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Jaguar Backs Out Of CTS-V Challenge, Fisker Buys Old GM Plant: Today’s Car News

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This Thursday Bob Lutz will get down and dirty with a handful of auto journalists as well as a few well-heeled ‘civilians’ at a race track in Monticello, N.Y. One noteable absentee will be the 2010 Jaguar XFR, which has been pulled out because of fears its brakes will overheat over the five lap run. [Jalopnik]

One of Saturn’s longest lasting executives, Jill Lajdziak, has called it quits, announcing her retirement from General Motors at the end of the year. Lajdziak was the general manager of Saturn and joined the division before its first car was ever sold. [Automotive News, sub req’d]

In the market for a new half-ton pickup? Your job just got easier as pretty much every model is a good choice according to Consumer Reports’ 2009 Annual Car Reliability Survey released today. []

Police in Italy, outraged at a seized ‘fake’ Ferrari built off a Toyota MR2 chassis, plan to crush the car in accordance with the country’s copyright laws. The copied model, incidentally, was a rare Ferrari 355 Berlinetta. [Austrian Times]

Fisker’s second model, a $39,000 mid-sized plug-in hybrid sedan, will enter production in late 2012 at a former General Motors plant in Delaware. The company anticipates the project will ultimately create or support 2,000 factory jobs and more than 3,000 vendor and supplier jobs by 2014, as production ramps up to full capacity of 75,000-100,000 vehicles per year. [Motor Authority]

Following in the footsteps of BMW, General Motors is starting to investigate the benefits of extracting wasted heat energy from a car’s engine and exhaust in order to boost fuel economy. Luckily for GM, the government has given a $2.6 million grant to help develop technology. [The Detroit News]

Jaguar is reportedly working on a striking new four-door coupe for launch in 2014. The new model is being styled along the lines of 2003’s R-D6 concept car and is expected to cost about $60,000. [AutoWeek]

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