The Opel Corsa OPC Is GM’s Fiesta ST  Feb 26th, 2015 
Magna Steyr’s MILA Plus Sports Car Concept Is a Hybridized Showcase  Feb 26th, 2015 
Magna Steyr has screwed together some of our favorite vehicles—shout out to the Mercedes G-wagen—and in the leadup to the Geneva Motor Show, the contract manufacturer has unveiled its latest concept car intended to highlight its services. The yellow Lotus Evora–ish two-door you see here is the MILA Plus, the eighth such example of the Magna Innovative Lightweight […] 
All-New Volkswagen Touran: Just Right for Europe, Too Sensible for America  Feb 26th, 2015 
In America, we like our people-movers in the shape of SUVs, because of all the off-roading we never do. In Europe, where heinously expensive gasoline precludes such silliness, family vehicles are chosen based on more practical considerations. Thus, VW’s Touran, a small, minivan-ish, tall-wagon thing is a pretty big deal over there, and newly redesigned […] 
All-New Volkswagen Touran: Just Right for Europe, Too Sensible for America  Feb 26th, 2015 
How We’d Spec It: The Most ’Murican Sub-$50K Chevrolet Silverado 1500  Feb 26th, 2015 
We’re all about fairness here at Car and Driver, which is why we started to feel bad that Chevy fans had to sit idly by while we applied our fantasy online-car-configurating How We’d Spec It process to not one but two different 2015 Ford F-150s. So here we are, folks, kickin’ it fair and balanced […] 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor In-Depth: Twin Turbos, 10-Speed Gearbox – Feature  Feb 26th, 2015 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Revealed: Brutality and Bloodshed for All  Feb 26th, 2015 
When we interviewed AMG chief Tobias Moers last fall, he memorably blustered, “Nobody will miss the good old 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine!” When we suggested that people would, in fact, miss the free-breathing, loud-barking, large-displacement monster, he backtracked with a hint of defeated humility in his voice, admitting, “It’s a nice engine, yeah.” Nice enough […] 
2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive Test: A Diesel for the 7-series, Better Late than Never  Feb 26th, 2015 
Despite the popularity of large, diesel-powered luxury sedans on the other side of the Atlantic, the segment exists in the current U.S. market thanks only to the Audi A8, which gained a 3.0-liter TDI V-6 option for 2014 to go along with its boosted gasoline powerplants. (Mercedes-Benz previously offered a diesel in the S-class but […] 
TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Driven by Millennial Originations  Feb 26th, 2015 
The millennial generation is the fastest-growing segment of auto loan consumers, representing 27% of total auto loan originations in 2014, according to data from TransUnion. 
Santander Agrees to $9.35 Million DOJ Settlement  Feb 26th, 2015 
Santander has agreed to settle charges that it illegally repossessed more than a thousand cars it financed for active service members over a five-year period. 
2016 Audi R8 Debuts with More Power, Lower Weight – Official Photos and Info  Feb 26th, 2015 
Minivan Throwdown! 2015 Honda Odyssey vs. 2015 Kia Sedona, 2015 Toyota Sienna  Feb 26th, 2015 
It’s possible that none of this matters. Billions of years from now, after all of humanity’s great struggles and achievements, the universe will collapse back in on itself, and all that exists and all knowledge of all that was will be compressed into a singularity so inescapable that not even Katniss Everdeen will be able […] 
2015 Honda Odyssey Elite vs. 2015 Kia Sedona SXL, 2015 Toyota Sienna Limited – Comparison Tests  Feb 26th, 2015 
German Brand Borgward Is Coming Back, But Will It Honor Its Forward-Thinking Past?  Feb 25th, 2015 
The story of Preston Tucker and his car is well known: Better-looking and technologically superior to the competition, the “game-changing” 48 (née Torpedo) was brought down by a combination of an obtuse and hostile press and mean-spirited competitors and government officials. Germany has an equivalent of Tucker: Borgward. But while the Chicago-based American carmaker folded after just […] 
EDAG, Yo: German Engineering Firm Creates Odd “Light Cocoon” Concept  Feb 25th, 2015 
What’s EDAG, you ask? It is a German company that specializes in engineering. What’s a Light Cocoon? That’s the rather novel solution EDAG thought up to advance the lightweighting of cars. Obviously. The curious-looking vehicle (which is EDAG’s 16th concept car—here’s one from 2000 and another from 2007) will glow from a display at the 2015 […] 
Ford Working on Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Integration for Sync 3 Infotainment Platform  Feb 25th, 2015 
When Ford announced it was scrapping its cumbersome Microsoft-based MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment platform and starting over with a new Blackberry QNX-based Sync 3 architecture, in the words of Monty Python, there was much rejoicing. Having already sampled Sync 3 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we can say it is much improved—and now we’ve learned that […] 
A Berlingo Ate My Baby! Citroën Shows Off Funky Mountain Vibe Concept  Feb 25th, 2015 
During Deep Purple’s fertile Ritchie Blackmore era, the band went out to Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva, to track what would become their rock ’n’ roll monolith, Machine Head. The theater they’d intended to make the album in burned down when some joker fired a flare gun into the ceiling, leaving Purple to […] 
VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE Hints at the Next Passat CC  Feb 25th, 2015 
The last time Volkswagen’s swoopy, Passat-based CC “four-door coupe” received any sort of update was back in 2013, and that was a light cosmetic freshening. We know the next all-new CC is due soon—perhaps by the end of this year—and this is your first glance at that car in the form of the Sport Coupe Concept GTE, a Geneva-bound design exercise. […] 
Inside Connecticut’s Fight Over Tesla Dealerships  Feb 25th, 2015 
Tesla Motors has an unconventional sales strategy. Model S buyers deal directly with the manufacturer, typing the exact options they desire into Tesla’s website and receiving their bespoke electric car at a later date—the current wait is about three months. It’s an unprecedented variation on the traditional car-buying process, one that was only made possible by the […] 
CPS CEO: Finance Source Ahead of the Compliance Curve  Feb 25th, 2015 
Consumer Portfolio Services CEO Charles Bradley laid out the lender’s compliance efforts during a quarterly earnings call last week. The finance source’s subprime lending activities are currently being investigated by Department of Justice. 
VW Eos Being Discontinued: “Don’t Let the Sun Come Down on M—Oh, Damn”  Feb 25th, 2015 
Volkswagen just remembered that it still builds the ancient Eos folding hardtop convertible, an epiphany which must have reminded the company that it sells relatively few of the things. In light of this, and according to Automotive News Europe, VW has officially decided to kill off the model midway through this year after a largely mediocre nine-year […] 
2016 McLaren 675LT: More Power, Less Weight, More Tail  Feb 25th, 2015 
McLaren’s hot, new 675LT is a higher-performance variant of the 650S, and the LT portion of its name is derived from the wild 1997 F1 GT “Longtail” homologation special. That rare McLaren menaced the road with radically lengthened bodywork, racy aerodynamics, and a better power-to-weight ratio than the car on which it was based. The […] 
Cadillac Will Debut an Entirely New V-6 Engine in the CT6 Sedan  Feb 25th, 2015 
It’s been a big week for surprise Cadillac CT6 news. Sunday night, the luxury automaker gave the world its first glimpse at the big sedan in a commercial aired during the Academy Awards. Monday, brand president Johan de Nysschen revealed in an online Q&A that the CT6 will eventually feature an all-new twin-turbo V-8. Now? Well, now de Nysschen has […] 
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4×4 – Instrumented Test  Feb 25th, 2015 
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4×4 Tested: A Veritable Bouillon Cube of Cuteness  Feb 25th, 2015 
This little Jeep Toontown trucklet is a veritable bouillon cube of cuteness. From the Jeep Renegade’s big, innocent peepers (bearing a little Jeep grille and headlights logo) to its saccharine-sweet taillights molded with an “X” in the middle to look like the side of a jerrycan, the Renegade is 166.6 inches of ­concentrated adorableness. Naturally, […] 
Revealed: The Secrets Lurking Out of Sight in Your Car’s Interior  Feb 25th, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Your car is filled with secrets—behind the dashboard, under the seat upholstery, and below the carpet. Masked by vinyl, leather, and plastic, there’s an intricate world of motors, computers, structure, plumbing, and wiring that automakers hope you never think about. It’s where an airbag lies dormant, […] 
Honda CEO Stepping Down in June: A Brief Look at Big H’s Recent Triumphs and Troubles  Feb 25th, 2015 
Honda has no time for a summer vacation. Among the items on its to-do list: deliver all-new Honda Pilots and Civic Type Rs, plan the media and market launches for the 2016 Acura NSX, juggle lawsuits and government investigations over faulty Takata airbags, and ace its first Formula 1 season in seven years as the […] 
Hand-Built Rolls-Royce Featured at Sarasota Estate Auction on Feb. 28  Feb 25th, 2015 
1994 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur III featured in multi-estate fine art and furniture auction in Sarasota, Florida. 
Nissan, NBC & Adam Levine Urge Drivers To Stop Texting and Driving with 'Red Thumb Day'  Feb 25th, 2015 
Drivers are encouraged to mark their thumbs red as a reminder to put their phone down. 
Audi Prologue Avant Concept Unveiled: A Coupe Turns Into a Station Wagon  Feb 25th, 2015 
Since he took over Audi design in early 2014, Marc Lichte has been eager to display his own vision and style. The first major effort was the Prologue concept, a massive two-door coupe that was launched at the Los Angeles show last fall before reappearing in January with a hybrid powertrain at the Consumer Electronics […] 
Watch: McLaren P1 GTR and F1 GTR Dice on the Racetrack  Feb 24th, 2015 
While the liveries draw a direct line between the race-prepped F1 GTR and the track-ready P1 GTR, they also illuminate just how far top-spec McLarens have come. The P1 GTR is a technological marvel, lacking perhaps the mechanical purity of the old F1 but making up for it with an overabundance of performance and guts—986 horsepower […] 
Jeep Wrangler Black Edition II: The Upscale, Diesel-Powered Wrangler We Need Stateside  Feb 24th, 2015 
Is there anyplace in the world where Jeeps aren’t at least a little bit cool? The coolest Jeep, the Wrangler, has long been sold overseas, and as such Jeep won’t be sitting idly by during the 2015 Geneva auto show; instead, the automaker will unveil an all-new special-edition Wrangler, the Black Edition II. Unsurprisingly, the Black […] 
2015 BMW i8 vs. Angeles Crest Highway – Instrumented Test  Feb 24th, 2015 
Video: Watch the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² Go Crazy Nuts  Feb 24th, 2015 
Mercedes loves the rolling-barn anachronism that is the G-wagen, and it really loves producing and selling profit-heavy, super-bonkers versions of the stalwart beast. Consider the G63 AMG. And the V-12 G65 AMG. And the insaniac 6×6. All based on what is, essentially, still a rough-and-tumble military vehicle for which the basic R&D was done decades ago. There’s more: Earlier […] 
67,000 Cadillac ATS Models Recalled for Overly Sensitive Sunroof Switches  Feb 24th, 2015 
General Motors is recalling a number of Cadillac ATS models because the sunroof can apparently be opened with too light of a touch, according to filings with Transport Canada. This might seem like one of those “Is this really a defect?” cases, but federal law in fact stipulates a minimum amount of pressure for activating sunroof switches, and the Caddy […] 
To Live and Drive in L.A.: We Pit the BMW i8 vs. the Angeles Crest Highway  Feb 24th, 2015 
Los Angeles might have the weather of Eden, but instead of being home to two naked people, there are nearly 4 million here, only some of whom are naked. Those 4 million individuals create traffic so dense and soul-crushing, it gets end-of-times nicknames such as Carmageddon. Traffic never sleeps in the City of Angels. Even […] 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC – First Drive Review  Feb 24th, 2015 
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan: Ready to Bomb the World’s Racetracks – Official Photos and Info  Feb 24th, 2015 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC Driven: Nearly a Full AMG Is Pretty Damn Good  Feb 24th, 2015 
In the vast space that exists in the Mercedes-Benz C-class lineup between the entry C300 and the balls-to-the-wall 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63, Mercedes-Benz currently offers the C400. Nice as that car is, though, one jack-of-all-trades model isn’t really suitable for spanning the divide, so Mercedes is bringing in reinforcements. Luxury-leaning, green-minded customers, for example, soon will […] 
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan Debuts: 24 Examples, 800+hp, Track-Only  Feb 24th, 2015 
Let’s start with the name of Aston’s new megapowered track star first. It almost certainly has you thinking of Mr. Spock, or possibly—if you’re too sad to be seen in public—another more obscure Star Trek character, like T’Pau. But Aston Martin’s Britishness means the Vulcan name is more likely a reference to the astonishingly loud […] 
CPS CEO: Finance Source Ahead of the Compliance Curve  Feb 24th, 2015 
Consumer Portfolio Services CEO Charles Bradley laid out the lender’s compliance efforts during a quarterly earnings call last week. The finance source’s subprime lending activities are currently being investigated by Department of Justice. 
J.D. Power Projects Best February Sales in 13 Years  Feb 24th, 2015 
Total light-vehicle retail sales are expected to reach 1.3 million units in February, the highest total for the month since 2002, according to projections from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. 
President Once Again Takes Aim at Reinsurers  Feb 24th, 2015 
For the sixth time, President Barack Obama has included language in his annual budget that would end some of the tax benefits enjoyed by reinsurers. Market insiders don’t believe it will gain support from the Republican-controlled Congress. 
ADESA Pulls Out of Proposed Multi-Platform System  Feb 24th, 2015 
ADESA will not participate in the automotive remarketing industry's initiative to establish a platform that would allow simultaneous bidding on vehicles listed on multiple online auction sites. 
Cattle Cars: How Leather Goes from Cow to Your Car  Feb 24th, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Leather is available on nearly every car for sale today. But this is no mere cowhide we’re talking about. Unlike leather luggage or jackets, automotive leather has to be durable enough to resist stains and fading and survive your butt sliding across it thousands of times. […] 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Revealed Ahead of Geneva With New Infotainment, Diesel Possibility  Feb 24th, 2015 
Land Rover has released details and images of the updated 2016 Evoque ahead of its full reveal at the upcoming 2015 Geneva auto show. Rover was careful to leave intact the chunky and charming aesthetics of its bestselling model, instead focusing on a much-need revision to its dated and stutter-prone infotainment system and—in Europe, at […] 
Wanxiang Renaming Fisker “Elux”, New Karmas Delayed Until 2016  Feb 24th, 2015 
If Infiniti and Cadillac can force us to relearn model names, so can a Chinese parts supplier hoping to revive a bankrupt automaker. The Fisker Karma will be renamed the Elux Karma, perhaps in a respectful nod to Electrolux dishwashers and a certain billionaire’s first name. That’s the only explanation we have for this news, […] 
Motör Overkill: 42-Liter PT Boat Engine Stuffed Into an 8-Liter Bentley  Feb 24th, 2015 
Cramming a war-surplus, 12-cylinder PT boat engine into a Bentley 8 Litre chassis might not seem like the most sensible plan, but watching this thing shake and roar itself awake will hammer some sense back into you—with the force of pistons that occupy 3.5-liter cylinders. Allegedly owned by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, this Packard-Bentley is known […] 
Jenson Button Meets the Spirit of Senna in McLaren MP4-6  Feb 24th, 2015 
It’s good to be Jenson Button. The 2009 Formula 1 champion’s chassis builder, McLaren, just partnered with engine supplier Honda for the 2015 racing season, reprising the engine and chassis combo that won four championships between 1988 and 1992, three of which were claimed by Ayrton Senna. The McLaren Honda heritage isn’t lost on the team, […] 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Updated Tech and Styling – Official Photos and Info  Feb 24th, 2015 
Kappa Kappa Hey! Kia Announces New Turbo 3-Cylinder, 7-Speed DCT  Feb 24th, 2015 
Time was, three-cylinder engines were just for motorcycles, kei cars, and Chevy-badged Suzukis. No more. Mini has one powering the base Cooper. Ford is using its 1.0L EcoBoost in the Fiesta and Focus. And BMW, they of the ultimate drivingness, wedged one into the rear of a fashion-forward hybrid sports car. Now, into the three-hole breach leaps […] 
Service Payment Plan Integrates With F&I Express eContracting Platform  Feb 24th, 2015 
Service Payment Plan’s addition to F&I Express will give dealers on its dealer network the ability to eRate, eContract and eRegister all of Service Payment Plan’s payment plan contracts. 
US Equity Advantage Integrates with VisionMenu’s Selling Platform  Feb 24th, 2015 
US Equity Advantage, a provider of biweekly payment programs, has integrated with VisionMenu, Inc.’s software selling platform for dealers. 
2015 Buick Enclave Ranked No. 3 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs, Notes Ferman Buick GMC  Feb 24th, 2015 
The 2015 Buick Enclave is luxurious and spacious with plenty of power and a well-mannered ride. 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 First Drive: It’s So Deliciously Angry  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Anger-management therapy seeks to help control emotion. Anger will not control us, anger will not define us, just count backwards from 10—that sort of thing. Mercedes-AMG doesn’t appear to be interested in any of that. Fine by us. We like an angry AMG, and the angrier the better, in fact, and no car better personified […] 
2016 Volvo XC90 – First Drive Review  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Analysis: Was Cadillac’s “Dare Greatly” Commercial a Good Tease?  Feb 23rd, 2015 
What We See: This is the 90-second teaser commercial that Cadillac made to draw attention to its new ad campaign via social media prior to airing the “No Regrets” spot prior to and during the Academy Awards on ABC last night. Although it has quite a few individual cuts, it is essentially one scene: a slow-motion drive […] 
147,000 Mercedes E- and CLS-classes Recalled for Fire Risk Seals, 62,000 Range Rovers for Airbag Sensors  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 147,224 sedans and wagons for rubber seals that can dangle into the engine compartment and potentially cause a fire, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Included are several variants of E-class and CLS-class cars: 2013–2015 E350, E400 Hybrid, E63 AMG, CLS550, and CLS63 AMG; 2013–2014 E550; and 2015 E400 […] 
Buick Envision Crossover Caught Testing in the U.S.—Is It Headed Here?  Feb 23rd, 2015 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 / C63 S-Model Sedan – First Drive Review  Feb 23rd, 2015 
2016 Volvo XC90 First Drive: Refreshingly Un-German  Feb 23rd, 2015 
The Swedes don’t know luxury in the American sense. Scandinavian culture shuns overt displays of wealth and indulgent lifestyles. The notion of modesty and humility is so engrained in Swedish society that there’s a word, Jantelagen, to describe the scorn reserved for those who flaunt personal success. Of course, a $55,000, seven-passenger luxury crossover is […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 215  Feb 23rd, 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 (slightly blurry) shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button and sticker.* Good luck! (* […] 
2016 Hyundai Tucson Debuts, Looks Bigger and Better – Official Photos and Info  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Duck Tales: Cadillac Chief Says CT6 Will Get Twin-Turbo V-8  Feb 23rd, 2015 
For those worried that Cadillac’s new “Dare Greatly” campaign was about to turn into a “More Songs About Buildings and Food” version of Infiniti’s legendarily muffed plants-and-trees brand launch, the Wreath-Free Crest allayed those fears with a glance at the upcoming CT6 during last night’s Oscar spot. And now Cad honcho Johan de Nysschen has announced […] 
2016 Hyundai Tucson Photos and Info: Bigger-Looking, Better-Looking  Feb 23rd, 2015 
It can be a tough game, winning attention for a new model at an auto show, particularly at this year’s Geneva affair, which is crowded with new supercars such as the Audi R8, the Ferrari 488GTB, and the McLaren P1 GTR. So Hyundai is showing its new 2016 Tucson a little early. READ MORE ›› 
Buick Envision Crossover Caught Testing in the U.S.—Is It Headed Here?  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Nearly as soon as Buick revealed the all-new Envision mid-size luxury crossover for the Chinese market, we were of the mind that it would make an excellent addition to the brand’s U.S. portfolio. Rumor has it that Buick is thinking the same thing, and we now have further evidence that plan is at least under consideration: this camouflaged Envision […] 
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupe: An 850-hp S63 AMG with More “More”  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Call us crazy, but Brabus’s latest creation, the 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupe—essentially a modified Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG coupe—seems almost . . . boring. Make no mistake, 850 horsepower and a possible 1069 lb-ft of torque (limited to just 848 lb-ft to spare the driveline) from a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-8 is spicy, and Brabus even managed […] 
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupe: An 850-hp S63 AMG with More “More”  Feb 23rd, 2015 
2016 Chevrolet Volt Dissected: Everything You Need to Know  Feb 23rd, 2015 
In the eight years since it was announced, the Chevrolet Volt has been a few different things. First, it was a concept at Detroit’s 2007 North American International Auto Show, presented as Old GM’s technological Great Leap Forward. Then it became a political tool to get New GM through its 2009 bankruptcy. And it has […] 
2016 Chevrolet Volt Dissected: Powertrain, Design, Chassis, and More – Feature  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Volvo Confirms New Run of S60/V60 Polestars, Expands Availability  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Confirming our report from last month, Volvo is indeed offering up a second run of S60 and V60 Polestar models for 2016. “It was my mistake. I limited it to just 750 cars,” we were told at the time by VP of product planning Lex Kerssemakers, who has since been put in charge of Volvo in the […] 
The Veyron Has Vamoosed: 450th and Final Example Sold  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Sure hope you weren’t holding out for a discount: Bugatti announced today that the 450th and final Veyron 16.4 supercar has been sold. It sort of defies belief, but it’s been 10 years since the first hand-assembled Veyron rolled out of the company’s Molsheim works. It’s only slightly less stunning to run down its specs now: an 8.0-liter, […] 
Polaris Slingshot Three-Wheeler – First Drive Review  Feb 23rd, 2015 
How Ford Made the New Mustang’s Interior Better than Ever  Feb 23rd, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Forgive us if, between celebrating the independent rear suspension and dissecting the new four-cylinder engine, we passed over the 2015 Ford Mustang’s interior with all the speed of a 5.0-liter at full wood. The upgrade over Ford’s previous pony car is as dramatic as the changes […] 
Polaris Slingshot Three-Wheeler Driven: Neither Fish nor Fowl—Only Fun  Feb 23rd, 2015 
The Polaris Slingshot SL you see here is red, but base versions come in only one color: titanium metallic. One might call it gray, as in the gray area between cars and motorcycles, a regulatory DMZ where few dare to tread. READ MORE ›› 
How Ford Made the New Mustang’s Interior Better than Ever  Feb 23rd, 2015 
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Specs Seemingly Leaked  Feb 23rd, 2015 
We’ve been anxiously consuming every rumor that comes down the line regarding the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and today the internet hit the mother lode: Axis of Oversteer has three pages of official-looking (but unverified) specs on the upcoming track-attacking RS. Here’s what we learned from a perusal of the leaks: First, according to […] 
Dare to Look? Cadillac Sneaks 2016 CT6 Flagship Sedan Into Oscars Commercial  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Talk about an Oscars surprise! Some of the on-stage bits at this year’s Oscars award ceremony might seem a bit forced, but Cadillac’s all-new “Dare Greatly” ad campaign slid smoothly into gear during the commercial breaks. Besides showing off Cadillac’s new New York digs, inspirational “dare to ___” examples, and lots of slow motion, one of the […] 
Yutaka Katayama, “Father of the Datsun Z,” Dead at 105  Feb 21st, 2015 
Yutaka Katayama, the former president of what’s now Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. branch, has died at the age of 105, the Associated Press reports. “Mr. K,” as he was known to company insiders and Datsun and Nissan fans, established the Z line of sports cars that guaranteed the racing and sales success of the company in the […] 
Hey, Budii: Rinspeed’s Geneva Concept Is a Self-Driving BMW i3 – Auto Shows  Feb 20th, 2015 
Monster Stickers Not Included: Chevrolet Offering “Black Out” Package for Silverado Work Truck  Feb 20th, 2015 
In today’s full-size-pickup world, the humble base/work truck variants are rarely spoken of, overshadowed by $50,000-plus, leather-lined, over-chromed Platinums and Laramies. But they’re not totally forgotten—just look at Ram, which has been churning out interesting takes on the base-truck theme like the Express and Tradesman. Now Chevrolet has entered the game with a slick Black Out […] 
NHTSA Fining Takata $14,000 Per Day for Not Explaining Documents  Feb 20th, 2015 
Takata is facing civil fines of $14,000 per day for its alleged refusal to cooperate with a federal investigation over its shrapnel-shooting airbag inflators that have killed six and injured dozens more. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today that Takata had not complied with two special orders it sent to the Japanese supplier in […] 
Hey, Budii: Rinspeed Budii Concept Is an Autonomous BMW i3 for the Future  Feb 20th, 2015 
Swiss design-and-engineering concern Rinspeed has a reputation for embracing the absurd, and its new Budii concept, which makes its debut at the Geneva auto show, burnishes that reputation. The latest in a long line of concept vehicles aimed at exploring technical boundaries, connectivity, and autonomous driving, the Budii features the same utopian ideals and Kubrick-like […] 
What the What? Warren Buffett’s Autographed Cadillac DTS Sells for Six Figures  Feb 20th, 2015 
The best used-car deals come from older people who meticulously maintain their vehicles and don’t drive them very often. But if you’re looking to save, don’t buy one from a white-haired fellow named Warren Buffett. Buffett’s 2006 Cadillac DTS just sold for $122,500, the sort of scratch far less wealthy folks would spend on a heavily […] 
This Is the Best Car Interior Under $60,000  Feb 20th, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Fine stitching, buffed metal, and lovely paneling are the price of entry in the $30,000 to $60,000 luxury segment; the $39,325 Mercedes-Benz C-class vaults itself above its pricing peers with astonishing functional and aesthetic details. For example, it’s common practice to attach seat controls to the […] 
This Is the Best Car Interior Under $60,000  Feb 20th, 2015 
Every Kid Wishes Mom Had a Drifting Minivan Like This  Feb 20th, 2015 
First things first: Yes, this is a commercial for Famous Footwear. It’s a puzzling one at that: What does drifting have to do with affordable shoes? Quit asking questions and just enjoy the absurdity of this video. What you’ve got here is your average Toyota Sienna minivan, with one minor addition: A GM LS3 V8, […] 
NASCAR Suspends Driver Kurt Busch Indefinitely  Feb 20th, 2015 
In a story that is breaking now, NASCAR has suspended Stewart-Haas racing driver Kurt Busch indefinitely, “for actions detrimental to stock car racing.” This comes in the wake of a restraining order granted to Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patty Driscoll, on Monday. The other shoe dropped this afternoon when  Kent County, Delaware court commissioner David Jones released a written opinion […] 
Wicked Aston Martin Vulcan Spits Flames, Revs for the Camera  Feb 20th, 2015 
Star Trek‘s Spock once said, “Wanting is more pleasurable than having.” In the case of Aston Martin’s still-mysterious new Vulcan, we’re thinking that logic might not have been the beginning of wisdom. That’s because after watching a brief teaser video for the Vulcan that sees the yet-to-be-revealed supercar spitting flames and revving, we’re ready to […] 
Where’s Willys: The 30-Plus Easter Eggs We Found on the Jeep Renegade  Feb 20th, 2015 
The Jeep design team filled the Renegade with dozens of hidden gems—we set out to track them all down. 
Driven: Insane Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4²!  Feb 20th, 2015 
For many years, killing off the Mercedes-Benz G-class was a recurring topic at Daimler board meetings. The boxy off-roader, an offspring of a vehicle developed for military applications, simply came from another era. Weren’t there better, modern SUVs in the lineup? READ MORE ›› 
Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² – Prototype Drive  Feb 20th, 2015 
The U.S. Postal Service Is Going New-Truck Shopping  Feb 20th, 2015 
If you’re old enough to remember the 1980s, you’ll recall that mail used to be delivered in Jeeps. They may have looked cooler than the boxy mail vans on the road today, but they were dinosaurs. Now, the current delivery vehicle—the Grumman Long Life Vehicle, or LLV—has become a dinosaur itself. Built on the chassis […] 
Must Watch: Rally Driver Explains How to Go Fast on Snow and Ice  Feb 20th, 2015 
Rallying is, by definition, insane. In its most familiar modern form, the recipe is to take a sensible little compact hatchback, stuff it to bursting with turbo horsepower and all-wheel drive, and then pinball the thing down the most treacherous, least-passable goat path you can find. Not surprisingly, this is everything we love about rallying. […] 
The Automotive Brains Behind Apple’s Car Project  Feb 20th, 2015 
To date, Apple has confirmed nothing about its purported car project—no surprise given how famously secretive the company is—yet the reported scope of the operation certainly suggests something major in the offing: a team of as many as 1000 people working in a secret area removed from company headquarters, site visits to automotive suppliers such […] 
Report: Apple Car Could Arrive as Early as 2020  Feb 20th, 2015 
The rumors are heating up around the alleged electric-car project being undertaken by tech giant Apple. According to a new report, the Cupertino fruit stand wants to have its first cars on the road as early as 2020. Bloomberg Business cites unnamed sources “with knowledge of the matter,” who say that the top-secret electric-car project is […] 
This Twin-Turbo Viper TA Makes 1000+hp at the Rear Wheels [w/ Video]  Feb 20th, 2015 
First things first: The SRT Viper TA is a beast—witness its Lightning Lap performance. But you want more, don’t you? The 645 horsepower from the bone-stock Viper? Yawn. Try 1042 horsepower—at the rear wheels—which is what the mad scientists at RSI Racing Solutions say they’re wringing from the Viper’s massive V-10. With twin 72-millimeter turbos, a giant intercooler, and more internal […] 
For Those About to Roll: Petty’s Garage and Ford Selling 625-hp Stage 1 and 2 Mustang GTs  Feb 20th, 2015 
When Ford launches a new Mustang, expect it to take over the SEMA show. Last year’s edition of the aftermarket bacchanal in Vegas was rife with varying takes on Ford’s latest iteration of its venerable pony car, not the least of which was a certain GT built by Petty’s Garage. (That’s the show car pictured […] 
Analysis Is Best Served Ice-Cold: We Leave Our Corvette Outside in –26 Degrees and Try to Start It  Feb 20th, 2015 
We know, this seems like the typical “let’s place a car way outside of its element and ask it to rise to the occasion” trope, running an ultracold winter-weather test on our long-term Chevy Corvette Stingray test vehicle, a car clearly suited to warmer climates. But there’s more to it than that. It started when a staffer noticed […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-class Cabriolet Spied Nearly Camo-Free  Feb 20th, 2015 
What It Is: The droptop version of Mercedes-Benz’s all-new S-class coupe, caught testing with almost no camouflage. It, well, looks exactly like an S-class coupe, only with a folding fabric roof. READ MORE ›› 
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