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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: 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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    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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