A Burly Pickup Appears in the Rugged Alaskan Wilderness, and It’s—a Renault?  Sep 3rd, 2015 
A Burly Pickup Appears in the Rugged Alaskan Wilderness, and It’s—a Renault?  Sep 3rd, 2015 
From the people who brought you the delicate Dauphine and the dainty Le Car comes something completely different. Renault is leaving the fashionable streets of Paris far behind as its strikes out for the wildest West in this beefy pickup, which takes the name “Alaskan.” The unlikely Alaskan is a concept, and it’s coming to […] 
Dealer Group Accuses Maserati of Inflating Sales Numbers  Sep 3rd, 2015 
A New York-based dealer group has filed a $200 million lawsuit against Maserati, claiming that the OEM inflated sales numbers and rewarded dealers who participated in its illegal schemes. 
Lincoln Captive Offers Customers Credit Protection Package  Sep 3rd, 2015 
The complimentary package includes around-the-clock credit monitoring, unlimited access to credit reports and scores, lost wallet protection, and up to $1 million in identity theft insurance coverage. 
EFG, Northwood University Launch F&I Innovator of the Year Contest  Sep 3rd, 2015 
EFG and Northwood University are asking junior and senior undergraduates to come up with a new F&I product that drives showroom traffic and differentiates a dealer in the marketplace. On the line is a $25,000 cash prize. 
Tesla Model 3 Preorders Will Begin in March, Says Elon Musk  Sep 3rd, 2015 
Tesla Motors‘ tweeter-in-chief Elon Musk took to his favorite social-media platform yesterday after news broke about the ever-upcoming Model X electric crossover, and in the process, he revealed some new tidbits we hadn’t yet heard about the long-promised Model 3. It turns out that you’ll be able to put in your reservation for one very […] 
2016 Jaguar XF: New Lower Price, Better Looks, Diesel Coming Next Year  Sep 3rd, 2015 
With its upcoming 2017 XE and 2016 XJ sedans, Jaguar is pushing its value position with prices that undercut those of the competition. The story is the same for the all-new 2016 XF that goes on sale this fall, which is priced aggressively against competitors such as the BMW 5-series, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Mercedes-Benz […] 
2016 Jaguar XF: New Lower Price, Better Looks, Diesel Coming Next Year  Sep 3rd, 2015 
Frogger 2: Jukey’s Revenge (Or: A Second-Generation Nissan Juke Is Confirmed)  Sep 3rd, 2015 
It probably reads like a foregone conclusion, this announcement that Nissan will redesign the Juke for a second generation—nearly 40,000 of them were sold each of the last two years in the U.S.—but the news holds more than word of a new froggy Nissan. The next Juke will be the first vehicle to ride on a new […] 
2017 Jaguar XE Pricing Released for Turbo’d 25t, Supercharged XE 35t, and Diesel XE 20d  Sep 3rd, 2015 
Helping to fill the newsless void between first debuting the new XE sports sedan (last year) and actually putting the four-door on sale here in the U.S. (sometime next year), Jaguar has released the XE’s pricing details. We still don’t know anything about the base XE 25t’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four beyond its membership in Jaguar’s new […] 
2017 Jaguar XE Pricing Released for Turbo’d 25t, Supercharged XE 35t, and Diesel XE 20d  Sep 3rd, 2015 
NHTSA Lowers Total Vehicle Count from Takata Airbag Recall  Sep 3rd, 2015 
The federal government has been overestimating the number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag-inflator recalls by about 40 percent. In actuality—and within a few hundred thousand of our own rolling total, partially sourced from the very agency which is now correcting its figure—the number of affected cars now being cited by NHTSA is 19.2 […] 
The BMW M6 GT3, a More Worthy Race Car than the Z4  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Since 2010, BMW has sold a GT3 version of its Z4 roadster for endurance racing. The problem is that the Z4 is a car of diminishing relevance. Sales of roadsters aren’t where they used to be, and the customer base of the Z4 might be somewhat farther removed from the racing scene than owners of […] 
A Visual History of Jeep Pickup Trucks: The Lineage Is Longer than You Think  Sep 2nd, 2015 
A new, Wrangler-based Jeep pickup has been confirmed—this is what it will have to live up to.  
2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 Diesel: Is It a Diesel or an Apple?  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Before Land Rover allowed us to drive the new diesel-powered Range Rover Sport, we were told that no one in a single focus group identified its new Td6 powerplant as a diesel engine. “Sure,” we thought, “but these are probably the same kind of rubes who might bite into a red onion thinking it’s an […] 
BMW i3 Owners Hack Software to Fit Extra 1/2-Gallon of Gas  Sep 2nd, 2015 
The range-extender-equipped BMW i3 explores a strange legal loophole in California. Since its gasoline-powered range is roughly equal to its electric-only range—78 miles on fuel, 72 on battery, per the EPA—the Golden State considers the car a zero-emission vehicle. Credit the i3’s motorcycle-tiny 1.9-gallon fuel tank for that. But in Europe, the i3 can go […] 
The BMW M6 GT3, a More Worthy Race Car than the Z4  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Citroen Cactus M Concept: Driving “En Plein Air”  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Citroen just revealed a concept riff on the Cactus crossover that’s more beach than desert: The Cactus M, a topless beach cruiser that’s a spiritual, if not dimensionally faithful, successor to the 2CV-based Citroen Mehari of yore. Delightfully described in the French-language press release as “un crossover de plein air,” a phrase that sadly translates […] 
Citroen Cactus M Concept: Driving “En Plein Air”  Sep 2nd, 2015 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6 Diesel – First Drive Review  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Digitizing the F&I Process Increases Consumer Satisfaction, Study Shows  Sep 2nd, 2015 
A new study commissioned by MakeMyDeal and F&I Express showed that consumers who experience a digitized F&I process were more satisfied, more likely to return for their next vehicle purchase and more likely to refer the selling dealership to friends and family. 
Manheim Opens Riverside Facilities to Assist in Used-Vehicle Evaluations  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Manheim recently unveiled a new indoor vehicle inspection facility and the Kelley Blue Book Resource center at its California Service Center in Riverside, Calif. 
Solving the CFPB Problem  Sep 2nd, 2015 
The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation. 
The Great Defender  Sep 2nd, 2015 
New York dealer Bill Fox brings experience, passion, humility and unwavering support for the franchised dealer model to his role as 2015 NADA chairman. 
Dealer to Pay $12,500 Fine for Illegal Leasing Practices  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Credit Connection Auto Sales in central Pennsylvania has settled with the state’s attorney general for allegedly leasing vehicles that needed a considerable amount of repair work and using lease agreements that did not comply with federal law. 
CNCDA Says Tesla’s Referral Program Violates Bird-Dogging Ban  Sep 2nd, 2015 
The California New Car Dealers Association has called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors’ referral program, which the trade groups said constitutes “bird-dogging.” 
2016 Smart Fortwo Manual – First Drive Review  Sep 2nd, 2015 
The Name’s DB9 GT Bond Edition—Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Perhaps aware that some fans of both Aston Martin and James Bond might be feeling left out, unable to (officially) purchase one of the 10 special DB10 sports cars built for the upcoming Bond 007 Spectre movie, Aston has moved to fill the void. The stopgap, a DB9 GT Bond Edition, isn’t quite the stunner that […] 
Land Rover Shows Off New High-Tech Trailering Helpers  Sep 2nd, 2015 
Jaguar-Land Rover has been on a technology tear recently, trying its hand at everything from remote-controlled off-roaders and pothole-sensing SUVs to reading drivers’ brainwaves. It’s all very Bond-like, but with a purpose. Now, Land Rover is previewing a “Transparent Trailer” idea that, like Jaguar’s “invisible A-pillar” tech, aims to reduce blind spots for the driver […] 
2016 Smart Fortwo Manual First Drive: Edging Closer to Living Up to Its Name  Sep 2nd, 2015 
There are a few ways to have some fun with a 2016 Smart Fortwo. First, you can park it nose to tail with another Smart in the same single spot. You can also make a U-turn in your driveway. You could engage in a rousing session of Smart-tipping. Finally, you may also choose to drive […] 
Bugatti Previews the 1480-hp Veyron Replacement  Sep 2nd, 2015 
One of the more unique aspects of Gran Turismo is the Vision GT series of concept cars that manufacturers are creating just for the game. Some of them are total fiction, while others are serving as prototypes or teasers for upcoming production cars. The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is distinctly more production car teaser than […] 
Tesla Model X Specs Revealed Via Invite-Only Online Configurator  Sep 2nd, 2015 
How fancy are you? Fancy enough to be invited by Tesla Motors to reserve one of the very first Signature Series editions of the Model X crossover? If so, you got an eyeful of specs on the all-electric family ute that still haven’t officially been revealed to the public: zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds, 240 miles […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 / Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet – Official Photos and Info  Sep 1st, 2015 
2014 Porsche Cayman S – Long-term Update  Sep 1st, 2015 
Holy Toledo: Jeep Wrangler–Based Pickup Is Happening!  Sep 1st, 2015 
Less than 24 hours after reports began to circulate that the long-rumored Jeep Wrangler–based pickup was seriously being considered for production, Automotive News has seemingly confirmed that the project is a go. The news, which comes tied to the announcement that Wrangler production will remain in Toledo, Ohio, was confirmed to AN by independent sources. According to […] 
Frickin’ Fractal: Peugeot’s Newest Concept Features Big Audio Dynamite  Sep 1st, 2015 
Peugeot’s pushing its i-Cockpit infotainment system with the Fractal concept, but since we haven’t had Peugeots in the United States since before “infotainment” was a word, it’s a little lost on us. Regardless, the thing the system is wrapped in is pretty neat-looking—sort of an alt-Cooper Convertible with a hint of Gallic menace in place of Mini’s […] 
Frickin’ Fractal: Peugeot’s Newest Concept Features Big Audio Dynamite  Sep 1st, 2015 
2017 Mercedes S550 and S63 Cabrios Debut: Going Hog Wild with the Body Shell  Sep 1st, 2015 
The opening of the press release for the new S-class cabriolet reads, “After 44 years we can again offer friends of our company an open variant of the S-class. The new S-class cabriolet symbolizes our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers.” The statement’s attributed to Daimler board member […] 
Holy Toledo: Jeep Wrangler-Based Pickup Is Happening!  Sep 1st, 2015 
CNA National Marks 20th Anniversary of Purchase by CNA  Sep 1st, 2015 
It has been 20 years since CNA National was purchased by CNA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest insurance companies. 
Larry H. Miller Store Manager Makes Top 25 Young Professionals List  Sep 1st, 2015 
Jarred Black, store manager of Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Lakewood, was named by ColoradoBiz Magazine to its sixth annual list of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado. 
Eyewitness Surveillance Secures $15 Million Line of Credit  Sep 1st, 2015 
The new financing will bolster enhancements to the video-monitoring solutions provider’s existing product line and pave the way for strategic growth and market penetration. 
Solving the CFPB Problem  Sep 1st, 2015 
The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation. 
CNCDA Says Tesla’s Referral Program Violates Bird-Dogging Ban  Sep 1st, 2015 
The California New Car Dealers Association has called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors’ referral program, which the trade groups said constitutes “bird-dogging.” 
Let’s Ask Joe  Sep 1st, 2015 
Joe St. John may be the newest F&I trainer at Industry Summit, but he has a long history in the car business and some strong opinions about the future of the F&I office. 
The Great Defender  Sep 1st, 2015 
New York dealer Bill Fox brings experience, passion, humility and unwavering support for the franchised dealer model to his role as 2015 NADA chairman. 
Jeep Wrangler Black Bear Edition: What to Drive in Telluride  Sep 1st, 2015 
For years, Jeep has had difficulty building enough Wranglers to satisfy demand, but that hasn’t kept the brand’s marketing and product planning troops from dreaming up new packages to enhance profitability and keep metal moving off the showroom floors. The latest is the Black Bear Edition, new for 2016, and due to become available this fall. […] 
Chrysler Reveals Major Revisions to Pentastar V-6  Sep 1st, 2015 
To hear Chrysler tell it, the automaker’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 essentially will be a new engine when it makes its debut in the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, its first application in the FCA lineup. Basic dimensional elements—bore, stroke, bore-center spacing—carry over, but the engineering team claims greater efficiency, improved torque characteristics, a small horsepower uptick, and […] 
Won’t Back Down: Sergio Marchionne Still Pushing for Fiat-Chrysler/GM Merger  Sep 1st, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is still pushing for what he sees as an inevitable merger with General Motors, despite months of rejected meetings and ignored phone calls. The man in the black sweater hit hard in a recent must-read interview with Automotive News, claiming that combining with the world’s second-largest automaker could generate $30 billion […] 
Mazda Announces All-New Retail Evolution Dealership Design  Sep 1st, 2015 
The open concept floorplan offers business transparency and upscale décor featuring natural materials. The first Retail Evolution dealership built from the ground up to this exacting standard will be Mazda of Everett in Seattle, Wash., which opened late last month. 
Porsche Cayman S Long-Term Update: 30K in and It Still Cuts Like a Knife  Sep 1st, 2015 
WHAT WE LIKE: What we like best is not its rousing engine note or its eagerness to turn or its excellent steering system or its near-perfect shifter. No, what we like best about our long-term Cayman S—now 75 percent of the way through its stay with us—is that a drive in it is an automotive […] 
2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe Tested: Sometimes Big Power Isn’t Everything  Aug 31st, 2015 
Well, this is refreshing, a Mercedes coupe that’s actually a coupe—with two doors. It’s one of four available E-class body styles, joining a traditional four-door sedan, a station wagon, and a convertible. It’s an extensive lineup with a number of engine options that brings the total available models to 14, including a thrifty 2.1-liter turbo-diesel […] 
2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Coupe – Instrumented Test  Aug 31st, 2015 
FCA Codifies Buyback, Incentive Programs for Recalled Dodge, Jeep, and Ram Trucks and SUVs  Aug 31st, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler has now codified its incentive offerings to owners of some 200,000 Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler trucks and SUVs in order to either get the affected vehicles in for fixes or have them traded in toward new purchases. Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty Owners of 1993–1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002–2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs, which were […] 
S660 Roadster a No-Go for U.S., But There’s More to Honda’s Sports-Car Story  Aug 31st, 2015 
While a new Automotive News report indicates that the fantastic, super-mega-tiny S660 roadster isn’t coming to the U.S. as was expected—we understood that a 1.0-liter S1000 was on the table—we thanked our lucky VTECs that we will at least be sold the Civic Type R. According to American Honda executive vice president John Mendel, the S660 is likely too small to cut it […] 
Fiat-Chrysler Recalling 158,671 Jeep Cherokees for Potential Wiper Fault  Aug 31st, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler’s recall woes for the latest Jeep Cherokee just keep coming. The latest in a line of recalls for the crossover addresses static electricity buildup on the windshield wipers when they’re operated in dry conditions. An internal FCA investigation revealed the issue, which affects 158,671 2014 Cherokees in the U.S., as well as 47,997 abroad. Jeep May […] 
2016 Toyota Prius Caught Totally Naked Just Days Before Official Launch  Aug 31st, 2015 
If you, like us, were hoping Toyota might find some way to make its new, fourth-generation Prius hybrid less like an amorphous vehicular tadpole, prepare to be disappointed. New photos leaked by Prius Club Malaysia show a pair of 2016 Toyota Priuses seemingly in transit via air on their way to the official launch event. They are totally […] 
The New Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Is Amazing, But Can It Autocross?  Aug 31st, 2015 
The Corvette Z06 and I go way back. A 2002 Z06 was the first test car I ever wrote about, back when having 405 horsepower warranted carrying a badge that read “405 HP.” Those early cars were voted “Most Likely to Have Their Titanium Mufflers Replaced With Glasspacks Because The Owner Thinks ‘Titanium’ Is That Thing […] 
Traffic Tickets Have Become a Tax-Hack Pile-On  Aug 31st, 2015 
People with absolutely no friends in your state’s capital include terrorists, communists, smokers, and those cited for a driving offense. No politician with reelection on his or her mind would lift a finger to help out speeders and stoplight runners. Hey, they broke the law, they deserve whatever we give them, right? This political truth […] 
The Unboring Minivan? 2017 Chrysler Town & Country Comes Into Clearer Focus  Aug 31st, 2015 
A fresh report from Automotive News has gathered many previous details on the 2017 Chrysler Town & Country and added some new tidbits to provide the clearest, most concise picture yet of the next-generation family hauler. The industry paper expects the van to take styling cues from the 200-esque 700C concept, pictured above, which quietly debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto […] 
Jeep May Actually Build Wrangler-Based Pickup  Aug 31st, 2015 
The oft-teased idea of pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler has gotten a new lease on life, thanks to a recent report in Automotive News. Springing from Fiat-Chrysler’s recent dealer meeting, the report says that a Jeep-branded mid-size pickup “could begin production in 2018,” depending on what happens with the Toledo, Ohio, factory that has long […] 
Cell Mate: 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Sedan Tested  Aug 31st, 2015 
Mirai is Japanese for “the future.” This is Toyota’s way of saying that its sedan most resembling SpongeBob SquarePants on a skateboard runs on hydrogen and produces no emissions. The Mirai is the first fuel-cell car offered for sale, not just lease. (The conceptually similar Honda FCX Clarity and Hyundai Tucson FCEV remain corporate property […] 
2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Sedan – Instrumented Test  Aug 31st, 2015 
2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet: Is Going Topless Enough to Get Noticed?  Aug 28th, 2015 
Whether you want it to happen or not, you’ll soon be inundated with coverage of Miley Cyrus’s performance as the host of the MTV Video Music Awards. No, we won’t be watching that particular spectacle either, but being among the vast population of Facebook users, we wholly expect to see that the event will be […] 
2016 Smart Fortwo Fuel Economy Released, ED Model to Arrive for 2017  Aug 28th, 2015 
The new 2016 Smart Fortwo is better in pretty much every way—except one: fuel economy, which is roughly the same as last year, at 33/39 for the automatic. (The newly available manual version checks in at 32/39 mpg city/highway.) Considering it has upgraded power and performance, this is somewhat of a win, although we’re sure that […] 
2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Debuts: New-Gen Car, Four Percent More Roof – Official Photos and Info  Aug 28th, 2015 
Future Past: This Modern 1930s Grand Prix–Style Sports Car Needs to Happen  Aug 28th, 2015 
British designer Afzal Kahn must hate sleep. Reigning over a mini-empire that includes namesake concerns Kahn Automobiles, Kahn Styling, and Kahn Clocks and Watches, he recently added the Chelsea Truck Co., to his portfolio, a London-based retail outlet where the well-heeled can browse off-road offerings such as the wonderfully bizarre Land Rover Defender–based Flying Huntsman 6×6. Now, in […] 
2017 Ford GT Ordering Process Requires Application, Will Be Special  Aug 28th, 2015 
Interested in the new Ford GT? Well, better start getting your affairs in order, because you won’t merely be able to walk into your neighborhood Ford dealership and pick one up the same way you would, say, grab a new Focus. As first brought to light by Road & Track via Reddit, Ford will set up a […] 
How to Change a Flat Tire in 11 Easy Steps [Sponsored]  Aug 28th, 2015 
Whether it’s the rattling that comes and goes with the moon phases, a timing belt that obeys only changes in barometric pressure, or the sudden flickering of that dreaded “check engine” light, certain car problems require the professional experience and honest technical knowledge only a mechanic can bring. This doesn’t mean you should be afraid […] 
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R Driven: Ford Moves the Muscle Car to a Higher Order  Aug 28th, 2015 
We’ve been here before. We’ve stared down the barrel of a twin-striped Mustang with more than 500 horsepower and the name of a Texas chicken farmer across its fanny. The last one, the 2013 Shelby GT500, had 662 horsepower, in fact, and was said to go over 200 mph. It didn’t, not for us, anyway. […] 
The Refreshed Chrysler 300 SRT Is Hot—But It’s Officially Dead for North America  Aug 28th, 2015 
Donning the Blue Blazer: What It’s Like to Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours [Sponsored]  Aug 28th, 2015 
With 2015 marking its 65th year, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, held on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links, is the world’s premier vintage-car event. The coveted Best of Show trophy at the Concours is the holy grail of the old car world. As a Pebble Beach judge for 26 years, I’ve witnessed the […] 
The Refreshed Chrysler 300 SRT Is Hot—But It’s Officially Dead for North America  Aug 28th, 2015 
The mainstream Chrysler 300 lineup received a thorough update for 2015 with nary a peep about the nuclear-grade SRT version. While that was a clear message that the burliest 300 was truly buried in North America—our sources also said as much last year—multiple sightings of refreshed 300 SRTs testing in the U.S. sowed confusion and seemed to indicate otherwise. Well, the answer is now […] 
Audi Tech Update: Virtual Cockpit for A3, Anti-Hacking Measures, 1-Teraflop A8  Aug 28th, 2015 
Four decades ago, automotive engineers dealing with electronics had to make sure the distributor’s rotor kept whizzing, the air conditioners didn’t kill the alternators, and nothing would cause shorts to put the eight-track on the fritz. Times have changed. Now such engineers are involved in every area of a car company. For proof, here’s a peek at […] 
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R – First Drive Review  Aug 28th, 2015 
Ventura Vintage Rods Return to Channel Islands Harbor for Harbor Run 25  Aug 28th, 2015 
More than 300 Classic Cars on Display - Free to Public 
2016 BMW 750i xDrive First Drive: A Luxury Barge with Several Barges’ Worth of Features  Aug 27th, 2015 
Luxury is a great intangible. There’s no formal test to detect it or means of measuring it. It’s nothing but an impression and, as such, can lack real substance. But BMW’s new 2016 7-series has plenty of substance, starting with the very substances from which it’s constructed. READ MORE ›› 
How to Jump Start a Car in 13 Easy Steps [Sponsored]  Aug 27th, 2015 
Whether it’s the rattling that comes and goes with the moon phases, a timing belt that obeys only changes in barometric pressure, or the sudden flickering of that dreaded check engine light, certain car problems require the professional experience and honest technical knowledge only a mechanic can bring. This doesn’t mean you should be afraid […] 
Cheap(er) Thrills: 2016 Subaru BRZ Sees Price Decrease  Aug 27th, 2015 
Buy a 2016 BRZ and Subaru will throw in a free 32-inch LED TV or a fancy dinner for two in Manhattan. Okay, so there’s not actually an incentive program like that on the car, but the cost of such things is what buyers of this lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car will save on the 2016 model versus the […] 
TVR’s 2017 Sports Car Is Sold Out Despite Not Existing Yet  Aug 27th, 2015 
TVR is back from the dead, again, again, and its already having some sales success—despite the fact that it doesn’t actually have a car yet. That’s the word from Autocar, which reports that the newly revived British sports car company has accepted deposits for every car it plans to build in 2017. All 250 of […] 
2016 BMW 7-series / 750i xDrive – First Drive Review  Aug 27th, 2015 
2015 Toyota Prius Reviewed: 50 mpg Isn’t Easy  Aug 27th, 2015 
Overview: Combine an engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack and you get the hybrid car, a chimeric mixed-breed vehicle that has existed since the late 19th century but which never got much mainstream traction until Toyota gave us the Prius 15 years ago. This third-generation model arrived in 2010, which is the last […] 
2015 Toyota Prius – Quick-Take Review  Aug 27th, 2015 
Payment Gap Between New and Used Hits All-Time High in Q2, Experian Reports  Aug 27th, 2015 
The rise in new-vehicle prices continued in the second quarter, with more consumers turning toward the used market and leasing. Loan terms also continued to stretch. 
Digital Air Strike Adds to Management Team  Aug 27th, 2015 
Susan Burke joins Digital Air Strike as vice president of OEM partnerships and Beth Kelly will serve as vice president of client results. 
Consumer Complaints Hit 677,000, CFPB Reports  Aug 27th, 2015 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received more than 677,000 consumer complaints as of August 1, according to the bureau’s monthly consumer complaints snapshot. The biggest increase was in credit reporting complaints. 
Goes Like Hell! Rumor Has it Dodge Will Make a Dart GLH  Aug 27th, 2015 
Back in the 1980s, Carroll Shelby famously had a hand in Chrysler’s hopped-up Dodge Omnis that, according to their acronym, Went Like Hell. (And then his shop took point in assembling the follow-up Omni GLHS, which stood for “Goes Like Hell Some-more.”) Now, rumor has it Dodge wants to revive the GLH badge for a hot-rod version […] 
2017 Kia Sportage Breaks Free, Shows Off New Face  Aug 27th, 2015 
Kia’s all-new Sportage crossover will make its full, specifications-and-details debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show in September, but the automaker is releasing photos of the production model a few weeks early. Like pretty much every other modern Kia, the new Sportage looks fresh, handsome, and upscale. Designed under the watch of Hyundai-Kia’s head of […] 
Ford’s Voodoo V-8 Is the Most Interesting Engine of the Year  Aug 27th, 2015 
Ford’s Voodoo V-8 Is the Most Interesting Engine of the Year  Aug 27th, 2015 
From the September 2015 issue The new rev-happy 5.2-liter V-8 in the Mustang Shelby GT350 is one of the most compelling reasons to visit a Ford dealership in 2016. Code-named Voodoo and sharing its basic architecture with the Mustang GT’s 435-hp, 5.0-liter Coyote engine, this new powerplant is an altogether wilder animal, producing 526 horsepower […] 
The Ultimate Automotive-Themed Watches [Sponsored]  Aug 27th, 2015 
Gearheads have an almost irrational attraction to fine timepieces; there’s something about wearing a minuscule mechanical movement that captures the imaginations (and wallets) of countless car fiends. Perhaps it’s the wonderment of miniaturization, or the way a ticking watch serves as a perfect sub-scale metaphor for a pulsing engine and whirring gearbox. Whatever the reason, […] 
Your Trash Might Be Someone's Treasure  Aug 27th, 2015 
The Bottom Line on Hidden Treasures 
Exceptional Conceptual: The Greatest Concept Cars of All Time, Volume I  Aug 26th, 2015 
A by-no-means-exhaustive look at some of history's greatest automotive flights of fancy. 
Jaguar Releases Details, Single Photo of F-Pace Crossover Before Frankfurt Debut  Aug 26th, 2015 
Jaguar is late to the luxury-crossover game, but the new F-Pace crossover will pounce onto the scene next month, making its official debut at the Frankfurt auto show before hitting dealerships sometime during 2016 as a 2017 model. Jaguar isn’t waiting, however, to release a few details about the new cat’s claws—its chassis—as well as […] 
Dodge’s Future: Alfa-Based Barracuda Convertible, New Charger Sedan Coming Soon  Aug 26th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler’s dealer meeting in Las Vegas has turned up a lot of news, some of which we saw coming and some of which we didn’t. Among the drool-worthy tidbits are those pertaining to Dodge, and what’s to become of its Charger sedan and the long-rumored Barracuda. (The ’Cuda pictured here is our artist’s rendering first published in […] 
Ford Ranger May Return to U.S. By 2018, For Reals  Aug 26th, 2015 
Compact-pickup buyers began pining for a new version of the venerable Ford Ranger as soon as the robots welded the trucks’ final frames four years ago, and you can count us among that lot. Now, according to anonymous big mouths in the Detroit News, Ford is not only planning to bring the global-market Ranger to America, but wants to […] 
Jeep Confirms Hellcat-Powered Grand Cherokee to Dealers, Reveals 0–60 Time  Aug 26th, 2015 
Jeep gave its U.S. dealers a sneak peek at the hottest machine in its upcoming lineup: the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk. Yes, it’s real. The Hellcat-ified Grand Cherokee, which we’ve been telling you about for a while now, was shown to Fiat-Chrysler dealers during the automaker’s annual dealership meeting in Las Vegas yesterday, Automotive […] 
Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto: We Test the Most Hyped Software of the Year  Aug 26th, 2015 
From the September 2015 issue The term “infotainment,” despite being a marketing portmanteau that makes our eyes roll, does neatly sum up the increasing variety of human-machine interfaces that dominates today’s dashboards. Now, Silicon Valley has leapt into the infotainment fray with technology that promises to simplify the often contentious relationship between man and modern […] 
Timing of Labor Day to Drive Down August Sales by 4%, KBB Predicts  Aug 26th, 2015 
Because of the timing of Labor Day, August new-vehicle sales will not get the boost it got last year from the holiday sales weekend. But KBB analysts still expect August sales to 'remain robust.' 
Depreciation Expected to Accelerate, Black Book/Fitch Report  Aug 26th, 2015 
The two firms reported this week that overall vehicle depreciation is expected to reach between 14% and 14.5% by the end of the year. 
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