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    Spy Shots: Scion iM spied testing in US in more production-ready guise
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    Following the niche-oriented iQ and FR-S, Scion is preparing its first new model with mass-market appeal in quite some time with the iM. Just unveiled at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show in concept form, our spies recently shot some photos of a slightly camouflaged production iM doing some ...

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    Official: Skoda reveals new Fabia R5 rally concept in Essen
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    A few months ago, Škoda revealed its all-new Fabia, a model that will undoubtedly be a vital product for the Czech automaker, yet it hardly registered on our scale of the most exciting debuts at the Paris Motor Show this year. But this... this is more like it. What you're looking at is ...

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    Report: Next VW GTI to get 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox
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    Following on Volkswagen's official announcement that it was working on a ten-speed, dual-clutch transmission, Auto Express has it on "good authority" that the new transmission will end up in the next GTI, GTD and Golf R. The brand's current seven-speed will be retained for lesser eight-generation ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.25.14
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    We drive the 2016 Smart Forfour The redesigned Smart Fortwo is a better offering than ever before, what with its fully reworked, Renault Twingo underpinnings. And while the diminutive two-door will be headed to the US relatively soon, the Forfour isn't currently on the docket for American sales. ...

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    Quick Spin: 2016 Smart Forfour
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    The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand's best seller, it's not the only model to to wear the moniker. A decade ago, Smart rolled out the larger Forfour, but like the brand's other models that have come and ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.24.14
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    2015 VW Golf R, driven Stateside The first time we drove Volkswagen's new turbocharged Golf R, it was on a frozen lake in northern Sweden, near the border of the Arctic Circle. Fun? You bet. Now, senior editor Seyth Miersma had the chance to drive the plucky little Golf R here in the States, in ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R [w/video]
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    Volkswagen hired a photographer to come shoot the handful of journalists that it brought to drive the 2015 Golf R at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles. This fact, though unremarkable in and of itself, was something I hadn't noticed until I was well into my track time – probably ten ...

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    Report: Mercedes-AMG planning more hardcore A45 hot hatch
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    The launch of the A45 AMG marked Mercedes-Benz's first real assault on the premium hot hatch segment. And with 355 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo four, it is indeed hot. But the latest word has it that Mercedes-AMG is planning an even hotter version. Speaking with Auto Express at the LA Auto ...

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    Video: Watch this Chinese stunt driver parallel park with only 3 inches to spare
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    Whenever this writer thinks of fancy parking jobs, we go straight to Buddy Love singing Strokin' in a red Dodge Viper he slides into a tiny space in The Nutty Professor. But after watching the video above, we might have to start thinking about Han Yue, who broke the world record for getting into ...

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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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