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    Report: EPA wants actual road-test results to fix auto fuel economy estimates [w/poll]
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    The agency thinks the new approach will result in more realistic ratings, especially for hybrids. The Environmental Protection Agency is getting tired of discovering automakers overstating their vehicles' fuel economy figures, and it's apparently actually trying to do something about it. The ...

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    ETC: Worse For Your Health: Rolling coal or burning rubber?
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    A cursory Internet search reveals that both kinds of 'smoke' have some pretty scary ingredients. With social, political and ecological concerns all wrapped up into one made-for-the-Internet phenomenon, there's no question that "rolling coal" has taken over the airwaves in the last few weeks. ...

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    Official: Jaguar Land Rover offers (some) detail about new Ingenium engine
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    Jaguar Land Rover officially announced its Ingenium family of engines with the unveiling of the 2.0-liter version in the Jaguar XE concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but it kept details very thin at the time. All we knew was that the new turbocharged mills could be configured to use gasoline ...

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    ETC: Rolling Coal: America's political divide reaches the roads [w/videos]
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    Jason Mendelson was driving his Toyota Prius in the right lane of Interstate 64 near Richmond, Virginia, when a white pickup truck with two protruding smokestacks cut into the lane ahead. After a few moments, the pickup spewed a torrent of black smoke that enveloped his small car. The pickup ...

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    Review: 2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer / Sonata wagon
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    Recently, we took a vacation to Australia, because sometimes we have to get away from all of that other travel and good living that we withstand in order to bring you the latest car news. While there, we grabbed the keys to a Hyundai i40 Tourer, essentially the Sonata wagon we never got a chance ...

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    Report: Lexus LX to get diesel engine?
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    Australian consumers appear poised to get another diesel-burning luxury SUV in the near future, and word is it's coming from Lexus, of all automakers. Sean Hanley, chief executive of the company's branch in Oz, recently told Aussie website Drive that he's "pretty confident" that the new engine ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #387
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    Episode #387 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Michael Zak talk about more General Motors recalls, upgrades and a diesel for the 2015 Ford Focus ST, and the BMW M235i scoring ahead of the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Consumer Reports ...

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    Report: Jeep Cherokee won't get diesel until sales of oil-burning Grand Cherokee improve
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    Okay Jeep fans, you want more diesel options? Time to step up and prove it. The only way Jeep will offer a diesel powerplant in the Cherokee, according to brand head Mike Manley, is if sales of the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel nearly double. Currently, about eight percent of the Grand Cherokees sold ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #387 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #387 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio ...

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    Followup: Hero gets his truck back better than new thanks to community support [w/video]
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    You ever hear a story and start cringing before you hear the end because you know how it's going to turn out? That could very well have been the case with the story from a few weeks ago in West Valley City, Utah, where a 14-year-old kid stole his grandfather's Hyundai Veloster and took it for a ...

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    Official: Ford rolls out diesel Focus ST at Goodwood [w/poll]
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    If you're in the market for a hot hatch, there are some excellent choices at your disposal – especially if you live in Europe. But if you want a diesel, well, your choices become rather more limited. Volkswagen tends to that niche market with the Golf GTD (essentially an oil-burning version ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Beetle gets new premium pack
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    Volkswagen Beetle customers will have a new option package to select when they're not building their cars online. A new Premium Package is being made available for the 2014 Beetle hardtop and Convertible, provided they've been optioned with either the 1.8-liter turbo or the 2.0-liter TDI ...

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    Report: Upcoming Audi Q1 rumored to get high-performance SQ1 variant
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    The Audi Q1 isn't due for another two or three years, yet Auto Bild reports already that it will come in RS and SQ1 trims. According to the report, the RS Q1 will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder putting out 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, putting it about 70 hp and 8 lb-ft ...

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    Official: Euro tuner Larte Design makes US debut with Mercedes GL Black Crystal
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    You no longer have to go to Alaska to see Russia from your back yard; you can see Russia in your own driveway with the help of Larte Design. The Russian-based tuning firm specializing in SUVs has come to America, and the Mercedes GL-based Black Crystal no doubt revels in the role of first-assault ...

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    Motorsports: Audi to enter third R18 following Loic Duval's huge crash
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    When we saw the picture above yesterday, our first thought went to driver Loic Duval. After hearing that he, miraculously, walked away from the annihilated heap that had been the number one Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, our next thought went Audi's hopes in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the ...

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    Video: Tom Kristensen walks through a perfect lap of Le Mans in Forza 5
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    One of the best ways of learning a new track, aside from driving it, is to hear someone that's intimately familiar with it give you a good walkthrough. That's just what you'll get here, as the winningest driver in 24 Hours of Le Mans history, Tom Kristensen, walks you through the Circuit de la ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Transit
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    As a segment, fullsize vans are stealth-fighter invisible on most consumers' radar. Visit a dealership for any of the four brands that offer them and you'll be lucky to find even one on display. These are commercial vehicles primarily, even more so than pickup trucks. Vans are the shuttles for ...

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    Video: VW's new German E-Golf spot looks awfully familiar
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    Ever have the feeling of déjà vu? Volkswagen has released a new video in Germany for the all-electric E-Golf, which is all well and good. The problem, though, is that it looks just a bit familiar. See, there are a lot of parallels between this ad and a certain Chevrolet spot for ...

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    Official: Airstream Autobahn is a super-fancy Sprinter
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    The truth is, we talk a lot about how great a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a Bentley Mulsanne or a Rolls-Royce Phantom would be for a cross-country drive mainly because they're far, far sexier than the real kings of the long-distance haul: vans. Yes, whether it's as simple as a minivan or something ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you the next Nissan Frontier?
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    A reader of the Phillippine site Autoindustriya.com sent in what appear to be naked spy photos of the pickup that Nissan recently teased first in photo then in video. The shots, one taken from the front and one from the back, have been found on the Nissan Navara Club Thailand forum. The details ...

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