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    Paris: 2013 Citroën C3 Picasso exemplifies utility, cubist charm
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    We Americans are far too self-conscious to widely adopt the immensely utilitarian MPV, opting for bloated, high-riding crossovers. In Europe, on the other hand, vehicles like the Citroen C3 Picasso are optimal for families in towns where the streets were once farm paths. This funky people-mover ...

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    Report: Chrysler wants $2.5M security deposit back from Indiana electric utility
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    The Detroit News reports that Chrysler has filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission seeking the return of a $2.5 million security deposit charged to the automaker's Kokomo, Indiana facilities by Duke Energy, plus interest. The called Duke's actions "unreasonable and ...

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    General Motors teases GMC Urban Utility Concept
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    GMC Urban Utility Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    "Efficient. Compact. Fashionable." That's how General Motors sums up its teaser of the GMC Urban Utility Concept before its official reveal next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Although GM Labs doesn't divulge much about the ...

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    Jim Press: little trucks could be big
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    click above for more pics of the 2002 Dodge M80 ConceptJim Press thinks that there's an emerging market for small, fuel efficient trucks. You know, the kind of trucks his former employer, Toyota, used to build. Press put in 37 years at Toyota, and he saw the evolution of the HiLux into the Tacoma, ...

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    From the Prancing Horse's Mouth: no truck, no V6 from Ferrari
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    Like a family of cockroaches living behind your kitchen cabinets, some rumors just won't die. No matter how ridiculous, they just won't go away. And so we waste our cyber-space reassuring our loyal readership of that they're nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Here we're talking about the ...

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    Punto with a backpack - 2009 Fiat Fiorino
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    Fiat's new car-derived utility truck, the Fiorino Mk IV, has been revealed in all its Chiclet-colored glory. These small car-based working vehicles are just right for businesses that don't need the heft of the ubiquitous pickup-based cargo van here in the states, or larger Continental vehicles like ...

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    LA 2007: Volkswagen Tiguan priced to sell at $22,490
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    Click on the image above to view in high resolutionThe new Tiguan cute-ute factored big into Volkswagen's press conference at this year's LA show. And no wonder, as Vee-Dub is hoping its new small sport-ute sells big, especially in the all-important US market, and especially in California where ...

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    Rumormill run Amok: Ferrari F599 FS Fuoristrada sport-ute
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/Rumormill_run_amok_Ferrari_building_an_SUV'; There are some rumors circulating the web that could very well be true, and some you just hope are true. This, however, doesn't fall into either category. The speculation is over a possible Ferrari sport-utility ...

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    Fiat crossover expected in 2010, Alfa version to follow
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    The Italians are known for making great sports cars, touring cars, supercars, even little itty-bitty cars. Sport-utes, not so much. Lamborghini's monster LM002 notwithstanding, the last time few times Fiat tried its hand at SUVs, it came up with the Sedici (a slightly taller than normal compact ...

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    And you thought the Phantom was the size of a truck...
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    The Range Rover has long held the high ground in the luxury off-road segment, holding its own quite honorably against the constant onslaught of latecoming rivals from mainstream luxury carmakers. It might have a more difficult time of it, though, if the other Double-R of British luxury automobiles ...

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    REPORT: MINI-ute in development
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    With the MINI Clubman rapidly approaching production, and the new cabrio coming along, the BMW-owned automaker is reportedly working on another variation of the theme: the MINI crossover. Although rumors have been bouncing around for a while of a MINI-derived mini-ute, the automotive sleuths over ...

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    Fiat 500: the derivatives are coming, including possible mini-ute
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    Not a moment's rest for the people over at Fiat, who've been pursuing an aggressive rejuvenation program. The ink on the press releases for the new 500 isn't even dry, and already they're working on new versions of the retro super-mini. Launched as a standard three-door hatch, new versions could ...

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    In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 Ford Expedition EL
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    click above image to view more pics of the 2007 Ford Expedition ELFord's new Expedition EL has to follow in some huge footsteps – or, perhaps more appropriately, tire tracks. The stretched-wheelbase SUV not only has to do battle with GM's Suburban and Yukon XL duo (long the sales leaders in ...

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    Preview: Alfa Romeo CXover
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    America has become the Land of the Crossover, and if Alfa Romeo wants to succeed here when it returns to the US market in 2009, it will need a CUV with which to combat the competition. Fortunately, last November Alfa revealed that it will be launching just such a vehicle to coincide with the ...

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    Detroit Auto Show: 2007 Hyundai Veracruz
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    Click on the image above to view our hi-resolution gallery of 34 images Seems like Korean carmaker Hyundai likes nothing more than chasing after its Japanese rivals Honda and Toyota, and to that effect have launched their latest assault on the Pilot and Highlander with the new Veracruz crossover ...

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