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Chris Paukert

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Following stints as a television news producer and a record company publicist, Chris Paukert has spent almost his entire career in automotive web publishing, working with some of the print world’s greatest automotive writers and editors. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded him as Editor-in-Chief of Winding Road, a pioneering digital car magazine, before joining Autoblog as Executive Editor in December, 2008. He is also the creator and executive producer of The List – 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, the Autoblog original internet video series turned Speed TV network show. Paukert was elected to the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards in 2010. 

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    Video: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata design walkaround
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    By now, you've likely read what we think of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's new looks both inside and out, and you've probably poured over the available photos and started to make up your own mind about the roadster's radically more aggressive new appearance. More than likely, however, you haven't ...

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    Report: Aussie Mazda MX-5 Miata specs leak suggests power loss
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    Mazda's 2016 MX-5 Miata reveal didn't include much in the way of specifications, but the car's debut seems to have blown the lid off of the rumormill, with the latest word out of Australia including fresh claims of curb weight and engine output. Before delving into the findings from ...

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    ETC: Teen Miata enthusiast and friend of Autoblog passes away
    Here's His Story And How To Help His Family 1410289080

    When Thomas' illness made it impossible for him to drive, he relied on friends to do it for him. Attending the reveal of the 2016 MX-5 Miata and the subsequent 25th anniversary celebration at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca confirmed that the little roadster maintains broad appeal, one not limited ...

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    Report: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first engine shot revealed
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    We've dug deep for just about every scrap of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata info available out of the car's California reveal celebration, but powertrain particulars have been especially hard to come by. While we still don't have engine specifications, the folks over at Autoweek have scored a nice scoop ...

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    Exclusive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first in-car observations
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    We've had few days to digest the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata since the roadster was first revealed on Wednesday evening when we offered you our first impressions. Since that time, we've gone back and looked at the car a number of times in person here in California, and we've even seen it ...

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    Exclusive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata firsthand impressions and notebook scribblings
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    In a temporarily repurposed airport hanger in Monterey, CA, the world caught its first glimpse of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata tonight, and I was fortunate enough to attend in person along with my fellow auto media colleagues, Mazda execs, a couple hundred Miata devotees and, oddly, a fair number of ...

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    Video: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata reveal livestream is here and now
    Iconic Fourth-Generation Roadster Is Industry's Best-Kept Secret No Longer 1409791200

    Let's not understate the significance and difficulty of what's been accomplished here. In this ever-connected, constantly surveilled modern auto industry, Mazda has pulled a coup – it's kept a new vehicle under wraps. Yes, we've seen hacked up and camouflaged mules and maybe a form under a ...

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    Official: 2015 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year long list revealed [UPDATE]
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    This is the first time we can recall the eligible nominees in the truck/utility segment outnumbering the number of qualifying cars. 'Back to school' ads are are spooling up on TVs and in newspapers everywhere, and the auto industry's model picture is pretty clear for 2015, which means it's ...

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    Breaking: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to bow at Woodward Dream Cruise?
    CEO Appears On Detroit Radio And Teases Performance Reveal 1406917860

    This morning, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis made an appearance on a popular Detroit morning radio show, Dave & Chuck The Freak on WRIF 101, to talk up the company's Woodward Dream Cruise display later this month. During the interview, Kuniskis gave the hosts an intriguing exclusive that has us ...

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    Video: Toyota's Psy-style Waku-Doki ad inherits Japan's bizarre ad crown
    What's the deal with Japan's offbeat commercial culture? 1406652300

    A new Japanese Toyota ad featuring crisply suited businessmen driving into the jungle only to segue into a Psy-style music-video dance-off with a gorilla and natives is the latest car commercial to go viral. Jungle Wakudoki is the newest installment in a grand tradition of bizarre ads from the ...

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    Exclusive: Hyundai Azera fate in question for US
    Redesigned Sonata To Make Life Harder For Big Brother 1405610880

    The Azera has been consistently outsold by its rivals. Through June, Hyundai has shifted just 4,191 units. Hyundai's dealers call the Azera the "nicest car nobody knows about." That's according to Mike O'Brien, Hyundai Motor America's vice president of corporate and product planning. Indeed, ...

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    Confirmed: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will hit 199 mph, burn 1.5 gallons per minute [UPDATE]
    Specs, Pricing And Details Revealed About Entire 2015 Challenger Range 1405529100

    Dodge anticipates a 0-60 run in the "mid threes," storming all the way to a top speed of 199 miles per hour. Autoblog Senior Editor Seyth Miersma will shortly be getting his sweaty mitts on Dodge's 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat, but he's wisely sitting through a presentation on the ...

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    Confirmed: Nissan Cube dead for 2015
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    Another class cut-up has graduated from our motor pool. The Nissan Cube's indefatigable weirdness was likely both its chief selling point and its Achilles Heel, but Autoblog sources say that after a six-year run in the US, the niche player has been scrubbed from the Japanese automaker's ...

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    ETC: How GM almost screwed up Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc. and more
    Given Just 7 More Days, GM Would Have Changed Entertainment History 1404239400

    General Motors came within one week of buying Pixar in 1985, and would have subsumed the then-fledgling computer company to use its technology to help aid car designs. That surprising almost-was historical wrinkle comes courtesy of Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, in his new management book, ...

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    Official: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth automatic targets broader appeal
    Two-Pedal Model Gets Less Horsepower But More Torque 1403644440

    There aren't many manual-transmission-only offerings on the US market, and now there's one fewer. The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth has just gone into production with a newly available automatic option. We've known that the hair-raising, high-performance Cinquecento has been scheduled to get a two-pedal ...

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    Exclusive: Why the 2015 Lincoln MKC is 'holding some powder'
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    Earlier this month in our first drive of the 2015 MKC, we told you that Lincoln finally had a new vehicle in its arsenal worth crowing about. So with the compact premium crossover now finding its way into dealers, why aren't you seeing its likeness plastered on billboards and barraging you on ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lincoln MKC
    This Ain't No Party. This Ain't No Disco. This Ain't No Foolin' Around. 1402330380

    Back in 2012, Lincoln claimed its comeback bid was finally underway with the new-for-2013 MKZ. But don't you believe them – the renaissance won't actually begin in earnest until the shapely compact crossover seen here reaches showrooms in big numbers. That's because while the four-door MKZ ...

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    Official: Lincoln releases power and economy ratings for 2015 MKC with 2.3L EcoBoost
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    As the first 2015 MKC crossovers slip into dealerships, Lincoln has confirmed power and fuel economy ratings for the compact crossover's optional 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine. The new range-topping powerplant, thus far otherwise unavailable in the Blue Oval kingdom, will net a healthy ...

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    Official: Infiniti QX70 drops V8 for 2015, holds line on pricing
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    QX70 was the only application for the 5.0L, making it a tough sell in the boardroom. It was always easy to chuckle a bit at Infiniti's branding of its FX crossover as a "bionic cheetah" – until you drove the thing. It was something of a revelation when it came on the market in late 2002 ...

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    Video: World's Best Dad invites Lamborghini owners to son's birthday party
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    The resulting unalloyed joy, as you'll see in the footage below, is priceless. One of my defining moments as a budding car enthusiast came the first time I got to see a Lamborghini up close. I was out in Los Angeles visiting a relative with my mother and sister, and I took the change of ...

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