Daily U-Turn: What you missed on 8.16.10

First Ride: Autoblog gets hot in Dubai with 2011 Ford Explorer

With California’s Death Valley conveniently located on the same continent as Dearborn, Michigan, why on earth would Ford ship engineers and the all-new 2011 Explorer all the way to the United Arab Emirates to conduct hot-weather and off-road testing?

Lotus accidentally confirms Evora automatic and S variants for Paris through email snafu

Buried within the automaker’s stand at the 2010 Paris Motor Show will be both a hotted-up S version of the Evora and one bestowed with an automatic transmission.

Officially Official: Dodge keeps Durango nameplate for 2011 [w/video]

Only days after our readers stumbled upon Dodge’s test site for the 2011 Durango, the official word has been given from Chrysler that its new unibody SUV/crossover will, in fact, wear the Durango nameplate.

Also of interest:

  • Cadillac CTS, Infiniti M models earn Top Safety Pick status from IIHS
  • New Ford 5.0L and supercharged 5.4L V8s now available as crate engines
  • Porsche celebrating 60th year in U.S. by searching for oldest example in the country
  • Honda’s fix for prematurely dying Civic hybrid batteries hurting fuel economy, performance?

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