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Little did he knew back then, but a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO is what sparked Mircea’s interest for cars when he was just a kid. Despite studying mathematics and informatics in high school and economics in university, Mircea turned his passion for all things automotive into a job.
 
Interning for Top Gear was his first foray in automotive journalism, and not long after that, a full-time position was opened for Mircea to seal the deal. Just about three years later, autoevolution became his new home.
 
Especially interested in American ponies and muscle cars, Mircea also finds the Japanese domestic market appealing thanks to the quirkiness of kei cars. Full-size pickups like the Ram 1500 and off-roaders such as the Ford Ranger Raptor and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon are much to his liking as well.
 
A self-described master of pasta and an avid CCG player, Mircea’s past-time activities include playing his Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition electric guitar, discovering the wonders of the Carpathian mountains by foot, and driving to the Black Sea to get a well-deserved tan.
Alfa Romeo Recalls Giulia and Stelvio for Incorrect Tire Information
Alfa Romeo Recalls Giulia and Stelvio for Incorrect Tire Information

11 Jul 2024, 19:01 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Stellantis-controlled Alfa Romeo has issued a safety recall for 9,037 examples of the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. The Giorgio platform-based models were produced with incorrect tire information on the tire placard and manufacturer labels. M...

 
ICE Suzuki Jimny Bids Farewell to Europe With Special Edition, All-Electric Model Incoming
ICE Suzuki Jimny Bids Farewell to Europe With Special Edition, All-Electric Model Incoming

11 Jul 2024, 17:53 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny rolled out in 2018 with a choice of three-cylinder turbo for the Japanese market's kei version or naturally aspirated four-cylinder for the global version. The latter's 1.5-liter mill isn't particul...

 
332,000 Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Fiat Vehicles Recalled in the US Due to Safety Concern
332,000 Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Fiat Vehicles Recalled in the US Due to Safety Concern

11 Jul 2024, 15:59 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / 332,000 vehicles produced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the succeeding Stellantis group for the US market have been hit with a safety recall. Said cars and sport utilities feature a seatbelt buckle switch sensor that may be improperly connected,...

 
Fisker Recalls Ocean Electric SUV Over Potential Cabin Electric Water Pump Failure
Fisker Recalls Ocean Electric SUV Over Potential Cabin Electric Water Pump Failure

10 Jul 2024, 19:59 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The latest safety recall to hit Fisker will see 11,308 vehicles recalled for a problem with the cabin electric water pump. In case said part fails, a communication loss will result in the subject vehicle going into limp mode, increasing the risk of...

 
2025 Honda Pilot Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+ Award From the IIHS
2025 Honda Pilot Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+ Award From the IIHS

9 Jul 2024, 20:45 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Redesigned in December 2022 for model year 2023, the Honda Pilot has recently entered MY25 with little in the way of changes. Be that as it may, the IIHS decided to crash the 2025 model to find out whether it could match the Top Safety Pick+ accola...

 
Ford Mustang Phantom Steering Issue Also Affects F-150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator
Ford Mustang Phantom Steering Issue Also Affects F-150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

9 Jul 2024, 19:08 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Not long ago, the Ford Motor Company recalled certain 2022 and 2023 model year Ford Mustang vehicles over unintentional steering caused by a secondary steering torque sensor with inverted polarity. The problem will be remedied by means of a softwar...

 
The 670-HP Subaru Project Midnight Is Anything But Your Typical WRX
The 670-HP Subaru Project Midnight Is Anything But Your Typical WRX

9 Jul 2024, 18:06 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Subaru Motorsport USA has unleashed the "quickest and fastest WRX race car to date" in the form of Project Midnight. A time-attack monster with a widebody kit made from lightweight carbon fiber, this fellow boasts a lighter chassis than i...

 
Honda Recalls Certain CR-V Sport Utility Vehicles Over Missing Tire Information
Honda Recalls Certain CR-V Sport Utility Vehicles Over Missing Tire Information

9 Jul 2024, 16:58 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / American Honda Motor has recently identified a problem affecting 1,725 units of the 2024 Honda CR-V sport utility vehicle. As it happens, the 235/60 by 18-inch tires fitted to said crossovers may be missing TIN information. To be more specific, the...

 
2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid Goes Live, Preferred Trim Is $33,970
2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid Goes Live, Preferred Trim Is $33,970

9 Jul 2024, 15:55 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / As expected, the CX-50 crossover has entered MY25 in the United States market with a new powertrain. The compact-sized crossover brings together hybrid goodies from Toyota and Mazda's 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Skyactiv-G engine. The system...

 
Porsche Sold 21,304 Vehicles in the US in Q2 2024; It's the Best Quarterly Performance Yet
Porsche Sold 21,304 Vehicles in the US in Q2 2024; It's the Best Quarterly Performance Yet

9 Jul 2024, 14:44 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / A bit late compared to high-volume automakers that include Ford and General Motors, the folks at Porsche have finally released their second-quarter sales reports for the US and the global market. Over in the United States, the Zuffenhausen-based ma...

 
Jeep Wrangler 4xe Investigated Over Loss of Motive Power Allegations
Jeep Wrangler 4xe Investigated Over Loss of Motive Power Allegations

9 Jul 2024, 13:07 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / November 2022 saw FCA US LLC issue a recall for 62,909 units of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. Specifically, 2021 through 2023 models produced at the Toledo assembly plant between September 2, 2020 and August 17, 2022. Fiat Chrysler's US division s...

 
Polestar 2 Recalled Over Iffy Head Unit Software
Polestar 2 Recalled Over Iffy Head Unit Software

8 Jul 2024, 21:01 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Polestar Automotive USA has identified a problem with the graphical memory allocation process within the infotainment head unit of certain Polestar 2 liftback sedans. As it happens, the recall condition may result in the lack of a rearview camera i...

 
2025 Ford Puma Gen-E Spied Testing in the Wet in the Austrian Alps
2025 Ford Puma Gen-E Spied Testing in the Wet in the Austrian Alps

8 Jul 2024, 20:09 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Ford Europe refreshed the Puma back in February 2024 with new headlights, more driving tech, fewer physical buttons, 5G connectivity, MegaBox storage, and up to 170 metric ponies from a 1.0-liter EcoBoost with mild-hybrid assistance. Mentioned brie...

 
Certain 2024 Nissan Sentra Vehicles Recalled Over Windshield Bubble Delamination
Certain 2024 Nissan Sentra Vehicles Recalled Over Windshield Bubble Delamination

8 Jul 2024, 18:52 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Nissan North America has identified a problem affecting a little over 1,600 examples of the Sentra. The suspect vehicles were produced for model year 2024 in the period between May 16, 2024 and May 24, 2024 by Nissan Mexicana at the Aguascalientes ...

 
Kia Sportage Enters 2025 Model Year With Minimal Changes Over 2024
Kia Sportage Enters 2025 Model Year With Minimal Changes Over 2024

8 Jul 2024, 16:56 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The 2025 Kia Sorento is coming to dealers nationwide with little in the way of changes from the 2024 model. Excluding the $1,375 destination charge, pricing kicks off at $27,190 for the LX trim level with front-wheel drive, whereas the all-wheel-dr...

 
2025 Kia Soul Pricing Announced, Remains Brand's Most Affordable Crossover
2025 Kia Soul Pricing Announced, Remains Brand's Most Affordable Crossover

8 Jul 2024, 15:56 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / If you're in the market for a brand-new Kia on a budget, you can go Forte sedan at $19,990 from the outset, wait for the Forte-replacing K4 to launch for the 2025 model year, or spend your hard-earned money on the Soul. Pricing went up $100 fo...

 
2025 Nissan Rogue Launches With New Rock Creed Edition, Features Three-Cylinder Turbo
2025 Nissan Rogue Launches With New Rock Creed Edition, Features Three-Cylinder Turbo

8 Jul 2024, 14:57 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Refreshed for model year 2024, the Nissan Rogue has entered MY25. Two improvements need to be highlighted, namely the optional ProPILOT Assist 2.1 system and the Rock Creed trim level. ProPILOT is the automaker's way of saying driver assist...

 
2025 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe F74 Spied With 1 Series F70 Styling Cues
2025 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe F74 Spied With 1 Series F70 Styling Cues

8 Jul 2024, 14:14 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Following the renewal of the 1er, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will receive a new generation for model year 2025 as well. To enter series production sometime during November 2024, the front-biased sib of the 2 Series Coupe has been recently spotted test...

 
Tuned Honda Integra Type R Drag Races Tuned G80 BMW M3, They're Both Stupidly Quick
Tuned Honda Integra Type R Drag Races Tuned G80 BMW M3, They're Both Stupidly Quick

7 Jul 2024, 01:02 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The fourth-gen Honda Integra Type R came with a pretty rad K-series engine, a four-cylinder lump that produces maximum power at 8,000 revolutions per minute. How many ponies? That would be 217 horsepower fully stock, with torque coming in at 152 lb...

 
2025 Chevrolet Camaro Rendering Proposes S650 Ford Mustang Rival With GTD Influences
2025 Chevrolet Camaro Rendering Proposes S650 Ford Mustang Rival With GTD Influences

6 Jul 2024, 01:02 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Twinned with the Pontiac Firebird, the Chevrolet Camaro launched in September 1966 for the 1967 model year as GM's take on the Ford Mustang. But as opposed to the best-selling pony car of them all, the Camaro was discontinued twice. Dwindli...

 

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