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    Report: NHTSA closes book on Ford, GM probes of 600,000 vehicles
    Nov 27th 2014

    US safety regulators have closed a pair of investigations into some 500,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Marauder sedans built between 2004 to 2007, and 100,000 Chevrolet Impala models from 2014. The Ford investigation focused on rusting heat shields, which may become dislodged ...

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    Featured: Happy Thanksgiving! Autoblog is thankful for... [w/videos]
    The Editorial Staff Weighs In With A Few Thank-You Notes Nov 27th 2014

    The inimitable David E. Davis, Jr., once described himself as "...the luckiest guy in the world; a car enthusiast and I live in car-enthusiast heaven." I think about that line a lot, but it seems ever-more poignant around this time of year, when families are gathered, stories are told and words ...

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    Motorsports: Jean-Eric Vergne loses his ride with Toro Rosso
    Nov 27th 2014

    After Ferrari confirmed its signing of Sebastian Vettel and with McLaren set to announce its lineup any day now, Scuderia Toro Rosso is one of the last teams with a seat open for the 2015 Formula One World Championship. But now, even the answer to that question is coming into focus, as the team's ...

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    Teased: Mercedes confirms first AMG Sport models for Detroit
    Nov 27th 2014

    If you're looking for a sportier Mercedes-Benz but can't quite make the leap to a full-on AMG model, we've got some good news for you: the German automaker is about to expand its performance portfolio with a more accessible AMG Sport range. Set to bridge the gap between a standard Mercedes ...

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    Video: Here's the new face of the Ford Ranger
    Nov 27th 2014

    Ford Asia Pacific has put a teaser video on YouTube showing off details on the 2015 Ranger pickup, and at the end we get a quick glimpse of the whole truck. This is the T6 Ranger that we still don't get in North America, but that shares its underpinnings with the Everest SUV recently introduced ...

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    Video: Ferrari 458 Speciale vs Porsche 911 GT3 shows what Chris Harris does best
    Nov 26th 2014

    After a brief trip behind a pay wall, British auto journalist Chris Harris is back posting videos for free online, and shorts like this one are the perfect example of why his return is so welcome. Showing up at the damp Anglesey Circuit on the Welsh coast with the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Porsche ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.26.14
    Nov 26th 2014

    We Say Goodbye To Today's Cadillac CTS-V The raucous Cadillac CTS-V lineup we've come to know and love is drifting off into the sunset. There's a new one on the horizon, but it probably won't be quite the same animal that today's sedan, coupe and wagon are. We give the second-gen V a heroic ...

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    Official: Nissan will build just 45 examples of this 45th Anniversary GT-R
    Nov 26th 2014

    It's been 45 years since the release of the original Nissan Skyline GT-R, so to celebrate, the Japanese automaker has announced this special commemorative edition. Based on the newly updated 2015 Nissan GT-R in Premium trim, the 45th Anniversary edition is done up in a unique shade called Silica ...

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    Report: Audi following Tesla with 280-mile EV family car
    Nov 26th 2014

    The press days are finished at the LA Auto Show, but things said there are still making news. While in California, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that his employer plans to release an electric car with a range of 280 miles "around 2017." Hackenberg wouldn't say ...

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    Two Wheels: Honda builds 300-millionth motorcycle, it's a Gold Wing
    Nov 26th 2014

    Honda has been selling motorcycles in Japan since 1949. And it's been selling bikes to US customers since John Travolta had a paper route. Combine all those years, huge markets and great products, and apparently the number you come up with is 300,000,000. Wowza. Starting with the iconic 98-cc ...

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    Video: Innovative dad creates dangerously impressive motocross swing
    Nov 26th 2014

    You can make a swing out of just about anything: chain, rope, a plank of wood, even an old tire. But what if that tire is still attached to a motorized vehicle? That's the question one enthusiastic father set out to answer when he hooked up a dirtbike to a rope and up to a tree in Burrillville, ...

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    Report: Tesla in talks with BMW about batteries, charging collaborations
    Nov 26th 2014

    With Toyota and Daimler no longer holding Tesla shares, the electric vehicle company might be looking for a new partner – possibly a Bavarian one. In a new interview with Germany's Der Spiegel, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that he has had talks with BMW execs about future collaboration. "We are ...

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    Report: Lexus RX replacement to debut in Detroit?
    Nov 26th 2014

    The 2015 Detroit Auto Show is shaping up to be a big one for Lexus, with Group Vice President Jeff Bracken confirming to Ward's Auto that the Japanese luxury marque will have at least one, and possibly two, all-new-model introductions. Ward's seems to think that one of those vehicles will be the ...

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    Report: Mini phasing out Coupe, Roadster next year
    Nov 26th 2014

    With its previous generation, Mini went for a maximalist strategy, expanding its lineup to include seven derivatives. But with the new generation, BMW's retro Anglo-Saxon brand is shifting gears to a "superhero strategy" focusing on core models with volume sales potential rather than small ...

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    Video: Ken Box 2 is cardboard drifting greatness
    Nov 26th 2014

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Ken Block must spend a lot of time blushing. At this point, the videos online that parody or take inspiration from the drifter's Gymkhana series vastly outnumber his authentic output. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, as some of the ...

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    Video: Nissan teases next-gen Titan in 'Truckumentary'
    Nov 26th 2014

    The Nissan Titan has grown long in the tooth over its decade on the market, especially against major competitors on the truck scene like the latest Ford F-150. Not for long, though, because the next-generation Titan is expected to debut at the upcoming auto show in Detroit in January. Ahead of ...

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    Official: Subaru launches STI-tuned Forester tS in Japan
    Nov 26th 2014

    Subaru Tecnica International, better known by its initials, STI, has finally unveiled its work at tuning the Forester into a higher performance machine. Unfortunately while tweaks to the suspension and styling are plentiful, it's not clear how much acceleration is going to improve from just a few ...

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    Translogic: Translogic 164: Driving the fuel cell vehicles of the 2014 LA Auto Show
    We Get An Early Steer Of The Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen Passat HyMotion And Audi A7 H-Tron Nov 26th 2014

    The LA Auto Show is known for its environmentally friendly vehicle debuts. At last year's show, hydrogen fuel cell concepts from Honda and Toyota joined a lease-ready Hyundai Tucson FCEV to cast a green hue over the convention center. This year, automakers took us a step closer to a fuel cell ...

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    Featured: Such Sweet Sorrow: Cadillac's CTS-V gets an Irish wake
    We Join GM At COTA To Give Its Performance Hero A Worthy Sendoff Nov 26th 2014

    As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The honkin', stonkin' second-generation CTS-V, powered by Cadillac's brawny supercharged 6.2-liter V8 has been a very good thing. And now that the 500 final coupes – the only CTS-Vs designated 2015 models – have been built (just ...

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    Report: Next VW GTI to get 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox
    Nov 26th 2014

    Following on Volkswagen's official announcement that it was working on a ten-speed, dual-clutch transmission, Auto Express has it on "good authority" that the new transmission will end up in the next GTI, GTD and Golf R. The brand's current seven-speed will be retained for lesser eight-generation ...

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    Official: 2016 Ford Explorer configurator reveals $30,700* base price, Platinum starts at $52,600*
    Nov 26th 2014

    The à la carte menu for the 2016 Ford Explorer is ready for your... umm... exploring. The first page of the refreshed model's configurator reveals the lineup, including the new Platinum trim, and price increases for three of the carryover models. The base Explorer doesn't change by one red ...

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    Featured: Traffic lights could be next big cyber attack threat [w/videos]
    Former Defense Department Official: Stricter Safeguards Needed Nov 26th 2014

    A teenage computer whiz hacked into software that controlled traffic lights in a southwestern US city. Once inside the program, the 16-year-old boy accessed systems that could wreak havoc. An investigator said the boy could have turned all the lights to a blinking-red default that would snarl ...

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    Report: Alfa Romeo's midsize sedan due in June, and we'll get it
    Nov 26th 2014

    As the calendar shifts, so do Alfa Romeo's plans. At the LA Auto Show, Harald Wester, head of Alfa Romeo, said the brand would unveil its second US model – after the 4C – next June, but he wouldn't identify the type of car. A report in Automotive News Europe, quoting sources, says ...

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    Recalls: 100k Mazda6 sedans recalled over tire-monitoring systems
    Nov 26th 2014

    A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is, as you might have guessed, designed to monitor the air pressure in the tires, and alert the driver if pressure drops. But a problem found in the Mazda6 could keep the system from doing its job. According to the recall notice issued by the National ...

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    Read This: GM Futurliner No. 10 gains National Historic Vehicle Register status, finds home
    Nov 26th 2014

    We couldn't even begin to count all the concept cars that General Motors has made over the years, but what we do know is that few have carried the kind of legend that the Futurliners have. Of the dozen such buses GM made, No. 10 (similar to the one pictured here) has arguably had the most colored ...

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    Video: What's it like to wakeboard behind a Ferrari F50? Glad you asked
    Nov 25th 2014

    Peons. Peasants. Plebians. Ohioans. You think the videos that show you water skiing or wakeboarding behind pickup trucks are cool? They aren't. Wakeboarding behind a Ferrari F50, though, is most assuredly awesome. Those over-wealthy Einsteins at YouTube channel Tax The Rich have released their ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.25.14
    Nov 25th 2014

    We drive the 2016 Smart Forfour The redesigned Smart Fortwo is a better offering than ever before, what with its fully reworked, Renault Twingo underpinnings. And while the diminutive two-door will be headed to the US relatively soon, the Forfour isn't currently on the docket for American sales. ...

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    Video: Watch Xcar go Razor Cart Crazy
    Nov 25th 2014

    Working at Autoblog is a lot of fun. Working at Xcar, though, seems like it's somehow even better, if this video is any indication. Xcar's Alex Goy and Drew Stearne have apparently been wreaking havoc in their UK offices with their avid use of Razor's hoontastic Crazy Cart. An irate HR manager ...

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    Report: Bentley to call its upcoming crossover Bentayga?
    Nov 25th 2014

    Development of Bentley's forthcoming utility vehicle is almost complete, and the British automaker has painted a vivid picture of what to expect: otherworldly luxurious, a range of powertrains including a twelve-pot and a hybrid, and a price tag that is sure to eclipse any other SUV or crossover ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #407
    Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Toyota Mirai, Car and Driver 10Best Nov 25th 2014

    Episode #407 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Sebastian Blanco talk about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, the Toyota Mirai, and the BMW 3 Series falling off the Car and Driver 10Best list. We start with what's in the Autoblog Garage and finish up with ...

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