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Jonathon Ramsey

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No matter how many new boxes the court system, the human resource department, the college admissions office and the census come up with, we know that people are wildly ill-defined by their specs. And no matter how delightfully we atomize everything with wheels, cars – the most enjoyable ones, at least – are just as impossible-to-pin down as the humanoids who pilot them. That’s the world of transportation that interests me. Sure, it’s handy to pencil in some of the details, but we don’t drive details – we drive cars, camions, bi-, moto- and tricycles, Robins and roadsters, Gumperts and Gmunds and Goggomobils and anything with a motor and a “Go!” button. Where the spec sheets end and the high mountain road begins, that’s the story worth telling.

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    Official: Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrating Mazda this year [w/video]
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    Mazda is the honored brand this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The 95-year-old marque will be the focus of the Central Feature on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, and the Le Mans-winning 787B will lead representative racers from every era of Mazda motorsport.

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    Official: Goodyear blimp gondola heads for museum
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    Goodyear is donating a 33-year-old gondola that's served under three airships, flown over three Super Bowls and won a Guinness World Record, to the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Video: 2016 Kia Sorento now an IIHS Top Safety Pick
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    The new 2016 Kia Sorento earns Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety by scoring a 'good' mark on the small overlap crash test.

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    Official: Nissan to run two GT-R GT3 cars in 2015 Pirelli World Challenge series
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    Nissan will be lining up two FIA GT3-spec GT-Rs on the start line of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas March 6-8, sponsored by Always Evolving, Replay XD cameras, and Nismo.

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    Official: Mercedes releases first shot of AMG GT3
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    Mercedes-AMG is showing off the first picture of the AMG GT3 race car that will enter competition next year. If its angry face and the track-day excellence of the street-legal AMG GT S are anything to judge by, the 2016 FIA GT3 class is about to get an unruly new entry.

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    Report: Used car prices reach record level in 2014
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    A report from Edmunds put the average price of a used car in 2014 at $16,800, which is a record, and a 5.7-percent increase from 2013. It also found 1-year-old and 4-year-old cars showed gains at or near the average, while some vintages showed gains of up to 18.4 percent.

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    Video: Chris Harris flogs the Lexus RC F
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    Chris Harris tries the Lexus RC-F on the track and on the road. Finding it "a curious blend of things," he's slightly put off by its weight when trying to twist it around a track, but its styling, cabin, sounds and non-German aura make it rewarding as a GT.

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    Report: Honda slowing US production due to ports dispute
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    Honda says parts shortages caused by the West Coast ports labor dispute have become severe enough to impede production of the Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V, as well as some Acura models.

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    Report: Cramer: Elon Musk made a mockery of latest Tesla earnings call
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    CNBC's Jim Cramer was not impressed with the earnings conference call Tesla hosted last week to explain its 2014 fourth-quarter and annual results, calling CEO Elon Musk's reasons for the company's performance "horrendous," "ridiculous," "a fiasco," and reminiscent of "the rambling John DeLorean."

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    Report: Mazda RX-7 could return in 2020
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    Autocar is the latest with another rumor about a Mazda RX-7 revival, saying Mazda is planning something "significant" for its 100th anniversary in 2020. Reading between the vague lines, however, we wouldn't get our hopes up.

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    Video: Auto Express gets close-up look at the 2016 Audi R8
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    Auto Express went to the Ascari circuit in Spain to check out the new Audi R8. The big news is that it won't come with a V8 at launch, only with a 5.2-liter V10 that puts out either 540 horsepower or 610 hp. But apparently, it does still have sideblades.

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    Report: The USPS needs 180,000 new delivery vehicles, automakers gearing up to bid
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    The United States Postal Service has sent a request for information to automakers, seeking bids on a next-generation postal delivery vehicle. It needs 180,000 new trucks built with safety and package delivery in mind to replace the archaic Grumman LLV that's become a huge drain on service resources.

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    Official: Rolls-Royce is officially in the SUV business
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    Rolls-Royce announces that it will build an SUV, even thought it won't call it that. Whenever it arrives, we're told to expect a "high-bodied vehicle" on an all-new aluminum platform "that can cross any terrain."

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    ETC: How to fix a $4,000 hybrid battery problem with vinegar and baking soda
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    An imgur user explains how he fixed the battery in his Toyota Camry Hybrid with vinegar, baking soda, and water. Instead of paying a $4,400 estimate to replace a battery, he paid less than $10. But this DIY experience is definitely not for everyone.

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    Official: Rolls-Royce bringing one-off Serenity to Geneva
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    Rolls-Royce is bringing a one-off Phantom called "Serenity" to the Geneva Motor Show. Celebrating the use of silk as a symbol of royal and imperial power, the Bespoke Design department has created what the company calls "the most opulent interior of any luxury car."

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    Video: Aston Martin DB10 spied in action on James Bond Spectre set
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    The next James Bond film is shooting at Blenheim Palace in England, and we get amateur video of the Aston Martin DB10 practicing maneuvers among lots of exotic cars. The production crew has also graced us with a behind-the-scenes short from shooting in Austrian mountain passes.

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    Report: Chevy SS to get 1LE-like handling pack
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    Motor Trend reports that Chevrolet engineers have worked out a 1LE package - the one that turns the Camaro into hot, trackable performer - for the SS sedan. The only question is whether it will ever get approved.

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    First Drive: 2015 Caterham Seven 620 R
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    We recently visited the Superformance warehouse to drive the Caterham Seven 360, 480, and 620 R models. It was an expletive-worthy, incredibly thrilling experience that we won't soon forget.

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    Official: Land Rover teases updated Evoque ahead of Geneva debut
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    Land Rover will bring an updated Range Rover Evoque to the Geneva Motor Show, one fitted with a first for the brand: full-LED headlights. They'll be an option on the baby crossover when it goes on sale here in October this year.

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    Report: BMW i5, i7 rumors surface again
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    The next offering in BMW's i line is said to be based on the Chinese-market, long-wheelbase BMW 5 Series and be called either i5 or i7. Intel suggests a plug-in hybrid sedan with a range-extending four cylinder in front and two electric motors.

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