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Auto/Mate Announces CRMSuite Integration  Dec 15th, 2015 
Dealers who use both Auto/Mate and CRMSuite will benefit from the increased business intelligence the DMS and CRM deliver through real-time data exchanges. 
 
 
TransUnion: Average Auto Balances to Rise in 2016, Delinquencies to Remain Flat  Dec 15th, 2015 
TransUnion expects the average auto loan debt per borrower to increase to $18,509 by the end of 2016, a more than $3,500 increase since the Great Recession. The firm noted, however, that subprime auto loans still make up less than the 23.7% share recorded in the third quarter 2009. 
 
 
KAR Auction Services Hires Vice President of Total Rewards and Human Resources  Dec 15th, 2015 
KAR Auction Services has hired Toby Hahn as vice president of total rewards and promoted Brad Jokovich to vice president of human resources. 
 
 
Certified Pre-Owned Sales Post Best Q3 Performance, Edmunds Reports  Dec 15th, 2015 
The number of consumers willing to pay a premium for the benefits of a certified pre-owned vehicle is growing, Edmunds reported this week. Between July and September, certified pre-owned vehicles accounted for 22% of used-car purchases at franchise dealerships -- the largest share of any third quarter. 
 
 
Year of the Goose, Part 4: Dirty Shenanigans at American Supercamp  Dec 15th, 2015 
                        A major component of feeling comfortable on a motorcycle is confidence in traction—or lack thereof. With a delicate throttle hand and an understanding of how a clutch works, even the bone-n00biest spud can get on a Hayabusa and motor off down the street […] 
 
 
No Hybrids, No Turbos for Lamborghini Aventador, Huracán—Says CEO  Dec 15th, 2015 
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has told us that he is determined for his company to be the most innovative supercar manufacturer, but that this doesn’t mean following rivals into either turbocharged engines or hybrid powerplants for its supercars. The Aventador (above) and Huracán (top) will remain naturally aspirated for the foreseeable future. Although Winkelmann admits the company is […] 
 
 
New-Vehicle Registrations Return to Prerecession Levels  Dec 15th, 2015 
Based on new-vehicle registration data collected by Experian Automotive, industry sales have returned to prerecession levels. Crossover utility vehicles and the state of California have led the way, accounting for 23.9% and 11.8% of all new-vehicle registrations, respectively. 
 
 
Transportation Bill Paves the Way Toward Digital Transaction  Dec 15th, 2015 
Billed as a down payment for building a 21st century transportation system, the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or Fast Act, contains a provision that clears a key hurdle in the industry’s drive toward a fully digital transaction. 
 
 
Lamborghini’s PoloStorico Can Make Old Lambos Even More Valuable  Dec 14th, 2015 
Carmakers like to trot out their heritage because it plays well. However, the actual interest that most manufacturers have in their older products expired along with their warranty periods; they’re in the business of selling new cars, not old ones. Yet the rising values of classic cars, especially those wearing prestigious badges, has seen a […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Revealed! – Official Photos and Info  Dec 14th, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet: More Glitter, More Power  Dec 14th, 2015 
The design revolution at Mercedes-Benz is in full swing, and the S-class cabriolet might be its greatest manifestation. Now, Daimler has crowned what is perhaps the most beautiful convertible on the market with new a top-of-the line version, powered by the twin-turbocharged AMG 6.0-liter V-12. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus – Instrumented Test  Dec 14th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Tested: Something to Look Forward To  Dec 14th, 2015 
Audi delivered 27,000 copies (worldwide) of the first-generation R8—a massive amount by supercar standards but still a pittance in the grand scheme of things—so seeing one is an instant mood-lifter. Soon we’ll have the—again probably rare—opportunity to see the new, second-gen version, which arrives stateside this spring. Too eager to wait until then, we strapped […] 
 
 
SpeedKore Performance’s Tantrum Is a ’70 Dodge Charger Turned 1650-hp Supercar  Dec 14th, 2015 
Pro Touring cars—a.k.a. “restomods”—have become a passion-fueled art form of late, and honestly, they don’t get better than SpeedKore’s stunning ’70 Dodge Charger-based “Tantrum.” Done by the same Wisconsin-based shop that produced an unforgettable 1970 Plymouth Barracuda for the Furious 7 movie, the Tantrum was built to showcase SpeedKore’s breadth of talent with materials and […] 
 
 
SpeedKore Performance’s Tantrum Is a ’70 Dodge Charger Turned 1650-hp Supercar  Dec 14th, 2015 
 
 
 
Lamboghini Urus To Be the Fastest SUV—and the First Hybrid Lambo  Dec 14th, 2015 
The quest to build the world’s fastest SUV is a strange and deeply irrational one—like constructing the supercar with the greatest wading depth—yet it’s one that luxury manufacturers seem to be taking very seriously. Especially those within the Volkswagen Group, where this unlikely contest has become a battle royale of one-upmanship. First came the Porsche […] 
 
 
Mahininfarina! India’s Mahindra Buys Italy’s Pininfarina  Dec 14th, 2015 
When Battista “Pinin” Farina founded the design house that bears his name in 1930, Italy was in the thrall of fascism and India was still nearly two decades away from winning its independence from Great Britain. Automobiles were often supplied as bare chassis, with the coachwork chosen by the owner. Along the way, Pininfarina developed […] 
 
 
Reason Prevails: New Replica Cars Don’t Have to Follow U.S. Safety Laws  Dec 14th, 2015 
Replica automakers that sell fully assembled cars no longer have to abide by federal safety standards, according to a section in the 490-page highway bill that passed this month. Replicas and restomods—such as those built by Singer and Icon—are officially exempt from costly certification standards relating to crash tests, child-seat anchors, and all the other […] 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2 Driven: It’s Drifts Ahoy with the RWD Huracán  Dec 11th, 2015 
As art imitates life, so the favor is returned. Virtual Lamborghinis have featured in many video games over the years, and now the Italian company seems to have developed a new model specifically for those who grew up with that genre’s least realistic games, the ones that let you drift your virtual supercar with pixel-perfect […] 
 
 
Say Cool Uncle: The Mini Cooper Clubman Grows Up (A Little)  Dec 11th, 2015 
For the debut of the 2016 Cooper Clubman, Mini has conjured up a new identity that it hopes will extend across the brand and resonate with buyers: the cool uncle. The way Mini spins it, every family has one member that is unlike the others, a worldly type on the fringe who follows his own […] 
 
 
Microbus, Is That You? Volkswagen Previews New Concept  Dec 11th, 2015 
It would be wrong to believe that a remastered Microbus would absolve Volkswagen of its TDI diesel-emissions cheating sins, but such a vehicle certainly wouldn’t add to the brand’s woes. Legions of VW fans have been waiting for a proper Microbus replacement for years, and recent rumors have the debut of a new, possibly electric Microbus down as imminent. Volkswagen might have […] 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2 – First Drive Review  Dec 11th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Mini Cooper Clubman – First Drive Review  Dec 11th, 2015 
 
 
 
'Tis the Season to Count Our Blessings  Dec 11th, 2015 
The AFIP’s executive director gives thanks to the regulators and the regulations they enforce. He explains why dealers should do the same. 
 
 
Dyno Shows 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Out-Muscles the Corvette  Dec 11th, 2015 
If you go by manufacturer ratings, the Corvette Stingray makes 460 horsepower, and the Camaro SS makes 455 horsepower. That’s not a big margin in the Corvette’s favor, but it at least gives Chevrolet’s halo car enough of an edge to say it’s more powerful than the quite-quick V-8 Camaro. If you watch the video Hennessey […] 
 
 
This Lego Ferrari F40 Time-Lapse Build Takes Less Than One Minute  Dec 11th, 2015 
We’re Lego nuts around these parts. Why wouldn’t we be? Anything that lets us build our favorite cars (or scenes from Star Wars) out of amazing blocks is great with us. For this one, the fine folks over at Hagerty got their hands on a new Lego Ferrari F40 and did a pretty great brick-by-brick time […] 
 
 
NHTSA Fines Fiat-Chrysler $70 Million for Second Time This Year  Dec 11th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler has been fined $70 million for failing to provide the U.S. government with sufficient safety data over the past 12 years. It is FCA’s second $70 million fine and one of four levied against automakers and suppliers this year, an unglamorous record for an industry that is otherwise having a very good year. In […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Accord Sedan Tested: Character Counts  Dec 11th, 2015 
A few months ago, we got our first chance to drive the 2016 Honda Accord, the latest version of the car that has taken home more 10Best Cars trophies than any car in history. For 2016, the Honda Accord was refreshed, getting a new nose, a tidier rear end, a much-improved interior, and Apple CarPlay/Android […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Accord Sedan CVT – Instrumented Test  Dec 11th, 2015 
 
 
 
Pick ’Em Up: The 51 Coolest Trucks of All Time  Dec 11th, 2015 
There's just something we all love about a pickup, man. 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Mustang-Hungriest 2016 Chevrolet Camaro  Dec 10th, 2015 
 
 
 
Only One American Car Achieves Top IIHS Safety Rating, Some 2016 Models Drop  Dec 10th, 2015 
Only a single American car earned the highest safety rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest round of crash tests. The underlying message to automakers, as tougher criteria shut out many high-scoring 2015 models: Make automatic-braking available and keep strengthening those frames. In total, 48 2016 models garnered the highest, Top Safety Pick+ […] 
 
 
Ford Announces $4.5 Billion Investment in “Electrified” Vehicles by 2020  Dec 10th, 2015 
You know that thing where people “cut the cord” to get away and relax? Ford is doing the opposite between now and 2020, positively wrapping itself in electrical cordage and dumping $4.5 billion into “electrified” vehicles. The automaker promises the money will go toward battery research and 13 new vehicles over the next five years. Details […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Mustang-Hungriest 2016 Chevrolet Camaro  Dec 10th, 2015 
Whenever an eagerly anticipated new car’s online configurator goes live with full pricing, option, and color choices, we’re immediately sucked in, trying out different combinations. After being teased a few months ago by an incomplete 2016 Chevrolet Camaro configurator, the full monty has finally gone online. And you know what that means: It’s time for […] 
 
 
The Year Ahead: Part One  Dec 10th, 2015 
Dealer operations expert puts 2015 in the rearview mirror and identifies trends in sales, compliance and recalls that will affect dealers in 2016. 
 
 
Watch Your Fee  Dec 10th, 2015 
The editor questions the South Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling that a dealer’s doc fee violated state law despite being certified by a state agency. 
 
 
KAR CFO Named CFO of the Year Award  Dec 10th, 2015 
KAR Auction Services' Eric Loughmiller was named the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 CFO of the Year award in the public companies category, the firm announced this week 
 
 
Out of the Box  Dec 10th, 2015 
Panelists and presenters at Industry Summit 2015 tackled online automotive retailing and what it means to move F&I out of the box and into the Digital Age. 
 
 
S.C. GAP Law Takes Effect  Dec 10th, 2015 
The new law mirrors the model act developed by the Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance and clarifies how the product may be offered in the state. But the law contains restrictions on when the protection can be sold. 
 
 
Watch That Attitude  Dec 10th, 2015 
His Madness says being a top F&I professional requires more than just skill and talent — it’s how one rebounds from a bad deal, day or month that separates the best from the rest. 
 
 
The Average LIfecycle Close  Dec 10th, 2015 
The magazine’s resident F&I pro offers a close designed specifically for car buyers who believe whatever issues they face will occur within the factory warranty’s coverage period. 
 
 
Dealer Group to Build State-of-the-Art Showrooms on New York City's Auto Row  Dec 10th, 2015 
BNF Automotive Group has signed a 25-year lease for 265,000 square feet of space in the heart of New York City's Auto Row to build showrooms and service facilities for Jaguar Land Rover Manhattan, Infiniti of Manhattan and Nissan of Manhattan. 
 
 
Ally Gains eContracting Capabilities Through RouteOne  Dec 10th, 2015 
Ally Financial is the latest finance source to add full econtracting capabilities, including electronic contract validation, signature and distribution, through RouteOne's indirect auto finance platform. 
 
 
Dealer.com Joins Bing Ads Elite Partner Program and Yahoo Gemini  Dec 10th, 2015 
Dealer.com has joined the New Bing Ads Elite SMB Partner program and expanded its relationship with the Yahoo Preferred Partner Program. 
 
 
Subaru Breaks Ground on New Headquarters  Dec 10th, 2015 
The new facility is expected to more than double the size of the company's previous headquarters and spur economic growth in the region. 
 
 
The Emotional Side of Selling  Dec 10th, 2015 
Top trainer reminds F&I pros to occasionally set aside the logical flow of product presentations and let emotions take over. 
 
 
VW Updates Diesel Progress, Outlines Corporate Changes  Dec 10th, 2015 
Cautiously optimistic news came out of Wolfsburg today as VW’s top management gave an update on its diesel cheating scandal, and announced sweeping changes to the corporate culture and strategy. This is what we took away from today’s press conference and Q&A session: – “Volkswagen won’t break,” said CEO Matthias Müller. But the company will […] 
 
 
Triplicate: Three-Row Mid-Size Crossovers and SUVs Ranked from Worst to Best  Dec 10th, 2015 
When the going gets active, the active get a mid-size three-row crossover or SUV. Our segment rankings help you separate the great from the not-so-great. 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Priced, Lands in the Thick of Things  Dec 10th, 2015 
Three months after announcing pricing for the redesigned new 2016 Malibu, Chevrolet has filled in the final price of the puzzle by releasing the figure for the new Malibu hybrid. The gas-electric ‘Bu will start at $28,645. Unlike the hybrid versions of its mid-size competitors—the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord, the Hyundai Sonata, and the […] 
 
 
You Missed Your Chance: McLaren P1 Production Is Over  Dec 10th, 2015 
Bad news, hypercar shoppers: Your chance to acquire a McLaren P1 has come and gone. Production of the top-flight McLaren has ended—save for the track-only GTR, which continues into early 2016—after 375 customer cars and 21 prototypes and pre-production models. The P1 now follows the F1 into the history books, and any future purchase opportunities […] 
 
 
2017 Genesis G90 Sedan: The Start of Something More Luxurious  Dec 10th, 2015 
Pour a glass of Macallan 30, request that your personal harpist strike some chords, and ease yourself into that nailhead leather chair in your mahogany-paneled library. We’re witnessing the birth of yet another luxury brand. In the mid-1980s, Honda launched Acura in the U.S. market and by the end of that decade, Toyota had yanked […] 
 
 
718 and Life: Porsche Boxster and Cayman Get New Names  Dec 10th, 2015 
Porsche was alphanumeric when alphanumeric was merely a Teutonic quirk, rather than an industry-wide plague that’s seen the demise of naming creativity across the luxury segment. The German sports-car company has churned out famous automobiles with numbers and/or letters from its very inception, including the 356, 550A, and 928 S4. Then, just as Acura was […] 
 
 
2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD Tested: Hanging On  Dec 9th, 2015 
There are currently lots of fresh players in the white-hot compact-crossover segment. The GMC Terrain, however, is not one of them, having changed little since its debut in 2009 as the smallest of the truck brand’s “Professional Grade” vehicles. While we expect a more compact and efficient redesign to appear within the next year or […] 
 
 
2016 GMC Terrain Denali V-6 AWD – Instrumented Test  Dec 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
Lotus Exige Sport 350 Adds Lightness, Plaidness—Keeps Not-for-America Badness  Dec 9th, 2015 
Lotus is introducing a new Sport 350 version of its Exige two-seat coupe, and it brings more lightness and a groovy new plaid interior among its changes—but it unfortunately will not be bringing them to America. We can, however, look on enviously from afar while soaking up the details. Since Lotus is more weight-conscious than a supermodel in […] 
 
 
Industry Posts 18.19 Million SAAR in November, Autodata Reports  Dec 9th, 2015 
The industry sold 1.32 million units in November, a 1.3% increase from a year ago. Year to date, 15.8 million cars and trucks have been sold, according to Autodata Corp. 
 
 
New VW Microbus EV Concept Could Appear Next Month at CES  Dec 9th, 2015 
Rumor has it that Volkswagen is getting ready to show an all-electric Microbus concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. That’s not terribly surprising in itself—VW has been playing with the idea of an all-new Bus for years, the most recent iteration being the Bulli concept, above, which was revealed at […] 
 
 
Benz’s New Infotainment Interface Test-Fingered, Well, Thumbed Actually  Dec 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
NHTSA Overhauling Crash Tests for 2019 Model Year Cars  Dec 9th, 2015 
The federal government, in its first major update of vehicle safety laws in seven years, wants to toughen crash tests to measure pedestrian impact and to evaluate driver assists such as automatic braking. The U.S. government agency was no doubt spurred into action by the industry group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—which within the past […] 
 
 
2016 Jaguar XJ First Drive: Rarely Seen Machine, Now Refreshed  Dec 8th, 2015 
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde’s line seems particularly apt when applied to another great eccentric, the Jaguar XJ. Because despite being both a fine luxury sedan and the conspicuously charismatic choice in a part of the market typically more conservative than Texas talk radio, the […] 
 
 
2016 Jaguar XJ – First Drive Review  Dec 8th, 2015 
 
 
 
Benz’s New Infotainment Interface Test-Fingered, Well, Thumbed Actually  Dec 8th, 2015 
Mercedes-Benz recently showed us the interior of the new, 2017 E-class, and aside from the new seats, which are very comfortable, and a sculpted cabin of leather and wood, the highlight was a chance to thumb the new infotainment interface. There are three different infotainment and instrument display packages for the 2017 model. The base […] 
 
 
No More New Gas-Powered Cars by 2050, Say Eight States and Five Countries  Dec 8th, 2015 
Beyond irrelevance on a global scale, what do Rhode Island and the Netherlands have in common? Both have governments that want to ban sales of new gas- and diesel-powered cars within 35 years. And they’re not alone. Rhode Island and seven other U.S. states that follow California’s zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, […] 
 
 
New Speed Limits Coming to the Autobahn in the Home State of Porsche, Mercedes  Dec 8th, 2015 
Germany’s speed-unrestricted autobahn occupies a special place in the mind of most auto enthusiasts—and much of the German populace, as well. But of course, not everyone is a fan. One of those opponents with the power to enforce his will is the traffic minister for the state of Baden-Württemberg—home of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi’s Quattro GmbH, […] 
 
 
DriveItNow Integrates With GoMoto’s Customer Experience Platform  Dec 8th, 2015 
DriveItNow will integrate its online prequalified monthly payment technology into GoMoto’s mobile kiosk technology. Dealers using the GoMoto platform will be able to deliver personalized monthly finance and lease payment offers to in-store shoppers. 
 
 
Manheim to Launch New Market Structure in 2016  Dec 8th, 2015 
Manheim revealed on Monday plans to segment its physical operating locations into two divisions: Local & Mobile and National. The firm also revealed the two vice presidents who will oversee the two divisions when the company’s new structure goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. 
 
 
Santander Names Ismail Dawood CFO  Dec 8th, 2015 
Dawood will officially become the finance source's new CFO on Dec. 16. Santander’s interim CFO, Jennifer Davis, will serve as deputy CFO. 
 
 
Watch Your Fee  Dec 8th, 2015 
The editor questions the South Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling that a dealer’s doc fee violated state law despite being certified by a state agency. 
 
 
Canada's Desjardins Group Now Available on RouteOne Platform  Dec 8th, 2015 
RouteOne Canada has announced that Desjardins Group has joined its auto financing portal. Dealers accredited with the cooperative financial group can access credit services, and process credit applications and finance contracts through RouteOne’s platform. 
 
 
GAP Is GAP, Right?  Dec 8th, 2015 
Too many dealers, F&I managers, agents and even providers think of GAP as a one-size-fits-all product. Product expert explains why that’s not the case. 
 
 
2018 Land Rover Defender May Not Resemble Recent Defender Concept Cars  Dec 8th, 2015 
While the world waits for Land Rover’s follow-up to its ancient but infinitely useful (and cool) Defender off-roader, due in two years, the company’s men have let slip an interesting tidbit. Speaking to Automotive News, Land Rover designer Gerry McGovern indicated that the 2018 Defender SUV probably won’t look like the Defender concepts that debuted a […] 
 
 
Cindy Bontrager Recognized by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Management, Communications and Sales  Dec 8th, 2015 
Cindy Bontrager celebrates almost 15 years of invaluable contributions to her field 
 
 
2016 Toyota RAV4 SE – First Drive Review  Dec 7th, 2015 
 
 
 
Right-Sized: Every Mid-Size Crossover SUV Ranked from Worst to Best  Dec 7th, 2015 
Whatever your needs—a true off-road beast or something roomy with which to schlep around the family—you can bet you’ll find what you need in the current crop. Read on see how they stack up. 
 
 
Open-Air Electrification: BMW to Add i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid  Dec 7th, 2015 
BMW plans to launch an open-top version of its i8 hybrid sports car, CEO Harald Krüger has told the German business paper Handelsblatt. Such a model has been expected to come to market ever since BMW unveiled a concept car in April 2012. However, sales of the regular i8 have been so good that there […] 
 
 
Production Mazda Koeru Concept: “More Driving Pleasure” than Other CUVs  Dec 7th, 2015 
Mazda’s CEO, speaking with Automotive News, has confirmed that the company is well on its way to offering a production version of the striking Koeru concept, which debuted this past September. Prior to the Koeru taking the stage three months ago, most onlookers believed it would preview the all-new CX-9 three-row crossover. But while the CX-9 does indeed share some styling elements […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class – First Drive Review  Dec 7th, 2015 
 
 
 
Hyundai’s Triple Threat: New Ioniq to Debut As EV, PHEV, and Hybrid  Dec 7th, 2015 
Whether a hybrid or EV should be sold as a dedicated model or as a variant is a marketing debate, less so an engineering problem. Tesla, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors have taken the dedicated path, while Ford, Mercedes, Honda, and Toyota have electrified their existing cars. Hyundai has been in the latter camp with […] 
 
 
Production Mazda Koeru Concept: “More Driving Pleasure” than Other CUVs  Dec 7th, 2015 
 
 
 
The French Turn on the Weird, Slate It For Production: Citroen’s E-Mehari  Dec 7th, 2015 
Those with a penchant for Gallic automotive nerdery might recall Citroën’s old Mehari. Featuring a corrugated plastic tub of a body set over 2CV mechanicals, and, well, not a whole lot else, the Mehari was a slow thing with three-lug wheels. It was also ruggedly adorable in an unpretentious sort of way. French people we […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class First Drive: New Name, Same Mission  Dec 7th, 2015 
Changing your name is a right pain in the, well, you know. There’s the DMV, Social Security, and the IRS, among other government agencies, to deal with. Get through all of those and you still have to convince your friends to use the new moniker. While Mercedes didn’t have to deal with those government offices […] 
 
 
2016 Toyota RAV4 SE: Sportier Model Shows Toyota Wants a RAV4 for Everybody  Dec 7th, 2015 
With its 2016 mid-cycle enhancement of the fourth-generation RAV4 that was introduced in 2013, Toyota has expanded the appeal of the range to both environmentalists and enthusiasts alike. For those whose mien leans green, there’s the new RAV4 hybrid we recently reviewed; for those more interested in driving satisfaction, there’s the machine shown here, the […] 
 
 
Five Highlights from November 2015 U.S. Auto Sales  Dec 7th, 2015 
Automakers are close to setting an all-time record for annual auto sales in the United States. While Thanksgiving and the ensuing cold traditionally make November a slower month—total light-duty vehicle sales reached 1.31 million, versus May’s peak of 1.63 million—there are enough weeks left in December to potentially end the year above the 17.35-million mark […] 
 
 
Chrysler Readies Next-Generation Town & Country Minivan for Detroit Debut  Dec 7th, 2015 
After much anticipation, Chrysler will finally reveal its next-generation Town & Country minivan at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. We had figured on a debut either in L.A. this fall or Detroit, but when the L.A. auto show came and went with no sign of the new van, we homed in on the […] 
 
 
Volvo S90 and V90 Polestar Models? Why Not, Suggests CEO  Dec 4th, 2015 
The new 2017 Volvo S90 has only just been revealed, but already the rumor mill is churning about a possible Polestar version—not only for the new, range-topping sedan but for its upcoming V90 wagon companion as well. The source of the excitement is Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson. Speaking to Britain’s Autocar at the S90 […] 
 
 
Fiat-Chrysler Recalls 105,000 Dodge Dart Sedans for Loss of Power Brakes  Dec 4th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 105,458 Dodge Dart sedans for the potential loss of power-brake assist, the company said Friday. On 2013-2014 Dart sedans with the Tigershark 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter engine—but not models with the 1.4-liter turbo Multiair engine—oil may trickle through the brake vacuum hoses into the brake booster diaphragm and cause a loss of power […] 
 
 
Orientation: 2016 Buick Envision SUV to Be Imported to U.S. from China Next Summer  Dec 4th, 2015 
Buick has a crossover problem here in the United States. Despite the continued popularity of the aging Enclave three-row, as well as the tiny Encore’s surprising market traction, the automaker is leaving sales on the table by selling only those two crossovers. And if you’re thinking the chasm between the subcompact Encore and the full-size Enclave is colossal, you’re […] 
 
 
Water Bug: Bugatti Takes to the Seas with New Yacht  Dec 4th, 2015 
For Bugatti enthusiasts, this is a difficult time. The drip feed of Veyron special editions and one-offs has finally run dry, and yet the Chiron won’t be making its debut until the Geneva auto show this spring. In the interim, however, there is a new temptation for the faithful: a Bugatti yacht. Monaco-based motor-yacht builder […] 
 
 
We Drive the Toyota i-Road: The Electric, Auto-Leaning Minion of the Future?  Dec 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
It’s On Like Elon: Porsche’s Mission E Electric Sedan Headed to Production  Dec 4th, 2015 
In Stuttgart this morning, Porsche board members were heard chanting “Down mit Tesla!” from a launch-controlled parade of 911 Turbos. Okay, that didn’t happen, but they’re no doubt thinking of taking it to Elon Musk’s company after they approved the Mission E concept, the stunning all-electric sedan unveiled earlier this year, for production as the company’s […] 
 
 
We Drive the Toyota i-Road: The Electric, Auto-Leaning Minion of the Future?  Dec 4th, 2015 
We assume electric vehicles without 800 horsepower and “Ludicrous” drive modes to be worse soul-suckers than middle age or IRS tax audits. The Nissan Leaf? A Smart Fortwo ED? Pretty much every non-Tesla struggles to move the desirability needle. Toyota may have inadvertently stumbled onto an exception to today’s EV reality with its quirky, somewhat experimental […] 
 
 
2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T Tested: More Substance Than Style  Dec 4th, 2015 
Five years ago, when Volkswagen brought out the current Jetta, VW miscalculated. It offered the strong-selling compact sedan in essentially two versions: Entry-level models were fitted with naturally aspirated engines, an inexpensive beam-axle rear suspension, and a basic electronic architecture. Only upmarket models like the GLI received the European-market multilink rear suspension, turbocharged engines, and […] 
 
 
2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T – Instrumented Test  Dec 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz to Offer G-wagen Fancification Program  Dec 4th, 2015 
The Mercedes-Benz G-wagen is in a class by itself. Severely lacking in its road manners despite a recent and comprehensive update, it is a superior off-roader—and an awesome fashion statement. And it’s that latter quality that we suspect its civilian customers care about most (it is also very popular with armed forces around the globe). […] 
 
 
Report: Diesel Scandal Costs Could Force VW to Sell Bentley, Lamborghini, Ducati  Dec 4th, 2015 
Volkswagen has a long road ahead trying to rectify its diesel emissions-related woes. The automaker just secured a credit line of more than $21 billion to prepare for recalls, lawsuits, and regulatory fines related to its ongoing diesel cheating scandal. And according to Reuters, in order to get that one-year loan, Volkswagen Group had to […] 
 
 
Camper Van F-150: Ford F-150 Gets Official Aluminum Campers and Trailers  Dec 4th, 2015 
If you like your all-new Ford F-150 enough to cook, sleep, and go to the restroom in it, you can now do so within a Ford-branded trailer or bed-mounted camper. Ford has announced a partnership to peddle campers and trailers with aluminum body panels and Blue Oval logos. Because camping quality is Job 1. Ford’s first factory-authorized […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic Test: The Miata for the Daily Grind  Dec 3rd, 2015 
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata stirs the road poets among us to romantic motoring visions: traffic-free dawns on challenging canyon two-lanes; adrenaline-soaked track-day afternoons; the after-dinner getaway with your one-and-only. That’s the stuff that put the fourth generation of Mazda’s little road star back on our 10Best Cars list. It inspires drivers to get out […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic – Instrumented Test  Dec 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
McLaren 675LT Spider: A Full Roof Away From the Original Longtail Concept  Dec 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Not Quite Lazarus, Not Quite Not Lazarus: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Not Necessarily Dead  Dec 3rd, 2015 
When Infiniti unveiled the GT-R–powered Q50 Eau Rouge concept at Detroit in 2014, performance fanfolk yawped forth with a “High holy yes!” Then HMIC Johan de Nysschen departed for Cadillac, the idea lingered a moment on life support and was summarily declared dead. Except that the idea of a performance sedan built to take on the […] 
 
 
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