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Mercedes-Benz Metris Is North America’s V-Class

  Mercedes-Benz is introducing a version of its V-Class van to the North American market, and is using the SEMA show to preview the new vehicles. While powertrains have not been announced, the van, dubbed the Metris, will be 202-inches long, and come in both passenger and cargo vans. Show More Summary

Honda Ordered To Answer For Its Role In Takata Airbag Recall By November 24

Takata is no longer alone in facing an intense federal investigation over in its airbag recall action: Honda, too, has been ordered to answer under oath for its role in the recall. Automotive News reports the National Highway Traffic...Show More Summary

Cain’s Segments: Full-Size Pickup Trucks – October 2014 YTD

Overall pickup truck sales jumped 10.1% in the United States in October 2014 as six full-size nameplates collectively grew 9.5%. Growth in the overall truck world was aided by 2158 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon sales (up from 34 a year ago), a 1326-unit improvement from the Nissan Frontier, and the Toyota Tacoma’s 5% increase. Show More Summary

Dodge: Over 5,000 Challenger Hellcats Ordered Since October

Since the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat roared at the 2014 New York Auto Show, enthusiasts have been waiting for the day the big cats would enter the showroom. When ordering opened in October, so did the floodgates. According to Allpar,...Show More Summary

Super Piston Slap: RIP Tom Magliozzi

  Sajeev writes: I don’t know what Tom Magliozzi thought of our little Piston Slap creation, sadly we never met.  So I write to remember an inspirational person who did great things: Mr. Magliozzi made the undesirable job of fixing a car into an info-tainment legacy. Show More Summary

Capsule Review: 2015 Toyota Camry

In 1992, the Toyota Camry was perhaps the most respected sedan in the midsize segment. Not all consumers could afford one, but most would have preferred one. The 1997 model represented Toyota’s changed focus. Rather than adding features and content, they started adding profitability “affordability”. Show More Summary

Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S Ranked “Average” In Reliability Survey

Think your Tesla Model S is all that and a bag of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Doritos? That it says to the world that you’ve arrived? That you’re standing on the edge of a silver future? Consumer Reports says your car’s just “average.”...Show More Summary

Mercedes Vision G-Code Study Shows Off Possible Future For SUV/CUV Lineup

Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz opened its Product Engineering Centre in Beijing. To celebrate the occasion, the luxury brand unveiled a new design study: the Vision G-Code sporty utility coupe. The 2+2-passenger study took its inspiration...Show More Summary

Hyundai, Kia Fined $300M By State, Federal Agencies Over Erroneous Fuel Economy Numbers

Being an asterisk regarding fuel economy numbers isn’t the only penance Hyundai and Kia must pay: The U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board dropped a collective $300 million penalty on the South Korean brands for mistating fuel economy numbers on their respective 2011-2013 lineups. Show More Summary

U.S. Auto Sales Results: October 2014 YTD

We weren’t going to see rapid growth month after month after month. Indeed, monthly year-over-year improvements for the industry as a whole averaged 7.6% over the last four months. The U.S. auto industry was up 6% in October 2014 as a handful of automakers reported big gains, and a handful struggled to match last year’s […] The post U.S. Show More Summary

Badge Engineering Gone Right: The Ford Laser TX3

Aside from the Ford Probe/Mazda MX-6, the collaboration between the Blue Oval and the pride of Hiroshima didn’t produce much in the way of performance cars. But a little know rebadge effort did give Ford a 4WD, rally-derived pocket rocket. Show More Summary

Datsun Go Fails Global NCAP Crash Test

The Datsun Go was awarded zero stars in the global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) for vehicle safety. NCAP says that “The zero-star result highlights the need for India to introduce minimum crash safety regulations.” As a low cost...Show More Summary

Smartphone-Vehicle Pairing NFC Tech On The Horizon

NFC — near-field communication — technology not only can allow you to buy a My Little Pony: Equestria Girls doll from Walmart (or will, once Walmart et al decide Apple Pay and Google Pay are better than CurrentC), but it may soon allow you to start your car by simply tapping the ignition. Show More Summary

Daimler, Volkswagen Urge Independence From Google Data Platform

Google knows what you’re thinking. If you decide to search for brown diesel manual station wagons that bring out your inner American, Google will auto-complete that very phrase as one of its suggested searches as soon as you type out...Show More Summary

Piston Slap: UR U Joints Be Bangin’ Dat Stang?

Mark writes: Sajeev– Here’s a weird one to test your skills of remote diagnosis. Fire up your Magic 8 Ball for this one. Car: 2012 Mustang V6, manual gearbox, performance package (currently running some crappy General AS Max-03 tires), 33,000 miles. Show More Summary

Jaguar Land Rover Opens Engine Plant In UK

Queen Elizabeth presided over the opening ceremonies for the first new auto plant in the UK in recent memory, as Jaguar Land Rover opened their new engine facility in Wolverhampton. The plant, which has created an estimated 1,500 direct...Show More Summary

Mercedes-AMG Buys Stake, Enters Partnership With MV Agusta

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-AMG high-performance luxury brand has decided that two wheels aren’t so bad after all, putting down an undisclosed sum for 25 percent of Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta S.p.A. In addition to the stake,...Show More Summary

Scion’s Next Small Car Won’t Be A Wagon

With the unveiling of the Scion iM just weeks away, a bit of news out of Thailand has revealed some information about the other new Scion that will be released alongside the iM. Set to debut at the end of November at the Thai Motor Show,...Show More Summary

Russian Billionaire Steps In To Keep The Nurburgring Alive

Home to many a ‘Ring time, as well as one 24-hour FIA GT3 throwdown with as many competitors and fans as it can fit, the Nurburgring has found a new owner in Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin. Autoblog reports Kharitonin — founder...Show More Summary

2015 Ram 700 Newest Entrant In Mexican Compact Truck Market

For some, the Chevrolet Colorado’s “technology and stuff” is just what they need in a truck. For others, however, the mid-size pickup’s footprint is still a tad too big. If you call Mexico your home, Ram just has what you need. According...Show More Summary

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