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    The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed. For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the "Age of America" will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China. And it's a lot closer than you may...
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    A report by AutoBild states that BMW's designers are hard at work on the next iteration of the 1 series and that five different body styles are under review, with only one headed for production. The variations include a three-door shooting brake, a five-door wagon, a "Progressive Activity...
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    We've been waiting for some indication that the Nissan GT-R SpecV would go on sale in markets outside of Japan, and thanks to the eagle eyes of the man at the helm of GTRBlog, there's finally proof. The latest edition of Best Motoring includes a test of the SpecV and the prototype (not a...
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    Filed under: Frankfurt Auto Show, Spy Photos, Geneva Motor Show, Euro, Hatchbacks, GM, Opel, Vauxhall, UK General Motors' Opel division has been hard at work on a performance version of its hot new Insignia, the reigning European Car of the Year, and the first spy shot - probably snapped on...
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    Filed under: Euro, Plants/Manufacturing, Buick, GM, Saab, Opel GM might make a swap in its European production plans, shifting Buick assembly to Opel and Saab assembly to Sweden. Names of the models in question haven't been mentioned, but the Opel Insignia, Chinese-spec Buick Regal and coming...
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    Filed under: Convertibles, Geneva Motor Show, Euro, Honda With the announcement that the Honda S2000 will cease production after the 2009 model year and its successor in doubt, Honda decided to give the high-revving roadster a special send-off before it shuffles off this mortal coil. The Honda...
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    Filed under: Euro, Misc. Auto Shows With every major city and its suburbs hosting their own auto shows, we can't be everywhere. Most major news occurs at the major auto shows, but this year, our absence will be missed at one less auto show than last year, because organizers have announced the...
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    Filed under: Frankfurt Auto Show, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Euro, Supercars, Porsche, Rumormill The blokes at Pistonheads supposedly got word from an inside source at Porsche that the automaker is considering a track-day version of the GT2. The hypothetical Porsche 911 GT2 RS would improve on every...
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    Filed under: Euro, Porsche, Earnings/Financials Porsche's sales for the first six months of its fiscal year (August 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009) have decreased by 27.3% for a total of 34,000 units sold. The resulting financial effect is a 14.3% drop in revenue, or around three billion...
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    Filed under: Euro, Government/Legal, Green European car ads are always mentioning how many grams of CO2 a car emits because more than twelve European countries tax drivers based on those emissions. Germany, home to a cadre of automakers for which CO2 parsimony is not a prime consideration, has...
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    Filed under: Etc., Euro, Earnings/Financials Russia has long been included under the "emerging markets" umbrella that carmakers have been saying would lead to future industry growth. The economic fallout put an end to those predictions, with Russia suffering just as badly - and if you include...
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    Filed under: Euro, GM, Saab, Earnings/Financials In the interest of making its Saab brand more attractive for purchase, General Motors is reportedly looking at returning more autonomy to its Swedish subsidiary. As it stands now, Saab is basically a glorified Swedish imprint of the Opel record...
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    Members Only: Alfa Romeo MiTo RIAR edition Filed under: Euro, Hatchbacks, Alfa Romeo, Special/Limited Editions Isn't it nice when automakers can give something back to their most loyal fans? Like Volkswagen, for example, which shows up every year to its enthusiast gathering in Wörthersee...
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