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    Opinion: An open letter to every teen getting a driver's license
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    My son Reid (pictured on the left, at right) would have turned 25 this month. I say would because he died, the driver in a one-car crash, at age 17, just 11 months after getting his driver's license. My son's death devastated our family and our community. After seven years, we don't cry as much ...

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    Featured: 2014 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles: Part 2 [w/video]
    Hitching A Ride In Morocco's Grueling All-Female Off-Road Rally 1406055660

    There were six days left and the hardest of them were yet to come. In case you missed it, be sure to read Part 1, here. We stood in the north Saharan desert in Mech Irdane, Morocco under a high sun at 7:00 AM. The all-women's navigation challenge known as the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles ...

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    Featured: How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos]
    Our Favorite Cars From The Big And Small Screens 1406048460

    The car enthusiast's passion generally isn't founded in any single experience. It is a result of many influences, coming from places like our parents, our surrounding area's culture and, almost always, the media. The automobile plays both major and minor roles in nearly every movie and TV show ...

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    Featured: 2014 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles: Part 1 [w/video]
    Hitching A Ride In Morocco's Grueling All-Female Off-Road Rally 1405969080

    For if the truth be told there is little more than a single path to all the goals that the undisguised European may reach. – Morocco (1904), Samuel Levy Bensusan Counting competitors, staff, press, guests and strangers, we were about 350 people bunched up in a conference room in the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Expedition
    Blue Oval 'Burb-Fighter Boasts Turbocharged Boost 1405958220

    While the tide of bigger-is-better SUVs has been in recession since, well, the recession, fullsize utes are still very much with us. Conservative creatures that have been loathe to evolve, fullsize SUVs nonetheless remain enduringly popular among large families, livery customers, and anyone with ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo
    It's Not Necessarily Faster On The Razor's Edge 1405699020

    America may be better known for its muscle cars than its hot hatches, but those who prefer their power sent to the front wheels with a liftgate at the back aren't exactly hurting for choices these days. Americans can stop by their local dealership and put in an order for a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ...

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    Featured: Nuclear-powered concept cars from the Atomic Age
    A Look Back At The Reactor-Fueled Optimism Of The '50s and '60s 1405614660

    In the 1950s and early 60s, the dawn of nuclear power was supposed to lead to a limitless consumer culture, a world of flying cars and autonomous kitchens all powered by clean energy. In Europe, it offered the then-limping continent a cheap, inexhaustible supply of power after years of rationing ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad
    When "Not Bad" Is No Bad Thing 1405612620

    Watchers of the auto industry will notice a theme among the formerly bankrupted American automakers, General Motors and Chrysler. There are the post-bankruptcy vehicles, and the pre-bankruptcy vehicles. The former, in the case of Chrysler, include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as the 200 and ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #389
    Johan De Nysschen Moves To Cadillac, BMW Nameplate Changes, 2nd-Generation Subaru BRZ, Cars We Miss 1405547100

    Episode #389 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, and Mark Pereira from Autoblog Canada talk about Johan deNysschen's move to Cadillac, rumors of more BMW nomenclature changes, a second generation for the Subaru BRZ, and cars from 2004 that we miss. We start ...

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    Official: Smart Fortwo, Forfour reborn with fresh styling on new platform [w/video]
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    Meet the 2016 Smart Fortwo and Forfour, a new pair of hatchbacks that Daimler hopes will revive the struggling Smart brand. We aren't expecting to see the Forfour here in the US market, although the smaller Fortwo should eventually hit our shores in the future. Following yesterday's teaser ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo
    Top Z Grows Up A Little Inside And Out 1405526220

    If you blinked, you missed the opportunity to pick up the last iteration of the 370Z Nismo, because after just a touch over a year of availability, Nissan is replacing it with this updated 2015 model – the third 370-based iteration from the brand's in-house tuner. Consider this version to ...

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    Featured: The 10 most offensive mistakes that got Top Gear in trouble [w/videos]
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    Clarkson is so recognizable a figure, anything and everything he says or does reflects on Top Gear, whether good or bad. We happen to fancy ourselves as pretty good at taking a joke. In this day and age of political correctness and walking on eggshells so as not to offend anybody, it's almost ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]
    The Four-Ring Brand's First Production E-Tron Has Us Pretty Amped 1405439820

    Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Lexus NX 300h
    Believe It Or Not, This Is The One We'd Buy 1405353420

    With so much hullabaloo being made over the first gasoline turbocharged engine produced by Lexus, it's easy to forget that there's another option for those who'd rather (barely) hear the whirring of electric motors than the high-pitched whizzing of turbos. That's too bad, because we think the NX ...

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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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    Long Term: 2014 Jeep Cherokee: June 2014
    A Happy Honeymoon 1404932280

    I got a text message from Editor-In-Chief Sharon Carty one afternoon proclaiming that her new favorite SUV is our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee. And she's not alone. I'm not sure if anyone else on staff would go so far as to use the "favorite" descriptor, but after just over a month of ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT
    Analog Warmth And Stunning Looks For Under $100k 1404921480

    Only one thing is going through my mind as I blast down the Autobahn at 170 miles per hour: If someone were to give me $100,000 today, I'd go buy a new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT tomorrow. I know there are a dozen other choices out there – cars that are more powerful, quicker around a road ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #388
    2015 Lexus NX 200t, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat 1404859500

    Episode #388 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Brandon Turkus talk about the 2015 Lexus NX 200t, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which will be unveiled soon, and the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of ...

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    Featured: A decade later, here are 4 cars we miss and 5 we're happy are gone [UPDATE]
    Now-Dead Cars That Launched 10 Years Ago 1404837000

    Automotive anniversaries are often big news. Last year, the Chevrolet Corvette turned 60 and the Porsche 911 hit 50. This year, the spritely Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 25. The iconic Ford Mustang just turned the big Five-Oh, too. But what about lesser anniversaries? Think about it: there are plenty ...

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    Review: 2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer / Sonata wagon
    Little Wagon, Big Payoff 1404835020

    Recently, we took a vacation to Australia, because sometimes we have to get away from all of that other travel and good living that we withstand in order to bring you the latest car news. While there, we grabbed the keys to a Hyundai i40 Tourer, essentially the Sonata wagon we never got a chance ...

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