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Hyundai Debuts Smartwatch App at CES 2015

Hyundai Debuts Smartwatch App at CES 2015
Hyundai arrived at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a new toy to share: a new Blue Link smartwatch app that allows owners of Blue Link equipped Hyundai vehicles to connect with their cars through their smartwatch a la Dick Tracy (or maybe I’m thinking of Michael Knight).
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This Wooden Ferrari F50 is a Working Boat

This Wooden Ferrari F50 is a Working Boat
If you live in Venice, Italy, there’s no place to drive a car. But that didn’t stop one man from figuring out a way to have a Ferrari F50 anyhow. Livio De Marchi hand carved 2,000 pounds of solid pine into a boat which bears more than a passing resemblance to the powerful Italian sportscar.
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A Pack of BMW M4s Lap the Nürburgring

A Pack of BMW M4s Lap the Nürburgring
The new BMW M4 looks to be an impressive performance coupe both on and off the track. We wouldn’t be surprised if a good number of buyers took advantage of BMW’s European delivery program and, while they were waiting for their new BMW to roll off the line, they pay a visit to Nürburg for a few laps of one of the most vaunted circuits in the world, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
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Ford’s Extreme Weather Room for Testing Cars

Ford’s Extreme Weather Room for Testing Cars
One of the best field trips I ever went on in grade school was to a local factory where they make Trane heating and cooling systems. The highlight of that tour was a small room in the testing wing where they could simulate any weather from a hurricane to a blizzard to be sure their air conditioning hardware was up to the job.
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X-Tomi Design Renders All the Shooting Brakes

X-Tomi Design Renders All the Shooting Brakes
X-Tomi Design takes a look back at 2014 – a year in which we saw a plethora of shooting brake concepts – and shares 10 of his favorite sports cars rendered as shooting brakes. From the I-can’t-believe-it’s-been-rendered-as-a-shooting-brake Nissan GT-R to the I-could-see-this-going-into-production-soon BMW M4 shown above, X-Tomi has developed some great looking and bizarre shooting brake concepts for consideration.
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Inside the Porsche 911 Engine Factory

Inside the Porsche 911 Engine Factory
I love assembly line videos like this one. It’s devoid of music, voiceovers, interviews, or even text. Instead, it just takes us inside the complex assembly process that goes into the construction of each and every flat-six that goes into a Porsche 911.
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Nordic Auto Plow: Clear Your Drive with Your Car

Nordic Auto Plow: Clear Your Drive with Your Car
If you’re already tired of shoveling snow out of your driveway before you leave for work (I’m looking at you, Buffalo, New York), then maybe you’d prefer to use the power of your own car to plow your drive.
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Ariel Shows Nomad Off-Road Vehicle

Ariel Shows Nomad Off-Road Vehicle
Ariel Motor Company is well known for their ultra-lightweight, minimalist racers, and now the company is looking to take their track cars off road with the Ariel Nomad. The open-body, dune buggy-like off road racer will make its official debut at the 2015 Autosport International Show in January.
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Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo

Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo
Mazda is the latest automaker to design an awesome virtual race car for Gran Turismo 6. The LM55 Vision Gran Turismo is their gift to gaming fans, and it looks pretty amazing. The futuristic car is designed as a view into what a future Le Mans racer might look like, blending elements from Mazda’s trademark “Kodo” design philosophy with the performance and aerodynamics required to make a race-winning sports car.
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Santa Upgrades to a V8 Sleigh

Santa Upgrades to a V8 Sleigh
Christmas is upon us, and Santa Claus is ready to deliver his toys all around the world. But how can you possibly get around fast enough when you’re being pulled by a bunch of reindeer? Surely, Saint Nick could use a more powerful sleigh.
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Audi RS6 Avant Now in the U.S. (on Xbox One)

Audi RS6 Avant Now in the U.S. (on Xbox One)
America, you can finally drive the wagon that so many German drivers lust after, the 560 horsepower Audi RS6 Avant. Although Audi has refused to make the RS6 available in the United States, you can try it out for yourself if you happen to own Forza Horizon 2 for the Xbox One.
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Help Jon Olsson Choose Wheels for His RS6 Avant

Help Jon Olsson Choose Wheels for His RS6 Avant
Last year, professional Swedish skier Jon Olsson collaborated with Audi to create a limited-edition Audi A4 Avant quattro based on Olsson’s unique camo design. Now Olsson is looking to refit his own personal RS6 Avant with a new set of wheels and has opened up the decision to his fans for help.
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VW’s Performance Capture Hardware + App

VW’s Performance Capture Hardware + App
If you want to push your new Volkswagen Golf R or another of the German automaker’s vehicles to the limit, you might consider getting their new LogBox device to measure your performance on the track. Paired with the free RaceApp smartphone app, the device will help you track a whole host of performance measures and probably improve your driving as well.
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Brabus Mercedes-Benz GLA 220

Brabus Mercedes-Benz GLA 220
The Mercedes-Benz GLA sport wagon is one of those cars I’ve been itching to get behind the wheel of this year – especially the AMG variant. Until Mercedes heeds my requests for a review loaner, I’ll have to admire the car from afar.
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Hankook’s Amazing Futuristic Tire Concepts

Hankook’s Amazing Futuristic Tire Concepts
This film from Hankook Tire is something between Mad Max and Mario Kart. It’s meant to showcase three new future tire concepts conceived by the manufacturer. The new tire concepts debuted at the Essen Motor Show in Germany and were developed in partnership with the University of Design, Engineering and Business in Pforzheim, Germany.
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