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Steven J. Ewing

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A Detroit native, Steven Ewing has had a life-long love for all things automotive. In addition to having several relatives employed by various automakers, Ewing was exposed to the inner-workings of the automotive media at a young age. After getting his foot in the door as an intern at Automobile magazine, Ewing spent four years at Winding Road magazine where he served as Production Editor and Test Fleet Manager. In February 2010, Ewing brought his vast knowledge of the industry and passion for all things automotive to the Autoblog team.

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    Report: Euro-spec 2015 Volkswagen Passat hits the web
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    Sorry, Americans – this one isn't for us. Yes, this is the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Passat, seen here in Euro-spec trim. And while the Passat is indeed a strong player in North America, this isn't the version we'll be getting – our car has been tipped to get a substantial refresh for ...

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    Official: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has 707 glorious horsepower [w/video]
    Monster Machine Is 'Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever' 1404247020

    Hold onto your butts. "600-plus horsepower" is what we were told to expect from the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with its 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine. But as we've just learned, those were incredibly conservative numbers. Dodge has officially announced that the range-topping Challenger ...

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    Study: Subaru is America's third most off-roaded brand
    29.5 Percent Of Owners Take Their Wheels Off The Beaten Path 1404244860

    When you think of iconic off-road brands, where does Subaru fall on your radar? Somewhere in the middle? Perhaps near the bottom? Don't worry, you're not alone. Until recently spending some time in Bend, OR, where we drove the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback, we never really pegged the Japanese ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Subaru Outback
    Continuing To Tread Off The Regularly Beaten Path 1404230220

    "We like producing cars that are different." That's the company line trumpeted by several Subaru executives during the launch of the 2015 Outback – one of Fuji Heavy's most successful vehicles to date. Managing Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski accurately noted that while Subaru has never really ...

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    Official: GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems [UPDATE]
    Recall Covers Equivalent Populations Of Nine US States And District Of Columbia Combined 1404156600

    General Motors today announced a truly massive recall covering some 8.4 million vehicles in North America. Most significantly, 8.2 million examples of the affected vehicles are being called back due to "unintended ignition key rotation," though GM spokesperson Alan Adler tells Autoblog that this ...

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    Recalls: GM announces four new recalls, 507k vehicles affected
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    428,211 of these vehicles are located in the United States, 57,706 are in Canada, and 20,956 are in other markets. In its seemingly never-ending string of recalls, General Motors today announced four new campaigns covering some 506,873 vehicles. 428,211 of these vehicles are located in the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible
    Summertime, And The Livin' Is Easy 1403625420

    There are few things in this world I enjoy more than an enthusiastic drive down tree-lined backroads on a warm summer evening. If you're familiar with the geographic location of Detroit, you won't be shocked to learn that we don't have the sort of very-involving roads found all throughout ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Beetle GRC is lean and mean
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    Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen showed us its latest foray into motorsports, the Beetle GRC global rallycross machine. Now, the Beetle is officially making its public debut, and while it looks a little different, it's still packing one heck of a punch. Now, when the ...

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    Official: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco nets 38 mpg from 1.6L turbo, 7-speed DCT
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    The wholly renewed 2015 Hyundai Sonata is on the verge of launching here in the United States, but it appears there's a bit more to the story first told at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. Hyundai has just revealed the first images and details of the Sonata Eco, a new entry in its ...

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    Official: 2015 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra can tow up to 12,000 pounds
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    Think back to the launch of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. At the time, General Motors happily trumpeted that its fullsize pickup could tow up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped – impressive stuff, no doubt. But now, revised tow rating practices have been put into place, called SAE ...

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    Exclusive: Acura ILX Hybrid discontinued for 2015 [UPDATE]
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    Earlier today, Acura issued a press release detailing its entry-level 2015 ILX range, but something was missing. Honda's luxury arm listed all of the information about the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter ILX models, but nothing was said about the Hybrid – a model that, when we ...

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    Official: Ford Explorer gets appearance pack for 2015
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    Remember when Ford launched the totally new Explorer in late 2010, and people were skeptical about how the now-crossover would fare, after ditching its traditional SUV roots? Well, we're several years in, and I think we can assuredly say that Ford made the right decision. Sales are better than ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8
    Less Is More, More Or Less 1402675020

    Despite Bentley's reputation as a holier-than-thou, ultra-luxury brand, at the end of the day, the Big B is still a business. As such, ongoing trends like powertrain downsizing and model range expansion are more prevalent at Bentley than ever. Just look at the Continental range – what ...

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    Long Term: 2015 Subaru WRX: Introduction
    Perennial Favorite Comes Home For A Year 1402415820

    "As far as street-legal rally cars go, there's still nothing better than a WRX." I wrote that line following my first drive of the 2015 Subaru WRX late last year – one of the better motoring experiences I had in 2013. Sure, a particularly involving drive route helped, but I don't want to ...

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    Official: 2015 BMW X6 stays the course with more power, RWD model
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    What would this world be without the BMW X6? Oh, sure, the whole coupe-crossover design trend surely would have started somewhere, but BMW was the first, launching its odd duck back in 2008. Much as we like to harp on the X6 (for being less functional and more expensive than the X5 on which it's ...

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    Featured: Ford ST Octane Academy [w/video]
    Blue Oval's Freebie Driving School For ST Buyers Is Fast Fun 1401897540

    The ST school is about more than just handbrake turns, hot laps, and sliding into parking spaces. I felt like such a rock star. On my second pass around the UrbanCross course (read: fancy autocross) at the Ford ST Octane Academy, I absolutely nailed the exit, sliding the bright-yellow Focus ...

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    Review: 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD [UPDATE]
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    I love road trips. Honestly, one of the best parts about this job is the freedom we're given to experience the open road, whether at new car launches or while bombing around with whatever we're testing on our home turf. But the longer-form road trip is equally special to me, and it's something ...

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    Video: Hot lapping Detroit's Belle Isle in a McLaren 12C GT3
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    Last weekend's Indianapolis 500 was indeed the most prominent race of the 2014 IndyCar series so far, with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay winning in what was an incredibly close fight to the very last lap. But the Indy 500 doesn't mark the end of the IndyCar season, and this weekend, the series heads to ...

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    Featured: Ford bringing adaptive steering to the masses [w/video]
    We Try Ford's Slick New Variable-Ratio Setup 1401382800

    Within the next year, Ford will offer a brand-new adaptive steering system (unimaginatively dubbed "Ford Adaptive Steering"), and this week, the automaker invited us out to its proving grounds in Dearborn, MI to get a taste for how its new setup works. In function, Ford's system doesn't greatly ...

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    Official: Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo revealed at Wörthersee
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    Last week, we brought you sketches of the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo – a slick, low-cut, two-seat, open-top take on the stalwart GTI, designed specifically for Gran Turismo 6. Now, we have the official images as the car makes its debut at the annual Wörthersee ...

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