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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR – Instrumented Test  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Range Rover Sport SVR Tested: It’s a Track-Ready Rhino  Nov 4th, 2015 
Behold, the majesty that is the Blue Rhinoceros! We photographed this example in its natural habitat of Birmingham, Michigan, but the mighty Blue is also known to congregate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Newport Beach, California, or wherever there are sufficiently snooty feeding options. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
GWC Warranty Earns Two 2015 Automotive Communication Awards  Nov 4th, 2015 
The F&I product provider’s Accelerate blog and ‘Behind the Wheel’ dealer story series took top honors in the best business-to-business blog and best ‘Business Use of a YouTube Video’ categories, respectively. 
 
 
Auto Loan Balances Totaled $968 Billion in Q3  Nov 4th, 2015 
Outstanding automotive loan balances totaled $968 billion in the third quarter, up more than 53% from the post-recession low in 2010. 
 
 
The Toyota “Tundrasine” Limo Pickup Is 26 Feet Long, Has 8 Doors  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
Porsche Halts Cayenne Diesel Sales, Volkswagen Probing 800,000 More Cars  Nov 4th, 2015 
Porsche has told its U.S. dealers not to sell any 2014–2016 Cayenne Diesel SUVs in stock. The stop-sale comes a day after the Environmental Protection Agency cited the 2015 Cayenne Diesel in Volkswagen’s second notice over Clean Air Act violations. “We are working intensively to resolve this matter as soon as possible,” the company said. “Customers […] 
 
 
Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept Debuts at SEMA, Production Version Coming  Nov 4th, 2015 
At first, we were a little perplexed as to why Jeep was celebrating Sammy Hagar, a man known more for his passion for FCA’s most exclusive marque than for any interest in plebian Wranglers. Turns out, the Wrangler Red Rock concept has nothing to do with the Red Rocker and everything to do with paying […] 
 
 
COBRA JET! LA-LA-LA-LA-LA: Ford Debuts New Cobra Jet Mustang Drag Car  Nov 4th, 2015 
The Mustang Cobra Jet first reappeared in 2008, as a factory-built drag-race version of the Mustang. Premiering at this year’s SEMA show was the first Cobra Jet to be built from the current-generation Mustang. This new Cobra Jet has the distinction of being the only current factory Mustang to utilize a solid rear axle. Joining […] 
 
 
The Toyota “Tundrasine” Limo Pickup Is 26 Feet Long, Has 8 Doors  Nov 4th, 2015 
There are fancy trucks, and there are fancy trucks. And for the 2015 SEMA show, Toyota has stretched the fancy-truck concept—literally—in the form of the gargantuan, aptly named “Tundrasine.” Based on the luxurious, Texas-themed Tundra 1794 Edition, the Tundrasine is rendered in Midnight Black and stretches more than 26 feet in length, including a near-20-foot wheelbase—long enough to comfortably park a Bentley Mulsanne between […] 
 
 
The Very Best Rides of SEMA 2015, Day One  Nov 4th, 2015 
SEMA's not all parties and cavorting—there are cars to look at! 
 
 
COBRA JET! LA-LA-LA-LA-LA: Ford Debuts New Cobra Jet Mustang Drag Car  Nov 4th, 2015 
 
 
 
COPO Cabana: COPO Camaro Based on Sixth-Gen Car Debuts  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Chevrolet is producing a limited run of 69 COPO Camaro race cars for 2016, and, for the second year in a row, the first one will be auctioned for charity. Designed for the NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes, the 2016 COPO Camaro makes its debut at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. […] 
 
 
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 – Instrumented Test  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Tested  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Southern California’s Angeles Forest Highway over the San Gabriel Mountains is almost flawlessly smooth. And though construction crews have been bringing this stretch of road to a halt for months, they’re almost done. Get out there before 7:30 a.m. and you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted stretch of fresh black carpet draped over a mountain. Get there […] 
 
 
Less Is More: The Mazda Miata Speedster Is Purity on Wheels  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Cribbing the same formula that created the iconic Porsche 1600 Speedster more than half a century ago, the Mazda MX-5 Speedster concept is designed to emphasize the raw fundamentals of driving and little else. Wearing a small wind deflector in place of a windshield and finished in a bespoke shade named Blue Ether, the MX-5 Speedster […] 
 
 
Less Is More: The Mazda Miata Speedster Is Purity on Wheels  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
SEMA 2015: Deer Chevy, Please Make A Hunter-Friendly Silverado  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Chevy is showing hunters some SEMA love with the Realtree Bone Collector, a collection of factory and concept accessories bolted to a camo-swathed 2016 Chevrolet Silverado High Country 4×4. The concept truck is signed in several places by Michael Waddell, a “redneck by the grace of God” with a cable television show about a bunch […] 
 
 
Baja! Got You All in Check: Honda Shows Baja-Racing Ridgeline at SEMA  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class Debuts: The GL Gets a Redo—and a New Name  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Thanks to consistent expansion of its offerings, Mercedes-Benz’s lineup has become somewhat confusing over the last decade or so. In the commendable effort to insert a modicum of logic, Daimler has renamed its SUV models (among others) to align them with the sedans that form the core of the brand’s portfolio. The most fortunate beneficiary […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class: The GL Gets a Redo—and a New Name – Official Photos and Info  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Modest Van, Big Dreams: Kia Creates Sedona Minivans for Photographers, Beer-Lovers  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Baja! Got You All in Check: Honda Shows Baja-Racing Ridgeline at SEMA  Nov 3rd, 2015 
When most folks think of Honda and racing on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, they think motorcycles. After all, Big Red has 24 two-wheeled victories in the grueling SCORE Baja 1000. Four-wheelers came into the mix only a decade ago, with a Ridgeline entered in the Stock Mini Class. Gavin Skilton wheeled it to class victory […] 
 
 
Modest Van, Big Dreams: Kia Creates Sedona Minivans for Photographers, Beer-Lovers  Nov 3rd, 2015 
SEMA is a place where automobiles get to indulge their wildest fantasies. Even minivans. Which explains why Kia brought two wildly reimagined Sedona minivan concepts to the show. Both had come a long way from their mundane previous life of schlepping kids to school to soccer practice. Photo Safari Sedona The Photo Safari Sedona has […] 
 
 
Kia Optima A1A Concept Teased Ahead of SEMA  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Kia’s PacWest Adventure Sorento Concept Is a Raptor-fied Family Crossover  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
How Toyota Turned a Sienna into the World’s Most Bad-Ass Minivan  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Meet the Mud Bogger, the Coolest Kia Forte Koup in Existence  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
AutoNation Posts $146 Q3 Increase in F&I Per-Copy Average  Nov 3rd, 2015 
The group averaged $1,549 in F&I profit per vehicle retailed in the third quarter. Company officials noted that new-vehicle PVRs from self-generated sales, including F&I contributions, were about $800 higher than new-vehicle PVRs from sales generated by third-party lead providers. 
 
 
New eBook Looks at Dealership Cyber Threats  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Helion Automotive Technologies has released a free e-book that looks at the growing number of cyber-attacks on U.S. auto dealerships. 
 
 
New-Vehicle Transaction Prices Rise More Than 1% in October  Nov 3rd, 2015 
The Volkswagen brand, still suffering from the diesel emissions scandal, was the only brand to show a dip in average transaction prices. 
 
 
Quantech Adds Unidirectional Support to Dealertrack Integration  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Quantech Software's new unidirectional Dealertrack integration allows F&I managers to start deals in the software company’s web-based Q-F&I Online or Dealertrack. 
 
 
Britain’s Most Brutish: Ariel Atom 3.5R, McLaren P1, Morgan Plus 8  Nov 3rd, 2015 
The Irish used to say that Finn MacCool, their own Paul Bunyan, was throwing mud at some Scot giant one day and overshot, creating the Isle of Man. Today, it’s more often referred to as “80,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock.” Situated in the Irish Sea, roughly ­halfway between Belfast and Liverpool, it is 221 […] 
 
 
The Retro Mazda Miata Spyder Concept Is So, So Cool  Nov 3rd, 2015 
The Mazda MX-5 Spyder is one of two sweet concept versions of the roadster that Mazda is bringing to the 2015 SEMA show. The Spyder has a retro vibe with a canvas bikini top and a rich leather interior that would look fantastic in a production Miata. The Spyder is finished in Mercury Silver, the color contrasted […] 
 
 
Caught Black-Handed: Why Did Volkswagen Cheat?  Nov 3rd, 2015 
From the December 2015 issue It’s amusing to watch the mainstream press sink its fangs into an auto scandal. Business-page reporters hurriedly scan the releases and the statements—quickly now, the home page needs updating every 17 seconds—and distill a basic, highly superficial narrative. Press agents for experts in all manner of non-automotive subjects, from business […] 
 
 
The Retro Mazda Miata Spyder Concept Is So, So Cool  Nov 3rd, 2015 
  
 
 
Britain’s Most Brutish: Ariel Atom 3.5R, McLaren P1, and Morgan Plus 8 – Feature  Nov 3rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Go Deep: Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3 Joins Mopar’s SEMA Stage  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Chrysler’s 2015 SEMA stand will be a veritable pupu platter of Mopar delicacies, one of which will be the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3. In addition to its CIA-grade name, the Charger R/T-based Deep Stage 3 wears Silver Bullet paint and a matte-black upper-body treatment though which racing stripes are cut out to let the body color […] 
 
 
Custom Auto Trim Announces Launch of Magnum RT Steps Offering a Stylish Off Road Looking Functional Set of Truck Steps  Nov 3rd, 2015 
If you want your truck look its best, installing steps is a great choice. Leading car & truck accessories shop Custom Auto Trim recently announced the release of Magnum RT Steps, high quality truck or jeep hoop steps with a stylish off road look. 
 
 
SEMA 2015: ProMaster, ProMaster, Where’s the Van to Tow My Dragster?  Nov 3rd, 2015 
In a recent van comparo, we opined, “The problems that ail the ProMaster will not be solved by more ProMaster.” And they might not be solved by a Drag Pak Challenger, but certainly, could they not be ameliorated roughly eight seconds at a time? Mopar is pitching the DragMaster concept as a tow/pit vehicle in […] 
 
 
A PT Cruiser Successor? Mopar Brings Slammed Fiat 500X Chicane to SEMA  Nov 3rd, 2015 
In our instrumented test of Fiat’s new 500X, we suggested that the Jeep Renegade’s kissing cousin was an improved effort compared with the 500 and the 500L. We also mooted that it looked more like a Porsche Macan than a Cinquecento. But here, gussied up as the 500X Chicane for the 2015 SEMA show, the newest Fiat […] 
 
 
Straight to Hell: Mopar’s Dodge Dart GLH SEMA Concept  Nov 3rd, 2015 
In last summer’s Coolest Cars of the 1980s piece, we made sure to leave room for a modest little Dodge hatchback among the F40s and 959s and GNXs. Fettled by a certain Texan with a penchant for chili and victory, the Shelby-fied Omni GLH was America’s answer to Volkswagen’s GTI, a cult classic from an […] 
 
 
High Flyer: Fiat 500X Mobe Concept for SEMA  Nov 3rd, 2015 
With so many of the mainstream sports and activities already taken up by automakers’ special editions, Fiat had to look a little further afield for this SEMA concept special. Kite-surfing, anyone? That’s the theme for the Fiat 500X Mobe. Named after a kite-surfing move, “mobe” also is a type of pearl, thus the appropriateness of […] 
 
 
Chrysler 300 Super S? Just Call It the Chrysler 300 Scat Pack  Nov 3rd, 2015 
In the Mopar world, Dodge is the sporty brand and Chrysler is the stately, whiff-of-upscale marque. Never mind that a majority of the two brands’ products are more or less the same mechanically—that’s the line drawn in the sand. Shaking off its understated mien, Chrysler is using the SEMA show in Las Vegas as an excuse to […] 
 
 
’Tude Time: Chrysler 200 S Mopar Gets an “Attitude Adjustment” for 2015 SEMA Show  Nov 3rd, 2015 
The annual SEMA show always hosts a set of amusing workaday cars kitted out to look bad-ass, although in many cases, they’re all show and not much more go. One such ride to grace the Mopar stand this year is the Chrysler 200 S Mopar, which gets an “attitude adjustment” consisting of styling enhancements but little […] 
 
 
Ram ProMaster City DiveMaster: A Deep Dive into the Life Aquatic  Nov 3rd, 2015 
No one is mistaking Ram’s ProMaster City for anything but what it is: A thinly rebadged Fiat that’s a competent city hauler and little more. And while the ProMaster City can’t go underwater, it can support people who do. Yep—at the 2015 SEMA show, Fiat-Chrysler is showing a ProMaster City outfitted as a diving support vehicle, […] 
 
 
Because Traction: The Hemi-Powered Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept  Nov 3rd, 2015 
What’s that you say? Leaving a pair of telltale hot-rubber molten stripes behind each time you dip into the ol’ fun pedal has become passé? Your old lady is coming down on you for spending the grocery money on tires? You love the Dodge Challenger with the 5.7-liter Hemi but driving it in the winter is […] 
 
 
Ram Rebel X Concept a Rebellious Smattering of Widely Available Mopar Accessories  Nov 3rd, 2015 
Can tuning a truck that already bears the Rebel name be rebellious? Perhaps, but Ram’s Rebel X concept for the 2015 SEMA show is only as rebellious as a casual perusal of the Mopar accessories catalog. That’s because aside from impressive-looking 35-inch Toyo tires stretched around 17-inch beadlocker rims, a “concept” air suspension, and an equally […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Edge 2.0L EcoBoost AWD – Instrumented Test  Nov 2nd, 2015 
 
 
 
EPA: VW Guilty of Second Violation for V-6 Diesels, Including VW, Porsche, and Audi TDIs  Nov 2nd, 2015 
The Environmental Protection Agency has accused Volkswagen of violating the Clean Air Act a second time as it named six late-model vehicles, including those from Audi and Porsche, with so-called “defeat device” software designed to skirt federal emissions laws. The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI, 2015 Porsche Cayenne diesel, and 2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, and Q5 […] 
 
 
Honda Recalls 2016 CR-Vs Over Airbag Inflators  Nov 2nd, 2015 
While the majority of vehicles recalled due to potentially injurious Takata airbag inflators are from the 2011 model year and earlier, GM recently recalled 395 vehicles due to a “suspect lot” of seat-mounted side airbags. And now Honda’s recalling a select group of 2016 CR-Vs over a potential issue with the driver’s front airbag inflator. […] 
 
 
Tesla’s Direct-Sales Gambit Would Be Nothing Without Its Cars  Nov 2nd, 2015 
From the November 2015 issue In the seven years since it delivered its first EV, Tesla has managed to circumvent legal barriers to direct factory-to-consumer sales in state after state, despite concerted opposition from established dealer groups. Backed by surveys showing strong public support, Tesla chairman Elon Musk mobilized acolytes through social media, even summoning […] 
 
 
2017 Ford Escape Spy Photos: A Thorough Refresh Has It Getting Edge-ier  Nov 2nd, 2015 
Three years into its current generation, the Ford Escape shows no sign of slowing down. Sales continue at a gangbusters pace, aided in part by a booming segment. But to keep the Escape vying for the top spot in that segment, the compact sport-ute is going in for a midcycle update for the 2017 model […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Edge Titanium 2.0L EcoBoost AWD Tested: No Base-Engine Blues  Nov 2nd, 2015 
Three times now we’ve gone to the test track with one of Ford’s newest Edge crossovers, each time with a different engine driving all four wheels. And each time, the sticker price was a little over $45,000. The $45,380 Edge Sport we tested put the money under the hood and the emphasis on performance with […] 
 
 
Seeking Profitability, Tesla Ends $100 Flat Fee for Service  Nov 2nd, 2015 
Tesla truly is growing up into a real car company, with all the disappointments and bureaucracy a larger organization inevitably brings. Cute, right? The latest baby step is Tesla’s elimination of its $100 flat-rate fee for “Ranger” service, in which Tesla technicians come to swap a customer’s car for a loaner, bring it to one of 58 […] 
 
 
Kia Optima A1A Concept Teased Ahead of SEMA  Nov 2nd, 2015 
Kia has issued a teaser of the A1A Optima, a fun-in-the-sun take on its Optima sedan named after the same Florida coastal highway that has inspired state deities Jimmy Buffett and Vanilla Ice. Looking every bit a modern interpretation of the Fiat Jolly, the A1A Optima would seem to be ideal for getting to the […] 
 
 
2017 Bentley Bentayga Dissected: Design, Interior, Chassis, and More  Nov 2nd, 2015 
That beguiling scent wafting through the harvest air is familiar: Oh, yeah, it’s the smell of money. Markets are roiling, inflation’s down, and the great recession is a shrinking speck in the rearview mirror. The wealthy have itchy wallets. They’re amenable to freshening their fleets and sharing a whiff of their good fortune with the […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CT6 Priced: Caddy’s De Facto Flagship Actually Not All that Expensive  Nov 2nd, 2015 
We now know two things about Cadillac’s all-new CT6 sedan that we didn’t know before. First, how much it costs, and second, that its alphanumeric name apparently is an acronym for “Cadillac Touring 6″ sedan. (The “S” in sedan, it seems, didn’t make the acronymic cut.) In spite of the CT6’s general largesse, it will start at […] 
 
 
Porsche Recalls 22,000 Macan Crossovers for Fuel Leaks  Nov 2nd, 2015 
Porsche is recalling 21,835 Macan crossovers in the U.S. for possible fuel leaks, the automaker said. On 2015–2016 Macan S and Turbo models, a low-pressure fuel line under the hood may leak. Porsche has fixed the problem in newer cars since receiving an unspecified number of owner complaints. Dealers will replace the fuel line at […] 
 
 
Claiming 280+ MPH, Hennessey Bringing E85-Capable Venom GT to SEMA  Nov 2nd, 2015 
As we noted last year, John Hennessey claims that his upcoming Venom F5 will do 290 mph. You may remember that Hennessey’s current Venom GT went 270.49 miles per hour at the Kennedy Space Center. That he’s bringing a Venom GT to SEMA is no surprise. Nor is his claim that he’s found over 200 […] 
 
 
2017 Bentley Bentayga – Feature  Nov 2nd, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Ford Escape Spy Photos: A Thorough Refresh Has It Getting Edge-ier  Nov 2nd, 2015 
 
 
 
iM’s the Illest ’Yota Auris from Here to Gardena: Two Scion iMs for SEMA  Oct 30th, 2015 
Scion’s two latest little things, the Mazda 2–derived iA and the iM—a rebadged Toyota Auris—are solid machines. Useful, well-priced, and, in the case of the iA, decent to drive. They do, however, suffer a bit in the aesthetic department. But hey, the iM’s a single-trim-level C-segment hatch for well-equipped B-segment money. It’s nothing the aftermarket, with […] 
 
 
2015 Ram 1500 Rebel V-8 4×4 – Instrumented Test  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
What the What: This Customized and Bagged (!) Scion iA Lowrider Is Amazing  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Hecho en Mexico: The State of Auto Manufacturing South of the Border  Oct 30th, 2015 
From the November 2015 issue When the last original Beetle rolled down the assembly line in 2003 and they cued the band in celebration, it was a mariachi band. Volkswagen was still building its Bug in Mexico decades after emissions and safety regulations had rendered the car obsolete elsewhere, saying a lot about the Type […] 
 
 
From Tacorado to Eternity: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4×4 vs. 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4×4  Oct 30th, 2015 
It’s an on-the-nose, obvious, literal, and okay, shallow idea: Pit the transmogrified Toyota Tacoma against the fresh-enough Chevrolet Colorado during a journey from Tacoma to Colorado. Get it? READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Tested: 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel 5.7-liter 4×4  Oct 30th, 2015 
Ram brand representatives swear that its new Rebel isn’t meant to compete with the Ford F-150 Raptor. But the comparison is impossible not to make. It’s a special off-road-themed version of a full-size American pickup. Its boldly branded grille, if not a blatant rip-off of the Raptor’s, is at least a suspiciously timed coincidence. And […] 
 
 
What the What: This Customized and Bagged (!) Scion iA Lowrider Is Amazing  Oct 30th, 2015 
Pop-culture raconteur Eddie Huang has designed a one-off Scion iA, and it’s pretty much the exact opposite of what you might expect it to be. Designed for display at the 2015 SEMA show, Huang’s iA sidesteps the tired tuner theme, instead going for a classic, gold-hued, West Coast lowrider vibe, albeit rendered in 7/10ths scale. Huang, a self-described […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 4WD vs. 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4×4 – Comparison Tests  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
iM’s the Illest ’Yota Auris from Here to Gardena: Two Scion iMs for SEMA  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
20 Late-Model Cars Destined to Become Classics  Oct 30th, 2015 
A collection of late-model vehicles that we feel have a good shot of becoming classics in every sense of the term. 
 
 
Spooky-Kooky: Scion Bringing “Gyrating” and Smoke-Blowing iA to SEMA  Oct 30th, 2015 
When horror-flick pioneer George Romeo set out over 30 years ago to make his full-color, society-gone-mad splatter-fest known as Dawn Of The Dead, the zombie genre was barely on the public’s radar. Beloved primarily by members of the fringe element who found the excitement of venturing into otherwise forbidden neighborhoods to catch rare midnight showings […] 
 
 
Forza and Ford Celebrate Le Mans, Design Sweet Retro-Inspired Xbox One Controllers  Oct 30th, 2015 
Ten years back, Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios launched Forza Motorsport. Sixty-one years ago, Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant wheeled a Cobra Daytona to a class victory and fourth overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Next year, Ford returns to the Circuit de la Sarthe with the revived GT. The GT also adorns the […] 
 
 
Forza and Ford Celebrate Le Mans, Design Sweet Retro-Inspired Xbox One Controllers  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Scion Announces Un-Lame FR-S Release Series 2.0, Just 1000 Will Be Built  Oct 30th, 2015 
Even as sales taper off, the Scion FR-S—and its Subaru BRZ twin—are speaking to car enthusiasts and purists around the globe. The simplicity of design, the straightforward front-engine, rear-drive layout, and the choice of a rev-happy, naturally aspirated engine have turned it into something like the fixed-roof equivalent of a Mazda Miata. But alas, Subaru […] 
 
 
Scion Announces Un-Lame FR-S Release Series 2.0, Just 1000 Will Be Built  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Spooky-Kooky: Scion Bringing “Gyrating” and Smoke-Blowing iA to SEMA  Oct 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice  Oct 30th, 2015 
In response to the state dealer association’s claims that Tesla Motors is in violation of state and federal advertising laws, the state DMV issued a warning to electric vehicle makers about adhering to such laws. 
 
 
Baby Talk: Car-Specific Must-Haves for New Parents  Oct 30th, 2015 
From the November 2015 issue Have you ever watched a young family try to make it out of the house and into the car? It has the urgency of a pit stop, only instead of fresh tires, fuel, and a squeegee guy, you’ve got mom and dad relocating an apartment’s worth of toys, strollers, and […] 
 
 
Honda Recalls 304,000 Accords for Airbags That Accidentally Deploy  Oct 30th, 2015 
Honda is recalling 303,904 Accord sedans and coupes in the U.S. for side-curtain airbags that can accidentally deploy, the company said late Thursday. Similar to two Fiat-Chrysler side-curtain airbag recalls over the summer that involved 951,000 Charger and Ram models, the 2008–2009 Accord may deploy the side-curtain airbags if the doors are slammed or if the vehicle […] 
 
 
Possible GM/Google Hookup on Self-Driving Tech, New Super Cruise Features  Oct 30th, 2015 
General Motors has signaled interest in partnering with Google on autonomous-car technology, making it the first major automaker to publicly suggest a supplier-like tie-up with the search giant. “We make cars, we know how to make cars. They’ve got great technical capabilities. We are very interested in how those two might work together,” Mark Reuss, GM executive vice […] 
 
 
Holy Smokes: Mazda Diesel on Indefinite Hold for U.S. Following VW Scandal  Oct 29th, 2015 
Like every other story you’ve read about Mazda’s diesel engine for the past three years, Mazda has again delayed the U.S. debut of its Skyactiv-D powerplant, only this time the wait is indefinite. Speaking to Reuters at the Tokyo motor show, R&D head Kiyoshi Fujiwara said stricter U.S. testing “will cause a delay in plans […] 
 
 
Electrokitty: Jaguar Likely Prepping Fully Electric F-Pace Crossover  Oct 29th, 2015 
The electric revolution has, until now, passed Jaguar by. Indeed the British company has never produced a production hybrid model, with the stillborn C-X75 supercar concept being the closest it has got so far. Yet it looks likely that we’ll be seeing several electron-fuelled Jags in the brand’s near future, including several without internal-combustion powerplants. The […] 
 
 
A Korean Crossover at Home in the Euro Zone: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited Test  Oct 29th, 2015 
In the ever-escalating battle for the hearts and checkbooks of North American crossover SUV buyers, Hyundai is drizzling a bit of European character into its all-new 2016 Tucson. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, torque-rich four-cylinder turbo, stiff structure, and improved chassis are some of the attributes that give this compact crossover a more composed, more […] 
 
 
Volvo Begins Testing to Mitigate Kangaroo/Car Strikes  Oct 29th, 2015 
You probably grew up thinking kangaroos were cute things, what with their big legs for leapin’ about and their short arms for boxin’. But really think about them for a second. Is there a nuttier commonplace beast? Deerlike head, oversized rabbit hindquarters, T-rex arms and a freaking pouch to carry around babies or spare change, […] 
 
 
Volkswagen Believes “10 to 20” People Responsible for Diesel-Emissions Cheat  Oct 29th, 2015 
Volkswagen believes the blame for its emissions-cheating diesel-engine software may lay with no more than 20 or so people, according to an unnamed source speaking to Reuters. The software allowed the automaker’s diesel cars to fraudulently pass government tests, and it will cost the company billions of dollars. “The number of people responsible will not be confined to a […] 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Tested: More Isn’t Always Better  Oct 29th, 2015 
When BMW returned Mini to our shores for the 2002 model year, having finally dispensed with Sir Alec Issigonis’s original design after too many years in production, the result, frankly, was revelatory. Our beloved Volkswagen GTI was going through an awkward phase, while the Honda Civic Si suffered from sporadic availability and wasn’t quite as […] 
 
 
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop – Instrumented Test  Oct 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson 1.6T AWD – Instrumented Test  Oct 29th, 2015 
 
 
 
Hallelujah! Next-Gen Porsche 911 GT3 to Once Again Offer a Manual Transmission  Oct 29th, 2015 
Perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to go automatic-transmission-only with the 911 GT3, the version of the 911 that, above all others, embodies the traditional essence of the iconic model: lightweight technology and ultimate driving pleasure. While the current GT3 is available solely with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, Porsche aims to offer its successor with […] 
 
 
FTC Approves Consent Order Against BMW North America  Oct 29th, 2015 
Under the approved consent order, BMW is barred from telling MINI owners that routine maintenance must be done by franchised dealers in order to ensure a vehicle’s safe operation or to maintain its value. 
 
 
Asbury Realizes $28 Increase in Q3 F&I PVR  Oct 29th, 2015 
Training, improving the performance of the group’s bottom-third producers and increased product penetration were drivers of the group’s Q3 per-copy increase, which stood at $1,362. 
 
 
Spyder and Speedster: Mazda Creating Two Special Miatas for SEMA  Oct 29th, 2015 
Although the new, 2016 Miata was out in time for last year’s SEMA show—at which Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Global Cup Racing Version—the ND Miata otherwise didn’t make a big splash at the show. This coming SEMA is the first at which we should see more of the ND Miata, since it’s been available to […] 
 
 
VW CEO: We Won’t Be World’s No. 1 Automaker by 2018, Every Single Model Under Review  Oct 29th, 2015 
Volkswagen, nearly four years after declaring it would become the number-one automaker by 2018, is scaling back its plans for world domination in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal and putting every single model it builds under strict review. In less than a month since VW’s supervisory board moved Matthias Müller to CEO, the former […] 
 
 
Taking a BMW i8 to My High School Reunion, Or: Flashing Back to a Bimmer Past  Oct 29th, 2015 
Growing up in Maine, there weren’t a lot of nice cars around. This was mainly because nobody had any money, but the dearth of zesty machinery was also a function of Yankee ­cultural mores, which dictate that a non-rusty Volvo 240 is the outer boundary of vehicular flamboyance. Put it this way: I still remember […] 
 
 
US Restoration - The Truth About Auto Restoration!  Oct 29th, 2015 
The truth about auto restoration is schools and shops don't teach old school metal work anymore and haven't for many years. They teach unbolt, bolt, and spray. 
 
 
Four From Which to Crank the Krokus: Ford Focus STs at SEMA 2015  Oct 28th, 2015 
Ah! Autumn is here and the glorious automotive bacchanal at the Las Vegas Convention Center is nearly upon us. With joy in our hearts, our minds on our cat-backs, and our cat-backs on our minds, we present to you four Ford Focus STs that stand to awe the slack-jawed throngs guaranteed to congregate. After a […] 
 
 
Meet the Mud Bogger, the Coolest Kia Forte Koup in Existence  Oct 28th, 2015 
More than half a century ago, Bruce Meyers captured the essence of the 1960s California beach vibe with his Meyers Manx dune buggy. For less than a thousand bucks, anyone with basic mechanical skills and access to a junkyard VW Beetle could grab a piece of the California dream. Now Kia is revisiting the regional-demographic/off-road-focused premise […] 
 
 
Lexus LF-FC Concept: A Preview of the Next LS – Auto Shows  Oct 28th, 2015 
 
 
 
Turning Japanese: 7 Must-See Vehicles from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show  Oct 28th, 2015 
In between wolfing down “Japanese fried chicken” (which is . . . fried chicken) and grabbing a lunch beer (or two), we managed to pick some favorites from the show. 
 
 
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