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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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    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
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    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
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    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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