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Week in Review: Debuts, Good Deals, and Good Deeds  Apr 19th, 2014 
Check out this recap of all the important news stories this week. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 19th, 2014 
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LeMons Detroit Inspections: Ford Hordes Set To Battle Fast Volvos  Apr 19th, 2014 
We’re back at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan again, and for once we’re not getting miserably freezing weather by Lake Michigan in April. However, many teams opted to stay home for Easter weekend and/or 4/20, and so we’ve just got the 50 or so most hardcore of our Upper Midwest teams here. Let’s take a look […] 
 
 
2014 New York Auto Show Chatter: Toyota, Hyundai, Dodge, Nissan, Mercedes and More  Apr 18th, 2014 
We sort through all the New York Auto Show debuts and news, and bring you the cream. 
 
 
Scion Plots New Course for U.S.  Apr 18th, 2014 
Scion needs a new strategy to keep competitive. 
 
 
2015 Jaguar XK Final Fifty Edition Marks End of Model  Apr 18th, 2014 
Jaguar kills off the XK in style. 
 
 
5 Hottest Debuts of the 2014 New York Auto Show  Apr 18th, 2014 
It would be easy to dismiss New York as non-car town: Hellacious traffic, impossibly expensive parking, and a street system devised when breeches were just starting to give way to pantaloons. Despite their environment, many of the people in and around the Big Apple have a rabid appetite for all things automotive, and that goes […] 
 
 
6 Most Significant Debuts of the 2014 New York Auto Show  Apr 18th, 2014 
Heavy on the glitz, often corrupted by horsepower, and rife with carnal temptation, auto shows can be a hard place for a mid-priced, high-volume model to make its mark. But to dismiss them entirely would be a mistake, as it’s on the backs of these less-glamorous models where the majority of automakers trade, filling their […] 
 
 
Ferrari LaFerrari XX Confirmed, Is This It Spied at the Nürburgring?  Apr 18th, 2014 
Just days after Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, confirmed to Australia’s Drive that a Ferrari LaFerrari XX is under development and will be launched in 2015, our spy shooters captured a suspiciously XX-like LaFerrari lapping on the Nurbürgring. Coletta’s statement to attendees of the annual Ferrari Racing Days event—held this year in […] 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 / 4S Driven: Retro Looks, Fantastical Robot Roof  Apr 18th, 2014 
The word “targa” has several meanings in Italian. It’s a tablet, a ceremonial shield or plaque, and also what Italians call their license plates. And, most relevant to us, it’s in the name of Italy’s second-most celebrated road race, the Targa Florio, which Porsche dominated in the 1960s before a rapidly rising body count finally […] 
 
 
2014 Chevy Sonic RS sedan drive review: Fun to drive at a good price point, but there's a lot of competition  Apr 18th, 2014 
What is it? 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 18th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
National Corvette Museum Receives Generous Donation After Sinkhole Disaster  Apr 18th, 2014 
Finally some good news... 
 
 
Swan Song Special: Lease a 2014 Dodge Charger or Challenger Now, Swap It for Updated 2015 Next Year  Apr 18th, 2014 
In an attempt to prevent the deflating buyer’s remorse that comes from getting a new ride right before its awesome replacement shows up, Dodge has introduced a program that allows customers to sign a 12-month lease on a 2014 Charger sedan or Challenger coupe, then return in a year and get the same payment on […] 
 
 
Land Rover Confirms Family of Discovery Models, Including Smaller Discovery Sport [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 18th, 2014 
As Land Rover rolled out its slick new Discovery Vision concept at this week’s New York auto show, brand design chief Gerry McGovern confirmed not only that the vehicle it foreshadows will retain the Discovery name, but that it “will be pivotal in influencing the creation of a whole new family of vehicles that will […] 
 
 
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES review notes: Mitsubishi keeps it real simple with the Mirage  Apr 18th, 2014 
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: I think I'm one of maybe three auto writers who do not despise this car. Part of it is that, in the back of my mind, I'm hoping that the Mirage meets sales objectives so I can buy a  
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 18th, 2014 
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Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 18th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 18th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
Volkswagen GTD May Not Come to the U.S.  Apr 17th, 2014 
So now we want it more than ever. 
 
 
2015 Hyundai Sonata Gets Apple CarPlay  Apr 17th, 2014 
Drivers will be able to use iOS in the redesigned Sonata. 
 
 
2015 Honda HR-V Debut  Apr 17th, 2014 
Building on the success of the Fit 
 
 
Daimler Will Revive Maybach Name  Apr 17th, 2014 
Watch out Rolls-Royce. 
 
 
Acronyms-R-Us: 2015 Honda Fit–Based Crossover to Be Called HR-V [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Vezel is dead. No, we’re not talking about some unfortunate Russian dissident, but the new Japanese home-market subcompact crossover that’s based on Honda’s natty (and 10Best–winning in past years) subcompact Fit hatchback. Actually, the Fit-based cute-ute is still coming to the U.S., but has been renamed HR-V to conform to the acronym-based naming strategy that […] 
 
 
Mazda Shows Chassis for Next-Gen 2016 Miata, Calls It a “Table of Contents” [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
According to a rather florid press release, the 2016 Mazda Miata chassis on display at the New York auto show is book parts. To wit: “With no richly layered, character line-laden sheetmetal to hide beneath, the Skyactiv-Chassis lays out a narrative of MX-5′s continuing story with a perfectly arranged table of contents.” To parse that […] 
 
 
And Then There Were 10: SRT Unveils New Limited-Edition Viper [New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Just when you thought the SRT Viper Anodized Carbon Special Edition package couldn’t get any more exclusive, SRT goes and announces that 10 of the 50 vehicles scheduled for production will be built with Time Attack Group performance upgrades. When said Viper debuted in Los Angeles late last year, we—and just about everyone else—figured the […] 
 
 
Mazda Unveils Last Special-Edition Miata Before the ND Arrives: We Hold Our Breath, Accordingly [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Love is an act of reciprocity, an outpouring of emotion with mutually sentimental (and sappy) benefits. For a crowd assembled at the Mazda pavilion at the Javits Center at the 2014 New York Auto Show, love was in the air, in the form of overwhelming joy for the universally adored Miata convertible. The huddled masses—which […] 
 
 
Jetta CC? VW Challenges Mercedes’ CLA With a Small(ish) Four-Door Coupe Concept [2014 Beijing Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
The concept of a four-door coupe, pioneered by the Mercedes-Benz CLS and taken up by Volkswagen with the Passat CC, can be taken downmarket. Following the introduction of Benz’s boldly styled CLA, VW is following suit with a four-door “mid-size concept” to be introduced at the 2014 Beijing auto show. Volkswagen’s concept is 181 inches […] 
 
 
BMW Gets the 228i Back on Track with New Track Handling Package [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
We were already enthusiastic about the new 2-series coupe, but BMW turned up the volume with the announcement of a Track Handling package option for the 228i. There’s an $11,000 difference between the base 228i and the much sportier M235i, and BMW is using the new package to bridge that gap. The Track Handling package […] 
 
 
Senator Introduces 2 CFPB Reform Bills  Apr 17th, 2014 
Last week, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer introduced two bills aimed at restructuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bills would replace the CFPB’s director with a bipartisan commission and change the voting requirements for overturning regulations. 
 
 
Sheehy Auto Stores Donates Car to Disabled Veteran  Apr 17th, 2014 
Sheehy Auto Stores and Veterans Enterprise Training & Services Group partnered to donate a vehicle to a 14-year disabled veteran of the U.S. military. 
 
 
AFIP Adopts Professional Designations  Apr 17th, 2014 
The association has adopted professional designations to recognize individuals who have earned AFIP certification. 
 
 
Ford, Chevy and Toyota Lead Edmunds’ Inaugural Popular Vehicle Awards  Apr 17th, 2014 
Edmunds.com presented its inaugural 2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Awards at this week’s New York International Auto Show, with Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota taking home top honors. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 17th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
Nissan Leaf Offers 2 Years of Free Public Charging  Apr 17th, 2014 
The program begins July 1. 
 
 
Toyota Confirms It Will Bring Fuel Cell Car in 2015  Apr 17th, 2014 
Toyota builds on the success of the FCV concept. 
 
 
2015 Subaru Outback: The Vehicle That Prophesied the Crossover, Evolved [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
In a desert some 20 years ago, Blazer-driving baddies were chasing Paul Hogan, who easily outmaneuvered them with his Australian accent and the “world’s first sport-utility wagon.” Those early TV commercials for the Subaru Outback, little more than a jacked-up Legacy wagon, were prophetic. Looking at the car-based crossovers saturating today’s SUV market, it’s no […] 
 
 
50 Years Later, Another Mustang Sits Atop the Empire State Building [New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
In 1964, Ford placed a new Mustang on the 85th-floor observation deck of The Empire State Building. The skyscraper’s freight elevators have not grown since then. The Ford Mustang, on the other hand, has. At the 2014 New York Auto Show, Bill Ford was speaking with a measure of reverence about the company’s pony car; […] 
 
 
Gubagoo’s Website Platform Now Optimized for Mobile  Apr 17th, 2014 
The new capability will allow dealerships to track and target mobile shoppers with chat and personalized offers, among other features. 
 
 
2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon review notes: BMW's 3-series diesel wagon is delicious, but expensive  Apr 17th, 2014 
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: Same story, different German car, so I'm going to skip to the punch line. Pros: Outstanding diesel powertrain, delightfully controlled ride and handling and the cachet of a German wagon. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 17th, 2014 
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2015 Toyota Camry Debut  Apr 17th, 2014 
A little less staid for 2015 
 
 
Mazda Previews Next-Generation MX-5 Miata Chassis  Apr 17th, 2014 
Mazda gives its first clues on what to expect for the next-generation MX-5 Miata. 
 
 
2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback Debut  Apr 17th, 2014 
The middle child in the A3 family 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Trax LT First Drive  Apr 17th, 2014 
Chevrolet adds to its small car portfolio with a new compact utility. 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Touareg First Look  Apr 17th, 2014 
Volkswagen's midsize SUV gets a few tweaks for the new model year. 
 
 
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Debut  Apr 17th, 2014 
There's no escaping now. The elusive Alfa Romeo 4C finally arrives. 
 
 
Mazda 25th Anniversary Miata Debuts in New York  Apr 17th, 2014 
The current generation Miata goes out with a bang. 
 
 
2015 Hyundai Sonata Debut  Apr 17th, 2014 
More refinement, but less excitement? 
 
 
2015 VW GTI starts at $25,215: Base Seats Still Come in Plaid [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Volkswagen has finally announced pricing for the seventh-generation GTI on our shores; true to expectations, it’s very much in line with current GTI pricing. The base S model sees only a $195 bump over last year’s price, starting at $25,215 (including destination), while adding a few trinkets—most notably 10 horsepower and 51 lb-ft of torque. […] 
 
 
Mini Originals Design Winner Is DeLux [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Last November, BMW’s cute-car division Mini came up with a fun idea: Let owners submit a personal take on their favorite features of the next-gen model. After more than 800 submissions, nine winners and a “fan favorite” were invited to sit down with an illustrator to create an option and appearance package that would be […] 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Touareg: Honed for Safety, Toned for Style [2014 Beijing Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
In the SUV world, Volkswagen’s Touareg is the automotive equivalent of the strong, silent type. A consistent seller—VW says it’s sold 720,000 of the utes worldwide in the last decade—with a handsome but innocuous exterior and stylishly functional interior, it’s traded on competence over brash exuberance since its introduction, and the updated Touareg that debuts […] 
 
 
2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe: Alpina’s Second American Offering Is Also Its Prettiest [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
The relationship between BMW and boutique tuner Alpina has been a special one for decades. Alpina, created by enthusiast Burkard Bovensiepen, acquired an excellent reputation for its tuning prowess and race cars in the 1970s. Nowadays, Alpinas enjoy BMW’s full warranty, and the cordial ties remain intact even after BMW launched the M GmbH division. […] 
 
 
An American in China: Lincoln Launches Itself in the Far East [2014 Beijing Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Lincoln has announced what’s been expected for some time: It will enter the lucrative Chinese market. Ford’s luxury division plans to have five models on offer in China by 2016, with the MKZ and upcoming MKC crossover leading the charge. Later, Lincoln will add the Navigator, as well as a “mid-size luxury SUV,” which we […] 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger: New Skin, Same Bad-Boy Attitude [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Dodge observes its centennial this year, and its bread-and-butter full-size rear-drive sedan is one of the prime players in the celebration. Making its debut at the New York show, the Charger still exudes power and a vague sense of menace—maintaining its four-door muscle-car persona—while reshaping nearly all of its sheetmetal. The roof and rear doors […] 
 
 
The Locus of Acura’s Focus: 2015 TLX Sedan Unveiled [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Much has been made of Acura’s meandering quest for a strong identity. The new TLX rolls onto the scene as the instrument for bringing the company’s amorphous image into sharper focus. The star of Acura’s New York show, the TLX replaces both the TSX and the TL, preserving the TL’s wheelbase but with an all-new […] 
 
 
Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition to Debut in New York, Will Hit Dealers in Early Summer [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
With looks to spare and a 560-hp 4.0-liter V-8 providing the muscle, Audi’s RS7 is the perfect vehicular pallet for showcasing the wide range of customization options available through Audi’s exclusive personalization program. To get the ball rolling and draw some attention to the program, Audi is debuting the exclusive RS7 dynamic edition in the […] 
 
 
BMW Busts Out Balloons and Hoons for M5’s 30th Birthday in Drifty Video  Apr 17th, 2014 
Believe it or not, this year marks the 30th birthday of BMW’s hot M5 sport sedan, and so the automaker has released the obligatory YouTube video to commemorate the event. In the video, a contemporary M5 can be seen burning out, drifting, and having a light show played across its flanks (we don’t know why—maybe […] 
 
 
Modernizing Muscle: 2015 Dodge Challenger Debuts [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 17th, 2014 
Does this car look familiar? Of course it does, especially if you remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, 1970–’71, when the Challenger challenged the Mustang, the Camaro, the Firebird, and others in the pony-car sweepstakes with Hemi muscle and snappy styling. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
St. Louis Law Firm Files Missouri Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Over General Motors Recalled Vehicles  Apr 17th, 2014 
Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. brought and settled a $220 million class action lawsuit against Merck & Co. for violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and has now filed a similar action against GM on behalf of Missouri consumers. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 17th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
ECO Fuel Systems Fuel Enhancer Announces New South Florida Warehouse Distributor  Apr 17th, 2014 
ECO Fuel Systems, LLC of Florida was created to distribute the EC Fuel Systems Fuel Enhancer to the Public, School Systems and Governmental agencies. 
 
 
Comfort Electronics, Ltd is Releasing Another Remote Start Module for Mercedes Benz Automobiles  Apr 17th, 2014 
Your neighbor's Hyundai has something your Mercedes doesn't 
 
 
Genesis-Gilded and Nürburging-Nurtured: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Debuts [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
This morning, on the first media day of the New York auto show, Hyundai took the wraps off the 2015 Sonata. If this car looks familiar, however, it’s likely because you’re an avid follower of this site, and read last month’s preview of the Korean-market Sonata, when that model bowed. What’s changed for American consumption? […] 
 
 
2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition: Retro Cues and Modern Performance Gear [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
It’s a shame that Chevy Camaro fans can’t celebrate a 50th anniversary in 2017 the way that Ford Mustang enthusiasts are doing now. That’s because Ford’s pony hasn’t thrown a shoe since its 1964 debut, while Chevrolet unthinkably suspended its car for seven model years. So the special Mustang you see here, in all its […] 
 
 
2015 Toyota Camry: Banishing the Bland [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
The Camry has been America’s bestselling car for 12 years running, cashing in on a reputation for reliability, value, and unobtrusive motoring. But the Camry name is not one you’re not likely to hear when hotshoes get together to talk cars, unless it’s accompanied by a yawn. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2014 Acura RDX Tech review notes: Acura's RDX boasts strong value and performance  Apr 16th, 2014 
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I've been hard on  
 
 
Ford 50th Anniversary Mustang Debuts in New York  Apr 16th, 2014 
Ford reveals a limited edition Mustang in honor of the pony car's birthday. 
 
 
More than 300 deaths linked to recalled GM cars  Apr 16th, 2014 
The GM ignition switch problems have resulted in several serious car accidents across the country. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 16th, 2014 
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2015 Chevrolet Trax Debut  Apr 16th, 2014 
Chevy debuts the all-new 2015 Trax compact SUV. 
 
 
2015 Infiniti Q70 Debut  Apr 16th, 2014 
Bucking the trend of small cars 
 
 
2015 Infiniti QX80 Debut  Apr 16th, 2014 
Small changes for the new model year 
 
 
BMW Increases i3 Production in Anticipation of High Demand  Apr 16th, 2014 
BMW is gearing up for a U.S. launch of the i3 electric city car. 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Lacks Benz Name, Has Neat Interior [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
That AMG’s forthcoming sports car would be called GT wasn’t one of the industry’s better-kept secrets. But there was one piece of information about the car that was unexpected: Its official name is Mercedes-AMG GT, which is in contrast to the outgoing SLS, whose full name is Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The new nomenclature signifies the […] 
 
 
2015 Infiniti Q70, Q70L: Now Available in Sizes Big and Bigger [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
Mid-cycle updates rarely extend to foundations, but the updated Q70 (that’s the old M sedan for those who aren’t fluent in Infiniti-speak) is an exception. Infiniti unveiled two versions of its top-of-the-line sedan at this week’s New York auto show: one with the same dimensions as the 2014 model, another—the Q70L—significantly stretched. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback: The Americanized A3 Makes Room for One Very European Version [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
Everyone’s favorite Golf in fancy clothes, the Audi A3, is returning next year with its traditional hatchback garb and diesel engine, a combination that’s cannibalized more than half of all A3 sales in the U.S. Now that the new A3 has birthed a sedan—and soon, a convertible—the 2016 A3 TDI Sportback remains the pick of […] 
 
 
Big Things Come in Big Packages: 2015 Infiniti QX80 Debuts [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 16th, 2014 
One of the key appeals of traditional full-size SUVs is that they provide a spacious container for packing a vast array of luxury goodies many buyers like to keep close at hand. Formerly known as the QX56, the full-size QX80 is Infiniti’s full-size body-on-frame traditionalist that’s a little bigger (and heavier) than a Chevy Tahoe. […] 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 16th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
Ford Reveals How it Got a 2015 Mustang Convertible Up the Empire State Building  Apr 15th, 2014 
Ford debuts the new Mustang Convertible in the same way it did 50 years ago. 
 
 
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Adds Track Handling Package  Apr 15th, 2014 
An optional new package prepares the 228i coupe for the track. 
 
 
One Third of Recalled Vehicles Go Unrepaired, Data Says  Apr 15th, 2014 
Many consumers never get their recalled vehicles fixed. 
 
 
First 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sold at Auction for $1M  Apr 15th, 2014 
The Z06 is finally here. 
 
 
2015 Nissan Murano: Flamboyantly Dancing Into the Typically Boring Mid-Size Crossover Segment [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 15th, 2014 
Nissan’s “Innovation that Excites” marketing tagline often falls a bit flat—we’re still searching for any excitement or innovation in the Versa or Sentra, for example—but in the case of the 2015 Murano, it’s right on the money. Whether or not you think the Murano is attractive, its design certainly couldn’t be called derivative or boring. […] 
 
 
High Style: 2015 Kia Sedona Gets a Serious Schreyer-Inspired Makeover [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 15th, 2014 
Just a day after we posted a not-unemotional video on the passing of the VW Kombi, the spiritual progenitor to the modern minivan, we received our first detailed information on the newest of the breed, the 2015 Kia Sedona. Coincidence? Probably. But while the Sedona is almost certain to never attain the cult status of […] 
 
 
2015 Mini Countryman: The Big Mini Now Looks More Like the Little Mini [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 15th, 2014 
In European cities, its sheer size can be intimidating, and even the company itself admits that the Countryman is “the big Mini.” But despite the snickering of purists, this car is a success in the market. Second only to the three-door Mini, the Countryman accounts for 30 percent of the brand’s American sales. There are […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Trax: The Buick Encore’s Sister Act [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 15th, 2014 
With a corporate portfolio as large as GM’s, there are options. Remember the Chevrolet Orlando? That crossover was supposed to come to the U.S. before GM decided it might cannibalize sales of the mid-size Equinox, so it shuffled the Orlando off to Canada instead. The Trax, on the other hand, was not supposed to come […] 
 
 
Average Incentives Rise, Domestics Curb Spending  Apr 15th, 2014 
Incentive growth was at its lowest point in March since last September, but the NADA Used Car Guide noted that the automakers that decreased spending were the ones that scored sales increases for the month. 
 
 
Calif. DMV Targets ‘Curbstoners’ in Sting  Apr 15th, 2014 
Investigators issued nearly 100 citations and made several arrests during an operation aimed at thwarting unlicensed auto dealers who sell unsafe used vehicles. 
 
 
Pro Tesla Bill Won’t Go to Vote  Apr 15th, 2014 
A bill that would allow Tesla to sell directly to consumers won’t be voted on during Arizona’s current legislative session, which ends this week. 
 
 
Mazda Canada Chooses Xtime for Service Retention  Apr 15th, 2014 
Mazda’s 163 dealership service departments in Canada are now using Xtime’s service scheduling and check-in platform. 
 
 
Williamson Insurance Represents Companies Offering Accident Forgiveness with Affordable Car Insurance for Trucks, Cars and SUVs in the Raleigh Area Including Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs and Garner  Apr 15th, 2014 
Independent insurance agency quotes car insurance with accident forgiveness. 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen GTI Fuel Economy Increases  Apr 15th, 2014 
The government releases official fuel economy numbers for the next-gen GTI. 
 
 
2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Concept Debut  Apr 15th, 2014 
The 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen Concept previews the automaker's newest wagon, due in America early next year. 
 
 
The Continental: Rear-Drive Alfa Romeos? Yep, That’s a Thing—Plus More from Europe and China  Apr 15th, 2014 
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. An Auto Bild report purports a wildly optimistic product launch plan by Alfa Romeo, one which […] 
 
 
Dark Surprise: Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Editions Now Available in U.S. [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 15th, 2014 
Aston Martin’s DB9 has never looked tired at any point during the 10-plus years it’s been with us, but that doesn’t change the fact that, aside for some minor updates and one thorough refresh for 2013, it’s still a 10-year-old car—a 10-year-old car that’s being hawked to people accustomed to buying new six-figure cars every […] 
 
 
Federal Legislation Introduced to Limit Access to Data from Vehicle Black Boxes  Apr 15th, 2014 
Two U.S. senators want to protect drivers from having their car’s “black box” data accessed by insurance companies or other prying eyes who might use its data against them. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation—the same committee that grilled General Motors CEO Mary Barra earlier this month—approved a bill introduced in January by […] 
 
 
WATCH: Porsche 918 Spyder Proves It Can Do Fast at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas  Apr 15th, 2014 
Porsche’s hybridized 918 Spyder is mega cool, but many of us won’t ever drive one—even among our staff, just two lucky fellas have fired up a 918—so we bring you the next-best thing: A point-of-view lap of Austin’s Circuit of the Americas in the new Porsche supercar. 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Driven: Recasting Hybrids in […] 
 
 
Such a Deal! Bargain-Priced 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT Debuts [2014 New York Auto Show]  Apr 15th, 2014 
It’s pretty much a given that if you want a new Aston Martin, you’d better save your pennies. But starting this fall, you’ll need to save considerably fewer of them, as Aston Martin is introducing the new V8 Vantage GT for “just” $102,725 for the coupe, and $117,225 for the roadster. That’s $18,500 and $18,000 […] 
 
 
2014 Kia Cadenza Limited review notes: A cushy and comfortable Kia  Apr 15th, 2014 
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I was impressed with this 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited until I looked at the sticker price. 
 
 
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