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    Confirmed: BMW to introduce "On Demand" service in U.S.
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    BMW Financial Services next month is kicking off BMW On Demand USA – a service the company already provides in European cities – that enables people to easily rent a BMW by the hour, day or week from dealerships. The first location, BMW of Manhattan, is considered a pilot, and will ...

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    Official: Volkswagen finally, really, taking over Porsche
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    After several snags, fits, stops and starts, and even a temporary fear by executives the deal might not get done, German automaker Volkswagen is all set to close the deal to acquire Porsche. On one hand, the deal may sound incongruous to the average consumer and car buyer. VW, which literally ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Altima production kicks off in Smyrna, aims to pass Camry for #1
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    "We are ready to make this car the top seller if the customer agrees." Nissan started Job One production for the 2013 Altima sedan at its Smyrna, Tennessee plant today. Nissan has big plans for the fifth-generation Altima, which was the number-two selling car in the United States in 2011. ...

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    Video: Olympics + 3 Series + Free Service: Enough for BMW to keep luxe lead in 2012?
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    BMW has long had an advantage over Mercedes-Benz and Lexus when it comes to maintenance and ownership costs that it has hardly ever advertised – free maintenance for the first four years of ownership. The secret will be no more as the company is about to unleash a major ad push behind the ...

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    Could the Hyundai Veloster go topless? [w/poll]
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    The Hyundai Veloster has been a bit polarizing since it went on sale last year. And the debate could get more animated if the Korean company does what we think it's thinking about doing. At a recent gathering of reporters and Hyundai executives in Ann Arbor, MI, where the annual Rolling ...

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    Video: Chrysler turns to ground game with new "Second Half" ads post Super Bowl
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    Chrysler today is launching a continuation of its Halftime In America ad effort for the Ram pickup, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Jeep Wrangler. The new ads do not feature Clint Eastwood, as the February Super Bowl ad did. The Ram ad, titled "Tommy and The Ram," is a vignette that depicts ...

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    Book Review: Bryce G. Hoffman's new American Icon book on Ford [w/video]
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    There is little question that Ford, under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally, has perhaps never looked better in terms of product and financial stability. But it's been less than four years since the company's stock was hovering near $1.00 a share. The Ford family was making noise about selling ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Ford Flex
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    Freshly Tweaked For A Second Life Ford has not been long known for polarizing design. The company's styling philosophy has read more closely along the lines of "cheap and cheerful." But when it brought out the Flex in 2008 as a 2009 model, Ford started down a road of trying to be more ...

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    Ford makes voice control easier for iPad and other devices
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    Ford is making it easier to access tablet devices in its cars, enabling users of iPad, Kindle, Nook and other tablets to control their devices with their voices instead of their hands. The move is bound to set safety advocates atwitter, who argue there are already too many distractions behind ...

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    Opinion: Romney doubles down on auto bailout opposition?
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    GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trailing in the polls in Michigan ahead of that state's February 28 primary, and the former Mass. Governor thinks the way to close the gap is to bash the bailout of the auto industry in 2009 that saved General Motors and Chrysler from being broken up and ...

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    Video: AdSpotting: No Joy in Bimmerville
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    Company: BMW of North America Medium: TV and the Internet Ad Agency: Kirschenbaum, Bond, Senecal + Partners Product: 2012 BMW 3 Series Campaign: "The Ultimate Driving Machine" What We Like: There is no joy in Bimmerville. Not any more. In truth, BMW has not really been advertising "Joy of ...

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    Official: Ford announces retirements of Kuzak and Booth, adds Huntsman to board
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    Ford Motor Co. today made several big-name executive and boardroom announcements, including the appointment of a former Republican presidential candidate, but none changed the almost certain succession of CEO and President Alan Mulally. Mulally said Thursday with a snicker, "I looked over ...

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    Poll: Is this Fiat Abarth ad good enough for the Super Bowl?
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    Fiat USA put a video showcasing the 500 Abarth on the Internet last November that tested the bounds of what is doable on network TV. That's one of the big reasons it hasn't been put on TV yet. You'll see what we mean when you view the ad, titled "Seduction," after the jump. It was the foam that ...

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    Official: AOL Autos chooses first-ever Car and Truck/SUV of the Year
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    AOL Autos, sibling channel to Autoblog, has chosen a Car of the Year and Truck of the Year for the first time. Editor-in-Chief David Kiley dubbed the awards, "Editors' Choice Awards", reflecting the fact that the selections were made by polling AOL Editors for their nominations. Their choices ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
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    A Utility Knife For The Sensible Shoes Crowd There are stories in every culture about a young man or woman who is supposed to marry someone sensible, attractive, a good cook and good provider. But when the protagonist of the story meets the would-be fiancee's more interesting, vivacious, funny ...

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    Video: AdSpotting: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition [w/poll]
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    Company: Chrysler Brand: Jeep Medium: Multimedia Ad Agency: Global Hue Product: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition Campaign: "Toughest Vehicle in the World." What We Like: Not all of us are video gamers. But there is apparently a big overlap between Jeep Wrangler buyers and ...

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    AdSpotting: Jennifer Lopez and Fiat "Back To The Bronx"
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    Company: Fiat USA Brand: Fiat Medium: TV Ad Agency: Doner, Southfield,MI Product: Fiat 500C Campaign: Life Is Best When Driven What We Like: Technically, this is the first ad shot by Fiat with Jennifer Lopez. The first airing of the J. Lo/Fiat partnership was last month when the Italian ...

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    Video: AdSpotting: New Ram ads push horses as brand looks for growth
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    Company: Chrysler Brand: Ram Medium: TV Ad Agency: The Richards Group, Dallas Product: Ram Pickup Campaign: "Code of the West" What We Like: There is a lot of rational left-brain advertising in the auto sector these days, especially in the pickup truck category. Take Ford, which has ...

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    AdSpotting: Prius goes funny... At Last
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    Company: Toyota Motor Sales Brand: Toyota Medium: TV Ad Agency: Saatchi and Saatchi Product: Prius Campaign:"What Happens After Practice" What We Like: Going to back when Toyota launched its very amusing campaign for its Sienna "Swagger Wagon" TV ad and Youtube videos, the Japanese ...

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    AdSpotting: Kia "Joyride II" is warm, fuzzy and memorable
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    Company: Kia Motors America Brand: Kia Medium: TV Ad Agency: David & Goliath Product: 2012 Kia Sorento Campaign: "Joyride II" What We Like: It's getting pretty hard to stand out. Seriously... another crossover? Kia has established a signature sound, look and feel for its ads. This ad, ...

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