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    Study: Auto industry cites raw material cost, easy credit as two biggest concerns
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    A whopping 93 percent of automotive OEMs and suppliers say they have seen an increase in demand for their vehicles, parts and services in the past year. Those numbers are reported in the 2012 Dykema Automotive Institute Survey: Industry Challenges. Due to the jump in business, 77 percent surveyed ...

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    Report: PSA: Sunbathing in the road can yield unfortunate tan lines
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    We know rural Midwestern folks sometimes do things a little differently than their urban cousins. If you want to get a tan in the reedy areas of The Corn Belt you don't need a booth, you just lie down in your own yard. One thing you don't do when bronzing, however – even in the Midwest ...

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    Report: India's exotic car market booms as economy births more millionaires
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    Demand for supercars in India has exotic automakers scrambling, with Lamborghini on the verge of opening its second dealership in India this year, and Ferrari planning to open four more by the end of 2012. Ferrari opened its first Indian dealership in May as the country's blossoming economy ...

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    Study: Americans driving less, log fewest miles since 2004
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    The price of a gallon of gasoline has been a major downer so far in 2011, and data shows that it may be affecting driving habits. According to The Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration claims that Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles in the first half of 2011. That's down 1.1 percent ...

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    Report: Used cars commanding record prices, sometimes cheaper to buy new
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    Just a couple years after U.S. auto sales plunged to their lowest levels in decades, dealers are finding an industry-wide shortage of used vehicles. This lack of used inventory has driven up the price of scarce pre-owned vehicles on lots, sending more and more consumers into aggressively priced ...

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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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    Texas truck sales uptick seen as bellweather for auto sales?
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    2009 Ford F-150 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    When auto sales began to circle the drain in 2008, no single segment was hurt more than pickup trucks. Sales were cut in half in many instances, pummeling the domestics from Detroit more often than their foreign competition. Truck sales ...

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    Triple Play: Mercedes reportedly files patent papers for three-seat Smart
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    Trying to give buyers more chances to get into a Smart, the company produced a four-seat hatch called the ForFour in 2004. It sold so poorly that the car was axed after just two years. In spite of that, Autocar says that parent Mercedes-Benz has filed patent papers for an embiggened Smart.This ...

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    REPORT: Analyst urges Mitsubishi, Suzuki to exit U.S. market
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    Two U.S. domestic automakers have now entered and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Other automakers that were doing well before the economic implosion are now scrambling to cut costs and get people into showrooms with creative incentives. And then ...

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    REPORT: Lamborghini sees no recovery until 2011
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    Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce – Click above for high-res image gallery
    After several years of record growth, Lamborghini, like most automakers, is struggling in a tough economy. Sales are down 30% so far in 2009, and the Raging Bull even laid off factory workers for seven weeks ...

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    Rumormill: Could the Fiat-Chrysler deal yield a North American Ford Ka?
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    The 2009 Ford Ka - Click above for a high-res gallery
    It's a long shot, but according to The Detroit Free Press, Chrysler's deal with Fiat could result in Ford offering the cutesy Ka for sale in North America. As you may recall, Ford co-developed the Ka's platform with Fiat (it shares its chassis ...

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    Opel reportedly mulling reviving Wartburg as low-cost brand
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    Despite an uncertain future, Ward's Auto is reporting that Opel is looking at the possibility of starting a new low-cost line under the revived moniker "Wartburg." Made by East German company VEB AEW until 1991, in their most recent guise, Wartburgs were cheap transportation for the Communist set, ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Is this the 2011 Renault Clio?
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    Click above for what could be renderings of the 2011 Renault Clio
    Is this the next Renault Clio? A spy shot forum has posted grainy black-and-white renderings of what could be the basis of the 2011 hatchback. While the protruding nostrils raise eyebrows, from the front and rear 3/4-view the car ...

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    Shanghai 2009: Geely IG Fantastic Concept makes us go "Awwww...."
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    Geely IG Fantastic Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    If a local Chinese automaker wants to challenge the Smart, then they should do it with something like this, the Geely IG Fantastic (and not this, the Shuanghuan Bubble). It's kooky, and the headlights almost meet the taillights, ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Yet another next-gen Ford Focus photoshop
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    Ford's design language can be largely distilled to three words: "let it ride." 2005's Iosis Concept created the template for kinetic design, and ever since then Ford has cashed in a number of winning bets on that language. Next up is the 2010 Ford Focus, based on the Iosis Max concept, and all of ...

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    Honda CEO says Insight price won't be reduced further
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    2010 Honda Insight - click above for a high-res gallery
    Honda's new Insight went on sale in hits homeland about a week ago, and already it's under attack. Before it hit the market, there were rumors that it would be much cheaper than the Toyota Prius. Toyota, however, has other ideas. The Insight ...

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    Daimler's Car2Go program coming to Austin, Texas this fall
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    Last October we advised you not to hold your breath for Daimler's Car2Go program to come to America. You can breathe again. If you live in Austin, Texas you'll be able to rent a mild hybrid Smart ForTwo by the minute this fall. Austin was chosen because of its university population and its concern ...

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    MINI pondering BMW-engined diesel models, including JCW?
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    Two weeks ago, Auto Express reported that MINI would be creating a John Cooper Works edition diesel with more than 160 horsepower and improved torque. Now, fellow UK publication Autocar looks to have the details, which includes speculation that the extra oomph will come from BMW engines now used in ...

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    Spy Shots: If this is it, the Mazda1 looks nothing like Kiyora concept
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    UPDATE: This is not a prototype for the Mazda1, it is a Chinese-market Haima subcompact based on the Mazda2. Thanks to everyone who sent in the correctionWhen we were told that the Mazda Kiyora concept unveiled at last year's Paris Motor Show would influence Mazda's coming city car, it looks like ...

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    Yep, That'll Fix It: Berlin youths torching Porsches, BMWs over economy
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    French youth like to burn cars on New Year's - and they don't mind lighting a few the rest of the year, either. German youths apparently really get their "arson on" when the economy takes a dip, as it happens to be doing right now. According to Bloomberg, at least 29 luxury vehicles have gone up in ...

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