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In Honor of Scotland’s Vote – It’s Scottish Car Day!

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Scotland isn’t the place you think of first when you think of automobile production, but over the course of its history, Scotland produced a few cars, some way cooler than others. Some were just out there. In honor of the Scottish peoples’ decision to remain as a part of the United Kingdom, here’s a look at a few, courtesy of the Scottish Motor Museum Trust:

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Review: 2014 Lexus GS 450h Is a Frugal Hybrid In a Luxurious Package

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The 2014 Lexus GS450h is a gas-miserly hybrid but it hides that frugality in a luxurious package that makes you forget you’re being a responsible grown-up.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Comparing 2015 Compact Crossovers, Part 1

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The hot crossover market is a win for manufacturers, with the higher prices crossovers command over similar-sized sedans. And it’s a win for buyers, as these tall wagons solve a lot of problems within a small footprint. Let’s look at some key measurements in the choices for 2015.

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eBay Find: Rockford Files Diorama

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The Rockford Files, starring the recently deceased James Garner, made me want a brown Pontiac Firebird Esprit, and it made living in a beat-up mobile home in a beach parking lot in Malibu, California seem as cool as living in Mike Brady’s house. This diorama on eBay brings it all to life in miniature scale.

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1982 Pontiac Phoenix LJ: Still Fiery After All These Years

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It’s been more than 35 years since General Motors unleashed the X-car, with its world-beating design and defect-ridden execution. This 1982 Phoenix is a well-preserved example of the breed.

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REVIEW: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d – Diesel Makes it Better

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This week we’re driving the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d, a Spartanburg, South Carolina-built  Sports Activity Vehicle that comes to us with turbocharged diesel power. Introduced back in 1999 to compete with other state-of-the-art, luxury 4×4/SUV machines, BMW never forgot its core success properties and respected German craftsmanship birthright that dates back to 1916.

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OPINION: Want People to Get Into Vintage Cars? Stop Charging Them to See Them

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My pal Kamil Kaluski over at Hooniverse wrote a piece on the Boston Cup, which is having its third go-round on the Boston Common this year. If you’re wondering why more people aren’t into vintage cars, you don’t have to look any further than the price of admission.

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5 Highest Horsepower Ratings

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We all have our automotive preferences. Some enjoy the comfortable feel of a luxurious sedan while others might opt for a sporty convertible and yet another may be excited by a pickup truck or an SUV. The one thing that we all have in common is horsepower. Horsepower is the good stuff and one can never have too much of the good stuff. In most cases you have way too little of it. That is why we are so enamored by so called supercars with astounding amounts of horsepower. Luckily for us, there is no shortage of such cars in today’s market, as long as you have an ample amount of cash.

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Cars We Remember: Lamborghini Heritage

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Q: Hello Greg. I read in one of your columns that Italian tractor manufacturer Ferruccio Lamborghini was unhappy with his Ferrari, and when he complained about what he didn’t like, Enzo (Ferrari) told him to concentrate on tractors and leave the sports car building to him (Ferrari). Can you tell us more of what’s happened to the famous Italian sports car, and how Lamborghini’s are looked on today versus Ferrari? Thanks much, Bill K., Illinois.

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California DMV Issues Audi the First Self-Driving Car Permit

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The State of California DMV issued Audi the very first permit to being testing self-driving cars on public roads in that state. New California regulations require autonomous car manufacturers to insure or bond the cars for $5 million each, and report any accidents to the DMV.

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Safety Recall Updates

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It is “slim pickings” in this week’s safety recall update, with only two models tagged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One of the vehicles in question is manufactured in Sweden and you have probably never even heard of it. It is a supercar known as the Koenigsegg Agera and it takes the cake by listing the potential number of vehicles as “1.” The other is a vast departure from anything exclusive. It involves yet another General Motors vehicle with yet another ignition switch malfunction and covers over 200-thousand Saturn SUVs. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest safety recall updates, breaking automotive news and views, and millions of great deals on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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VIDEO: Performance Driving School at Thompson Speedway

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We mentioned a few weeks ago that Thompson Speedway underwent a huge renovation in the last year, and a couple of weeks ago, we got a chance to sample just how good it is at the speedway’s Performance Driving School.

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