Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Sales stumble in Germany, and who’s buying all those VW dealerships?

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Germans have a reputation for being on-time, and this week, Volkswagen will have a chance to prove (or disprove) that stereotype in a very big way. A federal judge has

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Preview

It’s now been more than 15 years since Cadillac reinvented itself with Led Zeppelin-infused ads and an edgy Art Science design theme that really showed up the lozenge-shaped exteriors of the time.

Although that reopened the door to Cadillac to a generation of Baby Boomers, now the American luxury brand is focusing in on Gen X and Millennial shoppers, with more voluptuous styling and lavishly appointed interiors, brimming with technology, and more finely honed than ever to delight from the driver’s seat. That new thrust is kicked off with the Cadillac CT6 sedan, and the 2017 XT5 crossover closely follows.

The XT5 is a very important new model, because the SRX it replaces has come to symbolize growth for the brand. The outgoing version has sold consistently well, topping 50,000 units every year since its 2010-model-year introduction, and even doing better toward the end of its lifecycle. It brought nearly 40

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Toyota Pulls The Plug On Scion, But Why?

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Today, Toyota announced plans to shutter its youth-oriented Scion brand. But why?

That depends on whom you ask.

TOYOTA’S VERSION

In the video above, Toyota Motor North America’s CEO Jim Lentz explains that Scion isn’t really going away. Beginning in the 2017 model year, most remaining Scion models will be rebadged and sold as Toyotas.

The rationale? Scion debuted in 2003 as a brand exclusively focused on younger car buyers. It offered small, quirky,

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2017 Kia Cadenza preview

The Basics:

The Kia Cadenza, is already a great car for comfort-oriented sedan shoppers—especially those who aren’t super-brand-conscious yet want a luxury-car feel and feature set without breaking the bank. And it stands to get even better with the fully redesigned version—first shown at the 2016 New York Auto Show—that’s on the way for 2017.

That’s because Kia takes aim at two of the outgoing Cadenza’s main weaknesses: It’s a little conservatively styled, and not all that much fun to drive.

Like Kia’s most recent models, the 2017 Kia Cadenza ups its game inside, where it counts, with a cabin that’s even more focused on hand-crafted details and upgraded materials. And with Kia’s first 8-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the Cadenza also makes gains in efficiency and drivability.

From the outside, the 2017 Kia Cadenza looks a good deal more elegant than its predecessor, and perhaps a little sportier, too. The new

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2017 Toyota Corolla

The Basics:

The 2017 Toyota Corolla will take its well-deserved, yearlong parade lap this year. After all, the name has been around for 50 years and adorned more than 40 million cars worldwide, according to Toyota. Over its span, the Corolla has epitomized basic, trouble-free, and relatively comfortable transportation over 11 generations, with a few memorable forms—AE86 anyone?

This year, Toyota adds available active-safety technology to better compete with a growing class of compacts. While the current version isn’t what you might call charming, it’s more interesting and engaging that its anodyne predecessors.

For 2017, there are essentially no changes to the Corolla, save for a few new trims and a 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Only 8,000 of those special models will be sold, in only three colors. They feature unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a black interior with “Black Cherry” contrast stitching, dash and door accents, and special floor mats and badges. The

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