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    Official: Lotus to receive $16M government grant
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    Troubled British automaker Lotus is getting a second infusion of cash following a 100-million-pound ($161.5-million) investment by its parent company DRB-Hicom that was made in August. The substantially smaller investment, a mere 10 million pounds ($16.2 million), comes from the British ...

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    Report: Europe considering 70-mph speed limiters on all cars? [UPDATE]
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    If George Orwell were alive today and had read this story from The Daily Telegraph, he'd be standing in the middle of the Rue de la Loi, shouting "I told you so!" at the top of his lungs. In a bid to decrease the 30,000 deaths on European roads each year, the European Commission is seeking to ...

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    Official: Ferrari aims to set record at Silverstone with thousand-car parade
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    The record for the longest parade of Ferrari models was set back in 2007 when 385 examples lapped Silverstone at the same time. That record was broken with 490 cars sometime thereafter, but the Maranello automaker's London-based unit is gearing up to shatter the record once again. So far, ...

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    Report: Great Britain set to introduce laws making "drug driving" a criminal offense
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    It's taken three years but the Great Britain is finally ready to introduce laws to make driving while impaired by illegal and legal drugs against the law. While Britain's Home Office waitied for approval of a mobile drug-testing unit – currently drug testing is done at the police station ...

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    Report: UK to use gas station cameras to automatically stop fueling of uninsured cars? [w/poll]
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    The British sure love their surveillance cameras, don't they? As if living in the police state that is modern Great Britain isn't bad enough for motorists, what with all the speed cameras and the like, there's a new plan afoot: Keep the uninsured from pumping gas. According to The Mirror, a new ...

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    Official: Renault chops UK lineup in half
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    Renault has a wide array of products in its portfolio. In its home market it offers a baker's dozen model lines, and when you get down to bodystyles the range ratchets up past 20. While we don't get any of them in North America, the United Kingdom remains a vital market for the French automaker. ...

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    Study: BBC maps every accident in Great Britain in last 12 years
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    According to data acquired by the BBC, roads in Great Britain have played host to 2,396,750 crashes from 1999 to 2010. The Beeb then took that data and plotted every single one of them on a map, represented by a point of light. The resulting graphic looks like a picture from the Hubble Telescope, ...

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    Official: Chrysler signs on as Official Car of the NFL... in the UK?
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    Football is big in the UK, but when the Brits talk about football, they're referring to what we call soccer. Even so, American football has its fans in Great Britain, and not just when Peter Griffin got traded from the New England Patriots to the London Silly-Nannies or when the Marines stationed ...

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    Report: SAIC to sell new MG models through GM showrooms in UK
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    The notion that Chinese automakers would begin selling cars in competitive export markets seemed laughable only a few years ago. But that's what they said about the Koreans, and before them the Japanese. Also laughable: the notion that a British brand like MG would have no outlet to sell their ...

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    BBC: At nearly $7.30/gal and climbing, UK gas prices hit record high
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    Think fuel prices are high in the United States? What Yanks pay is nothing to what our former colonial masters are forced to shell out at the pumps, as reports come in of record-high prices in the UK. According to the BBC, prices have hit an all-time high of 121.76p per liter in the United ...

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    Saab marks 50th anniversary of Erik Carlsson's first RAC win with special 9-3
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    Erik "Mr Saab" Carlsson and the Saab 9-3 Aero Carlsson – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Erik Carlsson, also known as Mr. Saab, is a rallying icon directly tied to the Swedish automaker's lore. 50 years ago, Carlsson won his first British RAC rally title in a three-cylinder, 750 ...

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    British 'Cash For Clunkers' to get extension
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    We've seen this before, haven't we? Government institutes program to spur auto sales by offering car buyers a federal incentive to turn in an old car for a shiny, efficient new one, leading to sales growth, which later leads to no money in the program and the request for an extension. Our British ...

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    Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen moonlighting as cab drivers
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    Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in Vodafone's Taxi GP commercial – Click above to watch video
    Vodafone has created an online game called Taxi Grand Prix that looks pretty neat. You choose a team of two actual taxi drivers on the roads in Great Britain, and when a race begins, the ...

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    British Bailout: UK gives £2.3B to domestic auto industry
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    When the U.S. domestic auto industry asked its government for billions of dollars in loans, it made world-wide news. Many other foreign nations have pitched in with funding for their own industries, as well. The UK has just gotten in on the act by promising £2.3 billion for the cause, with ...

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    UK police admit almost half of all speed cameras are off
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    We all know the drill. You see a speed camera, you slow down, you look at the camera, you check your speedometer and look for the camera again. But in the UK at least, reports now indicate that nearly half of the 1,000 speed cameras installed are entirely inactive.Because many of the cameras ...

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    BMW learns buyers want to save money, not planet
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    BMW carried out a survey of 2,068 motorists in Great Britain and found that no matter what motorists claim to want, what they really want is a BMW. While 20% of respondents said they look at CO2 levels when they research new cars, 75% said they'd only buy a car if they saved money. Which really ...

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    Jeremy Clarkson for Prime Minister? Public support increases
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    Some say his political views are frightening. Others say he's got a growing group of supporters. All we know is...he's called Jeremy Clarkson. Back in August we brought you a report that the celebrity host of BBC television's hit program Top Gear had a petition started in his name to promote his ...

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    2009 Jaguar XF will start at £33,900
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    click image above for high-res galleryDespite unveiling the 2009 XF just yesterday, Jaguar has announced that it's new saloon will start at £33,900 in the U.K. For those who think conversions can be helpful, that's $68,267 USD. That kind of poundage will get the Brits their choice of either ...

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    Best convertible resale value: Ferrari F430, followed by... VW Eos... diesel
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    It is well known by now that decisions made around convertibles don't follow rational rules. That's why Britain, a place with some of the least agreeable weather in the world, has made some of the most appealing convertibles ever seen, though perhaps not the most reliable. Convertible resale values ...

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    Mitsubishi i confirmed for sale in the UK
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    click above image to view high-resolution gallery of the Mitsubishi iBeginning on July 1st, Brits will be able to purchase the iconic i kei car from Mitsubishi. The i is a big hit in Japan, having won numerous awards for its futuristic styling and clever engineering while racking up big sales in ...

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