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    Mini all that remains of deal that almost sunk BMW
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    When BMW acquired Mg Rover in 1994, the focus of the deal was the Rover and Land Rover brands. Eighteen years later, and ten years in the U.S., Mini, for now, is the only piece left from that deal and the only piece some key executives at BMW wanted in the first place. The idea was for the ...

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    AOL Autos giving away a Mini Countryman to readers
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    AOL Autos, sister site to Autoblog, is giving away a Mini Countryman to readers who "Like" the AOL Autos Facebook page. AOL Autos and Autoblog have been sharing a Mini Countryman as a long-term tester for about a year. And what with Mini celebrating its tenth anniversary in the U.S., AOL Autos ...

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    In observance of Memorial Day
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    For the majority of us, Memorial Day is synonymous with things like swimming pools, barbecues, road trips and, most of all, a day off from the nine-to-five grind. It's the unofficial start of summer. But we mustn't forget about the real reason why we celebrate Memorial Day – to pay tribute ...

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    Official: Nissan announces production of funky e-NV200 electric van
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    There are two directions automakers can go to produce a vehicle with electric propulsion – be it a hybrid or an outright EV: make it look the same as any other car, or make it stand out. Like Toyota (for example) did with the Prius, Nissan made the Leaf look (for better or worse) unlike a ...

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    Report: Shanghai GMC dealer offering five tons of free gas with truck purchase
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    Big trucks just aren't appealing enough on their own, at least in some places. For proof, look to a Shanghai GMC dealer who is offering about three years worth of free gas to anyone who buys a new Sierra Denali. Too bad it'll take about 20 years to pay off the big truck. The dealer is giving ...

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    Report: Leaked Fisker Atlantic documents reveal big production delay, specs
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    The Fisker Atlantic extended-range plug-in vehicle will start production about a year after its previously estimated mid-2013 date, Inside EVs blog reports, citing leaked company documents that were dated "a few weeks ago." The Atlantic, formerly known as Project Nina, will compete pricewise ...

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    Official: U.S., German automakers will demo fast-charging system at EVS26
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    BMW, Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen are among the eight U.S. and German automakers that will demonstrate a single-port fast-charging system for electric vehicles at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EV26) in Los Angeles starting next week. Audi, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and ...

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    Official: Honda developing tech that helps prevent traffic jams
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    It happens every time traffic gets too heavy and starts to slow: One inattentive driver panics and slams on his brakes, triggering a chain reaction that leads to a complete traffic stoppage a few dozen cars behind. If everyone could just slow down, pay attention, and maintain an even speed, we ...

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    Beijing: Toyota debuts China-only Yundong Shuangqing hybrid concept in Beijing
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    It's not the most pronounceable model name, but that's not our problem, is it? Toyota debuted its sharply styled Yundong Shuangqing hybrid concept at the Beijing Motor Show today, announcing that a production version will be sold in China at some point in the future. The Yundong Shuangqing was ...

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    Official: Ford developing way to make car parts from cash
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    Ford is looking to put a new twist on the term "old money." The automaker may add old, shredded, out-of-circulation U.S paper currency to its list of recyclable materials that may be used for cushions, insulation and other components. With about 10,000 pounds of paper money being shredded per ...

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    Report: Ex-Fisker chair blames Mitt Romney attacks for DOE loan hold-up
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    Ah, election season... Former Fisker Automotive Chairman and current investor Ray Lane is blaming Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for the delays in procuring federal loans that have been earmarked for the maker of the extended-range plug-in Karma and the upcoming Atlantic, ...

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    Report: 2013 Chevy Volt getting battery-conservation mode, lane-departure warning
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    One more driving mode, one less color. That's the crux of the changes in store for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. Changes for the 2013 model year will include a driving mode that lets drivers force the car into gas-powered, extended-range mode in situations ...

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    Official: Tesla Model S "almost ready"
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    Tesla Motors is close to rolling out the first Model S electric five-doors from the company's Fremont, California plant, and customers who reserved the Model S Signature Series are already sending in their specification requests, indicating that the company will likely hit its July deadline for ...

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    Report: Fisker may change plans on Delaware production, details Karma troubles
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    Fisker Automotive may drop plans to use a Delaware factory to build its upcoming Atlantic sedan and is looking at "other options," Automotive News reports, citing an interview with company CEO Tom LaSorda. The company, in an online meeting with owners of the Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in ...

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    Report: Reputation of electric cars takes a hit in Japan due to tsunami aftermath?
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    Electric vehicle owners like to think of themselves as green, but that color may be taking on a more glowing, radioactive hue in Japan. The ecologically friendly reputation of electric cars in Japan is taking a hit since last year's meltdowns of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have ...

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    Official: Azure Dynamics files for protection, Transit Connect Electric production halted
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    Azure Dynamics, which develops electric-drive powertrains for automakers such as Ford, said this week that it will file for financial protection from its creditors under Canadian law and will cancel its plans to sell shares in what may be a precursor to a bankruptcy filing. Azure is the company ...

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    Report: Chevy Volt sister car Opel Ampera gets 7,000 pre-orders, may hit 2012 sales target
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    Found in translation? Demand for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid vehicle in the U.S. has been up and down over the car's first 16-odd months, but executives at General Motors' Opel division in Europe are saying that the Ampera, the Volt's European twin, is getting some good ...

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    GM says Washington State's proposed electric car fee has "no merit" [w/poll]
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    General Motors has gone on record to oppose a Washington State bill that would impose a fee of $100 per year on electric-vehicle drivers. GM Regional Director Howard Lenox, Jr. wrote a letter on March 6 to Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire stating that the automaker, which makes the ...

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    Official: DOE rejects $310M loan for Carbon Motors to build advanced police cars
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    Carbon Motors, maker of the purpose-built E7 police car, won't receive the $310 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program that it applied for almost three years ago, and said that it's a victim of politics. "We are ...

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    Official: Smart unveiling Brabus-edition Fortwo EV, e-bike in Geneva
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    Daimler's Smart minicar division will unveil both a battery-electric version of the Smart Brabus special-edition line and a Smart Brabus electric bike at the Geneva Motor Show this year. The Smart Brabus electric drive Fortwo will be available in 12 countries by the end of the year. Parent company ...

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