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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L Manual – Instrumented Test  Jan 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Next Up Unveils Geo-Fencing Solution  Jan 27th, 2015 
The Next Up launched a geo-fencing product, LiveDrive, to help managers better determine test drive success based on route, time spent and speed. 
 
 
CPS Subpoenaed By DOJ  Jan 27th, 2015 
This month, the Department of Justice issued a subpoena to Consumer Portfolio Services requiring the finance source to turn over documents related to subprime auto finance. 
 
 
Koenigsegg One:1 Driven: We Wheel the World’s Most Powerful Production Car  Jan 27th, 2015 
Everything is going fine until we reach 150 mph. And then, very suddenly, it’s not. Just sitting in the passenger seat of the Koenigsegg One:1 (we explain the silly name later) as it attacks a wet runway is, in terms of spiked adrenaline, somewhere between a solo sky dive and being chased by a bull […] 
 
 
U.S. Justice Department Built Secret, Nationwide License-Plate Tracking Database  Jan 27th, 2015 
Bad news for anyone who values privacy: The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Justice Department has been secretly expanding its license-plate scanning program to create a real-time national vehicle tracking database monitoring hundreds of millions of motorists. WSJ pulls no punches in describing the program, calling it nothing less than “a secret domestic intelligence-gathering […] 
 
 
2015 Koenigsegg One:1 – First Drive Review  Jan 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Why 0.5-Liter Cylinders Will Soon Dominate Automotive-Engine Design  Jan 27th, 2015 
From the February 2015 issue of Car and Driver A decade or so ago, a team of German university scientists settled on 500 cubic centimeters as the ideal per-cylinder displacement for internal-combustion engines. A 500-cc cylinder with a stroke length larger than its bore diameter, these forgotten pioneers concluded, benefits the combustion process by minimizing […] 
 
 
Ram 1500 Named the Winner of Motor Trend's 2015 Half-ton Pickup Shootout  Jan 27th, 2015 
Ram's full-size pickup takes the lead in fuel economy and performance. 
 
 
Cops to Waze: Stop Reporting Our Locations  Jan 26th, 2015 
Police officers and sheriffs around the U.S. are calling on Google to turn off police tracking on Waze, the traffic and navigation app Google purchased in June 2013, claiming that the feature makes Waze into a “police stalking” app that puts their lives in danger. Waze is a crowd-sourcing app that alerts drivers in real […] 
 
 
Why Scion FR-S Sales Have Plunged: The Life and Times of an Ultra-Niche Product  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 212  Jan 26th, 2015 
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 and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
 
 
Top Gear Season 22 Premieres Tonight! Here’s Your Episode 1 Preview  Jan 26th, 2015 
We’ve already heard a lot about Season 22 of the BBC’s Top Gear, and it hasn’t even aired in the U.S. yet. But while you’re probably sick of hearing about the uproar over Clarkson’s allegedly insensitive license plate, if you’re like us, you can’t wait for the first episode of Season 22, which premieres tonight. […] 
 
 
Amazing Home-Build: 15.7-Liter, 12-Rotor Wankel Engine  Jan 26th, 2015 
How many rotors is too many rotors? If you’re Tyson Garvin, the number is somewhere north of 12. Garvin is an endurance powerboat racer who has twice set the record for the run from New York City to Bermuda, and he’s built one of the craziest engines we’ve ever seen. It’s a 12-rotor Wankel, which, […] 
 
 
’Ring-a-Ding-DING! GT350R Allegedly Pokes Hole in Z/28’s Nürburgring Time  Jan 26th, 2015 
As of yet, there is no independent confirmation on this, but British mag Evo is claiming that Ford’s new Shelby GT350R has lapped the Nürburgring in 7:32.19, more than a second faster than Chevy’s monstrous Z/28, which did the deed in 7:37.47. Prior to the GT350’s unveiling at last year’s L.A. Auto Show, a source […] 
 
 
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport First Drive: Disco’s Back, Baby!  Jan 26th, 2015 
In Iceland, a kid can be Neptúnus or Torbjörg or Geirþrúður, but you’ll never meet a Moon Unit or a Zuma Nesta Rock born in the island nation. New parents here must choose from a list of 3500 government-approved names or plead their case to the Icelandic Naming Committee, a three-person panel tasked with preserving […] 
 
 
Deflated: Peugeot Citroen Shelves Its Air Hybrid Technology  Jan 26th, 2015 
Disappointing news from France: PSA Peugeot Citroen has put an indefinite hold on the development of its promising-sounding Hybrid Air powertrain, apparently because the company has been unable to find a development partner willing to split the huge costs of engineering the system. Hybrid Air was a brilliantly French idea – a way to harvest […] 
 
 
Video: Russian Battle Bot Drives an ATV  Jan 26th, 2015 
Say hello to Russia’s latest battlefield bot. According to Sputnik News, a state-owned site, the robot seen here in a driving demonstration is meant to serve as a sort of field avatar for soldiers. Think of this four-wheeling helmeted friend as an android sent into combat situations too dangerous for soldiers. According to Sputnik, it’s […] 
 
 
Why Scion FR-S Sales Have Plunged: The Life and Times of an Ultra-Niche Product  Jan 26th, 2015 
When Toyota announced it was going to sell a lightweight, rear-drive sports car—and that it was sending a version to the U.S. badged as a Scion—there was a swell of enthusiast, uh, enthusiasm. Anticipation for the car (and its Subaru-badged sibling, the BRZ) ran high, reaching a fever pitch when the car went on sale in […] 
 
 
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport – First Drive Review  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Watch BMW’s Super Bowl Ad—It Equates the i3 to the Dawn of the Internet  Jan 26th, 2015 
What We See: This commercial is divided almost equally into two halves. The first shows Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s infamous “What is the internet, anyway?” Today Show clip from 1994. Hard to believe, but a scant two decades ago, even savvy network morning-show anchors didn’t know what the internet—let alone the @ symbol—was. Well, Couric […] 
 
 
2017 F-150 Raptor’s EcoBoost V-6 to Make 450 hp, Says Ford’s Raj Nair  Jan 26th, 2015 
There’s a lot to be excited about with the all-new 2017 Ford Raptor: The weight-saving aluminum body. The crazy-cool combo 4WD/AWD drivetrain. And the EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, which, Ford’s head of global product development, Raj Nair, says will kick out a walloping 450 horsepower. The number-drop came during a Fox Sports TV interview at the 24 Hours […] 
 
 
Buy It Now: Mr. Bean’s Twice-Wrecked Daily-Driver McLaren F1 Is for Sale  Jan 26th, 2015 
Rowan Atkinson may be known best to American audiences as Mr. Bean, the hilariously hapless Brit with the musty green Mini. In real life, however, Atkinson is a true gearhead of excellent taste, as evidenced by the burgundy 1997 McLaren F1 he’s putting up for sale after having owned it since brand new. It turns […] 
 
 
2015 Jeep Renegade: Even Its Pricing Is Small  Jan 26th, 2015 
If there were any doubt that Jeep is going to snuff out the Compass and Patriot compact crossovers, consider the company’s pricing for the new Renegade the final nail in the coffin. Sure, Jeep will still sell you a Compass or a Patriot in 2015, but roughly $1K separates those two from the Renegade, and we can’t […] 
 
 
From Out of the Past, GM’s Futurliner Rolls into Washington D.C. and a Permanent Place in History  Jan 26th, 2015 
To say that the Historic Vehicle Association unveiled the latest addition to its National Historic Vehicle Register wouldn’t be entirely accurate; no one could find a silk cloth large enough to cover it. So they made the announcement from inside the 33-foot-long General Motors Futurliner No. 10 at the Washington Auto Show on Thursday. The […] 
 
 
McLaren Posts Picture of Camouflaged Car, Internet Fills in the Blanks  Jan 26th, 2015 
Another day, another new McLaren, with the British sportscar maker’s seemingly ceaseless product offensive continuing with the release of this teaser shot through the company’s Facebook page. We believe it’s a more powerful variant of the 650S, and we know that we’ll be seeing it at the Geneva motor show in March alongside the track-only […] 
 
 
2015 Jeep Renegade: Even Its Pricing Is Small  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Southern Rock Racing Demonstrates Why Crawling Is for Babies  Jan 26th, 2015 
“Don’t forget your nut belt; you’re gonna to need it.” Wait . . . what? Oh, right. I hurriedly fish around the seat bottom for what was previously known to me as an anti-submarine belt, latch it, and cinch it as tight as my arm muscles will allow. I am holding up the show. This […] 
 
 
Southern Rock Racing Demonstrates Why Crawling Is for Babies – Feature  Jan 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
We Test the Kickstartered RocketSkates and Get Kicked in . . . Other Places  Jan 26th, 2015 
From the February 2015 issue of Car and Driver The idea of powered personal mobility that you can pick up and carry is nothing new. Back in 1982, we tested the 92-pound Honda MotoCompo scooter [August 1982], which folded and packed in the trunk of a car. Now comes RocketSkates from Los Angeles–based Acton Inc., […] 
 
 
Dodge Earns 3 J.D. Power APEAL Awards for Charger, Challenger and Dart, Notes Ferman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of New Port Richey  Jan 26th, 2015 
The Dodge Dart, Charger and Challenger lead their segments in J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study. 
 
 
BMW Readies 3-series Midcycle Updates  Jan 24th, 2015 
BMW is getting ready to implement a midcycle facelift for its current, F30 3-series (pictured). Part of the 2016 update will be new engine options, according to the website bmwblog.com. The 3-series will receive a plug-in-hybrid version with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, and the 3.0-liter 335i will be replaced by the 340i, which features a […] 
 
 
2016 BMW 328e Plug-In Hybrid Prototype Driven: Plug It In, Man  Jan 23rd, 2015 
The entry-luxury sedan segment’s dominant Germans are about to extend their merciless battle to plug-in hybrids. Audi is prepping such a version of the A4 and Mercedes-Benz has a corded C-class in the works. Naturally, BMW’s pluggable 3-series is also imminent. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2016 BMW 328e Plug-In Hybrid – Prototype Drive  Jan 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2017 BMW M5 xDrive AWD – Future Cars  Jan 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Must-Watch Video: Masterful Drifting on a Cliffside Mountain Road  Jan 23rd, 2015 
Professional drifter Fredric Aasbo knows what he’s doing. He can pirouette his 800-horsepower, 2JZ-powered Toyota 86-X (what we call the Scion FR-S) like a ballerina, balancing the high-power, low-traction rocket on a knife’s edge at the bare brink of disaster. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, here he’s doing it on a cliffside road high […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Zoom-Zoomiest 2015 Mazda 3 2.5 s Hatchback  Jan 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
State of the Union (Jack): Mini Minor and New Roadster on the Way, Plus More Mini News  Jan 23rd, 2015 
Mini is about to go micro, and it’s not afraid to knock on other doors for help doing it. At least that’s what Automobile Magazine’s Georg Kacher is asserting in a broad report on Mini’s near-to-mid-term product plans. The report, which cites unnamed company and supplier sources, states that Mini has enlisted the help of […] 
 
 
We Spy the BMW M5 Testing With—Gasp!—AWD  Jan 23rd, 2015 
What It Is: A current-generation BMW M5 sedan testing a new feature that’s headed to the next-generation M5: all-wheel drive. (Or, in BMW-speak, “xDrive.”) The presence of front driveshafts on this prototype—and our spy photographer’s insistence that all four wheels were being powered during a drift—indicates that BMW is indeed testing the application of all-wheel […] 
 
 
Baby Book: 13 Developmental Milestones of the Ford Mustang’s Formative Years  Jan 23rd, 2015 
The Ford Mustang has a legendary past. We dig in and come up with come up with some fun facts about its creation and early years.  
 
 
Acura Is Getting Off the Stick—And Here’s Why  Jan 23rd, 2015 
If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand’s first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura’s lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. Not anymore. Come the 2016 model year, […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Zoom-Zoomiest 2015 Mazda 3 2.5 s Hatchback  Jan 23rd, 2015 
Mazda’s latest 3 sedan and hatchback have been out for over a year, and yet this is the first time we’re running the 10Best-awarded compact through our How We’d Spec It ringer. Inasmuch as it might look like we’re just a bunch of lazy goofs who simply forgot to spec out our ideal Mazda 3, the […] 
 
 
Bring the ‘Pain: Lamborghini Announces Huracán GT3  Jan 23rd, 2015 
The Exotic House That Agriculture (and Piëch) Built has been offering its Super Trofeo V-10 cars to gentleman racers since midway through the Gallardo’s run, adding a veneer of motorsport flair to a brand that’s been characterized by F1-snob Maranello-ites as an all-show, no-go concern. Now, less than six months after the unveiling of its […] 
 
 
2015 Jeep Renegade First Drive: A Brand Extension That’s Far from Overextended  Jan 23rd, 2015 
Like hair extensions, brand extensions make us wince. We like authenticity. But no matter how deeply ingrained a brand’s identity, that identity still belongs to a company, not a church, and a company’s first priority is not adhering to a belief system, it’s making money. Given that, the allure of selling out is easy to […] 
 
 
You All Bought So Many Camrys That Toyota is Again No.1 in the World  Jan 23rd, 2015 
Congratulations, car buyers. Your predictable, slavish patterns have made Toyota the number-one selling automaker on the planet for the last three years. In 2014, the world ate up 10.23 million new Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models, more than Volkswagen (10.14 million) or General Motors (9.92 million). In the U.S., Toyota the brand at 2.06 million […] 
 
 
2015 Jeep Renegade – First Drive Review  Jan 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Sears Point: The Winners!  Jan 23rd, 2015 
The Svengalis at the 24 Hours of LeMons have managed to cloud the minds of Race Sonoma‘s management to the point where they look at their beautiful wine-country race track being befouled by horrible, LeMons cars dropping bumpers and spewing oil… and see a real race going on. Maybe the hypnotism has them imagining shiny […] 
 
 
Cadillac to Upgrade Customer Experience at 700 Dealerships  Jan 23rd, 2015 
Cadillac will be implementing a luxury focused, boutique experience at 700 dealerships in the company’s U.S. dealer network of 900 stores, according to Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. 
 
 
F-Bombs Away: PR Institution Jason Vines on Clown CEOs, A-Hole Journalists  Jan 22nd, 2015 
C/D: How did you get into PR? JV: As a mistake. I was a human-resources guy working at Chrysler and got into marketing, and I was supposed to become the marketing head at Eagle. And the Friday before the Monday my new assignment was to begin, [Jeep/Eagle division head] Joe Cappy said, “Hey, can you do […] 
 
 
VW, BMW, and ChargePoint to String EV Chargers Along the Coasts  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Alternative-fuel vehicles are usually accompanied by great arguments on paper—fewer emissions, less reliance on oil, lower operating costs, etc.—but getting people to adopt them en masse is no easy thing. The big obstacle is infrastructure, or more to the point, a lack thereof. Tesla grasped this early on and introduced the Supercharger network to give its customers […] 
 
 
Cadillac: CT6 Will Use a Plethora of Aluminum, Dealerships To Be Updated  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Cadillac’s full-size, rear-drive CT6 luxury sedan is coming—soon—which means the PR onslaught has only just begun. Case in point: a separate announcement today about the sedan’s manufacturing processes, which include the use of LASERS (but no sharks). In the run-up to the big four-door’s debut, Cadillac is also indicating that the CT6 will use a lot of […] 
 
 
2015 Audi RS3 Sportback – First Drive Review  Jan 22nd, 2015 
 
 
 
You Knew It Wouldn’t Be Cheap: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Price Leaked  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Pricing for the highly anticipated and much ballyhooed Mercedes-AMG GT S sports coupe appears to have been leaked, and here’s how not-cheap it is: According to our friends at Jalopnik, a tipster has shared a memo from Mercedes-Benz stating that the 503-hp GT S will start at $129,900. No mention if that includes the destination and delivery […] 
 
 
Why I Bought a Stick-Shift Hyundai  Jan 22nd, 2015 
I always wait until late in the model year to buy a car, when the dealers are beginning to think about dumping their stock to get ready for the new models. So having had for five years a Toyota Prius, which would remain my wife’s car, I was ready to get a stick shift again. […] 
 
 
The Ford GT and Challenger Hellcat Prove Every Car Should Have Holes in Its Lights  Jan 22nd, 2015 
The Detroit auto show has come and gone. And now we are left with one very obvious and pressing question: Who wears it best? “It,” of course, being a big ol’ hole in a lighting element. In the past year, two performance cars have been introduced that feature these cleverly engineered lights. First, there was the […] 
 
 
2015 Audi RS3 Sportback First Drive: This One Needs to Come to America  Jan 22nd, 2015 
A few years ago, Audi crowned its A3 lineup with a top model by its Quattro GmbH performance division, dubbed the RS3 Sportback. At the time of the RS3’s launch in the spring of 2011, the second-gen A3 was already well into the autumn of its life cycle; the RS model had not been part […] 
 
 
Manly Deeds? Chevrolet Spark EV to Go On Sale in Maryland  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Maryland’s state seal reads, “Fatti maschii, parole femine.” Translated from Italian? “Manly deeds, womanly words.” Which brings up a whole pile of gender-studies questions that we’re somewhat unqualified to answer. And we’re not entirely sure what it has to do with Chevrolet’s decision to sell the juice-cutesy Spark EV in the state. When we attended […] 
 
 
Discover How Much the Land Rover Discovery Sport Will Cost: U.S. Pricing Announced  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Land Rover has released MSRP pricing for the new Discovery Sport, with the seven-seat SUV set to run from $37,995 for the basic SE variant through to $42,495 for the HSE and $46,495 for the bells-and-whistles HSE Lux. Which, as you’d expect, pitches it pretty much straight in the middle of the compact-luxury-SUV segment. As […] 
 
 
Toyota MR2 Turbo – Archived Test  Jan 22nd, 2015 
 
 
 
Porsche Boxster and Cayman: More Details Emerge on Turbocharged Future  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Although the very idea of a Porsche powered by a four-cylinder engine makes some of the sports-car brand’s enthusiasts reach for stakes and garlic, Stuttgart has considerable form in making cars with just a quartet of cylinders. The 924, 944, and 968 all used inline fours under their over-long hoods. Go further back and the […] 
 
 
Discover How Much the Land Rover Discovery Sport Will Cost: U.S. Pricing Announced  Jan 22nd, 2015 
 
 
 
Cadillac Will Build the New CT6 With Aluminum-Welding Lasers  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Cadillac’s upcoming CT6 sedan won’t just be the brand’s range-topping large sedan. It’ll be a materials science tour de force, assembled by 205 robots using cutting-edge mixed-material manufacturing techniques—including fighter-jet-style structural adhesives and aluminum-welding lasers. It’s enough to make your old-school arc welder look like a hopeless antique. Just as we told you back in […] 
 
 
Jeff Gordon Announces Retirement from NASCAR after 2015 Season  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Jeff Gordon announced this morning that he’ll hang up his racing gloves at the end of the 2015 NASCAR racing season. It will be his 23rd season running full-time in the Sprint Cup Series. Letting team know this will be my final year competing for a championship. pic.twitter.com/s7aH8OpGQZ — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) January 22, 2015 I'm proud […] 
 
 
Mitsubishi Is Bringing Back the Montero, and That Could Be Great News  Jan 22nd, 2015 
All you American Pajero boys, get ready. Mitsubishi is preparing a new Montero for us, and it will be revealed on February 12th at the 2015 Chicago auto show. Globally, the Montero has carved out a reputation as an extremely reliable, rugged, and capable full-size SUV. Unfortunately for us, it never gained much traction here, […] 
 
 
Toyota MR2 Turbo: A Straight-A Student Who Never Cracks a Smile [C/D Archives]  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Poke an automotive journalist hard enough and he’ll admit that had it not been for cruel twists of fate, he would be celebrated not as a simple scribe but as perhaps the fastest, bravest Grand Prix driver in history. So it was when a dozen or so of these undiscovered eminences recently gathered at sun-bleached […] 
 
 
NADA Show Planner  Jan 22nd, 2015 
The magazine’s objection-handling wiz says he’ll be scouring the show floor at this year’s NADA Convention and Expo for tools that address today’s millennial customer. 
 
 
Stepping Up Your Game  Jan 22nd, 2015 
Instead of resorting to name calling, Da Man says dealers and their sales teams could learn a lot from sales event companies. 
 
 
Finding the Right Mix  Jan 22nd, 2015 
A minister’s lesson about having too much of a good thing turns out to be a great guide for lender selection. His Madness offers a few other tips for managing those relationships. 
 
 
Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe Is a 60th Anniversary Present to the Porsche Club of America  Jan 21st, 2015 
 
 
 
Eating Sushi with Bob Lutz: He Talks Mid-Engine Corvette, New Fiskers, and Plug-In Pickups  Jan 21st, 2015 
Bob Lutz is perhaps the most charismatic, controversial, and quote-worthy executive in the business. At 82, “Maximum Bob” is still about everything you’ve ever read—straight-talking, unfiltered, and staunchly opinionated. A few examples of the latter: on used-car shopping (“For a guy at your stage in life, you should get a C6 Corvette”) or his time […] 
 
 
Year of the Goose, Part 1: An Experiment in Motorcycling  Jan 21st, 2015 
I’d known about On Any Sunday since I was a tween BMX grommet back in the late 1980s. Somebody, maybe it was Stu Thomsen, suggested that the opening sequence—featuring a bunch of kids on Schwinn Stingrays on a makeshift motocross course—made him want to do exactly that. But for some reason, I didn’t get around […] 
 
 
Watch Ken Block Give a Walkaround of His Epic, 650-hp Tracked F-150 RaptorTRAX  Jan 21st, 2015 
Ken Block’s F-150 SVT Raptor, dubbed RaptorTRAX, makes 650 horsepower—and that’s not even the most insane thing about the truck. It turns out Block’s into more than slinging around high-horsepower, all-wheel-drive hatchbacks. The dude’s also big time into snowboarding, and he whipped up this beast to get him and three buddies into the backcountry. Now he’s been […] 
 
 
Acura to Bring Updated RDX to 2015 Chicago Auto Show  Jan 21st, 2015 
  For consumers and dealers, the Chicago Auto Show has always been a big deal—and that’s unlikely to change given the city’s huge car market—but manufacturers have increasingly focused even more on Detroit, New York, or L.A. when it comes to big stateside debuts. Well, Chicago, Honda is steppin’ in and showing you some love, because in […] 
 
 
Monochromeo, Part 2! Meet the Blackened GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation Edition  Jan 21st, 2015 
When Chevy announced the return of the Custom Sport Package, we suggested that their brothers at GMC might want to look into bringing back the legendary Beau James package. In its infinite Professional-Grade wisdom, GMC did no such thing, instead delivering a near-clone of the monochrome Custom Sport package called the Elevation Edition. While Chevy’s Custom […] 
 
 
Monochromeo, Part 2! Meet the Blackened GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation Edition  Jan 21st, 2015 
 
 
 
This Red-Hot Subaru Legacy Is, Unfortunately, Untouchable  Jan 21st, 2015 
At this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Subaru revealed something bright red and unexpected: the Legacy B4 Blitzen concept. In addition to a blinding red color scheme, the B4 Blitzen concept gets wider fenders and a more aggressive front fascia with unique air intakes and a gloss-black grille that apparently are inspired by the company’s famed […] 
 
 
2016 Porsche 911 Spied Testing: Mild Facelift and Sub-Turbo Turbo Models Coming  Jan 21st, 2015 
Late last year, reports surfaced that Porsche was to expand the 911’s availability of turbocharged flat-sixes beyond the eponymous Turbo and Turbo S models—and soon. While we’re not exactly fans of the move, it makes sense in a world facing ever-more-stringent fuel-economy standards, and it seems that it’s time to wave goodbye (at least in part) to […] 
 
 
Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe Is a 60th Anniversary Present to the Porsche Club of America  Jan 21st, 2015 
In 1955, a group of Washington, D.C.-area enthusiasts, enamored with a newfangled type of sports car dribbling in from Stuttgart, established the Porsche Club of America. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the club, which now boasts 141 regional chapters and boundless enthusiasm for crest-wearing cars. Porsche itself is getting in on the celebration with […] 
 
 
Hot Black-on-Orange Action! 2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0 Now at Scion Dealerships  Jan 21st, 2015 
Two-tone paint jobs are a rarified thing outside of the automotive stratosphere. But you don’t have to go to the Bentley or Bugatti store if you want one, as the latest limited-edition “release series” Scion tC number—uh, which one are we up to now? oh yeah—9.0 is wearing a pretty rad one. While we hope […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L Automatic – Instrumented Test  Jan 21st, 2015 
 
 
 
Video: See How Land Rover Assembles the Iconic Defender By Hand  Jan 21st, 2015 
The Land Rover Defender is an anachronism. Evolved from a lineage that reaches back to 1948, and with an overall design largely unchanged since 1971, the upright British off-roader has gone from stalwart farm machinery to utilitarian icon. Hell, even Queen Elizabeth II drives one—with a manual transmission, naturally. Unfortunately, this staunch defender of the body-on-frame 4×4 tradition isn’t […] 
 
 
Behind the Scenes of Ford’s Drift-Dizzying Mustang 50th Anniversary Video  Jan 21st, 2015 
Earlier this month, Ford Racing released a tire-smoking, V-8–screaming video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, featuring eight modded Stangs and the drifting skills of Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chris Forsberg, and Ryan Tuerck. It was a gasoline-fueled, tire-burning orgy of horsepower. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how they made it. Ford’s Tire-Smoking, Drift-Dizzying […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Automatic Tested: Quicker than the Manual  Jan 21st, 2015 
The performance-car world has turned a corner. It’s a corner that, for a long time, those of us who savor engaging one’s left leg and right arm to shift gears have been reluctant to admit even exists: In most instances, no objective case can be made for choosing a manual over an automatic when it […] 
 
 
5 Steps to Trouble-Free F&I  Jan 21st, 2015 
The AFIP’s executive director says it’s possible to have the best of all F&I worlds. He details a plan for satisfying customers, increasing revenues and avoiding regulatory hassles. 
 
 
Solving the Pay Plan Dilemma  Jan 21st, 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 Core Principle  Jan 21st, 2015 
F&I trainer says that making the process all about the customer creates a buying environment that no amount of selling can create. 
 
 
Multipoint Inspection  Jan 21st, 2015 
Retail expert breaks down a performance analysis that can gauge whether your used-vehicle department is ready for what promises to be an interesting year for the pre-owned segment. 
 
 
Mobile Update  Jan 21st, 2015 
The noise has died down since the first tablet-based F&I menu hit the market in early 2011. But for dealerships like Bowling Green Lincoln Auto Sales, the mobile menu has delivered as promised. 
 
 
CDK Global Unveils Targeted Marketing Solution  Jan 21st, 2015 
CDK Global’s Audience Management solution offers a personalized online shopping experience for each car buyer by tracking their behavior on and off dealership sites. 
 
 
7 Regulatory Predictions for 2015  Jan 21st, 2015 
The magazine’s resident legal wiz dusts off his crystal ball and offers his regulatory forecast for the coming year. 
 
 
AutoNation President and COO to Retire in April  Jan 21st, 2015 
Mike Maroone will be retiring as AutoNation's president and COO in April. He will be replaced by current CEO Mike Jackson and senior executive Bill Berman. 
 
 
Auto Loan Balances Near $1 Trillion, Equifax Reports  Jan 21st, 2015 
The total balance of auto loans in December 2014 was $975 billion, representing 33.2% of total outstanding non-mortgage consumer debt, according to Equifax. 
 
 
The D.R.I.I.L. That Kills  Jan 21st, 2015 
Menu expert says technology can’t solve everything. He breaks down five behaviors that can doom a dealership’s bottom line. 
 
 
EasyCare Training Platform to Feature Dave Anderson  Jan 21st, 2015 
EasyCare has partnered with Dave Anderson and his LearnToLead program to deliver training to the EasyCare dealer network. 
 
 
The Mobile Divide  Jan 21st, 2015 
The editor explains why he keeps giving the mobile menu ink despite not hearing about a major pickup in adoption for the F&I selling tool. 
 
 
Connected-Car Test Track to Open at University of Michigan  Jan 21st, 2015 
Although they’d probably claim otherwise, Silicon Valley programmers are not the sole solution for smart roads and connected cars. The concept must be tested in a lifelike setting, which is exactly what’s happening this spring just a few miles from our Ann Arbor, Michigan, headquarters. The University of Michigan is opening the country’s first closed […] 
 
 
Watch Ken Block Hoon the All-New AWD Ford Focus RS  Jan 21st, 2015 
Before getting to the video, let’s go over what we’ve learned from insiders about the Ford Focus RS that will be sold in both Europe and America. First of all, forget about FWD: The Focus RS is getting a brand-new, performance-oriented AWD system that should skew toward a 50/50 front-to-rear torque bias rather than the front-drive-oriented system […] 
 
 
Bowl, Schmowl: Ford, Lincoln Sitting Out This Year’s Super Bowl Ad Frenzy  Jan 21st, 2015 
After delivering a walloping thwack upside the head last week with the unveiling of the Ford GT, the Mustang Shelby GT350R, and the 2017 F-150 Raptor at the Detroit auto show, it looks as though Ford is going to skip the Super Bowl ad extravaganza. Lincoln is also sitting on the sidelines, presumably looking to […] 
 
 
Cash Money: These 5 New Cars Raised Boatloads of Money for Charity at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale  Jan 21st, 2015 
 
 
 
All-New Honda Pilot (and Ridgeline Teaser) Coming to 2015 Chicago Auto Show  Jan 21st, 2015 
Honda announced today that the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot will debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next month. And just in time for Honda to share a rendering (above), our spies clicked off some shots of a camo-wrapped Pilot testing on the streets (below). Meet your new, less-boxy contender for family-truckster dominance. As we […] 
 
 
Cash Money: These 5 New Cars Raised Boatloads of Money for Charity at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale  Jan 21st, 2015 
As sure as the rising of the sun, major classic-car auctions feature tons of cars selling for ungodly sums of cash. It’s a cycle we’re growing a bit tired of, being as poor as we are, but those huge piles of money occasionally are diverted from the pockets of plumbing-fixture magnates and into the coffers of worthy charities. The […] 
 
 
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