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July 1, 2008

Toyota Adds the 5-Door Yaris to the US Lineup for 2009

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Small cars are all the rage and it has forced almost every automaker to look at ways to increase their small car lineup. Toyota has announced that the US is finally going to get the 5-door version of its popular Yaris sub-compact that is sold in Europe. Currently the US only has the 3-door and sedan versions of the car.

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July 2, 2008

2009 Kia Forte Unveiled...So Far the Best Looking Kia by Far!

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Kia released an official teaser image of its all-new Forte last week and now the automaker has released the first official photos of the Spectra replacement.

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Chevrolet Corvette S-Limited Unveiled...It's Only for Japan

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GM has unveiled the special-edition Corvette S-Limited for the Japanese market to celebrate GM's 100th anniversary.

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Pontiac Mulls the Idea of a V6 Powered G8 Sport Truck aka El Camino

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GM's yet to be named Pontiac G8 Sport Truck has yet to receive an official name, but Pontiac is already discussing the idea of offering a V6 in the spiritual successor to the El Camino.

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July 3, 2008

Unveiled: 2009 BMW 7-Series Photos Leak onto the Web

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The first photos of BMW's all-new 2009 7-Series have leaked onto the web before its official unveiling.

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July 7, 2008

All-New 2009 BMW 7-Series Officially Unveiled

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BMW has officially taken the wraps off its all-new 2009 7-Series following the photo leaks a few days earlier.

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2010 Toyota Prius Gets Solar Panels to Power Accessories

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The all-new 2010 Toyota Prius should be revealed by this time next year and now Japan’s Nikkei is reporting that the all-new hybrid will feature solar panels on some of the high-end models that will power the electronics like the air conditioning.

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GM May Be Considering Cutting More Jobs and Selling off Slow Selling Brands

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2008 is half way over and its been a very difficult six months for most automakers. GM which saw its sales decline 16.3 percent so far this year may be thinking about cutting even more jobs and possibly selling off some of its brands.

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Ford is Planning a 340 Horsepower Fusion GT...An Affordable Audi S4

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According to Motor Trend, Ford is working on a Fusion GT that will be released in late 2009 or early 2010.

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GM is Going to Unveil the Volt to Divert Attention from its Financial Woes

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Automakers have been hit hard this year due to declining sales and those that relied heavily on SUV and truck sales are even worse off, specifically the Big 3. GM has seen its sales drop off drastically since no one wants its many pickups and large SUVs.

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July 8, 2008

BMW 7-Series Hybrid Will Feature a V8 and Lithium-Ion Batteries...Don't Expect Great Numbers

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BMW officially took the wraps off the all-new 2009 7-Series a few days ago. BMW already confirmed as well that there will be a hybrid version of the 7-Series offered next year, but now we have more of the details thanks to CAR.

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Honda Open Study Model Concept to be Unveiled in London

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Honda is going to unveil a new lightweight sports car, dubbed the Open Study Model (OSM) at the London Motor Show this month.

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MINI Dealers to Start Selling Alfa Romeos in the US in 2010

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It was reported earlier today that BMW and Fiat are going to collaborate on front-wheel-drive car that will be the basis for the next MINI and other future Fiats and Alfa Romeos. Now comes word that the partnership is also going to help bring Alfa Romeo back to the US in 2010.

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Toyota Increases Tacoma Production Even Though It's Sales are Down

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Truck sales are down across the industry, but Toyota announced today that the automaker is going to increase Tacoma production at its Tijuana, Baja California plant.

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GM Shrinks the Volt's Gas Tank and its Range Shrinks from 600 to 400 Miles

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GM's upcoming Chevy Volt is one of the most anticipated new cars especially with these insane gas prices. Well when GM originally unveiled the Volt the automaker boasted that the hybrid would have a 600 mile range...well things have changed.

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July 9, 2008

GM May Keep Existing Brands but Kill Overlapping Models

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It's widely known that GM is currently conducting a review of the HUMMER brand which will most likely result in the brand being sold or eventually killed. GM is claiming that no other brands are currently under review.

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BMW Builds 500 Electric-Powered MINI Coopers for California

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BMW has announced plans to build 500 electric MINI Coopers for customers residing in California. The program labeled is part of a new division called Project i.

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Lotus Eco Elise Unveiled...Lotus Goes Green

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Lotus has unveiled the Eco Elise before its official unveiling at the London Motor Show this month.

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MINI is Not Going to Increase Production Despite Record Sales

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MINI is having a record sales year thanks to the high gas prices. Sales in the first six months of this year were up a record 33.6 percent with a total 26,400 units sold.

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart to Start Under $27k...Maybe

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Mitsubishi took the wraps off the highly anticipated Lancer Ralliart at the New York Auto show earlier this year and now according to Autoweek the Ralliart is going to start under $27K.

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July 10, 2008

Dodge Launches All-New 2009 Ram Pickup with Zero Interest Financing

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Truck sales are dead, which is bad news for Ford and Chrysler who are both launching all-new full size trucks this fall. Chrysler recently held a conference with dealers in which it announced that the all-new Dodge Ram will launch with zero percent financing for 72 months.

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Toyota Prius Will be Built in Mississippi in 2010

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Toyota has announced a few production shifts at three of its plants in order to keep up with consumer demand.

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2010 Chevy Camaro to Finally be Unveiled on July 22nd?

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By now most of us are tired of seeing photos of the many Camaro prototypes on the road. According to 5thgen.org the production version of the Camaro is going to be unveiled to Chevrolet dealers on July 22nd.

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VIDEO: GM Releases 2009 Corvette ZR1's 7:26.4 Nurburgring Lap

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GM has released the video of the 2009 Chevy Corvette hitting the famed Nurburgring on June 27th.

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Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series Unveiled...The Replacement for the SLR

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Mercedes-Benz is going to unveil the awesome SL65 AMG Black Series at the Paris Motor Show this fall, but in the mean time here is the first photo of the SLR replacement.

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Facelifted 2009 BMW 3-Series to Debut in Paris

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BMW is going to unveil a revised 2009 BMW 3-Series this fall at the Paris Motor Show.

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All-New 2009 Acura TL Unveiled...The Most Powerful Acura Ever Built

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Acura has released the first official photo of the all-new 2009 Acura TL.

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July 11, 2008

2009 BMW 3-Series Officially Unveiled

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BMW has officially unveiled the euro-spec version of the revised 2009 3-Series.

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VIDEO: Garage419 Pits the Corvette ZR1 against the Nissan GT-R

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GM released a video of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on the famed Nurburgring yesterday. The video shows the ZR1 completing a lap around the track in 7:24:6, which officially beats the time of 7:29 that was set by the Nissan GT-R.

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July 13, 2008

Toyota Kills the Next-Gen Lexus SC Convertible and Possibly the Next Avalon

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According to Inside Line, Toyota has canceled the replacement for the next-generation Lexus SC Coupe/ Convertible and may also be canceling the next Avalon as well.

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2009 HUMMER H3T Starts at $31,495...Will Anyone Care?

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HUMMER has announced the pricing for its the pickup truck version of its smallest SUV, the H3.

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July 14, 2008

Diesel-Powered VW Jetta is in High Demand Despite High Diesel Fuel Prices

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VW's new diesel powered Jetta isn't going to be in dealers until next month, but many VW dealers have already received enough orders to eat up their total 2008 allocation.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sales Drop 23 Percent

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It looks like trucks and SUVs aren't the only vehicles that are seeing a sales decline this year. Mercedes-Benz S-Class sales are off 23 percent in the US this year.

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Ford is Considering a Four-Cylinder F150

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According to sources that spoke with the guys over at PickupTrucks.com, Ford is considering an EcoBoost four-cylinder for the F150.

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Chevy Kills Plans for a Camaro Z28

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Chevy is just about to unveil the production version of the long-awaited Chevy Camaro and more details are starting to surface about the car.

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The Rumors are False...Europe is Still Getting the Cadillac CTS-V

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It had been rumored that GM was not going to sell its uber fast Cadillac CTS-V in Europe, but according to a senior source at GM, the 556 horsepower CTS-V is in fact headed to Europe.

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July 15, 2008

VW Officially Announces Plans to Build a US Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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VW has officially announced plans to build a U.S. production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Mazda Kazamai Concept Unveiled Before its Official Unveiling in Moscow

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Mazda has unveiled the Kazamai concept ahead of its official unveiling on August 26 at the Moscow International Auto Salon.

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GM Announces Plans to Cut Workers and Truck Production to Boost its Cash Flow

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GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner announced today the many new steps that GM is going to take to cut costs by $15 billion by the end of 2009.

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2010 Porsche Cayman and Boxster Revealed via Photo Renderings

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The photo renderings you see here showed up on Cayman Club earlier today and according to sources they are an authentic representation of the revised 2010 Porsche Cayman and Boxster.

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All-New 2009 Mazda6 Starts at $18,550

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Mazda has announced the pricing for the all-new Mazda6.

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July 16, 2008

Kia Releases More Info and Photos of the 2009 Kia Soul

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Kia has released more images and info about the all-new Kia Soul that is going to have its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on October 2nd.

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First Spy Photos of Honda's New Hybrid...It Looks a lot Like a Prius

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Honda as already announced plans for a new stand alone hybrid model that will go head to head with the Toyota Prius, but until now we had not seen what the actual hybrid would look like.

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July 17, 2008

Mercedes Announces Plans to Offer Turbocharged Engines Across its Lineup by 2010

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Lately the quick fix for most automakers that are trying to improve their vehicles' fuel-efficiency is to produce smaller engines that are also turbocharged.

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More Photos of the All-New 2009 Mazda6

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Mazda has released more photos of the all-new 2009 Mazda6 following an official press release a few days ago.

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July 18, 2008

2009 Subaru WRX Gets Bump in Horsepower to 265HP

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It looks like Subaru is going to tweak its popular WRX right before its closest competitor, the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is launched.

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GM's Future Models Leaked...First Look at the Chevy Cruze and Saab 9-4X

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This month has been a very difficult month for GM with its declining sales and plans to reduce costs by $15 billion by the end of 2009.

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Production 2010 Chevy Camaro Unveiled

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Well its still a few days until the official unveiling of the 2010 Chevy Camaro, but a few photos of the coupe have already leaked.

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July 21, 2008

2010 Chevy Camaro Officially Unveiled with 422 HP

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Well the wait is finally over GM has officially taken the wraps off the production 2010 Chevy Camaro.

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Honda Cuts Pilot and Odyssey Production but Boosts Civic Production

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Across the industry automakers are cutting truck and SUV production in favor of more fuel-efficient cars. Honda has announced plans to cut its Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan production in order to pump out more of the highly sought after Civics.

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July 23, 2008

Honda OSM Concept Unveiled

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Honda has officially unveiled its Open Study Model (OSM) concept at the British International Motor Show, at ExCeL, London.

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2010 Chevy Camaro Reaches 0-60 MPH in 4.6 Secs and Lapped the Nurburgring in 8:20

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GM finally took the wraps off the 2010 Chevy Camaro on Monday and the news is still coming in on the new car.

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Opel Insignia Headed to the US as the Next Saturn Aura, but with a Different Body

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Bob Lutz has confirmed that the all-new Opel Insignia is definitely coming to the US as the next Saturn Aura, but the Aura will have not share the Insignia's body.

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2010 Ford Mustang Set to Debut at LA Auto Show this Fall

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Earlier this week Ford gave spectators their first look at the new 2010 Ford Mustang, although it was heavily camouflaged.

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July 24, 2008

Small Pickups Perform Poorly in Side Crash Tests

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its first ever side crash testing of five small pickup trucks.

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2009 VW Jetta TDI Receives a $1300 Tax Credit

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Those saddened by the fact that most hybrids are no longer eligible for tax credits will be happy to learn that the 2009 VW Jetta TDI will receive a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit.

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Nissan GT-R Cabrio Rendering...One Car we Hope Never Makes it to Reality

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The Nissan GT-R is one awesome car. Nissan's CEO has already shot down rumors that Nissan is working on a four-door version of the GT-R for the Infiniti brand...let's hope they're also not working on a convertible.

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July 29, 2008

VIDEO: Very First Production 2009 Corvette ZR1 Goes for $1 Million

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The very first 2009 Corvette ZR1 went for $1 million at the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

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2009 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S Unveiled

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Porsche has officially unveiled the revised 911 Targa, which gets many of the same updates as the other 911 models.

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Re-Styled 2009 BMW M3 Exposed with a New Tail

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The 2009 BMW 3-Series is getting a facelift and now we have the first photos of the changes to the M3 line.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Crossover in the Works for 2010

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Mitsubishi's Lancer Sportback is set to debut this fall and reportedly the automaker is working on a crossover version that will debut in early 2010.

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All-New 2009 Ford Ka Image Leaked

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The first image of Ford's all-new 2009 Ka has leaked onto the internet.

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July 31, 2008

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX and 2.5GT Officially Unveiled

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Subaru has officially released the details about the 2009 Impreza line.

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Officially Starts at $26,490

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Mitsubishi has officially announced the pricing for the all-new 2009 Lancer Ralliart.

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