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    Opinion: The case of Heather Peters and the Honda Civic Hybrid sets an alarming trend
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    What are you going to do, sue? Good luck. This week's Superior Court verdict suggests there's little to no recourse for consumers. As Autoblog readers likely have already learned, a Superior Court judge in California has tossed out a judgment issued by a small claims court earlier this ...

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    Opinion: Beijing Motor Show is further proof of China's automotive importance
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    Why The World's Top Automakers Are Flocking To Beijing Beijing's government has had to resort to a registration lottery to hold down its growth. Skip a couple years in China, as I had, and you're not likely to recognize it when you return, especially the capital city of Beijing. Peering ...

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    Opinion: Grand Theft Auto goes high-tech in the digital age
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    Modern Car Thieves Outsmart The Law By Cloning

    Car thieves are adopting depressingly creative ways to clone cars.
    When it comes to car theft, the good news is that law enforcement has become so good that theft rates have dropped for a decade. The bad news is that this is forcing car thieves to ...

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    Opinion: Shanghai Motor Show threatens to make New York redundant
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    Shanghai Struts its Stuff – Challenging the Big Apple

    Barely two decades ago, China's roads were ruled by bicycles, motorbikes and buses.
    It wasn't all that long ago that the Shanghai Convention Center was little more than a rice paddy, but this week, the sprawling facility will play host ...

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    Opinion: Time to raise the speed limit, how does 150 MPH sound?
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    Ever since automobiles first appeared over 100 years ago, every automaker has tried to make them go faster. And they succeeded. Nearly every year, cars became more powerful with higher top-end speeds. But then, in the mid-1950s, we hit a plateau. The national speed limit was set at 70 miles per ...

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    OPINION: Stop arm-chair quarterbacking the auto industry
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    We'll be hearing more about the Detroit 3 in the mainstream media this week as their homework entitled "What I Would Do With My Share of $25 Billion in Government Loans" gets turned in to Congress. While Detroit deserves much of the ribbing that's on the way, it irks our ears every time we read an ...

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    OPINION: The real cost of unionized auto workers? $70/hour? Try $38!
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    There are plenty of people in this country who would desperately love to see all unions go away. Over the course of the congressional hearings on an automaker bailout this week many of those people have continually brought up the un-cited "fact" that UAW workers get $70/hour in wages and benefits ...

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    Acquisition and mergers and joint ventures, oh my!
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    Forbes automotive columnist Jerry Flint provides a history lesson of various automotive couplings and even triads to illustrate that while a few have been beneficial to one or (rarely) all parties, most fall flat on their faces. None, however, are easy for any of the parties, successful or ...

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    Flint dissects GM and Nissan/Renault joining
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    With Kerkorian's proposal of a General Motors and Nissan/Renault merger still sending shockwaves throughout the auto-sphere, auto curmudgeon Jerry Flint steps up to the podium to give his thoughts on 'Global Motors'.Flint immediately sees a conflict between the automakers over who would be top dog. ...

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    'Be aware' says Walsh to the Detroit 3
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    Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press interviews auto analysts, dealership owners, and consultants on their view of the Detroit Three in the form of a follow up to last week's article on trust. Walsh admits the results are troubling. Though he points out those being interviewed are business people ...

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    Big 3's biggest challenge rebuilding trust?
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    Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh believes the Detroit Big Three are wasting precious resources trying to answer why Americans are not buying their cars. The problems are not prices or how to beat Toyota in environmental issues, writes Walsh, but that domestic automakers need to rebuild the ...

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    Forbes Sexiest Cars
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    Sex sells, as the saying goes. Unfortunately, Forbes discovered, the pool for this year's sexiest cars--Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, etc.--was small and its members nearly incestuous. Porsche alone had enough models to take all spots. (Not that enthusiasts would disagree.) So the magazine ...

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    Jerry Flint on Mazda: Who's Zoom-Zoomin' who?
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    Automotive curmudgeon critic Jerry Flint puts Mazda in his crosshairs for his latest column, Backstreet Driver. He addresses what is a well-known issue about the automaker: There has been no growth in Mazda sales for over a decade.Mazda vehicles are “it” cars among many automotive ...

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    Nissan design chief argues GM has forgotten its customers
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    Shiro Nakamura, a senior vice president for Nissan Motor Co. and design chief for the automaker, believes that General Motors has been suffering from a lack of awareness when it comes to consumers' needs:  "there was a lack of customer-orientation." And arguably, he should know: ...

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    Fox News commentator: Ford's 'Green strategy' a mistake
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    On Fox News, Steven Milloy writes about the backlash suffered by Ford CEO Bill Ford, Jr. at the hands of various environmental groups. The organisations have expressed their displeasure by pointing out that the Blue Oval still produces too much pollution from its manufacturing ...

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