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What you missed on 9.18.14

Posted 2014-09-18T19:31:00Z

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Quick Spin: 2014 Kia Cee'd GT

We're undergoing somewhat of a Hot Hatch Revival here in America these days, but the sad truth is that for every Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST we can buy, the average European shopper has three to choose from. So, if we can't beat 'em, we'll borrow 'em. We travel to the UK, to wring out a perfectly warm Kia hatchback that the Korean company doesn't offer on our shores. In the land of hatchback plenty, can the Cee'd GT distinguish itself?




The IRS is getting plug-in tax credits all wrong

It's a fairly simple concept: the feds authorized big consumer tax credits for the first 200K plug-ins and EVs sold by each automaker. The company's report their sales to the IRS, and the IRS keeps track of the tally for everyone involved. Only, that's not happening. We dive into the convoluted tale, and look for some answers.





Why yes, Nissan did make a Leaf pickup truck

What do you do when you need a new shop truck/parts hauler, and you happen to be a major automobile manufacturer? If you're Nissan, you saddle up and build something awesome, it seems. The body and drivetrain of the Nissan Leaf meet the modified bed of a Nissan Frontier, in a tiny truck that we dare you not to have a crush on.




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What you missed on 9.17.14

Posted 2014-09-17T19:29:00Z

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First Drive: 2015 Kia Sedona

If today's minivan sales are any indication, young parents with newly expanding families just aren't willing to submit to the practical charms of the box-like minivan, if it means looking like their parents in the process. Yet, here is Kia launching an all-new Sedona into an increasingly slim market segment. Does the bling-tastic new sled have what it takes to turn the heads of crossover shoppers?




Detroit, This Is Your New Batmobile

We're not sure if they wear capes, but based on the remarkable images they're able to gather, we think our spy photographers are every-day super heroes. How else can you explain this stunning set of on-the-move images of the Batmobile from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie? We've caught a glimpse of the car before, but nothing like this full set of pictures, showing the car on the streets of Detroit, and in painstaking detail.




Will the Apple Watch get you busted?

Apple's new wrist gizmo is not the only smartwatch, it's not the first smartwatch, heck, it's not even on sale yet. But it is the product with enough juice to start getting attention from the regulators. A new study out of the UK suggests that use of an Apple Watch while driving could be even more distracting than texting, and will carry the same penalties, too. Will that mindset, and those prohibitions, make their way to your state soon?




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What you missed on 9.16.14

Posted 2014-09-16T19:30:00Z

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Bugatti VeyronBugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Ever wonder what it's like to have so much money that you can literally buy anything you want? What would that be like? Our man Basem Wasef gets to play the part of the rich distinguished gentleman as he learns what it's like to be courted by Bugatti, and it sounds just as amazing as you would expect it to be.





robotic car Do we need a Federal Robotics Commission?

In case you hadn't noticed, today's cars and trucks are incredibly complex pieces of machinery with an ever-increasing bevy of computer programming baked in. And that's a trend that isn't going to be changing any time soon. Does the US need a Federal Robotics Commission to monitor such future tech as driverless cars?




Bentley Mulsanne SpeedBentley Mulsanne Speed is a monster of torque

Torque. It's good. In fact, it's great. Torque is the force that gets a car's wheels moving, and the more of it an engine produces, the more smoke its rear wheels can create on their way to pushing a car forward. So, how much torque is enough? How about 811 lb-ft at just 1,750 rpm? Yes, Bentley, that sounds like *just* enough.




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What you missed on 9.15.14

Posted 2014-09-15T19:31:00Z

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Lincoln NavigatorReview: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

We take the heavily refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator for a spin and find that there's plenty to like about the brand's truckish 'ute. Still, while it boasts a ton of room inside and stunning power from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, it's far from perfect. Read our full review for all the details.






Kenneth Feinburg At least 19 deaths confirmed for GM compensation

Kenneth Feinberg, the man who has been put in charge of the fund General Motors is drawing from to offer compensation to victims of its faulty ignition switches, has said at least 19 deaths have so far been confirmed resulting from the heavily publicized failure and recalls, and there are many more claims still left to process.




Toyota C-HR Concept teaserToyota teases C-HR crossover concept

Toyota has a big reveal slated for the rapidly approaching Paris Motor Show in the form of the C-HR crossover concept that you can see in silhouette to the right. We don't know much more, other than the fact that it will boast a hybrid powertrain and that it looks to be much more stylish than the brand's current crop of crossovers. Stay tuned.




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Weekly Recap: What led to the end of the Montezemolo Era at Ferrari?

Posted 2014-09-13T11:00:00Z

Italy Ferrari Montezemolo Out

Montezemolo "resigned," but his tenure at the helm will rank him among Ferrari's greatest leaders. It's Enzo, then Montezemolo.

Soon-to-be-former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo seemed to have the best job security in the auto industry. He presided over a brand that ranks with Google, Disney and Coca-Cola among the world's most powerful, and he's largely responsible for transforming Ferrari from an Old World, family-run business into a modern, global automaker.

But as of October 13, Montezemolo will be unemployed, after a stunning turn of events played out this week that toppled a man Italians hold in such high esteem. He was once rumored to be a candidate for prime minister.

How did that happen, and so quickly?

The answer to both rests with Sergio Marchionne. The CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – which owns Ferrari – clearly had a different view for the future of the Prancing Horse, which for 23 years has been steered exclusively by Montezemolo.

What you missed on 9.12.14

Posted 2014-09-12T19:32:00Z

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OprahLooking back at Oprah's free-car giveaway

"You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!" 10 years ago this week, Oprah Winfrey shouted those words as members of her studio audience screamed in delight, all of them just having won brand new Pontiac G6s. Greg Migliore looks back on this historic giveaway, and speaks to a couple of people who were in the audience that fateful day.




Car ComputerAutomotive cyber-threat risks increasing

Our cars are getting smarter, and more technologically advanced – that's hardly news. But as Pete Bigelow explains in this feature story, the risk of automotive cyber-threats could increase as our cars are more and more reliant on computer systems to operate. It's an interesting subject, as we move into The Future. Read all about it, here.




Mercedes-AMG GTMercedes-AMG GT vs. Porsche 911

We've always known Mercedes' new AMG GT would be a direct competitor for the iconic Porsche 911. And now that we have all of the official specs and details about Benz's new super coupe, it's time to start lining it up against Porsche's baby to see how the two stack up. We put the cars side by side on paper, here.




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What you missed on 9.11.14

Posted 2014-09-11T19:32:00Z

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Luca de MontezemoloOur favorite Ferraris of the Montezemolo Era

Big news at Ferrari: CEO Luca di Montezemolo is officially stepping down. In his wake, he leaves quite a legacy, and thus, the Autoblog editors have been reminiscing about our favorite Prancing Horse models from Montezemolo's tenure. Of course, what started as a simple discussion turned into an all out battle, but you can read our staff's five favorite Ferraris from the '90s and '00s, here.




Maserati GhibliDriving Maserati's diesel-powered Ghibli

Slowly but surely, automakers are warming up to the idea of diesel engines in sports car applications. We've seen products from Porsche, BMW, and Audi all burning hot oil, and the latest darling comes from Maserati, with its diesel-powered Ghibli sedan. This one isn't headed Stateside anytime soon, but European Editor Noah Joseph took it for a spin to see how a diesel powerplant affects the already-good Ghibli. Read his notes, here.




Mazda MX-5 MiataMazda MX-5 Miata to ditch hardtop?

Say it ain't so! Could Mazda be ditching the power folding hardtop with its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata? There's plenty of evidence that suggests this could be the case, but there's also a solid argument for the hardtop to live on. Read all about it in our report, and of course, let us know your thoughts on this matter, as well.




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What you missed on 9.10.14

Posted 2014-09-10T19:32:00Z

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Audi TT2016 Audi TT driven in Spain

"While it's better than the second generation, it's still very much a TT." Those are Jonathon Ramsey's words about the fresh-faced Audi coupe, which he recently tested on the (decidedly dusty) roads of Spain. But there's plenty more to talk about with Audi's new two-door, and you can get the full scoop in our First Drive, here.





FerrariManagement shakeup at Ferrari

Ferrari's infamous CEO, Luca di Montezemolo, has officially stepped down, effective October 13. In his wake, Ferrari will be led by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne – until a more permanent solution can be found, anyway. This is a huge shakeup for the Italian brand, as Montezemolo has largely defined the recent history of Ferrari. Check out our full story for all of the details.




BatmobileHoly Batmobile, Batman!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently being filmed in Detroit, and we're now seeing what appears to be the first photo of the Dark Knight's new ride, the all-important Batmobile. It looks certifiably awesome, and we bet it'll look even better on the big screen, when the movie hits theaters in 2016.




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What you missed on 9.9.14

Posted 2014-09-09T19:32:00Z

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Mercedes-AMG GTSay hello to the Mercedes-AMG GT

Benz's Porsche 911-fighter is here, in the form of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. It looks killer, and comes packed with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 producing either 503 horsepower in GT S form, or 456 hp in standard GT guise. The slick new coupe launches next year, and we can't wait to drive it. For now, check out the full details about the stunning new two-door, here.




Volkswagen EosSay goodbye to the Volkswagen Eos

Volkswagen Eos, we hardly knew ye. After only seven years on the market, VW is discontinuing its hardtop convertible, and its swan song is this Final Edition – a special, decidedly expensive package, only available for the Eos' last year on sale. Contributor Jonathon Ramsey spent some time with the Final Eos in Virginia and accurately sums up why it's time to put the Eos to sleep. Read his full thoughts in our Quick Spin.




BMW 2 SeriesBMW 2 Series takes its top off

The car gods giveth, and the car gods taketh away. Instead of mourning the loss of the Volkswagen Eos, check out this new four-seat, topless entry from BMW – the 2 Series Convertible. Launching in the same 228i and M235i trims as the coupe, the 'vert takes everything we already like about the 2 Series and adds that lovely wind-in-your-hair experience. Get the full details ahead of the car's Paris Motor Show launch, here.



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What you missed on 9.8.14

Posted 2014-09-08T19:32:00Z

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Jaguar XE2016 Jaguar XE revealed

The last time Jaguar made a midsize sedan, it wasn't exactly praised. No, the X-Type wasn't a proper offering in a segment led by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but this new XE looks to offer serious competition for classmates from Germany, America, and Japan. Get the full scoop on everything we know about Jag's new baby, here.




Lexus RC 3502015 Lexus RC 350 driven

After driving the hot new 2015 Lexus RC F on both street and track, senior editor Seyth Miersma now turns his attention to the more sedate RC 350. He found the RC F to be a fine competitor for luxury performance coupes from around the world, but do those same thoughts apply to the more pedestrian 350? Read all about it in our quick spin.




TranslogicTranslogic tests electric scooters

In the latest installment of Translogic, host Jonathon Buckley heads to Portland, OR to prove that motorized scooters are a viable solution to the "last mile" problem faced by many city commuters. Here, Buckley checks out the Works Electric Rover and the Custom Chopper – two all-electric bikes perfect for city dwellers.



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