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Volkswagen R-Line Concept: The Sportiest Beetle of the Bunch  Mar 31st, 2015 
The current production Beetle R-Line occupies a curious spot in VW’s lineup. The sportiest Beetle of the bunch, it doesn’t do anything the fantastic GTI can’t for roughly the same money. So it largely comes down to aesthetics. To explore what a Beetle R-Line could be, nay might be, Volkswagen waved its magic design wand and […] 
 
 
VW’s New Wave: Beetle Wave Concept Is Orange and Houndstoothy  Mar 31st, 2015 
Of the Beetle concepts VW is bringing to the New York show, this Wave convertible is probably the tamest, and it’s the one with orange paint and a houndstooth-trimmed interior. The color is called Habanero Orange, which makes us want to go get Buffalo wings, while the upholstery is intended to evoke the 1950s and ’60s. There’s also […] 
 
 
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack: Yep, It’s Coming to America – Official Photos and Info  Mar 31st, 2015 
 
 
 
MIDSHIP AMUSEMENT! Mugen Unveils Honda S660 Roadster Bits and Bobs  Mar 31st, 2015 
 
 
 
Consumers Would Buy Cars on Smartphones, Morpace Reports  Mar 31st, 2015 
In its monthly online survey of U.S. consumers, market research and consulting firm Morpace found that 17% of car shoppers would complete a car-buying transaction from start to finish on their smartphone. 
 
 
SMART Payment Plan Appoints Compliance Officer  Mar 31st, 2015 
Jackson Bigham has been named chief compliance officer of SMART Payment Plan. In that role, he will be responsible for managing SMART’s state and federal regulatory compliance and regulatory reporting. 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4: We Off-Road in a Lifted 4WD Van  Mar 31st, 2015 
We’re serious about the rigor we apply to testing and evaluating new cars, but every once in a while we skew a little toward the absurd. Take our flying to Kelowna, British Columbia, to drive the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 on roads that included miles of rugged, two-track logging paths. Mercedes was eager to show […] 
 
 
Come on Down: Lexus Discounting Driver-Assist Safety Options  Mar 31st, 2015 
Lexus plans to offer five safety and convenience features for what Mercedes charges to make its grille-mounted three-pointed star light up. Back in December, we heard the 2016 RX (to be unveiled in New York this week; that’s the 2015 model above) would become the first Lexus ute to receive the Lexus Safety System+, an option […] 
 
 
Bentley Designer Slams Lincoln Continental Concept on Facebook  Mar 31st, 2015 
Is Lincoln’s design rebirth built on the back of Bentley? Bentley’s designers seem to think so. And not because the show car is called Continental. When the Dearborn-designed Lincoln Continental concept made its debut, more than a few observers noted its Bentley-esque overtones. Bentley designers feel the sedan is a blatant ripoff of their own […] 
 
 
Scoop! 2016 McLaren Sports Series Could be Priced as Low as $160K for 540C; $185K for 570S  Mar 31st, 2015 
McLaren threw a coming-out party before the New York auto show, exhibiting the 570S in all of its glittering orangeness to a crowd of media and releasing a considerable amount of information, most of which is included in our full coverage of the 570S here. But while the drooling crowd was trying to collect itself after […] 
 
 
2016 GMC Terrain – Official Photos and Info  Mar 31st, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 McLaren 570S Photos and Info: The Sports Series Launches with a Bang  Mar 31st, 2015 
Having spent more than 50 years at the forefront of top-tier racing, McLaren is among the most storied marques in the world. Yet since it threw itself full tilt into building road cars as McLaren Automotive in 2011—there was the indelible F1 a couple of decades back, of course—it has existed in a sort of […] 
 
 
2016 McLaren 570S: The First Sports Series Model Has Arrived – Official Photos and Info  Mar 31st, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 GMC Terrain Revealed: Making Due with Minor Changes  Mar 31st, 2015 
The Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain—siblings based on GM’s Theta platform—may not be the most inspired vehicles in their segment, but they offer plenty of room, flexibility, and amenities. That’s why they’re popular with people whose automotive priorities are slightly different from ours. In fact, they’re so popular that the Terrain has managed to […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept: We Go for a Ride in Daimler’s Half-Baked Bean  Mar 30th, 2015 
When it comes to ultraluxe sedans, there is much to be said for the Mercedes-Maybach S600. The long-wheelbase, twelve-cylinder S-class for the most discriminating of sybarites is whisper-quiet, will launch you to 80 mph before you’ve even noticed, and remains fundamentally unperturbed as it mows down the proletariat—its Magic Body Control reducing the thwump of […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept: We Go for a Ride in Daimler’s Half-Baked Bean  Mar 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Acura ILX Racer to Tackle the 25 Hours of Thunder Hill  Mar 30th, 2015 
Acura just took the wraps off the 2016 ILX near-luxury sedan in November, but the carmaker already has plans to go racing. Check out the ILX endurance racer, making its debut at the New York International Auto Show ahead of an appearance on the grid at the 25 Hours of Thunder Hill. Built in-house with […] 
 
 
How Jeremy Clarkson Got Himself Fired, and What Happens Next  Mar 30th, 2015 
Last week, car fans and casual BBC watchers alike got the bad news we’d all been bracing for: Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson will no longer appear on the show. It’s an ignoble, unfortunate end for the man who was instrumental in making Top Gear the show that it is today. But how did we […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Priced: Just $138 Per Horsepower!*  Mar 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Driven! Honda S660 Mid-Engine Roadster—It Could Come to the U.S.  Mar 30th, 2015 
Honda is on a mission to get its sporty groove back. We’ve already seen the new Acura NSX; the Civic Type R was revealed at the recent Geneva auto show; the company’s comeback as a Formula 1 engine supplier is underway; and now Honda has added a new, somewhat smaller, performance car to its range. First shown in concept form at the […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Priced: Just $138 Per Horsepower!*  Mar 30th, 2015 
Before we get to the just-announced conventional pricing for the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63, are you wondering what that asterisk in the title is for? Well, that’s there because while, yes, each of the Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan’s horsepower costs just $138, for each the higher-output C63 S-model’s ponies, you’ll need to shell out $144. Of course, […] 
 
 
Stop Is Cheap: Toyota to Offer Low-Cost Accident-Avoidance Tech  Mar 30th, 2015 
In what could amount to a minor coup in the safety realm among non-luxury car brands, Toyota has announced that it will make several of its electronic safety features available at a very low cost in its small and mid-size offerings. The safety systems will be bundled in two different packages and come first to the […] 
 
 
2015 Honda S660 Mid-Engine Roadster – First Drive Review  Mar 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Built in the U.S.A.! Volvo Plans American Factory  Mar 30th, 2015 
Volvo has announced that it will build an assembly plant in the United States as part of its plan to become a “truly global carmaker.” The Swedish brand, now owned by the Chinese company Geely, currently builds cars at two factories in Sweden and two in China. Volvo has not said which models would be […] 
 
 
No Excuses, You Can Afford It: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Priced!  Mar 30th, 2015 
The all-new, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata’s long, slow march to dealerships has just spiked our excitement for the third time. The first jolt came when the car debuted, while the second arrived when we drove a European-spec car in Barcelona earlier this year. Now, the 2016 Miata’s price has been announced—and it’s mighty agreeable. The new car may […] 
 
 
No Excuses, You Can Afford It: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Priced!  Mar 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Less Paunch for More Punch? Chevrolet Releases Weight-Savings Claim for 2016 Camaro  Mar 30th, 2015 
Now, we’d don’t mean to hurt the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro‘s feelings, but it’s a little, um, how should we put this . . . big boned? We mean that literally: It’s portlier than is ideal for a pony car because of its bone structure, which is a cut-down version of the same full-size sedan platform that […] 
 
 
Video: The ICON Derelict ’48 Buick, with Corvette ZR1 Power, Rolls into Jay Leno’s Garage  Mar 30th, 2015 
We love the whole concept of the ICON Derelict line. Founder Jonathan Ward finds rough, patina-laden vintage bodies, stuffs them full of modern horsepower, and hides a thoroughly sporty and capable chassis underneath that unrestored classic body. It’s hard work, with attention to details that even a sharp-eyed car geek might not notice on first […] 
 
 
Not Special, Just “Edition”: Meet the Newest Porsche Panamera  Mar 30th, 2015 
When so many cars claim to be a special edition, could it be that nothing is special anymore? That’s a philosophical question raised by Porsche with the latest version of the Panamera. It’s a special edition, but don’t call it that. It’s just the Panamera Edition. (Or, the Panamera 4 Edition.) Porsche risks getting weirdly […] 
 
 
Lincoln Continental Concept Revealed! (It’s Already Headed for Production)  Mar 30th, 2015 
Take a Ford Taurus, rub it sparingly with the sad ham of luxury appliqué, and you get the Lincoln MKS. In fact, there may not have been a car more cynical in Ford’s repertoire since post-Malaise downsizing of the 1980s. Finally, Lincoln has decided to erase this blight upon its name, and if the new […] 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography: A Story of Wealth and Privilege (and 550 Supercharged Horsepower!)  Mar 30th, 2015 
While the world waits for the first ultra-luxurious SUVs from the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce, tycoons fancying a tall seating position are left few choices. They could drop a nearly a quarter of a million bucks on a rip-snortin’ Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and we’re pretty sure Mercedes-Benz is going to churn out another […] 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography: A Story of Wealth and Privilege – Official Photos and Info  Mar 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Lincoln Continental Concept: It’s Already Headed for Production – Auto Shows  Mar 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
New Strategic Venture Looks To Make A Splash with U.S. Independent Auto Dealers  Mar 28th, 2015 
Pure Conquest and Vantage Finance join forces to help deliver big profits for auto dealers nationwide. 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
Proof that the Mercedes-Benz Unimog Is the World’s Most Versatile and Bad-Ass Truck  Mar 27th, 2015 
With a Unimog, nearly anything is possible.  
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 – First Drive Review  Mar 27th, 2015 
 
 
 
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 
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 […] 
 
 
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 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
Performance Data Showdown: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S  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 […] 
 
 
Out of the Kitchen and into the Driveway: Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition  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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
1990 Dodge Daytona ES – Archived Instrumented Test  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 […] 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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 ›› 
 
 
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  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 […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e Plug-In Hybrid – First Drive Review  Mar 26th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S – Comparison Tests  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 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 ›› 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX50: Longer But Not Any Stronger – Official Photos and Info  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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, […] 
 
 
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 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class: What You Used to Call the M-class – Official Photos and Info  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
Ram Texas Ranger Concept Debuts at Dallas Auto Show, Because Texas  Mar 25th, 2015 
 
 
 
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 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 – Instrumented Test  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, […] 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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” […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack – First Drive Review  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
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