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    Report: 2016 Ford Focus RS may yet be AWD, US sales likely
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    When it comes to forbidden fruit, few vehicles are spoken of in as hushed a tone as the Ford Focus RS. The turbocharged, five-cylinder hot hatch could only be seen from afar by American customers as it tore up the roads of Europe. And while it's safe to say that Ford's Yankee fans are quite happy ...

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    Official: Datsun expands low-cost revival with new Mi-Do in Moscow [w/video]
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    Those who were disappointed when Datsun changed its name to Nissan over three decades ago may have been pleased to see the marque revived last year, even as a budget brand. Nissan's counterpart to its ally Renault's Dacia budget brand, Datsun has been steadily expanding its lineup of low-cost ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.28.14
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    Electric VW e-Up! tested The Volkswagen Up! is one of our favorite pieces of pint-sized forbidden fruit. The cute little city car is already one of the best-selling microcars in Europe, and VW aims to broaden its appeal with a new electrified version, the e-Up! Jonathon Ramsey recently took the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Volkswagen e-Up!
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    Volkswagen sets targets that are entertainingly confident, its stated goal for electric mobility being "market leadership by 2018." The tiny e-Up! is the first round out of the electric cannon, one of 14 EV and hybrid models the company will put on the menu this year as it spreads the electric ...

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    Report: VW Golf Mk8 could arrive by 2017
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    The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf (pictured above) only went on sale in the US in August, but it has been on the road in some parts of the world since 2012. The German automotive giant isn't taking a moment's rest for one of its most well known models, though. The latest rumor suggests that ...

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    Spy Shots: Europe's BMW 1 Series hatch caught looking fresh faced
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    Hey, remember the BMW 1 Series? Yes, German brand's successors to the US-market coupe and convertible have one-upped the old car to wear the 2 Series designation now, but in other markets, our No. 1 crush still lives on, and as evidenced in these spy shots, the entry-level hatch appears to be ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.21.2014
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    This or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST Two of Autoblog's editors argue the finer points of hot hatches in a point/counterpoint rundown between the Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Fiesta ST. Arguments are made, but no firm conclusions drawn. Feel free to offer your own opinion in our ...

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    Official: Honda CR-Z gets much-needed supercharger
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    Honda has really taken its time in getting an aftermarket supercharger kit for the CR-Z to enthusiasts in the US. It's finally on sale, though, and it makes you wonder if the hybrid hatchback shouldn't have had it from the day it went on sale. The supercharger kit developed by Honda Performance ...

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    Report: Mazdaspeed2 supermini hot hatch under consideration
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    Though the Ford Fiesta ST and Fiat 500 Abarth (and arguably the Mini Cooper S) may stand pretty much alone in the North American market, in overseas markets, supermini hot hatches are a big deal. Unfortunately, challengers like the Volkswagen Polo GTI, Seat Ibiza Cupra and Renault Clio RS 200 ...

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    Opinion: This Or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST [w/poll]
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    They're pretty darn similar. And yet our views are oh so different. If you guys could read the transcripts of our editors' chat room, you'd know that we're a pretty argumentative bunch. It's always good-spirited stuff (well, usually), but when we're not obsessively covering this or that, ...

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    Official: Honda fixes Fit flaw, improves performance on key crash test [w/video]
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    The Fit's grade on the small-front overlap test improved from "marginal" to "acceptable." Back in March, safety engineers at Honda were disappointed when the much-anticipated 2015 Fit received a substandard grade on an important crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Official: Skoda reveals new Fabia ahead of Paris debut
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    Since it doesn't market in these United States, Škoda may not be an automaker consistently on our radar screen. But it sells nearly a million vehicles each year in markets like Europe and China, and though it doesn't ell as many as the larger Octavia, the Fabia is one of the Czech ...

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    Recalls: Ford issues four recalls covering 163k vehicles
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    Recalls! 2014 will be forever remembered as the year that automakers went recall crazy, with millions and millions of vehicles adding up to crush previous recall records well before the end of the year. Adding to that tally is Ford, which announced a call-back for 163,000 vehicles. Leading that ...

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    Official: Seat lives up to reputation with Leon Cupra Sub8 Performance Pack
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    Under 8. That's the new benchmark for hot hatches, expressed in the number of minutes it takes to get around the Nürburgring. Although Renault has since beat its time with the Mégane RS 275 Trophy, it was Seat that was the first to break that time in a front-drive car with the Leon ...

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    Report: How VW's hyper-efficient XL1 will influence the next Golf
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    In 2007, the European Union mandated fleet average CO2 emissions of 158.7 g/km. For 2015, that figure will drop to 130 g/km, and the target for 2020 is an ambitions 95 g/km. Thanks to some German politicking, that target will be phased in from 2020 to 2024, but it will still apply to 80 percent ...

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    Video: VW Golf R pitted against BMW M235i in enthusiast's choice battle
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    Most people don't have two, open spots in their garage to fit a practical daily driver and a fire-breathing performance car for the weekends. That's what makes vehicles like the latest Volkswagen Golf R and BMW M235i just about perfect for the average person. Both of these Germans can lope around ...

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    Motorsports: Hyundai Motorsport tests its performance at the WRC Rally Finland
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    Autoblog joined Hyundai to check out the Neste Oil Rally Finland, where thousands of kilometers of lightly traveled, rolling gravel roads have turned out decades of astonishing racing and cold-blooded drivers. Even though the World Rally Championship is well tamed from its feral Group B days, ...

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    Report: Pope Francis chauffeured around Korea in a Kia Soul
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    Korea is not without its domestic automobiles that would be suitable for transporting a visiting head of state: the Hyundai Equus comes to mind. Failing that, a Genesis sedan would do the trick. Maybe even a Kia K900 or a Renault Samsung SM7. But those familiar with Pope Francis and his taste in ...

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    Official: Hyundai reveals new i20 hatchback ahead of Paris debut
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    If you had ever traveled overseas and rented a Hyundai Getz, you'll likely have gotten why it was the butt of jokes: it Getz you from A to B, but not much more. But like the company that makes it, the Korean supermini is all grown up now, long since eschewing the punchline nameplate for the i20 ...

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    Video: Check out this guy's amazing car soundtracks made with his mouth
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    Mastering an impression is hard enough – even if you're trying to do a person with highly recognizable tendencies, like Christopher Walken or Al Pacino – but getting the sound of vehicle just right by using nothing but your own vocal anatomy is on a whole different level. That's what ...

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