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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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    ETC: Hack a Tesla, win $10,000
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    In the world of computers, competitions that challenge so-called "white hat" hackers are fairly common. Break into this system in X minutes and we'll give you Y dollars. Rarely, though, does this world cross over with the realm of automobiles. At the 2014 SyScan Conference, which runs from July ...

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    Spy Shots: Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet nears production readiness
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    Mercedes-Benz has lifted some camouflage off the C-Class Cabriolet, the vehicle that will finally give the German manufacturer a dedicated challenger to the BMW 4 Series Convertible and Audi A5 Convertible. As has been reported already, there's a folding canvas roof below that camouflaged faux ...

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    Rumormill: BMW to change model designations even further from actual displacement?
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    Once upon a time, you could look at the back of a trunk lid of a BMW and come up with a pretty fair idea of what sat under its hood. For example, a 320i was a 3 Series with a fuel-injected, 2.0-liter engine, a 328i was a 3 Series with a fuel-injected, 2.8-liter engine and a 328Ci was a two-door 3 ...

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    Fast & Furious 7 shooting wraps, cast thank-you note mourns Paul Walker
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    Shooting has officially wrapped on the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, and as part of that, the cast and crew has issued a touching note that pays tribute to the new members of the film, the series' late star, Paul Walker and of course, the fans. "There was a time when we ...

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    Video: YouTuber TJ Smith is your singing Lyft driver in Nissan Sentra ad
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    Perhaps you've seen Nissan's latest commercial, promoting the Sentra. It's a fairly simple little spot, showing the compact's driver blaring Billy Idol's Mony Mony, singing along and encouraging other motorists to join in. We'd have been fine had it been left at that. It's a simple commercial ...

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    Recalls: 2014 Mercedes SL and SLK add small expansion to Takata airbag recall
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    Mercedes-Benz is the latest automaker to be affected by Takata's massive airbag recall. The company has announced a voluntary recall campaign on a small number of model-year 2014 SLK- and SL-Class roadsters. In Mercedes' case, 300 vehicles are affected, 200 of which are in the hands of ...

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    Report: Meet Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, Iowa's latest hatchet-wielding criminal
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    Well, we've found the long-lost cousin of yesterday's Bentley-tattooed criminal from Florida. This is Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller. No, seriously. While his name seems just like the sort of thing we'd expect the Sunshine State to produce, he actually hails from Iowa. Despite coming from the ...

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    Video: Grand Theft Auto V fans remake Sopranos intro
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    There is no shortage of things to do in the open world of Grand Theft Auto V. One of the more popular, though, is recreating iconic scenes from TV and film on the sprawling landmass that is San Andreas. We've already seen a famous scene from Terminator II get the GTA treatment, and now, it's the ...

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    Video: Swedish man bests Kobe Bryant by jumping speeding Lambo
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    Way back in 2008, Los Angeles Lakers' shooting guard Kobe Bryant created a minor uproar with a viral video filmed and released by Nike. In it, the 16-time NBA all-star vaulted a moving Aston Martin. The promotional plug of the whole thing was that Bryant's ups were courtesy of his new Nikes, ...

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    Report: Saudi Arabia may institute higher fuel economy standards; keep 45-cent/gallon gas
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    When it comes to global oil production, Saudi Arabia is one of the absolute leaders, producing nearly 10 million barrels of crude every day. That means it can offer its citizens gas prices of about 45 cents per gallon. Despite this remarkably low price, though, the controversial, monarchical ...

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    Breaking: Cadillac snags de Nysschen from Infiniti, names him new president
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    Johan de Nysschen, the (now former) president of Infiniti, has officially jumped ship. The 54-year-old, who also spent time as the chief executive for Audi USA, has taken the position of president at Cadillac, following a two-year stint at the Nissan-owned luxury brand. In his new role, the ...

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    Read This: Bill Ford op-ed argues we can't just build and sell more of the same cars
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    It's hardly a secret that the auto industry is undergoing an enormous, tectonic shift in the way it thinks, builds cars and does business. Between alternative forms of energy, a renewed focus on low curb weights and aerodynamic bodies, the advent of driverless and autonomous cars and the need to ...

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    Official: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jay Leno's Garage snag Emmy nominations
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    Two of our favorite web series have been nominated for Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction category. Jay Leno's Garage and Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee are up for the prestigious awards, which will be handed out on August 25. There are four other ...

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    Report: 2015 Ford Mustang production to begin on July 14? Not quite, says Ford
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    Mustang6g.com believes that it has unlocked start date for 2015 Ford Mustang production citing a Ford dealer communiqué. According to the report, job one on the 2015 hardtop will allegedly start in just a few days, on July 14, although units that are known as "OK to Buy" won't enter ...

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    Report: GM Korea employees approve strike
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    Think the UAW is the only labor union that's angling to give General Motors headaches in the near term? Guess again. GM employees in South Korea's highly unionized and strike-happy workforce have officially approved a strike action against the automaker as labor talks are set to begin. Of GM's ...

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    Report: UAW forming local union for VW Chattanooga workers
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    While the UAW was defeated in a February election at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, it wasn't enough to deter the union from future attempts at organizing the factory's labor force. According to The Tennessean, the UAW is set to announce the formation of a union local for the plant's ...

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    Video: Porsche Cayman GTS in track battle with 996 GT3
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    Here's your tough question of the day: Would you rather drive a new Porsche Cayman GTS or a slightly older, 996-era Porsche 911 GT3? Certainly, both cars have their plusses. The Cayman is the more modern proposition, sure, but the GT3 is, well, a GT3. So yes, it's a tough decision. If you're one ...

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    Report: GM won't pay ignition-switch claims out of insurance funds
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    "It will be done through cash on hand, no insurance." – David Roman, GM's director of financial communications. General Motors has committed to paying all of its ignition-switch claims out of its own pocket. David Roman, the company's director of financial communications, told Business ...

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    Video: Watch Mitsubishi break the EV record at Pikes Peak
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    Take a listen folks – you're hearing the eventual future of motorsports. This is Greg Tracy and the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III as they assault the treacherous course at Pikes Peak in just 9:08.188. This run is significant for a number of reasons. As we recapped in our Pikes Peak finale ...

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    Study: Teens don't do this one simple thing that could save their lives
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    Hindsight being what it is, I now realize that I was a certifiable moron as a teenager. I thought I was far smarter and slicker than I actually was, and I took part in a spectacular array of things that, when viewed through the wiser eyes of someone pushing 30, were the height of stupidity. I'm ...

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