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2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville

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We know the 2011 Ford Edge. We drove the 2011 Ford Edge. You, sir, are no 2011 Ford Edge. (It's made of metal, for one.) [TheCarConnection]

 

We've also seen the 2011 Nissan Murano, and we're split: does the new grille insert relieve the toothy grin, or does it look like those weird Subarus hacked by Andreas Zapatinas? [TheCarConnection]

Then there's the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. A curvy bod gets some straight lines, but weren't the curves the whole idea? [MotorAuthority]

Rumored: Volkswagen wants to buy Alfa Romeo. Because Porsche wasn't costly enough? [TheCarConnection]

This week in spy shots: a 2012 Hyundai Genesis with light touch-up work, and a Jeep Grand Cherokee with serious HEMI injection. You'll see them for real early next year, we bet. [MotorAuthority, MotorAuthority]

Toyota may be backing off from its sales plan for thousands more hybrids next year. Given the falling numbers across the hybrid board, it's a savvy step ahead...on screen, at least. [GreenCarReports]

On another front, Toyota has started hiring in Mississippi--at the erstwhile Highlander/Prius plant that's now designated as a Corolla factory. Our advice: bring those statins for the local cuisine. [CarNewsBreak]

Infiniti will sponsor the Emmy Awards. Who knew they still handed out Emmys? [CelebsAndCars]

Experts are predicting the U.S. will have more than 1 million electric-car charging points by 2015--which should neatly oversupply the actual fleet of, oh, 10,000 cars in owners' hands? [AllCarsElectric]

Once those EVs hit the road en masse, we can count on new electricity taxes. It's inevitable, like death or M*A*S*H* reruns. [PoliticsAndCars]

Questions never asked still need to be answered. And thus, we bring you the first twin-turbo Lambo LP670. [AllExoticCars]

Can a free credit report help you save money on your next new car purchase? [BestCarBuyingAdvice]

Texting and driving is a no-go, but your cell phone can be you and your car's best friend. [CollegeCarGuide]

Last up today, a loving recollection of the "big" Austin-Healeys. Bring a tissue--and bring rags to clean up oil. [SportsCarMonitor]

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