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2015 Buick Regal Premium II Group Review

Competent entry-level luxury for a younger crowd.

2015 Lexus LS 460 Review

The car that wasn't there.

2015 Ford Focus ST Review

A truly hot hatchback.

The Daily Driver

Our auto journalists give daily impressions of the cars they drive.

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen's MIB II Infotainment System Builds Upon an Already Great Head Unit

Yes, you'll finally get some real USB ports in your car.

Volkswagen is rolling out the second generation of its MIB infotainment system. MIB II is nothing extreme; instead of a total re-do, VW is building upon its current strengths and adding a whole bunch of connectivity options at the same time. The result is called MIB II, and we'll pause here so you can make all the Men in Black jokes you want before we continue.

Some BMW i3 Owners Are Being Offered $1,000 to Stay Off the Grid

Apparently, EV owners are spiking the grid at the wrong time.

If you're in the Bay Area and you own a BMW i3 electric vehicle, apart from being a giant stereotype, you could have the chance to earn over $1,000 for charging smarter. The program is called iChargeForward, and it's a collaboration between BMW AG and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) that pays EV owners to give up charging when the grid gets overstressed.

Bang for Your Buck: 2016 Scion FR-S vs. the Used-Car Market

Checking out a new car's competition from the used-car market.

It's no surprise that buyers often compare both new and used cars. For a given price point, the market for potential cars explodes once you start looking away from new cars alone. Sure, you might give up the warranty, but if you're looking for something unique, used cars provide a good value ... provided you pick the right one. Bang for Your Buck takes a look at five used cars you could get with the money you'd spend on the new car we've tested recently.

Here Are Some of the Beautiful Ferraris You Can Bid on at Mecum Monterey 2015

Better crack open your biggest piggy banks, folks.

Monterey Car Week is one of the most exciting weeks to be a car enthusiast. Collectors, fans, drivers, and others collect in Monterey, California for a week of high-profile events catered to car lovers. One of those events is the Mecum Monterey auction, where serious collector-metal ends up on the block for well-heeled folks to take home and enjoy. This year, there's a glut of beautiful old Ferraris to look forward to.

Volkswagen Brings Its Safety Technology to the Huddled Masses for 2016

The trickle-down theory works best when applied to automobiles.

A few years after higher-end vehicles pick up on a new technology, it's then passed down to more affordable vehicles. It happened with power windows, heated seats, and now, it's happening with safety technology. As various ratings systems incorporate the existence of safety technology (e.g. automated braking) into their metrics, automakers are hustling to bring those bits to nearly every car in their lineups. That's what Volkswagen is doing right now.

Volkswagen Overtakes Toyota as World's Largest Automaker

Volkswagen Uber Alles: "Wir sind das Aktiengesellschaft Nummer eins!"

Despite a recent quickly-resolved leadership crisis, German automaker Volkswagen has emerged as the World's number one automaker, edging out Japanese auto giant Toyota in the first half of 2015. VW racked up 5.05 million sales between January and June of this year, while Toyota only eked out 5.02 million, a one-and-a-half-percent decline over last year.

Hyundai to Allow Users to Self-Install Update to Android Auto

Owners of 2015 Sonatas can apply D.I.Y. patch.

In spite of prolonged delays, Android Auto (and its rival, Apple's CarPlay), suddenly appeared earlier this year, although not in time to make it into any 2015 models. South Korean car maker Hyundai has decided to offer owners of the 2015 Sonata the ability to upgrade their infotainment systems on their own, without needing to schedule an appointment with their neighborhood Hyundai dealer.       Main Image Caption:

Teenagers Rescue Elderly from Sinking Car, Camaro Lands Atop Subaru, and Changing Car Paint

Our top five (truly) kick-ass car videos for August 1.

It is no less than an exciting week in the world of car videos - from the serious and precautionary to the downright fun. From Dallas and Dubai and back again, Web2Carz brings you another installment in our weekly Top Five (Truly) Kick-Ass Car Videos.

How Clean Is the Air You're Breathing? Google's Street View Cars Will Tell You

Wicked Tech: Google's cars are mapping out urban pollution.

San-Francisco-based company Aclima, Inc designs and deploys environmental sensor networks to gather data on air quality. Their network of nodes detect a whole spectrum of particulate matter and are installed in a variety of spaces, from conference rooms to crowded street corners, and now, in vehicles. Aclima recently announced their partnership with Google Earth Outreach, equipping Street View cars with their mobile sensors to map outdoor air quality.

FIRST DRIVE: 2016 Scion iM

Corolla sensibility blended with Scion quirkiness.

Scion needs a reinvigoration. Its current annual sales are less than single Scion vehicles were pulling back in the brand's early years. With several models on the way out, it's time to bring some fresh faces in. I've already jumped into the iA, the first part of a one-two punch designed to bring some more Millennial heads into Scion showrooms. Now, we're looking at the iM, which is a slightly-altered European-spec Toyota Auris hatchback that provides the right hook to the iA's left jab.

News Roundup: Tesla Incentives, Ford Focus RS Pricing, and the Top Gear Trio Finds a New Home

Your auto news roundup for the week of 07/24 - 07/31.

2016 is going to be a great year for automotive enthusiasts, because the former Top Gear UK trio - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May - have announced that they've signed a deal to bring their automotive stylings to Amazon Video. Details are mum at the moment, but if you have yet to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription, we suggest doing so soon. You'll get cheaper shipping options for all the crap you want to buy, too.

FIRST DRIVE: 2016 Scion iA

Fun-sized sensibility, with an emphasis on fun.

Toyota and Mazda are getting cozy. The two automakers have entered into a partnership, wherein both sides will share different technologies with each other, building upon earlier sharing ventures. One of those earlier ventures is now known as the 2016 Scion iA - at its essence, it's a new Mazda2 subcompact sedan with a Toyota-branded candy shell.

Throwback Thursday: Celebrating the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

A look at two generations of a Mercedes-Benz favorite.

Every week we take a look back at how our favorite cars, trucks, and SUVs have evolved over the years - the "embarrassing childhood photos." Welcome to Throwback Thursday! This week we're featuring two generations of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, a midsize luxury sedan built as a fastback compliment to the E-Class midsize luxury sedan.

2010 vs 2015: Reliability, Efficiency, and Value Keep the Toyota Corolla a Contender Among Sedans

Now in its 11th generation, we see what the new Corolla has to offer.

What have the last five years done to our favorite rides? If you're in the market for a new vehicle, it might be prudent to take a look at some previous model years. We all know that cars depreciate as soon as they're driven off the lot, but how much do they depreciate after half-a-decade? Are there options you simply can't live without today, that weren't available five years ago?