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17Lotus readying Evora crossover?!

If it seems to you like every sports car manufacturer is getting into the crossover game, that's because it's pretty much true. And now, we potentially have one more to add to the list, as Britain's Car magazine reports that Lotus – yes, Lotus – is proceeding with plans to build a crossover.

26Army's first surplus Humvee auction brings in $744,000

The first public auction of surplus US Army Humvees has came and went, and to call it a rousing success would be a major understatement. Auctioneers IronPlanet Inc., unloaded 25 trucks on behalf of the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency.

8Xcar gets muddy with BRP's Can-Am Maverick

Xcar has channeled its inner Dukes of Hazzard, but uses a BRP Can-Am Maverick as substitute for the General Lee and a muddy English field instead of Hazzard County, Kentucky Georgia. The Maverick is a side-by-side or utility task vehicle (SxS or UTV) from the same folks who make the Spyder, but BRP considers this is a "Sport 2-Seater" of the UTV world that will "get you in front of the pack."

31Autoweek dubs GMC Canyon, VW GTI its 2015 'Best of the Best'

For kids around the globe, tis the season for Santa, reindeer and presents. For the automotive industry, the last quarter of each year is reserved for awards, whether they come from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Automobile, or yes, Autoblog. The latest to get released comes from our friends at Autoweek.

3eBay Find of the Day: J. Ruiter Reboot Buggy [w/video]

Do you need to be the person with the most unique vehicle on your block, a car or truck people constantly stop and ask questions about? Well, the Reboot Buggy from designer Joey Ruiter might be the ultimate answer to your iconoclastic desire, and it's now for auction on eBay Motors.

24Tractor Girl reaches South Pole after five-year expedition [w/videos]

Meet Manon Osservoort. She's a theater actress from the Netherlands, but she's better know as Tractor Girl. That's because she's undertaken an epic transcontinental journey in an agricultural tractor that started out in Holland five years ago and just ended at the South Pole.

27Toyota confirms 2016 Tacoma for Detroit

A week on from an announcement by Toyota's Bob Carter, the Japanese marque has formally announced that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will make its global debut next month at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

3Red Bull showcases France's 'Gardians of Dakar'

For motorsports fans in the US, the winter is often a wasteland of interest, leaving us to look forward to warmer weather and the return of racing. However, there's a lighthouse that shines each year during the cold doldrums in the form of the Dakar Rally. Often broadcast in the wee hours of the morning, it gives the DVR-savvy a reprieve to watch motorcycles and trucks blasting through the desert while the snow falls outside at home.

6Gray Design Sidewinder is a 600-hp big-block sand blaster [w/video]

With BMW popularizing a new form of slant-backed crossover and the likes of Lamborghini and Maserati working on crossovers of their own, the line between the sports car and the SUV is getting blurrier all the time. But this... this is something else. It's called the Sidewinder, and it's the work of one of our favorite independent daydreamers – Eduard Gray of Gray Design. It looks something like a Local Motors Rallyfighter or McRae Enduro, only, well, more so.

4Volvo adds 4x4 version of FL commercial truck

Some of the equipment from Volvo Trucks is going to be able to get a whole lot dirtier in Europe with the introduction of a four-wheel-drive version of its FL commercial truck. Designed to take on offroad duty, Volvo jacks up the group clearance by 2.4 inches (6 cm) in the front and 4 inches in the rear (10 cm), which also increases the approach angle to 25 degrees. To further keep from getting stuck on the job site or in the middle of the Swedish tundra, drivers can engage low range on the gear

17This SEMA special drag race is absurdly awesome

The SEMA show came and went last month, and it showed us a ton of heavily modded goodies to dream about during the long, cold winter. The Motor Trend Channel on YouTube is keeping the party rolling a little longer, though, with a drag race inspired by the aftermarket event.

9Suzuki's next Jimny won't veer too far from The Way Of The Samurai

Suzuki might be gone as an automaker in the US, but the brand is still driving along in other parts of the world. In fact, it even has new products in the pipeline and among them is a replacement for the venerable Jimny compact SUV (better known as the Samurai in America).

1Weekly Recap: Ferrari looks to reclaim old success with new manager

Plus: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets Eight-Speed Automatic, Mercedes Reveals CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake And Honda ‘Under-Reports’ Deaths And Injuries To NHTSA

Clearly, Ferrari doesn't race for fourth place, and this week, major changes continued at the Scuderia.

11Toledo Jeep workers pushing city to buy land to secure Wrangler future

Based on what we've seen so far, were Chrysler to move Jeep Wrangler production out of Toledo, the effect would be devastating to the city's morale, which has never been quite the same after it was forced to become part of Ohio following the Toledo War.

32Here's why you shouldn't try to drift a Jeep Cherokee

There are many reasons why an XJ-generation (or really any other) Jeep Cherokee doesn't make for a good drift machine. It's tall, it's four-wheel-drive... it's a Jeep, okay? But someone apparently forgot to tell that to this guy.

282018 Jeep Wrangler to get 8-speed auto

Remember when the Jeep Wrangler had a three-speed automatic? That wasn't that long ago – as recent as the 2007 redesign – but Chrysler is keen to leave those days behind on the dusty trail. The current model ushered in a four-speed, then a five-speed, but the latest intel indicates that an eight-speed automatic is in the cards.

68Land Rover to lodge complaint with China over LandWind's Evoque copycat

Despite its position as a communist state, the People's Republic of China has taken a decidedly laissez-faire attitude towards copyright infringement. It's why, as evidenced in an old episode of Top Gear, you can buy a fake Omega, wear fake Ray-Bans, talk on a fake iPhone and drink at a fake Starbucks. It's also why Chinese automakers so shamelessly rip off the designs of western automobiles (exhibits A, B, C, D and E). Land Rover is the latest automaker to take exception to this practice.

11Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*

Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it's revealed US pricing for that updated model.

29Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept suggests a diesel off-road future

"It takes the Colorado to a whole new place." – Mark Reuss

172015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged

Long before Volvo got into the crossover-utility game with the XC90 and XC60, it was making ruggedized all-wheel-drive wagons. In fact it's been doing so longer than Audi has, and almost as long as Subaru. And now it's returned to that tradition with the debut of its new V60 Cross Country on the floor of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

442015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Renegade spirit

The 500X will be built alongside the Jeep Renegade at Fiat's Melfi, Italy factory, with sales to begin during the first half of 2015.

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