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    Read This: Is Detroit killing itself with cars?
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    Detroit's bankruptcy is still a fresh wound, and it's slowly but surely becoming infected as people start looking for something – anything – to sell to pay the city's debts. While the sale of the Detroit Institute of Art's collection of paintings has been well publicized for those of ...

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    Read This: Modern vs. Vintage: Horsepower through the years
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    Today's horses must be Clydesdale-class, at least when compared to the horses we were saddling up back in the 1960s and early '70s. How else can you explain the real-world performance figures of yesteryear, when muscle cars were routinely pushing out well over 400 horsepower and quarter-mile ...

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    Read This: The very first automaker websites
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    Thoughts of the simple, information-oriented nature of mid-1990s web browsing make us nostalgic. But as the times have changed, so have websites, lost to the newest update. Or so we thought. Since 1996, the Internet Archive has kept a library of websites for historical documentation that can be ...

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    Read This: Dissecting Opel's failure in Australia
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    As we reported last week, Opel, General Motors' German subsidiary, announced that it was pulling out of the Australian market after less than a year. The brand sold a meager 1,530 cars from August of 2012 to June of 2013, and simply never really appeared as a legit competitor to its primary ...

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    Read This: Speed Channel winds down
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    On Saturday, August 17 at 6:00 AM, Speed will go off the air. Its channel will be replaced by a new multi-sport network, called Fox Sports 1. Rumors that a switch were in the works first emerged in late 2012, while things became clearer in March, when the FS1 name emerged. That story disappointed ...

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    Read This: Lack of 35mm film, replacement parts putting hurt on America's drive-ins [w/poll]
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    Drive-in movie theaters turn 80 years old this summer, and, soon, they might die of old age. There are only 360 drive-in theaters left in the US – down from 4,000 at their peak in 1958 – and the 35-millimeter film projectors that they use to screen movies are quickly losing support ...

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    Read This: US and EU negotiating free trade pact to unify global auto safety regulations
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    Safety and emissions regulations have long been touchy subjects in the auto industry, because they can dictate the legality of automobiles and are not the same from country to country. Fragmented regulations add costs to vehicle sales, and they inhibit the ability of automakers to offer the same ...

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    Read This: Is it time for American carmakers to give up on dual-clutch transmissions? [w/poll]
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    Last week, in the midst of Detroit's first days seeking relief in Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code, Automotive News contributor Larry P. Vellequette penned an editorial suggesting that American car companies raise the white flag on dual clutch transmissions and give up on trying to persuade ...

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    Read This: Auto journo learns hard way that new vehicles burn differently than old ones
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    Terry Box, a writer for the Dallas Morning News, was tootling down the Dallas North Tollway in a Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn pickup after work and enjoying the ride. Box thought the $53,335, option-filled press loaner had been "flawless – very serious competition for anything built by Ford or ...

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    Read This: Sorting through the rat's nest that is Mini's model history
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    What do Austin, Morris, British Motor Corporation, British Motor Holdings, British Leyland, Rover Group, and BMW all have in common? Each company has had a hand in bringing the world a sprightly, fuel-efficient, front-wheel-drive fun box on wheels – the Mini. The Sir Alec ...

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    Read This: Why do carmakers still fail to get what women want?
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    Automakers have a long and checkered past when it comes to attempting to market cars specifically to woman buyers. Stabs at attracting the female sex have ranged from the subtly sexist notion that woman are really only shopping on behalf of their children's needs, to out-and-out condescension of ...

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    Read This: Toyota GT86 engineers explored shooting brake and sedan variants, are they still in the cards?
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    According to the Toyota UK blog, engineers for the automaker were so excited developing the GT86 coupe that they investigated producing a whole family of models based on the rear-wheel drive sports car. And at least one engineer – product chief Tetsuya Tada – still hopes it can ...

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    Read This: Do automotive safety defect investigations often stay hidden?
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    USA Today is accusing the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of conducting safety probes out of the view of the public. Reporter Jayne O'Donnell highlights a number of recalls that stemmed from months of investigations that went on without informing consumers of potential safety ...

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    Read This: Why Cadillac thinks it needs to succeed in Europe to sell cars elsewhere
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    Ward's Auto has taken an interesting look at the renewed focus General Motors is showing towards Cadillac in Europe. Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac in Europe (pictured), says in order for the luxury brand to thrive in China, it first needs to succeed in ...

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    Read This: The Saab 9-3 that never was finally shows up
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    Looking back on the life and [slow and painful] death of Saab, it's impossible to not stop and think of what might have been with the quirky Swedish automaker. As it turns out, SaabsUnited has decided to shed some light on what the company's future might have looked like, including some images ...

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    Read This: Toyota GT86 engineer Tada recounts how sports car came to be
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    Because the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes are now a reality, it's almost hard to imagine the struggle that had to happen within the large, conservative corporate structures at both automakers for the joint project to even get off of the ground. Speaking to those struggles on ...

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    Read This: Slate argues Danica Patrick is putting the women's movement back [w/poll]
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    Danica Patrick has been a lightning rod for both praise and criticism throughout her objectively successful, decade-long career as a racing driver. Putting to the side for a moment that it is still very rare for a woman to get a drive in a top-tier series, something that Patrick first managed ...

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    Read This: Auto Extremist advocates for Corvette as brand with multiple models [w/poll]
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    The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette really grinds Peter De Lorenzo's gears. Or, more accurately, the self-anointed Auto Extremist has an issue with what he sees as mismanagement of the legendary sports car by General Motors executives. In a new editorial on his website, De Lorenzo argues it's time to ...

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