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    Honda's fix for prematurely dying Civic hybrid batteries hurting fuel economy, performance?
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    2008 Honda Civic Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Until the past year or so, the Civic Hybrid had been by far the best selling gas-electric model introduced by Honda. However, the second-generation model introduced in 2006 has not been entirely problem-free. There have been ...

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    Chrysler recalls 312,000 2005-2006 minivans over airbag issue *UPDATE
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    Just because Toyota may be garnering the most attention for its current recall crisis, it isn't the only automaker having issues. Chrysler has just released its own recall which affects more than 312,000 2005-2006 Town and Country, Caravan, and Grand Caravan models. According to the National ...

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    Aston Martin offers power upgrades to last-gen V8 Vantages
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
    If you're a 2005-2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage owner, you may have wished you'd held out for the 2009 model which benefits from an extra 0.4-liters of displacement (up from 4.3- to 4.7-liters) and gains an extra 40 hp and 45 ...

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    Ford recalling 605,000 full-size trucks
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    Ford Motor Company is recalling a whole herd of trucks to see the team doctors over concerns about a hose in the braking system that could adversely effect the vehicles' braking power. According to the NHTSA, about 605,000 2005 and 2006 model year Ford F150 and Lincoln Mark LT trucks equipped with ...

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    Honda recalling 43,000 Acuras for power steering hose
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    Those of you rolling in a 2005–2008 Acura RL take note: Honda has issued a recall for your power steering hose and being the educated consumer that you are, you won't have to wait by the mailbox to know about it.The high temperatures created by the V6 under the RL's hood are apparently ...

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    Chrysler calling 2006 models "used" to unload them
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/business_finance/Chrysler_calling_2006_models_used_to_unload_them'; When even deep discounts aren't getting the job done, sometimes you've got to bend the rules. Normally, a Chrysler dealer must use a car as a loaner for three months before designating it a used ...

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    GM makes a buck in Q4 2006
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    General Motors reported its delayed fourth quarter earnings today and, lo and behold, managed to earn a net income of $950 million in the waning months of 2006. Compare that with last year's Q4 loss of $6.6 billion, and today's news is all the more incredible. Again, those tricky one-time items ...

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    The best sellers of 2006
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    We love this list. It comes around once a year (check out the numbers from 2005 for comparison's sake) and offers the raw numbers that simply show what sold well in the U.S. that year. It's a list that seems to change little from year to year, but at the same time always surprises. Take last year's ...

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    Ford burns $12.7 BILLION in 2006!
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    Ford just announced its full year financial results for 2006, and the picture is really ugly. From October through the end of the year alone, it consumed $5.8 billion. For the full year it expended $12.7 billion more than it took in. Last year was one of the worst years in Ford's history, with two ...

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    Surprise! Recalls fall in 2006
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    We've noticed a few more posts about recalls have been going up the last couple of days, so one reader wanted us to know that, in fact, there were a lot fewer recalls last year in the U.S. than there were in 2005. Overall, the whole of the U.S. auto industry recalled 10.6 million vehicles in 2006, ...

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    Gallery of the Day: 2006 Woodward Dream Cruise
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    click on above image to see high res gallery with 83 picsWe're so enamored with our new photo galleries that we just can't stop uploading photos, even ones we've already shown you! The 2006 Woodward Dream Cruise occured last August on a rainy day that was hot as Lucifer's summer home. Nevertheless, ...

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    Cheapest Ferraris of 2006
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    We all laughed when Ferrari announced at the recent LA Auto Show that the company would not be developing a "cheap" Ferrari. It was a play on words, because every industry insider has told us that a new entry-level sports car from Maranello is in the works. But Ferrari's right – even if the ...

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    Chrysler offering millions to dealers and consumers to move 2006 inventory
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    In this day and age it's a sin to still have 2006 models sitting on your dealer lot. Unfortunately for dealers under The Chrysler Group umbrella, their lots are teaming with '06 metal. The Detroit News quotes analyst John Casesa of Casesa Shapiro LLC as saying, "To have a third of your inventory in ...

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    Chrysler offers incentives to dealers
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    Struggling Chrysler Corp. is pulling out all of the stops to reduce its massively overbuilt inventory of vehicles. Lease incentives, 0% financing, begging and pleading, whatever it takes. Consumers have typically been the targeted recipients of these incentives, until now.In a webcast to its ...

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    GM Global down only 3 percent in Q3 sales
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    General Motors reported global sales of 2,296,000 vehicles in the third quarter, which is a 3-percent decline versus Q3 of last year. That's only 66,000 unit off what was sold during the same period in 2005, and the GM spinmeisters attribute the difference to the employee pricing war last year and ...

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    By The Numbers: September 2006 (The REAL numbers)
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    Toyota up big, Ford up a little while GM, Chrysler and Honda slipPardon the tardiness of this report, but most manufacturers decided to present their September sales figures in a misleading way by comparing the raw number of vehicles sold last month to those sold in September 2005. We prefer to ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #43
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    After a long flight home and the recovery of one lost piece of luggage, I'm back on U.S. soil after covering the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Damon spends this podcast grilling me about the show, and my verdict on the event you might find surprising. I reveal my pick for Best of Show and which ...

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    Take our cars, please: Top 10 cash-back offers
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    Automakers with remaining 2006 inventory are getting desperate in some cases to get rid of their lot. Cars.com has assembled the 10 best incentive offers based on the percentage off of a car's base MSRP, and Kia tops the list by offering 26.32% off the Sorento and 23.87% of off the Sedona minivan. ...

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    Suzuki gives us glimpse of Splash concept
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    Suzuki has set up a mini-site offering us a glimpse of its upcoming Splash concept set to debut at the Paris Motor Show that we reported on last month. The sneak peek comes at a price, however, particularly for those who suffer from epileptic seizures. Too many jump cuts made this blogger throw up ...

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    By the Numbers: August 2006
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    What a weird month. We were told a week or so ago that sales for the month of August might look artificially good compared to last year because of Hurricane Katrina's negative impact on sales. Really, however, Katrina didn't hit land until August 29th, so if next month is the greatest month ever ...

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