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Michael Zak

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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.

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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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    Which Month Is The Best Month To Buy A New Car?
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    Throw out everything you thought you knew about car shopping. According to a big new study from TrueCar, August -- not late December as is commonly accepted -- is the best month to buy a new car.

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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 expression.

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    Drivers Say They're Ready For Autonomous Cars
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    More than three-quarters of 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed by Insurance.com said they would likely consider buying an autonomous vehicle if and when they become available.

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    Study Shows Drivers Fight Fatigue With Dangerous Strategies
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    With millions of Americans getting behind the wheel for long road trips this summer, driving while fatigued is a given. Drivers are combating the issue in the wrong ways, according to a new survey.

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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 current.

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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.

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    How Car Types Determine Insurance Premiums
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    It has been well documented that your car insurance rates are determined by a number of factors. These include your age, driving history, marital status, geographic location and credit history, to name a few. Your premium is also determined by the type of car you drive, though not in the way you ...

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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.

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    Used Cars In Five Segments Will Soon Be Cheaper
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    Used cars across five different segments will soon get much cheaper, according to a new study from Black Book. If you're in the market for one of these types of vehicles, you may want to hold off on shopping until late spring or summer.

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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.

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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.

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    Single People Pay More For Car Insurance
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    Age, gender and marital status significantly affect how much Americans pay for car insurance, according to a new study from InsuranceQuotes.com. And the disparity in insurance costs is highest among young people.

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    Consumers View Cars Like They Do Cell Phones
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    Up until recently, financial motivations drove the behavior of car shoppers. Today, many consumers shop for cars because of a constant desire for change, according to a new study from Swapalease.com.

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

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