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Nissan Recalls Altima for Third Time to Fix Hood Latches  Jan 29th, 2016 
Nissan is recalling 846,000 Altima sedans in the U.S. for faulty hood latches. If this sounds familiar, it’s because this is the third (and hopefully final) time this problem has surfaced. The 2013-2015 Altima has a secondary hood latch—the one you grab after the hood pops open partially—that may not lock the hood in place. […] 
 
 
The Long, Long Goodbye: Final Land Rover Defender Rolls Off the Line  Jan 29th, 2016 
You’d be forgiven for thinking that production of the Land Rover Defender ended some time ago. After all, the old-school 4×4 disappeared from the U.S. market in 1997, at which point it was already a relic. And we’ve seen multiple auto-show concepts of its replacement, as the company and its designers wring their hands over […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The RS-Kicking-est 2016 Ford Focus RS  Jan 29th, 2016 
Let’s face it: Folks buying all-wheel-drive, turbocharged hot hatchbacks (and sedans, we aren’t forgetting you, Subaru WRX STI!) aren’t doing so because it’s logical. After all, spending nearly $40,000 on what to most people will appear to be an ordinary compact car could be seen as unhinged, especially considering the  far more powerful Ford Mustang GT and Chevrolet […] 
 
 
2015 Tesla Model S P90D – Instrumented Test  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The RS-Kicking-est 2016 Ford Focus RS  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Acura NSX Super Bowl Commercial: This Redo Is Red, White, and Blue [Video]  Jan 29th, 2016 
If any car in recent memory deserves a relaunch, the 2017 Acura NSX is it. Years of similar-appearing concept cars and waiting made it easy to fall numb to the—very cool and quite slick-driving—production car that trailed Acura’s initial go-ahead for a resurrected NSX by five years. And then the ’17 NSX finally landed at the 2015 Detroit auto show just to […] 
 
 
Tesla Model S P90D Test: The Quickest Production Sedan Ever?  Jan 29th, 2016 
Tesla’s product architect, Elon Musk, must have been watching a Mel Brooks marathon on TNT when he picked “Ludicrous Speed,” straight out of Spaceballs, as the tag for the fastest acceleration mode in his Model S P90D. And indeed, one must have balls from outer space to fully exploit this car’s launch performance. To sort […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Size Xtra Small: 2016 Smart Fortwo  Jan 28th, 2016 
Don’t laugh—people actually buy Smart Fortwos, and the way Smart structures the car’s option sheet, those folks are encouraged to delve deep into the catalog of personalization accessories. Indeed, only the base-spec Fortwo Pure trim level offers any real limitations on optional goodies—you can still pick from a dizzying array of colors for the body […] 
 
 
Aluma-Diesel: Ford F-150 Pickup Spied Rolling Under Diesel Power [Video]  Jan 28th, 2016 
Ford made some pretty decisive moves with the development of its 2014 F-150 pickup, touting its aluminum construction and twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engines as the fully modern combo to beat in power and efficiency for half-ton pickups. But when the inevitable questions about the “D” word—as in diesel engines—entered the discussion, the manufacturer had little […] 
 
 
Aluma-Diesel: Ford F-150 Pickup Spied Rolling Under Diesel Power [Video]  Jan 28th, 2016 
 
 
 
Porsche’s Newly Four-Cylinder 718 Boxster Sounds Better Than You Think  Jan 28th, 2016 
When we introduced you to Porsche’s updated Boxster, which now goes by the name 718 Boxster, we noted how issues of horsepower matter less than issues of sound. With the old Boxster’s sonorous flat-six engine out, and a turbo four in, albeit with more power, would our automotive ears be left heartbroken? As we put […] 
 
 
Theater of the Mind: These Amazing Miniatures Prove that Perception Often Happily Trumps Reality  Jan 28th, 2016 
When I was in high school, each zit-bedazzled student underwent a mandatory one-on-one with the guidance counselor, who was bald and terrifying in the way Nikita Khrushchev was bald and terrifying. The counselor asked if I had pondered a career. “Race-car mechanic or drummer for Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass,” I responded, which caused […] 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition Tested: A Rally Car, But Not the Way You Hope  Jan 28th, 2016 
It has been three years since Hyundai added the turbocharged version of the Veloster hatchback and four since the Veloster originally went on sale. Perhaps because of its bizarre, asymmetric door layout—a single large portal for the driver, two smaller apertures on the passenger side serving front and rear seats—the Veloster’s exterior styling still feels […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Size Xtra Small: 2016 Smart Fortwo  Jan 28th, 2016 
 
 
 
Theater of the Mind: Perception Often Happily Trumps Reality – Column  Jan 28th, 2016 
 
 
 
GM, Jim Koons and Lithia Settle FTC’s Complaints Regarding CPO Claims  Jan 28th, 2016 
The regulator said the three companies agreed to settle its charges that they failed to disclose that some certified pre-owned vehicles were subject to open and unrepaired safety recalls despite claims of rigorous inspections in advertisements. 
 
 
Cox Automotive Enters F&I Product Business  Jan 28th, 2016 
Cox Automotive announced today it has acquired a minority interest in F&I product provider SilverRock Holdings LLC. Officials said the products will be sold through dealers affiliated with Go Financial and NextGear Capital. 
 
 
New York AG Charges Multi-Store Group With Payment Packing  Jan 28th, 2016 
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit last week against Koeppel Auto Group as part of its two-year crackdown on payment packing and the sale of credit repair and identify theft protection services. 
 
 
Next Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 Could Be Built By Competitors—or Axed  Jan 28th, 2016 
The follow up to the current the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200—if there is one—will use the vehicle platform from another automaker, FCA has revealed. Anyone feel like tangoing with Uncle Sergio? In an update Wednesday on the company’s 2014-2018 plan, CEO Sergio Marchionne said those two models would be allowed to “run their course” in […] 
 
 
Buying Off-The-Rack: 2016 Honda Accord Sport Manual Tested!  Jan 28th, 2016 
You generally can separate new-car buyers into one of two groups: those who pore over the order sheet with painstaking detail and deliberate over each option, and those who just want the pain to be over as quickly as possible. By default, those of us with tastes that lean toward more sporting transportation are generally […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Accord Sport Manual – Instrumented Test  Jan 28th, 2016 
 
 
 
Aston Martin DB11, Is That You? Spy Photo Appears to Capture Aston’s Next GT  Jan 28th, 2016 
Is this the new Aston Martin DB11, or merely a special-bodied iteration of today’s DB9 or Vanquish? With Aston Martin, it’s never easy to tell—and yes, this is a jab at how most of the automaker’s different sports-car models all resemble one another. Nevertheless, we think this spy photo, which first appeared on Autojunk.nl, is of […] 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition 1.6L Turbo – Instrumented Test  Jan 28th, 2016 
 
 
 
Doorstop Believin': 27 Incredible Concept Cars of the Wedge Era  Jan 28th, 2016 
Car designers of the 1970s era loved to draw wedges--sharp-edged, nose-down, door-stop shaped thing. These didn't often work well as transportation tools but looked cool and adhered to aerodynamic principles in theme if not in detail. Plenty made it into production despite the packaging and climate-control problems they posed, but we've chosen to concentrate on the styling concept dream machines that starred at the world's major auto shows in this era.-- 
 
 
Ja Bitte! Opel GT Sports Car Concept Stuns  Jan 27th, 2016 
Opel’s tease for its GT sports car concept has come to a close. The small coupe has been shorn of all mystery, ahead of its debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show. Yet, as one door closes, another one opens: We absolutely want this car to be built. It’s lightweight, turbocharged, and looks phenomenal. Not […] 
 
 
Opel GT Concept: The German Mini-Corvette Returns – Auto Shows  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Buick Cascada First Drive: A Four-Wheeled, Flip-Top, Rolling Advertisement  Jan 27th, 2016 
We do not envy marketers. The majority of all products are, statistically speaking, mediocre. If everything was the best or the most or the otherwise hyperbolic, nobody would know what a bell curve was. But can you imagine a marketing campaign that crowed about a product’s unwavering mediocrity? READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2016 Buick Cascada – First Drive Review  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler to Get Diesel, Hybrid Powertrains  Jan 27th, 2016 
A diesel engine and a hybrid powertrain are coming to the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler revealed today. The news comes as part of a revised product plan the company presented to industry analysts, and it’s one that relies even more heavily on the Jeep brand. The new Wrangler, which is due out in 2017, won’t offer […] 
 
 
Ford to Make Auto Stop-Start Standard on All EcoBoost F-150 Pickups for 2017  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
Jeep CEO: Hellcat-Powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Coming in 2017  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
Hellcat the Chrysler Pacifica! Hellcat the Chrysler Pacifica!  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
Report: A New Dodge Viper Is a Possibility  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
Spied: Lego Porsche 911 Prototype Kit Debuts at German Toy Fair  Jan 27th, 2016 
This must be the first time we’ve ever covered spy photos from of a camouflaged prototype Porsche 911 made of . . . Legos. First uncovered by Lego site Brothers-Brick.com, which appears to have sourced photos from Eurobrick.com forums, the upcoming Porsche 911 Technic kit debuted at the Spielwarenmesse toy show in Nuremberg, Germany. Incredibly, […] 
 
 
JM&A Group Celebrates Record Year, Announces Executive Promotions  Jan 27th, 2016 
According to company officials, 2015 was the best year in the F&I product provider’s 37-year history, as it sold more than 3.4 million contracts. 
 
 
The New Petersen Auto Museum Is a Must-Visit  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster / 718 Boxster S Unveiled: Zuffenhausen Goes for Four  Jan 27th, 2016 
Rumors flew for years that Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman would get turbocharged four-cylinder power at some point in the future. And to place the cars in line with the brand’s historic mid-engined, four-cylinder racing machines, Zuffenhausen announced late last year that the new cars henceforth would be known as the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. […] 
 
 
Hellcat the Chrysler Pacifica! Hellcat the Chrysler Pacifica!  Jan 27th, 2016 
For someone who’s supposed to act like a corporate flack, Fiat-Chrysler chief designer Ralph Gilles posts liberally to his Instagram account, from selfies with boss Sergio Marchionne to ratty old Eagle Visions and glowing comments about competitor vehicles. Now he’s uploaded something entirely different: A Hellcat Pacifica. Seemingly bored while out at dinner Tuesday night, […] 
 
 
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster: Zuffenhausen Goes For Four – Official Photos and Info  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
Tested: Quantifying the Performance Benefits of the Shelby GT350R’s Carbon-Fiber Wheels  Jan 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
High-Performance, 200-mph Jaguar F-type SVR Confirmed  Jan 27th, 2016 
We are moving Jaguar’s F-type range-topping SVR model from the “tentative” category to “officially happening,” for the automaker has confirmed that the SVR will debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show. As rumored to be the case, the car will be capable of 200 mph—at least in coupe form—and Jaguar also will build a convertible […] 
 
 
Tested: Quantifying the Performance Benefits of the Shelby GT350R’s Carbon-Fiber Wheels  Jan 27th, 2016 
From the February 2016 issue After Fred Flintstone started us rolling, mankind advanced the cause of mobility with wheels made of wood, of spokes, and of metals. Now, thanks to the migration of composites from aerospace to motor­sports to the assembly line, Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350R is the first affordable car to fit carbon-fiber wheels […] 
 
 
700Credit’s Hill to Discuss FCRA at Dealer Summit  Jan 27th, 2016 
Dealer Summit organizers have announced that Kenneth Hill, managing director of 700Credit, has agreed to speak at the 2016 event, which will be held May 3–5 at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
Belly Up to the Sport Bar: 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X Goes Full McFly  Jan 27th, 2016 
After a nearly 30-year hiatus, bed-mounted “sport bars” are making a roaring comeback on America’s pickup trucks. The style, which resembles a roll bar fitted to a truck’s bed just aft of the cab, reached its zenith on Marty McFly’s all-black Toyota pickup in the 1985 movie Back to the Future, but more recently Chevrolet […] 
 
 
Netflix and Chili: Shelby Announces New Terlingua Mustangs  Jan 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
The Doom of the VW Diesel Scandal Has Begun to Encroach as Far as My Own Garage  Jan 26th, 2016 
As the Volkswagen diesel scandal blankets the industry like so many, well, carcinogenic particulates, the doom has begun to encroach as far as my own garage. And I’m pissed. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet – First Drive Review  Jan 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
Netflix and Chili: Shelby Announces New Terlingua Mustangs  Jan 26th, 2016 
Ah, Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction, where historic American muscle comes to be revived and sold for too much money. Invariably, manufacturers get into the act, selling the first examples of cars they hope will be known as future classics. This year, Shelby American is showing up to the party with its reconstituted Terlingua Racing Team Mustang. […] 
 
 
This Smart Accelerator Pedal Can Kick Back at You  Jan 26th, 2016 
Drive a car decked out with safety-assistance technology and, depending on the maker, it’ll buzz, beep, bloop, flash, or even vibrate your butt to signal a warning. But Bosch sees promise in giving you a swift kick in the right foot, too. The German do-it-all purveyor of home appliances, advanced automotive electronics, and more has just introduced the “active gas […] 
 
 
2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet First Drive: Rolling Embarrassment No Longer  Jan 26th, 2016 
The outgoing Smart Fortwo cabriolet was a tough sell, suffering as it did from a laggard and jerky transmission, tepid acceleration, and pipsqueak dimensions. If the Fortwo coupe misanthropically portrayed its passengers as total dorks, the adorable cabrio’s open top allowed occupants’ dignity to evaporate even more easily. But the new model is much, much […] 
 
 
Two Auto Finance Veterans Join SpringboardAuto.com’s Board of Directors  Jan 26th, 2016 
Former executives of Capital One and Ford Motor Credit Co. have joined the board of SpringboardAuto.com, a new direct-to-consumer auto loan platform launched by the former founder of CarFinance Capital. 
 
 
Goebel to Pull Triple Duty at Dealer Summit  Jan 26th, 2016 
Organizers of Dealer Summit have announced that Greg Goebel will lead three of the eight sessions dedicated to special finance at Dealer Summit, which will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
Recall Masters Adds New Features to Recall Service  Jan 26th, 2016 
The new features are designed to ensure dealers better identify and communicate with existing and prospective customers who own vehicles with open recalls. 
 
 
Automotive Assurance Group Named Top Agent for Warranty Solutions  Jan 26th, 2016 
Automotive Assurance Group has represented Warranty Solutions for over 13 years and achieved top agent status in various categories over the years. However, this is the first year it was named the top producing agent in the country. 
 
 
2011 F&Idol Winner Joins F&I Think Tank Roster  Jan 26th, 2016 
G.P. Anderson will be one of the featured presenters at F&I Think Tank, a one-day event that will precede Dealer Summit 2016 on Tuesday, May 3, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
Volkswagen Said to Be Prepping Two New Baby SUVs  Jan 26th, 2016 
With the crossover becoming increasingly popular in smaller sizes, Volkswagen is rumored to be readying more than one entry sized below the current Tiguan. The company has already shown the T-ROC concept (above), which is based on its MQB architecture and is said to be headed for production. Now, a report in Autocar says we’ll […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CT6 First Drive: Fab Ship, not Flagship  Jan 26th, 2016 
When discussing its all-new 2016 CT6, Cadillac carefully avoids the F-word. Not that F word, but the “flagship” word. The closest Cadillac came to using the word during the CT6’s press introduction in Southern California was to say that it will “carry the flag” for the brand, presumably until Cadillac’s actual flagship model (or models—there […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac CT6 – First Drive Review  Jan 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review: A Truck with Clarity of Purpose  Jan 25th, 2016 
Whether because of stubbornness, a true belief in the technology, or the fact that automotive product plans can’t easily be unraveled, General Motors is standing behind diesel despite the fuel type’s battered reputation of late. (Thanks, VW.) Indeed, the new Cruze once again will offer a diesel engine, Cadillac is moving forward with development of […] 
 
 
2016 GMC Canyon Diesel – First Drive Review  Jan 25th, 2016 
 
 
 
Miatas Gone Wild: In-Depth with the Mazda Miata Speedster and Spyder Concepts  Jan 25th, 2016 
There’s nothing subtle about the Miata-based Speedster and Spyder concepts Mazda built for the 2015 SEMA show. The Speedster is a grab-the-Sawzall-and-cut-your-way-to-lightness exercise that would make a gastric-bypass surgeon proud. The Spyder, for its part, achieves exotic status by flaunting its own impracticality. ­Neither car has side windows, and neither is an original idea; the […] 
 
 
Miatas Gone Wild: In-Depth with the Mazda Miata Speedster and Spyder Concepts – Feature  Jan 25th, 2016 
 
 
 
You Can’t Please Everyone: Why Lamborghini, Maserati, and (I Think) Porsche Hate Me  Jan 25th, 2016 
I just finished reading Richard Porter’s And on That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of Top Gear. It’s an entertaining book, partly because Top Gear existed in its own ­vortex of ridiculous situations, and partly because Porter is the source of much of the absurd humor that informed the show. But the BBC series […] 
 
 
Ford Says “Sayonara!” to the Japanese Market  Jan 25th, 2016 
Ford Motor Company is pulling out of Japan, where it sells both the Ford and Lincoln brands. According to a report by The Detroit Bureau, affected employees were notified of the decision via an email from David Schoch, Ford president of the Asia Pacific region. The company also is quitting the Indonesian market. Ford currently sells […] 
 
 
Updated Volkswagen Golf to Debut This Fall, R400 Maybe Never  Jan 25th, 2016 
The Volkswagen Golf, one of our favorite compacts, is still selling in good numbers—and therefore the company feels no particular rush to come out with its mid-cycle revision. Sources tell us that we’ll see the updated version this fall, at the Paris auto show, and that the car will hit European dealerships by the end […] 
 
 
Here’s One Prius That Won’t Be Stuck in the Slow Lane  Jan 25th, 2016 
For a lot of people, there’s nothing wrong with the Toyota Prius that wouldn’t be cured by dropping in a V-8. Here then is just what the doctor 0rdered, a 2016 Prius with a 3.4-liter V-8. Oh, and it’s still a hybrid. The V-8 is mounted amidships, and parts of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system […] 
 
 
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country – Instrumented Test  Jan 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Takata Airbag Recall: 10th Death Reported, More Recalls Expected  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Defective Takata airbag inflators have seemingly caused the death of a tenth victim, and automakers will be expanding recalls yet again, according to Reuters. An unidentified man in South Carolina was killed on December 22 when he hit a cow in his 2006 Ford Ranger and metal from a ruptured inflator sliced his neck, Reuters said. The death […] 
 
 
2016 Volvo S60 T5 Cross Country: Hey, It Worked Before  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Some ideas keep coming back. First, AMC put four-wheel-drive hardware under a Concord station wagon (née Hornet Sportabout) and dubbed it the Eagle—and then doubled down and pulled the same stunt with a sedan (and a coupe!). A decade later, Subaru tried the same thing and created the Legacy Outback wagon; and eventually it, too, […] 
 
 
Three Motorbikes of Verona: Ducati Displays Tweaked Scramblers  Jan 22nd, 2016 
When the Volkswagen Group’s Ducati unit announced the Scrambler in late 2014, the motorcycling populace went bonkers. The naked Monsters had become more monstrous and less entry-level. The sportbikes had become ludicrously fast machines. The Hypermotard and Multistrada cost real dollars, and the Diavel has a jillion horsepower, looks strange, and now comes with forward […] 
 
 
Ford to Make Auto Stop-Start Standard on All EcoBoost F-150 Pickups for 2017  Jan 22nd, 2016 
  Before you go complaining to NHTSA that your new F-150 keeps stalling at intersections, check the dash for the little green “A” icon. Starting with the 2017 model year, all six-cylinder EcoBoost F-150 models will come equipped with auto stop-start. Formerly, only the 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 came with stop-start, which requires a more robust […] 
 
 
Cadillac Still Committed to Diesel Program, Despite the VW “Dilemma”  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Cadillac will continue developing diesel engines despite the emissions scandal currently surrounding Volkswagen. “We pulled that trigger before the current dilemma,” Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen told us this week. And he added: “If you have gone that far in a program, you might as well carry it through.” Cadillac is working on four- and […] 
 
 
Audi: Full Autonomy Still 10 Years Away  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Elon Musk’s prediction earlier this month that a Tesla will drive itself across the U.S. within “24 to 36 months” has garnered a lot of attention—but also triggered skepticism among some rivals. Carlos Ghosn, for one, is sticking to his earlier prediction that the first self-driving Nissan will come in 2020. And Audi USA president […] 
 
 
F&I Trainer Gould Added to Dealer Summit Roster  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that Gerry Gould, director of training for United Development Systems Inc. (UDS), will lead a session dedicated to F&I product sales at the event, which will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
F-Yeah! Jaguar Preparing 200-mph F-Type SVR  Jan 22nd, 2016 
The Jaguar F-type R isn’t the kind of car that leaves you wanting for much. With a 550-hp supercharged V-8 and all-wheel drive, it’s already beastly. But that’s not enough for Jaguar, apparently. The British automaker has turned its in-house hot-rodders at SVR loose on the thing. That’s the rumor as reported by Dutch automotive […] 
 
 
Lemon Aid: What You Need to Know About Vehicle Lemon Laws  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Barely two months after buying their new Ford Edge, Rebecca and Josh McDonald made the first trip back to the dealer with electrical problems. And thus began a two-year odyssey. “It was horrible,” said Rebecca. “There were different problems every time: the air conditioning, the radio, the backup camera. We had to go back several […] 
 
 
The High Price of Hydrogen: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Will Sticker for Nearly $60K  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Michael Jackson, a Southern Californian singing earth songs (“What about the common man? / What about hy-dro-gen?”), might have been Honda’s ideal celebrity customer for the first FCX Clarity. Sadly, the King of Pop is still dead and hydrogen cars remain expensive and available only to Californians. That’s true for Toyota, it’s true for Hyundai […] 
 
 
HS Rad: Ferrari California T Adds Handling Speciale Package  Jan 22nd, 2016 
Ferrari is introducing a new Handling Speciale (HS) package for its California T that promises to turn up the wattage on the brand’s most affordable and accessible model—much in the same way the Handling GTE package did for the 599GTB Fiorano back in 2010. For the California T, the HS option includes retuned magnetorheological dampers and revised […] 
 
 
Cadillac CT6 to Offer 4.2-liter V-8, But Not As a V-Series  Jan 21st, 2016 
For some time, it was unclear whether Cadillac would continue making V-8 engines. Gas prices were high, and GM executives felt that the trend toward downsizing could force even luxury automakers to abandon the traditional V-8. Thankfully, and after painstaking deliberation, Cadillac made the right decision: It will make another V-8. Having spoken with CEO Johan […] 
 
 
That’s So Maven! GM Debuts New Car-Sharing Service  Jan 21st, 2016 
Because it’s now fashionable for automakers to act like startups—in which they’re not merely manufacturing cars but instead are “building brand experiences,” “creating transportation solutions,” or, in this case, “redefining the future of personal mobility”—General Motors has just launched its own version of Zipcar, and it’s called Maven. Maven is essentially a one-make rental shop […] 
 
 
2017 Jaguar F-Pace Driven! The Early Returns Are Promising Indeed  Jan 21st, 2016 
While we might not be learning much about how the new Jaguar F-Pace will deal with the challenges typically faced by luxury crossovers, we’re certainly having fun. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Cadillac’s Range-Topping Flagship Model Still To Be Defined  Jan 21st, 2016 
Does the world need another upper-luxury sedan? The world’s established luxury brands have proved convincingly that they can deliver excellent vehicles in the class, and when discussing Cadillac’s upcoming flagship model, the brand’s CEO, Johan de Nysschen, is concerned with something else: “Does it really move the needle?” Speaking this week at the launch event for […] 
 
 
Raise High Your Paddles, Bond Fans: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 Is Going to Auction  Jan 21st, 2016 
If you loved the Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre, you were probably disappointed to hear that Aston Martin had no plans to put it into production. Assuming you’re one of those people and also happen to be quite well off, we have great news for you. You can actually buy an Aston Martin DB10. Next month, […] 
 
 
2017 Jaguar F-Pace – Prototype Drive  Jan 21st, 2016 
 
 
 
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Gets Its Back Seat Back—as a $999 Extra  Jan 21st, 2016 
Part of what separates the track-focused Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R from the “regular” GT350 is that the R is supposed to be lighter. In order to make it lighter, Ford strips out some of the regular GT350’s standard equipment: air conditioning, the audio system, navigation, Sync 3, a rearview camera, side-view mirrors with turn-signal repeaters, […] 
 
 
CFPB: BHPH Dealer to Pay $800,000 for Abusive Financing Practices  Jan 21st, 2016 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against Herbies Auto Sales for abusive financing schemes, hiding auto finance charges and misleading consumers. The buy-here, pay-here operation was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution and a civil penalty of $100,000. 
 
 
Dealertrack Releases 2016 Dealertrack Compliance Guide  Jan 21st, 2016 
The new edition contains new federal laws that have gone into effect this year. It also contains instructions on how dealers can implement a compliance management system, among other features. 
 
 
House Republicans Ask Attorney General to Halt Ally Settlement Payouts  Jan 21st, 2016 
Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee have once again release internal CFPB documents. This time, the documents show that some settlement checks being dispersed as part of the bureau’s $98 million settlement with Ally Financial and Ally Bank have been going to white borrowers. 
 
 
Wells Fargo Reports Record Originations for 2015  Jan 21st, 2016 
Fueled by falling gas prices and record new-vehicle sales, Wells Fargo originated a record $31 billion in auto loans for 2015. 
 
 
That 7:18 ’Ring Time For the New Porsche 911 Turbo S Is Real—Sort Of  Jan 21st, 2016 
When Porsche announced at the Detroit auto show that the new 911 Turbo S is capable of lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 18 seconds, we were genuinely surprised. Not because of the time itself, which is well within the frame of reference for Porsche’s megafast machinery, and which means that the four-wheel-drive […] 
 
 
Porsche Committed to Manual Transmissions “For As Long As Possible”  Jan 21st, 2016 
Manual gearboxes no longer make much rational sense for sportscar makers. Dual-clutch transmissions, or even well-sorted conventional automatics, can shift gears quicker and return better fuel economy. And as driver-assistance systems get closer to full autonomy, cars so equipped will increasingly need to also exercise control over ratio selection. Hence the depressing trend of the declining […] 
 
 
2016 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Review: Not So Roguish  Jan 20th, 2016 
Overview: According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, a Rogue is either “a rascal, scoundrel” or “a fun-loving, mischievous person.” Obviously, the folks at Nissan don’t think of their Rogue as a rascal or a scoundrel. But fun-loving and mischievous don’t really apply, either. Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Rogue is Nissan’s entry in […] 
 
 
What Price Supercar-dom? 2017 Audi R8 V10 Pricing Released  Jan 20th, 2016 
 
 
 
Audi Switches Focus to e-tron, Delays Other Models  Jan 20th, 2016 
All non-core Audi car development has been put on hold as the diesel-emissions scandal has compelled the premium carmaker to speed the arrival of its e-tron Quattro battery-powered SUV, which the company has announced will reach production in 2018. Allegedly, the board has diverted engineering and financial resources toward bringing its all-electric e-tron Quattro and […] 
 
 
2016 Nissan Rogue – Quick-Take Review  Jan 20th, 2016 
 
 
 
What Price Supercar-dom? 2017 Audi R8 V10 Pricing Released  Jan 20th, 2016 
The second-generation Audi R8 has been a long time coming but it’s almost here, and now we know what it will cost. Remember that for the new, 2017 model, Audi will no longer offer the more-affordable, eight-cylinder version. Instead, it’s V-10 only, so you might want to adjust your sticker-price expectations accordingly. The price of […] 
 
 
UDS's Romani Joins Dealer Summit Roster  Jan 20th, 2016 
Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that United Development Systems Inc. (UDS)’s Fernando Romani has agreed to speak at the event, which is scheduled for May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
Former Penske Finance Director Named CNA’s VP of National Accounts  Jan 20th, 2016 
Saundra Stewart assumed her new role on Jan. 4. The former finance director for Penske Automotive most recently served as executive vice president of sales for Topline Strategies. 
 
 
Edmunds Releases New Lead Generation Tool  Jan 20th, 2016 
According to the firm's internal traffic data, about 500,000 consumers use its site every month to appraise their vehicles, Edmunds' new MyAppraise taps into this pool of active users to generate potential leads for partnered dealerships. 
 
 
Hot Metal: The Most Anticipated New Cars of 2016  Jan 20th, 2016 
 
 
 
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