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This or That: 1992 GMC Typhoon vs. 2004 Volvo S60 R

Which of these two vehicles is a better $10,000 sleeper?

Which of these two vehicles is a better $10,000 sleeper?

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Will public transit survive Trump's infrastructure plan?

Democrats have a tough battle ahead of them to save federal transit funding.

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The Grand Tour's opening scene cost $3.2 million to make

That’s what it takes to get 150 cars and 2,000 enthusiasts on screen.

The Grand Tour will spend its massive budget from the beginning.

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Kia prepping Provo-inspired Mazda CX-3 challenger for 2017

Subcompact CUV would ride on the next-generation Rio's platform.

Kia wants in on the hotly contested subcompact crossover game.

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Canada ditches government limos for EVs, expands infrastructure

Canada's budget seeks to clean up transportation.

Canada's 2016 budget plan sets aside cash for EV charging and public transit.

Motorsports
Red Bull spent a record $310 million to race in F1 last year

Formula One is not a poor man's sport. But if you want to know just how much it costs, just ask Red Bull. The team spent a record $310 million last year.

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NHTSA to increase effectiveness of auto investigations

After a one-year investigation, NHTSA is implementing changes to improve its oversight of vehicle safety. The agency is also asking an independent, three-person panel to monitor how these improvements are implemented.

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NHTSA can't keep up with current rate of recalls

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx believes the Office of Defects Management, which investigates recalls, is under-employed and needs a higher budget. He's hoping to triple the amount of money the office receives under President Obama's proposed budget.

Motorsports
Mercedes spent €250 million to win Formula One titles last year

Nobody ever said that racing in Formula One was cheap. All the more so for winning, and to get there, Mercedes has reportedly shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Obama's budget calls for EV incentive increase to $10,000

Natural Gas Vehicles Would Also Get More Benefits

President Obama's budget proposal includes a plan to increase the federal tax incentive on EVs and plug-in hybrids to $10,000 and immediately slash the money off the price of green vehicles at purchase. It would also broaden the credit to be applicable to compressed-natural-gas-fueled models.

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VW budget sub-brand stuck in limbo over VW standards, costs

Reports in October 2012 claimed Volkswagen had begun investigating the creation of its own budget brand. This came after having failed to purchase Malaysian car company Proton or produce a meaningful partnership with Suzuki, and after watching Renault-Nissan make piles of euro on Dacia and plot the return of Datsun.

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VW pondering low-cost sub-brand for China?

More detail is being sketched into the Volkswagen Group's plan to launch a low-cost brand for emerging markets. Late last year a German report quoted a VW rep saying that the brand has been interested in building a no-frills car, the kind that would challenge Dacia and Datsun, for a while. With both Proton and Suzuki effectively out of the partnership picture, a report in Reuters suggests VW could go straight to China, developing a car with its joint venture partners and building and selling it

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VW planning new ultra-low-cost model to take on Dacia, Datsun

When it was confirmed earlier this year that Nissan wiil resurrect the Datsun brand for emerging markets, the numbers provided the reason. Nissan sold 60,000 vehicles in Indonesia alone last year, and CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to increase that figure to 250,000 units by 2014. Even then, that would mark just a fraction of that market's exploding growth. Renault-Nissan also has its successful Dacia brand in emerging markets as well as Europe.

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VW ranks #1 in R&D spending

Time. Patience. Grit. Determination. It will take all of these and more if Volkswagen is to succeed in its quest to become the world's largest and most profitable automaker. But there's one more thing it's going to require: money. Lots and lots of spending money.

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Budget experiments with discounted ad-covered rental cars... would you? [w/poll]

Everyone is looking to save a buck these days. Still, there are expenses that you just can't avoid, and whether traveling for business or pleasure, a rental car is often included in the budget. According to USA Today, an Atlanta Budget car rental office is trying a new tactic to help bring down the cost of renting a vehicle, and it involves you becoming a mobile billboard.

Study: Rental car companies increase customer satisfaction, Enterprise tops

Economists and talking heads argue endlessly about our economy on a daily basis. "It's back!," "It's almost back!" and "It's never coming back!" seem to be the leaders among the varied viewpoints we hear and read about. One sector that has apparently begun to rebound is the car rental business. Not necessarily in financial terms, but from the standpoint of customer satisfaction, America's rental car companies are returning to to a position last seen in the pre-recession days.

Ford adding three-blink function to turn signals

It's fitting that Ford's first European offering to swim over this way will bring with it another feature that The Continent can take credit for: tap-for-three-blinks turn signal operation. It will appear on the Fiesta this summer, and then migrate to other vehicles in the 2011 line-up, starting with the Super Duty series.

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