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    Video: Nissan GT-R goes on Rockies Alberta adventure with Epic Drives
    Oct 24th 2014

    Years after its original debut, the Nissan GT-R remains a much-feared, well-regarded entry in the sports car landscape. Sure, many of its original competitors are onto new generations these days, but Nissan has continually improved the GT-R, giving it meaningful tweaks almost every year since it ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.24.14
    Oct 24th 2014

    2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack The goodness of the 2015 Dodge Challenger isn't just limited to that 707-horsepower Hellcat model. As associate editor Brandon Turkus explains, there's plenty to love about the Challenger R/T with its Scat Pack kit, complete with a 6.4-liter V8, eight-speed ...

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    Study: Berkeley findings says motorcycle lane-splitting safer than ever [w/video, poll]
    Oct 24th 2014

    The latest study seems to indicate that riders are better off splitting lanes than ever before. In some parts of the US, the concept of a motorcycle buzzing between lanes of slower traffic is a foreign concept, but it's an accepted practice in others. Each year since 2012, The Safe ...

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    Read This: Artist Peter Max's Corvette collection headed to auction [w/video]
    Oct 24th 2014

    Sometimes, the stories that lead to cars turning up at auction are as interesting as the vehicles themselves. That's absolutely the case with the Peter Max (pictured above) collection of vintage Chevrolet Corvette models that are scheduled to cross the block in the spring of 2016. Max is perhaps ...

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    Report: Porsche working on turbo V12 for Putin limo project?
    Oct 24th 2014

    Porsche is best known for building very well-regarded sports cars and better-selling utility vehicles. Come to the company with a big enough bag of cash, though, and the Porsche Engineering division can create just about anything. The group's past projects include working with Harley-Davidson, ...

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    Video: Yamaha R3 entry-level sportbike gets endorsement from Colin Edwards
    Oct 24th 2014

    Yamaha is already known for making some very well-liked sportbikes with models like the R6 and R1. For 2015, it has one more to add with the YZF-R3, and this cycle is the smallest in the family yet. To build some hype for this little motorcycle, Yamaha grabbed former MotoGP and Superbike racer ...

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    Official: Ford Q3 pretax profits drop to $1.18B
    Oct 24th 2014

    Following positive third quarter financial results recently from General Motors, rival Ford took a tumble in Q3. The automaker posted pre-tax profits of $1.18 billion, compared to about $2.59 billion in Q3 2013, a drop of around 54 percent. Net income also suffered with $835 million made in the ...

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    Report: 2015 Honda CR-V performs poorly in Swedish AWD test [w/video]
    Oct 24th 2014

    Swedish auto magazine Teknikens Värld has never been afraid to call out automakers when a vehicle fails one of its battery of examinations. Its famous Moose Test recently caught the Porsche Macan out, and a few years ago, there was a protracted argument between Teknikens Värld and Jeep ...

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    Video: Ferrari Testarossa featured in retrospective by owner Harry Metcalfe
    Oct 24th 2014

    Harry Metcalfe, of Evo fame, got our attention earlier this week with a review of the 1954 Series I Land Rover. Today, he's gone a bit more... '80s. Yes, this is a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, one of the most vulgar cars from a decade synonymous with vulgar design. While your author might not be ...

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    Report: Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too
    Oct 24th 2014

    The incredible rise of Tesla's stock price has done little to now stop two major shareholders from ditching their stake in the American EV manufacturer. First, Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, ditched its four-percent stake, and less than a week later, Toyota is doing the same thing, ...

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    Official: Fiat-Chrysler shows its SEMA lineup
    Oct 24th 2014

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles already previewed its 2014 SEMA show lineup with some slick renders. Now, the automaker has finally showed us the actual cars, and among the group there are definitely some that stand out more than others. Dodge is really showing off its muscle at this year's show with ...

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    Video: The Price Is Right plays One Away with Tesla Model S
    Contestant Gets Selfish Once Face-To-Face With Luxury EV Oct 24th 2014

    When it comes to game shows, The Price Is Right is about as mainstream as American TV gets, beaming lust for fancy new prizes into millions of homes every day. Recently, the show held its annual Dream Car Week, which this year included a Tesla Model S along with a Porsche Cayenne, a Land Rover ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
    No Hellcat? No Problem Oct 24th 2014

    We all knew That Kid. As a freshman, he was a big kid, overweight but surprisingly strong. Still, he was often picked on for his size. Then, he chatted with the football coach, who convinced him that his true calling was on the team's offensive line. After a season on the freshman squad and a ...

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    Report: Aging Prius, dropping gas prices putting hurt on hybrid, EV sales
    Oct 24th 2014

    "As Prius represents by far the biggest chunk of the hybrid marketplace, where Prius goes, the segment goes," – Ed Kim, Autopacific Fuel prices in the US have been tumbling for the last several weeks, with the average price of a gallon of gas at $3.120 as of October 20, according to the ...

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    Report: Ex-PR chief Vines accuses Ford of bugging cars, phones
    Oct 24th 2014

    Jason Vines, former head of communications at Ford among other automakers, is accusing the Blue Oval of bugging his company phone and his car during the Firestone tire recall for the Explorer in 2001. The allegations have come to light in Vines' upcoming book What Did Jesus Drive? Crisis PR in ...

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    Report: Porsche rules out Macan, 911 hybrids
    Oct 24th 2014

    Believe it or not, between the 918 Spyder, the Cayenne and the Panamera, Porsche offers more plug-in hybrid models than any other brand. Yes, Porsche. But don't expect that trend to continue. At least, not in the immediate future. According to Top Gear, the E-Hybrid powertrain in the Cayenne and ...

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    Official: Mazda2 production fires up in Mexico
    Oct 24th 2014

    Mazda has officially kicked off production of the next-generation Mazda2 at the company's new factory in Salamanca, Mexico. Alongside the auto assembly plant, operations have also commenced at the facility's engine machining factory. "With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, ...

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    Official: 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets more infotainment, safety tech
    Oct 24th 2014

    A couple of months ago, Subaru rolled out a series of minor enhancements for the Impreza, and now it's performed a similar upgrade to its more rugged counterpart, the XV Crosstrek. For 2015, the XV benefits from available EyeSight driver assistance suite, steering-responsive fog lights and a new ...

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    Followup: Caterham F1 management threatens to walk over ownership dispute
    Oct 24th 2014

    You might have thought that the Caterham F1 team, currently sitting dead last in the standings without a single championship point to its name, had already hit rock bottom and couldn't sink any lower. But apparently it has. As we reported just recently, Caterham Sports Limited – the factory ...

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    Video: Comedians in Cars returning Nov 6, Seinfeld celebrates with Michael Richards
    Oct 23rd 2014

    The fifth season of Jerry Seinfeld's successful comedy series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, will kick off on November 6. To promote that excellent piece of news, Seinfeld teamed up with his old partner in crime, Michael Richards of Cosmo Kramer fame. Unfortunately, Richards doesn't reprise ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.23.14
    Oct 23rd 2014

    Quick Spin: 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Toyota might not be able to keep up with American pickup manufacturers in terms of sales, but that doesn't mean its fullsize Tundra isn't a wholly baked, tough truck. In an effort to attract new buyers, Toyota has released this off-road-ready TRD Pro ...

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    Report: Honda execs take 'quality-related' pay cut after Fit Hybrid's 5th recall
    Oct 23rd 2014

    Generally, the best policy in life is to admit when you're wrong and just accept the consequences. However, that attitude generally seems to be a bit less common in the world of business – at least without some government or legal prodding. So, it's especially surprising to learn that top ...

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    Report: Trion Nemesis to unleash 2,000 American horsepower in 2016
    Oct 23rd 2014

    If it seems to you that everyone and their cousin wants to get into the hypercar game, you're right. We see new supercar startups popping up all the time. Some make it to production and some don't, and while it may be too soon to render verdict on this latest project, we hope it's one that comes ...

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    Report: In the future, you might be able to stop car thieves with a text message [w/video]
    Oct 23rd 2014

    As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Faced with a family member's carjacking, entrepreneur Kelvin Macharia Kuria wanted to do something to stem the massive problem with vehicle thefts in Nairobi, Kenya. Still in his early 20s, he founded a company called Sunrise Tracking in ...

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    Featured: Five awesome Lego car creations [UPDATE]
    So Much More Than Toys, These Cars Are Grown-Up Fun For Enthusiasts Oct 23rd 2014

    Update: Check out our reader submission at the end. Lego cars are among our favorite toys. They're fun for play, and if built properly, great to display. With that in mind, we've crafted a list of some of the best creations we've seen. Some are on sale now, while others are merely the work of ...

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    Featured: Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]
    Three Recent Court Cases Pit Law Enforcement Against Privacy Advocates Oct 23rd 2014

    Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These ...

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    Recalls: Audi recalls 850,000 A4 models globally for airbags that won't deploy [UPDATE]
    Oct 23rd 2014

    Audi has announced that it will be recalling 850,000 A4 sedans, wagons and Allroad models across the globe due to a software problem that could prevent the front airbags from deploying. All 850,000 vehicles were built after 2012. Audi has already adjusted production of new A4s to eliminate the ...

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    Spy Shots: Why is Chevy testing 80s Camaros with its next-generation model?
    Oct 23rd 2014

    It's not unusual to see a new car, camo-covered and mysterious, testing alongside the current-generation model. In fact, it's pretty common. Seeing a brand-new car testing alongside its predecessor from 30 years prior, though, is downright unusual. For reasons we can't even begin to comprehend, ...

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    Video: Autobild blows China's fake BMW X5 sky high
    Oct 23rd 2014

    The Germans famously love their cars. With high-speed cruising on the Autobahn and a lot of fun available from the country's back roads, they have every reason to. Apparently, the country's auto writers also take their jobs in advising the enthusiastic populace very seriously. As this video from ...

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    Official: GM beats quarterly earnings projections on strong NA sales
    Oct 23rd 2014

    General Motors recently announced its best third-quarter unit sales since 1980 with over 2.4 million vehicles sold globally. Now, the automaker has put out the financial portion of its Q3 results, and as the previous figures suggested, GM did very well for the quarter. It even beat analysts' ...

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