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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Looking for Love? Fiat’s playing digital matchmaker…sort of

A new lifestyle website promoting the Fiat 500e was developed to lure potential consumers to the all-electric car. But you wonder - are their some other real connections beyond cars being made through the site?
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Audi charges to Le Mans finish line, earning second consecutive victory with hybrid e-tron racecar

While overshadowed by the death of Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen, Audi posted its second win in the 24 Hours of Lemans with the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, which Audi officials say will benefit consumers in the future.
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Bills aimed at making Tesla dealerships illegal in New York on hold; battle has likely just begun

Bills seeking to make Tesla’s consumer sales methods illegal have been set aside in the New York State Assembly. But the battle between New York State dealers and the electric car company aren’t likely to die soon.
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VIDEO: Thieves use ‘mystery box’ to instantly unlock and rob high-tech cars

A recent report by CNN that shows criminals using a remote device to break into cars has both police and automakers stumped as concerns grow about the vulnerability of today’s high-tech car systems to would-be thieves.
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Audi honored with ‘Best Navigation’ award for Google Street View, but what’s next?

Audi has received the Best Navigation Solution or Product Award at the Annual Telematics Update Awards for its nav system that uses Google Street View. But with so much other technology on the horizon how long will it remain relevant?
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Lifesaver? BMW helps drive new automated car-to-car and car-to-motorcycle safety alert project

After more than four years of research, a joint testing project involving BMW and several other automakers highlights the safety benefits of car-to-car communication. Now, it’s just a matter of which company will implement it first.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Dempsey returns to Le Mans driving a Porsche

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey returns to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second time behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, joining the most successful car manufacture in the history of the endurance race.
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#WeBuiltIt?: Toyota Twitter campaign could help drive a new wave of social media designed cars

Toyota will take to Twitter to help generate a buzz for the new Auris gasoline electric-hybrid vehicle. But could the carmaker also be establishing a framework for social media to play a major role in the design of future cars?
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You can ‘call it a comeback:’ SRT-backed Viper enters Le Mans for first time in 13 years

The Viper will return to 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend after nearly a 13 year hiatus as a factory-backed race car, which has already given the SRT Motorsports brand a major win in the world of racing.
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Is reaching US emissions standards proving to be more of a dream than reality for automakers?

The recent boost in sales incentives for electric vehicles could be another sign of the challenge automakers face to meet future U.S. emission standards, which could lead to even more trouble down the road.
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Diesel powertrains gaining popularity in US according to new consumer report

A new Consumer News study reveals that nearly one–third of potential car buyers surveyed say they are likely to consider a diesel as their next vehicle. But is their perception of the advantages of the alternative powertrain off base?…
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An ‘Old School’ Touch: Ford adds more traditional knobs to MyTouch infotainment system

Ford has announced that the MyTouch system featured in the new F-150 with more traditional buttons and knobs will be integrated into more vehicles. But will it be enough to please the critics of the carmaker’s infotainment system?