Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, 2012-2013 Beetle

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly half a million Volkswagen cars, including more than 400,000 model-year 2011-13 Volkswagen Jetta sedans and nearly 42,000 model-year 2012-13 Beetle hatchbacks and convertibles

The Problem: A rear or side-rear collision could damage the rear suspension trailing arms; if this damage is not repaired, the trailing arm could fracture suddenly, resulting in a loss of vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash, Volkswagen said in a statement about the voluntary recall. No accidents or injuries related to the issue have been reported, the automaker said.

The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear suspension of vehicles that have been involved in rear or side-rear collisions to determine whether the trailing arms have been damaged. On cars that do not have damaged trailing arms, the dealer will fit a sheet-metal inlay on the rear trailing arms, which will emit a distinctive sound if the car is later involved in a rear-end collision and will be a signal for the owner to take the car back to a dealer for inspection. Work will be done for free. The automaker has not announced a notification schedule, but said it will contact all owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to arrange an appointment.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call VW at 800-893-5298 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 | October 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

'Price Is Right' Contestants to Bid on 'Dream Cars'

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OK, playing "The Price is Right" rules, as close as you can without going over: How much would you expect to pay for a Porsche Cayenne? How about a Range Rover Sport SE? A Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S or Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster? All next week contestants on the iconic game show will be making bids on that half-million-dollar quintet of luxury vehicles in hopes of hearing Bob Barker … er … we mean, Drew Carey, announce that they've won "A NEW CARRR!!!"

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?

"Dream Car Week" runs Oct. 13-17 on the four-decade-old-plus shopping-themed game show that asks contestants to wager on the retail price of merchandise in hopes of winning extravagant prizes presented by comely models. The show was famously hosted by Barker from its inception until 2007, when bespectacled comedian and sitcom star Carey succeeded him. The show runs 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Standard Time weekdays on CBS.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Mazda Releases More Specs for the 2016 MX-5 Miata

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We've seen what the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata looks like and have had some time up close with it, but now Mazda has dribbled out a few more specs for the roadster.

While overseas markets will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder, the new Miata will come with a direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the U.S. That's the same size engine as the outgoing Miata had, but the new four-cylinder features Mazda's SkyActiv technology. Horsepower and torque figures for the new engine weren't released, but Mazda said in a statement that the car "delivers sufficient output for its size." The current Mazda3 compact car has a SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower and 150 pounds-feet of torque. The new Miata gets a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic is likely, but hasn't been confirmed.

By Mike Hanley | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible: First Look

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Competes with: Volvo C70, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Mercedes SLK-Class

Looks like: A 2 Series coupe without a roof

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i, 228i xDrive); 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (M235i); rear-wheel drive on 228i and 235i, all-wheel drive on 228i xDrive; eight-speed automatic transmission (228i, 228i xDrive, M235i) or six-speed manual transmission (M235i only)

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Pricing: 228i, $38,850; 228i xDrive, $40,650; M235i, $48,650 (includes destination)

BMW went a year without a convertible version of its subcompact model, but the automaker has rebirthed its outgoing 1 Series convertible for 2015 as the all-new 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible. The 2 Series convertible range — based on the new-for-2014 2 Series coupe — includes the rear-wheel-drive 228i as well as an all-wheel-drive 228i xDrive, a somewhat ironic — or perhaps perfect — pairing of fair- and foul-weather features.

Related: 2014 BMW M235i Expert Review

Performance enthusiasts in sun-rich regions will welcome the M235i in drop-top format with its 320-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder and performance-tuned underpinnings. The 2 Series convertible debuts at the Paris Motor Show in early October, and the U.S. will get its first look at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November before the convertible goes on sale in early 2015.

By Joe Bruzek | September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

More 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Details, Photos

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In the build-up to the unveiling of the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mazda called the new car a "revolution, not an evolution." We'd agree — the new car is a big departure stylistically from the previous generations.

Related: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Photos

While Mazda was very tight-lipped about anything related to specifications or dimensions about the new Miata, we did get a chance to get up-close with a right-hand-drive version of the car that is for all intents and purposes, a production model.

By David Thomas | September 4, 2014 | Comments (4)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Photos

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Throughout all of its 20-plus years on the road, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been a staple of affordable driving fun. Even now, it's still a relative bargain as a convertible with impeccable handling starting at just $24,765 with destination charge.

Related: More 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Details, Photos

The MX-5 is continually nominated in Cars.com's Top Picks for Driving Fun nominations in our annual Best Of awards. After years of being relatively unchanged, the current 2015 MX-5 Miata is overdue for a complete overhaul despite its on-road prowess, so the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata has a lot to live up to.

Check out photos of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata below, we'll be adding more as we get them later tonight. And stay tuned for more coverage of the all-new MX-5 Miata very soon.

By Joe Bruzek | September 3, 2014 | Comments (8)

Recall Alert: 2014 Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 450 model-year 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S high-performance luxury sports cars manufactured between June 2013 and July 2014

The Problem: Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If this happens, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Aston Martin began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info. The automaker noted that if the vehicle exhibits the problem, owners should turn off the ignition then restart it, which may allow the car to be driven to safety.

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 | August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition Means the End of the Road

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Remember when Volkswagen introduced the 2010 New Beetle Final Edition? It signaled the passing of a car that spent an eternal 13 model years going from spring chicken to throwback turkey. Well, the Final Edition is back, and it heralds the swan-song year for the Eos hardtop convertible, which arrived at U.S. dealerships eight years ago this month.

Related: 2014 Volkswagen Eos Cars.com Review

But while the Beetle got new life a few years later that is not in the cards for the Eos.

Put a fork in it; the Eos is done. And cue the long sigh and slow nod, because we told you so. (We know, we were a year late. Let us have our moment.)

By Kelsey Mays | August 27, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Gets New Eight-Speed Transmission; We Drive It

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Chevrolet has been enjoying amazing success with the redesigned Corvette Stingray, delivering 37,000 of the 2014 model to buyers, nearly tripling sales of the iconic two-seat sports car overnight. Now 2014 model production has ended, and the company is ready to begin shipping 2015 models out the door of the Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing plant. The new model is largely the same as the 2014, with one notable exception: The 2015 Stingray receives a new General Motors-designed eight-speed automatic transmission, joining the seven-speed manual and replacing the old six-speed automatic.

Related: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review

Why upgrade to a new transmission so soon after launching the popular Stingray? The reason is simple: The upcoming Corvette Z06 and its 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine make more power than the current six-speed can handle without fragging itself. No suitable transmission could be found from a supplier to both handle the Z06's power and fit in the Corvette's unusual packaging, so GM made its own, and buyers of any Corvette variety will now get the eight-speed when they opt for an automatic.

By Aaron Bragman | August 20, 2014 | Comments (13)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Review

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"The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a refined Sunday driver that's priced competitively against more purpose-built roadsters, and it's well-executed to boot," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

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