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The Most Thrilling TT Yet

– Lime Rock, Connecticut Thank Facebook that this car is even here. The original Audi TT RS wasn’t going to make it to America, but when a Facebook petition exploded back in 2010 – it garnered more than 11,000 signatures in a month – Audi decided to bring the high-performance model Stateside. All 500 units sold out for the 2012 ...

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2018 Honda Civic Si | Why Buy?

– Detroit, Michigan Over the last two years, ultra-hot compacts like the VW Golf R, Ford Focus RS, and Honda Civic Type R, have dominated the attention of gearheads. It’s almost easy to forget that an entirely separate class of fun-to-drive car lives just under that top-tier class – including this all new, and very good, Honda Civic Si. Available as ...

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UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

No fossil fuels, please–we’re British.  That’s the message put out by the United Kingdom’s Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of that plan haven’t been announced. However, it appears that gas- ...

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Honda Civic Si vs. Hyundai Elantra Sport: Value-Minded Thrills

– Detroit, Michigan The “hot hatch” game circa 2017 offers far more impressive performance than ever, with riotously quick combatants like the Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf R, etc. In fact, the sheer power and expense in that top rank of tuned compacts has opened up a fuller secondary class of warmed up versions of mainstream ...

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Brilliant Ideas Episode #48: Ragnar Kjartansson

Creation begins with the familiar things around you. When sustained, the stories thus created become a foundation for creating another world. Ragnar Kjartansson has held exhibitions in world-famous art institutions and received invitations from all over the world, and yet he still insists on staying and making art in his hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland because of his belief that he ...

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Another Amazing Honda Commercial Makes Nothing Seem Real

Honda is a star of automotive advertising after visually arresting commercials like Cog for the Accord and Paper highlighting the company’s innovations. In an impressive new spot called Dream Makers, the firm highlights its current lineup by making the vehicles movie stars. The Civic races a train as the getaway car in a crime caper. The CR-V has a close encounter with ...

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Review: Game On, Golf

– La Jolla, California Don’t ask questions and just embrace the fact Americans are spoiled for choice again when it comes to compact hatchbacks. Perennial entries from Ford, Mazda, and Subaru have recently been joined by models from big names like Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota, which long ago left hatchbacks for dead and kept foisting dumpy sedans on us. The ...

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Autos for non-majors; what cars we’d take back to school (and where)

Incoming college freshmen, take note: Your roommates should not be your friends, good shower shoes are indispensable, and leaving campus will become mandatory approximately four days after classes start. Reliable transportation comes in handy for 2 a.m. burrito dashes, 4 a.m. jam sessions, and 11 a.m. cross-campus runs to class. (Additional note: No matter what time your first class starts, ...

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Getting Ahead Of The Curve

– La Jolla, California Cs get degrees, but do they get much else? Go ask the likes of the Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, and Mitsubishi Galant – midsize sedans from the last decade that disappeared with hardly a whimper, none of them excellent performers. And unless a midsize sedan is named Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, its future is far ...

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