Peter Braun

Peter Braun

Peter is a freelance contributor to Digital Trends and almost a lawyer. He has loved thinking, writing and talking about cars since his first adventures with the ill tempered Volvos he learned to drive on. In his free-time Peter diagnoses the problems with his Volvo 850 Turbo, goes target shooting and reads about history.

Custom colors and a new engine make the Nissan Juke even wackier than before

The industry's funkiest car, just got even stranger, but in a good way. For 2015 the Juke gets a wide array of new features, an uprated engine and gives customers the chance to customize their cars with a wide array of colors and accessories.

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Updated review of the 2014 model year to reflect minor changes to the 2015 model year

The Ram 1500 with an EcoDiesel manages to do to something nearly impossible, get midsize sedan mileage in a truck the size of a small country. But there is more to this truck than…

  • Pros: Amazingly good mileage , Smooth high torque power from…
  • Cons: High starting price , Few features available as standard

Why ‘Free Piston’ engines could power your next plug-in hybrid

The next major advancement in automotive technology may not be electric or hydrogen, but instead a new type of internal combustion. ‘Free piston’ engines, as they’re referred to, offer dramatically improved efficiency using pistons that float on air.

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Despite its relation to tech-savvy Audi, VW's Infotainment system proves frustrating at every turn

Volkswagen doesn't seem to care that much about infotainment, and it shows. The company’s infotainment system is slow, difficult to use, and doesn't look very good. In fact, its…

  • Pros: Car-Net smartphone app , Competitive feature content , The…
  • Cons: Unintuitive design , Very slow start-up time , Poor…

Likable but desperately bland, Acura's RDX is the Coldplay of crossovers

The Acura RDX has a lot of good features: a silky smooth, efficient powertrain, a well-built interior, and - not least - a quiet and comfortable ride. Despite this, the RDX remains a somewhat flavorless vehicle when compared to the competition.

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Think outside the battery: Weird, clever, crazy tech driving green cars further

Paint that collects energy from the wind and sun, body panel batteries, and hybrids that run on air. These aren't sci-fi; they are actual automotive technologies.

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Click and Clack no more: Tom Magliozzi of NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ dies at age 77

Tom Magliozzi one half of Car Talk's famed Click and Clack died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's. Along with his brother Ray, Magliozzi hosted the wildly successful automotive repair and sometime philosophy show from 1977 until 2012.

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Why touch screens are killing the center console command wheel

Audi is ditching command wheels in favor of touchscreen interfaces for its infotainment, and that got us thinking. Despite seeming newer and more high tech, are touchscreens actually better? As it happens they actually might not be.

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With 707 horsepower and 4 doors, the Charger Hellcat is a blue-collar supercar

Dodge has done something remarkable with the 2015 Charger and built something for everyone, whether it’s a stylish and speedy family hauler to a Porsche punching V8 sports sedan. No matter which variant buyers choose of the Charger, none will disappoint. So…

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You can get 57 mpg in Audi's A3 TDI, and we sweated through the desert to prove it

The Audi A3 TDI may be rated at just 43 highway mpg, but it is capable of much, much more. That is, if the driver is willing to suffer. This practical, comfortable sedan can manage 63 mpg for over 800 miles, in the hands of a skilled and committed driver.

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Road Rave

On Road Rave, our weekly car-tech column, we  introduce or critically discuss the latest automotive technological innovations and trends, both from the big car makers and third-parties seeking a spot in the passenger seat. Self-driving technology? You got…

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