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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan Frontier Diesel Mule [w/poll]
    Intriguing Engineering Exercise Might Portend 2019 Production Model 1406735820

    Last August, Nissan shook the truck world when it officially announced plans to source a diesel option from Cummins for its long-overdue Titan replacement, its full-size pickup that's slated to drop this January at the Detroit Auto Show. The 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel is expected to make somewhere ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #391
    Galhotra takes over Lincoln, Scion xB and iQ, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, discontinued cars 1406668560

    Episode #391 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Mike Harley and Brandon Turkus talk about the appointment of Kumar Galhotra to run Lincoln, changes coming for Scion, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and which cars won't live into 2015. We also take a quick detour to talk ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Power Stroke
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    What weighs 30,000 pounds? Big Ben's Westminster bell. A navy ship anchor. Or as we found out during our first drive program for the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty, seven pallets of cinder blocks loaded onto a dual-axle gooseneck trailer. The test was part of a raft of towing demonstrations that ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype [w/video]
    Making The Case To Build A Brand-Defining Sports Car 1406563020

    It only takes about half a lap of the Millbrook Proving Grounds for me to become convinced that Infiniti must build this car. The sedan I am piloting around the English circuit is a working prototype of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept that made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show earlier ...

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    Featured: 40+ cars that barely avoid the gas guzzler tax
    Why It Pays To Be A Good Test Taker 1406221140

    The Gas Guzzler schedule, with mpg ratings and charges that haven't changed since 1991, lays out which fuel-swillers owe what to Uncle Sam. I started thinking about the "Gas Guzzler Tax" – considerably less well known as The Energy Tax Act of 1978 – when I was driving Dodge's new ...

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    Review: 2014 Audi SQ5
    S4 Avant? What S4 Avant? 1406217420

    It may be obvious at this point, but here in the United States, European manufacturers routinely give us the short end of the stick. Now, I'm not talking about models or brands that don't come here, like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class or the entire Renault line. No, instead, I'm referring to cars that ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS
    Jukiest Juke Packs Turbo Punch, Cheap Thrills 1406131020

    As a point of love-it or hate-it styling, the Nissan Juke is king. As a weird, samurai-bullfrog-looking compact crossover with handling chops and a gutsy powertrain, it also has one of the bravest inclusions of a manual transmission in recent memory. It's funky, unmistakable, polarizing and ...

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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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