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    Video: On the trail of the Aston Martin racer who helped change WWII
    Oct 30th 2014

    Arguably one of the most crucial operations of the second World War, Operation Mincemeat was a British disinformation mission responsible for misdirecting Axis forces towards Greece and Sardinia, and in turn, opening up the Italian island of Sicily. That led to the downfall of Italian dictator ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.30.14
    Oct 30th 2014

    Review: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe The Cadillac ATS Coupe is a good handling, well appointed sporting machine... that looks a lot like its four-door sibling. After a week-long test run with Caddy's newest deuce, we hash out what its like to live with, and ask ourselves if this ATS feels special ...

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    Report: Mazda6 Coupe coming along with more Mazdaspeed models?
    Oct 30th 2014

    The predecessor to the Mazda6, the Mazda 626, was sold in a multitude of body styles across the globe. It could, of course, be had as a sedan, but a two-door coupe, known stateside as the MX-6, was also available on the same platform. Now, a new report from Motor Trend claims that a two-door ...

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    Official: Hyundai sells its 10,000,000th Elantra
    Oct 30th 2014

    There aren't many nameplates that have sold over 10 million units in the history of the automotive industry. In fact there have only been ten, and now Hyundai has joined the list for the first time with the Elantra. Launched 24 years ago, the Elantra has far and away been Hyundai's top selling ...

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    Official: Scion shows tC Release Series 9.0, Giants fans rejoyce
    Oct 30th 2014

    The timing is perfect. Really, Scion couldn't have done any better, unveiling the latest member of the Scion tC Release Series – number 9.0, a stylish black-and-orange looker – barely a day after the San Francisco Giants, whose color scheme is black and orange, won the World Series. ...

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    Video: Perfectly restored Tucker 48 gets 15 more minutes of fame
    Oct 30th 2014

    There's something about the sheer audacity of the Tucker 48, sometimes also called the Torpedo, that makes this quirky American sedan so intriguing even 60-plus years after its introduction. Preston Tucker was only ever to complete 51 of them, and several of the remaining units were sold at ...

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    Official: Jaguar opens new engine plant in the UK
    Oct 30th 2014

    The heads of Jaguar Land Rover are having a busy couple of weeks opening factories. Just days after inaugurating the company's first overseas plant in China, the automaker's new Engine Manufacturing Center in the UK is being inaugurated, as well. The plant near Wolverhampton, England, marks the ...

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    Report: Obama administration eyeing new NHTSA boss after safety lapses
    Oct 30th 2014

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't had much to celebrate this year. The botched handling of major recall campaigns from General Motors and for faulty Takata airbag inflators haven't put the agency in the best light. Also, its new VIN lookup for safety campaigns, which ...

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    Official: FR-S with Targa-style top leads Scion's SEMA brigade
    Oct 30th 2014

    The Scion brand seems to be a bit rudderless in the auto industry at the moment. The company just doesn't seem to know what audience it wants to appeal to. For this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the automakers is kind of just going wild with bizarre customs like a turbocharged FR-S with a targa ...

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    Video: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Season 5 trailer percolates interest
    Oct 30th 2014

    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee makes its debut in one week, and after seeing the full trailer for this season, we can't be more excited about it. We've known about the lineup of comedians for quite some time – Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Fred Armisen and Amy Schumer will all be there ...

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    Spy Shots: Acura NSX prototype gets back on track
    Oct 30th 2014

    Developing a new vehicle is not without its complications, we're sure, but usually things follow a fairly predictable progression: you develop a prototype, you test it, test it and test it again, then you put it into production. What you don't expect is that your prototype will burn to the ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalling 205k Edge and Lincoln MKX units for possible corrosion
    Oct 30th 2014

    After the horrible weather last winter, it's hard to look forward for the season to return this year. For those readers in much of the country, the snow is going to be flying soon, and with it comes salt on the roads. That means Ford's regional recall for the 2007-2008 Edge and Lincoln MKX ...

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    Video: Chevy presents Colorado with 'technology and stuff' to World Series MVP [UPDATE]
    Oct 30th 2014

    UPDATE: Chevy was quick to turn Wilde's nervousness into social media pay dirt this afternoon, embracing the "technology and stuff" line with a hashtag on Twitter, and even a starring role on the Colorado's consumer website. That's what you call lemonade, folks. Being named the Most Valuable ...

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    Review: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
    An Anonymous Standout Oct 30th 2014

    Cadillac has become a very, very different company since the dawn of the new millenium. Its turn-of-the-century lineup, consisting of staid offerings like the Seville, DeVille and Eldorado, represented the Old Cadillac. These cars were plagued with Old GM quality issues and catered to a more ...

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    Official: Citroën shoots for the moon with C3 Aircross Lunar concept in Brazil
    Oct 30th 2014

    Crossovers are the name of the game at the Sao Paulo Motor Show this year, with numerous European and Japanese automakers using the occasion of Latin America's largest auto show to showcase new high-riding concepts. This latest example comes from Citroën. Called the Aircross Lunar, the ...

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    Official: GM expanding Lansing Lambda CUV plant
    Oct 30th 2014

    Considering that crossovers are a rapidly growing portion of the US auto market, it's not surprising to hear that General Motors is preparing to build even more of them. The company is investing $63 million to expand its Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant that builds Lambda platform CUVs like ...

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    Recalls: FCA recalling 33k vans and SUVs for TPMS problems in two campaigns
    Oct 30th 2014

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing two, separate recalls covering a total of 33,443 examples in the US of the 2014 Ram ProMaster, 2014 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2014 Chrysler Town & Country because of potential problems with the tire pressure monitoring system in the ...

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    Report: The New York Times kills off Autos section
    Oct 30th 2014

    New Yorkers, newspaper readers, new car buyers and automotive enthusiasts around the world will be saddened as we are to learn today that The New York Times is shutting down its automotive section. The supplement came as part of the newspaper's Sunday edition for some 20 years, but will run no ...

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    Spy Shots: SRX-replacing Cadillac XT5 spied for the very first time
    Oct 30th 2014

    Cadillac has got big plans in place to revitalize its lineup, with new sedans, coupes and crossovers. And it all starts with this, the replacement for the SRX. Expected to be called XT5 in line with the brand's new naming scheme, the crossover will be based on a scalable new platform called C1XX ...

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    Report: Chinese protesting VW recall fix nationwide
    Oct 30th 2014

    This is unquestionably the year of the recall in the United States with an estimated 544 campaigns so far (and counting) that cover around 52 million cars. The repairs are almost starting to seem normal at this point, but apparently the same can't be said for China. That country's buyers are ...

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    Study: Bicyclist deaths spike on US roads
    Oct 30th 2014

    While the roads might be getting just a little safer for motorcycle riders, their two-wheeled compatriots on bicycles appear not to be so lucky. A recent study sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that annual cycle deaths in the US were up 16 percent from 621 in 2010 to 722 ...

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    Video: This Porsche 356 family keeps it outlaw
    Oct 29th 2014

    Rod Emory was the founder of Emory Motorsports in Burbank, CA, and the scion to a family tradition of building "outlaw" Porsches that are almost as cool as the cars themselves. The lovingly modified Porsche 356s are lovely artifacts, and their story, along with the story of their builders, is ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.29.14
    Oct 29th 2014

    2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat What's black, white and red all over? Not sure? Okay, what's black, white and red all over, boasts a stonkin' 707-horsepower supercharged V8 underhood, four doors with plenty of room for a party of five and a trunk big enough for all their stuff? That's right: It's ...

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    Official: BMW unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M super CUVs
    Oct 29th 2014

    The second-generation BMW X5 M and X6 M have officially made their arrival for the speed-obsessed, crossover-loving masses that aren't willing to turn to Mercedes-AMG or Land Rover Special Operations. While the new models retain their 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8s, power has increased from ...

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    Official: Volkswagen rolls out sporty Street Up!
    Oct 29th 2014

    When Volkswagen unveiled the production Up! hatchback at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it showcased a series of concept versions alongside it. At the Geneva Motor Show the following year, it returned with another quartet of whimsical Up! concepts. There were more before and there will be more ...

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    Teased: 2016 Ford Explorer embarks at the LA Auto Show
    Oct 29th 2014

    Twenty-five years since its debut in 1990, Ford will celebrate a quarter century of Explorer models next year with the debut of a refreshed 2016 model at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The Blue Oval is keeping mum on hard details about the updated SUV for now, but the brand ...

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    Official: Toyota pimps out Esquire van for Japanese businessmen [w/video]
    Oct 29th 2014

    A few months back we reported on a dealership owner in Japan who was petitioning Toyota to make a luxury van. The problem, he reasoned, was that he couldn't take as many friends, colleagues and clients around with him in his Lexus LS, and his Toyota Alphard van wasn't luxurious enough. Well, it ...

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    Official: Fiat reveals oddball FCC4 in Sao Paulo
    Oct 29th 2014

    The striking new concept vehicle seen above is called the FCC4, which stands for Fiat Concept Car... with, um, four doors. We're not quite sure what else to call it, because the Fiat Design Center Latam (as in, Latin America) has apparently tried to transcend market segments and traditional ...

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    Rumormill: Facelifted Hyundai Veloster to get new 7-speed DCT, Flex Steer
    Oct 29th 2014

    No matter how you look at it, the Hyundai Veloster is an odd duck. With the vehicle's weird door configuration and styling that kind of looks like a modernized Honda CRX, the model is certainly unlike anything else on the road today. Since spotting one testing earlier this year (pictured above), ...

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    Official: Chevy showcases four concepts at Sao Paul
    Oct 29th 2014

    Chevrolet has rolled in to Sao Paulo this year with not one, not two, but four new concept cars. Only by concept cars, in this case we mean concept versions of existing production models. Arguably the most exciting among them is the Onix Track Day concept. It's based on the Onix hatchback which ...

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