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    Report: How nasty, foot-long "wandering meatloaf" snails could improve car batteries
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    "Slow" and "ugly" are words used to describe some hybrid cars and, coincidentally, the gumboot chiton. Soon the two may have even more in common thanks to a discovery by researchers at the University of California, Riverside. Gumboots, also known as the "wandering meatloaf," are foot-long ...

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    Spy Shots: SpyCamp is summer fun for the most hardcore car enthusiasts
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    If long hours of solitude spent in the searing hot Arizona desert, punctuated by mere seconds of fleetingly frantic excitement sound appealing to you, then you're the perfect candidate for Brenda Priddy's SpyCamp. Brenda will host the first class of her SpyCamp this July in an undisclosed ...

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    Motorsports: How federal budget cuts could curb motorsports pageantry
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    At your next NASCAR event, you might hear, "Look! Up in the sky! It's, well, nothing." That's because government sequestration budget cuts will probably nix Air Force flyovers that have been a long-time tradition at many NASCAR races. If fully implemented, the sequestration cuts would force the ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen formally introduces super-efficient XL1
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    Lightweight and low drag are hallmarks of great sportscar design. But when paired with a super-efficient, hybrid powertrain, you have the Volkswagen's XL1 that has been formally introduced in Geneva today. When the 1,700-lb, carbon-fiber-bodied two-seater hits the road, its claimed 261 miles per ...

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    Report: Judge rules against builder of Batmobile replicas
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    A federal judge has ruled that Batmobile replicas built by Mark Towle, of Gotham Garage, do, in fact, infringe on copyrights and trademarks held by Warner Bros. Towle's attorney, Larry Zerner, argued that US copyright law doesn't allow "useful articles" to be copyrighted. Zerner, in court ...

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    Report: Ailing Peugeot writes-down over $5.5B in assets
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    As Europe's economy continues to suffer, so do automakers. One of the latest pieces of bad news comes from French carmaker Peugeot which says it will write down its assets by $5.53 billion. The figure represents almost 29-percent of the company's property, valued at $19.4 billion in June. Peugeot ...

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    Report: Fiat 500 least safe vehicle to drive according to insurance website [w/video]
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    When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashed a 2012 Fiat 500, the little car got the best scores in all categories. It's a safe car, then, right? "If safety is a priority, you should avoid the smallest cars," advises Russ Rader, spokesperson for IIHS. "Weight counts. Smaller, lighter ...

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    Official: BMW, Toyota outline new tech joint venture, new sports car
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    Back in June, Toyota and BMW announced a "memorandum of understanding" outlining plans for the two companies to join forces on future products and technology development. On Thursday, they signed a more formal and binding agreement that goes further into detail about the partnership, and it all ...

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    ETC: Russians create Toyota Land Cruiser ice sculpture with full interior
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    The Toyota Land Cruiser is a pretty hot model around the world. But it took the Russians to make it cool. We have few hard, cold facts and only small slivers of information about these photos, but it seems the icy Toyota was part of the International Snow & Ice Festival in Perm, ...

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    Official: Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid nab five-star ratings from NHTSA
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    Ford's Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have both received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rating is a big upgrade for the Fusion, which was completely redesigned for 2013. The previous model fell one star short of the top rating, ...

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    Exclusive: Corvette Stingray Convertible images mysteriously appear on web, so we add our own
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    It was inevitable that we'd see the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray topless at some point, but that didn't make us any less interested when a pair of supposedly leaked official images showed up on theautoinsiderblog.com last week. We posted them on our Facebook page, but held off reporting on ...

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    Detroit: eBay Find Of The Day: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray press kit for charity
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    Members of the motoring press who were invited to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray reveal all left with a pretty sweet press kit. The individually numbered black box within a black box contained not only a chunky little flash drive, but a paperweight adorned with an actual Stingray ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf becomes least expensive 5-seat EV with massive price drop
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    In a roundtable interview today at the North American International Auto Show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced a $6,400 price drop for the base-model 2013 Nissan Leaf. Last year's base model was $35,200, while the new base-level 2013 Leaf S starts at $28,800. Ghosn says the new prices make the ...

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    Logic3 classes up headphones with Prancing Horse
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    White earphones too bland for you? Black too slow? Your otherwise high-end cans just not expensive enough? Logic3 hopes to remedy your plight with its new line of Ferrari-branded earphones and headphones. Logic3's Cavallino line is intended for the well-heeled audio enthusiast with aluminum ...

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    Official: Chrysler UConnect wins AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award
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    The first annual AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award has been won by Chrysler's upgraded UConnect system. Over 35 entries were considered and narrowed down to six finalists in three categories: Connectivity, Telematics and Active Safety. The judges, which included editors from AOL Autos, ...

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    CES: Delphi to offer clever DIY smartphone interface for older cars
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    Those of us with an older car might be feeling a bit jealous of all the new cars with their fancy smart phone apps. But if you have a 1996 or newer vehicle, you may soon be able to bring your car closer to those new-fangled models. Autoblog spoke with Craig Tieman, advanced concepts and market ...

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    CES: Ford announces app developer program
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    Ford used the occasion of CES to announce that the Ford Developer Program, the automaker's own app developer program, would be open to anyone wanting to participate. Ford will provide its software developer kit to registered software writers who will then have access to code libraries and ...

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    Report: NHTSA delays backup camera rules... again
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has again delayed adoption of rear visibility rules that would require backup cameras in all passenger vehicles sold in the US. It's the fourth delay in a string of setbacks dating to 2007. That's the year Congress passed legislation intended to ...

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    Report: Renault will have new Alpine ready by end of 2015
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    We earlier reported that Renault's revival of the Alpine name would take four years. But Stephen Norman, head of marketing for Renault, says to expect the first new Alpine sometime before the end of 2015. Norman also tells Autocar that the Alpine jointly developed with Caterham "won't be ...

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    Report: Is Chevy giving Beyonce a C7 Corvette during Super Bowl halftime show?
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    Could Beyonce really become one of the first people to take delivery of a C7 Corvette? After all, she reportedly only learned to drive two years ago. If The Detroit Bureau sources are to be believed, the pop star will be given the keys to a 2014 Corvette during the Super Bowl halftime show. The ...

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