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Ram Trucks CEO Says No 707-hp Hellcat Pickup “At This Time”  Oct 30th, 2014 
The story at Chrysler these days is the supercharged Hellcat V-8 engine. Seriously, it’s a 707-hp engine you can buy in one of two relatively normal and inexpensive vehicles, the Charger and the Challenger. As exciting as that is, what really gets us excited is figuring out what Chrysler product the Hellcat will end up in next. We […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Tested: Transformed Track Star  Oct 30th, 2014 
It’s not easy to see out of a Chevy Camaro. That’s just an inescapable consequence of forcing 1967 design cues onto modern, safety-compliant hardware shared with the Chevrolet SS and the late, lamented Pontiac G8. You’ll have to live with this poor visibility if you buy any Camaro. But opt for a Camaro SS equipped […] 
 
 
Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series Packs 570-hp in a Hyper-Long, Hyper-Expensive Package  Oct 30th, 2014 
Porsche’s swoopy Panamera is already a luxuriously ferocious and ferociously luxurious way to transport four people. For those looking for more, well more in their Porsche sedan, the German firm is bringing the super luxurious Exclusive Series to the L.A. auto show. It will wear a stupefying MSRP of—wait for it—$264,895. The Panamera Exclusive Series starts life […] 
 
 
Edmunds Buys Dealer Texting Startup  Oct 30th, 2014 
Edmunds.com has acquired mobile startup CarCode, a service that lets customers and dealers engage in one-on-one text messaging. It is the first acquisition for the online car-shopping website. 
 
 
AutoNation to Cut Spending on Third-Party Lead Providers  Oct 30th, 2014 
The dealer group reported this week that its F&I operations achieved a record per-copy average of $1,401 in the third quarter. Officials also announced plans to cut spending on third-party lead providers 'every quarter' in order to invest in its own online presence. 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Nissan 240SX SE Tested  Oct 30th, 2014 
There’s a sequence in Out of Africa in which Robert Redford buzzes a clearing in a biplane, thumps down, and taxis up to his startled paramour, Meryl Streep. Delighted, she marvels at his unexpected arrival at the controls of an airplane: “Where did you get it?” “Mombasa.” “When did you learn to fly?” “Yesterday.” READ […] 
 
 
24 Hours of LeMons New England: The Winners!  Oct 30th, 2014 
We saw some incredible car debuts when we inspected the 132 entries at the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest on Friday, then watched the top of the standings become strangely free of German machines on Saturday, and then Sunday saw the closest Class A finish since the by-a-whisker South Carolina race. It was one of the […] 
 
 
2015 BMW X5 M Photos and Info: Big Price, Big Cojones  Oct 30th, 2014 
The BMW X5 was not only one of the first true luxury SUVs, it was also one of the first seriously fast SUVs. The first generation was offered with a distinctly sporty naturally aspirated 4.4-liter V-8, later supplemented by a 4.6 and then a 4.8-liter unit. A one-off concept was even built with a 690-hp […] 
 
 
Why Fiat-Chrysler Is Spinning Off Ferrari: An Analyst Weighs In  Oct 29th, 2014 
Today’s announcement that Fiat-Chrysler will spin off Ferrari into a separate company rocked the automotive world. Coming hot on the heels of the fiery resignation of longtime Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Italian-American auto conglomerate’s decision to shed Ferrari seems particularly chaotic. We spoke with Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacific, to get […] 
 
 
Audi Reportedly Leaving Le Mans for Formula 1, Eyeing Red Bull Teams  Oct 29th, 2014 
Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright 13 out of the last 15 times—a staggering accomplishment. As the Audi dynasty piled up wins, critics wondered when the company might rest on its laurels. According to Auto Express, that time may be upon is. Audi may abandon both LMP1 and DTM to take […] 
 
 
Changing Red to Green: Fiat-Chrysler Spinning Off Ferrari to Raise Cash for Recovery Plan  Oct 29th, 2014 
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has wasted no time in imposing his will and financial nous on iconic supercar-maker Ferrari. Less than a month after ousting long-term Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, Marchionne has pushed through a plan to slice the ultraprofitable Ferrari off from FCA’s struggling Italian carmaking operations. Marchionne today announced that Ferrari would be […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Spy Photos: No Camo, Lots of Power  Oct 29th, 2014 
What It Is: With the CTS having moved up a notch in size and price and no longer straddling the middle ground between compact and mid-size luxury cars, the upcoming CTS-V will no longer do battle with the traditional sports-sedan and -coupe bogeys, BMW’s M3 and its newly rechristened M4 sibling. That’s now left to […] 
 
 
Mazda Planning a 6 Coupe for 2017—An Honest-to-Goodness Two-Door Coupe!  Oct 29th, 2014 
Zounds! A coupe built on a family sedan platform with a mere two access portals? What is this? 1986? Not quite, but in 2016, according to a report in Auto Express, we could see a two-door coupe version of the Mazda 6 sedan. The fact that we have to specify that this potential 6 would […] 
 
 
2015 BMW X6 M Photos and Info: Return of the Baddest SUV  Oct 29th, 2014 
Porsche has its own ideas, but if you ask us, an all-wheel-drive 911 on steroids would look a lot like a BMW X6. An X6 M, to be precise. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
NCM Sponsors 2015 Best Training Day Ever Event  Oct 29th, 2014 
For the third consecutive year, NCM Associates is sponsoring the Best Training Day Ever, a one-day event featuring panels with some of the industry’s top trainers. 
 
 
Buy a Car and Learn to Drive It for Free! 6 Automaker Performance-Driving Schools Detailed  Oct 29th, 2014 
We think every performance-car buyer should go to driving school. And we’re not talking about the type that the judge sentences you to for speeding. What we’re talking about is a high-performance driving class that teaches you how to tap a vehicle’s true performance. Such schools usually cost thousands, but a few carmakers offer an […] 
 
 
It’s Back On? Cadillac Dealers Say ATS-Based Convertible May Happen  Oct 29th, 2014 
Cadillac dealers are apparently bad at keeping secrets. According to a report in Automotive News, numerous attendees of a recent Cadillac dealer meeting have confirmed that brand boss Johan de Nysschen and his team showed images of “a slew of future vehicles,” including a convertible, which would be built on the ATS/CTS Alpha platform. We’ve […] 
 
 
Limited-Edition Audi R8 Competition Is the Fastest, Most-Powerful Audi Ever Built  Oct 29th, 2014 
Do you find the “regular” Audi R8 just a bit too pedestrian? Looking for something with a little extra oomph and exclusivity? Audi just unveiled the answer for you: The R8 Competition, a 570-hp tribute to Audi’s R8 LMS race cars—and it’s the fastest, most-powerful, and most-limited version of the four-ring supercar you can buy in […] 
 
 
Seattle Automotive Tuning Shop, Level1tec, Offers Porsche 991 Tuning Box  Oct 29th, 2014 
Seattle tuning shop, Level1tec, which is able to offer a Porsche 991 tuning box for Porsche owners. 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Driven: Big Sedan + Big Motor = Big Fun  Oct 29th, 2014 
There’s an insuppressible sense of buoyancy among Dodge folks of late. Certainly, it can’t be attributed to the Dart compact or the complete lack of a Dodge-brand entry in the hugely popular mid-size-sedan segment. It’s not even that the Viper sports car has been newly re-Dodged after wearing only an SRT badge in 2013–14. No, […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger V-6 First Drive: The Devil’s Familiar  Oct 29th, 2014 
In our ideal world, all Dodge Chargers would arrive packing V-8 power. In that alternate reality, where performing smoky burnouts is considered a patriotic duty and watching Dukes of Hazzard reruns has displaced baseball as our national pastime, it would be an act of treason to deliver a Charger with fewer than eight cylinders. READ […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger SRT 392: Still Capable of Raising Some Hell  Oct 29th, 2014 
When Dodge took us to a hangar in Washington, D.C., and offered the keys to any of its freshened 2015 Charger sedans, we could have taken the raucous new 707-hp Charger SRT Hellcat first. But we purposely started the day in the SRT 392, somewhat afraid that we might never again be satisfied with its […] 
 
 
Not Dead Yet? Lincoln Five-Year Plan Includes Dedicated Platform and Billions in Investment  Oct 28th, 2014 
Cadillac knows it, we know it, and Matthew McConaughey subconsciously mumbled it: Lincoln can’t succeed without distancing itself from Ford. Apparently, according to unnamed sources talking to Reuters, Lincoln is slated to receive big bucks, use a distinct vehicle platform, and see every model “redesigned or replaced over the next five years.” Reuters said Ford CEO […] 
 
 
Eleanor on the Block: Authentic Hero Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds Heads to Auction  Oct 28th, 2014 
The 2000 remake of 1974′s Gone in 60 Seconds may not have been one of recent history’s highest cinematic achievements, but it did make an enduring star out of one of its cast members. No, we’re not talking about Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, or Giovanni Ribisi. We’re talking about the remade “Eleanor,” the modern movie’s […] 
 
 
Custom 500s: Mopar Whips Up Fiat 500 Abarth “Scorpion” and 500L “Custom” for SEMA  Oct 28th, 2014 
They’re not Ford Custom 500s. Besides, if your remember the Custom 500, you’re likely not in the demographic for these two Fiats scheduled to hit Mopar’s SEMA booth. Then again, if you remember old Fiats, you’re probably outside the target demo, too. The smaller of the two cars to grace the booth is the 500 […] 
 
 
Kia Teases “High-Performance” K900 Concept for SEMA—and It Might Actually Be Cool  Oct 28th, 2014 
After a quiet year of middling sales, Kia is hoping to inject some excitement into its K900 luxury yacht. First, Kia enlisted LeBron James as the K900′s “Luxury Ambassador. Now the company is building a hot-rod version for SEMA. Here’s a short sneak peek at what’s in store for the V-8 sedan under the hot lights […] 
 
 
Put It On Me: Ja Rule’s “The Fast and the Furious” Integra Is For Sale on eBay  Oct 28th, 2014 
The world is gearing up for the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious movie series—it will be called Furious 7—and that has everyone a little nostalgic about the franchise’s roots. Luckily, if you’re searching for a time capsule straight back to 2001, the genuine Acura Integra driven by Ja Rule’s character Edwin is up for […] 
 
 
Next-Gen Nissan Titan Destined for Detroit, We Detail Its Clever New Diesel Engine  Oct 28th, 2014 
Almost 12 years ago, Nissan showed up at Detroit’s hometown auto show with a direct challenge to the Big Three: its first full-size truck, the Titan. Even if that truck barely registers as competition today—though it does have a pretty bitchin’ name—Nissan hasn’t been deterred from repeating the stunt with the second-generation truck. The 2016 […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Volt Drivetrain Details: Quicker, New Engine, Increased Range and Battery Capacity  Oct 28th, 2014 
When the wrap comes off the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt in January, it will pack a more powerful 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a higher-capacity battery that will help deliver quicker acceleration and more range. General Motors confirmed today that this inline-four, part of a trio of new Ecotec three- and four-cylinder engines that will power […] 
 
 
Fiat-Chrysler Quality Chief Resigns One Day After Terrible Consumer Reports Rankings  Oct 28th, 2014 
The New York Times reports that Doug Betts, Fiat-Chrysler quality chief, abruptly abandoned his post this morning. The company, where Betts worked for the past seven years, occupied the very bottom of Consumer Reports magazine’s annual rankings released yesterday, with Fiat, Jeep, Ram, and Dodge taking the bottom four slots and Chrysler nabbing number 22 […] 
 
 
Honda Facing Parts Theft, Railcar Hijacking, and Quality Issues at New Mexican Plant  Oct 28th, 2014 
We like the Honda Fit, as it delivers a large amount of behind-the-wheel fun in a small, clever package, and we’d recommend it to just about anyone shopping for an affordable, practical runabout. Unfortunately, we would have to add the caveat that it might take a long time to get one: Automotive News is reporting that […] 
 
 
Complí Receives 2014 GRC Value Award  Oct 28th, 2014 
The compliance management software provider was recognized by GRC 20/20 for the value it provided to Tricolor Auto Group. The auto group cut time spent on compliance management in half using solutions from Complí, officials said. 
 
 
Benoit Honored With Auto Finance Excellence Award  Oct 28th, 2014 
The senior partner at Hudson Cook and columnist for F&I and Showroom was honored on Oct. 7 at an auto finance conference in Las Vegas. 
 
 
Back That App Up: You Can Now Reverse a Trailer Using Only a Phone  Oct 28th, 2014 
Driving has been getting easier since Alfred Vacheron invented the steering wheel. But all the sensors and active systems fitted to a modern vehicle still can’t solve the real-time trigonometric puzzle of backing up while towing a trailer. Until now, that is. Power-steering-system producer ZF Lenksysteme in Germany, a joint venture between ZF and Bosch, […] 
 
 
STI Lite: New Subaru Forester tS Is an STI in All But Engine  Oct 28th, 2014 
Subaru once sold a real Forester STI in Japan, circa 2004. Since the tall wagon shared its bones with the Impreza, it was pretty much a plug-and-play proposition. The next STI-badged Forester came in 2010, but that car, the Forester tS (tuned by STI), sported some performance mods and a bushel of STI appearance baubles […] 
 
 
Ferrari 458–Based Pininfarina Sergio to Reach Production—And They’re All Spoken For  Oct 28th, 2014 
Ferrari has confirmed to Road & Track that a version of the Pininfarina Sergio concept is going into production. The thing is, only six will be built. And you’re too late. Like the Ferrari F60 America before it, all the Sergios were pre-sold to hand-picked customers before the car was even publicly announced. The Sergio was […] 
 
 
California Says Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Is Hella Safe—Really  Oct 28th, 2014 
A recent yearlong study by the California Office of Traffic Safety has found motorcycle lane-splitting to be a safe practice on public roads. The study looked at collisions involving 7836 motorcyclists reported by 80 police departments between August 2012 and August 2013. “What we learned is, if you lane-split in a safe or prudent manner, it is no more […] 
 
 
Why GM’s Q3 Earnings Report May Not Be as Rosy as It Seems  Oct 28th, 2014 
Weird as it may sound for an automaker that has recalled 34 million vehicles in nine months, General Motors is celebrating its third-quarter earnings report that notes bigger profits and a healthy wad of available cash. But hundreds of pending lawsuits and investigations against GM may pose a greater risk to the company’s bottom line than […] 
 
 
Dealer Arrested For Forgery, Fraud  Oct 28th, 2014 
A dealer in Georgia was charged with 18 felonies and 9 misdemeanors for committed fraud and forgery in association with the sale of vehicles. 
 
 
Crisorio Named Compliance Summit Keynote Speaker  Oct 28th, 2014 
The president and CEO of United Development Systems will open the new compliance event with a keynote address. He will offer his take on how dealers can stay out of the crosshairs of what many believe to be government overreach. 
 
 
Industry Could Realize Best October Since 2004, Say Anaylsts  Oct 28th, 2014 
The October retail sales forecasts from J.D. Power and Kelly Blue Book are in, and they are predicting sold sales in what is traditionally the second weakest month of the year for car sales. 
 
 
Tiny Tyke: Mazda Confirms New 2-Based CX-3 Crossover  Oct 28th, 2014 
Confirming swirling rumors, Mazda has announced a new small crossover for next month’s 2014 Los Angeles show: the CX-3.  Presumably based on the hot, next-generation 2 subcompact car, the CX-3 will face down a raft of new tiny utelets when it reaches market, including the Chevrolet Trax, the Fiat 500X, the Jeep Renegade, and the […] 
 
 
Ford’s Massively Awesome Rip Rod Custom Now Has EcoBoost Power, Watch It Tear Across a Lakebed  Oct 27th, 2014 
Hot Wheels toys have often been about cartoonish excess—or occasionally just cartoons—like dual engines, giant scoops, outrageous color-changing paint. This life-size Hot Wheels graced the SEMA show circuit last year as a static display. Now it can do a whole lot more, and it’s as outrageous as anything Hot Wheels has ever made thanks in […] 
 
 
Follow the Acid-Green Line: 15 Things We Learned on the Porsche 918 Factory Tour  Oct 27th, 2014 
As we pass through the Porsche 911 production line in Zuffenhausen, Germany, on our way to see where the 887-hp, plug-in-hybrid 918 Spyder is assembled, our tour guide informs us that very few media have seen the process. Tours generally are reserved for prospects, VIPs, and confirmed customers. We fall into the VIP category, or at […] 
 
 
Build, Paint, Repaint: The Assembly of Challenger Hellcat #0001 [Video]  Oct 27th, 2014 
Dodge has been deep in this whole promotional thing involving the one-last-go-’round Mötley Crüe and Gas Monkey guy Richard Rawlings, so it only makes sense that this build video of Challenger Hellcat VIN #0001 was scored by the Crüe’s ’89 MTV staple, “Kickstart My Heart.” What’s more confusing is that after assembly and primer, a black […] 
 
 
The Latest “Fast and Furious” Movie Is Simply Titled “Furious 7″, Hype Video Released  Oct 27th, 2014 
After being pushed back a year in response to star Paul Walker’s death, Universal Studios is beginning to roll out details on the seventh installment to the Fast and Furious series. Here’s your first look at the poster for the movie, Furious 7, which hits theaters in April. The movie, which will go by Fast […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 202  Oct 27th, 2014 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck!   (* […] 
 
 
BMW M235i Manual Test: Formidable—Very Formidable  Oct 27th, 2014 
It’s no secret that we have long preferred to shift for ourselves, rather than assign that function to an automatic transmission. (Save the Manuals!) But we have to be realistic about the current climate for the stick shift. And this car illustrates why. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI 1.8T Manual Tested: Even the Basic Model is a World-Beater  Oct 27th, 2014 
It’s odd for us to call out the manual transmission as our primary issue with a car—we are the Save the Manuals people, after all—but that’s the case here. To be clear, our grumbling isn’t really aimed at the gearbox or the clutch, which are light and precise and rewarding to use, but rather VW’s […] 
 
 
Toy Giveaway: Next Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaked in Die-Cast Form  Oct 27th, 2014 
For fanatics of Zuffenhausen iron, aluminum, und schteel, very little takes the bellows to the embers like a new GT3 RS. Spiritual heirs to the 1973 2.7 RS, one of which now trades hands at something like a jillion dollars, the RS cars offer a stripped-out interior, lightweight panels, and more power (save for the […] 
 
 
Tesla Introduces New Lease Program, Cuts Model S Monthly Payments  Oct 27th, 2014 
Tesla has finally introduced a proper lease program that cuts monthly and down payments on its Model S to somewhat more reasonable levels. By “proper,” we mean Tesla is using an outside bank (in this case, U.S. Bank) instead of setting aside some of its own cash, as it continues to do with its considerably […] 
 
 
Clearly, Lincoln Motor Co. Needs to Fire Matthew McConaughey and Hire Jim Carrey  Oct 27th, 2014 
Lincoln’s Matthew McConaughey–powered commercials come across as an exercise in strangeness: The star putters along in a 2015 MKC crossover, whisper-muttering bizarre musings more fit for True Detective‘s Rust Cohle than for a brand spokesman. Turns out, Lincoln may have gotten the aesthetic right, but what this concept really needed to resonate with the public […] 
 
 
Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Next Big Disruption Isn’t a New Car, It’s a New Battery  Oct 27th, 2014 
Elon Musk isn’t waiting for someone else to figure out how to build a better battery. While lithium-ion technology remains expensive and somewhat fraught with technical issues, the headstrong Tesla CEO has a plan that should at least make batteries cheaper. Many also think it’s his bid to establish the battery as the dominant alt-fuel […] 
 
 
Peter Max Corvette Collection Exhumed from Parking-Garage Purgatory  Oct 27th, 2014 
The long and twisted tale of the so-called VH1 MAX Corvette collection, after sitting for nearly twenty-five years in a series of New York parking garages, has finally come to a close. According to a report in the New York Times, the thirty-six-car collection, which began as a grand prize in a television contest before […] 
 
 
LeMons New England Day 1: No German Cars In Top 10, Sea Sprite Leading Class C  Oct 26th, 2014 
We inspected the 132 entries at the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest 24 Hours of LeMons on Friday, and today we raced. We saw many bent fenders, many ventilated engine blocks, and more lead changes than we could follow during the course of the day. When the dust settled, though, we were able to sort out […] 
 
 
LeMons New England: Many Audis, Many Forgotten GM Cars, and the World’s Most Evil Vanagon  Oct 25th, 2014 
The 24 Hours of LeMons has returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest, and we’ve got some fascinating machinery among the 130 or so entries that rolled into the garage for our traditional Friday car inspections. Let’s take a look! First of all, the Mod Squad Vanagon made everyone stagger […] 
 
 
2015 Subaru WRX STI2015 Subaru WRX STI Tested: If You Want Action, It Has the Traction  Oct 24th, 2014 
If competition improves the breed, then the corollary is that the lack of competition invites stasis. And the Subaru WRX STI has only one natural predator: the dead-car-rolling Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the product of an enterprise that seems a little on the fence about whether it wants to sell cars or get deeper into the […] 
 
 
Frosty Tide: Jeep Bringing a Pair of Curiously Named Renegade Concepts to the 2014 SEMA Show  Oct 24th, 2014 
The connotations might seem undesirable, but here is some “frostbite” you wouldn’t mind getting and a “riptide” you might wish to get caught in. We are talking, of course, about two special variations of the diminutive 2015 Renegade, which Jeep has prepared for the upcoming mod-crazy SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Renegade Frostbite, painted in […] 
 
 
Dodge Challenger T/A Concept Brings Old-School Muscle-Car Flair to SEMA  Oct 24th, 2014 
Dodge’s beastly Challenger has always been about raw, retro muscle-car style, and the company’s eye-searing Sublime Green–painted Challenger T/A concept takes that formula and cranks it up to 11. Whipped up to tickle show-goers at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, this special Challenger channels the spirit of racing driver Sam Posey’s original number 77 […] 
 
 
Dodge Dart R/T Concept: The High-Performance Compact Dodge Needs to Build  Oct 24th, 2014 
Dodge has a fascinating history of building hot compacts, one prominent example being the Omni GLHS by Shelby, while the Caliber SRT-4 marked a low point in terms of style and refinement. For the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the carmaker has taken its sensible Dart and tweaked it significantly to make it digestible […] 
 
 
Rare McLaren F1 for Sale On Craigslist for Nearly $8 Million: Believe It—Or Not  Oct 24th, 2014 
Cruising Craigslist for a classic supercar that’ll really stand out from the crowd? Look no further. Here’s a legit 1994 McLaren F1 for sale in San Diego that’s definitely for real and not at all a scam. READ MORE: What it’s like to drive the McLaren F1 The listing is short and to the point. […] 
 
 
Student-Designed Visio.M EV Concept: How BMW’s i3 Should Have Looked  Oct 24th, 2014 
BMW’s i3 electric hatchback is a lot of things—efficient, futuristic, packed with technology—but it isn’t exactly what you’d call handsome, at least not in the traditional sense. Students at the Technical University Munich (TUM), with backing from both BMW and Daimler, have come up with a solution—well, more of an alternative—in the form of an […] 
 
 
Mopar ProMaster and Ram 2500 Concepts: Hospitable Outdoorsiness, Indoors at SEMA  Oct 24th, 2014 
As Chrysler’s in-house performance-parts brand, Mopar has historically gone large at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. This year is proving to be no different, with muscle cars, trucks, and compacts galore showcasing wares from the division’s extensive parts and accessories catalog. Of Ram-style note are the ProMaster Hospitality Van and the Ram 2500 […] 
 
 
Chrysler Gives 2015 200S a Much-Needed Mopar Upgrade for SEMA  Oct 24th, 2014 
The 2015 Chrysler 200 is strikingly handsome—particularly for its price range—but the midsize sedan needs something more distinctive to stand out in its crowded segment. Ahead of next month’s blowout SEMA show, we got a peek at the juiced-up 200S that Chrysler will display at the Vegas extravaganza. Now this is more like it.Most notable […] 
 
 
Lotus Exige Gets Automatic-Transmission Option for People Who Love Sports Cars But Not Driving Them  Oct 24th, 2014 
Lotus’s new boss recently promised us a wave of new variants spun from the existing product line. And this, it seems, is where it starts: the Exige S Automatic. Yes, that’s automatic as in torque converter, with both the Exige S Coupe and its Roadster sister getting the option of the six-speed Aisin transmission that’s […] 
 
 
2015 Lexus NX300h Hybrid FWD Tested: Hybrid-Luxe Utility Goes Compact  Oct 24th, 2014 
Lexus wades into the compact-luxury-utility waters just as the segment reaches flood stage. Its new offering—sized and priced below the mid-size RX crossover—is the dramatically styled NX, in NX200t (turbocharged four-cylinder–powered) and NX300h (hybridized) versions. Of the two, the NX300h is the least thrilling, but it’s also the sole hybrid among compact luxe-UVs, boasting EPA […] 
 
 
2017 Jeep Wrangler Stays Body-On-Frame, Aluminum Panels Still Possible  Oct 24th, 2014 
Back in May, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne’s offhand comment that the 2017 Wrangler would move to an aluminum body for weight savings sparked tons of worried speculation among Jeep faithful: Would the venerable 4×4 ditch its tradition-honored body-on-frame construction and go unibody? Automotive News says it ain’t so—folks in the know both inside […] 
 
 
Caustic ACRostic: Bad-Ass Dodge ACR Viper Concept Debuts  Oct 24th, 2014 
SEMA vehicles are often the antithesis of function, being gussied-up show cars that focus less on performance than outrageous style and overwrought glitz. Dodge is bucking that trend with this car, a Viper concept that’s all about light weight, prodigious grip, and ultimate speed. Feast your carbon-fiber-hungry eyes on the Viper ACR. Going several steps beyond […] 
 
 
Production 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack to Debut at SEMA, Charger R/T Mopar Concept Along for the Ride  Oct 24th, 2014 
It’s SEMA time, which means Mopar-fettled cars are practically falling from the sky. Among the brood, of course, are two versions of the refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger, one conceptual and one headed for dealerships. Dodge R/T Mopar concept Mopar has been going through a renaissance of sorts lately, developing and marketing parts and accessories for […] 
 
 
VW vs. Toyota—FIGHT! The Tale of the Tape as Two Behemoths Vie to Be Number 1  Oct 24th, 2014 
There is safety in sales numbers, and as it becomes more and more costly to turn a profit in the car industry, we’ll continue to see brands consolidate under immense corporate umbrellas, such as Chrysler’s marriage to Fiat. But while some fight to survive, others fight to rule. Today, Toyota and Volkswagen dominate as the […] 
 
 
102,000 Audi A4s Recalled in U.S. for Airbags that May Not Deploy  Oct 23rd, 2014 
The VW Group is recalling roughly 101,900 late-model Audi A4 models in the U.S. to fix a software error that can prevent the front airbags from deploying in a crash, according to the company. The recall, first reported by German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, involves 850,000 A4s globally from the 2013–2015 model years. All […] 
 
 
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Tested: A Minivan with a European Accent  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Failure inspires some to greatness and pushes others to surrender. Ford’s response to its previous failures in the minivan market has been a mix of the two. After watching sales dwindle for years, Ford surrendered the class in 2008. But then, a couple of years later, it plopped the Transit Connect into Americans’ laps. An […] 
 
 
iM Wanna Destroy You: Scion Teases New IM Concept Ahead of L.A. Debut  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Like Ponce de Leon, Toyota’s Scion sub-brand is continually on the hunt for the fountain of youth. After collaborating with the fiftysomethings in Slayer on a tC for SEMA, Scion heads to Los Angeles with the iM concept. Given that there are plenty of folks pushing middle age who began using instant-messenger programs back in […] 
 
 
BMW Working on More Powerful, Sportier Version of the i8  Oct 23rd, 2014 
We like the BMW i8 for its styling, its efficiency, and its fresh approach to what a sports car can be. If there’s one area where it might be perceived as falling short of the competition, it is in overall output. With 357 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, it is quick, turning in a […] 
 
 
950-hp Ferrari LaFerrari + Monza + Drifting = Must Watch Video  Oct 23rd, 2014 
“A Ferrari LaFerrari drifting around Monza’s Parabolica turn at full throttle” sounds like a gearhead’s MadLibs dream sentence. Dream no more, friends. Now you can see (and hear) this fantasy for real. Good speakers or headphones are a must. With a 6.3 liter V-12 and HY-KERS electric assist combining for an astounding 950 horsepower, the […] 
 
 
2016 Audi A4 Sedan Spied: The Four-Door Audi Can’t A4d to Screw Up  Oct 23rd, 2014 
What It Is: The next arrow in Audi’s quiver, which the German automaker will draw and aim at the entry-luxury horde. Seen here in camouflaged prototype form, the 2016 A4 sedan is being developed to go up against the rejuvenated Mercedes-Benz C-class, the stalwart BMW 3-series, and fresh competitors from Cadillac and Lexus. READ MORE […] 
 
 
Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to Appear in U.S. Next Year, Debuts in Europe First  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Features designed to make up for drivers’ proclivity for inattention have been making their way to production vehicles for years, all of them following the trickle-down strategy: Luxury buyers get backed up by stuff like blind-spot detection, lane-keeping systems, and adaptive cruise control before mainstream buyers get in on the action later. Among full-line automakers, […] 
 
 
Mega-Rare 1973 CJ-5 Super Jeep to Be Displayed at SEMA  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Via Hemmings comes one of the better SEMA show announcements for this year. Amongst all the big-bucks OEM displays and booths hawking 87-inch rims for your ’87 Monte Carlo will be a genuine Jeep rarity: a 1973 Super Jeep. The model’s backstory is interesting. Back then, Jeep wasn’t prepared for the popularity of its CJ-5 […] 
 
 
John Phillips: How on Earth Has Maserati Survived 100 Years?  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Come December 1, Maserati will be 100 years old. I’ve followed the marque’s duck-and-dart adventures since the summer of 1967. That’s when my father and I, in our death-pallor-gray Ford Taunus in downtown Paris, spied a canary-yellow ’67 Ghibli whose driver was busy curbing its wheels. It was the first Maserati I’d ever seen. My […] 
 
 
World’s Quickest Import: Watch a Supra Blast a 6.05-Second, 241-mph 1/4-Mile  Oct 23rd, 2014 
There’s a new king of the hill in import drag racing: EKanoo Racing’s 2JZ-powered Supra. All hail! The record-breaking run was a screaming 6.05-second quarter mile that tripped the lights at 241 mph (387.69 kph). According to the EKanoo Racing website, all that power comes from the venerable 2JZ inline-six that powered the last generation […] 
 
 
2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Driven: The Roller You Drive Yourself Got Better  Oct 23rd, 2014 
If you’re truly wealthy, you’re not visiting your local Rolls-Royce dealership to buy a Ghost, but rather a Phantom, at a price that starts just above $400,000 but can require adding a seventh digit. The Ghost, while still outrageously expensive at $291,350, is for the merely rich. To better delineate the difference, let’s paraphrase comedian […] 
 
 
Audi Kills A6 Hybrid Because Nobody Bought It  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Three years ago, Audi launched a hybrid version of the A6, and the company hinted strongly that it would be sold in the U.S. as well. But those plans never materialized and now it is too late: The A6 hybrid has departed this world after just 4000 units built. Requiescat in pace. Back in 2011, […] 
 
 
Edmunds Pulls Ad Campaign, Says It ‘Missed the Mark’  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Edmunds pulled an online ad campaign today for its Price Promise program after dealers complained it portrayed them as ‘bad guys’ in the car-shopping process. 
 
 
Asbury’s F&I Per Copy Average Rises $22  Oct 23rd, 2014 
F&I gross profit per retail unit grew to $1,337 on a same-store basis for the publicly traded dealer group, but the performance of the operation’s parts and service segment was the big story in the third quarter. 
 
 
Sonic’s Hybrid F&I Pilot Experiences Training, Staffing Issues  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Officials said the Charlotte test store was overwhelmed by sales and paperwork. F&I performance rebounded, however, after the group added document specialists. 
 
 
Compliance Summit Room Block Nearly Full  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Organizers of the first-ever Compliance Summit in Hollywood, Fla., have announced that the event's room block at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is nearly full. Register today, before it's too late. 
 
 
Ford Adds a Place For Your Coffee Cup (or Shotgun Shells) to 2015 F-150′s Tailgate  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Ford’s all-new 2015 F-150 is nearly on the streets, but there’s one new feature that’s so last-minute, it wasn’t there when the truck was revealed at the 2014 Detroit auto show: Indentations on the inside of the tailgate perfectly placed to hold a beverage. They’re the handiwork of Kevin Blaser, a stamping product and design […] 
 
 
Ally Financial Honors 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Ally Financial has announced that 55 U.S. auto dealers have been selected as nominees for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The nominees will be honored at the NADA Convention & Exposition in January. 
 
 
The British May Be Coming: Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant  Oct 23rd, 2014 
Jaguar Land Rover wants to colonize South Carolina, or at least a few hundred acres of it, for its first-ever U.S. factory. The U.K.’s Sunday Times reports that the automaker has been “talking to several southern states, including South Carolina” about plans to open a facility that could churn out up to 200,000 cars per […] 
 
 
Minimize That: 2014 Mini Cooper/Cooper S Smacked for Overstating Fuel Economy  Oct 22nd, 2014 
  The new-for-2014 Mini Cooper grew in size versus its predecessors, but some of its fuel-economy ratings are now getting the chop. An audit by the Environmental Protection Agency turned up city/highway mileage estimates that were overstated by as many as 4 mpg. 2014 Cooper Hardtop manual: Drops from 30/42 to 29/40 2014 Cooper Hardtop automatic: […] 
 
 
Mustang Party at the LV Corral: Ford Previews First Two Modified 2015 Mustangs for SEMA  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Were you even surprised? Yes, Ford Motor Company is bringing a veritable “stampede”—its word, not ours—of modified 2015 Mustangs to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. Given that last year, Ford stuffed something like 7000 cars into its Las Vegas Convention Center display area, the idea that it’s bringing “over a dozen” tuned-up Mustangs […] 
 
 
Dodge Viper’s $15,000 Price Cut Boosts Monthly Sales by Nearly 200 Percent—to 108 Cars  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Last month’s decision by Dodge to slash prices on the face-melting Viper by $15,000 seems to be paying huge dividends: Sales of the car jumped by 184 percent in September. That doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing Dodge’s V-10 brute on every street corner, though. That huge percentage jump translates to 108 Vipers sold in September, up from 38 […] 
 
 
2014 BMW 328d Diesel Sedan Tested: Frugality Has Its Price  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Of course you’re wondering, so we’ll just tell you up front: 39 mpg. That’s what we got over 522 miles of driving with the BMW 328d rear-drive sedan, which amounts to one fill-up. It’s also 4-mpg better than the 35 mpg we saw from two 2014 328ds, an xDrive sedan and our long-term xDrive wagon […] 
 
 
Weave Come So Far: BMW, Audi, and German Consortium Developing Carbon Fiber That’s 90 Percent Cheaper  Oct 22nd, 2014 
BMW and Audi want to cut carbon-fiber production costs by up to 90 percent within six years—and they’re already halfway there. The two automakers, bolstered by funding from the German government and working with 86 other partners including Airbus and ZF, are part of a $102-million research consortium whose goal it is to make still-exotic […] 
 
 
Lynyrd’s Innards: McLaren Releases Interior Shots of P1 GTR Track-Only Special  Oct 22nd, 2014 
The wonks from Woking yanked a sheet from their new P1 GTR back in August at—where else?—the Pebble Beach festivities in California. We were there for the unveiling, but the P1 GTR’s ultra-mega-blackout windscreen restricted any and all ganders at what lay within. Helpfully, McLaren has finally released images of the plutocratic track-day special’s interior, as […] 
 
 
Mich. Governor Signs ‘Anti-Tesla’ Bill  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday tighter restrictions on selling vehicles directly to consumers. The new law now effectively bans Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in the state. 
 
 
Exeter’s Floyd Stepping Down from CEO Post  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Mark Floyd will join Exeter's board of directors and will work with his replacement, Thomas Anderson, to ensure a smooth transition, the company said late yesterday. 
 
 
Henrik Fisker Returns, Will Unveil New Car with Galpin at L.A. Auto Show  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Henrik Fisker, more than a year after leaving his own namesake company, is back and apparently ready to rock the Los Angeles auto show with a new car. The 61-year-old Danish car designer extraordinaire (Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8) and plug-in-hybrid CEO (Fisker Automotive) is slotted for a 25-minute press conference next month, a day […] 
 
 
Takata Recall Update: Defective Airbags Being Disabled, “Do Not Sit Here” Stickers Affixed to Dashboards  Oct 22nd, 2014 
This is a disaster. The giant Takata airbag recall affecting more than 7 million U.S. passenger vehicles from a variety of auto manufacturers is proving difficult to combat. To briefly recap, there’s an issue with the airbag propellant that, in high-humidity states, can lead to shrapnel being fired into passengers when an affected airbag detonates. […] 
 
 
Billionaire Dan Gilbert Slams Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Over “Anti-Tesla” Law  Oct 22nd, 2014 
Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (above) signed a law that included a last-minute legal tweak that would ban Tesla’s direct-to-customers auto sales model in the Midwestern state. Snyder has been taking a lot of heat for the move–including from Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert, who took advantage of his stint guest-hosting this morning’s Squawk Box on CNBC […] 
 
 
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