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    Official: Japanese spark plug giant NGK pleads guilty to price fixing, to pay $52M fine
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    The ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice into price fixing in the automotive industry has nabbed one more company breaking the law. Japanese parts giant NGK Spark Plug Company agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of pricing fixing and bid rigging in the in the US District Court ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.12.14
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    The 11 most expensive American cars Yes, we know. If you're looking for the most expensive cars in the world, you're probably limiting your search parameters to cars built in the country of Italy, home, of course, to Ferrari. We all know that. But what about America? The land of the free and ...

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    Read This: Tesla Model S proves troublesome for Consumer Reports
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    The Tesla Model S has turned into the breakthrough model that electric cars needed. Instead of looking like a futuristic jellybean whizzing by, the Tesla would still be incredibly attractive with a V8 stuffed under the hood. But beyond its appealing styling, the luxury sedan offers a realistic ...

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    Official: BMW maintenance plan no longer transferrable to 2nd owner [UPDATE]
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    One of the best innovations in car buying in recent years is the rise of no-cost scheduled maintenance programs. Many people feel really anxious about taking their car in for service, and these deals help mitigate that somewhat. Obviously, it's not free for automakers to implement the offers, and ...

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    The List: The List Shorts #0365: Store A Car
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    In this installment of The List Shorts, host Patrick McIntyre demonstrates how to store a car. Whether you're keeping a classic under wraps, or winterizing your summer ride, learning the proper procedure for storing your car could save you some heartache when it comes time to pull off the ...

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    Official: Ford announces free brake pad offer if customers stop by dealers
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    These days, when you buy a new car, it's not unreasonable to expect a certain period of free maintenance to come along as well. Sometimes this is through the life of the warranty, in other cases a little less. But Ford Motor Company is going beyond those deals for at least one part of its cars. ...

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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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    The List: The List Shorts #0255: Change a Tire
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    Our list of "1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die" includes countless aspirational, once-in-a-lifetime challenges, but that doesn't mean we're going to ignore the basics. "The List: Shorts" is a new subsection of The List that focuses on repairs, maintenance and attainable automotive fun – ...

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    STUDY: Despite insurance breaks, hybrids driven more, cost more to fix, and get more tickets
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    2010 Honda Insight EX - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Conventional wisdom is that hybrid vehicles reduce our dependence on foreign oil and emit fewer environment hurting CO2 emissions. When comparing a hybrid to a conventional gasoline-powered model on a mile-by-mile basis, there's some ...

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    Does brake dust affect a car's quality? J.D. Power thinks so (w/POLL)
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    When wheels are covered with brake dust, the entire car looks dirty and in many cases, a basic wash will do little to rectify the problem. Most associate brake dust as a mere nuisance, but others actually see the sight of pad particles as a fundamental problem with the functionality of a vehicle's ...

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    BREAKING: Early Camaro SS manual transmission failures reported, factory hold issued
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    2010 Chevrolet Camaro - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Sporadic reports have begun popping up in the Camaro5 forums about issues with V8-powered SS models equipped with the manual transmission. It seems that doing a hard launch or using the launch control system occasionally results in a ...

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    VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz E-Class commercial features malfunctioning car
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    Mercedes wardrobe commercial malfunction -- Click above to watch video
    The voiceover for Mercedes' "Ignite" commercial for the new E-Class starts with "It is, quite simply, the most advanced automobile we have every created." However, during the start-up sequence before that voiceover, the actual ...

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    VIDEO: Toyota dealer employees caught snooping through customer vehicle, watching porn
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    Click above to watch video after the jump
    Have you ever had the feeling that the service guy at your local dealership is rummaging through your things? Perhaps even a few quarters are missing. A guy named Jason knows all too well about dealership employees going through his stuff – on two ...

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    STUDY: Majority of highway fatalities caused by deficient road conditions
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    What would you think to be the leading contributor to fatalities in car crashes here in the States? Failure to use seat belts? Speeding? Drunk driving? Think again. According to a new study commissioned by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), the leading cause of highway fatalities ...

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    STUDY: UK police officers confuse diesel and gas pumps four times a day, cost taxpayers £1 million
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    British police have an expensive problem. It's not crime and it isn't corruption, it's much worse. The £1 million problem is stupidity. Over the course of three years, UK cops have on 4,709 occasions put the wrong fuel in their police cruisers. That's an average of four cars damaged per day, ...

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    FOLLOWUP: Chrysler, Fiat reportedly agree to honor lemon law claims
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    On a recent episode of The Chrysler Files, customers who purchased Chrysler vehicles that were later officially certified as lemons were being reimbursed by the company with checks... that bounced. The snafu stemmed from the fact that while said claims were made before Chrysler's bankruptcy, after ...

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    Volvo's new Safe + Sound Coverage Plan covers everything but the kitchen sink
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    Lost in the bevy of numbers that is the Autoblog monthly sales report is the fact that Volvo just isn't selling very many cars in the U.S. any more. The Swedish automaker only sold 5577 units in May, and the downward trend started way before the automotive market hit the crapper. Given the sad ...

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    Smart offering 2008 ForTwo owners a transmission upgrade?
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    Smart ForTwo - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    If you poll owners (and reviewers) of the Smart ForTwo you'll find one consistent gripe: the transmission. The automated manual gearbox herks, jerks and is about as dynamically pleasing as petting your dog with a broom. Apparently, Smart is ...

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    Chrysler reportedly bouncing checks to owners of lemon law vehicles
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    Going through the process of having a troubled vehicle legally branded as a 'lemon' is difficult enough, but now, according to The Los Angeles Times, Chrysler's bankruptcy is making seeking recompense even harder for affected owners in California. According to the daily paper, settlement checks for ...

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    Andrew J. Feustel: Astronaut, Hubble mechanic, car guy
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    Sometime today, astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis are scheduled to begin fitting the Hubble telescope with three new gyroscopes. But why does Autoblog care? Well, apart from the fact that the whole mission is super cool, one of the galactic grease monkeys wielding a wrench today will be ...

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