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Nissan Rogue Is Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Notes Ferman Nissan New Port Richey  Aug 20th, 2014 
The new Rogue is one of the most appealing vehicles of its kind on the market. 
 
 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Tested: Nuclear Power, Now at Popular Prices  Aug 19th, 2014 
In the words of Ron Burgundy, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Back in 2010, Ford was crowing about its 550-hp Shelby GT500. Chevy one-upped that in 2011 with the 580-hp Camaro ZL1. A few months later, Ford didn’t so much leapfrog Chevy as it did stomp its face into the mud as it ran away with […] 
 
 
Saleen FourSixteen: Tesla’s All-American Model S EV Gets the All-American Tuner Touch  Aug 19th, 2014 
From hot-rodded Mustangs to the S7 supercar, Steve Saleen made a name wringing horsepower out of eight-cylinder Ford engines. His eponymous firm’s latest creation, though, is something different. And after a lengthy gestation, the Saleen FourSixteen, a modified Tesla Model S, has finally made its debut at Pebble Beach. RELATED: The 2015 Saleen S302 Mustang […] 
 
 
Heavy Hitter: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Curb Weight Leaked  Aug 19th, 2014 
Despite its abundant use of lightweight materials throughout its structure and its aero-honed body, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be the heaviest Corvette in history—and not by a little. Thanks to “a friend” of Corvetteblogger.com (who we’re not sure is a true “friend” of GM), the 2015 Corvette ordering guide is now public domain, […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel Manual Tested: Imperturbable Refinement  Aug 19th, 2014 
Diesels used to be more eclectic than thrift shops in Portland. But diesels, like hipster culture, are beginning to blend into the mainstream. Walk up to the Golf TDI and almost nothing gives away its compression-ignition secret. The redesigned 2.0-liter turbo-diesel hums quietly, it idles no more loudly than some direct-injected four-cylinders, and it doesn’t […] 
 
 
How Jay Leno, Dubya, and a ’57 Buick Wagon Became the Best Pebble Beach Story of All  Aug 19th, 2014 
In the spending orgy that Pebble Beach week has seemingly become, I witnessed something special last night that will probably get lost in all the talk of $38-million Ferrari GTOs. There was a 1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon on offer at Gooding that carried a pre-auction estimate of $100,000–$125,000. For those of you not familiar […] 
 
 
Treasury Plans to Sell Additional Ally Common Stock  Aug 19th, 2014 
The U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to wind down its investment in Ally Financial by selling additional shares of common stock through its first pre-defined written trading plan. The Treasury current holds about 16% of Ally common stock. 
 
 
California on Track to Sell 1.8 million New Units in 2014  Aug 19th, 2014 
California continues to outpace national new-car sales growth, according to a report from the California New Car Dealers Association. The state’s sales are on track to approach 1.8 million new units. 
 
 
Wise F&I Integrates With VisionMenu  Aug 19th, 2014 
Wise F&I has announced electronic integration with VisionMenu, which supports streamlined eContracting during the menu-driven selling process. 
 
 
Westlake Financial Reaches $2 Billion Milestone  Aug 19th, 2014 
In July, the finance source reached a milestone of $2 billion in total receivables with more than 270,000 customer accounts. It was the best July production in Westlake's history. 
 
 
Being Bentley: Upcoming SUV To Launch Brand’s New Styling Direction  Aug 19th, 2014 
Bentley’s forthcoming SUV, due next year, will be the brand’s flagship model that shows a new direction for Bentley’s styling, according to the company’s director of design, Luc Donckerwolke, at the Motorsports Gathering at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. Expect a more muscular and sporty look, with perhaps a lower roof and more surface development […] 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: Lancia Flaminia 3C GT vs. Lancia Flavia Coupe  Aug 19th, 2014 
The name Lancia is one of the oldest and most honored in the motoring world, and the firm’s cars have always managed to combine solid practical virtues with a degree of individuality which is unusual in quantity-produced vehicles. The latest offerings from Torino’s Via Vincenzo Lancia more than maintain this tradition, especially now that their […] 
 
 
Tesla Expands Eight-Year, “Infinite-Mile” Model S Battery Warranty to EV’s Powertrain  Aug 19th, 2014 
Everyone knows there’s no coming back from the “infinite dog dare” schoolyard taunt—once it’s said, whoever it was aimed at is in for an existential review of their morals, danger comprehension, and whether their tongue actually will stick to that frozen flagpole. Someone, perhaps Tesla Motors’ marketing folks, levied a similar reproach to CEO Elon […] 
 
 
2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Best of Show, Nine More Favorites, Plus a Mega-Gallery  Aug 19th, 2014 
If our little gathering here seems kind of heavy on Ferraris, understand that this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was itself kind of heavy on Ferraris. In addition to a special class of 1950s and ’60s Testa Rossas—there were 20 on the 18th fairway, all together worth perhaps half a billion dollars—a Ferrari won the […] 
 
 
John Phillips: Capturing the Allure of Ginger  Aug 19th, 2014 
This month, let us consider two men—two has-beens, as in, each has been a success in the automotive biz, honing skills that led to gratifying careers involving no cars at all. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Valets, We’re Watching: Chevrolet Adds Enhanced Valet Mode to Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder  Aug 19th, 2014 
Even before we’d tried it, Chevrolet’s awesome audio/video/telemetry-recording Performance Data Recorder option for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette and Corvette Z06 had us smitten. Then we tested it out and became even more enamored. Now, Chevrolet has announced an enhanced Valet Mode functionality for PDR that should placate anyone who’s ever seen their blood pressure rise […] 
 
 
AFIP Extends Pre-Summit Boot Camp Discount  Aug 19th, 2014 
Now through August 22, Industry Summit attendees can get a $100 discount off pre-Summit certification Boot Camp registration. 
 
 
N.Y. Dealer to Pay $27K for Bogus Customer Fees  Aug 19th, 2014 
An investigation of a Toyota dealership in Kingston found that 27 customers were charged an additional undisclosed $650 fee when they purchased their vehicle at the end of the lease. No additional services were provided for payment of this fee. 
 
 
Nissan Among the Top Global Green Brands for 2014, Notes Ferman Nissan of Tampa  Aug 19th, 2014 
Nissan is again one of the top five global green brands, moving up one spot on Interbrand's list. 
 
 
Ferman Buick GMC of Tampa on the 3 Awards GMC Received at the New York Auto Show  Aug 19th, 2014 
GMC as well as the manufacturer's Acadia SUV and 2015 Canyon truck were recognized by several publications at the recent auto show in New York. 
 
 
Acura Earns Top Honors in Edmunds.com 2014 Best Retained Value Awards for Third Consecutive Year, Notes Ferman Acura  Aug 19th, 2014 
Acura's new 2015 ILX sports sedan received multiple awards from Edmunds.com. 
 
 
The Sound and the Fury: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Mega-Gallery  Aug 19th, 2014 
Monterey, California, in mid-August teems with hot cars. Pebble Beach weekend creates a gravitational pull that draws out the rarest, most expensive, and most beautiful cars in such great quantities that you’ll momentarily forget just how rare, expensive, and uncommonly beautiful these cars are. They gather en masse at events like the  Pebble Beach Concours […] 
 
 
2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited Road Test  Aug 18th, 2014 
A less expensive price tag doesn't always mean less content. 
 
 
2014 Concours d’LeMons California: Excrellence, Excrellence Everywhere! [w/Mega-Gallery]  Aug 18th, 2014 
Very few things live up to their billing as well as the Concours d’LeMons. Held in Seaside during Pebble Beach weekend as an antidote to the high-falutin’ stuff on the nearby golf courses, its stated mission is to celebrate the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world. Indeed, this year’s California event had stuff as diverse as […] 
 
 
Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Pebble Beach: Ferrari, Ferrari, Ferrari . . . (and a Ford!)  Aug 18th, 2014 
Ferraris are the most desirable cars ever. At least, that’s the conclusion one could make based on the results of the vintage-car auctions at Monterey Car Week. Nine out of ten of the richest sales originally came from Enzo’s factory. Heck, the reddest brand even scored—with a superb 1954 Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti coupe—its first-ever Best […] 
 
 
A Basis for Hope: 2015 Chrysler 200S V-6 AWD Tested  Aug 18th, 2014 
Any sharp-eyed shopper would be intrigued by the specifications of the new Chrysler 200, seeing that this mid-size sedan can be optioned with both the 295-hp Pentastar V-6 and a four-wheel-drive system. Thus equipped, a 200S, such as the one tested here, wears a sticker just about dead-on the average sales price for all new […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 192  Aug 18th, 2014 
  It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day 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, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* […] 
 
 
Harley-Davidson of Tampa Discusses Harley Going Electric  Aug 18th, 2014 
The Tampa Harley-Davidson dealer, Harley-Davidson of Tampa, discusses the launch of Harley's first electric motorcycle. Dubbed Project Livewire, this new technology has everyone talking. 
 
 
Perilous Journey: Taking the Lambo Caravan to Pebble Beach  Aug 18th, 2014 
Things were going great . . . until a tire blew, an oil pump failed, a tree fell on the car, and I was hit by a runaway Ferrari. If you haven’t driven an antique car to the Monterey weekend, you’ve missed half the fun of going. Parking rules seem to relax as valets stand […] 
 
 
Killer Vs: 2015 Cadillac ATS-V Headed to L.A. Auto Show, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Follows Hot on its Heels at Detroit  Aug 17th, 2014 
Cadillac is lacing up its boxing gloves for the upcoming auto-show season as it prepares to deliver a one-two punch with new V-series performance cars. The 2015 Cadillac ATS-V, America’s first honest shot at the BMW M3, will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, which kicks off on November 19. Two months later, […] 
 
 
Renovo Motors Coupe: Not Yer Ordinary, Gas-Swilling, Half-Million-Dollar Shelby Daytona Redux  Aug 17th, 2014 
The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend has been described as an old-car party for the well-heeled, with an occasional new-car debut sprinkled in. As such, there’s probably no better place for a car such as the all-electric Renovo Motors Coupe—a car that blends vintage packaging with state-of-the-art electric propulsion—to make its first appearance. It’s […] 
 
 
Get Rad: Five Gnar Porsches From the 2014 Werks Reunion, Brah  Aug 17th, 2014 
For 2014, the Porsche Club of America decided to put its own concours on the full-to-burstin’ Pebble Beach–week docket. The first (presumably annual) Werks Reunion, held at the Rancho Cañada golf course, was the result. And while it didn’t enjoy the breadth of factory zazz as the show attached to the recent Porsche Parade, the […] 
 
 
2014 Woodward Dream Cruise: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s All-American Foil [w/Mega-Gallery!]  Aug 17th, 2014 
While the automotive elite were gathered on California’s Monterey Peninsula for a week of festivities collectively referred to as Pebble Beach, the hoi polloi of the car world converged on Detroit for the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Four lanes wide and with turnarounds strategically placed at quarter-mile intervals, Detroit’s Woodward Avenue is arguably the best […] 
 
 
Stronger Stripper: McLaren Unveils P1 GTR Program at Pebble Beach  Aug 17th, 2014 
In 1995, McLaren launched the F1 GTR. The car promptly went on to win at Le Mans and rather quickly joined the stupid-money parade of auctionable collectibles. Given that Pebble Beach is the ground zero for automotive bid-’em-up syndrome, it only made sense to launch the new P1 GTR here. And, well, the track-only GTR […] 
 
 
German Metal! 2014 Legends of the Autobahn Concours [Mega-Gallery]  Aug 16th, 2014 
One of the more relaxed events held during the annual Pebble Beach carnival, the Legends of the Autobahn concours is a haven for BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz geeks. Packed with cars ranging from BMW 2002s to Audi RS4s to Mercedes 300SLs, not to mention a few Porsches, 2014 marked the event’s fifth year and a […] 
 
 
Field of Dreams, 2014: Vintage Metal Gathers at the Quail Lodge  Aug 16th, 2014 
One of the must-see events during Car Week on the Monterey peninsula is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Held at its namesake, the Quail Lodge, the show attracts the best vintage metal and even a few new-car debuts like the Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo. More than 150 vintage cars were on display this year. […] 
 
 
What Comes Before A? Cadillac Planning a Sub-ATS Sedan  Aug 16th, 2014 
Cadillac can’t afford to sit out on the small-car craze sweeping through luxury automakers. Buyers shopping for a badge rather than a car look right past Cadillac’s $33,990 ATS to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class and the Audi A3, both of which start under $31,000. This compact class, relatively new in the U.S., is the fastest-growing segment […] 
 
 
Trickle-Down Armor: Feds Donate MRAPs to Local Police Departments  Aug 16th, 2014 
As the country focuses on the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, here’s a look at a vehicular example of the rapidly increasing and disturbing trend of police militarization across the United States. Built by several manufacturers in a dizzying array of variations, the MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) is a wheeled legacy of America’s Iraq and […] 
 
 
How We’d Spec It, Small Executive Express–Style: 2015 Audi S3 Sedan  Aug 16th, 2014 
Audi’s online configurator for its new A3 sedan has at long last gone live. As we do in such cases of a hotly anticipated car’s build-your-own function firing up, work immediately commenced on the virtual assembly of our dream A3. A huge part of the A3’s appeal, of course, is its affordability, not to mention […] 
 
 
2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD Road Test  Aug 15th, 2014 
Can the 2015 Kia Sorento take on the competition? 
 
 
Audi to Introduce New Four-Cylinder Engine  Aug 15th, 2014 
Audi will build a new four-cylinder engine to run as smoothly as a V-6 or V-8. 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Configurator Shows How Much You Get for $40,000  Aug 15th, 2014 
Check out features and options on the 2015 C-Class. 
 
 
GM to Invest Billions Into Brazil  Aug 15th, 2014 
GM will invest billions into Brazil to maintain its plants and create new products. 
 
 
Canandaigua CSI: Investigation Into Kevin Ward, Jr.’s Death Likely Hinges on Shaky 65-second Video  Aug 15th, 2014 
It would be interesting to hear what Abraham Zapruder would say about the video that shows NASCAR racer Tony Stewart hitting 20-year-old sprint-car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. on August 9, killing him. Zapruder, of course, took his Bell & Howell Model 414 PD Zoomatic Director Series movie camera with him when, on November 22, 1963, […] 
 
 
One-seat Wonder: Lamborghini Shows 2015 Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo Race Car at Quail Lodge  Aug 15th, 2014 
The Lamborghini Huracán is taking the exotic-car world by storm—pun totally intended—and now is poised to blaze a path into the automaker’s one-make Blancpain racing series in the form of the wild 2015 Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo. The raffishly styled race car makes its official debut at the 2014 Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California, […] 
 
 
A Steal at $38 Million? Ferrari 250GTO Sets Auction Record, Misses Lofty Expectations  Aug 15th, 2014 
This spectacular 1962 Ferrari 250GTO sold for a world-record price of $38,115,000 on August 14 at the Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California. But plenty of folks predicted that it would command even more. Hagerty Insurance, for instance, stated an estimate of $60 to $75 million, which would’ve broken the record sale price for an […] 
 
 
2014 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance: Money on the Move [Mega-Gallery]  Aug 15th, 2014 
A moving festival of colored chinos and multimillion-dollar cars, the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is the best way to see the machines competing in Sunday’s concours the way they’re meant to be viewed—in motion. Free for spectators, it also serves as a tiebreaker for the Big Event; cars that complete the entire Tour have the […] 
 
 
Volvo 240 Turns 40 Years Old  Aug 15th, 2014 
A best-seller turns 40. 
 
 
Shutting-Up the Haters: 2015 BMW M3 Tested  Aug 15th, 2014 
The new F80-generation M3 is drawing its share of cyber hate, mainly because of its engine configuration. Engines are (or should be) holy to a company whose name translates to “Bavarian Engine Factory,” and special powerplants should be part of what you pay for in any M car. But the new M3’s 3.0-liter turbo inline-six […] 
 
 
Jaguar Brings U.S. Spec Project 7 to Pebble Beach  Aug 15th, 2014 
Jaguar shows off the U.S. spec Project 7 at Pebble Beach. 
 
 
Jaguar, You’re Projecting: F-type Project 7 U.S.-Spec Pricing Released at Pebble Beach  Aug 15th, 2014 
We’re still reeling over Jaguar’s announcement that, yes, it will actually build the superlative-transcending F-type Project 7 sports car, but we steady ourselves for a moment to bring you breaking news! From its perch at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Jaguar has released final pricing and power figures for the U.S.-spec version of the Project […] 
 
 
Nobody Invited Lemmy? McCall’s Motorworks Kicks off Monterey Car Week  Aug 15th, 2014 
Although the biggest action on the Monterey Peninsula starts Friday with the Quail, Gordon McCall’s Motorworks event at the Monterey Jet Center is the traditional kickoff to the cavalcade of automotive hedonism set to consume the south end of Monterey Bay this week. A fest for those with fistfuls of dollars and diamonds, McCall’s event […] 
 
 
2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited Tested: All-Wheel-Drive Comfort Food  Aug 15th, 2014 
Although Subaru excels at building quirky sporty cars, including two of the best low-buck fun machines available—the BRZ and the new-for-2015 WRX—the company has struggled at times with the formula for its less exciting Legacy sedan, which, along with the Outback wagon, receives a refresh for 2015. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Ford and DTE Energy Will Build the Largest Solar Array in Michigan  Aug 14th, 2014 
Ford and DTE will team up to build a solar-powered carport at the Dearborn Campus. 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet City Express Rated at 25 MPG  Aug 14th, 2014 
Chevy's cargo van arrives later this year to compete with Ford. 
 
 
Power Rankings: The 7 (or So) Most Powerful Sedans Sold in America  Aug 14th, 2014 
It’s official: The Hellcat name is too good to slap on only the Dodge Challenger SRT. Indeed, the introduction of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat brings the badge and its bodacious 707-hp supercharged V-8 powertrain into the realm of the four-door sedan—because think of the families, you know? After the smoke from our burned-rubber four-door […] 
 
 
Hue and Cry: Toyota Paints FT-1 Sports Car Concept a Different Color, Re-Trims Interior for Pebble Beach  Aug 14th, 2014 
Since debuting the voluptuous FT-1 sports-car concept at this year’s Detroit auto show, Toyota has fallen mum on the topic—that is, until the festivities at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance fired up. This week, Toyota is trotting out the FT-1 for the show attendees in Monterey but made a few key changes to the concept […] 
 
 
Race-Ready Out of the Box: Caterham 7 360 and 480 Debut at Monterey  Aug 14th, 2014 
Pull enough weight and non-essential items out of a car and it’s very likely you’ll end up with something akin to the Lotus 7. Introduced in 1957, the 7 is arguably the most basic sports car ever built. A skeleton of a car, this street-going race car makes the Mazda Miata look like a Mercedes-Benz […] 
 
 
Deadline to Enter F&Idol Contest Approaching  Aug 14th, 2014 
The deadline to enter F&I and Showroom's F&Idol contest is Wednesday, Aug. 20. At stake is up to $3,500 in prize money and a trip to Industry Summit 2014. 
 
 
OP-ED: Subprime Auto Finance Bears No Resemblance to Subprime Mortgage  Aug 14th, 2014 
In an op-ed piece submitted to F&I and Showroom, an executive with the American Financial Services Association rebuts claims made about subprime auto financing in an Aug. 8 opinion piece penned by the New York Times’ 18-member editorial board. 
 
 
Remembering Ed Bobit  Aug 14th, 2014 
The magazine, trainers and industry execs pay tribute to the man who helped build an industry when he founded F&I and Showroom in 1998. 
 
 
Staying in the Internet Game  Aug 14th, 2014 
The magazine’s objection-handling wiz weighs in on a topic that’s troubling F&I offices: Internet shoppers who are entering dealerships preapproved for vehicle financing. 
 
 
Playing for the Coach  Aug 14th, 2014 
The editor says goodbye to his mentor and recalls one of the many memories he has of the founder of F&I and Showroom magazine. 
 
 
Separating Fact From Fiction  Aug 14th, 2014 
Is the F&I menu a compliance tool? His Madness doesn’t think so, but he’ll pose that question to compliance experts and menu developers at Industry Summit 2014. 
 
 
10.5 Ways to Create Customer Interest  Aug 14th, 2014 
The magazine’s resident F&I pro thinks F&I managers can take a cue from the Duke of Wellington, who once said, ‘Wise people learn when they can. Fools learn when they must.’ 
 
 
Handling Skittish Customers  Aug 14th, 2014 
Asking customers to divulge sensitive information about themselves can sometimes lead to a polarizing exchange between the F&I manager and customer. The magazine’s compliance insider offers a few ways to put customers at ease. 
 
 
Defensive Posture  Aug 14th, 2014 
There are many reasons customers say they need to think about a purchase decision. Da Man says the key is not to treat that response as the customer’s true objection. 
 
 
Quality and Space a Concern in Third-Row Seating, J.D. Power Reports  Aug 14th, 2014 
Automakers are responding to consumer demand for third-row seating, but in doing so are compromising quality and cargo space, according to a recent study by J.D. Power. 
 
 
Industry Responds to New York Times Op-Ed on Subprime Auto Loans  Aug 14th, 2014 
Industry associations responded this week to a New York Times opinion piece claiming that subprime auto lending is a predatory practice that stands to go the way of subprime mortgages. 
 
 
Service Group Partners With Kawasaki  Aug 14th, 2014 
The Austin-based firm will serve as the administrator for the powersports maker's new GAP, tire-and-wheel and prepaid maintenance products. The protection products will be offered alongside the OEM's new Kawasaki Protection Plus. 
 
 
Second Toyota FT-1 Concept Debuts in Monterey  Aug 14th, 2014 
Toyota debuts a second version of its hot new supercar. 
 
 
Prime Cuts: We Chop Through Trim to Find Out What Makes a Bentley Cost $300,000  Aug 14th, 2014 
Aluminum and carbon-fiber trim pieces might be fashionable in car cabins these days, but nothing classes up the joint quite like the look of wood. Which is not to say that all lumber is created equal. To examine how automakers trim their cars with trees (or fake ones) at different price points, we collected samples […] 
 
 
C/D Archives: Seven Sport-Utes Face Off in the Mountains of Arizona  Aug 14th, 2014 
Sport-utility vehicles are nothing like Brussels sprouts, except in one respect: either you just naturally love the little beasties or you can’t quite grasp what other people see in them. Both of these views, as matters of personal taste, are entirely valid. And each, it turns out, is well represented within the ranks of the […] 
 
 
GM Builds New Facility for Cadillac ATS and CTS  Aug 13th, 2014 
General Motors spends $174 million to expand its Lansing Grand River plant. 
 
 
Caterham Brings New Seven Models to the U.S.  Aug 13th, 2014 
Caterham builds Seven models specifically for the U.S. 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Boasts 707 Horsepower  Aug 13th, 2014 
Here is what the all-new Charger SRT Hellcat is capable of. 
 
 
2017 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Spied! Chrysler Takes the Boxy Out of the Van  Aug 13th, 2014 
What It Is: You are looking at an exceptionally rough early prototype for the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan. Even though it is covered from wheels to roof in baggy, plastic covers, key visible bits such as the headlights, taillights, grille, and some interior pieces hail from the far reaches of the Fiat/Chrysler spectrum, […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat  Aug 13th, 2014 
We knew it was coming. First came the filing of papers with the Society of Automotive Engineers. Then the spy shots arrived. Now, at last, Dodge confirms that the insanely powerful Challenger SRT Hellcat has a four-door brother: the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. And not only is it on its way, it packs the […] 
 
 
Scandinavian Modular: Volvo’s SPA Platform Architecture Detailed  Aug 13th, 2014 
Over the past couple of years, the Volkswagen Group has made big noise about its MQB platform architecture. Designed for transverse-engine FWD/AWD use, the lone constant characteristic among all the vehicles under which it is or will be used is the dash-to-axle distance. The flexibility in component selection allows it to underpin everything from the […] 
 
 
What a Jolt: Next-Gen Base Chevy Volt Could Be Named “Bolt”  Aug 13th, 2014 
Could a cheaper, entry-level Chevrolet Volt be called “Bolt” when the new plug-in hybrid debuts next year? According to a recent trademark filing discovered by GM Authority, yes, it’s in the cards. General Motors applied with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week for “Chevrolet Bolt,” and while there’s nothing more to it, “Bolt” […] 
 
 
2014 Ford Fusion 1.5L EcoBoost  Aug 13th, 2014 
Unless you’re shopping for a used Ford Fusion, ignore our test of the 2013 model equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. That engine won’t be installed in any Fusion after 2014, having been quietly replaced by the 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is the focus of this test. So starting in 2015, the shuffle […] 
 
 
F&I Express Adds American Guardian to Provider Network  Aug 13th, 2014 
F&I Express has added American Guardian Warranty Services and its full suite of aftermarket products to its eContracting platform. 
 
 
Audi Tests Autonomous Vehicle Technology in Florida  Aug 13th, 2014 
Audi's piloted driving system enters uncharted territory. 
 
 
Money Makers: Putting Auto-Industry CEO Pay in Perspective [Infographic]  Aug 13th, 2014 
One consequence of the Great Recession and the government rescue of automakers is that many Americans watch the industry’s executive compensation a little more closely than they did before. Consider us among the many. With help from Equilar, an executive-compensation and corporate-governance data firm, we looked at how much these executives at six of the […] 
 
 
2016 Ford Fusion Spy Photos: More Than a Simple Refresh  Aug 13th, 2014 
What It Is: Ford’s mid-size Fusion sedan, which looks to be getting an involved array of changes for the 2016 model year. The car seen here has its front and rear ends covered in heavy camouflage, but the unchanged middle section is relatively unobscured, and our spy photographers even managed to get a peek at […] 
 
 
Very First Range Rover Up for Auction  Aug 12th, 2014 
The first-ever Range Rover with chassis number 001 will be up for auction next month. 
 
 
Bring on the Bling: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Adds Platinum Trim  Aug 12th, 2014 
Luxury in the extreme. 
 
 
Chrysler Establishes Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance  Aug 12th, 2014 
Chrysler shuffles around its leadership and adds a new Safety and Regulatory Compliance office. 
 
 
From the C/D Archives: The Best-Handling Imported Car Is…  Aug 12th, 2014 
And you thought we had risked it all racing up and down treacherous mountain passes to name the Camaro Z28 the best-handling American car (C/D, May). Well, we’re back on the rock, dancing with the same seraphim of the Angeles Forest, but we’ve upped the ante to eight contestants—over a quarter of a million dollars’ […] 
 
 
GM Does About-Face on Misleading Payload Ratings, Ford Sees No Issue  Aug 12th, 2014 
General Motors has decided to advertise truthful payload weight ratings on all of its 2015 pickups after a recent article by Automotive News called out the automaker for stripping out standard parts to make the trucks appear more capable. The latest move, first reported by Yahoo Autos, means GM will now use the genuine curb […] 
 
 
Rolling Blackout: Dodge Introduces Updated Durango Blacktop Edition  Aug 12th, 2014 
Dodge’s square-jawed Durango is already one of the more masculine seven-seat crossovers around, and now the big D is getting even more testosterone in the form of refreshed Blacktop appearance packages. Available on SXT, Limited, and R/T trim levels, the Blacktop package—a late addition for the 2014 model year—can include unique gloss-black 20-inch wheels, dual […] 
 
 
First-Name Basis: Final “Legends” Bugatti Veyron Commemorates Ettore Bugatti, Costs $3.14 Million  Aug 12th, 2014 
It can be argued that every Bugatti Veyron is the stuff of legends, but only 18 of them—each one a 1200-hp Grand Sport Vitesse—are one of the six Bugattis “Legends” models, produced in a very limited run of just three cars each. The first of the series, commemorating Jean-Pierre Wimille, debuted one year ago during […] 
 
 
2015 Chrysler 200 Limited Tested: Imported from Sterling Heights  Aug 12th, 2014 
The mission of the new-for-’15 Chrysler 200 is a challenging one: Represent the Fiat/Chrysler empire in the hotly contested mid-size-sedan segment. Although the basic recipe for success is hardly a secret, Chrysler’s previous Sebring/200 mid-sizers always felt undercooked. So when the 2015 200 made its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show, hope sprung anew that the […] 
 
 
TrueCar Has Record Setting Revenue in the Second Quarter  Aug 12th, 2014 
For the first time in company history, TrueCar posted revenues exceeding $50 million. The feat was attributed to gains in the firm’s dealer count, market share and transactions. 
 
 
Dealership Employee Sentenced for $50,000 Theft  Aug 12th, 2014 
While working as a cashier, a former employee of a Pennsylvania dealership performed multiple unauthorized refund transactions and refunded the money to her own checking account. She was sentenced this week to four years of probation, including one year of house arrest. 
 
 
July New-Vehicle Sales Increase 5% in July, Autodata reports  Aug 12th, 2014 
July sales totaled 1.435 million units, according to the firm. It put the July SAAR at 16.48 million units, up from 15.76 million in July 2013 but down from 16.9 million in June. 
 
 
Fueling the Service Pump  Aug 12th, 2014 
The F&I office can fuel a dealership’s service-retention efforts. F&I insider offers up some recommendations designed to drive car buyers into the service lane. 
 
 
F&I Products at Center of Legislative Battles in Four States  Aug 12th, 2014 
Legislation regulating the influence captive finance sources have on F&I product sales has popped up around the nation this year, but the industry disagrees on what is driving these state-by-state battles. 
 
 
2015 Volvo XC90 Has 'Thor Headlights,' New Suspension  Aug 12th, 2014 
New details on Volvo's completely redesigned SUV. 
 
 
2016 Kia Sorento Breaks Cover Ahead of Paris Reveal [2014 Paris Auto Show]  Aug 12th, 2014 
Well, here is the next-generation Kia Sorento crossover. We’d sprinkle in more fanfare, but it seems Kia isn’t particularly keen on making a splash. The company quietly slipped a few photos of the new SUV onto its European websites and promised that more info would arrive when the Sorento debuts at this fall’s Paris auto […] 
 
 
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