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This is Why the 2016 Audi RS Q3 is Awesome—Even If We Won’t Get It in the U.S.  Nov 7th, 2014 
Chances are, if you’re an enthusiast, then you weren’t—and still aren’t—exactly thrilled by the SUV movement. The vehicles’ taller seating position, higher center of gravity, and “soccer mom” connotation combine into one strong bucket of cold water for those who enjoy driving. Even so, there have been outliers that challenge our notions of SUVs, with stuff […] 
 
 
Let’s Flip the Track, Bring the Old School Back: Take a Video Tour of Morgan’s Factory [Video]  Nov 7th, 2014 
Today’s automobiles flaunt their technology. 4G this, side-curtain that, direct injection over yonder. You’d be a fool to claim there’s nothing fantastic about modern automobiles. But they can, at times, seem a bit overly processed. For those who see the automobile as a mere transit utility, this is no issue at all. Their families are […] 
 
 
Lexus F’s Up SEMA with Trio of Modified RC Coupes  Nov 7th, 2014 
During our first drive in the 2015 Lexus RC F, we deemed the 5.0-liter V-8 “just a few horses shy of sensational.” Orange County tuner Gordon Ting apparently agreed, and proceeded to do something about it, like plumb in a nitrous-oxide system to boost the 467-hp engine by roughly 100 ponies in quick bursts. His […] 
 
 
Last Chance to Pre-Register for Compliance Summit  Nov 7th, 2014 
Online registration for the inaugural Compliance Summit, to be held Nov. 10-11 in Hollywood, Fla., will soon be closed. Register before it's too late. 
 
 
Report: Takata Discovered Airbag Problems in 2004, Destroyed Data  Nov 7th, 2014 
Takata Corporation, the Japanese airbag manufacturer at the center of a 17-million-vehicle worldwide recall for airbags that may shoot deadly metal debris in an accident, has always maintained that it first discovered the problem in 2008. But a New York Times report published late Thursday says the company knew about the defective airbags all the […] 
 
 
2015 Jaguar F-type R Coupe Tested: A Truly Great Car—Period  Nov 7th, 2014 
“No! It is not a car for a dentist’s wife!” came my Brit companion’s incredulous response. I was sitting lakeside several years back, having a few beers with some visiting Englishmen, when the topic of the Jaguar XK came up. I might have been overstating my position on the car (thank you, beer), but the […] 
 
 
What It’s Like to Attend the Insane, Awesome, and Closed-to-the-Public SEMA Show in 35 Photos  Nov 7th, 2014 
Booze, boobs, and builds—this is what the wildest auto show you can't attend is like. 
 
 
Two New Scion Models Confirmed for 2015 New York Auto Show  Nov 7th, 2014 
Toyota’s youth division has started to look like a neglected child. Outside of the Subaru-built FR-S, Scion offers an aging product line that all together won’t break 100,000 sales this year. However, Toyota is determined to prove that there is still life on Planet Scion. There was its raft of SEMA concepts this year, and […] 
 
 
GMC Yukon Denalis Go Full Modern with 8-Speed Auto, Wi-Fi, and Wireless Device Charging  Nov 7th, 2014 
In transmission-land, more speeds are usually better (so long as you keep total gear count to a reasonable level, lest you end up with an abominable CVT). So it is good news that, as part of a mid-model-year update to its new 2015 Yukon Denali line, GMC is now pairing a new eight-speed automatic transmission with […] 
 
 
Chevy Whips Up Mighty Fine-Looking ’Burban, Tahoe, and Silverado for SEMA  Nov 7th, 2014 
These three Chevy SEMA truck concepts can be boiled down to big wheels, Borlas, and Brembos. What else were you expecting, a full-blown Tahoe SS? After our conversations with Chevrolet reps at last year’s show, however, it does appear we may be getting closer. Chevrolet Suburban Premium Outdoors concept Fitted with a Borla exhaust, Brembo […] 
 
 
Toyota and BMW: Jointly Developed Sports Car Is Still a Thing  Nov 7th, 2014 
Remember how Toyota and BMW decided to work together on a jointly-developed sports car back in 2012? It’s still happening: The two companies confirmed today that the project is now in the concept phase. In other words, it’s moving slowly, but it’s still on. The mid-size sports car is just one aspect of a broader […] 
 
 
FCs, Jeepsters, CJs, and More: The Awesome Classic Jeeps of SEMA  Nov 7th, 2014 
When are old Jeeps not cool? 
 
 
Electric Luxury: Full Test of the 2014 Tesla Model S 60  Nov 6th, 2014 
The future does not seem so amazing here, parked behind a grocery store in suburban Toledo, Ohio. It is raining, and without a canopy of protective solar panels over this particular Tesla Supercharger station, the one closest to our Ann Arbor, Michigan, office, we are resigned to sitting in the car while it replenishes its […] 
 
 
This Blown ’66 Chevelle Is the SEMA Car Everyone Is Talking About  Nov 6th, 2014 
Something like 23 billion show cars go on display at SEMA every year, but a few really stand out. One that had the whole show talking was a ’66 Chevy Chevelle built by Ringbrothers, a hot-rod parts shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Completed just in time for SEMA and first seen by its Ohio owner at […] 
 
 
15 of the Hottest Classics at SEMA: Porsches, Mustangs, Off-Roaders, and More  Nov 6th, 2014 
SEMA isn't completely about 39-inch rims and suede-wrapped alternators, you know. 
 
 
2015 Ford F-150 Invades SEMA—And You Can See Them All Here  Nov 6th, 2014 
Ain't no party like an aluminum party. 
 
 
Conan O’Brien Hilariously Spoofs Hyundai’s Overstated Gas-Mileage Claims  Nov 6th, 2014 
Hyundai and Kia are in hot water over falsely inflated gas-mileage claims. The companies agreed to pay the EPA $100 million in fines over window stickers that overstated fuel mileage by up to 6 mpg. But as Conan O’Brien hilariously shows, Hyundai’s errors went even farther than that—just look at this commercial! Hyundai/Kia MPG Errors Net […] 
 
 
The Best Ford at SEMA Is this 427-Powered ’67 Fairlane on Lamborghini Miura Wheels  Nov 6th, 2014 
Hot-rod builders sometimes give their cars a fictional backstory, and Los Angeles–area car builder Steve Strope reckons his custom stock-car tribute could have been a Ford Motor Company racing test bed built between the 1966 and ’67 seasons. The 1967 Fairlane packs one of the famous Ford “cammer” engines, or a single-overhead-cam 427 running four […] 
 
 
L.A.P.D. Cop Cars to Track and Report Police Officers’ Driving Behavior  Nov 6th, 2014 
Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department will have to reveal their driving behavior to superiors every minute of every shift, all without a single pen stroke. Ford’s fleet telematics partner, California-based Telogis, is introducing a police version of its Crew Chief tracking system that lets businesses see where and how their vehicles are being […] 
 
 
CNCDA Selects DMVdesk As Preferred Registration Software Provider  Nov 6th, 2014 
The California New Car Dealers Association has selected DMVdesk to be the organization's preferred registration solution for California dealers. 
 
 
Autobytel Unfazed By AutoNation’s Stance on Third Party Leads  Nov 6th, 2014 
Autobytel executives said that despite talk of AutoNation and other dealer groups moving away from third-party lead providers, the company has seen a 26% increase in third quarter revenue thanks to its lead generation services. 
 
 
N.Y. Dealer Convicted of Money Laundering  Nov 6th, 2014 
The owner of Finish Line Auto Sales was convicted by a federal jury this week of money laundering for helping drug dealers purchase high end used cars with cash. 
 
 
Old Republic Celebrates 40 Years of Business  Nov 6th, 2014 
The aftermarket product provider has reached a milestone, celebrating 40 years in the retail automobile industry. 
 
 
Longtime Missouri Dealer Dies  Nov 6th, 2014 
The president and co-owner of Pundmann Motor Co. passed away Oct. 31 at the age of 75. 
 
 
Number Nine? Audi Further Teases New Design Language and Concept [VIDEO]  Nov 6th, 2014 
If there’s been a charge leveled at the four-ringed VW Group division as of late, it’s that its post-Bauhaus design language might be getting a mite stale. New design chief Marc Lichte aims to buck those accusations by mining the brand’s recent past for cues. Said cues are set to be revealed to the populace […] 
 
 
MORE SPESHUL CAMERO?! “Green Flash” is the Next Camaro SS Special Edition  Nov 6th, 2014 
Since the fifth-generation Camaro launched, we’ve seen Transformers editions (ack), a Synergy edition (erp), a Neiman Marcus edition (er), a 45th Anniversary edition (natch), a pair of Indy Pace Cars (ditto), the Camaro Dusk (wha?), and, unsurprisingly, a Hot Wheels edition. Chevy just announced the mustachioed Commemorative Edition, but there’s at least one more special Camaro […] 
 
 
Jaguar Confirms AWD F-Type, Races It Toward Airborne Fighter Jet [Video]  Nov 6th, 2014 
Hakskeen Pan. When Bonneville and the Black Rock Desert simply don’t offer enough clear distance for hyper-banzai speed trials, you find yourself here, out in BFE. Or more properly, BF South Africa. Situated on a finger tucked between the southern nethers of Botswana and Namibia, the Bloodhound SSC crew found its excessive flatness perfect for […] 
 
 
Thanks, Obama! Aston Martin Cleared to Sell DB9, Vantage in U.S. without Curtain Airbags  Nov 6th, 2014 
It wasn’t because the Republicans dominated the midterm elections, but, really, who cares how it happened: The government is letting Aston Martin continue to sell the DB9 and the Vantage for the next two to three years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, taking mercy on Aston’s small-builder status, 230 dealership employees, and financial hardship, granted […] 
 
 
No Z06, No Problem: Chevrolet Plans to Offer Z06 Parts for C7 Stingrays  Nov 6th, 2014 
A smokin’ value with a base MSRP of less than $55K, the C7 Chevrolet Corvette is one of our favorite sports cars cars extant regardless of class or cost. And of course, the Corvette range is about to get even better with the addition of the world-beating Z06. And that’s not just for its power boost […] 
 
 
Volvo Drops Photos, Details on Cross Country-fied V60 Wagon  Nov 6th, 2014 
We prefer our wagons low to the ground, but given their rarity in America in any form, we’ll take jacked-up, quasi-crossovers like the upcoming Volvo V60 Cross Country. While Volvo has yet to release any interior shots and the product details are sparse—we will have to wait until the car’s official debut at the L.A. auto show […] 
 
 
Chevy Adds LT1 and COPO 350 Crate Motors, More to Performance-Parts Catalog  Nov 6th, 2014 
Chevrolet has a rich tradition of offering customization accessories and go-fast parts—and the brand’s Performance Catalog is testament to it. Now the bible of bow-tie speed has been thoroughly updated with some tasty offerings for 2015, all of which were announced at the 2014 SEMA show. Highlights include a 460-hp, 6.2-liter LT1 crate engine that’s based […] 
 
 
2016 Audi A6 First Drive: More Elegant and Faster, Too  Nov 5th, 2014 
When we first saw pictures of the face-lifted 2016 Audi A6, we weren’t immediately thrilled. One of the brand’s more conservative designs looked to have received a lukewarm makeover to the styling it has worn since the current generation arrived as a 2012 model. Yes, the A6’s flowing lines are popular with customers, but to […] 
 
 
This Burly, Chef-Designed Toyota Tundra Is a Tactical Gameday Machine  Nov 5th, 2014 
Why go to the game when you can tailgate? That’s the idea behind this appropriately outrageous Toyota Tundra at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Designed with chef Tim Love (owner of multiple renowned Texas restaurants including Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, and the White Elephant Saloon), the “Tim Love Tundra” has everything […] 
 
 
A New Acura Integra? “Just Wait,” We’re Told  Nov 5th, 2014 
Are we finally going to get a replacement for the Acura Integra/RSX? You could see that Acura chief designer Dave Marek wanted to spill the beans here at the SEMA show about the plans for Honda’s long-floundering luxury brand, but he was prevented by the watchful presence of a company PR rep. All he was […] 
 
 
Mercedes Bringing Metris Van to U.S., Creates Wild SEMA Concepts  Nov 5th, 2014 
That Mercedes-Benz would offer its Vito commercial van in the U.S. has been an open secret for some time. Now the company is officially confirming the sub-Sprinter offering, announcing an American-market name, and trying to whet our appetite by means of four concepts for the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The van, which has just been launched in […] 
 
 
2015 King Cobra Mustang Brings Ford Racing’s 600+ Horsepower Catalog to SEMA  Nov 5th, 2014 
Already bored with your 2015 Mustang GT’s 435 horsepower? Ford Racing just showed off exactly how crazy you can get with the newest pony, throwing its entire catalog of factory-supported go-fast parts at one unsuspecting coupe. The result is the King Cobra, a 600-plus-horsepower supercharged Stang that can rip through the quarter-mile at a staggering […] 
 
 
The Ford Mustangs of SEMA—New, Old, And Everything in Between  Nov 5th, 2014 
In the Year of the Mustang, the preeminent pony car made a strong showing in Las Vegas. 
 
 
Not a Shocker: Tesla Pushes Back Model X Crossover to Late 2015  Nov 5th, 2014 
In today’s quarterly earnings statement, Tesla dropped some bad news for those eagerly awaiting the upcoming Model X: The gullwinged crossover won’t hit the streets until the third quarter of 2015, despite earlier plans to begin production by the end of this year. In the earnings statement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CFO Deepak Ahuja blame […] 
 
 
NASCAR Penalizes Crews, Not Drivers, For Dumb Gordon–Keselowski Fight  Nov 5th, 2014 
After Sunday night’s pit-road brawl between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski, cooler heads are finally taking over. NASCAR is reaching in, sending the message that fighting won’t be tolerated, slapping fines on the aggressors in the situation: the crew members and crew chiefs of the No. 5 and No. 24 teams. Wait, what? Yes, in its […] 
 
 
Experian Finds Longer Vehicle Ownership Reduces Brand Loyalty  Nov 5th, 2014 
Experian Automotive found that the longer consumers own their vehicles, the less likely they are to purchase their next vehicle from the same brand. 
 
 
Forget the One-Offs—Here Are 11 SEMA Cars You Can Actually Buy  Nov 5th, 2014 
Between the wild customs exist cars you can find at a dealer (or at least replicate without mush hassle). 
 
 
Turf and Surf: Ricky Carmichael and Nautique Boats Inspire Two SEMA Chevy Colorado Concepts  Nov 5th, 2014 
To spread the word that its new Colorado pickup can adapt to hauling toys of any kind, Chevy has paired up with Nautique Boats and motocross legend Ricky Carmichael on a pair of 2015 Colorado Crew Cab pickup trucks. Chevy Colorado Performance Concept Honing in on what will likely make up a good portion of Colorado buyers, Chevrolet […] 
 
 
This May Be the First Wrecked 2015 Mustang in America  Nov 5th, 2014 
The 2015 Ford Mustang has hardly hit the streets—the very first deliveries dropped on September 30th—but it was only a matter of time. Submitted for your cringing approval, perhaps the very first sixth-gen Mustang wreck in the U.S. Poor thing. Member TexArmageddon spotted this stuffed Stang over at the Mustang6g enthusiast forum, and users tracked down the […] 
 
 
Steeda’s Q-Series 2015 Ford Mustang Pumps Out 775 Horses, Looks the Business  Nov 5th, 2014 
2014 may be the Year of the Horse in China, but apparently, it’s the Year of the Horse in Las Vegas, too, where you can’t throw a potsticker at the SEMA show without hitting a tuned Ford Mustang. One of the most compelling of the breed comes from the folks at Steeda Autosports, who have […] 
 
 
TOYOTA SMASH: Two Tundra Monster Trucks Stomp Into SEMA  Nov 5th, 2014 
Since nothing feels quite as good as crushing the earth for a good cause, it is with great pleasure (and apologies to, well, the ground) that we bring you a pair of skyscraping Toyota trucks brought to the 2014 SEMA show, each one created to call attention to worthy causes while creating new fissures in […] 
 
 
Motorcycle Apparel Company, Cultured Biker, Gives Back to the Community  Nov 5th, 2014 
With every Cultured Biker shirt purchased, one will be donated to an abused child. 
 
 
Hellcat What? Meet the 10,000-hp Version of the 2015 Dodge Charger  Nov 5th, 2014 
What’s technically “funny” but actually has zero sense of humor? This thing, the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car that was freshly unveiled by Mopar at the 2014 SEMA show. Okay, it’s a little funny looking, but don’t say that to its face. The 2015 Charger R/T Funny Car is the first collaboration between the […] 
 
 
2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Global Cup Car: Now With More Officially Sanctioned Cup Series  Nov 5th, 2014 
Mazda today made an announcement that will delight legions of the Miata nation: The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be raced in a new Global Cup series slated to be held in North America, Europe, and Asia. The announcement, made at the bizarre Las Vegas horsepower bazaar known as SEMA, is pretty vague, but the […] 
 
 
Hey, Porsche Just Debuted a New Cayenne GTS Alongside a New Base Model  Nov 4th, 2014 
One of the most capable and rewarding SUVs extant, the Porsche Cayenne saw its portfolio shrink with the introduction of the face-lifted 2015 model. But it has once again begun to balloon before the 2015 model year can even run out, with the reintroduction of the entry-level version and the GTS. The latter is a […] 
 
 
Toyota Dressed an 850-Horse Tube-Frame Dragster In Plain-Jane Camry Clothing for SEMA  Nov 4th, 2014 
Outrageousness abounds at the 2014 SEMA show, so for a moment you might be excused for thinking this silver 2015 Toyota Camry wears nothing more involved than some custom wheels and smoky tint. That impression will swiftly fade, though, when the mild-mannered sedan flips open, Funny Car–style, to reveal a tube-frame dragster powered by a […] 
 
 
Love Guns: Jimmie Johnson’s SEMA Corvette Is More KISS-tastic than Paul Stanley’s  Nov 4th, 2014 
It’s not SEMA without eleventy-jillion styles of rolling stock, booths stocked with scantily-clad ladies who may or may not have other gigs in the Las Vegas “hospitality” industry, and, of course, good old Yankee V-8 power. The last item is, after all, the fundament upon which the show was founded in 1967. An era before […] 
 
 
Sinkhole Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” Finally Restored to Pre-Cave Glory  Nov 4th, 2014 
Back in February, the earth opened its gaping maw underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and swallowed eight historic Vettes whole. It was a sickening sight–one you can relive here, with video caught the moment the sinkhole appeared–leaving eight rare Corvettes with a value of around $2 million strewn about the cavern floor […] 
 
 
Hellcat Hunting: Roush Supercharger Kit Boosts 2015 Mustang GT to 600+hp  Nov 4th, 2014 
When Roush introduced a trio of 2015 Ford Roush RS Mustangs last month, they were missing one rather important thing: more power. But we figured that Roush wouldn’t stand to offer all show and no go, at least not for long. And now we know what the firm was holding back: a supercharger kit capable of bringing […] 
 
 
This Is the Heroic LeMons Team that Finished in 228th Place—So, Last—in the World’s Largest Endurance Race  Nov 4th, 2014 
At the Vodden the Hell Are We Doing? 24 Hours of LeMons race in September, 242 teams registered, 228 managed to get their hoopties onto the Thunderhill Raceway track, and 216 were counted on the first lap after the green flag waved. Why are those numbers significant? Well, that race set the record for the […] 
 
 
Why “C’était Un Rendezvous” Just May Be the Best Car Flick Ever Made  Nov 4th, 2014 
There are many fantastic action movies that feature amazing examples of automotive derring do—usually involving car chases. From Cannonball Run to the Bourne Identity to Bullitt or any of the Bond movies, Hollywood has put many stars in cars and made many cars into stars themselves. But in our opinion, the best driving film of all time wasn’t shot anywhere near […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible: First Test Numbers with GM’s In-House Octo-cog Automatic  Nov 4th, 2014 
No sports car should have chrome wheels. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible you see here does. It also has an automatic transmission, GM’s new in-house designed and -built eight-speed unit, which replaces last year’s six-cog piece carried over from the C6 Corvette. The new transmission has two things going for it: First, it has […] 
 
 
Automotive Credit Corp. Joins AppOne Platform  Nov 4th, 2014 
Automotive Credit Corp. is now on Wolters Kluwer Financial Services’ AppOne platform, allowing it to automate credit approval and compliance processes. 
 
 
SUV Sales Push Transaction Prices Higher  Nov 4th, 2014 
On the strength of SUV sales, average transaction prices for light vehicles rose slightly in October. Leading the way was Ford and its F-Series line of trucks. 
 
 
Competition Driving Increased Risk in Auto Finance, Regulator Says  Nov 4th, 2014 
A representative of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency says competition is forcing finance sources to take bigger risks. He warns that the regulator will continue to monitor the market. 
 
 
Matthew McConaughey Ads Deliver Huge Sales Bump for Lincoln  Nov 4th, 2014 
Everyone got a laugh in at Lincoln’s expense over those McConaughey-powered MKC crossover ads. Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres, South Park, and our personal favorite, Jim Carrey on Saturday Night Live all took jabs at the Rust Cohle–esque musings of McConaughey at the wheel. Lincoln, it turns out, is laughing, too—all the way to the bank, […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang RTR Revealed—Yes, It Looks Awesome  Nov 4th, 2014 
Pro drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr. is finally ready to drop his racy new Mustang RTR. The car debuts at SEMA and will be available via select Ford dealers, and it looks the business. Frankly, the 2015 Mustang’s biggest issue is that, if anything, it doesn’t look mean enough. Problem solved! The RTR gets new spoilers, […] 
 
 
Kia at SEMA: A Soul EV, K900, and Sedona Minivan We Actually Dig  Nov 4th, 2014 
Kia has a big presence every year at SEMA show in Las Vegas, and this year its footprint is particularly large, as it display some of its biggest products, plus a couple of trailers, with the theme of “A Day at the Races.” The first, and most interesting of the rides we’ve seen so far […] 
 
 
This Mercedes Concept Gathers Solar and Wind Energy Using Its Paint  Nov 4th, 2014 
Daimler is in attack mode in China. The company has invested $140 million in a new research and development center there, the heart of which is an advanced design studio that will be taken over next year by Hubert Lee, who currently heads the studio in Carlsbad, California. With this investment, the company aims to […] 
 
 
SPESHUL CAMERO? Chevy Camaro Commemorative Edition Honors Final Year for Fifth-Gen  Nov 4th, 2014 
We’re not sure why Chevy Camaro aficionados and detractors alike have such a hard time spelling the car’s name correctly. Nobody seems to have issues getting “Mustang” or “Challenger” correct, but Chevy’s pony car has remained an eternal typographic bugaboo for many, especially those convinced that a pulley swap and a set of two-chamber Flowmasters […] 
 
 
Ford Recalls More Than 200,000 Vehicles for Five Separate Problems  Nov 4th, 2014 
Ford Motor Co. just announced five separate North American recalls covering 202,241 vehicles—including one update to a previous recall repair that could result in a loss of steering control. The most dire of the recalls affects 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, and Mercury Grand Marquis models. Ford says an improper repair issued […] 
 
 
The Project LiveWire Demo Truck Will Be at Harley-Davidson of Tampa's Sister Location, Brandon Harley-Davidson, December 11-13  Nov 4th, 2014 
Tampa Harley-Davidson wants to remind residents that Harley-Davidson's Livewire experience will be at Brandon Harley-Davidson December 11-13, 2014. 
 
 
Tom Magliozzi, One Half of “Click and Clack” from NPR’s Car Talk, Dies at 77  Nov 4th, 2014 
Tom Magliozzi, one of the “Click and Clack” brothers who founded the most popular program on National Public Radio and forever turned car repair into a laughing matter, died today after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 77. Magliozzi, born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, didn’t have an inkling of what lie ahead when WBUR, Boston […] 
 
 
Toyota Brings Baja-Ready 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra Chase Trucks to SEMA  Nov 3rd, 2014 
The Baja 1000 is a brutal test of man and machine alike, punishing both race vehicles and the team chase trucks that support them over 1000 miles of unforgiving terrain. Toyota and off-road fabricator N-Fab will show three tough chase trucks at SEMA this week, to give a taste of what it takes to survive in the Baja. […] 
 
 
Will the Hyundai Genesis Supercharge? Yes, to the Tune of 550 Horsepower  Nov 3rd, 2014 
The first Genesis sedan was a step in the right direction toward Hyundai offering a bona fide luxury car. A floppy, somewhat incoherent step, but one nonetheless. The new one, however, is massively better, and is not just handsome and a great value—it’s actually good to drive. So how to improve it? Supercharging, man. It seems that Hyundai doesn’t need […] 
 
 
Manchester United Soccer Stars Won’t Drive Their Free Corvettes  Nov 3rd, 2014 
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about American pigskin or European spheres: Professional football players love their big-dollar exotics. Chevy found this out the hard way when the fleet of free cars they offered to Manchester United soccer stars—including brand-new Camaros and Corvette Stingrays—went untouched by the superstar soccer players. Talk about a flop. Chevy, which pays […] 
 
 
Ford Fusion 2.0T EcoBoost AWD Tested: Not Like the Others  Nov 3rd, 2014 
It’s no longer enough for a car to be good in the mid-size-sedan class. Reliable, comfortable, and quiet family sedans that get good fuel economy are thick on dealer lots no matter which brand you shop. To be a star in this segment a car needs personality—style that stands out, luxury beyond its price, or […] 
 
 
Ferrari Fined for Failing to File Safety Documents, Report Fatal Accidents  Nov 3rd, 2014 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just walloped Ferrari with a $3.5 million fine, after it revealed that the Italian supercar company neglected to file required safety reports for the past three years. The reports include three fatal accidents that Ferrari was required by law to submit to the NHTSA. As the heart of the […] 
 
 
Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski Had a Big Dumb Fight at NASCAR’s Texas 500  Nov 3rd, 2014 
Just a few short weeks after Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth had words at Charlotte, No. 2 found himself in the middle of a bigger, brawlier run-in with none other than Jeff Gordon last night. Like any good tussle, this one was long on emotions and short on justification, but this time, seemingly everyone on pit road […] 
 
 
2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive: Longer, Faster, Pricier, Awesomer  Nov 3rd, 2014 
Few automobiles so accurately channel the concept of f#@k everyone as the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive. Like the 707-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, this Porsche’s extreme speed and incongruence with societal norms bestow upon owners a rarified and awesome offensiveness akin to, say, owning a strip club or […] 
 
 
Hyundai/Kia MPG Errors Net $100 Million Fine from EPA  Nov 3rd, 2014 
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department just settled with Hyundai and Kia to the tune of $100 million, the largest Clean Air Act penalty ever assigned. The fine stems from claims that the Korean carmakers sold 1.2 million cars in the U.S. with overly optimistic fuel-economy ratings. The EPA contends that the vehicles […] 
 
 
Name That Shifter, No. 203  Nov 3rd, 2014 
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, magnet, and sticker.* Good luck! (* Offer […] 
 
 
Scion Wins SEMA with This Mega-Sweet xB Custom ’70s Van (Including Fishbowl Window and CB!)  Nov 3rd, 2014 
We love SEMA for its incredible display of mobile creativity, but even by the show’s standards, the Scion x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB is a work of ’70s-tastic art. Slammed down on classic Cragar S/S wheels and white-letter BFGoodrich tires, this amazing vanlet dives back four decades in time with its brilliant, pinstriped orange, brown, red, and yellow […] 
 
 
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