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The other New York newspaper thinks land yachts have hit a new sales stride--but does an S-Class really count? [Wall Street Journal]

The EPA wants to give cars a letter grade for fuel economy, but a survey suggests people won't understand how to compare cars any better with new grades. [PRNewswire]

Car sales may be experiencing a meaningful boost in September--though it's likely they're still down from August. [PRNewswire]

Subaru has developed its first new flat four-cylinder engine in more than a decade. More torque and more power are on tap. [WorldCarFans]

Mitsubishi swears they're in the U.S. market to stay--and they'd also like to quadruple their sales here in a few short years. [Autoblog]

Renault and Nissan are scaling up their broad alliance. Compact cars are already global; mid-size cars and crossovers are next. [Automotive News]

Toyota's new electric-car plan includes a compact EV coming in 2012. The catch: you'll have to buy, own and drive it in China. And it won't have a Toyota badge. [Fast Company]

Can solar-powered road signs help fix the power grid and stave off road death, too? [Autopia]

Chrysler's looking into allegations that some Grand Cherokee plant workers are drinking and toking on the job. Are those UAW concessions or what? [MSNBC]

Finally today, Michael Jackson may still be alive. And living in Los Angeles. And driving a Toyota Previa. Which of the three things is most existentially awful? [Jalopnik]

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