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    Video: Jay Leno gifts army vet Challenger Hellcat on Today Show
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    Jay Leno, besides being a grade-A car guy, is also a pretty standup American. The late-night host has been a fixture on USO tours, visiting troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan. His latest move, though, is a step beyond even a trip to a war zone. After teaming with Al Roker's Shine A Light ...

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    ETC: Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off
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    Car and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices
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    "Porsche needs to offer more versions of the 911" is not a phrase you'll hear uttered often. Not with 15 versions already in the catalog. But with the opening of this year's LA Auto Show, Porsche has introduced four more to bring the total up to nineteen variants. And more are no doubt on the ...

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    Report: Infiniti's Detroit concept to be 'very, very, very, very close' to new Q60
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    Add one more vehicle to the tally of reveals slated for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Alfonso Albaisa, executive design director at Infiniti, has confirmed that the marque will be showing a new concept on January 13, the second media day. More importantly, though, this concept won't be another ...

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    Los Angeles: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon
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    We know, we know – this hot little guy isn't really new or anything. Volkswagen first rolled out the Golf R 400 concept in Beijing earlier this year, and since its debut, we've heard rumors that the German automaker might-perhaps-maybe-hopefully build the thing. Its showing here in Los ...

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    Los Angeles: Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video]
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    Galpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker made big promises about the Rocket before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, calling it the "ultimate American muscle car." Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang has officially been revealed, we've now got a chance to see if their ...

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    Los Angeles: 2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options
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    The Jaguar F-Type has become an instant enthusiast favorite for its alluring design, powerful, sonorous engines and rewarding handling. In short, it's a worthy successor to the iconic mid-century E-Type. But Jaguar hasn't been sitting idly, and it's continuing to refine and enhance the F-Type ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative
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    The Turbo may be the most powerful model in the Cayenne range, but the GTS is arguably the enthusiast's choice. (In so far as a 4,500-pound crossover can be considered an "enthusiast's choice," anyway.) And now, after refreshing the rest of the Cayenne lineup, Porsche has revealed the new Cayenne ...

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    Los Angeles: Volkswagen Golf R Variant ready to haul ass, stuff
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    Volkswagen seems to be playing a cruel trick on the American automotive public at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's displaying its sexy Golf R Variant with no clear intention of actually selling the model here. The hot wagon launches in Europe in the spring, but the automaker makes absolutely no ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd
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    Way back in June, Mercedes-Benz issued a light refresh of its svelte CLS-Class, adding one very notable new feature – MultiBeam LED headlamps. This new technology allows a camera to constantly adjust the output of the lamps, essentially letting driver to enjoy the power of full-beam ...

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    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Data Recorder: Technology of the Year finalist
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    The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's Performance Data Recorder does exactly what it's name says it does: It allows drivers to record and analyze their performance behind the wheel. The Corvette PDR uses a 720p high-definition camera mounted in the windshield header, a microphone in the cabin and a ...

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    2015 BMW i8: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist
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    Traditionally, nominations for the Autoblog Technology of the Year award are earned for specific developments – a new-think powertrain, a uniquely developed material, a groundbreaking smartphone app, or what have you. In the case of BMW's marvelous i8, it so bristles with novel applied ...

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    Dodge SRT Performance Pages: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist
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    Dodge dropped a 707-horsepower bomb on us this year, by way of the supercharged, 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine found under the hood of the 2015 Challenger coupe and Charger sedan. That's an absolute ton of power, and no matter how well-heeled a driver you may be, these Hellcat models demand respect ...

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    Los Angeles: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin
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    We're not going to lie to you. The reason you're seeing the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata on these pages again is solely because this is the first time we're seeing the roadster displayed in a color other than the ruby shade it was first shown in. Okay, okay, so this is the first time the ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates
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    A week after its debut on the interwebs, Maserati has trotted out its freshened Quattroporte range at the LA Auto Show, giving us our first in-person look at the changes to the top-of-the-line GTS trim. Maserati has tweaked the headlights across the range, while the GTS gains new body-color trim ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k
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    Porsche is usually associated with being a sports car brand, but with vehicles like the Cayenne and Panamera it takes a step into the world of luxury against firmly established players like Mercedes-Benz. One way for the company to poke its head above the high-class fray is by taking things ...

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    Los Angeles: Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA
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    Audi is saying auf Wiedersehen to the first-gen R8 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the best way possible – the even more powerful, limited edition 2015 R8 Competition. This might be the vehicle's swansong, but it's going out with a bang. Audi is sending just 60 of these supercars to the ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]
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    Maserati continued its centennial celebration this week with a lightly updated version of the 2015 Ghibli at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sedan is enhanced with navigation and Bluetooth features, which are now standard. Reinforcing that this is a light refresh, Maserati gave the brake calipers ...

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    Los Angeles: 2016 X6 M brings the power at LA show
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    BMW tore the cover off the second generation 2016 X6 M Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. BMW tuned the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to push out 567 horsepower, up from the last model's 555 hp. Torque also leaps to 553 pound feet, compared with the previous output of 500 lb-ft. The V8 is paired ...

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    Los Angeles: 2016 BMW X5 M is big and bold, not beautiful
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    Awesome as it is, the BMW X5 M has never really been an attractive machine. Big and bulgy are the themes here, and that's only more pronounced with the X5's most recent refresh. But no matter, the X5 M has never been about looks – for this machine, it's all about performance, and BMW's ...

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