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With the launch of the 2013 Fusion, Ford seems to have gotten the message that people are communicating in ways that are as sophisticated as the cars it's building. Ford doesn't expect you to leaf through a glossy brochure any more, or even sit at home on your computer researching your next automotive purchase.

We record Episode #264 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop us your questions via our Q&A module below. We're turning our attention to all of the exciting (and not so exciting) things we saw at the Detroit Auto Show over the last couple days. Chime in to help determine what else the crew chats about this evening. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00


Just days after confirming its presence at next month's Detroit Auto Show, Nissan has released a shadowy teaser image revealing the profile of its Pathfinder Concept.


Corroborating long-held suspicions and spy shots, General Motors has confirmed that its surging Buick marque will shortly receive a second crossover. Dubbed "Encore" (apparently GM is hoping consumers have short memories), the five-seat CUV will be revealed at next month's 2012 Detroit Auto Show and carry a 2013 model year designation.

Nissan hasn't attended the Detroit Auto Show for the last three years, and that includes this year's show. All that will change for 2012, according to an announcement by the North American International Auto Show. The release quotes Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares saying that Nissan will return to Detroit in 2012, adding that "it is an excellent forum for us to place a spotlight on products that will be carrying us all into the future." Hit the jump to check out the official release.