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Your Arsenal: Chrysler and World War II Production [Video]  Dec 28th, 2015 
Seventy-five years ago, on December 29, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech to the American people, urging them to stand behind the Allied powers who had not yet fallen under the German boot. Not to set off across the seas to vanquish the Nazis—that would come just under a year […] 
 
 
Fiat-Chrysler Recalls 412,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs for Fires, Steering Fluid Leaks  Dec 28th, 2015 
Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 412,938 Jeep and Dodge SUVs to fix potential electrical fires and power steering failures, the automaker said over the Christmas holiday. Owners of 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models received recall notices in July 2014 that their headliners could catch fire from an electrical short in the wiring harness for […] 
 
 
Not a Car, Don’t Care: You Have to See This Custom, 7500-Piece Lego Millennium Falcon  Dec 28th, 2015 
Yes, you can buy a Lego Millennium Falcon kit in stores, but one master builder has constructed a replica of the galaxy’s most famous Corellian freighter that goes so far above and beyond we just had to share. Built by Hannes Tscharner, this Falcon is based on the version that appears in the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens (note the rectangular […] 
 
 
The Best Concept Cars of the Year: Supercars, EVs, Pickups, and More!  Dec 28th, 2015 
Our picks for the very best automotive flights of fancy from the year that was—some of which are already heading toward a dealer near you. 
 
 
Audi Confirms Q2 Baby Crossover in 2016, Also New Q5  Dec 28th, 2015 
At the rate Audi is filling out its lineup of crossovers, the brand soon will run out of single-digit numbers to pair with the letter “Q.” The latest confirmed new member is the Q2, which we will see this coming year. That’s the latest news out of Ingolstadt, along with the notice that the second-generation […] 
 
 
BMW’s Vision Future Interaction: It Reads Your Hand  Dec 28th, 2015 
The current BMW 7-series is the first vehicle on the market that allows you to control some functions with gestures. With a prototype to be unveiled at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that technology takes a big step forward. Whereas the 7-series can recognize movements of a finger—at least most of the […] 
 
 
Evel Knievel’s 1976 Harley Sportster Is Headed to Auction  Dec 28th, 2015 
One of Evel Knievel’s stunt bikes, a customized 1976 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 1000, is coming up for auction next month in Las Vegas. The infamous daredevil, known for jumping Harleys from ramp to ramp, rode the Sportster while fending off Mexican drug dealers in the 1977 action movie Viva Knievel! The Sportster was custom built by Bud Ekins, a […] 
 
 
Honda Recalls More CR-V Models, Ninth Takata Airbag Death Confirmed  Dec 28th, 2015 
Honda recalled 127,000 more cars to replace passenger frontal airbags, as a ninth death related to the exploding Takata airbag recalls has been identified. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that a teenage driver in a 2001 Honda Accord coupe died several days after a crash near Pittsburgh in July. The teen’s death, which came […] 
 
 
Chevrolet Adds Midnight Edition Trax Featuring All-Black Everything  Dec 28th, 2015 
Midnight comes once every 24 hours, and Chevrolet is approaching that sort of frequency with its release of “Midnight Edition” versions of its models. Featuring dark trim and black wheels, existing Midnight Editions based on the Chevy Impala, Silverado, and Colorado now will be joined by a Trax Midnight Edition. The theme continues. Of all […] 
 
 
Only You (and This Recall) Can Prevent Ferrari California T Fires  Dec 28th, 2015 
Ferrari has issued a recall for up to 185 examples of its newly turbocharged California T sports car for a potentially “improper low pressure fuel line connection.” The flaw could allow fuel to leak into the engine bay, an issue that Ferrari says may increase the risk of a fire. Ferrari’s Faux Leather: We Explore the […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid – First Drive Review  Dec 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Dissected: Design, Engine, Chassis, and More!  Dec 26th, 2015 
Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has made no secret of his desire to hook up with another major automaker in pursuit of massive economies of scale. When General Motors CEO Mary Barra rebuffed his initial overture, he memorably (and creepily) quipped, “I can hug you nicely, I can hug you tightly, I can hug you […] 
 
 
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Dissected: Design, Powertrain, Chassis, and More – Feature  Dec 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Driven: How Does 48/45 MPG Shake You?  Dec 26th, 2015 
Tell anyone that the new Chevy Malibu hybrid shares much of its powertrain with the Volt and they’ll inevitably ask how far it can go in EV mode. Answer: not far. Unlike the Volt, the Malibu hybrid is set up to maximize fuel economy from a running engine, not to stretch electric range. Wait till […] 
 
 
10 Classic Ferraris That Aren’t Insanely Expensive—Yet  Dec 25th, 2015 
Picasso-priced Ferraris grab all the multimillion-dollar headlines at auction, but don't let that discourage aspirations to ownership of a car made in Modena. These 10 prancing horses routinely trade for a lot less than even the most-affordable new Ferrari, which itself costs more than $200,000. 
 
 
The Dealership of the Future: May Resemble an Apple Store  Dec 25th, 2015 
From the January 2016 issue If Apple enters the auto business, as some observers think is inevitable, it may not be its cars that matter. At least, not as much as the stores in which they are sold. The Apple Store ethos—seamless customer interaction, effortless problem solving, speedy service—has become the benchmark for retailers of […] 
 
 
Age of Consent: Charting the Longevity of Automotive Nameplates  Dec 25th, 2015 
From the January 2016 issue Last year was the end of the line for the Mercedes-Benz M-class. There’s no more GLK, either. Soon, the GL and the SLK will likewise disappear. Oh, the vehicles will still be around, but the badges are changing as Mercedes overhauls its naming convention. G-wagen aside, its SUVs are now […] 
 
 
The Next Best Thing to Raspberry Jam: Escort Max 360 Radar Detector Reviewed  Dec 24th, 2015 
The Valentine One’s monopoly on glowing arrows is over. After more than 20 years as the only radar detector that could indicate the location of the radar source, the magnesium box that time forgot finally faces a competitor equipped with directional pointers. The real surprise is that it’s taken this long given that Valentine’s patent […] 
 
 
Best Boxes: Every Minivan Ranked from Worst to Best  Dec 24th, 2015 
Minivans may not be exciting, but they do offer an amazing blend of practicality, efficiency, and comfort. 
 
 
Milan and Rome to Temporarily Ban Cars, So Leave the Lambos at Home  Dec 24th, 2015 
Traffic in Milan (that’s Milan, Italy—not Milan, Michigan) will come to a halt after Christmas weekend to combat the city’s rising smog. It’s getting so tough to see and breathe in the world’s fashion capital that officials enacted a three-day vehicle ban starting Monday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. So that people […] 
 
 
Subaru Announces STI-Fettled XV Crosstrek, Impreza Wagon  Dec 24th, 2015 
Subaru’s XV Crosstrek can be more than a granola-mobile for taking your kids to organic yoga, it seems. The automaker is preparing a spiced-up version of its homely tall hatchback festooned with high-performance goodies from its in-house STI tuning arm for the Tokyo Auto Salon—think of it as Japan’s version of the SEMA aftermarket show. […] 
 
 
Has Tesla Sunk Itself With the Model X?  Dec 24th, 2015 
It had been a few years since I last visited Tesla Motors, that enormous white sheet cake of a factory down at the muddy bottom end of the San Francisco Bay. The Fremont plant used to spit out half a million vehicles a year when it was a GM-Toyota joint venture, when it was a […] 
 
 
I Don’t Care What Anyone Says, I Love The Alfa Romeo 4C  Dec 24th, 2015 
A fun thing about identity theft is that identity can’t be stolen if it’s not there to begin with. You could say that about a bunch of current automobiles, too, many evolving toward a kind of mute, amnesic homogeneity. I was thus delighted to find a silver Alfa Romeo 4C Spider at this year’s 10Best […] 
 
 
2015 BMW X6 M vs. 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe – Comparison Tests  Dec 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Absurdity, Compared: BMW X6 M vs. Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe  Dec 24th, 2015 
Gather ’round the fire, folks, and let Uncle Car and Driver tell you a little story. Some people might call it a fable or a fairy tale, but there ain’t fairies in this tale or brownies or sprites, not even a wisecracking woodland gnome. Where were we? Right, way back in the mists of time […] 
 
 
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Full Test: The Driver’s People Mover  Dec 23rd, 2015 
Opting for a crossover utility vehicle with a third row of seats usually means dialing back the driving enjoyment. That isn’t the case with the new 2017 Audi Q7, however, thanks to significant weight savings over its predecessor and a heaping portion of advanced technology. We’ve already explored the second-gen Q7’s plethora of features and […] 
 
 
2017 Audi Q7 3.0T – Instrumented Test  Dec 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Buick Trademark Applications for “TourX,” “Regal TourX” May Point to Future Wagon!  Dec 23rd, 2015 
General Motors has filed two intriguing U.S. trademark applications for its Buick subsidiary that hint at a future station-wagon variant. Yes, you read that right—the first Buick wagon since the Century and the Roadmaster might be on its way, and it could be a Regal! The filings were discovered by AutoGuide, and are for the […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Escape 2.0L EcoBoost FWD Tested: The Case Against Waiting  Dec 23rd, 2015 
The publicity push for a significantly updated Ford Escape coming for 2017 is already under way, so astute shoppers can expect to find some bargains on the current generation as this model year goes forward. Ford and its dealers will be motivated to move the 2016 Escape off the lots to make room for the […] 
 
 
Mercedes’ Sleigh Configurator Is the Only Configurator to Play With This Holiday (AMG Helldeer!)  Dec 23rd, 2015 
Have you ever wondered what Santa’s sleigh might look like were it inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s G-class, F 015 concept, or its classic Silver Arrow race cars? We haven’t either, but Benz has provided answers anyway and fired up an online configurator for sleighs. The interactive builder includes those three models, as well as 360-degree views, AMG […] 
 
 
Is a 247-hp Ford Fiesta RS Still on the Way? The Rumors Persist  Dec 23rd, 2015 
Even in the absence of official confirmation or indicators to the affirmative, rumors that Ford will build a high-output Fiesta RS hot hatch refuse to die. We’ve spied prototypes that look like the future Fiesta RS, turned our artists loose to render what the hot Fiesta might look like, and now AutoBild is speculating that […] 
 
 
The Middle Child: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Tested  Dec 23rd, 2015 
When Mercedes married AMG in 2005 following a lengthy courtship, who would have expected that union to spawn 38 children? Not all those babies come to the U.S., but we do receive our share and more are on their way. The car on this page is the first middle child, a sports sedan badged Mercedes-Benz […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG – Instrumented Test  Dec 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Ford Escape 2.0L EcoBoost FWD  Dec 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Is a 247-hp Ford Fiesta RS Still on the Way? The Rumors Persist  Dec 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Manheim Wins Multiple Element Remarketing Awards  Dec 23rd, 2015 
Manheim Kansas City took top honors and received the Gold Award as the top national auction in Element Fleet Management’s remarketing program. Manheim Pennsylvania Assistant General Manager Amy Taitano also received the Laurie Dobberphul Award — the annual award presented to a top-ranking female in the remarketing industry. 
 
 
GE to Sell Shares in Hyundai Capital Services  Dec 23rd, 2015 
GE announced today that is has signed an agreement to unload its 23.3% stake in Hyundai Capital Services to Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors. The announcement comes less than a month after it unloaded its transportation business unit to BMO Financial Group. 
 
 
Porsche Cayman GTS Manual Tested: The Essence of the Brand  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Lacking serious competition, Porsche has owned the $50,000–$90,000 import sports car segment for a while with the Boxster and Cayman. The Jaguar F-type is a noisy glamour queen that lacks the Porsches’ lightness of touch, and the Alfa Romeo 4C is too raw. Acura missed an opportunity to offer us something like the 4C from […] 
 
 
Google Pairing Up with Ford on Its Autonomous-Car Project Makes Perfect Sense—Here’s Why  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Yesterday news broke that Google and Ford will work together to build self-driving cars toward the purpose of creating a new ride-sharing business. Neither company has confirmed or denied the report, but a formal announcement outlining details of the collaboration is expected at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in January. Until we find out more, here’s some analysis based on what we know […] 
 
 
2015 Porsche Cayman GTS Manual – Instrumented Test  Dec 22nd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Nissan Titan XD: Yep, It’s More Expensive Than Half-Ton Pickups  Dec 22nd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Toyota Tundra Quick Take Review: Still on the Outside  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Overview: Toyota’s Tundra remains an outlier in the full-size-pickup segment, a bit of an iconoclast’s choice compared with the entrenched domestic rigs from Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram. It is a nice product, however, with plenty of capability and a chunky, tough look. The truck’s primary weakness is in the low number of configurations offered, although […] 
 
 
2016 Toyota Tundra – Quick-Take Review  Dec 22nd, 2015 
 
 
 
No More GT-R LM NISMO: Nissan Ends Its World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Efforts  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Bad news from Nissan’s factory racing division: The team announced this morning that it will not enter the GT-R LM NISMO in the 2016 season of FIA World Endurance Championship racing. The GT-R LM NISMO was an outrageous, unconventional entry in the LMP1 category when it competed in the 2015 WEC season. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo […] 
 
 
2016 Nissan Titan XD: Yep, It’s More Expensive Than Half-Ton Pickups  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Depending upon who reads Nissan’s base price for its new Titan XD, the truck will either be seen as a decent deal or an overpriced, Japanese outsider in a ’Murican-dominated full-size truck market. We’re not here to tell you where your loyalties lie, but as far as diesel-powered, non-heavy-duty full-size pickups go, the Nissan isn’t actually […] 
 
 
Autobytel Honors Dealership Internet Teams  Dec 22nd, 2015 
The online automotive services provider named Taylor Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Stillwell Ford and Ed Morse Automotive Group as its Dealers of the Month for the third quarter. 
 
 
Edmunds Puts 2015 SAAR at 17.5 million  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Edmunds said this week the industry is on pace to break the previous December sales record set in 2004. It predicts the industry will retail 1.7 million units in December, a 29.7% increase from November and a 12.3% increase from a year ago. 
 
 
Kia Sportage Dressed Up for “X-Men: Apocalypse” Is Itself an Apocalypse  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Marketing is a powerful tool; wielded properly, it can turn out classic ads and lasting impressions like VW’s 1960 “Lemon” spot for the Beetle, or BMW’s “Ultimate Driving Machine.” Wielded with less precision, it can create something like this Kia Sportage dressed for promotional purposes. Make that cross-promotional purposes. The car’s styling (technically, that’s what it is) is […] 
 
 
Scion C-HR to Debut in Production Form Next Month at the Detroit Auto Show  Dec 22nd, 2015 
Toyota has shown more than one concept version of the C-HR compact crossover, and now a source close to Toyota tells us that the production C-HR finally will be revealed at the Detroit auto show in January. The C-HR debuted as a design study at the 2014 Paris auto show, followed by a more-production-ready four-door […] 
 
 
Provision in New Tax Bill May Benefit Dealers  Dec 22nd, 2015 
A provision in the act will grant dealers an additional $8,000 in first year-depreciation for certain business vehicles purchased in 2015. However, to use the provision in 2015, dealers must purchase qualifying vehicles before Dec. 31, 2015. The additional $8,000 continues into 2016 and 2017 but will be gradually phased out starting in 2018, according to the NADA. 
 
 
2016 Ford Fusion – Quick Take  Dec 21st, 2015 
 
 
 
“Corvette E-Ray” Trademarked—Is an Electrified Vette Coming? (Plus: Our Don Sherman Weighs In)  Dec 21st, 2015 
Happy Holidays, all ye faithful Corvette fans. General Motors has just shipped out a present: a juicy trademark filing for what could be a new Corvette model. Our spy-photographer pal Chris Doane hipped us to a U.S. trademark for “Corvette E-Ray” filed last week, and of course we’re thinking what you’re thinking. A hybrid/plug-in-hybrid Vette must be […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Fusion Quick Take: The Mid-Size Sedan that Won’t Be ReFused  Dec 21st, 2015 
Overview: Ford’s Fusion mid-size sedan has led a busy existence since it was last redesigned just three years ago. Now entering the 2016 model year, the likable and stylish Fusion lost its mid-level 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine for 2015; a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo engine option that came online for 2014 serves as its replacement. The […] 
 
 
BMW, Nissan Have Set Up 120 DC Fast Chargers for EVs Nationwide  Dec 21st, 2015 
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of Tesla Motors letting out a collective giggle over BMW and Nissan’s announcement that they’ve installed 120 DC fast chargers for electric vehicles across the country to date. Even if the number of chargers pales in comparison to Tesla’s Supercharger network, it’s of great use to non-Tesla owners, […] 
 
 
Safari 911! Watch Leh Keen’s Porsche Splash and Slide  Dec 21st, 2015 
Deep into the development of its monstrous 959—which ultimately would earn its fame on the sands of North Africa in the Paris-Dakar Rally—Porsche teamed up with David Richards’s fledgling Prodrive operation to field the homologation-special 911SC RS in Group B rallying competition. Sports-car racer Leh Keen’s 911 SC is a rational, daily-driver-esque tribute to the […] 
 
 
BMW Fined $40 Million for Mini Cooper Recalls  Dec 21st, 2015 
BMW has been fined up to $40 million for a recall involving late-model Mini Cooper vehicles, according to a statement posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency opened an investigation in September surrounding BMW’s alleged lateness in rectifying cars that failed certain side-impact crash standards, among them the 2014-2015 two-door Mini Cooper, […] 
 
 
So Chill: Lexus Gives the NX Wheels Made of Ice  Dec 21st, 2015 
It would appear as though Lexus is a little bored on its winter break, as it has gone through the considerable effort to have one of its NX crossovers fitted with scale wheels and tires made from ice. If this sounds like a pointless stunt, chill out. The NX already rides firmly, so the assuredly firm […] 
 
 
Hyundai’s Prius-Fighting Ioniq EV/Hybrid Caught Undisguised!  Dec 21st, 2015 
                        Hyundai’s Ioniq, the brand’s upcoming hybrid/EV entry, has been caught undisguised during a video shoot. The Ioniq is scheduled to make its official debut next month in Korea, but you get to see it now. Hyundai just recently rolled out a teaser image […] 
 
 
Ten Most Common Automotive Repairs from Delta Auto Protect  Dec 19th, 2015 
We have mined our data to give you a collection of the ten most common automotive repairs. This list can often be avoided with proper maintenance to your automobile or financially alleviated with the help of extended automotive warranty service. 
 
 
Alternate Take: Maybe the Plymouth Prowler Wasn’t a Pointless Retro Rod After All  Dec 18th, 2015 
The Plymouth Prowler doesn’t have a sterling reputation in the automotive press. At the time of its 1997 debut, it was criticized for packing a 3.5-liter V-6 in a body that screamed for a V-8; today, its Syd Mead retrofuture styling has gone out of vogue. By the time it was discontinued in 2002, wearing […] 
 
 
Halftime Update: 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Gets More Standard Content, New Pricing  Dec 18th, 2015 
It’s a holiday miracle! Or, more realistically, it’s merely Mazda reacting to what customers want. Mazda is introducing the rare mid-model-year update to its CX-5 crossover, which was just refreshed for 2016, dubbing the result a “2016.5” model and adding a few key features as standard equipment. These days, if a car doesn’t come with […] 
 
 
Half-Time Update: 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Gets More Standard Content, New Pricing  Dec 18th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Fiat 500X 1.4L Manual Tested: Is Pop on Top?  Dec 18th, 2015 
Base models with a low price point have existed practically since the dawn of the automotive age, with the express purpose of luring buyers into showrooms, where smiling salespeople then tempt them into more-expensive models. But one relatively recent development is that in some vehicle families, if you want a manual transmission your only choice […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4L AWD – Instrumented Test  Dec 18th, 2015 
 
 
 
Yes, Please: Lamborghini Considers More RWD Huracán Variants  Dec 18th, 2015 
The launch of the Huracán LP580-2 effectively gives Lamborghini two different Huracán platforms on which to base other models, and the company’s insistence that we should not see its newest variant as being merely a base version leads to wonder whether any other variants will be allowed to share its power-oversteering, fun-to-drive ethos. There definitely won’t be a […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Equinox 2.4L AWD Tested: The 2.4 Has Us Wishing for More  Dec 18th, 2015 
Although it was freshened for 2016—updated styling, a couple of new safety features, more infotainment goodies including an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot—the Chevrolet Equinox cruises blithely into the new model year very much the same small crossover that rolled onto the scene six years ago as a 2010 model. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2016 Fiat 500X 1.4L Manual – Instrumented Test  Dec 18th, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Honda Ridgeline Backs Its Thing Up for the Camera  Dec 18th, 2015 
Like a naughty Instagram photo, Honda’s new Ridgeline pickup truck has scooted its rear up to a camera lens and snapped a butt selfie ahead of its debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show. The resultant image is far more revealing, then, than a typical pre-reveal “teaser” photo—if slightly less titillating than Instagram’s best—and gives […] 
 
 
Exceptional Conceptual: The Greatest Concept Cars of All Time, Volume II  Dec 18th, 2015 
Manufacturers love concept cars for their ability to grab the attention of an otherwise-indifferent public, and we love them because they remind us of why we got into cars in the first place. To celebrate, we compiled another list of our favorite concept cars of all time. 
 
 
Dynamism! Actual Words! Acura Teases “Precision Concept”  Dec 18th, 2015 
Determined to once again prove that the Germans don’t have a lock on deeming their creations “precise,” Acura calls back to its caliper-waving origin with the new Precision Concept for the Detroit auto show. Teased here before its official reveal next month, Acura claims the new car will “help set the direction for future Acura […] 
 
 
NSX-pensive: Acura Prices 2017 NSX Like the Exotic Thing It Is  Dec 18th, 2015 
Acura’s long-awaited NSX hybrid supercar looks like an exotic, drives like an exotic, and as we now know, will be priced like an exotic, as well. When ordering commences on February 25, 2016, the 2017 NSX will start at a rather dear $157,800—three times the price of Acura’s current flagship RLX sedan—topping out at $207,500 when dressed […] 
 
 
2015 Kia K900 V-8 – Long-Term Wrap-Up  Dec 18th, 2015 
 
 
 
VW Hires Lawyer Ken Feinberg, the Compensation King, to Administer Cheater-Diesel Payments  Dec 17th, 2015 
Attention, cheater-diesel Volkswagen (and Audi) owners: The compensation payouts are gearing up. That’s the clear implication from the recent announcement that Volkswagen has retained the services of Kenneth R. Feinberg’s legal firm. Feinberg is “to design and administer an independent claims-resolution program to address claims related to the 2.0L and 3.0L TDI vehicles affected by […] 
 
 
Alphabet Bloop: Google Spins Self-Driving Car Project Off into Google X, an Alphabet Company  Dec 17th, 2015 
Just before finding out that California plans to severely restrict the ease with which autonomous vehicles may be tested going forward, Google made the decision to fold its driverless car program under the Google X division of Alphabet, according to Bloomberg. What the heck is Alphabet? It’s the three-months-old holding company under which Google, Inc., and […] 
 
 
Check Engine: A Deeper Look at Infiniti’s New Twin-Turbo 3.0-liter V-6  Dec 17th, 2015 
The Infiniti (and Nissan) faithful are plenty familiar with the VQ-series family of V-6 engines. The VQ V-6, which ranges in size from a wee 2.0 liters in foreign-market vehicles all the way to 4.0 liters in the NV van, has been in service for more than 20 years, and it is found in nearly […] 
 
 
VW Group CEO Makes More Personnel Changes at the Top  Dec 17th, 2015 
Recently installed Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller has made more sweeping changes in the company’s upper ranks. Ousted VW Group R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg will be replaced by Ulrich Eichhorn, while Group design chief Walter de’Silva will give way to Porsche chief designer Michael Mauer. (Hackenberg also served as Audi’s R&D chief; that role was given to […] 
 
 
CEO Mark Fields: Ford Will Have Hybrid F-150 by 2020  Dec 17th, 2015 
NPR isn’t a place where automotive news is often made or announced, but during an interview with All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro, Ford CEO Mark Fields reminded us that Ford is planning to build a hybrid F-series pickup within the next four years. While this is being reported as news by many outlets, it’s not […] 
 
 
Chrysler Dealers to Get Econtracting  Dec 17th, 2015 
RouteOne and Chrysler Capital/Santander Consumer USA announced today that they will begin rolling out econtracting to Chrysler dealers toward the end of the first quarter 2016. 
 
 
CFPB Fines CarHop $6.4 Million  Dec 17th, 2015 
The CFPB charged the buy-here, pay-here dealer and its affiliated finance company, Universal Acceptance Corp., with providing inaccurate information to credit reporting agencies for more than 84,000 consumer accounts between January 2009 and September 2013. 
 
 
A Little Less Autonomous: California’s New Rules Prohibit Driverless Cars  Dec 17th, 2015 
  The California Department of Motor Vehicles just enacted a whole spate of new laws aimed at regulating the testing of self-driving cars—and major players like Google are not happy.As Automotive News reports, the rules put strict limitations on automakers planning to test autonomous cars on the state’s public roads. There are four key aspects to […] 
 
 
Stephan Winkelmann to Leave Lamborghini to Head Audi’s Quattro GmbH  Dec 17th, 2015 
Longtime Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann will leave the company early next year to take the helm at Audi’s go-fast Quattro GmbH division. The 51-year-old Rome native has headed Lamborghini since 2005 and will replace Heinz Peter Hollerweger at Quattro. The Italian media has locked in on Ferrari’s former Formula 1 team principal, Stefano […] 
 
 
2016 Infiniti Q50 Debuts with Two New Engines – Official Photos and Info  Dec 16th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Bug’s Life: A History of the Volkswagen Beetle  Dec 16th, 2015 
Volkswagen’s Beetle is one of the oldest nameplates still in use today—here's a peek at the Bug's history. 
 
 
Photos and Info: 2016 Infiniti Q50 with New Turbo Four and V-6  Dec 16th, 2015 
Infiniti is on pace for its best U.S. sales in a decade, back when we envied college bros rocking G35s. That previous G35 and G37 sedans were packing, with their punchy, big-displacement V-6s; snarling exhaust notes; sharp handling; and taut styling. The third-generation of that model line, now named Q50 and totally redesigned for the […] 
 
 
EFG Companies Announces Winner of F&I Innovator of the Year Contest  Dec 16th, 2015 
The winning team's mobile app, dubbed Watchdog, provides consumers with a convenient way to stay current with their vehicle maintenance, prevent theft and recover their vehicle. 
 
 
(UPDATED) Vroom to Acquire Texas Direct Auto  Dec 16th, 2015 
The online startup looking to reinvent how cars are bought and sold has agreed to purchase the pioneer of selling vehicles online. According to officials, the two brands will co-exist and continue to operate online separately. 
 
 
Fed Approves Interest Rate Hike  Dec 16th, 2015 
The Federal Reserve voted unanimously today to increase its target funds rate by a modest quarter point. One market research firm believes that could cut into sales by 150,000 units. 
 
 
You Drive Me Ape: Ford GT to Utilize Gorilla Glass Glazing Technology  Dec 16th, 2015 
Here’s another bit of innovative technology to add to the 2017 Ford GT’s already impressive list of stats: the first use of Gorilla Glass technology for a production vehicle’s windshield. While this news may not carry the same significance as the GT’s carbon-fiber construction or active aerodynamics, it does promise to shave weight, and when it […] 
 
 
Mahindra’s Pininfarina Purchase Won’t Change Ferrari Relationship  Dec 16th, 2015 
Indian automaker Mahindra just made its long-predicted purchase of Pininfarina official. The Italian design house, famous for shaping every Ferrari product from the mid-1950s until the LaFerrari, has had a decade of financial troubles, and Mahindra’s purchase likely will spare it from financial ruin. But what does Mahindra want to do with Pininfarina? To find out, […] 
 
 
Worth the Watt: A Brief History of the Electric Car, 1830 to Present  Dec 16th, 2015 
Electric cars have been around a lot longer than today’s Tesla Motors or even the GM EV1 of 20 years ago. 
 
 
2015 BMW M3 Manual – Long-Term Road Test Update  Dec 16th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX60—That’s the FWD Three-Row One—Gets a Nip and a Tuck  Dec 16th, 2015 
Infiniti was early to the luxury-crossover party with its FX (now known as the QX70), an aggressive, rear-drive-based offering that boasted lots of style and performance but not much practicality. As distinctive as it was—and still is—the FX/QX70 was destined to remain a niche player. Seeking to move into the heart of family-friendly market, Infiniti […] 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX60 Gets a Nip and a Tuck (That’s the FWD-Based, Three-Row One) – Official Photos and Info  Dec 16th, 2015 
 
 
 
Rinspeed Etos Is an Autonomous i8 with Its Own Drone  Dec 15th, 2015 
It was only a matter of time before the big tuner companies started to create their own takes on the autonomous car. We figured it would probably be shortly after self-driving vehicles actually hit the streets, but Swiss fettler Rinspeed decided that a mere detail like the not-quite-readiness of the technology wasn’t going to slow […] 
 
 
Nissan Reveals New Gasoline V-8 for Titan Pickup  Dec 15th, 2015 
When Nissan launched the 2016 Titan XD pickup truck, it included only one engine choice at first: A mighty 5.0-liter Cummins turbo-diesel V-8. The choice was easy for Nissan, which hoped to bolster the Titan XD’s in-betweener status—that is, burlier than a half-ton truck but not as over-the-top as a full heavy-duty model. Image sufficiently […] 
 
 
McLaren’s P1 Still in Production, Only Slightly Smaller Than You Remember  Dec 15th, 2015 
McLaren would like to remind everyone that, even though its $1.5-million P1 hypercar is out of production, P1 ownership is still within reach, thanks to Amalgam models. If you can deal with your P1 in a somewhat more compact package—at 1:8 scale, it’s not tiny, but it’s also not full-size, either—and have the kind of […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-class: Wave Goodbye to the SLK – Official Photos and Info  Dec 15th, 2015 
 
 
 
Speedy Kilowatts: Jaguar to Enter All-Electric Formula E Race Series  Dec 15th, 2015 
Remember Formula E? The electron-fueled race series has not set the world of motorsport alight despite now being in its second season. But the championship is set to get a boost from next year with the announcement that Jaguar will be joining it with a full works entry. Jaguar hasn’t participated in front-line racing since […] 
 
 
Rinspeed Etos Is an Autonomous i8 with Its Own Drone  Dec 15th, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-class Debuts: Wave Goodbye to the SLK  Dec 15th, 2015 
After 20 years, the SLK moniker is history at Mercedes-Benz, but the vehicle to which it was attached will live on. The compact roadster, sort of a diminutive SL, henceforth will be known as the SLC-class and arrives this spring as a 2017 model. (Cue SLC Punk references.) It’s part of the renaming scheme that […] 
 
 
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