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    Report: NHTSA report reveals most stolen vehicles, theft rate declining
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    According to Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a new report on vehicle theft rates in 2009, and as it turns out, the Audi S8, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and BMW M5 had the highest theft rates of the year. The report specifically focuses on passenger ...

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    Bloomberg: U.S. auto sales "probably rose" in December
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    This just in from Hard Numbers News: From 2000 to 2007, an average of 16.8 million vehicles were sold in the States. In 2008, that figure dropped to 13.2 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the tally for 2009 is expected to put the sales needle somewhere around 10.4 million. According to Bloomberg, ...

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    KBB lists its "most researched" new cars and trucks in 2009
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    Kelley Blue Book's twenty most researched cars -- Click above for a high-res gallery
    Kelley Blue Book (KBB) strained the data from its voluminous cache to come up with the year's 20 most researched cars, and the five brands that got the most attention. This will probably come as a surprise to ...

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    Report: No 2010 Kia Borrego, model's future uncertain
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    2009 Kia Borrego – Click above for high-res image gallery
    There really isn't anything wrong with the Kia Borrego. When compared directly to its intended competition, the big, boxy, body-on-frame SUV is both attractive and fully class competitive, as we learned the first time we got any ...

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    Merry Christmas from Autoblog!
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    Custom Lego 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible by Lino M. Click here to see additional shots.
    All of us here at Autoblog would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope that Santa treated everybody well, and that you all have a great day catching up with family and friends. Have fun and ...

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    Review: 2009 Audi A8L - requiem for a heavyweight
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    2009 Audi A8L – Click above for high-res gallery
    We come not to bury the A8L, but to praise it. Next week the newest generation of Audi's aluminum spaceframe panzer will greet the world in Miami, and we expect it to be a leap through a wormhole compared to today's car. After a week with the ...

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    Pull Over: Broward County Sheriff gets a full-dress Challenger R/T
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    Dodge Challenger R/T Police Car - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We like police cars. Seriously. Just not when they're filling our rearview mirrors, blue-and-reds ablaze. Then, our fanboy status diminishes markedly. In the meantime, however, we get pretty jazzed when a department does ...

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    On Veterans Day, a word of thanks
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    We'd like to take a brief pause from the normal frivolity around here to acknowledge and salute America's veterans. Thanks to all the men and women who have served our country, for the innumerable efforts and sacrifices you have made in the past and continue to make today. It is because of you ...

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    Review: 2009 Lexus LX570 is three tons of luxury with a dollop of off-road mastery
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    2009 Lexus LX570 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While the Lexus LX570 is the flagship SUV in the automaker's lineup, its glory is often overshadowed by the best-selling RX. With proven Land Cruiser bloodlines, and the Tundra's V8 muscle under its hood, the seven-passenger LX ...

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    Confirmed? Gran Turismo 5 hits stores on Dec. 29
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    Well, we can put all the rumor-mongering to rest. Reader Larry Spector emailed us this morning with confirmation that Gran Turismo 5 will hit the shelves (and obliterate the productivity of thousands of PS3 owners) on December 29. Is Larry a sneaky Sony employee? Nope, he's a regular Amazon user ...

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    REPORT: Hyundai shaves $1,800 off price of 2010 Elantra Touring
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    2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring - Click above for high-res image gallery
    If the Hyundai Elantra Touring is singing your song, the music just got quite a bit better. The Korean automaker has announced a price reduction on the 2010 base model to the tune of $1,800. The 2009 Elantra Touring, a compact ...

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    Comic-Con 2009: The Green Hornet's Black Beauty looks ready to roll
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    The Green Hornet's Black Beauty - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Frankly, we're a little concerned about whether funnyman Seth Rogen will be able to pull off the action-star thing when he takes the lead role in next year's big-screen adaptation of The Green Hornet . Then again, we ...

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    Comic-Con 2009: The Batpod makes a field trip
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    The Batpod at Comic-Con 2009 - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    The San-Diego Comic Con is now in full swing, and amidst all the panels and personal appearances, there's no shortage of static displays to check out either. Our man Drew Phillips strolled through the halls to see what's what ...

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    Hyundai trumps BMW and Jaguar in J.D. Power 2009 APEAL study
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    Click above for a gallery of the graphics from J.D. Power and Associates
    Porsche grabs the top spot for the fifth year in a row in the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. For this year's study, the team at JDPA gathered information from ...

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    Happy Father's Day from Autoblog
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    For all the family vacations, he drives to practice, the trips to the burger stand, letting us "help" when we weren't really helping, and for not yelling at us too much when we shot cap guns at other cars out the open back window from our rear-facing seats in the family station wagon: Thanks, Dad. ...

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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans: Dusk descends
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    The air is thick and the sun is setting over the Circuit de la Sarthe as the competitors press on deep into their eighth hour of racing. By the time these words hit the screen, the No. 9 Peugeot will have done over 120 laps, with the No. 1 Audi R15 trailing by a full lap. The final five LMP1 slots ...

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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans: Pit Walk
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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans Pit Walk - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Before the action at Le Mans got underway, we went for a quick walk through the pits moments before it went hot. Unfortunately, before we could make it down to the Audi crew, we were shuffled away, but we still managed to ...

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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans begins...
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    2009 24 Hours of LeMans Start - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    The green flag dropped a few moments ago on one of the hottest days in Le Mans history. The No. 8 and 7 Peugeots are in the top two slots, followed by McNish in the Audi R15. We're assembling a few galleries from yesterday's ...

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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans: What's on Where
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    Good morning everybody. Here's the rundown for you U.S.-based readers on where and when to find Le Mans coverage today. Sadly, the salad days of the old Speedvision are now a distant memory, and live 24-hour TV coverage is not happening for us. Without further ado:TELEVISIONSPEED TV Saturday ...

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    2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible starting at $43,850
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    2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    As our First Drive revealed, Infiniti's first folding tin-top is a decent performer and markedly more attractive in appearance than its Germanic competition. And now that pricing has been revealed, the 2009 Infiniti G37 ...

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