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    Video: Watch Sebastian Vettel become first driver to lap Sochi GP circuit
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    In April of last year, Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard drove the unpaved Sochi Formula One circuit in a pair of Infiniti M sedans, getting both muddy and airborne in the process. Now with tarmac laid down and fences put up, Vettel and Coulthard have gone back to the Black Sea vacation spot ...

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    Report: Ford hybrid sales rebound following MPG controversy
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    Ford hybrid customers apparently have very short memories. With two EPA fuel economy reratings in the last year, sales of the C-Max, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ haven't been too terribly dented, Ward's Auto reports. All three vehicles saw sales dips following the August 2013 rerating, although ...

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    Official: 2015 Volvo XC90 is the Swedish future
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    It's been months since the Concept XC Coupe debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, Volvo's last show car previewing its all-new 2015 XC90. But the production model is finally here after years of development, and it signals the future of the Swedish automaker with its Scalable Product Architecture ...

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    Motorsports: Formula E gets wireless-charging BMW i8 safety car [w/video]
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    Racing series typically select a safety car appropriate to the kinds of racecars for which they'll be setting the pace. So you might find a Mercedes SLS pacing a Formula One grand prix, for example, and you're more likely to find a BMW M4 on duty at a DTM race and a Chevy Camaro or SS on an oval ...

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    Report: Volvo developing new three-cylinder engine family
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    Pop the hood on a Volvo of recent vintage and you'll find four-, five-, six- and even eight-cylinder engines. But the Swedish automaker is downsizing its engines over the coming years. The new XC90, set to be revealed later this week, will use a new family of four-cylinder engines (like the one ...

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    Report: Volkswagen considering a four-door, four-seat XL1
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    According to a report in Autocar, Volkswagen might have more in mind for the XL1 than mining it for advances to grace the next-generation Golf. Aiming to fight the Honda FCEV due for public consumption next year, we're told VW executives have put a four-door, four-seater version of the XL1 - it ...

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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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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.20.14
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    We test the Chevy Corvette's new automatic We tend to prefer our cars with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. You know, the ones that require a third pedal down by the gas and brake pedals. A clutch, ya know? Turns out most Americans disagree with us, even the ones who are buying ...

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    Spy Shots: Hyundai Prius-Fighter Hybrid could preview next attack on Toyota's champion
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    Hyundai is no stranger to the hybrid game, selling a gas-electric version of the Sonata in the US since 2011. The 2015-model-year version gets 38 miles per gallon combined, which is certainly admirable but not quite in the same league as the hybrid champion Toyota Prius (50 mpg combined). New spy ...

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    Report: GM files trademark application for 'Chevy Bolt'
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    Move over Chevy Volt, a little brother could possibly be on the way. General Motors filed a trademark application for both 'Chevrolet Bolt' and 'Bolt' earlier this month, specifically for use as automobile names. Trademark filings often hold clues for upcoming models or new products from ...

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    Monterey: BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition is so cool it's Frozen [UPDATE]
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    The new, one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition made a ritzy debut last night at BMW's private villa, giving the media its first chance to look at the ultra-exclusive hybrid. As we said in our previous post, the most notable feature of the Concours d'Elegance i8 is its matte grey ...

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    Recalls: 177k Toyota Camry Hybrids being recalled for brake issue [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The limited service campaign issued by Toyota, and reported on by Consumer Reports, is actually unchanged from our earlier report in July. New reports led us to believe that there was further action regarding the Camry Hybrid brake fluid reservoir issue, but ultimately the same campaign ...

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    Official: BMW reveals i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition ahead of Pebble Beach
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    If you want to be among the first owners in the United States of the new BMW i8, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will be the place to be next Saturday. That's where Gooding & Company will auction off this one-of-a-kind hybrid supercar. The BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition was ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.7.14
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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R What better way to celebrate your Thirsty Thursday than with an illicit sip of some forbidden fruit? The newly updated Volkswagen Scirocco R may not be headed Stateside anytime soon, but that doesn't mean we don't want to drive the hatch/coupe/sports car ...

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    Followup: Will Bugatti's Veyron successor be too fast to test?
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    As one of the fastest cars in the world, the Bugatti Veyron is an icon in its own time, but people are fickle and always want to know what's next. Bugatti needs to sell just 15 more examples before the Veyron reaches its 450-car cap. With the end finally in sight, a blindly fast successor may be ...

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    Teased: 2016 Chevy Volt teased ahead of debut at Detroit Auto Show
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    Chevrolet has issued the first teaser of its second-generation Volt, seen above, along with an announcement confirming rumors that it will make its global debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January, as a 2016 model. Our most recent look at the next-gen hybrid came in ...

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    Video: Xcar checks if BMW's i8 offers moves as electrifying as its looks
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    If you were to plot the general opinion about hybrids since their introduction among auto enthusiasts, the resulting graph would likely be shaped somewhat like a "V." In the beginning interest was high, simply due the novelty of these new powertrains, then the line would gradually fall as the ...

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    Report: Here's why our Lexus NX is uglier than the rest of the world's
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    Take a good look at the image above. That's the US-market Lexus NX 300h, and it looks, well... distinctive. Although the entire NX crossover sports styling that could certainly be described as controversial, it's the front end of the 'ute that seems to draw most of the ire, befitted as it is with ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.31.14
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    Our controversial automotive beliefs Everyone's got an opinion, and some of ours are more unfavorable than others. Whether its one staffer's pro-vote for the Smart Fortwo, or another's dislike of a certain Hellcat-powered Challenger, these not-so-popular beliefs are often kept off the pages of ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports calls on Toyota to recall older Camry Hybrid models
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    Consumer Reports is calling on Toyota to issue an official recall of 178,000 Camry Hybrid sedans from model years 2007 to 2011, claiming that a pair of issues affecting the brakes are so dire they demand a more official action than what the company has undertaken so far. The first issue, as CR ...

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