Skip to main content

Brandon Turkus

Associate Editor (email | google+) Subscribe to RSS

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.

  • 0
    Official: Suzuki Vitara shows its face ahead of Paris debut
    1409232600

    The death of Suzuki's American automotive operations can be chalked up to many, many things. One thing it cannot be blamed on, however, is the arguable goodness of its products. The company's criminally underrated offerings included the Kizashi sedan, the SX4 compact and your author's personal ...

  • 0
    Official: Renaultsport RS 01 hits the track with GT-R power
    1409229840

    After just a bit of teasing, Renault has finally unveiled its newest racer, the Renaultsport RS 01. Destined for one-make competition in the World Series by Renault, the RS 01 features a carbon-fiber monocoque body from Dallara that allows it to slip in at just 2,425 pounds. The sleek, ...

  • 0
    Report: States have failed to spend nearly $540M in federal highway safety grants
    1409162460

    A new report from the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General has revealed yet another fiasco in highway funding. No, it's not a misuse of federal funds. Instead, it's a complete and total lack of use for government monies. In this case, the DOT's inspector general has ...

  • 0
    Spy Shots: Bizarre Levante mule proves SUV will ride on Maserati platform
    1409160540

    When Chrysler was developing the current Jeep Cherokee, matte black, lifted Alfa Romeo Giuliettas weren't an unusual site around the company's Auburn Hills, MI headquarters. That's because the Jeep rides on a modified version of the Alfa's platform. Judging by these images, Maserati is following ...

  • 0
    Video: Watch a McLaren P1 get tormented by a BAC Mono at Silverstone
    1409157900

    Could there be anything more infuriating than making a million-plus-dollar investment in a vehicle like the McLaren P1, only to take it to a track and find you're unable to outrun a car that costs, without options, about 96,000 pounds ($159,000 at today's rates)? One P1 driver experienced that ...

  • 0
    ETC: Military Terminology: COM and all its varieties
    1409155260

    Read enough about the military, and you're likely to stumble across a range of abbreviations that all start with COM, for commander. There's COMPACAF, COMPACFLT, COMSCOCENT and literally dozens and dozens of others. In short, when you see these designations, it's a reference to either the senior ...

  • 0
    Review: 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX
    The Softer Side Of Sport 1409155080

    The Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra have long followed similar paths, with each available in a four-door sedan, a five-door hatch and (most recently) a two-door coupe bodystyle. The recent death of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe in the US may be threatening to change the narrative on these two ...

  • 0
    Read This: What went wrong with the Navy's LCS program?
    1409148180

    Alongside the F-35 Lightning II fighter, there's hardly a single military program that has been subject to as much criticism as the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship. The controversial program has resulted in two classes of small surface combatants (shown above, Freedom-class at left and ...

  • 0
    Report: Death claim in GM ignition-switch lawsuit rises to 100
    1409074080

    Nearly 300 people have filed claims in the General Motors ignition switch recall case, with around 100 claiming the defect led to their loved ones' fatal crashes while 184 people claim they were injured in crashes caused by the recalled ignition switch. The period for filing claims opened on ...

  • 0
    ETC: Military Terminology: US Navy hull classification system
    1409068980

    Yesterday, we covered the meanings of the military's aircraft designations. Compared to that, though, the ships of the US Navy feature a far more mystifying code, which we'll endeavor to explain here. There are a few simple constants that we should keep in mind. Two recurring designations ...

  • 0
    Report: DARPA, Northrop Grumman reveal XS-1 military space plane concept render
    1409059980

    Before the military can start constructing TIE Fighters and Galaxy-class starships, attempts to militarize space need to start a bit more simply. This is the XS-1, a concept space plane designed by Northrop Grumman under a $3.9-million contract from DARPA as part of an experimental space plane ...

  • 0
    Official: Toyota makes $100M investment to boost Indiana Highlander production
    1408987860

    Toyota has announced that it will be making a $100 million investment in its Princeton, IN factory in a bid to increase production of its popular Highlander CUV. The move will create 300 new jobs by 2016 and increase the total number of crossovers the plant can produce by 30,000. Toyota ...

  • 0
    ETC: Military Terminology: Decoding Aircraft Designations
    1408982520

    The alphabet soup that is the military is most visible in the ships and aircraft that we see among America's armed forces. Some of these designations are fairly obvious. It's not hard to figure out that the "F" in "F-16" stands for fighter (the same is true of the F-14, F-15, F-22 etc.). What ...

  • 0
    Report: PRC disputes US criticism of incident between fighter and recon plane
    1408978860

    The Chinese government has called the US Navy's criticism of last week's close encounter between a PRC fighter and a Navy P-8 Poseidon (above) "totally groundless," Military Times reported. According to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, a Chinese J-11B showed its heavily ...

  • 0
    Report: Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules
    1408907340

    Chrysler owners are hopping mad after experiencing a series of electrical gremlins in some of the company's vehicles. Issues range from mere annoyances – windows rolling down and radios turning off of their own accord – to serious safety issues, with headlights that randomly shut off ...

  • 0
    Spy Shots: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer getting third row
    1408835520

    In what enthusiasts will likely see as a continued attempt to dilute the BMW brand, the German manufacturer is testing a three-row variant of its already controversial 2 Series Active Tourer. Our trusty spy photographers captured images of the new, front-drive MPV testing on the roads of ...

  • 0
    Report: Cadillac to move select offices from Detroit to Manhattan?
    1408743900

    Under Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti moved its headquarters from Yokohama, Japan, to Hong Kong. Now at Cadillac, it appears the company's new president could be planning a relocation of at least some of the brand's operations from Detroit to Manhattan, according to a new report from Reuters. In the ...

  • 0
    The best military photos of the week: August 22
    1408734120

    Today also sees the start of another new feature, which should really appeal to photography fans. We've raided the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System for the very best military photos of the past week, taken by the photojournalists of America's armed forces. Keep an eye open every ...

  • 0
    Video: Here's the Youabian Puma in motion
    1408733820

    Want to know the low point of my trip to Monterey for last week's Car Week festivities? It wasn't the four-hour layover in Phoenix or getting stuck in the horrible traffic surrounding the event. No, it happened at the Concorso Italiano, when after strolling through the fields of gorgeous Alfa ...

  • 0
    ETC: Military Terminology: Ship vs. Boat
    1408723320

    We're introducing a new daily feature at Autoblog Military today, called "Military Terminology." As you may have guessed based on that rather obvious title, each day, we'll be posting a common military phrase, term or acronym and endeavor to explain what it means, how it was developed and if it ...

Loading

Loading
Autoblog iPhone App
Shop for a vehicle