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    Opinion: J Mays' legacy
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    Mays is by far not the first designer to use heritage design cues in his work. The announcement that J Mays will be leaving his chief creative officer role at Ford Motor Company on January 1 ends a 13-year run in one of the industry's top design roles. While best known for having a hand in ...

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    Opinion: Cadillac, Buick and Chevy decisions impacted by worries abroad
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    European Concerns Drive GM, But Beware Of The French Connection GM's bid to rationalize Europe will impact the products that will be offered domestically. It seems that Europe is defining the future of General Motors more so than its home North American market. Having axed Saturn, Pontiac ...

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    Opinion: Are codgers the auto industry's saviors?
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    Boomers May Be The Only Ones Who Can Afford New Cars Auto execs may soon be bragging about raising the age of their average buyers. Back many more years than I would care to admit, I sat through my share of press conferences where auto execs would brag about lowering the average age of their ...

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    Opinion: CO2 credits: The ultimate rebate?
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    Time For Buyers To Have Some Skin In The EV Game Politicians know that $8- or $9-a-gallon gas like in Europe would end their careers. The back-and-forth between those writing the fuel economy rules and auto manufacturers is designed to see how far the CO2 regulations can be pushed without ...

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    Opinion: Spyker: It's not just about numbers
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    A Compelling Story Counts As Much As Performance Muller believes there's room for small, boutique exotics like Spyker. Following his ill-fated efforts to save Saab, Victor Muller is again back at Spyker Cars as CEO working hard on a comeback for the Dutch-based maker of exotic cars. You ...

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    Opinion: Fisker's Farewell
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    Not The First, Nor The Last Dreamer To Fail Like DeLorean and Preston Tucker before him, Fisker underestimated the amount of capital it takes. The departure of Henrik Fisker from his self-named car company adds yet another name to the list of dreamers who thought they could be successful ...

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    Opinion: Going high-tech, the 4x4 way
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    Is It An Off-Road Adventure Or Just A Walk In The Park? I remember having to get out and lock hubs and shift into neutral to engage low range. Coming off press previews of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee that involved some heavy-duty off-road rock climbing, ...

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    Opinion: Can inductive charging save the EV?
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    Let's Face It, We're Just Plain Lazy Recent news about the price cuts on the Ford Focus EV and Nissan Leaf are proof positive that despite all their eco-goodness, pure electrics as well as plug-in hybrids remain a tough sell to the American mass market. There's no doubt automakers are committed ...

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    Opinion: Retro Design: A distant memory [w/poll]
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    Just Fade Away Designers prefer the loftier sounding "heritage design." A cursory look at the latest offerings from auto manufacturers in both production and showcar guise reveals that retro design themes may be on their way out. It's ironic that the hottest design trend opening the 21st ...

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    Opinion: These are a few of my favorite (and least favorite) things
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    New Cars Continue To Amaze And Dismay The Ford Fusion's sleek shape proves midsize cars need not be boring. Automakers face a huge challenge in creating cars that have to meet a dizzying array of emission, safety and fuel economy regulations and at the same time meet or exceed the ...

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    Opinion: Even in a down economy, Rolls-Royce is on a roll
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    Limited Volume, Big Margins Spell Success Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to selling super luxury. Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös expects the British automaker to again post a record year, despite the economic troubles in Europe and weak growth in both ...

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    Opinion: Are the best days behind the Italian carrozzeria?
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    Museums, Not Motor Shows, Take Center Stage In 2012 Two museum exhibitions, one opening and the other just closed, that recognize a pair of leading design houses, Pininfarina and Bertone, are celebrating iconic car designs that have come from their studios. At the same time, these events ...

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    Confirmed: Ferrari F70 won't show up in Detroit after all
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    Contrary to earlier reports, Ferrari maintains that it will not be showing the F70 supercar successor to the Enzo at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January. In fact, our sources say the launch rollout plans for the hybrid 920-horsepower exotic have not been ...

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    Opinion: Five reasons why GM would be better off without Opel
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    Sale Denials Aside, GM's Future Looks Brighter With One Less European Partner If GM can find a way to kick its German unit to the curb, it will do so in a heartbeat. Even though the recent rumors of Opel being sold by General Motors to Fiat were roundly denied, there is still a lot of ...

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    Opinion: Audi working on new fuels to make cars carbon neutral
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    A car can be considered CO2 neutral if the amount of greenhouse gas used in creating the fuel is balanced against the CO2 emitted by the vehicle in operation. Even as automakers move to increase the number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), fuel cell vehicles and hybrids, internal ...

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    Paris: Lamborghini developing Urus while still awaiting green light
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    While much of the focus for Lamborghini at the Paris Motor Show was on its new strategy for the Gallardo line using styling cues to differentiate the rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive and Superleggera models, the Italian automaker is continuing development of its Urus SUV, even though it has not ...

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    Opinion: Tesla Is Shooting For The Stars
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    Launching A Space Ship Is A Snap Compared To A Car Is it easier to put a man in space or an electric vehicle in every garage? Ask Elon Musk, the iconoclastic entrepreneur who heads up both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, the first private space venture to launch a vehicle and successfully dock it with ...

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    Opinion: Beyond the Auto Show: Monterey Week and the Pebble Beach Concours
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    Super Premium Marques Seek Out New Venues To Show Wares So you've spent a life flying in coach hoping someday that you could join the swells in first class enjoying champagne and caviar. Finally, you reach platinum status and get the coveted upgrade only to discover the people who were ...

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