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2017 Volvo S90 Prototype Drive: Volvo on a Roll, Herring Optional  Feb 29th, 2016 
Since the breakup of Volvo and Ford in 2010, the Swedish brand has been designing and engineering a new lineup paid for by an $11-billion investment by Volvo’s new owner, Chinese carmaker Geely. Volvo’s solution to life without Ford is an all-Volvo-designed platform called the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Highly adaptable to work under a […] 
 
 
Social-Media Snafu: New Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Confirmed for Geneva  Feb 29th, 2016 
Auto manufacturers work tirelessly to keep secrets, particularly when it comes to keeping the lid on leaks about new products. When it comes to halo cars like the Chevrolet Corvette, you can bet info is kept on a need-to-know basis. Unfortunately for Chevrolet, need-to-know operative and Corvette Racing team driver Oliver Gavin—you might recognize him […] 
 
 
The Most Entertaining Facts, Figures, and Boasts from the Bugatti Chiron Press Release  Feb 29th, 2016 
There is nothing subtle about Bugatti’s new Chiron hypercar. How could there be? It has a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine, costs $2.6 million, and boasts a top speed of 261 mph. As you’d expect, the press release for the Chiron is as unsubtle as the car itself, which is wholly appropriate. Press releases for regular cars […] 
 
 
Revealed! Volkswagen Phideon, a High-End Sedan for China—and Maybe Beyond  Feb 29th, 2016 
Never heard of the Volkswagen Phideon? Neither had we until two weeks ago. That might be because it was buried inside Volkswagen’s plans for its Chinese joint venture, or it might be because Volkswagen has only now come to appreciate that it just might be the right car at the right time for other parts […] 
 
 
2017 Volkswagen Phideon: That’s “Phideon,” Not “Phaeton” – Auto Shows  Feb 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Volvo S90 – Prototype Drive  Feb 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
Set Mouth to Water: This Ford GT40 Road Car Is Heading to Auction  Feb 29th, 2016 
Back in the 1960s, if you wanted to race in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, you had to build at least 25 road-going versions of your race car. That was a pretty great rule because it gave the world cars like this, the Ford GT40 Mk I street car. This […] 
 
 
Toyota C-HR Leaked Ahead of Geneva Debut, Looks Exactly Like You Thought It Would  Feb 29th, 2016 
Toyota’s C-HR concept spent the last two years on a grand tour of sorts. After making its debut as design study at the Paris auto show in the fall of 2014, it remained on the continent long enough to make the scene at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show wearing slightly more practical duds. A month […] 
 
 
2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 – First Drive Review  Feb 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 Driven! With Great Power Comes . . . Well, You Know  Feb 29th, 2016 
At Car and Driver, our love of sports sedans is well known, and Infiniti built one of the best such cars in recent memory. It was called the G35, and it offered a viscerally satisfying combination of power, noise, and handling—and its successor, the G37, was just as good. However, the G cars’ successor, the […] 
 
 
2017 Bugatti Chiron: The $2.6M, 1500-hp, 261-mph Chariot for Leaving Everyone Else Behind  Feb 29th, 2016 
With the Bugatti Veyron’s top-speed records, a price tag over $1 million, and distinctive melted-scoop-of-ice-cream styling, it was an instant rolling superlative when it debuted in 2005. Its successor, the new Chiron, is even more of a record- and headline-grabbing show pony. Is it faster? A 310-mph speedometer and Bugatti’s claim that it’ll do 261 […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-class – First Drive Review  Feb 27th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-class First Drive: Further Refined for Your Pleasure  Feb 27th, 2016 
When you reach the price of the Mercedes-Benz SL-class roadster, the market does something unusual: It separates. In many segments, car companies are viciously duplicating each other as fast as possible with nearly identical products, but among $100,000–$150,000 sports convertibles, the choices vary widely in personality and purpose. You can get a Porsche 911 Cabrio […] 
 
 
Alfa Romeo Updates the Giulietta—But Is It Truly “Nuova”?  Feb 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Lexus LC500 Coupe Dissected: Design, Powertrain, Chassis, and More  Feb 26th, 2016 
The last time Lexus ran a supercar up its flagpole, people’s heads exploded. Well, the 500 LFA drivers’ heads did, but the rest of the 7 billion earthlings were merely confused. It was hard to see how the carbon-fiber tub or 9000-rpm 72-degree V-10 were going to trickle down to ES350s and RX hybrids. So […] 
 
 
2017 Lexus LC500 Coupe Dissected: Design, Powertrain, Chassis, and More – Feature  Feb 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
Nissan Blocking Leaf Smartphone App Due to Security Flaw  Feb 26th, 2016 
Nissan shut down one of its smartphone apps this week after an Australian software developer found that Leaf owners were highly vulnerable to data theft and hackers controlling parts of their cars. The NissanConnect EV app, which allows Leaf (and e-NV200) owners to check their electric car’s battery status, analyze their driving habits, and activate […] 
 
 
Alfa Romeo Updates the Giulietta—But Is It Truly “Nuova”?  Feb 26th, 2016 
Except for the much-delayed Giulia, there has been very little coming from Alfa Romeo in terms of new product—and the eight-car plan put forth by Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne a while ago is wilting. So Alfa has to work with what it’s got. Thus the brand has performed a mid-cycle facelift on the Giulietta, the European-market sister […] 
 
 
Advertising the 1990s: It Was Longer Ago than You Think  Feb 26th, 2016 
Ah, the 1990s. Not yet seen in the retro-ironic light that has washed over the ’80s, and yet they’re now officially a generation ago and things really were different then. Advertising is nothing if not a cultural barometer, and this roundup of ads from the ’90s provides a good indication of which way the winds blew. […] 
 
 
An Electric Supercar with a French Accent  Feb 26th, 2016 
The French love to tease us. Both in general, with feathers and—the specificity that brings us here—at auto shows. No European shindig is complete without some impossibly elegant, or elegantly impossible, French concept car that turns out to have hinted at nothing more meaningful than the future of its parent company’s doorhandle design. Yet, despite […] 
 
 
An Electric Supercar with a French Accent  Feb 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i – Instrumented Test  Feb 26th, 2016 
 
 
 
The Most Commonly Leased Car Brands in America (and the Most Commonly Purchased)  Feb 26th, 2016 
From the March 2016 issue What do drivers of Smart Fortwos and Maseratis have in common? It’s not their propensity to park illegally, but a shared distaste for car ownership. Three-quarters of them lease, the easiest way to slide into any new car with the least commitment and typically less upfront cash. With help from […] 
 
 
Autonomy’s Roadkill: The Path to Driverless Cars Will Be Strewn with the Carcasses of Big Industry  Feb 26th, 2016 
From the March 2016 issue Automakers and tech companies alike seem to be pushing us toward an autonomous future in which streamlined, sustainable-bamboo-trimmed robotic taxis and luxury cruisers zip within inches of one another as they reel around turns and through crowded me­tropo­lises like pulses of light beamed through fiber-optic cables. The bots won’t crash […] 
 
 
Land Rover Defender Replacement Delayed to 2018 or 2019  Feb 26th, 2016 
The death of the Land Rover Defender last month triggered a period of something close to national mourning in the UK as the country grieved the loss of what was, alongside the double-decker London bus or fume-spouting black cab being driven by a bald cockney keen to discuss soccer scores, the nation’s greatest automotive icon. […] 
 
 
2016 BMW X1 Tested: Is a FWD-Based Bimmer a Bummer?  Feb 26th, 2016 
We warned you this was coming. After a half century spent in the righteous pursuit of driving excellence—rear-wheel drive, spunky four- and six-cylinder engines, near-50:50 weight distributions—BMW clicked its corporate turn signal to veer off in a dastardly direction. The kidney-grilled, Hofmeister-kinked X1 xDrive28i featured here is the first of a troop of front-drive-based BMWs […] 
 
 
Used Cars And Extended Auto Warranties by Delta Auto Protect  Feb 26th, 2016 
When you purchase a used car, it may or may not have time left on the original manufacturer warranty. If the vehicle is already passed the terms of its original warranty, an extended auto warranty may be the best way to provide coverage for your auto 
 
 
The New Pagani Huayra BC Is $2.5 Million of Insanitude  Feb 25th, 2016 
Pagani hasn’t made a rational car yet, and the Huayra BC does little to change that fact. Adhering to the same “better performance through a cost-is-no-object blend of passion and technology” approach that it applies to all of its creations, the Huayra BC is Pagani’s most powerful road car to date. Lighter and more powerful […] 
 
 
The New Pagani Huayra BC Is $2.5 Million of Insanitude  Feb 25th, 2016 
 
 
 
Chevrolet, GMC Trying Again with Silverado and Sierra Hybrid Pickups  Feb 25th, 2016 
Back in 2009, General Motors introduced a two-mode hybrid setup on its Silverado/Sierra full-size pickups and related SUVs, but truck buyers showed little interest and the powertrain was dropped with the move to the redesigned, 2014 models. For the new trucks, the 4.3-liter V-6 was supposed to be the high-efficiency offering. Now, GM is making […] 
 
 
Chevrolet, GMC Trying Again with Silverado and Sierra Hybrid Pickups  Feb 25th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX60 – First Drive Review  Feb 25th, 2016 
 
 
 
Tech Dive: In-Depth with the New Porsche 718 Boxster’s Turbocharged Flat-Fours  Feb 25th, 2016 
If Porsche’s turbocharged 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S offend your natural-aspiration sensibilities, we have bad news: The brand’s mid-engine sports cars, the 718 Boxster and the upcoming 718 Cayman, are going turbo, too. Now for the good news. As we found to be the case in the turbocharged 911 Carrera, the Boxster’s transition to […] 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive: Doing an Admirable Job Filling Its Own Shoes  Feb 25th, 2016 
Ostensibly a luxury brand peddling vehicles with a performance bent, Infiniti has found itself in a tricky place as the market embraces crossovers. Its first such effort, the two-row FX (now dubbed QX70), was brazen, brawny, and butch, and very much in sync with the brand’s stated values. But when time came for Infiniti to […] 
 
 
2015 a Record Year for Used-Vehicle Market, Edmunds Reports  Feb 25th, 2016 
Automotive dealers sold 38.3 million used vehicles in 2015, the highest single-year total since 2007. And they did so despite the price of an average used car rising 4.6% to $18,600. 
 
 
Nissan Shuts Down Hackable Leaf EV App, Computerworld Reports  Feb 25th, 2016 
The media outlet reported today that Nissan has disabled its NissanConnect EV app after an Australian researcher discovered a flaw that could allow hackers to remotely access a Leaf's temperature controls and driving records. 
 
 
APCO Acquires Automotive Development Group  Feb 25th, 2016 
The acquisition brings together two firms that have been connected since 1992, with ADG serving as APCO’s largest independent agency for seven of those years, including the last two. 
 
 
These Fan-Made 2020 Ford Bronco Renderings Are Perfect  Feb 25th, 2016 
We are all rabid for a new, sixth-generation Ford Bronco. Rumor has it Ford is planning to build one by 2020. The automaker has been trolling Bronco fans for awhile now with teasers and winking hints. And whether you’re a fan of the upright 1960s original or the early-’90s version of O.J. Simpson fame, you’re probably […] 
 
 
Indian Automaker Tata Forced to Rename Car Due to Zika Virus  Feb 25th, 2016 
Marketing departments often spend many months and millions of dollars coming up with names for new models, and then fate steps in with some unwanted context. While we don’t imagine that Indian carmaker Tata spent too many crore of rupees over the decision to call its new small hatchback the Zica, it was quickly overtaken […] 
 
 
2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: Add Lightness—and Stripes  Feb 25th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: Add Lightness—and Stripes  Feb 25th, 2016 
One year after Lotus debuted the revamped Evora 400 just before the 2015 Geneva auto show, the company has announced a new, limited-run variant, the Evora 410, on the eve of this year’s Geneva event. And like the Evora 400, the 410 is promised to cross the pond for sale in North America. The “410” […] 
 
 
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster / Boxster S First Ride: Excellence, Blown  Feb 25th, 2016 
Having escaped Michigan in February for the south of France to sample the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster convertible, we arrive to find one of our two expectations for the trip dashed. It’s drizzling and 50 degrees at Michelin’s test track on the outskirts of Marseille, where we’ve gathered to experience some early prototypes of the […] 
 
 
The Over $50K Club: The Most Expensive Pickup Trucks You Can Buy  Feb 25th, 2016 
You can get a lot of truck for $30K, but you can get a lot more of a lot more for more than $50K. 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel – Instrumented Test  Feb 24th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Honda Civic Recalled for Engine Failure, Fires  Feb 24th, 2016 
After news broke early this month that Honda put a stop-sale on certain 2016 Civic sedans, the company is recalling 42,000 of them for potential engine failure. The 2016 Civic with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has a piston pin retaining ring that may have been installed in the wrong position, or it could be missing entirely, […] 
 
 
Full Test: The Range Rover Td6 Is the Toniest Diesel Rig in America  Feb 24th, 2016 
Despite advancements in technology and manufacturing, the soul of the iconic Range Rover has changed little over the decades. It’s still the ultimate symbol of go-anywhere, do-anything luxury, even as the new 2017 Bentley Bentayga has the same mission. Yet, despite being outwardly much the same for 2016, a significant update can now be found […] 
 
 
Ford F-150, Transit Recalled for Seat Belts, Airbag Sensors  Feb 24th, 2016 
  Ford is recalling 51,884 pickups and vans for seat belts and airbags, the company recently announced. Certain 2016 F-150 pickups have faulty passenger-airbag sensors that can deactivate the frontal airbag by classifying a seated adult as a child. The problem has only been found in the optional multi-contour seat, and only when the massage […] 
 
 
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster / Boxster S – First Ride  Feb 24th, 2016 
 
 
 
Problems With In-Vehicle Tech Rising, J.D. Power Reports  Feb 24th, 2016 
The firm's annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study shows that issues with infotainment, navigation and in-vehicle communication systems have led to a drop in consumer perception of vehicle dependability. 
 
 
Automakers Find Three Root Causes for Defective Takata Airbags  Feb 24th, 2016 
Automakers plagued by the Takata airbag recalls have found three specific root causes for some of the inflator ruptures, according to preliminary results from a study coming in the next few weeks. Phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate without a moisture-absorbing desiccant is but one factor, according to the Independent Testing Coalition, a group of 10 automakers formed […] 
 
 
Look on in Envy: New Audi S4 Avant  Feb 24th, 2016 
After unveiling the new S4 sedan—based on the redesigned, 2017 A4—at the Frankfurt auto show last fall, Audi has now seen fit to unwrap its wagon companion, the S4 Avant. Unfortunately, as Americans, we can only look on in envy. The wagon’s new mechanicals mirror those of the sedan. The S4 goes turbo, with a […] 
 
 
2017 Audi S4 Avant Debuts  Feb 24th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 McLaren 570GT: Laid-Back and Luxurious  Feb 24th, 2016 
Here’s one we definitely saw coming. We’ve been telling you that McLaren was planning to launch a grand touring model within its Sports Series lineup since before we knew that the Sports Series name was even a thing, and now McLaren has finally confirmed the GT’s imminent arrival. The 570GT is set to serve as […] 
 
 
2017 McLaren 570GT Revealed! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 24th, 2016 
 
 
 
IT Professional to Present Five Technology Musts to Drive Sales  Feb 24th, 2016 
Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and a workshop at the 2016 NADA Conference and Expo in Las Vegas will show dealers how to adapt for maximum profitability. 
 
 
Ford Motor Credit Piloting Ride-Sharing Lease Program  Feb 24th, 2016 
New pilot lease program will allow a group of three to six people to lease a Ford Vehicle, they'll use an app to schedule drive times, make payments and keep up with vehicle maintenance. 
 
 
2016 Auto Remarketing Canada Conference Heads to Toronto  Feb 24th, 2016 
Scheduled for April 4-5 
 
 
Fully Loaded: $245K Range Rover Holland and Holland Edition Coming to U.S.  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Better warn the bellhop you’re packing heavy if you pull up with this green Range Rover. It’s fully loaded alright, with storage for two handcrafted English rifles in the boot. After a year on the Continent hunting driven birds and the like, the Range Rover Holland & Holland Edition is making its way to America […] 
 
 
Fully Loaded: $245K Range Rover Holland and Holland Edition Coming to U.S.  Feb 23rd, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe: The Bridge Between C300 and C63  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Daimler’s Mercedes-AMG performance division is expanding—by taking over the former AMG Sport models and turning them into full-fledged AMGs. The change was ushered in by the Mercedes-AMG SLC43 and Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan. The C43 coupe is of course the sister model to the latter car (which was launched as the C450 AMG), and the two […] 
 
 
Redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage Starts Under $24,000  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Compared to the 2016 Kia Sportage, a handsome compact crossover that started at $23,045, the new 2017 Kia Sportage puts on a funky Peugeot mask and costs $840 more. Look deeper for the inner beauty, though, and you’ll find reason to upgrade. A base 2017 front-wheel-drive Sportage LX now makes chrome window trim, automatic headlamps, […] 
 
 
C Insanity: Brabus Tunes Mercedes-AMG C63 S to 650 Horsepower  Feb 23rd, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Infiniti QX60 Priced Under $44,000, Hybrid Not Dead After All  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Infiniti’s three-row QX60, which packs Nissan Pathfinder bones underneath a more-tailored suit, continues with minor of changes for 2016. It starts at $43,595 with front-wheel drive, or $200 more than 2015. The same standard features and trim levels join a few cosmetic tweaks. The QX60 borrows a shifter from the Q60 coupe, bolts on new bumpers and wheel designs, […] 
 
 
2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe: The Bridge Between C300 and C63 – Official Photos and Info  Feb 23rd, 2016 
 
 
 
C Insanity: Brabus Tunes Mercedes-AMG C63 S to 650 Horsepower  Feb 23rd, 2016 
The Teutonic technicians at Brabus have put their hands on the latest Mercedes-AMG C63 S, and the results are just as you would expect: more power, more carbon fiber, and, well, more of the fanatical attention to detail that the brand built its reputation on. Brabus didn’t stray far from its proven methods with this […] 
 
 
California Dealers Question Legality of GM’s Online Sales Portal  Feb 23rd, 2016 
General Motors responded on Friday to legal concerns raised in a Feb. 8 letter from the California New Car Dealers Association. The automaker said it is not infringing on its dealers' used-vehicle operations, adding that projected sales from its Factory Pre-Owned Collection program will represent 'roughly 1% or less of current used retail volume our dealer network sells.' 
 
 
Reynolds and Reynolds Acquires ReverseRisk  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has acquired ReverseRisk, which offers a web-based analytics reporting platform. The system can be used regardless of the DMS a dealership employs and will become part of the Reynolds Retail Management System portfolio of solutions. 
 
 
AUL Names Scott Smith Operations Managers  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Smith will lead AUL's operations department while maintaining his role as service support manager. He replaces Jackie Matthews, who stepped back from her role as operations manager as she prepares for retirement. 
 
 
Gina Reuscher Joins Flick Fusion  Feb 23rd, 2016 
The firm's new director of marketing will oversee the company's branding and online marketing strategy. She will also manage partner training and communications. 
 
 
MaximTrak Releases Global F&I Platform  Feb 23rd, 2016 
MaximTrak Technologies is rolling out a new F&I platform touting new enhancements geared toward international markets. The new platform is designed to address the challenges presented by the push to modernize F&I. 
 
 
TrueCar's Perry Lays Out Plans to Win Back Dealers, OEMs  Feb 23rd, 2016 
TrueCar's new CEO used the firm's recent quarterly investor call to lay out his plans to win back dealers and OEMs. The executive also discussed how the firm plans to better monetize car shoppers using its site. 
 
 
Ford to Debut Traffic Jam Assist, Fully Autonomous Car in Four Years  Feb 23rd, 2016 
  More automated driving features will come to new Ford and Lincoln models as the automaker triples its investment in developing new driver assist features, CEO Mark Fields said Monday. Without delving into any specifics, Fields said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the company was finalizing a traffic jam assist and a […] 
 
 
Current Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Wafting into the Sunset—Coupe and Convertible Won’t Be Replaced  Feb 23rd, 2016 
In the ultra-luxury sphere, life spans are longer than they are among the serf class. And so it is that the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is 13 years old, an eternity in car-years. But even a Rolls can’t roll on forever, and the company has announced that this-generation Phantom (the seventh, according to its maker) will […] 
 
 
Bentley Mulsanne Gets Even More Mega for 2017 with New LWB Model  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Bentley’s Mulsanne flagship, the first model designed wholly in-house in eight decades, replaced the ancient Arnage in 2010. Now the Mulsanne is receiving a comprehensive fluff and buff for 2017. The model range also is growing from two to three versions: complementing the Mulsanne Signature and the more potent Mulsanne Speed (which bowed two years […] 
 
 
2017 Bentley Mulsanne: Now Even More Mega – Official Photos and Info  Feb 23rd, 2016 
 
 
 
Start with Hell, Add More Hell: Hennessey Announces 1032-hp HPE1000 Hellcat Twins  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
I Wanna Be Your Sledgehammer: Callaway Announces 610-hp Camaro  Feb 22nd, 2016 
When Callaway was working on its C7 program, ultimately resulting in a 627-hp Corvette Stingray and a 757-horse Z06, the venerable tuning company had an eye on Chevy’s next car powered by the LT-series small block: the Camaro. And now they’ve loosed the bindings on their version of the sixth-generation of GM’s long-running coupe. The […] 
 
 
Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down: VW Debuts Second-Gen Up! Minicar  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Samsung Dongle Brings Car Monitoring and Wi-Fi to Older Cars  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Blame Progressive Insurance. Its Snapshot was the insurance industry’s first attempt at 24/7 vehicular watchdogging in the connected era. Samsung now has ConnectAuto. It’s similar to the underwriter’s dongle in that it taps the OBD II CANbus, which has been mandated on all U.S. cars since 1996, to monitor car and driver performance. Not all […] 
 
 
Volvo Adds Native Spotify Support to Its Product Line Globally  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Attention Spotifans! Volvo has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to globally integrate the Spotify music-streaming app in its products, starting this spring with the XC90, S90, and V90. The app will be accessible via the cars’ Sensus touchscreen interface, the portrait orientation of which should look and feel familiar to Spotify users. The […] 
 
 
Do Your Wurst: Meet the Armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Takata May Quadruple Airbag Recall, Financial Outlook In Danger  Feb 22nd, 2016 
It’s fast becoming DEFCON 1 at Takata, which may have to quadruple its recalls of shrapnel-shooting airbag inflators. Anonymous former Takata employees told Reuters that as many as 285 million Takata inflators with ammonium nitrate—the cheaper propellant Takata switched to in 1999 and kept using, despite repeated safety concerns by its own engineers—could be affected. […] 
 
 
Start with Hell, Add More Hell: Hennessey Announces 1032-hp HPE1000 Hellcat Twins  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Years and years ago, we knew this local jazz fusion drummer. He played with a group that did a 15-minute rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Buff the mind’s eyeball with that and tell us that they weren’t right in calling such an abomination “Whole Lotta Hell.” Thankfully, John Hennessey’s idea of what a […] 
 
 
I Wanna Be Your Sledgehammer: Callaway Announces 610-hp Camaro  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Do Your Wurst: Meet the Armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Mercedes has announced its latest vehicle intended to keep heads of state, royals, and oligarchs free from gunshot wounds and other nasty weapons-related injuries: the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard. Based on the mega-opulent Maybach S600, the vehicle meets VR10 protection standards according to Directive BRV 2009 Version 2, which is an incredibly long way to say that this incredibly […] 
 
 
Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down: VW Debuts Second-Gen Up! Minicar  Feb 22nd, 2016 
What’s up!? We’ll tell you. Up!—VW insists we include the exclamation point, but we’re going to go against their convention and capitalize the “U”—is a city car launched by Volkswagen in 2013 that isn’t sold in the United States. VW’s current thinking is that anything smaller than the Golf would be of little interest to […] 
 
 
No Jeep, No Justice: Renegade “Dawn of Justice” Edition  Feb 22nd, 2016 
We know that compact crossovers are getting more and more popular, but would you trade in the Batmobile for one? Evidently in the new superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) tools around in a Jeep Renegade. And Batman fans—of legal driving age—can be just like Wayne with […] 
 
 
No Jeep, No Justice: Renegade “Dawn of Justice” Edition  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Volvo XC90 T8 e-Twinster Prototype: Call It the e-Drifter  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Driving on a frozen ice lake is a strange experience at any time, but never more so than when the towering Volvo XC90 T8 that we’re piloting on the treacherous surface of a frozen lake starts to do a convincing impression of a Focus RS. Look closely and you’ll see that, despite obviously being an […] 
 
 
Volvo XC90 T8 e-Twinster Prototype: Call It the e-Drifter  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
EPA to VW: Build EVs in U.S. as Penance for Diesel Cheating  Feb 22nd, 2016 
It looks like cash payments aren’t the only way Volkswagen will try to make up for installing emissions-cheating software on its diesel vehicles. The German automaker may also end up building electric cars in the U.S., at the behest of the federal government. Based on an article in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Automotive News reports that the U.S. Environmental […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Civic Coupe – First Drive Review  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Honda Civic Coupe: Style Amplified by Substance  Feb 22nd, 2016 
According to Honda research, buyers who prefer coupes to sedans are primarily seduced by styling and image, feeling that the absence of that second set of doors suggests that both car and driver possess a sporty persona. That’s not always the case, but the dynamic character of the new Civic coupe vindicates the sporty part […] 
 
 
New Audi TDI Diesels Include V-8 and Electrically Supercharged V-6  Feb 19th, 2016 
A decade ago, V-8 diesels were all the rage in Europe. You could get them in large SUVs and luxury sedans, including the Audi A8, the BMW 7-series, the Mercedes-Benz S-class, and the Volkswagen Phaeton. At Mercedes-Benz, the 4.2-liter V-8 diesel even trickled down to the E-class. Their smoothness and sheer muscle surpassed the ubiquitous V-6 […] 
 
 
Here It Is: Maserati Releases Official Photos of Levante SUV  Feb 19th, 2016 
Maserati has released the first official pictures of its upcoming new SUV, the Levante, ahead of the vehicle’s public debut at the Geneva auto show next month. The brand’s first sport-utility is claimed to be based on the same platform that underpins the Ghibli and Quattroporte sports sedans—and not derived from the Jeep Grand Cherokee […] 
 
 
Year of the Goose, Part 5: Track Education at Yamaha Champions Riding School  Feb 19th, 2016 
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is an impossible thing. That’s a lie, of course. The tuning-fork company’s been selling the same basic bike since 2008. And each of the big-four Japanese bike companies builds what’s known in the industry as a “supersport”—a machine with a fairing that sticks your ass up in the air like a presenting baboon […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 Test: Mid-Level Crazy  Feb 19th, 2016 
Mercedes-Benz knows its customers perhaps better than any other manufacturer, a point best observed from the old-school helm of its burly Geländewagen SUV. When a cadre of highly affluent buyers—about 3600 in the U.S. last year—clamor for a mildly modernized 1970s-era military rig with which to pound the suburban pavement, the German luxury brand obliges. […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 – Instrumented Test  Feb 19th, 2016 
 
 
 
Alfa Romeo Giulia Production to Begin Next Month, Says Sergio  Feb 19th, 2016 
It’s been a rough road for the tantalizing but chronically challenged Alfa Romeo Giulia sport sedan. With production delayed for several months back in November and reports of failed crash tests, we we’ve been wondering when we’d ever see this thing on the streets. But according to Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, production will begin in Italy […] 
 
 
2018 Lexus LC500h: Hybridized with Two Transmissions for Your Pleasure  Feb 19th, 2016 
Like it or not, the long-term future of cars almost definitely doesn’t involve the internal combustion of fossil fuels. Toyota is keenly aware of this truth, and that’s why the brand is readying a fuel-cell car for its premium Lexus brand by 2020. But that model won’t represent Toyota’s first major foray into hydrogen-fuel-cell powered […] 
 
 
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