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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

What do you do when you’ve nabbed some of the industry’s top honors? How do you one-up yourself after being named both North American Car of the Year, as well as Motor Trend Car of the Year.  If you’re Volkswagen, you take things to the next level with the launch of...
Volkswagen Reports 20 Percent Profit Jump

Volkswagen Reports 20 Percent Profit Jump

Volkswagen reported a 20% increase in net profits in 2014 and despite predicting it would meet it’s lofty ambition of selling 10 million units this year – three years early – it is cautious about 2015. “Given the subdued growth prospects in regions outside China,...
Aston Martin Takes to the Track with New Vulcan

Aston Martin Takes to the Track with New Vulcan

In Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of armor and fire, his forge sending flames out from Mount Aetna. In the hands of British automaker Aston Martin, Vulcan is still shooting flames – but in this case, out of its side-exit exhaust pipes. The Aston Martin Vulcan is...
New Vehicles Getting Less than 20 MPG on Decline

New Vehicles Getting Less than 20 MPG on Decline

As automakers and the federal government head toward a potential clash over the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy mandate for 2025, a recent study shows that automakers are making substantive gains in fuel economy: about one in four new vehicles get less than 20...
Congressman Pushes Nationwide Traffic Camera Ban

Congressman Pushes Nationwide Traffic Camera Ban

A U.S. Congressman has joined the growing chorus of opponents who want to see the end of automated cameras used to enforce traffic laws across the country. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has proposed a nationwide ban on the technology – which he contends is...
Mercedes Reveals Track-Ready AMG GT3

Mercedes Reveals Track-Ready AMG GT3

Expect to see some serious track-ready sheet metal make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next week, including a track-only offering from Aston Martin, and a dual street and track Cayman GT4 from Porsche. So, how could Mercedes-Benz be left out of that...
GM Shuts Down Spin Production in Indonesia

GM Shuts Down Spin Production in Indonesia

Weeks after announcing a new partnership with its Chinese partner, SAIC Motor Corp., to build small SUVs in Indonesia, General Motors is shuttering its car-making operations in the world’s fourth-most populous country. The move means the loss of 500 jobs in the...
Car Sales Down, Auto Jobs Shift to Trucks

Car Sales Down, Auto Jobs Shift to Trucks

The sharp slump in fuel prices has generally been good news for auto buyers and automakers alike. A growing number of buyers have been shifting from high-mileage cars to bigger pickups and utility vehicles in recent months. For manufacturers, that has swelled the...
Porsche Pulling Covers Off Two New Models in Geneva

Porsche Pulling Covers Off Two New Models in Geneva

The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is going to be one of the busiest ever, with automakers lining up to debut their latest products. And Porsche plans to use its time in the spotlight at Geneva’s PALExpo convention center to reveal two new high-performance models. The...
Expect Recall Numbers to Remain High, Study Says

Expect Recall Numbers to Remain High, Study Says

The steady stream of automotive recalls that made 2014 the Year of the Recall is unlikely to occur again this year, but volumes are likely to be higher than normal, according to a recently released study. Stout, Risius and Ross, a financial advisory firm, released its...