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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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    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?
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    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
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    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
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    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]
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    Official: Toyota moving US headquarters to Plano, Texas
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    It's official, Toyota is relocating its US operations to Plano, TX. And it won't be a symbolic 'all ranch and no cattle' gesture – the Japanese automaker, whose headquarters have been in California since 1957, has decided to base nearly all of its operations in the Lone Star State, ...

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    Breaking: Toyota restructuring US operations, possibly moving to Texas [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: It's official, Toyota has announced it is relocating its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. See the full story here. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Toyota is poised to announce Monday that it is restructuring its US operations, which may include plans ...

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    Video: BMW M235i in circuit scrap with legendary E46 M3 CSL
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    Earlier this month, we brought you news that BMW's one-year wonder, the 2011 1 Series M Coupe, is actually trading for more money today than it did when new. That sort of short-term appreciation is a major rarity with modern production cars, but apparently it's not the only BMW enthusiast coupe ...

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    New York: 2015 Toyota Camry ushers in 'sweeping redesign' [w/poll]
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    With a dozen years atop the nation's best-selling car charts, you might think that there wouldn't be a lot of incentive for Toyota to rework its Camry, particularly so early in the life of the current model. But despite its unassailable sales totals, the midsize sedan has come in for substantial ...

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    Exclusive: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet being phased out, no replacement planned
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    Over the years, I've been given many nicknames – a few of them have even been repeatable around small children. One such moniker is "Mr. Other Makes," a title given to me because of my predilection for sifting through eBay Motors seeking out automotive misfits and orphans. I've got a soft ...

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    Official: 2015 Nissan Murano gets edgier, lighter for NY [w/video]
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    Nissan's Murano stands as one of the originators of the crossover movement – it was perhaps the first such vehicle to throw out the idea that a CUV had to look like a boxy, cladded-up sport utility vehicle in order to be successful. Now poised to enter its third generation, the midsize ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford Focus Sedan is fresh-faced and ready to defend its Most Popular crown
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    Ford has made an art of deeper-than-normal midlife updates since the 2010 Fusion, a strategy that has allowed it to keep models looking fresher in showrooms for longer without needing full redesigns. Instead of slight touchups to light fixtures, new paint colors and perhaps new wheel patterns, ...

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