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    Autoblog Podcast #397 goes LIVE at 10PM Eastern!
    Montezemolo Steps Down, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, Long Term Update Sep 15th 2014

    We're almost ready to record Episode #397 of the Autoblog Podcast! You can check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well. Keep reading for our embedded UStream player, and thanks for listening! Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode ...

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    Video: Aficionauto drives Vin Diesel's fast and furious 1970 Dodge Charger
    Sep 15th 2014

    The Aficionauto host Christopher Rutkowski has a real passion for original and replica cars from movies and television, whether they are from James Bond, Jurassic Park, or incredibly obscure Japanese shows. However, he might have outdone himself this time because he hopped into one of the biggest ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.15.14
    Sep 15th 2014

    Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator We take the heavily refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator for a spin and find that there's plenty to like about the brand's truckish 'ute. Still, while it boasts a ton of room inside and stunning power from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, it's far from perfect. Read ...

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    Official: Porsche offers detuned Boxster and Cayman 211 in Europe
    Sep 15th 2014

    Looking at a new Porsche Boxster? First of all, we commend you on your choice, because in its latest iteration, the Boxster has sped out from under the shadow of the 911 and into its own. But now to choose: do you get the base model with 265 horsepower, the Boxster S with 315 hp, or the ...

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    Official: Mercedes gives B-Class a facelift in time for Paris
    Sep 15th 2014

    Front-drive hatchbacks are the name of the game these days in the German automotive industry. In recent years BMW has gotten into the game with the 2 Series Active Tourer, while Audi has stepped up its game with the A1 and Mercedes has been keen to play, too. The Silver Arrow has rolled out the ...

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    Official: Lincoln's first shipment of cars arrives in China
    Sep 15th 2014

    It has been two years since Lincoln first announced its plans to expand into China, and the first models destined for sale in the giant automotive market just came off the boat in Shanghai on September 10. It's going to be a few weeks before Chinese buyers actually have the chance to get behind ...

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    Podcast: Submit Your Questions For Autoblog Podcast #397 LIVE!
    Montezemolo Steps Down, Mercedes-AMG GT, Long-Term Garage Update Sep 15th 2014

    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #397 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid spied, Porsche powertrain possible
    Sep 15th 2014

    It's no secret that a new Audi Q7 is on the way. The replacement for the aging, three-row luxury CUV has already been spotted once, in December of 2013. Now, though, we have images of the second-generation model lapping Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife, and it just happens to be showing a ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating Ford Fiesta for faulty door latches
    Sep 15th 2014

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation on the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta because the regulator has received 61 complaints from drivers, including one claim of an injury, about the doors on the subcompacts failing to latch and sometimes even flying ...

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    Report: Ferrari to reveal exclusive F12 NART next month in LA
    Sep 15th 2014

    While denying his tenure was coming to an end just prior to his resignation last week, outgoing Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo hinted at two new models to be revealed next month. One we anticipate to be a new version of the 458 – either the new turbocharged M model or the ...

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    Official: 2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine
    Sep 15th 2014

    With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Japanese brand was able to sneak another driver-oriented model into its lineup. The company's spec page for the 2015 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan have been updated to list the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder as ...

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    Teased: Ford previews new C-Max ahead of upcoming debut
    Sep 15th 2014

    Looking at a Ford Focus? These days you can get it as a five-door hatch, a four-door sedan, or... that's all. European buyers don't even get our sedan, but they do get a wagon. And while the three-door hatch, two-door coupe and two-door cabrio have long since ended production, buyers around the ...

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    Video: World's quickest street-legal vehicle is... 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup
    Sep 15th 2014

    In the pantheon of performance cars and trucks that have come across our radars, there exists a clear dividing line between those designed solely for use at a racetrack – be that a road circuit, oval, dirt track or drag strip – and those that can be driven to and from such a track. ...

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    Report: ZF buying TRW for $12.4B, creates second-largest supplier
    Sep 15th 2014

    Two well-known companies in the industry will combine to create the second-largest auto parts supplier in the world. ZF Friedrichshafen AG, best known for its transmissions, has announced it is buying TRW Automotive Holdings, a major player in safety tech, as part of an approximately ...

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    Report: Former Ford CEO Mulally won't run for president
    Sep 15th 2014

    Alan Mulally will not be following his successful term as president and CEO of Ford Motor Company with a run at an even bigger presidency. Rumors that the 68-year-old former Boeing exec would make a run at the White House sprouted after his apparent dodging of a reporter's questions about a ...

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    Report: GM compensation fund finds at least 19 deaths related to faulty ignition switches [w/video]
    Sep 15th 2014

    It appears that the safety problems stemming from General Motors' faulty ignition switches may stretch further than the automaker as admitted to. In a new interview with CNN Money, Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing the settlement process for GM, says that there are at least 19 deaths and 12 ...

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    Video: Evo takes flight in BMW's sultry i8
    Sep 15th 2014

    Electric cars and hybrids are here to stay, much to the apparent dismay of some auto enthusiasts, but that doesn't mean they have to represent the death of enjoyable driving. Granted, the initial run of hybrids in the US like the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius weren't exactly tailor-made for ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lincoln Navigator
    EcoBoost Authority Does What It Can To Mask An Aging Package Sep 15th 2014

    Typically, when I approach a new vehicle launch, it's with a degree of optimism. Nowadays, we just expect that every new vehicle will pose a legitimate challenge to segment leaders. Mid-cycle refreshes, meanwhile, have taken on a greater degree of importance, as customers' preferences for the ...

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    Official: HSV rolls out new 577-hp GTS Maloo ute [w/video]
    Sep 15th 2014

    Last month, we brought you word that Holden was planning a new performance model that promised to be the fastest and most powerful ute in the world. And here it is. The latest product from Holden Special Vehicles – GM's Australian tuning division – the new GTS Maloo packs the ...

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    Report: Automakers stuck on structural adhesives for new cars
    Sep 15th 2014

    The biggest benefit of adhesives is that they allow automakers to mix and match structural materials. Whether shedding pounds to gain speed or points of fuel economy, weight is always the enemy when it comes to automotive efficiency. With increasing regulation forcing automakers worldwide to ...

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    Spy Shots: Toyota Hilux successor spotted
    Sep 15th 2014

    The midsize truck segment is suddenly seemingly exploding with new vehicles worldwide, even here in North America. Not only will the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon be available very soon, Toyota is already testing a replacement for its aging Tacoma and Honda has promised a Ridgeline ...

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    Motorsports: FIA confirms 20-race F1 calendar for 2015
    Sep 15th 2014

    Formula One has been ratcheting up the number of races on its calendar for decades. It ran with ten or fewer races through the 1950s and into the late 60s, then started climbing into the teens until it plateaued around 16 races throughout the 80s and 90s. But since then it's been climbing: 17 ...

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    Teased: Toyota previews new C-HR crossover concept bound for Paris
    Sep 15th 2014

    We're now just a few weeks away from the start of the Paris Motor Show, and when the doors open at the Porte de Versailles, Toyota will be among the many automakers with new wares to show – including the new concept car pictured in this latest teaser image. Called the C-HR, the concept is ...

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    Motorsports: Marcos Ambrose leaving NASCAR for return to Australia [UPDATE]
    Sep 15th 2014

    Some racing series attract drivers from around the world, but by and large, NASCAR isn't one of them. Marco Ambrose is one of the few exceptions, but now, after more than six years competing for the Sprint Cup, he's calling it quits. The multitalented Australian driver came to America after ...

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    Video: GT-R owner finds going 200 mph on a public freeway is asking for trouble
    Sep 14th 2014

    We are going to start with the disclaimer: do not try this at home. Ever. That covered, we've been intrigued with a video that is making its rounds on the enthusiast forums. Shot from a dash cam, with a full performance overlay, it shows a modified 800 horsepower Nissan GT-R (with its ...

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    ETC: 1969 Corvette Lego model needs some support to make production
    Sep 14th 2014

    Spend just a few minutes looking around online, and you quickly find that people have figured out how to make just about anything out of Lego, including some very cool model cars. The Danish company has taken this fact to heart and has released some fantastic automotive kits recently. In August, ...

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    Report: Mahindra studying bringing Ssangyong to US
    Sep 14th 2014

    After a valiant effort, Indian automaker Mahindra eventually had to give up its attempt to bring a small, cheap pickup truck to the United States, but it hasn't completely given up. Korean automaker Ssangyong, which Mahindra controls, might have a confusing name, but it's taking the first, ...

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    Report: Ferrari production to increase under Marchionne
    Sep 14th 2014

    The head of any company has to juggle the relationship between supply and demand. Of course, that applies to automakers too, even ones as high-end as Ferrari. And as with many other decisions, the way Ferrari has addressed supply and demand has come down principally to the principal. Enzo ...

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    Teased: Zack Snyder tweets another glimpse of new Batmobile
    Sep 14th 2014

    There are plenty of movies flashing cool cars across the silver screen, but few can get enthusiasts as excited as a new Batmobile. From the Lincoln-based roadster in the original series to the Tim Burton-era jet-powered dragster and on to the Tumbler featured in the latest films, Batman's ride of ...

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    ETC: How did Nissan tweet a response to the Royal Baby announcement so quickly?
    Sep 14th 2014

    A mere seven minutes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were pregnant with their second child, Nissan had the perfect post circulating on the Twittersphere. How did Nissan know to expect Kate and William were expecting? By paying attention to the Internet zeitgeist. It ...

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