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Report: Maryland removes the parallel parking portion from its driver’s test

Parallel parking isn’t rocket science, people. But it may surprise you, if you live in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or any other major city, when someone doesn’t know how to parallel park.

And understandably, that’s because not every place in the US has insane population densities like the ones in all of the aforementioned large cities. Why waste a resource on a mandate that doesn’t apply to you if your neighbor lives three hours away?

However, an alarming change happened with the education of parallel parking in a state where there exist several, major metropolitan areas, heavy with parallel parking–Maryland. Now, it seems they just turned themselves more into a land of clueless Mary’s by eliminating the parallel parking portion of their driving test.

Because parallel parking isn’t huge in Baltimore, Annapolis, or Washington D.C., just to the north?

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Report: Jeremy Clarkson admits fault for “fracas”–tell us something we don’t know

A new report of the listening kind apparently surfaced on BBC Radio, where Jeremy Clarkson gave his first public interview since his “fracas” with producer, Oisin Tymon.

In the said audio clip, you can listen to Clarkson admitting fault to the “fracas,” which should come to no surprise as Clarkson admitted to going to the BBC to “turn himself in” after the incident, implying his acceptance of responsibility for his act.

And you can’t blame a man for taking responsibility.

Head on over to Jalopnik for a link to the interview and have a listen. Thanks to their search, Clarkson’s discussion starts about an hour and forty-one minutes in.

Source: BBC Radio via Jalopnik

Report: Mitsubishi to revive the Evo nameplate for a crossover

Mitsubishi’s been mystifying us with their future plans and after they axed the Lancer Evolution, it seemed they even made their future even bleaker.

But recently, sales have been increasing for them as they continue to just get by with models that are otherwise aging and due for a replacement. Altogether, Mitsubishi’s just struggling to stay relevant by any way stretch or means.

And it appears Mitsubishi might be making some changes to make them relevant again as AutoExpress reports that the small Japanese automaker might revive the “Evo” nameplate, but for a crossover model.

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Photo Rendering: Could this be what the next-gen Ferrari 488 GTS Spyder looks like?

Ferrari’s 458 Italia replacement arrived not too long go in the form of the 488 GTB, which comes with a lot of serious changes, such as being one of the first-turbocharged models since the F40, following the California T.

Click here for our original post on the reveal of the Ferrari 488 GTB.

And given the fact that his is Ferrari’s new bread-and-butter model, we should expect a Spyder version to surface as well, which is what will happen when the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show comes around.

However, if you’re too impatient and too lazy to imagine what the Ferrari 488 GTS Spyder might look like, graphic artist Nikita Nike decided to make her own rendering of what she things the GTS will look like.

The new 488 GTS is scheduled for a reveal in September at Frankfurt, sporting the same 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 with around 665hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, making it perhaps one of the torquiest Ferraris ever.

Source: Nikita Nike

Photo Source: Nikita Nike Flickr

Report: Mitsubishi’s prepping to replace the Outlander Sport outright next year

For a split second, it almost appeared that Mitsubishi was going to be done for, at least as a competitive automaker in the US, given their lackluster performance both in sales and in their attempts to remain relevant, especially after killing the Evo.

But now, Mitsubishi’s seeking to grab a piece of the cash cow that we all know is the crossover pie by replacing the aging Outlander Sport, outright.

According to AutoExpress, who spoke with Mitsubishi Motors UK Managing Director, Lance Bradley, the new Outlander Sport will be launched next year.

Not much is known, but Mitsu should be sticking to their plans of hybridizing their lineup, as indicated by the influx of their last few concepts from years past.

Source: AutoExpress

Report: Hyundai on the brink of approving new subcompact crossover and pickup for production
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Hyundai surprised everyone at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year by bringing a new pickup truck concept to the table at the Cobo Center, to gauge interest and see if anyone would be interested in a Hyundai pickup.

It turns out, there’s lots of interest, given that the midsize pickup segment is getting a reboot, thanks to some new entrants from General Motors in the form of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Toyota’s Tacoma also received a redesign while Nissan’s Frontier is next. And obviously, we’re still waiting to see what Ford has to say about this, given their Ranger was once a popular choice among small and midsize pickup owners.

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Report: Details for next-gen 2018 BMW 3-Series surface

It may seem like the 2018 BMW 3-Series just came out but in reality, it’s actually been around for quite some time–a little over four years.

That means we’re about half-way through through the F30’s generation lifespan of around eight years. That also means a new generation of 3-Series is on the way, and it just so happens CAR received the scoop on what to expect for the next-gen model, the G20 (we wonder if Infiniti will be knocking on their door about trademark infringement…).

As we’ve come to expect from new generations of car, the new BMW 3-Series is anticipated to be new and improved over the current version, with sources within Munich describing the improvements involving the car’s “substance, character, craftsmanship, visual, and haptic quality…” Whatever any of that means…

Can we just get our old 3-Series back?

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Game Review: Project Cars

Posted: May 21, 2015
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Game Review: Project Cars
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Everyone has their moment in Project Cars.

Mine came during the Brands Hatch round of the Ginetta G40 Junior Cup, rounding Druids and watching a full field of 19 other Ginettas in an assortment of liveries tumble down the circuit’s iconic first corner, Paddock Hill Bend, at dusk.

As a baseball fan, it reminded me of playing MLB The Show on PlayStation 4 for the very first time, beholding the immaculately-rendered new Yankee Stadium in all its grandeur, hearing the crisp roar and boom of the crowd with a depth and a fullness that no other sports simulation had ever matched before.

I’ve played many racing games in my life, and some have been very good at simulating the sensations of driving a car. None, however, have been this good at simulating the event of a race; the grandiosity of motorsport. None have made me feel the way I felt when I went to Brands Hatch, and watched Ginettas fly around the track between BTCC rounds. Project Cars did, and that’s no small feat.

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Recalls: Takata announces and expands one of history’s largest recalls for faulty airbags

We are in the age of recalls where automobile manufacturers realized it was a bad idea to cut corners and budgets in certain places, and it’s costing them greatly.

For instance, we just had the largest single recall ever in automotive history with General Motors and their faulty ignition switches. Now, it seems the Takata Corporation might be taking the hat by issuing the largest and most complex safety recall in perhaps all of US history as the number of vehicles listed as affected total around 34 million vehicles.

Takata has been in the news since late last year after an investigation and heightened recall enforcement has automaker and everyone involve don their tippy toes.

For those of you who don’t remember, Takata has become a major focus in the automobile industry in the latest recall campaign due to faulty airbag inflators that could blast deadly shrapnel and broken components into their occupants’ faces, causing severe injury or even death.

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The 2016 Lotus Evora requires $89,900 US as it returns to our market
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If you recall, Lotus suffered a minor hiccup with the sale of 2015 model-year vehicles in the US because they didn’t meet all-new airbag and safety regulations put into place for this year.

But after a year of preparing and implementing some modifications, Lotus is ready to sell the Evora once again in the US–and it will cost you $89,900 for the basic price of entry.

Europe deliveries are scheduled to happen in August while us Americans have to wait until December to receive our first shipment.

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