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Chrysler Goes To Trial Over Fiery Jeep Crash, Defends Fuel Tanks  Mar 27th, 2015 
A 2006 fatal crash involving a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee and another four-year-old child burned to death, Cassidy Jarmon, is pictured in Cleburne, Texas. Older Jeeps with fuel tanks located behind the rear axle might lead to explosive testimony in case against Chrysler starting trial in Georgia. This month, a family whose four-year-old son burned […] 
 
 
Crazy Sauce from Stuttgart: Mercedes-Benz Pickup to Arrive by 2020  Mar 27th, 2015 
It was bound to happen eventually. Mercedes-Benz has been fortifying its commercial- and consumer-truck lineup, filling niches and expanding product capabilities in an attempt to cover all the bases and the outfield too. Even so, when today’s announcement that the German automaker has plans to produce a mid-size pickup crossed our news desk, we immediately […] 
 
 
Porsche Revamps the 919 Hybrid for 2015 Le Mans Duty  Mar 27th, 2015 
Porsche has a long history at Le Mans—16 overall victories in the 24 hour race, more than any other manufacturer. And with the revamped-for-2015 919 Hybrid racer, Porsche draped its latest racing technologies in three meaningful liveries—including a red-and-white number 17 that harks back to the brand’s first Le Mans winner. Number 17’s color scheme […] 
 
 
34 Speakers, No Marble Columns, No Chandeliers: Bose Leaks Cadillac CT6’s Interior  Mar 27th, 2015 
Prior to its debut next week in New York City, Cadillac’s new CT6 has been leaking in dribs and drabs. First it appeared in an Oscar-night television commercial. Then division boss Johan de Nysschen revealed that it will eventually receive a twin-turbo V-8. And now, courtesy of the sound engineers at Bose, we’ve got our […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 – First Drive Review  Mar 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Storm’s A-Brewin’: Aston Martin Serves Papers to Fisker Over Thunderbolt  Mar 27th, 2015 
Henrik Fisker’s Thunderbolt, at Amelia Island Astons are nothing if not beautiful, and like every car manufacturer out there, the company holds its intellectual property—in this case, its designs—very dear. So Aston Martin did not particularly appreciate its former designer, Henrik Fisker, rolling into the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with the Thunderbolt, an admittedly gorgeous […] 
 
 
Sammy Hagar is Stoked: Dodge Now Offering Radar Red Leather on 2015 Durango R/T  Mar 27th, 2015 
Radar Red. No, M*A*S*H’s Gary Burghoff never went over to the North Koreans. No, the Dutch dudes in Golden Earring did not overrev their automobile while the radio was playin’ that forgotten song. It’s nothing more than an interior color that’s now available on the Dodge Durango R/T for 2015. Originally applied to a concept […] 
 
 
Der Supra: East Meets West in the Toyota/BMW Sports-Car Partnership  Mar 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Cowa-TNGA! Toyota’s New Modular Platform Reaching Production This Year  Mar 27th, 2015 
Much ado has been made over Volkswagen’s MQB modular front-drive vehicle platform, a versatile assemblage that’s already seeing duty in the VW Golf, the European-market VW Passat, and the Audi A3 sedan (here) and hatch (Europe). It is lightweight, flexible, and we feel the need to bring up those three letters—M, Q, B—every time we talk about […] 
 
 
The Redeemer: 2017 Infiniti Q60 Dissected – Feature  Mar 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
Der Supra: East Meets West in the Toyota/BMW Sports-Car Partnership  Mar 27th, 2015 
From the April 2015 issue You can see why Toyota and BMW would choose the code name “Silk Road” to describe their collaborative effort to build a new generation of sports cars. East meets West and all that. We will forgive the companies the minor historical inaccuracy—the Silk Road trade route never extended to Japan […] 
 
 
Video! 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Revs its 740-hp V-12  Mar 27th, 2015 
I spent a lot of time in Geneva hanging out with Lamborghini executives and key personnel, learning as much as I could about the Aventador Superveloce that debuted at the show. In case you missed it, here’s the executive summary: the SV has a giant wing, is filled to the brim with more of everything, […] 
 
 
The Redeemer: 2017 Infiniti Q60 Dissected  Mar 27th, 2015 
Infiniti’s hot, Nissan GT-R–powered Q50 Eau Rouge concept is dead. Cooler heads have prevailed now that itinerant luxury czar Johan de Nysschen has decamped for Cadillac. So shed some tears. Pour some Red Bull on the curb. But grieve quickly because Infiniti has something more tangible—and more important—coming relatively soon. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Sears Pointless: The Winners  Mar 27th, 2015 
In our sixth season of racing at Sonoma Raceway aka Sears Point, the 2015 Sears Pointless event had perfect weather, some great new cars, and a lot of BMW E36s and Mazda RX-7s crashing into other cars and various immobile track features. Still, some teams managed to stay out of the dreaded Penalty Box and […] 
 
 
Performance Data Showdown: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S  Mar 26th, 2015 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Price as Tested: $102,120 (base price: $78,995) $151,880 (base price: $151,585) $195,175 (base price: $183,695) Engine Type: supercharged pushrod 16-valve V-8 twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6 twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve flat-6 Displacement: 376 cu in, 6162 cc 232 cu in, 3799 cc 232 cu […] 
 
 
Out of the Kitchen and into the Driveway: Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition  Mar 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Out of the Kitchen and into the Driveway: Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition  Mar 26th, 2015 
If you spend enough time watching home-improvement shows, you learn that the “Tuscan kitchen” is a dream of many home owners. Perhaps they envision themselves whipping up some of the Italian region’s fine cuisine at the oversize island in their newly minted palace of tile and granite and stainless-steel appliances. It stands to reason that […] 
 
 
Performance Data Showdown: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S  Mar 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
A Sacked Jeremy Clarkson Tell Fans: “Leave Oisin alone”  Mar 26th, 2015 
Just one day after he was officially fired by the BBC, Jeremy Clarkson had one thing to say to reporters: “I wish people would leave Ois alone, because none of this is his fault.” “Ois” refers to Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer at the center of Clarkson’s firing. In an internal investigation, the BBC […] 
 
 
Pininfarina May Be Sold to India’s Mahindra  Mar 26th, 2015 
Pininfarina’s top shareholder attempted to muffle rumors that it would sell a majority stake to Mahindra, a potential deal that could leave yet another storied Italian brand in the hands of a foreign company. One day after Bloomberg reported the Indian truck maker’s interest in the world’s most famous car design firm, Pininfarina said in […] 
 
 
1990 Dodge Daytona ES – Archived Instrumented Test  Mar 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Tesla, Aston, Mercedes-Based Infinitis, and More  Mar 26th, 2015 
C/D: Your fully autonomous F 015 concept is intriguing. When will we be able to drive/not drive it? Dieter Zetsche: We have partially autonomous driving now up to 15 mph, the next steps will be freeway driving of up to 75 mph, including passing. We will also launch self-parking cars without the presence of a […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1990 Dodge Daytona ES Tested  Mar 26th, 2015 
When the Dodge Daytona Turbo Z burst onto the scene in the 1984 model year, it immediately attracted our atten­tion. Here was an affordable two-plus-two with a rakish body, a modern interi­or, a tuned-for-sport chassis, and a 142-hp, turbocharged, 2.2-liter engine. After a thorough test drive, we predicted that the Turbo Z would be a […] 
 
 
FTC Announces Multi-Agency Crackdown on Dealership Fraud  Mar 26th, 2015 
The FTC's enforcement sweep, which resulted in six new cases and $2.6 million in monetary judgements, marks the first time the agency has targeted add-on products and services since it was granted authority over auto dealers under the Dodd-Frank Act. 
 
 
SMART Payment Plan to Unwind Texas Business  Mar 26th, 2015 
SMART Payment Plan was ordered to wind down its business in Texas for operating without the proper state license since 2009. The biweekly payment provider can reapply for the license in 12 months. 
 
 
Westlake Financial Announces 2014 Top Auctions  Mar 26th, 2015 
ADESA Phoenix, Kansas City Independent Auto Auction and Rawls Auto Auction were ranked the best in their regions, according to Westlake Financial Services' assessment of 45 auctions in 20 states. 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e Driven: We Drive the Pluggable C-class  Mar 26th, 2015 
“PLUG-IN HYBRID” is dead. Mercedes-Benz has sensibly abandoned its insistent, all-caps designation for a subtler “e” appended to the model’s alphanumeric. With the recent announcement that 10 plug-equipped Mercedes models will hit the streets by 2017, we applaud anything that lessens the sensory shock of that many capital letters. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S  Mar 26th, 2015 
Now that the California Highway Patrol is switching to Ford Explorers, every Ford SUV in the mirrors looks like a threat. The stress level is especially high when you’re traveling in a three-car, jelly bean–hued convoy propelled by 1810 horsepower. And this excuse probably won’t fly: “But officer, it’s hard to say how fast we […] 
 
 
This is It: Kia Reveals First Image of Snazzy New 2016 Optima Sedan  Mar 26th, 2015 
First, Kia showed us a drawing of the all-new 2016 Optima sedan. We liked it. But it left us pining even harder for a peek at the real-life 2016 Optima. Now, just days before the new four-door debuts at this year’s New York auto show, we’re getting that peek. Instrumented Test: 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2014 […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S – Comparison Tests  Mar 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e Plug-In Hybrid – First Drive Review  Mar 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
Senator Proposes Amendment to Reign In ‘Rogue’ CFPB  Mar 26th, 2015 
An amendment to the Senate’s 2015 Budget Resolution proposed last week would give Congress oversight of the CFPB, which currently has a budget of about $600 million and operates under the Federal Reserve. 
 
 
Auto Truck Group Helps Bartlett Fire Protection District Display a Piece of the World Trade Center  Mar 26th, 2015 
The Bartlett Fire Protection District consulted with Auto Truck Group on construction of a World Trade Center display 
 
 
Four New Mazda Vehicles Revealed at 2014 Auto Show in Los Angeles  Mar 26th, 2015 
Mazda introduces an all-new model into the rapidly growing compact crossover SUV segment. 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX50: Longer But Not Any Stronger – Official Photos and Info  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class Debuts: It’s What Used to Be the M-class  Mar 25th, 2015 
Sometimes, unremarkable styling isn’t a bad thing—at least in the automotive world. The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-class is selling with great success, even though those in the auto-design community are largely in agreement that it represents an aesthetic step backward from the 2006–2011 model. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class: What You Used to Call the M-class – Official Photos and Info  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
Five-Oh vs. Eco: 2015 Ford Mustang GT Manual and Mustang EcoBoost Manual Performance Compared  Mar 25th, 2015 
2015 Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Manual 2015 Mustang GT V-8 Manual Price as Tested: $38,585 (base price: $26,125) $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, […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz Recalls 33K C-class and CLS-class Cars for Gas Tanks, Taillamps  Mar 25th, 2015 
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 33,180 cars in the U.S. to fix taillamps and fuel tanks, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On some 2015 C300 4MATIC and C400 4MATIC sedans, Mercedes may have botched several parts attached to the fuel tank during production. At the company’s Alabama plant, workers had to remove […] 
 
 
Five-Oh vs. Eco: 2015 Ford Mustang GT Manual and Mustang EcoBoost Manual Performance Compared  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
Soul on a Roll: Kia Soul EV Coming to Five More States  Mar 25th, 2015 
The battery-powered version of the Kia Soul, available since late last year in California only, is expanding beyond the Golden State. The Kia Soul EV will go on sale in Georgia in May, and in June will come to Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Hawaii. EV shoppers in the Peach State will find the zero-emissions hatchback […] 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX50 Revealed: Stretched for China, Now Coming to America  Mar 25th, 2015 
In answer to the obvious question about the Infiniti QX50, yes, they still make it. Formerly known as the EX35, it was really one of the first luxury crossovers—it debuted back in 2008—but despite the soaring popularity of the category, the EX35-cum-QX50 has been all but invisible on American roads. Maybe the QX50 is too […] 
 
 
Lincoln MKT Hearse/Limo Recalled for Fires, Plus 200K Ford Explorers and Super Duty Ambulances  Mar 25th, 2015 
Because nothing upsets the decorum of a funeral like the hearse’s engine catching fire, Ford is recalling specialty versions of its Lincoln MKT. It’s also expanding a recall for faulty door latches on late-model Explorers and recalling other specialty fleet models, including its F-series ambulances. On 2013-2015 MKT hearse and limo models, which are prepped […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Manual – Instrumented Test  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
McLaren’s Sport Series Starts with the 570S  Mar 25th, 2015 
McLaren’s new Sports Series model officially has a name: the 570S Coupe. The whole thing will be revealed next week at the New York Auto Show. The 562-hp (570 ps, hence the moniker) two-seater is engineered to give the likes of the unbreakable Porsche 911 Turbo fits, and based on this teaser, will look every […] 
 
 
2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Promises Better Than 45 MPG Combined  Mar 25th, 2015 
We still haven’t actually seen the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu yet—aside from a handsome if unrevealing teaser image. The all-new Chevy sedan will have its official debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, but ahead of the unveiling, Chevy is touting the accomplishments of the hybrid version’s Volt-inspired hybrid drivetrain. How does 45 […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Manual Tested: Needs an Extra Boost  Mar 25th, 2015 
If you were surprised when Ford sent us the first turbo four-banger Stang in three decades for a November-issue road test and it showed up with an automatic, raise your hand. (Okay, put your hand down, the dentist is getting nervous.) The EcoBoost was the supposed “enthusiast’s deluxe” model, meaning lighter and nimbler than a […] 
 
 
2015 BMW M135i First Drive: Hot Hatch Supreme  Mar 25th, 2015 
At one point, a six-cylinder engine was the hallmark of an ultimate hot hatch, offering smoothness and superior power. The Volkswagen Golf R32 had one as did the Audi A3, and Mercedes-Benz offered the slightly bigger C-class Sport Coupe with a V-6, as well. With the advent of more stringent fuel-economy regulations and the corresponding […] 
 
 
2015 BMW M135i – First Drive Review  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
VIDEO: James May Comments on Jeremy Clarkson BBC Firing  Mar 25th, 2015 
Following the breaking news that the BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson over his assault on a Top Gear producer, reporters flocked to James May’s front door to get his reaction on the news. In typical fashion, May was direct, humorous, and did not mince words. Wearing what can only be described as a psychedelic fedora, […] 
 
 
Ram Texas Ranger Concept Debuts at Dallas Auto Show, Because Texas  Mar 25th, 2015 
Typically, not a lot of news comes out of the Dallas auto show. It’s a great show for Texans looking to see the latest new cars, but it’s not much of a news-maker beyond the Lone Star State. This year, however, something never seen before has shown up, and it is—surprise!—a pickup truck: the Ram […] 
 
 
Ram Texas Ranger Concept Debuts at Dallas Auto Show, Because Texas  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
IT’S OFFICIAL: Jeremy Clarkson Fired by BBC  Mar 25th, 2015 
Well, it’s official: A statement just released by the BBC confirms that Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed as a result of the loudmouth presenter’s physical altercation with a producer. BBC general director Tony Hall says he has “not taken this decision lightly” but that he “cannot condone what has happened on this occasion.” The […] 
 
 
Richard Hammond Responds to Clarkson Firing, Stig Still Silent  Mar 25th, 2015 
This morning, the BBC confirmed that it would not be renewing Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s contract in the wake of an altercation with one of the show’s producers. We’ve already heard from co-host James May, and we now have Richard Hammond‘s first statement on the subject. Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We're all three […] 
 
 
Former Florida Regulator Joins Midwest Compliance Summit  Mar 25th, 2015 
Organizers announced today that Reynolds and Reynolds’ Terry O’Loughlin, who spent 16 years in the Florida attorney general’s office, will kick off the Rules and Regulations portion of the event. 
 
 
Auto/Mate, DealerPeak Integrate DMS and CRM Solutions  Mar 25th, 2015 
Auto/Mate announced an integration of its dealership management system with DealerPeak’s customer relationship management solution to benefit customers using both systems. 
 
 
U.S.-Spec 2016 Ford Focus RS Revealed, Still Looks Nasty  Mar 25th, 2015 
The first images and specs of the hotly-anticipated U.S.-spec Ford Focus RS are here.  
 
 
Global Automobile Battery Market to Cross USD42.6 Billion by 2019 Says TechSci Research  Mar 25th, 2015 
Growing global automobile production and increasing penetration of passenger cars in developing countries to continue boosting global automobile battery market. 
 
 
Chevy Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year for 2014  Mar 25th, 2015 
The new 2015 Cruze sedan received a majority vote from qualified fleet professionals. 
 
 
PEAK Performance's Online Scheduling Solution, SmartScheduler, Continues to Gain Traction among OEMs  Mar 25th, 2015 
Expanding its fast-growing reach, SmartScheduler is now approved to sell to over 6000 dealerships in North America. 
 
 
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Makes Nine More Horsepower Than GM Thought  Mar 24th, 2015 
We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Cadillac’s ATS-V ever since we caught wind of its estimated specs: A 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 sending an estimated 455 horses and 445 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, all in a handy, BMW M3–sized package. Turns out, the good news gets even better: SAE testing confirms […] 
 
 
Porsche Lawyers Pressure Aston Martin Into Renaming the Vantage GT3  Mar 24th, 2015 
Aston Martin wowed the socks off of everyone at the Geneva auto show when it showed off the Vantage GT3, a track-focused special edition with a 592-hp V-12 and looks to kill. All 100 examples have already sold out, but when those lucky owners receive their lightweight, carbon-fiber-intensive Astons, they won’t be getting a GT3. Thanks […] 
 
 
Out of the Bag: All-New 2016 Jaguar XF Revealed!  Mar 24th, 2015 
Having made a successful high-wire crossing in London, the redesigned, 2016 Jaguar XF can now be revealed to the world. The 2016 model is the second generation of Jaguar’s first modern-era sedan, and as such, its styling is evolutionary. Although the overall look is familiar, the proportions have been altered: The wheelbase has been stretched […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack – First Drive Review  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Our Man Does Time on the Lamborghini V-12 Assembly Line  Mar 24th, 2015 
A little over a decade ago, Lamborghini’s V-12 assembly line looked like a colorized version of the black-and-white photos in the company museum. A few milling machines hummed and spat white fluid while a skeleton crew casually bolted together Murciélago engines as if someone had replaced their espresso beans with decaf Folgers crystals. I recall […] 
 
 
Out of the Bag: All-New 2016 Jaguar XF Revealed!  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Electric Zoo: Mercedes-Benz to Offer a Spate of Plug-In Hybrids by 2017  Mar 24th, 2015 
Daimler must’ve gone long on stock in Glade, as they’ve announced that they’ll be releasing a new plug-in-hybrid Mercedes about every four months as we lurch toward 2017. The S500 plug-in, out this spring, will be the first, followed by the C350e that comes this fall—the lowercase-e suffix set to replace Benz’ all-caps “PLUG-IN HYBRID” […] 
 
 
Watch the Jaguar XF’s Record-Breaking High-Wire Car Stunt  Mar 24th, 2015 
Jaguar introduced the all-new, largely aluminum XF sedan today and used the occasion to perform a slightly perplexing feat: The company had a stuntman drive an XF across the waters of London’s Canary Wharf, precariously perched on a pair of cables barely thicker than an inch. Apparently the stunt broke a world record. Jaguar claims that […] 
 
 
Equine Overload: Roush Opens Order Book for Stage 3 Mustang  Mar 24th, 2015 
Stud-Mustang heads rejoice, for the Roush Stage 3 is now available for order at your local Roush emporium. Courtesy of a supercharger, the 5.0-liter engine thwonks out in the neighborhood of 630 horsepower. Roush suggests the final power number could be a smidge higher. Though the company boasts that it produces more horsepower per liter […] 
 
 
Driven! 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: SRT Power at a Nicer Price  Mar 24th, 2015 
Dodge knows a good thing when it has it. And we’d argue that its 485-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is a very good thing. Dodge is making that good thing more widely available by putting it into another model—the Charger R/T, this time—and lowering the price of entry. Power to the proletariat! READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Fidelis PPM Responds to GM's Modification of Free Maintenance Plan  Mar 24th, 2015 
The president of DRIV technologies and Fidelis PPM says General Motors' decision to cut service visits under its free prepaid maintenance program provides an excellent opportunity for dealers to 'cement the value' of their own programs. 
 
 
DealerRater, J.D. Power Examine Service’s Connection to Sales  Mar 24th, 2015 
A new analysis by J.D. Power and DealerRater examines the connection between the service experience and sales. It concludes that to boost sales, dealers need to tune up their service centers. 
 
 
N.Y. Dealer Pleads Guilty to Felony Tax Charges  Mar 24th, 2015 
The owner of a dealership in New York pled guilty last week to five felony charges and will serve up to one year in jail for failing to file sales tax and personal income tax returns. 
 
 
Consumers Want Lenders to Bid for Their Business, Study Shows  Mar 24th, 2015 
Swapalease.com released a new study that shows a majority of customers aren’t interested in car-sharing services or autonomous driving. What they do want is lenders bidding for their business. 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Trax AWD – Instrumented Test  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Here’s Your Best Look Yet at the Production-Ready Tesla Model X  Mar 24th, 2015 
Tesla’s long-promised Model X crossover is almost a familiar sight to car fans on the internet. Where it’s not so commonly seen is on the road: The electric carmaker has pushed back the gullwing-doored truckster’s debut more than once. Now, a sharp-eyed citizen in the Palo Alto, California, area has caught our clearest view yet […] 
 
 
Lingenfelter-Blown Chevrolet SS Tested: Through Moonshine Country with a Trunk Full of Hooch  Mar 24th, 2015 
American whiskey is having a moment. According to the Distilled ­Spirits Council, revenue from “super premium” bourbon and Tennessee whiskey went up 104 percent between 2008 and 2013. Lesser hooch made nice gains, too, as Americans developed a newfound appreciation for a liquor historically synonymous with saloon brawls and slurred arguments over who done left […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Trax AWD Tested: A Tidy, No-Fuss Machine  Mar 24th, 2015 
In this episode of “Badge Engineering: GM,” the Chev­rolet Trax gets the better of its Buick Encore cast-mate. Following the Encore’s lead, the Trax is Chevrolet’s entry into a new class of diminutive SUVs, one occupied by the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and the Nissan Juke. But the Trax is more interesting than […] 
 
 
Preferred Warranties Names New VP of Marketing and Sales  Mar 24th, 2015 
Kathy Calderini has been selected as the new vice president of marketing and sales for Preferred Warranties Inc. She brings more than 20 year of sales and marketing experience to her new role. 
 
 
Black Book Adds Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP  Mar 24th, 2015 
Laird Popkin has been appointed to the newly created role of chief technology officer and senior vice president. He will have responsibility for all product development and IT operations. 
 
 
BMW Settles FTC Charges  Mar 24th, 2015 
BMW of North America has agreed to settle FTC charges that its MINI Division violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by telling consumers that BMW would void their warranty unless they used MINI parts and MINI dealers to perform maintenance and repair work. 
 
 
Land Rover Details 2016 Range Rover Sport Lineup’s Changes, New Diesel V-6  Mar 24th, 2015 
Right on schedule, Land Rover has announced a series of minor changes for the Range Rover Sport, including the SUV’s first-ever (in the U.S.) diesel V-6 engine option. We already knew the Range Rover Sport was getting the diesel six, but Land Rover is giving us the full details of the model’s other updates for […] 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition: Bridging the 170-hp Sport Gap  Mar 24th, 2015 
Coinciding with an update that spans the entire range of Range Rover Sport for 2016, Land Rover is adding a new model to the baby Rover mix, in between the entry-level Range Rover Sport and the beastly Supercharged model. Dubbed the Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition, it comes with a more powerful version of […] 
 
 
2015 Saleen Mustang S302 Black Label – Official Photos and Info  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro: A More Powerful, More Efficient Le Man Racer  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Audi‘s racing arm, Audi Sport, has a hefty crown to defend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having taken overall victory 13 times in 15 appearances at the Circuit de la Sarthe, the four-ringed racing team seeks to maintain its competitive edge. It’s the guiding principle behind the heavily revamped R18 e-tron Quattro racer that […] 
 
 
Mitsubishi Teases New 2016 Outlander Before New York Debut  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Remember the Outlander? Mitsubishi still makes it, and it’s, well, adequate. Nothing to write home, or even to your ex-lover, about. Mitsubishi has a new Outlander ready to debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 2nd, and judging by these two teaser images the automaker just released, it’ll look rather similar to the […] 
 
 
Saleen’s Mustang S302 Black Label Joins the 700 (hp) Club  Mar 23rd, 2015 
We’re not fans of war games, unless they involve horsepower. And we knew that once Dodge threw down the gauntlet with its 707-hp supercharged Hellcat V-8, the 700-plus-hp arena would see some incredible battles. Enter Saleen Automotive, Inc.—technically an OEM—with its new 2015 Mustang S302 Black Label. When it was announced last year, output of […] 
 
 
Honda Recalls 105K More Cars, But Too Many Owners Can’t Be Bothered to Get Them Fixed  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Honda has expanded its driver’s-side airbag recall again to include more 2001 Accord, 2004 Civic, and 2008 Pilot models that were incorrectly identified by VIN when matched to Takata production records, the company said. An additional 104,871 cars are included and owners will be notified at a later date. Honda, which has recalled the most […] 
 
 
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Brings More Power and Efficiency to the 2015 Season  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – Instrumented Test  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Test: Entering the Full-Exotic Realm  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Our old mental image of the Porsche 911 as that expensive but attainable little sports car for people willing to stretch just a bit from a Corvette has been outdated for several years now. First off, the 911 is no longer little, being nearly an inch longer than the hardly-small C7 Corvette. And its attainability, […] 
 
 
Orange Juiced: BMW’s First EV Paved the Way for the i8 Amid an Olympic Tragedy  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Were it not for the tragic Munich Massacre, in which seventeen people died as a result of terrorists’ actions in the middle of the 1972 Olympic games, BMW’s first electric car might’ve been a lot more memorable. BMW gave two battery-powered prototypes based on its 1600 to Olympic stewards, who used the emissions-free cars to support […] 
 
 
Italy’s Pirelli Headed into Chinese Hands  Mar 23rd, 2015 
A deal has been signed to put famed Italian tire maker Pirelli in the hands of the state-owned chemical conglomerate ChemChina. The deal is expected to be finalized this summer pending regulatory checks, reports Automotive News Europe. ChemChina will start by buying the 26.2-percent share of Pirelli owned by a company called Camfin, and then […] 
 
 
Lotus Offers Exige and Elise Special Editions—But Not to Americans  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Things are getting busier at Hethel, with Lotus announcing two new iterations of the evergreen Elise/Exige. The Exige S Club Racer is a faster and lighter version of the already extremely fast and impressively light Exige S, while the Elise 20th Anniversary Edition is a tweaked version of the mid-engine roadster that, as its name suggests, […] 
 
 
2016 Jaguar F-type Pricing: Manual Transmissions or AWD Now Optional  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Orange Juiced: BMW’s First EV Paved the Way for the i8 Amid an Olympic Tragedy  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
A Record Number of Cars Were Recalled in 2014—Here Are the Details  Mar 23rd, 2015 
From the April 2015 issue Last year, automakers recalled nearly four times as many vehicles as they sold, for a record 63.5 million cars and light-duty trucks in 350 separate recall campaigns. Previously, the worst year for do-overs was 1981, when upward of 30 million vehicles were recalled. But 2014 made that look paltry. Ignition […] 
 
 
7 Questions with Frank Stephenson, the Designer of the Modern Mini, McLaren P1, Ferrari F430, and More  Mar 23rd, 2015 
C/D: You started with Ford in Europe, where you’re best remembered for the Escort RS Cosworth. FS: It was my highlight, definitely. If you look at that car you see it has a big wing on the back and a smaller one on the tailgate. But when I first did it there were three wings; […] 
 
 
Honda Extends Leasing Opportunities on Discontinued Fit EV  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Honda announced last year that it would stop producing the Fit EV, a battery-electric flivver based on the previous-generation Fit hatchback. Don’t despair though: If you were really hoping to get your hands on a plug-in Fit, Honda just announced that it will extend the Fit EV lease program by two years, for both current […] 
 
 
2016 Jaguar F-type Pricing: Manual Transmissions or AWD Now Optional  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Jaguar brought a whole host of new improvements to the alluring F-type and F-type R models for 2016. The good news? Now you can get your Coventry cat with a true, three-pedal manual transmission. The slightly bad news? You’ll have to forego the optional all-wheel drive, and the F-type R’s supercharged 550-hp V-8, to do […] 
 
 
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