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    Report: Global automakers to shutter Russian plants?
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    For an automaker to manufacture locally, two elements need to be in effect: for one, the market needs to be large enough to justify it, and for another, importing has to be too expensive to make it worthwhile. Many automakers have found both those elements in place in Russia, but may not for very ...

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    Report: Fukushima radiation still showing up in some Japanese cars
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    In the wake of the 2011 tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, there was a fear that radioactive cars and trucks could be bound for export. Within days of the tragedy, Nissan was already testing its vehicles' radiation levels (pictured above), and ...

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    Video: Incident between Russian driver and biker escalates rather quickly
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    Based on the compiled evidence, driving in Russia is a perilous, potentially deadly venture that requires complete and total suspension of one's self-preservation instincts. Considering this, you can imagine what it's like riding a motorcycle on the notoriously wild Russian roads. The ...

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    Video: Watch this Russian freeway sinkhole open in real time
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    Seems everybody's got to have a sinkhole nowadays, the sudden collapse of huge chunks of ground swallowing cars and homes in Baltimore, Buckinghamshire, Chicago, Ohio, and seemingly every week, Florida. Oh yeah, and there was that little disturbance recently in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This one ...

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    Report: Vladimir Putin's all-Russian limo revealed
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    It seems like you can't turn on the news this year without seeing the icy stare of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whether he's opening the Olympics, sending troops to the Ukrainian border or just riding a horse while shirtless, he's seemingly everywhere. But behind the scenes, Putin has a big ...

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    Video: Volvo Trucks makes some pretty strong brakes
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    Often dashcam footage from Russia shows some of the worst driving imaginable, but this is an exception. The Volvo truck driver in this video definitely earned himself a drink or two at the end of the day after making it through this potentially horrific crash. As do the folks at Volvo that ...

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    Video: Subaru XV runs over dog in Russian ad, but in a funny way
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    In case you're wondering, no, the woman didn't actually hit the dog. This is just a commercial, and a fairly clever one after you get over the perceived canicide, that's meant to show off the desirability of Subaru's lifted Impreza wagon, the XV Crosstrek. We'll try not to spoil it for you, ...

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    Official: Datsun reveals new On-Do budget sedan in Russia [w/video]
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    When Nissan revived the Datsun brand name, it essentially hit the "undo" button on the rebranding it undertook decades ago. But this time, the Datsun name is being used solely as a budget brand for developing markets. The reborn marque launched in India this past July with its Go hatchback, ...

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    Report: Ford cuts 950 Russian jobs on weak demand
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    The Russian auto market, in decline for the past year and further hit by the declining value of the ruble and recent sanctions over its annexation of Crimea, has forced Ford to cut jobs and shifts at two of its joint venture plants there. Around 700 of the 2,700 total workers who build the ...

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    Teased: Datsun previews new budget sedan for Russia [w/video]
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    Nobody does cars on the cheap quite like the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The former part of the equation already has its Dacia brand of cost-effective, no-frills vehicles that have become a favorite of Top Gear co-host James May, and last summer, the latter revived its Datsun nameplate for a budget ...

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    Report: Russia gives its Olympic medalists new Mercedes
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    Russian medalists at the recently concluded Sochi Winter Olympics are being rewarded quite handsomely for their service to the Motherland. In addition to the $120,000 being handed out for each gold medal, the $76,000 being awarded for slivers and $52,000 given to bronze winners, now word has come ...

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    Video: Russian driver attempts pull start with trolley, hilarity ensues
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    It's frustrating when your car won't start. It's doubly frustrating when it's due to a battery issue and triply troubling when you don't have a set of jumper cables handy. Provided you own a car with a manual transmission, though, push- or pull-starting is a last-ditch tactic for when you ...

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    ETC: The coolest official vehicle of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes from VW
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    Volkswagen Group is taking its role as the official vehicle partner of the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia, very seriously. It is supplying over 3,000 Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and commercial vehicles to the games, but the Polar Expedition Amarok, which it built a year ago to promote the event ...

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    Official: Land Rover drives Defender to the Pole of Cold
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    You may think it's cold where you are right now, polar vortexes and whatnot, but no matter where you are, you know it's got to be colder somewhere else. Except if you're at the Pole of Cold. The point in Siberia has recorded the coldest temperatures in history, dipping down to -67.7 degrees ...

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    Video: In Russia, old ladies don't take the bus... they push it
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    It wouldn't be uncommon in most cities, in most countries, to see an old lady taking the bus. But not in Russia. No, in Russia, old women push the bus... for two very Russian reasons: 1) The Russians never paid as much attention to building civilian transportation as they did to nuclear ...

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    Video: Russian daredevil goes water skiing down flooded street
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    Russia may not be the first place that springs to mind when contemplating a surfing trip, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. Just about anything can (and will) be done on the road in the land of the dashcam video, it would seem. Take this latest clip, for instance. When the streets of one ...

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    Video: High-speed Russian car chase devolves into shovel vs. knife slap fight
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    There may not be tanks, jet fighters or meteors in this Russian dash cam video, but it does offer a high-speed chase, some car-to-car combat and Benny Hill-like hijinks, all while answering that age-old question: which is mightier in a fight, the knife or the shovel? There's even a bit of ...

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    Video: Florida man uses BMW to advertise for a wife
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    Whether it's an owl trapped in a Ford or a stripper truck in Tampa, the Sunshine State that is Florida never ceases to amaze us. And this time it's given us what could very well be the most overt way a car has ever been used to pick up chicks. The bizarre story involves a BMW 6 Series and a ...

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    Video: Man nearly killed by car in Russia, no dash cam involved
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    Russia. Cars are just more dangerous in Russia. You might disagree with that; argue that it's just the roads of the former Soviet Union that will kill you (and to be fair, there's plenty evidence to suggest that's true). Watch this video, though. It's the cars that are the real killers. This ...

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    Video: In Russia, road crashes into you!
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    Russia can be a scary place to drive. Between the tank crossings, meteors, bears, geysers, bus drivers, lightning strikes, semis and otherwise generally insane accidents, we get the sense that you'd be taking your life in your hands every time you climbed behind the wheel. With all the insanity ...

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