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Seyth Miersma

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Raised and groomed in the art of car writing by way of the magical internet, Seyth Miersma has carved out a career in the automotive world by telling stories about great roads and great cars. With fleeting exceptions being made for a few newspapers in Texas, Miersma’s words have been rendered with ones and zeros in the digital pages of Winding Road magazine, where he began as a freelancer in 2006 and left as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. Miersma brings the experience of hundreds of car reviews and comparison tests to the Autoblog crew, as well as a love for first-wave Japanese imports, racing video games that only rarely involve stuff blowing up, and driving through the dark of a fall morning in third gear with the radio off. He is very tall (the 97th percentile-set should read Miersma’s reviews with a close eye).

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E
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    For those not paying attention, Volvo has updated its S60 sedan range for 2015 with a new range of engines under the Drive-E label. Wearing the same T5 and T6 badges to note the relative levels of power under the hood, both engines are 2.0-liter four-cylinders, with the lesser being turbocharged ...

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    Official: DS 6WR channels Citroën Wild Rubis into Beijing
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    Citroën has unveiled preliminary images and information about "the first ever SUV for the brand," the DS 6WR, before the model's official debut at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. Said to be directly inspired by the Wild Rubis concept that bowed in Shanghai last year, the new addition to the ...

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    Teased: Subaru teasing STI surprise for NYC show?
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    Subaru is no stranger to the Special Edition car, least of all where its vaunted WRX and STI are concerned. From Spec C to Prodrive to 22B, more than a handful of STI's around the world have been released as limited-run editions, often with stirring results. So, while we were more than a little ...

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    Long Term: 2014 Mazda6: Winter's End Update
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    The Winter Without End is seemingly dead. Outside my office windows, my brown and yellow lawn is fully exposed to the increasingly powerful sunshine, the morning birdsong is louder than anything until the garbage trucks start rolling, and I'm seriously considering having the summer tires put back ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman All4
    Turn A Cool Little CUV Into A Mess For Just $7,000 1397242680

    The standard Mini Countryman is a bit of an odd duck against the backdrop of 'normal' small crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape, but I sort of get it. Apply the same winning Mini formula to a CUV, and you get a smaller-than-average entry in the segment, one that is far more ...

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    Recalls: BMW broadens engine bolt recall to nearly half-million cars worldwide
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    Almost one month ago, we reported on a BMW investigation into a potentially defective bolt that lived in the company's VANOS variable valve timing system. At that point, the potential recall was seemingly limited to Chinese-market cars; the company was filing a recall application with Chinese ...

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    Exclusive: We go behind the scenes at Turn 10 to see how Forza Motorsport 5 racetracks are made [w/video]
    The Process Behind The New Long Beach Track, And All The Rest 1397069940

    The digital model includes every element rendered in "sub-centimeter accuracy." Today the world of Forza Motorsport 5 gets a good deal richer, with Turn 10 Studios announcing the arrival of the famed road course at Long Beach to the game's roster. As was the case when the studio unveiled Road ...

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    Followup: 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe now more expensive than when new
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    At the end of the day, your friendly Autoblog editors are car guys, just like you. So, while we might have more of an opportunity to test some of the most interesting vehicles on the new car scene than does your average gear head, we can still be found whiling away those long afternoon hours ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: Harley-Davidson powered Toyota Prius [w/video]
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    Sometimes we pluck cars from the listings of eBay Motors because they're old and interesting, some for being simply lovely, some for rarity and some for pure fun. And sometimes we pick eBay Finds of the Day, because they're hacked apart Toyota Prius' with Harley Davidson V-twin-power; concocted ...

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    ETC: April Fools' Day joke roundup [w/videos]
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    Before the advent of the Internet, big days for automotive news were almost exclusively centered on auto shows and motorsports events. Today, of course, the news cycle is practically never ending. That means that automakers, parts suppliers, and media outlets are constantly looking for ways to ...

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    Video: Fallon picks Ford F-150 King Ranch, launches dealership contest
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    New truck! Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show has been searching for the perfect new truck for a few weeks now, soliciting help from all corners in the process. Last night, Fallon made the announcement that the Ford F-150 King Ranch – in all of its cowboy glory – had been picked as his ...

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    Report: Birmingham's new food truck laws preventing church from feeding homeless [w/video]
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    New regulations in Birmingham, AL set higher standards for food trucks operating in that community – namely that they must obtain permits from the local health department. The regulations, on the books since January 1 of this year, have also had the unintended consequence of preventing at ...

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    Video: Watch how a Ford Raptor rolls down the assembly line in Dearborn
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    Bloomberg TV reporter Matt Miller is the proud new owner of a pretty killer truck. How do we know? The reporter headed to Dearborn, MI to Ford's assembly plant, with a film crew in tow, to see exactly how his new F-150 SVT Raptor and its mother-loving 6.2-liter V8 engine, was screwed ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you a Volkswagen GTI Club Sport?
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    Volkswagen has been getting pretty racy with its development programs over the past few days. We're still excited about the possibilities offered up with the Golf R Wagon spy shots we caught a few days ago, and now we have a potentially hot new GTI variant to sink our teeth into. The unsubtle ...

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    Driven To Work: Snowplow Driver
    Clearing A Path Through The Winter That Wouldn'™t End 1395935880

    Driven To Work is a new Autoblog series exploring the vehicles that do the work of the world and telling the stories of the people who operate them. 2014 found us a nation obsessed with winter. The first Polar Vortex – a thing non-meteorologists had never heard of until this year – ...

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    Video: Next Audi R8 seen and heard in this spy video
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    A few weeks ago, our clandestine spy photographers brought home the first good look at the next-generation Audi R8. We were all pretty stoked. Seemingly following the game plan of the recently shown Audi TT, the next R8 looks to be an evolutionary update on a supercar form that pretty much ...

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    Recalls: Nissan recalling more than 1M vehicles for airbags that may fail to deploy
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    Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for 989,701 vehicles in the US due to an issue with their passenger-side airbag systems. Affected Nissan models include the Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra from the 2013 and 2014 model years, and 2013 NV200 ...

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    'Drive' the new Lamborghini Huracán today
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    Unless you're a captain of industry, a professional athlete or some kind of thickly bankrolled celebrity, there's a pretty good chance that you're not going to be amongst the lucky first owners of the upcoming Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 supercar. We can commiserate, as just the though of ...

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    Report: Hail a free Crazy Taxi with your smartphone next year [w/video]
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    For a few years now, you've been able to play a ported version of Sega's hit Crazy Taxi on your smartphone. I did it, and to be honest, the mobile version just didn't hold me in the same sway as did the raucous cabbing game from the early 2000s. Maybe I just miss my Dreamcast. In any event, the ...

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    Video: Jay Leno's Garage goes eco with Ricardo HyBoost
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    "Now before you turn away, this is not another boring hybrid car thing..." Despite the slightly defensive introduction from Jay, the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage is actually pretty fascinating. The Ricardo HyBoost is a 2009 Ford Focus that has had a 1.1-liter engine swapped in for the ...

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