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Michael Zak

Consumer Editor, AOL Autos (email | twitter | google+) Subscribe to RSS

Michael Zak is Consumer Editor for AOL Autos. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where he majored in History and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France at the Université Marc-Bloch. A native of metro-Detroit, Michael has been a long-time follower of the auto industry. Areas of interest for him include green and hybrid engineering, performance vehicles, the history of the auto industry, and general automotive news. When he is not working on content for AOL Autos, Michael enjoys playing hockey and golf, reading, writing, spending time with his friends and family, and traveling.

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Kia Soul EV
    Progressing The Game, Just Not Changing It 1413475020

    You'd be forgiven if you weren't fully aware of this vehicle's existence. While the Soul EV is a big deal for Kia, as it marks the Korean brand's first foray into the world of pure electric vehicles here in the US, it simply has not a been able to garner much regard from the average car fan or, ...

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    ETC: Take our tightly cropped car pic challenge
    Can You Identify These Vehicles Based On A Small Detail? 1413305100

    Need something stimulating to help you get through your Tuesday? Try out our Tightly Cropped Car Pic Challenge. It's simple: we'll show you ten close-up pictures of vehicles (they're all recent, but can come from a variety of segments and markets) and you try to guess the make and model based on ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Sedona
    Injecting New Life Into A Tired Segment, But Will Anyone Notice? 1410969540

    Minivan sales have stagnated in recent years, and Kia tells me that no fewer than 15 models have been completely eliminated from the market since crossovers rose to prominence. So why in the world is the company not only sticking by the Sedona, but also actively investing in it, giving it a ...

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    Featured: Autoblog readers come clean with their own controversial automotive beliefs
    You Shared Your Unpopular Opinions And We Respond 1407257100

    Last week, the editors here at Autoblog sounded off with their unpopular automotive opinions, voicing the controversial sentiments for which we often catch flak from other enthusiasts upon expression. Along with our own, we invited the Autoblog faithful to share their unpopular opinions. We were ...

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    Featured: Autoblog editors come clean about their controversial automotive beliefs
    Our Staff Voices Their Unpopular Opinions... How About You? 1406833200

    We all have controversial opinions. Be it whether you think the Nissan Juke is actually pretty attractive, manual transmissions aren't always better, or you honestly didn't hate the Pontiac Aztek, we all harbor some persuasion, be it big or small, for which we catch copious flak upon ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI
    Newest Golf Iteration Is Decidedly Better Than Par 1401983940

    Contrary to what you may have assumed, the Volkswagen Golf was not named after the sport. Rather, when the car was being developed as the successor to the Beetle, "Golf," which is German for "Gulf," was meant to pay homage to the Gulf Stream, a powerful and swift Atlantic Ocean ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI
    Dear Old Friend Reinvents Itself, And Its Segment, Yet Again 1401465420

    The whine of the turbocharger. The gentle whoosh of the hatchback's hydraulic lift supports. The mechanical ratcheting and clack of the parking brake. The growling exhaust note with that occasional gurgle. The unmistakable sounds of the modern hot hatch are just one of the genre's delightful ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
    The Grade Is Right There In The Name 1399478280

    Mercedes-Benz has made reviewing the B-Class Electric Drive pretty darn easy. They included the grade the car deserves right in the name: A nice, solid B. For an electric car in today's climate, that's actually pretty high praise. No, this car does not represent the crowning achievement of ...

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    New York: 2015 Infiniti QX80 gets a minor refresh, fancy new trim
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    Infiniti revealed an ever-so-slightly refreshed QX80 alongside its Q70 luxury sedan this morning in New York. The biggest news for the brand's fullsize SUV is the addition of a range-topping trim level, unimaginatively dubbed the QX80 Limited. The Big 80 sports a couple of styling tweaks in an ...

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    New York: 2015 Infiniti Q70 stretches out in NYC
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    Infiniti released its refreshed Q70 (the car formerly known as "M") in New York this morning. The luxury sedan is brings with it, quite literally, a big change: it's now the only vehicle in its segment to offer both long- and short-wheelbase options here in the US (other automakers do this in ...

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    New York: 2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give the best bad hair days
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    BMW officially unveiled the 2015 M4 Convertible at the Javits Center in New York this morning. The droptop, which will slot in next to the M4 Coupe in BMW's performance line, offers infinitely more headroom, fresh air and sunshine for those that want a little more great outdoors and tousled hair ...

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    New York: 2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune
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    Hyundai's new North American CEO Dave Zuckowski pulled a silky sheet off of the redesigned 2015 Sonata here at the New York Auto Show, ushering in not only a new era of domestic stewardship for the company, but also a new, more mature design direction for its mass-market vehicles. Though we've ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis
    Is The Second Chapter Of Genesis A Revelation? 1396972620

    Hyundai grabbed our attention with its first-generation Genesis. Now, with this second-gen model, the company's job is to keep it. The 2015 Genesis, known internally as "DH," wisely follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, a model that showed the automaker's naked ambition, putting it on the ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Toyota Highlander
    Unsung Hero Gains A Bit More Attention 1387299420

    Midsize crossovers like the Toyota Highlander tend to play a thankless role in the life of today's modern family. That's really too bad. With the ability to hold several hyperactive kids and tons of cargo while keeping everyone safe and comfortable in all kinds of climate conditions day in and ...

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    SEMA: Cutworm's Dually Hauler is the best hot-rod parts hauler ever made [w/video]
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    Jeb Greenstone, president, designer and lead fabricator of the custom hot-rod company Cutworm Specialties won the inaugural "Ride Your Hauler to SEMA" contest with his impressive Dually Hauler. The car is currently being honored with a prominent display in front of the Las Vegas Convention ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: December 2011
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    After spending the first half of December up in the San Fernando Vallery with Drew Phillips, our long-term Jetta TDI made its way back into my care for a holiday road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Old Blue saw some great American icons on the trip, such as Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Sonoma ...

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