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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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    Report: Iowa working on smartphone driver's licenses
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    The digital tar pit will eventually consume us all, but for now, we're still able to watch it swallow our analog lives. One of the next items to succumb could be your driver's license, at least as soon as Iowa straightens out the kinks. The Hawkeye State is working with MorphoTrust USA on an ...

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    Official: DeltaWing announces forthcoming GT-class racer, road car details
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    Deltawing Technology Group announces it is developing a two-seat GT-class race car, alongside two- and four-door street-legal passenger cars. According to modeling carried out by Meszler Engineering Services, a DeltaWing road car would return 57 miles per gallon combined when powered by a ...

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    Report: Japan replacing Takata airbag parts faster than US
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    Automotive News reveals that the Takata recall in Japan is nearly 70-percent complete, while in the US not even 12 percent of drivers have fixed their cars.

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    Video: VW TDI ads star four 'salty' ladies and a stinky dog named Tuna
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    Volkswagen enlists the Three Golden Sisters - a trio of New York grandmothers - to help dispel erroneous ideas about diesel engine in four new 30-second commercials, with help from Tanner Foust and Tuna the Dastardly Dog.

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    First Drive: 2015 Lucra LC470
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    When 2,000 pounds meets 450 horsepower, all kinds of good things can happen. We drive the wild vision of one man, the Lucra LC470.

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    First Drive: 2015 Porsche Panamera S
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    Porsche brought the Panamera in for its garage makeover and drove it out looking almost exactly the same. Turns out it was one of those fancy German refreshes where everything happens in places you can't immediately see.

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    Motorsports: 2015 Australian Grand Prix all about grooves and trenches [spoilers]
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    Autoblog recaps the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and we can't remember the last time 90 percent of the action in Formula One had nothing to do with cars setting timed laps.

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
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    Porsche's plug-in hybrid gets every adjective we expect of a successor from Stuttgart: more complex, more efficient, more powerful, and faster. We put the 2015 Panamera S E-Hybrid through its paces in Southern California.

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    Report: MIT puts V2V technology on its 2015 Top Ten list
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    Ahead of autonomous vehicles, lightweighting, and hydrogen fuel cells, the MIT Technology Review puts vehicle-to-vehicle communications on its list of Ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2015. But with car hacking making more headlines more frequently, will V2V be just another way to for your car to ...

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    Report: WaPo dismisses DOJ report on Tesla direct sales
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    The Fact Checker column in the Washington Post takes issue with a key report attacking dealer franchise laws. The paper, written at the Department of Justice in 2009, attempts to justify allowing manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but because of some bad research, tried to make its case ...

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    Official: Kahn Design bringing outrageous Flying Huntsman 6x6 to Geneva
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    Kahn Design shows off its Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6x6 Concept, a three-axle Land Rover Defender with a 430-horsepower LS3 V8 underhood that it will bring to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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    Official: Mercedes introduces the details of the C450 AMG 4Matic
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    Mercedes drops the details on the C450 AMG 4Matic, the second model in the AMG Sport Line after the GLE450 AMG Coupe. Power comes from a twin-turbo V6 with 367 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, 38 hp more than the C400 4Matic but well down on the 503 hp of the AMG C63.

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    Official: Honda shows off 2015 Euro-market Jazz
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    Honda shows off the 2015 Jazz, a carbon copy of the 'concept' shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Riding on the new B-segment platform, it's lighter and stronger than before, more roomy inside with more features, and gets a 1.3-liter VTEC engine with 101 horsepower.

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    Report: Shorter yellow lights in Chicago could mean more tickets, new mayor
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    A story on FiveThirtyEight suggests that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for a second term could be derailed by the controversial red-light camera program there, with particularly short yellow-light times showering drivers with $100 citations.

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    Motorsports: Freshly-minted Manor Marussia team aims for Australian GP grid
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    Manor Marussia F1 declares it is "making huge strides" toward being on the grid at the Australian Grand Prix in just over two weeks' time. It's got a lot of agreements on paper that are hopeful, but there are a lot of questions - and an FIA crash test - to be dealt with.

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    Auctions: Lego Jeep on eBay sells for more than some used Jeeps
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    An eBay seller lists a 1968 Samsonite Lego Jeep set for a Buy It Now price of $1,049. For that price, you could buy an actual Jeep.

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    ETC: Cadillac CT6 to get twin-turbo V8
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    During an online Q&A with Jalopnik readers, Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen threw more light on the future of the brand and the CT6. Eventually, the engine bay in the new flagship sedan will boast "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance ...

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    Official: Audi shows off the Prologue Avant Concept as a plug-in hybrid
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    Audi reveals the secrets of its Prologue Avant concept, the wagonized version of the stunning Prologue coupe. This one is a plug-in diesel hybrid, using the system from the Q7: a 353-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 100-kW electric motor, for a total of 455 hp.

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    Official: McLaren 675LT aims at the track with more power, less weight
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    McLaren unveils the 675LT, a track-focused yet road-legal evolution in its Super Series to be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. It loses 220 pounds compared to the 650S, increases power to 666 horsepower from its 3.8-liter V8, and sprints from standstill to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds.

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    Official: Aston Martin Vulcan revealed with 7.0L V12, more than 800 hp
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    Aston Martin reveals the track-only Vulcan and its 7.0-liter V12 with more than 800 horsepower, six-speed sequential transmission, and pushrod suspension. Only 24 will be made.

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