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What you missed on 9.30.14

Posted 2014-09-30T19:30:00Z


First Drive: 2015 Honda CR-V

Still not much changed from the just-right size it was when it debuted in the late 1990s, the 2015 Honda CR-V is otherwise a better vehicle in almost every conceivable way. We get behind the wheel of the newly revised small crossover, and find it to be just as useful as ever, while also being more luxurious than ever before. Get the scoop on this family cute-ute, here.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R has 300 hp... we're sold

If only we could ride it on the street. Actually, check that. When we heard today that Kawasaki's Ninja H2R – essentially a technology demonstrator set to debut at the upcoming EICMA show – was going to stuff 300 hp into its carbon-fiber-clad confines, we were equal parts astonished and terrified. While official specs are yet to be revealed, you can see a new set of images and some video of the Goliath right now.

Ram can't build EcoDiesels fast enough

Have you heard the one about American's hating on diesels? Well, forget it. When the number crunchers at Ram were forecasting sales of the trucks with the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, they anticipated the engine would account for about 10% of the sales mix. On the back of strong orders and sales in 2014 that number is being doubled for next year.

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What you missed on 9.29.14

Posted 2014-09-29T19:31:00Z


Pagani HuayraDriving and debating the pricey Cadillac ELR

See that pretty, black coupe over to the right? That's the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and we think it's perhaps the best-looking Cadillac currently on the market. Problem is, it's also one of the most expensive, and we're not so so it's worth it's shockingly (pun intended, sadly) high price. In fact, we're pretty darn sure it isn't. Read our full report to find out why.

Lamborghini leakLamborghini Asterion leaks in magazine

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is right around the corner, which means it's just about time to expect the leaky wheels of the internet to start showing off the carefully hidden treasure trove of debuts planned for the City of Lights. In this case, though, it was a magazine that did the leaking, and it's a tasty new concept from Lamborghini on its pages.

Chevy Corvette2016 Chevy Camaro spied in Germany

There's a new Chevy Camaro headed our way, but before it gets Stateside, the boffins at GM need to make sure it's completely ready for the road – and that means testing on Germany's notoriously high-speed roadways and race tracks. And that, in turn, means spy shots. See the latest round of camo'd test mules right here.

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Weekly Recap: Cadillac plots a new way forward

Posted 2014-09-27T11:00:00Z

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

The CT6 will be a rolling buffet of GM's latest technologies.

Cadillac generated a minor firestorm this week by announcing plans to move its headquarters from Detroit to New York in 2015. But that's about the third-most important thing going on with Cadillac right now.

For starters, Cadillac also confirmed the name of its new rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan this week. It will be called CT6, and that signals a new nomenclature strategy for Cadillac, which will be slowly phased in as models are redesigned or replaced.

The CT6 will be The Car for Cadillac. It goes into production late next year, and executives have been touting it as the brand's new flagship for months. If Cadillac is to be a legitimate luxury brand, it needs to have a true competitor to face off against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and others.

The value of the CT6 cannot be understated. It will be a rolling buffet of General Motors' latest technologies, including its semi-autonomous drive feature, Super Cruise. GM has said it will use Cadillac as its platform to debut new technologies, something in which the brand has deep roots. While it's not expected to generate huge sales volume, Cadillac hopes the CT6 will create a buzz and get consumers into its showrooms. They might not buy a CT6, but maybe they'll test drive an ATS, or so the thinking goes.

What you missed on 9.26.14

Posted 2014-09-26T19:15:00Z


Pagani HuayraDriving the $1.84-million Pagani Huayra

"The Pagani has an exhilarating sharp edge to it that never allows you to drop your guard. I was constantly nervous, relentlessly cautious and overwhelmingly engaged." Those are Michael Harley's words about the absolutely magnificent hypercar that he drove to bring you today's feature review. We needn't say anything else. Go read it. Now.

Ferrari2014 Paris Motor Show preview

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is right around the corner (next week!), and thus, we're getting our list together of all there is to see at the French expo. Greg Migliore recaps the different things that make up what's important at the Paris show, and adds some insight into the specific vehicles we're tipped to see this year. Of course, stay tuned for our full coverage in just a few days.

Chevy CorvetteTesting the Corvette Museum's new track

Forget about that sinkhole. The big news at the National Corvette Museum this year is the opening of its on-site racetrack, and we recently had the opportunity to test it out. It's "3.15 miles of roller-coaster blacktop," and we experience all of it from behind the wheel of – what else? – the new C7 Corvette Stingray. Read our thoughts and check out a video, here.

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What you missed on 9.25.14

Posted 2014-09-25T19:32:00Z


Toyota Yaris2015 Toyota Yaris: Still a car!

It's a car! Toyota hasn't changed its formula for the subcompact Yaris all that much, still offering a blistering 106 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission in a small, affordable package. West Coast Editor Michael Harley took the new Yaris for a spin, and while it "breaks absolutely zero new ground in terms of innovation," it's still, you know, fine. Read more, here.

FerrariThe most powerful droptop Ferrari ever

You know what's nearly five and a half times more powerful than a Yaris? The new Ferrari 458 Speciale A convertible, which broke cover today ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut. It's the limited-edition pinnacle of the 458 range, and we can't wait to get a look at in-person, next week. For now, head over to today's story to read all of the details.

Toyota Sienna2015 Toyota Sienna: Still a van!

You know what's twice as functional as a Yaris? A Sienna. And in fact, Toyota has thrown some thoughtful updates at its Swagger Wagon for 2015, including revised interior and exterior styling, and some tuning to give it a quieter ride. No minivan is really sexy, but you could certainly do a lot worse than this well-rounded Toyota. We take it for a quick spin in Hawaii, here.

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What you missed on 9.24.14

Posted 2014-09-24T19:32:00Z


Chevy ColoradoTruck Test 1: 2015 Chevy Colorado

General Motors' midsize truck twins are finally here, and senior editor Seyth Miersma had the chance to put both to the test at home on GM's Milford Proving Grounds, as well as the sun-drenched roads of San Diego, CA. First up is the Chevy Colorado, tested here in relatively base, four-cylinder spec. How's it drive? Read this review to find out.

GMC CanyonTruck Test 2: 2015 GMC Canyon

Here's the other half of our truck test duo: the 2015 GMC Canyon. Of course, this is the more gussied-up version of GM's new midsize truck, and Seyth Miersma tests a relatively loaded, V6 spec of the (arguably) prettier of the two pickups. How is GMC differentiating its Canyon from the more pedestrian Colorado? All that and more is answered, here.

Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang GT, now on video

In other exciting new American car news, the hot new Ford Mustang is here, and in our first drive, we absolutely loved it. Following that first stint, Jonathon Ramsey had a chance to take a Mustang GT out for a followup spin on some of his favorite roads, and offers more impressions of the 'Stang from behind the wheel. We captured it all on video – check it out, here.

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What you missed on 9.23.14

Posted 2014-09-23T19:32:00Z


Porsche Cayenne2015 Porsche Cayenne driven

Like it or not, the Cayenne SUV is far and away the best-selling Porsche product. In fact, the Cayenne alone outsells every other Porsche model... combined. So when it came time to wholly refresh its bread-and-butter offering, Porsche kept it simple, with thoughtful updates and a new twin-turbo V6 that's more powerful and more efficient than the outgoing V8. Read all about it, here.

Connected CarA look at the future of traffic enforcement

As we move toward an era of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, it stands to reason that the applications of this technology could reach far beyond that of its creators. Pete Bigelow explains how this sort of tech could be useful (even to our dismay) for law enforcement, with automated traffic violation systems. See what could be in store for the future, here.

CadillacLive from New York... it's Cadillac

Cadillac is indeed on the move. Today, General Motors announced that its luxury brand will have a new home in the super trendy Soho neighborhood of New York, NY. What's more, Cadillac will act as a separate business unit from the rest of GM, giving it a bit more autonomy within The General's portfolio. Of course, the whole operation isn't up and leaving Detroit, with a lot of the brand's manufacturing and engineering resources to remain at home.

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What you missed on 9.22.14

Posted 2014-09-22T19:32:00Z


Toyota CamryWe drive the 2015 Toyota Camry

"Same as it ever was." That pretty much sums up the 2015 Toyota Camry. It doesn't stray from the formula that has made it so incredibly successful, but this updated model has enough on tap to make it a very competitive, fresh offering in the highly competitive midsize sedan class. Read our full impressions in our First Drive, here.

Toyota Camry HybridWe also drive the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Oh, and don't forget about the gasoline-electric version of the Camry. While we were attending the midsizer's launch, we also got some time behind the wheel of the Camry Hybrid which, like its gas-only counterpart, is pretty much the same as it was before, albeit with a few thoughtful updates. Michael Harley tells all in our Quick Spin.

TranslogicTranslogic: V2X at ITS World Congress

We're still working on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connectivity, but already, automakers are looking ahead at the next step, known as V2X – or, simply, vehicle-to-whatever. During the ITS World Congress in Detroit, Translogic got a chance to see how cars of the future will communicate with not only each other, but the world around them. Check it out, here.

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Weekly Recap: NHTSA searches for answers after Congressional grilling

Posted 2014-09-20T11:02:00Z

GM to Pay Record $35 Million Fine on Ignition-Switch Recall

By the end of the lengthy session, senators had painted the unflattering portrait of a toothless agency in disarray.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a brutal one-two punch from Congress this week for its response to the General Motors ignition-switch scandal.

NHTSA was hammered in a 45-page House report, and then grilled by senators during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Both on paper and in person, legislators picked apart the agency's plodding, seemingly inept responses to GM, and questioned NHTSA's ability to serve as a watchdog for the auto industry, which has faced extensive recalls, fines and controversy in recent years.

Deputy administrator David Friedman, who's only been with NHTSA since 2013, had few answers when questioned on the hill, and by the end of the lengthy session, senators had painted the unflattering portrait of a toothless agency in disarray.

Yes, there was some grandstanding. But legislators, and Friedman's responses to their often-testy questions, illustrated a valuable point – NHTSA needs help. It needs more power, more people and more money to effectively regulate on of the most complex industries in the nation.

What you missed on 9.19.14

Posted 2014-09-19T19:32:00Z


Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang first drive

Finally. After drooling over the 2015 Ford Mustang since it first drove onto our screens last year, we've now had the chance to drive Ford's pony car in and around Los Angeles. Jonathon Ramsey focuses on what's most important here, the actual driving dynamics, in his full review. Give it a read, here.

Cadillac LTSNew Cadillac flagship will be built in Detroit

Cadillac has big things in store for its next all-new product – literally. The automaker is finally launching a proper, large flagship sedan to slot above the XTS, based on rear-wheel-drive architecture, and ready to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And today, we learned that Cadillac will build its new flagship in Detroit. 'Merica!

radar gunNew radar gun can sense texting while driving

Our lead feet might not really love cops' radar guns, but when it comes to the subject of texting and driving, we're fully onboard with anything that will stop people from being so stupidly distracted (seriously – put your phones down). A new technology might allow those very radar guns we oft loathe to catch people texting while driving. Read all about it, here.

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