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Lyndon Johnson-- yes, that's his real name-- is a journalist, editor and avid fan of cars and motorcycles. In his spare time between writing/editing for a small-town weekly newspaper and nailing perfect rev-matched downshifts while managing Facebook's Manual Transmission Preservation Society, he freelances at Technology Tell's In-Car Tech Tell.

One-uppers rejoice: Ram Heavy Duty one-ups F-Series

If you’ve ever worked with a one-upper, please accept my apologies. Apologies also to Ford F-Series, who has just been one-upped by Ram Heavy Duty trucks.

Audi talks big on 48-volt car electrics

Audi’s not the first to talk of upping vehicle electrical system voltage (to a 48-volt system, in their case), but they’re still convinced it’s the future.

Add Corvette to the GM 8-speed party, but give us the stick

We told you some GM full-size trucks would get the GM Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic gearbox. So, too, does the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.

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NEVS electric Saab 9-3 shown in Sweden

The folks at National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) have been hoping to take disheveled Swedish brand Saab into a new, sustainable era by making electric vehicles out of Saab chassis. This week, the first in a prototype series of Saab 9-3-based EVs was shown in Sweden.

Ford “cobra head” downpipe helps Powerstroke pump out power

At this stage in the horsepower and size wars among full-size trucks, every little advantage is worth pursuing. Case in point: Ford’s “cobra head” turbo exhaust downpipe that helps the 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel make best-in-class horsepower and torque.

Volvo brings robots to AstaZero safety test track

Volvo said its AstaZero Proving Ground will serve as a test bed for future safety and crash avoidance technologies — and in some cases, robots will drive vehicles on the test track.

You’re reacting one of two ways right now: “Woah, that’s cool,” or, “Woah, that’s kinda scary.”

Eight-speed trans comes to GM trucks, but where’s the V6 version?

GM is pimping a new eight-speed automatic transmission for its full-size trucks, but only for the 6.2-liter V8. Where is the eight-speed gearbox for the V6?

One-of-a-kind BMW i8 brings $825K in charity auction

A bidder at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction got a one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition for the princely sum of $825,000.

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First BMW i8 PHEV sports cars delivered at Pebble Beach

The first BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars were delivered to some pretty elite customers at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last week, according to the German automaker.

Subaru Legacy, Outback earn Top Safety Pick + status

Subaru EyeSight crash avoidance technology helped the redesigned Subaru Legacy and Outback get Top Safety Pick + ratings in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing.

Record valet shenanigans in your new Corvette? Yes, you can.

Heads up, valet drivers: Get saucy with the clientele’s new Corvette, and you might get caught red-handed. Prod the skinny pedal at your own peril.

So long, Sonata: Infinity audio sends 2014 Hyundai Sonata out on high note

The optional Infinity audio system equipped on our 2014 Hyundai Sonata limited sends the last year of the swoopy Sonata out on a high note.

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