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All About Cars - By Mike Blake

Mike Blake, former editor of KIT CAR magazine, joined Carlisle Events as senior automotive journalist in 2004. He's been a "car guy" since the 1960s and has been writing professionally for about 30 years.

  • 2018 Infiniti QX80: Three-ton luxury SUV continues its evolution

    Thursday, Mar 1, 2018

    An upgrade from the QX56, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 evolves Infiniti’s presence in the luxury SUV segment.

    Built by Nissan’s luxury division (
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  • 2018 Kia Stinger: Dynamic New Sports Car Combines Athleticism and Luxury

    Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

    Kia has come a long way. It began life in December 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, a Korean manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts, even
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  • 2018 Toyota Tacoma: Safety and cosmetics added to top-selling mid-size pick-up

    Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

    The Toyota Tacoma debuted in America in 1995, and was marketed as a compact pick-up, a designation it held through 2004. The second generation was cla
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  • 2018 Subaru Forester: Performance, intuitive cabin and top safety marks in a compact SUV

    Thursday, Feb 8, 2018

    Five years into its fourth generation, and a year removed from a solid style refreshening, the Subaru Forester remains a sports utility ride for the g
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  • 2018 Jeep Compass: Upgraded materials and tech added to compact crossover

    Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

    The Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV launched by Jeep or the 2007 model year. The entry-level Compass was one of Jeep’s first crossovers, and a
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  • 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: Three-row crossover in new generation with new sub-brand

    Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

    Buick boldly took on the large luxury crossover segment in 2007 with its 2008 Enclave (now a mid-size), replacing its truck-based Rainier, the minivan
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  • 2018 Dodge Caravan: Room for seven and priced to sell

    Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

    I seldom drive minivans – I prefer smoking musclecars, powerful trucks and more versatile crossovers/SUVs -- but when out-of-town family came to town
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  • 2018 Toyota Avalon: Flagship mid-size sedan stays the course

    Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

    Toyota’s luxury sedan, the Avalon, has been at the top end of the line-up since its launch in the 1994-’95 model year, when it replaced the Cressida.<
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  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Full-Size SUV rides big

    Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

    Volkswagen’s reputation was built on small, economical, people movers. Eighty years after the first “People’s Car” was built, VW has gone big, with th
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  • 2017 Car of the Year: Lexus LC 500: Luxury Coupe displays power, performance and elegance

    Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

    Last week, we presented our selections for “Car Buy of the Year,” with the 2017 Hyundai Elantra getting the nod as best bang for the buck. This week,
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  • 2017 Car Buy of the Year: Hyundai Elantra: Family sedan evolves in class

    Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

    For the 13th consecutive year, we end the ALL ABOUT CARS model year by focusing on the vehicles we have determined to be the “best deals on wheels” in
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  • 2017 Buick Regal GS: Midsize remains classy with new generation in sight

    Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

    The Buick Regal enjoyed a 31-year-reign as a classy, quiet, upscale sedan, ending its production run in 2004. Reintroduced to North America in 2011 (p
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  • 2017 Toyota Tacoma: Mid-Size pick-up is loaded for work and play

    Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

    The Toyota Tacoma was launched in America in 1995, and was classified as a compact pick-up through 2004. The second generation was classified as mid-s
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  • 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Tough and smooth for town and the extreme

    Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

    Based on the nostalgic military Willys Jeep of 1941, the Jeep Wrangler has been an off-road enthusiasts’ pleaser since 1986. A compact four-wheel-driv
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  • 2017 Chevrolet Equinox: Small crossover combines style and versatility

    Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

    Chevrolet entered the crossover niche with Equinox, first introduced for the 2005 model year. Marketed as a compact SUV, the vehicle has evolved, mark
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  • 2017 Lexus NX Sport: Lux-Ute Crossover Looks to Excite

    Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

    The luxury-utility crossover niche was born in 1998 with the midsize Lexus RX, and Lexus built on the Lux-Cross segment in 2015 with the compact-luxur
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  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze: Economical, athletic and filled with function and fun

    Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

    The compact Chevrolet Cruze debuted in 2008 for the 2009 model year, as a replacement for both the Chevy Cobalt and Suzuki Forenza (sold in Asia as th
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  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: Gains in design, infotainment, form and function

    Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

    The Hyundai Santa Fe midsize SUV debuted in 2000, and was an immediate hit with American buyers; and the more compact Santa Fe Sport arrived on the sc
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  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Top-selling Roadster adds a power-folding hardtop

    Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

    According to the record-keepers at the Guinness Book of World Records, Mazda’s Miata, also known as the MX-5, is the most popular two-seat convertible
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  • 2017 Cadillac XT5: Cornerstone of the New Series of Luxury Crossovers

    Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

    The all-new Cadillac XT5, short for “Crossover Touring vehicle that seats 5,” upgrades Cadillac’s line-up and serves as the cornerstone of a new serie
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