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    Report: Redesigned Tata Nano to arrive in US wearing price tag under $10k
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    Tata's much ballyhooed Nano isn't exactly selling as expected in its home market of India, especially after the well-publicized fires engulfing the several examples of the world's cheapest car. Despite that, the head of Tata Group, Ratan Tata, says his company remains intent on bringing an ...

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    Report: Mahindra opens new tech center near Detroit
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    You didn't think you'd heard the last from Mahindra, did you? Back in July of 2012, Mahindra confirmed that it had basically given up its quest to sell small diesel-powered pickup trucks in the United States. According to a report from TheDetroitBureau.com, however, the Indian automaker is now ...

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    Report: Volkswagen incites negative buzz by including 'vibrator' in new print ad [w/video]
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    Volkswagen isn't afraid to do ads that are a little different... or even a lot different; this is no secret, nor is it new. An ad in various national papers in India, though, including the Times of India, might have gone a black box too far in search of a buzz-worthy response. First, some ...

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    Official: Renault gives rhinoplastic upgrade to Versa for Indian market
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    What do you call a Nissan Versa with a new nose and a home in the Indian car market? A Renault Scala. Given a chrome grille insert, the blacked-out crossbar common to Renaults and a few other "status-enhancing" tweaks, the Scala is Renault's fifth offering in India and rounds out its segment ...

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    Report: Toyota hacked by ex-IT worker, sensitive info stolen
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    According to Toyota, a former employee has hacked into its computer systems and stolen sensitive information. According to an Automotive News report, Toyota filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Lexington, Kentucky late last week. The complaint was filed against former IT contractor ...

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    Report: Suzuki reopens India plant post-riot with police outnumbering workers
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    Suzuki's plant in Manesar, India builds cars for Australia, specifically its Alto small car. Or at least they were building cars before violent worker riots forced the factory to close. The plant has been idled for five weeks as a result of worker violence that led to the death of one manager and ...

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    Report: Ratan Tata hopes to restart Nano sales after fiery start [w/video]
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    When India's Tata introduced the Nano in 2009 at about $2,500, it was a hot seller. It was expected to set the world on fire with demand for cheap wheels. In fact, a year after its rollout, the Nano almost did set the world on fire after at least three units burned to a crisp. Sales plummeted to ...

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    Video: Jay Leno examines the bonkers 1910 Brooke 'Swan Car' at Pebble Beach
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    How much oddball can you squeeze into one car? We probably haven't reached the limit yet, but just after the turn of the 20th century a man did his best to find out. A wealthy Scottish engineer named Robert "Scotty" Nicholl Matthewson, living in Calcutta, bought a 30-horsepower Brooke sedan in ...

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    ETC: Indian tuner turns Chevy Optra into Mustang 'Eleanor' replica
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    If you are a big fan of automotive oddities, this may come as a little treat. If you are a Shelby or Mustang diehard, prepare to have your sensibilities violated. The master fabricators at BigDaddyCustoms are the minds behind what you see above. At first, it appears to be a slightly misshapen ...

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    Big Daddy Customs turns Tata Safari into Land Rover Evoque
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    India's Big Daddy Customs has made a Moon Rover. What's that? It's a Tata Safari SUV (pictured at right) made to look like a Range Rover Evoque, but only really from the front, at a low angle, ideally in low light and assuming you'd never seen a real Evoque or the donor vehicle before. To get an ...

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    Report: Mahindra gives up altogether on small diesel pickup for U.S.
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    With apologies to the Beatles, it's been a long and winding road for those waiting to get their hands on the steering wheel of a small, diesel-powered pickup from Mahindra. Here's the good news: Something definitive has finally been heard from the Indian automaker. Here's the bad news: It's bad ...

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    Report: Saab to hire 200 engineers, might build gas cars with Mahindra
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    The brand formerly known as Saab is still intent on teaching The Little Engine That Could a few ticks about persistence. We say "formerly known" because it turns out that National Electric Vehicle Swedent (NEVS), the Sino-Japanese investment consortium that just bought the majority of Saab's ...

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    Would-be U.S. Mahindra dealers file suit
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    In 2004, Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra began courting U.S. auto dealers to build a network of outlets for its trucks and SUVs. Eventually, the company had accumulated $9.5 million in fees from prospective dealers itching to sell Mahindra-branded vehicles. Mahindra promised to have ...

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    Video: Jay Leno's Garage releases Bollywood-inspired Tata Nano episode
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    Jay Leno has finally turned out the Tata Nano episode of Jay Leno's Garage. As it turns out, the television personality actually found a way to purchase the tiny machine for himself, and the show follows the car all the way down the production line and to the Big Dog Garage in Los Angeles. Leno ...

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    Report: Suzuki cozying up with Fiat?
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    Fiat and Tata has reportedly stepped away from a tieup in the Indian market that saw Fiats being built in India, using engines shared with Tata and Maruti models, and being sold through Tata dealers. Neither company commented, but according to analysts, the issue was that in addition to Tata was ...

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    Report: Honda projects 30 percent of motorcycle sales to come from India by 2020
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    Honda recently released its financial report for the the manufacturer's motorcycle division. Not surprisingly, two-wheel-friendly Asia accounted for a lofty 79 percent of the company's total sales in 2011. The entirety of North America, meanwhile, soaked up just 1.6 percent of the brand's total ...

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    Report: Tata Nano to rub shoulders with priceless iron in Jay Leno's Garage
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    It looks as if Jay Leno has welcomed a Tata Nano to his Big Dog Garage recently. The comedian even went so far as to don traditional Indian garb and hire a troop of Bollywood dancers to mark the occasion. Details are scarce at the moment, but judging from the photos that have shown up on Leno's ...

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    Report: GM to axe 100 R&D positions
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    General Motors has confirmed it will cut 100 research and development positions at its Warren, Michigan, Technical Center and will close another R&D lab in Bangalore, India. The cuts are about a 25-percent reduction in the Warren facility and are part of a "global restructuring." "These moves ...

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    Report: GM interested in taking stake in Isuzu again?
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    General Motors and Isuzu were partners for decades before parting ways in 2006. Even now, you can find the final hangover of an alliance that gave us vehicles like the Geo Storm and Chevrolet LUV in the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado smallish pickups. The two companies may start negotiations ...

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    Official: Maruti Suzuki stretches Swift into new Ertiga
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    With over a billion people, the Indian market holds huge potential for any automaker. In fact, Suzuki makes a dedicated range of vehicles on the subcontinent specifically for the local market under the Maruti banner, and this is their latest. Dubbed Ertiga, it's essentially a lengthened Swift ...

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