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2007 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible concept

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General Motors is breaking out of the recent past--it's hiring new people and prepping a slew of new vehicles, all in the news today across the High Gear Media network.

First up, TheCarConnection has some news on the new small Cadillac ATS lineup and possible confirmation through Twitter--and then TCC fills you in on the 2010 Cadillac SRX and its Top Safety Pick rating. Over at MotorAuthority, we've illustrated the rumored 2013 Buick Regal convertible, and have the latest on the delayed arrival of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, too.

Shopping for a car this week? TheCarConnection and pricing partner TrueCar have hand-picked five convertibles that you can find at big discounts. If you do buy, make sure you sharpen up your driving skills, guys--according to one new report, women are better drivers than men.

MotorAuthority keeps on chomping at its version of "Shark Week" this month with more news on exotics and luxury cars. Lexus may allow its clients to own, not lease, the exotic LFA coupe. And Lamborghini's considering a production Estoque sedan that would challenge the Aston Rapide and its corporate cousin Porsche's Panamera. The Joss supercar is headed our way, and young Brad Anderson has details on AllExoticCars, too.

Our green-car sites are churning away at the 2011 Nissan Leaf yet again, and this time we're ogling Alyssa Milano and her fascination with the 2011 Leaf. But will she be able to drive the Nissan EV cross-country? We're guessing no, but no matter how you drive the Leaf, rest assured Nissan's gone to extremes to ensure you'll be safe.

Elsewhere in the world of eco-friendly cars, Hyundai's saying it will hit a 50-mpg fleet average by 2025 if it reaches its "stretch" goals for fuel economy. And Smart ForTwo fans can win a two-seat city car by contributing to a worthy cause.

And finally, while InsiderCarReviews' Jim Hamel lives with the 2010 Ford Taurus for a week, the Chinese may have a plan to cure big traffic woes. They're envisioning buses that allow cars to drive under them--is it a first step into the future or a Jetsons-style fake? We'll all just have to wait a half-century or so to see.

Don't miss Friday at High Gear Media--MotorAuthority has the first drive of the 2011 Scion tC tomorrow, along with a feature drive in the 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante.

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