You Had Us at Gulf Blue: Porsche Creates Gorgeous 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition Exclusively for . . . the Netherlands?  Apr 17th, 2015 
The Netherlands is a perfectly agreeable little northern European country, but let us tell you what: We want to invade it and call it our own right about now. CarandDriverLands has a nice ring to it, right? What has us seeing red mist over such a friendly little nation? Well, Porsche has just introduced an […] 
Dual-Clutch Buicks Are in China, We’re Waiting for Their Visas  Apr 17th, 2015 
We’ve been seeing more camouflaged Buick Envision crossovers near our offices, and now we’re surer than ever what’s under those taped hoods: the General’s first dual-clutch transmission. As the elderly ladies and dogs in the commercials say, “That’s not a Buick!” But it is, at least in China. Last week, Buick released the Envision 20T, […] 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado Spy Photos: A Slight Mug Adjustment Is in Store  Apr 17th, 2015 
The wheels of automotive development, they are a turnin’. Well, that and the five-to-six-year product cycle is always a turnin’, and so it goes with Chevrolet’s Silverado 1500 pickup. Having been redesigned for 2014, the Silverado is coming due for a freshening in the next year or so. Right on schedule, then, we’ve received our […] 
Facelifted GMC Sierra Spied: Details Change, the Shape Remains the Same  Apr 17th, 2015 
Prepping a pickup truck for on-road testing must be a thankless task, so you might as well have some fun with it. Take these spy shots of the upcoming GMC Sierra. Wise to the fact the truck’s black fabric camouflage only confirms that changes are coming to the Sierra, the team nonetheless took the time […] 
You Had Us at Gulf Blue: Porsche Creates Gorgeous 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition Exclusively for . . . the Netherlands?  Apr 17th, 2015 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado Spy Photos: A Slight Mug Adjustment Is in Store  Apr 17th, 2015 
Face-Lifted GMC Sierra Spied: Details Change, the Shape Remains The Same  Apr 17th, 2015 
2016 BMW 7-series – Prototype Drive  Apr 17th, 2015 
2016 Fiat 500X Driven: Fiat Builds One for Adults  Apr 17th, 2015 
Fiat is finally bringing a real adult car to the U.S. market. The 500X invites mature drivers to slip into something more comfortable than the tiny two-door Cinquecento—the toylike city car that relaunched the brand in America in 2010—and offers a driving experience far more engaging than the dowdy 500L ever imagined. The X is […] 
2016 Fiat 500X – First Drive Review  Apr 17th, 2015 
Audi A6L e-tron Hybrid Unveiled, Is Ready to Plug Into China  Apr 17th, 2015 
Well, that wasn’t exactly quick. Three years after first showing the A6L e-tron plug-in-hybrid concept at the 2012 Beijing auto show, Audi has finally taken the wraps off of the production model ahead of the 2015 Shanghai show. This Chinese-market, long-wheelbase plug-in hybrid may be tardy, but it’s expected to be fuel-thrifty and techy enough […] 
2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT – Archived Instrumented Test  Apr 17th, 2015 
2015 Audi A3 2.0T Cabriolet – Instrumented Test  Apr 17th, 2015 
Our Kind of Express Train: Bentley Announces Mulsanne Speed “Blue Train” Edition  Apr 17th, 2015 
Taking a page out of Bugatti’s handbook by creating limited-run models that pay homage to past legends, Bentley has introduced the new “Blue Train” version of its lovely flagship Mulsanne Speed at this week’s Techno-Classica motor show in Essen, Germany. Created in partnership with Bentley’s Mulliner coach-building division, the Blue Train celebrates the sleek 1930 […] 
2015 Audi A3 2.0T Cabriolet Tested: The Version for Grown-Ups  Apr 17th, 2015 
When we recently reviewed the 2015 Audi A3 1.8T cabriolet, we concluded that its leather-lined, fashionably extroverted, dynamically adequate package made it the spiritual successor to the VW Cabriolets and E30 BMW 3-series convertibles that roamed college campuses at the behest of well-heeled coeds through the late 1980s and early ’90s. We’ve now strapped our […] 
Did Piech Lose? Martin Winterkorn Staying As VW CEO  Apr 17th, 2015 
Could it be? A rare rebuff to the VW Group’s chief puppet master, Ferdinand Piëch? A just-released statement from VW’s supervisory board certainly appears so: “The executive committee of the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG states that prof. Dr. Winterkorn is the best possible chairman of the board of management for Volkswagen.” It further recommends […] 
Volvo Releases U.S. Pricing for “Twin Engine” XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid  Apr 16th, 2015 
The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 is an alluring proposition, and not just because of its Swedish good looks and airily plush interior. While the T6 base drivetrain is no slouch, cranking out 316 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s both turbo- and supercharged, the real engineering feat is the T8 […] 
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 – Instrumented Test  Apr 16th, 2015 
The Lightweight Camaro: We Test One of the Most Famous Camaros Ever Made  Apr 16th, 2015 
Dodge Viper 1 of 1 Configurator Is Live, Let the Horrific Custom Viper Creation Begin  Apr 16th, 2015 
We Test the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Using All Our Senses—Yes, Including Taste  Apr 16th, 2015 
Overwhelm the senses or starve them. Connect the driver so completely with the car that he has to duck to avoid the crankshaft throws, or isolate the cabin so absolutely that its occupants feel cleansed by its serenity. Constant stimulation or sensory deprivation? When engineering an expensive car, a path must be chosen. READ MORE […] 
The Lightweight Camaro: We Test One of the Most Famous Camaros Ever Made [C/D Archives]  Apr 16th, 2015 
Just before it crashed to earth in a smoldering knot of bankrupt wreckage, one of America’s crooked savings-and-loan institutions, amidst much panicked parboiling of hooks and ledgers, described its lack of cash as an “ephemeral fiscal shortfall.” Imaginative euphemisms are an American tradition. Recall, for instance, one other: “the unfair advantage.” That was the annotation […] 
Chevy’s Sticking With the “Bolt” Name For Its Affordable EV  Apr 16th, 2015 
When Chevy unveiled its concept for an affordable, family-size electric car with a reasonable price and 200 miles of range, it set off a medium-size wave of confusion. Not because of Chevy’s desire to take on the upcoming Tesla Model 3 in the affordable-EV market, but because of the name the Detroit automaker chose for […] 
VW Drama: Why Piëch Wants Winterkorn Out—and What the Future May Hold  Apr 16th, 2015 
Failure to conquer the U.S. market could be the undoing of Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn if Ferdinand Piëch, the head of VW’s supervisory board, gets his way. Just last week, things looked splendid in Winterkorn’s world. With two years remaining on his contract as CEO, his eyes were firmly set on a subsequent five-year […] 
Dodge Viper 1 of 1 Configurator Is Live, Let the Horrific Custom Viper Creation Begin  Apr 16th, 2015 
Remember when Dodge announced its slightly confusing but ultimately quite cool 1 of 1 custom-order program for the 2015 Viper SRT? Today you can begin acting out your most perverted Viper customization fantasies, because the online configurator for the burly sports car is now live, and it’s refreshingly free of limits. For starters, you’re free […] 
This Is Why the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Costs More Than $200,000—and Why It’s a Bargain  Apr 16th, 2015 
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Second Bill Aimed at Reining in the CFPB Passes House by 401-2 Vote  Apr 16th, 2015 
Three days after a bipartisan bill aimed at repealing the CFPB’s March 2013 dealer participation guidance was introduced, the House passed a second bill that would open the bureau’s committee meetings to Congress and the public. 
Wells Pulls Back, Chase Sees Thinner Margins  Apr 16th, 2015 
The country’s largest auto lender, Wells Fargo, tempered its auto lending activities in 2015’s first quarter, with new originations down 10% from the previous year. Also reporting was J.P. Morgan Chase, which increased originations by 9%. 
Compliance Summit to Feature Rules and Regulations Panel  Apr 16th, 2015 
Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced the inclusion of a panel discussion devoted to rules and regulations moderated by Mosaic Compliance Services' Jim Ganther. 
Nissan Rogue Hybrid Might Migrate to the U.S.  Apr 16th, 2015 
A Nissan Rogue hybrid? Sounds like a vehicle that would win the blessing of Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, who is known to be very bullish on battery electric cars taking over the industry. Lending more specific credence to the rumor, a Japanese engineer just told Automotive News that Nissan may give us a Rogue hybrid. Are […] 
Volkswagen Scirocco Adds Sporty GTS Trim, Still Shuns U.S.  Apr 16th, 2015 
Audi Prologue Allroad Concept Makes Its 734-hp Debut in Shanghai  Apr 16th, 2015 
Audi Prologue Allroad Concept Makes Its 734-hp Debut in Shanghai  Apr 16th, 2015 
Audi’s Prologue family of concept cars has a new biggest brother. The third in the line that brought us the Prologue coupe at the L.A. Auto Show and the Prologue Avant wagon at the Geneva show, meet the newest member: The Prologue Allroad. Look closely at that image above: It’s not black-and-white, but it might […] 
Volkswagen Scirocco Adds Sporty GTS Trim, Still Shuns U.S.  Apr 16th, 2015 
Volkswagen’s Scirocco, the Golf-based sports coupe once so popular in the States, has been denied to U.S. buyers for the entirety of the third-generation model’s life span. That sad situation remains even as VW adds a sporty new GTS trim level for the European market and for China. Let’s torture ourselves with a closer look, […] 
Jaguar: F-Type, XJ Won’t Use XE, XF’s New Aluminum Architecture, V-8s Will Remain  Apr 15th, 2015 
Jaguar’s recent announcements of an all-new aluminum vehicle architecture and next-generation Ingenium engines are good, product-driven steps toward expanding the brand’s sales—look no further than the much-needed 2016 XE compact sports sedan and the equally fresh 2016 XF. The thing is, Jaguar’s platform and engine discussions lack any mention of the company’s ultra-hot F-type sports […] 
VW’s New Van Isn’t a Microbus Successor, But It’s Still Pretty Sweet  Apr 15th, 2015 
Excited for a remake of Volkswagen’s original Microbus? Stay that way—and keep waiting, because that project is still bobbing around in the ether. In the meantime, check out another VW van you also can’t have: the latest Transporter. Now entering its sixth generation in 65 years, the Transporter descends from the original VW Type 2, but the model […] 
VW’s New Van Isn’t a Microbus Successor, But It’s Still Pretty Sweet  Apr 15th, 2015 
Land Rover Launches Heritage Division, Because Old Land Rovers Are Old  Apr 15th, 2015 
It’s no secret that older Land Rover products sometimes suffer from what we’ll call—with near-British understatement—occasional reliability issues. It’s a point that’s been officially acknowledged by the company itself with the launch of the new Land Rover Heritage Division, which is intended to help owners look after some of the brand’s older products. Land Rover […] 
Xmas in April! Acura Adds Power and Features to RDX Crossover, Releases Pricing  Apr 15th, 2015 
Would you like six more horsepower? And perhaps one additional pound-foot of torque? What about a more useful torque curve? A 1-mpg across-the-board boost? Do you drive a current Acura RDX? If so, the refreshed model could come as an answer to all of your frustrated calls for such improvements—and signal a time to trade up. […] 
Mercedes-Benz: Our Pickup Won’t Be a “Fat Cowboy Truck”  Apr 15th, 2015 
Well, now we know what the brass at Mercedes-Benz thinks of U.S. pickups. Speaking to Georg Kacher for Car Magazine, former AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg, who is currently in charge of Mercedes’ van division and thus the pickup project, explains that the Benz truck will not mix it up with the American haulers: “We’re not going to […] 
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 Tested: An Oil-Burning SUV for the Suburban Set  Apr 15th, 2015 
If the exterior of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 pictured here looks nearly identical to the 2014 ML350 it replaces, that’s probably because it is. Comprehensively overhauled for the 2013 model year, the ML’s styling will get updated for next year—when it also adopts the GLE-class nomenclature—but for now the minor change in diesel ML badging […] 
Xmas in April! Acura Adds Power and Features to RDX Crossover, Releases Pricing  Apr 15th, 2015 
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 BlueTec 4MATIC – Instrumented Test  Apr 15th, 2015 
Jeep Performance Parts Introduces Factory-Designed 4-Inch Wrangler Lift Kit  Apr 15th, 2015 
When you buy a new Jeep Wrangler, you’re not really getting a new car—you’re getting a blank canvas to customize, modify, hack apart, and bolt back together in whatever crazy one-off combo you desire. Jeep knows this, as evidenced by the plethora of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts accessories available for the venerable off-roader. Now, […] 
Another Wee Bimmer: Sub-BMW X1 Crossover Planned  Apr 15th, 2015 
The next generation of the BMW X1 will be moved to a front-wheel-drive platform and lose its optional straight-six engine, but that doesn’t mean its maker isn’t prepared to go even further downmarket: German publication Auto Motor und Sport has issued a report that the Bavarians are working on a smaller subcompact crossover SUV that they speculate will be called the […] 
Lexus, Subaru Top DealerRater's Consumer Rating Index  Apr 15th, 2015 
DealerRater announced that Lexus and Subaru have received the highest ratings in customer satisfaction among all vehicle OEMs as part of its 2015 Consumer Rating Index. 
Video! Track Test of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 at VIR  Apr 15th, 2015 
You already know the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is built to be a track-day beast. With its magnetorheological suspension, flat-crank 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8, and focus on lightness, it’s gonna be a screamer. Now, to whet your appetite, watch Ford vehicle dynamics development engineer Dave Harmison and crew flogging some early examples of the […] 
2016 Cadillac ELR: A Wave of Sportiness Washes Over Caddy’s Pretty Plug-In  Apr 15th, 2015 
Cadillac’s ELR is a luxurious, hyperattractive car that just so happens to be a plug-in hybrid that can silently hum around on electric power alone for up to 39 miles at a time. At least, that’s the conclusion we’ve reached, having covered it extensively and tested one. That’s not exactly what John Q. Public seems […] 
First Cadillac CT6 to be Auctioned for Cancer Charity in Palm Beach  Apr 15th, 2015 
Cadillac and Barrett-Jackson are teaming up to support cancer research this Friday in Palm Beach, Florida, where the first production CT6 is being auctioned for charity. The CT6, the flagship Caddy aimed at Audi A8 and Lexus LS buyers, should bring a welcome donation to Detroit’s Karmanos Cancer Institute months before the executive sedan goes […] 
Sparking Sales: Chevrolet Lowers Price of Spark EV  Apr 15th, 2015 
Hoping to spark sales (sorry, had to get the pun out of the way), Chevrolet has lowered the price of its 2015 Spark EV by $1650 to a pre-incentive price of $25,995, including destination. Factor in the incentives from the feds (up to $7500), California and Maryland state governments ($2500 and $2300, respectively), as well […] 
Sparking Sales: Chevrolet Lowers Price of Spark EV  Apr 15th, 2015 
First Cadillac CT6 to be Auctioned for Cancer Charity in Palm Beach  Apr 15th, 2015 
See Your Custom Ferrari in the Showroom with Virtual Reality App  Apr 15th, 2015 
Buying a Ferrari can be a hassle. It’s not like the prancing horse has dealerships in every one-horse town, and inventories of the six-figure supercars are notoriously slim. Virtual reality to the rescue. Yes, Ferrari is equipping its dealers with virtual reality-powered tablets that can scan the cars on the showroom floor and show them […] 
Release the Falcons! Startech Turns Range Rover into Haute Couture Pickup  Apr 15th, 2015 
Some of the weirdest tuner projects are answers to unasked questions. In this respect, Startech, the sister operation to Brabus, has delivered. Built for display at the Shanghai auto show, and available to deep-pocketed bored guys, the Startech Pickup is what happens when you break out the Homelite and turn a Range Rover Supercharged from […] 
New Bill Means Tesla Can Sell Direct in Maryland  Apr 15th, 2015 
Good news for Maryland: The state’s General Assembly voted this week to allow Tesla to sell its electric vehicles directly to customers at up to four facilities in the state. The last-minute legislation reverses a former ban that made it illegal for Tesla employees to place reservations, discuss pricing, or even offer test drives to […] 
2016 Cadillac ELR: A Wave of Sportiness Washes Over Caddy’s Pretty Plug-In  Apr 15th, 2015 
Driven: Ford Focus ST Diesel Wagon! (Too Bad It’s Stuck in Europe.)  Apr 14th, 2015 
Like every U.S. automaker, Ford isn’t averse to wrapping itself in Old Glory when it wants to sell more product to patriotic ’Muricans. That’s why Ford F-150 advertisements feature the sort of gravelly voiceovers that make Clint Eastwood sound slightly effeminate—and usually contain more denim than the whole of Montana. Yet, despite calling Michigan home […] 
2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel Wagon – First Drive Review  Apr 14th, 2015 
AEV Products for Ram Pickup Look the Business While Taking Care of Business  Apr 14th, 2015 
Did you think the captians of cool over at AEV were going to stop at churning out bad-ass, Hemi-powered Jeep Wrangler conversions and a Rubicon’s worth of sweet Jeep upgrade parts? Hell no! The off-road specialists at AEV have turned their sights on the heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 models, and following an enticing preview at […] 
First 2015 COPO Camaro to Be Auctioned for Charity at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach  Apr 14th, 2015 
You know how bidding sometimes gets out of control at Barrett-Jackson. This is one of those times where you root for that to happen. Chevy will build exactly 69 COPO Camaros in 2015, and #001 will cross the block on April 18 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. You likely know the modern COPO story […] 
Nickel and Dying: Nissan, BMW Recall 94K Cars for Stalling Issues  Apr 14th, 2015 
Nissan and BMW are recalling 94,296 vehicles fitted with fuel pumps that can possibly cause the engine to stall, according to two separate filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both companies contacted Bosch, the fuel pump’s supplier, between March and July last year after increased warranty claims were made for 2014 and 2015 model-year […] 
AEV Products for Ram Pickup Look the Business While Taking Care of Business  Apr 14th, 2015 
An SUV Fit for Monty Burns: The Volvo XC90 “Excellence”  Apr 14th, 2015 
At the Shanghai auto show, Volvo is taking the wraps off a new flagship vehicle. Suitable for nuclear power-plant-owning cartoon characters with a fiendish overbite—or other captains of industry—is the 2016 XC90 “Excellence.” The Excellence differs from the standard XC90 in several important ways. Its third-row seats are deleted, and its second row features two […] 
The Lincoln/Bentley Spat Dates Back More than 60 Years—as this 1953 Letter Attests  Apr 14th, 2015 
Earlier this month, a bit of a kerfuffle erupted during the New York auto show when Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke called out Lincoln’s David Woodhouse over the design of the Ford unit’s Continental concept. While the outspoken Belgian deleted the Facebook post asking if Bentley should send Lincoln the tooling, he maintained that the […] 
Mitsubishi Evo Says Goodbye with Japan-Exclusive Final Edition  Apr 14th, 2015 
The tenth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been on sale in Japan since 2007 and in the U.S. since early 2008. That’s a long time by auto-industry standards. And while the Evo helped establish the genre of sneaky-fast turbo sedans (along with its longtime competitor from Subaru), it’s time to bid the Evo X farewell. What […] 
An SUV Fit for Monty Burns: The Volvo XC90 “Excellence”  Apr 14th, 2015 
TrueCar Dealer Enrollment Hits All-Time High  Apr 14th, 2015 
TrueCar added 840 franchise and independent dealers in the first quarter of 2015, the biggest ever volume gain in company history, company officials said. 
‘Is It Compliant?’ to Cap Midwest Compliance Summit  Apr 14th, 2015 
Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that the event will conclude with “Is It Compliant?”, an open-forum discussion of the topics raised in the course of the conference. 
CFPB Faces Mounting Criticism, New Bipartisan Bill  Apr 14th, 2015 
On the same day The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed piece critical of the CFPB’s targeting of the indirect auto finance channel, a bipartisan bill was introduced that aims to repeal the bureau’s guidance on dealer participation. 
Consumers Trust Social Media, Peer Reviews More than Dealers  Apr 14th, 2015 
A recent study conducted by Crowdtap found that 80% of car buyers were more likely to turn to their social network for car-buying advice than a salesperson. 
Laziness, Tempered: Mazda Designs a Sofa and a Bike  Apr 14th, 2015 
We really like symmetry—especially when it comes to design. It seems Mazda is on the very same page, reading the very same line, because for its “Mazda Design: The Car as Art exhibit in Milan,” the automaker has introduced two objects styled with the attractive Kodo design language proliferating throughout its car lineup. One is […] 
Neat Neat Neat: Ford GT Inspires Sailboat, Guitar, and Foosball Table  Apr 14th, 2015 
At this point we’re all used to supercar-branded tchotchkes. Grab yourself a pair of Ferrari sneakers! Compute to your heart’s delight on a Koenigsegg laptop! Get some luggage to match your Maserati, Ermenegildo! But for this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Ford explored a different brief. They commissioned a few conceptual objects inspired by […] 
Drive This Crazy, 503-hp, AWD VW GTI … On Your PlayStation  Apr 14th, 2015 
The Gran Turismo series has gone way beyond just a racing simulator game. With the Vision GT design series, real-life automakers dream up digital concept racers and unleash them into the hands of PlayStation players the world over. Some, like Chevy’s Chaparral 2X VGT, are sci-fi spaceships that couldn’t possibly turn a wheel in real life. Some, […] 
Neat Neat Neat: Ford GT Inspires Sailboat, Guitar, and Foosball Table  Apr 14th, 2015 
Drive This Crazy, 503-hp, AWD VW GTI … On Your Playstation  Apr 14th, 2015 
NIADA Effort to Halt Oregon BHPH Bill Succeeds  Apr 14th, 2015 
A bill aimed at restricting the practices of buy-here, pay-here dealers in Oregon is off the legislative agenda following an effort by the NIADA to educate lawmakers about the legislation’s potential harmful effects on consumers. 
Black Book Adds VP of Lender Solutions  Apr 14th, 2015 
Black Book has selected Barrett Teague to serve as vice president of its Lender Solutions business. 
DealerTrust Makes Car Shopping Less Painful With Trusted Dealerships   Apr 14th, 2015 a trusted resource for car buyers, with over 12,000 auto dealerships across Canada. Building transparency between the dealer and its customers, for a better, more secure shopping experience. 
2015 Lexus LX570: A Luxury Heavyweight  Apr 13th, 2015 
Weighing nearly as much as two Toyota Priuses and packed with enough luxuries to fill a small vacation home, the Lexus LX570 SUV is the antithesis to the modern crop of compact crossovers sprouting up like fungi. Although it and its Toyota Land Cruiser mechanical twin were last overhauled for 2008, the LX is still […] 
2015 Lexus LX570 – Instrumented Test  Apr 13th, 2015 
Topless ’57: Fiat Expands Retro “1957 Edition” Treatment to 500C Convertible  Apr 13th, 2015 
Piëch vs. Winterkorn: An Epic Battle Unfolds for Control of VW Group  Apr 13th, 2015 
Ferdinand Piëch is an automotive titan. The grandson of Ferdinand Porsche helped to shape Porsche and Audi, and his vision and drive created the Volkswagen Group juggernaut, a company jockeying with Toyota and General Motors to be the world’s largest—and one possibly superior to either in technological prowess. His congenial partner and most prominent disciple, […] 
After i3 and i8 Comes i5, BMW’s Next Green Machine  Apr 13th, 2015 
BMW’s i strategy has been only a partial success. It was launched to great fanfare with the i3 in the summer of 2013, with CEO Norbert Reithofer proclaiming: “what the mobile phone did for communication, electric mobility will do for individual mobility.” But the i3 hasn’t done much for BMW’s bottom line, as its sales […] 
Topless ’57: Fiat Expands Retro “1957 Edition” Treatment to 500C Convertible  Apr 13th, 2015 
Just in time for summer, Fiat has announced that it is gifting the 500C cabriolet the same “1957 Edition” goodies introduced for the 500 hatchback last year. This means a full raft of cutesy retro touches, including neat little steel-wheel lookalikes, old-school “Fiat” badging, and a classic-looking brown-and-ivory leather interior. It’s not a remastered Fiat Jolly, […] 
The Numbers All Go to Eleven: Ford Patents 11-Speed Automatic  Apr 13th, 2015 
In a world where eight-speed automatics are common, nine-speeds are available, and 10-speed transmissions are in the works, Ford’s application for a patent on an 11-speed automatic transmission has an air of inevitability about it. Unlike Ford’s 10-speed automatic, which is being jointly developed with General Motors, the 11-speed appears to be a Ford-only effort. […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 218  Apr 13th, 2015 
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 and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
Porsche Said to Be Considering a Boxster Spyder GT4  Apr 13th, 2015 
The Spyder variant of the Porsche Boxster is always the rawest of the company’s roadsters. Stripped down to the bare essentials, with a tent-like manual top (for weight savings) and a 375-horse engine (the most powerful ever fitted to a Boxster), it’s built to shred. And rumor has it Porsche will make an even more hardcore […] 
Axle of Error: Fiat-Chrysler Sued Over Incorrect Axle Ratio in Ram 1500  Apr 13th, 2015 
It appears Ram Trucks may have delivered a few bum steers. According to a report in Automotive News, South Carolina resident and 2014 Ram 1500 Big Horn owner Robert Besley has filed a lawsuit against the maker for delivering his vehicle without the optional 3.55:1 rear axle he paid for. After owning the pickup for […] 
NHTSA Chief Calls for Safety Summit with Industry CEOs  Apr 13th, 2015 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind (shown above) is calling for a summit with car-company CEOs this summer to discuss how manufacturers handle safety defects and recalls. After a record number of cars were recalled in 2014, it’s probably a good idea for carmakers and the safety agency to get on the same page. […] 
BMW M GmbH to Introduce OLED Taillights on a New Model Soon—and We Know Which One  Apr 13th, 2015 
In the war of light versus darkness, automakers long ago abandoned good ol’ fashioned halogen lamps for fancier peepers. Recently, Audi and BMW got in a little tiff over who could introduce laser headlights to the market first, while separately, Audi’s matrix LED tech continues to blow us away—even if it’s not yet allowed in the […] 
Czech It Out: Škoda’s New Rally Car Looks Supremely Bad-Ass  Apr 13th, 2015 
We don’t cover the VW Group’s Czech brand, Škoda, round these parts much, but a bitchin’ rally car seems as good a reason as any. (So was this innovative commercial.) Meet the Škoda Fabia R 5, which has been under development for the past 15 months but was just approved by the FIA for global competition. We’re […] 
GM’s Message to F&I  Apr 13th, 2015 
The editor says GM’s decision to reduce terms on its powertrain warranty and visits under its maintenance program is just another reason F&I is here to stay. 
Unplugged: Audi Readying Wireless Induction Charging for Q7 e-tron  Apr 10th, 2015 
What’s a plug-in hybrid without the plug? The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro, which will offer the option of induction charging, in which the driver simply parks over a charge plate to refill the car’s battery. That’s the word from Audi’s technical boss, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who believes plug-in hybrids and electric cars will […] 
2016 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring – Instrumented Test  Apr 10th, 2015 
Oh Good, Now the Shelby Ford Raptor Makes 700+ Horsepower  Apr 10th, 2015 
Oh Good, Now the Shelby Ford Raptor Makes 700+ Horsepower  Apr 10th, 2015 
Look, there’s a new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor coming out soon, and it’s gonna be powerful. We’re talking 450 twin-turbo horses out of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6. That’s no joke—and if you own a first-generation, 2011-2014 Raptor, you and your 411 V-8 horses just got seriously outgunned. What to do? Well, one option is to […] 
Mini’s Virtual Reality Concept Goggles Give You a Head-Up Display and a See-Through Car  Apr 10th, 2015 
Ever wished you didn’t have to crane your neck, adjust your mirrors, and lean on (literal) blind faith that your passenger-side door isn’t hiding some unseen obstacle when you park? Have you been pining for a heads-up display that works like Google Glass but looks more like the cheesy sunglasses you get at the Dollar […] 
2016 Honda Pilot Trim Levels Revealed  Apr 10th, 2015 
2015 Shell Eco-Marathon: These Are the Tiny, Efficient Rides That’ll Compete on the Streets of Detroit  Apr 10th, 2015 
What did you accomplish in high school and college? These teams are building the future. 
2016 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Test: An Improved Interior Proves Timeless  Apr 10th, 2015 
It takes more than a pretty face to land a car on our 10Best list or to top the family-sedan segment in our Editor’s Choice awards, but a pretty face doesn’t hurt. Since the current-generation Mazda 6 arrived as a 2014 model, its handsome “Kodo” design theme has earned mention right alongside the sporty handling […] 
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