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    Road Trip: 2009 Toyota Venza a few refinements short of a great ride

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    Earlier this spring, our own Alex Nunez reviewed Toyota's latest crossover type thingy, the Venza, and came away rather impressed. I do a fair bit of traveling for my day job, which usually entails schlepping a sizable amount of ...

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    NHTSA reportedly eyes loss of braking power in 2010 Toyota Prius

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    2009 has not been a good year for Toyota. After getting its first full-year loss in seven decades, it faced its biggest-ever safety recall over unintended acceleration caused by floor mats and/or throttle control software. Now, as the ...

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    Dirty Dozen: Twelve of the auto industry's biggest busts of the last decade

    Now that the 2000s are officially drawing to a close, it's time for us to look back at the decade-that-was and reflect on the hits and misses in the automotive industry. Naturally, we expect that some models will hit the target square in the bulls-eye while others will fall just short of becoming ...

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    Review: Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation on Android 2.0

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    It's no secret that we've been openly critical of the prices charged by automakers for built-in GPS navigation systems. Frankly, paying $2,000 or more for an in-dash system when you can buy stand-alone navigation ...

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    Introduction to Karting - Part 7


    The leaves have long-since changed and most have fallen off. There's a chill in the air and the odd snowflake, too. The summer motorsports season is at an end, and it's time to think about putting everything into stasis for the winter. With a kart, this requires a bit of work: ...

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    Introduction to Karting - Part 6

    It's taken a long time to get here, many months accelerated through the magic of the internet, but now it's finally time to hit the track in anger, to fight for position, to make some daring passes – or at least to try and avoid getting lapped more than once. Learning all ...

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    Introduction to Karting - Part 5


    Finally, after weeks of learning, shopping, and preparation, we have a track-ready kart. If you've been following along with our An Introduction to Karting series you're probably just as ready to go as we are. Last time we got our chassis, installed the seat, and ...

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    Introduction to Karting - Part 3

    We've been accused of acting as facilitators; as dealers; as dastardly souls encouraging readers to engage in a one-way trip toward an expensive, time-consuming hobby. That's pretty accurate. Yes, we did describe karting as an inexpensive way into a serious ...

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    Introduction to Karting - Part 2

    Welcome to the second installment of our Introduction to Karting series. Hopefully the first piece piqued your interest with tales of tiny machines pulling 3 g in the corners then hitting 60 in under three seconds on their way up to over 140 MPH. (Well over, as it turns ...

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    Review: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible is just right

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    While Ford has been introducing a countless string of Mustangs that appeal to nearly every enthusiast on the planet, Chevrolet has had to make due with only three versions of the Corvette (five if you ...

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    Review: 2010 Acura TSX V6 sacrifices twisties for long-haul cruising

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    The 2010 Acura TSX V6 is something of a consolation prize. At the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Acura showed off a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel and said it would launch in the U.S. this year. A few months later in New York, Honda's luxury ...

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    Beware the Scorpion! 2011 Ford Super Duty gets all-new 6.7-liter diesel V8

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    Ford's issues with its long-time heavy duty diesel engine supplier Navistar will soon be coming to an end. The 2011 edition of the Ford Super Duty pickup will get an all-new diesel V8 designed ...

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    VIDEO: Before you weld a Chevrolet Volt, you have to stamp out the bodies

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    The other day, we pointed you toward a video produced by General Motors that is part of a series on the building of the pre-production Chevy Volt prototypes. That video showed the model's IVER (Integration Vehicle ...

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    VIDEO: A lap of the Milford Road Course in the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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    Here at Autoblog we've been fortunate enough to have two separate opportunities to drive what is officially known as the Milford Road Course. Informally, the facility is better known as the Lutz-ring. Early this ...

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    Quick Drive: 2010 Acura MDX gets new nose, powertrain improvements

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    For the 2010 model year, Acura has updated the style and substance of the MDX, revamping the exterior to tie-in with the rest of the automaker's line-up and making a few upgrades to its powertrain to keep up with the ...

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    VIDEO: See how prototype Chevy Volt bodies are built

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    Right now the crew at General Motors' pre-production operations center at the Warren Technical Center is in the midst of building 75 Chevy Volt IVER prototypes. IVERs, or integration vehicle engineering release prototypes, are the last stage of prototypes ...

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    Live Reveal: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi unveiled!

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    We've gone to some unusual places for new product unveilings, but today's reveal of a new mid-sized sedan from Suzuki may be one of the most ironic. For some reason, the small automaker of mostly small cars chose a World War II memorial ...

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    Quick Drive: 2010 Acura RDX, bring on the shield

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    After three years on the market, the Acura RDX is getting its first comprehensive makeover for the 2010 model year. Unlike the automaker's new TSX V6, where the changes were largely restricted to the bits you don't see, the opposite is true ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Buick LaCrosse looks to breathe life into old brand

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    Make no mistake, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse is the most important vehicle launched by the brand in decades. Buick, nearly consigned to the dustbin of history a few short years ago, is now one of General Motors' four remaining "core" ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #134

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    Just in time for the July 4th holiday roadtrip, it's Episode #134 of the Autoblog Podcast! We've had a couple delays this week getting together to chat about recent events, but hopefully we're hitting your media player before you ...


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