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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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    Followup: Root cause of June F-35 engine fire determined, fix in the works
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    The cause of a June engine fire involving an F-35 Lightning II has been determined, according to a joint report from the Department of Defense and engine supplier Pratt and Whitney, Military Times reports. The fire, which grounded the military's fleet of the next-generation frontline fighter, ...

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    Official: Honda CR-V named Motor Trend SUV of the Year for 2015
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    Motor Trend has announced the results of its 2015 SUV of the Year competition, and from a field that included the new Porsche Macan, Cadillac Escalade, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Suburban and BMW X5, the buff book has awarded the gold calipers to the 2015 Honda CR-V. If that result surprises you ...

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    Followup: Johan responds to critics again about Cadillac's NY move
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    Cadillac's new President Johan de Nysschen has faced a fair amount of criticism since assuming his position at the head of the American luxury manufacturer. From the company's move to New York City to a controversial new naming scheme, the first few months of his tenure have not been smooth ...

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    Video: Razor releases adult-friendly Crazy Cart XL, Autoblog office loses mind
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    Adult-sized children, rejoice. The Razor Crazy Cart, which we showed you way back in July of 2013 and which one fun-hating Autoblog staffer called "a pediatrician's nightmare," is now available for grownups. This is the best news you'll read all week. For those that need a refresher, the Crazy ...

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    Official: Mazda2 nets Japan Car of the Year, Cherokee first US model to ever crack top 10 [UPDATE]
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    The 2015 Mazda2 is quite high up on our must-drive list. Yes, the teeny, tiny successor to the 100-horsepower five-door is worth getting excited over, largely because the previous generation was one of the absolute best smiles-per-dollar values on the market. While we eagerly await for our ...

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    Report: Contractors clamoring for helo engine program that might not ever exist
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    The US Army is in an interesting position with two of its marquee helicopters. Adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq have revealed that the AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Blackhawk could seriously benefit from more power than their twin General Electric engines can provide. Yet, neither chopper is getting ...

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    Video: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost flogged and analyzed by Ignition
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    Aside from the way it looks and perhaps its independent rear suspension, the biggest bit of news on the 2015 Mustang may be the inclusion of its 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That blown mill marks the first time since the Mustang SVO of the '80s that a turbo has been fitted under ...

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    Report: Acura may go all AWD in bid to mimic Subaru's success
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    Acura's struggles have been well publicized. The Honda-owned luxury brand doesn't seem sure of where it's going or what it's trying to accomplish, with its cars and marketing lacking a coherent theme. Now, a new report from Automotive News claims that the brand could follow the success of Subaru ...

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    Official: Lamborghini makes wise investment, sponsors Italian State Police Sports Association
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    Boot-shaped shaped Italy has been molded as much by it's Hollywood-fueled history of organized crime, as it has by its footwear-aping borders. One of the more peaceful methods used by that famous mafia is, of course, bribery. While we doubt the Cosa Nostra has planted "made men" in Sant'Agata ...

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    Report: USAF being investigated for scrapping 16 new planes, recouping just $32K
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    Military waste isn't exactly new, but it's been making headlines on an increasingly regular basis. Just two weeks ago, we told you about the DOD's bungled MRAP shipping program, which resulted in roughly $100 million in wasted shipping expenses. Today, there's yet another headline-stealing case ...

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    Motorsports: Should F1 move to closed cockpits? Alonso thinks it's worth further study [w/poll]
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    The deaths of Ayrton Senna and Dale Earnhardt revolutionized safety in top-flight motorsports. And while we continue to mourn their passing, the truth is that the safety changes made after their deaths have saved lives. Now, Jules Bianchi's severe head injury is reigniting the safety controversy ...

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    Report: UAW publishes 'Scab Report' in TN, worker retribution feared
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    A Tennessee UAW local has released a list singling out "scab" workers, raising concerns that union employees would seek retribution against non-union employees. UAW Local 1853 published the so-called "Scab Report" on some 40 employees at General Motors' Spring Hill, TN factory. Tennessee is a ...

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    Spy Shots: Is Audi readying hardcore final edition R8?
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    The days may be numbered on the current Audi R8, but if our latest round of spy photos is any indication, Audi's first supercar is going to go out with a bang. This camo'd tester was spotted parked somewhere in Europe, and if doesn't at least belie a faster R8, it certainly indicates that a more ...

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    Recalls: 2015 Mercedes C-Class recalled over steering issue
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    This probably isn't the start Mercedes-Benz execs in Stuttgart were hoping for with the launch of the critically praised 2015 C-Class. The company is recalling 10,500 examples of the US-market sedan because the steering wheels squeak and won't turn, The Detroit News reports. Mercedes is blaming ...

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    Official: Toyota Prius + gets refresh in UK, is it coming here?
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    Toyota has unveiled a mid-cycle refresh of its seven-passenger, UK-market Prius +, known here in the US as the five-passenger Prius V. The revised hybrid MPV now boasts looks inspired by Toyota's more aggressive compact stylings as seen on its new Yaris and Aygo – particularly in the redone ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: October 10
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    After a week off to take part in 2014 Paris Motor Show festivities, we're back with the top military photos of the past seven days, kicking off with what might be the most "metal" military photo we've ever seen. What you see above are a pair of the Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in ...

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    Video: The world's fighter jets take to the sky in beautiful music video
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    It being Friday, we're eager to find ways of wasting time. One of the very best that we've come up with is to take a look at this awesome video, a roughly four-and-a-half-minute orgy of fighter jets, including the F/A-18 Hornet, F-16 Falcon, Dassault Mirage and F-15 Eagle, sprinkled in with an ...

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    Recalls: Nissan recalls over 220k Altima sedans over hoods that could fly open
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    Nissan will be recalling 220,000 Altima sedans, according to a new recall bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Apparently, model year 2013 Altimas built between March 6, 2012 and February 28, 2013 are at risk of their hoods flying open at speed. According to NHTSA, ...

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    Report: China may surpass US as Porsche's largest market this year thanks to Cayenne
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    China has already surpassed the United States as the world's largest automotive market, so it's no surprise that one day soon it will be the world's largest Porsche market. In fact, that day may already be here, as the PRC's Porschephiles outbought their American counterparts in September. ...

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    Report: Mercedes-Benz rewarded by EPA for implementing start-stop
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    The last Mercedes-Benz AMG model I drove was the CLS63 AMG. It had a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Oh, and it also had a standard stop-start system and an Eco mode, two features that are kind of silly on a sedan that will hit 60 miles per hour in ...

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