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Today's Car News: Ford, Infiniti Hybrid, and VW NMS (With Video!)

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2011 Infiniti M37

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It's Tuesday, and High Gear Media is busy digesting the full-size 2011 Toyota Avalon and prepping for the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance--which we'll be bringing to you live starting first thing Friday.

While we're in the midst of all things HGM, here's what we're reading from our RSS feeds, in between swigs of coffee:

Ford might have used DOE loans to repay some of its debt. A big deal? We think not. Like Judge Judy says, "money's fungible, sir." [Autoblog]

Automobile took the Infiniti M35 Hybrid for a three-minute drive in Japan. Their prediction: awesome, with a side of greens. [Automobile]

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt gets a charging partner sometime soon. Will the same company outfitting homes for the 2011 Nissan Leaf get a piece of the GM action? [Detroit Free Press]

Spies have nabbed pics of the new Volkswagen NMS that'll be built in the Chattanooga plant under construction. Is it bigger than a breadbox--i.e., the Toyota Camry? All signs point to "yes." [Car and Driver]

Toyota may be brewing a hot hatch to honor its former test driver Hiromu Naruse, who died in an accident in a Lexus LFA prototype. [Autoblog]

Audi's going to Facebook to build a business case for importing the TT RS to the U.S. Do you "like?" [Inside Line]

For a mere $295,000, you can have a lifetime membership to Skip Barber Racing Schools. No regifting allowed--or even contemplated, we bet. [AutoWeek]

Someone's had the brilliant idea of building lookalike 1966 Ford Bronco bodies for the SEMA crowd. The verdict? Do want. [Jalopnik]

And finally today, Gary Numan's going viral with a battery commercial, in which he uses car horns to play his hit "Cars" while shilling the batteries themselves. In the future, everything's recycled, including careers. [New York Times]

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