Author: HillyBilly

Mercedes’ Sleigh Configurator Is the Only Configurator to Play With This Holiday (AMG Helldeer!)

Have you ever wondered what Santa’s sleigh might look like were it inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s G-class, F 015 concept, or its classic Silver Arrow race cars? We haven’t either, but Benz has provided answers anyway and fired up an online configurator for sleighs. The interactive builder includes those three models, as well as 360-degree views, AMG options, and soothing holiday music. Although pricing for Santa’s Silver Arrow, Santa’s F 015, and Santa’s G-class is forthcoming, the configurator does offer users a selection of paint colors, three runner options (Exclusive, Avante-Garde, and AMG), and three distinct powertrain options. Those would be...

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Headlight failure forces big recall of Ford’s unkillable Panther sedans

MILES CAN’T TAKE A CROWN VIC OFF THE ROAD, BUT ZERO FORWARD VISIBILITY CAN Ford Panther Platform sedans may be fundamentally unkillable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t suffer from the occasional affliction. The latest one to come to light is, we’d say, fairly serious: a lighting control module that can malfunction, plunging you into inky blackness as you roar down the interstate. It’s led to a recall of nearly 313,000 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans. Specifically, “the solder joints on the module could crack and interrupt power to the headlamps — increasing the risk...

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Long-term wrapup: 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

F-TYPE R CAN HANDLE ITSELF AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE We wanted to do something cool with our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R before we begrudgingly sent it back after a year in our fleet. We settled on drag racing, something we’d been doing (noncompetitively) with the 550-hp, rear-wheel-drive coupe since we took delivery. We chose the 1/8-mile drag strip in rural Ubly, Michigan, about two hours north of Detroit. Though we had the only car on the property not from the United States, we were welcomed as part of the family. Sure, the Jag is British by nature, something...

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Nissan’s new Titan XD starts at $41,485

MORE VARIANTS AND ENGINES COMING SOON TO NISSAN’S 5/8-TON SEGMENT Nissan’s redesigned Titan XD pickup is heading to dealerships now, with this 5/8-ton entry meant to be positioned just above the now-gargantuan 1500/150 range (that has almost become the smallest size of truck available) and the 2500/250 range. Aiming for that niche should give the redesigned range a chance to upstage the smaller offerings while being only moderately more expensive, with the price of entry for the XD S Crew Cab 4×2 variant weighing in at $41,485. The SV trim level of that same truck will start at $45,255,...

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