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Long-Term Garage

Any car can make a good first impression, but the real test is how you feel about your wheels after 365 days of ownership. The Autoblog Long-Term Garage is where we test vehicles over the course of an entire year, getting to know their features and faults intimately as we drive them just like our own vehicles. Check out the list on the right to see what's currently in the Autoblog Long-Term Garage, as well as the vehicles that have come and gone. Become a fan of Autoblog's official Facebook page to follow along with our daily long-term updates, and check back here for monthly updates on each vehicle.

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: May 2012
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    Our long-term 2011 Mini Countryman is nearing the end of its year-long stay in the Autoblog Garage, the past six months of which have been spent bouncing back and forth between the various Detroit-based team members (and Cleveland – we mustn't forget about Herr Neff). And while we've all ...

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    Report: China's Youngman bails on Saab, Mahindra still in the mix
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    Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile has been jettisoned from the dwindling pool of bidders for Saab after tendering an offer of US$492 million for the whole kaboodle. Exact reasons weren't given for Youngman leaving the table, but according to a report in Autoweek.nl, "Chinese bureaucracy" was ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: April 2012
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    April was a busy month for the long-term 2011 Mini Countryman, with over 4,000 kilometers added to the odometer and a heaping helping of people and things passing through its doors. When I picked up the Countryman, I was impressed by the fact that all four of its winter tires were neatly stowed ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: February 2012
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    I regret to inform you that despite what the image above indicates, Autoblog's long-term Mini Countryman will again be passing hands without having been thoroughly tested in the type of inclement weather for which it's been prepared. While we thought there was no way it would escape a February in ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Mini Countryman: January 2012
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    Literally two days after my last update about our long-term Mini Countryman, I found myself trudging through a snowstorm at 30 miles per hour on Interstate 94 along Michigan's west coast. I guess Mother Nature had heard my cries about not being able to test our Mini in the snow, and decided to ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate: January 2012
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    January was not a busy month for our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus. It did ferry one of our editors between auto company cocktail hours and dinners during the week of the Detroit Auto Show, but for the latter half of the month it wasn't driven all that much. But that's good news, because our Equus ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: January 2012
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    Stellar fuel efficiency is still the name of the game when it comes to our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI, as it's averaging well over its EPA-estimated 9.4L/100 km city and 6.7 highway in our hands. In fact, with a deft throttle foot, it's not terribly difficult to crest the 5.6L/100 km plateau ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate: December 2011
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    As the newest member of the Autoblog crew, I got to take my first turn in the long-term Equus just before the holidays. But rather than the early Christmas present I expected it to be, two weeks behind the wheel felt more like hazing the new guy. Now, I'm a big fan of the Hyundai Genesis sedan, ...

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    Long Term: Long-Term Logbook: 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, April 2011
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    2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate – Click above for high-res image gallery Between myself and Editor-in-Chief John Neff, Autoblog has racked up 3,500 miles (5,600 km) on our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate since its arrival in March. Now that the initial honeymoon phase is over, we're ...