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    Official: Audi unveils A1 in exclusive red and white flavors
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    Audi is launching a German-market special edition of its tiny A1 and A1 Sportback. Called A1 Amplified, the special models are available now in either Misano Red or Glacier White paint and include some special trim and other upgraded options. The Amplified A1 is based on Audi's A1 Ambition trim ...

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    Official: Smart ForTwo Iceshine won't make your hair look any better
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    This must be a first: Smart has named its latest special edition ForTwo after a shampoo. Not really, but clearly someone at Daimler did not do due diligence (or use Google) before dreaming up the Iceshine moniker. The Smart ForTwo Iceshine is a special edition based on the model's Passion trim ...

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    Report: Union takes hard stance against German automakers
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    Anyone considering a German-built car might want to buy it now. It could be a long summer. Europe's largest industrial union, IG Metall, is taking a tough stance against some job rules German carmakers want to enforce, potentially creating the possibility of a strike, according to ...

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    Report: F1 driver Adrian Sutil to stand trial in Germany over Shanghai bar fight
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    An impending court trial in Germany is shaping up to be the largest parade of Formula One drivers since the 2011 season wrapped up in Brazil this past November. The proceeding pits one Eric Lux (CEO of Genii Capital that owns part of Lotus Renault GP) against Adrian Sutil (a veteran grand prix ...

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    Report: How Germany builds 2x as many cars as U.S. while paying 2x the salaries
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    First, let's put some salient numbers on the table: 5.5 million versus 2.7 million and $67.14 per hour versus $33.77 per hour. The first set of numbers belong to Germany, and represent the total number of vehicles built in 2010 and the average wage of an autoworker in that country. The second ...

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    Report: Volkswagen shuts down after-hours e-mail, allows employees to have lives again
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    Add this one to the list of reasons Europeans have it better than we do, right after diesels and manual transmissions: No more "catching up on e-mail" while you should be spending time with your family. Or sleeping. Or watching Baywatch reruns. According to the BBC, Volkswagen has bowed to ...

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    Official: SPOILER ALERT: 2011 Race of Champions returns to Düsseldorf [w/video]
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    Eighteen of the world's top drivers returned this past weekend to Düsseldorf's ESPRIT Arena to contest this year's 2011 Race of Champions. Up for grabs was glory for each driver's native land in the ROC Nation's Cup on Saturday, as well as individual glory and the title Champion of Champions ...

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    Video: Three killed in 52-car autobahn crash
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    A minor two-car accident on a German autobahn turned into a 52-car pileup with three deaths and two dozen injuries on Friday night. On a stretch of A31 not far from the Dutch border, two sedans got into a "harmless fender bender" in heavy fog. A German newspaper report said traffic isn't normally ...

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    Official: Porsche gears up for Cajun production with Leipzig expansion
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    Back in 1999, Porsche settled on the location for a new factory in Leipzig, Germany. It opened its doors in 2002 with production of the Cayenne, and further expanded in 2009 to gear up for the Panamera. As of November, 2011, the assembly plant has built some 420,000 vehicles, but that's just the ...

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    Official: This is what a 217-mph BMW 7 Series looks like
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    Take one BMW 7 Series, hand it over to Germany's TuningWerk, ask for the second-stage tune that the company characterizes as "a little revitalization," and the sedan you get back will top out at 720 horsepower, 803 pound-feet and 217 miles per hour. The super stormer gets bigger, lighter brakes, ...

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    Report: City of Frankfurt bans Hells Angels
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    The city of Frankfurt has banned two chapters of the Hells Angels motorcycle club and confiscated their assets, according to Reuters. The city pointed to a history of offenses as the reason behind the move, saying that many members are known to authorities to have violent, drug- or weapon-related ...

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    Video: Cadillac ATS makes motion picture debut around 'Ring
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    Cadillac ATS prototypes have been a lot more visible of late, and the future entry-level Cadillac appears to be spending a lot of its time over in Germany. Just last week, we posted a slew of cladding-free high-res ATS photos that revealed the tidy shape of the rear-wheel-drive sedan. Now we have ...

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    Germany's Design-World Marko Mennekes takes on the Ford Mustang
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    Design-World Company in Sundern, Germany is offering to turn your Ford Mustang into what you see above for just €12,150 ($17,091 U.S.). That will get you a 23-horsepower bump (to 435 hp) as well as the wheels, a "thread undercarriage" from H&R, and "the main accomplishment" which appears ...

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    Video: German enthusiasts show true passion for rockabilly and rat rods
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    The event is called Rust and Dust, but this year that dust was replaced with rain and mud. Still, the attendees of this automotive festival in Teterow, Germany arrived in large numbers to share their passion for rockabilly, rat rods and racing. The rain attempted to dampen spirits, but it was ...

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    Report: Burning cars filling up Berlin streets
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    Berlin is facing a rash of vehicle arson this year with more than 320 vehicles set ablaze in 2011 so far. Authorities claim that at least 140 of those incidents have been politically motivated, with the arsonists leaving notes at the scene. Those crimes have targeted luxury makes like BMW and ...

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    Video: ADAC multi-vehicle crash test is terrifying
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    The IIHS may have a new video player for its crash test video content, but we guarantee none of those clips are as terrifying as what Germany's ADAC has cooked up. Rather than capture the destructive forces of one or two cars involved in a low speed collision, ADAC upped the ante by involving ...

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    2011 German Grand Prix shows who's the Ring leader [spoilers]
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    The 2011 Formula One World Championship, as it's unfolded so far, has been nothing if not smooth sailing for defending champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull Racing team. The young German has started every race so far this year from the front row and gone on to finish on the podium at each, ...

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    Video: Watch Jay Leno flip his lid in Affalterbach driving the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
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    Our greedy automotive journalist hands are shaking because we've yet to get seat time in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. A few lucky folks outside of the company have gotten seat time, and it seems video of their excursions serve to make our jealousy meter ping harder into its stop. This time ...

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    Video: New Stratos gets rallied, needs more dirt
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    When we first got word that someone was taking the time to resurrect the legendary Lancia Stratos, our minds immediately leapt to visions of the lethal little wedge meticulously dissecting the meandering ribbons of a rally stage. Apparently, that was exactly what was on Michael Stoschek's mind ...

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    Video: Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany
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    We have the Scion FR-S on the brain, and it's not going away anytime soon thanks to the onslaught of new spy photos that keep rolling in. This time, however, we've got video instead of still photography courtesy of our friends at FT86club.com. It's always great to see a car in motion, and ...

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