2015 Subaru WRX STI2015 Subaru WRX STI Tested: If You Want Action, It Has the Traction  Oct 24th, 2014 
If competition improves the breed, then the corollary is that the lack of competition invites stasis. And the Subaru WRX STI has only one natural predator: the dead-car-rolling Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the product of an enterprise that seems a little on the fence about whether it wants to sell cars or get deeper into the […] 
Dodge Dart R/T Concept: The High-Performance Compact Dodge Needs to Build  Oct 24th, 2014 
Dodge has a fascinating history of building hot compacts, one prominent example being the Omni GLHS by Shelby, while the Caliber SRT-4 marked a low point in terms of style and refinement. For the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the carmaker has taken its sensible Dart and tweaked it significantly to make it digestible […] 
Frosty Tide: Jeep Bringing a Pair of Curiously Named Renegade Concepts to the 2014 SEMA Show  Oct 24th, 2014 
The connotations might seem undesirable, but here is some “frostbite” you wouldn’t mind getting and a “riptide” you might wish to get caught in. We are talking, of course, about two special variations of the diminutive 2015 Renegade, which Jeep has prepared for the upcoming mod-crazy SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Renegade Frostbite, painted in […] 
Mopar ProMaster and Ram 2500 Concepts: Hospitable Outdoorsiness, Indoors at SEMA  Oct 24th, 2014 
As Chrysler’s in-house performance-parts brand, Mopar has historically gone large at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. This year is proving to be no different, with muscle cars, trucks, and compacts galore showcasing wares from the division’s extensive parts and accessories catalog. Of Ram-style note are the ProMaster Hospitality Van and the Ram 2500 […] 
Rare McLaren F1 for Sale On Craigslist for Nearly $8 Million: Believe It—Or Not  Oct 24th, 2014 
Cruising Craigslist for a classic supercar that’ll really stand out from the crowd? Look no further. Here’s a legit 1994 McLaren F1 for sale in San Diego that’s definitely for real and not at all a scam. READ MORE: What it’s like to drive the McLaren F1 The listing is short and to the point. […] 
Student-Designed Visio.M EV Concept: How BMW’s i3 Should Have Looked  Oct 24th, 2014 
BMW’s i3 electric hatchback is a lot of things—efficient, futuristic, packed with technology—but it isn’t exactly what you’d call handsome, at least not in the traditional sense. Students at the Technical University Munich (TUM), with backing from both BMW and Daimler, have come up with a solution—well, more of an alternative—in the form of an […] 
VW vs. Toyota—FIGHT! The Tale of the Tape as Two Behemoths Vie to Be Number 1  Oct 24th, 2014 
There is safety in sales numbers, and as it becomes more and more costly to turn a profit in the car industry, we’ll continue to see brands consolidate under immense corporate umbrellas, such as Chrysler’s marriage to Fiat. But while some fight to survive, others fight to rule. Today, Toyota and Volkswagen dominate as the […] 
Production 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack to Debut at SEMA, Charger R/T Mopar Concept Along for the Ride  Oct 24th, 2014 
It’s SEMA time, which means Mopar-fettled cars are practically falling from the sky. Among the brood, of course, are two versions of the refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger, one conceptual and one headed for dealerships. Dodge R/T Mopar concept Mopar has been going through a renaissance of sorts lately, developing and marketing parts and accessories for […] 
2015 Lexus NX300h Hybrid FWD Tested: Hybrid-Luxe Utility Goes Compact  Oct 24th, 2014 
Lexus wades into the compact-luxury-utility waters just as the segment reaches flood stage. Its new offering—sized and priced below the mid-size RX crossover—is the dramatically styled NX, in NX200t (turbocharged four-cylinder–powered) and NX300h (hybridized) versions. Of the two, the NX300h is the least thrilling, but it’s also the sole hybrid among compact luxe-UVs, boasting EPA […] 
2017 Jeep Wrangler Stays Body-On-Frame, Aluminum Panels Still Possible  Oct 24th, 2014 
Back in May, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne’s offhand comment that the 2017 Wrangler would move to an aluminum body for weight savings sparked tons of worried speculation among Jeep faithful: Would the venerable 4×4 ditch its tradition-honored body-on-frame construction and go unibody? Automotive News says it ain’t so—folks in the know both inside […] 
Caustic ACRostic: Bad-Ass Dodge ACR Viper Concept Debuts  Oct 24th, 2014 
SEMA vehicles are often the antithesis of function, being gussied-up show cars that focus less on performance than outrageous style and overwrought glitz. Dodge is bucking that trend with this car, a Viper concept that’s all about light weight, prodigious grip, and ultimate speed. Feast your carbon-fiber-hungry eyes on the Viper ACR. Going several steps beyond […] 
102,000 Audi A4s Recalled in U.S. for Airbags that May Not Deploy  Oct 23rd, 2014 
The VW Group is recalling roughly 101,900 late-model Audi A4 models in the U.S. to fix a software error that can prevent the front airbags from deploying in a crash, according to the company. The recall, first reported by German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, involves 850,000 A4s globally from the 2013–2015 model years. All […] 
Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to Appear in U.S. Next Year, Debuts in Europe First  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Features designed to make up for drivers’ proclivity for inattention have been making their way to production vehicles for years, all of them following the trickle-down strategy: Luxury buyers get backed up by stuff like blind-spot detection, lane-keeping systems, and adaptive cruise control before mainstream buyers get in on the action later. Among full-line automakers, […] 
John Phillips: How on Earth Has Maserati Survived 100 Years?  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Come December 1, Maserati will be 100 years old. I’ve followed the marque’s duck-and-dart adventures since the summer of 1967. That’s when my father and I, in our death-pallor-gray Ford Taunus in downtown Paris, spied a canary-yellow ’67 Ghibli whose driver was busy curbing its wheels. It was the first Maserati I’d ever seen. My […] 
950-hp Ferrari LaFerrari + Monza + Drifting = Must Watch Video  Oct 23rd, 2014 
“A Ferrari LaFerrari drifting around Monza’s Parabolica turn at full throttle” sounds like a gearhead’s MadLibs dream sentence. Dream no more, friends. Now you can see (and hear) this fantasy for real. Good speakers or headphones are a must. With a 6.3 liter V-12 and HY-KERS electric assist combining for an astounding 950 horsepower, the […] 
2016 Audi A4 Sedan Spied: The Four-Door Audi Can’t A4d to Screw Up  Oct 23rd, 2014 
What It Is: The next arrow in Audi’s quiver, which the German automaker will draw and aim at the entry-luxury horde. Seen here in camouflaged prototype form, the 2016 A4 sedan is being developed to go up against the rejuvenated Mercedes-Benz C-class, the stalwart BMW 3-series, and fresh competitors from Cadillac and Lexus. READ MORE […] 
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Tested: A Minivan with a European Accent  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Failure inspires some to greatness and pushes others to surrender. Ford’s response to its previous failures in the minivan market has been a mix of the two. After watching sales dwindle for years, Ford surrendered the class in 2008. But then, a couple of years later, it plopped the Transit Connect into Americans’ laps. An […] 
World’s Quickest Import: Watch a Supra Blast a 6.05-Second, 241-mph 1/4-Mile  Oct 23rd, 2014 
There’s a new king of the hill in import drag racing: EKanoo Racing’s 2JZ-powered Supra. All hail! The record-breaking run was a screaming 6.05-second quarter mile that tripped the lights at 241 mph (387.69 kph). According to the EKanoo Racing website, all that power comes from the venerable 2JZ inline-six that powered the last generation […] 
Mega-Rare 1973 CJ-5 Super Jeep to Be Displayed at SEMA  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Via Hemmings comes one of the better SEMA show announcements for this year. Amongst all the big-bucks OEM displays and booths hawking 87-inch rims for your ’87 Monte Carlo will be a genuine Jeep rarity: a 1973 Super Jeep. The model’s backstory is interesting. Back then, Jeep wasn’t prepared for the popularity of its CJ-5 […] 
BMW Working on More Powerful, Sportier Version of the i8  Oct 23rd, 2014 
We like the BMW i8 for its styling, its efficiency, and its fresh approach to what a sports car can be. If there’s one area where it might be perceived as falling short of the competition, it is in overall output. With 357 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, it is quick, turning in a […] 
iM Wanna Destroy You: Scion Teases New IM Concept Ahead of L.A. Debut  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Like Ponce de Leon, Toyota’s Scion sub-brand is continually on the hunt for the fountain of youth. After collaborating with the fiftysomethings in Slayer on a tC for SEMA, Scion heads to Los Angeles with the iM concept. Given that there are plenty of folks pushing middle age who began using instant-messenger programs back in […] 
Audi Kills A6 Hybrid Because Nobody Bought It  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Three years ago, Audi launched a hybrid version of the A6, and the company hinted strongly that it would be sold in the U.S. as well. But those plans never materialized and now it is too late: The A6 hybrid has departed this world after just 4000 units built. Requiescat in pace. Back in 2011, […] 
2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Driven: The Roller You Drive Yourself Got Better  Oct 23rd, 2014 
If you’re truly wealthy, you’re not visiting your local Rolls-Royce dealership to buy a Ghost, but rather a Phantom, at a price that starts just above $400,000 but can require adding a seventh digit. The Ghost, while still outrageously expensive at $291,350, is for the merely rich. To better delineate the difference, let’s paraphrase comedian […] 
Asbury’s F&I Per Copy Average Rises $22  Oct 23rd, 2014 
F&I gross profit per retail unit grew to $1,337 on a same-store basis for the publicly traded dealer group, but the performance of the operation’s parts and service segment was the big story in the third quarter. 
Edmunds Pulls Ad Campaign, Says It ‘Missed the Mark’  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Edmunds pulled an online ad campaign today for its Price Promise program after dealers complained it portrayed them as ‘bad guys’ in the car-shopping process. 
Compliance Summit Room Block Nearly Full  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Organizers of the first-ever Compliance Summit in Hollywood, Fla., have announced that the event's room block at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is nearly full. Register today, before it's too late. 
Sonic’s Hybrid F&I Pilot Experiences Training, Staffing Issues  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Officials said the Charlotte test store was overwhelmed by sales and paperwork. F&I performance rebounded, however, after the group added document specialists. 
Ford Adds a Place For Your Coffee Cup (or Shotgun Shells) to 2015 F-150′s Tailgate  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Ford’s all-new 2015 F-150 is nearly on the streets, but there’s one new feature that’s so last-minute, it wasn’t there when the truck was revealed at the 2014 Detroit auto show: Indentations on the inside of the tailgate perfectly placed to hold a beverage. They’re the handiwork of Kevin Blaser, a stamping product and design […] 
Ally Financial Honors 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Ally Financial has announced that 55 U.S. auto dealers have been selected as nominees for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The nominees will be honored at the NADA Convention & Exposition in January. 
The British May Be Coming: Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Jaguar Land Rover wants to colonize South Carolina, or at least a few hundred acres of it, for its first-ever U.S. factory. The U.K.’s Sunday Times reports that the automaker has been “talking to several southern states, including South Carolina” about plans to open a facility that could churn out up to 200,000 cars per […] 
2014 BMW 328d Diesel Sedan Tested: Frugality Has Its Price  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Of course you’re wondering, so we’ll just tell you up front: 39 mpg. That’s what we got over 522 miles of driving with the BMW 328d rear-drive sedan, which amounts to one fill-up. It’s also 4-mpg better than the 35 mpg we saw from two 2014 328ds, an xDrive sedan and our long-term xDrive wagon […] 
Weave Come So Far: BMW, Audi, and German Consortium Developing Carbon Fiber That’s 90 Percent Cheaper  Oct 22nd, 2014 
BMW and Audi want to cut carbon-fiber production costs by up to 90 percent within six years—and they’re already halfway there. The two automakers, bolstered by funding from the German government and working with 86 other partners including Airbus and ZF, are part of a $102-million research consortium whose goal it is to make still-exotic […] 
Lynyrd’s Innards: McLaren Releases Interior Shots of P1 GTR Track-Only Special  Oct 22nd, 2014 
The wonks from Woking yanked a sheet from their new P1 GTR back in August at—where else?—the Pebble Beach festivities in California. We were there for the unveiling, but the P1 GTR’s ultra-mega-blackout windscreen restricted any and all ganders at what lay within. Helpfully, McLaren has finally released images of the plutocratic track-day special’s interior, as […] 
Minimize That: 2014 Mini Cooper/Cooper S Smacked for Overstating Fuel Economy  Oct 22nd, 2014 
  The new-for-2014 Mini Cooper grew in size versus its predecessors, but some of its fuel-economy ratings are now getting the chop. An audit by the Environmental Protection Agency turned up city/highway mileage estimates that were overstated by as many as 4 mpg. 2014 Cooper Hardtop manual: Drops from 30/42 to 29/40 2014 Cooper Hardtop automatic: […] 
Mustang Party at the LV Corral: Ford Previews First Two Modified 2015 Mustangs for SEMA  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Were you even surprised? Yes, Ford Motor Company is bringing a veritable “stampede”—its word, not ours—of modified 2015 Mustangs to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. Given that last year, Ford stuffed something like 7000 cars into its Las Vegas Convention Center display area, the idea that it’s bringing “over a dozen” tuned-up Mustangs […] 
Dodge Viper’s $15,000 Price Cut Boosts Monthly Sales by Nearly 200 Percent—to 108 Cars  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Last month’s decision by Dodge to slash prices on the face-melting Viper by $15,000 seems to be paying huge dividends: Sales of the car jumped by 184 percent in September. That doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing Dodge’s V-10 brute on every street corner, though. That huge percentage jump translates to 108 Vipers sold in September, up from 38 […] 
Exeter’s Floyd Stepping Down from CEO Post  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Mark Floyd will join Exeter's board of directors and will work with his replacement, Thomas Anderson, to ensure a smooth transition, the company said late yesterday. 
Mich. Governor Signs ‘Anti-Tesla’ Bill  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday tighter restrictions on selling vehicles directly to consumers. The new law now effectively bans Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in the state. 
Takata Recall Update: Defective Airbags Being Disabled, “Do Not Sit Here” Stickers Affixed to Dashboards  Oct 22nd, 2014 
This is a disaster. The giant Takata airbag recall affecting more than 7 million U.S. passenger vehicles from a variety of auto manufacturers is proving difficult to combat. To briefly recap, there’s an issue with the airbag propellant that, in high-humidity states, can lead to shrapnel being fired into passengers when an affected airbag detonates. […] 
Mercedes-Benz Parent Daimler Divests Itself of Tesla Holdings  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Daimler has sold its share in Tesla in its entirety. In 2009, the German carmaker acquired 9.1 percent of Tesla, which was in a dire financial position at the time; it then divested 40 percent of that stake to Abu Dhabi later that year. Both companies have worked together closely. For a while, the last-gen […] 
Henrik Fisker Returns, Will Unveil New Car with Galpin at L.A. Auto Show  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Henrik Fisker, more than a year after leaving his own namesake company, is back and apparently ready to rock the Los Angeles auto show with a new car. The 61-year-old Danish car designer extraordinaire (Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8) and plug-in-hybrid CEO (Fisker Automotive) is slotted for a 25-minute press conference next month, a day […] 
Billionaire Dan Gilbert Slams Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Over “Anti-Tesla” Law  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (above) signed a law that included a last-minute legal tweak that would ban Tesla’s direct-to-customers auto sales model in the Midwestern state. Snyder has been taking a lot of heat for the move–including from Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert, who took advantage of his stint guest-hosting this morning’s Squawk Box on CNBC […] 
24 Hours of LeMons Michigan: The Winners!  Oct 22nd, 2014 
For our second 2014 LeMons race at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, we admired some of the greatest endurance-racin’ machines we’d ever seen on Friday, watched those machines duke it out in the rain on Saturday, and then watched the winners roar (or clatter, or coast) across the finish line on Sunday. Here are […] 
Wanna Drive an E-type? Jaguar Announces New Heritage Driving Program  Oct 21st, 2014 
If you’ve never driven a vintage Jaguar and you happen to be in Europe, you’ll now be able to head to the brand’s Fen End test track in Warwickshire, England, and sign up to experience some of the marque’s most historic cars for a fee. There are a ton of options laid out on the […] 
Takata Airbag Update: Toyota and GM Expand Recalls, Chewing Gum Found Inside Inflator  Oct 21st, 2014 
General Motors and Toyota are expanding an airbag recall for the third time to replace inflators that could explode and shoot shrapnel during deployment. This latest recall is due to a still-undetermined problem affecting at least 10 manufacturers. Among Toyota-built products, the affected models are 2002–2005 Lexus SC430 and Toyota Sequoia, plus the 2003–2005 Tundra, […] 
2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R First Drive: Lighter, Quicker, Costlier  Oct 21st, 2014 
One thing that has always separated Bentley from its former longtime partner Rolls-Royce is its racing heritage. Bentley trots out this factoid from time to time when it wants to go back to the track, as it did at Le Mans from 2001 to 2003 with the Speed 8 and as it is doing now […] 
Unplugged: Michigan Governor Signs GM-Supported “Anti-Tesla” Bill Into Law  Oct 21st, 2014 
General Motors, the largest U.S.-based automaker, released a statement today supporting a last-minute addition to Michigan House Bill 5606 that would effectively prohibit Tesla from selling cars in the state using its preferred business model, or even providing customers with information about its cars. It’s the classic David-versus-Goliath tale, where Goliath wants the state of Michigan […] 
Vegas, Baby! Formula 1 Looking at Running a Race in Fabulous Las Vegas  Oct 21st, 2014 
Good news for hungry Formula 1 fans in North America: Bernie Ecclestone says that the racing series is exploring running a grand prix on the streets of Las Vegas. Viva F1! In an interview with Britain’s The Independent, Ecclestone says Vegas is ready to host a street circuit that would include the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. […] 
Scoupe, There It Is? Hyundai Mulls New Small Sporty Car  Oct 21st, 2014 
Is the Genesis coupe perhaps too beefy for you? Well, it appears Hyundai may have a product in the pipe to slake your thirst for a stylish Korean sportster. According to outgoing Hyundai Europe COO Allan Rushforth, such a machine is being considered in Seoul. Speaking to Autocar, Rushforth—on the eve of departing the automaker […] 
2015 Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen Spied: So Rad, So Off-Limits  Oct 21st, 2014 
What It Is: This is an easy one, as far as our daily routine of identifying future products goes, because no effort has been made whatsoever to obscure the car: It’s a Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen circling the Nürburgring. It’s quite obviously a Euro-market model, as VW has only shown us Americans the SportWagen in […] 
Stuffing the Hellmouth: National Corvette Museum Sinkhole to Be Filled Beginning in November  Oct 21st, 2014 
Porsche 911 partisans will be able to exercise their keenly-honed sense of schadenfreude if they deign to make the trek to Bowling Green, Kentucky. During our last update on the ongoing Corvette-sinkhole saga, we noted that the National Corvette museum had decided to fill in the gaping maw that swallowed up eight historic examples of […] 
Toca (Figuratively) Burns Down 2015 Hyundai Genesis for SEMA, Builds It Back Up Into a “Steel Phoenix”  Oct 21st, 2014 
“How now, turbo Tau?” That, presumably, is the question Hyundai hopes show goers will ask when it pulls the wraps off of the Steel Phoenix at the upcoming 2014 SEMA Show. Conceived by Toca Marketing Group, the hopped-up Genesis with a bad-ass name features a twin-turbocharged version of Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau V-8 pumping out 600 […] 
All-New Honda HR-V Crossover Makes Its North American Photo Debut  Oct 21st, 2014 
We first caught sight of Honda’s bulbous new utelet in April, and now it’s official: This is how the Honda Fit–based HR-V will look when it hits North American showrooms. Pucker up, little guy! The little HR-V, which will be built for the North American market alongside the Fit at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico, factory, combines Honda’s new […] 
Auto/Mate Integrates Document Management System With DMS  Oct 21st, 2014 
Auto/Mate completes integration of etfile's electronic document management solution with its dealers management system, the company announced this week. 
Used-Vehicle Price Adjustments Keep Retail Markets on Track, Manheim Reports  Oct 21st, 2014 
The 1.1% third-quarter decrease in the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index didn’t set off alarms despite it being the fifth straight decline in used-vehicle prices. The firm’s chief economist noted that the drop helped dealers increase vehicle turns as the market continues to inch toward more normal levels. 
Man Finds No Record of VSC Purchased at Mich. Dealership  Oct 21st, 2014 
A man who bought a car at Auto Exchange last year discovered that the VSC provider had no record of the $2,566 contract he purchased. The dealership was shut down in April. 
vAuto, Vinsolutions Integrate Data  Oct 21st, 2014 
Customers of both vAuto and VinSolutions will have access to VinSolutions CRM data in the vAuto Provision suite, helping them make better inventory management decisions. 
Facebook Playing Bigger Role in Dealer Selection, Study Shows  Oct 21st, 2014 
A survey of 2,000 consumers revealed that Facebook is now among the Top 5 dealer reviews sites used by car shoppers, with 75% of respondents indicating they trust reviews posted by friends on the social media site vs. reviews posted on other sites by people they don't know. 
2016 Ford Explorer Spy Photos: Explore Range Rover Design Cues Much?  Oct 21st, 2014 
What It Is: Ford’s Explorer three-row crossover, caught wearing camo over its refreshed-for-2016 nose and tuchus. READ MORE ›› 
How to M4 Like a Champ: BMW Unveils Racy M4 DTM Champion Edition  Oct 21st, 2014 
BMW rejoined the DTM German Touring Car Championship in 2012 after an absence of two decades. While Audi took the manufacturer’s championship this year, BMW driver Marco Wittmann brought home the driver’s championship and the BMW RMG Team placed first in the team championship. To celebrate its success, BMW will sell just 23 special M4 […] 
JM&A Group Selects New Customer Service VP  Oct 21st, 2014 
Josh Bass, who joined JM&A in 2012 as the director of sales planning and analysis, has been promoted to vice president of customer services. 
DMVdesk Hits One Million Transactions in September  Oct 21st, 2014 
DMVdesk, Motor Vehicle Software Corporation’s vehicle registration software, averaged 120,000 transactions per month in 2014. The software hit the one million transaction mark last month. 
Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year’s Hottest Performance Cars  Oct 20th, 2014 
It’s believed that James Madison strode the White House and the War of 1812 was rapidly becoming the War of 1813 when an oak sapling poked through the soil in a southern Virginia meadow to witness its first sunrise and splash of rainwater. The tree’s shadow steadily grew as nearby Danville’s ­cotton mills and tobacco […] 
American Litigation Story, Scat Show: Chrysler Challenged (Again) by Scat Enterprises Over Scat Pack Name  Oct 20th, 2014 
There’s a real scat storm brewing over at Chrysler, which was just dragged into a legal kerfuffle over its use of the Scat Pack name for high-performance trim levels of various Dodge models. Automotive News reports that Scat Enterprises—a California-based company that makes aftermarket engine parts for Chrysler products, Fords, Chevrolets, and more—has filed a […] 
Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out  Oct 20th, 2014 
Are you a multimillionaire mulling over whether to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultralimited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off. Porsche’s über-hybrid, which […] 
“Substantially New” 2016 Acura ILX to Bow in L.A., Doesn’t Appear Substantially Different  Oct 20th, 2014 
Acura’s ILX compact sedan has been a near total sales dud. Sure, the idea of wrapping the Honda Civic’s bones in fancier clothes and ladling on an extra helping of refinement sounds good—and it worked in Canada!—but that’s not exactly how the ILX turned out when it hit the market as a 2013 model. Yet don’t bury […] 
ONE MEEEELLION DOLLARS: James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Up for Auction  Oct 20th, 2014 
The Spy Who Loved Me featured perhaps the second-most-famous James Bond car of all time, after the iconic Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5: the Lotus Esprit S1 that went from sports car to submarine with the flick of a switch. Now, thanks to an eBay auction, you can buy one—for a million bucks. Okay, so the […] 
From the Obvious File: Record Number of Vehicles Recalled in 2014  Oct 20th, 2014 
The number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. this year has hit an all-time high since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was founded in 1970. According to the Detroit Free Press, automakers have recalled more than 56 million vehicles year-to-date in 2014, surpassing the 1999 full-year record of 55.6 million. (You may now add […] 
GM Ignition-Switch Deaths Up to 29, Automaker May Face $10-Billion Class-Action Lawsuit  Oct 20th, 2014 
A group of lawyers wants to sue General Motors for more than $10 billion in what will likely become the largest class-action lawsuit against the automaker for ignition-switch defects that have claimed at least 29 lives. Hagens Berman, the law firm that in 2012 won $1.1 billion in economic damages against Toyota for its unintended-acceleration […] 
Bringing Pony Back: 2015 Ford Mustang Recalled  Oct 20th, 2014 
Continuing the recall parade that’s marked this automotive year—including dozens of GM recalls, the Takata airbag fiasco, and many more—Ford has issued an action for the brand-spankin’-new 2015 Mustang. The good news (if there can be any concerning a recall) is that just 50 ponies in the U.S. and three in Canada are affected by the […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 201  Oct 20th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 EcoBoost AWD Tested: Comfort and Confidence in a Great Escape  Oct 20th, 2014 
A decade from now, automotive gods willing and if everything goes according to plan, we might recognize this MKC as Lincoln’s great escape. That’s escape with a lowercase “e.” Because while the MKC is based on the Ford Escape, Lincoln has finally, gently broken free from its reputation for building overpriced, reskinned Fords. The rudderless […] 
Ford Bringing Hoontastic Desert-Runner and Drift 2015 F-150s to SEMA  Oct 20th, 2014 
With SEMA coming up the first week of November, the OEMs are showing off the most souped-up, decked-out vehicles they’ll be bringing to the show. Ford’s brand-new 2015 F-150 is expected to be one of the stars, with its maker bringing these two heavily customized versions of the aluminum pickup. 2015 Ford F-150 Deegan 38 […] 
UTV Performance Website Launch  Oct 19th, 2014 
UTV Performance presents the latest online retail store for SxS performance parts. With over 10 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket parts industry, Leo Alexandre, owner of Eurotek Tuning, decided to enter the UTV and Powersport market. 
24 Hours of LeMons Michigan Day 1: Porsche 944, Geo Metro, Volkswagen Squareback Leading Classes  Oct 19th, 2014 
After lining up the largest and most interesting field of Midwestern LeMons racers we’ve ever seen on Friday, we dropped the green flag on Saturday morning and presided over a drizzly, cold day of racing at GingerMan Raceway. When the checkered flag came out soon after sunset, we’d seen a lot of dramatic class battles […] 
LeMons Michigan Inspections: Malaise Mopars, Superfly’s Pimpmobile, and All the Saturns  Oct 18th, 2014 
We’re back at GingerMan Raceway for the 2014 Where the Elite Meet To Cheat 24 Hours of LeMons, and it’s the biggest field we’ve ever seen at a Michigan LeMons race. We’ve got the usual Upper Midwest hordes of Ford Escorts, Saturn SC/SLs, and GM F-Bodies here, but Detroit’s finest machinery is also represented by […] 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Road Test  Oct 17th, 2014 
Redesigned and ready to lead the segment. 
Lexus Releases Pricing for Most NX Models, F Sport to Follow  Oct 17th, 2014 
Lexus has released prices for its upcoming NX compact crossover, and they’re as ambitious as its styling is outspoken. Base MSRP is $35,405 for the NX200t with front-wheel drive; the equivalent AWD model starts at $36,805. The hybrid NX300h is priced from $40,645, while adding AWD takes it up to a cool $42,235. The standard […] 
Commence the Passatening: VW Confirms Euro Passat Will Beget New CC and Alltrack Wagon  Oct 17th, 2014 
Volkswagen has confirmed a next-generation CC and a crossover variation of its new European-market Passat. “The sedan and the station wagon are done. Now we are working on derivatives such as the CC, the plug-in hybrid, and the Alltrack,” said VW brand chief designer Klaus Bischoff in Autogramm, the company’s employee newsletter. Following in the […] 
2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel Driven: Sweat and Twitch, and 60 mpg is Possible  Oct 17th, 2014 
Third. We finished third. To launch the TDI version of its new A3 sedan, Audi arranged a fuel-mileage challenge. The goal? Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Coronado, California, on one tank of diesel. That’s a distance of 834 miles. We mollified ourselves with the age-old “well, at least we’re on the podium” chestnut. But technical editor […] 
Sonically Speaking: Chevy’s SEMA Sonics Look Good, Have Most Unimaginative Names Possible  Oct 17th, 2014 
The last few SEMA shows have seen a lot of Sonics. Like, a lot. For the 2014 affair, Chevy has prepped a pair of the wee cars to showcase the latest Chevrolet Performance and Chevrolet Accessories gear. Chevrolet Sonic Performance Concept Swathed in a coat of Chevy’s unmistakable Synergy Green paint, this wheeled Chiclet is accented […] 
Chevrolet Rolls its Own: Silverado HD vs. Ford F-250 in Pickup Flex Fest [Video]  Oct 17th, 2014 
Looking to land a blow in a pickup news cycle that’s lately been dominated by Ford—first with the aluminum 2015 F-150 and then the Super Duty diesel’s massive output numbers—Chevrolet pitted its Silverado 2500 HD against a Ford F-250 in a torsional flex-off and filmed the results. Employing the usual “park your truck on some ramps for […] 
Why Investors Aren’t Excited About Fiat-Chrysler’s NYSE Listing  Oct 17th, 2014 
Monday marked Chrysler’s first return to the New York Stock Exchange in seven years, albeit hitched to Fiat. It was a welcoming presence on the exchange, one the Italian-American automaker hopes will spur further investment as it kicks off its most aggressive product expansion yet. The trouble is, apparently investors weren’t feeling the same excitement. […] 
Porsche Is Renting Out the Sistine Chapel for—Wait, You Can Rent Out the Sistine Chapel!?  Oct 17th, 2014 
Of two things we’d least expect to appear together in a single news tidbit, it would be difficult to find a pairing more bizarre than “Porsche” and “the Sistine Chapel.” Lo and behold, it happened. Or at least, it’s happening soon—Automotive News Europe reports that Porsche has rented out the Sistine Chapel—you know, the one […] 
2014 BMW i3 Tested with Range Extender: A Series Hybrid that Relieves Range Anxiety, Except on Gas  Oct 17th, 2014 
The automotive future according to Hollywood exists as one of two polar-opposite scenarios. Either it’s sleek and bright, filled with fast-moving pods gliding over flawless, uncongested roads, or it’s dark and dystopian, with kludged trucks and muscle cars roaming dilapidated and desolate highways. Hollywood never dreams of roads jammed full of frumpy electric hatchbacks, but […] 
Porsche 911 Lineup to Go Predominantly Turbo? It Could Happen Next Year  Oct 17th, 2014 
With increasingly stringent fuel-economy standards looming, most manufacturers seek to clean up their rides without sacrificing power. One industry-wide solution: Slap a turbo on everything. Porsche seems to be joining the mainstream, as a report from Car suggests that the brand’s bread-and-butter, the 911, will sport more turbocharged models when it’s refreshed next year. Lo!, […] 
2015 Dodge Charger Priced—Yes, Including the 707-hp, 204-mph Hellcat  Oct 17th, 2014 
Dodge just announced pricing for the 2015 Charger sedan, with the lineup starting at a reasonable $28,990 for the eminently sensible 292-hp V-6 model. But lest you forget—and how could you?—this is the sedan into which the mad SRT scientists have stuffed a Hellcat V-8—which sends the sticker price, power rating, and top speed through the roof. […] 
Audi Unveils Bitchin’ TT Race Car, Plans for German Spec Racing Series  Oct 17th, 2014 
Interested in competing on some of Europe’s greatest tracks, but don’t have the scratch to field a race team of your own? Audi’s Sport TT Cup series will follow portions of the DTM circuit in 2015, providing a one-model, six-race program for up to 24 drivers. The series is built around spec front-wheel-drive TTs that […] 
You Gotta Know When to Holden: SEMA-Bound Chevrolet SS Sport Concept Plays Up Aussie Heritage  Oct 17th, 2014 
It’s no secret that the Chevrolet SS sedan we know and love is but a few tweaks removed from the Australian Holden Commodore. In fact, Chevrolet says that the V-8 sedan’s Down Under heritage has become something of a source of pride for many owners and fans of the stateside SS. Looking to highlight the […] 
Mercedes S-class Maybach to Debut Next Month, More Details Emerge on Next Über-Benz  Oct 17th, 2014 
We have been reporting all year about Daimler’s plans to resurrect Maybach as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, with its first product expected to be a stretched version of the S-class packed with even more luxury features than the top-dog S600 (pictured above) and S65 AMG models. We’ve now confirmed when the new Mercedes Maybach super-sedan […] 
Mercedes Taunts Ferrari after Clinching F1 Constructors’ Championship  Oct 17th, 2014 
Have you heard? Mercedes AMG Petronas wrapped up this year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship this past Sunday with three races still left on the calendar. The folks at Scuderia Ferrari definitely heard about it, thanks to Mercedes parking a new C-class emblazoned with “World Champion 2014″ right outside the Italian team’s headquarters. Shots fired, sort of. As […] 
Watch an Audi RS7 Drive Itself Around a Track at 150 MPH—with Nobody Inside  Oct 17th, 2014 
The thought of a driverless car hurtling itself around a track at 150 mph sounds like a bizarre racing disaster: What happened to the driver? But just before the DTM season finale at Hockenheim, Audi is making it happen, sending an autonomous RS7 sports sedan careening around the track with nary a human aboard. And you […] 
Rambo Lambo: Last Blood? Lamborghini Still Waiting on Audi Approval to Build Urus SUV  Oct 17th, 2014 
Despite being on track as recently as this past February, Lamborghini’s production Urus SUV—first shown as a concept at the 2012 Beijing auto show—may not have the clear path to gilded driveways we initially thought. Lamborghini itself greenlit the SUV last year, but the Italian automaker, according to a report from Autocar, is still waiting on a final […] 
Nice Stance, Bro: Honda Bringing Six Custom 2015 Fits to SEMA  Oct 17th, 2014 
First things first, this is not how we’d spec a factory 2015 Honda Fit. But when Honda arrives in Las Vegas next month for SEMA, it’s hitting the festivities hard with six Fits that go well beyond what the automaker churns out. The automaker gave out Fits to six tuner shops with no prerequisites, only […] 
Chris Harris on the Next Bugatti Veyron: “I Couldn’t Care Less”  Oct 17th, 2014 
The words barely penetrated my waking consciousness, but something registered from the pages of a weekly British car magazine: “Bugatti Veyron replacement will have over 1500 hp and hit 290 mph.” Whatever. I couldn’t care less, I thought, as I went off to water the tomato plants. Ten years ago, I’d have struggled to suppress […] 
Harley-Davidson of Tampa Sponsored the Cotee River Bike Fest in New Port Richey  Oct 17th, 2014 
Tampa Harley-Davidson sponsored the Cotee River Bike Fest, which took place in New Port Richey, Fla., from October 10-12. 
Mercedes Remote Starter Now Sold by a New Scandinavian Dealer  Oct 17th, 2014 
XCL Tuning From Sweden Selected as the New Dealer 
Chrysler Previews SEMA-Bound Rides, Get Ready for Some T/A, ACR, and Scorpion Action  Oct 16th, 2014 
As auto-show season kicks into gear—au revoir, Paris, yo, L.A.!—there’s one show that’ll top them all for straight-up automotive nonsense: SEMA. The Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas is one of our favorite fall staples, and it’s coming up fast. Several major manufacturers will join legions of tuners, parts makers, and shops on […] 
NBA Superstar LeBron James Buys a Kia, Officially Becomes “Luxury Brand Ambassador”  Oct 16th, 2014 
Attention! May all the king’s men and the court come to attention? Kia has enlisted ten-time NBA All-Star LeBron James as the brand’s “luxury ambassador” for its K900 sedan. King James, for his part, seems very excited about his very own 420-horsepower, gadget-laden luxo-barge, tweeting his love for the sedan back in August. That’s high (but […] 
423,000 Lexus Models Recalled for Fire Risk Due to Leaky Fuel Gaskets  Oct 16th, 2014 
Toyota is recalling about 423,000 Lexus sedans and convertibles from 2006–2011 for underhood fuel gaskets that could leak, resulting in a fire. The 2006–2011 IS and GS, 2007–2010 LS, 2010 IS C, and 2008–2010 IS F have fuel lines that could have “plating particles” on their gasket-seating surfaces, which could compromise the seal between the […] 
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