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What you missed on 8.27.14

Posted 2014-08-27T19:32:00Z

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Kia Forte Koup2014 Kia Forte Koup reviewed

It's not a sports car, but the Kia Forte Koup offers 200 turbocharged horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and retuned suspension geometry to make it a more engaging offering than its sedan counterpart. But does all that add up to a car that's actually engaging for enthusiasts? Brandon Turkus puts one to the test in our latest review.




Ford F-150Tailgate up vs. down: which is more efficient?

We don't normally think of pickup trucks as being the most aerodynamic vehicles on the road, but drag does play a key role in how the vehicles are designed. Some folks think it's actually more efficient to drive with the tailgate down, but is that actually the case? Greg Migliore finds out with the help of the 2015 Ford F-150.




Volvo XC902015 Volvo XC90 deep dive

Yesterday, we brought you the full specs of the 2015 Volvo XC90. But our man Noah Joseph was on hand at the crossover's live reveal in Sweden, and reports that there's way more to this XC90 than you might think. This isn't just a new crossover, this is a new direction for the brand, and there's a whole lot to learn in our Deep Dive, here.



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What you missed on 8.26.14

Posted 2014-08-26T19:31:00Z

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Volvo XC90Meet the 2015 Volvo XC90

It's been a long time coming, but the 2015 Volvo XC90 is finally here. It has a simple, clean design (which most people seem to like), a really nice-looking interior, and a range of efficient yet powerful engines. It'll be priced from $48,900 in the US (for a T6 AWD model), and you can read all about it in our reveal post, here.





BMW R NineTRiding the BMW R NineT

BMW's motorcycle history is indeed storied, but the German maker is diving into new territory with its R NineT. It's a fully customizable, cafe racer-style bike, and has been in development since 2011. Contributor Susan Carpenter spent two weeks with BMW's newest bike, and gives a full report in our First Ride review.





BMW DriftmobBehind the scenes of BMW Driftmob

BMW's Driftmob ad featuring the new M235i coupe was a huge production. So big, in fact, that the company wanted to tell the story from a behind-the-scenes perspective, and invited Autoblog to be the only US media outlet on hand during the ad's filming in Cape Town, South Africa. Read about everything that went into filming the Driftmob spectacular, here.



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What you missed on 8.25.14

Posted 2014-08-25T19:30:00Z

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Galpin GTR1Driving the 1,058-hp Galpin GTR1

With 1,058 horsepower and 992 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Ford GT-based Galpin GTR1 is a seriously capable supercar. Of course, with its questionable styling and $1 million price tag, it certainly isn't for everyone. Senior Editor Steven Ewing took the beast for a quick spin during the Monterey Car Week recently. Learn all about Galpin's monster, here.




TranslogicWater-powered Hoverboard on Translogic

A couple of years ago, the Translogic team tested a weird jet ski-powered device called the Flyboard, from Zapata Racing. Now, that company is back with its latest creation, the Hoverboard. The Translogic team headed out to the water near San Diego, CA for some high-flying tricks, and it's all wrapped up you in the latest episode.





Ram HD PickupRam improves HD pickup ratings

In terms of tough competition, heavy-duty pickups are in a constant fight for top honors. And now, Ram can claim some new best-in-class numbers with its updated 2015 model year 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks. Ram says its trucks now have the segment-best ratings for torque, towing and payload, depending on configuration, of course. Check out the full details, here.



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Weekly Recap: Alfa Romeo's US plans take shape

Posted 2014-08-23T12:29:00Z

Alfa Romeo 4C

In a strong signal of support, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moved to reinforce Alfa with a new head of North American operations, Reid Bigland.

Alfa Romeo was in the news this week, and for once, it didn't involve another rumor the brand was going to be sold off to the highest bidder.

Quite the opposite. In a strong signal of support, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moved to reinforce Alfa with a new head of North American operations, Reid Bigland, who had been in charge of the Ram division. Harald Wester remains global CEO of Alfa and Maserati.

It's a significant move, as Bigland has been considered a rising star within the Fiat-Chrysler conglomerate, and pulling him away from the important Ram business was not a decision made lightly. At first blush, it even seems questionable, as Alfa has only one car, the 4C, that's about to go on sale in America.

But that will change – or at least FCA says it will – in short order.

What you missed on 8.22.2014

Posted 2014-08-22T19:30:00Z

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2015 Corvette Z06 wins on power and price

We started off this happy Friday by learning that the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 would come to dealers with a starting price of $78,000. That's not an insignificant fund, but when you start to cross-shop other cars with comparable performance, you quickly find (and we do mean quickly) that the Z06 is actually kind of an incredible bargain. Find out which of its pricy competitors comes closest to the new über 'Vette, here.




Quick Spin: 2014 Range Rover HSE

No company in the world does a quick, off-road-capable, posh luxury SUV (in sparkling brown paint, no less) quite like Land Rover's epic Range Rover. Having done full tests on the Rangie already, this time around we tackle the HSE model fitted with the supercharged 3.0-liiter V6 engine, to see if it suffers without a V8. Spoiler Alert: aluminum is a wonderful thing.




Ram to stay steely through 2020

...Then again, steel is nice, too. Pickup truck rival Ford may still be grabbing headlines for its intensive use of weight-saving aluminum in its new F-150, but Ram believes that it can stay competitive with the more conventional material. Despite a Ram 1500 refresh due out in 2015, company insiders are saying it'll be another five years before it'll start using the stuff in its pickup line.



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What you missed on 8.21.2014

Posted 2014-08-21T19:30:00Z

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This or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta STThis or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST

Two of Autoblog's editors argue the finer points of hot hatches in a point/counterpoint rundown between the Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Fiesta ST. Arguments are made, but no firm conclusions drawn. Feel free to offer your own opinion in our completely unscientific poll.



Quick Spin: Nissan NV200 taxiWe take the Nissan NV200 taxi for a Quick Spin

What in the world is Autoblog doing testing a taxi? Good question. You see, this isn't a Ford Crown Victoria, or even a Ford Escape Hybrid. The bright yellow machine in question is, in fact, the brand-new Nissan NV200 that you're about to see infiltrating the streets of the busiest city in America: New York. Just what you should expect after hailing the taxi of tomorrow is discussed herein.




Honda Fit small front overlap crash testHonda vows to improve 2015 Fit crash test score, will retrofit 12,000 cars for free

When the IIHS tested the brand-new 2015 Honda Fit, the car scored a disappointing "Marginal" in the difficult small front overlap crash test. Honda has vowed to reinforce the Fit with a stronger steel front bumper beam, which the IIHS says will boost its rating to "Acceptable," and the company will retrofit 2015 models already sold – approximately 12,000 cars – free of charge.



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What you missed on 8.20.14

Posted 2014-08-20T19:31:00Z

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2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray automaticWe test the Chevy Corvette's new automatic

We tend to prefer our cars with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. You know, the ones that require a third pedal down by the gas and brake pedals. A clutch, ya know? Turns out most Americans disagree with us, even the ones who are buying Corvettes. We know, shocking. Still, after sampling the latest eight-speed automatic from General Motors in the Corvette Stingray, we're happy to report that those who don't want to shift gears are in better shape than ever before.



Dodge Viper SRT engine emblemWill the Viper get a supercharged V10 engine?

Know what's interesting about the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models? Besides the fact that they have 707 horsepower, that is? It's that the duo are considerably more powerful than the Viper, that snake-skinned halo car sitting atop the Chrysler portfolio as its top performance machine. But how can it be the top performer with an engine putting out less ponies? Good question. Perhaps a supercharger is the answer.


Hyundai hybrid Prius-fighter spy shotHyundai spotted testing a Prius-fighting hybrid

There can be no doubt of Toyota's hybrid supremacy. When it comes to eke the greatest fuel efficiency out of a gasoline engine/electric motor combo, the boffins at Toyota do it better than any other, with the Prius sitting atop the sales heap standing as proof. But what's this? Is Hyundai testing a standalone hybrid machine to put some pressure on Toyota's hybrid dominance?



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What you missed on 8.19.14

Posted 2014-08-19T19:30:00Z

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ALS Ice Bucket challengeAutoblog takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yeah, it's a fad. Yeah, lots of people are doing it. But it's a fad that was created to benefit a worthwhile charity, and the more people do it, the more money gets donated. Of course, you could also click and watch just to see the editors of Autoblog dump ice cold water on their heads. Either way, the video awaits.


Audi R8 V8We review the 2014 Audi R8 V8

The Audi R8 has been with us for so long that sometimes we forget just how great it is. Which is to say it's rather great indeed. Our man Jonathon Ramsey takes the keys to the bright white example you see to the right, and proceeds to drive it all over Germany and into France. Want to know what he thought? Click the link above to read all about it.





2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat on Woodward AveWhat's it like to show up to the Woodward Dream Cruise in the hottest new muscle car?

If there's one common denominator at the Woodward Dream Cruise, it's a love of horsepower. It doesn't matter if those ponies are smoking the tires of an foreign car or domestic – well, hailing from Detroit might make a difference – whether it has two doors or four. Dream Cruisers love horsepower, and the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat is happy to oblige.



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What you missed on 8.18.14

Posted 2014-08-18T19:30:00Z

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2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4MaticWe take the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic for a Quick Spin

We start off talking about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic by pointing out that it may be a bit of a bargain, coming in at a cost that's substantially less than its 12-cylinder sibling, the S65 AMG, while actually boasting a quicker 0-60 time. Still, at $161,935, this Benz better be a seriously good car. Read on to find out what we think.




Chevy Corvette Stingray convertibleChevrolet launches Valet Mode for 2015 Corvette

We're big fans of the latest Corvette Stingray, and Chevy seems intent to keep improving its overall package each and every year it's on the market, serving as a massive performance bargain in the process. For the 2015 model year, the Bowtie crew is adding a so-called Valet Mode to its Performance Data Recorder package. Read all the details here.



Aston Martin V12 Vantage S RoadsterWill Aston Martin be able to keep selling the DB9 and Vantage in the US?

Safety regulations may force Aston Martin to pull its popular DB9 and Vantage models out of the US market. Unless NHTSA agrees to offer the small automaker an exemption, for which it has already petitioned, these models won't meet the latest side-impact safety standards set for all new cars sold in the States. We'll be sure to keep you informed.



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Weekly Recap: Things you might not know about the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats

Posted 2014-08-16T12:01:00Z

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

If you're an enthusiast, and you don't know that Dodge spawned another Hellcat this week, you really must have been living in cave. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is probably the biggest news for enthusiasts since the reveal of, well the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

But, there are some things you might not know or might have missed about the new Charger and Challenger Hellcats. For starters, reports that the Hellcat production would be limited to a low volume are not true.

"We have not capped the Hellcat on either the Challenger or the Charger," Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said.
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