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    Report: Is Hyundai's conservative new Sonata struggling out of the gate?
    Oct 23rd 2014

    "But so far, Sonata sales are up compared with last year even while we're still ramping up to full speed," - Jim Trainor According to Reuters, the redesigned-for-2015 Hyundai Sonata is not enjoying the same degree of success in the early going as the previous sixth-gen model, which proved to ...

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    Report: Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America
    Oct 23rd 2014

    If you look at the Sprinter and wonder how Mercedes-Benz can possibly compete against locally produced commercial vehicles with a model built in Germany and shipped over the Atlantic, you're not alone. In fact, in order to mitigate the tariffs (but at the cost of added logistical expense), ...

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    Fisker and Galpin Auto Sport to introduce 'Ultimate American Muscle Car' in LA
    Oct 23rd 2014

    Henrik FIsker is stepping back onto the stage at a major auto show. We just aren't exactly sure what he's doing there yet. The mysterious news comes courtesy of the press conference listing for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. It shows Fisker in back-to-back presentations to debut vehicles on ...

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    Report: Why China is more eager for self-driving cars than the West
    Oct 23rd 2014

    Nielsen statistics show Chinese consumers are more interested in autonomous technology than the US and Germany. China's auto market continues to grow, and it's having an increasingly important effect on the bottom line for all automakers worldwide. Just look at examples like General Motors' ...

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    Video: Mini-doc showing at-risk kids building motorcycles in 100 days will warm your heart
    Oct 22nd 2014

    There are a lot of things in this world that can make you feel pretty defeated – just turn on the national news on any given night for dozens of examples. It's nice every once in a while to get a reminder that things aren't always so bad. If you're looking for a little pick-me-up, just ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.22.14
    Oct 22nd 2014

    2015 Subaru Outback review The Subaru Outback strikes an interesting balance between the needs of the everyday crossover shopper and the wants of car enthusiasts. It's more of a tall wagon than a proper CUV, and even with its 2.5-liter boxer-four and continuously variable transmission, it's ...

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    Spy Shots: BMW X4 M40i caught production-ready
    Oct 22nd 2014

    It seems like BMW is pretty committed to this whole X4 thing. Aside from the current xDrive28i and xDrive35i, we've captured a round of spy photos showing what our spy shooters tell us is a more dynamic M40i model. The higher-performance hunchback follows in the footsteps of BMW's other sub-M ...

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    Report: Honda discontinuing Euro Accord, no replacement in sight
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Honda has built two Accords for many years. There's the one we're familiar with here in the United States, and then there's the Accord sold in markets like Europe and Australia, known here in the US as the Acura TSX. But just like Acura did with the TSX, the Euro-market Accord has been ...

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    Official: Jaguar Land Rover opens first overseas factory in China
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Anyone who's a car fan knows that Jaguar and Land Rover cars and trucks all come from the UK. And while we don't doubt that will remain true for the most part, it won't be an absolute truth for long, as the British automaker has just opened its first factory overseas. Its new plant in Changshu, ...

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    Motorsports: Caterham F1 manufacturer files for bankruptcy
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Caterham is hardly the most stable and successful team on the Formula One grid, but things are looking even more troubling for the embattled outfit, as the company that makes its racecars has reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection. The company in question, Caterham Sports Limited, is ...

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    Video: Check out the trick way you access the tire valve on this BMW Alpina B6
    Oct 22nd 2014

    The wheels are one of the first things you notice when checking out the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe. The 20-inch aluminum alloy rollers have 21 spokes that spray out from their hubs, creating one of Alpina's signature design features. But there's also plenty of function to go along with ...

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    Official: McLaren offers glimpse inside P1 GTR program [w/video]
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Among the many things we were looking forward to seeing at Pebble Beach this year, the McLaren P1 GTR was near the top of our list. Invoking the spirit of the legendary McLaren F1 GTR that dominated sports car racing in the mid-1990s, the P1 GTR was unveiled in Monterey this past August in ...

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    Official: Ford readying dozen+ Mustang models for SEMA
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Ford is unsurprisingly bringing a herd of its new 2015 Mustang models to next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Over a dozen of them are arriving from top aftermarket outfits like Galpin Auto Sports, Steeda, Roush and others. The Blue Oval isn't just shining a spotlight on the V8 model, though. ...

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    Report: BMW i8 with 500+ horsepower in the cards?
    Oct 22nd 2014

    While BMW makes plenty of machinery to keep enthusiasts interested, its most enticing models are often based on more ordinary ones. That's what made the arrival of the i8 so captivating, emerging as the first stand-alone BMW sports coupe since the M1. But if its dual purpose – trying its ...

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    Official: Novel head-up display aims to improve lap times with video-game-like ghost car [w/video]
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Ever wish racing in real life was more like playing Gran Turismo or Forza? By that we don't mean lots of swearing and sideswiping other racers into corners – we just think it would just be useful to have all of the game's data available on-the-fly in real life, especially a ghost car for ...

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    Spy Shots: Land Rover spotted testing long-wheelbase Range Rover SVR at the 'Ring
    Oct 22nd 2014

    For the past couple of decades, Land Rover has watched pretender after contender try to topple it from its throne as the world's ultimate purveyor of luxury SUVs. The British automaker has answered with an ever-expanding and ever-improving array of entries of its own, capped by a flagship Range ...

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    Report: Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini utilities await approval from German parents [w/poll]
    Oct 22nd 2014

    A cursory look at the top of the automobile market would suggest that the world's carmakers are gunning it full steam ahead into a new stratosphere of ultra-luxury and high-performance utility vehicles. After all, companies like Bentley and Maserati are preparing to launch their very first ...

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    Recalls: NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors
    Federal Safety Watchdog's VIN-Lookup Site Overwhelmed, Inaccurate Oct 22nd 2014

    Unfortunately, the government's list still contains errors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an updated list of vehicle models that it's urging owners to repair under the mushrooming Takata airbag inflator recall. The latest version adds vehicles from new ...

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    Video: English Bulldog is the friendliest motorcycle passenger ever
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Dogs are man's best friend, and motorcycles are a ton of fun to ride. Combine the two of them, and the result might be even better than either one alone. Just look at this happy pup. This might not be the safest thing we've ever seen, but it is adorable, especially since the owner was kind ...

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    Official: Scion teases mysterious sporty iM concept for LA show
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Thoroughly cleansed of our time at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, we can now start looking forward to the next big show on the circuit (with all due respect to SEMA), the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. One of the earliest new cars slated for LA is this, the Scion iM Concept. Now, these teaser images ...

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    Review: 2015 Subaru Outback
    A Crossover Without Compromise Oct 22nd 2014

    Realistically, many enthusiasts give horrible, horrible car buying advice. They will recommend something bizarre, inappropriately high performance, compromised or utterly impractical for a given consumer's needs, and they'll almost never recommend something that makes sense. And then they'll come ...

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    Official: 2015 Lexus LS gets updates, new infotainment [UPDATE]
    Oct 22nd 2014

    UPDATE: An earlier version of this story indicated that Lexus had decreased the turning radius of select models by four inches. Lexus spokesperson Allison Takahashi has issued a correction for "a conversion error in our 2015 Lexus LS press kit... The LS actually had an increase in turning radius, ...

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    Official: Daimler divests remaining interest in Tesla
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Back in 2009, Daimler acquired over 9 percent of Tesla. A couple of months later, it sold 40 percent of that stake to Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments. The following year, Tesla listed on the stock exchange and Daimler's interest was reduced to 4 percent. But now the German industrial giant has ...

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    Report: How China is at war with its pickup trucks
    Oct 22nd 2014

    Create a law, and people try to find some way to get around it. That's basically a fact of life whether you're in the US or the People's Republic of China. For example, recently in the PRC, a man attempted to convert his pickup into a sedan to avoid road tolls, and photos of the vehicle became a ...

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    Report: TX guardrail manufacturer found guilty of defrauding federal government
    Oct 22nd 2014

    The ongoing safety fight over a specific type of guardrail end terminals (not necessarily pictured above) has reached its first of perhaps many verdicts. Trinity Industries, makers of the ET-Plus, has been found guilty of defrauding the federal government under the False Claims Act. Specifically, ...

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    Official: Lotus renames Russell Carr its head of design
    Oct 22nd 2014

    There's been a changing of the guard at Lotus recently. The legendary British sports car manufacturer fired its controversial chief executive Dany Bahar and replaced him recently with Jean-Marc Gales. And now it's named a new chief designer. Or rather, renamed its old one to the post. That ...

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    Video: Harry Metcalfe channel hits YouTube with '54 Series I Land Rover
    Oct 21st 2014

    If we know our history of automotive journalism, Evo magazine owes its existence to one Harry Metcalfe. The British supercar owner and enthusiast started the publication back in 1998 and served for many years as its editor and then editorial director. But after some two decades at the helm, ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.21.14
    Oct 21st 2014

    2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe Mercedes has a new flagship coupe coming to a dealership near you, and we just tool the keys to one such machine, a 2015 S550 Coupe Edition 1, to be exact, all over the great State of Rhode Island. The autumn weather was lovely, the changing colors were beautiful, and ...

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    Followup: Harley-Davidson 'Captain America' bike from Easy Rider nets $1.35M at auction
    Oct 21st 2014

    The famous, custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle nicknamed Captain America from the '60s classic Easy Rider sold for $1.35 million at auction on October 18, or just over $1.6 million after applicable fees. That was a new record price ever paid for a cycle, according to Hemmings, and It handily beat ...

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    Rumormill: US Ford Focus RS to be imported from Europe
    Oct 21st 2014

    Rumors about the forthcoming Ford Focus RS are flourishing into what sounds like a very impressive new hot hatch. The latest scuttlebutt gives the first indication about when we might see a few of these fast Focuses on roads here in the US. Unnamed insiders reportedly confirmed to The Truth ...

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