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What you missed on 10.30.14

Posted 2014-10-30T19:30:00Z

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Review: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

The Cadillac ATS Coupe is a good handling, well appointed sporting machine... that looks a lot like its four-door sibling. After a week-long test run with Caddy's newest deuce, we hash out what its like to live with, and ask ourselves if this ATS feels special enough to run with the mainline European competition.





How not to give away a Chevy Colorado

Chevy regional manager Rikk Wilde has seemed to let the big stage get the better of him last evening, bumbling his delivery when presenting the keys to a new Chevy Colorado to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Wilde's extolling of the truck's virtues included it's "technology and stuff" along with some other sweaty-palmed moments, all captured on video. The good news: later today this story got a happy ending.




Cadillac's SRX-replacing XT5 is underway

If you're a member of the Cadillac SRX Fan Club, get ready to make new t-shirts. The American luxury brand seems to be prepping the new crossover that will live in the SRX's old lineup spot, this time wearing the all new XT5 badge (as part of Caddy's larger naming refresh). Our boys with the expensive telephoto lenses checked in with our first look at the XT5, here.




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What you missed on 10.29.14

Posted 2014-10-29T19:32:00Z

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

What's black, white and red all over? Not sure? Okay, what's black, white and red all over, boasts a stonkin' 707-horsepower supercharged V8 underhood, four doors with plenty of room for a party of five and a trunk big enough for all their stuff? That's right: It's the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and we just drove the one you see to your right. Read all about it and let us know what you think.





Here's how Mercedes CLA wagon will lookMercedes CLA wagon rendering

Our spy shooters caught the boffins at Mercedes-Benz out and about while testing the automaker's upcoming CLA Shooting Brake on the German Authbahn. We're pleased as pie with the way it looks, though we're not sure that those of us living in the States will ever see it on US roads. In any case, expect powertrain options to mimic those of the CLA sedan, up to and including the AMG-spec 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 355 horsepower and all-wheel drive.





Ferrari to be spun off from Fiat Chrysler Ferrari / Fiat / Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

Fiat Chrysler has just announced that it will effectively spin off the Ferrari brand as a separate entity. While still technically under the Fiat family umbrella, the Italian automaker will then be free to list itself on various stock markets around the world, including the United States. How much is 10 percent of Ferrari worth? Probably a whole heck of a lot, and that money will help FCA as it continues to push for more growth.




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What you missed on 10.28.14

Posted 2014-10-28T19:30:00Z

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2014 Citroën DS Cabrio Racing

Do you like your forbidden fruit with an air of Francophile about it? If so, prepare for a juicy snack. Not only is today's review subject French, but it's a racing-tuned, hot hatch with a quasi-convertible top, too. Though you'll never buy one (legally) on our shores, you can get the lowdown on just how racy this Citroën hatch is by clicking through, here.





Cadillac ATS-V Coupe spied ahead of LA

The standard version of the Cadillac ATS Coupe is already a tasty automotive treat, so getting an early look at the up-powered version of it has got us pretty excited. Set to get an official reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we fully expect that its twin-turbo V6 will have some impressive numbers attached to it.






2016 Chevy Volt powertrain revealed (kinda)

When Chevy tipped us that it would be revealing some details of the Gen 2 Voltec powertrain, we were excited to know more. As it turns out, The General is still playing things pretty close to the vest – including exactly how range will increase – but we do have some specs to share. Click through to see how you'll be Volting in a few years.




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What you missed on 10.27.14

Posted 2014-10-27T19:30:00Z

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2015 McLaren 650SReview: 2015 McLaren 650S

McLaren's MP4-12C was a sensation in terms of performance and supercar ride quality, but it didn't have much personality visually or dynamically. The new 650S, its de facto successor, aims to change all that. Our man Mike Harley finds out if it succeeds.






Subaru Forester STI teaserSubaru Forester STI teased

We like Subaru's latest Forester crossover a great deal, and teaser videos of a more performance-oriented STI version have visions of a high-riding, more space-efficient WRX in our heads. Are we crazy? Will Subaru bring it to the US? Enquiring minds want to know.







Consumer Reports 2014 Reliability study releasedConsumer Reports says infotainment systems 'growing first-year reliability plague'

No surprises here, folks. Consumer Reports says fussy infotainment systems are the No. 1 reason for discontent among new car owners in their latest reliability survey. Who has the best handle on reliability? Lexus and Toyota, says the institute.




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Weekly Recap: Tesla's sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fire

Posted 2014-10-25T11:01:00Z

2013 Tesla Model S

"Tesla's quest to own its stores has brought to light issues that have long faced the industry." – Adam Jonas

Tesla's fight to challenge dealer franchise laws moved to the home state of the American auto industry this week, as the governor of Michigan signed a controversial bill that excludes Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.

Experts agree it was probably already illegal for Tesla to sell cars in Michigan, as the state's franchise laws require that cars be sold through dealerships. But, the legislation closed a gap in the law that Tesla might have been able to exploit.

Ironically, the bill sailed through both houses of the state legislature with little fanfare this year, as voters and officials have been preoccupied with midterm elections. It's not even a new law: just an amendment to an existing rule that touches on a number of issues, including transaction fees charged by dealers to consumers during the sale process.

The controversy seemingly exploded overnight, as a last-minute change in the language of the bill – which appeared aimed at Tesla – strengthened Michigan's franchise laws. It wasn't until the bill was already on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder that most of the public was even aware of it, or of the implications of the 11th hour changes.

Not surprisingly, Tesla was peeved.

What you missed on 10.24.14

Posted 2014-10-24T19:32:00Z

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Dodge Challenger2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The goodness of the 2015 Dodge Challenger isn't just limited to that 707-horsepower Hellcat model. As associate editor Brandon Turkus explains, there's plenty to love about the Challenger R/T with its Scat Pack kit, complete with a 6.4-liter V8, eight-speed automatic transmission, and more poise than ever before. Read all about it in today's Quick Spin.




Dodge Viper SEMA ConceptFiat-Chrysler SEMA lineup revealed

The annual aftermarket-fest that is SEMA is right around the corner, and today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles showed us its entire hand. The custom cars, created by the Mopar division, touch on everything from the smallest Fiat 500 and Dodge Dart to super-powerful machines like the Challenger and Viper. Have a look here, to see what's in store for SEMA.




Jason VinesDid Ford bug its former PR chief's car and phone?

The Ford Explorer Firestone tire recall of 2001 was huge news. And in a new report from The Detroit News, Ford's then-head of communications, Jason Vines, is accusing the Blue Oval of bugging his car and company phone during that time. The News received an advanced copy of Vines' upcoming book, which sheds some light on this allegation, and you can read a preview of this whole situation, here.




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What you missed on 10.23.14

Posted 2014-10-23T19:32:00Z

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Toyota TundraQuick Spin: 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota might not be able to keep up with American pickup manufacturers in terms of sales, but that doesn't mean its fullsize Tundra isn't a wholly baked, tough truck. In an effort to attract new buyers, Toyota has released this off-road-ready TRD Pro variant for 2015. Senior Editor Steven Ewing takes one for a quick spin to see what's what.




Hyundai SonataIs Hyundai's new Sonata in a sales slump?

The 2011 Sonata was a massive step forward for Hyundai, and the car was really quite successful. But some insiders suggest that, since the redesigned Sonata launched this year, Hyundai's midsize sedan might be losing some steam. Of course, officials at Hyundai are quick to point out that this isn't necessarily the case. Read both sides of the story, here.




Chevy CamaroChevy spied testing... '80s Camaros?

We know Chevy is hard at work on its next-generation Camaro, but today, our spies captured something rather interesting out on the road. It appears that in addition to new Camaro models, Chevy is testing some modified versions of its third-gen Camaro – you know, from the 1980s. We're not sure what to make of these shots, but they're interesting, nonetheless. Check 'em out, here.




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What you missed on 10.22.14

Posted 2014-10-22T19:31:00Z

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Subaru Outback2015 Subaru Outback review

The Subaru Outback strikes an interesting balance between the needs of the everyday crossover shopper and the wants of car enthusiasts. It's more of a tall wagon than a proper CUV, and even with its 2.5-liter boxer-four and continuously variable transmission, it's pretty nice to drive. Brandon Turkus explains in his review, here.




Scion iMScion's LA Auto Show concept previewed

Finally – something new from Scion is on the horizon. Kind of. Teased today, Toyota's youthful-ish brand will be bringing the new iM to this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, though it's kind of hard to tell exactly what's in store. Scion claims it's a pretty sporty offering, but we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out these first few teasers.




Honda CivicTakata recall expanded, affected car list updated

The big Takata airbag recall keeps getting bigger, and there's a new, updated list of affected models now available for your perusal. Unfortunately, the there still seem to be a number of inaccuracies, and NHTSA's own VIN-lookup site is overwhelmed by this situation. Read through the latest installment of the Takata saga, here.




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What you missed on 10.21.14

Posted 2014-10-21T19:31:00Z

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2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe

Mercedes has a new flagship coupe coming to a dealership near you, and we just tool the keys to one such machine, a 2015 S550 Coupe Edition 1, to be exact, all over the great State of Rhode Island. The autumn weather was lovely, the changing colors were beautiful, and the newest Benz was pretty much a perfect vehicle with which to take it all in. Read on for all the details.





Michigan Governor Rick Snyder'Anti-Tesla' bill signed into law in Michigan

Is House Bill 5605 accurately described as being 'anti-Tesla?' Well, that depends on who you're talking to. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder doesn't seem to think so, and State Representative Aric Nesbitt, who introduced the bill itself, has specifically stated that it's not directed at the electric-vehicle manufacturer. Tesla, for its part, seems to disagree, as do a large number of its adoring fans.





putting fuel in carEPA to mandate new mileage test procedures

"Your mileage may vary." We all know what it means, and we all expect at least some variance between what we actually record with our own cars versus what was originally displayed on that car's window sticker when it was new. Thing is, some automakers have recently been found to have been rating cars after testing with inaccurate procedures, and the EPA is planning to put that problem to an end.



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What you missed on 10.20.14

Posted 2014-10-20T19:32:00Z

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The V12 Vantage S is indeed the shining star in Aston Martin's lineup these days, what with its screaming V12 engine and 565 horsepower on tap. Now, Aston has given its S treatment to the V12 Vantage roadster, making it the most powerful, quickest-accelerating, and fastest production roadster money can buy. Michael Harley takes one for a quick spin in Palm Springs, here.




TranslogicTranslogic: Detroit's bike culture

It may be the Motor City, but there's a huge subculture of two-wheeled enthusiasts living in and around Detroit these days. In the latest episode of Translogic, host Jonathon Buckley takes a look at a few of the cool things happening for bike enthusiasts in The D, including a tour of Detroit Bikes, a ride through the Slow Roll, and a cruise with the East Side Riders.





Joe GrahamMan arrested for doing donuts in '68 Camaro

There's the old stereotype that cops love donuts, but that isn't completely true. Doughy treats aside, burning rubber might be a whole lot of fun for drivers and passengers alike, but to law enforcement, it's a big no-no. Take this story, for instance, where a man was arrested for doing donuts in his 1968 Camaro with his son. That said, it all took place in the parking lot next to a town hall and sheriff's office. Watch the video report and let us know what you think.



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