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    Report: Audi denied TDI trademark by European court
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    As much as it has with the Quattro brand, Audi (and its parent company Volkswagen) have more recently turned the letters TDI into an emblem of what it stands for as an automaker. Think of those three letters and you could picture no other marque, that's how closely intertwined the two have ...

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    Report: EU working to ban gas and diesel-powered cars by 2050
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    According to new reports, the European Union will announce plans to ban all fossil fuel-powered cars in Europe by 2050. The detailed plan will be outlined in the European Union's Roadmap on Transport, which will come out on Monday. By 2030, the EU plans to have reduced fossil fuel traffic by ...

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    Report: UK moves to block Europe-wide speeding fines
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    Britain is stepping up to the man. The island nation is moving to stop a proposal that would allow member countries of the European Union to enforce traffic violations across international borders. The legislation aims to help law enforcement pursue unruly drivers for four major offenses: ...

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    UK drivers favor an end to lower insurance premiums for women
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    According to a study done by InsWeb earlier this year, car insurance premiums for women in the U.S. are nine percent lower than those for men. Things are much the same in the UK, where insurance companies will offer the fairer sex lower rates than those given to men. Companies like Sheila's ...

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    EU reportedly clears Volvo's sale to Geely
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    2011 Volvo V60 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Volvo and Geely have taken another step toward holy matrimony. The European Union has officially approved the Chinese company's takeover of the Swedish manufacturer. The EU found that the move wouldn't stifle competition within its ...

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    GM formally withdraws all Opel-related loan requests, vows to finance alone
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    General Motors has just announced that it will no longer pursue government aid for its Opel and Vauxhall brands. The reason? Neither company's financial situation has exactly changed since The General first began asking for loans from the EU a few months back, but GM simply says it can't wait for ...

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    Toyota idles production in France, UK and U.S. to cope with weak demand
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    Toyota Yaris 5-Door Liftback (UK market) – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Toyota manufacturing plants are beginning to feel the backlash from the company's wave after wave of recent global recalls. The company just announced it will stop production at its European facilities for a ...

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    Report: Volvo will build an Electric C30 test fleet, but no word on public sales
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    Volvo C30 EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Volvo has not made any official determination whether or not to sell its Electric C30 in the U.S. or Europe, says the automaker. However, the company will build a 50-vehicle test fleet for use in Sweden. Each of those vehicles, highly ...

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    You didn't think the battle for Opel was over, did you? Belgium reportedly asking EU to investigate
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    When GM decided to hand 55% of Opel to Magna, you didn't think the Belgians were just going to have some waffles and call it quits, did you? Oh no. Belgium's prime minister made a call to the EU president about the deal, and the EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told a Belgian newspaper, ...

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    Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pullman drawings leak from European patent office
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    Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pullman patent drawings – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    It's no great secret that the European Union's patent office has more leaks than a Soviet submarine, but up until now it's only been small cars that have been able to trickle out (see: the facelifted ...

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    Clash of the Titans: Fiat reportedly squaring off with European Union over mergers
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    According to The Detroit News, Guenter Verheugen, the European Union's Industry Commissioner, lashed out at Fiat on Friday in a radio interview, voicing concerns that the Italian automaker is acting irresponsibly to be considering new mergers and acquisitions when the company is already in debt. ...

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    France's Sarkozy urges verification that U.S. auto aid jibes with world trade rules
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    The European Union made noises last year about having the WTO verify that the U.S. auto industry assistance package doesn't violate any international trade rules. Now French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he will ask the World Trade Organization to stick their hands into the matter. Critics ...

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    European Union may complain to WTO over Detroit bailout
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    The US Congress is contemplating a bailout of $25 billion or more for US automakers, and the European Union is watching closely. European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, told Europe 1 Radio that he is prepared to rat out the US government to the World Trade Organization if the EU ...

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    Endangered Species: Europe's sportscar makers worried about the future
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    With the European Union tightening restrictions on carbon emissions, danger has been spelled out in big bright letters for the sportscar-makers we know and love. The bulk of the world's best supercar manufacturers – including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Aston Martin and Porsche – ...

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    EU grants Porsche permission to purchase VW
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    Porsche is one step closer to its goal of purchasing Volkswagen. Back in April of last year, the German automaker passed the 30-percent mark, forcing it to make an outright offer for The Volkswagen Group in its entirety, which it did. Not too many VW shareholders sold their stake to Porsche, as the ...

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    Porsche gobbles up more of VW while takeover is delayed
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    A procedural glitch, as opposed to Berlin-based intrigue, has postponed Porsche's plan to take over Volkswagen. The EU Commission requires a company to have a controlling interest in a company, or at least an agreement for such, before it will consider a company's application for regulatory ...

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    EU calls for "health warnings" on car ads
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    How much do marketing angles play into consumer choices? The European Union apparently thinks a lot. For instance, we've recently seen all tobacco sponsorships pulled from motorsports, such as the world's most popular, Formula 1. Now it seems that automobile advertisements will be the next form of ...

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    EU calls on F1 to switch to four-cylinders, bio-fuels and hybrids
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    The European Parliament has called for Formula One to adopt more environmentally-friendly engine alternatives, and the FIA seems to be all for it. The CARS 21 report, passed with 607 EU legislators in favor, 76 against and 14 abstentions, praised the FIA's actions to make F1 greener, but called on ...

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    Pedestrian safety inspires EU to consider better brake requirement
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    Every time we hear that the European Commission has come up with a new proposal for the car industry, the general consensus amongst the Autoblog team has been 'oh no, not another one.' This time around, the Commission's latest proposal actually makes sense to us and is something we'd like to see ...

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    Attention: EU may add warning labels to car adverts
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    We see it every day on TVs here in the states; commercials complete with warnings about side effects that range from impotence, vomiting, or uncontrollable bowel movements. And that's just for curing toenail fungus. The European Union is noodling the idea of using warnings in car commercials, ...

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