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July 2014 Sales: Too Many Record-Breaking Numbers  Aug 1st, 2014 
This month, almost all automaker claimed "record" sales. 
 
 
Introducing Our Long-Term Mazda CX-5  Aug 1st, 2014 
Bring it on, Mazda. 
 
 
Report: BMW to Offer 8 SUV Models in the Future  Aug 1st, 2014 
BMW plans a future with eight SUVs. 
 
 
2015 Honda Odyssey Priced  Aug 1st, 2014 
Honda's people mover returns with a new price tag. 
 
 
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept Driven: Build It, Please [Video]  Aug 1st, 2014 
We wring out Infiniti’s 560-hp, GT-R–powered prototype! Watch the video here. 
 
 
Range Rover Sets Record ’Ring Time in 550-hp SVR  Aug 1st, 2014 
In an era when ballparks designate anti-peanut sections and pole dancing is considered exercise, allow us to add Range Rovers racing at the Nürburgring to the list of bizarre, messed-up things in this world. After spy videos caught the Range Rover Sport SVR whipping around the ’Ring last month, Land Rover has come clean with […] 
 
 
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept Driven: Build It, Please  Aug 1st, 2014 
“We want to know what you think,” said the polite fellows in custody of Infiniti’s recently completed—and only—Q50 Eau Rouge prototype. This is very flattering to a writer, the implication that my opinion might be relevant to some important decisions in, say, the final suspension tune or even whether or not to build the car […] 
 
 
Tesla, Panasonic Sign Deal for Epic Gigafactory Battery Plant Slated to Open Before 2017  Aug 1st, 2014 
Panasonic has agreed to partner with Tesla on its Gigafactory battery-manufacturing facility, which will eventually assemble all battery packs for both the automaker’s lineup and its foray into electrical storage for homes and businesses. The Japanese electronics giant, which already provides the lithium-ion cells in the Model S, won’t commit to hauling its own equipment to […] 
 
 
Gary Lang Car Show Helps McHenry County Salvation Army  Aug 1st, 2014 
Gary Lang Auto Group's 17th annual classic car show raised over $1,700 for the McHenry County Salvation Army. 
 
 
Captain Volkswagen and the Volkswageneers: Could VW and Fiat Really Combine 20 Car Brands?  Aug 1st, 2014 
Rumors that Volkswagen Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could merge to become the biggest four-wheeled Goliath of all time have been squashed by high-ranking executives on both sides. But since our industry runs on rumor, let’s imagine Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda, SEAT, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and […] 
 
 
2016 Audi Q7: Here’s Everything We Know About the Next-Gen SUV  Aug 1st, 2014 
First previewed by the Pikes Peak Quattro concept in January 2003 and launched in 2006, the current Audi Q7 is a familiar sight in affluent neighborhoods the world over. But as those dates indicate, it’s getting long in the tooth. It’s good, then, that the second generation—rendered above—of the sister model to the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg is likely to […] 
 
 
2015 Audi Q3 Priced Above BMW X1  Jul 31st, 2014 
Audi brings out its new small crossover this fall. 
 
 
Toyota Prices TRD Pro Series Tacoma and 4Runner  Jul 31st, 2014 
Toyota announces pricing on its TRD Pro Series. 
 
 
Toyota Names New Fuel Cell Vehicle Mirai  Jul 31st, 2014 
Rumors are circulating that "Mirai" will be the name of Toyota's fuel cell vehicle. 
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Spark CVT Tested: Quietly Picking Up the Pace  Jul 31st, 2014 
Although automakers such as Honda and Nissan have made significant strides in quelling the continuously variable transmission’s more annoying aspects—a tendency to cause engine drone droning and a disconnected sensation between said engine and the drive wheels—we’re still generally unimpressed with the technology. And we find in most cases that the promised real-world fuel economy […] 
 
 
Mob Rules: Watch A Quintet of BMW M235i Coupes Take Urban Drifting to A New Level [Video]  Jul 31st, 2014 
Drifting in heavily populated urban areas can be difficult for a novice: You’ve got to find shelter from the weather, procure a can of beans, and single out a few tolerant citizens to panhandle from, all while keeping an eye out for the man. BMW, on the other hand, has the clout to drift with […] 
 
 
Throwback Thursday: Own the Original Cannonball Run (the Movie We Inspired)!  Jul 31st, 2014 
To us, few things better embody Throwback Thursday than movies involving illegal coast-to-coast races and a motley bunch of knuckleheaded competitors. Of course, the ne plus ultra entry in this genre is The Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, and Dom Deluise, and directed by Hal Needham. Released in the summer of […] 
 
 
Land Rover “Spies” the 2016 Discovery Sport, We Spot (Some) Explorer  Jul 31st, 2014 
Here’s the closest glimpse yet of the production Discovery Sport undergoing testing in England, which Land Rover has so graciously spied for us, as part of what appears to be a growing trend of automakers “leaking” their own prototypes. We can see some Ford Explorer–like shapes in the nose of this car, particularly the slanted grille […] 
 
 
Even Our Test Cars Sometimes End Up on Blocks or: Somebody Done Took Our Ford Fusion’s Wheels and Tires  Jul 31st, 2014 
We go to great lengths to bring you insightful and entertaining vehicle reviews, and we often drive the wheels off stuff in the process. But that’s not what happened to this unfortunate 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium test car, which we found a couple of mornings ago resting on blocks with all four wheels missing. Wheels […] 
 
 
Just Released: Audi Prices New Q3 Compact Crossover  Jul 31st, 2014 
Audi has released pricing on its long-anticipated compact crossover, the Q3, which will start at $33,425. The Q3 is Audi’s smallest crossover yet and, borrowing a page from the A3 sedan’s playbook, will feature a high level of standard equipment as well as a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. The […] 
 
 
Jaguar Shows Nose of XE-S Sports Sedan, Says XE Structure Will Be 75% Aluminum  Jul 31st, 2014 
More details are emerging on the upcoming Jaguar XE small sports sedan, which will go toe-to-toe with the BMW 3-series and friends. The British company is still playing coy with much of the styling—although this image of the XE-S version’s nose shows it will evolve the XF and XJ’s look—but we now have more information […] 
 
 
Poisoning the Well: Watch Bret Michaels Croon Nissan Commercial Vehicles to Try to Make You Love One  Jul 31st, 2014 
Foisting a hollow, played-out old workhorse on an unsuspecting public is hard work—just ask Bret Michaels’s publicist. Sharing a common challenge, Nissan decided that there could be no better guy to shill its ungainly NV commercial vans than Poison frontman Bret Michaels. It is every bit as random as you’d believe it could be, but […] 
 
 
Dealertrack Partners With Element Payment Services  Jul 31st, 2014 
Using Element Payment Services, Dealertrack Technologies will seamlessly integrate electronic payment processing into Dealertrack DMS 2.0. 
 
 
KBB: Car Shoppers Confident in ‘New’ GM  Jul 31st, 2014 
Fifty percent of new-car shoppers think GM is a different company today compared to five years ago, while only 24% of new-car shoppers believe the ‘old’ GM still exists. 
 
 
Gen Y Overtakes Gen X in Car Buying, J.D. Power Says  Jul 31st, 2014 
Gen Y consumers have accounted for 26% of new-vehicle retail sales in the past year, putting sales attributed to that generational group ahead of Gen X for the first time. 
 
 
NADA Releases New Video on Dealer Franchise Laws  Jul 31st, 2014 
In order to provide policymakers and journalists with information about the franchised new-car dealer model, the NADA has added a new animated video to its “Get The Facts” initiative. 
 
 
Kan. Dealer Ordered to Pay Customer $2,065  Jul 31st, 2014 
An investigation found that South Auto Sales required consumers financing their vehicle purchase to sign a preprinted repossession waiver that violated state law. 
 
 
Lexus Exec Shuns Idea of Sub-$30K Car  Jul 31st, 2014 
Lexus is not looking to follow in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz or Audi. 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1994 Mazda Miata 1.8L Tested  Jul 31st, 2014 
For 1994, Mazda calls its perky Miata “all-new beneath the skin.” We beg to differ. Like the federal government, the new Miata has been subjected to subtle improvements. Unlike Washington, the Miata faces change with an advantage. The public likes the Miata. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Independents of Speed, European: Horacio Pagani  Jul 31st, 2014 
Age: 58 Hometown: Casilda, Argentina Company: Pagani Automobili SpA; 95 employees in 63,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Modena, Italy. It has produced 191 cars over its 16 years of operation. Past projects: Zonda C12, a 555-hp carbon-fiber wedge using a 6.0-liter AMG-built Mercedes-Benz V-12, and subsequent iterations, including the Zonda S, Zonda R, […] 
 
 
Eye-Nine: BMW Reportedly Preparing High-Performance i8 Variant  Jul 31st, 2014 
With only weeks of real-world experience under its belt (the first customer cars were delivered on June 5 in Munich; U.S. deliveries are slated for August 16 at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance), it looks as if BMW’s i8 hybrid may be getting a more athletic sibling. According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport—via […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Prius Shows off New Persona  Jul 30th, 2014 
Toyota will sell a special edition Prius for the 2015 model year. 
 
 
2011-2014, 2015 Hyundai Sonata Recalled  Jul 30th, 2014 
Hyundai recalls its 2011-2015 Sonata for brake and transmission issues. 
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Volt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+  Jul 30th, 2014 
Out of 12 small cars tested, only one earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. 
 
 
Dodge Offering Hellcat Engine Roar as Free Mobile Ringtone  Jul 30th, 2014 
Dodge has created a digital ringtone featuring the new Challenger Hellcat's engine roar. 
 
 
2014 Infiniti Q50S Hybrid AWD Long-Term Test Intro: Drive-by-Wire Comes Under Fire  Jul 30th, 2014 
The first new model to debut under Infiniti’s reshuffled alphanumeric nomenclature scheme, the 2014 Q50 takes the spot formerly held by the G37 sedan. As Infiniti’s torchbearer in the competitive entry-luxury sport sedan segment, the Q50 was tasked with covering a lot of product bandwidth for the brand. Thus, when the revamped Q50 hit the […] 
 
 
Priced Like Pros: Toyota Announces Pricing for 2015 TRD Pro Tacoma and 4Runner  Jul 30th, 2014 
Toyota released pricing today for the new TRD Pro Series versions of the 2015 Tacoma pickup and 4Runner SUV. The Tacoma starts at $36,410 for the Access Cab with a six-speed manual and ranges up to $38,300 for the Double Cab with a five-speed automatic. The 4Runner is automatic-only and starts at $41,995. All TRD […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1977 AMC Cherokee Chief Tested  Jul 30th, 2014 
We put about 4500 test miles on our Jeep Cherokee four-door and found it to be a strangely loveable vehicle. The basic Jeep Wagoneer from which it springs has been with us for a very long time, but somehow the Wagoneer never captured much front-of-mind awareness. We watched Joe Foss driving one across the Golden […] 
 
 
Coming Out in Gaydon: Aston to Channel its Inner Lagonda for 2015  Jul 30th, 2014 
For the longest time, the era of “folded-paper” design was considered kind of an embarrassment. After the sensual lines of the 1950s, the opulence of the 1960s, and the powerfully muscular cues of the early 1970s, the late ’70s and early ’80s brought Bauhaus-inspired automotive themes. The ultra-angular trend faded away with the advent of […] 
 
 
Price Check: Mercedes Prices All-New 2015 C-class Sedan, GLA-class Crossover  Jul 30th, 2014 
Mercedes-Benz is smack in the middle of a product offensive, and we now know how much two of its upcoming weapons—the all-new 2015 C-class sedan and GLA-class small crossover—will cost. With the CLA-class now occupying the bottom rung of the Benz ladder, the C-class no longer has to serve as the brand’s price leader. Having […] 
 
 
Independents of Speed, European: Christian von Koenigsegg  Jul 30th, 2014 
Age: 42 Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden Company: Koenigsegg Automotive AB; 62 employees at its 43,000-square-foot Swedish headquarters, located on the Ängelholm airfield. Past projects: The first CC8S was delivered to a customer in 2002, and its successor, the 806-hp CCR, briefly held the record for the world’s fastest production car (until the Veyron came along). Since […] 
 
 
Gnarly! Fiat 500L–Vans Concept Debuts at Vans U.S. Open of Surfing  Jul 30th, 2014 
Sometimes when you take an ungainly car and cover it with tons of crap, the end result can actually be kind of nifty. Case in point: the annual automotive free-for-all known as SEMA. At the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing last weekend in Huntington Beach, California, Fiat debuted a high-riding, surfer-inspired concept version of its […] 
 
 
Glass Tiger Auto Glass Tinting Company of Greater Atlanta Announces Special Summer Deals on Affordable Window Tinting in Snellville, Lawrenceville, Tucker and Surrounding Areas  Jul 30th, 2014 
Local auto glass tinting company offers summer discounts. 
 
 
Kia Teases Next-Gen Sorento Ahead of Debut  Jul 29th, 2014 
The next-gen Kia Sorento will feature a bolder, striking design. 
 
 
Jaguar Details New Aluminum Construction on XE Models  Jul 29th, 2014 
Jaguar talks about the new XE and its aluminum-intensive construction. 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Priced  Jul 29th, 2014 
Mercedes-Benz announces pricing on the new 2015 C-Class. 
 
 
Spied! 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: It Was Only a Matter of Time  Jul 29th, 2014 
What It Is: A pair of Dodge’s full-size, four-door bruisers wearing front and rear camo, reported to be packing a version of the Challenger SRT’s Hellcat V-8. Caught testing in southeast Michigan, the partial cover-up on these Chargers can’t hide the presence of a large hood scoop, aggressive chin and trunk-lid spoilers, and larger exhaust […] 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 Order Guide Now Available  Jul 29th, 2014 
There’s now a mountain of detail available on the 2015 Ford F-150, as the entire order guide has surfaced on the Internet. CLICK HERE to download the entire 34-page, extremely detailed document. In our zeal to bring this information to you as quickly as possible, we’re not going to do an in-depth analysis of the […] 
 
 
2015 Audi R8 LMX V-10 First Drive: Turning Night Into Day With Lasers, Quickly!  Jul 29th, 2014 
The race to get laser headlights to market was sprinkled with drama, and the question of whether Audi or BMW won is probably not entirely settled. We have written about it before—BMW has already staged a handover ceremony for the first eight vehicles, but the Audi R8 LMX is the first laser-light car we were […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Good to Be Bad Edition: 2015 Jaguar F-type R Coupe  Jul 29th, 2014 
Our ultimate fantasy—no, not that one, the car-related one—involves a pile of money appearing out of thin air alongside directions to the nearest exotic car dealership. But what would we buy? The choices are many, but as soon as staffers laid eyes on the 2015 Jaguar F-type coupe, many minds were made up. At once […] 
 
 
Kia, Volkswagen Influence Shoppers During World Cup  Jul 29th, 2014 
Kia and Volkswagen each increased the number of searches for their brands on KBB.com by 18% during the World Cup. 
 
 
UDS Named 2014 Dealers’ Choice Winner for F&I Training  Jul 29th, 2014 
United Development Systems was named a Diamond Award Winner for F&I Training in Auto Dealer Monthly’s Dealers’ Choice Awards. The achievement marks the ninth time in 10 years the firm received top honors in the contest. 
 
 
AFS Acceptance Names VP of Loan Production  Jul 29th, 2014 
Effective Aug. 4, Michael Thacker will preside over all operations for the Underwriting, Funding and Dealer Services departments within the company. 
 
 
Asbury Reports Record Second Quarter  Jul 29th, 2014 
The dealer group reported a 21% increase from last year’s adjusted income from continuing operations, as well as a 12% increase in total gross profit. 
 
 
Group 1 Posts 12.3% Increase in F&I Revenue  Jul 29th, 2014 
The dealer group’s U.S. F&I operations raised its per-copy average $91 to $1,442 in the second quarter. On a year-to-date basis, the group's per-copy average rose $128 from a year ago to $1,499. 
 
 
J.D. Power: Dealers Will Pay Premium for Good Service from Lenders  Jul 29th, 2014 
Sixty-six percent of dealers who were surveyed indicated that they are willing to pay as much as an additional 0.50 to 0.60 basis points on their loan terms to receive good service from their lenders. 
 
 
Auto/Mate Honored With Platinum Award in Dealers' Choice Awards  Jul 29th, 2014 
This year marks the first time Auto/Mate was recognized in Auto Dealer Monthly’s annual award program, with the tech firm earning the contest’s Platinum award in the DMS Provider category. 
 
 
Volkswagen Recalls 2015 Golf and Golf GTI  Jul 29th, 2014 
Volkswagen issues a recall on select Golf and Golf GTI models for faulty stabilizer rod fasteners. 
 
 
Lightning Strikes Oshkosh: Ford F-35 Lightning II Mustang Auctioned at AirVenture Air Show  Jul 29th, 2014 
Around here, most Ford Mustang stories count as feel-good editorial, but here’s a real feel-good story that’ll probably make you say “Awwww!” and possibly make you do a fist pump at the same time. On Thursday, July 31, one very special 2015 Mustang will be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture air […] 
 
 
2014 Honda Civic HF Tested: Unvarnished Penuriousness  Jul 29th, 2014 
Here’s a casebook illustration of why alternative technologies such as hybrids and electrics are having a rough go in the marketplace: traditional automobiles just keep getting better, too, sometimes by sharing the same “advances” pioneered by their supposed betters. In the HF trim level tested here, Honda offers a low-cost/high-mpg Civic appealing to frugal-minded car-shoppers […] 
 
 
Independents of Speed, American: John Hennessey  Jul 29th, 2014 
Age: 51 Hometown: Houston, Texas Company: Hennessey Performance Engineering; 35 employees in a 36,000-square-foot facility with its own drag strip in Sealy, Texas, and five more employees at a satellite facility in Lake Forest, California. Past projects: Beginning with his own 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, Hennessey has tweaked, supercharged, and turbocharged Vipers, Camaros, F-150 Raptors, […] 
 
 
Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Rips You Into a Dystopian Automotive Nightmare [Video]  Jul 29th, 2014 
The team behind the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road movie sure have an acute sense of timing, having released the ultrableak full trailer just before a Monday. As you slide more deeply into the work week, let us present the dystopian, depressing, hopeless postapocalyptic future, as imagined through the lens of director George Miller. Previously, […] 
 
 
Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Tampa Discusses the New 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited  Jul 29th, 2014 
The new face of Chrysler takes shape in the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited. 
 
 
Buick is Joining the Race to Make Backup Cameras Standard, Notes Ferman GMC Buick  Jul 29th, 2014 
GMC Buick will include backup cameras as standard equipment in 2015 vehicles. 
 
 
Sterling Productions LP, Boyd Coddington Companies and Boyd Coddington Jr. Today Announced a New Partnership.  Jul 29th, 2014 
Sterling Productions LP & Boyd Coddington Jr. today announced a new, long-term partnership that will expand marketing relationships with the Brand, by drafting in behind one of the most Iconic Automotive Designers in the Country. 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Chicago: The Winners!  Jul 29th, 2014 
For the 24 Hours of LeMons’ fifth visit to the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, we started things off with inspections of some strange-O engine-swapped machinery on Friday, then ran one long race session that started on Saturday morning and finished at midnight. With the lack of a break between sessions, mechanical problems tended […] 
 
 
BMW Auctions off One-Off i8 Concours d'Elegance Model  Jul 28th, 2014 
BMW will auction off a special edition of its i8 sports car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 
 
 
2014 Scion FR-S Road Test  Jul 28th, 2014 
We take the 2014 Scion FR-S for a spin. 
 
 
Fiat Introduces 500L-Vans Design Concept  Jul 28th, 2014 
Fiat shows off a Vans-inspired 500L at the U.S. Open of Surfing. 
 
 
GM Works to Fix Ignition Issues on Larger Vehicles  Jul 28th, 2014 
General Motors has not only moved to fix more profitable models first, but new documents show more disturbing disregard for safety. 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 189  Jul 28th, 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 and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: In-Depth with Drive-Mode Controls and More! [Video]  Jul 28th, 2014 
James Wilder, SRT’s Vehicle Integration Manager, explains the new Challenger Hellcat’s performance pages including launch control and drive-mode controls. Watch the video here. 
 
 
2014 Car and Driver Cars and Coffee Summer Session, By the Numbers [w/ Photo Gallery!]  Jul 28th, 2014 
This past Saturday, we opened our doors and our parking lot—and, as it happened, a few lots belonging to our neighbors—for the fifth official Car and Driver Cars and Coffee event. Whereas previous gatherings were essentially limited only to C/D Backfires members, this time around our invitations were open, and the public responded en masse. […] 
 
 
2014 Kia Forte5 SX Turbo Automatic Test: Closing the Hot-Hatch Gap  Jul 28th, 2014 
When we first tested Kia’s five-door-hatch version of the Forte (there are also sedan and coupe, ahem, Koup variants), we were critical of its maker’s claim that the car was “ultra hot,” noting that a 7.5-second 0–60 run doesn’t qualify for hot-hatch status. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Pricing Goes Live, Starts at $26,615  Jul 28th, 2014 
We’ve learned much about the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 in the last few months: that it will make substantial use of aluminum; the output, weight, and tow ratings of models with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 3.5-liter V-6; and now we know how much the 2015 F-150 will cost. Ford has released pricing info, and […] 
 
 
Independents of Speed, American: Jerod Shelby  Jul 28th, 2014 
Age: 46 Hometown: Richland, Washington Company: SSC North America; 16 employees in a 40,000-square-foot facility in West Richland, Washington. Shelby is the sole owner. Past project: Ultimate Aero, a 1287-hp mid-engined supercar, was certified in 2007 as the fastest production car by the Guinness Book of World Records, recording a two-way average of 256.15 mph […] 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Chicago: Many Porsches, Many Former Winners, and a BMW-Powered Geo  Jul 26th, 2014 
We’re back in the Midwest once again, for the fifth visit of the 24 Hours of LeMons to the Autobahn Country Club and this year’s running of the Doin’ Time In Joliet race. With more than a hundred teams entered, we’ve got a total of five former overall LeMons winners on the premises (a Camaro, […] 
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Tested: Same Sting, More Rays  Jul 26th, 2014 
Pop open the electronically actuated door of any new Corvette Stingray and the odor of plastic resin greets you. Smelling like a martini made with counterfeit Chinese vodka, the C7 coupe can’t go al fresco quickly enough—via its standard removable roof panel—when it’s been sitting in the sun. Maybe GM needs to install a perfume […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz Introduces AMG 4.0-Liter V-8 Twin-Turbo Engine  Jul 25th, 2014 
Mercedes-Benz AMG unveils its latest V-8 engine. 
 
 
Spied! Next-Generation Chevrolet Malibu  Jul 25th, 2014 
Here's what to look for on the next-gen Malibu. 
 
 
Auto Loans Hit an All-Time High  Jul 25th, 2014 
Equifax releases its National Consumer Credit Trends Report. 
 
 
2014 Scion tC Quick Drive  Jul 25th, 2014 
The 2014 Scion tC carves a name for itself in this competitive segment. 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Spy Photos: Bigger, Sleeker, and without the Camaro Taillights  Jul 25th, 2014 
What It Is: The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan buried under a pile of black tarps. The pictures nevertheless have a tale to tell, starting with the clear indication that the car will grow. More specifically, the car appears to have stretched in the rear door area, which indicates that Chevy is bent on rectifying […] 
 
 
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Z51 Long-Term Logbook: How to Remove the Roof  Jul 25th, 2014 
“Taking the top off and putting it back on is so easy. Definitely a one-person, under-five-minute job.” — Jennifer Harrington, Copy Editor Like so many Vettes before it, the C7 Stingray coupe’s central roof panel can be removed and stowed beneath the glass rear hatch. Luckily, Ann Arbor’s so-far-mild summer has given us plenty of […] 
 
 
Three-Seat, One-Off 1966 Ferrari 365P Heads to Auction, Should Command Many Millions  Jul 25th, 2014 
Picture yourself in 1960s Manhattan driving your new, one-off Ferrari, which is the brand’s first and only roadgoing car with a mid-engine V-12. Next, dismiss the race-winning engineering, ignore the custom coachwork by Sergio Pininfarina, and complain. It’s too hard to parallel park. And where’s the damn air conditioning? That’s how the first owner of […] 
 
 
Ford HQ Searched by FBI After Engineer Allegedly Bugs Conference Rooms  Jul 25th, 2014 
A former Ford engineer suspected of bugging conference rooms and leaking company secrets has attracted a federal investigation, including a surprise FBI search of the company’s entire Dearborn headquarters. The case, uncovered by The Detroit News this morning, reveals search warrants from an unannounced FBI visit two weeks ago to recover eight electronic recording devices […] 
 
 
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Shooting Brake Rendered: Can You Say “Instant Obsession?”  Jul 25th, 2014 
From the fantasy files come these renderings of a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat shooting brake, whipped up by the same artist who dreamed up the heart-stopping Jaguar F-Type shooting brake a few months ago. And now that we’ve seen how the sensational Challenger Hellcat would look with a bit more back, we’re obsessed. First, let’s […] 
 
 
Century Club: The 100-Year History of Cadillac V-8s  Jul 25th, 2014 
Born in France, nurtured in America, the V-8 has satisfied the power hungry for a century. Blame French communications engineer and aero-engine designer Clément Ader. In 1903, this enterprising fellow hoped to make a name for his Société Industrielle des Téléphones-Voitures Automobiles Système Ader by entering a fleet of seven cars in the Paris-to-Madrid road […] 
 
 
Super Charger: Dodge’s 707-hp Hellcat V-8 is Headed for the Charger Sedan  Jul 25th, 2014 
The whompin’, stompin’, 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 from the Challenger SRT Hellcat appears poised to make its way into another Dodge’s engine bay. Anyone surprised? The Hellcat’s second application has been given away in papers filed with the Society of Automotive Engineers that describe engine data for a Hellcat-powered Dodge Charger sedan. For those […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Perfect GMC Sierra 1500 Denali  Jul 25th, 2014 
This probably won’t surprise anyone, but we have a number of racers, track-day junkies, and vintage-car owners on staff, so tow vehicles are highly prized around our office. While there are many fine trucks suited to such tasks, Chevrolet’s Silverado won our most recent pickup truck comparison test, making it our top choice in the […] 
 
 
Infiniti G37 Revived as Q40  Jul 25th, 2014 
Infiniti introduces the Q40 sedan. 
 
 
Prepare for Ludicrous Speed! Porsche 918 Spyder Featuring Our Exclusive Test Results  Jul 25th, 2014 
Flush as we are with nutty performance cars at the moment, we should remember that automobiles as quick as the Porsche 918 don’t come along too often. In 2008, the quickest (and fastest) production car we had ever tested was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. It could hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and burn the […] 
 
 
2015 Kia Soul Receives Minor Updates  Jul 24th, 2014 
Kia adds few changes to the 2015 Soul. 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Arrives  Jul 24th, 2014 
Porsche brings out the first plug-in hybrid luxury SUV. 
 
 
Buick Adds "Volume" Model; New Convertible, LaCrosse, and Verano to Follow  Jul 24th, 2014 
Buick starts turning out new and updated vehicles for the next three model years. 
 
 
2015 Hyundai Genesis V-6 RWD Tested: Lotus Tweaks and Newly Chic  Jul 24th, 2014 
In the early 1980s, the band Genesis pulled off one of the most difficult feats in show business: turning a critically revered nerd-rock outfit with lukewarm U.S. sales into a multi-platinum-selling household name. By the end of the decade, the band’s place in pop culture was secured. In the automotive realm, Hyundai built its domestic […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang: Everything You Need to Know About Its V-6, V-8, and EcoBoost Engines  Jul 24th, 2014 
Official information about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang has been dripping like coffee made from molasses. The latest caffeine injection, however, was satisfying indeed: intel on the 2015 car’s three engines. We’ve already discussed the output figures, predicted their performance abilities, and even built the 2015 Mustang of our dreams. Now here are the important […] 
 
 
It’s Me, Switches: Chrysler Recalling Up to 792,300 Jeeps for Faulty Ignition Switches  Jul 24th, 2014 
Chrysler said it would recall up to 792,300 Jeeps to replace the same faulty ignition switches that were the subject of an earlier recall this month that covered 696,000 minivans and crossovers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after receiving documents from Chrysler on its airbag controllers, opened two investigations in June on the 2005–2006 […] 
 
 
The Hits Keep Coming: GM Recalls 718,000 U.S. Vehicles for Bolts, Welds, Lights, and Steering  Jul 24th, 2014 
Perhaps to spice up an otherwise mild week—excepting that Acura NSX prototype fire—General Motors has issued six recalls to fix loose bolts, poor welding, and other miscellaneous problems, bringing the automaker’s 2014 North American total to 60 actions. The 717,949 cars in the U.S. are all from the 2011–2015 model years and bring the total […] 
 
 
Indianapolis Colt Reggie Wayne Shows Up to Training Camp in Two-Seat IndyCar [w/ Video]  Jul 24th, 2014 
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne likes attention, specifically when showing up for the first day of training camp: He has previously arrived in a dump truck, via military convoy, and, last year, in a helicopter. This year, he showed up to camp at Anderson University (located about an hour northeast of Indianapolis) in a […] 
 
 
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