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2011 Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima

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We've driven the 2011 Kia Optima enough for a very Quick Drive. First Drive? We'll save that for a future date. [MotorAuthority]

Could your WiFi-connected car be vulnerable to hackers? And could you hire them to hotwire the Coke Zero machine? Just a thought. [TheCarConnection]

Smart's Fortwo is hitting a serious slump, but the Daimler division hopes new cars will solve that problem. [TheCarConnection]

Americans can breathe an expensive sigh of relief: the teensy Toyota-based Aston Martin Cygnet will be offered here in 2012. Hold that breath when you hop in. [MotorAuthority]

Volt and Leaf fanciers, rejoice. California's HOV lanes will welcome you with open pinstripes. [GreenCarReports]

Those 2011 Nissan Leaf drivers will be few, though. Nissan will make just 200 cars available in five states later this year. [GreenCarReports]

The 2011 Leaf is open for orders, though--and the quick-charge option will run a mere $700. That's iPad money for sure, but less than expected. [AllCarsElectric]

Nielsen says fewer people are searching for new cars--which could presage some more hard times for Auto Inc. [SocialCarNews]

Privacy hawks can shudder--since the Feds can now track you via GPS without a warrant. [CarNewsBreak]

The fall semester's begun, and our college-car guy tips five hot hatchbacks for the next generation of enthusiasts. [CollegeCarGuide]

Last up today--before we send you off on your Labor Day holiday, keep these five rental cars in mind if you want driving fun in the mix. [AllSmallCars]

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