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2015 Chrysler 300 V-8 – Instrumented Test  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
OwnStar’d! Enterprising Wiz Hacks OnStar to Enable Remote Functions, GM Working on Fix  Jul 30th, 2015 
’Tis the season, apparently, to get hacky. In the wake of the Wired story that saw a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch after pair of hackers took control of the ute remotely via a UConnect vulnerability comes the announcement of OwnStar, a little black box that, when attached surreptitiously to a GM OnStar-equipped vehicle, executes […] 
 
 
This 1936 Film Explains Exactly How a Manual Transmission Works  Jul 30th, 2015 
Along with the actual wheels, the manual transmission is among the least-evolved components of a modern car. A brand-new 2015 model’s stick shift has a whole lot in common with the three-speed gearbox you’d find in a car built 70 years ago. While the technology may be abidingly familiar to us enthusiasts, it can never hurt to […] 
 
 
IIHS: 2015 Ford F-150 Crash Tests Reveal Disparate Results Between Crew Cab and Extended Cab  Jul 30th, 2015 
The Ford F-150 aced a suite of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned the nonprofit group’s “Top Safety Pick” rating. Of note, however, is that the honor was bestowed only to the SuperCrew body style, the bestselling version of the truck. The four-door SuperCrew passed all five tests with […] 
 
 
2015 Chrysler 300S V-8 Tested: Three Additional Gears, Same Big Sedan Goodness  Jul 30th, 2015 
Most cars’ journey through a single life cycle—from launch to midterm update to giving way to something newer—can be tracked through the massaging of fascias, tweaks to head- and taillights, and updates to the available color palette. In the case of Chrysler’s second-generation 300 sedan, however, it also includes an ever-evolving tapestry of gearshifters. All […] 
 
 
House Committee Passes Bill to Repeal CFPB's Auto Lending Guidance  Jul 30th, 2015 
This week, a U.S. House committee passed H.R. 1737, a bipartisan bill that aims to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance on dealer participation. 
 
 
Ally Increases Used, Nonprime Originations With Loss of GM Lease Business  Jul 30th, 2015 
Ally’s second quarter originations were flat from a year ago despite the loss of General Motors’ lease business, with the company shifting its origination mix toward used and nonprime. 
 
 
Why Didn’t Q Order James Bond a Shooting Brake, Like This One?  Jul 30th, 2015 
The most popular James Bond car ever, a silver Aston Martin DB5, was equipped with a number of gadgets including an ejection seat, smoke screens, and machine guns. As a man who plays as hard as he works, however, Bond might have been better served by a car with a little more cargo room for, […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot AWD Tested: It’s Schleptastic!  Jul 30th, 2015 
The arrival of a second child in a couple’s life often means many things: the demise of romance, the start of sibling rivalry, and the purchase of a three-row SUV. As the latter has all but usurped the minivan as the most popular kid-schlepper, the Honda Pilot has become a go-to choice for frazzled parents. […] 
 
 
Mitsu Metamorphosis: The History of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot AWD – Instrumented Test  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
It’s Official: Clarkson, May, and Hammond Sign Deal for Show on Amazon Instant Video  Jul 30th, 2015 
After months of speculation, it’s finally official: The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond have signed a deal with Amazon to have a new car show on its streaming Instant Video service. Seems like the “fracas” that ended Top Gear turned out to be a rather positive thing, didn’t it? The […] 
 
 
J.D. Power: Tech-Focused Car Buyers Consume Media at High Rates  Jul 30th, 2015 
Consumers who shop for and purchase a vehicle based on its in-vehicle technology consume media such as Internet, television and magazines at high rates, according to the summer edition of J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report. 
 
 
The Bottom Line on Buying Your Next Car  Jul 30th, 2015 
And the Tricks to be Aware Of ... 
 
 
We Ride Shotgun for Hot Laps in the 526-hp 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R!  Jul 30th, 2015 
Fully two years after the first inklings of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and its ultra-focused R variant began to trickle across the autosphere, Ford has finally seen fit to let outsiders experience what is poised to be the most potent naturally aspirated production Mustang ever. Since the two cars’ auto-show debuts (the GT350 […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: Riding Shotgun in One of the Year’s Most Anticipated Cars – First Ride  Jul 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
If Six Were Twelve: This Ferrari Enzo–Aping Pontiac Fiero Can Be Yours For Just $6000!  Jul 29th, 2015 
When General Motors launched the Pontiac Fiero, with its mid-engined architecture and easily replaceable plastic body panels, it had to have known that some enterprising homebrew artists would quickly adapt Ferrari-esque coachwork to their new sports car. What they couldn’t have imagined when the car went on sale toward the end of 1983 is the mighty […] 
 
 
Elon Musk Will Give You a Free Model X If You Refer 10 Friends to Tesla  Jul 29th, 2015 
Are you a Tesla owner hoping to get your hands on the long-promised Model X crossover, for free? Elon Musk just put together a pyramid scheme you’ll love: Refer 10 friends to buy a new Tesla, and that Model X is your prize! As Chris Perkins at Mashable reports, Musk announced the new customer referral program […] 
 
 
Passel of Safety Features, New Infotainment Coming to Affordable VW Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta for 2016  Jul 29th, 2015 
Volkswagen is expanding the availability of many of the latest high-tech safety systems to models throughout its lineup. Many were formerly the exclusive province of the Touareg, but now will be offered on the Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta, and CC. Volkswagen’s Lane Assist provides a measure of active steering at speeds above 40 mph, provided […] 
 
 
Why Didn’t Q Order James Bond a Shooting Brake, Like This One?  Jul 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ranger X: The Tesla Model S Copy That’s “YOUR.BIG.TOY!” from China’s NEXT.BIG.STARTUP  Jul 29th, 2015 
Chinese companies have knocked off Western vehicles for years, but the tide of such clones has slowed as the Chinese auto industry has transitioned from its infancy to a more boisterous toddlerhood. But that doesn’t mean the tap has totally switched off, as evidenced by the Youxia Motors Ranger X, a claimed all-electric sedan that looks an […] 
 
 
J.D. Power: Dealers Willing to Pay for Better Lender Services  Jul 29th, 2015 
The firm found that dealers are willing to pay a premium for high-quality service from finance providers, including dedicated underwriters and dealer-focused sales reps. 
 
 
VisionMenu Adds Four Product Providers to vRate Platform  Jul 29th, 2015 
VisionMenu has integrated Perma Plate, Vehicle Admin Services, ArmorAll, and Total Warranty Services with vRate, a feature of its electronic menu. 
 
 
CFS Appoints VP of Partner Development  Jul 29th, 2015 
Confident Financial Solutions has appointed of Tony Orlando as vice president of partner development. 
 
 
NADA Still Pushing For CFPB Transparency  Jul 29th, 2015 
One day after the CFPB rejected its Freedom of Information Act request to release an internal memo that proves the bureau is targeting dealers, the NADA urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to pass a bill that would repeal the bureau’s auto lending guidance. 
 
 
N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer  Jul 29th, 2015 
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things. 
 
 
Audi Swaps Matrix LED Lights for Matrix OLED Lights, but U.S. Still in the Dark  Jul 29th, 2015 
Emerging from an extremely brief shadow in the modern headlight technology wars, Audi has announced it will debut a concept car at this fall’s Frankfurt auto show featuring Matrix OLED headlights. After sparring with BMW over who’d be first to market with a laser headlight, Audi is moving to incorporate OLED (organic LED) lighting into […] 
 
 
In Colorado, a Big Budget and Crew Try to Make Top Gear, American-Style  Jul 29th, 2015 
Car television went plotz a few months ago with the sudden meltdown of Britain’s Top Gear. If only Jeremy Clarkson had first given a thought to old Woody Hayes or George S. Patton, two guys who accomplished a lot in life but are often remembered first (or second—certainly in the top five) for hitting an […] 
 
 
Ford Focus RS Pricing and Options Accidentally Revealed Online  Jul 29th, 2015 
Wanna see something cool? Head on over to this URL. Looks like a semi-broken Ford website, right? Go ahead and click through to the 2016 Ford Focus section—as of this writing, you can configure a 2016 Ford Focus RS on a website we’re pretty sure Ford didn’t want you to see. There you’ll find that the […] 
 
 
Owners Want Aston to Make Their $2.3-Million Vulcan Track Cars Road-Legal  Jul 29th, 2015 
You demanded it, folks. Okay, maybe not you, since your net worth is almost definitely somewhere south of a billion dollars, but at least some of the fantastically heeled buyers of Aston Martin’s wicked, track-focused Vulcan hypercar have asked the company to look into making the thing street-legal. The report comes to us from Dutch website Autovisie via the […] 
 
 
This ’66 Dodge Dart Is Nothing Like the One Your Grandma Drove  Jul 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
This ’66 Dodge Dart Is Nothing Like the One Your Grandma Drove  Jul 29th, 2015 
For most people, a ’66 Dodge Dart is not what pops to mind when they think of a race car. But of the hundreds of thousands of mostly mundane Darts that plied the streets in the 1960s, this 1966 Dodge D/Dart is one of a tiny fraction that was built for track duty. The D/Dart […] 
 
 
Satan, Laughing, Spreads His Wings: Challenger Hellcat #666 Is For Sale  Jul 29th, 2015 
Woe to you o earth and sea, for the Dodge sends the Hellcat with wrath, because he knows the time is short. Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Hellcat, for it is a Vehicle Identification Number. Its number is six hundred and sixty-six. For the well-heeled acolyte of the Beast, perhaps […] 
 
 
CFS Appoints VP of Partner Development  Jul 29th, 2015 
Confident Financial Solutions has appointed of Tony Orlando as vice president of partner development. 
 
 
VisionMenu Adds Four Product Providers to vRate Platform  Jul 29th, 2015 
VisionMenu has integrated Perma Plate, Vehicle Admin Services, ArmorAll, and Total Warranty Services with vRate, a feature of its electronic menu. 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0L FWD Driven: Ace of Base  Jul 29th, 2015 
Hyundai is just so geeked to tell you about all the gilded features you can get on the 2016 Tucson. It’s practically like an Audi, they might say, what with its LED taillights, LED running lights, LED map lights, and even non-LED-lit things such as heated and ventilated seats, a 405-watt sound system, a panoramic […] 
 
 
The Long Goodbye: We Drive Every Generation of Land Rover Defender  Jul 28th, 2015 
Nothing is more British than the Land Rover Defender. Not the royal family, not warm beer, not even an understanding of cricket’s LBW rule or the baffling urge to have a lovely cup of hot, milky tea when the temperature is nudging 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade. Which is why the official retirement of […] 
 
 
Volvo Confirms V40 Hatchback, Stretched S60L Coming to U.S.  Jul 28th, 2015 
The next-generation Volvo V40 hatchback and the Chinese-built S60L sedan will come to the U.S., according to senior vice president of marketing Alain Visser. Visser, quoted in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (and reported via Autoweek) said the next V40 was designed for both Europe and the U.S. and is intended to debut in the 2017 timeframe. It will replace the current model pictured above and be based […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel Details and Pricing Released  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ford Releases Shelby GT350R Curb Weight—Here’s What We Think It Will Actually Weigh  Jul 28th, 2015 
Ford has at long last revealed a key Mustang Shelby GT350 specification: the lightweight, hard-core R model’s weight. The automaker’s just-revealed 3650-pound weight claim for its latest super-Mustang is promising, especially paired with the coupe’s 526-hp special flat-plane-crankshaft 5.2-liter V-8. And yet that assumes Ford’s curb weight is accurate; different automakers measure curb weights differently, with some using a […] 
 
 
Defender of the Faith: Driving Every Generation of Land Rover Defender – First Drive Review  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Best Around: Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars Through the Decades  Jul 28th, 2015 
Running down every Car and Driver 10Best Cars list from the inaugural awards in 1983 all the way through the latest crop of automotive greats.  
 
 
Infotainment Overkill: Do We Really Need This Many Features in Our New Cars?  Jul 28th, 2015 
Take a walk around an auto show and you’ll find that every car company wants to tell you about its great new in-car electronics, its apps, and its haptics. At the New York auto show, Jaguar gave a presentation on the system in the new XF, which, according to my notes, is called MeowConnect 10.5. […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel Details and Pricing Released  Jul 28th, 2015 
General Motors made us wait a year for its Duramax four-cylinder diesel, but this fall it will join the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as only the second compression-ignition engine offered to U.S. pickup buyers outside the heavy-duty segment. For 2016, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon gain this third engine choice beyond their 200-hp 2.5-liter inline-four and 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6. […] 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0L FWD – First Drive Review  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
GM Financial's Penetration of GM Retail Sales Grows Globally in Q2  Jul 28th, 2015 
GM Financial's transformation from subprime finance source to GM's captive finance company continued in the second quarter, with GM new-vehicle loans and leases accounting for 83.5% of total originations during the period. 
 
 
NADA Still Pushing For CFPB Transparency  Jul 28th, 2015 
One day after the CFPB rejected its Freedom of Information Act request to release an internal memo that proves the bureau is targeting dealers, the NADA urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to pass a bill that would repeal the bureau’s auto lending guidance. 
 
 
N.J. Consumer Affairs Division Reaches $25K Settlement with Dealer  Jul 28th, 2015 
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and AutoSource Group, a used-car dealership, have settled a lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year. The dealership was accused of failing to disclose the condition of its cars, among other things. 
 
 
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider: The 661-hp 488GTB Dons a Folding Roof  Jul 28th, 2015 
The least-interesting thing we can say about Ferrari’s new 488 Spider is that it’s little more than a 488GTB with a retractable hardtop. Nor is the alfresco Ferrari much of a surprise—we’d be more shocked if Ferrari had announced the 488GTB would stay a fixed-roof coupe only. Everything else about the 488 Spider (no GTB […] 
 
 
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider: The 661-hp 488GTB Dons a Folding Roof  Jul 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
Turbo Fours Coming to Toyota Camry, Honda Accord  Jul 28th, 2015 
The auto industry has rushed to adopt downsized, turbocharged engines in recent years, but two of the biggest nameplates in the U.S. car market have thus far stayed on the sidelines: the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. That won’t be the case for much longer, according to a report in Automotive News. Both models […] 
 
 
Portfolio Announces New CFO, Treasurer  Jul 28th, 2015 
The reinsurance program manager announced that Pam Hamilton will take over all treasury functions. The company also appointed Robert Dickey as CFO. 
 
 
J.D. Power: Dealers Willing to Pay for Better Lender Services  Jul 28th, 2015 
The firm found that dealers are willing to pay a premium for high-quality service from finance providers, including dedicated underwriters and dealer-focused sales reps. 
 
 
Vero Forms New Division With Acquisition of Fidelis PPM  Jul 28th, 2015 
With the acquisition, Vero and Fidelis PPM have formed DRIV Technologies LLC, which will provide dealers with a new prepaid maintenance technology platform designed to drive customer retention. 
 
 
Chevrolet Sonic Nominated for 2015 Top Safety Pick  Jul 28th, 2015 
Chevy improves its small sedan and hatchback. 
 
 
2017 Audi A4: The Early Returns Are Positive – Prototype Drive  Jul 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop – First Drive Review  Jul 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Robo-Lastwagen Is Coming: Autonomous Autobahn Semi-Truck Testing to Begin Soon  Jul 27th, 2015 
While the Western U.S.—namely California and Nevada—is pretty much ground-zero for autonomous-vehicle testing, Daimler would like to bring that development closer to its own engineering hub in Baden-Württemberg. And it looks like that’s about to happen very soon. One German testing door closes and another one opens. While the Nürburgring has banned lap-record attempts, it looks […] 
 
 
FCA Will Buy Back Certain Ram Trucks and Dodge/Chrysler SUVs After Failed Recalls [Updated]  Jul 27th, 2015 
More bad news for Fiat Chrysler: After today’s announcement that the company must pay up to $105 million in fines for improperly handling 23 separate recalls, the automaker has announced that it is prepared to buy back some of the 578,000 Dodge and Ram pickup trucks and Dodge and Chrysler SUVs that it failed to fix during […] 
 
 
2017 Audi A4 Prototype Drive: Familiar Looks, Highly Evolved Driving Experience  Jul 27th, 2015 
When the latest Audi Q7 broke cover last spring, the SUV’s styling proved to be a very hot topic for discussion, and that’s happened again with another new Audi. This time, it’s the A4’s turn, as the all-new 2017 iteration that debuted last month has plenty of folks wondering why it looks so similar to […] 
 
 
More Than 1 Million Ram Pickups Recalled for Accidental Airbag Deployment  Jul 27th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler is recalling more than 1 million Ram pickups in the U.S. for airbags that can suddenly deploy without warning, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Following a $105 million total fine involving axle and steering defects on other Ram pickups, the automaker issued two separate recalls for 2012-2015 models. The […] 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop First Drive: Max Mini, Take Three  Jul 27th, 2015 
When engineering the 2015 John Cooper Works, the most powerful production model in its history, Mini started somewhat paradoxically, with the brakes. And indeed, the brakes are utterly fabulous. Red-painted Brembo front calipers are so large that the wheel offsets needed to be increased. (Consequently, fairings on the fender arches were also added.) When called […] 
 
 
NHTSA Fines Fiat-Chrysler up to $105 Million, Jeep Owners Get $100 Gift Cards  Jul 27th, 2015 
The federal government has fined Fiat-Chrysler $70 million for untimely responses to a series of recalls and forced the automaker to buy back a half-million vehicles, among many strict provisos announced Sunday night by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a consent order signed Friday by CEO Sergio Marchionne, FCA could face up to […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Captured During Final Testing  Jul 27th, 2015 
Still lightly camouflaged, here is the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe in final testing at Hockenheim racetrack in Germany. To be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show this September, Mercedes-AMG’s response to the BMW M4 is a surprisingly distinct and almost brutal variation of the rather elegant next-gen C-class coupe. We already know that the C63 […] 
 
 
Hyundai Motor America CEO: Santa Cruz Pickup Expected to be Green-Lighted, Small SUV to Be Funky  Jul 27th, 2015 
Hyundai is in the midst of a major push to remind consumers that it does, in fact, build plenty of “trucks”—and by trucks we of course mean crossovers. With a production mix skewed strongly toward cars, Hyundai publicly acknowledges that it isn’t as well set-up as it’d like to be for the automotive industry’s largely truck- […] 
 
 
Hellcats a-Poppin! Dodge Is More Than Doubling Output for 2016  Jul 27th, 2015 
Dodge SRT Hellcat demand has easily outstripped supply—this is something the company intended. It was also blatantly obvious that a lot of dealers gouged the hell out of customers looking to get one of the few Hellcats around—something that Dodge isn’t terribly fond of. In an attempt to limit dealer shenanigans, Dodge is going to do a […] 
 
 
2019 Audi Q6, a Dedicated Green Machine  Jul 27th, 2015 
What It Is: The Q6 is a four-door CUV closely related to the next-generation Q5. It will come to market with alternative powertrains only, including a fully battery-electric version. A plug-in hybrid will follow, and there is the possibility of a hydrogen-fueled model, as well. Although it has four doors, the Q6 will have a […] 
 
 
2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reviewed: $55 Grand for a Fusion in Fancy Duds  Jul 24th, 2015 
Overview: 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Black Label, base price: $46,500. Technology package: $2495. Multi-contour seats: $595. Full-length sliding glass roof: $2995. THX sound system: $995. Chroma Flame metallic red paint: $1750. Grand total: $55,330. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Quick-Take Review  Jul 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Lexus IS200t: The Entry-Level Lexus IS Gets a Much-Needed Power Boost  Jul 24th, 2015 
After two years of selling the current-generation IS sedan with a strange, underpowered 2.5-liter V-6 engine (in addition to the optional and way better 3.5-liter V-6), Lexus has wised up and replaced the base engine with a new, turbocharged four-cylinder from the NX200t. The newly created IS200t brings Lexus’s IS lineup in line with pretty much […] 
 
 
RIP Heavy D: Our Icelandic Ode to the Land Rover Defender  Jul 24th, 2015 
Only in a place where the locals live in the shadow of volcanoes and eat sheep heads can you drive off the Hertz lot in a Land Rover Defender. In Iceland, renting a Defender is a deliberate choice. There’s no getting stuck with an “or similar.” The alternative is another Defender, lifted on 38-inch snow […] 
 
 
Van Damn! 2015 Ford Transit 350 Tested, Rules All  Jul 24th, 2015 
Before we give our full attention to the 2015 Ford Transit 350 XLT that is the subject of this test, let’s take a moment to give a shout-out to its predecessor, the legendary Ford E-series/Econoline. Debuting in the early 1960s, the first-generation Econoline employed a forward-control layout that positioned the driver and passenger above the […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Transit 350 Wagon EcoBoost V-6 – Instrumented Test  Jul 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
For Sale: a Championship-Winning Piece of NASCAR History  Jul 24th, 2015 
The late 1960s was an exciting time for NASCAR. For most of the decade, Ford was dominant and Chrysler was right on its heels. Both companies spent vast sums of money investing in racing—creating vehicles such as this 1968 Ford Torino Coupe NASCAR stock car. The Torino was introduced in 1968 as a top-shelf version […] 
 
 
Swift Swabians: Stuttgart Students Set 1.779-Second 0-to-62-mph EV Record [Video]  Jul 24th, 2015 
Those pesky Swiss, so smug with their chocolate and francs and Sepp Blatters and 0-to-100-kph acceleration records. They needed to be taken down a peg. And if the Porsche 959 and Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser taught us anything, it’s that when the Swabians need to remind the world who’s boss when it comes to engineering, Stuttgart […] 
 
 
Au Revoir, Minivan: BraunAbility MXV Is a Wheelchair-Accessible Ford Explorer  Jul 24th, 2015 
As far as wheelchair-accessible personal transport goes, the minivan has been king for as long as there have been accessible minivans. We have a feeling that might be about to change, as BraunaAility is releasing their new MXV, an Explorer-based machine with a sliding door and side-mounted ramp. The Indiana company notes that it’s their […] 
 
 
Fiat-Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Cars to Prevent Hacking  Jul 24th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million cars in the U.S. to fix a software vulnerability that could allow a hacker to remotely control the car over the Internet. Affected models include late-model Ram, Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen: The 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, Ram 1500/2500/3500/4500/5500; 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Dodge […] 
 
 
Mitsubishi Closing Only U.S. Plant, 636-Acre Illinois Site up for Sale  Jul 24th, 2015 
  Mitsubishi will stop building cars in the U.S. as it plans to sell its only American assembly plant, the company said today. The Normal, Illinois, plant, formerly a joint manufacturing venture with Chrysler, has churned out more than 3.2 million Mitsubishi and Chrysler models since 1988. It is also the only foreign-owned plant on […] 
 
 
2016 Lexus IS200t: The Entry-Level Lexus IS Gets a Much-Needed Power Boost  Jul 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Buick Envision CUV Almost Definitely Coming to U.S.—Plus a Subcompact Hatch, Too?  Jul 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Buick Envision CUV Almost Definitely Coming to U.S.—Plus a Subcompact Hatch, Too?  Jul 24th, 2015 
Adding some fuel to the fire slightly smoldering, ash-covered coals surrounding the prospect of a U.S.-market Buick Envision crossover, Automotive News has reported that the Envision is slated to arrive here in late 2016. Earlier this year, we spotted a test vehicle near our Ann Arbor offices. The Envision is a small crossover that’s roughly the same size as the Audi Q5; it will fit […] 
 
 
For Sale: a Championship-Winning Piece of NASCAR History  Jul 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Why the Recent Jeep Cherokee Hack Is Not Cause for Panic  Jul 24th, 2015 
This week, Wired published a fantastic and unsettling report on the current state of automotive hacking. Senior Writer Andy Greenberg ​put himself at the mercy of two digital security researchers as they wirelessly took over control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving, messing with the car’s climate control, stereo, windshield wipers, and eventually stalling the engine. […] 
 
 
One-Off Ferrari with an Incredible History May Pull $16 Million at Auction  Jul 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Bull Session: Maybe Lamborghini Might Build a Urus Superveloce  Jul 23rd, 2015 
We like to imagine Stephan Winkelmann waking up in the morning in his impeccably tailored pajamas, sitting up thoughtfully in bed, sipping an espresso handed to him by a lovely signora, and thinking to himself, “What new Lamborghinis can I think up today and use to play it coy with those off-the-rack schmoes in the […] 
 
 
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Repurposes Collision-Warning Lights for Head-Up Shift Indicator  Jul 23rd, 2015 
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and even-hotter GT350R were both built to attack track days. Today, Ford showed off another nifty little feature designed for track rats: a shift light that uses Ford’s forward collision-warning system’s head-up lights to tell you when to upshift. As Ford tells it, Shelby electrical engineer Mike Makled was inspired to […] 
 
 
Go Ahead and Sleep On It—Hell, Sleep In It: Buick Offers 24-Hour Test Drives  Jul 23rd, 2015 
If you can’t get comfortable in a Buick’s comfortable environs, you’re not trying very hard. But in case it takes time to find just the right seating position, if you want to see how Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work in all their glory, and/or you just want to see if the dang thing fits […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe – Instrumented Test  Jul 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe – Official Photos and Info  Jul 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe Test: Over the Top—and Beyond  Jul 23rd, 2015 
When we tested the S63 version of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe, we called it “over the top in every way imaginable.” So let us now imagine that one wearing a price tag swollen by 25 percent with 50 percent more cylinders under the hood must be beyond over the top, somewhere the usual rules […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Accord Revealed: Tweaks and Tech  Jul 23rd, 2015 
It’s coming up on three years since the Honda Accord’s successful redesign for 2013, which means the mid-size favorite—and multiple 10Best Cars winner—is due for some fussing over for the 2016 model year. We previously published exclusive, completely undisguised spy photos of both the sedan and the coupe that showed the obligatory styling tweaks front […] 
 
 
One-Off Ferrari with an Incredible History May Pull $16 Million at Auction  Jul 23rd, 2015 
A million dollars for a car is insane. Yet, we continuously see classic Ferraris pull in more than 5 to 10 times that at auction, and this one-off 1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale is expected to far exceed that number. In 1912, Giovanni Bertone founded Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin, Italy. The company’s main focus […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Sienna – Quick-Take Review  Jul 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Toyota Sienna Reviewed: Suburban Spacecraft  Jul 23rd, 2015 
Overview: Minivans may not be the suburban status symbols they were a generation ago, but for those who want room, easy sliding-side-door access, and people- and pet-friendly convenience, no other type of vehicle will do. The spacious and comfortable 2015 Toyota Sienna is among the more highly evolved minivans, with a peppy 3.5-liter V-6, crisp-shifting […] 
 
 
AskPatty.com Relaunches Certified Female Friendly Program  Jul 23rd, 2015 
AskPatty.com has re-launched its Certified Female Friendly Program with a new focus on marketing consultation for automotive retailers. The company has also added a dealer division. 
 
 
Asbury ‘Comfortable With’ CFPB Limits on Dealer Markup  Jul 23rd, 2015 
Asbury Automotive executives were confident that the dealer group’s internal caps on dealer markup and its fixed F&I product prices will keep it safe from any actions by regulators. 
 
 
AutoNation’s Jackson Urges Other Lenders to Follow Honda Financial’s Lead  Jul 23rd, 2015 
The group’s chief executive reiterated his support for Honda Financial’s new dealer markup caps. He said the policy should serve as a template for the rest of the auto finance industry. 
 
 
Hackers Demonstrate Security Risks In Connected Cars  Jul 23rd, 2015 
On the same day WIRED magazine posted a video showing two hackers take over a Jeep Cherokee traveling down a St. Louis highway, two U.S. Senators introduced legislation that would direct the NHTSA and FTC to establish standards to secure cars and protect drivers' privacy. 
 
 
NADA Urges Dealers to Oppose Recall Amendment  Jul 23rd, 2015 
An amendment rejected by the Senate Commerce Committee last week that would have barred dealers from selling recalled vehicles could be attached to a multi-year highway funding bill, the NADA warns. 
 
 
Westlake Customers See Largest Jump in FICO Score, Equifax Finds  Jul 23rd, 2015 
Westlake Financial Services was recognized by Equifax as the national auto lender whose subprime customers have seen the highest credit score increase over the term of their loan. 
 
 
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