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BMW’s New Ad is a Big Pie in Tesla’s Face

BMW has the plug-in sedan you want, no waiting. That’s the message in Bimmer’s new ad for the 330e plug-in hybrid, which takes a not very subtle jab at would-be Tesla Model 3 buyers. Titled “Wait or Drive” (get it?), the television commercial...Show More Summary

Ask Bark: Keep The Xterra Or Have A Fiesta (ST)?

John writes: I guess I have some dumb questions here, but first some context: I’m 22, a recently certified teacher who can’t find a teaching job (thanks Obama and/or Chris Christie?). I have a full-time job as a line cook in the interim that pays Not A Lot but will suffice for the time being. Show More Summary

We Told You Why Chevrolet Camaro Sales Are Plunging, But GM Just Cut Prices By 10%

Yes, Camaro sales figures. They’re not attractive, not what General Motors was accustomed to achieving when the reborn Camaro returned in 2009 as a fifth-generation Ford Mustang fighter. Not for the first time, we told you that story yesterday. Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: Triumph of the Grille

Here’s something to depress our older readers: There is an entire generation of drivers that has never known a world without Lexus. Note that I did not say “Lexus and Infiniti.” The majority of American drivers probably have no idea Infiniti exists. Show More Summary

Piston Slap: Land Ark’s Radial Tire Pressure Bias?

TTAC Commentator Land Ark writes: Hello again, Sajeev! I’ve been wondering about tire pressure for a while. I changed the wheels and tires on my car which originally came with 14-inch wheels and high profile bias-ply tires. The new tires are 255/40/18. Show More Summary

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Slightly Slower and Cheaper Than a Hellcat

General Motors just released pricing and performance figures for its 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and unless Ford comes up with a hotter Mustang, it looks like Dodge still holds the domestic performance crown. Billed as the most powerful...Show More Summary

Cash on the Hood: Huge Incentives are Back, Baby!

As our own Tim Cain reported this morning, if not for the mid-sized truck sector, total U.S. new vehicle sales volume would have risen by less than one-tenth of one percent. Now, forecasters are reducing their outlook for the remainder of 2016, leading some automakers to start fighting the stagnating market by deploying aggressive incentives. Show More Summary

Does New Jersey Really Want to Ban Drivers From Drinking Coffee?

New Jersey Democrats are pushing a wide-ranging distracted driving bill that would lead to harsh penalties for motorists, but does it mean cupholders will soon be outlawed in the Garden State? The answer: probably not, but the bill would...Show More Summary

Motor Association Allegedly Defrauded of Millions by IT Executive Who Bought Office Building, Porsches

How do you buy an Arizona vacation home, a boat, two Porsches and an office building on a $210,000-a-year salary? According to the CBC, the vice-president of information technology for the Alberta Motor Association managed to find a way, and it sure wasn’t legal. Show More Summary

Midsize Pickup Trucks Jump 29% In July 2016 As Full-Size Pickup Sales Level Off

Midsize pickup truck sales shot up 29 percent in the United States in July 2016, enough to drive the sub-sector’s share of the overall pickup category up three points to 17 percent. Indeed, without the gains produced by the midsize truck sector, overall U.S. Show More Summary

Kia Brags About its Used Vehicles, Because Off-Lease Sales are Hot Stuff

The record-setting surge of new vehicle sales as America climbed out of the recession sparked a whole new kind of automotive competition. A surge in off-lease vehicles returning to dealer lots means the certified pre-owned (CPO) market —...Show More Summary

Jaguar Now the Fastest-Growing Automaker in the U.S., Thanks the SUV Gods

It worked for Porsche. Now, another luxury automaker is reaping the rewards of catering to the utility crowd. Jaguar’s decision to market an SUV raised the ire of purists, but it also turbocharged the brand’s U.S. comeback, Bloomberg reports. Show More Summary

Now the Camaro Is Getting Trounced by the Mustang and Beaten by Challenger, Too

U.S. sales of America’s three pony-muscle car coupes slid 2 percent in July 2016 despite meaningful gains from both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Blame? Cast it all in the direction of the Chevrolet Camaro, sales of which plunged 26 percent, a loss of nearly 2,000 sales for Chevrolet dealers compared with July 2015. Show More Summary

Ace of Base: Mazda3 i Sport

Base model. What does that image conjure to mind? Vinyl seats? Tinny AM radio? A low rent penalty box on wheels? A few years ago, you’d be right on the money. Driving misery was available for voluntary purchase at the showrooms of just about every major car maker. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1990 Pontiac Grand Am, with Quad 4 Power

I have photographed and wrote about interesting (to me) junkyard cars for nearly a decade, and so far I have not photographed a single one of the hundreds of discarded BMW E30s I have found in my travels. In fact, I just shot my first...Show More Summary

Emissions-Cheating Software Found in Volkswagen Group’s 3.0-Liter Diesels: Report

Three unapproved software programs were found on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche models outfitted with 3.0-liter diesel engines, a German newspaper reports. The publication Bild am Sonntag said that U.S. authorities discovered the software, though it didn’t reveal a source for the information, according to Reuters (via Automotive News). Show More Summary

Michigan Man Sues Toyota Over Prius Plug-in’s Awful Range

The short-lived Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid was never a popular vehicle, and the subject of one man’s lawsuit could answer why. A suit filed against Toyota in an eastern Michigan court claims the plaintiff’s 2012 Prius Plug-in didn’t come close to offering the meager advertised range of the upgraded hybrid, CarComplaints reports. Show More Summary

Hitting the Gym Won’t Restore Your Masculinity, but Buying a Six-cylinder Ford Will

It’s hot, it’s the middle of summer, and the beach beckons from afar. But if stripping down around a bunch of muscle-bound surfer hunks causes bouts of anxiety and insecurity, fear not. Ford Motor Company has a solution. The great thing...Show More Summary

Ford Planning a Mustang to Take on Hellcat and ZL1 in 2018

Ford plans to add top-shelf muscle to its Mustang lineup and take the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 down a peg. Spy photos of a camouflaged Mustang variant published by Motor Authority shows a winged, high-performance beast that should appear in 2018. Show More Summary

Ford Builds a Better Edge, But You Won’t Find it Here

Ford doesn’t just want European SUV buyers to flock to its Edge, it wants luxury buyers, too. The automaker is busy rolling out a refined version of its midsize CUV on the Continent, but an even plusher version is on the way, Automotive News Europe reports. Show More Summary

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