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‘Top Gear’ Host, Lightning Rod Jeremy Clarkson Turns 54

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Some say he’s a curmudgeonly un-PC writer who should hang up his hosting duties…And that he’s the star out of a trio of hosts on the most popular motoring show on TV…All we know is that it’s Jeremy Clarkson’s 54th birthday.

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Top 10 Used Hatchback Bargains

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As far as practicality goes, you really can’t beat the hatchback. With seating for five, rear-storage aplenty, and the security of front-wheel drive, this recipe has made downsizing from an SUV incredibly easy. But what if you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg on a new fully loaded hatch? Take a look at these 10 used hatchbacks that check all our boxes for reliability, functionality, and most importantly – price.

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The Volksrod: The New Frankenstein Monster?

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If you’re a Volkswagen purist, chances are you loathe them with every fiber of your being. On the other hand, if you’re an avid hot rodder, you probably think they’re the baddest rides on the street. But love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no doubt that customized Volksrods have grown in popularity over the years.

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The Best Cars from Geneva that Won’t Come to the US

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The Geneva Motor Show plays host to some of the world’s biggest car debuts. Unfortunately, not all of these debuts are fit for our shores. The following vehicles from the Geneva show are the ones for which we are most jealous. These six cars will make the Top Gear boys wish they still had their French driver’s licenses back.

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Which Automaker is Most Like Apple?

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On Monday, Apple and Volvo made waves in the automotive world by announcing CarPlay, which is effectively iOS for your car’s touchscreen. It will be interesting to see how owners respond to this new system, and if it will proliferate to other automakers. But in the meantime, it got us thinking, which automaker is the most like Apple? It’s not as easy as you think.

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5 Modern Vehicles that are Older than You Might Expect

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These days, most autos are all about being “new and improved,” with fancy features like continuously variable transmissions and cylinder deactivation. Even in this constantly changing world, however, there’s still a place for vehicles that have a long, established past behind them. In honor of this fact, we present the following five models that may be considered “long in the tooth” but are still going strong.

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Sights and Sounds: Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance [w/video]

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We took a hop and a skip on over to the 6th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance in South Florida. Normally, we’re not the Concours type, but there were some sights (and sounds) that really caught our fancy while we were on the lawn of the beautiful Boca Raton Resort.

Check out these sportcoat-wearing wealthy fools and their equally wealthy rides:

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ABT Volkswagen Golf VII R: 370 Horses Worth of Hot Hatch Fun

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The GTI has proven itself to be one of the most fun little hatchbacks on the planet. Even more so its hopped-up Golf R counterpart. But take the high-revving Golf R, put it in the hands of German tuners ABT Sportsline — and you have a Golf fit for the track.

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Germany’s ADAC Scandal Officially Calls BS on Award Programs

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Germany’s ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.) is kind of the equivalent to North America’s AAA, but that significantly understates its power and influence. Now, ADAC is embroiled in a vote-rigging controversy that has resulted in the resignation of leaders, and the return of awards from several OEMs.

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Master Fabricator: Wherein George Barris Takes Credit for Everything

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When the original Batmobile rolled across the auction block at last year’s Barrett-Jackson auction, there was a familiar, gold bespectacled face on the stage to help sell the iconic ride. It was George Barris, who took over construction of the original car from Dean Jeffries in 1965. With all that cash, and with all the legitimate credits to his name – the Voxmobile, the Batmobile, the Beverly Hillbillies’ jalopy and hundreds of other cars – what would possess a guy to tarnish his own reputation by reinventing history, taking credit for things he never built? There’s some pathological need to be involved with every automotive creation in the last 50 years that defies explanation.

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