Blog Introduces a Marketplace for Private Car Owners and Auto Dealers  Oct 8th, 2015 
Join the #1 auto swapping market place with like-minded private owners and auto dealers. Upload your vehicle for free. Become a member now and join thousands of other carswappers. 
VW CEO Müller: Bugatti Threatened, Phaeton Safe in Aftermath of Diesel-Emissions Scandal  Oct 7th, 2015 
Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller is preparing workers for massive cuts, which will be necessary due to the costs associated with the ongoing and vast emissions scandal. In an interview with the German newspaper F.A.Z., Müller singled out Bugatti by saying that every model and every brand would be reconsidered in the light of their […] 
Wipe and Catch Fire: GM SUVs Recalled for Overheating Wiper Motors  Oct 7th, 2015 
The Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia are being recalled for defective windshield-wiper motors that can overheat and cause a fire. Some 31,000 vehicles are affected. The problem is limited to 2016 models, and most of the affected vehicles haven’t yet found their way into customers’ hands. For the 6400 that have, GM has […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Manual Test: We’re Speechless  Oct 7th, 2015 
What else can we say about the latest Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that we haven’t said before? From our first test: “The Z06 must be ranked among the world’s best.” From the Z06 coupe’s comparison-test win against the Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S: “Drink your Red Bull and splash some water on your […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 7th, 2015 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 7th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 7th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
Overland Essentials [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
Overlanding is best described as vehicle-dependent adventure travel, where the journey is the primary goal. This can be by car, truck, motorcycle or even bicycle, but nothing is more synonymous with overlanding than the Land Rover Defender. So much so that it is widely believed that the first car most people in the developing world […] 
An Overland Journey, Part 2 [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
Climbing the east side of the White Mountains. Jack refuels at the base of a long climb. Geoff climbs into the Bristle Cone Pine Forest. The approach road can be seen in the background. Standing below a tree that is 4000 years old can be overwhelming. Driving through a poplar forest in search of camp. […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Dissected: Design, Engine, Interior, and More!  Oct 7th, 2015 
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has long been a favorite of ours. With a body only slightly larger than a Honda Civic and a massive 6.2-liter V-8 cranking out supercar power, how could it not be? Apparently others felt the same way. Globally, Mercedes managed to sell 40,000 copies of the previous-generation C63 coupe. Sans AMG […] 
New Subaru Outback and Next Impreza Previewed by Tokyo Concepts  Oct 7th, 2015 
While the Tokyo auto show is often a venue for Japanese automakers to get extra-weird with their concept cars, Subaru’s two show cars amount to a fairly straightforward preview of the next-generation Outback and Impreza hatchback. The star of the show for Subaru is the Viziv Future Concept—“Viziv” is said to be derived from “Vision […] 
Lightning Lap 2015: Q&A with Corvette Ride-and-Handling Engineer Jim Mero  Oct 7th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Corvette ride-and-handling engineer Jim Mero knows a thing or three about putting down a fast lap. Watch him attack the Nürburgring in a C6 ZR1 on YouTube if you don’t believe us. During his 11 years working on the Corvette, he estimates that he has done more than 15,000 laps […] 
Imported Pickups Inch Closer with the Trans-Pacific Partnership  Oct 7th, 2015 
Perhaps President Obama is a secret Volkswagen Amarok fan. Proof? His signature on a trade pact with 11 countries could lower the barriers to foreign-made pickup trucks and vans on our soil for the first time in more than 50 years. After six years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now up for approval […] 
What is Overlanding? [Sponsored]  Oct 7th, 2015 
The open-top Defender struggled against the soft sand, its turbo-diesel motor screaming from beneath the hood in an effort to clear the edge of a massive dune. The convoy of Land Rovers was deep into the Altar Desert of Sonora, Mexico and running low on fuel; the two days of desert driving had taxed our […] 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Dissected: Design, Powertrain, Chassis, and More – Feature  Oct 7th, 2015 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance this summer, BMW granted us a first look at an upcoming higher-performance version of the M4—the M4 GTS. Far from being another high-powered derivative for collectors, this special edition is a real technology showcase. The M4 GTS features two industry firsts: a water-injection system designed to sharply increase power, and […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
Why High-Definition Maps Are Essential to the Next Generation of High-Tech Cars  Oct 6th, 2015 
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Air Force did the world a solid by granting full access to the Global Positioning System. In that time, motorists have moved from crude, monochrome line maps to 3-D topographic displays rendered with skies, buildings, and live traffic information. But even after the Defense Department agreed to stop […] 
Audi Testing Futuristic Gesture-Based Virtual Assembly Analysis  Oct 6th, 2015 
Back when Henry Ford was still fiddling with the assembly line, getting parts onto a car as fast as possible was the only goal. Men lined a pathway on which Model Ts would slither, and they’d wrangle their assigned component onto the budding vehicle as it passed by. Today, all-out speed is but one part […] 
Subaru Forester Updated for Japan, Likely for Our Market for 2017  Oct 6th, 2015 
Subaru’s latest Forester having been introduced for the 2014 model year, it will soon be due for a freshening—but so far, only the Japanese-domestic-market variant has been fettled with. The updated JDM Forester will debut at the 2015 Tokyo auto show, and it’s been given updated fascias, headlights, taillights, and a new grille. Like the […] 
Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports  Oct 6th, 2015 
At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services. 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 6th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
Fine Whine: A Semiserious Proposal for Rationalizing Speeding Fines  Oct 6th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue People commit countless transgressions behind the steering wheel, but speeding gets the most attention. As lovers of fast cars and the sensations they provide, we find that troubling.* This is, after all, the magazine that invented the Cannonball Run. Speed-limit enforcement is arbitrary, and the fines have no relationship to […] 
Elon Musk Tweets (Then Deletes) Hint About “Model Y” Crossover  Oct 6th, 2015 
The Tesla Model X (pictured above) began reaching customers only last week, ​but CEO Elon Musk already is dropping hints at an as-yet-unknown future offering: In a now-deleted tweet spotted by Tech Insider, the Tesla founder gave away plans for a Model 3–based crossover called the Model Y. And it sounds like it’ll have those crazy “falcon wing” […] 
Porsche Cayman GT4 Adding Clubsport Version  Oct 6th, 2015 
The clue is in the name. Porsche’s Motorsport division is responsible for developing the crown jewels of the company’s road car division—the 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4 are the most recent examples. But it’s also charged with developing racing versions of the same machinery, which is why you can color us unsurprised at news of […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel First Drive: The Littlest Big Rig  Oct 6th, 2015 
Here’s the rundown on Chevy’s new 2016 Colorado diesel: Its new Duramax turbo-diesel engine is made in Thailand, the transmission is assembled in Mexico, there’s plenty of Brazil in the basic design, Chevrolet is a French name, the whole thing is assembled in Missouri, and you’ll need at least $3730 additional American dollars if you […] 
2016 Nissan Frontier: The “I’m Still Here!” Truck Gets New Pricing  Oct 6th, 2015 
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that Nissan still sells the mid-size Frontier pickup truck, even though it’s easy to overlook when the redesigned Toyota Tacoma and the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins from GM are soaking up the spotlight. And did we hear a new Ford Ranger is in the […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel – First Drive Review  Oct 6th, 2015 
VW Diesel Remedies Could Vary from New Software to New Car  Oct 6th, 2015 
The fix is not yet in for Volkswagen’s emissions-test-cheating diesels, but when it does arrive, there could be more than one. Bloomberg reports that some models might be able to come clean with only a software update (although how that will affect performance and fuel economy is unknown), whereas others might need a larger catalytic […] 
John Nicholls Receives NAAA Auctioneer of the Year Award  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Auction Association honors second generation champion auctioneer 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
In a move that could be interpreted as taking weight savings to an extreme—or, alternately, as a move downmarket with a special-edition model to be sold exclusively at Walmart—Lexus has unveiled a unique IS sedan made entirely of cardboard. Although Lexus touts the project as “pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and craftsmanship,” we would […] 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Wearing Camo in the Woods  Oct 5th, 2015 
These are soooo not spy shots. Yes, they show a camouflaged thing, a thing that has not been officially revealed, (and, frankly, a thing we still can’t quite believe is happening in the first place), but no, they’re not spy shots. The vehicle in said photos is Land Rover’s upcoming Range Rover Evoque convertible, of […] 
Volvo Details Auto-Pilot Feature for Its Self-Driving Feature  Oct 5th, 2015 
As we slowly draw nearer to the commencement of Volvo’s 100-car autonomous driving pilot program in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2017, some more details on the project have been revealed. Volvo has released a video explaining how its self-driving cars—all 2016 XC90s—will engage full self-driving mode, and, just as important, how the cars will hand control […] 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe: V-6, Rear-Drive, Manual Tested!  Oct 5th, 2015 
To exit the parking lot behind our local barbecue hangout, you enter a narrow lane between two brick buildings before emerging beside the restaurant’s outdoor patio. So, we tapped the console button to open the flaps in the Jaguar F-type’s exhaust system and revved it a bit in first gear just to hear it echo […] 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 5th, 2015 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
Charles Darwin blew wide open the whole “evolution” concept studying finches on the Galapagos Islands in the mid-1800s. Mitsubishi blew wide open the notion of what a performance bargain could be when it introduced the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution to the U.S. market for the first time in 2003. The connection? Like those finches, the […] 
Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept Comes to Life in Tokyo, Presages Next GT-R  Oct 5th, 2015 
Nissan’s Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo has been available to “drive”—virtually—for over a year, but now Nissan has confirmed that the concept is making its real-life debut at the Tokyo auto show later this month. The concept also hints at the next-generation GT-R. The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was first revealed in June […] 
10 Things We Learned About the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace  Oct 5th, 2015 
The 2017 F-Pace is a big deal—it has to be, if Jaguar is to ever beat its whimsical 15,000 annual sales in the U.S. last year—but the competition has already flexed their summer tires. We spoke with chief designer Ian Callum in Frankfurt, who never thought his pen would stroke such a project, and poked […] 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
Chevrolet’s rapidly proliferating “Midnight Edition” treatment keeps things simple: Darken the exterior trim, slap on some black-painted wheels, and generally give the subject vehicle an overwhelming sense of subtle meanness. And so it goes with the Silverado Midnight Edition. We experienced the 2015 model just before driving the updated 2016 Silverado 1500, and, unable to […] 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
Fast Facts: The Number of Configurations Offered By Today’s Car Manufacturers Is Staggering  Oct 5th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Pickup trucks have long been the kings of configuration—long or short bed? two doors or four?—but now there’s a new challenger for multiple-choice supremacy: the van. Ford’s big Transit comes in three roof heights, two wheelbases, three overall lengths, and with a choice of three engines. All told, once a […] 
Strange Dayz: Nissan Tokyo Concept Is More for “Sharing” than Driving  Oct 5th, 2015 
At the other end of the spectrum, thematically, from its Vision 2020 Gran Turismo, Nissan at Tokyo also will display a quirky, electric concept car that purports to redefine transportation for a digital Japanese generation. Bizarrely dubbed Teatro for Dayz—a name that blends the Italian word for theater (teatro) and a current Nissan minicar—the EV concept […] 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Driven: A Mild Pick-Me-Up for Chevy’s Pick-’Em-Up  Oct 3rd, 2015 
“This is a truck that’s easy to embrace. It knows what it wants to be.” That is the final line in our entry for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado in a recent four-truck comparison test, a test in which the Chevy finished second behind only Ford’s newer F-150. As we’ve been saying since the truck debuted […] 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – First Drive Review  Oct 3rd, 2015 
I Bought a Used Electric Vehicle—Here’s How It’s Worked Out So Far  Oct 2nd, 2015 
My wife, Tina, watched the new owner of her old Volkswagen Golf reverse down our driveway and putter off. Then she went into the house and lay down on the floor and cried. In an effort to comfort her, I fanned her with the stack of fresh $100 bills, a stack that was even bigger […] 
We Test Honda’s New Grom Minibike—Including in Our Office  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Motorcyclists signal their two-wheel approval by dropping left hands while passing. But when you’re riding a Honda Grom powered by a 125-cc engine and the rider of a 1340-cc Suzuki Hayabusa making around 190 horsepower gives you the low sign, it’s hard not to laugh. That’s like a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s driver soliciting kinship […] 
Wiped Out: Toyota Recalls 423,000 RAV4 Models for Windshield Wipers  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Toyota is recalling 423,456 RAV4 crossovers for water-clogged windshield wipers, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Channels under the windshield cowl that normally drain excess water may deform over time due to misaligned pin connectors and allow the water to pool, which may then drip onto the joint connecting the windshield […] 
EPA Gathering Used Diesels to Test If Other Manufacturers Cheated, Too  Oct 2nd, 2015 
If there were any illusions that Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating wouldn’t spark a broader investigation into diesel-car emissions, please allow us to disallow you of them. As reported by the Financial Times, the EPA is going to begin testing pretty much every diesel car model sold today, from all manufacturers, to determine whether companies not named […] 
Honda Recalling 143,000 Civic and Fit Models for CVT Trouble  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Honda is recalling 143,676 Civic and Fit models in the U.S. for transmission failures, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) may have a weakened drive-pulley shaft (the part connected to the crankcase) that can break when exposed to high […] 
Two More Two-Doors: Lexus Adds RC200t and RC300 AWD to Coupe Lineup  Oct 2nd, 2015 
In a move that wasn’t too hard to predict, Lexus is putting its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine into the RC coupe, creating the RC200t; it’s also adding a new V-6, all-wheel-drive model, the RC300 AWD. The moves expand the coupe offerings and bring the RC into line with the IS sedan. The RC200t already was […] 
Oh, Snap: 218,000 Nissan Versa Models Recalled for Broken Coil Springs  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa sedans and hatchbacks for front coil springs that can break, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the 2007-2012 Versa, the springs can crack due to a lack of phosphorous coating or bits chipping off when the spring compresses, during which road salts and other corrosives […] 
Lexus Adds RC 200t and RC 300 AWD to Coupe Line-up  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Black Beauty: Porsche Introduces Cayman Black Edition  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Back in May, Porsche introduced—or reintroduced, more accurately—special “Black Edition” models of the 911 Carrera and the Boxster for 2015, which combine popular interior and exterior options with classic, black-on-black color schemes. Now, the Cayman joins Team Black with the announcement of the new Cayman Black Edition. As with its Black Edition brethren, the Cayman […] 
Mazda MX-5 Miata RS: A High-Po Miata for Japan’s Eyes Only  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Here in the U.S., Mazda’s latest MX-5 Miata is available only with a 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That might sound like a pipsqueak, but globally, there’s also a 1.5-liter four making—get ready—129 horsepower. In Mazda’s home market, the 1.5-liter is the only engine option, so don’t ever complain about the Miata not having enough power, […] 
BMO Bank’s Auto Business Exiting 12 States  Oct 2nd, 2015 
The Chicago-based bank notified dealers in approximately 12 states that it’s refocusing its indirect auto business to its core market states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona and Florida. 
Mazda’s New MX-5 Miata Cup Is an Ultra-Affordable Race Car  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Scion FR-S Tested: Checking In with an Enthusiasts’ Favorite  Oct 1st, 2015 
Driving enthusiasts have a lot of options these days, from the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata all the way up to track-focused versions of our favorites, such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins still exist in the lower end of the spectrum price-wise. Both earned 10Best nods upon […] 
2016 Ford Explorer Sport – Instrumented Test  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Scion FR-S Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Ford Explorer Sport Tested: What’s In a Name?  Oct 1st, 2015 
Ford likes to tout the 2016 Explorer as the sixth-generation model. As inveterate quibblers, we’d suggest the reasoning behind that claim has more to do with eligibility criteria for various new-car awards than with the hardware on the showroom floor. It may be a quarter-century since the Explorer pretty much launched the whole SUV craze, […] 
How We’d Spec It: 2016 Toyota Tacoma  Oct 1st, 2015 
Mazda’s New MX-5 Miata Cup Is an Ultra-Affordable Race Car  Oct 1st, 2015 
Mazda has finally announced how much it will charge for the 2016 MX-5 Miata Cup race car, the factory track animal that will compete in the brand’s newly global MX-5 Cup racing series. Before we reveal the price, keep in mind that this is a one-stop-shop race car, an MX-5 fully outfitted with a safety […] 
How We’d Spec It: The Raddest, Stick-Shifted 2016 Toyota Tacoma  Oct 1st, 2015 
Sensing a threat in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, Toyota sent its long-running, still-popular Tacoma in for a rather extensive update. The result? The 2016 Tacoma, which has all-new sheetmetal, a new interior, a new V-6 engine, and, well, a lot of “new.” In spite of all this newness, the Tacoma is […] 
CFPB Accused of Using ‘Junk Science’ to Regulate Auto Lending  Oct 1st, 2015 
CFPB Director Richard Cordray was met with hostility on Tuesday during the bureau’s semi-annual report to Congress. The hearing took place a day before a House committee passed two CFPB reform bills. 
Westlake Expanding Dallas Servicing Team  Oct 1st, 2015 
This week, Westlake Financial Service began its recruitment process as part of its plans to expand the servicing team in its Dallas production center, which opened its doors this past January. 
CreditMiner Adds VISOIQ Consumer Database  Oct 1st, 2015 
CreditMiner, a pre-qualification solution for dealers, has added the VISOIQ database of consumer information to its suite of data offerings. 
Cox Completes Acquisition of Dealertrack  Oct 1st, 2015 
Dealertrack unloaded its inventory management solution today, clearing the way for Cox Automotive to complete its acquisition of the software maker. The announcement comes a day after the Justice Department challenged the merger between the two software giants. 
Costco, GM Team Up on Holiday Promotion  Oct 1st, 2015 
For the third year in a row, Costco is teaming with General Motors on a winter Holiday Sales Event that will offer members saving on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. The event runs from Oct. 2 through Jan. 4, 2016 
CFPB Takes Action Against Westlake and Its Title-Lending Subsidiary  Oct 1st, 2015 
The bureau ordered the subprime auto finance source and its subsidiary to pay a $4.25 million civil penalty for illegal debt-collection tactics and $44.1 million in consumer redress. 
The Last Ice Cream Run of Summer: A Moto Guzzi, Two Bentleys, and One of California’s Great Highways [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
When I was young, I felt a little cheated. At the end of every summer, I’d go back to school, and the other kids had invariably gone to Disneyland at some point. Me? I’d just spent a couple of weeks camping with my parents and grandparents up on the Mendocino or Humboldt coasts. That was […] 
Rim Rock Drive to the Million Dollar Highway: A Driving Adventure [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Panoz Reveals DeltaWing GT Road-Car Concept, More Details on Race Version  Oct 1st, 2015 
If the story of the DeltaWing seems like it’s started, re-started, and re-started yet again, that’s because it has. After first designing and racing the odd, narrow-front-track car, Panoz started suing the bejeezus out of Nissan, who recruited the DeltaWing’s original designer to create a similar car for Nissan’s racing efforts. Eager to stick it […] 
More Tokyo Awesomeness: Suzuki Showing Oddball Subcompact, Minivan, Scooter  Oct 1st, 2015 
The biennial Tokyo auto show not only gives us a chance to see some seriously weird stuff, it also gives us the opportunity to check out the wildest creations from automakers that don’t sell cars in the U.S. Suzuki did sell cars here some time ago, and perhaps if those cars were as funky and […] 
Rim Rock Drive to the Million Dollar Highway: A Driving Adventure [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Colorado’s Western Slope lures outdoor adventurers with mountains, rivers, and protected wilderness. Rock-climbers, mountain bikers, white-water rafters, snowboarders, off-roaders, backpackers, and wildlife photographers increasingly populate the region’s small towns, bringing with them cafés and art galleries to supplant the Old West of cowboy saddleries and prospectors’ tool shops, like hipsters gentrifying the grittier districts of […] 
Why Do We Keep Buying Vehicles at Dealerships? [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Two 20-somethings walked into a car dealership . . . No, that really happened—this isn’t a setup for a joke. More than a quarter of the 16 million new-car purchases in the United States last year were made by that tech-savvy, marketing-averse group known as millennials, according to market-research firm […] 
On Cars and Drives—Or, How to Put Some Adventure into the Modern Road Trip [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Today, there’s little adventure in most mid-range road trips. We’re talking about your standard Detroit-to-Chicago, New York-to-Boston, L.A.-to-Vegas drives, the 4–7 hour jaunts that are relatively easy on both the car and the driver. Modern motoring simply isn’t all that difficult; you can pick a spot on a map, fuel up your car (provided it’s […] 
Smart Software Enables Responsive Inventory Management in Volatile Markets  Oct 1st, 2015 
Highlights Inventory Optimization with Service Level Demand Planning at APICS 2015 
2015 Infiniti QX60 Review: Sleek and Stylish, But So Is the Nissan Pathfinder  Oct 1st, 2015 
Overview: Infiniti’s QX60 was introduced in 2013 as the JX series, undergoing a name change to its current moniker one year later as part of a broader naming strategy imposed upon the brand’s entire lineup. A three-row crossover based on the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60 technically still offers a hybrid variant but for all intents […] 
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer: Improved, However Subtly  Oct 1st, 2015 
The trouble with that old trope about “breaking through the noise” is that it rarely acknowledges context. For example, it’s at least possible to raise your voice loud enough to drown out others—if you’re in the same room. Mitsubishi is trying to do just that in the compact-car segment with some updates for its Lancer […] 
2016 BMW X4 M40i Launched: Because Why Not?  Sep 30th, 2015 
Grom Scrambler Concept Bikes: You Had Us at Knobby Tires, Honda  Sep 30th, 2015 
Honda’s Grom, a 7/8ths-scale 125-cc motorcycle that retails for $3349, is perhaps our favorite bike in the company’s stable right now. It’s cheap, it’s slow, and, most important, it’s the perfect bike for beginners. That it looks absolutely awesome with its stripped-down, mini-sportbike countenance is a bonus. But what if you’re into something a bit […] 
Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Are the Next Big Thing in Auto Safety  Sep 30th, 2015 
Ever wonder why even the latest and most sophisticated adaptive cruise-control system can’t adjust speed as smoothly or follow as closely as you can when you’re paying attention? One major reason is that adaptive cruise-control systems, as well as most other current electronic driver aids, can only see as far as the vehicles directly in […] 
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer: Improved, However Subtly – Official Photos and Info  Sep 30th, 2015 
2017 Jeep Wrangler: Top-Centric Details Emerge  Sep 30th, 2015 
We’ve spent a fair amount of time sleuthing out details on the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, but until now most of those discussions were focused on either drivetrain and suspension developments or its construction, widely speculated to be an aluminum body on a steel frame. (The photo above depicts a prototype Wrangler undergoing testing.) Now, thanks to […] 
2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Tested: One Fancy Forester  Sep 30th, 2015 
No one mistakes Subaru for a peddler of luxury goods. Its customers are practical, down-to-earth folks more likely to shop from the REI and Duluth Trading catalogs than to wear high couture, and we’ve taken a few mild pokes at granola and sensible shoes in our reviews of Subarus over the years. READ MORE ›› 
2016 BMW X4 M40i Launched: Because Why Not?  Sep 30th, 2015 
BMW’s M Performance lineup is growing, most recently with the addition of the X4 M40i, which targets the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC450 AMG. Unlike those two, however, the BMW is based on a “crossover coupe”—and based on its specs and appearance, it might well be the sportiest SUV in its size class. […] 
2015 Infiniti QX60 – Quick-Take Review  Sep 30th, 2015 
Shame and Degradation in Wolfsburg: The Fallout from the VW Diesel Scandal  Sep 30th, 2015 
Has an automaker ever been knocked off its axis quite so dramatically as has happened with Volkswagen in the wake of it being caught cheating on diesel-engine emissions? The company has had its head lopped off in a single strike. And by that, we don’t just mean Martin Winterkorn, who stepped down just days after […] 
Santander Faces Class-Action Over ‘Worthless’ GAP Coverage  Sep 30th, 2015 
A woman who says she was duped into purchasing “void and worthless” GAP coverage has filed a class action suit against the finance source on behalf of Illinois customers who have signed similar contracts. 
Volkswagen Plans to Fix Emissions-Rigged Vehicles  Sep 30th, 2015 
Volkswagen AG plans to refit all 11 million vehicles involved in the emissions-rigging scandal. It also announced significant changes to its top leadership, while dealers await answers. 
Dent Wizard Acquires KhS Global  Sep 30th, 2015 
Dent Wizard has acquired Know How Systems Global, a St. Louis-based provider of high-volume automotive services and repairs to automotive OEMs and insurers. 
AmTrust Completes Acquisition of Warranty Solutions  Sep 30th, 2015 
AmTrust Financial Services has announced the completion of its acquisition of Warranty Solutions from Wells Fargo for approximately $158 million in cash. 
Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups  Sep 30th, 2015 
The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans. 
Subaru Forester 2.0XT – Instrumented Test  Sep 30th, 2015 
Honda Reveals Production-Ready FCV Fuel-Cell Vehicle  Sep 30th, 2015 
Presaged by two concept cars, the imaginatively named FCEV Concept and the FCV Concept, Honda’s new hydrogen-fuel-cell sedan has now been shown in production form, ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the Tokyo auto show. Still (tentatively) called the FCV, the hydrogen-powered Honda’s appearance hasn’t strayed far from the FCV Concept (below) that the company […] 
Ford Recalls 319,000 Cars, Mostly Windstar Minivans for Rusting Axles  Sep 30th, 2015 
Ford is recalling 319,302 cars in the U.S. for rusting axles, fuel leaks, transmission defects, and cruise-control problems, the automaker announced. Owners of 1998-2003 Windstar minivans already know their rear axles can rust and snap in half. Ford recalled more than half a million between 2010 and 2012 to install “reinforcement brackets,” some of which […] 
Selfish Whims: We Go For a Ride in Google’s Self-Driving Car  Sep 30th, 2015 
The self-driving car is a proposition too enticing for society at large to ignore. Lotus 7 enthusiast and new CEO of Google’s self-driving-car project John Krafcik sees it as the way forward, citing the need to sell on safety. But Krafcik didn’t say much else at the presentation following our ride in the tech giant’s autonomous […] 
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