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.
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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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Frankfurt 2013: Sleek Opel Monza Concept pushes in-car connectivity one step further

It’s the scope of the Monza’s high-tech features where the car shines − from its state-of-the art LED projection system to an alternative powertrain that features an electric motor and a Compressed Natural Gas powered engine.
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Which 2015 Ford Mustang concept renderings circling the web gets your vote?

Practically everyone from major buff books the likes of “Car and Driver” magazine to custom shops like JC Design have come up with some interpretation of how the next Ford Mustang will look. Here's a look at the best so far. Which one…
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Audi revs up promotion of clean diesel technology with new TDI line-up

With the rollout of the new 2014 A6 TDI, A7 TDI and Q5 TDI, Audi is making it perfectly clear that it thinks clean diesel technology is the future of fuel efficient vehicles – and its got the goods to back it up if you’re willing to pay…
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Smart concept car does away with doors, adds in skateboards

Taking design cues from the first Smart model series, much of the Smart fourjoy’s styling elements - including having no roof or doors - are centered on the idea of unlimited open space. Also, powered skateboards are included with the…
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Cheap to drive and finally cheap to own: Comparing the new crop of affordable EVs

From the Chevrolet Volt to the Honda Fit EV, the pricing for electric vehicles continues to drop as companies continue to make strides with the technology. But is it enough to entice more people to buy the cars?
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Like it or not, insurance rates are being driven by tech that tracks how and where you drive

With more than 900,000 people signed up for Progressive’s snapshot, the carrier is a driving force in the world of telematics-based insurance pricing. But more of the technology centered rates are definitely on the horizon.
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Ford’s big gamble: Will the next-generation Mustang boost the iconic nameplate?

Considering its drop in status as the top American muscle car in recent years, the launch of the new 2015 Mustang could wind up being Ford’s biggest challenge to date. How might it turn out?
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Your car is being watched: Are license-plate readers valuable tools or tattle tales?

A report by the ACLU indicates that known criminals aren’t the only ones getting data stored on them by law enforcement agents using license plate readers. Police agencies love the tech, but is it being misused?
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Technically Speaking

In this ongoing series, Digital Trends contributor Marcus Amick talks with the designers, engineers and decision makers that shape the technology in the cars we drive.