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8C, GTV and two new SUVs scooped, but this was before Marchionne's death

8C, GTV and two new SUVs scooped, but this was before Marchionne's death.

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Ranchero revival? Courier special delivery?

Ranchero revival? Courier special delivery?

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AMG proposes replacing SLC with a pure sports car

AMG proposes replacing SLC with a pure sports car.

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It's not yet clear if it'll be applied to an upcoming vehicle

The Jaguar C-Pace could be a crossover coupe version based on either the E-Pace or the F-Pace, or it could be an entry-level vehicle.

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Italian brand could retake 'Ring record from the Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Italian carmaker could retake 'Ring lap record from the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

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Brand reportedly showed clients a high-dollar hybrid inspired by the Terzo Millennio concept

Brand reportedly showed clients a high-dollar hybrid inspired by the Terzo Millennio concept.

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Returning to the roadster roots of the formerly British brand

Returning to the roadster roots of the formerly British brand.

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It's not complete, but it's interesting

It's not complete, but it's interesting.

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The story of the GT40 triumph will also be turned into a TV series

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Though Ford reportedly tells dealers it reserves the right to change its mind

The Lincoln MKC will retain its name with the 2019 refresh, but will become the Corsair by 2021 — if Ford decides to go ahead with the name it has chosen.

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A Japanese car magazine has all the details

A Japanese car magazine has all the details

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First came the mourning for the Dodge Viper, which ended production last year. Then came the Viper's continued sales run as a "Zombie Car;" we just wrote about how the Viper has racked up 11 sales so far this year, two of them in April. Now Car and Driver reports that the two-seater snake will return shorty for its second encore after being discontinued in 2009. The mag isn't equivocal about it, either, writing, "trust us: A new Viper is happening." It won't, however, be the same Viper that brou

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Is this when we start hearing about fun Fords for everyone but us?

Now that Ford's hacking its U.S. car lineup down to the Mustang and the not-exactly-a-car Focus Active, we'll spend awhile getting to read about hot cars for other markets. First up: Motoring predicts that Ford is finally preparing a Fiesta RS. We've had four years of rumors about the super-hot hatch with nothing to show — or we could cite 14 years of hankering if we go back to the 2004 Fiesta RS concept. Motoring believes this time's for real because when it asked Ford Performance Europe

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Former CEO Martin Winterkorn cannot leave Germany

The indictment of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has resulted in an interesting arrangement regarding the new CEO's freedom to travel. According to Bloomberg, U.S. authorities have granted Herbert Diess a "safe-passage deal," which enables him to travel without having to fear being detained due to the ongoing Volkswagen Dieselgate investigation.

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Plus a really interesting 'Spend My Money' segment

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. We talk about driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV we had at our office. We speculate about the Ford Maverick and Michigan Central Station, talk Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid news, and help spend a listener's money on a pair of vehicles.

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It would be a way for VW to get sales without a totally new vehicle

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There will be Ferrari hybrids, but no full-electric ones just yet

Ferrari is readjusting its electric car timeline. Earlier, the company's chairman Sergio Marchionne had said that an electric Ferrari would be part of its 2018-2022 strategy, but now it seems that the advent of the full-electric era is being pushed into the future.

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It looks like all future Mitsubishis will be crossovers or SUVs

It looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer is about to undertake a daring transformation from a ten-year-old saloon to a crossover. The Eclipse has already shed its coupe roots and become the Eclipse Cross, and now it's the Lancer's turn to become a high-rider.

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And the M3, not to be outdone, may get an upgrade too

The BMW X3 M remains an open secret — open because we know many of its details and we've seen it testing on the Nürburgring already, secret because BMW still hasn't confirmed it. What will follow, according to Spanish outlet Motor.es, is a slightly less-open secret: a Competition Package for the X3 M. Whereas the standard X3 M is expected to produce around 450 horsepower, the Competition Package would up that to 475 hp.

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Yeah, but who exactly are its competitors and buyers?

The new Land Rover Defender should take a bow in concept form later this year, celebrating the company's 70th anniversary. The production version is expected to debut and go into production next year. Among the short- and long-wheelbase versions predicted from spy shots, and the several body styles expected to sit atop them, Autocar reports that a single-cab pickup will join the Defender lineup about a year after launch. The point to stress is that Autocar believes there will "most likely" only

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