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    Official: Jaguar C-X17 gets liquid metal finish for Dubai show [w/poll]
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    We thought the C-X17 concept looked pretty good when Jaguar unveiled it in Frankfurt a couple of months ago. But that shade of blue, while nice enough, made it look like it shared more than a similar name with the Mazda CX-7. No, what a Jaguar needs is a more luxurious paint job than electric ...

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    Official: Range Rover Sport claims record for crossing Arabia's Empty Quarter
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    The Empty Quarter of the Arabian peninsula is one of the harshest terrains on the planet. It's the second largest desert in the world, with temperatures regularly exceeding 122 degrees Fahrenheit. And that's just the landscape which Land Rover has conquered with the new Range Rover ...

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    Official: 700-hp Brabus G-Wagen latest addition to Dubai police motor pool
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    If you were responsible for law enforcement in a country with all the money and oil in the world, what would you use as your patrol car? If you answered a 700-horsepower Mercedes-Benz G-Class, you're in the same boat as Brabus, which brought just such a beast to the Dubai International Motor Show ...

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    Video: Devel Sixteen debuts in Dubai with alleged 5,000 hp and 350-mph top speed
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    This is the Devel Sixteen, and it might be the king of lofty statistics. Its Dubai-based backers are claiming it'll use a 5,000-horsepower V16 and will reach a top speed of 348 miles per hour. The sprint to 62 mph will take just 1.8 seconds. Sounds great, right? So, what's the ...

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    Official: Rolls-Royce looks to the heavens with diamond-encrusted Celestial Phantom
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    The Middle East is a vital market for Rolls-Royce, particularly in the Gulf emirates. So the British automaker wouldn't let the region's premier auto show go by unnoticed, and to that end has rolled into the Dubai Motor Show with an array of special editions. Chief among them is the Celestial ...

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    Official: Bugatti's third Legend edition Veyron pays tribute to Meo Costantini
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    Bugatti is in the midst of a six-part special series of Veyrons that pay tribute to legendary figures from its history. The first, unveiled at Pebble Beach, paid tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille. The second arrived in Frankfurt to recall Jean Bugatti. Given the patent application we came across, we ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: At the Abu Dhabi grand prix, the caravan chases a mirage
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    Both championships have been claimed this year, with Sebastian Vettel taking the Driver Championship and Infiniti Red Bull Racing the Constructor's. But there's no skunk rule in Formula One, so the last three races of the schedule are going on as scheduled. Abu Dhabi was the latest venue, and ...

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    Report: Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept
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    Typically, when the organizers of an auto show reveal that a new car will debut at their show, we take notice. But this particular claim from the Dubai International Motor Show ought to be taken with a grain of salt. As our compatriots at AutoGuide discovered, the Facebook page for the Emirates ...

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    Official: Rolls-Royce celebrates Goodwood with Chicane edition Phantom Coupe
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    Of all the automakers out there, perhaps none scream "race track" as quietly as Rolls-Royce. But the British luxury automaker has its home near the Goodwood Motor Circuit, and has honored that proximity with its latest special edition. Called the Chicane, it's based on the Phantom Coupe and is ...

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    Official: Rolls-Royce reveals Ghawwass edition Phantom Coupe
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    This is the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Ghawwass Bespoke Edition, the latest car to join the long and distinguished line of Rolls-Royce limited editions that have arrived over the years. With that in mind, we'll allow you one guess as to what market this limited edition is destined for. If you ...

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    Report: Saudi cleric under fire after saying women risk hurting ovaries if they drive
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    In Saudi Arabia, where only men can earn a driver's license, a conservative cleric is drawing criticism for saying that women risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems if they drive, The Guardian reports. The cleric, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, made the ...

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    Video: Nissan Patrol modified for backseat drivers
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    The McLaren F1 is most famous for holding the production-car top-speed record for over a decade, but it also made a name for itself by being one of the only production cars with a central driving position, a feature that's extremely rare. But in the world of custom cars, anything can happen. ...

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    Video: Nissan Patrol attempts Guinness record with 170-ton cargo plane tow
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    Yesterday, Nissan teased us with a video showing a Patrol pulling up to a 170-ton cargo plane at an airport in the Middle East – we could only assume that the not-for-America sports utility vehicle would attempt to tow the jet. Well, somebody leaked the official Nissan video, which indeed ...

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    Official: Ex-Volvo boss Stefan Jacoby to head GM's international operations
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    He was too talented not to surface somewhere, we just didn't know where and when. Nine months ago, Stefan Jacoby stepped down from his post as Volvo CEO, a move that caught many off guard. At the time, the separation was called "amicable," but word is that the strong-willed executive clashed with ...

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    Report: GM sales chief Batey to be named global head of Chevrolet
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    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that General Motors is on the verge of naming current US sales chief, Alan Batey, as the new global head of the Chevrolet brand. Batey has been accruing relevant international experience with GM for quite some time now, holding executive management positions in ...

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    Report: Porsche-Piech buy 10% stake in VW's holding company
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    In August, 2009, as the scuttled merger of Porsche and Volkswagen had gone bad and Porsche was backed up against the ropes, Porsche Automobil Holding SE (PAHSE) relinquished a ten-percent stake in itself to Qatar Holdings as well as options it held on 17 percent of VW shares. The sale meant that, ...

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    Report: Nissan recalling 841k vehicles overseas for steering wheel trouble
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    A possible issue with a steering wheel bolt in the Nissan Micra (shown) and Cube from the 2002 to 2006 model years has Nissan recalling roughly 841,000 units on four continents, as well as Oceania and the Middle East. On the affected cars, the bolt may not have been tightened properly, which ...

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    Report: Of course, Dubai Police add Bugatti Veyron to fleet
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    Well, now it's official: Nobody in Dubai is going to be able to outrun the police. You see, in addition to the Aston Martin One-77, Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador that were already part of its stable of police cars, the constabulary in Dubai have most recently procured a Bugatti Veyron to ...

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    Report: Ferrari looking to become even more exclusive
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    While most automakers are clawing and scratching for every possible sale, it sounds like Ferrari is content in losing a few potential customers in the name of better exclusivity and higher profits. Autocar reports that Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo recently stated that the Italian ...

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    Report: Justin Bieber drives Lambo to six speeding tickets in Dubai
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    Huffington Post and Gulf News are reporting that pop star (and by all accounts, terrible driver) Justin Bieber has racked up a number of speeding fines while driving past speed cameras at excessive velocities in Dubai. Piloting his Lamborghini Aventador on Dubai's Shaikh Zayed Road this past ...

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