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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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    Spy Shots: 2016 Chevy Camaro makes camo'd appearance in Germany
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    After our initial round of spy photos revealed a heavily camouflaged prototype of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, we've been on the lookout for anything new on the next-gen muscle car. And now, we have it. This is the best look we've had of the 2016 Camaro yet, and while it may be wearing a Michigan ...

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    Recalls: Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk
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    Toyota has announced that it will be issuing a recall of 690,000 Tacoma pickups from model years 2005 through 2011. The affected vehicles include both the four-wheel-drive model and the two-wheel-drive PreRunner (but not the standard 4x2 pickups), which may have a rather serious problem with ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford F-150 claims segment's best payload, towing ratings
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    While we are set to drive the new, 2015 Ford F-150 in the coming days, there's a big piece of news on the latest-generation of the Blue Oval's bread-and-butter pickup coming out of Dearborn, and it focuses on the truck's hauling and towing abilities. The new F-150 will have a maximum payload of ...

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    Read This: Going inside the Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer
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    The US Navy's newest and biggest toy is the imposing Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, a svelte, stealthy entry designed to complement the Navy's large fleet of Arleigh Burke-class DDGs. Considering everything from its stealthy figure – which allows it to appear on radar as the same ...

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    Video: Morgan Plus 8 Speedster hits the track versus BMW R Nine T
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    Evo is back at it with its car-versus-bike races, following up on the all-British Jaguar/Triumph battle from last weekend with an (almost) all-BMW affair, pitting the German brand's stylish and vintage-looking R Nine T against the British-built, BMW-powered Morgan Plus 8 Speedster. Unlike last ...

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    Official: Fiat Doblo Cargo is an Italian Ram Promaster City
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    Meet the new Fiat Doblò Cargo, the Italian cousin of the recently debuted Ram ProMaster City. As part of the Fiat Professional line, we wouldn't count on seeing this one on US shores, but as Fiat Chrysler's compact cargo entry in Europe, expect to see plenty of the mini haulers across the ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 26
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    This week's photos are big on night shots and dynamic lighting, and have been colored, in part, by the most recent bombing campaign in the Middle East. In our lead shot, two F-15E Strike Eagles are on full afterburner in the early morning following a strike in Syria. Take a look below for the ...

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    Auctions: 11 vehicles from Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas worth watching
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    This weekend will see the world's collector car crowds descend on Las Vegas, NV for one of the biggest shows on Barrett-Jackson's popular auction circuit. There are hundreds of vehicles up for bidding, ranging from a brand-new Lamborghini Aventador to a spattering of Art Deco classics and a huge ...

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    Video: Ticking motorcycle in Sydney prompts massive bomb squad reaction
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    Australia is very much on edge. Last week, the country prevented a potentially gruesome terror plot by religious extremists supporting the Islamic State that sought to hold public beheadings in two of the country's cities. Earlier this week, meanwhile, ISIS called on its followers to kill ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalling 850,000 cars and SUVs for airbag issues
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    Ford has announced a major recall of 850,000 vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014 due to a problem with the "restraints control module." According to Ford, a short circuit could develop in the module, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate. In more severe cases, dependent on where the ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford F-150 configurator is ready to go to work
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    Ford is inching towards the on-sale date for the eagerly anticipated, aluminum F-150 pickup. While we're preparing to drive the new truck (expect our take on it sooner rather than later), the best-seller has reached another, albeit more minor, milestone as its online configurator has officially ...

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    Official: Lotus responds to rumors of demise, promises 2016 MY Evora
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    It's not been a great week for Lotus. Seven days ago, the UK-based automaker laid off a quarter of its workforce, terminating "up to 325 jobs." And then, just a few days ago, it was reported that the company would be ending US sales of its well-received Evora due to the expiration of an airbag ...

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    Report: F-22 Raptor makes combat debut nine years after entering service
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    Nearly nine years after it entered service, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat duty. The troubled, expensive stealth plane, which was originally intended to be America's primary, next-gen fighter until its early cancellation in 2011, took part in the airstrikes ...

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    Report: Cadillac expects major growth in China
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    The US sales issues facing Cadillac are not being paralleled in the People's Republic of China, as a new report from Automotive News indicates the US luxury maker should see its sales increase by as much as 40 percent. The report cites Cadillac's own forecasts, which put its 2014 sales in the ...

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    Auctions: US Marshal's classic muscle car auction officially in the books
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    The US Marshal's so-called Blood Muscle Auction was completed earlier this month, with the prestigious nine-car field (two cars were added following Autoblog's initial story, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 and a rare, mid-restoration 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda) finding new and hopefully ...

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    Official: Cadillac CT6 ushers in new naming convention
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    Johan de Nysschen has been at his new post as president of Cadillac for not even three months , but he's already seen two of his most notable accomplishments from his two-year tenure as president of Infiniti matched by Cadillac. The brand has announced that it is relocating its headquarters, and ...

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    Breaking: Tony Stewart will not be indicted in Kevin Ward Jr death, says TMZ [UPDATE]
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    Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges for the death of racer Kevin Ward, Jr., TMZ Sports is claiming. The official announcement from the grand jury will be made available at 3:00 p.m. today. Last we heard was that the case was being put before a grand jury, who would decide whether the ...

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    Report: Sales incentive growth clustered around brands with few CUVs, trucks [UPDATE]
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    While it's arguably been around the longest, the dominance of the four-door sedan has been under threat for many years. As a further sign of the hurtin' that SUVs and crossovers have put on today's four-doors, a new report from Automotive News points to the increasing use of incentives by brands ...

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    Report: Leaked design sketch may preview Audi TT Sportback Concept for Paris
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    With the debut of the new TT and TTS hardtops in Geneva earlier this year, as well as the more recent debut of the convertible model, Audi has ticked the same body style boxes as the first two generations of TT. Unlike those earlier examples, though, the German luxury manufacturer has provided a ...

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    Official: Honda shows facelifted Euro Civic hatch with new Sport variant
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    Honda has released the details on its freshened Euro-spec Civic ahead of its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, whose media days are set to open next week. Aside from a fairly pleasant visual upgrade for both the standard Civic as well as the Civic Tourer, Paris will also see the arrival of a ...

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