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Lance Armstrong could be in for a world of legal nightmares with new doping allegations, but Nissan thinks he's still the guy to front some 2011 Leaf marketing. [AutoblogGreen]

With Volt and Leaf set to launch, sales of gas-dependent hybrids are falling fast--with the Toyota Prius falling more than a third in sales numbers. [Autoblog]

The ten safest cities for driving don't include notable High Gear Media outlets like New York, Palo Alto or Atlanta. We know exactly why. Slow down! [KickingTires]

If you're no fan of China's political postures, you'll be concerned that Ford may build some U.S.-market cars in China, someday soon. [TheTruthAboutCars]

GM and the UAW may be putting out the BFF vibe in public, but what happens when the company goes IPO and is flush with cash? [DetroitFreePress]

Kia's vice chairman has resigned--and reports suggest it's because of those Sorento and Soul recalls. [AutomotiveNews]

Small, global cars are the way forward for Mitsubishi. Does that spell the end for Eclipse, Galant, Endeavor and the plant in Normal, Illinois? [AutoWeek]

The new McLaren supercar is depending on the kindness of Porschephiles--or really, their money--to hit the stratosphere. [Autocar]

We've shown you spy shots of the new BMW 6-Series and M6 over on MotorAuthority--here's a pretty good sketch that compiles those cues into readable form. Thank Horatiu. [BMWBlog]

Lastly, if you're fascinating by the federal hijacking of the auto industry, car czar Steve Rattner's sure to be a must-read. All others, have some coffee and/or wait for Cliffs Notes. [EdmundsAutoObserver]

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