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    Official: Mercedes details 4.0L twin-turbo V8 for AMG GT
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    We can lament the passing of the Mercedes-Benz M156 6.2-liter V8 until the end of time (and we probably will), but none of our moaning is going to stop Mercedes or the madmen of AMG from coming up with more modern, forced-induction mills like the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, or this, the company's new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The freshly unveiled mill will ...

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    Recalls: Mazda recalling 18k Mazda6 and RX-8 models over airbag inflators
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    Faulty Takata airbag inflators keep taking their toll on automakers. Mazda is the latest to be affected in the US by announcing a recall covering 18,050 Mazda6 and RX-8 models to replace the front, passenger-side airbags. Specifically, the campaign covers 18,000 Mazda6 units from the 2003 and 2004 model years built between May 29, 2002, and March 4, 2004, ...

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    Smart updating EV, cabrio models for the Fortwo
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    For Smart, the future is now, or at least this fall. That's when the next-generation versions of Daimler's Smart line of compact vehicles, which were unveiled earlier this month, reach European showrooms, Automotive News says. They might be the first of a broader range that would follow them to stores shortly thereafter. The two-seat Smart Fortwo and the ...

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    Report: Nissan commits to adding 'iconic' design after Cube killed off
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    The Nissan Cube is on its way out here in the US and Canada. In a way, that's too bad, simply because the Cube's styling was nothing if not distinctive – much like the company's own Juke. However, the flame for uniquely styled models is indeed still burning over at Nissan. We might never see an exact replacement for the Cube in the brand's lineup, ...

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    Teased: Subaru teasing new WRX S4 model ahead of Japanese debut
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    The Subaru WRX range is growing just a little bit larger, at least in Japan, with the automaker's teasing announcement of a new version called the S4. Unfortunately, the company is keeping details about its latest all-wheel drive sport sedan a closely guarded secret for the moment. From what we can glean, it appears that the S4 might be a more luxurious ...

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    Report: Kia negotiating to build $1.5B auto plant in Mexico
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    After a string of recent announcements from automakers, Kia may be the next business to break ground on a factory south of the border. The Korean company is reportedly nearly finished with negotiations to build a $1.5-billion plant near the city of Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. The state's secretary of economic development confirmed the ...

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    Drive an EV and you, too, can pay the equivalent of 75 cents a gallon
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    One in six households can party like it's 1979 by purchasing a plug-in vehicle. Add a thumpin' sound system to that vehicle and you can celebrate by pumping out an appropriate hit from that year, too. We think Chic's Good Times would be appropriate. Thanks to special rates for households with battery-electric of plug-in hybrid vehicles, about 21 million ...

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    Official: Aston Martin Lagonda super sedan officially teased
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    Ask anyone who's anyone about Aston Martin and they'll tell you about exclusive and highly desirable two-door luxury GTs – the kind James Bond would drive – but it would be all too easy to forget about the other side of the equation. The company's full name is, after all, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., but while the latter name is seldom used, ...

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    Video: Porsche's 959 is still poster-worthy after all these years
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    Today, we have the Porsche 918 Spyder. Before that, there was the Carrera GT. While both of those cars are dramatic departures from the traditional, rear-engine Porsche formula, they owe their very existence to another wild child of the iconic German brand – the 959. Like so many of the great performance cars of yesteryear, the 959 was a ...

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    How fast can a Formula E racer go? This fast
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    Formula E completed its first testing session at the Donington Park circuit, where the electric racing series' headquarters are located. Lucas di Grassi, driving for Audi Sport Abt, was kind enough to attach a GoPro video camera to his helmet to give us a pilot's-eye view of what its like to steer Formula E's Spark-Renault SRT_01E around the track at full ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.24.14
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    40+ gas guzzlers that aren't The Gas Guzzler Tax affects many high-performance vehicles, but there are plenty of cars that straddle the line simply because their fuel economy ratings are slightly above the cut-off. Here, Seyth Miersma explains the tax in detail, and lists over 40 gas-guzzlers that manage to avoid this charge. Review: 2014 Audi ...

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    Report: Audi to abandon CVTs?
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    The continuously variable transmission is one of those technologies that seems to make a lot of sense on paper, but in reality, almost always numbs the driving experience. That's one reason why Audi, according to reports, is planning to phase them out. One of the first automakers to implement use of the CVT, Audi mates CVTs to larger engines than many ...

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    Nissan: We lose money on each Leaf replacement battery
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    Nissan has been playing its cards pretty close to its chest when it comes to the production costs for Leaf battery packs. The company recently put a price on replacement batteries for customers at $5,500 plus the requirement to return the old battery. If the decommissioned battery is worth $1,000 to Nissan, as they have stated, that means the battery ...

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    Official: BMW begins restoring Elvis Presley's 507 [w/video]
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    Imagine the King of Rock n' Roll driving a car and you'll likely picture a pink Cadillac or a yellow De Tomaso shot full of holes. But Elvis also owned a 1957 BMW 507 roadster, and now that roadster is returning home to BMW headquarters. The 507 was a rare bird, of which only 254 examples were ever made. They were sold mostly to celebrities and royalty, ...

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    Official: Ford unveils its facelifted Falcon finale with new XR8
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    While its days may be numbered, Ford isn't just going to let its Falcon sedan limp out for the Australian market. No, the Blue Oval is releasing a refreshed Falcon for its final years, and it's lead by this, the new XR8. That's right, this dead-car-driving is going to go out on a high note. Ford's global design DNA dominates the looks of the new Falcon, ...

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    Official: Ford Fiesta becomes UK all-time best seller
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    We may regard Ford as an American automaker, but ask a Brit and they may tell you otherwise. The Blue Oval has, after all, been selling cars in the UK since 1903, and started manufacturing there as far back as 1911 when it began local production of the Model T in Manchester. Last year Ford ended 100 years of vehicle manufacturing in the UK when the last ...

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    Australia's Sunswift claims new EV distance speed world record
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    With a name like Sunswift, optimism must abound. So let's start with the fact that the team behind it has built a great looking solar-powered car. And Australia has plenty of road and more than enough sun, the pieces are coming together. Australia's University of New South Wales first put together its Sunswift team of vehicle builders in 1995 and ...

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    Report: VW's Winterkorn tells 20,000 staffers of big cost-cutting plans
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    During a gathering of 20,000 Volkswagen Group employees at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany on Wednesday, CEO Martin Winterkorn dropped a bombshell. The boss stated that the automaker isn't operating efficiently enough and admitted the company needs to radically start cutting back to raise its profit margins. To right the ship, Winterkorn has ...

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    Video: NY vandal uses graffiti to call out bad parking
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    We've all been there. You walk down the street and can't believe how people have parked like that. Maybe they're taking up two spots. Maybe they're sticking out and blocking part of the street, sidewalk or crosswalk. And maybe you think about leaving a note, but you probably don't. One vandal in New York, however, is taking things a step beyond. An ...

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    ETC: BringATrailer getting into the auction business
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    If you're into classic cars and don't already know about the website BringATrailer.com, you're seriously missing out. The site highlights vintage cars of all stripes for sale on the internet, whether they are from eBay Motors, Craigslist, its own readers or practically anywhere else. Even if you're not shopping for something to add to your garage, the ...

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