Marcus Amick

Marcus Amick

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Marcus Amick has been writing about the world of cars for more than ten years and has covered everything from new automobiles to celebrity wheels. The longtime Detroiter, who now splits his time between Los Angeles and the “Motor City,” has penned works for a number of national publications including Automotive News, Rides magazine and Automobile magazine. Amick also works as a freelance consultant providing insight on automotive and related lifestyle trends.

MyFord (Out Of)Touch? Ford to scrap Sync and MyFord Touch dealer education programs

From Ford car buyers to auto safety experts, Sync and MyFord Touch has been battered by complaints that the in-car technology is far too complicated and too distracting when at the wheel. In spite of complaints, Ford will de-fund programs designed to educate…

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Audi considers carbon fiber, other alternative materials for its next-gen Q7

After helping to pioneer aluminum-bodied vehicles 20 years ago with the A8, Audi is now considering using a wider mix of materials for its car chassis, including carbon fiber and other alternative materials.

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Jaguar C-X17 renderings look less wildcat and more fierce kitten

The design elements of the potential production model C-X17 aren't as aggressive as the lines on the Frankfurt concept, which puts you in the mind of the Range Rover Evoque. Frankly, we're underwhelmed.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG goes Black – well, in the digital realm at least

Featuring some of the same unique design elements as existing cars touting the Black edition badge like the C63 AMG Black Series, the digital concept features a CLA AMG with all the visual extras we love about the limited-edition line-up.

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Volkwagen charges forward with innovative engine technology, going turbo-only in three to four years

Less than a week after reports surfaced of the company's goal to be the top seller of EVs and hybrids by 2018, Volkswagen AG has said it plans to replace its remaining conventional gas engines with turbo engines in the next three to four years.

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Could Volvo be steering itself into deeper trouble with plans for more expensive models?

Before the Frankfurt show, I would have called a decision to price Volvo cars higher a horrible move. But after seeing Volvo’s Concept Coupe, I’m not as quick to dismiss the idea.

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Ford chargers for employees could help improve EV infrastructure

Following Tesla’s announcement earlier this year that the company plans to expand its network of free Supercharger stations for the Model S, Ford says it will soon offer its employees free charging perks for its line-up of EVs.

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2014 Cadillac CTS pumps engine sound into the cabin using the car’s audio system

For the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, GM is applying the principles of psychoacoustics. CTS engineers have tuned the car with specific audio properties related to its three driving modes and then used the stereo to amplify them.

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Will the new 2015 Mustang debut as a high-tech muscle car showpiece?

The 2015 Mustang will almost certainly be equipped with a more advanced MyFord Touch system with features to satisfy enthusiasts like the ability to share performance stats with friends on a number of different social networking platforms.

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VW Group gets ambitious on electrics, plans to lead world in EVs and hybrids by 2018

The e-Golf, a key component of VW’s electric mobility strategy, has a driving range of 118 miles and features three intuitive driving modes including “Normal,” “Eco” and “Eco+.”

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Frankfurt 2013: Are high-tech hybrids and EVs carving out a new premium car segment?

Unlike high-end automobiles in decades past, there’s a growing trend in the world of cars driven by vehicles that offer the latest advancements in technology more so than luxury interior features like soft touch leather and wood veneers.

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Frankfurt 2013: Volvo Concept Coupé could help revive the troubled brand

Inspired by what Volvo officials describe as a “contemporary, progressive Scandinavian lifestyle elements,” the Concept Coupé is the first of three concepts that will usher in the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

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Frankfurt 2013: Burly Lexus LF-NX concept refocuses brand on younger buyers

Showing hints of styling cues from the LF-A, Lexus’ $375,000 supercar, the concept is one of the most aggressive stabs the carmaker has made at reinvigorating the design of its crossovers in years.

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Frankfurt 2013: Mercedes-Benz dazzles with new Concept S-Class Coupé

Details such as the full-LED headlamps have been pushed a bit further to give the Merceds-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé a much more jewel-like appearance while staying true to its classic appeal.

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