Future Cadillac SUVs and Crossovers Will Carry “XT” Badging  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Even though the first model to adhere to Cadillac’s new nomenclature is more than a year away, the strategy is gaining cohesion. Last week, the brand officially announced that its upcoming rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan, which is due to hit the streets in late 2015, will bear the CT6 moniker. In the statement, the brand emphasized […] 
All Ate Up With Motor: 2016 Mazda Miata to Get 2.0-Liter Engine Stateside, 1.5-Liter Elsewhere  Oct 2nd, 2014 
Here it is Miata fans, short and sweet: When the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata makes its American beachhead next year, it’ll be armed with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine. Although Mazda still hasn’t spilled the beans regarding specific output figures, it’s a good bet that the numbers will be very close or identical to those […] 
2015 Honda CR-V Limited First Drive  Oct 1st, 2014 
With a refreshed design, the 2015 Honda CR-V stands out from the crowd. 
U.S.-Spec Jaguar XE to Offer Manual, Diesel, AWD, Four- and Six-Cylinder Engines  Oct 1st, 2014 
Jaguar is launching its gorgeous new XE sports sedan in Europe next spring, but the firm has scheduled its U.S. introduction a year later—it’ll arrive here as a 2017 model—in order to bring us a full smorgasbord of powertrain and driveline options. Well, and also probably so it can work out any kinks and ensure […] 
Commence Face-Melting: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 0–60 and 1/4-Mile Times Announced!  Oct 1st, 2014 
Chevrolet has announced its official performance estimates for the 2015 Corvette Z06, and, uh, they don’t disappoint. The best numbers were obtained using Z06 coupes equipped with the new eight-speed automatic transmission and the Z07 performance package, which adds Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and the most spoilertastic and downforce-enabling […] 
717-hp Hennessey HPE700 Mustang Is Out for Hellcat Blood  Oct 1st, 2014 
Just a week after Saleen released information and images of its upcoming Mustang-based S302 mega pony car, Hennessey Performance has dropped into our laps renderings and information on its sinister HPE700 Mustang. (Coincidence? We think not.) And as usual with a Hennessey product, it is absolutely drunk on power. How much power? Thanks to a […] 
Fluidic Sculpture Gets Small as All-New Hyundai i20 Debuts in Paris  Oct 1st, 2014 
Pitched at the teeming masses in Europe’s largest market segment, a new generation of the Hyundai i20 hatchback city car likely will get more attention from attendees of the 2014 Paris show than it will from the press. Hyundai emphasizes that this tater tot is entirely designed, engineered, and built in Europe and tuned for European […] 
Audi TT Sportback Concept Debuts: This is What a TT Sedan Looks Like  Oct 1st, 2014 
When Audi launched the third-generation TT earlier this year, observers noted that its shape remained similar to the first- and second-generation models. Word was that Audi designers intended a more futuristic rear end, but Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piëch himself insisted that the new model shouldn’t deviate too far from the iconic styling language of […] 
U.S. News Extends Deal With TrueCar  Oct 1st, 2014 
U.S. News is extending its deal with TrueCar for an additional two years. As part of the new agreement, TrueCar will provide the media outlet's website visitors with access to pre-owned vehicles available through its certified dealer network. 
ADP Dealer Services Spinoff Now Listed on Nasdaq  Oct 1st, 2014 
CDK Global Inc., the new ADP Dealer Services company, began trading as a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index yesterday. 
20 Questions About the BMW i8 Sports Coupe: You Asked, We Answer  Oct 1st, 2014 
We have a BMW i8 hybrid sports car at our office right now and we wanted to share—so we asked you to tell us what you wanted to know about the Bavarians’ Future Sled. For answers to any and all performance and numbers-related questions you might have, check out our test of the car; for answers […] 
These Peugeot Paris Concepts Are Typical French Oddball Goodness  Oct 1st, 2014 
We couldn’t possibly cover this year’s Paris auto show without throwing in a few French-fried vehicles, right? Francophiles rejoice, because your favorite nation’s automakers are still mighty keen on turning out the weird and the different. Take this pair of Peugeot concept cars, for example. One of them has been shown before in slightly different […] 
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Modern Pistons (and Probably Some Things You Didn’t)  Oct 1st, 2014 
The slugs of aluminum inside your engine live in a fiery hell. At full throttle and 6000 rpm, a piston in a gasoline engine is subjected to nearly 10 tons of force every 0.02 second as repeated explosions heat the metal to more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit. READ MORE ›› 
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Debuts, Promises to Deprive You of Oxygen  Oct 1st, 2014 
We hope you had smelling salts ready when you opened this story; Infiniti claims that “seeing this vast and imposing car for the first time can suck the air from your lungs. Like a blow to the stomach.” (We’ll let you catch your breath.) Although that statement paints a somewhat comical image—imagine hundreds of auto […] 
Subprime Blues: How Auto Lenders Can Track and Disable Your Vehicle  Sep 30th, 2014 
We’re not the kind to judge people by their credit scores—life happens, after all—but the auto-lending industry isn’t so understanding, particularly now that they can monitor a driver’s every move and punish late payments by killing a car’s engine. Until we read a recent report on subprime car loans in the New York Times, we […] 
You *Really* Don’t Mess with the Johan: Cadillac President Rebukes Critics of NY Move, Renaming Strategy  Sep 30th, 2014 
When we said “you don’t mess with the Johan,” we didn’t think the Cadillac president would paraphrase us in his defense of his decisions to move the brand’s HQ to New York and change most of the model names. But a recent Facebook post by de Nysschen, which was publicized by the Daily Kanban, was capped by the […] 
0 to 150 to 0: The Hottest Tuner Cars Tested from Hennessey, Lingenfelter, RENNTech, and More! [C/D Archives]  Sep 30th, 2014 
“Last year, observed and times by the Motor Industry Research Association, Reg Parnell demonstrated the ability of the DB4GT to go from 0 to 100 mph and back to 0 again in 24 seconds.” —Car and Driver, June 1961 That sentence, which appeared 37 years ago in our report on the Aston Martin DB4GT, may […] 
Decadence, Aston Martin–Style: Official Photos of Production Lagonda Supersedan Released, Including Interior  Sep 30th, 2014 
Aston Martin has produced its first suite of images of its gorgeous Lagonda hyperluxury sedan in production form. This follows the release of photos of a prototype test vehicle in Oman a couple of weeks ago, which followed an embarrassing photo drop of the same car by Oman Air shortly after it arrived in the […] 
Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Concept Touts Steel’s Supremacy, Somewhat Wrongly  Sep 30th, 2014 
Ford’s dramatic switch to an aluminum pickup body for the 2015 F-150 has dramatically outshone the new-for-2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and the Ford isn’t even on sale yet. Well, hold your horses, Ford fans, because Chevy’s going to tell you why steel is still king. What you’re looking at is a stock 2015 Silverado 1500 LTZ […] 
Have a Metric Ton of Cash? You Might Want This Bitchin’ Armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  Sep 30th, 2014 
Listen up, barons of business, arms smugglers, and anyone who actually found a proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing in Toronto, Canada, has created a new armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that makes one of our favorite guilty pleasures even awesomer. Using the Sprinter’s bone-stock dualie frame, the Inkas […] 
YOU GUYS: Lego Releasing McLaren P1, LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Next Year!  Sep 30th, 2014 
Gah! Unbridled glee! The days of Ferrari having an exclusive hold on branded Lego cars are officially over. Next year, you’ll be able to buy a minifig-scale McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari. (Yes, we know about the Mini and VW stuff, but Maranello has been dominant.) We will take one of each, thank […] 
Protestors Gather at Calif. CarMax Location Over Recalled Vehicle Sales  Sep 30th, 2014 
Protestors flocked to a Roseville, Calif., CarMax store today to protest the sale of recalled vehicles and to call on the FTC to investigate the used-vehicle retailer. 
CNW Sees 4% Sales Increase in September  Sep 30th, 2014 
The market research firm’s prediction is based on skyrocketing subprime approvals and an active Hispanic consumer market, which, for the first time, could outpace African-Americans in new-vehicle purchases. 
Conn. Dealer Charged in Service Contract Scam  Sep 30th, 2014 
A used-car dealer is accused of pocketing more than $13,000 in vehicle service-contract sales, leaving customers without the protections they though they purchased. 
Auto/Mate Integrates DMS With MaximTrak F&I Suite  Sep 30th, 2014 
The integration now provides users of both systems with a real-time, bi-directional exchange of information, eliminating redundancies and errors caused by incomplete information transfers. 
Holy Hellcat! First 707-hp Challenger Hellcat—VIN No. 1!—Goes for $825K at Barrett-Jackson  Sep 30th, 2014 
It’s become somewhat of a tradition for American automakers to auction off early examples of their performance automobiles for charity. Over the weekend, Sergio’s brigade put the very first Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat off the line up for bid at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction. When the gavel came down at Mandalay Bay, the stonking Dodge […] 
Aluminum Cans Can Work! Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Max Towing and Hauling Ratings  Sep 30th, 2014 
Ford has promised that its new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup would set new standards in capability from the moment the sheet came off the truck in January. It’s the sort of marketing speak that typically draws eye rolls—but it turns out Ford wasn’t joking. According to the 2015 F-150′s officially stated towing and payload numbers, the […] 
Ding! Drool: Honda Civic Type R Concept II Sketched, Many More Details Released  Sep 30th, 2014 
A second concept version (here’s the first) of Honda’s long-awaited, fourth-generation Civic Type R will debut at the Paris auto show later this week before it makes it into European Honda showrooms sometime next year. The idea is to get Honda fanboys around the world salivating like Pavlov’s laboratory dog upon hearing the dinner bell. To […] 
2015 Honda CR-V First Drive: A New Engine, Grille, and Transmission  Sep 30th, 2014 
This year, more than 300,000 individuals will sign a sales contract and drive home in a Honda CR-V. These won’t be fleet buyers wearing shirts that say Hertz or Avis, but retail consumers presumably wearing more stylish garb. Or maybe not: What they’re all looking for, after all, is a small, no-hassle SUV that does […] 
2014 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Quick Drive  Sep 29th, 2014 
In the car world, does age matter? 
2015 Kia Sedona SX-L First Drive  Sep 29th, 2014 
A new take on the minivan segment? 
Suck It, Mustang: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Loses More Camo, Comes Into Clearer Focus  Sep 29th, 2014 
A lighter and tighter Chevrolet Camaro this way comes. We last checked in on Chevy’s pony car a few months ago, when we published aerial spy photographs of the car being evaluated at General Motors’ proving ground. That prototype was well-camouflaged, but its general shape gave it away as the 2016 Camaro. The car pictured here […] 
Not Astron! Asterion! Photos Appear of Reported Lamborghini Mega-Hybrid Set for Paris Debut  Sep 29th, 2014 
In the early 1970s, Lamborghini was setting the world on its ear with the futuristic Countach and their Italianate take on the AMC Marlin, the mighty Espada. Mitsubishi, on the other hand, was working hard to integrate twin balance shafts into a modest overhead-cam four-banger. The result of these endeavors? Old man Ferruccio bailed on […] 
Mind-Blowing 1970 Ferrari Modulo Concept Bought from Pininfarina by Jim Glickenhaus  Sep 29th, 2014 
The late 1960s and early ’70s were an important period for exotic-car design. Four cars defined the era and set the stage for the wedge-shaped supercars that would later symbolize the ’80s. Those show cars were the Alfa Romeo Carabo, the Lancia Stratos Zero, and the Lamborghini LP500 concept, all designed by Marcello Gandini at […] 
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: Flagship Aspirations, Coupe (and Coupelike) Intentions  Sep 29th, 2014 
After sitting on the sidelines of the full-size, premium sedan game for years, Infiniti looks set to suit up for action. The automaker’s opening salvo is this swoopy Q80 Inspiration concept, which is making its world debut at the 2014 Paris auto show. More than just show-stand candy, the sleek fastback is claimed to preview […] 
Name That Shifter, No. 198  Sep 29th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
We Have a BMW i8 At Our Office Right Now: Ask Us Anything!  Sep 29th, 2014 
Of BMW’s eco-friendly i3 and i8, guess which one strikes us as more interesting? If you guessed potato salad, well, you clicked the wrong browser window. Of course the low-slung, quick, and butterfly-doored i8 is our choice—the i3 is as technically fascinating, but it’s nowhere near as sexy. With its exotic carbon-fiber monocoque, future-of-the-future styling, and […] 
Ezra Dyer: Everybody Please Give a Big Warm Welcome to Me  Sep 29th, 2014 
Greetings, Earthlings. This is a momentous occasion, my debut column for Car and Driver. I told editor-in-chief Eddie Alterman that I want this first piece to be a sensation, the magazine equivalent of those Dodge Neon ads that said “Hi.” He replied, “You’re fired.” I’m kidding, of course. I’m only on probation. And frankly I […] 
Well, This Sucks: Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up in Flames at Toronto Gas Station [Video]  Sep 29th, 2014 
Well, damn—what we have here is a 918 Spyder that went all GT3. Or NSX. Or Gallardo. Or, well, any supercar, because we’re pretty sure “burns to the ground with a fiery incandescence matched only by its ability to warp faces” is listed among the standard features for anything with more than 475 horsepower. The […] 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Tested: An Effective Weapon in the Entry-Luxury Wars  Sep 29th, 2014 
During the Mercedes-Benz family’s most recent growth spurt, the entry-luxe CLA and the top dog Mercedes-AMG GT S have grabbed inordinate attention. More significant is how the new C-class fares against rising hostility in the premium compact-sedan class. Traditionally, Audi has been the style and luxury leader and BMW has defined exemplary performance, while Cadillac’s […] 
Ferman Nissan New Port Richey Now Has the 2015 Nissan Altima SL  Sep 29th, 2014 
Consumers can enjoy a long list of standard features and a strong V-6 engine with the top-of-the-line Altima model. 
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Driven: “Turbo” Now Means More than “Turbocharged”  Sep 27th, 2014 
How far can one wander from Porsche’s vaunted 930 yet still wear the capital-t “Turbo” badge? The 2015 Cayenne Turbo is likely the answer. Cut from the same midcycle-refresh cloth as the six-pot Cayenne S, the Turbo adds a pair of cylinders to that model’s equation. Before this year, the Turbo was the only path […] 
Start Sending E-Mails NOW: Audi USA Mulling Bringing Six-Speed-Manual S3  Sep 26th, 2014 
If you don’t ask, there’s probably no way to get something, right? Well, now’s the time to rally and collectively petition Audi of America president Scott Keogh to offer the fantastic new S3 in the U.S. with a six-speed manual. According to dedicated Audi site Fourtitude, Keogh was asked at a dinner event in Austin last week if […] 
Johan de Nysschen: Cadillac to Use New Modular Engines, Possibly Expand Lineup with Additional Halo Models (Yes, Sports Cars)  Sep 26th, 2014 
General Motors will develop a new set of engines specifically for Cadillac by the decade’s end and sell a halo car above the forthcoming CT6 sedan, so long as top executives keep giving Caddy chief Johan de Nysschen everything he wants. In an interview with Automobile, de Nysschen said future Cadillacs would use a new […] 
How We’d Spec It: The Oh-So-Aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup  Sep 26th, 2014 
A major event has heralded the imminent arrival of Ford’s groundbreaking, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup at dealerships: The truck’s online configurator is live. That means you can now go to Ford’s website and start mixing and matching cabs, bed lengths, engines, and drive configurations. Most important, you can do all of this and see how […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Online Configurator Is Live! (Sorta)  Sep 26th, 2014 
Chevrolet has finally put a rudimentary online configurator for the 2015 Corvette Z06 onto its website, and while it’s hardly a full-blown “Build It Now” affair, it at least lets users play around with their dream Vette’s basic look. Lacking basic pricing information or even an options list, Chevy’s Z06 website does let you choose […] 
Lamborghini Could Be Planning 2+2 Model Called the Asterion for Paris Auto Show  Sep 26th, 2014 
Well, this is unexpected: Lamborghini has announced on its Facebook page that it will debut . . . something at the Paris auto show next week. We suspect that something is a car, based on the teaser sketch accompanying the Italian automaker’s Parisian declaration, and that that car is something entirely fresh from Lamborghini.   […] 
2015 GMC Canyon Driven! It Looked Bigger on the Simpsons  Sep 26th, 2014 
General Motors has done a remarkable job of keeping its GMC and Chevrolet truck brands unique, even though they share virtually identical DNA. Both brands maintain loyal customers, and through careful analysis of buyer demographics, the carmaker continues to nurture the success of both. Thus, it didn’t stray far from the path when it came […] 
John Phillips: Detroit Gave the World Freedom, Literal and Figurative  Sep 26th, 2014 
I live in a locale where it is fashionable—maybe mandatory—to excoriate the federal government for pretty much everything, from bark-beetle infestations to the “pernicious” pasteurization of milk to the disappearance of well-managed whorehouses where you could smoke before and after, well, anything at all. One particularly incendiary conversation starter is the government bailout of Chrysler […] 
Volvo Trucks Makes a Novice Italian Valet’s First Day . . . Interesting [Video]  Sep 26th, 2014 
Nothing is real these days, from clickbait stories clogging up your Facebook news feed to “reality” television. Everything’s at least a little bit staged, and it’s with that perspective we watched Volvo Trucks’ latest amusing commercial. For a division of Volvo with perhaps the least-exciting products, the Trucks guys sure know how to score a […] 
Texas Special: Chevy Unveils Colorado Sport Concept  Sep 26th, 2014 
If you want to know the state of the light-truck industry in any given year, pop by the Texas State Fair. The denizens of the Lone Star Republic take their pickups as seriously as they take their barbecue, their music, and their inclination to name things after Lyndon Baines Johnson. As such, Chevy deemed the […] 
Tony Stewart Gives First Interview Since Ward, Jr. Tragedy: “This Was 100 Percent an Accident”  Sep 26th, 2014 
In his first interview with the media since his dirt-track sprint car struck and killed 20-year-old fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. on August 9, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart told the Associated Press that he knows “100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent […] 
New Forecasts Show Best September Sales Since 2007  Sep 26th, 2014 
New projections from TrueCar and J.D. Power show the best September car sales in 7 years with over 1.2 million light-vehicles being sold this month, as much as 9.7% better than last year. 
2014 Acura MDX Named the 2014 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV, Notes Ferman Acura of Tampa  Sep 26th, 2014 
The Acura MDX is the perfect SUV for families. 
Is Justice for Kevin Ward, Jr. Justice for Tony Stewart?  Sep 26th, 2014 
Grief makes you do—and say—things you might not otherwise. So do lawyers. Shortly after an Ontario County, New York, grand jury declined on Tuesday to charge Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., the 20-year-old sprint-car driver tragically killed when he walked into the path of Stewart’s car on August 9, the Ward family issued this statement: “Our son got out […] 
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Driven: Now with Twin-Turbo V-6 Power  Sep 26th, 2014 
You probably already know if you want one of these or not. After all, Porsche’s Cayenne, first introduced in 2002, continues to be the most polarizing SUV since Suzuki’s X-90. Some of us around here have a soft spot for the X-90 and are rather shocked by the high residual values for the things. Used […] 
How We’d Spec It: The Most Hawkish 2015 Jeep Cherokee  Sep 25th, 2014 
Remember when Jeep introduced the all-new 2014 Cherokee as a replacement for the body-on-frame Liberty, itself a descendant of the rugged (and boxy) original Cherokee? Jeep fans accustomed to solid axles, tough frames, and roll bars were damn near rioting in Toledo over the Cherokee’s soft, squishy crossover-ness. Today, Toledo still stands, having avoided perhaps […] 
C8 Chevrolet Corvette Exclusive! What to Expect from the Heart-Stopping, Mid-Engined Zora!  Sep 25th, 2014 
GM’s head of global product development, Mark Reuss, confirms that the company is working on the next Corvette. Our sources elaborate on this salient piece of information, telling us that, after 61 years of evolution, the C8 will be revolutionary. The new Corvette will be the mid-engined American Dream Machine that Chevy couldn’t, until now, […] 
A Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming: The 10 Cars that Paved the Way  Sep 25th, 2014 
Two hours into the 1957 12-hour Sebring Grand Prix, driver John Fitch dove into the pits to abandon his Corvette Super Sport. Officials were told a failed rear-suspension bushing prompted the DNF, but the real reason behind the early retirement was that Fitch couldn’t take the heat. Literally. Exhaust pipes snaking through the experimental sports […] 
2015 Saleen Mustang 302 Specs Revealed—Up to 640 hp!—Still No Real Pictures  Sep 25th, 2014 
The folks at Saleen seem to have taken a shine to the product-striptease trick. In this case, its latest car, the 2015 Ford Mustang–based S302 is shaping up to be one of the firm’s most formidable creations despite the fact that we haven’t even seen a picture of the real thing, let alone driven it. […] 
The Continental: Sorry, No Retro Volkswagen Bus On the Horizon  Sep 25th, 2014 
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. While I was abroad, my colleague Matthias Knödler visited two Volkswagen events for me that I […] 
2015 Subaru Impreza Photos and Info: Stepping Out of the WRX’s Shadow?  Sep 25th, 2014 
We have a whole lotta love around here for Subaru’s Impreza-based and turbo-wild WRX and STI. Be that as it may, the base Impreza sedan and five-door are more, well, quietly competent. For 2015, Subaru has given its Imprezas a midcycle update that probably won’t change too many hearts and minds here at Car and […] 
Refreshed 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi Plug-In Debut (Kind Of)!  Sep 25th, 2014 
In 2012, Ford brought a pair of hybridized mini-minivans to the U.S. in the forms of the C-Max and the C-Max Energi. Sold elsewhere in the world under the same C-max banner but with available gas- and diesel-only powertrains, the hybrid-only strategy here is an attempt to take the fight to Toyota’s Prius brand. (A […] 
NADA Responds to Op-Ed Critical of Dealer Franchise Laws  Sep 25th, 2014 
The NADA’s Peter Welch responded to an op-ed piece published in The New York Times that was critical of dealer franchise laws, saying such protections ‘level the playing field between dealers and manufacturers.’ 
Former Dealer Pleads Guilty to Charges of Deceptive Practices  Sep 25th, 2014 
The owner and operator of Excel Auto Group and B and B Motors pleaded guilty last week to charges that he sold cars with false odometer readings. 
CFPB Lacks Proper Data Security, Report Says  Sep 25th, 2014 
A report released by the United States Government Accountability Office this week found that the CFPB, which has collected information on up to 600 million financial accounts, has fallen short in its data-protection efforts. 
September Sales to Maintain Healthy Growth in 2014, Edmunds Predicts  Sep 25th, 2014 
Projected September sales would be an 11% increase from the previous year, with Edmunds predicting that about 1.26 million new cars and trucks will be sold during the month. 
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A: The A Isn’t for “Awesome,” But It Should Be  Sep 25th, 2014 
The “A” in the new Ferrari 458 Speciale A’s name doesn’t stand for “awesome,” but it could. The “A” actually is for Aperta, the Italian word for “open.” Based of course on the 458 Italia, this version of the 458 Spider gets the same special upgrades as the transcendent Speciale coupe. READ MORE ›› 
The Reaper: The Silverado–Based, Lingenfelter-Tuned Off-Road Pickup GM Won’t Build—But Will Sell  Sep 25th, 2014 
Ford peddles the off-road-awesome F-150 Raptor (which is expected to return for a second generation) and Mopar still offers Ram 1500 buyers the deliciously dune-ready Ram Runner package. So where’s Chevrolet and GMC in all of this? The simple answer is that they’re absent, but Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Southern Comfort Automotive have an alternative called […] 
Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror Bags the 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award, Notes Ferman Nissan of Tampa  Sep 25th, 2014 
Nissan's Smart Rear-view Mirror won a safety award at the 2014 New York auto show. 
BREAKING: Tony Stewart Won’t Face Charges in Kevin Ward Jr. Incident; Marijuana Found in Ward’s System  Sep 24th, 2014 
As far as criminal charges go, the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward, Jr. incident is over: A grand jury in Ontario County, New York, has declined to indict NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team owner Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., a dirt-track racer from upstate New York who was struck and killed by […] 
OMGCR-V: Honda Releases First Official Photo of the Enhanced-for-2015 CR-V Crossover  Sep 24th, 2014 
Here is the 2015 Honda CR-V, which arrives just in time for the model’s three-year mark since its last major redesign. We wish you could tell you more about the popular compact crossover’s mid-cycle update, but this is all Honda’s given us. A picture, they say, is worth at least a brief blog post outlining […] 
2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle: Designed for Discomfort  Sep 24th, 2014 
It’s not every day that a car company introduces a vehicle by touting how unhappy the occupants will be. Well, Ford’s press release for its new Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle (Transit PTV) does just that, proclaiming: “[The] Only People Not Thrilled About Riding in All-New Ford Transit? Prisoners.” We have to imagine prisoners have a lot of […] 
Beer Run: We Test the PedalPub, a 16-Person Alcohol-Fueled Party Bike  Sep 24th, 2014 
When bored, horses often chomp down on a fence post and suck air. One theory holds that this gives them a buzz. Another holds that this is baloney. But whether or not horses get lit, horsepower certainly can. And that is the purpose of a pedal tavern. Known by a variety of names, a pedal […] 
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Driven! We Put the Spurs to Chevy’s New Mid-Size Pickup  Sep 24th, 2014 
One could make an argument that part of the Toyota Tacoma’s stronghold on the not-quite-full-size truck market can be attributed to its easily condensed name: “Hey brah, sweet Taco. We should totes take it on a recon mission to spot some tasty waves.” Difficult to say without affecting a SoCal drawl. It’s no coincidence that, […] 
You Don’t Mess with the Johan: Cadillac Names New Flagship CT6, Future Products to Follow New Naming Strategy  Sep 24th, 2014 
New Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen is a busy man with luxury on his mind. In nine days’ time, he’s defended higher prices, confirmed production of the rear-wheel-drive flagship, and announced Cadillac would move to New York City to become a trendier, separate business unit from General Motors. Now, the firm he leads has announced that […] 
Ferrari 458 Recalled Because It Traps People in Its Trunk  Sep 24th, 2014 
The Ferrari 458 is, as sports cars go, about as good as it gets. Unless, of course, you happen to be a person trapped in its trunk. In that case, it sucks. First, because that can’t be very comfortable. Second, because, the internal trunk release may not work, meaning that, per NHTSA, “In the event […] 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Spied in Ann Arbor—With Its Supercharged V-8 Revving! [Video]  Sep 24th, 2014 
By now, everyone should know what the 2015 Corvette Z06 looks like, as the coupe and convertible each made public debuts at high-profile auto shows this year. We also have extensive background information on its wicked supercharged V-8 engine. We even know how much it will cost. So why are we showing you photos of a partially […] 
The Number of the Beastly: Ford’s SVT Division Could Be Renamed “999”  Sep 24th, 2014 
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team has been pumping out the high-performance jams for two decades. Thing is, the name “SVT” has absolutely zero brand equity to anyone but, well, Fordies, so why not change it to something, uh, equally arcane? As reported recently by Jalopnik, that could happen. An online survey sent to the site is asking […] 
Inside NHTSA: What Happened With GM Recalls Could Easily Happen Again  Sep 24th, 2014 
Congress is turning up the heat on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over car recalls. A new House bill would require automakers to make detailed assessments on all fatal crashes and archive defect-related documents for 20 years, or four times longer than mandated today. The bill is the fifth such legislation written this year […] 
THIS Is the Best 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63—And You Can’t Have One  Sep 24th, 2014 
Without a doubt, the latest C63—rechristened Mercedes-AMG C63 rather than Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG—is a wonderful beast. We haven’t driven the hottest C-class Benz yet, but with the base model putting down 469 horsepower and the extra-zooty C63 S throwing down a 503-hp gauntlet, there’s no way it’s not going to be great, massive gobs of fun, […] 
Toyota Planning to Use Aluminum for Next-Gen Camry, Lexus RX  Sep 24th, 2014 
Toyota will add aluminum body panels on two of its bestselling models as the automaker plans to exploit a joint venture with a metal manufacturer, according to Automotive News. The redesigned 2016 Lexus RX will receive an aluminum hood and tailgate when it debuts next year; an all-new Camry (not the 2015 update) will have […] 
Lotus Responds: U.S.-Market Evora Still Dead for 2015—But Not 2016  Sep 24th, 2014 
We have more from Lotus, with the British sports-car company giving us a response to our report that the company won’t be producing a 2015 Evora for the States. The bad news is that we were right: With the company’s smart airbag exemption for the car expiring, there won’t be a 2015 Evora in America. […] 
GM Recalls Impala, XTS for Braking Problems  Sep 24th, 2014 
GM is recalling more than 220,000 full-size sedans because the electric parking brake may stay partially engaged while driving. The 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala and 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS have faulty electric parking-brake software that can result in the pads touching the rotors even after the brake is released. Of course, driving with the pads dragging the […] 
Toyota C-HR Concept: Typical Boring Toyota Name, Atypically Stimulating Toyota Styling  Sep 24th, 2014 
Someone needs to tell Toyota that its sportiness is showing. Having overhauled the humdrum Camry with the pretense of adding visual excitement and some semblance of driving pleasure, not to mention recently debuting the wildly hot FT-1 sports-car concept, Toyota seems keen on changing its image as the Maytag of automakers. The aggressive and distinctly European […] 
Ellen Eats “Special Brownies” in Spoof of Matthew McConaughey Lincoln MKC Ad [Video]  Sep 24th, 2014 
Lincoln’s hiring of Matthew McConaughey for appearances in a fresh round of commercials for the 2015 MKC crossover resulted our being thoroughly weirded out and amused even before a few spoofs of the spots came out. Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, in her whimsical, matter-of-fact style, may have just topped Conan O’Brien’s wonderfully dark […] 
California’s First Autonomous Driving Permits Go to Audi, Mercedes, and—of Course—Google  Sep 24th, 2014 
Manufacturers looking to analyze robot cars on public roads in California must now register with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Audi was the first in line to snatch the state’s newly available autonomous-car permits. The outfits holding second- and third-place tickets? Mercedes-Benz and Google. Don’t you wish your DMV line was so short? After […] 
2015 Honda Fit EX Long-Term Intro: The Fit Fits Fine in Our Fleet So Far  Sep 24th, 2014 
The first- and second-generation Honda Fit subcompacts won our hearts with a combination of dynamics and practicality that couldn’t be beat at their price points—or perhaps any price point. The pair racked up seven consecutive 10Best trophies, went undefeated in three comparison tests, and a 2007 model survived a 40,000-mile long-term test without, ahem, giving […] 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Officially Breaks Cover, We Pity the Fools  Sep 24th, 2014 
Poor Karl Benz. First he was purged from the name of Mercedes’ corporate parent when Dieter Zetsche decided against reverting to Daimler-Benz once the former DaimlerChrysler was taken out back and shot. Now the call has been made to strip Benz completely from the names of AMG products, a move first seen on the new […] 
24 Hours of LeMons South Carolina: The Winners  Sep 24th, 2014 
On Friday, we took over the downtown of a once-picturesque South Carolina town for our car inspections, on Saturday we witnessed a lot of surprising stuff during the first race session, and on Sunday we had winners! The fight for the win on laps came down to the very last lap of the race, with […] 
Consumers Rank 5 Chrysler Models at the Top in Total Quality Awards, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram  Sep 24th, 2014 
The Dodge Dart, Durango, and Charger, the Jeep Wrangler and the Ram 2500/3500 are No. 1 in total quality for their segments. 
Van-Camino: Volkswagen TRISTAR Concept Is the German Pickup/Van Mashup to End All Pickup/Van Mashups  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Volkswagen is an auto company after our van-loving hearts; sure, typical, everyday vans aren’t the coolest things in the world, but VW has been churning out a steady stream of awesome hauler variants—conceptual or otherwise—that really get us going. Now, the automaker has unveiled its latest van-based creation, the TRISTAR concept, at the IAA commercial-vehicle […] 
Performance Numbers: 2015 Ford Mustang GT versus 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost  Sep 23rd, 2014 
2015 Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost 2015 Mustang GT V-8 Price as Tested: $37,660 (base price: $27,190) $45,855 (base price: $32,925) Engine Type: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection Displacement: 138 cu in, 2261 cc 302 cu in, 4951 cc […] 
Retro, Timidly: VW’s New 2015 Beetle Classic Is Cheapest Model, Gets Neat Wheels and Seats  Sep 23rd, 2014 
For most of the past three-quarters of a century, a big part of the Volkswagen Beetle‘s appeal has stemmed from its value proposition. The first Beetles to reach the United States—during the Truman administration—cost less than $1300. Prices have crept up significantly since then, but Volkswagen today announced a price rollback in the form of the […] 
2016 Audi TT Roadster Debuts: The Better to Show Off the Sweet Interior  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Audi’s current R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg was in his first tenure at the company in 1994 when the first-generation Audi TT was developed. And he tells us that the iconic sports car started out as a roadster. But by 1995, the almighty Ferdinand Piëch had weighed in and demanded that the concept version of the […] 
2016 Audi TTS Roadster Photos and Info: Open-Air Motoring for Aggressive Aesthetes  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Compared to its BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK competition, the Audi TT roadster traditionally comes across as a somewhat more serious car, and most enthusiasts consider it handicapped given its front-drive-based platform (which is shared with the VW Golf). But as the car evolved through its two previous generations, its Quattro all-wheel-drive system has served […] 
Hells Yes, Mothertruckers: Mercedes-Benz Future Truck Is the World’s Coolest Self-Drivin’, Light-Show-Havin’ Big Rig  Sep 23rd, 2014 
No, we’re not changing our name to Truck and Driver, but our inner five-year-olds freak the hell out when we see stuff like the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which just made its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany. While its name isn’t the most inventive in the world—how about Vision Gran Truckismo instead? […] 
All-New Next-Gen Cruze to Toss Weight Overboard, Offer Dual-Clutch Transmission  Sep 23rd, 2014 
A pair of new reports from GM Authority confirm that the all-new next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact will be pitched against Ford, Toyota, and others as a fuel-economy play. Based on GM’s new D2XX compact underpinnings, it’s said that the 2016 Cruze will be “significantly lighter” than the current model.There are no specific numbers reported relating […] 
Feldman Joins Spencer Re from Allstate Dealer Services  Sep 23rd, 2014 
Brian Feldman joins Spencer Re as executive vice president to manage the firm’s automotive F&I business 
DealerRater Launches LotShot App  Sep 23rd, 2014 
The web application helps dealership employees easily snap and share customer photos via email at vehicle delivery. Officials with DealerRater said the app can increase the likelihood of customers leaving a review by 50%. 
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