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    Report: VW budget sub-brand stuck in limbo over VW standards, costs
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    Reports in October 2012 claimed Volkswagen had begun investigating the creation of its own budget brand. This came after having failed to purchase Malaysian car company Proton or produce a meaningful partnership with Suzuki, and after watching Renault-Nissan make piles of euro on Dacia and plot ...

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    Report: VW pondering low-cost sub-brand for China?
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    More detail is being sketched into the Volkswagen Group's plan to launch a low-cost brand for emerging markets. Late last year a German report quoted a VW rep saying that the brand has been interested in building a no-frills car, the kind that would challenge Dacia and Datsun, for a while. With ...

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    Report: VW planning new ultra-low-cost model to take on Dacia, Datsun
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    When it was confirmed earlier this year that Nissan wiil resurrect the Datsun brand for emerging markets, the numbers provided the reason. Nissan sold 60,000 vehicles in Indonesia alone last year, and CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to increase that figure to 250,000 units by 2014. Even then, that would ...

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    Report: VW ranks #1 in R&D spending
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    Time. Patience. Grit. Determination. It will take all of these and more if Volkswagen is to succeed in its quest to become the world's largest and most profitable automaker. But there's one more thing it's going to require: money. Lots and lots of spending money. Seamus McElroy from Autoline ...

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    Report: Budget experiments with discounted ad-covered rental cars... would you? [w/poll]
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    Everyone is looking to save a buck these days. Still, there are expenses that you just can't avoid, and whether traveling for business or pleasure, a rental car is often included in the budget. According to USA Today, an Atlanta Budget car rental office is trying a new tactic to help bring down ...

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    Study: Rental car companies increase customer satisfaction, Enterprise tops
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    Economists and talking heads argue endlessly about our economy on a daily basis. "It's back!," "It's almost back!" and "It's never coming back!" seem to be the leaders among the varied viewpoints we hear and read about. One sector that has apparently begun to rebound is the car rental business. ...

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    GM unveils three futuristic, urban EN-V concepts
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    GM EN-V concepts – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Today General Motors unveiled a trio of EN-V concepts that showcase the automaker's idea for a new global, urban mobility vehicle. Developed in conjunction with its partner in China, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., the EN-V ...

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    New GM incentives aimed at stealing irked Toyota owners, rental firms pulling recalled models
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    Honda dealer in Dallas, TX
    We're honestly tired of writing about Toyota and its recall-to-end-all-recalls, but the news keeps coming so our fingers get no rest. Just like the Honda dealer in Dallas that's apparently hoping to gain a few extra customers at Toyota's expense (above), General ...

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    Ford adding three-blink function to turn signals
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    It's fitting that Ford's first European offering to swim over this way will bring with it another feature that The Continent can take credit for: tap-for-three-blinks turn signal operation. It will appear on the Fiesta this summer, and then migrate to other vehicles in the 2011 line-up, starting ...

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    New Chevrolet sets Sail for China
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    2010 Chinese-market Chevy Sail – Click above for image gallery
    The Chinese-market Chevrolet Sail has had quite a life, at one time being a rebadged Opel, at another time being built in China, at another time being called the Buick Sail. The 2010 model has been spotted – which was at ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Nissan Micra spotted?
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    Images of the next generation Nissan Micra have plopped onto the interwebs, and they have brought with them a revelation we are a little ashamed to have come to so late. First, let us say that we really, really dig the Nissan Micra as it is. Sure, we delight most in its hardcore version, but even ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Suzuki Alto Concept tries to be a cooler kei
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    Suzuki Alto Concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Suzuki Alto concept is The Kei You Would Never Suspect: unassuming looks belie the fact that this is car Suzuki is going to use to reach a wider audience. The exterior – which, frankly, looks like a ton of other itty bitty ...

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    JDM Retrofuturism: Mitsuoka launches updated New Viewt
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    Mitsuoka Viewt -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    You know that unique thing that Mitsuoka does? If not, see for yourself. And here's another example of it: the new Viewt. Originally introduced in 1993, the Viewt is a Nissan Micra underneath what kind of resembles a Jaguar MkII shell. The ...

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    Introduction to Karting - Part 3
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    HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
    We've been accused of acting as facilitators; as dealers; as dastardly souls encouraging readers to engage in a one-way trip toward an expensive, time-consuming hobby. That's pretty accurate. Yes, we did describe karting as an inexpensive way into a serious ...

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    VIDEO: Citro├źn using cool interactive "augmented reality" tech to pitch new DS3
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    Citroën DS3 in augmented reality -- Click above to watch video
    Citroën is using the latest in video technology to promote its newest compact, the DS3. First, you go to Citroën's augmented reality website and print out the interactive pages. Then, after you enter the augmented ...

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    Ford Fiesta U.S.-spec gets caught in Mexican factory
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    Ford Fiestas being built in Mexico -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    What is reported to be the coming U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta has been photographed during assembly in Mexico, and the minor changes we can glean so far center around the grille. Compared to its European counterpart, the ...

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    Spy Shots: Citroen C-Cactus leaked
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    Images assumed to be the final take on the Citroen C-Cactus have found their way online, and there is a whole lotta ugly going on up front. When we heard Citroen was actually going to make a production car based on the concept we wrote "let's just hope they don't keep too much of the melted-candle ...

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    VIDEO: New Hyundai Sonata gets three commercials for Korean audience
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    South Korean Hyundai Sonata commericals -- Click above to view the videos after the jump
    Hyundai's South-Korean-market ad agency has been hard at work cooking up commercials for its latest offering: the 2010 Sonata. Apparently there were no current references that could describe this latest ...

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    Hyundai prices 35 mpg Elantra Blue from $14,145*
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    2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    The 2010 Hyundai Elanta comes in a trim called "Blue" that's all about fuel economy. The little sedan from the Flying H matches or beats the economy numbers from almost all of the competition, losing by just two mpg to the ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: SEAT Leon Cupra R makes a fine Green Goblin
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    2010 Seat Leon Cupra R - Click above for high-res image gallery
    What you have here is one of the coolest little 4-door hot hatches that looks like a 2-door hatch. The 2010 SEAT Leon Cupra R gets 265 hp from its VW-battle-tested 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, making it the most powerful SEAT... ...

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