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Colin Bird
Works at Mintel
Attended The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Lives in Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
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@google Could you tell us what you mean by "last regions of Russia"? Do you mean the the entire country is now covered or do you mean the last regions you planned to cover? In a previous post in 2013 it said that ground truth covered Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and large areas in the west of the country... does this mean the eastern part of Russia is now a part of Ground Truth? 
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Incredible. I love you three so much. 

Cheers to these starz
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This is a timely article. I have been meaning to test drive a 300. I like big American luxury cars.
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These are the first detailed photos of the first production Model S ever produced at Tesla Motors' Factory in Fremont, CA - my hometown. It was delivered to TSLA Director and VC Steve Jurvetson on Friday, June 1st, 2012. It is a Signature Red Performance with non-Performance wheels. This car is beautiful!! As you will see from the telephoto close-up shots, the fit and finish is fantastic. Steve's car was parked in front of the Computer Museum in Mountain View, Calif. during the 2012 Tesla Annual Shareholders Meeting I attended with my wife, Michelle Chiou. (Next to it is a Signature Red Beta Vehicle I did not photograph.)
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I’m actually thinking about getting an entry-level premium vehicle eventually, so I was pretty excited to get some time in the 2013 Acura ILX (w/ 2.0-liter and automatic transmission). The vehicle is a huge step up from the Honda Civic platform it was engineered off of: It feels peppy at launch (0-30 mph), which is probably attributable to different programming in the ECU, taller gearing in the automatic , and the extra 20 lb.-ft. of torque as compared to the Civic. Though, I figured that the extra 300 pounds that the ILX carries over the Civic would have nullified all of this, but it didn’t. As expected, the initial punch is somewhat misleading, 0-60 mph times are about 8 seconds.

Steering is excellent, though there was more body roll then I was expecting, judging from my experiences with other, admittedly older, Acura models like the RSX and Legend. Overall, engine noise and wind noise are fairly muted.
For a $25,000 vehicle I thought cabin materials were superb, though there were some loose panels along the transmission tunnel. Still not digging Honda’s navigation interface, it looks ancient and is honestly not helpful compared to Google Navigate or anything a Smartphone has to offer these days.

Would I get this? The other vehicles on my mind now include the 2013 Acura RDX, Prius c and Buick Verano, and I haven’t driven them yet. The groan from the excessive tire noise that intruded into the cabin is, for now, a deal-breaker for the ILX, at least until I get my hands’ on these other models.
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+Joel Cummings There's a manual on the 2.4-liter actually?
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Isn't the actor who laughs at the end in the back seat kind of famous?!?
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I've seen my fair share of eccentric things in my northwest Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square — Chicago's hipster equivalent to Williamsburg, Brooklyn — impromptu 2 a.m. marching bands, anonymous m...
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Prius c is doing alright
The Toyota Prius c kicked off sales in mid-March at a blistering pace, selling 1201 cars in just three days. By contrast, it took Toyota all month to sell as many Scion iQ minicars. April marked the P...
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I'd prefer the ILX
The Acura ILX is in a unique position in the marketplace. With a starting price of around $25000, the premium compact sedan competes with a small set of vehicles that includes the Buick Verano and Vol...
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  • Mintel
    Automotive Industry Analyst, 2012 - present
  • Cars.com
    Editor, 2008 - 2012
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  • Buzz Magazine
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Oak Park, IL - San Diego, CA - Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Champaign, IL - Danville, IL - Urbana, IL
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Introduction

Experienced consumer journalist specializing within the automotive industry.

I have been published or sourced in the following publications: Cars.com, Yahoo.com, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, PickupTrucks.com, Businessinsider.com, Autoblog.com and Jalopnik.com.

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Automotive research, market research analysis, technical writing, social media, MS Office,  Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, Typepad, Wordpress, Logic Pro, Audacity, Salesforce, HTML 5

Education
  • The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
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