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 […] 
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 […] 
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. 
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. 
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 ›› 
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. 
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 […] 
American Litigation Story, Scat Show: Chrysler Challenged (Again) by Scat Enterprises Over Scat Pack Name  Oct 20th, 2014 
There’s a real scat storm brewing over at Chrysler, which was just dragged into a legal kerfuffle over its use of the Scat Pack name for high-performance trim levels of various Dodge models. Automotive News reports that Scat Enterprises—a California-based company that makes aftermarket engine parts for Chrysler products, Fords, Chevrolets, and more—has filed a […] 
Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out  Oct 20th, 2014 
Are you a multimillionaire mulling over whether to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultralimited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off. Porsche’s über-hybrid, which […] 
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 […] 
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 […] 
“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 […] 
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 […] 
From the Obvious File: Record Number of Vehicles Recalled in 2014  Oct 20th, 2014 
The number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. this year has hit an all-time high since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was founded in 1970. According to the Detroit Free Press, automakers have recalled more than 56 million vehicles year-to-date in 2014, surpassing the 1999 full-year record of 55.6 million. (You may now add […] 
GM Ignition-Switch Deaths Up to 29, Automaker May Face $10-Billion Class-Action Lawsuit  Oct 20th, 2014 
A group of lawyers wants to sue General Motors for more than $10 billion in what will likely become the largest class-action lawsuit against the automaker for ignition-switch defects that have claimed at least 29 lives. Hagens Berman, the law firm that in 2012 won $1.1 billion in economic damages against Toyota for its unintended-acceleration […] 
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 […] 
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!, […] 
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 […] 
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 […] 
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. […] 
2014 BMW i3 Tested with Range Extender: A Series Hybrid that Relieves Range Anxiety, Except on Gas  Oct 17th, 2014 
The automotive future according to Hollywood exists as one of two polar-opposite scenarios. Either it’s sleek and bright, filled with fast-moving pods gliding over flawless, uncongested roads, or it’s dark and dystopian, with kludged trucks and muscle cars roaming dilapidated and desolate highways. Hollywood never dreams of roads jammed full of frumpy electric hatchbacks, but […] 
Porsche 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 […] 
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. […] 
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 […] 
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 […] 
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 […] 
Mercedes S-class Maybach to Debut Next Month, More Details Emerge on Next Über-Benz  Oct 17th, 2014 
We have been reporting all year about Daimler’s plans to resurrect Maybach as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, with its first product expected to be a stretched version of the S-class packed with even more luxury features than the top-dog S600 (pictured above) and S65 AMG models. We’ve now confirmed when the new Mercedes Maybach super-sedan […] 
Mercedes Taunts Ferrari after Clinching F1 Constructors’ Championship  Oct 17th, 2014 
Have you heard? Mercedes AMG Petronas wrapped up this year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship this past Sunday with three races still left on the calendar. The folks at Scuderia Ferrari definitely heard about it, thanks to Mercedes parking a new C-class emblazoned with “World Champion 2014″ right outside the Italian team’s headquarters. Shots fired, sort of. As […] 
Watch an Audi RS7 Drive Itself Around a Track at 150 MPH—with Nobody Inside  Oct 17th, 2014 
The thought of a driverless car hurtling itself around a track at 150 mph sounds like a bizarre racing disaster: What happened to the driver? But just before the DTM season finale at Hockenheim, Audi is making it happen, sending an autonomous RS7 sports sedan careening around the track with nary a human aboard. And you […] 
Rambo Lambo: Last Blood? Lamborghini Still Waiting on Audi Approval to Build Urus SUV  Oct 17th, 2014 
Despite being on track as recently as this past February, Lamborghini’s production Urus SUV—first shown as a concept at the 2012 Beijing auto show—may not have the clear path to gilded driveways we initially thought. Lamborghini itself greenlit the SUV last year, but the Italian automaker, according to a report from Autocar, is still waiting on a final […] 
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 […] 
Nice Stance, Bro: Honda Bringing Six Custom 2015 Fits to SEMA  Oct 17th, 2014 
First things first, this is not how we’d spec a factory 2015 Honda Fit. But when Honda arrives in Las Vegas next month for SEMA, it’s hitting the festivities hard with six Fits that go well beyond what the automaker churns out. The automaker gave out Fits to six tuner shops with no prerequisites, only […] 
Chris Harris on the Next Bugatti Veyron: “I Couldn’t Care Less”  Oct 17th, 2014 
The words barely penetrated my waking consciousness, but something registered from the pages of a weekly British car magazine: “Bugatti Veyron replacement will have over 1500 hp and hit 290 mph.” Whatever. I couldn’t care less, I thought, as I went off to water the tomato plants. Ten years ago, I’d have struggled to suppress […] 
Harley-Davidson of Tampa Sponsored the Cotee River Bike Fest in New Port Richey  Oct 17th, 2014 
Tampa Harley-Davidson sponsored the Cotee River Bike Fest, which took place in New Port Richey, Fla., from October 10-12. 
Mercedes Remote Starter Now Sold by a New Scandinavian Dealer  Oct 17th, 2014 
XCL Tuning From Sweden Selected as the New Dealer 
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 […] 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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 […] 
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 […] 
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 […] 
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 […] 
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 ›› 
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. 
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, […] 
“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 […] 
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 […] 
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, […] 
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 […] 
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. 
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 […] 
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 ›› 
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. 
Comment Period Opens for CFPB’s New Rule  Oct 14th, 2014 
The CFPB published its proposal rule to oversee larger participants in the nonbank auto finance segment in the Federal Register last week, kicking off a 60-day public comment period that ends on Dec. 8. 
Avg. New-Vehicle Transaction Price Up $3,900 Since 2009  Oct 14th, 2014 
New-vehicle retail sales through September were at their highest level since 2005, but the rise in new-vehicle transaction prices is what has really contributed to the industry's health this year, say J.D. Power analysts. 
Auto/Mate Integrates with Nissan’s Dealer System  Oct 14th, 2014 
Auto/Mate's dealership management system is now fully integrated with Nissan's dealer communication system, officials announced this week. 
Exeter Finance Corp. Announces $500 Million Securitization  Oct 14th, 2014 
Exeter announced this week the pricing of a $500 million securitization backed by auto loan receivables. 
Ford, Carfax Expand Partnership in Certified Pre-Owned Sales  Oct 14th, 2014 
Ford and Carfax announced this week that they are expanding their relationship. Now, all Ford and Lincoln CPO vehicles will be listed on Carfax Used Car Listing. 
Dealers Increased Charitable Giving in 2014, Survey Shows  Oct 14th, 2014 
More than 70% of new-car dealers surveyed in September said they increased their charitable giving in 2014, according to a new survey conducted by the NADA and Ally Financial. 
Liberty Walk’s Bad-Ass Lamborghini Aventador Can Breathe Fire, Burninate the Countryside  Oct 14th, 2014 
At any moment, I expected to watch this Lamborghini Aventador transform into a giant robot holding a four-barreled flame cannon, fighting to save earth from waves of alien mutant Impalas spitting acidic antifreeze. And then I realized that my Voltron- and Robotech-heavy childhood was just playing tricks on my sleep-deprived brain. This is no mech, […] 
Green Hell in Your Basement! $300K Slot-Car Track Offered By Neiman Marcus and Slot Mods USA [w/ Video]  Oct 14th, 2014 
Sunday, we were having coffee with an old pal who’s never been very much into cars. He had taken his son to the local hobby emporium, where they’d marveled over “those cars with the tab sticking out of the bottom so they don’t fly off the track.” Were we gajillionaires, we would buy him this […] 
Next 7-series to Offer BMW’s First Modular Six-Cylinder and More  Oct 14th, 2014 
Competing with the Audi A8, the Jaguar XJ, and the still-fresh Mercedes-Benz S-class, the current BMW 7-series has fallen to the back of the flagship pack. (It finished third of three even as far back as this 2011 comparison test.) But the all-new sixth-generation is waiting in the wings, and we expect it to debut […] 
2015 Cadillac ATS 3.6 Tested: A Thing of Beauty  Oct 14th, 2014 
When the poet John Keats suggested that “a thing of beauty is a joy forever,” it could well have been a description of the new Cadillac ATS coupe—had it not been published in 1818. READ MORE ›› 
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic Tested: Entry-Level Ute Is Not Quite a Real Benz  Oct 13th, 2014 
When the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK launched, they were slightly funky utes at what was then the small end of the luxury-SUV spectrum. Each took a moment to find solid footing—the BMW in its second generation and the GLK at its midcycle refresh—and each now come at prices that leave room for smaller, […] 
Ferrari 60th Anniversary Party: Celebrating 0 to 60 in America with 60 Classic Cars [Photo Gallery]  Oct 13th, 2014 
  Ferrari celebrated its 60th anniversary in America on Sunday at the home of conspicuous consumption, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The marque of the jitterbugging stallion took over the palm-lined street of gilded storefronts with a hugely impressive display of 60 cars, including some of its most significant race winners and what some insiders […] 
Drezzed to Imprezz: 2015 Subaru Impreza Priced, Still Cheapest Way to Standard AWD  Oct 13th, 2014 
Subaru of America released pricing on its refreshed 2015 Impreza models and news is, uh, imprezzive for those in the market for cheap all-wheel-driveyness. The base 2.0i sedan is priced at $18,990, or $300 above last year’s base model. Once some equipment juggling is accounted for, Impreza price increases are between $100 and $700 depending on […] 
Jaguar Commercial Employs Evil MI6 “Q” Character, Underground Lair, Holograms to Great Effect  Oct 13th, 2014 
Jaguar advertising has been on a roll lately, with the whole “British villains drive Jags” thing resonating well with the brand’s outsider market position and its extremely seductive lineup. The firm’s latest commercial, however, might just top them all, with a treasure trove of intelligently sinister references, as well as a confident swagger befitting a […] 
Dan Gurney for President, Again: Iconic Driver and Constructor to Be Honored with Edison-Ford Medal  Oct 13th, 2014 
Daniel Sexton Gurney, age 83, is most certainly one of the giants of 20th-century motorsport. One of the multidisciplinary greats in an era of all-rounders that included Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, and Mark Donohue, Gurney raced at Indy, competed in sports cars, raced in the hairball Can-Am series, and also contested in Pony Car War–era […] 
Molted Snake: Bodyless 2003 Dodge Viper for Sale, Only $15K for Almost Limitless Danger!  Oct 13th, 2014 
Everyone knows Craigslist is a digital black hole capable of stealing away hours upon hours of free—and not so free—time. From its depths now comes this 2003 Dodge Viper SRT10 convertible. The seller is asking just $14,900 for this 55,769-mile peach, and it offers the future owner a truly blank slate and unlimited leg scaldings. By now, you’ve […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 200  Oct 13th, 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. This week’s is the 200th Name That Shifter contest, and so to appropriately set the mood, we’ve upped the prize ante. The first person to […] 
Sirens on Sports Cars, Ambulance Edition: UAE Paramedics to Get Lotus Evora and Ford Mustangs  Oct 13th, 2014 
If the idea of law enforcement using exotic cars to hunt you down is a little scary, the notion of putting sports cars in the hands of paramedics to bring life-saving assistance is far more reassuring. As it turns out, both are possible in—where else?—Dubai. That’s right, not only do Emirati cops have Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, […] 
#CUMMINSSOON: Cummins Diesel-Powered Nissan Titan Teased  Oct 13th, 2014 
Nissan is firing up the diesel-powered rumor mill again. After years of teasing a Cummins/Nissan truck hookup that never seems to come to fruition, the maker took to the Twittersphere today with an image that strongly suggests the two have been busy getting busy. Featuring the official logos of both Cummins and Nissan, the image […] 
It’s a NEW ASTON MARTIN! “The Price is Right” Offering Up $500K in Luxury Cars This Week  Oct 13th, 2014 
The creative purgatory that is daytime broadcast television—with the Dr. Phils, Judge Judys, and the like clogging the airwaves—serves only to inform alien spacecraft that Earth is not worth visiting. But there’s a bright spot in the form of The Price is Right, and this week the show is attempting to give away more than […] 
2015 24 Hours of LeMons Schedule Released, Start Planning Your Road Trips!  Oct 13th, 2014 
The 2014 24 Hours of LeMons season has been the best one so far, with crazy-close finishes, amazing fabrication skills on display, and great new venues. We’ve still got four more races to go this year, including one in Michigan this weekend, but it’s not too early to start preparing your Sterling 825 for next […] 
Nuthin’ But a G Thang: G-Wagen Commemorates 35 Years with Special Edition  Oct 13th, 2014 
The Geländewagen is not only one of our favorite Mercedes-Benz models, it is one of the coolest off-roaders of all time. Developed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the 1970s with militaries in mind as the primary customers, it has morphed into an ultra-expensive lifestyle vehicle—albeit one that can actually perform when needed. Commemorating the 35th anniversary of […] 
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