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    Report: Audi trademarks SQ2, SQ4, Q9 and F-Tron nameplates
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    Audi is planning a whole raft of new models for the near future, and now we have further insight into what at least some of those models might be. The German automaker has reportedly filed trademarks for a series of model names, including SQ2, SQ4, Q9 and F-Tron. Following in the footsteps of ...

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    Report: Mazda2 with extended-range hybrid rotary tech shown
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    Every story dealing with a new rotary engine from Mazda lands in a different place on the matrix of possibilities between "Coming soon!" and "Never gonna happen!" In 2011 it was speculated that the rotary engineering program would be shut down with the demise of the RX-8, in 2012 the program was ...

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    Report: US predicts gas will still be king in 2040
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    A new report from the Department of Energy predicts that gasoline will still be the fuel of choice for a vast majority of the auto industry over 25 years from now, although it will be slightly less dominant than it is today. The report, from the DoE's Energy Information Agency, predicts that by ...

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    Report: Tesla begins selling in China, despite lack of formal company name
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    Car buyers in China can now start shopping for a new Tesla Model S. Only problem is, the California-based automaker doesn't seem to have hammered down a brand name for that market. According to Reuters, Tesla is still dealing with a trademark squatter for "Tesla" (or "Te Si La"), so in the ...

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    Report: California grants Tesla $34.7 million tax break to boost production
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    Tesla Motors' plans to expand just got a big boost, as the state of California has announced it will give the Palo Alto-based company a $34.7 million tax break to increase its production capacity. The EV manufacturer is being given a pass on sales and use taxes on up to $415 million worth of ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron
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    A little more than a year ago, I drove an Audi A3 E-Tron prototype – an early concept electric vehicle built on the outgoing second-generation A3 platform. While I was impressed with the technology, its 3,800-pound weight, 10-second 0-60 time and 90-mile range will likely put it only ...

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    Video: Renault sets up full-scale Scalextric track in downtown London [w/poll]
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    Racing fans in the UK have been clamoring for the British Grand Prix to move from Silverstone into London proper for years, and that's almost what they'll get in June 2015 when the nascent Formula E series will race around their streets. It'll essentially amount to a full-scale Scalextric track, ...

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    Report: Next Chevy Volt to be $30k, 200-mile EV 'moon shot'
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    On page four of a five-page BusinessWeek article entitled "The Inside Story of GM's Comeback and Mary Barra's Rise," there's a single paragraph that mentions General Motors CEO Dan Akerson hinting at "a next generation of electric vehicle.... [A] compact car that can go 200 miles on a charge and ...

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    Followup: Audi R8 E-Tron back on production map thanks to new battery tech?
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    Contrary to our October 2012 report, it appears Audi's R8 E-Tron program is back on track, if a report from Australia is to be believed. Drive is reporting that the German brand has changed its mind and won't be sacking the program, despite previously stated concerns about the quality and price ...

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    Official: EPA says average MPG of new cars sold in 2012 hit record
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    The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual report for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions trends, and it shows that 2012 was a banner year for both with average fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon and average CO2 emissions of 376 grams per mile – both all-time ...

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    Video: Nissan giving away Leaf-shaped air fresheners that smell like the future
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    We had to check our calendar to make sure it didn't read April 1, but since it's not April Fool's Day, we have to assume that Nissan of Europe really has created a special air freshener scent to give away this Christmas. To create this original fragrance, Nissan looked to Dr. George Dodd, a ...

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    Official: Ward's Automotive Ten Best Engines of 2014 dominated by diesels, turbos
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    With the Car and Driver Ten Best decided, the North American Car and Truck of the Year finalists announced and Cadillac, Ram and Subaru chalking up wins with Motor Trend, it's fair to say that the automotive awards season is in full swing. The next set of trophies to be handed out will be from ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #360
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    Episode #360 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Jeff Ross discuss the 2015 Ford Mustang, reports of the latest plan to bring Alfa Romeo back to the US, Chevrolet leaving Europe and Holden closing down in Australia, and the price barrier that's holding down potential EV ...

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    Teased: Hyundai previews Intrado fuel-cell crossover concept
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    We may still be several months off from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but it's apparently not too early for Hyundai to give us a glimpse at what to expect when the Palexpo's doors open in March. Called Intrado, Hyundai's new concept car takes the form of a high-riding crossover with styling that ...

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    Report: Lexus pushing upmarket as others move down, LF-LC production hinted [w/video]
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    Jeff Bracken, Lexus' US group vice president and general manager, knows his company lost its position as America's biggest luxury brand back in 2011, and it's a mantle that his employer probably won't be getting back any time soon. That's because Lexus is electing not to follow the luxury ...

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    Followup: Tesla not bought with Bitcoin currency after all?
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    The story we posted about a dealership accepting Bitcoins as payment for a Tesla Model S is reportedly only partially true. Lamborghini Newport Beach instead used BitPay to exchange the electronic currency for US dollars before completing the sale, according to "Squawk on the Street" on ...

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    Report: Ford open to diesel, hybrid or electric Mustang? [w/poll]
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    The Ford Mustang may not be the first vehicle that comes to mind when you think of environmentally-friendly forms of transportation. The arrival of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the new Mustang could do a lot to combat that perception, but the EcoBoost engine may just be the tip of the ...

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    Official: Dubuc Canadian DIY supercar to debut in Montreal [w/video]
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    A new Canadian kit car manufacturer, Dubuc Super Light Cars (SLC), has unveiled the Tomahawk, a lightweight, mid-engine kit car that's promised to weigh under 2,000 pounds. The Tomahawk will debut at the Montreal International Auto Show in January. Dubuc SLC says the car will feature a 300-pound ...

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    ETC: Tesla Model S purchased with Bitcoin from Lamborghini dealer
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    Maybe you've heard of Bitcoin by now, but if you haven't, here's what you need to know: it's a decentralized, electronic currency contained in the world's first completely open financial network (for a better understanding, visit this informative Washington Post article). Bitcoin can be used to ...

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    Teased: Audi renders crossover concept for Detroit, is it the Q1?
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    Judging by the direction Audi is taking with recent concept vehicles, the forthcoming Audi Q1 crossover – confirmed for production in 2016 – should be an exciting little crossover. Last year, the automaker revealed the Crosslane Coupe Concept, and now it has announced it will reveal a ...

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