbochargers caused a stir. Then the BRZ arrived in production form with a […] 
Michael Schumacher Heads Home to Continue Rehabilitation; Prognosis Remains Hazy  Sep 11th, 2014 
Michael Schumacher has finally gone home, 254 days after a tragic ski accident left him in a medically induced coma for nearly six months, according to a report in The New York Times. In June, he transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now the Formula 1 champion has returned to his mansion at Gland […] 
Soul Glow: Kia Soul EV Priced, Sits Mid-Pack Among Current Crop of Small Electrics  Sep 11th, 2014 
Kia has just announced that its first-ever electric car, the 2015 Soul EV, will join the electron-powered vehicle fray in California by the end of October at pre-federal-rebate starting prices of $34,500 for the base model and $36,500 for the Plus. (The rebate will slash $7500 from the sticker.) Standard goodies include a rear camera, […] 
Vaden Automotive Group Named 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year  Sep 11th, 2014 
The Savanah, Ga.-based dealer group was named F&I and Showroom’s 14th F&I Dealer of the Year at the magazine’s annual conference and expo, which was held this week at the Paris Las Vegas. 
NADA Shows Support for New CFPB Reform Bill  Sep 11th, 2014 
The NADA is urging Congress to pass a new bipartisian bill introduced this month that would nullify the CFPB’s guidance on auto lending and require more transparency from the bureau in the future. 
LotLinx Adds VP of Product Management  Sep 11th, 2014 
Dave Shefferman, who has nearly two decades of experience in the high-tech and automotive industries, will lead product development and data strategy efforts for the LotLinx Deeplinking platform. 
Manheim Adds Imaging Suite to 20 Auction Locations  Sep 11th, 2014 
Manheim’s new Enhanced Vehicle Imaging Suite provides up to 18 vehicle images and ‘heat map’ graphics that help buyers quickly assess vehicle condition as part of the company’s InSight Condition Reports. 
Cox Automotive Launches Purchase Guarantee Program  Sep 11th, 2014 
Dealers who purchase vehicles at Manheim auctions now have the option to buy a purchase guarantee that allows them to return a vehicle for any reason for up to 21 days and receive a 100% refund of the purchase price and buyer’s fees. 
Wholesale Prices Decline in August  Sep 11th, 2014 
In August, prices were down on a year-over-year basis for the first time since the beginning of 2014, part of a softening trend in wholesale prices. 
Premier Warranty Hosts AFIP Certification Boot Camp  Sep 11th, 2014 
Representatives from 10 dealerships attended an AFIP certification boot camp hosted by Premier Warranty Inc. in Texas this June. 
Dealerslink Joins AutoNation Preferred Vendor List  Sep 11th, 2014 
All of AutoNation’s 270 dealerships now have approval to implement the DealersLink suite of tools at any of their locations. 
A Specialty File from the C/D Archives: ERA Cobra 427SC Tested!  Sep 11th, 2014 
It’s 1965. You ease down into the low-slung monster, sliding your penny loafers deep into the footwells. You slip on your wraparound shades and roll up the sleeves of your white oxford shirt. Depressing the heavy clutch with a grunt, you bring the engine to life. The deep, thumping rumpa-rumpa can be heard long after […] 
Saleen’s Tesla Model S–based FourSixteen EV Makes Sounds—Good, High-Pitched, Jet-Like Ones [w/ Video!]  Sep 11th, 2014 
If you’re still getting used to the idea of tuned electric cars, allow us to help warm you to the concept. Recently, Saleen Automotive announced it is juicing Tesla’s Model S EV to create the FourSixteen sport sedan. Although Saleen’s charged-up Tesla doesn’t get a power boost, it does get a new transmission with a […] 
Why Did Ferrari Chairman Luca Di Montezemolo Really Quit?  Sep 11th, 2014 
A well-known celebrity photographer once suggested that there are a handful of people in the world who seem to generate their own light source—for them, flashbulbs are simply not required. That describes Luca Di Montezemolo, who for 23 years was the chairman of Ferrari. We know that Di Montezemolo resigned yesterday, and we know why. […] 
2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Tested: Forced Induction Times Two!  Sep 11th, 2014 
We have a long and checkered history with the current-generation Volvo S60. First it lost to the Buick Regal GS in a head-to-head comparison test. Then, given a chance to redeem itself in a five-car sports-sedan comparo in which it was spotted a 60-hp advantage, it finished last. We signed on for a long-termer anyway, […] 
This Ain’t No Love Bug: VW’s 1.6-liter, 540-hp (!) Beetle GRC Rally Car Teased in Video  Sep 11th, 2014 
As we told you back in June, Global Rallycross is preparing for a Beetle infestation. The clip below provides a closer look at VW’s super-mega-bad-ass GRC Beetle as it rips and snorts around a black lake at the hands of Tanner Foust. The video also shows off the mega-Beetle’s startup sequence, some engine plumbing all […] 
New Batmobile Spied! Batman Trades His Awesome Tumbler for a . . . Crossover?  Sep 11th, 2014 
Photo by Amacro13 on Instagram The next Batman movie, Batman vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice, is more than half a year away from its scheduled release date (March 25, 2016), but that hasn’t dulled fans of the film’s lead character. As you probably guessed, we’re not talking about either of the movie’s caped crusaders. We’re […] 
AutoNation Acquires Luxury Group Barrier Motors  Sep 11th, 2014 
AutoNation has acquired luxury dealership group Barrier Motors in Bellevue, Wash., which includes Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue, Barrier Audi, Barrier Porsche and Barrier Volvo. 
Kick in a Box: Rating the Power-to-Dollar Efficiency of More than 40 Crate Engines [Infographic]  Sep 10th, 2014 
A “crate engine” is just that: an engine that comes in a wooden box, delivered to your door, ready to be dropped into the vehicle of your choosing. The good old days’ solution of building your own engine is falling out of favor, increasingly replaced by the ease and cost-effectiveness of buying a complete, ready-to-run […] 
Toyota U2 Concept: The Jeep/Delivery Truck/Cargo Van Toyota Must Build Now  Sep 10th, 2014 
You probably wouldn’t find us Etsy’ing our way through a copy of Make: Magazine if it were the last form of entertainment left in a dentist’s office, a.k.a. our most loyal subscribers. Make is a publication focused on do-it-yourself projects and other similarly effort-intense undertakings, but Toyota has us re-thinking our DIY POV. The automaker will […] 
Rare Ferrari Enzo Prototype for Sale: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Off-Shore Accounts  Sep 10th, 2014 
For sale now through German Ferrari specialists Modena Motorsport is a one-of-a-kind patchwork beauty, a 348-based test mule used to develop what would become the iconic Ferrari Enzo. The prototype would be an incredible addition to any Ferrari collector’s stable—a true piece of prancing horse history. History ain’t cheap, however: Originally auctioned by Sotheby’s in […] 
OH, YES: This Is What a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Coupe Would Look Like  Sep 10th, 2014 
If you liked our illustrations of the 2016 Miata shooting brake—and especially if you didn’t—feast your eyes on the same artist’s interpretation of an ND MX-5 Miata with a more conventional fixed lid. While we’re suckers for wagons of all stripes—which includes shooting brakes, natch—we can’t deny the slinky gorgeousness of this short-roof design. We see […] 
Toyota—of All Companies—Defends Drivers, Says It Won’t Build a Fully Autonomous Car  Sep 10th, 2014 
Of all automakers, the last one we’d expect to defend the driver’s seat from computers just might be Toyota. And as much as we criticize the Japanese brand for lack of imagination, we’re floored at what Toyota executives said last week at their technical center in Saline, Michigan: Toyota won’t build a fully automated car […] 
How We’d Spec It: The Rocky-Mountain-Highest 2015 Chevrolet Colorado  Sep 10th, 2014 
The next wave of smaller-than-full-size pickups is coming, and, well, for now it’s flowing exclusively from General Motors. While Toyota and Nissan seem content peddling decade-old rigs in this space, GMC and Chevrolet are reviving the Canyon and Colorado nameplates for a pair of all-new mid-size trucks. We dig the idea of smaller pickups, if […] 
Dodge Viper SRT MSRP Cut by $15,000, A Dealer Says It’s Already Generating Heat  Sep 10th, 2014 
Well, that didn’t take long: Chrysler announces a $15,000 price drop on its slow-moving make that slow-selling 2015 Dodge Viper SRT on Monday morning, and by Monday evening, Bernie Katz already sold three of them. Katz, partner with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Viper driver Ben Keating in, the world’s largest Viper dealer and part of a full-line […] 
Alumin—Um, Wait a Second: Ford Faces Challenges Putting 2015 F-150 Production in Motion  Sep 9th, 2014 
As Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, plant gets closer to starting production on the new 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the risks involved in moving from steel to aluminum are becoming clearer. The aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 is said to shave more than 700 pounds off the outgoing model, with the goal being to boost fuel economy as federal […] 
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT / GT S Revealed: Aiming Straight for the Porsche 911  Sep 9th, 2014 
The Porsche 911 is no stranger to attacks—and now a fresh one has been whipped up in Affalterbach by Mercedes’ high-performance arm, AMG. True sports cars wearing the three-pointed star are rare; the last two times such cars appeared, the company aimed sky-high with the McLaren SLR and the just-departed SLS AMG. Both were priced […] 
2015 BMW 2-series Convertible Debuts with Two Turbo Engines, Available AWD  Sep 9th, 2014 
With the introduction of the 2-series convertible, BMW’s rear-wheel-drive 1-series is history in the U.S. (The Euro-market hatchback is still available.) But despite the new moniker, the 2-series very much adheres to the formula of its predecessor. Like the 1-series, it is built atop a chassis closely related to that of the 3-series and it is available […] 
2016 Audi TTS First Drive Review: More Power, More Style, More TT  Sep 9th, 2014 
The new 2016 Audi TT is quite competent and good fun to drive, but 220 horsepower just doesn’t cut it for most enthusiasts in today’s performance environment. We’ve become spoiled rotten by affordable coupes and sports cars, many of which pack at least two more cylinders than the Audi. It’s a good thing, then, that […] 
Model-Year Advances: New Tech for 2015 Including Super-Turbos, Huskier Hemis, and More!  Sep 9th, 2014 
Ford and supplier Takata have packed the hardware needed to provide widely varying steering ratios into a conventional-looking steering wheel. A DC electric motor slows down or speeds up normal steering-wheel commands through a 48:1 reduction gear. Steering quickened by up to 35 percent is used for low-speed, extreme-lock parking maneuvers. At cruising speed, the […] 
24 Hours of LeMons Colorado: Audis Take First Place, Last Place!  Sep 9th, 2014 
During the car inspections at the fifth annual B.F.E. GP 24 Hours of LeMons, we saw that we’d be in for an interesting race, what with an unrivaled percentage of the kind of cars we like to see, lots of weird engine swaps, extremely talented drivers on many of the teams, and nearly as many […] 
Battle of the Batteries: 2014 BMW i3 vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive  Sep 9th, 2014 
In Los Angeles County, and particularly on the ocean side of the I-405 freeway, eco-awareness is the highest virtue. The Tesla Model S is the halo car, and most cabs are Priuses.’s online locator lists a staggering 49 electric-car chargers in Century City, the 176-acre high-end westside district built on what was once the […] 
Miata to the Max: Mazda Miata Shooting Brake Rendered  Sep 9th, 2014 
Classic as they may be, BMW Z3 roadsters are a dime a dozen out there, but to see a Z3 coupe (which is essentially a Z3 shooting brake) on the road—well, that’s a pretty special occasion. We think the same reaction would await a Mazda Miata shooting brake, should Mazda consider such a thing. So […] 
Aston Martin Drops Photos of 2016 Lagonda Super Sedan, Details Brutal Hot Weather Testing  Sep 9th, 2014 
Is it possible for a car to be too pretty to torture test? The 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda may just qualify, but it’s undergoing absolutely savage-sounding hot-weather testing anyway. The limited-production Lagonda sedan will be sold exclusively sold in the Middle East, hence the brutal high-temperature evaluations, but more important than the four-door’s (admittedly) expected […] 
2016 Jaguar XE Debuts: Photos and Info on the BMW 3-series Fighter  Sep 8th, 2014 
Let’s start with the really good news that, well before driving it, we can confidently state that the new Jaguar XE definitely isn’t an X-type. READ MORE ›› 
Name That Shifter, No. 195  Sep 8th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet,  and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
From the C/D Archives: Our Original Long-Term Test of the 1998 BMW 540i  Sep 8th, 2014 
This is a car you could live with forever,” writes Phil Berg in the long-term logbook. A glance at the spec sheet or a 10-mile test drive suggests he’s right. BMW’s 540i six-speed sedan has it all—room for five, aggressive good looks, and a tantalizingly smooth brute of a V-8 engine. READ MORE ›› 
Genesis, Chapter Two: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Tested  Sep 8th, 2014 
Hyundai might be aiming this second-generation Genesis sedan directly at the Mercedes-Benz E-class. And it might plagiarize from another European luxury carmaker, Audi (see its tailpipes, interior trim, and grille). But what Hyundai has actually built here is the spiritual successor to the first Lexus LS400. That’s especially true of the rear-drive, V-8–powered Ultimate version […] 
2016 Audi TT First Drive: Looking Back to Move Forward  Sep 8th, 2014 
When Audi conceived the TT in the mid-1990s, it knew it had a game-changer on its hands. The little coupe came into a virtually deserted segment and it served as a statement of Audi’s commitment to design and precision engineering. An offspring of the VW Golf IV’s PQ34 platform, the TT was shaped by a […] 
Panic In Detroit: The Glorious History of 1960s American Iron in the 24 Hours of LeMons  Sep 8th, 2014 
There’s nothing that gets a 24 Hours of LeMons fan’s heart pumping like a good old race car flying a patriotic red-white-and-blue flag. That flag could be the Union Jack on an MGB or the French Tricolor on a Citroën ID19, but in this case we’re talking about Old Glory and genuine Detroit Iron, built in […] 
24 Hours of LeMons Colorado Car Inspections: Opel Manta, Renault R5 Turbo, and an Airport-Tug Engine Donor  Sep 6th, 2014 
We’re back at northeastern Colorado’s High Plains Raceway for the fifth annual B.F.E. GP 24 Hours of LeMons, and we may have the highest percentage of great race cars we’ve ever seen at one of our races. The quantity of teams may not be so high— just 42 teams were willing to make the trek […] 
2016 Audi A6/S6 Official Photos and Info: Brilliance, Subtly Refined  Sep 6th, 2014 
Carmakers often use a vehicle’s midcycle update to correct glaring errors. Take the Mercedes-Benz E-class, which recently shed its boxy rear fenders, or the Volkswagen Jetta, that brand’s entry-level sedan whose look and feel finally matches its marketing. READ MORE ›› 
Suspended NFL Player to Work at Ohio Dealership  Sep 6th, 2014 
Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon will work for an Ohio car dealership while serving his year-long suspension from the NFL for a substance-abuse violation. He will learn all aspects of the business including sales in addition to working with local charities. 
2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE First Drive  Sep 5th, 2014 
Volkswagen continues to improve its clean diesel technology with the new 2015 Jetta TDI. 
Shocker! Tesla’s Gigafactory To Be Located in Nevada!  Sep 5th, 2014 
It proclaims itself “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Johnny Cash sang about shooting a man there just to watch him die. In gearhead circles, it’s known for the National Auto Museum, the Hot August Nights cavalcade of hot roddery, and—at slightly higher elevations—a bunch of guys flying around pylons in souped-up P-51s. Oh, […] 
2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series Tested: It Likes It Rough  Sep 5th, 2014 
It’s fitting that our 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series arrived wearing California license plates, because for a large swath of the late-boomer/early Gen-X population and beyond, the Tacoma and its Hilux precursor were an integral part of the California scene. It’s no coincidence that Marty McFly lusts after a butched-out Toyota Pickup in Back […] 
G-Tastic: 12-Cylinder Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG Coming to U.S. in 2016!  Sep 5th, 2014 
According to a report in Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the absolutely ridiculous and ridiculously wonderful G65 AMG will be heading to the U.S market for the 2016 model year. Upping the cylinder count as well as the improbability factor in comparison to the merely preposterous 544-hp, twin-turbo V-8 G63 AMG, the G65 takes its […] 
2016 BMW 1-series Sedan Spied: Yes, the Front-Wheel-Drive BMW Sedan  Sep 5th, 2014 
What It Is: The new 1-series compact sedan—BMW’s second front-wheel-drive model—wearing production bodywork. We’ll pause while you beat your keyboard or mobile device against your forehead as the whole “front-drive” thing sinks in. This sub-3-series model is being prepped for battle against Mercedes-Benz’s CLA-class and Audi’s slick A3 sedan, which are also front-wheel-drive-based. READ MORE […] 
The Continental: Bugatti Veyron Successor Gets a Name, Topless Mercedes-AMG GTS Seems Unlikely  Sep 5th, 2014 
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. Next year, we will finally see the wild Bugatti Veyron 16.4‘s successor in the metal. I […] 
2015 Lexus RC350 Coupe Driven: Born of Three Cars, This Is One Compelling Coupe  Sep 5th, 2014 
Whenever an automaker decides to fire a coupe into the market, it most often plucks a sedan from its quiver of cars, cuts a few inches out of the wheelbase, excises two doors, and wraps it in a swoopy body aimed to seduce the emotional hearts—not the practical minds—of buyers. Not Lexus. Not this time […] 
McConaughey Ho Let’s Go: Watch Matthew McConaughey’s First Two Commercials for Lincoln  Sep 5th, 2014 
The first commercials from the Lincoln/Matthew McConaughey tie-up have been released, and, well, they’re weird. Not weird in a foam-and-panty-dance-party kind of way, but watching Rust Cohle chat with two tons of horned beef from his MKC ain’t exactly normal, you know? Both spots seem to be channeling a bit of True Detective vibe. In the second, McConaughey says […] 
2016 Fiat 500X Caught Testing in Michigan: X Marks the Spot?  Sep 5th, 2014 
What It Is: A fully camouflaged Fiat 500X mule captured while refueling in southeastern Michigan. Despite being cloaked entirely in basic black for maximum slimming effect, it’s clear the car underneath is sporting some rather exaggerated round, soft shapes. Although most of the bulges are simply inserts intended to throw gawkers off the trail, they […] 
50 Years in the Making, Ian Callum’s Custom Jaguar Mk2 Is Incredible—and You Can Buy One of Your Own  Sep 5th, 2014 
Ian Callum has designed a lot of cars, but never one quite as personal as this. Jaguar’s design director is an outspoken and sometimes acerbic Scot who loves his brand and loves the business of design. He’s pretty much the exact opposite of the sort of personality-free corporate drones who inhabit much of the upper […] 
2015 Lexus RC F First Drive: The Relentless Pursuit of Edginess  Sep 5th, 2014 
In a market thick with sedans and crossovers and SUVs, two-door coupes are few and far between. Which is why were a little surprised—pleasantly so—when we learned that Lexus would launch the high-performance, rear-wheel-drive RC F coupe into an ever-shrinking market space dominated by the Germans. READ MORE ›› 
Chevrolet Releases Fuel-Economy Estimates for 2015 Colorado V-6, Of Course It’s Segment-Leading  Sep 5th, 2014 
There’s hyperbole, and then there’s Chevrolet’s boast that its new-for-2015 Colorado mid-size pickup’s V-6 fuel economy is “segment-leading.” Now, we don’t intend to detract from the Colorado’s 26-mpg highway rating, but let’s take a look at the Colorado’s competitive set. There’s the Toyota Tacoma, which has been on sale in its current form since 2004, […] 
“Hey Man, Where’d You Get That Veyron?” “On eBay! For $115K!”  Sep 4th, 2014 
Dear former member of the capitalist landed gentry: Are you through with sleeping on the sidewalk? Sure, the budget may not be what it was, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t have the trappings of excessive success at a bargain price. Dust yourself off, hit up six of your old hedge-fund pals for a […] 
2015 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid Pricing: More More, for Not a Whole Lot More  Sep 4th, 2014 
Toyota has extensively messed with its bestselling Camry sedan for 2015—but you wouldn’t know it looking at the car’s pricing. That’s because, compared with the holdover “2014.5″ model-year Camry, the new base model costs just $100 more. Okay, so Toyota previously offered a price-leader Camry L, but that trim level existed purely to give Toyota […] 
Dodge Viper 2015 Updates: New GT and TA 2.0 Models, Ceramic Blue Special Edition, Two Zany Colors  Sep 4th, 2014 
Despite Dodge taking both the Viper supercar and the SRT brand under its care, 2015 is going to be the year of the Hellcat at Dodge. We can only imagine what it’s like to be a mean, scary snake being upstaged by a cat—and it very much has been upstaged by a cat—so it’s no surprise […] 
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Gets More Power, More Quiet, and Red Vapor  Sep 4th, 2014 
Based on the past month or so of automotive media coverage, Chrysler builds just two cars: the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and its equally horsepower-endowed four-door sibling, the Charger SRT Hellcat. This is not, in fact, true—Chrysler still makes Chryslers, Rams, Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and, of course, Jeeps. And one of those Jeeps, the […] 
Twenty-Four Hours in Sports-Car Heaven: Our Original Test of the Porsche 959 [C/D Archives]  Sep 4th, 2014 
We hesitate to call any car perfect. The absence of flaws in any product of human endeavor is extraordinarily rare. But we have just returned from West Germany, where we finally got a chance to drive a Porsche 959 on the street, and the word “perfect” is difficult to avoid. What single word more accurately […] 
7 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata  Sep 4th, 2014 
The debut of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata last night answered one of the most important questions about the new car—what will it look like?—yet it raised many, many more. Mazda hasn’t yet spoon-fed us much official information, so we took matters into our own hands, poking and prodding the car today as we asked […] 
Car Porn: Learn How to Pronounce “30 Jahre M5” in BMW’s Latest Video  Sep 4th, 2014 
From “The Epic Driftmob” to the “M4 Initiation” video, our friends over at BMW seem to have taken a liking to drifting videos lately—and really, who can blame them. BMW’s latest video features the 2015 30 Jahre M5 driving around a soccer arena—mostly sideways, of course—to promote its arrival. M5 enthusiasts may recall another BMW […] 
GM Increases GM Financial’s Credit Line  Sep 4th, 2014 
General Motors reaffirmed its connection to GM Financial by increasing its captive’s credit line to $1 billion. 
National Auto Care Appoints VP of Actuarial and Product  Sep 4th, 2014 
Tim Burgess will lead the pricing activities for NAC. He will also head up new product development. Burgess comes to the company with more than 14 years of actuarial experience. 
August SAAR Climbs to 17.53 Million  Sep 4th, 2014 
August sales rose 5.5% from a year ago to 1.6 million units sold, according to Autodata Corp. The firm put the August SAAR at 17.53 million units, up from 15.94 million one year ago. 
Ga. Dealer Association Takes on Tesla  Sep 4th, 2014 
The association alleges that Tesla violated the terms of its sales license by selling more than the 150 vehicles it was allowed to sell in the state. 
Used-Car Owners Flocking to New-Vehicle Market, IHS Reports  Sep 4th, 2014 
The number of used-vehicle owners flocking to the new-vehicle marketplace is the highest in six years, according to an analysis of vehicle registration patterns by IHS Automotive. 
Land Rover Crosses the Final Frontier with Competition to Send Someone to Space  Sep 4th, 2014 
When it comes to publicity stunts, there’s a fine line between the inspired and the desperate. So we’ll leave it to you to decide which side of the line Land Rover’s spectacular offer to take one lucky winner and three friends into space on Virgin’s spiffy new spaceship falls on. As tragic space geeks, we’ll […] 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Debuts: Photos and Info on the Fourth-Gen Icon!  Sep 4th, 2014 
Mazda is a small company, which gives it certain advantages over its behemoth rivals in developing focused products. Mazda’s size also seems to help it keep secrets. When we got our first glimpse of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata a few days before its global reveal—in the form of two low-resolution images, both partially obscured […] 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Drive Report! Sort of!  Sep 4th, 2014 
The all-new Mazda Miata debuted tonight, and we managed to gather 50 feet of impressions. Okay, we didn’t really drive the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata at its global launch in Monterey, California. (We were too busy watching Duran Duran perform.) We did, however, talk to the first civilian who did. His name is Mikel […] 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL First Drive  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Efficiency and performance combine for a fun-to-drive experience. 
New Moon on Wednesday: Watch the Live 2016 Mazda Miata Reveal Featuring Duran Duran [w/Video]  Sep 3rd, 2014 
You know it’s something special, and you hope it’ll be the best. Yeah, we’re warping a Duran Duran lyric, but with good reason. The venerable New Romantics are feting the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. And it’s happening in just a few minutes or hours or seconds, depending on what the livestream countdown clock below […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Deep Dive: What Makes the New Supercharged LT4 V-8 Tick?  Sep 3rd, 2014 
When engineers at General Motors say they have created one of the lightest and most compact 650-hp engines in production, our interest is piqued and we’re paying close attention. That’s especially true when that engine, a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8, is destined for the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Although the switch from the previous […] 
2017 Subaru Impreza Spotted Wearing Camo: Fuji Goes Modular Global  Sep 3rd, 2014 
What It Is: First, let’s talk about what it’s not: a five-door WRX. Subaru still says that it has no plans to bring back the five-door WRX, so however it may look like a five-door WRX and however much we would love to see another five-door WRX, this is not a five-door WRX. Besides, if […] 
Ford Decides to Play Fair, Follow Industry Practice for Super Duty Payload Ratings  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Another week, another move in America’s Ultimate Four-Wheeled Junk-Size Showdown, also known as the heavy-duty pickup wars. This time, Ford is in the news, stating that it is no longer going to use “minimum” curb weights to establish its payload and tow ratings, aligning with GM and Ram in using “base” curb weights to determine payload […] 
Carfax Lawsuit Now Lists More Than 700 Plaintiffs  Sep 3rd, 2014 
An antitrust lawsuit against Carfax has garnered 700 plaintiffs, up from just 124 when the suit was originally filed in May last year. 
Subprime Financing Begins to Level Off, Experian Says  Sep 3rd, 2014 
The percentage of new-vehicle loans made to credit-challenged car buyers was at 15.1% in the second quarter of 2014, down from 22.1% in the same period in 2013, according to Experian Automotive. 
Hudson Cook to Form New Group to Address Growing Scrutiny of Debt Collection  Sep 3rd, 2014 
The firm has added Gary Becker and Barbara Sinsley, who will work with current Hudson Cook attorneys in creating a new practice group to focus on lender oversight and regulatory compliance for third-party debt collectors, debt buyers, collections law firms, and creditors collecting their own debts. 
VinSolutions Undergoes Leadership Changes  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Lori Wittman was promoted to vice president and general manager of the company, while Sean Stapleton assumed an expanded role as vice president of sales and marketing. 
Ford Parts Website Gives Away Potential 2016 Mustang GT350 Engine Details  Sep 3rd, 2014 
With hints and rumors swirling that Ford’s upcoming Mustang GT350 will get a modified version of the regular Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 using a flat-plane crankshaft, you can bet enthusiasts watching the car’s gestation are hot with anticipation. We’ve spotted the car testing—and, sometimes, spinning on the Nürburgring—but details on the car’s so-called “Voodoo” engine […] 
Star Search: Infiniti Exec Andy Palmer to Take Reins at Aston Martin  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Nissan and Infiniti executive Andy Palmer will replace Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez at an undisclosed date. Before joining Nissan in 1991, the 51-year-old engineer had led Austin Rover’s transmission development. As head of Infiniti, he earned his credentials as an executive of a premium brand. The headhunters dispatched to find a replacement for Bez […] 
Make Room, Escalade: Cadillac Readying Two New Crossovers  Sep 3rd, 2014 
Cadillac, eager to boost its sales volume, is planning an expansion of its crossover and SUV lineup. Those ambitions will likely result in two new vehicles, one smaller than the Cadillac SRX and a larger, three-row utility vehicle that slots between that model and the Escalade. While the new car-based crossovers will certainly bolster the […] 
New-Car Transaction Prices Jump 3% in August, KBB Reports  Sep 3rd, 2014 
In August, the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $32,495, according to analysts from the vehicle valuation source. New-car prices have also increased 2.7% from the same period last year. 
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