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New York City Hosts 2014 New York International Auto Show

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New York International Auto ShowRide along with Best Ride Midnight Oil Auto blog to the Big Apple as we cover the New York International Auto Show for 2014.  The show runs from April 18, to April 27, 2014.
You can see all the new cars and be a part of the action here: Best Ride Midnight Oil Auto Blog covers the New York International Auto Show.

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2015 Dodge Challenger Debuts at NYIAS

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2015 ShakerWhile every major automaker is moving forward and going more modern, it seems that Dodge is moving forward by going backwards — retrospective, that is. The refreshed 2015 Dodge Challenger takes an additional hint of inspiration from those legendary muscle cars of old; specifically the 1971 Challenger Scat-Pack and Shaker trim options. Rumors abounded that Dodge would unveil the mythical supercharged Hellcat during the 2014 New York International Auto Show (taking place right now through April 28). As media days wind down in the city that never sleeps the rumored unveiling of the illusive creature remains just a rumor and nothing more. However, there has been some excitement with at least two trim levels to take you down memory lane.

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New York Auto Show: 2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback

Audi-A3-TDI-Sportback-1What is it?

This is a car for people in the know. You either like diesel-powered German hatchbacks with higher than average service costs or you don’t. The 2016 A3 TDI Sportback is a brand-new version of the last 2013 A3 TDI, an expensive Volkswagen Golf that’s fun to drive and gets more than 40 mpg on the highway. The 2016 model is the same thing in a fresh wrapper with lots of new technology and even better fuel economy.

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New York Auto Show: Land Rover Discovery Concept

Land-Rover-Discovery-ConceptWhat is it?

The Discovery Concept is a thinly veiled preview of the upcoming Discovery Sport, a new entry-level, compact Rover that should replace the oldie LR2. It also indicates where the next LR4 (sold overseas as the Discovery, with the four indicating the vehicle’s fourth generation) will head. Land Rover is trimming weight and expanding its all-SUV lineup, so be prepared for a rush of fresh 4x4s in the next few model years.

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Redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry Debuts at NYIAS

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Camry fr3What do you do if you have the number one-selling sedan on the market for 12 years in a row? Redesign it, of course and unveil it in grandiose fashion under the big-top at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (going on right now). The Camry has become a national household favorite with outstanding reliability, competitive pricing, and innovative styling. Did you ever wonder why virtually all mid-sized sedans now resemble a Camry in some manner? If you get a car this right, then everyone will want to take a little piece of it and put it in their sedan. Well, now the pretenders have Toyota’s unofficial official answer with a radically redesigned Camry for the masses.

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New York Auto Show: 2015 Jeep Renegade

Jeep-Renegade-2What is it?

The Jeep Renegade replaces the off-road brand’s two other compact SUVs, the Patriot and Compass, with one single entry-level model. While the name is taken from the CJ Wrangler Renegade from the 1970s and 1980s, it’s anything but hardcore. This Jeep, the first under the new Fiat Chrysler banner, is “crafted in Italy” and based off the Fiat 500L, the Mini Cooper-like version of the subcompact 500 hatch. Since the platform is so versatile, Jeep beefed it up for trail duty, and in top Trailhawk trim, it claims to do the medium lifting most city crossovers would break a nail over.

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2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate

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The 19-inch turbine-blade wheels are new, along with the front bumper, the rows of LED lights and the grille. Any resemblance to a certain German high-roller must be coincidental. The trunk is deep enough to create an echo. Equus

Let’s say you just bought a Mercedes-Benz S550 and this 2014 Equus Ultimate parks next to you at the yacht club. Do you a) sneer at the jumped-up pretender; b) pay no attention; or c) get a sinking feeling that maybe you shelled out too much?

When it comes to sheer presence, it’s hard to loom larger than these two capitalist-tool sedans. In dimensions, wheelbase, spaciousness and mass, they come within a few inches and a hundred pounds of each other.

Both pack serious muscle too: The German heavyweight’s turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 puts out 449 horsepower; the Killa from Korea squeezes 429 horses out of an unpressurized 5.0-liter Eight. The S-class has seven forward speeds in its manu-matic transmission; the Equus has eight.

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Used Cars: 15 Late Model Drop-Tops for Less Than $25k

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HeaderSpring is here and there is no better therapy (on four-wheels) than letting the top down and cruising in your late model convertible. Unless it is cruising in your late model drop -top that you got a great deal on by shopping used car websites like BestRide.com. We have a huge selection of the hottest springtime stunners in a wide variety of styles and prices, so whether you like muscle cars or luxury cars we can hook you up with the right convertible to brighten your springtime road trip, at the right price.

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The Latest GM Recall

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gm-logoIt seems as though General Motors has been called on the carpet frequently during the past month regarding the ignition switch recalls experienced with some of their cars and light trucks. Initially GM announced a safety recall in February; five subsequent recalls have followed over the past four weeks affecting just over 4-million cars. The automaker, which anticipated spending $750-million in safety recalls for the first half of 2014, is now looking at spending approximately $1.3-billion before the problem is rectified.

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2015 Lexus NX Compact Crossover SUV to Debut in Beijing

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lexus-nx-876Lexus is poised to introduce their production ready NX line of compact-size SUVs with the first ever turbocharged engine option from the luxury automaker. The Lexus LF-NX Concept was initially introduced during 2013 Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows and its influence is felt in the style of the NX. It is scheduled for introduction during the 2014 Beijing Automotive Exhibition on April 20. The all-new NX will be offered as an NX 200t, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the NX 200 equipped with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine or the 300h, which is a hybrid gasoline/electric powered vehicle.

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2001 Mallett Corvette Z06 Hammered in Sinkhole

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crushed VetteAs popular television “roasters” would ask — Is that too much? Did I go too far? Is it just too soon? After all, the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 so skillfully modified by Mallett Cars, Ltd. (of Cornelius, North Carolina) was only recently donated to the National Corvette Museum where it fell into a deep chasm that opened up in the Earth’s surface early on the morning of February 12, 2014. The Mallett Z06 was among a group of eight rare and valuable Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole. Seven of the affected cars were removed and are on display in a specially designated area of the museum and the Mallett Z06 was the final car to be excavated. Damage was expected to be extensive but no one was ready for the mangled piece of tin that came forth.

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