Today in Car News: Electric Cars, VW Passat

September 21, 2010

How about a 750-horsepower Aston Martin One-77? Why yes, we'll take two, thanks very much. [AutoExpress]

California wants to see one million electric cars on its highways by the year 2020. Those Mattell boys need to get cracking. [Detroit News]

We've been reporting it ad nauseum since last October; now there's some other believers in the death of the current Volkswagen Passat. [Inside Line]

While the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid takes aim at greens in Los Angeles, it'll be joined by the eerily similar Kia Optima Hybrid. It's like they're cousins or something. [LLN]

Former Hyundai designer Joel Piaskowski is now also former Mercedes-Benz designer Joel Piaskowski, now that he's headed to design Fords and Lincolns. [Automotive News]

We think somebody knows what we know, but can't tell you until a week from Thursday. You didn't hear it from us. [Autoblog]

It's not the economy, stupid, nor is it the housing crisis. The Automotive X Prize is the most important thing going on today, according to one dopey Congressperson. [AutoblogGreen]

India's plans to conquer the U.S. truck market, one off-roader at a time, may be in jeopardy. Or they could just be on hold. Or stuck in traffic. Not even the Grey Lady's getting clear answers. [New York Times]

Finally today, while German tuner PPI Automotive has found a way to make the Audi R8 V10 quicker, they've also found a neat 'n easy way to remove its good looks. Hint: you don't always have to destroy the thing you love. [AutoMotto]

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