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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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    Official: First 100 vehicles announced for Forza Horizon 2
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    With its September 30 release date just over two months away, Turn 10 Studios has slowly started releasing the car list for Forza Horizon 2, the sequel to 2012's Forza Horizon. While the final list will be on the smaller side, with just over 200 vehicles, as per usual, those that were selected ...

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    Official: Jaguar builds F-Type to support Tour de France team [w/video]
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    The Tour de France is typically a two-wheeled affair, dominated by cyclists yearning to capture the prestigious yellow jersey. While the 2014 event winds its way through Europe, Stage 20 will see an altogether different conveyance wind along the route between Bergerac and Périgueux – ...

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    Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series wagon makes incognito grocery run by way of the 'Ring [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The 5 Series prototype seen in these photos is previewing a new generation of wagon for the model, not simply a mid-cycle refresh. The text has been updated to reflect this. With a debut in 2009, it's high time that BMW delivered the world with the next generation of its popular 5 ...

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    Official: Jaguar Land Rover puts the freeze on wounded soldier-athletes [w/video]
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    For athletes, the cold is often a powerful ally in treating injures, with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) a popular means of treating muscle pulls, bruising and other common forms of discomfort. Did you know, though, that frosty temps are also popular tools for simply recovering from ...

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    Report: Cadillac issues stop-sale on recalled CTS, SRX
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    General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on the Cadillac CTS and SRX, both of which were recalled late last month. Why the stop-sale after all this time? Well, um, GM apparently doesn't know how to fix them. The stop-sale covers all used Cadillac CTS sedans, coupes and wagons from model ...

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    Video: Mercedes-AMG GT's new V8 will sound just like an AMG should
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    When it comes to sweet-sounding V8s, there are few outfits around the globe that can match the work of Mercedes-Benz's AMG division. The in-house performance group has blessed us with such masterpieces of metal as the iconic 6.2-liter V8, code-named M156, the supercharged V8 from the McLaren SLR, ...

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    Video: Watch a parade of five Lamborghinis make their way through a shopping mall
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    It's easy to forget that high-performance cars are not limited in size to something like a Lotus Elise or Mazda MX-5. They can get big. Take Lamborghini, for example. It might focus on combining low curb weights and high-output engines, but an Aventador very nearly occupies the same amount of ...

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    Report: Has Aston Martin abandoned plans for a Lagonda SUV?
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    Aston Martin may possibly (hopefully?) axe plans for a Lagonda-badged SUV, according to a new report from the blokes at Piston Heads. If this is true, it'd serve as proof that the auto gods are good, and want us to be happy. The report is based on statements made by Director of Design Marek ...

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    ETC: UK woman has failed driver's test 110 times at a cost of over $5,000
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    In America, a driver's test seems almost like a formality. Can you park? Can you parallel park? Can you navigate down a road without hitting/killing any other cars, people, animals, houses, buildings, street signs or yourself? Yes, yes and yes? Congratulations, you're licensed to drive. Things ...

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    Read This: US energy boom thwarted by... bad oil field roads?
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    With all the money they generate, you'd be forgiven if you thought the roads to America's oil wells and shale fields would be paved in platinum and lined in gold. The reality is, though, that these roads are so devastated that they're starting to actively hurt the oil industry. A large portion ...

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    Video: Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. Renault Clio Cup racecar will make you go hmmm...
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    Match up a hot hatch with a supercar of the same vintage, and we'll tell you who will win every time. It's easy, really, as the supercar invariably features a more advanced suspension, stickier tires and most importantly, more power. What if the hot hatch is race prepped, though? In that ...

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    Video: Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating
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    Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing. The redesigned Sonata's new look belied an improved crash test in the difficult small overlap front test, ...

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    Video: Florida shop will give you a new 'do and new duals
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    As we've established before, the waiting room at your local auto shop or dealership is awful. Like a simple automotive prison sentence, though, you're generally forced to hang out while the mechanics wrench on your stricken vehicle. How refreshing would it be, though, if you could knock out ...

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    Official: GM confirms 2015 Silverado, Sierra to get 8-speed automatic
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    When viewed alongside the next Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500, there is one thing that seems to be missing from the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Where the F-150 will rely on turbocharging and aluminum architecture and the Ram sports an eight-speed automatic and an air suspension, the General ...

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    Recalls: Kia recalls over 50k new Soul compacts over steering issue
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    Kia is recalling certain 2014 models of its adorable Soul due to a bad adhesive used in the steering system. According to the bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the "thread-locking adhesive" that attaches the plug between the pinion gear and steering gear assembly ...

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    Read This: Imported Land Rovers being seized as part of Federal investigation
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    Early Tuesday morning, federal authorities from the Department of Homeland Security allegedly seized 40 gray-market Land Rover 90, 110 and Defender SUVs in what is believed to be part of an ongoing case that has already resulted in 20 of the iconic SUVs being taken from their US owners in May of ...

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    Report: VW, Fiat deny merger talks
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    All parties involved are actively denying a potentially Earth-shattering shakeup in the automotive universe, as a German business publication claimed that Volkswagen and Fiat have been discussing the possibility of a merger. The magazine, Manager Magazin, claimed that Fiat was looking to ditch ...

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    Spy Shots: Chevy Camaro successor spied for the first time
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    It's entirely possible that these items could indicate that this is the next-gen ZL1 or SS 1LE. We have our very first spy photos of the next-generation, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, in what looks like a higher-performance variety. The heavily camo'd tester was spotted on General Motors' Milford, ...

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    Study: America, you're now buying more utility vehicles than sedans
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    Now you've done it, America. A new study by IHS Automotive has revealed that American motorists are turning to the high-riding style of crossovers and sport utility vehicles more than they are traditional sedans. Through May of 2014, IHS says that SUVs and CUVs account for 36.5 percent of new ...

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    Report: Unifor may establish local union for Toyota's Canadian plants
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    Union tactics apparently translate across borders, as Canada's Unifor may take inspiration from the United Auto Workers' recent move at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN, and establish a local for the Toyota factories in Cambridge and Woodstock. Unifor last attempted to organize the ...

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