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    Report: Saab union asks Obama to pressure GM for licensing deal
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    The door has not yet closed on Saab. Hoping for yet another 11th hour stay of execution, the defunct carmaker's chief union, IF Metall, has written directly to President Obama, asking him to intervene, according to Just-Auto. While on the surface, this may seem silly, it's actually rather clever, ...

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    Report: Chinese carmaker blatantly copies Ford F-150
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    The Ford F-150 has just picked up a doppelganger in China. According to CarNewsChina, Jianghuai Auto Corporation has just unveiled its new 4R3 pickup, and sure enough, the vehicle looks to be a near carbon copy of America's best-selling truck. JAC reportedly wants to provide buyers in China, ...

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    Report: GM taking issue with Saab ownership change
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    Big trouble is brewing in little China. While Swedish automaker Saab was has agreed to sell itself to Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. for what seemingly amounts to a pittance ($142 million and up to $854 million in long-term funding), General Motors, Saab's ...

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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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    Video: Watch the Audi A6 Avant ad accused of ripping off Chrysler and Eminem
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    The Chrysler 200 Super Bowl ad has all the makings of an instant classic. The two-minute long spot had star power, a terrific soundtrack and an uplifting message that struck a chord with the working man. We loved the commercial, and after a strong reception, we fully expected other automakers' ...

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    Report: PSA may withold hybrid vehicles in China over intellectual property concerns
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    Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Cracking the burgeoning Chinese automobile market is a challenge that nearly every automaker in the world is currently grappling with. Among the myriad reasons why the Chinese nut is a tough one to crack is that the government ...

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    Followup: Toyota and Severinsky settle hybrid patent dispute ahead of ITC hearing; Ford also settles
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Following on the heels of our earlier report about yesterday's scheduled hearing between Toyota and Alex Severinsky at the International Trade Commission came word that the parties have settled. Neither side has released any details ...

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    Artist hired by Car and Driver swipes rendering from Jon Sibal? UPDATE
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    Rendering swipes? Jon Sibal vs. Mark Neeper – click above for high-res image gallery
    In the May issue of Car and Driver, the pub peered through the looking glass to see what kind of product enthusiasts can look forward to in the next few years. The feature, entitled "25 Cars Worth Waiting ...

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    REPORT: Chinese automaker SAIC accused of hybrid tech theft by SsangYong
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    In the beginning of the decade, before SsangYong got into really deep doo-doo, the Korean automaker began work on a hybrid control unit (HCU) with German engineering firm FEV. From 2004 to 2008, as the research continued, the South Korean government provided nearly half of the financial resources ...

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    Inventor may have $12 billion dollar claim against GM
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    Twelve years ago, Jack Evans (founder and namesake of Evans Cooling) went to court with the claim that General Motors stole his design for a reverse-flow cooling system, a setup that was later put into production in GM's LT1 series of small-block V8s - and a design that was protected by Evan's ...

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    Honda to sue Chinese government agency
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    Honda Motor announced Wednesday that it plans to sue China's State Intellectual Property Office, which recently canceled patent protection for Honda's new CR-V. The government agency maintains that the design of the new model is too similar to the company's first CR-V, which was launched in 1995. ...

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