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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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What you missed on 7.9.14

Posted 2014-07-09T19:30:00Z

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2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTFirst Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT

Aston Martins are known for being many things, but affordable is not one of them. While the 2015 V8 Vantage is hardly within the reach of most, its sub-$100k starting price and driver-focused mission makes it an intriguing proposition for people who might otherwise look at Porsche 911s and high-spec Chevy Corvettes. Our man Michael Harley drives it in Germany and finds it to be delightfully tactile and 'old school.'

Jeep Cherokee: June Long-Term Update 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk - Autoblog long-termer

We've only had our long-term Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk a month, but it's becoming a fast friend thanks to its capability, interior refinement, and strong infotainment technologies. We're even getting used to the way it looks. Sort of. We've logged over 4,000 miles already and have a boatload of early impressions to share, including thoughts on its controversial nine-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan Cube discontinued after 20142014 Nissan Cube - front three-quarter view, blue

Despite company officials being unwilling to confirm it, Autoblog has learned that Nissan is discontinuing its enigmatic Cube in the States at the end of this model year. The funky compact has been on sale in the US for six years, but never really managed to attract major sales. Attracting stares, meanwhile, has never been a problem.

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What you missed on 7.8.14

Posted 2014-07-08T19:30:00Z

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2004 Mazda RX-810 years on, cars we miss and cars we don't

We take a look back at 9 new cars that were launched just a decade ago, only to have disappeared or be replaced with differently named successors already. Some of these new-for-2004 model year vehicles we already miss greatly, while others we'd just as soon forget. Take a drive down memory lane and let us know which models whose loss you lament, and which ones you're glad to be rid of.

2014 Hyundai i40 Touring / Sonata Wagon2014 Hyundai i40 Touring / Sonata Wagon

Despite North American executives being interested in doing so, Hyundai never graced us with its svelte Sonata wagon, a model better known as the i40 Touring in Australia, which is where author Jonathon Ramsey finally got the chance to catch up with it. The Korean automaker is about to move on to a new generation of Sonata with much more conservative styling, but our man still found a lot to love Down Under.

Volvo XC90 to get 400-hp PHEV motivationSecond-generation Volvo XC90 PHEV Chassis

Volvo's XC90 is one of the oldest cars on the market, but it's about to get seriously cutting edge. The premium CUV that started it all is poised to receive a four-cylinder with both a supercharger and a turbocharger mated to a sophisticated plug-in hybrid assist system. 400 horsepower, 472 pound-feet of torque and an electric-only range of 25 miles are promised.

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What you missed on 7.14.11

Posted 2011-07-14T19:25:00Z

Review: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo

We're finally getting some of what we've been asking for. Volkswagen North America has Wolfsburg's undivided attention at last, and this "A5" Beetle is targeted squarely at the U.S. market.

Welcome to Autoblog 5.0

Autoblog is celebrating the debut of its latest redesign today, the fifth complete overhaul of the site since it launched way back in July of 2004.

What you missed on 7.13.11

Posted 2011-07-13T19:21:00Z

Review: 2012 Honda Civic EX Sedan

Like that indecisive companion desperately trying to find just the right outfit, the 2012 Civic would probably have been a more entertaining date had it just stuck with what it was wearing initially.

Spy Shots: Lexus GS takes its turn on the 'Ring

The Lexus LF-Gh Concept from this year's New York Auto Show is slowly making the journey from pure conceptual creation to full-on production car, albeit, in the form of the GS sedan.

What you missed on 7.12.11

Posted 2011-07-12T19:25:00Z

First Drive: 2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler [w/video]

It weighs just 1,090 pounds, chuffs out 115 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, and can launch to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. Oh, and you definitely feel every bit of it.

Video: 11-year-old cuts the grass in Audi R8, forgets seatbelt

Our legal team, parental sense of responsibility, and landscapers everywhere can't help but heap scorn on the adult(s) who helped make this happen, but a small part of us is pleased this young man already has a fine understanding of throttle-induced oversteer.

What you missed on 7.11.11

Posted 2011-07-11T19:26:00Z

First Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

This field is shoulder-to-shoulder with strong competition like never before. Our initial instincts tell us that the E63 AMG – particularly with the optional Performance Package – will be tough to beat for all-around excellence.

Video: McLaren MP4-12C celebrates second-quickest Power Lap time on Top Gear

McLaren's MP4-12C scored a 1:16.2 lap time, and thoroughly trounced the 458's 1:19.1 at the Top Gear test track.

What you missed on 7.8.11

Posted 2011-07-08T19:26:00Z

Review: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4Matic

The once-sedate CL550 just got a massive twin-turbocharged flame lit under its tail, and the end result is a grand coupe that has more personality than ever before.

Official: 2012 Audi TT RS priced from $56,850*

With so many diminutive, excellent German racers about, the North American enthusiast's world is clearly a better place than it was just a few years ago.


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