Why High-Definition Maps Are Essential to the Next Generation of High-Tech Cars  Oct 6th, 2015 
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Air Force did the world a solid by granting full access to the Global Positioning System. In that time, motorists have moved from crude, monochrome line maps to 3-D topographic displays rendered with skies, buildings, and live traffic information. But even after the Defense Department agreed to stop […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
Subaru Forester Updated for Japan, Likely for Our Market for 2017  Oct 6th, 2015 
Subaru’s latest Forester having been introduced for the 2014 model year, it will soon be due for a freshening—but so far, only the Japanese-domestic-market variant has been fettled with. The updated JDM Forester will debut at the 2015 Tokyo auto show, and it’s been given updated fascias, headlights, taillights, and a new grille. Like the […] 
2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4  Oct 6th, 2015 
At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance this summer, BMW granted us a first look at an upcoming higher-performance version of the M4—the M4 GTS. Far from being another high-powered derivative for collectors, this special edition is a real technology showcase. The M4 GTS features two industry firsts: a water-injection system designed to sharply increase power, and […] 
National Auto Care Execs Make ‘40 Under 40’ List  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Care Corp. COO Christina Schrank and Regional Sales Manager Spencer Wanderon have both been honored as young leaders in the automotive and insurance industries by Agent Entrepreneur Magazine. 
Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports  Oct 6th, 2015 
At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services. 
Consumers Down on VW Brand, Diesel-Powered Vehicles, Survey Shows  Oct 6th, 2015 
Not only do more than half of consumers on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader have "complete" or "general mistrust" of the Volkswagen brand in the wake of its emissions scandal, 30% of users of both sites are less likely to consider a diesel-powered vehicle. 
Elon Musk Tweets (Then Deletes) Hint About “Model Y” Crossover  Oct 6th, 2015 
The Tesla Model X (pictured above) began reaching customers only last week, ​but CEO Elon Musk already is dropping hints at an as-yet-unknown future offering: In a now-deleted tweet spotted by Tech Insider, the Tesla founder gave away plans for a Model 3–based crossover called the Model Y. And it sounds like it’ll have those crazy “falcon wing” […] 
Fine Whine: A Semiserious Proposal for Rationalizing Speeding Fines  Oct 6th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue People commit countless transgressions behind the steering wheel, but speeding gets the most attention. As lovers of fast cars and the sensations they provide, we find that troubling.* This is, after all, the magazine that invented the Cannonball Run. Speed-limit enforcement is arbitrary, and the fines have no relationship to […] 
2016 Nissan Frontier: The “I’m Still Here!” Truck Gets New Pricing  Oct 6th, 2015 
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that Nissan still sells the mid-size Frontier pickup truck, even though it’s easy to overlook when the redesigned Toyota Tacoma and the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins from GM are soaking up the spotlight. And did we hear a new Ford Ranger is in the […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel First Drive: The Littlest Big Rig  Oct 6th, 2015 
Here’s the rundown on Chevy’s new 2016 Colorado diesel: Its new Duramax turbo-diesel engine is made in Thailand, the transmission is assembled in Mexico, there’s plenty of Brazil in the basic design, Chevrolet is a French name, the whole thing is assembled in Missouri, and you’ll need at least $3730 additional American dollars if you […] 
VW Diesel Remedies Could Vary from New Software to New Car  Oct 6th, 2015 
The fix is not yet in for Volkswagen’s emissions-test-cheating diesels, but when it does arrive, there could be more than one. Bloomberg reports that some models might be able to come clean with only a software update (although how that will affect performance and fuel economy is unknown), whereas others might need a larger catalytic […] 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel – First Drive Review  Oct 6th, 2015 
John Nicholls Receives NAAA Auctioneer of the Year Award  Oct 6th, 2015 
National Auto Auction Association honors second generation champion auctioneer 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
In a move that could be interpreted as taking weight savings to an extreme—or, alternately, as a move downmarket with a special-edition model to be sold exclusively at Walmart—Lexus has unveiled a unique IS sedan made entirely of cardboard. Although Lexus touts the project as “pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and craftsmanship,” we would […] 
Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]  Oct 6th, 2015 
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Wearing Camo in the Woods  Oct 5th, 2015 
These are soooo not spy shots. Yes, they show a camouflaged thing, a thing that has not been officially revealed, (and, frankly, a thing we still can’t quite believe is happening in the first place), but no, they’re not spy shots. The vehicle in said photos is Land Rover’s upcoming Range Rover Evoque convertible, of […] 
Volvo Details Auto-Pilot Feature for Its Self-Driving Feature  Oct 5th, 2015 
As we slowly draw nearer to the commencement of Volvo’s 100-car autonomous driving pilot program in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2017, some more details on the project have been revealed. Volvo has released a video explaining how its self-driving cars—all 2016 XC90s—will engage full self-driving mode, and, just as important, how the cars will hand control […] 
Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition  Oct 5th, 2015 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe: V-6, Rear-Drive, Manual Tested!  Oct 5th, 2015 
To exit the parking lot behind our local barbecue hangout, you enter a narrow lane between two brick buildings before emerging beside the restaurant’s outdoor patio. So, we tapped the console button to open the flaps in the Jaguar F-type’s exhaust system and revved it a bit in first gear just to hear it echo […] 
2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 5th, 2015 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
Chevrolet’s rapidly proliferating “Midnight Edition” treatment keeps things simple: Darken the exterior trim, slap on some black-painted wheels, and generally give the subject vehicle an overwhelming sense of subtle meanness. And so it goes with the Silverado Midnight Edition. We experienced the 2015 model just before driving the updated 2016 Silverado 1500, and, unable to […] 
Fast Facts: The Number of Configurations Offered By Today’s Car Manufacturers Is Staggering  Oct 5th, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Pickup trucks have long been the kings of configuration—long or short bed? two doors or four?—but now there’s a new challenger for multiple-choice supremacy: the van. Ford’s big Transit comes in three roof heights, two wheelbases, three overall lengths, and with a choice of three engines. All told, once a […] 
10 Things We Learned About the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace  Oct 5th, 2015 
The 2017 F-Pace is a big deal—it has to be, if Jaguar is to ever beat its whimsical 15,000 annual sales in the U.S. last year—but the competition has already flexed their summer tires. We spoke with chief designer Ian Callum in Frankfurt, who never thought his pen would stroke such a project, and poked […] 
Strange Dayz: Nissan Tokyo Concept Is More for “Sharing” than Driving  Oct 5th, 2015 
At the other end of the spectrum, thematically, from its Vision 2020 Gran Turismo, Nissan at Tokyo also will display a quirky, electric concept car that purports to redefine transportation for a digital Japanese generation. Bizarrely dubbed Teatro for Dayz—a name that blends the Italian word for theater (teatro) and a current Nissan minicar—the EV concept […] 
Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept Comes to Life in Tokyo, Presages Next GT-R  Oct 5th, 2015 
Nissan’s Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo has been available to “drive”—virtually—for over a year, but now Nissan has confirmed that the concept is making its real-life debut at the Tokyo auto show later this month. The concept also hints at the next-generation GT-R. The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was first revealed in June […] 
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition 4×4, After Dark  Oct 5th, 2015 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – First Drive Review  Oct 3rd, 2015 
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Driven: A Mild Pick-Me-Up for Chevy’s Pick-’Em-Up  Oct 3rd, 2015 
“This is a truck that’s easy to embrace. It knows what it wants to be.” That is the final line in our entry for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado in a recent four-truck comparison test, a test in which the Chevy finished second behind only Ford’s newer F-150. As we’ve been saying since the truck debuted […] 
EPA Gathering Used Diesels to Test If Other Manufacturers Cheated, Too  Oct 2nd, 2015 
If there were any illusions that Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating wouldn’t spark a broader investigation into diesel-car emissions, please allow us to disallow you of them. As reported by the Financial Times, the EPA is going to begin testing pretty much every diesel car model sold today, from all manufacturers, to determine whether companies not named […] 
We Test Honda’s New Grom Minibike—Including in Our Office  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Motorcyclists signal their two-wheel approval by dropping left hands while passing. But when you’re riding a Honda Grom powered by a 125-cc engine and the rider of a 1340-cc Suzuki Hayabusa making around 190 horsepower gives you the low sign, it’s hard not to laugh. That’s like a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s driver soliciting kinship […] 
Honda Recalling 143,000 Civic and Fit Models for CVT Trouble  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Honda is recalling 143,676 Civic and Fit models in the U.S. for transmission failures, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) may have a weakened drive-pulley shaft (the part connected to the crankcase) that can break when exposed to high […] 
I Bought a Used Electric Vehicle—Here’s How It’s Worked Out So Far  Oct 2nd, 2015 
My wife, Tina, watched the new owner of her old Volkswagen Golf reverse down our driveway and putter off. Then she went into the house and lay down on the floor and cried. In an effort to comfort her, I fanned her with the stack of fresh $100 bills, a stack that was even bigger […] 
Wiped Out: Toyota Recalls 423,000 RAV4 Models for Windshield Wipers  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Toyota is recalling 423,456 RAV4 crossovers for water-clogged windshield wipers, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Channels under the windshield cowl that normally drain excess water may deform over time due to misaligned pin connectors and allow the water to pool, which may then drip onto the joint connecting the windshield […] 
Oh, Snap: 218,000 Nissan Versa Models Recalled for Broken Coil Springs  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa sedans and hatchbacks for front coil springs that can break, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the 2007-2012 Versa, the springs can crack due to a lack of phosphorous coating or bits chipping off when the spring compresses, during which road salts and other corrosives […] 
Two More Two-Doors: Lexus Adds RC200t and RC300 AWD to Coupe Lineup  Oct 2nd, 2015 
In a move that wasn’t too hard to predict, Lexus is putting its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine into the RC coupe, creating the RC200t; it’s also adding a new V-6, all-wheel-drive model, the RC300 AWD. The moves expand the coupe offerings and bring the RC into line with the IS sedan. The RC200t already was […] 
Lexus Adds RC 200t and RC 300 AWD to Coupe Line-up  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Black Beauty: Porsche Introduces Cayman Black Edition  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Back in May, Porsche introduced—or reintroduced, more accurately—special “Black Edition” models of the 911 Carrera and the Boxster for 2015, which combine popular interior and exterior options with classic, black-on-black color schemes. Now, the Cayman joins Team Black with the announcement of the new Cayman Black Edition. As with its Black Edition brethren, the Cayman […] 
Mazda MX-5 Miata RS: A High-Po Miata for Japan’s Eyes Only  Oct 2nd, 2015 
Here in the U.S., Mazda’s latest MX-5 Miata is available only with a 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That might sound like a pipsqueak, but globally, there’s also a 1.5-liter four making—get ready—129 horsepower. In Mazda’s home market, the 1.5-liter is the only engine option, so don’t ever complain about the Miata not having enough power, […] 
BMO Bank’s Auto Business Exiting 12 States  Oct 2nd, 2015 
The Chicago-based bank notified dealers in approximately 12 states that it’s refocusing its indirect auto business to its core market states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona and Florida. 
Mazda’s New MX-5 Miata Cup Is an Ultra-Affordable Race Car  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Scion FR-S Manual – Instrumented Test  Oct 1st, 2015 
How We’d Spec It: The Raddest, Stick-Shifted 2016 Toyota Tacoma  Oct 1st, 2015 
Sensing a threat in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, Toyota sent its long-running, still-popular Tacoma in for a rather extensive update. The result? The 2016 Tacoma, which has all-new sheetmetal, a new interior, a new V-6 engine, and, well, a lot of “new.” In spite of all this newness, the Tacoma is […] 
2016 Ford Explorer Sport – Instrumented Test  Oct 1st, 2015 
How We’d Spec It: 2016 Toyota Tacoma  Oct 1st, 2015 
2016 Ford Explorer Sport Tested: What’s In a Name?  Oct 1st, 2015 
Ford likes to tout the 2016 Explorer as the sixth-generation model. As inveterate quibblers, we’d suggest the reasoning behind that claim has more to do with eligibility criteria for various new-car awards than with the hardware on the showroom floor. It may be a quarter-century since the Explorer pretty much launched the whole SUV craze, […] 
Mazda’s New MX-5 Miata Cup Is an Ultra-Affordable Race Car  Oct 1st, 2015 
Mazda has finally announced how much it will charge for the 2016 MX-5 Miata Cup race car, the factory track animal that will compete in the brand’s newly global MX-5 Cup racing series. Before we reveal the price, keep in mind that this is a one-stop-shop race car, an MX-5 fully outfitted with a safety […] 
2016 Scion FR-S Tested: Checking In with an Enthusiasts’ Favorite  Oct 1st, 2015 
Driving enthusiasts have a lot of options these days, from the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata all the way up to track-focused versions of our favorites, such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins still exist in the lower end of the spectrum price-wise. Both earned 10Best nods upon […] 
Cox Completes Acquisition of Dealertrack  Oct 1st, 2015 
Dealertrack unloaded its inventory management solution today, clearing the way for Cox Automotive to complete its acquisition of the software maker. The announcement comes a day after the Justice Department challenged the merger between the two software giants. 
Westlake Expanding Dallas Servicing Team  Oct 1st, 2015 
This week, Westlake Financial Service began its recruitment process as part of its plans to expand the servicing team in its Dallas production center, which opened its doors this past January. 
Costco, GM Team Up on Holiday Promotion  Oct 1st, 2015 
For the third year in a row, Costco is teaming with General Motors on a winter Holiday Sales Event that will offer members saving on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. The event runs from Oct. 2 through Jan. 4, 2016 
CFPB Accused of Using ‘Junk Science’ to Regulate Auto Lending  Oct 1st, 2015 
CFPB Director Richard Cordray was met with hostility on Tuesday during the bureau’s semi-annual report to Congress. The hearing took place a day before a House committee passed two CFPB reform bills. 
CFPB Takes Action Against Westlake and Its Title-Lending Subsidiary  Oct 1st, 2015 
The bureau ordered the subprime auto finance source and its subsidiary to pay a $4.25 million civil penalty for illegal debt-collection tactics and $44.1 million in consumer redress. 
CreditMiner Adds VISOIQ Consumer Database  Oct 1st, 2015 
CreditMiner, a pre-qualification solution for dealers, has added the VISOIQ database of consumer information to its suite of data offerings. 
Panoz Reveals DeltaWing GT Road-Car Concept, More Details on Race Version  Oct 1st, 2015 
If the story of the DeltaWing seems like it’s started, re-started, and re-started yet again, that’s because it has. After first designing and racing the odd, narrow-front-track car, Panoz started suing the bejeezus out of Nissan, who recruited the DeltaWing’s original designer to create a similar car for Nissan’s racing efforts. Eager to stick it […] 
More Tokyo Awesomeness: Suzuki Showing Oddball Subcompact, Minivan, Scooter  Oct 1st, 2015 
The biennial Tokyo auto show not only gives us a chance to see some seriously weird stuff, it also gives us the opportunity to check out the wildest creations from automakers that don’t sell cars in the U.S. Suzuki did sell cars here some time ago, and perhaps if those cars were as funky and […] 
Why Do We Keep Buying Vehicles at Dealerships? [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
From the October 2015 issue Two 20-somethings walked into a car dealership . . . No, that really happened—this isn’t a setup for a joke. More than a quarter of the 16 million new-car purchases in the United States last year were made by that tech-savvy, marketing-averse group known as millennials, according to market-research firm […] 
The Last Ice Cream Run of Summer: A Moto Guzzi, Two Bentleys, and One of California’s Great Highways [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
When I was young, I felt a little cheated. At the end of every summer, I’d go back to school, and the other kids had invariably gone to Disneyland at some point. Me? I’d just spent a couple of weeks camping with my parents and grandparents up on the Mendocino or Humboldt coasts. That was […] 
On Cars and Drives—Or, How to Put Some Adventure into the Modern Road Trip [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Today, there’s little adventure in most mid-range road trips. We’re talking about your standard Detroit-to-Chicago, New York-to-Boston, L.A.-to-Vegas drives, the 4–7 hour jaunts that are relatively easy on both the car and the driver. Modern motoring simply isn’t all that difficult; you can pick a spot on a map, fuel up your car (provided it’s […] 
Rim Rock Drive to the Million Dollar Highway: A Driving Adventure [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Colorado’s Western Slope lures outdoor adventurers with mountains, rivers, and protected wilderness. Rock-climbers, mountain bikers, white-water rafters, snowboarders, off-roaders, backpackers, and wildlife photographers increasingly populate the region’s small towns, bringing with them cafés and art galleries to supplant the Old West of cowboy saddleries and prospectors’ tool shops, like hipsters gentrifying the grittier districts of […] 
Rim Rock Drive to the Million Dollar Highway: A Driving Adventure [Sponsored]  Oct 1st, 2015 
Smart Software Enables Responsive Inventory Management in Volatile Markets  Oct 1st, 2015 
Highlights Inventory Optimization with Service Level Demand Planning at APICS 2015 
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer: Improved, However Subtly  Oct 1st, 2015 
The trouble with that old trope about “breaking through the noise” is that it rarely acknowledges context. For example, it’s at least possible to raise your voice loud enough to drown out others—if you’re in the same room. Mitsubishi is trying to do just that in the compact-car segment with some updates for its Lancer […] 
2015 Infiniti QX60 Review: Sleek and Stylish, But So Is the Nissan Pathfinder  Oct 1st, 2015 
Overview: Infiniti’s QX60 was introduced in 2013 as the JX series, undergoing a name change to its current moniker one year later as part of a broader naming strategy imposed upon the brand’s entire lineup. A three-row crossover based on the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60 technically still offers a hybrid variant but for all intents […] 
2015 Infiniti QX60 – Quick-Take Review  Sep 30th, 2015 
2016 BMW X4 M40i Launched: Because Why Not?  Sep 30th, 2015 
BMW’s M Performance lineup is growing, most recently with the addition of the X4 M40i, which targets the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC450 AMG. Unlike those two, however, the BMW is based on a “crossover coupe”—and based on its specs and appearance, it might well be the sportiest SUV in its size class. […] 
2016 BMW X4 M40i Launched: Because Why Not?  Sep 30th, 2015 
2017 Jeep Wrangler: Top-Centric Details Emerge  Sep 30th, 2015 
We’ve spent a fair amount of time sleuthing out details on the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, but until now most of those discussions were focused on either drivetrain and suspension developments or its construction, widely speculated to be an aluminum body on a steel frame. (The photo above depicts a prototype Wrangler undergoing testing.) Now, thanks to […] 
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer: Improved, However Subtly – Official Photos and Info  Sep 30th, 2015 
Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Are the Next Big Thing in Auto Safety  Sep 30th, 2015 
Ever wonder why even the latest and most sophisticated adaptive cruise-control system can’t adjust speed as smoothly or follow as closely as you can when you’re paying attention? One major reason is that adaptive cruise-control systems, as well as most other current electronic driver aids, can only see as far as the vehicles directly in […] 
2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Tested: One Fancy Forester  Sep 30th, 2015 
No one mistakes Subaru for a peddler of luxury goods. Its customers are practical, down-to-earth folks more likely to shop from the REI and Duluth Trading catalogs than to wear high couture, and we’ve taken a few mild pokes at granola and sensible shoes in our reviews of Subarus over the years. READ MORE ›› 
Shame and Degradation in Wolfsburg: The Fallout from the VW Diesel Scandal  Sep 30th, 2015 
Has an automaker ever been knocked off its axis quite so dramatically as has happened with Volkswagen in the wake of it being caught cheating on diesel-engine emissions? The company has had its head lopped off in a single strike. And by that, we don’t just mean Martin Winterkorn, who stepped down just days after […] 
Grom Scrambler Concept Bikes: You Had Us at Knobby Tires, Honda  Sep 30th, 2015 
Honda’s Grom, a 7/8ths-scale 125-cc motorcycle that retails for $3349, is perhaps our favorite bike in the company’s stable right now. It’s cheap, it’s slow, and, most important, it’s the perfect bike for beginners. That it looks absolutely awesome with its stripped-down, mini-sportbike countenance is a bonus. But what if you’re into something a bit […] 
Santander Faces Class-Action Over ‘Worthless’ GAP Coverage  Sep 30th, 2015 
A woman who says she was duped into purchasing “void and worthless” GAP coverage has filed a class action suit against the finance source on behalf of Illinois customers who have signed similar contracts. 
Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups  Sep 30th, 2015 
The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans. 
AmTrust Completes Acquisition of Warranty Solutions  Sep 30th, 2015 
AmTrust Financial Services has announced the completion of its acquisition of Warranty Solutions from Wells Fargo for approximately $158 million in cash. 
Dent Wizard Acquires KhS Global  Sep 30th, 2015 
Dent Wizard has acquired Know How Systems Global, a St. Louis-based provider of high-volume automotive services and repairs to automotive OEMs and insurers. 
Volkswagen Plans to Fix Emissions-Rigged Vehicles  Sep 30th, 2015 
Volkswagen AG plans to refit all 11 million vehicles involved in the emissions-rigging scandal. It also announced significant changes to its top leadership, while dealers await answers. 
Ford Recalls 319,000 Cars, Mostly Windstar Minivans for Rusting Axles  Sep 30th, 2015 
Ford is recalling 319,302 cars in the U.S. for rusting axles, fuel leaks, transmission defects, and cruise-control problems, the automaker announced. Owners of 1998-2003 Windstar minivans already know their rear axles can rust and snap in half. Ford recalled more than half a million between 2010 and 2012 to install “reinforcement brackets,” some of which […] 
Subaru Forester 2.0XT – Instrumented Test  Sep 30th, 2015 
Selfish Whims: We Go For a Ride in Google’s Self-Driving Car  Sep 30th, 2015 
The self-driving car is a proposition too enticing for society at large to ignore. Lotus 7 enthusiast and new CEO of Google’s self-driving-car project John Krafcik sees it as the way forward, citing the need to sell on safety. But Krafcik didn’t say much else at the presentation following our ride in the tech giant’s autonomous […] 
Honda Reveals Production-Ready FCV Fuel-Cell Vehicle  Sep 30th, 2015 
Presaged by two concept cars, the imaginatively named FCEV Concept and the FCV Concept, Honda’s new hydrogen-fuel-cell sedan has now been shown in production form, ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the Tokyo auto show. Still (tentatively) called the FCV, the hydrogen-powered Honda’s appearance hasn’t strayed far from the FCV Concept (below) that the company […] 
DOJ Blocks Cox Acquisition of Dealertrack  Sep 30th, 2015 
The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit this week to block Cox Automotive’s acquisition of Dealertrack. The regulator said Cox must divest Dealertrack’s inventory management solution business in order to move forward with the transaction. 
2016 Tesla Model X: Tesla’s Electric Crossover Finally Spreads Its Wings – Official Photos and Info  Sep 30th, 2015 
2016 Tesla Model X Debuts: Tesla’s EV Crossover Finally Spreads Its Wings  Sep 30th, 2015 
It’s called the Tesla Model X, but it should probably be called “Elon’s Headache.” Behold, finally, Tesla’s two-and-a-half ton electric sport-utility vehicle that shows, in Elon Musk’s own words, that “I think we got a little carried away.” There are those much-ballyhooed “falcon wing” motorized doors with their multiple hinges and a brace of ultrasonic […] 
Honda Gets Suitably Weird with This Pair of 2015 Tokyo Show Concepts  Sep 30th, 2015 
Not to take away Japan’s achievements with regular automobiles, but the bizarre sub-automotive machines are our favorite things to see at the biennial Tokyo auto show. With this year’s Tokyo event less than a month away, we’re getting an early look at two such oddities Honda plans to debut there. No stranger to, uh, the […] 
Thrifty Agenda: Subcompacts Ranked From Zero to Hero  Sep 30th, 2015 
There's never been more choices in the subcompact car segment. Always inexpensive, now they are actually fun to drive. so much so, we decided to rank them from zero to hero.  
Mazda Teases Sports Car Concept: Not a Miata, Hopefully Rotary-Powered  Sep 30th, 2015 
Okay, as much as Mazda’s announcement that it is showing off a mysterious “sports car concept” at the Tokyo auto show desperately cries out for someone, anyone to label the car the next RX-7, there’s no evidence to support that. Sure, the shadowy picture certainly appears to show a car that’s larger than the MX-5 […] 
VW Consolidates U.S., Canada, Mexico into North America Region, Ex-Skoda Chief To Be CEO  Sep 29th, 2015 
As part of the continuing fallout from its diesel-emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen is doing some housecleaning and some reorganizing. The company already has broomed several top engineers, and CEO Martin Winterkorn has stepped down. Now come changes that directly affect our side of the pond. Volkswagen is consolidating its United States, Mexico, and Canada operations under […] 
AmTrust Completes Acquisition of Warranty Solutions  Sep 29th, 2015 
AmTrust Financial Services has announced the completion of its acquisition of Warranty Solutions from Wells Fargo for approximately $158 million in cash. 
Manheim Receives 16 Performance Awards at NAAA  Sep 29th, 2015 
Sixteen Manheim locations received top honors from Chase Auto Finance and Enterprise Holdings at the 67th annual National Auto Auction Association convention. 
Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups  Sep 29th, 2015 
The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans. 
2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro Test: Still on Top  Sep 29th, 2015 
The Audi A6 was facelifted for 2016, but it’s barely any different from the A6 of 2015 and the years prior. That, however, is a very good thing, since we’ve long ranked it at or near the top of its segment. Audi’s mid-sizer started winning comparison tests in 2009. Since then, A6s have been victorious […] 
Tesla Model X EPA Range Is Better than Previously Estimated  Sep 29th, 2015 
Tesla is about to officially deliver the first of its Model X crossovers, but one key fact about the new model is out now: its range. According to the EPA, owners can expect to travel up to 257 miles on a charge. The 257-mile figure is for the Model X 90D, which also nets an […] 
2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro – Instrumented Test  Sep 29th, 2015 
Advertising the 1980s: 44 of the Most Bodacious Car Ads of the ’80s  Sep 29th, 2015 
The malaise that was the 1970s dribbled over into the 1980s, with ads touting Corvettes that made all of 190 horsepower, gussied-up econoboxes parading as Cadillacs, and dubious technology such as the Moleculetor promising improvements in fuel economy of up to 23 percent—yours for just $214 (plus $5 shipping)! And there’s John Z. DeLorean hawking Cutty […] 
Viper’s Smartwatch-Enabled Security System Lets Siri Start Your Car  Sep 29th, 2015 
Major luxury automakers are adding smartwatch capabilities to their connected car smartphone apps, allowing owners of BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, and the like to locate, lock or unlock, and remote-start their cars right from their wrists. But what if you’re fancy enough to own an Apple Watch or Android Wear smartwatch, but not quite so fancy as […] 
Escort Max 360 Radar and Laser Detector: Hey, Those Arrows Look Familiar  Sep 29th, 2015 
Anyone who’s spent the past decade or more paging through car magazines knows the big two names in radar and laser detectors: Escort and Valentine One. And seemingly since the dawn of radar-detector time, Valentine One’s hallmark feature has been the arrows telling you whether Johnny Law’s fun-squelching waves were coming from ahead, beside, or […] 
VW Diesel Fix Reportedly Ready in a “Few Days”  Sep 29th, 2015 
With just eight days left for Volkswagen to present a solution to its emissions-cheating diesels, the automaker has reportedly come up with a fix that will put its 11 million cars into compliance. According to Reuters, CEO Matthias Müller said Volkswagen would contact TDI owners within “the next few days” to bring in their cars […] 
2015 Honda Fit EX Manual – Long-term Update  Sep 29th, 2015 
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