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2014 Infiniti Q50S Hybrid AWD Long-Term Test Intro: Drive-by-Wire Comes Under Fire  Jul 30th, 2014 
The first new model to debut under Infiniti’s reshuffled alphanumeric nomenclature scheme, the 2014 Q50 takes the spot formerly held by the G37 sedan. As Infiniti’s torchbearer in the competitive entry-luxury sport sedan segment, the Q50 was tasked with covering a lot of product bandwidth for the brand. Thus, when the revamped Q50 hit the […] 
 
 
Priced Like Pros: Toyota Announces Pricing for 2015 TRD Pro Tacoma and 4Runner  Jul 30th, 2014 
Toyota released pricing today for the new TRD Pro Series versions of the 2015 Tacoma pickup and 4Runner SUV. The Tacoma starts at $36,410 for the Access Cab with a six-speed manual and ranges up to $38,300 for the Double Cab with a five-speed automatic. The 4Runner is automatic-only and starts at $41,995. All TRD […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1977 AMC Cherokee Chief Tested  Jul 30th, 2014 
We put about 4500 test miles on our Jeep Cherokee four-door and found it to be a strangely loveable vehicle. The basic Jeep Wagoneer from which it springs has been with us for a very long time, but somehow the Wagoneer never captured much front-of-mind awareness. We watched Joe Foss driving one across the Golden […] 
 
 
Independents of Speed, European: Christian von Koenigsegg  Jul 30th, 2014 
Age: 42 Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden Company: Koenigsegg Automotive AB; 62 employees at its 43,000-square-foot Swedish headquarters, located on the Ängelholm airfield. Past projects: The first CC8S was delivered to a customer in 2002, and its successor, the 806-hp CCR, briefly held the record for the world’s fastest production car (until the Veyron came along). Since […] 
 
 
Gnarly! Fiat 500L–Vans Concept Debuts at Vans U.S. Open of Surfing  Jul 30th, 2014 
Sometimes when you take an ungainly car and cover it with tons of crap, the end result can actually be kind of nifty. Case in point: the annual automotive free-for-all known as SEMA. At the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing last weekend in Huntington Beach, California, Fiat debuted a high-riding, surfer-inspired concept version of its […] 
 
 
Glass Tiger Auto Glass Tinting Company of Greater Atlanta Announces Special Summer Deals on Affordable Window Tinting in Snellville, Lawrenceville, Tucker and Surrounding Areas  Jul 30th, 2014 
Local auto glass tinting company offers summer discounts. 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Priced  Jul 29th, 2014 
Mercedes-Benz announces pricing on the new 2015 C-Class. 
 
 
Jaguar Details New Aluminum Construction on XE Models  Jul 29th, 2014 
Jaguar talks about the new XE and its aluminum-intensive construction. 
 
 
Kia Teases Next-Gen Sorento Ahead of Debut  Jul 29th, 2014 
The next-gen Kia Sorento will feature a bolder, striking design. 
 
 
Spied! 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: It Was Only a Matter of Time  Jul 29th, 2014 
What It Is: A pair of Dodge’s full-size, four-door bruisers wearing front and rear camo, reported to be packing a version of the Challenger SRT’s Hellcat V-8. Caught testing in southeast Michigan, the partial cover-up on these Chargers can’t hide the presence of a large hood scoop, aggressive chin and trunk-lid spoilers, and larger exhaust […] 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 Order Guide Now Available  Jul 29th, 2014 
There’s now a mountain of detail available on the 2015 Ford F-150, as the entire order guide has surfaced on the Internet. CLICK HERE to download the entire 34-page, extremely detailed document. In our zeal to bring this information to you as quickly as possible, we’re not going to do an in-depth analysis of the […] 
 
 
2015 Audi R8 LMX V-10 First Drive: Turning Night Into Day With Lasers, Quickly!  Jul 29th, 2014 
The race to get laser headlights to market was sprinkled with drama, and the question of whether Audi or BMW won is probably not entirely settled. We have written about it before—BMW has already staged a handover ceremony for the first eight vehicles, but the Audi R8 LMX is the first laser-light car we were […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Good to Be Bad Edition: 2015 Jaguar F-type R Coupe  Jul 29th, 2014 
Our ultimate fantasy—no, not that one, the car-related one—involves a pile of money appearing out of thin air alongside directions to the nearest exotic car dealership. But what would we buy? The choices are many, but as soon as staffers laid eyes on the 2015 Jaguar F-type coupe, many minds were made up. At once […] 
 
 
Kia, Volkswagen Influence Shoppers During World Cup  Jul 29th, 2014 
Kia and Volkswagen each increased the number of searches for their brands on KBB.com by 18% during the World Cup. 
 
 
Group 1 Posts 12.3% Increase in F&I Revenue  Jul 29th, 2014 
The dealer group’s U.S. F&I operations raised its per-copy average $91 to $1,442 in the second quarter. On a year-to-date basis, the group's per-copy average rose $128 from a year ago to $1,499. 
 
 
UDS Named 2014 Dealers’ Choice Winner for F&I Training  Jul 29th, 2014 
United Development Systems was named a Diamond Award Winner for F&I Training in Auto Dealer Monthly’s Dealers’ Choice Awards. The achievement marks the ninth time in 10 years the firm received top honors in the contest. 
 
 
Asbury Reports Record Second Quarter  Jul 29th, 2014 
The dealer group reported a 21% increase from last year’s adjusted income from continuing operations, as well as a 12% increase in total gross profit. 
 
 
Auto/Mate Honored With Platinum Award in Dealers' Choice Awards  Jul 29th, 2014 
This year marks the first time Auto/Mate was recognized in Auto Dealer Monthly’s annual award program, with the tech firm earning the contest’s Platinum award in the DMS Provider category. 
 
 
J.D. Power: Dealers Will Pay Premium for Good Service from Lenders  Jul 29th, 2014 
Sixty-six percent of dealers who were surveyed indicated that they are willing to pay as much as an additional 0.50 to 0.60 basis points on their loan terms to receive good service from their lenders. 
 
 
AFS Acceptance Names VP of Loan Production  Jul 29th, 2014 
Effective Aug. 4, Michael Thacker will preside over all operations for the Underwriting, Funding and Dealer Services departments within the company. 
 
 
Volkswagen Recalls 2015 Golf and Golf GTI  Jul 29th, 2014 
Volkswagen issues a recall on select Golf and Golf GTI models for faulty stabilizer rod fasteners. 
 
 
Lightning Strikes Oshkosh: Ford F-35 Lightning II Mustang Auctioned at AirVenture Air Show  Jul 29th, 2014 
Around here, most Ford Mustang stories count as feel-good editorial, but here’s a real feel-good story that’ll probably make you say “Awwww!” and possibly make you do a fist pump at the same time. On Thursday, July 31, one very special 2015 Mustang will be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture air […] 
 
 
Independents of Speed, American: John Hennessey  Jul 29th, 2014 
Age: 51 Hometown: Houston, Texas Company: Hennessey Performance Engineering; 35 employees in a 36,000-square-foot facility with its own drag strip in Sealy, Texas, and five more employees at a satellite facility in Lake Forest, California. Past projects: Beginning with his own 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, Hennessey has tweaked, supercharged, and turbocharged Vipers, Camaros, F-150 Raptors, […] 
 
 
2014 Honda Civic HF Tested: Unvarnished Penuriousness  Jul 29th, 2014 
Here’s a casebook illustration of why alternative technologies such as hybrids and electrics are having a rough go in the marketplace: traditional automobiles just keep getting better, too, sometimes by sharing the same “advances” pioneered by their supposed betters. In the HF trim level tested here, Honda offers a low-cost/high-mpg Civic appealing to frugal-minded car-shoppers […] 
 
 
Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Rips You Into a Dystopian Automotive Nightmare [Video]  Jul 29th, 2014 
The team behind the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road movie sure have an acute sense of timing, having released the ultrableak full trailer just before a Monday. As you slide more deeply into the work week, let us present the dystopian, depressing, hopeless postapocalyptic future, as imagined through the lens of director George Miller. Previously, […] 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Tampa Discusses the New 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited  Jul 29th, 2014 
The new face of Chrysler takes shape in the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited. 
 
 
Buick is Joining the Race to Make Backup Cameras Standard, Notes Ferman GMC Buick  Jul 29th, 2014 
GMC Buick will include backup cameras as standard equipment in 2015 vehicles. 
 
 
Sterling Productions LP, Boyd Coddington Companies and Boyd Coddington Jr. Today Announced a New Partnership.  Jul 29th, 2014 
Sterling Productions LP & Boyd Coddington Jr. today announced a new, long-term partnership that will expand marketing relationships with the Brand, by drafting in behind one of the most Iconic Automotive Designers in the Country. 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Chicago: The Winners!  Jul 29th, 2014 
For the 24 Hours of LeMons’ fifth visit to the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, we started things off with inspections of some strange-O engine-swapped machinery on Friday, then ran one long race session that started on Saturday morning and finished at midnight. With the lack of a break between sessions, mechanical problems tended […] 
 
 
BMW Auctions off One-Off i8 Concours d'Elegance Model  Jul 28th, 2014 
BMW will auction off a special edition of its i8 sports car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 
 
 
2014 Scion FR-S Road Test  Jul 28th, 2014 
We take the 2014 Scion FR-S for a spin. 
 
 
Fiat Introduces 500L-Vans Design Concept  Jul 28th, 2014 
Fiat shows off a Vans-inspired 500L at the U.S. Open of Surfing. 
 
 
GM Works to Fix Ignition Issues on Larger Vehicles  Jul 28th, 2014 
General Motors has not only moved to fix more profitable models first, but new documents show more disturbing disregard for safety. 
 
 
2014 Car and Driver Cars and Coffee Summer Session, By the Numbers [w/ Photo Gallery!]  Jul 28th, 2014 
This past Saturday, we opened our doors and our parking lot—and, as it happened, a few lots belonging to our neighbors—for the fifth official Car and Driver Cars and Coffee event. Whereas previous gatherings were essentially limited only to C/D Backfires members, this time around our invitations were open, and the public responded en masse. […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: In-Depth with Drive-Mode Controls and More! [Video]  Jul 28th, 2014 
James Wilder, SRT’s Vehicle Integration Manager, explains the new Challenger Hellcat’s performance pages including launch control and drive-mode controls. Watch the video here. 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 189  Jul 28th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
 
 
2014 Kia Forte5 SX Turbo Automatic Test: Closing the Hot-Hatch Gap  Jul 28th, 2014 
When we first tested Kia’s five-door-hatch version of the Forte (there are also sedan and coupe, ahem, Koup variants), we were critical of its maker’s claim that the car was “ultra hot,” noting that a 7.5-second 0–60 run doesn’t qualify for hot-hatch status. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Pricing Goes Live, Starts at $26,615  Jul 28th, 2014 
We’ve learned much about the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 in the last few months: that it will make substantial use of aluminum; the output, weight, and tow ratings of models with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 3.5-liter V-6; and now we know how much the 2015 F-150 will cost. Ford has released pricing info, and […] 
 
 
Independents of Speed, American: Jerod Shelby  Jul 28th, 2014 
Age: 46 Hometown: Richland, Washington Company: SSC North America; 16 employees in a 40,000-square-foot facility in West Richland, Washington. Shelby is the sole owner. Past project: Ultimate Aero, a 1287-hp mid-engined supercar, was certified in 2007 as the fastest production car by the Guinness Book of World Records, recording a two-way average of 256.15 mph […] 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Chicago: Many Porsches, Many Former Winners, and a BMW-Powered Geo  Jul 26th, 2014 
We’re back in the Midwest once again, for the fifth visit of the 24 Hours of LeMons to the Autobahn Country Club and this year’s running of the Doin’ Time In Joliet race. With more than a hundred teams entered, we’ve got a total of five former overall LeMons winners on the premises (a Camaro, […] 
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Tested: Same Sting, More Rays  Jul 26th, 2014 
Pop open the electronically actuated door of any new Corvette Stingray and the odor of plastic resin greets you. Smelling like a martini made with counterfeit Chinese vodka, the C7 coupe can’t go al fresco quickly enough—via its standard removable roof panel—when it’s been sitting in the sun. Maybe GM needs to install a perfume […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz Introduces AMG 4.0-Liter V-8 Twin-Turbo Engine  Jul 25th, 2014 
Mercedes-Benz AMG unveils its latest V-8 engine. 
 
 
Auto Loans Hit an All-Time High  Jul 25th, 2014 
Equifax releases its National Consumer Credit Trends Report. 
 
 
2014 Scion tC Quick Drive  Jul 25th, 2014 
The 2014 Scion tC carves a name for itself in this competitive segment. 
 
 
Spied! Next-Generation Chevrolet Malibu  Jul 25th, 2014 
Here's what to look for on the next-gen Malibu. 
 
 
Super Charger: Dodge’s 707-hp Hellcat V-8 is Headed for the Charger Sedan  Jul 25th, 2014 
The whompin’, stompin’, 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 from the Challenger SRT Hellcat appears poised to make its way into another Dodge’s engine bay. Anyone surprised? The Hellcat’s second application has been given away in papers filed with the Society of Automotive Engineers that describe engine data for a Hellcat-powered Dodge Charger sedan. For those […] 
 
 
Three-Seat, One-Off 1966 Ferrari 365P Heads to Auction, Should Command Many Millions  Jul 25th, 2014 
Picture yourself in 1960s Manhattan driving your new, one-off Ferrari, which is the brand’s first and only roadgoing car with a mid-engine V-12. Next, dismiss the race-winning engineering, ignore the custom coachwork by Sergio Pininfarina, and complain. It’s too hard to parallel park. And where’s the damn air conditioning? That’s how the first owner of […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Spy Photos: Bigger, Sleeker, and without the Camaro Taillights  Jul 25th, 2014 
What It Is: The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan buried under a pile of black tarps. The pictures nevertheless have a tale to tell, starting with the clear indication that the car will grow. More specifically, the car appears to have stretched in the rear door area, which indicates that Chevy is bent on rectifying […] 
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Z51 Long-Term Logbook: How to Remove the Roof  Jul 25th, 2014 
“Taking the top off and putting it back on is so easy. Definitely a one-person, under-five-minute job.” — Jennifer Harrington, Copy Editor Like so many Vettes before it, the C7 Stingray coupe’s central roof panel can be removed and stowed beneath the glass rear hatch. Luckily, Ann Arbor’s so-far-mild summer has given us plenty of […] 
 
 
Century Club: The 100-Year History of Cadillac V-8s  Jul 25th, 2014 
Born in France, nurtured in America, the V-8 has satisfied the power hungry for a century. Blame French communications engineer and aero-engine designer Clément Ader. In 1903, this enterprising fellow hoped to make a name for his Société Industrielle des Téléphones-Voitures Automobiles Système Ader by entering a fleet of seven cars in the Paris-to-Madrid road […] 
 
 
Ford HQ Searched by FBI After Engineer Allegedly Bugs Conference Rooms  Jul 25th, 2014 
A former Ford engineer suspected of bugging conference rooms and leaking company secrets has attracted a federal investigation, including a surprise FBI search of the company’s entire Dearborn headquarters. The case, uncovered by The Detroit News this morning, reveals search warrants from an unannounced FBI visit two weeks ago to recover eight electronic recording devices […] 
 
 
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Shooting Brake Rendered: Can You Say “Instant Obsession?”  Jul 25th, 2014 
From the fantasy files come these renderings of a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat shooting brake, whipped up by the same artist who dreamed up the heart-stopping Jaguar F-Type shooting brake a few months ago. And now that we’ve seen how the sensational Challenger Hellcat would look with a bit more back, we’re obsessed. First, let’s […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Perfect GMC Sierra 1500 Denali  Jul 25th, 2014 
This probably won’t surprise anyone, but we have a number of racers, track-day junkies, and vintage-car owners on staff, so tow vehicles are highly prized around our office. While there are many fine trucks suited to such tasks, Chevrolet’s Silverado won our most recent pickup truck comparison test, making it our top choice in the […] 
 
 
Infiniti G37 Revived as Q40  Jul 25th, 2014 
Infiniti introduces the Q40 sedan. 
 
 
Prepare for Ludicrous Speed! Porsche 918 Spyder Featuring Our Exclusive Test Results  Jul 25th, 2014 
Flush as we are with nutty performance cars at the moment, we should remember that automobiles as quick as the Porsche 918 don’t come along too often. In 2008, the quickest (and fastest) production car we had ever tested was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. It could hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and burn the […] 
 
 
2015 Kia Soul Receives Minor Updates  Jul 24th, 2014 
Kia adds few changes to the 2015 Soul. 
 
 
Buick Adds "Volume" Model; New Convertible, LaCrosse, and Verano to Follow  Jul 24th, 2014 
Buick starts turning out new and updated vehicles for the next three model years. 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Arrives  Jul 24th, 2014 
Porsche brings out the first plug-in hybrid luxury SUV. 
 
 
It’s Me, Switches: Chrysler Recalling Up to 792,300 Jeeps for Faulty Ignition Switches  Jul 24th, 2014 
Chrysler said it would recall up to 792,300 Jeeps to replace the same faulty ignition switches that were the subject of an earlier recall this month that covered 696,000 minivans and crossovers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after receiving documents from Chrysler on its airbag controllers, opened two investigations in June on the 2005–2006 […] 
 
 
2015 Hyundai Genesis V-6 RWD Tested: Lotus Tweaks and Newly Chic  Jul 24th, 2014 
In the early 1980s, the band Genesis pulled off one of the most difficult feats in show business: turning a critically revered nerd-rock outfit with lukewarm U.S. sales into a multi-platinum-selling household name. By the end of the decade, the band’s place in pop culture was secured. In the automotive realm, Hyundai built its domestic […] 
 
 
The Hits Keep Coming: GM Recalls 718,000 U.S. Vehicles for Bolts, Welds, Lights, and Steering  Jul 24th, 2014 
Perhaps to spice up an otherwise mild week—excepting that Acura NSX prototype fire—General Motors has issued six recalls to fix loose bolts, poor welding, and other miscellaneous problems, bringing the automaker’s 2014 North American total to 60 actions. The 717,949 cars in the U.S. are all from the 2011–2015 model years and bring the total […] 
 
 
Indianapolis Colt Reggie Wayne Shows Up to Training Camp in Two-Seat IndyCar [w/ Video]  Jul 24th, 2014 
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne likes attention, specifically when showing up for the first day of training camp: He has previously arrived in a dump truck, via military convoy, and, last year, in a helicopter. This year, he showed up to camp at Anderson University (located about an hour northeast of Indianapolis) in a […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang: Everything You Need to Know About Its V-6, V-8, and EcoBoost Engines  Jul 24th, 2014 
Official information about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang has been dripping like coffee made from molasses. The latest caffeine injection, however, was satisfying indeed: intel on the 2015 car’s three engines. We’ve already discussed the output figures, predicted their performance abilities, and even built the 2015 Mustang of our dreams. Now here are the important […] 
 
 
Auto Sales to Reach Highest July Mark in Eight Years, Edmunds Predicts  Jul 24th, 2014 
Edmunds.com forecasts that about 1.46 million new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. market in July, the highest July total since 2006. 
 
 
Lithia Reports Record Net Income  Jul 24th, 2014 
The dealer group realized a 28% increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2014. The company’s average F&I profit per vehicle retailed was also up $104. 
 
 
Auto Loan Balances Hit All-Time High, Equifax Reports  Jul 24th, 2014 
The total balance of auto loans reached a record high in the first half of 2014, with auto loans accounting for more than 50% of all non-mortgage lending through April. 
 
 
AutoNation Discusses CFPB, Digital Push  Jul 24th, 2014 
AutoNation reported during its second-quarter investor call that it has installed the NADA’s Fair Credit Compliance Program in nine stores. Officials also provided an update on the company’s digital push. 
 
 
Capital One Expands National Sales Team  Jul 24th, 2014 
The finance source has expanded its dealer services business with the addition of three new sales officers. 
 
 
Summer Is Heating Up New-Vehicle Sales, LMC Automotive and J.D. Power Report  Jul 24th, 2014 
The SAAR for retail sales in July is expected to be 13.8 million units, an increase of 600,000 vehicles compared to the same period last year. 
 
 
GM Recalls 718,000 More Cars in the U.S.  Jul 24th, 2014 
Six new recalls affect Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models. 
 
 
Deutschland De-Restricted: We Storm the Autobahn in the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG  Jul 24th, 2014 
Imagine how much better your life would be if 150 mph were legal. Commuting times would be slashed—especially if you also fantasize that there’s no traffic—and road trips to Disney World would be so short that you’d have to listen to the Frozen soundtrack only three or four times each way. You’d spend thousands more […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Our Original Test of the Ferrari F40!  Jul 24th, 2014 
Here are some things you should know about the Ferrari F40: Its sticker price is $399,150. But dealers are getting about $700,000 for one, a bargain from last summer’s peak price of $900,000 and change. The price does not include a spare tire or a jack. Neither is available. The price does include a free […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Yaris Debuts: New Nose, New Dash, Still a Car  Jul 24th, 2014 
When Toyota last redesigned its Yaris subcompact, the company launched the remarkably frank “It’s a CAR!” marketing campaign. We weren’t impressed with the campaign, but the sportified SE model did finish third out of six in a subsequent cheap-car comparison test—pretty good for being “just a car.” For 2015, Toyota has restyled the Yaris inside […] 
 
 
2016 Acura NSX Prototype Burns on Nürburgring, Enters Supercar Inner Circle  Jul 24th, 2014 
A manufacturer can’t expect to be taken seriously as a supercar builder unless a few of its exotics catch on fire every once in a while—take Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, for example. It appears Acura’s $100,000-plus NSX sports car badly wanted into the gang: One of the prototypes just fried itself during a testing session […] 
 
 
Mopar Now Offering Shaker Hood Kit for Dodge Challenger  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Mopar is offering a new Shaker Hood Kit for the current Challenger. 
 
 
Chrysler CEO Stops Speculation of VW-Fiat Merge  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne quashes rumors of a potential VW takeover. 
 
 
2015 Toyota Yaris Reveals Bolder Design  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Can the new Yaris compete in the reinvented subcompact market? 
 
 
Kentucky Mayor Attacks High Gas Prices by Opening City-Run Fueling Station, Gets Accused of “Socialism”  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Right as we’ve lost all faith in our leaders, the folks running Somerset, Kentucky, have proved that government can actually do something good for the people it represents. In two words, here’s what they have accomplished: Cheap gas! Somerset, located about 130 miles southeast of Louisville, refurbished a shuttered municipal gas station and opened it […] 
 
 
2016 Acura NSX Spied Lapping the ’Ring, Changes Shape Again  Jul 23rd, 2014 
What It Is: The latest and most production-ready version of the upcoming NSX supercar spotted yet. It will be sold as a Honda in most of the world and peddled here as an Acura. We’ve seen a plethora of NSX concepts since the first show property appeared back in 2012, each sporting different colors, badging, […] 
 
 
The Darth Car: 12 Things You Need to Know About Hot Wheels’ Life-Size, 150-mph Darth Vader Car  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Comic-Con 2014 opens tomorrow, but details on many of the big reveals have been blasted across cyberspace over the past couple of weeks. Pertinent (sort of) to our milieu was Mattel’s release of its Star Wars–themed Hot Wheels cars, but even more mind-blowing is the fact that the company built a full-size, fully operational version […] 
 
 
Chrysler Issues Recalls for Ignition Switches, Faulty Shocks  Jul 23rd, 2014 
The latest recall affects Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler brand vehicles. 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 Output, Towing Announced (3.5L V-6, Too)  Jul 23rd, 2014 
In announcing output and towing figures for its new twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Ford published a video of a towing drag race in which a 2015 Ford F-150 stomped a Ram EcoDiesel and a Chevrolet Silverado with a 5.3-liter V-8. Although we’re not inclined to get excited over manufacturer test runs—we do that stuff ourselves—taken […] 
 
 
Lego’s Awesome 1869-Piece Batman Tumbler Kit Tumbles Our Hearts  Jul 23rd, 2014 
With a new Batmobile taking over Batman-shuttling duties in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, what better time is there to revisit director Christopher Nolan’s awesome Tumbler from the Dark Knight trilogy? As the bad-ass Tumbler retires, it seems we aren’t the only ones keen on the thing—the geniuses over at Lego have created a […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: PFS Mazda Miata SC Tested  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Okay, class, in honor of Congressman Newt Gingrich’s thunderous ascension to the top of Washington’s compost pile, let’s toss up a bold gender stereotype that only months ago we would have politely suppressed: men do not have the same sort of feelings for a Miata that they have for a Porsche 911. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Pricing for 2015 Hyundai Tucson Announced  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Hyundai announces pricing on the new 2015 Tucson. 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Pacific Northworst: The Winners  Jul 23rd, 2014 
After returning to The Ridge Motorsports Park in rainy Washington for the fourth annual Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons, we inspected the 63 entrants and sent them onto the track on Saturday, then watched the hard-fought class battles reach their climax on Sunday. It was wet and blustery out and many cars left important […] 
 
 
Volvo Details XC90 Active Safety Systems  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Volvo reveals new safety and parking features on the all-new XC90. 
 
 
2015 VW Lineup: Eos Enters Final Year, Changes for Beetle and Golf  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Volkswagen announces updates for 2015. 
 
 
Tesla Stops California Plant to Retool for Model X  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Tesla will bring the Model S and Model X under one roof. 
 
 
2014 Jaguar F-type V-8 S Long-Term Logbook: Haunted By Electronic Ghosts of Lucas Past  Jul 22nd, 2014 
“During one drive, the center display went dark—and stayed that way—and the power-retracting center air vents failed to deploy.” – Alexander Stoklosa, Associate Online Editor Proving that old stereotypes die hard, our long-term 2014 Jaguar F-type V-8 S test car has experienced a few inexplicable electronic snafus. The first issue involved the central air vents, […] 
 
 
Safety Swede: 2016 Volvo XC90 to Debut with Two “World First” Safety Technologies  Jul 22nd, 2014 
After more than a decade of doing basically nothing with its XC90 SUV, Volvo has suddenly kicked things into high gear. The automaker is aggressively previewing the all-new 2016 XC90, first showing off the crossover’s infotainment tech, letting us ride along in a prototype, revealing the interior, and even detailing the super-awesome-sounding plug-in-hybrid powertrain option. Now […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger V-6 First Drive: Updated Visuals, Hardware Make It More of a Challenger  Jul 22nd, 2014 
From the “how ’bout that?” department comes this interesting fact: Dodge Challenger retail sales have doubled since its early days on the market in 2009, according to Dodge. This is in spite of the car receiving basically zero visual updates to its 1970-inspired styling and packing a cut-buck interior dating back to the dark days […] 
 
 
2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Driven: The Meat in the Middle of Ford’s Truck Lineup  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Pickup buyers generally fall into one of two categories: Weekend Warriors and Heavy Haulers. While the former are primarily outdoorsy types, DIYers, and recreational-minded folks with toys to tug, people in the latter group rack up many thousands of miles trailering livestock, campers, and contracting or farm equipment. Weekend Warriors usually find all the capability […] 
 
 
RS’d to Kill: More Details Emerge on Extra-Hot Ford Focus RS  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Sure, we have the brawny Ford Focus ST. We have its little brother, the Fiesta ST, a 10Best-winning machine so nimble that it makes Ben Vereen look like Lurch. But what Ford hatchback enthusiasts have been demanding for years is an honest-to-Hank RS model. It was posited for some time that the ST might be […] 
 
 
Sword Fight, Part Deux: Panoz and DeltaWing Take Out Another Ad Shaming Nissan  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Last month, Don Panoz’s DeltaWing concern took out ads in the Tennesseean and Automotive News in an attempt to shame Renault-Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn into sitting down and hashing things out with them. The reason? The remarkable similarity of Nissan’s ZEOD RC to DeltaWing’s own racers. Which, of course, were initially sponsored by Nissan and powered […] 
 
 
Hot Wheels Launching Line of Star Wars Characters as Cars—Predictably, They’re Awesome  Jul 22nd, 2014 
The new Hot Wheels Star Wars lineup hits store shelves in October. The cars themselves make their debut at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Hot Wheels booth. Here’s what your favorite characters look like when they’re prepped for orange track. Image: Mattel Chewbacca: Han Solo’s trusted Wookiee companion really would make a hell of a workhorse. […] 
 
 
Gould to Address Cash, Lease Deals  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Gerry Gould returns to the magazine’s annual conference to lead a workshop on maximizing cash and lease deals in the F&I office. He’ll offer product recommendations, break down ideal menu configurations and will cover key word-tracks and responses to common customer objections. 
 
 
GM Brings ‘Closed Sales’ Back to Two Manheim Facilities  Jul 22nd, 2014 
General Motors is bringing back closed sales to Manheim Arena Illinois and Manheim Pennsylvania. These sales are designed to help GM dealerships build their pre-owned vehicle inventories. 
 
 
Depreciation Nearing Recession Levels, Black Book Reports  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Depreciation rates on used vehicles are nearing levels not seen since the recession, but the trend is expected to reverse, leading to marginally higher losses for U.S. auto ABS, according to a new joint report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings. 
 
 
Honda Adds Experian as Vehicle History Report Provider  Jul 22nd, 2014 
American Honda Motor Co. has selected Experian Automotive as a provider of vehicle history reports for its Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles and Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles programs. 
 
 
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