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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron
    Technical Innovation And A 585-mile Range 1387396680

    A little more than a year ago, I drove an Audi A3 E-Tron prototype – an early concept electric vehicle built on the outgoing second-generation A3 platform. While I was impressed with the technology, its 3,800-pound weight, 10-second 0-60 time and 90-mile range will likely put it only ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Dodge Dart GT
    "Class Exclusive" Is The Name Of The Game 1387223820

    My younger brother bought a Dodge Dart earlier this summer. It's a basic SXT, in Maximum Steel Metallic, with the 2.0-liter engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and not a whole lot else. Unfortunately, at the time, the Dart was one of the few cars in the compact class I'd never driven. I ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition
    Still Unstoppable, A Little More Liveable 1386781020

    There will forever be a soft spot in my heart for the Jeep Wrangler. The last one I owned was red, and, as a 1990 model, had the square headlights derided by Jeep enthusiasts who grew up on the Civilian Jeeps that descended from their General Purpose military ancestors. As a teenager, I couldn't ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Ferrari FF
    A New Panoramic Roof Lets The Sun –“ But Not The Heat –€“ Shine In 1386349140

    Ferrari announced a panoramic roof option for its all-wheel drive FF at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, promising the new full-length glass panel would offer its well-heeled clientele "a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation." That statement was intriguing, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi Q5 TDI
    Efficiency Never Felt So Good 1386187080

    I've struggled with diesel technology. It's not that I have a problem with it or dislike it, but rather that I don't particularly understand what stops its wider-spread adoption. Sure, memories of rust-prone, smoky, sluggish and uneconomical Oldsmobile diesels aren't exactly easy to erase from ...

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    Quick Spin: Honda CR-Z carbon-fiber prototype
    Less Weight, More Fulfilling 1386090060

    When Honda rolled out the CR-Z a few years ago, it hoped to bridge the gap between those who would save the planet and those who would rather burn all of its resources in a glorious cloud of tire smoke. But enthusiasts recalling the CRX of 1980s vintage balked, imploring Honda to ditch the heavy ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Honda Civic Type R prototype
    Turbochargers aren't just for downsizing 1386003660

    With a name like Earth Dreams, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Honda's new family of turbocharged VTEC engines is more about environmental credentials than performance. And to a large degree they are – particularly in 1.0- and 1.5-liter forms. But the 2.0 is another beast ...

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    Quick Spin: Chevy Camaros fitted with factory Performance Parts
    Make Your Fast Car Faster 1385151240

    The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is almost universally more show than go. The monster performance cars and unholy super-modified rides that line the show halls are undoubtedly impressive, but we journalists rarely have the chance to do much more than look at them while we're in town. So, it was a real ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Honda Civic Coupe
    A New CVT Headlines Another Refresh 1384984740

    Honda lifted the covers off its refreshed Civic Coupe at SEMA earlier this month, showing off its updated styling and redesigned 18-inch wheels, but didn't unveil its interior or mechanical upgrades until today at the LA Auto Show. Eager to show off its latest arrival, Honda allowed me to check ...

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    Quick Spin: Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid [w/video]
    Posh JDM Cruiser Is Too Soft For America 1384804680

    We don't often come into contact with the Toyota Crown Hybrid, especially in colors other than pink. But when Toyota offered us the keys and a half-hour window to test out the Japanese version of the Lexus GS on US soil not long ago, we had to accept. Driving Notes: We'll start with the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Lexus IS 250 AWD F Sport
    All Show, No Go 1383929820

    "Ooh, this looks fun!" my otherwise car-ignorant friend said as we walked up to the 2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport. And yeah, it does look fun. In fact, despite my initial strong negative reaction to the design, I've really warmed up to this new IS, especially with the flashier F Sport package found ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Honda HPD CR-Z
    How A Hybrid Becomes A Hot Hatch 1383674340

    Honda invited us to its Southern California North American headquarters last week to take a spin in a very special CR-Z – one modified with a full complement of Honda Performance Development (HPD) components. While the company has been racing with HPD parts for years, this is the first time ...

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    Quick Spin: 1984 Audi Sport Quattro
    Instigator For All Future, Meaner Audis 1383584280

    There I was, standing next to this 1984 Audi Sport Quattro painted Malachite Green – one of only 15 units ever delivered in said color – in the northern Italian mountain town of Merano. I was about to be encouraged to tear-ass over a few famous high altitude passes in this ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
    Adding Efficiency, Removing Enjoyment 1383073020

    If you've been keeping up with our long-term 2013 Nissan Pathfinder coverage, you already know that, generally speaking, we dig it. After racking up 21,000 miles (and climbing!) on our dear Sweet Brown, we've become very, very familiar with the Pathfinder package as a whole, and many of us ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo
    Too Much Of A Good Thing 1382468280

    Michigan is one of those places where we can sub-divide the seasons into good and bad portions, with each producing a noticeable shift. The week prior to my time in the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo, it was 65 to 70 degrees and sunny, all week long. Anyone care to guess what the following week was ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A8
    Standing Tall In The Long Shadow Of The S-Class 1382457420

    These large-footprint premium sedans have very outspoken fan clubs, for at this scale a company's design logic is laid out big on the table for all to dissect. Speaking for myself, I am an Audi A8/Volkswagen Phaeton kind of person. I absolutely enjoy the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and have a ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
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    The Tiguan pledged Volkswagen's R-Line fraternity way back in 2008, survived the hazing and humiliation to become a certified member of the ancient German trim-package society (by "ancient," we mean 10 years old). The 2014 Tiguan R-Line is the scion of that first-generation compact crossover and ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
    Ditching The Top Makes This Muscle Car Even Better 1382111880

    I first caught a glimpse of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in person at the New York Auto Show, and the Convertible version (by way of pictures) at its far-flung debut in Germany. As a car writer, a V8 enthusiast, a convertible diehard and, most days, no fool, I've wanted to get my turn in this very ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
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    I'm not overly inclined to professional jealousy, as a rule. Sure, I go a bit green around the eyes when Ramsey draws the 911 GT3 trip to Weissach, Harley is tapped-in to drive a completely stunning Porsche 911 by Singer, or, you know, Drew Phillips gets to shoot a Lamborghini Veneno in the ...

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    Quick Spin: Classic Recreations Shelby GT350CR
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    If you've got an itch for a classic Mustang Fastback, you may want to give Classic Recreations a call. The Oklahoma-based company, which has made a name for itself building award-winning muscle cars licensed by Shelby, recently handed me the keys to its latest creation – a prototype 1966 ...

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