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Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ryan Reynolds star in new Michael Bay movie '6 Underground'

Ryan Reynolds stars in the new Netflix movie "6 Underground".

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The '6 Underground' trailer opens with actor Ryan Reynolds waxing poetic. "What's the best part of being dead? It isn't escaping your boss, your ex, or even erasing your criminal record. The best part about being dead...is the freedom," he says. That freedom apparently includes driving through the streets of Italy like a maniac in a lime green 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Alfa Romeo has updated the Giulia for the 2020 model year, including a thoroughly new take on the car's infotainment system. The model staring in the film is a 2020 Giulia Quadrifolgio, the most performance-focused variant of the Italian sports sedan.

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It shines as it is burning rubber and maneuvering around Italy's famously narrow and pedestrian-crowded streets with proper camera angles showing off its sharp steering and Reynold's knowing smile.

The Netflix film, which had a reported budget of $150 million, is directed by Michael Bay, the man responsible to brining the modern shoot 'em up while you blow 'em up style of action movie to millions of viewers for decades now. His previous work includes "The Rock", "Bad Boys", and the Transformers series.

Reynolds recently tweeted that "6 Underground" is, "the most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay." Translation: a feast for your eyes.

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Other vehicles seen in the movie include a Maserati Quattroporte (Maserati and Alfa Romeo share common FCA ownership), Ferrari 488 Pista, Land Rover Range Rovers (may they rest in peace), and a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

"6 Underground" debuts exclusively on Netflix on December 13.

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia will arrive on U.S. shores before the end of the year.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The new Type R set a Suzuka Circuit lap record.

Honda

The new Honda Civic somehow improves on the formula laid out by its numerous predecessors and does so with style, refinement, and value. The Civic Si built on that foundation with a potent turbocharged engine and solid handling, but Honda's not done with the Civic. The automaker just teased the new Civic Type R, and it set records at Japan's Suzuka Circuit during a recent testing session.

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The Type R lapped Suzuka Circuit in 2 minutes, 23.120 seconds, a record-breaking lap for a front-wheel drive car. The video features neat telemetry information on-screen during the lap as well, but the real excitement comes later when full specs are revealed.

Honda's been understandably mum on details on the new Type R's powertrain and performance numbers, but the car is expected to carry the same powertrain with its predecessor. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made that car a force to be reckoned with, so the 2023 Civic Type R will likely continue carrying that torch.

Honda Civic Type RHonda will fully reveal the car this summer. Honda

Honda will reveal the car in all its glory this summer. As for pricing, the previous car started around $38,000, so the new model should be around there to start. That, of course, is before dealers mark it up and other lucky buyers snap them up for insane resale on an auction site.

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