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Your Car, Sir: How Ultra-High-End Car Buying Is Different  Nov 10th, 2015 
Visit an ultra-luxury brand’s showroom, and you’ll find the espresso machine is always on, the sales representative likely knows your social media profile, and a complementary bouquet—with blooms to match your new car’s paintwork—is going home with you at delivery time. Yes, mass-market brands emphasize customer service, but retailers of the world’s most prestigious marques […] 
 
 
Spied! 2017 Ford Fusion Sedan Caught Testing in Dearborn  Nov 10th, 2015 
What It Is: A thinly disguised 2017 Ford Fusion caught rolling on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. As the hometown for the blue-oval brand, it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of not-quite-ready-for-prime-time Ford vehicles rolling between facilities or undergoing real-world testing, and this was one of the times our shooter had a camera at […] 
 
 
It’s Gone Places: Updated 2016 Toyota RAV4 and New RAV4 Hybrid Priced  Nov 10th, 2015 
 
 
 
Indiana Dealer Reaches Settlement Regarding Doc Fees  Nov 10th, 2015 
Jeff Wyler Clarksville will repay more than 4,000 customers who paid a document fee the state attorney general said violated Indiana’s Motor Vehicle Dealer Unfair Practices Act. 
 
 
COX Automotive Execs Named Leading Women  Nov 10th, 2015 
Three top executives at Cox Automotive were named to Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry list during the publication’s annual awards ceremony. 
 
 
Former Ford Exec Joins Motormindz  Nov 10th, 2015 
John Felice, who served as director of Ford's fleet sales unit, has joined the global automotive professional services and technology company as a senior partner. 
 
 
Volkswagen Launches 'TDI Goodwill Program'  Nov 10th, 2015 
Volkswagen has launched a "TDI Goodwill Program" to offer compensation to owners of its diesel-powered vehicles. 
 
 
CFPB Again Rejects the NADA's FOIA Request  Nov 10th, 2015 
For the second time, the bureau rejected the association’s request for internal documents acknowledging the agency’s intent to regulate the auto finance market through enforcement action, and eschewed evidence that its methods for estimating disparate impact were deeply flawed. 
 
 
The Ferrari 488GTB Has Been Weaponized: GT3 and GTE Racers Unveiled  Nov 10th, 2015 
The most important job of any production-based racing car is to look good and to reflect some glory onto its roadgoing siblings—yes, even higher up the list than the need to be fast and to win races. And although the Ferrari 488GTB doesn’t really need much help in this regard, it’s two racing variants, the GT3 […] 
 
 
Dust to Glory on the Mojave Road [Sponsored]  Nov 10th, 2015 
It is very easy to miss the turn-off for the Mojave Road. I know this because I missed it, twice, and only realized I’d missed it the first time when I happened to glance out the window and see a ribbon of blonde sand snaking away from U.S. Route 95, an arrow-straight two-lane highway that […] 
 
 
Warm-Up the Wi-Fi: Gran Turismo Sport for PS4 Will Award Real FIA Championships [w/ Video]  Nov 10th, 2015 
Sony and Polyphony Digital have announced that virtual-racing fans finally will get their sweaty little hands on a Gran Turismo title for the PlayStation 4 console. The new game is called Gran Turismo Sport. Of note, Gran Turismo Sport will be compatible with Sony’s Oculus Rift–style, PlayStation VR virtual-reality headset that’s coming in 2016, and it […] 
 
 
Confirmed: Production Toyota/Scion C-HR Crossover on the Way  Nov 9th, 2015 
As soon as Toyota mentioned that the latest iteration of the C-HR concept, which debuted at this year’s Frankfurt auto show, sat on the company’s newest architecture, we assumed any production model would do the same. Now, following the Tokyo auto show, we have confirmation of both: the production version of the C-HR indeed will use […] 
 
 
2017 Cadillac XT5 Debuts, Starts a New Chapter for Caddy Crossovers  Nov 9th, 2015 
We’ve been duly impressed with Cadillac’s latest passenger cars, the ATS and the CTS, particularly in high-performance V form. The CTS has even made our 10Best Cars list. At the other end of Cadillac’s product spectrum, the Escalade has been reliably gushing profits ever since its 2015 redesign. In between is the aging SRX. Being […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 First Drive: Right at Home  Nov 9th, 2015 
We got our first taste of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC-class this summer in Europe, where we briefly piloted a few GLC models powered by a torquey diesel and a not-so-torquey, 211-hp four-cylinder gas engine. The former engine is poised to come here later next year, while the latter will not come here at all. Missing […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 – First Drive Review  Nov 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
Jaguar Land Rover Pioneers “Just Dance”–Style, Gesture Vehicle Unlocking  Nov 9th, 2015 
It often feels like the auto industry is running short on genuine problems it needs to engineer solutions for, but here’s one that we actually like: a recently filed patent application from Jaguar Land Rover for an automatic tailgate release that ‘reads’ a sequence of movements to potentially unlock the vehicle or open the trunk/liftgate. […] 
 
 
Kraft Merc: Mercedes-Benz Launches Classic Direct-Sales Program  Nov 9th, 2015 
It’s often said that you can’t put a value on trust. That doesn’t seem to be true in Stuttgart, where Mercedes-Benz is attempting to put a substantial price tag on the peace of mind that comes from buying a classic model from the company itself. The newly launched All Time Stars European program is being run […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe First Drive: A Sports Coupe Only in Name  Nov 9th, 2015 
Between SUVs that pull 1.00 g of lateral grip on the skidpad and sedans that hit 60 mph as quickly as a Ferrari, the definition of a sports car is under constant threat. Modern tires, turbochargers, and transmissions mean all manner of vehicles can now perform like sports cars, and yet the form factor—lightweight, compact […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon Diesel Fuel Economy Released, EPA Conformity Confirmed  Nov 9th, 2015 
Conformity can be dull, an act that dissolves your individuality into the flow of the masses like a fluid into a current. Or conformity can be a good thing! Take, for example, when you’re moving to release a new diesel-powered vehicle in the wake of Volkswagen’s brazen diesel-emissions cheating scandal. General Motors gets it, and has […] 
 
 
On a Subaru With No Name: New Three-Row SUV Confirmed for 2018  Nov 9th, 2015 
The next mid-size Subaru SUV will bow in 2018, and it will be built at the company’s Lafayette, Indiana, plant, the company confirmed today. Subaru has hinted at a Tribeca successor since the final 2014 model year, and while it no doubt has hurt Subaru to have not fielded a competitive entry in such a hot segment—the […] 
 
 
Honda Recalls 60,000 Fit, Pilot Models for Airbags, Warning Lamps  Nov 9th, 2015 
Honda is recalling more than 60,000 new Fit and Pilot models for separate problems relating to airbags and warning lights, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015–2016 Fit LX—specifically, only LX trims without sunroofs—have grab handles that can puncture the side-curtain airbags when they inflate during a collision. The brackets […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe – First Drive  Nov 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
VW Offering “Goodwill” Prepaid Visa Cards to TDI Diesel Owners  Nov 9th, 2015 
VW’s ever-expanding diesel-emissions cheating scandal has put the global behemoth on its heels. Yet as the situation continues to unfold, U.S. owners of the affected diesel models have been left in limbo, unsure of the next steps to take or how the automaker plans to address the situation. One piece of the puzzle now has been revealed, however, first via The Truth […] 
 
 
2016 Audi TT Coupe – Instrumented Test  Nov 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
It Begins: Audi Kicks Off Year-End Car-Sales Frenzy with Special-Edition A4 and A3  Nov 9th, 2015 
The holiday season—which seems to grow in duration a bit more each year—has become a time when we are not only assaulted with continual messages to find “that perfect gift for everyone on your list,” but also a period during which we’re subject to a barrage of auto advertising. Just like sweaters, scented candles, or […] 
 
 
Wink and Call Her Bela: Supercharged 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Looks Pretty in Patina  Nov 9th, 2015 
It’s long been normal practice to name one’s car, and it’s fairly common for car buffs to treat their car like a glorious sea vessel and refer to it as a woman. Chevrolet Performance, then, would like it if you could refer to its rat-rod SEMA build, a ’56 Bel Air sedan, as Bela. We have no problems […] 
 
 
The Car and Driver + Blipshift Shirt Is Here! Get Yours Now!  Nov 9th, 2015 
A few weeks ago, we announced a contest in collaboration with our pals at Blipshift wherein we asked you to submit a kickin’ rad T-shirt idea around the theme of “Dancing with the Cars.” The prize? Nothing less than the chance to attend Lightning Lap 2016 at Virginia International Raceway! After combing through a whole pile of fantastic entries—and […] 
 
 
How the BMW M1 Supercar Almost Got a Second Lease on Life—And Why It Didn’t  Nov 9th, 2015 
The BMW M1 is an odd duck in BMW’s history: a standalone supercar, built with a racing career in mind. Initiated by BMW Motorsport director Jochen Neerpasch, it was green-lit in the mid-1970s, and intended to dominate in racing competition. Neerpasch went to Lamborghini to assist with development and to produce the car. (When the first […] 
 
 
2016 Audi TT Coupe Tested: Sporty or Not, Here It Is  Nov 9th, 2015 
Imagine you’re an aluminum ingot hot from the smelter, facing all future possibilities. You could be a sheet of foil tented loosely over a platter of resting meat, or the can keeping a fistful of beer contained in the griller’s hand. Maybe you’ll be the child’s bat pinging a line drive through his window, or […] 
 
 
2017 Cadillac XT5: A Bold Replacement for the SRX – Official Photos and Info  Nov 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Champagne Wishes and CrossCab Dreams  Nov 9th, 2015 
Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet inspired the world’s first—as far as we know—automobile review written in the form of a Homeric ode. Beloved by roughly eight people (half of which might or might not work at Car and Driver), the CrossCab was a sales disappointment, vanishing after the 2014 model year. Luckily, the upstanding Brits at Land […] 
 
 
2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Champagne Wishes and CrossCab Dreams  Nov 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
Brand New Muscle Car - Building Yesterday's Dream Cars Today  Nov 7th, 2015 
What if you could build a 1967 Ford Mustang, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro or other classic muscle car from scratch with all new parts including a new body? Welcome to the world of Brand New Muscle Car at US Restoration; build yesterday's dream cars today! 
 
 
HR-Verve: Honda’s Four Tuned HR-Vs Cross Over—to the Interesting Side  Nov 6th, 2015 
Not only did Honda make a strong showing at the 2015 SEMA show, with tuned versions of everything from the new Pilot crossover to the Acura ILX, a refreshed CR-Z, and a peek at the next Ridgeline pickup, but it did seemingly the impossible. That is, it made the decidedly conservatively styled but ultra competent […] 
 
 
HR-Verve: Honda’s Four Tuned HR-Vs Cross Over—to the Interesting Side  Nov 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Ford Focus RS: We Sit Shotgun in the Hotly Anticipated Megahatch – First Ride  Nov 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
2020 VW Golf Mark 8: What to Expect  Nov 6th, 2015 
In the midst of the still-unfolding emissions scandal and following sweeping personnel changes at the executive level, everything at Volkswagen is currently under review—as CEO Matthias Müller has acknowledged. Nevertheless, it is safe to assume that one vehicle’s future is not in jeopardy: That’s the Golf, VW’s global bestseller. The current, seventh-generation model is so […] 
 
 
“Steve McQueen, The Man and Le Mans” Is a Fascinating Look Behind the Scenes of an Iconic Film  Nov 6th, 2015 
The movie Le Mans has long stood as one of the fundamental tests of gearheadery, a faith-proving shibboleth by which true enthusiasts identify themselves and each other. If you like it—as you should—then you’re in the club. But you’re also in a minority, for all the cult status the film has acquired in the 45 […] 
 
 
Toyota Spending $1 Billion on Robotics, Self-Driving Cars with MIT and Stanford  Nov 6th, 2015 
Lexus sedans can automatically switch lanes and Toyota robots play trumpets and baritone horns in company quartets. “Child’s play,” Toyota’s board of directors said, “bring us more robots, smarter artificial intelligence, and knock on the brightest doors of Stanford and MIT.” The result: Toyota will commit more than $1 billion to new research in Palo […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Focus RS First Ride: So Close to the Steering Wheel, We Can Taste It  Nov 6th, 2015 
Although it has long since become one of the more predictable clichés of automotive PR, the prelaunch passenger ride rarely teaches us more beyond what a new car sounds like and some indication of the raw g-forces that it can generate. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Skylines, Fairladys, and Even a Prince: Highlights from the Weird, Cool Nissan Heritage Collection  Nov 6th, 2015 
We’re always up for a stroll through any car company’s collection of its vintage tin, and after the Tokyo auto show, we had a chance to check out Nissan’s.  
 
 
1946 Willys CJ-2A Dual Dualie Is the Most SEMA-Ready Stock(ish) Vehicle Ever  Nov 6th, 2015 
Stroll down the narrow corridors snaking through the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA show, eyes closed, and the first thing you crash into—outside of another person—would very likely be a Jeep. In most cases, it would be a modern, lifted Wrangler that you will have smacked into, but we ran into a decidedly different […] 
 
 
Ringbrothers’ 1965 Ford Mustang Twins Are Fraternal Yet Equally Amazing  Nov 6th, 2015 
At risk of sounding unappreciative, we must acknowledge that, much like low-cut tops, jorts, camouflage hats, and way, way, way too many freaking people, Wisconsin-based Ringbrothers are becoming an annual staple at the SEMA show. Similar to the exposed-cleavage situation, this is a very good thing, for the shop turns out ever-more-glorious customs, and this […] 
 
 
1946 Willys CJ-2A Dual Dually Is the Most SEMA-Ready Stock(ish) Vehicle Ever  Nov 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ringbrothers’ 1965 Ford Mustang Twins Are Fraternal Yet Equally Amazing  Nov 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Ford Focus RS: All the Tech Details You Could Ever Want  Nov 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Scion iM – Instrumented Test  Nov 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Very Best Rides of SEMA 2015, Day Three  Nov 6th, 2015 
A rundown of the best stuff we saw on our third day strolling the 2015 SEMA show. 
 
 
2016 Ford Focus RS: All the Tech Details You Could Ever Want  Nov 6th, 2015 
When considered against the wait we’ve already gone through for an RS-fettled Ford product in the U.S.—an eternity, by our estimates—the time remaining until the new Ford Focus RS arrives on our shores is practically nothing. And we’ll be able to tell you how the new Ford Focus RS drives in January. But to tide us over until then, […] 
 
 
2016 Scion iM Tested: Not as Cool as It Thinks It Is  Nov 6th, 2015 
It’s a curious turn for To­yota’s so-called “test labo­ra­tory division,” this new model. The iM eschews the overtly Japanese weirdness that established the Scion brand and made the original 2004–2007 xB the most successful of Toyota’s JDM product-line raids. This conventional four-door hatchback with its factory-supplied body kit and metallic-chartreuse paint seems like something Toyota […] 
 
 
Electric Dreams: EV Start-up Plans to Spend $1 Billion on U.S. Factory  Nov 5th, 2015 
In auto-industry terms, 2017 is not very far away. If GM, Toyota, or VW Group announced today that it would debut a brand-new car from scratch in less than two years—and that it hadn’t even established the production facility to build it—that would sound a little far-fetched. Now imagine the company making that announcement is a start-up […] 
 
 
TRD Spices Up the Toyota Highlander, Making the Unpossible Possible  Nov 5th, 2015 
 
 
 
TRD Spices Up the Toyota Highlander, Making the Unpossible Possible  Nov 5th, 2015 
Among the batch of TRD-fettled machines Toyota debuted at SEMA this week—Camry, Corolla, Avalon, Land Cruiser—also sits this Highlander. The idea behind them all is to zazz up the most narcolepsy-inducing members of Toyota’s lineup with special paint, body kits, and wheels, and to gauge reaction for possible production. So as you’d expect, this Highlander looks very […] 
 
 
Adventure Time: The Hyundai Tucson “Adventuremobile” Is a Rad Way to Get Away from It All  Nov 5th, 2015 
Teaming with Southern California customizer John Pangilinan, Hyundai dropped this green hunk of raditude at the 2015 SEMA show. Based on the compact Hyundai Tucson, the “Adventuremobile,” as it’s been dubbed, uses its upgrades to fantastic effect. Aesthetically, this little crossover has it right. Painted in army green—a shade too often ignored in OEM color palettes, we gotta […] 
 
 
King of the Kustomizers George Barris Passes Away at 89  Nov 5th, 2015 
King of the Kustomizers George Barris passed away this morning at the age of 89. Surely to be remembered as the man who designed the Batmobile for the 1960s Batman TV series, his influence extended well beyond Hollywood. A California native, Barris began customizing cars at 14 alongside his brother Sam in Sacramento. The pair moved to […] 
 
 
2016 Audi A6 2.0T Quattro Test: Laggy Yet Lovely  Nov 5th, 2015 
The Audi A6 is currently our favorite mid-size luxury sedan. It’s really good. That’s particularly true of the brilliantly balanced 3.0T and the sportified S6 variant. But what about the price-leading A6 2.0T model? It’s the A6 that gives Audi dealers a banner-ad model to lure customers into dealerships with an attractive, sub-$50K price or […] 
 
 
Adventure Time: The Hyundai Tucson “Adventuremobile” Is a Rad Way to Get Away from It All  Nov 5th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Audi A6 2.0T Quattro – Instrumented Test  Nov 5th, 2015 
 
 
 
Group 1's F&I Per-Copy Average Jumps $65 in the U.S. Market  Nov 5th, 2015 
While the international dealer group's consolidated per-copy average grew $27 to $1,352 in the third quarter, it's U.S.-based F&I operations saw its per-copy average rise $65 to $1,515. For the first nine months of 2015, the group's per-copy average is $1,529. 
 
 
Hyundai Turns Genesis Into Standalone Luxury Division  Nov 5th, 2015 
Hyundai plans to launch six new models by 2020 under its Genesis nameplate, which will operate as a standalone global luxury brand. 
 
 
FTC Announces Multiagency Crackdown on Abusive Debt Collectors  Nov 5th, 2015 
Operation Collection Protection has resulted in 115 total actions against debt collectors this year, 30 of which were announced during the FTC’s press conference to announce the multiagency initiative. 
 
 
Industry Post 18.25 Million SAAR in October, Autodata Reports  Nov 5th, 2015 
The industry sold 1.46 million units in October, according to Autodata Corp. October's SAAR was 18.24 million units, the highest rate of the year. 
 
 
These Modded Honda Pilots Ditch the Family Lifestyle for Style  Nov 5th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD – Instrumented Test  Nov 5th, 2015 
 
 
 
Audi Decides on Engine for U.S.-spec Q7 Plug-In Hybrid—If It Comes Here  Nov 5th, 2015 
The back and forth on which internal-combustion engine to use in the upcoming, U.S.-bound Q7 e-tron reflects the turmoil at the Volkswagen Group. Originally slated for a mid-2016 launch, the company’s plug-in-hybrid halo car was being discussed to have either a 2.0-liter, turbocharged TFSI gasoline engine or a 3.0-liter V-6 TDI. Both models are ready to […] 
 
 
These Modded Honda Pilots Ditch the Family Lifestyle for Style  Nov 5th, 2015 
As it always has been, Honda’s most recent Pilot crossover is a roomy, reliable, and understated family runabout. The Pilot’s three rows of seating mark it as a primarily suburban conveyance, but for the 2015 SEMA show Honda let two Pilots cut loose. Well, Honda cut them loose, than snatched them right back up and showered […] 
 
 
The Longer Story on SEMA’s Ultra-Short Custom Volkswagen Bus  Nov 5th, 2015 
The moment this trippy Volkswagen bus caught our eye on SEMA’s show floor, we knew right away it was bound for our Best of SEMA, Day One list. How could it not be? But whereas in those best-of lists we’ve got to share space with some of SEMA’s other glorious creations, in this space we […] 
 
 
From Bavaria to America! BMW Brings Stripey M4, M2 Parts to SEMA  Nov 5th, 2015 
With Oktoberfest out of the way, the boys from Munich decided to continue the party in Las Vegas. And why not? Germans love the desert. They stuck a number of items from their M Performance Parts line on an M4, striped the thing up Batmobile style, and hauled it out to SEMA. They also brought […] 
 
 
Hop Up: Cusco 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Parts and Car Debut at SEMA  Nov 5th, 2015 
After one full day of walking around SEMA’s vast show floor in Las Vegas, it struck us as odd how the bulk of the tricked-out Mazda MX-5 Miatas we’d spotted at the aftermarket show were in Mazda’s booth. We found one more at Koni’s stand, but generally we were surprised that one of 2015’s most anticipated […] 
 
 
2016 Lincoln MKX AWD Tested: Channeling the Past in Pursuit of Something New  Nov 5th, 2015 
At 80 mph, the new Lincoln MKX sails down the road as if it were built from 4664 pounds of ­bubble wrap, fiberglass insulation, and cotton balls. Acoustically laminated glass, lined fender wells, and active noise cancellation create a cabin so quiet that even in a rush-hour commute you can hear Matthew McConaughey’s soft drawl […] 
 
 
From Bavaria to America! BMW Brings Stripey M4, M2 Parts to SEMA  Nov 5th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Very Best Rides of SEMA 2015, Day Two  Nov 5th, 2015 
SEMA's not all parties and cavorting—there are even more cars to look at! 
 
 
It’s Not Dead Yet! Honda CR-Z Tweaked for 2016  Nov 5th, 2015 
Let’s be nice up top. The Honda CR-Z is the only hybrid on sale with a manual transmission, and it’s a satisfying stick in the best Honda tradition. That’s something BMW doesn’t offer on the i8. And aside from million-dollar hypercars like the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, the CR-Z is the only hybrid two-seater […] 
 
 
Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept Would Be Difficult to See if It Were a Century-Old Boat  Nov 4th, 2015 
The defining feature of the Silverado Special Ops concept, which is based on the Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 pickup, is its naval-inspired camo exterior finish. Developed more than 100 years ago, the tri-tone blue “Razzle Dazzle” finish uses a distinctive array of varying color lines and shapes that are intended to help disguise a ship’s speed, […] 
 
 
Takata Fined $70 Million by NHTSA, Recall Repairs Won’t End Until 2019  Nov 4th, 2015 
Takata, the Japanese airbag supplier behind one of the largest auto recalls in history, has been fined $70 million and must end production of its ammonium nitrate inflators within the next three years. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the parent agency of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announced up to $130 million in extra fines […] 
 
 
Orange You Rad: Hotted-Up Lexus GS F and RC F Go Full Orange  Nov 4th, 2015 
Two of the headline cars for Lexus at SEMA were a pair of super-orange siblings, an RC F coupe and a GS F sedan. The matched set was customized by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing, and featured several upgrades underneath their vivid orange wraps. The RC F coupe sports custom bodywork that actually seems toned down compared […] 
 
 
Orange You Rad: Hotted-Up Lexus GS F and RC F Go Full Orange  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
This Nissan Juke Is a Life-Size Origami Paper Sculpture  Nov 4th, 2015 
Some designs are said to have started with a clean sheet of paper, but here is one that started with many such sheets: a full-size Nissan Juke model that is comprised entirely of folded pieces of paper, created by an origami artist in Britain. The total count for pieces of paper folded for the project […] 
 
 
This Nissan Juke Is a Life-Size Origami Paper Sculpture  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Lexus IS200t F Sport – Instrumented Test  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
TRD Turns Camry XSE into Camry S-E-X  Nov 4th, 2015 
Toyota has TRD’d all the unlikely things for its 2015 SEMA show display, including the Corolla, the Avalon, two Siennas, and this car, the sexy SEMA Edition TRD Camry. Yes, we called a Camry sexy. It’s a brave new world, especially when SEMA is involved. Like most of the SEMA Edition TRD models, the Camry XSE–based […] 
 
 
Toyota SEMA Edition TRD Land Cruiser Is a Thing  Nov 4th, 2015 
Here’s a stat that will likely make you feel old: The Toyota Land Cruiser has been on sale in the U.S. since 1957. Number of years it missed due to model changeovers or regulatory hurdles? Zero. Comparing the raw-and-ready early models to the current Land Cruiser, however, is a bit like comparing a box cutter […] 
 
 
Toyota SEMA Edition TRD Land Cruiser Is a Thing  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Look What Happened to Grandpa: SEMA Edition TRD Toyota Avalon  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Lexus IS200t F Sport Test: Better, If Still Somewhat Short of Its Potential  Nov 4th, 2015 
Our world shifted a little on its axis when the then-new 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport bested a BMW 3-series and a Cadillac ATS in a three-way comparison test. Could it be that Toyota’s serene luxury brand had, finally, fully embraced the sports-sedan ethos? Perhaps not, as subsequent tests of other IS variants left us […] 
 
 
It’s Not Dead Yet! Honda CR-Z Tweaked for 2016  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
TRD Turns Camry XSE to into Camry S-E-X  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Look What Happened to Grandpa: SEMA Edition TRD Toyota Avalon  Nov 4th, 2015 
The Toyota Avalon is a large, comfortable, smooth-riding sedan that appeals to people seeking those virtues—mostly older people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But, like so many marketers, Toyota no doubt would like to appeal to younger buyers. So it sent the Avalon off to its TRD garage, and the result is the […] 
 
 
Genesis 2.0: Hyundai’s Genesis to Become Separate Luxury Brand  Nov 4th, 2015 
As much as Hyundai’s brand reputation has improved tremendously from its early days of peddling disposable cars like the Excel at rock-bottom prices, it’s still tough to compete in the luxury arena with a mainstream-brand name. That’s exactly what Hyundai has been trying to do with its Genesis and Equus sedans, but now the company […] 
 
 
Next-Generation Mazda CX-9 Gets the Sketch Treatment, Bound for L.A.  Nov 4th, 2015 
Rarely have we anticipated a new three-row crossover, but the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is an exception. Already among the most athletic family haulers out there, the CX-9 nonetheless has been overdue for a major update. Our wait for the rig’s resurgence is almost over, as it will officially debut later this month at the 2015 […] 
 
 
Blood Type Racing’s Hyundai Veloster Turbo R Is a 500-hp Demon  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Blood Type Racing’s Hyundai Veloster Turbo R Is a 500-hp Demon  Nov 4th, 2015 
Tricked and treated Hyundais are not uncommon at the annual SEMA show, and this year is no exception. One of the coolest Hyundais gracing the 2015 SEMA show floor is perhaps the baddest-ass Veloster ever (except maybe for this one). It was created by Chicago’s Blood Type Racing, the same group that brought us the insane BTR […] 
 
 
It’s a Camarosplosion: Chevy Rolls Out More Modified Camaros for SEMA  Nov 4th, 2015 
With the arrival of the sixth-generation Camaro, you knew Chevrolet would want to make a big splash with the car at the 2015 SEMA show. We’ve already seen the Camaro SS Red Accent Package concept (a silver convertible with, yes, red accents), the thematically opposite Camaro SS Black Accent Package concept (a red coupe with […] 
 
 
It’s a Camarosplosion: Chevy Rolls Out More Modified Camaros for SEMA  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Toyota Strafes the Streets of Willow with Sienna R-Tuned Concept  Nov 4th, 2015 
It’s always fun to do inappropriate things with vans. Just ask the Japanese, with their customized Dajiban racers. Or Ford, which took Le Mans cars and stuck Transit bodies on them, creating the famed Supervans. Toyota’s Sienna R-Tuned concept isn’t quite as outlandish as the C100-based Supervan 2, which carried a Cosworth DFL V-8 engine […] 
 
 
Toyota Strafes the Streets of Willow with Sienna R-Tuned Concept  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
The TRD Toyota Corolla Concept Is Here—Maybe for Reals  Nov 4th, 2015 
Toyota unleashed a litter of TRD-fettled machines at the 2015 SEMA show, one of which was this Corolla. Painted in the same Silver Pearl paint as the rest of the bunch, this compact may not be “sexy,” as Toyota describes it, but it does at least boast some performance upgrades to go with the aesthetic touches. […] 
 
 
The TRD Toyota Corolla Concept Is Here—Maybe for Reals  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Audi Joins the Diesel Stop-Sale Party, Dealers Block Five TDI Models  Nov 4th, 2015 
Audi dealers can no longer sell five of its six diesel models, according to a stop-sale notice sent to dealers Tuesday. New and used Audi TDI models—the 2013-2015 Q7 and 2014-2016 A6, A7, A8, A8L, and Q5—are blocked, according to the notice received by Automotive News. The company has not yet posted an official statement. The cars go beyond […] 
 
 
BawitdaBowtie: Kid Rock’s Bad-Ass, Smokestacked Chevy Silverado Dually for SEMA  Nov 4th, 2015 
California is crucifying Volkswagen over excessive diesel emissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency is triple-checking every diesel vehicle it can lay its hands on. “Whatever,” says Chevrolet. Here’s a heavy-duty Silverado 3500 dualie with American-flag decals and fat chrome exhaust stacks, designed with input from Mr. American Bad Ass himself, Kid Rock. But while the dudebros drilling seven-inch […] 
 
 
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