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    Recalls: 2007-2008 Kia Sorento SUVs recalled over potential airbag fault
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    While airbags can be a major safety asset in the event of an accident, crash test data and real-world incidents have shown that front airbags can actually be dangerous for younger, lighter children. Many newer vehicles now have sensors that turn off the front passenger airbag when the occupant ...

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    Toyota to repair 650,000 Prius models globally over coolant risk
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    Toyota has announced that it will voluntarily repair 650,000 Prius models for a fault in the hybrid cooling system. According to Reuters, a glitch in the vehicle's coolant pump could cause the vehicle to overheat and lose power, though no accidents or injuries have been reported in association ...

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    Honda recalling 410,000 Odysseys and Elements for brake problem
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    Honda Element – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Honda has announced a recall for some 410,000 vehicle due to a defect with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) module. According to the automaker, 344,00 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements (MY 2007-2008) are affected by the problem and owners ...

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    MINI Cooper S recalled for protruding tailpipes, inadvertent tattoos
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 MINI Cooper S
    Let's set the scene: You've just returned from a jaunt to pick up Grandma and parked your 2007-2008 MINI Cooper S in the driveway. After leading the sweet lady up your steps and into the house, you return to the car to unload the ...

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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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    NHTSA investigating GM SUV fires
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    You might remember a bout of fires consuming a handful of Ford trucks, SUVs and cars that was due to a faulty cruise control switch that could ignite even if the vehicles were parked. General Motors is apparently having a similar issue, and although it doesn't involve the same cruise control ...

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    By the Numbers: 2007
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    Toyota passes Ford as second largest automaker in the U.S.; Mazda grows the most in 2007 The final sales numbers for 2007 are in, and to be honest, they're better than we expected. Of the 34 brands we track sales, 19 showed an improvement in their daily average sales rate last year. The majority of ...

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    Automobile names Audi R8 top car for '08; GM wins for hybrid tech
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    click above for more high-res images of the gorgeous Audi R8It's that time of year where everyone's prognosticating like Nostradamus about what the coming year will hold. The authoritative ink slingers at Automobile magazine have decided that Audi's R8 deserves the dual honors of 2008 Automobile Of ...

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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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    LA 2007: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster in the flesh
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    It pains us to see a dead horse beaten so rigorously, but the folks at Mercedes have yet to stop. But then, they did paid a lot for that horse.The SLR project that then-Daimler-Benz undertook in partnership with its F1 racing partner, McLaren, never went as well as hoped. Sales were disappointing, ...

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    LA 2007: Mercedes S400 Bluetec Hybrid - it's new, we think
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    Mercedes-Benz is confusing the blog out of us with its nomenclature. Sure, it's usually pretty straightforward: one letter for the class, three numbers for the (approximate) engine displacement. Tack on 4Matic for all-wheel-drive, chop off a zero and add AMG for the performance models. But they ...

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    IIHS wrecks new Scion xD. Rates average, good
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did its worst to the new Scion xD, and after performing both the frontal offset test and a side impact test with the standard front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat torso airbags, the xD came away with ratings from "good" to "average."On ...

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    Tokyo Motor Show: Honda CR-X CR-Z Concept
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    Click the image above for live and press shots of the Honda CR-Z concept. var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/Honda_CR_Z_hybrid_concept_unveiled_at_Tokyo_Motor_Show_Live_Pics'; Honda's CR-Z concept has plenty of enthusiast potential. Small, lightweight, and packing a hybrid powertrain, it's ...

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    In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 MINI Cooper S
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    Click the image above for more high-res images.MINI was kind enough to furnish a fully-stocked iPod in our 2007 Cooper S tester, and after a few days of enduring OPPs (other-people's-playlists), we swapped in our own to catch up on podcasts and to sample the Beastie Boys' second installment of ...

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    Sydney 2007: HSV turns 20, celebrates with anniversary-edition Clubsport R8
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    click above image to view gallery of 20th Anniversary HSV Clubsport R8Holden Special Vehicles, the performance arm of Holden in Australia, turned 20 years old this year. It was at the same Sydney Motor Show back in 1987 that HSV debuted its first vehicle, the VL Group A SS Commodore or "Walkinshaw" ...

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    Frankfurt 2007: Huffenpuff Edition (Random, funny and cool stuff)
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    click the above image to view more random, funny and cool stuff from FrankfurtWe're still not finished with our posts from Frankfurt, but thought we would end this weekend with a collection of our most random, funny and cool shots from the show floor. We call it the Huffenpuff Edition, named after ...

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    By the Numbers: August 2007
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    You didn't think we forgot to report the numbers, did you? We imagine some automakers wish we had, for instance Jaguar and Mercury, which share our Biggest Loser honor this month by dropping an identical 20.2% in sales. Another of Ford's brands, Land Rover, was the Biggest Winner, jumping 32.2% in ...

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    What company has the most recalled 2007 models?
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    BusinessWeek has trolled the NHTSA files to find out which automakers have had to recall their brand new 2007 models the most, and the winner is Volkswagen thanks to a recall of just over 1 milion 2007 New Beetles because of potentially faulty brake light switches. Of course, Ford announced a major ...

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    Toyota calls it: Will sell 200,000 Tundras in 2007
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    During the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field, New York Yankee Babe Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers while at bat during the fifth inning. He then knocked one out of the park directly where his finger was pointing. The Babe's famous called shot reminds us of recent comments made by Jim ...

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    Mixed message: JD Power now reports hybrids will have record year
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    A couple weeks ago, J.D. Power released its Alternative Powertrain Study, which found that hybrid consideration among new car buyers is slipping, while interest in diesels is growing. Today J.D. Power released its 2007 U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Forecast Second Quarter Update, which projects that hybrid ...

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