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    Opinion: Is NHTSA out of control?
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    Recent Rises in Recall Numbers A Cause For Alarm Preliminary indications suggest there may be an all-time recall record in 2013. The announcements seem to be coming almost every day, if not more frequently: a million-plus Jeeps, a quarter-million Hondas, another million Toyotas. Last year ...

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    Opinion: Chrysler taking big risk snubbing NHTSA
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    Maker Insists Feds Overstate Risk Of Fires With Grand Cherokee, Liberty Models It's not often that recall stories make it above the fold, in that old newspaper parlance, but when one shows up as the lead story on the network evening news programs, you know it's something big. And so it is with ...

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    Opinion: Postmortem: Maybach meets its maker
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    Why Daimler's Ultra-Luxe Brand Couldn't Compete With Bentley And Rolls Daimler took hubris to a new level believing that it could simply invent a new brand. What was intended to make a big splash in the premium luxury car market has ended with a dull thud. Almost exactly a decade after it ...

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    Opinion: What's the right way to read an automotive quality report?
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    Why No One Quality Report Tells The Whole Story Quality remains one of the most significant factors for folks buying a new car. There's no question that fuel economy has become a critical consideration for most folks looking to buy a new car. But quality remains one of the single most ...

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    Opinion: Automakers sound off on unwanted noise
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    How New Cars Are Getting Better Through Sound Engineering "The loudest sound you ever hear is the first rattle in a new car." Fire up the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and you're greeted with the sort of raucous exhaust note that would make a Harley-Davison owner quiver with delight. Slip ...

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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: "It's partner or die" in today's automotive world
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    Why Automakers Are Increasingly Entering Alliances It's only a question of how deeply the knife will slice as Mazda's desperate cost-cutting measures take aim at its U.S. workforce this week. The maker has signaled it will post a $1.2 billion loss when the Japanese fiscal year wraps up on March ...

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    Opinion: Will there be a Tokyo Motor Show in 2013?
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    Tokyo Struggles To Remain Relevant On The World Stage

    The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show was largely ignored by industry and media alike.
    There is one model that looks more like a phone booth than a car, another that dispenses its driver like candy from a vending machine. There are party concepts, ...

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    Opinion: Is America's automotive love affair over? [w/poll]
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    At first glance, Kerry Jenkins might seem to be a perfectly normal California girl, with her wispy blond hair and tanned complexion. But in a part of the country where getting an automobile has long been a rite of passage, the 19-year-old Los Angelino is quite content to live without a set of ...

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    Opinion: UAW seems headed for a catastrophic confrontation
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    The Future Of The Union Hangs In The Balance

    Autoworkers are damned and determined to win back concessions.
    The noises you might here if you drop in at Solidarity House – the headquarters of the UAW – this week are the sounds of union leaders scrambling to prevent what could be a ...

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    Opinion: What good is an electric vehicle if there's no electricity?
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    A Glut Of EVs Could Make America's Shoddy Power Grid Even Worse

    The increasingly rickety American power grid seems to short out for all sorts of reasons.
    It took just one worker in Yuma, Arizona to plunge millions of people into the dark in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, a few weeks back. A ...

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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: If distracted driving is such an epidemic, why don't statistics show it?
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    Declining Highway Death Rate Challenges Distracted Driving Fears

    The distracted driving debate is being marred by an overdose of hype and hysteria.
    My weekend nearly got off to a disastrous start when a driver, busy texting, suddenly realized he was going to miss his exit. At the last possible ...

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    Why Geneva has evolved into the must-see motor show of the year
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    A recent study anointed Geneva the most livable city in the world. Sitting where Lake Geneva flows into the Rhone River, the old city has a surprisingly small town feel and probably wouldn't even be on the global map were it not for the presence of the United Nations – and the annual Geneva ...

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    Penske blindsided by Daimler's decision to take over Smart USA?
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    On or off the track, Roger Penske is a force to be reckoned with. His team has taken the victory lap 15 times at the Indianapolis 500 and his business ventures have made him one of America's richest and most powerful entrepreneurs. Sure, the dapper, silver-haired septuagenarian has had his ...

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    Opinion: Chrysler no longer left for dead, biggest test still coming
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    Some years ago, sitting in my office with the windows open on a warm spring day, I heard a deep rumble – not unlike the sound of a freight train passing by... but closer, more menacing, and immediately followed by a violent shudder as a rare Midwest earthquakes rolled out from under Lake ...

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    Farewell, Chuck Jordan
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    Even for those who didn't know him during his glory days, Chuck Jordan was a familiar face on the auto show circuit. Slowed only a bit by a stroke, he was still present at a surprising number of the major shows, squeezed in with the assorted reporters, photographers and videographers, paying ...

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    How does Hyundai do business in the shadow of war?
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    In the event of war, you can't hurl Hyundais at the enemy Former General Motors Chairman Rick Wagner used to talk of "externalities," those uncontrollable factors that he routinely blamed for the humbled automaker's continuing decline. Other industry leaders preferred the term "headwinds," but ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    Who Will Save EV Sales? Call In The Fleets Nissan recently cut off preliminary registrations for its new Leaf battery-electric vehicle. With 20,000 potential buyers plunking down $99 just to get in line for the Leaf, the maker is confident it will more than exceed its first-year sales ...

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