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    Report: Venezuela may be losing its nickel-a-gallon gas
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    There aren't many places in the world where one can buy a gallon of gas for the equivalent of a nickel, but, for the time being, Venezuela is one of those places. There the price of gasoline has been frozen for nearly two decades, but the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, says he favors ...

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    Official: Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video]
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    Finalists for the 2013 Automobile Advertising of the Year awards have been picked, and Ron Burgundy from Anchorman 2 with the 2014 Dodge Durango is one of them. So is the underside of a cat (it's more interesting than it sounds), which is seen through a Kia Optima panoramic sunroof. There are 15 ...

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    Report: First accident makes insurance jump up 67% in Massachusetts, survey says
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    We don't have to tell you to think twice about causing an accident (we hope), but if you do happen to be at fault in a crash, there are a few states where insurance rates jump by as much as 67 percent. That's in Massachusetts, but California drivers who are at fault in a crash experience a ...

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    Report: Chris Perry resigns as Chevy's US marketing chief
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    General Motors has cycled through marketing executives for its Chevrolet brand with surprising frequency over the past few years. In the latest development, The Detroit News reports that Chris Perry – Chevy's current head of marketing – announced his resignation on Wednesday, effective ...

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    ETC: This American Life spends a week selling Jeeps in Long Island
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    So you think you know car dealers? Well, maybe you do, but This American Life spent a month at Town and Country Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram in Long Island to give us a behind-the-scenes look (or listen, since it's a radio program) at what it's like to be a car dealer. Yes, there's a lot of swearing ...

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    Study: Which state has the worst drivers? New survey says Louisiana is lousy with 'em... again
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    I've always thought that California has the worst drivers - plenty of trips through Los Angeles during rush hour led to that belief - but statistically speaking, in 2012 (and 2011) Lousiana actually ranked at the top for having the worst drivers, according to a study by Car Insurance Comparison. ...

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    Video: 2014 Mini Cooper goes to the dogs
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    We wouldn't buy a car to make a dog happy, but Mini's latest commercial, Bullheaded, would have you believe that dogs like the new 2014 Cooper as much as humans. Regardless of the commercial's target audience (Spike The Bulldog, or his owner?), it does show a couple new tidbits about the car, ...

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    Report: Asking price for Paul Walker's GT-R from Fast & Furious nearly triples [w/video]
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    The German owner of the only Nissan Skyline GT-R to survive filming Fast & Furious (a.k.a., The Fast and the Furious 4) has put his car up for sale following the death of Paul Walker, Yahoo Autos reports. The original sale price was reportedly an already hefty 300,000 euros ($412,110), but it ...

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    Report: Story of Texas car dealer hero takes a bizarre turn [w/video]
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    A Texas car dealer, nicknamed "The Finnisher" for his Finnish ancestry and heroic exploits apprehending a robber in his Bellaire neighborhood, has been arrested on nine felony charges related to sexual assault involving two teenage girls, Automotive News reports. Riku Melartin was made famous ...

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    Two Wheels: Icon builds 'Iron Lung' Harley Davidson Sportster [w/video]
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    Icon is known for its stylized motorcycle helmets and gear, but it also builds themed, custom motorcycles, too. The folks over at Icon most recently built Iron Lung, which started out as a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Of course, it now looks nothing like the bike on which it's based - more ...

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    Video: Santa upgrades to Lamborghini Gallardo, spreads joy in LA
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    We understand. It's hard to slow down and really take in the holiday season, so it often comes and goes in a blur. That's especially so in Los Angeles, where almost everything moves fast and you feel like a face in the crowd. Determined to keep up with the fast pace and be noticed, one Santa ...

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    ETC: This Auto Aerobics car art ties our brains in knots like pretzels
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    We like cars, and we like art. Naturally, Chris Labrooy's Auto Aerobics series - computer-generated images of some seriously contorted 1968 Pontiac Bonnevilles floating in mid-air - instantly clicked with us. If the Pontiacs weren't floating or hollow, we could be fooled into believing the image ...

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    Report: Carvana tests consumers' appetite for used-car 'vending machine' [w/videos]
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    If you're fed up with haggling at your local used-car dealership - so much so that you'd rather not talk to anybody when you're buying your next ride - then Carvana could be for you. It's a used-car dealership (more like a used-car vending machine), and the buying process is completed online. ...

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    Report: NHTSA chief David Strickland leaving position
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Strickland, 45, is stepping down after heading the agency since January 2010, The Detroit News reports, but his plans after NHTSA haven't been announced. It's expected that he'll leave within the next couple of months, after which David ...

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    Report: Judge says GM doesn't owe $450M in retiree benefits
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    General Motors is not obligated to honor a pre-bankruptcy contract between the automaker, its affiliate, Delphi, and the United Auto Workers to cover $450 million in retiree medical benefits, a federal judge says, according to Reuters. The contract in question was enacted two years before GM's ...

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    Video: Mustang pinball game will feature art by Ford GT designer
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    To celebrate 50 years of Mustang, Ford and Stern Pinball are collaborating on a new pinball machine that will feature the muscle car in all its glory, Polygon reports. Even better, Camilo Pardo, the guy who designed the Ford GT, will provide art for the table; Tanner Foust, Top Gear USA host and ...

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    Video: Dashcam captures woman in calmest car roll ever
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    If you were driving in the rain on a two-lane highway, caught a tire on the edge of the pavement and flipped your car, what would you do? Let out a yelp, maybe a scream? We would too, but somehow this woman found herself in a barrel roll and remained totally silent; completely composed. After the ...

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    Official: Willie bus concept turns walls into transparent LCD screens [w/video]
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    A rather clever mass-transit concept with a silly sounding name, the "Willie" bus by designer Tad Orlowski is intended to "transform city landscapes." With nothing displayed on the side-elevation transparent LCD screens, there's not much differentiating the Willie from a traditional bus - except ...

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    Deep Dive: 2015 BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe are officially revealed [w/video]
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    The new 3.0-liter inline-six makes 425 turbocharged horsepower from 5500 rpm all the way up to 7300 rpm. BMW has announced the 2015 M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, high-performance versions of the new 3 Series and 4 Series that launched this year. The new Ms have stirred controversy in a variety of ...

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    Video: Jay Leno bangs up his own Toronado in GT6
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    Ever since Gran Turismo 4, Jay Leno has had at least one of his cars included in the popular racing simulator (starting with the Tank Car), and more of his machines appears in Gran Turismo 6. They include this nose-heavy, front-wheel-drive V8-powered muscle car. Yes, that aptly describes a 1966 ...

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