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    Report: NHTSA says road fatalities up 3.3% in 2012
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crunched the numbers, and its data says that 2012 was a deadlier year for US motorists than 2011, with a 3.3-percent increase in road fatalities. 33,561 people were killed, with much of the blame being placed on an unseasonably warm winter ...

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    Report: Russia challenges US to friendly tank competition
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    It's no secret that Russian/US relations are strained. And while things aren't nearly as bad as in, say, 1980, controversial issues between the two superpowers still exist. Thankfully, we still have the friendly spirit of competition to let off some steam. But rather than a footrace or even a ...

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    Report: North America's automakers ran at 97% of their production capacity last year
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    Wards Auto began tracking North American light-vehicle production capacity utilization in 2005, and last year produced the highest amount on record: 97.8 percent of available production was utilized, an improvement of 9.3 percent versus the year before. The number represents straight-time ...

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    Report: U.S. filing trade complaint against China for auto tariffs
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    Automotive News China reports the United States is set to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against China for tariffs on American-built vehicles. The duties cover around 80-percent of the vehicles imported from the U.S. and are expected to cost U.S. automakers $3.3 billion. ...

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    Have we hit 'Peak Travel'? A new study seems to think so...
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    For many city dwellers, the daily commute is usually filled with the same tasks... gas-honk-brake, gas-brake-honk, honk-honk-punch, gas-gas-gas. America's roads are filled and it's hard to imagine them being clogged with an ever-increasing supply of vehicles and drivers. Going against the ...

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    Report: U.S., South Korea closer to new trade deal
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    The United States and South Korea have reached an agreement regarding revisions to the free-trade deal between the two nations. This move allows the U.S. and the South Korea to move forward and look at approving the legislation, which has been delayed due to issues on both sides. A rundown of ...

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    Iranians can't buy Toyotas anymore
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    The current situation over in Iran is pretty grim, what with major countries like the United States and Europe imposing new sanctions on the Middle Eastern country. The reason? International concern over the country's nuclear program. Because of this situation, Toyota has decided to cease ...

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    PSA: 4th of July named most dangerous driving holiday, so be safe out there
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    On Sunday, the United States of America will celebrate its 234th birthday, and rightfully so, 4th of July festivities will be taking place all around the country – cookouts, camping trips and pool-side relaxation are not out of the question. But for those of us who will be out on the road, ...

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    ESPN Columnist: U.S. Grand Prix in Austin has a lot of hurdles
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    There has been no shortage of entrepreneurs over the last couple of decades hoping to play host to a Formula One race. But as many of them have discovered, hopping into bed with Bernie Ecclestone is a surefire way to prove Roger Penske's motorsports maxim: "The quickest way to make a small ...

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    Report: Asian automakers closing in on 50% share of U.S. auto sales
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    While it may come as no surprise that Asian car companies are constantly gaining market share in the U.S. market, the actual numbers are quite amazing. Ten years ago, companies like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and the rest accounted for a little more than one-quarter of total light-vehicle ...

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    REPORT: World Touring Car Championship eyeing race in the U.S.
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    Chevrolet Cruze WTCC - Click above image for high-res gallery
    Marcello Lotti, series promoter for the FIA World Touring Car Championship, told Autosport that he wants to bring the event to the United States in 2011. Inaugurated in 1987, the series was originally based in Europe. In 2009, the ...

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    REPORT: U.S. psyched as China decides to cut auto part tariffs
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    Chinese-market 2010 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery
    China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, at which point it was given five years to adjust to the rules of open trade before any complaints were lodged against it. On schedule, in 2006, the complaints began, ...

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    REPORT: Tata confirms Nano U.S.-bound in around two years
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    Tato Nano Europa - Click above for a photo gallery
    Americans may have the opportunity to welcome the Tata Nano to their shores in just over two years, according to a confirmation from David Good, a U.S. rep for the Indian automaker. Before it arrives, Tata assures that the ultra-cheap compact with ...

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    REPORT: USF1 team could bring Cosworth back to the grid
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    Remember when F1 teams were independent racing outfits, before the major automakers starting buying them all up? Well, if the Honda/Brawn GP saga and the tightening of budgets at carmaker headquarters around the world are anything to go by, the Formula One world could be back at that stage sooner ...

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    Volkswagen considering offering Polo in U.S. market
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    The Rabbit is currently the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle in Volkswagen's U.S. fleet, getting around 26 mpg on the EPA's combined city/highway cycle. But V-Dub wants something better for the U.S. market. Speaking with Bloomberg, VW CEO, Stefan Jacoby revealed that the automaker is ...

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    Volvo to trim 30-percent of U.S. dealers by the end of next year
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    Volvo hasn't been doing too hot lately, posting a $1.73 billion loss over the past five years as it flails to find its niche. Sales of almost every Volvo product have declined in 2007, with the S60 falling by 28.1 percent, the XC90 dropping 5.6 percent and the V70 station wagon losing 7.7 percent. ...

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    Volkswagen looking at Alabama for new plant
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    Volkswagen's management will meet tomorrow to refine plans to expand automobile production into the United States. While a final recommendation isn't expected until July 15, Alabama appears to be the front runner (over second-choice Tennessee) to receive the $788 million plant that will initially ...

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    Fiat considering plant in Mexico
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of Fiat's Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione As the dollar weakens, European manufacturers continue to scramble for manufacturing opportunities offshore to salvage profits. Fiat is the latest to jump into the fray. Company sources are saying the Italian automaker is ...

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    Coming to America: VW Polo may come stateside
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    Click image for a hi-res gallery of VW Polos"Do you need the Polo?" That's going to be Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn's query to US dealers when he meets with them this week. The answer could determine whether or not we see a sub-Golf sized VeeDub here in the United States. Rising fuel prices ...

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    Coming to America: Lamborghini to establish field office in US
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    It's a long way to travel between Italy and America. Not only is it how far Lamborghini road cars have to travel to meet their new owners here in the US, but it's also the divide American dealerships have had to bridge in order to provide the level of service that customers expect when dropping six ...

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