Kia Teases Full-Size SUV Concept—It’s Embiggening! Enhealening! Enwellening!  Jan 6th, 2016 
At this point, Kia’s got most mainstream consumer niches covered. There’s a large barge in the form of the K900, a swank minivan called the Sedona, a couple of puntabout subcompacts bearing the Rio badge, and lots in between. But what it doesn’t have is a ute larger than the Sorento. That could soon change. Kia […] 
The Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Is Here! Gesticulate Wildly!  Jan 6th, 2016 
Volkswagen’s taking the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show to show off its future infotainment system. The bearer of such technology? An electric version of the 10Best-winning Golf renamed with secondhand Cupertino flair. Welcome, won’t you, the e-Golf Touch! Based on VW’s latest edition of their Modular Infotainment System, featuring a 9.2-inch, 1280×640-pixel display, the […] 
Kia Wises Up to Autonomous Technology with New Drive Wise Sub-Brand  Jan 6th, 2016 
Since CES has become a bona fide car show, Kia used the occasion to announce the creation of what it’s calling a new sub-brand for its autonomous driving technologies called “Drive Wise.” This follows Kia’s recent announcement to bring partially autonomous vehicles to market by 2020, and its first fully autonomous car by 2030. Drive Wise […] 
This BMW i8 Spyder Won’t Be Built, But Its Tech Is Undeniably Cool  Jan 5th, 2016 
Okay, so BMW isn’t launching a roadster version of its i8 hybrid sports car. What we see here is a prototype shown at the Consumer Electronics Show that gives insight into something perhaps even more exciting: A new user interface called “Air Touch.” It builds on and then takes massive leaps beyond the “Gesture Control” featured […] 
This BMW i8 Spyder Won’t Be Built, But Its Tech Is Undeniably Cool  Jan 5th, 2016 
Harman Does the Unthinkable, Incorporates Microsoft Office Into Its Connected-Car Services  Jan 5th, 2016 
All the talk at CES of connected cars confabbing with connected homes and connected washing machines and the like is delivered with the same promise: that connectivity between internet-enabled devices and appliances and other aspects of our lives will improve daily life. The so-called Internet of Things will furnish a new age of stress-relieving automation, or […] 
It’s British, Innit? Jaguar’s Super-Limited F-type British Design Edition  Jan 5th, 2016 
Attention Anglophiles: Has the allure of the sexy Jaguar F-type begun to wane? Does the siren song of its crackling exhaust now fall on deaf ears? Has the once illustrious F-type lost some of its distinction now that examples are circulating among the hoi polloi? Well, Jaguar has a cure for your affliction, the 2017 […] 
It’s British, Innit? Jaguar’s Super-Limited F-type British Design Edition  Jan 5th, 2016 
GM, Mobileye Concocting Crowd-Sourced Mapping Data for Autonomous Cars  Jan 5th, 2016 
Today’s semi-autonomous driving features are neat, but they only work on highways—and well-marked highways at that. Self-steering systems used by Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, and others rely on painted lane markings, but that won’t be good enough for fully autonomous rides. General Motors has a plan, however, and is working with supplier Mobileye on a mapping […] 
Cannonball Run Documentary in the Works, Filmmaker Needs Your Help  Jan 5th, 2016 
More than just a simple cross-country auto race, the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was a cultural happening, an automotive middle finger extended in the direction of the 55-mph speed limit and Washington’s encroachment on personal liberties. Instigated by Car and Driver’s own Brock Yates and Steve Smith, the original Cannonball Run was held five […] 
2016 Ram 3500 Diesel Crew Cab 4×4 – Instrumented Test  Jan 5th, 2016 
Bosch Shows Off Haptic Touchscreen, Autonomous Features, More at CES  Jan 5th, 2016 
The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show has a definite theme, and it hasn’t been terribly difficult to uncover. The automotive industry is dominating the show’s news cycle, with a host of manufacturers debuting advances in connectivity, autonomous-driving features, and increased links to “The Internet of Things.” Bosch, a foremost supplier to the automotive world, is no […] 
2016 Ram 3500 Diesel Crew Cab 4×4 Tested: It’s a Workahaulic  Jan 5th, 2016 
It’s pretty clear (or should be) that this is not the sort of truck that one would call a lifestyle vehicle—i.e., not a truck you’d expect someone to use as a car substitute. The Ram 3500 is the sort of truck that gives even a temporary owner a powerful urge to stop off at Tractor […] 
Highway Law: 7 Things You Should Know About the New U.S. Transportation Act  Jan 5th, 2016 
With a new year must come new laws. If you didn’t realize Congress passed a $305 billion transportation bill in early December and that President Obama signed it, you’re not alone. The FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act), after years of wrangling by Department of Transportation, appropriates five years of funding for the country’s […] 
Ford Mum on Google Partnership at CES  Jan 5th, 2016 
Everyone in the auto industry has been trying to figure out what’s up with this Ford-Google partnership. Both of those giant companies have remained relatively quiet on the topic, although the prevailing speculation was that it has something to do with, naturally, autonomous car technology. Whatever it is, it’s obviously a big deal for Ford—the world […] 
Justice Department Files Civil Complaint Against Volkswagen  Jan 5th, 2016 
The complaint was filed on Monday and alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles were equipped with illegal devices designed to cheat emissions testing. 
GM Teams With Lyft to Build Fleet of Self-Driving Cars  Jan 5th, 2016 
On Monday, ridesharing firm Lyft announced it closed a $1 billion round of funding, half a million of which came from General Motors. The plan, according to the two companies, is to eventually deploy a fleet of GM self-driving vehicle within Lyft’s ride-hailing service. 
Subaru, Ford Rank Highest in Loyalty Rates, Experian Reports  Jan 5th, 2016 
Between October 2014 and September 2015, consumers returned to Subaru and Ford more than any other OEM brand, according Experian Automotive. 
Mary Barra Named New Chairman of GM  Jan 5th, 2016 
The General Motors Board of Directors has unanimously elected Mary Barra as its next chairman, effective immediately. She succeeds Theodore Solso, who will serve as the board’s lead independent director. 
US Equity Advantage Adds Financial Services for AutoPayPlus Customers  Jan 5th, 2016 
US Equity Advantage has made available a new financial planning tool kit for AutoPayPlus customers. According to the company, the new toolkit will assist customers who are looking to automate their bill payments, organize their finances, monitor their credit, and create a budget and savings plan for the future. 
Ally to Offer Leasing on Select McLaren Models  Jan 5th, 2016 
McLaren Automotive North America and Ally Financial have announced a new preferred financing relationship that will allow qualified consumers to lease the new McLaren 570S or 650S. 
BMW Probes for New Levels of Life-Machine Interfacing with Internet of Things Concept Tech  Jan 5th, 2016 
BMW has a strong imagination, at least if the suite of connected technology concepts it is debuting at the 2016 Consumer Electronics show is anything to go by. Between the “Open Mobility Cloud” and the BMW Connected digital assistant, BMW is hoping to leverage “the internet of things” toward its future customer experience by seamlessly […] 
Flicka da Volvo: Voice-Controlled Volvo App Hits Your Wrist  Jan 5th, 2016 
Among the useful technologies we’d want at the flick of a wrist: An Omega Seamaster with a laser cutter, a Jaeger-LeCoutre that can unlock an Aston Martin DBS, and a Ralph Lauren skeleton watch modeled after the designer’s own 1938 Bugatti Atlantic. But the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show prefers black plastic and voice-activation, […] 
Light Cycle: BMW’s ConnectedRide HUD and Laser Headlight  Jan 5th, 2016 
Light Cycle: BMW’s ConnectedRide HUD and Laser Headlight  Jan 5th, 2016 
Last year, BMW’s Mini unit invited us to San Francisco to play with some augmented-reality goggles that, to us, didn’t seem to offer any real benefit over a good head-up display unit. Now, at CES, BMW Motorrad is showing a helmet in the same vein—something that might actually be legitimately useful to the motorcycling populace. […] 
Talk, Talk: Ford Wants Cars to Talk to Smart Homes and Digital Assistants  Jan 5th, 2016 
Ford wants to expand the capabilities of its Sync system and related apps to enable Ford cars to communicate with smart-home systems and digital assistants. You may be noticing a trend, what with BMW also exploring a similar idea at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. In this idealized, hyperconnected future, a driver could use the Sync […] 
BMW Gets Serious About Replacing Mirrors with Cameras  Jan 5th, 2016 
The dream of replacing car mirrors with cameras and displays continues, even though federal safety regulations prohibit the total transition from glass to, uh, backlit glass. BMW is the latest to jump onto the digitized-mirror bandwagon, albeit with a clever twist. Unlike digitized rearview-mirror concepts from Cadillac and Nissan, not to mention the dozens of […] 
The New Ferrari: Independence and More Theme Parks From Here On Out  Jan 5th, 2016 
As the world’s Ferrari owners returned from warm, exotic locales last weekend, probably still tipsy from their New Year’s celebrations, there was something different about their cars. The company that created each one of them, that very equine icon of speed and success, became independent on Sunday for the first time in 47 years. Ferrari now stands alone, on its […] 
BMW Gets Serious About Replacing Mirrors with Cameras  Jan 5th, 2016 
Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept: A Wild, 1000-hp Electric Spaceship  Jan 5th, 2016 
Faraday Future’s vision of tomorrow is not the future we were expecting. Based on the company’s utopian teaser video, we were prepared for a sexier take on Google’s koala pod. A Tesla Model S fighter wouldn’t have surprised us either, given all of the hype comparing Faraday Future to Silicon Valley’s darling Tesla. Or maybe […] 
Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept: A Wild, 1000-hp Electric Spaceship that Previews Production EVs (Maybe) – Official Photos and Info  Jan 5th, 2016 
Walk Together, Rock Together: Bentley Now Offering Stone Veneer Trim  Jan 4th, 2016 
Look out, honey, ’cause they’re using geology! Having run the gamut of veneers—including some fabulous burl sliced from a 400-year-old walnut tree that fell during a storm in Lincolnshire a few years back—the folks in Crewe have moved on to stone as a trim material. Bentley is not the first to fiddle with the stoniest […] 
Pagani Huayra BC: The Even Hotter Huayra Appears on Facebook  Jan 4th, 2016 
In a recent Facebook post, Pagani posted this picture of a camouflaged Huayra captioned “2016 is coming.” That statement alone doesn’t give us much new information, as we usually assume a linear progression of time, and we’re well aware that 2016 comes after 2015. Post by Pagani Automobili. We’ve known a faster Huayra is coming for […] 
2016 Audi S6 Test: Stylish and Speedy, If a Bit Sterile  Jan 4th, 2016 
When the current generation of the swift, sexy Audi S6 was first launched for 2013, it and the A6 sedan on which it’s based secured a spot on our 10Best Cars list. Then they did it again the next year. While other, newer vehicles have supplanted the mid-size Audis on our 10Best list, the S6 […] 
2016 Audi S6 – Instrumented Test  Jan 4th, 2016 
U.S. Dept. of Justice Files Suit Against VW for Diesel-Emissions Cheats  Jan 4th, 2016 
The United States Department of Justice has just announced that it is filing suit against Volkswagen Group for its emissions-cheating software in VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles sold in the U.S. The DOJ filed the suit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, naming Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and each brand’s U.S. subdivisions. The complaint alleges that […] 
Leak-E! New 2017 Mercedes E-class Revealed Early by German Website  Jan 4th, 2016 
The German website has released official pictures of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class, ahead of the car’s scheduled unveiling at the Detroit auto show next week. The pictures show both the “sport” and “luxury” versions of the new E-class, which has been completely redesigned for 2017. As is Mercedes custom, the sport version (at top) […] 
Tesla Model S Catches Fire at Supercharger Station in Norway  Jan 4th, 2016 
A Tesla burned to the ground while it was parked charging at one of the company’s Supercharger fast-charge stations in Norway. Norwegian TV station NRK reported the 2014 Model S caught fire on New Year’s Day in Brokelandsheia, a town near the southern coast about 130 miles from Oslo. No one was hurt. Tesla and […] 
More Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, This Time from Chrysler  Jan 4th, 2016 
Chrysler’s fourth-generation Uconnect system will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show—as the initial trickle of automakers offering the technologies is turning into a flood. Chrysler’s news came right on the heels of a similar announcement from Ford at CES, which is fast-becoming a venue at which […] 
Now Leasing! The McLaren 570S and 650S  Jan 4th, 2016 
Eying a British supercar, but not quite ready to take the full financial plunge? Your problems are solved, pal. McLaren just announced a new program with Ally Financial, making it possible to lease a British supercar for the very first time. Yes, the all-new offer will allow you to plop a $185,000 McLaren 570S—the brilliant, […] 
Is This Insane, 1000-hp EV Hypercar Faraday’s Tesla Fighter?  Jan 4th, 2016 
Faraday Future has been quietly talking for months about making a new electric car—and not just a new electric car but a whole new concept of how to sell cars. The mysterious company has plans for a $1 billion factory in Nevada and is well backed by Chinese investors, but nobody has seen anything that has […] 
GM Invests $500 Million in Lyft to Create Network of Self-Driving Taxis  Jan 4th, 2016 
General Motors just made a sizable bet on the future of ride-sharing, to the tune of a half billion dollars. The automaker announced today that it’s investing $500 million in Lyft, the ride-sharing app with the cloying pink mustache logo, establishing “a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the […] 
Ford Adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, More to Sync 3 Infotainment  Jan 4th, 2016 
Ford has announced that its Sync 3 infotainment system will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone-mirroring from the factory starting with 2017-model-year vehicles. And owners of 2016-model Fords will be able to update their Sync 3 system to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. It’s all part of a Sync 3 […] 
Volvo and Ericsson Partner on the Real Killer App for Autonomous Cars: Streaming HD Video  Jan 4th, 2016 
What will we do in our cars when we no longer have to drive them? Probably the same thing we do with any other downtime: spend more time online. In getting ready for that exciting future, Volvo has announced a partnership with Ericsson to bring high-bandwith streaming to the autonomous Volvos of tomorrow. Volvo, which […] 
2016 Volvo S60 Inscription FWD – Instrumented Test  Jan 2nd, 2016 
2016 Volvo S60 Inscription Tested: From China, with a Stretch  Jan 2nd, 2016 
Volvo fans are rightly focused on the excitement happening at the upper reaches of the company’s model range, where the XC90 crossover and the upcoming S90 flagship sedan have been capturing headlines. There’s an addition to the firm’s more mainstream S60 range for 2016 that shouldn’t escape notice, though. Salient facts about this S60 Inscription […] 
This Merkur-ious Pace Car from the Detroit Gran Prix Is Up For Sale  Jan 2nd, 2016 
One State Has Started Putting Drivers’ Licenses on Smartphones  Jan 1st, 2016 
From the January 2016 issue Imagine you’ve just caught the flash of red lights in your rearview mirror. As you pull over, your smartphone sends an alert, requesting permission for the police officer to view your license on a mobile device. You scan your thumb for verification, and the cop approaches. She greets you by […] 
Treasure of the Sierra eBay: Merkur XR4Ti Pace Car for Sale  Jan 1st, 2016 
Thanks to Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” initiative, you can go out right now and buy a Focus that’s largely identical to the one your cousin Miroslav picked up last week in Novi Sad. But it wasn’t always that way. The Euro Fords to land on our shores were sparse and not always well-received. Case in […] 
Animal Farm: Beastly Horns for Your Hoopty [Video]  Jan 1st, 2016 
As conversation occasionally does among the Gen-X cohort at C/D, talk this afternoon turned to the ‘70s-chestnut television variety program Hee Haw. Which sent a certain staffer down a rabbit hole to find something automotively relevant to the show beyond Junior Samples’ used-car commercial sketches. Which is how we discovered Jed, a primitive CGI donkey […] 
Sketchy: Mercedes-Benz Teases the New 2017 E-class  Dec 31st, 2015 
“Emotional design and intelligent high-tech perfectly embody the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity,” Mercedes gushes on various social media channels today, with the release of this sketch. The car to which they are referring is, of course, the next-generation E-class, which will be fully unveiled at the Detroit auto show in less than two […] 
Car and Driver’s Auto Executives of the Year  Dec 31st, 2015 
It can be oversimplifying things to blame an automaker’s top executives when a company flounders—or to lavish praise on them when the good times roll. The five executives recognized here, however, all stood out on individual merit for their leadership and poise in 2015. They work for companies large and small, independent and subordinate, but […] 
Aging Punx! Re-Live Your Fumbling Youth with this 1960 Valiant!  Dec 31st, 2015 
The mighty Road Toad! In the 1990s, Mopar A-bodies were a staple mode of transport in the Bay Area punk scene. Cheap-as-free, largely unrusted under the California sun, simple to work on, and boasting oodles of cred owing to a mention in the Circle Jerks’ cover of “Wild in the Streets”: “Got a ’64 Valiant, […] 
Jerry Seinfeld Puts President Obama Behind the Wheel of a ’63 Corvette Sting Ray [video]  Dec 31st, 2015 
We’ve already shown you the teaser for President Obama’s appearance on Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but now the full episode is out. And yes, the Commander in Chief slides behind the wheel of that gorgeous ’63 Corvette Sting Ray. The full episode, which you can watch here, breaks with some of […] 
Faraday Future Shows Flickers of Its EV Concept, the Car Looks Wild  Dec 31st, 2015 
We’re just days away from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, and still we have not gathered a single good look at upstart EV manufacturer Faraday Future’s concept car that’s scheduled to debut there. There has a been a teaser photo of . . . some part of the car, a darkened photo depicting the car’s […] 
Stump-Puller to Tree-Hugger: My Power Stroke Diesel Bronco Now Runs on Biofuel  Dec 31st, 2015 
When I converted my ’93 Bronco to a 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel, one of my goals was to eventually run it on biofuel. Of course, that wasn’t my main objective. Higher on the list were items like “get 500 pound-feet of torque” and “make loud turbo noises at all times.” But yes, also: sneer down […] 
After Delay, Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon Diesels Are Being Released to Dealers  Dec 31st, 2015 
These are tense times for automakers selling diesels in the United States. In the wake of Volkswagen’s emissions cheating, the EPA announced that it would be more stringent in its testing. All this happened just as GM was supposed to bring its first-ever mid-size diesel pickup to market in the fall. And sure enough, the […] 
The Very Best Car and Driver Stories of 2015  Dec 31st, 2015 
After Delay, Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon Diesels Are Being Released to Dealers  Dec 31st, 2015 
2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Test: Painless Frugality  Dec 30th, 2015 
When it debuted at the New York auto show in 2010, the now-outgoing Kia Optima wowed spectators with its attenuated roofline and determined visage, penned under the direction of design boss Peter Schreyer. That Optima established Kia’s current design language, and the new, 2016 version doesn’t stray far from the script, with the tiger-nose grille, […] 
Char-S: Blackened Mazda Racing Concepts for the Tokyo Auto Salon  Dec 30th, 2015 
With the Tokyo Auto Salon just over the horizon, Mazda’s trotting out a trio of “Racing Concept” vehicles based on production models. Featuring shadowy color schemes, the Mazda 6, CX-3, and Miata concepts sport subtle enhancements illustrating the long dark teatime of Kodo, Soul of Motion. Roadster RS Racing Concept Perhaps presaging a future Mazdaspeed […] 
Char-S: Blackened Mazda Racing Concepts for the Tokyo Auto Salon  Dec 30th, 2015 
These Were the Biggest Automotive News Stories of the Year  Dec 30th, 2015 
Volkswagen’s Microbus-Like CES Concept to Be Named “BUDD.e”  Dec 30th, 2015 
What are buddies for, if not a name association to a yet-unrevealed Volkswagen electric vehicle concept? Volkswagen’s tease for its Consumer Electronics Show–bound EV concept continues, and today the automaker posted the photo above to Twitter. Until now, the boxy-appearing VW concept has gone unnamed, but Volkswagen’s tweeted image appears to clear that up, as it […] 
Halt! Ferrari Issues 488GTB Stop-Sale for Faulty Fuel Line  Dec 30th, 2015 
Remember yesterday when we reported that Ferrari had issued a recall for the California T because there was risk of a fuel-line leak that could potentially lead to the car catching on fire? Apparently it’s not the only car in Ferrari’s current lineup with that problem. It has now been revealed that the Ferrari 488GTB’s fuel […] 
Mazda MX-5 Miata, Demio (Mazda 2) Racing Concepts—We Want Both  Dec 30th, 2015 
Here in the U.S., putting the letters N, R, and A next to one another can conjure two highly differing opinions. However, stick those letters, plus a hyphen, behind the words “Mazda Roadster,” and the result is something every enthusiast should be able to get behind. That’s because the Mazda Roadster NR-A is a racing-prepped […] 
Mazda MX-5 Miata, Demio (Mazda 2) Racing Concepts—We Want Both  Dec 30th, 2015 
Honda Civic Si Details Hit Forum, Point to a Spicier Si Lineup  Dec 30th, 2015 
Honda’s latest Civic sedan and coupe are doing hard work undoing the damage done by its preceding two generations, which were uncharacteristically mediocre products. We really like the new Civic, particularly its optional 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but that hasn’t stopped us from looking ahead to the upcoming Si and Type R variants. With the regular Civic […] 
2016 Kia Optima 1.6T – Instrumented Test  Dec 30th, 2015 
Solving the Pay Plan Dilemma  Dec 30th, 2015 
F&I professionals are outpacing the earnings of their colleagues in the sales department and even at the executive management level, and every attempt to relevel the playing field has its pros and cons. 
F&I’s Shifting Paradigm  Dec 30th, 2015 
An Ohio-based general agent believes the F&I industry is ignoring a paradigm shift and a chance to deliver what consumers really want: a better experience. 
Agents of Change  Dec 30th, 2015 
Studies show that change is coming to the finance department, and dealerships like Northwest Honda and Southern Chrysler-Jeep are making sure their F&I offices are ahead of the digital curve. 
Selling Paint and Fab  Dec 30th, 2015 
Selling only the benefits of paint and fabric products could be walking you right into an objection. F&I expert says there is a better, more tangible way to present the protections. 
Sign on the Electronic Line  Dec 30th, 2015 
Faster funding has always been a key selling point for dealers when it comes to econtracting. That could change as the industry pushes for a fully online transaction. 
5 Ingredients for F&I Success  Dec 30th, 2015 
The definition of F&I success may vary, but sustained production depends on industry and product knowledge, commitment, preparation and self-discipline. 
6 Tips for F&I Managers  Dec 30th, 2015 
To be an F&I professional, there are six things you need to stop (or start) doing, because whether you like it or not, you’re a role model. 
Fraud Alert  Dec 30th, 2015 
Mansfield Auto World employees were stunned when a seemingly normal online transaction nearly turned into an international crime. Authorities say the dealership was the victim of a troubling new trend in auto theft. 
Change the Approach  Dec 30th, 2015 
F&I pros can set themselves apart by demonstrating genuine concern and shifting their focus from selling products to making them easy to buy. 
Funky Fresh: The Weirdest Concept Cars of the Year  Dec 30th, 2015 
We’d suggest donning your khaki shorts, knee-high socks, and a pith helmet for this spin through the most bizarre concepts we saw this year. 
Prices for Updated 2016 Nissan Sentra Rise Slightly  Dec 30th, 2015 
After three years, Nissan’s current-generation Sentra compact sedan has gone in for a mid-life nip-and-tuck. (We covered its changes in full when the new model debuted earlier this year.) The result is a Sentra that now resembles a shrunken 2016 Nissan Maxima. Nissan also lent the interior some nicer materials. The 2016’s dose of style relative […] 
Prices for Updated 2016 Nissan Sentra Rise Slightly  Dec 30th, 2015 
Killed by Death: Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Was the Sound of Speed  Dec 29th, 2015 
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself on a Moto Guzzi Griso (more on that in a future Year of the Goose installment) hurtling down I-5 from Seattle to Sacramento. The 1151-cc, eight-valve twin thrummed away at 4k, sounding for all the world like a B-17. Or Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s Rickenbacker bass. Can […] 
What’s In a Name? Infiniti Changes Q30 Name Before Car Even Goes on Sale  Dec 29th, 2015 
Infiniti has a fetish for nomenclature changes, it seems. After confusing everybody with its switch to a Q-everything naming scheme for its cars and crossovers two years ago, the automaker has gone and changed the name of its upcoming Q30 pseudo-crossover before the car even goes on sale. Infiniti had been referring to the tallish, […] 
Bored Over the Holiday Break? These 10 Auto Museums Are Worth a Visit  Dec 29th, 2015 
Bored over the holiday break? Pay a visit to one of these ten excellent automotive museums. Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, CA The recently reopened Petersen Museum might just be the premiere automotive museum in the U.S. It’s probably the only place in the world where you can see both BMW’s 3.0 CSL Art […] 
How We’d Spec It: The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu In the Middle  Dec 29th, 2015 
It seems that Chevrolet has trouble maintaining goodness in its Malibu sedan. The hugely popular, import-fighting fifth-generation model that debuted for 1997 was followed by a boxier, distinctly rental-car-like replacement for 2004. That dud was replaced by the wonderful seventh-generation Malibu for 2008, a handsome sedan that was replaced by—you guessed it—yet another less-than stellar […] 
How We’d Spec It: The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu In the Middle  Dec 29th, 2015 
GWC Warranty Exceeds $375 Million in Claims Paid  Dec 29th, 2015 
F&I product provider GWC Warranty announced today that it has surpassed $375 million in claims paid to date. 
Hyundai Hires Former Lamborghini Exec to Lead Genesis Brand  Dec 29th, 2015 
Hyundai Motor announced Monday it has hired Manfred Fitzgerald as senior vice president of its Genesis luxury brand. The former director of brand and design for Lamborghini will be based in the South Korean automaker's headquarters in Seoul. He will play a key role in brand strategy, marketing and other business operations within the Genesis brand. 
AFIP Issues Guidance on Reg. Z and M Dollar Thresholds for 2016  Dec 29th, 2015 
The FRB and CFPB announced on Nov. 25 that 2016 dollar thresholds for Reg. Z and M exemptions will remain unchanged from 2015. The AFIP says the accepted practice for processing transactions above the threshold will also remain unchanged. 
IHS Acquires Canadian Provider of Vehicle History Reports  Dec 29th, 2015 
IHS Inc., the company that purchased CARFAX in 2013, has purchased CARPROOF Corp. for approximately $460 million. The Canadian company is a provider of vehicle history reports, vehicle appraisals and valuations. 
Nissan GT-R: The Perfect Tool for Taking Down the Christmas Tree?  Dec 29th, 2015 
Fresh from the “why didn’t we think of that” file comes a post-holiday video from Nissan, in which the automaker demonstrates the GT-R sports car‘s innate Christmas tree “un-decorating” ability. What we mean to say is, Nissan strapped a decorated Christmas tree to a rotating stand, wrapped a strand of lights around the thing and […] 
2016 Toyota Tacoma V-6 4×4 Manual – Instrumented Test  Dec 29th, 2015 
Our 25 Hottest Tests, Reviews, and Comparisons of the Year!  Dec 29th, 2015 
These are the hottest and most important tests, reviews, and comparison tests from the past 12 months. 
Roll Like Bond in this Nearly New BMW Z8 Roadster  Dec 29th, 2015 
2016 Toyota Tacoma V-6 4×4 Manual Tested: Toyota’s Classic Pickup Formula Tastes as Sweet as Ever  Dec 29th, 2015 
Chevrolet’s recent advertising for its Colorado mid-size pickup, which courts buyers with the tagline “You know you want a truck,” and features staged focus groups wherein truck-driving men are viewed as more datable, has zeroed in on the key purchase driver for trucks: their implied machismo. The ads are spot-on, but we think they work […] 
Roll Like Bond in this Nearly New BMW Z8 Roadster  Dec 29th, 2015 
If you haven’t noticed, we love James Bond cars. True, not every Bond car has been great, but we’d put the BMW Z8, which Pierce Brosnan’s Bond drove in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, among the most desirable of the secret agent’s rides. If you plan on being in the Phoenix, Arizona, area in […] 
2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Tested: The X5 Sprouts a Plug  Dec 28th, 2015 
The first thing you need to know about the new plug-in-hybrid version of the BMW X5 is that the EPA rates its electric-only range at just 14 miles—and, of course, your results may vary. Which is another way of us saying that you’ll need good luck to go even that far between charges. READ MORE […] 
2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e – Instrumented Test  Dec 28th, 2015 
Picture This: Our 25 Hottest Car Photos of the Year!  Dec 28th, 2015 
The stories we tell wouldn’t be complete without stunning imagery from our talented roster of photographers. Enjoy this selection of 25 of our favorite photos from the past year! 
Up for Auction: The Volkswagen Jetta from the First “The Fast and the Furious”  Dec 28th, 2015 
Remember that white Volkswagen Jetta that Jesse (played by Chad Lindberg) took to Race Wars in the original The Fast and the Furious? It’ll be for sale at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 auction. Currently owned by actor Frankie Muniz, who bought it back in 2002 when he was just about 16, this 1995 Jetta has a custom stereo, an onboard […] 
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