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This year's Shanghai Motor Show has not ruled out banning promotional models that normally accompany cars on show stands, after models' racy attire at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show was chastised for having "a negative social impact."

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If you buy the Master- or OEM-level version of a detailed production and cost report on the BMW i3, prepared by engineering Munro & Associates, the firm will give you a 'free' i3.

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Google is reportedly set to begin offering auto insurance quotes through its Google Compare Auto Insurance Services site. It has been talking to insurance companies for two years about the online destination where customers can compare and buy policies, with the Internet giant taking a cut of each sale.

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Okay, so not exactly cars, but Bobcats - but still quite cool. Turns out the construction firm filling the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum is using the two remote-controlled vehicles, and you can see it for yourself.

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A controversial new rule in Russia aims to ban some groups from driving based on their sexuality. It lists transgender people, exhibitionists, voyeurs, fetishists and many others as not allowed to have a driver's license. Human rights groups in the country and beyond are up in arms over the act.

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This 1998 Honda Accord custom dually is so insane that it's almost hard not to love. Beyond just the crazy rear end, the sedan features an exhaust that rises toward the heavens and enough lights to turn the night into day. The massive mirrors on each side should make it easy to see the shocked expressions of onlookers as you drive by. This is glorious automotive madness.

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An anonymous tipster has leaked a map of Ford's display stand plans for next week's Detroit Auto Show, and it supports the idea of a Ford GT revival, as well as a Shelby Mustang GT350R and F-150 SVT Raptor.

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Vince Granatelli's crazy turbine-powered 1978 Chevrolet Corvette is headed to auction later this month at Barrett-Jackson, but not before our man gets some seat time behind the wheel of this one-off jet-powered classic.

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Recently elected New York City mayor Bill de Blasio inaugurated his "Vision Zero" plan last year to reduce traffic deaths in The Big Apple to zero by 2024. The numbers for 2014 show the initiative is headed in the right direction: pedestrian deaths dropped to an all-time low of 132, down from 179 in 2013.

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When a GM engineer investigated his daughter's wet diaper, he discovered a material that makes for a great imitation of snow all year long. Now, the company is using the stuff to test the heaters on its vehicles to make them perform even better in the future.

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The four occupants of a minivan in Michigan were in for a terrifying ride early in the morning on January 7. Their minivan got lodged under the back of a semi's trailer, and the vehicle was drug 16 miles along Interstate 75. During that time, the driver was on the phone with 911 but couldn't exactly say where the stricken van was because of the snowy conditions.

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An Ole Miss football fan passed out after entering the wrong address for an Uber ride, only to find out that, thanks in part to surge pricing, he owed $908.

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CES Car News, Vehicles We're Most Looking Forward To Driving This Year

We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #412 this evening. Have a look at our rundown of topics, and sound off with your questions and comments via the Q&A module. We'll record the show live at 10:00 PM Eastern.

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Out of 16.5-million overall sales in 2014, the top three vehicles sold last year in the US were pickup trucks, led by the Ford F-Series. The rest of the top ten featured three Hondas, two Fords, two Toyotas and a Nissan, and elsewhere on the charts a number of brands had record years.

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Dyanmic Skip Fire could bring a revolution to cylinder deactivation technology and boost fuel economy by around 15 percent. As opposed to shutting down just a set number of cylinders, DSF monitors all of them. General Motors thinks the system might be on some of its models in the future.

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Watch as an 83-year-old retired farmer slowly discovers that his 1949 pickup has been restored. The man's son had the work done in secret as the perfect family Christmas present, and he captured the reunion moment in this heartwarming video.

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In a commentary piece in Fortune, writer Ben Geier nominates General Motors CEO Mary Barra as his Crisis Manager of the Year for the way she has handled internal issues and an 11-month recall barrage that has so far ensnared 30 million cars worldwide.

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French revelers and scammers torched 940 vehicles over New Year's Eve. That's down by either 12 percent or 21 percent from last year, depending on which numbers you go with: the French Interior Ministry said there were 1,193 blazing bolides last year, other outlets say the number was 'just' 1,067.

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The Breeze is a tiny, personal breathalyzer that syncs with your smartphone to estimate when you might be sober again. If you don't feel like waiting around, the app can also hail a cab, contact Uber, call a designated driver, show nearby restaurants and even find a local hotel to sleep things off.

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According to some numbers crunched by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), weight ratios in modern cars are creating a giant problem with overall efficiency. Car weights are climbing, but passenger loads aren't, and this is the truly limiting factor when it comes to energy efficiency.

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In 1963, real estate agent Arthur Lampitt was driving a new Ford Thunderbird near East Peoria, Illinois on his way to an appointment when he collided head-on with a truck. No one noticed the fact that the turn-signal stalk had been broken off the steering column and had lodged itself in Lampitt's arm.

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