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Dutch monster truck demonstration leaves three dead

Filed under: Truck, Europe, Government/Legal, Safety Tragedy struck during a monster truck demonstration at a car show in Haaksbergen, Netherlands, when the massive vehicle (pictured above) seemingly lost control and crashed into spectators. The calamity resulted in three fatalities and many injuries among bystanders. Videos of the accident seemed to show the truck rolling over [...]

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James Bond’s Goldfinger Aston Martin still missing after 17 years

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Videos, Aston Martin, Celebrities, TV/Movies James Bond is inextricably linked with British motoring, especially Aston Martin, but the spy with a license to kill is missing one of his most famous cars. The original DB5 packed with gadgets for the movie Goldfinger has been lost for the last 17 [...]

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Why the Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder can be illegal in some states

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Technology, Chevrolet The Performance Data Recorder with Valet Mode available on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray seems like a fantastic tool for many owners. Whether they are taking 720p video while lapping the track in their new ‘Vette, or just want to protect their purchase from inconsiderate joyriders, the system [...]

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Ticking motorcycle in Sydney prompts massive bomb squad reaction

Filed under: Government/Legal, Videos, Australia, Motorcycle Australia is very much on edge. Last week, the country prevented a potentially gruesome terror plot by religious extremists supporting the Islamic State that sought to hold public beheadings in two of the country’s cities. Earlier this week, meanwhile, ISIS called on its followers to kill Australians after the [...]

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White police officer shoots unarmed black motorist in South Carolina

Filed under: Government/Legal, Videos A South Carolina state trooper has been fired from his job and arrested following the shooting of an unarmed motorist he may have pulled over for a seat-belt violation. Trooper Sean Groubert, 31, faces felony assault charges after firing four shots at motorist Levar Jones during an incident that occurred Sept. [...]

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US Marshal’s classic muscle car auction officially in the books

Filed under: Classics, Performance, Auctions, Government/Legal, Chevrolet The US Marshal’s so-called Blood Muscle Auction was completed earlier this month, with the prestigious nine-car field (two cars were added following Autoblog‘s initial story, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 and a rare, mid-restoration 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda) finding new and hopefully law-abiding owners. While we’d normally [...]

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China ‘flooding’ US with high-quality fake US driver’s licenses [w/video]

Filed under: China, Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Videos Remember seeing your buddy’s flimsy fake ID in college that said he was 35 and several inches shorter than he really was? Well, Chinese criminals have apparently come up with a potentially terrifying alternative by crafting nearly perfect false driver’s licenses and shipping to the US by the [...]

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Autoblog Podcast #398

Filed under: Podcasts, Government/Legal, Ford, Kia, Lexus, Toyota Episode #398 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, and Michael Harley talk about the 2015 Ford Mustang, the 2015 Toyota Camry, and the Congressional grilling NHTSA received last week. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with [...]

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How traffic enforcement could play out on roads of the future

Filed under: Government/Legal The applications of connected-car technology may eventually lie beyond the authority of its creators. On the roads of the future, it’s possible that speeding tickets will be doled out by new automated law enforcement systems instead of by police officers in patrol cars. Systems now being developed by the federal government to [...]

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You can own Cord, the great American car brand

Filed under: Classics, Auctions, Etc., Government/Legal, Luxury Do you fancy yourself an entrepreneur just looking for the chance to hop into the auto industry? Well, there might be a prime opportunity to buy a fabled car brand, though one dead for decades. The trademark, license and manufacturing rights for Cord Automobile are currently on sale [...]

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Weekly Recap: NHTSA searches for answers after Congressional grilling

Filed under: Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, Safety, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Luxury By the end of the lengthy session, senators had painted the unflattering portrait of a toothless agency in disarray. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a brutal one-two punch from Congress this week for its response to the General Motors ignition-switch scandal. NHTSA [...]

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Are newer guardrails making roads less safe? Federal investigation pending [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Videos As if its name doesn’t make it clear, the whole purpose of a guardrail is to prevent vehicles from leaving a roadway and veering into potentially even more dangerous territory. However, at least one type of guardrail may not be doing its job, according to a recent study. Federal [...]

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What you missed on 9.18.14

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Government/Legal, Hatchback, Kia, Nissan, Electric Quick Spin: 2014 Kia Cee’d GT We’re undergoing somewhat of a Hot Hatch Revival here in America these days, but the sad truth is that for every Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST we can buy, the average European shopper has three to choose from. So, [...]

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