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    Video: Fiat looks to retire 'Fix It Again, Tony' by knocking Honda
    Nov 24th 2014

    Ask Americans what Fiat stands for, and the odds are pretty low that you'll hear, "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino" to be the answer. The more far likely response is "Fix It Again, Tony." The ignominious moniker comes from the brand's stint selling often unreliable models in the US in the ...

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    Official: Kia Sorento bares its claws for X-Men special edition
    Nov 24th 2014

    We all know what Batman drives. Chrysler even postulated at what Superman would drive with its special Ram Power Wagon. But what would the X-Men drive? According to Kia, the Sorento you see here. Unveiled to promote the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, this ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: Abu Dhabi GP is reversals, luck, leanness and last dances
    Nov 24th 2014

    We weren't sure if Alter Ego Nico Rosberg, the one who flew into Brazil and showed Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton that he knew also knew how to grab an entire race weekend by the scruff of the neck, arrived in Abu Dhabi. In both Friday practice sessions Hamilton showed Rosberg the ...

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    Los Angeles: Editors' Choice: Top Five 2014 LA Auto Show Debuts
    In Which We Pick Our Favorites From Los Angeles Nov 24th 2014

    It's often easy to jump to conclusions about what will absolutely steal the show at an automotive expo. Something ultra-sexy, fast, and exotic? Safe bet. A brown, Swedish shooting brake? Sounds like a winner to us. But sometimes, when the votes are tallied, we even surprise ourselves. And that's ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R [w/video]
    Grip It And Rip It Nov 24th 2014

    Volkswagen hired a photographer to come shoot the handful of journalists that it brought to drive the 2015 Golf R at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles. This fact, though unremarkable in and of itself, was something I hadn't noticed until I was well into my track time – probably ten ...

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    Report: 2018 Jeep Wrangler to get 8-speed auto
    Nov 24th 2014

    Remember when the Jeep Wrangler had a three-speed automatic? That wasn't that long ago – as recent as the 2007 redesign – but Chrysler is keen to leave those days behind on the dusty trail. The current model ushered in a four-speed, then a five-speed, but the latest intel indicates ...

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    Report: Lexus nixes RC convertible in favor of LS-based 3-row crossover [w/poll]
    Nov 24th 2014

    When Lexus unveiled the LF-C2 concept at the LA Auto Show last week, it did two things: it previewed the direction in which the Japanese luxury automaker's design department was looking for the immediate future, and it previewed a cabrio version of the RC coupe (to replace the IS Convertible) on ...

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    Report: Mercedes-AMG planning more hardcore A45 hot hatch
    Nov 24th 2014

    The launch of the A45 AMG marked Mercedes-Benz's first real assault on the premium hot hatch segment. And with 355 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo four, it is indeed hot. But the latest word has it that Mercedes-AMG is planning an even hotter version. Speaking with Auto Express at the LA Auto ...

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    Report: 20 Japanese auto supplier execs on the lam from US authorities?
    Nov 24th 2014

    The US Department of Justice has been on a campaign over the past few years to crack down on price fixing in the auto industry, especially from Japanese parts suppliers. In the agency's most recent count, it has indicted 46 people with 26 guilty pleas and raised over $2.4 billion in fines from 31 ...

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    Official: Ferrari replaces F1 boss with Marlboro exec
    Nov 24th 2014

    Ferrari just finished its worst Formula One season in decades, and if you're thinking heads are going to roll, you're right. In fact they already have, as team principal Stefano Domenicali was dismissed earlier this year and longtime chairman Luca di Montezemolo was axed just two months ago. Now ...

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    Motorsports: Force India confirms Sergio Perez in multi-year contract
    Nov 24th 2014

    The last few seats are being taken in the grand game of musical chairs that ensues at the end of any Formula One season. The latest announcement comes from Force India, which has confirmed that it's keeping Sergio Perez in place not just for next season, but for the next several years. This ...

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    Video: Watch this Chinese stunt driver parallel park with only 3 inches to spare
    Nov 23rd 2014

    Whenever this writer thinks of fancy parking jobs, we go straight to Buddy Love singing Strokin' in a red Dodge Viper he slides into a tiny space in The Nutty Professor. But after watching the video above, we might have to start thinking about Han Yue, who broke the world record for getting into ...

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    Official: Chevy Sail 3 lands in China
    Nov 23rd 2014

    Shanghai General Motors took 32 cars to this year's Guangzhou Motor Show, with its Chevrolet Sail 3 leading the way. After putting almost 1.4 million of them into Chinese hands, the third generation of the Bowtie's entry-level sedan wants to "take the nameplate and the segment to a new level." ...

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    Report: US driver data privacy laws aren't strict enough for EU
    Nov 23rd 2014

    In October the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manfuacturers informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they were working together on a set of privacy protection guidelines for drivers. The privacy concerns the data collected by modern ...

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    Report: Nissan's London Black Cab postponed because it can't meet emissions targets
    Nov 23rd 2014

    Emissions concerns in London are causing headaches for Nissan, as the company continues its efforts to bring its Black Cab to the city's streets. A proposed ultra-low emissions zone could lead to standards in the city center that are so strict the gas-powered taxi can't meet them, AutoExpress ...

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    Report: Audi Quattro concept production hopes still alive, could be more radical
    Nov 23rd 2014

    Remember the gestation period of the Lexus LFA, the one that, in automotive time, took so long that its origins could have been carbon dated? We feel like it's déja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would have said, this time featuring the Audi Quattro and Audi Sport Quattro. It was 2010 ...

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    Report: Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar due in 2016
    Nov 23rd 2014

    Our life with the Mercedes-AMG GT has only just begun, and a full life it looks like it will be. The latest in preposterous two-doors from AMG is launching in GT and GT S flavors, but a few more branches of the family tree are already planned: a racing entry for the FIA GT3 championship is ...

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    Official: Watch Ford build a Mustang atop Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building
    Nov 22nd 2014

    In 1965, a Ford Mustang Convertible proudly went on display at the top of the Empire State Building, the world's tallest building at the time. Earlier this year, the Blue Oval recreated the stunt by bringing the latest droptop 'Stang to the sky-high structure during the New York Auto Show. ...

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    Report: Will states start to prevent you from registering cars that have pending recalls?
    Nov 22nd 2014

    The impact of 2014 – henceforth known as Year of the Recalls – will have long-ranging consequences on the auto industry. One of the biggest changes, though, might not be in the way manufacturers inform the government of pending recalls or in the way Uncle Sam punishes automakers that ...

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    Report: Land Rover to lodge complaint with China over LandWind's Evoque copycat
    Nov 22nd 2014

    Despite its position as a communist state, the People's Republic of China has taken a decidedly laissez-faire attitude towards copyright infringement. It's why, as evidenced in an old episode of Top Gear, you can buy a fake Omega, wear fake Ray-Bans, talk on a fake iPhone and drink at a fake ...

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    Official: Feds chastise Marchionne over Jeep recall, only 13% repaired so far
    Nov 22nd 2014

    Following the significant outcry surrounding the General Motors and Takata airbag safety crises this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to be taking a much more aggressive role in pushing owners to repair their recalled vehicles. In the agency's latest move, it's ...

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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Racing legend Jim Hall explains Chevy's futuristic Chaparral concept
    Plus: Vettel Set To Join Ferrari, Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Launches In 2016 And Lincoln Adds Black Label Line Nov 22nd 2014

    "I said our cars are built to be winners." – Jim Hall Racing legend Jim Hall never thought he'd be a video game consultant, but when Chevrolet asked for his advice to create a futuristic Chaparral for the Vision Gran Turismo series, he was eager to help. He reviewed early sketches and ...

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    Rumormill: Jaguar to go racing with F-Type GT3?
    Nov 22nd 2014

    Most British automakers have some manner of racing program. Aston Martin, Lotus and McLaren race as a matter of course. Bentley recently got back into racing, Morgan has dabbled here and there, even Land Rover has its off-road racing programs. The only one, it seems, that isn't racing these days ...

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    Video: Englishman builds amazing weaponized 100-hp Tuk Tuk from Far Cry 4
    Nov 21st 2014

    To celebrate the release of the Playstation game Far Cry 4, Ubisoft partnered with wild English inventor Colin Furze on creating a weaponized tuk tuk that in-game hero Ajay Ghale uses to combat the Royal Army of Pagan Min. The original engine in the Bajaj tuk tuk - usually good for something like ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.21.14
    Nov 21st 2014

    2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quick Spin It's Audi is expanding its entry-level A3 range with this new Cabriolet model. The droptop four-seater may not be wearing a Volkswagen badge, but it picks up where the discontinued Eos left off, adding available all-wheel drive and a premium badge. We drive it ...

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    Spy Shots: Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo
    Nov 21st 2014

    With a rear-engine, rear-drive setup, the Renault Twingo (like its Smart cousin) has the opportunity to be a real firecracker. Unfortunately, even in turbocharged guise, its tiny three-cylinder engine has other ideas. But when we spoke to Renault's engineers at the Twingo's launch in France a ...

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    Official: Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*
    Nov 21st 2014

    Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it's revealed US pricing for that updated model. For 2015, Subaru has introduced a new entry-level model, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, that starts at $21,595 (*plus an $850 ...

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    Report: VW boss confirms Subaru-aping Golf Alltrack for US
    Nov 21st 2014

    Subaru needs to watch out, because the Japanese brand with a utilitarian image has a big bull's eye on its back. Not only is Acura considering going 100-percent all-wheel drive in a bid to mimic the successful automaker, Volkswagen has just confirmed that the Golf Alltrack is coming to the US as ...

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    Video: Retro review of the twin-turbo Toyota Supra you missed in the '90s
    Nov 21st 2014

    The twin-turbo fourth-generation Toyota Supra has slowly built up a reputation as one of the premiere sports coupes of the 1990s. The image was partially helped by its inclusion in the original The Fast and the Furious in 2001, but even before that it was part of the quartet of Japanese ...

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    Report: Jeremy Clarkson in trouble again over tweet, says it wasn't him
    Nov 21st 2014

    There's a trend developing when it comes to the controversial host of the BBC's Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson. On the one hand, there have been more than a few times where the presenter inserted his foot very deep into his mouth with some racist or culturally insensitive joke. There are other times ...

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