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20Italy hikes gas taxes to raise money for earthquake relief

Tragedy is a relative concept. Some would call it a tragedy that, while Italy makes some of the most desirable (and gas-guzzling) cars on the market, it also has some of the highest fuel prices in Europe. But that unfortunate reality is far overshadowed by the two earthquakes that have struck the country's Emilia-Romagna region, killing 24 people in total. Now the fledgling government tasked with steering the troubled country into financial health is forced to raise fuel taxes even higher to rel

3Ferrari holding online auction to benefit Italian earthquake victims

Italy is unfortunately no stranger to earthquakes, thus neither is the exotic automaker and racing team whose logo bears the country's flag. When disaster struck in Abruzzo, Ferrari launched a special-edition F430 to raise funds for its relief, and has been contributing to rebuilding the stricken region ever since. When the tsunami hit in Japan, Ferrari contributed millions to its aid. Now another earthquake has hit Italy – in the same part of the country that hosts Ferrari's headquarters

17Ford rescue concept truck pressed into service to help tornado victims

From show floor to evacuation route, one concept vehicle got the chance to test it's meddle in the real world.

26Nissan donates cash, offers employee pricing and delayed payments to Southern storm victims

Nissan Americas is offering employee pricing and delayed finance payments to victims of the recent tornadoes and floods across the southeastern U.S. The latest gesture comes after the company donated $115,000 to the Red Cross to help with the relief efforts.

24Report: Nissan to check radiation levels on cars tabbed for export

As fears of radiation from Japan's severely compromised Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant seem to be growing by the minute, automakers have tried to assure car buyers that most of their products are produced far enough away from the crippled facility that fallout won't end up on vehicles, but a report from Kicking Tires shows that Nissan wants to go a step further.

67Video: How not to rescue your truck from a frozen lake

How not to rescue your truck from a frozen lake - Click above to watch video after the jump

40Video: Moto Merry-Go-Round yields both disaster and hilarity

Motorcycle-powered merry-go-round – click above to watch the video after the jump

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