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    LA 2008: A GEM with a fireball and official custom line
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    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Fireball GEM
    So, there's an LA-based custom car service called Fireballed that provides all sorts of vehicles to those who want to experience the "Automotive Hollywood Lifestyle." Designer "Fireball" Tim Lawrence makes some crazy vehicles - see these ...

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    LA 2008: Kia's offers ex-Scion buyers a Soulful alternative
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    Click above for more live shots of the Kia Soul in LA
    Toyota has taken a bit of heat for seemingly ungreening its Scion xB, which used a small, efficient engine housed in a small, efficient package that seated four occupants comfortably with room left over for their various belongings. Now, many ...

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    LA 2008: Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI, 25 mpg highway
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    Click for a high-res photo gallery of the new Touareg V6 TDI
    Volkswagen is showing off the new Touareg V6 TDI at the LA Auto Show before it goes on sale in around March of 2009. The V6 TDI replaces the old V10 TDI in the lineup and uses the same 3.0L V6 diesel that's going into the Audi Q7 TDI. ...

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    LA 2008: Green Car of the Year is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Green Car of the Year
    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/environment/VW_Jetta_TDI_named_Green_Car_of_the_Year'; 8:45 am - So, the choices for the 2009 Green Car of the Year are: BMW 335d Ford Fusion hybrid Saturn Vue 2 Mode hybrid Smart ...

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    LA 2008: Nissan unboxes its Cube
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan Cube
    Although we got an early peek at the new Nissan Cube before its official debut, the boxy little economy car had its formal introduction here at the LA Auto Show today. When it officially goes on sale next spring, it will be powered by the ...

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    LA 2008: Volkswagen's imposing Touareg TDI Trophy Truck
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    Click above for more live shots of the Touareg TDI Trophy Truck from LA
    Seriously, nobody in their right mind is going to suggest that racing across the Baja desert for about a thousand miles in any vehicle qualifies as green, but it takes place each and every year in Southern California and ...

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    LA 2008: Hyundai rolls out HED-5 i-Mode for first time on U.S. soil
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    Click above for high-res image gallery of Hyundai HED-5 i-Mode
    We first saw Hyundai's rolling CUV shapeship, the HED-5 i-Mode, back in Geneva, but today at the LA Auto Show is the first time the Korean automaker has shown the car in the States. New to the crossover is a 2.0L gasoline direct ...

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    LA 2008: Hyundai announces Blue Drive efficiency strategy, 2010 Sonata hybrid
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    Hyundai has joined the "Blue is the new green movement" at the LA Auto Show, where the Korean automaker has announced its "Blue Drive" efficiency strategy. The core of the plan is meet the federally-mandated 35 mpg fleet average economy requirement by 2015 rather than the 2020 ...

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    LA 2008: Honda pulls a surprise with FC Sport concept
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    Click the FC Sport concept for a high res gallery
    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/A_Honda_surprise_FC_Sport_is_beautiful_hydrogen_powered'; In an age when there are fewer and fewer surprises at auto shows as embargoes get broken and information leaks out early, Honda pulled off a big ...

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    LA 2008: BMW 7-series ActiveHybrid
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    Click the 7-series ActiveHybrid for a high res gallery
    BWM showed its new 7-series ActiveHybrid in North America for the first time today at the LA Auto Show. The 7-series hybrid uses the mild hybrid system developed in cooperation with Mercedes Benz. A 20 kW electric motor/generator is sandwiched ...

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    LA 2008: Toyota Camry CNG Hybrid
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    Click for high-res image gallery of the Toyoat CNG hybrid Camry
    Toyota isn't holding a press conference at the LA Auto Show this year, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have anything to show. The Prius purveyors have built a CNG-fueled Camry hybrid. According to Toyota spokesperson Jana Hartline, ...

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    LA 2008: Toyota Camry CNG Hybrid Concept gets early reveal
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    Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Camry CNG Hybrid
    All that's missing is an airbrushed portrait of T. Boone Pickens on the hood. Of what, you ask? Of the Toyota Camry CNG Hybrid concept, which explores the idea of combining Hybrid Synergy Drive with natural gas power. It debuts this week at ...

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    Nissan Cube makes an early appearance
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    Click above for more images of the U.S.-spec Nissan Cube
    Scion may have had a good thing going with the first-generation xB, which proved to be an ultra-popular model here in the U.S. Nissan hopes to capitalize on some of that model's success with the new Cube. While the official unveiling of the ...

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    LA 2008: Live reveal of the MINI E
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    Click the MINI E for more shots of the car
    This afternoon BMW representatives took the wraps off the first "production" MINI E, #1 of a run of 500 that will be leased to customers in the southern California and metro New York areas starting in January. Dr. Friederich Eichiner presented the ...

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    In the Wild: 2009 MINI E in Beverly Hills
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    Click for a high res gallery of the MINI E on the street
    The electric MINIs have arrived! While getting ready for today's festivities here in Los Angeles, we spotted one of the 500 MINI Es that will be leased starting in January. Apparently international media are trying them out today and we'll ...

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    LA Preview: hydrogen fuel cell Passat Lingyu
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    Passat Lingyu
    Shanghai VW, is bringing a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of the Passat Lingyu to the LA Auto Show. The Shanghai Securities News, via Gasgoo, says this is the first China-made "new-energy car model" from VW to make an appearance at an auto show. It's also the first-ever hydrogen ...

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    MINI executives talk about the MINI E
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    Click for a high res gallery of the MINI E
    Over at the MINI micro-site (is that redundant?) MINISpace the editors have posted an interview with Dr. Wolfgang Armbrecht, Senior Vice President Brand Management MINI, and Ulrich Kranz, Head of Project i about the company's new electric car. The MINI E ...

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    LA Preview: Kia to debut fuel cell-powered Borrego SUV
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    Apparently the production version of the Kia Soul won't be the only debut on the Kia stand next week in Los Angeles. Kia will also be featuring a version of its new Borrego SUV with electric drive and a hydrogen fuel cell. The fuel cell stack is the fourth generation of Hyundai's in-house developed ...

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    MINI E will reportedly cost $850/month for one-year lease
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    Click for a high res gallery of the MINI E
    For those of you hoping to snap up one first electrically powered MINIs, we have what may be bad news. The price of the MINI E keeps creeping upward. The other day, Automotive News reported that the battery-powered prototypes were going to cost over $500 ...

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    9,500 people sign up to lease MINI E, will cost over $500/month
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    Click for a high res gallery of the MINI E
    Since MINI USA opened up the MINIspace.com site a couple of weeks ago to allow people to register their interest in leasing the new MINI E next year, over 9,500 people have signed up. Unfortunately most of them will not actually have the opportunity to ...

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