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2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali Long-Term Intro: It’s Mega Supreme  Aug 28th, 2014 
Astute marketing by GM has split the fraternal truck twins Chevrolet and GMC into different market segments, at least in the typical consumer’s mind. In the full-size-SUV category, an invisible wall stands between the value-conscious Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and the better-dressed GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.  READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang Production Starts Now, First-Ever RHD Models Begin Testing and Just Look Wrong  Aug 28th, 2014 
Wipe the saliva off your keyboards, Mustang fans, the arrival of the all-new 2015 iteration of your beloved pony car is now mere weeks away. Today, Ford triumphantly paraded the first production-ready 2015 Mustang off of its Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly line in the form of a red GT coupe. READ MORE: 2015 Ford Mustang […] 
 
 
Roam If You Want To: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Full Pricing Out  Aug 28th, 2014 
The formula for the Jeep Grand Cherokee is pretty straightforward: Mix four-doors and (usually) four-wheel drive with a family-size vehicle and a reasonably comfortable and well-appointed interior. The recipe has proved so enticing that the Grand Cherokee is now available in six levels of trim, putting the venerated nameplate within reach of almost any buyer. […] 
 
 
What BMW Selleth, BMW Refuseth to Take Back: The Unsellable, Undrivable, Zero-Emission eBay BMW i8  Aug 28th, 2014 
Let’s say someone were to offer to sell you a car a lot like the one you want, but with some key differences—this one doesn’t have an engine or a transmission and is instead a fiberglass shell shaped to look like a real car. It does, however, sit upon a welded tube-frame cart with casters […] 
 
 
No Rebellion Girl: Dodge Launches “Don’t Touch My Dart” Campaign, Watch them All Here  Aug 28th, 2014 
At some point in Dodge’s recent history, somebody in creative had no real idea what to do with the company’s vehicles, so presumably announced, “Hey! I got it! Let’s just sell to flatbillers and middle-aged Harley riders!” Fist-bumps and high-fives presumably spread through Auburn Hills like wildfire. While that tack might work a treat with […] 
 
 
F&I and Showroom Names 2014 F&I Pacesetters  Aug 28th, 2014 
This year’s field consists of operations from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas. They are now in the running for the 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year award. 
 
 
Voice Recognition Tops J.D. Power’s List of New-Vehicle Problems  Aug 28th, 2014 
Problems with built-in voice recognition average 8.3 problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with the technology’s inability to recognize or interpret verbal commands being the biggest complaint among car owners. 
 
 
KBB: New-Car Sales Expected to Dip Nearly 1% in August  Aug 28th, 2014 
New-vehicle sales are expected to decrease 0.7% year-over-year to a total of 1.49 million units, resulting in an estimated 16.5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to a forecast from Kelley Blue Book. 
 
 
Va. Dealer Charged With Selling Illegal Tags  Aug 28th, 2014 
The owner of a Virginia dealership was arrested after authorities discovered that he was selling fake tags that would allow drivers to delay properly registering their vehicle. 
 
 
Auto Dealership Buy-Sell Activity Increasing Sharply, Haig Reports  Aug 28th, 2014 
Public U.S. auto dealers are on pace to book $1 billion in acquisitions for the year, which would be an increase of 43% from 2013, according to a report from Haig Partners. 
 
 
2014 Toyota RAV4 FWD Tested: A Sensible Thing for Folks with Sensible Shoes  Aug 28th, 2014 
The Toyota RAV4 has scored consistently good marks in the areas of utility, all-around usefulness, fuel efficiency, comfort, quality, and value ever since it became the progenitor of the small, car-based crossover species in 1996. But an engaging driving experience isn’t something we would necessarily add to the list of the diminutive Toyota’s defining characteristics. […] 
 
 
1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super: The German Machine That Started It All [C/D Archives]  Aug 28th, 2014 
Expensive? Only a few years ago you could pry a Porsche Speedster loose from a showroom for a shade under three grand. It seemed like a bargain. Our test car—a ’63 Super coupe—carries a basic price tag of $4408. But consider—the Speedster was an adolescent, as were most Porsches of yore. After a wildly sporting […] 
 
 
Luxury Lugging: Towing My Track-Prepped Integra with a New Cadillac Escalade  Aug 28th, 2014 
Yesterday, when we posted to our Facebook page our instrumented test of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the commenters went nuts. Not over the lumbering SUV, mind you, but over the car it was towing in the picture: my personal track vehicle, a 1998 Acura Integra GSR. Seriously, the vast majority of 250-plus comments focused on […] 
 
 
2014 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Ram ProMaster Win Edmunds.com Best Retained Value Awards, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram  Aug 28th, 2014 
2014 Jeep, Dodge and Ram models all won Best Retained Value awards from Edmunds.com. 
 
 
Ferman Buick GMC Discusses the New 2015 GMC Canyon  Aug 28th, 2014 
GMC anticipates several segment bests for the 2015 Canyon. 
 
 
10 Green Cars that Don’t Suck: Eco-Excellence at All Price Points  Aug 27th, 2014 
Mix pious intentions with dreary mechanical bits and then stir in some driving misery, and the result is a “green car.” Green not in the color of its paint, but in the environmental virtue of its engineering and marketing. Green as in economical with fuel but stingy on fun, great with emissions but lousy to […] 
 
 
Hold the Line: 2015 Dodge Dart Pricing Dug Up, Dissected  Aug 27th, 2014 
After Dodge shuffled the Dart lineup and adjusted pricing for the 2014 model year, publicly available pricing data shows that the brand is staying the course for 2015. With a Dart refresh scheduled in 2016 and an SRT variant on the table in the same time frame, big changes are on the way. For now, […] 
 
 
10 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Volvo XC90  Aug 27th, 2014 
Volvo touts its all-new 2016 XC90 SUV as the first product of the “new Volvo” and the launch of a company-wide rebirth. While Volvo isn’t completely flipping the script—and, say, making six-wheeled military motorcycles—the XC90 does represent its first independently developed car since being financially sugar-daddied by Chinese automaker Geely. The 2016 XC90, which we […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1997 Acura Integra Type R Tested  Aug 27th, 2014 
At a blaring 8400 rpm, the Acura Integra Type R’s pistons are pedaling at about 80 feet per second—much higher than the commonly accepted threshold of 67 feet per second. That’s close to the piston speeds in Formula 1 and Indy-car engines, which have much shorter strokes than the under-square Integra powerplant. Still, you don’t […] 
 
 
Embrace the Singularity: Subaru to Move to a Shared Architecture  Aug 27th, 2014 
It now looks as if Volkswagen’s MQB strategy was just the beginning of a trend. Hot on the heels of Volvo’s SPA announcement, Subaru has confirmed that the Fuji Heavy Industries brand will move its mainline vehicles to a single architecture. Everything from the Impreza to a seven-seat Tribeca successor will ride on the new […] 
 
 
Connected Utility Vehicles: Chevy Adds Wireless Charging, 4G LTE to Suburban and Tahoe  Aug 27th, 2014 
A burbdozer with a V-8 may not be the predominant family vehicle of choice anymore, but Chevrolet still makes a heavy margin on its Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. As such, it behooves GM to keep refining the tech plowed into what’s fundamentally a mid-twentieth-century design. The latest additions to the stalwart duo? OnStar with 4G […] 
 
 
Real Steel: The Last Steel-Bodied F-150 Rolls off the Line in Dearborn; Preparations for Aluminum Begin  Aug 27th, 2014 
The last current-gen F-150 has left a particular building. According to the Detroit Free Press, the final steel-bodied F-150 rolled off the line at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday. While Ford’s Kansas City facility will continue to manufacture steel-bodied F-150s until the end of the year, the line in Dearborn is […] 
 
 
30 Years New: Toyota Japan to Sell Brand-New Land Cruiser Series 70—for One Year  Aug 27th, 2014 
Here’s the tragedy of the Land Cruiser Series 70: It was never sold in the United States. The toughest and most rugged of the entire lineup is an icon in Australia and South Africa, where they’ve been on sale continuously for 30 years. And for 20 of those years, you could walk into a Japanese […] 
 
 
Nissan Rogue Is Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Notes Nissan Dealers Ferman Nissan New Port Richey  Aug 27th, 2014 
The new Rogue is one of the most appealing vehicles of its kind on the market. 
 
 
2016 Ford Focus RS: AWD Back on the Table, U.S. Sales More Likely than Ever  Aug 26th, 2014 
A new wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Ford Focus RS and its possible U.S. arrival has emerged: Our pals at Road & Track are reporting that not only is the RS now more likely than ever to be sold in the U.S., but that it will blat and slide onto our shores packing all-wheel […] 
 
 
Supersexy Alfa Romeo 6C to Share Platform with Supersexy Maserati Alfieri  Aug 26th, 2014 
It’s been almost a year and a half since we dropped a huge stack of knowledge on the Alfa Romeo 6C coupe, and little has changed since then. Plans still call for it to be sexy as hell (the rendering above shows an early styling direction), share underpinnings with a Maserati, and arrive in roughly […] 
 
 
Footloose and Fancy Three: Mazda 3 Refresh, Mazdaspeed 3 Coming for 2017  Aug 26th, 2014 
Ever since the hairy-chested Mazdaspeed 3 left the automaker’s lineup after the 2013 model year, we’ve been pining for its return. Adding to our anticipation is the great platform that underpins the all-around-excellent Mazda 3, a car that landed on our most recent 10Best list and handily swept the fine Ford Focus under the rug […] 
 
 
2014 Volkswagen Touareg V-8 TDI First Drive: Torque on Torque on Torque  Aug 26th, 2014 
Until Audi came along with its incredible, 500-hp Q7 V-12 TDI, the Volkswagen Touareg V-10 TDI was the king of the segment. Discontinued in 2010, its final iteration—the R50—served up 350 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. (A less-powerful version was sold in the United States.) But that thing disappeared from our shores years ago, […] 
 
 
More Juice for Japan: Subaru Begins WRX S4 and STI Type S Sales  Aug 26th, 2014 
Subaru loves to save special things for the home market. The 22B STI from 1998 might be the most notable example among casual Subie heads, but it’s hardly the only one. And now Nihon-boxer devotees have a pair of new Impreza-derived machines to lust after: the WRX S4 and the WRX STI Type S. The […] 
 
 
2015 Cadillac Escalade AWD Tested: More Money and More Compelling  Aug 26th, 2014 
Cadillac has never shied away from size and mass. As early as 1930, there were Cadillacs that weighed more than three tons—and those were cars. Cadillac trucks wouldn’t be along for another seven decades. In the ’30s, Cadillac propelled its biggest classics-to-be with V-12 and even V-16 engines. You could time a zero-to-60-mph run with […] 
 
 
Speed Triple? Volvo Confirms Upcoming Three-Cylinder Engine Family  Aug 26th, 2014 
Yes, Sweden gave us the blissful/mournful pop of Abba. It also handed us the Detroit-by-way-of-Stockholm grit of the fabulous Hellacopters. But lest we forget, our Scandanavian friends are also responsible for the parping atrocity of Joey Tempest’s execrable Europe, and the folks in Gothenburg seem to have been gorging on “The Final Countdown” alongside their […] 
 
 
N.J. Dealer Pleads Guilty to Selling Cars Damaged in Superstorm Sandy  Aug 26th, 2014 
A dealer who acquired clean titles for flood-damaged cars he bought at auction faces up to three years in prison. He must also reimburse the customers who purchased the seven vehicles. 
 
 
USEA Surpasses $1.3 Billion in Loan Payment Transmissions  Aug 26th, 2014 
US Equity Advantage has transmitted more than $1.3 billion in loan payments for its members, while maintaining compliance with the money transmitter requirements related to licensing and bonding in all 50 states. 
 
 
Auto/Mate to Host First User Summit  Aug 26th, 2014 
The company will host its first annual User Summit in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 19. More than sixty dealers and managers are slated to attend, where they will learn about the newest features of Auto/Mate’s DMS and the best practices associated with implementing new technology. 
 
 
Equifax Sees No Evidence of Subprime Auto Bubble  Aug 26th, 2014 
A monthly report from the firm shows that subprime auto lending has been fairly stable since 2012, and that originations have been shifting toward the higher end of the subprime credit-score spectrum, despite reports of an imminent ‘bubble’ in subprime lending. 
 
 
U.S. Sales Per Store to Reach All-Time High, Urban Science Reports  Aug 26th, 2014 
The average number of sales per dealership in the United States is on track to hit an all-time record of 904 units based on vehicle sales of 16.2 million, according to a new report from Urban Science. 
 
 
VisionMenu Releases vContract  Aug 26th, 2014 
The company’s latest enhancement will allow users of VisionMenu to use a ‘print all’ capability after rating multiple providers and products simultaneously with vRate. 
 
 
2016 Volvo XC90 First Images! Full Details and Photos on Volvo’s All-New Luxury Crossover  Aug 26th, 2014 
Twelve years. That’s how long Volvo’s been peddling its current XC90 crossover SUV, which debuted at the 2002 Detroit auto show before going on sale as a 2003 model. Since then, the XC90 has received remarkably few changes. A wonderful Yamaha-designed V-8 engine option came and went and a few tweaks hit the model for […] 
 
 
DFW Elite Toy Museum Offers Public Sneak Peak of New Exhibit at Pre-Opening Party on Thursday, October 9, 2014  Aug 26th, 2014 
Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities Exhibit Pre-Opening Gala from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Museum 
 
 
Benz Binge: Daimler Weighs Purchase of Aston Martin and MV Agusta  Aug 26th, 2014 
Soon, Daimler’s portfolio—which includes brands as diverse as Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Maybach, Freightliner, and Thomas Built Buses—could be expanded with two highly prestigious nameplates. Daimler is weighing the purchase of British sports-car-maker Aston Martin and Italian sports-bike manufacturer MV Agusta. No decision has been made, but both projects are currently under consideration. Aston Martin and Daimler […] 
 
 
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Road Test  Aug 25th, 2014 
Driving a piece of history 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz to Revise Nomenclature: M-class First Up, Becomes GLE-class Early Next Year  Aug 25th, 2014 
We’ve learned that Mercedes-Benz will revise a large chunk of its nomenclature, with the first changes coming early next year. The vehicle at the top of the list is the current third-generation M-class; it is due to be face-lifted in early 2015, and the refresh will bring with it a change to the GLE moniker. The crossover-coupe […] 
 
 
More Photos of VW Golf–Based CC Four-Door Coupe Emerge from China  Aug 25th, 2014 
Volkswagen’s newest and smallest four-door coupe will debut in China this week at the Chengdu Motor Show. The Mid-Size Coupe concept version of the car was unveiled in Beijing last April; we first saw leaked images of the production model in the aftermath of the debut, and now 163.com (a kind of Chinese MSN or AOL) has posted additional photos of […] 
 
 
2015 Nissan Versa Note SR CVT Tested: Sharper on a Spreadsheet than in Twisty Bits  Aug 25th, 2014 
We’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of car buyers are letting spreadsheets dictate their purchase decisions for them. We see no other explanation for what Nissan calls a “record” number of buyers this summer lining up to buy the Versa. Its low MSRP means it swims in the inexpensive end of the automotive […] 
 
 
Watch Jeremy Clarkson’s Involuntary Ice-Bucket Challenge, Voluntary NSFW Reaction  Aug 25th, 2014 
Jeremy Clarkson’s ice-bucket challenge video is one of the best so far. Mostly because his kids caught him sleeping. Literally. Caution: His reaction is fully (and hilariously) NSFW. So, you know, wear headphones. He challenged Hammond and May. Stay tuned. Richard Hammond Interview: What I’d Do Differently  Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson Accused of Racism, Issues […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 193  Aug 25th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day 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 […] 
 
 
Driving the Bentley Continental GT3-R in Sonoma, Earthquake Edition  Aug 25th, 2014 
The ground shook in Sonoma this weekend. Every automaker tries to create a distinctive and memorable experience for us when it comes to early test drives. Bentley, through only its choice of location, seems to have taken the cake. Invited to climb behind the wheel of the $337,000, roadgoing 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R—pictured above in less […] 
 
 
VW Lowers Jetta Price of Entry for 2015, Doesn’t Want You to Buy That One  Aug 25th, 2014 
VW released pricing today on the freshened 2015 Jetta; in addition to minor changes such as new fascias and options, the car gets various model shuffling throughout the lineup.  The Jetta receives new driver-assistance options including blind-spot, rear-traffic, and forward-collision alerts as well as parking assist. A new bare-bones base model has the ancient naturally […] 
 
 
Green Oval: Ford Planning Prius-Fighting Dedicated Hybrid Model for 2019  Aug 25th, 2014 
Better 20 years late than never: According to Reuters, Ford is planning its first dedicated gas-electric hybrid model for the 2019 model year, to compete directly against the Toyota Prius. (The C-Max doesn’t count, since it was initially sold in Europe as a regular MPV.) Since Toyota’s reigning hybrid champ hit Japan in 1997 and made […] 
 
 
How Many HANS Would a Hamlin Huck if a Hamlin Could Huck HANS? [w/ Video]  Aug 25th, 2014 
Oh, constant variety of sport! The thrill of victory! The agony of defeat! While Joey Logano enjoyed the former at the conclusion of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kevin Harvick shared the latter. On lap 161, Harvick misjudged leader Hamlin’s corner-exit speed, bumped the tail of […] 
 
 
DO (ALL OF) THE TWIST: Ram Snatches Truck Torque Crown with 865-lb-ft Cummins Diesel for 2015  Aug 25th, 2014 
Ford threw down the gauntlet last year with the revelation that its 2015 Super Duty pickups would produce 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of torque, yet we knew it wouldn’t be long before one of the other domestic brands launched a volley of its own in the heavy-duty pickup war. It turns out the honor […] 
 
 
Ferrari F355 Tested: A V-8 Worthy of the Prancing Horse [C/D Archives]  Aug 25th, 2014 
No Ferrari F355 owner in his right mind would drive one of these art treasures in the wintry conditions we experienced while the car was in Ann Arbor, but what could we do? New Ferraris do not come our way often, and we don’t pick the dates. So we ended up stabbing a flaming-red F355 […] 
 
 
Tampa Car Dealership Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Discusses How Chrysler's 8-speed Transmissions Will Save 700 Million Gallons  Aug 25th, 2014 
Consumers can anticipate fuel, emissions and cost savings with Chrysler's eight-speed transmissions. 
 
 
Ferman Nissan in Tampa Showcases Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed  Aug 25th, 2014 
Nissan's Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. 
 
 
Tampa Acura Dealer Earns Top Honors in Edmunds.com 2014 Best Retained Value Awards for Third Consecutive Year, Notes Ferman Acura  Aug 25th, 2014 
Acura's new 2015 ILX sports sedan received multiple awards from Edmunds.com. 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Discusses How Chrysler's 8-speed Transmissions Will Save 700 Million Gallons  Aug 25th, 2014 
Consumers can anticipate fuel, emissions and cost savings with Chrysler's eight-speed transmissions. 
 
 
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Road Test  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Can the Audi Q5 TDI live up to the competition? 
 
 
The DB Is Dead! Long Live DB! Aston Martin Trademarks DB10 through DB14 for Future Models  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Aston Martin products are in for some big changes in coming years, but their DB-based naming strategy will carry forward. According to Autocar, Aston has applied for trademarks for the names DB10 through DB14, likely for the successor to the DB9. Aston may decide, however, to buck tradition and reuse the name when the next-gen […] 
 
 
“M Initiation”: 2015 BMW M4 Drifts Through M History in Rad Video  Aug 22nd, 2014 
BMW seems big on drifting these days (so are we, for the record), as evidenced by last month’s “The Epic Driftmob” video featuring the M235i Coupe and this new spot for the new M4 called “M Initiation.” The video features the M4 sliding in very close proximity to other M cars of various vintages, churning up […] 
 
 
Kurt Busch Unabridged: On Running a Double, His Separation from Penske, and More  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Kurt Busch has long fascinated NASCAR fans because A) it’s commonly agreed that he’s a superlative driver with 25 wins and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship to his credit, and he continues to race in the Pro Stock division of the NHRA on an “opportunity permitting” basis; and B) he has played Peck’s Bad Boy in […] 
 
 
Hellsnake? Supercharged V-10 Viper Rumors Swirling in Detroit  Aug 22nd, 2014 
When Dodge placed the 707-hp Hellcat V-8 in the Challenger SRT and the Charger SRT, it threw a little cold water on its Viper supercar. As a model whose sales were already disappointing, the last thing the Viper needed was to have the authority of its mighty 640-hp V-10 contested by supercharged eight-cylinder upstarts from […] 
 
 
Your Mileage May Vary: 2015 Ford Mustang Fuel-Economy Figures Leaked for V-6, EcoBoost Models  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Fuel-economy ratings for certain 2015 Ford Mustang models are out, and V-6 buyers will be slightly disappointed. The savvy enthusiasts at Mustang6g—the same forum that posted the car’s first official photos from a copy of Autoweek before it hit newsstands—have now posted Monroneys of several production ‘Stangs, all of which were found on Ford’s consumer […] 
 
 
2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Tested  Aug 22nd, 2014 
You may know the Nardò Ring as the 7.8-mile asphalt track where the world’s automakers take their top-speed vacations. A traffic-free circular autobahn in the heel of Italy’s boot, the Porsche-owned test track is banked such that you can take your hands off any car’s steering wheel at 149 mph in the outer lane. It’s […] 
 
 
How Much for the Über-Vette in the Window? 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Starts at $78,995  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Just days after the ordering guide for the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was leaked, we are finding out how much it will cost to actually order the car: The Corvette Z06 will cost $78,995 in coupe form and $83,995 for the first Z06 convertible since the 1960s. The Z06 will come in three flavors: […] 
 
 
VehiclePartsDirect Launches Original E-commerce Platform  Aug 22nd, 2014 
The "Go-To" Source For Vehicle Part Replacements 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot Spied: Longer, Less Blocky, With a Lotta MDX  Aug 22nd, 2014 
Honda’s long-overdue replacement for the aging Pilot crossover, caught testing in what appears to be production-ready bodywork, complete with Honda badges. Of course, we can’t make out much of the sheetmetal because these prototypes snapped by our spy photographers are generously covered in loose black camouflage. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Bullets Over BMWs: Bulletproof X5 Security Plus Ready to Protect Muscovite Tycoons  Aug 21st, 2014 
While we often wonder whether some hair dye, a new beard, and a ’99 Taurus might be more effective at eluding assassination than buying an armored luxury car, discretion isn’t what keeps BMW’s factory-warrantied and armored Security models driving off showroom floors. Bavaria’s latest breed of bullet-resistant SUVs is the Security Plus version of the […] 
 
 
Euro-Types Can Rent a Focus ST-H, We Can’t Because Your Friends Can’t Drive a Manual  Aug 21st, 2014 
This is why those statistics about the number of Americans who can drive a manual transmission will catch up to the average Joe at the rental counter: In Europe, you can rent one of these Focus ST-Hs. But until Americans can figure out the whole clutch thing, it’s not looking promising for the U.S. Another […] 
 
 
All Right, All Right, All Riiiiggghttt: Matthew McConaughey Is Now Shilling Lincolns  Aug 21st, 2014 
The Lincoln Lawyer has now become . . . the Lincoln spokesperson? It’s truer than a detective busting buyers in a Dallas club: Matthew McConaughey is the latest celebrity tapped to help Lincoln sell Lincolns, and the automaker has released a preview video of what’s to come from the tie-up. McConaughey is seen cruising in […] 
 
 
2015 Corvette Stingray Eight-Speed Automatic Driven: Eight Ways to Shift Your Pants  Aug 21st, 2014 
The race to higher gear counts is in full swing, and automatic gearboxes are leading the way. Driven partly by marketing one-upmanship and partly by the need to meet ever-tougher fuel-economy mandates, eight-speed autoboxes are everywhere, Chrysler’s running a nine-cogger in select models, and 10-speeds—from Ford, GM, Volkswagen, and others—are just around the corner. The […] 
 
 
Watch Sebastian Vettel Tackle the Eau Rouge Corner with Infiniti’s Eau Rouge Concept  Aug 21st, 2014 
Pretty much everything about Infiniti’s fully functional Q50 Eau Rouge concept car is worthy of exclamation points. It looks amazing! It has the Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged V-6! Infiniti is probably going to build it! Yet for all the superlatives, the “Eau Rouge” appellation might remain a mystery to some. To clear the air—possibly in advance of […] 
 
 
New Industry Summit Track to Examine F&I’s Role in the Digital Age  Aug 21st, 2014 
Two panels scheduled for F&I and Showroom’s newest education track will focus on how dealers are connecting today’s Internet shopper to their in-store processes. 
 
 
Nissan Altima Tops List of Most Stolen 2013 Models  Aug 21st, 2014 
The Nissan Altima was the most stolen 2013 model last year, while the Honda Accord and Civic took the top two spots on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s list of most stolen vehicles. 
 
 
CFPB Fines Subprime Finance Source $2.75 Million  Aug 21st, 2014 
First Investors Financial Service Group was charged with providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies due to a known computer glitch. The finance company was ordered to pay a fine and identify and correct affected consumer credit profiles. 
 
 
Outstanding Auto Loan Balances Reach Record High, Experian Reports  Aug 21st, 2014 
The total dollar amount of automotive loan balances outstanding hit $839.1 billion in the second quarter of 2014, up 11.7% from the previous year. Officials said the industry should watch this trend closely, as it may dictate the availability of credit in the future. 
 
 
The O’Rally Factor: Chevy Sportifies 2015 Silverado Pickup with New Rally Editions  Aug 21st, 2014 
Pickups buyers take to the aftermarket in droves to make their tough trucks look tougher, but for 2015, Chevy is doing some of the toughing up for them with two new Rally packages for its full-size Silverado 1500. Building on the no-frills Silverado LS trim level, the new Rally 1 package adds a body-color grille […] 
 
 
Fat-Cat Sedans: BMW 750iL vs. Jaguar XJ12, Mercedes-Benz S500 [C/D Archives]  Aug 21st, 2014 
As the decimal point ka-chunks over to six figures on the window sticker—in this day of megadeals and gigabytes, $100,000 qualifies as one biggabuck—the gasp you hear is not from us. Nobody here cringes at the prospect of great cars. When three of the world’s top automakers proffer four-doors at the one-biggabuck price point (close […] 
 
 
How To Get a 24 Hours of LeMons Budget Exemption: Stuff a Radial Aircraft Engine in a Toyota MR2  Aug 21st, 2014 
There are several routes to becoming a Legend of LeMons. You can follow our advice about car selection and race something French or British, or maybe a van or a big, cushy luxury car, or even an American Motors product. You can race a donk or a backward pickup truck or a blimp, a “Ferrari”, or […] 
 
 
CATA, DriveChicago.com and Scout Automotive Marketing to Partner  Aug 21st, 2014 
Thanks to an agreement between the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Scout Automotive Marketing, Scout’s Trade Express trade-in valuation tool will now be available on the DriveChicago.com site. The tool provides trade values for vehicles, with data provided by NADA Guides. 
 
 
Acura Launches 2015 TLX, Notes Ferman Acura of Tampa  Aug 21st, 2014 
The TLX Acura Advantage program provides exciting offers for new buyers. 
 
 
Nissan Showcases Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed  Aug 21st, 2014 
Nissan's Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Pebble Beach–iest 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-class  Aug 20th, 2014 
In the wake of this year’s Pebble Beach luxury extravaganza, we’re feeling particularly rich. Good timing, then, that Mercedes-Benz’s online configurator for the 2015 C-class sedan is now up and running, allowing our minds to wander and ruminate on which C we’d buy, and how we would spec it. After all, now that the C-class […] 
 
 
NHTSA Launches VIN Look-up Tool for Uncompleted Recall Repairs  Aug 20th, 2014 
Wonder if that 2004 Corolla had its shrapnel-exploding airbag replaced? Or if the bolts connecting the control arm to the steering knuckle on that brand-new Chevy Spark are tight enough? Starting today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is empowering anyone with a valid a VIN to find out. Entering a vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) at […] 
 
 
To Infiniti and Beyond! Nissan’s Luxury Brand Teases Something New Ahead of Paris Auto Show  Aug 20th, 2014 
“Soon, Infiniti will share a vision—its soul—on a scale not seen before from the company.” Infiniti’s slightly hyperbolic description of its 2014 Paris auto-show debut doesn’t include what form the vehicle will take, revealing only that it will have “style and substance that push any preconceived limits.” The accompanying teaser shot confirms that the car […] 
 
 
Tesla Wants to Pay Hackers a Full-Time Salary to Break Its Cars  Aug 20th, 2014 
Computer hackers, call off your salvos against Microsoft and stop trying to wreck our blog: Break into a Model S and Tesla might hire you. The electric automaker wants to hire up to 30 full-time employees from the hacking community, as evidenced from its display at the recent annual Def Con conference in Las Vegas. More […] 
 
 
Vanishing Astons? Current DB9, Vantage Fail to Meet Airbag Regs; U.S. Models in Jeopardy  Aug 20th, 2014 
Two Aston Martins were missing from last weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours, but since the foursome of “Q” cars and a new V12 Vantage S roadster distracted the crowd, no one noticed. According to petitions the automaker sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Aston Martin would have revealed the next-gen DB9 and Vantage this […] 
 
 
Tail-Wagging Good News: Lamborghini Considering Rear-Wheel-Drive Huracán, Other Variants  Aug 20th, 2014 
The reveal of the first spinoff of Lamborghini’s sensational new Huracán supercar—the radical, rear-wheel-drive Super Trofeo race car—last weekend in Pebble Beach begs the question: Will Lambo build a tail-wagging, rear-wheel-drive Huracán for the street? Well, at that same event, Autocar gleaned a hint of an answer from Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann: “We did it […] 
 
 
Jaguar Promises Infotainment System that Doesn’t Suck for 2016 XE Sedan  Aug 20th, 2014 
While we’re already looking forward to the upcoming compact Jaguar XE sports sedan on account of its, er, heavy use of lightweight aluminum and compact rear-wheel-driveness, we’re also enthused to hear about the installation of a decent infotainment system—which would be a first for a recent Jaguar. The new system, called InControl, will be fitted […] 
 
 
Sette Preferiti: 7 Fascinating Cars—Including an Alfa Jeep!—from the 2014 Concorso Italiano  Aug 20th, 2014 
This year, the Pebble Beach weekend‘s traditional Friday celebration of Italian cars moved both its date (to Saturday) and its location (to the Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside). Many people, including your author, predicted disaster, mainly because large crowds usually flock on Saturday to nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey […] 
 
 
2015 Audi S3 Sedan: Faster Than It’s Big Bro  Aug 20th, 2014 
So here’s a question for Audi’s marketing department: Why should anybody buy an S4 sedan? The new S3 is cheaper, quicker (4.4 seconds to 60!), and, although this won’t trigger a buying impulse in everybody, considerably cuter. Sure, it’s down a couple of cylinders compared with its bigger brother, and it has to make do […] 
 
 
Cadillac Flagship Confirmed for 2015 New York Auto Show; Don’t Call It LTS Just Yet  Aug 20th, 2014 
Cadillac’s all-new, full-size sedan will bow at the 2015 New York auto show, but its name remains a mystery. Although we previously reported that the rear-wheel-drive four-door will go by the name LTS, a spokesman told Car and Driver this week, “that may not be what it’s called.” GM trademarked LTS back in 2012, and […] 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of New Port Richey Discusses the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger with Hemi V-8 Getting a Standard 8-speed Transmission  Aug 20th, 2014 
The 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger with Hemi V-8 engines will have an automatic eight-speed transmission. 
 
 
Nissan Rogue Is Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Notes Ferman Nissan New Port Richey  Aug 20th, 2014 
The new Rogue is one of the most appealing vehicles of its kind on the market. 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel Manual Tested: Imperturbable Refinement  Aug 19th, 2014 
Diesels used to be more eclectic than thrift shops in Portland. But diesels, like hipster culture, are beginning to blend into the mainstream. Walk up to the Golf TDI and almost nothing gives away its compression-ignition secret. The redesigned 2.0-liter turbo-diesel hums quietly, it idles no more loudly than some direct-injected four-cylinders, and it doesn’t […] 
 
 
How Jay Leno, Dubya, and a ’57 Buick Wagon Became the Best Pebble Beach Story of All  Aug 19th, 2014 
In the spending orgy that Pebble Beach week has seemingly become, I witnessed something special last night that will probably get lost in all the talk of $38-million Ferrari GTOs. There was a 1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon on offer at Gooding that carried a pre-auction estimate of $100,000–$125,000. For those of you not familiar […] 
 
 
Saleen FourSixteen: Tesla’s All-American Model S EV Gets the All-American Tuner Touch  Aug 19th, 2014 
From hot-rodded Mustangs to the S7 supercar, Steve Saleen made a name wringing horsepower out of eight-cylinder Ford engines. His eponymous firm’s latest creation, though, is something different. And after a lengthy gestation, the Saleen FourSixteen, a modified Tesla Model S, has finally made its debut at Pebble Beach. RELATED: The 2015 Saleen S302 Mustang […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Tested: Nuclear Power, Now at Popular Prices  Aug 19th, 2014 
In the words of Ron Burgundy, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Back in 2010, Ford was crowing about its 550-hp Shelby GT500. Chevy one-upped that in 2011 with the 580-hp Camaro ZL1. A few months later, Ford didn’t so much leapfrog Chevy as it did stomp its face into the mud as it ran away with […] 
 
 
Heavy Hitter: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Curb Weight Leaked  Aug 19th, 2014 
Despite its abundant use of lightweight materials throughout its structure and its aero-honed body, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be the heaviest Corvette in history—and not by a little. Thanks to “a friend” of Corvetteblogger.com (who we’re not sure is a true “friend” of GM), the 2015 Corvette ordering guide is now public domain, […] 
 
 
Wise F&I Integrates With VisionMenu  Aug 19th, 2014 
Wise F&I has announced electronic integration with VisionMenu, which supports streamlined eContracting during the menu-driven selling process. 
 
 
Westlake Financial Reaches $2 Billion Milestone  Aug 19th, 2014 
In July, the finance source reached a milestone of $2 billion in total receivables with more than 270,000 customer accounts. It was the best July production in Westlake's history. 
 
 
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