Decisions, Decisions: The 1st Veyron, a Le Mans–Spec F1, or the Pope’s Enzo?  Jun 5th, 2015 
RM Sotheby’s auction house is bringing one of the most expensive and eclectic car collections ever to Pebble Beach this August, the contents of which could make for some tough choices among the paddle-wavers in attendance. The famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which takes place every year in Monterey, California, is a car lover’s delight. There, […] 
Porsche Reportedly Working on a Purist 911 GT Model with a Manual Transmission  Jun 5th, 2015 
Are the sports car gods in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen listening to our prayers? For years, Porsche has attempted to coax us into giving up manual shifters and accepting the advent of the automatic. Not a profane slushbox, mind you: They have given us the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, an ultra-quick, ZF-sourced dual-clutch gearbox that, we are told, is a much […] 
Fantastic and Sublime: 2016 Ferrari 488GTB Driven!  Jun 5th, 2015 
Turbos! Two of them—two big snails of swoosh—have invaded the holy sanctum of a Ferrari engine compartment and life will never be the same. Next thing you know, the future CEO of a publicly traded Ferrari, one Juan Wang Lipschitz or somebody, will pull the sheet off an SUV with matching carbon-fiber Apple Watch and […] 
Spunky and Funky: 2015 Nissan Juke SL AWD Tested  Jun 5th, 2015 
Quirky. Offbeat. Funky. It seems wherever Nissan’s Juke goes, those three adjectives seem to follow. And we get it: A subcompact crossover, the Juke wears its high wheel arches and an even higher beltline as badges of nonconformist honor, their effect only amplified by the slivers of side glass, ambiguous rear doors, bulbous tailgate, and […] 
2015 Nissan Juke SL AWD – Instrumented Test  Jun 5th, 2015 
The Continental: A Toyota You Don’t Know Of Loses Its V-12, and a Familiar Audi Loses Its Rear  Jun 5th, 2015 
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. Before we dive into the updates from Europe, there are two vehicle bore-ifications that need to […] 
Report: Ferrari to Resurrect the Dino Nameplate  Jun 5th, 2015 
A report in Britain’s Autocar quotes FCA supremo Sergio Marchionne as saying that a return of the Dino nameplate at Ferrari “is not a question of if but when.” The Dino arrived in the late ’60s and early ’70s as a sub-brand named for Enzo’s son, and the cars carried no Ferrari badging; it would this time […] 
2016 Ferrari 488GTB – First Drive Review  Jun 5th, 2015 
Take a Shot of This: In-Car Drunkness Detection Systems Being Tested By NHTSA  Jun 5th, 2015 
Hoping to make drunk driving a literal impossibility, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolled out a prototype drunkenness-detection system for cars that would disallow vehicle operation if the driver is above the legal limit. Working with auto-industry members, NHTSA has been working on DADSS—Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety—and presented its ideas for stopping drunk-driving accidents […] 
Decisions, Decisions: The 1st Veyron, a Le Mans–Spec F1, or the Pope’s Enzo?  Jun 5th, 2015 
Audi Announces Hyper-Limited, Hyper-Colored S3 Special Edition  Jun 5th, 2015 
Audi is launching an ultra-limited special edition of its cool and powerful S3, one that’s specific for the U.S. market. First reported by our pals at the Audi enthusiast website Fourtitude, Audi of America has created an Exclusive Edition package that includes colorful paint and interior trim—at a whopping $57,250 or $59,900, depending on the […] 
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT – First Drive Review  Jun 4th, 2015 
Teal Typhoon: This Turbo GMC Will Take You Back to the ’90s in a Hurry  Jun 4th, 2015 
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Updated: Signs of Life, If Not Greatness  Jun 4th, 2015 
Mitsubishi, the one-time purveyor of such awesomeness as the Starion ESI, the 3000GT VR-4, and the freshly discontinued Evo, is a shell of its former self. Forced by a competitive market and a lack of production partners to pare down its product line to a pair of crossovers, the Mirage econobox, the dated Lancer compact, […] 
Sorry, Kids: Kettler, Maker of the Iconic Kettcar, Is Bankrupt  Jun 4th, 2015 
Sad news for anyone who spent endless summer vacation days perfecting the plastic-tire handbrake turn: Kettler, the German company behind the iconic Kettcar, has filed for insolvency. The privately-owned sporting goods and toy maker announced the move “to avoid a hostile takeover and realign the company,” Reuters reports. Kettler has been building the Kettcar since […] 
The Slow Death of the Volkswagen VR6  Jun 4th, 2015 
When Volkswagen launched its VR6 engine in the Passat and in the Golf, it was a sure sign that the brand was moving upmarket. With its narrow cylinder angle of only 15 degrees, the V-6/inline-6 mashup of an engine was designed specifically for front-wheel-drive vehicles, where it would be transverse mounted. The VR6 brought strong […] 
#TBT To Our Original Test of the De Tomaso Pantera GT5  Jun 4th, 2015 
This here ain’t no Little Bo-Peep car. It’s no breathless blue-blood bunny banger for tripping ever so daintily down the lane. This is a car for kicking ass. It makes you feel tough. It makes you drive tough. It makes you look tough in the eyes of the world. And if you can drive it […] 
Livery Service: Toyota Pays Tribute to Gurney, Shelby, Others With Goodwood GT-86 Cars  Jun 4th, 2015 
Teal Typhoon: This Turbo GMC Will Take You Back to the ’90s in a Hurry  Jun 4th, 2015 
Way back in 1991, we decided to set up a quarter-mile drag race between a Ferrari 348ts and a GMC Syclone. The Syclone won. Here on eBay is a mint version of the Syclone’s twin brother, the GMC Typhoon. The Typhoon was built by GM from ’92 to ’93 and, while looking like a body-kitted […] 
Livery Service: Toyota Pays Tribute to Gurney, Shelby, Others With Goodwood GT-86 Cars  Jun 4th, 2015 
The Febreze Twins’ estranged global triplet, the Toyota GT-86, will serve as a canvas for tributes at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. A sextet of the cars will be done up in classic liveries from Toyota’s storied motorsport past, including a couple of cars that pay specific attention to American racing efforts. In 1968, Scooter […] 
De Tomaso Pantera GT5 – Archived Instrumented Test  Jun 4th, 2015 
Heritage Driving Experience Lets You Drive 7 Decades of Land Rovers  Jun 4th, 2015 
Land Rover’s history goes back nearly 70 years, to the original Series I off-roader of 1948. But unless you’re exceedingly well-heeled and/or a major collector, you probably haven’t had many chances to experience the full evolution of the legendary marque’s wares. Now you can: With the Land Rover Heritage Driving Experience, you can pay your way […] 
DealerPeak Chooses Flick Fusion for Video Marketing  Jun 4th, 2015 
Flick Fusion was chosen as the preferred video marketing provider for DealerPeak’s full system CRM, website and desking solutions, the company announced. 
House Votes to Eliminate DOJ’s Use of Disparate Impact  Jun 4th, 2015 
The House passed an amendment Wednesday that would bar the Department of Justice from using funds for litigation in which the regulator seeks to apply the disparate impact theory. 
Superior Integrated Solutions Now Largest Integrator for Dealertrack’s Opentrack  Jun 4th, 2015 
With more than one million real-time transaction a day, Superior Integrated Solution now represents the largest integrator for Dealertrack Technologies’ Opentrack platform, the company announced. 
Severe Delinquencies Fall to 10-Year Low, Equifax Reports  Jun 4th, 2015 
Despite new auto loan originations reaching a record high, the auto finance industry saw severe delinquency rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade. 
Donckerwolke Takes a Walk, Bentley Design Chief Replaced By Audi’s Stefan Sielaff  Jun 4th, 2015 
Bentley’s outspoken design chief Luc Donckerwolke has left the company. Taking his position is former Audi designer Stefan Sielaff. Donckerwolke left Bentley on amicable terms, and we fully expect him to surface in a leading design position elsewhere in the automotive or the technology world. Donckerwolke had a 23-year career at the Volkswagen Group, and […] 
Van On: Ford Transit, Transit Connect Given a Vanload of Upgrades for 2016  Jun 4th, 2015 
Ford’s full-size Transit and mid-size Transit Connect vans were all-new for 2015 and 2014, respectively, but already the big boxes are being tweaked. For the 2016 model year, Ford is implementing a host of tiny changes to both vans, the most notable of which is the addition of the new Sync 3 infotainment system to […] 
2015 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback Manual – Instrumented Test  Jun 3rd, 2015 
Holy Flat-Plane Crankshaft: We Finally Get an In-Depth Look at the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R’s 5.2-liter V-8  Jun 3rd, 2015 
Brit Sports-Car Maker TVR to Rise from the Dead, for Real This Time  Jun 3rd, 2015 
British sports-car makers come and go with the seasons, but we’re genuinely excited at the news that TVR will be resurrected—an effort that might actually take this time. TVR was never one of the more successful Brit manufacturers, but for a while it was among the most exciting. Founded back in 1947, the company entered […] 
This Rare Porsche 959 May Fetch More Than $1.5 Million at Auction  Jun 3rd, 2015 
Any Porsche 959 is a sexy beast, and this black-over-carmel-brown 1988 model, which is headed to Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August, is no exception. The Porsche 959 remains one of the most interesting supercars ever built. In years past, they were an extra-rare sight in the U.S., as only about 50 or so of […] 
Holy Flat-Plane Crank: We Finally Get an In-Depth Look at the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350’s 5.2-liter V-8  Jun 3rd, 2015 
Following our recent peek at the unique chassis of the new 2015/2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, Ford Performance engineers finally popped the hood of their zesty new track rat for a closer look at its very special 5.2-liter, flat-plane-crankshaft V-8. That racy, high-revving engine—which we now know produces 526 horsepower at 7500 rpm […] 
Updated 2016 Audi Q3 Priced From $34,625  Jun 3rd, 2015 
The Audi Q3 only just got here a year ago, and already for 2016 the model is getting a refresh. Unfortunately, that refresh also brings a price increase of $1200. In fairness, though, that additional scratch does buy more standard kit—mainly front and rear parking sensors and a backup camera—along with the new front fascia, […] 
Chevrolet Teases Redesigned 2016 Cruze—But We Show You More  Jun 3rd, 2015 
So, remember how we’ve already seen the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze completely uncovered? Well, sit tight, because Chevrolet wants to show you something. It is a photo of the 2016 Cruze, only cleverly thrown in a little shadow. Yep, the company’s teaser game has begun ahead of the new Cruze’s scheduled June 24 reveal, and the only official information accompanying […] 
FTC Clarifies Online Marketing Guidelines in Latest Update  Jun 3rd, 2015 
The Federal Trade Commission released updated guidance regarding endorsements and testimonials. It addresses topics such as Twitter endorsements, Facebook 'Likes' and YouTube videos. 
Auto/Mate’s DMS Integrates With Ristken’s Enterprise Solutions  Jun 3rd, 2015 
Ristken Software Services has integrated its core enterprise technology solutions for auto retailers with Auto/Mate's DMS. 
Watch Jay Leno Geek Out Over Nissan’s GT-R LM NISMO  Jun 3rd, 2015 
If you’ve been paying, like, any attention at all, you know the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is one weird racer. It’s a front-engine, front-wheel-drive car competing against a field full of mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive racers in the Le Mans Prototype class—the segment that Audi has nearly completely dominated since it began racing at Le Mans in […] 
It’s Simple, Really: How a Differential Works, Explained in a Vintage Video  Jun 3rd, 2015 
The standard open differential in most cars is a brilliant piece of engineering, allowing you to take the tightest turns without fighting your tires or tearing apart your drivetrain. But even if you understand implicitly how a car’s differential works, it’s kind of difficult to explain. That’s why this instructional film from 1937 is so […] 
Video: Insane, 774-hp Hennessey HPE750 Mustang Tops 200 mph  Jun 3rd, 2015 
It was only a matter of time. After hitting the rev limiter at “only” 195 mph in a black supercharged 2015 Ford Mustang GT with 717 horses, the folks at Hennessey Performance had one singular goal in mind: The 200-mph barrier. Clearly, the 717 horsepower provided by the tuner’s HPE700 kit wasn’t enough—never mind that […] 
Dealer Wins Federal Birth Control Lawsuit  Jun 3rd, 2015 
A U.S. District Court has ruled that, because of his religious beliefs, Joseph B. Holland, Jr. does not have to offer coverage of the morning after pill to employees of Joe Holland Chevrolet. 
Michigan Suspends Licenses of Five Dealers  Jun 3rd, 2015 
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has suspended the licenses of five Detroit used-vehicle dealers after an investigation uncovered multiple fraudulent acts, including the sale of cars containing stolen parts and record-keeping violations. 
2016 Nissan Maxima – First Drive Review  Jun 3rd, 2015 
2016 Nissan Maxima First Drive: The 4-Door Sports Car with a French Connection  Jun 3rd, 2015 
What’s an automaker to do when customers abandon their mid-size sedans in hot pursuit of crossovers and pickups? The smart ones respond with irresistible crossovers and pickup trucks. The brilliant ones do the same without turning a cold shoulder to products they’ve nurtured for decades. READ MORE ›› 
Takata Replacement Airbags May Not Work Long-Term, Company “Rapidly” Switching to New Propellant  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Takata, after 11 years of chasing uncontrolled explosions in its airbag inflators, said it would “rapidly” phase out ammonium nitrate as a propellant after its association with more than 100 injuries, six deaths, and extremely high failure rates that have led to the auto industry’s largest-ever recall. In a Tuesday hearing with the U.S. House […] 
2016 BMW X1 – Official Photos and Info  Jun 2nd, 2015 
New 2016 BMW X1 Switches to Front-Drive-Based Platform  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Five years ago, BMW’s then-CEO Norbert Reithofer famously shared the observation that four out of five owners of the 1-series believed they had a front-wheel-drive car. That was shortly after the launch of the X1, a compact crossover based on the rear-wheel-drive 1-series platform. Now comes the second-generation X1, after a surprisingly short production run […] 
We Drive SRT’s Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Concept, Detail Its Insanity  Jun 2nd, 2015 
There are Gran Turismo 6 Vision concepts—such as those digital creations of Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Infiniti, Volkswagen, and others—and then there is SRT’s Vision Gran Turismo concept, dubbed the Tomahawk. Actually, make that SRT’s three Vision Gran Turismo concepts; each one represents a harder-core version of the base Tomahawk S. And all three are coming to a […] 
We Drive SRT’s Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Concept, Detail Its Insanity  Jun 2nd, 2015 
2016 Fiesta and Escape Will Be the First Fords with Sync 3  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Ford’s much-maligned MyFordTouch interface is on its way out, to be replaced by the new Sync 3 infotainment system. We’ve previewed the Sync 3 system, and it’s a significant improvement. Now we know where it will appear first: the 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2016 Ford Escape, starting this summer.In addition to a revised menu structure, […] 
Is this Low-Miles First-Year Miata a Collector Car?  Jun 2nd, 2015 
There was a time when first-generation Mazda Miatas weren’t expensive. Even low-mileage examples, such as this 30,000-mile 1990 on Craigslist, were some of the cheapest fun-to-drive cars out there. But then something happened. A few years ago, the collective car world decided that instead of being the butt of every joke, the Miata was actually […] 
Rev-Happy Mustang GT350’s Official Horsepower and Torque Numbers Announced  Jun 2nd, 2015 
We’ve been waiting, and now we know: After initially saying the new Mustang Shelby GT350 would make “more than 520 horsepower,” Ford has finally revealed the official figure. The GT350’s 5.2-liter flat-plane-crankshaft V-8 makes 526 horsepower, along with 429 lb-ft of torque. Ford says those figures mark the GT350’s V-8 as the most powerful naturally […] 
Is this Low-Miles First-Year Miata a Collector Car?  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Hitting the Brakes? Delays Hit Wrangler, Ram, and More Fiat-Chrysler Models  Jun 2nd, 2015 
One year after outlining a five-year, $50 billion expansion plan, Fiat-Chrysler is reportedly delaying about a dozen model launches across several brands, according to suppliers leaking info to Reuters. Some of the PowerPoint slides detailing specific refreshes and introductions during the company’s investor conference last May are no longer valid, if Reuters‘ sources are to […] 
F&I’s New Mantra  Jun 2nd, 2015 
The magazine’s resident F&I trainer says F&I pros need to exchange the mantra of ‘always be closing’ for ‘always be connecting.’ 
Fraud Alert  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Mansfield Auto World employees were stunned when a seemingly normal online transaction nearly turned into an international crime. Authorities say the dealership was the victim of a troubling new trend in auto theft. 
Honda Targets College Grads Through YouTube, Blogs  Jun 2nd, 2015 
American Honda Finance Corp. has launched two digital campaigns promoting its Honda and Acura College Grad program that targets millennial buyers. 
GWC Hosts Elite Dealer Council  Jun 2nd, 2015 
GWC Warranty hosted its first-ever Elite Dealer Council last month. The council is comprised of some of the company’s top independent dealers. 
Selling to Affluent Customers  Jun 2nd, 2015 
An F&I pro from California is having trouble selling F&I protections to his affluent customer base. The magazine’s F&I wiz has the answer. 
Auto Lenders at Risk for Unpaid Customer Refunds  Jun 2nd, 2015 
With government regulators keeping a close eye on the auto finance industry, Finance Express unveiled a new online system designed to help finance sources expedite recovery of ancillary product cancellation refunds. 
Becoming a Better Professional  Jun 2nd, 2015 
The AFIP’s executive director says not all goals require a Herculean effort to complete. He lays out a plan for setting and achieving simple, meaningful objectives every 90 days. 
Watch Your Speed  Jun 2nd, 2015 
After buying a new car, the editor pumps the brakes on calls for a speedier transaction. 
Excel-erate the Experience  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Making customers wait can doom the F&I process before it begins. The magazine’s resident F&I trainer details a time-saving process designed to put customers in a buying mood. 
Spotting the Issue  Jun 2nd, 2015 
His Madness has a new fan base looking for answers. This month, he reveals who they are, what they want and why dealerships need to listen up. 
Too Much Information  Jun 2nd, 2015 
If you are Googling prospective employees or checking out their social media profiles, you could be running afoul of anti-discrimination laws. 
Ally Premier Protection Now Available Nationwide  Jun 2nd, 2015 
The company rolled out its new Ally Premiere Protection after completing a three-month pilot. Test dealers gave Ally high marks for training and product transition. 
Packing Heat  Jun 2nd, 2015 
Da Man says he still receives questions about how much ‘leg’ sales needs to leave in a deal for the F&I manager. His answer: Don’t even think about it. 
A Video Lap of Le Mans One Year After the Deadliest Crash in Motorsports  Jun 2nd, 2015 
At first, this 1956 video seems like just another fascinating item from the racing archives. Driver Mike Hawthorn, with a camera on the tail of his Jaguar D-type and a microphone slung over his shoulders, narrates a pre-race practice lap around the Circuit de la Sarthe. It’s a rare chance to ride along, to see […] 
Reminder: The 2015 Mustang Shelby GT350 Sounds Wicked  Jun 2nd, 2015 
We’ve heard a few notes from the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350‘s quad tailpipes before—most notably, in a Ford-produced video of the track-attacking Mustang in testing at Virginia International Raceway. But who could say no to more? Ford just released a new video highlighting the combustion-chamber music from this mighty Mustang, to remind those of us […] 
Auto Loan Terms Reach All-Time Highs, Experian Reports  Jun 2nd, 2015 
The average loan term for new and used vehicles has increased by one month, reaching new all-time highs of 67 and 62 months, respectively, according to a new report from Experian. 
AutoAp Launches Recall Management Service  Jun 2nd, 2015 
AutoAp’s new service, Dealer Recall Management, provides dealers with daily recall updates for new and used vehicle inventory. 
FTC Approves Final Consent Orders in Two Deceptive Ad Cases  Jun 2nd, 2015 
The Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders which prohibit Jim Burke Nissan of Birmingham, Ala., and Ross Nissan of El Monte, Calif., from deceptively advertising the sale, financing and leasing of their vehicles. 
Is This eBay Ferrari Testarossa Super Rad or Just Ugly?  Jun 1st, 2015 
Driven: 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mille Miglia 417 Special Edition  Jun 1st, 2015 
The Mercedes-Benz SL will be restyled soon, but before an extensive facelift fixes its aesthetic issues, the company is launching this Mille Miglia 417 special edition, which pays homage to a legend. It is a modern-day interpretation of the 300SL that was driven at the 1955 Mille Miglia by the American John Fitch and his […] 
2016 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mille Miglia 417 – First Drive Review  Jun 1st, 2015 
The Continental: The Internal Combustion Still Has Legs, Plus Impressions from CES Asia  Jun 1st, 2015 
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. Early in May, the crème de la crème of engine designers and R&D executives met at the […] 
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