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    Official: Chrysler, Nissan minivans earn 'dire' crash test results, says IIHS [w/video]
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    First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers' existence. It's a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just 25 percent of a vehicle's front end to take the brunt of a ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie
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    Good marketing is a huge portion of making a film successful, and Toyota and Nickelodeon are going overboard to promote the upcoming SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with this custom 2015 Sienna inspired by the cartoon character at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The exterior is decorated to look ...

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    Opinion: This Or That: 1987 VW Vanagon Syncro vs. 1987 Land Rover Defender [w/poll]
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    As I scoured auction sites and classified ads for the perfect vehicle to take into battle with Autoblog Associate Editor Brandon Turkus, I knew I needed to find something unique. You see, I'm currently 0-2 at winning a round of This or That, in which two of our editors agree on a category, choose ...

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    Official: 2015 Ram Promaster City will work for $23,130* [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Comparing the disparate specification levels on commercial vehicles especially can be bewildering, but as Ram spokesman Nick Cappa points out, the ProMaster City is only offered in long-wheelbase form (unlike the Ford Transit Connect, for example, that starts in short-wheelbase spec). ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.10.14
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    We drive the new 2016 Smart Fortwo It will have to be better than the model it is replacing, right? That was a common refrain heard around the Autoblog HQ in the days leading up to our first drive of the new 2016 Smart Fortwo. Have the biggest problems with the previous Fortwo – its jerky ...

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    Spy Shots: Is Acura working on a premium minivan?
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    Here's a vehicle that nobody saw coming. Unless Honda/Acura is keen to play tricks on us, our spy shooters recently caught what appears to be an Acura minivan fully camouflaged for testing on some back roads on a rainy day. Details on the disguised minivan are rather scarce, but it certainly ...

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    SEMA: Mercedes previews midsize Metris van with SEMA customs
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    The custom vehicles at the SEMA Show tend to all be about speed and style, plus a few off-roaders thrown in for good measure, but Mercedes-Benz is taking advantage of the event this year to give its future midsize commercial van for the US a sneak preview. The Mercedes Metris goes on sale in the ...

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    Recalls: Ford announces bevy of recalls, 2 of which are recalls on recalls
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    Ford has announced five separate recalls, affecting 202,000 vehicles built between 2005 and 2014. It's not been a great couple of weeks for Ford. On October 30, the company announced a 205,000-unit recall, and yesterday, it was revealed that the Ford brand's year-over-year sales were down ...

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    Official: Mercedes previews midsize US van with Metris SEMA concepts
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    It seems like the commercial van market is booming at the moment. After years of consumers being limited to elderly choices like the Ford E-Series, Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana and various Dodge/Ram models, these days, buyers have fresh options in multiple sizes from companies like Ford, Ram and ...

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    Official: Ford Transit customs ready to work for SEMA
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    Ford's booth at the SEMA Show this year looks to have two, big themes. The Blue Oval is bringing over a dozen takes on the 2015 Mustang to the event, and it's now also announcing five customized versions on the 2015 Transit to join the modded pony cars. Each of the vans shows off a different use ...

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    Recalls: FCA recalling 33k vans and SUVs for TPMS problems in two campaigns
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    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing two, separate recalls covering a total of 33,443 examples in the US of the 2014 Ram ProMaster, 2014 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2014 Chrysler Town & Country because of potential problems with the tire pressure monitoring system in the ...

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    Official: Toyota pimps out Esquire van for Japanese businessmen [w/video]
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    A few months back we reported on a dealership owner in Japan who was petitioning Toyota to make a luxury van. The problem, he reasoned, was that he couldn't take as many friends, colleagues and clients around with him in his Lexus LS, and his Toyota Alphard van wasn't luxurious enough. Well, it ...

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    Official: Toyota SEMA cars include Tundra for Baja and wacky DUB Edition Yaris
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    Toyota has released the first images of its brigade of concepts for the 2014 SEMA Show, introducing a trio of TRD-fettled off-roaders, a pair of DUB-inspired models, a race-ready pickup and a Sienna minivan with 48 inches worth of subwoofers. Four of the vehicles being shown by Toyota will take ...

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    Official: Chevy City Express headed for dealers
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    With competition coming from the Ford Transit Connect, it's high time Chevrolet got in on the compact hauling action and took the fight to its cross-town rival... and it's doing so with a little help from Nissan. The Chevy City Express, a badge-engineered Nissan NV200, is now arriving at dealers, ...

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    Report: Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America
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    If you look at the Sprinter and wonder how Mercedes-Benz can possibly compete against locally produced commercial vehicles with a model built in Germany and shipped over the Atlantic, you're not alone. In fact, in order to mitigate the tariffs (but at the cost of added logistical expense), ...

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    Official: Toyota Prius + gets refresh in UK, is it coming here?
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    Toyota has unveiled a mid-cycle refresh of its seven-passenger, UK-market Prius +, known here in the US as the five-passenger Prius V. The revised hybrid MPV now boasts looks inspired by Toyota's more aggressive compact stylings as seen on its new Yaris and Aygo – particularly in the redone ...

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    Recalls: Ram recalling over 43k Promaster and C/V Tradesman vans for separate issues
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    Ram has announced that it will be recalling over 43,000 vehicles as part of a pair of campaigns targeting its two main cargo haulers, the ProMaster and C/V Tradesman. In the case of its newer offering, the 2014 ProMaster, 21,470 vehicles are being recalled so that Ram dealers can replace the ...

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    Report: Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan coming in 2015
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    Among the multitude of models that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced as part of its five-year production plan in May was a plug-in hybrid version of the Town & Country minivan for sometime in 2016. However, according to the latest pronouncement from company CEO Sergio Marchionne, that ...

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    Paris: Renault Espace is the minivan that isn't [w/video]
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    A one-box shape, three-rows of seating, a huge feature set and sliding rear doors: these are the elements that make up what we know as "minivan." That's a category that the Renault Espace has headlined, in Europe, for decades now. Well, until the new generation's launch at this year's Paris Motor ...

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    Paris: 2015 Ford S-Max adds all-wheel drive, adaptive steering
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    The Blue Oval's 'One Ford' mantra has seen rapid commonization of the automaker's products across markets, but North America still has to look from afar at most of the company's Max-branded people movers, including this new S-Max. That's a bit of a shame – we like the space efficiency and ...

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