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    Official: Limited-edition Volvo S60 Polestar priced at $59,300*, V60 at $60,900*
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    You saw their US reveal at this year's Chicago Auto Show and read our driving impressions from Sweden. Now, if you act fast, you can actually own one of the very limited 2015.5 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models coming to the United States. The order page for these slick Swedes is now online, but ...

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    Official: Road Race Motorsports rolls out Fiat 500 M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione
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    We've seen some pretty radical modifications based on the Fiat 500 – from the Abarth 695 Biposto to that ridiculous idea to put a Ferrari engine in the back of a Cinquecento – but we never seem to get tired of it. On that note, we bring you the Fiat 500 M1 Turbo Tallini ...

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    Read This: Edmunds' long-term Tesla Model S has been wonderful, woeful
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    We generally don't report on other outlets' long-term model tests, but Edmunds just completed a 17-month ownership experience with a 2013 Tesla Model S. It's just too interesting not to share. The site bought a 2013 Model S Performance model for the added range of its 85-kilowatt-hour battery ...

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    Report: Infiniti to get Leaf-based electric sedan after all
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    Infiniti suffered a huge blow a few weeks ago when CEO Johan de Nysschen jumped ship after two years on the job to take the helm at Cadillac. As boss, he spearheaded change within the Japanese luxury brand and was among the biggest champions of the Q50 Eau Rouge. However, the company is far from ...

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    Report: Nissan to pursue FWD Nürburgring lap record with Pulsar Nismo
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    Europeans get very serious about their hot hatches. So do the Japanese. In fact there's been a whole back-and-forth lately over who makes the fastest one, and now Nissan looks set to throw its racing hat into the 'Ring. That would be the Nürburgring, of course, where automakers trade ...

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    Recalls: Fiat recalls nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L models
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    Fiat has announced a recall of 29,500 Fiat 500L hatchbacks in the US and Canadian markets due to concerns that the roomiest member of the Fiat range features knee airbags that won't deploy unless the occupant's seatbelt is fastened. There have been no injuries reported due to this issue, which ...

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    Official: Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]
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    Competitors in the small-car segment didn't do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned "poor" grades. Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a ...

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    Report: Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014
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    Scion seemed like such a good idea when it was first launched. Toyota's aim was to provide young people with stylish, affordable cars that would serve as a gateway to the automaker's family of products. It was also supposed to be something of an incubator for new ideas that were too radical for ...

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    Official: Fiat hangs ten with surf-inspired 500L Vans concept
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    Fiat is all set to ride some waves with its new 500L Vans Concept debuting at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA, on July 26. Inspired by the famous shoe company known to skaters and surfers the world over, the hatchback is packed with seaside style and is ready to show it off at ...

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    Report: Nissan commits to adding 'iconic' design after Cube killed off
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    The Nissan Cube is on its way out here in the US and Canada. In a way, that's too bad, simply because the Cube's styling was nothing if not distinctive – much like the company's own Juke. However, the flame for uniquely styled models is indeed still burning over at Nissan. We might never ...

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    Official: Ford Fiesta becomes UK all-time best seller
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    We may regard Ford as an American automaker, but ask a Brit and they may tell you otherwise. The Blue Oval has, after all, been selling cars in the UK since 1903, and started manufacturing there as far back as 1911 when it began local production of the Model T in Manchester. Last year Ford ended ...

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    Official: 2015 Toyota Yaris to start at $14,845* and look like this
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    Toyota released a new Yaris in Europe and its Vitz clone in Japan a few months ago, so we knew it would only be a matter of time before it would launch the new hatchback here in North America. And that time has come. The new, more distinctive 2015 Yaris features far more aggressive exterior ...

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    Official: Nissan Note getting a little louder with Nismo versions this fall
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    Nissan's Nismo performance division has been getting more chances to shine recently with tuned models like the Juke Nismo RS and GT-R Nismo. But its latest creation moves closer to the bottom of the Japanese brand's lineup to make a hot hatch out of the (Versa) Note. At least in Japan, the new ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS
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    As a point of love-it or hate-it styling, the Nissan Juke is king. As a weird, samurai-bullfrog-looking compact crossover with handling chops and a gutsy powertrain, it also has one of the bravest inclusions of a manual transmission in recent memory. It's funky, unmistakable, polarizing and ...

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    Report: BMW predicts 2 Series Active Tourer will have 75% conquest rate
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    In the last few years, BMW has definitively proven that it wasn't a slave to its legacy. In the US, the 3 Series was generally associated with smooth, flat-six engines, but the Bavarian brand dropped a four-cylinder turbo into it. The company was also known for its sports sedans, and it went ...

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    Report: Subaru facing class-action suit over excess oil use
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    A recently filed lawsuit in federal court against Subaru of America and its parent Fuji Heavy Industries claims that several recent models burn an excessive amount of oil. The case, which is seeking class-action status, covers examples of the 2011-2014 Forester, 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback with ...

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    Spy Shots: Smart spotted testing new Brabus Fortwo
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    By now AMG has produced versions of just about everything Mercedes makes, right down to the A-Class, CLA and GLA. But while even the smallest of Benzes have fallen under Affalterbach's knife, Daimler's performance division steers clear of the Smart brand and its products. For that, the German ...

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    Video: Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother
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    Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the Smarts is a legitimate concern ...

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    Video: Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. Renault Clio Cup racecar will make you go hmmm...
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    Match up a hot hatch with a supercar of the same vintage, and we'll tell you who will win every time. It's easy, really, as the supercar invariably features a more advanced suspension, stickier tires and most importantly, more power. What if the hot hatch is race prepped, though? In that ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo
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    America may be better known for its muscle cars than its hot hatches, but those who prefer their power sent to the front wheels with a liftgate at the back aren't exactly hurting for choices these days. Americans can stop by their local dealership and put in an order for a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ...

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