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Aurel Niculescu

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Once upon a time there was a little boy that didn't know his age but dreamed of reaching high in the sky alongside the absolute best aviators. He was passionate about reading books (action and Sci-Fi), grew up with many great authors and soon discovered the mirage of cinema.

There he understood anything is possible if you work hard and passionately strive to follow your imagination. This is how at the age of 16 he managed to fulfill the first dream – flying alone in a glider plane. He was no Tom Cruise, of course, so young adulthood brought him back to reality.

With every kick in the familiar *utt comes a chance to step forward, so a seemingly unimportant ad in one of his favorite automotive magazines brought a dilemma - follow through with the current job or dare to achieve greatness by deploying (previously) unknown literary skills.

Since 2006, he’s been perfecting them at Automondial, Supercar, Cox, Autoshow, Autopro, Auto Motor & Sport, and more magazines plus their online versions. After driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe and around the world, he’s part of the autoevolution team, where he aims to develop his best-ever form.
Rare 1970 Ford Mustang Grande Has an Original 351 Windsor V8, Good Mileage & Price 
Rare 1970 Ford Mustang Grande Has an Original 351 Windsor V8, Good Mileage & Price 

24 May 2024, 11:58 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / PC Classic Cars, a Sherman, Texas-based old-school dealership, has an interesting proposal for the enthusiasts of the first-generation Ford Mustang with a penchant for classic comfort and luxury. This is a 1970 Ford Mustang Grande – a new...

 
Independent Artist Proposes No Less Than Eight 2025 Toyota RAV4 Interpretations 
Independent Artist Proposes No Less Than Eight 2025 Toyota RAV4 Interpretations 

24 May 2024, 09:59 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Following a big stint with mid-size off-roaders, Toyota is finally considering what everyone has been asking for a very long time. Additionally, they're also supposedly hard at work on the next iteration of their latest best-sellers. In Am...

 
All-New, Bigger & Bolder 2025 Jeep Cherokee Comes Back to America - Albeit in CGI
All-New, Bigger & Bolder 2025 Jeep Cherokee Comes Back to America - Albeit in CGI

24 May 2024, 08:18 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Nobody should dare to say that Jeep doesn't do chameleonic stuff because, over the years, its iconic Cherokee line of models has evolved from a full-size SUV variant of the Jeep Wagoneer to becoming one of the first compact SUVs on the market ...

 
Rendering: Cadillac CT4 Seville and CT6 DeVille Propose Fresh Sedans for America
Rendering: Cadillac CT4 Seville and CT6 DeVille Propose Fresh Sedans for America

24 May 2024, 07:37 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The American luxury carmaker is on a roll – they have the refreshed XT4 crossover and 2025 CT5 up for grabs, and their upcoming vehicle lineup includes no less than five model series. The first one to arrive is the refreshed 2025 CT5 seda...

 
VW to Premiere Refreshed Golf GTI Clubsport at Nurburgring Along With Cooler GTIs
VW to Premiere Refreshed Golf GTI Clubsport at Nurburgring Along With Cooler GTIs

24 May 2024, 07:01 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Volkswagen is set to celebrate the world premiere of the latest revision of the Golf GTI Clubsport, its most powerful front-wheel drive Golf ever, at the Nürburgring Nordschleife 24 Hours endurance race on June 1. According to the automaker...

 
8-Second Charger Hellcat Races Everything: Challenger, Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, F-150!
8-Second Charger Hellcat Races Everything: Challenger, Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, F-150!

24 May 2024, 06:25 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The good folks over at the racing-focused ImportRace channel on YouTube have interrupted their usual programming because they are not at their usual venue - Island Dragway in Great Meadows, New Jersey, but at BMP – Bradenton Motorsports ...

 
First-Ever Kia EV3 Compact EV Crossover Has Up to 373 Miles of Range and 201 HP
First-Ever Kia EV3 Compact EV Crossover Has Up to 373 Miles of Range and 201 HP

23 May 2024, 11:17 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The smallest dedicated all-electric vehicle to date from Kia, dubbed EV3 and based on the E-GMP architecture, has been officially revealed with EV9-inspired looks and technology. If you look at the Kia roster, the South Korean automaker has one...

 
BMW iX Zephyr Concept Gets Imagined by GM Designer, Looks Miles Better Than Original EV?
BMW iX Zephyr Concept Gets Imagined by GM Designer, Looks Miles Better Than Original EV?

23 May 2024, 09:54 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / While beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, many people would probably say that just about anything is better-looking than BMW's all-electric iX mid-size luxury crossover SUV. On the other hand, BMW tried to challenge that by bringing t...

 
Hypothetical All-New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Is a Triton SUV Targeting Toyota's 4Runner
Hypothetical All-New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Is a Triton SUV Targeting Toyota's 4Runner

23 May 2024, 09:23 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / In America, during the first three months of the year, one Asian automaker barely passed 28k sales while all others thrived – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). MMNA did reveal that its Q1 deliveries surged more than 37%, but t...

 
Decidedly Strange yet Cool Drag Race: BMW M760Li vs. Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
Decidedly Strange yet Cool Drag Race: BMW M760Li vs. Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

23 May 2024, 08:45 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The good folks over at the CSL AutoTime channel on YouTube have an unusual drag racing setup between a Bavarian limo with a V12 under the hood and a volcanic Italian motorcycle with a V2 tucked under the (fearless) rider. In this day and a...

 
Next-Gen 2025 Bentley Continental GT PHEV V8 Arrives in Fantasy Land, Feels Ultra-Subtle
Next-Gen 2025 Bentley Continental GT PHEV V8 Arrives in Fantasy Land, Feels Ultra-Subtle

23 May 2024, 07:57 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Believe it or not, but the Brits from Bentley – an ultraluxury exotic automaker on par with the likes of Rolls-Royce – have had a May month so busy that we think they'll take a vacation all summer long. But only after they unveiled...

 
"Pioneering" Jeep Compass e-Hybrid and 4xe Arrive in the Land Down Under From $30,454
"Pioneering" Jeep Compass e-Hybrid and 4xe Arrive in the Land Down Under From $30,454

23 May 2024, 07:23 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The two new hybrid Jeep models seek to advance the American brand towards a zero-emissions lifestyle in Australia with 'baby' steps and cost between AUD 46k and AUD 70k – that's the equivalent of $30,454 to $46,355 at the curre...

 
2025 Jeep Avenger 4xe Mixes All-Wheel Drive With Refreshed Looks and (Mild) Hybrid Setup
2025 Jeep Avenger 4xe Mixes All-Wheel Drive With Refreshed Looks and (Mild) Hybrid Setup

23 May 2024, 06:44 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / As promised by the rumor mill's spy photographers and a quick official teaser the day before the release, the American specialty brand has announced the Avenger 4xe for model year 2025, complete with subtle upgrades, not just a new powertrain....

 
Hennessey Starts Production of H850 Mustang Dark Horse; Can You Guess the 1/4-Mile ET?
Hennessey Starts Production of H850 Mustang Dark Horse; Can You Guess the 1/4-Mile ET?

22 May 2024, 10:37 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / After previously teasing us with the great dyno run of its supercharged H850 Ford Mustang Dark Horse build, Hennessey also revealed the performance data for the S650-based monster. Yep, the zero to 60 mph and quarter-mile times are impressive! W...

 
Hopefully, the 2026 Mercedes-Benz C-Class EV Won't Look Like This Speculative Preview
Hopefully, the 2026 Mercedes-Benz C-Class EV Won't Look Like This Speculative Preview

22 May 2024, 09:53 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Sugar Chow, the virtual artist better known as sugardesign_1 on social media, has decided to CGI present his vision for the potential 'EQC' sedan – and it's certainly not everything Mercedes-Benz fans had dreamed of. T...

 
2025 Mazda CX-5 Hybrid and 2027 All-Electric Versions Show Their CGI Silhouettes
2025 Mazda CX-5 Hybrid and 2027 All-Electric Versions Show Their CGI Silhouettes

22 May 2024, 09:14 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The tiny Japanese automaker has gotten so busy in the field of double-digit crossover SUVs that we may have forgotten about the best-selling, single-digit Mazda CX-5 if not for the rumor mill. First introduced in 2012 as their definitive compac...

 
C8 Chevy Corvette Stingray Z51 Drags BMW M850i, Someone's Defeat Is Unequivocal
C8 Chevy Corvette Stingray Z51 Drags BMW M850i, Someone's Defeat Is Unequivocal

22 May 2024, 08:43 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / One of the numerous main reasons why 'America's sports car' is so beloved is that – besides being a blank canvas for making your own – it's also a flagship sports car killer much in the same sense certain 'affor...

 
What If Plymouth Was Still Around and Had a Retro-Modern Voyager in the Lineup?
What If Plymouth Was Still Around and Had a Retro-Modern Voyager in the Lineup?

22 May 2024, 08:13 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Stellantis, the multinational automotive corporation formed in 2021 after the Italian-Americans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the PSA Group from France merged, is home to no less than 14 automobile brands. They have manufacturing fac...

 
Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupe and SUV Join the Expensive 63 S E Performance Family in Australia
Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupe and SUV Join the Expensive 63 S E Performance Family in Australia

22 May 2024, 06:29 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / For the first time, the flagship GLC versions also get downsized to a four-pot with electric assistance in the Land Down Under - a big departure from the predecessors, which used the classic 4.0-liter with twin-turbo oomph. Sure, some will say that...

 
Lexus TX 500h Drags and Rolls Mazda CX-90 PHEV, But an Acura MDX Type S Dares to Intervene
Lexus TX 500h Drags and Rolls Mazda CX-90 PHEV, But an Acura MDX Type S Dares to Intervene

21 May 2024, 15:00 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Sam, the host of the Canadian Sam CarLegion channel on YouTube, has prepared yet another drag-and-roll race skirmish - with near-premium and luxury mid-size CUVs this time around. This reviewer always has a nice mix of cars on his YouTube ...

 

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