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    Official: Audi bringing digital rearview mirror from racing to production
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    Audi's digital rearview mirror is officially going from the Le Mans clobbering, race-only Audi R18 to the road-going R8 e-tron (click the image above to enlarge). Lacking a rear window put the R8 e-tron in the same rear-view challenged category as its racing brethren, and so has been provided the ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports calls out "Five Popular Cars To Avoid," including Prius C
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    Those crusaders of shopping empowerment over at Consumer Reports have put together a list of five cars to avoid, even if their sales numbers suggest otherwise. CR points out that just because a vehicle is making a lot of buzz and ringing cash registers, that doesn't necessarily make it a wise ...

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    Video: Watch Audi's R8 E-Tron quickly and quietly round the 'Ring in 8:09
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    Silent but deadly fast. The Audi R8 E-Tron may set the record for a production EV on the Nurbürgring in June, but the video of Marcus Winkelhock won't win any awards for its sound track. During the eight minutes, nine seconds of driving, the car offers hardly any sound. Gone is the thunder ...

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    Report: GM Ventures invests in new lightweight NanoSteel
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    Cutting pounds while making cars safer and stronger is a pursuit of all auto companies. Creative uses of aluminum alloys and exotic materials like carbon fiber help reduce weight and increase fuel economy and/or performance. But both aluminum and carbon fiber are expensive. Steel has been around ...

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    Report: Rising fuel prices got you down? Blame Twitter
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    The power of social media revealed itself yesterday in the form of fluctuation in fuel prices based on a false tweet. According to The Wall Street Journal, a Twitter account claiming to be Russian Interior Minister Vladamir Kolokoltsv tweeted that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had been ...

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    Official: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI is America's most fuel-efficient convertible
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    What's better than driving with the top down and the wind in your hair? Cruising in the open air while saving a ton of money at the pump. The EPA has just released its figures for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and the numbers don't lie. The Beetle Convertible TDI, with its 140 ...

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    Rumormill: Mercedes planning SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster?
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    If the rumors are to be believed, Mercedes-Benz is planning a roadster version for the SLS AMG E-Cell electric supercar. Dutch newspaper De Telegraph is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is seriously looking at an SLS E-Cell Roadster. Through the rough translation, we're able to determine the ...

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    Auctions: George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity
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    Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney's very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney's Tesla is number eight of the original "Signature 100" built in 2008 and comes ...

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    Report: Big Chevy closeout deals have 2013 Malibu Eco sitting on lots in favor of 2012 models
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    First, the good news: The Chevrolet Malibu is selling at a great pace. Now, the bad news: It's the wrong Malibu. Dealer lots are filling up with 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco models as customers turn to the remaining 2012 models still there. After incentives are added up, the older Malibu costs ...

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    Rumormill: Lexus to get own version of Toyota Prius C?
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    The CT 200h proved that Lexus could make up for the sins against excitement committed by the company's short-lived HS 250h. Its bold styling and greatly improved handling combined with a fuel-efficient drivetrain suggests a brighter future for the compact luxury hybrid segment. Word is, though, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid
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    Leaping Past Others In The Premium Hybrid Chase It is now clear that gas-electric hybrids, while constantly being refined, are simply never going to gobble up huge slices of any major car market. They are needed, sure, but consumers are already wanting to see what's next, what's even more ...

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    Report: France unveils green incentive to rescue auto industry
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    PSA Peugeot Citroën and the French goverment have been negotiating how to repair the company's business position without ruining the new government's promises to the electorate. At last count, Peugeot wants to send 14,000 workers home for good, close a factory in Aulnay, and trim some of its ...

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    Report: Elon Musk to remain at Tesla for "several more years," personally inspects Model S
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    Few automakers' fortunes and CEOs are as intrinsically linked as Tesla Motors and Elon Musk. The boss of the full-electric automaker can influence the stock of his company with something as simple as an outlandish statement – exactly the sort of utterance the mercurial executive is fond ...

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    Opinion: Hydrogen fuel cells may get a shot at batteries after all
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    What Changed DOE Secretary Steven Chu's Mind About Hydrogen Fuel Cells Natural gas now being retrieved from shale provides an enormous source of hydrogen. He'll never use the word "fracking," but thanks to that new drilling technique, the U.S. Secretary of Energy now admits he's changed ...

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    Quick Spin: Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept [w/video]
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    Prelude To A Beetle Speedster? Driving $2 million prototypes on public roads is risky, so rather than increase the count of gray hair on their heads, Volkswagen's public relations team invited us up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to spend some time in its all-electric E-Bugster Concept. But don't ...

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    Report: 2013 Chevrolet Spark gets EPA rating of 32/38 MPG
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    Chevrolet can't be too happy with the EPA numbers for its tiny Spark. Equipped with the 1.2-liter engine and five-speed manual, the smallest Chevy in history gets 32 miles per gallon in the city, 38 on the highway for a combined EPA number of 34 mpg. Not bad, but not what we and, presumably, ...

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    Official: Smart and BRABUS celebrate 10 years together with special edition model
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    Hard to believe, but BRABUS and Smart have been building cars together for 10 years now. Worldwide, more than 50,000 customized cars have been built by the team. To celebrate, the two are producing just 100 specially-equipped cars. The 10th Anniversary model starts with a smart fortwo BRABUS ...

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    Official: Opel/Vauxhall Adam zooms into Europe's supermini fray [w/video]
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    We've done a triple-take with the Opel/Vauxhall Adam, and after two rounds of grainy spy shots, this third official look brings the car into crisp, clear focus. From the looks of these photos, we like it a bit more than we thought we did initially. Yes, it's got plenty of Audi A1 going on in that ...

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    Report: TVR nixes production restart, vows to pursue... wind turbines?!
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    TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski has taken the tiny English car firm on a ride wilder than anything you could get from a Speed 12 (pictured), and now he's riding the name right out of the car business. Telling Autocar that the production possibilities don't make financial sense anymore, he is instead ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Wagon
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    Sampling Chevy's New Overseas-Only Diesel-Powered Wonder Wagon Since it came on the scene in 2009, General Motors' first truly global modern-day product, the Chevrolet Cruze, has become the company's best seller. Over 1.5 million deliveries – admittedly 46 percent to rental fleets, 12 ...

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