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What you missed on 7.25.14

Posted 2014-07-25T19:31:00Z

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Aston Martin Lagonda super sedan teased

Fans of England's most famous sports car builder have something for which to cheer today, as Aston Martin has revealed two new images of its upcoming Lagonda performance sedan. The luxurious new Aston will be built in "strictly limited series production," with customers arriving by invitation only, and likely only from Middle East regions. Technical details and pricing (if you have to ask...) are still a ways off.



Former Ford engineer investigated by FBI

Ford has been working with the FBI to investigate espionage charges leveled at a recently terminated engineer at the company. In what Ford is calling "a joint investigation" the FBI had warrants to seize listening devices that were allegedly employed by the terminated engineer. For her part, the employee maintains that she has done no wrong, and that any and all listening devices were used without malicious intent.





Mercedes details turbo 4.0L V8 for AMG GT

The days of "no replacement for displacement" continue to fade from memory, as companies like Mercedes-Benz continue to build new, small, turbocharged powerhouses like this 4.0-liter V8. Set to make its home in the upcoming AMG GT sports car, the Mercedes mill is said to produce a robust 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, thanks to twin turbochargers and a 7,200-rpm redline. We can almost hear it now...



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What you missed on 7.24.14

Posted 2014-07-24T19:32:00Z

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Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon40+ gas guzzlers that aren't

The Gas Guzzler Tax affects many high-performance vehicles, but there are plenty of cars that straddle the line simply because their fuel economy ratings are slightly above the cut-off. Here, Seyth Miersma explains the tax in detail, and lists over 40 gas-guzzlers that manage to avoid this charge.





Audi SQ5Review: 2014 Audi SQ5

Audi offers a delicious S4 Avant in other markets, for folks who want a fast, luxurious, people-and-cargo-hauler. But as associate editor Brandon Turkus explains, we Americans aren't totally left out in the cold with the absence of this S4 in our market. Audi's own SQ5 might be exactly what these customers are looking for.





Acura NSXAcura NSX burns at the 'Ring

Remember that Acura NSX prototype we saw running 'round the 'Ring the other day? Well, there's been a tragic turn of events. It appears the car we spotted earlier has gone up in flames, coming to a charred end while doing some further Nürburgring testing. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, and we've got a full gallery of the flame-broiled NSX, here.



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What you missed on 7.23.14

Posted 2014-07-23T19:30:00Z

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distracted drivingCellphone bans don't reduce accidents?

It's true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel less dangerous than you might think? We don't know, but experts are doing their level best to figure out what these statistics mean.




2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RSQuick Spin: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

We call it the Jukiest Juke. Clever, right? Of course, it's those clever engineers at Nissan that deserve praise for putting more turbocharged power into the brand's funky looking hatchback/crossover... thing. Sure, it's styling still causes divisions, but one thing can't be argued with: It's a heck of a lot of fun behind the wheel. Check out our Quick Spin for all the details.




Fatal accident signOdds of dying in a traffic accident by location

What are the chances? Well, if you're talking about the chances of being fatally struck by lightning, about a million to one (just don't tell that to Roy C. Sullivan). If you're talking about the chances of dying in a car accident, well, that depends on where you live. If you call Massachusetts or Washington DC home, you're in luck. West Virginia, South Carolina or North Dakota? Watch out.



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What you missed on 7.21.14

Posted 2014-07-21T19:31:00Z

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Ford ExpeditionFirst Drive: 2015 Ford Expedition

It might not be totally all-new, but Ford's refreshed Expedition now features updated looks and twin-turbocharged power underhood. Of course, there are still plenty of old bones underneath that shiny sheetmetal. Does the big Ford have what it takes to compete with the rest of the fullsize set? Find out in our First Drive.




Gazelles RallyRallye Aïcha des Gazelles: Part 1

The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, now in its 24th running, is an all-female off-road rally through Morocco. It's one of the most grueling, challenging motorsports events in the world, and our man Jonathon Ramsey rode along with this year's competitors to see what it's all about. Read the first part of our two-installment story, here.




Chevy SSChevy SS getting 6MT, magnetic ride

Aw, yeah. Rumors had been circulating for a while regarding Chevy's SS performance sedan getting a much-needed manual transmission and magnetic ride suspension for the 2015 model year, and now, thanks to the official order guide, we've finally got confirmation of these updates. Consider us on the edge of our seats.



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What you missed on 7.17.14

Posted 2014-07-17T19:31:00Z

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Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang specs revealed

Despite having revealed the 2015 Mustang many months ago, Ford hasn't divulged the official power and weight specs – until now. Today, we learned that the new 'Stang will produce anywhere from 300 to 430 horsepower, and will weigh anywhere from 3,524 to 3,729 pounds, depending on engine and trim. There's a whole lot more to learn, here.




Ford Seattle-ite concept car Forgotten nuclear-powered concept cars

Ah, nuclear-powered cars. A good idea, in theory, especially for the 1950s and 1960s, but in execution, not exactly something that'd be, you know, safe. Looking back, the Atomic Age produced a good number of delightful concept cars, and so we've pulled five of our favorites together for a quick blast-from-the-past list.




Hyundai AzeraHyundai Azera fate in question

Hyundai has just overhauled its Sonata and Genesis sedans. So where does that leave the fullsize Azera that slots between the two? Executive editor Chris Paukert recently sat down with some Hyundai executives and learned that while a next-generation Azera is indeed in the cards, it might be a Korea-only affair. As of right now, the car's future in the US is unclear.



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What you missed on 7.16.14

Posted 2014-07-16T19:31:00Z

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Dodge Challenger HellcatChallenger SRT Hellcat specs and price

Holy Hellcat. We'll have our first driving impressions of the 707-horsepower Challenger in the near future, but today, we learned that the cost of entry for this behemoth will be just $59,995. That's a steal, considering this 199-mph machine is the most powerful muscle car money can buy. We've got the full details on the rest of the 2015 Challenger range, too.




Nissan 370Z Nismo Quick Spin: 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Despite being on the market for six years now, the Nissan 370Z is finally available in what is perhaps its best form. Meet the 2015 370Z Nismo – a more powerful version of the usual Z car with styling that's far more tame (and attractive) than Nismo versions before it. We had a chance to drive the new Z Nismo in Tennessee last week, and have the full scoop in our quick spin.




Smart ForTwo and ForFourNew Smart Fortwo and Forfour revealed

We'll be honest: the current Smart Fortwo is, well, not great. And the brand isn't exactly doing all that well, especially here in the States. But Daimler hasn't given up on its minicar, and has just released all the information on not only the next-gen Fortwo, but the aptly named, four-door Forfour. Read all about 'em, here.



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What you missed on 7.15.14

Posted 2014-07-15T19:31:00Z

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Top GearTop Gear's 10 most offensive mistakes

The boys at Top Gear UK have a habit of making some big mistakes that offend large groups of people. The show's presenters – mainly, Jeremy Clarkson – have been under fire due to supposedly mumbled racial slurs, staged scenes, generally inappropriate commentary on social media platforms, and more. Here, we list ten of the hosts' biggest blunders.




Audi A3 E-Tron Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron

Despite already taking a quick spin in Audi's electrified A3 Sportback, we never really got a proper feel for the car – until now. AutoblogGreen editor Sebastian Blanco spent some time with the A3 E-Tron over in Europe, dissecting all there is to know about Audi's (supposedly) no-compromise plug-in hybrid vehicle. Read his discussions about what's good and what's bad in our followup review.



Ford Mustang SVTFord Mustang SVT spy shots

We're chomping at the bit to get some time behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. But to pique our interest even further, our spy photographers have just caught the hotter, SVT-tuned 'Stang running around Germany's Nürburgring with much of its camouflage removed. Check out the next, super-hot Mustang in our latest gallery of spy shots, here.



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What you missed on 7.14.14

Posted 2014-07-14T19:31:00Z

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Lexus NX 300hQuick Spin: 2015 Lexus NX 300h

Following our first drive of the turbocharged NX 200t, managing editor Jeremy Korzeniewski tells us about the version of Lexus' new small crossover that might just be the one we'd buy. The hybrid NX 300h "is one of the more interesting hybrids on the market," says Korzeniewski, thanks in part to its decent driving dynamics and innovative all-wheel-drive system. Read all about it, here.



Elio Motors Translogic Translogic 154: Elio Motors

Despite looking like the next big thing in EVs, the Elio is actually a small trike with a traditional internal combustion engine. It seats two and can achieve a remarkable 84 miles per gallon, thanks to its super-slick design and 900cc gasoline powerplant. What's more, all of this uniqueness is expected to come in at just under $7,000. We check it out in the latest episode of Translogic.



Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe

What has 621 horsepower, 738 pound-feet of torque, two doors, and every luxury amenity you could ever dream of? The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe. As associate editor Brandon Turkus writes, this car might be "the most opulent coupe in [Mercedes-Benz's] storied history." And while pricing hasn't been announced just yet, we'd be shocked if this thing came in at less than $220,000. Get the full scoop, here.


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What you missed on 7.11.14

Posted 2014-07-11T19:15:00Z

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Dad pleads with parents to remember kids in hot cars

The weather is definitely taking a turn towards the high end of the thermostat, meaning the sad, seasonal issue of unattended children in hot cars has been raised yet again. See how one dad, North Carolina resident Terry Williams, is taking to YouTube to bring the issue into the spotlight once again, and hopefully save a few lives in the process.


2014 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon

Forbidden fruit is one of the tastiest foods that the car enthusiast can snack on. So when our own Noah Joseph had the opportunity to travel to the UK and drive Volkswagen's not-for-the-US Amarok small pickup, you'd better believe we were interested in hearing more. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel (what else), find out if the German small truck is really something that's worth missing in the US of A.


Cadillac snags de Nysschen from Infiniti

Johan de Nysschen has some 20 years in the business of building luxury car brands. Today we found out the executive will take his talents from Nissan's premium brand Infiniti, to General Motors flagship Cadillac. As the new president of Caddy, de Nysschen believes he can help restore the company to it's proper place at the top of the luxury-car heap.


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What you missed on 7.10.14

Posted 2014-07-10T19:30:00Z

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Rolling Coal at a Toyota PriusRolling Coal: A Political Statement Hits Our Nation's Roads

That disgusting black smoke you see to your right is this truck owner's unique way of making a political statement that he doesn't agree with the current US Presidential Administration's policies. Rolling Coal, as it's called, is more often than not directed toward eco-friendly symbols like the Toyota Prius. Interesting (or terrible...) way of making your opinion known, eh?


2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser - Autoblog Quick Spin


We'll be said to see this one leave the market. In case you didn't know, 2014 marks the swan song for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, leaving the Jeep Wrangler to hold the mantle mostly uncontested as the most off-road-oriented stock vehicle from a major automaker in the US. As Jonathon Ramsey said, "The FJ Cruiser is poised to join a long list of vehicles that got better and better, then got axed."


Want a Tucker Torpedo? Will This Do Instead? Tucker Torpedo Replica prototype


The car to your right is most definitely not a 1946 Tucker Torpedo. Underneath the somewhat wacky bodywork sits a 1971 Buick Riviera, a cult classic in its own right. It's kind of crazy, sort of cool in a weird way, and undeniably unique. If that kind of thing is your bag, baby, feel free to bid – it's currently up for auction on eBay.


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