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    Featured: A car writer's year in new vehicles [w/video]
    Just Your Typical $73,000, 328-Horsepower, Stick-Shift Automobile Dec 18th 2014

    I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I'd never done before. Christmas is only a week away. The New Year is just around the corner. As 2014 draws to a close, I'm not the only one taking stock of the year that's we're almost shut ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Kia Sorento
    A Little Turbo Spice, A Lot More Nice Dec 18th 2014

    Teenagers are awkward, predictably provocative and generally horrible to be around – at least unless you, yourself are one. There's just something about those angst-ridden years spent trying on identities, none fitting quite right. Luckily for Kia, the automaker has just celebrated its 20th ...

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    Followup: Spyker officially declares bankruptcy
    Dec 18th 2014

    Earlier this month, Spyker confirmed that it had entered bankruptcy protection proceedings in the hope of restructuring its finances and getting back on its feet. But now it seems those efforts have failed and those hopes have been dashed as the Dutch automaker has officially been declared ...

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    Recalls: Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles
    Dec 18th 2014

    ​ Ford is the latest automaker to announce an expansion to its Takata driver-side airbag inflator recall, and the latest increase adds an additional 447,310 vehicles to the nationwide total. The company says that this expansion comes at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    ETC: Lister founder Brian Lister passes at 88 years old [w/video]
    Dec 18th 2014

    The founders of most automakers aren't still with us. Enzo Ferrari, Ettore Bugatti, Henry Ford, Louis Chevrolet, Kiichiro Toyoda, Soichiro Honda and so many others have long since left this world. Those who are still with us – like Christian von Koenigsegg, Horacio Pagani and Elon Musk ...

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    Video: Did Neil Young just spill the beans on a 2016 Lincoln Continental? [w/video]
    Dec 18th 2014

    Neil Young may be better known as a singer-songwriter and rock n' roll icon than he is for his involvement with cars, but the Canadian-born musician is not without his automotive credentials. His latest book, after all, is titled "Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars," and one of his most ...

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    Report: Volvo planning exit from motor racing
    Dec 18th 2014

    Volvo is in the midst of a rebirth of sorts. It's completely revitalizing its product lineup, it's rolling out new powertrain technologies, and as it announced just the other day, it's completely changing directions when it comes to its marketing and sales approach. That will include selling new ...

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    Followup: 20 stolen Red Bull Racing trophies recovered from lake
    Dec 18th 2014

    When is someone happy? When he loses something and finds it again. If that old Yiddish proverb is anything to go by, the guys at Red Bull Racing must be at least a little happy right now, because they've recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from the team's headquarters earlier this ...

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    Video: Fiat Abarth Zagato lovechild is a double bubble worth the trouble
    Dec 17th 2014

    The Italian automotive industry is filled with legendary names: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Lamborghini, De Tomaso, Pagani... but the names Fiat, Abarth and Zagato belong up there right beside them – especially when they came together on a vehicle as singular as this one. It's a ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 12.17.14
    Dec 17th 2014

    2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe driven There's a whole lot to love about the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe – it's sexy, powerful, and immensely comfortable. We've already driven the standard S550 with its 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V8, but now, managing editor Jeremy Korzeniewski gets behind ...

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    Video: Here's how to get your mug on the world's fastest car*
    Dec 17th 2014

    Next fall, the Bloodhound SSC will line up on a South African plain and try to go faster than 763 miles per hour, the current land speed record. If it does that, then it will try to break its own record one year later by going 1,000 miles per hour. The team behind the effort is running an ...

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    Report: Sacré bleu! PSA mulling moving Paris headquarters to cut costs
    Dec 17th 2014

    PSA Peugeot Citroën has been based in its current offices, located less than half a mile from the iconic Arc de Triomphe in Paris, for a half century now. But the latest word has it that the French automaker is planning on leaving the historic location as part of its plans to cut ...

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    Report: Mercedes-Benz USA considering moving south
    Dec 17th 2014

    Mercedes-Benz may be a German automaker first and foremost, but it's a global operation. Among its many offices around the world, the company employs some 800 staffers at its US headquarters in New Jersey. But that office could be moving down South in the near future. According to reports in the ...

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    Video: 2016 Nissan Titan gets video teaser ahead of Detroit debut
    Dec 17th 2014

    The Detroit Auto Show is going to be quite an event for pickup fans thanks to introductions of the new Toyota Tacoma and at least the rumor about the future F-150 Raptor. In addition to them, Nissan will finally unveil its next-gen Titan after months of teasing and spied glimpses. With just a ...

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    Report: How Nissan's NYC Taxi of Tomorrow has turned into a nightmare
    Dec 17th 2014

    "Why can't we have competition? Why did the city think there had to be exclusivity?" – Taxi Association Nissan's takeover of the lucrative New York City taxi market hasn't exactly gone according to script. An agreement that should have seen the company become the exclusive supplier of ...

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    Teased: 2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again
    Dec 17th 2014

    Toyota is following up its muddy teaser of the back of the 2016 Tacoma with a dusty new one that shows the truck's face for the first time. Without seeing more of the pickup, it's impossible to make any educated judgments, but the company appears to be taking the Taco's styling in a new ...

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    Spy Shots: 2016 Lincoln MKX spied in production form
    Dec 17th 2014

    We're getting our first quality look at the next-generation Lincoln MKX in production guise thanks to these fresh spy shots, and they suggest styling that hews very closely to the concept from earlier this year. Compared to the showcar, the headlights aren't quite as well integrated into the ...

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    Video: Porsche's high-tech 'mirror' turns every car into a Macan
    Dec 17th 2014

    Porsche calls it the "Magic Mirror," but it's less a reflective device and more 12 high-def screens that track drivers pulling into the valet area at a mall in Los Angeles. As they pass the screens in their cars, they get to see what they'd look like pulling up in a Macan, Porsche's newest and ...

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    Official: Infiniti's Vision for Gran Turismo revealed in full [w/video]
    Dec 17th 2014

    Just about any car has to be designed with some sort of limitations, whether it's a production car that has to be usable on the road, a racecar that has to comply with regulations, or even a concept car that does, at the end of the day, actually need to be crafted out of real materials and ...

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    Report: Alfa Romeo working on high-performance engines
    Dec 17th 2014

    During the big Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA US LLC announcement of its five-year plan earlier this year, the strategy for Alfa Romeo was easily summarized by brand boss Harald Wester: "Go back to the Alfa Romeo that people admired." Easier said than done. With the 4C as one step in that ...

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    Report: Lamborghini Asterion could still see showrooms
    Dec 17th 2014

    At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Maxim after the introduction of the stunning Asterion hybrid, "I strongly believe that this is not a car that will be in production, and we will not do it." However, the Asterion concept came more than a year after Winklemann ...

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    Report: Honda Civic losing ground to Toyota Corolla, sales crown threatened
    Dec 17th 2014

    Oh, what a difference a year has made. When the numbers were tallied for 2013, the Honda Civic was riding high by claiming its segment's sales crown in the US despite being challenged by the latest generation of the Toyota Corolla for part of the year. However, with just a month to go in the ...

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    Video: Watch these Nissan 350Zs set a record for world's longest twin drift
    Dec 17th 2014

    In July, Harald Müller notched a Guinness World Record by drifting longer than any lone tire-burner ever had: 89.55 miles. This month, Nissan Middle East broke the Guinness World Record for the longest twin drift when two drivers slithered through a figure eight for 17.7 miles. The feat came ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe
    One Man's Goldilocks Is Another Man's Overkill Dec 17th 2014

    Conventional wisdom would dictate that adding more power and several key performance enhancements to an already very good car, like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, will end up equaling an even better car. In the case of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe, conventional wisdom sort of applies, ...

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    Teased: Lexus bringing new F model to Detroit
    Dec 17th 2014

    Lexus has taken aim squarely at the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW M GmbH with its F line of performance models like the old IS F and the new RC F – and now it's preparing to showcase another one at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. There's little information to go on from the brief statement ...

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    Teased: KTM renders 320-hp X-Bow GT4
    Dec 17th 2014

    About a month ago KTM announced the development of a new racecar in conjunction with Reiter Engineering, which we know mostly from its Lamborghini FIA GT racers. Based on the X-Bow, the renderings so far show the exterior gets a fully enclosed cockpit, some serious wheel arches and a giant wing ...

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    Report: Peter Max staring down $1M lawsuit over Corvette collection sale
    Dec 17th 2014

    Pop artist Peter Max recently sold off his collection of 36 vintage Chevrolet Corvettes – one each from 1953 to 1989 ­– for an undisclosed amount. The new owners have already announced plans to restore some of them and auction the models off sometime soon. Up until then, the ...

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    Report: Cadillac CT6 styling will be evolutionary, not like Elmiraj
    Dec 17th 2014

    Well, this is at least a little disappointing. It turns out Cadillac's long-awaited flagship, the CT6, won't be ushering in a wholesale change in the company's design. That's coming from GM Design guru Ed Welburn, meaning it should be taken as gospel (unless of course he's just trying to hoodwink ...

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    Report: GM program sees dealers taking on way more loaner cars
    Dec 17th 2014

    Given the volume of vehicles we're talking about, this is a significant development for GM's bottom line. Bring your car into the dealership for service, and you may need a loaner car in exchange. And with so many recalls being carried out, that means a lot of loaners – especially at ...

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    Teased: Acura NSX coming to Detroit, the wait is almost over [w/video]
    Turbo Engines, New Pilot And Ridgeline Round Out "The Year Of Honda" Dec 17th 2014

    Finally. After spending years rounding three bases in the development of the second coming of the Acura NSX, we can espy home base just beyond the turn of the year. Here is your first teaser image for the profoundly anticipated coupe that will show itself in production form at the 2015 Detroit ...

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