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Deutschland De-Restricted: We Storm the Autobahn in the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG  Jul 24th, 2014 
Imagine how much better your life would be if 150 mph were legal. Commuting times would be slashed—especially if you also fantasize that there’s no traffic—and road trips to Disney World would be so short that you’d have to listen to the Frozen soundtrack only three or four times each way. You’d spend thousands more […] 
 
 
2016 Acura NSX Prototype Burns on Nürburgring, Enters Supercar Inner Circle  Jul 24th, 2014 
A manufacturer can’t expect to be taken seriously as a supercar builder unless a few of its exotics catch on fire every once in a while—take Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, for example. It appears Acura’s $100,000-plus NSX sports car badly wanted into the gang: One of the prototypes just fried itself during a testing session […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Our Original Test of the Ferrari F40!  Jul 24th, 2014 
Here are some things you should know about the Ferrari F40: Its sticker price is $399,150. But dealers are getting about $700,000 for one, a bargain from last summer’s peak price of $900,000 and change. The price does not include a spare tire or a jack. Neither is available. The price does include a free […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Yaris Debuts: New Nose, New Dash, Still a Car  Jul 24th, 2014 
When Toyota last redesigned its Yaris subcompact, the company launched the remarkably frank “It’s a CAR!” marketing campaign. We weren’t impressed with the campaign, but the sportified SE model did finish third out of six in a subsequent cheap-car comparison test—pretty good for being “just a car.” For 2015, Toyota has restyled the Yaris inside […] 
 
 
Mopar Now Offering Shaker Hood Kit for Dodge Challenger  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Mopar is offering a new Shaker Hood Kit for the current Challenger. 
 
 
2015 Toyota Yaris Reveals Bolder Design  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Can the new Yaris compete in the reinvented subcompact market? 
 
 
Kentucky Mayor Attacks High Gas Prices by Opening City-Run Fueling Station, Gets Accused of “Socialism”  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Right as we’ve lost all faith in our leaders, the folks running Somerset, Kentucky, have proved that government can actually do something good for the people it represents. In two words, here’s what they have accomplished: Cheap gas! Somerset, located about 130 miles southeast of Louisville, refurbished a shuttered municipal gas station and opened it […] 
 
 
2016 Acura NSX Spied Lapping the ’Ring, Changes Shape Again  Jul 23rd, 2014 
What It Is: The latest and most production-ready version of the upcoming NSX supercar spotted yet. It will be sold as a Honda in most of the world and peddled here as an Acura. We’ve seen a plethora of NSX concepts since the first show property appeared back in 2012, each sporting different colors, badging, […] 
 
 
The Darth Car: 12 Things You Need to Know About Hot Wheels’ Life-Size, 150-mph Darth Vader Car  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Comic-Con 2014 opens tomorrow, but details on many of the big reveals have been blasted across cyberspace over the past couple of weeks. Pertinent (sort of) to our milieu was Mattel’s release of its Star Wars–themed Hot Wheels cars, but even more mind-blowing is the fact that the company built a full-size, fully operational version […] 
 
 
Chrysler Issues Recalls for Ignition Switches, Faulty Shocks  Jul 23rd, 2014 
The latest recall affects Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler brand vehicles. 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: PFS Mazda Miata SC Tested  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Okay, class, in honor of Congressman Newt Gingrich’s thunderous ascension to the top of Washington’s compost pile, let’s toss up a bold gender stereotype that only months ago we would have politely suppressed: men do not have the same sort of feelings for a Miata that they have for a Porsche 911. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 Output, Towing Announced (3.5L V-6, Too)  Jul 23rd, 2014 
In announcing output and towing figures for its new twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Ford published a video of a towing drag race in which a 2015 Ford F-150 stomped a Ram EcoDiesel and a Chevrolet Silverado with a 5.3-liter V-8. Although we’re not inclined to get excited over manufacturer test runs—we do that stuff ourselves—taken […] 
 
 
Lego’s Awesome 1869-Piece Batman Tumbler Kit Tumbles Our Hearts  Jul 23rd, 2014 
With a new Batmobile taking over Batman-shuttling duties in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, what better time is there to revisit director Christopher Nolan’s awesome Tumbler from the Dark Knight trilogy? As the bad-ass Tumbler retires, it seems we aren’t the only ones keen on the thing—the geniuses over at Lego have created a […] 
 
 
Pricing for 2015 Hyundai Tucson Announced  Jul 23rd, 2014 
Hyundai announces pricing on the new 2015 Tucson. 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons Pacific Northworst: The Winners  Jul 23rd, 2014 
After returning to The Ridge Motorsports Park in rainy Washington for the fourth annual Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons, we inspected the 63 entrants and sent them onto the track on Saturday, then watched the hard-fought class battles reach their climax on Sunday. It was wet and blustery out and many cars left important […] 
 
 
Volvo Details XC90 Active Safety Systems  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Volvo reveals new safety and parking features on the all-new XC90. 
 
 
2015 VW Lineup: Eos Enters Final Year, Changes for Beetle and Golf  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Volkswagen announces updates for 2015. 
 
 
Tesla Stops California Plant to Retool for Model X  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Tesla will bring the Model S and Model X under one roof. 
 
 
2014 Jaguar F-type V-8 S Long-Term Logbook: Haunted By Electronic Ghosts of Lucas Past  Jul 22nd, 2014 
“During one drive, the center display went dark—and stayed that way—and the power-retracting center air vents failed to deploy.” – Alexander Stoklosa, Associate Online Editor Proving that old stereotypes die hard, our long-term 2014 Jaguar F-type V-8 S test car has experienced a few inexplicable electronic snafus. The first issue involved the central air vents, […] 
 
 
Safety Swede: 2016 Volvo XC90 to Debut with Two “World First” Safety Technologies  Jul 22nd, 2014 
After more than a decade of doing basically nothing with its XC90 SUV, Volvo has suddenly kicked things into high gear. The automaker is aggressively previewing the all-new 2016 XC90, first showing off the crossover’s infotainment tech, letting us ride along in a prototype, revealing the interior, and even detailing the super-awesome-sounding plug-in-hybrid powertrain option. Now […] 
 
 
RS’d to Kill: More Details Emerge on Extra-Hot Ford Focus RS  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Sure, we have the brawny Ford Focus ST. We have its little brother, the Fiesta ST, a 10Best-winning machine so nimble that it makes Ben Vereen look like Lurch. But what Ford hatchback enthusiasts have been demanding for years is an honest-to-Hank RS model. It was posited for some time that the ST might be […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger V-6 First Drive: Updated Visuals, Hardware Make It More of a Challenger  Jul 22nd, 2014 
From the “how ’bout that?” department comes this interesting fact: Dodge Challenger retail sales have doubled since its early days on the market in 2009, according to Dodge. This is in spite of the car receiving basically zero visual updates to its 1970-inspired styling and packing a cut-buck interior dating back to the dark days […] 
 
 
2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Driven: The Meat in the Middle of Ford’s Truck Lineup  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Pickup buyers generally fall into one of two categories: Weekend Warriors and Heavy Haulers. While the former are primarily outdoorsy types, DIYers, and recreational-minded folks with toys to tug, people in the latter group rack up many thousands of miles trailering livestock, campers, and contracting or farm equipment. Weekend Warriors usually find all the capability […] 
 
 
Hot Wheels Launching Line of Star Wars Characters as Cars—Predictably, They’re Awesome  Jul 22nd, 2014 
The new Hot Wheels Star Wars lineup hits store shelves in October. The cars themselves make their debut at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Hot Wheels booth. Here’s what your favorite characters look like when they’re prepped for orange track. Image: Mattel Chewbacca: Han Solo’s trusted Wookiee companion really would make a hell of a workhorse. […] 
 
 
Sword Fight, Part Deux: Panoz and DeltaWing Take Out Another Ad Shaming Nissan  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Last month, Don Panoz’s DeltaWing concern took out ads in the Tennesseean and Automotive News in an attempt to shame Renault-Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn into sitting down and hashing things out with them. The reason? The remarkable similarity of Nissan’s ZEOD RC to DeltaWing’s own racers. Which, of course, were initially sponsored by Nissan and powered […] 
 
 
Gould to Address Cash, Lease Deals  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Gerry Gould returns to the magazine’s annual conference to lead a workshop on maximizing cash and lease deals in the F&I office. He’ll offer product recommendations, break down ideal menu configurations and will cover key word-tracks and responses to common customer objections. 
 
 
Depreciation Nearing Recession Levels, Black Book Reports  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Depreciation rates on used vehicles are nearing levels not seen since the recession, but the trend is expected to reverse, leading to marginally higher losses for U.S. auto ABS, according to a new joint report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings. 
 
 
GM Brings ‘Closed Sales’ Back to Two Manheim Facilities  Jul 22nd, 2014 
General Motors is bringing back closed sales to Manheim Arena Illinois and Manheim Pennsylvania. These sales are designed to help GM dealerships build their pre-owned vehicle inventories. 
 
 
Honda Adds Experian as Vehicle History Report Provider  Jul 22nd, 2014 
American Honda Motor Co. has selected Experian Automotive as a provider of vehicle history reports for its Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles and Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles programs. 
 
 
Portfolio Earns Diamond Ranking in Dealer’s Choice Awards  Jul 22nd, 2014 
For the fourth time, Portfolio has received a Diamond Award from Auto Dealer Monthly in its annual Dealer’s Choice Awards. 
 
 
Joe Verde Releases New eBook  Jul 22nd, 2014 
The new eBook explains the 10 technical skills every automotive sales manager needs to help his or her salespeople improve. The eBook is the second in a planned series and is available for free. 
 
 
RouteOne to Cover Regulator Scrutiny of F&I Products in Upcoming Webinar  Jul 22nd, 2014 
RouteOne attorney Joseph Karam and National Business Development Manager Jesse Pappas will discuss the forthcoming scrutiny of F&I products by the CFPB and the FTC during a webinar on July 23. 
 
 
CNA National Named Top Provider for Tenth Year  Jul 22nd, 2014 
For the tenth year in a row, CNA National was voted a top provider in the Dealers’ Choice Awards, based on a survey conducted by Auto Dealer Monthly. 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger First Drive  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Can muscle and refinement coexist? 
 
 
2016 Smart Fortwo First Look  Jul 22nd, 2014 
We travel to Berlin to check out the next-generation Smart Fortwo. 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 Driven: Not the Hellcat, but Still Hellacious  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Now that the wicked 707-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat is out of the bag, it’s pretty hard to imagine ordering the Challenger any other way. Yet there are several other paths to Mopar bad-assery in the 2015 Challenger lineup. There’s the 305-hp SXT V-6, the 372- or 375-hp R/T model powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, […] 
 
 
Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet SS Sedan Gets No-Cost Manual Gearbox, Magnetic Ride Control, More Colors  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Aha! Just as we suspected, the 2015 Chevrolet SS sedan is getting a manual-transmission option, as GM’s own recently released order guide for the car gives away. Pleasantly, that’s not the only good news for SS fans: The car also gets GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension as standard. There also are a ton […] 
 
 
The New Demon-Prince Pony Car in Town: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Driven!  Jul 22nd, 2014 
Make room, Beelzebub, there’s a new demon-prince pony car in town, and it’s from the people who once brought you a real Demon. This Challenger brandishes numbers to shame the mightiest Mustangs and ­Camaros. Known in this mortal realm as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 conjures up a tire- and […] 
 
 
Spied! New Ford F-150 SVT Raptor  Jul 21st, 2014 
Ford may deliver some serious design and engine changes. 
 
 
2013 Porsche Boxster S Quick Drive  Jul 21st, 2014 
The Porsche Boxster S holds its own against the competition. 
 
 
Watch a Smart Fortwo Crash Into a Mercedes-Benz S-Class  Jul 21st, 2014 
Daimler crash-tests its famous microcar. 
 
 
The Sexiest Eight-Legged Cat Around: Jaguar Builds Bike-Toting F-type Coupe Tour de France Chase Vehicle  Jul 21st, 2014 
It can be hard to picture a car like the Jaguar F-type R coupe performing everyday duties, but we now know exactly what the ultra-hot sports car looks like toting around a couple of bicycles. That’s because Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations group has whipped up a special example for Team Sky, one of […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 188  Jul 21st, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day 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 […] 
 
 
2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Tested: The Acura of Minivans Sucks (Literally)  Jul 21st, 2014 
As much as we wished this review of Honda’s refreshed-for-2014 Odyssey minivan focused solely on the rig’s awesome built-in HondaVac vacuum cleaner, it wouldn’t have been very useful to those of you actually interested in how well this minivan, you know, does minivan things. (We did, however, cover the vacuum in a separate, slightly informal […] 
 
 
Tesla Model S Hackathon in China Turns Up Nothing More Sinister than Parlor Tricks  Jul 21st, 2014 
When news came recently of a conference in China dedicated to the hacking of a Tesla Model S, we were intrigued. After all, with the increasing connectivity of modern vehicles—to say nothing of a fully electric ride like the Model S—the threat of hackers somehow breaking into a car’s brain is mildly concerning. We’ve even […] 
 
 
What’ll It Do? Here’s How Quick We Think the 2015 Ford Mustang Will Be!  Jul 21st, 2014 
Let’s get this disclaimer out of the way: Without knowing the 2015 Ford Mustang’s full technical specs, pegging the car’s acceleration is nothing more than an educated guess. There are many variables yet unaccounted for, including its all-new architecture, additional standard features, and the new turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine option. But Ford has finally released […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet SS Adds Manual Transmission  Jul 21st, 2014 
New options for 2015. 
 
 
Feast Your Eyes on Our 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition Mega Gallery  Jul 21st, 2014 
It was more than a year ago that Alfa Romeo declared its impending return to the U.S. market and detailed the 500 Launch Edition 4C sports cars that would land first. It has taken a little longer than expected, but since Alfa is actually for real coming here later this summer, we figured we’d revisit […] 
 
 
Jaguar’s Augmented-Reality Windshield Tech Is Awesome, We Want It Now [Video]  Jul 21st, 2014 
The successful launch of the F-type and the excitement building around its new BMW 3-series fighter, the XE, are notable bright spots for Jaguar, but the company is also going on a technology tear. Just a short while after announcing its new line of in-house Ingenium engines, Jaguar put a cool video on YouTube that […] 
 
 
More Details Emerge on Bentley’s SUV  Jul 21st, 2014 
Following on from the spy shots that helpfully labeled a prototype version of Bentley’s forthcoming SUV, we’ve dug out more details on the production-spec car that we’ll be seeing at the end of next year. As previously reported, there will definitely be V-8, V-8 plug-in hybrid, and W-12 versions. By the end of the year, […] 
 
 
Towed Ya So: Ram Trucks Adopts SAE Tow Ratings for all 2015 Pickups  Jul 21st, 2014 
That SAE J2807 towing standard everyone’s talking about? The 2015 Ram pickups are all over it. Chrysler has adopted the ratings for all of its 2015 pickups—half-ton and heavy duty—and the test standard is intended to finally level the tug-of-war advertising claims that automakers make for maximum trailer weights. While dinner conversations centering around Society […] 
 
 
LeMons Seattle Day 1: Ill-Advised Superchargers, Barbie’s Corvette, and a Landcrab  Jul 20th, 2014 
The 24 Hours of LeMons Traveling Circus has returned to The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, for the fourth annual Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons. Due to scheduling issues with the venue, we had to do the car inspections starting at oh-dark-thirty on Saturday morning and then drop the green flag for the […] 
 
 
2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Steering Issue  Jul 18th, 2014 
Kia recalls more than 50,000 cars. 
 
 
2015 Kia K900 Road Test  Jul 18th, 2014 
Yes, this is that $66,000 Kia you may have heard about. 
 
 
Ford Releases Horsepower Ratings for 2015 Mustang  Jul 18th, 2014 
Which engines gain horsepower and which engines lose it? 
 
 
2015 Ford Expedition 3.5-liter EcoBoost First Drive: Out With the V-8, In With the Twin-Turbo V-6  Jul 18th, 2014 
Back in the late twentieth century, when it seemed the whole country was going nuts for full-size SUVs, Ford’s Expedition was a somewhat ubiquitous fixture on the Suburban (see what we did there?) landscape. But as fuel prices went up and the economy down, consumers began sidestepping—in droves—body-on-frame SUVs in the showroom. By the maker’s […] 
 
 
2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d Diesel Tested: Now With More Attractive Pricing and Smoother Operation  Jul 18th, 2014 
Those of us who have been consuming oxygen for more than three decades can still remember the time when SUVs were mostly working or off-road conveyances, manufactured by mid-brow brands rather than the all-purpose people movers that everyone builds today. For example, BMW’s first SUV—which the company insists is an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle)—didn’t hit […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The Classiest Jeep Grand Cherokee Ever  Jul 18th, 2014 
Summer road-trip season is in full swing, and there are numerous vehicles well qualified to carry you and yours on just such an excursion. But while you could always get a minivan and call it a day, what’s a family to do if, say, their destination is a little less . . . paved? That’s […] 
 
 
GM to Offer New Eight-Speed Automatic in 2015 Trucks and SUVs with the 6.2-liter V-8  Jul 18th, 2014 
General Motors announced today that its new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8. Not sharing the eight-speed love is the Chevy Suburban, which offers only the 5.3-liter V-8. The new Hydra-Matic 8L90 is a […] 
 
 
Fancy, Squared: Maserati to Build 100 Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition Sedans  Jul 18th, 2014 
Say you’re a dapper, Don Draper type. You wear only the finest suits, smoke the richest cigars, and drink the nectar of the gods. But say you also have a fetish for matching accessories—that snazzy suit isn’t worth the silk it’s made of if it doesn’t match your other high-end lifestyle toys like, say, your […] 
 
 
Bentley’s Future Includes “Special Cars,” Maybe Smaller Coupe  Jul 18th, 2014 
Bentley is very keen to follow the example set by Lamborghini and Ferrari and to start offering limited-edition and even one-off models aimed at ultra-rich collectors. Kevin Rose, Bentley’s sales and marketing director, told us at the recent Continental GT Speed launch—first drive here, folks!—that the company is very keen to play on its heritage […] 
 
 
Nomination Deadline for F&I Dealer of the Year Extended  Jul 18th, 2014 
F&I and Showroom has extended the deadline to nominate dealers for its F&I Dealer of the Year award to Friday, July 25. 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Gain 8-Speed Auto  Jul 18th, 2014 
GM adds the eight-speed automatic transmission to new models. 
 
 
Tuning In: How to Build an Awesome Scion FR-S for Less Than $30K All In  Jul 18th, 2014 
The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins are wicked fun right out of the box, needing very little if any tweaking to deliver big grins. Even their makers know this—witness how little was changed in the 2015 refresh—so we recommend any attempts to improve upon them be approached with caution. If you remain undaunted, here’s […] 
 
 
Zen on Wheels: 2015 BMW M4 vs. 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera  Jul 18th, 2014 
If there were a perfect way to construct a car, we would have figured it out by now. In 129 years of automotive development, though, the only consensus in the industry seems to be that four wheels are better than three. The perpetual evolution of the automobile, along with a few steadfast traditions, suggests that […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda 2 Debuts for Japan, Europe With Hot Design, Classy Trimmings  Jul 18th, 2014 
Over the past few years, subcompact cars have crept toward a tipping point where they’ll no longer be considered superdorky economy appliances and will instead become stylish and well-equipped cars that just happen to be small. Consider the segment officially tipped, because Mazda has unveiled the latest 2 hatchback, and it properly unravels the notion […] 
 
 
Pony’s Gallop, Ford-Certified! 2015 Mustang Power, Torque Figures Released  Jul 17th, 2014 
Ford’s achingly slow rollout of final details on the 2015 Mustang, from pricing to special features to options availability, is finally coming to a head. The automaker has at long last revealed output figures for each of the pony car’s three available engines, and they’re not wildly different from our estimates. Ford also released technical […] 
 
 
Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Named to Google’s Board of Directors  Jul 17th, 2014 
As Google moves the human race toward a future of driverless pod cars, the technology behemoth has added former Ford CEO Alan Mulally (pictured at left with Bill Ford, Jr.) to its board of directors. The formal appointment came just nine days after Mulally left his post in Dearborn on June 30. The 68-year-old aeronautical […] 
 
 
Cummins Diesel Nissan Frontier Driven: This Natural Fit Shows Promise  Jul 17th, 2014 
When Nissan dropped the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept with a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel four-cylinder under its transparent hood at the 2014 Chicago auto show, it was like a bomb had exploded at McCormick Place. A diesel engine in a compact pickup! (Or something like that, given the Windy City show’s sleepy reputation.) Where have you […] 
 
 
2015 Mustang Gets Some More Kicks: Details Announced for New Performance Pack  Jul 17th, 2014 
We already know that the 2015 Ford Mustang will debut with an all-new, four-wheel independent suspension and upgraded brakes, and we even know how much it will weigh, but details are emerging on the optional Performance packages that will give the new pony a little extra kick. There are two Performance packages: one for the […] 
 
 
Bentley Wants to Build 12-Cylinder Engines Forever and Ever, Amen  Jul 17th, 2014 
Bentley says that it plans to carry on building its W-12 engine for the foreseeable future, with a senior manager telling us that the company plans to be the “last manufacturer of 12-cylinder engines in the world.” And it probably will be, even though Mercedes-Benz has told us it has a similar goal. Bentley now […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Spied! (Yes, It’s Definitely Going to Be Smaller)  Jul 17th, 2014 
What It Is: Chevrolet’s next Ford Mustang fighter, photographed while testing and with current GM products nearby for scale. That last bit is important, because we know the 2016 Camaro is migrating to the same rear-drive Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS, and the move is expected to being a reduction in size. READ […] 
 
 
2015 BMW 2-series Active Tourer Driven: A Mini-Wagon Reverse-Engineered from Mini  Jul 17th, 2014 
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future: BMW insiders tell us that half of the company’s lineup eventually will consist of front-wheel-drive vehicles. The 2-series Active Tourer is the first such vehicle, and it has so little in common with any other BMW that it could send shockwaves throughout the enthusiast community. It is called […] 
 
 
It’s the Relationship, Stupid  Jul 17th, 2014 
New data on what consumers want has Da Man up in arms. Not only does he doubt the source of the data, he believes it’s another example of why dealers need to take back their markets. 
 
 
Wise F&I Integrates ONWise With F&I Express  Jul 17th, 2014 
Wise F&I announced online integration of its contract administration portal with F&I Express. The connection will allow dealers to provide online contract origination for multiple product providers, including Wise F&I’s suite of F&I products. 
 
 
Fidelis PPM Partners with National Auto Care  Jul 17th, 2014 
National Auto Care will now offer a white-labeled version of Fidelis PPM's prepaid maintenance program as part of its F&I product roster. 
 
 
‘King of Lemon Laws’ Celebrates Tesla Settlement  Jul 17th, 2014 
Attorney Vince Megna celebrated the $126,836 settlement he reached with Tesla on behalf of a Wisconsin man by posting a humorous video to his YouTube channel. It was the first lemon law case brought against the electric-vehicle maker. 
 
 
Credit Union Pulls Ad Campaign Slamming Rate Markups  Jul 17th, 2014 
Almost a month after launching a campaign critical of rate markups, Space Coast Credit Union has pulled all ads and associated videos. The campaign had compared rate markups to a restaurant charging customers more for food based on arbitrary physical features. 
 
 
CU Direct Credit Unions Post 25.4% Increase in Q1 Originations  Jul 17th, 2014 
CUDL Credit Unions became the fourth largest lending segment in the first quarter, growing their origination count by 25.4%. 
 
 
2015 Toyota Sienna Debuts, Offers Loudspeaker for Shouting at Rear-Seat Passengers  Jul 17th, 2014 
Compared with, say, the compact-crossover arena, the minivan segment is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, occupied as it is by a small number of vehicles fighting over buyers in Mad Max–style battles to the death. Okay, so the minivan game isn’t actually that ominous, but there’s no question that the shift away from the family-friendly devices toward […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: 1993 Ford Probe GT  Jul 17th, 2014 
“This time, we were in on the project earlier,” Ford designer Mark Kelly told us. All along, we had thought the Ford-Mazda partnership that produced the Probe and MX-6 front-drive two-plus-twos had been an even-Steven deal from day one, so we wondered: had Ford just been tagging along when these cars first appeared in 1988? […] 
 
 
Highway to Hell(Cat): 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to Start at $60,990  Jul 16th, 2014 
How much does one horsepower cost? If you’re talking about the per-pony charge to get into the 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, well, each unit of horsepower will require $86.27, tax not included. How do we know? Dodge has released pricing for the supercharged, hellacious Challenger SRT Hellcat, and it’ll be the least-expensive 700-hp-plus […] 
 
 
2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Drive: 206 mph from a 626-hp W-12 Does the Trick  Jul 16th, 2014 
We’ve never really understood why Bentley gives the fastest versions of its Continental clan “Speed” branding. It’s not as if any of the lesser models are exactly deficient when it comes to delivering velocity. Even the “entry-level” V-8, the one you lend to the pool boy on his day off, can crack 60 mph in […] 
 
 
Gentlemen, Start Your Checkbooks! 20th Motor City Auction Previewed  Jul 16th, 2014 
RM Auctions recently released the offerings for its upcoming 20th Motor City Auction, and it’s definitely worth a look. Conducted during the weekend of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, the auction is set for Saturday, July 26, and will consist of some 80 American and European classic cars. The auction will be […] 
 
 
2016 Smart Fortwo Official Photos and Info: Urban Canyon Conveyance  Jul 16th, 2014 
It was about time. A full 16 years after the launch of the original Smart, and seven years after the second-generation minicar rolled out, the diminutive two-seater is here in its third iteration. The new Fortwo doesn’t come a day too soon to bring a much-needed dynamic back into Smart showrooms; dealers in America will […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Fiat 124 Sport Coupe Tested  Jul 16th, 2014 
When man gets around to acknowledging his vehicular accomplishments with an Automotive Hall of Fame, the Fiat 124 Sport Coupe should be assigned to a pedestal of prominence for its duality. Today’s streets seem to feature only two types of cars: those created to provide driving pleasure or the vast fleet of automobiles aimed at […] 
 
 
The Roof Is On Fire: Chrysler Recalls 895,000 SUVs for Vanity Mirror Fires  Jul 16th, 2014 
Stop looking at your glorious moustache in the mirror, Ron Burgundy—your Dodge Durango’s sun visor might be melting. Chrysler is recalling the 2011–2014 Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee for electrical shorts within the sun visor’s vanity-mirror lamp circuit. During repairs to the vehicle’s headliner, screws attaching the sun visor can pierce the lamp wiring and […] 
 
 
2015 Smart Forfour Official Photos and Info: Four Doors At Last!  Jul 16th, 2014 
When people think of Smart, they inevitably think of the diminutive Fortwo two-seater that has roamed European cities for 16 years but is a relatively rare sighting in the U.S. What they don’t think of is a four-door. The brand has been trying to change that for years, and in fact, the new Forfour represents […] 
 
 
First Photos of Next-Generation Mazda 2 Appear Online, Appear Legit  Jul 16th, 2014 
The next-generation Mazda 2 hatchback is out of the bag; that is, if the photo above, which was posted by Carscoops, is the real deal. It certainly looks to be authentic, and it could indicate that an official debut of the new Mazda 2 (referred to as the Demio in Japan) is imminent. 2014 Mazda […] 
 
 
Honda Debuts Latest ASIMO Humanoid Robot, Machine Takeover Imminent  Jul 16th, 2014 
Everyone’s favorite soccer-playing, plastic-spaceman-wearing-a-backpack–style humanoid robot, ASIMO, is back and better than ever! Honda’s bizarre robot love child receives a rash of improvements this year, some of which are definitely concerning for any tinfoil hat–wearing readers concerned about an eventual robot takeover of society. The Honda robot’s other new features, however, might just have a […] 
 
 
ADM Names 2014 Dealers’ Choice Award Winners  Jul 16th, 2014 
This year’s contest asked readers to vote for their favorite vendors in 27 categories. Some categories only had one or two winners, while no winners were named in the Reputation Management and Social Media Management categories. 
 
 
2015 BMW M3 Throws Down Huge Dyno Numbers! [Video]  Jul 16th, 2014 
If there’s one thing you need to know about automotive dynamometers, it’s that no two are likely to ever return the same number. No matter how closely calibrated, if you run the same car on two separate dynos, you’re going to get different output figures. Still, the variations aren’t typically huge—which is why European Auto […] 
 
 
Track Star: 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO Tested!  Jul 16th, 2014 
The 2015 model year marks the seventh for the GT-R, and nearly every turn of the calendar has come with incremental updates from Nissan, stretching the envelope of a car we initially called “big, heavy, and incredible.” READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Tesla Motors Names Next Car “Model 3,” Says It Will Follow Model X Crossover to Market  Jul 16th, 2014 
  Tesla Motors has confirmed the name for its upcoming BMW 3-series–sized electric sedan on Twitter. Drum roll (Twitter tweet?), please: The new model will be called the Model 3. The name is something of a surprise, given that Tesla’s current offering, the Model S, and its imminent crossover, the Model X, use letters for […] 
 
 
Fast & Furious 7 Wraps, Dangerous Final Scene Canceled in Light of Paul Walker Crash  Jul 16th, 2014 
A posting on the Fast & Furious franchise’s Facebook page confirms that filming on the seventh movie has wrapped up. Completion of Fast & Furious 7 was delayed late last year when lead actor Paul Walker died in a crash unrelated to the film; his brothers later stepped in to help complete filming of the […] 
 
 
2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Test: Buy It for the Novelty, Not the EPA Rating  Jul 16th, 2014 
Just $995 separates the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost sedan from its standard four-cylinder–powered Fiesta SE counterpart. That amount covers the SE EcoBoost Fuel Economy package, which includes Ford’s teensy 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a rear spoiler, and strangely cool 15-inch steel wheels with aero-minded hubcaps. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Resetting the Clock  Jul 16th, 2014 
Customers simply don’t like to wait, but His Madness says there’s a simple step F&I managers can take to buy themselves and their process a little more time. 
 
 
2016 Jaguar XE Teased  Jul 15th, 2014 
Jaguar reveals new information on its upcoming compact car. 
 
 
2016 Audi A3 e-tron Plug-In Hybrid Driven: Good, But It’ll Cost You  Jul 15th, 2014 
Here’s what Audi promises with the new A3 e-tron: a compact luxury hatchback that can achieve 157 mpg but also hit 138 mph. Based on the latest A3 Sportback—that’s Audi-ese for “five-door A3”—this model packs a 150-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 102-hp electric motor, and enough battery storage to enable up to 31 miles of […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe: For When Eight Cylinders Just Won’t Do  Jul 15th, 2014 
It seems like just yesterday we were falling over ourselves at the New York auto show debut of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC coupe. The remarkably beautiful and powerful full-size two-door seemed to be Benz’s ultimate answer to the Bentley Continental GT, but, it turns out, for only a moment. Right on the heels […] 
 
 
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