autoevolution

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.

After around a decade and a half of trying to perfect them – well, he’s a slow learner – and after driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe, he’s a proud part of the team for an international publication: autoevolution. Here, he hopes to develop his best-ever form, and way faster than before.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 Morphs Into Logical Shooting Brake or Fierce Copycat EV Coupe
Hyundai Ioniq 6 Morphs Into Logical Shooting Brake or Fierce Copycat EV Coupe

The South Korean company has started the promotional tour duties with their latest official arrival, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 full-EV sedan, but automotive virtual artists are even harder at work to change our initial impressions. Let us face it,...

 
Toyota Bentley Land Cruiser Looks Like a Stormtrooper-Disguised Flying Spur Rebel
Toyota Bentley Land Cruiser Looks Like a Stormtrooper-Disguised Flying Spur Rebel

When you look at the J300 Toyota Land Cruiser and think of the iconic Star Wars saga, it would be perfectly understandable if the visage reminds you of the legendary bad-aim Stormtroopers’ helmet. But it is also quite logical if the as...

 
1968 Chevy Chevelle Doesn't Feel Blue at All Due to 454ci Big Block and Stick Shift
1968 Chevy Chevelle Doesn't Feel Blue at All Due to 454ci Big Block and Stick Shift

Looks, especially when it comes to classic cars, can easily be deceiving. Take the mid-size Chevy Chevelle for example – a highly successful nameplate that could be had as a family station wagon for when you are never in a hurry… or as...

 
Iconic 2023 Honda S2000e Roadster Comes Back to Digital Life on Vexing EV Pathway
Iconic 2023 Honda S2000e Roadster Comes Back to Digital Life on Vexing EV Pathway

Honda is currently taking care of almost every need. Want a compact crossover SUV – then have a teaser for the upcoming 2023 CR-V. Seek a feisty compact sedan - then have the camouflaged 2023 Civic Type R unable to stay away from tracks. Or p...

 
Independence Day Comes Bearing Euro Gifts: Ford Bronco Will Cross the Atlantic
Independence Day Comes Bearing Euro Gifts: Ford Bronco Will Cross the Atlantic

It is entirely true that not all Blue Oval-loving Americans will have a great 4th of July because Ford has not yet produced and delivered their Bronco example that was ordered a long time ago. Yet, here is the big 4x4 expanding into fresh territory...

 
Digital Mercedes-AMG SL 63 Shooting Brake Arrives in Time to Have Us Fall in Love
Digital Mercedes-AMG SL 63 Shooting Brake Arrives in Time to Have Us Fall in Love

Today, if you want a quirky Mercedes-Benz in the form of a swanky Shooting Brake, you have to contend with the second-generation X118 CLA as the larger-than-life CLS-Class is only a four-door sedan now – and not even the best-looking one. ...

 
Digital Artist Thinks 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV Crossover Has Just One Tiny CGI Problem
Digital Artist Thinks 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV Crossover Has Just One Tiny CGI Problem

Some automotive virtual artists are so imaginative they can fall to extremes – either the artsy or horrible ones. Others just like to subtly dabble with hot entries from now and the past to (try and) make them even better. Such is most...

 
'69 Cougar, Camaro Z/28, and '67 Mustang Trio Flaunt Crazy Slammed CGI Widebodies
'69 Cougar, Camaro Z/28, and '67 Mustang Trio Flaunt Crazy Slammed CGI Widebodies

Frankly, there is no other way to put it. The virtual automotive artist better known as carmstyledesign(1) on social media has the ‘bad’ habit of playing with both classic and modern heroes in crazy slammed and twisted widebody way...

 
Digital Lamborghini Pickup Truck May Not Be Just an Overpriced Chevy El Camino
Digital Lamborghini Pickup Truck May Not Be Just an Overpriced Chevy El Camino

Just like many other luxury exotic automakers, Lamborghini dared to venture into unknown territory with its Urus super-SUV. Unlike some of its rivals, though, their high rider did have a spiritual ancestor. Now, more than four years since pr...

 
Dodge Charger Ute Widebodies Arriving at Dealerships Is Not Just Wishful Thinking
Dodge Charger Ute Widebodies Arriving at Dealerships Is Not Just Wishful Thinking

Sometimes, it is best to accept fault and provide a Mea culpa. This is exactly the case here, with our previous representation of how Oscar Vargas, the virtual artist better known as wb.artist20 on social media, imagined an LD-based Dodge Char...

 
Dodge Jailbreak Meets Blackwing and Lexus V8, Everyone Wins, With Chris Harris Twists
Dodge Jailbreak Meets Blackwing and Lexus V8, Everyone Wins, With Chris Harris Twists

Canada's Thomas Holland and Brit James Engelsman proudly represent the entertaining duo behind the Throttle House channel on YouTube, and they are true petrolheads. And their rising star means they can have special guests, too. Sur...

 
2022 Chevy Trax 454 SS Is How You Show the Little Things Some Tough Digital Love
2022 Chevy Trax 454 SS Is How You Show the Little Things Some Tough Digital Love

While passenger cars, both the good and the bad, are increasingly biting the dust, high riders are doing swell. Even the boring, ugly, and not-so-reliable ones, if you do not mind us saying this bluntly. A good case in point would be General...

 
Mercedes-Benz S 63 RS Edition Gets the AMG Style Protected to Bulletproof Level 6
Mercedes-Benz S 63 RS Edition Gets the AMG Style Protected to Bulletproof Level 6

When you are part of the ‘Sonderklasse’ (German for “special class”) it is only natural to feel a little bit transcendent ,and Mercedes-Benz has been paving the way for the feeling since way back in 1954. And what is not eno...

 
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 a Genius Move or Just Another Unfulfilled EV Prophecy?
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 a Genius Move or Just Another Unfulfilled EV Prophecy?

After countless spy shots, previews, unofficial renderings, and the already traditional pre-unveiling leak, Hyundai has officially revealed the looks (but not all technical details) of its upcoming Ioniq 6 EV. But did it fulfill all promises? ...

 
Digital Honda Element Gladiator 6x6 Mutant Seems to Dream of Pickup Truck Horrors
Digital Honda Element Gladiator 6x6 Mutant Seems to Dream of Pickup Truck Horrors

The revived Jeep Gladiator (JT) mid-size pickup truck has enjoyed its new lease of life since spring of 2019 to the max. And we literally mean that, as it has become a preferred target for extreme makeovers. Jeep’s return to the pickup...

 
Mitsubishi eColt Unofficially Ditches Clio Rebadge, Goes After Renault 5 EV Glory
Mitsubishi eColt Unofficially Ditches Clio Rebadge, Goes After Renault 5 EV Glory

With a U.S. lineup comprised of little cars and rather decrepit crossovers, Mitsubishi Motors may not look like much right now. But they are still alive and kicking, even if only barely. One could buy a cheap (around $15k) Mirage hatchback o...

 
Acura Previews ‘Handcrafted’ TLX Type S PMC Edition With Trio of Ritzy Shades
Acura Previews ‘Handcrafted’ TLX Type S PMC Edition With Trio of Ritzy Shades

While the entire fan base is waiting for the announcement about a possible, feistier 2023 Integra, Acura's other performance-oriented models are doing great, especially the Type S versions. Reviewers think the 2023 Acura Integra has m...

 
Relieve the 4th of July Vibes Daily With This Classic, Custom 1989 Chevy 3500 Dually
Relieve the 4th of July Vibes Daily With This Classic, Custom 1989 Chevy 3500 Dually

Not long now, and the extended 4th of July weekend celebrations will take the nation by storm. But for those who might be a little late for the party, here is something on the cheap for your massive barbeque-hauling duties. Nothing screams mo...

 
2024 Ford F-Series Super Duty Is Digitally Here, Lightning Pays Unofficial EV Visit
2024 Ford F-Series Super Duty Is Digitally Here, Lightning Pays Unofficial EV Visit

The fourteenth generation of the “regular” full-size Ford F-150 F-Series is well underway towards new sales records now that it covers a broader powertrain spectrum. So, perhaps now is the ripe time to focus on Super Duty stuff, even if...

 
Bugatti La Voiture Noire Masterfully Converts to Modern Type 57G by Way of CGI
Bugatti La Voiture Noire Masterfully Converts to Modern Type 57G by Way of CGI

Although Bugatti always finds new ways to stay fresh, that does not mean it does not promote its older entries into the hypercar fold. Both in the real world and across the virtual realm, as it turns out. The Molsheim, France-based exotic aut...

 

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