The British May Be Coming: Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Jaguar Land Rover wants to colonize South Carolina, or at least a few hundred acres of it, for its first-ever U.S. factory. The U.K.’s Sunday Times reports that the automaker has been “talking to several southern states, including South Carolina” about plans to open a facility that could churn out up to 200,000 cars per […] 
2014 BMW 328d Diesel Sedan Tested: Frugality Has Its Price  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Of course you’re wondering, so we’ll just tell you up front: 39 mpg. That’s what we got over 522 miles of driving with the BMW 328d rear-drive sedan, which amounts to one fill-up. It’s also 4-mpg better than the 35 mpg we saw from two 2014 328ds, an xDrive sedan and our long-term xDrive wagon […] 
Weave Come So Far: BMW, Audi, and German Consortium Developing Carbon Fiber That’s 90 Percent Cheaper  Oct 22nd, 2014 
BMW and Audi want to cut carbon-fiber production costs by up to 90 percent within six years—and they’re already halfway there. The two automakers, bolstered by funding from the German government and working with 86 other partners including Airbus and ZF, are part of a $102-million research consortium whose goal it is to make still-exotic […] 
Minimize That: 2014 Mini Cooper/Cooper S Smacked for Overstating Fuel Economy  Oct 22nd, 2014 
  The new-for-2014 Mini Cooper grew in size versus its predecessors, but some of its fuel-economy ratings are now getting the chop. An audit by the Environmental Protection Agency turned up city/highway mileage estimates that were overstated by as many as 4 mpg. 2014 Cooper Hardtop manual: Drops from 30/42 to 29/40 2014 Cooper Hardtop automatic: […] 
Mustang Party at the LV Corral: Ford Previews First Two Modified 2015 Mustangs for SEMA  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Were you even surprised? Yes, Ford Motor Company is bringing a veritable “stampede”—its word, not ours—of modified 2015 Mustangs to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. Given that last year, Ford stuffed something like 7000 cars into its Las Vegas Convention Center display area, the idea that it’s bringing “over a dozen” tuned-up Mustangs […] 
Dodge Viper’s $15,000 Price Cut Boosts Monthly Sales by Nearly 200 Percent—to 108 Cars  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Last month’s decision by Dodge to slash prices on the face-melting Viper by $15,000 seems to be paying huge dividends: Sales of the car jumped by 184 percent in September. That doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing Dodge’s V-10 brute on every street corner, though. That huge percentage jump translates to 108 Vipers sold in September, up from 38 […] 
Mich. Governor Signs ‘Anti-Tesla’ Bill  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday tighter restrictions on selling vehicles directly to consumers. The new law now effectively bans Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in the state. 
Takata Recall Update: Defective Airbags Being Disabled, “Do Not Sit Here” Stickers Affixed to Dashboards  Oct 22nd, 2014 
This is a disaster. The giant Takata airbag recall affecting more than 7 million U.S. passenger vehicles from a variety of auto manufacturers is proving difficult to combat. To briefly recap, there’s an issue with the airbag propellant that, in high-humidity states, can lead to shrapnel being fired into passengers when an affected airbag detonates. […] 
Mercedes-Benz Parent Daimler Divests Itself of Tesla Holdings  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Daimler has sold its share in Tesla in its entirety. In 2009, the German carmaker acquired 9.1 percent of Tesla, which was in a dire financial position at the time; it then divested 40 percent of that stake to Abu Dhabi later that year. Both companies have worked together closely. For a while, the last-gen […] 
Henrik Fisker Returns, Will Unveil New Car with Galpin at L.A. Auto Show  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Henrik Fisker, more than a year after leaving his own namesake company, is back and apparently ready to rock the Los Angeles auto show with a new car. The 61-year-old Danish car designer extraordinaire (Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8) and plug-in-hybrid CEO (Fisker Automotive) is slotted for a 25-minute press conference next month, a day […] 
24 Hours of LeMons Michigan: The Winners!  Oct 22nd, 2014 
For our second 2014 LeMons race at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, we admired some of the greatest endurance-racin’ machines we’d ever seen on Friday, watched those machines duke it out in the rain on Saturday, and then watched the winners roar (or clatter, or coast) across the finish line on Sunday. Here are […] 
Takata Airbag Update: Toyota and GM Expand Recalls, Chewing Gum Found Inside Inflator  Oct 21st, 2014 
General Motors and Toyota are expanding an airbag recall for the third time to replace inflators that could explode and shoot shrapnel during deployment. This latest recall is due to a still-undetermined problem affecting at least 10 manufacturers. Among Toyota-built products, the affected models are 2002–2005 Lexus SC430 and Toyota Sequoia, plus the 2003–2005 Tundra, […] 
Wanna Drive an E-type? Jaguar Announces New Heritage Driving Program  Oct 21st, 2014 
If you’ve never driven a vintage Jaguar and you happen to be in Europe, you’ll now be able to head to the brand’s Fen End test track in Warwickshire, England, and sign up to experience some of the marque’s most historic cars for a fee. There are a ton of options laid out on the […] 
All-New Honda HR-V Crossover Makes Its North American Photo Debut  Oct 21st, 2014 
We first caught sight of Honda’s bulbous new utelet in April, and now it’s official: This is how the Honda Fit–based HR-V will look when it hits North American showrooms. Pucker up, little guy! The little HR-V, which will be built for the North American market alongside the Fit at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico, factory, combines Honda’s new […] 
Unplugged: Michigan Governor Signs GM-Supported “Anti-Tesla” Bill Into Law  Oct 21st, 2014 
General Motors, the largest U.S.-based automaker, released a statement today supporting a last-minute addition to Michigan House Bill 5606 that would effectively prohibit Tesla from selling cars in the state using its preferred business model, or even providing customers with information about its cars. It’s the classic David-versus-Goliath tale, where Goliath wants the state of Michigan […] 
Vegas, Baby! Formula 1 Looking at Running a Race in Fabulous Las Vegas  Oct 21st, 2014 
Good news for hungry Formula 1 fans in North America: Bernie Ecclestone says that the racing series is exploring running a grand prix on the streets of Las Vegas. Viva F1! In an interview with Britain’s The Independent, Ecclestone says Vegas is ready to host a street circuit that would include the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. […] 
Scoupe, There It Is? Hyundai Mulls New Small Sporty Car  Oct 21st, 2014 
Is the Genesis coupe perhaps too beefy for you? Well, it appears Hyundai may have a product in the pipe to slake your thirst for a stylish Korean sportster. According to outgoing Hyundai Europe COO Allan Rushforth, such a machine is being considered in Seoul. Speaking to Autocar, Rushforth—on the eve of departing the automaker […] 
2015 Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen Spied: So Rad, So Off-Limits  Oct 21st, 2014 
What It Is: This is an easy one, as far as our daily routine of identifying future products goes, because no effort has been made whatsoever to obscure the car: It’s a Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen circling the Nürburgring. It’s quite obviously a Euro-market model, as VW has only shown us Americans the SportWagen in […] 
Toca (Figuratively) Burns Down 2015 Hyundai Genesis for SEMA, Builds It Back Up Into a “Steel Phoenix”  Oct 21st, 2014 
“How now, turbo Tau?” That, presumably, is the question Hyundai hopes show goers will ask when it pulls the wraps off of the Steel Phoenix at the upcoming 2014 SEMA Show. Conceived by Toca Marketing Group, the hopped-up Genesis with a bad-ass name features a twin-turbocharged version of Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau V-8 pumping out 600 […] 
Stuffing the Hellmouth: National Corvette Museum Sinkhole to Be Filled Beginning in November  Oct 21st, 2014 
Porsche 911 partisans will be able to exercise their keenly-honed sense of schadenfreude if they deign to make the trek to Bowling Green, Kentucky. During our last update on the ongoing Corvette-sinkhole saga, we noted that the National Corvette museum had decided to fill in the gaping maw that swallowed up eight historic examples of […] 
2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R First Drive: Lighter, Quicker, Costlier  Oct 21st, 2014 
One thing that has always separated Bentley from its former longtime partner Rolls-Royce is its racing heritage. Bentley trots out this factoid from time to time when it wants to go back to the track, as it did at Le Mans from 2001 to 2003 with the Speed 8 and as it is doing now […] 
Man Finds No Record of VSC Purchased at Mich. Dealership  Oct 21st, 2014 
A man who bought a car at Auto Exchange last year discovered that the VSC provider had no record of the $2,566 contract he purchased. The dealership was shut down in April. 
Used-Vehicle Price Adjustments Keep Retail Markets on Track, Manheim Reports  Oct 21st, 2014 
The 1.1% third-quarter decrease in the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index didn’t set off alarms despite it being the fifth straight decline in used-vehicle prices. The firm’s chief economist noted that the drop helped dealers increase vehicle turns as the market continues to inch toward more normal levels. 
Facebook Playing Bigger Role in Dealer Selection, Study Shows  Oct 21st, 2014 
A survey of 2,000 consumers revealed that Facebook is now among the Top 5 dealer reviews sites used by car shoppers, with 75% of respondents indicating they trust reviews posted by friends on the social media site vs. reviews posted on other sites by people they don't know. 
Auto/Mate Integrates Document Management System With DMS  Oct 21st, 2014 
Auto/Mate completes integration of etfile's electronic document management solution with its dealers management system, the company announced this week. 
vAuto, Vinsolutions Integrate Data  Oct 21st, 2014 
Customers of both vAuto and VinSolutions will have access to VinSolutions CRM data in the vAuto Provision suite, helping them make better inventory management decisions. 
2016 Ford Explorer Spy Photos: Explore Range Rover Design Cues Much?  Oct 21st, 2014 
What It Is: Ford’s Explorer three-row crossover, caught wearing camo over its refreshed-for-2016 nose and tuchus. READ MORE ›› 
How to M4 Like a Champ: BMW Unveils Racy M4 DTM Champion Edition  Oct 21st, 2014 
BMW rejoined the DTM German Touring Car Championship in 2012 after an absence of two decades. While Audi took the manufacturer’s championship this year, BMW driver Marco Wittmann brought home the driver’s championship and the BMW RMG Team placed first in the team championship. To celebrate its success, BMW will sell just 23 special M4 […] 
JM&A Group Selects New Customer Service VP  Oct 21st, 2014 
Josh Bass, who joined JM&A in 2012 as the director of sales planning and analysis, has been promoted to vice president of customer services. 
DMVdesk Hits One Million Transactions in September  Oct 21st, 2014 
DMVdesk, Motor Vehicle Software Corporation’s vehicle registration software, averaged 120,000 transactions per month in 2014. The software hit the one million transaction mark last month. 
Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year’s Hottest Performance Cars  Oct 20th, 2014 
It’s believed that James Madison strode the White House and the War of 1812 was rapidly becoming the War of 1813 when an oak sapling poked through the soil in a southern Virginia meadow to witness its first sunrise and splash of rainwater. The tree’s shadow steadily grew as nearby Danville’s ­cotton mills and tobacco […] 
American Litigation Story, Scat Show: Chrysler Challenged (Again) by Scat Enterprises Over Scat Pack Name  Oct 20th, 2014 
There’s a real scat storm brewing over at Chrysler, which was just dragged into a legal kerfuffle over its use of the Scat Pack name for high-performance trim levels of various Dodge models. Automotive News reports that Scat Enterprises—a California-based company that makes aftermarket engine parts for Chrysler products, Fords, Chevrolets, and more—has filed a […] 
Bringing Pony Back: 2015 Ford Mustang Recalled  Oct 20th, 2014 
Continuing the recall parade that’s marked this automotive year—including dozens of GM recalls, the Takata airbag fiasco, and many more—Ford has issued an action for the brand-spankin’-new 2015 Mustang. The good news (if there can be any concerning a recall) is that just 50 ponies in the U.S. and three in Canada are affected by the […] 
2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 EcoBoost AWD Tested: Comfort and Confidence in a Great Escape  Oct 20th, 2014 
A decade from now, automotive gods willing and if everything goes according to plan, we might recognize this MKC as Lincoln’s great escape. That’s escape with a lowercase “e.” Because while the MKC is based on the Ford Escape, Lincoln has finally, gently broken free from its reputation for building overpriced, reskinned Fords. The rudderless […] 
“Substantially New” 2016 Acura ILX to Bow in L.A., Doesn’t Appear Substantially Different  Oct 20th, 2014 
Acura’s ILX compact sedan has been a near total sales dud. Sure, the idea of wrapping the Honda Civic’s bones in fancier clothes and ladling on an extra helping of refinement sounds good—and it worked in Canada!—but that’s not exactly how the ILX turned out when it hit the market as a 2013 model. Yet don’t bury […] 
Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out  Oct 20th, 2014 
Are you a multimillionaire mulling over whether to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultralimited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off. Porsche’s über-hybrid, which […] 
ONE MEEEELLION DOLLARS: James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Up for Auction  Oct 20th, 2014 
The Spy Who Loved Me featured perhaps the second-most-famous James Bond car of all time, after the iconic Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5: the Lotus Esprit S1 that went from sports car to submarine with the flick of a switch. Now, thanks to an eBay auction, you can buy one—for a million bucks. Okay, so the […] 
From the Obvious File: Record Number of Vehicles Recalled in 2014  Oct 20th, 2014 
The number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. this year has hit an all-time high since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was founded in 1970. According to the Detroit Free Press, automakers have recalled more than 56 million vehicles year-to-date in 2014, surpassing the 1999 full-year record of 55.6 million. (You may now add […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 201  Oct 20th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
GM Ignition-Switch Deaths Up to 29, Automaker May Face $10-Billion Class-Action Lawsuit  Oct 20th, 2014 
A group of lawyers wants to sue General Motors for more than $10 billion in what will likely become the largest class-action lawsuit against the automaker for ignition-switch defects that have claimed at least 29 lives. Hagens Berman, the law firm that in 2012 won $1.1 billion in economic damages against Toyota for its unintended-acceleration […] 
Ford Bringing Hoontastic Desert-Runner and Drift 2015 F-150s to SEMA  Oct 20th, 2014 
With SEMA coming up the first week of November, the OEMs are showing off the most souped-up, decked-out vehicles they’ll be bringing to the show. Ford’s brand-new 2015 F-150 is expected to be one of the stars, with its maker bringing these two heavily customized versions of the aluminum pickup. 2015 Ford F-150 Deegan 38 […] 
UTV Performance Website Launch  Oct 19th, 2014 
UTV Performance presents the latest online retail store for SxS performance parts. With over 10 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket parts industry, Leo Alexandre, owner of Eurotek Tuning, decided to enter the UTV and Powersport market. 
24 Hours of LeMons Michigan Day 1: Porsche 944, Geo Metro, Volkswagen Squareback Leading Classes  Oct 19th, 2014 
After lining up the largest and most interesting field of Midwestern LeMons racers we’ve ever seen on Friday, we dropped the green flag on Saturday morning and presided over a drizzly, cold day of racing at GingerMan Raceway. When the checkered flag came out soon after sunset, we’d seen a lot of dramatic class battles […] 
LeMons Michigan Inspections: Malaise Mopars, Superfly’s Pimpmobile, and All the Saturns  Oct 18th, 2014 
We’re back at GingerMan Raceway for the 2014 Where the Elite Meet To Cheat 24 Hours of LeMons, and it’s the biggest field we’ve ever seen at a Michigan LeMons race. We’ve got the usual Upper Midwest hordes of Ford Escorts, Saturn SC/SLs, and GM F-Bodies here, but Detroit’s finest machinery is also represented by […] 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Road Test  Oct 17th, 2014 
Redesigned and ready to lead the segment. 
Lexus Releases Pricing for Most NX Models, F Sport to Follow  Oct 17th, 2014 
Lexus has released prices for its upcoming NX compact crossover, and they’re as ambitious as its styling is outspoken. Base MSRP is $35,405 for the NX200t with front-wheel drive; the equivalent AWD model starts at $36,805. The hybrid NX300h is priced from $40,645, while adding AWD takes it up to a cool $42,235. The standard […] 
Porsche 911 Lineup to Go Predominantly Turbo? It Could Happen Next Year  Oct 17th, 2014 
With increasingly stringent fuel-economy standards looming, most manufacturers seek to clean up their rides without sacrificing power. One industry-wide solution: Slap a turbo on everything. Porsche seems to be joining the mainstream, as a report from Car suggests that the brand’s bread-and-butter, the 911, will sport more turbocharged models when it’s refreshed next year. Lo!, […] 
2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel Driven: Sweat and Twitch, and 60 mpg is Possible  Oct 17th, 2014 
Third. We finished third. To launch the TDI version of its new A3 sedan, Audi arranged a fuel-mileage challenge. The goal? Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Coronado, California, on one tank of diesel. That’s a distance of 834 miles. We mollified ourselves with the age-old “well, at least we’re on the podium” chestnut. But technical editor […] 
Sonically Speaking: Chevy’s SEMA Sonics Look Good, Have Most Unimaginative Names Possible  Oct 17th, 2014 
The last few SEMA shows have seen a lot of Sonics. Like, a lot. For the 2014 affair, Chevy has prepped a pair of the wee cars to showcase the latest Chevrolet Performance and Chevrolet Accessories gear. Chevrolet Sonic Performance Concept Swathed in a coat of Chevy’s unmistakable Synergy Green paint, this wheeled Chiclet is accented […] 
Why Investors Aren’t Excited About Fiat-Chrysler’s NYSE Listing  Oct 17th, 2014 
Monday marked Chrysler’s first return to the New York Stock Exchange in seven years, albeit hitched to Fiat. It was a welcoming presence on the exchange, one the Italian-American automaker hopes will spur further investment as it kicks off its most aggressive product expansion yet. The trouble is, apparently investors weren’t feeling the same excitement. […] 
Porsche Is Renting Out the Sistine Chapel for—Wait, You Can Rent Out the Sistine Chapel!?  Oct 17th, 2014 
Of two things we’d least expect to appear together in a single news tidbit, it would be difficult to find a pairing more bizarre than “Porsche” and “the Sistine Chapel.” Lo and behold, it happened. Or at least, it’s happening soon—Automotive News Europe reports that Porsche has rented out the Sistine Chapel—you know, the one […] 
2014 BMW i3 Tested with Range Extender: A Series Hybrid that Relieves Range Anxiety, Except on Gas  Oct 17th, 2014 
The automotive future according to Hollywood exists as one of two polar-opposite scenarios. Either it’s sleek and bright, filled with fast-moving pods gliding over flawless, uncongested roads, or it’s dark and dystopian, with kludged trucks and muscle cars roaming dilapidated and desolate highways. Hollywood never dreams of roads jammed full of frumpy electric hatchbacks, but […] 
Commence the Passatening: VW Confirms Euro Passat Will Beget New CC and Alltrack Wagon  Oct 17th, 2014 
Volkswagen has confirmed a next-generation CC and a crossover variation of its new European-market Passat. “The sedan and the station wagon are done. Now we are working on derivatives such as the CC, the plug-in hybrid, and the Alltrack,” said VW brand chief designer Klaus Bischoff in Autogramm, the company’s employee newsletter. Following in the […] 
Chevrolet Rolls its Own: Silverado HD vs. Ford F-250 in Pickup Flex Fest [Video]  Oct 17th, 2014 
Looking to land a blow in a pickup news cycle that’s lately been dominated by Ford—first with the aluminum 2015 F-150 and then the Super Duty diesel’s massive output numbers—Chevrolet pitted its Silverado 2500 HD against a Ford F-250 in a torsional flex-off and filmed the results. Employing the usual “park your truck on some ramps for […] 
2015 Dodge Charger Priced—Yes, Including the 707-hp, 204-mph Hellcat  Oct 17th, 2014 
Dodge just announced pricing for the 2015 Charger sedan, with the lineup starting at a reasonable $28,990 for the eminently sensible 292-hp V-6 model. But lest you forget—and how could you?—this is the sedan into which the mad SRT scientists have stuffed a Hellcat V-8—which sends the sticker price, power rating, and top speed through the roof. […] 
Audi Unveils Bitchin’ TT Race Car, Plans for German Spec Racing Series  Oct 17th, 2014 
Interested in competing on some of Europe’s greatest tracks, but don’t have the scratch to field a race team of your own? Audi’s Sport TT Cup series will follow portions of the DTM circuit in 2015, providing a one-model, six-race program for up to 24 drivers. The series is built around spec front-wheel-drive TTs that […] 
Mercedes S-class Maybach to Debut Next Month, More Details Emerge on Next Über-Benz  Oct 17th, 2014 
We have been reporting all year about Daimler’s plans to resurrect Maybach as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, with its first product expected to be a stretched version of the S-class packed with even more luxury features than the top-dog S600 (pictured above) and S65 AMG models. We’ve now confirmed when the new Mercedes Maybach super-sedan […] 
Watch an Audi RS7 Drive Itself Around a Track at 150 MPH—with Nobody Inside  Oct 17th, 2014 
The thought of a driverless car hurtling itself around a track at 150 mph sounds like a bizarre racing disaster: What happened to the driver? But just before the DTM season finale at Hockenheim, Audi is making it happen, sending an autonomous RS7 sports sedan careening around the track with nary a human aboard. And you […] 
You Gotta Know When to Holden: SEMA-Bound Chevrolet SS Sport Concept Plays Up Aussie Heritage  Oct 17th, 2014 
It’s no secret that the Chevrolet SS sedan we know and love is but a few tweaks removed from the Australian Holden Commodore. In fact, Chevrolet says that the V-8 sedan’s Down Under heritage has become something of a source of pride for many owners and fans of the stateside SS. Looking to highlight the […] 
Mercedes Taunts Ferrari after Clinching F1 Constructors’ Championship  Oct 17th, 2014 
Have you heard? Mercedes AMG Petronas wrapped up this year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship this past Sunday with three races still left on the calendar. The folks at Scuderia Ferrari definitely heard about it, thanks to Mercedes parking a new C-class emblazoned with “World Champion 2014″ right outside the Italian team’s headquarters. Shots fired, sort of. As […] 
Nice Stance, Bro: Honda Bringing Six Custom 2015 Fits to SEMA  Oct 17th, 2014 
First things first, this is not how we’d spec a factory 2015 Honda Fit. But when Honda arrives in Las Vegas next month for SEMA, it’s hitting the festivities hard with six Fits that go well beyond what the automaker churns out. The automaker gave out Fits to six tuner shops with no prerequisites, only […] 
Rambo Lambo: Last Blood? Lamborghini Still Waiting on Audi Approval to Build Urus SUV  Oct 17th, 2014 
Despite being on track as recently as this past February, Lamborghini’s production Urus SUV—first shown as a concept at the 2012 Beijing auto show—may not have the clear path to gilded driveways we initially thought. Lamborghini itself greenlit the SUV last year, but the Italian automaker, according to a report from Autocar, is still waiting on a final […] 
Chris Harris on the Next Bugatti Veyron: “I Couldn’t Care Less”  Oct 17th, 2014 
The words barely penetrated my waking consciousness, but something registered from the pages of a weekly British car magazine: “Bugatti Veyron replacement will have over 1500 hp and hit 290 mph.” Whatever. I couldn’t care less, I thought, as I went off to water the tomato plants. Ten years ago, I’d have struggled to suppress […] 
Harley-Davidson of Tampa Sponsored the Cotee River Bike Fest in New Port Richey  Oct 17th, 2014 
Tampa Harley-Davidson sponsored the Cotee River Bike Fest, which took place in New Port Richey, Fla., from October 10-12. 
Mercedes Remote Starter Now Sold by a New Scandinavian Dealer  Oct 17th, 2014 
XCL Tuning From Sweden Selected as the New Dealer 
Smoke and Mirrors: Chrysler Recalls 786,000 Vehicles For Heated-Mirror Short Circuits and More  Oct 16th, 2014 
Chrysler is recalling more than 786,000 cars in the U.S. to fix failing alternators, power mirrors that can start a fire, airbag sensors, and head restraints. The 2011–2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee have alternators that can fail due to “thermal fatigue in the silicon diode.” This means the vehicle […] 
Attention Craigslist Shoppers: There’s a $3900 Ferrari in Aisle WTF  Oct 16th, 2014 
Ferrari prices got you down? Yes, it’s probably just a matter of time before that Testarossa you’ve wanted since you were 13 gets priced into stupid-money territory, but if cashing out your 401K to roll Italian-style is not an option, fret not. Like Luke Skywalker, Craigslist is here to rescue you. READ MORE: Chasing the […] 
NBA Superstar LeBron James Buys a Kia, Officially Becomes “Luxury Brand Ambassador”  Oct 16th, 2014 
Attention! May all the king’s men and the court come to attention? Kia has enlisted ten-time NBA All-Star LeBron James as the brand’s “luxury ambassador” for its K900 sedan. King James, for his part, seems very excited about his very own 420-horsepower, gadget-laden luxo-barge, tweeting his love for the sedan back in August. That’s high (but […] 
423,000 Lexus Models Recalled for Fire Risk Due to Leaky Fuel Gaskets  Oct 16th, 2014 
Toyota is recalling about 423,000 Lexus sedans and convertibles from 2006–2011 for underhood fuel gaskets that could leak, resulting in a fire. The 2006–2011 IS and GS, 2007–2010 LS, 2010 IS C, and 2008–2010 IS F have fuel lines that could have “plating particles” on their gasket-seating surfaces, which could compromise the seal between the […] 
2016 BMW M2 Rumored to Get 374 Horsepower, Manual-Shift Only  Oct 16th, 2014 
In case you’re not already excited for BMW’s upcoming M2, the high-performance, M GmbH–fettled version of the diminutive 2-series coupe, allow us to remind you why you should be giddy. Reports from Auto Express and BMW Blog shed more light on the 2016 M2, including more specific output figures, as well as when we can expect […] 
Chrysler Previews SEMA-Bound Rides, Get Ready for Some T/A, ACR, and Scorpion Action  Oct 16th, 2014 
As auto-show season kicks into gear—au revoir, Paris, yo, L.A.!—there’s one show that’ll top them all for straight-up automotive nonsense: SEMA. The Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas is one of our favorite fall staples, and it’s coming up fast. Several major manufacturers will join legions of tuners, parts makers, and shops on […] 
Sales in Motion Adds Carfax to Mobile Tool  Oct 16th, 2014 
Dealer sales staff can now instantly access the Carfax Vehicle History Report for used vehicles directly from SIM-SST, Sales in Motion’s tablet sales tool. 
Inaugural Compliance Summit Set for Nov. 10  Oct 16th, 2014 
The two-day event is designed to offer actionable compliance solutions to dealers and their partners. It will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. 
eLEND Solutions Launches Credit Application Platform  Oct 16th, 2014 
The firm’s CreditPlus is an interactive credit application platform that instantly preapproves shoppers based on the dealer’s defined credit criteria. Consumers can also view their credit score and pick their payments. 
TrueCar Dealers to Dislcose Doc Fees, Accessory Pricing  Oct 16th, 2014 
TrueCar's 9,000 certified dealers have agreed to disclose costs for vehicle accessories and non-governmental doc fees under the firm's new 'No Surprises' initiative. 
Federal Judge Dismisses GAP Coverage Lawsuit  Oct 16th, 2014 
A judge in Maryland dismissed a lawsuit against the Pohanka Auto Group. It alleged that the group’s GAP coverage was “phony” because it did not meet the definition of a debt-cancellation agreement under Maryland law. 
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Tested: Massive Mopar Has Surprising Manners  Oct 16th, 2014 
There are two things we need to get straight before we embark on this review of the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. READ MORE ›› 
Mercedes Confirms Plans for “Many Variants” of AMG GT, Including Black Series  Oct 16th, 2014 
Like all Mercedes-Benz models with a bent toward performance, the new AMG GT and GT S will get a Black Series model “sooner or later,” according to a report in the U.K.’s Evo magazine quoting AMG chief Tobias Moers. But think later and not sooner for that particular delight: “There is more to come from the […] 
From the C/D Archives: Oldsmobile Toronado Tested!  Oct 16th, 2014 
Luxury isn’t enough in the luxury car field anymore. It simply won’t do to say, “My luxury car has more trick stuff than your luxury car,” and so Oldsmobile’s Toronado with its manufactured, Spanish-sounding name should be the last word in the neighbor­hood one-upmanship contest. After all, snow tires on the front have to be […] 
The Wheels on Our Long-Term 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali Are Heavy—*Really* Heavy  Oct 16th, 2014 
“It would cost approximately $165,000 to send one of the Yukon’s wheels (tire included) into orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9.” – Charley Ladd, road warrior Our long-term GMC Yukon XL is so big—well, it has “XL” right there in its name, doesn’t it? It has a big 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Its big cabin seats eight […] 
Baffling, Camo’d Mercedes-Benz Pod Thing Spied—And We Know Exactly What It Is  Oct 16th, 2014 
We’ll cut right to the chase: This heavily camouflaged one-box vehicle will bow at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next January, and it will appear on the Mercedes-Benz stand. Styled by the staff of Benz chief designer Gorden Wagener, this pod-style car is intended to provide a glimpse at mobility decades in […] 
Watch 2000+hp AMS Nissan GT-R Annihilate the 1/4-Mile in 7.7 Seconds at 186 mph  Oct 16th, 2014 
Spirits buoyed by a recent win at the Texas Invitational—a totally unhinged display of power hosted by the Texas Speed Syndicate—Chicago-based tuning outfit AMS Performance figured the time was right to go for broke. With its stay in the Lone Star State drawing to a close, the team loaded up its 2000-plus-hp Alpha Omega Nissan […] 
Women Less Confident in Car Buying Process, KBB Reports  Oct 16th, 2014 
A new study from Kelley Blue Book found that 58% of men are confident in the car-buying arena, versus 38% of women. As a result, women are taking longer to make a purchase decision. 
Ferman Nissan of Tampa Takes a Closer Look at the 2014 Nissan Juke  Oct 16th, 2014 
The 2014 Nissan Juke continues to deliver fun while adding a few new features and editions. 
“Jay Leno’s Garage” to Make Move from Web to CNBC in 2015  Oct 16th, 2014 
Jay Leno, Hollywood’s patron saint of automotive enthusiasm, is coming back to TV in the best way possible: Next year, the former Tonight Show host will bring Jay Leno’s Garage to CNBC. And we can’t wait. For years, Jay has welcomed car fans into his palatial car mecca—the “garage” in Jay Leno’s Garage–with an Emmy […] 
Seinfeld Writer Spike Feresten on His Love of Vintage Cars, Driving Jerry’s 917, and His New Car Show  Oct 16th, 2014 
Spike Feresten has done almost all there is to do in American comedy. He wrote for David Letterman’s Late Night and Late Show in the 1990s, penned an episode of The Simpsons, and while he was writing for Seinfeld, put together the classic episode featuring the Soup Nazi. He also had his own late-night talk show, […] 
Acura Mulls Going All-Wheel Drive 24/7 in Bid to Propagate “Acurists”  Oct 16th, 2014 
It has been said that reinvention is key to success. We’re not sure by whom, exactly, but the formula certainly has worked well for megabrands like Apple and Beyoncé. Acura? Not so much. Honda’s luxury badge since 1986 has spent a good portion of its history searching for a niche to claim as its own. […] 
They’ve Got a Corvette Motor *and* Transmission: We Drive GM’s New 8-Speed Pickups and SUVs  Oct 15th, 2014 
When news arrived earlier this year that the Chevrolet Corvette’s touted eight-speed automatic transmission would migrate to GM’s full-size trucks, the C/D office responded with a resounding, “Well, that makes sense.” Don’t get us wrong, we love trucks almost as much—more, in rare instances—as we do Corvettes, but it can be hard to make headlines […] 
Vertu’s $17,100 Bentley-Branded Smartphone Is the Electronic Accessory Nobody Needs  Oct 15th, 2014 
Bentley buyers are not normal consumers. They are, by definition, big spenders, willing to pony up for exclusivity and luxury that average folks can’t afford. They want the best, and they’re willing to pay for it. At least, that surely was the thinking behind Vertu—the maker of hideously expensive, utterly pointless “luxury” smartphones—and Bentley teaming […] 
A 9, or a 10? Audi’s 2014 L.A. Auto Show Concept Could Be the A9—and Could Be a Stunner  Oct 15th, 2014 
Audi has a surprise in store for the 2014 Los Angeles auto show and is teasing us with a peek at it. The darkened image above shows an unnamed concept car that we believe previews the brand’s upcoming A9 flagship. As we’ve speculated, and the photo seems to back up, the A9 is shaping up […] 
First Ferrari 458 Speciale A Auctioned Off for $900,000 . . . Or, One Hellcat More Than the First Challenger Hellcat  Oct 15th, 2014 
It’s become something of a “thing” for any automaker to send the first example of a hotly anticipated new model across the auction stage, much like a sacrificial lamb, to be purchased by someone wielding entirely too much excitement for the car and too much money. Okay, so maybe the buyer is the hapless lamb, […] 
Kontos: Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices Soften Again in September  Oct 15th, 2014 
Wholesale used-vehicle prices softened for the fifth straight month in a row, ADESA reported this week. But improved retail sales of used vehicles helped cushion the blow from growing supply. 
The Best Cars, Trucks, SUVs, and More for 2015: Editors’ Choice Awards  Oct 15th, 2014 
Many are driven, but few are chosen: Presenting our 2015 Editors’ Choice awards—these are the vehicles we’d recommend to savvy buyers shopping in every category. Our editors consider these vehicles to be the best cars, pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs for 2015. READ MORE ›› 
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Tested: Aching to Be Filled with Autumn Produce  Oct 15th, 2014 
Rather than mourn the passing of summer, why not instead embrace autumn? After all, if you live someplace with delineated seasons, fall just may be the best one for driving. Right now near our Michigan stomping grounds, for example, the leaves are changing colors, transforming roadside foliage into an explosion of reds, oranges, and yellows […] 
Puttin’ It on the Table: De Nysschen Lays Out Cadillac’s Product Plan  Oct 15th, 2014 
Would Cadillac fare better with nearly twice as many offerings as it has today? We’re going to find out by 2020 because brand president Johan de Nysschen aims to expand the marque’s six-model range to 10 offerings over the next few years. Speaking to news agency Reuters, de Nysschen recently outlined plans for a product […] 
This Wicked 1200-hp 1970 Pontiac Firebird Restomod Is Fit for a Sith Lord  Oct 14th, 2014 
We are but humble truth-seekers here at Car and Driver, bringing you answers to age-old questions like “What’s the most epic death machine on Craigslist?”, “What do the paramedics drive in Dubai?”, and “Mommy, where do Pontiac Azteks come from?” And that’s just in the last 24 hours or so. Now we have taken on […] 
Not Intentional: Top Gear Producer Responds to Argentina Number-Plate Incident  Oct 14th, 2014 
On the heels of Jeremy Clarkson defending Top Gear in the international incident over a potentially offensive license plate from a shoot in Argentina, the show’s producer Andy Wilman has released a statement of his own. As you might expect, he has also pleaded innocent. You can read Wilman’s full statement at Top Gear, but allow us to […] 
Sergio Marchionne Promises Not to Screw Up Ferrari, Plans to Increase Production  Oct 14th, 2014 
Whew, what a relief: Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has told CNBC that Ferrari, which is now under his direct control, “is in good hands with FCA,” adding, “As long as we don’t screw up the DNA of Ferrari.” The worry among Ferraristi is that Sergio, coming from the world of mass production, would try to go […] 
Dealertrack CRM Receives Reynolds Certification  Oct 14th, 2014 
Dealertrack’s CRM has been certified as part of the Reynolds Certified Interface Program, which provides a standardized approach to handling dealership data. 
Chase’s Q3 Auto Originations Up 6%  Oct 14th, 2014 
Chase Auto Finance originated $6.8 billion in auto loans during the third quarter, which was up from a year ago but down 4% from the second quarter. Average auto loans were $52.7 billion, up 4% from a year ago. 
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