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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.

#MASHUP: Nissan LEAF meets Nissan Frontier in EV pickup truck

Nissan’s Technical Center had a crazy idea: Why not take a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle (EV) and slap a bed from a Nissan Frontier pickup truck on the back instead of a hatch? The crazier part? They actually did it.

Taxi Wars, Deutschland Edition: Uber ban lifted in Germany

This week, a court lifted a ban on Uber rideshare service in Germany despite protestations from Taxi Deutschland, a German taxi trade group that fought to keep Uber out of the country.

Ford F-150 parts have UV ray-beating tech

We’ve all seen vehicles that age not-so-gracefully. We’ve even seen our share of vehicles that age disgracefully. A lot of the blame centers on ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ford engineers have been working on Ford F-150 parts to ensure they can withstand the worst UV conditions on earth and still look as good as day one when you make your last truck payment.

Ford offering Surveillance Mode to its police car competitors

Ford says it will offer its Surveillance Mode technology to competitors in the police vehicle industry — if they want it.

Life with LaCrosse: With few exceptions, ’15 Buick LaCrosse interior is super well-done

Here goes a statement you may not be ready to hear: The Buick LaCrosse is among the best interiors in all of GM, and perhaps among all American automakers.

Elio to sell equipment from factory ahead of 2015 production

Elio Motors says it will be taking the unusual step of selling some of the equipment it bought from the former General Motors truck plant in Shreveport, LA ahead of its planned 2015 production start date.

Chinese LEAF: Dongfeng Nissan launches first EV

The Dongfeng Nissan Venucia e30 electric car looks pretty much like a Chinese knockoff of the Nissan LEAF. That’s because as far as we can tell, it is.

Charter Communications orders more than 800 Ford Transit vans

Charter Communications, the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, has purchased more than 800 new full-size Ford Transit vans for its fleet.

Wind turbine performance “better than expected” at Honda plant

Honda says wind turbines powering its transmission plant in Ohio, have proven themselves to be even more efficient at power-generation than first thought.

Honda showcases autonomous lane-change, “virtual tow” tech

Honda is showing a couple of cool technologies at 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, MI, including automated lane change capabilities and “virtual tow.”

Cadillac models to get V2V, Super Cruise by 2017

General Motors says by 2017, Cadillac models will have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and the brand’s long-awaited Super Cruise setup.

Kia Soul EV price set, starts at $33K before tax breaks

The Kia Soul EV is getting quite a bit of advertising in my area now, so it interested me to see the model priced from $33,700 before a $7,500 tax credit.

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