2018 Jaguar XJR575 – First Drive Review

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Caveat Venditor: Car-Dealer Advertisement Complaints Cost Group $1.4 Million in Settlement with FTC

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If car shoppers expect to pay a certain amount for a vehicle and then learn that they’re on the hook for hundreds or thousands of dollars more, it can be a confusing and aggravating experience, to say the least. And it could have been the result of misleading advertising. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against a Southern California dealer. The Conant Auto Retail (CAR) Group said the allegations are without merit and has admitted no wrongdoing, but it has nevertheless agreed to settle with the FTC for $1.4 million.

The FTC said some of the company’s dozen Norm Reeves dealerships in California and Florida violated several consumer-protection laws by leading car shoppers to believe they could finance vehicles for low monthly payments, or lease vehicles with no money down, while failing to adequately disclose associated costs. The ads were run despite a 2014 consent agreement that prohibited the Norm Reeves dealers and nine other dealership groups from allegedly misrepresenting the costs of vehicles. But shortly after signing, some Norm Reeves dealers kept running ads that violated the agreement, the FTC said.

In its complaint, the FTC pointed to more than a dozen examples of ads run on several media platforms and in email promotions. In one ad shown below, Norm Reeves Buick GMC in Irvine, California, was running an ad on its homepage in 2015 that offered zero percent APR for 60 months. The FTC said the ad failed to disclose the amount or percentage of the down payment and the full repayment terms.

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In another example, the Norm Reeves Huntington Beach (California) dealership sent out an email in 2015 that prominently featured the offer of a new Honda Civic at 1.9 percent APR for 72 months. But that deal only applied to a consumer with Tier 1+ credit, and even then the down payment would vary, the FTC said in its complaint. A consumer with Tier 1+ credit typically has a FICO score above 700.

“Most consumers do not have a credit score high enough to be considered Tier 1+ and therefore do not qualify for many of Defendants’ advertised offers,” the FTC said in its complaint. As with the other example, the FTC also said the ad failed to disclose certain terms.

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For an ad run on multiple online platforms in 2015 and 2016, a Norm Reeves dealer spot said “$0 due at lease signing” and “Lease for $159/mo + tax.” The FTC said that, although there is additional language on the right side of the ad, “It is small, grey, and illegible.” The ad also didn’t say whether a security deposit was required, nor what the number of scheduled payments would be.

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In addition to the monetary outlay, the settlement requires that the dealer group regularly demonstrate that it is complying with the FTC’s orders for 20 years. Although it agreed to the $1.4 million payment, the CAR Group has not admitted liability or fault. “The settlement payment was for an amount that was equivalent to the company’s expected defense costs and within the range of lower level FTC/dealer settlements on a per-dealership basis,” the group said in a statement.

“The FTC made allegations about CAR Group advertising that CAR considered to be without merit,” the company continued. “The Complaint set forth allegations about minor technical issues in a handful of ads. The CAR Group publishes many thousands of advertisements annually.”

The settlement with CAR Group is much larger than other recent, similar cases. Last year, in an $85,000 settlement with Southwest Kia of Dallas, the FTC alleged that cars were being advertised for $179 per month, but “in print too small to read without magnification” the dealer disclosed that $1999 would be due up front, along with other taxes and fees, and there would be an $8271 balloon payment at the end of a 38-month financing term. In 2014, the FTC fined Billion Auto, a chain of 20 dealerships in the upper Midwest, and Nichols Media, an advertising company, $360,000 in civil penalties for ads that focused on a few attractive items while hiding other factors in fine print. In all of these cases, the FTC alleged the dealers violated the Truth in Lending Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, and other related regulations.

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Rather Dashing: Jeep Teases 2018 Wrangler JL’s Interior

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After last week’s surprise reveal of new-Wrangler images during the SEMA show, as well as the introduction of a passel of accessory parts for the next generation of America’s beloved go-anywhere runabout, Jeep seems to have committed itself to a continued trickle of details leading up to the JL Wrangler’s Los Angeles auto show reveal later this month.

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From the two supplied photographs of a red Rubicon’s passenger-carrying innards, the new Jeep’s interior seems to be an aesthetic improvement over the current version’s Playskool-for-grown-ups cabin, featuring a dash panel color matched to the body. The new unit seems more retro—in a good way—and better suited to the Wrangler’s overall vibe of utility and fun. The vents look less fussy than the previous model’s, and the splash of color goes miles toward rectifying the unpleasant austerity of the outgoing trucklet. The color screen mounted between the tach and speedo also brings a dash of visual life to the proceedings.

Also of note is the six-speed manual’s shifter, which appears to feature a reverse-lockout collar that’s either anodized red or color matched to the dash and exterior. In short, the rethought dash provides a much-needed revision to a cabin that failed to echo the previous vehicle’s classic and friendly nature.

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Rather Dashing: Jeep Teases 2018 Wrangler JL’s Interior

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Arrives for Those Who Miss the Ultras

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In the mid-2000s, the marketers at Buick touted a top trim level named Ultra, offering near-Cadillac luxury content and extra design flourishes. That notion has now been revived for 2018 as a sub-brand named Avenir, first applied (outside of a minivan sold in China) to the Enclave SUV. Now there’s an Avenir version of the most loaded, plushest LaCrosse possible.

The new 2018 LaCrosse Avenir does for Buick customers what the Park Avenue Ultra did when sedans with three-across bench seating were in vogue. Avenir script badges appear on the doors and sills and are embroidered into the headrests. Avenir-specific 19-inch wheels are standard, while 20-inch wheels come with adaptive dampers on the optional Dynamic Drive package. A new Chestnut leather interior, a darker version of the current Brandy color, is exclusive to Avenir models, although the seats in the LaCrosse don’t have the white piping found in the Enclave Avenir.

The LaCrosse Premium trim level’s optional navigation system, 11-speaker Bose stereo, and panoramic sunroof are all standard in the Avenir, as is the top-grade 3.6-liter V-6, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Just as GMC does with its Denali models, Buick wants its Avenirs to stand out, so the black vertical grille lines are swapped out in favor of a chromed crosshatch pattern to ensure that owners can spot their cars when parked next to Buicks that are merely Premium grade.

All-wheel drive and safety features such as automated emergency braking are still extra-cost options. It’s possible to crest $50,000 on a fully loaded LaCrosse Premium AWD, so we expect the LaCrosse Avenir (which hasn’t been priced yet) to exceed that top end when it arrives at dealerships in January.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Arrives for Those Who Miss the Ultras

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette in Depth: Red, White, and Blew by You

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The Chevrolet Corvette is rounding the corner this year on its 65th year of production, and although it, like many Corvette owners, is now old enough to sign up for Medicare, it doesn’t feel any longer in the tooth. In fact, it may be the best it’s ever been. A thunderous 455-hp V-8 provides the motivation for this Porsche hunter, and rounding out the package are a super-competent chassis, a fleet helm, and an aggressive exterior design. Don’t let the mildly tacky interior distract from the Stingray’s real performance chops. Toss one through a corner at speed, and any grumbles at the quantity of plastic in the interior will be dispensed with, along with (perhaps) your passenger’s recently consumed lunch. We eagerly await the next-generation Corvette; it appears that our prayers at the altar to the Lamborghini Miura have had the desired effect, and the engine will be located behind the driver for the first time. But until that day comes, we’ll continue gleefully bombing down back roads in this already excellent model. READ MORE ››

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette – In-Depth Review

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2018 Hyundai Accent Driven: A Pleasing Refinement of an Entry-Level Contender

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Since 1994 when it arrived, more than 1.2 million copies of the Hyundai Accent have been sold here in the United States, with the company gradually refining and improving its entry-level subcompact through four generations. While its exterior dimensions and price point pit it against the Toyota Yaris iA, the fifth-generation 2018 Accent’s 104 cubic feet of total interior volume are large for its class. The Mexico-built Accent also boasts added torsional rigidity (32 percent more, Hyundai claims), offers the sort of connected technology that today’s customers demand, and, most pleasingly to us, is the beneficiary of some solid engineering juju on the chassis tuning. READ MORE ››

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2018 Hyundai Accent – First Drive Review

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