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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: Mitsubishi NA gets new president and CEO
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    Last week, we told you that Mitsubishi will be getting a new global president, with Osamu Masuko stepping aside in favor of Tesuro Aikawa. The executive changes at the Japanese automaker are hitting closer to home, now, with official word that Mitsubishi Motors North America is getting a new ...

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    Report: Tough winter triggering road salt shortage, price hikes
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    The iconic Morton Salt umbrella girl has warned "When it Rains it Pours" since 1914. The mascot in the yellow dress has had it right for 100 years, and at no time has that been truer than during this year's incredibly tough winter. There's been plenty of salt being poured this season, but for ...

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    Official: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel nets car-like 28-mpg rating
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    Not long ago, 28 miles per gallon would have been a perfectly fantastic highway fuel economy rating on the window sticker of a midsize sedan, and here we are just a few years later, with a fullsize pickup laying claim to the very same number. According to Chrysler, the EPA has certified its 2014 ...

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    Report: Fisker asset sale may not include name, logo
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    Always read the fine print before you sign the contract. That platitude is taking on new life as word comes that the winning bidder for bankrupt plug-in hybrid manufacturer Fisker may not actually earn the rights to use the company's name and logo. According to Delaware Online, that's because ...

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    Breaking: 2015 Subaru Legacy spills out ahead of Chicago
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    Subaru has been one of the industry's hottest automakers, recording record sales month after month. Those handsome figures have come largely on the backs of its crossover lineup, however – models like Forester, Outback and XV Crosstrek have been carrying all the water. The Japanese marque ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia K900
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    Let's be honest, Rich America. When you drive your fullsize luxury sedans, you don't clock any laps of the Nürburgring. You don't view your car as an alternative to air travel, ready to wheel between countries at triple-digit Autobahn speeds. Heck, you don't even take the long way home. ...

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    Kia to reveal 2015 Sedona minivan in New York
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    Hold on to your sippy cups, America. The Kia Sedona minivan may have gone to recess for the 2013 model year, but it mounted a quiet comeback for 2014 sporting the slightest of updates. Thankfully, those minor tweaks will only have to sustain it a short time. Kia knows it can't afford to nap for ...

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    Exclusive: K900 probably won't be last time Kia goes alphanumeric
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    This is part of an effort to ensure that the vehicle brand itself registers with consumers more than the model name. The new Kia K900 luxury sedan stands as a four-wheeled flag in the ground of the financially fertile turf of the world's premium automakers. It's a bold move for a Korean ...

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    Detroit: 2014 Scion FR-S and tC Monogram Series are some spruced coupes
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    Scion is in the unusual position of offering a pair of inexpensive sports two-doors, the rear-drive FR-S coupe and the front-drive tC hatchback. Despite offering outwardly similar size and form factors, the two have vastly different characters, chiefly because of their different drivetrain ...

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    Detroit: Acura TLX GT Racecar bringing the 'X factor' to Pirelli World Challenge
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    One doesn't normally think of Acura offering anything to mix it up with the SRT Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8 and Ferrari 458 Italia (at least while the NSX is still off in the ether), but that's exactly what's about to happen. Honda's premium outpost is ...

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    Detroit: Volvo Concept XC Coupe is ready to hit the slopes
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    There's something inescapably right about a Swedish car with a set of skis on its roof. It doesn't matter if it's a Jurassic-era Volvo Amazon, a Saab 900 Turbo, or even a Koenigsegg Agera R. Surely it's some sort of Scandinavian birthright... right along with immaculate complexion. The latest to ...

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    Detroit: Audi Allroad Shooting Brake is a TT peep show
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    What you're looking at here is the almost-here third-generation Audi TT. Just compress the suspension a bit to take away its Allroad pretensions and rake its backlight to align better with the previous generation's aesthetic, and you're pretty well there. What you're looking at officially, of ...

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    Detroit: 2015 Audi Q3 is ready to woo America's young and upwardly mobile
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    You can hardly blame Audi for its decision to finally bring its Q3 compact crossover to America, even though it's been on sale in other global markets since 2012. CUVs of all stripes are red hot, and the number of players in the US entry-level premium segment is mushrooming. Rapidly growing Audi ...

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    Detroit: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept could be something special
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    With one of Infiniti's chief goals being to adopt a less US-centric product lineup and burnish its standing on the global stage, Nissan's premium outpost will have to get serious about enhancing its offerings' performance and image credentials if it wants to take on the Germans model for model. ...

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    Detroit: 2015 Chrysler 200 looks to put Pentastar's cars back on track [w/videos]
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    It's fair to say that Chrysler Corporation has been on a major perception upswing with its new products, but that rise has largely been centered around its trucks and utility vehicles – the car side has been somewhat left out. The outgoing 200 (previously skinned as the Sebring) never ...

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    Recalls: 370,000 new Silverado and Sierra pickups recalled over fire risk
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    General Motors announced late Friday that it will recall around 370,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickups from the 2014 model year over a possible fire risk. The recall covers select 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 models, which can evidently suffer engine compartment fires due to ...

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    CES: Volvo launches next-gen Sensus Connect infotainment system [w/videos]
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    To borrow a line from another automaker, the Volvo S60 has the power to surprise – it's likely not top of mind for most entry-level luxury sedan buyers, but it's good enough that it probably should be. There's long been one pretty serious chink in its armor, though, and that goes for the ...

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    Followup: 400% markups reported as Cuba opens new/used car sales for first time since 1959
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    One could hardly blame Cuban consumers for suffering from a bout of 'sticker shock' when new car shopping this week – after all, they haven't had the opportunity since 1959. But it isn't just a half-century of inflation that buyers are having to wrap their heads around this week, it's ...

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    Happy New Year! What's your automotive resolution?
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    Happy New Year, Autoblog faithful! Today marks the start of 2014, and with it, we tie a bow on the automotive year that was 2013 – an annum filled with comings, goings, controversies, triumphs, tragedies and big reveals. We're ready for more surprises, more great cars, more seismic shifts, ...

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    Report: Lexus pushing upmarket as others move down, LF-LC production hinted [w/video]
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    Jeff Bracken, Lexus' US group vice president and general manager, knows his company lost its position as America's biggest luxury brand back in 2011, and it's a mantle that his employer probably won't be getting back any time soon. That's because Lexus is electing not to follow the luxury ...

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