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    Motorsports: Students target Nürburgring record with hybrid racing prototype [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: We've received and uploaded high-resolution images from InMotion to replace the previous low-res gallery. We talk about Nürburgring lap records all the time around here, but they're always qualified by some category or another: for production cars, for sedans, for front-drive ...

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    Spy Shots: Skoda testing Octavia RS280 sleeper wagon
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    American buyers in the market for a hot hatch from the Volkswagen Group can choose between the GTI or the Golf R, but our compatriots overseas have more options at their disposal, all based on the same platform. They can go for more Latin flavor in the Seat Leon Cupra (available in two states of ...

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    Video: Street Glory Mappers turning cars into dynamic billboards like this
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    A French marketing firm with the impenetrable name of Street Glory Mappers is literally turning cars into billboards. Of course, we've all seen vehicles painted up for promotional use, but this company is taking that concept even further by including video. Street Glory Mappers equips the ...

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    Report: Euro-spec 2015 Volkswagen Passat hits the web
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    Sorry, Americans – this one isn't for us. Yes, this is the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Passat, seen here in Euro-spec trim. And while the Passat is indeed a strong player in North America, this isn't the version we'll be getting – our car has been tipped to get a substantial refresh for ...

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    Official: VW Beetle Dune production confirmed [w/video]
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    Volkswagen has sneakily announced plans to put the Beetle Dune Concept from the 2014 Detroit Motor Show into production in 2016. The confirmation didn't come in a press release as long as your arm (as is the norm among German automakers). Instead, it came as almost an aside during a promotional ...

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    Report: Audi to launch 600-hp RS6 Avant Plus?
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    Much to the dismay of many – but apparently not enough – there's a whole category of power wagons available overseas that we just can't get our hands on. While the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate and Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon are both available Stateside, the recently revised ...

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    Official: Volvo fires up S60 and V60 Polestar production
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    We were pretty smitten with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models during our First Drive in Sweden a few months ago. We especially loved the way that its Öhlins adjustable dampers offered a perfect balance between suppleness and sporty handling. Now, the rest of the world will finally be ...

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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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    Official: Peugeot celebrates with 208-hp 208 GTi anniversary edition
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    Though American hot hatch enthusiasts might more readily equate the letters GTI with Volkswagen, our European counterparts would equally associate them with Peugeot. In fact, it's been 30 years since the French automaker introduced the first 205 GTi, and to celebrate that milestone, it's released ...

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    Official: Seat reveals Leon-based X-Perience soft-roader [w/video]
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    In the market for a Volkswagen Golf but don't actually want a Volkswagen Golf? If you live in North America, your choices are limited to the Golf or, if you've got the scratch, the outgoing Audi A3. But if you live overseas, you can also opt for the Skoda Octavia or Seat Leon, which open up a ...

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    Official: Ferrari reveals one-off F12 TRS at Sicily cavalcade
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    Every year Ferrari owners gather from all corners of the globe for the annual Ferrari Cavalcade. This year's edition just wrapped up in Sicily, where over 90 proud owners from 27 different countries brought their prides and joys. Some of the participating supercars were more rare and notable than ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 Austrian Grand Prix is old-school front row, new-school racing
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    The last time Formula One raced in Spielberg, Austria the track was called the A1 Ring, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were the pilots for Williams, the field contained other not-so-venerable names like Ralph Firman and Justin Wilson and V10 engines were bolted to the bulkheads – ...

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    Report: Seat pondering more extreme Leon Cupra to answer Renault's Ring record
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    In case you haven't been paying attention, there's a battle raging on between two European automakers over who makes the faster hot hatch. The battle ground has been the Nürburgring, where Seat and Renault have been going back and forth, taking the front-drive lap record away from each ...

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    Motorsports: WTCC to end 30-year Nürburgring drought in 2015 [w/video]
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    Head out to the Nürburgring, and you can witness all manner of racing. Most of it remains confined, however, to the GP-Strecke, where you'll find superbikes, DTM touring cars, GT racing cars and even the occasional Formula One race competing in top-level world championships. But not on the ...

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    Report: French police charge 10 for warning motorists of speed cameras via Facebook
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    Yesterday, we reported on a man in Ohio who was ticketed for holding a sign alerting other motorists of a DUI checkpoint. Apparently, the French take their speed cameras every bit as seriously as we take drunk driving. The local prosecutor in the Aveyron department of France is charging 10 people ...

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    Teased: Renault developing new Sport Trophy with 500 hp
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    If you're ever in Europe and have the chance to stop by a World Series by Renault event, you'll be in for a treat. For one thing, the tickets are free. For another, they take place at some of the best circuits Europe has to offer, like Monza, Monaco, Spa and the Nürburgring. It's produced ...

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    Official: Peugeot takes aim at Mondeo with updated 508 lineup
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    Peugeot might not loom large on our radar screen since it doesn't market in North America, but overseas (and counted together with its Citroën brand), the French automaker is a big player – the eighth largest in the world, in fact, ahead of Suzuki, Mazda, Mercedes, BMW and (crucially) ...

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    Official: Mercedes reveals subtly updated new CLS-Class [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Autoblog has received confirmation on US availability of the new CLS-Class. The text below has been revised accordingly. A lot has changed since Mercedes-Benz busted open the four-door coupe segment with the introduction of the original CLS-Class back in 2004, with every competitor keen ...

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    Report: Mahindra eying stake in Saab owner NEVS?
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    It's ironic that Saab's current vehicle architecture is called the Phoenix platform, because like the mythological bird, the company keeps returning from the ashes. That's right, the embattled Swedish automaker isn't completely dead yet. Again. Actually, it may be facing yet another buyout, and ...

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    Official: Renault sets 'Ring record with new Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R [w/video]
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    Clocking a lap time of less than eight minutes on the Nürburgring is a real feat in just about any car. But a front-driver? That's the gauntlet that Seat threw down March when it hustled its new Leon Cupra 280 around the Nordschleife in 7:58.4, knocking Renault off its perch for the quickest ...

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