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With the launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, GM is rebooting its bow-tie small-car lineup. Is the Cruze good enough to be the linchpin of a roll-out that includes the Volt and maybe a Spark subcompact, too? Today at High Gear Media, we'll get you the details on the new four-door and explain why some Volt dealers might be ready to upcharge shoppers for the new plug-in hybrid, too. And we'll tell you how Mazda has reworked the Mazda6 sedan this year to make up for what's been a shocking sales slump for the fine-driving sedan.

Over at MotorAuthority, August is bringing all things fast and furious--and luxurious, too. This week we're kicking off our version of Shark Week with wall-to-wall coverage of ultra-luxury and exotic cars, from this week's Rolls-Royce Ghost and Aston Martin DBS Volante reviews to the coming Pebble Beach Concours. We'll be sure to park them safely, though--what with word that the Cadillac Escalade's the most-stolen vehicle in America. While we're talking luxury, we'll go over Saab's plan to use MINI running gear for a new 92, and we'll get social with Jaguar-Land Rover's director of all things automotive and social, Leah Watkins-Hall.

On the greener side, High Gear Media has the breaking news on GM's investment in a plug-in hybrid truck maker--and what's in store next for Aptera, too. We'll explain why you won't be able to run your electric car from your Apple iPad, and  Ford's interesting new patent on non-hybrid plug-in hybrids.
Finally, if you're planning on speeding in India, don't talk about it on Facebook--the local police are watching the Webs. And if you're interested in risking life and limb inside a car, you'll want to hook up with HGM friend of the house Vanilla Ice--our generation's Evel Knievel, maybe?

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