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Aluminum Cans Can Work! Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Max Towing and Hauling Ratings  Sep 30th, 2014 
Ford has promised that its new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup would set new standards in capability from the moment the sheet came off the truck in January. It’s the sort of marketing speak that typically draws eye rolls—but it turns out Ford wasn’t joking. According to the 2015 F-150′s officially stated towing and payload numbers, the […] 
 
 
2014 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Quick Drive  Sep 29th, 2014 
In the car world, does age matter? 
 
 
2015 Kia Sedona SX-L First Drive  Sep 29th, 2014 
A new take on the minivan segment? 
 
 
Not Astron! Asterion! Photos Appear of Reported Lamborghini Mega-Hybrid Set for Paris Debut  Sep 29th, 2014 
In the early 1970s, Lamborghini was setting the world on its ear with the futuristic Countach and their Italianate take on the AMC Marlin, the mighty Espada. Mitsubishi, on the other hand, was working hard to integrate twin balance shafts into a modest overhead-cam four-banger. The result of these endeavors? Old man Ferruccio bailed on […] 
 
 
Well, This Sucks: Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up in Flames at Toronto Gas Station [Video]  Sep 29th, 2014 
Well, damn—what we have here is a 918 Spyder that went all GT3. Or NSX. Or Gallardo. Or, well, any supercar, because we’re pretty sure “burns to the ground with a fiery incandescence matched only by its ability to warp faces” is listed among the standard features for anything with more than 475 horsepower. The […] 
 
 
We Have a BMW i8 At Our Office Right Now: Ask Us Anything!  Sep 29th, 2014 
Of BMW’s eco-friendly i3 and i8, guess which one strikes us as more interesting? If you guessed potato salad, well, you clicked the wrong browser window. Of course the low-slung, quick, and butterfly-doored i8 is our choice—the i3 is as technically fascinating, but it’s nowhere near as sexy. With its exotic carbon-fiber monocoque, future-of-the-future styling, and […] 
 
 
Suck It, Mustang: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Loses More Camo, Comes Into Clearer Focus  Sep 29th, 2014 
A lighter and tighter Chevrolet Camaro this way comes. We last checked in on Chevy’s pony car a few months ago, when we published aerial spy photographs of the car being evaluated at General Motors’ proving ground. That prototype was well-camouflaged, but its general shape gave it away as the 2016 Camaro. The car pictured here […] 
 
 
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: Flagship Aspirations, Coupe (and Coupelike) Intentions  Sep 29th, 2014 
After sitting on the sidelines of the full-size, premium sedan game for years, Infiniti looks set to suit up for action. The automaker’s opening salvo is this swoopy Q80 Inspiration concept, which is making its world debut at the 2014 Paris auto show. More than just show-stand candy, the sleek fastback is claimed to preview […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 198  Sep 29th, 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 […] 
 
 
Ezra Dyer: Everybody Please Give a Big Warm Welcome to Me  Sep 29th, 2014 
Greetings, Earthlings. This is a momentous occasion, my debut column for Car and Driver. I told editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman that I want this first piece to be a sensation, the magazine equivalent of those Dodge Neon ads that said “Hi.” He replied, “You’re fired.” I’m kidding, of course. I’m only on probation. And frankly I […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Tested: An Effective Weapon in the Entry-Luxury Wars  Sep 29th, 2014 
During the Mercedes-Benz family’s most recent growth spurt, the entry-luxe CLA and the top dog Mercedes-AMG GT S have grabbed inordinate attention. More significant is how the new C-class fares against rising hostility in the premium compact-sedan class. Traditionally, Audi has been the style and luxury leader and BMW has defined exemplary performance, while Cadillac’s […] 
 
 
Ferman Nissan New Port Richey Now Has the 2015 Nissan Altima SL  Sep 29th, 2014 
Consumers can enjoy a long list of standard features and a strong V-6 engine with the top-of-the-line Altima model. 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Driven: “Turbo” Now Means More than “Turbocharged”  Sep 27th, 2014 
How far can one wander from Porsche’s vaunted 930 yet still wear the capital-t “Turbo” badge? The 2015 Cayenne Turbo is likely the answer. Cut from the same midcycle-refresh cloth as the six-pot Cayenne S, the Turbo adds a pair of cylinders to that model’s equation. Before this year, the Turbo was the only path […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Oh-So-Aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup  Sep 26th, 2014 
A major event has heralded the imminent arrival of Ford’s groundbreaking, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup at dealerships: The truck’s online configurator is live. That means you can now go to Ford’s website and start mixing and matching cabs, bed lengths, engines, and drive configurations. Most important, you can do all of this and see how […] 
 
 
Lamborghini Could Be Planning 2+2 Model Called the Asterion for Paris Auto Show  Sep 26th, 2014 
Well, this is unexpected: Lamborghini has announced on its Facebook page that it will debut . . . something at the Paris auto show next week. We suspect that something is a car, based on the teaser sketch accompanying the Italian automaker’s Parisian declaration, and that that car is something entirely fresh from Lamborghini.   […] 
 
 
Start Sending E-Mails NOW: Audi USA Mulling Bringing Six-Speed-Manual S3  Sep 26th, 2014 
If you don’t ask, there’s probably no way to get something, right? Well, now’s the time to rally and collectively petition Audi of America president Scott Keogh to offer the fantastic new S3 in the U.S. with a six-speed manual. According to dedicated Audi site Fourtitude, Keogh was asked at a dinner event in Austin last week if […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Online Configurator Is Live! (Sorta)  Sep 26th, 2014 
Chevrolet has finally put a rudimentary online configurator for the 2015 Corvette Z06 onto its website, and while it’s hardly a full-blown “Build It Now” affair, it at least lets users play around with their dream Vette’s basic look. Lacking basic pricing information or even an options list, Chevy’s Z06 website does let you choose […] 
 
 
2015 GMC Canyon Driven! It Looked Bigger on the Simpsons  Sep 26th, 2014 
General Motors has done a remarkable job of keeping its GMC and Chevrolet truck brands unique, even though they share virtually identical DNA. Both brands maintain loyal customers, and through careful analysis of buyer demographics, the carmaker continues to nurture the success of both. Thus, it didn’t stray far from the path when it came […] 
 
 
Johan de Nysschen: Cadillac to Use New Modular Engines, Possibly Expand Lineup with Additional Halo Models (Yes, Sports Cars)  Sep 26th, 2014 
General Motors will develop a new set of engines specifically for Cadillac by the decade’s end and sell a halo car above the forthcoming CT6 sedan, so long as top executives keep giving Caddy chief Johan de Nysschen everything he wants. In an interview with Automobile, de Nysschen said future Cadillacs would use a new […] 
 
 
Texas Special: Chevy Unveils Colorado Sport Concept  Sep 26th, 2014 
If you want to know the state of the light-truck industry in any given year, pop by the Texas State Fair. The denizens of the Lone Star Republic take their pickups as seriously as they take their barbecue, their music, and their inclination to name things after Lyndon Baines Johnson. As such, Chevy deemed the […] 
 
 
John Phillips: Detroit Gave the World Freedom, Literal and Figurative  Sep 26th, 2014 
I live in a locale where it is fashionable—maybe mandatory—to excoriate the federal government for pretty much everything, from bark-beetle infestations to the “pernicious” pasteurization of milk to the disappearance of well-managed whorehouses where you could smoke before and after, well, anything at all. One particularly incendiary conversation starter is the government bailout of Chrysler […] 
 
 
Tony Stewart Gives First Interview Since Ward, Jr. Tragedy: “This Was 100 Percent an Accident”  Sep 26th, 2014 
In his first interview with the media since his dirt-track sprint car struck and killed 20-year-old fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. on August 9, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart told the Associated Press that he knows “100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent […] 
 
 
Volvo Trucks Makes a Novice Italian Valet’s First Day . . . Interesting [Video]  Sep 26th, 2014 
Nothing is real these days, from clickbait stories clogging up your Facebook news feed to “reality” television. Everything’s at least a little bit staged, and it’s with that perspective we watched Volvo Trucks’ latest amusing commercial. For a division of Volvo with perhaps the least-exciting products, the Trucks guys sure know how to score a […] 
 
 
New Forecasts Show Best September Sales Since 2007  Sep 26th, 2014 
New projections from TrueCar and J.D. Power show the best September car sales in 7 years with over 1.2 million light-vehicles being sold this month, as much as 9.7% better than last year. 
 
 
2014 Acura MDX Named the 2014 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV, Notes Ferman Acura of Tampa  Sep 26th, 2014 
The Acura MDX is the perfect SUV for families. 
 
 
Is Justice for Kevin Ward, Jr. Justice for Tony Stewart?  Sep 26th, 2014 
Grief makes you do—and say—things you might not otherwise. So do lawyers. Shortly after an Ontario County, New York, grand jury declined on Tuesday to charge Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., the 20-year-old sprint-car driver tragically killed when he walked into the path of Stewart’s car on August 9, the Ward family issued this statement: “Our son got out […] 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Driven: Now with Twin-Turbo V-6 Power  Sep 26th, 2014 
You probably already know if you want one of these or not. After all, Porsche’s Cayenne, first introduced in 2002, continues to be the most polarizing SUV since Suzuki’s X-90. Some of us around here have a soft spot for the X-90 and are rather shocked by the high residual values for the things. Used […] 
 
 
The Continental: Sorry, No Retro Volkswagen Bus On the Horizon  Sep 25th, 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. While I was abroad, my colleague Matthias Knödler visited two Volkswagen events for me that I […] 
 
 
A Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming: The 10 Cars that Paved the Way  Sep 25th, 2014 
Two hours into the 1957 12-hour Sebring Grand Prix, driver John Fitch dove into the pits to abandon his Corvette Super Sport. Officials were told a failed rear-suspension bushing prompted the DNF, but the real reason behind the early retirement was that Fitch couldn’t take the heat. Literally. Exhaust pipes snaking through the experimental sports […] 
 
 
C8 Chevrolet Corvette Exclusive! What to Expect from the Heart-Stopping, Mid-Engined Zora!  Sep 25th, 2014 
GM’s head of global product development, Mark Reuss, confirms that the company is working on the next Corvette. Our sources elaborate on this salient piece of information, telling us that, after 61 years of evolution, the C8 will be revolutionary. The new Corvette will be the mid-engined American Dream Machine that Chevy couldn’t, until now, […] 
 
 
2015 Subaru Impreza Photos and Info: Stepping Out of the WRX’s Shadow?  Sep 25th, 2014 
We have a whole lotta love around here for Subaru’s Impreza-based and turbo-wild WRX and STI. Be that as it may, the base Impreza sedan and five-door are more, well, quietly competent. For 2015, Subaru has given its Imprezas a midcycle update that probably won’t change too many hearts and minds here at Car and […] 
 
 
2015 Saleen Mustang 302 Specs Revealed—Up to 640 hp!—Still No Real Pictures  Sep 25th, 2014 
The folks at Saleen seem to have taken a shine to the product-striptease trick. In this case, its latest car, the 2015 Ford Mustang–based S302 is shaping up to be one of the firm’s most formidable creations despite the fact that we haven’t even seen a picture of the real thing, let alone driven it. […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Most Hawkish 2015 Jeep Cherokee  Sep 25th, 2014 
Remember when Jeep introduced the all-new 2014 Cherokee as a replacement for the body-on-frame Liberty, itself a descendant of the rugged (and boxy) original Cherokee? Jeep fans accustomed to solid axles, tough frames, and roll bars were damn near rioting in Toledo over the Cherokee’s soft, squishy crossover-ness. Today, Toledo still stands, having avoided perhaps […] 
 
 
Refreshed 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi Plug-In Debut (Kind Of)!  Sep 25th, 2014 
In 2012, Ford brought a pair of hybridized mini-minivans to the U.S. in the forms of the C-Max and the C-Max Energi. Sold elsewhere in the world under the same C-max banner but with available gas- and diesel-only powertrains, the hybrid-only strategy here is an attempt to take the fight to Toyota’s Prius brand. (A […] 
 
 
NADA Responds to Op-Ed Critical of Dealer Franchise Laws  Sep 25th, 2014 
The NADA’s Peter Welch responded to an op-ed piece published in The New York Times that was critical of dealer franchise laws, saying such protections ‘level the playing field between dealers and manufacturers.’ 
 
 
September Sales to Maintain Healthy Growth in 2014, Edmunds Predicts  Sep 25th, 2014 
Projected September sales would be an 11% increase from the previous year, with Edmunds predicting that about 1.26 million new cars and trucks will be sold during the month. 
 
 
CFPB Lacks Proper Data Security, Report Says  Sep 25th, 2014 
A report released by the United States Government Accountability Office this week found that the CFPB, which has collected information on up to 600 million financial accounts, has fallen short in its data-protection efforts. 
 
 
Former Dealer Pleads Guilty to Charges of Deceptive Practices  Sep 25th, 2014 
The owner and operator of Excel Auto Group and B and B Motors pleaded guilty last week to charges that he sold cars with false odometer readings. 
 
 
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A: The A Isn’t for “Awesome,” But It Should Be  Sep 25th, 2014 
The “A” in the new Ferrari 458 Speciale A’s name doesn’t stand for “awesome,” but it could. The “A” actually is for Aperta, the Italian word for “open.” Based of course on the 458 Italia, this version of the 458 Spider gets the same special upgrades as the transcendent Speciale coupe. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
The Reaper: The Silverado–Based, Lingenfelter-Tuned Off-Road Pickup GM Won’t Build—But Will Sell  Sep 25th, 2014 
Ford peddles the off-road-awesome F-150 Raptor (which is expected to return for a second generation) and Mopar still offers Ram 1500 buyers the deliciously dune-ready Ram Runner package. So where’s Chevrolet and GMC in all of this? The simple answer is that they’re absent, but Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Southern Comfort Automotive have an alternative called […] 
 
 
Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror Bags the 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award, Notes Ferman Nissan of Tampa  Sep 25th, 2014 
Nissan's Smart Rear-view Mirror won a safety award at the 2014 New York auto show. 
 
 
Beer Run: We Test the PedalPub, a 16-Person Alcohol-Fueled Party Bike  Sep 24th, 2014 
When bored, horses often chomp down on a fence post and suck air. One theory holds that this gives them a buzz. Another holds that this is baloney. But whether or not horses get lit, horsepower certainly can. And that is the purpose of a pedal tavern. Known by a variety of names, a pedal […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle: Designed for Discomfort  Sep 24th, 2014 
It’s not every day that a car company introduces a vehicle by touting how unhappy the occupants will be. Well, Ford’s press release for its new Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle (Transit PTV) does just that, proclaiming: “[The] Only People Not Thrilled About Riding in All-New Ford Transit? Prisoners.” We have to imagine prisoners have a lot of […] 
 
 
You Don’t Mess with the Johan: Cadillac Names New Flagship CT6, Future Products to Follow New Naming Strategy  Sep 24th, 2014 
New Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen is a busy man with luxury on his mind. In nine days’ time, he’s defended higher prices, confirmed production of the rear-wheel-drive flagship, and announced Cadillac would move to New York City to become a trendier, separate business unit from General Motors. Now, the firm he leads has announced that […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Driven! We Put the Spurs to Chevy’s New Mid-Size Pickup  Sep 24th, 2014 
One could make an argument that part of the Toyota Tacoma’s stronghold on the not-quite-full-size truck market can be attributed to its easily condensed name: “Hey brah, sweet Taco. We should totes take it on a recon mission to spot some tasty waves.” Difficult to say without affecting a SoCal drawl. It’s no coincidence that, […] 
 
 
OMGCR-V: Honda Releases First Official Photo of the Enhanced-for-2015 CR-V Crossover  Sep 24th, 2014 
Here is the 2015 Honda CR-V, which arrives just in time for the model’s three-year mark since its last major redesign. We wish you could tell you more about the popular compact crossover’s mid-cycle update, but this is all Honda’s given us. A picture, they say, is worth at least a brief blog post outlining […] 
 
 
BREAKING: Tony Stewart Won’t Face Charges in Kevin Ward Jr. Incident; Marijuana Found in Ward’s System  Sep 24th, 2014 
As far as criminal charges go, the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward, Jr. incident is over: A grand jury in Ontario County, New York, has declined to indict NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team owner Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., a dirt-track racer from upstate New York who was struck and killed by […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Spied in Ann Arbor—With Its Supercharged V-8 Revving! [Video]  Sep 24th, 2014 
By now, everyone should know what the 2015 Corvette Z06 looks like, as the coupe and convertible each made public debuts at high-profile auto shows this year. We also have extensive background information on its wicked supercharged V-8 engine. We even know how much it will cost. So why are we showing you photos of a partially […] 
 
 
The Number of the Beastly: Ford’s SVT Division Could Be Renamed “999”  Sep 24th, 2014 
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team has been pumping out the high-performance jams for two decades. Thing is, the name “SVT” has absolutely zero brand equity to anyone but, well, Fordies, so why not change it to something, uh, equally arcane? As reported recently by Jalopnik, that could happen. An online survey sent to the site is asking […] 
 
 
Inside NHTSA: What Happened With GM Recalls Could Easily Happen Again  Sep 24th, 2014 
Congress is turning up the heat on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over car recalls. A new House bill would require automakers to make detailed assessments on all fatal crashes and archive defect-related documents for 20 years, or four times longer than mandated today. The bill is the fifth such legislation written this year […] 
 
 
Toyota Planning to Use Aluminum for Next-Gen Camry, Lexus RX  Sep 24th, 2014 
Toyota will add aluminum body panels on two of its bestselling models as the automaker plans to exploit a joint venture with a metal manufacturer, according to Automotive News. The redesigned 2016 Lexus RX will receive an aluminum hood and tailgate when it debuts next year; an all-new Camry (not the 2015 update) will have […] 
 
 
Ferrari 458 Recalled Because It Traps People in Its Trunk  Sep 24th, 2014 
The Ferrari 458 is, as sports cars go, about as good as it gets. Unless, of course, you happen to be a person trapped in its trunk. In that case, it sucks. First, because that can’t be very comfortable. Second, because, the internal trunk release may not work, meaning that, per NHTSA, “In the event […] 
 
 
THIS Is the Best 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63—And You Can’t Have One  Sep 24th, 2014 
Without a doubt, the latest C63—rechristened Mercedes-AMG C63 rather than Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG—is a wonderful beast. We haven’t driven the hottest C-class Benz yet, but with the base model putting down 469 horsepower and the extra-zooty C63 S throwing down a 503-hp gauntlet, there’s no way it’s not going to be great, massive gobs of fun, […] 
 
 
Lotus Responds: U.S.-Market Evora Still Dead for 2015—But Not 2016  Sep 24th, 2014 
We have more from Lotus, with the British sports-car company giving us a response to our report that the company won’t be producing a 2015 Evora for the States. The bad news is that we were right: With the company’s smart airbag exemption for the car expiring, there won’t be a 2015 Evora in America. […] 
 
 
GM Recalls Impala, XTS for Braking Problems  Sep 24th, 2014 
GM is recalling more than 220,000 full-size sedans because the electric parking brake may stay partially engaged while driving. The 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala and 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS have faulty electric parking-brake software that can result in the pads touching the rotors even after the brake is released. Of course, driving with the pads dragging the […] 
 
 
Toyota C-HR Concept: Typical Boring Toyota Name, Atypically Stimulating Toyota Styling  Sep 24th, 2014 
Someone needs to tell Toyota that its sportiness is showing. Having overhauled the humdrum Camry with the pretense of adding visual excitement and some semblance of driving pleasure, not to mention recently debuting the wildly hot FT-1 sports-car concept, Toyota seems keen on changing its image as the Maytag of automakers. The aggressive and distinctly European […] 
 
 
2015 Honda Fit EX Long-Term Intro: The Fit Fits Fine in Our Fleet So Far  Sep 24th, 2014 
The first- and second-generation Honda Fit subcompacts won our hearts with a combination of dynamics and practicality that couldn’t be beat at their price points—or perhaps any price point. The pair racked up seven consecutive 10Best trophies, went undefeated in three comparison tests, and a 2007 model survived a 40,000-mile long-term test without, ahem, giving […] 
 
 
California’s First Autonomous Driving Permits Go to Audi, Mercedes, and—of Course—Google  Sep 24th, 2014 
Manufacturers looking to analyze robot cars on public roads in California must now register with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Audi was the first in line to snatch the state’s newly available autonomous-car permits. The outfits holding second- and third-place tickets? Mercedes-Benz and Google. Don’t you wish your DMV line was so short? After […] 
 
 
Ellen Eats “Special Brownies” in Spoof of Matthew McConaughey Lincoln MKC Ad [Video]  Sep 24th, 2014 
Lincoln’s hiring of Matthew McConaughey for appearances in a fresh round of commercials for the 2015 MKC crossover resulted our being thoroughly weirded out and amused even before a few spoofs of the spots came out. Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, in her whimsical, matter-of-fact style, may have just topped Conan O’Brien’s wonderfully dark […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Officially Breaks Cover, We Pity the Fools  Sep 24th, 2014 
Poor Karl Benz. First he was purged from the name of Mercedes’ corporate parent when Dieter Zetsche decided against reverting to Daimler-Benz once the former DaimlerChrysler was taken out back and shot. Now the call has been made to strip Benz completely from the names of AMG products, a move first seen on the new […] 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons South Carolina: The Winners  Sep 24th, 2014 
On Friday, we took over the downtown of a once-picturesque South Carolina town for our car inspections, on Saturday we witnessed a lot of surprising stuff during the first race session, and on Sunday we had winners! The fight for the win on laps came down to the very last lap of the race, with […] 
 
 
Consumers Rank 5 Chrysler Models at the Top in Total Quality Awards, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram  Sep 24th, 2014 
The Dodge Dart, Durango, and Charger, the Jeep Wrangler and the Ram 2500/3500 are No. 1 in total quality for their segments. 
 
 
All-New Next-Gen Cruze to Toss Weight Overboard, Offer Dual-Clutch Transmission  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A pair of new reports from GM Authority confirm that the all-new next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact will be pitched against Ford, Toyota, and others as a fuel-economy play. Based on GM’s new D2XX compact underpinnings, it’s said that the 2016 Cruze will be “significantly lighter” than the current model.There are no specific numbers reported relating […] 
 
 
Performance Numbers: 2015 Ford Mustang GT versus 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost  Sep 23rd, 2014 
2015 Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost 2015 Mustang GT V-8 Price as Tested: $37,660 (base price: $27,190) $45,855 (base price: $32,925) Engine Type: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection Displacement: 138 cu in, 2261 cc 302 cu in, 4951 cc […] 
 
 
2016 Audi TTS Roadster Photos and Info: Open-Air Motoring for Aggressive Aesthetes  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Compared to its BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK competition, the Audi TT roadster traditionally comes across as a somewhat more serious car, and most enthusiasts consider it handicapped given its front-drive-based platform (which is shared with the VW Golf). But as the car evolved through its two previous generations, its Quattro all-wheel-drive system has served […] 
 
 
Hells Yes, Mothertruckers: Mercedes-Benz Future Truck Is the World’s Coolest Self-Drivin’, Light-Show-Havin’ Big Rig  Sep 23rd, 2014 
No, we’re not changing our name to Truck and Driver, but our inner five-year-olds freak the hell out when we see stuff like the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which just made its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany. While its name isn’t the most inventive in the world—how about Vision Gran Truckismo instead? […] 
 
 
2016 Audi TT Roadster Debuts: The Better to Show Off the Sweet Interior  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Audi’s current R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg was in his first tenure at the company in 1994 when the first-generation Audi TT was developed. And he tells us that the iconic sports car started out as a roadster. But by 1995, the almighty Ferdinand Piëch had weighed in and demanded that the concept version of the […] 
 
 
Retro, Timidly: VW’s New 2015 Beetle Classic Is Cheapest Model, Gets Neat Wheels and Seats  Sep 23rd, 2014 
For most of the past three-quarters of a century, a big part of the Volkswagen Beetle‘s appeal has stemmed from its value proposition. The first Beetles to reach the United States—during the Truman administration—cost less than $1300. Prices have crept up significantly since then, but Volkswagen today announced a price rollback in the form of the […] 
 
 
Van-Camino: Volkswagen TRISTAR Concept Is the German Pickup/Van Mashup to End All Pickup/Van Mashups  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Volkswagen is an auto company after our van-loving hearts; sure, typical, everyday vans aren’t the coolest things in the world, but VW has been churning out a steady stream of awesome hauler variants—conceptual or otherwise—that really get us going. Now, the automaker has unveiled its latest van-based creation, the TRISTAR concept, at the IAA commercial-vehicle […] 
 
 
Cadillac Becomes Separate Business Unit  Sep 23rd, 2014 
General Motors has announced a strategic realignment that will establish Cadillac as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015. 
 
 
DealerRater Launches LotShot App  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The web application helps dealership employees easily snap and share customer photos via email at vehicle delivery. Officials with DealerRater said the app can increase the likelihood of customers leaving a review by 50%. 
 
 
Dealers Failing to Capture Customers Over the Phone, Marchex Reports  Sep 23rd, 2014 
When a potential customer calls a dealership, that call goes unanswered one out of six times, according to data from mobile advertising technology company Marchex Inc. 
 
 
Compliance Firm Examines New CFPB Rule  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The CFPB has proposed a new rule to oversee larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time at the federal level. The compliance firm suggests that this could significantly affect compensation policies in dealerships. 
 
 
Feldman Joins Spencer Re from Allstate Dealer Services  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Brian Feldman joins Spencer Re as executive vice president to manage the firm’s automotive F&I business 
 
 
TrueCar Expands Dealer Council  Sep 23rd, 2014 
TrueCar adds four new members to its National Dealer Council, a 20-member advisory panel of automotive retailing experts. With the new additions, the council now represents all major automakers. 
 
 
Haystack, vAuto Partner to Improve Search Marketing Results  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Haystak and vAuto are combining vehicle-specific data with targeted advertisements to tailor search engine ads to car buyers who are searching for used cars online. 
 
 
Help F&I and Showroom Select the 2014 F&Idol Winner  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The magazine made available this morning the voting page for the final round of the IAS-sponsored F&Idol competition. Review the five video entries and vote for the overall winner of the 2014 contest. 
 
 
Exeter Finance Corp. Completes $1.65 Billion Warehouse Funding Facility  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Exeter Finance has completed the renewal and extension of its warehouse funding facility, which was increased to $1.65 billion. 
 
 
New Online Tool Triggers Real-Time Leads for Dealerships  Sep 23rd, 2014 
AutoLoop has added a feature to its Essentials platform called Instant Online Leads, alerting sales personnel when a prospective car buyer is requesting more information on a dealer’s website. 
 
 
New York State of Mind: Cadillac to Move HQ to NYC, Become Standalone Business Unit  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Cadillac announced today that it will be spun out of the traditional General Motors organization as its own distinct business unit, and that the decision will accompany a move of the brand’s headquarters next year from the Renaissance Center in Detroit to New York City. The move was made, according to a GM statement, to […] 
 
 
Title Bout  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Meet the five F&I pros vying to win the 2014 F&Idol competition and the $2,500 grand prize. 
 
 
Reverse the Turnover Curse  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Dave Kreuser has stemmed the tide of turnovers at Zimbrick Acura by making employees, rather than customers, his top priority. 
 
 
Exeter Finance Corp. Completes $1.65 Billion Warehouse Funding Facility  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Exeter Finance has completed the renewal and extension of its warehouse funding facility, and increased the available capacity to $1.65 billion from its previous facility. 
 
 
Objecting to the Menu  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Even the most seasoned pro can be derailed when a customer refuses to listen to their product presentation. The magazine’s objection-handling guru has a solution. 
 
 
Setting the Pace  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Meet the five finalists vying for the 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced this month at Industry Summit. 
 
 
Word of Mouth Still Dominates  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Word of mouth is still the leading source for new business, but a new study says review sites continue to gain ground. 
 
 
Satisfying Customers and the CFPB  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Compliance expert explains how dealers can turn the tables on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by using the agency’s own guidance to respond to complaints. 
 
 
Help F&I and Showroom Select the 2014 F&Idol Winner  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The magazine made available this morning the voting page for the final round of the IAS-sponsored F&Idol competition. Review the five video entries and vote for the overall winner of the 2014 contest. 
 
 
2014 Audi S1 First Drive: Think of It Like ScarJo: Tiny and Hot  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A couple of years ago, we got to put the boot to Audi’s 256-hp A1 Quattro, an instant collector’s item of which just 333 units were built. At the time, Audi hinted at wider production, and now that car is on sale in Europe. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
First Ride in the New Goodyear Blimp! Aaron Robinson on L.A.’s Preeminent Gasbag  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Commander Dave Bowling is a big guy in a small chair as we waft at 31 mph over Los Angeles. Our torpedo-shaped shadow slithers over freeways and swimming pools and glinting piles of junk in the backyards of tiny square houses arrayed in the orderly patterns of some long-ago blueprint for suburban utopia. Somebody spots […] 
 
 
2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Road Test  Sep 22nd, 2014 
The Nissan Rogue takes on the competitive crossover segment. 
 
 
So Funky, So French: Wild Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Uses Compressed-Air (!) Hybrid Powertrain to Achieve 118 mpg  Sep 22nd, 2014 
How does one polish a cactus? Remove the needles, of course. That’s what Citroën has done with its funky-French C4 Cactus crossover to create the Airflow 2L concept, which makes its aerodynamic, in-the-succulent debut at the 2014 Paris auto show next week. Citroën shaved this Cactus for one reason: Fuel economy. In an automotive sense, a car’s “needles” […] 
 
 
Toyota Developing Radical 3-D Head-Up Display for Production  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Toyota spends $1 million per hour on R&D, and you should be thrilled to hear that not all of it is spent on boring stuff such as squeezing another mile per gallon out of tomorrow’s Prius. One such less-boring innovation is a 3-D head-up display (HUD) being developed—and slated for production—by engineers in Silicon Valley collaborating […] 
 
 
R-Designed: 2016 Volvo XC90 Gets the Sporty R-Design Treatment, Still Isn’t On Sale Yet  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Volvo’s all-new 2016 XC90 SUV won’t go on sale until early next year, but already the company is breaking out new variations of the crossover. The first XC90 model to increase add some juice is the R-Design, a variant that ups the SUV’s visual sportiness quotient without bringing any bravado to the driving experience.  The […] 
 
 
Plastics Make It Possible: Local Motors’ Crowd-Sourced, 3-D–Printed Strati EV Is Born, Runs  Sep 22nd, 2014 
When last we checked in on the crowd-sourced-design maestros over at Local Motors, the outfit was in the thick of a design competition focused on an all-new, 3-D–printed electric vehicle. A few months later, the winning car has become a thing with a name: Strati. As it had promised, Local Motors packed its manufacturing tooling, […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 197  Sep 22nd, 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!   (* […] 
 
 
French Hypermiling: Ultralight Renault EOLAB Pegged at 235 MPG  Sep 22nd, 2014 
The recently revealed Renault EOLAB concept is providing a glimpse of our ultralight, aerodynamic future with its seemingly hyperbolic fuel-efficiency rating: 100km/liter (translating to 235 mpg on the Euro cycle). It may also be previewing the unbearable lightness of mpg’ing. With its generous use of magnesium, aluminum, and specialty plastics and polymers, the EOLAB enjoys […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Sienna First Drive: The Swagger Wagon Refined  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Freshened inside and out for 2015, the Toyota Sienna minivan is a versatile family vehicle, chockablock with brood-friendly features and refinements. It’s also the only minivan that still offers an all-wheel-drive option. Beyond that, it also embodies Toyota’s bedrock strengths: quality, durability, and reliability. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Toyota Camry First Drive: Fluffed and Buffed—and Improved  Sep 22nd, 2014 
The Toyota Camry is this century’s brightest car star. More than 400,000 were sold in the U.S. last year, a volume topped only by Ford and Chevrolet pickups. This begs the question: Why would Toyota call for a Camry pit stop only halfway to the seventh-generation car’s checkered flag? READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Toyota Yaris First Drive: Yes! It’s Still a Car!  Sep 22nd, 2014 
Among the more memorable advertising slogans of recent years—at least to us—was the “It’s a car!” tagline that Toyota attached to its 2012 Yaris, which was initially advertised exclusively online. Here was pure truth in advertising, with absolutely zero overstatement. It should have won an award. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
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