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    Autoblog Podcast #156
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    Editor Chris Paukert has apparently been bitten by the podcasting bug, and he once again joins Shunk and Roth for Episode #156 of the Autoblog Podcast. We dive right in to reminiscence about the recently finished Los Angeles ...

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    LA 2009: Random beauty in the City of Angels
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    Just some of the beauty in LA - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With the state of the economy, it didn't come as much of a surprise that manufacturer presence was down at the LA Auto Show this year. The carmakers that did show up, however, brought their "A Game" – mostly. As much as ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota and Billabong craft one funky Venza
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    Billabong Toyota Venza - Click above for high-res image gallery
    No, this isn't a leftover post from SEMA, although to be perfectly fair, it is a leftover vehicle from SEMA. While reporting on the Hot Rod Toyota Tundra and Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer, we somehow missed this tricked-out Venza. Kitted ...

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    LA 2009: 2010 Kia Forte and Forte Koup crowned NADAguides.com COTY
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    2010 Kia Forte - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With a brief press release and a trophy handoff at the LA Auto Show, car pricing authority NADAguides.com has heaped the first of what we could be many accolades upon the stylish and affordable 2010 Kia Forte and Kia Forte Koup by naming ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota debuts its plug-in Prius for North America
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    Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius hybrid prototype at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw ...

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    LA 2009: Custom "Mazdaspeed2" tops the fun-per-pound charts in LA
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    Mazdaspeed2 Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    As cool as some of those custom Ford Fiestas are at the LA Auto Show, these even tidier Mazda2 customs really jumped out at us. Okay, maybe not all of the concepts so much as the "Mazdaspeed2" you see above. The Active2 Surf and Active2 ...

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    LA 2009: Luna and Toby model the 2010 Honda Element Dog Friendly package
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    Luna, left, and Toby, model the Honda Element Dog Friendly edition - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Honda certainly can't be accused of running a dog and pony show here at the LA Auto Show, because there were no ponies. They did, however, have the adorable Luna and Toby on hand to ...

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    Best Buy Geek Squads to start testing Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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    Mitsubishi Geek Squad i-MiEV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While Mitsubishi didn't unveil any new vehicles at the LA Auto Show today, company president Osamu Masuko did announce the latest step in his company's plan to bring plug-in vehicles to North America. The vehicle – ...

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    LA 2009: BMW ActiveHybrids get North American debut; 7 Series model priced from $103,125
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    BMW ActiveHybrid X6 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    BMW took advantage of California's proclivity for greenwashing to give its ActiveHybrid models their North American debuts at the LA Auto Show. Just for good measure they also brought along the incredible Vision Efficient Dynamics ...

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    LA 2009: Ford Taurus and Volvo XC60 named International Car and Truck of the Year
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    Ford Taurus and Volvo VX60 named International Car of the Year – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hold onto your hats folks, because while magazine award ceremonies appear to be just about finished, the auto show trophies are just starting to be handed out. This time, it's the ...

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    LA 2009: Lawsuit-happy U.S. kills chances for Lotus Exige Scura, but we'll get something similar
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    Lotus Exige Stealth - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We had a chance to chat with Lotus USA spokesman Kevin Smith at the LA Auto Show and he shared a bit of news with us. He confirmed that while we unfortunately won't be getting the limited edition Exige Scura/Stealth that debuted at the ...

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    LA 2009: Lexus LFA wireframe cutaway wows us
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    2011 Lexus LFA wireframe cutaway - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Wow. Lexus brought their new LFA supercar to the LA Auto Show this year. That might not seem particularly wow-worthy, but it definitely becomes more surprising when you hear that they actually brought an LFA and a half. ...

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    2010 Hyundai Tucson makes the drive to America
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    2010 Hyundai Tucson – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hyundai's second big unveiling for the LA Auto Show is its next-generation Tucson, its compact crossover. Like the Sonata sedan, we've actually already seen the Tucson for some time now, as it previously debuted South Korea and ...

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    LA 2009: Mini owns its inner Bulldog
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    Leashed Mini Cooper S Clubman - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Mini may be many things, but stuffy they're not. When your business consists of selling tiny hatchbacks with sports car handling at a near luxury price, you really can't take yourself too seriously all the time. Mini ad ...

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    LA 2009: Ford shows off some Fiesta possibilities
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    2011 Ford Fiesta by Ford Custom Accessories - Click above for high-res image gallery
    While introducing the folks at the LA Auto Show to the American-market 2011 Ford Fiesta, Ford decided to go a step further. They didn't just show the production sedan and hatchback, they also showed off the ...

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    LA 2009: MINI Coupe & Roadster Concepts are so LA
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    MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Mini brought its birthday presents to itself out to the LA Auto Show for their North American debut today. The Cambden and Mayfair were there, but we spent a lot more time ogling the Coupe and Roadster. As you may recall, ...

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    LA 2009: 2011 Ford Fiesta unveiled by agents of the Movement
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    2011 Ford Fiesta - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We've been hearing about the 2011 Ford Fiesta for so long that it's hard to imagine that the U.S. version of the car was just officially unveiled today. We gave you all of the official details and photos late last night, but we can now ...

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    LA 2009: Scion xB Release Series 7.0 limited to 2,000 copies
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    Scion xB Release Series 7.0 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Just yesterday we shared with you some pics of and specs on the latest Scion Release Series, the xB 7.0. It's a tradition of sorts for Scion to come out with a new Release at the LA Auto Show. For this go-around, Scion seems to ...

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    LA 2009: Third-Gen 2011 Toyota Sienna is a rock star
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    2011 Toyota Sienna live in LA - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota finally took the wraps off their new 2011 Sienna minivan and we have to say, it looks pretty good in person. Although Toyota sent out some teaser shots this morning, we just got back from the official unveiling at the ...

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    Event Alert: December Calendar of Automotive Events
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    As we slowly emerge from our Thanksgiving food comas, we can start gearing up for more holiday food, family, and fun in December, with an automotive twist. We can also look forward to the real beginning of the auto show season with the first major American show, the LA Auto Show. There are also ...

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