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The latest tech from tire and Tier I supplier Continental--including a comparison of new-design tires on an old BMW versus old-design tires on a new BMW. Very enlightening...
Continental hosts the biennial Frankfurt IAA auto show to showcase its tech advances. Here are the top 10 techy tidbits from the 2015 Continental Tech Day.
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Does the new Maxima earn its resurrected 4DSC badging?
Learn all about the 2016 Nissan Maxima's tech highlights, as Frank Markus takes the nerds for a walk around the new “4DSC”
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A recap of my week spent combing the Cobo nerdfest that is the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress for glimpses of a bright automotive future.
From a 10-speed twin-clutch transmission to a 7-mode hybrid, we found a baker's dozen cool tech tidbits from SAE 2015 - read the full story here!
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If you still can't afford a McLaren F1 supercar, maybe this city-car concept designed by the same guy will appeal? Okay probably not. But it's pretty cool that an oil company is in on the ground floor of the design of a concept car so as to optimize all the lubricants...
Shell has instigated Project M as a further development/refinement/redesign of GMD's T.25 to showcase what improvements can still be made by coengineering the powertrain and lubricants.
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My 2c worth on the whole brouhaha about manufacturers trying to outlaw shade-tree mechanic-ing and maybe independent shops...
Some automakers want you to stop working on your car. Here are our thoughts on the issue.
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Some cool tech sampled on my annual early-spring jaunt back in time to late winter, Upper Peninsula style at the Continental Tech Day. If you ever tow trailers, check out the first two items!
Read about five highlights at the Contitech Demo Day, a glimpse into the near-term crystal ball of cool technology that will arrive in the next couple years.
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I just got back from helping Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg sign off on the new Q7 in Namibia. We only found two little flaws to sort out...
Getting the new 2016 Audi Q7 right is a bigger deal than usual. That's because this model is "the mother car" for the VW Group's new MLB Evo platform.
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This new Shelby GT350 engine promises to be pretty friggin cool. It's the biggest flat-plane-crank V-8 ever to hit regular production, it features some interesting innovations, it revs to 8250 rpm, and it sounds awesome without imitating a Ferrari. Here's my deep-dive look at what makes it tick.
We take an in-depth look at the flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8 engine in the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang.
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Today's contribution to the Miata Mania. Start spreading the news: 155 hp IS enough to make this the quickest Miata yet, and it will always be more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow...
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata takes on the 2015 Subaru BRZ in this comparison review with original Miata and BRZ photos you'll only find at Motor Trend.
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Sadly bidding adieu to Big Jim, 'my' long-term GMC Sierra Denali pick-em-up. He was a little tricky to maneuver in tight quarters, but SO comfy and capable out on the road. Happy trails Jimmy!
We've spent a year with our long-term 2014 GMC Sierra Denali 1500. Read on for on our final thoughts on the luxury truck in this 2014 Sierra review.
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It's true! Heads look WAY bigger in every one of your 4-wheeled conveyances, that's for sure!
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Just got a chance to spend an hour at the helm of the next BMW 7 Series. Some very impressive tech being pioneered here...
BMW's investment in carbon-fiber green machines is about to start paying off: Get the Motor Trend review of the 2016 BMW 7 Series prototype right here.
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My weekend spent with 16-year-old nephew Tony, teaching him the finer points of safe driving dynamics in Spartanburg, SC. The good news: You can take your teen to a 2-hour class for free at one of nine remaining events around the country this year. See the schedule at the bottom of this post.
BMW invited us to bring a newly minted driver relative to attend the full-blown two-day teen driving school course called the Ultimate Driving Experience.
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