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    Report: Volkswagen investing money faster to achieve number one status faster
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    When it comes to spending money, Volkswagen, as the No Fear shirts used to say, "Ain't skeered." Europe is reportedly headed for a 17-year low in annual car sales, VW share is down 0.6 percent on The Continent and manufacturing overcapacity is estimated to be around 30 percent industry-wide. That ...

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    Video: Subaru spills all the beans on BRZ development with new documentary
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    The Subaru BRZ might be most appreciated for reintroducing the adjectives "small," "light" and "fun" to those who prefer not to have a convertible top with their Japanese sports car. Yet, as has been covered before, it's a neat example of packaging, with Subaru engineers having put big ideas into ...

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    Ice skating beauty Katarina Witt checks out BMW test center [w/video]
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    Katarina Witt and the BMW Environment Test Center – Click above for high-res image gallery
    BMW has an Environment Test Center (ETC) that can test a car in a variety of environments – sun, ice, snow, rain – all of them indoors. As great as that would be for parties, they appear ...

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    Zetsche reportedly says Daimler to pick new compact car partner by mid-2010
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    Despite rumors of Daimler and Renault collaborating on a four-door Smart model, no official tie-up between the two companies has been announced. That could change next year when Daimler will reportedly decide who its small-car partner will be. Daimler is getting even more heavily into the ...

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    Catching up with Chevrolet's 1,200-mile pre-production Volt fleet drive
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    Chevy Volts on 1,200 mile drive - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Yesterday, we had an opportunity to chat with Chevrolet Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah as he rode through the hills of West Virginia during a development drive. On Tuesday, a fleet of eight pre-production (a.k.a. IVER) ...

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    Getting on Track: Ferrari releases more pics, details on experimental 599XX
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    Ferrari 599XX – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Road cars have laws to contend with, and racing cars have regulations to uphold. But for track cars, the sky is the limit. Unfortunately for track enthusiasts, purpose-built track cars built from the ground up with a blank sheet of ...

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    Ferrari kicks off young driver development program
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    In the ever-increasingly competitive world of F1 racing, many teams have begun scouting for drivers earlier and earlier in their careers. In the past, smaller teams would scout the talent, and then the bigger teams would poach them with their vast resources. But in the wake of the immense success ...

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    F1 engine ban reduced to 5 years, new formula expected within 2
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    The FIA and the teams participating in F1 have agreed to shorten the ban on engine development to five years. The FIA, which forms the rules for Formula One, had previously instituted a freeze on the development of every team's engine program for a staggering ten years in an effort to reduce the ...

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    Try, try again: FIA puts further restrictions on F1, freezes engine development
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    The World Motor Sport Council of the FIA, the international racing authority that governs Formula One, among other series, has rolled out a series of restrictions on the development of F1 cars starting with the coming 2008 season. The restrictions include a complete freeze on engine development for ...

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    Dr. Z likes the idea of developing engines with BMW
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    Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche offered a choice quote to his nation's leading weekly news mag, Der Spiegel, when he mentioned that the automaker would be open to developing an engine with the company's cross-town rival, BMW. Apparently, Daimler is in talks with several companies about joint ...

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    Speculazione: Is this a new Maserati or the Ferrari Dino?
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    Manufacturers testing development mules for upcoming models go to great lengths to camouflage their prototypes in order to hide from the public what they're working on. That never stops the motoring press, in print and in cyberspace, from speculating on what that the camouflage is disguising, ...

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    GM building luxury condos in Detroit
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    GM, delivering on promises to make Detroit all it can be, is getting into the development game. The General has given Hines Real Estate, out of Houston, a 6-acre riverfront plot next to the Renaissance Center where Hines plans to build 600 luxury condominiums. The condos, to be built in three ...

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    Mercedes developing video-based safety features
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    Mercedes-Benz has a long history of making cars safer, and the brand continues to spearhead a push to increase everyone's chances of survival. Mercedes currently has the Pre-Safe system that acts like an adrenal gland for the car, tightening up the muscles before an impact. Future plans for safety ...

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    Lutz confirms V12 in development for Cadillac flagship
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    Lutz unveiles the Cadillac Sixteen concept at NAIAS 2003 in Detroit It's official. It's been confirmed: Cadillac is preparing a new V12 flagship. That's straight from the mouth of our favorite man in the business, Bob Lutz. On a recent trip across the pond, GM's venerated product guru confirmed in ...

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    Ford's not abandoning Aston Martin
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    It'd be far too easy to dismiss as negligible the minority stake in Aston Martin retained by Ford after the sale, but even in the new era, Aston models will continue to benefit from its ties to the Ford Motor Corporation. In addition to the safety systems expertise garnered from Aston's former ...

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    General Motors getting vehicles to market faster
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    One common complaint about General Motors in the past has been the amount of time it took the company to develop vehicles and get them to market. A recent study, however, shows that GM is certainly turning that around. The company is expected to tie Toyota Motor Corp. in "showroom age," which ...

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