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    Video: Check out this tour of Arash's factory and an AF8 dyno run
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    As boutique automakers go, Arash has been around for quite a long time, yet it hasn't really made much of a splash. We first reported on them a whopping seven years ago, and since then, the English-built brand has trotted out a slow and steady stream of exotica. YouTuber Shmee150 has a great ...

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    Video: Maserati offers peek into Alfieri concept's design
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    This year marks Maserati's hundredth anniversary, which means we'll be spending the rest of 2014 talking about all the company's planned celebrations. The Alfieri Concept, shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, though, is quite possibly the most noteworthy part of the brand's centennial. Named ...

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    Confirmed: McLaren's baby P13 coming next year with multiple bodystyles, US$160K sticker price
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    Though you could hardly call it "cheap" by most standards, when McLaren Automotive booted up with the launch of the MP4-12C three years ago, it was, relatively speaking, the most affordable McLaren yet. Cheaper than the original McLaren F1, cheaper than the SLR it made for Mercedes-Benz, and ...

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    Report: Experts wonder if aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 has real advantage [w/poll]
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    There's no doubt that Ford is taking a risk in producing the body of its upcoming new 2015 F-150 pickup truck in aluminum. What is up for debate, however, is whether aluminum was a wise risk to take in the first place. Wards Auto took the opportunity to poll some experts on the subject of ...

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    Report: SRT Viper plant idled over slow sales? [w/Video]
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    The SRT Viper is taking an extended production break later this spring while the factory copes with low demand and gears up for the 2015 model year. Chrysler will idle the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant from April 14 to June 23, and 91 employees there will be laid off during that time. Sales of the ...

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    2015 Chrysler 200 production gets underway [w/videos]
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    Chrysler announced recently that it has added some 800 new jobs at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) to support the production of its all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan. Total employment at the Sterling Heights, MI plant grows to almost 2,800 with the hires, an impressive figure for a plant ...

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    Report: How more EV sales in North America is hurting China's environment
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    One of the bigger knocks against hybrid and electric vehicles is that while they don't directly produce much in the way of harmful emissions (if they make any at all), the process of building their electric motors and batteries can be very, very bad for the environment. Take graphite, for ...

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    Followup: Disgraced Chinese supplier claims it has been wronged by Aston Martin
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    In what could be called a case of carma, the Chinese plastic supplier that forced Aston Martin to recall about 75 per cent of its production since 2007 now says that it has lost about most of its customers and is facing financial ruin. Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co. produced the accelerator ...

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    Official: Panoz celebrates 25 years with Esperante Spyder
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    Panoz forged a legacy of creating race-winning endurance and open wheel cars through the late-1990s and early-2000s, but the company has been relatively quiet for the past few years. However, with its 25th anniversary looming, the American sports car brand appears to be on a comeback. It's ...

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    Report: Toyota will use Mazda's Skyactiv engine in new subcompact
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    It looks like Toyota is going to have a little more zoom-zoom in the future. The giant Japanese automaker has struck a deal with Mazda to use its Skyactiv engines for the possible replacement to the Yaris. The new subcompact will be built under contract by Mazda at its new factory in ...

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