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    Spy Shots: Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo
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    With a rear-engine, rear-drive setup, the Renault Twingo (like its Smart cousin) has the opportunity to be a real firecracker. Unfortunately, even in turbocharged guise, its tiny three-cylinder engine has other ideas. But when we spoke to Renault's engineers at the Twingo's launch in France a ...

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    Official: Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*
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    Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it's revealed US pricing for that updated model. For 2015, Subaru has introduced a new entry-level model, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, that starts at $21,595 (*plus an $850 ...

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    ETC: Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off
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    Car and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that ...

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    Los Angeles: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon
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    We know, we know – this hot little guy isn't really new or anything. Volkswagen first rolled out the Golf R 400 concept in Beijing earlier this year, and since its debut, we've heard rumors that the German automaker might-perhaps-maybe-hopefully build the thing. Its showing here in Los ...

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    Los Angeles: Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for US
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    Scion has officially pulled the covers off its iM Concept, which is, in reality, a slightly modified version of the Toyota Auris that is already sold outside the United States. It's also a model that is going into production for North America, says Scion, minus, we'd guess, a good bit of the ...

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    Official: Qoros 3 City SUV unveiled in Guangzhou
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    And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for: Qoros has revealed its third model. (Or the third version of its existing model, anyway.) Never heard of Qoros, you say? That's alright: it's a Chinese automaker recently set up by joint venture between Chery and ...

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    Ford 1.0L EcoBoost 3-Cylinder: Autoblog Technology of the Year award finalist
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    As the old saying goes, "There's no replacement for displacement." But these days, many automakers are launching powerful, downsized engines that offer similar or better power output than their predecessors, all while offering improvements in fuel economy and emissions. These days, we're seeing ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: A previous version of this story said the Toyota Prius C returned 53 miles per gallon on the highway and 46 mpg in the city. This is incorrect. The Prius C actually returns 53 mpg in the city and 46 on the highway. The text has been edited to reflect this. Few vehicles can match the ...

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    Official: 2015 VW Golf R priced from $36,595* [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: An earlier version of this story indicated that pre-orders were already open for this model, but Volkswagen points out that they will only begin at a later date still to be determined. The text below has been updated accordingly. How much would you be willing to spend on a Rabbit? You're ...

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    Rumormill: BMW i5 could get Toyota-sourced hydrogen power
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    It's starting to feel like the automotive landscape is right on the cusp of a boom in hydrogen-fueled vehicles. After all, the Toyota FCV is nearly ready, Volkswagen is readying a fuel cell concept for this week's Los Angeles Auto Show and Hyundai already sells its Tucson Fuel Cell. The next big ...

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    Official: Refreshed A1 packs Audi's first three-cylinder gas engine [w/video]
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    Back in 2010, Audi debuted the diminutive A1, and it's sold over half a million of them since. Now, more than four years later, the German automaker has given its smallest and most accessible model a facelift and some updated equipment. The latest version of the A1 benefits from a range of ...

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    Report: Are you the Porsche Pajun?
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    The prospect of Porsche building a smaller version of the Panamera has been an on-again, off-again proposition as the German automaker seems to go back and forth on the project. Last we heard, Porsche had pushed back the so-called Pajun (shorthand for Panamera Junior) until 2019 at the earliest, ...

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    Exclusive: 2016 Smart Fortwo to breed more potent Brabus version
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    Those in the market for a city car with a bit of pep are undoubtedly pleased that Daimler has slotted a turbocharged three-cylinder engine into its new Smart Fortwo. But it's the only engine confirmed so far for US dealers, and with only 89 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque on tap, there's ...

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    Spy Shots: Mini John Cooper Works gets ready to rumble
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    Mini gave us our first taste of its next-generation John Cooper Works Hardtop in concept form at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. And in fact, we already know that the production version will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit show in January. Fitting, then, that this most recent round of spy shots ...

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    Video: Manga stylized Toyota Aygo takes on Godzilla
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    Japan has given the world so much to enthuse over. We're not sure the Toyota Aygo is necessarily one of them as much as, say, the Scion FR-S or Lexus LFA (especially since it's actually made in Europe), but for many Nipponophiles, the centuries-old artistic discipline of Manga certainly is. And ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Golf named Motor Trend Car of the Year
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    The all-new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has captured Motor Trend's prestigious Car of the Year award. The Golf, along with its many variants, which include the diesel-powered TDI, GTI hot hatch and electric E-Golf, beat out a slew of competitors which included corporate cousin Audi and ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.12.14
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    2015 Audi A3 TDI Challenge Audi recently challenged us to drive 834 miles on one tank of diesel in the new 2015 A3 TDI sedan. Senior Editor Steven Ewing was up for the task, and managed just under 60 miles per gallon in the new Audi – nearly 17 mpg better than the EPA highway rating. This ...

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    Video: Seat gets silly with the frilly, shows car made of lace
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    European hatchbacks tend to be as much about style as they are about substance. For proof, look no further to the fashion collaborations that have given us the Fiat 500 Gucci edition, the Citroën DS3 by Yves Saint Laurent and a seemingly endless stream of one-off Minis done up by various ...

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    Rumormill: VW Golf R 400 headed for production
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    At the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year, Volkswagen showcased a concept hatchback called the Golf R 400. It was essentially the Golf R we already know and love, but with an even more powerful engine to make it the most potent take on the Golf since the GTI 650 concept of 2007. Only unlike ...

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    Report: GM laying off 510 amidst slow Cadillac, small car sales
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    General Motors is laying off about 510 workers from two factories beginning in January, and it could be months before the automaker needs some of that latent capacity to come back on line. A combination of poor sales and high dealer inventories are prompting the cutbacks, according to Automotive ...

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