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Geneva Rocks: Jeep Debuts Diesel-Powered Wrangler Rocks Star  Feb 28th, 2015 
Wrangler owners all know that they’ll one day wake up with the sudden urge to bolt on a couple thousand dollars’ worth of aftermarket parts. And in those precious disorienting seconds, Chrysler wants to them to default to mouthing the word, “Mopar”—hence the mission of this yellow Jeep landing in Geneva. Beyond its awkward Rocks Star […] 
 
 
2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Nighthawk – First Drive Review  Feb 27th, 2015 
The last time we reviewed a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, it was 2009, and none other than P.J. O’Rourke wrote an enlightened piece full of magnificently qualified praise for the glittery land yacht, with cheeky nods to the people who buy them. We certainly won’t attempt to match O’Rourke’s sage perspective, social insights, and penchant […] 
 
 
Speak Up for Safety (and Money)! Senate Committee Recommends Payouts to Auto-Industry Whistleblowers  Feb 27th, 2015 
In the wake of the Takata airbag debacle and the GM ignition-switch mess, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has drafted a measure to incentivize auto-industry whistleblowers. The Senators posit that employees who speak up about safety defects should receive up to 30 percent of any federal fines eventually imposed. Whistleblowers would be rewarded […] 
 
 
Two Cute: Tiny Jeep Renegade Concept Gets Even Tinier Matching Trailer  Feb 27th, 2015 
Aww, look! Jeep gave its tiny-tot Renegade a little trailer and sent it to Geneva to melt Europeans’ hearts! Okay, so Jeep did a little bit more than simply add a look-alike trailer to its newest small crossover and send it up to Switzerland for one of Europe’s biggest auto shows. It also painted the […] 
 
 
Two Cute: Tiny Jeep Renegade Concept Gets Even Tinier Matching Trailer  Feb 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Nighthawk – First Drive Review  Feb 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Startech Somehow Gets Carbon Fiber to Stick to the Jaguar F-type Like Magnets  Feb 27th, 2015 
The Jaguar F-type is already impeccably handsome—all crouched down in a prowl of potential energy ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. But what if you want more? More attitude, more downforce, more blessed carbon fiber? European tuning house Startech has you, and your F-type, covered—in scads of carbon fiber. The oddly named Startech Refinement […] 
 
 
Startech Somehow Gets Carbon Fiber to Stick to the Jaguar F-Type Like Magnets  Feb 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Chrysler Recalls 338,000 Dodge Durangos for Stalling  Feb 27th, 2015 
Chrysler is recalling 338,216 Dodge Durango SUVs to expand upon an earlier recall of fuel-pump failures, the company said today. In total, 467,480 vehicles worldwide—the 2012–2013 Durango and exported diesel versions of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee—are included in this latest recall, which adds to the 230,760 SUVs recalled in September for the same problem. […] 
 
 
The Story of RS: A Visual History of Every Ford RS Model  Feb 27th, 2015 
The 2017 Ford Focus RS is only the latest chapter in the 40-plus-year saga of the RS badge. Here, we present a chronological recap of every RS model to date.  
 
 
Civic Me Timbers: Mega-Hot Honda Civic Type R Spied Uncovered Just Ahead of Official Reveal  Feb 27th, 2015 
Thanks to a camera-wielding reader over at Worldcarfans, we’ve been given our first unencumbered look at Honda’s all-new Civic Type R just days before the car debuts at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Pictured here receiving what appears to be a pre-auto-show primping at a detail shop, the Type R looks more or less how we expected: […] 
 
 
A (Nissan) Rogue With a French Accent: the Renault Kadjar  Feb 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
The BMW i3’s Designer Gets Philosophical About Its Interior  Feb 27th, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Designed from the inside out, BMW’s i3 is all sustainable natural fibers, hand-rubbed eucalyptus wood, and avant-garde design. The electric hatch bears ­little resemblance to any other BMW—or any other car, for that matter. Benoit Jacob, head of design for BMW i products, breaks it down […] 
 
 
Coupe Beverly Hills: Our Man Ezra Dyer Drives the Stunning Audi Prologue Concept  Feb 27th, 2015 
In the realm of concept cars, we have two general categories. First, there are the total flights of fancy, the machines that have an odd number of wheels or nuclear power or the steering wheel that is also a fish tank. Sometimes journalists dare the car companies to actually build these things, and that’s how […] 
 
 
A (Nissan) Rogue With a French Accent: the Renault Kadjar  Feb 27th, 2015 
The model portfolios of Renault and Nissan keep converging, thanks to their extensive technology and platform sharing. The latest evidence is in the compact-SUV segment, which is growing not just in North America but in Europe, as well, where Renault is welcoming yet another entry: the Kadjar, a close relative of the ever-popular Nissan Rogue. […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Stripper 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Extra Awesome  Feb 27th, 2015 
There’s something alluring about a base-model pickup—maybe it’s all the old Chevy C-10s, Ford F-100s, and assorted Dodge trucks we troll the internet for, or maybe it’s that modern trucks are pricier and more tech-laden than German luxury sedans. A 2015 Ford F-150 we ran through our How We’d Spec It online configurator test was a moderately equipped […] 
 
 
Orange Is the New Fast: MTM Builds a 750-hp Audi RS6 Avant  Feb 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Orange Is the New Fast: MTM Builds a 750-hp Audi RS6 Avant  Feb 27th, 2015 
There are three things German tuner MTM likes more than anything else in this world: horsepower, Audis, and the color orange. The outfit tends to mix all three together to form wild, Audi-based rides, and its latest creation, the RS-6 Clubsport, takes MTM’s triple threat to new heights. Debuting at the 2015 Geneva auto show, […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Stripper 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Extra Awesome  Feb 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Magna Steyr’s MILA Plus Sports Car Concept Is a Hybridized Showcase  Feb 26th, 2015 
Magna Steyr has screwed together some of our favorite vehicles—shout out to the Mercedes G-wagen—and in the leadup to the Geneva Motor Show, the contract manufacturer has unveiled its latest concept car intended to highlight its services. The yellow Lotus Evora–ish two-door you see here is the MILA Plus, the eighth such example of the Magna Innovative Lightweight […] 
 
 
All-New Volkswagen Touran: Just Right for Europe, Too Sensible for America  Feb 26th, 2015 
In America, we like our people-movers in the shape of SUVs, because of all the off-roading we never do. In Europe, where heinously expensive gasoline precludes such silliness, family vehicles are chosen based on more practical considerations. Thus, VW’s Touran, a small, minivan-ish, tall-wagon thing is a pretty big deal over there, and newly redesigned […] 
 
 
All-New Volkswagen Touran: Just Right for Europe, Too Sensible for America  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Most ‘Murican Sub-$50K Chevrolet Silverado 1500  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
This Clay Model Previews One of Two New Models Slated To Relaunch Jensen, the British Boutique Brand  Feb 26th, 2015 
From 1967 until 1976, if you were too quirky to buy a BMW 3.0CS and too tweedy for a Chevy Camaro, you might have purchased a new Jensen Interceptor. Powered by an American big-block V-8 and built in England, the suavely handsome Interceptor (pictured at the bottom of this post) cost a lot more than […] 
 
 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor In-Depth: Twin Turbos, 10-Speed Gearbox – Feature  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
The Opel Corsa OPC Is GM’s Fiesta ST  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Five for Five: Five GM Designers Weigh In on Five Generations of Camaro Design  Feb 26th, 2015 
Through five generations, each Chevrolet Camaro design has tended to reflect the cultural climate in which it was created. Here, five of GM's top designers hit the generational highlights, and we dig through our archives to bring you some of the tastiest Camaro photos ever to grace the physical and digital pages of Car and Driver.  
 
 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor In-Depth: Twin Turbos, 10-Speed Gearbox  Feb 26th, 2015 
Ford’s first F-150 Raptor hit like a meteorite when it made its debut for 2010—sudden, spectacular, and surprising. It was the first true high-perform­ance off-road pickup with a factory warranty, a proud totem of badassery. Developed by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, it somehow survived both the Baja 1000 desert race and the worst economic faceplant […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Most ’Murican Sub-$50K Chevrolet Silverado 1500  Feb 26th, 2015 
We’re all about fairness here at Car and Driver, which is why we started to feel bad that Chevy fans had to sit idly by while we applied our fantasy online-car-configurating How We’d Spec It process to not one but two different 2015 Ford F-150s. So here we are, folks, kickin’ it fair and balanced […] 
 
 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Revealed: Brutality and Bloodshed for All  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive Diesel – Instrumented Test  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive Test: A Diesel for the 7-series, Better Late than Never  Feb 26th, 2015 
Despite the popularity of large, diesel-powered luxury sedans on the other side of the Atlantic, the segment exists in the current U.S. market thanks only to the Audi A8, which gained a 3.0-liter TDI V-6 option for 2014 to go along with its boosted gasoline powerplants. (Mercedes-Benz previously offered a diesel in the S-class but […] 
 
 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Revealed: Brutality and Bloodshed for All  Feb 26th, 2015 
When we interviewed AMG chief Tobias Moers last fall, he memorably blustered, “Nobody will miss the good old 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine!” When we suggested that people would, in fact, miss the free-breathing, loud-barking, large-displacement monster, he backtracked with a hint of defeated humility in his voice, admitting, “It’s a nice engine, yeah.” Nice enough […] 
 
 
Ala. AG Shuts Down Dealer for Fraud  Feb 26th, 2015 
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was granted a temporary restraining order against the owners of a used-car dealership, as well as permission to seize the dealer’s property. 
 
 
TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Driven by Millennial Originations  Feb 26th, 2015 
The millennial generation is the fastest-growing segment of auto loan consumers, representing 27% of total auto loan originations in 2014, according to data from TransUnion. 
 
 
Dealertrack Introduces New Inventory Management Mobile App  Feb 26th, 2015 
Dealertrack has introduced its new Inventory+ Mobile app, a comprehensive inventory management solution. The app replaces Dealertrack’s existing TrueTarget Mobile app. 
 
 
Santander Agrees to $9.35 Million DOJ Settlement  Feb 26th, 2015 
Santander has agreed to settle charges that it illegally repossessed more than a thousand cars it financed for active service members over a five-year period. 
 
 
2016 Audi R8 Debuts with More Power, Lower Weight – Official Photos and Info  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Minivan Throwdown! 2015 Honda Odyssey vs. 2015 Kia Sedona, 2015 Toyota Sienna  Feb 26th, 2015 
It’s possible that none of this matters. Billions of years from now, after all of humanity’s great struggles and achievements, the universe will collapse back in on itself, and all that exists and all knowledge of all that was will be compressed into a singularity so inescapable that not even Katniss Everdeen will be able […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: Yes, Basic Jeep Wranglers Still Exist in 2015  Feb 26th, 2015 
In light of Jeep’s recent forays into crossover-dom—see the Renegade and Cherokee, please—we’ve been hit hard with nostalgia for the brand’s good ol’ days. You know, the ones filled with solid axles, real four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, and manly stick-shift transmissions. So we moseyed over to Jeep’s online configurator to start building out a […] 
 
 
Al-Icky Thump: Rolls-Royce’s Al-Adiyat Cars Aren’t Mere Wagons to Mexico  Feb 26th, 2015 
Expat Michigander Jack White is a man all about the color schemes. A few years ago, he explained to Guitar Player, “Sometimes, I need something to keep myself centered. Having everything in the White Stripes be red, white, and black centers me, and keeps me on that one path. Copper centered me on the Raconteurs.” […] 
 
 
2016 Audi R8 Debuts with More Power, Lower Weight  Feb 26th, 2015 
The debut of the second-generation Audi R8 was, as are most launches, carefully choreographed to lead up to a spectacular auto-show reveal. We saw teasers. We even rode shotgun in a prototype. But everything spilled onto Twitter and Instagram early, ruining Audi’s plans. We’re sort of okay with that, though, as now we get to […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: Yes, Basic Jeep Wranglers Still Exist in 2015  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Honda Odyssey Elite vs. 2015 Kia Sedona SXL, 2015 Toyota Sienna Limited – Comparison Tests  Feb 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
EDAG, Yo: German Engineering Firm Creates Odd “Light Cocoon” Concept  Feb 25th, 2015 
What’s EDAG, you ask? It is a German company that specializes in engineering. What’s a Light Cocoon? That’s the rather novel solution EDAG thought up to advance the lightweighting of cars. Obviously. The curious-looking vehicle (which is EDAG’s 16th concept car—here’s one from 2000 and another from 2007) will glow from a display at the 2015 […] 
 
 
Inside Connecticut’s Fight Over Tesla Dealerships  Feb 25th, 2015 
Tesla Motors has an unconventional sales strategy. Model S buyers deal directly with the manufacturer, typing the exact options they desire into Tesla’s website and receiving their bespoke electric car at a later date—the current wait is about three months. It’s an unprecedented variation on the traditional car-buying process, one that was only made possible by the […] 
 
 
VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE Hints at the Next Passat CC  Feb 25th, 2015 
The last time Volkswagen’s swoopy, Passat-based CC “four-door coupe” received any sort of update was back in 2013, and that was a light cosmetic freshening. We know the next all-new CC is due soon—perhaps by the end of this year—and this is your first glance at that car in the form of the Sport Coupe Concept GTE, a Geneva-bound design exercise. […] 
 
 
Ford Working on Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Integration for Sync 3 Infotainment Platform  Feb 25th, 2015 
When Ford announced it was scrapping its cumbersome Microsoft-based MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment platform and starting over with a new Blackberry QNX-based Sync 3 architecture, in the words of Monty Python, there was much rejoicing. Having already sampled Sync 3 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we can say it is much improved—and now we’ve learned that […] 
 
 
German Brand Borgward Is Coming Back, But Will It Honor Its Forward-Thinking Past?  Feb 25th, 2015 
The story of Preston Tucker and his car is well known: Better-looking and technologically superior to the competition, the “game-changing” 48 (née Torpedo) was brought down by a combination of an obtuse and hostile press and mean-spirited competitors and government officials. Germany has an equivalent of Tucker: Borgward. But while the Chicago-based American carmaker folded after just […] 
 
 
A Berlingo Ate My Baby! Citroën Shows Off Funky Mountain Vibe Concept  Feb 25th, 2015 
During Deep Purple’s fertile Ritchie Blackmore era, the band went out to Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva, to track what would become their rock ’n’ roll monolith, Machine Head. The theater they’d intended to make the album in burned down when some joker fired a flare gun into the ceiling, leaving Purple to […] 
 
 
CPS CEO: Finance Source Ahead of the Compliance Curve  Feb 25th, 2015 
Consumer Portfolio Services CEO Charles Bradley laid out the lender’s compliance efforts during a quarterly earnings call last week. The finance source’s subprime lending activities are currently being investigated by Department of Justice. 
 
 
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4×4 Tested: A Veritable Bouillon Cube of Cuteness  Feb 25th, 2015 
This little Jeep Toontown trucklet is a veritable bouillon cube of cuteness. From the Jeep Renegade’s big, innocent peepers (bearing a little Jeep grille and headlights logo) to its saccharine-sweet taillights molded with an “X” in the middle to look like the side of a jerrycan, the Renegade is 166.6 inches of ­concentrated adorableness. Naturally, […] 
 
 
VW Eos Being Discontinued: “Don’t Let the Sun Come Down on M—Oh, Damn”  Feb 25th, 2015 
Volkswagen just remembered that it still builds the ancient Eos folding hardtop convertible, an epiphany which must have reminded the company that it sells relatively few of the things. In light of this, and according to Automotive News Europe, VW has officially decided to kill off the model midway through this year after a largely mediocre nine-year […] 
 
 
Cadillac Will Debut an Entirely New V-6 Engine in the CT6 Sedan  Feb 25th, 2015 
It’s been a big week for surprise Cadillac CT6 news. Sunday night, the luxury automaker gave the world its first glimpse at the big sedan in a commercial aired during the Academy Awards. Monday, brand president Johan de Nysschen revealed in an online Q&A that the CT6 will eventually feature an all-new twin-turbo V-8. Now? Well, now de Nysschen has […] 
 
 
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4×4 – Instrumented Test  Feb 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 McLaren 675LT: More Power, Less Weight, More Tail – Official Photos and Info  Feb 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
Honda CEO Stepping Down in June: A Brief Look at Big H’s Recent Triumphs and Troubles  Feb 25th, 2015 
Honda has no time for a summer vacation. Among the items on its to-do list: deliver all-new Honda Pilots and Civic Type Rs, plan the media and market launches for the 2016 Acura NSX, juggle lawsuits and government investigations over faulty Takata airbags, and ace its first Formula 1 season in seven years as the […] 
 
 
2016 McLaren 675LT: More Power, Less Weight, More Tail  Feb 25th, 2015 
McLaren’s hot, new 675LT is a higher-performance variant of the 650S, and the LT portion of its name is derived from the wild 1997 F1 GT “Longtail” homologation special. That rare McLaren menaced the road with radically lengthened bodywork, racy aerodynamics, and a better power-to-weight ratio than the car on which it was based. The […] 
 
 
Revealed: The Secrets Lurking Out of Sight in Your Car’s Interior  Feb 25th, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Your car is filled with secrets—behind the dashboard, under the seat upholstery, and below the carpet. Masked by vinyl, leather, and plastic, there’s an intricate world of motors, computers, structure, plumbing, and wiring that automakers hope you never think about. It’s where an airbag lies dormant, […] 
 
 
Hand-Built Rolls-Royce Featured at Sarasota Estate Auction on Feb. 28  Feb 25th, 2015 
1994 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur III featured in multi-estate fine art and furniture auction in Sarasota, Florida. 
 
 
Nissan, NBC & Adam Levine Urge Drivers To Stop Texting and Driving with 'Red Thumb Day'  Feb 25th, 2015 
Drivers are encouraged to mark their thumbs red as a reminder to put their phone down. 
 
 
Audi Prologue Avant Concept Unveiled: A Coupe Turns Into a Station Wagon  Feb 25th, 2015 
Since he took over Audi design in early 2014, Marc Lichte has been eager to display his own vision and style. The first major effort was the Prologue concept, a massive two-door coupe that was launched at the Los Angeles show last fall before reappearing in January with a hybrid powertrain at the Consumer Electronics […] 
 
 
2015 BMW i8 vs. Angeles Crest Highway – Instrumented Test  Feb 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Watch: McLaren P1 GTR and F1 GTR Dice on the Racetrack  Feb 24th, 2015 
While the liveries draw a direct line between the race-prepped F1 GTR and the track-ready P1 GTR, they also illuminate just how far top-spec McLarens have come. The P1 GTR is a technological marvel, lacking perhaps the mechanical purity of the old F1 but making up for it with an overabundance of performance and guts—986 horsepower […] 
 
 
Video: Watch the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² Go Crazy Nuts  Feb 24th, 2015 
Mercedes loves the rolling-barn anachronism that is the G-wagen, and it really loves producing and selling profit-heavy, super-bonkers versions of the stalwart beast. Consider the G63 AMG. And the V-12 G65 AMG. And the insaniac 6×6. All based on what is, essentially, still a rough-and-tumble military vehicle for which the basic R&D was done decades ago. There’s more: Earlier […] 
 
 
Jeep Wrangler Black Edition II: The Upscale, Diesel-Powered Wrangler We Need Stateside  Feb 24th, 2015 
Is there anyplace in the world where Jeeps aren’t at least a little bit cool? The coolest Jeep, the Wrangler, has long been sold overseas, and as such Jeep won’t be sitting idly by during the 2015 Geneva auto show; instead, the automaker will unveil an all-new special-edition Wrangler, the Black Edition II. Unsurprisingly, the Black […] 
 
 
To Live and Drive in L.A.: We Pit the BMW i8 vs. the Angeles Crest Highway  Feb 24th, 2015 
Los Angeles might have the weather of Eden, but instead of being home to two naked people, there are nearly 4 million here, only some of whom are naked. Those 4 million individuals create traffic so dense and soul-crushing, it gets end-of-times nicknames such as Carmageddon. Traffic never sleeps in the City of Angels. Even […] 
 
 
67,000 Cadillac ATS Models Recalled for Overly Sensitive Sunroof Switches  Feb 24th, 2015 
General Motors is recalling a number of Cadillac ATS models because the sunroof can apparently be opened with too light of a touch, according to filings with Transport Canada. This might seem like one of those “Is this really a defect?” cases, but federal law in fact stipulates a minimum amount of pressure for activating sunroof switches, and the Caddy […] 
 
 
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan: Ready to Bomb the World’s Racetracks – Official Photos and Info  Feb 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC Driven: Nearly a Full AMG Is Pretty Damn Good  Feb 24th, 2015 
In the vast space that exists in the Mercedes-Benz C-class lineup between the entry C300 and the balls-to-the-wall 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63, Mercedes-Benz currently offers the C400. Nice as that car is, though, one jack-of-all-trades model isn’t really suitable for spanning the divide, so Mercedes is bringing in reinforcements. Luxury-leaning, green-minded customers, for example, soon will […] 
 
 
Audi Prologue Avant Concept: A Coupe Turns Into a Station Wagon – Auto Shows  Feb 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC – First Drive Review  Feb 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan Debuts: 24 Examples, 800+hp, Track-Only  Feb 24th, 2015 
Let’s start with the name of Aston’s new megapowered track star first. It almost certainly has you thinking of Mr. Spock, or possibly—if you’re too sad to be seen in public—another more obscure Star Trek character, like T’Pau. But Aston Martin’s Britishness means the Vulcan name is more likely a reference to the astonishingly loud […] 
 
 
J.D. Power Projects Best February Sales in 13 Years  Feb 24th, 2015 
Total light-vehicle retail sales are expected to reach 1.3 million units in February, the highest total for the month since 2002, according to projections from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. 
 
 
President Once Again Takes Aim at Reinsurers  Feb 24th, 2015 
For the sixth time, President Barack Obama has included language in his annual budget that would end some of the tax benefits enjoyed by reinsurers. Market insiders don’t believe it will gain support from the Republican-controlled Congress. 
 
 
CPS CEO: Finance Source Ahead of the Compliance Curve  Feb 24th, 2015 
Consumer Portfolio Services CEO Charles Bradley laid out the lender’s compliance efforts during a quarterly earnings call last week. The finance source’s subprime lending activities are currently being investigated by Department of Justice. 
 
 
ADESA Pulls Out of Proposed Multi-Platform System  Feb 24th, 2015 
ADESA will not participate in the automotive remarketing industry's initiative to establish a platform that would allow simultaneous bidding on vehicles listed on multiple online auction sites. 
 
 
Jenson Button Meets the Spirit of Senna in McLaren MP4-6  Feb 24th, 2015 
It’s good to be Jenson Button. The 2009 Formula 1 champion’s chassis builder, McLaren, just partnered with engine supplier Honda for the 2015 racing season, reprising the engine and chassis combo that won four championships between 1988 and 1992, three of which were claimed by Ayrton Senna. The McLaren Honda heritage isn’t lost on the team, […] 
 
 
Wanxiang Renaming Fisker “Elux”, New Karmas Delayed Until 2016  Feb 24th, 2015 
If Infiniti and Cadillac can force us to relearn model names, so can a Chinese parts supplier hoping to revive a bankrupt automaker. The Fisker Karma will be renamed the Elux Karma, perhaps in a respectful nod to Electrolux dishwashers and a certain billionaire’s first name. That’s the only explanation we have for this news, […] 
 
 
Cattle Cars: How Leather Goes from Cow to Your Car  Feb 24th, 2015 
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver Leather is available on nearly every car for sale today. But this is no mere cowhide we’re talking about. Unlike leather luggage or jackets, automotive leather has to be durable enough to resist stains and fading and survive your butt sliding across it thousands of times. […] 
 
 
Motör Overkill: 42-Liter PT Boat Engine Stuffed Into an 8-Liter Bentley  Feb 24th, 2015 
Cramming a war-surplus, 12-cylinder PT boat engine into a Bentley 8 Litre chassis might not seem like the most sensible plan, but watching this thing shake and roar itself awake will hammer some sense back into you—with the force of pistons that occupy 3.5-liter cylinders. Allegedly owned by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, this Packard-Bentley is known […] 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Updated Tech and Styling – Official Photos and Info  Feb 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Kappa Kappa Hey! Kia Announces New Turbo 3-Cylinder, 7-Speed DCT  Feb 24th, 2015 
Time was, three-cylinder engines were just for motorcycles, kei cars, and Chevy-badged Suzukis. No more. Mini has one powering the base Cooper. Ford is using its 1.0L EcoBoost in the Fiesta and Focus. And BMW, they of the ultimate drivingness, wedged one into the rear of a fashion-forward hybrid sports car. Now, into the three-hole breach leaps […] 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Revealed Ahead of Geneva With New Infotainment, Diesel Possibility  Feb 24th, 2015 
Land Rover has released details and images of the updated 2016 Evoque ahead of its full reveal at the upcoming 2015 Geneva auto show. Rover was careful to leave intact the chunky and charming aesthetics of its bestselling model, instead focusing on a much-need revision to its dated and stutter-prone infotainment system and—in Europe, at […] 
 
 
Service Payment Plan Integrates With F&I Express eContracting Platform  Feb 24th, 2015 
Service Payment Plan’s addition to F&I Express will give dealers on its dealer network the ability to eRate, eContract and eRegister all of Service Payment Plan’s payment plan contracts. 
 
 
US Equity Advantage Integrates with VisionMenu’s Selling Platform  Feb 24th, 2015 
US Equity Advantage, a provider of biweekly payment programs, has integrated with VisionMenu, Inc.’s software selling platform for dealers. 
 
 
2015 Buick Enclave Ranked No. 3 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs, Notes Ferman Buick GMC  Feb 24th, 2015 
The 2015 Buick Enclave is luxurious and spacious with plenty of power and a well-mannered ride. 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson Debuts, Looks Bigger and Better – Official Photos and Info  Feb 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 215  Feb 23rd, 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 (slightly blurry) shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button and sticker.* Good luck! (* […] 
 
 
Buick Envision Crossover Caught Testing in the U.S.—Is It Headed Here?  Feb 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 First Drive: It’s So Deliciously Angry  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Anger-management therapy seeks to help control emotion. Anger will not control us, anger will not define us, just count backwards from 10—that sort of thing. Mercedes-AMG doesn’t appear to be interested in any of that. Fine by us. We like an angry AMG, and the angrier the better, in fact, and no car better personified […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 / C63 S-Model Sedan – First Drive Review  Feb 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Volvo XC90 – First Drive Review  Feb 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Duck Tales: Cadillac Chief Says CT6 Will Get Twin-Turbo V-8  Feb 23rd, 2015 
For those worried that Cadillac’s new “Dare Greatly” campaign was about to turn into a “More Songs About Buildings and Food” version of Infiniti’s legendarily muffed plants-and-trees brand launch, the Wreath-Free Crest allayed those fears with a glance at the upcoming CT6 during last night’s Oscar spot. And now Cad honcho Johan de Nysschen has announced […] 
 
 
2016 Hyundai Tucson Photos and Info: Bigger-Looking, Better-Looking  Feb 23rd, 2015 
It can be a tough game, winning attention for a new model at an auto show, particularly at this year’s Geneva affair, which is crowded with new supercars such as the Audi R8, the Ferrari 488GTB, and the McLaren P1 GTR. So Hyundai is showing its new 2016 Tucson a little early. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Analysis: Was Cadillac’s “Dare Greatly” Commercial a Good Tease?  Feb 23rd, 2015 
What We See: This is the 90-second teaser commercial that Cadillac made to draw attention to its new ad campaign via social media prior to airing the “No Regrets” spot prior to and during the Academy Awards on ABC last night. Although it has quite a few individual cuts, it is essentially one scene: a slow-motion drive […] 
 
 
147,000 Mercedes E- and CLS-classes Recalled for Fire Risk Seals, 62,000 Range Rovers for Airbag Sensors  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 147,224 sedans and wagons for rubber seals that can dangle into the engine compartment and potentially cause a fire, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Included are several variants of E-class and CLS-class cars: 2013–2015 E350, E400 Hybrid, E63 AMG, CLS550, and CLS63 AMG; 2013–2014 E550; and 2015 E400 […] 
 
 
2016 Volvo XC90 First Drive: Refreshingly Un-German  Feb 23rd, 2015 
The Swedes don’t know luxury in the American sense. Scandinavian culture shuns overt displays of wealth and indulgent lifestyles. The notion of modesty and humility is so engrained in Swedish society that there’s a word, Jantelagen, to describe the scorn reserved for those who flaunt personal success. Of course, a $55,000, seven-passenger luxury crossover is […] 
 
 
Buick Envision Crossover Caught Testing in the U.S.—Is It Headed Here?  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Nearly as soon as Buick revealed the all-new Envision mid-size luxury crossover for the Chinese market, we were of the mind that it would make an excellent addition to the brand’s U.S. portfolio. Rumor has it that Buick is thinking the same thing, and we now have further evidence that plan is at least under consideration: this camouflaged Envision […] 
 
 
Volvo Confirms New Run of S60/V60 Polestars, Expands Availability  Feb 23rd, 2015 
Confirming our report from last month, Volvo is indeed offering up a second run of S60 and V60 Polestar models for 2016. “It was my mistake. I limited it to just 750 cars,” we were told at the time by VP of product planning Lex Kerssemakers, who has since been put in charge of Volvo in the […] 
 
 
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