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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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    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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    Video: 1987 Chicago Auto Show video on compact import scene is priceless
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    Since no one seems to want to follow my advice and erase all memory of the 1980s, every so often, I stumble upon something like this – a video showing the highlights of the 1987 Chicago Auto Show. And it's terrible. Yet oddly priceless. This video shows off the very worst of the compact ...

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    Report: Mercedes CLA a sub-$30k car no more
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    To be honest, the sub-$30,000 Mercedes-Benz CLA was more a theoretical than a real thing. Squeaking in at $100 below that magical threshold, not counting a $925 destination charge, snagging a CLA anywhere near $30k meant exercising extreme self-control with the options catalog. Perhaps with that ...

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    Video: Watch the US Navy test an 'operational' laser weapon
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    Freaking laser beams. The US military has been fiddling about with beam weapons for years, but with this latest test, the Navy claims it has an operational weapon on its hands. Mounted aboard the destroyer USS Ponce, the 30-kilowatt solid-state laser successfully hit targets on the water and in ...

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    Report: Chrysler set to make $266M-investment into 8-speed transmission production
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    Chrysler will shortly make a significant $266-million investment into its Kokomo, IN transmission factory in a bid to expand production of its eight-speed automatic transmissions. The gearboxes, which are built under license from Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen, have been well received by customers ...

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    Official: Ward's announces 10 Best Engines 2015
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    Ward's Auto has named its 10 Best Engines for 2015, covering a range of powerplants from fuel-sippers to fire-breathers. As with past years, forced-induction reigns supreme, with seven of the ten engines featuring a turbo or supercharger. This year is slightly different, though, as two of the ...

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    Review: The Crew [w/video]
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    Lofty promises and lovely trailers have become Ubisoft's modus operandi of late. Gaming enthusiasts as a whole have seen it in the company's other, non-auto-related franchises, while we've observed this tendency in the lead up to Ubi's latest title, The Crew. With promises of massive multiplayer ...

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    Official: Toyota confirms 2016 Tacoma for Detroit
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    A week on from an announcement by Toyota's Bob Carter, the Japanese marque has formally announced that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will make its global debut next month at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Not only that, but the company has given us a very minute (and very muddy) ...

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    Official: Playstation's Driveclub gets dynamic weather, new tracks
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    Our impressions of the Sony Playstation 4's first racing title, DriveClub, were not particularly positive. That'd have been a real problem ten years ago, when a developer couldn't easily add new content to a game, but today's world of constantly connected consoles makes it easy for new features ...

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    Official: Bell-Boeing successfully completes V-22 Osprey weapons test
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    September's report that the US Air Force was thinking about armoring and arming its V-22 Osprey was a surprise, and now, less than three months on, the tilt-rotor plane has successfully completed its first forward-firing weapons test. The tests, which were conducted by the plane's manufacturers, ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is ready to tackle BMW's X6
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    Under the chiseled hood of the GLE 450 AMG sits a 3.0L, twin-turbo V6 with 362 hp and 384 lb-ft. Years after the polarizing BMW X6 originally hit the market, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its slope-roofed challenger, and much like Munich's Sport Activity Vehicle, we think the new GLE ...

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    Report: Acura TLX sales stopped over rollaway fears
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    A bad indicator that could convince customers that affected cars are in park, even when they aren't, has pushed Acura to issue a stop-sale for the V6-equipped TLX sedan. The company has already alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the potential safety defect. According ...

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    Report: Volkswagen officially grants access to UAW in Tennessee
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    An audit at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN has revealed that at least 45 percent of the facility's workers support unionization, leading the German company to grant access rights to the United Auto Workers. This is a tremendous step in the UAW's long-running and at times contentious ...

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    Official: F-35 fuel temperature sensitivity forces USAF to repaint tanker trucks
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    The F-35 Lightning II has yet another problem, folks. Apparently, it has a "threshold" for the fuel temperature, meaning that if the plane's jungle juice is too warm, the jet, which has cost literally billions and billions of dollars to develop, can't fly. This might not be a problem, if the ...

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    Recalls: Nissan, Infiniti recall more than 130,000 vehicles for potential fuel leak
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    Nissan and its luxury brand, Infiniti, are set to recall 133,592 vehicles after discovering that fuel could leak out around the pressure sensor, potentially increasing the chances of a fire. While Nissan lists five nameplates in its recall, there are actually only three models affected by the ...

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    Report: GM lays off 450 at Lansing Grand River Assembly
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    General Motors will lay off 450 employees at its Lansing Grand River factory, The Detroit News reports, which is 100 more than the company said it'd be letting go last month. Lansing Grand River Assembly currently builds the Cadillac ATS and CTS, both of which have suffered sluggish sales, with ...

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