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    Green: Canada's Tar Sands vs. Electric Cars
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    It's pretty common knowledge - especially if you're the type to regularly visit sites such as our sister site AutoblogGreen and its ilk - that it's simply cheaper to drive a kilometre on electrical power than on gasoline. We also know that it is inefficient to convert oil sands into usable fuel ...

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    Official: Volvo building new AstaZero safety proving ground in Sweden
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    Volvo is an automaker committed to vehicle safety, setting an ambitious target for itself: by 2020, the Swedish automaker envisions that no one will be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars. In order to achieve that goal, Volvo has announced a new proving ground designed specifically to ...

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    Report: Chevy is building nearly 3x as many C7 Corvettes than it did the C6
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    In case there aren't enough on the roads in your area to make the case, Corvette Blogger reports that at last weekend's Corvettes at Carlisle show, General Motors showed a graphic putting the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production run at 37,288 units. That is about equal to the last three ...

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    Official: Audi builds its six-millionth Quattro-equipped car
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    All-wheel drive has become the norm particularly among German automakers. Mercedes offers its 4Matic system on a broad range of models, BMW counters with its xDrive system, Volkswagen has 4Motion, and the only Porsche you actually can't get with all-wheel traction is the Boxster/Cayman. But ...

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    Video: How GM is 3D laser-scanning its plants and using Google Glass
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    There is much, much more that goes into building an automotive factory than simply screwing the structure together, tossing a bunch of robots and employees in and supplying it with raw materials. There is a huge amount of planning that governs how the factory will be laid out, where the various ...

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    Report: Asian automakers still reluctant to use more aluminum
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    There's a logical progression of technology in the auto industry. We've seen it with things like carbon-ceramic brakes, which use to be the sole domain of six-figure sports cars, where they often cost as much as an entry level Toyota Corolla. Now, you can get them on a BMW M3 (they're still ...

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    Official: Caterham bids farewell to the Superlight R500
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    There are many things you could say about the Caterham Seven. It's ugly as a demon from hell, first of all, and it's based on a design so old it makes the Porsche 911 and Jeep Wrangler look like new technology. But it's also fast. Damn fast. When Caterham introduced the Superlight R500 over six ...

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    Report: Fisker's new owner working out Karma's 250 'bugs' before introducing second model
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    Fisker may be down, but it might not stay down forever. The company behind the Karma luxury hybrid shut down late last year and was purchased by Chinese OEM supplier Wanxiang Group, which intends to restart production. It just can't tell us when. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Wanxgiang ...

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    Report: Deadly explosion rocks Chinese auto parts plant near Shanghai [w/video]
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    An explosion at an auto parts plant owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. near Shanghai has killed at least 68 people, with 187 more injured. The blast has been traced back to errant sparks in a wheel-hub polishing workshop that apparently ignited dust. There were a total of 264 people ...

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    Report: Tesla halts production to prep for Model X
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    That darling of the electric car world, Tesla, is idling production at its factory in Fremont, CA, for the first time in order to expand the factory in preparation for its future Model X crossover. The US$100-million renovation will add 25 robots and upgrades to the body shop and assembly line to ...

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