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Smithsonian.com: Helsinki Has a Plan To Eliminate Car Ownership by 2025

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According to a new article on Smithsonian.com, Helsinki, Finland is embarking on a bold plan to completely eliminate the necessity to own a car by 2025. Through mass transit, the sharing economy and widespread use of mobile devices, planners there believe they can make car ownership within the city a thing of the past.

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Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line: Ambitiously Marginalized

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Today’s hot crossover market is a perfect place for upscale-ish manufacturers to field a competitive product and cash in, and the Tiguan is Volkswagen’s entry.

But in a market segment that is on fire, the Tiguan can barely strike a match.

What gives?

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SAFETY RECALL UPDATE

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Topping the list of this week’s largest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recalls (targeting over 300,000 vehicles) are a couple of Chrysler products and a General Motors entry. BestRide.com brings you the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of new and used vehicle listings at the touch of your fingers and absolutely free. These are the three largest NHTSA recalls by unit number. For a complete list of safety recalls visit the NHTSA website.

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Camaro Z28 Named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car

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2014 will be remembered by Chevrolet faithful as the first time that a Camaro Z28 received Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car Award. As a matter of fact, it is the first time that an American made car of any type has won the prestigious 7-year-old award.

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REVIEW: 2015 Chevrolet Impala Feat. 4G Wi-Fi

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This week, we’re driving the impressive 2015 Chevrolet Impala, a roomy five passenger sedan featuring Chevy’s new 4G internet WI-FI hotspot. The WI-FI connectivity comes standard on all Impalas, be it entry level or top class. WI-FI is free for three months of 3G usage after which the owner must decide to continue the service or cancel.
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Found on Craigslist: 1972 Ford Country Squire

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The good folks at the Brown Car Appreciation Society on Facebook found this incredibly cool 1972 Ford Country Squire. Next to the description of “Station Wagon” in your Funk & Wagnall’s, you’ll find a picture of this car.

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Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

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A few years back, I wrote a piece for the Boston Globe called “Who Killed the Compact Pickup?” The culprits, of course, were the manufacturers themselves, which sloughed off their smaller trucks in favor of getting us all into full-size pickups. GM never gave it up completely, offering its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins as Ford jettisoned the Ranger and Dodge coasted to the grave with the Dakota. But those trucks were a half-hearted effort. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon arriving at dealerships now is a vastly improved product, with a significantly boosted price tag.

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Review: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Is Pure American Muscle

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The Ford Mustang is the iconic American Muscle Car. There are other comers seeking the title, but after 50 years, the Mustang still firmly sits at the top of the heap. Yes, the new 2015 has arrived, but despite the outgoing generation being ten years old, it’s still a heck of a ride.

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Nissan’s Project Titan Returns from 10-Day Alaskan Challenge

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In support of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and as part of Nissan’s Project Titan, WWP alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon have just returned from the adventure of a lifetime. For the last ten days this crew has piloted a specially designed Nissan Titan pickup truck through one of the harshest environments in the world. Accompanied by a Youtube documentary crew, this crack team and their Titan (designed almost exclusively by fans from Nissan’s Facebook page) tackled this extreme environment pulling a one-of-a-kind camping trailer behind and successfully completed the ten day journey across the Alaskan wilderness and back to the Texas State Fair. The entire trip was well documented and fans can follow along a mile-by-mile journey on the Nissan Facebook page.

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Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow

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Nissan’s NV200 Taxi won—and then lost, maybe—New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow contest. Whatever the courts decide, it’s a brilliant, value-priced design that can solve many urban problems.

New Yorkers remember Michael Bloomberg, the mayor who gave up the job last year only because he couldn’t run for office a fourth time, as a highly capable administrator and/or a tiresome do-gooder who wanted to regulate everything from trans-fats and soda pop to guns and circumcisions. When the Big Apple’s taxis came under Mayor Bloomberg’s eye, the city first demanded that its cab operators replace their big old Ford Crown Victoria sedans, New York’s iconic yellow cabs, with lean, clean hybrids.

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File Under “No Kidding”: Google Glass Makes Driving More Dangerous

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peer-reviewed study conducted at the University of Central Florida — partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory –compared the reaction times of 40 drivers in a simulated driving experience. During the simulation, a car ahead panic-stopped. Subjects who were texting with smartphones or Google Glass were equally slow to respond. 

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You Might Be Breaking The Law In Your Corvette Without Even Driving

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The Corvette is the kind of car that could easily get you into big trouble with the law. It’s so tempting to go too fast in a car that slick, but even if you obey the speed limit and every other law of the road, you could still find yourself in big trouble. The reason has nothing to do with your driving, but with the Performance Data Recorder (PDR).

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