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    First Drive: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
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    A Supercharged Power Wagon Worthy Of The Nürburgring We'd consider giving up vital organs for the opportunity to drive any number of vehicles on the Nürburgring: supercars, racecars, track cars, even hot hatches... but a station wagon? That might not seem like a top choice at first ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C [w/video]
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    The Exquisite Beauty Of Imperfection The dissonance between first look and first wheel turn was jarring. Alfa Romeo had chosen a suitably hip venue in which to showcase the coupe that will mark the brand's honest-to-God return to the North America market – a graffiti-festooned warehouse ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec
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    In Europe, there are a number of strange powertrain combinations for each vehicle. A BMW 3 Series, which has a grand total of four engines in the North American market (five if you count the ActiveHybrid), can be fitted with everything from the 3.0-litre, turbocharged six-cylinder to a ...

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    Review: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Comfortline
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    New Engine Makes Brand's Best-Seller Better Than Ever In spite of a recent hiccup in sales that's led to the departure of Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning, the brand behind Das Auto says its metrics have improved everywhere else. According to the charts we were shown during a recent ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI
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    Newest Golf Iteration Is Decidedly Better Than Par Contrary to what you may have assumed, the Volkswagen Golf was not named after the sport. Rather, when the car was being developed as the successor to the Beetle, "Golf," which is German for "Gulf," was meant to pay homage to the Gulf Stream, a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ferrari California T [w/video]
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    Reliving Childhood Dreams Under The Tuscan Sun I'll never forget the day I bought my very first Ferrari. It was a bright-red F40, I'd saved up for it for what felt like an eternity and I couldn't wait to get home so I could park it next to my other four-wheeled piece of pride and joy, a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI
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    Dear Old Friend Reinvents Itself, And Its Segment, Yet Again The whine of the turbocharger. The gentle whoosh of the hatchback's hydraulic lift supports. The mechanical ratcheting and clack of the parking brake. The growling exhaust note with that occasional gurgle. The unmistakable sounds of ...

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    First Drive: US Army Humvee [w/video]
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    For the first time in two hours, it was quiet. SPC Brian Stehlin turned the HMMWV ignition switch from Run to Engine Stop, killing the agricultural clatter of the AM General diesel. The four of us, three soldiers in the US Army Reserve and me, pulled up on the combat lock handles inside of each ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
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    Mercedes-Benz has a brand image to maintain, and this 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG does a swell job of it. Based off the all-new CLA-Class that's been slotted into the Benz lineup between the B-Class and the C-Class, we've been dying to find out if this baby AMG would show us what its new ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW X4
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    After A Quarter-Million X6 Sales, Munich Goes Back To The Well BMW has been in the line-blurring business of late, with the original X5 "Sports Activity Vehicle" muddling the line between SUVs and sport sedans in 1999, the 5 Series Gran Turismo challenging what our definition of "Gran Turismo" ...

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