Because it Can (Am): McLaren Announces 650S Can Am, Considers 675LT Spider  Oct 12th, 2015 
Ferrari Files for IPO, Wants RACE Stock Ticker  Oct 12th, 2015 
Ferrari has just filed its initial public offering with the New York Stock Exchange, a move that may raise a quick billion for cash-strapped Fiat-Chrysler by early next year. If regulatory agencies approve, Ferrari will be listed as “RACE”—everyone’s favorite manettino setting—and issue 17.2 million public shares, or nine percent, for between $48 and $52 […] 
Because It Can (Am): McLaren Announces 650S Can Am, Considers 675LT Spider  Oct 12th, 2015 
Carmakers are storied as McLaren pillage their past at their own risk, but in the case of the luscious new 650S Can Am, the company’s illustrious racing past appears rather well served. As the name implies, the 650S Can Am pays homage to the Can Am racing series, which commenced almost a half century ago […] 
10 Common Mistakes People Make at the Car Dealership  Oct 12th, 2015 
Driving a brand-new car can be one of the great experiences of life. Walking into a dealership and buying one, on the other hand, ranks up there with public speaking and visits to the dentist atop most people’s lists of anxiety-inducing prospects. But it’s not really that scary if you’re prepared and knowledgeable. Then you […] 
2016 Audi TT Roadster Test: It’s No Boxster and That’s Okay  Oct 12th, 2015 
Yet the reality of the TT roadster has always diverged considerably from its portrayal as a dynamic also-ran. This is the thoroughly sensible open-topped sports car, a definition that verges on the oxymoronic but is nevertheless a niche that previous generations of TT roadster have successfully colonized. Like the third-generation TT coupe, the new roadster […] 
2016 Audi TT Roadster – Instrumented Test  Oct 12th, 2015 
How To: Polish Your Car Like a Pro  Oct 12th, 2015 
Keeping your car’s finish looking new doesn’t require a paycheck’s worth of equipment or a professional detail shop. “Wheeling”—i.e., polishing a vehicle with a rotating wheel, just like a pro detailer would—works by temporarily heating the paint’s clear coat until it softens into a viscous liquid that fills in and dissipates blemishes. To prevent permanent […] 
Porsche to Launch 911 R with GT3 Engine and Manual Transmission  Oct 12th, 2015 
Purists have been grumbling about Porsche’s recent moves with the 911, but they will have it their way when the company launches what could be one of the coolest 911s of all time: the 911 R, powered by a naturally aspirated engine with around 500 horsepower—and fitted with a manual transmission. Over the past few […] 
Vroom Service  Oct 12th, 2015 
Vroom is one of a handful of firms attempting to prove that cars and F&I products can be sold online, with one major difference: The company was founded by former AutoNation executives. 
September U.S. Auto Sales: Five Takeaways  Oct 12th, 2015 
Although one automaker in particular would like to forget September 2015, every other car company cashed in big. In total, Americans bought 1.44 million cars, up 16 percent from the previous September. With three more months to go, U.S. car sales just may top 18 million. That would be the highest in at least 15 […] 
Blipshift + Car and Driver = Win a Chance to Attend Lightning Lap 2016!  Oct 12th, 2015 
Want to join the Car and Driver crew at Virginia International Raceway for a day at Lightning Lap 2016? You had better get cracking on designing the ultimate T-shirt! Seriously, no pressure, but if you submit the winning shirt design showing how you go Dancing with Cars (#DancingWithCars, because internet), you could receive: An invitation to […] 
Better and Better: Ford Focus RS Output Revised Upward—Yes, Again  Oct 12th, 2015 
As the launch date of the 2016 Ford Focus RS nears, we have yet another upward revision of the all-wheel-drive hot hatch’s engine output. Ford is now claiming the turbocharged, intercooled 2.3-liter four will put out 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. At the car’s unveiling last spring at the New York auto show, Ford […] 
Diff Definitions: Each Type of Automotive Differential Explained  Oct 12th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Open Differential What It Does Splits engine torque into two outputs, each of which is able to rotate at a different speed. Shortcomings When one tire loses traction, the opposing tire also experiences a torque reduction. In the worst case, your car is stuck with one wheel freely spinning while […] 
The Knowledge: 12 Tech Tidbits on the First-Ever Turbocharged Porsche 911 Carreras  Oct 12th, 2015 
The Carrera and Carrera S are being turbocharged for the first time ever—here, we dive deep into the 2017 911's technical side. 
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum – First Drive Review  Oct 9th, 2015 
Edgy McEdgersons From Explorerville: Ford Previews Edge and Explorer SEMA Concepts  Oct 9th, 2015 
With the SEMA show rapidly approaching, manufacturers are celebrating the concept vehicles they’ve farmed out to aftermarket firms for customization. Ford, always a heavy presence at the show, will have 50 vehicles on display this year. Here, for your edification, are three examples of Ford’s Edge and Explorer crossovers, reimagined by Tjin Edition, Webasto, Vaccar, […] 
Edgy McEdgersons From Explorerville: Ford Previews Edge and Explorer SEMA Concepts  Oct 9th, 2015 
2016 Honda CR-V Priced, Adds New Special Edition  Oct 9th, 2015 
For Sale, Classic Alfa Romeo 6C 2500—Limo?  Oct 9th, 2015 
When you think Alfa Romeo, maybe the sleek, lightweight, 4C comes to mind, or, if you have a penchant for classics, something like the original Giullietta. But what about a limo? Well, for sale right now is a beautiful, low mileage, 1949 Alfa 6C2500 Boneschi Ministeriale Limousine. This rare piece of chauffeured-motoring history is biased […] 
For Sale, Classic Alfa Romeo 6C 2500—Limo?  Oct 9th, 2015 
2016 Honda CR-V Priced, Adds New Special Edition  Oct 9th, 2015 
Last year, the Honda CR-V received several noticeable upgrades—specifically, a tweaked exterior. For 2016, it carries over unchanged, with the exception of a new model: Honda adds an SE trim level, positioned just above the entry-level LX. SE stands for “Special Edition,” but don’t expect fancy graphics or trim: The model merely adds a security […] 
Report: Real-World Tests Show Most Diesel Cars Exceed Emissions Limits  Oct 9th, 2015 
British newspaper The Guardian just released its second report investigating the real-world emissions of diesel vehicles, and it’s not pretty: Models from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi all put out more than the legal limit of NOx, the pollutant at the center of the Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal. This follows an earlier Guardian report that revealed […] 
10 Luxury Car Brands That Time Forgot  Oct 9th, 2015 
These former luxury brands were once the toast of the town. 
14,000 Mazda 3 Sedans, Hatches Recalled for Potential Fuel Leaks  Oct 9th, 2015 
Mazda is recalling 14,270 3 sedans and hatchbacks for fuel tanks that can leak, the company said Friday. The problem affects certain 2015 and 2016 models, and as such, Mazda dealers have been ordered not to sell any cars in inventory until the repairs are complete. According to Mazda, gasoline may flow into the evaporative emissions […] 
2015 Ford Transit 150 Power Stroke vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 BlueTec, 2014 Ram ProMaster 1500 EcoDiesel – Comparison Tests  Oct 9th, 2015 
Diesel Vanparo: Ford Transit vs. Mercedes Sprinter and Ram ProMaster  Oct 9th, 2015 
We didn’t drive three full-size modern vans 430 miles just to gain admittance to the 43rd annual Van Nationals. We also drove them there (with a dorm room’s worth of furniture from IKEA) so we’d have a place to sleep away our drunkenness. Oh, right, and also to perform a comparison test of the newest […] 
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum First Drive: Bringing It All, and Then Some  Oct 9th, 2015 
The Ford Explorer Platinum edition went on sale last month promising to solve multiple problems for Ford. Problem One: The strongest engine offered in the popular Explorer SUV, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, would sell in greater numbers if Ford made it more widely available. This is only a problem because it would seriously drag down […] 
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Tested: Mellow Yellow  Oct 9th, 2015 
We’re not sure what the opposite of a sleeper is, but the Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i we tested in Premium Special Edition guise has to be a strong candidate. Mostly, what’s special is the retina-searing Sunrise Yellow paint, quixotically juxtaposed to the otherwise quotidian and practical four-door hatchback that’s jacked up with additional ground clearance […] 
2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i CVT – Instrumented Test  Oct 9th, 2015 
Can Your Car Really Be Hacked? Six Points to Know  Oct 9th, 2015 
For the futurists paid to warn humanity about the next doomsday, car hacking is a delightful topic. It’s a real thing, too, about which automakers have demonstrated practically zero authority or leadership. But since the last time we visited this subject, car hacking still hasn’t reached piss-your-pants paranoia, and won’t send your loved ones zooming […] 
Country Music Star Brad Paisley on Corvettes, His Car-Related Songs, and Running from the Cops  Oct 9th, 2015 
C/D: Your tour bus is painted like a 1958–62 Corvette. BP: I have a lot of things painted like that, with the Corvette cove. My guitar room at the studio is an entire room painted red with a giant 12-foot Corvette cove where the guitars hang. You’d love it. That might be the most attractive […] 
EPA Director: Certifying 2016 VW Diesels Could Take Months  Oct 9th, 2015 
Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal came to light just as the company was attempting to certify its 2016 2.0-liter TDI models. In view of the scandal, the company withdrew its application but it is planning to reinstate it. When it does, VW should not expect quick action on the EPA’s part. All of which means it […] 
Ford’s GT Race Car Testing at Daytona Will Make You Extra Happy  Oct 8th, 2015 
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen footage of Ford’s upcoming GT supercar in racing trim hustling around a track, and it won’t be our last. But we simply cannot avert our eyes from the wicked GT, and we can’t resist hearing the gurgling and popping of its twin-turbocharged V-6. It’s good then that Ford Performance has […] 
From L.A. to Las Vegas on the Road Less Traveled [Sponsored]  Oct 8th, 2015 
To celebrate the spirit of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, we asked some of our favorite creative innovators to tell us about their ultimate road trip. Their itineraries are collected here in “A Cut Above.”  The Travelers: Douglas Sonders and Nicholas Cambata Doug and Nicholas are the founding partners of 8112 Studios, a video and photography production company. They have […] 
How Handy: 1938 Film Explains Exactly How Car Suspensions Work  Oct 8th, 2015 
Your car’s suspension is an engineering marvel. Even the roughest-riding cars out there do an amazing job of smoothing out the bumps, cracks, dips, and potholes that riddle our roads. And even if you already understand the basics of how your car’s suspension works, it’s always fascinating to get an up-close explanation. That’s where Mr. Jam […] 
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Van Tested: They Could’ve Named It the Fredo  Oct 8th, 2015 
As Mercedes-Benz was finalizing the preparation of its mid-size Vito van for U.S. consumption, it stumbled upon one last matter to settle before hitting the start button on the presale PR blitz: the name. Focus groups revealed that Americans, self-impressed film fans that we are, just couldn’t shake the “Corleone” connotations from the name Vito, […] 
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris – Instrumented Test  Oct 8th, 2015 
Luxury, Not Performance at Lincoln; Production Continental to Bow at Detroit  Oct 8th, 2015 
Lincoln will focus on the U.S. and China, while trying to rejuvenate the brand with new product, according to brand marketing manager Imran Jalal. The Chinese dealer network will grow from 16 dealers currently to 25 by the end of the year. A launch in Europe, however, will not be a consideration in the foreseeable […] 
Neiman Marcus Is Selling a $95,000 700-hp Ford Mustang Convertible  Oct 8th, 2015 
Yes, we know, Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year, but don’t blame us—blame retailers like Neiman Marcus, which just put out its annual Christmas Book that’s brimming with high-end gift ideas. We’re not here to regale you with tales of fur coats, eel-skin wallets, or whatever else the upscale department store stuffed […] 
What’s the Diff? We Put the Torque-Vectoring Differential to the Test  Oct 8th, 2015 
The Japanese say torque vectoring reduces steering effort. The Germans will tell you that these trick differentials increase dynamism (whatever that means). And the Americans—just now getting started with the upcoming Ford Focus RS—claim it provides for “unmatched agility.” We’ve quaffed the cherry Kool-Aid ourselves, praising the technology when we’ve driven cars equipped with it, […] 
What’s the Diff? We Put the Torque-Vectoring Differential to the Test – Tech Feature  Oct 8th, 2015 
Ex-Lithia Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement  Oct 8th, 2015 
A former office manager at Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Montana pleaded guilty this week to stealing approximately $288,000 from the dealership over a nine-year period. 
Cox Appoints Dealertrack’s Sundaram to New Post  Oct 8th, 2015 
Following its recent acquisition of Dealertrack, Cox Automotive has appointed Dealertrack’s former co-president, Raj Sundaram, as its chief client success officer. 
Wells Fargo Dealer Services Opens Houston Business Center  Oct 8th, 2015 
Wells Fargo Dealer Services has opened its second regional business center in Houston — its fifth in Texas. The new center will serve approximately 100 dealerships in the region. 
Reynolds Releases F&I Legal Library for Washington Dealers  Oct 8th, 2015 
Reynolds Document Services has released the Reynolds LAW Washington F&I Library, a comprehensive catalog of standardized, legally reviewed F&I documents available to new car and truck dealers in the state of Washington. 
Q3 Used-Car Market Remains Strong, Manheim Reports  Oct 8th, 2015 
Used-vehicle prices were up nearly 3% in the third quarter from a year ago, according to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index, a measure of wholesale prices adjusted for mix, mileage and season. 
NADA Files Second Request for Internal CFPB Documents  Oct 8th, 2015 
The NADA has filed a second Freedom of Information Act request for internal CFPB documents that allegedly show the bureau intended to regulate the auto finance market through enforcement action. An earlier request was denied. 
SmartAuction Hits Five Million Sales Milestone  Oct 8th, 2015 
Five million vehicles have been sold on Ally Financial’s online auction platform, the company announced this week. 
Volvo Will Take Responsibility If Its Self-Driving Cars Crash  Oct 8th, 2015 
Say your new Volvo scrapes someone’s fender in a parking lot. If the car’s auto-pilot feature was enabled, well, that damage is now Volvo’s fault. Case closed, check’s in the mail! That could happen. At the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C., CEO Håkan Samuelsson told a small crowd that the automaker would “accept full liability” […] 
Mitsubishi eX Concept: An All-Electric Example of Mitsu’s Design Future  Oct 8th, 2015 
This chubby little guy’s name is eX, and there’s a lot riding on his square shoulders. According to its maker, the eX portends Mitsubishi’s design future. “Both exterior and interior indicate the direction MMC Design is taking,” says the automaker, adding that the eX is also fully electric. Because of course it is. Nissan’s Vision […] 
Lexus Debuts Self-Driving Feature, Will Come to Market by 2020  Oct 8th, 2015 
Within five years, the quiet chambers otherwise known as Lexus interiors will become even more tranquil. That’s when Lexus is set to introduce its first fully autonomous controls that may finally allow its customers a snooze behind the wheel. Unlike the luxury automaker’s first self-driving car—the 2013 Lexus LS that premiered at CES looked like […] 
Cox Names President of Financial Services, NextGear Capital  Oct 8th, 2015 
NextGear Capital’s president, Brian Geitner, will take on expanded duties as he heads up the financial services arm of Cox Automotive. Introduces a Marketplace for Private Car Owners and Auto Dealers  Oct 8th, 2015 
Join the #1 auto swapping market place with like-minded private owners and auto dealers. Upload your vehicle for free. Become a member now and join thousands of other carswappers. 
Toyota S-FR Concept: Small, Front-Engine, Rear-Drive? Sign Us Up  Oct 8th, 2015 
Heading up the Toyota lineup of debuts at the 2015 Tokyo auto show is the S-FR concept, which stands for Small, Front-Engine, Rear-Drive. Aimed at bolstering the company’s performance image, the two-plus-two sports car boasts a compact configuration; Toyota characterizes it as an entry-level sports coupe—one that is headed for production. Toyota isn’t yet sharing details […] 
Toyota Kikai, FCV Plus, and Robot Boy Concepts: The Tokyo Auto Show Just Got Weirder  Oct 8th, 2015 
Our favorite bizarre-cars auto show, the biennial Tokyo event, kicks off later this month, and on the heels of the odd stuff from Honda, Suzuki, and others comes Toyota’s odd stuff. The steampunk Kikai [above] joins the FCV Plus hydrogen-fuel-cell concept and the Margaret Keane–like Kirobo robot/friend. Let’s take a closer look. FCV Plus Whereas […] 
Wipe and Catch Fire: GM SUVs Recalled for Overheating Wiper Motors  Oct 7th, 2015 
The Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia are being recalled for defective windshield-wiper motors that can overheat and cause a fire. Some 31,000 vehicles are affected. The problem is limited to 2016 models, and most of the affected vehicles haven’t yet found their way into customers’ hands. For the 6400 that have, GM has […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 7th, 2015 
VW CEO Müller: Bugatti Threatened, Phaeton Safe in Aftermath of Diesel-Emissions Scandal  Oct 7th, 2015 
Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller is preparing workers for massive cuts, which will be necessary due to the costs associated with the ongoing and vast emissions scandal. In an interview with the German newspaper F.A.Z., Müller singled out Bugatti by saying that every model and every brand would be reconsidered in the light of their […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Manual Test: We’re Speechless  Oct 7th, 2015 
What else can we say about the latest Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that we haven’t said before? From our first test: “The Z06 must be ranked among the world’s best.” From the Z06 coupe’s comparison-test win against the Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S: “Drink your Red Bull and splash some water on your […] 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 7th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
CFPB Considering Ban on Arbitration Clauses  Oct 7th, 2015 
The bureau is seeking to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses that block class action lawsuits. The proposals under consideration would allow companies to use arbitration for individual disputes, but would require those companies to submit to the CFPB the arbitration claims filed and awards issued. 
Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports  Oct 7th, 2015 
At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services. 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 7th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
Overland Essentials [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
Overlanding is best described as vehicle-dependent adventure travel, where the journey is the primary goal. This can be by car, truck, motorcycle or even bicycle, but nothing is more synonymous with overlanding than the Land Rover Defender. So much so that it is widely believed that the first car most people in the developing world […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Dissected: Design, Engine, Interior, and More!  Oct 7th, 2015 
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has long been a favorite of ours. With a body only slightly larger than a Honda Civic and a massive 6.2-liter V-8 cranking out supercar power, how could it not be? Apparently others felt the same way. Globally, Mercedes managed to sell 40,000 copies of the previous-generation C63 coupe. Sans AMG […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Dissected: Design, Powertrain, Chassis, and More – Feature  Oct 7th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: Q&A with Corvette Ride-and-Handling Engineer Jim Mero  Oct 7th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Corvette ride-and-handling engineer Jim Mero knows a thing or three about putting down a fast lap. Watch him attack the Nürburgring in a C6 ZR1 on YouTube if you don’t believe us. During his 11 years working on the Corvette, he estimates that he has done more than 15,000 laps […] 
Imported Pickups Inch Closer with the Trans-Pacific Partnership  Oct 7th, 2015 
Perhaps President Obama is a secret Volkswagen Amarok fan. Proof? His signature on a trade pact with 11 countries could lower the barriers to foreign-made pickup trucks and vans on our soil for the first time in more than 50 years. After six years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now up for approval […] 
What is Overlanding? [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
The open-top Defender struggled against the soft sand, its turbo-diesel motor screaming from beneath the hood in an effort to clear the edge of a massive dune. The convoy of Land Rovers was deep into the Altar Desert of Sonora, Mexico and running low on fuel; the two days of desert driving had taxed our […] 
An Overland Journey, Part 1 [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
There is no vehicle more iconic than the Land Rover Defender. They were the obvious choice for this expedition from the lowest point in North America to the highest road in California. Our team consisted of Overland Driving instructor Jack Quinlan in his 1983 ExMod 110 and artist Geoff McFetridge in his 2007 NAS 110. […] 
It’s Turbo Time for the All-Wheel-Drive Porsche 911s  Oct 7th, 2015 
We sometimes set our watches by the relentless predictability of Porsche’s product strategy. Sure enough, a month after telling us about the new turbocharged engine that will be fitted to the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, Stuttgart has confirmed that the same engine will be doing duty in the four-wheel-drive versions of the same […] 
It’s Turbo Time for the All-Wheel-Drive Porsche 911s  Oct 7th, 2015 
An Overland Journey, Part 2 [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
Climbing the east side of the White Mountains. Jack refuels at the base of a long climb. Geoff climbs into the Bristle Cone Pine Forest. The approach road can be seen in the background. Standing below a tree that is 4000 years old can be overwhelming. Driving through a poplar forest in search of camp. […] 
New Subaru Outback and Next Impreza Previewed by Tokyo Concepts  Oct 7th, 2015 
While the Tokyo auto show is often a venue for Japanese automakers to get extra-weird with their concept cars, Subaru’s two show cars amount to a fairly straightforward preview of the next-generation Outback and Impreza hatchback. The star of the show for Subaru is the Viziv Future Concept—“Viziv” is said to be derived from “Vision […] 
Audi Testing Futuristic Gesture-Based Virtual Assembly Analysis  Oct 6th, 2015 
Back when Henry Ford was still fiddling with the assembly line, getting parts onto a car as fast as possible was the only goal. Men lined a pathway on which Model Ts would slither, and they’d wrangle their assigned component onto the budding vehicle as it passed by. Today, all-out speed is but one part […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
Why High-Definition Maps Are Essential to the Next Generation of High-Tech Cars  Oct 6th, 2015 
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Air Force did the world a solid by granting full access to the Global Positioning System. In that time, motorists have moved from crude, monochrome line maps to 3-D topographic displays rendered with skies, buildings, and live traffic information. But even after the Defense Department agreed to stop […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance this summer, BMW granted us a first look at an upcoming higher-performance version of the M4—the M4 GTS. Far from being another high-powered derivative for collectors, this special edition is a real technology showcase. The M4 GTS features two industry firsts: a water-injection system designed to sharply increase power, and […] 
Subaru Forester Updated for Japan, Likely for Our Market for 2017  Oct 6th, 2015 
Subaru’s latest Forester having been introduced for the 2014 model year, it will soon be due for a freshening—but so far, only the Japanese-domestic-market variant has been fettled with. The updated JDM Forester will debut at the 2015 Tokyo auto show, and it’s been given updated fascias, headlights, taillights, and a new grille. Like the […] 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 6th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports  Oct 6th, 2015 
At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services. 
Fine Whine: A Semiserious Proposal for Rationalizing Speeding Fines  Oct 6th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue People commit countless transgressions behind the steering wheel, but speeding gets the most attention. As lovers of fast cars and the sensations they provide, we find that troubling.* This is, after all, the magazine that invented the Cannonball Run. Speed-limit enforcement is arbitrary, and the fines have no relationship to […] 
Elon Musk Tweets (Then Deletes) Hint About “Model Y” Crossover  Oct 6th, 2015 
The Tesla Model X (pictured above) began reaching customers only last week, ​but CEO Elon Musk already is dropping hints at an as-yet-unknown future offering: In a now-deleted tweet spotted by Tech Insider, the Tesla founder gave away plans for a Model 3–based crossover called the Model Y. And it sounds like it’ll have those crazy “falcon wing” […] 
Porsche Cayman GT4 Adding Clubsport Version  Oct 6th, 2015 
The clue is in the name. Porsche’s Motorsport division is responsible for developing the crown jewels of the company’s road car division—the 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4 are the most recent examples. But it’s also charged with developing racing versions of the same machinery, which is why you can color us unsurprised at news of […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel – First Drive Review  Oct 6th, 2015 
2016 Nissan Frontier: The “I’m Still Here!” Truck Gets New Pricing  Oct 6th, 2015 
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that Nissan still sells the mid-size Frontier pickup truck, even though it’s easy to overlook when the redesigned Toyota Tacoma and the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins from GM are soaking up the spotlight. And did we hear a new Ford Ranger is in the […] 
VW Diesel Remedies Could Vary from New Software to New Car  Oct 6th, 2015 
The fix is not yet in for Volkswagen’s emissions-test-cheating diesels, but when it does arrive, there could be more than one. Bloomberg reports that some models might be able to come clean with only a software update (although how that will affect performance and fuel economy is unknown), whereas others might need a larger catalytic […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel First Drive: The Littlest Big Rig  Oct 6th, 2015 
Here’s the rundown on Chevy’s new 2016 Colorado diesel: Its new Duramax turbo-diesel engine is made in Thailand, the transmission is assembled in Mexico, there’s plenty of Brazil in the basic design, Chevrolet is a French name, the whole thing is assembled in Missouri, and you’ll need at least $3730 additional American dollars if you […] 
John Nicholls Receives NAAA Auctioneer of the Year Award  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Auction Association honors second generation champion auctioneer 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
In a move that could be interpreted as taking weight savings to an extreme—or, alternately, as a move downmarket with a special-edition model to be sold exclusively at Walmart—Lexus has unveiled a unique IS sedan made entirely of cardboard. Although Lexus touts the project as “pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and craftsmanship,” we would […] 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
Volvo Details Auto-Pilot Feature for Its Self-Driving Feature  Oct 5th, 2015 
As we slowly draw nearer to the commencement of Volvo’s 100-car autonomous driving pilot program in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2017, some more details on the project have been revealed. Volvo has released a video explaining how its self-driving cars—all 2016 XC90s—will engage full self-driving mode, and, just as important, how the cars will hand control […] 
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Wearing Camo in the Woods  Oct 5th, 2015 
These are soooo not spy shots. Yes, they show a camouflaged thing, a thing that has not been officially revealed, (and, frankly, a thing we still can’t quite believe is happening in the first place), but no, they’re not spy shots. The vehicle in said photos is Land Rover’s upcoming Range Rover Evoque convertible, of […] 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
Charles Darwin blew wide open the whole “evolution” concept studying finches on the Galapagos Islands in the mid-1800s. Mitsubishi blew wide open the notion of what a performance bargain could be when it introduced the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution to the U.S. market for the first time in 2003. The connection? Like those finches, the […] 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 5th, 2015 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe: V-6, Rear-Drive, Manual Tested!  Oct 5th, 2015 
To exit the parking lot behind our local barbecue hangout, you enter a narrow lane between two brick buildings before emerging beside the restaurant’s outdoor patio. So, we tapped the console button to open the flaps in the Jaguar F-type’s exhaust system and revved it a bit in first gear just to hear it echo […] 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
Chevrolet’s rapidly proliferating “Midnight Edition” treatment keeps things simple: Darken the exterior trim, slap on some black-painted wheels, and generally give the subject vehicle an overwhelming sense of subtle meanness. And so it goes with the Silverado Midnight Edition. We experienced the 2015 model just before driving the updated 2016 Silverado 1500, and, unable to […] 
Fast Facts: The Number of Configurations Offered By Today’s Car Manufacturers Is Staggering  Oct 5th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Pickup trucks have long been the kings of configuration—long or short bed? two doors or four?—but now there’s a new challenger for multiple-choice supremacy: the van. Ford’s big Transit comes in three roof heights, two wheelbases, three overall lengths, and with a choice of three engines. All told, once a […] 
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