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Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept - 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept - 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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From The Car Connection:

VW's American-Made SUV Won't Be A Touareg

If Volkswagen decides to build a new crossover SUV in its Tennessee plant--a decision due in the next few weeks--the new ute likely won't be a replacement for the Touareg. Speaking last week at the 2013 LA Auto Show, VW's U.S. chief Jonathan Browning confirmed that a decision on a three-row crossover still is due by the end of the year.

Italian Safety Stallion: Maserati Ghibli Aces IIHS Tests

The 2014 Ghibli is the first Maserati ever to be run through one of the major U.S. crash-test systems. And now in its first set of tests—from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—it's been named a Top Safety Pick.

Waze Adds Celebrity-Voiced Navigation, Featuring Kevin Hart (Video)

Connoisseurs of commuting could argue that Waze has single-handedly upended navigation technology. Think about it. Once upon a time, gadgets and apps had to rely on data from big corporations like INRIX to tell travelers about traffic ahead.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

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From Motor Authority:

First Corvette Stingray Special Edition Is The New Premiere Edition Convertible

To mark the sales launch of its 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible and get the holiday season going, Chevrolet is launching a new special edition. The new special edition is called the “Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible” and it will be produced in a limited run of just 550 cars.

Man Buys Nissan 370Z Using Proceeds From Sale Of Own Testicle

Some people go to extreme lengths to own the car of their dreams. Theft. Selling drugs. Getting tickets to see Oprah and hoping she's feeling generous that day. Other say they'd sell part of their anatomy.

Lamborghini Teases The Sound Of Its Gallardo-Replacing ‘Cabrera’

Just a day after Lamborghini announced that production of its Gallardo had come to end, the Italian automaker has started teasing a replacement. We’ve known that a replacement for the Gallardo was coming soon, thanks to numerous prototype sightings, but this is the first official recognition that a new Lamborghini supercar is brewing.

Nissan global research and development chief Mitsuhiko Yamashita

Nissan global research and development chief Mitsuhiko Yamashita

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From Green Car Reports:

Nissan R&D Chief: Carbon Fiber Is Good For Planes, Not Cars

Nissan has put a lot of investment into the battery and all-electric powertrain technology in its all-electric Leaf. Yet outside of that, the Leaf is a pretty ordinary small car in materials and layout. Meanwhile, the somewhat more expensive BMW i3 takes a radically different approach to materials and construction; from its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body to its aluminum structure, it's a completely different kind of car.

Why Can't California Subsidize 120-Volt Workplace Charging?

Most people with electric cars presently charge at home. And why not? It's where you live, and where your electric car spends the most time stationary. It makes sense to charge there when you're doing things like eating or sleeping.

What Can I Save Driving An Electric Car? Apps Can Help, Soon

Last month, Apple Stores in the United States began stocking the Automatic Link. And it might just point the way toward how to convince more car buyers that a plug-in electric car--or other alternatives, from hybrid to diesel to natural gas, for that matter--could make economic sense.

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