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Brandon Turkus

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A longtime automotive enthusiast, Brandon Turkus’ inauspicious beginnings in the industry (he was fired from his first car-related job at an exotic car dealer) have grown into a nearly 10-year career. During that time, he’s done everything from scheduling and delivering the same cars you see reviewed on Autoblog, to reviewing and photographing cars for Winding Road as Fleet Manager and Online Editor. Turkus is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a keen amateur photographer, and a fan of odd British roadsters and French hatchbacks.

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    Report: How Nissan's NYC Taxi of Tomorrow has turned into a nightmare
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    "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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    Report: Italy to use Reaper, Predator drones for domestic monitoring
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    Military influence in police operations is not a phenomenon limited to the United States. A new partnership between the Italian police and the Italian Air Force will see Reaper and Predator drones, fresh from their service in Afghanistan, take to the skies over Rome and other major cities during ...

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    Report: Cadillac CT6 styling will be evolutionary, not like Elmiraj
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    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: Kiwi seniors accidentally lock themselves in Mazda3 for 13 hours, nearly die
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    It's an over-played trope that senior citizens are bad with technology. Its regular use as a comedic device, though, overshadows a more dire circumstance that comes when elderly citizens are paired with gizmos and gadgets they don't fully understand. A couple from New Zealand spent the night in ...

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    Official: Autoweek dubs GMC Canyon, VW GTI its 2015 'Best of the Best'
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    For kids around the globe, tis the season for Santa, reindeer and presents. For the automotive industry, the last quarter of each year is reserved for awards, whether they come from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Automobile, or yes, Autoblog. The latest to get released comes from our friends at ...

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    Spy Shots: Jaguar XJ facelift suggests that if it ain't broke...
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    Jaguar is preparing what looks to be a very modest upgrade for its long-serving XJ, now heading into its fifth year in production. The fullsize luxury sedan's changes are so limited it seems like a stretch to even refer to these changes as a proper update. New front and rear lights represent the ...

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    Report: James Bond Spectre villain to drive never-was Jaguar C-X75 supercar
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    James Bond is used to being outgunned. Often working alone, 007 has developed a knack for taking out major criminal syndicates and terrorists despite this routine disadvantage. But in his latest film, Spectre, we suspect Mr. Bond will have met his match in at least one regard – the car ...

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    Official: Ford reserving 50th Anniversary Mustangs for service members
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    Think getting your hands on one of the 1,964 50th Anniversary Ford Mustangs is hard as a civilian? Imagine how tough it might be for the Mustang fanatics in our nation's military. Perhaps recognizing this fact, Ford Emerging Market Services and the Overseas Military Sales Corporation (the only ...

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    Confirmed: Next Cadillac CTS-V confirmed for Detroit
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    As a car enthusiast, you should be excited for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Hell, we can barely contain ourselves – it's shaping up to be a great show. And this bit of news only heightens our expectations – Cadillac will be bringing its third-generation CTS-V to January's North ...

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    Official: BMW to show car that can park itself in a multi-story garage at CES
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    Automatic parking systems are something of a novelty, in their present form. Sure, modern parallel parking systems work well enough. And they're great if you lack the special awareness required to complete such a task. But frankly, how often is the average owner of such a system in a position to ...

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    Report: Navy to address some LCS complaints with $60-$75M upgrade program
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    The Department of Defense has signed off on an upgrade program for both variants of its oft-maligned littoral combat ship, addressing some of the foremost criticisms of the compact ship. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also upped the Navy's commitment to the LCS, ordering 20 additional ...

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    Report: Milan paying residents not to drive
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    Some European struggle to accommodate their current traffic volumes. Often narrow, bumpy streets are downright ancient, and not exactly laid out with efficiency in mind. We've seen cities across the Old World take different approaches to addressing this issue – London instituted congestion ...

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    Report: Fiat Chrysler denies rumors that Ferrari SpA is moving to London
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    It seems that reports of Ferrari's relocation to London have been somewhat exaggerated. The past few days have seen more than a few stories on the legendary Italian brand's decision to move its tax base out of Italy, and now Fiat Chrysler is speaking out against the scuttlebutt. "These rumors ...

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    Video: Watch the US Navy test a remote-controlled recon fish drone
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    The US military has tried some ridiculous things before, but this is arguably one of the most outlandish. Silent Nemo – no, seriously, that's its name – is a project being conducted at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia by the Chief of Naval Operation's Rapid Innovation ...

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    Report: 9 customized cars for James Bond Spectre movie stolen
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    There's already been a setback for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, as nine customized vehicles built for the new flick were stolen from a garage near Düsseldorf. The vehicles, five of which were Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUVs, were to be shipped to the Alps, where filming is slated ...

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    Read This: Here's the story with the Chicken Tax
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    Quiz America's auto enthusiasts about the vehicles they most want to see in the US market, and for every one that doesn't respond with a French hot hatchback or some diesel-powered offering, there'd be at least three that ask for some small, imported pickup truck. That won't happen, though, and ...

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    Video: New Bond car nets Xcar Aston Martin retrospective
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    Well, there's something to be said for timing. With the announcement that MI6 Agent James Bond would take the wheel of the all-new Aston Martin DB10 in his next film, Spectre, Xcar has taken a look back at 007's most iconic vehicle – the DB5. There's also something about some such special ...

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    Official: Next-gen Audi Q7 shows of its wares ahead of Detroit
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    Audi has put the Q7 on a massive diet, trimming over 700 pounds. Meet what is sure to be one of the bigger debuts at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The next-generation Audi Q7 has been the subject of spy shots and conjecture for quite some time. After all, it was easily the oldest ...

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    Report: Hyundai Veloster nixed in UK after just 3 years
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    The Veloster, Hyundai's funky, four-door hatchback, has been pulled from the British market after just three years on sale. The blame, as is usually the case in these circumstances, is being placed on slow sales. Auto Express reports that, much like it has in the United States, the Veloster has ...

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    Official: Porsche sells final 918 Spyder amidst excellent year of sales
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    2014 has been a banner year for Porsche, as the company has moved over 169,000 units through November, an increase of around 12,000 units over the same period in 2013. During last month alone, the company's sales saw a year-over-year jump of 25 percent. The European market, meanwhile, saw an ...

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