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AddGM says young people like Chevy Spark because it's efficient, cheap

General Motors is touting some numbers it has, showing that its venture into the low-priced, high mileage mini-car segment seems to be paying off by bringing in young and female buyers who've never owned a Chevrolet before. Since launching in the summer of 2012, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark has sold more than 12,000 units. GM's internal early buyer data show that 29 percent of the buyers are under 35 years old, 51 percent are female and nearly 54 percent are conquest sales, which means that they're

40Nissan teases next-gen Versa, confirmed for U.S.

Nissan has released a sketch of the next-generation Versa, and in the process has confirmed the new model will be sold in the United States. The 2011 model benefited from minor equipment and pricing changes, but the next Versa looks to take on much more stylish design language, with the Versa adopting some of the familial lines of its larger Altima and Maxima siblings.

AddSAE 2010: Next-gen Ford Ecoboost engines to get even closer to diesel with cooled EGR

Over the course of 2010, Ford plans to aggressively ramp up its Ecoboost engine strategy with two new four cylinder engines and the first rear-wheel drive application of the boosted 3.5-liter V6. However, this is just the beginning as Ford is already hard at work on the next generation of Ecoboost engines. At the SAE World Congress on Wednesday, Dan Kapp, director of powertrain research and advanced engineering, and Bob Fascetti, director of large gas and diesel engine engineering, will be annou

46SAE 2010: Next-gen Ford EcoBoost engines to get even more efficient with cooled EGR

Over the course of 2010, Ford plans to aggressively ramp up its EcoBoost engine strategy with two new four-cylinder engines and the first rear-wheel-drive application of the boosted 3.5-liter V6. However, this is just the beginning as Ford is already hard at work on the next generation of EcoBoost engines. At the SAE World Congress on Wednesday, Dan Kapp, director of powertrain research and advanced engineering, and Bob Fascetti, director of large gas and diesel engine engineering, will be annou

7Rendered speculation: 2011 Passat

The rendering specialists at AutoBild have come up with images of the next Passat. It gets a bit more character in the twin swage lines running down the side of the body, a feature that is looking like the next big design thing. The front end continues the tripartite bumper design VW has recently taken up, but swaps the giant headlamps for some sleek, stylized numbers reminiscent of Audi.

10Spy Shots: Supercharged Audi S4 caught testing

It is, of course, no secret that we here at Autoblog like our horsepower. But what we like even more than that is good automotive sense and a great driving experience. And if we're honest with ourselves, we can admit that those don't always require a 580-hp V10.

28Volvo aims for BMW

As long as BMW doesn't own Volvo, then the Swede is allowed to target the roundel's cars as competitors. Autocar reports that Volvo is shaking up the lowest two rungs on its sedan line to put more space between them, and to better compete with the 3 Series.

31Rumor Mill: Chrysler Pacifica being cancelled

News of the next generation Pacifica being cancelled and the model dropped from Chrysler's lineup has come to us right out of the rumor mill, albeit from a source we trust. We're told that official word of the Pacifica's fate is forthcoming and could arrive as early as today.

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