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Black Book Adds VP of Lender Solutions  Apr 14th, 2015 
Black Book has selected Barrett Teague to serve as vice president of its Lender Solutions business. 
 
 
NIADA Effort to Halt Oregon BHPH Bill Succeeds  Apr 14th, 2015 
A bill aimed at restricting the practices of buy-here, pay-here dealers in Oregon is off the legislative agenda following an effort by the NIADA to educate lawmakers about the legislation’s potential harmful effects on consumers. 
 
 
DealerTrust Makes Car Shopping Less Painful With Trusted Dealerships   Apr 14th, 2015 
DealerTrust.ca: a trusted resource for car buyers, with over 12,000 auto dealerships across Canada. Building transparency between the dealer and its customers, for a better, more secure shopping experience. 
 
 
2015 Lexus LX570 – Instrumented Test  Apr 13th, 2015 
 
 
 
Topless ’57: Fiat Expands Retro “1957 Edition” Treatment to 500C Convertible  Apr 13th, 2015 
Just in time for summer, Fiat has announced that it is gifting the 500C cabriolet the same “1957 Edition” goodies introduced for the 500 hatchback last year. This means a full raft of cutesy retro touches, including neat little steel-wheel lookalikes, old-school “Fiat” badging, and a classic-looking brown-and-ivory leather interior. It’s not a remastered Fiat Jolly, […] 
 
 
Porsche Said to Be Considering a Boxster Spyder GT4  Apr 13th, 2015 
The Spyder variant of the Porsche Boxster is always the rawest of the company’s roadsters. Stripped down to the bare essentials, with a tent-like manual top (for weight savings) and a 375-horse engine (the most powerful ever fitted to a Boxster), it’s built to shred. And rumor has it Porsche will make an even more hardcore […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 218  Apr 13th, 2015 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
 
 
Topless ’57: Fiat Expands Retro “1957 Edition” Treatment to 500C Convertible  Apr 13th, 2015 
 
 
 
Piëch vs. Winterkorn: An Epic Battle Unfolds for Control of VW Group  Apr 13th, 2015 
Ferdinand Piëch is an automotive titan. The grandson of Ferdinand Porsche helped to shape Porsche and Audi, and his vision and drive created the Volkswagen Group juggernaut, a company jockeying with Toyota and General Motors to be the world’s largest—and one possibly superior to either in technological prowess. His congenial partner and most prominent disciple, […] 
 
 
After i3 and i8 Comes i5, BMW’s Next Green Machine  Apr 13th, 2015 
BMW’s i strategy has been only a partial success. It was launched to great fanfare with the i3 in the summer of 2013, with CEO Norbert Reithofer proclaiming: “what the mobile phone did for communication, electric mobility will do for individual mobility.” But the i3 hasn’t done much for BMW’s bottom line, as its sales […] 
 
 
Axle of Error: Fiat-Chrysler Sued Over Incorrect Axle Ratio in Ram 1500  Apr 13th, 2015 
It appears Ram Trucks may have delivered a few bum steers. According to a report in Automotive News, South Carolina resident and 2014 Ram 1500 Big Horn owner Robert Besley has filed a lawsuit against the maker for delivering his vehicle without the optional 3.55:1 rear axle he paid for. After owning the pickup for […] 
 
 
The Numbers All Go to Eleven: Ford Patents 11-Speed Automatic  Apr 13th, 2015 
In a world where eight-speed automatics are common, nine-speeds are available, and 10-speed transmissions are in the works, Ford’s application for a patent on an 11-speed automatic transmission has an air of inevitability about it. Unlike Ford’s 10-speed automatic, which is being jointly developed with General Motors, the 11-speed appears to be a Ford-only effort. […] 
 
 
2015 Lexus LX570: A Luxury Heavyweight  Apr 13th, 2015 
Weighing nearly as much as two Toyota Priuses and packed with enough luxuries to fill a small vacation home, the Lexus LX570 SUV is the antithesis to the modern crop of compact crossovers sprouting up like fungi. Although it and its Toyota Land Cruiser mechanical twin were last overhauled for 2008, the LX is still […] 
 
 
NHTSA Chief Calls for Safety Summit with Industry CEOs  Apr 13th, 2015 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind (shown above) is calling for a summit with car-company CEOs this summer to discuss how manufacturers handle safety defects and recalls. After a record number of cars were recalled in 2014, it’s probably a good idea for carmakers and the safety agency to get on the same page. […] 
 
 
Czech It Out: Škoda’s New Rally Car Looks Supremely Bad-Ass  Apr 13th, 2015 
We don’t cover the VW Group’s Czech brand, Škoda, round these parts much, but a bitchin’ rally car seems as good a reason as any. (So was this innovative commercial.) Meet the Škoda Fabia R 5, which has been under development for the past 15 months but was just approved by the FIA for global competition. We’re […] 
 
 
BMW M GmbH to Introduce OLED Taillights on a New Model Soon—and We Know Which One  Apr 13th, 2015 
In the war of light versus darkness, automakers long ago abandoned good ol’ fashioned halogen lamps for fancier peepers. Recently, Audi and BMW got in a little tiff over who could introduce laser headlights to the market first, while separately, Audi’s matrix LED tech continues to blow us away—even if it’s not yet allowed in the […] 
 
 
GM’s Message to F&I  Apr 13th, 2015 
The editor says GM’s decision to reduce terms on its powertrain warranty and visits under its maintenance program is just another reason F&I is here to stay. 
 
 
Oh Good, Now the Shelby Ford Raptor Makes 700+ Horsepower  Apr 10th, 2015 
Look, there’s a new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor coming out soon, and it’s gonna be powerful. We’re talking 450 twin-turbo horses out of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6. That’s no joke—and if you own a first-generation, 2011-2014 Raptor, you and your 411 V-8 horses just got seriously outgunned. What to do? Well, one option is to […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring – Instrumented Test  Apr 10th, 2015 
 
 
 
Oh Good, Now the Shelby Ford Raptor Makes 700+ Horsepower  Apr 10th, 2015 
 
 
 
Unplugged: Audi Readying Wireless Induction Charging for Q7 e-tron  Apr 10th, 2015 
What’s a plug-in hybrid without the plug? The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro, which will offer the option of induction charging, in which the driver simply parks over a charge plate to refill the car’s battery. That’s the word from Audi’s technical boss, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who believes plug-in hybrids and electric cars will […] 
 
 
Mini’s Virtual Reality Concept Goggles Give You a Head-Up Display and a See-Through Car  Apr 10th, 2015 
Ever wished you didn’t have to crane your neck, adjust your mirrors, and lean on (literal) blind faith that your passenger-side door isn’t hiding some unseen obstacle when you park? Have you been pining for a heads-up display that works like Google Glass but looks more like the cheesy sunglasses you get at the Dollar […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot Trim Levels Revealed  Apr 10th, 2015 
Honda just announced some more details about the upcoming 2016 Pilot SUV. No, we still don’t know the actual price, but we do know how you’ll be able to option the three-row, minivan-based crossover. Let’s take a tour of the scintillating SUV’s five trim levels. At the bottom of the pile is the Pilot LX, […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Pilot Trim Levels Revealed  Apr 10th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Test: An Improved Interior Proves Timeless  Apr 10th, 2015 
It takes more than a pretty face to land a car on our 10Best list or to top the family-sedan segment in our Editor’s Choice awards, but a pretty face doesn’t hurt. Since the current-generation Mazda 6 arrived as a 2014 model, its handsome “Kodo” design theme has earned mention right alongside the sporty handling […] 
 
 
2015 Shell Eco-Marathon: These Are the Tiny, Efficient Rides That’ll Compete on the Streets of Detroit  Apr 10th, 2015 
What did you accomplish in high school and college? These teams are building the future. 
 
 
Sky(activ) High: 2016 Mazda 2 EPA Fuel Economy Is Out, the Car Isn’t  Apr 10th, 2015 
The award for most-improved fuel economy in a single model year goes to the 2016 Mazda 2. Or rather, two model years. There is no 2015 version of the wee zoom-zoom hatch, and we still don’t have confirmation from Mazda on the timing of the 2016 model’s U.S. arrival. But the Environmental Protection Agency has […] 
 
 
“Game of Thrones” Star Pitches Chryslers to America’s Royalty  Apr 10th, 2015 
Winter is coming to Chrysler’s ad campaign—specifically, to this new TV spot. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage lends some of Tyrion Lannister’s convincingness to Chrysler’s pitch, which seems to contend that, unlike Westeros and Essos, America’s royalty doesn’t hinge on bloodlines, but on Chrysler 300s. As The Detroit Free Press points out, the ad […] 
 
 
The 10 Best Cars that Nobody Buys  Apr 10th, 2015 
Build a great car, and it deserves to succeed. But that’s not to say it will. The U.S. auto market, past and present, is littered with examples of excellent products that buyers shunned. 
 
 
Cactus Cooler: Bitchin’ Citroën Aircross Concept Suggests Global Ambitions  Apr 9th, 2015 
We miss French cars. Okay, maybe only a few of us are clamoring for their return, but we’re a vocal few. Indeed, for a generation, Citroën, Renault, and Peugeot have denied us their eminently funkalicious products, and while there are inklings that Citroën is eying a return to the states with its new DS brand, […] 
 
 
Cactus Cooler: Bitchin’ Citroën Aircross Concept Suggests Global Ambitions  Apr 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD – Long-Term Road Test Intro  Apr 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
Robert De Niro to Portray Enzo Ferrari in Big-Budget Biopic  Apr 9th, 2015 
Seems like the star of Raging Bull is about to enter the fold of the prancing horse: Robert De Niro has confirmed to an Italian newspaper that he’s slated to play Enzo Ferrari in a movie due out in 2016. The 71-year-old Hollywood legend will portray il Commendatore over the majority of his career—from the car […] 
 
 
2015 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD 40,000-Mile Test: The Start of a Long-Term Relationship  Apr 9th, 2015 
The Nissan Murano falls behind the brand’s compact Rogue and three-row Pathfinder in the sales pecking order, but it is nevertheless hugely important and arguably the most familiar to consumers. The model also has a history of debuting bold styling languages for Nissan (witness the 2003 and 2009 editions), and the look of this new-for-2015 […] 
 
 
Springtime in Michigan: 2016 Ford Mustang GT350s, GT350Rs Come Out to Play  Apr 9th, 2015 
Here in Michigan, the first throes of spring are poking their way through the depressing gray cloak that covers the state during the winter. It got up to nearly 50 degrees the other day, which practically had locals jumping about in their swimsuits, but it prompted something altogether better, too: Ford apparently thinks the weather’s […] 
 
 
Springtime in Michigan: 2016 Ford Mustang GT350s, GT350Rs Come Out to Play  Apr 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
A Madman Built a 697-hp, 552-cubic-inch Ford V-12 [Video]  Apr 9th, 2015 
The guy you see wrenching in this photo is Jan Baker: madman, genius, and my new personal hero. Baker built the contraption you see here in his home shop: a 552-cubic-inch Ford V-12 with 697 horsepower. He started with a couple of 302 blocks and a few Cleveland heads, and didn’t stop slicing and dicing […] 
 
 
Daimler R&D Chief: G-class Could Go “Sustainable”, V-12 Lives On, and No Three-Cylinders  Apr 9th, 2015 
We recently sat down with Daimler’s R&D chief, Thomas Weber, who told us that the automaker will continue to produce V-12 engines but won’t do a three-cylinder, that it’s considering a more comprehensive update to the G-class, and that it isn’t interested in a small seven-seat people-mover. C/D: BMW has shown a compact, seven-seat people-mover with its […] 
 
 
Adam Carolla Produced a Paul Newman Racing Documentary and It Looks Fantastic  Apr 9th, 2015 
Most of the world knows Paul Newman for his body of work as perhaps the greatest actor of an entire generation. Newman would probably have told you he’s just a race-car driver with a killer day job. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman is a new documentary produced and directed by comedian, podcaster, and […] 
 
 
Back in the City: Shell Initiates “Project M” with Designer Gordon Murray  Apr 9th, 2015 
  Famed road- and race-car designer Gordon Murray is back at work on a urban runabout, a project that appears to pick up on the lightweight, ultra-efficient, T.25 city car (pictured here) developed by Murray and his design firm. After making a splash a few years ago, we’ve heard nothing about the T.25—until now. Re-dubbed […] 
 
 
NIADA Takes on Oregon BHPH Legislation  Apr 9th, 2015 
The NIADA, its newly-formed BHPH Commission and Oregon’s independent dealer association are tackling legislation the industry believes could damage the ability of high-risk consumers to purchase cars in the state. 
 
 
Legal Columnist Questions CFPB Report on Arbitration Clauses  Apr 9th, 2015 
The CFPB’s latest report on arbitration clauses has a lot of holes, leaving the magazine’s legal eagle wondering what the regulator’s game is. 
 
 
Conquering the Curveball  Apr 9th, 2015 
Practicing and studying the pitcher are the keys to hitting baseball’s most unhittable pitch. F&I trainer says the same applies in the F&I office, which has faced quite a few curveballs of late. 
 
 
Ready Steady  Apr 9th, 2015 
Auto finance volumes were up in every risk tier in the fourth quarter 2014, suggesting that concerns over the uptick in subprime loans are exaggerated. 
 
 
Auto/Mate Releases Customer Loyalty eBook  Apr 9th, 2015 
Auto/Mate Dealership Systems has released a free eBook to help dealers increase customer loyalty and generate higher profits in 10 simple steps. 
 
 
A Battle Rages  Apr 9th, 2015 
Last month’s battle between the CFPB and a Congressional Committee conjures up an old Bob Dylan tune for Da Man, who offers his take on what the bureau is really after. 
 
 
Larger Vehicles in Demand this Spring, Black Book Reports  Apr 9th, 2015 
Larger cars were more in demand this tax season, potentially as a result of low gas prices and improved overall strength in the broader economy. 
 
 
Dent Wizard Promotes Two Business Development Managers  Apr 9th, 2015 
Dent Wizard International has promoted Grant Allen and Scott Whitney to the recently created roles of hail business development managers. In their new positions, they will help the company improve its hail response services across North America. 
 
 
3 Birds Marketing Partners with Toyota  Apr 9th, 2015 
The technology firm has partnered with Toyota to offer its dealers tools to measure, track and improve their online performance and presence. 
 
 
Full-Size Vans Record Strongest Retention Value, Black Book Reports  Apr 9th, 2015 
Depreciation patterns are on a different trajectory than 2014, according to Black Book. The firm reported a 0.7% decrease in value for 2009-2013 model-year vehicles. 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Will Have Wheels, Brakes, More Structural Rigidity  Apr 9th, 2015 
Folks, you might as well settle in for the medium haul: Chevrolet’s naughty multi-part tease of the sixth-generation 2016 Camaro leading up to the car’s big debut at May 16 continues. Having already confirmed the latest iteration of the muscle car will get Corvette power, a Cadillac chassis, and weigh less than before, Chevy has […] 
 
 
F is for Finesse: 2016 Lexus GS F Goes Back to Basics – Feature  Apr 9th, 2015 
 
 
 
L.A. Testing New, Simplified Parking Signs that Every City Should Use—and they Have Bluetooth  Apr 9th, 2015 
Los Angeles is a city built by and built around cars. And as is well known, there are a lot of cars there. Thing is, every driver of every car in L.A. eventually needs to find a place to park. Alas, finding a spot—at least of the legal, on-street variety—is a task not easily done nor […] 
 
 
F is for Finesse: 2016 Lexus GS F Goes Back to Basics  Apr 9th, 2015 
To ensure that nothing is lost in translation, Yukihiko Yaguchi pulls out his iPhone and scrolls through the photos. The chief engineer of the 2016 Lexus GS F stops on a pic of a mid-90s Toyota Chaser—a Japanese-market mid-size sedan—sporting a tiger decal on the hood and orange stripes across its roof and flanks. It’s […] 
 
 
Monochromeo, Part 3! Chevrolet Silverado HD Custom Sport Joins the Black/White Party  Apr 8th, 2015 
In the latest episode of GM’s monochrome mini-series, Chevrolet returns to find its heavy-duty pickups escaping to a white party while the duallys go all chrome and black leather. That’s right, it’s funky time at the construction site. The Custom Sport monochrome trim package has made it to the Silverado 2500 and 3500 trucks, similar […] 
 
 
More Details Emerge on New Audi Q7—Including Mega-Powerful Diesel SQ7  Apr 8th, 2015 
VW Group and Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg is a perfectionist, and when he flew to Namibia last week, his top brass came along to explain and fix any issues that might need to be addressed in the final weeks before the next Q7‘s May press launch and upcoming showroom debut. Based on the second-generation MLB modular-longitudinal platform, it […] 
 
 
More Details Emerge on New Audi Q7—Including Mega-Powerful Diesel SQ7  Apr 8th, 2015 
 
 
 
2015 BMW 428i xDrive Test: Looks Great, Less Fulfilling  Apr 8th, 2015 
If you were to research the BMW family tree, it would be easy to draw a dotted line from the subject of this test back to the 2002. But few would have looked at that bolt-upright, seminal 1968 offering and predicted that it would evolve into the slinky, sexy 2015 428i xDrive. Okay, we see […] 
 
 
2015 BMW 428i xDrive – Instrumented Test  Apr 8th, 2015 
 
 
 
Monochromeo, Part 3! Chevrolet Silverado HD Custom Sport Joins the Black/White Party  Apr 8th, 2015 
 
 
 
Hugs All Around: Aston Martin and Fisker Amicably Resolve Their Differences  Apr 8th, 2015 
Just as thunder ultimately fades to silence, so too will the legal fight between Aston Martin and Fisker around “Project Thunderbolt.” Shown at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the so-called “design study” used the Aston Martin Vanquish as its base and infuriated Aston Martin, which claimed that the car too closely resembled other Aston […] 
 
 
Alfa Romeo Announces Two New Engines, Still Doesn’t Have Cars to Put them In  Apr 8th, 2015 
So, remember that molto ambizioso plan Alfa Romeo laid out last year? The one where it fully returns to the U.S. market—let’s be real, the ultra-niche 4C sports car isn’t exactly a triumphant re-storming of America’s beach—and adds eight new products (that it’ll sell 400,000 of) by 2018? Well, one year on, we’ve got the first big […] 
 
 
This Device Determines What Ails Your Car and Finds a Repair Shop—Automatically  Apr 8th, 2015 
Openbay, an online marketplace that assists with booking auto repairs, is moving the vehicle-repair diagnostic process online. The Boston-based startup recently announced it will roll out its newest service, OpenbayConnect, which allows the company to read error codes in cars and then matches users with local shops that can perform the required service. The app relies […] 
 
 
Long-Suffering Honda Crosstour Given Sweet Release, Killed for 2016  Apr 8th, 2015 
First, the practical but dorky Mercedes R-class was discontinued for the U.S. in 2012. Then last month, the Toyota Venza died. Now, the Honda Crosstour will shuffle off this automotive coil at the end of its 2015 model cycle. Funky wagon-posing-as-crossover things, we hardly knew ye. The Crosstour discontinuation makes sense, of course, given that sales were never […] 
 
 
2016 Acura NSX Dissected: Powertrain, Chassis, and More – Feature  Apr 8th, 2015 
 
 
 
Tesla Model S P85D vs. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Rematch: There’s Been Some Practicin’ [Video]  Apr 8th, 2015 
A few months ago, a video showing the 707-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat being spanked by the all-electric Tesla Model S P85D at the drag strip came out. The internet nearly broke with the pro-Hellcat, anti-Hellcat comments-section battles that ensued. As we pointed out, the Hellcat clearly suffered from a terrible launch, pitifully spinning its […] 
 
 
2016 Acura NSX Dissected: Powertrain, Chassis, and More  Apr 8th, 2015 
Acura clearly wants to get this thing right. The original aluminum-intensive 1991 NSX was a stunner, a sunrise of engineering inspiration that chased away the darkness in the realm of sports cars and laid bare the multitude of sins being committed there. For the first time, a large automaker that took quality seriously had applied […] 
 
 
The Tesla Model S 70D Is the New, 514-hp AWD Base Model  Apr 8th, 2015 
Tesla Motors has a new base trim for the sublime all-electric Model S sedan: the 70D. Replacing the former bottom-rung—and current 10Best Car—Model S 60, this new variant has a bigger battery, standard all-wheel drive, and, naturally, an inflated starting price. Oh, and did we mention it makes 514 horses? The new base-model Tesla features the […] 
 
 
Lamborghini Open to Sub-$200K “Derivative” Model, Asterion Plug-In Won’t Make Production  Apr 8th, 2015 
Lamborghini didn’t have a booth at the New York auto show. Instead, CEO Stephan Winkelmann hosted a private party downtown and let a local dealership feature a Huracán and an Aventador at the show next to a Veyron and a Koenigsegg—right across from McLaren’s official stand, which featured its brand-new, smaller, and much less expensive 570S. We stole 15 minutes with Winkelmann at […] 
 
 
CATA’s Sloan Joins Midwest Compliance Summit  Apr 8th, 2015 
Dave Sloan, president of the Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA), has agreed to serve as luncheon speaker for the Midwest Compliance Summit, to be held this month. 
 
 
Chevrolet Has 4 Models on the 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks List, According to Ferman Chevy  Apr 8th, 2015 
Along with being top safety picks, the Volt and Malibu also achieved top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
 
 
Mercedes Pickup To Be Based on Nissan NP300 (a.k.a. Our Next Frontier)  Apr 7th, 2015 
The all-new pickup truck that Mercedes-Benz aims to launch before the end of the decade will be based on the mid-size Nissan NP300 pickup—a.k.a. the Navara, which we believe will also be our next Frontier—the German carmaker revealed today. And the company doesn’t entirely rule out a U.S. market launch, according to MBUSA CEO Steve Cannon. “For a […] 
 
 
Rolls-Royce “All-Terrain Motor Car” Prototype Looks Amazing—and Perfect  Apr 7th, 2015 
Reading Rolls-Royce press releases is best done in an old-timey, 1920s-era newsreel voice. And so it goes with the latest update on the upcoming Rolls SUV—a.k.a., “high-sided, all-terrain motor car”—which the company is referring to as Project Cullinan. Following “an undertaking to inform stakeholders of the progress of Project Cullinan,” we’re now being given a look at the first […] 
 
 
Ask Him Anything: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Project Manager Tony Greco [3–3:45 EDT]  Apr 7th, 2015 
Today’s the day! Tony Greco, the program manager for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be answering questions posted via Twitter from 3:00–3:45 p.m. Eastern; participate by tweeting your inquiries @CarandDriver with the hashtag #RaptorMan. You can ask him how far the Raptor can jump (we have no idea whether he can answer that), about suspension particulars, or whatever else […] 
 
 
This 900-hp, V-8–Powered VW Passat Will Spend Its Life Sideways  Apr 7th, 2015 
 
 
 
This 900-hp, V-8–Powered VW Passat Will Spend Its Life Sideways  Apr 7th, 2015 
Volkswagen’s current Passat mid-size sedan is nice enough, being solidly built and anonymously handsome, and it even topped a comparison test. Yet, with a maximum of 280 horsepower available from the factory, exciting is one thing the Passat is not. Guess what? Tanner Foust’s VW Passat is exciting—but a Formula Drift car kind of has to be. […] 
 
 
Hennessey Plans to Offer 2016 Cadillac CTS-V with 1000 HP  Apr 7th, 2015 
John Hennessey is not a man known for restraint. The owner of the eponymous Texas-based speed shop crams hundreds of surplus horses into the drivelines of everything he touches, whether it’s pickup trucks, a Hellcat-chasing 717-hp Mustang, or a menacing Jaguar F-type. Now, he’s promising to tune up the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V with a tidy half-ton of horses. […] 
 
 
Sign on the Electronic Line  Apr 7th, 2015 
Faster funding has always been a key selling point for dealers when it comes to econtracting. That could change as the industry pushes for a fully online transaction. 
 
 
Myth Busting  Apr 7th, 2015 
The AFIP’s executive director wasn’t surprised to learn that dealers are once again upset at TrueCar, especially since the firm’s marketing still plays on perceptions that are simply not true. 
 
 
March Sales Pace at 17.15 Million-Unit SAAR  Apr 7th, 2015 
Total new-vehicle sales in March increased 0.6% from a year ago to 1,545,802 units. The seasonally adjusted annual rate increased to 17.15 million units, according to Autodata Corp. 
 
 
AFIP’s Robertson Joins Midwest Compliance Summit  Apr 7th, 2015 
Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that David Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals, will speak at the Midwest event this month. 
 
 
Digital Air Strike, Dealertrack Partner to Drive Lead Generation  Apr 7th, 2015 
Digital Air Strike and Dealertrack Technologies announced they have entered into channel and product agreements to help dealer clients drive lead response and generation opportunities. 
 
 
Ohio AG Sues Used-Car Dealership  Apr 7th, 2015 
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against a used-car dealership and its owner. The now-closed business has received approximately 30 consumer complaints, mostly related to vehicle title issues. 
 
 
5 Steps to Data Security  Apr 7th, 2015 
Big data is no longer just an asset; it can also be a liability. Retail expert shares five simple steps to keeping your data safe and preventing your dealership from becoming a statistic. 
 
 
CATA’s Sloan Joins Midwest Compliance Summit  Apr 7th, 2015 
Dave Sloan, president of the Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA), has agreed to serve as luncheon speaker for the Midwest Compliance Summit, to be held this month. 
 
 
Bluetooth Blues  Apr 7th, 2015 
While His Madness longs for the good old days of push-button radios, recent stats on vehicle dependability have him rooting on OEMs to add more tech. 
 
 
Gerald Tan Named a VIP Member of Worldwide Branding  Apr 7th, 2015 
Gerald Tan is a clever strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit 
 
 
Boyd Coddington Custom Car Online Museum Now Open On hobbyDB  Apr 7th, 2015 
Hobbydb adds the collectibles of the legendary Boyd Coddington to their database of every collectible ever made 
 
 
2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8T Test: A Worthy Spiritual Successor to the E30 Convertible  Apr 7th, 2015 
Twenty years ago, any West Coast liberal arts school worth its Great Books curriculum featured streets filled with E30 BMW 3-series convertibles. Whether they were given as sweet-16 presents or inherited from mom and dad when the young one zipped off into the collegiate unknown, these leftover 1980s yuppie-caricature mobiles were movable campus fixtures. People […] 
 
 
2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8T – Instrumented Test  Apr 7th, 2015 
 
 
 
Ralph Gilles Named Head of Global Design for Fiat-Chrysler—So Who’s in Charge of SRT and Motorsports?  Apr 7th, 2015 
Designer Ralph Gilles’s steady march through Chrysler’s ranks since joining the company in 1992 has taken another leap up the ladder with his latest promotion. Gilles moves from being Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles North America senior VP of product design to global head of design and a newly minted member of the FCA Group Executive Council. This puts […] 
 
 
Audi Confirms Ultra-Über-Hot RS3 for the U.S.!  Apr 7th, 2015 
Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh has finally confirmed what we’ve long suspected: The 367-hp RS3 is coming to the U.S. We’ve been optimistic about that car’s chances for the States since way back in 2012, when we had the above RS3 sedan rendering commissioned. As Keogh points out in comments to Automotive News, the sedan would […] 
 
 
Punch-Fracas-Gate: Police Complete Jeremy Clarkson Investigation, No Charges Filed  Apr 7th, 2015 
The last sputtering breath of the drama that cost Jeremy Clarkson his job has been taken: British newspaper The Guardian reports that North Yorkshire police have concluded their investigation into Clarkson’s assault of a Top Gear producer at a hotel last month. No charges will be filed. Oisin Tymon, the producer that Clarkson punched during his […] 
 
 
Next-Gen Aston Martin Lagonda and Five-Door DBX Crossover to Take Over for Rapide  Apr 7th, 2015 
When Aston Martin introduced its beautiful, DB9-based Rapide for 2010, it proved that pretty and practical aren’t mutually exclusive at its stores. But the Rapide is graying at the temples, and Aston is planning to build on the car’s formula of four-door fabulousness with not one, but two vehicles, according to CEO Andy Palmer. The first will be […] 
 
 
Tau-Tau for Now: Twin-Turbo V-6 Could Replace V-8 in Genesis Sedan  Apr 7th, 2015 
Could the latest casualty of an industry-wide replacement-for-displacement spree be Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau V-8? It’s the 420-horse powerhouse that hustles the Genesis sedan to 60 mph in five seconds flat. We hope not, but the fact that Hyundai is developing a twin-turbo version of its Lambda II V-6 is ominous. A 3.3-liter “development” engine was displayed at […] 
 
 
Heasley Forms Nationwide Dealer and Financial Services Agency  Apr 7th, 2015 
Rod A. Heasley, a 37 year auto Industry veteran, has announced the formation of KISS Concepts Group, a master agency serving independent agents of the automotive and prime and sub-prime finance industry. 
 
 
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander: It’s a Mitsubishi – Official Photos and Info  Apr 6th, 2015 
 
 
 
This Functional, 1:3-Scale Porsche Flat-Six Engine Sounds Amazing [Video]  Apr 6th, 2015 
We’ve previously brought you functional, scale versions of a V-12 and a W-32, as well as a 6.09-cubic-inch V-8 (and our pals at R&T have coverage of a tiny Ford Flathead V-8 running replica Ardun heads). They’re all very impressive, but fans of flatter engines may find them lacking. Enter this miniature replica of a Porsche flat-six. According to the video description, this […] 
 
 
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid Pegged for China Debut Later this Month  Apr 6th, 2015 
We know a lot about Cadillac’s all-new CT6 luxury sedan, including its set of all-new engines, but so far details on the impending plug-in hybrid version have proved elusive. Now, however, thanks to some comments from GM North America president Mark Reuss to Autoblog, we know to expect the pluggable CT6 to debut at the 2015 Shanghai auto […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 217  Apr 6th, 2015 
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until midday Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will win a Save the Manuals button and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer open […] 
 
 
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