Marc Noordeloos

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Marc Noordeloos
My grandfather worked for Marathon Oil in Western Michigan. He tested gasoline. He’d connect small glass jars of fuel to the 390 cubic inch V8 in his Ford Galaxie, checking if the refined dead dinosaurs were up to snuff. Sounds safe. My father helped my grandfather build a La Darwi Coachcraft kit car. My father later outran a tornado with that La Darwi. When I was nine years old, I convinced my dad to buy a Volkswagen Rabbit GTI instead of an ex-driver’s training Ford Tempo. I don’t think he fully appreciates how important that decision was.

Every job I’ve ever had intertwines with the automobile. Working at a car wash transitioned into odd jobs for a car collector. Sweeping the shop floors and detailing his eccentric mix of vehicles transitioned into something more. When I graduated from college, I went career hunting but a conventional job reminded me of someone who drives a Ford Tempo. Instead, my car-collecting boss asked me to go racing with him. That developed into a position that sent me all over the world managing (and co-driving) a fleet of historic rally cars and IMSA GTP/Group C prototypes.

After eight years of wonderful adventures in auto racing, I married a lovely lady I met while living in England and had a daughter on the way, which led me to drop Jean Jennings an email about a job at Automobile Magazine. I was looking for something that kept me home a bit more yet still utilized my passion for cars. We met for lunch at Old Town Tavern in Ann Arbor and Jean told me I was stupid to want to work for a car magazine. Luckily, Jean—and a cut in pay—didn’t scare me away and I became the magazine’s road test editor.

Four years later, an opportunity arose where I could move back to my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and continue to write for Automobile Magazine. I took it.

articles by Marc Noordeloos

First Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube
Road Tests

First Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube

After a long wait, America is finally getting the Nissan Cube. If you're looking for a funky, inexpensive car that is decent to drive, the Cube may be your perfect box.
| Feb 27, 2009
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2009 Volkswagen Routan S
Editors Notebook

2009 Volkswagen Routan S

The upmarket VW touches are easy to spot if you're familiar with the Chrysler minivans, but they're still nice, including a better shifter, nicer interior door trim, and much more substantial inside door handles.
| Feb 27, 2009
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2009 Volvo XC70
Editors Notebook

2009 Volvo XC70

The XC70 is a great vehicle. It does everything it's designed to do and looks and feels damn good doing it; a legitimate SUV alternative.
| Feb 26, 2009
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2008 Lexus IS-F - Four Seasons Update - February 2009
Long-Term Tests

2008 Lexus IS-F - Four Seasons Update - February 2009

We've crossed the 20,000-mile mark in the Lexus IS-F so it's time to make a list of what has broken on the Japanese sports sedan in eight-months of service. Nothing.
| Feb 24, 2009
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First Drive: 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
Future Cars

First Drive: 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

We dare anyone who is thinking about an Audi S8 or a Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG to give the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S a chance. You'll be hooked, just like we are.
| Feb 19, 2009
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Revew: 2009 Audi TTS Roadster
Road Tests

Revew: 2009 Audi TTS Roadster

The quickest TT ever is still trying to catch up to the Porsche Boxster.
| Feb 10, 2009
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2009 BMW 328i
Editors Notebook

2009 BMW 328i

This 3-series arrived just as the snow started falling. When you're on hyper alert for the first sign of lost traction, there's probably no car that better communicates what's going on than the 3-series.
| Feb 04, 2009
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2008 Lexus IS-F - Four Seasons Update - January 2009
Long-Term Tests

2008 Lexus IS-F - Four Seasons Update - January 2009

Lexus finally builds a proper sports sedan and we've got our hands on a nice blue one for a whole year.
| Jan 30, 2009
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2008 Infiniti EX35 AWD Journey - Four Seasons Fleet Update - January 2009
Long-Term Tests

2008 Infiniti EX35 AWD Journey - Four Seasons Fleet Update - January 2009

Once we accepted the fact that the EX35 is really just a high-riding, all-wheel-drive sport sedan, not a crossover SUV, we began to revel in the fact that it's a blast to drive.
| Jan 28, 2009
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2009 BMW 335d
News & Rumors

2009 BMW 335d

If you're a diehard fan of diesel engines and the 3-series, the 2009 BMW 335d may be just what you're looking for.
| Jan 28, 2009
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2009 Subaru Tribeca Limited
Editors Notebook

2009 Subaru Tribeca Limited

We received both snow and the 2009 Subaru Tribeca Limited last week. Fortunately, the crossover proved more than adept at handling Michigan's wintry weather.
| Jan 27, 2009
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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4.0
Editors Notebook

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4.0

Is a newly retuned suspension enough for us to swoon over the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4.0?
| Jan 26, 2009
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2009 Ford Expedition EXP Limited EL 4x4
Editors Notebook

2009 Ford Expedition EXP Limited EL 4x4

Other than the fact that I don't own a trailer to tow behind this big Ford, I used the Expedition to its full extent this past weekend. I loaded up two car seats and three adults for runs to Trader Joe's, Ikea, Target, and Whole Foods. I never ran out of space
Don Sherman
| Jan 16, 2009
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Detroit 2009: Five Cars For The Enthusiast
2009 Auto Show

Detroit 2009: Five Cars For The Enthusiast

The lack of SUV debuts at the 2009 Detroit auto show left much more room for driver's cars. Enough room, in fact, for us to find five driver-focused cars making their first appearance.
| Jan 15, 2009
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2009 Ford Escape XLS FWD
Editors Notebook

2009 Ford Escape XLS FWD

This stripped-down Ford Escape is so far from the average Escape/Mariner/Tribute you see on the roads, it's almost funny. I'd love to know what the take rate for this manual transmission is. The shifts aren't particularly rewarding, since the throws are pretty
| Jan 14, 2009
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