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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Will 'smaller is smarter' strategy work for 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon?
    Plus: Ferrari Celebrates 60; Ariel Upgrades The Atom; And The Abarth Factory Opens Its Doors Virtually 1413644280

    "For this customer, smaller is smarter. " – Rich Latek. The pickup truck segment has never been more competitive in the United States, and General Motors is betting a "smaller is smarter" strategy will help lure new buyers into its fold with the additions of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ...

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    Recalls: Suzuki recalling 23k GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 bikes to replace chain adjuster
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    Suzuki is known for having a pair of very capable sportbikes in its GSX-R750 and GSXR-1000, but now the Japanese company is recalling 23,073 of them in the US to replace the chain adjuster. Specifically, the campaign affects 2011-2014 model year versions of the 750 and the 2009-2014 ...

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    ETC: Here's how people spec'd their C7 Corvettes in 2014
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    The Z51 option pack was hugely popular full-stop, with a total of 21,105 examples in all bodystyles ordered. For its first year out of the gate, the 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray did very well for itself, selling 37,288 units worldwide with 34,678 of the new sports cars hitting the ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus RS ready to make our hot hatch dreams real
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    Ford's current hot hatch siblings the Fiesta ST and Focus ST are already two pretty great entries into the segment, but there's always a desire for a little more. Thankfully, it looks like the Blue Oval is ready to satiate that need because it's continuing to test the even more powerful Focus RS ...

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    Video: MotorWeek remembers retro icons, Supra and NSX
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    It's easy to poke a joke here and there about John Davis, the long-time host of MotorWeek. His voice is so monotonous that, from time to time, if you closed your eyes, you may think it's generated via a computer. But you have to give him and the rest of the show a lot of credit. The program has ...

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    Official: Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience throws you the keys to the museum
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    As automotive journalists, we get to drive a lot of really cool, high-performance vehicles. It really is the single best thing about this job. However, our access to vehicles is generally limited to the newest offerings on the market. That means, much like the general public, we don't really get ...

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    Video: Motor Trend pits Camaro 1LE vs Mustang with Performance Pack, surprises ensue
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    With the 2015 Ford Mustang firmly on the scene, the inevitable comparisons with its arch rival, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro are just starting to trickle out. Over the next several months, you're likely to be inundated by every outlet's muscle car comparison, whether it be the turbocharged Ford ...

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    Official: Fiat opens doors at Abarth factory on Google Street View
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    Google Street View has emerged as a great tool for checking out locations along your driving route, and even scoping out places you don't have a chance to go yourself. And that includes some great automotive installations. The online tool has taken us inside museums, race tracks and factories ...

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    Official: Lotus rolls out factory delivery program for Elise, Exige and Evora
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    "We are delighted to open our doors to customers so that they can collect their new car from us direct." – Jean-Marc Gales Buying a Lotus sports car now comes with an added perk – you get a peek behind the curtain at the famous factory in Hethel, England. It's the centerpiece of ...

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    Video: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle vs 1987 Buick GNX in Generation Gap showdown
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    Generation Gap generally tries to adhere to a theme for each episode, and for the final video from the Lingenfelter collection, the series might have its best idea yet – limited-production muscle cars from General Motors. On one side you get a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO, and it's an ...

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    Official: Audi RS7 prototype is world's sportiest self-driving car [w/video]
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    Audi may not be the only automaker out there toying with self-driving automobile technology, but it is arguably the fastest of them. A few years back, it raced unleashed a driverless TTS on the Bonneville Salt Flats, then sent it up Pikes Peak and around Thunderhill. But now it's taking things a ...

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    Report: Porsche exec confirms Macan Diesel for US
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    The idea of a diesel-powered Porsche is the sort of thing that sounds really, really weird... until you actually drive it. The result of sticking glow plugs under the hood of Stuttgart's finest, though, is a vehicle that's nearly as entertaining as a gas-powered model but with much more torque ...

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    Video: History of BMW touring cars looks splendid in Adrenalin trailer
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    More high-quality documentaries about the history of motorsports are always welcome. When thinking about racing, we generally focus on moving forward to go a little faster or shave a tenth of a second off a lap. There's not much time to look backward. It's too bad, because there are so many ...

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    Teased: Chrysler teases upcoming outlay of SEMA cars
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    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is hauling a multitude of modified models to the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas this November, and the company is releasing the first teasing sketches of many of them. Unfortunately, FCA isn't giving many solid details on any of the concepts other than saying the ...

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    Report: Fiat already planning 500X Abarth performance crossover
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    Fiat may treat Abarth as a trim level on the 500 in the United States, but overseas it's a bona fide performance brand. The thing is that, since the demise of the Punto Abarth (and with performance versions of the Panda and 500L ruled out), the Scorpion marque has been reduced to tuning only ...

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    Video: Porsche Macan fails moose test, Stuttgart responds
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    Different countries have different safety standards, but most of them revolve around a similar set of tests: front impact, side impact, offset impact, rollover... the usual. But Sweden has its own test. It's called the Moose Test (or the Elk Test), and it's unique to Scandinavia: a car has to be ...

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    Official: Mercedes S-Coupe configurator running, $119,900* base price
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    If you feel like spending the price of a house (most places) on a very fast and comfortable German luxury sedan, then you're in luck. The configurator for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is ready and waiting, and it's not cheap to buy this much opulence. The standard S550 4Matic Coupe rings ...

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    Video: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost flogged and analyzed by Ignition
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    Aside from the way it looks and perhaps its independent rear suspension, the biggest bit of news on the 2015 Mustang may be the inclusion of its 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That blown mill marks the first time since the Mustang SVO of the '80s that a turbo has been fitted under ...

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    Auctions: First Ferrari 458 Speciale A sells for $900k in Beverly Hills
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    The prospect of buying a new Ferrari convertible is by no means an affordable one, but prices can vary greatly. The California T, for example, sells for under $200k. The 458 Spider fetches over $250k. The new F60 America is said to have sold out at around ten times that much. But what about the ...

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    Official: Ariel Atom gets even more insane with 3S model [w/video]
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    As far as performance machines go, they don't come much more focused than the Ariel Atom. And they keep getting more extreme in their performance capabilities, leading up to the latest version you see here. Called the Atom 3S, it's based on the latest third-generation track toy, but comes ...

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