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Trendspotting at the 2018 Dallas Auto Show

Everyone in the car business can sense a seismic shift. The daily march toward an autonomous shared-pod future opens questions of car ownership altogether. But don’t fret just yet: Emerging trends at the Dallas Auto Show suggest enthusiasts shouldn’t give up hope before they give up their keys. The Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show runs February 14-18, 2018. VIP tickets offer…

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Ten Game-Changing Vehicles Launching in 2018

2019 BMW 8-Series  At the turn of the 1990’s, BMW launched the 8-Series as the company’s ultimate Grand Tourer. Powered exclusively by V-8’s and V-12’s, the 8-Series remained part of the BMW portfolio until 1999. From then on, the BMW has relied on the 6-Series Coupe as the brand’s GT entry. In typical German fashion the house is getting shuffled…

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Auto Nameplates Making a Comeback in 2018

There's a lot of trends in the automotive space these days. Electrification and autonomy are the shifts getting the most headline time, but there's an additional obvious one: throwback names. Perhaps automakers have been inspired by social media trends of "Throwback Thursday" and #tbt on the ol' Instagram, but it seems most are dusting off nameplates of yesterday for use…

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Updated: 2018 Detroit Auto Show Preview

The heart of auto show season is nigh upon us! In just a couple weeks the 2018 North American International Auto Show will commence in Detroit, which is shaping up to be a banner year for new vehicle reveals.  This year's show lineup appears to draw a strong correlation with market realities, which means this is a truck show. Unquestionably…

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AutoVerdict's Top 10 Articles of 2017

This year has had no lack of news in the automotive world. Shifting consumer demand. Electrification. Autonomous vehicles. There's no lack of seismic changes occurring in the industry these days, but not all of this year's top articles here at AutoVerdict are related to those three mega-subjects.  The below list comprises the top 10 articles as noted by traffic on…

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First Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 is a Quick Swedish Escape
2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Hybrid Test Drive

Relief. Cliché as it may be, Scandinavian ergonomics expertise becomes even more apparent when sampling global auto brands’ newest tech-infused nameplates back-to-back. At the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Texas Truck Rodeo, two full days of drive time still creates a time-crunch when acclimating to each test vehicle’s interpretation of a human-machine interface. Experts face a challenge: adjust the seats, mirrors,…

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First Drive: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Exists Beyond The Odds

Photos by Kevin McCauley/Texas Auto Writers Association Full disclosure: I once ran social media operations at SRT, when Chrysler Group relocated a ragtag gang of amateur racecar drivers to an off-site building, breaking the division off into an independent brand. It was my job to embed myself into a community of passionate owners whose appetite for Street and Racing Technology…

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First Drive: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Inspires a Few Choice Words
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive

Expletives aren’t polite in mixed company — especially if you’re representing a brand. Luckily, I’m now back on the journalism side of the automotive media landscape, where such transgressions might be excused. “Holy This” and “Oh My That” flow freely behind the wheel of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the public relations rep riding shotgun during the Texas Auto…

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