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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Debuts, Spearheading New Green Lineup – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid / Plug-in Hybrid: Greening Kia’s Mid-Size Sedan – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid / Plug-in Hybrid: Greening Kia’s Mid-Size Sedan  Feb 11th, 2016 
The Kia Optima is already a pretty satisfying and stylish ride, one that’s offered with a variety of powertrains, most notably a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. With sprightly performance and a remarkable 39-mpg highway fuel-economy rating from the EPA, that model knocks on the door of the 2016 Optima hybrid’s 40-mpg highway number, and does so […] 
 
 
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: The Updated Three-Row Crossover Offers Greater Choice  Feb 11th, 2016 
In updating the three-row Santa Fe for 2017, Hyundai has made the likable crossover a numbers machine. Two, four, six, seven, and four—these numbers refer to the Santa Fe’s expanded choices this year, including two- or four-wheel drive, six- or seven-seat configurations, and four distinct trim levels. Last year, the only up-front choices the Santa […] 
 
 
Ford Promises Four New SUVs Within Four Years, Signs Continue to Point to Reborn Bronco  Feb 11th, 2016 
During a speech at the 2016 Chicago auto show, Mark LaNeve, Ford’s VP of marketing, sales, and service, stated that the automaker sees no signs of the SUV and crossover boom abating within the next decade. To meet rising demand in America and abroad, then, Ford plans to introduce four new SUV models within 48 months, all […] 
 
 
4×4 Off-Road Packages for All! Ram Announces New Gear for All 2500 Pickups  Feb 11th, 2016 
While the bulk of the excitement on the Ram stand at the 2016 Chicago auto show may have centered around the new-for-2017 Power Wagon, the truck maker also had a little news for 2500 HD buyers interested in improved off-road chops without going full gonzo for the Power Wagon. Called, somewhat obviously, the Ram 2500 […] 
 
 
4×4 Off-Road Packages for All! Ram Announces New Gear for All 2500 Pickups  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
Ill Accessorization: Dodge Durango Gets Brass Monkey, Anodized Platinum Packages  Feb 11th, 2016 
“I’m Tim K and I get respect, your 60-month finance is what I expect.” This is not a direct quote attributable to Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis, but let’s pretend, upon the occasion of the launch of the Durango’s Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum appearance packages, that it is. The Anodized Platinum package, available on Citadel models, […] 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder Driven: Still Sensational Sans Roof  Feb 11th, 2016 
Since the Volkswagen Group began its assimilation of Lamborghini in 1998, the automaker from the sleepy Italian burg of Sant’Agata has nearly tripled its employees and increased sales from a few hundred cars per year to 3245 in 2015. A poster child for this explosive growth is the new Huracán coupe, the total sales of […] 
 
 
2017 Nissan Armada Officially Debuts: Finally, a Redesign!  Feb 11th, 2016 
Nissan just redesigned its massive Titan pickup for 2016, and so logic would have it that anything based on the Titan—e.g., the Armada SUV—might also get redesigned, adopting the Titan’s new underpinnings, powertrains, and so forth. In this case, logic would be half right: The 12-year-old Armada did just get redesigned. But this time around, […] 
 
 
2017 Ram Power Wagon: The Off-Road Beast Now Is More of a Rebel  Feb 11th, 2016 
As truck names go, “Power Wagon” is just about perfect. Just saying it conjures visions of manly men doing manly things with chainsaws, possibly in the woods, and certainly while wearing flannel shirts. Whereas the very capable Ford Raptor is focused on performing YouTube-worthy feats of high-speed derring-do, the Power Wagon has long been a […] 
 
 
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder – First Drive Review  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Nissan Armada: Finally, a Redesign! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 11th, 2016 
 
 
 
Audi, BMW, Volkswagen Add 1.7 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recalls  Feb 10th, 2016 
More than 2.5 million German cars have been recalled in the U.S. for defective Takata airbags this week, following expansions by Honda, Ford, and Mazda, as well as last month’s reporting of the 10th fatality. The total includes Mercedes’ recall of 841,000 cars and vans from the 2005–2014 model years that we reported separately. Among the 1.7 million additional […] 
 
 
Honda Trucks Up the 2017 Ridgeline Pickup with Genuine Accessories  Feb 10th, 2016 
  
 
 
NHTSA Sides with Google, Officially Declares Autonomous-Car Software a “Driver”—Sorta  Feb 10th, 2016 
Uncle Sam already has determined that corporations, in some instances, can be considered people in the eyes of the law. And now, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, computers in self-driving cars can be, too. (No word on dogs.) A NHTSA reply to a request from Google’s Self-Driving Car lead engineer Chris Urmson, […] 
 
 
Honda Trucks Up the 2017 Ridgeline Pickup with Genuine Accessories  Feb 10th, 2016 
Traditionally, the Chicago auto show has been referred to as “the truck show” by industry folks who remember the days when major automakers used to save their big pickup reveals for February in the blisteringly cold Midwestern city’s McCormick Place. Manufacturers might have stopped bringing their biggest and best rigs to Chicago years ago, but for […] 
 
 
2017 Cadillac XT5 Priced From $40K  Feb 10th, 2016 
If you’re as hip and fashionable as Cadillac hopes you’ll be as a 2017 XT5 shopper, you’ll need $39,990 to drive one away to the club, a Brooklyn warehouse, or whatever trendy hangouts the young affluent types crave. That’s the marketing hype, anyway. The XT5, which steps in for the brand’s bestselling SRX, has a […] 
 
 
2017 Cadillac XT5 Priced From $40K  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S – First Drive Review  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
Carleton Announces New Suite of Lending Software  Feb 10th, 2016 
The suite includes the latest upgrades to the firm’s LoanSmart Solutions, which have been adopted by major lending software providers for more than 20 years. The offerings also meet the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s third-party vendor compliance recommendations and consumer privacy and security requirements. 
 
 
General Motors Recalls 426,000 Trucks for Faulty Brake Pedals  Feb 10th, 2016 
General Motors is recalling 426,573 pickups and police SUVs in the U.S. for brake pedals that can break, according to Reuters. A nut on the brake pedal’s pivot point, which keeps the pedal in place, can loosen and let the pedal move in any direction. At that point, stopping could be a real challenge, or […] 
 
 
GIF This: Audi Teases Compact Q1 Crossover  Feb 10th, 2016 
In the run-up to the 2016 Geneva auto show, Audi has chosen to cheekily remind everyone that its new Q1 subcompact crossover will make its first appearance in Switzerland this spring. (The blue crossover pictured above is an artist’s rendering of what it may look like.) We already were aware of Audi’s plans for a Q1—we even detailed the […] 
 
 
Mercedes-Benz Recalls 841,000 Vehicles for Takata Airbags  Feb 10th, 2016 
Several Mercedes-Benz cars, SUVs, and vans have officially been recalled as part of the massive action concerning exploding, shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags. The company has just called back 705,000 passenger vehicles and another 136,000 Daimler-built vans in the U.S. Affected cars include the 2005–2014 C-class, E-class, GL-class, M-class, and SLK; the 2006–2012 R-class; and the 2011–2014 SLS AMG. The 2007–2014 Sprinter vans with Dodge, […] 
 
 
Sneak Peek: Honda Civic Hatchback  Feb 10th, 2016 
The U.S.-spec Honda Civic is adding a hatchback body style, and to get Civic fans pumped for its arrival, Honda has released a teaser sketch of its new baby’s back. Besides the model’s fast-sloping hatch, the sketch shows a rather racy center-exit dual exhaust. We’ll see more of the Civic hatch when it makes its debut […] 
 
 
Wise F&I Products Now Available Through Dealertrack Aftermarket Network  Feb 10th, 2016 
Through the Dealertrack Aftermarket Network, F&I sales and submission processes will now be handled online. The new integration supports multiple Wise F&I products, including the firm's GAP, appearance care, vehicle service contracts and theft-deterrent programs. 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE V-6 and V-8 Prepare to Terrorize America’s Racetracks, Live in Your Driveway  Feb 10th, 2016 
Muscle- and pony-car fans will always opt for the V-8, no matter the other choices available to them. Internet commenters and hacks will scoff at the idea that a V-6—or, worse, a turbocharged four-cylinder—could even be considered fun. Whatever. We think that the more sporting, rear-drive coupes that exist in this world, the better, no […] 
 
 
2016 Scion iA Automatic Tested: Built By Mazda, Soon to Be a Toyota  Feb 10th, 2016 
At the time of this publishing, the Scion division is in the process of being dismantled and having the bulk of its lineup transferred under the Toyota banner. Although we can’t say we’re surprised at the announcement, the timing is unfortunate. For the first time in years, Scion has, in the recently minted iA subcompact, […] 
 
 
Midnight Comes Again: Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado Gain More Midnight Editions  Feb 10th, 2016 
As seems to happen almost every 24 hours, midnight is coming ’round again, with Chevrolet announcing still more Midnight Edition vehicles. This time the recipients are Silverado and Colorado pickups. This familiar option package, which also darkens the Impala and the Trax, is much as you’d expect: black paint, black trim replacing most all of […] 
 
 
Midnight Comes Again: Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado Gain More Midnight Editions  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Trax: Small Changes for Chevy’s Smallest CUV – Official Photos and Info  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE: Now Available with a V-6 or a V-8! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
Crossover Tracks! Nissan Shows Off Tracked Winter Warrior CUVs [Video]  Feb 10th, 2016 
Everybody knows that crossovers are kinda wimpy compromises that offer a carlike ride and a trucklike ride height. Americans, however, don’t see themselves as wimpy people. We are, after all, a nation of rugged individualists, shopping at Target, eating at Applebee’s, and digging that subversive Macklemore cat. But sometimes, the trek to Bennigan’s gets a little more hairball […] 
 
 
Explore More: New Sport Appearance Package Unveiled for the Prolific Ford Explorer  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
Explore More: New Sport Appearance Package Unveiled for the Prolific Ford Explorer  Feb 10th, 2016 
The Ford Explorer is riding the current SUV boom, with sales approaching 250,000 in 2015, a 19-percent increase over the previous year. But Ford seemingly will not rest until there’s an Explorer in every driveway. For the revised 2016 model, Ford already added a new, top-tier Platinum trim level and gave it the muscular 365-hp EcoBoost […] 
 
 
2017 Chevrolet Trax: An Early Update  Feb 10th, 2016 
Chevy’s little Trax is one of the newer faces in the burgeoning subcompact-crossover cotillion. Judging by 2015, its first full year on sale—in which it rang up more than 400,000 purchases in 73 global markets, and placed second in the segment in the U.S., according to Chevrolet—it also is one of the more popular debutantes […] 
 
 
Crossover Tracks! Nissan Shows Off Tracked Winter Warrior CUVs [Video]  Feb 10th, 2016 
 
 
 
BMW M2 Becomes Smallest, Newest M-Badged MotoGP Safety Car  Feb 9th, 2016 
 
 
 
No, the EPA Didn’t Just Outlaw Your Race Car  Feb 9th, 2016 
Today, the automotive-enthusiast press went into a collective tizzy over a press release sent out by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association. In it, SEMA shed light on a previously unpublicized bit of wording buried within a giant, 629-page proposal drafted by the EPA in July of 2015. “EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles Into Racecars,” SEMA’s […] 
 
 
2016 Scion iA Automatic – Instrumented Test  Feb 9th, 2016 
 
 
 
BMW M2 Becomes Smallest, Newest M-Badged MotoGP Safety Car  Feb 9th, 2016 
It feels as though BMW’s introduction of a new high-performance M model dressed up as a Safety Car for the MotoGP motorcycle racing series has become an event so predictable you could set your watch to it. The phenomenon has held true the past few years, and this year BMW is lobbing its new M2 […] 
 
 
JM Family Enterprises Announces Four Senior-Level Promotions  Feb 9th, 2016 
Rajeev Ravindran was named CIO, while Hank Grooms was appointed vice president of marketing and field operations for Southeast Toyota Distributors. Additionally, Ed Brown will now serve as group vice president of operations, while Jonna Sherry was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for World Omni. 
 
 
VisionMenu Celebrates Econtracting Milestone  Feb 9th, 2016 
Econtracting through VisionMenu has grown from a few thousand contracts per month to more than 20,000 in January, and the company expects similar growth throughout the year. 
 
 
GWC Warranty Releases New Website Design  Feb 9th, 2016 
GWC Warranty's newly redesigned website is now live. It features simple-to-navigate content designed for dealers and customers alike. It also provides owners of GWC products with a dealer locator, and allows them to easily look up coverage, among other features. 
 
 
New EasyCare App Allows Dealers to ‘Own’ the ODBII Port  Feb 9th, 2016 
EasyCare is getting set to launch a new mobile app that will allow dealers to own the ODBII port in their customers’ vehicles. The connection will allow dealers to tailor service offers and alerts, as well as allow customers to perform a full health scan of their vehicle on their mobile device. 
 
 
Collapse. Create. Repeat.  Feb 9th, 2016 
An F&I manager says his customers' buying and ownership habits are making it difficult to sell GAP and service contracts. The magazine's resident F&I pro has the answer. 
 
 
Ally Financial Increasing Carvana's Floorplan Credit Line  Feb 9th, 2016 
Ally Financial said this week it is increasing the online vehicle retailer's floorplan credit line from $60 million to $125 million. This will allow Carvana to finance approximately 7,100 vehicles, up from 3,400. 
 
 
Simply Red: The Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition  Feb 9th, 2016 
Subaru’s XV Crosstrek, a slightly lifted and otherwise not-that-different variant of the Impreza hatchback, has been a surprise hit for the brand. Perhaps because the affordably priced neo-crossover has been so popular, Subaru doesn’t feel it has to try terribly hard with the new XV Crosstrek Special Edition. Besides some additional equipment, mostly what’s different […] 
 
 
Q4 2015 Outstanding Loan Balances Reach Highest Level on Record, Experian Reports  Feb 9th, 2016 
Outstanding auto loan balances totaled $987 billion in the fourth quarter 2015, up 11.5% from the year-ago period and the highest level since Experian Automotive began publicly tracking the data in 2006. 
 
 
Grass Roots Program Makes St. Thomas Best in Show at Provincial Marketing Awards  Feb 9th, 2016 
#stthomasproud wins again - this time at the Provincial level. Born out of negativity following the global economic downturn and fueled by a resilient positivity, #stthomasproud has become commonplace on social media and other marketing channels. 
 
 
2017 BMW Alpina B7: The 600-hp 7-series that Still Isn’t Called an M7  Feb 8th, 2016 
Similar to this year’s field of presidential candidates, the upper echelon of luxury sedans offers a plethora of establishment choices seasoned by a few outsiders. Against veritable four-door stalwarts such as the Mercedes-Benz S-class, Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, and BMW 7-series, stand fringe offerings—Porsche’s Panamera, Maserati’s Quattroporte—and special variants of more mainstream models, your AMG […] 
 
 
2017 BMW Alpina B7: Still the M7 BMW Won’t Build – Official Photos and Info  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Revealed! – Official Photos and Info  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
Car and Driver Tested: The Quickest Cars from the 1950s to Today  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
Is It in ‘Park’? NHTSA Investigating Confusing Gearshift in Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps  Feb 8th, 2016 
This past summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation into just over 400,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees, after some owners alleged their vehicles would roll away after being shifted into Park. NHTSA has since more than doubled the number of Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles being investigated. And the agency now blames the […] 
 
 
The General’s Motorsports Skunkworks: Inside the GM Performance Racing Center  Feb 8th, 2016 
Basking in the warm glow of its remarkable success at the recent Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race (see the bottom of this post), GM flung open the doors of its new Performance Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan, to provide a look at how the pros prepare for road-, drag-, oval-, and Indy-car racing. […] 
 
 
The 7 New Rules of Car Buying: How to Shop in Today’s World  Feb 8th, 2016 
There are few truly bad vehicles for sale today, but, when there are more models boasting more whistles and bells than ever before, that doesn’t make car shopping easy. Even if you’re car savvy, you can still make an uninformed choice or get a bad deal. And the wealth of resources for information can obscure […] 
 
 
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso: The Four-Place Ferrari  Feb 8th, 2016 
When Ferrari’s FF made its debut for 2012, the model broke new ground by being the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive. (The four-wheel-drive system and the car’s four-place layout led to the “FF” designation.) The newly unveiled follow-up version adds four-wheel steering to the mix, but rather than adding a third “F” to the model […] 
 
 
Perfecting the F&I Turnover  Feb 8th, 2016 
Expert says salespeople play a critical role in what happens in the F&I office. She lists four ways they can successfully pave the road to back-end sales. 
 
 
Measuring Up  Feb 8th, 2016 
AutoNation's $1,500 per-copy claim was a great achievement, but one industry vet warns F&I pros against using it as a benchmark for F&I success. 
 
 
Want vs. Need: A Lesson in Salesmanship  Feb 8th, 2016 
Industry veteran tells an entertaining tale of a conquest sale from 40 years ago to relay three key lessons about salesmanship and the art of listening. 
 
 
The CFPB's Misguided Crusade  Feb 8th, 2016 
AFIP's executive director has some choice words for President Obama, Sen. Warren and the 'smartest guys in the room.' 
 
 
Fighter Pilot Bruce Bright to Keynote Dealer Summit  Feb 8th, 2016 
Organizers of Dealer Summit have announced that Lt. Col. Bruce Bright, USMC (Ret.) will deliver a motivational keynote address at the event, which will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. 
 
 
24 Things You Didn’t Expect Were Made By Car Companies  Feb 8th, 2016 
We call them automakers, but over the years car companies have made a lot of interesting things that weren't cars at all.  
 
 
Ex–Stirling Moss Ferrari Is the Second-Most-Expensive Car Ever to Sell at Auction  Feb 8th, 2016 
A 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider once raced by Sir Stirling Moss brought $35.8 million at the Artcurial auction at the Retromobile event in France, making it the second-most-expensive car ever to sell at auction. That is, if you’re measuring in dollars. The Retromobile car sold for 32.075 million euros, which translates to $35.8 million. The […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular: All 18 Seinfeld Porsches, VWs Heading to Auction  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 […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – Comparison Tests  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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, […] 
 
 
ACO Accepts Four (Ideally, Fully Functioning) Ford GTs to 2016 Le Mans Race  Feb 5th, 2016 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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, […] 
 
 
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, […] 
 
 
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf – First Drive Review  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG – Feature  Feb 4th, 2016 
 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
Audi RS Q3 Performance: Audi’s Alphabet Soup Creates a 367-hp Mini-Monster  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 […] 
 
 
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 
 
 
 
“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, […] 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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 
 
 
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 […] 
 
 
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