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    Geneva: The 2013 Peugeot 2008 is a global crossover with efficiency at its heart [w/video]
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    It was always going to be hard for Peugeot to follow the blind-man-can-see-it neon paint of the 2008 Concept car – which was seared onto our retinas in Paris last year – but that doesn't mean the production version of the CUV here in Geneva is unattractive. The rather more sane white ...

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    Official: A year in gestation, Peugeot finally unveils 2008 crossover
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    First we saw the Urban Crossover Concept at the Beijing Auto Show, a small high-rider from Peugeot that was a product of the company's design studios in Paris, Shanghai and São Paulo. That evolved into the Peugeot 2008 concept and a liquid lime paint scheme at the Paris Motor Show a few ...

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    Paris: Peugeot 2008 Concept raises the roof for B-segment CUVs
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    Peugeot's naming convention might not be all that exciting, but it does come up with some tantalizing vehicle designs. What we see here is the 2012 Peugeot 2008 Concept, which is going into production next year. The new subcompact crossover will slot below the Peugeot 3008 CUV. As we saw in the ...

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    Official: Peugeot confirms 2008 Concept headed for production next year
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    The Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept (UCC) unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year has morphed into the 2008 Concept that will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in a couple of weeks. Essentially a way for young urbanites to get the things they love about the 208 hatchback but with ...

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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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    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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    NHTSA: U.S. road fatalities drop to their lowest level since 1982
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    Since 1975, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been recording the number of fatalities on U.S. roadways, and with the exception of 1992, that figure has never dropped below 40,000 deaths per year. According to NHTSA's new figures, that changed in 2008, when 37,261 ...

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    Lamborghini profits up 27% for 2008 due to cost-cutting, outlook for 2009 hazy
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    Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Lamborghini has released its pre-tax profits for 2008, and the supercar manufacturer netted a total of 60 million euros ($79.6 million) last year for a 27% increase over 2007. Overall sales were up a scant 2.5%, eclipsing the ...

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    Ford reports 4th quarter net loss of $5.9 billion
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    Ford has so far been able to avoid suckling on the teat of the federal government like its cross-town rivals, but after today's announcement of a 2008 fourth-quarter loss of $5.9 billion, serious questions are beginning to arise about how FoMoCo will fair in 2009.This will be the third consecutive ...

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    Shanghai GM stumbles in '08
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    One of the refrains we've all heard in recent years is how strong Buick is for General Motors in China, where it's not cursed with the stigma of being a grandparent's brand in the States. While most of yesterday's attention was rightly focused on the industry-wide year-end U.S. sales bloodbath, ...

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    2008 25 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill: In the pits and on the track
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    Click above for a massive high-res gallery from the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill
    Imagine this: text-message updates on your favorite LeMons teams that includes their last lap time and overall position. Or real-time telemetry data streaming online. How about pictures and analysis, ...

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    Dave Barry sums up 2008, Detroit 3 included
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    2008 is at an end, and while the editorial pages of some newspapers spend the final days of December focusing on ways to further burden taxpayers and foment interstate hostility, the Washington Post Magazine has, thankfully, handed several pages over to Dave Barry who, as usual, makes the events of ...

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    2008 25 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill: Auld Lang Syne penalty
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    With less than 30 minutes of racing complete, the first penalty was dolled out to the #43 BMW 325i after a bit of off-track farming. A spin of the Wheel of Misfortune delivered the Auld Lang Syne penalty, which involves a pair of adult diapers, a sash and commitment to be a better competitor in the ...

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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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    Autoblog's Top Ten(ish) from the 2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill
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    Click above to check out Thunderhill's top ten, and a few of our favorites
    With 83 official competitors at the 2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill, it's next to impossible to give each team their well-deserved time in the limelight. So we've complied a gallery of the top ten overall finishers (although ...

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    2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill: Game on!
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    At 5:00 AM PST this morning, the 2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill restarted after a fog-induced 7.5-hour delay. We were able to catch a few hours of sleep in the interim and got word at 4:30 AM from team Cytosport that the fog was lifting and that the race would be underway shortly.NASA hasn't updated ...

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    2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill: Powerslides and peg-legs
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the action on Saturday afternoon
    The sun has set and the fog is beginning to roll in. But before darkness descended on Thunderhill, we were able to catch some of the contenders in action, including the ultra-quick pit-stop performed by the Cytosport team, the ...

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    2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill: Three engine swaps and counting
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    Click above for a high-res gallery
    "Come to Evil Genius – engine swap!!" That's the text message we received at 3:30 PM from the esteemed Dr. Lieberman, telling us about the catastrophic engine failure that took out Evil Genius Racing's 1994 Miata. By the time we caught up with John (the ...

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    2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill: Qualifying and a stroll through the pits
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    UPDATE - 11:13 AM PST: The green flag has dropped and the race is underway.Click these colored words here for live results and scoring.

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the pits at Thunderhill
    We're a few minutes away from the start of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, so we took the opportunity to ...

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