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    Official: Ford invests $135 million in electrified vehicles
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    Ford may not have a dedicated hybrid or EV platform, but it does have a new "Electrification Center of Excellence" down the street from its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford announced yesterday that it now has some 1,000 engineers devoted to electrified vehicles, most of whom work "under ...

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    Recalls: 2013 Dodge Durango recalled for faulty airbag module
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    Chrysler has barely begun production of the 2013 Dodge Durango, but it's already encountered problems that have led to a recall. An incorrect airbag module was installed in roughly 1,500 of the early-production, seven-passenger Durango models. According to Chrysler, these vehicles received ...

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    Report: Fisker needs $150 million to build Atlantic
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    So what is the first order of business for new Fisker CEO Tony Posawatz? Certainly putting out fires. But he's also going to be doing some hat-in-hand work, according to a report from Reuters. Posawatz knows what it takes to get an electric car to market, but Fisker is some $150 million short of ...

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    Recalls: Mercedes-Benz recalling small number of G-Wagens over loose molding
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    Here's a type of recall you don't see everyday: Mercedes-Benz is recalling some 2011 G-Class SUV's because of faulty interior trim. Only 189 2011 G550 and G55 AMG vehicles are potentially affected, but the issue is fairly serious. In the event of a passenger airbag deployment, a molding strip on ...

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    Report: How BMW gamed its dealership system to sell more cars
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    We've seen it before and we'll see it again, quite possibly before the end of the year: A luxury brand padding its numbers with questionable "sales." This time it's BMW, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, although there have been rumors of arch-rival Mercedes-Benz doing the same ...

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    Study: U.S. has fewer cars per person than Europe, but still uses twice as much energy
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    Here's a shocking statistic: The United States has fewer cars per capita than Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and 16 other countries. Even more dramatic is one of the potential causes: A declining American middle class. According to an Atlantic report on a ...

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    Spy Shots: Next BMW M3 sheds more camo, runs the 'Ring
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    Hey, look, more spy shots of the 2014 BMW M3! Our shooters caught this one lapping the Nürburgring, but alas, there isn't much more to see here than in our last set. To recap: The next-gen M3 will debut in concept form at next spring's Geneva show. BMW will initially offer it just as a ...

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    Recalls: Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana vans recalled due to fire risk
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    Looks like the NHTSA investigation of the Chevrolet Express has turned into a full-blown recall. Some 9,000 of the full-size vans may have fuel filler pipes that are prone to excessive corrosion, which can lead to leaking. Fuel leaks, of course, lead to the possibility of fires. The affected ...

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    Report: Australia finds asbestos in Chinese-built cars, prompts recall
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    China's product safety reputation took another hit today, as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced a recall of 23,000 Chinese vehicles made by Great Wall and Chery. The vehicles have engine and exhaust gaskets that contain asbestos, a known carcinogen that is prohibited in ...

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    Official: Nissan offering Midnight Edition Juke for 2013
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    Nissan has kind of made polarizing design language its thing. From the Cube to the Leaf to the Quest, the company's stylists seem entirely disinterested in bowing to convention unless they're crafting a model for the milquetoast middle of the market. The Juke is no exception to this rule, a ...

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    Official: IIHS launching first new frontal crash test since 1995 [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has unveiled a new crash testing methodology in dramatic fashion – by dinging some of the most popular entry luxury sedans for failing to adequately protect the driver during certain types of crashes. The 2012 Acura TSX, 2012 BMW 3-Series, 2012 ...

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    Study: Over 10% of new car buyers skip the test drive
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    How disinterested are consumers in their cars? According to a new study reported in The Detroit Free Press, more than 10 percent of new car buyers can't be bothered to take a test drive. The study, conducted by Maritz Research, surveyed over 80,000 people who had bought 2012 model year vehicles, ...

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    Official: Walkinshaw Performance tunes Holden version of Chevrolet Cruze to 241 horsepower
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    Chevrolet won't sell the Cruze wagon or the Cruze hatchback here in the U.S., and dammit if that doesn't make us angry. Now Australian tuner Walkinshaw Performance is adding insult to injury with this hotted-up Holden version of the Cruze. Turning up the wick on the Cruze's 1.4-liter turbo ...

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    Report: BMW bringing M3 'concept' to Geneva
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    Six months, 26 days. That's the countdown until we get our first live, in-person look at the next iteration of the BMW M3, according to AutoWeek. The F80 M3 will be appear on the BMW stand at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in "lightly veiled concept" form, according to the report, with the ...

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    Report: Why new cars are more dangerous for emergency responders [w/video]
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    Among the best reasons to buy a new car are the safety improvements that have been made across the industry over the past decade. Yet safer cars for drivers and passengers haven't meant an improvement for first responders. On the contrary, the added complexity and new technologies employed in ...

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    Report: Honda's U.S. operations to take lead on more vehicle design
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    Honda has been dinged by the media – us included – for recent lackluster designs, most notably the 2012 Civic. While the company has mostly adhered to its public position that everything is fine, clearly there are some changes being wrought behind the scenes at the Japanese automaker. ...

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    Report: CEO Akerson buys over $500K in GM stock
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    You have to feel for Dan Akerson. Not only is the guy stuck parking his Chevrolet Volt at the country club next to all those 500-plus-horsepower tarmac terrors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but he's woefully underpaid. So what's the General Motors Chaiman and CEO to do? Take matters into his ...

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    Study: These are the best-selling cars in wealthy zip codes
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    Perhaps the most frustrating thing about being mired in the 99% is that due to the prevalence of reality-distorting TV and the booming personal security business, we really have no idea what it's like to be Mitt Romney, Donald Trump or one of the Koch brothers. At least in the olden days, we ...

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    Report: Forecasters throttle back U.S. car sales projections for 2012, 2013
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    The last we heard, the auto industry was booming. Sales are healthy and recovery from the multi-year slump brought on by the global economic meltdown of 2008 is well on its way, with domestic sales projected to reach as high as 14.5 million vehicles. We even heard a rumor that Ford would soon be ...

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    Report: Ewanick's crafty budgeting, Farley Award, led to ousting
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    In the end it doesn't really matter, as Joel Ewanick is no longer working at General Motors. But curiosity over what led to his departure is still keen, and this latest story from Bloomberg offers further insight into the situation. While we all know that Ewanick was something of a rogue within ...

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