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    Quick Spin: 2014 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon
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    There are those European automakers that compete in the North American market and those which don't. Volkswagen, for its part, may stand firmly in the former category, but there are still entire model lines that remain out of reach for American buyers: diminutive hatchbacks like the Up! and the ...

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    ETC: Rolling Coal: America's political divide reaches the roads [w/videos]
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    Jason Mendelson was driving his Toyota Prius in the right lane of Interstate 64 near Richmond, Virginia, when a white pickup truck with two protruding smokestacks cut into the lane ahead. After a few moments, the pickup spewed a torrent of black smoke that enveloped his small car. The pickup ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition
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    Introduced at the end of 2006, this is the last year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the reincarnated FJ40-series Land Cruiser that will shortly journey to Takama-ga-hara, the Plain of High Heaven. In its first model year, we drove it to SEMA and found it, shall we say, coarse. It bobbled on the ...

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    Recalls: Subaru recalling over 8,000 cars for Takata airbag inflators
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    We have one more automaker to chalk up recalling Takata airbag inflators. Subaru is now throwing its hat in the ring by repairing 8,557 vehicles nationwide for faulty front passenger inflators. According to the Defect Notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem ...

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    Recalls: Ford issues six recalls covering 101,000 vehicles for multiple issues
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    Ford is announcing six separate recalls for a variety of issues affecting a dozen models and a total of 100,610 vehicles in North America. However, according to Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker, "None of them have caused accidents or injuries." Half of them cover fewer than 1,000 cars. The largest ...

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    Report: GM pushing back on proposed pickup and SUV brake recall [w/poll]
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    Through the first six months of 2014, General Motors has recalled 29 million cars and trucks in 54 different actions. If your author's notoriously sketchy math is correct, that'd work out to one recall every 3.5 days (as of this writing). GM is actively fighting to make sure there isn't a 55th ...

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    ETC: Kaz and Shiro talk Gran Turismo 7 details, Titan Nismo and more in AMA
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    One of the greatest innovations to come about thanks to the gigantic popularity of Reddit is the Ask Me Anything (AMA) question and answer format. The AMA becomes especially worthwhile, of course, when the person(s) answering the questions have detailed information or insight on products we ...

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    Official: GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems [UPDATE]
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    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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    Official: NHTSA investigating Ram 1500 models for rear differential failure
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and its Ram brand following a number of reports regarding the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. According to 15 consumer complaints, the trucks' rear differential locked up while in other cases, the driveshaft ...

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    Followup: Hero gets his truck back better than new thanks to community support [w/video]
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    You ever hear a story and start cringing before you hear the end because you know how it's going to turn out? That could very well have been the case with the story from a few weeks ago in West Valley City, Utah, where a 14-year-old kid stole his grandfather's Hyundai Veloster and took it for a ...

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    Video: This converted pickup explored 6,000 miles of abandoned Mexican railways
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    There has always been something singularly romantic about train travel, what with its steady speed and constant sound. Mexican artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene felt the pull of the rails, but since Mexico privatized its railways in 1995, passenger travel has essentially ...

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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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    Exclusive: Mike Ryan crashes Freightliner racer in Pikes Peak practice [UPDATE]
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    Autoblog director of photography Drew Phillips is reporting that Unlimited Exhibition Class driver Mike Ryan has suffered a significant crash during the end of today's practice session for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving his impressive No. 777 Freightliner racing truck, Phillips ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford F-150 gets Power Wheels treatment [w/video]
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    With the introduction of its forthcoming 2015 F-150, Ford is breaking with convention by shifting from steel-intensive construction to aluminum. But what if it weren't made of metal altogether? What if it were made of plastic instead, and packed an electric motor instead of an internal-combustion ...

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    Report: Spy shooter claims proof of upcoming aluminum Ford F-Series Super Duty
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    Ford has already confirmed that the 2015 F-150 (pictured above) was just the beginning for its more extensive use of aluminum. CEO Alan Mulally said it himself during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. We've even already seen the future Raptor testing with an aluminum body. But a recent discovery from ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalling nearly 5,700 2014 F-150s for power steering issue
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    Ford is recalling 5,675 of its 2014 F-150 pickups over an issue with the electric power steering system. There haven't been any injuries or accidents due to the issue. Ford spokesman Mike Levine told Autoblog that the "electric power-assisted steering and motor position sensor gear were ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find Of The Day: Mercedes Unimog and Pinzgauer fleet is an army in a box
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    There's something paradoxically beautiful about the heavy-duty, over-engineered design of military equipment. It's not classically pretty, but army hardware just looks ready to take a beating and still be ready for more. From the Humvee to the Jeep, we have a long history of repurposing the armed ...

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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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    ETC: Optimus Prime now hailable via Uber
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    You've got to love weird cross-promotion opportunities. Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the franchise from Michael Bay, may be one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the summer. To promote the new movie, its marketers have partnered with ridesharing service Uber to make ...

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    Official: 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon order guides reveal added power
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    General Motors' Fleet Order Guide system is often the canary in the coal mine for interesting changes on new models. The recent guide for the 2015 Corvette unveiled all sorts of changes that weren't yet known about the sports car. Now, it's time for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon to ...

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