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Special series Lamborghini celebrates collaboration of two brands

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(December 20, 2014) Lamborghini has announced production of an exclusive new special series, the Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition, created to celebrate the long and ongoing history of collaboration with the Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli.

2015 Toyota Camry



PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Has Toyota been hearing giant footsteps gaining on them, feeling the hot breath of segment competitors as they rapidly close the gap on the perennial best-selling mid-size Camry sedan? The segment is, indeed, now filled with excellent, compelling choices and even as the Camry continues to maintain an edge in overall sales on the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion, it has been criticized for falling behind in styling, performance and personality.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado



DEL MAR, Calif. — Chevrolet's goal was to leapfrog the competition with its all-new 2015 Colorado mid-sized pickup. Actually that's not such a lofty goal. There are only two major players left in the shrinking segment — the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier — and neither has undergone any significant upgrades in nearly a decade.

2015 Hyundai Sonata



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than four years ago Hyundai answered the criticism that all mid-sized sedans look the same by stepping away from the stereotypical styling with the 2011 Sonata, a car so daringly different that it set a new tone for the design future of the popular segment. It was a smash hit not only for its good looks, but for its above-average performance, generous standard features, and improved build quality.

Vehicle of the Week

2015 Subaru Outback — New and improved



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Outback, the best-selling Subaru through the first 11 months of 2014, debuted in 1994 as a derivative of the second-generation mid-sized Legacy, making Subaru one of the first automakers to turn the out-of-favor station wagon into an SUV of sorts adding side body cladding — a SUV styling statement of the '90s — and raising the suspension to go with its standard all-wheel drive format. Call it a crossover if you wish, but it has come to epitomize the rugged all-weather go-anywhere modern version of the station wagon.

Here's the Thing

Car shoppers hear this: Kelley Blue Book lists top 10 year-end deals

(December 19, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — Just in time for the holidays and year-end bargains, the experts from Kelley Blue Book have assembled their list of the 10 best lease, financing and cash back deals available in December from a variety of auto manufacturers.

"Year-end is one of the best times to buy a new car as automakers look to maximize sales numbers for the calendar year,"  said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. 

Toyota environmental specialist finds its best to 'leave it to beaver'

(December 19, 2014) Sometimes it’s best to let nature take its course. That’s what Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi environmental specialist Sean McCarthy learned when he and other team members tried to stifle the SimCity tendencies of some resourceful rodents.

During construction of the plant, two retention ponds were established. The ponds are designed to capture and hold storm water runoff, allowing any suspended solids to settle. Water discharge from the pond is regulated with an 11-foot sluice gate and seven-foot concrete wall just beyond the gate. When the gate is raised, the water flows out through three slots in the wall.

TrueCar says Toyota Tacoma still dominating small pickup segment

(December 18, 2014) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — TrueCar finds Toyota's Tacoma still dominates small pickup sales with the largest market share for the last 10 years in a row as the current truck concludes its run and the company prepares to show a restyled version in Detroit next month.

Inside the Industry

FCA recalling 287,945 Dodge Ram trucks for possible axle lockup

(December 20, 2014) DETROIT — FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by U.S. safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach. Recalled are 287,945 Ram full-size pickup trucks from model year 2005 because the rear axle pinion nut may loosen, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the company and documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag inflator safety recall

(December 20, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — At the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford is expanding its recall on Takata driver-side airbag inflators. This recall includes approximately 502,489 vehicles, an addition of approximately 447,310 vehicles.

This brings the total number of Ford vehicles being recalled for Takata airbag inflators to approximately 538,977.

Global production of Mazda6 reaches three million units

(December 19, 2014) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda Motor Corp. has announced that total global production of the Mazda6 (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan) reached three million units at the end of November.

The milestone figure was reached in approximately 12 years and nine months after production of the first-generation Mazda6 began in February 2002 at Hofu Plant No. 2 in Yamaguchi, Japan. It is the second fastest time for a Mazda model to reach three million units, following the Mazda3 (Mazda Axela in Japan).

Abandoned Car of the Week

Wagoneer living in retirement



This early 1980s Jeep Wagoneer lives in retirement in the weeds. The Wagoneer was built from 1963 through 1991, a sport utility vehicle (SUV) before the term was even coined. The wagon received only minor styling changes through the years. The Wagoneer was moved upmarket in its later years by AMC before Chrysler acquired AMC in 1987. The Wagoneer could be purchased with either a six-cylinder or V-8 engine in the early '80s and with a four-speed automatic transmission. (Photo by Jim Meachen)