• 2016 Cadillac CT6 launches the $12 billion Cadillac comeback

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    It's wrong to call Cadillac's attempt to break into the top echelon of European luxury brands "Sisyphean." In the Greek myth, the tricky king cursed to roll a boulder up a hill forever finds it slipping away just as it reaches the crest. In its case, Cadillac has kept the rock rolling — it's just the hill that's grown steeper.

    Proof of that arrived tonight in the shape of the 2016 Cadillac CT6, a new flagship sedan for General Motors' luxury arm and the tip of a $12 billion flurry of eight models arriving by 2020. Billed as the most advanced vehicle ever bolted — or in its case, laser-welded and glued together — by GM, the new sedan will sport up to 400 hp and new technology like four-wheel steering and a 34-speaker stereo system.

    In a realm where Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi dominate, Cadillac has main some gains, but not as much as GM has hoped. Staring from the original CTS sedan unveiled in 2002, a car meant to atone for engineering crimes like the Cimarron, Cadillac has steadily

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  • Chevrolet execs admit that in the midsize sedan segment, with 17 competitors all vying for the same customer, "it's hard to win." They haven't hidden themselves from the truth, either, acknowledging that the outgoing Malibu "lagged behind" the competition, and that to rectify that fact, they must do better.

    This is what they've come up with, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Beyond the sizable makeover is now a hybrid model, a new lightweight body structure, and some clever tech for parents with teen drivers. But will it be enough to rocket sales to the level of the all-conquering Toyota Camry?

    The signs point to Chevy heading in the right direction. In person, the new Malibu looks a world better than the one it replaces, appearing more grown up with a subtle hint of aggression. It's also four inches longer than the old car, which yields significantly better legroom for those in the back, and given the greater use of high-strength steel, less material was required for the body, shedding 300

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  • As smart as our phones have become, our cars remain dumb. Most older vehicles lack any kind of wireless connectivity, and outside of a few warning lights can't even communicate with their owners about the specifics of any problem. In most vehicles on the road, knowing what's causing a check engine light to switch on requires special scanners, sifting through trouble codes and usually a trip to the repair shop.

    Now a Boston-based online auto repair marketplace wants to be the first to make that process more intelligent. By piggybacking on technology from insurance companies, its new service would have mechanics bidding to repair your car minutes after a check engine light comes on.

    Openbay currently has some 20,000 auto repair shops bidding on jobs submitted by car owners, many of whom generally know what needs to be fixed. And it's not just tire changes; the average Openbay bid runs between $350 and $400. Rob Infantino, founder and CEO of Openbay, says the new service, called Openbay

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  • For all its glory, McLaren is a name unknown to many outside the racing world. The U.K.-based company has been the legacy of Bruce McLaren of Formula One and Can-Am racing fame for more than half a century, but it only started building road cars in 2011. And with starting prices of roughly a quarter million bucks, exactly none of McLaren’s carbon fiber masterpieces could be considered attainable; seeing a P1 in the wild is tantamount to seeing the Queen of England picking daisies in your front yard. Your mom gets a pass for not knowing what they are.

    That changes with this, the stunning 2016 McLaren 570S. The lead model of McLaren’s new Sport Series, the low-slung 570S is a close relative to the 650S — itself the core model of McLaren’s newly christened “Super Series” — but will carry a much lower starting price of $175,000 to $185,000. This puts McLaren in the same segment as other almost-attainable fantasy cars like the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo S for the first time, and is the

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  • Earlier today we brought you the first glimpse of Lincoln's new Continental concept, set to be revealed in public at the New York auto show later this week. In general, the vast amount of commenters in the article liked Lincoln's attempt at a modern interpretation of the iconic Continental, but the news gets better still.

    I've just come out of another private screening for the car here in New York, and compared to the pictures (which I liked but didn't love), it looks even better. It's the attention to detail that gets lost in the imagery, like the wing-shaped door handles that are embedded into the chrome trim below the windows. It makes the car's side silhouette that much cleaner (and longer). From every angle, the Continental just looks stunning.

    And when you open the doors, that attention to detail stems further still  from the reclining rear seat that looks straight off of Trump's private jet to the split bolsters that can be customized individually for both the left and right

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  • Giving new life to an iconic name is tough, but the struggling Lincoln brand is trying to do just that with the new Continental concept car —  a preview of its future look, and a bet on defining a 21st-century mission for Ford's luxury brand, with an eye toward growing in the world's most bustling luxury car market, China.

    First, the good news: The Continental concept, unveiled today ahead of the New York auto show, does have beautiful lines. A new, less baleen whale-style grille with a chrome Lincoln cross that lights up when the car is “awakened,” and a bucketful of new technologies. Features like 30-way adjustable seats with cleverly designed split thigh bolsters that can be individually adjusted, door handles at the beltline that open elegantly with a touch of a button hidden underneath and feature both soft open and close, a “smart-glass” roof that tints at the touch of a button, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost engine, all combined with safety and convenience features already

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  • I'm writing this brief article from an airplane having just sampled the all-new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. So... how was it?

    Well, if I told you, I wouldn't have to kill you, but I would have to buy a bouquet of flowers and a nice bottle of scotch to send to the PR department at Cadillac for breaking their embargo date. What I can do, however, is show you a video of my lap using GM's sweet Performance Data Recorder -- providing I promise not to spill any driving impressions.

    Being a man of honor I shall of course comply, and a good scotch ain't cheap. So here is my lap from yesterday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, driving the new 464 hp ATS-V with an automatic transmission and without the higher downforce aero package (see below).

    Be sure to check back later next month for my full review and a video brimming with tire-burning skids.

    Review, coming soon...Review, coming soon...
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  • This Ford GT Has Fewer Miles Than You Walk in a Day — And a Huge Price

    The question is a simple one. If a decade back you had the ducats to pony up for a ferociously reimagined 2006 Ford GT, could you resist driving it? Megan Boyd is pretty sure she knows what most people would say.

    “I would have had an extremely hard time never driving a car that fun, so I guess you could call this particular auction item a case of extreme automotive restraint,” says Boyd, car specialist at Auctions America, whose Fort Lauderdale auction runs from March 27-29. “It’s got to be the lowest mileage Ford GT ever sold. Or even just out there.”

    How low? Just 2.7 miles show on the odometer of this special Heritage Edition GT, a Canadian-spec machine that clearly went nowhere without its transporter after leaving its Michigan birthplace.

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    There were only 343 Heritage Edition models made (of some 4,000 total GT examples), all of which are modern-day tributes to Ford’s winning racing past as interpreted by fabled auto designer J. Mays. Each special-order machine features the

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  • New 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class SUV comes to replace your ML-Class

    When the original Mercedes-Benz M-Class came forth in 1998 — from a factory in Alabama, of all places — there was a certain amount of skepticism. Sure, it looked the part, and it mostly drove like one, but would German luxury buyers really take to a high-riding SUV?

    Today, it's safe to ask whether luxury buyers really want anything else. Where it once stood alone, the Mercedes-Benz midsize SUV is now one of roughly 20 such models for sale in the United States. And despite having its best sales year ever in 2014 — at 46,726 copies — the M-Class was passed by the BMW X5 and the lighter, less expensive models from Asian luxury makes.

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    Hence the arrival of this, a revamped SUV that now adopts the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature to be called GLE, because names on luxury cars are apparently as welcome as squeegee men. The engine range remains the same — from a 2.5-liter diesel to two variants of V-6s at 302 hp and 329 hp, and the stonking 5.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, good for up to 577 hp and

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  • On a pre-programmed course in an old airfield in Alameda, Calif., a silverfish-shaped car meanders through a cardboard city full of frozen people and cut-out trees. Here at the edge of Silicon Valley, looking back across the bay at the San Francisco skyline and just minutes from Mercedes-Benz’s Research facility in Sunnyvale, the F 015 “Luxury In Motion” autonomous prototype vehicle makes its way — with the driver's seat comfortably swiveled 180 degrees to face backwards.

    It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but this is Mercedes-Benz’s vision of the future — the year 2030 to be precise. The F 015 concept is quite literally a living room on wheels. Feel like driving? Swivel your chair and take control of the steering wheel that folds neatly away when not in use. Feel like working, relaxing, or talking? Swivel back around and face your fellow passengers; the car will continue to drive you to your destination. In Mercedes purview, life in the future is no longer about speed,

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