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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Alfa Romeo ready for rebirth with ‘top secret’ sports car, says Fiat CEO

Alfa Romeo will return to the US market later this year with the launch of the 4C sports car. But will the 103-year-old performance brand be able to find new appeal for the brand in the states?
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What’s the most desired car connectivity feature? A new study might surprise you

A new study commissioned by Covisint indicates that overall connectivity is becoming the key factor when purchasing a vehicle rather than just another feature of the vehicle. Topping the list is the ability to bring transportation software…
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Chevrolet’s 3-D prototype process may drive the development of cooler cars in the future

A new prototyping process used by Chevrolet was instrumental in a number of new design and engineering enhancements on the Malibu for 2014. But could the technology have even more far reaching benefits in the future for automakers and…
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Review: Audi’s well-mannered R8 V10 has the tech to tame 525 wild horses

Audi’s new optional seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission featured in the new 2014 R8 is proof that there’s much more to experiencing a supercar than a lot of in-car technology. In fact, you find that you can do without it.
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DUI checkpoint app creator claims his service cuts down on drunk driving, not everyone agrees

A Californian’s plan to expand a service that provides subscribers with the locations of DUI checkpoints and police speed traps will likely win over more than a few drivers. But how will others respond to the social media service?…
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New 400+hp Chevrolet SS performance sedan to start at under $50,000 – with loads of tech features

Priced at under $50,000, the all new Chevrolet SS performance sedan will come equipped with a 415 horsepower V8 with 415 lb-ft. of torque and a number of standard technology features. But will it appeal to fans of the Impala SS?
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Get that rock star spot- anywhere: Audi becomes first carmaker to offer new global parking locater technology

A new tech service now offered by Audi called INRIX Park Service makes it easier for Audi owners to locate off-street parking spaces – with more carmakers likely to add the system down the road.
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Locked your keys in the car again? GM makes remote start and door unlock app feature standard on 2014 models

With news that GM will now offer its remote start app service as a standard feature on its OnStar equipped models, the competition for other carmakers to appeal to tech-oriented consumers gets a little tougher.
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Cadillac posts biggest sales increase since 1976 as brand continues to build on momentum

News of Cadillac posting its best year-to-date sales numbers since 1976 is indication that the appeal of the luxury brand is continuing to gain momentum. But does it have the same clout as marquees like Mercedes-Benz and Lexus?
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Infiniti president: cool concept cars are on hold, company will focus on more practical vehicles

Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen said he will focus the luxury carmaker’s resources on more practical models rather than high-concept vehicles developed in the vein of the Emerg-E Hybrid.
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Could a pending measure in North Carolina signal the ill-fated future of EVs in the US?

North Carolina is considering new legislation that would charge electric vehicle owners and hybrid drivers an annual fee to help cover road repair. But with state lawmakers proposing to make Tesla’s direct-sales method illegal as well, is…
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Study shows that older drivers buy more new cars, fueling concerns about future vehicle sales

A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) not only suggests that carmakers might be missing the mark when it comes to their advertising and sales campaigns. But the study also raises new concerns about…