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    Opinion: How the Koreans are cracking the luxury market
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    South Korea's two largest automotive brands are no longer the same companies they were when they first entered the world stage. Anyone who visits Seoul after a few years absence is likely going to be in for a shock. What was, not that long ago, a decidedly third-world city is today a ...

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    Opinion: Are battery-powered cars losing their charge?
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    Sales of plug-in hybrids tumbled to nearly half their level from September and October. The optimist would be likely to note that sales of the Chevrolet Volt were up 30 percent in November, at least when compared with year-ago numbers. But pessimists, of which there are many, would be more ...

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    Opinion: Horsepower Politics
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    The Role Autos Are Playing In Deciding Our Next President He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1942 and served a dozen years during which his most memorable act was introducing the bill that added the words, "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance. But to both his friends and foes alike, Homer ...

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    Opinion: Postmortem: Maybach meets its maker
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    Why Daimler's Ultra-Luxe Brand Couldn't Compete With Bentley And Rolls Daimler took hubris to a new level believing that it could simply invent a new brand. What was intended to make a big splash in the premium luxury car market has ended with a dull thud. Almost exactly a decade after it ...

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    Opinion: Lies, Damned Lies and Fuel Economy Numbers
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    Taking A Detailed Look At Why 'Your Mileage May Vary' It's safe to say that mileage claims are controversial at best, and often inaccurate. "There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics," goes the old quote variously attributed to Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli and other ...

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    Opinion: What's the right way to read an automotive quality report?
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    Why No One Quality Report Tells The Whole Story Quality remains one of the most significant factors for folks buying a new car. There's no question that fuel economy has become a critical consideration for most folks looking to buy a new car. But quality remains one of the single most ...

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    Opinion: Automakers sound off on unwanted noise
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    How New Cars Are Getting Better Through Sound Engineering "The loudest sound you ever hear is the first rattle in a new car." Fire up the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and you're greeted with the sort of raucous exhaust note that would make a Harley-Davison owner quiver with delight. Slip ...

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    Opinion: The case of Heather Peters and the Honda Civic Hybrid sets an alarming trend
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    What are you going to do, sue? Good luck. This week's Superior Court verdict suggests there's little to no recourse for consumers. As Autoblog readers likely have already learned, a Superior Court judge in California has tossed out a judgment issued by a small claims court earlier this ...

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    Opinion: Beijing Motor Show is further proof of China's automotive importance
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    Why The World's Top Automakers Are Flocking To Beijing Beijing's government has had to resort to a registration lottery to hold down its growth. Skip a couple years in China, as I had, and you're not likely to recognize it when you return, especially the capital city of Beijing. Peering ...

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    Opinion: An early look at 2012 shows a radically new auto industry
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    Detroit Gains Momentum As Japan Regains Its Footing The automotive world as we know it underwent plenty of shaking last year and it was the result of more than just the tragic earthquake and tsunami that rattled Japan – costing makers like Toyota and Honda perhaps a million units in lost ...

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    Opinion: Will there be a Tokyo Motor Show in 2013?
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    Tokyo Struggles To Remain Relevant On The World Stage

    The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show was largely ignored by industry and media alike.
    There is one model that looks more like a phone booth than a car, another that dispenses its driver like candy from a vending machine. There are party concepts, ...

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    Opinion: What good is an electric vehicle if there's no electricity?
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    A Glut Of EVs Could Make America's Shoddy Power Grid Even Worse

    The increasingly rickety American power grid seems to short out for all sorts of reasons.
    It took just one worker in Yuma, Arizona to plunge millions of people into the dark in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, a few weeks back. A ...

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    Opinion: Shanghai Motor Show threatens to make New York redundant
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    Shanghai Struts its Stuff – Challenging the Big Apple

    Barely two decades ago, China's roads were ruled by bicycles, motorbikes and buses.
    It wasn't all that long ago that the Shanghai Convention Center was little more than a rice paddy, but this week, the sprawling facility will play host ...

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    Why Geneva has evolved into the must-see motor show of the year
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    A recent study anointed Geneva the most livable city in the world. Sitting where Lake Geneva flows into the Rhone River, the old city has a surprisingly small town feel and probably wouldn't even be on the global map were it not for the presence of the United Nations – and the annual Geneva ...

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    Penske blindsided by Daimler's decision to take over Smart USA?
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    On or off the track, Roger Penske is a force to be reckoned with. His team has taken the victory lap 15 times at the Indianapolis 500 and his business ventures have made him one of America's richest and most powerful entrepreneurs. Sure, the dapper, silver-haired septuagenarian has had his ...

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    Opinion: Chrysler no longer left for dead, biggest test still coming
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    Some years ago, sitting in my office with the windows open on a warm spring day, I heard a deep rumble – not unlike the sound of a freight train passing by... but closer, more menacing, and immediately followed by a violent shudder as a rare Midwest earthquakes rolled out from under Lake ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    What Happens To Mazda Without Ford? Barring a last-minute hitch, it looks like Ford and Mazda will soon be severing the ties that have bound them for the last four decades. Though the U.S. maker has yet to issue a formal confirmation, it's negotiating a deal that would have it sell off most or ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    Watts Your Mileage? Expect to hear the words, "range anxiety," a lot in the months to come, what with the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and an assortment of other battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids ready to hit the market. The first generation of battery cars, like Leaf, will likely ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    What Did The X-Prize Achieve? It took the $25,000 Orteig Prize, as much as the promise of fame and glory, to convince Charles Lindbergh to risk a solo 1927 flight across the Atlantic. Three-quarters of a century later the $10 million Ansari X-Prize spurred the launch of SpaceShipOne, the first ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    Even growing up in New York City barely prepares you for the sprawling metropolis that is Seoul, South Korea. Spend a few days wandering the increasingly affluent town and you'll be hard-pressed to miss the many coffee shops, seemingly at least one on every block. Seoul is a highly caffeinated ...

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