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    Deep Dive: 2015 Volvo XC90
    Everything You Need To Know About The XC90 And The Future Of Volvo 1409153220

    The new XC90 isn't just about the new XC90 – it's as much about the new generation of Volvos that will result. Around the turn of the millennium, Volvo seemed like the perfect automaker to make a crossover. It had, after all, already established for itself a reputation for building ...

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    Video: Which is more fuel efficient, driving with a pickup's tailgate up or down?
    We Find Out With A 2015 Ford F-150, A Wind Tunnel And A Smoke Wand 1409097420

    Thanks to the smoke wand in the wind tunnel, you can actually see the difference in our video. Should you drive with your pickup truck's tailgate up or down? It's an age-old controversy that's divided drivers for decades. Traditionalists will swear you should leave the tailgate down. Makes ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #394
    Supercharged Viper, Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition, Supercharged Honda CR-Z, Alfa Romeo 6C 1409085840

    Episode #394 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Michael Harley talk about the possibility of a supercharged Dodge Viper, the Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition, the newly released supercharger kit for the Honda CR-Z, and rumblings of an Alfa Romeo 6C. We ...

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    Featured: Behind the scenes of BMW's 'Driftmob' [w/videos]
    How BMW Pulled Off A Drifting Dream Sequence In A Cape Town Traffic Circle 1409079480

    All this, for one minute and 47 seconds of action-packed footage with no official plot. We arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, on the third and final practice day for the drivers of a BMWStories internet video called The Epic Driftmob feat. BMW M235i. We are immediately whisked to a large, ...

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    First Ride: 2014 BMW R NineT
    Germany Goes Cafe Cool, Finally Embraces Customization 1409068620

    BMW is taking a page from the Harley-Davidson playbook with its groundbreaking R NineT. A retro cafe racer with an urban hooligan twist, the bike is fully customizable from fork to exhaust. Of course, any motorcycle can be customized, but the fact that BMW has built its newest bike to encourage ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Galpin Ford GTR1
    1,058 Horsepower, Yours For $1 Million 1408982220

    Last year in Monterey, we met GTR1 for the first time. Galpin Auto Sports pulled the wraps off its Ford GT-based supercar, powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V8 good for a whopping 1,024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. The thing was totally custom-made and reportedly took some ...

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    Opinion: This Or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST [w/poll]
    Which Hot Hatch Is Best? We Argue It Out... 1408638660

    They're pretty darn similar. And yet our views are oh so different. If you guys could read the transcripts of our editors' chat room, you'd know that we're a pretty argumentative bunch. It's always good-spirited stuff (well, usually), but when we're not obsessively covering this or that, ...

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    Quick Spin: Nissan NV200 Taxi
    Gypsy Cabbing In Nissan's Plucky People Mover 1408636620

    "You're a long way from home!" When I signed up to drive a pre-production version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, I expected to have a higher-than-normal level of interaction with the public at large. However, while I was hoping for unsuspecting Ann Arborites to perhaps hail me down, or maybe even get ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #393
    Monterey Car Week, Jeffrey Rothfeder Interview, Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge Charger Hellcat, Mid-Engine Corvette 1408567500

    Episode #393 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Michael Harley talk about Monterey Car Week, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Dodge Charger Hellcat, and the latest round of mid-engine Corvette rumors. Dan also had the chance to speak with Jeffrey Rothfeder, ...

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    Featured: We cruised Woodward in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/video]
    Calling Attention With A 700-Horsepower Megaphone 1408474680

    We were definitely rock stars at the 20th edition of the Dream Cruise. The yell came from somewhere in the crowd: "Hey Hellcat, push it!" We obliged with a jab of the throttle, and the 707 horses of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat roared to life. It went on like this. All weekend. It's ...

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    Monterey: We obsessively covered the 2014 Monterey Car Week
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    With each passing year, things just get more and more interesting at the annual Monterey Car Week. As we've seen yet again, it's not just about the historic automobiles anymore – new vehicles certainly have big presences at the various events. Beyond that, with a wide variety of sights to ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic
    Luxury Bruiser Loves To Run, Hates To Dawdle 1408377420

    Let us pause as I toss a Kleenex to the owners of Mercedes-Benz's $166,900 S600 and $222,000 S65 AMG models. The quickest S-Class is not fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12 driving its rear wheels. Instead, that honor goes to this $141,450 S63 AMG, which arrives with a twin-turbocharged V8, a ...

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    Featured: A few of the coolest police cars on the planet
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    Police cars are faster, more athletic and even better looking than they have been in generations. Nobody likes getting a ticket. It's expensive, embarrassing and annoying. And when the officer ambles back to an ancient Ford Crown Victoria, more than a few of enthusiasts have had the ...

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    Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon
    For Nerds And Connoisseurs Alike 1408031880

    On a recent, transcontinental flight home I warded off the mild urge to get some work done and started browsing Delta's list of terrible movies for something that a) I hadn't seen before, and b) I wouldn't get in trouble for watching without my wife. I settled on a documentary called Somm, which ...

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    Long Term: 2015 Subaru WRX: July/August 2014
    Summer Rain, Can't Complain 1407945420

    Literally minutes after snapping the photo you see above, I was soaked – hit by the third round of storms that brought absolutely insane rainfall to Detroit this week. Amateur mistake, right there; if it looks like rain's a-comin', it's a-comin'. So if you're going to take pictures of the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi S8
    Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick 1407772620

    You've gotta hand it to the Audi A8. Last year, Mercedes-Benz launched the truly stunning S-Class, putting the rest of the high-dollar luxury flagship class on notice. With the brand-new S-Class turning heads and garnering all sorts of praise from the automotive press, classmates like the BMW 7 ...

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    Featured: New Jersey may shield drivers from other states' red light, speed cameras
    Proposed Bill Finds Early Bipartisan Support Among Lawmakers 1407524340

    The bill targets any speed-control devices that are capable of automatically producing a recorded image of an alleged violation. New Jersey may soon prohibit other states from issuing traffic citations to its residents for alleged violations that were caught on speed or red-light ...

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    Featured: Electric turbos promise big performance and efficiency gains in the near future
    We Dive Deep With Audi's Revolutionary New Turbo Tech 1407513480

    An electric turbo system boosts efficiency between 15 and 20 percent, according to Audi. Turbochargers, like acoustic guitars, use moving air to create magic. And electric turbochargers, like electric guitars, provide the ability to amp up that magic to amazing new levels. Electric guitars ...

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    Featured: What's in a trademark? Sometimes, the next iconic car name
    Supra, Chevelle And Barracuda All Live For Different Reasons 1407447900

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Why has Toyota applied to trademark "Supra," the name of one of its legendary sports cars, even though it hasn't sold one in the United States in 16 ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R
    Fashion Forward. Fast-Forward. 1407427020

    Germany's automakers seem to get their jollies by watching us scratch our heads. Instead of sticking to traditional automotive bodystyles, they've been deliberately blurring the lines between them and inventing new terminology with which to classify their creations. So we're left with low-slung ...

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