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Super Bowl 50: Watch Every Car Ad from the Big Game!  Feb 5th, 2016 
Last year’s Super Bowl saw a decline in automotive advertising, with only nine scheduled for the Big Game. In hindsight, that doesn’t seem like a misstep, given how 2015 shattered car-sales records, the automakers made out okay avoiding big-budget ads and expensive airtime. Of course, we car fans missed the extra dash of automotive goodness during the Super Bowl, […] 
 
 
They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular: See All 18 Seinfeld Porsches, VWs Heading to Auction  Feb 5th, 2016 
At first there were three, now there are 18—that’s the total number of Porsches (and Volkswagens) Jerry Seinfeld has consigned to the Gooding & Company auction at Amelia Island next month. Besides releasing the full list of cars the actor, comedian, and noted Porsche-head plans to part with, Gooding & Co. also shared photos of the cars. […] 
 
 
Opel Mokka X Previews Updated Buick Encore  Feb 5th, 2016 
The Buick Encore is the brand’s first subcompact crossover, and it has done well in the market. The Encore has a cousin in Germany, the Opel Mokka, and that model has just received its first update along with a new suffix—it’s now called the Mokka X. The revisions provide an early indication of what we […] 
 
 
ACO Accepts Four (Ideally, Fully Functioning) Ford GTs to 2016 Le Mans Race  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
Red, Fight, and Blue: Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. Mustang Shelby GT350!  Feb 5th, 2016 
Chairman Mao Zedong, a fan of the red but not so much of the white or the blue, once said, “I got more hoes than the ozone.” Oh wait, it might have been Abraham Lincoln who said that. The quote we were Google-searching for from Chairman Mao was something about asymmetric warfare, about how a […] 
 
 
BMW M Looking at Possible Electrification, Hybrids  Feb 5th, 2016 
In a report from AutoExpress that, once read, seems patently obvious on the surface, a BMW executive is quoted describing how the company’s high-performance M division is looking at hybrids and electrified vehicles down the road. (BMW itself has already dived headfirst into electrics and hybrids with the i division and plug-in-hybrid variants of every model […] 
 
 
They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular: All 18 Seinfeld Porsches, VWs Heading to Auction  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
ACO Accepts Four (Ideally, Fully Functioning) Ford GTs to 2016 Le Mans Race  Feb 5th, 2016 
After a disastrous debut at last weekend’s Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona, all four of Chip Ganassi’s Ford GT racers have been accepted to compete in the 2016 running of Le Mans. Despite Ford having already declared its intent to go racing at Le Mans, today it became official. The announcement should be a […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – Comparison Tests  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
Report Claims Crash Test Troubles Behind Alfa Romeo Giulia Delay  Feb 5th, 2016 
Although the 4C sports car marked Alfa Romeo’s return to North America (notwithstanding the ultra-limited-production 8C Competizione coupe and 8C Spider of a few years earlier), it is the Giulia sedan that really is tasked with reestablishing the brand’s presence here. Alfa has been somewhat vague in discussing timing for the all-new model, but at […] 
 
 
Gurney in 2016! Racing Great Developing Counter-Rotating, Twin-Crank Two-Cylinder Engine  Feb 5th, 2016 
From the February 2016 issue While poltroons, charlatans, earnest amateurs, and fuzzy idealists vie for the presidency, in Southern Cali­fornia, Dan Gurney drafts proposals for a ­better internal-combustion engine. No, it’s not 1964, and we’re no longer stumping to send Mr. ­Gurney to Washington. But the 84-year-old non­pareil racer-cum-inventor refuses to retire. His latest work […] 
 
 
2016 Nissan Sentra – First Drive Review  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Nissan Sentra First Drive: Off the Beater Path  Feb 5th, 2016 
With some 4 million sold in the U.S. alone, the Nissan Sentra is the definition of ubiquitous, and for most of its history, it was a simple and indestructible beater—with a huge 93 percent of post-2005 U.S. models still on the road today, according to Nissan. But my how it’s grown, as have its primary […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: A 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S With $25K in Options  Feb 4th, 2016 
Given that Porsche’s online configurator offers countless options, it’s easy to lose oneself in Porsche’s multitude of personalization options, from colored seat belts to leather-wrapped steering columns, and end up with a five figures’ worth of extras. We did just that when building out a new 2017 718 Boxster S, which despite dropping its classic […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: A 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S With $25K in Options  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
Cool It Now: Chrysler 300S and 200S Alloy Editions Are New Additions  Feb 4th, 2016 
The 200 may be going the way of the dodo, but that doesn’t mean Chrysler’s not going to squeeze some more life out of its mid-size backmarker. Along with the beefcake 300, the 200 is getting the appearance-package treatment. This one’s called Alloy. As one might expect, it’s metallic in nature. On the 200S, going alloy […] 
 
 
Cool It Now: Chrysler 300S and 200S Alloy Editions Are New Additions  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
Audi RS Q3 Performance: Audi’s Alphabet Soup Creates a 367-hp Mini-Monster  Feb 4th, 2016 
The compact-crossover segment is growing wildly. Models like the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA are the hottest commodities in Europe and China right now—and the segment is growing in the U.S. as well. But we still have some catching up to do, and that’s why we don’t get the latest addition […] 
 
 
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf – First Drive Review  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla vs. BMW, Mercedes, and Infiniti  Feb 4th, 2016 
Autonomous driving—what the high-minded call artificial intelligence and what we call real brainlessness—may not be as vile as we originally feared. One DeLorean DMC-12 directed by a Stanford University engineering crew can perform perfect opposite-lock, tire-cooking, hands-off donuts at will for as long as the rubber lasts. Lead professor Chris Gerdes explained the rationale underlying […] 
 
 
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf Driven: Sampling the $1-Million Supersedan  Feb 4th, 2016 
Statistically speaking, this is unlikely to be the car for you. Aston Martin admits it’s entirely possible the company won’t sell a single example of the Lagonda Taraf in the U.S., despite now officially offering it here after initially restricting sales to the Middle East and then widening availability a bit early last year. Indeed, […] 
 
 
Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG – Feature  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
Honda Adds 2.23 Million Cars to Takata Airbag Recalls  Feb 4th, 2016 
  Honda is recalling 2.23 million more cars in the U.S. for defective Takata airbag inflators, which now affect nearly every car in the company’s lineup. The new Honda models include the 2007–2011 CR-V, 2007–2014 Ridgeline, 2009–2014 Fit, 2010–2014 FCX Clarity, 2010–2014 Insight, and 2011–2015 CR-Z. Acura vehicles affected by this new recall are the 2005–2012 RL, 2007–2016 RDX, 2009–2014 TL, 2010–2013 […] 
 
 
Citroen SpaceTourer Hyphen: Way Cooler than a SpaceTourer Semicolon  Feb 4th, 2016 
The name for Citroën’s SpaceTourer Concept Hyphen, a funkified version of its new SpaceTourer van, did not come via a collaboration with an organization of grammar teachers or copy editors; instead, Citroën teamed up with one the most prolific electronic rock bands in France. The SpaceTourer Concept Hyphen was built with input from Hyphen Hyphen, and the […] 
 
 
“Heck on Wheels!” Toyota Prius Super Bowl Ad Celebrates Blandness with Weirdness  Feb 4th, 2016 
Toyota’s Prius has never been particularly exciting, but the car has been given an injection of chutzpah in its latest generation in the form of bolder—and questionable—styling. Odd looks aside, the Prius’s game hasn’t changed much, it still being the go-to for those who still care about high fuel economy in a gas-powered vehicle and, […] 
 
 
Audi RS Q3 Performance: Audi’s Alphabet Soup Creates a 367-hp Mini-Monster  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
Kevin Hart Uses Hyundai Genesis to Stalk Daughter’s Date in Funny Super Bowl Ad  Feb 4th, 2016 
As we all continue to wrangle with the usefulness of wearables like Apple’s Watch and their place in the car, Hyundai has crafted perhaps the best example yet of the tech’s potential with its latest Super Bowl 50 ad. Hyundai is among a few automakers that have integrated wearables with its in-car infotainment and telematics suite, […] 
 
 
AutoNation’s F&I Operations Posts $1,538 Per-Copy Average for 2015  Feb 4th, 2016 
AutoNation’s F&I operations, or what the group refers to as Customer Financial Services, lived above $1,500 in F&I gross profit per vehicle retailed (PVR) in 2015, with the business unit’s full-year revenues rising by $100.5 million from 2014. 
 
 
Protecting the Finish  Feb 4th, 2016 
Three F&I pros reveal the props they use to demonstrate the value of paintless dent removal and paint-and-fabric protection. 
 
 
Nothing but the Truth  Feb 4th, 2016 
F&I trainer says car buyers will only truly reveal their needs in an environment that rewards honesty. He offers a few trust-building tips designed to get customers to open up. 
 
 
AFIP Online Training Now on LightSpeed  Feb 4th, 2016 
The Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals has partnered with LightSpeed, an interactive virtual training system provider, to host its online certification program 
 
 
Ally's 2015 Originations Surpass Target Despite Loss of GM  Feb 4th, 2016 
The former captive originated $41 billion in auto loans in 2015, surpassing the high $30 billion range it projected at the beginning of the year. Much of that was due to the 53% increase in non-GM/Chrysler originations. 
 
 
Swimming in the Deep End  Feb 4th, 2016 
The editor is excited about Dealer Summit, Compliance Summit and diving into the first-ever F&I Think Tank. He explains why you should be, too. 
 
 
KBB Releases List of Best Family Cars of 2016  Feb 4th, 2016 
Honda led the pack with five models making the list, while Chevrolet had three. 
 
 
Mazda Engineer: Turbocharging a New Rotary Engine “Would Be Good”  Feb 4th, 2016 
The rotary engine clearly is a cornerstone of Mazda’s identity, despite the automaker not offering one in a production car since the RX-8 shuffled off this mortal rotor. But the stunning RX-Vision concept packed a Wankel rotary, and hopeful chatter from executives in the wake of that car’s debut gave the impression that the company was working hard to bring […] 
 
 
Former “Friends” Star Matt LeBlanc to Co-Host BBC “Top Gear”  Feb 4th, 2016 
With the news that Sabine Schmitz may not actually be co-hosting the upcoming relaunch of the BBC’s Top Gear, we were starting to wonder who would actually be joining Chris Evans on the show. Turns out, it’s someone who isn’t even British—it’s former Friends star Matt LeBlanc. The BBC announced today that LeBlanc will join production immediately, with other cast members […] 
 
 
Non-Takata Airbag Defect Snags Up To 5 Million Cars, Recalls Pending  Feb 4th, 2016 
Certain airbags manufactured by Continental can fail in as many as five million cars from at least four manufacturers, according to filings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Power-supply circuit boards within the airbag control module can corrode over time, breaking electrical connections and causing airbags to either not deploy when they should or […] 
 
 
Toyota Ends Scion Experiment  Feb 4th, 2016 
The automaker announced on Wednesday it plans to transition the youth-geared brand back into the Toyota brand, with several model-year 2017 vehicles expected to be rebadged as Toyota beginning in August. 
 
 
Fiat-Chrysler Recalls Dodge Charger for Jack Failures  Feb 3rd, 2016 
Fiat-Chrysler is handing out 441,578 sets of wheel chocks for Dodge Charger owners to prevent their cars from coming off jacks, the company said Wednesday. When propping a 2011–2016 Charger on the supplied jack, the vehicle’s body may flex enough so that the jack can slip off the mounts when tire chocks aren’t used. The […] 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Elantra – First Drive Review  Feb 3rd, 2016 
 
 
 
Get a Roundel in a Kia? Korean Automaker to Take on BMW 3-series  Feb 3rd, 2016 
We noted last year that Kia’s Novo concept (pictured above) could presage the brand’s entry into the four-door-coupe segment. At the time, we suggested that the car “could give the Mazda 3 and the Volkswagen Golf a real run for their money among style-minded customers.” But it looks as though Kia’s aiming beyond the Mazda […] 
 
 
Raptor, Racer: Ford to Race F-150 Raptor in Factory Stock Off-Road Class  Feb 3rd, 2016 
 
 
 
Senators Call On Obama to Recall All Takata Airbags with Ammonium Nitrate  Feb 3rd, 2016 
President Obama isn’t the Recaller-in-Chief, but that’s not stopping two senators from calling on him to expand the Takata airbag recalls into maximum overdrive. Sensators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn., above at right) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), in a letter dated Tuesday to the White House, want Takata to recall every airbag inflator in the U.S. that […] 
 
 
Raptor, Racer: Ford to Race F-150 Raptor in Factory Stock Off-Road Class  Feb 3rd, 2016 
Ford has touted its F-150 Raptor as the factory-built off-road rig to beat right from the start, and the bravado hasn’t let up with the introduction of the 2017 model. Confident its truck’s four-wheeling skills are no cheap trick, the automaker is entering the new F-150 Raptor in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road […] 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Elantra First Drive: More Like This One, Please  Feb 3rd, 2016 
Hyundai has a fresh product line, growing sales, and a vastly improved quality reputation. But it also has a major problem: It’s a car company in an increasingly truck-focused world. The brand’s sales mix is 76 percent cars in a market that is running at 57 percent trucks, including ever-more-popular crossovers. “We need more trucks,” […] 
 
 
Toyota Motor Credit Agrees to Lower Markup Caps to Settle CFPB Allegations  Feb 3rd, 2016 
The three-year standoff between Toyota Motor Credit, the Justice Department and the CFPB is over, with the captive agreeing to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to minority borrowers the regulators allege were overcharged on their auto loans. The captive also agreed to lower its dealer markup caps. 
 
 
Fleeting Youth: Toyota Is Shuttering Its Scion Division  Feb 3rd, 2016 
The sun is setting on Scion, Toyota’s youth-oriented division, at the ripe age of 13. Toyota has announced that, starting in August, the iA, iM, FR-S, and the upcoming C-HR crossover will all be sold as Toyotas instead. The tC will be discontinued. Launched with much fanfare in 2003, Scion was at once a bold […] 
 
 
Fleeting Youth: Toyota Is Shuttering Its Scion Division  Feb 3rd, 2016 
 
 
 
Toyota Recalls 320,000 Trucks and SUVs for Accidental Airbag Deployment  Feb 3rd, 2016 
Toyota is recalling 320,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S. for airbags that can accidentally deploy, the company said Wednesday. Side curtain airbags on older Toyota and Lexus models—all of them the burly, body-on-frame trucks—may deploy “shortly after startup” and without warning. The seat belt pre-tensioners may also activate by accident, without an actual accident. […] 
 
 
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan First Drive: Sampling a Euro-Spec Tiguan to Unlock the Secrets of Our Version  Feb 3rd, 2016 
Driving new vehicles before they officially go on sale often requires asterisks. Option packages and pricing typically aren’t finalized, EPA fuel-economy numbers may not have been released. The disclaimers for our first experience with the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, on the other hand, read like those for reality court TV, where everything’s true, except the names, […] 
 
 
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan AWD – Prototype Drive  Feb 3rd, 2016 
 
 
 
To the Moon, Audi! Audi Shoots for the Stars with Super Bowl Commercial [Video]  Feb 3rd, 2016 
What’s the cure for depression in old people? A shiny new Audi R8, that’s what! That’s the message in Audi’s Super Bowl commercial this year, which is entitled “Commander.” The 60-second spot plays up the redemptive power of Audi, much like 2013’s “Prom,” but this treatment is even more straightforward here. An aging astronaut sits […] 
 
 
Sub-Optimal Walken Experience: Kia’s Super Bowl Ad Blows a Great Bad Pun  Feb 2nd, 2016 
We love a good pun. Or a bad pun. Or any pun at all, really. To wit, there may have been an instant messenger conversation the other day where we labored to fit the names of hardcore musicians and bands into those of motorcycles, resulting in such semi-amusing groaners as the Ducati Multistradag Nasty, the […] 
 
 
Honda Orders Stop-Sale on 2016 Civic, Official Recall Pending  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Honda has issued a stop sale and safety recall notice for 2016 Civics equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine due to a manufacturing inconsistency that could cause engine damage or failure. Although an official campaign number has not yet issued by the NHTSA, what appears to be official Honda dealership correspondence detailing the action was […] 
 
 
A Ferrari SUV? “You Have to Shoot Me First,” Says Sergio  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Now that Ferrari is a publicly traded enterprise (NYSE: RACE), the question for fans of the marque is whether—or, more accurately, to what degree—the attendant financial pressures will affect the cars that it builds. Already, we’ve had chairman Sergio Marchionne talking about raising production from the longtime ceiling of 7000 cars to more than 9000. […] 
 
 
The Chairman Kaiser! It’ll Surprise Yer! SsangYong Gets Dubious with Names  Feb 2nd, 2016 
While Volkswagen has done an admirable job of keeping W.O. Bentley’s name at the forefront of the ultra-luxe brand he founded, and the Charles Rolls/Henry Royce duo looms large in the minds of gearheads with sybaritic tendencies, your average layman gives not two whits about the men behind the names; the brand is all. So […] 
 
 
Tesla Now Says It’s Not Looking to Sell Via Franchise Dealers in Michigan  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Earlier, we reported that Tesla had applied for a dealership license in the state of Michigan. At the time, we assumed Tesla was doing so because it had finally given up fighting anti-competitive legislators and the state’s dealership cartels, and decided to play by the rules with an independent dealership not owned by the automaker. According […] 
 
 
Every Mazda CX-5 Crossover Recalled for Potential Fuel Leaks  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Mazda is recalling 264,463 CX-5 crossovers in the U.S. for fuel leaks, the company said in a statement. The 2014–2016 CX-5 has a fuel-filler pipe that can crack during rear-end crashes, and because no one likes spilled gasoline, Mazda is going to repair all of them. It didn’t specify an exact repair and filings were not […] 
 
 
We Get Behind the Wheel of a Surplus Humvee, No Enlistment Required! – Feature  Feb 2nd, 2016 
 
 
 
So Much Money: Top 25 Sales of the Arizona Auctions  Feb 2nd, 2016 
 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 1.5T Tested: Finally the Car You Knew America Could Build?  Feb 2nd, 2016 
When Chevy brought back the Malibu nameplate for 1997, the resultant automobile carried the treacly tagline “The car you knew America could build,” as if to finally admit that the preceding two decades of Chevrolet automobiles had largely been misbegotten junk. That car still lacked the style and quality of the Japanese offerings of the […] 
 
 
We Get Behind the Wheel of a Surplus Humvee, No Enlistment Required!  Feb 2nd, 2016 
The AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle occupies an extremely weird place in American automotive culture. It’s a military machine, the official transportation of the world’s finest hellholes. But it’s also the basis of the former Hummer H1, a six-figure attempt at a domestic Geländewagen and a glamorous co-star in the silliest car chase […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu LT 1.5T – Instrumented Test  Feb 2nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Flick Fusion, Automark Solutions Announce Integration  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Flick Fusion Video Marketing today announced the integration of its Timeline Marketing tool with the suite of website conversion tools developed by marketing software provider Automark Solutions. 
 
 
Auto/Mate Announces Integration With Scan123  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Scan123’s electronic document management system is now integrated with Auto/Mate’s Automotive Productivity Management Suite DMS, allowing Scan123 users to store and access documents through Auto/Mate’s DMS. 
 
 
Viral Marketing Company Starts 2016 With Big Expansion  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Viral marketing firm Vboost opened 2016 by moving into its new offices in Santa Ana, Calif. The move follows the addition of several new features to its viral marketing program for auto dealers. 
 
 
F&I Think Tank Adds Top Compliance Experts  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Six of the industry’s top compliance experts will be at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel to lead a 20 Group-like session on compliance. Aside from fielding questions from attendees, the group will tackle some pervasive regulatory myths surrounding the F&I office. 
 
 
J.D. Power/LMC: Snow Storm Slows But Doesn’t Stop Car Sales in January  Feb 2nd, 2016 
The two firms expect January total light-vehicle sales to total 1.1 million units, while the January SAAR is expected to have reached 16.8 million units. LMC Automotive said its sales forecast for 2016 remains at 17.8 million units. 
 
 
The Taking of Le Mans One-Two-Three: Shelby’s 50th Anniversary GT40  Feb 2nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Porsche Won’t Make a Self-Driving Car Anytime Soon  Feb 2nd, 2016 
For some, the Porsche brand was forever diluted when the company started building the Cayenne, but according to its CEO, it will always make driver’s cars. Literally. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told a German newspaper that Porsche had no plans to build a self-driving car. The news subsequently was reported by Reuters. “One wants to drive […] 
 
 
Changing Tactics, Tesla May Use Franchise Dealerships to Sell Cars in Michigan  Feb 2nd, 2016 
While Tesla has spent the last several years fighting for the right to sell its cars directly to consumers, it appears the automaker is considering a change in tactic, apparently applying to sell cars in Michigan through a traditional franchise dealership. Detroit News reports that Tesla originally submitted applications in November, filing follow-up paperwork in the last […] 
 
 
The Taking of Le Mans One-Two-Three: Shelby’s 50th Anniversary GT40  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Conveniently, Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale hootenanny and the 24 Hours of Daytona—er, Rolex 24 at Daytona—fell on the same weekend. What’s more, Ford’s new GT made its transmission-lunching competition debut at the race, the 50th anniversary of the 1966 inaugural running. An event which, not-so-oddly enough, was won by a GT40 Mark II driven by Ken Miles […] 
 
 
Tesla’s Model 3 Reveal in March Won’t Be of the Whole Car  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Next month, there will be two major international auto shows that Elon Musk, like Donald Trump in the last GOP debate, probably will skip in favor of his own private event. There, the Tesla CEO will reveal the Model 3—except not the whole car. Or maybe not even the real car. Speaking to Auto Express, […] 
 
 
Ford GT Ordering Begins in Days, First Buyers Must Meet Certain Criteria  Feb 2nd, 2016 
Confirming earlier reports sourced from Reddit and covered here, The Detroit News has added new details to the Ford GT ordering process. It will begin this month with an online application, and Ford will give the right to buy the first 250 GTs to customers who meet some very specific criteria. Priority will be given to those who have a […] 
 
 
2016 BMW 340i – Instrumented Test  Feb 1st, 2016 
 
 
 
Under the Hood of Aston Martin’s Vulcan, a Plug-and-Play Oil System  Feb 1st, 2016 
  We don’t normally pay a huge amount of attention to a car’s oil system, and especially not when the car in question has as many alternative sources of excitement as the Aston Martin Vulcan, the $2.3 million 820-hp track toy aimed at thrill-seeking billionaires. Yet one of the most unusual things about the Vulcan […] 
 
 
Rolls-Royce Founders To Be the Subject of a Film by “Senna” Director  Feb 1st, 2016 
  If you’re a fan of movies about automotive history, here’s a piece of good news. Asif Kapadia, who directed the stunning Ayrton Senna documentary Senna, has been tapped to direct a biopic about the founders of Rolls-Royce. The film, titled  Silver Ghost, is produced by Martin Scorcese. The film centers on the relationship between Charles […] 
 
 
Fancy Chutney, Charles! Mulliner Offers New Bentley Flying Spur Options  Feb 1st, 2016 
If the Continental GT Monster by Mulliner series of cars smells perhaps a bit much like the accidentally monied proletariat to you, Bentley understands. As such, the Mulliner division has been hard at work fettling new luxuries for your next Flying Spur. Since wood’s old hat and carbon fiber’s only goes so far beyond being plastic […] 
 
 
First 2017 Acura NSX Goes for $1 Million Over Sticker  Feb 1st, 2016 
As happens with many sought-after performance cars, Acura auctioned off the first salable example of its new 2017 NSX and donated the proceeds to charity. Crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona, over the weekend, that NSX brought a cool $1.2 million, which is just shy of $1 million more than the $207,500 sticker […] 
 
 
2016 BMW 340i Tested—Is the 3-series Back to Form?  Feb 1st, 2016 
Here’s how we see it: BMW tempered the driving character of the current 3-series in its quest for a broader audience. We’ve been vocal about this, and BMW has been listening. But maybe not closely enough. While a host of updates address some of our gripes and improve the car’s performance, the 3’s previously sublime […] 
 
 
Honda Ridgeline Super Bowl 50 Ad: Life’s a Treat [Video]  Feb 1st, 2016 
 
 
 
Honda Ridgeline Super Bowl 50 Ad: Life’s a Treat [Video]  Feb 1st, 2016 
This year’s Super Bowl ad for the new Ridgeline is an indication that somebody at RPA, Honda’s U.S. ad agency, has clearly been smoking doobs while binge-watching Shaun the Sheep, ultimately asking himself, “Bro, what if these animated sheep were like, real? And in America?” In the clip, which touts the redesigned pickup’s in-bed sound […] 
 
 
The 2016 24 Hours of Daytona in 40 Stunning Photos  Feb 1st, 2016 
 
 
 
In Hyundai’s Super Bowl Ads, the Elantra Protects from the Dangers of Bears, Famous Actors [Video]  Feb 1st, 2016 
Hyundai has released the first two of the ads it will run during Super Bowl 50. Both 30-second spots highlight the safety/convenience features of the Elantra, which has been redesigned for 2017. The Elantra’s latest tech features prove just the thing for combating the dangers posed by bears—and by Hollywood hunks. In “The Chase,” a […] 
 
 
VW’s Electric BUDD-e Concept—or Something Much Like It—Headed for Production  Jan 29th, 2016 
Rocked by its diesel-emissions scandal, the VW Group is pivoting on its wheels and rushing to embrace battery-electric technology instead. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when the company attempted to change the conversation by rolling out the BUDD-e electric microvan concept at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. And it’s only slightly […] 
 
 
Four-Cylinder BMW 730i—It’s Not Coming Here, and We’re OK With That  Jan 29th, 2016 
In BMW’s new math, four goes into seven—at least in some cases. BMW is putting a four-cylinder engine in its flagship new 7-series, but it’s not for the U.S. market. Instead, it’s buyers in Turkey who will be able to choose the new 730i (not pictured), with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 258 horsepower and […] 
 
 
Behind the Scenes at Aston Martin’s Frankenstein Lab for Special Projects  Jan 29th, 2016 
Top-secret engineering facilities shouldn’t draw attention to themselves, but Aston Martin’s skunkworks takes covert boringness to a whole new level. As these things tend to be, it’s in a low-rise building, this one located in the small and uninteresting English town of Wellesbourne, seven miles from Aston’s Gaydon HQ. There are no signs, unsurprisingly, but we […] 
 
 
Connie Kalitta Interview: We Pick the Brain of a Drag-Racing Legend  Jan 29th, 2016 
C/D: You certainly must be our only interviewee to have foiled a crazed hijacker. CK: Christ, that was 20-some years ago. It was a guy who walked into my office and wanted to charter a Learjet to Washington, D.C. When we asked for a credit card, he opened his briefcase and pulled out a knife. At knifepoint, […] 
 
 
Happy Birthday, Automobile! Karl Benz’s Wheeled Tricycle Is 130 Years Old Today  Jan 29th, 2016 
Like many late-20th-century kids reared in the industrial orbit of Detroit, the standard line tossed about by our well-meaning but somewhat uninterested teachers was that “Henry Ford was the father of the gasoline-powered automobile.” They were wrong of course; Ford was far from first, even in the U.S. If our noble educators had removed their […] 
 
 
Happy Birthday, Automobile! Karl Benz’s Wheeled Tricycle Is 130 Years Old Today  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
Behind the Scenes at Aston Martin’s Frankenstein Lab for Special Projects  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
Nissan Recalls Altima for Third Time to Fix Hood Latches  Jan 29th, 2016 
Nissan is recalling 846,000 Altima sedans in the U.S. for faulty hood latches. If this sounds familiar, it’s because this is the third (and hopefully final) time this problem has surfaced. The 2013-2015 Altima has a secondary hood latch—the one you grab after the hood pops open partially—that may not lock the hood in place. […] 
 
 
The Long, Long Goodbye: Final Land Rover Defender Rolls Off the Line  Jan 29th, 2016 
You’d be forgiven for thinking that production of the Land Rover Defender ended some time ago. After all, the old-school 4×4 disappeared from the U.S. market in 1997, at which point it was already a relic. And we’ve seen multiple auto-show concepts of its replacement, as the company and its designers wring their hands over […] 
 
 
The Long, Long Goodbye: Final Land Rover Defender Rolls Off the Line  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The RS-Kicking-est 2016 Ford Focus RS  Jan 29th, 2016 
Let’s face it: Folks buying all-wheel-drive, turbocharged hot hatchbacks (and sedans, we aren’t forgetting you, Subaru WRX STI!) aren’t doing so because it’s logical. After all, spending nearly $40,000 on what to most people will appear to be an ordinary compact car could be seen as unhinged, especially considering the  far more powerful Ford Mustang GT and Chevrolet […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It: The RS-Kicking-est 2016 Ford Focus RS  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
Tesla Model S P90D Test: The Quickest Production Sedan Ever?  Jan 29th, 2016 
Tesla’s product architect, Elon Musk, must have been watching a Mel Brooks marathon on TNT when he picked “Ludicrous Speed,” straight out of Spaceballs, as the tag for the fastest acceleration mode in his Model S P90D. And indeed, one must have balls from outer space to fully exploit this car’s launch performance. To sort […] 
 
 
2015 Tesla Model S P90D – Instrumented Test  Jan 29th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Acura NSX Super Bowl Commercial: This Redo Is Red, White, and Blue [Video]  Jan 29th, 2016 
If any car in recent memory deserves a relaunch, the 2017 Acura NSX is it. Years of similar-appearing concept cars and waiting made it easy to fall numb to the—very cool and quite slick-driving—production car that trailed Acura’s initial go-ahead for a resurrected NSX by five years. And then the ’17 NSX finally landed at the 2015 Detroit auto show just to […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Size Xtra Small: 2016 Smart Fortwo  Jan 28th, 2016 
 
 
 
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