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.
Bar an Apocalypse This Ford F-550 Is Ready for Any Severe Duty While Overlanding
Bar an Apocalypse This Ford F-550 Is Ready for Any Severe Duty While Overlanding

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White and Yellow Lambo Urus Super-SUVs Do Look Great on Color Matched Forgiatos
White and Yellow Lambo Urus Super-SUVs Do Look Great on Color Matched Forgiatos

While Prancing Horse enthusiasts are still waiting on Ferrari to deliver the promised Purosangue lesson to Lamborghini’s Urus super-SUV, the aftermarket world is quite content with feisty and cool reinterpretations. A case in point to ...

 
2022 Mercedes-Benz S 580 Goes for Better-Than-AMG Looks With Firm Carbon Body Kit
2022 Mercedes-Benz S 580 Goes for Better-Than-AMG Looks With Firm Carbon Body Kit

While the OEM automotive world is currently going crazy about new Ioniq 6 electrified streamliners, TRX-unbeaten 700-hp Raptor Rs, and the massive new 2024 Chevy Blazer EV family, the aftermarket realm is immovable in its quest for all-time custom ...

 
2022 Subaru WRX Gets Slammed Into CGI Widebody Trance, Finally Looks Menacing
2022 Subaru WRX Gets Slammed Into CGI Widebody Trance, Finally Looks Menacing

When it arrived on the market, the VB second generation 2021 Subaru WRX was not a car that divided opinions. Instead, everyone unanimously loathed the quirky yet evolutionary design language. To make matters worse, there’s the official...

 
Candy Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 Deserves Some Hellcat-Inspired Virtual Love
Candy Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 Deserves Some Hellcat-Inspired Virtual Love

No matter that Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk was trumped by the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat corporate sibling a while ago. Inside the hearts and minds of Mopar aficionados, it certainly holds a dear place. No need to take our word ...

 
2024 Chevy Blazer EV Will Silently Pursue Offenders via PPV Model From Early 2024
2024 Chevy Blazer EV Will Silently Pursue Offenders via PPV Model From Early 2024

Currently, General Motors has a rather feeble EV offering spanning from as high as $100k+ GMC Hummer EVs (pickup and SUV) to low $31,500 and $33,500 Chevy Bolt EV / EUVs. But things are going to change. For the better, hopefully. The GMC Hum...

 
$45k 2024 Chevy Blazer EV Revealed With SS and RS Models, Up to 320-Mile Range
$45k 2024 Chevy Blazer EV Revealed With SS and RS Models, Up to 320-Mile Range

Last month, the eagerly-awaited 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV was revealed by CEO Mary Barra as the third major all-electric offering next to the 2024 Silverado and Equinox. But, as always, details were scarce. Now, as promised, General Motors ha...

 
Imaginary Mid-Engine SpeedKore Charger Daytona Gets Ready for Vintage Le Mans
Imaginary Mid-Engine SpeedKore Charger Daytona Gets Ready for Vintage Le Mans

When you hear words like ‘Hellacious,’ ‘Hellucination,’ or ‘Tantrum,’ a diehard automotive fan should only think of one association: Hellcats and SpeedKore. Both in the real world and across the virtual realm, as...

 
2024 Toyota Tacoma Unofficially Flaunts Colorful New Generation TRD Pro Looks
2024 Toyota Tacoma Unofficially Flaunts Colorful New Generation TRD Pro Looks

Venerable yet so experienced that no one can even come close to its sales crown. That would be – in a nutshell – the delivery performance for the long-running N300 Toyota Tacoma across the U.S. market. We are yet to see the impac...

 
BMW M3 Has Secret 700-HP Tuning Sauce, Tries a Half-Mile McLaren 765LT Drag Salad
BMW M3 Has Secret 700-HP Tuning Sauce, Tries a Half-Mile McLaren 765LT Drag Salad

Just because America is the land of quarter-mile dragstrips (now including four lanes, not just two) does not mean Old Continent fans do not know how to make a straight-line acceleration party. For example, the famous Netherlands-based YouTu...

 
VW Amarok SUV Is a Futile Digital Exercise, Still Looks Ready for Everest Conquering
VW Amarok SUV Is a Futile Digital Exercise, Still Looks Ready for Everest Conquering

The Ford Ranger - VW Amarok siblings will soon take by storm the mid-size pickup truck market across various regions. Alas, not all things are also created SUV-equals, as it turns out. For example, Americana truck fans are now pondering the g...

 
Who Needs an Ioniq 5 N When You Have This Hyundai R8? The Real World, for Sure!
Who Needs an Ioniq 5 N When You Have This Hyundai R8? The Real World, for Sure!

After a good streak of quirky designs (think Tucson, Ioniq 5, and Elantra, among others) that fell on the bright side of fans, Hyundai has brought to our attention what it calls an “electrified streamliner.” Others might say it is an ae...

 
Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 and Hurst/Olds Pickup Trucks Aren't Real, Quite Sadly
Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 and Hurst/Olds Pickup Trucks Aren't Real, Quite Sadly

Unlike Chevrolet or GMC, which are well known for their pickups, Oldsmobile was more like an early adopter and quick discarder of the truck market shenanigans. But what if that wasn’t so? Oldsmobile’s earliest foray into the truc...

 
1969 Ford Torino Cobra Rams Air With the 428ci Force of a Candy Apple Red Jet
1969 Ford Torino Cobra Rams Air With the 428ci Force of a Candy Apple Red Jet

Blue Oval muscle cars did not start and end with the high-performance transformations of the Mustang. Alas, they’re rarer than the lot, apparently. So, that makes them even more collectible. Looking into what Ford had in the classic mu...

 
Funky “Manda RX2000” Takes Half Mazda RX-7 and Half S2000 to Make a CGI Whole
Funky “Manda RX2000” Takes Half Mazda RX-7 and Half S2000 to Make a CGI Whole

Remember when we were kids and used to try and combine any couple of toys into new ones? Well, some people still do that, and if they are talented automotive fans, we call them virtual artists! The art of CGI mashups – when it comes to ...

 
New Nissan Bluebird EV Imagined With 1980s Style to Make Everyone Forget a Leaf
New Nissan Bluebird EV Imagined With 1980s Style to Make Everyone Forget a Leaf

According to a recent report making the rounds of the proverbial rumor mill, Nissan’s once worldwide best-selling Leaf EV might soon bite the dust, and no replacement is planned in the corner offices. Well, that’s a bit sad for a m...

 
Virtual 2024 Hyundai Palisade EV Truck Looks Like a Silverado EV Designed in Asia
Virtual 2024 Hyundai Palisade EV Truck Looks Like a Silverado EV Designed in Asia

Hyundai is all about electrified streamliners with a side dish of N performance and concept cars, right now. Meanwhile, some people only have eyes for what pickup truck imagination dictates. Hyundai has lately attracted a lot of attention &n...

 
Toyota Sequoia “Shadow Line” Hunkers Down on Contrasting Aftermarket Wheels
Toyota Sequoia “Shadow Line” Hunkers Down on Contrasting Aftermarket Wheels

The automotive industry is in shambles because of stuff like the chip shortage but also because of carmakers trying their best to complicate everything. So, how about a minimalist’s approach, even if only in CGI? Let us take Toyota as a...

 
2024 Honda Accord Flaunts Mature CGI Design Along With Ritzy Color Choices
2024 Honda Accord Flaunts Mature CGI Design Along With Ritzy Color Choices

Even though Honda sales haven’t been great during the first six months of the year, demand is strong and only hampered by the current woes across the entire automotive industry. So, the Japanese keep pushing and hoping. This summer is ...

 
2023 Toyota Crown Quickly Goes Off-Road, Albeit Only in Digital Form, for Now
2023 Toyota Crown Quickly Goes Off-Road, Albeit Only in Digital Form, for Now

After fifteen generations and a continuous stint that kicked off back in 1955, Toyota has decided to reinvent the Crown nameplate and go global with it - rather than pull the plug off and send it into oblivion. The main mid-size luxury car l...

 

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