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Today at High Gear Media: Kia Sportage, China Wins Volvo and LOLcars

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2011 Kia Sportage

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Happy Monday from the gang here at High Gear Media--okay, that's enough, get past your unbridled enthusiasm for work and take a tour with us around the HGM empire for the latest car news, reviews, and opinions, starting with TCC's review of the 2011 Kia Sportage. Is it the cute-ute with enough attitude to sway you from your heathen gas-guzzling ways? (And can you wait for the 270-hp turbo version?) If not, maybe you should turn on one of the electric cars offered around the globe, complete with our guide to EV buying incentives?

If the Sportage isn't your flavor, this week's smart car-shopping tips also scours the SUV planet in search of big deals. Sport-utes are surging this summer, but a handful have been left behind--and TCC has the list of Six SUVs You Can Practically Steal This Month. It's your shopping shorthand for the week. You're welcome.

Elsewhere in the news, TCC looks at the updates coming to the Suzuki Kizashi this fall, and brings you the details on the now-complete sale of Volvo to Geely. And with Volvo gone, Ford's planning on beefing up its Lincoln brand with a range of smaller cars and crossovers.

And from the vast reaches of our universe, our team of budding car writers have reviews of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue, along with recommendations for the best vehicles for a family road trip--and an intriguing choice from a recent college grad on the best choice for your future alum's first college car.

We'll wrap it up with a look at the controversial ad VW pulled from its 2011 Jetta campaign, then pick a Toyota classic in the making for garage-rich sports-car fans. And finally, somehow, someone's stuffed something very odd in a gas tank. Our advice? Leave the cheezeburgers to the LOLcatz, kthxbai.

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