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    Report: Audi revising own history in light of 'shocking' study of Nazi-era activities
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    Daimler opened up its archives for research into its Nazi affiliations for one book published in 1990 and another in 1998. The Quandt family behind BMW had its public catharsis in 2007. The ties between the National Socialists and the Porsche and Piech families have almost rendered the Volkswagen ...

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    Report: European car sales up 8% in February
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    Three weeks ago an analyst increased projections for European car sales this year, expecting them to climb three percent compared to last year instead of 2.7 percent. That number is a postive sign after years of hard times but it turns out February was especially good, overall European sales ...

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    Report: European sales forecasts getting brighter for 2014
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    Auto sales in Europe have taken a beating over the years, but as the global economy is on the ups, so too are sales in the Old World. According to a report from Automotive News Europe, 2014 sales are now forecasted to increase around three percent compared to 2013. Analytical firm LMC Automotive ...

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    Official: BMW reacquires original factory as classic center
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    BMW was barely two years old when it started manufacturing airplane engines in a factory on Moosacher Strasse in Munich. Two years after that, it sold the factory to Knorr-Bremse AG, a leading manufacturer of brakes for trains and commercial vehicles, and BMW moved into a new facility on ...

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    Report: Hamburg working to eliminate cars within city limits by 2034 [w/poll]
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    Hard as it may be to fathom, there are places in the world where cars simply don't make sense. Many of these places are the centers of major cities. And while most major American cities are fairly easy to get through via car, that's because they've benefited from more modern city planning ...

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    Report: BMW's Quandt family in hot water over Merkel campaign contributions
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    The mysterious and elusive Quandt family is in hot water again, nearly two years after its Nazi connections during World War II were exposed. The German family's patriarch, Herbert Quandt, nearly single-handedly saved BMW from being bought out by Daimler-Benz in 1959. Now, three living family ...

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    Report: Daimler to resume French sales per court ruling
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    France's highest administrative court said yesterday that authorities must resume registering Daimler vehicles, which were formally banned in late July, Automotive News reports, even though they are still equipped with R134a air-conditioning refrigerant. The refrigerant is illegal in the ...

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    Official: DP Motorsport tries to turn a vintage Porsche 911 into a sleeper
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    Once you get past the fact that it's hard to call a car a sleeper when it has race-product stickers on its quarter panel, and the script across the back panel reads "Porsche 911 3.2 Sleeper," it's fun to imagine what this car can do. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, Germany's ...

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    Report: German motor authority issues report on contested refrigerant, everyone claims victory
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    On this episode of As the A/C Refrigerant Turns, the KBA, Germany's motor authority, has released its findings on the refrigerant r1234yf. The joint venture of Honeywell and Dupont, r1234yf has pitted Daimler against France and Germany against the EU; Daimler refused to use the new refrigerant, ...

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    Report: France formally moves to ban Mercedes vehicles using contested refrigerant
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    That didn't take long. Shortly after a French administrative court gave the French government a ten-day window to reconsider its ban on registrations of Mercedes-Benz A-, B- and CLA-Class cars using the prohibited R134a refrigerant, the government cited an EU directive to formalize banning the ...

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    Report: French court lifts registration ban on Mercedes with contested refrigerant
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    The brief alphanumerics R134a and R1234yf are codes for a growing battle between carmakers, states and the EU. The air-conditioning refrigerant R134a has been banned by the EU for being too damaging to the environment, with R1234yf mandated as its replacement. Daimler and Volkswagen say that in ...

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    ETC: BMW Ultimate Swimming Machine leaves German police feeling soggy
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    Four men were pulled over in the German town of Eibenstock in what a police report described as "a convertible of a slightly different kind." What made this BMW 3 Series Convertible different? It was filled with 530 gallons of water. Yes, four German men had turned their car into a swimming ...

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    Featured: Oddities from the greatest car show you've never heard of
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    The Techno Classica show that takes place in Essen, Germany every spring may well be the greatest car show on Earth. It's 1.3 million square feet of dealer, manufacturer, restorer and auction displays combined with a massive car corral and swap meet. While German makes predominate the floor ...

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    Report: Porsche again staring down another $1.8B in hedge fund lawsuits
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    The sequence of events from 2007 that began with Porsche's secret attempt to take over Volkswagen, and instead lead to Porsche being taken over by VW, continues to instigate lawsuits against the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer. A group of hedge funds that suffered over $1 billion in losses sued ...

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    Video: Vettel and Schumacher win 2012 Race of Champions Nations Cup for Germany, again
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    With so many different cars, competitions, rulebooks and drivers gunning for wins each weekend in various racing events all across the world, how do you go about crowning the best of the best? Put more simply, Who is the best racing driver in the world? No single event or series is ever going to ...

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    Report: Opel to close German plant in 2016, fears continued Euro slump
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    The European financial crisis has claimed another victim, as Opel has stated that it is going to close its Bochum, Germany facility. The closure is set to occur in 2016, when the current Opel Zafira minivan ends its production run. According to Automotive News Europe, parent company General ...

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    9ff shows 272-mph GT9 Vmax at Essen show [w/video]
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    There's a scene in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps where Shia LaBoeuf asks a fellow banker, "What's your number – how much would you need to get out of the business?" The answer he gets: "More." More is apparently the operating principle at 9ff, the specialist Porsche tuner out of Germany ...

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    Report: What's ex-CEO Wendelin Wiedeking doing after Porsche? Pizza
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    Three years after an oversize corporate appetite resulted in him departing the CEO's throne at Porsche, Wendelin Wiedeking is back in the hunger business having announced a chain of pizza and pasta restaurants called Vialino. The eatery business isn't new to the former Porsche boss, nor are ...

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    The List: The List #0073: Drive the Nürburgring
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    Any trip to the automotive mecca of Germany would not be complete without a visit to the famed Nürburgring, nor would a list called 1,001 Automotive Things To Do Before You Die. Thus, we've reached the whole point of Jessi and Patrick's trip to Germany: Drive the Nürburgring. Many ...

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    The List: The List #0035: Drive The German Autobahn
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    We told you last time that Jessi and Patrick still had some items to check off The List after picking up a car from BMW via European delivery. They had to make their way from BMW's headquarters in Munich to a certain race track, and when in Germany, there's only one road that's worth taking to ...

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