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More Audi A1 Details, Subaru SVX Redux: Today's Car News

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While Subaru preps for a Tokyo Motor Show intro of its new coupe, there's word that its Hybrid Tourer concept is a thinly veiled future car along the lines of the old Subaru SVX. A car that needed replacing? We're not so sure. [AutoExpress]

The Audi A1 won't simply be a hatchback when it's unveiled next year--there's word of more variants, including a possible crossover and a potential wagon version, too. [WCF]

Before you get all excited about the prospect, there's no such thing as a coupe version of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. [Autoblog]

Ford's struck a deal with the United Auto Workers that gives it a new deal closer to the one held by General Motors and Chrysler. It's as good as it gets unless Ford takes a trip through Chapter 11, which isn't expected to happen anytime soon. [Automotive News, sub. req'd.]

General Motors will close the deal and hand over Opel to Magna this week, giving it even more leeway to apply for electric-car loans and to file an IPO sometime next year. [Autocar]

Energy titans are trying to wed the country's three largest electricity grids, which could give a major boost to plug-in hybrids nationwide. [Wall Street Journal, sub. req'd.]

Former Tesla exec Michael van der Sande is headed to Aston Martin to head up commercial efforts. Not those commercials--the other kind. [Automotive News, sub. req'd.]

Lamborghini's connected with VW Credit and can now write loans for buyers of its Murcielago Coupe and Roadster. Because what everyone wants right now is a $5,000 monthly note. [PRNewswire]

Ford's studying its colors--and Cincinnati buyers want red, while Philadelphia shoppers like blue. Detroits, what say you? White, to match the coming winter? Done. [MSNBC]

Your iPhone can now control just about everything: the weather, your love life, and now, the ignition to your car. Viper's SmartStart is either very cool, or a further sign of the electronic apocalypse. [PRNewswire]

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  1. Starting your car from your iPhone, I would lean to the very cool side, but that is just me. We are giving away one (fully installed) every two weeks from now till the end of the year. Just become a fan on our Facebook site. type in Viper vehicle security or visit viper.com/smartstart
     
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