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    Hyundai has grown substantially over the years, and the automaker is pitching in to ensure that the South Korean population follows suit. A low birth rate in Korea has contributed to a shrinking population, prompting the government to find ways to encourage more "child rearing." As part of that...
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    Detroit automakers have long played the politics game, with employees donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to company-run political action committees. During the 2008 election cycle, GM, Ford, and Chrysler each doled out $800,000 or more to local and federal elections. With 2008 in the...
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has commissioned a study that seems to indicate that a dramatic increase in roof safety is in order. The group's resulting newly proposed standards would require a vehicle's roof to withstand 2.5 times the specific vehicle's weight. According to the...
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    How could a fake parking ticket possibly lead to a virus on your computer? It goes something like this: You walk out of a store and notice a yellow ticket on the windshield of your car. It's apparently a parking violation, and it directs you to a specific website. Once at the website, there are...
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    The Carbon Motors E7, a purpose-built car for law enforcement, is continuing to march toward reality. Carbon Motors has targeted 2012 as the start of production, and cars can already be pre-ordered at the company''s website as a way to raise capital for the start of series production. We'd...
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    Cars are such an easy target for politicians looking to bolster their green image. The latest is Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski, who has had the Speaker of the House introduce a bill that could make many aftermarket parts unavailable. Tires are the main aim of the bill, which seeks to...
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    The economic stimulus bill just got a whole lot interesting for automakers and car buyers alike, as a proposal to make interest on auto loans deductible has been voted in. The proposal, which was championed by the National Automotive Dealer Association, was voted in by a bi-partisan 71-36 vote...
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    Mercedes-Benz is considering entering the automotive CNG market with a version of its B-Class compact vehicle and it's currently showing just the machine at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show. Regardless of the German automaker's intent, the decision on whether or not to actually offer the vehicle...
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    Let's go ahead and get it out there: General Motors doesn't have a plan for Saab, Saturn, or HUMMER - it has a bunch of hopes, ideas and proposals. The best that GM can do with Saab is try to extricate the brand from its entangled web, which might make it more attractive to a buyer. That...
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    Ask for a little help from the government, and the next thing you know you're asking for the government to protect you from the very help it's giving you. General Motors is restructuring its debt load by offering equity shares instead of cash to debt holders, namely the government and the UAW...
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    Filed under: Government/Legal, Jaguar, Land Rover, Vauxhall When the U.S. domestic auto industry asked its government for billions of dollars in loans, it made world-wide news. Many other foreign nations have pitched in with funding for their own industries, as well. The UK has just gotten in...
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    Filed under: Government/Legal, Earnings/Financials Auto suppliers are in a perilous position, which isn't surprising considering that their livelihoods are directly tied to those of the major automakers, and we all know how that's been going lately. To help keep their ships afloat, a team of 35...
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    Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal Michigan is a state of contradictions. The authorities there are so worried about your focus on the road in front of you that it's illegal to hang anything on your rear-view mirror. Yet if you want to triple tow - that's pulling two trailers at one time, like...
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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: Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, BMW BMW builds terrific cars and crossovers, but even Germany's finest is struggling to tread water in a brutal automotive climate. Lagging demand has forced BMW to cut 26,000 workers for the months of February and March and BMW's factories...
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    VW sues Lamborghini O.C. for "outright theft" of $12 million Filed under: Government/Legal, Supercars, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Earnings/Financials Last November, Lamborghini Orange County, formerly the world's largest Lambo dealer, shuttered its doors for good. The reason for the abrupt...
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    Mercedes-Benz pays $28.9m in fines for fuel efficiency crimes Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials According to the NHTSA, more than $37 million in fines were collected last year for cars sold in 2007 from manufacturers that failed to meet current CAFE...
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