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Best of the Best for 2012: Audi A7 and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Autoweek editors name the Audi A7 Best of the Best/Car and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Best of the Best/Truck
Each year, hundreds of new cars and trucks pass through the Autoweek garage for evaluation by our editors.

Electric vehicle questions answered
Plug In America, an electric vehicle advocacy group, will host a webinar on "How to Answer Common Plug-in Questions" on January 18 at 5:00. p.m. PST.

Bajaj, TVS December numbers disappoint
Mumbai/New Delhi, Jan. 2: Two-wheeler sales have started to wobble sending a new frisson of panic through the automobile industry where car sales have been on the skids for most of this year.

Narain Karthikeyan hails country's progress in automobile industry
Coimbatore, Jan 3 (ANI): India's Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan has said that it was pleasing to know that the country has become an automobile hub in Asia and would soon scale to the third position by selling over sixty lakh vehicles a year by 2020.

Auto Expo 2012: Mega-launches, big-ticket announcements on cards
The five-day event at Delhi's Pragati Maidan promises a slew of launches and first-time exhibits of vehicles in virtually every segment and draw large crowds.

2012 BMW 750Li xDrive: Review notes: The sharpest-handling, big luxury limo on the block
EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: If you need serious legroom in your high-end luxury sports sedan, be sure to put this 2012 BMW 750Li xDrive on your short list.

EBay exotic: 1989 Honda CRX Si
Is the Honda CRX Si poised to become that rarest of niche vehicles--a Japanese collector car?

Dakar Rally 2012 Day 2 update
The first major motorsports event of the year, the 2012 Dakar Rally, began its two-week trek across South America on Jan. 1.

Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage premieres tonight on the Velocity Network
Join host Courtney Hansen and a collection of the most interesting and insightful names in the car world on Tuesday, Jan. 3, as Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage premieres on the Discovery Channel's new car-centric Velocity Network.

Of Flat-Fours, 389s and 440s: Autoweek's new Senior Online Editor, West Coast explains from whence the mania came
It started with Porsches, Mopars and Pontiacs. The high-school volleyball coach down the street had a 356 coupe. My toddler friend's older half-brothers were constantly spinning wrenches on a black-on-black Coronet R/T with a white bumblebee stripe.

Audi A7, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque are the Best of the Best: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: Tune in tonight on the Velocity Network to watch Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage.

Bruce Meyer: A good guy gets recognition
Bruce Meyer, one of the best ambassadors of the collector-car hobby, will be honored as an "Automotive Icon" at the 30th anniversary of the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance, June 23-24, 2012, in Dana Point, Calif.

Robbie Maddison, Levi LaValle break records at Red Bull New Year's Eve event: Video
Now that Red Bull has its hooves in all forms of motorsport, it's fitting that for New Year's Eve, it staged a tandem record-setting jump with a motorcycle and a snowmobile.

Dakar Rally 2012 Day 3 update
American Robby Gordon continues to hold second place overall at the completion of day three of the 2012 Dakar.

Bentley posts big sales jump for 2011
Luxury-car maker Bentley says 2011 was a banner year, with global sales of 7,003 cars, up 37 percent from the year before.

Research and Markets: How the Global Automobile & Airline Industries Are Impacting the Global Energy Business
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "How The Global Automobile & Airline industries are

What The Auto Industry Can Teach Us About The EU's Airline Emissions Trading System
In January, the European Union's Emissions Trading System--the largest carbon market for greenhouse gases--plans to forcefully enroll any airline that stops in Europe. Airlines are livid and warning of increased ticket prices. But as the history of fuel-economy standards in the automobile industry shows, today's environmental obstruction is tomorrow's common sense. [Click to enlarge] 1975 High ...

Kia, Chrysler, VW set pace as Dec. sales advance 9%: BMW, Mercedes yet to report as luxury race goes down to wire
Kia, Chrysler and Volkswagen posted some of the strongest sales gains for December as the industry closed out 2011 on a high note.

Ford introduces new EcoSport SUV in India
Ford introduced the second generation of its EcoSport compact SUV at the New Delhi Auto Expo on Wednesday.

AMT launches Dirty Donny's Vantasy
The first thing you need to know about

Previewing the 2012 Detroit auto show: Autoweek TV

Holiday Motor Excursion wraps up the year: Video
It wouldn't be Christmas, New Year's or any of the other things we celebrate around this time without the annual Holiday Motor Excursion put on by the Horseless Carriage Club of America's Southern California Branch. Each year, between Dec.

Gar Wood's Miss America VIII to be auctioned in Florida
Famed boat racer Gar Wood's two-time Harmsworth Trophy-winning race boat, Miss America VIII, will be offered at Mecum's Kissimmee Auction on Jan. 28 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Art at Speed: Metropolis II preps for museum debut: Model cityscape features 1,100 cars, scale speeds of 230 mph
Artist Chris Burden has created either a highly efficient and fully working model of a frenetic cityscape, which sounds like his original goal, or the best Hot Wheels track ever made.

White House hails U.S. auto industry progress
Washington — The White House on Wednesday cheered the jump in sales by Detroit's Big Three automakers in 2011 — and tweaked Republicans who criticized the $85 billion bailout.

Indonesia's automobile sales hit all-time high
Indonesia’s annual auto sales hit an all time high in 2011, exceeding the 870,000 units estimated earlier by local auto makers amid fears of supply disruption due to the tsunami in Japan last March.

Indonesia's automobile sales hit all-time high
Indonesiaâs annual auto sales hit an all time high in 2011, exceeding the 870,000 units estimated earlier by local automakers amid fears of supply disruption due to the tsunami in Japan last March. .....

Indonesia's automobile sales hit all-time high
Indonesiaâs annual auto sales hit an all time high in 2011, exceeding the 870,000 units estimated earlier by local automakers amid fears of supply disruption due to the tsunami in Japan last March. .....

Dakar Rally: Robby Gordon suffers tire punctures as Stéphane Peterhansel takes the lead
American racer Robby Gordonand#8217;s hopes of winning the 2012 Dakar Rally appear finished after he lost 18 minutes through a series of tire punctures on the fourth day of the grueling cross-country rally from Argentina to Peru.

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid: Review notes: A midsize hybrid sedan we can get behind
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This 2011 Kia Optima hybrid is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me, as to just how good it is. First, it looks really good.

AC Schnitzer upgrades the Mini Cooper coupe
The Mini Cooper coupe is still fresh--it hasn't been out for more than a year. Now, German tuner AC Schnitzer has taken it into the shop for some upgrades.

Jay Leno tests the Venom GT
Five years ago, Hennessey Performance was locked in a high-horsepower battle with supercars from Germany, Italy and the United States.

GM to modify Chevrolet Volts to guard against battery fire
General Motors will add a structural reinforcement and devices to prevent overfilling of the battery cooling system in the

BMW beats Mercedes-Benz to claim first U.S. luxury sales crown
BMW fended off a late-year surge by rival

Gas, Food, Lodgy: Dacia MPV to debut at Geneva auto show
With the hoopla in full swing on the eve of the Detroit auto show, Romania's

Enzo Ferrari Museum to open in Modena in March
and#8220;The Origins of the Mythand#8221; is the first exhibition scheduled for display when the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari opens to the public on March 10.

Tire troubles vex Robby Gordon in Dakar Rally: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: 2011 was a good year for car sales,

Nissan expects to gain as Ford exits compact pickups
Nissan North America believes there is life in the compact pickup market that Ford Motor Co. is leaving behind.

Fox Marketing gives the Nissan Juke a boost
Nissan U.K.'s effort to transplant the GT-R's powertrain into the Juke small crossover has been an inspiration to car tuner Fox Marketing.

Garage find of a lifetime for Studebaker fan
Car collectors dream of finding a vehicle that has sat undisturbed for decades in a barn or garage.

Chrysler to offer diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2013
Chrysler Group will offer a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee in North America in 2013, and add a third shift at a Detroit SUV plant next year.

2012 Cadillac SRX Performance Collection: Review notes: Among the sharpest-handling luxury SUVs available
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This 2012 Cadillac SRX is one of my favorite crossovers.

Expo fails to dispel slowdown gloom & doom
Mere marginal growth in November-December instils desperation in manufacturers, 2012 too ‘unfavourable’.

Project Car Hell, Designer Convertible Edition: Bill Blass Lincoln or Mark Cross Chrysler?
Building an

Ford to open Silicon Valley lab
Ford Motor Co., aiming to keep ahead of technology trends, will establish a research lab in the heart of California's Silicon Valley.

Halfway through a year with the Mazda 5: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: General Motors will enhance the Chevrolet Volt to protect against battery fires, the

Tesla Model X crossover to be unveiled on Feb. 9
Rocketship impresario Elon Musk had previously promised the premiere of the Tesla Model X crossover last month. It's now come out that the electric crossover will be unveiled on Feb. 9 at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.

Volvo XC90 loses two-tone body, adds more options for 2013
Volvo refreshed its XC90 SUV for the 2013 model year. The Swedish automaker says it's the most significant update since the vehicle's debut a decade ago.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited: Long-term car review: Our manic Subaru WRX STI revels in great weather
The third quarter for our long- term 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI started with a full physical in the form of a 15,000-mile service visit.

Chamber aims to boost Michigan's auto industry
The Detroit Regional Chamber is taking new steps to help the automotive industry better compete on a national and global level. The chamber on Thursday released details of the "MICHauto" association's effort and says it's one of its key economic ...

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