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Mechanic in Training: My Son Caught the Car Bug After All

Some of you may remember my sweet firstborn son, Ike, from the time when he was nine and got his seven-year-old sister, Ellie, banned for life from the online game “Club Penguin.” That was because he directed her penguin to approach another child’s and, instead of having it extend the expected friendly greeting, had it...

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A Walk Among the Stars: Visiting the Hollywood Royalty of Yesteryear

Yesterday I crossed the street to visit Marilyn Monroe. The platinum-haired beauty wasn’t much of a car enthusiast—the only automobile she’s said to have ever owned was a 1956 Ford T-bird she received as a Christmas gift—but she did appear in the 1950 John Huston movie The Asphalt Jungle, the title of which I appropriated...

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By Design: 2020 Toyota Supra Styling Analysis

Let me quote something I wrote back in 2014 about the car that would become the precursor to Toyota’s new Supra—the FT-1 concept: “In many ways, this car is a mess. An intriguing and attractive mess, yes, but a mess all the same. Lines don’t flow very well, details don’t really work, there are conflicting...

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2020 Kia Soul EV’s Estimated Range Jumps to 243 Miles

Kia recently unveiled the newly redesigned third-generation Soul, and one of the most interesting changes had to do with the fully electric version. Using a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery borrowed from the Hyundai Kona EV, the Soul EV promised to pair boxy practicality with electric efficiency. But until today, we still didn’t know what kind of range the Soul EV...

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Range Rover Sport HST Debuts New 395-HP Ingenium Inline-Six

This week, Land Rover added a new special edition to its U.K. lineup called the Range Rover Sport HST. The new model gets carbon-fiber accents on the hood, grille, side vents, and tailgate. Inside, there’s some HST-specific trim and HST badging. It sounds nice enough, but not actually all that special. The engine under its hood is, however....

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2020 Ford Explorer Priced: It’ll Run from $34K to Nearly $60K

When Ford officially revealed the 2020 Explorer at the Detroit auto show this year, it had some big news. For the first time since the 2011 model year, the Explorer would be built on a rear-wheel-drive platform. It also added a hybrid version and replaced the Sport with the ST. At least on paper, it...

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The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Is a Special Breed of Beast

ABERDEEN, Scotland—Drive long enough through the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, where a low sun hovers over snow-splashed hummocks more closely resembling the landscape of Hoth than anywhere you’ve been on Earth, and you might be convinced you’ve been transported to another solar system. Reality here looks so twisted, you might also start believing Mercedes-Benz’s...

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The Iconic VW “Light” Microbus from Woodstock (Road-)Trips Again

Like, wow—it’s been 50 years since the original Woodstock music festival, where hundreds of thousands of hippies descended upon Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and other similarly iconic acts played over four days in the summer of 1969 at the greatest concert ever, and one of the...

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These 1990s Classics Are Getting Jiggy at RM’s Amelia Island Auction

RM Sotheby’s annual Amelia Island auction takes place over two nights this year, March 8 and 9, and the selection of vehicles spans prewar antiques to more contemporary classics. Especially significant is the sheer volume of 1990s sports and racing cars, showing that the auction house is trying to appeal to younger buyers in a...

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Driving an Icon: The 2001 Acura Integra Type R Still Blows Minds

LOS ANGELES, California—What does it mean to be “rad?” To the folks who run the Radwood car meets, “Anything built/sold between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1999 is automatically rad.” What about stuff that lies just outside that definition, say, a 2001 Acura Integra Type R? That’s rad, too, since its styling is visually...

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