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    Opinion: How the Koreans are cracking the luxury market
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    South Korea's two largest automotive brands are no longer the same companies they were when they first entered the world stage. Anyone who visits Seoul after a few years absence is likely going to be in for a shock. What was, not that long ago, a decidedly third-world city is today a ...

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    Opinion: Has Tesla's fire chilled the battery car market?
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    The nascent battery-car market just might be short-circuiting. If this year is average, about 194,000 vehicles will catch fire before the ball drops in Times Square. And, for the moment at least, just one of them will have been a Tesla Model S. Of course, it didn't help that a passerby ...

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    Opinion: Home, James? Are you ready for autonomous cars? [w/poll]
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    "Autonomous vehicles are an important step on the way to accident-free driving." It's never comforting to watch a driver fiddle with their smartphone, especially when they've got both hands off the wheel as they approach a busy intersection. But I found myself letting loose a sigh of relief ...

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    Opinion: Why American motorists are walking away from automobiles
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    What's Leading Us Away From Our Love Of Cars There are a number of signs that Americans are rethinking their century-long love affair with the automobile. While it was arguably a more minor occasion than the launch of the first moving assembly line, another world-changing event took place ...

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    Opinion: Is NHTSA out of control?
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    Recent Rises in Recall Numbers A Cause For Alarm Preliminary indications suggest there may be an all-time recall record in 2013. The announcements seem to be coming almost every day, if not more frequently: a million-plus Jeeps, a quarter-million Hondas, another million Toyotas. Last year ...

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    Opinion: Chrysler taking big risk snubbing NHTSA
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    Maker Insists Feds Overstate Risk Of Fires With Grand Cherokee, Liberty Models It's not often that recall stories make it above the fold, in that old newspaper parlance, but when one shows up as the lead story on the network evening news programs, you know it's something big. And so it is with ...

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    Opinion: Redefining luxury
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    What's Happening To This Once-Exclusive Segment? These days, luxury makers seem to have an adversity to white space. What comes before "A"? That's the problem Mercedes-Benz apparently has to cope with as it works up plans for an all-new premium minicar that's currently being referred to as ...

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    Opinion: The good news and the bad news about December car sales
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    The holiday season saw Santa leave some nice gifts for the industry. Pop the champagne, don't spare the caviar. The New Year has begun with a bang. Or, more precisely, the old year ended with one, December car sales delivering a much-needed boost to an auto industry still feeling the cold ...

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    Opinion: Are battery-powered cars losing their charge?
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    Sales of plug-in hybrids tumbled to nearly half their level from September and October. The optimist would be likely to note that sales of the Chevrolet Volt were up 30 percent in November, at least when compared with year-ago numbers. But pessimists, of which there are many, would be more ...

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    Opinion: Brazil becoming a major world market for automakers... again
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    Brazil is now the world's fourth-largest national automotive market. If your image of Brazil has anything to do with "The Girl from Ipanema" played by 1,001 Strings, you may be a little out of date. The country that will host the 2016 Summer Olympics has come a long way since the dawn of the ...

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    Opinion: Is Toyota unstoppable?
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    Big T Is Back Despite Recalls, Earthquakes And Politics Can anything slow Toyota down? Only a couple of years ago, the Japanese giant seemed as vulnerable as a sumo wrestler with vertigo as it struggled to explain away a series of safety and quality snafus that forced it to recall an ...

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    Opinion: How Detroit is being dragged down by the ills of Europe
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    Big Three Bracing For Bad News From Overseas Folks in Detroit could be in for some bad news in a few weeks, and that has nothing to do with who they're planning to vote for in the upcoming election. In fact, General Motors and Ford will be rolling out their third-quarter earnings just in time ...

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    Opinion: Horsepower Politics
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    The Role Autos Are Playing In Deciding Our Next President He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1942 and served a dozen years during which his most memorable act was introducing the bill that added the words, "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance. But to both his friends and foes alike, Homer ...

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    Opinion: You've lost that lovin' feelin'?
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    Why Teen Drivers Are Dwindling And What It Means He serves as the chief judge at the world's most prestigious classic car show, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. He's a widely respected automotive journalist and author, and he has a garage full of hot rods and other cool cars. But when it ...

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    Opinion: Postmortem: Maybach meets its maker
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    Why Daimler's Ultra-Luxe Brand Couldn't Compete With Bentley And Rolls Daimler took hubris to a new level believing that it could simply invent a new brand. What was intended to make a big splash in the premium luxury car market has ended with a dull thud. Almost exactly a decade after it ...

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    Opinion: Lies, Damned Lies and Fuel Economy Numbers
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    Taking A Detailed Look At Why 'Your Mileage May Vary' It's safe to say that mileage claims are controversial at best, and often inaccurate. "There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics," goes the old quote variously attributed to Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli and other ...

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    Opinion: What's the right way to read an automotive quality report?
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    Why No One Quality Report Tells The Whole Story Quality remains one of the most significant factors for folks buying a new car. There's no question that fuel economy has become a critical consideration for most folks looking to buy a new car. But quality remains one of the single most ...

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    Opinion: Automakers sound off on unwanted noise
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    How New Cars Are Getting Better Through Sound Engineering "The loudest sound you ever hear is the first rattle in a new car." Fire up the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and you're greeted with the sort of raucous exhaust note that would make a Harley-Davison owner quiver with delight. Slip ...

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    Opinion: The case of Heather Peters and the Honda Civic Hybrid sets an alarming trend
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    What are you going to do, sue? Good luck. This week's Superior Court verdict suggests there's little to no recourse for consumers. As Autoblog readers likely have already learned, a Superior Court judge in California has tossed out a judgment issued by a small claims court earlier this ...

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    Opinion: Beijing Motor Show is further proof of China's automotive importance
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    Why The World's Top Automakers Are Flocking To Beijing Beijing's government has had to resort to a registration lottery to hold down its growth. Skip a couple years in China, as I had, and you're not likely to recognize it when you return, especially the capital city of Beijing. Peering ...

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