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September 2, 2012

Chevy Racing Fights Breast Cancer with Pink Camaro SS

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Chevy Racing is renewing its fight against breast cancer this weekend at at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For every lap run under the caution flag Chevy will give a $200 contribution to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative.

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September 3, 2012

Audi RS5 Cabriolet to Debut on Sept 6th

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Audi has announced that the new Audi RS5 Cabriolet will have its world debut in a few days on September 6th. Audi hasn't released any other details other than a quick press release: "For over 15 years, Audi RS models have represented the dynamic vanguard of the Audi model lineup. RS fascination lives on in the new Audi RS 5 Cabriolet - the perfect combination of power and elegance."

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Jaguar XFR Speed Pack Debuts in Moscow

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If you like the Jaguar XFR, but have wanted even more speed from the XF, Jaguar has unveiled a new Speed Pack for the XFR. The new Speed Pack includes suspension and aerodynamic enhancements and a higher top speed of 174 mph.

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Small Crossover Will Replace the Chrysler Town & Country Minivan

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Currently Chrysler offers two minivans, the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. When Chrysler takes the wraps off its next minivan in the next two years, there will only be one. Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to further differentiate the Chrysler and Dodge brands, so Chrysler will only offer one minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan.

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Infiniti Bids Farewell to V8 Engines

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Increasing fuel economy and emissions standards have prompted Infiniti to kill off the V8 engine in its future vehicles. Currently Infiniti offers V8 engines in its FX crossover, QX SUV and M sedan, but the future models will have to make sure with turbocharged six-cylinder engines that will offer V8-like performance.

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September 4, 2012

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Announced

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Jeep has announced the production of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which is the production version of the concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

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2013 Land Rover Defender Gets New Colors

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While the U.S. no longer gets the Land Rover Defender, our friends in Europe can still buy one. Land Rover has given the iconic Defender a list of new colors, updated seats and a new audio system for the 2013 model year.

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2013 Fiat 500 Now Gets Up to 40 MPG and Beats Audio System

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For the 2013 model year the Fiat 500 lineup has been expanded with the introduction of the Fiat 500 Turbo that packs a 135 horsepower engine and gets other styling and performance upgrades over the lesser powered 500 models. Fiat has just announced that the 2013 Fiat 500 and 500 Cabrio models are also getting a few updates for the new year.

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Mercedes-Benz Previews the Next-Gen S-Class

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We still have to wait until sometime next year to see the next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but with a new sculpture entitled "Aesthetics S", Mercedes-Benz is providing an early look at the new flagship sedan.

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All-New 2013 VW Golf Unveiled in Berlin

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Here's your first look at the all-new seventh-generation 2013 VW Golf, which was unveiled today in Berlin. From these initial photos it's easy to see that the new Golf is not a dramatic departure from the current model. It retains the same basic shape, but is now longer, lower and wider than before. The good news is that the new 2013 Golf is now around 220 pounds lighter.

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2014 Ford Fiesta Gets a Facelift

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Ford is giving the 2014 Ford Fiesta a facelift, which gets a new face that is similar to the new 2013 Fusion. The revised Fiesta gets a new face with LED daytime running lights and revised taillights. Inside the changes are small.

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September 5, 2012

2013 Honda Accord Gets Up to 36 MPG

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Honda has dropped all the specs for the all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe. The all-new ninth-generation Accord is smaller on the outside, but bigger on the inside than the outgoing model. It is powered by either a four-cylinder or V6 engine and for the first time ever, Honda is adding a CVT and plug-in hybrid into the mix.


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All-New Mazda6 Wagon Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

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Mazda has unveiled the all-new Mazda6 wagon ahead of its debut at the this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Following the debut of the Mazda6 sedan in Moscow, Mazda will unveil the new Mazda6 wagon and Mazda's new Skyactiv 2.2L clean diesel engine in Paris.

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Travels Up to 15 Miles in EV Mode, Recharges in an Hour

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In addition to releasing the official specs for the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda also dropped some of the initial details for the 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid. The Accord plug-in hybrid is based on the Touring trim level of Accord Sedan, but gets an aluminum hood, 17-inch forged alloy wheels, a unique front bumper along with enhanced underbody aerodynamic treatments.

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McLaren Teases A New Supercar

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McLaren has a released a teaser for a new supercar that it is bringing to the 2012 Paris Motor Show, later this month.

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Opel Astra Convertible Officially Dubbed the Cascada

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Opel is bringing a new convertible to the Paris Motor Show, the Cascada, which gets its name from the Spanish word meaning waterfall. The Cascada name also ends in the traditional letter "a" typical for Opel. According to Opel, the name conveys a rhythmic, dynamic and flowing elegance, beauty, freshness and pure pleasure for open-air driving.

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September 6, 2012

2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Officially Unveiled

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Audi has just unveiled the 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet, which is the drop top version of the awesome RS5 coupe. The 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet is powered by the same 450 horsepower 4.2L V8 as the coupe and reaches 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

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2013 Ford Mondeo Unveiled, Gets 1.0L EcoBoost Engine

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Ford has unveiled the 2013 Ford Mondeo (Europe's version of the Fusion) at an event in Amsterdam, which will be available as a sedan, five-door hatchback and wagon in Europe.

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2014 Ford Transit Connect Gets A More Stylish Exterior

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Here's your first look at the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which is dubbed the Tourneo Connect in Europe. The next Transit Connect borrows many of its design cues from other Ford models like the Fiesta and Focus, giving it a more stylish exterior.

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2013 Range Rover Debuts in London, Diesel Hybrid Version Coming Too

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Land Rover has unveiled the all-new fourth-generation 2013 Range Rover at an event at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. At the event, the all-new Range Rover was unveiled by wading through a water pool that was almost a meters deep and then climbing a rocky causeway before coming to a stop in front of White Lodge - a formal royal residence and home to the Royal Ballet School.

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September 7, 2012

2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP: MINI Drops More Photos and Specs

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The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP holds the title of the fastest MINI ever built! MINI is going to officially unveil the John Cooper Works GP later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show before sales of the limited-edition model kick off later this year.

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MINI Paceman Leaked Ahead of Paris Debut

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MINI's new three-door crossover, the MINI Paceman is set to debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show, but official photos have already started leaking out online. Here's your first official look at the sportier version of the Countryman crossover.

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Refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z Teased

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Honda has released official teaser photos of the refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid that is going to arrive this fall. From the photos it looks like the new CR-Z will get a refreshed face with LED lights and new sportier wheels. One interesting feature is the new "S" button, which will hopefully translate to more "sport" for the CR-Z.

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2014 Range Rover Sport Details Emerge

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This week Land Rover officially unveiled the all-new 2013 Range Rover, but now details are starting to surface about the next Range Rover Sport. The next Range Rover Sport will arrive by the end of next year as a 2014 model.

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Nissan Looks for the Next Great Idea with "Nissan Innovation Garage"

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Nissan is looking for the next big innovation! To celebrate "everyday ideas" and inspire the creation of the next great innovation, Nissan is launching "Nissan Innovation Garage," a social movement that offers everyone an opportunity to showcase their best ideas.

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Nissan Kicks off Production of the All-New 2013 Sentra in Aguascalientes, México

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Last week Nissan officially unveiled the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra and now it's celebrating the start of production at Nissan's plant in Aguascalientes, México. The all-new Sentra gets an exterior that is far more stylish than before and borrows many styling cues from the larger Altima. The 2013 Sentra is larger than the outgoing model, but 150 pounds lighter and gets up to 40 MPG on the highway.

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September 8, 2012

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish Debuts This Weekend in Canada

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This weekend the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish is having its Canadian debut during the grand opening of the third annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend, held at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.

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MINI Releases New Photos of the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

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This fall MINI is set to introduce the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, which is the first time a John Cooper Works model is being offered with four doors and all-wheel-drive. MINI has just released a handful of photos showing the high-performance Countryman in action.

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September 9, 2012

2013 Nissan Maxima Starts at $32,780

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Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2013 Nissan Maxima, which starts at $32,780. The 2013 Nissan Maxima also gets a new SV Value Package for the Maxima 3.5 SV. It combines the contents of the Bose Audio Package and the Cold Package, which is would normally cost $1,500, but the new package brings the final price down to $1,000 resulting in a $500 savings.

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2013 Acura TL Gets IIHS Top Safety Rating and Starts at $35,905

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The 2013 Acura TL has received the top-level rating of GOOD in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal barrier crash test. The new IIHS small overlap frontal barrier crash test is designed to simulate a collision between a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour and a fixed object, such as a utility pole, where only 25 percent of the vehicle's front structure is engaged by the opposing object. Acura can be happy since the TL was one of only two vehicles to achieve the highest rating of "Good" among a group of 11 models that were the first to be tested under the new crash test protocol.

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September 10, 2012

First Drive: 2013 Honda Accord Returns to the Top of the Class (Review)

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The midsize sedan segment is one of the biggest segments in the U.S. with models like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu all vying for the the sales crown. The competition in 2013 is going to get even hotter with all-new versions of the Accord, Altima, Fusion and Malibu all entering the market. The 2013 Malibu and Altima are already in showrooms, but this month Honda's most important model, the Accord hits the market. How does it compare against the rest of the segment and does it holds it own against new stylish models like the Fusion and Hyundai Sonata? Check out our review to find out...

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2013 Honda Accord Starts at $21,680

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Honda has announced the pricing for the all-new 2013 Honda Accord, which starts at $21,680 for the Accord LX and goes all the way up to $33,430 for the Accord Touring model.

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Ford Opens Flat Rock Assembly Plant for Mustang and Fusion Production

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Ford is celebrating the opening of the Flat Rock Assembly plant that will support the production of the Mustang and the all-new Ford Fusion. Previously known as AutoAlliance International, the plant is now fully controlled by Ford, since Mazda no longer produces any models there. The plant continues to be owned by a joint venture that is split 50/50 between Ford and Mazda.

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2013 SRT Viper Priced at $97,395

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Chrysler's all-new 2013 SRT Viper is almost here! Chrysler has just released the pricing for the 2013 SRT Viper, which starts at $97,395, plus the $1,995 destination fee. What does that get you? Well for starters the new Viper is powered by a 8.4L V10 that generates 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft. of torque.

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September 11, 2012

Next-Gen Chrysler 200 to Get 38 MPG and 9-Speed Transmission

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Yesterday Chrysler showed dealers its plans for the next 18 months and gave a few details of the new models that we can expect. One of the new models will be a redesigned Chrysler 200, which will arrive in the first quarter of 2014. Chrysler has set the goal of achieving 38 mpg with the new sedan, which will also get a new nine-speed transmission.

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BMW Sells Out of the 2013 BMW 760Li V-12 25 Years Anniversary Edition

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On Friday BMW announced the release of the 2013 BMW 760Li V-12 25 Years Anniversary Edition and now only a few days later the limited-edition model is sold out. Priced at $159,695, the "V-12 25 Years Edition" BMW 760Li, the limited-edition 7 Series gets BMW Individual Champagne Full Merino Leather with black piping. The black floor mats and rear footrests are also complimented by contrasting piping in Champagne. The door sills, headrests and iDrive controllers are all specially badged.

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Chrysler Shows Off the John Varvatos 300S in 3D in NYC

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If you happen to be in New York City today you should head down to the John Varvatos store at Bleeker & Bowery to see a 3D version of the one-off Chrysler 300S that was designed by John Varvatos himself.

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Peugeot Onyx Concept Leaked Ahead of Paris Debut

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Photos of the Peugeot Onyx concept car have leaked online ahead of the model's debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show that kicks off later this month. The supercar concept features a two-tone matte black and bronze exterior and LED lights. Inside the concept features a minimalist interior design.

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September 12, 2012

Toyota Unveils New "Let's Go Places" Tagline

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Toyota has announced the new tagline, "Let's Go Places," which is meant to reflect the automaker's commitment to build more exciting models and the promise that customers are invited to take part in shaping Toyota's future.

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September 11, 2012

2013 Cadillac ATS Named Esquire Car of the Year

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The all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS has just been named the 2012 Esquire Car of the Year, by the editors of the men's fashion and culture magazine. "The new ATS is Cadillac's spirited challenger, built to take on the world," says Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. "Having its design and performance validated in this fashion is a meaningful step in our journey."

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Special-Edition 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door SX With Six-Speed Manual Arrives

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Kia has announced the limited availability of the 2013 Rio 5-door SX with a 6-speed manual transmission. Previously buyers that chose the top Kia Rio SX trim could only get it with an automatic transmission, but now Kia is offering it in limited quantities with a manual transmission.


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September 12, 2012

Nissan Terra Fuel Cell SUV Concept Unveiled

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Nissan has unveiled the new Terra concept ahead of its debut at this year's Paris Motor Show. According to Nissan, the Terra concept combines two outstanding Nissan strengths - SUVs and EVs - in a vehicle that is equally in its element off-road in the wild or gliding silently through a sophisticated urban setting.

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Chrysler Unveils the 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Editions

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Designer John Varvatos and Chrysler have teamed up to create two limited editions of the 2013 Chrysler 300C, the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition and 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition, which both bring a new level of "style" to the 300C.

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2013 GMC Acadia Starts at $34,875

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GM has announced the pricing for the restyled 2013 GMC Acadia, which starts at $34,875, while the Denali trim level starts at $46,770. "The 2013 Acadia arrives with great momentum," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. "Our design and engineering updates add even more value to an award-winning vehicle that just saw its best August ever, with retail sales up 35 percent."


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2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel Gets Porsche's Most-Powerful Diesel

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Porsche has taken the wraps off the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, which gets Porsche's most powerful diesel engine. It's powered by a 4.2-liter eight-cylinder engine with biturbo charging that produces 382 hp and 627 lb-ft. of torque. It reaches The new diesel reaches 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 157 mph.

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2013 Volvo V40 R-Design Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

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Volvo is bringing another version of the new V40 to this month's Paris Motor Show, the 2013 Volvo V40 R-Design. The V40 R-Design is the perfect version of the V40 for people that love the five-door hatchback, but that want even more style and performance.

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September 13, 2012

2013 VW Beetle R-Line Unveiled

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VW has announced the introduction of two R-Line packages for the 2013 Beetle, which are based on the top "Sport" version. The first package is for the exterior, while the second upgrades the interior.

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2013 Buick Enclave Starts at $39,270

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Buick has released the pricing for the new 2013 Buick Enclave, which starts at $39,270. The 2013 Enclave gets refreshed for the new model year with new styling and more standard equipment.

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2013 Kia pro_cee'd to Debut in Paris

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Kia is set to debut the third member of its new cee'd family, the all-new 2013 pro_cee'd three-door hatchback, at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. The pro-cee'd builds upon the five-door that was unveiled earlier this year, but adds more "Sport" being added to the equation.

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Ford's New Lithium-Ion Batteries Reduce the Use of Expensive Rare Earth Metals

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Ford's new third-generation hybrid system is debuting this fall in models like the Ford Fusion and C-Max hybrids. Unlike earlier hybrid systems that relied on nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the new system uses lithium-ion batteries that are lighter and more efficient. According to Ford, the new batteries could also reduce the company's use of expensive, less-abundant rare earth metals by up to 500,000 pounds a year.

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Toyota Announces $599 a Month Lease for the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV

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The electric 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV officially goes on sale on September 24th starting at $49,800. If that price seems a bit steep Toyota has just announced that the RAV4 EV will launch with special financing and lease rates.

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BMW Concept Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid Unveiled

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BMW has given us a preview of the BMW Concept Active Tourer plug-in hybrid that will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. According to BMW, the Concept Active Tourer is the first vehicle in the premium compact segment to combine comfort and space functionality with dynamic performance and style.

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September 14, 2012

2013 MINI Paceman Officially Unveiled

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MINI has unveiled its newest model, the 2013 MINI Paceman ahead of its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The MINI Paceman is the seventh model in the MINI family, which is basically a coupe version of the Countryman crossover.

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Refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z Teased Again

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Honda has released another teaser photo of the refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid, which will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this month. This new teaser photo shows off the CR-Z's refreshed face, which now gets LED and HID lights.

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September 15, 2012

Smart ForStars Concept Revealed Ahead of Paris Debut

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Smart has unveiled the new ForStars concept that will debut this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The ForStars concept is a two-seater coupe that smart refers to as a SUC (Sports Utility Coupé).

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All-New 2013 Range Rover Starts at $83,500

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The all-new lighter 2013 Range Rover is set to arrive in showrooms this coming winter. Land Rover just announced the pricing, which starts at $83,500.

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September 16, 2012

Hyundai i30 Three-Door to Debut at Paris Motor Show

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Hyundai is going to unveil the third model in the European i30 family, the new i30 three-door hatchback at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The i30 three-door joins the five-door and wagon models.

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September 17, 2012

Lexus LF-CC Hybrid Concept Previews the Next Lexus IS

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Lexus has just unveiled the new LF-CC mid-sized coupe concept that is going to make its world premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Following the LF-LC concept from earlier this year, the LF-CC is a more compact, rear-wheel-drive hybrid that borrows many styling cues from the LF-LC.


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2013 Porsche Boxster Named Esquire Sports Car of the Year

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In addition to naming the 2013 Cadillac ATS as its 2012 Car of the Year, Esquire has just named the 2013 Porsche Boxster as its 2012 Sports Car of the Year.

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First 2013 Cadillac ATS Goes to Charity

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GM has announced that the first 2013 Cadillac ATS produced for a customer will be auctioned with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Team Joseph, a non-profit organization that funds Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.

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Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive Unveiled

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Mercedes-Benz is bringing a new electric version of the new B-Class to the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The Concept B-Class Electric Drive is one of the first Mercedes models to incorporate the term "Electric Drive" into its model designation.

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Toyota Exec: All-New Toyota Auris Isn't the Next Matrix

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Toyota is bringing an all-new 2013 Toyota Auris to the 2012 Paris Motor Show this month. While the Auris is not sold in the U.S., there has been lots of chatter about it being a suitable replacement for the Toyota Matrix. Unfortunately Hiroya Fujita, chief engineer of the Matrix, just confirmed to Automotive News that the Auris will not become the next-generation Matrix.

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Here's Another Look at the Lexus LF-CC Concept (Video)

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This morning Lexus gave the world its first look at the new LF-CC hybrid coupe concept, which is a preview of the 2014 IS. Now we have a video which shows the concept in motion and also gives you a preview of what's inside.

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September 20, 2012

2012 Mazda3: Is it Possible to Get 40 MPG? (Review)

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For the 2012 model year Mazda has introduced its new SkyActiv technology to the Mazda3 lineup, which helps it achieve 40 mpg on the highway. Today every major automaker is trying to get the highest fuel economy numbers in their class. Lately it seems like almost every model in the compact class is obtaining 40 mpg ratings, but what are these vehicles actually like to drive and are the ratings actually obtainable in a real world situation? After driving 400 miles between New York City and Washington D.C. did we actually get even close to the 40 MPG rating and even more important did we have to drive like an old person to get there?

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September 18, 2012

New Small Lincoln Model Could Debut This Fall

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Back in 2009 Lincoln debuted the Lincoln C Concept, which was a small compact concept car that previewed a possible small Lincoln. Now three years later, it's being reported that Lincoln is set to officially release a new compact model.

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September 17, 2012

Toyota Says Bye Bye to the Four-Cylinder Sienna

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Toyota has announced the updates to the 2013 Toyota Sienna, with the biggest change being the deletion of the four-cylinder engine. The four-cylinder was dropped due to low demand, so this means that Sienna buyers will only have one engine to choose from, the 266 horsepower 3.5L V6.

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September 18, 2012

2013 Mazda CX-9 Gets a New Face

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Mazda has unveiled the refreshed 2013 CX-9 crossover, which will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Australian Motor Show, next month. The new CX-9 gets a new face that incorporates elements from Mazda's new Kodo design language.

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Grabs Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan Rating

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Ford has just announced that the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been rated as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan available in America. The Fusion Hybrid is rated at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and has a 47 mpg combined fuel economy rating, which means that the it is more fuel-efficient than the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city.

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Cadillac Introduces Automatic Braking on the ATS, XTS and SRX

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Cadillac has announced that three of its models are being offered with a new safety system that can automatically stop the vehicle in low-speed conditions to help avoid crashes. Cadillac's Front and Rear Automatic Braking acts like a "virtual bumper," slamming on the brakes as a last resort to help drivers in heavy traffic or even in parking lots and driveways where the driver might fail to see another vehicle or object in his path.

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McLaren P1 Unveiled Ahead of its Debut in Paris

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McLaren has just dropped the first official photos of its latest supercar, the McLaren P1, which is going to debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sherriff, described the goal of the new P1, "To make the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made - not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit."

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Land Rover May Add A New Model Below the Evoque

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Land Rover is reportedly thinking about adding a new smaller model to its lineup that would be smaller than the current Evoque. Gerry McGovern recently told Automotive News, "Certainly, I think we can go smaller. "In a world focusing on sustainability you could argue that smaller and lighter is the way to go."

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2013 Aston Martin DB9 Packs 510-HP and Starts at $185,400

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If you can't quite afford the new Aston Martin Vanquish, there's always the Aston Martin DB9... Even better, Aston Martin has just announced the updates to the 2013 DB9, which gets styling and performance updates for the new model year.

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September 19, 2012

2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country Unveiled

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15 years after the debut of the Volvo V70 Cross Country, Volvo has unveiled the all-new 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country. Based on the new Volvo V40, the V40 Cross Country adds more ruggedness to the line.

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2013 Kia Carens Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

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Kia has given us a preview of the all-new 2013 Carens compact MPV that will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. The Kia Carens was sold here as the Rondo, up until that model was dropped from its US lineup in 2010.

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Jaguar F-Type Photo Leaked Online

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The first official photo of the new Jaguar F-Type has leaked online ahead of the new Jag's debut in Paris this month. Jaguar hasn't really kept the F-Type completely under wraps thanks to the several spy photos the automaker has released.

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September 20, 2012

2013 Audi A3 Sportback Officially Unveiled

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Audi has just unveiled the 2013 Audi A3 Sportback ahead of its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which kicks off in a week. The five-door A3 Sportback looks almost identical to the three-door version, but is a bit longer with a 1.3-inch longer wheelbase.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype Laps the Nürburgring in Seven Minutes and 14 Seconds

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Porsche has just announced that the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype achieved a time of just 7 minutes and 14 seconds around the 12.8 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife track. The plug-in hybrid super car has surpassed expectations and proven its dynamic driving potential nearly one year before the start of series production.

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2013 Buick Encore Starts at $24,950

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Buick has just announced the pricing for the 2013 Buick Encore small crossover, which starts at $24,950. The 2013 Encore will arrive in dealerships at the beginning of next year with standard features like QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera and a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio with IntelliLink connectivity.

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Buick and GMC to Release Nine New Models in Next 12 Months

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GM has just announced that the Buick and GMC brands will introduce nine new or significantly updated models in the next 12 months, starting with the new Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia this fall.

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2013 Chevy Malibu Turbo LTZ Track Test (Video)

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GM has just released a new video of the 2013 Chevy Malibu Turbo LTZ with GM Vehicle Performance Manager Mark Meyers behind the wheel at the Milford Proving Grounds. The Malibu Turbo arrives this fall with a 259 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged engine that accelerates the Malibu from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The Malibu turbo is rated at 21 city and 30 mpg highway.

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September 21, 2012

Honda Confirms New Compact SUV and New Fuel Cell Vehicle

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Honda's President and CEO Takanobu Ito just provided some insight into what we can expect from the Honda and Acura brands in the next few years. The big news is that by the end of fiscal year 2017, Honda expects to he revealed that in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, Honda expects to sell 6 million automobiles, which is nearly double what Honda 3.1 million that Honda sold in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2012.

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2013 Audi S3 Debuts With 300-HP

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Here's a new hot hatchback that we wish was coming to the US! Audi has just unveiled the 2013 Audi S3, which is the high-performance version of the new A3. The S3 packs 300 horsepower and will go head-to-head with models like the AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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2014 Acura RLX to Debut in LA

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Acura has just confirmed that its new flagship, the 2014 RLX will debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Acura previewed the replacement for the RL as a concept at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.

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Ford Gets Us Ready for National Plug-in Day

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Just in case you haven't heard, this weekend is "National Plug-in Day!" Sunday September 23rd cities across the country will come together to give attention to the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles. Ford has just released its official "EV Charging Etiquette," guide which will help owners and future electric vehicle owners find the best way to charge their vehicles.

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Honda Confirms Plans For a New Open-Top Sports Car and Civic Type-R

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In addition to the announcements about the new Fit-based crossover and fuel cell vehicle, Honda's CEO also announced that Honda is working on a new open-top spors car and an all-new Civic Type-R.

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September 23, 2012

2013 Infiniti EX37 Gets a New Engine and Starts at $36,350

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Infiniti has announced the pricing for the 2013 Infiniti EX37 crossover, which starts at $36,350. The biggest change for the 2013 model year is that the Infiniti EX is now powered by a 325 horsepower 3.7L V6, instead of the previous 3.5L V6, which gives the new EX37 28 more horsepower and 14 lb-ft of torque.

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Jaguar Teases the F-Type on the Track (Video)

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We're only a few days away from the official debut of the Jaguar's newest sports car, the Jaguar F-Type. Jaguar has just released a video of a few F-Type prototypes hitting the North Loop track at the Nürburgring in Germany. Jaguar had this to say about the two-minute video, "watch as we place the F-TYPE through a series of sustained high speed laps with rapid changes of direction, gradient, speed, braking, and surface to help refine the its set up, damping, and braking systems..."

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September 24, 2012

Hyundai and ARK Performance Create the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec Track Edition

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Hyundai and ARK Performance have teamed up to create the ultimate Genesis Coupe, the Genesis Coupe R-Spec Track Edition. This special Genesis Coupe's 3.8L engine has been upgraded and now puts out 395 horsepower at 6800 rpm, and 340 lb.-ft. at 5400 rpm. From the exterior, the ARK design theme takes the muscular character lines of the Genesis Coupe to the extreme, with race-like flared over-fenders, an aggressive front splitter, and carbon-fiber hood with heat-extractor vents.

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2013 Toyota iQ EV Unveiled

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Toyota has just unveiled the full electric version of the Toyota iQ, which is sold here as the Scion iQ. The 2013 Toyota iQ EV is powered by a 47kW electric motor that is mated to a lithium-ion battery with a range of approximately 53 miles.

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2013 Infiniti G37 Starts at $36,900

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Infiniti has announced the pricing for the 2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan, which starts at $36,900. For the 2013 model year, the Infiniti G lineup has been simplified with the deletion of the base G25 model. The G37 is now only offered in three models: G37 Sedan Journey, G37x Sedan AWD and G37 Sedan Sport 6MT.

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2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC to Debut in Paris

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Maserati has unveiled its newest model, the Maserati GranCabrio MC, which will debut later this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. According to Maserati, the new convertible has been "designed to complete Maserati's open-top range, the new Maserati GranCabrio MC blends high performance and sports characteristics derived from racing experience with the style, charm and practicality of Maserati's four seater convertible."

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Is Honda Working On a Baby Acura NSX?

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Earlier this year Honda took the wraps off the new Acura NSX concept, which was our first look at the successor to the much loved original. Although this wasn't the first time that Honda made plans for a new NSX. Back in 2008, Honda was working on a new NSX with a V10 engine, but then the financial crisis hit and all plans were shelved. What we didn't know at the time was that Honda was also reportedly working on a "small NSX."

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September 25, 2012

First Drive: 2013 Ford Fusion Takes on the Midsize Sedan Segment (Review)

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20 years ago Ford dominated the midsize sedan segment with the Ford Taurus, but then by the mid-nineties Ford lost its footing with the 1996 Taurus. Today the Accord, Altima and Camry continue to lead the segment, but is Ford ready to take back the top spot with the all-new 2013 Fusion? The Ford Fusion was first released back in 2006 and since then Ford's midsize sedan has been steadily gaining market share. Now Ford is pulling out all the stops to take on the its rivals.

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Tesla Launches Supercharger Network to Enable Long Distance EV Driving

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Tesla has unveiled its new Supercharger network, which will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona.

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2013 Cadillac ATS Gets Up to 33 MPG

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The official EPA numbers for the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS have been released. The Cadillac ATS is available with three different engines, with the most fuel-efficient version being the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 202 horsepower tjhat is rated at 22 city and 33 highway mpg.

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2014 Subaru Forester Previewed in Leaked Brochure

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It looks like the Subaru is giving the 2014 Subaru Forester a makeover, which is previewed here in a JDM-spec brochure that has leaked online. The new Forester, which will arrive here as a 2014 model will likely share its platform with the new Impreza and will be a bit larger than the current model.

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September 26, 2012

2014 VW GTI Concept Photos Leaked Ahead of Paris Debut

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The 2012 Paris Motor Show officially kicks off tomorrow, but the first photos of the 2014 VW GTI Concept have leaked online early. VW is going to unveil the new GTI as a "near-production" study at the show. In addition to seeing the new GTI, we also finally get confirmation about what will power the all-new GTI.

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2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Priced at $35,550

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MINI has announced the pricing for the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, which starts at $35,550. The most powerful version of the MINI Countryman is powered by a 208-hp turbocharged 1.6L engine that is mated to either a manual or automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept Previews the Next Panamera

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Porsche is bringing a new Panamera Sport Turismo Concept to the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week and here are the first photos.

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2013 Infiniti FX Starts at $44,300

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Infiniti has announced the pricing for the 2013 Infiniti FX crossover, which starts at $44,300. For 2013, the biggest change to the FX is under the hood, with a new 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 replacing the 3.5-liter V6. Now named the FX37, it is available in three models: FX37 RWD, FX37 AWD and FX Limited Edition. If you want more power, the FX50 AWD with standard 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and All-Wheel Drive is also offered.

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2014 Jaguar F-Type Debuts in Paris

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The all-new Jaguar F-Type has just been unveiled at an event in Musée Rodin, Paris. The Jaguar F-Type two-seater convertible is a big deal for Jaguar, since it is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years. The F-Type was originally preview by the Jaguar C-X16 concept that debuted last fall. The biggest difference between the concept car and what you see here is that the roof has been chopped off the F-Type. It still hasn't been decided if Jaguar will build a coupe version.

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2013 Nissan Juke Starts at $19,990

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Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2013 Nissan Juke has been announced, which now starts at $19,990. 2013 marks the third model year for the Juke and for the new year, the Juke gets a new new Midnight Edition ($1,200) accessory package featuring unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, and Sapphire Black mirror caps.

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Acura Releases a Deleted Scene From The Avengers (Video)

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Marvel's The Avengers is now available on DVD. Fans of the movie will like this new exclusive deleted scene that features the new 2013 Acura RDX and Captain America.

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New VW Golf BlueMotion is the Most Fuel-Efficient Golf Ever

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VW has officially unveiled the VW Golf BlueMotion concept, which is the most fuel-efficient Golf ever created. The Golf BlueMotion is debuting at the Paris Motor Show and is pretty much what will show up in showrooms in Europe next summer.

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September 27, 2012

2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch Debuts in Texas

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Ford and King Ranch have teamed up to create special editions of the F-Series trucks and they've teamed up again to create the 2013 F-150 King Ranch, which is debuting today at the 2012 State Fair of Texas.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive Unveiled

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Mercedes-Benz has just taken the wraps off the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, which is a new emission-free version of the supercar. The most powerful AMG vehicle of all time has four electric motors that put out a total 740 horsepower and 737 lb-ft. of torque.

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Audi Crosslane Coupé Concept Previews Audi's New SUVs

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Audi has unveiled the Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept, which is a preview of the future design of Audi's SUVs. The 2+2 seater Crosslane Coupe is built on a new a Multimaterial Space Frame and is powered by a new plug-in hybrid system.

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Refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z Debuts in Paris

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Honda is giving its small CR-Z hybrid a refresh for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Honda CR-Z gets updated styling and more importantly, more power under the hood without compromising its fuel economy.

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Chrysler Releases Sketches of its Mopar-Modified Models for SEMA

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Chrysler has released sketches of the Moparized vehicles that it is bringing to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas at the end of next month.

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2014 VW GTI Packs 227 Horsepower With the New Performance Pack

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VW is bringing its all-new seventh-generation Golf to the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week. We've already seen the standard Golf model, but this week VW is unveiling the Golf BlueMotion and the iconic 2014 GTI.

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2013 Ram Heavy Duty Pickups Get Best-in-Class Capabilities

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Ram Truck has unveiled the 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks, which now feature best-in-class towing and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating. The trucks also get an all-new interior, new suspension, frames and more features.

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2013 Nissan Altima Gets 5-Star Safety Rating

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The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima has just earned a 5-star overall vehicle safety rating from the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "With the new Altima, we made available a suite of safety innovations, including intelligent headlights, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection, just to name a few," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "The 2013 Altima is the whole package, offering class-leading 38 mpg highway, premium comfort and advanced safety features."

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Maserati Dubs its SUV the Levante and New Small Sedan the Ghibli

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Maserati revealed new details about its future lineup today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. It was already confirmed that Maserati is working on a new SUV and smaller sedan, but now we know the names of the two new Maserati models. The new Maserati SUV will be called the Levante, while the new midsize sedan will be badged the Ghibli.

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Nissan Terra Fuel Cell SUV Concept Takes the Stage in Paris

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The Nissan Terra fuel cell SUV concept officially took the stage today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The Nissan Terra SUV concept may just look like another rugged SUV, but underneath its bulging fenders lies a green hydrogen fuel cell stack and the same electric motor that powers the Nissan LEAF.

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September 28, 2012

Honda Confirms New Civic Wagon

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Honda has released a teaser of the new Civic wagon that it is preparing for the European market. Honda hasn't released that much info about the new Civic other than stating that it will be a derivative of Honda's European Civic and a concept version will debut next year.

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All-New 2014 Chevy Impala Signals the End of the Front Bench Seat

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The all-new 2014 Chevy Impala is scheduled to arrive early next year and when the all-new Impala arrives you can officially say goodbye to the front bench seat. The outgoing Impala is the last passenger car in production in North America to offer three-across front seating, an option that that ends with the introduction of Chevy's redesigned flagship sedan.

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Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan Announce Plans to Develop a New Four-Cyl Engine Together

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Mercedes-Benz and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have just announced plans to collaborate on two new projects to accelerate development of fuel-efficient powertrains. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed the new projects, which include a new engine and a new automatic transmission in an annual media update about the Franco-Japanese-German partnership.

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September 29, 2012

Fisker Recieves $100 Million in New Funding for the Atlantic

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Although the Fisker news lately has been negative with the recent recalls, a new announcement brings a bit of hope to the automaker. Fisker has announced that it has a received a new round of funding to build its second model, the Fisker Atlantic. Fisker has reportedly received $100 million for the continued development and future production of the new sedan.

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Toyota Smart INSECT is a One-Seater EV with Gullwing Doors

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Although Toyota has pretty much abandoned plans for the electric Toyota iQ, Toyota is set to unveil a new electric vehicle, the Smart INSECT at the CEATEC electronics show in Japan. The Smart INSECT (Information Network Social Electric City Transporter) is a one-seater electric vehicle that uses motion sensors, voice recognition and behavior prediction software to connect to the driver.

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2013 Volvo V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid Sells Out

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Volvo's new 2013 V60 diesel plug-in hybrid has sold out before its even reached showrooms. Volvo's initial production goal for the 2013 model year are set at 1,000 units, but if you are in Europe and were hoping to grab one, it looks like you will have to wait until the 2014 model year.

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September 30, 2012

Hennessey Releases Sketches of New SRT Viper-Based Venom 700R and 1000 Twin Turbo

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Hennessey Performance has released sketches of its new Hennessey Venom 700R and Hennessey Venom 1000 models, which are based on the 2013 SRT Viper and Viper GTS models. The Hennessey upgrades are available after you purchase your new 2013 Viper. Just in case you forgot, the 2013 Viper starts at $97,395 for the Viper and the Viper GTS lists for $120,395.

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Hyundai Announces the ix35 aka Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle

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Hyundai has announced the introduction of its ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, which will be available for public and private lease by the end of this year. In December 2012, Hyundai will begin production of the ix35 Fuel Cell at its Ulsan manufacturing facility in Korea, with a target of building up to 1,000 vehicles by 2015. Beyond 2015, Hyundai plans limited mass production of the ix35 Fuel Cell, with a goal of 10,000 units.

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