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News & Features: Track envisioned as a playground for wealthy gearheads

In the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains in Southern California, a private playground for some of the nation's wealthiest gearheads is rising out of the desert heat.

By David Undercoffler September 30, 2014

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Auto Briefs: Expect more Ferraris; feds want to scrutinize nonbank loans

(Ferrari) Ferrari production will jump to meet demand Ferrari will churn out more cars than previously planned after Sergio Marchionne, CEO of parent Fiat SpA, takes the top job at...

September 28, 2014

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Autobiography: Artist Dale Chihuly once nurtured her Impala

"I love my car because ... it was a wonderful 50th-anniversary present. " — Sue Hempel, Shoreline

September 28, 2014

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News & Features: Racing fans take go-karting to the next level

Their speed, handling and cornering make go-karts adrenaline-inducing thrill machines. And a growing group of Northwest drivers are taking karting to the next level.

By Jeff Layton September 28, 2014

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Moving Forward: VW adds Classic Beetle; a virtual tour of Chrysler 200 plant

(Volkswagen) VW Beetle goes Classic Volkswagen has released a limited-edition Classic model of the Beetle. Its retro flair includes vintage-look 17-inch wheels, two-tone seats, and a shift knob and handbrake...

September 28, 2014

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Car Talk: This radio has a mind of its own

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1999 Ford F-150 with 94,000 miles. The truck runs great, but I have a problem with the radio. Starting last Thanksgiving, the radio...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi September 28, 2014

Car Talk: Dishwashers are for dishes, not for car parts

Dear Tom and Ray: My wife says using our dishwasher as a parts cleaner is hurting our dishwasher. I say it is not. But I have learned to run an...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi September 26, 2014

Moving Forward: Car created from 3D printer; tire maker plans U.S.-made rubber

(Local Motors) First 3D car printed 3D-printing company Local Motors printed and assembled Strata, the first drivable 3D-printed car, during the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. It took...

September 26, 2014

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News & Features: New models and major changes for 2015 (Part 1)

Sales of small crossover SUVs are booming in the U.S., and automakers are responding quickly with new entries in the 2015 model year.

By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin September 26, 2014

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Auto Briefs: Toyota's concept made for urban driving

(Toyota) Toyota Urban Utility Designed for urban driving, this concept includes retractable roof panels, a tailgate that can fold into a ramp and a retractable utility bar to hold items...

September 26, 2014

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Auto Briefs: Active to youthful: Motorist Choice Awards cover 13 categories

(Nissan) The year's winners for Motorist Choice Using a combination of owner-satisfaction surveys by AutoPacific and research data from IntelliChoice, the two companies picked these vehicles for the 2014 Motorist...

September 26, 2014

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Sound Off: Have you ever pushed your car to see how fast it can go?

Have you ever pushed your car to see how fast it can go?...

September 25, 2014

News & Features: Chrysler transforms 200 into stylish sedan

Chrysler's redesigned and re-engineered 2015 200 mid-size sedan is so stylish it looks pricier than it is.

By Ann M. Job September 25, 2014

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News & Features: Kia's K900 is surprisingly upscale

Talk about a departure: Kia, the Korean automaker perhaps best known in the U.S. market for its funky little Soul crossover or the more mainstream Optima family sedan, has just introduced a full-size, rear-wheel-drive luxury car.

By Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek September 24, 2014

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News & Features: Love of collectible cars fuels Hagerty's rise as insurer

Frank Hagerty was looking for a hobby, something to do in his retirement, but the business he started in his Michigan basement became the world's largest insurer of collectible cars and wooden boats.

By Mark Phelan September 23, 2014

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Autobiography: Pantera club founder says car is as exciting as ever

"I love my car because ...everything about this car was exciting to a 15-year-old car nut, and still is in every way." - Mike Thomas, Covington

September 21, 2014

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Auto Briefs: Small-pickup demand picks up; online time leads to dealer time

(General Motors) GM is hiring to meet small-pickup demand Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build...

September 21, 2014

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Moving Forward: Mercedes plans hybrid; Audi snags first self-driving permit

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes debuts hybrid Mercedes-Benz has introduced the S550 Plug-in Hybrid, a version of its flagship S-class sedan. Mercedes says the car puts out 436 horsepower. It has a range...

September 21, 2014

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Car Talk: Mechanic double-checks his air-bag work

Dear Tom and Ray: Last week, for one of my best customers, I replaced a very difficult steering rack. The ALLDATA instructions called for air-bag and steering-wheel removal, which I...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi September 21, 2014

News & Features: A look at the local Ferrari dubbed the nation's top car

It's been called the most prestigious car show in the nation, and possibly the world. Every summer, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance attracts the world's most glamorous, extraordinary and rare cars to California.

By Jeff Layton September 21, 2014

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