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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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    Exclusive: Facelifted 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan coming to New York
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    Nissan's current Versa Sedan debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show, so it's only fitting that the humble four-door's midcycle facelift will debut under the kliegs in the Gotham, too. While the automaker's next-generation Murano crossover will take center stage on its display stand, Autoblog has ...

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    Recalls: Honda recalls nearly 10,000 new Civic models over pinched tires
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    Honda is recalling some 9,816 Civic LX coupes and sedans from the 2014 model year due to a potential tire problem. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, the safety problem stems from an installation problem at a supplier, which may have caused the tire bead to ...

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    Geneva: Get a load of these crazy European Nimrods
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    I've been attending the Geneva Motor Show for the better part of a decade, and it's become my favorite stop on the entire show circuit, in large part because of all the exotic automakers, coachbuilders and green startups. I also love the Palexpo's consistently mind-bending displays of tuners, who ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen says US pickup is back on the table
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    Volkswagen doesn't normally consider General Motors to be a prime competitor in the US, but it's keeping a keen eye on the company's new midsize pickup models, eager to see how they perform in the market. That's because the German automaker is reevaluating its truck strategy, and it's closely ...

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    Geneva: 2014 Renault Twingo is a rear-engined cutie
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    At this point, we thought the formula for small, inexpensive hatchbacks was pretty much dialed in: transverse engine, front-wheel drive. Then along comes Renault with its cheeky new Twingo, just to throw a curveball into the mix. Sporting a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, the Twingo is ...

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    Geneva: Volvo Concept Estate hauls in great expectations [w/videos]
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    You're looking at the third leg of Volvo's award-winning concept trilogy, the Concept Estate. Despite its banal name, this sweeping longroof showcar has our attention like few other cars at the Geneva Motor Show. It's not just that we have a weakness for shooting brakes or Volvo's take on the ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen T-Roc Concept likely to spawn five-door production model
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    Let's get this out of the way right now: Volkswagen is going to build something like this T-Roc Concept. With its flexible new MQB architecture and a diverse family of suitable powertrains that include gas, diesel, compressed natural gas, plug-in hybrid and pure electric models, the idea of ...

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    Geneva: Subaru makes a step toward production with Viziv 2
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    Subaru seems mighty invested in its Viziv crossover. It first showed its original concept at the Geneva Motor Show last year, then it presented an updated version, Viziv Evolution, at the Tokyo Motor Show, and now it's back with a newer and more production-look concept dubbed Viziv 2. Despite its ...

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    Geneva: VW Passat to get deeper-than-normal refresh for 2016
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    After generations of Passat sedans designed more to European tastes and needs, Volkswagen finally let loose in 2011 with a larger and less costly model engineered specifically with the North American market's tastes in mind. The Chattanooga, TN-built four door launched well on the strength of a ...

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    Geneva: Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept is green-flag ready
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    Lexus is hardly the first brand that comes to mind when comes to motorsports. In fact, it's not even the first Japanese brand. But Toyota's premium marque is showing new signs of understanding that it will need to at least pay racing further lip service if it wants to be viewed as a more ...

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    Geneva: Pagani Zonda Revolucion is a four-wheeled uprising
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    Remember when Pagani rolled out its final special-edition Zonda? It's happened about six times now. Not that we're complaining – it's hard to tire of supercars, especially weapons-grade devices like the entire Zonda franchise. This new Revolucion moves the game on even more, with its ...

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    Teased: 2015 Hyundai Sonata gets a shadowy preview
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    It's only been on the market since 2010, but such is the hectic pace of the family sedan world that the Hyundai Sonata finds itself as the elder statesmen of the midsize segment. The current, sixth-generation sedan put the Korean automaker in the hunt with its audacious Fluidic Sculpture styling ...

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    Official: Volkswagen T-Roc Concept unveiled with an eye toward production
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    After being uncharacteristically flat-footed in reacting to the auto industry's seemingly unquenchable demand for new crossovers, the Volkswagen brand is investigating a raft of new softroader models to build out its portfolio. At present, VW only offers its premium-minded Touareg and aging ...

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    Breaking: VW workers reject UAW representation in Chattanooga
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    For its part, the UAW is blaming "outside interference" for its defeat. In what is being characterized as a major blow to the United Auto Workers, workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, TN have voted to reject union representation. The voting results – 712 opposed and 626 in ...

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    Video: Security camera captures National Corvette Museum sinkhole as it forms [UPDATE]
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    If you've been with us all day, you know that the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY was struck by a sinkhole early this morning. The sinkhole, which formed under the museum's well-known Skydome, swallowed up eight cars on display and caused untold dollars in damage. We've shown you ...

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    Chicago: Nissan NV200 Chicago Taxi looking for a #HailYes
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    Nissan may be loaning out its small van to General Motors for its Chicago Auto Show debut, but that doesn't mean that Chevrolet is the only one with new NV200-based wares to share. On the heels of launching its Taxi Of Tomorrow for New York City, the Japanese automaker is giving America's Second ...

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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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