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    Study: Oil company predicts gas-powered cars will be 'nearly' gone by 2070 [w/video]
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    "By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil-free." That's the key line (for us, anyway) in a report out from Shell titled New Lens Scenarios. The oil giant is trying to understand the future (who isn't?) and to do that, it envisioned two possible futures, one called "Mountains" and ...

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    Confirmed: Mazda 16X rotary engine two years away, will arrive in all-new model
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    We last reported on Mazda's next-generation rotary engine project in June of 2012 when the automaker built its last Renesis-powered RX-8, but rumors of this new engine's development had been around way before that final car left the production line in Japan, last year. We now have enthusiastic ...

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    Google phone designers plot for "The End of Driving" with autonomobile
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    Mike and Maaike's Autonomobile – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In Possible Future Scenario #317-B, San Francisco industrial design firm Mike and Maaike presents the atnmbl (get it? – "autonomobile"). Less a car than an autonomous, seven-person mobile living room, the atnmbl is ...

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    REPORT: Volkswagen's next-gen nav system to get Apple iPhone-like gestures
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    Vehicle infotainment systems, those all-inclusive interfaces controlling the myriad electronics on today's modern cars and trucks, can make or break the driving experience. CNET is offering us a sneak-peek at Volkswagen's latest iteration from the company's Electronic Research Laboratory (ERL). ...

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    Maserati could add a small sedan, wagon is a no-go
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Maserati Quattroporte S
    Maserati is on a bit of a tear, and if things keep going its way, the Trident will turn that into a full-on ripper. The Gran Turismo S and Quattroporte S have secured the right kind of buzz, a Gran Turismo convertible – said to ...

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    Rumormill: BMW 8 Series on the way, no M-version planned
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    Click on the image above for our high-res Concept CS galleryWith their scopes aimed squarely at the upcoming Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW's M performance division is rumored to be working on their own four-door luxury GT for a 2010 launch. With its styling based heavily on the BMW ...

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    IED students imagine a pod-shaped BMW in 2015
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    Click above image for more IED concepts in high-res While we certainly don't expect BMW to make such drastic design changes to its lineup within this decade, third-year students at the Turin-based IED (istituto Europeo di Design) were asked to interpret what the German automaker's automobiles would ...

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    Get your Flux Capacitors right here!
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    Okay, let's get this straight. Back to the Future movies: cool. Making your DeLorean into a replica of the movie car: incredibly lame. Halfway between would be a reproduction flux capacitor. If you did buy this thing, you could certainly attain full lameness by installing in in your non-DeLorean. ...

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    Volvo planning major lineup changes
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    Automotive News is dishing on Volvo's product lineup plans between now and 2010. The newly released second-generation S80 won't see any major changes, nor will the new 70-series wagons, the C70, or the C30. The S40's going to bid us adieu, as there's price overlap with the S60, and the S60's not ...

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    Future Classic: 1991-94 Nissan Sentra SE-R
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    Wants some desktop wallpaper images of the 91-94 Sentra SE-R? Click aboveNissan has a history of giving BMWs a run for their money. Back when they were going by Datsun, the 510 was a capable facsimile of a BMW 1600/2002, but cheaper. Performance cred attained, Nissan continued to pump out various ...

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    Future Classic: Eagle Premier
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    click image for more pics of the Eagle PremierBy the early 1980s, American Motors Corporation was on the ropes. Its car line was seriously geriatric – the Eagle, Concord, and Spirit models were derivatives of the Hornet developed in the Bronze Age. AMC had turned to Renault for an infusion of ...

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    Save Top Gear from its own success
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    Clarkson's at it again, casting shadows of doubt on the future of Top Gear. The celebrity automotive journalist (perhaps the most well-known, period) claims that while the BBC program ranks among the most watched television shows on the air, and that its audience continues to climb "like an F-15 ...

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    Swiss Army Roof: Magna Steyr MILA Future
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    Click on the image above to jump to our high-resolution image gallery Innovations in retractable hard-tops come from what could very well be the broadest range of sources in the industry. The complex retractable roof systems are sometimes designed and developed by the automakers themselves, ...

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    And what, exactly, is the point of Mercury?
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    After last week's flurry of news from Detroit, we're realizing that little was heard from Mercury. Parent Ford certainly had some introductions and unveilings, but nothing from across the corporate hall. It makes us wonder whether the Mercury brand is going to completely wither and die, or if ...

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    Futurebug: 2054 Volkswagen Beetle
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    At some point in the future, automakers will engage in a hood ornament war to see who can build the car with the biggest badge. We've seen into the future and Volkswagen will win this war in 2054 when it unveils the New2 Beetle that features the company's famous logo laser etched across both of its ...

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    Focus group guy describes next gen Mazda 3
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    Slow news Friday always gets us to dig a little deeper to find interesting material on which to post, which led us today to the CarSpyShots.net forum where we found a detailed description of the next generation Mazda 3. Forum member xander80 is a focus group junkie, and he's attended two for the ...

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    BusinessWeek taking bets on the car of tomorrow
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    Predicting the path of the automotive industry in the long run is nigh impossible, as the technologies we will find ourselves beholden to in fifty years haven't even been invented yet, that is, of course, assuming a robot army hasn't staged a world coup before then. BusinessWeek is the latest to ...

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    The future of Toyota and Lexus: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
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    In order to become the world's largest automaker you need a gameplan, and Toyota's apparently got one. AutoWeek has peered into its crystal ball and consulted each one of its inside sources to chart the changes at Toyota and Lexus over the next five years. Here's what they foresee for the Japanese ...

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    Pundits predict future of the U.S. auto industry
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    Marty Bernstein, contributing editor for the American International Automobile Dealers trade organization, fired up the old rolodex and quizzed a wide range of folks who spend their days trying to anticipate future trends in the U.S. auto industry, asking what the industry will look like in 2011. ...

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    SAE puts a timeline on powertrain futures
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    At the annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress this week, speakers and members outlined what powertrains and alternative fuel sources will move tomorrow's vehicles. All agreed the gasoline engine will continue to dominate the North American market, the world's largest, until at ...

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