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Brandon Turkus

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A longtime automotive enthusiast, Brandon Turkus’ inauspicious beginnings in the industry (he was fired from his first car-related job at an exotic car dealer) have grown into a nearly 10-year career. During that time, he’s done everything from scheduling and delivering the same cars you see reviewed on Autoblog, to reviewing and photographing cars for Winding Road as Fleet Manager and Online Editor. Turkus is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a keen amateur photographer, and a fan of odd British roadsters and French hatchbacks.

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    New York: Dodge Challenger Scat Pack adds power and noise, with a warranty
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    If you want to go fast, there's certainly nothing wrong with the Dodge Challenger SRT8. With 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque for 2014, there's certainly not much to complain about. But what if you want something more aftermarket in flavor? There's no shortage of options, but while ...

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    New York: 2015 Dodge Challenger looks fresh, still plenty retro [w/video]
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    It was the Ford Mustang that kicked off the retro-styled muscle car renaissance back in 2005, but it was the Dodge Challenger that served as the movement's poster child, with its unabashedly retro looks. Over the years, though, as the Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro were freshened and upgraded, ...

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    New York: Mazda Miata 25th anniversary display is roadster heaven on Earth
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    As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda has put together a rather large display at its New York Auto Show booth, showing off significant models from the diminutive roadsters history. The display represents a healthy split of volume models, with cars 14, 15 and ...

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    New York: 2015 Dodge Charger shows off its new look in New York [w/videos]
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    With a new look inspired largely by the Dart compact, the 2015 Dodge Charger made its New York Auto Show debut today. Along with the interior and exterior changes, an eight-speed automatic becomes standard across the range. What hasn't changed is the choice of engines under the Charger's long ...

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    New York: Ford Transit Skyliner Concept does discreet luxury in NYC
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    There's something to be said for luxed-out vans. They're cool, and as a means of getting chauffeured about, they're extremely comfortable and far more low key than your typical executive luxury sedan. For the 2014 New York Auto Show, Galpin Auto Sports has shown the potential of the ...

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    New York: SRT Viper TA adds Anodized Carbon Special Edition
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    Rare is good. Rare cars are very good. Rare Vipers are extra good. So what happens when you add a special edition to an already rare SRT Viper Time Attack? You get the Anodized Carbon Special Edition Viper TA. SRT was already planning to offer 50 copies of the Anodized Carbon Special Editions, ...

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    New York: Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition marks a day we never thought we'd see
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    Alfa Romeo has been teasing its return to the United States for years. Each time, it's seemingly been pushed back for one reason or another. The last time we had our Alfa fix fulfilled was when just a few hundred examples of the 8C Competizione crossed the pond late last decade. Now, though, it ...

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    New York: 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan continues to prioritize space and price over looks
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    Nissan's refresh of its cavernous Versa Sedan is on hand today at the 2014 New York Auto Show. While we continue to appreciate the Versa for its space and low price, this slight restyling of the four-door sedan hasn't done much for its uninspiring appearance. Newly enlarged headlights and a ...

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    New York: Subaru previews rally-ready WRX STI for Global RallyCross
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    Subaru's long and distinguished history in the world of rallying is about to get another chapter, as it's set to field a team in the Global RallyCross Championship. The car? The all-new WRX STI. Yes, Subaru will be fielding a GRC challenger, with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen at the ...

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    New York: 2015 Nissan Murano is the Sport Sedan Concept of crossovers [w/video]
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    The edgy new Nissan Murano has just been officially unveiled at today's New York Auto Show following its online debut earlier this week. Wearing sheetmetal clearly inspired by the Japanese brand's creatively named Sport Sedan Concept, the third-generation Murano continues the tradition of ...

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    New York: Ford overlooks the Big Apple in the 2015 Mustang Convertible [w/video]
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    Ford has done it again. Like in 1965, there is once again an all-new Mustang Convertible sitting on the observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building. This has been in the making for a little while, with the first report that Ford would recreate the sky-high publicity stunt coming out ...

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    Official: Infiniti Q70 adds long-wheelbase model, fresh looks for 2015
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    After all the work done for the Q50, Infiniti has finally given some attention to its flagship sedan, the Q70 (or, for those that refuse to use the brand's latest nomenclature, the M). While the refreshed sedan sports a few visual tweaks, the big bit of news is that it's the first vehicle in its ...

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    Official: Infiniti QX80 refreshed for 2015, range-topping Limited trim added
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    Alongside the updated Q70, Infiniti has refreshed its fullsize SUV, the QX80, for the 2014 New York Auto Show. Like its freshened sedan, the QX80 is full of incremental styling tweaks typical of a mid-cycle update like this. Also like the Q70, there's a new member of the QX80 family for the 2015 ...

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    New York: Mercedes-AMG teases GT interior, announces fall 2014 debut
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    Mercedes-Benz opted to tease the assembled media at its post-New York Auto Show party, showing off a pair of images of the exquisitely crafted interior of the highly anticipated successor of the SLS AMG - the V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GT. Slated for a debut in the fall at either Paris or Los ...

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    New York: 2015 Chevrolet Trax is the Encore's encore [w/video]
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    We imagine the conversation among Chevrolet's product planners that led to a greenlight for a US-spec Chevrolet Trax went something like this: "Hey, the Buick Encore is selling like mad. It's proven that people love subcompact crossovers. Quick, let's import a vehicle from Canada." Okay, so it ...

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    ETC: Chevy Camaro is a good sport, wishes Ford Mustang Happy 50th
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    It was 1966 when Chevrolet launched its challenger to the wildly successful Ford Mustang, the Camaro. While the competition between the two brands was already healthy, the arrival of the Camaro set off one of the most intense, model-to-model rivalries in the industry. That competitive spirit ...

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    Video: Worst car unloading attempt ever is quick and painful
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    Here's a fun fact: not all automotive calamities in Russia are caught on dash cam. Occasionally, someone with just a cell phone captures some gold, like this woeful attempt at unloading what appears to be a Lada. First of all, as with most jobs, having the correct tool for the task makes the ...

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    Spy Shots: Is Bentley testing a hardcore Continental GT V8?
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    The Bentley Continental GT V8 is a darn good car. The GT V8 S, even more so. It's only logical, then that an even hotter Conti GT would be commensurately better. At least, we're hoping that's what the minds at Bentley's Crewe, UK headquarters were thinking when they dispatched this bewinged GT V8 ...

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    Spy Shots: 2015 Mazda2 spotted on the road
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    When Mazda unveiled the Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, our excitement for the next Mazda2 increased considerably. The Hazumi looks to retain much of the driving character that makes the current 2 one of the very best cars in its segment while infusing it with more aggressive ...

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    Report: Opel could break even next year
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    How things change. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Opel might just break even next year. This is kind of a big deal, largely because Opel has been arguably the most troubled branch both in General Motors' portfolio and in all of Europe. The report claims that Opel could be ...

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