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By Matt Schmitz | July 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | July 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Who Will Be Able to Buy Aston Martin's New Ultra-Luxury Sedan?

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Remember the boxy Aston Martin Lagonda sedan from the 1970s? It was a striking beast that was representative of its time, and it's still sought after by collectors some 40 years later. Now Aston Martin is set to bring back a fully updated version of the Lagonda super-sedan built off of the company's own VH platform, the same one that forms the basis for the Aston Martin Rapide sedan and Vanquish coupe.

Related: 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S First Look

There's a catch, however; the new Lagonda will only be available to buyers in the Middle East, and even then it will be offered by invitation only. Basically, unless you're a sheik with a pre-existing collection of Aston Martin cars, you're out of luck. Details have not yet been published about the car itself, aside from a couple obscured photos and the fact that the car will be hand-built at the company's Gaydon, U.K., facility, which is the same one that built the bespoke One-77 supercar.

Each car will also be made to order and likely be unique. It will feature carbon-fiber body panels and styling that evokes the original 1976 Lagonda sedan, updated with some modern touches. Pricing has not been announced, and given the wording in Aston Martin's press release, it may never be announced to anyone except those invited to buy one. Expect to start seeing early examples of the new Lagonda around the start of 2015.

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By Aaron Bragman | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Report: GM Cars in Ignition-Cylinder Recall Selling for Less

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A new report by iSeeCars.com says cars involved in the most serious of GM's ignition-related recalls have lower prices on the used-car market. The Woburn, Mass.-based automotive site, and Cars.com partner, analyzed more than 11 million cars for sale and found the listed price of recalled cars has dropped more than double the rate of non-luxury used cars in general.

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The website looked at listed prices for the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007 Saturn Sky and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice. All six models were among the 2.2 million cars recalled in the U.S. between Feb. 25 and April 9 for faulty ignition switches and then, ultimately, faulty ignition cylinders.

By Kelsey Mays | July 25, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Mazda6, 2004 RX-8

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Vehicles Affected: More than 18,000 model-year 2003-04 Mazda6 cars and model-year 2004 RX-8 sports cars

The Problem: A defect in the passenger side frontal airbag may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the device; metal fragments could strike and seriously injure occupants. This latest action is an expansion of a 2013 recall related to the ongoing problem with airbag systems manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of the devices, involving numerous automakers.

The Fix: Mazda will begin notifying owners in August, and dealers will replace the defective airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback Review

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"The 2015 Subaru Outback is a capable hauler, and where previous versions lagged with droning highway manners, a utilitarian interior and cramped interior space, this version improves on — if not solves — those shortcomings," said Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson. Check out Jackson's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 25, 2014 | Comments (3)

Used-Car Prices Fall for Third Straight Month in July

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Late-model used-car prices dipped below $23,000 in July for the first time this year, settling at $22,919. That's a 0.78 percent drop from June, and it's the third month in a row that prices have dropped.

Related: What’s the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's price fell the most in July, dropping 3.2 percent ($653) to $19,511. The only other alternative-fuel car in the top 10 list is the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, and all of the other models are from luxury brands.

By Mike Hanley | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices Approach Month of Daily Decreases

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The cost of gasoline continues to slide even as the price of crude oil shows increased volatility, and Thursday marked the 26th consecutive day of lower prices at the pump, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Some daily declines during that stretch have been only fractions of a penny, but the steady slide over nearly a month has lowered the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded to $3.55, 4 cents less than a week ago and 13 cents less than a month ago. Diesel fuel declined by a cent the past week to $3.86, a 4-cent drop compared to a month ago.

Gas Prices See Sustained Slide

Oil, meanwhile, was trading at around $103 a barrel Thursday after it shot up to nearly $107 on June 25 because of worries over conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and then briefly fell below $100 in mid-July. AAA noted that those conflicts have had little impact on U.S. gas prices. "Despite these issues, oil markets remain relatively unaffected because there has not been an impact to supply or distribution. Meanwhile, domestic refinery utilization reached its highest level of the year last week, which has helped to push gas prices lower," AAA said in its weekly analysis of fuel costs.

By Rick Popely | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Cayenne First Look

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Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Looks like: The current Cayenne with slightly different headlights

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel; 416-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 plug-in hybrid; 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6; 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Nov. 1

Pricing: $62,695-$114,595 including destination

A redesign of Porsche's most popular model has just been unveiled, updating what has been a surprisingly successful experiment for the German sports car company. The new 2015 Cayenne SUV will hit dealerships on Nov. 1 with a new face, new tail, lightly updated interior and two new powertrains that should serve to separate the truck from the new entry-level Macan SUV.

By Aaron Bragman | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI

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Vehicles Affected: More than 2,000 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 27, 2014, and May 12, 2014

The Problem: The stabilizer link fasteners may come loose and possibly interfere with steering, requiring additional effort to control the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Volkswagen earlier this month issued a stop sale order to dealers on the 2015 Golf and GTI due to the stabilizer link fastener issue, covering about 700 vehicles in dealer inventory; the automaker said no accidents or injuries related to this problem have been reported.

The Fix: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the front stabilizer links for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

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