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    J.D. Power study shows people interested in new car tech, but not if they have to pay for it
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    Smaller, cheaper electronics have been a boon for the auto industry, as car technology has boomed over the past few years. J.D. Power has been studying the tech trend, surveying over 19,000 potential car buyers to gauge interest in new tech like nav systems and infotainment systems. The powerful ...

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    REPORT: Formula One teams, drivers get serious on break-away series
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    FOTA team principals and drivers meet at last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix
    It's all or nothing for the Formula One Teams Association. The body representing the majority of the teams is still in the process of negotiating with the FIA over the proposed drastic budget cuts, but insists that the FIA ...

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    Volkswagen continues inscrutable naming practice with new Amarok pickup
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    2008 Volkswagen Concept Pickup - Click above for a high-res gallery
    Remember when Volkswagen just named their cars for different winds? Scirocco, Jetta, Corrado, Santana – they all had a certain clean, sweeping quality about them, even if it wasn't immediately clear where the names came ...

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    Officially, Official: GM files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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    The die is cast: General Motors has filed for bankruptcy. As expected, the automotive giant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning in a New York court, listing $82 billion in assets and $172 billion in debts.As we told you earlier, the century-old company will gain extensive ...

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    REPORT: California still wants EPA waiver to set emissions standards until 2012
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    Even though President Obama's new national CAFE standards will lean on the stricter California standards for support and there was broad agreement that a national standard of this type is the way to move forward, the devilish details could still cause a disagreement or two. Problem One is that the ...

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    BREAKING: BBC says Magna has agreed to take majority stake in Opel from GM
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    According to the BBC News, supplier Magna International has come to terms with General Motors to purchase a majority stake in its European Opel division. While an agreement has been reached between the two parties, the German government – which has agreed to provide financial assistance for ...

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    Bloomberg says GM to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday
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    Despite today's word of coming to terms with its major shareholders on a debt-for-equity swap, Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors will join Chrysler in filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. The move is widely expected, but the news agency is adding a bit of flesh to the story, ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #129
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    Click above for the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes, RSS or listen now!
    Episode #129 of the Autoblog Podcast is here! Chris, Sam, and Dan toss the ball around this week discussing the Lexus HS250h, the Toyota Prius's newfound chassis grace, the production version of the BMW 5-Series GT, Cadillac's ...

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    Study: 20% of all vehicles sold in U.S. to be hybrids by 2020 [w/POLL]
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    What percentage of new vehicles in the U.S. will be hybrid in the year 2020? Take our poll after the jump!
    According to a recent study conducted by JPMorgan, hybrid sales are about to take off. Last year, there were some 480,000 total hybrid vehicles sold around the world, which represents less ...

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    AP says General Motors to announce 14 plant closures on Monday
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    According to a source at The Associated Press, General Motors will announce the closure of 14 factories on Monday morning. The shutterings will reportedly occur by the end of 2010, and are being viewed as part of GM's widely anticipated plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.The move would not be ...

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    BREAKING: Visteon reportedly files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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    According to Automotive News, Visteon Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Michigan-based tier-1 supplier was spun off from the Ford Motor Company back in 2000, and it has struggled ever since. The filing took place in a Delaware courtroom, where the company has listed total ...

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    BREAKING: GM lurches toward bankruptcy as bondholder offer fails
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    General Motors is teetering ever closer to the brink of bankruptcy today, as the automaker's exchange offer for its outstanding debt fell "substantially" short of the necessary take-rate. GM had offered some $27.2 billion of its unsecured public notes to its bondholders, but the offer expired at ...

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    California already looking ahead to tougher post-2016 mpg standards?
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    California's lead in setting stricter mileage standards for automobiles helped President Obama's administration formulate the new 35.5 mpg requirement for 2016. Since California's voice is so strong in the debate, we can see what might possibly be coming to the whole country in the later half of ...

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    Study surveys 25,000 owners, reveals most highly recommended vehicles
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    Not everyone gets car buying advice from the Autoblog Podcast (Ford can't build that many Fusions), so where do car shoppers turn for recommendations? Many potential buyers ask around among friends and acquaintances, especially those who recently purchased vehicles. AutoPacific asked 25,000 new car ...

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    STUDY: 88% of Americans believe hybrid leadership is crucial to U.S. - Do you? [w/POLL]
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    We Americans want hybrid leadership. We want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Trouble is, most of us aren't willing to pay for it. Johnson Controls surveyed 2309 adults on all matters hybrid, and it found that 84% of Americans believe the government should support the advancement of hybrid ...

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    Experts call GM bankruptcy 'almost inevitable' [w/POLL]
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    To stave off bankruptcy, General Motors must rework its union contracts, drastically cut its capacity, workforce and dealer networks – and convince creditors to take 10 cents on the dollar on $27 billion in unsecured debt. In two months. That's a herculean task for any company, much less for ...

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    Honda Insight first-ever hybrid to become Japan's #1 selling auto
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    2010 Honda Insight - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In a historic move that's sure to irk their archrivals in Toyota City, Honda's new Insight has become the first-ever hybrid vehicle to top the sales charts in Japan. By shifting some 10,481 units last month, the teardrop-shaped model ...

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    REPORT: Source Interlink, parent co. of Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, files for Chapter 11
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    Source Interlink, the mega-publishing firm that owns Automobile, Motor Trend, Hot Rod and dozens of other enthusiast print and web titles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Wilmington, Delaware court yesterday. According to the filing, Source Interlink has a listed debt of $1.9 ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Bugatti Veyron gets the sedan treatment. Again.
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    Ever since the first Bugatti Veyron laid ply on public roads, the automotive industry's rumormill has periodically buzzed about a sedan stablemate for the plutocratic supercar. While a sedan variant makes a good deal of sense (especially as Bugatti parent Volkswagen is unlikely to realize a profit ...

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    GM future hinges on success of new debt-for-equity swap offers
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    In addition to announcing the shuttering of Pontiac, General Motors has put forth a new offer to its bondholders to exchange $27 billion in claims for equity in the struggling automaker.As part of the plan, GM is offering its bondholders a 10% equity stake in the company, but worryingly, if 90 ...

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