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Why I want Lincoln’s Aviator to soar

Remember the Lincoln Aviator? You know, the short-lived, classy brother to Ford’s Explorer? Probably not, as only a handful of people bought them and it disappeared after the 2005 model year. Well it’s back, making a surprise debut in the Big Apple weeks ago, and Lincoln really needs it to …

Quick Spin: 2019 Jeep Cherokee – New Face and New Power

Over the years, decades really, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is has developed a cult following and it is quickly becoming an icon. In a brand that has so many icons, and given its modest unibody setup and family-friendly purpose, that is quite an accomplishment. It’s unlikely that its replacement, the …

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the best sports sedan out there

You could buy the BMW, and be boring. You could buy the Mercedes-Benz, and be smugly content. You could be the Audi, and play it safe. You could buy the Lexus, and be comfortable enough. Or… you could buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and be a hero. If you …

Podcast: Episode 245 – Casa de Klapman

I had to step out this week so Chris Hayes took the chance to meet up with Redusernab Podcast regular Zack Klapman for a one-on-one catch up. This week the pair cover the Long Beach Grand Prix, the recent passing of the “One Take” reigns to Zack, and Chris’ deliberations …

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Redusernab Asks: What do you think about Ford’s car-cutting plan?

Jeff Glucker April 26, 2018 Redusernab Asks

By 2022, Ford will have a lineup mostly devoid of cars. Instead, the automaker is going to focus on its trucks and utility vehicles. The only cars to survive will be the Mustang and a lifestyle-d up version of the Focus. Everything else will be either a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle.

The reason behind this move is to cut costs. .

Ford is certainly following the consumer dollar here. There’s no denying that. People want crossover-type vehicles. There’s no one buying the Fusion, Taurus, or Fiesta so Ford is going to give them the axe.

Is this the right move or is Ford foolishly following trends too aggressively? The F-150 will always be the anchor for the brand, but is the demise of a number of car models a harbinger of more to come?

Ford once killed the Ranger for North America, and that’s coming back. There’s always a chance of vehicular revival for sedans too.

Closed-road motorsport in Britain? Game On!

Despite the presence of Ford’s near-legendary Boreham skunkworks – where the fire-breathing RS200 rally car was developed – my part of the UK has never really had much of a claim to motorsport. There are no designated racetracks – though some would suggest that that roads around Basildon qualify – yet thanks to a long-awaited change in legislation, my home county has just hosted England’s first closed-road stage rally.

Even better was the fact that one of the rally stages was held less than a mile from my house, but best of all, it happened to follow the very route that I championed as my very favourite road for a rewarding, impassioned drive. This was not an event I had any intention of missing and, since it was held on my birthday, I had every excuse to attend.

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Why I want Lincoln’s Aviator to soar

Remember the Lincoln Aviator? You know, the short-lived, classy brother to Ford’s Explorer? Probably not, as only a handful of people bought them and it disappeared after the 2005 model year. Well it’s back, making a surprise debut in the Big Apple weeks ago, and Lincoln really needs it to take off.

Lincoln showed us the Nautilus concept a few months back, an attractive and eloquent name slapped onto the back of some crossover thing (why?). Now we’re getting a preview of what will most likely be their newest entrant in the luxury sport utility club.

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Redusernab Asks: What’s your current favorite ambitious build?

Jeff Glucker April 24, 2018 Redusernab Asks

Freddy Hernandez, AKA Tavarish, has been tinkering with a variety of cars on his YouTube channel. His recent acquisition, however, is a rather ambitious project car. It’s a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder that was previously owned by a person with a need for speed. Hence the installed twin-turbo kit and fire damage.

Tavarish has been working his way through the rear end of the car in order to get it back in to running and driving condition. It’s been a hell of a journey so far, and now Freddy has finally fired up the machine.

The fun part about this series is that Freddy is an everyman wrench just like the rest of us. He’s learning as he goes, and he’s documenting the entire process. He just happens to be doing this on an imposing vehicle.

What other builds out there are you following along, waiting for more news? There are plenty of ambitious builds on the Internet right now. Share your favorites below!

Quick Spin: 2019 Jeep Cherokee – New Face and New Power

Over the years, decades really, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is has developed a cult following and it is quickly becoming an icon. In a brand that has so many icons, and given its modest unibody setup and family-friendly purpose, that is quite an accomplishment. It’s unlikely that its replacement, the Jeep Liberty, will ever see the same kind of love. I would even bet that the hugely popular Grand Cherokee will never be that loved.

Jeep is aware of that XJ love. That is why they brought the Cherokee name back in 2014. But that new Cherokee didn’t receive the instant love that the brand executives may have been hoping for. In the world full of bubbly CUVs, the Cherokee was a bubbly SUV with a front-end that can be best described as striking. But the sales number, surely helped by the economy, were good, significantly outselling the Liberty.

For 2019 the Cherokee gets a refresh. The Cherokee design goes back from being striking to a more conventional and relaxed design, similar to those of the bigger Grand Cherokee and the new smaller Compass. And it also gets a new turbocharged engine. Will these changes yield more love for the iconic model name?

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Classic Captions Contest – 1987 Oldsmobile Firenza Edition

It’s a dark January night in Winter Park, Colorado, and you’ve wrapped up a solid day on the mountain destroying Mary Jane. With your skinny Rossignol skis straddled across your right shoulder, you hobble your way from the lodge after an hour of Bud Light-filled après-ski, towards the parking lot across the street. There’s snow falling on a towering horizon of lodgepole pines, the wind hollowing and temperatures continuing to drop.

But what’s hot is the Oldsmobile Firenza LC Coupe. I mean, look at that sexy rear C-pillar…elegance…sophistication. Then all of the sudden, you hear what you imagine to be a snowplow scraping a sheet of ice, but then you see five shadows holding torches descending on you.
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The News for April 20th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian April 20, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW breathes new life into the M2, is still the only BMW that matters

  • Ford is bringing the Mustang to V8 Supercars and NASCAR Cup Series

  • Ford Mustang Cobra Jet returns soon, is their quickest ever down the 1,320

  • Aston Martin revives the DBS Superleggera nameplate for an upcoming model

  • Brabham will make a comeback with new supercar

  • Cadillac’s CEO is out after nearly 4 years of questionable decision making

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski April 20, 2018 Mystery Car

April 20th is an interesting day in history. But because it’s Friday and many of us are just damn tired, let’s ignore history and focus on the important things in life, such as solving today’s Mystery Car. Who needs history anyway, it’s not like the same things happen over and over again. Rules are the same as always, gimme the make and model. The winner gets everyone’s respect for an entire week, that good-happy feeling inside, and a mention in next week’s Mystery Car. 

Last week‘s winner is , who correctly identified the mystery vehicle as a Fiat Jolly. If you’re a long time Redusernab reader you may remember this car from my Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance post from 2014. 

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the best sports sedan out there

You could buy the BMW, and be boring. You could buy the Mercedes-Benz, and be smugly content. You could be the Audi, and play it safe. You could buy the Lexus, and be comfortable enough. Or… you could buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and be a hero.

If you make the heroes choice, you now have 505 horsepower at your disposal thanks to a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It works magic to the rear end through an eight-speed gearbox.

On the outside, you have a muscular and mean machine with a perfectly poised stance. Inside, the Alfa gets down to business with its thin-rimmed suede and leather steering wheel and massive paddles to control the transmission. The seats are excellent, which is good because you’re going to want to fling this four-door beast through the corners.

It’s not cheap. It’s definitely not perfect (keep your warranty information handy). But it is the most thrilling machine in its segment.

[Disclaimer: Alfa Romeo tossed us the keys to the Giulia QF and included a tank of fuel. We had to fill up the car three more times…]

Podcast: Episode 245 – Casa de Klapman

I had to step out this week so Chris Hayes took the chance to meet up with Redusernab Podcast regular Zack Klapman for a one-on-one catch up. This week the pair cover the Long Beach Grand Prix, the recent passing of the “One Take” reigns to Zack, and Chris’ deliberations on a new daily driver.

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