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Matt Davis

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Matt Davis has kept his home and studio in Milan, Italy, since 2001. To his bewilderment, he remains the only American car nut doing this job at a big-league level in Europe. Matt writes about and snaps photos of every brand of car for every important market worldwide. In the U.S., he has been European editor for Winding Road and European Car, was associate editor with Auto World Weekly, plus a correspondent for AutoWeek, Edmunds InsideLine, Esquire and others. He is co-founder and chairman of the World Car Awards and on the jury for the International Engine of the Year awards.

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW i8 Prototype
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    M Meets Edison The real telling moment for the new BMW i division will be seeing how the recently tested 2014 i3 sells in its various markets, since that is the car that changes how we perceive our expectations of the brand. But this 2015 BMW i8 green supercar has all the earmarks of a slam-dunk ...

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    First Drive: Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour Concept
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    Coachbuilt Italian Finery Rides High In The Mediterranean Apparently, the appropriate gift to give for the 45th anniversary of almost anything is a blue sapphire stone. I cannot imagine Autoblog readers craving a story about that, so I'm glad that Italdesign Giugiaro spared me that gig and ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Mercedes A45 AMG 4Matic [w/video]
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    United States customers desiring one of the new smaller AMG models from Mercedes-Benz will really enjoy their 2014 CLA45. It's swift, authoritative, more alive in your hands than any other AMG model has ever been, and it's the only compact practical AMG you'll ever be able to get anyway. Little ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi RS7 [w/video]
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    Stunning Sportback Gets The Performance To Match Saying the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback is not as good as the not-for-North-America Audi RS6 Avant we recently tested is a bit like saying one more strip of crispy bacon would make our Waffle House All-Star Special breakfast even more special. The RS7 ...

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    First Drive: 2014 BMW i3
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    A Purer Than Ever Sort Of Driving Pleasure This all started back in 2007 when the megacity urbanization trend hit full stride and BMW began brainstorming the 2020 future of mobility. The product was thus originally called the BMW MegaCity vehicle. Then the 'i' division of BMW was officially born ...

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    Breaking: BMW i3 starts near $35,000; NA first deliveries January 2014
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    While in Germany at the first early pre-production drives of the hotly anticipated BMW i3, BMW people finally hinted at a price ballpark. Numbers being tossed around by pundits have actually been pretty close to what BMW is discussing internally - between $35,000 and just over $40,000. We have ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes C63 AMG Edition 507 [w/video]
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    Okay, so, crucify me. I pursued this steaming-hot Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 ever since the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, wanting – for all practical North American audience purposes – either the sedan or the coupe version. I assumed right up until the time of the drive near ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
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    A Really Hot Little GT Plants The Seed For A Better AMG Mercedes-Benz has AMG on an impressive growth curve these days, the official name of the effort being Performance 50. By the 50th anniversary of AMG in 2017, the Mercedes performance division will produce 30,000-plus units per year, up from ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Seat Leon SC
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    Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, otherwise known as Seat, started becoming a part of the Volkswagen universe of companies way back in June of 1983, and it has taken right up until its latest generation of models for all the benefits of the VW Group empire to come to ...

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    ETC: 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este dominated by Ralph Lauren's Bugatti [w/video]
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    On this past long weekend while Americans were celebrating Memorial Day, the very American Ralph Lauren was cleaning up tidily at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in northern Italy on the western shore of Lake Como. It rained the first day on and off and this lowered a little the ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mercedes E-Class Coupe
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    In With The (Slightly) Old And The (Sort Of) New Though the S-Class is the profit-per-unit world champion, Mercedes' stalwart E-Class is still the company's most reliable producer of profits. The latter tends to represent the model that most humans on Earth think of when they think of ...

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    Followup: McLaren P1 guru spills more info on his hypercar
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    We know the McLaren P1 is pretty much ready to fly into lucky US owners' underground bunkers by the latter part of fall 2013. We should get a go at an early production version by late June, we are told, and as you would imagine, we can't wait. The running number on the price for the United States ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
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    The BMW Z3/Z4 roadster has never really had a truly widespread following because it has either been too humble and small a roadster (albeit with some fun and very low-volume M editions) or it has been – in this E89 generation – too casual an image leader with no racier aspirations. ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi S3
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    Coming Soon To Our Shores With Two More Doors And A Trunk The Audi S3 is not exactly a sales juggernaut, despite it being a bit of a legend for passionate fans of the small German premium genre. In most markets outside of Europe, people may consider such setups as the S3 three-door tested here, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 [w/video]
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    The First Maserati To Run Full-Time On All Fours About six months ago we tested the all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte GTS and its 523-horsepower 3.8-liter bi-turbo V8 engine, the latter being built in Maranello, Italy, by Ferrari. There were comments on both sides, mostly positive though, and ...

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    First Drive: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
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    Is This A Great Idea For An M Model? The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is already an issue of large debate. The essential business case for the car is that it's more distinctive than a straight 5 or 6 Series, and has much of the sense of space and luxury of a 7 Series. It has the wheelbase of a 5 ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI [w/video]
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    The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels North American car buyers get a bit of a slap in the face when it comes to delivery schedules for new the Volkswagen Golf and pumped-up GTI models. We'll just repeat the old chestnut: It's worth the wait... even though it still stinks. ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi RS6 Avant [w/video]
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    Latest, Greatest Autobahn Bomber Will Not Be Denied – Except To Us Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to test the second-generation Audi RS6 Avant in southern France on the supremely well-sorted circuit at Le Castellet, a.k.a. Paul Ricard. I was thrown out there with the 572-horsepower ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper Clubvan
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    A Premium Van For The Modern-Day Milkman We first saw the Mini Clubvan at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012, then in December again at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on a stock Mini Clubman, the Clubvan's dimensions are identical, while all side windows aft of the middle pillar are blocked ...

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    Review: 2013 Audi S8
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    Italy To Monaco In Ingolstadt's Crushing Performance Saloon I had an engagement a while back with the Audi RS5 Cabriolet in Monaco, and getting me from my lair in northern Italy by plane connection is an utter waste of time since the first flight is always to either Paris, Zurich, or Rome, three ...

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